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Spain's New S-80 Class Submarines Sink, But Won't Float

canistel at least they're trying... (326 comments)

... here in Canada, we just buy up the UK's old junk and they don't float either.

about a year ago
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CTO Says Al-Khabaz Expulsion Shows CS Departments Stuck In "Pre-Internet Era"

canistel Re:oh get real... (248 comments)

Riiiight.... so university's just kick people out randomly when they do nothing wrong. Uh huh.

about a year and a half ago
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CTO Says Al-Khabaz Expulsion Shows CS Departments Stuck In "Pre-Internet Era"

canistel oh get real... (248 comments)

All that happened was some young hotshot did something the dept forbids. He paid for that, end of story. How you go from there to "CS depts out of touch with today's world" is beyond me, but then again I'm not some CTO either.

about a year and a half ago
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Meet "Ophelia," Dell's Plan To Reinvent Itself

canistel Re:well, this article's lost it (280 comments)

You're missing the point... "works better over dialup" means it works better over any faster connection too. It's not a meaningless title when it shows how fast the stuff works on a slow connection. Just because you may have fibre optic, I certainly don't. And RDP works better over my LAN as well. Get it now? It works better EVERYWHERE. I really love your third paragraph... yeah no shit, the cloud requires bandwidth and there are latency issues, so it actually in fact becomes very important to discuss these arguments; as in, solution X performs better than solution Y. Holy crap man did you even think about that for more than 2 seconds? Yippee for you, you are allowed to decide for yourself when you prefer local or remote; many of us don't have the luxury (think business). Attitudes like your are part of the problem... you just can't believe that a windows / msft solution would be better than the equivalent in linux, so you wave your hands in there, spout a lot of bs, and nothing gets fixed. I'd pay good money for a linux solution that works just as good as RDP.

about a year ago
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Meet "Ophelia," Dell's Plan To Reinvent Itself

canistel Re:well, this article's lost it (280 comments)

No it doesn't, that's the problem. RDP is unbeatable, and you'd finally clue in if you actually tried it. I have, I've tried them all... X, ssh -X, freenx, vnc, and RDP; RDP takes the crown son, sorry... Perhaps we could finally get some real thin client solutions working on linux if linux users would admit that RDP absolutely smashes anything that linux has to offer in the "works over dialup" area.

about a year and a half ago
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Change the ThinkPad and It Will Die

canistel Re:These CEOs need to learn about Agile... (347 comments)

What is it and North Americans claiming RIM is dead? What a bunch of blind people... RIM is only hurting in North America, in many other markets they are on the top or close enough. They still make money every quarter and are a in transition phase. Nobody is claiming RIM doesn't have an issue or two to work out, but to close your eyes to the rest of the world and blabber like you have any clue what is going on just shows how little you know...

about a year and a half ago
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After 12 years of Development, E17 Is Out

canistel Re:anti aliasing? (259 comments)

Hinting is totally separate from aliasing. I run kde / gnome / xfce with anti-aliasing off, but full hinting. Last time I checked (within past 6 months) there was no option to turn off the eye-seering anti-aliasing. The fact that the head developer doesn't see the need to provide this feature (because they do it right!) tells me everything I need to know about the state of this project.

about a year and a half ago
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After 12 years of Development, E17 Is Out

canistel anti aliasing? (259 comments)

Can I turn off the antialiasing feature? Last time I looked into this, Mr Rasterman basically said "it looks perfect the way we do because we do it right". Yeah, until I can turn it off I'm not touching it with a 10 foot barge pole...

about a year and a half ago
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Debate Over Evolution Will Soon Be History, Says Leakey

canistel Re:Bias is sad (1226 comments)

That is the first the sane comment I've read on this topic in a very long time... And I happen to agree 100%. If you think about it, logic dictates that there must be a creator / supreme being. 0 + 0 = 0. Permanently. This does not change over billions of years. So if you originally have nothing, how do you get to the initial "something" / material / energy etc for the whole big bang? The answer is that you can't, and this is a mathematical fact.

more than 2 years ago
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Overheated Voting Machine Cast Its Own Votes

canistel Re:Scrap them all (378 comments)

What does population size have to do with anything?? It's all relative, you have X amount for your population, you setup X / 10000 people to do the counting... or whatever.

more than 2 years ago
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Torvalds Calls OpenSUSE Security 'Too Intrusive'

canistel Re:Slow news day? (311 comments)

It's not about "wasting time writing a rant", it's about encouraging discussion, getting the problem recognized by a bunch of different people, and fixing problems across a bunch of distros, one of which is opensuse. And yes, not all programmers are equal; his time is more valuable than many other's, maybe even yours; get over it.

more than 2 years ago
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MINIX 3.2 Released With Some Major Changes

canistel Re:Neat (120 comments)

Wayland won't feature remote windowing. The best we can hope for is a pixel-scraper which dumps compressed bitmaps over the network.

