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Comment: Hope for future treatment (Score 1) 140

by MadX (#47906869) Attached to: If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

My daughter was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia in July of this year. she is currently in her second round of chemotherapy.
I doubt whether she will be given the opportunity of being part of this research, but I am really glad that there are continuing advancements happening in this field.

And as a personal point of pride, my son (age 15) was tested, and confirmed as a match for stem cell therapy this weekend ! He agreed without hesitation to help his sister.

+ - Linux Solution for Video Feeds

Submitted by MadX
MadX (99132) writes "After having come back from a rowing regatta, I found that the most frustrating part was the inability to see the skullers actually taking off at the 1000m and 2000m marks, and only seeing the end of the race (sitting at the finish line)

Now these are not "national" events and as always, finances are tight.
Is it at all possible to come up with a Linux based solution for providing a video feed from the marshall boats, that can be displayed on a projector at the finish line ?"

Comment: Re:Missing wires (Score 2) 183

by MadX (#44754125) Attached to: How Africa Will 'Leapfrog' Wired Networks

I can confirm. I have seen where cables were laid, and while they are busy trying to terminate - 2 kilometers down the road, they are busy digging it up. So at the end of the day, despite wireless being slow, it still becomes the data delivery method of choice. Also, there is a single entity that realy "owns" the majority of cables (Telkom), and they are resisting pressure to reduce pricing.

So the private firms use wireless, because it frees them from having to rely on a state owned enterprise that controls all hardwired connections outside of your building(s).

Comment: The Pi - overpriced on this side of the pond (Score 2) 142

by MadX (#43523649) Attached to: BeagleBone Black Released With 1GHz Cortex-A8 For Only $45

Coming from South Africa, I am disappointed that the Rasberry Pi is so expensive. Hopefully these boards will be better priced here ..

I had a ticket in the "queue" to order an RPi. When my turn came - would cost R 650-00 (Dollar was around 8.42 at the time so close to $ 80 USD) - I passed.

+ - What is the capacity of your primary HDD on your PC ?

Submitted by MadX
MadX (99132) writes "This article from 2011 (,13118.html) said that the average hdd was 590 Gigs, yet these days, people talk about a 64/128GB SSD for the primary disk. Granted, most users will have their additional storage running into terabytes, but will we ultimately see a decline in the core disk requirement for PC's ?"

Comment: Many choices (Score 2) 573

by MadX (#43264163) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

There are really a *lot* of distributions to choose from. It really boils down to what you want to do with the desktop. Ubuntu (I use it, but not overly happy with the unity interface), fedora, SuSE, even the "lesser known" distributions all have pretty intuitive installers and interfaces.

But I cannot stress the benefit of joining a local Linux User Group. There are a lot of guys that will help you gain a better understanding of what you are actually doing - instead of copy/paste/panic (what the hell did I just do ??). You need to know WHY things work the way they do.

Comment: Employee Rights - Never really understood (Score 2) 396

by MadX (#39473941) Attached to: Senators Ask Feds To Probe Facebook Log-in Requests

I think this is where the actual rights of an employee, are never really understood by said people. There are probably many other examples where companies have violated laws regarding their workforce, because of what I perceive to simply be insecurities on the part of the company.

In short - companies get scared that their name will be tainted from the inside, and so they are willing to go above (or below) the law to try and "protect" their image. So it's good to see that lawmakers are standing up and taking note. Now, just to educate those who don't read tech sites :)

"Most of us, when all is said and done, like what we like and make up reasons for it afterwards." -- Soren F. Petersen