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Comment: We need congestion pricing (Score 1) 479

by Logger (#46014381) Attached to: An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?

If I use 100GB/month, but only when nobody else is online, I'm not impacting anyone else and I'm only very marginally increasing the ISP's cost. If you want a pricing structure that actually reflects what the market will bear and would adjust buyers habits at the appropriate times, you need congestion based pricing. But I can't think of a good way to implement that, which isn't confusing.

Comment: Re:You see! (Score 4, Interesting) 78

by Logger (#44450031) Attached to: Companies Petition Congress To Reform 'Business Method' Patent Process

Yes. And that's one of the reasons why we need regulated capitalism. It's a means of harnessing sociopaths. In unregulated capitalism, the sociopaths will run rampant with their businesses. In communist societies, lacking other outlets, the sociopaths seem to take power in the government where they tend to do a lot more harm.

Comment: Lose, Lose (Score 3, Insightful) 171

by Logger (#43930679) Attached to: Amazon: Publishers Strong-Armed Us On E-Books

When Amazon says that they'd like to sell some books below wholesale, and claims that the agency model prevents that, they are lying their asses off. They could easily get around that restriction. The simplest way being by offering an account credit on certain books. The problem with that approach from Amazon's perspective is that it would reveal how large the subsidy is. Doesn't matter to the consumer, but it is competitive information they wouldn't want public.

On the other hand, if the agency model prevents Amazon from negotiating a different wholesale price than Apple pays, then that is collusion. I'm not sure it rises to the level of needing a government crackdown, but it is slimy none the less.

And the flip side of this is that Amazon of course would be happy to subsidize book sales and Kindles to drive people to the Amazon store to buy other things. Which in turn could have the anti-competitive effect of making tablets from Apple, Samsung, and others over priced by comparison and push them out of the market.

It doesn't matter which way the courts rule on this one, the consumer loses.

Comment: Carbon - Currency (Score 1) 595

by Logger (#43449199) Attached to: Is Bitcoin Mining a Real-World Environmental Problem?

I've told this to several of my friends, that mining Bitcoins is a mechanism to convert carbon into currency. Where I live, that life cycle looks like coal -> electricity -> Bitcoin. Of course you have to pay for that electricity, which pretty much guarantees that while you're melting the polar caps due to your mining, you're also loosing money at the same time.

Of course, you're probably not paying for the electricity. Your parents, or employer, or some other unwitting person probably is. Which means your shitting on the environment and stealing at the same time. Way to go!

Comment: Judge shouldn't have even been in this position (Score 1) 433

by Logger (#43397469) Attached to: Should California Have Banned Checking Smartphone Maps While Driving?

I'm a bit of a literalist when it comes to laws, so I don't like this judges ruling. That said, he should have never been put into this position in the first place.

We shouldn't have laws specifying cell phones and driving. Distracted driving laws should be sufficient. If the penalties for distracted driving are two weak, then fix that. There's no need to specify exactly what distracted driving is. I'd rather leave that up to the cop and a jury.

Comment: Re:semi serious question (Score 1) 130

by Logger (#43354159) Attached to: New Seagate Hybrid Drives Hampered By Slow Mechanical Guts

Why does everyone keeping thinking you have to have enough flash to store the whole os? Hybrids are sector based, not file or application based. They only needs to cache the frequently used bits in flash. Which might not even be a whole file.

If they are real clever (and I'm not saying they are), they could hide the seek time for a file by putting the first few sectors in flash. That would allow the drive time to find the rest of the file on disk.

There is obviously a cost performance tradeoff here. How much flash is needed to achieve a desired performance level can not be derived simply by using data from pairing an SSD with and HDD. It is also a function of the caching algorithm used.

There are only two things that can be surmised for sure about this drive. It's large file sequential transfer rate is going to be slower than a 7200 rpm drive. And pure random accesses will be slower than an SSD, because you can't fit everything into those 8GB of flash.

So, obviously if you are doing those two tasks a lot, this is a poor drive for you. On the other hand, that doesn't sound like a typical work load for the average user.

The only fault I find for this drive is they don't offer a 7200 rpm model in the 2.5" form factor. Was that a good decision? I don't know. They will might lose out on some aftermarket sales because of it. But then again, if those aftermarket purchases were so concerned with performance maybe those were going to be pure SSD sales anyways. I'm guessing this compromise is what Dell, Acer, HP, Samsung, and company were asking for.

So, if I had the cash to upgrade my laptop to 750 GB SSD, I'd do that. But I'm seriously thinking of giving one of these a try. I'd buy a 7200 rpm model if it existed in the 2.5" form factor, but this still has the potential to be a lot faster than the 5400 rpm drive I have now.

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