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Comment: Now I know who to blame... (Score 1) 31 31

... for the glowing hockey puck.... and the glowing golf ball (US Open).... Both of which are/were stupid ideas.... No... not hockey and golf.... the glowy part...

At least the technology went on to good use in the NFL. I do like the digital first down line. It makes the other sports look like cheap video games and obstructs the view. However, the first down line was done well and is non-intrusive for the viewer.

Comment: Re:Colossal (Score 2) 152 152

will will increase to more than 115,000 petabytes by 2019, compared to under 30,000 petabytes this year, representing almost a four-fold increase

10 terabytes would hold all the information stored in the Library of Congress. A single petabyte is a hundred times that.

Um, that's because the vast majority of the Library of Congress is text information. I'm pretty sure that their collection of cat videos is severely lacking... (grin)

Comment: Re:Pre-ordering (Score 2) 223 223

How is that not winning?

You're enabling awful business practices by publishers to push shit out the door.

The only two games I'm seriously looking forward to are Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain and Street Fighter V.

Both of which I'm guessing won't have these problems. I don't know why Japanese devs aren't having these problems but western ones are.

I'm looking forward to Fallout 4 and Uncharted A Thief's End.

I've enjoyed the Fallout series plus this one is set in Boston, the area where I live. Pre-ordering is the only way that you can get special editions (i.e. the Pip-Boy edition being released this week). That being said, the Fallout games tend to have a lot of bugs on first release. Whether this is related to pre-ordering or not is still up in the air. I agree that there is likely more business pressure to release a game on time, no matter what condition, if you have customers that have already paid for the product. But I'm not sure that other business pressures wouldn't cause the same result (i.e. pressure from marketing, sales, etc.).

Uncharted has been delayed to spring 2016 to continue polishing the game. Part of this was also to more closely tie in to the movie version which was scheduled for release in June 2016. However, it's an example of a game studio delaying a game to get it right. The movie version, for those interested, just lost it's director and actor so it's unlikely that the movie will be released in 2016.

Whether pre-ordering causes games to be released before they are ready or not, it's not going away. Why? For social reasons. People who pre-order want the game first for social status, so that they can play the game first, brag to their friends, and to get the limited edition versions. You can see a similar dynamic when it comes to new Apple products. Value wise, it makes sense to wait, but for some people that rush of being the first and the center of attention, even if short lived, is worth it.

Comment: Re:Interesting..sorta? (Score 1) 297 297

That would be incorrect. I've bought 13 of those drives. So far, 9 of them are dead. None of them bought through newegg.

Funny, I've bought about 6x 7200 RPM Seagate 3TB drives and they are still spinning just fine, not one failure.

Either I have been extremely lucky or something else is going on for you to have such a high failure rate. i.e. supplier not handling them correctly, computer doesn't have a clean power source (mine is on UPS), etc.

Comment: Re:Very old news (Score 1) 297 297

Plus, Blackblaze was running the cheapest Seagate drives that they could buy, which tended to be the low end external enclosure drives. They would remove them from the enclosures and add them to a disk array. Who knows how well those were handled or packaged. They would then be running 24x7x365.

The drives from other Manufacturers tended to be the higher end NAS drives, built for 24x7x365 usage.

The Blackblaze analysis was interesting and gave them insight into how well their strategy of using low-end SATA consumer hard-drives was working for them in their data center. However, applying it as a benchmark for home use is a failure to understand the difference in use case.

Comment: Re:When it's quite inconvenient... (Score 0) 297 297

True. But then again, is there such a thing as a convenient hard drive failure?

What about when you plan on destroying the drive anyway... (grin)

There are, however, some hard drive failures that would be considered relatively painless because you either simply replace the drive (i.e. RAID-5 array) or you replace the drive and successfully restore everything.

Comment: Re:Why use ISP email? (Score 4, Informative) 269 269

I don't think the OP is suggesting gmail is going anywhere soon. I think he is suggesting that they may not be round in the (not soon) future.

There was a time when AOL wasn't going anywhere anytime soon. Maybe they still aren't, but that claim is straining credulity. At the very least, being stuck with an AOL email address in 2015 is not an ideal situation to be in. Is it really so hard to imagine that one might not want to be stuck with a gmail email address in 2035?

I pay for my own domain and external hosting. It has Spam Assassin on it and gets about 40% of the spam. I have GMail configured to pull in my email from that account. GMail's spam filter gets the other 59% of spam. I set up Gmail to send as my personal email address instead of my gmail address. This way I have my own domain and I get to take advantage of Gmail's spam filter.

The one thing that sucks about the set-up is that Gmail has a randomized timer that polls external accounts based on some algorithm and it can sometimes take 30 minutes for email to show up. To get around this I set up both accounts on most of my devices so that I can check my email server if the message isn't in Gmail.

Comment: Re:Mostly because our food is shit. (Score 1) 409 409

A couple years ago I decided to give up refined sugar in general for a few months, particularly soda (like any good dev, I consumed more than my share of the stuff). After 3 months without, I drank a Dr. Pepper (my favorite) and it was disgusting. Tasted like a mouthful of sugar. Amazing how much you become desensitized to sugar, and the same holds for salt.

The real surprise was one day when I discovered that carrots are actually sweet. They just don't seem that way when you consume a metric ton of refined sugar every week. That really made me start wondering just how badly my perception of foods had been corrupted over the years.

Yes carrots are sweet, especially right from the garden. The carrots that most grocery stores have are pretty much crap. You want to know what else is sweet raw and right from the ground, potatoes. You wouldn't think so, but they are.

Comment: Re:What about body fat % (Score 1) 409 409

In the age of cheap body fat % measuring devices, why not make body fat % the standard? I'm tall and borderline overweight according to BMI, but I have about 14% body fat percentage. It's much easier to compare across body types with that metric than BMI. Yet I've never had a doctor record my body fat %, only height and weight.

Except for one problem, a recent study (highlighted on 60 minutes) found that older people live longer if they have a bit of extra body fat. One of the reasons posited by the researchers was that their systems have extra energy stores to get them through being sick, etc.


Comment: Re:explain to me how this threatens cisco? (Score 1) 89 89

Because there are also OCP network equipments, like a switch design from Facebook that lets you do software defined networks easily.

What's interesting is that the networking piece includes open sourcing the ASIC firmware. ASICs improve network performance by implementing hardware switching, routing, etc.

There is no opinion so absurd that some philosopher will not express it. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero, "Ad familiares"