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Comment: Fiber cost (Score 1) 150

Why can't Fiber be run along telephone poles, same as power or cable? Fiber is always tagged as expense, but I don't see why it's any different than any other wire that's run to your house. You can combine hundreds or thousands of thin fiber strands into a thicker line that will still fit on a pole.

Comment: futurists (Score 1) 294

by electricalen (#46431319) Attached to: Why Robots Will Not Be Smarter Than Humans By 2029

Only novelists and crackpot linkbait article writers think robots or computers are going to be smarter than humans anytime soon. Most people with a scientific, engineering, or programming background know they're not even close and won't be anytime soon. I doubt it will happen even in the next 50 years. 100 years is so far away anything can happen so all bets are off.

Comment: Increasing H-1B visas (Score 1) 630

by electricalen (#38840617) Attached to: America's Future Is In Software, Not Hardware

"increasing H-1B visas for highly skilled coders"

No thanks, companies are already using H-1B workers to fill their positions, cutting out jobs for us American programmers and lowering wages. I keep hearing that companies are desperate for tech workers and there are not enough people to fill positions. Yet my resume gets tossed half the time, and the companies I interview at are very arrogant, acting more like you need them and should feel grateful they are even considering hiring you.

Comment: Re:Not just eBooks (Score 1) 584

by electricalen (#35082554) Attached to: Apple eBook Rules Changing For Sellers

You're right about the tangable products, so no Amazon.com and Newegg impacts. But I think you jumped to conclusions too fast on netflix/hulu. I don't think the App Store policy states that you're only subject to the rule if you allow the actual purchase within the app. Apps that only allow you to sign up or purchase content outside the app may still have to follow this rule. If that were the case, then Sony and Amazon would have an easy out to just direct you to their website to buy books.

Comment: Not just eBooks (Score 1) 584

by electricalen (#35081812) Attached to: Apple eBook Rules Changing For Sellers

The scary part is that the App Store rule that Apple is using to enforce this doesn't specifically say eBooks. It says that any purchase that's available from an app, must also be made available through iTunes in-app purchase. That could apply to any app that allows you to buy anything, including the Amazon.com and Newegg apps. Could you imagine Amazon and Newegg having to put every single product in iTunes and giving Apple a 30% cut? It's even more complicated for Amazon which acts as an intermediary to 3rd party sellers.

Comment: Re:This study is nothing but Communist propaganda (Score 1) 961

by electricalen (#32901588) Attached to: Given Truth, the Misinformed Believe Lies More

No, that's not socialism, that's your typical capitalist, business as usual decision. Now, if he decided to take the money back from the rich board members and executives and give it back to the individual investors, THAT would be socialism.

Common shareholders are the FIRST to get wiped out when a company is in trouble, the company leaders are the LAST to lose their money, that's quite the opposite of socialism.

Comment: Re:What do you bet... (Score 1) 509

by electricalen (#28980595) Attached to: Feds At DefCon Alarmed After RFIDs Scanned

Yep, you summed it up just right.

NORMAL human beings will not let petty arguments escalate.
MOST people have the self control not to pull out a gun.

The problem is there are over 300 Million people in the U.S. (If that's where you are from). Give guns to most people and that small percentage of people that WOULD let things get out of control WILL NOW have an easy time taking it to that level.

I am not a gun control advocate. I'm just pointing out that if you take all of the times that people get heated and out of control in the entire U.S. in a single day, or lets say in a week, think about adding a gun to that equation. You don't think the percentage of shootings would be higher?

Again, that's not a reason to ban guns, I was just making a point. If you want to fight for less gun laws, you shouldn't just completely ignore or refute the point I'm making, but find a way to reduce the number of shootings/killings that occur.

Comment: Re:What do you bet... (Score 1) 509

by electricalen (#28978317) Attached to: Feds At DefCon Alarmed After RFIDs Scanned

Your comparisons are not accurate. How many times do the police shoot someone because they mistakenly think a person is about to shoot them? They are trained for those instances so how do you think an angry person is going to react when the person they are arguing with starts to pull out their gun? It quickly becomes a life or death situation that comes down to who can pull out their gun faster and shoot, regardless of whether or not the person who first went for their gun intended to use it.

Having a gun right by your side that you can quickly pull out and use is different than looking for a big rock, picking it up, walking back to the person, and beating them to death with it. Running someone down with a car is also not a good comparison (see above paragraph).

Comment: Re:What do you bet... (Score 1) 509

by electricalen (#28976855) Attached to: Feds At DefCon Alarmed After RFIDs Scanned

I don't agree at all. How many times do people argue and physically fight? It's very difficult to kill someone with your bear hands, unless you really want to. It may not be so hard to get so pissed off you pull out your gun and start shooting before you have time to think about what you're doing.

Think about all the fights you see in HS, College, Bars, Sports events! Try giving all those people guns and then see what happens.

Data Storage

Windows 7 Hard Drive and SSD Performance Analyzed 248

Posted by timothy
from the but-compared-to-the-old-one dept.
bigwophh writes "Despite the fact that Windows 7 is based on many of the same core elements as Vista, Microsoft claims it is a different sort of animal and that it should be looked at in a fresh, new light, especially in terms of performance. With that in mind, this article looks at how various types of disks perform under Windows 7, both the traditional platter-based variety and newer solid state disks. Disk performance between Vista and Win7 is compared using a hard drive and an SSD. SSD performance with and without TRIM enabled is tested. Application performance is also tested on a variety of drives. Looking at the performance data, it seems MS has succeeded in improving Windows 7 disk performance, particularly with regard to solid state drives."

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