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Kumba 14 days ago on 04/07/14
Here's a similarly-related case:

[quote=CSMonitor]Two weeks after hearing argument in a case examining whether corporations may be exempted from providing religiously objectionable contraceptives in their employee health plans, the US Supreme Court declined on Monday to take up a case testing whether a commercial photographer in New Mexico has a First Amendment free speech right to refuse to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony.

The high court’s refusal to hear the case came without comment from the justices. It lets stand a series of court rulings in New Mexico finding that t ...

This is a reply to the thread "Regarding Firefox and Mozilla" by m1cnBot, posted in News & For Sale

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Kumba 14 days ago on 04/07/14
John Booty said:
But it's easy, isn't it?

Like PopeCorky said, free speech means you have the right to say whatever you like (as long as you're not making terroristic threats, etc) without being jailed.


It's not. If it was easy, this discussion, let alone this news story, would not be taking place. This thread's entry in the backend OB database wouldn't even exist. Precisely because it's not easy is why this debate is happening, and the fact that we are having this debate is a good thing. It means we are slowly working through the processes of how to handle this s ...

This is a reply to the thread "Regarding Firefox and Mozilla" by m1cnBot, posted in News & For Sale

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Kumba 16 days ago on 04/05/14
mheart said:
I don't know if this is a hardware or software question. Basically I just want my screensaver (the Fliqlo clock) to show on one monitor while the other goes into sleep mode. Right now I'm using a trial program to do this. Is there a way to make it h...


Off the top of my head, I don't think it's possible to independently control the monitors in Windows. I ran into a similar issue where Windows can only size a background to the size of the primary monitor that is attached. I.e., if you have a 27" and a 30", and your 27" is the primary monitor, you can on ...

This is a reply to the thread "Generic PC Hardware discussion thread." by Frito, posted in Otaku Chat

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Kumba 16 days ago on 04/05/14
There's an expansion now? I bought the collector's edition long ago, but got turned off by all the negative reviews it got. Probably should break it out and play it finally...

This is a reply to the thread "Diablo III" by fangy, posted in Otaku Chat

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Kumba 16 days ago on 04/05/14
I've mused for the past few days on this topic, not quite sure on how to put into a short blurb what my thoughts are on this topic. But then I found this op-ed that really sums up my thoughts better than I think I could write it:

[quote=Danny Westneat]Except that also last week, a Silicon Valley technology firm, Mozilla, buckled to public pressure and ousted its new CEO, Brendan Eich, when it was revealed he had given $1,000 to Proposition 8 opposing gay marriage six years ago.

Officially he resigned, but you can be sure he was told to go. There was no evidence his views against legaliz ...

This is a reply to the thread "Regarding Firefox and Mozilla" by m1cnBot, posted in News & For Sale

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Kumba 33 days ago on 03/19/14
John Booty said:
I think it was less "these dummies never thought of links" than the fact that there wasn't too much need. Especially when we're speaking of operating systems designed primarily for a single user running off of a single disk with much lower hardware requirements than Unix traditionally had.

True, but symbolic links aren't exclusive to multi-user systems. I'm certain that MS would have found a way to make use of them if they'ed thought to add them. I suspect at the time, since UNIX wasn't free, BSD/Linux didn't exist, and IBM was still the 2,000lb gorilla h ...

This is a reply to the thread "Generic PC Hardware discussion thread." by Frito, posted in Otaku Chat

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Kumba 33 days ago on 03/19/14
John Booty said:
I haven't, sadly. Just keeping up with the programming biz is more than I can handle most of the time!

I know the feeling...

John Booty said:
ZFS seems really interesting; I love what little I've read about it. But I don't know much about it and even less about ReFS or HAMMER.

ZFS is pretty cool. I don't run it very often, but the short time I did play with it, I was very impressed. In a nut shell, about any disk management function, except for fsck, that you can think of, is handled by one of two commands: zfs or zpool.

Ba ...

This is a reply to the thread "Generic PC Hardware discussion thread." by Frito, posted in Otaku Chat

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Kumba 35 days ago on 03/17/14
John Booty said:
You could probably create an NTFS "junction."

