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Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

thechemic Re:Huh??? (250 comments)

RAID is definitely both a backup and an archive solution. System A on RAID > Backup to System B on RAID > Archive to System C on ZFS's zraid-3 to prevent long term bit rot. Who wants to sort through 1742 DVD disks with sharpie writing on the top of them? Ridiculous.

4 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

thechemic Re:Optometrist? (464 comments)

He likely paid more for the progressive lenses, and as a result, the optometrist also made more money. Therefore, any professional opinions provided by the optometrist are going to be biased by the money involved. In fact, money is probably the reason he ended up receiving a product he didn't need or want in the first place.

I was sold the same bottle of snake oil when I was 40. Asking his optometrist these questions is the last thing you would want to do.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

thechemic Similar Experience (464 comments)

I had all the same issues with progressive lenses. In addition to that, driving a car or riding a motorcycle became more difficult, even dangerous, as my peripheral vision was blurred to some extent. The distortion in the lenses also gave me headaches. I went back to regular glasses, and I have no intention of changing that until I'm so old that all I do is sit around and read books. If you're too close to your monitors, buy larger ones so you can push them back, and then all your problems are solved.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

thechemic Content Management Systems (259 comments)

Drupal with something like the Node Gallery module would allow you to easily upload entire galleries, tag them all, quickly search through them, and even allow you to share them with the world with authentication if you choose.

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft Partners With Docker

thechemic Translation (104 comments)

Docker = Mens apparel company
Open Container = Open and ready-to-drink beer usually found in a moving vehicle
Docker Engine = Something that goes "vrooom" in your pants
Images = pictures
Docker Hub = a place to connect your pants with people
Azure = bright blue color, often associated with a sky

A men’s apparel company is teaming up with Microsoft to bring its ready-to-drink beer technology to the next server in the window. Penises will work with the server and pictures of everything will be available while people share experiences with each other’s pants. The penises and pants will also integrate directly into uh-hem “Blue stuff”. The partnership moves pants n shit away from Linux for the first time. With new multi-ready-to-drink beers technology clouds will consume enterprise developers.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Is It Worth Being Grandfathered On Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan?

thechemic The real questions to ask (209 comments)

You could definitely get cheaper UNLIMITED DATA elsewhere. But would you be happy with the COVERAGE? At some point you may want new EQUIPMENT, to which Verizon will tell you that your new phone isn't compatible with the "grandfathered" rate plans. The real questions to ask are "am I happy with the coverage" and "Will I be happy with this phone forever?" If the unlimited data works for you now, keep it for now. But at some point, you'll be forced to make a decision. All the other arguments about "unlimited" data are irrelevant. There are much better UNLIMITED deals elsewhere for the money.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Multimedia-Based Wiki For Learning and Business Procedures?

thechemic Drupal (97 comments)

My vote is for Drupal. Wordpress & Joomla don't seem to be flexible enough for these kinds of deployments (at least for us). We built a procedure/policy/asset/access/resource tracking website with Drupal. It handles procedural documentation, policies, equipment assignments, loaner device checkout program, software license assignments, and much more. We dropped in an LDAP module, and life was good. We used to run a wiki too, but the requirement to hand code special markup was a turn-off for most of our users, so we ditched it.

about 4 months ago

Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

thechemic Re:There are numerous other obvious flaws (275 comments)

I'm not totally sold on the "moon landing conspiracies", but I agree that there are numerous other bizarre factors that may point to conspiracy to consider other than just the lighting aspect of the moon landings.

about 4 months ago

Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

thechemic 12U Rack (287 comments)


  • 12U Rack in the attic enclosed and sealed with Oak panels force cool with a 8inch hydroponic blower from 70deg air in the house.
  • 24TB Dell R510
  • 24TB Dell C2100
  • 4TB Four Cluster Dell C6100
  • 4TB Dell R410
  • Dell iSCSI Certified 48P gigabit switch
  • Dell 1920W UPS
  • Dell 1920W UPS Extended Battery Module


