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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.

yesterday
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One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

trparky Re:So answer me this... (396 comments)

If I were in your shoes, if that module failed a MemTest (even just one pass) then that module will be getting replaced with an RMA from the RAM manufacturer. I don't care if the system is stable, if that module failed... it's getting replaced.

about a month and a half ago
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One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

trparky Re:It's all about ERROR rates (396 comments)

I have noticed that a lot of OEMs (Dell, HP, Apple, etc.) use a no-name brand of RAM in many of their systems that they build. If you look at them, especially the CAS latency stats, you'll notice that many of the RAM chips found in most pre-made computers are absolutely pitiful (to say the least).

So with that being said, who knows if this no-name RAM that is installed in many pre-made computers that many people buy is of any real quality. I'm guessing... no. So, with that said perhaps that odds of bitrot happening on pre-made machines is going to be higher than that of systems that have better quality of system RAM installed in them.

about a month and a half ago
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One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

trparky So answer me this... (396 comments)

Some people are talking about the fact that bitrot could happen as a result of bad RAM. Are you talking about bad system RAM or the RAM onboard the HDD's controller board?

If it was indeed bad system RAM, wouldn't bad system RAM cause a random BSOD (Windows) or Kernel Panic (Linux)? With how much RAM we use these days it's very likely we're going to be using all of the storage capacity of each of the DIMMs that we have in our systems.

Myself I have 16 GBs of RAM in my Windows machine and at any moment in time I'm using at the very least 40% of the RAM in the system with spikes up to at least 60% depending upon what I'm doing at the time. So with that said, the possibility of kernel memory structures being corrupted at some point while using memory (in even less used DIMMs in your system) I figure is going to happen. I'm not sure how the memory in the DIMMs are being used though. Is it being used sequentially? (DIMM 0, chip 1... 2... 3... 4, DIMM 1, chip 1... 2... 3...4, etc.) Or is the data thrown about randomly on the DIMMs?

Myself, if I had a random BSOD just happen I'd be running MemTest86+ in a hot second to test my system RAM and be asking to Corsair (the company that made my DIMMs) for an RMA.

So if does indeed turn out to be bad system RAM that causes this, I guess that it's a good idea not to be buying cheap RAM to begin with. Myself, I've never had a problem with Corsair Vengeance RAM modules so I will continue to buy that line of Corsair memory.

about a month and a half ago
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Free Software Foundation Condemns Mozilla's Move To Support DRM In Firefox

trparky Re:Once again the FSF does not understand (403 comments)

Basically it's a "Damned if you do, damned if you don't" kind of situation. No matter which way you go, you're damned. *shakes head*

about 2 months ago
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Free Can Make You Bleed: the Underresourced Open Source

trparky Re:The problem is both forms of free. (175 comments)

Personally, I think the concept of FOSS should be torn down and rebuilt; at least the free part of it.

For instance...
Free: If you use this library in another free product. For instance, if you make a small program which you give away for free, then you are allowed to use said library for free.
Not Free: If you use this library in combination with systems that essentially make you a ton of money, you are legally required to pay a license for the use of the library in question..
.
FOSS may be a wonderful thing at first but lets face it; FOSS doesn't put food on your table, a house over your head, gas in your car, send your children to school, etc. I'm not saying that FOSS is a bad thing, no... far from it, but what we have to realize is that there are some fundamental issues with FOSS when we live in a world dominated by the use of money. Maybe in the future when we all work for the betterment of mankind (ie. United Federation of Planets level of betterment), FOSS will have no issues.

about 3 months ago
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Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers

trparky Re:Or foregoing kids altogether (342 comments)

It is projected that within the next fifteen to twenty years, if global population growth rates don't slow down we will simply not be able to grow enough food to feed the world's population. Global famine will be a result. Already we're seeing the effects of over-fishing, fish populations are at the lowest seen in years. The giant water aquifer under the Great Plains of the United States (sometimes referred to as the Breadbasket of the World) is losing water, we're taking out water faster than nature can replace it.

So yes, even we in the United States, need to start worrying about over-population.

about 3 months ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

trparky Re:Militia, then vs now (1633 comments)

No, the reason why they put it into the Constitution like they did was to stop tyranny. They wanted to make sure that the people were going to be able to remain free and the only way to make sure that the people remain free is when the government fears the people.

Remember this quote by Thomas Jefferson...
"When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny."

At this moment, I fear this government and what it can do to me and the rest of the people in this nation.

about 3 months ago
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Samsung SSD 840 EVO MSATA Tested

trparky Re:no capacitors (76 comments)

For mere consumers it's a great drive. If you need that level of data assurance you're looking at the wrong SSDs, go look at Intel SSDs but be prepared to pay an arm and a leg for it. For us mere mortals it's still a great drive.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

trparky Re:Yes and No (860 comments)

Not only that but if they didn't make the desktop user interface look like something that crawled out of the ass end of 1995, I'd be more inclined to upgrade to Windows 8/8.1.

about 5 months ago
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Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

trparky The US has nothing to worry about but... (574 comments)

The United States has enough IP addresses in our pool to carry us through to the end of say... 2018. If current growth of the Internet continues we will still have enough IP addresses in our pool, we'll just have to knock a year or two off that projection. Say, may 2017 or half way through 2016. The United States has more than enough IP addresses to keep us going for some time.

