davidedney123

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    Xeon rig: Dell, HP, IBM or Fujitsu-Siemens?

    I've noticed this too, in their servers and desktop systems. They also love to stick to the age old policy of putting the CPU of tomorrow in a system with the crap harddisk of today and the amount of RAM of tuesday last week. I find that with Compaq desktops you *always* have to specify more RAM than they provide as standard (128MB in a Win2k box last summer - bleugh), although I have no experience of their workstations. Dave
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    Where can I find a cheap, rounded, SCSI cable?

    I found a nice cheap supplier - I pinch the spare ones from new Compaq servers in work when they arrive. Seriously though, does anyone know somewhere in the UK where I can buy cables as nice as the rounded, braided snakes in those servers for less than an arm and a leg? They even come with a velcro thingy attached for tying up any slack cable - sweet! Considering the state the plastic wrapped thing that I was using before it was a godsend. Is it just me or does the plastic wrapping always fall off so all the cables become seperated and snag on things? Not really very good considering how much Adaptec charge for them. Dave
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    Back to PATA

    Oh yeah, and loosing all your Warez and pr0n because one of the cheap, nasty, 1 year warranty IDE drives you spanned your stuff over dropped dead is certainly kids stuff. I have all but given up on warning people against RAID 0, with it's marginal real world improvements in all but select uses and it's decrease in reliability in all uses too, as all my warez and pr0n is nice and safe and I can't be worrying about everyones Dave
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    Back to PATA

    I would say anything with seek times higher than 6ms is kids stuff myself. Dave
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    Please help me get a cheap u160 Raid 0 setup

    Hi You cannot boot of a WinXP/2K software stripe, so if you intend to use one then you will need a third drive to boot from. Sorry to bring the bad news... I would also be inclined to upgrade your 1.2GHz MPs to see if that gives you better performance - the S2460 officially supports MP1900's, but I have been running MP2000's in mine for months without a problem, although there are a few stories of the ATX connector overheating and melting. From what you have said about your usage patterns I do not think that a SCSI setup would improve your performance enough to justify the price, but I do believe that a CPU upgrade might well do and MP2000's are pretty cheap now. If you have balls of Iron you could try putting MP2200's or MP2400's, although if there is a design flaw with overloading the ATX power connector then you would probably stand more chance of making smoke. Dave
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    IBM 8MB 120GB model.

    In the UK 8MB 120GB 180GXPs seem to be as rare as hens teeth. They disappeared from the market altogether for a while, but seem to be back again now. Only about a tenner more than the 2MB of cache ones too. Dave
  7. Also, I have to say that chosing between a Supermicro and an Iwill board would not be a hard decision. Good as I am sure the Iwill is I wouldn't put one in any server I was responsible for. When it comes to balls of iron multiple CPU workstations and servers that do real work then Supermicro, Tyan, and sometimes Intel branded boards are the only choice. As with the choice of ECC or not it all comes down to how important it is to you that your system never, ever crashes. Dave
  8. Hi I use a Tyan S2460 TigerMP with 4 x 256MB Crucial sticks of Registered PC2100 (and one of the boards with the hand soldering) and have not had any problems with that memory in the board. Back on topic, I would say that my only real gripe with ECC memory is the time that it takes between powering on and getting to POST as the system checks all the memory thoroughly - it's about 30 to 45 seconds. If you turn off ECC checking in the BIOS this doesn't happen, but then I am also willing to sacrifice 5% of my RAM performance for improved stability so I just put up with the delay. Back when I bought the RAM Registered sticks were only a little more than standard PC2100, but on Crucial at the moment they are almost twice as expensive. Ouch. Dave
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    Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9

    Is it just me or has Maxtor got about 200 different harddrive models out at the moment, with a whole range of crap and unintuitive names? Let's hope at least one of the 200 new models is more interesting than this one! Dave
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    C & C Generals

    I take your point that far worse things happen in the world than racist bigotry in computer games, but the defense that "other people have done much worse things, so I should be able to do this" is not a particularly strong one. Also, I will take your suggestion that I am a liberal as a deep and personal insult Dave
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    Terrorist kills 329 poeple, gets 5 years in jail.

    Damn right - I wondered if this thought had occured to anyone except me. I suppose stories about US interference in Nicaraguan elections and suchlike is not really all that exciting to people fed on a diet of trash TV, so they don't bother reporting those sorts of stories. Chicken or egg really.... Mind you, it seems the BBC news in the UK is constantly trying to make us all feel guilty for crappy things happening around the world, like it is my fault personally that people in Ethiopia are starving, and maybe if I give some money they can summon rain clouds to end the three year drought and the famine. This isn't exactly exciting viewing, but I suppose they are not dependent on advertising revenue so can report real news rather than just the exciting stuff where stuff blows up. Dave Dave
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    Terrorist kills 329 poeple, gets 5 years in jail.

