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If you know a thing or two about hard drives, you're likely aware of SMART, or Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology. All modern drives come equipped with this functionality, but taking the statistics it provides and predicting an actual drive failure? Fortunately, data backup firm Backblaze has real-world data to play with and as such, a solid understanding of how SMART factors into drive reliability.

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Third-party tracking websites like Pokevision are exceedingly popular with Pokemon GO players due to their ability to reveal the geo location of pokemon in real time. Over the past week, the game's creator Niantic has been systematically shutting down these applications with little to no explanation to outraged fans. In the face of mounting criticism, the company has finally released a statement explaining why these tracking sites are being blocked. Turns out it's all Brazil's fault.

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It appears that a large number of Pokemon Go players in Australia are unable to access the game this morning due to server issues. The problem seems to be affecting other regions around the world as well. If you're a Pokemon Go player currently suffering from withdrawal, don't worry. There is a trick you can use to try and reconnect to the Pokemon Go servers.

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Any programmer worth his or her salt has heard of Stack Overflow. Heck, you can't really call yourself a coder unless you've browsed a code snippet or piece of advice on the Jeff Atwood/Joel Spolsky creation. So, what does it take to keep such a heavily trafficked site like Stack Overflow afloat? Here are all the numbers (and photos) you could possibly want.

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Bitcoin was dubbed the worst investment of 2014. As predicted however, 2015 has seen the continued fall in value of the currency that was supposed to fuel the digital age.

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Happy Christmas, gamers! Microsoft has announced it will be bringing locally-hosted multiplayer Xbox Live services to Australians, starting today. The dedicated Xbox Live servers will provide increased reliability and stability to a range of Xbox One video games, including Forza Motorsport 5, Sunset Overdrive and Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

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We know data centres are becoming more important, and we know that many of them are becoming bigger and more densely-populated as a result — but what do terms such as "large" and "high density" really mean? A new set of proposed standards might help answer the question. Are you large, massive or mega?

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It's almost a given that after completing a major project that you'll wish you had done something differently. A recent post by Rich Adams at Weblinks covers a bunch of rookie errors and advanced options that will help you optimise your AWS deployment.

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No one likes an unresponsive website, but how slow is too slow? A second? Ten seconds? You might find it surprising that waiting even 500 milliseconds can convince a user to take their browser elsewhere. If you want to know just how important it is to have a snappy site, best to take advice from the largest players on the internet.