WD's Terabyte Scorpio Notebook Drive Tested
I didn't see the 9.5mm size mentioned at first, but considering that the larger drives failed so often I am extremely weary about trying out a smaller form factor drive until they too have been thoroughly tested:
WD's Terabyte Scorpio Notebook Drive Tested
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.
Ultima IV — EA Takedowns Precede Official Reboot
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.
Anonymous Knocks Out Ministry of Sound Website
Ministry of Sound has been struggling a lot lately, http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/feb/21/ministry-of-sound-threat . 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 beatport.com ? 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.
EFF Assails YouTube For Removing "Downfall" Parodies
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."
How the Internet Didn't Fail As Predicted
It's easy to see how one would make this mistake, when they've actually been to the future : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNGJkkkagGw
AT&T Glitch Connects Users To Wrong Accounts
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.
B&N Nook Successfully Opened
What crazy antics are AT&T going to throw out to try and stop this one?
"Lawful Spying" Price Lists Leaked
It's a good thing it's already been archived on WikiLeaks http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Yahoo_compliance_guide_for_law_enforcement%2C_23_Dec_2008
Brain-Control Gaming Headset Launching Dec. 21
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.
Founder of Milw0rm exploits website is dead
You will be remembered for your contributions to the security community :)
Speech-to-Speech Translator Developed For iPhone
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".
iPhone Straining AT&T Network
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 http://twitter.com/ATTJason/status/3676354487 .
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)
AT&T Blocks Part of 4chan
As of 1am CST, it looks like the block is beginning to be lifted :
I can confirm access to img.4chan.org open from the Austin/South Texas area now, whereas it wasn't about an hour ago.
World's Oldest Marijuana Stash Found
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!
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