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Comment: i have some of the same hardware as you (Score 1) 252

I have a pair of WD TV Live boxes in my house and love the little gadgets. I've used them for four or five years and have yet to see a video file they wouldn't play so for me, transcoding is not a requirement. My media server is an HP Atom N270 netbook with 2GB RAM running Debian Unstable and I use minidlna to serve up video and audio; I also use this machine to manage network backups to an external hard drive. Works like a charm.

Although the netbook has a GUI installed I never use it, preferring to manage it over an SSH session.

If you're committed to the crawlspace thing (and it appears that you are), as others have mentioned as long as you can keep water, dust and critters out of the machine you should be fine; but with the WD box you really don't need anything fancy to act as a DLNA server. You seem to be committed to running a Windows machine as well, so I'm not gonna debate that point :)

I think the biggest challenge you'll have is keeping critters out of the machine while still maintaining reasonable airflow; so I'd think that a low-power box that didn't require much in the way of cooling would be the way to go; I think your biggest issue will probably be keeping bugs out of the thing.

Comment: disagree with corenominal a little bit (Score 1) 129

by pointbeing (#49006005) Attached to: CrunchBang Linux Halts Development

...I’m leaving it behind because I honestly believe that it no longer holds any value,

Would disagree pretty strongly. I was a longtime KDE user and was scared witless of lightweight WM after a few failed attempts back in the day. #! gave me a lightweight distribution that worked OOB and gave me a usable system; I felt free to backup configs and tweak to my heart's content, knowing I could always put it back the way it was if I screwed it up.

That's how I learned openbox. That's also how I learned that I preferred fluxbox to openbox.

Then I figured one day that since I had a really nice #! configuration I could migrate the thing to full Debian. After that I learned that migrating a #! install to Debian isn't as easy as one would think, but I got through it. That gave me the confidence to clean-install Jessie and later, Sid which is where I am now.

But I'm still using the default #! theme :)

corenominal saved me a lot of pain and I learned a lot. I'm not sure there really is anything to replace what #! is out of the box.

Comment: Re:Well duh. (Score 3, Interesting) 293

by pointbeing (#48085753) Attached to: Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

Actually, no... They are discriminated against based on salary expectations.

This. This right here.

I'm an American working for an Indian IT company in a middle management position. The company for which I work seems to believe that employee attrition is cost of doing business and although I'm compensated fairly (which was a pretty good trick all by itself), the majority of my peers and subordinates are not. I wouldn't blame any of them for leaving. If my company hadn't made things right with me I'd have left a year and a half ago.

Most companies based in India don't pay anywhere near market; that's how they win contracts. Sad to say, but the customer gets what he pays for; if you want to outsource and want American workers the customer has to be prepared to pay the price. There is one client at this location that requires their service desk to be all native speakers; since this will be staffed with all US employees they're gonna pay more than if the company had outsourced some or all of that service desk to India.

High employee attrition appears to be an acceptable business risk to most of these companies.

Comment: Re:Crunchbang! (Score 1) 573

by pointbeing (#43266867) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?


#! Waldorf is Debian Wheezy running openbox with training wheels installed. It comes with a working panel, compositing, wallpaper, screensaver, conky and as parent pointed out, one tool per task. I wanted to learn a lightweight WM without all the pain of first-time configuring a lightweight WM ;-)

I won't need crunchbang next time I install but am grateful to the #! team for teaching me openbox in the most painless way possible.

Comment: Re:"looks a bit too cartoony"...."annoys the hell" (Score 1) 289

by pointbeing (#41864769) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Tries KDE, Likes It So Far

more accurate to say he liked the ability to configure every little thing, but has many gripes too about overall look & feel and defaults

I'd say his post overall is why many people still go to things like xfce4, mate, cinnamon, LXDE, etc.

IIRC Linus switched *from* XFCE.


