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Firefox OS Powered Flame Available For Pre-order; Ships Globally

jbridges Re:Price a bit steep for lowest end platform (109 comments)

If the final shipping price for a unit with these specs is around $60, then it may sell.

I expect a year from now, the no name $60 smartphones with Android will have similar specs.

about 4 months ago
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Firefox OS Powered Flame Available For Pre-order; Ships Globally

jbridges Price a bit steep for lowest end platform (109 comments)

You can get a JIAYU G4S for around $180
It has 1.7Ghz 8 Core CPU
2GB of RAM
1280x720 Display
13 MP Camera

So $170 for something with the specs of a under $100 phone seems lame.

Is this legacy of a design taking too long to come to market?

about 4 months ago
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Scientists Develop Chocolate That Won't Melt At High Temperatures

jbridges Unless you have a high fever, chewing crayons (161 comments)

Not going to melt in your mouth unless you have a high fever.

So it's going to be like chewing on chocolate flavored crayons.

about 2 years ago
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Slashdot Asks: SATA DVD Drives That Don't Suck for CD Ripping?

jbridges Re:Accuraterip accuracy list (330 comments)

That Accuraterip list is horribly outdated for new purchases.

Almost none of the models that do well in their stats are for sale anymore.

Most are IDE as well.

about 2 years ago
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Long-Term Storage of Moderately Large Datasets?

jbridges Re:Use RAID6 not RAID5 (411 comments)

This is a discussion of offline backup (notice all the "use tape" responses), harddrive copies can be kept in a offsite location just like tapes.

Any kind of realtime multi-site or off-site backup involves mega bandwidth.

more than 4 years ago
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Long-Term Storage of Moderately Large Datasets?

jbridges Re:Drobo fan and user (411 comments)

Drobo is a proprietary solution, single vendor, single source.

more than 4 years ago
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Long-Term Storage of Moderately Large Datasets?

jbridges Re:Use RAID6 not RAID5 (411 comments)

Just because you had some problems with Samsung means nothing about their general reliability.

A few specific models have had problems, such as the IBM "Deathstar" models, or the recent Seagate firmware problems, but there is no evidence that whole brands are less reliable.

Read the Google report on drive brands, there are no clear winners or losers across brand lines in their exhaustive real world tests.

more than 4 years ago
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Long-Term Storage of Moderately Large Datasets?

jbridges Re:Use RAID6 not RAID5 (411 comments)

As far as I can see, there are no internal Maxtor branded 2TB drives.

Isn't the Maxtor brand fading away?

more than 4 years ago
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Long-Term Storage of Moderately Large Datasets?

jbridges Use RAID6 not RAID5 (411 comments)

I would use RAID6 not RAID5, since 2 drive failures means data loss with RAID5, while it takes 3 drive failures to loose data on RAID6.

Linux MDADM has supported RAID6 for years, it's stable.

I would mix and match drives, not buying all the same model from one maker. One Samsung, One WD, One Hitachi, One Seagate.

That gets you 4TB in 4 drives, and unlike a RAID1, any 2 drives can fail with no dataloss.

You can further ensure no dataloss by making a second copy using different brand drives for each clone.

Eight 2TB drives is around $1500. Not bad for a very safe 4TB backup.

more than 4 years ago
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XCore's EduBook, a Netbook That Runs on AA Batteries

jbridges Re:$199 too high! (217 comments)

A small flash drive may be preferable in an extra toy computer. For for those who use a netbook as a primary, 8GB (or less) is a joke.

I have the Lenovo with 160GB, and the harddrive is acceptably quick.
In fact the whole machine feels faster than my top of the line Thinkpad from a few years before.

The only thing that really drags on the Lenovo S10 is the 1.6Ghz Atom processor. Given that the $199 AA battery machine uses a MUCH slower processor, I think it would be far less acceptable as a primary machine, even if it had the same 160GB harddrive.

And I do agree on AA batteries for cameras, I try to use them exclusively. But the power demands of a netbook make me less enthusiastic about them in that platform.

more than 4 years ago
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XCore's EduBook, a Netbook That Runs on AA Batteries

jbridges Re:$199 too high! (217 comments)

Except four things:

The $199 price does not include WinXP. The $250 Lenovo S10 price does.
The $199 price does not include 1GB of ram (only 512mb). The $250 Lenovo S10 price does.
The $199 price does not include 160GB harddrive (only small flash drive). The $250 Lenovo S10 price does.
The $199 price does not include batteries (AA or otherwise). The $250 Lenovo S10 price does.

What does the $199 unit cost with a copy of WinXP Home, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB harddrive, and a supply of AA batteries?
A lot closer to $250 than you imply.

(and you have the much slower CPU in the AA battery unit)

more than 4 years ago
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XCore's EduBook, a Netbook That Runs on AA Batteries

jbridges $199 too high! (217 comments)

You can buy a Lenovo S10 with 1GB of ram, 1.6Ghz CPU and 160GB harddrive for $249, and that includes WinXP.

The AA batteries sounds interesting, but since all the netbooks come with a battery, and they are cheap enough to buy an entire new netbook with new battery when anything breaks or wears out.

If this unit was $150 or less, it's slow CPU and AA battery power might make sense. But at $199 it's not worth it.

more than 4 years ago
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White House Tape Recycling Possibly Erased Emails

jbridges Re:Is it possible to have a private conversation? (251 comments)

The same thing is happening anywhere someone can be sued, not just the President.

Many companies (like Microsoft) are trying to keep email useful by making it company policy that email is not preserved.

Once you have something that could be preserved... the temptation is powerful to require people to preserve it, and thereby stifle it's use.

Imagine what will happen once all phone conversations could be preserved. With all calls going over VOIP systems on computers, it's only a matter of time before it happens.

more than 5 years ago

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jbridges jbridges writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jbridges (70118) writes "TiVo claims it's too difficult to upgrade Series 1 TiVos to correct for the new Daylight Savings rules.

Series 1 TiVos run on standard Linux, and use software for Daylight Savings.

Series 1 DirecTiVos (same platform, made for DirecTV) have had their software upgraded with the DST Fix.

Series 1 TiVos will still function partially, but will have the wrong date/time during the time between old DST and new DST. This will cause all manual season passes to break, and make the manual guide wrong.

This is getting close to boat anchor mode... time to upgrade to a DVR PC?

Discussion at the TiVo Community about the Non-Upgrade"

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