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Perish the fault! Can your storage array take a bullet AND LIVE?

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Re: RAID 5 shouldn't even be named unless living under the bridge

It helps to make sense of a post if you don't completely mangle it first.

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Re: RAID 5 shouldn't even be named unless living under the bridge

RAID5 is only a problem if you are trying to artificially constrain yourself with a system that is itself a single point of failure. At least when a rube thinks like that (all eggs in one basket) they have an excuse as they don't know any better.

...and yes, my storage setup can take a bullet and live.

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Microsoft unveils even more tempting Kinect offering: Open source

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Re: Plenty of hardware available.

There's a lot of old gear out there. All of the various iThings have already been through several iterations of updated product. You can't say the same for Microsoft's flavor of the month.

The Apple based comparison would be more like pawn shops being full of iPhone 5's and iPad 3's.

Otherwise you're trying to pretend that an Apples an oranges comparison is relevant.

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Gnome cofounder: Desktop Linux is a CHERNOBYL of FAIL

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Re: Macs are a rich man's toy

> If you use a PC until it's obsolete...

Then I probably took advantage of the modular nature of that PC to turn it into something else once it was no longer suited (or wanted) for it's original purpose. The problem with Macs is that they are intended to be closed boxes that are difficult if not impossible to maintain. So a slightly used Mac may become obsolete more quickly than it's PC counterpart.

Not enough RAM. Tiny hard drive. GPU that really really sucks.

So instead of getting a new Mini, I can use that P3 and just buy a new video card.

Not everyone needs to prove how quickly they can waste money.

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Re: Minority Report

The advantage of the command line is not the syntax of individual commands but how you can string them together in an arbitrary fashion and then package them up. This is a concept that doesn't generally exist in GUIs because GUIs are designed for morons. Everyone is so busy running around preventing people from needing to think that shiny happy interfaces focus on the stupid first use rather than the grind of your daily routine.

It's AUTOMATION, not "ease of use".

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Re: Totally missing the point

> And there you have the root of the problem.

What? That most people won't easily tolerate fools unless it's family or they are being PAID?

If you are an annoying jack*ss that likes to take things out of context, you just might get flamed.

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Re: Totally missing the point

> Sure, you have your entire family using and loving Linux. But that's because you install it, you maintain it, you upgrade it, you fix it when it goes wrong.

The same goes for any OS my family runs.

This "just works" stuff is generally a myth. Even on MacOS you will find yourself retraining n00bs to deal with those annoying secret handshakes and gratuitious bits of deviation.

Helpless twits will find a way to be helpless regardless of what OS they run.

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Re: Huh.

> A normal user will panic when they have to decide what filesystem, what size of partitions, what DE,

Fine. Then don't go out of your way to subject them to Gentoo.

Give them a copy of the Linux they've probably actually heard of. Give them a copy of Ubuntu instead.

I think Slackware 96 was the last Linux installation that bothered me with a lot of the fine grained details.

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Re: Linux Desktop ? Yes

> Also, the package name isn't necessarily the same as the program/library name.

apt-get install .*myapp.*

Alternately, you can just use the GUI and stop being a retarded troll.

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Re: This remains one of the Mac's best selling points

...except I can already do that with Linux.

I can use an actual Unix rather than something that is only Unix when it's time for a sales pitch.

I can also use the same virtualization tools to run all of the same Windows stuff too.

The only thing missing are MacOS only tools that no one seems to be able to name.

Running MacOS apps just isn't a good enough reason to be stuck running Apple hardware.

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Re: Yeah, I feel it to bro.

> The problem is that all those distros mean different toolchains and underlying software.

No it doesn't.

It just demonstrates that you have a highly superficial view of the situation.

Any Linux distribution is just a collection of the same set of upstream projects. Any Linux distribution is just shorthand for a list of those upstream projects and their versions. That applies to any Linux executable from Applixware to Oracle to Steam.

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Re: Or said another way..

> "It's easier to make coffee in my coffee-maker than on the stove with a saucepan."

You will probably get a better result in the saucepan though. If you care about the result, you will go to the extra effort. That even applies to the coffee-maker and making sure that you use fresh beans and only grind them when you're actually ready to use them.

Coffee is a perfect example of something that can be quickly destroyed by cutting corners.

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Re: Consitency

> If I had to deal with a different Linux distro every time, I'd waste alot of time getting to grips with the environment.

...which would be GNOME or KDE on top and standard GNU userland underneath.

