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New Aliens Vs. Predator Game Doesn't Make It Past AU Ratings Board

a09bdb811a Re:The system in Australia is messed up. (277 comments)

Yep, it's just a quirk of the system and it will run its course. I'm an Australian and I find the whole thing mildly amusing and nothing more. Apparently it's cheaper to buy these refused games from Thailand or the US and have them shipped here anyway, rather than pay local retail prices. I suppose it encourages a bit more piracy too. It's just one of those meh issues that's hard for anyone to bother with.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft To Switch Focus To Windows 8 In July 2010

a09bdb811a Re:Offtopic, but gimme a hand here. (374 comments)

Not enough RAM to be truly comfortable, but otherwise fine.

Windows 7 is really no better than Vista though -- I'm running both and they perform exactly the same. The only reason 7 exists is just to hook people like you, the "I skipped Vista" crowd. :-)

more than 4 years ago
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OpenSolaris Or FreeBSD?

a09bdb811a Re:Why pick just one? (405 comments)

Disclaimer: I'm an ex-FreeBSD-committer, so I have a dog in the hunt.

Just curious: why are you no longer a committer?

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu "Karmic Koala" RC Hits the Streets With Windows 7

a09bdb811a Re:Other than easy setup, any advantage over Debia (483 comments)

I switched from Debian to Ubuntu because:

1. I was sick of the rolling upgrade of running testing/sid, and Debian's stable releases were too far apart.

2. I got a new PC which needed the latest kernel for support. The Debian kernel packages in experimental were a version behind, but Ubuntu's were up to date. Also, there's always fresh kernels at http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/.

Basically Ubuntu is Debian stable with more frequent releases. If you don't need that, nope, there's no reason to switch.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Discontinues ZFS Project

a09bdb811a With SSDs, who needs it? (329 comments)

Upgrade to an SSD, and it hardly matters what crusty old filesystem you're using. You're still going to have far greater speed and no mechanical failures. As far as I can see, the only vaguely useful ZFS feature is snapshots... it doesn't even do encryption. I don't think this is a major loss.

more than 4 years ago
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Software To Diagnose Faulty PC Hardware?

a09bdb811a Re:Preventative Medicine - get a UPS (274 comments)

If you notice that your lights dim a little bit when your fridge compressor or AirCon comes on, that is a recipe for a computer failure.

Why? Doesn't the computer's PSU have enough juice in it to survive a quick dip in voltage? Besides, almost all PSUs are rated ~90-260V, so I always assumed if it dips from 230V, it won't matter.

Occasionally my lights dim but I don't seem to have had problems. I'm still waiting for my decade-old P3 to die so it can be replaced by an Atom board, but the darn thing keeps on running.

more than 4 years ago
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Debian Elevates KFreeBSD Port to First-Class Status

a09bdb811a Re:Linux vs. FreeBSD (376 comments)

With FreeBSD 8, you now get per-channel volume controls

Cool. How and where is this exposed? Does it show up in the KDE mixer? Or perhaps an equivalent of alsamixer?

(Questions like this keep me on Linux because I dread having to re-familiarise myself with everything, even if it's only slightly different on BSD.)

more than 4 years ago
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Security / Privacy Advice?

a09bdb811a Re:Mandatory? (260 comments)

This is the worst possible advice. It's a presentation, not a seminar. There's nothing more annoying than some blowhard trying desparately to get the audience involved. Present what needs to be presented and be receptive to questions if, when, and as they come. But don't block by trying to dig for responses.

about 5 years ago
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Why Users Drop Open Source Apps For Proprietary Alternatives

a09bdb811a GUIs only: regressions, stability, low standards (891 comments)

If it's open source and *doesn't* have a GUI, it's probably fantastic. My email, programming, backups, version control etc. is all open source and I wouldn't have it any other way.

But as soon as you add a GUI and plug in a monitor, the quality drops away and things start to get iffy. What happened with KDE4, for example, was unacceptable. You can't just dump everything and expect users to accomodate that.

And stability. A lot of open source apps are fantastic but they have rough edges - little bugs and issues. The way media managers like Rhythmbox and Amarok handle an iPod, for example: sometimes I get weird errors about mounting the iPod, or it doesn't behave properly when there's no free space left, and other little issues. They may not be show stoppers, but they're enough to give you a bad impression. The quality just isn't quite there.

And you know what the worst part is? This isn't getting any better. Open source GUIs are about the same quality now as they were a decade ago. Sure they're more capable, but all the rough edges are still there and don't seem to be going away. I've been using desktop Linux since Redhat 5.2 and I can honestly say the standards and general incompleteness, relative to the competition, are about the same today as they were back then.

