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    Re: Ubuntu + SSD = Awesome!

    I have to echo the others here saying that's really not a good idea. Write endurance isn't an issue, your drive's wear levelling algorithms will take care of that. Disabling journalling puts your...
  2. Poll: Re: Should I invest in bitcoin, and which wallet should I use?

    Bitcoin isn't really investing, it's a punt.
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    Re: I think I've been hacked

    Your links refer to an issue with getting Ubuntu installed and bootable on a UEFI machine, but your post here talks about suspecting your machine has been compromised. The two things are not going to...
  4. Thread: Gesture control

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    Re: Just wait till Apple get hold of this.

    I would imagine the inventer (Elliptic Labs) have already patented this. So Apple would have to either buy them and their patent or pay licencing fees.
  5. Poll: Re: Is the NSA legally liable for a hacked U.S. citizens' financial loss?

    Given that this is a (probably quite obscure) point of US federal law I doubt many people on this forum are in any position to give you an informed answer. You'd need to be quite a specialised type...
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    Re: Ubuntu is still too complicated

    DVDs is a fair shout, but games needn't be an issue. If you're trying to play a Linux game on Ubuntu it should just work. The only time you'll run into trouble is if you're trying to shoehorn a...
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    Re: Samsung Smartwatch

    I'd be interested if somebody made one that worked with any Android device.
  8. Thread: Big Smartphones

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    Re: Big Smartphones am I Crazy?

    Which is a perfectly good choice if you find it works for you. A lot of folks go for a regular sized smartphone (or even, as you say, a dumbphone) and a 7-10" tablet, a lot go for a single device in...
  9. Re: Do you think facebook is spying on people? (not rhetorical)

    Maybe in it's original university-based iteration, but once it became successful enough to become a business (ie: very rapidly) it adopted the business model I described above. These guys weren't...
  10. Re: Do you think facebook is spying on people? (not rhetorical)

    I don't think there's any question of whether or not they exploit the data you give them. That's the whole point of Facebook. You provide them with data about yourself which they use to target...
  11. Thread: Big Smartphones

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    Re: Big Smartphones am I Crazy?

    Unless of course you're female and carry your phone in a handbag. Plenty of opportunity in the 50% of the market that isn't limited by the size of their pockets, as sales of Samsung's great big Note...
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    Re: Boot Changes after changing GPU ?Drivers.

    It's just an unfortunate consequence of installing the proprietary Nvidia drivers. If you don't do a lot of gaming on the machine and need top-notch 3D performance you might find switching back to...
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    Re: What is your favorite computer game?

    Lately I've been playing a lot of World of Tanks, Kerbal Space Program and Great Big/Little War Game. Over the years probably the game I've sunk the most time into would be Civ 3. Still the best of...
  14. Thread: 32Bit vs 64Bit

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    [SOLVED] Re: 32Bit vs 64Bit

    A more specific way of phrasing this question might be: assuming you have a 64-bit capable processor and 2GB RAM, is there any advantage to using 32-bit?

    Running 32-bit would consume very slightly...
  15. Re: Now that the Unity hate has cooled down, how do you feel about the WM?

    They do. There are packages in the repos that will install any of the DEs, either with or without the bundled apps.

    For example:
    xubuntu-desktop = XFCE plus all the default Xubuntu apps
    xfce4 =...
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    Re: Ballmer to Quit... um.... I mean... Retire

    Elop?
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    Re: Thinking about switching from SSD to HDD

    If what you need is tons of storage, get a crusty old magnetic drive for now and upgrade to a big SSD when the price has come a bit. Personally I love SSDs and don't find myself too limited by them,...
  18. Re: Trick from "Enemy of the State" actually works.

    Any radio device that's radiating can potentially induce a current in a nearby conductor. This could potentially cause a spark to jump. Around vapour coming off fuel this could cause a fire.
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    Re: Are you supporting the Ubuntu Edge campaign?

    That's a general problem. If you make stuff more resistant to plastic deformation (scratches) you generally lose toughness (it becomes brittle) and vice versa. Trying to find a material or a set of...
  20. Re: Trick from "Enemy of the State" actually works.

    Sure, maybe I should have qualified that with "You can't be tracked by GPS unless the GPS passes location data to another service which is communicating. That was, however, somewhat obvious I would...
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    [SOLVED] Re: Google and RTFM already!

    I think modern desktop Linux distros like Ubuntu are perfectly well suited for this kind of user.
  22. Re: Trick from "Enemy of the State" actually works.

    If you actually read the article you quoted it states that GPS-based location tracking (while entirely possible) isn't used by default. AFAIK for GSM your carrier tracks you by what cell you're...
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    [SOLVED] Re: Google and RTFM already!

    No, you weren't. But I don't see that it makes that much difference either. We're all still learning how to use Linux, no? I wouldn't brush off a non-beginner's question with RTFM any more than I...
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    [SOLVED] Re: Google and RTFM already!

    Indeed. There's a lot to be said for teaching self-sufficiency, but to suggest that "do it yourself" is always the right response shows a lack of nuance IMO. The trouble is that there's a big...
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    [SOLVED] Re: Google and RTFM already!

    I disagree, I think they're almost uniformly awful. Most are badly written, too long, don't structure their information well, they're limited to text only, and are basically a relic of the dark ages....
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