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"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

trparky Re:jessh (394 comments)

I think it's more like we are catering to the morons.

2 days ago
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The Next Decade In Storage

trparky Re:Maybe (93 comments)

I was able to recover 95% of the data from the drive after letting the drive cool in a refrigerator (not freezer) so I all that a win for me. But, I'll never trust a Seagate as long as they exist. And yes, a lot of my drives were Seagate drives. Thanks for that bit of info.

Oh, and let me guess.... those SSDs were OCZ SSDs? Right?

about two weeks ago
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The Next Decade In Storage

trparky Re:Maybe (93 comments)

I beg to differ on the "average user" comment.

Take my brother's notebook with a slow 5400 RPM hard drive and boot-up times of more than three minutes. I put an SSD into it and it took off like a rocket with sub one minute boot-ups. Same thing happened with my desktop. Even launching a simple desktop program such as Microsoft Word can benefit from an SSD. You double-click the icon instead of waiting as the HDD retrieves several different DLLs from all over the drive to load into RAM, the SSD can load it all in one shot and have the program on the screen in less than two seconds.

SSDs have absolutely stunning performance numbers when it comes to retrieving random bits of data from all over the drive and that's what counts, random read speeds. HDDs absolutely suck at random read speeds and it all comes down to seek times, which absolutely suck.

about two weeks ago
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The Next Decade In Storage

trparky Re:Maybe (93 comments)

You're talking about sequential reads. Yes, multiple drives can help in sequential read speeds but 4K Random Read Speeds is what spinning hard drives absolutely suck at. And before you mention that I'm just talking about benchmark numbers, yes... I am talking about benchmark numbers but 4K Random Read benchmark tests very closely mirror real world activity.

You can see this in how the average OS boot-up is slow as shit on an HDD. This is because OS boot-up is pulling seemingly random (at least to the HDD) bits of data from all over the drive which results in having to find the data (seek times) and that's what HDDs absolutely suck at.

about two weeks ago
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The Next Decade In Storage

trparky Re:Maybe (93 comments)

I'd have to call bullshit on the "most give you either SMART warning or "delayed write failure" errors long before they die" part. I've had many a drive that was working fine one day, monitoring software showed no signs of pending drive failure, and then... dead the next day. *click* *click* *click* *click* *cry*

You say the problem with SSDs is when wafer shrink, well... it seems that manufacturers have thought about that and have gone back to larger lithograph processes. In fact, Samsung has done just that with their 850 Series SSDs by going to 40nm and 3D-NAND. Not only has Samsung done this but Intel has also been considering SSDs of their own to have 3D-NAND.

about two weeks ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

trparky Re:Not really missing vinyl (433 comments)

I thought the sampling rate refers to how many times per second changes in the wave form are tracked. Obviously the higher the amount of times the wave form changes are tracked per second the more true to the analog form of the wave the digital version of it will be (if that makes any sense). And isn't that what we want? A more true to the original wave form representation? More data should equal less interpretation the DAC needs to do to convert the digital back to analog.

about a month and a half ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

trparky Re:Not really missing vinyl (433 comments)

Correct me if I'm wrong but shouldn't a higher sampling rate make up for the stair-step look of the wave form? Obviously the higher the sampling rate the more bits you need to represent the wave form thus resulting in a larger uncompressed audio WAV file.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Closing Engineering Office In Russia

trparky Re:50 engineers (157 comments)

And you're going to be seeing a lot more companies that have operations in Russia doing the same thing. Don't be surprised that by next year there will be no foreign companies operating in Russia and Russia wants it that way.

Basically, Russia has said in no uncertain terms that they don't want to play ball with the rest of the world. Their latest actions have shown that they want to become an isolationist and cut themselves off from the rest of the world. "We're Russia! We don't need the world! We can survive without you!" That's basically what Russia is saying.

