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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

prisoner-of-enigma Re:Ethernet still the best (260 comments)

It still raises the question of exactly what you plan to do data-wise that will require 40Gbit Ethernet. While I admit nobody knows what the future holds, we can make reasonable extrapolations. Word and Excel documents aren't going to magically ballon in size. It's highly unlikely you run a 100TB database on your home server. MP3's and even FLAC audio files aren't magically growing in size, and even some new fangled HD audio format an order of magnitude bigger wouldn't stress GigE. Your Internet connection isn't going to be 40Gbit anytime soon (and even if it was, your ISP is unlikely to provide an upstream link that isn't woefully oversubscribed). Netflix 4K streaming already works fine over typical 20Mbit Internet service. And as I stated in earlier posts, even Blu-ray's, which are the higest definition standard media currently available for sale (with no real successor in sight) peak at 40Mbit/sec with average bitrates well below that.

The only conceivable thing that's even remotely close to logical would be uncompressed 4k video editing. And most people do that off high-speed local storage array or, if you're a big boy, a Fibre Channel array. If you've got the need for a FC array at home...well, my hat's off to you. You're unique.

about a month ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

prisoner-of-enigma Re:Ethernet still the best (260 comments)

Seriously, unless you plan on having the need to stream uncompressed 4K video to every corner of your house, Cat6A is ridiculous overkill. The average Blu-ray video stream is well under 40Mbit/sec, and that's decent HD for almost anyone. 4K could maybe quadruple that (depends on codec) but you STILL have plenty of bandwidth for something like that in plain Gigabit Ethernet. Hell, you could put perhaps 6-8 4K streams on GigE and still be fine.

And there's really no logic in trying to future-proof your home network for something that's not going to be remotely affordable until maybe 10 years from now (have you priced 10Gbit gear lately???). In that time frame, lots of things can and will change and the likelihood of you still wanting AND being able to use that Cat6A for its original purpose is dubious.

about a month ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

prisoner-of-enigma Re:Phones + 1 laptop. (260 comments)

10BaseT? Bah! if you really want them off your lawn you'll put in 4Mbit Token Ring!

about a month ago
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China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

prisoner-of-enigma I know... (152 comments)

...somebody forgot to mail their bribe check to the appropriate official. Or perhaps a competitor mailed a bigger check.

about a month ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

prisoner-of-enigma And I want... (727 comments)

And I want a week long orgy with the Victoria's Secret supermodels, but I'm intelligent to know the likelihood of that happening is pretty damned small. Linus should be exhorbitantly happy Linux has made the inroads it has in the server and mobile markets. Desktop, if it ever does follow, will probably not resemble "desktop" as we now know it.

about a month ago
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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

prisoner-of-enigma Re:Who needs oil? (305 comments)

Why would they need to create a new hate conflict? There's plenty of that to go around as is. Arab vs. Jew, black vs. white, East vs. West...it's not like conflict wasn't around before banking cartels, you know.

about a month and a half ago
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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

prisoner-of-enigma Re:Who needs oil? (305 comments)

Fusion would break the stranglehold of petro-exporting countries in the Middle East as well as belligerent exporters like Russia and Iran.

You're assuming said fusion plants would be radically cheaper to construct and operate than existing fission plants...something the anti-nuclear activists would probably complicate despite the obvious benefits of fusion over fission. Never underestimate the public fear of the word "nuclear" even if the processes involved are ridiculously different.

I can hear the rallying cry now: "They want to build a plant that works the same way as a thermonuclear bomb! Do you want a nuclear bomb IN YOUR BACKYARD???"

People are still terrified of fluoride in their water. Can you imagine their reponse to the above?

about a month and a half ago
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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

prisoner-of-enigma The power of the future... (305 comments)

Fusion power is roughly 20 years away from being viable...and has been for the last 40 years LOL.

