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    4chan Takes Down RIAA

    And that will get the attention of the People.
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    HDCP Master Key May Have Been Compromised

    Most items you'd want to power via hdmi only need low voltage DC. A scheme along the lines of PoE could potentially be used over HDMI and could probably be made to deliver enough power for at least a medium sized display. I'm not sure if there are any plans to actually do it, but it's a logical...
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    Licensed software cannot be resold accord to courts

    No, like regular retail, Steam sales happen months after release. Prices for new titles are generally identical to the off the shelf price, except for special edition releases. As a gamer you get to pick your poison, both methods have their downsides. But prices are not lower, they just have...
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    Firewall computer ? Untangle/pfsense/others

    Choose a distro first. Untangle is very heavy and I think it'll be tough to be satisfied under $300, from what I've heard (I don't have a lot of experience with it). What are your bandwidth and feature requirements? pfSense runs great on ALIX.
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    Networking Printers

    If it's a standard lpr or jetdirect compatible printer, you could just forward the port on her router to the printer. Not really advisable though, anyone could spam print jobs from anywhere.
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    Licensed software cannot be resold accord to courts

    At least with music, actual studies (ie. not your idle conjecture backed up by two friends') have shown that those who pirate music spend money on it too. Some studies show they spend more. As long as we're doing the anecdote thing, hell, I pirate games once in a while, but I also buy games once...
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    Licensed software cannot be resold accord to courts

    Getting rid of gamestop won't change much here. It's a trickle because most of the game sales happen when it's fresh and new, not because of used sales. Regardless, as I've said a couple times, if the game doesn't sell new, there's no inventory to sell used, and probably no demand for it either...
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    Licensed software cannot be resold accord to courts

    If you're going to make this kind of absolute claim, I'd love to read the research you're basing it on. Even given all the information, I don't think you can come to this conclusion, it is too complex a situation to definitively analyze even with all of the details. You're not really backing...
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    Licensed software cannot be resold accord to courts

    Why is that relevant? We're talking about profit. It takes how much the games cost to create inherently into account. And if simulators are failing, maybe nobody wants to play them? I don't know anyone who plays sim games these days, and I think it was a pretty small market to begin with. Why...
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    HDCP Master Key May Have Been Compromised

    Any word on how the key was discovered? Cryptanalysis, or a leak, or... ?
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    I’m impressed with the GPU in my Samsung Captivate

    Nexus One running Cyanogen 6.0 (Froyo). Running at 1GHz because overclocking makes it unstable :(: This device has a Qualcomm Adreno GPU, supporting OGL ES-CM 1.1. Fill ST/MT: 10.38/10.36 MP/s High object count: 21.28fps Multiple lights: 60.50fps High poly count: 25.61fps Keyframe: 60.73fps...
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    Licensed software cannot be resold accord to courts

    The proportion per game is irrelevant when talking about the industry. Just like hollywood, some games will makes 100s of millions and others will lose money, and it will always be that way. What revenue growth shows is either that people are, per-capita, spending more money on games - or that...
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    World Domination Linux Style

    MeeGo is going to be the turning point? For real? Get a grip.
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    PWM questions from n00b

    The PWM signal is specified as open-drain, with a pull-up in the fan itself. Driving it directly from a standard push-pull output is at best a bad idea, and potentially far worse, especially since your circuit will probably be putting 12V on a line that's supposed to be open-drain with a maximum...
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    PWM questions from n00b

    Grab some cheap MOSFET switches too if you're just going with standard push-pull output parts so you can provide the open-drain output. 2N7000 is pretty popular for this and should be easy to get. LM324 is ubiquitous and a good place to start for this kind of thing.
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    PWM questions from n00b

    I wouldn't bother playing with the PWM frequency. The spec is 21-28KHz and there's really not much reason to deviate from that. Just go with the 555 circuit. It's cheap, readily available and simple. PWM controllers are going to be much more complicated with feedback, current limit and a bunch...
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    Top 8 Linux Myths Debunked

    Right, because the 'arguments' you've put forward have had some technical basis behind them. What rhetoric have I been spouting exactly? Basically all I've done in this thread is respond to people spouting the same old FUD that gets thrown around on this forum every time Linux gets mentioned...
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    Whats going on with laptops these days?

    You're not spending enough money, or you're spending it in the wrong places (ie. everything at BestBuy is a worthless piece of shit, except the overpriced Apple products they sell). Go buy a ThinkPad or EliteBook.
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    Top 8 Linux Myths Debunked

    Desktop != consumer. Then why mention it if it's the same on every OS? You're obviously trying to make Linux look bad in comparison to alternatives. The one the vendor tells you it works on? Though these days any commercial software I've seen is distributed in .deb, .rpm and .tgz. If your...
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    GoDaddy.com Up For Sale

    Never liked the way they operate. Hopefully whoever buys them cleans up their act a bit.
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    ATI or Nvidia for Hardware accelerated playback

