The Mexican government and several other sources have already said that they'll know who opened the container with the Co-60 soon enough. Unless they had significant amounts of shielding they could have received a lethal dose in a few minutes. They said that just 5 minutes worth of exposure will kill the individual in about 3 days.
I think you are missing the bigger picture.
Regardless of how well or how poorly an item sells, regardless of a company's reputation, and regardless of what you and I "think" about their product, if significant quantities of their product is being RMAed that is going to kill the profits of that product. If its a very high failure rate it might bankrupt the company. OCZ has some products that have been claimed to have a 40% return rate during the warranty period. Oh look, OCZ is filing for bankruptcy. Coincidence? I think not.
Even if the claimed return rate is 1/2 of reality, that's still 20%. If just 1 out of every 5 customers is having to do an RMA you can expect people WILL be upset and people WILL complain. Just think about how many do a second RMA and that one fails too!
The bottom line, products should not regularly require an RMA during the warranty period. Both so a customer gets a feeling that the product lived for the duration of its expected life and because the company doesn't need to go bankrupt while dealing with failed product processing, return shipping, customer service calls/emails, etc.
I disagree. I've had several friends(at least 4 off the top of my head) that have bought OCZs. None of them lasted 6 months without having to do an RMA. One friend had 3 RMAs in about 9 months. Despite having 3 months left on his warranty he went with Intel(because of my recommendation) because it wasn't worth his time to continually have to restore from backup to a temporary drive while he does the RMA.
Even in forums I hear people talk about failed OCZ drives regularly. Sure, there's the occasional Samsung and Intel in there. But OCZ sure is mentioned FAR more frequently than the other brands. I'm not convinced that their market share is 90% to offset the number of users that complain about failed disks.
Personally, I don't care if they used 1-million write cycle flash memory instead of Kingston's 3000 cycle memory. If every drive I've had second hand experience with has to be RMAd in less than 6 months something is horribly wrong and I'd be avoiding that product or brand. There's alot more to a drive than just the number of write cycles. Poorly written SSD firmware could easily make a drive with a very long lifespan be abnormally short due to write amplification. So feel free to keep talking numbers, cause the comparision of write cycles is only a very small part of what makes an SSD reliable(or not).
In my opinion OCZ has undoubtedly made some bad models. Are they all bad? Probably not. But, it doesn't take much to earn a reputation for being crappy. And once you've earned that reputation it's going to take some serious convincing to get people to spend money on your product again. In my case, they'd have to give me a drive for free to prove that they really are just as reliable as the 3 Intel drives I've had in my 3 main machines that haven't failed in 3 years+ of use.
Got a link? I haven't read that. I read that a backdoor may have been the cause, but it wasn't proven conclusively.
Just goes to show what I asked a few weeks ago. Back in Oct I posted a comment that this may lead to a IT revolution of sorts because of all of this.
No surprise that when I commented about it before I was labeled 1:Redundant.
Think ahead people. If I were a competitor from outside the USA I'd be asking Snowden to release more details. Heck, I if I were a CEO of one of them I might be writing him a "thank you" check. The worse the NSA spying appears to be(or even that looks plausible to do with financial resources) the more people will want to avoid US companies that might be in bed with the government.
At this point, it doesn't really matter "how much" worse it gets. Everyone's already figured they can source hardware from outside the USA. What would be an interesting twist is if decades later we find out that all these people started buying from China or some other country and those do actually have backdoors while the US companies actually didn't.
This is precisely correct. LEDs, when properly designed and manufactured, have lifespans that are just phenomenal. I have all LEDs in my house. The ones that I bought that were high grade CREE LEDs I expect to have the rest of my life. Zero failures after 5 years of use so far.
On the other hand, some of the cheaper ones I've bought have often not lasted 2 years. I tried some cheaper ones just to see how well the worked. They often didn't even produce the amount of light they were claiming.
In conclusion you absolutely get what you pay for. And who is going to convince the government to NOT buy from the cheapest bidder. So this will probably be an epic fail since NYC is probably looking at the short term savings vice the long term savings with quality components.
Note that I did not check the actual vendor model to see what brand they are using for this NYC deployment.
I admire your "plan ahead" approach, but in 2 small cities I've seen where they had some that were solar powered, they ALL were damaged by the accompanying natural disasters so they really didn't help even when disaster strikes.
They are just too fragile to hope to survive things like hurricanes, tornadoes, really bad thunderstorms, and earthquakes.
So just say "uses an interface that is physically and electrically compatible to the USB standard".
This may be labeled as funny, but I saw this article just a few minutes before it popped up on Slashdot, and I thought the exact same thing.
The truth is we really don't know how long this problem has existed for, nobody knows if this was an accident or an "accident", and there's no telling who may have used this and to what depth. The NSA could have used this to scrape the SMS messages of every Verizon customer for weeks, months, or years.
Considering all the stuff about the NSA going around, I really don't consider it that unlikely to have been used by the NSA. They're so busy undermining all of our liberties(even people ourside our borders) that I'm just not surprised by it anymore.
I really wonder if this whole NSA thing is going to cause a small revolution in IT leading to more secure systems not to keep out would-be hackers but to keep out our own governments. People seem to be far more concerned about government access to their data than anonymous hackers that gained access.
I guess we'll see in 5 years if the atmosphere around computer security has changed...
And even if you go with Brand-X VPN service that is all over the world, what's to say that because they might have servers in the USA their key isn't already compromised? Or that someone at Brand-X wasn't paid off by the NSA for the key? Or that they obtained the key directly from the key right when it was signed?
Let's go all out on this. I'm really curious to see what others think of these conspiracy theories. Because lately they could just as easily be believed because of some of the stuff that has come to light from Snowden.
Is there even a design where the VPN service could be compelled to give up the keys, but still be secure? I'm thinking no, but hoping someone can validate that.
No, but he does make an interesting comparison. It is worth at least mentioning. Is it not? Last I read the contract was a no-bid(aka no competition) contract. Usually those are given to companies that are getting "special privledges" from those high in the political ranks.
It's bricking when it cannot be fixed. This can, hence the article summary is wrong. Wake up editors!
I agree that no company bats 100%. But Intel has consistently had very reliable, reasonably performing, and reasonably priced SSD. Of all of the brands, if I had to pick a random brand and model, I'd take any Intel model over anything else. That's not to say Samsung doesn't make good products(they clearly do). But you never know what you're getting into when you buy something new, so there's always that risk you get a crappy model for any one of 100 reasons.
Intel seems to be pretty darn good at having a good quality product. I'd also wager Samsung can't be that bad considering the comments from friends on them and their failure rates from various websites.
But clearly OCZ has a very bad history, and I'd go with just about ANY brand before OCZ unless it was free.
I do remember a few years back OCZ was in the process of trying to get a contract with some manufacturer such as Apple, HP, Dell, etc. but the company decided not to sign the agreement after they saw the negative feedback being left for OCZ products. Someone had said that when OCZ had left all of their other products and went to SSD-only they were heavily relying on that contract.
If you could provide a source(even if your numbers aren't completely accurate) you would make me very happy. I have been unable to find anything that discusses reliability of different manufacturers like you just described.
I have always sworn by Intel while friends have bought OCZ(because they were cheaper per GB) and several have had nothing but problems but others have sworn their OCZ was rock solid. On the other hand, I bought only Intels since the day the G2 series hit the market. Every single one is still in use and none of them have had any problems. In fact, I haven't had to reinstall windows as often as I've had to in the past. Not sure if its because Win7 is better than WinXP, the SSDs are more reliable than platter based disks, or both.
But even then, I still swear by Intel every time a friend makes a recommendation, regardless of the benchmarks and the (often) slightly higher price per GB.