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Comment: Re:RAID? (Score 1) 224

by Rich0 (#46782333) Attached to: SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

Agree. I run an SSD myself for my OS drive, and RAID for general storage (which keeps the cost WAY down). Things go WAY faster on the SSD, though not quite as fast as I'd expected, actually.

The advantage of RAID1 is in parallel seeks, which is a big advantage if your drives have a lot of reads. However, the latency of any read is still the same so if reads must be sequential they will be slow.

Comment: Re:Way to lose an easy case... (Score 1) 121

by Rich0 (#46781049) Attached to: Lavabit Loses Contempt Appeal

They're going to have to investigate. To work at all efficiently, the courts have to abide by procedures. If you want the judge to handhold people's hands in general, we're going to have to put a lot more money into the court system. This means that the alleged lawbreaker is going to have to do things on the court's schedule, and is going to have to know what sort of arguments to make. I suspect this gets into what you mean by harassment.

I don't see how the one follows from the other. Sure, they need to investigate. I don't see why that requires everybody to show up in a room at the same time. Investigate and figure out whether there is any truth to the defense. If there is, then dismiss charges before wasting time on anything more formal.

Also, saying that the courts should be about justice rather than legality is a dangerous way to go. Laws both restrict and protect you, but they're written down. It would be better to have the courts about legality with an eye to justice. If the courts are given discretion to dispense justice sometimes, they will do so to somebody who makes a clear argument of injustice and is otherwise cooperative. LavaBit was in contempt because they demonstrated contempt for the legal system.

Why should one have respect for the legal system, if it isn't about justice? I'm fine with there being laws as guidelines so that we can all agree on what right/wrong generally looks like. However, following the law should not be an excuse when you do something that harms others, and breaking the law shouldn't be reason to punish somebody who does nobody else harm.

Comment: Re:You can probably thank Microsoft for this... (Score 1) 215

by Rich0 (#46779539) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

Some of the bigger changes have to do with things like sharepoint integration, which really does work fairly well in newer versions of Office in a corporate setting.

However, it still can be rather buggy, and doesn't play nicely with Chrome unless there is some plugin I'm not aware of (that is, the more web-based parts - if you just directly open a file from Office no browser is involved).

Comment: Re:oh how wrong this is (Score 1) 224

by Rich0 (#46779057) Attached to: SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

A 480GB Crucial M500 is slightly cheaper per GB than a 4TB spinning drive right now. I think the 960GB SSD is as well.

That comparison is meaningless because a 4TB is at a premium price. If you think you need 500GB, use should compare a 500GB HDD with an SSD (480GB being close enough). I can get a 500GB 7200RPM SATA drive for about $50. A Crucial M500 is about $120. The SSD is 140% more costly or 2.4 times the price per GB.

Even that comparison is a poor one. Really this all depends on your mission.

If all you want is an OS drive for your Chromebook/etc, then you want to look at the cost of 16-32GB of SSD and that is as cheap as any hard drive you could get in that size configuration. The SSD is an obvious choice here.

If you want to store your video collection and your options are RAID HD or SSD, then you don't care how big the individual drives are so you look at price per GB. That usually will end up costing $80-110 for the hard drive in any year - the only thing that changes is the size. That will get you about 2-3TB of HD, which is about 4 cents/GB. Compare that to something like 50 cents/GB for SSD. Clearly if you're storing video the SSD is a really bad choice.

When you look at HD prices you need to stay close to $100. You don't save much money by cutting capacity below that, and you don't get much capacity by spending more than that. I'm not as familiar with the dynamics of SSD, but I imagine that they too tend to have a sweet spot, and it only makes sense to compare apples to apples.

Comment: Re:not really (Score 1) 224

by Rich0 (#46778955) Attached to: SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

When 2TB ssd come on the market, you'll see the rest drop in price as well. I'm not quite sure where the author is getting their information. Check the price drops over the last two years and you can see they haven't hit bottom yet.

Sure, but neither have hard drives. The 1TB SSD of tomorrow may very well be competitive with the 1TB HD of today, but will it be competitive against the 64TB HD of tomorrow?

Comment: Re:RAID? (Score 3, Interesting) 224

by Rich0 (#46778935) Attached to: SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

No RAID does not allow HDD to perform as SSDs. RAID increases throughput but it does not decrease access time, which in many cases is fare more important than throughput.

Having a seek time of 8ms when you are working with many small files is a huge hit on performance. The seek time of SSDs is well under a millisecond. RAID does not help this no matter how many disks you stripe.

RAID does not always mean stripe. Mirroring does improve seek performance. It increases the chance that a drive has a head closer to the data you want already (if the implementation is smart enough to be aware of this), and it also allows seeks to occur in parallel (which isn't exactly the same as latency reduction, but is fairly equivalent in practice since drives are almost always busy).

