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    Design is changing in every minute. It can turn something from looking fresh and modern the day before to be outdated overnight. Media, technology or even the fashion industry are main factors that can influence the design trends. Normally, design trend’s life cycle is short and not longer than one or two years.

    New trends are continuously created from year to year, taking heritages from the previous trends and add some new influences. That is why sometimes the feeling when witnessing a new trend is familiar, like you may have seen it in the past couple of years. Here are the 10 design trends that you must know in 2017.

     

    web design trends 2017, top 10 web design trends

    1, Bold and simple typography

    A great typographic always attracts people’s eyes and stick on their minds longer than other boring styles. More companies use big and bold typography on their homepages to make great impression. This works best when the rest of the page is kept minimal and clean.

    2, Minimalism

    Something that has a simple and minimalistic style can bring a clear and clean image to viewers. Many companies try to avoid giving too much information on their website. Instead, they prefer using a minimalistic style on their web to display just the basic necessities.

    3, Cinemagraphs

    Still photos are outdated in the age of visual technology. Cinemagraphs are an excellent replacement for traditional photos. Cinemagraphs are still photos with elements that have repeated movements. They have been gaining popularity recently, and rightfully so; a well done cinemagraph can be visually striking

    4, Brighter colors

    Bright colors are coming back in a big way and will come to the fore in 2017. Green, yellow or orange appear in many websites or even logo such as Instagram. In other words, bright colors play a role to bring up “fun” and “alive” feelings while minimalism trend dominates in every design.

    5, Complex layout

    For the past few years, web design layout has been constrained by CSS’s limitations, but new tools like Flex Box and CSS grid will allow for much more expressive layouts on the web.

    Our main challenge now is understanding how these new web layout methods should work in the world of responsive design.

    6, Animations

    Animations were one of the biggest trend in last year for all web design. In 2017, animations are still used in web design with the trend of cinemapraphs because of its value to hold visitors’ attention longer than a quick glance.

    Animations can be GIFs, SVG, WebGL CSS or videos.

    7, Conversation interfaces

    In terms of visuals, bots are unlikely to have a big impact on web design, but they will significantly influence how designers think about creating websites. AI-powered bots are going to get even more realistic and complex this year, empowering businesses to automate communication and sales. Conversation interfaces will be a huge game changer, helping big brands express different sides of their personality and making them more human and approachable.

    8, Unique photography

    Having unique photos instead of stock photos can bring up a better design. There are many authentic or unique photography sites that can help you to find easily high quality image than ever. To attract and engage customers, brands will be embracing well composed but realistic looking images that contribute to their visual story.

    9, Overlapping Text and Images

    Text that slightly overlaps accompanying images has become a popular effect for blogs and portfolios

    10, Semi Flat Design

    Flat design came to the fore in the web design market years ago, but it come back with the new version that is influenced by Material Design and become more dimensional.

    The evolution of flat design from a minimalist style suits the new developing technologies. Flat design is still in, but it has undergone some improvements.

     

    Original Source: Savvycom

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    Currently got a new build log going. Voodoo2s and pentium 3s incoming!!

     

     

     

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    I guess I gotta talk about the current state of Reptar, or rather, I'm kinda inclined to.

     

    If you want TL;DR, me planning on what I wanted to spend my money on is why I didn't go for the R7.

     

    Now that the TL;DR is out of the way, I amassed $220USD in total the night before my birthday, September 20th. I then started weighing my options. "Should I bust my load right here right now or should I have some money to spend then save for R7 around Christmas?"

    I am getting money from a test soon enough, and I'm getting $300USD out of it. This would've easily put me in the green for getting an R7 1700, but something in my head was like "should I really spend all that money right now?" I then convinced myself that a temporary CPU would suffice for me.

     

    "Why did you get yourself an Athlon and not an R3?"

    Simple: I don't want to disappoint myself. I won't go much further than that but that's the explanation I decided on.

