* Posts by JEDIDIAH

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

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Re: "You could at least be sure that Han shot first with Quentin at the helm."

Quentin is also not squeamish about violence and flawed characters.

I wouldn't be surprised if Quentin has actually fired a real gun and can relate to having one pointed at him. There is nothing remotely sinister about defending yourself in that situation.

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Speaking in Tech: About that rumour of Cisco BUYING Red Hat...

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>> 'Open source USED to be about replacing big, bad, commercial vendors'

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> No it didn't.

Red Hat has always been about devaluing the market. That means taking the thunder out of the likes of Sun and Oracle.

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Peak thumb drive is coming in 2016

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Re: 64Gb drive is my friend

> Oh, YOUR digital belongings, is it?! Methink you didn't read the LICENCE when your purchased the right to play back OUR digital belongings.

What license? If it was a physical copy of something, there was no license. Just standard copyright law applies.

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Re: I wonder if the real problem

> is people looking at their 'data' collection and realising they can never afford enough tissues with balm or even just the time to watch the videos they've collected.

That equates to terabytes of data and we aren't quite there yet either in terms of thumb drives or micro SD cards. Video (or even photos) is big and it doesn't take that much stuff to fill up the smaller devices.

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Why faff with a piddly microSD when there's a 2TB vault tempting your selfie-stuffed mobe?

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Re: roadtrips?

> USA is a big place, this might be nice to have in the car....

My 500G Archos is still king of the hill in this respect.

A wireless hard drive is a nice idea... for geeks. For anyone else it's probably raising complexity a bit much.

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Solaris deposed as US drone-ware, replaced by Linux administration

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Re: I've missed something here

> Why not? What's so special about an ATM, or a voting machine?

It's something we actually care about. It doesn't really fit well into the typical corporate mentality of cutting corners until you are left with a circle.

Software development for those devices should look nothing like the usual nonsense that goes on with consumer products and business systems.

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French software developers are all beautiful women

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Re: Incorrect Icon used

>> "Pick up a women's magazine and look at the adverts inside, they are full of good looking women, often scantily clad. Pick up a men's magazine, they are full of good looking women, often scantily clad."

> Why use the Anonymous icon when it's an obvious but very poor and juvenile troll?

The posting of an invonvenient fact is hardly a troll.

People have forgotten what that word really means and just throw it around mindlessly when they don't agree with someone. It's little wonder that meaningful discussion no longer occurs in public venues in meatspace. Probably deadly for democracy that.

People love to whine about tech but they've got nothing on Cosmo or Vogue. Even the ads in Family Circle would probably offend the Womyns Studies types assuming they even acknowledge this stuff.

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Re: Hard hats required!

Some work sites are hard hat required, not exceptions. If you get caught, you get thrown off the site. It may make no sense at all. Although it's likely driven by government safety regulations which themselves likely make no sense at all.

You can either ignore this stuff or be a statistic... much like cycling without a helmet.

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Re: Now that's what I call programming 16

This reminds me a lot of the Law & Order collection of shows. The female legal talent is all portrayed like supermodels. On the one hand it seems "sexist". On the other hand, that's the same ideal that women push on each other. So if you are going to appeal to the female demographic, then it's the "Cosmo" approach you're going to have to take.

Lo and behold... after a few years of this wildly successful show that "objectifyies women" you see a glut of lawyers that look very much like their Hollywood counterparts.

This is not a "brogrammer" problem. Geeks just get trashed because the media (probably full of jocks and frat boys) probably want to perpetuate the same tired old "Revenge of the Nerds" narrative.

Bleeding hearts might want to whine about this kind of nonsense but the tech sector is just the very tail end of the problem.

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6TB - big? Pah! Seagate plans to put out 8TB and 10TB MONSTERS

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Re: Mean time to failure

> It's not the mean time to failure that's the problem - it's rebuild time after a failure.

...which turns out to not be a problem really. If you're really paranoid, then have a 2nd parity drive.

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Top tip, power users – upgrading Ubuntu may knacker your Linux PC

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Tempest in a teacup

It's usually that other OS that trashes your boot loader. This is so common and has gone on for so long that no one should be the least bit shocked or bothered by this kind of situation. The only real difference here is the identity of the culprit.

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It's GOOD to get RAIN on your upgrade parade: Crucial M550 1TB SSD

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Disappointing real world results...

