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Comment Slackware, Mandrake,SuSE, Fedora Redhat and CentOS (Score 1) 867

Back when I started in Linux, there was SLS and Slackware. The kernel on the install of Slackware I 1st got was .99pl14. I was slackware until 1995 when I went to Mandrake. I did a brief stink with SuSE but didn't like how different it was from Mandrake/RedHat. When Red Hat went commecial, I became an RHCE and stayed with Redhat derivatives.

Submission + - What hard drive manufacturers aren't telling you (

sbrown3820 writes: ""There seems to be an incredible disconnect between published hard drive failure rates (MTBF, etc.) and what end users can expect in the field...In a nutshell, the study states that drive failure rates are between 2-13% per year. We have seen other studies that state average failure rates are around 5% per year. Keep in mind that these rates are for average use (studies include data centers and user systems). Hard drive manufacturers would have you believe the average rate of failure (MTBF) is over 1.5 million hours. This equates to roughly over 171 years of constant service before problems. A 5% failure rate translates to 100% failure in 20 years, a far cry from 171 year...""

Submission + - US Air Force refuels with robo-pilots

Stony Stevenson writes: The US Air Force has revealed it has built a software program which it claims can fly a plane during an inflight refuelling as well as a human pilot.

Autonomous Airborne Refueling software uses inertial, GPS and video data to manoeuvre the plane's refuelling pipes into a 32-in basket. The software was 100 per cent successful, even in conditions which a human pilot would have found almost impossible. A human pilot was on board just in case.

Submission + - Rubiks cube solvable in no more than 26 moves

locster writes: "The BBC are reporting research by Daniel Kunkle and Gene Cooperman at Northeastern University in Boston that proves any Rubiks cube configuration can be solved in 26 moves or less. Research was centered around exaustive searching of some cube configurations, but not all — "cranking through the 43 billion billion possible Rubik's cube positions would take too long even for a supercomputer. Instead, the scientists used a two-step technique in their calculations." Basically they used a number of predetermined configurations as baselines instead of trying to solve every combination right through to solution."

Submission + - google not responsive after gmail account cracked

kawaldeep writes: I recently had my gmail account cracked, the password brute forced/guessed, but I haven't been able to get anything out of google (and backdoors into the account have all been changed). I was googling (the irony!) for more info on retrieving cracked accounts, and everyone seems to have the same experience — a consistent nonresponse from google. With gmail becoming the primary email account of quite a few people, especially those on the tech edge, what is the expectation for free (ad sponsored) email? How do legitimate account owners fix these sorts of problems, considering that if I ever have issues with my banking account I can just go to their office with the right credentials and sort everything out?

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