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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

Tempest_2084 Re:Crunchbang Linux! (303 comments)

Really? I guess I never compared Ubuntu to XP, but it boots soooo much faster than Windows 7 that when I'm forced to boot back into Win 7 for something I can't believe I used it for so long. It's unbearably slow these days, even with the stripped down version I'm running.

about two weeks ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

Tempest_2084 Re:Mint (303 comments)

Oddly enough, I prefer Ubuntu over Mint simply because it DOESN'T look like Windows. I like the Unity interface,it reminds me of OS X in a way. I know I can use various dock programs in Mint to do the same thing, but Ubuntu works out of the box for what I need. I'm a very novice level Linux user, but I've completely replaced Windows with Linux and I'm learning more every day. Eventually I think I'll move onto something like Arch and try my hand at customizing things at a low level.

about two weeks ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

Tempest_2084 Re:Future wars (224 comments)

>>I look forward to the War on Henotheism. Make up your minds, there's either one god or there's multiple! If you don't pick between the existence of one god or multiple, then the Henotheists win!

I read that as the war on Hedonism. I was almost upset there for a moment.

about a month ago
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Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

Tempest_2084 Re:Farmers != Farm Workers (122 comments)

My wife and I joined a local meat CSA for the same reason. Not only does the meat taste better (grass fed is way better than corn/grain fed) but it's antibiotic free. We also like to support local farmers and local agriculture. Best decision we ever made.

about a month ago
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Accused Ottawa Cyberbully Facing 181 Charges Apologizes

Tempest_2084 Re:What about his "victims'" actions? (140 comments)

Is there any evidence that his accusations have merit? I'm not sure I trust the word of a guy who is disturbed enough to do this sort of thing for over ten years. I don't think the article said anything about it.

about a month and a half ago
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Accused Ottawa Cyberbully Facing 181 Charges Apologizes

Tempest_2084 Re:I've been through this (140 comments)

How do you prove that someone started creating accounts in your name or signing up your e-mail address to all kinds of nasty groups? Most sites won't disclose the IP address of the person who signed you up without some sort of legal order and I don't think "A guy left our forum in a huff and the next day I started getting signed up for stuff" is sufficient grounds to obtain one.

However in my case the guy also signed me up for magazines and some record clubs (back when those were still a thing) and that's how he finally got caught. He was dumb enough to mail one of the registration cards out without proper postage and it was returned to my address but had a postmark for his hometown (we knew who the guy was and where he lived). Interestingly the people at the magazine companies were much more helpful than the website operators.

None of this went through the legal system or anything like that since a postmark is hardly enough evidence for criminal charges, but several people confronted the guy with the evidence we had accumulated (I wasn't the only guy he was doing this to) and he agreed to stop.

about a month and a half ago
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Accused Ottawa Cyberbully Facing 181 Charges Apologizes

Tempest_2084 I've been through this (140 comments)

I'm a moderator on a popular forum and I've had something similar done to me by someone who thought I had wronged them (ironically I had nothing to do with what happened to him). Thankfully it only lasted a year or two and they did eventually get caught and stopped. But those two years were really stressful as I discovered that there really isn't much you can do without hard evidence. I can't imagine going through something like this for over 10 years. This guy needs some serious mental help and needs to make some sort of restitution to his victims. A simple "Sorry, I need help" isn't nearly enough. These days your online reputation can be your most important asset. Can you imagine if one of the people he did this to got turned down for a job because their name showed up on a child porn site or pro-Nazi group in a standard background check?

about a month and a half ago
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Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

Tempest_2084 Re:It's Worth The Effort (167 comments)

Yes that's true, but then again you need the travesty that is the 32X Mushroom sitting on top of your Genesis to make it work. I actually do have my 32X hooked up, but only for Knuckles Chaotix and Star Wars.

about 2 months ago
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Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

Tempest_2084 Re:It's Worth The Effort (167 comments)

I thing I forgot to mention is that for most systems you will have to find a way to strip out the sync signal from the video cable. You can either build your own device (using a LM1881 chip) or buy something a little fancier like the Sync Strike (http://arcadeforge.net/Scaler-and-Strike-Devices/Sync-Strike::15.html). If you don't use a sync stripper the picture will be all distorted and, as you would guess, out of sync

about 2 months ago
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Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

Tempest_2084 Re:It's Worth The Effort (167 comments)

Two reasons.

1. I don't have a 20" VGA monitor with a 4:3 form factor sitting around that I can use, but I do have a 20" RGB CRT that I use with the rest of my systems.
2. Not all games are compatible with the VGA box (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure comes to mind), while almost all are compatible with SCART.

