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SSD Annual Failure Rates Around 1.5%, HDDs About 5% 512

Lucas123 writes "On the news that Linus Torvalds'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 SSDs not only outperform, but on average outlast spinning disks."

Comment Re:Missing option (Score 1) 283

A few years ago, I went 30 days without caffeine to prove to my wife that I could do it. Strangely I did not get any real withdrawal symptoms, just felt a bit flat for a few days.

I did miss the taste and social aspects of coffee. When the 30 days were over I was quite happy to start drinking coffee again.

Comment Re:Missing option (Score 2) 283

That is one option. On the other hand, I have 8 - 10 coffees a day. I never get the jitters or caffeine headaches. I guess I just detoxify it slowly enough that I never get to zero caffeine.

Perhaps it is skipping the soft drinks rather than the caffeine that makes you feel healthier?

Comment Re:Two things. (Score 2) 165

I've been listening to triplej for about 20 years and as usual there are plenty of songs I do not recognize in the list. That is part of the deal with triplej, no comfort zone of classics and far more new music than you can follow.

There will be a few teeny pop songs in the list but if you listen to a few, you'll see that the range is far more diverse and none of the usual pop artists.

Over the past few years triplej has been doing a lot of work to foster local music, their site is great and you can legally download plenty of good music.

I guess one day my music tastes will crystallize and I'll join the host of others who think that music was best in year X (usually when they were a teenager). I'll fight that as long as I can.

Comment Re:Burden of proof. (Score 1) 810

I agree that you will never prove that they do not exist but that is not always the main goal. If you take the people who believe in ghosts along and approach it from a perspective of searching for evidence, you may get them to think a bit more about what they recall seeing in the past. I had a similar opportunity to investigate in the Cemetery on Norfolk Island, it was a great deal of fun and I think a few of my friends really changed the way they view skeptics and weigh evidence.

Comment Re:Not new. (Score 2) 509

It may be more feasible than you think. I've been thinking about the same solution for a while. I've polled a few friends with SUVs and most of them seem to think it is a good idea. (1 did not think it was required). Of the friends without SUVs, they all thought it was a good idea.

Submission + - shut down

w00tz writes: announced through a tweet that it is unreachable after terminated its account. EveryDNS's main reason seems to be that it is trying to avoid massive DDOS attacks.

Comment Re:I wish I saw it! (Score 2, Informative) 143

You did not miss much from what I saw. I'm in Newcastle and was out for an early ride and say it at 5.50 EST. To me it looked more like a unusual cloud formation near the moon. It was interesting enough for me to mention it to my friends when I met them at 6 but they did not even notice it. I did not think about it again until I saw it on the evening news with a few ufo nuts.

Dinosaur Feather Color Discovered 219

anzha writes "Do you remember being a kid and told we'd never know what colors the dinosaurs were? For at least some, that's no longer true. Scientists working in the UK and China have closely examined the fossils of multiple theropods and actually found the colors and patterns that were present in the fossilized proto-feathers. So far, the answer is orange, black and white in banded and other patterns. The work also thoroughly thrashes the idea that fossils might not be feathers, but collagen fibers instead. If this holds up, Birds Are Dinosaurs. Period. And colorful!"

Comment Re:Japanese Science and Pseudo (Score 1) 219

I had a quick look at the PubMed search and did not see any results that seemed to support the blood group personality thing. If I search PubMad for "star signs" I get almost twice as many results. Can you post the links to any of these articles that show any evidence to support a relationship between blood group and personality?

Submission + - Contributors Leaving Wikipedia in Record Numbers

Hugh Pickens writes: "CNET reports that the volunteers who create Wikipedia's pages, check facts and adapt the site are abandoning Wikipedia in unprecedented numbers with tens of thousands of editors going “dead” — no longer actively contributing and updating the site — a trend many experts believe could threaten Wikipedia’s future. In the first three months of 2009 the English-language version of Wikipedia suffered a net loss of 49,000 contributors, compared with a loss of about 4,900 during the same period in 2008. “If you don’t have enough people to take care of the project it could vanish quickly," says Felipe Ortega at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid who created a computer system to analyze the editing history of more than three million active Wikipedia contributors in ten different languages. "We’re not in that situation yet. But eventually, if the negative trends follow, we could be in that situation.” Contributors are becoming disenchanted with the process of adding to the site which is becoming increasingly difficult says Andrew Dalby, author of The World and Wikipedia: How We are Editing Reality and a regular editor of the site. “There is an increase of bureaucracy and rules. Wikipedia grew because of the lack of rules. That has been forgotten. The rules are regarded as irritating and useless by many contributors.” Arguments over various articles have also taken their toll. "Many people are getting burnt out when they have to debate about the contents of certain articles again and again," adds Ortega."

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