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

cdrudge Re:Why is "power" supposedly an issue? (255 comments)

Unless it is very clearly stated what the numbers represent, numbers like what the article state can be manipulated to state whatever particular angle the author wants to take. 3 to 30 watts for an enterprise SSD is a heck of a range. What type of statistical distribution do enterprise SSD fall in that range? For example, do all fall close to 3 watts but 1 particular drive that come in at 30? Is the wattage at idle? Performing reads? Writes? Sequential or random? Real world or synthetic tests? Is the drive a traditional SAS/SATA drive or a PCIe SSD that wouldn't exactly be an apples to apples comparison of power usage?

Plus, then numbers may just be flat out wrong. Go visit Seagate's website. Find me the "Seagate Enterprise 15K 2.5" form factor HD that consumes 1W of power when in actual use. You won't find it. They have some 7200 RPM drives that do when they are in "PowerChoiceâ Technology" idle mode. But it's not 1W in use. And it's not a 15k drive. But why let the details interfere with an article.

3 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

cdrudge Re:WTF?? (793 comments)

So, if I take a video of someone stealing my car, would I get arrested? Under what circumstances could I do that and not be charged? WTF doesn't gathering evidence of bullying get an exemption from wiretap laws?

Depends on what your state recording laws are. Do you live in a one-party consent state or all-party consent state? Are you recording just video, just audio, or audio and video? Does the other party have an expectation of privacy (e.g. recording bullying in a restroom). Was the recording done covertly or in plain view?

If someone stole your car that was parked in your driveway and you had a video only security camera in plain view, you most likely would be fine. If there was audio and you lived in a all-party consent state, then you're probably in trouble.

4 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

cdrudge Re:Late to the party as usual.. (630 comments)

Not sure that's the right link or not. That's about taxing freebies, not going after decades old debts.

5 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

cdrudge Re:Yeah, maybe not now (586 comments)

I assume her limited acting engagements got even smaller when film studios realized how badly most people didn't like her because of her anti-vaccine views,

When IMDB lists your "Known for" as a visit on The View in 1997, two Playboy videos, and Scary Movie 3, I wouldn't characterize it as "limited acting engagements". I'd say non-existent acting engagements.

about a week ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

cdrudge Re:We have this incredible habit. (586 comments)

We all want to be Jenny McCarthy or her to be our girlfriend.

Speak for yourself. I don't want to be her, nor do I want her to be my girlfriend (or wife or mistress or any other relationship for that matter.)

about a week ago
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Cuba: US Using New Weapon Against Us -- Spam

cdrudge Re:The sheer volume! (139 comments)

Checking my last cell bill, I think that's about the combined average rate for my kids and wife during any typical 5 hour period.

about two weeks ago
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Western Digital 'MyCloud' Is Down 5 Days and Counting

cdrudge Re:DynDNS and a real NAS (127 comments)

Then don't use DynDNS's service. Use any one or multiple of the many 3rd party dynamic DNS services. Or use your registrar if they have such a feature. I use Namecheap for instance. I need a registrar. I need a DNS server. Might as well eliminate one extra failure point or add one extra point of redundancy depending on your setup.

about three weeks ago
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Western Digital 'MyCloud' Is Down 5 Days and Counting

cdrudge Re:When should you abandon a service for error? (127 comments)

And no company can assure you that it won't happen again. It's not as if they planned for it to break. They did something (or depending on the circumstances, didn't do something) and it broke. They can assure you that they are gong to try for it not to happen again. Or take steps for better testing, implementation, or quickly fall back should a snafu happen again. But they can't say that it won't happen again.

about three weeks ago
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Typo Keyboard For iPhone Faces Sales Ban

cdrudge Re:Not taking sides. (205 comments)

Were the patents involved design patents? If so, then it's not about what functionality was "invented" but rather how it looks as an entirety.

about three weeks ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

cdrudge Re:Rancid Peanut Butter? Mmmmm. (440 comments)

Well if Costco thought that they themselves could sell a million jars of peanut butter in New Mexico, then I'd say a million jars for two million people might not last as long as you think.