Underneath it is so standardized that not only you can move from one Linux to another but from one Unix to another with very few inconsistencies to worry about.

That's also handy for when MacOS doesn't live up to it's hype.

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Re: Hooray!

> Do you have any idea what users really want in a desktop OS?

Yes. Like many Linux users, I am the local unpaid PC support tech.

Joe User more than anything doesn't want things to change. Joe User has finally gotten used to whatever it is that he has. He doesn't want Unity or Windows 8. He doesn't want MacOS either.

MacOS isn't easier. It's just gratuitously different. It's also a little crippled.

It's more of a departure than Linux while having nearly none of the stuff that runs on Windows.

Been there. Done that.

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He's just an idiot

ALL of the things he's talking about have been non-issues for me for years.

The whole reason I switched to Ubuntu 6+ years ago is that it "just worked" with a random company laptop.

The advantage that a Mac as a product is that it comes in a ready to consume package. It's like a machine you might buy from Dell or Sun. You expect that the basics are already covered.

Get beyond that and there's no advantage. Buy something without a fruity logo and you're on your own.

It's probably been 10 years since I compiled a kernel. The thing is modular. Even if I wanted to rebuild a driver, it would still just be that driver.

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Re: Macs are a rich man's toy

I expect to use a PC until it's obsolete.

At that point, I would feel GUILTY getting a kings ransom for it when it really isn't warranted.

I would be EMBARRASED at the idea you are describing.

If you're starting in with "resale value" then you've completely lost the argument.

I am not a trivium merchant.

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Re: So commercial interfaces don't change, eh?

> And so there you have the reason why the usual Linux desktops are a FUCKING MESS: Miguel and the GNOME project.

JWZ is the same way. His interfaces are the sort of train wreck he likes to complain about.

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Well this is a funny bit of timing.

For years, the Windows Trolls have been trying to trash every new release of Ubuntu claiming that it will break your wireless and eat your cat. Now after all of these years I have managed to experience such an OS update.

Yes. An OS update finally managed to trash my wireless. (Although the cat is fine)

Guess what? It was MacOS.

HA!

...as far as the futzing goes: It sound entirely self inflicted. If you want to futz, you can find something to futz with. It's not the necessity that he wants to make it out to be.

Real Unix users are actually quite lazy.

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Uni profs: Kids today could do with a bit of 'mind-crippling' COBOL

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Re: Language wars

My Uni's language for the introductory courses was Modula-2. I really hated it until I had a chance to do assignments in COBOL. It turns out I didn't hate Modula-2 nearly as much as I thought I did.

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

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Re: Silent Running

Silent Running is overrated and painful to watch. It's also feels terribly dated and hokey based on when it was made and especially silly given the real horticultural preservation going on right now planet side.

Zardoz is also a bit painful but it seems to be a valiant effort.

What really seems out of place on the list is the first Star Trek film. It's basically one of the old original episodes dressed up with a lot of fluff to make it go on for a feature length run time. That makes it a failure as film making and not so interesting intellectually either.

The first Star Trek film needs to be sterilized.

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Congratulations, freetards: You are THE FIVE PER CENT

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Re: Volume

Collectively we all squander a lot of money on entertainment. Cable is one big culprit here (at least in the US). At least over here, if you take what you're spending on your subscription service and apply that kind of money to something you get to own, then you will end up with a nice media hoard in short order.

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Re: Movies need to compete with the pirated copy.

> I don't honestly see 5 minutes of adverts to be a legitimate reason to pirate.

You don't have control over your own property.

That's a pretty compelling reason to engage in remedies that reside in a legal grey area.

> I have to queue for 5 minutes to pay for my shopping,

...or you could just shop online. It's great for avoiding nonsense that exists only because not enough people have sufficiently demanding expectations.

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Re: The elephant in the room..

> I honestly don't see it as particularly fair that there is an expiry date on their professional profitability that is shorter than their lives. Imagine owning a shop, and after thirty years everything has to be sold at cost price, or is free.

That sounds about what the real world is like. If you have a small shop then YOU ARE the small shop. As soon as you go, so does the shop. Your worthless next of kin can't leech off of your success. They have to go fend for themselves (as it should be).

Why is anyone even arguing for this kind leech anyways?

The value of my labor ENDS as soon as the hour is up. Why should anyone else be any different. Why should "artists" be special?

Got kids? F*cking plan ahead and don't stick it all up your nose.

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Re: That really made me think.

> Really? Care to share the pearls of wisdom that came forth or is your incredible "Movie stars are paid a lot so I shouldn't pay for films" revelation all you've got?

