top What is your computer most often plugged into?
I have had a dedicated UPS for about 14 years for my main PC. Since I have had less hardware failures (mainly power supplies).
It also helps protect the data to some extent. $150 to protect my ~$1000 PC plus some data protection.
top Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition
Exactly. I was thinking the same thing. Most the images looked virtually identical, but the main image where the PC showed more detail I just see jpeg artifacts as you said. I looked up at the URL and saw
.JPG and thought.... wow you went through all this trouble to show which was better and you ruined your visuals by using JPG when PNG was right there probably one drop down box away when you were saving the images.. At this rate I am not sure if they save the screen shots in JPG then put them together in say Adobe Photoshop then saved them in JPG yet again..
top US Midterm Elections Discussion
One phrase I have not heard this election cycle is "Tea Party Candidate", nor have I seen any coverage of any Tea Party anything. They need to bring all that back, that much more fun to watch.
top Windows 8 and 8.1 Pass 15% Market Share, Windows XP Drops Below 20% Mark
Speaking for workstations/desktops: Every business I know or dealt with has no plans to go to Windows 8.x, ever. They all buy desktops that might come with Windows 8 but they just get imaged to Windows 7. Most of them lagged getting away from XP and they just now got to 7. My best guess is Windows 10 will be the successor after it comes out and proves to be stable and usable as a desktop OS.
I heard one tech recently say something about how we should upgrade to Window 8 and it pretty much made me laugh. Why would we? By the time we finished rolling out Windows 8 and working out the kinks Windows 10 would be out, our Windows 7 is stable and will be supported for many more years.
top Windows 8 and 8.1 Pass 15% Market Share, Windows XP Drops Below 20% Mark
FTA: "These gains did not come at the expense of Windows 7, which still managed to grow 0.34 points to 53.05 percent."
top Google To Disable Fallback To SSL 3.0 In Chrome 39 and Remove In Chrome 40
How to disable SSLv3 and test it.
(not affiliated with site, simply found ithttp://tech.slashdot.org/story/14/10/30/220221/google-to-disable-fallback-to-ssl-30-in-chrome-39-and-remove-in-chrome-40?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed# useful)
top We Are All Confident Idiots
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top We Are All Confident Idiots
"The study was inspired by the case of McArthur Wheeler, a man who robbed two banks after covering his face with lemon juice in the mistaken belief that, as lemon juice is usable as invisible ink, it would prevent his face from being recorded on surveillance cameras." - Wikipedia
In 1995 McArthur Wheeler actually tested this beforehand with a camera. One way or another his test proved he was invisible, at least to himself.... (lens cap maybe? bad film? somehow didn't get himself in frame when taking the picture?).. He robbed two banks in plain daylight. Later was showed the CCTV footage and still didn't understand how it captured his face..
I read about this a few months ago and just found this to be one of the funniest things. Imagine doing something so stupid a whole psychological theory was inspired.
top 2600 Profiled: "A Print Magazine For Hackers"
I went to the 2600 meetings in Houston several times in the very late 90s. They were pretty interesting, but the most interesting thing was how we had people taking our photos from a distance. I remember about 8pm in the evening someone dressed in a FedEx uniform taking our photo... We waved to him and tried to get him to come over.. He didn't seem interested. It was a gathering in plain clothes in public with nothing really drawing attention to it being a meeting of any sort.. Just was interesting.. Figure it was just another little star on my profile the government was keeping on me. Paranoid? Well they knew quite a bit about me when they came to knock on my door one time...
top Eggcyte is Making a Pocket-Sized Personal Web Server (Video)
I agree, before I would do all that I would just setup a server maybe at..
and run a site from there.. I can can setup any level of encryption, authentication, etc I want and not have to charge, carry that thing around, rely on wifi and sell out $200.
top Ask Slashdot: VPN Setup To Improve Latency Over Multiple Connections?
I don't have an answer to accomplish what you are talking about however....
You can typically get a T1 line installed anywhere.. The prices vary, last one I had was $400 a month but that was about 30 miles from the closest city 10 miles down a paved country road and another mile or so down a dirt road and almost 200 miles from the closest city with an internet backbone. You might find out you can get a T1 or something along those lines for less than I was at that time.. I split my connection with my neighbor..
about a month and a half ago
top 2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States
Impressive that GM/Chevrolet managed to get from design to production with this in place and no one bringing up this fact. I have known about 'one party consent states', 'all party consent states' and wiretapping laws for decades. I could have understood if this was video only, the moment you put audio the whole game changes and it is baffling no one there caught that or stopped it..
top Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers
I hope they call me one day so I can play dumb and let them into one of my worthless virtual machines..
top Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?