     

    Without further ado, this is what I ordered:

     

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Athlon X4 950 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($59.99 @ Newegg) 
    Motherboard: ASRock - AB350M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($59.99 @ Newegg) 
    Memory: Patriot - Viper 4 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory  ($69.99 @ Newegg) 
    Case: Cooler Master - N200 MicroATX Mini Tower Case  ($49.12 @ Amazon) 
    Total: $239.09
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-09-23 01:18 EDT-0400

     

    I guess my future plans with my rig will be getting the aforementioned R7 1700, going for a new power supply and hopefully getting a new GPU and putting my 7850 to rest. There's really not much I need to say here.

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    PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/FLRp6X
    Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/FLRp6X/by_merchant/

    CPU: AMD - Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($59.99 @ Amazon) 
    Motherboard: MSI - A68HM-GRENADE Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard  ($46.49 @ Amazon) 
    Memory: Crucial - Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($52.54 @ Amazon) 
    Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($16.99 @ Amazon) 
    Video Card: Asus - GeForce GT 1030 2GB Phoenix Fan OC Video Card  ($76.99 @ Amazon) 
    Case: Fractal Design - Core 1100 MicroATX Mini Tower Case  ($44.99 @ NCIX US) 
    Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($36.99 @ Newegg) 
    Total: $334.98
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-09-19 19:53 EDT-0400

  2. I was just testing around and finding a simple way to have a look at TACACS+ without getting a friend to obtain Cisco ACS for me. I have an Ubunutu VM that I was testing on so I thought I'd find a TACACS+ package or somewhat, many are available but I found one which is based off the original cisco TACACS+ code (doesn't provide LDAP integration but they have examples how to 'almost' fully integrate it haha)...

     

    So this is more or less a quick post so I can look back when I need to review all the studies and such. Assuming currently we have the VM installed and updated (currently using Ubunutu Server 17.04.

     

    sudo apt-get install tacacs+

     

    We need to do a tiny bit of configuration for the shared secret, user/groups and then finally the device configuration to get the basics up and running. Once the package is installed, we will mainly be working in: /etc/tacacs+/tac_plus.conf.

     

    I normally copy this file and rename it .old so I can refer back to it if needed, and clear the config file since there is many comments and I like a tidy file... ;) The main changes we will make is:

     

    key = mynewsecretkey123

     

    and then creating users/groups. We can do quite a bit (some examples in the .old conf file I mentioned to copy) but to get the bare basic configuration all up and running I'll create a user and a group (which will allow by default to permit all commands, we can define specific commands to permit/deny which is the advantage of TACACS+ compared to RADIUS.. RADIUS we can define the privilege level but I believe we can't limit specific commands...)

    key = oioi123
    
    user = netdbackup {
    	member = backup_operators
    }
    
    group = backup_operators {
    	default service = permit
        login = file /etc/passwd
        enable = file /etc/passwd
    }

    A lot of people recommend to use the authentication in linux (create the user also in linux) since we can use either clear text passwords in our configuration file, or DES encryption which isn't the best...

     

    Once we have made a change to the configuration file we'll issue:  sudo /etc/init.d/tacacs_plus restart

    If any errors might occur, configuration file may have a typo in.

     

    That is practically the basic setup, we just need to create a quick user in linux. I've created the user 'netdbackup' with a password of oioi456...

     

    Now the configuration is extremely easy on our devices, I've come across a ton of post that just tell you what to put and doesn't explain it. My VM is assigned 10.0.100.10 and the topology looks like this:

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    Firstly, we'll start with our basics of a local user to roll back on in the event of the tacacs+ server going offline:

    R1(config)#username cisco priv 15 password cisco
    R1(config)#enable secret cisco

     

    Lets begin with the configuration for TACACS+ and AAA.

