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HGST polishes Ultrastar SSD whoppers, stuffs with denser Intel flash

pixl97

Re: is it really enterprise grade

What are you going on about Nate. That is not laptop form factor, and will not fit in many laptops. It is a 2.5 inch form factor drive, but its around 5mm thick. No different than the 2.5" enterprise spinning rust.

Most larger storage arrays have gone to 2.5" for higher density IOPs in spinning rust, SSDs keep the same format for convenience.

Or do you work for WDC who doesn't have a flash line up yet and is trying to FUD the technology?

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Exploit emerges for LZO algo hole

pixl97

Re: Nuno

You've not done your reading on this exploit yet. It went from 'not exploitable' to 'exploitable in a case or two' to 'we're finding new exploit avenues every day'.

I'd have thought you'd have learned after looking at 20+ years of netsec experience online that vulnerabilities never get better after being released, the only potential is to get worse.

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Microsoft to push out penultimate XP patch on March Patch Tuesday

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Dearly departed.

It is with unfortunate regret that we inform you that Yugguy has passed away in an auto accident. Shortly after performing maintenance on his Honda Civic his car was seen speeding out of control before crashing in to a concrete pylon and bursting in to flame. Upon further investigation a Stuxnet variant was found on a thumb drive in his laptop computer. No other details are available at this time.

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Google promises 10Gps fiber network to blast 4K into living rooms

pixl97

Re: Carp

If I watch Netflix on my Wii on Google Fiber, it too will show slow speeds. Stream speed != Internet speed.

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Snapchat: In 'theory' you could hack... Oh CRAP is that 4.6 MILLION users' details?

pixl97

>I tried "fuckyou@somewhere.com" and it appears that that entirely made up name had already been pawned at Adobe.

Oh, how original. I'm sure you if tried asdf@asdf.com or one of the other top 100 made up email addresses you'd find them in commonly hacked databases. Even on sites that require a validation email doesn't mean your address is ever deleted from the server if it's not validated.

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Massive! Yahoo! Mail! outage! going! on! FOURTH! straight! day!

pixl97

Re: This is a symptom, not a problem

It's been going on longer that they are even admitting. Some weeks ago I noticed messages sent to my yahoo account had gone from taking about a minute or two to show up to ever increasing amounts of times. Even worse, if you sent the same message a few times you would get one message almost instantly, one twenty minutes later, and the other just disappeared never to be seen again. Something is very wrong there.

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Just when you were considering Red Hat Linux 6.5, here comes 7

pixl97

Much needed packages finally here.

I installed downloaded the boot iso and did a net install inside a virtualbox today. The install worked rather well. Many things like setting the root password could be done while the packages were installing allowing the installer to do 2 things at once. Systemd and firewalld are going to take some getting used to though. The updated httpd-2.4, mariadb(mysql)5.5, and updated php were much needed.

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pixl97

Re: and will it have python > 2.4 FINALLY?

[root@localhost ~]# rpm -q python

python-2.7.5-10.el7.x86_64

[root@localhost ~]# cat /etc/redhat-release

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Everything release 7.0 Beta (Maipo)

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Micron takes on Intel with 'breakthrough' processor for streaming data

pixl97

Re: more details please

>How did a cluster of 4W devices beat a cluster of 95W Xeons?

The same way a GPU beats a cluster of CPUs. CPUs are not 'great' at massively parallel problems, conversely it is unlikely these processors will perform poorly on serial operations.

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Microsoft in a TIFF over Windows, Office bug that runs code hidden in pics

pixl97

Re: How? Why? Stack handling

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libtiff#Exploits

It's not unheard of in the Linux world either. Tiff isn't a jpg at all, much more complicated format used in the business and medical world pretty often.

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Lone sysadmin fingered for $462 MEEELLION Wall Street CRASH

pixl97

Re: You'd be amazed at how many changes are made on the fly...

>Its very difficult to build a good simulation

You mean impossible.

You can't build a decent simulation of the market when so much of the current behavior of the market is tantamount to abuse of the system. When a new strategy is successful it can rapidly become the dominate behavior in HFT systems in a very short period of time, risk be damned.

