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Old 10-06-2018, 12:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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According to C-Net, the next Windows update may delete your documents folder.

https://www.cnet.com/news/windows-10-october-2018-update-may-delete-personal-files-during-some-upgrades/[/url][/QUOTE]

If it wasn't official enough that C-Net said it, Linus has a video about it!



C-Nete talked about the different ways that you could spend money to back up your data.

I copied everything to a new folder named Dox.

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Old 10-06-2018, 01:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Windows updates has always been among the main sources of lost/corrupted data.

Heck, I've had windows upgrades where I was prompted if I wanted to save personal data, I say yes, and then it proceeds to not only erase personal data, but also remove all non-standard programs. It essentially just installed a fresh copy of Windows rather than upgrade the service pack release.

People should be backing up important data anyhow. This is nothing new since the invention of software.
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Posted by msmash on Saturday October 06, 2018 @09:08AM from the steer-clear dept.


But my favorite story [above that] is the Banksy painting:

Banksy Artwork Self-Destructs At Auction Right After Being Sold For $1.3 Million
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Elusive street artist Banksy's famous "Girl With Balloon" artwork was on sale at a Sotheby's auction in New York inside what looked like a normal, if slightly old fashioned painting frame. As soon as the auction concluded — the artwork was sold to a bidder for a cool $1.3 Million — a whirring noise started coming from the artwork hanging on the wall, and "Girl With Ballon" started moving down inside its frame, coming out the bottom of the frame in shredded strips.
Presumably, now it's worth more.
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Awesome! Reminds me of the excellent movie (haven't read the book) Thomas Crown Affair.

I never understood art prices. I can get a very good replica of any famous art piece, at a fraction of the price, and it will contain 99.9% of the beauty of the original.

I wonder if the science part of the mind is at odds with the artistic part, because I've always been drawn to science / utility, and took little interest in art.
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There's art, and there's pointed social commentary on the economics of collecting it. Imagine the massive cognitive dissonance that must have been in that room.

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I never understood art prices. I can get a very good replica of any famous art piece, at a fraction of the price, and it will contain 99.9% of the beauty of the original.
It's simply conspicuous consumption, plus "outsiders" with lots of money wanting to buy acceptance into the social circles in which collecting expensive stuff is considered important. And then of course there's the "Emperor's New Clothes" effect: as with "Banksy", once something becomes validated by critics and people paying large amounts of money, no one dares to say it's crap. See e.g. The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art

WRT the self-destructing "art", I can just see the horde of hungry lawyers now...
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Awesome! Reminds me of the excellent movie (haven't read the book) Thomas Crown Affair.

I never understood art prices. I can get a very good replica of any famous art piece, at a fraction of the price, and it will contain 99.9% of the beauty of the original.

I wonder if the science part of the mind is at odds with the artistic part, because I've always been drawn to science / utility, and took little interest in art.
There's a knack to it. Pay enough to make people think it's worth a lot, but not so much that you don't make a profit when you sell it on. As long as you flip it before the speculation bubble bursts.

99.9% of the price of art, or of collector cars, is in the provenance. The fact that they're rare, or original. The fact that if they're destroyed, they can't be replaced. No one is making any more original Ferrari 250GTOs. Van Gogh is no longer making new paintings.

As such, paying a million bucks for a Banksy PRINT, which can be replicated... while the artist is still alive... is faintly ridiculous.

Wouldn't be surprised if the auction itself was a set up.
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I understand scarcity and rarity. Always wanted a Delorean, but then they are fairly terrible cars, so I never bought one. I'm more sympathetic towards car collectors because they can't be reproduced as easily as taking a flatbed scanner, creating a high quality digital reproduction, and then hitting print on a high quality printer.

Star Trek seemed to imply that once replicators could make anything abundant, humans would just automatically cooperate. As long as there is such a thing as an original Picasso, there will be envy.

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