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Comment Re:Charger cables (Score 1) 274

I look forward to the day when I can have a single micro USB cable (or whatever the future version might look like) on my desk and in my bag.

I have a device that still uses mini USB, several using micro USB, and proprietary Pebble, Fitbit and iPhone chargers. Manageable when I'm at my desk if a little messy; more difficult when I'm travelling and either take a whole bunch of cables or just the most important (usually one lightning and one micro USB).

Comment Depends if you want to support it (Score 4, Informative) 312

That really is the big issue with a self build: If something goes wrong, you have to track it down and handle all the support. If you get a pre-built from a good vendor, they'll handle it all. Say what you want about Dell, but all you have to do is run their diags (baked in to the UEFI) and call them with the code, they'll send a dude with the parts needed.

So that should be the major thing you think about. If you don't want to do support, then buy it from a vendor that will provide you with support to the level you require. I tend to recommend Dell because their hardware is reasonable and they have support available everywhere. They subcontract it, but it all works well. We use it at work all the time.

If you are willing to do support yourself, then building it gets you precisely what you want. I build my system at home because I have very exacting requirements for what I'm after and nobody has that kind of thing for sale. Like I don't want a "good large power supply", I want a Seasonic Platinum 1000, nothing else.

Also you'll find that generally at the higher end of things you save money building a system. For more consumer/office range stuff it usually is a wash: They build the mass market systems around as cheap as you could afford to. However when you start talking higher end gaming stuff, you can pay a large premium for things.

As an example I just built a system for a good friend of mine. He wanted some very, very high end hardware and pretty specific requirements. Origin PC would get him what he wanted... for about $9,000. I put it together for around $6,000. The gamer stuff often commands a hefty premium.

Comment Re:OpenRC forever! (Score 4, Informative) 754

All systemd logging can be forwarded to syslog in plain text format, standard feature enabled by a single edit in: /etc/systemd/journald.conf

It can also be enabled on a per boot basis with a simple addition to the kernel boot parameters

  ForwardToSyslog=, ForwardToKMsg=, ForwardToConsole=, ForwardToWall=
                      Control whether log messages received by the journal daemon shall
                      be forwarded to a traditional syslog daemon, to the kernel log
                      buffer (kmsg), to the system console, or sent as wall messages to
                      all logged-in users. These options take boolean arguments. If
                      forwarding to syslog is enabled but nothing reads messages from the
                      socket, forwarding to syslog has no effect. By default, only
                      forwarding to wall is enabled. These settings may be overridden at
                      boot time with the kernel command line options
                      "systemd.journald.forward_to_console=", and
                      "systemd.journald.forward_to_wall=". When forwarding to the
                      console, the TTY to log to can be changed with TTYPath=, described

Comment Re:I'll believe it when I see it (Score 1) 50

And yet for all your misdirected Windows whining DirectX for Windows is the only area that AMD cards perform well. Their Linux drivers blow, as noted by other posts here, and that is because AMD can't write OpenGL drivers to save their life.

nVidia, on the other hand, has extremely fast and solid drivers for Linux.

Comment Well of course, because Linux is OpenGL (Score 1) 50

And AMD can't handle OpenGL. I don't know why, I'm not sure what's so hard, I'm not sure if there's a monster that guards the OpenGL specs in the AMD office or something, but they have sucked at GL for over a decade, and show no signs of getting any better. They can't claim it is because of an API limitation either. For whatever you want to say about the mess that is OpenGL, nVidia makes their GL drivers dead even with their DX drivers. You can use either rendering path and can't tell the difference in features or speed.

That is also why I'm real skeptical that Vulkan is going to do anything for AMD. While they are heavily involved in the development, they are involved with OpenGL's development too (ATi was a voting member on the ARB and is a promoter with Khronos Group). Given that Vulkan is heavily GL based, originally being named glNext, I worry that AMD will suck at performance with it as well.

Comment I'll believe it when I see it (Score 2, Insightful) 50

Not the driver, that's out, but that they are going to change how they do drivers. They've said that numerous times before, and always the situation is the same. They are very slow at getting actual release drivers out (they are forever beta versions) and their OpenGL performance and support is garbage (to the point that HFSS would fail to run on systems with AMD cards).

