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Comment Hello, Western Digital! (Score 0) 261

I use laptop SATA 7200RPM drives in my home servers all the time. They're small, efficient, cheap and fast.

I'd use SAS if I could easily add SAS to a home server for less than THOUSANDS of dollars.

If Seagate won't make the product, WD will. They'll get my business. I vote with my dollars.

I'm glad I sold my STX stock. This is a bad business decision.


Submission + - How to we fix the X86 architecture?

immovable_object writes: I've always heard how the Intel X86 (and now X86_64) architecture is broken. The architecture and boot of an X86 system dates from the early IBM PC. However, I've never heard of what is needed to fix it. Is there a way to 'start over' with a modern X86 chip that would result in less baggage, frustration, etc.?

NAMCO Takes Down Student Pac-man Project 218

An anonymous reader writes "The core of how people first learn to do stuff — programming, music, writing, etc. — is to imitate others. It's one of the best ways to learn. Apparently a bunch of students using MIT's educational Scratch programming language understand this. But not everyone else does. NAMCO Bandai sent a takedown notice to MIT because some kids had recreated Pac-man with Scratch. The NAMCO letter is pretty condescending as well, noting that it understands the educational purpose of Scratch, but 'part of their education should include concern for the intellectual property of others.'"

Comment Beginning of the end (Score -1) 504

If the USPS stops saturday delivery, what's next? Monday?

Cutting back on the service is just the first step towards elimination of the service.

Rather than cutting service, I think it makes more sense to focus on the costs of USPS.

Perhaps consolidate mailboxes to centralized locations rather than individual delivery?


Breaking the Squid Barrier 126

An anonymous reader writes "Dr. Steve O'Shea of Auckland, New Zealand is attempting to break the record for keeping deep sea squid alive in captivity, with the goal of being able to raise a giant squid one day. Right now, he's raising the broad squid, sepioteuthis australis, from egg masses found in seaweed. This is a lot harder than it sounds, because the squid he's studying grow rapidly and eat only live prey, making it hard for them to keep the squid from becoming prey themselves. If his research works out, you might one day be able to visit an aquarium and see giant squid."

Comment Re:Open Source to the rescue (Score -1) 258

I think your viewpoint is skewed. Other OSs have moved on, while WindowsXP still infests computers. If Microsoft had provided a progressive OS during the 2000's, we wouldn't have this issue.

In any case, if it is important for an old OS to work properly with 4k sector sizes, a patch can be built. I'd like to see a jumper that would set the reported sector size as 4K or 512b. Sure, the performance of the 512b sectors will be problematic on a 4K drive, but the performance improvement for those OSs that can work in 4K blocks won't then be impacted by an ineffective default setting.


Submission + - Grow Congress to thwart special interests?

immovable_object writes: I had an idea on how to 'fix' Congress that I wanted to run by the readers of Slashdot. Currently, special interests attempt to monopolize the time of our members of congress, artificially influencing their views, and turning Congress into a special interest haven. If we could expand congress by 5-10x, or 2000 Senators, and 5000 House members, I believe that Congress would return to representing the will of the people rather than the special interests. After all, buying off 1500 Senators is far more difficult than buying off 150 senators. Additionally, I think this would move the US closer to a Democracy than the current Republic. What does the Slashdot reader community think?

Comment Re:A pack of Luddites, honestly! (Score -1) 315

What bugs me is this:

With simple NAT today, a bad guy can't attack the systems behind my NAT solution. I can control access via NAT and define what gets back in.

With real (IPv6) routing, I now have to install firewalls on all of my systems and maintain them individually.

Yes, NAT sucks, but maintaining 30 firewalls when a single NAT firewall was sufficient is simply impractical.

Think of it another way - older folks (parental units) don't even understand their current NAT cable modems. If you introduce (and require) true routing to non-techies, the security exposures become ridiculously easy to propagate.

I'll stick with NAT.

Comment Re:Death knell (Score -1) 361

The data loss and corruption that the parent is talking about is the fault of crap hardware. In almost every case, USB is involved, or more rarely the lack of ECC ram. It is true that ZFS is less tolerant of bad hardware.

What good is a fault tolerant file system if it isn't tolerant of faults?

What you're talking about (fault tolerance) on top of a single drive makes exactly no sense. In no circumstance does ZFS do worse than HFS+ on data corruption. If you want to pull your USB stick out -- good luck with your data being intact regardless of the filesystem in use.


With such hardware, it is impossible for any filesystem to function reliably.

Quite incorrect.

USB and Firewire bridges are notorious for this. If you care about your data, you should run the other way if you happen upon one.

Well, golly, those only happen to be the way 99.999% of Apple's customers attach exernal drives, not to mention 99.9% of all of the rest of the world.

The answer doesn't have to be ZFS for everything. If ZFS doesn't work for unreliable USB drives, don't use it. Use HFS+ instead. However, for my 1TB drive, I really want to know if the drive is corrupting my data! HFS+ silently loses a few blocks, and suddenly all my work is suspect. I'll take ZFS over any filesystem that doesn't verify the file integrity. And no, a fsck doesn't verify the file integrity. It verifies only that the metadata looks ok.


I've been using ZFS for years on both server equipment and OSX. It's fantastic software that tells me when things are wrong, and, has features far beyond any filesystem available elsewhere today. Apple, if you're listening, please make ZFS available to regular OSX!

Comment Re:SUVs (Score -1) 897


Using that same reasoning, should I ask my local communist party what food I should eat? I can afford a lot of different food, but to be responsible, shouldn't I eat what others tell me I should eat?


In other words, your argument is complete BS. There are many factors that determine whether I should or shouldn't do something. Public opinion is VERY low on that factor list.

Just because you don't agree with what I do doesn't mean you get a gold star for pointing out the difference.

I believe in freedom for this exact reason. I can do what I like when I like, as long as I'm not hurting another person when I do it.

An no, driving a truck isn't hurting another person. I've never been in an accident in my truck, and I drive in some horrible conditions.

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