Those "real world" test results are actually rather disappointing. They are not unlike what I see from spinning rust or even between machines on a GigE LAN.

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Top Secret US payload launched into space successfully

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Re: Isn't it funny...

No. It's all about budgets. NASA always gets the short end of the stick. They are lucky if they can keep the lights on. This is in stark contrast to the military that has an entire political party near dedicated to the prospect of giving the Pentagon anything it wants.

The armed services can fund a rocket program with the spare change from the couch.

NASA is lucky to have a couch.

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

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Re: Organic vs non.

> Fact is, GMO foods have many benefits over non-GMO

No, not really.

The only advantage that Megacorp GMO crops have is an enhanced resistance to farm chemicals. They have rather obvious names like "Roundup Ready". Industrial GMO seeds are bred to tolerate more herbicide. They aren't bred to be "better" in any other way.

Don't conflate the goals of some megacorp that would grind you into crackers with some monk or university professor.

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Re: misses the point

> a) I can't imagine vegetables being sufficiently contaminated

Find someone with a better than average sense of smell and start juicing vegetables. The contaminants can be readily detectable to them. We found this out when we tried the latest iteration of the juicing fad. The bionic nose could tell.

That was just "normal" stuff though. We don't go out of our way to buy organic unless it is the bulk packaging from the local warehouse store. Then that's just a matter of buying what the warehouse sells because it's cheap either way.

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Re: In other news...

> Have you tried tofu fried in bacon fat, though?

It doesn't matter what it tastes like. I'm not Japanese. So I don't have a Japanese tolerance to glutamates. So if I go whole hog with the Asian cookery, I will end up with an itchy reaction.

My aversion to the stuff (tofu) is probably instinctive. Just like they wouldn't eat dairy cheese.

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Re: Agenda here?

Omnivores "attacking" vegans? Really? We couldn't care less actually.

It only comes up when vegans and the somewhat less extreme types are obnoxious in their declarations. Why would someone who is not a food zealot care one way or the other really? It makes zero sense.

On the other hand, it makes a lot of sense that a Zealot would tend to be obnoxious.

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Dish and DirecTV deal: Damned if they merge, damned if they don't

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Re: One flaw in the analysis

A larger land line cable company has more power to abuse upstream service providers and streaming based alternatives. They can influence the market for everyone much in the way that Walmart does. THAT is the problem with consolidation of local land line monopolies.

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Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever

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Ubuntu Metro

>> "Previously the windows would show a yellow box indicating its size as you dragged, but it didn't re-draw itself in real time."

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> Risc OS 3 achieved this feat in 1991. Have I misread today's date?

In case you haven't been paying attention lately, Ubuntu has been deploy a "less is more" approach to the GUI. The things that Unity can't/won't do cannot be generalized to Linux interfaces in general.

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Re: Head to head

>> "What's the migration cost of moving from XP to Windows 8?"

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> A lot less than Windows to Linux as you're not going to have to change all your applications.

Nope. The migration from XP to Win8 will also create a lot of application level churn and might even cause MORE disruption than a migration to Linux.

That's Microsoft's dirty little secret.

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Re: Head to head

> What's the migration cost of moving from XP to Windows 8?

It's the costs associated with lots of hardware being thrown against the nearest wall as end users rebel in frustration.

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Re: Head to head

Windows in it's current form has long time Windows users wanting to use something ELSE.

Oddly enough, it's precisely because of the same kind of nonsense that Ubuntu is pushing here.

Metro and Unity are birds of a feather.

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GNOME 3.12: Pixel perfect ... but homeless

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Re: Nope

> But how long before someone comes along with a little application to add these easily?

It's been too long already. On the other hand, this is something that should be in the base product. The fact that it isn't is just blatant disrespect for the actual users. It's a big fat FU from the developers to the rest of us.

It's little wonder that no one has chose to "showcase" this.

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Judge throws out lawsuit lobbed at Facebook for using kids' pics in targeted ads

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Re: re: minors cant sign contracts

> It's California. The law of England and Wales doesn't apply.

Except at one point the were the same law. Chances are that the relevant principles have not changed since that time.

Yes Virginia, there are legal precedents taught in American law schools that predate Columbus or any American jurisdiction. That's a nice feature of our joint legal heritage (the precedent).

Now France vs. California is an entirely different kettle of fish.

