Seagate slips out super-silent 2.5in video hard drive
Bespoke drive holds up to 38 hours of media
Seagate has decided the set-top box and digital video recorder market is now big enough to warrant having its own special drive - and the Video 2.5 HDD is it.
It's chosen a 2.5-inch format because it holds enough video - 250, 320 or 500GB of the stuff - is barely audible at 22dB, and draws niggardly amounts of power. The new drive can spin for whole days, seven days a week and has an annual failure rate of 0.55 per cent.
We think it's a modified Momentus notebook drive and spins at 5,400rpm.
The drive has a 1MB cache, supports the 3Gbit/s SATA interface, and can handle 12 separate video streams simultaneously with a sustained data transfer rate of 100MB/sec and a max one of 300MB/sec.
WD subsidiary Hitachi GST has had its 2.5-inch CinemaStar drives for some time. These hold from 160GB to 1TB and spin at 5,400rpm with an 8MB cache, or 250, 320 and 500GB spinning at 7,200rpm with a 32MB cache. They have both, the 5,400 and 7,200rpm versions, moved from a 3GBit/s SATA interface to a 6Gbit/s one. Hitachi GST describes the 7,200rpm drive as being barely audible, so Seagate looks to have an edge here.
WD has its AV-25 drives for the same market, with a 160GB - 500GB capacity range, 5,400 rpm spin speed, 3Gbit/s SATA interface, 32MB cache, and the ability to handle five video streams at a time, giving Seagate an advantage in playback streaming.
Seagate, like the other suppliers, says its drive can be used for surveillance applications as well as STB and DVR work. It appears to be one of the quietest such drives in production and can handle more video playback streams that other drives. The company has not released pricing and availability information. We're guessing it will have a first quarter 2013 availability date. ®
Wasn't there a US senator accused of racism when he used the word "niggardly"? Some googling also finds this - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Controversies_about_the_word_%22niggardly%22
So, in short, the word shouldn't be controversial, but never underestimate human stupidity.
> sounds plain dumb.
Only if you're too deaf to hear the difference between "er" and "ar", and too dumb to look up the origin of the word, which is Scandinavian and has no connection with the Spanish word 'negro' meaning black.
That's the same sort of stupidity that leads to people burning paediatricians out of their houses because they can't hear beyond "peed..."
Yeah, I remember that incident, and the aide in question was offered his job back after pressure from the gay rights lobby. I hadn't heard of the word before then, but since it can mean either 'miserly' or 'fussy over trivial matters', isn't the best word to describe a person, as the aide did, because of this ambiguity between the two meanings, let alone the possibility of upsetting someone who ignorant of the word or is hard of hearing (though in the case of this article, the context makes clear that the intended meaning is 'miserly'). 'Stingy' would do as well, 'tight [fisted]' too.
Be careful of ambiguity:
"A man walks into a bar with an ostrich and a tabby cat.... Over the next hour, the man and the ostrich take turns to buy rounds for the three of them. The barman can no longer contain his curiosity, and asks the man about his drinking companions. "Well" the man responds "I met a genie who offered me one wish, so I asked him for a bird with long legs and a tight pussy"
Five POINT four zero zero?
Are you sure?
What the hell?
How is that controversial?
I'd say you need to learn what words mean before spouting nonsense.