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Comment Re:SSD failure rates (Score 2) 512

You may want to look into a power conditioner.

My laptop drive is 7 years old (runs XP).

My desktop drive is close to 5 years old.

I use them a lot.
They were on for about 3 years solid tho I've been putting them to sleep the last year.

Your failure rate seems suspiciously high.

I also have several USB drives of similar ages.

The only drives I've ever lost were 3 flash drives. Two of them mini drives which got very hot during use. And an old 88 mb drive back in the 90's. (cost me $88!)

I still back up frequently.

Comment Re:Poor statistics (Score 4, Interesting) 512

I would just add the whole thing ignores that big old rotting elephant in the room which is HDDs? I have found that in damned near every case, not all but most, will give you PLENTY of warning before it goes completely tits up whereas the SSD? One day its working and the next....nothing. No warning, no noise, no indication at all that there was a problem just...poof, buh bye data. This is also ignoring the fact that if the circuit board fails in a HDD you can swap one out for the same model and get it back in most cases, at least long enough to get the data, the SSD? Hope you are good with a soldering iron and a chip reader and I have heard even then its unlikely.

I may be just a little country shop guy but when my gamer customers have all experienced multiple failures when it comes to SSDs, and these guys don't go cheap, sorry but ATM I still don't trust it. I tell folks if they want an SSD don't have anything on it they would feel bad if they lost, now does that mean there aren't still uses for SSDs? Of course not, for one thing if you have a laptop where most if not all of your data is in the cloud? Knock yourself out, just make a weekly disk image so you can re-image when it goes tits up and you are golden. I also have several customers that have bought either hybrid drives or that Sandisk caching drive for Win 7 and in both of those cases they have seen pretty big speed boosts while not having to worry because if it dies all you do is go back to HDD speeds as it is just a cache.

Oh and one final thing....its gonna get worse. its common knowledge that with each shrink the number of writes goes down and the number of failures go up and with all of the major chip companies seeming to only care about how many bits they can stuff per nano-meter? The failure rate WILL get worse, you can count on it. Its too bad that SLC is so insanely high as those seem to have lower failure rates than MLC but as long as all the companies care about is getting that GB number up at all costs its really not gonna be getting better, its gonna be getting worse.

Ironic that they talk about how supposedly high HDD failure rates are when I cleaned out a how drawer of them before moving into the new place, we are talking drives going back to Quantum Fireballs in the 200Mb size, yes Mb not Gb, and they all fired up. granted some of them were noisy as hell but I could still get files off of them while not a single one of my gamer customers have their first SSD, they are all dead. yes i know its an anecdote but I'm not the only one that has seen this, coding horror calls SSDs the hot crazy scale as you trade red hot performance for crazy failure rates. Call me old fashioned but I think I'll just pick upa caching SSD and keep the 5Tb in spinning rust, thanks ever so Intel.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 552

The craziest thing about Sandforce is the way their marketing department is somehow able to spin some of the worst design flaws in the history of computing into alleged sales points.

Their controller chips are the worst crock of steaming shit and snake oil to have disgraced the computer industry in *years*.

If The Onion's staff got together with a few sixpacks of beer, a pizza or two, and a mission to make up something funny for the "Tech" section of their next April Fool's Day edition, it would read like a Sandforce datasheet.

Let's be honest... if Wired Magazine got a press release proclaiming that Sandforce SSD controller chips maximized Windows performance by making users re-install it from scratch every 3-6 months, their editorial staff would have to call Sandforce's marketing department to confirm that it was real, and wasn't just a bored member of the Syrian Electronic Army playing practical jokes on them again...

Comment Re: What do you mean by "can"? (Score 1) 259

I'd actually given that some thought -- if I wind up in one of the smaller counties, the population is small enough that if I ran for public office, I could campaign literally door-to-door to every household. (And if I did -- I figure my duty as a representative is not "this is what I'll do for you", but rather, "what do you need?")

Comment Re:Yup (Score 1) 147

cmon, seriously?

soundgarden/audioslave? siouxsie and the banshees? the pixies? david bowie?

some great late 80s and early 90's shit there. Faith no more?

are you even trying?

And aside from Bowie, exactly which of those groups do you hear from anymore....hear their "great" songs still being played on radio or other places...played by cover bands?

How many of those (aside from Bowie) have > 1 song that most people know if you even played it for them?

I think you helped prove my point for me. Thanks.

Comment Re:People are dumb panicky animals (Score 1) 373

Could you seriously justify ending another person's life yourself, if you didn't believe in an afterlife for them?

If that person is trying to kill me? Yes. If necessary in self-defense or the defense of another innocent person, ending an attacker's life is justified. And I teach people how to do it.

I don't believe in an "afterlife" (in the usual sense of that term).

I don't see any relation between these two concepts.

Comment Re:RAID (Score 1) 552

Oops. Brain fart. It was the "Vista International" (at least, until Marriott bought it at some point after I was in Middle School). It's what happens when you grow up in a state like Florida with hotels literally everywhere, and your brain ends up using lossy compression to (somewhat) remember them. Occasionally, you'll remember a hotel whose name is partly right, and partly random fragments of other hotel names you've seen over the years.

