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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

LinuxIsGarbage Re:In Finland (497 comments)

That sounds great, but I'll tell you what, a wood-frame house sure is nice when you want to make changes to the floor plan.

One thing concrete has going for it is fire resistance as well. A Concrete structure with mineral wool insulation won't burn. Take a wood structure with EPS (styrofoam), and vinyl siding and it will go up in flames.

I also don't understand the resistance to sprinkler systems. The number I saw was the cost of a residential sprinkler system was 1-1.5% the cost of new construction. To prevent a catastrophic fire in your house (and possible catch other houses on fire). Yes water damage is a mess, but I'd rather lose the kitchen and the rec room underneath than lose everything (especially including loved ones or myself).

12 hours ago
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Fascinating Rosetta Image Captures Philae's Comet Bounce

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Fucking disaster (69 comments)

The purpose of the mission wasn't just to land something on the surface and have it continuously live stream.

They still have the orbiter with a big instrument suite, which will continue to provide useful data.

The lander had two goals. One was to operate all the instruments and collect data at least once. The non-rechargable 1200Wh Li/SOCl2 batteries allowed this to happen, exactly as planned, even without the sun. It didn't land where planned, but it did land, collect the data, and transmit it.

The second part was a longer term monitoring, which the solar cells recharge the smaller 150Wh Li-Ion batteries to support. This is the part that's in jeopardy.

Remember Voyager 1, the probe sent out in 1977 that's 18 light hours away? The Plasma Spectrometer and Photopolarimeter System sensors were defective. Four others sensors had to be disabled because it's running out of power. What a colossal boondoggle.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Non-USB Flash Direct From China Safe?

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Counterfeit (178 comments)

Are you sure there is not a size barrier on the BIOS / disk controller? Or that the HDD has a jumper to a lower capacity for compatibility with above mentioned size barrier? I remember with hard drives that were "too big", you'd have to set the jumper, then install overlay software (usually in the MBR) to allow access to the full capacity. Int13 has a limit around 8GB, and is one of those barriers.

about two weeks ago
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Internet Voting Hack Alters PDF Ballots In Transmission

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Pedantic (148 comments)

Why, you want to cause Leonard Nimoy to off himself or what?

Don't worry, Sheldon still has Leonard Nimoy's DNA on a napkin Penny gave him. He can always clone more.

about two weeks ago
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Discovery Claims It Will Show a Man Being "Eaten Alive" By an Anaconda

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Oh good (164 comments)

I was shocked the last time I was in 'Murica. The fucking Weather Channel wasn't even showing weather anymore. It was all reality shows.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Makes Office Mobile Editing Free As in Freemium

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Linus Torvalds won (98 comments)

'If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I've won.' -- Linus Torvalds

Hardcore neckbeards won't agree. Android, although it has a Linux kernel, and a substantial userbase, and is easy to use, won't count because it doesn't have GNU and X and you can't go "sudo apt-get Msoffice &make &make-install"

about three weeks ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (572 comments)

The biggest issue with the ELM327 clones is that they're very very flakey - the bain of my life! :)

Some have issues with timing on serial data, resulting in garbled output
Some have issues with canbus systems and causing the canbus itself to have internal comms problems (causing your car to complain)
Some don't work on all the protocols (a PCB design issue)
Some get hot and reset
Some have dry joints (ok not a chip issue, but a build quality)

I warn the user (but don't stop them) if they have a clone unit (as it's not too helpful), but my stuff gets a *lot* of flak because the OBD adapter is kaput or doing crappy things (the above). :'-(

My cheap bluetooth ELM327 works okay, with a couple notable issues:
-It has to be re-paired everytime it's power cycled
-Bluetooth MAC is obviously fraudulent. Like 11:22:33:44:55:66

about a month ago
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OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

LinuxIsGarbage Re:M$ will stop selling (242 comments)

To OEMs

But won't the OEMs stock up on Win7 (especially if they sell to the business market.)

