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+ - 200GB Blu-ray discs aim to compete with tape in the data centre

Submitted by AmiMoJo
AmiMoJo (196126) writes "The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has developed a specification for a new doubled sided disc with a capacity of up to 200GB, called the BD-DSD (Double Sided Disc). The discs store 100GB per side using existing multi-layer technology and are designed for use in cartridges that can hold several. Robots in data centres will swap the discs, giving access to vast amounts of robust, long-life storage media. Unlike tape the discs are random access, so the overall access time for a given file is lower. There is no wear from a read head touching the disc either."

Comment: Re:Why speed only a little? (Score 2) 412

by AmiMoJo (#47707263) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Why would you want to get there at 120 MPH if you were not stuck behind the wheel on the way? You can use that time for yourself, catching up on some reading or sleep, watching TV or posting on /.. Going that fast shaves a little time off but costs you an awful lot more in fuel and maintenance costs.

I can see the commute becoming a golden time for many people. No family, no distractions.

Comment: Re:We commenters could freshen CSS, keep functions (Score 4, Insightful) 30

by AmiMoJo (#47707209) Attached to: Introducing Slashdot's New Build Section

A couple of days ago Soylent News implemented Unicode support. Considering the far greater resources that Dice have and how few Soylent needed to get it done, you would think real features like that would be coming thick and fast. Instead they wasted all the effort on a cosmetic make-over that most people seem to hate and which isn't even functionally as good as the classic site.

Unfortunately I think Slashdot's problems go far deeper than can be fixed with a bit of CSS.

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 0) 645

by AmiMoJo (#47707171) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

Riddle me this - if women are somehow, somewhere being paid less for doing the same job, having the same experience and qualifications as men, why wouldn't employers hire the cheaper employee?

Because companies are not perfectly rational actors. They are made up of people, and at management level the majority are men. They tend to hire and promote and give wages rises to people like them, i.e. other men.

Often the pay gap is due to the jobs being functionally identical but with different titles, so men and women are doing the same work to the same standard but one gets paid more.

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 645

by AmiMoJo (#47707113) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

Get a brand new CEO fired for donating private funds to an anti gay marriage effort years before? That's apparently a-OK.

I seem to recall it wasn't a-OK actually. There were a lot of articles, comments and blog posts about how it wasn't a-OK, much of it in mainstream media.

Having said that, it is a-OK because his beliefs were a choice he made, an opinion he held. Being gay is not a choice and can't be changed, so it's not okay to blame people for being gay. A person has to accept the consequences of their choices and stated opinions, but cannot be held accountable for the way they were born.


Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board 126

Posted by Soulskill
from the retirement!-retirement!-retirement! dept.
jones_supa writes: After leaving his position as CEO of Microsoft a year ago, Steve Ballmer has still held a position as a member of the board of directors for the company. Now, he is leaving the board, explaining why in a letter to fresh Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. "I have become very busy," Ballmer explains. "I see a combination of Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking up a lot of time." Despite his departure, the former-CEO is still invested in the company's success, and he spent most of the letter encouraging Nadella and giving advice. Nadella shot back a supportive, equally optimistic response, promising that Microsoft will thrive in "the mobile-first, cloud-first world."

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 645

by AmiMoJo (#47704677) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

The rule is very simple. If the position is over something that the person has no control over, like race, skin colour, height, hair colour, gender, sexual orientation etc. then society at large will probably shun you for it. If it isn't illegal to discriminate on those grounds already it probably should be.

On the other hand any kind of choice is a valid target for criticism. Political views, religious views, that sort of thing.

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 645

by AmiMoJo (#47704625) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

"I can understand your concern, this is why you shouldn't be concerned"

He needed to apologise. No less.

What he did harmed other people. Gay people who wanted to marry, who wanted equal rights and equal treatment under the law to straight people, where directly harmed by his actions. Having bigoted beliefs is one thing, but it's quite another when a person starts acting on them to the detriment of others.

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 2) 645

by AmiMoJo (#47704585) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

Sorry, but you can't choose to become gay. If you were previously attracted to the opposite sex (in your pre-teen years, presumably, since you "chose" in your early teens) then you are in fact just bisexual but chose to live as a homosexual.

Sexuality isn't binary, there is a whole range between straight and gay. It is fixed though, and although you can choose within a certain range you can't force yourself to be something you fundamentally are not. People trying to convince you otherwise are just trying to drum up business for their "treatments".

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang