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THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy

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Re: Storage cost

Given the current economic climate, I'd say that the average person doesn't have savings.

Average assets of UK adult March 2014 = £147,000 (source: AOL), of which £20,000 savings

Also, I said "the average person (with savings)" and not "the average person". Hope this helps.

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Storage cost

With these disks, 1 petabyte would cost $50830. The average person (with savings) can now afford 1 petabyte of storage. Several petabytes if they have a house to sell.

An Exabyte would still set you back 1024 times that, about $52 million. Moore's law says that will fall back to about $50,000 by 2034.

20 years after that, the average person will be able to afford 1 zettabyte of storage, more than all of the data in the world today.

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6TB Red drive costing just $299

That's 21 Gb per dollar, or 210 Mb for 1 cent.

Or 1 Mb for about 0.005 cents. Or .0000000048 cents per byte. 48 pico dollars per byte. 48 p$

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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Abrahams should construct the new plot so as to tear the ****hole out of the plots of the 3 prequels, if possible.

Maybe that is a bit harsh. Luke should wake up to find that the 3 prequels were just a nightmare following a hangover from too much Janx spirit or whatever.

Or Alec Guinness should build a DeLorean time machine to take us all back to 1985 before the prequels happened. And we could all see some film with stills from the prequels sort of disappearing or whatever. For the lulz

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Re: Stop making sense?

Marks out of 10

Star Wars 10

The Empire Strikes Back 9.5

Return of the Jedi 8.5

Phantom Menace -198,367,626,674

Attack of the Clones -3,992,367,654,473

Revenge of the Sith -157,329,873,473

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

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Personally, I never use the phone at all in the car, despite having blue tooth. Not really sure why anyone would. Being lazy is much better.

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...and an actual traffic stop is the only way to catch someone doing this.

I dunno. Don't forget, every aspect of our lives is now committed to MPEG. Including your commute, your stop at the petrol station, your buying sweets,... basically any urban road or motorway, you are a film star. They probably even see which number you dialed.

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Seagate chances ARM with NAS boxes for the SOHO crowd

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Re: My old 400Mhz ARM QNAP...

Interesting. My Buffalo Linkstation live tops out at 15 megabytes a sec, despite being having a gigabit NIC. At this speed the ARM cpu is 100% utilized. In other words, it is only about twice as fast as fast ethernet, not 10 times. Impressive you get 22 megabytes/s out of 400 Mhz.

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is powered by a Marvel ARM 1.2GHz processor and 512MB of RAM

100MB/s ? If it gets more than 20 I will eat my hat. Bottleneck here is the wimpy CPU not the gigabit NIC.

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Re: So thats...

Which seems the more realistic usage scenario in the average small business office?

25 users streaming HD video 7 hours a day. Boom Boom.

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FORGOTTEN Bing responds to search index ECJ ruling: Hello? Remember us?

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Bing

My blog stats over the last few days:

558 referrals from google.com

306 referrals from google.co.uk

163 referrals from google.co.in

74 referrals from google.co.fr

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5 referrals from bing.com

4 referrals from cn.bing.com

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Running the Gauntlet: Atari's classic ... now and then

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Home computers

Home computer versions of Gauntlet were quite good because it didn't require massive animation or BLIT operations like, say, Afterburner. There was also no scrolling on the home versions IIRC.

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Re: Valkyrie - Lol you big girl.

Yes I suspect "LUCY" is a girl. *rolleyes*

Yes. I know. That was the joke.

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Re: about time it was revived

Who remembers the space themed game that was also similar as a 4 player with health requiring constant 10p input? I forget it's name but in Swindon the local arcade had this and Gauntlet.

Sounds awfully like Quartet, a game I am often banging on about in here. Out at the same time as Gauntlet, was a 4 player sideways scroller with a space/monster theme. Boss at the end of every level. 4 players with different weapons. Also top fun on MAME.

