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Comment Still makes a great server (Score 1) 99

I use it in at least one application where I need a simple server that consumes negligible power, has a wired network connection, has no moving parts, read-only FS and for all the above reasons will probably run for years and years without failing.

I thought about using an old PC or server but the noise, power and space requirements, long-term reliability, cooling requirements and electricity bills are kind of off-putting.

Comment Re:Just do it (Score 1) 394

Or at the very least run Linux in a VM and encrypt everything that goes in or out of the VM by using a good proxy service. Probably QEMU is the safest type of VM, followed by the Open Source version of Virtual Box (without the closed-source extensions). Anything closed source such as VMWare may have it's own spy payload for all we know.

Personally I use Linux anyway but I can't imagine using Linux in a VM to be any more complicated than the confusing Torrent sites with their phoney links that drive users to useless spam pages. The real link being the smallest and least noticeable link on the page.

Comment Wong place to spend money (Score 1) 391

Digital audio has no "sound". It is where it becomes analogue and what happens after that that matters. Assuming no data errors, the only way anything in the digital chain affects the sound quality is by the interference and jitter it induces on the DAC and analogue components. This can be quite noticeable (and measurable), if you've ever heard the background mush from a cheap MP3 player or some mother board sound outputs through headphones, but a decent DAC would be well isolated and the clock would be at the DAC, and preferably be the audio master clock and not just phase-locked to something.

Comment Re:Good! Those laws just misinform consumers anywa (Score 2) 446

Labeling laws like this convey no real information to the consumer.

Yes it does. It informs the consumer whether the food contains GMO or not. And some consumers care about this and wish to be informed.

They just add a word to the food item that many people interpret as frightening, a word that has literally zero impact on the safety or sustainability of the food item.

So if the consumers are put off by GMO then the solution is to hide the fact? People of Asian and Jewish religion are put off by products containing pork. Maybe you could argue that pork is perfectly safe and they are over reacting. So should we just hide the fact that some food contains pork because we know better than they do that pork is safe?

This is definitely a win for people everywhere in the US.

How is hiding information that people may care about a "win" for people?

Comment Re:JPEG2000 replaced JPEG (Score 4, Insightful) 377

But JPEG2000 was absolutely crawling with patents like maggots and worms writhing through the very core of its being. If that didn't put everyone off then I don't know what would? Certainly ruined my lunch.

DJVU was another contender but it just happened to be tagged on to a PDF-like docuemnt format and not widely known as just an image format.

Finally, anything that was not (properly) supported by Internet Explorer ten years ago was a dead duck. And Microsoft and Apple actively snub any open format if they can get away with (like Vorbis, WebM etc).

Comment Re:Linus Torvalds won (Score 1) 98

More like if Norton, McAffee and other bloatware manufaturers also make applications for Linux that PC World aggressively ram down the throat of anyone trying to buy a PC, then Linux has taken over. Because its only that additional bloatware that actually gives places like PC World any profit at all and an insentive to sell PCs. I wouldn't be surprised if the PC itself was sold at a loss.

MS Office is definitely one of the apps places like PC World try to push at the checkout.

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