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Comment: Tipping point? (Score 3, Interesting) 92

Hopefully this also sees a reduction in the cost of SSDs to bring them closer in line with platter drives, which have only just started dropping into the $30/TB range once more (since the Thai floods gave manufacturers their own Sumitomo excuse to drive up prices).

If the market had progressed more realistically, platter drives would be $15/TB and we'd already have consumer-level 10TB drives, but Seagate and Western Digital took a breathing period to reap profits, allowing SSD technology to start playing catch-up. ...not that SSD makers are off the hook... they've gone to smaller fab processes that shortened the life of NANDs and also have kept prices from falling at a reasonable rate, too.

I think we are two or three breakthroughs from reaching parity on cost per byte for platter and solid state tech, at which point, platter technology will likely become a very small niche market.

Comment: Slashdotters miss the point, as usual (Score 1) 184

Musk is promoting the use of LiOn batteries because the more they make, the cheaper they get (to a point). It's about scaling up the industry as fast and as much as possible.

Flywheel systems make more sense for power grid applications, but only marginally, and only for the specific engineering. In other words, it makes tactical sense, but Musk is in this for the long run, which requires strategic planning. These microgrids provide the quickest way to sell a lot of batteries, far more than he's selling in Tesla cars.

If his production costs come way down, so does the cost of his cars... and microgrids... and so forth. Obviously, there is a point where mass production no longer offers any savings, but we are still a LONG way from there where these battery technologies are concerned.

Comment: Re:Any Linux torrent clients that support proxies? (Score 1) 275

by BenJeremy (#49199163) Attached to: uTorrent Quietly Installs Cryptocurrency Miner

Well, looks like qBitTorrent supports the proxy service.

I would consider using VPN, but I already have a proxy service and setting up VPN to only run for the torrent on a (relatively) headless Linux box introduces some complications, like being able to administer it over the web.

I understand the reasoning that removed proxy support from the more popular torrent clients a while back, even if it was incredibly and mindblowingly dumb and naive.

Comment: Re:If I were a publisher, I'd definitely agree (Score 1) 261

Yeah, I've whittled my paper library down to a little more than a bookshelf, everything else electronic. I'm tired of piles of magazines and technical books, likewise, all the odd-sized science fiction books I read strewn about.

My tablet is handy, and when I finish one book or magazine, I have a selection from which to choose something new wherever I might be.

As references, my technical books are far easier to pull up on my PC, and as a bonus, quickly searchable, even when the subject isn't in the index.

Comment: 1970s TV movie of the week (Score 2) 99

by BenJeremy (#49070649) Attached to: New Map Shows USA's Quietest Places

Sounds like a plot to a classic 70s TV movie or an episode of one of those anthology shows. Got to have the protagonist cupping his ears, with a look of severe distress as non-stop quick shots of things making innocuous noises flash, interjected by the camera wildly pan-zooming his face.

Needs more cowbell.

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