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Sony Vaio Z1
I got one of these in 2004:
Silver with black keys and probably one of the best looking laptops I've seen. Its still great looking, hasnt aged apart from its a bit slow.
Shortly after this , Panasonic made an Ali laptop (the above is actually magnesium). The Panasonic I think was only ever released in Japan but was the lightest device for the form factor.
Re: To spend 10½ hours a day picking items off the shelves...
Well said that man.
When I was a nipper I use to do all sorts (of legal things) for money from picking up the crap left behind after the Sunday Market to handing out leaflets on the high street.
I think we need an "International Resident Exchange Program" where we can exchange someone who is on benefits for someone who is prepared to work from another country.
I would have thought in a situation where its your site, there would be substantially easier ways of getting stuff from A to B. If you got the space to fly a drone in a hospital for instance (really??) you should have the space from some form of track system. If they are things that are small like drugs, you could even use a tube system as employed by banks and supermarkets for ferrying around cash (or the reasonably impressive system they had in Prague http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prague_pneumatic_post ).
Talking about daily lockdown, did someone mention Valve's Steambox?
SMS When ..
It would be good if it could SMS me when the internet is down.... oh... hold on....
The Imp thing is ok but what a lot of us really want is all the Imp goodness but on a server hosted at home. Totally good if they the server syncs up with a cloud service .....
"Research and development is always an NRE. You spend the money and it's gone and you have no intention of ever recovering it. "
You completely misunderstanding how R&D gets funded?. Its not a case of "not having intention of ever recovering it" , its a case that commercial R&D gets funded with the intent that the investment gets you some commercial value / advantage, whether that is a new product or a new way of doing things. If you didnt think you will get something back from your R&D , you WOULDNT DO R&D.
Companies do R&D for commercial gain. The only other R&D that takes place is in Universities or governmental institutions. Even University R&D is often funded by corporations.
I've been involved in creating two products. That included raising the funds for them to be created. For the first 2 years, all my team was overhead. No revenue and totally funded by the investors. Eventually we had a product to take to market. This created jobs and added what I believe are great products to the market.
These are software products and as such are protected by Copyright. It says that what you create belongs to you. Without Copyright, our Intellectual Property would not be protected and the R&D costs would have gone to waste. No-one would ever fund a project again unless the R&D is protected.
The Pharm industry can't rely on the same type of protection as software and consequently need patents.
As I said before , patents arent all bad. Look at Dyson. They spend a lot of R&D effort in coming up with innovative ways of doing different things. They protect their inventions with patents because otherwise there will be a Chinese copy of their products within months of them releasing something new.
This is especially important for smaller firms. Dyson could probably now survive just on their brand name. A small startup couldnt. Remember its Patents that made Dyson possible in the first place.
The problem however, and I've fallen foul of this, is that patents with little or no innovation are being issued. So you have to work around the bleeding obvious.
The patent system that was specifically designed to protect the small inventor is now totally working against small entities. As another poster said , the mega-corps hold vast patent portfolios. These are used both defensively as well as offensively. A small company cant afford to even fight a patent dispute against a mega-corp.
I personally would get rid of Software Patents both Utility and Design Patents. But Patent / Copyright / Trademarks all have their place.
Downvote to your hearts content, but many of you seriously need a reality check.
Re: *inconceivable* 20 years ago, now it's starting to happen.
I know they been working on making replacement ears and the such. The issue has been making the latices to allow the cells to grow.
Seems like very positive technology. I know someone who lost their nose through cancer, this type of stuff could really change their lives for the better.
No idea why someone down voted you.
Looks to me like measures specifically to fight against industrial espionage. Doesn't seem unreasonable. It's not something you can accidentally do. The way I read it , even reverse engineering doesn't seem covered once the item is in the public domain. I'm not really sure its a problem that really needs to be solved but I guess it is.
Hence this has nothing to do with patents. Note that not all patents are bad.
The points of patent is to protect the investment that you've put into the research and development. This is CRITICAL to some industries. The pharmaceutical industry for instance may spend tens to hundreds of millions developing drugs. Part of that development is clinical trials that also costs millions. To recoup their investment and to make a profit , they need to sell the drugs at a cost way above the manufacturing costs. If they didnt, they will have some company in China making the drug at 1 pence a tablet. All the investment will go down the toilet. If you kill patents and other forms of protection it will kill a whole raft of new development, you will kiss goodbye to all commercial drug development for a start.
