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[#] Thu Jul 02 2009 17:03:30 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Correct. For typical English and Western European languages, UTF-8 is a more compact encoding. However, for "CJK" Chinese/Japanese/Korean, UTF-16 is the more compact encoding. All of those characters are from a codepoint range that encodes to three UTF-8 bytes or (usually) two UTF-16 bytes.

[#] Thu Jul 02 2009 19:38:24 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I would say that UTF-8 wins for "all Western languages" rather than just US English / US ASCII, since most of those languages share a large portion of the same character set.

[#] Sat Jul 04 2009 09:15:43 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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ivereplaced exactly one laptop hd in the machine im using now its a toshiba and so far so good.
the drive that died was a western digital but thats a 3.5 desktop drive.
so much for SMART warning me of impending failure...

[#] Sat Jul 04 2009 15:41:53 EDT from Harbard @ Uncensored

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A stupid question...did you have some SMART tool software enabled?  As far as I know, no OS has these tools installed by default.

[#] Sat Jul 04 2009 17:17:06 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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oh.. well... there is that.

So I was about to format the drive when i decided to run recovery boot.
Looked at the boot drive it was fine.
Then I rmemberd something about the slave drive being the boot drive, so I told my bios to boot from the slave, and VOILA. working machine.
So I'm not sure what went wrong.
I'm running chkdsk on all the drives, I have a feeling one of my drives is on the way out, but somebody (BIOS or MBR) lost track of which drive was the boot drive.
I still think something's wrong, but now I don't know what.
I could just be that it shutdown due to overheating. I'll never know.
but there was definetly a boot or two where the bios had a hard time detecting IDE devices.
I'm sure something will go wrong at the worst time and I won't be able to figure out what it is.
but at least now I have the opoortunity to back everything upl.

[#] Sun Jul 05 2009 09:21:34 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Red Hat (CentOS, Fedora...) enables smartmontools as part of the standard install, but unfortunately the default configuration sends the alerts to root's mailbox along with all of the other log noise that a lot of people ignore.

On the rare occasion when I set up a server without hardware RAID, I have it send the alerts to our tech support department ... but that of course isn't appropriate for a laptop.

(Or maybe it is, if your laptop is owned and maintained by your employer.
Imagine getting a call from the help desk saying "hey, get your laptop over here pronto, your hard disk is about to fail." But then again, most moron users would say "uuuuhhhh... its a laptop, it doesn't have a hard drive?" [because "hard drive" == "mini tower case" in their minds)

[#] Wed Jul 08 2009 04:29:36 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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google chrome os.

(first seen on

now thats a direct attack to microsoft.

[#] Wed Jul 08 2009 11:48:32 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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yeah, again, I'm not too impressed.
1) it won't run any windows sofware. So it won't be even as popular aslinux.
2) it won't run any linux software, so it will be less popular than linux.
So all it will run is a webbrowser and google's 'enhanced' apps. Sound familiar anyone?

So it will run on eee PC's and let you browse the web.
It will not take over the home market and will NEVER make a dent in the office market.

Won't be the first google app that failed.

[#] Wed Jul 08 2009 15:46:13 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Everyone who has tried the "network computer" thing so far has failed to build the server-side ecosystem that was supposed to power it. Google already has that ecosystem in place. Whether they can make this work remains to be seen, but they have a better chance than most.

[#] Wed Jul 08 2009 16:29:16 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Agreed. But just because they build it doesn't mean they will come.
Everyone who has tried the network computer thing so far has failed.
It might not only be because the back end was missing.

[#] Wed Jul 08 2009 16:44:50 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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i'm looking verry forward to it, because of google has the power to make snapdragon netbooks real.

quad-arm8 cores with 8 hours of battery life! YAY!

even after that microsoft guy made the the asus representive excuse for even showing a working snapdragon in an eee case.

I will be running debian on it anyway.

I realy like purchasing hardware without even being in doubt of paying the microsoft tax. (or the apple tax, which is even more...)


[#] Wed Jul 08 2009 18:15:11 EDT from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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[#] Thu Jul 16 2009 10:38:30 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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not doing any work outside of my room, since all its walls are decorated with cheatsets.

[#] Thu Jul 16 2009 16:31:03 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I just had a brilliant idea on how to make money on the internet.
I was inspired by the shitty design of kelly blue book's web page.
Every time a page loads, about a second after it's done loading, an ad at the top loads and causes the entire page to push down a bit.
This is genius!
We can make a web page where every two inches vertically we place an ad flush left to right, then right when we think the user is going to click on a link, we shift the page down a half inch so they end up clicking on the ad instead of the link they
were trying to click on.
Real honest ad clicks! We'll be rich!

[#] Thu Jul 16 2009 16:32:11 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Heh... 'real honest ad clicks'... that's a fine example of relativism at work.

[#] Fri Jul 17 2009 11:36:57 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Billions of dollars of revenue, a few cents at a time. Hey, can we do fractions of a penny?

[#] Sat Jul 18 2009 15:59:05 EDT from Dirk Stanley @ Uncensored

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Help! Need quick *nix advice :

I can't remember what file I need to create to make my Linux account forward a copy of all emails somewhere -

Is it .forward? In the root directory?

[#] Sat Jul 18 2009 17:48:38 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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yeah, in your home directory.

[#] Tue Jul 21 2009 05:57:19 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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nice idea.

use javascript to just blow IE out of the market because of users will have to wait on and on with ie6 (and even ie8 that calls itself 3 times faster)

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