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Seagate slips out super-silent 2.5in video hard drive

pixl97

Re: typo

Most of the platter is empty, but the part that isn't is extremely information dense. The random seek times are what kills you though.

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Chinese spacecraft JUUUUST avoids smashing into Toutatis

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Re: Very nice but...

What do you think that artist does for a day job. It's a good long time between events in space and he has to feed his family.

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Ocean seeding a dead duck as carbon solution

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Re: "Environmental Impact "

Turtle, adding on to my post. Yes, it has an environmental impact, some negative, but it would be like your MPs arguing about the impact of your neighbor Mrs Tuttleworth burning her rubbish bin while the entirety of London was a burning inferno year after year.

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pixl97

Re: "Environmental Impact "

>Well what kind of negative environmental impact could that possibly have, eh?

Lets say it acts like a fertilizer, which it's trying to in this case. It could cause low oxygen levels in the water by causing a growth bloom. That's about all. If you're worried about the environmental impact, you'd be far more worried (at least in the U.S. case) that we put 3,000,000,000 pounds of nitrogen a year in the Gulf, from just one river. Who knows how much phosphorus. All concentrated close to the shore where it kills everything off. The place where most sea life lives.

Vast portions of the oceans are desserts. http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/08/27/oecan-deserts.html Huge portions of the oceans don't have much life in them all all, mostly bound the the lack of iron. Dumping iron there is analog to watering the desserts on earth.

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'Metadatagate' fails to bring down Oz pollie

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Time Legacy.

Think of how much effort would be saved if the world moved away from time zones and daylight savings times. Yes, it would be quite odd not to call the time when the sun is directly overhead 12, but instead noon could happen at what ever local hour it happened to fall at. It would be 14 o'clock in London, Chicago, and Hong Kong at the same time. We'd still have the same problem of knowing weather people are awake in that part of the world at the time, but knowing that the U.S. is dark from around 20 to 6 would mean the same thing for everybody.

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Microsoft: IE mouse tracking vuln no big deal. Sort of...

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I'm negative and cynical about everything without the Reg communities help, thank you.

And I will keep the flame to EVERY software providers feet on keeping their products patched. Open Source, Commercial, Freeware, and locked down and private. Remember Microsoft responds to security threats these days pretty well, because in the past they did not. Microsoft addresses security issues relatively responsibly because sitting on the problem and hiding it or going after the researchers ended up with the bugs hitting full disclosure lists and turning in to 0-day exploits.

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FAIL

Microsoft's answer:

"Bla bla, no current threat, bla bla hypothetical, bla bla hard to exploit, bla bla."

The correct answer:

"Oops, our mistake, we'll fix that."

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'It’s called capitalism. We are proudly capitalistic. I’m not confused about this'

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Re: In other news...

Right with you. People can argue the moral argument all day, but at the end of the day it's the legal one that rules out. Honestly ask your lawmakers when they wrote this law that they couldn't see this happening. Hell, your lawmakers probably designed it this way to help move their and their buddies money in to tax shelters. Now their antics have come to bite the economy as a whole.

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Windows 8: At least it's better than ‘not very good’

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Go

Start 'button' on Win 8

I recreated a start 'button' on 8 without using any addons.

Just create a folder somewhere on your computer. I named mine 'Start' for easy identification.

Right click on the task bar and go to Toolbars > New Toolbar

Choose your 'Start' folder.

If you set your 'start' folder to have as little room as possible it has a >> symbol on it, clicking that works like the start button.

Now in your start folder put shortcuts to everything you Want to access easy. Subfolders work just like you'd expect them too on the old 'XP' style start menu.

I'm pretty sure this works on 7 and XP too, I've just never needed to do that on those operating systems.

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Microsoft licence cops kick in TWICE as many customers' doors as rivals

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Mushroom

Re: we were audited this year

Maybe if enough people document this behavior the DOJ can bring a RICO suit against the bastards.

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pixl97

Re: How does this "audit" even work...?

It works like the movies. Some big guys in suits come in your business looking all scary with weapony looking lumps under their suits. They tell you that you have a really nice looking business and it would be a shame if anything 'happened' to it. If you cough up some cash then you'll continue to be safe until the next time they come around.

Microsoft, partying like it's 1929!