Unfortunately patents have also become trivial and no real reflection of either ingenuity or real effort development / research. That's the crap that needs to be sorted.
Too many of you have been drinking Richard Stallman's coolaid. Time you get a grip on reality.
Re: Doesn't look anything like a spider bite
"I haven't yet seen a single False Widow related story where the spider has been identified by someone who knows what they're talking about or where the injury has been identified by someone who knows what they're talking about."
I'm not disputing your statement. It is saying that really, you need:
- video evidence that the initial bite was that of a spider
- spider captured so it can be correctly identified as said spider species
- analysis of whether afflicted human maybe prone to an allergic reaction
- spider health check to see if its not carrying any bacteria
- person health check to ensure their hygiene habits may not be conducive to infection
Basically you saying causal association of getting a major inflammation where person had none before and visual identification of "similar" looking spider is not sufficient, regardless of the number of occurrences.
Re: That's not a false widow.
Yeah I think you will find its a male spider in the picture. The female is bulbous at the back and looks almost a different species.
I had (probably still have) a colony Steatoda Grossa in my garage , all females that I noticed, they same shape but different markings on their back. Took a bunch of pictures of them until i realised what they were and went on a crusade to get rid of them. That was 18+ months ago before they made the headlines.
Re: Identifying the false widow
"The photo accompanying this article looks more like a common house spider to me."
That's exactly what I thought when I first saw the pic but then I realised that its a male and they dont have the same proportions as the female that look damn right scary.
We have a bunch of False Widow spiders
We have a bunch of false widow spiders, although ours are Steatoda grossa, essentially the same with slightly different markings on their backs.
When I first found them in our garage I thought they looked awesome even though I dont like spiders. Took a bunch of marco photos. The females are quite impressive. Then I researched what they were. This was 18 months ago before everyone got excited. I did find out however in my research that they actually do give a really nasty bite. Common quotes being it may make you feel sick for a week or cause a massive inflammation.
At that point I decided to remove them all from the garage. I imagine I didnt get them all but I did get rid of a rather large colony. Told the family not blindly fumble for things amongst the shelves in the garage just in case.
Since then there been lots of news in the South Coast (we live near Poole) of people getting bit with nasty repercussions.
You are still a shareholder. You will need to sell your shares on a different market I believe. Never quite understood the mechanics of cross listing but shareholders will be protected and be sent information.
I think its hilarious
As Stretch said, complete sense of humour failure. I dont care for the Xbone or Microsoft but see the campaign for what it is, a bit of cheeky banter. The fact it drew on knitting is just extreme nonsense. Remember it equally stereotypes men/boys with "best multiplayer service that filters out jerks" .
I'm sure this will get many feminist back up, but frankly I'm f*****g fed up sexism and equality issues being raised when they arent any.
Equally fed up with the emasculated men who try to fight for women's rights. I will let my wife loose on you, she will kick your sorry ass.
I will get one because....
I want a PS4 because its new and shiny. I'm a Sony fan-boy. It is a bit difficult to justify though.
As my 6 year old 50" plasma HDTV has no media capabilities my PS3 has been an excellent media center, initially also used as a bluray player and of course a game console. Its been quite frankly indispensable.
But if I purchase a PS4 I can expect the wife to say "so what does it do different?". I need to come up with some justification other than its new. So far the only reason i can think of is the new version of Assassins Creed which my son likes (but hold no interest to me).
Is SNIA relevant?
"David Dale of Storage Networking Industry Association, who told me that companies that have never been interested in standards are suddenly becoming interested in standards"
Really? I think most storage companies dip and then back out of SNIA at some point in time. Publicly all will say good things about SNIA, privately SNIA is seen as an irrelevance.
Lots of problems with SNIA as I perceive it. Firstly a standard normally only comes to play when its good for the vendors, not the consumer. But if a standard is being promoted by one main company, then it is likely to fail as the other vendors don't want it to succeed. So everyone signs up so they look like nice industry players but as @jackofshadows said "embrace, extend, extinguish."
The second problem as I see it is SNIA is run by tired old men. You know your career is in demise when you become the SNIA guy for your company.
The third problem is that to be in the fold as a vendor , you need to pay. Even if you are quite small. It's bad enough for the fresh minds not wanting to expend energy but when you have to justify the costs it reduces to the usual suspects and the few companies that are banking the farm that a standard gets released.
Lastly, SNIA track record is just appalling.
I have to say, I stopped looking at them a few years back so please correct me if in the last 2-3 years things have moved on......