Comment: Re:RAID? (Score 1) 224

by Rich0 (#46778913) Attached to: SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

RAID 0 really only buys you throughput, and I don't think SSD really has any advantage over HD for throughput (I'm open to correction there).

The big difference is in seek time. RAID 1 is what buys you seek time for reads, and of course it has no safety issues. There is nothing that limits RAID 1 to only one mirror either beyond the implementation (mdadm supports any number of mirrors and will divide reads across them). Of course, if you have a RAID1 with 8 drives in it, and write is going to block across all 8 of them.

But, write performance on SSD isn't quite as good as read performance either.

So, I imagine whether RAID competes with SSD is going to depend on the task. Of course, you can always put SSDs in a RAID as well.

Comment: Re:at&t wasn't welcome anyway (Score 4, Insightful) 77

by Rich0 (#46777963) Attached to: Bidding At FCC TV Spectrum Auction May Be Restricted For Large Carriers

It's an interesting quandary for the FCC. AT&T and Verizon can and will pay more for the spectrum to be auctioned. That means US taxpayers get more money, which is what is supposed to happen when the government is selling public airwaves.

Only if you look at the sales of the spectrum. Subtract all the monthly cell phone plan payments those taxpayers are making and AT&T/Verizon don't look like such a great deal any longer.

Too big to fail is a recipe for disaster. When a market gets dominated by one or two players, they should be handicapped until their customers have incentive to flee elsewhere and the market share drops to a moderate level. This should be done whether they're doing anything wrong or not - it is just good for the economy. Nothing personal - just business.

Comment: Re:Holy shit (Score 1) 443

by Rich0 (#46776255) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

And that's hard?

As mentioned further below, saving ~$5000/year is possible - maybe throw away that $100/mo TV subscription or something.

Hell, my wife is in her mid 20's and I'm in my early 30's and we manage to squirrel away $28,000 every year on our two salaries (I'm a server admin, she's an engineer). If you're in the right industry and have a modicum of self-restraint it isn't too difficult to save.

...and are married to somebody with comparable income. Swap that wife out for somebody who doesn't make much more than minimum wage, and your $28k/yr basically evaporates. You'd save more being single, but your non-discretionary expenses as a single aren't that much lower than a couple's.

Comment: Re:Holy shit (Score 1) 443

by Rich0 (#46776147) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

No, but you can start by eliminating that $100/mo TV subscription, and then find some other ways to save money too

I'm constantly amazed at what people spend per month on things they think are "necessary".

Like saving up for retirement? Not sure why having a million dollars to spend in retirement is more important than having $100/month to spend on cable TV today?

Comment: Re:Way to lose an easy case... (Score 1) 121

by Rich0 (#46775533) Attached to: Lavabit Loses Contempt Appeal

No, there should be a Get Out of Jail Free card at the end because you didn't do anything wrong. People who didn't do something wrong shouldn't be in jail, period.

True. But the defendant doesn't get to define right and wrong. Many murderers don't think they did anything wrong. You might not think it's wrong to refuse a court order. That doesn't make either right.

I never said the defendant doesn't get to define right and wrong. However, people who do nothing wrong shouldn't be harassed by the court, whether what they did was legal or not. That is, courts should be about arriving at justice, not determining if the law was followed.

Comment: Just a hyperlink? (Score 1) 66

by Rich0 (#46771543) Attached to: Microsoft Brings Office Online To Chrome OS; Ars Reviews Windows Phone 8.1

Is this actually an application, or is it just a hyperlink (which 80% of the apps in the chrome store are, including the regular Gmail app but not the offline gmail app)?

An "real" application is self-contained and can potentially operate even without connecting to a server (though usually it implements some kind of front-end to a web-based service). For example, there are calculator apps or ssh apps that do just what you'd expect a calculator/ssh app to do and work just fine without a route to the internet (though obviously an ssh app needs to be able to reach something running sshd). Apps can store data locally via html5 storage.

Many apps are in the store just for the sake of having an app, but they're really no different from a bookmark. They don't "do" anything but direct the browser to a URL, and they are non-functional if there isn't a network connection.

Comment: Re:Way to lose an easy case... (Score 3, Insightful) 121

by Rich0 (#46771255) Attached to: Lavabit Loses Contempt Appeal

I think that level of hell is reserved for all the judges and lawyers that don't give a damn about right, wrong, just or unjust but are only concerned that the rules are followed to the dot.

Think about what you just posted. Essentially you are saying that there should be a Get Out of Jail Free card at the end because you didn't cooperate during the trial but you think the case is really, really important. Not gonna happen my friend.

No, there should be a Get Out of Jail Free card at the end because you didn't do anything wrong. People who didn't do something wrong shouldn't be in jail, period. People who are innocent shouldn't HAVE to cooperate during the trial - the court should be apologizing to them for dragging them through the trial in the first place.

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