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Comment: Re:It's all about ERROR rates (Score 1) 396

by trparky (#47236639) Attached to: One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+
I have noticed that a lot of OEMs (Dell, HP, Apple, etc.) use a no-name brand of RAM in many of their systems that they build. If you look at them, especially the CAS latency stats, you'll notice that many of the RAM chips found in most pre-made computers are absolutely pitiful (to say the least).

So with that being said, who knows if this no-name RAM that is installed in many pre-made computers that many people buy is of any real quality. I'm guessing... no. So, with that said perhaps that odds of bitrot happening on pre-made machines is going to be higher than that of systems that have better quality of system RAM installed in them.

Comment: So answer me this... (Score 1) 396

by trparky (#47236399) Attached to: One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+
Some people are talking about the fact that bitrot could happen as a result of bad RAM. Are you talking about bad system RAM or the RAM onboard the HDD's controller board?

If it was indeed bad system RAM, wouldn't bad system RAM cause a random BSOD (Windows) or Kernel Panic (Linux)? With how much RAM we use these days it's very likely we're going to be using all of the storage capacity of each of the DIMMs that we have in our systems.

Myself I have 16 GBs of RAM in my Windows machine and at any moment in time I'm using at the very least 40% of the RAM in the system with spikes up to at least 60% depending upon what I'm doing at the time. So with that said, the possibility of kernel memory structures being corrupted at some point while using memory (in even less used DIMMs in your system) I figure is going to happen. I'm not sure how the memory in the DIMMs are being used though. Is it being used sequentially? (DIMM 0, chip 1... 2... 3... 4, DIMM 1, chip 1... 2... 3...4, etc.) Or is the data thrown about randomly on the DIMMs?

Myself, if I had a random BSOD just happen I'd be running MemTest86+ in a hot second to test my system RAM and be asking to Corsair (the company that made my DIMMs) for an RMA.

So if does indeed turn out to be bad system RAM that causes this, I guess that it's a good idea not to be buying cheap RAM to begin with. Myself, I've never had a problem with Corsair Vengeance RAM modules so I will continue to buy that line of Corsair memory.

Comment: Re:The problem is both forms of free. (Score 1) 175

by trparky (#46908603) Attached to: Free Can Make You Bleed: the Underresourced Open Source
Personally, I think the concept of FOSS should be torn down and rebuilt; at least the free part of it.

For instance...
Free: If you use this library in another free product. For instance, if you make a small program which you give away for free, then you are allowed to use said library for free.
Not Free: If you use this library in combination with systems that essentially make you a ton of money, you are legally required to pay a license for the use of the library in question..
FOSS may be a wonderful thing at first but lets face it; FOSS doesn't put food on your table, a house over your head, gas in your car, send your children to school, etc. I'm not saying that FOSS is a bad thing, no... far from it, but what we have to realize is that there are some fundamental issues with FOSS when we live in a world dominated by the use of money. Maybe in the future when we all work for the betterment of mankind (ie. United Federation of Planets level of betterment), FOSS will have no issues.

Comment: Re:Or foregoing kids altogether (Score 1, Insightful) 342

by trparky (#46807183) Attached to: Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers
It is projected that within the next fifteen to twenty years, if global population growth rates don't slow down we will simply not be able to grow enough food to feed the world's population. Global famine will be a result. Already we're seeing the effects of over-fishing, fish populations are at the lowest seen in years. The giant water aquifer under the Great Plains of the United States (sometimes referred to as the Breadbasket of the World) is losing water, we're taking out water faster than nature can replace it.

So yes, even we in the United States, need to start worrying about over-population.

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 1633

by trparky (#46768535) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment
No, the reason why they put it into the Constitution like they did was to stop tyranny. They wanted to make sure that the people were going to be able to remain free and the only way to make sure that the people remain free is when the government fears the people.

Remember this quote by Thomas Jefferson...
"When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny."

At this moment, I fear this government and what it can do to me and the rest of the people in this nation.

Comment: The US has nothing to worry about but... (Score 5, Informative) 574

by trparky (#46267251) Attached to: Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?
The United States has enough IP addresses in our pool to carry us through to the end of say... 2018. If current growth of the Internet continues we will still have enough IP addresses in our pool, we'll just have to knock a year or two off that projection. Say, may 2017 or half way through 2016. The United States has more than enough IP addresses to keep us going for some time.

Europe and other parts of the world is a totally different story. When the Internet was created and we started handing out the IP addresses we were quite stingy when giving them to other parts of the world. The United States is one of the biggest hoarders of IP addresses in the IPv4 world while Europe and the rest of the world got relatively few IP addresses with compared to how many the US holds. There's where we are seeing the problem.

Europe has the issue, Europe has no choice in the matter; they have to move to IPv6 or their side of the Internet is pretty much crippled. So unless we all implement 6to4 to allow United States Internet users to connect to European web site (that's fugly) or finally get on the bandwagon in converting to IPv6 in the US, there will eventually be two Internets; a US and a European Internet with IPv4 and IPv6 being the limiting factor.

Comment: It's not just Apple... (Score 3, Insightful) 359

by trparky (#45999133) Attached to: GPUs Dropping Dead In 2011 MacBook Pro Models
It's not just Apple that's had an issue with this particular problem. HP has had an issue with their GPUs failing on their motherboards too in their notebooks.

I'm of the opinion now that notebooks just don't belong having high-end GPUs in them. Notebooks have always had a history of cooling issues because of a variety of issues from inadequate fans or other various issues. Now let's stick the equivalent of a space heater in the device and let's see what happens. I'm really surprised that this sort of thing isn't happening more often to more brands of notebooks.

Let's face it, a notebook is a portable device with very cramped internals. It's like it's become a form of art to find out just how much more stuff we can cram into an even smaller space. A notebook is a portable device, it's not meant to be your one and only device. If you want to be playing games, get a desktop; not a notebook.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.