Re: Dont forget the iPhone name
Brings me to the root of the Apple name too, owned by Apple the record label. The Beatles' record label.
They was an agreement that Apple computers could use the Apple brand as long as they didn't go near the music industry. And of course Apple computers did with first the use of MIDI for music sequencing and then the iTunes store.
Apple uses trademarks, concepts and designs from other companies, always has and continues to do so. I think evolving ideas and concepts is ok and that doesn't really bother me that Apple has done this. What annoys me is how hypocritical they when they legislate over quite trivial stuff.
Dont forget the iPhone name
Forget the iPaq , Apple's use of the iPhone was a major copyright infringement. It was originally owned by Cisco. Apple used it and then had to clear it up later.
Cisco actually were quite reasonable about it. Contrast this with how Apple tries to sue anyone that has an "I" in the product name. Again , despicable company.
Re: Pathetic lawsuit
Really..... get a life.
Rounded corners and a few visual cues don't make innovation. The idea behind a touch screen PDA Phone is older than Apple iPhone. Check Palm etc for earlier phone/PDA devices. Sony dropped their PDA and bought Ericsson with a press release saying they didnt think there was a market for pure PDA.
Apple stepped in at the right time. Batteries were better, screens were better, mobile cpus were great. On top the technology and Jobs relentless in getting the format he wanted. Thats good , no great design but not innovation.
How exactly did Samsung copy Apple? Oh they made it rectangular with round corners. Big DEAL.
I LIKE APPLE DEVICES, no question, spent $$$$$ on their stuff and not complaining.
But wont except that Apple have been innovators , ever. All they have ever done is take ideas from other places and do a better job than other people . Started with their iMac being a copy of Xerox Palto Alto Labs innovation.
Pathetic lawsuit from Apple who as far as I am concerned have done very little innovation. They do however do a lot of great designs.
In case you think I'm another Apple hating pundit, then yes you are right. However, I do like their devices and own several iPhones, iPads, Apple TV (that is actually shit), Mac, 4 of their WiFi boxes, iTouch.
The company is still despicable.
Re: Pfft. Amateurs!
Remember one time struggling with one case and wondering why everything seem a bit slippery in the case. Perplexed how a liquid got in until i realised I've been bleeding like a stuffed pig and inside of the case looked a set from Dexter.
At that point I decided I wont by super cheap cases anymore.
Re: I'm not picking on you Daz555, but....
My iPhone wish list:
- Waterproof phone - I would have LOVED if it they made the device waterproof. THAT would have been special and useful.
- InfraRed sensor/emiter - Handy so you could convert the phone into a generic remote control
- Ability to use phone as a USB stick without 3rd party software - you have up to 64GB of memory, shame you cant easily use it as a dumb memory stick.
- Contractless payment - if they had done it, more likely it would be widely adopted. I would use it for sure.
- Contactless recharge - be nice to dump the phone a tray to recharge rather than having to plug it in.
Those would compel me to upgrade from my 4G.
Re: Fixing the Patent System - Tricky but possible....
Well pinch and zoom was on a Mistibishi device DiamondTouch as well as the concept in the film "Minority Report", all pre-dating the iTouch.
Apple largely use other people's ideas and package them together in a fantastic way. I am sure somewhere there is some innovation but really what makes their product great is the execution, how well they have put all the ideas together. For instance Apple obsession in making a great interactive device ensured that there was a great refresh rate so that when you swiped it would keep up and feel super smooth. Thats good engineering and I applaud them for it. So much so that I bought lots of their devices.
Apple = Great design + great engineering but there is a little innovation there.
Take your modern Ferrari , I think you will find there is little innovation that makes a material difference to the car, but there is fantastic design and engineering.
I think their devices are great and will keep buying them. Although the recent hardware on the Samsungs is now better than Apple's , I think the general experience sucks and I wont buy one.
Re: Prove the patent deserves patent protection in the first place
That actually is a great idea. Unfortunantly at the moment the honus is the defendent to prove a) he isnt infriging b) its a valid patent. a) is generally straight forward. b) however is a nightmare as the legal weight is that the patent is valid.
Re: Fixing the Patent System - Tricky but possible....
Yes, I am quite aware its a design patent but rounded corners on devices that all have rounded corners is not clever design.
Coke bottle analogy is a good one as the bottle is somewhat iconic. The Apple design isnt. Rounded corners is too broad. Its like Coke saying the general shape of a bottle is unique. It isnt.
