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Comment Re:How timely... (Score 4, Interesting) 91 91

Horse hocky. My Nexis 7 rolled over and died a few weeks ago so I had to scare up a replacement tablet. I choose Asus Z580C to replace it. This tablet has a intel atom Z3530 processor in it, which I found out later is a x86 based processor.

I've had it for 2 weeks now and I've very pleased with it. To say the x86 can't be used well in a mobile processor is grade a bullshit.

Comment Re:Under what authority? (Score 1) 298 298

If you read the article it was clear he planed to show if the permit was granted. Since it wasn't granted because he was going to show he decided to phone it in. Which lead to the police rushing in and shutting it down.

If he didn't plan to show up in the first place then granting the permit or not to grant the permit would have been a moot point. No felon rapper, no reason not to grant the permit.

Comment Re:Under what authority? (Score 1) 298 298

The city should have never used a permit issue to force this concert to close. It was rap, I'm sure there where several nose ordnances on the books to cover it.

If the city was smart they should have issued the permit to let this felon come, then arrested him when he got in the city.

Comment Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 289 289

I kind of got that feeling too. I installed a Server 2003 on a number of systems. I had to smack it around a little and in some cases get creative with some drivers once that was done it worked well.

One of the more interesting was installing it on a Dell business laptop. I couldn't find dedicated drivers for xp-64 for this system. I noticed the laptop used the same network chips as the servers we used. I downloaded that driver package, installed it, and it worked.

Comment Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 289 289

And this boys and girls is why I build my own rigs. Every processor and RAM sim lovingly selected from the newegg buffet. No shitty components or lackadaisical hardware from unknown vendors. Just everything I select is from known vendors with reliable parts.

Even the OS is from a OEM disk. No bloatware/crapware/or shitware.

So if you game on it or just smoke it, nothing beats hand rolled, at home with love.

Comment Re:Always backup your data to a different machine! (Score 1) 297 297

Very good points.

A) Yes, I do grab folders that I think need to be backed up right there and then, and drag them over to the external drive. I also don't have it scripted but I do have a backup routine. Sunday night I rsync everything with an external usb drive. I used to have it scripted but that would require me to keep the usb drive plugged in all the time. With rise this encrypted maelware and shit I decided that it was better to keep my backups completely off line. B) Yes, I think we can safely say I know more than the author.

Comment Re:Always backup your data to a different machine! (Score 1) 297 297

That is basically what I do. I copy over all the important files and my data to a external HD. I have used automatic backup systems and bare metal recovery options in the past. To me they have never been worth the trouble. Seems like every time I try to recover from one of these something isn't comparable or something is missing like a driver.

To me its just easier to reinstall and copy over the data from backup once I replace the drive.

Comment Re:Proof (Score 4, Insightful) 546 546

So the NSA keeps a list of identities of MI6 members stored where some Hawaii-based contracted sysadmin has complete access to them.

Wouldn't surprise me a bit if the did. As a system admin for over 20 years you would be surprised what you come across, what people trust you with and to do.

One bank I worked for all the terminals where secure with individual passwords, everything was secure. All but the backups. Everything was backup to tape that everyone in the IT department had access too. The backup tapes where not secure or tracked. Anyone with a IT badge could have walked in there, walked out with every customer record and it would have been weeks before it was noticed.

I was system admit at a real estate company. For years my job was to load weekly backups to a offsite location in the trunk of my car. This data contained every piece of data the company had from pay role to customer information.

One time when I was cleaning out an account for a former employee, on his unsecured home directory I came across a CSV file containing a dump of every customers account number, name, DOB, address, credit card numbers, SSN, and a lot more. If I wanted to commit a case of identity theft I could have made off like a bandit and nobody would have ever known.

Email admin. Almost every thing that goes on in a company now goes through the email system. A email admin could know more about the company than any one if he wanted too. What big deals are going down to who is sleeping with who in the office.

What it comes down to is people simply think that computers are all secure because they have no real clue how they work. The secretary at the front desk, she has no clue that her gossip is stored in plan text on a server that anyone in the IT department can read. Most CEO, CFO, BLTs, are the same way. They will email back and forth about the upcoming "big deal" they are working on.

Most people are simply ignorant on how computers really work.

Comment Re:Quiet? (Score 1) 558 558

MB: GIGABYTE GA-AM1M-S2H AM1 2 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard CPU: AMD Athlon 5350 Kabini Quad-Core 2.05GHz Socket AM1 25W AD5350JAHMBOX Desktop Processor AMD Radeon HD 8400

That is almost the exact same rig I have for a htpc at home. The thing is so quiet when I first fired it up I thought it was dead. I'm even using the stock 50mm cpu fan that came with it. The 5350 is no power house processor but is more than enough to do most desktop work. Even some light gaming if you want too.

Over all I was more than impressed by how quiet this system was.

Comment Re:Quiet? (Score 1) 558 558

Has anyone built a near-silent desktop computer with off-the-shelf components? I'm interested in getting the details.

I built a quad core htpc out of a AMD 5350 processor. Not exactly a power house processor but if you are looking for something to do word-processing, web browsing, and some light gaming you could do worse. I selected that processor with the goal of quiet in mind. When I power up the system all there is a slight whirl of the fan starting. Even then you have to be in a quiet room and have your ear on it. Other than that its whisper quiet when running.

But if you want a decent rig that is also fairly quiet, think big ass fans. 120mm and above. My antec 900 case has 3, 120mm fans in it and a 240mm on top. My cpu fan is also 120mm. I have two of them sitting next to my desk at home. Both of them put out are inaudible in a normal room and just a low whisper in a quiet room.

Comment Re:My main PC (Score 1) 558 558

Nerds are not value conscious, nerds are cheap. Nerds are also fanboys.

All I have in my house are AMD processors, except for the i5 I have in my surface. The reason I have all AMD processors is because I know the processor line. I don't know Intel that much, but I'm learning.

When you called it the underdog you pretty much nailed it. I'm already working on my design for my next workstation. I'm going with a i7 this time. Just to be frank, AMD has fallen behind on the technology curve. DDR4 ram is out, PCI 3.0 is standard now and so is 22 nm processor. Intel is 2 years ahead of AMD on technology.

Unless AMD pulls some serous rabbits out of the hat, these will be the last AMD systems I have.

Comment Re:Duh.. Evolution. (Score 1) 637 637

I would like to point out that of all the creatures that have come before us we are the only ones that really get a choice on if we go extinct or not. We alone have the ability to take ourselves off the extinction list.

We can also just as well put ourselves on that list too. Not only that, we can move ourselves to the front of the line if we chose too.

Comment Re:Here's mine ... (Score 2) 558 558

It's not a database server. I simply don't find myself IO bound. When I do, it's a long running task that I usually kick off and walk away from. I have more need of disk space for redundant backups of my stuff, not raw speed.

This is why you need a proper bitch box. A box to get your bitch work done with out tying up your main desktop. My bitch box doubles as NAS and has a AMD FX-8350 shoved in it. It also has 16 GB of memory. When I have bitch work for it to do I spin up a VM and crack the whip.

This I can get long term tasks done while leaving my main workstation open for more important tasks. Like GTA5.

I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best. -- Oscar Wilde