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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.

Comment: Re:This is not about app purchases... (Score 2) 724

by jsdcnet (#42261653) Attached to: Microsoft To Apple: Don't Take Your Normal 30% Cut of Office For iOS

And it's more inconsistent than people realize... I routinely place orders for food in the and the SeamlessWeb apps and because I have no credit card on file with either, I enter my credit card info for payment instead of using an iTunes account. So no 30% goes to Apple for my burrito, but DropBox leaves a link to their website in their SDK and suddenly all hell breaks loose. But Apple has a DropBox competitor and doesn't currently offer burritos I guess...

It's not that the rule is applied inconsistently, it's that you don't understand what the rule is. The rule is you pay apple 30% if the thing being sold can be used in the app. Doesn't matter if it's a subscription that you can ALSO use online elsewhere, if it's usable in the app, you pay 30%. A burrito can not be used in an app. Dropbox storage can. A subscription to Office365 can.

Comment: Re:Too bad Apple doesn't make SW like their HW (Score 2) 295

by jsdcnet (#42161519) Attached to: Apple Declutters, Speeds Up iTunes With Major Upgrade

As a PC user, I absolutely hate iTunes. I stay away from Apple products specifically because of iTunes.

My kids have iPod touches, and I loath having to go into iTunes and update their software/apps.

Well, you don't have to do that any more. Remember the whole "PC Free" thing from a year or two ago? You can update the OS, apps, whatever, on the device itself, and use iCloud for backup. If you ever have to reset the device for some reason it will just redownload everything automatically once you put in your iCloud login. As long as your kids' iPods can run iOS 5 or later, you never need to connect to iTunes ever again.

The biggest mistake you can make is to believe that you are working for someone else.