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Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

xlsior Re:Why not just use hard drives and then store... (193 comments)

While a hard drive may be cheaper at time of initial purchase,it likely has a significantly shorter lifespan as well, leading to much higher costs over time to replace failed drives. (Especially considering that the $140 you mention is for a consumer-grade drive, with a 1-2 year warranty -- more reliable "Enterprise" drives typically cost three times as much)

about a week ago

When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

xlsior Re:Fleeing abusive companies? (257 comments)

"We don't care. We don't have to. We're the phone company"

about a week ago

Add a TV Tuner To Your Xbox (In Europe)

xlsior Re:All wrong (81 comments)

If you need an xbox to watch TV, you're doing it wrong.

There's a difference between 'needing and xbox to watch TV', and the desire for a unified, integrated one-stop destination for your entertainment: games, TV, streaming media, using a single remote control and consistent interface.

That may not be a big deal to you or me personally, but i can definitely see a potential market for something like this.

about three weeks ago

Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

xlsior Re: Not creepy (106 comments)

Hard to track eye movement when wearing sunglasses, which many/most people do when driving in summer.

about a month and a half ago

Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

xlsior No. (502 comments)

"back in the day" the main selling point of a "good" soundcard, was compatibility. Under Dr, each and every game had to reinvent the wheel and communicate directly with the soundcard. Unless you had one of major 'good' cards (Soundblaster, Gravis ultrasound, and one or two others) old games wouldn't have sound at all. When Windows became the norm, the hardware communication was abstracted hough the windows driver - as long as Windows support the card, a game could use it. Combined with dirt-cheap integrated cards in most motherboards, there's very little need for discrete audio for non-professional use anymore. We've reached "good enough" 15+ years ago.

about a month and a half ago

New IE 8 Zero Day Discovered

xlsior Re:IE EIGHT? (134 comments)

So use Firefox or Chrome. No big deal.

Even if you never consciously launch IE, it doesn't mean you're safe: the IE rendering engine is used behind the scenes by a ton of other Microsoft and 3rd party applications as well, each of which is a possible attack vector as long as the IE vulnerability exists on the system.

about 3 months ago

New IE 8 Zero Day Discovered

xlsior Re:IE EIGHT? (134 comments)

Unfortunately, IE 8 is the last version of Internet Explorer that's compatible with Windows XP.... Meaning there are hundreds of millions of computers out there that are vulnerable to this exploit, which can't 'just' upgrade to a newer IE version without paying a hundred bucks to upgrade their entire OS first. Annoyingly, this bug was reported to MS when XP still had 6-7 months of extended support for XP left on their count-down clock. Today, XP is no longer supported and unless this bug starts getting heavily exploited in the wild a fix will probably never come.

about 3 months ago

Ouya's Unsung Strength: Multiplayer For Parties

xlsior XBMC (54 comments)

Combined with a USB MCE remote, the Ouya makes a fantastic XBMC media player -- there's a free 'official' XBMC release in the Ouya store which supports hardware video decoding, and plays back 1080p video without a hitch.

about 3 months ago

Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

xlsior Excersise for the reader: (409 comments)

Whenever you see "in the CLOUD!", mentally replace it with "using someone else's server" -- all of a sudden it looks a whole lot less appealing. Yes, you gain some flexibility, but you lose a LOT of control. Case in point: gamespy's recent announcement that they're closing up shop, and all of a sudden hundreds of major games from big-name software houses will lose their online multiplayer abilities. How's 'the cloud' working out for them?

about 3 months ago

Why Are We Made of Matter?

xlsior What if... (393 comments)

So today the universe apparently is 99.99999% matter / 0.000001% antimatter -- What about the possibility that when the universe started it began as 50.00000000001% matter / 49.99999999999% anti-matter, and the observable universe today is 'simply' made up of the remaining 0.000000000002% that didn't annihilate itself billions of years ago? Even if matter/antimatter each have an equal chance of getting created, randomness is not perfectly distributed. If you roll a set of dice an infinite amount of times, you WILL from time to time end up with weirdly skewed results that may appear non-random, even though they are. Since we happen to live inside this universe and have no way of observing any potential failed precursor universes, we have an observation bias to our particular outcome -- there could be a near-infinite amount of alternate universes with matter and antimatter perfectly distributed which completely annihilated themselves before the universe as we know it today ever came info being.

about 5 months ago

What Apple's iWatch Can Learn From Pebble

xlsior Re:e-ink display (97 comments)

Unlike their initial announcements, the Pebble doesn't actually use an actual e-ink display -- it's a 1.26 inch Sharp Memory LCD, also used by several other devices.

about 4 months ago

Wozniak To Apple: Consider Building an Android Phone

xlsior Re: WRONG (249 comments)

Provide tools to migrate Android data to iOS. For example, allow an Android user iCloud access, and be able to load that data (including app-specific data) from iPad/iPhone. Make the bar to convert to iOS as low as possible.

