HGST's drives have long stood out as the most reliable, and that trend continues.Their failure rate is remarkably low; even after three years in service, the 3TB and 4TB units have annualized failure rates of just 0.81 percent and 1.03 percent, respectively.2TB units, which last quarter were already on average more than 5 years old, have seen a small increase in failure rate—1.57 percent, compared to 1.15 percent a year ago—but still show extraordinary reliability considering their age.EnlargeBackblazeThe company continues to substantially stick with Seagate 4TB units, in spite of somewhat worse failure rates, due to a combination of better pricing and availability.This availability concern also pushes the company towards 4TB units over 6 or 8TB ones; although the pricing of those is starting to make them cost-effective, their bulk availability is still limited.While the company uses a mixture of different disks, within each of its Vaults systems of 20 individual Storage Pods, with older storage pods holding 45 drives and the latest ones increasing that to 60 it standardizes on a particular type, so Backblaze needs to be able to buy 1,200 disks at once to be able to deploy disks at any kind of a reasonable scale.
Some hard disks are more reliable than others, and a new report has cast further light on which drives are less likely to fail.Backblaze produces regular reports on hard disk reliability and the latest one for Q1 2016 was conducted using over 61,000 HDDs in data centers, with no less than a billion hours of operation in total between them.In other words, hard disks are getting more reliable generally speaking.one in a hundred drives failed in the year running up to Q1 2016 .While HGST's failure rate remained the same as seen the previous year, though, Seagate saw the biggest improvement with a huge drop from a worrying 10.68% failure rate to the current figure of 3.48%.The majority of the drives Backblaze uses across all vendors are 4TB affairs – these represent 58% of the company's HDDs in fact – and their annualized failure rate is 2.12%.
The space agency says of its smartphone-enabled twins: "Orbiting about 250 miles above Earth, Nodes will demonstrate the ability to receive and distribute commands in space from the ground, while periodically exchanging scientific data from their onboard radiation instruments, a first for small satellites.Comms are provided by "one S-band radio for ground communication, one ultra high frequency UHF radio for crosslink communication, and an additional UHF beacon radio that transmits state-of-health information", according to the mission outline PDF .Roger Hunter, program manager for NASA's Small Spacecraft Technology Program SSTP , which funds Nodes, said: "The technologies demonstrated during this mission are important, as they will show that a network of satellites can be controlled without communicating to each satellite directly."Nodes will demonstrate inter-satellite communications and autonomous command and control; this will help enable future constellation command and control capabilities."Bootnotes*Here are the two Nodes CubeSats packed into a NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer with at left the St Thomas More Cathedral School STMSat-1.Pic: NASA**The EDSN's eight CubeSat cluster was destroyed in November last year due to the failure of the Super Strypi lifter, shortly after lift-off from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii.
News: Several Intel Capital employees are expected to be transferred with portfolio.The company said 212 portfolio firms have gone public on several exchanges globally and more than 383 were acquired or participated in a merger.Earlier this month, Intel sold $2.75bn worth of bonds to refinance existing debt and a portion of notes that are due to mature in 2017.The company is shifting its focus to cloud in order to address the decline in the personal-computer market and its failure to capitalise on the switch to smartphones.As part of its changing focus, Intel is planning to cut 12,000 jobs, which equates to 11% of its workforce.The company hopes to save $750m this year, with annual run-rate savings of $1.4bn by mid-2017.
But now, on its help page, Salesforce has issued an apology for the disruption and has moved to reassure customers that if a similar event were to occur in future, the disruption would be resolved much more quickly.The root cause of the issue was that a circuit breaker responsible for controlling power to the Washington datacenter failed on 9 May."The breakers are used to segment power from the data center universal power supply ring and direct the power into the different rooms.This was only the start - in an effort to restore service to the NA14 instance as quickly as possible, the team then moved it from its primary data center Washington to its secondary data center in Chicago.All functionality was restored to the NA14 instance, including sandbox copy and weekly export functionality, on 15 May.From that investigation, corrective steps will be determined and implemented," said Salesforce.
