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Comment Re:Please really make them available in the US (Score 3, Informative) 92


I tried out Ubuntu touch on my Nexus10. It was OK, and probably would have been decent if this was what tablets came out as, but it was just too different from any kind of UI that has been done up to now that it was overly jarring to user perception. No "home screen" with icons / app drawers, everything looks like it is in a file manager that has no options, and recommending being set up to use a pin for screen locking - and then never popping up the pin pad on the lock screen, forcing you to use the keyboard numbers to put in your pin where what the deal killer was for me.

That and the "app store" was a horribly under-populated joke, and even if you installed "scopes" it was never really explained how / what to do to use them. it lasted about a day before I went back to stock rooted android.

Comment Re: Militant Slashdot (Score 2) 292

1: No automatic weapons were used in any of the shootings from Columbine on. As far as I'm aware there were no shootings of the general public with automatic weapons since the valentines day massacre in Chicago, and that was mobster on mobster.

2: Again, no one hunts with automatic weapons.

3: By your reasoning there should not be any freedom of the press on the internet since there was no internet when that particular amendment was written, only printing presses. Kind of silly to judge that evolved technology is completely different than the base, isn't it?

Comment Re:Good old BBC (Score 2) 83

Yes! The bad response and garbage data from the search server is the PRIMARY issue here that uncovered a SECONDARY bug in the application.

It's simple fucking logic: Bad response from server triggers bug in the software, therefore the primary problem that is at hand is the servers barfing and sending bad data.

The secondary issue discovered is that the application crashes with an unhandled exception when sent bad data. It HAS to be a secondary problem since the program won't crash without being sent bad data, and there is no way for the program to CAUSE the server to send bad data ( in this case ) even after crashing.

Both are bad things, but as long as the search servers are sending good data the secondary issue isn't as bad, since it won't crop up at all. That isn't saying it shouldn't be fixed ( of course it should ), or that it is a trivial bug, just that as long as everything else works it won't be a problem.... just like it wasn't a problem up until now.

Damn, it is really stupidly simple cause and effect chains. How can people not see it plain as day?

Comment Re:Good old BBC (Score 0) 83

And a shit response from the home server is still the primary problem, since if the proper response is sent the application doesn't crash with an unhandled exception.

Both pieces of software MAY have bugs, but the application being sent shit data before crashing means that the primary problem is on the side sending the shit data. The fact that the client application then crashes exposes a SECONDARY issue, while simultaneously exposing the primary issue, I.E. the shit responses being sent to the client.

Comment Re:Practical vs Digital (Score 1) 232

For bad CG I would agree 100%

CG done right though? Just look at Final Fantasy: Advent Children. It came out in 2005, is 100% CG, and still looks damn good even though it is 11 years old now. Guess that is what happens when you literally have to make advances in the fields you are using to make a movie though, you get something that holds up pretty well.

Comment Re:Crescent won't learn (Score 2) 329

Mock Harbor Freight all you want, but the wrenches at least actually aren't that bad. I have no idea about the sockets and ratchets or power tools though.

I have a set of Pittsburgh wrenches that goes up to 1 1/2" that saw hard daily use ( for the first 3-4 years in a weld / fab shop environment) that I bought in 2006-2007, and still occasionally use today. They were holding back rusted nuts while the bolts were being impacted out, used as make shift hammers and pry-bars, and just generally abused due to being stupidly cheap and easily replaceable... but actually ended up holding together damn well.

Comment Re:Seems to me... (Score 1) 303

Non-dealership personal sales of cars, unless explicitly stated in a contract, are sold caveat emptor.

This is the exact same thing as using code from some random area on the 'net. The car may look like it should last, but if you didn't either check out the engine yourself or take it to someone who can check it for you, you can't complain about how the transmission fell out and the engine stopped working by the time you got halfway home... you bought it "buyer beware". It is on the buyer / recipient to make sure the car / code is suitable for their needs, will last, and will do what they want it to do for the length of time that they want.

Comment Re: Except it's not. (Score 1) 165

I don't know if it still does, but the opensource radeon driver used to do something similar this as well... when you logged in to X. It all started when they committed the fix for the screen briefly displaying jumbled garbage when when logging in. Yeah, it didn't display garbled garbage on the screen, but showed a screen from an old browsing session instead, that was also cached somewhere on disk so was persistent even between full power downs.

Hell Chromebooks did it as well when context switching between chromeOS and the Linux distro installed through Crouton, and they used the Intel onboard video. Unfortunately it isn't just NVidia that has these problems. That is a point in NVidias favor that it isn't their fault that this is happening though.

Comment Re:Doesn't matter. (Score 2) 259

Not only that, the human body is extremely adaptable. It's likely she would behave quite erratically if she DIDN'T have the "normal" BAC that she had.