    Hardware acceleration isn't required for anything, you just need a fast enough CPU and it consumes more power. Last I checked, ATI open source drivers are still pretty immature and neither support hardware acceleration (at least without leveraging OpenCL). For now you'd be much better off with...
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    Chime = mix 2 parts Tetris to 1 part Lumines

    Bought it. Addictive as hell. But in Free Mode, what's the end game? I played for about 30 minutes and got to stage 3 100% complete and got a little sick of it and just quit. Is there supposed to be a finish, because I feel like I could have just gone on playing indefinitely.
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    Post your Smoothie/ipcop/etc. specs

    If you're just looking for an explanation of what the number means, it is the average number of processes either running on the CPU or ready to run. So if you have two CPUs, a load average of 2.0 basically means there's always a process running on each CPU. A load average over 2.0 means that on...
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    Top 8 Linux Myths Debunked

    The article seems to pretty clearly slant towards business use. We are talking about the article, are we not? The point is that drivers are not 'buggy and unstable', the situation is no better on Windows. I'm laughing at you for having this idiotic view that Windows drivers are flawless, while...
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    Top 8 Linux Myths Debunked

    Not sure what your point is here, there's TONS of support to get things fixed in Windows like the situation you're describing. My point is that if the software says 'works on RedHat and SuSE' and then you try to install it on Ubuntu, no shit you're on your own, but there's still a good...
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    Top 8 Linux Myths Debunked

    Who's talking about consumers? And I'm laughing in your face for saying this. If you're changing things on any OS, I hope you know what you're doing. This is not generally how software is distributed, and if it is for some specific app you need for a specific purpose, run a supported...
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    Dell 2209WA dumpster find, is it fixable?

    It's probably still in warranty... they have a 3 year warranty and I think the model is newer than that...
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    Top 8 Linux Myths Debunked

    The 'Linux community' hates articles like this as much as you do, because it encourages people like you to dismiss the tiny grains of validity buried in the sensationalist crap. News to me. You get access to their community-based support for free (ie. a forum). If you want to actually talk to...
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    Licensed software cannot be resold accord to courts

    Practical to enforce or not, it will likely have a chilling effect by discouraging the larger retailers (like Amazon, eBay and such) from supporting used sales of software. Combine with the potential for 'people to be made examples of' like the RIAA and MPAA are so fond of doing. Further, this...
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    Top 8 Linux Myths Debunked

    So pay for support from the multitude of companies that provide it, just like you have to if you actually want useful support for Windows? I am sick of hearing this rhetoric to be honest. Windows support forums are no better than the Windows ones (often far more useless IME), and figuring things...
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    C++ does not support hyperthreading?

    The OS is responsible for scheduling the threads, and thus the OS is the thing that must support HT. As long as your language is able to create multiple threads or processes to do its work, the OS will treat it like any other thread/process, and utilize the SMT resources. Probably ameoba is...
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    Clueless Consumers Favor 15" Notebooks, Ruining Market

    Honestly all you people touting this, I don't get it. Exactly what functionality do you lose with a 14" laptop vs. a 17" (or 24"...)? Aside from the fact that high-resolution small laptops aren't really available, what is it? A numpad?
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    C++ does not support hyperthreading?

    Well not quite, an intelligent scheduler will treat a second thread on the same core slightly differently than a second core. You're right though, any language can fully utilize HT as long as the operating system supports it, it's not visible (in any meaningful way) at all to user code.
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    Clueless Consumers Favor 15" Notebooks, Ruining Market

    Laptop choices for people who actually want a portable, functional machine are very few. What else is new? It's been this way for quite a while now. Glossy screens almost everywhere. High resolutions generally expensive or unavailable (and I put the blame for this squarely on Microsoft for not...
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    Linux + AMD 780G Chipset = No eSATA PMP?

    Looks to me like maybe the port multiplier is reporting errors on unused ports, which Ubuntu is then interpreting as a controller failure and resetting the whole shebang. But that's a lot of reading between the lines. I believe you can issue a manual rescan with a command like (where host0 is...
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    ACLU Sues Over Laptop Searches At The Border

    Legally, yeah, they might get away with this one. Though it's quite possible it's contrary to international law. But morally I find it ridiculous that there's a double-standard here the government doesn't have a problem with. The constituion sets up rights that the country is founded on, and...
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    Hiding IP Address / Hostname in IRC / Jabber etc in Pidgin

    Some IRC networks provide this feature (it is normally enabled by default and can be disabled on-demand), but yeah, it has to happen on the server or you need to proxy your connection. The protocol specifies that your information be exposed. Not so sure about Jabber, but I suspect it is similar.
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    IMAP account through GMail or Live?

    If your host allows you to run code, you could consider installing your own webmail interface like Horde/IMP or SquirrelMail or something. I don't think you'll find any of the existing e-mail services supporting IMAP client mode, it's just too difficult to integrate. POP is easy since it's a...
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    Chime = mix 2 parts Tetris to 1 part Lumines

    I was really intrigued when I saw this on my Steam notes the other day, but not intrigued enough to plunk down $5 with no demo and very little in the way of gameplay description. This glowing endorsement might have just changed my mind... though I do wish I could get the $5 Steam price for...
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