Europe and other parts of the world is a totally different story. When the Internet was created and we started handing out the IP addresses we were quite stingy when giving them to other parts of the world. The United States is one of the biggest hoarders of IP addresses in the IPv4 world while Europe and the rest of the world got relatively few IP addresses with compared to how many the US holds. There's where we are seeing the problem.

Europe has the issue, Europe has no choice in the matter; they have to move to IPv6 or their side of the Internet is pretty much crippled. So unless we all implement 6to4 to allow United States Internet users to connect to European web site (that's fugly) or finally get on the bandwagon in converting to IPv6 in the US, there will eventually be two Internets; a US and a European Internet with IPv4 and IPv6 being the limiting factor.

about 5 months ago
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Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

trparky Re:IPv6 has this tiny problem (574 comments)

Actually that would be fe80::200:f8ff:fe21:67cf. You can drop the three zeros after fe80 and replace it with a double colon.

about 5 months ago
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Reports Say Satya Nadella Is Microsoft's Next CEO

trparky Re:The Enterprise? (177 comments)

No, they abandoned the enterprise market when they released that train wreck known as Windows 8.

about 6 months ago
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GPUs Dropping Dead In 2011 MacBook Pro Models

trparky It's not just Apple... (359 comments)

It's not just Apple that's had an issue with this particular problem. HP has had an issue with their GPUs failing on their motherboards too in their notebooks.

I'm of the opinion now that notebooks just don't belong having high-end GPUs in them. Notebooks have always had a history of cooling issues because of a variety of issues from inadequate fans or other various issues. Now let's stick the equivalent of a space heater in the device and let's see what happens. I'm really surprised that this sort of thing isn't happening more often to more brands of notebooks.

Let's face it, a notebook is a portable device with very cramped internals. It's like it's become a form of art to find out just how much more stuff we can cram into an even smaller space. A notebook is a portable device, it's not meant to be your one and only device. If you want to be playing games, get a desktop; not a notebook.

about 6 months ago
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Intel SSD Roadmap Points To 2TB Drives Arriving In 2014

trparky Re:Write limits (183 comments)

My Samsung SSD has a SMART Value of 97 (Normalized) and 30 (Raw). I've had it for about nine months 4.53 TBs to the drive. At this rate my SSD will still be working three years from now. If I get at the very least, five years out of it, then I'll be very happy.

about 8 months ago
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Intel SSD Roadmap Points To 2TB Drives Arriving In 2014

trparky Re:Write limits (183 comments)

In other words, all of this talk about how TLC NAND Flash Memory not being not durable isn't at all true. Yes, it's not as durable as MLC NAND Flash Memory but it's not like the sky is falling.

about 8 months ago
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Intel SSD Roadmap Points To 2TB Drives Arriving In 2014

trparky Re:Write limits (183 comments)

Not according to Samsung. I've done the math on how it calculates the SMART values.

The Samsung 840 Series SSD has a total of 1000 P/E Cycles.

The SMART Wear Leveling Count value has two values; the normalized value (out of 100) and the raw value (out of 1000).

So, if the raw value is 30 it means that the cells have been erased 30 times out of the total 1000 times that the SSD can endure.

The normalized value is calculated like so
FLOOR.PRECISE((1000 - X) / 10)
With X being the raw value.

So, it would be like this

(1000-30)=970
970/10=97.0

FLOOR.PRECISE(97.0)=97 -- This is your normalized value.

about 8 months ago
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Group Attacks Bad Software Patents Before They're Approved

trparky Very interesting... (82 comments)

I have a feeling that they are watching a lot that comes out of Microsoft, Apple, Sun Microsystems, and Oracle.

Personally speaking, I think that all patents that come from Apple should be shot down but that's just my opinion. Apple is a filthy, stinking, no-good, idea-stealing, asshole of a company.

about 10 months ago
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SSD Annual Failure Rates Around 1.5%, HDDs About 5%

trparky Re:Stay away from OCZ and SandForce (512 comments)

I've had good luck with two of the Samsung 840 Series SSDs that I have and my brother has had good luck with his 840 Series SSD as well. I've had better luck with the two Samsung SSDs that I had with an Intel SSD. Funny, the Samsung SSDs were cheaper than the Intel one I had but the Intel one died. Oh well.

Some people say that the reliability of the Samsung SSDs come from the fact that Samsung made the thing, the whole thing. Not just a piece of it. Samsung made the NAND, the main PCB, the controller chip, and the controller chip firmware. The whole thing was developed and manufactured in-house unlike several other SSDs that use the Sandforce SSD controller which has historically been quite a buggy piece of shit.

Maybe things have changed with the Sandforce controller but after that one Intel SSD that had the Sandforce controller in it that died on me, I won't trust a Sandforce controller-based SSD again.

about a year ago
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Break Microsoft Up

trparky Re:Yeah (355 comments)

Which just goes to show you, profit isn't everything. Profit is great and all, I know that but if that's all that you care about eventually you lose your way and lose the confidence of the very people who are giving you the money that makes you profitable.

Then again, that can be applied to so many other companies other than Microsoft. GM, Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, Time Warner, several of the large banks, etc.

I've always said that this fucked up need for more and more quarterly profits will lead to the downfall of companies. All Wall Street cares about is profit, profit, and more profit. The people on Wall Street do not give a damn about the future well being of the companies that they fuck over, when they're done fucking them over and all that's left is a dead husk of a company they'll just go onto the next company to fuck over.

This need for more and more quarterly profits needs to end and we need to get back to a economically sound long term investment strategy.

about a year ago

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trparky trparky writes  |  more than 7 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."


For more information, click here for the article ."

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