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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

Blaskowicz addendum (140 comments)

To me it's kind of a lost computing heaven, much like some of you nuts that used NeXT, BeOS, Amiga or whatever perfect "real Unix" that never really existed. Of course IE had to go first, replaced by firefox 0.x and 1.x, then the 64K resource limit got atrocious (Firefox 0.7 ; problem stabilized at version 0.9 ; then Steam as a huge offender) and then only the 2000/XP/2003 branch was viable. Had to move from that one to linux.

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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

Blaskowicz Run all-MS software stack! (140 comments)

This reminds me of the days you could run IE5, Windows Media Player 6.0 (don't update to 7 it's garbage!), Paint, Notepad, MSN Messenger and it was all good.
File manager turning into IE or FTP and vice versa was awesome and the software very lightweight. Pinnacle of GUI, of course Active Desktop was the first sign of garbage you had to disable so you had the first signs of microsoft turning really evil and crappy.
Great games and software in the quicklaunch if you wanted, including the almost-real DOS prompt. Use Winamp for music, as WMP doesn't have a playlist anyway. Fool around in the sound recorder if you wish. Even the minesweeper and solitaire were both the real versions.

2 hours ago
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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

Blaskowicz Re:Rather late (140 comments)

Both maths and real tests tell that higher than CD quality is useless.
I will agree than 320Kbps MP3 or high bitrate VBR is enough, but with flac you can simply ignore the whole issue and have it 100% the same as the source. You can go maximum overkill with 24bit/48KHz flac (I'd be curious to know how it compresses versus the same downsampled to 16bit, perhaps the fill size is not much bigger)

3 hours ago
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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

Blaskowicz Re:About time (140 comments)

I like xvid video in mkv container fine, thanks.
In truth, I don't care very much about the video container or codec, I'm more bothered that the sound track is usually 128kbps MP3 or 128Kbps AAC and not something with twice the bitrate while keeping the video size low enough.

3 hours ago
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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

Blaskowicz Re:Great, now let's talk filesystems (140 comments)

Or read-only would be more trivial to implement, so that poor sheeps that strolled out of the microsoft true path can migrate their data.

3 hours ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Blaskowicz Re:Only 3.2T? *YAWN* (426 comments)

You might as well say "64GB RAM in a consumer desktop? Yawn, my server has 1TB".
It is a consumer SSD, on a smallish card (single slot, single PCB) meaning you'll be able to order it from newegg et al. at one tenth the cost.

3 hours ago
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How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

Blaskowicz Re:Ross Perot is awesome! (122 comments)

That explains the strong cultural trait in favor of limited government power or federal power

8 hours ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Blaskowicz Re:What about long-term data integrity? (426 comments)

A single Sata 6Gbps SSD that reads at 500 MB/s is reasonably close to the 10Gbps ethernet bandwith, and M2 PCIe 2x matches it.
I can agree it's not critical at all to have such network bandwith. It's doable right now essentially as a luxury (Apple sells an external Thunderbolt 10Gbe NIC at around $1K as an option) unless you're working with lots of content creation and convince yourself it's damn nice.

8 hours ago
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

Blaskowicz Re:n00b! (217 comments)

I remember playing Valve's DMC, which is Quake 1 multiplayer in another game (something that gets run very infrequently) and I found myself on that big outdoor map (which feels surprisingly sunny for quake 1, but well the graphics are upgraded to 16bit) against a lone guy that kicked my ass constantly. Always 200HP, 200 armor and a big weapon versus my sorry ass.
I assumed he was an oldtimer and timed the weapons by himself. That and knowing the map and not dying. It was painful for me LOL. This makes me appreciate Counterstrike 1.x, where the game engine is the same but there's no respawning and stuff lying around in the map (usually)

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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Blaskowicz Re:Reliability (426 comments)

On a desktop you will have gigabytes that come from dailywtf-worthy javascript from the internet, pixmaps and buffers that came from rendered html and jpeg files etc., that sort of crap. If you leave that shit running for days (tab hoarding, even mild) and the OS puts some old unused shit into swap so you get more free memory and disk caching, that seems a win.

Consuming all RAM with only an OS and browser is also all too easily doable. So I would say you have it more easy on a server (unless maybe you run garbage software there which I'm sure there's no shortage of)

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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Blaskowicz Re:Reliability (426 comments)

If you're worried about that it's easy to not fill it up, make partitions so you leave out 10 to 20 GB that will never get used at the end of the (logical) drive, in addition to the overprovisioning that is already there.

Perhaps the OS needs an option to artificially slow down the swapping. Or just get over it. If you're too worried about the various caches, temp files etc. eating your precious I/O reserve then your SSD will be wasted because you're afraid to use it.

yesterday
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Blaskowicz Re:LOL (426 comments)

I'm using a 12-year-old Seagate fine. Yay, really a drive that old still is big enough to run the latest OS and it is nicely quiet compared to a Maxtor or worst, Quantum.
Seagate had its shit series that's not good for anything, 7200.11.

yesterday
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Blaskowicz Re:What about long-term data integrity? (426 comments)

Indeed, complicated storage schemes tied to a hardware controller that's likely to fail (a computer in your computer), what could go wrong.
Better to use software RAID 1, or even rsync a drive to another.

In the context of home storage anyway, I would say RAID 1 (and checking your RAM yearly with memtest86+) is better than nothing at all, which is the "backup strategy" adopted by 90%+ people. Better yet would be RAID 1 + off-site backup. Note to self : have to make a list of files and folders in my music collection. That would be a useful "back up" already.

yesterday
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Blaskowicz Re:What about long-term data integrity? (426 comments)

Thunderbolt is external PCIe, and is thus nice for overpriced laptops and trash can shaped workstations. Else it is a lot cheaper to use your internal PCIe. PCIe 2.0 4x will do the same job as Thunderbolt 2.0 - and so you can either use a PCIe 2.0 4x card for your SSD (or a 3.0 one to yet double the bandwith, seems the 3.2TB Samsung SSD uses that) or for a 10Gb NIC.

Real issue with 10Gb ethernet is the cost and then the power use, not anywhere near a graphics card but around the 10W mark which is significant. A high end motherboard was just announced (2011-3 socket) which has a dual 10Gb NIC built-in, which uses 14 watts.

yesterday
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Blaskowicz Re:What about long-term data integrity? (426 comments)

Not really, an easy way to falsify your account is to run an old motherboard, hard drive or pretty anything that's not been used in ten to fifteen years : it works fine. The firmware is usually stored in flash (instead of PROM or EEPROM as was done in the 80s and early 90s) which is also why all it takes is a DOS program to update firmware instead of removing chips and putting them in a programmer.

yesterday
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

Blaskowicz Re:CS:GO cheating (217 comments)

IRC is client/server yet it broadcasts your IP to everyone when you join a channel ("coward - some_ip_address_format joined #blah"). Which I find unnerving as it's one more thing to track you down on the internet, and it's right in the open, it even leaks your local username (on your computer) if you're not careful.

If players meet up on IRC as is common, you just got their IP.

yesterday
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

Blaskowicz Re:yeah ummm cya (445 comments)

Is it a bit like object-oriented C code? :-)

yesterday
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

Blaskowicz Re: Ob (445 comments)

Isn't that obvious that daemon is an older spelling of the same word? (though the a and e should be jointed).
Let me rant about how fetus should be spelled "foetus". It follows that all US people should have been aborted.

yesterday
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How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

Blaskowicz Re:Ross Perot is awesome! (122 comments)

"But there was no second vote" I meant. sorry.

yesterday

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