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Comment Re:Hyrbid? What's Intel's production problem? (Score 3, Insightful) 144

You seem to be the same AC from my the thread above.

The point everyone is making is that the new technology has to be competitive somehow, either price, performance, capacity, something, but this one is pretty much pointless, it is more expensive, has greater performance but not really impactfull (my spreadsheet now opens in 0.003s with Xpoint instead of 0.005s with flash SSD, yey!?), for now capacity is very limited and endurance is a far cry from the promised during the first announcements, in the order of 30 fold less.

The strong criticism is about a pointless product sold as great with a technology that should be a big leap forward that is not that much better.

Comment Re:Not living to the promise (Score 1) 144

I do agree with this being the first iteration and about technology cycles, but intel hyped this almost as being the end of flash and RAM and it is far, far from that.

It seems to be a step up to flash, with it being bit accessible and not page (no need for trim and all that), but it is not at all what the marketing was trying to sell.

Comment Not living to the promise (Score 4, Informative) 144

When intel announced 3DXpoint a couple of years ago they said it would be the best thing since sliced bread, cheap as flash, 1000x time more durable, 100x faster, 1000x lower latency. They also promised it in a form factor to replace RAM, kinda like HP "the machine" M-RAM.

But now we see it is not all that, latency is really good but the endurance is barely over flash, so bad that for enterprise product they had to actually use several times the apparent capacity, otherwise it would die really fast due to wear, and for the general consumer the only product they could come up with was an expensive hard drive accelerator, which sincerely, nobody in their right mind should buy, there are already hybrid HD out there with integrated flash that do the same and do not depend on the motherboard chipset/BIOS to operate, and if you are cheap enough to not by a small (and yet much bigger) SSD for your OS for almost the same price, you are not going to buy this.

Hope they some day can live up to the initial hype, but this is not looking to good.

Comment Re:An update on Richard Feynman (Score 1) 84

For now atomic manipulation at large quantities is very far off (they only used 2 atoms in that experiment).

Our problem currently with storage is that we are kind of bound to 2D, only in the last couple of years we started actually build storage that has bits layered with 3D NAND, but the Z axis is still much, much smaller than the others. In my opinion, the future of large storage should more a cube than an atom.

Comment Insurance companies should always pay (Score 1) 250

To me insurance companies should ALWAYS pay, especially to third party victims, the only time they should be covered is fraud, , such as deliberate accident, and even then injured bystanders should get compensation, for the rest, if the insurance company feels they shouldn't pay for some reason (in this case a software update not applied), they should go to court and let a judge decide.

Their jobs is to be a safety net for times we are not paying attention, neglect something or are incompentent/irresponsible, if the law lets insurance companies choose to pay only if there are absolutely no fault of the driver, they would only pay when the car was struk by a meteor or something.

Comment Re:Stop apologizing (Score 1) 292

Thank you, I was about to write pretty much exactly this.

It like the researchers are afraid of the hipsters, "look, we used highly advanced genetic engineering techniques to sequence the genes but we would try to modify/remove this genes, that we now know what they are exactly, using other advanced genetic engineering, we will however use a trial and error technique that will take a lot longer and may not do exactly what was intended (such as get seeds without saponins but with less yield) because we depend on random events to get it done."

Don't get me started on the gluten free and super food things, it actually makes me mad.

Comment The ones I listen to (Score 1) 268

I've been listening to podcasts for over ten years now, these are my current ones:
In english:
- The sckeptics guide to the universe (seen a few time listed here, I think was the first one I subscribed to, going strong for over ten years with missing a single week due to one of the host dying, that's commitment!)
- In our time (from BBC radio 4, very deep subjects)
- Scientific American Podcast
- Skepticality (going just as long as SGU, but not as near as regular)
- StarTalk (Niel deGrasse Tyson radio show, very good, altough I HATE the ads with all of my being, don't know why)
- The Infinite Monkey Cage (Brian Cox and Robin Ince, funny as fuck! one of the best)
- The naked scientists
- Nerdist
- The RSA (some are boring, some are really awesome)
- Hello Internet (CGPGrey and Brady, two dudes talking, literally)

In portuguese:
- NerdCast (most famous in Brazil, one of the best I listen to, definitely the funniest)
- Xadrez Verbal (foreign politics but very lax, really good)

In Norwegian (I'm trying to learn the language):
- Nerdeprat
- Rad Crew: NEON

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