Interesting point....but with issues.
There are effectively four types of intellectual property, Patents, Copyright, Trademarks and Trade Secrets.
Trade Secrets arent legally unforcable. It just says they we do things in a certain way and we not going to tell you how. Case example the Coke-Cola or KFC chicken formula.
Trade Secrets are fine when its difficult to copy a design or reverse engineer the product. With food the process and ingredient (and quantities) determine the end output and its obviously very difficult / impossible to make identical copies.
You could however reverse engineer software and hence the process.
So there is logic to the usefulness of software patents. The problem is the review process does a piss poor job of deciding what is an invention, loosely defined as "non-obvious to someone skill in the art". Thats problem 1. Problem 2, is it not affordable small entities.
Re: Fixing the Patent System - Tricky but possible....
"Secondly, Apple is a real innovator not a patent troll."
Yeah... really? Give me some examples?
Apple's products are a natural evolution of modern material, increased battery life and increased processing power. They are however great designers.
Apple and Steve Jobs in particular (god bless his soul) is one of the biggest exploiters other people's ideas. ref Xeroc PARC. Sony produced an MP3 walkman before the iPod. It was very nice too. The concept behind the iphone isnt new.
Don't get me wrong, I got an iPod, iPhone 3 and 4, iPad 2. I like their devices, they are beautifully designed but innovative no. You misunderstand the term.
And yes they are patent trolls. Rounder corners ffs.....
Yep, I do patents and have more comming....
Ok , firstly, full disclosure, I have patents with my name on it. I have a bunch that are filed and pending examination.
So do I believe in patents? Yes / No. My patents are software related patents and that is one area that I think that patents are not helping innovation but hindering it.
I’ve had to create patents for two reasons; one as a measure of innovation to investors and so that in a case of a patent dispute they are a bartering chip.
Patents in other industries are useful and necessary. In the pharmaceutical industry there would be no point investing 3 years of research and the cost of getting the drug through medical trials if someone could just copy the final product for pence on the tablet.
Software however is different. We are now at the stage where many things that are invented are natural evolution. In truth, good software is less about innovation but execution, how well the stuff was written.
There are some industries where big companies create as many patents as possible. In my industry I would hazard that every product is probably infringing on some other company’s patents. I know having done some recent reviews where someone asked me if a particular bunch of patents were a problem for us, it turned they weren’t but I know of least 3 other products for which they were.
The problem is creating these patents costs money , a lot of money. You can easily spend £5k+ per patent. If you are a small company you cant afford to do many. What is more you also certainly cannot afford to check that everything you do isnt infringing on someone else.
You can easily spend years working on a product and find that as soon as you may some headway in the market and someone pulls a patent that says you infringe. The problem is you may not even have the funds to fight the case even if you are in the right.
I am now at the stage where after this particular venture, I will never start a small company again. Or if I do, it won’t be in software.
So any comments on how software patents can help innovation is naïve.
Re: Obligatory grumpy old man post
Keep telling me its all good as I've asked a subscription to 2000AD for my birthday.
My younger brother used to get it in the 80s and I used to read his. Absolutely brilliant stuff.
Re: Incredible quality
Disagree. It totally depends on the light.
On my 5D MkII , in good light at high ISO speeds there is very little noise. But in low light levels, like dusk etc , even at ISO 200 there is plenty of noise (obviously even worse at high ISOs)
But that dusk shot on the Nikon has no noise which I think is impressive.
Re: Remember it's for kids not for you wrinkly tinkerers
Ha ha.... the old, Apple wont let you put things on your device comment.....
Which is fine if it wasnt patently untrue. I've got Apps (ok 1 App actually) that I've written myself and put on my phone and my iPad. It's not jailbroken either. Apple have never stopped you installing your apps on the phone.
Re: Incredible quality
Yep. I got a Canon 5D MkII , so not too shabby but the level of noise on that Nikon is rather good and leave my 5D standing.
In low light conditions, regardless of the ISO, noise starts to get pretty noticeble on the 5D. That dusk shot on the beach at 200 ISO is increndibly clean. Perfect even. Impressed.....
They should do it the Apple way...
They should do it the Apple way whereby you keep using the term even though you dont own but also actively suing anyone else that might be using the term, like the French undergound. ...
Re: People forget why noone uses Lynux
Hence my comment on a Steam Linux.
Modern Linux releases are as easy to install as Windows. All they need now is making it straight forward to download the games (via the Steam portal) and then run the games. Appart from adding some update system ( remember Linux has that already anyhow ) but tunned for gamming , ie drivers for hardware thats all that your average 13 year old cares about.