Clearly there is some industrial engineering that can be done here. It just goes to show that you don't have to blow a million bucks just to produce 60 minutes of hair metal. Perhaps this industry should adjust and not pretend that it can burn money.

I can certainly understand why people who can't burn money would resent those that act like they can.

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Re: Hm.

> Is widespread copyright infringement an issue? Without a doubt yes especially if you are a small time (yet popular) writer/musician or whatever.

If you a a small time producer, piracy is really the least of your worries. If you are fixating on it, then you are distracting yourself from what you really need to be doing. You need to be making up for the fact that your publisher isn't doing squat for you in the way of the advertising and marketing department.

It's not really productive for you to waste your time fixating on "thieves".

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Re: I think theres a bit more to it than risk free and saves money.

> New films are under a fiver on Virgin and you don't want to spend a fiver to see it. That's fine.

5 pounds?

What is that? A rental? If so then that's highway robbery.

On this side of the pond, bargain bin movies go for $5 on spinny disk. If you don't want to wait that long you can just use the Netflix mail service. Plus there's Redbox.

It sounds like you have a small number of really bad options.

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Re: Bigger pic

> I give a crap about the artists who work hard and get next to nothing, partly because it's not seen in any way as morally wrong to steal from them

If you want to shed crocodile tears for the artists, start with the gatekeepers.

Direct your moral outrage at them first. Then focus your attention on the amateur thieves.

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Mindless envy

> and they should carry on getting away with getting for free

Sure. The cost of enforcement is too high. You are too hell bent on some moral crusade to bother considering the cost of your crusade. It might not be worth it.

This is reflected in the general unwillingess of law enforcement to persue the matter. They have better things to do. This is also reflected in the fact that the industry wants to avoid the costs of enforcement in civil courts. They don't view enforcement as worthwhile either really.

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SimCity 3000

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Re: @JDX

I ran Sim City 3000 on contemporary hardware back in the day. It runs happily on my current setup too.

Also, you don't need to resort to Wine. There is a Linux version.

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IT'S HERE: Seagate ships 'affordable' desktop hybrid drive

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Re: Too small

If you are "looking for both", then you are probably looking for a mix of drive types or just multiple drives.

I've seen improved response times just by adding conventional spindles. It's like having multiple cores. You don't have all your eggs in one basket and all of your work funneling through a single shared resource.

That way Plex can do whatever it does to hammer the disks it's on and it won't necessarily impact anything else. '-p

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Apple 'insider' explains why vid adapter hides ARM computer

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Re: Opportunistic Apple bashing

> How is this really any different to plugging in a USB module to deliver some functionality not included on the device itself?

It's only compatible with Apple products.

I can use an OTG cable on an Android device and use it to swipe the USB NIC that's hooked to the back of my Mac. Or I could plug in a USB hub and really go to town.

An Apple only version of a common standard interface sounds like nonsense out of the 80s.

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Re: Hahahaha

> The part you are missing is that, pay attention now, IT IS NOT A VIDEO PORT. Did you get it? It is a generic, multi-purpose, serial link providing raw information.

Like USB? Except not standard.

They could have just put on a standard port and not re-invented the wheel, defied the EU, or screwed over their customers. They could even have left the old connector on the new phones.

You know it's bad when Archos manages to do something better than Apple.

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Re: Are you kidding?

> @OP - the point is that there is a single port on the iDevice, which is used for multiple functions,

Sounds suspiciously like USB minus the whole "it's standardized and everyone else uses it' part.

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Truck-maker CAT flogs smartphone spawn to butter-fingered fondlers

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Proof's in the pudding...

> when I drop my S3 it doesn't shatter.

Then go find some concrete to drop your phone onto. We will be waiting.

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Strategic SIEGE ROBOTS defeated by 'heavily intoxicated' man, 62

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Re: "Dangerous Ordnance"

> Pfft, rounding errors... what is .223 to 2 decimal places? ;)

It means that the guys that actually know what they are talking about called you out on your obvious lack of precision. Computing isn't the only area where minute differences matter.

Although you usually don't get sent to the sand pit with the rest of your platoon for misplacing a semi-colon.

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Re: "Dangerous Ordnance"

> im sure the dead and wounded from a number of school shootings would disagree with you about the .22

It depends on whether or not it's a pistol round or a rifle round.

The "22" from an M-16 has a lot more powder and kinetic energy behind it.

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Re: Vandalising government property?

