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by L2GX
Wed Jun 24, 2009 3:48 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Unconditional Basic Income
Replies: 124
Views: 29558

judge56988: Likely as economical circumstances deteriorate- lack of production causing inflation- people would get back to work. However we are now in the opposite situation; deflation (think long-term here) caused by overproduction. If you look at the current crisis you'll find it was caused by ar...
by L2GX
Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:38 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Unconditional Basic Income
Replies: 124
Views: 29558

Just to rephrase my argument from the other thread: -People create a lot more wealth than ever before -There are a lot more people creating wealth than ever before -Practically this means our economy keeps growing -Our planet will not support this much longer -Most people still lead miserable lives ...
by L2GX
Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:58 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Unconditional Basic Income ... please read !!
Replies: 10
Views: 3121

imho it's not too bad of an idea, IF the government also gains the means to finance it. Let me put it in another perspective. I'm using simplified guestimates here, but the real number are hard to find (or decide upon) If today's employees produce ten times more wealth than 100 years ago, and few ha...
by L2GX
Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:49 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Modern Phrases That Confuse Me
Replies: 92
Views: 23757

In Sweden we simply write down the length and fluffyness of American textbooks on any subject to the rule "American writers are payed per page..." In Belgium we have opinions on Swedish non-fiction, too, especially that which comes with Ikea products. There's a fine line between 'terse' and 'incomm...
by L2GX
Thu Jun 11, 2009 2:28 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Modern Phrases That Confuse Me
Replies: 92
Views: 23757

This one is Dutch; but it does annoy the living daylights out of me.. 'Naar de bevolking toe" Which means 'moving to the population'. Now, given the geographical spread of any population, it's a very odd phrase to use correctly. Belgium does not have an 'air force one' that can move towards the popu...
by L2GX
Wed Jun 10, 2009 12:54 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PicoPsu like external power for multiple hdds?
Replies: 1
Views: 1442

One alternative solution I've found so far is the following: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/299 http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/psus/2007/08/03/nesteq_nova_600w_external_psu/1 Pro: -600 watts should be plenty for the two systems's drives and acessories. -cable control outside; just put the ...
by L2GX
Tue May 19, 2009 11:37 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PicoPsu like external power for multiple hdds?
Replies: 1
Views: 1442

PicoPsu like external power for multiple hdds?

I'm putting 2 mini itx mobos in one casing, one a D45FC media pc, the other an Intel D945GCLF atom unraid server. The media pc will run off a heavy pico psu, the atom off a lighter pico psu, but I'll be putting 4 hdds in, and eventually 6 (never mind about the noise). So the question is: do you guys...
by L2GX
Mon May 18, 2009 3:44 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: 2009 Predictions
Replies: 26
Views: 5302

I remember debating on the eve of "operation Iraqi freedom". Few of the people that stuck with the US and UK government points of view then will do so now. Now everyone knows those governments lied. Back then, it was clear to any neutral observer. Today global warming sees the same divide. Big busin...
by L2GX
Wed May 13, 2009 3:15 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: 2009 Predictions
Replies: 26
Views: 5302

-small local car manufacturers start looking for venture capital, planning to build cars at half the weight with exchangeable power modules. They promise adaptive production lines allowing faster integration of new materials and designs. However there will be a bottleneck in the homologation of thei...
by L2GX
Fri Feb 27, 2009 1:04 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Where the ... is that global [climate change] warming?
Replies: 223
Views: 52836

The interesting thing about the article I posted is not that it denies climate change - it doesn't - but that it states unequivocally that we do not yet fully understand the fundamental principles behind the process, and that there has been a rush to substitute hypothesis for truth before we have e...
by L2GX
Fri Feb 13, 2009 12:36 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Super Efficient Cars [very large pictures]
Replies: 387
Views: 284506

Hi, That "golf ball skin" stuff cannot fix the aerodynamics; it can only have a minor affect. For the amount they charge to apply it (a LOT of $$$) it should turn it into a Prius, or better. But, I fear that it would barely make a noticeable difference, if even that... Shape is the most important f...
by L2GX
Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:44 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Looking for a Media Center case!
Replies: 6
Views: 2335

RaptorZX3 wrote:i wonde why the Fusion cases are so expensive...
Compared to which other media cases?
by L2GX
Tue Jan 13, 2009 5:40 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Positive or Negative pressure?
Replies: 25
Views: 13025

Higher pressure means a better thermic coupling imho. Apart from that either way is way below optimum, but both are efficient enough. The biggest problem is the surplus of space in a chassis. If your pc does not keep cool, ducts are the next best way to go. The best would be a sustained airflow alon...
by L2GX
Mon Jan 05, 2009 12:51 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Just the opinion of one Englishman.
Replies: 25
Views: 4077

Anyone who says American TV is great is in grave need of some... uhm, "internationalization" :lol: Pleasing the masses != Being good ;) Actually with 7 tv channels in small Belgium it's easy for me to see when big is better. Good ideas can com from the smallest countries, but sometimes you need mon...
by L2GX
Mon Jan 05, 2009 12:33 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: "Disproportionate" rock throwing
Replies: 37
Views: 5941

This will inevitably end with a large pile of rocks. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megiddo_(place)
by L2GX
Tue Dec 16, 2008 4:55 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice for HTPC on a budget... been away from PC building
Replies: 8
Views: 1799

