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cagraham writes "A fire at Iron Mountain's data warehouse in Buenos Aires left the facility 'ruined' and killed nine first-responders, according to the Washington Post. The origin of the fire is unknown. The facility was supposedly equipped with sprinkler systems, fire control systems, and had a private emergency team on standby. Among the records destroyed are Argentina's bank archives, the loss of which could have some surprisingly far-reaching implications."
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Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

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  • by cheesybagel (670288) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @05:34PM (#46166373)

    Kewl.

    • by ShanghaiBill (739463) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @05:51PM (#46166611)

      The obvious question is: Cui bono? Do any of Kirchner's henchmen have a gasoline odor on their hands?

      • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @08:22PM (#46168439)

        Obviously you don't know squat about my country's economy or the facts which led to this. Argentinian justice department was investigating a massive fraud commited mostly by US based companies sucha as Monsanto and Shell, and several international baks were impled in the maneuver, the HSBC to name one. This fire looks more a way to cover up for that fraud. If you'd like to exercise your memory, I recommend you to take a [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Mountain_Incorporate]trip down Wikipedia lane[/url]. Iron Mountain has a long history of destroying their own facilites to safeguard their customer's data from Justice investigations.

        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by brakarific (1974740)

          Obviously you don't know squat about my country's economy or the facts which led to this. Argentinian justice department was investigating a massive fraud commited mostly by US based companies sucha as Monsanto and Shell, and several international baks were impled in the maneuver, the HSBC to name one. This fire looks more a way to cover up for that fraud. If you'd like to exercise your memory, I recommend you to take a [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Mountain_Incorporate]trip down Wikipedia lane[/url]. Iron Mountain has a long history of destroying their own facilites to safeguard their customer's data from Justice investigations.

          Shell is European. Yes they probably committed fraud in one form or another. Unfortunately, it is the fraud of your elected officials that is to blame for your overall problems right now in regards to your economy tanking. In classic political fashion they are blaming some foreign entity for your problems (all countries suffer from this sort of scapegoat shaming, not just Argentina).

    • by TWiTfan (2887093) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @06:11PM (#46166923)

      Is it wrong that when I hear about some strange calamity befalling a leftist leader in South American that I immediately think "CIA"?

      Nah, those guys are pretty honest and good-hearted. I can't see them doing anything nasty in South America.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Nutria (679911)

        The stupidity of your comment is in fetishising the CIA. They really aren't the only people capable of acting badly.

      • by garyebickford (222422) <gar37bic.gmail@com> on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @07:04PM (#46167639)

        In the last 120 years, Argentina has singlehandedly destroyed their own economy a total of three separate times. In 1910 Argentina was a 'first world' state, IIRC the fifth largest in the world. Then Peron got elected, and almost his first act was to pull all of the gold out of their national bank and spend it.

        • by starcraftsicko (647070) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @08:19PM (#46168405)

          Do you have any record of this?

        • Give them a break. They're just trying to emulate the United States.
        • "In 1910 ... Then Peron got elected"

          Argentina, of course, did not participate in the years 1911 through 1945.

          "to pull all of the gold out of their national bank and spend it."

          You mean the part where he paid off the debt to the Bank of England?

          • by garyebickford (222422) <gar37bic.gmail@com> on Thursday February 06, 2014 @05:20AM (#46171591)

            He spent the gold reserves nationalizing the railroads and buying votes. Later the lack of those reserves resulted in the Argentine peso having the highest inflation rate in the world. If you were reading the Wikipedia article on Peron, it is apparently written by a die-hard Peronista and doesn't cover the real impact of his policies or the true reasons why he was tossed out - not once but twice. I haven't been able to track down the original citation but from what I've read, literally when he became President his first action was to be shown the gold reserves, where he said, "We will take this and spend it on the people!" - the original wording was better but hey. He did in fact spend nearly all of the reserves, and that was a key factor later in the destruction of the stable peso.

