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

adisakp Re:We do not need solid state to replace platter d (239 comments)

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.

This already exists. It's called Intel Smart Response Technology and it's been available on motherboards since it was release three years ago in 2011. It works with both mSATA and standard SATA attached drives.

Most people just haven't paid the extra $100-200 to buy an SSD to cache their HD not to mention the technical know-how required to install the drive and setup the BIOS and software correctly.

What we need is systems that are sold with this already built in so users don't have to do it manually. But that adds $100-200 cost to the system and many shoppers look at the price tag first when they're buying a new computer :-(

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

adisakp Re:RAID? (239 comments)

A fast hard drive can do several hundred or with short stroking on a high RPM drive maybe even a thousand random IOPS (input/output operations per second).

A fast SSD can do 90,000+ random IOPS - or several hundred thousand for direct native PCIe drives that don't have to go through a SATA layer.

For what SSD's do well which is randomly accessing data, they aren't 5 times faster than HD's, they are 100 to 1,000 times faster at RANDOM ACCESS for a SATA connected SSD.

There is a single board Fusion IO card that can do 9 MILLION IOPS which is roughly 10,000 times faster than the fastest hard drives.

yesterday
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The Best Parking Apps You've Never Heard Of and Why You Haven't

adisakp Re:Also, Spothero (163 comments)

I would mod this up if I had points. I'm a big fan of Spothero. It works great in Chicago.

3 days ago
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The Amazon Fire TV Is Kind of a Mess

adisakp Re:First impressions from an owner (96 comments)

One other silly note... I can't find an "off" button or a menu item to turn it off other than unplugging the device. And plugging back in turns it back on. It has a 16W power brick so there might be some continual background power drain if this thing is plugged in. Also, for some reason, the AC adapter made sparks at the plug both times I tried plugging it in. I was a little scared that I might have burnt it out but it seems to work fine.

about two weeks ago
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The Amazon Fire TV Is Kind of a Mess

adisakp Re:First impressions from an owner (96 comments)

Also, I think the Flixster in SD is a "permissions" thing. Hopefully that's an easy software fix to get HD because otherwise, my Ultraviolet Collection is unusable on the Fire TV.

about two weeks ago
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The Amazon Fire TV Is Kind of a Mess

adisakp Re:First impressions from an owner (96 comments)

Also, there is a USB Port. I've got a keyboard hooked up to it right now. However, not all the apps support input with the keyboard and some are clunky. I was hoping to avoid using the remote / controller for passwords and usernames during setup. It worked for a number of things. However, not all apps support the tab key to switch between fields or the enter key (it acts like the select button rather than a completions). The Amazon Video PIN entry also doesn't recognize numbers on the keyboard so you have to use the arrow keys and the enter/return key for select.

I'm hoping that software updates bring a little more polish to using the keyboard but it's not terrible if you consider it to be sort of a public "beta" until a couple software updates occur.

about two weeks ago
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The Amazon Fire TV Is Kind of a Mess

adisakp Re:no local content playback == mess (96 comments)

There is support for Plex. I have the Amazon Fire TV and I bought the Plex App for it. It's $0.99 (or 99 Coins) on sale from $4.99 for an introductory period. This works with your PC Plex server or a Drobo or Synology box running Plex server apps.

Also, there is a USB Port. I've got a keyboard hooked up to it right now.

about two weeks ago
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The Amazon Fire TV Is Kind of a Mess

adisakp Re:First impressions from an owner (96 comments)

FWIW, I also own two Apple TV's, an Atom-based HDMI-out net top, a Chromecast, and now the Amazon Fire TV. I think the software needs a little work. They need to figure out the pairing issue with the remote. The game controlled needs a serious redesign though. It's painful. Or hopefully they will support third party controllers.

The Plex App on Fire TV is $0.99 and I bought it as well with some of the free Amazon "Coins" that I got from buying the Amazon Controller. I'll update some info when I get the device paired with my Plex Server.

about two weeks ago
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The Amazon Fire TV Is Kind of a Mess

adisakp First impressions from an owner (96 comments)

My Amazon Fire TV arrived today. Initial impressions:

The box is a lot bigger than Apple TV and includes an external power brick (unlike AppleTV). The physical look and feel of the device and remove are very premium.

The controller is big and uncomfortable. D-PAD is very poorly positioned. This is worse than the Pre-S XBox Controller. It feels like the NVidia Shield a bit but that at least has an entire computer (roughly as powerful as the Fire TV) inside the controller. Seriously, I think they hired the Atari Jaguar controller design team here

First impression is that the UI is not as polished or pretty as the Apple TV but it seems usable. Voice Search is fairly fast but not nearly as "instant" as the commercials and videos online make it seem. Also, the results are only for Amazon Instant Video, Amazon App Store (and supposedly Hulu but I haven't seen any of those).

