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Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

thevirtualcat Re:Huh... (183 comments)

5%, and those are just the ones that outright failed. I've never had an OCZ SSD where I didn't have to update the firmware to get it to work right.

about three weeks ago
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Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

thevirtualcat Re:Huh... (183 comments)

There are so many analogies I could make for that.

Ford Motor Company eliminates Ford brand and replaces it with Edsel.
Microsoft changes Windows 7 to Windows Vista Second Edition.
Cisco to deprecate Cisco trademark in favor of Linksys. *

* Yes, I realize that Cisco no longer owns Linksys.

about three weeks ago
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Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

thevirtualcat Re:reliability (183 comments)

Actually, most SSDs support SMART and/or have their own monitoring system. Unless you're buying bargain basement SSDs, most of them have perfectly servicable lifecycle management.

(Purely as an example, here's Samsung's listing of the SMART attributes in their SSDs: http://www.samsung.com/global/...)

That said, yes. When SSDs get the "computer will no longer boot to the OS" point of their lifecycle, you're a lot less likely to be able to recover any information. But, like magnetic disks, by the time you get to that point, you've generally been ignoring other symptoms.

about three weeks ago
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Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

thevirtualcat Huh... (183 comments)

I didn't realize OCZ was still in business.

about three weeks ago
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iFixit Takes Apart the Oculus Rift DK2, Finds Galaxy Note 3 Display Inside

thevirtualcat Re:Gonna get sued! (57 comments)

Doesn't Samsung manufacture their own displays? I'm pretty sure that if Samsung had any issues with them incorporating that display, they just wouldn't have sold it to them.

I suppose it's possible that they might actually be buying Note 3's and disassembling them. And I can see that possibly causing a problem for them. But I also can't imagine that being particularly economical.

"This is how you disassemble a Note 3 and get the display from it without breaking it. Any questions?"
"Nope."
"Good. Now do it forty five thousand times."

about a month ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

thevirtualcat Too little, too late. (238 comments)

My problem with the real name policy wasn't using my real name on Google+. When I had a Facebook account, I used my real name there.

My problem with the real name policy was that if you used Google+, it would retroactively change all your OTHER Google services to use your real name. Half of the people I use my GMail account to communicate with don't actually know my real name. Now, of course, I could get a Google+ account and continue using the same name I've been using on my GMail account for years.

Except that I don't actually use GMail anymore.

At the time, Google+ was sucking up other Google services and forcibly integrating them. I didn't see why GMail would be an exception to that in the long run and I wanted nothing to do with it.

So it's great that they've removed the real name policy and are no longer agressively integrating their other services into it, but...

Too little, too late. I've already left.

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

thevirtualcat Re:Easiest way to cancel service from any ISP... (401 comments)

Oh, they tried the "relocation plan" on me.

Me: "Your service isn't available where I'm going and I don't have your phone service, so that really wouldn't help me at all."
Rep: "Oh. Okay."

If you do have the phone service:
Me: "Sorry, My new provider is wireless and disallows competing IP phone services on their network."
(You'll probably make the rep insanely jealous when you say that...)

Sometimes, after it's all said and done, they want a forwarding address to send the final bill.

Rep: "We offer service in that area, though."
Me: "Yeah, but the complex I'm moving into has an exclusivity agreement with [provider that's not them]."
Alternatively, if it's a single-family home:
Me: "I'm actually moving out the country and that's my grandmother's house. She doesn't need the internet for her typewriter or her rotary dial phone."

But by the time they get to the "forward address for the final bill" question comes up, you've already cancelled and they're just fishing for a new sale.

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

thevirtualcat Easiest way to cancel service from any ISP... (401 comments)

Me: "Hi, I need to cancel my service."
Rep: "Oh? [insert marketing speak that boils down to 'Why do you want to cancel our awesome service?']"
Me: "I'm moving out of your service area and I'm already set up in my new place."
Rep: "Oh. Okay then."

Doesn't matter if it's true or not. There's not really much they can say to that. They might fish for details about where you've moved to. Just don't be stupid enough to bite.

about a month and a half ago
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Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

thevirtualcat I miss when South Park was on Netflix. (138 comments)

I watched an episode of it on Hulu the other night. It wasn't an all out terrible experience. While Hulu is far more agressive with their anti-adblocking, they have far fewer ads than South Park Studios did. (South Park Studios often had more ads than watching on Comedy Central.)

