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Comment: Re:Sigh. (Score 2) 164

by pezpunk (#47250203) Attached to: Endurance Experiment Writes One Petabyte To Six Consumer SSDs

hey thanks for sharing your anecdotal experience as if it carries any weight whatsoever compared to actual controlled experiments and statistics.

for comparison, I've owned 8 and no failures yet. I have a raid0 array of SSDs upstairs that has been working flawlessly since 2008. an aberration maybe. anecdotal evidence works like that.

Comment: context (Score 1) 164

by pezpunk (#47250103) Attached to: Endurance Experiment Writes One Petabyte To Six Consumer SSDs

has anyone tried this with platter drives? would it simply take too long?

it's hard for me to judge whether this is more or less data than a platter drive will typically write in its lifespan. I feel like it's probably a lot more than the average drive processing in its lifetime. and anyway, platter drive failure might be more a function of total time spent spinning or seeking or simply time spent existing for all I know.

Comment: so basically an ident-i-eeze. (Score 4, Interesting) 107

by pezpunk (#45635313) Attached to: Storing Your Encrypted Passwords Offline On a Dedicated Device

Douglas Adams, right again.

"It was an Ident-i-Eeze, and was a very naughty and silly thing for Harl to have lying around in his wallet, though it was perfectly understandable. There were so many different ways in which you were required to provide absolute proof of your identity these days that life could easily become extremely tiresome just from that factor alone, never mind the deeper existential problems of trying to function as a coherent consciousness in an epistemologically ambiguous physical universe. Just look at cash point machines, for instance. Queues of people standing around waiting to have their fingerprints read, their retinas scanned, bits of skin scraped from the nape of the neck and undergoing instant (or nearly instant --- a good six or seven seconds in tedious reality) genetic analysis, then having to answer trick questions about members of their family they didn't even remember they had, and about their recorded preferences for tablecloth colours. And that was just to get a bit of spare cash for the weekend. If you were trying to raise a loan for a jetcar, sign a missile treaty or pay an entire restaurant bill things could get really trying.

Hence the Ident-i-Eeze. This encoded every single piece of information about you, your body and your life into one all- purpose machine-readable card that you could then carry around in your wallet, and therefore represented technology's greatest triumph to date over both itself and plain common sense. "
-Mostly Harmless, 1992

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