* Posts by Khaptain

3232 posts • joined 4 May 2008

Chinese upstart smears Android's Ice Cream Sandwich over PCs

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Re: Port

Or Wine if you look at it from the other viewpoint.

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Re: Hmmm....

The emulator actually runs OK but ONLY after you have waited "unpatiently" for it to boot up.

The big error is closing the Emulator between compilations...

Naked intruder cracks one off in Florida rampage drama

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Re: Uh, JaitcH (was: Americans use such self-explanetory language ... once you learn the vocabulary)

Missing the guy 3 times meant that she was potentially putting 3 other peoples lifes at risk with stray bullets.

The kid next door, the postman and the local telephone engineer......or even Mr Land....

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Re: "drink the contents from a wet-dry vacuum cleaner"

She shot one off so he decided to do the same...

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The guy went a bit overboard

This was like reading the script from "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas".... It really couldn't get much more abstract.

Imagine for a moment that the Amercians decided to shoot all of the crazy people in their country. There would be so few people left that it would actually become "civilised" again. "People that own guns can't really be classified as being civil".

<-- IT Angle, anyone - Unless getting fueled up on Acid and cracking one off in the office is somehow IT related?

Patch often: Cyber-crim toolkits love stinky old gaping holes

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The first thing to do is to switch of the computer, unplug the phone line, disconnect the electricity, board up your doors then head down into the cellar.

Remove the shotgun from the cabinet, insert new catridge(s), put end of barrel into mouth and pull trigger.

There, no more problems ..... That's how to fool them damned ruskies............

Now isn't that a nice thought for a Monday morning...

( Statistically. I would think that you would be safer with the latest Java. even with its holes, than you would be with a 2 year old unpatched IE 6)....

Apple loses 'Most Valuable Company' honor to ExxonMobil

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Some sense at last

The fact that any tech such as Apple, Google, Microsoft etc are capable of arriving in this position is actually a very disheartening state of affairs.

Our lives are completely based around that which we do not require. I admit to being part of this situation but I have just not found an alternative which I am willing to pursue.

Consumerism, really is a plague..

Backdoor root login found in Barracuda gear - and Barracuda is OK with this

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Re: Service Entrance

If your data is so sensitive then why is it on a public network......

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Re: SSH scans?

I reckon you are lucky if you are sniffed only once a day. One off my colleagues opened up SSH on his home NAS and is being hit anywhere between 10 and 30 times per day... I didn't beleive him till he should me the logs... We verified some of the IPs, no one constant location and scattered all over the world....( Could have been spoofed IPs but no way to know)

If SSH is available, the Password Authentication should at leat be set to off and authentication by certificate should be the only method publically available. and no ROOT on SSH.

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Re: Service Entrance

And just how else is the provider supposed to offer his support .....

I don't know how BMW perform those detailed diagnostics on my car, it's not written in the manual, should I also consider this as the backdoor approach. As long as it presents no danger to me then I accept the fact that a "service port" exists even though it is undocumented.

By signing a service contract with over-the-wire support, it is quite clear that the client accepts some kind of risk.

My data is supposed to be safe within a data centre but at the same time the service provider has access to my servers be it documented or not, that is the price I have to pay for requiring his services..

It is almost impossible for 99.9% of clients to verify whether or not there are backdoors hidden away within code/hardware. It is far safer to simply think that there are and that there always will be backdoors and to arrange your security around that fact. Anything connected to the web is inherently "unsafe"....

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Service Entrance

See title for more appropriate term than backdoor.

Belkin buys Linksys from Cisco

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Low cost company buys out low cost

This doesn't sound great. Linksys stuff is usually quite good , Belkin on the other hand are usually to be avoided. What a strange deal.

I wonder if it will also mean an end to the availability of Roms for the Linksys routeurs/APs..

Brit mastermind of Anonymous PayPal attack gets 18 months' porridge

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We "were" legion

Title says it all


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Never an easy day for the El Reg pigistes..

<<--- One of these must better than spending a day in the office with no imaginative juices flowing.

Ballmer now flings out work rivals, rather than chairs, claims ex-Microsoftie

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Re: Balmer the Dr Evil villain


It's not always "what" Eadon has to say ( some things do make sense), but more often than not, it's "how" he says things. Although I presume that he is very well aware of his approach.