(For those that know Unix-type OSs: these are like symbolic links)


I still find it hilarious that MS never thought to add a native "ln" or even "link" command to DOS or NT way back when. Sure, NTFS supports junctions as a fill-in for symbolic links, but it's such a less-known feature that hardly anyone uses it.

Ever tried ReFS under Windows 8.x/Server 2012[R2] yet? On my todo list w/ this VM at some point. Seems to be a rather interesting filesystem. Still not on-par, feature-wise ...

This is a reply to the thread "Generic PC Hardware discussion thread." by Frito, posted in Otaku Chat

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Kumba 39 days ago on 03/13/14
John Booty said:
We had a lab of O2's (running Irix) at my college during my last year there. Crazy awesome machines, but we really underused them.


Almost forgot, SGI had a cute naming theme for the O2's, based on criminal justice terminology. The machine's codename was "Moosehead":

- MACE: Was the system ASIC (think most southbridge duties).
- CRIME: Was the memory controller and other northbridge duties.
- VICE: Was a secondary coprocessor (a "cut down" R4x00-MIPS CPU) on the CPU daughterboard, which basically executed MIPS' equivalent of SIMD/vector ins ...

This is a reply to the thread "Generic PC Hardware discussion thread." by Frito, posted in Otaku Chat

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Kumba 39 days ago on 03/13/14
John Booty said:
Oh my god. That's insane - the SGI cache coherency thing.


Gory details: http://...sgi.com/...K_UM/sgi_html/t5.Ver.2.0.book_39.html


John Booty said:
Branch prediction gets more and more important as CPU performance continues to increase much faster than RAM. A modern CPU spends sooooo many cycles waiting for RAM accesses that it's not even funny. It's something like 600 cycles now on a i5 or i7. Even something served from L2 is really slow.


MIPS has something called a "branch-del ...

This is a reply to the thread "Generic PC Hardware discussion thread." by Frito, posted in Otaku Chat

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Kumba 40 days ago on 03/12/14
John Booty said:
The way normal memory access works is this. Memory is split into (4KB, I think) pages. When you write to one of those pages, the operating system sets the "dirty bit" for that page so it knows that page is modified and might need to be written back out to disk.

If one of the bits in the middle of the page gets flipped due to corrupted memory, Windows won't know the page has changed because the dirty bit hasn't been set.


I've actually run into this before, but not on Windows or on the Intel architecture.

Back in the days when SGI made MIPS c ...

This is a reply to the thread "Generic PC Hardware discussion thread." by Frito, posted in Otaku Chat

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Kumba 40 days ago on 03/12/14
John Booty said:
However, when Windows needs that RAM for something else those cached files are not ever written back out to disk -- neither to pagefile.sys nor their original locations. The cached file's corresponding memory pages are marked as "free" in RAM and then Windows overwrites those portions of RAM as needed.


Two words: Registry Hive

Windows is constantly writing bits back out to the registry. Not sure how it does it (and why it does it so much), and this might've been an issue with older versions of Windows, but it is possible for it scribble out cor ...

This is a reply to the thread "Generic PC Hardware discussion thread." by Frito, posted in Otaku Chat

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Kumba 45 days ago on 03/07/14
Updated: 44 days ago on 03/08/14
John Booty said:
Not guaranteed to work, but you might try the following in your BIOS:

Might be better just to restore BIOS factory defaults and then run the tests. There's also two variants of Memtest out there: Memtest86 and Memtest86+. Memtest86+ is a fork of the original Memtest86, since the latter went commercial and closed-sourced:

Memtest86:
http://www.memtest86.com/download.htm

Memtest86+:
http://www.memtest.org/

Also, try to install RAM stick one at a time or in pairs, which ever your motherboard requires, and re-run one of the memtests each time, changing the s ...

This is a reply to the thread "Generic PC Hardware discussion thread." by Frito, posted in Otaku Chat

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Kumba 45 days ago on 03/07/14
Jkid said:
How much did it cost you? How much did the driving course and the extra 30 hours training cost you?


I'll be honest, I don't actually know. That was back in 1999 and my parents paid for it. I was a computer geek involved in an online Star Wars club back then. Driving a car was not at all interesting to me. This is one reason why parents exist, to make you do things you initially don't think you'll enjoy doing. I am now that person that tries not to rely on GPS devices to get from Point A to Point B, preferring to study my route via Google before leaving, and dragging ...