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Samba 4 arrives with full Active Directory support

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Re: What a waste of time

I'm excited about the prospect of using it for the home network. All my windows copies are Pro, and an AD network is a whole lot easier to maintain then standalone boxes. That, and I'm the Unix guru too.

For businesses I see your point.

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pixl97

Re: Amazing news...

The latest Linux kernel, released today comes with experimental SMB2, so it might be a while before we see v3. I'm guessing most Samab4 installs aren't going to see that kind of hardware, and instead will more in the SME that doesn't have volume license agreements.

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Are you ready for the 40-zettabyte year?

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Re: Re: 33%?

Most businesses would spend more time and money trying to figure out which was the valuable 33% then it would cost just to expand the storage network.

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pixl97

> massively over-duplicated shite

In theory if your storage de-duplicates all your VDIs , then that doesn't really matter how many of the same copies you have.

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MySQL gains new batch of vulns

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File System Permissions

If you've given users the ability to write to your mysql database directory, you've already pissed up. A sane setup should be protected from that by default. Never write anything in to the same directory that someone else can, too many opportunities for race conditions and other timing attacks.

The heap and stack attack look like they could be kind of dangerous, hack in a poorly protected site on your server, get credentials to your sql server, then dump password tables for other sites. Could see a few more big sites password lists get in the wild from this.

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Antivirus biz's founder unmasked as noted Chinese hacker

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Joke

McAfee's not too bad...

Unless your a computer or his neighbor.

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New Tosh drive can wipe out 4TB 'near instantaneously'

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Re: Dunno about this.

Why can't you boot from it properly? That said, I always create a smaller /boot GPT partition so if I have to boot off a tools cd it doesn't freak out.

Do enterprises just spend a lot of money on stuff like small 15k drives and raid cards and drive bays if they're making bulk disk storage that's not accessed often? Or do you just commonly fill up the $250k san with long term files? Have you priced 1TB of RAID1 enterprise SSD storage?

Raid cards with support exist, don't piecemeal crap together. A set of 4TB disk can saturate older sata standards on streaming reads, so it's likely that most people will be putting disks this large in new systems.

Data alignment is an issue with 512b sectors, not just 4k sectors, get used to it when dealing with raids.

http://www.mysqlperformanceblog.com/2011/06/09/aligning-io-on-a-hard-disk-raid-the-theory/

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MIDI: 30 years old... almost

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Re: Don't forget the playing (on a PC) of MIDI files

Since I don't have a musical bone in my body, this is the mid I remember. I remember how many crappy geocities pages attempted to embed and auto play them. Even a 100k file was painful on dailup, and mp3s were just starting to show up. Always fun when 2 windows decided to play at the same time.

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Windows 8 launch outdoes Windows 7's, says Microsoft bigwig

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Re: Lee Downing

>the MS store keeps giving me some ridiculous prices to upgrade this Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Pro, for example

Ever since 8 has come out, the Anytime Upgrade feature has not worked for me. I've tried to upgrade two different W7 home edition computers to pro for my clients at different times, so it appears they are pushing everyone to 8 in that feature. Had to buy licenses from a different source and upgrade that way.

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Re: "Sold"? Not quite

If any sizable percent of these were cheap upgrades to the pro edition then that number represents a considerable loss compared if they were sold to the customer as an upgrade edition or OEM disk. Of course Microsoft makes most their money selling to OEMs and businesses, but it reminds me of Vista where cheap/free upgrades where easy to get, yet it didn't gain much traction in market.

Of course Microsoft is going to try and spin this in any good way possible in an attempt to get someone to develop for the TIFKAM on all the devices it's pushing out.

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85% of Windows 8 users wield the desktop on day one

pixl97

Re: Learning it's ways without frustration...

Same here. I messed with a Leveno (thinksmart maybe?) that was windows 8, touch screen and convertible. It felt like I kept entering deeper in to the metro interface and getting stuck so I had to hit the button that took me to the main screen. No amount of poking at the interface would send me one screen back in different places. I've been using 8 on a K & M setup as a desktop for a while now so it's just not that I'm totally new to the interface either. It just doesn't feel like lines of thought on now the touch interface should work in places where allowed to complete, I guess at some point they had to push the product out the door.