Seriously, I'll start worrying about proliferation risks when a commercially viable fusion reactor DESIGN is created. Building one -- assuming it's ever viable to begin with -- would take years, which is plenty of time to address proliferation concerns before it came online.

about a month and a half ago
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Man-Made "Dead Zone" In Gulf of Mexico the Size of Connecticut

prisoner-of-enigma How big is it? (184 comments)

To put this in perspective, 5,000 sq. mi. is a square about 71 miles on a side. Compare this to the total area of the Gulf (615,000 sq. mi) and you'll see this "dead zone" occupies just 0.8% of the Gulf. Is this something that needs addressing? Absolutely. But it's not some horrific cauldron of death like the headline tries to make it out to be.

about 2 months ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

prisoner-of-enigma Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

It seems that the launch site has been rather precisely determined. Perhaps you missed that memo.

And no matter how much evidence the US or Ukrainian government produces, no matter how detailed and annotated, Russia will dismiss it with a wave of a hand as fabricated, slanted, biased...whatever they want. They'll never admit responsibility.

about 2 months ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

prisoner-of-enigma Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

What they need to do is to organize UN peacekeeper mission there, not wage proxy war with US.

Yes, because UN peacekeepers have such a long, sterling reputation on stopping stuff like this from happening.

But regardless, the UN will never do anything in this conflict. Russia holds a veto in the Security Council, and they will stop any such measures from ever happening.

about 2 months ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

prisoner-of-enigma Re:don't drive with nobody in it? (435 comments)

Imagine long range trucking where the vehicle didn't need a driver and wasn't subject to driving limits. It would make trucking a lot more competitive against trains.

It would also make automated trucking a lot more competitive against human driven transport services...thus the unions will immediately be against it.

about 2 months ago
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BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones

prisoner-of-enigma Wait... (139 comments)

Wait...Blackberry? These guys are still in business?

about 3 months ago
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US Marshals Accidentally Reveal Potential Bidders For Gov't-Seized Bitcoin

prisoner-of-enigma These are the people...? (101 comments)

And these are the people we want to trust making decisions about our healthcare?

about 3 months ago
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IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

prisoner-of-enigma I know where to look! (682 comments)

They should just contact the NSA. I'm sure they've got copies.

about 3 months ago
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EA Ending Online Support For Dozens of Games

prisoner-of-enigma Re:Lol... (329 comments)

I oppose the very idea of "professional entertainment", be it musicians, athletes, actors or games programmers.

Let me get this straight: you oppose all forms of compensated entertainment? So you consume no music, no movies, no fictional books, no games of any kind (electronic or otherwise), view no works of art...nothing at all? Or do you consume these things but just presume that people should never be paid for providing them to you?

I'm not about to shill for the copyright-manipulating media conglomerates, but IMO your viewpoint is either hopelessly extreme or ridiculously hypocritical. If people choose to entertain someone else, that effort has intrinsic value. Now exactly what that value might be is debatable and purely subjective based upon the value it has to those consuming said entertainment, but it surely has value to those who consume it, otherwise they wouldn't. You pay for people to fix your food at restaurants, or to build your computer components, or any number of other trades that require someone with a particular skill to perform a particular service. Why should entertainment alone be considered a pro bono profession?

about 5 months ago
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The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling

prisoner-of-enigma Free market works (258 comments)

And this, ladies and gents, is why the free market works when it's allowed to work unhampered by meddling from politicians. AT&T is a shit company. I hate their service and product offerings, but even more I hate their flippant attitude towards their customers. Along comes Google to kick them out of their complacency. If AT&T gets on the ball and delivers good service at good prices, it's good for me. If AT&T drops the ball and Google displaces them, it's good for me. Competition, folks. It's a win-win.

about 5 months ago
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How Dumb Policies Scare Tech Giants Away From Federal Projects

prisoner-of-enigma Complete restructure??? (143 comments)

What? And destroy the current lucrative system of kickbacks, cronyism, and propping up otherwise unprofitable, unaffordable, unworkable systems and businesses? How will Senators and members ever get elected properly without the subtle system of bribes that currently grease the wheels of professional politics? Don't you know *anything* about how to get stuff done inside the Beltway?

Sheesh...you people need to get a grip and understand how power works in this country.

about 5 months ago
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NASA, France Skeptical of SpaceX Reusable Rocket Project

prisoner-of-enigma Funny (333 comments)

Isn't it funny how NASA -- the agency that for *decades* screamed that the shuttle's reusability was the *key* to why America should depend upon it for our *primary* launch platform -- is now willing to admit the whole "reusable" thing was crap and everybody *knew* it was crap. We'd have done far better to keep using things like Saturn V's.

