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+ - Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?-> 2

Submitted by Lucas123
Lucas123 (935744) writes "The USB SuperSpeed+ spec (A.K.A v3.1) offers up to 10Gbps throughput. Combine that with USB's new C-Type Connector, the specification for which is expected out in July, and users will have a symmetrical cable and plug just like Thunderbolt but that will enable up to 100 watts of power depending on the cable version. So where does that leave Thunderbolt, Intel's other hardware interconnect? According to some industry pundits, Thunderbolt withers or remains a niche technology supported almost exclusively by Apple. Even as Thunderbolt 2 offers twice the throughput (on paper) as USB 3.1, or up to 20Gbps), USB SuperSpeed+ is expected to scale past 40Gbps in coming years. "USB's installed base is in the billions. Thunderbolt's biggest problem is a relatively small installed base, in the tens of millions. Adding a higher data throughput, and a more expensive option, is unlikely to change that," said Brian O'Rourke, a principal analyst covering wired interfaces at IHS."
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Comment: It's not bit-rot (Score 1) 321

by dhaen (#45654373) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Practical Bitrot Detection For Backups?
If you're noticing data corruption on only 2TB it's probably not what we normally call bit-rot. A bit that changes state for no apparent reason within a very large set of data can be described as bit-rot, otherwise it's general data corruption which has many causes which all are understood: Poor media, poor transmission of data, overwriting of data etc. Once you've got the system sorted out so you don't get data corruption, start thinking about the nature of your data. How much redundancy is in it? If it's jpegs the almost none, so a single bit error could be serious to a file. If uncompressed TIFFs then there is a lot of data redundancy and the single bit error might only be an error of a single pixel, which you might not even notice. And finally, don't expect optical media to be safe from errors. Only use it as part of a DR plan.

Comment: Re:Daylight Saving Time (Score 1) 545

by dhaen (#45312435) Attached to: A Plan To Fix Daylight Savings Time By Creating Two National Time Zones
This whole clock switching thing is utter bollocks: First it was: "Our farmers need more daylight" - well just let them change THEIR hours! Next it was: "Our kids mustn't go to school in the dark" (but it's ok for them to come home in darkness) - - well just let them change THEIR hours! Next it was: "We'll save energy" - which is doubtful and unproven, but if you want to try - just change YOUR hours! There are only a given number of daylight hours in a day - you just can't have more! Since we all have biological clocks, it's difficult argue with the article that shifting hours screws with people's well being and efficiency.

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