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Re: Balmer the Dr Evil villain


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Re: Balmer the Dr Evil villain

E.A.D.O.N. - Now what could that be an acronym for

Eadon's Anecdotes Display Outright Nonsense....

Dotcom says German authors' society canned Mega launch vid

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Not easy to like this guy

There is something really disagreeable about this guy, although it is not so easy to pinpoint.

He has become too public, is too agressive and appears to want to play the martyr. I agree with what he is fighting for but at the end of the day he is a businessman hoping to make a few more dollars.

This is not quite the same fight as the none-profit making entities.

Wad of BlackBerry OS 10 pics 'leaks' from RIM's inner circle

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UX - nothing very new here

Flicking through the first 40 or so screens I would consider that the interface is

Android - 85 % ( Most of the layouts are very similar - yes I know that there are not really 1000 of alternatives)

Apple IOS -6%: All those slidy button things ( I hate those slidy buttons, i prefere checkboxes but that just personal).

MS - 3 % : there appeared to be a hint of that nasty flat Windows 8 look smattered around......

The remaining 1% is for originality, of which I didn't see much.

I worked for a short perdiod with QNX many years ago and I seem to remember that it had a very distinct interface, although I dont see any of that in the screenshots... Shame cause the QNX I remember was quite original .

These are probably alpha->beta screenshots but I presume that they won't be too far from the real thing...

‘That’s not art’ says Apple as it pulls nudes from AppStore

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Choice for the adult user please

Can't Apple simply inform the user that the App may contain nudity and that the final decision be put upon the buyer as to whether or her/she wants to install it.

RIM's Heins beams: BB10 must walk the walk before we talk the talk

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Battery Life

As long as RIM can keep up the "very impressive" battery life of its phones I will happily continue to purchase them. Its one thing that no one ever seems to complain about.

I don't really care for "extra options" or "apps", this thing has only one purpose for me, corporate, email and it works flawlessly....

Foxit outfoxes fiendish flaw to fix foxed-up Firefox PDF plugin

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Do you just love alliteration

Fiesty Foxit Finally Fixes a Few Fleeting Foibles. Phew.....

China turns to no-name handsets: Android - without the Google-iness

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2 Questions

>Does not phone home to google.

But does it phone home directly to the communist party intelligence headquarters ?

>extremely expensive operation for Google

Do you mean that the AppStore doesn't generate larger sums of money for Google? In Sept 2012 they annonced the 25 Billionth download ( I know downloads dont equal revenue but even if only one dollar was earned for 5% of total downloads) .

Engineers are cold and dead inside, research shows

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It's logical really

Engineers and Doctors share the same principal task - finding solutions to problems . BUT there is a difference....

A patient comes into a Doctor's office with an ailment, the doctor studies the problem, prescribes a suitable treatment , the ailment is cured. The Doctor is happy he found a solution.

A user phones up the IT department complaining about a problem. The Engineer analyses the problem and begins to look up the big book for the answer to the question "How to cure stupidity ?", unfortunately there is no answer. Engineer becomes upset and unhappy at not finding solution.

Google pulls 'racist' Make Me Asian app

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Pastor Peter China

This guys name was just thrown in for the sake of it shirley..

Google sinks millions into plush new £1bn London HQ

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CERN is neither France nor Switzerland

Since the CERN is a multi nation budgeted project, credit should go to ALL of the nations regardless of where TBL had his arse seated at the time.

The CERN pays TBL and our taxes help pay the CERN, therefore we are all reponsable for the creation of the Web.

There I feel better now in the knowledge that I actually helped get the whole thing up and running.


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Larry is just so damned modest, makes me want to weep?

I agree that Googles "market strategy" is excellent but it would be difficult to say that all of thier products were excellent.

Search Engine, Google Earth, Android : Top of the class.

Youtube, Maps : Good.

Google +, Docs : meeehhh

Google Wave : What happended to that anyway.

Record numbers of you are reading this headline right now

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Commentards Unite

What the article failed to mention is that the success is all due to the "Commentards", the articles themselves are just a pretext.......

The Spherical Cow lands, spits out Anaconda

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No worries, I don't take tio the wrong way and I actually agree on most of the points that you make or at least I understand your point of view.

