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

RicktheBrick Re:RAID? (256 comments)

I regret the large amount of space on my hdd. This computer is around 6 years old and it had a 500 gigabyte hard drive. When it was going bad, I looked into replacing it with a ssd. I had less than 100 gigabytes on the hard drive but even after making an image of the hard drive and booting from a flash drive the program would not copy the image onto a drive that was less than 500 gigabytes. I ended up buying another hard drive and got lucky since both were Seagate the program provided by Seagate did copy the original hard drive to the new one. Buying a ssd means one has to start over. This means one has to have a dvd with the ability to do a clean install of windows to the ssd. Most new computers do not have this option. Even then one has to reinstall all of ones programs and know where all the data for them are stored so one can copy them from the old hard drive. Lets take Realplayer for an example. It will allow one to download video from the Internet. But copying the video from one drive to another and having a clean installation of it recognize the video is a pain. Especially if one has renamed them. Look at the new computers at Walmart or Staples and one will not find one that starts with a ssd so until one can easily transfer everything from a hard drive to a ssd they will not be a option for the average computer user.

about a week ago

Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

RicktheBrick Re:Go to hell (218 comments)

Husband to wife: Dear have you seen my phone? wife: No. Maybe we should report it as being stolen. A week later the husband is jogging on his favorite trail and finds the phone. He calls his wife. Husband: Great news dear. I found my phone. Boom.

about three weeks ago

How Data Storage Has Grown In the Past 60 Years

RicktheBrick Re:Using 'songs' as units of measurement? (100 comments)

So a hard drive can store 760,000 songs. Lets say it cost just $1 per song so that hard drive would have $760,000 worth of songs on it. I hope it is backed up and has an armed guard watching it 24 hours a day. It is obvious that most people can not legally come close to filling up their hard drives as it would cost many times what the hard drive cost. So lets store movies and songs that one will never again watch or listen to just to say we have them. So what are we using all this storage for? Soon I will have to file my income tax for last year. Is there a hard drive somewhere with all of my income data for last year? No! I have to keep watch on my mail for over a month in hopes that I do not miss a tax document amongst all the useless junk mail. It does not matter to me how much hard drive storage we have since we can not properly use what we have already.

about a month ago

Adware Vendors Buying Chrome Extensions, Injecting Ads

RicktheBrick Re:And That, Ladies and Gentlemen ... (194 comments)

I am sure glad that I seen this. I was blaming my porn site for all the pop up videos. Now I can go back to watching porn. In fact I think I will cut this comment short and watch some right now.

about 3 months ago

Record Wind Power Levels Trigger Energy Price Fall Across Europe

RicktheBrick Re:bfd (226 comments)

My calculations are 60 euro time 1.37 equals 82.2 dollars divided by 1000 or .082 or 8.2 cents per kilowatt hour. .5 euro times 1.37 equals .685 dollars divided by 1000 or .000685 or .0685 cents per kilowatt hour. The most expensive is close to what I pay and the cheapest is far less. At the cheapest rate my electricity bill would be less than 1% of what I now pay. 14.5 kilowatt hours per penny is almost free.

about 3 months ago

Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

RicktheBrick Re:This should be good! (611 comments)

There will be no fact given by Nye that Ham will not declare to be false. He will give names of a scientist that he says will agree with him. If this does not completely work for him he will say that it was a miracle of god. One does not cause another to give up a long cherished belief by giving them facts. The other will either ignore or deny that fact. To do otherwise would cause one to almost completely give no value to their life since they would have spent it supporting false beliefs. The stronger they believe in a fact the stronger they will deny anything that does not support it. The way to do it is to change their beliefs of a lot of smaller facts and than use those to change their beliefs on the important beliefs. But they would sense this way before that and would stop listening because nothing is more important to them than their faith. The only people this debate will help is those with a strong desire to find the truth but do not have a strong inclination toward any belief.

about 4 months ago

The Desktop Is Dead, Long Live the Desktop!

RicktheBrick Re:make my day... (453 comments)

I am making this comment on a desktop computer using vista. A couple of weeks ago I noticed that every time I go to the comment section, I get hit with a pop up video. I just saw an advertisement for Philips Sonicare and Walmart. When I got rid of that video, I noticed another firefox program being started and put behind the one I am commenting on. I minimized this one so I could close the other one out. The other day I left my computer on overnight and in the middle of the night since I had left firefox on and slashdot on a tab, a video started playing. It was the television program "The big bang". I also have a tablet but I do not have the problem of a tv program starting up in the middle of the night on it.

about 5 months ago

Where Does America's Fear Come From?

