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Comment: Re:Hybrids are where it's at (for me) (Score 1) 438

by OffTheWallSoccer (#48483531) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Err, no. Depends on what kind of video you're doing. In the video world it's easy to end up bottlenecked by disk I/O.

HD resolution ProRes files for instance will tax any hard drive

Agreed, the suitability of any computer resource depends on whether it can handle the task you have for it.

I think GP was referring to mainstream use of videos on PCs, which certainly don't require RAID or SSD. GP's use of multiple storage types, while requiring more user involvement (managing which files go on slow/cheap HDD vs SSD), is a good bang/buck value.

Once solid state storage completely displaces HDDs, we can go back to having everything in one volume.

Comment: Re:yes (Score 1) 330

by OffTheWallSoccer (#48444751) Attached to: Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

A square monitor would be okay, but it needs to be a more than 1920 pixels in each direction. If it was 2560, I would buy it.

A 28-inch ASUS 4K is 3840x2160 resolution (at 60Hz) and is $600. I bought a bunch of them for my group at work. Also supplied each person with a 24-inch Dell 1080p monitor. Everyone likes this dual-display setup.

Comment: Re:True story, AdBlock vs. Hosts (Score 1) 319

by OffTheWallSoccer (#48444247) Attached to: Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

There are other ad blocking tools out there that are lower level, and thus more general purpose, than browser plugins. I have been using Admuncher for 15 years, and what I like about it is that it operates below app level, so that I get no unwanted ads or tracking cookies in any app (two diff browsers, IM apps, etc.).

Comment: Re: Astronomy, and general poor night-time resu (Score 1) 550

by OffTheWallSoccer (#47537335) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

I'm still supposed to get dilated yearly so they can check inside, a detached retina is apparently a very real possibility since my eye is so "long". They dilate me because otherwise it's like trying to look into a room thru a peephole - their words not mine.

I'm no eyexpert..
Get dilated, what does that mean? Do they alter the way your eye dilates, like changing its settings?

They put drops (don't know what of) into your eyes, causing the pupils to stay dilated for a little while. Gives the doc easy visual access into your eyeballs.

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 381

by OffTheWallSoccer (#47447313) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

A smart watch is a smart phone with less functionality that you have to wear around your wrist. I don't understand the appeal at all. Everything it does a smart phone does better, only a smart phone is not strapped to one of your body parts.

I have a Pebble, and it is very handy to be able to discreetly view texts and see caller ID info for incoming calls. Plus it shows me the time (since it still a watch) -- and far better than a regular watch, as it shows me time, date, three week calendar and some other details all at the same time. All of this is great because my phone is in my backpack or pocket the whole time, since I don't like to carry the phone around in my hand.

Comment: Re:@CauseBy - Re:Yes (Score 1) 381

by OffTheWallSoccer (#47447273) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

I have a Pebble watch. It looks cheap, but is pretty cool/handy. The interface tends to be very simple. It can control the music on my phone (without having to look at the watch), allow me to discreetly view texts, and see caller ID info for incoming calls. Those are my favorite features, aside from, you know, indicating the time.

Comment: Re:@CauseBy - Re:Yes (Score 1) 381

by OffTheWallSoccer (#47447257) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Yes you can hit a button on your wrist easier.

But when dealing with a smart watch you aren't hitting a button. you need to tap a screen 3-4 times in the correct place while running to adjust one feature.

I have a Pebble (which my son says looks like a cheap piece of plastic, and he is right); it can control the music on my phone. Once the watch is in music mode it stays there, so the three buttons let me directly pause or skip back/ahead without looking at the watch.

Being able to discreetly view texts is my favorite feature, thus far. Seeing caller ID info for incoming calls might be my second favorite feature.

Comment: Re:Jurisdiction (Score 1) 210

A French bank was found by USA to violate its (yes, USA's) policy on the embargo of Iran --- well, that bank was from France, and all its business dealings with Iran was done OUTSIDE the United States, --- and yet, US dare to fine that French bank hundreds of millions of dollars !

What the fuck is going on, people ?

How can the government of country A fine a company from country B any money when that company's dealing has NOTHING to do with country A in the first place ???

Simple, if your business wants to do business in the U.S.A., you'll need to mind the rules. That bank knew the rules and actively falsified documents to make it appear that it was abiding by those rules. They got caught and severely smacked. The fact that they are willing to pay that ginormous fine means they want to make amends with Uncle Sam and *continue* to do business in the U.S.A.

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