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Comment: Re:ISTR hearing something about that... (Score 1) 97

by gstoddart (#49515367) Attached to: New PCIe SSDs Load Games, Apps As Fast As Old SATA Drives

On a PC environment when you've got multiple browser windows open, IRC, email client, etc. getting constrained for IOPS is easier than expected.

Generally, I would say that machine would only be IO bound if it had so little memory it was constantly paging.

Those things once loaded are NOT doing heavy disk IO. Heavy disk IO would be thrashing in all likelihood.

So you add more RAM. You'd be amazed how many "IO" problems can be fixed with eliminating the IO in the first place by adding RAM.

Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 5, Insightful) 353

by gstoddart (#49514285) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

Fine, if I no longer fucking own the damned car, then they can charge me considerably less for it.

What they want to do it wipe out the doctrine of "First Sale" which says "this is my property, what you think I should do is irrelevant".

This is just a cash grab by greedy assholes.

But if the car isn't mine, don't go expecting the same amount of money for it.

I sincerely hope these auto makers get smacked down really hard.

Comment: Oh Look, a Car Analogy for Last Week's Story! (Score 1) 353

by eldavojohn (#49514253) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars
Why don't the automakers just seek refuge under the DMCA from all those evil automobile hackers? Clearly, figuring out how your car works is a direct attack on the very hard work and property of those automakers.

Time to pass a bill state by state. I'm the sure the invisible hand of the free market will line all the right politicians' pockets to rush those through. Hopefully someday we won't be able to own our cars and we can go back to the Ma Bell days when every phone was rented.

Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars 353

Posted by samzenpus
from the put-down-the-wrench-and-back-away dept.
Mr_Blank writes Automakers are supporting provisions in copyright law that could prohibit home mechanics and car enthusiasts from repairing and modifying their own vehicles. In comments filed with a federal agency that will determine whether tinkering with a car constitutes a copyright violation, OEMs and their main lobbying organization say cars have become too complex and dangerous for consumers and third parties to handle. The dispute arises from a section of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that no one thought could apply to vehicles when it was signed into law in 1998. But now, in an era where cars are rolling computing platforms, the U.S. Copyright Office is examining whether provisions of the law that protect intellectual property should prohibit people from modifying and tuning their cars.

Comment: Re:Words without actions are meaningless (Score 5, Insightful) 91

by gstoddart (#49510951) Attached to: D-Link Apologizes For Router Security

Depends on how we define "mean anything".

"We're sorry we have sold you shitty products but won't fix it" is just PR.

"We're sorry we've solve you shitty products but will replace it at our expense" is actually doing something.

I suspect this is one of those corporate apologies designed to say "fuck you, but thanks for playing, hopefully we've minimized the fallout of writing shitty products by issuing a half-assed apology".

I'm hoping the absence of my DIR-615 isn't "we're sorry to tell you we made a shitty product and forgot to check if it was vulnerable".

I keep saying, corporations should have some liability for implementing terrible security. Especially for a product whose job it is to be a firewall.

Comment: Re:How about... (Score 5, Insightful) 86

Bah, the entire purpose for the merger is to be able to do this crap on a larger scale.

They don't give a crap about customers, they care about corporate profits, executive bonuses, and the price of cocaine and hookers.

They want to give worse service, and charge even more for it. With even more customers they can sit on their infrastructure for even longer without upgrading it, all while claiming to have cutting edge service.

Why do you hate America?


ISS Could Be Fitted With Lasers To Shoot Down Space Junk 159

Posted by samzenpus
from the point-and-shoot dept.
An anonymous reader writes Japan's Riken research institute has suggested a new idea for dealing with space junk. They say a fiber optic laser mounted onto the International Space Station could blast debris out of the sky. From the article: "To combat the increasingly dense layer of dead satellites and miscellaneous space debris that are enshrouding our planet, no idea — nets, lassos, even ballistic gas clouds — seems too far-fetched to avoid. Now, an international team of researchers led by Japan's Riken research institute has put forward what may be the most ambitious plan to date. They propose blasting an estimated 3,000 tons of space junk out of orbit with a fiber optic laser mounted on the International Space Station."

Comment: Gimmicks ... (Score 2) 60

by gstoddart (#49509603) Attached to: New Nudge Technology Prods You To Take Action

This is gimmicks, toys, and other crap ... mostly designed to sell analytics to corporations ... utterlly lacking in scientific merit, and serving no real purpose.

  "young, asymptomatic, middle-class neurotics continuously monitoring their vital signs while they sleep."

Indeed. Pointless solutions to first world problems.

No thanks, put down your phone and get out and do something.

Comment: Re:YouTube? Srsly? (Score 1) 146

A zoom into a fractal stored as a 16-minute YouTube video must be the least efficient way to store an equation. If only there was some sort of a 'fractal compression' method.

Plus, the article states that they only zoom in by a Google squared... presumably because Google set that limit for YouTube.

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead