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Comment: Begin planning use of Lockheed's fusion power (Score 3, Insightful) 348

by BenJeremy (#48164949) Attached to: White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

Fund NASA to explore the advantages (and mitigate issues, such as waste heat) of using fusion in space vehicles. Let's get new designs in play now, so we can get the ball rolling fast when these compact generators are practical and real. Ion thrusters, magnetic fields, life support... having hundreds of megawatts of power makes the entire solar system within reach for manned space travel.

Comment: Re:Open Source? (Score 1) 344

by BenJeremy (#48126389) Attached to: ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

It's a purposeful misspelling of the word moron, a habit picked up on another site where it's a meme.

The original reference was from a picture of some idiot holding a sign that says "Get A BRAIN! MORANS" and another sign saying "GO USA" while wearing a Cardinals shirt and star-spangled bandana.

Thanks for "calling me out" though, especially as an AC. One more 'moran' with nothing worthwhile to contribute to the thread, it seems.

Comment: Re:Open Source? (Score 1) 344

by BenJeremy (#48124737) Attached to: ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

I posted the question honestly (Not sure what moran gave me a Troll mod for my question) - I know ChromiumOS is open sourced, I was not sure how available the source was for Chrome OS.

That said, if the issue is not an issue in ChromiumOS, Google has some serious questions to answer.

Comment: Open Source? (Score 3, Interesting) 344

by BenJeremy (#48123517) Attached to: ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

If so, why can't members of the Linux community write the required code to support EXT2/3/4 properly, since Google's team can't?

Instead of bitching about losing the feature, zero in on the alleged problem, and provide a solution so it can be reinstated.

Problem solved.

Comment: Synergies never emerge (Score 1) 86

by BenJeremy (#48110309) Attached to: Symantec To Separate Into Two Companies

HP is a great example... one division responsible for a tool such as Fortify wants full price (or more) for another's use of the tool, though they'd both benefit. Every company I've worked for typically has one group trying to overcharge another, or even outright backstabbing, which is a real shame, because it only hurts the overall company's bottom line.

That's what you get when you put greedy MBAs in charge, worse when they don't reign in the behavior of their underlings, who are simply emulating their bosses.

Comment: Disappointed (Score 3, Insightful) 113

by BenJeremy (#47999577) Attached to: Indian Mars Mission Beams Back First Photographs

An article with exactly one image from India's mission, and a slide show of false color images from NASA that most slashdotters think were from MOM.

I expected at least a few more images hinted at by the summary. It will be interesting if they can capture some of the more controversial spots to provide independent confirmation of what NASA has been telling conspiracy buffs for the past few years.

Comment: Re:SSDs will outpace platter drives (Score 1) 296

by BenJeremy (#47868241) Attached to: WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

Why should we be excited by a $30 1TGB drive today? 5 years ago I was paying $50 for 2TB drives.

That's my point. Development has slowed on higher capacity platter drives for a number of reasons... our demand as consumers might have slowed, but the "cloud" continues to grow and demand storage, but cloud providers are willing to spend too much for enterprise-grade storage they need. Technology is certainly a stumbling block, but they've been talking about these advances for many years. The main reason for the delays and jacked up pricing was plain and simple greed. The Thai floods were a godsend to the industry, which saw prices plummet below $0.025/GB - and suddenly, they were able to charge 3 times the price for all the drives they had stockpiled (not unlike the Sumitomo explosion back in '94 that drove RAM prices to 5 times their previous prices overnight - when the epoxy resin Sumitomo made was in plentiful stock supplies and never was short)

So platter drive makers have sat back and reaped profits, instead of staying ahead of the SSD price/performance/capacity changes. By 2020, those lines will have crossed. We now see "Enterprise" class SSDs, so capacities WILL continue to rise, even if most consumers only need a 1TB or 2TB drive on their PC. Server farms running only SSDs will be a thing in the future. They may even end up being more durable than platter drives by 2020, and that will make it an easy choice for cloud providers, even if it comes with a slight price premium.

Comment: Re:SSDs will outpace platter drives (Score 2) 296

by BenJeremy (#47868173) Attached to: WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

SSDs have far more room for innovation than platter drive technology. There are lots of promising advances making their way to production. Even better... you don't have to shrink the chips and make them more dense - you just have to make the existing fab cheaper. In 6 years, those chips will cost a fraction of what they do today.

As for monitors, 1080p is the result of convergence between the television and the computer monitor. Like it or not, it has resulted in an unprecedented reduction in price. South Korean sellers have already pushed WQHD (2560x1440) monitors to the edge of mainstream, and we'll see 4K mainstreamed in another two years (once the HDMI update gets widely adopted). Video games have been the driving force for computer technologies, and 1080p was a sweet spot, with the latest generation consoles finally able to support it fully and computers managing with even low-end video cards these days.

Comment: Re:SSDs will outpace platter drives (Score 1) 296

by BenJeremy (#47868121) Attached to: WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

I have some relatively ancient OCZ Vertex drives that are still running, 24/7 as OS drives for two of my servers (media and an ESXi box). Meanwhile, I have a large stack of platter drives that gave up the ghost with no warning whatsoever.

Reliability is as much a quality issue with SSDs as they are with platter drives, but there is less tolerance, more failure points with a platter drive, due to mechanical action.

Comment: SSDs will outpace platter drives (Score 3, Interesting) 296

by BenJeremy (#47866965) Attached to: WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

By 2020, SSDs will have greater capacities than 20TB.

We are seeing the buggy whip manufacturers in full denial. 10TB drives should have been out a year ago, and consumer 6TB drives should be selling for under $100. The floods in Thailand gave platter drive makers an excuse to keep the prices (and profits) jacked up artificially while the insurance money replaced aging plants with the latest technology.

With a fraction of the energy usage, densities increasing, and hopefully a reversal in the recent trend towards less durability, SSDs will probably also overtake platter drives in price per terabyte within 5 years.

Comment: Actionscript Scoping (Score 1) 729

Not crazy about scoping, or should I say, lack of scoping of local variables in ActionScript. If I bracket a chunk of code, and define local variables, they should stop being defined when I exit the scope.

If I define a for statement in C, C++ or C#, I can go: for( int i=0; i10; i++) { something...; } and follow it up by another statement that looks the same.

In ActionScript, the second for loop gets a complaint that I am re-defining a variable.

Over the years of developing C/C++ applications, I had gotten into the pattern of using scoping, particularly in switch statements, to define local variables specific to that block of code.

"Right now I feel that I've got my feet on the ground as far as my head is concerned." -- Baseball pitcher Bo Belinsky