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Comment Re:This is needed (Score 2) 164

Bullshit. I have a 2005-vintage Pentium D box with 1GB of RAM running the latest copy of Linux Mint (xfce as desktop environment) and it absolutely flies. Granted, as a NetBurst machine it consumes quite a bit of power and serves as a pretty effective space-heater, but try running anything newer than Windows XP on such hardware -- I bet the fucking thing would take at least five minutes to boot to a barely usable desktop. However, with Linux on there, I can actually do some productive work on it if I so choose, and have the benefit of a recent OS release with modern features and security.

Comment NO. (Score 1) 449

When I was a young kid (early- to mid-1980's), computing filled me with a sense of wonder and awe. It seemed like a wide-open frontier, with infinite delights to discover. The field has become so brazenly commercial and profit-driven, with few if any genuine life-changing applications (as opposed to a trivial and frivolous kabuki theatre of bread-and-circuses 'apps') that I now look upon it as a way to pay the bills and not much more. I keep waiting for something to reignite the fire in my belly, so far in vain. I am coming more and more to the conclusion that my choosing computers as a hobby was merely arbitrary, and that the sense of wonder and awe is unique to childhood and something that can never be recaptured for the rest of my life. :(

Comment Re:That sounds good to me (Score 3, Insightful) 158

I pay for my domain name, host all data on my server and back the server content encrypted to my home machine and to a friend of mine home machine.

Unlike the child posters, I'll refrain from being an AC. If your process could be made derp-proof, I'd be all for it. Unfortunately, few non-geeks have the acumen to implement such a backup plan. The Cloud(tm) remains the only practical solution for most.

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