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Comment: Re:Hybrids are where it's at (for me) (Score 1) 334

by Malc (#48464921) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Most big data is videos, photo and audio which are played sequentially or in big enough chunks like one photo at the time that random access times and IOPS don't matter, a defragged hard drive is simply perfect for the task.

Err, no. Depends on what kind of video you're doing. In the video world it's easy to end up bottlenecked by disk I/O.

HD resolution ProRes files for instance will tax any hard drive, requiring over 40MB/s (330mbs) throughput:

I'm working with 4K sources, of which some are uncompressed. You need RAID or SSD.

Comment: Re:Shyeah, right. (Score 2) 136

by Lumpy (#48463945) Attached to: Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

I still have SDLT tapes that are still readable after 15 years. Hell I have Bernoulli disks that are still readable. The one working like new drive was packed with it along with an assortment of SCSI cables and a current working SCSI to USB adapter and a linux driver on a CD. hopefully if anyone needs to read that data in the future they will figure it out.

I actually did the same thing 3 years ago for a friend. he arrived with a stack of 9 track tapes and a desktop tape drive. Luckily I was able to find an older PC with an ISA slot and installed the card linux had drivers for it and even had the tools to convert the data to standard ASCII. Read all 20 tapes and handed him a DVD disk with the contents of all the tapes. Made a cool $2000 for sitting and watching tape spin. it was cool.

Comment: Yes, the gains greatly outweigh that price. (Score 1) 334

by SuperKendall (#48463077) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

So you would pay $1200 for a hard drive "without hesitation"?

100% Yes for that storage space that ran at Samsung's claimed 1.6GB/s speed...

It would make a huge difference for image management where I'm often loading many 60MB TIFF files in the course of looking over processed images.

Now mind you I'd be backing that up on the cheaper "real" hard drives, but for working with that speed would be fantastic and easily worth the money in terms of saved time and frustration over the life of the drive.

The thing is, that drive will probably be more like $5k which is a much harder amount to take... probably $2k is the edge for my own use.

Comment: Re:CS players cheat? (Score 1) 193

by drinkypoo (#48462869) Attached to: Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

You can't permanently band people from Steam when all you need to create a new account is an e-mail address. People will just use a new throwaway account for hacking

So what? It still magnifies the cost substantially.

The way to go is to make getting a pass to play online painfully difficult.

I don't think even Valve can get away with that.

Comment: Re:He definitely did know and understand the risk. (Score 1) 125

by drinkypoo (#48462715) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

How, as a society, do we fund the creation of big budget movies that a lot of people really enjoy?

Crowdsourcing, I suppose. You pay for the movie ahead of time, and based on your investment you get to see the film, download it, get a DVD or a Blu-Ray or an M4V, get to be an extra in a crowd scene or whatever they're offering. There's no reason that major studios can't use this model. And then there's merchandising, official conventions, and lots of other opportunities for profit. I don't really think that there will be any problem getting enough people to fund some of these big-budget stinkers.

Comment: Re:When 9 votes are required to send it ... (Score 1) 1005

by Tailhook (#48461963) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

The fact he killed someone should have generated a public trial.

A trial of what charge? First Degree Angering Minorities? We don't accuse people and put them in jeopardy "just because."

didn't meet the public's demands

First, who the fuck are you speaking for the "public?" As a member of the "public" all of my demands have been met. Other segments of the "public" can't be satisfied; they won't be satisfied until every white cop in MO has been flayed to death.

Sorry, we're not doing that either. So you go on being disappointed, and we'll go on ignoring you. Go burn some part of your neighborhood down if you don't like it.

If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization.