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Comment: Re:Graceful Failover ? What Graceful Failover? (Score 1) 164

That was also my question when I RTFA. It says that the Intel drive entered some sort of "read-only" mode, and that at that point the drive was still OK. Then a new write cycle was forced (how?), and the drive committed seppuku and became unreadable.

Which is it? Can I be confident that my SSD will fail to a gracious read-only mode? All my ~ is in RAID1 and backed up so I'm not worried, but it'd be nice to be able to just copy the / from a read-only SSD to a new one when the time comes.

Comment: Re:FIFA blew it (Score 1) 90

by Jack Malmostoso (#47220513) Attached to: Cybercriminals Ramp Up Activity Ahead of 2014 World Cup

Would anyone think selecting any African nation as a site for the world cup is a good idea? Brazil was a bad idea for similar reasons. "Bad Neighborhood."

Did you notice where the previous World Cup was held? That's right, South Africa. Which arguably is even "worse" than Brazil. Yet the World Cup happened, few if any tourists were mugged, raped, quartered and shot. People visited the country without particular hassle.

While I agree that World Cup and Olympics have now transcended their function and are a cesspool of waste and corruption, denying them to poorer countries is not right. These are global events, and they deserve to be hosted globally. If then the local governments make fool of themselves, let them, and let that be a lesson for the future.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Where can I find a decent smartphone without a camera?->

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An anonymous reader writes "Dear Slashdot, I work in R&D for a large automotive company, and we are not allowed cameras in the office. The company restrictions also apply to webmail services and anything that could remotely be used to upload data. So far I have been getting by with an old dumbphone, but I'd really like to have a decent smartphone with me in order to be able to keep up with my private email and my life in general.
I have searched the internet and the best I could find is the iNO2 phone. However it seems to be impossible to get outside of Singapore (I am in Europe).
Does anyone know of other reasonable smartphones out there without a camera? Please note: I don't want to buy a smartphone and remove the camera. That does not cut it.
I am not looking for top notch performance, just something that can run basic apps and services. Android would possibly be the first choice, but I'd be happy with Blackberry or any other modern OS.
I also tried to look for a manufacturer that would allow for customization of phone specs, but I couldn't find anything.
Thank you!"

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Comment: Publishing in flashy journals is killing quality (Score 1) 106

by Jack Malmostoso (#45652787) Attached to: Nobel Winner Schekman Boycotts Journals For 'Branding Tyranny'

In my field (electrochemistry) the last 5/10 years caused a great deal of researchers to move away from the "traditional" journals (Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Solid State Letters, Electrochimica Acta) to the flashier, more general publications (ACS and RSC publications, mostly). These journals are more widely read, so their impact factor is much higher. But most of their content is also mostly irrelevant, and since the public reading them is not a real expert in my field, what is important is to show pretty pictures, more than actually advancing the research.
I am lucky enough to do real research in industry, so that IF are not superimportant, but I feel that most journals have a very low signal/noise ratio and it's increasingly difficult finding relevant papers, after scratching a little under the surface of the claims made in the abstracts.

Comment: Re:Media center (Score 1) 246

by Jack Malmostoso (#45452431) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Hits the 2 Million Mark

The biggest issue I have with DLNA is that it wildly depends on the receiving device.
Streaming through the PS3 allows for high quality content, while streaming directly from my DLNA enabled TV caused the signal to be strongly degraded, I guess because the TV doesn't have enough horsepower to handle the larger stream.

In any case, good riddance.

Comment: Media center (Score 4, Interesting) 246

by Jack Malmostoso (#45449875) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Hits the 2 Million Mark

My RPi is loaded with RaspBMC and I use it to watch videos I have stored on my main machine.
It is hooked up directly to the USB port of my TV so it powers up when I turn the TV on, and turns off when I'm done.
It is powerful enough to stream 1080p over SMB/CIFS, and I got a 10EUR IR remote that needed exactly zero configuration (plugged in the USB receiver, counted up to 10, it was ready to go).

Sure, it's not the fastest machine on earth, but for what I use it it's miles better than DLNA or similar crap.

Comment: Tough goals, especially in 5 years (Score 5, Interesting) 172

by Jack Malmostoso (#45441629) Attached to: U.S. 5X Battery Research Sets Three Paths For Replacing Lithium

I am a battery scientist, and while I think that Argonne is one of the places where great work is done, they have set very ambitious goals for themselves.

1) Replacing Li with Mg is a lovely idea, but currently there is no fully stable electrolyte and as far as I know nobody has good candidates for electrode materials. Don't even get me started on Al.

2) Lithium-air batteries have been debated to death also here on /.. The current status is again that there seems to be no stable electrolyte, no clear idea of what exactly happens, and if we factor in the weight and complexity of adding various components to the battery assembly to make a real device out of it, the great theoretical energy density of Li-O2 is reduced to Li-ion levels, if not even less.

3) The liquid slurry electrode is an interesting concept which at least recycles materials that are available and known to be working. This is more of an engineering problem than a scientific one, and could see quick advancement in 5 years.

I hope the community as a whole will be able to find the breakthrough to finally have people stop cursing batteries.
Batteries: you hate them since 150 years!

Comment: Re:Fantastic for corporate users (Score 1) 112

Excellent question. I guess the fact that all management has been switched to iPhones recently shows that some pigs are more equal than others, and more importantly smartphones are OK.

Let's face it, if you want to steal stuff there are a million ways.

Comment: Fantastic for corporate users (Score 3, Interesting) 112

This is excellent. At my company we are not allowed to have phones with cameras, so now I am juggling my private smartphone and a kick-ass Nokia 101 which I take to my desk.

If I could build a smartphone with a decent touchscreen, no camera, and dual sim capabilities I'd be really happy.

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