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Comment: Re:beyond the realm of plausibility (Score 1) 66

by drinkypoo (#48474307) Attached to: Australia Elaborates On a New Drift Model To Find MH370

no, dumbledork. There's not that much tape production. They're recording the metadata from every call. That's very different, both in plausibility (phone companies did this for billing) and is what they said they did.

It's reputed by the usual conspiracy theorists that every call goes to one of those shiny new government data centers they built not so very long ago, and gets analyzed for contents. Then the transcripts are stored, and the contents of any interesting calls as well. This would consume substantially less data.

Comment: Re:beyond the realm of plausibility (Score 1) 66

by drinkypoo (#48474267) Attached to: Australia Elaborates On a New Drift Model To Find MH370

It's not hard to disappear if you turn off your transponder and then fly out of primary radar range.

That's dumb. What year is it? I realize it's not a non-trivial problem to track bits of metal from space or wherever you've got to be in order to have a good view of airliners, but seriously. What year is it? If we can't have flying cars, we should at least know where our jets are.

Comment: Re:Obsession (Score 1) 66

by drinkypoo (#48474259) Attached to: Australia Elaborates On a New Drift Model To Find MH370

No government is responsible for the loss of those lives.

And you know that no government incompetence, overreach, underreach, or malfeasance led to those deaths because you've recovered the wreckage and studied the cause?

I don't have a dog in this fight, mostly because I don't have a dog. But let's not make assumptions in any direction without evidence of some kind.

Australia is looking for 239 people, while more than that die domestically every day.

There are reasons to find that airliner that have nothing to do with those particular human lives. As time passes, of course, the apparent likelihood of reward does decrease.

I believe it's to the point where it's "lost", and until further evidence shows up (washes ashore), it can safely be left marked as in the "lost at sea".

Mmmmm, safely.

Comment: Re:not a lot of use for most (Score 1) 142

by drinkypoo (#48474227) Attached to: Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025

The best place for a child is with the family he was born into, NO EXCEPTIONS. [...] musicians don't make anything on CD sales (the last person who did died of a drug overdose, his name was Michael Jackson

And his father beat the living shit out of him. And look at how well he turned out! Boy, I'm sure he's happy today!

Comment: Re:Who would need that ? (Score 1) 142

by drinkypoo (#48474089) Attached to: Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025

Yeah, ok. Because your grandma doesn't need 100TB the rest of the world doesn't either...

I think they're right. Most users would be better served with the SSD, because most of them aren't filling up their drives and most of those that are could probably throw away a bunch of crusty old data without remorse. The claim was not made that nobody needs the storage space, only that few need it. In my experience, it's probably true, even though I'm someone who has 1 and 3 TB disks online, and backup disks for them. That's not particularly much, either, I just know that I'm a niche case. Most people just buy a PC that costs however many dollars they want to spend on one, plug it in like it says, and open the web browser.

Comment: Re:trillions of bits, why one head per platter? (Score 1) 142

by drinkypoo (#48474071) Attached to: Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025

an additional arm exactly like the existing one, but on the opposite side of the platter, would cut rotational latency in half and increase throughout up to 100%. Seems like an easy win.

Drives like this exist, I don't know if any are being sold at the moment but they've certainly been made. I believe the strategy has been used both for dual-attach and for increasing throughput. Some drives also used to read/write multiple tracks (that is, on multiple platters) at a time, but (as has been covered elsewhere in this thread) it got to be too complicated to keep everything aligned as the temperatures and rotational velocities increased.

Comment: Re:Windows Media Center support? (Score 1) 98

by drinkypoo (#48474043) Attached to: Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

What I'd like to know is whether or not this means we don't have a install a codec park (like Shark007) just so we can get support for all the common video formats in Windows Media Center.

Nope. It only means that you won't have to install a codec pack with support for MKV containers. You'll still need to install codecs if you want to play the files with the latest, greatest encoding. The container support will still have to be maintained until the sun sets on current versions of windows, but if this signals a change in Microsoft's attitude towards container formats, it might help them remain relevant. I know I used to use WIMP a lot because it was the only thing which was very good at identifying albums by their signatures when the filenames were mangled, but now there are other things which do that and the other shortcomings have driven me to other players.

Comment: Re:China wants in on this deal too (Score 1) 32

by Registered Coward v2 (#48474031) Attached to: Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

If Europe can regulate what the whole world sees on Google, why not China?

If they do go through with it, let's at least have a without the censorship. (Probably a good idea anyway.)

