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Comment: Re:Long story short (ad-less) (Score 1) 173

by damnbunni (#48621053) Attached to: Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

Define 'small'.

I have games that are pushing 50 gigs each.

It doesn't take many of those to fill up a 'small' SSD, and copying things back and forth between an SSD and a hard drive when you want to play a game gets annoying fast.

And yes, games benefit from being on an SSD. Besides the levels loading faster, I get much smoother framerates in games with large textures when playing from SSD. Seek times matter.

(This is especially visible in games that stream loading, like MMOs. Lord of the Rings Online, in particular, benefits from fast seek times; the framerate is visibly better on an SSD, particularly when riding a horse.)

Comment: Re:I guess it shows that Valve as a company .... (Score 1) 92

by damnbunni (#48516529) Attached to: Valve Rolls Out Game Broadcasting Service For Steam

You really don't have a choice about upgrading the Steam client. It installs its updates in the background.

I'm using the latest version, on Snow Leopard, and it works. If you're having problems on Lion, I'd suggest uninstalling, cleaning its preferences, and reinstalling perhaps?

There was an entry in the update notes that the latest patch was re-released on 11/25 due to a Mac problem.Maybe try updating it before anything else.

Comment: Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (Score 1) 287

by damnbunni (#48212089) Attached to: Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

But they're not tested much before they're given a license and allowed to drive.

And I honestly don't think I've been tested 'tens of thousands of times' by pedestrian traffic. I've had someone step out in front of me three or four times, maybe? Perhaps a hundred or so walk behind me while I'm backing up in parking lots?

Comment: Re:Pre-mapped environments are a dead end (Score 1) 287

by damnbunni (#48211993) Attached to: Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

You go through fifteen NEW, PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN traffic lights every day?

I call bullshit. I don't think most city DOTs could manage to hang fifteen traffic lights a day.

That's what we're talking about here. NEW lights. Not existing, mapped lights. Those aren't a problem.

Comment: Re:Windows only; NTFS only (Score 1) 101

by damnbunni (#48199809) Attached to: Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

You can use a bootable DOS disk/USB stick to update the firmware.

The 'performance restoration' part just rewrites all the data on the disk. You can get the same effect by backing up the disk, formatting, and copying all the data back.

(Brief summary: The problem makes data slower to read as it sits there. The firmware fix prevents that from recurring, rewriting the data fixes it on already-existing data. There's no data loss associated with this, just speed.)

Comment: Re:911 was down for us Friday night (Score 1) 610

That really depends on what fills it up and how. I've had my torrent client glitch out and completely fill my drive a couple times, to the point where the UI was too slow to even move a window.

Fortunately I was able to ssh in and kill the program and delete the offending temp files, but the first warning I had was 'oh hey, trying to type locks the system.'

(And the other pain in the butt is that completely filling an OSX volume will tend to horridly fragment things, and defragging it isn't free.)

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