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Comment Re:Including a Mac Pro tower, right? (Score 1) 142

" if you have hardware and software that can create video at >4GB/s you're pretty special."

Protip: Most game modern engines can EASILY do that with just the video card. AGP had a maximum throughput of 2166MB/s, half your requirement. That was replaced roughly a decade ago.

Bandwidth of a video card interface and the throughput of a 3D gaming engine is irrelevant to this discussion. We're talking creating video through something like Avid or Premiere/After Effects by compositing multiple streams of video and effects and then mixing that all down to a single stream for output.

Whilst some acceleration of this is done on the GPU (and this is why the 3 year old Mac Pro has 2 GPUs even in it's base configuration) the main requirement here is fast and consistent throughput to mass storage.

There are plenty of video professionals that use a Mac Pro with it's stock 256 GB internal SSD and then hook it up to an external 8- or 12-bay Thunderbolt RAID (or two) that can transfer in excess of 2 GB/sec - something like this

I don't care how big your PC workstation case is, if you want 50 or 100 TB of storage, you're looking at external RAID or SAN anyway. The internal storage is only used for the OS, apps and scratch space.

Comment At what cost? (Score 4, Informative) 883

The Adult Population of the USA is something like 194.5 Million people.
Let's say that you can get by on $25,000 per year, tax free.
Providing UBI for this many people will cost the economy 4.8 Trillion Dollars. Where is this going to come from?
OK, let's scale this back a bit. We will give every adult in the USA $200 per week - $10,400 per year. We're still talking about $2.02 Trillion - this is 11% of the entire GDP of the USA.
To put this in perspective, the USA spends $810 Billion on public education per year, $1.3 Trillion on pensions and almost $600 Billion on defence.

Comment Re:Beta software has bugs. Film at 11 (Score 1) 163

You're thinking of Services for Unix (SFU) - that was part of it, and the other part was the POSIX-compliant API that Windows NT 3.1 was based on (and remember that NT 3.1 was really NT 1.0).

Windows also incorporated code from BSD (as it was more freely licensed than Linux) - from memory most of the TCP/IP stack was based on BSD's stack. I don't think it came from OpenBSD though - more likely to have come from FreeBSD or one of the other distros.

I think that the POSIX layer was more that it complied with the POSIX standards (for some low numbered version of POSIX) rather than it could run unmodified code targeting POSIX. Either way, the POSIX and OS/2 APIs were killed when NT became XP.

Comment Beta software has bugs. Film at 11 (Score 2) 163

The summary even states that Microsoft still officially consider it beta software. This is not even a v1.0 release.
What we are seeing here however is that even a large ship such as Microsoft can turn very slowly. This would have been unthinkable even 5 years ago - just think what it will be like in another 5 years...

Comment Re:Just let it fold and be done with it (Score 2) 254

Because shutting down a site that has controversial and illegal (and borderline-illegal) material has always been a good way to stop the bad behavior?

No, it's not a good way to stop bad behaviour, but if said bad behaviour causes the site to implode, then why should we help them stay afloat?

Comment Re:Beautiful (Score 1) 157

Gigabit Ethernet maxes out at between 70 and 100 Megabytes per second, depending on your file sharing protocol. When Gb-E was first introduced this was faster than local disk, so it meant that workstations could get data to and from the server faster than they could from local storage. This was a good thing.

Now that even a cheap 1TB consumer hard drive (not to mention a SSD) can push more than double this data transfer rate, working off a server is (relative to local storage) getting slower and slower.

There was a good progression from 10 Base-T to 100 Base-T to 1000 Base-T and the adoption curve was pretty constant. 10 Gb-E has been around for a long time now (10 Gb-E was ratified in 2002 over fibre and 2006 for twisted-pair copper cabling) but it's adoption has been slow. Even Apple who have historically been an early adopter of faster network technologies haven't put 10 Gb-E in anything, even the Mac Pro.

2.5 Gb Base-T is a nice stop-gap measure, it more than doubles the speed whilst retaining a lot of (and being backwards compatible with) the existing infrastructure and 5 Gb Base-T will be a nice improvement over that for workstations and other data intensive tasks, without the expense of going all the way to 10 Gb.

A single 2.5 Gb port will have more throughput (and be easier to configure) than a pair of bonded 1 Gb ports. This is going to be great in the majority of the environments in which I work, where workstations have been feeling the squeeze of "slow" 1 Gb links for some time now, leading people to do things like work off their desktop instead of off the server (meaning no backups and no-one else can share their work)

Comment Re:So no cable ripping, but... (Score 1) 157

Seeing as you can already push 10Gb-E down a Cat6 or 6e cable, with regular RJ45 plugs on it, I'd say that they're keeping 2.5Gb-E and 5Gb-E backwards compatible and using Cat5e (for short runs) Cat6 (recommended) or 6e (more better) with RJ45 termination

Comment Re:Google is still #1 (Score 0) 118

On their own hosting? You mean Google Code?

Google Code Project Hosting offered a free collaborative development environment for open source projects.
In 2016 the service was shut down, see this post for more info. Projects hosted on Google Code remain available in the Google Code Archive.

Comment Re:Apple invents (Score 1) 311

Here's a direct quote from Apple:

We’re trying to make great products for people, and we have at least the courage of our convictions to say we don’t think this is part of what makes a great product, we’re going to leave it out. Some people are going to not like that, they’re going to call us names [...] but we’re going to take the heat [and] instead focus our energy on these technologies which we think are in their ascendancy and we think are going to be the right technologies for customers. And you know what? They’re paying us to make those choices. [...] If we succeed, they’ll buy them, and if we don’t, they won’t, and it’ll all work itself out.

Now, guess what they're talking about? Removing the headphone jack from the latest iPhone? No, this is Steve Jobs from 2010 talking about having the courage to not support Flash on iOS. Many, many people were up in arms at the time, however history has shown us all that whilst this was a tough decision to make, we're all now better off because of it.

Comment Of course this is the reason. (Score 2) 311

And, forcing everyone to use bluetooth, so they can sell more Beats bluetooth headphones, is exactly why there's no way to plug regular headphones into the iPhone 7. This is why they don't even include a free adapter in the box with each and every single iPhone.

Oh, hang on a minute...

Comment Re:For what, the last 20 years? (Score 1) 212

According to Wired -
Apple are buying iPhones, made in China, by an Irish subsidiary and then selling them from their Irish subsidiary to US distributors, so the profits on the sale of the iPhones is booked through Ireland - although Wired don't explicitly say that it's US distributors, it could be their EU disties instead...

Comment Re:For what, the last 20 years? (Score 3, Insightful) 212

Yes, but if by some magic process of having my brother, who is a foreign resident, send me an invoice for "services rendered" or "brand licensing", and I paid this invoice and claimed back all of the the tax I'd otherwise need to pay on the expense, when all my brother is doing is holding the cash on my behalf in a low-tax jurisdiction, then we'd have a situation akin to what's going on with Apple, Google et. al.

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