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Comment Re:Density is nice, but what about longevity? (Score 5, Informative) 185

OTA channels = 19.38 Mbps (max)
2 channels = 38.76 Mbps = 4.845 MB/sec
1 Terabyte SSD = 1,000,000 MB
1,000,000 / 4.845 = 206,398 seconds, or 2.3 days
Nand flash write cycle life : 10,000

Total life 10,000 * 2.3 days = 23,000 days or 65 years

If you don't like the assumptions, feel free to make your own, but I think it's clear that write cycle life isn't going to be the limiting factor.

Comment What about the Manhattan conspiracy? (Score 3, Insightful) 303

Seems like severe selection bias - not one of the examples has yet to reveal a conspiracy.

How well does the theory predict conspiracies that have already been revealed?
For example, the Manhattan project involved hundreds of people, yet remained secret for years, is that what this theory suggests would have happened?

Comment How much bandwidth is enough? (Score 2) 522

I ask myself, if I could get 5 Mbps for $20, 20 Mbps for $40, 100 Mbps for $80 or 1,000 Mbps for $160, which would I chose?
And the answer (for me) is 20 Mbps for $40.
I'd like more, but I'm not willing to pay for it.

The average Slashdotter is likely to pick a higher tier, but the average American?
I bet most would be satisfied with (5Mbps * number_of_people_in_household), and $20/month would look very attractive to many.

Comment Unless it doesn't. (Score 2) 338

From The Fine Article;

... ultimately improved the efficiency of the bulb to 6.6% ...

6.6% is 45 lumens per watt.
Pardon me while I yawn.
This tech might lead to something interesting, but so far, not so much.

The commercially available Cree soft white 4-flow A19 bulb is 12% or 82 lumens per watt.

There are LED modules for sale that are over 200 lumens per watt.

In the lab, 303 lumens per watt (44%) has been achieved.

Comment Science? (Score 1) 294

Most reporting is wrong.
Reporters often don't care about what they are reporting about, don't do research on the subject, don't do fact checking or anything else that sounds like work.

The only difference with science reporting is you can often tell how bad the reporters got the story.

Comment The Betteridge answer. (Score 5, Insightful) 267

OMG, not the stupid lunar He-3 myth again. -

There are currently NO better-than-break-even fusion reactors.

There are no He-3 fusion reactors.

Any currently purposed theories/technologies which could (theoretically) use the difficult and rare He-3 + H-2 could instead use the far more common B-11 + H-1.

Saying that there's a lot of He-3 on the moon is like saying there's a lot of gold in the ocean.
Technically true, but practically useless.

Comment Re:Distraction? (Score 4, Interesting) 371

you said

I can't see how this would be anything but a distraction and counter-productive.

TFA said

"The presence of these girls have greatly improved their job efficiency and motivation."

Personally, I find that when I'm happy I'm far more productive than when I'm unhappy.
"Wasting" time improving my mood could easily result in more useful work being done overall.

Comment Re: Sue them (Score 1) 224

It's not like you have to hire a team of lawyers to prove libel, and the lawyer's costs would be recoverable if you won the suit.
Plus if they've sent out hundreds of these take down notices, that would be a pretty big class - I bet you could find a lawyer who would work on that kind of class action suit on a contingency basis.
They might try and drag the suit out for years, but they have to pay their lawyers too, it's going to cost them a lot more than it would cost you.

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