Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000
If they are "burn once" discs (ROM) they have a big advantage over Flash and HDDs, malware can't install itself to the media (after they have been burned).
Linux does not allow that to happen anyway. Which is why I use linux distros on my USB PC recovery "toolkit" I made with YUMI.
Besides, there are USB drives that can be write-protected with the flip of a switch like the bulk of SD cards, and that technology isn't going to disappear while they are developing this new optical standard.
I could carry backup images of all of my clean VMs, several Linux distros and numerous repair tools on a single disc.
That will work only on a select few PCs (the ones with the reader, that will be a minority for a loong while, given how even old stuff is still good enough today). Unless you get an external reader.
Quote: Originally Posted by Indianatone
Here in the USA we are reading reports of cable providers sabataging streaming downloads from Netflix, youtube etc.
Here in the rest of the world internet speed sucks for a lot of people anyway so that throttling isn't even necessary.
The point was that there are better ways than another new optical drive standard to move data without an internet connection. (namely flash-based storage devices)
I mean, the same situation did not make Blu Ray disks particularly appealing, and adding a new standard will only make it worse.
As it's a new technology all over again, and you cannot simply assume that everyone has a 300GB optical disk reader at home (unless you are Microsoft) the same way you can safely assume that everyone will be able to read a DVD (and around 40-50% are able to read a Blu-Ray).
So that's a few years of R&D, on top of a few years for the new standard to get some recognition and begin to be widespread enough, while hoping that flash-based drive technology sits here doing nothing?
I mean, we have 128 GB SD cards now
man. Next year they are likely going to come out with 256 GB ones at affordable prices (there are already 256 GB SD cards but they cost something like 900$).
And the "new" SDXC standard they made in 2009 allows them to go up to 2 TB when they get the chips for that.
One of the main reasons behind Blu-ray back in the day was that flash drives were too slow for HD movies or 3D or whatever, but that is no more the case since SDHC class 4 (transfer speeds around 4 MB/s, around that of Blu-rays), all new cards are class 10, transfer speeds in excess of 10 MB/s, and depending on manufacturer speeds vary between 20 and 40 MB/s.
Most USB drives have read speeds in excess of 20 MB/s even without going in the high-end models.