    R1(config)#tacacs-server host 10.0.100.10	!Defines our host, even when we create our AAA group, we still need to define this
    R1(config)#tacacs-server key oioi123		!Our key in the configuration file on the TACACS+ server
    R1(config)#tacacs-server directed-request	!This allows users to choose which TACACS+ server to authenticate with if we have multiple
    R1(config)#aaa new-model				!Enable AAA and give us more commands
    R1(config)#aaa group server tacacs+ TAC_SERVERS		!We are creating a TACACS+ group and called it TAC_SERVERS
    R1(config-sg-tacacs+)#server 10.0.100.10		!Adding our TACACS+ server to our group to authenticate with
    R1(config)#aaa authentication login default group TAC_SERVERS local		!Use our TACACS+ group, then fall back to local authentication
    R1(config)#aaa authorization exec default group TAC_SERVERS local if-authenticated !Practically allows us to authenticate with our user so we shouldn't need to enable secret/password to get into priv mode. Although beware since a few bugs exsisted in IOS 12.4 where an error message would prompt 'Authentication failed'. This command practically uses TACACS+ first, then local and finally falls back onto if we are already authenticated with the device
    !!!output omitted
    User Access Verification
    
    Username: netdbackup
    Password: 
    
    R1#conf t
    Enter configuration commands, one per line.  End with CNTL/Z.
    R1(config)#

     

  3. something to do with Linux

     

     

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  4. A common complaint I see about Intel is because they didn't have much in the way of competition from AMD for several years, they were content with releasing each new generation of processors with only "incremental" performance updates. Incremental being about 10%-15%. I wondered if in the past, we were enjoying a period of great performance improvements and so I went to looking around for benchmarks of processors from around the mid 2000s to late 2000s/early 2010s.

     

    I found out that both Intel and AMD were only offering what amounted to incremental IPC improvements. Or perhaps just incremental improvements in general. The only exception was from Pentium D to Core 2.

     

    Giant list of CPU reviews over the years

     

    AMD Athlon 64 reviews (Compare against Athlon XP)

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/1164

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd,685.html

    https://www.extremetech.com/computing/55510-review-athlon-64-3400

    http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/cpu/625-amd-athlon64-fx-51/

     

    Core 2 Conroe reviews (Compare against Pentium D)

    http://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/intel-core-2-duo-conroe-e6400-e6600-e6700-x6800

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/2045

    http://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/review-core-2-duo-e6600-e6700-x6800,1.html

    http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=2097

     

    AMD Phenom reviews (Compare against Athlon 64)

    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/9218-amd-phenom-x4-9750-quad-core-cpu-review.html

    https://www.bit-tech.net/reviews/tech/cpus/amd_phenom_x4_9850_9750_and_9550_b3_cpus/1/

    http://www.legitreviews.com/amd-phenom-9900-processor-review-spider-platform_597

     

    Core 2 Penryn reviews (compare against Core 2 Duo Conroe)

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/2306 (this is more of a preview than a real review)

    http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/intel_e8400/ (Though it's a review for the C2D E8400, compare the C2Q Q9450 against the C2Q Q6600)

    https://www.bit-tech.net/reviews/tech/cpus/intel_core_2_duo_e8500_e8400_and_e8200/1/

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=intel_c2d_e8400&num=1

     

    Core i5 Lynnfield reviews (compare against Core 2 Quad Penryn)

    The reason why i5 is used instead of the i7 is the i7 has HyperThreading.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/2832

    https://www.techspot.com/review/193-intel-core-i5-750/ (Note they have an overclocked score that might through you off)

    https://www.bit-tech.net/reviews/tech/cpus/intel-core-i5-and-i7-lynnfield-cpu-review/1/

     

    AMD Phenom II reviews (Compare against AMD Phenom 9950 BE, but keep in mind of the 0.2GHz clock difference in favor of the Phenom II)

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/2702

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/phenom-ii-940,2114.html

    https://www.bit-tech.net/reviews/tech/cpus/amd-phenom-ii-x4-940-and-920-review/1/

     