When FlightCar launched in 2013, the goal was simple: provide a way at airports for people to rent their vehicles to incoming travelers and make some money.It expanded operations so it was available in 12 airports around the U.S. and saw cars listed on its platform for more than 1.3 million days collectively.It seemed like it was all rainbows and unicorns, but in 2015, multiple events caused the company to rethink things — no, not its business model, but its failure to provide the right experience.As early as last month, one reviewer complained: Yet another startup that truly lacks customer service fundamentals.Chief executive Rujul Zaparde said that one step was bringing on board new leadership, which is why it hired Robert Gash, the former vice president of software development at Good Eggs and longtime manager at Amazon.It redesigned its employees uniforms to look more professional, while improving training to back up that impression.To display quality service at each station, the company has installed more site-level leaders and empowered teams to make more decisions and better assist customers.
Amazon's first smartphone, the Fire Phone, was a major flop that cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars.But according to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the Fire Phone is a "tiny little blip" compared to some of the larger experiments his company is working on now.And some of them are going to make the Fire Phone look like a tiny little blip," Bezos said in an interview with The Washington Post's executive editor, Martin Baron, on Wednesday.Bezos is famous for his knack of taking experiments and accepting failure as a learning experience.He reiterated his thinking during the interview.And so every single important thing that we have done has taken a lot of risk taking, perseverance, guts, and some of them have worked out, most of them have not.That has to happen at every scale level, all the way down, and you have to take shots...you always learn something and you move on.This approach has led to a number of failed projects, like its hotel-booking site, Amazon Destinations, and auction site, Amazon Auction.But it's also led to massive successes, such as its Amazon Web Services and the Amazon Echo, which is why Bezos likes to call the company "the best place in the world to fail."Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through his
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Over the past couple of weeks, Google has been spotted introducing some interesting changes to the look and layout of its search results pages.However, Google is still cutting many of them off at two lines and around 150 characters, meaning it s probably too early to start rewording your meta descriptions just yet.Image by Dr. Ron Matson, available via CC0 public domain image The first is that longer titles and descriptions would allow more room for long-tail keywords, three or four-word phrases that tend to indicate that searchers are closer to taking action or making a purchase, making them extremely valuable for marketers.The darker blue text that Google is trialling in some places is an improvement on this, but the black link text that has caused so much upset comes with an additional set of problems.By making the links the same color as the surrounding text, it now pushes that failure even further by not providing a 3:1 contrast ratio between the links and the surrounding text which is outlined in Techniques for WCAG 2.0 as item G183 .Again, please don t follow Google s lead.
Swedish aviation authorities, the failure in a communication system. aviation authority Luftfartsverket, the Swedish is the cause of the communication system disorder that also affects the Gothenburg Landvetternin field. We are currently investigating what happened, Luftfartsverket spokesman says Per Fröberg Dagens Nyheter in an interview. The fault was detected in Stockholm at lunchtime and in the airspace was closed. Swedavian spokesperson Ulf Wallin, the incoming machines can continue to descend, because the weather is good. This is very unusual.
Then you get to think about. Not on the phone, not on the site, app or ticket machines. But we are working with our leverentör to fix it as quickly as possible, says Alejandro Soler, the press officer at SJ. Read also: SJ intranet speed wrong - outcry from users, the project on track Failure occurred just before 13.00. - If you're traveling, you have to go to the train and contact the staff on board. There are not usually any problems with resolving ticket on board for this type of disruption, says Alejandro Soler.
Arlanda tower Photographer: CAA Parts of the airspace was closed for hours because of technical problems in air traffic at several airports in Sweden. Early in the afternoon, the computer error temporarily resolved, and traffic could be resumed, according to CAA. Many of us are stuck here waiting for an answer, she says. Since it is always up to the captain if you want to land at the airport or fly to another. Jan Ohlsson, aviation journalist and writer, calling the incident "both unacceptable and inappropriate": - Somebody must now take responsibility for it not to happen again. comments Welcome to have your say on new technologies.
