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Comment Re:Dangerous, stupid lies. (Score 1) 617

Huh? Here is the 2nd paragraph of the linked site. It certainly does refute the post above. I think your reading comprehension needs some work:

"Radiocarbon analysis has dated the parchment on which the text is written to the period between AD 568 and 645 with 95.4% accuracy. The test was carried out in a laboratory at the University of Oxford. The result places the leaves close to the time of the Prophet Muhammad, who is generally thought to have lived between AD 570 and 632."

Note that "AD 568 to 645" is different than the Slashdot article lead which says "545 AD and 568".

Comment Re:Study is right, but needs more.. (Score 1) 165

A nuclear accident could easily release a lot more radiation than a coal plant. You are confused by the often-quoted fact that when operating normally, a coal plant can release more radiation. An accident though means the plant is not operating normally.

This may mean that the risk from the radiation from either type of plant when operating normally is pretty low. It's fun to point out that more radiation comes from a coal plant, but I'm pretty certain the danger from breathing the other crap that comes out of the coal plant way outweighs the radiation danger.

Comment Re:What a bunch of stupid Republicans (Score 1) 588

I believe the "stupid Republicans" posts are a troll, possibly from somebody who is actually right-wing. They are designed to look like they are posted by as stupid a person as possible. Have seen a couple equally ludicrous ones for the opposite direction, though they tend to use "Liberals" rather than "Democrats". Sometimes they use the exact same wording as the republican attack. Not as common, however, for whatever that means.

Comment Re:Why would you want this? (Score 1) 66

The intention is to have the database update when the close() is done, not on every write().

It is pretty obvious that the desired functionality could be done by fuse, where a get() is done on open and a put() is done on close if write was ever called.

I think the modern day applications that only write a part of a file are nearly non-existent (and in fact partial update where another program can see your unfinished writing, is usually a bug, not a feature). So there is no need for any api other than put().

There is a nice subset that only reads part of a file (and that part almost always includes the start of the file) however. So I can see this as being an argument for being able to access blocks of data from the remote.

Comment "Ask" section is getting dumber and dumber :( (Score 1) 78

> What [...] is generally the best way to distribute patches

Patches for what? For PC operating systems? PC software? Embeded computers?

> in a way so customers can download them, considering
> that the machines are offline?

Well you can't download anything when you are offline. You mean that customers download the patches, put it on removable media and install them on their machines...

> Are there any software packages (open source preferred) that pretty much
> allow engineers to upload a patch with a description to a web server, and allow
> customers with credentials that are registered in LDAP to browse and download
> them quickly?

Yeah like SFTP server for uploading and web server (f.e. Apache with LDAP modules) for customers?

What exactly are you asking?

Comment VDI thin client, maybe Android TV box (Score 1) 158

> I have a slightly unusual requirement.

Nothing really unusual about this.

> I just have a desktop PC which I use for most of the stuff I do (gaming, video, work, etc.),
> and it's upstairs. From time to time, I'd like to use it downstairs. Is there a wireless solution
> that will let me take control of the PC from downstairs, using the TV (HDMI) as the screen,
> and the TV's speakers to replace my desktop speakers?

What you are asking is how to work remotely from TV room to your personal computer.

You haven't specified any essential details so I need to ask:

What kind of stuff you wish to do remotely?

1) Just access photos on your PC and maybe some media (music, videos streaming)?

For that you need just a simple network media player attached to your TV. Also you need a modest wifi connection between your TV and your PC. Anything that has wifi, can output via HDMI, has a remote and plays media files (photos, audio, video) will do.

2) Maybe do some office work on it?

For that you need a thin client. Probably Android based. That can do VNC or RDP. Also some input devices for that box (USB or wireless keyboard and mouse). And a modest wifi connection.

3) Gaming?

If you even think about streaming games from your PC you need a powerful wifi connection (like dual band, N standard, *fast* access points). And some device that can stream games from Steam - even small Raspberry Pi box could do that but network performance is essential.

So given above three points you need to have:
- configured wireless or wired network connection between the TV and your PC
- somekind of client device at your TV (Android based set-top box or dongle, something like PCoIP thin client, small Linux client (like RasPI))
- some input devices for your TV - depending on what you want - a remote control for media, a keyboard and mouse for workflow, a gamepad for gaming

But the one thing in common is to have network connection (wireless or wired) between the PC and the TV.

Whom computers would destroy, they must first drive mad.