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Comment: Re:Do it yourself? (Score 1) 130

by storkus (#47850763) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

LOL, I worked at 2 TV stations back in the 90's and one of them used JVC S-VHS decks for non-prime-time programming (daytime and late night syndicated crap). To the trained eye, the difference with even 3/4-inch tape was obvious, but it apparently was still FCC-legal "broadcast quality".

Still, IMHO, it looked a hell of a lot better than MPEG-2 with all its compression artifacts: noisier, but none of the "blockiness".

Anyway, just to add my opinion to the original poster, ordinary 1/2-inch VHS is so noisy and has lost so much visual and aural information already that I think you'd be hard-pressed to lose any more by using a lossy compression format unless you intend to do serious editing (with effects and such where you'll have to alter the actual video rather than just cutting and pasting) after transfer. To REALLY blow your mind, consider that MPEG-1 (same as Video-CD and lots of OLD interweb videos) was originally intended to be roughly equivalent to VHS or even Super-VHS! (Yeah, I never bought that either.)

Comment: Only a surprise if... (Score 3, Informative) 188 haven't been paying attention. (Tried to put that all on the headline, but wouldn't fit.)

Simply put, as many here already know, if you compare foreign news coverage on domestic affairs to our own domestic coverage, the gaps become obvious and huge: The Guardian et al on Snowden vs the play-down or even silence from domestic sources is just one of MANY examples. Art Bell commented on this years ago (15-20 years ago when I heard it) that he was amazed the coverage of America from the BBC was better than any American news outlet, so this isn't new at all.

The entire point of the 1st Amendment's Press Freedom was to prevent this from happening; so much for that.

It all makes me wonder how much longer before the rest of the conspiracy theorists' predictions come true...

Comment: Re:Sensationalism? (Score 5, Interesting) 294

by storkus (#47805011) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

Because a few things were yanked out of my submission, as usual for headlines. As shown in the Phoronix stories, and (here's one part that was deleted) by Googling around further, a bigger problem is that the mobo manufacturers simply don't give a flying f**k about anything other than winblows: Gigabyte and Asus both say, "We don't support Linux, use windows"--yes, really, read the story--and there was some MSI business before, but maybe that's getting better since they offer official Steam support (we'll see).

I didn't know AsRock and AsusTek were separate companies now: perhaps their new X99-WS, while not an overclocker, is better supported as many workstations run Linux or Solaris.

I'm surprised so many guys didn't know Intel isn't making boards anymore, but I didn't know they're (apparently?) still available. Whether with Z97 or X99 (or later) is a big question, though.

Also deleted from my submission is that I specifically stated that I don't expect all the hardware to work on something so new, but I expect the important parts will: rather, that the M$-isms in the BIOS deliberately interfere with Linux. I'm very familiar with this, as I have a 7 year old laptop that, to this day, I cannot install any of the BSD's to: first the bootloaders died, and now the kernels die in early boot, so it's a little better, but still. Oh, and it likes LILO better than GRUB.

So, is this sensationalistic? No, I don't think so. And I haven't been paid for any of this (in fact, I'm going to max out a credit card or two to pay for this). But I really don't want to repeat all the pain others have gone through. This isn't my first build, and definitely not my first Linux install, but this is the newest hardware that I've used in almost 2 decades. (Usually I just take hand-me-downs on the cheap--as usual, what works like shit in winblows works fine in Linux!) I want a machine for gaming, compiling, GIMPing, etc--for once, I'd like some top end screaming hardware (since I'll never be able to afford Haswell-EX with its 20 cores!). The last thing I need is the manufacturers themselves deliberately creating road blocks!

+ - Are there any Linux-friendly DESKTOP x86 motherboard manufacturers?-> 1

Submitted by storkus
storkus (179708) writes "The release of Haswell-E and a price drop on Devil's Canyon has made me itch for a PC upgrade. However, looking around I discovered a pair of horror stories on Phoronix (2nd story link at the bottom of the first), and plenty more Googling around.

My question: if MSI, Gigabyte, Asus (and by extension Asrock) are out, who's left and are they any good? Note that I want to build a (probably dual-boot, but don't know for sure) gaming and "other" high-end machine with one of the above chips so we're talking Z97 or X99; however, these stories seem to point to the problems being M$-isms in the BIOS/UEFI structures rather than actual hardware incompatibility, combined with a real lousy attitude (despite the Steam distro being real soon now)."

