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    posted a message on Linux Distro Updates: AKA: 'How to call the kettle black'
    Quote from SeaWry

    Oh what jolly fun that one is. It does have such, but it is not the most pleasant thing ever.

    Ideally, if Windows Update is set to Automatic. An if the bios is set to S3 (I think or better) sleep state then Windows can wake the system up if it has not been used in awhile and check for updates at the daily time set. It is ultimately bios dependent and as well kind of sleep mode, but hibernation wont work as that is different. It also must be AC powered to add to that for it is a requirement.

    It is ultimately bios dependent on what sleep state and handling the bios does. By this, if the bios allows the OS to handle ACPI wakeup events or if the bios handles in which probably wont allow this to work as the OS needs control.

    Complete rat nest if you want a simple version that I could throw out. Or just to say it's crap.


    That was kinda tongue in cheek I know it exists and it always works well for me. There is also a setting to do it during the computers normal maintenance also while the OS defrags automatically.
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    posted a message on Linux Distro Updates: AKA: 'How to call the kettle black'
    On the above complaints about updates interrupting.

    Man only if Windows had schedules updates that could bring a computer out of sleep mode. If it had that you could set that up and never be interrupted by updates ever again.
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    posted a message on I don't under stand this...
    Quote from Ham62


    You know like how Linux is based off of Unix?


    Much in the same way if I enable SFU the Unix subsystem for Windows. Windows is suddenly Unix based right?
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    posted a message on Voting
    On a serious note the Bourgeoisie.

    On a less serious note.
    Anyone who can't speak at least the basics of another language then their native one.
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    posted a message on Linux Distro Updates: AKA: 'How to call the kettle black'
    I can't speak for Mint, however I have heard stories with update problems.

    Setting up the kernel to hotpatch is pretty simple and from a server standpoint you are going to stay on an older kernel. Of course you are probably going to be running RHEL or another platform with a more competent updater.

    I have set up Ubuntu machines with unattended-upgrades with the machines having started on 12.04 and they are now on 13.10. Nothing has broken yet in any major way, a Gnome shell update ruined some of my configs however that was simple enough to fix.

    On the size of updates if someone implements zync into their package manager then they will get much love from me. Fedora can do something similar with their delta stuff. I use this to grab my phone updates and it saves a lot of extra downloading.

    apt-get is also terrible and can only pull from one server at a time. I use apt-fast on all Ubuntu machines I ever use.

    Also from a server standpoint WSUS is great and no Linux distro to my knowledge has anything similar built in.
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    posted a message on Linux?
    I own 73 steam games and about 4 of them function on Linux. Starbound, Thomas and Forced was alone are the only two that function without problem. Serious Sam 3: BFE takes a massive performance hit on Linux due to driver quality compared to Windows.FTL lists support but does not function with FOSS drivers or proprietary.

    As someone who either runs RHEL or Ubuntu on a daily basis don't bother. They have their places and none of them are home use for games. FreeBSD also has its uses as a firewall, just not something you should use.
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    posted a message on I don't under stand this...
    They use IE for a damn good reason and that is how simple it is to control with group policy. I have set up controls for FF in group policy it is not easy and just in general a pain in the butt. I am not sure it is even possible with chrome.

    So using FireFox would be bypassing some of the security the school has in place.

    To the people saying the filters are unfair. Schools if they get special kinds of discounts from the Federal government are required to comply with CIPA. Often the filter is chosen by higher ups either though a deal the state has with a specific company. It is very rare the schools techs can pick any filter they desire.

    Most of the problems you people are bringing up based on my experience is just students trying to feel victimized. The tech people are not out to get you. We are trying to do our job and students bypassing our blocks on specific types of addons can open up more attack vectors for malware. We often block Java updating because the awful education software that gets used often breaks on newer updates.

    We stay on Windows XP because moving breaks things. No amount of planning is going to make sure switching the OS goes flawlessly. Checking all the driver support is a massive chore in of its self. Then some teacher got special permission to get an upgraded computer for some video editing class. Well turns out the old techs never documented it and there is no graphics driver support.

    That or whatever program your state uses for testing is not built and refuses to work on anything but Windows XP.