This is a reply to the thread "How do I get a job as a Linux Systems Administrato" by Jkid, posted in Gen. Chat

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Kumba 45 days ago on 03/07/14
Jkid said:
I'm not going to argue about this, as I have a long story about it which I'm not in a good position to discuss it in public.

Jkid said:
As much I am a smart guy, how good is it if society gives you no opportunity?


We've all got our own little oddities, problems, and quirks. Every last one of us. That's part of what makes us who we are. Some are more debilitating than others, some to the point that it requires external help from third parties for people to overcome. But, amazingly, a lot of those people do. Consider the case of Abigail and Brittany Hensel, ...

This is a reply to the thread "How do I get a job as a Linux Systems Administrato" by Jkid, posted in Gen. Chat

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Kumba 51 days ago on 03/01/14
Jkid said:
Blame my dad, he's the one who pushed me into the IT field with this Linux System Admin course.


Jkid said:
Again, my father. He keep saying this that they get average of 75,000 dollars a year for these types of jobs because Linux is in hot demand. You have to understand that I can't debate these type of things because he's a traditional african father type.


Wrong. Blame yourself for using your dad's expectations as an excuse NOT to succeed. He's trying to help you out, along with a lot of other people here on these forums over the years. If your dad is hel ...

This is a reply to the thread "How do I get a job as a Linux Systems Administrato" by Jkid, posted in Gen. Chat

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Kumba 51 days ago on 03/01/14
Jkid said:
There is a reason why I don't use any job application that hints of being Taleo or any ATS system: They have a high fail rate because of lazy HR.


This is pretty arrogant and rather foolish of a reason for you to use. Who gives a damn what the backend HR system is that someone uses? I find SAP-based systems to be utterly annoying because you cannot open multiple job apps in different tabs in Firefox. You have to look at each one individually, and use their links to navigate back to the job search. Accidentally click your "back" button? Sorry, start your sea ...

This is a reply to the thread "How do I get a job as a Linux Systems Administrato" by Jkid, posted in Gen. Chat

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Kumba 51 days ago on 03/01/14
Jkid said:
Where can I find these open source projects?
(Even if I did find one, they may or may not be welcoming to anyone new)


Speaking as a long-time Gentoo dev, yes and no. Every open-source project is different and has different expectations of its users and even its developers. OpenBSD expects you to fully, and 100%, without question, understand what you are doing if you choose to deviate from their recommended install. They support nothing outside of their recommended guidelines, and they are very blunt about this. Ubuntu, on the other hand....it's a lot more l ...

This is a reply to the thread "How do I get a job as a Linux Systems Administrato" by Jkid, posted in Gen. Chat

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Kumba 2 months ago on 02/11/14
Beltane: That said, have you tried booting into Safe Mode Command Prompt and running sfc /scannow? Might have to do that from an install CD, though. That should cause Windows to replace/repair any damage files, specific to Windows, with original copies. You might then have to work through Windows update a few times to get things re-updated, and reinstall any third-party drivers, but that might fix things.

This is a reply to the thread "Generic PC Hardware discussion thread." by Frito, posted in Otaku Chat

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Kumba 2 months ago on 02/11/14
John Booty said:
Shouldn't be a problem, but sometimes is.

I couldn't find a specific, definitive article but this was a big issue a few years ago when people were moving to SSDs but a lot of the clone tools weren't alignment-aware yet:


I think what may have caused this, is people cloned the entire disk, partition map and all. This will definitely cause problems and isn't limited to a HDD vs SSD thing (let alone a Windows-specific thing, either). What I did, was I connected both arrays to the computer, then partitioned and formatted it first. Then I booted o ...

This is a reply to the thread "Generic PC Hardware discussion thread." by Frito, posted in Otaku Chat

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Kumba 2 months ago on 02/11/14
Cloning from one storage format to another should never be a problem with any OS. I've done it plenty of times before. Granted, it's a lot easier with a UNIX-based OS than Windows, but that doesn't mean that Windows is impossible.

The one trick I found you have to do is to delete references to the old disk drive serial #'s in the registry after copying it to the new storage system. This means you'll need a Windows setup disk w/ a system recovery environment on it (or a BartPE disk, or something that can safely browse and edit the registry). Just load the SYSTEM hive under ...