You people need to get over your whole "x11 can run over the network" thing... I don't care what the theory is, nothing beats RDP (windows remote desktop) for running applications. I've used them all: rdp, vnc, ssh -X, nx... nothing comes close to rdp, and if you guys took of the "windows sucks" blinders you would admit that too. Whatever advantages Xorg might have, running appliations remotely is absolutely NOT one of them.

more than 2 years ago
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Mozilla Public License 2.0 Released

canistel Re:Flash (40 comments)

Yeah I gotta agree... at a certain point you'd think he'd stop and consider what he is doing and if everybody else on linux has to do the same thing (use IE in Virtual Box). I hate flash as much as the next nerd, but it has been "working" on linux for years now in pretty much the same state as it does on windows.

more than 2 years ago
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Building 2011's Sub-$200 Computer

canistel Re:How about a server? (394 comments)

Anything in your home does not need ECC, server or desktop or laptop etc. It's a huge increase in cost with no benefit to you. Much better off spending the extra money on faster harddrives. I would recommend a recent quad core AMD chip, AMD's high-end chips are not as capable as Intel's, but dollar for dollar you get more performance out of AMD.

more than 2 years ago
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The Mathematics of Lawn Mowing

canistel Re:If only Americans had heard of parks. (514 comments)

Here is a typical non-american talking strongly about something he knows very little about. The nearest park from my house is 15 minute car-drive away. Some of us live in rural areas, and yes, we like lawn. OP was not complaining about the negative aspects, simply stating that there is a more efficient way of solving a common "problem". In short, please keep your un-informed opinions to yourself; thanks...

about 3 years ago
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Developers Defecting From BlackBerry

canistel Re:Call BS on secure (163 comments)

Right, it does all that and then sends everything through Canada BES servers.

As a Canadian I find this statement hilarious... "Oh no, the horror!" Like what exactly (in the small chance that this is true for large corporations who have their own BES) is the danger here? King Harper is going to read your emails and .... do what ... ? You should be far more worried about your own government reading your stuff.

more than 3 years ago
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9 Features We May See In Ubuntu 11.10

canistel Re:Killer App? (281 comments)

Dude... scrollbars are visual only; if you're still dragging that thing around you're doing it wrong. Any mouse / trackpad built in this century have support for scrolling built right in.

more than 3 years ago
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GRUB 1.99 Released With Support For ZFS and BtrFS

canistel Re:Filesystem bandwagon (175 comments)

I find that (sun taking people / business to court) very unlikely, considering that sun was purchased by oracle and oracle is involved in btrfs...

more than 3 years ago

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Hardware advice for the tree-hugging hacker

canistel canistel writes  |  more than 6 years ago

canistel (1103079) writes "I am looking to replace my current "workstation" with new hardware... the new hardware must be quiet, fast, and efficient, in that order. I have most of the hardware lined up, but I need advice on two pieces: the storage, and the sound.

For storage, I was thinking on buying 4 to 6 laptop hardrives (spinning at 5400 rpm) and using the linux software raid, in striping mode (raid 0). I reinstall quite often, and perform daily backups so I am not concerned about what happens when a drive fails. Here, I am targeting performance with low power usage. I don't care about disk space: 80 to 100 GB total usable space will be plenty; I have a large external drive for my very rarely used sound / video files which I turn on whenever needed.

For sound, I would like to purchase a sound card that has an amplified output port, so that I can plug in some cheap, non-amplified speakers and put them on my desk. It doesn't have to be high quality, I just want to be able to hear the odd beeps and pings that my OS throws at me, without having to leave my high quality, but also high power usage amplified speakers turned on, all day, every day. However, I do watch the odd movie here and there, so a "real" line-out is also required. My old yamaha opl3sax could do this quite well, so I know they were, at least at one time, out there...

So my questions are, am I on the right track with 6 laptop harddrives connected in raid 0? How will that compare (roughly) in performance, to say 2 — 4 desktop harddrives with a raid controller? Is software raid effective for a scenario like this? Are there any good tools to configure (software) raid in linux? Is there any better way of getting (close to) insane speed out of a storage system, without breaking the bank (both in initial cost and in power usage)? And lastly, does such a sound card exist for a modern mainboard (pci, pci express), and where could I purchase it?"

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