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Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025

drinkypoo Re:How about transfer rate and reliability? (193 comments)

my SSD (OCZ) is still kicking even if it spent half its life in a XP machine without any TRIM support

OCZ? That's probably why it survived.

Last summer I dismantled a whole bunch of HDDs for recycling, and you can see modern drives are cheaply built (no dessicant cartridge, less filtering and other stuff). That's the price to pay for the capacity race.

So were those all consumer-level drives, or were any of them sold as "enterprise"?

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Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025

drinkypoo Re:Cheap laptops (193 comments)

I haven't laptop-shopped in a long while, I'm kind of awash in them right now, but last time I looked even most fairly low-end laptops were offered either with a small SSD or a larger HDD; say, 40/250, 80/400, 120/500, something like that. The very-lowest-end machines (netbooks) were coming with as little as 4GB flash, but up to 16 or rarely 32GB as you say. It was however often on a module that you could upgrade if it wasn't already a 32GB.

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Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025

drinkypoo Re:How about transfer rate and reliability? (193 comments)

But at least when a drive is getting ready to donate its' magets to the fridge door, it usually makes noises, clicks, squeals, etc. That gives time to back it up.

I've only had one 3.5" drive warn me with scary noises before the noises were so scary that they frightened it out of giving me any data. In fact, the first 3.5" drive I had fail did so silently but with the smell of smoke — turned out that it (a Seagate half-height RLL drive whose ST- number shall remain forgotten if I am lucky, I could use that space for phone numbers) had experienced stiction and then burned the stepper power trace off the board. By the time a jumper wire had been soldered across the trace, the drive cooled down and it spun up and functioned again. The next time it stuck hard and burned the trace off again, so I just popped the case lid off without damaging the foam gasket, reached in and spun the spindle with my thumbs and then popped the lid back on after giving it a quick puff to blow any dust off the top platter, soldered on another jumper, and it worked faithfully until I retired it. I believe that was a 40MB with at least three platters, if you could see 'em you could've about counted the cylinders. It never made a bad noise through the whole experience, and it was basically an antique by modern standards.

I did have one 2.5 inch drive develop massive bearing whine before failure, but I've had two fail silently.

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Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025

drinkypoo Re:How about transfer rate and reliability? (193 comments)

I have my swap on a ramdisk (ducks)

don't you? I do. It's compressed, too. And what's more, you can have this on your phone. Most of the alternate Android kernels I've tried have come with zRam support, but it was also [relatively] recently added to Ubuntu as a default feature.

actual swap is so 1990s. even in the last decade I was mostly disabling it. in fact, I don't have any swap enabled on any computers, from 128MB RAM (the least of anything I've got, now — and they're pogoplug v4s and a dockstar) up to 8GB. This only caused me problems in Windows 7, where Java shits itself when trying to use 3GB out of 8GB (yes, it's 64-bit) even when I have no other foreground applications whatsoever. But then, Windows is what it is, incredibly polished in some areas, an incredible turd in others. Kind of like Linux. All I want is video from my firewire camera (which is working fine, actually, in spite of being literally one of the earliest examples, an iBot) in V4L applications. Is that really too much to ask? Apparently yes, yes it is. And sadly, it used to work, I've done it before. v4l2-loopback doesn't work and vloopback doesn't build, I haven't yet figured if the right diddling can make that happen or if the interfaces it needs are gone.

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Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025

drinkypoo Re:How about transfer rate and reliability? (193 comments)

Okay, but it's not enough to back up the consciousness of even 1 Joe Sixpack while waiting for the singularity. Anyone want to make a WAG on how much storage that would require?

You mean the typical wal-mart shopper? I'm guessing 640k should be enough for anyone.

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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

drinkypoo Re:Unexpected technical issues (130 comments)

Their news embargo basically equaled a goddamn GAG ORDER

No, it didn't. It was sleazy, it was wrong, it was something that we should not tolerate from any gaming company, but it was part of the deal for a review copy up front and every respectable gaming review outlet turned them down. Yeah, you read that right.

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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

drinkypoo Re:Bugs are DRM (130 comments)

The obvious solution to this kind of problem is to store old games as virtual machine snapshots.

