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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

Anonymous Psychopath Re:Marketing (173 comments)

As much as I'm sure you're right, I think this is a great way to perform advertising. No flash animations, no autoplay video or sound clips, no clickbait... Just pure data-driven performance benchmarking. It's like they're saying "Let's attract tech-savvy customers by publishing something that will actually be informative and/or interesting to them, and then maybe some of them will be interested in what we sell" I can totally get behind this form of marketing!

It's effective. They're still my first recommendation to friends and family even though I've moved to a competitor (needed Linux support).

about a week ago
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FreeNAS 9.3 Released

Anonymous Psychopath Re:Small NAS box suggestions? (115 comments)

16GB ECC only costs a little over $100. You can way, way beat that price if you build your own.

I built a 4U rack with 12 hot swap bays, a quad core Haswell, 32 GB of ECC RAM for about that price, all up less drives. That includes an 8 SATA3 PCIe x8 card as well as 10 SATA3 built in to the motherboard.

I run FreeBSD 10 on it with ZFS. Why settle for a repackaged FreeBSD, way out of date, when you can use the real thing? They are both free.

The management UI.

about two weeks ago
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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

Anonymous Psychopath Re:More filtering? (239 comments)

I was actually saying the "importance" algorithms are probably more to to with advertising than what I want to see. And the threading already hides stuff at random, so I have no trust.

Yes, and I was attempting to explain that Inbox doesn't work that way at all.

about three weeks ago
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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

Anonymous Psychopath Re:More filtering? (239 comments)

Pardon, I thought they were implying Inbox would put advertising in the forefront and hide other, more relevant things from you in a similar fashion to some other products.

about three weeks ago
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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

Anonymous Psychopath Re:More filtering? (239 comments)

I don't think you've used Inbox yet. It's pretty good at filtering. Promo/spam is (mostly) correctly categorized and by default doesn't trigger a new email notification. Once or twice a day I sweep all the cruft away with a single click.

about three weeks ago
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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

Anonymous Psychopath Re:So what is it? (239 comments)

It's aimed at fulfilling an Inbox Zero model, which basically just means it presents an empty or nearly empty inbox as much as possible. It's actually quite good at doing it in an intuitive way.

Important things stick around, unimportant things are done away with very easily, but you can still get them back if you make a mistake or change your mind. Or set a reminder so that it goes away now but reappears later, like a snooze button. Personally I like it and have not used Gmail at all since I started using Inbox.

about three weeks ago
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Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

Anonymous Psychopath Re:Who? (137 comments)

Most people don't care about what happens in some distant offshore country like USA.

Our terrible legislation has a tendency to later show up in other parts of the world.

about a month ago
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Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

Anonymous Psychopath Re:Who? (137 comments)

Aeero was party to a crucial US Supreme Court case that was well-publicized in the mainstream media. Not our fault you live under a fucking rock, AC.

about a month ago
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LibraryBox is an Open Source Server That Runs on Low-Cost Hardware (Video)

Anonymous Psychopath Re:Do we really need this? (47 comments)

Do we really need yet another file server distro?

I'm a little more confused around the goal. It's designed to share eBooks in places that have no infrastructure, maybe not even a reliable electrical grid. Okay... but share with what? People in those parts of the world aren't running around with iPads.

about 1 month ago
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It's Official: HTML5 Is a W3C Standard

Anonymous Psychopath Re:Well, that's cool I guess (125 comments)

This is more or less how technology standards work. Would you say the IEEE has no clout because manufacturers ship hardware while the standard is still in draft?

about 2 months ago
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Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

Anonymous Psychopath Re:Wrong headline (255 comments)

No, the loophole is there because paying taxes on a loss makes zero sense. Did you even read what you responded to?

about 2 months ago
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China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and Microsoft Accounts

Anonymous Psychopath Re:Why? (109 comments)

Are the Chinese officials trying to score some celebrity porn?

It's possibly related to the protests in Hong Kong and the government's desire to identify the leaders/participants.

about 2 months ago
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Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

Anonymous Psychopath Re:(some) cars are gadgets now (158 comments)

Oh, wait, people aren't supposed to keep cars that long any more.

