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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

jtownatpunk.net Hybrids are where it's at (for me) (426 comments)

I've been using Seagate's hybrids for a couple years and the combination of performance, simplicity, and economy hit the spot. I have 750 gig and 1tb drives in my laptops and a 2tb in my gaming rig. The hybrid drives were a small price bump for a big performance bump. Sure, gigantic SSDs would give me a slight performance boost but it's a big jump in price for a small jump in performance over hybrid.

2 days ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

jtownatpunk.net Re:LOL (426 comments)

Comparing a $10 USB stick with an SSD is like comparing turtles to cheetahs. Those USB sticks might write at 2-5 megs/sec. Maybe. 1/100 the speed of a good SSD. It's not a cromulent comparison.

2 days ago
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Book Review: Bulletproof SSL and TLS

jtownatpunk.net Re:How long... (89 comments)

Do you really think any government wants its citizens to have secure communication?

2 days ago
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Book Review: Bulletproof SSL and TLS

jtownatpunk.net Re:Amazon Book Price (89 comments)

$48.10 from my regular browser, anonymous browser and IE.

2 days ago
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Book Review: Bulletproof SSL and TLS

jtownatpunk.net How long... (89 comments)

I wonder how long it will be before Ristic is disappeared. My money's on 110 days.

2 days ago
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I'm most interested in robots that will...

jtownatpunk.net Re:I don't mind driving (307 comments)

That's called valet parking. It exists at many malls.

As for the other one, why wouldn't you just go in the self-driving car in a wide, comfortable seat that reclines all the way back? Your scenario limits you to the travel time of the car anyway.

about two weeks ago
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I'm most interested in robots that will...

jtownatpunk.net Re:Pleasure (307 comments)

That would be "basic jobs".

about two weeks ago
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The Disgruntled Guys Who Babysit Our Aging Nuclear Missiles

jtownatpunk.net Re:Poor Promotability too (176 comments)

The military needs ditch diggers, too. How many Air Force personnel are pilots? 1%? I guess I could look it up. There we go...

324,820 Active Duty
13,811 pilots

A little over 4%. So good luck with that pilot path.

about two weeks ago
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Gigabit Internet Connections Make Property Values Rise

jtownatpunk.net Re:YouDontSay.JPG (108 comments)

Sue the realtor and the city.

Well, maybe not right off the bat. First, see if you can get it on the local version of Bite Back with Kent Brockman and his Channel 6 Consumer Watchdog Unit. Generally, the cable company's monopoly contract generally requires that they service every household in [specified_area]. If there's cable in the ground, it's because your neighborhood is part of that area and the cable company is required to service it. The city can't require them to provide service then deny them the ability to do it. There's probably some bureaucratic clog that needs to be flushed out with the plunger of public outrage. Shine a light on it and embarrass the relevant parties into fixing it.

about two weeks ago
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Gigabit Internet Connections Make Property Values Rise

jtownatpunk.net Re:YouDontSay.JPG (108 comments)

As usual, I'm ahead of my time. Human hibernation is still in its infancy so I had no practical way to "just wait" for communications infrastructure to catch up.

about two weeks ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

jtownatpunk.net Re:I'll be voting (551 comments)

That response doesn't do much to specify which party you support.

about three weeks ago
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Gigabit Internet Connections Make Property Values Rise

jtownatpunk.net YouDontSay.JPG (108 comments)

I just bought my forever house and had a few beautiful places picked out but had to change my search area because internet access sucked balls everywhere in that area. At best, I could get "up to" 3mbps DSL at a couple locations. Now I know why prices were so much lower in that area. And the realtors I talked to said "What kind of internet is available?" is one of the first questions people ask these days. Of course, when I asked that question, none of them could answer it.

So I shifted my search closer to The Big City where I got cable internet and almost as much privacy.

As for the value of internet, I was ready to spend up to 10 grand to improve infrastructure to the right property so figure that into the equation however you will.

about three weeks ago
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What People Want From Smart Homes

jtownatpunk.net Re:best example (209 comments)

Yep. Replicators and a holodeck. A self-cleaning holodeck.

about three weeks ago
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American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens

jtownatpunk.net Re:I'm giving this to the world for free (130 comments)

The point of my system is to stop throwing around account information. My system doesn't involve transmitting (or even having) any valuable information where it can be stolen. Not even in encrypted form. Don't process payments from numbers at all .

about three weeks ago
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American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens

jtownatpunk.net I'm giving this to the world for free (130 comments)

Please implement it immediately.

