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Data Center Study Reveals Top 5 SMART Stats That Correlate To Drive Failures

vargad Errors actually means errors (142 comments)

By analyzing ten thousand of harddrive failes they figured out that the smart stats thats shows errors actually shows errors. What a surprise.

about 2 months ago

South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

vargad Where is the dinasour? (421 comments)

Okay the police did not find the gun, but have they found the poor pet dinasour?

about 5 months ago

Groove Basin: Quest For the Ultimate Music Player

vargad Re:This is an awful Ultimate Music Player (for the (87 comments)

I use mpd as desktop music play for several years, I also use it on my raspberry-like box. I miss a decent web gui, I isn't a must have, but nice to have feature. Sometimes I would like to listen to music from my browser far away form home. It seems this music player know everything I need, and has even mpd compatible interface, so the desktop client I use with mpd should also work with this. If I would design a music player, it would be exactly the same. I'm seriously considering migrating to Groove Basin.

about 9 months ago

Ubuntu Edge Smartphone Funding Trends Low

vargad Binary blobs (251 comments)

They are talking about openness, open device, open source, but they plan to use closed source binary blobs. I can't see the point. I won't support this project, and no one should unless they produce truly open system.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Protecting Home Computers From Guests?

vargad Re:Malware eh? (572 comments)

In that case simply creating a guest user would be sufficent, or a dedicated Firefox profile.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Protecting Home Computers From Guests?

vargad Re:Linux Boot + PRINTER (572 comments)

99% of the printes just work out of the box on linux.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

vargad Re:Install Gentoo (573 comments)

My first Linux distro was Gentoo, after I failed with SUSE and Debian. I installed Gentoo more than 7 years ago. I still use Gentoo, moreover I still use _the same_ Gentoo, I never had a reinstall, just coping/moving the hard drive the system to the new computer. However it is important to note that Gentoo isn't the easy way to have a linux desktop. As far as I know Gentoo does not have _any_ installer you have to install it by hand in command line. After installing you get a command line, and You have to install and setup everything. It took me 2 days to get a desktop back then. Compiling is quite time consuming but it wasn't a problem at all back then, as I had to read a bunch of howts/tutorials/documentation. All in all it is a nice system, and easy to use if you know what are you doing. Nowdays Arch may have better documentation. The easiest option is using Ubuntu, but please do not use E17 if you don't know what are you doing. Ubuntu is quite similar to Windows, if something broke down you have to google for fix. On Gentoo if something broke down blame yourself, you did it, and probably you also know how to fix it.

about 2 years ago

Google Looking for "Creative Individuals" For Glass Developer Program

vargad Google aren't hip enough (144 comments)

Google aren't hip enough. "You must live in the U.S. to apply"

about 2 years ago

The Scourge of Error Handling

vargad Exceptions (536 comments)

Normally exceptions should be used in exceptional cases, not in normal control flow. Exceptions are usually quite expensive, especially in C++ compared to just returning an error code. Language APIs should be fast, but also convinient so they had to made a trade-off.

more than 2 years ago


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