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.)
Well, that is the current dream of many.. find ways to have all the benefits of operating in the US without paying for it. Taxes are something that it is in one's best interest to have other people paying.
I don't mind paying taxes, and wouldn't mind paying a standard VAT to sell anywhere in the US. But the local US sales tax laws are a complete clusterfuck. When I'm selling books in various locations, I have to dig up the tax rate for that location It's a hassle, but doable, but some states are really fucked up.
New York is one of them.
Sales tax varies depending on which county, in some cases which city or which part of the city you're in. Tax rates coded to zip codes don't work...some zipcodes span localities with wildly varying sales tax rates. I'lliinois is better, but still, rates vary depending on whether you're in Chicago proper, one of the suburbs, or one of the localities downstate.
Multiply this complexity by 50 states and you begin to realize what a complete clusterfuck it is for any small online buisiness to try and cope with. Shipping a package to Bumblefuck, Nebraska? What's the sales tax? How about Buttfuck, New York? Good luck.
Impose a national VAT of x percent, and kick back some or all of it to the states, and ban local sales taxes of any kind. This needs to be vastly simplified. Even if it were 50 states and 50 different sales tax rates that would be doable, but with many dozens of different sales tax venues with varying rates in New York alone, and plenty of states like Illiinois with a few cities that impose their own surtax to the state rate, figuring this crap out is a nightmare on the best of days. If every state is allowed to impose its taxes on all online folks, only the big players like Amazon will be able to cope. The rest of us, and most new startups, will crumble under the burden.
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.
We need somebody famous but with no pretensions (someone like
a Letterman or a Foxworthy) to speak out in a voice that will be
heard and tell everyone the obvious: the emperor is butt nekkid.
Updike did just that in A Month of Sundays. Hilariously written, exposes the hypocracy and doublethink that is so rampant in American society, and in particular the right-wing clergy of this country, and very well written. People either love it or hate it
There are American works that deserve that level of praise (Updike's work being one of them imho), but good luck getting it past the numerous gatekeepers who decide what is 'great' and what itsn't (and I'm not just talking about the dinasaur publishers or withering literary agents, I'm also including the left and particularly right-wing pressure groups, and worst of all, the religious pressure groups).
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!