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>> No. 24060 Anonymous
13th May 2015
Wednesday 1:43 am
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Ladchaps, I request your aid.
My Old WinXP Machine finally died a death, and the Missus has allocated me £200 to get a new one. Now I'm explicitly aware I wont be getting a full on turbo max settings on Crysis jobby, but what's the best sort of affair I can get for that price range? Really I'd use it for everyday posting on here, listening to music and storing the usuals. Already have the requisite keyboard & monitor etc.
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>> No. 24080 Anonymous
14th May 2015
Thursday 3:03 pm
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Yep, they have replaced the old publicly available ISOs with their new "Microsoft Software Recovery" service, which requires a legit CD key.

>> No. 24081 Anonymous
14th May 2015
Thursday 3:06 pm
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Still plenty of torrents out there, and the hashes to verify the ISOs are still widely available.
>> No. 24102 Anonymous
16th May 2015
Saturday 1:20 am
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OP here.

As it happens, i've been given this by a friend. Certainly a step up from what I had but, I figure it could be better.
>> No. 24103 Anonymous
16th May 2015
Saturday 1:58 am
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Does it do everything you need it to do?
>> No. 24104 Anonymous
16th May 2015
Saturday 3:01 am
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Needs a new mother board, CPU and RAM. £100 tops. Two 4gb sticks ddr3, the rest on the CPU, both from CeX, scrounge a compatible mb from somewhere.

>> No. 23908 Anonymous
22nd March 2015
Sunday 1:50 pm
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So after years and years of hating Apple, I have actually just bought a MacBook Air which I am using right now.

Can anyone tell me what is meant to be so fucking special about these things? The operating system is not as good as Microsoft Windows IMO, it seems a bit dumbed down to me. The main reason that I bought this machine was its portability. I could not find another laptop as powerful or as small as this one.

I would also love to hear any good tips and tricks for this Mac.
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>> No. 24097 Anonymous
15th May 2015
Friday 1:44 pm
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Because the ability to run tf2 is probably not the exclusive draw of a macbook to most people considering one?
>> No. 24098 Anonymous
15th May 2015
Friday 1:45 pm
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I'm a big fan of refurb Thinkpads, I've recommended them repeatedly on .gs, but they aren't gorgeous slabs of aluminium with stunning high-res displays. Spending a bit extra to get something really nice doesn't make you a fool.
>> No. 24099 Anonymous
15th May 2015
Friday 2:35 pm
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It does mate.
>> No. 24100 Anonymous
15th May 2015
Friday 2:35 pm
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I bet you wear George jeans and trainers off the market.
>> No. 24101 Anonymous
15th May 2015
Friday 2:45 pm
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No, I buy them from Asda.

Seriously, what's wrong with George clothing? They aren't bad, you silly twats.

>> No. 24064 Anonymous
13th May 2015
Wednesday 2:12 am
24064 Free/Libre Software
I've been trying Trisquel on a multi-boot laptop for the past week or so, mostly out of curiosity and a desire to try a different and slightly unusual distro rather than a hard-core embracing of their ideals - they seem well-meaning and sincere, and right on a number of issues, but also hopelessly removed from reality/pragmatism and ideologically entrenched on a number of issues that are various flavours of difficult to agree with them on ( a sort of Green Party of computing, if you will). Anyway, I was wondering what people think of Trisquel specifically and Free Software in general, if it's possible to have that discussion without ideological arguments.

One thing I have noticed is that although it's a damn sight more polished and usable than the last time I tried it as a live distro a few years back, it still works as a productivity aid since so few bells and whistles work whilst browsing websites in either Abrowser or Icecat. Freedoom was a nice surprise/consolation though...

If not then I apologise to the mods, and will of course happily delete this thread.
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>> No. 24065 Anonymous
13th May 2015
Wednesday 2:17 am
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>since so few bells and whistles work whilst browsing websites in either Abrowser or Icecat.
That doesn't seem right. What stops them?
>> No. 24066 Anonymous
13th May 2015
Wednesday 2:28 am
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Problems with Flash and some Javascript, I think.
>> No. 24070 Anonymous
13th May 2015
Wednesday 6:29 am
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Trisquel doesn't include any non-Free software, which includes Adobe Flash. There's a Free alternative called Gnu Gnash, but it doesn't work particularly well because Flash is such a mess that it's extremely difficult to reverse engineer.

I think that the Free software zealots like Stallman do a very important job, but personally I don't get too hung up about proprietary software. I try and avoid anything with really blatant vendor lock-in and avoid proprietary file formats wherever possible, but I don't mind using non-Free drivers or plugins. I've always stood more on the BSD side of the fence, but I can see the case for GPL.

