Forgot your password?

Comment: Re:Yay! I can lose my data cheaply now! (Score 4, Insightful) 183

by thsths (#47663529) Attached to: Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

>All hardware is prone to not coming back up after the power was cut (or turned off in the case of a laptop I have), SSD is not special in this.

But OCZ SSDs were. The failure of OCZ drives doubled the industry average failure rate, that is how bad they were. Returns were in the double digit percents.

And still I hear your statement that this could happen to any company. Which is true. But OCZ ignored the problem and pretended it did not exist, instead of showing a bit of generosity towards the (rightly) disappointed customers. This I will not forget, and like me many others.

Comment: Re:I think this means (Score 1) 255

by thsths (#47626019) Attached to: TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

Consider that we are only realizing this now though, years later. Lack of information was a huge problem at the time.

Yes, but that is a well known problem. In every core meltdown, lack of information has been a serious issue. Guess why? Because the sensors melt, too. An expert may be able to guess what is going on, but it is beyond the skill of a typical operator.

Comment: Re:Is anybody surprised? (Score 1) 255

by thsths (#47625991) Attached to: TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

Non-nuclear power has well known consequences. An important one for coal is the release of mercury, lead and radon (!) into the atmosphere. Of course industry has downplayed it, but it is very easy to verify.

As for state owned power - it depends on whether you trust the system. If it is totalitarian, so is the management of power plants.

Comment: Re:THIS is a potentially "huge score" for Linux (Score 3, Insightful) 143

by thsths (#47288465) Attached to: Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Steps Up Its Game & Runs Much Faster

No, the year of the Linux desktop is over.

We used to have Gnome 2, KDE 2 and 3, OpenOffice, Mozilla, Flash Player and many useful tools against Windows XP. It was superior technology, but the impact was limited (LiMuX?).

OpenOffice is in ruins (and hardly better than 10 years ago), the Gnome community is split, and KDE keeps getting fatter. Meanwhile Windows 7 is a half decent operating system, and Office 2007 has upped the game considerably. Even Google targets Linux only for some of their products.

The battle for the desktop is over and lost.

Comment: Re:The Nook is/was excellent (Score 1) 321

by thsths (#47110925) Attached to: I Want a Kindle Killer

Yes, it is the Amazon store integration that makes the Kindle so great. Buying a book and reading it is a very seamless experience, no matter how you buy it.

The Nook is much more flexible, but also much more complicated to use. And once it is rooted, it gets worse (plus you are stuck on an absolutely ancient version of Android). There is a lot of potential in the Nook, but it is just not quite there yet.

Comment: Re:Death by Committee (Score 1) 220

by thsths (#47097471) Attached to: PHK: HTTP 2.0 Should Be Scrapped

I completely agree. W3C seems to be always behind reality, trying to describe it, but not define it. IETF did a lot of very useful work, but they have been branching out into rather obscure protocols recently. Where is HTTP/1.2? Surely HTTP/1.1 is not perfect?

And Google did what Google does: they threw together a prototype and checked how it would work. And it seems it is working very well for them, but maybe not so much for others.

I would also advocate to separate some of the concerns. Transmitting huge amount of bulk data is a problem that is (mostly) solved with HTTP/1.1. Encryption less so, session tracking is a bit of a pain, and server push is really ugly in HTTP/1.1.

PS: Concerning the original submission, there is nothing wrong with encrypting cookies. Instead it is the proper thing to do if you do not trust the client, which you should never do.

Comment: Re:The root problem is... (Score 1) 108

by thsths (#47081785) Attached to: On MetaFilter Being Penalized By Google

Actually Bing is not bad. For many general queries it is just as good as Google. Just with those very specific ones it seems to struggle a bit more than Google.

The main reason I do not use Bing is that it is just one step away from that ghastly portal called MSN. I neither need reactionary news nor the latest celebrity gossip...

Comment: Re:Bad move (Score 1) 280

by thsths (#47045163) Attached to: Fusion Power By 2020? Researchers Say Yes and Turn To Crowdfunding.

ITER's funding is a massively political issue. I would argue that it is funded exactly because it is expensive. My scientists involved in fusion research work in, on or with ITER - do you really think they would give good marks to a simple fusion technology in a peer review?

I am not saying that what they propose is sound - not even the proposal does that. But I would say that the fact that they cannot get traditional funding does not go against them.

Remember cold fusion? It certainly works, but it does not scale. We could have tried to make it scale, but nobody was really interested. ITER on the other hand has a clear route to market, but it will cost somewhere in the region of 100 billion to do so.

On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog. -- Cartoon caption