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Re: Read the T&Cs of the web site

No. The problem with a TOS is the fact that no minor is able to consent to a contract.

No legal consent can be given. So the whole "but you signed a contract" argument goes up in a puff of smoke. The judge should know better.

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AMD: Why we had to evacuate 276TB from Oracle DB to Hadoop

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Re: @intrigid

> "276 TB is small in the database world."

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> I'd wager that more than 99.9% of databases in existence are smaller than 276 TB

That just means there's been a proliferation of a lot of small databases as the technology has become cheaper to use. The big jobs continue to get bigger all the time and people aren't terribly impressed when you start throwing around non-trivial numbers.

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Re: sounds like

I also found the remark about the 100K result set limit quite odd.

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SECRET Apple-Comcast CONFAB BLAB: Movies streamed to TV? – report

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Re: "because the iPhone was so far ahead of its early competitors"

> Are you one of those people who think that the success of the iPhone was due to "Apple marketing lies" and "stupid consumers"?

Based on the iPod and it's competitors, that's not such a big stretch really.

Apple has it's own perfect example of how the better product doesn't necessarily win the market.

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Women! You too can be 'cool' and 'fun' if you work in tech!

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Re: Last thing you want to do...

Either you're into it or not. In the Soviet Union, there was no economic value to being an engineer. You were actually shat on pretty hard really. So you didn't enter that profession unless you were really into it and simply didn't want to another sort of (manual labor) job.

IT today in the West is the same way. It's something you do because you are into it and that will make up for the crap you have to take.

Try to work against this and people will just flee the profession as soon as they realize they've been conned.

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Re: Missed the point?

Nah. There's plenty of room in IT for drooling mouth breathers. Just work for a larger company where they seek to make any task something that can be accomplished by a trained monkey. Get pigeon holed into a position that neither requires nor offers any real technical challenge apart from reading off of a script.

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Re: Cool Joke

They need to take the Law & Order approach. Present "beautiful people" as practicing the profession. Then after a few years you will see a glut of people who look like that flooding the field. At least it worked for law.

Applying to their sense of "glamour" may be chauvanistic and dirty pool but it's probably what it takes.

This "problem" has very little to do with what goes on in tech or academia.

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Re: Open your fucking eyes.

Why should he have to "really look". Isn't the whole point about these campaigns is that they grab the attention of people? You don't do that by hiding your message in a file cabinet in the basement.

If you have to "really look" for it then it's a total crap advertising campaign now isn't it?

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Microsoft's SQL Server 2014 early code: First look

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Usual marketing propaganda.

If you've got a job that's so unworthy that you can get no budget for anything then that's just going to be a problem generally. SQL Server isn't exactly free either. Real hardware is going to cost money and so will licenses to go with it. Although if your project is really that small and worthless there are cheaper and free Oracle options.

Although at that point you can probably just manage with mysql or postgres.

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Apple rakes in 60% of profits in still-surging smartphone market

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Specs are irrelevant until they're not.

Smart watches an Apple product? Linux freaks did that one first a LONG time ago. It's funny how suddenly this is an over hyped idea now that there is some implication that Apple is considering it.

Although it's funny seeing a fanboy drone on a about "specs". I thought that was something that only the the "irrelevant geeky types" cared about? Of course that raises the obvious question of what number crunching you're expecting to do with your phone exactly.

It's the functionality, not the marketing propaganda. If you're not interested in the Walled Garden and ONLY the Walled Garden, then an Apple product probably isn't suitable for you. Doesn't matter how much faster the latest iDevice is.

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Hidden 'Windigo' UNIX ZOMBIES are EVERYWHERE

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Re: Services

No. Being smug is no threat. Linux or any Unix is less likely to subject you to the stupidity of your software vendor. Needless Internet facing services will not be on by default. The system will not be engineered to muddle the boundary between code and data. The apps won't insist on running strange executables from strangers.

If you want to do harm to yourself you will have to work at it.

It helps to know WHY some vendors are more of a problem than everyone else rather than hysterically declaring that you can't do any better than the crap monopoly vendor.

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Not so sweet for the Lemmings really...

This "virus" or whatever you want to call it seems to feed entirely off of swiped credentials. It doesn't infect systems in the usual Windows-y way. You kind of have to invite it in first.

The real harm of this thing is that it feeds weaker malware to Windows machines.

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Windows hits the skids, Mac OS X on the rise

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Trying to hard...

