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Comment: Re:Meaningless? (Score 2) 135

by hairyfeet (#48621303) Attached to: Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

Well if what I read on one of the forums (sorry I can't remember which, may have been Tom's) by a person claiming to be a former Seagate employee is true? Seagate suckage makes sense and moreover we now know WHY it happened all of a sudden.

Here is the skinny, according to the insider when Seagate bought Maxtor instead of Seagate making Maxtor better? It brought Seagate down to Maxtor levels. You see Maxtor had these ARM controllers that were dirt cheap to crank out, catch was you had to keep 'em in 5400 RPM drives (and even then they better be well ventilated) because if they got hot 1+1 could equal anything from 1-5 and so the controller would lose its little mind and forget where the end of the drive was and the drive geometry. Of course all the Seagate execs saw was $$$ on how much they'd save on the cost of manufacture so they started using them on ALL Seagate drives know the rest. The reason why you can see a dozen shitty and one good in every batch is that when they run low on the shitty Maxtor chips they will occasionally use some of the more expensive Seagate chips, hence the pearl among the poop.

But after reading that it all made sense, the sudden plummet in quality, why drives below 750GB are good (those chips are based on the old Seagate chips and code) and why we see a good one among the crap, you get lucky on the ARM lotto. It all sadly makes sense, just more short sighted corporate douchebaggery.

Comment: Re:They couldn't wreck the movement from the outsi (Score 4, Insightful) 145

by hairyfeet (#48621159) Attached to: What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

Oh please the only ones pulling a EEE is Google but the FOSSies are too busy pretending its 1999 and the desktop is still the battleground to see the buttfucking they are about to get from their supposed "friend"

TFA is beyond simple, BALMER WAS A SHITTY CEO who thought the way you win is by sticking a WinFlag on knockoffs of other people's shit. Flash? Silverlight. Java? .NET, iPod? Zune. iPad? Surface. Balmer was the Pepsi guy of CEOs who couldn't think beyond whatever was getting buzz at the moment. Compare this to Nadella that...get ready for this, its a mind blower...actually tries to give the customers what they want! Gasp! what we are seeing with Nadella is a Steve Jobs style transformation of MSFT and like Jobs Nadella is focusing on his customers. the reason why he is opening .NET is VERY simple, the way you make money on a language is support, not by waving the WinFlag so surprise surprise THAT is what he is doing!

After a decade of the Balmernator squirting his Zune as an Apple wannabe I'd say Nadella is a breath of fresh air and if his common sense moves make the FOSSies miss the Googlefucking until its too late? Bonus.

Comment: Re: The US Internet Shutdown Switch (Score 1) 340

by hairyfeet (#48620601) Attached to: Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

Wow I so rarely get to use this in a sentence...WHOOSH! Way to miss the point! The point was you need 1.- two countries that give the bird to the US corp interests and 2.- Don't share the bed. Don't like Russia/Vanuatu? How about Brazil and South Africa. Doesn't really matter WHICH two you pick as long as they meet the above requirements.

BTW you might want to remember that perfect is the enemy of good, if you look at any country you can find things that would disqualify it, from protectionism to political correctness there is always gonna be something to bitch about, the point is to sum the differences between the 2 so no one country can just erase the parts that don't follow an agenda. And you really think with all their financial troubles that Russia will declare war on Vanuatu because their DNS records don't match? Really? Might want to check that tinfoil hat mate, might be cutting down on bloodflow.

Comment: Re:Oh yeah, he was a orthodontist (Score 1) 151

by hairyfeet (#48620507) Attached to: Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

Yeah IIRC it was 8,1 and you really had to squeeze every drop out of your programs on a VIC.

I took a VB class for shits and giggles in early 2002 and the punk kid next to me ended up expelled because he tried to steal my code. The teacher was an old greybeard and when he told the punk he was getting an F for the entire class for being a cheat the kid claimed he wrote it, the teacher just looked at him and said "Oh really, what computer system did you start out on?" and when the kid said "Windows 98 the teacher said "get your stuff and get out of my class because you have shown yourself to be both a cheat AND a liar and I will now prove it to the class" and threw my code up on the screen

He asked the class "What do you notice about this code that is "different" than what I have taught you?" and some girl in the back said "Why is all the lines numbered, and what is a GOTO?" and he laughed and said "Back in the days you would number lines of code and use the GOTO to jump between bits of code because it cut down on memory usage. If you didn't know what you were doing it would blow up in your face but if you did it was VERY efficient. This style of coding went out of style when the old BASIC computers quit being sold in the late 80s so that is how I knew he was lying, a Win98 user wouldn't write code in that manner". He then looked at the code for a second and said "Atari or Commodore?" and I laughed and said "VIC20 but how did you know?" and he laughed and said "Atari and Commodore BASIC lent itself to that particular coding style, efficient as hell but as subtle as a chainsaw". But the funny part is you can take the old Commodore BASIC syntax and it runs great on VB6, I was able to breeze through the class by just reliving my days on the PEEKing and POKEing though sadly.

