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Data Storage

Submission + - Flash memory hard drive for notebooks launched

ukhackster writes: Traditional magnetic hard drive platters could be on the way out, thanks to SanDisk's launch today of a hard drive based on flash memory chips. The device can store 32GB of data and is meant for notebooks. . SanDisk claims that using flash chips means faster access and better reliability, so less danger of a serious system crash wiping out all your valuable data if you drop your laptop. The downside, though, is price. At an extra $600 dollars, are price-conscious consumers going to be interested?
Software

Submission + - BitThief BT Client Downloads Without Uploading

Smaran writes: "BitThief is a BitTorrent client developed in Zurich, Switzerland that manages to download torrents without uploading at all. It constantly pretends to be a newly arrived peer that doesn't have any bits to upload. It also doesn't prioritise bits and takes whatever it can get. Torrentfreak writes that such a client could be extremely harmful to BitTorrent swarms and hopes that it will be quickly banned from trackers. Since it's written in Java, it can be launched on any platform."

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