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Comment: Re:Greedy Corporation (Score 1) 214

by jarfil (#49708327) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Won't Offer Free Windows 10 Upgrades To Pirates

What do you mean Linux is "too unreliable"? It won't crash, it won't lose your data, it will keep 100+ day uptimes without a hitch... :-?

As for LibreOffice vs. MS Office, both will keep 100% of their formatting once you export to PDF, and keep 100% of their data if you use any open format like ODT, DOCX, or plain text. Using anything else is just asking for trouble down the road anyway.

Comment: Re:Since when rewarding pirates is "good"? (Score 1) 214

by jarfil (#49706099) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Won't Offer Free Windows 10 Upgrades To Pirates

It used to be that if you installed Windows 7 in a VM, without entering a valid serial number, it would run for 60 days... after which it would show a nag screen at boot time and switch your desktop background to black.

I guess black is fit for a "pirate theme".

Comment: Re:Greedy Corporation (Score 1) 214

by jarfil (#49706059) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Won't Offer Free Windows 10 Upgrades To Pirates

It's not only the game or desktop support, but also the multi-monitor support, multi-display-adapter support, high granularity switching, etc. Windows Display Driver Model is better than anything on Linux, and it's only getting better with Windows 10's WDDM 2.0 and DirectX 12. Linux drivers have advanced a lot, thanks in part to Steam and all the interest in porting games to Linux, but the support still has to advance quite a bit more to beat Windows at what it does best: showing windows.

Comment: Re:Greedy Corporation (Score 2) 214

by jarfil (#49705977) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Won't Offer Free Windows 10 Upgrades To Pirates

Alternatives... for doing what.

If you're doing servers or data processing, there you have a plethora of GNU/Linux distributions. You should already be using GNU tools on Windows anyways. Office, entertainment (music/video), web, software development... all of it you can do anywhere.

Comment: Re:Greedy Corporation (Score 3, Informative) 214

by jarfil (#49705919) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Won't Offer Free Windows 10 Upgrades To Pirates

XP is crap. Its driver model and security model are a total joke. Any program can bring the whole system down, and you will not even know which one it was.
I can't believe people can defend XP, call it "stable" and whatnot. I would rather have a Vista with all its beta-ish stuff than touch XP with a ten foot pole.

Comment: Re:Thumb Drives (Score 5, Insightful) 184

by jarfil (#49657893) Attached to: Enterprise SSDs, Powered Off, Potentially Lose Data In a Week

Tape is some of a myth.

The only safe media, is that which you keep copying before it deteriorates. Not HDDs, not SSDs, not CDs, not thumbdrives, and not tape. Any media you leave untouched past its data retention period, will lose data.

What you need is to check every copy of your data for any sign of degradation, and replace it with a fresh copy as soon as, or before, it begins to fail. Tape may give you the most time between checks, but it doesn't change the fact that data you forget about is data you will lose.

Comment: Re:I call BS (Score 1) 184

by jarfil (#49657799) Attached to: Enterprise SSDs, Powered Off, Potentially Lose Data In a Week

the RAID controller has to wait for the HDD on every read/write to verify it's the same as on the SSD

Drives use checksums, no need to read from a second drive if it succeeds from the first one.

Also, "write mostly" configurations for the HDD allow for most reads to be made from the SSD, with the HDD acting as a backup. Writes still need to be duplicated, but this can be done in the background.

Comment: Re:Not Brick (Score 3, Informative) 179

by jarfil (#49451089) Attached to: Google Lollipop Bricking Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 Devices

Have you tried changing the usb connector? It's a known failure in the Nexus 7 2012, that after some time the connector becomes loose and won't make contact. You can find replacements on ebay from $3 (need to solder) to $12 (no soldering required), or you can do what I did: carefully pry the metal of the connector so it becomes a bit tighter.

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