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Control panel backdoor found in D-Link home routers

pixl97

Re: None so blind, etc.

Getting rid of the device would be the best first step, but not everybody will be able to act upon that measure in a timely fashion. Disabling remote admin would at least stop a completely unsolicited probe from owning you. The unit could still be attacked via XSS very easily.

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Space truck Cygnus left idling outside ISS after data format snafu borks docking

pixl97

And the unexpected reply was

"I'm sorry, I can't do that Dave."

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Just how flash is your enterprise storage rig?

pixl97

I've done a fair number of SANs this year where the VM storage and bulk file storage are stored on spinning disks, but all the databases have been moved to flash. Moving to flash for DBs has decreased the cost of the installs, fewer servers are needed to serve the same load.

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NSA: NOBODY could stop Snowden – he was A SYSADMIN

pixl97

My guess on why they are having a hard time tracking Snowden in the audits... All the system admins were doing similar profile sharing/switching just to get the system to work. It's really easy to track an anomaly traverse a system, but when when the anomalous behavior is standard procedure they may never be able to figure out exactly what happened.

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pixl97
Boffin

Re: access to documents by unix/linux credentials only?

>One place I was at wouldn't let you email the fully dotted quad of a non-routable ip address but were fine with you emailing a MAC address.

I bet you'd blow their mind if you told them you could convert a IP to decimal format.

IPv4: 192.168.1010

Decimal: 3232238090

Crafty people always have a way of getting around dumb policies.

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USB accelerates to 10 Gbps

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Go

>SuperSpeed+, what is next, ultimate speed and then ultimax?

USB Plaid.

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First quartet of low-latency broadband satellites now in space

pixl97

Re: Herby

>An Observation: Why is it that the "poor" nations seem to be around the equator?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guns,_Germs,_and_Steel

Advancements in agriculture are a large part of it.

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Now it gets serious: Fracking could RUIN BEER

pixl97

Re: Kuwait Is Not Sinking, but Houston, Tx is

I'd like to know what company this is that has a %100 record of nothing going wrong on a well site? Maybe you mean 99.9% safety record which still be around 1500 incidents a year in the U.S. The incident rate of contamination is very low, but at lest in the U.S. there is a large lobby that pays senators to lie and say it doesn't happen.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/energy/coal-oil-gas/top-10-myths-about-natural-gas-drilling-6386593#slide-4

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Google research chief: 'Emergent artificial intelligence? Hogwash!'

pixl97

I'm not sure what you're on, but we can model the weather rather well, the more input data we model we put in, the more reliable our output is. A large tornado outbreak was forecasted in the midwestern U.S. and it happened. You're confusing an exact simulation of what weather on one particular day in one particular place will be, or what one particular stock will be at one particular time because both are an irreducible calculations.

The stock market can be modeled somewhat. The issue is people use the models to predict and profit from the market, which changes the market conditions.

Reproduction of such models have nothing to do with specific or general learning systems. Predicting non-linear dynamic chaotic systems is impossible and can only be 'determined' in probabilities of outcome.

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Reddit: So very sorry for naming innocent man as Boston bomber

pixl97

Re: Nothing was learned

This is about the stupidest shit I've heard today.

Next you're going to tell me aManfromMARS is the voice of The Register. Or, you can accept the fact that like any site that doesn't pre-moderate comments, people can say anything they want. Some people will learn, other people won't give a fuck and post anything they want anonymously. Some of it will get removed quickly, other times it's widely viewed.

Sunil was likely dead way before the bombings in Boston, he's been missing for months. Not dick shit to do with anything later posted on the internet.

What's really funny is you post as AC, in the world you seem to desire that wouldn't be allowed.

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Malwarebytes declares Windows 'malicious', nukes 1,000s of PCs

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Devil

New way to troll anti-virus companies.

I've got a new idea.

Write tens of thousands of viruses that contain chunks of windows system files from every version of Windows you can find. Cause more damage then the virus ever would have.