I am a Windows person ( with Linux on the side - currently Debian ) and I doubt that I will ever change unless Microsoft decides to add a new Distro, lol. Now that would be interesting....

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It is extremely difficult to be very precise about what I mean by professional because is can very quickly become a very subjective "sentiment".

Some of the aspects that I would consider as being "professional":

Simplicity - Only presenting that which is absolutely essential. Example: Keeping the number of buttons to a minimum. - I have seen interfaces where there are 4 buttons in the top left hand corner of a window - the 4th being a luxury not a necessity.

Consistency - When a window/application/dialog box is opened I the OK button should always be in the same place. The default button should always be designated. Tab order should always be defined in the same manner. The user shouldn’t have to constantly scan the interface to find/or do common tasks.

Organization: Elements of a similar nature should be grouped within containers of some kind.. For example - Any and all tools that might control the Network details or material are held within the same folder/tab/toolbox.

Comprehension: The user should be capable of finding his way about the system without having to scratch their head finding hidden menus or interfaces (W8 is a nightmare for this). The user should not be required to having completed an IT Degree in order to understand where he is or what he is doing....

Assistance: A "useable " and "understandable" help system must be user friendly. The UX must provide easy access to the help system. Mouse Over Balloons can be extremely helpful in some cases...

Reactivity: The UX should be "extremely" reactive. If Skins are capable slowing it down then it needs rewritten....

Harmony: Does it look harmonious, does dragging a window feel correct. Do the little handles in the bottom left hand corner of the window convey the correct message......

The list could go on forever but I am not a good writer, nor very good at expressing my feeling in written word.

There is a final element which I feel to be the most important, "The Feeling - The Feedback". For me it is the mixture of all of the above elements, it is the harmony in which all of the elements work together.

I don't want to struggle with a UX, I should be at ease, it should feel as though the UX is a help not a hindrance. Do the icons and the Fonts convey a desire to continue or do they make the UX feel like a child’s toy.. Does the UX feel like it was thrown together from a jumble of disparate ideas or does it feel as though it was carefully thought out........

Personally I feel that MS have succeeded in these tasks and unfortunately I feel that Linux has not. I have tried a multitude of Linux Windows Manager and seldom do I find the "harmony" between "all" of the elements that I cited. As I mentioned before I would love to see the MS Interface on a Linux kernel, it really would be the best of both worlds.

I read an article once that stated that MS have spent literally Billions studying interface concept and design, I can easily believe this. Windows 8 I consider an exception as it has been developed for platforms other than the good ol PC screen/keyboard/mouse.

Much of what I have mentioned is the responsibility of application programmers and not kernel developers or UX developers but Linux does not possess the restraints or conditions which would entice them to remain homogenous with other devs. It’s a free system where people are free to choose from themselves, unfortunately this does not equal a positive outcome.

I don't skin my interfaces or modify them in any other way than selecting a non-distracting colour scheme. I usually try and get the Linux interfaces to match where possible the Linux interfaces.

On a daily basis I run XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8 running on 2 desktop machines and 1 VM. At home I run Windows 7, a Debian VM and my NAS which requires more CLI skills than mouse skills. in the past I have had the opportunity to work with many different UXs, Windows, a multitude of Linux UXs, Solaris, OS2, Mac OS, QNX, Android...... and if I had to remain on only one of these UXs it would be W7, which I feel adheres the most to what I imagine a UX should be.

I am not pro Microsoft but I definitely rate their UX as being far more "professional" than any of the others. I hate MACs but I would put their UX in 2nd place.

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Andy, I didn't contribute to any of those interfaces, I am an end user not a Linux Interface Developer. I also didn't contribute to MS Windows or Mac OS interfaces both which I find extremely professiona, Android to a lesser extent, I honestly don't get the point of your question.

I have been running various Linux distros on and off for the last 15 years, I like Linux for some of what it can do but not all that it can do. My personal pet peeve is the user interface and I reserve the right to express my opinion.

Linux has made huge advances over the years, certainly in terms of hardware integration, but I "personally" feel that it has not managed to develop equally well in regards to the user interface.

