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Comment: HDD is fine for .. 98%? (Score 1, Interesting) 248

by Lawrence_Bird (#46780017) Attached to: SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

Lets be honest here - outside of a small percentage of users doing raw uncompressed video operations HDD are more than fast enough. Drives and OS both offer large caching of high use objects which reduces seek/startup time differences to a very small amount. The biggest difference is on start up and even there.. do those 5, 10, 15 secons extra really matter that much? How often are you booting? Or even resuming from hibernation if thats your thing?

As to power, idle is now around 5 or 6 watts and standby around 1. Even in a laptop the difference in power use between hdd/sdd is not going to make or break the deal. Your screen, however, another story.

Comment: Re:Microsoft can't run on x86? (Score 1) 109

by Lawrence_Bird (#46778213) Attached to: Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

I think you miss my point. At what point was Intel exclusively marketing this hardware to Microsoft? I am unaware of Intel ever saying 'no mr. cheap tablet maker, you can't buy these!'

This just appears to be Microsoft bashing because Intel is "marketing" their hardware to another large OS... other whan windows.. and osx... and various small freebsd and linux based devices... and...

Comment: Fuck this OUT OF MY PHONE (Score 1) 137

by Lawrence_Bird (#46778173) Attached to: Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality

Once again the nanny state rises to save the day! God forbid people take responsibility for their own property. Leave your phone in the bar (or anywhere else)? Is this some how different than leaving your wallet? purse? camera? laptop? Is it different than a purse snatching? Someone grabbing your tote bage or backpack with your laptop in it?

What this really is about is governement asserting more authority over your possessions and your life. And if you are so naive as to think the government will not use this to their advantage I guess you are all ok with RICO too.

If there is some segment of the market for phones that really, really wants this, it will be served. Without government involvement and without forcing it upon everyone.

Comment: Re:Trust No One (Score 1) 167

by Lawrence_Bird (#46772165) Attached to: Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

You'll notice that al Qaeda has gone back to using couriers.

I would say if you use technology which can compromise your location, communications or other private info and you do not want to share that then yes, you are making a mistake to assume safety unless you have personally vetted it. As noted earlier, it comes down to a matter of degree/risk assessment (ignoring that you may be terrible or unqualifed at assessing that) but that there is a non zero probability you have been compromised. And Trust No One should be your default policy, not trust those guys because, well they say the right thing and seem nice!

When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble, delegate; when in charge, ponder. -- James H. Boren