HBO GO is not on it yet. I installed Flixster to access my Ultraviolet Collection. Unfortunately, Flixster will not play any of my movies in HD and highly compressed 480 SD resolution is a mess on my 65" TV.

And my Fire TV remote seems to lose "pairing" a lot. I sometimes have to use the game controller to go to settings and then to Add Remote and it will find it again.

about two weeks ago
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Nest Halts Sales of Smart Fire Alarm After Discovering Dangerous Flaw

adisakp Re:Flaw? (128 comments)

What it failed to do was detect an actual fire that didn't produce much, if any, smoke.

How does and old fashioned smoke detector fare at detecting fires that don't produce smoke?

about two weeks ago
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Nest Halts Sales of Smart Fire Alarm After Discovering Dangerous Flaw

adisakp Waving Arms Disables Alarm (128 comments)

So if you are running down the hallway waving your arms as you escape the building during a fire, you might disable the alarm before it warns other people.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

adisakp Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

Mozilla is an organization that officially places a higher value on openness and inclusiveness than profit in its charter and mission.

Having someone who is perceived as being bigotted and biased against a minority community as CEO is at odds with Mozilla's reason for existence.

Hence, he is a bad fit for CEO despite his other qualifications.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

adisakp Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

What if he had said, "blacks don't deserve the right to vote"?

If someone said that in Alabama in 1957, would it be justified to deny them employment for the rest of their life even if they changed their mind after the Civil Rights Act passed?

Nope... but I certainly wouldn't put them as the CEO of an organization that officially places a higher value on openness and inclusiveness than profit.

about two weeks ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

adisakp Re: That logic totally holds up (824 comments)

As a CEO, can I not have any beliefs?

The CEO of a company can have religious beliefs. However, the Supreme Court of the US is about to decide if the a Corporation can have strongly religious beliefs based on the beliefs of it's CEO and if those beliefs justify not complying with Federal Laws (Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc).

about two weeks ago
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Laser Headlights Promise More Intense, Controllable Beams

adisakp Re:brighter? (376 comments)

The BMW technology detects oncoming traffic as well as cars in front of you and automatically dims the beams so as not to blind other drivers.

about 2 months ago
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Do Hypersonic Missiles Make Defense Systems Obsolete?

adisakp Re:Not Obsolete At All (365 comments)

A number of missile defense systems involve using a high power laser that is reflected off a highly controllable (both in speed and accuracy) aiming mirror to destroy the missile. Even flying low and at hypersonic speeds, if there is a line of sight, then the missile could be targetted by the defense system's laser. Light moves quite a bit faster than a hypersonic missile last time I checked.

about 2 months ago
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Amherst Researchers Create Magnetic Monopoles

adisakp Slightly off topic but... (156 comments)

Can someone identify the music in the video?

about 3 months ago
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Building an Open Source Nest

adisakp Re:Cold zones (195 comments)

I just bought a new thermostat. I really wanted a Nest because of it's cool factor however, I ended up buying a Honeywell. First, the Nest isn't as advanced; for example, the Honeywell has some features that allow me to run the fan periodically throughout the cycles.

Nest has fan cycling, the ability to run the fan after heating or cooling have completed (to get the rest of the warmth / cold more efficiency), and the ability to run the fan on demand for a user specified amount of time. You can also tell your Nest to run the fan for X minutes every hour (say 15 minutes per hour) to keep the air circulated in the house and to avoid heating / cooling differentials. All controllable from your iPhone or iOS or Android device.

about 3 months ago
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City Councilman Resigns Using Klingon

adisakp Re:Klingons do not resign. (135 comments)

Isn't Hegh'bat the equivalent of a Klingon Resignation?

about 3 months ago

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OCZ Anounces Faster SSD's at 1/2 the Price

adisakp adisakp writes  |  more than 5 years ago

adisakp writes "OCZ just announced their new Core series SSD drives.

Core series SSD drives are available in capacities of 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB and deliver incredible 120-143 MB/s 80-93 MB/s read/write speeds and seek times of less than 0.35ms, making the Core series up to 10x as fast on a seek-time basis and up to 40% faster on a R/W basis that the best performing 2.5" HDDs on the market, all while consuming 50% less power. MSRPs at time of launch are USD $169, $259 and $479 for 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models respectively."

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RIAA: Ripping MP3s Illegal, Grounds for Lawsuit

adisakp adisakp writes  |  more than 6 years ago According to an article on Fox New's website, the RIAA is now claiming it is illegal to simply convert a song on a CD to MP3 format to listen to on your iPod or Zune. This simple act of actually using music you paid for is grounds for a lawsuit according the record companies.

Copying a song you've paid for in CD form is "a nice way of saying 'steals just one copy,'" Sony BMG top lawyer Jennifer Pariser testified.

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