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Comment Re:And who were the attackers? (Score 1) 114

The reason people are suspicious is that a group with a bad track record is encouraging something dangerous. Sure the Chinese, the Iranians, hell the Canadians are looking to access systems in the US, but that isn't a reason to trust DHS. What we know about this one incident is that DHS made a rather unorthodox request.

Comment Re:We have the same problems in this country (Score 4, Informative) 110

Centralia is only the best known coal fire in the US. Some are not mine related, some like Laurel run PA are. Centralia is a mix. The fire was started at a landfill, but that landfill was located in an abandonded strip mine. The natural coal seam wouldn't have been near the surface had it not been for the mine.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 297

I seem to recall a Google study that said almost the opposite. It points to a small spike increase in death rates in the first few months, then a drop, followed by a continued climb. Their references also point to issues with specific types of drives, though I haven't read it and can't speak to the results. research.google.com/archive/disk_failures.pdf

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