    Maybe the most damning find: This pattern may have been the norm all along

    I found an article from 2003 on Tom's Hardware benchmarking CPUs from the Pentium 100MHz all the way to then contemporary Pentium 4's. All of the graphs seemed to indicate that 10%-20% IPC increases were the norm across generations of each CPU. You can read the article (starting from the test setup page) at http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/benchmark-marathon,590-22.html

     

    However, there are noticeable performance jumps, notably:

    • Unreal Tournament 2003 does not run at even 30 FPS on Intel Pentiums and AMD K6s. However the K6-III was released around the same time as the Celeron Mendocino and I can't figure out why it performs so much better. The Celeron Mendocino was the second attempt with the on-die L2 cache, but K6-III had on-die L2 cache as well.
    • Mp3 Maker Platinum and Main Concept (an MPEG-2 encoder) have huge increases in time on processors at K6-III/Celeron Mendocino and before. I would point to the programs using SSE, but AMD Athlon Thunderbird performs just fine and it doesn't have SSE.

    Gathering all of this data, I think the contributors that offered the biggest improvements over the past 20 or so years has been:

    • Better caching. On-die L2 saved the Celeron Mendocino.
    • Better front-end improvements like what happened on the Athlon. Some more reading can be found at http://www.anandtech.com/show/355. This also massively helped Intel when going from Pentium 4/Pentium D to Core/Core 2.
    • Improvements to FPU performance. This may explain AMD's performance oddities in some of the tests on older processors while Intel seemingly did not have issues.
    • I think the biggest takeaway though is that clock speed has improved greatly in a short period of time, and for a while, it was the best way to get more performance out of a processor.
      • The Pentium P54C at 100 MHz was released in October of 1994. It took Intel about 6 years later in March of 2000 to release the 1GHz Pentium III. This is a clock increase of about 150MHz per year or a 1.523 times improvement per year on average.
      • In March 2000, the 1GHz AMD Athlon was released. Four years later, a 2GHz Athlon was released. This is 250 MHz per year on average, but only a 1.19 times improvement per year.
      • Intel took about 18 months between the initial 1.3GHz Pentium 4 to the first 2.6GHz Pentium 4, which is the most impressive improvement at 866.667 MHz per year.
      • But to get to 3.8GHz, the fastest yet, took about 3 years from the first 1.9GHz processor. This is about 633.333 MHz per year or 1.26 times more improvement on average.

     

    And another thing to point out, in some cases like the Pentium III 500MHz vs. 1GHz may not sound like much today since 500MHz differences are common in processors, but back then it was still a 200% performance difference on the same architecture.

  5. Dear Ubisoft,

     

    I have come forth today to confess.

     

    I was a bad customer. No really. I was a really bad customer.

     

    I didn’t pre-order the game. I didn’t buy the Season Pass. I didn’t buy the game at launch. I didn’t even pay the AAA standard $59.99 USD price for the base game.

     

    But that’s actually ok. Because despite paying “only” $30 USD, I feel a little ripped off and a little bit like you had lied to me.

     

    Firstly, it would be difficult to talk about Watch_Dogs 2 without mentioning it’s status as a game. It is a Nvidia GameWorks Title. This is a very anti-consumer move and I am thoroughly unimpressed. In fact, I hope that this is the last GameWorks title I ever purchase. Nvidia has had a history of using the GameWorks marketing program as a means to convince most consumers that they should buy the latest Nvidia GPUs by sabotaging the performance of both AMD and previous generation Nvidia GPUs. This is not at all acceptable.

    The recommended requirements for this game details just how bad this atrocity actually is.

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    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 | AMD Radeon R9 290, with 3GB VRAM or better

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    Recommended specs above for 1080p , 30+ FPS, High graphic settings

    What a joke! Did you actually expect me to think that giving recommended requirements for 30fps was a good idea? 

     

    What the hell even is this? If you have to list your recommended requirements for 30fps then your game is too demanding or has performance issues which you need to sort out. 

    30fps is not a cinematic experience. I struggled to play this game when it dipped to around 40–50 fps. 60fps was only achievable in some specific circumstances with the use of “Low” or “Medium” presets.

