[Gllug] Hard drive problems

Nix nix at esperi.org.uk
Mon Jun 4 08:30:37 UTC 2007

On 3 Jun 2007, Christopher Hunter uttered the following:

> On Fri, 2007-06-01 at 12:50 +0100, James Roberts wrote:
>> 10 years ago the UK mains was reliable. Not now.
> Probably as a result of the utility being largely sold off to the
> French!

More likely an entirely predictable result of privatization. One of the
things privatization does is increase pressure to optimize by reducing
excess capacity. Of course, `excess' capacity is also `rarely-used'
capacity: lose your safety buffers and, oh look, you suffer major
failures more often.

The Internet's trunk lines have suffered similarly: they're cheaper to
run but less reliable because less redundant than they used to be.

`On a scale of one to ten of usefulness, BBC BASIC was several points ahead
 of the competition, scoring a relatively respectable zero.' --- Peter Corlett
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