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Comment: Re:Meaningless? (Score 4, Interesting) 173

by BenJeremy (#48618253) Attached to: Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

I don't know... I find it odd that the WD drives, at the 5400rpm speed, were able to write data faster than the 7200rpm Seagate drives. That seems counter-intuitive.

It's also nice to see all of the drives go through that sort of "punishment" without a single failure - out of the box. NewEgg reviews aren't terribly helpful, since most only leave reviews when they have issues, and only a few customers ever bother to leave good reviews unless they are overwhelmed by the quality of a product.

Comment: Re:Interesting, but ... (Score 1) 150

by BenJeremy (#48606225) Attached to: Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

As the other person said, I'm not against cultures, just that it's a bad reason to isolate segments of humanity into ghettos of language.

Plenty of people commemorate their cultural heritage without demanding exclusive use of the language. They are separate things, but too easily confused by more short-sighted, prideful people (the Quebecois and French are a good example of this). I suspect this is more rooted in our hard-wired tendency toward xenophobia (i.e. fear of things 'unfamiliar').

As I also stated, they could choose Esperanto or Spanish... just pick something and stick with that as a language. It is rather ridiculous that software can get hung up on localization... it's a huge waste of resources, both in development, as well as in the bandwidth/storage used.

A great example are some of the latest games that came out, like Watch_Dogs, that ran 50GB just to localize all of the audio in the game for hundreds of languages. It's nice if you are Khazak, but the effort and resources are disproportional to whatever has been gained.

Lastly, I'll also add that 'Murica has had no problem exporting its culture through movies and games, even when they are dubbed in other languages. Clearly that has little to nothing to do with the heart of a culture.

Comment: Re:Interesting, but ... (Score 4, Interesting) 150

by BenJeremy (#48605951) Attached to: Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

If the article about communicating with animals at a conversational level is published, the information will be translated into English.

Seriously, though, why do we still speak hundreds of languages? - I know... because culture! Culture is a lousy, empty, truly vapid reason. A large percentage of the human race's information is in English, a flawed, but serviceable (and malleable) trade language that served the British well for several centuries. As the study pointed out, English is, far and above all others, a global language.

It's a shame that it will likely be centuries before mankind figures out how to be more informationally efficient and come up with some sort of "basic" language. I'd even go along with Esperanto if the powers that be would just pick something and move the human race to it.

Comment: Re:UPS (Score 1) 236

by BenJeremy (#48450025) Attached to: What is your computer most often plugged into?

For a $500 computer, it would be a $40 UPS. That said what is your data worth? What is your time (involved in setting up the PC and installing apps)?

Also, a UPS isn't just about protecting against the damaging severe spikes and surges or outages - I used to live in an apartment and had all sorts of mysterious reboots and lockups until I attached through a cheap UPS. I took the same experience to heart with my job at the time, as an embedded systems engineer - we had a troublesome installation that had the panel rebooting constantly in the factory - all the while, the plant electrician insisted the power line to the panel was a conditioned line that was a rock solid waveform, but only after attaching the UPS to one of our panels, and having it perform perfectly for 3 days, was he convinced that all his fancy diagnostic tools might have been lying to him. After putting UPSes on all of our panels, all the problems disappeared. My next visit to that plant, and ALL of the control panels they had in the plant had UPSes inline.

Comment: AT&T confirms its future business plans... (Score 1) 308

The headline rephrased for truth:

AT&T confirms its future business plans depended on being able to double-dip subscribers AND content providers for payments.

or perhaps with the correct context:

AT&T confirms its future business plans depended on being able to shake down content providers for bandwidth subscribers already pay for.

Comment: Re:A global network of high-latency torrent server (Score 2) 74

by BenJeremy (#48340281) Attached to: Elon Musk's Next Mission: Internet Satellites

High latency is right. Back around 1999 I got sick of waiting for Charter to flip the switch on broadband and got Echostar/Dish 2-way. My ping times were around 800ms for the trip to satellites 22,000 miles out. Luckily, I only had to deal with it for a year.

Cranking up a multiplayer game of Serious Sam with my son on our LAN was funny though... the games would appear on the internet, and people would try and join. Satellite wasn't conducive to multiplayer games, for sure.

Comment: Re:The good news (Score 2) 700

by BenJeremy (#48207649) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

You might be a bit out of your depth in understanding the issue.

The information is still a bit sketchy, but from what I gather, the chips in question are widely used to interface Arduino-type boards to your PC to program, debug, get data, etc...

The key thing here is that the counterfeit chips essentially have the same interface, so they can use the same drivers as devices built with the FTDI chips. Inside, however, they aren't using the same "firmware" as the FTDI chips, so the counterfeits have some extra functionality, like programmable PIDs; this is what FTDI exploited. It was NOT accidental, this simply isn't possible. They specifically coded their drivers to re-write the PIDs using functionality unique to the counterfeit chips.

The real problem is that they not only bricked the fake chips, but the entire device using it. This is a pretty bad thing, if your arduino was collecting data, for example, and you plugged it in to save it. The user has no idea his board is running FTDI-compatible chips (which is really what they are - they are no more "counterfeit" and an AMD CPU is somehow a counterfeit Intel CPU).

FTDI is upset because they paid legitimate fees to get the assigned PID for their device, but this is entirely the wrong way to do it. All you do is upset your customer base and break the law; destructive responses go back to the days when a CP/M spreadsheet program incorporated code to delete everything it could touch if it detected a pirated copy - and they paid dearly for that at the time. At least the victim back then WAS a pirate (mostly, unless the pirate was an unscrupulous vendor, which was often the case back in the 80s).

UFOs are for real: the Air Force doesn't exist.