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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

FreonTrip Re:Viva La XP! (641 comments)

Any luck with virtualization? I know you can "lock" various ports for VM-only access, and that might simplify administration in some ways (i.e., if something happens to the install, roll back to a working snapshot, use a shared directory to output any work from the VM without directly exposing it to the network &c.).

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

FreonTrip Re:Software doesn't wear out. (641 comments)

Eww. Apologies, I misunderstood the main issue.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

FreonTrip Re:Software doesn't wear out. (641 comments)

A 2.5" drive is a 2.5" drive, be it SSD or conventional/platter-based. I don't guarantee this is the specific revision of your laptop(s), but upgrading doesn't look hard, and you'd have a mountain of storage space and a reasonable upgrade path. Now if you're running something that uses HDA modules like a Macbook Air does, that's a valid point. But I don't think the eeePCs ever did.

about two weeks ago
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Debian Considering Long Term Support for Squeeze

FreonTrip Re:im no linux expert by any stretch (46 comments)

I'm an old timer, and have been around so long that I want to be sure of something. When you say PII, do you mean Pentium II or Phenom II? I've seen that used for both.

about a month ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

FreonTrip Re:reduce the amount (983 comments)

I'd switch to x264 in an MKV container - you can get the same quality in about 3/4ths the file size without even being clever.

about a month ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

FreonTrip Re:And that's exactly what I asked for. (2219 comments)

Because the existing site looks and feels like it's more than a decade old, and it doesn't inspire new visitors to stick around. Though with this kind of "harrumph, keep this new stuff outta here and leave us to what we find comfortable" reaction, it's hard to imagine new visitors finding anything appealing here anyway. I understand the frustration behind feeling like your suggestions and observations are being ignored, but this feels like a college CS club throwing a childish tantrum. It's only going to make the community look more insular to everyone who isn't in it.

about 2 months ago
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Gnome 3.12 Delayed To Sync With Wayland Release

FreonTrip I wouldn't worry much. (204 comments)

X11's far more than mature by now. You can expect ongoing support in various capacities for decades - it's just that widespread.

about 2 months ago
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Will Microsoft IIS Overtake Apache?

FreonTrip Re:I'm switching to IIS! (303 comments)

Yet you are such a breathtaking, marvelous specimen of humanity that you would grace this undesirable place to enlighten the muck-dwelling Unixites. Truly we are all blessed. Let this day go forth! From this day forward, every February 4th shall be known as -

Oh, wait. You didn't even bother attaching a name to this pathetic holier-than-thou screed. Back to the comforting bosom of Mommy and Windows forums with you, you pathetic bastard.

about 2 months ago
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AMD Catalyst Driver To Enable Mantle, Fix Frame Pacing, Support HSA For Kaveri

FreonTrip Re:Direct3D "light weight" runtime (71 comments)

Willing to bet the answer to that is "no." Meaningful features are a cudgel used to bludgeon customers into buying new Windows licenses, after all!

about 3 months ago
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Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014

FreonTrip Re:Can't directly compare PC and phone sales ... (511 comments)

At least for the Lumia 820 replacing the battery's trivial. Just pop off the plastic shell and the battery's exposed and removable - in fact you have to take it out in order to replace the SD card or put in a microSD card for expansion. That was a major incentive for purchasing it, in fact: I like having some ability to expand a phone's storage capacity without being subjected to markup, or replace a battery when it starts underperforming. And between Google's increasing resistance to upgradeable storage and how badly I got burned by the Cliq XT I suffered through for two years, I wasn't willing to play in Android's ballpark this time aroud.

about 3 months ago
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OpenBSD Looking At Funding Shortfall In 2014

FreonTrip Re:Must be... (277 comments)

That he found stuck to the bottom of his foot.

about 3 months ago
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AMD's Kaveri APU Debuts With GCN-based Radeon Graphics

FreonTrip Re:Looked into it for a friend's build (123 comments)

That's not valid for AMD cards or IGPs because PhysX is Nvidia-only. If companies start using OpenCL to implement physics acceleration that could change.

about 3 months ago
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Engineers: Traffic Studies Use Simulation Software, Not Lane Closings

