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+ - What hard drive manufacturers aren't telling you->

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sbrown3820 writes ""There seems to be an incredible disconnect between published hard drive failure rates (MTBF, etc.) and what end users can expect in the field...In a nutshell, the study states that drive failure rates are between 2-13% per year. We have seen other studies that state average failure rates are around 5% per year. Keep in mind that these rates are for average use (studies include data centers and user systems). Hard drive manufacturers would have you believe the average rate of failure (MTBF) is over 1.5 million hours. This equates to roughly over 171 years of constant service before problems. A 5% failure rate translates to 100% failure in 20 years, a far cry from 171 year...""
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NASA May Have Killed The Martians 238

Posted by Zonk
from the that's-a-big-oopsie dept.
Sneakernets writes "CNN reports that NASA may have found life on Mars via the Viking space probes in 1976-77, but failed to recognize it and killed it by accident. Dirk Schulze-Makuch, a geology professor at Washington State University, says that Mars microbes that the space probes had found were possibly drowned and baked by accident. Other experts said the new concept is plausible, but more work is needed before they are convinced. From the article: 'A new NASA Mars mission called Phoenix is set for launch this summer, and one of the scientists involved said he is eager to test the new theory about life on Mars. However, scientists must come up with a way to do that using the mission's existing scientific instruments, said NASA astrobiologist and Phoenix co-investigator Chris McKay.'"

New Zero-Day Vulnerability In Windows 231

Posted by Zonk
from the worst-day-of-the-week dept.
Jimmy T writes "Microsoft and Secunia are warning about the discovery of a new 'Zero-day' vulnerability affecting all Microsoft based operating systems except Windows 2003. Both companies states that the vulnerability is currently being exploited by malicious websites. One attack vector is through Internet Explorer 6/7 — so be aware where you surf to."

Comment: Re:less useful (Score 1) 241

by dmbtech (#16033057) Attached to: EarthLink Establishes Their Own "Site Finder"
The point is that you have choice when the client is in control of finding a server where theres no dns entry for. When the server has it, there no competition, when you enter something into you firefox toolbar like lets say google (without the .com or .org). Without the wildcard dns, it will bring you to the google site. With it, you don't goto google at all and instead goto the isp's search page. This stuff should be on the client, so theres competition and the way things find domains that don't exist is better..

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