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Check your calendar, I think you'll find it's 1984.
I've gotta agree, GIMP is like photoshop, which is massive overkill for a lot of people. It's simply not intuitive enough, and it's not worth spending the time learning the tool if you only use it a couple of times a year.
General Discussion / Re: Mr Robot
November 04, 2015, 02:43:57 PM
Haven't had a chance to mess with it yet, maybe this weekend...
General Discussion / Re: Mr Robot
November 03, 2015, 01:16:54 PM
Keep seeing adverts on TV for it now, god damn it  :'(
General Discussion / Re: Mr Robot
October 27, 2015, 02:35:29 PM
Not on Netflix, I guess?
Linux Support / Re: Battery Charge Problem (SOLVED)
October 23, 2015, 01:57:24 PM
If it's less than a year old, you should contact Novatech. They might provide an exchange or something
Linux Support / Re: Battery Charge Problem
October 21, 2015, 01:28:53 PM
That's a bit scaremongery, Sezo. Newer technology in both the adaptors & batteries themselves should prevent overcharging. I've never had any problems with modern laptops. That said, it is a fact that batteries die over time (same as mobile phones). But as the laptop is barely a year old in this example, there shouldn't be a problem (for example, maybe the battery life decreases from 6 hours to 3-4 hours now, but that's far from dead)
General Discussion / Re: IT branch
October 20, 2015, 12:18:30 PM
The "admin" role in IT is VERY varied, and is often interchangeable with the word "analyst" (even though they don't do any actual data analysis). It could be anything from desktop admin dealing with hardware, through network admin dealing with network infrastructure, to server admin looking after servers & their OSs (in terms of support), a sub-section of that dealing with security administration and penetration testing, they could be database admin making sure the databases are running correcting, web server admin making sure the websites remain online and are secured, and probably loads of other roles that I'm not even aware of due to the size of the firm I work for.

My point is, that you'll always need people who are trained to do this stuff. They won't leave it up to computers to maintain themselves, and they'll always be hackers trying to get round the systems anyway. It's a constant cat-and-mouse in the security world
General Discussion / Re: IT branch
October 20, 2015, 08:51:14 AM
That's not strictly true, programmers (or developers, as they are known) have to have good project management skills, depending on the level of client interaction, may require business analysis skills. If they are involved in functional & QA testing, they require testing skills. Simply knowing programming languages does not make a developer (otherwise, computers themselves would have replaced developers!)
You could see if you could replicate the behaviour in a Virtualbox or live environment?

Or you could post the link, if it's free to play then maybe someone else can test
Linux Support / Re: HELP! - Where's all my space gone
October 19, 2015, 01:53:21 PM
Idea - try booting a liveCD, then mounting ONLY the 150G device. Then run:
sudo du -sh /*
(might also try it without sudo, as the liveCD is probably already root)
Kinda bizarre that an external website can cause a connection loss! It does mean that we can rule out all the issues with VM and routers, as it happens in different places on different connections. Did we try an alternate wireless USB adaptor?
I bet it's down to that graphics card, it's ancient and I doubt supported by the default driver. It is supported by the nvidia-304 driver, so I would boot it to compatibility mode, then install the nvidia driver (once the OS is installed).

There's no problem with the 32bit version, stick with it (no reason for x64 on that machine)
Linux Support / Re: HELP! - Where's all my space gone
October 19, 2015, 12:11:01 PM
It's your /media directory that is huge, and I agree with Mark - I think this has to do with symlinking. I think the "du" command is following the links, and reporting your external drives as part of /media, rather than as their own drives.

This is only a problem if other programs (e.g package manager) start doing the same thing, and complaining about lack of space. Do you know if they are symlinks or hard links?
Linux Support / Re: Debian Jessie boots to black screen
October 19, 2015, 11:53:39 AM
To me, it sounds like some kind of incompatibility, possibly with the graphics card. Normally, the default kernel works enough to allow you to install/patch a newer one to get proper functionality, but not in this case.
I think you should try to find a live version of Debian, failing that go for a "child" distro of Debian that has the exact same kernel

I think I might have missed the point of trying to force Debian onto this machine? What's wrong with a different distro?