So what good is $0.40/GB if the thing fails in less then year. OCZ has been a price leader for years, also one of the biggest reliability failures. I would not use their stuff if it were free. If you want an SSD with reliability buy a top tier brand like Samsung or Intel. Sandisk is probably decent, but I haven't used theirs.
All HDD and SSD will fail eventually, but OCZ had the worst reputation of all SSD makers. If your data is lost or system crashes do you really care how cheap the drive was?
I raised my desk and worked standing only for about 1 year. It worked well, but I started getting knee pain. So last year, I bought the uplift desk. I only bought the motorized frame, and added a section of butcherblock as my desktop, and a keyboard tray - so maybe I have $700 total invested and well worth it.
With memory locations on the controls, it is trivial to switch between sitting and standing.
A good desk is going to cost decent money anyway, and since i work from home, it is my primary tool.
So the author should buy a car and default and then buy a house and default. He has no one to blame but himself, and we don't even know if he has a degree, they could take away - which they should do. But there is no guarantee that debt = degree. You pay for each class as you take it. In the end, he got what he paid for - the classes - one credit at a time.
There never was a guarantee of a degree or a job. Just another dead beat writer in my opinion.
I have no sympathy for the others that get degrees with limited shelf life. the person that wants to be a museum curator or archeologist - both great professions, but there are only so many jobs in the field. You can't blame the education system if you get a degree and have zero prospects for employment. You are paying for classes, not a job.
Not all new tech is as good as it sounds - what I would do and why:
1. Hot water - forget the instant gas fired tankless - why? You have no hot water if power is out. Also, they are poor if you need a volume of water. A high efficiency tank is great. Add to that a hot water circulating loop - you can't do this with a tankless system. Adding the loop with a tank system gives you hot water in one second instead of waiting for all the cooled water between tank and faucet to be expelled. Add a timer-circulating pump, and you are not circulating hot water at night when you don't need it. All old tech that works better then new tech. If you want to go tankless, then spend the money to put one near each cluster of bathrooms, or you will waste water waiting on hot water.
2. Natural gas heat - if you live in a colder climate. Heat pumps just pump out luke warm air. But if you can go dual fuel, and use a heat pump sometimes and natural gas others, you have best of both world.As others mentioned, radiant heat is a great choice, but you then have to install forced air for AC.
3. Some kind of air-exchanger that uses the exhaust air to pre-condition the incoming air - i have not found anything for residential I like in this area. But, if you have a tight house, and you have various exhaust fans or central vacuum, then you should have a way to supply fresh air.
4. Bath fans - I like fantech brand - the motors are remote mounted, and they are super quiet
5. Central Vac - I can't live without it, but I have a pile of dogs and cats and no carpet. Check out something "newer" called "Hide-a-hose" - i have not tried it yet, but plan to in next house. No more hose to store and get out. It stores in the pipes in the wall.
6. Shower Pan and walls - check out Kerdi - I will never do a bathroom without it again.
7. Quad electric receptacles at the night stands in bedrooms and kitchen counters.
8. Cat X (whatever is the Ethernet standard at the time)
9. Network rack and patch panel - I have it in the basement - all home runs of Cat 5e and coax to this location.
10. AC outlet in closet/pantry - you want your wireless router in the center of the house - why not in a closet. Also, you never know where you may want to plug in a flashlight or something.
As others have postulated, why the requirement for a laptop?
with all the slots, and requirements for cleaning, and fans, get a desktop.
None of my credit cards are RFID. The only cards I have ever had that are RFID/NFC are hotel keys, and conference cards. My passport cover itself blocks RFID scanning - US passports only work if open.
And of course the sensationalism of the quote "more than 10 million identities digitally pick pocketed every year [and] 70% of all credit cards vulnerable to such attacks by 2015" - really? There are many problems with statements like this - but I am sure the Marketing group came up with them:
- stealing a credit number and maybe name is not an identity
- 10 million is a big number - every year since when? So 20% of the US has been compromised in the last few years?
- credit cards are being issued with chip and pin - RFID credit cards will become obsolete
The same people that buy these pants should buy shirts and hats that protect them from Unicorns and other fictional creatures.
I think you are misguided.
The idea for mobile data is mobility. If she has trouble getting around, then a mobile phone should not be her internet connection. If she is not mobile why a mobile phone? Does she also have a home phone? You are already paying $50 per month for her cell phone - does she have cable tv too? I can't believe you can't get her internet for less then $80/month.
Drop the cell phone, get internet for her, and some other texting method. You could even get her an Obi110 and google voice number for free phone calls (after the cost of the Obi) . She can even port her cell number to GV and use that for texting. She doesn't need a cell phone if she doesn't go out.
No one can argue that Fusion-io started the PCIe SSD market - many laughed and now many are competing. I won't say they are the best for the price, but Tom's hardware is misleading people when they compare OCZ against 5 year old hardware. The 160gb iodrive is the original product that FIO launched with. Still a good product, but that is like comparing the top of the line pentium with today's CPUs.
I have been working on a large data project for another state - this state has outsourced everything to 3 or 4 large companies. That itself is not so bad, but the state doesn't have anyone left to make decisions. Instead it is all left up to the vendors. It is difficult for vendors, even when trying to do the right thing, to know what the business (state) needs or wants for some things.
Trying to implement proper security controls and create separation of duties when everything is outsourced is hard to do. Especially when all vendors bid their part without expectations of having to handle new requirements.
I am sure Oracle shares some of the blame, but I bet the state is responsible for a lot too.
Writing is terrible as others have mentioned..... I won't rehash, but how could you get anyone to agree when they can't maintain interest.
Also, the premise is poor - at least how I understood it - "Advice is only good if it is followed" ?? People don't do simple things, so the problem is not the advice, it is the inherent laziness or not caring of most people.
Using your example - advice to quit smoking is not good as people still smoke. Sorry, the advice is still valid, but for some reason people feel that it doesn't apply to them. Tech is only different because advice can be simple or overly complex. The overly complex may be valid in some cases - but because people don't do it, doesn't make it bad advice.
"However, the app didn’t validate those connections, so users’ financial information was exposed during transmission." - This is false, the channel was still encrypted, but it is possible for an MTM attack to occur. Now if the client knows who it is talking too (IP Address) with some messages exchanged in the application layer, then SSL verification may not be needed. The real purpose of SSL cert validation is to authenticate who you are talking too - if you know you want to talk to server 10.10.10.10, then someone would have to subvert the routing protocols to intervene. And even with Cert validation, there are ways to conduct a MTM attack if that is turned on - NG firewalls and other SSL decryption corporate tools do it all the time if the users machine or phone has a custom issuing cert installed.
If it happens once, it's a bug. If it happens twice, it's a feature. If it happens more than twice, it's a design philosophy.