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Comment: Re:Our first age-related failure was a 2008 drive. (Score 1) 267

by Elusive_Cure (#42953247) Attached to: Taking a Hard Look At SSD Write Endurance
Well, you're partly right, but as far as I know there is no way you can be 100% sure for the reliability of a regular hdd. I've seen barracudas stuck into oblivion, deathstars clicking the hell out of order, and wd drives with fried boards. I can go on with the box full of failed drives I have in my shop. Anyway, hardware failure is common nowadays with the ever so cheaper components manufacturers use, so another 2 c of advice is backup regularly and hope for the best.

Comment: Re:Our first age-related failure was a 2008 drive. (Score 1) 267

by Elusive_Cure (#42944991) Attached to: Taking a Hard Look At SSD Write Endurance
I'm writting this on my third OCZ SSD on this machine which i use in a daily basis. The first one died about 6 months from the day of installation while the refurb OCZ sent me as a replacement died on the first two boots. The third (second replacement) is still ok running on the second month of operation. On the other hand i have installed two years ago on my main work machine an Intel SSD which is running 24/7, 365/12. I'm pretty s is. ure that whoever has used a cheap ass SSD such as OCZ will have a similar story to tell. My two cents of advice is if you want reliability do a research first and buy the most reliable drive currently on the market, preferrably Intel.
Networking

+ - IPhone App Manages Hot Spot Connections->

Submitted by
Glenn Fleishman
Glenn Fleishman writes "Devicescape has released Connect, a program for the iPhone (available via NullRiver AppTap installation) that lets you connect to free and commercial hotspots without re-entering your login information every time you roam. The Connect software ties into the My Devicescape service, where you can register the network keys for the Wi-Fi networks you manage, and enter the login information for commercial or free networks at which you have accounts, including Boingo Wireless (which aggregates 100,000 hotspots worldwide into a single account). Connect makes it possible to use the iPhone with much less frustration when roaming around. It's a single click of the Login button, and Connect (using information tunneled via DNS) handles the Wi-Fi stack and hot spot authentication. Frictionless."
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The Media

+ - DRM Free music is everywhere

Submitted by guisar
guisar (69737) writes "I continue to endure stories on Slashdot and elsewhere complaining about EMI, itunes and other organizations maybe (or maybe not) releasing material in DRM free format. Well- here's some news there's LOTS of material out there. So instead of complaining, download what you like. There are plenty of artists releasing their material in FLAC and other DRM free format. Just look around. Most artists are doing their part by releasing their music in the hopes they can gain enough exposure to earn a living at what they love. If you're complaining about major labels not releasing material, it's probably too late and you are part of the problem."
User Journal

Journal: tweaking sendmail on Solaris 10

Journal by toby

Set up local sendmail relaying only.

cd /etc/mail/cf/cf
cp local.mc local.mc.orig
chmod 644 local.mc

edit local.mc -- e.g. add, after the DOMAIN() line:

define(`confDOMAIN_NAME', `$w.$m')dnl
define(`SMART_HOST', `YOUR.MAIL.RELAY.IP')dnl

Sci-Fi

Star Trek To Return Christmas 2008 358

Posted by kdawson
from the beaming dept.
Tycoon Guy writes "Paramount today announced the new Star Trek film is scheduled for release on Christmas Day 2008. The studio also confirmed the film will be directed by J. J. Abrams, who said the film will 'embrace and respect' Trek canon, but will also 'chart its own course.' Also today, rumors are out claiming Matt Damon, Adrien Brody and Gary Sinise will play Kirk, Spock, and Scotty, respectively."
United States

+ - Pilot Receives Medal of Honor / Heroism in Vietnam

Submitted by
Cope57
Cope57 writes "WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2007 — President Bush presented the Medal of Honor today to retired Army Lt. Col. Bruce Crandall, 41 years after heroic actions in Vietnam the president said demonstrate the best of America and its military members.

Bush praised Crandall's heroism during the Battle of Ia Drang Valley in November 1965, when he repeatedly flew into intensive enemy fire to rescue and resupply besieged 1st Cavalry Division ground troops.

Crandall proved himself "a daring pilot, a devoted soldier and a self-less leader" during the first major ground battle of the war at Landing Zone X-Ray near the Ia Drang River, he said.

The story of the mission is captured in the bestselling book and movie, "We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young."

Early on Nov. 14, 1965, Crandall, then a major commanding A Company, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), was transporting a battalion of soldiers into Landing Zone X-ray, Bush recounted. After several routine lifts into the area, the ground troops came under a massive attack from the North Vietnamese Army.

During Crandall's next flight — a flight that left three soldiers on his helicopter killed and three more wounded — he remained at the landing zone in direct line of enemy fire so four wounded troops could be loaded aboard, the president said.

After returning the wounded troops to base for treatment, Crandall knew his mission was finished, Bush said, but couldn't bring himself to abandon the ground troops who were outnumbered and low on ammunition. Crandall asked for volunteers to fly back to LZ X-ray, and Capt. Ed Freeman stepped forward.

"In their unarmed choppers, they flew through a cloud of smoke and a wave of bullets to deliver desperately needed supplies," the president said. "They carried out more of the wounded, even though medical evacuation was really not their mission."

Crandall would have been a hero if he had stopped there, Bush said. "But he didn't stop," he said. "He flew back into X-ray again and again — 14 times he flew into what they called the 'Valley of Death.'" He made those flights recognizing the extreme risk to his own life, he said.

Over the course of the day, Crandall flew three different choppers, with two of them damaged so badly they would no longer fly. "But he kept flying until every wounded man had been evacuated and every need of the battalion had been met," Bush said.

By the day's end, Crandall and Freeman had spent more than 14 hours in the air, evacuating 70 wounded men and providing a lifeline that allowed the battalion to survive, Bush said.

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User Journal

Journal: Are distros worth the headaches? 6

Journal by jd
One of my (oft repeated) complaints about standard distributions such as Gentoo, Debian or Fedora Core, is that I slaughter their package managers very quickly. I don't know if it's the combination of packages, the number of packages, the phase of the moon, or what, but I have yet to get even three months without having to do some serious manual remodelling of the package database to keep things going. By "keep things going", I literally mean just that. I have routinely pushed Gentoo (by doing n
Software

+ - Work expirience at Yahoo, Google and MS compared

Submitted by
dgtlmoon
dgtlmoon writes "Fun and juicey short article on various work expiriences at Yahoo, MSN and Google as an internet, dont miss the fab graph at the bottom comparing them! And the classic interview questions — "Can you tell me what was the most difficult bug you faced while programming and what you did to resolve it?" isn't "My programs don't have bugs.""

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