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>> No. 24750 Anonymous
28th October 2015
Wednesday 10:56 pm
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Does anyone know who makes a trusted windows activator?
I usually use the one that comes with an installation image but I can't seem to find one that doesn't come from a shady as fuck site.
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>> No. 24755 Anonymous
30th October 2015
Friday 6:58 pm
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>> No. 24756 Anonymous
30th October 2015
Friday 10:24 pm
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>> No. 24757 Anonymous
31st October 2015
Saturday 2:12 pm
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>> No. 24758 Anonymous
31st October 2015
Saturday 9:56 pm
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I bet you that beast gets knotted on a nightly basis.
>> No. 24885 Anonymous
22nd November 2015
Sunday 3:47 am
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>> No. 24879 Anonymous
18th November 2015
Wednesday 11:53 pm
24879 "Does this look like a Q to you? How about now?"
So today Sky announced their new Sky Q system.


The most interesting thing to me was that the new boxes will be capable of using both the built in powerline adapter and WiFi to provide whole house coverage - switching on the fly to provide the best method.

Does anything like that already exist or are they the first to do it?
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>> No. 24880 Anonymous
18th November 2015
Wednesday 11:55 pm
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Internet through power cables has been around for ages. I think it winds the HAM radio lads up.
>> No. 24881 Anonymous
19th November 2015
Thursday 12:00 am
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It does - totally interferes with certain radio bands.
>> No. 24882 Anonymous
19th November 2015
Thursday 12:45 am
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>Does anything like that already exist or are they the first to do it?

The first in a consumer device as far as I know. Redundant failover and load balancing is standard in commercial networking equipment, but it has been considered too expensive for consumer gear. Customers simply haven't been willing to pay a premium for reliability, but I think that's starting to change as the price of technology falls, expectations increase and the 2.4GHz ISM band becomes more crowded.

I think there's also a subtle perceptual thing going on; people seem to be far more tolerant of buffering on a personal device than on a TV. We're primed to expect that TV loads instantly and just works, but we're used to computers and tablets being a bit slow and unreliable.

Sky used to have a huge advantage because of the responsiveness of their receiver box - the old Virgin/Telewest/NTL boxes were often hideously slow and difficult to use. Virgin eventually caught up, so it makes sense for Sky to push for the same advantage in the shift to on-demand services. Virgin have a home turf advantage for VOD because they control both TV and broadband, while Sky are stuck piggybacking off BT's telecoms infrastructure.
>> No. 24883 Anonymous
19th November 2015
Thursday 12:45 am
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Yes, power line adapters have been a thing for years. I'm talking about an all-in-one box which is a broadband router or other consumer appliance with integrated power line adapter. That is totally new to me and I think it's a great idea.

>> No. 24763 Anonymous
2nd November 2015
Monday 6:47 pm
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Say I wanted to do some amateur vocal recording at home and try to get as close to studio-quality as possible. I've looked into it but it all seems quite complicated. Basically, what kind of processing equipment do I put in-between my microphone and my sound card to have it not sound like I'm talking through a wall?

If you're going to post something like 'first get a decent microphone', don't, then go away.
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>> No. 24870 Anonymous
9th November 2015
Monday 9:19 pm
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I just did one of those mosquito hearing tests, on this page: http://www.audiocheck.net/audiotests_mosquito.php

The first sound file, the steady tone at 17.4kHz, I can hear in my right ear, but I can't hear it in my left ear. This scares me. Does it mean I've damaged my left ear somehow? Or could it just be my sinusitis throwing me off?
>> No. 24871 Anonymous
10th November 2015
Tuesday 1:38 am
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Everyone's hearing is a bit damaged, that's the point of the mosquito device. Ageing and noise exposure gradually reduce your high-frequency sensitivity, working from the top down. Teenagers can hear frequencies that older people can't, it's just a fact of life.

Your left ear might just be gunked up with fluid or wax, it might be ageing slightly more rapidly, or you might have suffered a blow to the head or acoustic damage. Drummers develop hearing loss asymmetrically, because the left side of their kit is considerably louder than the right.

The very high frequency part of your hearing isn't very important, so I wouldn't worry about it too much. A typical cassette player rolls off above 12kHz and a telephone doesn't respond above about 3.5kHz, so you can suffer a substantial amount of high-frequency hearing loss without experiencing significant functional impairment. If you're really concerned, go to an audiologist.
>> No. 24872 Anonymous
10th November 2015
Tuesday 1:54 am
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At first I thought it was a stereo problem, but if I wear my headphones the wrong way around I still get the same result. Same as you, I can hear the sound in my right ear but not the left.