If I can't rant on a forum, then what's the point of the forum if it's not to communicate ones thoughts and/

or ideas. There might be a developer somewhere that will take up the challenge to prove me wrong and eventually everyone will benefit.

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@ac 11:34

You hit the nail on the head, I couldn't agree more.

I ran the Live CD and what did I find YAVOL. Yet Another Version Of Linux.

If some of the Linux Distros developers could get together for once and design an "Outsanding User Interface" then I beleive that Linux would get adopted by the masses. Choice is good but not when it splits apart all of the talent.

I have never in 20 years seen a Linux interface that was "professional", and I don't mean the ability to apply DevArt skins.

The windows inteface might be boring, I don't have to re-learn it every three weeks (W8 not included folks), and all of the applications behave in the same manner ( almost). It's something called homegenity which Linux severly lacks and I believe that it is the one of the major hurdles in breaking through to the masses.

Microsoft have published an "Interface Design Guide" in MSDN for many years, it has helped to ensure that everything feels integrated.

Linux devs have simply done as they see fit which in the end means that there has been endless versions of the same damned thing but none of which ever seem completed or coherent......

The interface should "disappear" when we working, it is there to help us get things done, not to detract our attention...

Rather than make anymmore "bleeding edge" developments it would be nice if some of the big distros got together and developed guidelines which would improve the overall interfaces....

I have come to hate Gnome and KDE, they would rather add function X than improve that which truly needs improvement.

For me the best of all worlds would be to have the MS Windows Interface and a Linux Kernel.

FAA grounds Boeing's 787 after battery fires on plastic planes

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Re: Aircraft + fire just about the worst

Anything I am currently inside + Fire = Worst

[Everything / Everyone else is just a news story]

Spanish city renames square in Clash frontman's honour

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Re: Punk?

I probably agree in fact, I'm probably confusing a little with Punk and New Wave, there are in fact very few real Punk bands.

On a less serious side:

Public Image and the Sex Pistols in the NME


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Re: IT Angle ?

It was "roughly" the period that IT took off....

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Re: Punk?

I would define the Clash as definately punk , they were appearing in the NME the same time as the Sex Pistols, Public Image, Sham 69, Siouxsie and the banshees, Joy Divison and a year os so later Dead Kennedys, Virgin Prunes etc....

Post punk I would rate as New Order, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Psychedelic furs.

Not really easy to define exact genres for all of the bands though. ( the Virgin Prunes and the Clash didn't have much in common except for the period)

The Clash retained a cult status for a long time after the late 70s. many of their songs were very well written and perfectly described the scene at that time...

Even after 20years or so I can still remember many of the lyrics to their songs, most notably from the London Calling album ( which is no surpise).

Nice to see they are still being honoured.

Viruses infect vital control systems at TWO US power stations

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What they really need

Poor ol yanks, their nasty virus came back to kick em up the arse, if only they had had guns to protect themselves from these kinds of attacks, oh wait....

Look out, fanbois: One in two nicked mobes is an iPhone - cops

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Status symbol for Chavs

Judging by the image that El Reg posted in the article, it is certainly not the Upper Crust that are buying iPhones ?

Privacy winds blow through Clouds towards Switzerland

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Re: This article is not really very detailed or factuelle

I agree with your reply, it is a very difficult subject.

<quote>you *can* do this if you have a 100% Swiss company </quote>

Again I agree but all of the servers would have to be held within "100 % Swiss" data centers which are not so easy to find and that same provider would also have to have several locations and not "rent" space/servers from the larger providers..

Personally I do not know of any 100% Swiss solutions, although they probably do exist. In the Geneva region I only know of IBM and Interoute neither of which are Swiss.. I don't know if Equinix is Swiss or not ?

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Re: This article is not really very detailed or factuelle

I work for an international company and we have an office in Geneva , we asked our "Swiss" lawyer to verify data security in Switzerland compared with several others European countries most notably , France, UK and Poland. ( most of you can probably guess who the Cloud provider was.......).

For obvious reasons I cannot publish her response but basically it came down to the fact that our data was no safer or more insecure in any of those countries than it was in Switzerland

In the end we chose a company based in Switzerland but solely based on the fact that they we managed to strike a cheaper deal with them than one of the major players. We heavilly discussed the security side of things and we accepted the fact that even though the data was held in Switzerland it held no advantage whatsoever other than the fact that I could easily visit the data centre.

One of the other problems with the "Cloud" providers is that their terms and conditions often include clauses whereby other succursals in other countries also have access to the servers. The hell desks/service desks can actually be found in some strange places outside of the hosting country. It's not easy for Data centers to pay onsite 24 hour staff....

It's simple: nothing that requires true security should ever go into the cloud.

after due process, This does not present a major issue for large corporation or governments - in Switzerland, as in many other places, money talks...

Can you please reason arguments as to why Switzerland is truly any safer...

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This article is not really very detailed or factuelle

Please read the following link ; most notably articles D and E.

The link is direct to the Swiss Governmental website


Here is a translation for the non French speakers ( Its a Google translation because I am tooo lazy ) the sub article 2 and then 2.d

There are definately excpetions which will allow data to be comunicated to other countries outside of Switzerland

Title : Transborder communication of data

1 No personal data can be communicated abroad if the data subject should be seriously threatened, especially because of the absence of legislation providing adequate protection.

2 Despite the absence of legislation providing adequate protection abroad, personal data may be communicated abroad, the following conditions only:

a.des sufficient safeguards, including contractual, can ensure adequate protection abroad;

b.la person concerned, in this case, given his consent;

C.The treatment is in direct relation with the conclusion or performance of a contract and the processed data concerning the other party;

d.la communication is, in this case, is essential to the preservation of an overriding public interest or for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims;

e.la communication is, in this case, necessary to protect the life or physical integrity of the person concerned;

f.la subject has made the data accessible to everyone and she has not formally opposed to treatment;

g.la communication takes place within a legal person or company or between legal entities or companies united under a single direction, to the extent the parties are subject to data protection rules which guarantee a level of protection adequate.

The Swiss will not protect your information in all circumstances.......They will definately open up the links when required...

NRA: Video games kill people, not guns. And here's our video game

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The NRA has nothing to do with amendments or rights, it is the lobbying engine for some "extremely" successfull enterprises. That gun law is the equivalant of a Captilistic Orgasm, it is a money printing machine.....

There's no need to "Think about the Children" all you have to do is "Think about the PROFIT"..

Wanna really insult someone? Log off and yell it in the street - gov

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Re: Investment opportunity....

Alternative and in remaining perfectly Politically Correctly.

"If you can read this you must be from scunthorpe"

Social networks give Australia a throat to choke

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Two sided sword

Imagine that someone published information related to your wifes extra curicular activities, whilst you were out of town, which were completely false. I am sure that you would be happy that you could contact someone at Twitter, FB etc in order that the article be removed quickly before it caused you major harm, offense, embarasement etc....

I agree that the Social Media site owners are not reponsable for the content but they do have some responsibility in providing the means or assistance, when required, in order to ensure that a 3rd party does not endure prejudice. The Social Media Sites are after all in control of the publication of said information.

Latest Java patch is not enough, warns US gov: Axe plugins NOW

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Alternative and secure option

CLI and SSH.

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Re: "Internet Explorer isn't that bad nowadays" - Yes it is.

Is Barry Shitpeas your brother by any chance ?

Mysterious Facebook product plumps up shares on Wall Street

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Fickle marketing

The stock market is crazy for Facebook, cmon this is a bloody social networking site which prays on the weak and the feeble.

It's sad, and maddening, to think that there are pension funds that can be influenced based on the actions of Zuck and his FragileBook.

Capitilism really does have a nasty side.

Microsoft ends Mac users' Windows Phone 8 misery

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It's actually quite difficult to imagine that anyone would own a Mac and a Windows Moble Phone...

I don't own an iPhone so I can't answer the following question.

Is there something that can be done on a WM8 or WM9 that can't be done on an iPhone ? I am thinking along the lines of MS Exchange/Outlook or MS Office ?

[ It's a serious question ]

You know flash is king when disk giant Seagate grows its SSD line

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Re: Question to all and sundry

<quote>No warning - really - try using SMART</quote>

I have been led to believe that when SSDs fail, they simply do just that they Fail. In this case SMART would not be on any advantage as the SSD would be dead.

I do not use them, hence the reason I asked.. it was an honest question

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