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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Malc Re:Hybrids are where it's at (for me) (431 comments)

Most big data is videos, photo and audio which are played sequentially or in big enough chunks like one photo at the time that random access times and IOPS don't matter, a defragged hard drive is simply perfect for the task.

Err, no. Depends on what kind of video you're doing. In the video world it's easy to end up bottlenecked by disk I/O.

HD resolution ProRes files for instance will tax any hard drive, requiring over 40MB/s (330mbs) throughput:
https://documentation.apple.co...

I'm working with 4K sources, of which some are uncompressed. You need RAID or SSD.

2 days ago
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UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure

Malc Re:Australia can get it right (145 comments)

I've lived in Canada, Australia and the UK. I prefer the system in Ontario where they are completely anti adding private in to the mix (although every company offering medical benefits for prescriptions seems to get ignored by voters). Private isn't the answer, and there's probably more to the story than that in Australia. Ridiculous rules like catchment areas (finally abolished this October) and limited opening hours, as well as lack of proactivity are the biggest failings in the NHS that I see. On the other hand there are some good things, like the cost of prescriptions and the fact that you don't need any additional coverage (e.g. private insurance in Australia to cover co-payments)

about 2 months ago
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UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure

Malc Re:Australia can get it right (145 comments)

It seems to me that healthcare in Australia is much more effort to participate in. They have some sort of copayment system, and most people on a reasonable income have to take out private healthcare insurance to cover this. So not quite as universal the NHS, or even a lot of Europe and large parts of Canada for instance.

about 2 months ago
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Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

Malc Re:How important is that at this point? (197 comments)

Maybe they find it horrible because the UI was designed by a two year old? Actually, that not fair, I haven't used it since 2006, but the horrible user experience was the driving force behind my disgust with it. In fact only early today I was using WireShark on OS X and remembering years of being annoyed by the terrible UI toolkit and total incompetence of the people who put the UI together. WireShark reminds me of the last time I used GIMP.

about 2 months ago
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Obama Presses China On Global Warming

Malc Re:Funny (261 comments)

This isn't actually true. Although the EU is much more populous than the US, it's emissions per person are much lower. This results in the EU producing 10% of the global total of CO2 versus 15% by the US.

about 2 months ago
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Obama Presses China On Global Warming

Malc Re:Funny (261 comments)

The dirty three (US, Canada and Australia) all produce more than 16 tonnes CO2 per person.

The EU about 6.8

China produces 7.2

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/scie...

Perhaps the US should demonstrate how big countries lead and actually do something meaningful about its emissions instead of hypocritically lecturing.

None of the figures above actually account for outsourcing manufacturing to China from the US and EU. In that light the Western country's CO2 production is much and China's lower.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Malc Re:Multiple devices, works great (504 comments)

If you're so inclined, I'd try a fresh install

The trouble with this is you lose all your call and messaging history. It's all or nothing with iOS device backups. I recently upgraded from a four year old iPhone 4 to a 5s. I thought a great opportunity to start clean: I installed only the apps I wanted and configured all my accounts, and was even satisfied with my photos from the old phone being an their own album instead of the camera roll. Loss of the message history in particular irritated me so much so quickly that I restored from backup in a few days. There are some apps out there that claim they can do this, but after a few wasted hours faffing around with one, I ended up with a messed up phone.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Malc Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

You must have serious amounts of spare if you think it's an acceptable solution to go looking around an online community for solutions like this. I don't have the time nor inclination to do this with every device in my household. Maybe once because it's interesting, but that's pushing it. It's a phone or table device FFS, I just want it to work and spend my time more usefully.

