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fleetfur noticed this alert: Second Life passwords need changing. "On September 6 we discovered evidence that an intruder was able to access the Second Life database through the web servers. The exploit was shut down on the afternoon of September 6 when we discovered it. As a precaution we have invalidated all Second Life account passwords." Go here to enter your SL name, and you'll be sent a link by email, whereupon you can reset your password.

Via relee, a good My Little Pony music video, set to Rammstein's "Tier". ^_^ Though, for a masterpiece of composition and synchronisation, Kevin Caldwell's Evangelion AMV set to their "Engel" remains a very tall order to beat.

Can't say I'd mind a little stack of these drives - 750GB Seagate, including a three year warranty, for $300. Wonder if it'd be possible to hack up a battery pack to drive a few of them in FW800/USB2 cases.. ^_^ [Edit: and now it's $400?]

arakinuk pointed out this awfully cute red panda mask, suitable for printing out and assembling yourself.

Sheep Poo Paper. "Founders Lawrence Toms, 38, from Rhondda and Lez Paylor, 38, from Caerphilly, said they had been keen to develop an idea which would create a manufacturing company which would be uniquely Welsh and could produce a product that foreign imports could not compete with."

.. so why did I misread that as "Save up to 20% insanity"?
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I think I'm waiting for Wireless Firewire. ^_^ And I think I spotted someone coming up with a wireless HDMI chipset.. the fewer wires, the better. (Hyzenthlay's permanently on WiFi just to avoid the fuss of an ethernet cable =:)

Now, when do we get 10Gbit ethernet.. preferably WAN, not just LAN. ^_^ There's so much data in the world. Must.. see.. it all!
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Well, there are those persistent rumors of them buying up unused fiber capacity in the US.. ^_^

Oh, for FTTH everywhere! And affordable satellite data, so you can be online literally anywhere.. there are some 512kbps or so book-sized sat modems, but service is still way up there in price - around $1/MB. ^_^;;
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As an interim solution, though, it's maybe not bad as an idea to prioritise, say, streaming video over email. But when it descends into traffic shaping, deliberately throttling certain kinds of applications, or even blocking them altogether, such as banning everyone's VoIP but the ISP's own service.. but we may well see more of such shenanigans, especially in the UK, given data transit charges are so much higher than in the US. Not so bad, perhaps, if any such restrictions are clearly spelled out - plenty of folks would probably be perfectly content with only web/ftp/email, but I just want a clean pipe that sends any and all packets I wish, no capping or shaping. (And I have one - a little more expensive, but genuinely unlimited)

Does 21CN mandate FTTH, do you know? I know one primary intent is to shift the backbone architecture over to TCP/IP, but whether everyone will still be stuck with bits of wet string leading into their master sockets.. another compromise that seems to work very well in countries like Japan is VDSL - fiber to the street boxes, then the normal copper to the home. With such tiny distances, they can jack the speed up to around 100Mbps. ^_^

And apparently Cardiff's going to be the testbed! So, there'll be at least two good things about the city, including the Chapter, with its implausibly well-stocked bar. :-9 Hafta find out if the WiFi's back up..
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FTTH = Fiber to the Home. ^_^ The best scenario, but obviously, more expensive than fiber to the street box. But ISTR Berkeley ran the figures for such a municipal enterprise, and it worked out at something like $15/mo for subscribers, spread over ten years.

Cardiff's done pretty well for itself over the past ten years, it seems - the bay redevelopment, the stadium, the new arena.. they're a good example of how intelligent investment can keep a city center from crumbling, like Bristol or Plymouth. (Well, not that Bristol's nearly as bad - and I imagine the naval base closure in Plymouth contributed a lot to their woes)
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No problem - I had a pair of emergency </tr> tags flown in specially for the repair.
Maybe it's just me, but the drive shows a price tag of 399.99 instead of 300 (or 299.99) for me. :P In any case, 750 GB is sweet... or, rather, it is insane. What I'm always wondering about most is how you're supposed to back up drives like that. :)

The paper mask's quite cute, yes. :)

And toilet paper made from sheep droppings? Well, it *is* unique, at least.. :)
Eep! Wonder if they'd made a mistake? I thought it was $348 over the Labor Day weekend sale, so seeing it at $300 was a bit of a surprise - mycroftb bought one at $300, so hopefully they'll honor the price.

I wonder if they'll publish more mask designs? I should suggest a snowshoe hare. You know, picking a species purely at random.

I'm a little surprised sheep apparently only digest about 50% of the cellulose - but, it does seem to be a tough challenge, given ruminants' stomach designs, or the short-cut used by lagomorphs. Pity - it'd be pretty cool to sit out in a meadow on a summer's day, and be able to enjoy some fresh grass. ^_^ (Reminds me, I still need to finish off Arayoru!) Wonder if they'll come out with a decorated version for gift wrapping.. ^_^
Who knows. :)

More masks would be nice, yes - even though I'm not a big fan of paper masks. These do look nice, that's for sure, but they still wouldn't feel the same to me at all as a "real" mask would. MMmmm... now you've got me thinking about full-head rubber masks again. ;)

And as for the price... there's been speculation for a long time that web shops might display (and charge) different prices to different users. :P It wouldn't surprise me all that much if these folks used GeoIP or so to determine where you're from and adjust prices accordingly, for example...

Or maybe it was just a special sale that's over now.
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Yes - or use them in some kind of RAID setup to begin with.

But then, filling a 750 GB drive should take a while, too. ^.^ (Although that, admittedly, is something I've probably said about every hard drive I've had in the past, starting with the very first 31 MB MFM drive... ^^)
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*chuckles* Well, it'd still take you more than a week to fill that disk... and you'd have to find enough material that's worth downloading, too.
That's pretty much what I've been thinking - if I get drives that large, I'd probably just forego DVD-Rs, aside from actual archiving, or mailing to friends (which does happen, but it takes minor miracles for my path to cross the Post Office's), and just maintain pairs of them in a mirrored RAID configuration. Pretty sure I've seen external housings with RAID controllers included, but I've not really researched that.

Though, I suppose, a better system is something more dynamic - ISTR ZFS can remap file allocations on the fly, along with quite a lot of other low-level operations, even including seamlessly adding new storage to an existing filesystem. Looks pretty cool.

As for actually backing up, incremental would definitely be the way to go - any backup tool otter have that option, so it only writes out files that have changed. (I use rsync to backup my email onto Ocelot, so it only transfers the new messages, rather than the whole 1GB or so)

Indeed, it could probably be argued that a drive-based backup solution's more reliable than DVD-R, given discs can degrade or be damaged comparatively easily, whereas a drive should give a good few years of perfect operation; even a complete backup, perhaps onto a new, larger drive, is then just a matter of big chunks of data shuttling between platters at SATA speed, rather than whatever some laser can manage in twiddling the rotation of some dye molecules.
I really really wanted that panda mask. But on the other paw it's all in pieces and I have work to do, so ...

It was the least potentially offensive thing I could stick him on! If you count my face as being offensive ...
Could be a new Flash animated series of shorts: Panda Fingers. =:)
"Panda! You've returned ... from the Great War! How veeery niice. Father will be ... very happy. Would you .. like some tea ... Panda? I shall use my rusty spoon to stir it ... it feels so nice to rub ... the dark red surface ..."
Heee! Okay, your mission is clear: learn Flash animation. =:) (Agh, to think that Earth to the Moon short the other week was the guy's third project in total, and his first "full length" work.. !)
I'd really like to learn Flash but I'd likely get the hump when nobody watched my anims!