Bah, humbug. If you want to replay the game in the future, download the cracked version that doesn't authenticate to anything. Then you can install it to a virtual machine with working drivers. Just buy it first, and make sure to buy the same SKU that the cracked version is based upon. That might not be an airtight legal defense, but at least it'll be clear that you were trying to do the Right^WLegal Thing(tm)

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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

drinkypoo Re:Bugs are DRM (130 comments)

So is the question whether update downloads are encrypted? The ones for the Xbox and 360 aren't. Dunno about the 180. You can download them and unpack them with alternate tools. I would imagine that mostly the ones on the PC aren't either, but I haven't actually checked to see what it looks like when say STO downloads an update.

Once the files are laid down, though, it's only a matter of doing any necessary authentication, if your game has that sort of thing. And in theory, that can be patched out. The game assets are not being stored encrypted in any game I've played yet. You can rummage around the files if you can grok their formats. Again, given the example of STO, the assets are stored in .hogg files (yes, really, because they're pigs) and you need to use an unpacker to get access to the assets. Predictably, when I searched for this information (just now, I haven't modded STO) one of the first hits related to nude patches. Yay internets.

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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

drinkypoo Bioregionalism (229 comments)

Personally, I find it all to be a bunch of bullcrap. Have you seen those voting districts that are along, squiggly lines that wander all over the place? Give me big squares, randomly generated with approval from a set of judges or something like that, and get the god damned legislators out of the district drawing business.

That's not the answer either. The answer is to tie them to geographical features which define "bioregions", sadly itself not a highly defined term. We can usually recognize 'em when we se 'em. All the people in a given bioregion have a natural confluence of interests, and arbitrary districting works against that.

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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

drinkypoo Re:PR works well? Where? (229 comments)

Sometimes governments need to collapse sooner rather than later. Less dogs will be under the porch.

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Interviews: The Hampton Creek Team Answers Your Questions

drinkypoo Re:Cut and paste. (43 comments)

So you do not care if people are unable to read the message that you are trying to communicate.

If you are too stupid to parse out some bad characters which obviously all replace the same character, you are not my target audience. You are probably unable to comprehend simple concepts anyway, let alone anything worth discussing on slashdot.

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Renewables Are Now Scotland's Biggest Energy Source

drinkypoo Re:Problems with renewable sources (162 comments)

Here in Spain, wind turbines have destroyed many beautiful natural landscapes

Oh yeah? Did it build whole cities in them that the country doesn't need? That worked out really well for China, so you decided to take on the approach at home. But I'm pretty sure the wind turbines haven't leaned over and scraped away any massive patches of natural habitat.

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Renewables Are Now Scotland's Biggest Energy Source

drinkypoo Re:Nuclear is Clean (162 comments)

I know you're making that out like it's a bad thing, but I actually think it's a good strategy to hold out as long as you can, because the more time passes, the more likely technology will catch up and make clean up slightly less difficult.

If we leave the mess lying around for a long time where it can be distributed into the atmosphere like at Fukushima if something goes wrong, you mean. What a great idea! Let's create lots of those messes and see if any of them blow up! Whoops, in fact, something like half our messes are exactly like that. Same reactor design, usually sited someplace ignorant where it will flood, with a bunch of spent fuel sitting around on top of it... sometimes more than they had at Fukushima Daiichi.

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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

drinkypoo Re:Hopefully no AC in 2015 (130 comments)

Maybe at the same time they'll rethink the idea of the microtransaction-unlocked chests.

Oh, I'm sure they will. Perhaps they'll offer you the option to fill out surveys online to unlock them!

Stop giving these assholes money until they rein it in. They're assholes.

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UK Announces Hybrid Work/Study Undergraduate Program To Fill Digital Gap

drinkypoo Re:Could be a good idea.. (106 comments)

Your first sentience in your original post is fine. The rest of them make it very clear that you're not a programmer.

That was my whole fucking point. Congratulations on your reading comprehension skills, today. You get a gold star! I imagine you don't have too many gold star days. A programmer should be able to answer such a question immediately, even if the answer is "I don't have a favorite because..." and not just pulling something out of their ass.

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Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025

drinkypoo Re:not a lot of use for most (193 comments)

I gave you two very substantive examples

There is no such thing, only substantive evidence, which test your examples fail. You've utterly failed to show anything whatsoever.

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Interviews: The Hampton Creek Team Answers Your Questions

drinkypoo Re:Not humane? (43 comments)

"more distributed" means more land use.