    One of the problems with using prisoners as a large slave workforce is that they take work away from contractors and other companies, causing more unemployment and thus adding to the social problem. Unless you give them really pointless work that wouldn't have been done otherwise you are always going to be competing with some company or the other, and making someone do worthless work all day every day is just going to make them more resentful and bitter. We do have a system kind of similar to that in the UK called community service, and a church hall near me used community service workers to have some renovations done. As you can well imagine the work was extrememly sloppy and coincided with a shocking increase in the number of break-ins to the church hall leading to the theft of all their PA and lighting equipment. Dave
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    Terrorist kills 329 poeple, gets 5 years in jail.

    The problem is that a lot of innocent people are found guilty of rape, murder and suchlike. Again, I think that an attempt should be made to rehabilitate these offenders with more draconian measures taken at a 2nd offence. Also you have the problem of deciding which crimes are serious enough to warrant three strikes execution, and governments would no doubt keep changing it to gain popularilty by stamping down on whatever crime they think they can win votes off and you would end up with people arrested for using class b drugs three times in a row and shot for it! I suppose another part of the problem is that everyones reasons for commiting their particular crime (murder particularly springs to mind) and some of them might be otherwise perfectly normal people, such as a crime of passion, in which case killing them in the name of justice just seems to be wasting two lives through anger rather than just one. Call be a big pooftah but I really do think that depriving anyone of their lives is an awful thing to do no matter who they are, and state sanctioning of it just leaves blood on all our hands. Dave
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    Terrorist kills 329 poeple, gets 5 years in jail.

    Sorry about the complete lack of paragraphing in the above.... :oops:
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    C & C Generals

    Sorry about the paragraph breaks - didn't realise I was doing it! So what did everyone think of the game otherwise? I've been playing it over a LAN with two others, so just three in a game and it keeps pausing for a second or so at a time, even though none of the machines playing it are in the slightest bit weedy. Also I found the single player campaigns were very short, although it seems to me that games in general are getting shorter. Dave
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    Terrorist kills 329 poeple, gets 5 years in jail.

    The idea of executing hardened criminals, guilty of three serious offences (armed robbery, rape, particularly vicious assaults and suchlike) is a tempting one, and as you say it gets rid of the argument that the person could be innocent. When you are dealing with someone like that you have stopped regarding prison as a system of rehabilitation, and instead it is there to keep the rest of us safe from these scumbags. I do, however, believe that for everyones first stay in the big house they should have every opportunity to truly change (and it should NOT be linked to a shorter sentence - the "I've found God, your Honour" routine has been used far to often), and if they don't seem to make any effort to reform their character then they should be made well aware that the consequences of a second offence will be dire indeed. You're also right about there not being the backbone (although it coule be lack of imagination) to reform the current system, but when the people who are in a position to reform in are either pig ignorant (politicians) or doing to well off the current system and not particularly imaginative anyway (lawyers and judges) then you can't really expect to see any real change. I don't believe nasty, dungeon like prisons are a good idea and it also seems that the death penalty does not act as a deterrent, so rehabilitation of those not beyond redemption and permenant imprisonment of those who are might well be the only way to keep the rest of the population safe. I know the situation is different in the US, but in the UK and the rest of Europe violent crime is not the enormous problem that it is made out to be by the media, but they have people worked up into such a state of fear that the pressure is on politicians to be seen to be taking more and more draconian action against offenders - "being seen to be" being the critical phrase! As my probably insane mother in law says, maybe we should shoot them all and let someone else sort them out
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    C & C Generals