            Here's just one analyst's view:

            In 1930, Argentina’s gold reserves ranked 6th. After the “experts” took over the central bank, reserves fell to 9th in 1948 (with $700 million), 16th during 1950-54 (with $530 million), and 28th during 1960-1964 (with $290 million).
            The Argentine central bank, created in 1935, was at first a private corporation. Its president lasted longer (seven years) than the president of the country, and it had strict limits for government debt purchases and even had foreign bankers on its board. It became a government entity in 1946.
            When Perón assumed power shortly thereafter, he hastily expanded the role of government, relaxed central banking rules and used the bank to facilitate his statist policies. In just 10 years, the peso went from 4.05 per U.S. dollar to 18 in 1955 (and later peaked at 36 that same year). After Perón’s rule, Argentina further devalued its currency to 400 pesos per U.S. dollar by 1970.

            (http://www.visionandvalues.org/2013/06/dont-cry-for-me-america-comparing-argentina-and-the-united-states/) - I don't know anything about this site, it was just a convenient Google result. But these facts are well known.

            It should be said that Peron was not the first, or only, leader who made a mess of things in Argentina. The Argentine political system was already suffering from various issues including classism, huge gaps between industrialists and workers, etc., and (according to several sources) a political mind set that made and makes it difficult to maintain a working democracy. The so-called 'Infamous Decade' starting in the 1930s destroyed what was left of a traditional political system and made it possible for the fascists to take over. This [pearsonglobalschools.com] is a pretty good description of the situation.

    • by AmiMoJo (196126) * <mojo@@@world3...net> on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @06:49PM (#46167469) Homepage

      I wonder how effective that would actually be... If a national bank decided to destroy a large amount of debt records and then simply refused to acknowledge foreign debts without extensive documentation?

      In the UK if you dispute a debt the onus is on the lender to prove it exists. Quite often with old debts they have lost the paperwork and end up having to drop them.

      • by Nutria (679911) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @06:57PM (#46167559)

        If a national bank decided to destroy a large amount of debt records and then simply refused to acknowledge foreign debts without extensive documentation?

        Your logic is completely ass backwards, since the foreigners will have the original loan records, not the Argentines.

        • by NFN_NLN (633283)

          If a national bank decided to destroy a large amount of debt records and then simply refused to acknowledge foreign debts without extensive documentation?

          Your logic is completely ass backwards, since the foreigners will have the original loan records, not the Argentines.

          Abolishing foreign debt is one of the 5 ways to eliminate debt and you don't need to destroy records to do it.

          Germany was having significant financial problems in the 1930's; which actually allowed Hitler to gain control. Once in power he basically said "fuck you" to all foreign debts - as that was the previous government's doing. That will ruin your country's credit rating, so he just pillaged all of Europe instead.

      • by garyebickford (222422) <gar37bic.gmail@com> on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @07:06PM (#46167661)

        That happened here in the US for a number of home loans - their loans had been shuffled so many times between institutions that some borrowers successfully argued in foreclosure proceedings that there was no evidence that the foreclosing party actually owned the loan.

        • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @11:40PM (#46170023)

          And in response most states enacted laws requiring that the mortgage be paid off before it could be challenged in court. Of course once its paid off... who the fuck cares? Result: Literally millions of fraudulent foreclosures. It was so bad that there were legal documents being presented in federal court signed with the name of an employee of the bank that could not be found. The bank had absolutely no record of anybody by that name ever working for the bank. The bank had made up a name and the signing of the documents was fictitious. But because the law required that you pay off, or otherwise post a cash bond for the amount of a loan, before you could challenge it... the fraud was allowed to stand in federal court unquestioned.
          Source: I was a mortgage broker in California and watched this happen first hand.

          Oh, I will add too... that with the law so protective of the lenders... they got bold. I dealt regularly with court documents where the value of the home, interest rate, mortgage value were all different than what was on the original wet ink signature documents (that I kept scanned copies of). I tried several times to submit my scanned copies to the court as the mortgage broker involved (showing that the lender was fraudulently foreclosing...) in the original transaction but was stymied every time. Any evidence submitted by the defense was essentially void until a bond had been posted for the same amount as the outstanding mortgage. The judge would not even listen to any discussion about inconsistencies, possible perjury, fraud or anything until we paid the bond to gain standing in court. We tried that route and the lowest we could find was 90% equity on a bond. Meaning we had to put up 90% of the value of the mortgage just to fight it in court. When you are fighting over a $700,000 mortgage... who has that kind of scratch just sitting around? If you do... $630,000 is most likely pocket change to you.