And the US wants everyone to keep all the information and let the NSA have access to it no matter where it resides.

Comment: Re:Great, now let's talk filesystems (Score 1) 98

by drinkypoo (#48474023) Attached to: Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

By that time it will look like something else. Maybe it will be Unix-based by then, and virtualize Windows installs for applications. Or they'll be out of business then.

Even Linux is moving on past those filesystems, except for the chunky-funky variety of embedded devices which don't use some adorable little flash filesystem you have to recook on your desktop, the ones which look more (internally) like someone shrunk the PC.

In the meantime, computing resources are cheap enough to waste them virtualizing Linux. Sometimes I boot an iso with gparted in vmware player and then connect devices to the virtual machine. It avoids so many embarrassing mistakes, it avoids reboots of the actual hardware with the stupidly-long PC POST, and you can use the same strategy on any modern operating system. That covers your ext maintenance operations. As for reading them, a very small virtual machine is sufficient to check, mount, and reshare filesystems to Windows via Samba.

Microsoft is used to controlling the dominant filesystem, they're not giving anyone a leg up.

Comment: Re:Geeky formats? (Score 1) 98

by drinkypoo (#48473965) Attached to: Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

I could see why FLAC would be considered a geeky format, but MKV? It's pretty common, is it not?

Yes, but not in commercial use. Most commercial files without DRM that I've seen are just M4Vs. MKV is used more by hobbyists, IYKWIM. Microsoft has in fact never supported it. It's one of the reasons why you need a clever DLNA server to meaningfully feed your media to an Xbox if you play, uh, media from "disparate" sources.

Comment: Re:Could be a good idea.. (Score 1) 73

by drinkypoo (#48473395) Attached to: UK Announces Hybrid Work/Study Undergraduate Program To Fill Digital Gap

Data structures are tools. I don't really have affection for any particular one. It depends on what I need them for.

So an obvious answer would be whichever one you use the most often. If you don't know that, you're probably not a programmer. I'm not, though I do sometimes write my own code, or more commonly develop a small patch for someone else's. I don't actually use data structures directly, I let languages handle the details for me. I'm not figuring out how to find an array element of a given type, there are functions for that and I simply trust that they are fast. You wouldn't want to hire me as a programmer. :) (I'm not applying for programming jobs, either.)

Comment: Re:How about transfer rate and reliability? (Score 1) 142

by drinkypoo (#48473389) Attached to: Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025

As long as only a single head is active at a time, reading a single track at a time, transfer rate is proportional to LINEAR density, not AREAL density.

We used to have drives that read/wrote multiple heads at a time. But the drives are too dense for that. I think the last ones that did it had glass platters to reduce expansion. Now we'd need a separate arm for each platter. Some drives have two sets of arms, but that's still only two read/write tasks simultaneously.

Comment: Re:BT? Sky? (Score 1) 56

by drinkypoo (#48473371) Attached to: BT Blocking Private Torrent Sites?

What the fuck are these things? Am I supposed to know software/brand/product/service names off the top of my head?

Yes. If they are central to the operation of the internet for a substantial portion of its subscribers, then yes, you are expected to know what they are, and lots of other things besides. You have to know the names of now-defunct corporations and even some computers and routers if you are going to speak intelligently about the internet. If this seems arduous, perhaps Slashdot is not for you.

Comment: Re:Burial customs? (Score 1) 159

by ultranova (#48473365) Attached to: Health Advisor: Ebola Still Spreading, Worst Outbreak We've Ever Seen

I'll tell you what, you go to a Baptist church and tell them they need to give up a "ridiculous part of their culture". Or try it at a Mosque.

I have no trouble telling ANY group of superstitious people that what they think is ridiculous. Especially when they do things insist a capricious god is going to cure their kid's cancer, or kiss the bodies of Ebola victims, and then wander back to their own homes and, a couple of weeks later, wonder why their whole family is dying - despite a helpful aid worker risking her life to explain to them the basic facts of life and death.

Whether you have trouble or not is not the issue. Whether the message is listened to is. Culture has value, since it helps bind people together and thus serve as a basis of organization, and shared customs serve to reinforce it. If you attack them, you force people into a situation where anyone suspending the custom is seen - even by themselves - as breaking away from the culture, and thus the society. They'd be fools to do so merely on the word of a clearly hostile outsider, and even if they believe you, the perceived risk from Ebola might still be smaller than the perceived risk from social isolation.

TL;DR You're that Persian messenger at the start of 300.

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