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Comment Re:You're buying an extended warranty (Score 3, Informative) 270

I got the warranty info directly from WD's site and spec sheets. RPM is NOT the primary factor in determining seek time, that only affects rotational latency, which is one of at least 4 components of access time, the other three being track seek time, head settling time, and head select time. Seek time is generally the largest of those, rotational latency second largest, and the others are minor by comparison.

Amount of ECC is not only dependent upon 512/4k (AF) drive, that's one factor, but most "enterprise" drives from most manufacturers have greater ECC and most use lower track densities to allow faster positioning (faster seek). For instance, compare the data sheets for the 7200RPM desktop and Enterprise (Constellation ES) drives from Seagate. Note the "enhanced error correction" and better "non-recoverable read error" rates (which are directly related to ECC recoverablity) on the ES (enterprise) drive, and that's comparing a 512b sector ES drive to a 4K/AF desktop drive.

As I said, you analysis was generally good, you just missed a the 3 items I noted.

Comment Re:You're buying an extended warranty (Score 2) 270

Good analysis, with two issues:

1. Both of the specific drives you mentioned above have 5 yr warranties, so your specific example doesn't work for costs, but in general, your analysis is valid.

2. You don't address performance differences. WD doesn't specify seek times on these, so I can't compare them. But in general, "Enterprise" drives have faster seek and/or transfer rates. This may make the enterprise drive superior for certain environments.

One final difference, many/most "enterprise" drives have higher levels of error correction, so even if the drive failure rate is the same, they're more likely to be able to read/recover data from a given sector.

Comment Re:Atari would be proud (Score 1) 408

While one designer was common to both, USB as far more in common with Apple Desktop Bus (ADB) than with SIO. ADB supported hot plugging, dynamic device driver loading, same power specifications as USB 1.1, simple cabling, very low cost, etc. ADB was much slower than USB (even low-speed), but it's design has more in common with USB than does SIO, even though it's from a completely different group of designers. SIO might be the grandfather design, with ADB more of a parent or uncle.

Submission + - US vetoes ITC ban on iPhones

gstrickler writes: US trade representative vetoes ITC ban on certain iPhones. The United States International Trade Commission in June ordered a ban of older-model Apple products, including the iPhone 4 and 3GS, after determining that Apple had violated a patent that Samsung owned related to transmission of data over cellular networks.

Michael Froman, US trade representative, wrote in his decision issued on Saturday that it was based in part on the “effect on competitive conditions in the U.S. economy and the effect on U.S. consumers.” A weak claim given that only Apple's oldest iPhone models would have been affected. Mr. Froman said his decision did not mean that Samsung was “not entitled to a remedy. Officials said Mr. Froman’s decision was made without involvement by Mr. Obama or his senior aides in the White House.

Apple had significant support in opposing the commission’s ban. Randal Milch, the general counsel of Verizon Communications, which was not involved in the exclusion order, wrote an editorial in The Wall Street Journal urging the administration to veto the ban. Microsoft, Oracle and Intel also publicly supported Apple.

Comment Re:Another failure of "unlimited" bandwidth (Score 2) 555

GP is correct, this isn't a "net neutrality" issue. It's a class of service issue. They offered a service with terms that you can't run your own server for a specific amount of money. The don't limit what devices you connect, what sites you access, what protocols you can run, etc. They don't give priority to their own services, or limit access to competitors, etc. You bought "consumer" access, not "provider" access, and the terms say you can't operate a publicly accessible server. If you want to operate a server and be a provider, get the correct type of account. That's not "net neutrality", it's a contractual issue.

Comment Re:Follow up (Score 3, Interesting) 205

Maybe, the user didn't want to confuse you by sending in multiple problem reports at once. Or maybe the user's manager thought that would overload IT, or make it appear they were just complaining too much. :)

I had users who just ignored, or worked around errors, errors that had never been reported. Some were user errors (resolved by both program changes to prevent those errors and user training), some were UI errors that didn't impact the results, and some were program errors with actual consequences or impact on the data or utility of the software. I found out about these errors by watching the users, or as a side issue when they were having some other problem that they did report. I explained that reporting all errors ASAP gives the developers a broader view of the potential problem, and allows all errors to be fixed faster and more completely. I trained them to report every problem, no matter how small, and made a point of addressing those errors as quickly as practical to reinforce the behavior of reporting them. And, of course, I explained that unreported errors were very unlikely to be fixed, ever.

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