Across a broad spectrum of drives (various brands and models) I'd say that's about right with my experience. My own WDs (probably a hundred or so individual drives) have had a little different numbers (I've never seen one fail in the 1-5 year range unless it had damage like being physically whacked around, and only a couple times in the infant stage) but still the same principle -- the three death points are infant, ordinary wear-out (5.5 yrs) or extreme old age.
It makes a helluva difference when my truck is hauling a 14,000 pound load in hilly country.
I asked WD how long a lifespan their drives were engineered for, and they told me 5 years. Didn't differentiate among types or models.
My experience has been that if WDs make it past the first month, they usually last about 5.5 years, but those that go beyond may last indefinitely. (I have some with 11+ years on 'em, 24/7/365.)
Back in the day I dismantled some dead SCSI drives, and found inside the exact same HD as the IDE variety of the same brand. Difference was in the interface, not the guts.
Chase, the bank that's thumbing its nose at the class action suit that found 'em guilty of unilaterally changing mortgage contracts and of being in cahoots with their own pet insurance provider... (this one I know about firsthand, it affected my mortgage).
My neighbor managed to pull 30A on a 15A standard outlet long enough to melt the extension cord.
(Here's a hint: never put two 15A tank heaters on one 14ga. extension cord.)
Or make these outlets metered -- put in a dime, draw up to 1KW of electricity, for ANY purpose.
My observation is that it goes the other way -- computer literacy tends to go along with older OSs, while the gotta-upgrade auto-update crowd usually knows the least. Your clients may vary.
I knew someone who was still hoarding XT motherboards as late as 1995, because their workplace's very expensive industrial machinery ran off XTs and wouldn't speak to anything newer. So, yeah, that's a problem. But I wouldn't think these constrained setups are usually open to the whole world, maybe not even connected at all.
Extinction of domestic animals (including humans) IS the goal of the vegan-AR types. Look what they've said about domestic pets:
âoeI donâ(TM)t want to see another cat or dog born.â â" HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle
âoeMy goal is the abolition of all animal agriculture.â â"HSUS Director of Animal Cruelty Policy John âoeJ.P.â Goodwin
Now, how do you abolish it without extincting it? Cuz you can't just turn all those pigs loose. (If you think you can, look up feral pigs.)
I've known people who were mentally ill, but completely aware of right vs wrong. Whether they'd DO wrong depended on how they saw it impacting themselves.
My question is... if only a small percentage of users are still running WinXP, and largely because they can't afford to upgrade, what makes them an attractive target? They're less likely to have a nice fat pipe to exploit, either.
When did you last see an exploit aimed at Win98, hmmm??
Only way I've found to make the 'new' beta interface readable is to turn off CSS entirely. Puts it back to 1998, but at least then I can see everything, and don't have to adjust the fucking font for EVERY SINGLE PAGE (for some reason it doesn't stick otherwise).
No, on average they aren't "rich and well-connected". They're small local businesses being crushed by gov't-imposed costs (in California, up to 70% of the cost of a legit worker is not wages, but such gov't-imposed costs) who can't hire at all if they have to pay $25/hour for basic labor (including the excess gov't-imposed costs).
As a small-business owner in Calif, I once looked into hiring one fully-legit part-time worker. The cost to me would have been $28,000/year for a basic-labor job that paid minimum wage (about $9,000/year for the hours I'd have needed). Since the gov't-imposed costs were more than my annual gross, needless to say this didn't happen. Instead, I did not expand my business, and someone didn't get a job.
But it gave me a clear picture of why illegal labor is so popular, despite the problems imported along with unchecked swarms of illegal immigrants.
I'm thinkin' the issue probably comes not from canned and packaged goods, but from unwrapped vegetables and leaky meat. So separate 'em or plastic-bag the culprits... ooops, now we're using more bags than we were before!
Dunno what bags you're getting, but I see two kinds:
Walmart's -- these go to hell in a matter of weeks in sunlight or a few months in a damp environment. Pull up a buried one and all you get is shreds.
50 pound feed bags -- these are thick heavy woven plastic, double-coated. Initially they're waterproof and really tough. About a year after being emptied they start getting friable and shortly afterward kinda turn to powder. Sun accelerates the process but any exposure to an oxidizer (eg. damp soil) does it. I was annoyed because I use about 350 bags a year, and I'd envisioned repurposing 'em as tarps.
And maybe envisioning themselves as the collection agency, for a suitable cut of the fines.