On Wednesday, before the stock market opened in New York, Goldman Sachs analyst Patrick Archambault upgraded shares of Tesla.Archambault put a "Buy" rating and a $250 a share price target on the stock because of what he sees as the market's failure to "fully capture the company's disruptive potential."On Wednesday, after the market closed in New York, Tesla said it would sell $2 billion worth of stock, $1.4 billion of which would be issued by the company.Tesla CEO Elon Musk would sell $600 million worth of stock to meet a tax obligation related to his buying even more Tesla stock."This would, however, be a breach of what the banks call a "Chinese Wall," or a separation of various divisions that could come into conflict one another.Research and investment banking are examples of divisions that could create a conflict of interest and between which there exists said wall — meaning that research analysts don't know who investment banks are doing deals with and investment banks don't know what analysts think of companies outside of published research.In an email to Business Insider, Goldman Sachs said: "Our Research is independent.As a result, investors buy.This report is delivered just as Goldman's sales force is about to hit the phones to push $1.4 billion of those very shares for a nice fat fee for Goldman and a dilutive hit to the shareholders.So then there are investors who, based on Archambault's note, bought the shares in the morning only to learn by that afternoon that Goldman would have a hand in diluting their newly acquired ownership stake.And the popular view says Goldman knew this was going to happen the whole time.There's an additional potentially uglier mess if you also think Goldman clients were told by Goldman sales-trader types not to buy the stock on the upgrade: What did they know, and so on.But analysts aren't really the problem hereA big problem here is that Goldman can't save itself from itself.Publishing a positive opinion on a company Goldman was about to do investment-banking business with — in order to secure more fees from said business — is a very public hill to die on.The firm can't have some sort of compliance middleman stop the publishing of Archambault's note without the Chinese Wall effectively coming down.Here's the conversation you can't have:Patrick, you can't publish that note upgrading Tesla until after the market close on Wednesday.Why?You just can't.Obviously, at this point, Archambault would know something is up, and considering everyone knew Tesla was going to tap the capital markets to raise cash — Elon Musk said as much on the company's most recent earnings call — Archambault would know it was this thing.And since his note deals extensively with Tesla's likely capital needs going forward — Archambault estimated Tesla needed to raise $1 billion, about $400 million less than the company tapped the market for — the whole piece of work is compromised.But I guess to my mind this all just seems like something that ought to be avoided, right?We're about five years past Occupy Wall Street and almost eight years past the collapse of Lehman Brothers.NOW WATCH: THE STORY OF GOLDMAN SACHS: From foot peddlers to a powerhouseLoading video...
Today at Google I/O, a new Web Payments API was discussed at length which will help AndroidPay find its way to the mobile Web.The API stores payment information you commonly use, and can identify new payment info as you enter it on Websites.You can even check out with one touch if you ve got a modern Android phone with a fingerprint sensor.Of course, an API requires developer support.It ll take time to roll out widely, and may never reach the critical mass of Apple Pay unless Google gets bullish with companies to implement it.Read next: Backblaze's server failure report details best practices for building your own
Two asteroid strikes had huge consequencesScientists think they have spotted the remains of two huge tsunamis on Mars caused by asteroids striking the planet back when it still had water.In a paper published in Nature Scientific Reports, the boffins say pictures from the imaging and radar satellites orbiting Mars show the effects of two separate asteroid strikes on what was once a vast ocean in the northern hemisphere of the Red Planet, 3.4 billion years ago."For more than a quarter century, failure to identify shoreline features consistently distributed along a constant elevation has been regarded as inconsistent with the hypothesis that a vast ocean existed on Mars approximately 3.4 billion years ago," said lead author J. Alexis Palmero Rodriguez from the Planetary Science Institute.Shoreline development asteroid-styleThe second strike occurred a few million years later, when the sea was much colder, the theory goes.As a follow-up investigation we plan to characterize these terrains and assess their potential for future robotic or human in-situ exploration," Rodriguez said.The idea is that these areas are likely to have the highest concentrations of water remains, so when the next rovers get sent to Mars, such as NASA's proposed Curiosity 2.0 mission in 2020, they can drill down and have a better chance of finding water, or even signs of ancient life.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has described the disastrous Fire Phone launch as a tiny blip compared to the future failures the online giant is working on now.Bezos said costly mistakes like this were necessary in order to prepare for success.For Amazon of course, with its global retail empire and web server business, failure is far less costly than for most companies, who'd to survive a colossal cock-up like the Fire Phone.He added: "You kind of have to back up because it is our job, if we want to be innovative and pioneering, to make mistakes."If it doesn't, you're not going to be inventing at scale that can actually move the needle.Throughout the years, initiatives like the travel site Destinations, a Groupon rival called Local and the Yahoo Answers alternative Askville all met their doom.
