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Comment: Re:Any actual examples? (Score 1) 598

by jsdcnet (#48739481) Attached to: Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive
I'm sorry this is happening to you. Have you tried doing any troubleshooting? (I know, it's not your job, it should just work, but it would be interesting to know if there is a reproducible case. If you had one, you can report it to Apple. They do look at bug reports from users.) Also, you might want to try using "Manually manage music and videos". (Connect your device, select its icon from the row of icons at the top left, then look under Settings, Summary, Options. It's at the bottom.) Once you check that box, iTunes doesn't try to sync the host's library any more. You just drag whatever you want from iTunes to the device and it gets copied straight over. (Theoretically - would be interesting to know if that fixes things for you.)

Comment: Re:I don't see the point (Score 4, Insightful) 197

by jsdcnet (#43968193) Attached to: FLAC Gets First Update In 6 Years

Ten years ago, when hard drives were small and NAS systems for home use didn't really exist, I could see the point of all this ripping and converting. But now, with multi-terabyte HDs and the proliferation of NAS appliances, there is a limited need for this or any other 'compressed' music file format.

I'll give you one: metadata. WAV doesn't really support it in a standard way across applications. AIFF is a little better but it doesn't have a lot of traction on Windows. FLAC has a robust tagging scheme. Since converting to lossless is incredibly fast, and you typically save about 30% of the disk space, why not do it?

Comment: Killed my Mac (Score 1) 56

by jsdcnet (#43660283) Attached to: BitTorrent Sees Sync Users Share Over 1PB of Data
I have no idea how this is even possible, but BT Sync kills my home Mac's network connection. It's so weird. I can ping out from my mac fine, but pinging TO the mac results in 90% packet loss. Needless to say, this makes the network quite useless. Quit the app, no more packet loss. Took me quite a while to track that down!

Comment: Re:Focus all you want... (Score 2) 207

by jsdcnet (#43488747) Attached to: Kobo CEO Says Not Selling Washing Machines Key To Overtaking Amazon

Which is kind of ironic considering their cloud vending came from their retail business. Amazon used to have tons of extra server power set aside which was just used keep the site running smoothly during the insane blitz of online shoppers during the holiday season. Of course that only lasted for a month or so out of the year so they began to lease out that extra server power during all the months it wasn't in use.

This is a myth. AWS founder addressed in in a Quora answer:

Comment: Re:In the mean time... (Score 1) 150

by jsdcnet (#43477851) Attached to: Google Apps Suffering Partial Outage

Google apps is sold with a 99.9% uptime guarantee - that works out to a maximum of 526 minutes downtime per year.

In the last three years that we've been using Google apps, I've never had more than one hour of cumulative downtime in a calendar year. I also haven't spent a single second configuring or monitoring email servers, backing up email data, or with an executive breathing down my neck while I work on a server problem.

I'm pretty happy about that track record.

This. 1000x this. We've been using Google Apps (paid) for 5 years and I can't remember any significant downtime in that period. We've had more problems with our internet connection than Google problems.

When some people discover the truth, they just can't understand why everybody isn't eager to hear it.