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Brit cops blow £14m on software - then just flush it down the bogs

pixl97

Re: Place your bets

I'm not sure in this case, I have seen cases where just paying for the license up front is the cheap way to do it... but it is not always the case. Sometimes a vendor just won't, or cannot provide what you want.

I have a friend who had worked in the oil industry for years. One of the biggest complaints he heard from his customers was how poor the tract management software was for making earnings statements to customers. He asked the company providing the software how much they'd have to pay to get the features they want. Answer: Not going to happen, ever, for any price.

He and two other programmers got together and wrote a web based app that does what the customers want. They built it modular, because it's still a work in progress, if customers want new features they are easy to add. They built it with a consistent internal API, so it can interface with other datasources easily in the future. They use agile development methods, development happens quickly and new feature to rollout times are short. And the program isn't Windows only anymore (on the customers side), it will run in any modern web browser.

I think these big firms doing government contracts are doomed to fail on the projects for a few reason too. Too much complexity, trying to tie in to different legacy systems with varying levels of support. Too large of development teams of substandard coders. Too long of release cycles, features people need now get added in with more complicated features that need longer test cycles, which end up being delayed because of bugs, which end up also testing with other code from other teams trying to get stuff done, which ends up causing other bugs, ad infinitum. By the time the code makes it to the user requirements have changed or additional systems need tied in starting the failure chain all over again.

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Planes in thunderstorms cop gamma ray bursts

pixl97
Black Helicopters

Re: Armoured plane?

Because they are trying to observe the storm, not kill it.

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Tech titans team up to push immigration reform

pixl97
Alert

Headline Fixed.

The schools in America are turning out too few students willing to work tech jobs for minimum wage.

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Microsoft Xbox exec quits after ENRAGING the INTERWEBS

pixl97

Re: Isn't the Xbox360 pretty much always online

No. I have a friend with no internet service at their location at all. They are able to play non-online games just fine.

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Windows XP support ends a year from … now!

pixl97
WTF?

Re: XP users should say 'thanks' to the penguins

>Win Me was not a disaster at all

I'll assume 3 things.

1. You did not use WinME.

2. You did not support WinME.

3. Your memory has faltered.

I have never seen an operating system corrupt files, randomly blue screen, or oddly fail in so many ways as ME.

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Has Europe finally passed Peak Disk?

pixl97

Larger isn't better.

The vast majority of the computers I work on have somewhere below 150GB of data. Seemingly there aren't a huge number of people out there making TB's of video and media. On top of that, the people with desktops are keeping them much longer. A 5 year old desktop is still pretty fast.

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World's first petaflops super dumped on scrap heap

pixl97

Re: Paying to keep it running.

I agree that Hybrid systems will bring the power/price down much faster, if the performance numbers on the FirePro SM10000 hold up. 1.4T of DP math... uuhh, that's crazy. The Nvidia K20 isn't a slacker either. Since supercomputers by their nature are parallel, GPUs will inherently speed them up.

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IT Pro confession: How I helped in the BIGGEST DDoS OF ALL TIME

pixl97

Yes, it was an amplification attack. The attacker sends a small packet, bytes generally, the server replies with a larger packet. 512 bytes with the old behavior and much larger packets with the large udp packet behavior. Any request that sends back more data then send to the wrong host can be described as an amplification attack. It's the magnitude of the DNS response that makes it so effective.

You are right on BIND, the correct response is not to return large amounts of data if you don't have the answer.

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SimCity 4

pixl97
FAIL

Re: Broken

>Yes, there were issues at the start, but they seem to a lot better now, I happily spent a couple of hours on it last night, and another 30 minutes this morning.

A lot better? I don't own the game since I do not buy from the devil (EA), but watching the Sims Channel on Twitch.tv I see a lot of 15-20 minute wait times for a server spot. And also unsurprising is the number of "We're having errors loading this region' after that. The whole thing is a slap in the face of the fans of the series.

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Black Tuesday patchfest: A lot of digits plug security dykes

pixl97

Re: Err...

>So, they're either not very well tested and engineered patches, or patches for incredibly simple problems

Most security flaws are simple problems, implementation errors that can lead to serious problems (off by 1 error).

