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News Thailand floods disrupt hard disk production

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by arcticstoat, 18 Oct 2011.

  1. arcticstoat

    arcticstoat New Member

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  2. Jamie

    Jamie ex-Bit-Tech code junkie

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    Google might notice, I doubt it'll affect your average Joe.
     
  3. tozsam

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    damn, I've just bought a microserver which needs filling
     
  4. runadumb

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    I will be buying a 3 TB drive in the not so distant future but I'm in no real hurry. As Jamie said, I doubt I will notice buying one drive.
     
  5. WarrenJ

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    ***witty comment about floating disks to go here***
     
  6. ChromeX

    ChromeX New Member

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    So surely, with this news, IF you're in the market for a new hard disk or a couple of hard disks wouldnt it be best to buy right now before these price increases take hold?
     
  7. Nexxo

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    Khun Bhunil Praphasirirat is a modest farmer in the Lampang province of Thailand, one of the hardest hit by the unusually heavy monsoons that have flooded a third of the country and left it in chaos. Only yesterday he and his family finally had to abandon their small home as it was engulfed by the ever rising waterline. His crops, the product of a year's hard toil, have been washed away. His small number of pigs, chickens and a few goats all drowned. Like his neighbours, his family faces destitution and homelessness. There is no food or water and the army and the Red Cross cannot get emergency supplies in fast enough, and fly people out. The province is in chaos. Last night the government expressed concern for the spread of disease through dirty water and overflowing sewage works.

    But all this does not bother Mr. Praphasirirat or his wife, who bear up to the disaster with stoicism. "Never mind that we have lost our homes and our livelihood. We can cope with that, and with the families who drowned. So what if my children have not been dry and warm for over a week? So what if we have been eating mud because there is nothing else left? All that is meaningless compared to the suffering that people have to endure in the West!". His lip trembled as he continued with quavering voice: "Right now there are people who cannot upgrade their harddisks to accommodate the latest game release, or store more porn and pirated music!". Mr. Praphasirirat shuddered at the horror, and then finally broke. Falling to his knees, his arms outstretched to the sky he cried: "Those poor computer geeks! IS THERE NO GOD?!?"
     
  8. Bede

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    You know you're a geek when the first time you hear about these floods is when it affects HDD supply :D
     
  9. Deadpunkdave

    Deadpunkdave ...why you need a 20-sided die

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    Nope, that's how you know you live in a country which really doesn't care. Or at least one where gradual disasters don't warrant TV coverage. 315 people have died in the flooding and tens of thousands made homeless but its been over the course of several months so it doesn't get reported on.
     
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    /exactly!
     
  11. Phil Rhodes

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    Oh, no, we'll have to set up a manufacturing plant in the UK!

    No, wait, manufacture something in the UK?! That's unthinkable!
     
  12. Xir

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    this.
    Plus...it's not really news, is it? It's not called a floodplain for nothing now.
    There's an annual flooding, but this year it's worse.
    Agriculture relies on these floodings to bring fresh soil, and once every xxx years, it's worse, and they start from scratch.
    Happend to them before, happened to their fathers and happened to their grandfathers.

    Same in Bangladesh...people scraping a living out of the soil were once again totally surprised by the unexpected annual flood. Once a year the river rises, the gods must be angry.

    Not that the west is any better.
    In the Netherlands we have a village that lies in a flood meadow :duh:...every couple of years, these poor fellows get wet feet, we have to save them, have to give them money to repaint the town, there poor people, that nasty river.
    No.
    Folks, if you live in a place that floods every 3-5 years, it's not a catastrofe, it's a decision.
    You cope with it or you go...social darwinism at it's best
     
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    ^ +1. It's unfortunate, but a fact of life.
     
  14. Nexxo

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    Except that almost the whole of the Netherlands is a flood plain. A few years ago, even Arnhem, high up East and close to the hilly German border, was one inch away from flooding. So where are these people going to live?

    Same with Thailand. Half of the country is flood plain. Where they gonna go? Should we blame the Japanese for living on a vault line too?
     
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    I'm sorry if I sound harsch.
    People hit by catastrophe's need and deserve help, no doubt, and my deepest respect to anyone that's helping.
    It's just a question when a foreseable event is classified as a catastrophe.

    I'm not saying they should move, far from it. But (as the dutch know) if you live on the water, you'll need to live with this danger, cope with it. The Arnhem dyke was built to withstand a once-every-300-years flood right? So when a flood higher than that comes, yes, that IS a catastrophe.
    An regularly reocurring flooding of the "Uiterwaarden"* (ehmmm, the plain between the innerdyke and the outerdyke) is not.

    Cologne's inner city is flooded by the Rhine every few years. It's "Normal" for them. They've prepared their homes and shops, clean up afterwards an continue.

    *dutch word for a floodplain that's SUPPOSED to fill up
     
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    Price has already gone up about £8 for 2TB drives since I bought one for around £51 a few weeks ago.
     
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    Personally I couldn't give a sheet about a slowdown or pause rather of HDD production & to be honest I'd be happy to pay £20 over usual cost if that £20 went to the places that need it & not the shops selling them, just hope they have a speedy recovery from the floods, covered a flipping massive area :(.

    I think they deserve a returned favor for producing them so cheaply for us really, think any shops will do this, I doubt it but would be a nice thing to do.
     
  19. RichCreedy

    RichCreedy Hey What Who

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    umm i've noticed, trying to get wd drive from suppliers who have zero stock, had to resort to slightly higher price from ebuyer
     
  20. SirFur

    SirFur PC Gamer and LAzy B0nes

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    Looks like it may be the end of the present cheap prices of HDDs we have been enjoying for so long....
     
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