  • 4gigabit iSCSI SAN with redundant links
  • 4 node Hyper-V failover cluster with SAN storage
  • Stand alone VMware servers
  • 4 drops to livingroom
  • 4 drops to office
  • 3 drops to bedroom 1
  • 3 drops to bedroom 2
  • 3 drops to bedroom 3
  • 3 drops to bedroom 4
  • Ubiquiti Wifi AC
  • 4 external facing IP cameras
  • 4 internal facing IP camera
  • and one badass pitbull named "buddy" to help run physical security

about 4 months ago

New Data Center Protects Against Solar Storm and Nuclear EMPs

thechemic Re:Solar storm EMP vs nuclear weapons (59 comments)

Also detonating a nuke would be a full fledged war

Lets ponder the stupidity of that statement for a moment...

Several different nations have detonated over a combined 2000 nukes throughout history, and none of them resulted in a "full fledged war". Furthermore, only two nukes have been detonated during wartime, however it was a "full fledged war" that resulted in the detonation of the nukes. It was not the detonation of the nukes that resulted in the full fledged war. In fact, throughout history exactly ZERO detonated nukes have ever resulted in a full fledged war. Since there is ZERO evidence to support your claim, I'd say you look pretty stupid right about now.

Before you troll around the interwebs looking for "stupidity" in other people, you should check the mirror first.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

thechemic Endian Firewall (238 comments)

I absolutely love Endian firewall. Put it on an old box, a virtual machine or whatever you want. It has all the firewall features you could want, and has VPN support out of the box.

about 5 months ago

Shadowy Tech Brokers Deliver Data To the NSA

thechemic Pondering... (35 comments)

Wouldn't a "New Star" (Neustar) be similar to "New World". So if you place an order with Neustar, is that a New World Order?

about 5 months ago

World's First 3D Printed Estate Coming To New York

thechemic Re:Huge? (108 comments)

Huge != "larger than"

Huge: very large in size, quantity, or extent.
Synonyms: vast, immense, gigantic, very big, great, giant, massive, colossal

You could be correct by saying it's "...larger than the average home." However, the article uses the word "huge". I don't believe that adding a walk-in closet to an average sized home constitutes a "huge" home.

You may also want to look closer at the document you referenced. The average sized home for the NORTH EAST (where this supposedly huge house is located) is 2613 square feet.

2400 is less than 2613

According to your reference material, a 2400 square foot home is neither huge nor larger than the average home based on its location.

about 5 months ago

Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

thechemic Re:Time Shifting? (317 comments)

I'm amazed that somebody hasn't recognized all the COPYRIGHT INFRINGING animated GIFs on that website.

about 6 months ago

FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

thechemic Re:Can I play Descent on it? (133 comments)

Nostalgic for sure. I miss that and Command & Conquer. I just may use your tips here and give it a go.

about 7 months ago

FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

thechemic Re:Can I play Descent on it? (133 comments)

No reason at all. I'm definitely open to suggestions, and I'll check out your suggestion for sure!

about 7 months ago

FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

thechemic Can I play Descent on it? (133 comments)

I wonder if FreeDOS can run in virtual machine. Oh Google...

about 7 months ago

AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

thechemic In Other News... An Idiot with His Cell Phone (321 comments)

How is this even news? AT&T clearly publishes their international roaming rates, their international calling rates, and their international data roaming rates. Cell phones have been in existence for 40+ years. If you can't read your own calling plan nor your own contract details, and if you can't afford the roaming rates, please turn your cell phone off, and while you're at it, please turn off your tendency to flame technology news sites when you pull a dipshit maneuver. Thank you, and please... don't come again. Have a nice day.

about 8 months ago

Astronomers Calculate How To Spot Life On an Alien Earth

thechemic Would it? (46 comments)

If a 500LB spacecraft was flying at the speed of light, could it penetrate Uranus?

about 9 months ago

DreamWorks Animation CEO: Movie Downloads Will Move To Pay-By-Screen-Size

thechemic We already have a unit of measure for billing (347 comments)

We already have a unit of measure for billing which is referred to as "mega bits per second". Now they want to bill us by "screen size per viewing"? Every @#$%'ing time I try to go legit, they force me back to illegal downloads with their senseless bullshit.

about 9 months ago


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