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Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

RatherBeAnonymous Re:reliability (183 comments)

I disagree with this faith in SMART to provide aqueduct warning. So does Google.

Out of all failed drives, over 56% of them have no count in any of the four strong SMART signals, namely scan errors, reallocation count, offline reallocation, and probational count.

We conclude that it is unlikely that SMART data alone can be effectively used to build models that predict failures of individual drives.


Google's analysis was of spinning hard disks, but I can not believe that SMART is somehow better at monitoring SSDs than spinning hard disks. I have personally had drives that pass every smart test and hard drive scan, but click and buzz in unnatural ways. Likewise, I have had SSDs suddenly fail that were, by all external tests before and after the failure, operating within expected parameters. It doesn't help that many SSDs have a habit of rendering the stored data inaccessible with no chance of recovery when they loose power. Spinning HD manufacturers solved that problem decades ago with self-parking read-write heads. Then again, there is no SMART test that's going to predict when an electrical component is going to suddenly burst into flames. (I've seen it happen!) With a spinning HD I could replace the logic board or send the disk out for recovery and get that data back, probably unscathed. With an SSD the odds would be in no-one's favor.

When it comes to SSDs, the PC vendors need to step up their game on data redundancy. SSD Raid 1 arrays or integrated backup to cheaper storage should be standard configurations.

about two weeks ago

Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk

RatherBeAnonymous Re:This is how we learn (150 comments)

Unfortunately, no one can be told what The Cloud is. You have to see it for yourself.

about three weeks ago

Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Great... (582 comments)

"Self defense"? Look, you can call it a lot of things, but you can't call it that. Otherwise I could call the following scenario "self defense":

Guy comes to my house and kills a member of my family. In "self defense", the next day I go and burn down his house with him and his family in it.

Is that seriously your characterization of the war in the Pacific in WWII? Japan bombed Pearl Harbor then the US dropped nukes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki? There was a lot more to it than that.

about a month ago

The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

RatherBeAnonymous Re:i bet (190 comments)

I believe the parent meant it was "funny" in the same sense that sour milk tastes "funny".

about a month ago

'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Little, as far as I can tell [But what does it (115 comments)

Let me repeat. The beams that create the channel are not themselves channeled. So the channel itself... has the diffraction, scattering, and beam spread of an unchanneled beam. The net result can't be better than an unchanneled beam, because it is made out of an unchanneled beam.

Not necessarily. Since the surrounding laser pulses should spread in a more or less uniform way, the central channel of denser air should still occur as distance from the emitter increases and remain centralized in the channel. It sounds like it will make air work a little like graded index multimode fiber. The difference in density between the central channel and the surrounding air will likely fall off with distance, making the air channel less efficient, but still present out to some distance. It's not like this would allow perfect single-mode propagation to infinity in a coherent beam, but it could improve bandwidth and/or distance capability for point-to-point laser communications.

about a month ago

Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Server 2012 already looks like Windows 8. (322 comments)

Server 2012 R2 has and improved interface for remote manageability. The start button is there for pulling up the Metro screen and the metro screen has clickable icons for logging out and restarting or shutting down. From the Metro screen I just type the name of whatever program or configuration utility I need, and that works as well as the windows 7 start menu. The interface has improved to be merely annoying and cumbersome rather than obstructive and rage-inducing.

about a month ago

Chicago Red Light Cameras Issue Thousands of Bogus Tickets

RatherBeAnonymous Re:just follow the rules people (229 comments)

In many states it is also legal to turn left on red when turning from a one-way street to a one-way street.

about a month ago

Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

RatherBeAnonymous Re:ugh (390 comments)

Except, according to Verizon's own published chart those links are at 48% peak utilization. It seems is some headroom there.

Up above, you posted that the problem is that Level 3 charges, "300% higher than any other provider out there..."

