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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

PlusFiveTroll Re: They better be damn sure we're not home... (392 comments)

A well trained shooter does two in the chest and one in the head. I know a man that died trying to stop a courthouse shooter by shooting center mass. Unfortunately the shooter was wearing body armor.

5 days ago
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Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

PlusFiveTroll Re:32bit vs 64bit (156 comments)

Some of the time older programs work, and other times they don't. Take some ancient version of Advantage database server, or a whole pile of proprietary DBs. Installing older versions on newer Windows is almost certain to break. Many have copy protection schemes that make assumptions on how Windows operates.

about two weeks ago
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Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

PlusFiveTroll Re:End of support, not "end of life". (156 comments)

>I agree that computers "don't get slower", they are always the same speed as the day you bought them, that software "doesn't get worse", it's the same software as the day you bought it. I get the comparative nature of this.

This is true, but at the same time growth in data sets can make this not true too. Start out with a customer database that has a limited number of fields and it works great, everything hot fits in cache, most of the database fits in memory. Then as the years go buy you need to store more information. You add more columns, for things like email, websites, whatever else you can think of. All of the sudden your it doesn't fit in cache and you get a dramatic slowdown. You decide to live with it rather then spend $10,000+ to upgrade. You add many more customers, now the data doesn't fit in memory and you're going to disk and swap. I see this happen in real life quite often with large companies that take 10+ seconds to look up customer records.

Software doesn't change, but data does. And the data makes or breaks the system.

about two weeks ago
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Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

PlusFiveTroll Re:End of support, not "end of life". (156 comments)

Never is a long time. Next, you are a poor risk assessor. If a bug exist, but is not found by you that does not mean it has not been used or exploited by someone else.

about two weeks ago
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The Next Decade In Storage

PlusFiveTroll Re: Maybe (93 comments)

At one point you spent huge sums of money on memory, or a smaller large pile of money on lots of drives if you were in the moderate sized database world. With SSD you get excellent performance at a cost that ends up being far cheaper than disk per IOP. There are many applications where flash is replacing both memory and disk.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

PlusFiveTroll Re: Dupe (840 comments)

The difference between your pre-90 car and a car now, is you were much less likely to walk away if your old car got hit. New cars are made of plastic crumply stuff on purpose. They are cheaper to replace than body parts. RICO wouldn't go anywhere, they'd just show they are trying to meet safety standards.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Should We Do About the DDoS Problem?

PlusFiveTroll Re:treat botnets like cancer (312 comments)

This has problems too. What if someone outside of your ISPs network fakes your IP? What if another computer inside your ISP network fakes your IP?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Should We Do About the DDoS Problem?

PlusFiveTroll Re:BCP38 (312 comments)

It would have to happen at the CPE. Otherwise bots would get smarter, and in places like residential connections if your IP was 8.8.8.8 you just fake coming from 8.8.8.10 which is legitimate for the ISP to send traffic from, but would implicate the wrong customer when it came to blocking.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Should We Do About the DDoS Problem?

PlusFiveTroll Re:Carriers (312 comments)

And they are not going to. A sizable percentage of an ISPs customers have some kind of bot on it. Since almost everyone these days has a NAT router if one computer out of ten has a bot on it, the entire network goes down. Customers get pissed. Bills don't get paid. Long arguments with tech support over who's problem it is. Some of these bots are wireless clients that move around too.

Or, they can do what they are doing now and neglect the problem. My money is on the continued neglect except in the worst of cases.

about a month ago
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Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline

PlusFiveTroll Re:I don't even... (323 comments)

Thinking that governments have not, are not, and will not adjust children for their own means is slightly maladjusted in itself.

>My program for educating youth is hard weakness must be hammered away. In my castles of the Teutonic Order, a new youth will grow up, before which the world will tremble. I want a brutal, domineering, fearless and cruel youth. Youth must be all that. It must bear pain. There must be nothing weak and gentle about it. The free, splendid beast of prey must once again flash from its eyesThat is how I will eradicate thousands of years of human domesticationThat is how I will create the New Order.

about a month ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

PlusFiveTroll Re:Good news, bad news (628 comments)

>at least the product shouldn't cost nearly as much as when made by people

That totally depends on what percentage of said good is labor cost. Some products price are dominated by energy and materials costs.

about a month ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

PlusFiveTroll Re:Old (628 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.

about a month ago
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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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago

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