If Backblaze s 61,523 operational hard drives are any indication, not often.On average, Backblaze reports its drives have a fail rate of 1.84 percent in Q1 2016.Its most used drive was a 4TB Seagate, while the 2 and 3TB HGST have a slightly better lifespan.HGST was far and away the best drive on Backblaze s test; it routinely hovers around one percent failure rate.Backblaze obviously isn t the only horse in the race when considering servers, but it s a good look at best practices for those interested in building their own server.If your app or service depend on it, looks like HGST may be the way to go.
Cabinet Office lacked 'accountability', 'experience'Moves to shift departments' back office tin and ERP systems into two privately owned shared services - which had been touted as set to save the taxpayer £128m - have failed to prove "value for money", according to a report by the National Audit Office.NAO head Amyas Morse said: The Cabinet Office s failure to manage the risks around the move to two independent shared service centres from the outset means that the programme has not achieved the significant anticipated savings and benefits to date.He added: "The programme will only achieve value for money in future if the Cabinet Office shows clear leadership, and government accepts the need for collaborative and flexible behaviours from all departments involved.Costs escalated due to major delays as well as maintaining and extending the life of existing and ageing systems.Five different senior responsible officers have overseen the programme so far.Several departments also said they were unhappy not to have been sufficiently consulted on key elements, such as the appointment of Steria, which they consider to have been undertaken too quickly, it said.
One of the inclined terms in the tech world today is growth hacking, which introduces to the terms of scaling an item in quick and out-of-the-crate ways.In basic words, growth hacking techniques implies scaling an item virally.It is a proven technique that discovers achievement!Though growth hacking for startups is a proven element of success, not every marketer and organization do growth hacking the correct way.Most of the companies, especially startups suffer from their inability to comprehend the idea legitimately and make terrible mistakes!This results in failure in their venture and in worse scenario shows an exit from the market.
During the massive flight ban last Thursday were 113 departures for a couple of hours around noon. Now, says the CAA that the cause was probably a service work at Telia, writes Dagens Nyheter. Telia does not want to give any comment on what kind of work done, or what it was that went wrong. There we can see that there is a technical failure of the data traffic, says Marcus Haglund on Telia's press service told Dagens Nyheter. The error affected both the CAA regular system for data communication, as well as one of the two back-to authority. Therefore chose the authority to shut down air traffic.
Credit: GoogleWhat is Chrome OS, anyway?There was once a version of the PC game Bastion made with Native Client that worked in Chrome, but it seems it s now been removed from the Chrome Web Store.Native Client has no real links to web technologies at all—it s a sandbox for safely running code written in the C or C programming languages in a browser.Google s announcement touts the growth and advantages of Chromebooks, but says users want to do more: We ve been encouraged by this growth, but our users have often told us that they would like to do even more with their Chromebooks—run more apps, use Office files more easily, connect with a variety of apps, and do more when they re offline.Android devices already want to rely on the web less.You ll be able to quickly find and open an app without installing it—just like a webpage.