A few patches need to be well engineered because of a design flaw that cannot be fixed trivially (ActiveX).

Firefox will push a serious release to stable within a day, if whatever f'ed up distribution takes a month that's not their fault. Go back to being abused by Microsoft and Oracles terrible patching schedules and stop trolling here.

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On Amazon, cloud service companies put themselves at risk

pixl97

Re: And this shit

Software methods are much more difficult to patent and far easier to implement via other methods. If patents are overly broad you get Amazons trying to patent web shopping carts in any form. When you run a product on someone elses service/product you are at their whims. Look up the history of Microsoft and Excel.

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Amazon tries to shut .book in face of authors, publishers

pixl97

Re: scrap domain names altogether

>I'm not sure why we ever needed domain names.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domain_Name_System#Structure

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anycast

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Round-robin_DNS

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_computing

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dns.com#Business_overview

>Telephones don't have a similar concept to domain names

I'd say that's incorrect. Call a large company, listen to the options menu press 1. 1 is likely a 'tele-dns*'

lookup to a ring-group, which looks up individual extensions to ring. The PBX doesn't share that information with the public telephone company at large.

*tele-dns is some crap I've made up that represents the data lookup the system does. In large systems this can get quite complex.

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Jennifer Lopez gets you more Facebook friends than Iron Maiden

pixl97
Trollface

Of course

> Mormons are more agreeable than fans of Timmy from South Park.

That's because they want to draw you in close. Next thing you know you're locked in a basement of some cult in Utah with 10 other families with 6 wives each. Be wary of those who smile too big.

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ITV catches up with TVCatchup

pixl97
Pirate

Yarr Matey

What ever you do, don't give the customers what they want.

We will instead.

Thank You

The Pirate Bay.

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Amazon accused of knocking off AWS customers' products

pixl97

Re: Shocked, shocked I tell you!

How to sum up the entire article

TL;DR Business as usual.

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Microsoft backs law banning Google Apps from schools

pixl97

Ironic

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/03/us-education-database-idUSBRE92204W20130303

"The database is a joint project of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which provided most of the funding, the Carnegie Corporation of New York and school officials from several states. Amplify Education, a division of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, built the infrastructure over the past 18 months. When it was ready, the Gates Foundation turned the database over to a newly created nonprofit, inBloom Inc, which will run it."

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pixl97
Devil

Re: The bill sounds good

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/03/student-database-gates-foundation_n_2800684.html

Microsoft (via Bill G) wants to corner the market themselves.

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Single IPv6 packet KILLS Kaspersky-protected PCs, fix emerges

pixl97

Not the last IPv6 problem we will see.

IPv6 is going to go thru all the growing pains IPv4 did so many years ago. Now most IPv4 kit has been rolled up in libraries and modules for so long that the developers have forgot all the magic that's been done to keep it from exploding in users faces.

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pixl97

Re: Christian Berger

>If "just clicking on things" causes your computer to become compromised, it's not the fault of the user

Most modern browsers don't, not even IE. Most of the 'just click on things" these days are fake A/V warnings meant to trick the dull (some of them are pretty good). How is a browser suppose to stop someone from purposely downloading a file and running it (but the prompt said I had a virus and I needed to run this to remover it!)?

A/V is still mostly useless because the malware writers make lots of copies of their crap and release the ones that pass A/V detection that day, then release a new batch every day after that. A/V is a losing game.

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Congratulations, freetards: You are THE FIVE PER CENT

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Alert

Re: mmeier

Buyer B now can a)buy it.

a.1) maybe depending on where they live, with widely ranging prices

a.2) maybe depending on their operating system, player, method of connectivity

a.3) be prompted to install all kinds of weird shit to make it work.

a.4) still have it not work, or have it downgraded to low-def

a.5) not be able to play it on 2 different devices because of strange producer whims.

a.6) have the manufacture stop supporting whatever odd DRM after some amount of time

OR

d) Steal it for one price

d.1) anywhere in the world

d.2) use it on any operating system, player, or method of connectivity they transcode it to

d.3) use their standard player of choice

d.4) have it just work

d.5) play it on 2 different devices

d.6) never have to worry about DRM.

