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Comment Avoid enterprise hardware (Score 1) 287

2x Shuttle XPC running vCentre
QNAP NAS for shared storage and media server
Cisco 857w
Generic gigabit switch
Linksys VOIP gateway
Small UPS

This sits behind the glass door of a nice oak AV cabinet in the living room, and I have a couple of 120mm PC fans in the back of it to circulate air. Reasonably cheap, no noise, easy on the power, and ok with the wife since I don't have an ugly rack of equipment sitting in the corner. Excepting for upgrades/reworks, this is more or less the setup I've run for the last 7 or 8 years.

Rest of house runs combination of Wifi & Ethernet. An additional Shuttle XPC sits in the shed as my "offsite" backup repository.

Comment Re:If it were me (Score 1) 86

I second everything mentioned above, and also recommend the book "Grain Brain" (look it up on Amazon). It is written by a neurosurgeon who makes a very compelling, leading edge (and medically unpopular) case against grains and gluten, its relationship to inflammation and its effects on Alzheimer's, and the uncanny links with other first world epidemics like diabetes, obesity, heart disease, etc. Its very easy to read and there is lots of research referenced throughout.

At 33 I recently went through a cardiac event, scary as it is at this age, and I am definitely not what you would call morbidly obese. This book will change your thinking and your habits A LOT.

Submission + - Quick Tech Product Death More Humane? ( 1

HumanEmulator writes: The NY Times writes about how the Hollywood summer-movie business model is being applied to tech products: "Every release needs to be a blockbuster, and the only measure of success is the opening-weekend gross." New products are being pulled from shelves only weeks after a lackluster release. What if the TouchPad, the Microsoft Kin, or even Google Wave had had more time on the market? Is this blockbuster or bust model good thing?

Comment Re:Fundamental Flaw? (Score 1) 157

The purpose of Tor is to provide anonymity. Given that in order for Tor to work it requires "community" participation, that means anyone can operate an exit node, but there is also an understanding that exit nodes can be used to siphon data. The key point here is that the exit nodes cannot determine the origin of the data, hence anonymity.

However, there is nothing preventing you from encrypting data over Tor.


Best Man Rigs Newlyweds' Bed To Tweet During Sex 272

When an UK man was asked to be the best man at a friend's wedding he agreed that he would not pull any pranks before or during the ceremony. Now the groom wishes he had extended the agreement to after the blessed occasion as well. The best man snuck into the newlyweds' house while they were away on their honeymoon and placed a pressure-sensitive device under their mattress. The device now automatically tweets when the couple have sex. The updates include the length of activity and how vigorous the act was on a scale of 1-10.

Comment Re:Strength? (Score 1) 213

My thoughts exactly, does it not have to store the carbon somewhere? Of course I have no knowledge in this area, but sureley that would change the structural integrity of the concrete over time? Could someone more knowledgable comment on this?

Or, for all we know, because its absorbing carbon it could very well make it stronger.


Submission + - SPAM: AMD Breaks 1GHz GPU Barrier With Radeon HD 4890

MojoKid writes: "AMD announced today that they can lay claim to the world's first 1GHz graphics processor with their ATI Radeon HD 4890 GPU. There's been no formal announcement made about what partners will be selling the 1GHz variant, but AMD does note that Asus, Club 3D, Diamond Multimedia, Force3D, GECUBE, Gigabyte, HIS, MSI, Palit Multimedia, PowerColor, SAPPHIRE, XFX and others are all aligning to release higher performance cards. The new ATI Radeo HD 4890 utilizes advanced GDDR5 memory and a 1GHz core clock speed to deliver 1.6 TeraFLOPs of compute power."
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