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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

sshir Re:Long story short (ad-less) (173 comments)

I seriously doubt that difference in load is due to drive speed, at least not directly. Their pods are connected by slow (1Gb?) Ethernet. My guess is that there is a sort of interference effect between disk rotation speed, network data rate, buffer sizes, tcp window size etc.

4 days ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

sshir Re:Archive? (219 comments)

Oups. Yes, I meant ZFS.

about a week ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

sshir Re:Archive? (219 comments)

Actually, as somebody pointed out, if you put any modern copy-on-write file system (xfs, btrfs etc.) on that puppy, SMR disk will work just like any other hard drive.

about a week ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

sshir Re:Archive? (219 comments)

My guess, is that due to the way they write data onto platter, this drive is pretty much useless for random writes (even more so than a regular hard drive). It's good only for huge sequential writes i.e. just bulk storage. Knowing this, they, allegedly, added some long term reliability features and slapped "archival" moniker.

about a week ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

sshir Fun times (219 comments)

It makes 6TB WD Green way overpriced. Will be fun to watch price action on newegg.

These drives are targeting more or less the same market. And judging by the number of complains, WD's 4 and 6TB drives are not much better in reliability department (although I might be wrong in that regard)

about a week ago
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Google Closing Engineering Office In Russia

sshir Just an excuse (157 comments)

The real reason is that google has failed to penetrate russian market.

They are cutting their losses, that's all. And considering that there are no prospects for business, there are no reasons to invest into infrastructure.

about two weeks ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

sshir Re:It's The Parts Count (293 comments)

We're not talking about evolutionary change but revolutionary. Drop in parts number is so drastic that it allows for more competitors to sprung up (hence Tesla). The risk for established players is in going from oligopoly and into a commoditized market. And that hurts. Badly.

about a month ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

sshir Re:Bang-bang control in action. (485 comments)

I'm fully aware that particular situation with NSA would not be resolved by republicans.

The point was: how to remind democrats that they have to actually listen to us. Or else...

about a month and a half ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

sshir Bang-bang control in action. (485 comments)

for non-techie types

Basically, if democrats refuse to listen to us - this is what they'll get.

I'm as liberal as people get, but that NSA thing pissed me off so bad that I consider voting Republican.

For those, who say that Republicans will not act on NSA either, I say this: Listen, elections is what in game theory considered a repeat game. In such situations it's often advantageous to enforce beneficial cooperation by employing fear of retaliation. And we're not bluffing this time...

"No Country for Old Men" tactics if you wish.

about a month and a half ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

sshir Re:I'm a big Elon Fan but... (583 comments)

Where is that "Strong AI" notion is coming from?

You do not need an AI capable to operate in the real/physical world to wreak havoc in it. All you need is some super smart out of control worm capable of penetrating a highly automated military defense system (e.g. "dead hand")

about 2 months ago
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Hewlett-Packard Pleads Guilty To Bribing Officials in Russia, Poland, and Mexico

sshir Standard operating procedure (110 comments)

for western companies operating in Russia is to hire "logistics consultants" among locals who do all the actual bribing. It provides a degree of separation - a plausible deniability.

about 3 months ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

sshir Re:Which Filesystem? (316 comments)

I would recommend explicit checksumming in data backup scenario. Main advantage is that this way your data is "multi-modal" (in shipping industry lingo). I.e. you can move your data between different computers, different filesystems and all the checksums move along. So when it's time to move your data to a newer disk you just copy it and you're not tied up with the choice of file system you made before. Scrubbing is easy too.

Plus you will not lose any files without noticing the fact - even when file is deleted it's still in your md5 file.

And you don't even need any scripts to handle your data - all decent filemanagers (e.g. "Total Commander" / "Double Commander" etc.) can do md5/sha/whatever on selected files on the click of a button.

about 4 months ago
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Getting IT Talent In Government Will Take Culture Change, Says Google Engineer

sshir Nope. (166 comments)

Moron does not know what's he talking about. There are plenty of places in government where proper geeks work. Examples: NSA and NIH. All what it takes is the ability of the agency in question to pay market rates, e.g. "title 42" and such (both big Ns can do that).

about 4 months ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

sshir Re:Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

How is this any different from you going to the police right now and saying you watched your neighbour murder someone?

...on a web cam you secretly installed in her bedroom?

about 5 months ago
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Putin Government Moves To Take Control of Russia's largest space company Energia

sshir Re:minutes to midnight (252 comments)

That's bullshit. There were no bread lines in 80's (lines, indeed, were everywhere, but not for basic stuff). And Gulag for dissidents was practically over too (for casual rumblings anyway). Sure, it was a shitty place to live, but not for reasons you stated. Stop trivializing.

about 5 months ago
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Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

sshir Re:Who has the market share? (336 comments)

I'm in a scientific field, so here is my anecdotal take on it. Yes, I use Mac. No, I don't give a shit that it's a unix. No actual development happening with Mac as a target - everything is running on Linux servers (desktops are too puny). The only reason - Mac has better xserver comparing to what we have for windows. And IT guys refuse to support any kind of Linux on desktops.

about 5 months ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

sshir Re:Not surprised. (570 comments)

Ha!

Happened to me too! Had to call Comcast several times until got through drones to a supervisor. He confirmed that account was properly closed, said "what's the fuck?" and faxed me a letter to send to collectors. Also, it seems, he did something on his side too - issue got resolved without any blemishes to my credit history.

about 5 months ago
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Despite Project's Demise, Amazon Web Services Continues To Use TrueCrypt

sshir Re:TCnext - the TrueCrypt fork (75 comments)

Actually ( and surprisingly) Swiss have bad reputation when it comes to all things crypto. Google "Crypto AG"...

about 6 months ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

sshir Re:No, not even the 50ies (686 comments)

Technically, the fact that a signal is below noise level does not forbid it's reception. GPS, for example, is below noise floor.

about 6 months ago

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Martin Eberhard Out as Tesla CEO

sshir sshir writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sshir (623215) writes "News on geeks favorite (at the moment) car: Tesla Motors CEO Martin Eberhard has been replaced.
It seems that electric car is more car than computer. Or development CEOs have skill sets incompatible with needs of companies in production stage."

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