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    best Linux distro (secure / private / no analytics / no tracking)

    LFS and manually compile all programs. It's the only way you can be sure your distribution doesn't start doing shady things on you unless you take time to investigate everything that is pre-packaged for you. Also will be a good way to keep unnecessary junk off your computer, as you just won't...
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    Windows 11 leak reveals new UI, Start menu, and more (UPDATE - added source for Windows 10 retirement date)

    Scrolling through long lists is not a good method to find programs. Look at how Android and iOS deal with application launching - it's nothing short of an evolution of the interface from Win 3.1. Why do so many Windows and Mac users clutter up their desktops with icons? Basically they are...
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    Windows 11 leak reveals new UI, Start menu, and more (UPDATE - added source for Windows 10 retirement date)

    I've been watching this freakout since 1995. Then every time there is a new version, they want to go back to the version just a few years ago they were crying about. Personally, I hope they truly fix the start menu. I've hated it since 1995, and Windows 10 got it closest to usability.
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    Windows 10, New Features, DO NOT WANT

    Might want to look into LFS or Void Linux if you want your OS that basic. Just about every other OS you can install adds much more than that out of the box. Gotta be more specific. Some Linux distributions come with lots of pre-configured and background tasks that you have to disable if you...
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    US Senate approves massive $52B spend on easing the chip shortage

    The larger picture here is the fragility of our current supply chain. The current shortage will work itself out, provided we don't have another interruption. Having more domestically produced electronics ensures that the supply chain is strengthened. Should have been done a long time ago, but...
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    Jeff Bezos to Shoot Himself Into Space

    My comparison (and really I see him as modern-day Howard Hughes, but since the comic book comparisons have been made) is more along the lines of his love for technology and his willingness to look at something that is declared impossible (whether from a technical standpoint or a practical...
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    AMD Linux kernel update, reveals that upcoming CDNA2 GPU will feature two dies

    Well, there's a reason the development kernel is rather large.
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    Jeff Bezos to Shoot Himself Into Space

    I see Musk as the real-life Howard Stark/Tony Stark. Bezos reminds me too much of Lex Luthor. Really though, can you blame the guy - what kid didn't want to go to space, and he has the opportunity to do it? He must be feeling like a 10-year old at the prospect of flying into space, something...
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    AMD Linux kernel update, reveals that upcoming CDNA2 GPU will feature two dies

    Just because they build in driver support doesn't mean the product will come to light, at least in a retail manner. If they are producing a custom product for industrial use or something, it is good to have kernel support. It is even worth adding support just for internal testing of products...
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    IBM 2nm

    This is what I want to know. If they could push this into POWER before similar technology is adopted for ARM or AMD64, it could make quite the competitive product, and lead to an interesting 3-man race in the CPU market. Of course, with the current state of RISC-V, it they adopted the...
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    US’s largest pipeline crippled by cyber attack

    Friend here (in Central VA) posted pictures of long lines at the gas stations in her area. I went south of town about 10 minutes, no lines at any of the stations including the one I filled up at. Of course where she lives is where all the soccer mom type families live, and south of town is...
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    Microsoft enables Linux GUI applications in Windows 10 .... TF?

    This makes sense. From an end-user perspective, I've had a hard time finding desktop programs that run on Linux distro's, FreeBSD, whatever, that were worth anything that didn't already have a Windows native version. I honestly don't think this will do anything for Windows developers to make...
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    Microsoft enables Linux GUI applications in Windows 10 .... TF?

    I don't get it. What Linux-native GUI applications exist (and are widely used) that there isn't a Windows native version for? Most Linux GUI applications are just a clone of something that exists only on Windows, and they end up making a Windows version for it anyway.
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    Linux for Beginners type books, any suggestions?

    I re-read the post, and realized you are aiming to go for Linux+ cert. I would recommend then you get books specifically for Linux+ certification, and not anything else. The reason is that there are so many varieties of Linux desktop, and the knowledge and terminology that Comptia requires may...
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    Linux for Beginners type books, any suggestions?

    This is my primary "book." Don't know if it'll help you in what you want though. ;)
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    FreeBSD 13 Released

    FreeBSD 13.0 has been officially released. See here for the release announcement, and here for more detailed release notes. Some of the highlights that are especially of interest to me: - Removal of significant amounts of obsolete programs and code. While this breaks some backwards...
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    Staring into the Void - Need Help Listing Disk Names

    Thanks! This seems to be the best option. I can do "lsblk -o name,type | grep disk" and it returns just the disk names, omitting the partitions, and even omits the cd drive, which is something I need. I've made the updates to my script and it seems to be working.
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    Staring into the Void - Need Help Listing Disk Names

    I've been writing some script utilities for hard drives, with the intention of having a non-graphical, quick to boot, text menu-driven system to perform operations such as SMART tests and secure erase. I had been using FreeBSD to develop, but the incompatibility with many HP UEFI...
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    The Year Windows Died at Home and Nobody Cared

    Eh, kids these days. I've been complaining about the start menu since 1995. The Win 10 menu fixed some of the problems, but still I think the desktop icon based menu of Win 3.x was more intuitive. Just look at how iOS and Android menus are! Basically what Win 3.x had, just some refinement...
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    WOW Cable rant

    No myth, I was on the front lines of support for ARRIS when this came out, in fact I had to deal with lots of problem calls for this that we couldn't figure out before the issue became known. BUT it mostly got fixed, so if you aren't having problems, it's nothing to worry about.
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    Is Windows 10 20H2 the worst windows yet?