I still use Linux on my desktop but I'm tempted to buy a Mac next time and use it as a front-end, while keeping all the 'real' stuff on a Linux box. But I don't want to manage two computers if I can help it. Ho hum.

about 5 years ago
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Intel Lynnfield CPU Bests Nehalem In Performance/Watt

a09bdb811a Re:What are Intel's naming department on? (173 comments)

Just be thankful they didn't come up with something completely rotten, like, I dunno, "Phenom".

about 5 years ago
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Intel Lynnfield CPU Bests Nehalem In Performance/Watt

a09bdb811a AES benchmarks (173 comments)

These chips have some kind of AES acceleration, called AES-NI.

Are there any benchmarks of this? I use dm-crypt on Linux w/ AES-128 and the throughput is pretty low, about 60MB/sec tops, not as fast as the disk itself.

about 5 years ago
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EMI Only Selling CDs To Mega-Chains From Now On

a09bdb811a Re:What the hell? (334 comments)

I personally think it's a bad business move.

And what do you impersonally think?

more than 5 years ago
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A GNU/Linux Distro Needing Windows To Install?

a09bdb811a Re:Not to mention (174 comments)

This isn't such an annoying issue anymore. Most BIOSes these days have a built-in flasher, and can read the BIOS from any local FAT filesystem, including a USB drive. If not, you can format a USB flash drive so that it appears as a floppy and boots DOS normally. You definately don't need a real floppy or CDROM drive anymore (praise Vishnu).

more than 5 years ago
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NASA's LRO Captures High-Res Pics of Apollo Landing Sites

a09bdb811a Re:Oblig (197 comments)

Shame about the God talk. Wonder what they'll think of that in a thousand years.

more than 5 years ago
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Shuttleworth's Take On GNOME 3.0, Coordination with Debian

a09bdb811a GNOME 3.0 sneak preview (320 comments)

You login, which you don't actually have to do anymore because it was too complicated, and you're presented with a fullscreen dialog box that says:

"You are too fucking stupid to use this computer. You don't understand files and folders and things. Click OK to shutdown your computer. Your computer will shutdown in 28 seconds anyway, because you're probably too stupid to work the mouse. That's the thing underneath your hand. What? That's the thing attached to your arm. Ah, fuck it. 20 seconds."

That's pretty much the entire GNOME 3.0 experience. The dialog box has been in development for the last 18 months, but obviously there's still a lot of usability testing left to do, mostly by Redhat and Canonical "engineers". The OK button logic was originally written in C but they've redone that in C# running on Mono, and Miguel de Icaza is already calling the work "superb".

Meanwhile, the KDE people have been busy readying the next batch of widgets that you will never add to your exciting K desktop experience.

Future plans for GNOME involve reducing the 3.0 dialog box down to a single pixel, then translating the status of that pixel into the power LED on your computer. This will remove the need for a display, further simplying the desktop experience and reducing enterprise costs. KDE plans to turn its entire desktop into a widget of itself, allowing you to remove it entirely with a single right-click.

Yes, my friends: the future of the Linux desktop is no more fucking Linux desktop. What a relief.

more than 5 years ago
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$1.9 Million Award In Thomas Case Raises Constitutional Questions

a09bdb811a Re:Protecting Artists? Artists to Blame. (439 comments)

Perhaps not, but your fuming and rhetorical method of delivery certainly does.

No, that doesn't make him a troll at all. "a troll is someone who posts controversial, inflammatory, irrelevant, or off-topic messages in an online community" -- wikipedia. Not liking someone's tone or method of delivery doesn't make them a troll.

more than 5 years ago
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State of Sound Development On Linux Not So Sorry After All

a09bdb811a Re:He makes one excellent and crucial point (427 comments)

There should always be sound mixing, with no ifs, buts, exceptions, or configuration required. It should be there by default for anything that tries to play sound

There is. ALSA's dmix has been enabled by default for a long time, years. Have you even tried Linux? I can't remember the last time I had to 'configure' sound on Linux. Insert sound card, mixer shows up, play sounds. From the ALSA wiki: "NOTE: For ALSA 1.0.9rc2 and higher you don't need to setup dmix. Dmix is enabled as default for soundcards which don't support hw mixing."

The result of this nonsense is that crap like pulseaudio continues to exist

No. Sadly, pulseaudio exists simply to copy Vista. Vista introduced per-application mixers and apparently this is a Cool New Feature that everybody supposedly wants, even if it's a shitty implementation that slows down what was a perfectly working sound system.

Is there any document out there which explains why /dev/dsp doesn't get mixing with ALSA?

If you bothered to try, you'd find that it does.

more than 5 years ago
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Money For Nothing and the Codecs For Free

a09bdb811a Re:Count me out. (206 comments)

This is why you use mplayer.

mplayer is by far the fastest and best player. Instant seeking and low CPU draw even on my old P3 866. This is on Linux though, it seems Windows users have to f**k about with codec packs or VLC.

more than 5 years ago
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Wikipedia Bans Church of Scientology

a09bdb811a Re:Fine by me (665 comments)

I'm a recent (a few years back) convert

lol. I hope she's worth it.

more than 5 years ago

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