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Comment: Re:Watches (Score 1) 140

by Barny (#49142647) Attached to: Pebble Time Smartwatch Receives Overwhelming Support On Kickstarter

Call me crazy, Mr Anon, but isn't while you are sleeping the BEST time to charge your phone? I know it is mine. When I go to bed, I make sure my alarm is on, my phone's 'block spam' feature is on and I plug it in to my charger. In the morning, I always have full charge and am woken by my alarm.

I have been using phones for my alarm clocks since my old nokia when I was in university. I have a job, sadly, posting on slashdot isn't it. Goodbye :)

Comment: Re:my bank (Score 1) 271

by Barny (#48994759) Attached to: Why Gmail Has Better Security Than Your Bank

Whoa, scratch that.

Your new Internet Banking Password must contain 6 or more characters including at least one character from two of the following categories:
      - upper case letters
      - lower case letters
      - numbers or
      - standard special characters (eg. !,.@#$%)

Seems they are being much better. Time to roll a nice, heavy-bit-count password for this.

Comment: Re:Power Costs (Score 1) 258

by Barny (#48935195) Attached to: Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

Did you see the numbers on some of those seagate batches?

Now while I admit that 300 or so drives isn't really enough to warrant a sample size when some of their batches are in the tens of thousands, but if you get 300 drives and almost 70 of them die within a year, would you keep buying drives?

Comment: Re:Power Costs (Score 3, Insightful) 258

by Barny (#48931717) Attached to: Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

"More work is still needed to define policies that would allow array users and manufacturers to detect unusually disk failure rates and take the appropriate actions before any data loss takes place." - Last line in the conclusion.

This implies that not all the spare drives are active and ready to go all the time and that some/most would be kept powered down as cold spares. Of course this same guy is likely to get another paper done where he examines the cost to run the array and how many drives could be left cold and still achieve the 5-9s reliability. Heck, if the software managing the drives is smart, it would rotate active/spare drives in and out, working them in quickly to get them all past the 'first 18 months high failure' rate to the sweet spot, then swap in and out over the lifespan of the array to enable the array to be at highest reliability for longer.

Hrmm, maybe I should look at building such an algorithm, a quick google search doesn't turn any such systems up.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"