          I will never, ever, ever buy a house in the united states after witnessing that.

      • by sribe (304414)

        Billy The Kid was a hero to many in the west not merely because he "stood up to the man", but because in the middle of a depression, when he robbed the banks, he burned them on the way out, thus destroying the only copies of mortgages and freeing many from impending foreclosure...

  • Classic Slashdot (Score:4, Interesting)

    by dknj (441802) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @05:35PM (#46166383) Journal

    This is off topic, but I'm getting a warning at the top of Slashdot that classic is going to be going away soon (looks like in 4 months).

    How many readers are going to leave if they cut it off slashdot classic completely?

    • Re:Classic Slashdot (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Chris Mattern (191822) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @05:37PM (#46166403)

      I'll probably be gone.

      • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @05:46PM (#46166533)

        I'm masochistically viewing this story in slashdot beta. It's horrible.

        A few replies down a tree, and comments are squished into a bar about 1/16 the width of the screen. Half of the left-hand side is taken up with whitespace and vertical rules, the right-hand side is taken up with ads.

        The comment threshold system is fundamentally broken.
        There's a stupid ever-present menubar at the top of the page.
        The fucking 'dept' joke is *below* the summary, not above it. Why? Who the hell knows.

        I'm pissed, because I've been coming to this site since 1998, I like the community, and I fear that a good chunk of the regulars will leave if Beta is really forced on us.

        • by epyT-R (613989) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @05:59PM (#46166737)

          My big issue with it is the crazy amounts of wasted whitespace. This is a trend in site layout that needs to die.

        • by TWiTfan (2887093) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @06:13PM (#46166957)

          Maybe Dice has wisely realized that we're all really coming to Slashdot for the wonderful summaries and ads, not the comments.

        • by wile_e8 (958263) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @06:15PM (#46166983)

          The comment threshold system is fundamentally broken.

          This is the part that kills me. As far as I can tell, there is no way to expand/view the parents or children of highly-moderated posts without viewing at -1, at which point the highly-moderated posts get lost in the noise. Lots of "Funny" replies where I can't even open the parent post to get the context of the joke.

        • by hurfy (735314) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @08:06PM (#46168285)

          ROFL
          Tried it myself after all the fuss here and it doesn't resemble what you descibe at all. To make it truely painful try XP and IE 8. The 1st 3 stories (i think) are all kind of on top of one another. There is a little helper box descibing and pointing to menu items I don't actually see. Some more odd menu? entries or buttons. Past the 1st screen it seems to settle down with less than ONE story per screen usually with a HUGE pic with little relevance. Oops, i mean no stories per page, took 2 pages to get something to read. Really? Someone replaced the little icons with a pic taking up 90% of the screen, wtf? BIG green header bar with a little tiny "slashdot, news for nerds" Why the hell does it need a HUGE header, half of which (which should be the whole thing, and certainly has room for the news for nerds tagline) follows me down the screen in case I forgot where I was.

          Even if it worked as it appears to be attempting to, I have no desire to read news stories that take longer to scroll to than to read. Since I am not getting a new office computer to read slashdot I would be gone too. Feel free to paste this to feedback, with where I see this headed it isn't worth investing my time.

          I am with the one that mentioned data density, everyone seems to be going content-free lately :(

      • Re:Classic Slashdot (Score:5, Interesting)

        by fnj (64210) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @08:02PM (#46168247)

        I'll probably be gone if this beta abortion becomes the only available interface. I mean WHAT THE FUCK?! This nazi piece of shit just imperiously throws away all of my paragraph breaks!

        Come on, slashdot. Really? Admit failure. Fire whoever needs to be fired, and get back on track.

        I mean jesus christ. Maybe I will even start a site to compete. One whose design is not brain dead and whose management will never become brain dead.

    • How many readers are going to leave if they cut it off slashdot classic completely?

