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New Middleware Promises Dramatically Higher Speeds, Lower Power Draw For SSDs

regular_gonzalez Re:Make them work first (68 comments)

You're in luck, as that time is right now!

tl;dr - the Samsung 840 series is the only drive to really suffer problems but that's strictly relatively speaking; it's allocating from reserve capacity and to reach the point it's at now you'd have to have 150 gb of writes per day for 10 years, which is probably at least an order of magnitude higher than even a heavy standard user. And that's the consumer version -- the Intel ssd, aimed more at production / business environments, fares even better. Which mechanical hard drives do you use that support 150 gb of daily writes for 10 years?

about 4 months ago

Samsung's First Tizen Smartphone Gets Leaked

regular_gonzalez Re:Am I doing it wrong? (153 comments)

I used to feel the same way, going so far as basing smartphone purchases entirely on the keyboard (Touch Pro and Touch Pro 2, both of which had best-in-class hardware keyboards. Got those despite the WinMo interface they came with). The days of lousy on screen keyboards are in the past. I can Swype far faster than I could ever type on a 4" keyboard (with keys that were measured in millimeters). Is my input speed up to the ~100 wpm I can type on my desktop keyboard? No, but I doubt anyone can do that regardless of hard or soft phone keyboard. It's much higher than one might expect though -- if I had to guess, I'd say it's in the mid 30s to 40ish and I'd feel confident challenging anyone who is still inputting on a hard keyboard.

about 8 months ago

Charles Carreon Finally Surrenders To the Oatmeal

regular_gonzalez And death is not an option (173 comments)

You need legal representation. You can not represent yourself. Your two options are Charles Carreon and Jack Thompson. Who do you choose?

about a year ago

US Intercepts Iranian Order For Attack On US Embassy In Iraq

regular_gonzalez Re:BS Detectors at Maximum, Mr. Sulu (433 comments)

Since Jews were, by definition, there before Muslims, doesn't it stand to reason that the Muslims were the ones who originally encroached on the land? I mean, it's all arbitrary in that region, depending on what date you choose to establish as the date of ownership unto eternity.

Israel as a country dates back to 930 BCE which, for the non-history buffs here, is before Muhammed (and thus Islam) even existed. The area known today as Palestine was taken over by Muslims in the mid 630s -- which I can only assume, since you are a logically consistent person, you find unacceptable and thus will now demand the land be turned over to Jews. Right?

1 year,10 days

Fire At Hynix FAB May Bump DRAM Prices

regular_gonzalez Re:Sumitomo all over again (77 comments)

In a commodities market, retailers must base prices on their (anticipated) price to replenish their stock, not what their current inventory cost them. Those that don't quickly go broke.

1 year,12 days

Photographer Threatened With Legal Action After Asserting His Copyright

regular_gonzalez Re:Photographer should say "Go ahead" (667 comments)

If you found out today that dozens of people had been banging your wife for the last year, would you be upset? Perhaps you should question whether any real harm is being done. Since you didn't know about the 'usage' yesterday and was seemingly quite happy with everything, finding many instances of your wife being used like a two dollar whore should make you question whether that use has actually caused you any harm.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Tried To Buy Netscape: Suppose They Had?

regular_gonzalez Re:Mozilla/Firefox Anyway (246 comments)

M$? Really? Whatever, party like it's 1998 bro.

more than 2 years ago

After Firing CEO, Yahoo Puts Itself Up For Sale

regular_gonzalez Re:Moral of the story.... (264 comments)

And then the most competent CEOs ignore your company's job offer and go somewhere that does offer a golden parachute, knowing that despite their skill shit can and will happen that is out of their control but nevertheless wanting to get paid in such a contingency.

People are going to act in their self-interest, which is why companies *do* offer crazy sounding deals.

about 3 years ago

Breaking Into the Super Collider

regular_gonzalez Re:Budget out of control - Not! (168 comments)

You may want to get an upgrade on your understanding. It was a Democratic Congress under a Democratic president who killed funding. :-)

more than 3 years ago

Should Dolphins Be Treated As Non-Human Persons?

regular_gonzalez Re:Non-human intelligences (785 comments)

Well that's kind of a silly standard. Most technology is ultimately based on at least one of two things: the opposable thumb (needed for dextrously manipulating one's environment, exceptions such as an elephant's nose notwithstanding) and fire (and its natural descendent electricity).

By your standard, a person in a coma or an infant are not to be granted rights.

more than 3 years ago

Doctor Marries Doctor's Daughter, TARDIS Explodes

regular_gonzalez Whoops (326 comments)

Uh oh CmdrTaco you posted this in Entertainment instead of Idle. How embarrassing for you.

more than 3 years ago

Stuxnet Virus Set Back Iran’s Nuclear Program by 2 Years

regular_gonzalez Re:Success (349 comments)

M$? Oh, I get it, it's because Microsoft likes money. That's really clever, did you come up with that yourself?
BTW I also like money so please refer to me as rgu£ar_gonz£z

more than 3 years ago

Doubling of CO2 Not So Tragic After All?

regular_gonzalez Everyone here is a vegetarian, right? (747 comments)

Just want to verify that everyone who is full-on convinced about the negative effects of climate change is a vegetarian. At this point it's essentially indisputable that eating meat -- particularly beef, but all meat due to second order effects aside from methane (increased fuel usage for the additional grain required to grow animals, etc) -- is a significant factor in greenhouse gas production. If every American became vegetarian, the reduction of greenhouse gasses would be greater than swapping out every SUV for an electric car. So, those of you pilloring consumers, government, or industry -- you've already made the switch, right? Cause you wouldn't want to be hypocritical.

