If I read something at full brightness on my laptop I won't fall asleep either. Conversely, if I reduce the brightness to minimum over a minute or two I'll fall asleep soon.
You need N+2 redundancy for large drives. RAID1 or RAID5 will lead to data loss with good probability when a drive has failed, needs to be rebuilt and you get read errors on the remaining drives. The raw read error rate has been unchanged ar 10^-14 despite huge capacity growth.
Yeah, I'd like to see some matter from that star or system interact with something else at "normal" galactic speeds. That would be awesome, space opera stuff a la Doc Smith. A meteor or asteroid at 1/3rd c? Randall Munroe should look into this.
Haha. I stayed at a hotel with a golf course once (I don't play golf) and every guest had to acknowledge in writing that walking outside when golfers are present is inherently dangerous and that the hotel is not liable if you're hit by a ball.
I gave up browsing at some point, it was so bad. Amazon was a bit slow but worked OK.
"Access time"="time from sending the request until data starts to flow." For 1,000 times the IOPS the transfer rate and overhead on the bus would have to scale by three orders of magnitude too, which they don't.
Not really. There are a couple of developed nations that still have a high birth rate which shows that reduced fertility is not an automatic byproduct of developmnt. The current UN forecast is 11 billion in the early 22nd century. I think mother nature will have something to say about that.
You forgot the time to charge the flux capacitors.
I have several VMs on my system that each need at least a half TB to be useful (better a full TB.) A local cache of our SVN repo is again a couple 100 GB. Next, backups of my other systems, each a couple 100 GB at least. Next, a mirror of my server at work - nearly another TB or so. And a couple movie downloads that I haven't watched yet. Voila, over 5TB.
For some reason extrapolating exponential growth is very popular in certain circles. I assume that's because it detracts from other areas of exponential growth, like total population, energy consumption and CO2 emissions. Singularity, here we come!
There was an article recently (can't remember where) that made the case that with slowing density increase the lifetime of HDDs has to increase because you're not going to replace them after two or three years anyway because the next generation is so much better. Much better MTBF is clearly possible - just look at HGST versus the rest in the Backblaze reports.
Yup, in large arrays the trend is to go beyond RAID6 - see e.g. NetApp's DDP. Too bad there's so little technical info available about it.