Some people are always going to violate copyright on media, not much you can do about that. The rest of them want a cheap, easy, and fair way of getting your product. Itunes with all its bullshit DRM has shown that if you make it easy, people will buy. People are creatures of laziness, going out and pirating stuff is just hard enough that easy to use services like Netflix make it not worthwhile. Successful producers are going to have to realize the 20th century is gone, in the 21st century the world is globally connected. Putting up little 'content' walls is laughable.

For me the situation is simple: Adapt or die.

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pixl97
Mushroom

Re: The customer defines value

Historical quite attributed to Andrew Orlowski-Antoinette: "Let them eat digital cake."

""Intellectual property is a monopoly" is a child's logic." Meaning that even a child can recognize it, whats the saying? From the mouth of babies.

If this is the least-badderest way we can come up with then the whole system is screwed because it ignores human nature.

1. People want stuff to work,

2. they want it cheap,

3. they want it now.

What has the copyright cartel delivered them.

1. DRM - Sorry, that expensive player doesn't work right because, HDCP, Region flags, some other bug, etc.

2. Digital download, only $5 MORE then buying the disk! Whadda Bargain!

3. Regional Availability - Please wait till next year you kangaroo eating fucks.

Hey, let them keep their head in the sand making shitty products, worked well for American car manufactures in the 70's.

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Amazon yanks SimCity download from store

pixl97
Devil

Re: EA

EA has missed a opportunity to profit.

"Error cannot connect; standard servers are busy." "If you would like instant service please purchase the premium server package for £25 now."

They just aren't milking their cows hard enough.

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Pwn2Own: IE10, Firefox, Chrome, Reader, Java hacks land $500k

pixl97

Surface Pro

"VUPEN Security's crack on IE 10 running on Surface Pro was an eye-opener," Gorenc said. "The vulnerability was so elegant it didn't even crash the browser. They launched the process from outside the sandbox so the user wouldn't even know if they had been hacked."

Since this is the Pro version and not the RT, this pretty much means that Windows 8 is hackable (possibly 7 if you upgraded to IE 10)

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Bacon sarnies can kill: Official

pixl97

Re: Hardly news

Nitrates in large amounts aren't good for a person. Of course some of these people at a diet of 50% meat (crazy) which puts them at risks from ...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biomagnification

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pixl97

Re:

>More so when processed.

In historical terms, less so when processed. Pig is a very risky item to eat when you don't have proper cooking and cleaning available. Trichinosis is bad stuff.

Nitrates and high levels of sodium are not healthy, but I'm sure that counts for any product that has them.

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pixl97

Re: Martin Budden

It's very rare that someone 'just' becomes a vegetarian.

Most likely you also had other significant life changes at the time. Increased exercise being one of the most common changes. Also changes in diet tend to happen in a recovery stage of depression that the person was not aware of. Lastly it also depends on how terrible of diet a person had before, if they were eating 5 pounds of beef and no fibre, then yea the difference will be significant. If the person was eating a relatively balanced diet, then it is unlikely they can tell any difference unless they have a medical condition.

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Java malware spotted using stolen certificate

pixl97
FAIL

Other Java Issues.

Off on a tanget to the article, but

The Java installer sucks (yes we already knew that with the Ask toolbar)

Resets Java update settings. Set java to download before installing and set it to daily. Install new update. It's now reset to monthly and warn before downloading.

I've had to reinstall J7v17 twice on many systems as it doesn't install the browser plug-in to IE or Firefox correctly. These days I'd consider this a benefit other then the computers really needed it for apps to work.

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

pixl97

Re:

The manufactures bios choices and hardware drivers can make a significant difference at boot up, I swear some of it has lines like this

#Wait 5 seconds on firmware load to make sure crappy hardware interface has actually loaded

init_wireless_device_firmware ( wait 5);

Also, add Windows Pro to a domain server and you'll find on the average AD setup the majority of your boot time ends up waiting on the network.

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