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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

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

Yeah I'm in the it's nice camp. I mostly consume data. I develop software but that is a pittance of the bits I touch a day. Even counting for test builds and what not it is probably less than 1GB a day. It is really people generating uncompressed video that need this kind of throughput on a local machine. But those I'd lump into: 1) professionals so that is the cost of business or 2) amateurs so that is the cost of your expensive hobby (same like gamers piss money away on multi-GPU, liquid cooled etc systems, or hobbyist golfers on memberships etc). It is the fact that the average person doesn't need it that makes it a luxury and gives little incentive for your $1200 Dell to come with it. The vast majority of people are using a NAS for household backups and to push a compressed video to the tv or whatever. 1Gbps is more than enough for this.

1 hour ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

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

Yeah a 10W nic is drawing "a lot" of power but so is the disks/switches to get you data at that speed. SSDs are low powered but you still are looking at using a few of them in parallel to feed you that quick and presumably the NAS device also must have a nic on its end. Not a huge issue other than heat though since I don't think 10Gbps makes sense on a laptop much yet, well I guess it does because at that speed you don't need much local storage, but if you were pulling stuff into local storage you'd fill up laptop class drives in about 10min of use.

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

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

So a 3TB drive is enough to store 15 pics a day for that 11 years a 50MB a piece. I assume back in 2003 you weren't taking 50MB pics but going forward it might grow I suppose. But still say you take 150 pics a day and then delete them all once you fill up the bad boy: it is still over a year between cycles. With at least 300 write cycles on an SSD you'll be fine: in 5 years you'll be picking up a replacement 10TB SSD for $200 from Best Buy.

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

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

Admittedly you said NAS but if NAS really means a box sitting next to the powerful computer that needs that kind of throughput then Thunderbolt will do that for you 20Gbps currently. I suspect the issue is a north bridge south bridge type of thing. Well now the north bridge is really in the CPU for the most part but I/O still lives one step removed from the CPU. To fix that you need to use a pcie card or something for the network interface which means you effectively need the equivalent of a dual graphics card mobo worth of hardware just so that 5% of the time you actually need that 10Gbps throughput on the network interface you have it.

2 days ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

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

I think you are spot on. Back in the day of 100GB drives you could easily fill empty the drive several times a year. Even standard def video you'd go through 10GB of data a week easy (~350MB each so about 300 shows compacity). But now go up to 1080p say 1.6GB compressed using normal codex. You are looking at 1-2000 episodes on a disk. So your write/delete cycle is 3-6X less even at 1080p. For the vast majority of people using large storage that is what it is being used for. Yeah I know: "but I have a lot of photos". 1: even at say 10MB a pop do you really have THAT many photos (about 100 a day for 8 years to fill a 3TB drive)? 2: if you do .. and is this personal or business? Yeah a professional might create a lot of content but then storage is a cost of business not just a routine maintenance thing you have to do to organize your personal life.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

ILongForDarkness Re:Mod parent up. (176 comments)

I agree. You have a good idea and domain knowledge. Next up is finding the passionate hacker that can say "yeah but" and get all the crap out of the idea, figure out how your idea for an internal document management system could be GoogleDocs instead etc. Sometimes it is the business person that finds the market and sometimes it is the technical person that finds the problem that the idea solves.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

ILongForDarkness IT vs software development (176 comments)

I'm not sure this thread is giving the poster enough credit it depends how hierarchical his last job was but in my experience IT/systems admins can have WAY more business experience than software developers. Often they handle purchasing of IT equipment meaning interviewing users and determining needs, specing out the boxes, finding a vendor etc. Since the users cross the corporate spectrum you get exposed to the business practices and relative skills of different departments which can help greatly when you realize that for example a good records clerk might be a wizard with Excel but otherwise be an idiot with how to use a computer, but that is okay they can still do their job.

Often they have to handle reporting in order to allocate the expense back to departments, have to write or help explain the corporate IT use policy in such a way that it conforms to regulations etc.. Managing a much more complicated budget (service contracts, internal and external employees, equipment purchasing and refresh cycle etc: it can be much closer to running a smaller business within the bigger business. In software development it is much easier to just become the guy that makes the widgets and doesn't have to worry his pretty little head about how it is used. At best, again in my experience, dev managers can manage people hiring and allocating to projects to try to keep the projects going. They have little experience managing other types of resources.

I agree just having a masters degree doesn't mean you are ready to run everything. Corporate culture vs university culture is completely different. Spending grant money you've convinced someone to give you for the next 3 years is much different than spending money you are borrowing from an investor/bank/your personal retirement savings in hopes of making a business that will be profitable. In university it is often okay to say: we experimented and proved it wasn't a good idea, in business it is waste and needs to be managed or you'll quickly be out of business.

