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9 posts • joined 21 Jul 2008

And the winner of the most reliable disk drive award is ...

Stephane

My experience

My experience reflect the same big lines with Hitachi being very very reliable and Seagate failing out.

I've had issues with Seagate to the point where I reached a 300% failure rate (3 rma per drive, in a year) on some of their 1tb drives.

Building very large array with "enterprise grade" drives is horrendously expensive. Not only that but many times the internals do not improve over consumer grade, only a few firmware tweaks.

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UltraViolet: Hollywood's giant digital gamble is here

Stephane

A wise man once told me...

"That when encountering a goldmine one must prepare oneself for the shaft."

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Harry Potter director takes on Doctor Who movie

Stephane
Childcatcher

As soon as I saw the article it made me remember this web comic. And I even saw Jason Statham mentioned in the comments :)

http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20100702

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iPad baby baffled by paper magazine

Stephane

According to my 9 months old, magazines are full of shiny things that can be ripped apart and spread around the house. As for the eee pad, it's nice to pull away from daddy's face then mash hands on repeatedly.

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Google finds voice to respond to FCC

Stephane
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Google is still right, the model is broken

Google is very much right in saying that the compensation model is broken when it comes to call termination.

Basically when a carrier receives a call, they charge a certain amount of money for compensation. The ex Bell carriers charge a small amount (A very low volume wholesale plan would be between 0.002$/minute and 0.006$/minute). Other carriers, mainly rural, mobile and pure voip charge what they want. I've seen rates going from 0.015 to 0.035$/minute for some of these "free" teleconference numbers. Basically the carrier gets paid for the teleconference by billing through the nose the carriers of the people who connect to it.

Of course these rates go down depending on volume, contracts and other factors, but there are some steep differences between the carriers.

Hopefully with Google Weight behind it, the model will be less broken once sufficient pressure has been applied.

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'Spam-friendly' domain registrars named and shamed

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Wild West Domains = Godaddy

Wild West Domains is a reseller platform that is operated by Godaddy

Checking the whois we see

Same Nameservers

Essentially the same address

Same phone number.

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Humyo cloud disappears from afternoon sky

Stephane
Pirate

Just goes to show...

that cloud computing just feels like a major race to the bottom. If amazon's ec2 goes offline, a lot of businesses would topple and fail. And there is no guarantee that any cloud will stay online, of that if they have to go offline that they would do it nicely. Imagine what would happen if an overzealous Law Enforcement Agency seizes all of the servers in a cloud.

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That password-protected site of yours - it ain't

Stephane
Gates Horns

"Exports Exchange"

Actually you can just see the answers by scrolling down on the page, after the huge category listing.

That's like not even trying.

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BAA 'invented green superjumbo' to OK Heathrow plans

Stephane

What about the A350-1000 ?

It is expected to carry 412 people in a 2 class combination.

It wouldn't take long before an airline flies it in a 1 class cabin, which would be quite close to 450 pax...

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