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Comment Re:Raspberry Pi? (Score 1) 137

I think what the guy means by no "huge development community" is no geeks with interest in doing it, just because. ARM is different then x86 and I would assume to make a good port on ARM, there would be a lot of specific x86 hacks that need to be revisited

And re: "massive software repository": The people who are interested in rasberry pi need to be interested in it for a particular prupose... since debian has a huge software repository, there are likely many more users who will be interested in the well established linux that fits their purpose vs the port of beos with few apps

So what I interpreted from that is there is no want to do it...
That and porting your own OS is a lot different then porting a community written OS that is made to be binary compatible with another closed source OS to another architecture.

Comment Re:Riding off into the sunset (Score 1) 137

The concept of file ownership/permissions != DRM... file ownership/permissions are supposed to be a way to stop you from getting owned - the concept and implemnentation it's a simple method of sandboxing dumb users or poorly writen applications from writing to places it should not be able to. Every modern operating system does this.

I think you miss the point that he is making, with any process/application to be able to write to any other process or application, it creates a completely untrusted environment where you cannot expect the system to be in any state when you cannot completely control it's inputs. Combine that with many alternatives available that are more secure/sane by design, there aren't many uses for it...

Sure maybe it can go in a stand alone video editor... but why would you when you can put linux on that same machine and connect it to the internet/render farm and not have to worry about it getting pwned in a javascript buffer overflow

Comment Re:Riding off into the sunset (Score 1) 137

In the 90's (with the exception of monochrome displays) I don't think your monitor ever cared about the colour depth vs. resolution. It was your graphics card that cared. Your graphics card only had a limited amount of memory so maybe it could not store 24bits of colour information*786432 pixels changing/refreshing 60+ times a second. Your monitor cared only about how fast and accurately it could scan horizontally and vertically across it's shadow mask. Your monitor would have only certain clocks it could lock onto (modes) where it could excite the right red, green and blue phosphorus dots and a certain power of the electron gun(meaning cheap displays would get darker at high resolutions, or you had to modify the brightness dial when changing resolutions) - but the monitor itself could always display 24-bit colour if it could display any 256 colours. Even in 256 colour mode, many applications took advantage of modifying the colour pallet (when supported by the graphics driver) to reproduce any single colour multiple times. Applications would also use dithering to reproduce colors beyond the 256 colour or 16-bit pallet (which was most effective at high resolution). The monitors, being analog, did not care about the colour depth - they just had an analog electron gun that would excite from dark to full bright... sure, some had poor gammut or contrast... but they would still produce the picture regardless of your display mode at the resolutions it supported.

Comment Re:Sound Blaster is dead (Score 1) 245

Yeah you and me both. I owned everything from the 8-bit sound blaster (that had the proprietary CDROM interface) to the high end Audigies but that all went to shit with the SB Live and Audigy

I actually thought about giving Creative one more try and bought an Audigy 2 ZS, but it and it's drivers sucked. I traded it in (paid a hefty restocking fee) and paid extra the Asus Xonar STX.

They HAD me as a loyal customer, but now I own nothing of theirs.

Comment Re:Distance from the power supply (Score 1) 245

I bought an Asus XONAR Essesence STX because I listen with headphones often. Best purchase ever. For headphones, you can notice the clairity difference between headphones plugged into the reciever (connected by S/PDIF) and the analog headphone port. There is NO background noise on the head phones and it can drive headphones with unreasonable power at instant permenant hearing damage levels.

For digital out, it allows the card to send a Dolby Digital signal out over the S/PDIF - which is of huge value in that it stops my reciever from switching in and out of dolby digital when I pop in a DVD. Also, I don't have to mess with the controls on the reciever. I can choose the headphone or digital out from software and leave everything connected.

Unfortunately, I don't think you can get the STX for $50 :(

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 331

So what does the raid controller do when you re-write the same block multiple times... how do you ensure the drive is in a consistant state?!

I don't think you can do RAID1 with a fast drive and a slow drive.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 331

To be fair, OCZ has some pretty decent customer service. I had neumerous OCZ drives fail, one while I was over-seas which they still RMAd - they have always been supportive of their product and shipped replacements quickly. I mean, if it were any other company, they would have cocked up and lost my business. But that said, I'll still never buy another sandforce based SSD again.

Comment Re:Except... (Score 1) 60

bah whatever. If they would have released what was promised, it wouldn't have been used right away to its full potential anyway, cost more, not been adopted, and would have left them with little upgrade path. Instead, they flooded the market and got developers thinking how to develop for the interface and are now improving it.

Comment Re:a lot of mistakes here (Score 1) 222

On a side note, I never add my Facebook password to the browser, as that makes it so cumbersome to login to Facebook that I really only login every 3 months for friendship request maintenance.

With such password policies, do you sometimes wonder if these facebook "friends" are really enemies out to get you? :)

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