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Comment: I'm not sure how to classify my own use of Linux (Score 2) 282

by niks42 (#47861127) Attached to: Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?
I've a big machine in the office at home. Some of its time it is a media server, some of the time a database server, apache/php web server and so on; equally it is my go-to client machine for highly interactive desktop applications like schematic entry, PCB layout, graphics and so on. Now it is not the music production machine, and on that I am using low latency kernel and I keep down the number of server-like processes. But they both came from the same distro, with light bits of tuning and configuration. I really, really don't want to have to manage multiple disparate distros based on usage of the day.

Comment: Re:anyone remember when (Score 1) 316

by niks42 (#47763537) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive
My first hard disk failure at home was a 20MB drive .. it failed to spin up one cold morning. I eventually got it going by giving it a good lateral twist when applying power, and it started again. Needless to say I took the opportunity to copy the entire volume onto my brand new 30MB replacement hard disk. The 20MB became a doorstop to my office for many a year - being a 5.25 inch drive, full height, it weighed enough to keep the door open in a gale.

Comment: I can't ever work for IBM again .. (Score 1) 282

I took 'voluntary' separation from IBM, and part of the conditions for leaving with a lump sum was that I can never work for IBM either directly or via an agency or contract anywhere in the world ever again.

There's always a risk that IBM would take over all of the major employers and I would have been right royally fucked, but then what are the real chances of that ever happening?

Comment: Re:Relatively pointless (Score 3, Insightful) 195

by niks42 (#45499565) Attached to: Project Free TV, YIFY, PrimeWire Blocked In the UK
I think you overestimate the capabilities and patience of a large percentage of the population of the UK. I think these actions will shut down 80% of the movie sharing. It is a right royal pain in the bum, and personally I think the MPAA just don't understand that any action they take will have unintended consequences, but on the whole, it will have the effect they desire - most of the traffic will be gone.

They should just be careful what they wish for.

Comment: On my bench .. (Score 1) 215

by niks42 (#45479317) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's On Your Hardware Lab Bench?
Scope is a must. Imagine a surgeon operating on anyone these days without Diagnostic Imaging.
HP 3312A Sig Gen (bought broken off *bay, fixed it)
HP 5385A Frequency Meter (bought broken off *bay, fixed it)
HP 54502A 400Mhz dual trace digital scope (bought broken off *bay, fixed it)
Homebrew GPIB adapter!
dual PSU (bought broken off *bay, fixed it)
DVM (bought broken off *bay, fixed it)
Open Logic Sniffer for a logic analyser
Multiple small USB-based toys
multiple small multimeters, going from tiny hand-held Chinese 4.5 digit autoranging one to an Avo 8 and an Avo Multiminor
SMT rework station
Weller soldering iron
Good old fashioned EPROM/EEPROM/GAL/PAL programmer

Real Users never know what they want, but they always know when your program doesn't deliver it.