Windows 7 Pro OEM licenses will continue to be available for a minimum of one more year. As well Windows 8/8.1 Pro include downgrade rights to Windows 7 Pro.

Only benefit for a business customer with Windows 7 would be if they want Windows XP downgrade rights as that is not included with Windows 8. Downgrade rights is why for years corporations could buy PCs with Windows Vista or Windows 7 licenses, and image them to Windows XP for no cost. With actual Volume licensing agreements / Software assurance, you can downgrade all the way back to Windows 95 / NT4 if you want.

However with newer hardware, fewer and fewer support Windows XP. Intel's latest Haswell offerings do not support Windows XP. Ivy Bridge was the last to properly support XP.

about a month ago
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OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Stop developing 64bit (242 comments)

If you have a single process that needs to use more than 1.6 - 2.0 GB of memory ... you need the 64 bit version.

Unfortunately Firefox doesn't have official, stable a 64 bit Windows version yet.

However when they do they will have no problem leaking memory up to 16 Exabytes.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Performance issues? (170 comments)

With Windows, and NTFS, the MFT (Master File Table) occupies 12.5% of the disk space. Once all other sectors on the disk are full, it will actually store files IN the MFT reserved space, and you run the risk of fragmenting the MFT itself and decreasing performance.

As well the defrag tool (automatically scheduled or not), requires 15% free space to run.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Introduces Build Cadence Selection With Windows 10

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Aero yet (112 comments)

I won't pretend to make any excuses.

Another hidden gem on Windows 8/8.1 is the "Winkey+X" shortcut. It opens a menu with all sorts of power user goodies.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Introduces Build Cadence Selection With Windows 10

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Aero yet (112 comments)

Tabs suck - switching between explorers using the task bar (when set up properly to not combine windows on the taskbar) is good.

What explorer has lacked since Windows 3.1 is two panes in explorer, to simplify moving/sorting stuff between directories. Yeah, you can snap an explorer to each side of the desktop these days but that only works properly if you have just 1 monitor. If I could easily tile explorers on one monitor in a multi-mon setup, that would be far less annoying.

Winkey+left, Winkey+Right to snap to edges of the current monitor in a multimonitor setup. Press it again and the window will jump over to the next monitor.

about a month ago
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Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Wonder what brand is best now... Intel? (101 comments)

I've had plenty of success with Crucial and their M500 and M550.

I recently had a new PC built. The shop was offering Kingston V300. A quick search showed that the Sandforce controller runs like crap with incompressible data, and Kingston changed suppliers after media did all their benchmarks, so all new units performed like crap.

So searching for alternatives Samsung 840 EVO was a top pick. I was very close to pulling the trigger when I saw all these dire warnings about performance deteriorating with "old data". I knew a firmware fix was pending, but I didn't trust the fix so I kept looking.

I ended up with a Crucial M550 from Amazon (good price). I hope I don't regret it.

In the research I've done, Intel has an excellent reliability record, and OCZ has amazing performance, but questionable reliability.

about a month ago
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Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

LinuxIsGarbage Re:DOS version? (101 comments)

The same way that you're suppose to run their DOS executable on a Linux?

The same way you run it on Windows?

64 bit Windows will not even pretend to run 16 bit DOS/Windows 3.1 applications. 32 bit Windows NT (/XP/Vista/7/8) will, but it's in an emulator so it can't access the hardware.

You need a freeDOS bootdisk. You can make it boot from CD or USB since most modern PC's don't have floppy drives.

A DOS executable is almost preferable since it doesn't require a proprietary OS.

about a month ago
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Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Wonder what brand is best now... Intel? (101 comments)

SSDs will saturate SATA-3 for sequential reads and writes. My Crucial M550 gets 500MB/s vs 150MB/s on my Western Digital. Over a 3 fold improvement!

However where SSDs really shine is random reads and writes. This is why SSD's make PC's more responsive. My Crucial gets 26MB/s vs. 0.66MB/s on the WD. Almost 40 fold improvement, but not near saturating SATA-3. So there is still improvements to be made on random read/write performance.

