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Comment: Re:Use an existing standard please (Score 1) 358

by CCarrot (#46495315) Attached to: EU Votes For Universal Phone Charger

Yeah, I totally hate HDMI cables too, they suck! So what if I can get pure digital HD video and audio on the same tiny cable, as opposed to the five required for component (with stereo sound and lesser vidoe quality). I just hate having to actually look at the cable and port I'm trying to plug it into: I'd much rather just jab them together blindly until it goes in!

Nice attempt at sarcasm, but you missed the point. People want 'everything'. I'd say that I've plugged more cables in under less than ideal circumstances than with a good view of what I'm trying to plug in - such as into the back of a computer when I can't see the back, less than ideal lighting, odd angles, etc.. Having a cable where I don't have to worry about orientation makes it so much easier. Component video is less than ideal because you still need 3-5 cables plugged into the correct spots.

Roughly speaking, the question might be WHY is HDMI only orientable in two ways? Could they have made it so it's reversible without sacrificing any utility?

Heck, consider the bandwidth available from coax. Why do we need all those wires, because it's cheaper?

Well, I suspect it would have something to do with keeping to a standard pinout. Yes, they probably could have made HDMI a fully x/y mirrored plug, but probably at the cost of doubling the number of power and data connectors, hence doubling the connector and socket thickness or length...while knowing full well that one set of contacts will be idle every time the cable is plugged in. Apparently apple gets around this by using both serial data paths at the same time, but the HDMI standard needed a bit simpler connection: it didn't have the equivalent of a desktop computer's processing power on either end to handle variable serial data streams across one set of contacts. Note that I said didn't: with the rise of smarter and smarter devices, it's entirely possible that now it does have that brains on either end...but we do have to pick a system and go with it, and the one that works with the widest array of devices will ultimately win in the end.

From an engineering and materials efficiency point of view, having uni-directional plugs is simply an accepted standard. Other than audio and component video cables (and that little apple plug, of course), what else is omni-directional? (Okay, the lightning plug is only bi-directional, but you know what I mean) Hard drive connectors (sata and IDE), all of the power connectors in your computer, 120V plugs, 20A plugs, USB cables, thumb drives, etc, etc, they only go into the socket one way: if you force it you break it. At least micro-usb has those little springy things on the bottom: I can feel them with a finger, figure out the orientation and plug in my phone in the dark, no problem. If it were a USB-A plug, I might be cursing a bit...

Comment: Re:Use an existing standard please (Score 1) 358

by CCarrot (#46495175) Attached to: EU Votes For Universal Phone Charger

Speaking of power, those wall outlets supplying mains voltage also require orienting them correctly, as do ethernet cords, even fibre optic cords are designed to require proper orientation (though that one has always struck me as odd) people seem to manage all of these in their daily lives without issues, yet as soon as you put it on a phone it confounds them.

Yet they still manage to get their sparkly cases on their phones, even though there's not a camera and charger hole on both ends...funny, that :)

Comment: Re:Use an existing standard please (Score 1) 358

by CCarrot (#46495165) Attached to: EU Votes For Universal Phone Charger

To be fair, a cable that is plugged in daily is a very different use case than one that is plugged in once and left plugged in until a component is replaced. The design tradeoffs are different if it gets a lot of plugging in/out action.

You mean...like USB Type A cables and thumb drives?

Yeah, maybe we should scrap the lot and go back to every developer using proprietary plugs to drive up peripheral sales. Works for me!

Comment: Re:Yeah, you can totally trust your data... (Score 1) 335

by CCarrot (#46495139) Attached to: 1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

Well, I don't use data upload software. That does not absolve the OS from a responsibility of elementary fairness among processes, nor routers from the same among connected devices. This is a primary function of OS and router.

That you admit through silence the same lack of features in CPU throttling, is proof enough.

Google drive might not be justified in omitting a feature that is necessary because of limitations of YOUR OS and router, but I wouldn't have the fundamental responsibilities of different software blurred.

Sorry, now you're just talking out of your butt. The onus for responsible resource management is not on the OS, it's on the programmer. I don't know of an OS that won't give a program whatever free memory and/or CPU cycles it requests by default (i.e., without the user setting explicit limits), because the OS frankly doesn't know what the program wants to do with them.

For video encoding, it's entirely reasonable that the software could peg the processors, bogging down everything else running on the computer, but that's a function of the nature of the program. It needs those cycles in order to process video in a reasonable timeframe, and the user should be aware of that when they install it. This behavior is not acceptable for, say, a browser, which is why Firefox got a lot of bad press about five years back: memory leaks and periodic takeovers of processing power. People complained because that's not what a browser should do, and rightly so.

Omitting throttling on an upload client is like omitting color correction in a photo editing suite. Sure it'll do most of what you need, but it severely restricts the usability.

Comment: Re:Yeah, you can totally trust your data... (Score 1) 335

by CCarrot (#46487913) Attached to: 1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

Ok, Google drive awaits the same fate then. I don't see a problem. But that is irrelevant because I was talking about expectations from software in general, which don't include throttling as universally as you claimed.

Just curious: what data upload software do you use that doesn't provide user-controlled bandwidth settings? I honestly can't think of any other than the GDrive client...well, perhaps browsers, but in their case the throttling has to be built-in and transparent (or a function of http traffic?), because when I use GDrive through the browser interface, it behaves.

Comment: Re:Use an existing standard please (Score 1) 358

by CCarrot (#46487833) Attached to: EU Votes For Universal Phone Charger

The only actual features of the lightning connector are that it can be used by people who have suffered too much brain damage to understand spatial orientation

One way sockets that are hard to get the right way around first time annoy people. If you haven't noticed that, then you are very unobservant. If you think that kind of annoyance isn't worth fixing with new sockets, then you are an idiot.

Good plug & socket designs go in the first time, and don't require looking. Take the jack plug as an old, yet excellent example.

Yeah, I totally hate HDMI cables too, they suck! So what if I can get pure digital HD video and audio on the same tiny cable, as opposed to the five required for component (with stereo sound and lesser vidoe quality). I just hate having to actually look at the cable and port I'm trying to plug it into: I'd much rather just jab them together blindly until it goes in!

Same goes for DVI, S-Video and even VGA! Yeah, screw them all, I'll stick to composite, man! Fight the power!

Comment: Re:Yeah, you can totally trust your data... (Score 1) 335

by CCarrot (#46487549) Attached to: 1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

How does MS Excel allow the user to specify that 20% or 600 MHz of CPU is available for it? I couldn't find the setting.

I suspect your OS is better in fairness about CPU allocation than network. Foreground vs background heuristics are easier for CPU, I guess.

Um, I think you missed the point. If I were running a program that was bad-mannered enough to consistently hog all of the processing power available to it, then I would be 'throttling' it...by uninstalling it. Which is what I did for Google Drive.

I will not tolerate poor manners from people or from software.

Comment: Re:Yeah, you can totally trust your data... (Score 1) 335

by CCarrot (#46483095) Attached to: 1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

But default settings is for no rate controls on the OS or router side...meaning that both the OS and the router expect applications to play nice and manage themselves, or be user-adjustable at the very least.

Then your OS is not very fair about allocating network resources among running programs, is it? If it is across machines, your router is not fair about allocating network resources among connected machines.

For Linux, nice, ionice work well enough so that you could manipulate if you don't want fairness, though default behaviour is kind of "fair". Other operating systems would have their own mechanisms.

I am curious if CPU using software (e.g. spreadsheet, calculators etc.) come with CPU throttling settings.

That's an interesting thought.

Actually, they pretty much do: if I ran a calculator or spreadsheet that took every CPU cycle I had even for a couple of minutes at a time, guess what I would do? That's right, uninstall the bitch and use something more resource friendly...it's not like there isn't umpteen bazillion alternatives available.

There you go. Throttled to zero, due to poor resource management on the part of the developer.

Comment: Re:Yeah, you can totally trust your data... (Score 1) 335

by CCarrot (#46478049) Attached to: 1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

The problem isn't google using the bandwidth, it's exactly what the GP typed. ISP's (The very provider of the internet to your location...) throttles upload speeds.
That makes the upload speeds.... slow. That causes the problems you've mentioned, not the fact that google is using it.

So why, then, when I am using DBox, FileZilla, uTorrent, etc, etc, etc...etc it doesn't do this?

Google Drive is the only local upload client program that I've had this problem with. It works fine if I only use it via the web interface, so is it my browser that's keeping Greedy Drive in check? If so, why can't they upgrade their client to do the same?

Having the ISP unthrottle upload bandwidth would simply shorten the length of time that GD hogs the connection, not prevent it from doing so in the first place. It's like trying to water the garden with a damn firehose...

Comment: Re:Th real cost (Score 1) 335

by CCarrot (#46477975) Attached to: 1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

How does that compare to encfs?

Not sure, haven't used it :)

AxCrypt has an excellent user interface, though, and provides a self-decrypting option where you can encrypt a file, email it and the other person doesn't have to install AxCrypt to be able to decrypt it, they just need the shared secret (file or password or both). It doesn't automatically obscure the filenames, however, which it seems like encfs does (?)

I'm trying to figure out how encfs works: it's a filesystem / folder encryption program, yet the files are still individually visible to the operating system so you can back them up individually / move them around? Is that right? AxCrypt doesn't care where the encrypted file is, you can move it to a thumb drive, throw it on a cd, or throw it in DropBox...sounds like with encfs you can do the same, only it's a whole folder that you have to move all together, is that right?

Comment: Re:Yeah, you can totally trust your data... (Score 2) 335

by CCarrot (#46477679) Attached to: 1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

It's not the application's responsibility to limit its upload. Your operating system and/or your router should take care of that.

But default settings is for no rate controls on the OS or router side...meaning that both the OS and the router expect applications to play nice and manage themselves, or be user-adjustable at the very least.

Can you name any other application used to upload large amounts of data that doesn't provide user-adjustable bandwidth settings? My FTP client does, my DropBox does, even my bittorrent client does...I don't know about Picasa or FB, cause I don't use them, so I'm honestly curious here...?

Comment: Re:Yeah, you can totally trust your data... (Score 2) 335

by CCarrot (#46477589) Attached to: 1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

Eh? Can't you just throttle it at your router? How hard is that? Hand in your /. credentials plz...

Mom and Pop aint gonna be using Google Drive, so don't bother with that excuse... any Gen Y and beyond should know how to fiddle with a router.

On the contrary, I propose that Google Drive is squarely aimed at non-technical (or barely-technical) people more than it is aimed at network admins. Much like DropBox, it's advertised as easy-to use and universal, so it's very likely that Mom and / or Pop will be using it...then calling the grandkids when they appear to be 'losing the internet' at semi-random intervals.

Have fun talking them through setting up router-level throttling from halfway across the country...

Comment: Re:You can get a 1TB external for like, 80 bucks (Score 1) 335

by CCarrot (#46476707) Attached to: 1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

> Certainly not ease of access across multiple devices in and out of your own network or away from your own storage. Certainly not for backup, without investing in your own off-site recovery method.

Make a friend. Store it at his house.

Rent a safety deposit box.

Buy a fire safe.

Mail a copy to your mother's house.

The problem with "the cloud" is recovery speed. Upload speeds aren't that great either.

Or, you know, just send it upstairs and tell her 'this is important! don't lose it! And YES, I'll have some brownies!" :)

Comment: Re:Th real cost (Score 2) 335

by CCarrot (#46476673) Attached to: 1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

Just upload encrypted filesystem containers and go about your business.

Truecrypt containers are nice, but the downside is that the entire container has to be re-uploaded every time something inside it is changed. Good argument for having multiple small containers, but then it's a bit of a shell game figuring out where your data is...

If you're looking for file-by-file encryption, try AxCrypt. It can bulk encrypt / decrypt files, apply strong encryption, and securely shreds the temporaries once you close up a file you opened for whatever reason. And it's also open source ;)

Comment: Re:Now we have an answer to the 20TB backup questi (Score 1) 335

by CCarrot (#46476557) Attached to: 1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

10TB for $99 a month isn't too terrible for a backup if you value your data enough to do so.

That's $1200 a year. For the same $1200 you can buy a NAS box of equal or greater capacity that's yours and doesn't require monthly payments.

Pretty close.

Still, even at the price points I linked to it's still under a two-year payback window, and that includes setting the backup up as Raid 5 so you have some basic redundancy...

It doesn't help with the 'but what if the house burns down' argument, though. Unless you set it up at a friends house and use FTP, I suppose.

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