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Comment: Puulease... Kingston? Really? (Score 2) 40

Author must not know the difference between the real the rebrand. I would never buy Kingston anything. They just slap random components into those boards. There are hundreds of rebranders in the SSD space but only a handful of real companies. Kingston isn't one of them.


Comment: Re:Wow... (Score 1) 40

Well, except that it isn't a mere month. Unpowered data retention is around 10 years for relatively unworn flash and around 1 year for worn flash. Powered data retention is almost indefinite (doesn't matter if the data is static or not). The modern SSD controller will rewrite blocks as the bits leave the sweet zone.

The main benefit, though, is that SSD wear is essentially based on how much data you've written, which is a very controllable parameter and means, among other things, that even a SSD which has been sitting on a shelf for a long time and lost its data can still be used for fresh data (TRIM wipe + newfs). I have tons of SSDs sitting on a shelf ready to be reused when I need them next. I can't really do that with HDDs and still expect them to be reliable.

Hard drives have a relatively fixed life whether powered or not. If you have a modestly used hard drive and take it out and put it on a shelf for a year, chances are it either won't be able to spin up after that year or it will die relatively quickly (within a few weeks, possibly even faster) once you have spun it up. So get your data off it fast if you can.

So SSDs already win in the data retention and reliability-on-reuse department.


Comment: Re:Age old story of outsourcing (Score 1) 134

by russotto (#49500047) Attached to: Incorrectly Built SLS Welding Machine To Be Rebuilt

Simple. There probably weren't many who knew both
1) The floor needed reinforcing and
2) It hadn't been done.

Occam's Razor says communications error.

Everyone actually in charge of building the thing would have believed the floor would be adequate. Whoever was in charge overall dropped the ball (maybe misread a statement to the effect "floor shall be reinforced to such-and-such-a-spec" as "floor has been reinforced to such-and-such-a-spec".

Comment: Re:Crying? (Score 2, Insightful) 282

by tlambert (#49499047) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

I heard GW Bush claim Saddam had WMDs too, and that didn't happen did it?

Actually, that one did. It resulted in both "Gulf War Syndrome", and a pretty big scandal where Monsanto brokered the deal to sell the machines to manufacture chemical weapons to them from a German company, said deal routed through France. But nice try.

PS: Plus we sold them the Sarin the used against their Kurdish separatists directly, so we knew they had it at one time, and were just hoping they hadn't used it all up so we could say "Aha! Stockpiles!".

Comment: Re:Maybe robots could build desalination plants? (Score 1) 112

by tlambert (#49498341) Attached to: Drought and Desertification: How Robots Might Help

Maybe robots could build desalination plants?
It's pretty damn sure that humans never will ...

We're well on our way to getting one built in Carlsbad, near San Diego. I hope there are more to follow.

"It will produce 50 million gallons of water per day and will provide 7% of the potable water needs for the San Diego region."

Cool. Now you only need to build another 14 of them to satisfy the water needs of the area...

Comment: This has all been done before (Score 1) 584

and it will all be done again. To no avail. At least since I was in 7th grade (that's about 30 years ago) there have been special sections, schools, what have you for getting girls into mathematics and technical subjects. Usually they flop big-time. Sometimes they appear to have some success for a year or two and then flop. The sensible person would look at these failures and think that whatever the cause for the difference, it cannot be solved with this sort of segregated schooling. The politically motivated educator just keeps doing the same thing over and over again.

Comment: Re:How convenient for Apple... (Score 5, Insightful) 122

Ohh FFS -- that was at the initial launch and not done as a fuck you but simply because they were more interested in just getting the new product and OS out the door.

It was definitely a "fuck you, this is a phone; this is not another fucking Newton".

Full disclosure: I was an Apple Core OS kernel team member at the time. I wrote 7% of the kernel that runs on the things.

Comment: Re:They were actually unhappy with Pearson. (Score 1) 319

by tlambert (#49497121) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

No, it is made very clear that Pearson was a subcontractor to Apple. The total contract was Apples, so the fault/responsibility is Apples.
If they had simply sold the ipads and said 'go look for some software' it would be very different.. but they did not.

When someone preloads software that you request be preloaded on a device, that does *NOT* make the software vendor of that software a "subcontractor".

Unless, you know, (1) there was a contract between Apple and Pearson relating to contract line items, and (2) There was *no* contract between LA Unified and Pearson, and (3) LA Unified did not specify the curriculum software to use, and (4) Apple was acting as a slaes agent, rather than as an intermediary.

The breakdown they (LA Unified) gave was:

Special Case ($80);
3-year Apple Care warranty ($150);
Pre-loaded apps ($13-$21);
Pearson curriculum ($150-$300);
PD ($20); and
Buffer Pool ($20).

So it's pretty clear that they meet none of the criteria for subcontractor under the contract.

Comment: Re:get rid of the H-1B job lock and set a higher m (Score 1) 291

by tlambert (#49491137) Attached to: IT Worker's Lawsuit Accuses Tata of Discrimination

OK I've read "various articles in the Seattle Times.

I read the one about the state auditor being indicted.

I read the one about the infant getting shot in the head in Kent in a drive-by.

I read the one about the whooping cough outbreak (which erroneously claims that herd immunity for Pertussis is mathematically even possible, given the diseases R(0) would require 94-96% immunization, and all unimmunized persons be uniformly distributed throughout the population.

I read the one about Shawn Kemp co-hosting a party because Thunder missed the playoffs.

None of these "various articles in the Seattle Times" supported your position.

Link one supporting article from the Seattle Times which is a post-analysis of the job market following the minimum wage being raised. I'll waive the numbers on the small businesses which have gone out of business over the minimum wage being raised (for now).

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