If I were Steam, I would contemplate making a distribution of Linux for Gamers. Linux still scare a lot of people but if a version is created that is tailored to the needs of the gamer it could attack a lot of new users.
There isnt a lot that needs doing either but just a few extra apps so that a total novice can install the OS and download and run a game without knowing anything at all about Linux.
They alreay got the download server so they can make it easy too for people to download the latest display drivers etc.
Re: How much? @Glesga
"digital has extra costs related to post-production that can be difficult to sell to a client,"
To be honest thats a ridiculous statement. There is no reason why you need to do post processing on digital any more than you do on film. The reason why you tend to do post processing on digital is its easier and cheaper giving you the ability to give a photo a big lift with 5 mins of work while you probably wouldnt have bothered on film.
Re: How much?
Well you just going to have to get the cheaper model then arent you. Canon 1D counterpart isnt cheap either.
The question is whether you need or want it. The 11 fps shooting is amazing but it depends to what type of photography you do. You wont need it for portrait, landscape, weddings , etc. Journalism , sport and animal would of course benefit . So grab the D800?
Re: Its not trying to be a PC @ ElNumbre
"I assume when you say "its still reliiant of a reasonable power supply", you're talking about converting the Pi into a portable machine?"
It kind of depends what you got connected to it. I know with the RS 1200 mA power supply it wasnt impressed powering a USB keyboard and something else in the USB connector. My findings however arent very scientific. Plus I also overlocked the CPU (but not changes the CPU voltage).
Still thats a reference point , 1.2W to power the RaspPi and whatever low powered devices you got connected. So totally in the realms of battery with solar pannel recharge. No experience in this but I would assume that if you would need around 5W of solar panel output on the assumption of 8h of day light. Sure someone in the know will chime in ( and probably a few dozen than dont).
Anyhow the RasbPi is all about giving it a go.....
Its not trying to be a PC
Whats the frigging point.
Android is for portable devices. As small as the RaspPi is , it just aint that small or have an applicable screen / interface.
Ok I'm speaking from the perspective of someone that has one in a Lego box on a 50" TV but trully regardless I dont see the appeal.
I've now got my RaspPi standalone again (with the aid of a WiFi USB card) , but its still reliiant of a reasonable power supply.
Its a fanstastic hobbiest machine. What it isnt is a computer thats suitable for everyday tasks. Even with the minimilst web browser, the dang thing is SLOW. Ok so I've not got the latest OS which uses the FPU but I dont imagine a world of differences.
I am NOT putting the device down. I own one and will get another. The fun part of the RasbPI is how could can use low powered , reasonably priced computing to different tasks. It aint a replacement to the desktop though,......
Its kind of simple
Oracle have a contract to HP which they need to abide too. End of story.
HP have a server that is dead. There is absolulely no reason why anyone in a sane mind would consider it.
This is sad to some extent in that a company A put a lot of money in the technology B produced, the fantastic product X. Company B said that product X was the way forward.
Unfortunantly product X tanked big style. It seems completely fair to me however that company B shouldnt be left in the lurch. Reality is product X is dead but company is B has obligations.....
Wasnt that keen on the machine being a BBC owner myself but it was ok. The 6509 was a lot better processor than the 6502 if you did things in assembly.
In truth in that Golden Age of computing it didnt really matter which machine you had, it all seemed quite magical.
So happy birthday.
Good Design is not the same as invention
Good Design is NOT the same as invention. In the middle somewhere is innovation.
Apple stuff is incredibly well designed. Designs that cover both hardware and software. But as much as I love their products, I dont see any invention.
I would argue also their stuff isnt even innovative. Just about everything Apple has ever done has been an evolution of an earlier idea. Yeah, Apple made the idea work better than other companies but I'm at loss at where the innovation is yet alone invention.
All in one devices that run apps been around since the Palm. What Apple did though is create a device using better materials, displays, batteries, processing power, etc. Tablets are not Apple's invention. In fact I just can't think of anything worthwhile that Apple invented. From the earliest days Steve Job plagerised from other people. The Apple Mac with its WYSIWYG and Windowing system was an idea stollen from Xerox research lab. Steve J is the biggest IP thief there ever was.
Apple can take these ideas and commoditise them like no-one on earth. Sony I think are probably the only other company that consistantly been able to do this type of stuff but the problem with Sony their products are mared by poor software. This is where Apple wins.