VGA does look better than SCART, but the difference isn't great enough to make me have a dedicated VGA monitor sitting around just for my DC.

about 2 months ago
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Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

Tempest_2084 It's Worth The Effort (167 comments)

I've done this with all my classic consoles, and the results are worth it. Most consoles can support RGB without any mods, but a few require building an amp or a special board (the NES is the hardest to mod). I'm using RGB for my Genesis, SNES, Saturn, Dreamcast, N64, Neo Geo, NES, PSX, TurboGrafx, and SMS. On systems that could already support S-Video (Saturn, PSX, SNES, N64, DC) RGB isn't a huge step up but it is noticeable, but on systems that were stuck with composite (NES, Genesis, Neo Geo, TurboGrafx, SMS) it's a night and day difference.

I have all my consoles using Euro style SCART cables (these are fairly cheap and easy to find on ebay). The biggest issue is finding a nice CRT that supports RGB as most end user monitors do not. This is where the Sony PVM comes in. It's a high end CRT display that was mostly used by video production and television companies. These monitors support RGB along with S-Video and composite (although why you'd want to use composite after you have RGB is a mystery). They used to be pretty cheap, but now that more people are getting into RGB modding they've shot up in price over the past year or two. 20" models can still be found for $100 or so, but the larger models (27" tubes) can run $300 or more. If you're resourceful enough you can find them locally or on Craigslist as many local companies are finally starting to junk them. I have some friends who use the Frame Meister, but I think the PVM looks better. These systems were meant to be played on CRTs (not to mention you can use light guns).

In the end it's really not that hard to do, but there is an upfront cost involved. Still, if you're into classic gaming on original systems you should really look into it. This site has a lot of good info: http://www.chrismcovell.com/go...

about 2 months ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Tempest_2084 Fear (550 comments)

Plain old fear and nothing more. My contacts are rarely a hassle and I've been told that I look really good in my glasses, so I'm loathe to do anything to my eye that could harm it in any way. I still wonder what the long term (30 years+) consequences are and if a better procedure will eventually be developed. Until I can't wear my contacts anymore, I'm inclined to wait.

about 3 months ago
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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

Tempest_2084 I still use mine (192 comments)

I still have an Amiga 2000 hooked up, but I only use it to play games. A vanilla 2000 is really the same thing as a 500, but it has a nice detachable keyboard and the ability to take expansion cards which is nice. I have a HD and memory card inside mine along with a VGA board so I don't have to rely on hard to find Amiga monitors. AGA graphics and accelerators are nice, but the best games don't need them (in my opinion anyway). I tried using a 1200 for a while, but I could never shake the feeling that it was an over glorified keyboard with some computer innards. I need my giant boxy computers. :)

about 3 months ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

Tempest_2084 Re:Wrong focus. (552 comments)

There aren't that many "coldest on record" events happening. Besides, deniers are going to deny.

Really? My home state (Michigan) just had the coldest and snowiest winter on record. I would think that qualifies.

about 3 months ago
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E.T. Found In New Mexico Landfill

Tempest_2084 Re:It's not random (179 comments)

(and Solaris doesn't count, it's a 16k cartridge, the larges the 2600 ever had) :)

Actually Fatal Run was 32K and the Brazilian trivia game Mega Boy was 64K.

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Tempest_2084 The Old Fashioned Way (386 comments)

Even though I'm a Systems Admin at a large company, I do my taxes like I do my D&D: on pen and paper. My taxes are very simple (one income, house, no stocks or other investments), and although I do use the long form for mortgage and charitable deductions it still takes me only about an hour and a half or so. I sort of enjoy doing them by hand for some reason, I guess it makes me feel I'm in total control and not at the mercy of some possibly buggy code that I can't see.

If my situation ever gets more complicated I'll probably switch to an accountant, but I don't see the point in paying $100-$150 for someone to tell me the exact same thing I can figure out for myself (and losing what little return I get in the process)..

about 6 months ago
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Canonical's Troubles With the Free Software Community

Tempest_2084 Re:Sadly for Canonical... (155 comments)

Am I the only one who LIKES Unity? Ubuntu is the distro that got me to switch from Win 7 to Linux (still have to keep Win 7 around for one or two things though). I really don't understand all the hate other than the stupid Amazon search lens thing (which I disabled). My best guess is that it might be because I'm a new convert to Linux rather than a long time user.

about 7 months ago
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RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores

Tempest_2084 Re:RIP for a slow death (423 comments)

Your school made a smart move. The Model II wasn't compatible with the model I, III, or 4 (they dropped the roman numeral thing by that point). The II used a completely different processor and 8" drives, it was marketed at businesses, not home or school users. They're odd relics today, and not very useful unless you've just got to run CP/M on 8" disks for some reason.

about 8 months ago
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RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores

Tempest_2084 Re:RIP for a slow death (423 comments)

Actually I believe it was the Model II that had the 8" drives. The model 1 used regular 5.25" drives.

about 8 months ago

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