Now I sincerely *hope* SpaceX has somehow learned from NASA's failure and perhaps *can* make the economics of a reusable engine work. One thing at least: if SpaceX *can't* make it work, you can be sure it can't just make up the difference with taxpayer money and call it a success. As a private enterprise, it can't.

about 5 months ago

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Ziff-Davis files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

prisoner-of-enigma prisoner-of-enigma writes  |  more than 6 years ago

prisoner-of-enigma (535770) writes "Ziff-Davis, publishing icon of the 1980's and 1990's and home to such classic two-inch-thick tomes like Computer Shopper, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. ZD lists more than US$500 million in debt with only around US$300 in assets, including ZDNet.com. ZD's assets will likely be sold off to try and pay creditors, but obviously at least US$200 million will never need the light of day. ZD's chief executive Jason Young says the filing will put ZD in a "position poised for wonderful growth," which is management-speak for "things are doomed, get out while you can.""
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Toshiba to throw in the towel on HD-DVD

prisoner-of-enigma prisoner-of-enigma writes  |  more than 6 years ago

prisoner-of-enigma (535770) writes "http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSL1643184420080216 Toshiba to give up on HD DVD, end format war: source Sat Feb 16, 2008 10:40am EST By Mayumi Negishi and Kentaro Hamada TOKYO (Reuters) — Toshiba Corp (6502.T: Quote, Profile, Research) is planning to give up on its HD DVD format for high definition DVDs, conceding defeat to the competing Blu-Ray technology backed by Sony Corp (6758.T: Quote, Profile, Research), a company source said on Saturday. The move will likely put an end to a battle that has gone on for several years between consortiums led by Toshiba and Sony vying to set the standard for the next-generation DVD and compatible video equipment. The format war, often compared to the Betamax-VHS battle in the 1980s, has confused consumers unsure of which DVD or player to buy, slowing the development what is expected to be a multibillion dollar high definition DVD industry. Toshiba's cause has suffered several setbacks in recent weeks including Friday's announcement by U.S. retailing giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research) that it would abandon the HD DVD format and only stock its shelves with Blu-ray movies. A source at Toshiba confirmed an earlier report by public broadcaster NHK that it was getting ready to pull the plug. "We have entered the final stage of planning to make our exit from the next generation DVD business," said the source, who asked not to be identified. He added that an official announcement could come as early as next week. No one answered the phone at Toshiba's public relations office in Tokyo. NHK said Toshiba would suffer losses running to tens of billions of yen (hundreds of millions of dollars) to scrap production of HD DVD players and recorders and other steps to withdraw from the business. Hollywood studios had initially split their alliances between the two camps, meaning only certain films would play on any one DVD machine. The balance of power tipped decisively toward the Sony camp in January after Time Warner Inc's (TWX.N: Quote, Profile, Research) Warner Bros studio said it would only release high-definition DVDs in Blu-ray format. With that, studios behind some three-quarters of DVDs are backing Blu-ray, although some release in both formats. Toshiba responded by slashing prices of HD DVD players, but the loss of retail support has hurt. In addition to Wal-Mart, consumer electronics chain Best Buy Co Inc (BBY.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and online video rental company Netflix Inc (NFLX.O: Quote, Profile, Research) also recently signed up to the Blu-ray camp. The exclusive backing of Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) was also put in doubt when the software giant said in January that it could consider supporting Blu-ray technology for its Xbox 360 video game machine, which currently works only with HD DVD. Sony has spent large sums of money to promote Blu-ray in tandem with its flat screen TVs and its PlayStation 3 game console, which can play Blu-ray movies. The Toshiba source said the experience would not be a total loss for the sprawling conglomerate, whose products range from refrigerators to power plants, which would learn valuable lessons. "Marketing was a weak point for Toshiba. We learned a lot from HD DVD. Strengthening marketing will continue to be an issue for us going forward," the source said. (Reporting by Mayumi Negishi, Kentaro Hamada and Nathan Layne, editing by Mike Peacock) © Reuters 2007. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by caching, framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters. Reuters and the Reuters sphere logo are registered trademarks and trademarks of the Reuters group of companies around the world."
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