    Both the “Low” and “Medium” graphics presets look bad (well, the “Low” option looks horrendous to be perfectly honest) and yet they require ludicrous amounts of processing power to run the game. I don’t know what engine you used for this game but damn, get your shit in order. I wouldn’t surprised if it was a modified version of Watch_Dogs 1 Engine (Disrupt Engine).

     

    Shipping a broken mess of a release for even $30 USD is not acceptable nor is it acceptable at really any price point. I had to run this game on Low or Medium at 1080p on a GTX 770. I know this is older hardware but I imagine a lot of people still have older hardware for a variety of reasons such as new RX and GTX video cards being bought out by coin miners and also GPU owners wanting more mileage out of their purchase. This alone can make a lot of scenes and situations a lot more unpleasant than they should be. Scenes involving driving at high speeds whether in playing the story or just driving around in the open world. Which leads me onto my next issue, the cops in this game.

     

    The cops in Watch_Dogs2 can only be described as Police Brutality cranked up to 11. Seriously, the cops in Watch_Dogs2 make GTA V’s cops look almost like pacifists. Escaping the cops is a huge challenge and this game is certainly not something you should play on anything above normal. I played on “Easy” and this was quite difficult for something claiming to be actually easy. I might have found it to be easier if the framerate was a lot higher but I can’t 100% say for sure. The mechanics involving being able to have police arrest the AI is really cool and offers a strategic element to completing later missions rather than running and gunning. It’s a shame that this comes so late in the pacing of the game but oh well, at least we got this feature I guess :| .

    The bench/3D printing device used to develop the quad copter and other gadgets is pretty counter intuitive to use and I generally didn’t use it a whole lot. Launching the quad copter or jump thing (yeah, I forgot the name of this when actually writing this review. That’s how important it is in this game -_- ). During the first few times of deploying them for a mission, but being forced to use was annoying at many times due to how tedious it felt. 

     

    I’d like to say that this game delivers around 30 hours of single player missions but you can easily spend more time screwing around and getting lost in the world of Watch_Dogs2. Which is such a shame cos the framerate issues do ruin the immersion for what should otherwise be a really good game. The amount of pre-order and Edition BS is really silly. Selling a ton of cosmetic micro transactions in a AAA full priced release is quite unacceptable and so is having pre-order nonsense. In this case, the season pass contains all the DLC that was released and doesn’t appear to offer a great value for money. I cannot with 100% certainty say this but it certainly looks like a really bad deal considering how little content they contain and how much each DLC costs. 

    Performance was definitely an issue in Watch_Dogs2. Below I’ve attached some graphs for performance I got at different graphics presets when just playing around in the world. I say was because I don’t intend to continue to play the game after I have finished completing all the side missions in it. I’ve finished the entire main story along with most of the side missions.

     

    Here are the performance numbers:

    1*EDFNCoELxV8lCn9V8U8qVQ.png Framerate captured using Fraps over an hour of gameplay. 1*rYaVvV3v1GwAa7RaoLE-XQ.png Framerate captured using Fraps over an hour of gameplay.

     

    In conclusion, Watch_Dogs2 is a game that provides many hours of fun and engaging gameplay ruined by lackluster and mediocre performance, a desire by corporate greedy scum to remove as much cash as possible from your wallet through excessive ways of grabbing your money and a fairly tired animation system along with basic combat mechanics.

    Watch_Dogs 2 is not necessarily a bad game. The developer of this game made some unfortunate decisions such as: partnering with Nvidia for the GameWorks marketing program, using a proprietary in house engine instead of something like Unreal Engine 4 which has a reputation of good looking visuals and good performance.

    Ubisoft Montreal, the developer of this game, have had a genuinely awful track record. From “Assasin’s Creed Unity” and the original “Watch_Dogs” to “For Honor” and “Far Cry Primal”. This developer has a worrying track record which makes me fear for the upcoming “Far Cry 5” and “Assasin’s Creed Origins”. Which brings me to my final point. Ubisoft, I beg of you, please stop screwing up the performance of your games.

