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Comment: Re:RAID? (Score 1) 156

by LordLimecat (#46780313) Attached to: SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

Its not about the transfer speeds, its about seek latency. HDDs seek on the order of 5-20ms; SSDs are roughly 10-1000x faster in seeks.

So if you're reading and writing sequentially, sure, a 2-3 drive RAID 0 could match the SSD. But for database apps? No way. SSDs maintain ~500MB/s on random workloads on fragmented drives. An HDD would be lucky to hit 10MB/s in such a scenario.

Comment: Re:I wonder how much damage... (Score 1) 108

by LWATCDR (#46779983) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

Calc used to be really bad. I can not remember if it was LibreOffice or OO that just refactored Calc and added support for GPU compute. Calc is now pretty good. Exchange/Outlook has been a sticking point for a while.
As too how many government agencies could move? None. Until they are forced they will not move and Microsoft probably gives them a great deal just so they can sell copies of office to every vendor.

Comment: Re:All I can say to that is... (Score 1) 66

Exchange / server 2003 dont tend to just randomly blow up. Usually if you investigate you'll find something the user did, or some bizarre extenuating circumstance.

My favorite is when people clear out the "log files" to free up disk space, and then wonder why the information store wont mount.

Comment: Re:All I can say to that is... (Score 1) 66

I think you are dismissing your relative's complaints as habit too quickly. I got my brother on LO a while back, and he gave it a serious try (would have saved $250!) for several weeks before showing me several features LO lacked, like proper callout notes in word.

I myself have written term papers in LO, and compared with MS Office some of its footnoting / endnoting / formatting conventions are nightmarish.

Comment: Re:All I can say to that is... (Score 1) 66

That comparison sort of demonstrates the issue that a lot of geeks have: technical superiority is irrelevant. What matters is:
  1) Are the features included the ones that users actually want?
  2) Are the features included easily discoverable?
  3) Do those features work consistently, and fit with the user workflow?
  4) Is the interface polished and well designed?

Its worth noting that even during the ribbon change, people were preferring Office over LibreOffice. So either the ribbon wasnt that bad, or Libreoffice was that much worse.

Too many geeks will look at a product and say "but it does this!" while ignoring that its not what the user wants.

Comment: Re:ARM is the new Intel (Score 1) 107

by LWATCDR (#46773889) Attached to: Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

The new universal apps and WP8.1 might change that. I don't even have an WinRT or WinPhone device but I write windows code for a living. The dev tools are probably the best in the industry and to be honest if you want to make a lot of money the WinPhone is a good target since as you point out it is not filled with apps yet but the phones are sell okay. Not at the IOS or Android level but well enough to make good money.

Comment: Re:ARM is the new Intel (Score 1) 107

by LWATCDR (#46772707) Attached to: Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

Took the mouse about as long to take off.
As I said I am a big fan of Android and have an Android phone, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. I also have a macbook and run Windows and Linux on my desktop.
Microsoft has great development tools and lots of developers. It would be foolish to not recognise those strengths.
I want Microsoft to do well in the tablet market and I want Apple to do well and I want Android to do well. I like the idea of choice.

Comment: Re:BS (Score 1) 337

by LWATCDR (#46772511) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Yes they are tough and yes Summer in Florida is not great unless you are the beach but it is no where near as bad you think. Lots of people seem to like being hot. North Carolina is also not as bad you you claim. The mountain areas are very nice. Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio are all nice places to live depending where you are. Seattle? I actually really like that area but being from South Florida I worry that the would sink into depression if I lived there for any length of time. I do like sunlight. I went to Victoria for my honeymoon and would rather live there than Seattle :)

Comment: Re:BS (Score 1) 337

by LWATCDR (#46771829) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

As opposed to a city where people use the public street as a toilet or attacks people if they work at a tech company?
Florida has a lot of smart people that work at the KSC, Raytheon, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, RIM and several bio tech firms are moving form California to Florida. Also are roaches do not fly. Please stay in California because it will soon be like Detroit and the Rust belt when it becomes the crack pot belt. Eventually companies and workers will get tired of the abuse and move. Even Oregon and Washington are good options for them to move.
 

Comment: Re:ARM is the new Intel (Score 4, Insightful) 107

by LWATCDR (#46771723) Attached to: Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

I would not dismiss Windows on the tablet. The new Phone OS is going to support universal apps so one app can run on the phone, tablet, and PCs which will help. I personally like Android but Windows big advantages are great development tools and a lot of developers. Now if Microsoft would just allow side loading on tablets and PCs like you do on PCs and PC based tablets.

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