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Comment in the UK it would be fibre (Score 1) 135

In the UK openreach VDSL is called "fibre". Here it is called "superfast fibre". As if "up to" 80mbit DSL is superfast.


And it's common to do this in some other places in Europe.

It makes AT&T's fibs about their service look like small potatoes.

Comment it could affect all drives equally (Score 1) 184

But it doesn't have to. If a drive were to implement TRIM by doing absolutely nothing (which is completely within spec) then it wouldn't show the problem, but it doesn't mean the drive is better than another or the other drive has a fault.

It's quite possible that the way IBM implements TRIM is just a little different. Perhaps they defer it for a few ms or something. So the bug is occurring over and over but it doesn't show itself with corruption.

Yes, assuming that because you can reproduce it on Samsung drives it must be a Samsung bug is confirmation bias.


Supercomputing Cluster Immersed In Oil Yields Extreme Efficiency 67

1sockchuck writes: A new supercomputing cluster immersed in tanks of dielectric fluid has posted extreme efficiency ratings. The Vienna Scientific Cluster 3 combines several efficiency techniques to create a system that is stingy in its use of power, cooling and water. VSC3 recorded a PUE (Power Usage Efficiency) of 1.02, putting it in the realm of data centers run by Google and Facebook. The system avoids the use of chillers and air handlers, and doesn't require any water to cool the fluid in the cooling tanks. Limiting use of water is a growing priority for data center operators, as cooling towers can use large volumes of water resources. The VSC3 system packs 600 teraflops of computing power into 1,000 square feet of floor space.

Comment They may install twisted pair runs? (Score 1) 56

Please don't install 2M new twisted pair runs. This is an awful idea. Fiber is cheap. Coax is pretty cheap. And both are far faster and more flexible than twisted pair.

What twisted pair is really good for (outside of the house) wireless is good at too. So install something better if you really want to upgrade versus just running 4G service.

Do not install new DSL wires. It'd be a tragedy.

Comment Re:How about Cisco and NSA backdoor? (Score 2) 56

That's not a Cisco backdoor.

That's a NSA backdoor the NSA installed by intercepting the units and installing their own hardware.

This is significantly different than a backdoor from the manufacturer which would be in all devices. That is if indeed that does exist in Huawei equipment. The Western media reports so breathlessly on Chinese companies that it's hard to tell what has basis in fact and what is just rumor.

Comment and don't forget rent control (Score 4, Insightful) 940

Rent control makes it harder to make money offering an apartment for rent (or at least not as much as you can get by selling it out). So owners are incentivized to take housing off the rental market and sell it instead.

Sure, they try to make that harder too. But the owner can always kick tenants out to move in himself/herself. And so that's what's happening now. Owner kicks out tenants to occupy it. Then they later can sell it.

And they can even AirBNB it while "occupying" it.

Comment why stream them when you can download them? (Score 1) 86

Good question. If there were an answer to it I think the industry would be in a different spot than it is.

It turns out customers greatly prefer streaming music (essentially paying per-play) to buying it. Music downloading is down and streaming is up.

Comment it's still the labels (Score 1) 260

If you pay streaming royalties it behooves you to do some protection of the content so that it really is just streaming, not downloading. If you think it doesn't behoove you, then the content providers will ring up up and change your mind for you.

As to the vendor lock-in, that's separate. And it's Apple's policy it seems. So I just get all my music from Google and Amazon instead. And Spotify I guess. Problem solved. I have to give up AppleTV compatibility but I gain compatibility with my Android devices and (in the case of Google and Amazon) the ability to play music right in a browser.

Comment the author has no idea of finance (Score 1) 216

You cannot lay the $11B lost by the government at GM's feet.

GM underwent a debt-for-equity swap. This happens when the debt holders feel the company would be better off with less debt and if they convert the debt to equity (ownership) they can share in that improvement.

Once the debt-for-equity swap occurs, it is on the shareholder to decide whether to hold to break even (or make money) or to liquidate the equity at a loss. The government decided for political reasons to take the loss. If the government had held longer they would have made money instead of losing it. But does this mean it is GM's fault that the government lost money? No, not any more that it is Apple's fault if you sold their stock before it went up.

Ford also had huge debt and executed a debt-for-equity swap during this period.

Say... if this guy is so against condemning success why is he condemning the Volt? How can he tell others to be above dishing out criticism while banging the drum himself?