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Comment Is this significantly different from SRT? (Score 3, Interesting) 311

I don't imagine it is. Anandtech found it wasn't that difficult to evict stuff from the cache you actually wanted. Not to mention that if you start copying anything especially large (your MP3 collection, or installing a couple games from a Steam sale, say) you nuke the cache and are back to mechanical HD performance.

Personally, I prefer to do it manually. Stuff I want to load fast (Windows, applications, games, my profile folder) sit on an SSD. Bulk data sits on a mechanical drive.

Comment Re:Fileserver (Score 1) 359

Slashdot I know, but neither of you actually read the fucking article, did you? They're talking about last mile connections, not your home LAN.

Still, I don't know many computers built in the last few years that DON'T have gigE, and even though 802.11N doesn't come anywhere close, it still delivers >100mbit in real world settings... so the idea that most computers can't handle it is inane. Yeah most people can't stream 100MB/s to disk or something, and lower powered gear or cheap chipsets may not be able to max it out. But who cares? They can still do an order of magnitude better than what we have now.

These guys must have the imagination of a turnip if they can't see a use for faster transfers. The reason there's no killer app for gigabit residential connections is that most people can't get them, and that when they can the transfer caps are (relatively, at least) anaemic. Fix that and who CAN'T think of a use for it? Just off the top of my head, how about better quality streaming video? Forget dinky little 3-5mbit streams, you could pull down blu-ray quality 1080p all day long.

Comment Re:HD formats are a kind of DOS attack (Score 1) 354

Your theory is kind of nutty.

An ISO of a bluray disc might be 30-40GB. The feature, with 30 different subtitles, 7 different audio tracks, and occasionally a 480p stream tossed in for shits and giggles is usually 20-30GB. Re-compress it with x264 and strip out the extra tracks, and you're usually down to 8-12GB, even if you leave the audio untouched.

The first 2TB disk I found on newegg costs $70. It will hold around 80 average-sized bluray features (untouched), or around 200 average-sized rips. In comparison, assuming you manage to find every bluray you might ever want on sale for $10, that's $800 worth of untouched rips, or $2000 worth of re-compressed ones.

Storage isn't the limiting factor here :P

Comment "Powerful Darwinian Forces" huh (Score 3, Informative) 202

Whale is more than 20 years old now, and it was polymorphic. An issue of 40hex from 1993 provides source for a polymorphic engine. This isn't a new development, the technique was "mastered" 20 years ago :P

Maybe they've seen a recent spike in it, but... who cares? Well, unless it means they'll put a little more thought into AV than signature-based bullshit. "heuristics"-based detection that isn't a complete joke, for a start.

Comment Re:Too early yet to bury Thunderbolt (Score 1) 259

but when you need it you need it

But do you really need it? 10Gb/s is pretty great and all, but... so's SATA3. 6Gb/s is 750MB/s, Seagate's 2TB SATA3 drives do ~130MB/s sustained in the benchmarks I found, so the R4 array in the article can only max it out for the first second or so while it's still reading from the drive caches. The R6 would be bottlenecked by SATA3, but *barely* (780 vs. 750) Cheaper cables too :P ... sure you could put SSDs in it and get a benefit, but that's a pretty niche market.

I think what's more likely is that by the time there's enough hardware, and enough desire, for Thunderbolt... there'll be a SATA4 or something.

Of course, what do I know?

Comment Old(er) guy likes old(er) music, film at 11. (Score 1, Insightful) 160

If you don't like Lady Gaga (and neither do I) just say it and move on. You don't need to justify it, if it doesn't float your boat, it doesn't float your boat.

The music industry is dying, but that has nothing to do with what it puts out. Slashdot was wrong then, and it's still wrong now.

We haven't run out of classic music, we're making new classic music all the time. "Classic" is about attachments or memories you form with music, and often during formative years. Did you happen to listen to the B-52s or the Talking Heads growing up? It's also about taste, for example I find most stuff that gets labelled "Classic Rock" relentlessly boring. Merzbow has fans. Noise rock has fans. It's rarely about objective quality, and even if it were, who decides what's quality?

You may not like or feel any attachment to modern music, but let's not pretend nobody does.

Comment Non-answers (Score 1) 262

The "why would anyone accept bitcoin given its instability" question was admittedly a bit inflammatory, but it would have been nice if he'd even made an attempt at answering it.

When the market doesn't have enough volume to smooth out wild gyrations like over the past few weeks it's completely unacceptable for real world use...

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