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Reboot

Played it on MAME. Now that's a real reboot.

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CPC464

I had Gauntlet on the CPC464 at the same time as playing it in the arcade. The Amstrad version was well done and very close to the original. It was just a bit less smooth and powerful due to the hardware.

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Re: Yes wasted

@graeme Legget we are contemporaries. A fond memory from the student common room at Sunderland Polytechnic. IIRC it was quite a good spectator sport too. I spent at least as long watching others as actually playing. Cool.

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Valkyrie

I always wanted to play the Valkyrie

Lol you big girl.

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MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws

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Gosh isn't the government wonderful

I just wanted to say aren't our MPs great, and the folks in the security services are awfully nice too, don't you think ? Everything they do is just absolutely smashing.

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Brit biz Phoenix IT Group confirms £16m of contract wins

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Impressive

Well done them. Phoenix has been one big sob story in El Reg for years. Gr8 to see it turned around.

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Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops

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Agree re cloud. Depending on it for day to day operations is a bit like living in your car. Awful in many ways but hey, your house now on wheels, how convenient is that ?

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but now PCs aren't big

From my desk I see about about 10 PCs without rotating my head, with an average of about 1.9 PCs per desk. Also about 1 smartphone per desk

Can't see any slabs they must all be behind me.

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Barclays Bank counter staff to become iPad-toting 'community bankers'

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Re: If it wasn't for ****ing cheques

@JimmyPage I think you can specify "cheque" or "electronic" on the tax return. Select cheque rather than giving HMRC your account number. Need to know basis and all that...

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Radical ideas

The quickest way for banks to offer better service would be to open when the customers are able to visit, ie. in the evening and Saturdays. There's an idea, eh?

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New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back

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auto type-find thing

I just start typing a word (such as "excel" or "sql") then the apps will appear and I can quickly create shortcuts

The auto type-find thing is incorporated in many (non windows) desktops now. Even MATE, the minimal successor of Gnome 2, has it by default. Although you have to click the menu first, to get the smart search bar.

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

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screw up and move on

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Popular password protection programs p0wnable

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Re: Anyone using any web based password manager is just an idiot.

Put eg. Keepassx on your home desktop and the app on your phone. Copy the database manually.

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Storing your passwords online

No.

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NEW Raspberry Pi B+, NOW with - count them - FOUR USB ports

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Re: hmm

Cool. However the card change limits your ability to swap SD cards with other Pis.

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Canuck reader threatens suicide over exact dimensions of SPAAAACE!

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Babcock

To misquote Blackadder, this bloke has all the charm of a pub toilet at closing time.

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

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Re: hi-res audio bullshit

The source was pretty much perfected in the mid 80s with the advent of CD. My lovely Goldring-Lenco turntable, though infinitely more graceful than a CD player, changed overnight from being a piece of state-of-the-art engineering, into being merely a thing of beauty.

The amplification problem was pretty much solved in the 60s with solid state amps. The early designs were poor, but once they got it right, there wasn't much more audible improvment to be made.

The speaker has long been the bottleneck. And it is likely to remain so, when you think of all the dirty reality it has to deal with. As a rule of thumb, for the most natural sound, buy the biggest loudspeakers you (and your family) can tolerate.

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Hi-Fi

So in summary, the Kellog loudspeaker continues happily after over 100 years and into the foreseeable future.

The solid state amplifier continues happily after 50 years and into the foreseeable future.

The 16 bit CD still wears the crown after 30 years and into the foreseeable future. Many people now copy the data to other places too.

Oh and at a recent publicity event, Dennon announced it now offers a range of non-hifi items which may nonetheless make interesting additions to your home AV environment, and interface well with modern non hi-fi services to which many happily subscribe.

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Viv Reding quits justice commish role - heads for EU parliament

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Re: European justice commissioner Viviane Reding...

Yep, and you can vote against Juncker by voting for an EU party other than his. Your vote acts to remove him and his party from power.