Comment: Re:The US Internet Shutdown Switch (Score 1) 340

by hairyfeet (#48620151) Attached to: Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS
You'd need 2 countries that don't give a flying fuck about the US, the reason you'd need 2 is because Idontgiveafuckistans tend to have their own corruption so by having 2 that don't get along you could sum the 2 and get a fully working system...maybe Russia paired with the vanuatu islands?

Comment: Re:Wildly premature question (Score 1) 73

by Bruce Perens (#48620117) Attached to: SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

If we look at jet aircraft, wear depends on the airframe and the engines, and the airframe seems to be the number of pressurize/depressurize cycles as well as the running hours. Engines get swapped out routinely but when the airframe has enough stress it's time to retire the aircraft lest it suffer catastrophic failure. Rockets are different in scale (much greater stresses) but we can expect the failure points due to age to be those two, with the addition of one main rocket-specific failure point: cryogenic tanks.

How long each will be reliable can be established using ground-based environmental testing. Nobody has the numbers for Falcon 9R yet.

Weight vs. reusable life will become a design decision in rocket design.

Comment: Re:Oh yeah, he was a orthodontist (Score 1) 151

by hairyfeet (#48614927) Attached to: Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End
Yeah these programmers today are spoiled little brats! Multicores, thousands of MB of memory? trying having to PEEK and POKE because every single fricking BYTE costs! Looking at the specs of my first PC and you could a couple hundred emulated versions of it on your average dumpster dived PC.

Comment: Re:If only PJ was still running groklaw! (Score 1) 172

by hairyfeet (#48605887) Attached to: The GPLv2 Goes To Court
After she went on a rant about how Psystar was secretly a "M$" plot to destroy the GPL? Honestly I don't see how anybody could take anything she said seriously after that. I guess too many years of SCO turned her from reporter to tinfoil hatter but after that it didn't matter what it was she was gonna play 6 degrees of M$, kind of like how old Twitter could link everything from global warming to asteroid impacts to Bill Gates.

Comment: Re:First amendment? (Score 4, Insightful) 246

by hairyfeet (#48605839) Attached to: Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

Corporations aren't people, stop trying to treat them like fucking people! Jesus Tap Dancing Christ on a cracker I'm REALLY see of corporate booty kissing by my fellow Americans, no wonder our country has gone to absolute shit! News Flash genius you have a corp CONSPIRING TO BRIBE PUBLIC OFFICIALS, if that isn't fucking news worthy? Then you might as well just make the corps fucking kings and STFU, because all that will be left is corp fascism.

So sorry but they gave up their right to privacy when they started conspiring to perform criminal acts, full stop, and if this country wasn't already beyond fucking redemption people would be going to jail over that email.

Comment: Re:please keep closed! (Score 1) 50

by hairyfeet (#48598885) Attached to: Microsoft To Open Source Cloud Framework Behind Halo 4 Services
But with the exception of games and maybe HFT is there any reason we should give a shit? Seriously computers are soooo insanely overpowered now it isn't funny so if this language is 4% slower than that language but is a hell of a lot easier to work with who cares? We got more cycles than we know what to do with anyway!

Comment: Re:Not really missing vinyl (Score 4, Interesting) 431

by hairyfeet (#48596095) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

You ain't telling me nothing because I have a customer who has all the early Kiss albums on the very first CD releases and he came to me complaining that "These new CDs don't sound right, I think my PC is messed up" but when I threw an MP3 rip of Strutter from his first run CDs in Audacity? There was peaks, valleys, actual HEADROOM on the recording. Took the exact same song from the exact same album from his recent box set? it was just a fucking wall, literally it was just slammed to the max from the first note to the last and sounded like shit.

So if you like classic albums? Get 'em on the first CD releases, you can probably find 'em on eBay. Avoid any new releases like the plague as the loudness war just shits on every thing it touches. Didn't matter the artist either we tried several from his collection and it was all the same, the first run CDs sounded great while the later releases? Garbage.

Comment: Re:Short sighted (Score 3, Interesting) 228

by hairyfeet (#48595899) Attached to: Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware
Not to mention I used the supposedly "bad patch" on dozens of systems, Intel and AMD, with both APUs and GPUs...never saw this problem, not once. This leads me to think there was some sort of third party interference, perhaps an AV that is being over aggressive and causing the patch to only be half installed.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.