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Comment: Re:Invisible (Score 1) 161

by WillAffleckUW (#48226065) Attached to: Preferred smartphone screen size?

Seattle. Rains all the time. I wear the same jacket probably 8 to 9 months of the year. You could make it a fashion thing.

Could use UW tech to read thoughts to allow direct human-cell communication with visual and/or auditory feedback.

Think as if there is no box. Not outside the box. Get rid of the box concept. Why have keyboards? Make the sleeve an optional keyboard, with brain input another interface. Make the display either glasses (Ray Bans) or stupid pervy Google Glasses for idiots or on the sleeve or other display device.

Break the mold. Remove the mold. Molds are 20th tech.

(c) 2014

Comment: Invisible (Score 1) 161

by WillAffleckUW (#48224525) Attached to: Preferred smartphone screen size?

It should be built into the sleeve of my jacket, with a virtual keyboard, and solar powered using tech developed here at the UW Seattle campus that is bendable and breathable (and stylish), with batteries that are flexible and waterproof that resemble insignia and shoulder pads.

But if we're talking old tech, 3.5 inches will do.

Comment: Re:Wow... (Score 1) 347

by afidel (#48214949) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

That's just it, you can't. The classic desktop is gone..or hidden to the point where system breaking hacks are needed to bring it back, and it's bugged

What ever are you blabbering about, in Windows 8.1 you can choose to boot to the desktop, and in 8.1 Update it's the default if Windows doesn't detect a touch interface device. Windows 10 is going to extend this to automagically switch back and forth for convertible devices (by default, you will be able to turn the behavior off if you wish) and the desktop view is getting a real start menu with the addition of a live tiles interface (this is an improvement over both Win 7 and 8 as the live tiles give you at a glance information like mobile widgets but they no longer jar you out of the desktop experience like the start screen does in 8).

Comment: Re:Performance issues? (Score 4, Insightful) 170

by afidel (#48214791) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

Inner tracks have better seek times, which is why high performance applications often "short stroke" drives (ie artificially restrict the percentage of the drive used so that only the inner tracks are utilized, though with modern drives and transparent sector remapping it's unlikely this practices actually works), outer tracks have better streaming performance because more sectors move under the head in a given timeframe.

Comment: Re:We have more but we USE more. (Score 2) 170

by afidel (#48214731) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

YOU don't use 10's of GB at a time, but I bet your organization does. My company has expanded their storage by 50% per year compounded for at least the last 10 years (I've been here 8 and I have 2 years of backup reports from before I started), and I don't think we're that unusual if you look at the industry reports for GB shipped per year.

Comment: Re:Sigh... (Score 1) 170

by afidel (#48214483) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

Adding 10% space AND notifying the sysadmin that autogrowth has happened is probably the best way IMHO, because it keeps things from crashing/locking up (most apps aren't happy to get an out of space notification) while allowing the intelligent person to investigate the root cause if they suspect an unusual cause (ie if my database server is growing its disk it's likely to be a bad query filling tempdb, I don't want the database to halt but I also want to figure out what the bad query is, but if a file server fills a volume it's almost always just the users adding more documents which I can't really tell them to stop doing).

Comment: Re:Please Microsoft... (Score 2) 347

by afidel (#48212637) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

Hasn't the remote desktop client always suppressed those options?

No, and in fact on server 2003 there's a race condition between the RDP process and the server service that will cause a shutdown initiated through RDP to go into limbo over 50% of the time (supposedly fixed in SP1 but it wasn't) so we too always use shutdown.exe with -r -f -t 0.

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