More and more I see PC's slowing to a grind, and it's due to the Hard drive thrashing crazily at less than 1MB/s! Put an SSD in (any SSD) and it speeds right up.

about a month ago
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

LinuxIsGarbage Re:It's kind of true (299 comments)

It's kind of true. My job in Army was SATCOM, got out almost 4 years ago, about to finish Bachelor's in CS early next year. SATCOM was pretty much IT in the army. Imaging computers, setting up and maintaining network, running cables, troubleshooting software/hardware, etc. Once I got out I did a few years part time in IT while going to college.

. . .

Civilian contractors were always reachable in case we got stuck.

You sound like the military guy AC above was talking about

I worked with a bunch of career military guys as well as the standard in and out military folks and I'll tell you it is not much fun talking to someone in the field, trying to walk them through the setup of a router or editing config files in vi. My company's lousy solution was to send non-military people into hot zones and (obviously) these people nearly got themselves killed.

about 1 month ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

LinuxIsGarbage Re:WfW in VM (554 comments)

We have electrochemistry kit that is chugging along on a PC running Dos 6.2 and Win 3.11.

Getting your data off requires a floppy disk as an intermediate step. I have no idea what we'll do if that machine ever craps out - it would be a shame to have to retire the potentiostat because the computers that it was designed to talk to have effectively ascended to godhood in the meantime.

It's certainly not the only piece of analytical kit that is tied to legacy hardware. We have a couple of FTIR machines that look like props from Fallout: New Vegas but work just fine and I'm pretty sure the EPR computer is running Win95.

I shudder at the thought of using a floppy. I like the software FastLynx Kind of like Interlink, but it can easily drag and drop files from DOS to a Win95/98/ME/NT4/2K/XP/Vista/7/8 (32 or 64 bit) using Serial or parallel null modem cables. Cheap $2 USB-serial adapter can be had on eBay. To get faster Parallel transfers requires a real LPT port on your modern PC, not a USB adapter. You can get the bundle from them that includes the software, and cables.

If you have a PC with a broken floppy drive, it can even send the software using MODE and CTTY commands.

It also comes for licenses of Windows versions of Interlnk and Intersvr. The way I had it set up, I created an up to 2GB FAT16 Truecrypt image on my modern "Server" PC (you can use some other image software as well). This gets mapped to a drive on the legacy client machine so now you have a massive disk drive expansion. When the drive is mapped, FastLynx has exclusive use of it, and you can't access files on the host OS it until you disconnect from the legacy PC. Alternatively you can map the drives on the DOS PC onto your modern PC.

about 2 months ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

LinuxIsGarbage Re:It's fast enough for office use (554 comments)

"most users need" is very often a fallacy based on personal assumptions (anecdotes are not data). One of the things I use home computer for is editing GoPro HD video, and that is a camera that have sold in very significant numbers and footage is unusable without editing (as it would be endless). But editing it's HD video is so slow on my fairly ok desktop that I can't wait for the new X99 platform to stabilize to buy a new PC. This is just one of many examples of "niche" use that put together end up with significant numbers. From what I can read from statistics and surveys it seems a big chunk of the real "just surfing" users have moved to tablets and are no longer in the PC market.

How much editing are you looking to do? If you're just looking to cut and splice, Avidemux works well as it can do quick lossless edits like that, as well as lossless conversion of container types. http://fixounet.free.fr/avidem... A little unstable, and a bit of a learning curve, but it works, and it's quick (if you don't re-encode the video stream).

I found editing HD video on my 7 year old Laptop using Sony Vegas to be a passable experience. I have to basically set all the preview settings to "ultra-crap mode", but I can get my previews, arrange the video, then let it render over night.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Better call it Windows 11 (644 comments)

Could end up with WINDOWS !) if they're in a big rush to get it packaged.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Skipping a version number (644 comments)

At work I'm on 3.6. Just as they finally moved us from IE6 to FF, it was at version 3.6... which because 18 versions out of date pretty promptly

about 2 months ago

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