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An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

MattGWU Re:HyperDuo (353 comments)

Hyper-Duo! It's not a comic book! It's a nifty technology that allows one or more SSDs to be coupled to a standard HDD and treated as a single drive! Hi! I'm Troy McClure....

about two weeks ago

An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

MattGWU Re:Clone your current main drive... (353 comments)

Depending on what you use to do the clone it'll do it as long as the used space (rather than the drive size) will fit on the SSD. I did it to my laptop, going from a 750 GB HDD to a 120 GB SSD. Need to tell it to go proportional on the partition sizes, or some cloning software has an SSD migration tool.

about two weeks ago

Tesla Model S Gets Titanium Underbody Shield, Aluminum Deflector Plates

MattGWU Re:That *is* funny! (314 comments)

I thought it was pretty funny as an absurdist thing. "Yes, our car caught fire after crashing through a wall at 110 MPH, an unfortunate weakness in our battery-powered vehicle which any other car would have obviously brushed aside - the driver was fine, by the way." / "Yes, our cars catch fire after merely crashing through a wall, another wall, and a tree, after which the driver walked away...we suck :( "

about three weeks ago

Spacecraft Returns Seven Particles From Birth of the Solar System

MattGWU Then what? (48 comments)

What will they do with the particles once they locate them? What sort of useful information could you glean or experiments could you perform on something like that?

about a month ago

Google Fiber Pondering 9 New Metro Areas

MattGWU Re:No NYC (172 comments)

Are you crazy? The Northeast will never, ever, ever see this.

about 2 months ago

Google Fiber Pondering 9 New Metro Areas

MattGWU Re:Good (172 comments)

Wouldn't this just open the newly-managed Comcast up to the shareholder action for not maximizing the value of their investment? I'm sure they'd have little trouble proving in court that the monopoly status they've enjoyed for so many years is critical to their shareholder value, and you'd have taken pretty obvious, deliberate steps to erode that market advantage and therefore that value. For the good of everybody else, sure, but the remaining 49% of shareholders will probably be pissed.

about 2 months ago

Levitating and Manipulating Objects With Sound

MattGWU Oh good. (59 comments)

Here comes the 'I told you so' from the 'Survivors of Atlantis used sound to build the pyramids' peanut gallery.

You know, like that couple from 'An Idiot Abroad' Egypt episode.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Request Someone To Send Me a Public Key?

MattGWU Too old school? (399 comments)

Finger me for my public key!

about 8 months ago

Sound Engineer and Entrepreneur Amar Bose Dead At 83

MattGWU Re:took his class at MIT (129 comments)

Bose makes marketing agreements with their retail partners. Notice how Bose has its own exclusive section in any retail electronics store? That's because it's so good, right? Nope, that's because it's part of the agreement Bose reaches with the big box stores like Best Buy in order to limit the customers' ability to compare other equipment with Bose. Bose understood early on that a combination of clever marketing and a slick exterior form-factor would allow the company to charge significantly more than their competitors in the home-theater market.

Entenmann's has reached an agreement with grocery stores the world over in order to limit the ability of customers to compare other coffee cakes to Entenmann's

about 9 months ago

Giant Robotic Jellyfish Unveiled by Researchers

MattGWU Potential Military..... (43 comments)

"NO! I designed the Giant Robotic Jellyfish of Death to help mankind, not destroy it!" --Dr. Death

1 year,18 days

Too Much Gold Delays World's Fastest Supercomputer

MattGWU Got a golden ticket? (111 comments)

I'll bet all the gold makes the processor run terribly :(

about a year ago

Congress Takes Up Online Sales Tax

MattGWU R-Arkansas (297 comments)

Surprise! The Congressman representing (3rd District, encompassing Bentonville, where Wal-Mart's HQ is located) the largest brick-and-mortar retailer in the world is pushing for sales tax on sales made by their main competitors.

about a year ago

Is Silicon Valley Morally Bankrupt and Toxic?

MattGWU Re:Is it broke? (469 comments)

The satellite TV at this hotel is all ballsed up due to Sally, you insensitive clod.

Ok, the article wasn't just about advertising, though. I'll grant you that Web advertising isn't as intrusive or compulsory as 'traditional' media. Though I'll toss out the quote "The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads. (Jeff Hammerbacher, ca. 2011", which I feel is pretty accurate. Ads, or high frequency trading algorithms, either one, really.

The bit that's been bothering me is the " and although some of the outcomes are positive a disturbingly high number of them are negative: the erosion of privacy, of consumer rights, of the public domain and fair use, etc" part. For every piece of technology (or corporate policy, or law) that contributes to "the erosion of privacy, of consumer rights, of the public domain and fair use, etc", somebody had to come up with it, and get past the fact that they're selling out their fellow members of society for a quick buck because 'fuck them, I want to get paid.' It's this willingness to occasionally make life and society suck just that tiny little microscopic bit more, erode freedoms just that little bit more, push policies and laws that nobody but other corporations actually wants, that make Silicon Valley (in this case, or prevailing corporate or legislative attitudes in general) open to these charges of moral bankruptcy or 'toxicity'.

Worst part? These people usually have a lot of other people to help them implement it, who are probably smart enough to know what they're doing is wrong or counterproductive, but do it anyway because "Meh, paycheck". Believe me, I understand 'meh, paycheck' but there's something wrong when capable people feel locked into a situation enough to go against their morals and better judgement.

about a year and a half ago

Is Silicon Valley Morally Bankrupt and Toxic?

MattGWU Re:Is it broke? (469 comments)

How do you figure?

about a year and a half ago

Site Offers History of Torrent Downloads By IP

MattGWU "You don't download torrents! Isn't that veeeird?? (340 comments)

"This means you are using a private torrent tracker or, of course, you may not be a torrent user at all! It happens."

Yeah, sometimes people just happen to not pirate movies and things (and, alright, haven't needed an Ubuntu installer in a while)..just how things work out sometimes!

Mostly wanted to see if anybody else around here was up to something.

more than 2 years ago

Watch the Fiery Re-entry of Progress Module

MattGWU It's started! (27 comments)

The long-term residents of Space already view us 'terrestrials' with disdain. To them, Earth has become nothing more than a dump!

more than 2 years ago

Angry Birds Downloads Pass Half-Billion Mark

MattGWU Re:What the...? (94 comments)

That assumes all downloads are played once a day.

Also apparently Angry Birds phones home about your usage habits.

more than 2 years ago

Hobby Inspired Electric Multicopter Makes Manned Flight

MattGWU Plans? (104 comments)

I assume the plans will be for sale in the rear couple pages of Popular Mechanics?

more than 2 years ago


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