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Comment Pity there isn't a -1 ; Conspiracy Theory mod (Score 5, Insightful) 246

Slashdot needs ones. Seriously, for a community that claims to hate FUD, the OSS types sure like spreading it when it is about the "right" groups. If you actually care about what kinds of things the telemetry communicates back at various settings, the information is all out there for you. No, SSH data isn't one of them. However I am going to imagine you don't, and this is just crap you want to fling at "the bad guys" because you can.

Also a thought for you: Your OS, by definition, has access to anything any program on the system is doing. What would stop it from looking in at any 3rd party SSH server you ran, if you think it does that?

Comment Not going anywhere in data centers (Score 1) 406

I have bought some Dell R430 and R730 servers, which are latest generation (Haswell based Xeons, DDR4 RAM) and guess what their one and only video output format is? That's right, a VGA port. No DVI, no DP, just VGA. No surprise either: Go have a look at high end network'd KVMs. They are all VGA. It works, so it is staying around in that space (same deal as serial for that matter).

It is certainly a standard on the decline, digital transmission makes more sense particularly since our displays are digital these days, but dead? Not hardly. I'm sure it'll be around many years from now, just in more niche areas.

Comment It does when they buy it for work (Score 2, Insightful) 80

The reason I'm very anti-Apple is particularly our younger professors decide that they need to have apple computers, phones, and tablets to be hip. So they get them, against recommendations. Now never mind that these cost a lot more money than they'd spend on equivalent hardware but then the support issues start. Turns out that Mac don't just magically work, and they have problems with things (accessing the central storage is something Macs have been particularly problematic with) and they whine to us despite promising that they understand and will support things themselves.

Apple wants to pretend to be good for the enterprise, but their enterprise features are garbage. So people get them, want them to integrate, they don't, and then they cry about it.

Comment Re:Oh yeah! (Score 1) 175

> MTBF means nothing, because of the realy stupid way it's calculated...

I'm not disagreeing with you, but isn't MTBF -- when combined with warranty and AFR -- an overall expression of a hard drive manufacturer's engineering confidence in the product?

Backblaze among others have noted that it's really difficult to estimate failure rates because the sample sizes are too small at present (see https://www.backblaze.com/blog... ). So it's fair to say the jury is still out as to whether the decrease in operating temperature, vibration, and carbon deposits as a result of using a helium-sealed drive represents a real-world improvement in reliability yet, or if it matches AFR rates.

However, MTBF when combined with the AFR estimates -- which I agree are a better measure, and Seagate was an industry leader in implementing them -- the overall picture seems to be higher manufacturer confidence in the product.

Disclaimer: I'm an Oracle employee. My opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Oracle or its affiliates.

Comment Re:Oh yeah! (Score 5, Informative) 175

> These drives will leak.

While technically correct, the rate of static-pressure helium leakage through HGST HelioSeal appears to be measured in decades. They up-rated their enterprise SAS drives from 1.4 million hours MTBF to 2.5 million hours MTBF because hermetically-sealing drives and using helium improves various operating parameters, prolonging life in several ways.

My results in production and the lab bear this out over the past two years: helium drives appear to have substantially lower failure rates than air-filled drives. While nobody has owned a commercial helium drive for a decade yet, the internal helium sensors on the disk farms that I've looked at show no degradation or leakage so far: SMART 22 shows 100.

I'll be watching Seagate's results here with great interest and optimism that their results parallel those of HGST.

Disclaimer: I'm an Oracle employee; my opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Oracle or its affiliates.

Comment They also can be useful in lower end apps (Score 1) 71

If you want something that uses less power. It is as true today as ever that you can do more with less juice in an ASIC than in software. So sure, you throw a big CPU at something it can often do the trick. But maybe you don't want a big CPU and associated support hardware, maybe you have a reason to want something lower power. In that case, dedicated hardware comes in.

Also I think many people who dis hardware firewalls have never seen really difficult networks. It isn't so much the traffic that causes trouble, but the number and randomness of connections. I work on a university campus and we were getting firewalls back in the early days of them as dedicated appliances. On paper, our network as easy, we only had like an OC-3 (155mbps) to the Internet and you could get 1gbps firewalls no problem... ya those fell over the moment they were turned on. They could not handle the nature of our traffic. We ended up getting some of Cisco's very first hardware firewalls, and they worked well.

Comment Re:Database of the year? (Score 1) 122

For what it's worth, if you use APEX with Oracle DB and have pretty rudimentary knowledge, you can make a DB sing using Oracle DB around as well as you can make it sing using PostgreSQL or MySQL. I just started seriously playing around with it this year (I'm a storage admin & sysadmin, not a database admin) and was flatly astounded that Oracle doesn't advertise APEX more. It's really the killer-app for the kind of mid-scale reporting, data collection, and simple apps most people think of relational databases for.

Disclaimer: I'm an Oracle employee. My opinions don't necessarily reflect those of Oracle or its affiliates. Just because I work for "Oracle" doesn't mean I'm any good at "Oracle Database"; I mostly play with ZFS & Solaris.

Comment Well, that's why they are worth researching (Score 1) 935

Law enforcement would actually love such technology, if it was reliable. Police have been killed when their weapon has been taken and used on them, they'd be very happy with something that stopped it. But, it does need to be reliable.

So I see no problem with the federal government investigating it. They should look in to new technologies that could make things safer. If they decide that ya, this is good, and start implementing it, then perhaps the rest of us should too, and probably would.

Comment Give it time (Score 1) 121

You have to have technology before you'll start to see more than a token amount of content. Few people are going to produce for 4k TVs when they are rare, which they still are these days. The technology has to get in place first, then you'll see more content.

It's been the same with anything: HDTV, color TV, DirectX 11, etc, etc. When a new tech comes out, there will be a few things to take advantage of it. Demos and the like. However it won't get widely supported until enough consumers have it to make it worth while. Right now, there aren't a lot of 4k TVs out there, and lower rez TVs are still widely sold. Even in houses that have 4k TVs, they often don't have a source that'll do 4k. So content is scarce. Check back in 5 years, I bet there's a good deal more.

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