Saying that Android is like iOS is pretty pathetic. It misses the very thing that makes iOS special, which is a consistantly uniform and predictable interface. Apple Nazi like control of the Apps helps this and for that I thank them.
So I'm an Apple gadget fanboi. I do think their devices are game changing because of the effort they have made to make them sleek and for their use of latest technologies.
But is the iPhone / iPad innovative ? No, it isnt in the same way that Aston Martins are not innovative but they are incredibly desirable. The difference though Aston Martin arent proclaiming they invented curvy sports cars.....
Rock and hard place
Unfortunantly they are all shite.
I wont part with my iThings as I like them very much but I do find it depressing that I dislike Apple so much. A company thats had an incredible ability to make nice things without any ability to actually invent anything.
Why can't Apple be happy with their ability to make better designs without the bogus claims.
Re: @It doesn't matter how long the warranty is...
Well first hand experience of 2x Vertex 3 and 2 x Vertex 4 which have been ok. And one shitty Vertex Plus (i think thats the model). Attached to a variety of machines.
Yes very small sample still but I thought I would state my experience with them in light of a sweeping statement that stated that they all got reliability issues.
No doubt you used several too and got first hand experience of their unreliability. Or maybe your mate has one, or you friends friend. Or possibly you read it somewhere on a forum.
@It doesn't matter how long the warranty is...
Ive got a bunch of OCZ SSD products so can speak from first hand experience.
The Vertext 3 is fine once I upgraded the firmware and its been my boot drive for 6+ months without a hitch.
Ive also got a Vertex 4 and although i've not used it as a boot drive looks pretty damn fine. The winning aspect of the Vertex 4 is the speeds are uncompressed. So the performance you get from Crystal disk is actually the performance you get. Have one in a production machine at a customer site.
I've also got at OCZ cheap drive. Its a complete piece of s***e. It formats, you can put an OS on it, but 1-2 week in it craps out. I've tried to use it as a disk for booting VMs. It cant do that reliably. Its actually useless.
So I can vouch for the Vertex 3 and Vertex 4. I think they are great products. I would on experience by hesitant using their cheaper SSDs but I could have been unlucky. Have an older Intel SSD too which is fine but nowhere near as quick as the Vertex.
As a major Apple device Fanboi
As a major Apple device Fanboi, owning iPad and iPhone, I absolutely love the devices but hate the company.
Apple have over the years innovated almost nothing. Ok, maybe the pinch to zoon and some other the other gestures is new and different. There are problably a few others but by and large everything Apple has ever done has been a natural evolution of you can expect from new materials, more compact electronics, better battery technology, faster processing.
Steve Job (bless his cotton polo necks) was the biggest IP thief of them all. He raided Rank Xerox to produce a computer with Windows, mouse, ethernet, postscript, laser printer, etc.
Sony has an MP3 player before the iPod. The iPad is a tablet. The iPhone is a touch screen phone. It wasnt the first all in one-in-one phone either.
Apple just made them and marketing them better than anyone else. They invented precious little.
I do love the devices, but real innovation is completely different to Apples ability to make things shinny......
Dropping tapes is often pretty terminal. Problem is though is you unlikely to know until you try to restore a specific bit of data.
Dont know where you got the concept of "bent pins" as a a real world problem but as people dont transit disk for offsite media generally (offsite disk storage is achieved by sending the data offsite, not by moving the disk), who knows...
Tapes actuallly have LOADS of error correction built in and have done since at least 8mm helixal formats. DLT and LTO have massive amount of not just CRC checks but CRC correction. Consequently there is absolutely no point in putting that stuff in software as the hardware does it already in a fraction of the time.
Indeed, if you want to verify the intergrity of an older backup, just check to see if you can read the tape. If you can , it means that its passed the CRC checks / correction.
Yep, EMC have always been like this with tapes. I was told to my space in 2000 from a high up EMC guy that "Tape is dead". So I asked him how he gets back something that was lost a year ago, long outside the retention of their RAID snapshots (BCVs or whatever they called them) and he mumbled something about using tapes lol.
One thing is certain though, is tape is no longer the primary backup device. Disk has overtaken tape everywhere except in super high volume or legacy setups. But of course you still need some offsite backups. Disk can be used for this too but it really depends on your change rate. Disk to Disk over WAN works if your change rate isnt huge. Removable disk which are robust (like RDX) are only suitable for small volumes. This leaves you with good old tape.
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