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Web Services Launches DNS Service

regular_gonzalez Re:Spamvertisement (146 comments)

I'm a huge fan (in general) of Amazon. Spent more money there than I care to think on. That's irrelevant. The /. story was either a verbatim PR release or written by a PR stooge to be as banal and self-aggrandizing as possible. It wasn't intended to spur discussion but to advertise a product. The submission was obviously not along the lines of "Hey guys, here's a new DNS host, what do you think will be the advantages and disadvantages compared to OpenDNS et al?" That's fine, great, if you want to advertise your product by passing it off as a news article, when there is a clear difference between the two, be prepared to be mocked for doing so.

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Web Services Launches DNS Service

regular_gonzalez Spamvertisement (146 comments)

Cool, thanks for the PR release wiredmikey

more than 3 years ago

DOS Emulator In and Out of App Store

regular_gonzalez Re:Yup (338 comments)

Anything that would allow a user to run a non-Apple-approved program, anything at all, even a DOS emulator, is against the rules.
Nice tautology there: "Anything that will let you do something not allowed is not allowed". How does one argue against that kind of thinking?

more than 3 years ago

Canon Abandons SED TV Hopes

regular_gonzalez Re:Well cry me a river... (120 comments)

Lifespan is one area that immediately springs to mind. Granted, they're making advances in OLED lifespan but it's still well below SED's "indefinite" (i.e., comparable to lcd or crt) life.

about 4 years ago



Lossless video codec?

regular_gonzalez regular_gonzalez writes  |  more than 5 years ago

regular_gonzalez writes "There are several lossless audio formats to choose from when ripping CDs to ensure mathematically lossless compression (flac, lossless wma, etc). Is there a truly lossless video codec with equivalent compression (that is, on the order of 50%) so that I can rip movies and ensure they look identical with no compression artifacts, while saving some room?"

Sony's next big hit

regular_gonzalez regular_gonzalez writes  |  about 7 years ago

regular_gonzalez writes "IGN has the scoop on Sony's newest drool-worthy gadget. The Rolly MP3 player fits (barely) in the palm of your hand. With an innovative motion-sensing device, it forgoes extraneous things such as buttons.

The Rolly is equipped with motion sensing capabilities that allow various aspects of its music playback to be controlled by physically moving the device. Volume can be adjusted by turning the Rolly clockwise or counter-clockwise while holding it in hand. Track selection can be accomplished by rolling it back and forth on a surface, and shuffle mode is adopted by shaking the Rolly. Because the device has no screen of any sort, its status and activity will be denoted by the changing colors of the two lighted rings.
Boasting 1 gb of storage and an impressive 5 hours of battery life, the bargain price of $350 will surely have the Rolly flying off shelves."

Creative Labs' Vista driver team feeling stressed?

regular_gonzalez regular_gonzalez writes  |  about 7 years ago

regular_gonzalez writes "While the X-Fi's issues under Vista have been widely reported, that doesn't prevent a flood of complaints pouring into the Creative Labs website, posted for all to see. What is more surprising is the employees' responses. A sampling:

# The drivers will be released when we are good and ready and happy with them
# Bitching like a 5 year old won't magically solve all our problems on the drivers.
# Call us hopeless and whatever else all you like, noone else is going to fix these drivers but us, demoralizing us won't bring it faster
# There are already reasonably working drivers supplied with the card, legally our responsibility stops there, think yourselves lucky we even bother updating the drivers at all.
# Anymore of these derogatory posts and we might well just flush the whole XFi/Vista64 saga to the toilet and move on.
Is Creative Labs obliged to treat even the most obnoxious of whiners with a certain level of respect, or is it refreshing to have a company actually state opinions that normally would be kept to themselves?"

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Independent music, Apple, and the RIAA

regular_gonzalez regular_gonzalez writes  |  more than 7 years ago

regular_gonzalez writes "Indie electronic artist Benn Jordan's unique take on piracy, iTunes, and the RIAA as someone both in the industry but an outsider to the RIAA.

How can they sue you for $750 for downloading a digital song that's sold to retailers for less than $0.70? I have yet to hear the answer to that question. So naturally, I think to myself: "Hey! I own a record label! How can I get involved in this profit party?". Oh, RIAA is a private club. Small businesses don't seem to be allowed. So does this mean that if I sign with a major label I'll get my fair share of these lawsuits battling the theft of my material? Nope. Artists are only compensated for post-recoup sales. 0% of this lawsuit money is trickled down to the artist. So basically, if you're not one of these companies, you can't win.
He goes on to explain why iTunes isn't the answer and about possible solutions for indie artists and labels."

Link to Original Source

regular_gonzalez regular_gonzalez writes  |  more than 7 years ago

regular_gonzalez writes " has an interview with SCE Worldwide Europe VP Jamie MacDonald covering various topics, including the interesting revelation that Europeans don't mind being last to get the latest consumer electronics.

What would you say to consumers who like Sony and want to buy your products, but perhaps feel that because they're in Europe they're always last in line?

European consumers have shown that historically they don't mind

MacDonald goes on to discuss various topics, including how much Sony likes to create open formats (no, really)."

regular_gonzalez regular_gonzalez writes  |  about 8 years ago

regular_gonzalez (926606) writes "Bigfoot's Killer NIC gets an initial testing over at IGN and, far from the magic computer smoke or blinker fluid gamers and geeks anticipated, it seems to live up to the hype.

"After installing the Killer NIC we got back on the same F.E.A.R. server and played on the same map. The improvement with the Killer NIC was noticeable and impressive. Pings to server dramatically improved, generally ranging from 17-50ms, averaging 45ms over another two 15 minute sessions. FPS also got a nice bump, jumping our average from 74 to 86 fps."

Plus, it (omgomg) runs linux. All for the low, low price of about $300."


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