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Comment: Re:Shyeah, right. (Score 1) 284

by Warphammer (#48472219) Attached to: Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?
That hard drive head also has many, many advantages that the tape head has to work around: It has built-in positioning (fly height) in an extremely controlled environment, a hermetically sealed box - some now with special atmospheres. The kinds of things you have to deal with on a head passing along a moving tape (contact, tape irregularity, some level of constant contamination) are very different from a hard drive head reading from a glass platter. Scale has something to do with it, but there's a lot of machining and operational concerns that the hard drive gets to 'cheat' a little on, even if HDD heads are pretty amazing in their own right.

Comment: The new guy won't be pleased.... (Score 1) 575

by Warphammer (#46753747) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support
As bad as this situation is for any user, this REALLY hoses up corporate. First you're saying that for critical patches you need to install a major update, which NOBODY in that world likes to do, might as well ask them to install a new version of the OS entirely. And THEN, 'oops it's actually broken....' with no idea of how it will be fixed. Another Win8 misstep for corporate they really can't afford.

Comment: Re:Apart from shades of grey... (Score 1) 512

by Warphammer (#46616049) Attached to: Why <em>Darmok</em> Is a Good <em>Star Trek: TNG</em> Episode
One thing I think that's been missing from the commentary about 'how did TNG S1 ever make it' is this: I wasn't that old at the time, but I recall that era being extremely dire for TV sci-fi. We had, well, TOS reruns. And the occasional 13-and-out attempt by network TV to do a genre series. It rode that wave of support for a while, then it started getting good.

Comment: Re:"Once widely emitted"? (Score 2) 266

by Warphammer (#46364025) Attached to: 3D Maps Reveal a Lead-Laced Ocean
You essentially can't use leaded gas if you care more than the slightest bit about air quality. Lead deposits wreck catalytic converters, which are important for cleaning up exhausts. And there are adequate if not great replacements for lead's anti-knock qualities... And we're really good at making hardened valve seats these days, so you don't need that either.

Comment: Re:Whatever happened to SED? (Score 2) 202

by Warphammer (#45297163) Attached to: Panasonic Announces an End To Plasma TVs In March
Effectively dead. The major drivers behind it got massively patent trolled, and then the financial crisis hit, and Canon/Toshiba battened down the hatches. The feeling *now* probably is it couldn't be brought out before OLED or with enough of an advantage over LCD to make it worth it. Plus, without Toshiba in, Canon probably didn't have a consumer electronics partner and... yeah.

Comment: Re: It shoud have suprised no one (Score 1) 144

by Warphammer (#44952285) Attached to: A Timely Revision of Elop's "Burning Platform" Memo
Whatever Nokia did was going to be a rough transition. Their market position had a good deal of S60 inertia behind it - app installed base and user familiarity and the like - that would've gone out the window no matter what the switch was to, Meego, Android or Windows Phone. It's hard to say that Nokia's killer hardware with Meego would've done much better - or worse - than what the Windows stuff did. I think it would've gone better but not great for them, personally. (having owned and enjoyed an E71, an N97 and an N800) That's the beauty of the memo, and the strategy. You can construct a plausible argument that Elop actually believed it and was acting in good faith. He wasn't, of course, but it'd be hard to prove that he didn't really believe WP7 was somehow the way to go.

Comment: Re:it's a free market (Score 2) 144

by Warphammer (#44951833) Attached to: A Timely Revision of Elop's "Burning Platform" Memo
If I remember right, it's MUCH worse than MS getting the patents. Nokia keeps the patents, licenses them to MS, and has a warchest of billions to go help their friends Microsoft with suits from their patent portfolio, without the encumbrance of all the cross-licensing MS has done. It has the look of Nokia now being a supersized turbo SCO with enough of a warchest that you can't stop them by merely running them out of money. The extent to which Nokia has been destroyed as a company, then turned into a marketing vehicle for the otherwise worthless Windows Phone, and now into *both* a captive hardware unit and possibly the biggest 'independant' mobile patent weapon ever... It's just stunning. And the board just let it happen.

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