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Comment Re:Fans' Vote Was No Award (Score 1) 1012

Wow, I didn't realize that you could buy your own vote. Of course, that also means that you can pick up friends or strangers and buy their votes, too. Of all voting systems, this seems to me to be one of the easiest to manipulate.

In this case, "groundswell" could very easily be interpreted as vote buying.

Comment Re:As much as possible (Score 4, Informative) 350

The raw error rate for DRAM tends to correlate with DRAM chips. Raw, non-ECC soft error rates are in the neighborhood of 10 FIT/chip or say 160 FIT/DIMM for a DIMM with 16 chips. Let's consider a system with 4 DIMMs, which has 640 FIT. That's equivalent to a soft error every 178 years. Hard errors are additional, but for the typical amounts of DRAM in a PC, soft errors (and usually also hard errors) are inconsequential.

Also, field studies (see Sridharan, SC12) show that around half of all soft errors are not correctable with SECDED ECC.

Comment Re: invalid data (Score 1) 337

Racism is not the problem. The problem is inequality of opportunities and resources, which happens to correlate somewhat with race and which has some causes characterized by racial history.

Refusing to recognize the existence of race or race-based historical causes of inequality would have the effect of freezing in place the current situation of inequality. This is a good thing for those who currently benefit and a bad thing for those at a disadvantage.

BTW, there appears to be several definitions of "racism" assumed by the various viewpoints on this topic. To some, it means any acknowledgement of the existence of race. To other, it means actions that put a particular race at a disadvantage. It seems to me that the underlying definitions are manipulated to support antithetical viewpoints.

That's why it's critical to focus on the inequalities rather than the malleable concept of racism. Of course, if we don't care about addressing the inequalities, then this entire discussion is fruitless and simply devolves into a rhetorical exercise in the semantics of a fuzzy term.

Comment Re:invalid data (Score 1) 337

Race is the most meaningless metric of all when it comes to evaluating an ideal workforce. The last thing minority activists want is for competence to become the deciding factor when determining who to hire.

There are competing goals at play here. Some might want an ideally efficient workforce, whatever that means. I think the proponents of releasing the racial data are aiming for something else, i.e., for equal opportunity across races. I think both goals are arguably desirable. One of the great complications in evaluating equity is the complexity in evaluating competence and how that competence was attained. The argument behind race-based considerations is that competence is relative, and the disadvantaged level of competence for certain minority races is to some extent the result of past injustices that would today be considered not only illegal but crimes against humanity.

Yes, we weren't around when these injustices were carried out, but we reap the relative benefits. A few reap the direct benefit of direct financial inheritance from those injustices. However, many more reap the relative benefit of having a large portion of potential competitors relegated to less competent status due directly to the those injustices.

Comment Re:Too bad (Score 1) 61

The HDD manufacturers are still making the 15k RPM SAS HDD. Why? Because you can't use cheap SSDs in the data center. So the enterprise SSDs we're talking about are several times more expensive than the laptop SSDs. Depending on the workload, cost per performance may or may not be better for SSDs. Because SSDs are mostly considered as a caching layer between DRAM and HDDs, the workloads tend be be write-heavy, which increases wear leveling overhead and impacts performance.

So, will SSDs kill off the enterprise HDD market? Maybe, but it's not happening now or in the near term. Also, SSDs as a caching layer is itself pressured by DRAM, which is much more expensive but also much faster.

Comment Re:Hero worship comes in all sizes (Score 1) 273

Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, etc. definitely have special talents to recognize a market opportunity and to assemble the necessary resources to bring a successful product to market. However, they also have to be "lucky". There has to be an opportunity to recognize. As Malcomb Gladwell notes, there's an uncanny correlation between birth years and success as a founder in Silicon Valley, and one possible explanation is the penalty of recognizing an opportunity too early before supporting technology matures or too late after first mover advantage is lost.

As many comments have noted, point people in the public eye often receive the credit for other people's work. Yes, these point people still have to have the talent to recognize which brilliant people to pay attention to or ignore. However, that talent is far less impressive than the brilliance that the masses and history books promote. One analogy might be ascribing credit for championships to a professional sports general manager that assembles superstars rather than lauding the actual athletes.

Comment Re:Too bad (Score 1) 61

The general idea that SSDs will gradually encroach on HDD markets is correct and has been happening, albeit at a somewhat slow pace. While predictions about the disappearance of HDDs have existed for almost the last ten years, units sales of HDDs still dominate and probably will for quite a few more years. Microdrives disappeared about a decade ago, but that has so far been the only HDD market to completely evaporate. SSD are increasingly gaining ground in low-margin markets, such as laptops, but even there, most laptops still ship with HDDs due to cost and/or capacity reasons. In the enterprise performance and archive/cold storage markets, HDDs dominate even more as SSD cost and cost/capacity won't catch up to that for HDDs for a while (possible a very long while).