Which means: You are talking out of both sides of your mouth.

about a month ago

Robert McMillen: What Everyone Gets Wrong In the Debate Over Net Neutrality

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Why not both? (270 comments)

Exactly right, and that's because local caches and peering to content providers saves money. Buying capacity and data transfer from a tier-1 is expensive. Peering with content providers is cheap.

about 2 months ago

Robert McMillen: What Everyone Gets Wrong In the Debate Over Net Neutrality

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Everybody is wrong... (270 comments)

Nah, it's worse than that. Wall-mart will let you shop wherever you want, but Target and Costco have to pay up if they want the exit ramps to stay open.

about 2 months ago

When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

RatherBeAnonymous Re:IPv6 Addresses (305 comments)

I do set up networks. I'm not being lazy, I'm being pragmatic. IP4 is easy to work because most people can look at an ip address and break it down to 4 numbers; 4 tokens to remember for the few moments when it needs to be remembered. I'm sure there are people practiced with hexidecimal that will find it very easy to work with, but for most techs a 4 character string of hexidecimal is not an instantly recognizable number, it's a quazi-random string of characters. This is mostly an issue of practice and language skills. The number 746, for example, in hex is 2A1. 746 is easy to remember by saying seven hundred and fourty six. Mentally it is one number. 2A1 does not have any ingrained meaning to most people because most people have not been practicing with hex their entire lives.

I wager that the decision to use Hex will cause a great number of mistakes that would not have happened with a decimal-based notation system. I also wager that this will cause a measurable increase in the amount of time it takes to set up networks because it will flat out take longer to transpose numbers, triple check them, and correct the increased number of errors. In manufacturing, when a large number of errors or accidents happen at one stage of the line, it is because the process is flawed. I believe this will go down in history a significant flaw that causes many errors and waste a lot of time.


about 3 months ago

Cisco Spending Millions of Dollars Secretly Purchasing New Juniper Products

RatherBeAnonymous Re:And your point is what? (120 comments)

Or better yet - keep quite and use it to spread disinformation. A little corporate counter-espionage goes a long way.

about 3 months ago

When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

RatherBeAnonymous Re:IPv6 Addresses (305 comments)

More to the point: use DNS.

This response always pisses me off. What do you do when DNS is broken? What do you do when you are the guy setting up DNS services? With IP 4 it is pretty easy to remember a 4 number string long enough to transpose some addresses. It is easy enough to remember a small handful of well known DNS servers' addresses so that you can get a machine talking on the Internet or on your local network. IP 6 has a short-hand notation, but it's still a pain. Looking at the example given, when transposing that address one has to hold in mind 5 sets of variable-length numbers (in Hexidecimal, no less) and remember the location for the double-colons. The IP 6 designers only answer to this complaint is to suck it up - and use DNS. It is a flippant and arrogant answer.

about 3 months ago

Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Surprised? (337 comments)

Cisco will get the money either way.

No QoS - ISPs will have to drastically upgrade bandwidth capacity so that VOIP and video traffic don't get choked out, and Cisco sells more equipment.

Yes QoS - ISPs will need to drastically upgrade network processing capacity so that VOIP and video traffic don't get choked out, and Cisco sells more equipment.

about 3 months ago

Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

RatherBeAnonymous Re:TWC is already screwing customers using fast la (337 comments)

I'd wager that the problem lies in Time Warner's links to the tier 1 backbones, and not traffic shaping. If those links are saturated, as Level 3 and Cogent have complained about, then any traffic routed through those tier 1's will suffer. But the Time Warner hosted speed test will work perfectly. Technically, Time Warner is right, they are meeting requirements for the link form the customer's home to Time Warner. It's too bad they don't make any promises about usability.

Have you trace routed to popular sites or tried an independent speed test?

about 3 months ago

AT&T To Use Phone Geolocation To Prevent Credit Card Fraud

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Or call your credit card company ... (228 comments)

True story...

About 8 years ago I was going to Europe, so the day before I leave I call up my credit card company to let them know to expect to see a lot of charges from abroad. The account rep tells me that I would not be able to use my card because they had just sent me a new card and the old card had been deactivated. I was to expect the new card to arrive in 3 or 4 days. "Well great," I sez, "but I'm going to be in Europe, so I won't have the new card. Why did you deactivate the old card and send me a new one?" The Answer: they were just replacing people's cards for the hell of it. Credit card companies suck.

about 3 months ago


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