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Comment: Reminds me of Verses from Revelation 13:11-18 (Score 1) 564

Yikes!!!!! Specifically verse 15.

11Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. 12It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. 14Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
18This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.

+ - Playing XCOM on Steam 1

Submitted by RudyHartmann
RudyHartmann (1032120) writes "My main computer that I'm using is an HP xw8600 Workstation. Here is how it's configured:

Dual 3Ghz Quad Core Xeons CPU's
32Gb DRAM Memory
2Tb 7,200 RPM SATA Drive
Nvidia GT520 2Gb Graphics card
Dell 32 Inch 2560 x 1600 Monitor
Logitech MK320 Wireless Keyboard/Mouse

I have Windows 7 Pro 64 bit and Linux Mint KDE 16 64 bit installed with a dual boot option. I have the Steam client installed on Windows and Linux.

There's a sale going on at Valve via their Steam gaming client. I downloaded a few games, but the one in particular I'm playing with is XCOM Enemy Unknown. This game comes in both a Windows and Linux version. I bought it once and it installed on both OS platforms. I struggled trying to get the Windows version working properly. I have all the latest driver updates for Windows. Windows guessed wrong on my hardware. I manually tried to modify the configuration in every way I could think of for 2 hours. When installing it also had to download some other files which included DirectX all over again. It assumed that I was running a gamepad. I am not. The game skipped miserably and often halted for a period. After editing the settings multiple times, there was little improvement. I tried to run it initially at a resolution far lower than what my monitor and card are capable of. No joy ever. It runs terribly.

After rebooting into Linux Mint I fired up Steam. It installed XCOM smoothly without requiring any extra files to be installed. Once Steam told me the game was ready to play, I just clicked it. It ran perfectly the first time with no modifications required.

This is just astounding. I'm so impressed. Linux has become a BETTER gaming platform than Windows. Wow."

Comment: Daughters, Driving & Texting (Score 1) 367

by RudyHartmann (#46598961) Attached to: More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

When my daughter was a teenager and going to beauty school, I let her drive my Ford F150 truck to school. She crashed it twice while texting and driving. TWICE! At least she was honest about it. Once she ran into the back of some poor slob in a little Toyota something or other. The little Toyota got creamed! The thing was nearly totaled. My truck only got a hole in the plastic bumper valence. Fortunately goofball daughter didn't get a scratch on her either time. Her victims were almost as lucky.

Comment: Re:No place for 'almost', 'not quite' and 'nearly' (Score 1) 423

by RudyHartmann (#46399141) Attached to: RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores

I agree. When they tried to change to a mobile phone retailer, they didn't do well. Their purpose became muddied and second class. When I did go into one for a cable, connector or part, it was my last resort if I wanted it today. They often did not have it or had it for an absurd price. It would be costly now to change back to their roots, but I don't think there is an alternative if they intend to survive. If they return to a hobbyist store, they should do it with all their heart and purpose....or go back to selling leather.

+ - Refurbished Hardware 1

Submitted by RudyHartmann
RudyHartmann (1032120) writes "My New (Refurbished) HP Monster with Mint 16 KDE

Here is how I bought a great refurbished computer to run Linux. I would also like to make it clear that I have no interest in any of these companies.

I had a Pentium 4 computer for a few years that I had built for myself with an Intel D915GAG motherboard. It proved to be a faithful workhorse but was getting a little old. The motherboard cannot access more than 4G of DRAM and the single core 3 Ghz CPU also needed help. So I decided to upgrade to a newer computer.

But being on a limited budget, I needed to try to get the most bang for the buck as possible. So I noticed on eBay that there were a bunch of used and refurbished Hewlett Packard (HP) xw8600 workstations. These computers have 2 sockets for Intel Xeon processors. So I bought one of them from a company in Minnesota called Server Worlds. They had some refurbished ones at a great price listed on eBay, but they were willing to negotiate with me for a lower price when I called them.

Serverworlds Inc.
17100 Medina Rd. Suite 500
Plymouth, MN 55447 U.S.A.
(763) 557-1181
http://www.serverworlds.com/

I bought an xw8600 with a single quad core 3Ghz Xeon for $290. It came with 4G of DDR2 memory, an ATI Radeon Card and a 250 GB SATA drive. They also shipped it with a keyboard and mouse, but no operating system. I called them and asked if they had another Xeon CPU they could install. That CPU with the HP fan cost an extra $75. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

When it came in, I pulled the nVidia card out of my old PC and put it in my xw8600. The card has an nVidia GT520 chip with 2G of video memory. I also took the 2TB Seagate Barracuda SATA drive out of the old PC and put it in the xw8600.

The xw8600 is refurbished by Server Worlds. It is clean and looks practically new. Then I bought 32GB of DDR2-667, PC2-5300, Fully Buffered, ECC, 1.8V, 240-pin, memory modules. There are 8 memory slots in the xw8600, so they are in 4GB modules. These are not the regular commodity modules most PC's com with because they have error checking built in. The xw8600 can be expanded to a monstrous 128GB of DRAM memory with special riser cards too. In order to get the proper specifications for memory, you can go to the Micron website. Micron is a US maker of memory chips. After you get a part number and exact specifications you can shop eBay for lots a cheap memory. Here is the website for memory specifications:

http://www.crucial.com/

Then I installed Mint 16 KDE 64-bit and did all the updates. My PC now can directly access 32G of DRAM with 8 Xeon cores running! I actually only use Windows for work. I much prefer Linux.

I used the entire 2TB drive. Then I booted with a Linux Mint 16 KDE 64-bit DVD. I then downloaded and installed all the latest Linux patches. After this I installed the latest nVidia driver that came with the Mint DVD.

Once I had my computer running properly, I added the Edgers PPA and the latest KDE release from the Kubuntu website. By upgrading Mint Linux 16, you will get a recent modern Linux kernel and nVidia driver 331.38. Go into a terminal and type these commands in to upgrade your drivers and kernel:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

After you have done these steps, reboot and enter another terminal session. We will now upgrade KDE:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

After having done all this, I also installed Windows XP Pro and Windows 7 each in separate virtual machines using VirtualBox. I assigned 4G of RAM to Windows 7 and 2G of RAM to the XP VM.

This is the fastest and most solid computer I have ever had. I could not be happier. For all the specs on my refurbished xw8600, you can get all that from HP's website at:

http://h71016.www7.hp.com/html..."

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