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Comment: Re:bah (Score 1) 166 166

Maybe so, but when I was in college (early 90s) I recall considering getting one of those Apple Computer Loans for students, for around $3000. And that was the discounted price. So I'm not sure I would call that a "gift", when Amigas and PCs were definitely cheaper. Of course, I didn't get the loan. I just bought a dumb termial ($35) and a Bocamodem ($200) to connect to the VAX on campus.

Comment: Quiet? (Score 1) 558 558

Has anyone built a near-silent desktop computer with off-the-shelf components? I'm interested in getting the details. And to answer the original question, I assembled my desktop in 2010 using parts from Newegg (this is boring): Athlon II X4 640, ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3, ZALMAN CNPS20LQ liquid CPU cooler, 8 GB Kingston ECC memory, Antec EarthWatts EA-500D, Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX mid tower case, with various hard drives (Seagate rotating, OCZ SSD). Runs Debian Wheezy. It's not quiet enough.

Comment: Re:$30 (Score 1) 515 515


The current Amtrak is highly comparable to what is being built.

No it is not. Amtrak out here breaks down frequently, so is unpredictable on long trips. They put ypu on a bus when the train breaks down, which sucks. L.A. to San Diego on Amtrak is OK, but that's about it.

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