>> No. 24009 Anonymous
4th May 2015
Monday 9:24 pm
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You know sometimes when you want to open a list of links it's a pain in the arse? Well here's a link opener programme that does it for you. It's fucking awesome.

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>> No. 24055 Anonymous
5th May 2015
Tuesday 11:19 pm
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REALLY soon.
>> No. 24056 Anonymous
5th May 2015
Tuesday 11:22 pm
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Seconded. I thought I'd fallen into a timewarp at "Londis" but by the time I got to the "The soundproofing foam...." my mirth was quite audible indeed.
>> No. 24057 Anonymous
5th May 2015
Tuesday 11:38 pm
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I really want to make one of those bad echoey adverts now.
>> No. 24058 Anonymous
6th May 2015
Wednesday 12:34 am
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If I recall correctly, and I do, /i/ stood for Invasion and had a picture of Simon Pegg in a Guy Fawkes mask. Meanwhile /dj/ actually allowed music files to be uploaded to it, so of course purps cacked his keks before too long.
>> No. 24059 Anonymous
6th May 2015
Wednesday 2:35 am
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I have a theory. There is a board that can only be accessed with a Nepalese IP/proxy.

This is why Nepal never gets range banned.

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>> No. 23746 Anonymous
2nd February 2015
Monday 8:22 pm
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Have you ever seen anything odd on Streetview? If you go to Manning Street near NG3 4QT, there's a strange demonic figure in front of you every time you move forward. I think they had a leaf stuck to their camera.
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>> No. 24003 Anonymous
2nd May 2015
Saturday 12:09 pm
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Actually, aside from the scattered body parts, I'm curious why they're "sunbathing" in April with anoraks on.
>> No. 24019 Anonymous
4th May 2015
Monday 10:44 pm
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Dat's nuffin m8, there are websites where you can compare current streets to photographs from up to a hundred or more years ago.
>> No. 24023 Anonymous
4th May 2015
Monday 10:54 pm
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Care to link? My google-fu is weak and that sounds awfully interesting.
>> No. 24034 Anonymous
5th May 2015
Tuesday 12:28 am
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You can use Alt + PrtScn to take a screenshot of the current window. I'm not sure if you knew.
>> No. 24048 Anonymous
5th May 2015
Tuesday 7:05 am
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I didn't actually. Thanks. Is it normal for the snipping tool to leave its faded out start menu link on the snip though or is that to do with my crappy graphics card?

>> No. 24000 Anonymous
2nd May 2015
Saturday 1:40 am
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Wordpress wants a Nonce key.

What is this, some secret paedo backdoor?
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>> No. 24004 Anonymous
3rd May 2015
Sunday 8:53 am
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I giggled at 'cryptographic nonce'. What a child I am.
>> No. 24005 Anonymous
3rd May 2015
Sunday 12:11 pm
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Modern Britain M8. Half of parliament are crypto-facists, the other half are crypto-nonces.
>> No. 24006 Anonymous
3rd May 2015
Sunday 1:26 pm
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It's normal. In networking, there's a convention of talking about sending things from point A to point B by calling them Alice and Bob. You should have seen my lecturer try to keep a straight face when Alice sent Bob a nonce.
>> No. 24007 Anonymous
3rd May 2015
Sunday 4:59 pm
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Funny, I'm writing up a report on quantum key distribution and all of the scientific literature refers to Alice and Bob and an eavesdropper Eve. Trudy though? That's just weird.
>> No. 24008 Anonymous
3rd May 2015
Sunday 6:19 pm
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> an eavesdropper Eve

Eve would be for passive eavesdropping, Mallory (malicious) (sometimes named Trudy (intruder)) would be for an active MITM attacker. Schneier has a lot to answer for.

>> No. 23945 Anonymous
27th March 2015
Friday 7:49 pm
23945 /IQ/
If you want to restore /IQ/'s legibility (without Comic Sans and Uppercase) you can use this in a userscript:

cs=document.getElementsByTagName('style')[0]; cs.parentNode.removeChild(cs);

It took me too long to realise this. I'd been messing around with text-transform and defining a function to make everything sentence case. Quite pleased it boils down to two lines of JavaScript.

