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Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 94

I used to use nVidia cards until I had a bad run of luck with a few overheating and dying prematurely.
I currently have an ATI and wish I'd stuck with Nvidia - monitors don't wake up from sleep properly - I have to toggle the video source buttons or turn them off and on again (generally only one or the other wakes - sometimes neither wake, very rarely both wake - it seems to be random), and there are still corruption issues with Chrome and some opengl apps- though this is better since the last (not current) update.
Never had those problems with Nvidia. One thing it has going for it - it hasn't died yet, after a couple of years use in my hot lounge room - which can get a little warm during a Gold Coast (Aus) summer.

Comment Re: Why? (Score 0) 452

Hey AC, see this big tear in my eye? that's me being all broke up about what some AC thinks. Not. Why don't you use your crappy experiences in school to try and improve others lives instead of trying to tear others down? Leave that crappy past and the losers that were part of it behind you, and build your life based on positive future goals instead of dwelling on a past you can't change.

Comment Re: Why? (Score 1) 452

Boo hoo - the bullys are being mean to me.
I grew up with a lot of bullying and it sucked - but I never thought it'd be a great idea to go all stabby stabby (no guns here in Aus) on someone to deal with it. I learnt the best weapon was to not give a shit about what they thought or the names they called me. Some one calls you some name - haha - is that really the best you can do? Come on you have to have a better imagination than that... They usually used the same old tired nickname I got in grade 1 for supposedly having an egg shaped head - not much you can do about that. After a while, they look pretty stupid carrying on and making a big deal about calling you names you don't care about. I didn't respect them or seek their approval as peers, so why would it bother me what they call me? Admittedly it did take until about grade 8 (middle school in the US?) before I came to this enlightened outlook.

As for physical attacks - I never really had to deal with any - but then I went to a school where that'd be a pretty quick suspension or expulsion if it came to blows. Perhaps that's not the case elsewhere.

Comment Re:Is it worth doing this in hardware? (Score 1) 128

I use Synergy too - and the multiple inputs of my monitors to allow reconfiguring of which PC has two screens.
eg. Linux 1 running linux on the left, workstation in the middle with two monitors connected with DVI cables, laptop on the right with Windows.
Each screen has an HDMI, DVI and VGA port - switchable by pressing the input button on the screen.
Each laptop is also connected to the closest monitor, using HDMI cables.
Synergy server runs on the workstation, with the mouse and keyboard connected to it.
Each laptop is a synergy client.
so all together 3 pcs, 4 screens, 2 different operating systems.

I can flip between using a single screen or dual screens with the laptops, (which of course means using only a single screen or no screens for the workstation)
in practice, I don't usually need to bother dual-screening with the linux laptop, as I tend to use it's screen to edit files on the workstation anyway, or just use it to browse documentation on the web - but I do find it useful to sometimes dual screen the windows laptop at the expense of one of the workstation screens, such as when I am doing a lot of windows development and debugging. Of course if you have 3 or 4 monitors it's easy to just insert that in the mix and not have to flip screens at all - and if you have a few more old crusty laptops or a mac or something they can very effectively become part of this setup by just adding them as additional Synergy clients.
The only downside is that if you have the laptops set up in multi monitor mode when the workstation has use of both screens, you have to move the cursor across the 'hidden' screen - but of course you can just switch back to single display mode for the laptops if you aren't going to be switching displays back and forth much, and you get used to the 'blank' spot (in the mouse's travel) pretty quick .

Of course you can also copy and paste text back and forth between all three machines, which I don't believe you could do with a traditional KVM setup.
On Linux, as soon as my laptop wakes (from sleep or hibernate) , it happily reconnects to this config, and works without having to reset anything.
Unfortunately with Windows, sometimes when it comes out of sleep, you have to stop and restart the synergy client for it to reconnect, though it seems to have fewer issues with hibernate.

You can also layer in something like VNC or remote desktop into this mix if you need to connect to additional desktops too, of course - but the main thing is you have a whole lot of screens, a whole lot of PCs and only one keyboard and mouse to rule them all.

Total cost: $0
Utility: priceless


Comment Re:Color me shocked (Score 1) 96

You assume that in a world where robots do all the work humans who do not own robots get nothing.