If you want to game a igp is almost out of the question, but so is a low-budget cpu, unfortunately. Anandtech is probably going to publish cpu tests this week, they already published a review of the best motherboards, including budget ones. To be honest pc games are not designed to be played from a ...
by L2GX
Tue Dec 09, 2008 1:28 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Should we bailout the auto makers?
Replies: 102
Views: 15959

bonestonne wrote:
Each server produces 8 tons of CO2 per year.
PCs and Laptops, 4 tons each.
Printers and Photocopiers, 10 tons.
Routers, 20 tons.
Ethernet Switches, 5 tons.
Where do you get those numbers from?
a: They look very high, unlikely so.
b: They obviously depend on the nature of the energy used.
by L2GX
Tue Dec 09, 2008 1:20 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Should we bailout the auto makers?
Replies: 102
Views: 15959

No. In Belgium we have a dense agglomeration of car manufacturers: Volvo, Ford, Opel, Volkswagen... We produce about 80 cars per 1000 inhabitants. Needless to say that, in a country of 11 million inhabitants, politicians bend to every whim of the car manufacturers. They will keep pumping money into ...
by L2GX
Wed Oct 22, 2008 11:08 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Netbooks Saving PC Sales in Economic Downturn
Replies: 14
Views: 20163

I'm ont he fence myself actually... Nick, do you have access to a wacom tablet? Does it work 'trough' the screen? Been trying to find out about this for ages, want to try a diy cintiq.[/i] Sadly, I don't. I've heard somewhere on the echoes of the internet that the next generation of netbooks will c...
by L2GX
Wed Oct 22, 2008 10:54 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: PC or laptop/mini box/... for graphics-intensive use, in EU?
Replies: 4
Views: 3443

Bit late, but just found this post. I'm assuming you need this pc for school/work. If you want to do do video editing, don't restrict yourself to mini systems. You'll need: - a very fast cpu, and for the cheaper ones (q6600) that means it will run hot (130 watt). Anything less than that and your pro...
by L2GX
Wed Oct 22, 2008 1:58 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Netbooks Saving PC Sales in Economic Downturn
Replies: 14
Views: 20163

Well finally people who appreciate ergonomic design can, apart from a decent keyboard , get what they want from pcs . I will never buy a big, heavy, energy wasting, expensive standard laptop again. fixed I'm ont he fence myself actually... Nick, do you have access to a wacom tablet? Does it work 't...
by L2GX
Fri Oct 17, 2008 5:24 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Ghetto Atom Rig
Replies: 9
Views: 5772

I didn't want to give the impression that that render farm is mine, it's what I found doing a GIS and belongs to thisperson
by L2GX
Mon Oct 13, 2008 4:01 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Ghetto Atom Rig
Replies: 9
Views: 5772

I've never heard of anyone setting up a render farm for rent, you'd need a high bandwith internet pipe, the necessary business infrastructure (accountants, credit card payment services, etc.) cheap electricity and a lot of redundancy, not to mention the software licences. You'd be competing with exi...
by L2GX
Thu Oct 02, 2008 12:39 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: A delicate question
Replies: 26
Views: 5331

I can't find if McCain every did any night landings on a carrier, but they're supposed to be about the scariest thing you can do. They actually measured the stress levels, and that was it. That aside, I don't like the military, I certainly don't like bombers. But I'm not pushing my ideological inter...
by L2GX
Tue Sep 23, 2008 6:09 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Troy Anthony Davis
Replies: 13
Views: 3168

Is this the part where the freedom loving 'Mericans pick up their 'bear arms'?

Where's the A-team? Knight Rider? Matlock?

Anyone?
by L2GX
Thu Sep 11, 2008 6:17 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Refurbished HDD
Replies: 5
Views: 1604

hillkitler wrote:Thank you for your answer, belittling as it may have been.
Sorry about that, old habit. Belittling was non-intended, so I do apologize.
by L2GX
Thu Sep 11, 2008 1:02 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Refurbished HDD
Replies: 5
Views: 1604

saying any HDD is safe is like saying people won't die. You don't know that. So you're left with statistics or engineering to give you a probable answer. statistics are no guarantee, and engineering rarely designs with refurbishing in mind. Likely 'refurbishing' a hdd means locking down bad sectors,...
by L2GX
Mon Sep 08, 2008 2:41 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Ghetto Atom Rig
Replies: 9
Views: 5772

Thanks all. i cut the dvd burner in half mainly for it's 'macgyver' effect, so yeah, this rig is all about the laughs. I am going to get another dvd player if I can find one, silver so it fits in with my planned home theatre setup (my gf has approved all silver components, yay). I'll definetely be c...
by L2GX
Fri Sep 05, 2008 1:24 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Ghetto Atom Rig
Replies: 9
Views: 5772

Ghetto Atom Rig

So a while back I got a 4 digit gas/electricity bill. There were numerous reasons why I got it, but one of them was working from home with 2 systems running almost 24/7, one big rig for rendering my showreel, one smaller rig for downloading. Well, that sure changed things. I stopped trying to be sel...
by L2GX
Wed Sep 03, 2008 11:54 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: DIY htpc case
Replies: 2
Views: 1893

You're right, The easiest would be a removable 'bridge' spanning the width of the case, with hooks for elastic loops. This would also improve the rigidity of the case. However the space available is a mere 5mm... So I'd have to make the case higher, which I'd rather not. One thing I just thought of ...