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Comment: Re:GIT? (Score 1) 238

by jedwidz (#44819893) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Best To Synchronize Projects Between Shared Drive and PCs?

Yes, but my experience was that merge conflicts in Word docs were frequent and painful to resolve. So we introduced a 'lock before edit' convention for Word docs (and same could be said for any file not edited as text).

Merge conflicts in tables are bad enough, and that's fairly basic functionality. Good luck with merging changes to embedded media.

Data Storage

Seagate's Shingled Magnetic Recording Tech Boosts HDD Capacities to 5TB and Up 195

Posted by Soulskill
from the that'll-hold-a-lot-of-torrented-uhhh-linux-ISOs dept.
crookedvulture writes "Seagate has begun shipping hard drives based on a new technology dubbed Shingled Magnetic Recording. SMR, as it's called, preserves the perpendicular bit orientation of current HDDs but changes the way that tracks are organized. Instead of laying out the tracks individually, SMR stacks them on top of each other in a staggered fashion that resembles the shingles on a roof. Although this overlap enables higher bit densities, it comes with a penalty. Rewrites compromise the data on the following track, which must be read and rewritten, which in turn compromises the data on the following track, and so on. SMR distributes the layered tracks in narrow bands to mitigate the performance penalty associated with rewrites. The makeup of those bands will vary based on the drive's intended application. We should see the first examples of SMR next year, when Seagate intends to introduce a 5TB drive with 1.25TB per platter. Traditional hard drives top out at 4TB and 1TB per platter right now."
Australia

Australia Elects Libertarian-Leaning Senator (By Accident) 343

Posted by timothy
from the people's-popular-front-of-new-south-wales-came-in-third dept.
LordLucless writes "Australia's Liberal Democratic Party, which describes itself as a classically liberal, free-market libertarian party, has had their candidate for New South Wales elected to the upper house, with roughly double the number of votes they were expecting. In part, this has been attributed to them being placed first on the ballot paper (which is determined by a random process) and similarities in name to one of the major parties, the Liberal Party of Australia."

Comment: Re:IF you have TONS of RAM (Score 1) 267

by jedwidz (#42974561) Attached to: Taking a Hard Look At SSD Write Endurance

Getting into semantic subtleties here... if you've got a huge DRAM-based disk (that is, an SSD with DRAM instead of flash), that for whatever reason couldn't donate its capacity as system memory, then that's a superb place to put a page file.

But then, it wouldn't be a RAM disk. A RAM disk lives in system memory.

Comment: Re:TrulyErgonomic (Mechanical, Ergonomic) (Score 1) 165

by jedwidz (#42931587) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Keyboard Layout To Reduce Right Pinky/Ring Finger Usage?

That's somewhat similar to my TypeMatrix, but also a bit different. I'd like to try one.

My experience of the TypeMatrix is generally very positive. However, I find the placement of the '5' and '6' keys to be just too different from a standard keyboard, which made for a steep learning curve and ongoing difficulties switching between TypeMatrix (for my desktop) and regular (for my laptop).

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