    One of the reasons I like FreeBSD. In order to properly use the system, you have to know the system. It'll always be a minority OS because of that as it really takes "computer people" to properly appreciate and operate, but when things don't go according to plan, I have a foundation to figure...
  22. J

    What is an Ethernet cable? Here's how to connect to the internet without Wi-Fi and get a speedier connection

    I kid you not - when I was working tech support escalations for Motorola/Arris broadband products, I frequently had to deal with customers upset because they had to plug in their gateway to the coax cable and electrical power. "But it says it is wireless!" I would try to explain that meant...
  23. J

    National Day of Unplugging March 5th 6th

    Thanks for the reminder. I need to plug my phone in so it will charge.
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    Cherry picked benchmark shows Intel 11'th Gen faster than AMD Ryzen 5000's in regards to storage speeds

    USB is a bug! OT - A little bit of storage performance boost, not bad. If this is the only advantage that the new Intel platform can muster, if your workload is storage dependent, could be a consideration. Like everything else, I'll wait for the [H] review consensus on the reviews before I...
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    Fry's Electronics permanently closing Feb 24, 2021

    I think you really hit the nail on the head with this one. All these other stores left what made them, and became something else. There has been such an emphasis on short-term profits that long-term profitability and company health is thrown out the window. I used to enjoy going to Radio...
  26. J

    OS related to a M.2 question

    Yes, comparing both. The model of laptop I have is one that we have many deployed at work, and I often am working on fresh installs with this model.
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    OS related to a M.2 question

    I can't speak for this particular drive, but I had a WD SN750 500GB nvme drive in my laptop for a short time (testing it before the parts for my desktop build came in) and everything was "snappier" than with the SATA SSD drive that came with it. Boot times weren't noticeably different, but with...
  28. J

    GameStop Stock keeps going up no end in sight

    I've been following the precious metal markets for a while. Don't have much invested, about 10oz of silver in my safe, but I still follow with interest. There are metal market analysts who have been encouraging buy silver for a very long time, and now the price is quite high historically...
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    Bug in SUDO allows any user to get root privileges

    They claim to have patched the old versions, so while you won't see an updated version, if you've downloaded updates, just trust that Ubuntu has patched it and you're secure.
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    Bug in SUDO allows any user to get root privileges

    You're contradicting yourself here. You are assuming that these companies have audited the code, but they may have just fallen to the same assumptions that it is safe like everyone else. There really is only one assumption you should make when it comes to security - assume all code is...
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    If I build computers to resell, where do we buy windows 10 pro?

    If you are doing more than 1 or two a year (ala you're in the business) you should be set up as a channel partner with a reputable distributor. Buying stuff off Newegg and Amazon are fine, until you have to start providing warranty support for your system, and Asus/MSI/whoever has sent the...
  32. J

    16-Core Intel Alder Lake-S Processor Appears with DDR5 Memory

    Yes, but that is a misleading article title. From the article itself: Notice that Intel will merely be announcing Alder lake then. No mention on when it will actually be released or when it will be available to market. Intel of late has been announcing lots of products that barely see light...
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    "Nehalem" Lead Architect Rejoins Intel to Work on New High-Performance Architecture

    I'm not so sure about that. Nehalem was a performance win, but it wasn't that much greater in performance and especially price/perf ratio than AMD's Phenom II offerings IIRC. I remember looking at building a new computer, and comparing the i5 and the Phenom II 1060 - they were pretty neck and...
  34. J

    Will you be able to "fix" a Windows 10X laptop?

    To the question that is the topic of this thread, I imagine you will be able to "fix" it the same way you "fix" a chromebook. If Microsoft does this right, it won't be like S mode to Home Mode conversion, but will be different enough that a full-blown re-installation would be needed. Now, if...
  35. J

    Microsoft and what a "domain" really is.

    Old Novell eDirectory trees were much simpler. Sigh, I miss those days.
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    GRUB2 USB Boot Ubuntu ISO issue

    Hours. Way longer than it should take.
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    GRUB2 USB Boot Ubuntu ISO issue

    It is what is in the ISO file for loading. The GRUB entry has to match what the distribution makes. The distribution could name this file anything they want, as long as the boot loader knows which file to load. The only real difference is the loop. I suspect there may be some issue with the...
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    GRUB2 USB Boot Ubuntu ISO issue

    Yikes! I made some serious typos inputting my code into my post! Amazing what some sleep will do to clear the mind. I've updated the code sections above to accurately reflect the Clonezilla entry. Both ISO files are on the same gpt partition, in the root of the partition (the partition is...
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    GRUB2 USB Boot Ubuntu ISO issue

    I am working on creating a multi-boot USB drive with various OS environments. I'm using GRUB2 from Ubuntu as my base, to get the UEFI and Secure Boot capabilities. I want to have a dedicated EFI partition, and a separate partition on the USB drive to store ISO files. I am having problems...
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