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(New Jersey 101.5)   Desperate doctoral student offers laptop thief $1,000 for return of thesis folder containing five years worth of research   (nj1015.com) divider line 267
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2013-04-25 11:43:37 AM

djRykoSuave: Lt. Cheese Weasel:

You spend 5 years doing the shiat and not back it up? You're not worthy of a PhD in Social Science.

Rather, they are worthy of a PhD in social science


You're probably thinking of an MSW in Social Work.
 
2013-04-25 11:45:09 AM

lordargent: Beowoolfie: I was there when both halves of a mirrored RAID failed within 15 minutes of one another.

IBM Deskstar (deathstar) drives made me add another layer to my backup plan.


Deathstar's failed, but goddamn they had the best performance.  Totally worth the risk if you had a backup plan or didn't care about the data
 
2013-04-25 11:51:52 AM
MythDragon:

10GB of anime porn just gone forever.

WTF is the point of anime porn?

I prefer amateur POV myself. (EIP, y'all!)
 
2013-04-25 11:52:58 AM

bhcompy: lordargent: Beowoolfie: I was there when both halves of a mirrored RAID failed within 15 minutes of one another.

IBM Deskstar (deathstar) drives made me add another layer to my backup plan.

Deathstar's failed, but goddamn they had the best performance.  Totally worth the risk if you had a backup plan or didn't care about the data


But as everyone knows, the Deathstars don't hold a candle to a true Enterprise class drive.
 
2013-04-25 11:59:27 AM
How do people not know to back up now? I mean, I do it (probably not often enough) and the only thing of real value that absolutely could not be replaced without some effort or money is songs. The rest is just random crap. Pictures. Tax returns (maybe I should print those out, just in case). Stuff like that. Nothing that represents irreplaceable effort that would seriously put my work back for years if it was lost.

At least put the important shiat on a couple of jump drives and stick those somewhere safe.
 
2013-04-25 12:18:28 PM
Has anybody mentioned how dumb it is to not back up your data?

Maybe I should have frozen some sperm before my vasectomy just in case somebody wanted an IVF mutant.
 
2013-04-25 12:20:44 PM
I don't think I want this guy to have a Ph.D.  If he's too dumb to back up his data, he should fail.

CSB... I was a computer guy for a college here when a M.S. student had a flash drive failure.  She knocked on my door and said her drive wasn't working.  I plugged it in, got nothing.  Tried a different system, etc... never got a peep out of the thing.  We later found that the thing had somehow been subjected to some sort of serious physical impact, such that the flash chip was damaged and some of its connectors bent.  Weird.  Anyway, yeah... I told her to just get a new flash drive.  "No, you don't understand... I need that one!"  Story ends predictably... her only copy, no general backups, just a few documents she'd sent to profs and conferences via email.  Raw data, etc *completely* gone.  Not even on the original lab computers that generated it.  About 95% of 3 years of work down the crapper.  I told her about how to do backups.  Her response after a 15 minute explanation... "So... are there any flash drives that don't fail?  That all sounds really hard."
 
2013-04-25 12:43:09 PM
I got a 32G flash drive for $30 bucks at Office Max the other day. I am by no means a doctoral candidate. I just have a measly Bachelor of Science from a State University.
 
2013-04-25 12:47:17 PM

Realist29: I got a 32G flash drive for $30 bucks at Office Max the other day. I am by no means a doctoral candidate. I just have a measly Bachelor of Science from a State University.


But did you stay in a Holiday Inn last night?
 
2013-04-25 01:40:52 PM

The One True TheDavid: MythDragon:

10GB of anime porn just gone forever.

WTF is the point of anime porn?

I prefer amateur POV myself. (EIP, y'all!)


I like anime, and I like porn. It's like chocolate and peanut butter.
I don't judge you for your tastes in things getting dicked.
I guess it's because there is wierd shiat like tentacles and demon monsters that carry 5 gallon reserve tanks of baby batter.
 
