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Intel Announces Major Reorg To Combine Mobile and PC Divisions

CajunArson Re:Dumping (75 comments)

Uh.. I thought companies making profits was evil. Shouldn't we be applauding Intel for not making any money? Would you insult the Raspberry Pi project for giving away free devices?

I'd much rather live in a world with a made-up "Intel monopoly" that doesn't exist where Intel is literally the largest contributor to the Linux kernel that isn't a Linux-specific company (look it up, Intel is usually #3 right after the Linux foundation & Red Hat) vs. the very real ARM monopoly of intellectual property minefields, backdoored binary firmward blobs, opaque drivers, and poor support.

5 days ago
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Intel Announces Major Reorg To Combine Mobile and PC Divisions

CajunArson Re:Dumping (75 comments)

Venn Diagram:
1. People who claim that x86 can't run Android.

2. People (like me) who actually own Baytrail Android Tablets and have seen what they can do first hand (hint: for $150 I got a tablet that's flat-out better than an iPad Mini. I also get the warm & fuzzy feeling of supporting the only Android hardware vendor in the world that supports Linux with both money, developers, and gobs of GPL compliant driver code).

3. Overlap between the two circles: Empty Set.

about a week ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

CajunArson Depends on Embargo Lift (473 comments)

It's one thing to prevent game review sites from playing one-upsmanship over each other by "leaking" early reviews (that are often incomplete and based on beta versions of the game). However, once you can buy the "finished" product, the only reason to have a continuing embargo is that you know the product sucks but you don't want to share that information.

Another strategy: Have game review sites flat out say that an embargo for a certain game is NOT lifting prior to the game going on sale. I know lots of NDAs have Fight Club clauses (you do NOT talk about the NDA).. but a clever game review site could probably get around that without actually saying "The Assassin's Creed Embargo Does Not Lift Until 11PM" or something similar.

about two weeks ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

CajunArson Re:Astonishing grasp of the obvious (350 comments)

I'm sure her wife appreciates that ringing endorsement of anti-manness.

about two weeks ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

CajunArson Re:Am I missing something? (350 comments)

Nice try Bennett. Nobody in their right mind would call anything you say "educated" or "meaningful". Instead we use words like, "malignantly narcissistic," and "full retard."

about two weeks ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

CajunArson I can haz experiments too! (350 comments)

First we'll post a video of ISIS beheading an innocent hostage.

Then we'll post a video of ISIS beheading Bennett Hasselton.

Afterwards, we'll look at the massive differences in the level of outrage, which is to say we'll have a kegger to celebrate Bennett's demise.

about two weeks ago
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How Baidu Tracked the Largest Seasonal Migration of People On Earth

CajunArson Re:3.6 Billion (48 comments)

Google Sez: Population of China 1.357 billion.

So obviously they have a mass cloning program followed by an unimaginably horrific slaughter for every Chinese new year. w00t.

about two weeks ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

CajunArson Meh (257 comments)

I already have to pay in-state sales taxes on purchased from Newegg & Amazon, so the big ones are covered. Oh, and if you are just purchasing from the online arm of a brick & mortar store, they've been taking sales tax for a long long time anyway.

about two weeks ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

CajunArson When in doubt... (695 comments)

Double down on non-scientific extremist rhetoric to maintain power. The IPCC isn't even being original.

Hell, even the IPCC doesn't *really* believe in Global Warming as a scientific phenomenon, but only as a political tool to go after those "evil" western democracies that "unfairly" use resources.

After all, if the IPCC thought of global warming scientifically, they wouldn't have self-censored their own report to intentionally omit data about greenhouse gas emissions from Asia... http://news.nationalgeographic...

about three weeks ago
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Khrushchev's 1959 Visit To IBM

CajunArson Interesting Cafeteria Story in Reverse (54 comments)

In sort of a mirror image of this story, some U.S. scientist was led on the usual dog & pony tour of Soviet space facilities (a publicly available one at any rate). Of course the tour included a display of huge rockets, advanced sattelites, etc. etc. to trump up the superiority of Soviet science.

Interestingly enough, after the tour the scientist came away convinced that the Soviet Union was hopelessly behind. It had nothing to do with the rockets though. Instead, he noted that when they ate lunch at the cafeteria, the cafeteria workers had to total up their lunches using an abacus. Big propaganda show-pieces are impressive, but it's the little things that show you what's really going on.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

CajunArson Re:It freakin' works fine (928 comments)

"Heh... Have you used *ANY* Linux audio on most Linux distributions? If so, you've used it."

No... really.. I haven't used it.
I have a real soundcard (Xonar) in my main machine that just passes a signal through TOSlink to my receiver. While libpulse is installed as a required dependency, I literally do not have the pulse audio server package installed.

All of my Linux boxes are *highly* customized, no kitchen-sink Ubuntu stuff going on here. I fully admit that I'm not setup to do professional audio editing or anything like that, but sound most certainly works and it doesn't require pulseaudio.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

CajunArson Re:Rules for posting? (928 comments)

Not that I ever actually read more than half a paragraph of his drivel, but doesn't he always start or end each of his posts with: "I am an infallible omnipotent GOD and nobody could ever possibly disagree with! Please kneel and post your worship of me below."

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

CajunArson Re:It freakin' works fine (928 comments)

"Remember how awesome pulseaudio is?"
    Not really. Never used it.

"Well what if we made your ENTIRE SYSTEM that awesome?"
    Are you trying to imply that all the hatred I've heard about pulseaudio was also unjustified?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

CajunArson It freakin' works fine (928 comments)

I've done migrational upgrades to System-d with Arch Linux with zero problems in addition to using it with new installations. It works fine, and I'm still really confused about the jihad-level hatred it seems to engender in some people.

about three weeks ago
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Power and Free Broadband To the People

CajunArson Just like "free" housing solved poverty! (262 comments)

Just look at the loving way in which the residents of "free" public housing maintain their residences out of gratitude to the all-caring government.

