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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

Pentium100 Re:Last few fish in a small pond... (433 comments)

Probably why they went digital with Rosetta and all those Mars probes - not many 1 hour photo shops out there.

Not everyone can afford a million dollar space-grade digital camera. Then again, maybe the digital cameras have improved on this in the time since I read about it (I don't do much photography at -30C).

Going back to vinyl - for me, listening to records or tapes is much more enjoyable than listening to CDs or files, even if the audio quality is worse (scratched record, a very old poorly recorded tape) just because of the visuals (spinning reels are much better to look at than a progress bar on a MP3 player).

3 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

Pentium100 Re:My toenail holds my music collection (433 comments)

However, staring at a SD card while the music plays is much less enjoyable as staring at a spinning record or tape reels.

4 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

Pentium100 Re:Last few fish in a small pond... (433 comments)

However, in some cases the older technology is better. For example, a steam engine can use any heat source as fuel, so it may be useful if you can easily get wood or coal, but not diesel or electricity.

IIRC, a film camera can operate at lower temperatures than a digital one.

Shellac records can be played without electricity.

4 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

Pentium100 Re:Not really missing vinyl (433 comments)

While CDs have 96dB dynamic range, modern releases are so compressed, the DR is barely 10dB. Generally, newer releases of an old recording sound worse than old CDs, because of this loudness war.

5 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

Pentium100 Re:Not really missing vinyl (433 comments)

However, watching a file play is much less fun than watching a tape reel or a record spin. Sure, when I am doing something else while listening to music, I can listen to a file just as well (or may still listen to an analog recording since my file collection and my analog collection have different music). Also, when listening to files, I am sometimes too tempted to just skip songs, but I can't do that on a tape (need to keep the winding even, so I refrain from fast forwarding) so I listen to the entire tape.

Speaking of just audio quality - I have a couple of tape recorders with vacuum tubes that from an objective point of view sound worse than my tape decks with transistors - smaller frequency range, more noise, higher distortion). However, playing an old recording (say, the Beatles or something like that), it does sound "better" to me and is more enjoyable to listen to, than, say, playing it on a more modern tape deck.

I have a cassette with 50s rock&roll on it. Playing it on my usual system is OK, but if I connect the cassette deck to my tube radio from 1964 it sounds great! More modern music sounds better on my usual system though.

5 days ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

Pentium100 Re:Just in time. (219 comments)

Cost. SSDs are still more expensive per gigabyte than HDDs. Yes, SSDs are faster, but maybe my 48TB backup server does not have to have microsecond seek times...

about a week ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

Pentium100 Re:Just in time. (219 comments)

TLER is useful in all cases, just that it is pretty much mandatory for RAID, so the drive manufacturers disable TLER on cheaper drives to prevent them from being used in a RAID.

Yes, in theory, non-TLER drive stands better chance of recovering unreadable data, but during that time the PC appears to be frozen, so the user just reboots it. Even with TLER of 7 seconds (default) that's still a long time. I do not know about others, but I'd rather my PC be responsive and report the error so I can either restore the file from backup or run recovery software to read the sector 5000 times hoping to read it correctly once.

about a week ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

Pentium100 Re:Just in time. (219 comments)

We have a bunch of Seagate SV35 drives in a backup server. They started to get kicked out of RAIDZ one by one. Some show actual bad sectors (and were replaced since warranty was not expired), but others worked OK when tested using MHDD and the seller refused to replace then under warranty.

It turned out that those drives are so sensitive to vibration that dropping a coin on the PC case (with the drive secured in the drive bay) from a few cm height caused the drive to hang for about two seconds and emit a beep.

Now we use WD RED drives for this - they are more resistant to vibration and have TLER.

SMART for all the Seagate SV35 drives we have show a lot of "High Fly Writes" - the normalized value is 1 and the raw value is between 1000 and 7000.

about a week ago
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Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

Pentium100 Re:Meanwhile (310 comments)

In that game, the player also chooses to run people over with his car (either specifically or because driving on the sidewalk is faster), kill them with various weapons etc. That does not make the gamers into murderers.