This is a reply to the thread "Generic PC Hardware discussion thread." by Frito, posted in Otaku Chat

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Kumba 2 months ago on 02/04/14
Lord_BullGod said:
Hey Mario, switch to the HD Fox channel maybe you can make out the team logos better


I would, but the signal reception is pretty bad out here in the Mushroom Kingdom. Contrary to popular belief, mounting Koopa shells on flag poles does not substitute for a proper satellite dish.

This is a reply to the thread "What channel was the real Super Bowl XLVIII on?" by Kumba, posted in Gen. Chat

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Kumba 2 months ago on 02/03/14
I thought Fox was carrying it this year, but when I tuned in, all I got instead was some kind of backyard scrapple between the local college team and some out-of-town high-school team. The college team totally got their ass whooped, though. Perhaps Fox stuffed it into one of the digital subchannels? :)

This is the opening post in his thread "What channel was the real Super Bowl XLVIII on?", posted in Gen. Chat

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Kumba 2 months ago on 02/03/14
I'd love to see his thoughts on Hollywood's creative talent...

This is a reply to the thread "Miyazaki says "Suck it, nerds"" by DevCore, posted in News & For Sale

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Kumba 2 months ago on 01/28/14
John Booty said:
If you're going to rebuild, sack up and ditch the RAID-5 for ZFS. ;-)

Ah, but ZFS, being a creation of higher dimensional plane, is not available with a Windows install.

That said, the one thing ZFS doesn't have that my RAID card does, is cache. Only has 256MB SDRAM, but that makes a big different in read/write speeds.


tranoid no ki said:
...and I also want this build to last a lil bit (which is stupid to hope for in tech world)

Not necessarily. I once ran an ABit VP6 w/ dual PIII's and Win2k for about four years in the early 2000's. Would ...

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Kumba 2 months ago on 01/25/14
Funny enough, I think I am going to start work on rebuilding most of my system soon. New motherboard, CPU, RAM, and PSU mostly. The hardware SATA RAID5 array I have is still good, and despite a measly ~730GB total storage, I've barely used 50% (and I'll free up some space once I burn more photos off to DVD or compact flash).

Had a case a few weeks ago where VirtualBox managed to torch the entire USB subsystem, leaving me with a booting box without any form of input, because this motherboard (Intel DX5SO) lacks PS/2 connectors. I spent several hours deleting various keys from the registry ...

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Kumba 3 months ago on 01/15/14
[quote=BBC World News Service]A world wide web for robots to learn from each other and share information is being shown off for the first time.

Scientists behind RoboEarth will put it through its paces at Eindhoven University in a mocked-up hospital room.

Four robots will use the system to complete a series of tasks, including serving drinks to patients.

It is the culmination of a four-year project, funded by the European Union.

The eventual aim is that both robots and humans will be able to upload information to the cloud-based database, which would act as a kind of common brain f ...

This is the opening post in his thread "Robots test their own world wide web", posted in News & For Sale

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Kumba 3 months ago on 01/15/14
Threadjack: For those that still run Winamp, what's your current skin look like?

"Major Tom Remix" for me. Themed after the old NASA computer consoles of the Apollo era. Had to double the size, as Winamp 2.x skins are just too small on modern resolutions.

This is a reply to the thread "AOL shuts down Winamp for good" by The Naniwa Tiger, posted in News & For Sale

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Kumba 3 months ago on 01/15/14
Oddly enough, the winamp.com domain is not only still online, but you can still download 5.666 from it. I guess AOL got called on its bluff a little bit and can easily afford to keep the site online a while longer until they figure out what to do with it.

GentlemanHobo said:
I guess there's always XMMS for a nostalgia trip? www.xmms.org/

I believe XMMS is effectively dead upstream. Probably doesn't even run on any modern Linux distro. Audacious is the intended replacement for it:
http://audacious-media-player.org/ (Windows version available, too)

This is a reply to the thread "AOL shuts down Winamp for good" by The Naniwa Tiger, posted in News & For Sale

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Kumba 4 months ago on 11/30/13
I am amused by the fact that Winamp's final version is 5.666.

This is a reply to the thread "AOL shuts down Winamp for good" by The Naniwa Tiger, posted in News & For Sale

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