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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

CronoCloud Re:WRT-54GL (657 comments)

I have two WRT-54G's (sadly they're V8's), they've run 24/7 for years. (One is used as a bridge)

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

CronoCloud Re:LaserJet II and LaserJet 3 (657 comments)

Sherman Tanks are actually lightly armored medium tanks. HP LaserJets are more like Abrams Tanks.

yesterday
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

CronoCloud Re:Still need Microsoft Office unfortunately (277 comments)

While you can install fonts to a single-user's .font directory, Linux systems are multi-user systems, it's better to install them to a system font directory. That way you don't have duplicate fonts cluttering up your system.

2 days ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

CronoCloud Re:Still need Microsoft Office unfortunately (277 comments)

Yes, every TT font that was installed by default in WinXP, Vista, and 7. Which is a lot more than the core fonts.

2 days ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

CronoCloud Re:100M downloads are nice... (277 comments)

I have LibreOffice installed on Fedora, but rarely use it. And when I do need a word processor I tend to use AbiWord.

2 days ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

CronoCloud Re:Still need Microsoft Office unfortunately (277 comments)

Sometimes it's a typeface/font issue, which is why I "accidentally" copied the TrueType fonts from a Windows partition over to /usr/share/fonts/TrueType

2 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

CronoCloud Re:H&R Block online (385 comments)

I used H&R Block online. Unlike Intuit's offering, it doesn't complain that I'm using Linux.

HR Block online used to complain about Linux. For years I'd comment and send an e-mail saying the OS check wasn't really necessary.

4 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

CronoCloud Re:HRBlock (385 comments)

My only complaint is that e-filing should be free software provided by the government and not commercial entities.

That was the plan. Some years ago, the IRS thought: "Hey! It would save a lot of time and paperwork if we could get everyone to file electronically. Lets start working on that and give away the software."

The tax preparation services caught wind of that and put an end to it. First by restricting who could originally e-file to licensed preparers (so that back in the early days e-filing could cost hundreds of dollars or more, putting out of reach of lower income folks) Eventually the IRS got pissed and had enough congressional allies to get a compromise.

Seems like that's the prerogative of the Feds, but those under a certain income bracket do get free filing and software.

Lower income and younger people get free-filing, in exchange for the tax preparers getting the middle and upper income folks and people over 52 so they don't lose their revenue stream. Course, the tax preparation/tax software companies do major advertising to sell their non-free boxed software and services and try to make people think they need them.

However some states were able to implement their own systems separately...which is why sites like HR block don't offer free filing in Illinois. Illinois hosts it's own solution, on it's own website, very easy and totally free and no upsell.

4 days ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

CronoCloud Re:Simple math (245 comments)

That's a new card, and a lot of people don't do upgrades...at...all. To a lot of people spending $150 on something to put IN their computer is something they don't do. External devices are different.

I've got a rev2 GK208-based GT640 myself, 49 watts IIRC. this one:
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeF...

It is NOT listed on EVGA's site, not even in the support section.

5 days ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

CronoCloud Re:More people play on PCs than Consoles (245 comments)

Never heard of anyone in my age group wanting a console system. Every adult gamer I know does PC gaming.

Selection bias, if you're a "PC Gamer master race" kind of guy you probably self-select friends of a similar sort.

I find it strange that a grown man would want to play online console games with a bunch of kids... That's just creepy...

The majority of console gamers are adults, it's been that way since the PSone days. What makes you think they're kids? Haven't you seen all the PS4 and Xbox One ads featuring adult gamers?

Besides, being young, you're probably a bit to concerned with appearing "adult". Let me quote CS Lewis:

âoeCritics who treat 'adult' as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.â

5 days ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

CronoCloud Re:Simple math (245 comments)

and probably a new power supply...most $150 cards will require one...most basic desktops won't have a power supply with the additional PCI-E power connector.

But most people aren't comfortable doing that. They don't open their machine's case.

about a week ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

CronoCloud Re:Simple math (245 comments)

I thought you ran Linux and thusly ran nVidia?

about a week ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

CronoCloud Re:Simple math (245 comments)

You'd think they'd have another bundle that included that DVD-RW, HDD, and Win 7 for 299.

I'm not a PC gamer, bout the only things I do on a PC that needs a video card are Second Life and STO, but I have a similar box purchased back in 2010 (dual-core).

So anybody that says gaming can only be done on some $1200 monster is frankly full of bull.

While I agree, some PC enthusiasts and some of the PC gamer oriented media tend to think that $1200 is a baseline rig and to be a "real" PC gamer you should spend more.

about a week ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

CronoCloud Re:More people play on PCs than Consoles (245 comments)

Agreed. Consoles are something parents buy for their kids and teenagers who don't have full computer permission.

That may be the case outside of the Anglophone countries and Japan...but in the Anglophone countries and Japan consoles are for EVERYONE.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

CronoCloud Re:Don't do it. Linux sucks as an XP workgroup (451 comments)

Me either. But that's what the manual says.

Lucid Lynx...2010. Hmm.

The Fedora docs from that same period are these:

http://docs.fedoraproject.org/...

Which tells you to use system-config-samba, which is the standard GUI Samba configuration tool, not a third party "hack". You can still do it manually, but you don't have to.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

CronoCloud Re:Don't do it. Linux sucks as an XP workgroup (451 comments)

The users won't be able to do this themselves. ("After editing /etc/samba/smb.conf, restart Samba for the changes to take effect." - Ubuntu documentation)

I don't know why it says to edit smb.conf directly when the easy button way to set up Samba is with "system-config-samba"

about two weeks ago
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Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

CronoCloud Re:Rift (181 comments)

Cryptic with STO and SOE with DCUO as well.

about two weeks ago
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Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

CronoCloud Re:Rift (181 comments)

Yep, I feel the same way about STO, I'd play it more except it doesn't work very well under Wine now.

I'm experiencing the symptoms descibed in the Performance Degradation subthread:

https://appdb.winehq.org/objec...

A couple of months ago, I was getting annoyed by the ugliness of my "golf ball" Olympic Research Science Vessel,

http://sto.gamepedia.com/Resea...

so I ponied up some cash for some points to get a Nebula.

http://sto.gamepedia.com/Advan...

While the nebula did have a few advantages over the RSV, the ensign slot is generic and has more crew/hull and another engineering console slot (and the Tachyon console) , but it loses serious maneuverability, it turns like a brick. Which is why you need the extra hull. So it's not like you're paying to win with it.

Then again, it is not ugly.

Now once I reached captain, I was quite happy with the default Intrepid.

http://sto.gamepedia.com/Long_...

Course, everyone loves the Intrepid.

about two weeks ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

CronoCloud Re:Power? (630 comments)

IIRC I thought the army already had tested one of these on a modified Abrams?

about two weeks ago

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