USB dongle with a little computer, display, fingerprint/pulse scanner, and a few buttons. Dongle plugs into a port on the POS payment terminal. You authenticate with an authenticated fingerprint from a finger with a pulse. Dongle makes its own secure connection to the payment clearinghouse and indicates to the clearinghouse that a transaction with [Merchant_ID] is imminent. [Merchant_ID]'s payment terminal makes its own connection to the clearinghouse and says [Your_Public_ID] owes $112.96. The clearinghouse sends a message to your dongle (snicker) saying [Merchant_ID_Common_Name] says you owe them $112.96. Do you want to [P]ay from Primary account, pay from [O]ther account, or [D]ecline payment. Your dongle sends your response to the clearinghouse which sends your response to the merchant. If you opted to pay from one of your linked accounts, the money is transferred to the merchant's account, confirmation of the transfer is sent to the merchant, and the transaction is concluded.

At no time is your account information shown, transmitted, stored, or even provided. You don't even have your account information to provide.

Same system can be used for online purchases, online identity verification, building access, home access, car access, and pretty much any kind of authentication where internet access is available.

Hell, I'll bet a lot of people would even pay for the device after being on their 2nd or 3rd round of replacement credit cards in the last two years. Shouldn't cost more than $25 to make a keychain-dangler.

about three weeks ago
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Shift Work Dulls Brain Performance

jtownatpunk.net Um... (131 comments)

Maybe people who couldn't get anything better than "shift work" had duller brains to start with.

about three weeks ago
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Rhode Island Comic Con Oversold, Overcrowded

jtownatpunk.net Re:First hand report (126 comments)

I just flew across the country last week so I'm getting a kick out of your reply. When I bought my ticket, I picked a good aisle seat so I wouldn't have to deal with the ass/crotch conundrum. (I forgot that seats are so close now it's more of a "can you please get up so I can go take a leak?" conundrum because there's no way you can fit past a seated person in steerage these days.) So the night before departure I go to print my boarding passes. My assigned seat on the long leg of the trip had been unassigned and would be reassigned at the gate after they bribed enough people to take later flights. Why do they even bother teasing me with the idea that I've selected a good seat if they're just going to take it away? I ended up riding bitch. I loathe sitting in the middle seat. If I'd known that was going to happen, I would have flown a different time/day/airline or upgraded to first class. But they made sure I was already committed to the trip before telling me I'd be stuck in the middle between a clown and a joker.

about three weeks ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

jtownatpunk.net I'll be voting (551 comments)

Bull Moose all the way down.

about three weeks ago
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Rhode Island Comic Con Oversold, Overcrowded

jtownatpunk.net Re:First hand report (126 comments)

A better solution would have been to NOT SELL TICKETS TO MORE PEOPLE THAN YOUR VENUE CAN ACCOMMODATE.

I know it's a wild and crazy idea but it just might be crazy enough to work.

about three weeks ago

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Are There Affordable Low-DPI Monitors?

jtownatpunk.net jtownatpunk.net writes  |  about 5 years ago

jtownatpunk.net (245670) writes "As time goes by, I find myself supporting a greater number of users moving through their 40s and into their 50s (and beyond!). I notice more and more of them are lowering the resolution of their displays in order to "make it bigger". That was fine in the CRT days but, quite frankly, LCDs look like crap when they're not displaying their native resolution. My solution at home is to hook my computer up to a big, honkin' 1080p HDTV but that's a bit of a political risk in an office environment. "Why does Bill get a freakin big screen TV???" Plus, it's a waste to be paying for the extra inputs (compunent, s-video, composite), remote, tuner, etc. that will never be used. And a 37-47" display is a bit large for a desk.

So here's my question: Is there a source for 24-27" monitors running at 1366x768 that are affordable and don't have all of the "TV" stuff? Or is my only choice to just buy 27" HDTVs and admonish the users not to watch TV? (And, no, just giving them big CRTs is not an option. Most people would rather stare at a fuzzy LCD than "go back" to a CRT.)"

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