      8

    • by NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @05:39PM (#46166435)
      Beta can lick my salty balls. If slashdot classic (read marginally usable slashdot, as opposed to this COMPLETELY unusable beta crap) goes away, I'm gone too.
    • by larry bagina (561269) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @05:40PM (#46166443) Journal
      I've been coming here less and less because the stories are no longer interesting. A shitty redesign might be the final nail in the coffin. Pick a couple subreddits you like and enjoy.
      • by gaudior (113467) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @06:07PM (#46166845) Homepage

        You are complaining about crappy stories and shitty web design, and then recommending Reddit as an alternative?

        The cognitive dissonance is strong with this one.

        • by TWiTfan (2887093) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @06:16PM (#46166999)

          I really wish someone with a big-name reputation in the geek community would do a Slashdot fork.

        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by Anonymous Coward

          You are complaining about crappy stories and shitty web design, and then recommending Reddit as an alternative?

          The cognitive dissonance is strong with this one.

          You're full of it. The reddit's stories are much the same as /. but they have many more of them. In addition reddit's web design is far superior to slashdot beta. Slashdot beta have got so many things wrong with it it's just ridiculous. The so-called "designers" who did it should hang their heads in shame. I put an entry in my hosts file to kill the random redirects to beta. If that dies then slashdot is just another advertising junk site as far as I'm concerned.

        • by Ol Olsoc (1175323)

          You are complaining about crappy stories and shitty web design, and then recommending Reddit as an alternative?

          The cognitive dissonance is strong with this one.

          Perhaps we can teach this one no more.Our job here is done. He now graduates to Yahoo comment boards.

        • Re:Classic Slashdot (Score:5, Interesting)

          by gmezero (4448) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @08:34PM (#46168557) Homepage

          I read Reddit and Hackernews for most of my tech news these days but have always fallen back to scanning Slashdot every day for the cream of the crop and to check the comments for interesting dialog because it was a lightweight, scan to get through the content.

          I've gotta say, the Beta is pretty bad from a UX perspective and I would say that it is out of line with my perceptions of who a Slashdot user is.

          It's like someone just said "this is trendy, make it happen" without any real consideration for the active user base. I can only hope that the feedback from the Beta supports my perception and they reverse on it, but I have to admit to myself that that's highly unlikely and I can say right now that it will very likely effect my visit frequency to the site.

          Pretty bummed about it.

    • by bmajik (96670) <matt@mattevans.org> on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @05:41PM (#46166465) Homepage Journal

      have you left any constructive comments in the Slashdot "blog" threads? That appears to be the official avenue by which they claim to want feedback, so duplicate your efforts over there.

      I too am a classic user, and I don't much care for the beta interface. I left comments indicating what I wanted the UI to do that it wasn't currently doing, and why I still use the classic mode.

    • Re:Classic Slashdot (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Alkivar (25833) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @05:45PM (#46166521) Homepage

      I've been coming to /. since before you had to register to comment.
      This is the first design change that has actually made me consider leaving.

      • by Fluffeh (1273756)

        Erm, you don't have to register to comment. That Anon Coward isn't just a funny nick you know? :P

      • by TubeSteak (669689)

        This is the first design change that has actually made me consider leaving.

        Classic is the only thing keeping me in the comments section.
        The fact that /devs decided to truncate long urls, even for classic Plain Old Text, should have tipped me off that my kind isn't wanted here anymore.

    • Re: Classic Slashdot (Score:5, Interesting)

      by jafac (1449) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @05:48PM (#46166559) Homepage

      4-digit UID here.
      Don't like the beta one bit.
      Get off my lawn.

    • Business majors (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Okian Warrior (537106) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @05:51PM (#46166619) Homepage Journal

      McDonalds notes that the best people to own franchises are farmers, because they follow instructions to the letter. Since the McDonalds franchise model has been honed to perfection, the farmer-owned franchise is a guaranteed success.

      The worst franchise owners are MBAs. They want to make changes, to do things "better", and this never works out in practice. The franchise instructions do things in specific ways for a reason, all the bugs have been worked out, and the franchise model really is the best way.

      Slashdot is run by MBAs, they won't listen to us. They know better, because they are, like, business majors... ya know?

      The biggest mistake MBAs make is thinking that management/administration is a plug-in skill - you can move to a different business and manage it without knowing the ins and outs of the business.

