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Comment coming from a storage provider... (Score 4, Informative) 237

We have well over 150 3TB Seagate Barracuda's at work that are halfway into their second year of operation. The first year has been pretty flawless, maybe 1 failure, but the second year, we've had about 15 already get peppered with bad sectors and its continuing to happen at least once per week or so on more drives. This hands a lot of crediblity to Backblazes findings if you ask me. Again these are modern 3TB Barracuda's, (non-XT) I was sad when they discontued the XT line, simply because we have about 30 of the XT 2TB models into their 3rd year and no failures yet. Oh, right, they didn't discontinue the XT at all, rather turned it into the Constellation series and sold it for double the price!

Comment Re:I'm betting on Valve being sneaky here... (Score 1) 280

Also, Sony and Microsoft won't even be ready with their new consoles for at least another year, its quite a long time to wait when their hardware is the limiting factor in todays games.... everything has to be watered down for the PS3/360... and that disease spreads to todays PC games... its consolitis at its finest.

Comment Re:I'm betting on Valve being sneaky here... (Score 1) 280

Valve would actually be saving the PC gaming market, as all those games will typically be on PC Steam as well! Todays typical console business model from the big 3 is growing old, and frankly I'm tired of getting gouged. Valve will bring a breath of fresh air! Put a lot of those cheap Steam specials on a Valve console, and they will come, in droves... allow you to play games elsewhere at friends based on steam login, and uh, you get the idea.... Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft would have to change their pathetic gouging business model completely in order to compete with Steam... I'm sure people would buy the Steam console just to get brand new games on release without having to leave their couch...

Comment crypto (Score 2) 125

With all the recent Wi-Fi developments, why isn't encryption now standard? I should be able to setup an *open* access point with encryption these days so my users don't get their email passwords jacked. There is absolutely NO technical reason why this cannot be part of any modern specification. I will never ever use an open access point for this very reason...

Comment Re:EVs are a second-car choice that costs a lot. (Score 1) 490

You're missing the point. The Volt is a MUCH better car to drive than the Cruze, its not even in the same league or class! It drives and responds like a Caddy with tons of acceleration and has most of the highend luxury features of one. Extremely quiet cabin too. Put your Cruze at $35,000 if you want something even remotely equivilant in luxury factor. Are you expecting to buy the Volt and it be barebones and bland like a Cruze? Seriously now.

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