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Comment: Re:Get A Silent Elegant Case (Score 1) 720

by Athanasius (#48487407) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

My Corsairs Carbide 350r case has also resulted in a near-silent system. There's an SSD in there, but also two HDDs, and they used to make a horrible racket in the old case (I could feel a 'beat' between their vibrations in my desk, with the only physical connection being through the floor!). The difference? The new case has vibration-dampening mounts, and it seems like they do an excellent job.

Also I decided not to go with Intel stock CPU cooler this time, instead using a Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo. At idle I pretty much can't tell, from sound, if the machine is on. At high load I might notice a little bit of fan noise. It also doesn't hurt that I bought a Gigabyte 'Windforce' GPU based on the recommendations that it's damned quiet even under load, and that's what it turned out to be.

Comment: Re:Problems from 2011 not really relevant now. (Score 1) 294

by Athanasius (#47806881) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

Oh /. why you so crap at handling a little bit of HTML formatting? Seems I lost a linebreak in multiple attempts to simply use a pre block.

# Purpose currently to add 'snoop=0' to snd-hda-intel module options. This works around an issue that causes noisy/static/skipping audio. Something to do with CPU idle states. Apparently fixed by adding the PCI IDs into the driver so it uses a PCH workaround. Patch should be in 3.15-rc8 and later. options snd-hda-intel snoop=0

Comment: Problems from 2011 not really relevant now. (Score 1) 294

by Athanasius (#47806849) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

Clicking through to the Phoronix link it's from October 2011 and the latest comments from November 2012. Hardly seems relevant when thinking about purchasing currently new hardware.

My Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H with i7-4790k and GTX 780 Ti is working near perfectly in Linux. The 'near' is because I have to implement a small workaround for an audio bug. From my /etc/modprobe.d/local-alsa.conf:

# Purpose currently to add 'snoop=0' to snd-hda-intel module options. This works around an issue that causes noisy/static/skipping audio. Something to do with CPU idle states. Apparently fixed by adding the PCI IDs into the driver so it uses a PCH workaround. Patch should be in 3.15-rc8 and later. options snd-hda-intel snoop=0

Comment: Re:Two questions (Score 1) 227

by Athanasius (#47647361) Attached to: About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is In Their DNA

Also, what do they mean by "math ability". Testing 12 year olds, so not all that advanced, right? I'm sure there are adults that read excellently but wouldn't have a clue about something like Tensor Calculus (he says picking something he's only vaguely heard of and *knows* he'd be no good at given experience with UK 1st year University Physics Degree course in the early 90s).

Comment: AT&T, $40 micro-SIM with 500MB data (Score 1) 146

by Athanasius (#47341985) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: SIM-Card Solutions In North America?

I bought an AT&T micro-SIM for my Samsung Galaxy S3 for $40 in May this year. That came with 500MB of data, there are other plans as well. If I'd loaded it up with enough there was some advantage if I was planning on spending more time in the USA within the year.

I simply walked into an AT&T store in Hollywood, asked, and got great service.

The only issue was when in some small towns that only had service from some other provider (I think it was Page AZ which only had CellularOne).

Comment: Re:Immortal now. (Score 3, Informative) 141

by Athanasius (#43953617) Attached to: Iain Banks Dies of Cancer At 59

Apparently supportive comments, such as this one, on the blog someone set up for him, http://friends.banksophilia.com/28-2/ (already 'slashdotted' even before this post came up on my RSS feed, so check google cache... but when I did it didn't have the latest post), were a great source of joy for him in his final months.

RIP indeed, it's times like this one might wish there was an afterlife. As it is right now my thoughts are mostly for his family and close friends.

Comment: Re:Xbox One? Oh my! (Score 2) 381

by Athanasius (#43832595) Attached to: Microsoft Files Dispute Against Current Owner of XboxOne.com

You're not wrong, all registered from xboxone.com up to and including xboxsix.com. The puzzling thing is that xboxtwo.com is owned by Microsoft, but was registered on "Sun, Sep 11, 2005", some time after the release of the Xbox 360 (wikipedia says "The Xbox 360 was officially unveiled on MTV on May 12, 2005" so some months before). Maybe it was defensive, if belated.

Comment: Re:Sorry, little retro rockets won't work for that (Score 4, Informative) 520

by Athanasius (#43061369) Attached to: Neil deGrasse Tyson On How To Stop a Meteor Hitting the Earth

They don't need to be thrusting directly at the asteroid. Think 3 or more at angles, so they cancel each others' sideways thrust and the overall thrust misses the asteroid, whilst providing net 'away' thrust. Yes, this reduces efficiency.

Comment: Re:any signal can be found and killed (Score 1) 417

by Athanasius (#37366960) Attached to: North Korea Forced US Reconnaissance Plane To Land

Perhaps their mission involved pinpointing items of interest. This might be performed through a combination of range/bearing from current location, and that current location. If you want accuracy GPS is likely the way to go.

I'm TOTALLY speculating here, I've no idea what they were up to or the tech. they'd have been using.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 3, Informative) 161

by Athanasius (#35281332) Attached to: Financial Malware Hijacks Online Banking Sessions

This is why although my bank has a security token thing (it's actually a small Chip & PIN terminal requiring you have the card and know the PIN) it only ever requires this be used when you set up a new payee and the first time you send money to that payee. So outside of a bank customer setting up a new payee anyway and the returned codes being intercepted to set up a different payee quickly enough the best a trojan can do is see your account statements, transfer money between your own accounts and pay money to people you already expect to pay. Yes, this means they can fuck with you, but they can't usefully (to them) steal your money.

Oh, and now I think about it they couldn't usefully do the MITM either, as the input is partially based on the receiving account number or somesuch. So unless they bad guys have an account that matches sufficiently closely the authorisation codes are going to be useless to them.

They have big fat warnings up about how the thing will never be asked for simply for logging in (not that I expect that would stop some stupid people falling to a MITM attack).

Comment: Re:Price per gigabyte isn't really the issue (Score 1) 681

by Athanasius (#34002658) Attached to: Are Consumer Hard Drives Headed Into History?

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TRIM is not really needed. In fact, it can be a liability performance-wise since it isn't a NCQ-capable command. All you really need to do is partition a fresh drive a bit smaller than its rated capacity and you get 95% of the benefit of TRIM without having to deal with it. If you have 120G SSD then create a 110G partition. Congratulations, you now have 95% of what TRIM would get you. It's funny how the rabble keeps screaming the TRIM mantra but it isn't that spectacular a feature.

So the SSD firmware knows about partitioning schemes and will make use of the 'unused' space as virtual blocks for the space you are using ?

Comment: Re:It's not a question of switching... (Score 1) 681

by Athanasius (#34002638) Attached to: Are Consumer Hard Drives Headed Into History?

The ssd is already a good value for the function of the boot drive - the place where you host the OS, applications and games. There is no need to approach terabyte territory to hold all this stuff.

Have you seen the size of modern game installs ? My Steam install (where most of my games are these days) is 99.2GiB (with individual games like Borderlands over 7GiB, and that's without DLC), and a current WoW install is ~25 GiB (I've still not fully patched up and the new streaming patcher says 1GiB to go with 23.4GiB already used... and it took over 35GiB to apply the 4.0.1 patch).

I'll agree that you don't need 'near terabyte' for games currently unless you buy every new release going. However most SSDs I found on a quick check at www.aria.co.uk were around 120GB for something not stupidly priced, and even those are still around £1.20/GB. A 160GB 7200rpm HDD from there is around 17.5p/GB. 120GB is not enough for me. Before upgrade to Win7 and a 1TB disk I was using a 120GB partition and I had to keep backing up games to my server so I could install new ones.

Until low enough cost/GB SSDs reach around the 500GB level of capacity I don't think they're a replacement for anything beyond a casual gamer.

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