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  • scophi 6:45 am on October 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Technology   

    Just bought a PNY 256GB SDXC card for my MacBook Pro (retina, late-2012) for ~$100 on Amazon. My laptop only has a 128GB SSD in the case. Take away about 30GB for the OS, installed software, and normal updates and I am left with about 85-90GB of free space. That is plenty for everyday files, but I have recently started working with video files in Final Cut Pro X and they are significantly larger.

    The current project I am working on is only about 12 minutes, which doesn’t seem very long. But the library (master file) is about 80GB due to all the renders and effects I have used. Once a project is finished I can delete excess renders and effects from the library, then store it on an external drive. But while in use, my laptop does not have enough space to open the library. So I’ve had to keep a portable external hooked up at all times. Not a terrible thing, but it’s tiring to carry an extra drive and always have it hooked up via USB. I can’t move my laptop, or even put it down, without having to move the external with it.

    So I got an SD card that will insert into the card reader on the side of the machine. No more cable to plug in. No more waiting for the platter to spin up. No more looking for a place to rest the drive while on the go. A 256GB card will effectively triple my current space and allow me to run a project with ease. Nice!

    • scophi 10:15 pm on October 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Unfortunately, it didn’t work out so well. I forgot to take into account that data transfer speeds of SDXC cards are significantly slower than USB 3.0 speeds. This means that FCPX drops down to a crawl when rendering. And after a few edits the program needs to be restarted. The card can’t be used the way I hoped.

  • scophi 5:51 am on October 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Law-Government   

    I used to be of two minds concerning the photo identification requirement for voting in US elections.

    On one hand, you have to have photo ID to do anything nowadays…drive a car, go to school, get healthcare, buy alcohol or cigarettes, open a bank account, get a job, find a place to live, board an airplane, rent a hotel room, adopt a pet, get married, get a library card, and so on. For almost all aspects of daily life, you have to prove who you are. Why should one of the most important aspects of American life not be held to the same standard? Given that illegal immigration and identity theft continue to be concerns, don’t we want to verify that people are who they claim to be?

    On the other hand, photographic identification has never been a requirement and for over 200 years the system has worked just fine. Why change things now? The number of confirmed cases of voter fraud caused by forged or faked identities is exceedingly small in any given election…one per hundred thousand to one in a million…statistically insignificant. Election manipulation usually comes in the form of ballot fixing or hacking. Given the low voter turnouts that elections typically see, why add yet another requirement into the mix?

    Having said that, I now believe in requiring photo ID.

    There is no proof that requiring photo ID will disenfranchise minority voters, which is the cornerstone argument for those against the requirement. This is based on the idea that minority voters tend to be the poorest and do not have photo identification because they cannot afford them or are unable to travel to an agency that provides them. Thus, requiring a photo ID is a scheme devised by Republicans to disenfranchise minority voters who tend to vote Democrat.

    This arguments fails for three reasons. One, there is no cost for attaining a photo ID. Two, anyone unable to travel to an agency that provides an ID will likely be unable to travel to a voting booth. Three, the poorest segments of the population have ID as often as the rest of us. Photo ID is required for welfare, food stamps, public housing, bus passes…almost every type of government assistance. There is no merit to this argument.

    The right to vote is guaranteed by the US Constitution. You simply have to verify that you are an American.

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