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Weekend tech reading: SATA Express tested, running a private IM server, finding flight MH370

By Matthew
Mar 16, 2014
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  1. During the hard drive era, the Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) had no problems keeping up with the bandwidth requirements. The performance increases that new hard drives provided were always quite moderate because ultimately the speed of the hard...

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,457   +1,735

    The first article confirms what I was arguing for, that the new eSATA is a waste of a change, expensive and inefficient, likely will never happen.

    It seems that Thunderbolt 2 will continue to be the best extensibility interface for storage for some time to come. And with more main-boards starting to support the interface the previously slow adaptation may improve a bit.

    Products like this LaCie's drive are a good start. Can't wait for more and affordable versions of it...

    Some good Thunderbolt 2 expansions like these is a great addition also, but it will be some good external SSD enclosure on Thunderbolt 2 to make a break through, is what many people need.
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2014
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,635   +696

    That Flight MH370 article is a good one. I worked in the airline industry as a manager for 5 years and also have an IT background. So since the plane disappeared, I've been continuously asked, "for all the high-tech surveillance and equipment we have, how could this happen and how come they haven't found it?"

    I think people's general idea of technology and tracking largely comes from Hollywood movies, particular high-tech thrillers like "The Bourne Identity" and "Mission Impossible" series. The reality is nothing even remotely close to what those movies portray. And if you have a situation where someone on board the plane deliberately shuts down all electronic tracking gear and goes out of their way to minimize radar tracking - as it appears has happened - it's like finding a needle in 10,000 haystacks.

    From now on, whenever I'm asked this question, I'm just going to refer them to this article.
  4. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,232   +229

    I rarely agree with the Chinese government but at this time, it seems they are right. the Malaysian authorities are not forthright in releasing accurate information regarding the disappearance of the flight mh370.

    if the plane was already tracked as deviating from original course, why the failure to notify the proper civil aviation and/or national defense authorities?
    I suspect heads will roll for this ineptitude.

    the supposed reasoning of military radar tracking secrets should not be made available to the general public is unacceptable.
    the tech-in-charge can report it to the higher ups who will decide what part to release to the public without endangering national security.

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