+ - Firefox remarkably improved in latest browser showdown-> 2

Submitted by Billly Gates
Billly Gates (198444) writes "Tomshardware did another benchmark showdown since several releases of both Firefox and Chrome came out since the last one. Did Mozilla clean up its act and listen to its users? The test results are listed here. Firefox 13.01 uses the least amount of ram with 40 tabs opened while Chrome uses the highest surprisingly. Overall it scored medium with memory efficiency which measures ram released after tabs are closed. What is also surprising is IE 9 still is king of the lowest ram usage for just 1 tab. Bear in mind in the comments below is that these tests were benchmarked in Windows 7. Windows XP and Linux users will have different results due to differences in memory management. It is too bad IE 10 which is almost finished wasn't available to benchmark."
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+ - Afghan School "Poison Attacks" Probably Mass Hysteria - WHO->

Submitted by smugfunt
smugfunt (8972) writes "A number of incidents at schools in Afghanistan, especially girl's schools, have been attributed to poisoning by the Taliban. The World Health Organization has investigated 32 of them but found no poison. "Mass Psychological Illness is the most probable cause," they conclude, the Telegraph reports.
The Taliban has consistently denied poisoning schools and have even consented to allow the education of girls in a deal with the government which allows significant Taliban control over the curriculum."

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+ - university sues student for graduating early->

Submitted by pointbeing
pointbeing (701902) writes "A private German economics and business university is suing one of its students for lost income after he finished his Bachelors and Masters degrees in about a quarter of the normal time.

Marcel Pohl completed 60 examinations in 20 months, gaining a grade of 2.3, and was officially ex-matriculated in August 2011. Such a course usually takes 11 semesters, but he only needed three.

Now the Essen-based School of Economics and Management (FOM) want the 22-year-old to pay his fees up the end of 2011 — an extra €3,000."

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+ - Ubuntu Can't Trust FSF: Thus Dropped Grub 2 For Secure Boot->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Free Software Foundation, FSF, recently published a white paper criticizing Ubuntu's move to drop Grub 2 in order to support Microsoft's UEFI Secure Boot. FSF also recommend that Ubuntu should reconsider their decision. Ubuntu's charismatic chief, Mark Shuttleworth, has finally responded stating the reason why they won't change their stand on dropping Grub 2 from Ubuntu. Mark Shuttleworth said "The SFLC advice to us was that the FSF could require key disclosure if some OEM screwed up. As nice as it is that someone at the FSF says they would not, we have to plan for a world where leaders change and institutional priorities change. The FSF wrote a licence that would give them the rights to take specific actions, and it's hard for them to argue they never would!

So, does that FSF can't be trusted?""

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Comment: Re:Prison and games (Score 1) 337

by pointbeing (#37931844) Attached to: Court To Prisoner: No Xbox 360 For You

...Meanwhile, #2 still applies - a game station is actually a very cheap distraction if it prevents a single serious incident. Figure $10k if somebody's stabbed, $100k+ for a prison riot, etc...

The reason they have cable TV in prisons is to reduce the number of guards required to manage prisoners. I don't have real numbers but I'd wager that paying a couple of prison guards for a year is considerably more expensive than a year's worth of cable TV.

Comment: Re:WNDR3700v2 (Score 1) 196

by pointbeing (#37842116) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: DD-WRT Upgrade To 802.11n?

ps - I use homeplug *and* WDS at the house - mainly because there are three walls and a floor between my home router and the rack where directv/PS3/xbox lives. There is a WDS node in the kitchen one floor below the my router and another one in my bedroom feeding a directv receiver. This is a fairly new house and the spousal unit won't allow me to pull wire through her walls.

Yet. ;-)

+ - kubuntu 11.04 reviewed by distrowatch->

Submitted by pointbeing
pointbeing (701902) writes "Earlier this year, in the wake of my Ubuntu review, several people suggested I try Kubuntu. I was repeatedly assured that while Ubuntu had some rough edges, the Kubuntu team had put together a first-class KDE release. I'm a trusting sort, so I decided to take the advice and downloaded Kubuntu 11.04."
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