Cars don't last like they used to. I have seen several 100 year old Ford Model-Ts. I have never seen a 100 year old Tesla.

Would you accept 87 years old?

about 2 months ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

Anonymous Psychopath Re:I'm not convinced (387 comments)

Microsoft revenue was $19.9B in Q4FY13 alone, and $77.8B in the full year. I didn't look at FY12 but I assume the numbers you quoted are junk or the stock would be going through the roof. It's true that Apple is bigger, though.

about 2 months ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

Anonymous Psychopath Re:I'm not convinced (387 comments)

What's interesting to me is that big, audacious ideas that succeed are so often led by people with borderline, clearly flawed personalities. Napoleon, Edison, Disney, Hitchcock, Patton, Jobs, Gates, Balmer, the list goes on and on.

You had me until Balmer.

Why? MS unarguably owns the enterprise desktop productivity suite with an iron fist. Hard to call that anything but success (for him, anyway).

about 2 months ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

Anonymous Psychopath Re:I'm not convinced (387 comments)

"One of the reasons we have this culture of strong language, that admittedly many people find off-putting, is that when it comes to technical people with strong opinions and with a strong drive to do something technically superior, you end up having these opinions show up as sometimes pretty strong language," he said. "On the Internet, nobody can hear you being subtle."

Excuses, excuses. One can easily be heard and still be professional if he wants to. Linux alone is so cool and influential that the leader of the project will certainly get noticed even without peppering everything with insults and cursing.

Could it be different is a really interesting question, mostly because it's impossible to answer. Big projects that span decades are the result of thousands of decisions, perhaps hundreds of thousands of interactions. Linus has found a certain style that appears to work for him and the team closest to him so I won't say it's wrong, but if his style were different would he have attracted different people to that inner circle, and would those people have been more effective or less? Can't say.

What's interesting to me is that big, audacious ideas that succeed are so often led by people with borderline, clearly flawed personalities. Napoleon, Edison, Disney, Hitchcock, Patton, Jobs, Gates, Balmer, the list goes on and on.

about 2 months ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

Anonymous Psychopath Re:What about books? (406 comments)

Why were books, magazines and newspapers never banned before? They're just as much of a distraction (at least, they used to be until smartphones took over). Heck, they give away magazines in every seat pocket.

My thoughts exactly. I was expecting the in-flight magazine folks and SkyMall to be the ones pushing the issue. The only time I'd read them is takeoffs and landings.

What they ought to do is build the safety briefing into their mobile apps. They know when I've boarded the plane, so they could simply set a timer that triggers ten minutes later and prompts me to look at a video or something on my mobile. Frequent flyers would still ignore it, but at least the flight attendants wouldn't get their knickers in a bunch.

I feel for them sometimes. It must be hard to perform the briefing, especially the part where you have to demonstrate how a seatbelt works. The seatbelt design hasn't changed since before many of them were born, yet they are still required to stand there and demonstrate.

about 2 months ago
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VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

Anonymous Psychopath What's the license? (220 comments)

The source still contains the original TrueCrypt license.

about 2 months ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

Anonymous Psychopath And...? (367 comments)

No one cares what PETA thinks except PETA. This is because reasonable people still outnumber the idiots, even though it doesn't seem that way most of the time.

about 2 months ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

Anonymous Psychopath Re:We don't know the details (742 comments)

There probably aren't any recordings. It's typically only the contact center that records conversations. The article says the firing was a result from an ethics investigation launched when Comcast called to complain about him. It implies that the ethics violation centers around him using his position with his employer to further his claim against Comcast. Say, for example, he obtained the controller's name and contact information using his employee's resources. Or maybe he implied he could make an error that would cost Comcast just as Comcast had done to him. Or maybe it's just as he presented it and Comcast used their leverage to get rid of an annoyance. I've no idea, really, but there has to be a lot more to this story than just what's in the article. It's impossible to draw any real conclusions.

about 3 months ago

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