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Comment: Just wait a little (Score 4, Informative) 294

by etherelithic (#47804347) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?
I've built about 9 computers in the past 4 years and have run various flavors of Linux on all of them (mostly LTS builds of Ubuntu), and I've never had compatibility problems with the motherboard. Nowadays nobody can really afford not to support Linux, so I think the important thing is to wait a little while for the chipset drivers to get integrated into the newest builds of the Linux kernel, and then go from there. I've had issues with USB 3.0 support for an older CentOS version, but overall everything works for the most part. Linux even works better out of the box than a clean install of Windows 7 sometimes, because Win7 doesn't have drivers for a lot of common NICs, whereas Linux usually did. As you mentioned, in the latest computers I've built, the UEFI did give me more problems than traditional BIOS, but they weren't show-stoppers by any means, just a google search away from a resolution.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Can some of us get together and rebuild this community? 21

Submitted by wbr1
wbr1 (2538558) writes "It seems abundantly clear now that Dice and the SlashBeta designers do not care one whit about the community here. They do not care about rolling in crapware into sourceforge installers. In short, the only thing that talks to them is money and stupid ideas.

Granted, it takes cash to run sites like these, but they were fine before. The question is, do some of you here want to band together, get whatever is available of slashcode and rebuild this community somewhere else? We can try to make it as it once was, a haven of geeky knowledge and frosty piss, delivered free of charge in a clean community moderated format."

Comment: Re:Faster than the nVidia GTX TITAN for $400 less (Score 5, Interesting) 157

But NVIDIA's consumer oriented cards have very slow double precision processing, something like 1/16 the processing speed of single precision. And they even artifically hobbled the DP performance of the GTX 780, which is otherwise a slightly cut down Titan (i.e. big kepler). All of AMD's 79XX cards (and its rebranded brethren the 280X card), and the new 290X card have 1/4 DP performance. I've consistently bought AMD Radeon cards for my OpenCL applications because their $300 cards are almost as fast as NVIDIA's $1000 card, and in some cases faster, for DP calculations.

Comment: Re:True in all fields (Score 1) 60

by etherelithic (#36819054) Attached to: Computer Science Tools Flood Astronomers With Data
Hm, small world--I'm also in metabolomics (more on the computational end than the biological side of things, what I like to call computational metabolomics). I was going to write a post similar to your own, but more generalized for those who aren't familiar with the biology behind it. The issue now is that well established informatics/statistical/computer science approaches are used as general tools in biology/astronomy/biochemistry, and there is a great need to formulate novel algorithms to take advantage of the particular idiosyncrasies of their respective data sets. Otherwise you end up losing a lot of valuable information. The word "interdisciplinary" is fairly abused in academia, but it really does apply in the case of these emerging computational/informatics approaches to classical fields of biology/astronomy/etc. We need people who are equally trained in both biology/astronomy/etc and computer science/informatics to really make the revolutionary leaps in their respective fields.
Movies

+ - 'Apollo 18' Movie Raises Questions About Secret Mi-> 2

Submitted by MarkWhittington
MarkWhittington (1084047) writes "The premise of the upcoming film "Apollo 18" is that there was a secret, Department of Defense sponsored Apollo mission to the moon that found something up there. The caption on the poster reads: "There's a Reason we've Never Gone Back to the Moon."

Hint: It was not because of stupid politicians."

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Security

+ - Hackers Could Use Gawker Leak To Hit Gov Workers->

Submitted by CWmike
CWmike (1292728) writes "Passwords used by people employed by U.S. federal, state and local governments were among those disclosed by the Gawker hack over the weekend, PBS NewsHour reported on Monday. If the passwords published online by the Gnosis hacker group were also used by those people for their work e-mail accounts, the passwords could be used in future targeted attacks against government employees to plant malware or steal other information. PBS NewsHour has identified a subset of the 1.3 million accounts accessed in the Gawker hack that included an unknown number of accounts with the .gov domain, including ones from the Department of Defense, NASA, National Institute of Health and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Employees at agencies in several states, ranging from Idaho to Virginia, were also among those whose addresses and passwords were harvested."
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Comment: Thinkpad X200 Tablet (Score 2, Informative) 176

by etherelithic (#29525683) Attached to: Best Tablet PC For Classroom Instruction?
I used a Thinkpad X61 tablet pc for note taking and lecture recording while doing my bachelors in EE, and still use it as a regular notebook and note taking now as a grad student. I recently loaded Windows 7 on a SSD and it flies. The screen's 1400x1050, so no screen real-estate complaints here. Most of the time I type my notes, but when I need to write down equations and diagrams, I flip it around and draw them, then go back to typing when I need to. It's fast enough to be a regular use noebook, especially with the new SSD. I love it. The sad thing is they don't make 12.1 inch IPS high res screens anymore, as the latest incarnation, the X200 tablet, uses a 1280x800 screen that's far inferior. Still I think it's worth a look.

Comment: Re:amateur students? (Score 1) 58

by etherelithic (#27642969) Attached to: Cornell Grad Students Go Ballooning (Again)
You hit the nail right on the head. Incidentally, I work at the Lockheed site that's funding this research, and I also went to Cornell. Let me shed some light on this. These "students" are not really students per se, and are employees of Lockheed Martin who are undergoing their ELDP (Engineering Leadership Development Program). It is a three year program in which you work full time for Lockheed while earning your MEng at Cornell (not a bad deal unless you consider the fact that it only takes 1 year to earn the same degree full time, and, honestly, the surrounding area is depressing as hell, plus you get worked to the bone for 3 years). So in fact, these graduate students are professional Lockheed Martin engineers already.
Networking

+ - How to build a CCNA lab for under $200 (no Sims)-> 1

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Julie188 writes "Thanks to the crummy economy, prices for used routers and switches are unbelievable. Now is the time to consider how to build a cheap CCNA lab with real gear — no Sims, no Dynamips. For today at least, cheap is king and if the goal is CCNA prep, you can actually build a home lab for under $200 ... and if you play it right, for under $100. Trainer and author Wendell Odom has charted out the options."
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