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If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

MadX Hope for future treatment (140 comments)

My daughter was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia in July of this year. she is currently in her second round of chemotherapy.
I doubt whether she will be given the opportunity of being part of this research, but I am really glad that there are continuing advancements happening in this field.

And as a personal point of pride, my son (age 15) was tested, and confirmed as a match for stem cell therapy this weekend ! He agreed without hesitation to help his sister.

about a week ago

Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

MadX Trying to create fire from smoke (190 comments)

Honestly, if there is a remote possibility that a change back could help spread FUD, it's going to be pounced upon.

about a month ago

How loud is your primary computer?

MadX Get a silent Computer Case (371 comments)

Bought a nice case with foam padding (Coolermaster Silencio 550). Dropped the noise level by a considerable margin.

about 8 months ago

Linus Torvalds Admits He's Been Asked To Insert Backdoor Into Linux

MadX Would probably be found (576 comments)

*If* such a mechanism was coded in, the nature of open source would mean it would be found by others. This in turn would compromise the trust of the ENTIRE kernel. That trust can take years to build up - but be detroyed in a heartbeat.

1 year,3 days

Chinese DRAM Plant Fire Continues To Drive Up Memory Prices

MadX Opportunity knocks ? (112 comments)

For the supply chain to hike the prices that is .....

1 year,5 days

How Africa Will 'Leapfrog' Wired Networks

MadX Re:Missing wires (183 comments)

I can confirm. I have seen where cables were laid, and while they are busy trying to terminate - 2 kilometers down the road, they are busy digging it up. So at the end of the day, despite wireless being slow, it still becomes the data delivery method of choice. Also, there is a single entity that realy "owns" the majority of cables (Telkom), and they are resisting pressure to reduce pricing.

So the private firms use wireless, because it frees them from having to rely on a state owned enterprise that controls all hardwired connections outside of your building(s).

1 year,18 days

BeagleBone Black Released With 1GHz Cortex-A8 For Only $45

MadX The Pi - overpriced on this side of the pond (142 comments)

Coming from South Africa, I am disappointed that the Rasberry Pi is so expensive. Hopefully these boards will be better priced here ..

I had a ticket in the "queue" to order an RPi. When my turn came - would cost R 650-00 (Dollar was around 8.42 at the time so close to $ 80 USD) - I passed.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

MadX Many choices (573 comments)

There are really a *lot* of distributions to choose from. It really boils down to what you want to do with the desktop. Ubuntu (I use it, but not overly happy with the unity interface), fedora, SuSE, even the "lesser known" distributions all have pretty intuitive installers and interfaces.

But I cannot stress the benefit of joining a local Linux User Group. There are a lot of guys that will help you gain a better understanding of what you are actually doing - instead of copy/paste/panic (what the hell did I just do ??). You need to know WHY things work the way they do.

about a year and a half ago

Adobe Bows To Pressure and Cuts Australian Prices

MadX Now what about region locked products ? (159 comments)

It surprises me that there is no inquest into DVD charges as well .. They have more control over these than with software, and they strongarm their way into the supply chain, pretending that there is a compelling reason to have to charge more :(

about a year and a half ago

Crowdsourcing Mars Images

MadX First Post ! (17 comments)

So how many people are gonna wanna tag this to the landing site ??

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Options For FOSS Remote Support Software?

MadX Re:Teamviewer (247 comments)

Sorry about the typo in the subject ... Teamviewer. I can go and sleep now

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Options For FOSS Remote Support Software?

MadX Teamviwer (247 comments)

Not too sure if you have hear of teamviewer ?

There are clients for Windows / Linux and Mac ...

more than 2 years ago

Senators Ask Feds To Probe Facebook Log-in Requests

MadX Employee Rights - Never really understood (396 comments)

I think this is where the actual rights of an employee, are never really understood by said people. There are probably many other examples where companies have violated laws regarding their workforce, because of what I perceive to simply be insecurities on the part of the company.

In short - companies get scared that their name will be tainted from the inside, and so they are willing to go above (or below) the law to try and "protect" their image. So it's good to see that lawmakers are standing up and taking note. Now, just to educate those who don't read tech sites :)

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft, Google Sue Troll Who Sued 397 Companies

MadX Patent Reform - things would turn out differently (176 comments)

Having read lately about the attempts to change the US patent system to a "first-to-file", would mean that the result would go a different way here. So does this not highlight the flaw in the "first-to-file" system ?

more than 3 years ago

Google Sues US Gov't For Only Considering Microsoft

MadX Re:Smart Move? (407 comments)

I agree ..
The OP spoke of 5m pieces - not too sure on width, but I would think that you would need some serious space in an inspection room.
Overall, it's still quite fascinating :)

more than 3 years ago

Google Sues US Gov't For Only Considering Microsoft

MadX Re:Smart Move? (407 comments)

Depending on the material used, surely upon delivery - the weather would be the final measuring factor ?

A few degrees could result in shrinkage or expansion over that surface area which would exceed the specification. Well, in my mind anyway.

more than 3 years ago

MS Office 12 To Utilize ODF?

MadX No pushover afterall then .. (196 comments)

Nice to see that some customers are not going to be pushed around into what they should use ...

Makes sense really .. it is just another format that they should support .. like all the other (including 3rd party) plugins that are available for importing/exporting Documents.

I just hope that it will never be an "Embrace and Extend" scenario ...

more than 8 years ago



Linux Solution for Video Feeds

MadX MadX writes  |  about 6 months ago

MadX (99132) writes "After having come back from a rowing regatta, I found that the most frustrating part was the inability to see the skullers actually taking off at the 1000m and 2000m marks, and only seeing the end of the race (sitting at the finish line)

Now these are not "national" events and as always, finances are tight.
Is it at all possible to come up with a Linux based solution for providing a video feed from the marshall boats, that can be displayed on a projector at the finish line ?"

What is the capacity of your primary HDD on your PC ?

MadX MadX writes  |  about a year and a half ago

MadX (99132) writes "This article from 2011 (,13118.html) said that the average hdd was 590 Gigs, yet these days, people talk about a 64/128GB SSD for the primary disk. Granted, most users will have their additional storage running into terabytes, but will we ultimately see a decline in the core disk requirement for PC's ?"


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