RicktheBrick Re: A century ago, Progressives (926 comments)

Go into Walmart and look at the cheapest computer. Now think about 1983 and how much money it would take then to duplicate that computer. It would take billions of dollars and a huge number of people to support it and yet one can get that computer for under $500. Automobiles in the 70's did not last much more than 100,000 miles, now one can expect them to last to 250,000 miles or more. No one would even look at cars back then that are being sold for close to $10,000 today. Driver less vehicles are going to change the world more than any other invention in the past. The future is going to be so different than today so that devaluation of the dollar will be the least of one's problems. So what do I think the biggest fear is going to be? It is the fear that science is going to destroy religion. In my opinion science has already proved that the bible is false. So all of our cherished beliefs are going to be proved false. The only way to hold on is to appose progress.

about 5 months ago

Most Drivers Would Hand Keys Over To Computer If It Meant Lower Insurance Rates

RicktheBrick Re:Flagrant Flatulism Posing as Reporting (449 comments)

Draw a circle with a radius of a mile on a map with your home as the center and you will probably have close to 200,000 people living there. If I were to draw a circle with a radius of fifty miles around my house, I still would not get over 50,000 people living there(I live on Lake Michigan so half of the circle would be occupied by the lake). Now as for mass transportation, there is no passenger train within a 100 miles and as for subways Chicago is around 300 miles away since the lake is inconveniently in the way. The nearest bus depot is over 60 miles away. The nearest Walmart is around 3 miles. The nearest theater is 5 miles. There is a local bus that will pick someone up but one is limited to transport only what one can carry on their lap. There is around a 15 minute wait each way before it gets to you. There is no parking fees within 50 miles. Walking in the winter is out of the question since one would have to walk in the street since everywhere else is snow covered. It gets dark around 5 p.m. so unless one is retired and has no job, walking would mean walking in the dark on snow covered streets limited by what one can transport. I would not live here without a automobile.

about 6 months ago

A Plan To Fix Daylight Savings Time By Creating Two National Time Zones

RicktheBrick Re:Daylight Saving Time (545 comments)

Schools have a lot to do with it. Here in Michigan if they did not go on daylight saving time school aged children would just sleep through an hour of daylight. It is easier than trying to make everyone start up an hour earlier. In the fall we have the opposite problem since if we did not fall back children would have to go to school in the dark. This would lead to more accidents and some deaths. I try to take a walk after my evening meal but tomorrow it will be dark around 17:30 so I will have to adjust the time when I eat that meal. The worst is around December 21st when there is only around 9 hours of daylight so it is either children getting hurt in the morning going to school or in the afternoon going home or playing outside.

about 6 months ago

First Experimental Evidence That Time Is an Emergent Quantum Phenomenon

RicktheBrick Re:First Post! (530 comments)

So I guess this means everyone should do whatever they want since god can not detect any change in the universe. I guess this goes along with the story of Adam and Eve since god did not detect that they had eaten the forbidden fruit until he came into the universe to talk to them. Stupid Adam and Eve! they would have gotten away with it if they had just acted like nothing had happened.

about 6 months ago

A Ray of Hope For Americans and Scientific Literacy?

RicktheBrick Re:actual "platform" (668 comments)

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. How much money and people would have been saved if someone had taken proper precautions against passengers hijacking planes before 9/11? How much money and people would have been saved if they had built the walls around New Orleans properly before Katrina? I would bet that a lot more money would have been saved even if the costs were tripled because of interest payments. Ignoring problems to save money will cost more in the end.

about 6 months ago

Saudi Justice: 10 Years and 2,000 Lashes For Internet Video of Naked Dancing

RicktheBrick Re:Being a Saudi (537 comments)

The state of Florida's treatment of Ms. Hunt is prove of that. They are spending 10's of thousands of dollars persecuting this young lady for her sexual preference. She is a hero in my opinion. How many young women's life are being severely hampered because they got themselves pregnant at a very early age. I know several who would be a lot better off today if they had an affair with another female instead of a male. We should be thinking of the young female and her sexual needs rather than our backwards religious beliefs. In Florida killing another human being is fine. Giving them pleasure is evil.

about 6 months ago

Samsung Creates Phone With Curved Display

RicktheBrick Re:Why? (219 comments)

CRT televisions used to be curved than the big advancement was flat screens. Flat screens were easier to see in bright sunlight with less glare. I would think the same reasoning would apply to phones.

about 6 months ago

Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?

RicktheBrick Re:More importantly (1293 comments)

Why would anyone worship a god who first designed all of our problems such as virus, bacteria, and germs. Than knows all the solutions to these problems but refuses to give those answers to us. Finally has infinite wealth but still insists that the poorest among us contribute something to that god.

about 7 months ago

With XP's End of Life, Munich Will Distribute Ubuntu CDs

RicktheBrick Re:Microsoft will pull back (426 comments)

One will lose programs whether one switches to Ubuntu or stays with Windows. I have virtual box where I maintain a windows xp system without any service packs. If a program will not run on service pack 3 of xp, I will try installing it under that one and it usually will run. Recently I found a wireless mouse at a garage sale so I tried it on a Ubuntu computer. Nothing happened but when I put it on a windows xp system the computer responded and loaded the drivers. It was working in a couple of minutes without any hassle. The same goes with pc cameras as they will install without a cd on a windows xp but not at all with Ubuntu. Changing to Ubuntu means losing programs and hardware and since no one advertises their hardware as being compatible with Ubuntu, one has to guess. This is hard when one is looking for a printer since a lot of them will not work with Ubuntu. Than there is the software for Ubuntu. I can very easily find out how much hard drive space I have left under windows but it is a pain to find out under Ubuntu. When someone writes a Ubuntu program that does the same thing that windows explorer does than I would be happier with Ubuntu. I still have a computer running widows xp and until Microsoft guarantees that their new operating system will run all of my programs and hardware, I will not consider upgrading.

about 7 months ago

Seagate's Shingled Magnetic Recording Tech Boosts HDD Capacities to 5TB and Up

RicktheBrick Re:I wonder if they could make 50tb drives today? (195 comments)

I really do not care about any more advancements in hard drive density. In fact I recently purchased a 128 gigabyte SSD and replaced a terabyte hard drive. I believe that for most people more storage just leads to more wasted storage. Storing a lot of video that is seldom if ever watched. It is the same as going to an all you can eat restaurant. It just encourages you to eat too much food that will go to your waist so I do not go there anymore. Buying a huge hard drive will just encourage people to steal more movies and music to fill them. Most of which will not be viewed or listen to more that once if that much. By the way the SSD makes my computer boot in about half the time so if one must have music or movies just buy them on a cd, dvd, or blu-ray.

about 7 months ago

Technologies Like Google's Self-Driving Car: Destroying Jobs?

RicktheBrick Re:Out of jobs? (736 comments)

Automation/Robots will again multiply what humans can and will create. We would be a lot safer with building our buildings and roads underground. We will be able to build vast apartment buildings that will house all of humanity in an area of about 20% of what we use today. We would see a similar reduction in the need for roads or transportation tubes. We will see vast areas of the world being abandoned. We could see all of our coastal area being used just for tourist. Only those areas that are safe from earthquakes and hurricanes would be considered for habitation. Underground tube would not even have air in them so they would be far simpler to program the vehicles. Vehicles would deliver one to the front door so no one will be able to come to your front door unless you have given them permission. Apartments would be built close together but with noise proof walls no one would care. Windows would be monitors with the ability to show anything one desires. If one wanted ocean front apartment than the monitor would display an ocean. All of this will lead to a huge reduction in the amount of energy humans will require to live. It would give us total control of our environment so that one would live most of their life in the same temperature and humidity. People dieing in an accident will become extremely rare. I see no reason why all of this will not be possible before the year 2100 so there will be some people who are alive today making it to that new world.

about 8 months ago

This Satellite Could Be Beaming Solar Power Down From Space By 2025

RicktheBrick Re:Nope. (245 comments)

I will believe in solar power when my electrical power company comes to me and wishes to rent my roof for a dollar a year to place solar cells there. When they think it is a great investment so will I.

about 8 months ago

The Cryonics Institute Offers a Chance at Immortality (Video #2)

RicktheBrick Re:How many times can you die? (155 comments)

I would not want my brain to be restored in another body. I would much prefer to be restored to a virtual world. One's brain would be artificially kept alive and stimulated with fake senses. One would not know the difference as the artificial world would seem just as real as what we experience now. Even in this artificial world one would not live forever. One would die and than be reborn in another body. One would not allow any memories of past life so as to make the present life seem to be the only one, one has. If one knew that one had infinite number of life than one would not take any of them seriously. Only after death would one realize the truth about their life and than would want to be reborn without any memories. In my opinion this is the only way one would want to live forever. On the television show "Battlestar Galactica" history is constantly repeating itself. It is the only way life will remain fresh enough to keep one's interest in living. There is no prove that this already has happened but there is also no prove that it has not happened too.

about 8 months ago


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