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M-Disc optical media reviewed: Your data, good for a thousand years
Jul 02, 2015 - 12:43 PM - by TechSocial
TechSocial's Avatar You're done with optical discs as a means of data and media delivery, or soon will be. But when done right, as it has been with Millenniata's M-Disc, optical has a particular advantage—longevity. Hard disk mechanisms fail, and the data stored on them can be erased by magnetic fields. Tape stretches and is also magnetically vulnerable. NAND won’t last forever, because cells leak and eventually fail. That leaves M-Disc looking pretty good in the media preservation, aka archiving role.
Optical is dead. Long live optical.

In the enterprise, optical has enjoyed continued success. Companies such as Sony and Panasonic have continued development both because of its longevity and the minimal environmental support it requires. You think your hard drive generates a lot of heat? Try operating thousands of them. AC bills can be rather high.

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Inside Facebook’s Blu-Ray Cold Storage Data Center
Jul 01, 2015 - 9:41 PM - by ekim68
FOREST CITY, N.C. – The temperature remains constant as you walk through Facebook’s custom data storage facility. But as you approach the back of the room, you transition from cold storage to even colder storage.

In a row of 14 racks housing square enclosures, Facebook is test-driving the future of its long-term data storage. The racks are packed with thousands upon thousands of Blu-Ray disks.

That’s right: the optical media that plays your movies can now back up all your status updates and Facebook photos.

The Blu-Ray storage system is part of the company’s evolving effort to manage a flood of incoming data, with users uploading more than 900 million photos every day. To keep pace with all those uploads, Facebook must constantly seek new ways to add capacity.
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Gmail Gets Hundreds Of New Themes And Emoji
Jun 30, 2015 - 5:37 PM - by simr
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Google announced today a couple of additions to its web-based Gmail service aimed at making the product more fun to use, as well as more personal: it has now expanded its theme catalog, which allows you to customize the look-and-feel of Gmail, by adding hundreds of new themes to the service, and it has rolled out new emoji.
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Programmers are copying security flaws into your software
Jun 25, 2015 - 7:59 PM - by simr
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It's easy to assume that hackers work way above our pay grade. Electronic intruders must be able to exploit vulnerabilities in the software we use because they're evil geniuses, right?

That may be the case in some very sophisticated attacks, experts say, but in others, not so much. Programmers -- the people who create the software -- don't write all their code from scratch, instead borrowing freely from others' work. The problem: they're not vetting the code for security problems.

Working more as code assemblers than as writers, programmers are sourcing about 80 percent to 90 percent of the code in any given software application from third parties, many experts estimate. Sometimes programmers buy code from other companies, and sometimes they use open-source code that's free for anyone to use.

The problem affects all software, which means everything from the mobile apps on your smartphone to your favorite website to the programs you run on your computer. Everything except for the operating system on a device or computer is likely composed of building blocks of code rather than created wholly new, said Chris Wysopal, co-founder and executive at software security company Veracode.
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AppleCare+ now covers batteries that drop to 80%
Jun 27, 2015 - 10:55 PM - by ekim68
For anyone concerned about their new Apple device, AppleCare+ protection can sound appealing -- even if it might seem expensive in some instances. Today Apple has updated the terms of AppleCare+ for iPhone, iPad, iPod and Apple Watch giving a better deal for people worried about their batteries.

Previously, the extended warranty only covered batteries that would hold 50 percent charge or less. Now this has been updated so that you can request a free replacement within the coverage period if your device's battery is only able to hold 80 percent of full charge. The new terms do not apply to everyone -- it all depends on when you bought your Apple device.
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