    You mean he might behave how the west has been doing in the Middle East and the rest of the world for the last 400 years? Anyway, nobody has presented any evidence worth pissing over to link Iraq to terrorism. Iraq was, of course, our friend when they were fighting Iran as the Taliban were our friends when they were fighting Soviets but that fact occured long before the last ad break on TV so most people seem to have forgotten about it. If you truly believe that the motivation behind what happened in Afghanistan and in Iraq were entirely noble and just, and were about bringing freedom to poor opressed people then you'll belive just about anyone. The arguments about how badly he has treated his own people can't be used as a reason to attack Iraq because our best buddies the Saudi Arabians have done the same and then some, as have most nations through the Middle East, and attempts to link Iraq with international terrorism have provided no evidence that would even be considered suitable for prosecution by Columbo. That's the most mysterious thing about what is happening there - there was clear motivation for attacking Afghanistan, but there isn't really anything new going on in Iraq to justify this attack. The North Koreans are a far greater risk to international security as they actually do have weapons of mass destruction and the often overlooked delivery systems, but then I suppose that attacking them may annoy China, so it is far better to attack a country that has already proved to be virtually defenseless and has no potent allies to back it up. Violence does solve a lot of things, but it helps if you know what you are trying to solve first. I do, however, think that the problem of international terrorism will (sadly) not be solved by satisfying violence on it's own. Earlier today there was a story on the news about the UK and US embassies in New Zealand (might have been Aus?) recieving crystals of cyanide through the post along with letters that more was to follow - terrorism of this nature isn't a large organised force like an army or a nation, it is a brotherhood of crazy sods who are loosely affiliated and perform acts of violence for a common cause. There isn't a central command that you can destroy, because all it takes to wreak havoc is a few motivated and sufficiently mad people - all the military might in the world will not stop a determined man from strapping explosives to his back and running into a crowded building. The only chance you have of stopping that is to try and pick up on who's been buying explosives who shouldn't be, and who's been stockpiling arms and suchlike - but that doesn't make for the same satisfaction as carpet bombing and dropping stinker down caves so isn't as popular. It's also very boring for the current affairs programs. I would imagine that the US intelligence community is smarting a little from failing to pick up on the events of September 11th before they happened, and hopefully have re-evaluated their techniques to stop anything that large and organised happening again. Dave
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    Terrorist kills 329 poeple, gets 5 years in jail.

    I can certainly see where you are coming from with regards to prejudice against the victim - examples like that make it clear that justice for all is still a pipe dream. Most of the cases in the UK seemed to be down to either incompetence or corruption on the part of the police. I suppose they think "I know this is the guy, but the sneaky sod has left to evidence, so I'll make some up" approach doesn't always net them the right bloke. There is often outcry in the tabloid media in this country when "criminals" walk free, due to technicalities, but the only time cases where it seems very likely the suspect is guilty collapse is when the police or Crown Prosecution Service have been mind bendingly incompetent or corrupt. The reason it is neccessary to stick to technicalities in this way is because in the past the Police have shown that they cannot be trusted to perform a fair and thorough investigation unless they are forced. I can certainly see strong economic arguments for execution, but if nothing else then the possibility of executing an innocent person is enough to convince me that it is not such a good idea. It does, however, pander to the kneejerk revenge reaction that most of us feel when someone commits some truly awful crime. Dave
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    Terrorist kills 329 poeple, gets 5 years in jail.

    jtr1962 - how would you like your idea if you or someone you cared about was found guilty of a crime they didn't commit? Same goes for those in favour of execution. In the last ten years in the UK there have been an almost comical number of high profile cases where it turned out that people imprisoned for all sorts of things were completely innocent, and under your system they would be have been executed by the state or murdered on your island by people who really are criminals. Pull your head from up your ass and actually use it for thinking. Dave
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    C & C Generals

    I'm not saying that the UK Governments handling of foreign affairs is any better than that of the US or just about any other country. The British empire was a particularly bloody, brutal and ugly period in world history for the citizens of the "colonies", but it is in the past and so nothing can be done about it. It just seems a shame that nothing has been learned from that episode regarding the treatment of nations less powerful than your own. Regarding your comments on terrorism, you would do well to remember that a terrorist organisation is only labelled as such until it wins - then they are remembered as freedom fighters. Their tactics of indiscriminate killing are disgusting and shameful and it is made worse by the fact that they do it in the name of religion, and I fully understand why so many people in the US feel so strongly against them. If it were a single nation rather than a spread out nest of rats who had organised the attacks of september 11th an appropriate response would be far more forthcoming, but the current US answer of the age old strong arm tactics is not likely to work in this case and will most probably make the problem worse by giving the terrorists a new rallying call. How many times will we need to learn the lesson that you can't fight guerillas by conventional means? Any more civillian deaths strengthen their cause. Unfortunately they do have reasons to be disgruntled (again I stress that I in no way support their actions, and I believe a lot of the members of these organisations are driven merely by hate and a lust for killing rather than any noble ideas about freedom), and their organisations are like mangy garden weeds, with very little viewable under the surface but a large network of near indestructible roots underneath. I think the aim of eradicating these groups is unachievable, and the most important efforts should be directed towards intelligence so that we can stop as many attacks as possible before they occur. In the UK we never managed to get rid of the IRA and our efforts to do so managed to do little more than strengthen the feeling against the British in Ireland and make the organisations stronger - all of these situations are so awkward because you cannot do nothing, but all of the things that you know to do will most likely just make things worse. Strange that you never get games where the enemies are the Irish and the good guys the British, or where the bad guys are the anarchists, religious fanatics or ant establishment crazies in the US - it is always along racial grounds that the good guys and the bad guys are set. The truth in situations like the one we are in is that both guys are as good and as bad as you want them to be depending on who you are, your point of view, and who you listen to. Dave
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    Asus Dual CPU nForceFX motherboard.

