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    Bad Design: Modern M.2 NGFF SSD drives
    • Look at the Samsung PM963 photo

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      Notice lot of tantalum capacitors, they are here for a reason. During sudden electricity shutoff SSD firmware is designed such that drive will safely finish operation using remaining charge (you can still have written file errors, but all else will be perfect).

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      Modern drives (except some server parts) got rid of this $3-5 (total) parts, and instead put thin alu "heatspreader". Such thing overheats instantly (up to 60 seconds before throttling) even at open bench. But placing $2 heatsink is beyond most brands them. And even ones that do it like to put think thermal pads under it and allow designers to decide heatsink shape and form (read - make it 5-10 times less efficient).

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    Good Design: U.2 SSD disks
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      This seems like only one of SSD standards made by engineers, where you have proper size, proper connection and proper cooling.

      Yet U.2 mass implementation had been quickly shut down by leading motherboard manufacturers, in consumer and HEDT segments they limit U.2 ports to one or two intentionally.

      With making lot of U.2 ports standard feature you significantly simplify board design compared to any modern advanced board and this can lead to much faster penetration of Chinese competitors. Add to this that U.2 ports make it quite hard to segment motherboards (now MB with 3 NVME slots is considered top one and they charge premium). Also most MB manufacturers are players in the M.2 NGFF SSDs market.

      SSD makers are also not fans of 2.5" form factor with proper cooling. They much better sell you small board without any of it.

      M.2 NGFF had been designed for fast thin notebooks (With Apple being main driver at the time). And also for blade servers. And not to be bough and used by end users (only static electricity kills around 3-5% of such disks during install).

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    BP wants to make nuclear armageddon
    • Oil company BP says it will try to cancel out nearly all its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

      I just do not see another solution. As stuff ala coronavirus will be clearly not enough for this.

      “Trillions of dollars will need to be invested in replumbing and rewiring the world’s energy system. It will require nothing short of reimagining energy as we know it,” CEO Bernard Looney said

      It is little strange that all of this they started to tell after energy peaks.

      So, instead of hanging them on nearest tree for fucking up huge valuable resources you must prize them for your worse and worse life.
      Because gases are more green, yes.

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    Capitalism: Chinese role in drugs production
    • Over the past 30 years, much of the U.S. drug manufacturing industry has relocated offshore. With generic drugs comprising 90 percent of the medicines that Americans consume, there’s a growing reliance on China for many essential medications. The U.S. no longer makes penicillin, for example. The last U.S. penicillin plant closed in 2004.

      Now, the U.S. has virtually no capacity to make generic antibiotics used to treat ear infections, strep throat, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted diseases, Lyme disease and other illnesses. As far back as 2001, when the U.S. government needed to buy 20 million doses of Doxycycline in response to anthrax attacks, it turned to a European supplier that sourced its ingredients from China.

      There are other generic drugs made in China, including anti-depressants, birth control pills and chemotherapy medications. China also supplies medicines that treat Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, Parkinson’s, epilepsy and other conditions.

      China now dominates global drug production. Even India, with its large generic drug industry, relies on China for 80 percent of the key ingredients it uses to make generics.

      This is that greed of capitalists is doing.

      Btw, it is very common for drug manufacturers to constantly change ingredients source if price is slightly lower. So, one week you can have your drug not causing any side effects and next week you can have severe number of them (due to new cheaper source with much worse purity).

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    Capitalism: Cloud providers monopolization continue
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      Also note that cloud based services are most profitable in this sector.

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