OK Russia, can we have that block of IP addresses that you're not going to be using now that you've cut yourself off from the global Internet?

about a month and a half ago
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U.S. Passenger Vehicle Fleet Dirtier After 2008 Recession

trparky Re:This isn't really surprising at all (176 comments)

My car is a 2004 Pontiac Vibe which is really nothing but a re-badged Toyota Matrix. And you know what they say about Toyota's right? Do your regular maintenance like change the oil when you're supposed to and the thing will run until doom's day.

about a month and a half ago
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Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools

trparky Re:About fucking time (233 comments)

If they didn't spend their money on such lavish houses, cars, vacations, and women they would have money to retire on.

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

trparky Re: Reliability... (438 comments)

Not only* Typed on a phone with autocorrect. Damn autocorrect.

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

trparky Reliability... (438 comments)

Other only that but hard drives have started to become more and more unreliable.

about 2 months ago
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Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

trparky Re:Duuuuuude (167 comments)

When if you want a notebook PC?

about 4 months ago
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Stallman Does Slides -- and Brevity -- For TEDx

trparky Re:Where to draw the line (326 comments)

I thought that they made it as closed source as Windows is. Apple isn't exactly forthcoming with anything that they do.

Then again, this may be my hate of everything Apple coming through on this.

about 5 months ago
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Stallman Does Slides -- and Brevity -- For TEDx

trparky Re:Where to draw the line (326 comments)

The whole OS. See Apple Mac OS X as an example.

about 5 months ago
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Stallman Does Slides -- and Brevity -- For TEDx

trparky Re:Free for the community (326 comments)

A BSD license may as well be proprietary because eventually it will become proprietary if it is of any use at all.

Is a horrendous POS. It is factually wrong. If you can't see or accept that then you really do need to grow up a little, both politically and intellectually.

Ok, so please explain this one.

Take OpenBSD, there's a reason why much of Apple Mac OS X is based upon OpenBSD. Apple needed a new OS, they looked about and saw an already written base operating system with a nice licensing agreement that states that if you make any modifications to the source code you are under no legal requirement release said changes back to the community from which the original code came from. That is essentially what the BSD license states.

However, the GPL states that if you make changes to the source code you are legally required to release said changes back to the community.

That's why Apple OS X is largely based upon OpenBSD. Apple can make changes all they want and they can keep those changes to themselves and the OpenBSD community doesn't have a legal leg to stand on to prevent that from happening.

about 5 months ago
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Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

trparky Re:Final nail in the Itanium coffin (161 comments)

You can't add too many stages to the pipeline or you end up with the Intel NetBurst Pentium 4 Prescott mess again. It had an horrendously long 31-stage pipeline. Can you say... Branch Prediction Failure? The damn thing produced more branch prediction failures than actual work. That's essentially why the NetBurst was completely scrapped and why they went back to the drawing board.

about 5 months ago
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Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

trparky Hopefully he will do it right... (252 comments)

Hopefully he will do the job in more than one movie. Say, one movie leading up to the Shadow War, then another movie that is the Shadow War, and then a third movie showcasing the results after the Shadow War.

about 6 months ago
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AMD Prepares To Ship Gaming SSDs

trparky Re:What is the expected edge? (110 comments)

OCZ? *chuckles* *snorts* *laughs* *falls off chair laughing*

Anyways, now that I had a good laugh for the day I can say that I wouldn't hit a dog in the ass with any SSD (or any SSD made with components) from OCZ. Their reliability is shit and until Toshiba can clean up OCZ's act I won't touch an SSD made by them with someone else's ten foot pole.

about 6 months ago
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Old Apache Code At Root of Android FakeID Mess

trparky Re:Thankfully those will be patched right in a jif (127 comments)

Couldn't this be patched as part of an update to the Google Services Framework? From what I understand, Google controls the Google Services Framework and can push updates even to phones/devices that haven't been updated by their network provider.

about 6 months ago

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trparky trparky writes  |  about 8 years ago

trparky (846769) writes ""This is the first part of a series on what's new in the Windows Vista kernel. In this issue, I'll look at changes in the areas of processes and threads, and in I/O. Future installments will cover memory management, startup and shutdown, reliability and recovery, and security.

The scope of this article comprises changes to the Windows Vista(TM) kernel only, specifically Ntoskrnl.exe and its closely associated components. Please remember that there are many other significant changes in Windows Vista that fall outside the kernel proper and therefore won't be covered."


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