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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

PlusFiveTroll Re:Old (474 comments)

Ah, we can always pump more oil out of the ground. We will always be able to find new sources of oil. What kind of liberal leftist ploy are you coming up with trying to say that we can't stick an unlimited number of tube and get an unlimited amount of oil out.

See, I too can use hyperbole as dumb as yours. We are not longer replacing people with machines, we are replacing people with machines, communication, and simulated intelligence.

yesterday
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Consumer-Grade SSDs Survive Two Petabytes of Writes

PlusFiveTroll Re:Random failures (125 comments)

In the shop I work out of we have stacks of hundreds of hard drives with bad sectors and a large number that are just dead. We see very few dead SSDs, but we only use Samsung or Intel cards. Don't use anything else.

about two weeks ago
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Consumer-Grade SSDs Survive Two Petabytes of Writes

PlusFiveTroll Re:HDD endurance? (125 comments)

Of course video writing is the perfect application for hard drives. A constant datastream at a fixed rate and large amounts of data over time, with few random IO and only bulk delete. If you are trying to stick a SSD in a PVR you are doing it wrong.

about two weeks ago
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Consumer-Grade SSDs Survive Two Petabytes of Writes

PlusFiveTroll Re:Most people write far less. (125 comments)

>And I am a programmer

Depending how big of projects you compile, some of them really hit the drive pretty hard with small writes. That said, it would take 20 years to write 100TB, which even the crappy drives wrote before seeing issues at your current usage, and no one expect spinning disks to last that long.

I have a 840 EVO 256GB myself. On Windows use of the RAPID mode can reduce the number of writes (greatly reducing write amplification), I don't know if OSX provides anything like that. At 220 days of usage I currently have 1.5TB of writes. That said, my Steam library is on a 1TB disk, mostly because I have around 700GB of games.

about two weeks ago
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Consumer-Grade SSDs Survive Two Petabytes of Writes

PlusFiveTroll Re:Most people write far less. (125 comments)

As the other AC said, a tool that shows SMART data for your OS. That said, some drives do not show LBA information. Some really sucky drives do not give accurate SMART information at all, though in general a drive in a Mac should.

about two weeks ago
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Consumer-Grade SSDs Survive Two Petabytes of Writes

PlusFiveTroll Re:HDD endurance? (125 comments)

In average desktop use, and even non video media workstation it's rare to see a drive that's written 10TB. Most people will never wear out a SSD due to straight out media wear.

about two weeks ago
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Consumer-Grade SSDs Survive Two Petabytes of Writes

PlusFiveTroll Most people write far less. (125 comments)

Most hard drive I see in consumer and business use write far less than that over their lifetimes. I have a customers hard drive I am copying data from currently. Has 15,147 power on hours, it has only written 1.3TB of data. It's very uncommon to see drives with over 6TB of data written (in the 500GB to 1TB drive range).

The other client SSD in my computer is a Samsung 830 256GB SSD that I just migrated to a 1TB SSD for a customer. Was used for about a year and a half before they needed a bigger drive. They used Outlook, a number of Autocad applications, lots of project files, a good sized collection of work related photos. The drive has 995GB of writes and is showing no SMART issues.

Average computer users have nothing to worry about when it comes to wearing a SSD out. Power users might have a problem depending on the nature of their work, but they also get the most benefit from high write speeds and IOPS. Servers, depending on their usage patters could have a problem, I certainly recommend the enterprise style drives that reserve a much larger amount of space.

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

PlusFiveTroll Re:Reliability (438 comments)

Most manufactures leave any number of gigabytes of flash unmappable for filesystems, that way you can never fill up the drive, even if you fill up the file system. Most pro/enterprise versions of the drive just leave a larger area unmapped.

about three weeks ago
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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

PlusFiveTroll Re:CPM rates, etc (319 comments)

>no ad blocking solution that works without rooting your device.

Not exactly true. You just use an adblocking proxy.

about a month ago
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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

PlusFiveTroll Re:Video ads on a text page (319 comments)

No, it's somewhere in between.

"I want to visit this movie theater, but they require me to drive 20 miles out of the way for a ticket, in to a dodgy neighborhood where I could get robbed and raped, when I could just walk in the door instead."

Websites did this to themselves. The fact they don't require the ad networks, or even punish them in any way when their users are harmed is what caused this situation.

about a month ago
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Court Shuts Down Alleged $120M Tech Support Scam

PlusFiveTroll Why... (129 comments)

did this take so long to occur. It amazes me both that people fall for this, and that the credit card companies allow these services to operate under merchant accounts.

about a month ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

PlusFiveTroll Re:Duh (227 comments)

When I buy a new gen console I have to get all new games. When I buy a PC I install all my old games on it, and they run even better.

about a month ago
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Window Washing a Skyscraper Is Beyond a Robot's Reach

PlusFiveTroll Re:It seems like squeegeeing is the wrong approach (203 comments)

At the top of a taller building the winds are 30 to 50MPH stronger than at ground level. When you popped that window out of the frame the average office would explode in a fury of paperwork.

about a month ago
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Window Washing a Skyscraper Is Beyond a Robot's Reach

PlusFiveTroll Re:It seems like squeegeeing is the wrong approach (203 comments)

This isn't a mechanical problem, it is a vision problem. Humans miss spots while cleaning all the time, but we have one advantage, we can easily tell what is and isn't dirty, then we go back and correct. The issue I see is we aren't solving the vision and object recognition problem for some time yet so humans will still have that advantage.

about a month ago
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We Are Running Out of Sand

PlusFiveTroll Re:Coastal people live in their own universe (264 comments)

Studied some oceanography. The problem is not that beaches are transient. The problem is our idea of property. The problem is ports, seawalls, jetties. We want beach front property we can have a house on, a hotel on, a strip mall by. You can repair a beach. Just quit building within a few miles of it. It's a moving object. It will show back up once you give it the proper habitat. If you build houses and seawalls up the entire coast you will not have beaches. That means the beach disappears. The natural mechanisms that make beaches cannot do their jobs.

http://www.amazon.com/Saving-A...

about a month and a half ago
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We Are Running Out of Sand

PlusFiveTroll Re:This really is a serious problem (264 comments)

No, not exactly. Doing that you end up with very small, sharp, broken rocks. You also end up with a chemically active surface, depending on the type of rock, that is very alkaline or acidic. Sand (at least beach sand) is both mechanical and chemical weathering of rocks that is then polished by water over time.

about a month and a half ago
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We Are Running Out of Sand

PlusFiveTroll Re:Yep (264 comments)

A picket style or privacy fence should be no where near a creek that floods. That's probably why the permit has been denied. Think of it as a damn that is going to trap water and junk when it floods and make the flood worse for those upstream.

about a month and a half ago
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We Are Running Out of Sand

PlusFiveTroll Re:ignorant rubbish (264 comments)

This is pretty much it.

While my main job is working on computers, I do like researching other things. I've read a few books on beach engineering and coastal erosion. Here's pretty much what no one who owns beach property is going to want to hear...

"If you want a beach, you can't build anywhere close to it".

Sea walls that protect houses prevent beaches from forming and they will erode up to the wall. Piers change beach dynamics and where there was once sand, there will quickly be nothing (or in some cases the beach will advance very far out the pier ruining its intended purpose. The beach is a very dynamic place and anything you put out there changes those dynamics.

about a month and a half ago
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Physicists Resurrect an Old, Strange Dark Matter Theory

PlusFiveTroll Re:"Baseball-sized" (138 comments)

Douglas Adams was right all along.

about a month and a half ago

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