I used to be a drummer, though, and spent a good chunk of time with a headphone over my left ear as a monitor in other situations, so if above commenter is correct then that's a pretty plausible explanation.
>> No. 24873 Anonymous
10th November 2015
Tuesday 2:30 am
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Think about the layout of your kit. On the left side, you have your hi-hats and snare - they're very loud, and used almost constantly. On the right, you've got your toms, which are much quieter and generally only used for fills. The ride is less commonly used than the hats and generally played fairly quietly, as are other cymbals you might keep on the right like a splash or china.
>> No. 24874 Anonymous
10th November 2015
Tuesday 5:30 pm
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It made intuitive sense, but since I know nothing about hearing loss I didn't want to make my post sound like a confident "that's it". Thank you for the additional deatail, though.

>> No. 24839 Anonymous
4th November 2015
Wednesday 8:34 pm
24839 Contacts a bit knackered
I've had this HTC One M8 I know M8 for a few months now. At some point in the past, I sent a text to several family members, including my sister. Now, for whatever reason, every time I get a message from her, it gets lumped in with that older text, and when I reply it goes to everyone who got that original message. So far this has spoiled Father's Day and two birthdays. Even sending a fresh text message causes it to get lumped in with the others when a reply comes back. I can't seem to find any way of dissociating her messages from the thread. Even deleting the thread doesn't fix it.

How can I fix this without having to manually remove the other contacts from the message every single fucking time?
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>> No. 24840 Anonymous
4th November 2015
Wednesday 8:53 pm
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You can get third party messaging apps which might do the trick.
>> No. 24841 Anonymous
4th November 2015
Wednesday 9:03 pm
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Of the ones I've tried, none of them will do it. The one that I found that claimed to edit origins only shows her number while all the others are insistent there are four recipients.

>> No. 24746 Anonymous
22nd October 2015
Thursday 8:50 pm
24746 USB Hubs
I'm in the market for a USB hub for my laptop. My main concern is will a non mains powered hub provide necessary power for my external hard and be able to charge my phone.

My other concern is price, with some hubs going for as little as £0.99 if you get what you pay for the outlook isn't very promising, here's an example of what I mean: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Laptop-Computer-4-port-Ordinary-Version/dp/B00WE5SZ6A/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1445542983&sr=8-6&keywords=usb+hub note the feedback from buyers.
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>> No. 24747 Anonymous
22nd October 2015
Thursday 10:06 pm
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Cheap hubs tend to have one socket which provides power and the rest don't, but still let you connect you usb stick, etc.

You definitely get what you pay for.
>> No. 24748 Anonymous
22nd October 2015
Thursday 11:13 pm
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>will a non mains powered hub provide necessary power for my external hard and be able to charge my phone

Probably not. The hard drive will draw close to the maximum current supplied by a typical USB port. Some laptops have high-current ports, but even then your phone will charge slowly. If you use a USB keyboard and mouse, you could run those from an unpowered hub to free up ports for your high powered devices.
>> No. 24749 Anonymous
23rd October 2015
Friday 1:40 am
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>will a non mains powered hub provide necessary power for my external hard and be able to charge my phone.
My phone warns me if it's charged on a low power USB port that doing so will affect its long-term battery life. I don't understand Li-ion battery tech enough to know if that's true, but if it is then you should probably stick to using your mains charger for your phone. (I know we've got at least one expert here who can correct me if this is wrong).

My experience of cheap USB hubs (having dealt with a bunch at work over the years) is that they are usually nothing but a headache. Especially if you're connecting devices that are drawing power from it and don't have any power supply of their own, you'll get devices disconnecting, USB power warnings from Windows, all sorts of crap. Spend a bit more and get a powered hub, with a mains adapter.

>If you use a USB keyboard and mouse, you could run those from an unpowered hub to free up ports for your high powered devices.
This is good advice, though even then I have 2.5" caddies with drives in them that won't spin up unless they have a second USB plug that's also connected to a powered USB port (see the attached).

>> No. 24743 Anonymous
18th October 2015
Sunday 11:00 pm
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Is telephone exchange equipment, most primarily DSLAMs, susceptible to brownouts?. I would imagine BT employ UPS systems, right? I keep experiencing mains voltage dips and I happen to be on the same transformer as my telephone exchange, each time this happens it knocks out my line.

My servers survive because I've got a rack of UPS boxes, but I'm trying to figure out what's killing my connection.

It's either my UPS spiking out a dirty phase when they click on, somehow fucking with my router. Or, It's exchange end.

