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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: How do you go about testing a storage medium?

g7a writes: I've been given the task of testing new hardware for the use in our servers. For things like memory I can run it through things such as memtest for a few day's to ascertain if there are any issues with the new memory. However i've hit a bit of a brick wall when it comes to testing hard disks there seems to be no definitive method for doing so. Aside from the obvious S.M.A.R.T tests ( i.e. long offline ) are there any systems out there for testing hard disks to a similar level to that of memtest or any tried and tested methods for testing storage media ?

Submission + - China is cheating (

crimeandpunishment writes: If a lazy college student gets caught using a ghost-written or plagiarized paper, he might fail the course. But if a college professor or researcher gets caught doing it, it could have far-reaching implications. That's what could happen in China....where academic cheating is so widespread, it could seriously impact China's goal of world leadership in science.

Submission + - Adobe Advises Apple to "Go screw yourself" ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Apple's recent decision to restrict the languages that may be used for iPhone and iPad development has provoked some invective from Adobe's platform evangelist Lee Brimelow. He writes on TheFlashBlog, 'This has nothing to do whatsoever with bringing the Flash player to Apple’s devices. That is a separate discussion entirely. What they are saying is that they won’t allow applications onto their marketplace solely because of what language was originally used to create them. This is a frightening move that has no rational defense other than wanting tyrannical control over developers and more importantly, wanting to use developers as pawns in their crusade against Adobe. This does not just affect Adobe but also other technologies like Unity3D.' He ends his post with, 'Speaking purely for myself, I would look to make it clear what is going through my mind at the moment. Go screw yourself Apple. Comments disabled as I’m not interested in hearing from the Cupertino Comment SPAM bots.'

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