      Any MBA can become a middle manager in, for example, a newspaper without knowing the newspaper business. It's all about managing people, getting projects done on time, and being a buffer between management and workers.

      Any MBA can manage Slashdot, you only need to survey the landscape and implement all the features that make other news sites great.

      Being like other sites will make Slashdot even greater!

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      I was going to leave feedback, but their link took me into third party site hell (nice going guys).

      The redesign is a bad idea. What makes the classic design work is the same thing that makes Craigslist work - there's a maximum of readable poop per area of screen real estate. We don't need large, flashy fonts, big catchy icons, etc if that means fewer stories or shorter summaries on a page. That's how you get into the "we made the site look so good that everyone left" syndrome.

      Microsoft's Windows 8 design

    • Re:Classic Slashdot (Score:4, Interesting)

      by lgw (121541) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @05:58PM (#46166709) Journal

      How many readers are going to leave if they cut it off slashdot classic completely?

      I'm likely to. I'm thinking of changing my signature to "If Hitler were also a pedophile, he'd still be better than Slashdot Beta". But maybe beta will improve?

    • by Racemaniac (1099281) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @06:00PM (#46166749)

      i've got the feeling the beta slashdot was designed by someone who makes websites for the elderly

      huge fonts, extra pictures, tons of whitespace everywhere >__
      it might be decent for a mobile version, but not for desktops, we're not reading this on 8" screens

      • by mdielmann (514750)

        So, in short, they took the Windows 8 approach, and were surprised to get an identical response.

      • Re:Classic Slashdot (Score:5, Informative)

        by rsmith-mac (639075) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @07:29PM (#46167913)

        i've got the feeling the beta slashdot was designed by someone who makes websites for the elderly

        Not quite. It was designed by someone who (sadly) knows what they're doing, and more importantly knows what advertisers currently want.

        A lot of sites have shifted over to this kind of design, so Slashdot is far from alone. Advertisers like it for various reasons - mostly it comes down to ads being more eye-catching - and of course advertisers control the purse strings. But at the same time the public has also had it ingrained into their heads that such a design is the definition of "modern", and therefore any site not using such a design is by definition not modern, and therefore not worth their time ("the site's owners can't be bothered to keep up with the times?"). Which just leads to a feedback loop of advertisers liking it even more, since they want to advertise on sites that the public perceives as hip/modern so that their products are seen in a similar manner.

        But the truly terrifying thing is that the industry isn't done yet. I can show you what the future will look like and it isn't pretty: http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/21/5307992/inside-the-mind-of-a-fanboy [theverge.com]. By all accounts the advertisers seem to love it; the text is big and readable (i.e. not threatening), there's animation and lots of flashy effects, etc. It basically reads and behaves like an interactive glossy magazine (People, not Popular Science).

        Not that I agree with any of this. Beta needs to be buried 6ft under in a grave lined with lead. But there is a method to their madness; despite what a lot of people here think, Dice hasn't gone off of their rockers. The rest of the world is just slowly moving on from text to images and iconography, as sad as that may be.

        • by Mashiki (184564)

          I can show you what the future will look like and it isn't pretty:

          Holy fuck. I want to punch someone in the kittens for that layout. ZOMG POP! POP! POP! ZOMG POP!

  • Like he was some kind of Robin Hood figure who was trying to give time to people to catch up on their mortgages? And he ends up shot and crying in a failed bank heist or something?

  • by Rob_Bryerton (606093) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @05:41PM (#46166457) Homepage
    Well, hopefully that Iron Mountain facility was storing their backups offsite at a safe, secure location.
  • Hmmm.... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by MightyMartian (840721) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @05:42PM (#46166475) Journal

    Argentina having an economic crisis... Making impotent threats over the Falklands didn't work, let's try burning all the bank records.

    • Re:Hmmm.... (Score:4, Insightful)

      by lgw (121541) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @06:01PM (#46166767) Journal

      When that many failsafes all fail (and Iron Mountain certainly takes this sort of stuff seriously), it's pretty clearly an "accident" not an accident.

      • Re:Hmmm.... (Score:5, Informative)

        by Charliemopps (1157495) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @06:24PM (#46167135)

        Yea, if any of you haven't been in one of these data centers, the sear improbability of this kind of fire is staggering.

        The rooms are usually kept so cold you need a jacket.
        There are firewalls everywhere (and I mean the physical kind)
        They have sprinkler systems in the looses sense of the term, They more likely dump CO2 to avoid damaging the equipment.
        If all else fails the room seal and Halon dumps (or one of its alternatives) making combustion almost completely impossible.

        The only way I could see it happening is if things were shut down for a test or something...
        or some neighboring building that was much larger exploded or something.

        • Re:Hmmm.... (Score:5, Funny)

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @07:19PM (#46167813)

          There are firewalls everywhere (and I mean the physical kind)

          And there is you have the culprit. Walls of fire should not be placed anywhere near anything you don't want to burn. "But the Mount of Doom has a lot of fire" you say. Yeah, and it didn't do them any good, now did it? Just use a few more Orc patrols and be done with it. It may seem more expensive, but at least you won't have problems with people accidentally catching on fire and burning everything.

  • by GameMaster (148118) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @05:42PM (#46166491)

    I know it's horrible that some first responders died in this, but I have to ask if anyone's looked to see if there have been any new hand-crafted soap manufacturers and/or liposuction clinic thefts in the area lately...

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Day 1: It wouldn't stop, the redirecting. At first I thought it was malware. Had my first drink in a long time.

    Day 2: Barely had the strength to carry on as the BETA REDIRECTIONS continue.. trying not to talk to hallucinations at the bar and in the bathroom which laugh at me about these redirections.

    Day 3: Discovered the BETA redirections were random, and while at first they looked somewhat usable, when I looked at me and my monitor screen in the mirror, a horrible woman with flesh hanging off of her body l

  • It's hard to believe this wasn't arson if that facility was like the Iron Mountain facility I've seen.

    I wonder why the fire suppression system wasn't able to stop it?

  • by michaelmalak (91262) <michael@michaelmalak.com> on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @05:50PM (#46166591) Homepage
    The linked WSJ story says that a creditor to Argentina was seeking the bank records related to the country's 2001 default. That is neither far-reaching nor surprising.
  • by Guspaz (556486) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @06:06PM (#46166835)

    Allow me to stress the importance of a multi-tiered backup strategy. The loss of any individual tier should not result in the loss of any data...

    We're not exactly fanatical about our backups, but we still go for a three tiered strategy for our live systems: on-system (like nightly SQL dumps), off-system (nightly disk images stored in the datacentre), and off-site (nightly incremental rsync-based backups). The failure of any one of those backup tiers wouldn't be an issue...

    I don't see why archival storage should be much different. You should have at least two copies of everything in different locations, on-site and off-site. Basically, if you're shoving archival data in a third-party facility like this, you have no backups of your archives...

  • by WoodstockJeff (568111) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @06:08PM (#46166865) Homepage

    ... to copy their backup of the data...

  • by C3ntaur (642283) <centaur&netmagic,net> on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @06:17PM (#46167037) Journal
    This seems to be the standard way to make inconvenient records disappear. http://youtu.be/hZEvA8BCoBw [youtu.be]
  • by sootman (158191) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @06:30PM (#46167225) Homepage Journal

    I'll be very sad if Slashdot gets flushed down the tubes. Like everyone else, I come here for the comments. (Certainly not for the summaries, or timely news.) I can find neat stuff anywhere (reddit!) but nowhere else has anywhere NEAR the level of discussion that you find here. At the other end of the scale, HN and Quora get dominated by a few heavy writers and they're way too serious most of the time. I LOVE Slashdot's patented mix of light, informative, funny stuff.

    After 17 years here (HOLY CRAP!), I have no idea what I'll do if (when?) it goes.

    Dear DICE: Can you PLEASE not fuck this up and turn it into some shitty Business Insider clone or something? Can you possibly just let a good thing stay as it is?

  • by Bearhouse (1034238) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @07:08PM (#46167683)

    Out of interest, I was looking for more detail.
    Found a story on the BBC about one of their facilities that went up in flames in London in 2006 (I think)
    Was a link to another fire too..

    Maybe not the safest archivist out there, then..

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