Except doing so also lowers the bar leaving the Apple ecosystem behind... Given that Apple has a significantly smaller market share than Android does in most countries these days, it seems like it would be a losing strategy for them.

about 7 months ago

Old-school Wi-Fi Is Slowing Down Networks, Cisco Says

xlsior Re:Sales Problem and Technical Problem (254 comments)

it's a sales problem. Customers don't grasp the differences between letter versions (a/b/g/n) so they purchase the one with the most letters, perpetuating the filling of the limited bandwidth available.

Not just sales -- if you've been bit by this a few times, you tend to buy the hardware that supports the most frequencies even if you may think you don't need them. For example, the Nintendo wii has a built-in 802.11b/g wifi adapter, but it has some bugs that prevent it from working on plain 'g' for many people. From the Nintendo support site: "Ensure that the router is set to broadcast in "mixed" or "b/g" mode. Routers set to "g only" may not be able to allow a successful connection from the Wii console."

about 7 months ago

Old-school Wi-Fi Is Slowing Down Networks, Cisco Says

xlsior Um... (254 comments)

....should find a way to let some wireless gear leave those versions behind

So... similar to how pretty much most/all modern routers give you the option to switch between 'a/b/g/n' mode, or enable just 'n', or just 'ac'? And like how they let you choose to use the 2.4GHz band or 5GHz or both, or...? It seems to me that there really isn't a technical problem here, just a user education issue of TELLING them that there may be a speed benefit to turning off standards they aren't using anyway.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Do Mobile Versions of Websites Suck?

xlsior Re:case in point (382 comments)

and no way to turn it off.


You do have the option to switch between the mobile and the full site on a mobile device

about 8 months ago

How long do your computer mice last?

xlsior Microsoft? (361 comments)

Microsoft Wheelmouse Optical -- the only virtually flawless product Microsoft ever made, so of course they discontinued them.

about 9 months ago

Microsoft May Finally Put Windows RT Out To Pasture

xlsior Re:Microsoft? ASK SLASHDOT! (293 comments)

But if any group of people out there will be able to predict the success of a product offering and be able to voice the opinions of the market, it's this group right here.

No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame.

about 9 months ago

Ford Showcases Self-Parking Car Technology

xlsior Except... (233 comments)

(i.e., you don't have to squeeze your way out of your vehicle while trying not to bang the next car's door)

That brilliant plan has two massive shortcomings:
1) You still need to squeeze back into the car when you're ready to leave (assuming there is no "unpark" feature)
2) What are the odds that the driver of the car parked NEXT to your in your overly narrow space will ding your passenger side door trying to get into HIS car?

about a year ago

Scientists Boycott NASA Conference Because of Ban On Chinese Participants

xlsior Re:Racial discrimination? (283 comments)

Federal laws prohibit discrimination not just on race, but also "national origin" -- which would include "from china", regardless of what race a person happens to be.

about a year ago

SSD Annual Failure Rates Around 1.5%, HDDs About 5%

xlsior Re:Hard drives warranty (512 comments)

I don't understand this new trend in making new hard drives with only 1-2 years warranty. The same goes for SSD.

It's very simple, really: Because they can.

The main reason is that there's only three hard drive manufacturers left in the world: Seagate, Western Digital, and Toshiba. (Samsung & Hitachi's HDD divisions have both been aquired in recent years, although you can still find drives with their brandname on them, for now)

Out of those three, only WD and Seagate manufacture large capacity 3.5" HDDs. It's essentially a duopoly.
When there's just two players left that are both manufacturing at pretty much full capacity, there's very little incentive left to offer long warranties -- that just costs them money in the long run. Warranties have been trending downwards, and it's unlikely that'll change any time soon.

about a year ago


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