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Comment Re:This is retarded. (Score 1) 73

Well, for starters they're getting close to the bandwidth of a single M2 port (which is about 3.9GB/s, the three-drive RAID 0 hit 3.3GB/s).

The other consideration is heat, to read/write data that fast generates a lot of heat (as you can see in this page of TFA). Fitting the same heat load in a small enclosure would probably require some cooling (although this is a problem the computing industry has had to solve with practically every other component).

Comment Re:OK, what's with this ridiculous meme? (Score 3, Informative) 147

I'm not sure about the US, but in the UK it's dark and windless for approximately 10% of the year.
Also, peak generating times don't always coincide with peak usage, so energy storage is necessary to even out the supply. And yes, while nuke plants can't spin up quickly enough to cover unexpected loads, they can be adjusted to fit expected loads (eg, at night to cover solar).

Comment Re:OS/2 and DOS. (Score 1) 620

I used to work for a company that sold large printers and vinyl cutters, mainly to sign makers and I can confirm that sign makers are particularly cheap when it comes to upgrading their tools. I'm all for "if it ain't broke...", but when it is broke, and every print run takes twice as long because your Windows 98 box takes ten minutes to reboot, and another five to load the required program and then has a 50% chance of crashing, that right there is a good time to buy a new computer.
On the other hand, the specialised software for these printers was so behind the times it still wouldn't support a 64 bit OS a couple of years ago, which is a slight problem when you're dealing with image files which can quite happily eat all 4GB of addressable RAM, so maybe they weren't missing out on much.

Comment Re:It would have an Amiga Mother board (Score 1) 484

Also, the Amiga had the best case handling in a file system:
Say you have a file called File1 (no need for an extension). You could access the file with any capitalisation you like, file1, FILE1 File1, FiLe1 or whatever takes your fancy.

However, if you were mad, you could also have two files in the same directory names FILE1 and file1 (or any other set of characters).

It had/has the benefits of a case sensitive filesystem, with the ease of use of a case-insensitive one.
Now, if someone could just explain to me why case sensitivity is important in a file system...

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