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New submitter jyujin writes "Ever wonder how long your SSD will last? It's funny how bad people are at estimating just how long '100,000 writes' are going to take when spread over a device that spans several thousand of those blocks over several gigabytes of memory. It obviously gets far worse with newer flash memory that is able to withstand a whopping million writes per cell. So yeah, let's crunch some numbers and fix that misconception. Spoiler: even at the maximum SATA 3.0 link speeds, you'd still find yourself waiting several months or even years for that SSD to start dying on you."

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Google NC data center via Street View

Google may have taken extreme measures in the past to keep prying eyes from its data centers, but the search company’s latest endeavour has pulled back the curtain. As detailed on its official blog, Google has posted an expansive — and impressive — photo gallery of its data centers strewn across the globe. The company enlisted the help of photographer Connie Zhou to illustrate the technology, people, and places that keep the internet moving. As if that wasn’t enough, Google has mapped the inside and outside of its Lenoir, North Carolina server farm using Street View, allowing users to explore both the interior and exterior in great detail.

A short video has also been posted to accompany the experience, explaining exactly what...

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The folks at LAUNCH put out a provocative edition of their email newsletter today focused on the open source internet currency system Bitcoin.

Bitcoin is a P2P currency that could topple governments, destabilize economies and create uncontrollable global bazaars for contraband. (...) After month of research and discovery, we've learned the following:

1. Bitcoin is a technologically sound project.
2. Bitcoin is unstoppable without end-user prosecution.
3. Bitcoin is the most dangerous open-source project ever created.
4. Bitcoin may be the most dangerous technological project since the internet itself.
5. Bitcoin is a political statement by technotarians (technological libertarians).*
6. Bitcoins will change the world unless governments ban them with harsh penalties.

I haven't spent enough time poking around with Bitcoin yet to agree or disagree with the rather charged assertions above, but I'm definitely intrigued. More, including video, here.

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