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Samsung SSD 840 series storage review

pixl97

Re: The Thing They Never Tell You

The IBM DeathStar, just applied the other way, Or the WDC 4 and 8GB drives from way back in the day. I've had very good luck so far, but I only buy Intel and Samsung SSDs. Everything else seems to be a crapshoot.

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No Choice but Windows 8?

pixl97

Re: No Choice but Windows 8?

Don't go to the 'home' site, go to Small Business. Every desktop I've looked at in the business section has W7 on it.

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Texan schoolgirl expelled for refusing to wear RFID tag

pixl97

Re: Good for us!

WRONG. Everything you just posted is incorrect.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independent_school

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independent_school_district

An independent school and independent school district are two totally different things. Don't bring confusion to the issue.

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Google, Apple, eBay shouldn't pay taxes - people should pay taxes

pixl97

Exactly.

Trying to envision a system that requires cooperation of the majority of the players to succeed without understanding this...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_theory

is an effort in futility, ignorance, and ultimately failure.

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Hexing MAC address reveals Wifi passwords

pixl97

Re: I suppose you would rather use NetGear

I would rather use D-Link or NetGear then the total POS Belkin is. They are professionals at making gear that sucks. I have a DWL3200 AP that's served me well for years. Only real issue I've had with them is if they get too hot they lose their NVRAM settings.

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pixl97

Re: Verzion routers same

>Wireless or Fixed? If it is wireless they this is a serious security flaw. If it is a the fixed Ethernet MAC on the home side its impact is nearly zero.

A significant number of devices have only a single digit difference between wireless and ethernet interface. The AP I use (not a belkin), uses the same MAC for the wireless and ethernet interfaces. Only secondary (VLAN) wireless IDs have a totally different MAC assigned.

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The early days of PCs as seen through DEAD TREES

pixl97

Re: BYTE

>Three words: "IS UNIX DEAD?!??!" (extra punctuation added by me)

Linux was still a newborn at that time, and The BSDs had just overcome a huge legal battle. The commercial UNIXes were all proprietary and considerably expensive. It wasn't out of the question at the time that MS was going to kill UNIX as it was (and it did). BYTE at the time followed MS since that's where the money was. Even back then they realized that IBM/OS2 wasn't going to dominate the market. Between 86 and 97 Apple management turned gold in to poo.

In hindsight Microsoft did kill UNIX at the time, with lower hardware costs, cheaper licensing, and letting a large amount of piracy occur. They didn't win by making more reliable software, that's for sure. It wasn't Linux became popular that Microsoft considered any of the Unixlike operating systems a serious threat.

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Design guru: Windows 8 is 'a monster' and 'a tortured soul'

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Re: OMG!!

>How did anyone discover Ctrl+V, Ctrl+C, Window+P, Alt+Tab?

I personally remember some kind of sticker or card mounted on the keyboard of the computer I was working at? But that was back in the day when computers and applications came with manuals.

These days we just jab shit with our greasy fingers and hope that everything turns out ok.

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Chips in spaaaaace: old tech is in

pixl97

Re: Interestingly Space report lists *several* bits of kit that had anomolies with them.

The question I'd have about the Dragon processor is, did the failure occur in 'quite' space conditions? Should we expect one of the computers to freak out in a general day to day space operation over the people of $X time? If so that does not bode well for the times that space gets noisy. The sun likes blowing off earth sized chunks of hot gas at times. You never know when a gamma ray burst from god knows where is going to show up either.

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How spreadsheets (nearly) conquered and killed the financial industry

pixl97

Re: Hmmm....

Too much faith in humanity I see. If people can't have a computer spit out a number they think they should believe in a timely fashion, they will something far worse. Randomly guess.

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Re: Agility requires robustness

#sh ./Megacorp_unit_test

Checking bureaucracy.c.......... 6/108 FAILED

crap, lets run it again.

#sh ./Megacorp_unit_test

Checking bureaucracy.c.......... 45/108 FAILED

WTF screw this.

C:\my_unit_test.bat

Checking user.xls........1/1 PASSED

See, my spreadsheet passed all the unit tests it needed to :p

I think the point of the article was it doesn't matter how many tests the system has, if the system is fucked, the users will route around the damage.