No. The victorious Europarty doesn't really win anything except the right to nominate a candidate for president to the European council. There is no concept of removing a ruler or his party from power. The EU has no "parties" in that sense.

You are mistaken, Cameron was only on the ballot for MP, not for Prime Minister. There is no ballot for PM because PMs aren't elected by the British electorate. They are appointed in back room deals by a handful of people in a political party.

No. Cameron can lose his seat like any other MP, or his party can lose. In both cases he is booted out of Number 10 within seconds. He is undeniably and directly elected under full suffrage. (Although you may have a point with the current coalition).

It makes perfect sense. He voted for a party that had Schulz as a candidate. That is what the EU electorate does. Just like the British people in 2010 voted for parties in Westminster, each with their own candidate. Had the majority of the EU electorate voted on a different party, Juncker would not be president of the EC.

No. It is *nothing* like a UK election. To repeat, the leader (or nominee) of the winning Europarty only gets to be nominated to the EU council as a candidate. The council (who are also unelected) then choose who they like behind closed doors. There isn't even a press release. The Council choose who they like, not you. Heck, Shultz could even win the election and they might still choose Junker (I think).

It is an absurd belief that UK elections have no influence over the UK. Many elections in my memory have led to immediate and huge change, eg Thatcher's win in 1979, Blair in 1997, Cameron/Clegg in 2010.

The rest of your post is an apology for non-democracy in the EU. Don't apologise, fix it. EU leaders have got used to being non-democratic, it will be extremely hard to persuade them otherwise. Think of it from their view. They have a great lifestyle, don't have to bother pleasing voters or accounting to anyone. The life of Riley, why should they want to change that ? And how can we force them, since there is no democratic basis on which to do so ?

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Re: European justice commissioner Viviane Reding...

How can you vote against Cameron? Where is he on the ballot.

You can vote against Cameron by voting for a UK party other than his. Your vote acts to remove him and his party from power. Full suffrage. Job done.

Where is Cameron on a ballot ? He will be on the ballot paper in his constituency in the 2015 general election.

I had a choice to vote for Juncker, I didn't, I voted for Schulz - unless you are an EU commissioner (also not elected!) this sentence makes no sense.

Some readers think I am making a point about British party politics. I'm not. I am giving a reminder/warning that the basis of the EU is non-democratic, with even the President being an appointee, chosen by other appointees. The problem has been well known since the inception of the EU, and is fully documented in the EU Wikipedia pages.

Full democracy and full suffrage cost many wars. Don't let go of it.

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Re: European justice commissioner Viviane Reding...

I wouldn't say it is less democratic than the system we have in the UK where the electorate doesn't get a vote on the Prime Minister or any of the other ministers

Oh please. UK is a parliamentary democracy. UK MPs are party members and nominate their prospective prime minister before the election. The Opposition even nominates its Shadow Cabinet. So citizens have complete control over who is in power and who isn't, who can be prime minister and who can't, and who get to be in the cabinet and who doesn't.

The EU government (the Commission) is not an elected body. Five years from now, Skippy the Kangaroo could be appointed EU president and there is nothing you could do about it.

Don't like Cameron ? Vote against him. Don't like Junker ? Er...

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European justice commissioner Viviane Reding...

... is (or was), like other EU commissioners, not elected, does not represent anybody, has no democratic mandate and can never be voted out of office. My interest in anything they say or do is therefore very limited. Sorry for the extreme view.

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10Gbps over crumbling COPPER: Boffins cram bits down telco wire

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Re: Bell Labs GaAs modem from 1960s

@Kev99 sadly, Googling for "Gallium Arsenide modem" returns only one page, this one. I fear we must categorize this desirable item with yogic flying, force processing gyroscope, etc.

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Re: not round here

Thy wanted to but it was too expensive.

