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WD's Terabyte Scorpio Notebook Drive Tested

yamamushi Fair Warning (100 comments)

These drives have actually been on the market for well over a year now, and I was (un)lucky enough to pick one up last year when my local Fry's Electronics got them in stock. While the drives themselves are handy because of the amount of data you can squeeze into them, making my macbook pro a beast of a mobile studio (at the time I was using it for music production), they seem to be prone to issues. The first drive lasted about a month, before I almost lost several weeks worth of a project I was working on due to the drive crashing. I was able to retrieve my work from the drive by mounting it externally before it became completely unreadable, and I attribute this to the high density drives not being able to handle the average bouncing around of a laptop in a backpack. When I attached the drive to one of my linux workstations, I could hear the disks spinning up but dmesg wouldn't pick up the drive and they just kept spinning endlessly louder and louder. The second drive lasted about 2 months before a similar problem occurred, though by that time I had migrated most of my work to a different workstation. I replaced the drive with the original 500gb drive my macbook came with, and I haven't had any problems since. In short, I'm not sure if the early drives off the assembly line were just prone to failure more often or if perhaps I was just extremely unlucky with the ones I procured. Either way, I am rather uncomfortable about putting any important data on one of these drives in the future until they've been on the market for a while and have been thoroughly tested.

more than 3 years ago

Ultima IV — EA Takedowns Precede Official Reboot

yamamushi I really don't understand (194 comments)

Why do people keep spending money on EA Games? They treat the gaming community like utter crap at every opportunity, yet people continue to keep eating it up constantly. I refuse to spend a dime on any EA product, and I have no doubt many /.'ers share my sentiments.

more than 3 years ago

Anonymous Knocks Out Ministry of Sound Website

yamamushi Should have stayed relevant (240 comments)

Ministry of Sound has been struggling a lot lately, . They haven't really stayed relevant in the electronic music world lately, so it won't be a big loss to see them disappear in the near future irregardless of file sharers. As a music producer and dj here in Austin, I feel obligated to buy the music I play and remix (mainly because I'm friends with producers who've burned that unspoken respect into my style, Francis Preve, Josh Gabriel, etc.). When labels go out of their way to pursue file sharers, I feel obligated to go out of my way to find their tracks through non-conventional methods. Not everyone has money to dish out for music, but they will pay to go to shows, clubs, raves, etc. Let them appreciate the art! When was the last time Ministry of Sound put out a track that reached the top 10 charts on ? When was the last time Toolroom Knights did? Music evolves, and it feels like they pressed the B button to hold themselves back on purpose.

about 4 years ago

EFF Assails YouTube For Removing "Downfall" Parodies

yamamushi Well what does the director have to say about it? (294 comments)

This is rather stupid, considering the director of Downfall watches them and likes them. In fact, in his own words "I think I've seen about 145 of them! Of course, I have to put the sound down when I watch. Many times the lines are so funny, I laugh out loud, and I'm laughing about the scene that I staged myself! You couldn't get a better compliment as a director."

more than 4 years ago

AT&T Glitch Connects Users To Wrong Accounts

yamamushi I can confirm this (138 comments)

I have been getting facebook notifications for someone in Germany, I get notified of all the comments posted on their profiles. I thought this was something wrong with the facebook application itself, but this confirms my suspicions that there is a deeper issue at hand.

more than 4 years ago

B&N Nook Successfully Opened

yamamushi And so it begins (275 comments)

What crazy antics are AT&T going to throw out to try and stop this one?

more than 4 years ago

Brain-Control Gaming Headset Launching Dec. 21

yamamushi Re:Could be a half-decent toy, if priced well (112 comments)

Compared to the costs of getting all the components for the OpenEEG and piecing everything together, it's probably a better choice for most people to go with the Emotiv set. Besides, if you're not happy with an OpenEEG you only have yourself to be unhappy with, if you're bored with the Emotiv you can always send it back and demand a refund.

more than 4 years ago

Founder of Milw0rm exploits website is dead

yamamushi RIP (1 comments)

You will be remembered for your contributions to the security community :)

more than 4 years ago

Speech-to-Speech Translator Developed For iPhone

yamamushi Hilarious (133 comments)

I bought the app and said "Marijuana" in English, which promptly spit back out at me in Spanish, "illegales" . I'm pretty sure that translates back into English as , "Illegal".

more than 4 years ago

iPhone Straining AT&T Network

yamamushi Re:slow data (551 comments)

I was in San Francisco this past weekend, and my network services were severed sharply compared to the connection I get here in Austin TX. I was unable to get emails or use the internet and every other time I tried to make a phone call, I kept getting "Call Failed". The problem was so bad that when I was in SFO, I tweeted something to the tune of "My POS iPhone never works when I need it to", to which an ATT Rep (apparently ATT has people scouring Twitter for angry ATT customers) responded with . When ATT loses its contract with Apple, I'm dropping their POS network for a more reliable carrier with a better network and more helpful customer support. (Ever had an ATT rep call you a horses ass on the phone? They did to me back in June, to which they ended up giving me 2 months of free service to apologize)

more than 5 years ago

World's Oldest Marijuana Stash Found

yamamushi Re:Ancient Nugz (108 comments)

Totally! 789g of Budz would have been awesome to take over into the afterlife, unfortunately this guy was obviously screwed over by his dealer. In other news, oldest munchies stash found!

more than 5 years ago



Police Conduction "Operation Wardrive"

yamamushi yamamushi writes  |  about 3 years ago

yamamushi writes "Since when has it been law enforcements responsibility to scan for open wireless networks, and then contact the owners of those networks warning them to close them? As far as I have been able to determine, this is the first time in the US that a law enforcement agency has attempted to do this, and although the courts have generally ruled that running an open wireless network waves your expectation of privacy, it feels like this is setting an extremely bad precedent for law enforcement going forward from here. The AustinEFF has filed an Open Records request against APD (Austin Police Department) for information on the details behind this operation, . My primary concern is, at what point in time does your SSID give probable cause for an officer to connect to your network to conduct a search for "illegal" content? Though the EFF's concerns are more varied than my own at this point."
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Ron Paul sets new online fundraising records

yamamushi yamamushi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

yamamushi writes "Remember Remember the 5th of November indeed! In observance of Guy Fawkes Night, Thousands of Presidential Candidate/Congressman Ron Paul supporters donated just over $4.3 Million dollars to his campaign within 24 hours, topping the record for the most raised online in one day for any presidential candidate, ever. His staggering amount also shadowed the most raised in a single day by any of the other Republican candidates, to which Mitt Romney owned the title at $3.1 Million. With the media burying Ron Paul, and refusing to consider him a top-tier candidate, will Paul be able to leverage the internet community into proving otherwise at the polls?"

yamamushi yamamushi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

yamamushi writes "Within the past few weeks, students across Boerne ISD were being called into offices to discuss the use of proxies to circumvent the schools websense system. The problem is that some of these students are being punished so far as being suspended from school for up to (as far as anyone knows so far) 3 months at a time. Shouldn't the school district be liable for their own insecurity? Why are they punishing so many students for something that should be handled from the district's end? I know at the time I was going to school there, I was punished for using a linux livecd to login to their computers without using a password, even after I told the admins how to disable cdrom boots, they refused to update any of the computers and as such I was using the same tactic till the day I graduated."


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