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Comment Re:Well, if they're AT&T android customers... (Score 1) 490

Exactly, plus until the Galaxy S came out a week ago AT&T didn't even have a high end Android phone. They has some pretty poor hardware running an outdated version of the OS. Their phones couldn't run most of the new software which makes them think there are no apps on Android. Give them a Galaxy S and then see what they say.

Comment Re:Interesting... (Score 1) 293

This is part of the reason banks have to honor what the amount as written in longhand rather than the numeric value. If the box says $1000.00 but the longhand text says "one hundred and no/100" then the check is for $100.00. So unless you can change that to say "thousand" when it used to say "hundred" then it doesn't matter.

Comment Re:I always maintained blue ray was moot (Score 3, Informative) 685

I bought a PS3 for the main purpose of watching movies and for my kids to play a few games on here and there. I use it for watching BluRay and DVD and find the interface as easy as any DVD player I've ever owned. I own the remote control also, but even when the kids have lost it and I have to use the controller it's pretty much just one button click to get the movie going. I never owned a PS2 so I don't know how it compares. I did use an original XBOX as a DVD player for a little while and found it so pitiful (even with the remote) that I bought a separate DVD player instead, however my XBOX remote was flaky and I don't know which one caused the other.
The Internet

Opera Unite is a Hail Mary 260

snydeq writes "Rather than view it as a game-changer, Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister sees Opera Unite as a Hail Mary bid for Opera to stay in the game. After all, in an era when even vending machines have Web servers on them, a Web server on the Web browser isn't really that groundbreaking. What Opera is attempting is to 'reintermediate' the Internet — 'directly linking people's personal computers together' by making them sign up for an account on Opera's servers and ensuring all of their exchanges pass through Opera's servers first. 'That's an effective way to get around technical difficulties like NAT firewalls, but more important, it makes Opera the intermediary in your social interactions — not Facebook, not MySpace, but Opera,' McAllister writes. In other words, Opera hopes to use social networking as a Trojan horse to put traditional apps back in charge."

Comment Re:At least no censoring (Score 1) 559

Seagate has long been my brand of choice for hard drives. I have never had one of their drives fail. I still use one of their 9 GB SCSI drives in an old Sun Ultra 5. That drive is about 12 years old. Recent news makes me wonder if I've been lucky and whether I need to start looking elsewhere.

In the past, I've lost more WD drives than I can count but they seem to be doing better in recent times. I lost all four drives in a Hitachi RAID within one week of each other (makes you really doubt the controller). I lost one of the four in an old Maxtor RAID, but there have been no issues with the RAID in the approximately 2 years since replacing that drive.

I have about 15 Fujitsu drives that are still in their static wrap. A friend gave them to me after having an entire RAID replaced off an RMA. He never trusted the drives enough to use them after that. I never hooked them up either so I don't have any personal experience with them.

No experience with Samsung drives either.

PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - Hacking passwords with the PlayStation 3 (

jakkaj writes: "The PlayStation 3's release excited different people for different reasons — some saw system capable of playing games and checking your facebook from the comfort of your lounge room, whereas others could see nothing but a cheap way to get their hands on a shiny new Cell processor. Given that the PlayStation 3 is also an relatively open system, you dont need to hack it to get access to the powerful CPU inside. This has lead to some interesting applications — visual rendering and cluster computing to name a couple.

This also opens the door for other more mischievous (and here) uses — "Suddenly we have a massive increase in terms of . . . cryptography cracking. Eight-character 'strong' passwords can be broken in a couple of days whereas before it would take weeks."

Although this won't exactly be challenging SSH and other methods of securing systems any time soon, the fact that there is so much more cheap processing power available has to have some security implications."

Data Storage

Submission + - Google paper on disk reliability

oski4410 writes: The Google engineers just published a paper on Failure Trends in a Large Disk Drive Population. Based on a study of 100,000 disk drives over 5 years they find some interesting stuff. To quote from the abstract:

"Our analysis identifies several parameters from the drive's self monitoring facility (SMART) that correlate highly with failures. Despite this high correlation, we conclude that models based on SMART parameters alone are unlikely to be useful for predicting individual drive failures. Surprisingly, we found that temperature and activity levels were much less correlated with drive failures than previously reported."

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