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Comment Re:Re-what? (Score 1) 139

Have you tried buying a gift card with a credit card? ... if you try it at a grocery store, they'll deny the purchase.

Yes, I do it all the time, and no it doesn't get denied. The only catch is that if I buy one and put enough money onto it, the POS terminal asks for my DL# for verification.

So I don't know where you got your information from, but it's flat out wrong.

Comment Re:How long will the company stay up? (Score 1) 494

Meanwhile my VW is only at 63k miles, bought new, and has had to have the intake plenum essentially replaced twice due to excessive carbon buildup, has had the gas cap "door" get stuck shut twice requiring a replacement of the spring loaded part that pops it open both times (this is especially annoying because by the time you notice it, guess what - your gas tank is nearly empty), and had the water pump fail just last week.

Not to mention other annoyances like being unable to replace the rear brake pads on your own without the $300 VW computer tool or without bringing it into a garage or - worse - the dealership.

My Fiat has been trouble-free by comparison, and that is particularly embarrassing when the Italians managed to build a more reliable car than the Germans.

Comment Re:/system/lib/libstagefright* (Score 2) 203

They just haven't been paying attention to their history lessons.

Outlook used to do the same sort of thing, with similar results: it would automatically display emails and certain attachments, and it turns out that some types of media or emails could have had malware embedded in them...

But hey, that was over ten years ago so surely this sort of problem could never come up again, right?

Comment Re:The Dark Age returns (Score 2) 479

Unfortunately I think you'll find that your example won't change any minds because:

1. Creationists won't accept this as an example of evolution. What they're looking to "disprove" is the idea that man evolved from apes, or rather that given time, one kind of animal species will transform into a completely new and distinct species. But in your example the moths are still moths, just in a different color.

2. More seriously you can't fight illogic with logic.

Comment Re:What about long-term data integrity? (Score 4, Informative) 438

With 3 bits per cell, how long before the data fades?

This is the reliability issue that nobody wants to talk about. I am sure that many others are like myself, with a closet full of old PCs. I like the idea that if I were to pull one out and power it on after having sat unplugged for a span of years, it would still boot (CMOS battery BIOS issues not withstanding) and would still have all of the data I left it with.

SSDs on the other hand won't even guarantee that your data will still be there after *only one year* of being powered off, and as we've dipped below the 34nm process, sometimes SSDs are warranted for even less.

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