Furthermore, if the device was current at the time it was bought, it's irrelevant how long it was since the original release date. It's reasonable to expect a useful support period. What the grandparent post described is totally unacceptable.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Malc Re:Chromebook (334 comments)

Yeah, exactly. Have you seen how many hundreds of MB that WindowsUpdate tries to deliver once a month? OS X can be pretty chatty in the background too

about 2 months ago
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Alibaba's US IPO Could Top $20 Billion

Malc Re: Why? (97 comments)

That's not completely true. My previous employer gave our Shanghai employees stock, although they had to sell it immediately.

about 3 months ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Malc Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

In some people's eyes. To other Ukrainians he was democratically elected and represented their views. Are you so sure that his pro-EU replacement was democratically elected? We only get part of the story here in the West, although I *hope* it's more honest/unbiased than the other side of the story.

about 4 months ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

Malc Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

Another way to look at it:

Reagan went from $1T to $3T = +200%
Bush Sr went from $3T to $6T = +100%
Clinton went from $6T to $5T = -17%
Bush Jr went from $5T to $11T = +120%
Obama went from $11T to $17T = +55%

about 4 months ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

Malc Re:Microsoft craps its pants (346 comments)

Sadly the sane and smart people are being out-bred by the trash!

about 4 months ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

Malc Re:Microsoft is wasting people's time (346 comments)

Microsoft's tiled thing is more like OS X's Launchpad. Both are shit and hard to use. Thankfully OS X only made Launchpad an optional extra if you want to use it.

about 4 months ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

Malc Re:Microsoft craps its pants (346 comments)

Android compatibility...you know the OS that put iOS and windows in the ground

What's Androids share of total profits compared to iOS?

about 4 months ago
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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

Malc Re:TrueCrypt screwed me (566 comments)

That sounds more like user-error, or you've corrupted the hard drive somehow.

That said, I've had some problems with TrueCrypt:

  • It falls over with big files. I found the throughput to a TC volume dropped to a few KB/s copying a 90GB file to it. I work on professional video compression tools, so I have a few files this size and larger. Google revealed a few other people have encountered the same issue
  • There's a bug somewhere in the Windows version of TC that prevents it releasing drive properly. I'm not sure how people use this with USB flash drives, but when I tried it with an external 4TB USB drive, I was unable to safely eject the drive after unmounting my TrueCrypt volume

about 6 months ago
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Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

Malc Re:apples and oranges (688 comments)

Blimey, you've put a lot of words in to my mouth and made a lot of assumptions about me. You should stop and think.

I didn't make assumptions, I asked questions. Instead of useless posturing, why don't you answer some?

Errr, what do you call this: You seem to take it already as a given that public schools are the right solution and will yield better results if only we do

Where exactly did I say this? You're making things up.

But I'll stop here, since so much math and reasoning is likely too taxing for you.

You really know how to debate or discuss things don't you?

about 6 months ago
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Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

Malc Re:apples and oranges (688 comments)

Blimey, you've put a lot of words in to my mouth and made a lot of assumptions about me. You should stop and think.

BTW, did you notice that Finland is number three overall? Not bad for the mediocre European system.

about 6 months ago
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Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

Malc Re:apples and oranges (688 comments)

But as long as people like Obama advocate mediocre European systems as a model, all we will produce is the same kind of mediocrity that Europe produces.

WTF? Do you just have a short list of canned sentence templates that you try to plugin in to any scenario to support some sort of mindless political agenda? Your statement makes about zero sense.

about 6 months ago
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Gaining On the US: Most Europeans To Be Overweight By 2030

Malc Re:health advice is 30-60 mins exercise per day (329 comments)

Well done, that's an impressive feat.

I also sold my car a few years ago, so I can say categorically that it helps to live somewhere that accessible on foot or has decent public transportation as a back-up option is very helpful. I cycle 11 miles TW9-SE1 in London, but these days I only do it when the roads are dry (safety and comfort), and take public transport if I'm feeling unwell, need a rest, have plans elsewhere during the day/after work. I also sleep like a baby after three days in a row commuting on the bike, which is great for an insomniac like me.

Keep up the good work, keep yourself feeling good, and keep safe.

about 7 months ago

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