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Comment Re:Repeat after me (Repetition Indeed) (Score 1) 211

Should be the same with computers also and the software that runs on them. But we all know thats not true. We are constantly asked to opt in for anonymous data exchange.

No, I'm not. It's one of many reasons why I use Open Source. I remember this vaguely because it was some time ago, but I *think* OpenOffice asked me one time if I would like to be counted among their users for purposes of measuring their marketshare, but that's the sole example I can name. I answered "No" (which I think was the default option, could be wrong) and it never asked me about that again. Either way, a single one-time example in the 13-14 years that I have used Linux is a far cry from "constantly" being asked. Then there's the fact that when OpenOffice says "this data is not personally identifying" I tend to believe them, because if they lied about it a reading of the source code would expose them.

Not saying I agree with this, because I don't. But this practice is nothing new for products we currently purchase.

Only because we (well, in my case, "they") tolerate it.

Comment For scientific journals, you need a big screen (Score 4, Informative) 503

If you get one for that purpose, the only real option is the Kindle DX with the bigger screen. I have a Sony PRS-505, and it really doesn't work for journal articles. I'm a grad student and I was really hoping this device would be more useful for reading journals, but it's just not. The screen is too small, and the various zooming methods are clunky.

In my field, geology, a lot of older articles - going back to the 60's and 70's - are still used as primary references. These are mostly available only as scanned PDFs, and that's where the real problem lies. If you're mostly looking at new articles, it'd be less of a problem, as the device will "re-flow" the text when you zoom in. However, I would still recommend a larger screen.

Comment Re:USB 3.0: better than Windows 7 (Score 1) 374

USB3 is going to be an expensive upgrade. The only controller chip currently available are $15/chip
They will come down and intel is also almost certain to integrate support into thier chipsets.

eSATA seems like a much better solution.
eSATA has a few issues

1: the designers didn't include any power pins so even the smallest devices have to be externally powered
2: while atapi over sata should support anything that scsi did noone seems to actually bother to make anything other than hard drives and optical drivers with sata interfaces
3: you can only have one layer of port multipliers, it's hard to find them with more than 5 ports,not all hosts support them and i've never seen them in a USB hub like box with eSATA ports on both sides.

So esata will probablly continue to have a niche for high speed external hard drives but I don't see it expanding beyond that.

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