Have mercy purpz..
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>> No. 23988 Anonymous
12th April 2015
Sunday 4:56 pm
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>It genuinely annoys me how some people some to have no awareness of the 'character' or 'tone' of a typeface.
>> No. 23989 Anonymous
12th April 2015
Sunday 4:59 pm
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It takes a special kind of dunderhead to think "Yes, I do want this very serious text to look like it was written in crayon.".
>> No. 23990 Anonymous
13th April 2015
Monday 4:59 pm
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I recall when I objected once at a government-funded charity and was told the reason they use it is because Comic Sans is scientifically proven to be easier for people with reading disabilities to read.
>> No. 23991 Anonymous
13th April 2015
Monday 5:20 pm
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There's no evidence for it. The British Dyslexia Association simply asserted that Comic Sans was more readable, without bothering to do proper research. The few studies available show no statistically significant difference in reading speed between dyslexia-specific typefaces and popular faces like Arial or Times.
>> No. 23992 Anonymous
13th April 2015
Monday 6:59 pm
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>There's no evidence for it.
But it is scientific fact.

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>> No. 23932 Anonymous
27th March 2015
Friday 5:59 pm
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Can a decent tablet be had for the £80 mark? Me mam wants one for shitposting on mumsnet and watching youtube videos.
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>> No. 23950 Anonymous
27th March 2015
Friday 9:23 pm
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Have a fucking whinge there, cuz.

You were recommending something well out of his price range, threads have a digression coefficient of X(A + B). If you want to be tangential, be useful first and then digress.

It's almost as if you want to cause problems.

(A good day to you Sir!)
>> No. 23951 Anonymous
27th March 2015
Friday 9:32 pm
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>Have a fucking whinge there, cuz.

Steam from my arse, piss from my ears etc etc, I could go off on one about how it was you whingeing in the first place but clearly this is just intentional logical fallacies.

(A good day to you Sir!)
>> No. 23952 Anonymous
27th March 2015
Friday 9:49 pm
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>> No. 23953 Anonymous
27th March 2015
Friday 10:26 pm
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This should be embedded under the manifesto or on the splash page.
>> No. 23954 Anonymous
28th March 2015
Saturday 11:43 am
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Got one of these for my boy earlier in the year. Spot on it's been too.

>> No. 23896 Anonymous
18th March 2015
Wednesday 2:17 am
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Where'd it go?
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>> No. 23901 Anonymous
19th March 2015
Thursday 7:22 pm
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Design flaws aside, javascript is actually a nice language. Not many people know it's actually based on Scheme.
>> No. 23902 Anonymous
19th March 2015
Thursday 8:28 pm
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Javascript could have been a nice language, in principle. It has a lot of Correct principles and features. However, the clusterfuck around its ongoing implementation has caused it to become a horrific mess, neither fish nor fowl, useful for nothing beyond fly by night web wankery.
>> No. 23904 Anonymous
19th March 2015
Thursday 9:21 pm
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Is it going to be replaced?
>> No. 23905 Anonymous
19th March 2015
Thursday 9:37 pm
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Javascript is a perfectly good language, it just happens to have a lot of properly fucking stupid features that you really shouldn't use. For reasons of backwards-compatibility we're stuck with most of that cruft in practical interpreters, but as a developer you don't have to touch any of it. Douglas Crockford's Javascript: The Good Parts sets out this subset of Javascript that actually works.


Javascript is in the process of being massively overhauled as ECMAScript 6. The ES6 specification is due to be finalised this year, and should be available in browsers soon after.

There's another way to think about Javascript, as a compiler target rather than a language itself. Google use this approach extensively, developing many of their major apps in Java and compiling that to Javascript using Google Web Toolkit.

The biggest problem in web development is IMO the same as for any other kind of software development - dealing with dreadful old legacy shit. Most projects are a pleasure if you get to start with a blank slate, the misery generally kicks in when you have to incorporate a fucked-up old codebase, integrate with a braindead API, or maintain backwards compatibility with something that's poorly documented and hopelessly broken.
>> No. 23907 Anonymous
20th March 2015
Friday 6:10 pm
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Thanks, I enjoyed that. Can we have more of this kind of thing please

>> No. 23872 Anonymous
9th March 2015
Monday 10:20 pm
23872 Thoughts on the iWatch?
Is this the innovative must have device for 2015?
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>> No. 23890 Anonymous
10th March 2015
Tuesday 12:52 am
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I like how quick Apple were to (almost literally) cry over Google, Samsung et al copying features of the iPhone, when they are apparently now wearing massive irony blinkers whilst releasing the Apple watch.