I have no idea how to exclude either of those possibilities.
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>> No. 24744 Anonymous
19th October 2015
Monday 2:00 am
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All telephone exchanges have UPSes and backup generators, but they're primarily designed to maintain the POTS network and may not provide sufficient power conditioning for DSL equipment. By design, a DSL connection is running at close to the absolute limit of the line, so the connection is vulnerable to all sorts of minor disturbances.

Dips or transients causing equipment malfunctions at the exchange could be the source of the problem, but there is another (IMO more likely) candidate; a significant sag or frequency fluctuation could cause other electrical equipment to malfunction and produce electromagnetic interference, which is then picked up on your phone line.

If you have a compatible router, it might be worth using DSLstats or Routerstats to monitor your connection and see if that shines any light on the situation.
>> No. 24745 Anonymous
19th October 2015
Monday 2:34 am
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Thinking of it it now, my connection is overhead and my line passes close by some nasty old sodium street lights. That could very well be the source of my problem. Best find my air rifle.

Very informative, Thank you. Ill have a good look at that software.

>> No. 24740 Anonymous
14th October 2015
Wednesday 11:03 pm
24740 Laptop advice
Evening /g/ents, been asked to recommend a laptop for my nephew, and it's a while since I had to suggest anything other than a netbook, basically, so I thought I'd ask your advice first. He's about to start his GCSEs and has an interest in digital photography, and also plays bass so may want audio editing uses out of it at some point. He's sensible enough to be happy with something reconditioned rather than new, but what should he be looking for and what kind of budget does he need? My default advice would generally be 'buy a reconditioned Thinkpad' but he may be limited by what's available local to him, depending on what combination of his money and his mum's gets put towards it, so advice on brands, components (processor, graphics card, etc), or whatever else to seek out or avoid would be much appreciated.
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>> No. 24741 Anonymous
15th October 2015
Thursday 12:29 am
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> 'buy a reconditioned Thinkpad'

Sage advice for most people who essentially want a souped-up facebooking machine, and even for techies who are more interested in RAM and CPU potential than playing the latest games. Sadly most ex-lease refurbished Thinkpads don't come with very much in the way of video or sound cards / capability.

Tl;dr - Check that the model in question is capable of doing "extra-ordinary" things such as video or audio processing (or is capable of being upgraded to be so) before hitting 'Buy' on a thinkpad of any kind.

I'm not really sure what to recommend in its place, or what to look for instead but I would have felt bad if I'd not pointed that out, even if you know it already.
>> No. 24742 Anonymous
15th October 2015
Thursday 10:05 am
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For everything apart from gaming and a small number of VFX applications, the GPU is largely unimportant. Photoshop uses GPU acceleration for a small number of filters, but it doesn't make a huge amount of difference in practice. All "sound cards" are piss-poor, which is why musicians use specialised audio interfaces with low latency and suitable connectivity. Recent X- and T-series Thinkpads have very powerful processors, so for productivity tasks they're not significantly slower than a brand new machine. The biggest difference is the screen (newer laptops are starting to feature HiDPI displays) and connectivity options like USB3.0 and 802.11n.

CPU performance hasn't improved significantly over the last three or four years, so a refurb with an i5 or i7 chip will provide surprisingly good performance. The CPU in a brand new Lenovo X250 isn't actually any faster than that in an old X220, and the same applies to many other popular models of laptop. The market simply isn't demanding faster CPUs, so manufacturers are instead making machines thinner and lighter.

Ex-corporate is definitely the way to go; if not a Thinkpad then a compNanookle Dell or HP machine. He could have a refurb T420 or X220 for about £160, with many sellers providing a 12 month warranty. That is an absolutely astonishing bargain IMO, as those machines sold for well over a grand new and will match the performance of brand new laptops costing £600+. If money is really tight, then a T400 or an X201 can be had for less than £100. If mail order is out of the question for whatever reason, it's worth searching on eBay and sorting by location - there are hundreds of local resellers who have brick-and-mortar shops. I generally recommend buying a replacement battery for any refurb laptop, as the original is likely to be quite tired; a decent third-party replacement will cost about £20 on Amazon.

SSDs make a huge difference to real-world performance, so would be my first choice of upgrade. The T420 and X220 both feature mSATA slots, so you can fit both a conventional hard drive and an SSD.

