How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive
With 3 bits per cell, how long before the data fades?
This is the reliability issue that nobody wants to talk about. I am sure that many others are like myself, with a closet full of old PCs. I like the idea that if I were to pull one out and power it on after having sat unplugged for a span of years, it would still boot (CMOS battery BIOS issues not withstanding) and would still have all of the data I left it with.
SSDs on the other hand won't even guarantee that your data will still be there after *only one year* of being powered off, and as we've dipped below the 34nm process, sometimes SSDs are warranted for even less.
Science vs. Homeopathy
That's an interesting observation, as my experience is both in opposition and in accordance with yours.
The people I know who believe in homeopathy also disbelieve in global warming, but will defend their beliefs in much the same way as you described.
I suppose the saying is true: it really does take all kinds.