No, not it does not. It means integrating them into existing land use, in places where they're not used.

human labor is an astoundingly costly input, even just from an environmental perspective.

Nonsense.

Modernization of food production is the central thing that has raised the standard of living from the stone age to the present day

Bullshit. That's often said but never backed up. The Green Revolution has in fact diminished our ability to produce food without massive energy expenditure. We must go back to a closed cycle in which the crap is reused or we will continue to deplete our topsoil. The best the GR achieved anywhere in the world was delaying starvation, and in some places it may well have caused at least as much as it postponed. Take a look at India to see what's coming for the rest of us.

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Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

drinkypoo Re:Its just Apple being Apple (165 comments)

What kind of surprises me is that Apple doesn't have their own skunkworks R&D for coming up with new technologies like sapphire screens or other key components. They could work out what they wanted and then farm it out to someone who can mass produce it. Sort of like the Bell Labs or IBM labs.

Under Jobs, Apple followed Jobs' vision. Without Jobs, Apple has no vision.

Probably they should have gone with JLG and BeOS instead.

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Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025

drinkypoo Re:not a lot of use for most (193 comments)

I can provide ample anecdotal evidence that being brought up by anyone other than natural parents breeds psychopaths

Oh, so nothing substantive then. Just as I believed.

Oh, by the way, MJ didn't kill himself, his doctor killed him

Yes, that's quite common.

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Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025

drinkypoo Re:not a lot of use for most (193 comments)

I'm pretty sure he's dead.

So you can agree that being raised by his own parents didn't work out so well, right? He destroyed his face out of low self-esteem in spite of being one of the best-loved entertainers in history, and died of a prescription drug overdose. Now, can you prove that being raised by someone else wouldn't have been better for him?

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Submissions

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Supermicro fails at IPMI, leaks admin passwords

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 5 months ago

drinkypoo (153816) writes "Zachary Wikholm of Security Incident Response Team (CARISIRT) has publicly announced a serious failure in IPMI BMC (management controller) security on at least 31,964 public-facing systems with motherboards made by SuperMicro: "Supermicro had created the password file PSBlock in plain text and left it open to the world on port 49152." These BMCs are running Linux 2.6.17 on a Nuvoton WPCM450 chip. An exploit will be rolled into metasploit shortly. There is already a patch available for the affected hardware."
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UK court sanctions Apple for non-compliance

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 2 years ago

drinkypoo writes "Per PJ over on Groklaw as always, "Since Apple did not comply with the order in its estimation, adding materials that were not ordered and in addition were "false", the judges ordered Apple to pay Samsung's lawyers' fees on an indemnity basis, and they add some public humiliation". And per the judge, "what Apple added was false and misleading". Your move, Apple."
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Empirical evidence of anthropogenic global warming

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

drinkypoo writes ""an analysis of high resolution spectral data allowed scientists to quantitatively attribute the increase in downward radiation to each of several greenhouse gases (Evans 2006). The results lead the authors to conclude that "this experimental data should effectively end the argument by skeptics that no experimental evidence exists for the connection between greenhouse gas increases in the atmosphere and global warming.""
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Scientology proven false... by their counsel

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

drinkypoo (153816) writes ""In one very interesting moment, Davis said, 'Of course, if it's true that Mr. Hubbard was never injured during the war, then he never did heal himself using Dianetics principles, then Dianetics is based on a lie, and then Scientology is based on a lie. The truth is that Mr. Hubbard was a war hero.' And the way he phrased that, that everything depended on whether Hubbard had sustained these injuries and healed himself was like a wager on the table." And to drive the point home, "And [a researcher] had inquired about Howard D. Thompson, this lieutenant commander that supposedly signed this notice of separation. And the archivist at the time said they had thoroughly researched the roles of Navy officers at the time, and there was no such person.""
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Journals

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OMFG it's "rein in" seriously WTFBBQ

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 4 months ago

Lately, I'm seeing more and more "reign in" on Slashdot and I've got to say, I'm disappointed.

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2+ port router+asterisk server?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 6 months ago

I need a new system on which to run asterisk, bonus points if I don't have to configure it from scratch. I'd like to spend less than $200 (ideally I'd pick up something used if necessary for $100) but I have storage devices available, whether CF, SD, USB, or what have you. It can have wireless, but it doesn't have to because I have a routerboard for that. I have found my pogoplugs to be unreliable at best.

