You might find http://storagemojo.com/2007/02/26/netapp-weighs-in-on-disks/ interesting. It's not uncommon for a drive to report a fail state, then be brought back and never show issues ever again. See the section on drive resurrection. With the first fail, NetApp will treat it as a soft fail and attempt to bring the drive back online. If that also fails, it's marked as a hard fail requiring replacement. This article is from 2007 and also states "Actual MTBFs (or AFRs) of “enterprise” and “consumer” drives are pretty much the same". This isn't exactly news.
Depends on what you're doing with it. I have a laptop (Pentium 3 / 128Mb RAM) with FreeBSD 10 on it. It works well but the application options running in X are limited unless you want to go into swap. A huge portion of what people consider regular computer usuage is "browse the internet". Good luck doing that these days with 128Mb RAM.
Yup. Think about it. Say around 10k (conservative example estimate) people paying $20 per month to keep their email address, and not upgrading your mail servers since the 90s. They buckled down into maintenance mode survival years ago, and seem well prepared to leech off what they have. I wouldn't be surprised if they hang around this way for another two decades.
You're likely thinking of the 1918 flu pandemic. It's still a good illustration that it's something can take out more than sickly people who were likely to go anyway.
The error logs usually have some sort of status code though. Often with a link that when clicked will send you to a Microsoft KB article that says "there is no information on this error."
Although in about:config you can set webgl.disabled to true if you want to disable that specifically.
Questions for you:
- What do you think LibreOffice should do to make its brand more recognizable?
Most people probably think this is irrelevent, but make icons that look like something or ANYTHING. The Libre Office Icons seriously look like the system "I have no icon for this file type" icon. I think a problem with Libre Office is that there is nothing BUT the name. At least Open Office I kind of assocate with the seagulls.
Not a fair comparison because the Swiss can't rez.
I see this a lot in terminal application replacements. Without a mouse there was a LOT of attention to workflow, and what was presented on which screen. The problem is that you actually have to train people and using the application is considered a skill in and of itself. It takes time to learn sure, but in the end that employee would be far more capable. No one wants to invest in employees like that. It's easier to put people in front of "generic software" that can be used with "general computer skills". Employees are a lot easier to dispose of due to low barrier to entry.
Speaking of workflow, I've noticed that "web based" implementations are obviously done by people who think just being a web page is good enough. Productivity is not even on the radar.
Depends on how much those users pay you.
Hardware fails, and then you can be shafted. I'm running into exactly this kind of problem on Windows 98 machines (serial mouse needed, USB support for very very specific things, SATA?... haha). In situations where it's just software running on some generic PC this isn't a problem because with foresight you just buy a spare, but sometimes the machine is only given to you by a vendor, and only set up by them. And it's not like quality control in the PC industry (well what they give you anyway) will guarantee any reasonable lifespan either.
I think another lesson shows here: even when 740 out of 833 people give something a one star review, 20 people will still give it 5 stars.
But what if the car were Battletoads?
What exactly is involved in a "platform update"?
punkbuster does not stop anyone from cheating.
It seems to be stopping everyone from cheating at the moment.