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Comment: Re: Not unexpected. (Score 1) 141

And most of the steps are still required for other devices. iTunes is not more complicated than other solutions and integrates with Airport express devices, Apple TVs, allows sharing the library with other devices and controlling everything with your iDevice.

Some people prefer Android devices, I prefer the integration Apple offers. To each his own...

Comment: Re:HDD endurance? (Score 3, Informative) 125

by Hamsterdan (#48525583) Attached to: Consumer-Grade SSDs Survive Two Petabytes of Writes

Recording TV is not a typical scenario. Besides, at around 8GB/hour (HD), that's around 2000 hours a year, which is little more than what my BeyondTV machine does, and its 3TB WD green is still alive and kicking. You just have to disable the insanely aggressive head parking on those drives otherwise they might die...

+ - Are you a robot? Introducing "No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA" ->

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Hamsterdan (815291) writes "While the new reCAPTCHA API may sound simple, there is a high degree of sophistication behind that modest checkbox. CAPTCHAs have long relied on the inability of robots to solve distorted text. However, our research recently showed that today’s Artificial Intelligence technology can solve even the most difficult variant of distorted text at 99.8% accuracy. Thus distorted text, on its own, is no longer a dependable test."
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Comment: Re:How about transfer rate and reliability? (Score 1) 215

by Hamsterdan (#48475725) Attached to: Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025

Not my experience (thus far).

I've had multiple 500-1TB drives fail (bad sectors and reallocations) in the last 4 years while my SSD (OCZ) is still kicking even if it spent half its life in a XP machine without any TRIM support. The spinning drives were Seagates and WD Greens.

Last summer I dismantled a whole bunch of HDDs for recycling, and you can see modern drives are cheaply built (no dessicant cartridge, less filtering and other stuff). That's the price to pay for the capacity race.

Comment: Not the only app (Score 1) 234

by Hamsterdan (#48474617) Attached to: Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

My mom has an android tablet and whenever we check what an app (mostly games) asks for, it's astounding. Why is a game asking for contacts, call logs (ok, in her case not a problem), and other info? some info like geolocation is fine (at the limit), but Google really should do a big cleanup.

Say what you will about iOS, but being more restrictive about what an app can fetch is not a bad thing.

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