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Comment: Re:We still have video games? (Score 2) 45

by jones_supa (#48228899) Attached to: Google Search Finally Adds Information About Video Games

Why do we need new games? Everyone knows Quake 3 attained perfection in 1999. It's a scientific fact.

Heh!

But hey, 1999 was a great year. CPUs and 3D accelerators were powerful enough to run games like Quake 3 or Half-Life. All games released after that has just been about adding more fidelity.

Sound quality of music albums reached also a pinnacle point: we got great digital audio workstations with lots of tracks and good signal-to-noise ratio, and the dynamic range compression madness had not yet begun.

Windows 2000 was released, which is the other of the two non-sucky graphical operating systems Microsoft has released (the other one is Windows 7). Linux also got popular on the desktop.

Gooood times.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Recommended backup media for small data

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "My remote backup requires some configuration and encryption keys in order to access it. While the configuration is backed up locally, I would like to have a different off-site backup of only the configuration files and keys needed to restore the remote backups. Those configuration and encryption keys change very infrequent. All-in-all, data is expected to be a few megabytes tops. What backup media you can recommend which is both easy to use and reliable? Something with flash-memory, like SD card?"

Comment: Can the counterfeit chip be detected? (Score 2) 540

by jones_supa (#48220271) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips
Is there a way to detect a counterfeit chip without bricking it? If that's the case, they could have just added a System Log message "FTDI device attached to system is not genuine! Driver will not start." Then the driver would return an error and Control Panel would show a yellow exclamation mark for the device.

+ - Better free disk space monitoring?

Submitted by relliker
relliker (197112) writes "In the olden days, when monitoring a file system of a few 100 MB, we would be alerted when it topped 90% or more, with 95% a lot of times considered quite critical. Today, however, with a lot of file systems in the Terabyte range, a 90-95% full file system can still have a considerable amount of free space but we still mostly get bugged by the same alerts as in the days of yore when there really isn't a cause for immediate concern. Apart from increasing thresholds and/or starting to monitor actual free space left instead of a percentage, should it be time for monitoring systems to become a bit more intelligent by taking space usage trends and heuristics into account too and only warn about critical usage when projected thresholds are exceeded? I’d like my system to warn me with something like, “Hey!, you’ll be running out of space in a couple of months if you go on like this!” Or is this already the norm and I’m still living in a digital cave?"

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