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bio website twitter.com/#!/sethrh
location Portland, OR
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Fan of mathematics, punk rock, sci fi, social issues, politics, theoretical physics, dry humor, and run-on sentences. I make computers do stuff for money.

I tend to program mostly in python (for django, and mathematical research), javascript (because it's almost like python), C# (for no particular reason), Java (I'm learning to Android), Objective-C (because, well, everyone else is doing it), and C++ (sometimes I need to twiddle bits and write directly to memory).


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comment Sudden doubts about DVD+R reliability
Well just wait - in a few years there will be a Plasticback for 3D-printers. You'll be able to 3D-print out some bizarre borg-cube shape with an intricate structure that stores gigabytes of information :)
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comment Sudden doubts about DVD+R reliability
And, incidentally, I still have at least one 20-year-old drive - it uses an early obscure interface (MFM maybe?). Finding working hardware to read it, let alone transfer it to a modern medium would be a challenge (if the drive still works, which I doubt). The main point is that you have to keep migrating data to modern technologies. Well planned tape systems should last at least 10 years, 20 would be a stretch, but that's still better than a hard disk (and they have a much better MTBF). We'll see how well SSDs do (just don't write to them too much).
Aug
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comment Sudden doubts about DVD+R reliability
@DanielRHicks - You're absolutely right, the "square inch" part of the paperback site wrapped funny, and I saw 6kb per ... paper.
Aug
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revised Sudden doubts about DVD+R reliability
Reading is hard.
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answered Sudden doubts about DVD+R reliability
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comment Is it a good idea to use Ubuntu 64bit on dev/testing machine?
As opposed to a 32-bit Ubuntu? A better question might be "Why not use Ubuntu 64-bit?"
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