2013-04-25 02:12:06 PM
If it was information Systems he would have already failed!
 
2013-04-25 03:01:44 PM

lordargent: Beowoolfie: I was there when both halves of a mirrored RAID failed within 15 minutes of one another.

IBM Deskstar (deathstar) drives made me add another layer to my backup plan.


Yep, those were the drives!
 
2013-04-25 10:01:35 PM

MythDragon: The One True TheDavid: MythDragon:

10GB of anime porn just gone forever.

WTF is the point of anime porn?

I guess it's because there is wierd shiat like tentacles and demon monsters that carry 5 gallon reserve tanks of baby batter.


I'll grant you that's cool, I just don't find it sexy. But then I'm weird.

Actually it wasn't until I got on the Net and looked at all the various types of porn and erotica that I realized how "vanilla" my tastes actually are. Damn. Add "pervert" to my long list of failures.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2013-04-25 10:51:31 PM

Beowoolfie: lordargent: Beowoolfie: I was there when both halves of a mirrored RAID failed within 15 minutes of one another.

IBM Deskstar (deathstar) drives made me add another layer to my backup plan.

Yep, those were the drives!


I would be laughing at that memory if I hadn't been forced to save so many collective azzes who had those drives and never backed up their stuff.
SIGH, you can't fix dumb.
 
2013-04-25 11:13:43 PM

Tatterdemalian: Bisu: So what's the cheapest way to backup large quantities of data that you don't want transmitted over the internet? I backup in triplicate, and one copy is disconnected from my system, but a fire/tornado/flood/Godzilla could easily wipe out everything at once. The combination of slow internet (relative to drive speeds) and paranoia (not wanting my data physically available to others, even though it's all encrypted) makes online backups less than ideal for me.

Do you get eight hours of sleep a night?

Start the online backup last thing before you go to bed.

/if you don't get eight hours of sleep a night, you should
//unless you really intend to kill yourself before you reach 30, it will catch up to you


It would take a year and a half of non-stop uploading with my connection to transfer 10TB. so 4 1/2 years if I do it when I sleep. And like I said I don't like having a cloud service have access to my data. Sure it may be encrypted today, but what if Swordfish is cracked in 5 years? What if quantum computers make non-quantum encryption obsolete? Yes, I know nobody really cares about my midget porn, cat pictures, and personal memoirs, but I still don't want my data out there.
 
2013-04-25 11:34:32 PM
gja : I would be laughing at that memory if I hadn't been forced to save so many collective azzes who had those drives and never backed up their stuff.
SIGH, you can't fix dumb.


I had two in a mirror, plus a boot disk.

One of the mirrors died after about 8 months, I RMAed it.
Got it back, rebuilt the array.

Second drive in the mirror died, about 6 months later, I RMAed it.
Got it back, rebuilt the array.

FIRST drive in the mirror (the replacement one) DIED about 6 months later.

At that point I said FARK THIS, and got a pair of new WD drives (with more capacity), then added an external drive as well.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2013-04-25 11:41:22 PM

lordargent: gja : I would be laughing at that memory if I hadn't been forced to save so many collective azzes who had those drives and never backed up their stuff.
SIGH, you can't fix dumb.

I had two in a mirror, plus a boot disk.

One of the mirrors died after about 8 months, I RMAed it.
Got it back, rebuilt the array.

Second drive in the mirror died, about 6 months later, I RMAed it.
Got it back, rebuilt the array.

FIRST drive in the mirror (the replacement one) DIED about 6 months later.

At that point I said FARK THIS, and got a pair of new WD drives (with more capacity), then added an external drive as well.


Yup, they SUCKED like a jet intake on run-up.
Gimme Seagtes. Good old Spin-4-eva's.
Especially their higher end SCSI stuff. They have motors that just wont die.

Currently I use a MBPro with an SSD drive. YIPEE, no movin parts!
 
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