Comment Re:Yup (Score 1) 147

That's my point. And yet, every time a new iPhone comes out, inventories are depleted within a few weeks.

How do they "sell-out"? By turning you, the consumer, into the consumed. You're not buying their product, you're what they're selling. Their real customers are AT&T and advertisers and the strategic deals they have with their content providers.

Hell, they could give away their products and still make money.

Comment Re:Same old song and dance (Score 5, Insightful) 332

You think for one minute that Verizon and Comcast want a "free market"?

Is it a free market when there are only a very few players? Are you old enough to remember when there were hundreds of ISPs in every city? When there was actual competition?

The problem is, we're not really Verizon or Comcast's customers. None of us choose them because we like those companies or the services they offer. We choose them because there are no other choices. So now Verizon pays $130billion (with a "B") for Vodaphone, and the only reason they do is because interest rates are near zero (look at the bond prices, not the prime rate). Forget for a moment that if we actually had any enforcement of the law, that merger would get laughed out of court. For that to be worthwhile, interest rates would have to stay near zero for 20 years. But Verizon sees the writing on the wall. They figure they can take out another competitor and then just soak the people who pay them for service (not customers mind. the customers are their "strategic partners", production divisions, advertisers, and the people who they sell your information to).

You're not a consumer, you're the commodity. You're what they selling. You're trapped. Go ahead, move to Comcast and Comcast can say, Go ahead, move to Verizon. They don't give a fuck because they're gonna get paid either way. 'Cause where you gonna go?

Welcome to Corporatism 2013: End-stage Capitalism.

Comment Re:The author is either a shill or a pawn of Googl (Score 1) 332

You, the user -- especially if you are a typical, naive user -- have no idea how much bandwidth you are using.

I know how much bandwidth I'm paying for.

If an ISP cannot supply the bandwidth it has promised, if it has oversubscribed, than it should be prosecuted for the fraud it has committed.

Comment Re:Its fun to read comments on this kind of topics (Score 1) 524

I'd be willing to bet money that 90 percent of you would wilt like a daisy dropped in Death Valley.

Maybe so. One never knows until one's in that position.

OTOH, I do know that when the "Communications Decency Act" passed, I and a whole bunch of other people got pissed off and engaged in civil disobedience (strong language NSFW) at the (small, but we didn't really know at the time) risk of federal prosecution. I was younger and more full of fire then, perhaps; but I like to think that if I received a "National Security Letter I'd still have the testicular fortitude to post it far and wide, snail-mail out as many copies as I could, stand on the street corner handing them out to passers-by until they came to get me.

And then? Go out in a blaze of glory, or let them drag me off to prison in hopes of being a continual embarrassment to them? I don't know. Maybe that's when I'd wilt and say, "ooh, so sorry." But I hope I'd still stick a thumb in their eye first.

Comment Re:would have been awesome had this happened -- (Score 4, Interesting) 56

would have been awesome had this happened a year or two ago when the company was on the upswing, not shortly-to-be-passé.

Part of the problem with tech industry is that company lifecycles are shortening even faster than product lifecycles.

If it takes two or three years between the decision to go public and the actual IPO (plus another 6-12 month lockout period afterwards), and a company can only exist for 5-10 years before it becomes obsolete, the time between the decision to exit and the actual exit takes up a huge portion of the company's arc.

The VCs who backed GRPN and ZNGA made bank. Almost nobody else did. Sometimes you get lucky, like GOOG and LNKD, who raised enough capital to wall themselves off from competition. Sometimes a company can re-invent itself, like AAPL, AMZN and NFLX. Sometimes, you can find a sucker willing to pay top dollar for a worthless asset - MySpace had a good exit and left someone else holding the bag.

But those are the rare successes. Most of the time, the founder rides the rocket all the way up and all the way down to the ground, and even he ends up getting a fraction of what could have been made if he'd only shopped the company out earlier.

It's incredibly difficult to build a sustainable business in this industry. If you catch the big industry cycles: mainframe to micro, micro to client-server, client-server to cloud (mainframe), you can do so. Get out of sync with the industry fads - whether you're 1-2 years early or 1-2 years late - and your company will not outlast the pendulum swing. The optimum strategy is to find a fad, slap something together for $X, and try your damndest to get acqui-hired for $2X in a 1-2 year timeframe. Lather, rinse, repeat. If it's so important to be a CEO, sell the damn company anyways, and use the money you made off the last one to start the next one.

Comment In the end... (Score 1) 332

When it comes down to it Verizon can shit in one hand and charge in the other and in the end they will have a hand full of shit and no customers.
Historically , there have been loads of schemes since the inception of the internet to charge extra, they are all as successful as flapping your arms really hard to fly.
Usually this is the seismic activity that occurs just before a company hires a fleet of "consultants" to streamline....
Sh'long Verizon, we hardly cared for ye.

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