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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

MatthiasF We do not need solid state to replace platter driv (253 comments)

We need reliable hybrid drives with 120-160+ GBs of flash memory, instead of the ridiculously worthless 4-8 GB ones we have now.

A hybrid with a 1:30 or 1:20 ratio of flash to platter (200 GB for 4 TB for instance) would pretty much be perfect for anyone, even enterprise applications if RAID controllers cooperated with the hybrid caching properly.

We do not need 100% flash, just give us a practical median.

In fact, I guarantee if someone made a hard drive with a controller with an mSATA slot for adding a SSD and offered the controller to be setup as pass-through (act as two drives) or caching (SSD keeps a cache of platter), it would sell like crazy.

An mSATA would fit easily beneath a standard 3.5 inch platter hard drive.

http://www.notebookreview.com/...

2 days ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

MatthiasF Re:more pseudo science (856 comments)

It's not science. The Scientific method requires that observations can be independently reproduced and that a hypothesis is falsifiable.

Unless you have a time machine, the proxies can not be independently verified and the only change in their outcome can come from altering the observers preferences (changing methods).

The hypothesis itself cannot be falsified because no human has any data or knowledge of the Earth prior to humans being here. Any reconstructed data is second-hand, the equivalent of hearsay in law.

about a week ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

MatthiasF Re:Five hundred years? (856 comments)

Enlighten me.

How does a 500 year data set apply to a 4.5 billion year old planet?

What postulate of statistics allows asserting accurate predictions from 0.0000001 repeating percent of the full data set?

Think about it. Could you predict the sentiments of every human on the planet (over 4 billion) by asking the last 500 people born?

about a week ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

MatthiasF Re:Five hundred years? (856 comments)

You mean accurate temperature records up to 1987, before they shut off the majority of the weather stations (83% and growing) and started to rely on atmospheric satellite data that has lower accuracy rates spread over much larger areas?

And the remaining weather stations turned out to not be very reliable either, with most being more than 2 degrees Celsius error.

http://www.surfacestations.org...

about a week ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

MatthiasF Five hundred years? (856 comments)

The solar system circles the milk way every several hundred million years, there are variations of the planet's orbit and tilt that deviate every several hundred thousand years...

But a study of the last 500 proves it is not a natural deviation.

Yes, I am convinced.

about a week ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

MatthiasF Re:Won't work (342 comments)

What you just described is a huge farce.

The unnaturally high liquidity being created by HFT is actually being supported by most of the exchanges (through kick-back fees) not because it makes it easier for investors to buy and sell shares, but because the HFT is hiding a huge market correction that has been happening since 2009.

While billions of dollars in shares are being passed along at high speed, the rate of decline on shares during a correction slows to a crawl because it is hiding investor sentiment beneath the high speed veil. Since you can make more money on a stock gaining (sky is the limit) over declining (zero is the bottom), almost all of the HFT is aimed at gains and not losses.

So, over the last five years, the HFTs have been pumping stock prices up while actual volume of trades HAS DECLINED.

Look at any graph of stock trade volume over the last 10 years. You will see a very steady downward trend on volume and an unnatural upward trend on stock prices.

http://finance.yahoo.com/echar...^DJI+Interactive#symbol=^DJI;range=5y (Hit Max)

You might also notice two huge days of volume on December 6th and 19th of 2013. If you can figure out what happened on those two days, you'll discover where your parent's retirement went.

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

MatthiasF Re:500GB minimum for SSD... (353 comments)

I agree. A 500 GB drive seems to be the sweet spot these days for a typical user, even in a corporate setting.

And most 500 GB solid states are almost down to $250. For the kind of performance improvement, it is going to be a necessity soon.

about two weeks ago
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Nate Silver's New Site Stirs Climate Controversy

MatthiasF Re:Read the update at the end of the article (335 comments)

I agree, they seem to be smoothing out their response in the update but I also noticed when they were explaining Piekle's background that they failed to recognize he has a very strong environmental sciences background.

http://sciencepolicy.colorado....

He worked for the National Center for Atmospheric Research for eight years and has numerous awards from many non-partisan organizations regarding climate and planetary research.

Yet the ThinkProgress site only mentions he is a "political scientist" as it to cast him as ignorant of the subject matter.

about a month ago
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Forests Around Chernobyl Aren't Decaying Properly

MatthiasF Re:Re:Solution (167 comments)

"The results were telling. In the areas with no radiation, 70 to 90 percent of the leaves were gone after a year. But in places where more radiation was present, the leaves retained around 60 percent of their original weight."

Areas with no radiation presently showed decomposition (70-90% reduction in weight).

Areas with radiation presently showed decomposition (40% reduction in weight).

So, yes, it seems like it would help. A 40% reduction is better than 0%.

about a month ago
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U.S. Aims To Give Up Control Over Internet Administration

MatthiasF Re:RFC 2468 -- I remember IANA (279 comments)

No, it really doesn't. The NSA used Man-in-the-middle attacks using DNS, meaning they slid in well BELOW the root servers, not using root themselves.

Moving the root servers to a neutral 3rd party does nothing to stop spying by any nation, much less the US.

But hopefully it will mean they will be less a target by hackers and national cyber-warfare campaigns.

about a month ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

MatthiasF Buy a second 20TB server and mirror it. (983 comments)

After a certain point, you have to go big or get out.

A tape drive able to handle 20 TB is going to be $3k+.

