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Comment Re:Life has taught me (Score 1) 173 173

IF it was cheaper (or even close) to manufacture than NAND, then they ought to forgo profits and gain Marketshare and put the NAND business out. They would make more money in the long run. This is unique process, nobody else has, Marketshare means long term (this is electronics, which means 7 years max) profitability.

I can see charging a premium for early (beta) testers, and as they iron out the bugs (there will be a bunch) but as they ramp up production, the cost WILL come down, quickly.

If I were in the market for faster more durable short range data storage, I would be a heavy better and get in on early adoption, just so I can see what it can do and how useful it could be.

Comment Re:Moor? (Score 2) 173 173

I've been saying this for a long time. There is a definitive hierarchy between all the different memory locations. Unfortunately we don't have an OS that looks at all these levels as one. We have abstarcted all the CPU Cache, RAM, NAND, Spinning disk, clout etc as separate levels, rather than a single level with varying degrees of capability.

When we have an OS that can view all the levels as one, intelligently, we'll have a much more efficient OS. It might take a whole new design from the hardware up to accomplish.

Comment Re:Moor? (Score 1) 173 173

It's going to cost more than NAND flash ... when introduced


Once the production scales, the price will drop, and we have no idea how much. At some point, the price will become low enough for "mainstream" consumer products. In the meantime, expect to see this sitting in front of NAND and Spinning Disks on very large SANS as high end CACHE.

Comment Re:Moor? (Score 4, Insightful) 173 173

Here something I learned a while ago; Speed isn't how fast you do something (it is, but only partially), it is often a measure of whether or not you actually CAN do something.

Here is my story:

In the Mid 90's I ran an ISP. Part of my daily chores was processing logs looking for anomalies, and to gather stats needed to project out the upgrades that are needed. When I started, the logs were small and it took a few minutes to process. As the business grew, the process took longer and longer. It soon took hours to process the logs for the day. It became so problematic, that I just stopped doing them.

But business kept growing, and I needed the stats. So, I bought a new machine. The new machine could process the logs in five minutes, what took hours on the older machine. Mind you, this was one generation difference between the two machines (68040 to PPC 701), but that was all that was needed to show me that speed isn't just how long it takes, sometimes it is whether or not you do the thing you ought to do.

Seeing the price of SSDs and Spinning HD, at their current price points, there is no reason to NOT get the SSD, at whatever cost they are now. Especially for enterprise grade systems that need the IOPS, Even at $1000 for 1 TB SSD is extremely affordable speed, especially when considering you get 90,000 IOPS.

IF we're talking about 1000x faster, the speed is enough to change what we can do.

Comment FORD (Score 5, Interesting) 268 268

I rented a Ford Focus. It has all these screens, keypads and shit.

There was one very large button labeled Radio. I pressed it and nothing happened. Turns out that you had the press the much smaller button only labeled Vol to turn the radio on. Then there were these button on the center console, right in the middle and above the volume button. Unlabeled. Left to tune down, right to tun up...right? Nope. It control the "feature selection" on a screen on the dash. Tuning buttons were much smaller and in the upper right and only labeled with a left arrow and right arrow.

Then I looked down by the shifter. There, was a placard that said, "Powered by Microsoft".

Comment Re:sigh (Score 2) 209 209

Men who already piss everywhere aren't too worried about a little splashback.

Ok, nice generalization.

You're ignoring some key points; this has been tried in Germany (this is where San Francisco got the idea) and it seems to be completely successful. And as a man who lives in SF neither me, nor anyone I know, has ever peed on a wall in a public place in the city to the best of my knowledge. The behaviour is really relegated to the homeless, whom I have seen doing this. For all the talk about piling on the poor homeless they really don't appear to give two f*cks about other people. There is a huge problem in San Jose, which is at the other end of Silicon Valley where homeless encampments sprout up, and wherever they do they create a huge trash/fire problem. The police come and shut them down, and they sprout up elsewhere. It would be one thing if they set up and were respectful of the environment and other people, but they never are; drugs and crime (rape) are the order of the day in these encampments.

Lastly, we need to do something. A friend of mine was here last year during the summer and his remark was "Beautiful city, too bad it smells like pee." Could have been the bay, or maybe it was the pee. Either way, it would be nice to not have people peeing like animals all over the place.

Steve Jobs said two years ago that X is brain-damaged and it will be gone in two years. He was half right. -- Dennis Ritchie