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Comment: HDD is fine for .. 98%? (Score 1) 168

by Lawrence_Bird (#46780017) Attached to: SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

Lets be honest here - outside of a small percentage of users doing raw uncompressed video operations HDD are more than fast enough. Drives and OS both offer large caching of high use objects which reduces seek/startup time differences to a very small amount. The biggest difference is on start up and even there.. do those 5, 10, 15 secons extra really matter that much? How often are you booting? Or even resuming from hibernation if thats your thing?

As to power, idle is now around 5 or 6 watts and standby around 1. Even in a laptop the difference in power use between hdd/sdd is not going to make or break the deal. Your screen, however, another story.

Comment: Re:Microsoft can't run on x86? (Score 1) 108

by Lawrence_Bird (#46778213) Attached to: Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

I think you miss my point. At what point was Intel exclusively marketing this hardware to Microsoft? I am unaware of Intel ever saying 'no mr. cheap tablet maker, you can't buy these!'

This just appears to be Microsoft bashing because Intel is "marketing" their hardware to another large OS... other whan windows.. and osx... and various small freebsd and linux based devices... and...

Comment: Fuck this OUT OF MY PHONE (Score 1) 120

by Lawrence_Bird (#46778173) Attached to: Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality

Once again the nanny state rises to save the day! God forbid people take responsibility for their own property. Leave your phone in the bar (or anywhere else)? Is this some how different than leaving your wallet? purse? camera? laptop? Is it different than a purse snatching? Someone grabbing your tote bage or backpack with your laptop in it?

What this really is about is governement asserting more authority over your possessions and your life. And if you are so naive as to think the government will not use this to their advantage I guess you are all ok with RICO too.

If there is some segment of the market for phones that really, really wants this, it will be served. Without government involvement and without forcing it upon everyone.

Comment: Re:Trust No One (Score 1) 167

by Lawrence_Bird (#46772165) Attached to: Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

You'll notice that al Qaeda has gone back to using couriers.

I would say if you use technology which can compromise your location, communications or other private info and you do not want to share that then yes, you are making a mistake to assume safety unless you have personally vetted it. As noted earlier, it comes down to a matter of degree/risk assessment (ignoring that you may be terrible or unqualifed at assessing that) but that there is a non zero probability you have been compromised. And Trust No One should be your default policy, not trust those guys because, well they say the right thing and seem nice!

Comment: by what right? (Score 1) 338

What right does any government have to do this? What right does any "climatologist" have to do this? These are the new priests? Believe us for we speak the true gospel?

The fuck I trust any of the above to fix anything nor do they have to right to start fucking with the atmosphere, oceans, etc.

Comment: Change for Change sake (Score 1) 428

by Lawrence_Bird (#46743293) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

That is what "education" is. Were the (insert nationality) kids able to read 50? 75? 100 years ago? Without doubt, those who went through the school system could. Yet at every opporunity since, the so called educators felt compelled to try something different. Why? Because a) life would be boring if they did not and b) it is the only way to increase their ranks and funding (ie, no crisis, less funding).

You can apply the same to math and the varoius sciences as well.

Comment: Same if it were Hillary, right? (Score 1) 445

by Lawrence_Bird (#46733049) Attached to: Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

Would we be seeing this same faux "privacy" outrage if it were Hillary Clinton or some other person from Obama's national security team? Has not the surveillance state expanded exponentially under the current administration? Doubtful. And what exactly was Rice's "central role in creating the surveillance state"? That she, at the President's direction, authorized NSA to spy on foreign diplomats? WTF do you think intel agencies are there for? Considering her not very good relations with Darth Dick Cheney, the man behind a lot of the worst stuff of the Bush admin. I think it grossly unfair to paint her as having a central role.

It really will be hilarious to juxtapose the silence as Obama admin security and foreign policy officials end up in similar positions over the next few years. Afterall, Kos and others have said 'not a big deal' to all the nsa stuff - but only if you have a D after your name.

Comment: Re:Microsoft has gone above and beyond... (Score 1) 645

by Lawrence_Bird (#46682665) Attached to: Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

SGI Support of MIPS® IRIX® Products Changes December 2013

As of December 31st, 2013, SGI will move IRIX products support from Maintenance Mode to Retired Mode.

Retired Mode
Technical phone support is available to honor existing support obligation, but only known bug fixes and workarounds are provided. No new development, maintenance, or security fixes are provided by SGI. Product media and/or downloads remain available through the support organization. Software is no longer available for sale, and support contracts cannot be renewed (see exception for IRIX above).

BTW - tell us how long SGI provided free support to all users of IRIX?

For certain Software, SGI will provide limited telephone support for a period of ninety (90) days. Telephone technical support will include available Software patches and Software workarounds and generally available fixes to common SGI Software issues; however, such support shall not include consulting services or any other software development. Software updates are not included. This support applies only to operating systems preinstalled by SGI.

So guess if you dumped a ton of dough on some SGI hardware you would get "free" IRIX updates. That is analagous to Windows XP how?

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. -- Sagan