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+ - Client SSD Annual Failure Rates Around 1.5%, HDDs about 5%->

Submitted by Lucas123
Lucas123 (935744) writes "On the news that Linus Trovalds's SSD went belly up while he was coding the 3.12 kernel, Computerworld took a closer look at SSDs and their failure rates. While Torvalds didn't specify the SSD manufacturer in his blog, he did write in a 2008 blog that he'd purchased an 80GB Intel SSD — likely the X25, which has become something of an industry standard for SSD reliability. While they may have no mechanical parts, making them preferable for mobile use, there are many factors that go into an SSD being reliable. For example, a NAND die, the SSD controller, capacitors, or other passive components can — and do — slowly wear out or fail entirely. As an investigation into SSD reliability performed by Tom's Hardware noted: "We know that SSDs still fail.... All it takes is 10 minutes of flipping through customer reviews on Newegg's listings." Yet, according to IHS, client SSD annual failure rates under warranty tend to be around 1.5%, while HDDs are near 5%. So an SSDs not only outperforms, but on average outlast spinning disk."
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Comment: Re:T430 (Score 2) 114

by redfox2012 (#42692445) Attached to: Lenovo Could Take Over RIM

If someone could publish a list of stuff which could be uninstalled, it would be great.

I'm guessing:

- Evernote
- Intel AppUp(SM) center
- Intel WiDi
- Intel Control Center
- Intel Management Engine Components
- Intel OpenCL SDK
- ThinkVantage Communication Utlity

We just rolled out 190 of the L series and started with a clean image; the only thing Lenovo support were keen to see put back was the battery saver tool.

More love for Lenevo here, never had such a positive response to a laptop roll out!

Comment: Re:I've seen it work (Score 2) 172

by redfox2012 (#42469619) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deploy Small Office Wi-Fi SSIDs?

Indeed, you should be fine! A single SSID across all access points is the way to go but, as the Cisco 1040 series seem to be 802.11n your choice of channels is limited.

Make sure you only use channel 1, 6 or 11 as the others overlap which can confuse clients; you are better off having two of your five arrays on identical channels than overlapping them. Just try to keep the access points with identical channels a reasonable distance apart, so that there is an obvious difference in signal strength.

Comment: Re:Too late... Blackberry is on my 'Do Not Buy' li (Score 1) 185

by redfox2012 (#39861547) Attached to: BlackBerry 10 Unveiled

I was a BB user and couldn’t wait for my contract to die; I won’t trouble them ever again.

I was desperate for Samsung to release the S3 already, but I couldn't stall any longer 'cos the three other guys on my shared plan wanted their iPhones, so I went with the HTC OneX and I’m pretty darn pleased with it!

One of the iPhone users has already admitted he made a mistake and another is wavering!

Loving the schadenfreude Android gives me at the moment!

Android

+ - Ask Slashdot: No comprehensive app for Slashdot yet?-> 4

Submitted by CCarrot
CCarrot (1562079) writes "While looking for a comprehensive Slashdot app for Android, I was somewhat shocked to find that there isn't one out there (yet). There are plenty of apps that allow you to read stories and comments, including this one that lets you download and read stories and comments offline, however there are none (that I could find) that allow you to a) log in, or even b) post comments, not to mention check on friends' posts, monitor your comment history and replies, moderate posts, etc., etc.

To be fair, the mobile version of the site is very usable on cellphones and such, although html markup is rather a pain on a phone. It just surprises me that nobody has developed a dedicated app for it yet, especially considering that /. is 'news for nerds'. Any thoughts? Is one of the regular readers currently developing one in their oh-so-abundant 'spare' time? Or would anyone even use such an app if it were available? (besides me, of course...)"

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+ - Make Leisure Suit Larry come again-> 2

Submitted by eugene2k
eugene2k (1213062) writes "It seems more and more famous developers are jumping on the Kickstarter bandwagon. First there were Tim Schafer and Ron Gilbert with their Double Fine Adventure project, then Brian Fargo decided to create a Wasteland sequel, and now Al Lowe and team decided to remake Leisure Suit Larry. They even promise to port the game to platforms such as iOS and Linux if they exeed their goal of $500000."
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Comment: Re:Dead Horse (Score 2) 2

No this is all new!

Never in history have 5 year olds tried to recreate violent scenes in play, or car crashes, or pretend to throw themselves out of a window in slow motion, or simulate graphic injuries, or act out blood "spurting from their bodies", or got addicted to things that separate them from reality. This is all new and it is a perfect storm created by computer games!

The solution is obvious: 'stringent legislation' to combat growing trend of young pupils acting out violent scenes in playgrounds; thank goodness the teaching union are looking out for our children. Oh and if the the government to would abolish a website that allows parents to rate schools, that would be just peachy too!

+ - Children becoming addicted to video game fantasy worlds, teachers warn-> 2

Submitted by silentbrad
silentbrad (1488951) writes "From The Guardian: "A growing number of young children are acting out violent scenes from adult computer games in the playground, teachers have warned. Pupils as young as four and five are simulating car crashes and graphic injuries as a result of playing games unsupervised in their bedrooms, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) annual conference was told. Primary school teachers said the games were making their pupils far more aggressive and addicted to "fantasy worlds that separate them from reality". Doctors found children who continually play computer games may be more likely to develop tendinitis – an inflammation between the muscles and bones – and suffer from seizures, teachers said. Psychologists have expressed concerns that playing some games make children more aggressive. Alison Sherratt, a teacher at Riddlesden St Mary's Church of England primary school in Keighley, West Yorkshire, said her four- and five-year-old pupils spend their breaks pretending to "throw themselves out of the window of the play car in slow motion" and act out blood "spurting from their bodies". "We all expect to see rough and tumble, but I have seen little ones acting out quite graphic scenes in the playground and there is a lot more hitting, hurting and thumping in the classroom for no particular reason." She said her pupils believed the violence depicted in computer games was real and tried to recreate it in play. "Obesity, social exclusion, loneliness, physical fitness, sedentary solitary lives – these are all descriptions of children who are already hooked to games Sadly there is a notable correlation between the children who admit to playing games and those who come to school really tired," she said."
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