FreonTrip Re:News for Nerds? (265 comments)

It doesn't make it right that a Democratic shitnozzle got away with petty politicking either. The main difference comes down to economic damage done, and to the fact that at least one death can probably be laid at the feet of Christie's (office's) misbehavior.

about 3 months ago
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Media Player Nightingale Reaches 1.12.1; First Release Since Songbird

FreonTrip Re:Linux sorely needs a decent media player (79 comments)

I'd kill for an equivalent to foobar2000 in Linux. "Just run foobar in Wine" isn't really a solution, as it's not quite well-behaved in some particulars, and doesn't solve the root problem. VLC's dependable, but still feels like a stopgap. C'mon, guys - where's loobar2000? *cringes*

about 3 months ago
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Emacs Needs To Move To GitHub, Says ESR

FreonTrip Re:What's bzr? (252 comments)

How bizarre. (Ooh, baby)

I'll, uh, show myself out then, yeah? Yeah. *cough*

about 4 months ago
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Valve Releases Debian-Based SteamOS Beta

FreonTrip Re:PS3-class and indie gaming on Intel (211 comments)

Unless you had a connection to a wholesaler or a very generous refurb / used parts store, I have some trouble believing that. I swung a good deal around 1999 on a 17" CRT that maxed out at 1280x1024 at 60 Hz, and it set me back around $250, and that was a typical price. 1600x1200 was a "professional" resolution, usually isolated (as you say) to 20+" screens, and were basically a pipe dream for most consumers. The cheapest of those cost nearly twice what my model did, and a really good one could set you back substantially more. "Or maybe even" sounds like there's room for confusion in your recollection of events here - there is simply no WAY you got a working 2048x1536 monitor for $200 back when Quake III Arena was the graphical state of the art. Finally, five years ago would have been nearly a decade after the 90s ended, and well into the mass market commodification and development of scale economies that only started in earnest after the release of Windows 95. I can believe you snagged two LCDs at that price with some luck at a Black Friday sale back then. But "circa Y2K" and "or maybe even" suggest that this is either temporally confused or at least a touch disingenuous. Who are you trying to impress?

about 4 months ago
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Valve Releases Debian-Based SteamOS Beta

FreonTrip Re:PS3-class and indie gaming on Intel (211 comments)

Yeah, if said PC gamers were completely loaded financially... Most '90s gamers felt pretty lucky if they could manage 1280x1024, especially given the limitations of hardware at the time.

about 4 months ago
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The Desktop Is Dead, Long Live the Desktop!

FreonTrip Re:Every year (453 comments)

The market segment's gotten mature, and the product releases aren't as exciting any more. I really can't argue with that because it's true. I'm sad to see AMD's per-core performance so low, though my FX-8320's been a gem for the work I do. Here's to Maxwell and Broadwell.

about 4 months ago
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The Desktop Is Dead, Long Live the Desktop!

FreonTrip Re:Developing software (453 comments)

Number crunching with MATLAB on big datasets can eat a lot of CPU time - it's better not to wait longer than you have to, and throttling will hold you back. Ditto video transcoding and other kinds of scientific computing (like oil reservoir simulation...), or distributed computing projects like BOINC. But for most use cases you're right: there's just not that much stuff typical users do that needs to grind on a CPU for even minutes at a time, let alone hours or days.

My sympathies on the RAM. That's the most evil kind of corner-cutting to save a couple of bucks.

about 4 months ago
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The Desktop Is Dead, Long Live the Desktop!

FreonTrip Re:Every year (453 comments)

Good news: you would notice a HUGE difference jumping from a Conroe/Kentsfield quad to Haswell. I don't say that lightly: the jump from the Core 2 to Nehalem was already on the order of 40+% per clock, and substantially more for embarrassingly multithreaded work, and each iteration of the i* series has squeezed more benefits. In terms of IPC Haswell would be around twice as fast with higher clocks to boot, and would come in at maybe 2/3rds the power usage of the Q6600. I want Broadwell to be good too, but I've got to emphasize how profoundly not sad you would be to upgrade at this point. And the 650 Ti Boost is a decent card, but is already being limited by the Q6600, guaranteed.

about 4 months ago

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