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Comment Re:The are cashes FOR hard drives (Score 1) 48

Intel dabbled in this (as did others) years ago when SSDs were too small for most people. As far as I know, it was kinda shitty and only kinda worked and everyone abandoned it because hybrid drives were simpler (even though they too sucked) and SSDs kept getting bigger, faster, and cheaper.

They called it "Smart Response Technology" when it launched. Maybe it's back? Maybe it never went away? Maybe Windows ReadyBoost has risen from the grave? (I've NEVER seen ReadyBoost in actual use.)

Comment Re: Yeah, but no (Score 1) 48

The deal is they have a bunch of half-broken XPoint shit they need to sell off in some form to recoup some $.

XPoint (Currently "Optane" products from Intel) isn't fucking ready: http://semiaccurate.com/2016/0...

If Intel & Micron can get to the point where it fucking works as planned then it'll be great. But who the fuck knows if/when that'll actually happen. What you're seeing now is a broken mess that is shippable only because they're loading it up with tons of redundancy / overprovisioning for when it fails, and it works only at about the same speed as a high end SSD.

Comment Re:Reminds me of a conversation with a colleague (Score 1) 214

I don't know if you're trolling or not, but almost every major conflict in human history has been resolved through violence. The only one I can think of that was truly major and didn't directly play out that way was the cold war. Even considering all the conflicts in asia that resulted, we thankfully never met the full potential of the cold war (several incidents where we came very, very close to nuking eachother). Of course, we're still dealing with the effects of the cold war, particularly with all the Soviet shit (including their nukes and engineers) being sold to all the nations stirring shit up on that side of the globe, fueling the modern terrorism wave.

Comment Re: plausible? (Score 0) 214

airliners are built to be dirt cheap

Dirt cheap? Seriously? How much gold is there in your dirt?
Aviation in general is ridiculously expensive. Large airliners go into the hundreds of millions, which make them about 100 times more expensive than cars, pound for pound. I work in the field and if there is a word that doesn't describe the industry, it's "cheap".
The reason flying is cheaper nowadays is not because planes are built cheaper. That's because they are more efficient and require less maintenance. Plus everything that is not directly related to the plane itself such as : cabin crew, airport fees, service, taxes, yield management, etc...

Materials and construction are dirt cheap wherever possible because of all the other ancillary costs (mostly regulated testing and maintenance) and the push to make them as light as possible to conserve fuel. A couple of decades ago we were building bigger, faster planes. But passengers haven't considered flying to be a positive experience since the early 60s, and thus would rather pay less for tickets and be stuffed into a can like sardines for more hours. They're also willing to waste time with indirect flights and layovers/connections if it saves them $20 on a ticket.

So fuck it, build it as cheaply as legally possible and stuff them in, then do the bare minimum of maintenance to keep them approved for flight. There's a reason DELTA never leaves on time - they're scrambling with last minute checks and maintenance on planes that should have been retired a decade ago.

Comment Another Story (Score 1) 104

You don't say "another story" when it's the logical conclusion of the same fucking story.

Cheap labor with phony degrees and no skills beyond following a script, from a country with a culture of scheming, scamming, and cheating will yield terrible quality of work and behavior. I don't know who's scamming who here. The tech industry for hiring Indian labor at "fuck you" prices and treating them like shit, or the Indian labor force getting bogus degrees and cheating their way to a job in an outsourcing firm that then sells the western tech industry a pile of lies on what they can produce. If India didn't have over a billion fucking people and a caste system, people might demand fair treatment, livable conditions, and wages. But then the west wouldn't get terrible, condescending "customer service" and cheap, shitty code.

Submission + - SPAM: Life After Windows Vista: A Brief History

Mickeycaskill writes: Microsoft is finally killing off the much unloved Windows Vista and Mozilla has said Firefox users should expect support to end in September.

It never came close to surpassing the popularity of Windows XP and received largely negative reviews despite security improvements, a graphical overhaul and nearly six years in development.

As of February 2017, Vista’s market share was just 0.78 percent, and although it retains a loyal fan base (including the character Doctor Sheldon Cooper of the TV series ‘The Big Bang Theory’), Microsoft has decided that after ten years, it is time to cease providing security updates for the OS.

But there is no clear upgrade path from Vista to Windows 10 and there is the chance that some people could be left stranded on an ageing platform.

Here is a brief overview of the troubled life of what some regard as Microsoft's worst ever OS.

Comment Re: but you arent a traditional CA (Score 1) 234

If you can't tell the difference between paypal.com and päypal.com then perhaps you should be booking yourself in for an eye test... The cert is doing its job, it's your fault if you can't read properly.

And it was always easy to get an SSL cert, you just had to control the domain in question and be willing to pay for the cert, the process has been entirely automated with most registrars for years. Scammers would frequently buy certs using stolen cards too.

Submission + - UK home secretary peddling Security Snake Oil (bbc.co.uk)

Martin S. writes: Amanda Rudd the UK Home Secretary responsible for Policing is peddling security snake oil. Ignoring the big problem with information security is that is really is impossible to tell the difference between good security and bad security without an expert and we all know what the current crop of politicons they think of experts. https://www.schneier.com/crypt...

Submission + - Prominent Drupal and PHP dev kicked from the Drupal project over Gor beliefs (techcrunch.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Last week the Drupal community erupted in anger after its leader, Dries Buytaert, asked Larry Garfield, a prominent Drupal contributor and long-time member of the Drupal and PHP communities, “to leave the Drupal project.” Buytaert claims he did this "because it came to my attention that he holds views that are in opposition with the values of the Drupal project.". A huge furor has erupted in response — not least because the reason clearly has much to do with Garfield’s unconventional sex life. Buytaert made his post in response after Larry went public, outing himself to public opinion.

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