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Comment: Re:Great... (Score 1) 137

The standard t-test for detecting an effect is already probabalistic. In science and medicine a 95% confidence value is commonly used, which means a 1/20 of detecting something that isn't there.

Unless things have been radically relaxed in the last decade, the standard in hard sciences and medicine remains a 99% confidence interval. It's the social sciences that allow for a 95% confidence interval. Having worked in all the different schools out there, I think I have some confidence in my assertion.

Comment: Re:HyperDuo (Score 1) 353

I don't have any trouble remapping who's going where, why, and when and my setup is as you describe save a couple of misses most anyone might make. You have to make sure that the RAM disk is properly saved and restored across restart/shutdown cycles otherwise you'll see some bizarre software post-installation behaviors. The other miss is RAID 0 and SSD's. If you do a serious testing regime, you have to reduce stripe length (4K here), use more than two drives and forget using any controllers except the motherboard directly connected drives. I'm seeing all the usual SSD benefits with 5.6 GBps (yes Bytes) transfer rates. YMMV. And no, I didn't believe it either which why I tested real-world and benchmarks, cache/nocache, ....

Any unices are far easier to deal with allowing you to map the filetree as suits. Windows needs a whip hand, the right tools, and really good backups as you climb one hell of a learning curve.

Comment: Beliefs (Score 2) 218

by Decker-Mage (#46621431) Attached to: Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion
The annoying facet of this topic is the repetitious use of belief rather than actual data on whether this even works. Surely this regulation exists somewhere. I neither have, nor want, a phone.so I have no horse in this race. Ask yourself how many phones are going to be remote wiped and/or killed by silly users who "think" they have "lost" or had their phone stolen. Be interesting to see which groups are pushing, and who financing, this service. Cynical much? Why yes.

Comment: Yeah! (Score 1) 76

by Decker-Mage (#46616081) Attached to: Samsung SSD 840 EVO MSATA Tested
I can totally see mounting one of these on my Intel Galileo so it has awesome storage for a serious drone AI package and a ton of capacity for recording video and sound. Whether by air or ground. Give it IR, radar (EMCON'ed of course) and LIDAR. Wrap it all up in some RAM (Radar Absorbing Material) and they'll never 'see' it coming. Yeah!

OK, so I'm not serious, still neat though! On second thought, except for the aerial vehicle (lowest price I've seen is $699.00) it really is doable.

Comment: Re:no capacitors (Score 1) 76

by Decker-Mage (#46615919) Attached to: Samsung SSD 840 EVO MSATA Tested
I have ten drives here: 2 x 60 GB, 4 x 128 GB, 3 x 160 GB, all 'normal' SSD's, and one 240 GB PCIe. All of them are backed by an UPS. Oh, I forgot the ones in the portables and tablets which also count as battery backed since they also do an orderly shutdown when the batteries are nearly drained. Still I do not expect any hard drive to operate without loss of data when the power is ripped out from under the device, whatever storage device is under scrutiny. Sorry, but many operating systems cache writes and data loss happens even with journalling. You can turn that off at the cost to throughput. That's why I used device quick disconnect option on systems with no UPS elsewhere. I imagine having capacitors is nice as an added level of protection. Hell, I almost certainly have them on the PCIe at the least as defense against power-loss is a feature. Still, expecting total loss protection from just the drive, mechanical, solid-state, even tape or or optical disc is not entirely rational.

Comment: Re:Annono (Score 1) 144

by Decker-Mage (#46607819) Attached to: Microsoft Promises Not To Snoop Through Email
Properly setting up a mail-server is not for everyone and, from far too many (tens to hundreds of thousands of) examples, properly secure. Frankly, even with this audience, I wouldn't expect everyone here to be able to do so either. Sorry folks! Sure sounds nice right up to the point reality slams a blacklist on your server, even assuming your ISP hasn't blocked it or isn't on the blacklist to begin with.

Comment: Re:Look, I understand that the primary topic here (Score 2) 144

by Decker-Mage (#46607783) Attached to: Microsoft Promises Not To Snoop Through Email
I've never considered Microsoft 'evil.' Self-centered and only looking out for only it's own interests,ya but that's pretty much par for the course with most corps and people. I still hold corporations and people accountable. I always have. Just as with Yahoo giving the PRC the contents of an email account resulted in the closing of my accounts with them, so that is what has happened with Microsoft. These weren't the 7 GB freebies either. I'll wait and watch to see if their is an actual behavioral change, are corresponding change in the ToS/EULA. Promises don't mean a thing here. Change.

Comment: Re:The more simple you make it the less complex it (Score 1) 876

by Decker-Mage (#46192697) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?
Been there, done that, burned the stupid T-shirt. The main difference being that I used C. The component library was based on Knuth's "The Art of Computer Programming." And given my background in engineering (a dozen fields) it actually was decent especially as I've been using structured (and object-oriented) constrained designs since the mid-70's. However, I could see the handwriting on the wall so I didn't take it to release.

There are GUI tools that you can use for the design side that actually provide nice code out the other end (Embarcadero is good for database design) especially if you have a lot of constraints. It's just not a generic tool and given how diffuse the target (coders are NOT generics), it will never happen. Sad since over in EEE we have shelves full of component catalogs while over on the software side we resort to cutting&pasting and then trying to refactor our was into a solution. Blech!

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