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Comment Let's be specific here (Score 1) 69 69

The reason that the listeners could not hear a difference is not because the cables did not differ in quality, but because Ethernet is digital and has the capabilities of error correction and retransmit. The chip might have extra signal processing as well, to do noise reduction for example. In the test, these kind of characteristics were enough to fully compensate for the flaws of the crusty cable.

There's still many scenarios in which you can benefit from better EMI shielding and conductivity, even when talking about a digital application.

Comment Re:Just another case.... (Score 1) 175 175

Windows doesn't yet support queued TRIM, it still uses the legacy serial TRIM.

Queued TRIM is serial as well... :) Everything is serial in the SATA bus.

With "serial TRIM" you probably mean "blocking TRIM" (it requires other operations to be halted and command queue flushed before it can be performed).

Submission + - Lennart Poettering Announces the First systemd Conference->

jones_supa writes: Lennart Poettering, the creator of the controversial init system and service manager for Linux-based operating systems, had the great pleasure of announcing the first systemd conference event. Dubbed systemd.conf, the event will take place later this year, between November 5-7, in Berlin, Germany. systemd developers and hackers, DevOps professionals, and Linux distribution packagers will be able to attend various workshops, as well as to collaborate with their fellow developers and plan the future of the project. Attendees will also be able to participate in an extended hackfest event, as well as numerous presentations held by important names in the systemd project, including Poettering himself.
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Comment Re:Bravo (Score 1) 175 175

Nice to see vendors working together to improve Linux.

Well, Samsung had some SSDs to sell. It's part of the open source philosophy: you scratch your own itch, and everyone benefits.

Still, the problem is that we don't arrive at a well-rounded result. Fixing some things here and there is not deep QA. After stories like this I always get cold chills imagining what else broken is there.

Comment Freedom of expression (Score 1) 332 332

Free software sometimes carries limitations: the program might not be as featureful as a proprietary counterpart. The proprietary software might give me more freedom in the sense of getting my actual task done in the best way possible. Maybe it has better toolset to allow expressing myself artistically more freely, or maybe it has better hardware support so I have more freedom to choose among various hardware devices. Have you thought about freedom from this perspective?

Submission + - Debian Drops SPARC Platform Support

jones_supa writes: As SPARC isn't exactly the most alive architecture anymore, Debian operating system is dropping support for the platform, told Joerg Jaspert last week in the "debian-sparc" mailing list. He noted that this does not block a later comeback as "sparc64". Following that announcement, a recent one tells us that SPARC support was just removed from the unstable, experimental and jessie-updates channels.

Comment Re:HL3HL3HL3 (Score 2, Informative) 57 57

The Half-Life wiki has a good article called Future of the Half-Life series where you can follow the latest developments.

On March 19, Gabe Newell, when asked about Half-Life 3, replied: "The only reason we'd go back and do like a super classic kind of product is if a whole bunch of people just internally at Valve said they wanted to do it and had a reasonable explanation for why [they did]." This, like all of Valve's other statements regarding Half-Life 3, neither confirms nor denies the possibility that the game will eventually be made.

"And do you think (fop that I am) that I could be the Scarlet Pumpernickel?" -- Looney Tunes, The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950, Chuck Jones)