That said, since it's going behind the paywall and I don't watch anything else behind Hulu's paywall, I guess I'll just find some other show that makes decent background noise. (Or just pirate it, but I suspect I'm too lazy to do that.)

about a month and a half ago
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Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

thevirtualcat Re:Dear Trey Parker and Matt Stone (138 comments)

You could put this comment on any other article and it would be (-1, Troll) instead of (5, Funny.)

Thanks, South Park!

about a month and a half ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

thevirtualcat Re:I won't upgrade. (681 comments)

Usually it's highly-specialized industrial or lab equipment with either an embedded computer (oscilloscopes, waveform generators) or have a computer attached (CNC things.) These are things that usually cost 10^5 to 10^7 USD/GBP/EUR/whatever. (That said, these are also generally things that shouldn't be connected to a public network, anyway.)

There are a few old oscilloscopes kicking around my workplace that run Windows 98. They serve their purpose and upgrading them to even XP would be a good way of turning them into bricks that can play Minesweeper.

about 2 months ago
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Winners of First Seized Silk Road Bitcoin Auction Remain Anonymous

thevirtualcat Re:One stupid question (88 comments)

They would probably just exchange the currency at market rates.

Remember, though, that the US Government doesn't consider bitcoins currency, but property.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/...

Auctioning them off is in line with that.

about 2 months ago
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Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

thevirtualcat Re:You know ... (358 comments)

I don't feel bad for him at all.

He's just lucky he's not holding an FCC license of some kind (amatuer radio or a business license) or he wouldn't be getting off with such a small fine. (Wouldn't surprise me if he also ended up barred from holding such licenses, but there's nothing in TFA that says that.) Especially since he was also causing interference in the public saftey bands.

about 2 months ago
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When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

thevirtualcat Re:Depends... (305 comments)

I guess it's for certain values of "cheap." In the long run, I suspect we'll see IPv6 in the cheap ones because eventually, the manufacturers will be forced to move to versions of the underlying OSs that actually support it.

about 3 months ago
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Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?

thevirtualcat Re:The Definition of Skills Shortage (236 comments)

Raise your hand if you haven't had this conversation before...

"We have a great 6-month contract opportunity in Nowhereville that we think you'd be a perfect fit for. The rate is $25/hr on 1099 with no benefits..."

about 3 months ago
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Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?

thevirtualcat Probably. (236 comments)

Are the glory days for analog design over? Yes.
Are the days where analog design is necessary over? Nope, nor will they ever be.

That said, I know a good number of who studied electrical and computer engineering who went into software and test engineering after school and never looked back. EE doesn't pay a lot and there's a good deal of demand for people who can knock a simple circuit together AND have a good working knowledge of software that can talk to it.

about 3 months ago
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When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

thevirtualcat Depends... (305 comments)

As the cheap, consumer-grade routers that don't support IPv6 people have in their homes die off, people will replace them with cheap, consumer-grade routers that DO support IPv6. It will be a slow process, but it will happen eventually.

At that point it will be up the ISPs to provide IPv6 support. Some (like Comcast, oddly) already do. But the cynic in me thinks we'll probably see more ISPs putting up CGNAT and charging people $14.95/month for a public IP, after they've upgraded to a business account of course. (Like they do with static IPs now.)

about 3 months ago
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Theater Chain Bans Google Glass

thevirtualcat Good (376 comments)

Sounds like another good reason to continue patronize the Alamo Drafthouse near me.

Google Glass is just like any other tech widget in a theater: Turn it off and put it away.

If you chose to put your perscription lenses into Glass, that is an unfortunate decision on your part. Go get the spare glasses out of your car (or whereever you keep them.)

about 3 months ago
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Driver Study: People Want Fewer Embedded Apps, Just Essentials That Work Easily

thevirtualcat Cartoon Cars? (148 comments)

Many cartoons over the years have made jokes about people adding completely ridiculous things to their cars in the name of convenience. They usually end up in a hilarious, hubris-fueled accidents. Unfortunately, it's turning out to be a lot more prophetic and a lot less hilarious than anyone wants to admit.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

thevirtualcat Re:White Moto X (711 comments)

Yes. Much.

If they insist on the "Samsung iPad" after that, then break out the first one. The sale is probably doomed at that point anyway.

about 3 months ago

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