Online backup is out of the question. If it takes two weeks to backup 300 GB to Crashplan or Amazon Glacier, it'll take two and a half years for the 20 TB.

about a month ago
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3 Years Later: A Fukushima Worker's Eyewitness Story

MatthiasF Re:No eyewitnesses of Kamaishi or Ofunato survived (148 comments)

I do not mean to be insincere, but why would the government or anyone else for that matter directly pay the victims of a natural disaster $500,000?

I can understand a large amount of money being diverted by the government or charities to help the victims recover, either physically with homes or psychologically with mental health services.

But paying them money directly might not be such a good idea. It could make them targets and victims once again when people try to prey on them, abusing their emotional distress to try to take their money.

It takes time and effort to heal, not necessarily money.

about a month ago
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Physicists Test Symmetry Principle With an Antimatter Beam

MatthiasF Re:Culture Dogma (106 comments)

How little faith you have in those that brought you to this point.

about a month and a half ago
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Physicists Test Symmetry Principle With an Antimatter Beam

MatthiasF Re:Culture Dogma (106 comments)

Either you can see it as something ludicrous that should be forgotten or something amazing that should be remembered.

It's all a matter of how you perceive it.

From my perspective, the original Genesis poem (the part prior to mentioning Adam and Eve, which predates almost every modern religion by thousands of years), proves to me that our ancestors were much smarter than we give them credit.

They were able to work out most of the major elements of our world's growth, create a narrative and make it important enough to pass it down possibly tens of thousands of years to survive today.

If you cannot see the power in that achievement, you are being clouded by some form of bias that does you a great disservice.

about a month and a half ago
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Physicists Test Symmetry Principle With an Antimatter Beam

MatthiasF Culture Dogma (106 comments)

I think you would be surprised by just how much "science" is actually influenced by culture and religion.

For instance, the belief that the world began in flames is a religious ideology that is thousands of years old, yet persists to this day veiled beneath the Big Bang theory.

Even Evolution and Geology has it's roots in the Genesis poem, where God is said to have created the world in stages. If you compare the progression to the poem to the modern scientific narrative, you will see it pretty much lines up with what we know today (Light from Darkness, "Sky" or gas coalesces, planets form and plants begin to grow, animals appear, humans appear, party).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B...

When people cannot explain what is happening, their brains fall back on what they know and often times it is cultural inferences.

It is not necessarily a bad thing but proves that cultural diversity is important to scientific progress. Without differing cultural backgrounds, theory and narratives will form around the dominant culture's dogmas.

about a month and a half ago
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Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

MatthiasF I don't want to live in a world... (921 comments)

Where I need to worry that any moment of my life can appear on online without my permission.

Where I need to worry someone has turned on and off their recording at opportune times of that moment that appeared on online to make me look bad without giving full context of the situation.

Where I need to pay money to remove said videos from the Internet.

Where I cannot walk down the street, eat at a restaurant, workout at a gym, or celebrate at a bar without worrying someone is recording to be uploaded and judged harshly by tens of thousands if not millions of people.

I doubt anyone else wants to live in that world either, but every time someone resigns themselves to allowing it that world arrives that much sooner.

about 2 months ago
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NVIDIA Launches GTX 750 Ti With New Maxwell Architecture

MatthiasF Nvidia's L2 Cache Jump (110 comments)

I think the most drastic thing about this new chipset is the fact Nvidia bumped the L2 cache up past 2 MB.

The Radeon R7 260 it is being compared against has only 768 KB and Kepler units had 256-320 KBs.

The performance improvement could simply be the L2 being larger, which means it is paging out to it's memory less.

about 2 months ago
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IE Drops To Single-Digit Market Share

MatthiasF Re:And Slashdot goes to zero (390 comments)

W3Schools has been the idiots guide to web design for almost twenty years.

So, all this proves is that all of the dumbest web developers are using Chrome now.

Which I can understand after running into websites that can ONLY work in Chrome, just like 10 years ago we ran into websites that only worked in IE.

Nothing changes. New generation, new set of idiots, new browser being used by said idiots.

about 3 months ago
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Hard Drive Reliability Study Flawed?

MatthiasF Re:Meh. fud spam. (237 comments)

He seems to be trying his best to find flaws in the study, but his own logic is pretty poor. For instance.

"I’ve noted that we just found that the Seagate 1.5 TB drives are about 8 years old since release, for the failure rate, but the average age of the Seagate drives in use are 1.4 years old. Averages are pretty useless statistic, and if Seagate drives are so bad then why buy so many new drives?"

If the company began rolling out Seagates for 3 years at 5k a year and stopped after three years because of the high failure rate, moving on to Hitachi and such, then the average age even over 8 years could very well be only 1.4 years. Because, let's face it, when it's your ass on the line and you see a particular type of drive putting your servers into a precarious state, you might start migrating away as fast as you can.

Those Seagate drives still running are probably either running in very low IO servers or very low-risk servers (clustered or such), but in such few quantities that their continued lifespans are not increasing the overall average much. The remainder could be shelved to avoid the risk of failing in a critical system and while they are listed in the total number of drives purchased, their age might not be included in the average presented.

about 3 months ago

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I don't want to live in a world...

MatthiasF MatthiasF writes  |  about 2 months ago

MatthiasF (1853064) writes "Where I need to worry that any moment of my life can appear on online without my permission.

Where I need to worry someone has turned on and off their recording at opportune times of that moment that appeared on online to make me look bad without giving full context of the situation.

Where I need to pay money to remove said videos from the Internet.

Where I cannot walk down the street, eat at a restaurant, workout at a gym, or celebrate at a bar without worrying someone is recording to be uploaded and judged harshly by tens of thousands if not millions of people.

I doubt anyone else wants to live in that world either, but every time someone resigns themselves to allowing it that world arrives that much sooner."

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