>> No. 24726 Anonymous
2nd October 2015
Friday 4:24 pm
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So I bought a cheap tablet a while ago just to use abroad to keep in touch with people and go online and the like. However recently it's been doing this thing where, if I play videos, there's a somewhat blue haze about them. It's most noticeable on people, they look like they're smurfs or something (see crappy screenshot). Does this mean something in it has given out? I rarely watch videos on it but I recall this not being an issue the last time I did. I've Googled around and I haven't found anything to do with the blueness, but I'm just wondering if this is a fixable problem or not.
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>> No. 24727 Anonymous
2nd October 2015
Friday 4:36 pm
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If the blue tinge isn't there when you're viewing images or web pages, then it'll be a software issue. If it only happens in the YouTube app, try uninstalling and reinstalling it. If it happens in all video apps, you'll need to do a factory reset (Settings > Backup and Reset > Factory data reset). You might want to check the manufacturer's website for software updates or troubleshooting notes.
>> No. 24728 Anonymous
2nd October 2015
Friday 4:47 pm
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It's Linux based, right?

It's something to do with flash being gimpy on linux sometimes. It seems to get fixed, then show up again periodically.

On the desktop the solution is to right click on it, go through the options in there and the one that says "use hardware acceleration" or similar, switch it to the opposite of what it's set to now. That's always fixed it for me.

>> No. 24682 Anonymous
9th September 2015
Wednesday 8:44 pm
24682 Pasting shit into Emacs
I have a little problem here ladchaps. Whenever I try to paste something into Emacs with Shift+Insert, it works but in a weird way, gradually increasing indentation with each line pasted.

On Vim I'd hit :set paste and everything would go smooth. I don't know what to do with Emacs though. Lend a hand please. I've performed a casual scroll through C-h a but haven't found anything that would help me.
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>> No. 24686 Anonymous
10th September 2015
Thursday 2:31 am
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Dunno, I just use nano.
>> No. 24687 Anonymous
10th September 2015
Thursday 3:48 pm
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Sure lad.
I'm trying to paste some settings into the fonts.conf file. The major mode seems to be nXML-mode. Emacs's version is 24.5. The terminal is XTerm both for Emacs and for Lynx from which I had copied those settings.

Just in case, the distro I'm using is Debian Unstable.
>> No. 24692 Anonymous
10th September 2015
Thursday 8:16 pm
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> gradually increasing indentation with each line pasted

Either the handling of windows vs unix newlines (\n vs \r\n) or tabs. Or both. cat the data into a file directly via bash and see if the same thing happens.
>> No. 24718 Anonymous
11th September 2015
Friday 4:50 pm
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All right, I have just `cat << HERE > fonts.conf' that shite and opened the resulting file in Emacs. The structure is unaltered, there are no excess indents.
>> No. 24724 Anonymous
20th September 2015
Sunday 9:55 pm
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Tested this in another VM under pretty much the same conditions. Everything works just fine.

Now the M-x has broken too in that Debian VM. It just prints 'ø' instead of giving a prompt. Fun times.

>> No. 24225 Anonymous
2nd June 2015
Tuesday 12:40 pm
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So who's looking to upgrade when the full product is released in the near-future? It looks to me like they've put a lot of work into this one, and most importantly the Start menu makes a welcome return.

I'd like to upgrade, but I'm not sure why it doesn't seem to like my laptop's bluetooth, anyone know how easy is will be to upgrade then roll back to 8.1 if it doesn't work?
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>> No. 24713 Anonymous
11th September 2015
Friday 2:28 pm
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You can spend an obscene amount of money to build a computer with allegedly secure components to calm your paranoia.

>> No. 24714 Anonymous
11th September 2015
Friday 2:33 pm
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Or you could donate money to your local church and hope god will safeguard your privacy.
>> No. 24715 Anonymous
11th September 2015
Friday 2:49 pm
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>It's not very nice but frankly you agreed to it when you bought the machine with that OS as part of the bundle.
I beg your pardon?
>> No. 24716 Anonymous
11th September 2015
Friday 3:45 pm
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Debian works well if your not scared of Linux. The only subversive tracking there is what you install yourself (popularity contest, tracking package installation being about as close as it gets to monitoring — but if course its opt-in).
>> No. 24717 Anonymous
11th September 2015
Friday 4:33 pm
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Debian popcon is pretty honest about what's collected. You are usually prompted to install it during a new installation but it is an active choice rather than sneaking in through the back door, and if you do install it opting out is as simple as removing the package.

>> No. 24638 Anonymous
5th September 2015
Saturday 3:39 pm
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In order to knock about a hundred and fifty quid off my car insurance I opted to install a telematics box for 3 months.

Information is sent remotely via mobile network to their server. Using the information, they can rank your 'driving skills' against a benchmark or the other policyholders and determine if you deserve a bonus discount on your insurance. I don't think they can penalise you outright if they decide you are a bad driver.