> Ignorance of the law is not a legitimate justification for breaking it

That's a red herring.

If an intruder is not identified as a cop, he's fair game. End of story. That's how these "stand your ground" laws get created. People hear horror stories from California or the UK and think they need extra legal protections because liberal idiots in another jurisdiction entirely are willing to put up with nonsense.

People hear these "you must flee your home" stories with relevant members of the peanut gallery chiming in their full support and an obvious backlash ensues.

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Four firms pitch hi-def DRM for Flash cards

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Re: Fighting piracy is costing the movie industry millions.

> @JEDIDIAH - Not with "Dark Knight" you don't, buy the DVD and try it for yourself.

ls -altrh *vob

-rw-r--r-- 1 jedi jedi 6.8G Jan 4 2009 The_Dark_Knight.vob

Very few DVDs need anything more than mplayer. Most of those are Disney movies. Commercial products are available to handle those rare exceptions.

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Re: Fighting piracy is costing the movie industry millions.

> the bluray rip with the changing ratios

...is probably moot unless he has a projector.

Check out those viewing distance versus display size charts. It's very hard to easily get into a "can notice a difference" zone unless you aggressively scale up the size of the display.

When it comes to a "proper presentation", the media is really the last thing to sort out.

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Re: Fighting piracy is costing the movie industry millions.

> Could I get the movie on to the server? Only with a lot of frustration.

A DVD? Are you kidding? Push one button on a suitable ripping program and you're done.

Hardly a burden. Certainly not something likely to induce "a lot of frustration".

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US insurer punts 'bestiality' to wide-eyed kiddies, gasp 'mums'

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Re: "Hollywood studios that put out the likes of Saw?"

I know of no one that views Saw as "socially acceptable entertainment" and I know some really sick f*cks.

The fact that it exists only means that it's legal to produce. Based on that, there's nothing you can really imply regarding it's level of social acceptance.

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Re: American organisation offended by breathing

OK So the bible is supposed to be the root of Americas warped morality...

The only problem with that is this is a classic case of pointing fingers. The other 3 are pointed back at yourself.

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Re: American organisation offended by breathing

There are separate groups that complains about violence. Although they have their own problems.

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Survey: Bosses are DESPERATE and GAGGING for Linux skills

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Re: Rasberry Pi servers!

There are all kinds of web servers. Not all of them need to host the internal app servers for the largest corporations on the planet. The right tool for the job might be something that only costs $30. Not every problem needs a million dollar monstrosity.

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Re: Linux is a richer OS

> Why the hell would I use the CLI if I had a GUI to do the same job

It probably can't.

Knowing what needs to be done to a sufficient level of details typically requires as much "bother" as dealing with text based commands. This is why some very fancy GUI applications still have command line interfaces. If you need precision and repeatability, pointing and clicking probably isn't going to cut it.

A GUI typically forces you to do a lot of busy work over and over again.

A CLI tends to avoid that. Do it once and let the machine do it on it's own after that.

GUIs tend to automate poorly because they tend to be designed with the expectation that everyone is a trained monkey unwilling to work, or think, or plan ahead.

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Re: Linux is a richer OS

Microsoft sells the idea that you don't need skilled people to run your stuff.

Corporations love to think they are saving money.

Plus you've got all of the legacy desktop stuff that Microsoft can use for leveraging.

Windows suffers as much from it's own faults as it does the notion that it can be run by a trained monkey that can't get past a shiny happy GUI.

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Python-lovers sling 'death threats' at UK ISP in trademark row

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Re: Why is this important?

Theft is theft. These j*ck*sses are trying to take ownership of something that is not theirs to take. The fact that it might not be anyone's to take at all just makes the situation WORSE. This is the worst kind of virtual land grab. If it is allowed to stand then all manner of people and corporations will be subject to bogus litigation and completely unecessary extra costs.

Taking from the public domain is as much theft as "piracy". More so even.

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WTF is... IEEE 1905.1?

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Re: Erm?

> why would system ever choose Wifi connection over the nice fast gigabit ethernet link?

It's broken.

I have a Smart TV that did this. It decided it was going to use the WiFi and ignore my nice fast wired network.

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Why you need a home lab to keep your job

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Re: Luckily for most who will even consider having servers at home...

Why would wives be an issue? Just have a den / home office / man cave.

If they aren't completely mindless they might even appreciate where you're coming from.

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Re: Lucky? (am I missing something?)

...you've got 3 or 4 complete PCs and possibly even Macs and you are worried about the cost of a KVM switch?

Really?

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