Couldn't you already wear 6th gen iPod nanos on a watch strap anyway?
>> No. 23891 Anonymous
10th March 2015
Tuesday 2:31 am
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unless it has a blood pressure / heart rate / blood sugar / hours of work left this week nexus which presents itself as a deaths head hourglass representing the time left until I can get un-sober again, I'm really just not interested. Technology really just never seems to solve my problems.
>> No. 23892 Anonymous
10th March 2015
Tuesday 9:06 am
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Oh, hi Tim.
>> No. 23893 Anonymous
10th March 2015
Tuesday 12:01 pm
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I think the most outrageous thing is that, the high end "Apple Watch Edition" has a price tag of $10,000–17,000...
>> No. 23894 Anonymous
10th March 2015
Tuesday 10:49 pm
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I think that's the least outrageous bit. "Designer" tat being overpriced is less interesting than an attainable smartwatch that will likely open up the market.

I don't really get the point, though. If you truly have to check your emails and messages and such so frequently, you're probably sat on your laptop/tablet/phone 80% of the time anyway.

>> No. 23481 Anonymous
19th December 2014
Friday 7:26 pm
23481 My computer
Hello chaps! I'm wondering if it would be possible for me to upgrade to 32 gig of ram with out bottle necking my processor, I've got a fairly basic computer knowledge but I feel it's always best to swallow my ego and ask for help when in doubt. It's a fairly new computer I ordered custom built for video editing and the such like. Is there anything on it that is slowly me down too much? If you could explain how and why I would be grateful as I am seeking to learn, thanks .gs!

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
17 in 1 3.5" Internal Card Reader
Onboard High Definition Audio
Corsair Ultra Low Noise 600W PSU
24x SATA DVD+/-RW Drive
1000GB 7200RPM Hard Disk - 6Gbps x 2
120GB Samsung 840 EVO Solid State Drive
16GB Corsair/Crucial PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3 Memory (2 x 8GB sticks)
Asus Z87-K Motherboard - Haswell CPU only
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Paste
Akasa Venom Voodoo Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler
Intel Core i7 4770K Haswell Processor Overclocked to up to 4.5GHz
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>> No. 23862 Anonymous
25th February 2015
Wednesday 7:47 pm
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Are you going to get a UHD monitor at least at some point? If not, you should, because really don't need that setup for 1080p gaming even on the most modern of games. A 780ti would have sufficed at that resolution as it is essentially a 970 as the 970 is based on the 780's architecture and it only has .5 less gb VRAM than the 970's 3.5 gb and there isn't much out there that will use 3GB at 1080p, with the obvious exception of poorly optimised Ubisoft games.
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25th February 2015
Wednesday 9:31 pm
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No idea. Maybe. I'm happy with the monitor I'm using at the moment (Asus VG248QE) and I expect newer games will eventually tax this card more.
>> No. 23869 Anonymous
1st March 2015
Sunday 10:11 pm
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He has a 144hz monitor. A GTX 970 will not get 144+fps out of every game at 1080p, so it's by no means overkill. Even if it was a 60hz monitor, if you want a smooth 60fps with little to no drops at max settings a 970 is a perfectly reasonable choice.

Also it's nonsense to say "a 780ti would have sufficed", seeing as the 780ti is a far more expensive card. And the 970 is not based on the 780's architecture. The 780 used Kepler, the 900 series (and the 750ti) is based on the Maxwell architecture. And the 970 has 4GB of VRAM. The recent controversy has been about the slower memory bandwidth of the final 512MB of VRAM, not about whether or not it exists. Plenty of games (anything running on frostbite for example) will use up as much VRAM as they can, so it's not true to say there isn't much out there that will use 3GB at 1080p.
>> No. 23870 Anonymous
1st March 2015
Sunday 11:38 pm
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Adaptive sync is far more important in providing smooth video than a very high framerate. High-refresh monitors are a bit of a fudge IMO, because their main advantage is reducing the likelihood of tearing when running at reasonable frame rates without vertical sync. We really can't perceive much more than 60fps.
>> No. 23871 Anonymous
2nd March 2015
Monday 2:46 am
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I can definitely tell the difference. I must be special. I should ring my mum and tell her.

>> No. 23734 Anonymous
31st January 2015
Saturday 5:47 pm
23734 Linux Mint problems with X (MAte and XFCE)
Out of the blue I can't run Mate and XFCE sessions, though awesome still works. On startup I get this error message (before login prompt):

'Cannot set frequency 16000 to ep 0x86'.

