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Comment: Re:Never consumer ready (Score 1) 228

by bhiestand (#49457909) Attached to: 220TB Tapes Show Tape Storage Still Has a Long Future

But if the enterprise drive costs twice as much as a RED or some other lower grade drive, wouldn't I be better off buying two cheaper drives and putting them in a mirror?

Not if:
* an increased risk of data loss
* an increased risk of data unavailability
* a cost of $150/hr to get a tech on-site to replace drives
* you need to buy a larger/more expensive chassis
* you need to spend more on the controller to be able to compensate

This is really a moot point. If you're not clustering or otherwise building in tons of redundancy, you'll have higher availability and lower TCO buying from Dell/HP/whomever, and they'll bundle the right drives from the start.

If you are building a cluster, you're not going to take random advice from posters on Slashdot. Build out whatever you want, just know that SuperMicro has terrible support and warranties. Expect bad lots and don't forget to pay attention to firmware and settings.

Comment: Re:It's rape Jim, but not as we know it (Score 1) 225

by bhiestand (#49434125) Attached to: How Ubiquiti Networks Is Creatively Violating the GPL

Any chance you can link to some tests/reviews of their claims?

Not the AC, and too lazy to google this again, but I was going to post the same experience with ZH. They announced support for zero hand off when it was in ages, never got it working well, and seem to have given up on it.

The basic idea was "set all APs to use the same channels, then clients will just use the strongest signal". Of course, even after hours of research and trying to fix the configs, clients lost connection when physically walking around. And if they managed to find a spot where the signals were similar, they could get some really fun rapid switching between APs.

Comment: Re:What did he think was going to happen? (Score 1) 230

by bhiestand (#49408281) Attached to: 'Revenge Porn' Operator Gets 18 Years In Prison

Putting unauthorized porn of unwilling people on the internet, and then charging them money to remove it? What a scumbag. They're going to have a lot of fun with him in jail.

Nothing illegal about putting pictures of people on the internet. Absolutely 100% legal if they had been street photos. I didn't read this ruling, but I suspect he may not have been convicted if he hadn't charged for removal.

Comment: Re:SSDs are not intended for serious use. (Score 1) 204

by bhiestand (#49254533) Attached to: Endurance Experiment Kills Six SSDs Over 18 Months, 2.4 Petabytes

I've had some SSDs last for almost three years, but I would not trust them for important data. They are fine as a cache for speeding up OS access, or for a music player, but a magnetic hard drive is better for professional use.

You don't understand professional use. A professional would never, ever, ever trust a single device/system for important data. Not ZFS, not tape, not hard drives, not SSDs, not stone tablets.

Comment: Re:Yep it is a scam (Score 1) 667

by bhiestand (#48882007) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

But with global warming you don't necessarily get warmer weather. That's because "warming" is a misnomer. What's actually going on is the total amount of kinetic energy in the atmosphere is going up.

By definition, doesn't that mean it's actually not a misnomer? I mean, I know what you're saying, and I agree with you... but 'the global climate' is going to get warmer. There will be more thermal energy. So can't we find a word better than misnomer that means "technically true jargon that conflicts with the popular usage/misunderstanding of the term"?

Honest question. I think we need a word for that, and it bothers me that I can't think of one.

Comment: Re:lemme guess (Score 1) 158

by bhiestand (#48703219) Attached to: Norse Security IDs 6, Including Ex-Employee, As Sony Hack Perpetrators

There are some cloud rendering solutions out there, but most studios have their own render farms in-house... and a lot of the companies you think are studios are mainly just production companies that outsource most of the heavy lifting to specialized shops (who work on multiple projects simultaneously and have no problem keeping a render farm busy).

Comment: Re:And how many were terrorists? Oh, right, zero. (Score 1) 276

by bhiestand (#48674491) Attached to: TSA Has Record-Breaking Haul In 2014: Guns, Cannons, and Swords


But pressurizing and then shooting holes in the walls and windows is simple enough to test, pressure drop/time shows everything you need to know.

Then they would blow it up for boredom's sake as teaching science to idiots is dull and repetitive.

I didn't watch the episode (or think explosion from depressurization is the primary concern of bullets on airplanes), but... just tell me Myth Busters actually took a plane to altitude and did this? Because I don't think testing at ground level, not moving, in much hotter air, is valid. And from the comments here, that is the impression I am getting of their test.

Personally, I'm much more worried that stray bullets will take out electrical systems, hydraulics/control surfaces, lead to fires, or somehow damage bleed air systems. And any of these can set the conditions for a crew to react inappropriately.

Comment: Re:Who will get (Score 1) 360

by bhiestand (#48674455) Attached to: North Korean Internet Is Down

It is refreshing to know some people understand the situation there and understand the use of American troops as tripwires.

That said, I think it's important to make the distinction that American bases in ROK are more than just a tripwire. "Speed bump" means that they are supposed to slow the enemy advance to buy time for other assets to be put to use. They also have the tertiary purpose of maintaining the vast supplies needed to fight that war.

Comment: Re:Creators wishing to control their creations... (Score 1) 268

And I honestly don't think Microsoft are trying to control what you do with their software... All the licensing stuff is about proving you actually did buy it...That said, as a 20+ year user of their products I've had to call for a license activation precisely once and it took maybe 60 seconds. I can live with that.

Then it's fairly safe to assume that you have been using Microsoft software the way they want you to: only reinstalling a couple times (at most) per device, or purchasing systems that include Microsoft's software.

You are almost certainly not doing any of the following:
- reinstalling Windows daily for fun
- regularly moving Windows installs between machines
- renting workstations that include Windows, but must be wiped and reimaged every every rental
- deploying and destroying large quantities of 2012 R2 servers in dev environments

I am not a Windows admin, so I could be ignorant on some solutions to the above, but MS makes all of these scenarios very difficult for paying customers.

Always try to do things in chronological order; it's less confusing that way.