That assumption is correct, under a purely capitalistic society.
Unless there is also a move to a more socially oriented society, there will be a lot richer few and much poorer many, when the majority of all work is done my machines.

Comment Re:Easy, just stop procrastinating (Score 1) 125

i used to use virtual desktops - in the last millenium. Since it becamse possible to use more than one monitor, this is m preferred method of work.
At work I use an Ubuntu workstation with 2x 24" monitors for my main work area - typically with one running a 3d view of whatever i'm working on (robotics stuff) and several consoles for running processes, and my main IDE on the other monitor.
In addition I have an old laptop running ubuntu that I use to do stuff like pull up documentation and sometimes edit a script or config file (remotely on the workstation vis ssh), with a newer laptop running Windows 7 and visual studio. On occasion I flip the setup so the workstation has a single monitor and the laptop dual screens with the second monitor. All tied together using Synergy so I am only using the one keyboard and mouse across all the screens and machines, and allowing me to copy and paste from machine to machine.
Virtual desktops are an annoyance when I accidentally drag a window too low and it flips to one of the other virtual desktops - I could really do without them. If anything, I'd like another monitor or two - because by the time you have a 3d viewer, several consoles, a linux IDE, visual studio with the client app running, some documentation open and a logfile or two open, and a couple of pgadmin windows open for seeing whats going on in the database, I still run out of desktop realestate, though switching from one virtual desktop to another would not be a very happy solution.

Comment Re: (intentionally blank) (Score 1) 268

New cartridges are about $100 each color but give you 2000 pages. It still prints happily if a color is out.

Yes you are right - my info is out of date - it's been a while since I bought new cartridges.
Actually they are AUD 130 each (about 92 USD now the Aussie dollar has tanked like the banana republic currency it is), but they print 4000 pages per cartridge.
Apparently the starting cartridges are 2000 page cartridges.
That's about 10 cents USD a page, including paper for color, or 3.3 cents for black & white.

Comment Re: (intentionally blank) (Score 1) 268

My last color laser printer (Samsung 620DN) came with 2000 page cartridges and cost about $400 , and is a network printer capable of 21 pages per minute.
New cartridges are about $100 each color but give you 2000 pages. It still prints happily if a color is out.

If I print something and spill water on it, the page stays fully readable and doesn't turn into an inky mess, unlike inkjet, so its great for documents you want to keep around for a while, printing shipping labels, etc.
I bought it about 5 years ago and it's still going strong, no printing artifacts or glitches. Linux driver works ok, except for some reason perpetually warns of a non-existent paper jam - though this doesn't stop it printing . Windows driver works perfectly.

I don't know why people bother with inkjet. it's a suck-ass technology.

Comment Re:Scary? (Score 2) 63

Now if only video ads in general caused epileptic seizures, so we could get them banned too.

Sadly, for me, they only trigger an irresistible desire to close that browser tab.

Sure - I understand a website that is providing interesting content for free has to have advertisement to support it - and I am mostly ok with that - I just wish it was static text and pictures, instead of bloody annoyingly intrusive video ads.

Comment Re:It only works without humans (Score 5, Insightful) 503

Greed is infinite, and is ultimately about power and control. If it were possible, I am sure there would be those who would own the entire galaxy, if for no other reason that to say it's theirs.

Even now, you have executives that earn multi-million dollar salaries, with super yachts and homes that they use for a fraction of the year. What's the point? There is little additional benefit from having a 100 ft yacht compared to a 200ft yacht, but there is a huge difference in the money you have to have to pay for them.

All those dollars have been paid to a single executive to afford such things has been done so instead of making goods and services cheaper for the customer, or by paying better salaries to the rest of the company's employees.

Executive salaries in the 60s were typically 25x the average salary.
Now they are more than 200x the average salary. More efficient production is not going to change this.

Comment Re:Cycles are too cheap (Score 1) 56

I sell my excess solar back to the grid at a rate which is a really bad deal for me - only 6c per kWh, which is al any of the utilities will pay for it
I expect selling my 'spare' computing cycles will be a similarly crap deal.
One day I hope there will be an energy storage solution which will allowe me to better usilise this excess solar capacity.
Meanwhile, I switch offwhatever cpu's I don't actually need running, so there aren't really any spare cycles to be had, and if there were, I wouldn't want to burn the electricity needed to spin them.

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"