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Comment Re:It's not a dead pixel (Score 3, Insightful) 241

... I guess sort of like bad sectors are a characteristic of disk drives ...

Each hard drive has bad sectors detected during the QA testing and permanently stored in drives primary defects list (PLIST) table. The visible reallocations that start from 0 and reported by S.M.A.R.T are grown defects list (GLIST), not existing during the manufacturing. So yes, bad sectors are sort of a characteristic of disk drives.

Comment Re:wifi jamming (Score 1) 103

United charged me about 25$ for 14-hour flight. And I paid in miles, so the actual cost was zero.
I bought the Wi-Fi for my phone and USB-tethered it to my laptop, so it worked fine on both devices.
The Wi-Fi was quite slow, and they tried to block all VOIP services and VPNs, but I still managed to connect to a VPN and make a very short phone call (just as a test).

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