Below is the content of my .xession-errors file:

/etc/mdm/Xsession: Beginning session setup...
localuser:x being added to access control list
Setting IM through im-switch for locale=en_GB.
Start IM through /etc/X11/xinit/xinput.d/all_ALL linked to /etc/X11/xinit/xinput.d/default.
Failed to connect to the VirtualBox kernel service
Failed to connect to the VirtualBox kernel service
Failed to connect to the VirtualBox kernel service
Failed to connect to the VirtualBox kernel service
Failed to connect to the VirtualBox kernel service
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>> No. 23740 Anonymous
31st January 2015
Saturday 10:35 pm
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I dual boot Mint with Win 7. I do not have Virtual box installed on the Linux partition.

> I can't find exactly what it means on google but it's possible that you've installed a new version mate-terminal and that version can no longer be used to start a new session via the --login flag.

So how exactly do I fix this?
>> No. 23741 Anonymous
31st January 2015
Saturday 11:46 pm
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delete the xorg.conf file and hit ctrl+alt+backspace to restart x.
>> No. 23866 Anonymous
1st March 2015
Sunday 4:00 pm
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Deleted that file and I changed session to MATE (ctrl+alt+backspace wasn't working in awesome) but didn't work, problem remains.

Also deleted the Xsession file but that didn't help either.
>> No. 23867 Anonymous
1st March 2015
Sunday 4:34 pm
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You have bigger problems if it took a month to delete a file and restart X.
>> No. 23868 Anonymous
1st March 2015
Sunday 5:56 pm
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It's not my main OS.

>> No. 14516 Anonymous
28th February 2012
Tuesday 12:51 pm
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Raspberry Pi
29th November, 06:00 GMT. This is, apparently, when they're going to start selling them.
I'm guessing they're doing this at such a horrible time to reduce work loads on their servers, but I reckon they're still going to start smoking by 6:01.
Anyone else looking forward to getting one of the first ones?
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>> No. 18787 Anonymous
23rd July 2013
Tuesday 8:33 pm
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The diagram seems perfectly clear to me.

Be very careful about connecting anything to the GPIO ports on a Raspberry Pi, they're not protected or isolated in any way, so you can easily fry your Pi if you connect things up the wrong way. A quality breakout board like the Gertboard is a Very Good Idea if you don't know exactly what you're doing.
>> No. 18900 Anonymous
1st August 2013
Thursday 3:49 pm
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Ok. Does it mean you have to install an IR receiver onto the board?
>> No. 18901 Anonymous
1st August 2013
Thursday 4:22 pm
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If you can get CEC working then it should be done by the HDMI lead. The IR signal from remote to telly being sent though the HDMI to the pi.

For the IR receiver then it looks like one of those little 3 pin bits of kit is needed. You would need a detachable plug for the GPIO pins that are on the diagram and then 3 short wires soldered between the pins on the IR unit and the correct points on the detachable plug.
>> No. 23863 Anonymous
25th February 2015
Wednesday 9:03 pm
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Caved and bought a mk.2 today. Mainly for playing music and videos off an external drive. So far it is pretty snappy running whatever xbmc has turned into.

I'll have a play around with a proper Linux build in the next couple of days. Looks like it can handle web browsing and a few basic PC tasks, though.

Bonus marks for having wires protruding from only 2 sides.

Any other ladm8s take the plunge?
>> No. 23865 Anonymous
25th February 2015
Wednesday 9:53 pm
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If anyone's interested the SD card adapter was faulty.

I'll be getting one soon just to use as a media center. OSMC shall be good once it's out of alpha.

>> No. 23851 Anonymous
22nd February 2015
Sunday 12:29 am
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Is there anything free which lets you search inside multiple documents and tells you how many instances of the search term occur in each document? FileLocator Pro did it but my trial just ran out and the full version's $49.99 and the versions of it on torrents are virus-riddled.
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>> No. 23854 Anonymous
22nd February 2015
Sunday 12:46 am
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AstroGrep works great. Thanks again.
>> No. 23855 Anonymous
22nd February 2015
Sunday 1:20 am
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you can use grep on Windows?
>> No. 23857 Anonymous
22nd February 2015
Sunday 1:35 am
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>> No. 23858 Anonymous
22nd February 2015
Sunday 1:42 am
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Yes. I just went to http://astrogrep.sourceforge.net/download/ and it's AstroGrep_Setup_v4.3.2.exe which is 342kb and it just installed like a little freeware program and didn't need me to install anything extra with it at all. I'm using Windows 7.
>> No. 23859 Anonymous
22nd February 2015
Sunday 1:46 am
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I can't recommend the Cygwin suite enough. Having basic tools available just about makes Windows bearable given that cmd massively sucks donkey balls.

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