Comment Re:the important detail (Score 1) 634

well it's not like they didn't know her age either, they saw that before they called her too

It's quite one thing to know an age beforehand, and another to experience the age firsthand.

Although how would they know the age beforehand? It's not legal to ask and most people don't say.

Even if explicit years aren't listed, it's usually not hard to decern how many decades of experience a person shows on their resume.

I think it can easily be that in-person, the group of younger people simply does not feel as comfortable with them. It's not even really age discrimination so much as cultural discrimination because the difference in cultural experience is so large... Frankly I don't even have an issue with it, because if a group is not comfortable working with you you are not going to be happy working with them either.

I totally agree that a lack of "fit" is almost always bidirectional. If they don't like you as an employee, you probably won't like them as an employer. However, this "culture" thing is totally bogus. It's a cop-out and a codewode for differences in gender, sexual orientation, age, race, family situation, appearance, height, weight, accents, religion, political views, hobbies, sports fandom, school attended, etc. It's another way to say that you are experienced and qualified in terms of skills, but I still don't want to hire you. In fact, someone of a different race would directly have differences in cultural experience, and that type of hiring consideration is illegal. There has to be a better codeword ...

Comment Re: Good for greece (Score 1) 1307

The Fed right now has $1.7 trillion in "toxic assets" on its balance sheet. In return, primary dealers got $1.7 trillion in deposit accounts at the Fed. No one else was going to lend to those dealers; they were tapped out, couldn't roll over their funding. But the Fed extended its unlimited safety net to them. Why not give Greece the same courtesy?

How many of those dealers were Americans? It was a case of a single country helping out its own economy. If Greece wants to do the same, it should go right ahead.

Comment Re:Normal procedures for North Korea and USA (Score 2) 183

Please don't resist. In oppressive regimes such request should not be challenged.
We feel sorry for folks living in USA or North Korea

What an utterly inane statement. This slashdot discussion is all about juries, judges, laws, interpretations of laws, justice, and freedom. Do you think any of these things matter in North Korea? That's the huge difference between the US and North Korea. Sure, there are a lot of things wrong with the US and its government and laws, but it's nowhere near the situation in North Korea. Not even close.

That's a common problem here on slashdot, the bubbling of emotions to cloud reasoning. Yes, prosecuting people based on words that would not be viewed by most people as threats is despicable. But equating that to having someone executed on a whim is utter nonsense.

Comment Re:Law? (Score 1) 528

No one may be disadvantaged or favoured because of his gender, ancestry, race, language, motherland, land of origin, faith/religion, religious or political "ideology". [...]

But residency, nationality, and immigration status are not on that list, unless somehow the above list is interpreted in a non-intuitive way. Are all non-EU people allowed to immigrate to Germany for the purposes of study or employment? Seems like at least for employment, the above list is not all-inclusive.

Comment Re:For watching or for editing? (Score 1) 60

Each of my daughter's school performance videos is a 30-50GB file, and they quickly add up.

Is that a copy for watching or for editing? An extended DVD is 8 GiB, and it uses an obsolete codec (MPEG-2). I'll grant that video production needs more disk space, but I imagine that "most" people won't be doing that. Besides, I was under the impression that external interfaces (USB 3, eSATA, Thunderbolt) have become fast enough to support editing video, so you could leave the SSD inside the case and plug in the HDD only when needed.

Yes, I could transcode the video to something much more compact. I don't have a camcorder with a newer interface, so I wouldn't want to use it as a storage device. However, the main reason I don't do either is convenience. I already have an HDD, so I can simply copy the file. Why go to all the hassle just to fit the file into a smaller device?

Comment Re:Cheaper than that (Score 1) 60

It is pretty incredible how the larger capacity SSDs have come down in price. $149 is in the affordable range. However, 500GB used to be sufficient to store multimedia, but that is no longer the case. Each of my daughter's school performance videos is a 30-50GB file, and they quickly add up. The cloud is okay as a backup, but for primary file storage it's more costly, higher latency, and less convenient. For non-multimedia storage, we already had affordable SSDs in usable capacities, so I'm not sure I would get a $149 500GB over a $70 128GB SSD plus $90 3TB HDD.

Submission + - Batteriser extendes akaline battery life with voltage booster->

ttsai writes: Batteroo is a Silicon Valley company preparing to release its Batteriser product in September. The Batteriser is a small sleeve that fits around alkaline batteries to boost the voltage to 1.5V. This means that batteries that would otherwise be thrown into the trash when the voltage dips to 1.3V or 1.4V could be used until the unboosted voltage reaches 0.6V, extending the useful life of a battery 8x, according to the company. This product has the potential to reduce the number of batteries in landfills as well as increasing the time between replacing batteries. The expected price of the sleeve is $10 for a pack of 4 sleeves.
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