    Schools are also not an unlimited drop money on tech budgets. Often we get told that we can't spend money on the infrastructure because they does not look as good as buying remote boxes so teachers don't have ugly HDMI cables coming from the ceiling to their computers. They buy Apple TVs and stream over wifi using their damn Ipads and then ask us why it is so slow. Even though for the past 4 years we have been trying to get money to upgrade some of even all of the access points.
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    posted a message on Nexus 4 poor battery life
    What kind of crap do you have loaded on it. If you are using 4G and polling facebook for updates every 2 mins then no phone is going to handle that.Go to settings see what is using the most battery.For the other issues It sounds like you have abused your device honestly.
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    posted a message on Ubuntu/Laptop benchmarking
    Quote from shayminfreak

    I'd first like to point out that your benchmarks aren't an accurate representation of Linux as a whole, only of Ubuntu Linux. That is, if they really were accurate benchmarks at all - you performed a single test on a single machine only a few times.

    Beyond that, your premise is a bit faulty - I don't know anyone who claims that it's the graphics card DRIVERS that are better in Linux. Open source drivers do some tasks better and others worse depending on the card, and proprietary drivers have their own problems as well. The reason people recommend Linux for playing Minecraft is because it performs better on slower computers than Windows does, since it uses less memory for system processes and UI (obviously depending on distro and WM/DE).

    I'll give you a "personal benchmark" of my own. My sister's laptop ran Windows XP and couldn't run Minecraft any faster than 4 FPS with Optifine. I installed Arch Linux with LXDE and the frame rate jumped up to 15 without Optifine, 20 with Optifine. I'd never claim that driver superiority is what helped her computer's performance.

    How about this - you try doing a real benchmark with several tests on more than one distro on various types of computers, and then we can evaluate your results with more accuracy. As it stands, the data you've provided is insufficient for discussion of graphics drivers (which, again, are generally not touted as Linux's superior area anyway).


    The differences between most distros with the same mesa version and same driver version with the same CPU scheduler is minimal.
    Not to mention I tested the most popular distro on the planet Ubuntu.
    This is not standing on its own take a look at the Phoronix benchmarks, this is just adding to the evidence that exists already.

    I could have ran more tests might have tested on fedora, however the issue is there is no decent screen recorders. To get this data I had to compile a tool my self to measure the performance.
    http://www.phoronix....tu13_el64&num=2


    Gaming performance is lacking due to drivers this is why it is important. The OpenGL version that is usable by open source drivers is behind DirectX.

    My computer has 4GB of ram the 400MB saved by running the lightest DE and WM is not going to improve Minecrafts performance.

    The major usage of RAM on a windows install is superfetch, this is a feature and that memory can be freed up if a program needs it.

    Fanboism is bad on any level, the general statement that Linux is worse or better is too broad of a statement. When it comes to games we can test and most Linux distros fall behind.

    'My clean updated arch install is so much faster then my 8 year old bloated xp install with out of date drivers'
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    posted a message on Minecraft OS Questions
    Quote from Kevin32121

    Lol, benchmarking minecraft multiplayer


    Because no one ever plays multiplayer ever. I can bring up dozens of other games that run worse under Linux based OS then Windows.
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    posted a message on Minecraft OS Questions
    Quote from shayminfreak

    If you plan on playing Minecraft predominantly and you don't like Windows or Mac OS, why not go for something like Linux? Any OS that's capable of running Java should be able to run Minecraft, I think. You don't need to buy a new computer to install Linux, it's free, and it'll boost your performance a bit too ;)



    Show me proof that a Linux based OS will boost MC performance.
    http://www.minecraftforum.net/topic/2076648-ubuntulaptop-benchmarking/

    From any testing I have done it will not, the drivers FOSS or closed are not as mature as their windows counterparts.
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    posted a message on Cablemanagment tips?
    Don't mess with or care about how nice It looks keep cables out of fans or front of fans. That is about it in the 10 some years I have built my own computers not once has a single person came to my house opened up my case and complimented how few cables they can see.
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    posted a message on Great Black Friday Deals?
    I purchased a oil filter and that is it.

    Most of the time retailers increase pricing the weeks before black Friday then put them on sale for just a bit below the price they were before.
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    posted a message on How fast would this laptop run minecraft on fancy settings?
    Quote from Hakumisoso

    He means instead of maxing it out 60 fps you will only get 59 fps. Boohoo.

    Silly trying to benchmark minecraft.


    It is more then that and you were still lying.

    As silly as benchmarking any other game. It is also less silly then pulling numbers out of your nether regions.
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    posted a message on Strange stuck pixel problem
    Quote from fm87

    This contradicts my experience with ASUS, which is why I have dropped them as a brand for monitors.

    They give me the runaround and insist it's user caused damage or that the warranty doesn't cover it.


    Well this is just their written policy, I recommend ViewSonic anyway.
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