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Comment Re: Why the iPhone of all thing? (Score 3, Informative) 316

Eye-Fi is one manufacturer of the type of SD card the grandparent is talking about. Their cards in particular have a small amount of storage, a Wi-Fi radio, and a tiny client which automatically uploads pictures written to the storage via the SD interface to a designated server via a proprietary protocol apparently based on HTTP.

Comment Re:SOME types of failures... (Score 3, Informative) 276

It seems possible that this magnetic affectation could be a cause of spontaneous damage the hard drive servo information.

This would cause one of the clicking-type malfunctions which you described, as that "clicking" you hear is the noise the head assembly makes when the drive is rapidly moving it back and forth across the platter attempting to get a fix.

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang