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Comment: Re:Not enough (Score 1) 258

by ebh (#48932119) Attached to: Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

Or if you have a Netapp with a decent support contract: A disk fails while you're asleep[1]. The filer notifies Netapp over a dedicated POTS line. Netapp overnights a new disk to you. You find out the next morning that the disk failed, via a call from the loading dock about a package for you. You pop in the new drive, activate one of your other hot spares, and configure the new drive as a new hot spare, all in less time than it took you to walk down to the loading dock and back.

[1] You don't have single disk failure alarms wake you up in the middle of the night because you configured your array to run with two failed disks.

Comment: Re:gimme any Normal Example what can i print on it (Score 1) 62

by ebh (#48585081) Attached to: 3D Printer Owner's Network Puts Together Buyer's Guide

Yeah, going to Maker Faire makes you think the only thing anyone ever prints are tchotchkes from Thingverse.

One application is to reproduce plastic parts that are otherwise unobtainable. Example:

I have a turntable microwave oven that was built almost 25 years ago. There's a piece of plastic about the size of a pair of dice that 's effectively the turntable spindle. Somebody turned the thing by hand and snapped that piece of plastic. I have a part number for it but nobody sells it any more. A chunk of the part is missing, but its shape isn't too complicated, and enough of it is still there, that I can make an STL file for it.

That in itself is not enough to make buying a 3D printer worthwhile, but I can contract that out to someone on 3D Hubs to print it for me out of ABS.

Comment: Re:What's the Motivation? (Score 1) 179

by ebh (#48581045) Attached to: LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

Of course usable 8K is a long way off. Even movie theater projectors are still 4K. That's why they're showing it at CES, not in the Best Buy.Black Friday doorbuster circular. CES is all about mine's-bigger-than-yours.

Personally, I'd rather see the frame rate go up rather than resolution. The standard for 4K movie theater projection is 250Mbps, which is only enough for 24fps. The standard also specifies compression limits so that picture quality won't suffer too much. At 1Gbps, you could compress it even less, and still project at 60fps. If you ever saw a Showscan movie back in the 80s, you know the difference in realism the higher frame rate makes. (BTW, the audio is up to 16 channels of uncompressed .wav at 24-bit, 48Khz or 96Khz sampling. I guess they decided that lossless compression for audio wouldn't save enough bandwidth to matter, compared with the video stream.)

Comment: Re:LOL (Score 2) 438

by ebh (#48462727) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

In 1987, I bought an 80 MEGAbyte drive for $775 (around $1600 today), thinking how amazing it was that disk drives had broken the $10/MB barrier. When the first 1GB drives came out a few years later, I remember thinking, "Who would trust that much data to a single device? What an amazing single point of failure!" Now there are 128GB MicroSD cards for under $1/GB. Even understanding the technology, the mind boggles.

Comment: Re:Lol... (Score 2) 296

by ebh (#48218089) Attached to: How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

My wife's daily driver is a MacBook Pro. All the stuff she needs for home is readily available on OSX as easily as on Windows, e.g., Quicken; work is a non-issue because the products she supports are on iOS. Even if the vendors sometimes treat their OSX ports as second-class citizens, it's rare that any basic feature we care about is missing. It's just the latest bling that's usually not ported right away.

OTOH, I wouldn't be able to use a Mac for my job, because my employer requires us to use things including custom in-house apps, that are only available on Windows. Likewise some of the apps our kids use for school. The stuff I do at home beyond web surfing and such, I do on Linux.

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