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Comment Re:Not surprising and can you blame them? (Score 1) 343

This is also why various technology contests (such as the X Prize) rarely if ever produce any applicable technology. (And when they do, it almost always requires a great deal of R&D to move it into the real world.) The competitors seek to win the prize with a design optimized to win the prize.

The X prize was designed to enable CATS (Cheap Acess To Space) - but the winning design doesn't scale well from suborbital to orbital. Hell, it barely scales from a four place suborbital to an eight place suborbital.

Comment Re:Not surprising and can you blame them? (Score 1) 343

Standardized testing doesn't accomplish much IMHO. You teach the test, learn nothing else, and you end up with people who can past tests, but otherwise cannot actually do what the tests were designed to test for.

BUT If you have non-standardized testing, it is somehow unfair because testing isn't consistent and therefore subject to bias (or worse).

Comment Re:Poorly Written Laws (Score 1) 343

Skirting artificial barriers to gain advantages is "human nature". The problem is, that it is acceptable from just about everyone. I dare say that just about everyone here on Slashdot supports breaking artificial barriers in at least one area. If you're upset in one area, and complicit in another, you're just a hypocrite (we all are)


Comment Re:Maybe (Score -1, Troll) 343

What you are suggesting is that we let government control every last aspect of our lives because of vague environmental concerns, like the government has some god given right to define our lives for us.

It is easy to spew absolutes that make emotional pleas to political arguments.

All automakers should be moving to 100% electric at this point anyway

Are all your cars 100% electric? I suspect you either don't have a car, or it isn't 100% electric.

Comment Re:Too little, too late (Score 4, Interesting) 252

But who is playing shenanigans Samsung or Apple.
Did Apple Spec out the correct specs to Samsung and they made a cheap knockoff, after sending a batch that seems to meet initial QA, in a very German style. Or did Apple know about/agree to giving different quality products.

There's a third possibility that should not be discounted out of hand - Samsung meets the specification, while TSMC exceeds it. Without access to internal information, it's hard to tell what's going on behind the curtain and all too easy to leap on the 'obvious' conspiracy.

Of course, the various mega corps routinely indulge in behavior that makes conspiracy theories not all that far fetched...

Comment Re:Oh great (Score 1) 96

Neither of them have the IOPS needed for any kind modern applications. And if you don't have IOPS, you might as well go for a less expensive system that can create the same level of IOPS, with better redundancy using off the shelf drives, that have the same performance capabilities (See BackBlaze for statistics) as the "Enterprise" drives used by Dell, for half the cost.

THE ONLY reason you buy either is for "Enterprise" support. While that may be worth it to you, I personally would rather have more capacity, better redundancy and lower actual costs. And knowing what is in the pipe in the way of drives, my horizon for buying Long Term Storage is about 2-3 years, when we start seeing SSD drives in the 16 TB size with 100K IOPS per drive start showing up, completely displacing spinning drives altogether.

The problem is, most people don't have a proper horizon view of their needs and over spend now, so they don't have to spend later, only to outstrip their own predictions and need replacement storage much sooner than expected. "If you build it, they will come".

Comment Re:Oh great (Score 1) 96

Compellent and Equalogic are to of the great examples of Dell buying a competent lineup, and ruining it forever. They are forever a day late, dollar short. There is, however, a class of bosses who value "Enterprise" labels on things, because it removes them from poor decisions. Dell is the new IBM that nobody got fired for buying. And eventually, they will end up like IBM as Just Another IT Services Company. I'll let you decide if that is worth anything in the long run.

Comment Re:Oh great (Score 1) 96

Their "enterprise" level support is excellent and the products generally perform as advertised

No. They buy good products, and turn them into bad products with "Enterprise" support, which is enough to keep pointy head bosses happy. You'd be surprise how much leverage "Enterprise" matters to people.

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