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Comment Re:SanDisk sells a 512TB 3U shelf... (Score 1) 217 217

$1/GB, which is a ton cheaper than building a SAN of that capacity,

The marginal price of HDD storage is about $0.05/GB. Maybe double that for higher density, maybe double it again for redundancy. That's a maximum of $0.2/GB for the disks. There's some fixed overhead for a large disk farm plus some more per-byte overhead for the controllers and interconnects. Hard to believe that really adds up to much more than $1/GB. We're talking half a million dollars for 500TB.

Daydream on. Big cluster of mid-tower PCs. Six 4TB drives per tower, for a total of 20TB with 1:6 redundancy. 25 of those towers would give you 500TB. 150 drives at $150 each = $23K. 25 server-grade PCs at about $1000 each = $25K. Networking? No idea, maybe another $2K? So we're looking at about $50K for 500TB. Obviously there will be some overhead for a managed commercial "enterprise" level system from a big vendor. But more than 10x the price? Really? Seems like there's room for a little more competition in that business.

Comment Re:DMCA takedown system is a farce (Score 1) 188 188

Unless they specifically mentioned the DMCA somewhere, it was almost certainly Youtube's own takedown / takeover process that affected your video. Youtube is free to host, or not, whatever they want, and do whatever they want with the ad revenue, and you really have no recourse since you don't have a contract with them.

We really need a distributed alternative to Youtube. If you could self-host your videos then the copyright assholes would actually have to use the DMCA for takedowns and you'd have some legal recourse against their malicious or grossly negligent false claims. But man, it's hard to compete with Google's storage, processing, and connectivity resources.

Comment Re:Windows 10 has Secret Screen Recording Tool (Score 1) 203 203

The US Constitution and Bill of Rights do not come into play outside of US sovereign territory.

Do you have any justification for this? The Constitution grants specific powers to the government and explicitly protects some specific rights of the people. Nowhere does the Constitution mention that the government is granted infinite power outside of US borders.

I wonder where the idea comes from that US government agents, acting under their government authority, are suddenly free of all restrictions once they leave the country. It seems preposterous to me.

Comment Re:"Since they weren't charged..." (Score 1) 334 334

Until one passes through customs, he/she is not legally on U.S. soil and U.S. law does not apply. The DHS is technically welcome to detain her, you, and any other U.S. Citizen for as long as they want.

In practice, of course, they can do whatever they want any time or place they want, since they're the ones with the big guns.

They may also be granted special powers to control the borders, over and above the usual powers granted to them as law enforcement agents within the borders.

But Constitutional restrictions on US government agents apply to US government agents everywhere in the universe, not just within US borders. Those restrictions also protect all people, not just US citizens.

Comment Re:Fear (Score 1) 364 364

Remember the endowment effect--people who made money during the 150% rise are now going to be complaining about how much they've *lost* even though they're still up.

Some of the people who made money during the 150% rise made it in the second half, and they are *not* still up after the 75% drop.

Comment Re:Price is a second order function (Score 1) 292 292

There's a huge difference between a big boat trailer behind a pickup truck and a small generator behind a Tesla. With decent instrumentation and driver assist the Tesla will practically drive itself. Imagine cameras on the trailer and angle sensors in the hitch, with on-screen instructions telling you which way to turn the wheel as you back up around a corner or into a parking space. Piece of cake, even for a "guy with a midlife crisis."

Backing up a trailer isn't rocket science; you just have to be careful and overcome your natural tendency to turn the wrong way. If you're telling the truth about your hobby you know full well that most people even manage a boat trailer on a ramp with no backup cameras without incident.

Comment Re:Computer science and the lowest common denomina (Score 1) 179 179

Computer Science is the study of computation. Computer programming is engineering, not science. I don't know what it's like today, but when I was in college most of the Computer Scientists could barely program at all, and in general looked down on programming as a kind of crude, dirty manual labor.

Comment Re:Why the switch in nomenclature? (Score 1) 181 181

4K UHD has nothing to do with horizontal resoution. 4K is because its exactly 4 x 1080p tiled 2 by 2. (see how the FHD fits exactly 4x into UHD).

That makes no sense whatsoever, and is also wrong. Following the first link in the wikipedia article you cited, we find this: "4K resolution, also called 4K, refers to a display device or content having horizontal resolution on the order of 4,000 pixels."

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"