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Intel Removes "Free" Overclocking From Standard Haswell CPUs

aaron552 Re:Nice biased wording there (339 comments)

building a server

ust a Celeron or i3.

You're building a server but don't need VT-d or TXT? If that's the case, AMD CPUs tend to end up cheaper once you factor in a cheaper motherboard.

If you do need VT-d or TXT, AMD CPUs offer that across their entire range (for current-gen parts anyway) whereas Intel arbitrarily disables these features on certain CPU models

Intel CPUs do have significantly better performance per clock than AMD, but Intel is currently on the 7th-generation of the Core architecture, whereas AMD's Bulldozer is only up to generation 2.

Personally, I need a CPU that runs at 4.2GHz on 4 cores with VT-d support for reasons. I can buy a CPU that has that capability from AMD right now. Intel does not have a product that meets those requirements, or if it does, it is significantly more expensive

about a year and a half ago
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Clearing Up Wayland FUD, Misconceptions

aaron552 Re:The Manchurian Candidate (240 comments)

Unless you're using applications that don't use GTK, Qt, Cairo, etc. you're already doing remote a framebuffer over X.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Advanced Wi-Fi Leech?

aaron552 Re:Change your WPA keys (884 comments)

OTOH, it would probably work just fine shutting out a wardriver or any non-tech-oriented neighborhood mooch.

The point is that anyone with the technical skills to break WPA2/WPS is going to be able to spoof their MAC address. Ergo, if you're using WPA2, you don't need a MAC filter because anyone trying to break it will likely already be spoofing their MAC address

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Advanced Wi-Fi Leech?

aaron552 Re:Change your WPA keys (884 comments)

That attack is related to clients who are already authed. WPA2 authentication has not been broken, AFAIK.

about 2 years ago
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NetBSD To Support Kernel Development In Lua Scripting

aaron552 Re:users? (311 comments)

Of course at the fundamental level, you don't want to do that, because you would take away the possibility to compile programs.

Why not? Compilation is just converting data into more data that is afterward executed as code. It would make JIT a lot harder, if not impossible, however.

about 2 years ago
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NetBSD To Support Kernel Development In Lua Scripting

aaron552 Re:Memory Safe Language OS (311 comments)

You don't need Java or C# (and all their inefficiencies such as the GC and "allocate everything on heap")

I'm not sure that's entirely true. Primitive types in Java and value types (including structs) in C# are by-value. I may be showing my inexperience here, but why would you want to allocate a value type on the heap? And does it even matter, given that value types are passed on the stack anyway?

about 2 years ago
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NetBSD To Support Kernel Development In Lua Scripting

aaron552 Re:Stupid (311 comments)

And yet it is so useless without the concept of destructors.

s/useless/cumbersome

about 2 years ago
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W3C Declares DRM In-Scope For HTML

aaron552 Re:Trust Us (290 comments)

It's more that if you can't prevent the decrypted stream from being recorded, your DRM is useless.

about 2 years ago
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W3C Declares DRM In-Scope For HTML

aaron552 Re:Reality vs idealism (290 comments)

Last I heard, the iPad had well over 80% of the tablet marketshare in the US

about 2 years ago
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W3C Declares DRM In-Scope For HTML

aaron552 Re:Reality vs idealism (290 comments)

mp3 players

MP3 does not include any form of DRM. Sure, any MP3 player that supports PlaysForSure or iTunes has some for of DRM on it, but mine does not support either.

about 2 years ago
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W3C Declares DRM In-Scope For HTML

aaron552 Re:Reality vs idealism (290 comments)

Computers also have memory protection which prevents an application from copying data from another application.

I'm pretty sure this is false. Memory protection prevents programs writing to another application's memory space. That's providing data integrity, and in no way prevents copying.

about 2 years ago
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W3C Declares DRM In-Scope For HTML

aaron552 Re:Linux == rounding error (290 comments)

Even on "tee-resistant" systems there is always the analogue hole.

about 2 years ago
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W3C Declares DRM In-Scope For HTML

aaron552 Re:Reality vs idealism (290 comments)

I don't think you understand asymmetric encryption. You need the "secret" key to decrypt data. The public key is not secret and is only used to encrypt data. DRM require the user to have the "secret" private key on their computer, but not have any form of access to it themselves, and no way to capture the decrypted data.

about 2 years ago
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When 1 GB Is Really 0.9313 Gigabytes

aaron552 Re:"they" can fuck off, the binary units are the o (618 comments)

Does Microsoft actually advertise that it has 64GB of storage space? Or do they advertise that it has a 64GB SSD? Whether it's misleading or not is another question, but I don't believe it's false advertising.

about 2 years ago
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When 1 GB Is Really 0.9313 Gigabytes

aaron552 Re:"they" can fuck off, the binary units are the o (618 comments)

And when my computer boots, it will say it has 4.294967296 GB of RAM. Honestly, it makes more sense to me to use GiB, as stupid as it sounds, for the rare occasions where it makes more sense (like memory addressing)

about 2 years ago
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When 1 GB Is Really 0.9313 Gigabytes

aaron552 Re:Oh puh-lease (618 comments)

Right, and we should still be using feet over meters and gallons over liters, etc.

about 2 years ago
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When 1 GB Is Really 0.9313 Gigabytes

aaron552 Re:"they" can fuck off, the binary units are the o (618 comments)

What GP is suggesting is that RAM and RAM only should be referred to in sizes of MiB, GiB, etc. as it makes no sense to apply KiB to network transfer rates or hard disk storage space (although it does work for SSDs).

about 2 years ago
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UK ISPs Respond To the Dangers of Using Carrier Grade NAT Instead of IPv6

aaron552 Re:Major Supplier does not want home based servers (165 comments)

So how does one do this on Windows? I suppose you could do it by IP with the Windows firewall but I thought you were against firewalls; additionally, with IPv6 there's no guarantee that the prefix assigned by the ISP will remain the same, if I'm reading other comments correctly. Isn't this kind of task is exactly what a firewall is supposed to do for you?

about 2 years ago
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The Mobile App Design Tail Wags the Desktop Software Design Dog

aaron552 Re:Dumbing down (183 comments)

Most don't like the fact that the Start menu has been replaced

It is almost an improvement over the start menu. I found the start menu too small in Vista/7 once I had 10+ applications installed. A pop-up launcher (if the Modern UI launcher opened in a pop-up over the current app/desktop, for example) would actually be an improvement, in my opinion. As it is, running full-screen on my 27" monitor is rather wasteful and used to break my focus before I got used to it.

new apps take up the entire screen

This is another thing that makes sense on a tablet or notebook screen, but is just wasteful on a large desktop monitor. Why can't Windows 8 have a proper tiling window manager for Modern UI apps or allow you to run them in a window on the desktop? This would, in my opinion, completely eliminate my problems with them.

about 2 years ago

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