Even saying this woman shouldn't be able to drive is stretching it. It is presumed that she had this condition when she was first learning to drive, and when she took her drivers road test. From the way it sounds THIS is her baseline for sobriety, and if she can ( and seemingly HAS ) proved that she is capable of properly operating a vehicle at her baseline she should be allowed. Either by carrying a special license the DOT prints ( like the text on back for "requires corrective lenses to drive" or special endorsements) or by a doctors note, updated yearly / every two years like Federal physicals for a CDL.

This isn't saying alcoholics should be able to drive with BACS like this, they choose to have high BACs, and no matter how diligent they drink don't maintain that level perfectly. I.E. while sleeping the BAC drops to almost zero in most people. In this woman the BAC should stay the same all the time since it is her baseline.

Comment Re:Oh good. (Score 1) 154

Almost nobody* wants a phone that can run x64 Windows apps, so the same trick is unlikely to work in that space.

Well that depends. IF they sell it COMING WITH some sort of docking station, like it seems they want to do... kind of, ( with a few / enough USB ports for peripherals ) AND it has HDMI and DVI / displayport outputs at at least 1080P, AND has similar battery life as android / ios devices do AND has a distinct interface when in standalone phone mode that switches to desktop mode when docked ( and still has a desktop phone app something like skype ) AND is made with hardware that is at least strong enough for video playback / facebook / web browsing / standard office documents and everything that a cheap laptop can do... well then it might just do better than you think.
        It would be nice to have a portable full computer that fits in your pocket and can be hooked up to pretty much any screen now in existence. The only hard limitation I see is battery life, current gen x86 / x86_64 Windows tablets guzzle down battery even when "sleeping".

Unfortunately it is MS we are talking about, they will likely try to do the exact opposite of that, it will flop, and they will be scratching their heads as to why.

Comment Re:Random access speed more important than through (Score 1) 122

Yes, and I'm sure that someone needing massive drive storage space is only going to be doing some light web browsing versus storing a huge amount of data that they will then feed through a ( usually ) slower CPU set. When you need an ungodly huge storage pool you are not going to be _as_ concerned about latency as you will be about storage room and reliability. Here is a hint, these are not going to be markets to casual home users anytime soon. MAYBE they will be marketed to enthusiasts, but it's definitely geared significantly more for the enterprise / professional markets.

For what these drives are designed for, as long as latency and throughput is within an except-able range no one gives a crap how much is there. It all boils down to storage space per unit of area and power consumption. Having ten 5 watt draw drives is still going to cost more that having a single 40 watt draw drive for the same amount of storage space.... just as an example.

Comment Re:Random access speed more important than through (Score 1) 122

That is still a different use case. Large data set analysis is always going to be CPU limited, to the speed you can cram the data through the CPU power you have available and analyse what you need.

These drives are being designed to store very large amounts of data, and on release day should have a smaller failure rate than spanning the whole data set across multiple standard HDDs or SSDs. Every drive you add to an array means another percentage of failure multiplied against all of the other failure chances. This means the more SSD drives you have, the higher the chance of at least one failing, hence what I said about the data being on one or even two drives instead of twenty plus drives.
                Not only the original drives are prone to failure, but any backups you make with smaller capacity drives are also prone to failure, meaning more drives for backup redundancy will be needed as well. And remember what happens when you add more drives to the chance of failure?

This is completely ignoring the complexity needed for a large array of drives, FS spanning of the pool, interlink latency between pool nodes, power and cooling usage of large drive pools... ETC.

Comment Re:Random access speed more important than through (Score 2) 122

Not in all cases, or even many. What do I care if the access time is 0.5 seconds longer for my 20+TB file of my research data? I would rather have it sit on one to two drives ( with backups OFC ) rather than spread across 20+ SSD drives, which, just by the number needed alone are more prone to failure.

In this case transfer speed isn't an issue either, as long as it isn't significantly slower than current HDD tech, since no matter what, data analysis is going to take quite a bit of time and it wouldn't really matter if it took 12 hours instead of 8 to transfer.

In other words, SSD VS. HAMR are made for entirely different use cases. You won't be needing the data density of HAMR for an OS drive ( well maybe you will with the bloat that everyone is putting into OS installs, I mean seriously 5-10GB just for the bare bones OS on Linux, Windows and Mac...) but the density would be useful in places that store and use extremely large data sets.

Comment Re:What about tourism? (Score 3, Informative) 440

Plenty do.
  I didn't take a credit card to Japan when I went there for a few months earlier this year; outside of large metropolitan areas NO ONE takes credit cards, much less debit cards. The only exception you can find to this is larger branches of banks with ATM type machines, and even then it is a crap-shoot whether it will work with your particular bank / card.

I'm sure there are plenty of other countries like this as well, most of east Asia is, in a large part, a cash only society.

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