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TOS wrote: doesn't magnetic media have the same long-term storage issues as everything else?
i.e. the stuff physically doesn't last very long?

Yes, though the materials keep getting better. I'll hazard a guess a tape is good for about four years before data loss becomes significant.
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Kirk wrote: I'd use that tape for back ups. Though I rather doubt it'll make it to consumers. Businesses and such will likely use for long term storage, like email servers.



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it's off to work they go?
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Yes, but the rarer sun pillar is shown there also. That requires much colder air temps
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_pillar
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So is that the Brandywine?
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ukimalefu wrote: So is that the Brandywine?


looks more like the loudwater
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Kirk wrote:
TOS wrote: doesn't magnetic media have the same long-term storage issues as everything else?
i.e. the stuff physically doesn't last very long?

Yes, though the materials keep getting better. I'll hazard a guess a tape is good for about four years before data loss becomes significant.

The advantage of magnetic tape is that the field gradually fades, but digital data can be easily reconstructed from a weak magnetic field. Once optical disc stops working, the data is corrupt. I have cassette tapes over 30 years old that still play fine.
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Yup, dorkly still can't make a joke.
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Kirk wrote: Image

Looks kinda like the Win8 sleep screen.
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Metacell wrote:
Kirk wrote:
TOS wrote: doesn't magnetic media have the same long-term storage issues as everything else?
i.e. the stuff physically doesn't last very long?

Yes, though the materials keep getting better. I'll hazard a guess a tape is good for about four years before data loss becomes significant.

The advantage of magnetic tape is that the field gradually fades, but digital data can be easily reconstructed from a weak magnetic field. Once optical disc stops working, the data is corrupt. I have cassette tapes over 30 years old that still play fine.

That's one failure mechanism, where the ferrite looses its magnetization. There's other failure mechanisms that aren't so graceful. For example if a bit of the ferrite sticking to the Mylar film happens to flake off, all the data on that flake is just gone. That's a more catastrophic loss which will corrupt the entire file.
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That's true, but at least you can still play the tape back and recover most of the data. Once a disc stops playing it's not coming back and you need some expensive equipment to scan it.
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By the time your media get old enough to be failing, if you haven't copied it to a new device, it's your own fault.
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Tapes are too slow to recover from anyway - they're backups of backups. If you have tape data loss that matters, you're so far beyond stick fiddled already you should have been looking for a new job (and possibly the National Guard) days ago.

Also, what matt said.
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Single person lift?
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Not sure what's that language on the sign, but I believe it says:

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Anyway, I'd never get in that thing. I can use the stairs.
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I've been in smaller lifts. The main elevator inside the Lake Havasu dam is two person and goes the equivalent of 40 floors between the top and base.
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Some of those compounds and colors are accurate, though some are not.
Not that Crayola uses those toxic chemicals anymore to dye their crayons.
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just some a-10s

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Another A10.

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TOS wrote: just some a-10s

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