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Comment: Re:Last few fish in a small pond... (Score 1) 433

by Pentium100 (#48611413) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

Probably why they went digital with Rosetta and all those Mars probes - not many 1 hour photo shops out there.

Not everyone can afford a million dollar space-grade digital camera. Then again, maybe the digital cameras have improved on this in the time since I read about it (I don't do much photography at -30C).

Going back to vinyl - for me, listening to records or tapes is much more enjoyable than listening to CDs or files, even if the audio quality is worse (scratched record, a very old poorly recorded tape) just because of the visuals (spinning reels are much better to look at than a progress bar on a MP3 player).

Comment: Re:Last few fish in a small pond... (Score 1) 433

by Pentium100 (#48604029) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

However, in some cases the older technology is better. For example, a steam engine can use any heat source as fuel, so it may be useful if you can easily get wood or coal, but not diesel or electricity.

IIRC, a film camera can operate at lower temperatures than a digital one.

Shellac records can be played without electricity.

Comment: Re:Not really missing vinyl (Score 2) 433

by Pentium100 (#48596853) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

However, watching a file play is much less fun than watching a tape reel or a record spin. Sure, when I am doing something else while listening to music, I can listen to a file just as well (or may still listen to an analog recording since my file collection and my analog collection have different music). Also, when listening to files, I am sometimes too tempted to just skip songs, but I can't do that on a tape (need to keep the winding even, so I refrain from fast forwarding) so I listen to the entire tape.

Speaking of just audio quality - I have a couple of tape recorders with vacuum tubes that from an objective point of view sound worse than my tape decks with transistors - smaller frequency range, more noise, higher distortion). However, playing an old recording (say, the Beatles or something like that), it does sound "better" to me and is more enjoyable to listen to, than, say, playing it on a more modern tape deck.

I have a cassette with 50s rock&roll on it. Playing it on my usual system is OK, but if I connect the cassette deck to my tube radio from 1964 it sounds great! More modern music sounds better on my usual system though.

Comment: Re:Just in time. (Score 1) 219

by Pentium100 (#48590903) Attached to: Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

TLER is useful in all cases, just that it is pretty much mandatory for RAID, so the drive manufacturers disable TLER on cheaper drives to prevent them from being used in a RAID.

Yes, in theory, non-TLER drive stands better chance of recovering unreadable data, but during that time the PC appears to be frozen, so the user just reboots it. Even with TLER of 7 seconds (default) that's still a long time. I do not know about others, but I'd rather my PC be responsive and report the error so I can either restore the file from backup or run recovery software to read the sector 5000 times hoping to read it correctly once.

Comment: Re:Just in time. (Score 1) 219

by Pentium100 (#48590867) Attached to: Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

We have a bunch of Seagate SV35 drives in a backup server. They started to get kicked out of RAIDZ one by one. Some show actual bad sectors (and were replaced since warranty was not expired), but others worked OK when tested using MHDD and the seller refused to replace then under warranty.

It turned out that those drives are so sensitive to vibration that dropping a coin on the PC case (with the drive secured in the drive bay) from a few cm height caused the drive to hang for about two seconds and emit a beep.

Now we use WD RED drives for this - they are more resistant to vibration and have TLER.

SMART for all the Seagate SV35 drives we have show a lot of "High Fly Writes" - the normalized value is 1 and the raw value is between 1000 and 7000.

Comment: Re:Meanwhile (Score 1) 310

In that game, the player also chooses to run people over with his car (either specifically or because driving on the sidewalk is faster), kill them with various weapons etc. That does not make the gamers into murderers.

So, why can I kill a man in a game (and that is OK), but not a woman? The scene where the player has to torture a guy to get information, would that be different if a woman was tortured? Yes? Then where is the equality.

Then again, I am still waiting for various countries that have conscription army to stop excluding women from that.

Comment: Re:Confusing San Andreas with V (Score 1) 310

If you can kill both men and women in a game, that means that there is no gender equality.

Killing men is OK. Killing women is not. I guess it's similar to the race equality where killing a white guy is OK, but killing a black guy is not (unless the player character is also a black guy).

Comment: Re:More filtering? (Score 1) 239

by Pentium100 (#48525355) Attached to: Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

Outlook is webmail now? If I want to use a program then Thunderbird is as good or better than Outlook and also has the threads feature (a plugin). However, I would rather use webmail (self hosted). And I have not been able to find one that works with threads as well as Gmail. That doesn't mean there isn't one, just that I have been unable to find it.

Comment: Re:More filtering? (Score 2) 239

by Pentium100 (#48520087) Attached to: Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

I like the auto threading so much it prevents me from using a different webmail software (on my own domain). While Thunderbird has a plugin that is almost as good as Gmail (almost), I have not found a webmail software (that I can run on my own server) that is as convenient as Gmail for the threads. Roundcube can kinda do it, but it cannot show the entire thread at once.

I like the fact that 100 or so email long conversation is grouped under one heading and is visible on a single page.

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