     

    Instead of a traditional review score providing score out of 10, I’ll be using a new review scoring system.

     

    Scores:

    Who Should Buy it: Watch_Dogs fans. Ubisoft fans.

    Who Should Not Buy it: Everybody else.

    What I think the game is worth (to those who should buy it) : $30.00 USD . I would strongly advise you to not buy the game above this price point.

    Don’t buy the DLC. It’s not worth the price they ask.

     

    Thank you for reading this, my name has been AluminiumTech.

  6. I needed a new case that was somewhat portable (the P3 was not fun to carry around) because I recently sold my laptop. I settled on the 400C and it is gorgeous. Review coming soon.

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  7. While you might have thought that I abandoned this place, I haven't, it's just that the part prices are getting higher and higher on a pretty much weekly basis, and some components, such as GPUs and RAM, are shooting up in price due to limited stock and overall shortage

     

    But no worries, I can still make pretty good budget builds for light to moderate gaming.

     

    I'm going to do a little twist, I'm going to give nicknames to builds, not just "Budget build" or "Content creation monster".

     

    250$ "Spectator"

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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU:  Integrated with Motherboard
    Motherboard: ASRock - J3710-ITX Mini ITX Pentium J3710 Motherboard  ($95.98 @ Newegg) 
    Memory: Mushkin - Essentials 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory  ($44.99 @ Newegg) 
    Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Green 500GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($26.99 @ Amazon) 
    Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GT 710 1GB PCIE x1 Video Card  ($40.45 @ Amazon) 
    Case: Rosewill - R363-M-BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case w/400W Power Supply  ($44.99 @ Amazon) 
    Total: $253.40
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-07 04:53 EDT-0400

     

    400$ "Whistler"

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    CPU: AMD - Athlon X4 845 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($54.88 @ OutletPC) 
    Motherboard: Asus - A68HM-E Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard  ($40.89 @ OutletPC) 
    Memory: Team - Vulcan 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($51.99 @ Newegg) 
    Storage: Corsair - Force LS 60GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($46.99 @ Amazon) 
    Storage: Toshiba - P300 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($42.49 @ Amazon) 
    Video Card: PowerColor - Radeon RX 560 2GB Red Dragon OC V3 Video Card  ($93.98 @ Newegg) 
    Case: DIYPC - MA08-BK MicroATX Mini Tower Case  ($31.98 @ Newegg) 
    Power Supply: EVGA - 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply  ($34.88 @ OutletPC) 
    Total: $398.08
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-07 05:02 EDT-0400

     

    650$ "Maltese"

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    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1400 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($156.88 @ OutletPC) 
    Motherboard: ASRock - AB350M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($59.99 @ Newegg) 
    Memory: Crucial - 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory  ($59.85 @ Amazon) 
    Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($59.88 @ OutletPC) 
    Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Mini Video Card  ($264.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
    Case: Rosewill - FBM-X1 MicroATX Mini Tower Case  ($26.99 @ Amazon) 
    Power Supply: Corsair - CX (2017) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($23.98 @ Newegg) 
    Total: $652.56
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-07 07:45 EDT-0400

     

    1000$ "Zeus"

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    CPU: Intel - Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($219.29 @ OutletPC) 
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master - MasterLiquid Lite 120 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($39.99 @ Amazon) 
    Motherboard: ASRock - Z170 Pro4S ATX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($77.98 @ Newegg) 
    Memory: Team - Elite Plus 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory  ($60.99 @ Newegg) 
    Storage: Team - L5 LITE 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($50.98 @ Newegg) 
    Storage: Western Digital - AV-GP 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($59.99 @ Amazon) 
    Video Card: Asus - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Video Card  ($399.99 @ Newegg) 
    Case: Corsair - 100R ATX Mid Tower Case  ($42.98 @ Newegg) 
    Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($72.98 @ Newegg) 
    Total: $1025.17
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    It is generally accepted that macOS is immune to viruses and malware. In general, this is true, because, for the entire history of the operating system, viruses written for it can be counted on the fingers.

