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Data Storage

+ - Samsung's 64GB SSD drive review-> 4

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Lucas123
Lucas123 writes "Computerworld's Rich Ericson reviewed Samsung's first large capacity solid state disk drive and says it's heartier and faster than the drive in Sony's new flash-based notebook. It's also got an impressive mean time between failure of more than 2 million hours, versus under 500,000 hours for the Samsung's other traditional hard drives and the company says the drive can withstand an operating shock of 1,500Gs at .5 miliseconds (versus 300Gs at 2 miliseconds for a traditional hard drive. "Power consumption is just 1 watt when the system is active, 0.1 watt when idle, and .06 watt in standby mode. (Equivalent power consumption figures with hard drives are 2.1, 1.5, and .2 watts, respectively.) That could explain why we got 5 hours, 22 minutes of power in Max Battery mode when surfing the Web, creating documents with OpenOffice, or uploading and downloading files to an FTP server.""
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Hardware Hacking

+ - Why Powered USB Is Needed Part 3: USB 3.0

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Diablo-D3
Diablo-D3 writes "I've written a third, and hopefully final part, to the originally two part Why Powered USB Is Needed article that got Slashdotted two days ago, and this response is pretty much due to Slashdot users asking smart questions and poking a few holes in my argument. The third part covers how USB 3.0 essentially needs to follow in Firewire's footsteps to truly succeed and overcome people's views on USB as just a low bandwidth bus that no one uses seriously and, combined with New Powered USB, could overtake Firewire in high bandwidth applications."
Biotech

+ - Possibly convert all transfusion blood Type O

Submitted by UnanimousCoward
UnanimousCoward (9841) writes "The BBC has an article that talks about a submission to Nature Biotechnology (not the current issue) in which scientists claim to have discovered a technique to convert all blood into Type O with the discovery of an enzyme that can strip the A and B antigens. This has implications to transform the stored blood supply into transfusable blood for all. It does not address the RH negative issue, though."
Education

+ - Advice for a Junior Comp Sci Major

Submitted by A College Student
A College Student (680941) writes "I am currently a junior at a 4-year university, majoring in computer science with a minor in information science. I have been with a local small business since a few months after graduating from high school. My company primarily builds functional test systems for OEMs. We also have a small line of embedded products with software counterparts. Since I joined the company I have had a major role in most of the software development, often doing the vast majority of the work. Essentially, I am the software guy at my company.

As part of my CS program, I am required to take an internship. I have always thought that I would take my internship at my current place of employment, and that I would stay there after school if my employer could offer me a competitive salary and benefits. However, I have begun to wonder if taking my internship there, and staying there after school (even if the money is there), would hurt my career in the long-run. The whole idea of an internship is to gain real-world experience while learning from those with more experience than you, but there's really no one for me to learn from. Additionally, at school I have learned Java, C/C++/C#, VB .NET, ASP, etc, while at my current job I rarely do anything other than VB6 and LabView. I'm afraid that if I don't have a job/internship where I can practice these newly acquired skills that I'll start to lose them. Also, if I stay with my current employer after school, I'm afraid that if I ever decide to go to a different company that my actual skills won't be at the level they should be as a "Software Engineer" with several years of experience.

What advice can you offer me about my current situation? Is it a bad idea to seek an internship at my current place of employment? Would you seek a different job after graduating with a BS in computer science? Am I just worrying too much? Thank you for your input."

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