So AMD: Less talk, more good drivers. I want to support you, I really do, but I've been burned too many times.

Comment And what does that cost for gigabit routing? (Score 1) 112

The problem PFSense has as compared to consumer routers is that running on normal Intel CPUs it needs more CPU power (and thus cost) to be able to forward a given amount of traffic. Plus all the NICs and such are separate silicon. Boradcom makes little all-in-one chips that have a couple of ARM cores that have acceleration for routing and so on. Also they have things like an ethernet switch and ethernet PHYs on the chip so they needn't be added. Have a look at a BCM4709A for an example that is popular in routers.

PFSense is good but it is not the most economical thing if you are talking features matching a consumer router, meaning gig routing, multiple ports, and wifi, you can have your costs go up a fair bit. Particularly if you also then want it to be fairly small and low power. If you hop over to PFSense's site it would cost about $575 for a SG-2440 with WiFi which would give features roughly on par with a consumer router.

While I'd much rather have that over a consumer router, a consumer router is in fact what I have because I didn't want to spend a ton of money for a home router.

Comment Re:so... now they want to ban knowledge (Score 1) 312

Wasn't that program actually started under the Bush administration?

Well, yes but that's misleading.

So that Obama and Holder ended up taking all manner of shit from the Rabid Right--including a massive anti-Holder PR campaign by the NRA--for continuing to do what their guy had started?

This is the misleading part. The operation that became Fast and Furious began under the Bush administration as Wide Receiver but the program was vastly different under the Obama administration.

There was nearly seven times more guns allowed to walk during the Obama administration than under Bush. The Bush administration ended Wide Receiver in 2007 when they had issues with inadequate tracking. None of the Bush era guns have been used in homicides in the US. The Bush era program notified Mexican law enforcement of guns that they expected would cross the border, that didn't happen under Obama.

Whether you choose to chalk it up to incompetence or malice, there were many differences between Wide Receiver and Fast and Furious that show the Obama administration's operation was a wholly different beast.


Comment Re:Why be mutual exclusive? Get all 3 (Score 1) 375

Which HOTAS works with IL2?

On the PS3 I personally know the X52 does. Also the X45 and Thrustmaster T-Flight do as well. Yes, standard PC USB ones, the PS3 badged version of the T-Flight is just the PC one with different labels on it.

You can also use PC HOTAS with Birds of Steel and at least the X52 is supported in Apache Air Assault.

Does the same HOTAS work with Elite Dangerous?

We don't know...yet. Microsoft doesn't usually support alternate controls like Sony does. So we'll have to wait for the PS4 version.

I really can't even find the HOTAS for Xbone or PS4 you speak of. Which is it? Is it really the whole HOTAS, and not just a stick? Is it made especially for the console?

The only game I know of so far that has HOTAS support on the PS4 is War Thunder. In which case you can use a standard USB PC HOTAS like an X52, T-flight, Warthog, etc etc. Rudder pedals are also supported as is using the PS4 camera for view control a la TrackIR Great for planes...not so much for tanks.

Sadly the other air combat games on the PS4 don't have HOTAS support as far as I know.

Comment Re:Tried it, couldn't use it (Score 1) 352

And THAT attitude is one of the reasons Linux on the desktop has such a small amount of users.

Users are why software exists in the first place. Now I know in the open source movement, some developers get a big head and talk about scratching a personal itch, but when you release the thing to the public then you have an ethical responsibility to the users.

Sure you can put a no warranty clause in the license, but disrespect the userbase and then the software has no users. And software that has no users is dead software.

The gimp developers KNEW that most of their userbase, even on Linux, was using non-tiling WM's And one guy living in the past of WM's stood in the way of implementing a single window mode that would have benefitted more users than practically any other feature since EVERYONE has to deal with the UI.

Besides.. "new features"? How long have they been working on GEGL now....15 YEARS.

So don't give me that "bearded FSF Zealot style" lecture accusing people that complain of being "freeloaders". If you don't want people to use the software for free...start a company, release binaries, don't release the source and charge money.

A fanatic is a person who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. - Winston Churchill