IRC logs of #boinc for Monday, 2010-10-11

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01:02 <efc> Anyone heard about Rectilinear Crossing? Finally got around to trying their website, and its down, as well as the project for at least a weak.

01:02 <PovAddict> a weak?

01:03 <efc> sorry

01:03 <efc> weak homonyms

01:03 <PovAddict> :)

01:03 <PovAddict> http://boincstats.com/forum/forum_thread.php?id=5893

01:03 <Romulus> <http://tinyurl.com/35y56d8> (at boincstats.com)

01:07 <efc> Thanks

01:07 <efc> RAID = Redundant Array of Inoperative Disks

01:08 <PovAddict> :)

01:09 <PovAddict> RAID is a technique to incorrectly increase your confidence in the storage system and make you have bad backups or none at all

01:10 <PovAddict> (and backups don't help when the data is perfectly fine in the disks but the RAID controller is borked)

01:10 <efc> I've never messed with it, but it seems like when one disk goes out your chances are not as good as you'd hope

01:10 <efc> like you say, the controller ..

01:11 <PovAddict> RAID adds redundancy to the disks, but adds a new possible point of failure :P

01:11 <efc> I've also read that that tape backups have about a 50% success rate in storing

01:11 <PovAddict> eeep

01:11 <efc> re/storing

01:12 <PovAddict> my dad once worked on a project that consisted in saving a company that totally screwed up their data

01:12 <PovAddict> a typical story: their database storage failed, and only then they noticed the backups didn't work

01:13 <PovAddict> tapes were old and had too much use, nobody was caring about replacing them with new ones

01:13 <PovAddict> tapes were not labeled properly

01:13 <PovAddict> apparently they were in a bag that people regularly tripped with when going to the datacenter

01:13 <PovAddict> not sure if figuratively or literally

01:17 <efc> Nice

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01:17 <efc> I knew somebody that worked at a medium size company.. all their business systems, the usual complex oracle SAP blah mess I assume

01:18 <efc> No backups, at all. But it never failed that we know of. The company failed before the servers did.

01:18 <efc> meanwhile at work, we had a "duh backups weren't working" not too long back, but recovered.

01:20 <PovAddict> this particular company was basically argentina's equifax

01:20 <PovAddict> in fact they seem to *belong* to equifax nowdays

01:22 <efc> Thats even worse.. when your company is really just a big database

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06:23 <wdsmia> &wx 50319

06:23 <Romulus> wdsmia: Temperature: 62.1F / 16.7C | Humidity: 69% | Pressure: 29.84in / 1010.4hPa (Rising) | Conditions: Overcast | Wind Direction: West | Wind Speed: 9.0mph / 14.5km/h ; Today - Partly sunny. High in the upper 70s. West wind 5 to 10 mph shifting to the south in the afternoon.; Tonight - Partly cloudy. Low in the lower 50s. South wind near 5 mph shifting to the west around 5 mph after midnight.; (1 more message)

06:23 <wdsmia> &more

06:23 <Romulus> wdsmia: Tuesday - Mostly sunny. A chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. High in the upper 70s. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 40 percent.;

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11:17 <whynot> if I set "connect about every x days" (networking section) to fraction of 1 (say 0.2) would boinc eat it?

11:41 <CoderForLife> bbl - need to Ballmer Bounce the box

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