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Microsoft offers 60-day free trial of Office 2013

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Just Installed it on Windows 8

Since I'm already running the Win8 90 day trial I didn't see any more risk installing this. After the install it popped up the initial word first time in a full screen mode and I thought 'Oh shit, it's going to act like a Metro app on Win 8!'. Luckily my first impression was wrong. It is a standard run of the mill program.

Now that said, I've not used Word 2007 or 2010 that much, so it's quite a bit different from the Open Office I use regularly. If you've used the more modern versions for daily work, I don't think it's that much different. The default color scheme is very pale (or bright white depending on your view), I opted to change its appearance (theme) to a dark grey so I could tell my work zone apart from the application.

Office is directly integrated in to a Windows Live account, and when clicking save, allows you to save directly in to a Skydrive (or to your own hard drive if you so choose). If your internet connection is flaky, clicking browse on the Skydrive can lock up the Office interface for quite a while. There is an option for "Add a Place' that gives the options for another skydrive or sharepoint, hopefully there will be a way to add a Google drive in the future if Microsoft lets us have a way. All this said, I'd like to know how Office behaves when I'm offline, and it would be nice to know what it is randomly sending back to the mothership.

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Saucy MINX in a THONG makes GoDaddy's hy-PHWOAR-visors go

pixl97

Re: HTTPS

Mark

https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere

Probably uses HTTPS Everywhere. I tend to like to send my packets encrypted too.

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Adobe shuts down Connect user forum, confirms passwords raided

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Facepalm

Re: What about this stupid policy?

In the nature of a full database breech, what would matter then is how many people use the same username across websites. It's not uncommon for people to use the same handle across many websites, in which the outcome is the same. Also, when the full database is taken, they'll get the email account associated with the user anyway.

That also doesn't stop the more in depth hacker from searching any hacked forums by user to see if they leak other usernames and handles to search.

It still boils down to not sharing passwords across sites, and if possible, using a different email on each site.

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Will Santa be working overtime to shift Win 8 kit? No. Yes! Maybe

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Re: Obviously

It's been a while now, but Microsoft almost beat Apple. It wasn't until Jobs came back and developed new and exciting Apple was on the verge of non-existence. It is yet to be seen if the Jobsless Apple can continue to develop new products, or if they will become the bureaucracy they once were. If they don't develop new products, Microsoft and Google will take over their market with time.

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Microsoft to biz: Just so you get off XP, we don't mind if you go Win 7

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FAIL

Metro in business? Why?

I use windows 8 on my computer, I've not even replaced the start screen thinggy with a old style menu... but I pretty much disable all the metro file associations and stay the hell away from metro apps. I don't see how any business multitasking environment could use them on the desktop. I mean most people I see working in businesses don't have one application open. They have from 'a few' to 'OMFG, how do you find the one your are looking for' open at any given time. So far trying to run more then one metro app in multiple screens has ended in odd behavior for me.

I want to see one of these big businesses move someone above call center level to metro apps and see how that works out for them before I force that on anyone I know. Metro apps are going to be 'fun' to debug on the desktop, simply because they work differently and the IT world mostly doesn't have experience with the issues that are going to crop up.

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Medical scan record that the NHS says will cost £2k to retrieve: Detail

pixl97

Re: Surely...

And how many thousand disks do they have? MO disks aren't very high capacity so a huge amount of manual labor would be needed.

Also, since this evidently is the only (or only person would made a fuss about) person that needed the data in recent history, evidently the data isn't that requested.

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pixl97

Re: Medical equipment, don't make me start...

Medical equipment is where you take a normal device or software and randomly assign X10 to X100 value to it. I will say some of the latest software a clinic I admin uses runs on regular MSSQL, exports to PDF and keeps image records in regular TIFF format. I do believe that I could even migrate data off of it.

I think the biggest reason this data is being kept for long periods of time, even though there is little medical use for it, is lawsuits.

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pixl97

Re: WTF

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/oct/23/e-record-conversion-costs-docs-bundle/

Most likely because they have to keep it (at least in the US). I'd guess a catch-22 situation where they have to have the records, but the costs of conversion are higher then just keeping them in records storage. The vast majority of these records will never be touched again, so after some long amount of time they'll just be shredded.