4 days ago
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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

ILongForDarkness Re:Wifi what about the poor saps (106 comments)

Huh. "Article" more like an ad. Not really clear what "free phone calls mean". I guess we can assume they'll have some sort of voip setup. I was thinking the assumption was that free wifi=free phone calls because everyone has a smartphone with skype installed right? I wonder how many people will use this to replace long distance for when you need to call a land line/cell phone without the hassle of coordinating a Skype call.

about two weeks ago
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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

ILongForDarkness Wifi what about the poor saps (106 comments)

So you have enough money for a wifi enabled device likely a cellphone at least, congrats here's your free wifi. If you happen to be somewhere without a cellphone or say a tourist who's phone doesn't work there sorry no handy phones around anymore sure hope you know enough to get skype or something on that bad boy should you need to call anyone. Tech is cool but there is still a lot of people out there that are clueless. My parents for example can't even figure out how to shutoff a computer or figure out what button to push to start a cellphone call. Their done because all the tech they are used to is being replaced with the assumption that you'll drop $500 a year on a shiny gadget rather than have a few quarters in your pocket when traveling.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

ILongForDarkness Re:Obvious guy says (223 comments)

Not clear from the brief question what the poster meant. For all we know the dude is Indian or another nationality in the area and just spending a year at home. Or has been there for a few months before etc. I agree not everything has to be job training but a year is a really long time. You can spend a few hours a day reading a book or hacking something and still have plenty of time to hang out with people, see the scenery etc. If for nothing else even if you make friends THEY likely will be working 8+ hours a day so you'll have to find something to do then.

about two weeks ago
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Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

ILongForDarkness Re: It's all about the haters (178 comments)

I think all the 5"+ craze is people that were late to the tablet game deciding that they want one device that can suit two purposes, to me you end up with an awkward phone (and I'm 6'3" so I can't imagine a little 5'2" person) and a tiny tablet for watching shows on. Neither great but better to some than dropping another $2-500 on a second device.

about two weeks ago
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Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

ILongForDarkness Re: It's all about the haters (178 comments)

Android might be just as bad I don't know don't own one but I'd add: Apple just being able to decide to remove an app that you used to have from the store because their latest shiny doesn't work well with it (even though all the older models do) or they decided to create hype for the next version of iOS by adding a feature that that app already does.

about two weeks ago
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Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

ILongForDarkness Re:No. (237 comments)

Yes and public transit is tax deductible in a lot of places. It is actually good for regulating somewhat sane hours as in "sorry got to go my train leaves in 10 min". Otherwise I find "flex time" becomes the dude that didn't show up at the office till 10:30am hitting my desk at 5pm for a design review and tying me up for 1-2hrs of unplanned OT.

about two weeks ago
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Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

ILongForDarkness Re:It's only worth it (237 comments)

I'm the same. I could save maybe 30 min of my 1.5hr commute. But I'd be stuck paying roughly $15-20 a day more and not be able to read and watch tv along the way. Essentially that 30min savings is costing 1hr of down time each way + $100 a week.

about two weeks ago
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New Book Argues Automation Is Making Software Developers Less Capable

ILongForDarkness chicken and egg (212 comments)

There might be more software developers now simply because automation has lowered the bar to getting anything out the door. So you might see the average developer be "less skilled' now because less skill is required and so more people say "hey I'd like to make 100k a year too".

Someone has to make the automation tools. After that why should everyone go deep into the kernel/windowing system/whatever and understand at a really low level? Occasionally useful to know, and sometimes interesting but IMO we are paid to deliver business value not spend time learning all the details that the guy that made the tool had to figure out. Being capable of learning when it becomes necessary is far more important than what you already know.

about two weeks ago
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333 Km/h Rocket-Powered Bicycle Sets New Speed Record

ILongForDarkness Re:bike? (51 comments)

Maybe if you powered an electrolysis system with your pedaling and then released all the power at once closer to being a bicycle. That would actually be funny to see going down the street: dude biking along side road then takes a turn onto an onramp. Drivers thinking he missed a turn or something only for the guy to start flying :)

about two weeks ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

ILongForDarkness Re:Oh no (297 comments)

Yeah it isn't the jogging that burns it is the lean muscle mass. I get about 500-700 cal out of a run if the treadmill is accurate which would take about 6 runs per pound of fat not counting anything put back in afterwards for recovery. I have about 195lb lean which burns a hell of a lot. just sitting around I burn 2500 a day and I don't just sit around.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

ILongForDarkness Re:Oh no (297 comments)

30min X 3-4 running so that is fixed. + ~4 sets of 4 exercises 4-5 days a week (on a day I'm not doing cardio probably get that done in about 40min). I'm not a fast runner to begin with and am recovering from a broken leg but I get in about 3 mi each run so 9-12 a week. The rest is weights.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

ILongForDarkness Re:Oh no (297 comments)

There is a whole psychological component you hinted at too. What if one guy feels happy/energetic etc at 2000 cal and another needs 2500? I think there are both biological reasons why it could be harder to burn, lower metabolism etc, but also other biological factors that just doesn't make you feel full, happy, etc without a certain calorie intake. Both may happen but in the one case at least if the cause is found I suspect you'd be forgive in the other case you'd be asked to suck it up and show some discipline.

Personally, I like to eat both good and bad things for me. But I also don't mind spending 5 hours a week at the gym so it all works out. Not everyone has the free time I have though or the money to afford access to a gym (yeah I know jogging is relatively free but who wants to look like Richard Simmons?).

about two weeks ago
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Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

ILongForDarkness Re: West Virginia too (468 comments)

So it isn't reasonable to expect that people would have some way at hand to prove who they are? What happens if you are in an accident and you have no Id, you just hope one of the nurses in the ER recognizes you and remembers your medical history? Sure people can have their id in really hard to locate areas, or haven't bothered and now they need to figure out where the office is across the country. But that is their problem/lack of record keeping, helped along by a system that allowed them to get away with it all this time.

Your mom wouldn't be being disenfranchised she'd be deciding the effort required to comply with the law is greater than her desire to vote. We make those choices all the time, like not bothering to mail in that $7 off rebate you get with a new ladder. Different levels of importance but so should be the effort you are willing to put into complying.

about three weeks ago

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