So, why can I kill a man in a game (and that is OK), but not a woman? The scene where the player has to torture a guy to get information, would that be different if a woman was tortured? Yes? Then where is the equality.

Then again, I am still waiting for various countries that have conscription army to stop excluding women from that.

about two weeks ago
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Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

Pentium100 Re:Confusing San Andreas with V (310 comments)

If you can kill both men and women in a game, that means that there is no gender equality.

Killing men is OK. Killing women is not. I guess it's similar to the race equality where killing a white guy is OK, but killing a black guy is not (unless the player character is also a black guy).

about two weeks ago
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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

Pentium100 Re:More filtering? (239 comments)

Outlook is webmail now? If I want to use a program then Thunderbird is as good or better than Outlook and also has the threads feature (a plugin). However, I would rather use webmail (self hosted). And I have not been able to find one that works with threads as well as Gmail. That doesn't mean there isn't one, just that I have been unable to find it.

about two weeks ago
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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

Pentium100 Re:More filtering? (239 comments)

I like the auto threading so much it prevents me from using a different webmail software (on my own domain). While Thunderbird has a plugin that is almost as good as Gmail (almost), I have not found a webmail software (that I can run on my own server) that is as convenient as Gmail for the threads. Roundcube can kinda do it, but it cannot show the entire thread at once.

I like the fact that 100 or so email long conversation is grouped under one heading and is visible on a single page.

about two weeks ago
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South Korea Bans Selfie-Stick Sales

Pentium100 Re:Fuuuuuck (111 comments)

Some of my old film cameras have a feature where I can press a button and then the camera takes a picture after some time - usually long enough for me to get back in front of the camera.

about three weeks ago
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The Driverless Future: Buses, Not Taxis

Pentium100 Re: i don't think so (257 comments)

Probably a lot if it's a brand new car. Probably not a lot if it's a cheap used car. If you do not drive a lot then the fuel efficiency of a newer car does not compensate the much higher initial price, so a cheap used car is a very good option.

about three weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

Pentium100 Re:Oh what do we do? (523 comments)

Also, "needing to write many pages of text without a computer/electricity at some point in my life" argument just makes me want to buy a typewriter, not learn cursive writing (or rather how to write cursive so other people can read it).

about three weeks ago
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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

Pentium100 Re:So how is the price... (284 comments)

Or I just put them in the trunk of my car and carry them home or wherever.
If somebody nukes my whole city, I most likely won't care anymore about the data.

about three weeks ago
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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

Pentium100 Re:So how is the price... (284 comments)

Is that 480USD/month or a one time cost? Last time I bought tapes, I did not have to sign a contract saying that now I'll be paying for them every month. Bought, paid for them, do not have to pay any more.

about three weeks ago
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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

Pentium100 Re:Shyeah, right indeed (284 comments)

Do you *really* think that your $4000 LTO drive you got in the last 5 years can still read that thing?

My LTO-2 drive can read tapes recorded 5 years a go just fine. The cartridges themselves are older than 5 years though (bough them used).

SCSI interface? You mean 5 MHz SCSI-1? They haven't made cards compatible with that for over a decade.

With the exception of HVD, the latest and greatest Ultra320 SCSI is fully backwards compatible with 5MHz SCSI-1. I can connect an old device to a new HBA (need the connector adapter from 68 to 50 pins) as well as connect a U320 LVD device to the 5MHz HBA (still have one).

And my Verbatim brand CD-Rs recorded in around 2000 read with multiple errors. A few audio CDs will not play on a computer, but play on a LD player with very distorted audio. One CD-R (a presumably low run legitimate recording I bought) does not play at all. Thankfully I have the same album on cassette, it plays perfectly. I should probably record a new CD from that cassette.

about three weeks ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Pentium100 Re:LOL (438 comments)

Usually USB flash drives have really poor write endurance and reliability in general compared to proper SSDs.

about three weeks ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

Pentium100 Re:UPS (236 comments)

Depends on the power supply - some Corsair models, for example, can deliver more power than rated and stay intact for some time (just that the efficiency falls below what is needed for the 80+ silver or whatever certification).

about a month ago

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