    Those are good points, and I hadn't considered them because I assumed that any entrant into the server market would HAVE to have them both. I don't know about HT and ECC, but I am pretty sure that the current NForce controller does not support ECC memory. Due to the manufacturer I don't imagine the chipset will ever be anything other than enthusiast territory, as even the AMD MP chipsets have not really been widely accepted outside the enthusiast crowd. Maybe if we're lucky VIA will launch a Dual Athlon chipset - we've seen them introduce chipsets that corrupt data when used with the most popular aftermarket soundcard, and they've failed to make a decent implimentation of the ancient PCI bus, I'm sure they could come up with something to really destroy AMDs reputation if you let them try to make a server platform. The idea of a server using a VIA chipset really puts a smile on my face.
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    C & C Generals

    I am aware that they were called the GLA, but all of the accents were piss poor attempts at middle eastern accents and it really was crystal clear that they were not our own, home grown, terrorist groups. The way that the GLA was portrayed in the game may fit in with the view of the rest of the world that CNN present to the US, but does not fit in at all well with the facts. I have no paticular love of Arabs but I think that the way that all of the media has rejoyced in inciting racial hatred against them is truly sickening, and is a fantastic example of how the very intelligent people behind the mass media pander to the fears and prejudices of the ignorant. We all like having someone to hate, after all. Dave
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    SB Audigy and dual-CPU systems

    Hi. I have been running two AthlonMP 1.2GHz, and now two AthlonXP 2000+'s on a Tyan TigerMP for over a year now, and although I have had no more stability problems with my Audigy that you would get with creatives shitty drivers on any system, I do get some really annoying audio quirks. To elaborate, often when playing an MP3 or a vide or suchlike I will get a 0.5 second skip in the audio, maybe once every 10 minutes of listening. Nothing to wet yourself over, but annoying. To be honest, my experience with recent creatives (from the Live upwards) in a very wide range of both single and multiprocessor systems has been such that I no longer use their cards in any new systems. Now that their is real competition about I don't see any need to put up with the quirks and instabilities that ocassionaly manifest themselves. If you don't *have* to use Creative then find another solution, would be my advice. This is based on the fact that in the last 3 or more years the only hardware crashes I have seen on any of my PCs have been tracked back to the Creative drivers - every single one, although there have not been very many. If you are trying to build the ultimate stability god of all PCs then Creative are in a league with PC Chips and unbranded and stunningly cheap RAM. They are still living off the legend that is the Soundblaster 16. Dave
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    Asus Dual CPU nForceFX motherboard.

    The AMD 761 was an enormous northbridge on it's own at 569 balls, with two sets of FSB pins, can you imagine how damned complicated the bugger would be if it had to also have a second DDR memory channel? That would make for one complicated sod of a motherboard, making it much more expensive that current AthlonMP boards. Also, I would imagine only a handful of manufacturers could make the beast and fewer still do a good job of it The 761 is the most complicated northbridge that AMD have ever made, so it would be quite a feat for a company with only two previous entrants into the chipset market to pull it off. To be honest I am almost certain that crappy diagram is a fake, and someone is laughing their socks off right now, but I would be extremely happy to be proved wrong on that one. The idea of a pair of AthlonMP 3000's with a 333MHz FSB and dual channel DDR333 is extremely tempting, although I would be extremely skeptical about putting an NVidia chipset into a mission critical server considering their lack of previous experience. One for the workstation, if you're feeling brave. Dave
  25. It seems that this noise is caused by the analogue inputs on the soundcard picking up noise inside the case. I wonder how often it could be stopped just by muting CD-In/Aux-In and suchlike. From this case it seems that it doesn't even need to have a cable attached to it to be able to pick up audible levels of noise. Glad the problems sorted though - it's a small but extrememly irritating one! Dave