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Comment: Re:SuSE (Score 1) 573

by pswPhD (#43264467) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

I have been using OpenSuse since around v10, mostly with KDE but I have gnome installed as well. I find Yast (essentially a nicer Linux version of Microsoft's control panel) easy to use, so adding printers, scanners etc. is easy to do. GUI or text versions are very similar.

It would be good if you could do a follow up post of how you get on with whatever distro you choose.

Comment: Re:Once you solve the hardware challenges..... (Score 3, Informative) 160

by pswPhD (#43152147) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Building a Cheap Computing Cluster?

I can recommend Rocks as well, although you WILL need the slave nodes to have disks in them (you could scrounge some ancient 40Gb drives from somewhere...) you seem to want hardware information so...

First point is to have all the fans pointing the same way. Large HPC's arrange cabinets back-to-back, so you have a 'hot' corridor and a 'cold' corridor, which enables you to access both sides of the cabinet and saves some money on cooling.
My old workplace had two clusters and various servers in an air conditioned room, with all the nodes pointing the back wall. probably similar to what you have.
Don't know anything about the UPS, but I would assume having it on the floor would be OK.

Good luck with your project. Write a post in the future telling us how it goes.

Comment: They have other things to worry about (Score 5, Informative) 87

by pswPhD (#43144611) Attached to: EFF Jumps In To Defend Bloggers Being Sued By Prenda

Prenda have much bigger things to worry about than the EFF. They have really annoyed a federal judge, and may be guilty of perjury, contempt of court, fraud on the court and identity theft. Probably a couple of other offences as well.

Prenda isn't finished yet, but given the recent hearing they probably won't be around much longer

Comment: Why bother buying one? (Score 1) 403

by pswPhD (#43008875) Attached to: Is the Wii U Already Dead?

The original wii filled the casual gamers market with a simple remote that even my 84 year old grandfather could use (this is the guy who's mobile phone went off so he put it under the tap to get it to shut up). Nintendo came up with simple, fun games and few additional accessories to go with it.

For this market, graphics/HD are not really needed and are not especially important. Why bother to upgrade?
"Hard Core" gamers would go and buy the Xbox720/PS4 when they come out as graphics/gameplay/improved physics are important. Not so much for more casual gamers.

I have a Wii, and have no intention of buying the WiiU.

Comment: Answer- Scientific computing (Score 1) 176

by pswPhD (#42948347) Attached to: NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Uses 7.1 Billion Transistor GK110 GPU

They are aiming the GTX Titan at the GPU scientific computing market- by fitting up to three of the things in a smaller form factor and running on a (relatively) small power footprint of 250W, these can be useful for CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) calculations, quantum chemistry calculations, protein folding, bitcoin mining (as mentioned by msauve) the list goes on.

Comment: Re:Enter the modern world of ... (Score 1) 418

by pswPhD (#42896521) Attached to: Surface Pro: 'Virtually Unrepairable'

... waste!!! Manufacturers just want you to buy another to replace yours which is designed to break soon. Manufacturers win with more diversion of economy (e.g. repeat sales). World loses.

I'm not as pessimistic. I don't think that many people are going to buy one- so not much wasted. Problem solved

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+ - Oracle vs Google legal war begins a new chapter->

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Dupple (1016592) writes "Oracle says a U.S. judge erred when he threw out its billion-dollar copyright claim against Google over parts of the Java programming language that Google incorporated into the Android mobile platform, according to a court filing.

Oracle's intellectual property battle against Google has attracted intense interest from software developers, many of whom believe the structure of a programming language should not be subject to copyright protection.

In an appeals brief filed on Monday at the Federal U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Oracle said Google's use of Java structure was "decidedly unfair."

"Copyright protects a short poem or even a Chinese menu or jingle," Oracle wrote. "But the copied works here were vastly more original, creative, and labor-intensive.""

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