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Comment: Re:Good for them. (Score 1) 12

by Sycraft-fu (#48464831) Attached to: Samsung Shows 'Eye Mouse' For People With Disabilities

Also sounds like it may be much cheaper, which would be nice. I have repetitive strain injury from computer use and while it is manageable, I'd like a way to be able to not use the mouse when possible. An eye mouse would work well, but they are too much money. However this sounds like it might be in the range of something I could afford, and use as alternate input.

Comment: Re:For all the reliability worriers (Score 1) 319

by YrWrstNtmr (#48463759) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive
You only wrote 7TB in 2 years to your 120GB ssd? ;-)

Oops...TB, not GB. But yes. It is the OS (currently 8.1 Pro) and just about all applications. Things that do not need that SSD speed (music, movies, etc) live on spinning drives or PC's. My playlist is not going to switch from one track to the next by virtue of being on the SSD.
Things that DO matter, OS+applications (1 SSD), and working files (second SSD), live on SSD's.
Total writes between the 2 SSD's is ~11TB.

7TB is still tiny in relative terms.

Comment: Yes, the gains greatly outweigh that price. (Score 1) 319

by SuperKendall (#48463077) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

So you would pay $1200 for a hard drive "without hesitation"?

100% Yes for that storage space that ran at Samsung's claimed 1.6GB/s speed...

It would make a huge difference for image management where I'm often loading many 60MB TIFF files in the course of looking over processed images.

Now mind you I'd be backing that up on the cheaper "real" hard drives, but for working with that speed would be fantastic and easily worth the money in terms of saved time and frustration over the life of the drive.

The thing is, that drive will probably be more like $5k which is a much harder amount to take... probably $2k is the edge for my own use.

Comment: For all the reliability worriers (Score 1) 319

by YrWrstNtmr (#48462729) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive
The 'wear out too fast' concept is wildly overblown. You can listen to old rumors, or read actual test data.

600TB total writes - http://techreport.com/review/2...
800TB total writes, and some of these consumer grade drives start to fail - http://techreport.com/review/2...

"By far the most telling takeaway thus far is the fact that all the drives have endured 600TB of writes without dying. That's an awful lot of data—well over 300GB per day for five years—and far more than typical PC users are ever likely to write to their drives. Even the most demanding power users would have a hard time pushing the endurance limits of these SSDs."

By contrast, my main home machine (120GB Kingston SSD) has ~7GB total, in over 2 years of 24/7 use. I'll leave you to do the math on lifespan for that.

Comment: Gee (Score 1) 513

by argStyopa (#48461579) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

It's almost like this is a very HARD PROBLEM that hundreds if not thousands of very, very bright people have been working on for years without much success.

Huh. Who'd'a thought?

(I think this entire project, while worthy, shows a staggering level of conceit, if not profound disrespect for brilliant scientists and engineers of previous generations. "Well, if we just get some smart people - I mean GOOGLE smart - and let them think about it, I'm sure they'll find the answer!")

Sometimes the historical ignorance displayed by people today is breathtaking.

Comment: Re:We need a *social* change (Score 2) 513

by HBI (#48461357) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

I think the difference between me and the opposing commenters is that I have actually lived in the ugly communities, and they haven't.

I used to act as a local law and insurance adviser and do taxes for people who didn't know how to do this kind of thing for themselves. Please don't call me a community organizer heh. Anyway, the racism and hatred you find in such places must be experienced to be believed. These people need to work - if only to force exposure to other people and to understand that we are all human and must live within some kind of rules to avoid bloodshed. Otherwise, the scenario I painted above is reality - and will become more prevalent when work is optional.

I live in a nicer place now, but I still have friends from those communities and I still remember how things were. They tell me nothing that makes me believe things have changed.

Comment: Re:If and only if (Score 1) 513

by Ichijo (#48459633) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

When you're giving money to the people who produce the fossil fuels, are you really ever going to take meaningful steps to fight climate change?

Not only that, we also induce people to consume fossil fuels when we (ab)use the zoning code by forcing developers and business owners to build more parking than the market wants, and we encourage driving even more when we finance freeways from the general fund such as with Prop K in San Francisco, Measure R in Los Angeles, and TransNet in San Diego.

Comment: Re:We need a *social* change (Score 1) 513

by HBI (#48459615) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

You only describe less than 10% of the population.

Meanwhile back here in the real world, people would drink and smoke pot and sleep all day and beat their wives/girlfriends. Then they'd have sex with the neighbors. People would get shot or get their throats cut based on that, depending on the firearms availability. They'd quickly band together in groups and despise outsiders. A quick devolution to anarchy would result.

Much better to keep everyone *busy*.

Comment: Re:Training? (Score 1) 107

by Ichijo (#48459535) Attached to: "Advanced Life Support" Ambulances May Lead To More Deaths

1. Quick effective CPR by the police officer was probably critical. He was less than a block away when he got the call.

This is why San Diego is trying out two-person crews in pickup trucks as a way to cut costs and response times:

The decision cut response times in the neighborhood in half, early results have showed, and cost the city roughly $600,000. That's cheap compared with the $12 million it costs to build and staff a new fire station with a full four-person engine crew.

Ever notice that even the busiest people are never too busy to tell you just how busy they are?

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