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How's that Green Revolution working out for you?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Not so well, huh? India is usually cited as one of the Green Revolution's successes, but it's easy to watch the ongoing failure.

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nosupportlinuxhosting fail

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

I decided to try out nosupportlinuxhosting but they appear to have suspended hyperlogos.org without notice or explanation. I sure hope I don't have to issue a chargeback, that would be stupid. I'm already waiting for Amazon to process two returns that have been sitting around at their facilities for weeks.

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This website has gone to shit

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

I'm not talking about the content, that has always been shit
I'm talking about what happens when I try to modify my relationships.

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The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

Please contact the server administrator, admin@slashdot.org and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.
Apache/2.2.3 (CentOS) Server at slashdot.org Port 80

Of course I reported the error. Of course I never heard back. Now I'm seeing it again.
Slashdot is basically unusable without friends/foes lists.

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If you require Javascript, you are incompetent or evil

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Subject says it all. If I can't read your content without javascript, either you are an idiot, or you're evil, or you're an evil idiot.

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Users opt in, but they don't opt out

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Google will tell you that their collection of "anonymous" location statistics is opt-in. That is, technically, true. However, on Gingerbread it is not opt-out. Once turned on, there is no option to disable it, that was added later. That, or I have forgotten all I once knew about google-fu. I can find how to change your mind about this on ICS, but not on GB.

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Slashdot Achievements Leaderboards?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 2 years ago

I became curious (about Slashdot achievements, silly) and searched to no avail. Anyone have any clue?

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Keep it coming, mod trolls

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 2 years ago

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3436185&cid=42803807
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3436175&cid=42803841
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3430839&cid=42803897
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3436185&cid=42804399

I can afford it.

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I'm sorry, did I break your concentration?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 2 years ago

Modtrolls troll mod. Film at eleven.

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3428941&cid=42771455
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3428941&cid=42771437
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3426877&cid=42770781
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3427061&cid=42770777
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3427083&cid=42770769

Pretty sure this time I offended an iFanboi.

Too bad you can't tag things "slashdot"

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Bring it on, bitches

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 2 years ago

Every time I get a modtroll I get validation. Here are the five comments in question, all downmodded in a row by someone too lazy to even spread out their punitive moderation.

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3411745&cid=42715053
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3412111&cid=42714885
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3412141&cid=42714871
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3412263&cid=42714843
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3412263&cid=42714801

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Internet Bravery

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 2 years ago

I should very much like to demand satisfaction from people who are badly in need of correction. Namely, those who use insults against me in lieu of argument. (I am not above answering insult with insult, of course.) When are we going to get internet VR boxing, so that I can realistically challenge some random dipshit who talks a lot of shit to a boxing match and announce his cowardice should he decline?

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Moderation works?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 2 years ago

Well, some mod douchewaffle spent all his points on me because I'm anti gun control. I heart slashdot.

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Android for Raspberry Pi

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

More or less every day I visit the Raspberry Pi home page to see if there is any new information on when the allegedly-mostly-working Android 4 will be released, and every day there isn't. As far as I know, Broadcom is the holdup. This does not give me confidence in Broadcom...

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What can be done about the Microsoft astroturfers?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Is there indeed anything we can do about the new cadre of Microsoft astroturfers with modpoints? Is it just time to finally give up. I can't imagine that they haven't actually paid their way in.

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Good large-format inkjet with continuous inking?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I am looking for a large-format inkjet with continuous inking that is suitable for printing poster prints and the like. Ideally it would have both Linux and Windows support, preferably through a standard protocol, but this is not an absolute necessity. What IS a necessity is the ability to install a continuous inking system for making these large prints, and being able to change inks. I am biased towards Epson or Canon but I want good advice, not just biased.

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Copyright

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Copyright is not a natural right, and if it had been instituted in its current form (denial of copying, as opposed to forced copying) two thousand years earlier we'd probably be at least a thousand years behind where we are now.

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Strategy games that don't cheat?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

OK, I know AI is hard (no pun intended) but are there any strategy games out there that don't cheat on any but the lowest levels? Haven't tried Civ V yet, but IV is just another case of easy easy easy IMPOSSIBLE to me... I just can't muster the interest to outsmart a computer program written to cheat against me.

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Continuous servos?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I want some continuous servos. Should I buy or hack? What's good to buy if I just want to do that? Double-BB and metal gear would both be nice.

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