This is just fanboys trying too hard to kid themselves. Apple lost the platform wars of the 80s. That's over and done with. They even formally abdicated to all of that by focusing on consumer electronics. Apple isn't even holding onto this delusion. Sure, Apple gained a little over the Jobs years but not much really. Not enough to really change things. The Mac remains an great demonstration of the idea that you can do everything right and have the better product and still fail in the marketplace.

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'Catastrophic' server disk-destroying glitch menaced Google cloud

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Re: Mixed feelings

+1 for having this serious data destroying but right after they discounted their cloud storage prices.

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Target IGNORED hacker alarms as crooks took 40m credit cards – claim

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Re: Minor correction

It's a department store. It has departments. It's just not as prissy as Herods of London.

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Re: someone (or several someones) at Target's HQ should be fired

It's not even "pro russian" versus "not pro russian". It's ETHNIC russian. It's about what country are your grandparents from. That's an issue entirely orthogonal from what particular political option you are for or against.

Even if you conflate the two, you still have the problem of a very large ethnic minority (or a group of them). It is likely not as simple as some people like to make it out.

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Re: someone (or several someones) at Target's HQ should be fired

> Crimea want to secede to Russia. It is what the majority of people living there want

Yeah. Like you're such an authority on what a bunch of people in a different country across the continent want.

The whole situation is fishy. Hooligans are running amok. The Russian army is running amok. Enough nonsense is going on that you can't trust a thing that's going on right now. It doesn't help that their parliment was overrun by hooligans.

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Meh. Meh I say.

This was a retailer during the holiday rush. This typically involves a change freeze that starts a number of months earlier. You're not going to see much of anything new going on in IT at a retailer once summer ends.

Mucking around with anything will likely require more authority than your typical boffin has.

Just imagine going to your PHB and announcing to him that you've got to go all Andromeda Strain with your point of sale systems right before Xmas.

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Actually, there is an Arapaho word for 'pliers'

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Re: Nelson

Arapaho might not even be a completely dead language. So new words might get added to it even now. It happens with less obscure languages so why not Arapaho too?

There may even be an Arapaho term for "plasma conduit".

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FANBOIS' EYES ONLY: United Airlines offers FREE MOVIES on iOS kit

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Re: Android

> Yay! A fandroid trots out the 'choice' canard!

It's not "choice". It's ownership. I can put my stuff on any device I like. That could be an iPhone. That could be an Android. That could even by the 500G Archos I take on long trips.

Oddly enough, this is supposed to be the same kind of stuff that the the whole iTunes model should be able to accommodate. So beyond the whole "mine's bigger than yours" thing, it's not something that should be particular to Android at all.

You're trying far too hard to avoid taking advantage of everything that the tech has to offer.

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Re: Android

Yes. Because if it's not Apple then it's pirated.

YAWN.

You fools need to troll harder.

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Re: Android

50 movies sounds about like what I could fit on my phone right now.

Except that's going to be 50 movies of my choosing.

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

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Re: I don't get it

The default version of Ubuntu is SPYbuntu.

That by itself is enough of a turnoff to keep some people away. Far better to start out with the Debian net installer and work your way up from there rather than worry about what things you didn't remove from a distribution that's run off the rails.

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Who loves office space? Dell does: Virtualization to banish workstations from under desks

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Re: Oddly content free

> That's the thing though isn't it? Your network infrastructure should be built to provide the services you need to use. If your commodity network doesn't perform suitably, it needs upgrading to something that does.

...which is an entirely new level of pain and cost and complexity for a gain that is dubious at best.

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Vulture wraps claws around Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ portable SSD

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It's just just about playing nice with PCs.

It's a hybrid device. It's not just a Thunderbolt device.

The article said that this allows you to connect it to both Macs and PCs but that's somewhat misleading. This allows you to connect it to both NEW Macs and OLD Macs. It's not just a Mac vs PC thing. If you are taking advantage of that whole "Macs are more reliable and last longer" thing, then you probably have Macs with no TB ports.

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Traditional RAID is outdated and dying on its feet

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Re: Eh?

> Internet commenting is always entertaining,

Yes they are. You see plenty of handwaving and eager attempts to make things as complicated as possible but no real feasible explanation of how 4TB of missing data is going to get itself rebuilt in a few minutes.

It sounds like the best you can do is just ignore the situation and pretend that it's not really a problem.

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