Even if a fraction of the million jars ended up being used at food banks, homeless shelters, whatnot, that still a fraction better than all of it being dumped into a landfill.

about three weeks ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

cdrudge Re:There's no liability (440 comments)

Where were the jars leaking? Were any jars not leaking but still could have had seals that were compromised?

about three weeks ago
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Alibaba Confirms Plans To Offer IPO In US

cdrudge Re:ebay? (93 comments)

With Ebay, it's always a gamble as to what exactly you're getting and the condition you'll get it. But it usually will get to you within a week. With Alibaba, it's a gamble as to what exactly you're getting, the condition you'll get it, AND how long it will take to get to you (if it ever does).

about a month ago
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Replicant OS Developers Find Backdoor In Samsung Galaxy Devices

cdrudge Re:No contract, wifi-only (126 comments)

As soon as backdoors or any other security related "features" get involved, I tend to think that anything is possible despite how things are suppose to operate.

about a month ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

cdrudge Re:reduce the amount (983 comments)

I wasn't looking for it to go anywhere really other than pointing out the absurdity of saying that taking a bluray rip down to a 800MB divx rip results in just an acceptable loss of quality.

I'm by no means a audio/videophile snob, but you either have a blind and/or deaf if you can't see a MAJOR quality deficiency with a 800 bluray rip. What's the point of having a bluray movie if the first thing you normally do is make it look like crap?

about a month ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

cdrudge Re:reduce the amount (983 comments)

I always rip it to DIVX. 800 MB for a DVD or even bluray rip is a great economy,

I do the exact same thing with high res pictures. I immediately will take the full resolution raw image and convert it down to a 320px gif. Or maybe a 10% quality jpeg. You get great economy that way too. Who wants to keep a 30+MB image around when you can have almost the same thing in 10kB instead!

about a month ago
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Fedora To Have a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" For Contributors

cdrudge Re:Huh? (212 comments)

Ask yourself this - how could someone in Syria contribute to code they've never seen before?

The same way that Western goods make their way to any country under export control, through intermediaries.

Coke can't sell to North Korea. Coke however can be sold (or made) in China and then gets shipped across the line to North Korea.

Is it really hard to imagine that Syria or Iran might be able to download from an intermediary country that might have a mirror of the distribution? Or had someone travel to such a country to download it? Or just went through a VPN or proxy? Or...

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Refuses To Unlock Bequeathed iPad

cdrudge Re:Fiduciary can get it done (465 comments)

No where does it say that the original password of the deceased was requested and/or provided. Apple could just as easily reset the password to something that was known, and then provided the reset password. Or provided some other reset mechanism to allow the requester to set a new password.

about a month and a half ago
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Child Porn Arrest For Cameron Aide Who Helped Plan UK Net Filters

cdrudge Re:Someone has to be looking for child porn (205 comments)

I don't know. Police officers generally tend to know that drugs are illegal and enforce such laws that make them illegal without possessing a stockpile of them at their personal desk and/or at their home. They don't have to "research" the drugs by physically possessing them outside of an operational or laboratory (aka non-official) setting.

The same thing can be said for just about any illegal activity. You don't have to actively go out and find it to learn about it. You don't have to murder, beat, or rape to know that the actions are illegal to craft a law against them. Or to speed in a car, launder money, or commit tax fraud...although those last ones are probably bad examples as I'm sure many politicians are practicing experts in those areas...

about a month and a half ago
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How To Take Apart Fukushima's 3 Melted-Down Reactors

cdrudge Re:Just modify the constraints... (167 comments)

Right. Because one disaster is made better by using the few people that demonstrated that they are some of the worst options for operating a nuclear power plant. Yeah if may make a few people feel better, but in the end you'll have just as bad if not worse disaster plus a bunch of dead radioactive worthless executives to also contend with.

about 2 months ago

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cdrudge cdrudge writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cdrudge (68377) writes "A federal jury on Thursday said Vonage Holdings Corp. violated 3 of 5 patents of Verizon Communications Inc. and ordered the upstart Internet-phone company to pay $58m in damages as well 5.5% in royalty fees per month per customer. Verizon said it would seek an injunction to block Vonage from using its patented technology. The jury did reject Verizon's claim of $200m in damages and that Vonage deliberately violated Verizon's patents. As you might expect, Vonage said it would appeal the decision and seek a stay if an injunction is granted. Judge Claude Hilton set a hearing for March 23 on whether to grant an injunction."

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