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  • Western Digital debuts My Book Duo with up to 20TB of external storage

    macxpress said:
    Who the hell needs 20TB of space? Thats a lot of stolen music and movies. 
    Well this product is great news for people like me who are involved in modern DNA sequencing projects, where individual data files are in the range of 50-100 GB each.  A single 96-sample run can generate 5TB of data in a few hours, and yes this often means hard drives are express-shipped to customers.  "Never underestimate the bandwidth of a US Mail truck full of hard drives, traveling down the highway at 65 MPH"

    Skeptical? The human genome is 3 billion base pairs of DNA.  Even with only 20-fold redundancy (needed for assembly) that's 60 gigabases, which is 60 Gbyte of ascii data.  Now think about the companies offering full- genome sequencing to the public, and the many people willing to pay a few thousand bucks each for the service. 

    Now think of all the plant, animal, and microbial research being done in the world, and understand that many of these organisms are having their DNA being sequenced by someone.  And not just once, but multiple instances of each species....  Data storage is a major issue.  PS: the last Mac I bought is outfitted with 128 GB of RAM....
  • All-new Mac Pro with modular design, Apple-branded pro displays coming in 2018

    "The $3,999 model gains 8 cores and dual D800 graphics cards."

    FALSE.  AI needs to think about what the words mean.  They meant to say that the $3,999 model gained 8 core configurability.  Also, this is pasted from the Apple Store: "
    Configurable to dual AMD FirePro D700, each with 6GB of GDDR5".  That's dual D700, not dual D800.  Not sure who's got the typo on that one, but when ordering online it's a D700 that's offered for an extra $600.
  • Verizon to redirect calls in last-ditch effort to deter Samsung Galaxy Note 7 users

    Am I the only one who finds it astonishing that a consumer can buy a device, and that the law allows a third party, or even the seller, to force relinquishment of that personal property?  It matters not why the consumer wants to keep his Note7, it belongs to him!  Using it does not damage the cellular network, so how dare the service provider transmit "poison software" and refuse to properly route calls to the buyer! This seems to me to be a huge trampling on civil rights.
  • Consumer Reports now recommends MacBook Pro after Apple software fix

    lkrupp said:
    The kerfuffle uncovered a bug. Apple admits a bug caused the issue for CR’s testing. The bug was squashed. The new tests caused CR to change its recommendation. We should be happy.
    Exactly right. All the bile being vented over CR is really misplaced.  CR used the same testing parameters on multiple brands, and Apple alone failed. That's good science.  Apple found that the failure was due to "an obscure bug", and they fixed it.  Now CR is being responsible and cooperative by re-testing the Apple product(s) and giving a passing score.  Bravo!  Rather than pretend the bug didn't exist and point fingers, let's be happy that everything has worked out.

    Just because the average user might not have encountered the bug doesn't mean it didn't exist.  And CR found it.  GREAT!  Apple should have found it first.