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Comment: Re:Your ways frighten and confuse me (Score 1) 635

by storkus (#47789929) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Ah, my mod points for you. My 2nd computer was a CoCo2 and my parents threw it away in the 90's along with a bunch of other stuff. I miss it even though the 32 columns were a bitch. (FYI, my first computer was an MC-10, if you remember that--I even had the 20k expansion pack! The CC2 was an upgrade!)

30 years since those days...sigh...

BTW, are any of the Coco clubs and what-not still around?

Comment: Re: Google it (Score 1) 303

by storkus (#47718487) Attached to: Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

This is a very well known problem: most organic compounds, wherever they're found and whatever they may be, are easily halogenated (or less often substituted with other things, usually with bacterial help). Chlorine is by far the most common halogen and the most reactive electro-negative element outside of oxygen(#2) and fluorine(#1--fun stuff, watch the videos). I was going to waste bandwidth here, but here's a couple of Wikipedia links that explain things way better:

Bleach/Chlorine + any organic material equals

which are Ozone-Depleting Chemicals, talked about here:

I remember a day when every geek/nerd knew what trichloroethane was as it made the best tape head cleaner, but times change...

Comment: Re:This is going to backfire horribly (Score 2) 64

by storkus (#47702927) Attached to: AMD Launches Radeon R7 Series Solid State Drives With OCZ

Dammit, you said it first:

1. Radeon R7, now for SSDs? How confusing and utterly stupid. The geniuses couldn't be bothered to come up with a new name?

2. OCZ and their reputation. AMD and their reputation. Whatever reviewers may say, those in the know will stay away, and if these drives crap out as well, OCZ will now stain AMD as well (not that they needed any more of that).

[digression]Otherwise, the Nvidia bit...can't really comment as my last laptop was running an Nvidia IGP (GForce7000 + nForce 610m--probably the last thing Nvidia made without some form of hardware decoding for video), and ran just fine with AHCI sata, forcedeth networking, and nvidia pata (for the CD). The graphics were finally supported by Nouveau around 3.10, but stopped working with 3.14 (I'm strongly suspecting this is actually a KMS issue as I'm having the exact same trouble with a Intel IGP laptop).[/digression]

Anyway, this really does make me wonder even more than I already was if AMD is being prepped for a fire sale to some company, and if so, who's pulling the strings? It can't be Intel or Nvidia, I doubt it would be ARM themselves, so who does that leave that could use an alternative x86/x64 IP, possibly being combined with ARM IP, and the only graphics that can hope to stand up to Nvidia?

Comment: Re:ALREADY HAPPENED! (New Mexico) (Score 1) 359

by storkus (#47693617) Attached to: Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

They don't think it's Ebola but they want to be sure:

And this is just ONE person! Even if this one is not the one, statistics says a plane or boat full of carriers is coming sooner or later. May be time to stock up on Tyvek suits and bleach, for starters...

Comment: Once again, science fact follows science fiction (Score 1) 227

by storkus (#47647063) Attached to: About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is In Their DNA

*HOW MANY* stories have been written over the years with just this premise? Frankly, I've lost track.

Science Fiction has already predicted the consequence: designer children. Whether the consequences predicted of THAT come to pass remains to be seen.

Gattica / Brave New World indeed...

Comment: Actually read the book! (Score 1) 144

Can't remember if I got it from a used book store or old public library stock; unlike some of his other stuff, I found this a lot more approachable (maybe because of that editing?). I can see why the BBC might reject it, dealing with Nazis running everything, but syfy? Must require too much thought for them.

Blade Runner is my favorite movie of all time--it and the original Matrix are one of the very few movies I can watch again and again. I love almost everything that Ridley does (maybe YOU hated Prometheus, but I didn't mind) and majorly look forward to this!

Comment: Security considerations and other-than-Linux? (Score 1) 88

by storkus (#47209249) Attached to: Docker 1.0 Released

The quality of comments on are are further proof of how far downhill /. has fallen. It's just depressing.

A couple questions pop to mind:

1. Security--how do containers, whether LXC/Docker, Jails, etc compare to true virtualization? For example, pfSense strongly argues against using virtualization in production machines not only for being slower, but for possible security risks--and a container would be even less secure than that. As an extreme scenario, what's to keep one Docker program from messing with another Docker program running under the same Docker Engine instance?

2. Will Docker only support LXC/Linux only or will it expand to support jails and such? The ability to support multiple OS containers with Docker sounds like it could be INSANELY useful!

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