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Comment: Re:The guy is full of himself (Score 2) 144

by MachineShedFred (#49775187) Attached to: Apple Design Guru Jony Ive Named Chief Design Officer

Wedding and event videos fall squarely in this category. No bride will be okay with spending $1,500 for a Vimeo link.

And cheap USB2 keys that hold a couple hundred times as much data as a DVD don't exist. Nope, they do, and are far more convenient and resilient to damage than optical media.

You also need storage space. HD video, art assets, high resolution multitrack audio projects, and CAD drawings aren't exactly compact forms of data, y'know.

Use the local SSD as a buffer for high speed work. Copy from network to local, work, upload back. Clear space, move to next job. If you require high speed links to large disk, use thunderbolt to add dual 10GbE for iSCSI or dual 16Gb fiber channel.

That's a rather broad brush to paint with, especially since disk I/O over the LAN starts hitting a ceiling pretty quick. This would be easier to swallow if there were a PCI Express slot to add a 10GigE/Fiber/Infiniband card, but they did away with that, too.

False. See links above. Thunderbolt IS PCI Express. It's on a cable instead of a slot. Whoop de do.

I'll agree that the GPU situation in the current Mac Pro is rather underwhelming, and a product of a design decision rather than making available options to the "Pro" customer. However, the GPUs are mounted with BGA connectors, and it would be feasible for someone to use a logic analyzer to figure out which pins on the connector are PCI express, which are DisplayPort, and which are power allowing for someone to make a 3rd party GPU upgrade card (if they could make it work with the thermals), but the market would be so small that nobody would ever turn a profit at it.

Comment: Re:The guy is full of himself (Score 1) 144

by MachineShedFred (#49775127) Attached to: Apple Design Guru Jony Ive Named Chief Design Officer

Yeah, because being able to plug in dual 16Gb fiber channel absolutely doesn't take care of your storage concerns.

Why do I want a bunch of big dumb rotating disks on my desktop where they can die and lose my data, when I can have hundreds of terabytes (redundant) in an environmentally maintained datacenter, with faster connections than SATA can even dream of?

And really, you're going to complain that the base system doesn't have a fully optimized performance configuration? It's a BASE configuration. You said so yourself.

Comment: Re:Better than the Worst? (Score 5, Informative) 180

by MachineShedFred (#49775041) Attached to: Charter Strikes $56B Deal For Time Warner Cable

As a Time Warner subscriber, this is definitely a good thing.

Their equipment is trash - I no longer use their DVR or their cable modem because they are both fucking garbage. I built a media PC with an HD tuner / cable card set up that has already paid for itself by not having to "rent" their shit DVR box that I would have to reboot 2 or 3 times a week, at a 10-minute boot up time. I dumped their garbage "rented" cable modem because I'd have to power cycle it once a week or so, and replaced it with a $60 unit from Amazon that also actually increased throughput speed. That change will pay for itself in about 7 months.

They abuse DRM flagging on everything that isn't available with an over-the-air tuner. If you have to go to one of their offices to trade in equipment, or get replacement, schedule two hours because they only ever have one or two people at the counter, and there's a line of people waiting to trade in broken shit for stuff that isn't broken yet, but will be. They charge more for the same services from other cable providers, because they can - when you don't have any competition for high speed internet, you don't have to worry about other lines of business being threatened (satellite TV).

Fuck Time Warner. I hope this merger goes through and Charter fires the TWC management and starts cleaning up the huge mess they've left behind.

Comment: Re:No (Score 4, Interesting) 180

by MachineShedFred (#49774967) Attached to: Charter Strikes $56B Deal For Time Warner Cable

It's easy to be cynical about this, but Time Warner is so customer surly that a ultra-huge mega-merger might actually be better for existing Time Warner customers.

For example: Time Warner abuses the broadcast flag / CCI DRM schemes to flag everything they legally can as "copy-once", locking out lots of DVR competition because the additional features don't work. Charter does not do this, and only flags content as "copy-once" or "do-not-copy" as contractually required by the content providers.

A Charter merger with Time Warner would make my service better and more enjoyable the instant they flip that bit to comply with Charter's current policy regarding CCI tagging because I would no longer be required to watch content only on the device that recorded it.

Time Warner is the worst cable company out there from a customer perspective. When the best news you get about someone providing you a service is that they are selling out to competition, that tells you how bad the service is.

Comment: Re:Get SpaceX crew-rated soon. (Score 1) 105

by MachineShedFred (#49684793) Attached to: ISS Crew Stuck In Orbit While Russia Assesses Rocket

It actually does, now. They just reworked the aero and heating so that parts will explode if you expose them to too much air friction. Unless you use stability control or keep your heat shield pointing in the right direction manually, it will tumble and conceivably tear itself apart / burn to a cinder. If you come in too shallow, you will aerobrake and head back out to space in a lower orbit where you may lose power - Kerbals don't eat or drink without an addon, so electrical power is the biggest concern in that scenario.

Comment: Re:Get SpaceX crew-rated soon. (Score 1) 105

by MachineShedFred (#49684749) Attached to: ISS Crew Stuck In Orbit While Russia Assesses Rocket

I think I heard somewhere that it was part of a government launch contract that they needed to own the design so that they could second-source the motors if necessary. By licensing it and having the schematic, they probably checked whatever box that some bureaucrat was looking to check. They probably never intended to actually manufacture the things - just comply with some contractual requirement in the least useful way.

Comment: Re:Satellites (Score 1) 403

The issue then would be degradation of the systems on the satellite from micrometeor impacts, radiation, heat, etc.

They wouldn't last forever - eventually the solar arrays would stop supplying the minimum voltage needed and it would turn into another orbiting chunk of metal. Or the electronics would burn out from too much radiation damage - shielding doesn't completely eliminate the problem forever, it just delays it really well.

Comment: Re:The first edition (Score 1) 133

by MachineShedFred (#49673053) Attached to: Microsoft Is Confident In Security of Edge Browser

So you're saying that they ripped out all the legacy shit that old IE-only apps (and malware) relied upon, and now they're blowing the trumpets about how secure they are?

I guess I'd be impressed if they got to a reasonable level of security without breaking every legacy app that they convinced people to write against their leaky web APIs.

Comment: Re:Microsoft was better? (Score 1) 296

What's funny is that the smart-growth crowd doesn't call this "ravaging" but rather calls it "ingrowth" and "densification". It also "creates livable, walkable neighborhoods."

I guess Amazon just made the mistake of doing this in Seattle rather than Portland where it's called approved growth planning.

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.