Do any of you have any experience with these devices or the implications of having my driving logged by an insurance company?

I've got some pictures of the inside of the unit and have some idea about how it all works if anyone is interested.
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>> No. 24675 Anonymous
7th September 2015
Monday 6:34 pm
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>It's worth remembering who the luddites actually were before using the term as a catch-all insult for those who are skeptical about the consequences of new technology and boosterism of progress at any cost.

Not really, since that's not what the use of the word refers to.
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7th September 2015
Monday 7:07 pm
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It's obvious nobody has ever called you a luddite before. Sheesh.

Do say hello to Mister Ludd for me when you see him.
>> No. 24678 Anonymous
8th September 2015
Tuesday 3:56 pm
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Why do you even want to be a lackey?
>> No. 24679 Anonymous
8th September 2015
Tuesday 4:07 pm
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Because he lacks a spine.
>> No. 24680 Anonymous
8th September 2015
Tuesday 4:19 pm
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It's my best chance of avoiding the death camps.

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>> No. 24628 Anonymous
1st September 2015
Tuesday 2:53 am
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Installed Elementary OS recently, and I'm trying to make all the odds and ends tie up so everything looks smashing.

This is what happens when Firefox (with the "Elementary OS" persona installed) is maximised. My problems are, in order of importance:

1. I'm unable to find out how to replace the icons on the right with 7F7A7A-colour ones to match the theme.

2. That white line between the wingpanel and the browser window.

3. That either the clock on the wingpanel or the text on the browser window are not exactly centred and I want them to complement each other.

Does anybody have any suggestions for these?

>> No. 24621 Anonymous
26th August 2015
Wednesday 1:15 pm
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Samsung have gone full Apple.


>> No. 24553 Anonymous
19th August 2015
Wednesday 5:36 pm
24553 Virtualised OS screen resolution
I run a number of virtual machines on my laptop in VirtualBox. The host OS is Windows 7, the guests are various Linux distributions.

Now why some distros [1] are able to run in full screen resolution (that is, 1366×768) while the others [2] tend to stick to 1024×768? What governs the max. available resolution for the VM?

My first guess was to fiddle with VirtualBox Guest Additions. I tried installing these into Fedora 20 VM. No result.

[1] openSUSE, Debian occasionally although not sure.
[2] Fedora, Arch, Debian, perhaps Ubuntu.
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>> No. 24560 Anonymous
19th August 2015
Wednesday 7:08 pm
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Xubuntu runs at the correct resolution for me in VB 5.0.1, although I recall it didn't at first before magically fixing itself after a few boots.
>> No. 24589 Anonymous
20th August 2015
Thursday 4:34 pm
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I haven't ben extreme distro hopping for a few years, but I remember it wasn't uncommon a while back to get fucked resolutions on some distros and not others. Could be the problem would show whether the machine is virtual or not. Can't really say without trying them both though.
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20th August 2015
Thursday 7:08 pm
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> What governs the max. available resolution for the VM?

I'm not overly familiar with vbox internals, at least when compared to vmware, but my own educated stab in the dark would be differences in the guest-level X11 version and/or graphics drivers.

Modern hypervisors essentially allow guests to (appear to) "talk" directly to the host GPU / video card / driver, while my understanding is that vbox doesn't support this technology and doesn't plan to in the near future. Instead it still uses "virtual graphics cards" which emulate, to the best of their ability, the guest's configured video setup in software before passing it back to the host for rendering.

If guests are indeed responsible for their own graphics compositing, and given that different Linux distributions and versions thereof can come with wildly different kernel (and therefore driver) versions as well as opensource or proprietary videocard drivers etc, it would follow that different versions and distributions would have varying degrees of graphics performance when virtualized in this way.

You can probably fix just about anything by dicking around with your guests' Xorg configurations (http://linux.die.net/man/5/xorg.conf), however you might find that the cure (or at least the path to it) is worse than the disease.
>> No. 24602 Anonymous
21st August 2015
Friday 3:46 pm
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LiveCDs, be it Fedora or openSUSE or Ubuntu, tend to behave normally on that machine. I've never had any problems with the display.
> Instead it still uses "virtual graphics cards"
Aye, VirtualBox uses Innotek something-something video adapter if I recall it correctly.
> wildly different kernel
That's an idea. I'll try diff-ing kernel configurations on those VMs. Maybe fiddle with xrandr too. Cheers.
>> No. 24603 Anonymous
22nd August 2015
Saturday 1:49 pm
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>virtual graphics cards

Is this why by default VB only assigns something tiny like 12MB of VRAM?

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