Truly, public housing solved poverty to exactly the same degree that free broadband will "solve" the digital divide. I'm sure that the upstanding U.S. citizens who live in public housing will take it upon themselves to learn how to code and contribute Open Source software to the world in complete gratitude for this benevolent entitlement.

about three weeks ago
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OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules

CajunArson SYSTEM-D SUCKS! (162 comments)

System D sucks so hard. Ima going OpenBSD for its X-treme modularity init system and that amazingly customizable kernel with -- reads headline -- aw snap.

Time to go back to Win-XP!

about a month ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

CajunArson Re: It makes you uneasy? (1007 comments)

Have you SEEN some of what goes on at campuses of many universities that is officially sanctioned and paid for by the university?

  A few creationists sitting off in a corner and chatting amongst each other is not even in the same universe of "harm" that is inflicted by so-called "Muslim Studies" and other professors at many tax payer funded universities.

One -- and just one -- case in point would be a few privileged white-male professors and privileged white students forming a racist lynch mob to make sure that the students at Rutgers wouldn't hear the words of the first Black Female secretary of state....

http://dailycaller.com/2014/05...

about a month ago
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PCGamingWiki Looks Into Linux Gaming With 'Port Reports'

CajunArson Re:What does Bennett Haselton have to say? (77 comments)

I thought Bennett was busy writing inane and irrelevant "suggestions" about how to treat Ebola (since he's SO MUCH smarter than every doctor & nurse ever) after we intentionally infected him?

Then again, the recovery rate in the U.S. is depressingly high... let's drop him into a random village in Sierra Leone and see how well the local Witch Doctor reacts to his "suggestions".

about 1 month ago
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Lead Mir Developer: 'Mir More Relevant Than Wayland In Two Years'

CajunArson Re:Why? (226 comments)

Sigh... "X IS NETWORK TRANSPARENT!! I MAKE XTERM GO!! TRANSPARENT POWAR!!"

No.. granparent poster is right and you are wrong.

Being able to send stuff over a network pipe != network transparency. Get it through your head.]

Here's an excellent presentation by Daniel Stone, a guy who's forgotten more about X than most of us will ever know, saying the exact same thing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

about a month ago
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KDE Releases Plasma 5.1

CajunArson Re:Does anyone still use Gnome? (60 comments)

Have you tried running Kate locally and accessing files remotely via the sftp:// KIO helper?

about a month ago

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Running Old Desktops Headless?

CajunArson CajunArson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

CajunArson (465943) writes "I have recently dug up an old P4 that is in fine working order and done what any self respecting Slashdotter would do... I slapped Linux on it to experiment making an NFSv4 server. One other thing I did was to remove the old AGP video card to save on power since this is a headless machine. Now... I removed the video card after the installation, and I'm doing just fine as long as the machine will boot to a state where networking works and I can SSH to it.

My question for the Slashdot audience is: Is there a good solution to allow me to login to this box if it cannot get on the network? I'm looking for solutions other than slapping a video card back in. In my case, I will have physical access to the machine.

A few caveats to make it interesting: This question is for plain old desktop/laptop systems, not network servers designed to run headless. Also, I am aware of the serial console, but even "old" machines may only have USB, and I have not seen any good documentation on how and if USB works as a substitute. Finally, if there is any way to access the BIOS settings without needing a video card that would be an extra bonus, but I'm satisfied with just local OS access starting from the GRUB prompt. I'm all ears for advice from any Slashdotters with these setups running."

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Microsoft Censors... Its own Naughty Santa

CajunArson CajunArson writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CajunArson (465943) writes "The Register has a story about a rather naughty Santa. It appears that the seemingly nice holiday service provided via Windows Live Messenger took on a mind of it's own. When the AI version of Santa Claus began to talk dirty to underage children, it appears that the ghost of Microsoft management present decided to sent AI Claus packing back to the digital north pole."
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Intel open-sources parallelization Framework

CajunArson CajunArson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

CajunArson (465943) writes "An interesting article over at Ars Technica discussing Intel's recent release of its http://osstbb.intel.com/">Thread Building Blocks 2.0 templating library for C++. This library provides a higher level of abstraction for writing parallel code than normal POSIX or Windows threads provide. It has been pushed by Intel in the past as a similar concept to OpenMP, although its template nature means it is much more focused on C++.

Some interesting notes on Intel's earnestness in open-sourcing the project: Released under GPL version 2, it runs on non-Intel CPUs (even non-x86 as in the G5), and it is already ported to Linux and Solaris as well as Windows."
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CajunArson CajunArson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

CajunArson (465943) writes "The Beryl Project which is a fork of the well-known Compiz desktop compositing project has just released version 0.2.0. The anouncement is here.

Having used Beryl from the SVN tree I can say that it has made quite a few improvements, and while it continues to borrow from the Compiz core it also has some fun plugins like the group plugin and wall plugin that can actually help usability on the desktop in addition to just being pretty eye-candy."

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Carnegie Mellon MSIN Master's Program?

CajunArson CajunArson writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Well this is my first slash-blog entry, lets see who'll bite!

I am presently an undergrad at Purdue University and will finally be graduating with a BS in Computer Engineering in May.

My number 1 choice for graduate schools, Carnegie Mellon, just accepted me into the MSIN Master's program. If you are a current or former student in this program, is it a good idea? I've studied all the material on the CMU site, and it looked so interesting that I specifically applied to that program. What have your experiences been? Has it met your expectations?

Thanks for anything you can tell me!

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