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pixl97

Re: Eight years

Eight years compared to what? Installing Windows XP today and expecting 8 years of support isn't going to happen. It's likely that the equipment the image was stored on should have been binned far more then eight years ago, but due to things like hospital bureaucracy and budgets was being used far longer then it should have.

It's highly likely that the DSR-TIFF format software is far older then 8 years too, as I don't think new software to write it has been developed (by the manufacture) for at least 12 years.

Lastly, conversion is expensive, doubly so when you're switching out lots of MO disks. It's not like a huge SAN where you can script it and let it run, lots of manual labor.

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pixl97

Re: Another reason (if one were needed)

I will say in the medical systems I've seen recently, that standards are becoming more common. One system I recently migrated to creates pdf files of most records as a copy outside the database and imaging is stored in a TIFF format. The previous version was a ball full of suck, it used an ancient ASA database that the images were stored in the database bloating it to huge sizes. The practice didn't migrate the records over from the old system because the costs were staggering, when you break it down to per record costs it was cheaper to have people manually move each record over. That's just gouging by the software firms. That's why we end up in situations like the article.

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pixl97

Working with some smaller medical offices has shown me that the cost is insane. I've seen quotes on conversion for many times what the already expensive costs. Many clinics do it on a patent by patient basis. If you visit the clinic or call in they will manually migrate the records over in the time the old system is still running, but if you call in 10 years later, it's pretty much 'gone'.

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GPU-powered Chrome lets you watch YouTube longer

pixl97

Re: A better thing to fix - First page lag

Run wireshark, or whatever packet capture software you have for your operating system and see what it's doing. That's going to be the only way to tell what is really going on. I've not seen these issues on any computer I use, so there is obviously a set of circumstances that must happen for this to occur.

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Intel in Flash flush, offers 'smoother' fresh jobbie to data centre bods

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Angel

Are the old issues fixed?

I thought I read somewhere that these models had a capacitor to keep the write cache from being lost on power outage. The X-25s were known to have issues where data was lost even if write barriers were turned on.

http://www.evanjones.ca/intel-ssd-durability.html

Even worse, when the SSDs where set in the modes to flush transactions to disk reliably the performance was about the same as a raid setup.

http://www.mysqlperformanceblog.com/2009/03/02/ssd-xfs-lvm-fsync-write-cache-barrier-and-lost-transactions/

*As I'm writing this I've read that the 710 has "Enhanced Power Loss Data Protection" that should protect the drive from power loss. I can't wait to see this benchmarked and trialed on real database loads.

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We don’t talk any more... on the commute

pixl97

Re: “Is this the train to Faversham?”

"Oh got, it's happening again"

With a look of horror on your face.

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What's new in Windows Server 2012

pixl97

Re: Ahh

I could guess that most of the reason is that you very rarely use the desktop on a server, the new metro interface being the worst part of W8. Because you aren't hampered (as much) by the interface all the performance improvements in 2012 actually stand out. That said, the full desktop is all boxy like windows 8, but not so colorful.

I've just started testing 2012 this week on older hardware. We're currently hot adding and expanding disks and filesystems to see how it performs. It's currently acting as a backup to the backup server so it's not mission critical if it fails, but I'm awaiting to see how the deduplication goes. That could be a major space saver in some of our applications.

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Hackers crack Texan bank, Experian credit records come flooding out

pixl97

Re: how about some sort of authenticator?

Different use case. Where the bank (and possibly you) stands to lose real money, they put a lot of protection in to it. It is also likely you, at most access your bank a few times a day.

Pulling credit reports is different. First, Experian loses nothing if you slurp up tons of other peoples data. You can't transfer anything away from them, even if you copied the entire database, they'd still have the database, unlike transferring money out of ones account. Second, one business can pull hundreds of credit reports in a day. Also, the history of pulling credit reports can be very 'bursty'. You might run a big sale over a weekend and pull 50 reports then only do a few over the next week.

Since these businesses don't care enough about your personal information already (they're letting their systems get infected), if Experian makes it too difficult to pull data, it's likely the business could use another data service that gave easier access.

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N00bs vs Windows 8: We lock six people in a room with new OS

pixl97

Re: Incredibly annoying

El Andy

What exactly is wrong with a VM in full screen mode? Hot corners go right to the edge.

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