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Down-with-the-kidz Apple stuffs up with wild 'funness' claims

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Yeah. None of us wants to be reminded of the stupid made-up words of our own yoof.

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Dead letter office: ancient smallpox sample turns up in old US lab

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Re: That is a dodged bullet :o

No-one survived exposure even though some were vaccinated as they were exposed to such a high dose of the virus.

So their vaccination/immunization made them resistant, not immune...

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Storm-battered Rockall adventurer recalls 'worst experience of my life'

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Re: Prevailing winds

The barrels had all been tethered to the rock, the pod or both. The tethers hadn't failed, but the handles on the barrels had been torn off and left forlornly swinging on the leashes."

holy ***t !

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Re: So once again ...

...idiot... boatloads.. etc.

troll

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

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Bamboo pickup arm

But no progress can be made when science is replaced by bizarre belief structures and marketing fluff, leading to a decades-long stagnation of the audiophile domain.

No. The ludicrous "audiophile" market, thought annoying, is tiny, and should not prove a barrier to any serious new technology. It certainly didn't slow down the adoption of CDs, for example. And thankfully it has no influence over commercial audio. There are no oxygen-free cables in Sony studios.

I am surprised that commentators continue to talk about MP3s and compressing codecs. Storage capacities have already made music compression fairly redundant. A micro SD card can happily house a major CD collection uncompressed these days.

This article covers a lot of ground in a short space, and is therefore superficial in parts, annoyingly so. The author clearly believes that time delay is the overarching consideration in pretty much all audio design, even dismissing (he calls it "debunking") transmission line speakers in a couple of sentences. But this doesn't stand up. As Douglas Self points out in parts 6 and 9 (also numbered 11) of this article

http://douglas-self.com/ampins/pseudo/subjectv.htm

...phase may be important for a base drum, but what about an electric guitar, where even the live performance is provisioned through "legacy" loudspeakers ?

I would add that that live music does not originate at a point source. In an auditorium, the audience members are in widely different positions relative to each instrument, with corresponding wide variations in time delay and sound direction and distance. So should the CD be based on the time delays at seat 34-A or those present at seat 6-C ?

Commercial music passes down an extremely long channel before it reaches your hi-fi. Perhaps hundreds of amplifiers, CPUs, mixing units, filters, DSPs. How likely is it that group/phase delay passes through unchanged at all these points ? Only if all these components have zero group/phase delay is it worth redesigning your loudspeaker crossover unit, and even them only if you think that the effect is gross enough to be audible.

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El Reg is looking for a new London sub-editor

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Let me sub-edit that for you

...our world-beating coverage of ray-guns, atom smashers, killer robots, selected celebrities, zeppelins, Rockall, space oddities and garden-shed engineering breakthroughs

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Can I work from home ?

I'm kidding!

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Lords try shoehorning law against REVENGE SMUT into justice bill

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Re: We need more laws!

Good point. This prospective law could be very handy the rich and famous wanting to censor unwanted images of themselves, under the disguise of a superficially worthy cause.

That embarrassing picture of Boris Johnson and Dave Cameron at the Bullingdon club ? Will this make it illegal ?

What about the recent video of the Coops banker buying crack ? Published without his permission surely ? Censor it.

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What is it with cloud computing? Engage VM, disengage brain?

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Owncloud

Add Owncloud to that list at the end of the article.

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Farewell Felix Dennis, deal-maker supreme of tech publishing

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El Reg

Are there any contributors to El Reg who also wrote for these famous 80's micro mags ?

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'World’s dumbest' suspect collared in Facebook sting

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Re: not password protected?

Do you seriously log into your home computer with a username and password each time you use it?

Yes. And I have never used a computer that didn't work that way, at either home or work, since the last century. Comes from having laptops I suppose.

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Ministry of Justice IT bods to strike over outsourcing fears

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Re: Just strike on principle!

IT sure is the whipping boy when it comes to cost savings, and a handy scapegoat when the cheapened system goes wrong

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