I have have a 163 IQ. I was capable of making straight A's in high school, but was bored I just acted out and got in trouble. What they called Advanced classes was the top 25-30 students out of a class of 100 people (small school), which was a joke. I was the person who made an A on the test but didn't do a few daily grades here or there and things of that nature. In college I have a 4.0 but it was mind numbing to keep that grade. College for the most part was pure memorization and doing the daily work..
The point of this is that grades do not reflect IQ.
top How long ago did you last assemble a computer?
I start at the processor.. Then find a mother board that supports that processor, enough ram slots, etc to meet my needs. Then I pick out my ram, video card, etc. all the while keeping in mind my budget..
This time 14 months ago I settled on:
Intel Core i5-4670 Haswell Quad-Core 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I54670 (The K version doesn't support some virtualization options, and quite frankly im not going to bother to overclock anyway.
ASRock Z87 Extreme6 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - for various reasons, but mainly price, rather had had an ASUS, but this has been nice.
So the processor works in that board, now I need ram.. Just a matter of picking out the right ram. Reading the MB specs will typically tell you what you need to know on that end..
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model BLS8G3D1609ES2LX0
From there.. I used my old case and replaced my PSU with this
CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI CrossFire 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
Used my old Video card, etc etc.
Added this to replace my old SSD
SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD128BW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
I plan to replace my video card at some point... Still haven't.
But today I would get something totally different.
top Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?
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top What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?
I have been using computers since the Commodore 64. First PC was 386 33mhz etc with DOS and Windows 3.1. The windows 3.1 rarely got used until I needed a web browser for the "new" thing called the internet that normal people were just starting to use (1995ish). Early on I was introduced to Linux (slackware and debian), I have ran many flavors of it over the years. I ran it as my desktop for about a year back around 1999. I ran 95,98,ME (very briefly), 2k and I was a very long time XP user and besides the general lack of 64bit support I find it a great OS (better than 7 for me personally). Most of 7's "features" were things I disabled right after installing the OS. Superfect was one thing i was looking forward to, but I also ended up disabling since it really offers no benefit if you have a fast SSD. I ran servers for years at my home, mainly for popular websites.
As of today if I go to setup a server I will be installing some flavor of linux/bsd/linux without question. I have tried Windows Server OS versions many times and every time, they were unstable, used more resources than linux, etc. I'll admit I haven't tried a Windows Server OS in the last 6 years and I hope not to for at least another 6.
Desktop? I'll install Windows 7. I am not a big gamer, but there is no comparison game wise between any other OS. I also have a lot of apps I am just used to using. Yes most might work in Wine or whatever and I have made most work it just isn't worth all the effort, at least in my eyes. To me setting up Linux as a desktop and getting it to where I would want it for my taste is a lot of work and headache. I have done it a few times on a dual boot and at some point I end up booting back up Windows and that partition with Linux just sits there eating up space on my SSD.
Windows 8 metro UI whatever, as everyone here already knows is designed for tablets and touchscreen. Windows 8 + (one of the many start menu replacements) really isn't bad, but I'll stick with 7 which I really do not think is really any better than XP.
Linux is fast, stable and just amazing in many aspects.. I think if we ever see the "Linux Desktop" it will be in the form of Android or something Similar.
about a year and a half ago
top Electronic Arts Up For Sale?
Companies, stock holders, CEOs etc just squeeze any company to the point of death demanding more profit then move on to the next company, EA is just another company in the list.
Yeah EA is a terrible company for many reasons, they have bought several companies I loved and ruined the games. Maybe I am wrong and a good company will buy them up and restore some of the titles to their former glory....
top BSA Claims Half of PC Users Are Pirates
People in a situation/country where things are that bad, the last then they should care about is the legality of their software. I think its funny the Microsoft employee didn't know it was like that before he got there it is common knowledge to IT people.
top The 30 Best Features of Windows
#1, delete opened files.
It is so annoying everytime if I just want to look at a file or to open it in different editor, or delete I file I need first to search the app that opened it. In Linux you just open the file with whatever you want, move it, delete it, etc. no problems.
Unlocker 1.9.1 shell extension works great for that. (google it)
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