     

    I want to understand why this is happening and what to do in order not to get infected with those rare instances of malware.

     

     Among my acquaintances who use Mac device, there is no a single person who has an antivirus or someone who would say that he got a malicious code or any virus. There are several reasons for this. Of course, one can argue that macOS X is a Unix-like operating system and, therefore, it is invulnerable. We reject this primitive thought since there are some viruses for macOS, which means that the system, like any other, is vulnerable.

     

    The main reason why there are so few viruses written for Mac is that there are very few Mac devices themselves. If we compare the number of Windows personal computers and Macs that exist today in the world, it turns out that the Mac devices make only 7%. Attackers who want to steal credit card numbers are more likely to be interested in the audience of Windows PC users because of their large number.

     

    Some say that to protect your Mac from the hypothetical possibility of installing malicious software, you need to install an antivirus. This is the most logical solution, according to most users.

     

    Here is the list of viruses that I found information about:

     

    1982: Elk Cloner

    1987: nVIR

    1990: MDEF

    1995-1996: Concept / Laroux

    1998: SevenDust 666 / AutoStart 9805

    2004 and 2006: Renepo / Leap-A

    2007: RSPlug-A

    2009: iWorkS-A Trojan

    2011: MacDefender

    2012: Flashback / SabPub

     

    What we have here: only 10 malicious programs. In my opinion, only MacDefender represented a real threat to users of macOS - stealing credit card numbers. As you understand, security updates have already come out for these viruses, and they do not represent threats.

    Let's return to antiviruses. What do you think, given the information written above, how often do you need to update the antivirus database for Mac? The answer is once a year or less.

     

    Antivirus software for macOS is more harmful than useful. There is convincing evidence that Kaspersky AntiVirus very actively collects information about the user and sends it to its servers. There is information that computers with Kaspersky AntiVirus can participate in DDoS-attacks at the discretion of the developer of this antivirus. It's worth thinking about whether you need a Trojan program and also pay for it.

     

    You still have to be careful not to get malware on your Mac device. Some malicious software tools like Safe Finder may also collect your data or show unwanted ads.

  9. (Almost) ALL Topics talking about having LTT/Forums app in 2017

     

    Main post with all statistics:

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    Most in month: 4 (January)

    Average in month: 2.4

     

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    Answer: no 

    reasoning: the App Store has about 6 or 8 split window browsing apps. One of the most popular is Split by Savy soda. The issue is that you have to go back and forth typing new searches. Ideally the app would mirror the first search to get both windows to the first google page, then un-mirror allowing the user to tap through multiple links without pressing the back button which wastes loading time. Then re-mirror and un-mirror. Maybe with some ai or something. A solution to the "back load time" is another app which promises zero latency back presses. That app is called "fastback." But there is no practical purpose for split windows. Searching time actually goes down going back and forth. For background music there are other apps that play in the background. You do not need to sacrifice half your screen to play music. 

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  11. This is a perhaps a more eloquent and elaborated presentation of what I was wanting to speak in the thread 7-times Microsoft MVP finds Windows 10 Enterprise collects too much data at minimum, calls for legal action.

     

    The relevant links from that thread are these:

     

    Windows, Spying, and a Twitter Rant

    Screenshots showing high levels of contact with Microsoft servers after employing all efforts to stop data-transmission

    Additional screenshots of further Microsoft server activity, discovered later

     

     

    I would like to give some personal commentary to the subject that those links are about.

     


    If a politician steals millions of taxpayer dollars, which is only a few cents from each person, they go to jail. So what about when Microsoft is continuously piggy-backing on everybody's PC systems to enrich themselves? Microsoft is using people's own hardware, software licenses, electricity, computing power, data, time, and private activity for non-sanctioned business use, and the profit of Microsoft's executives.

     

    Microsoft's data-mining is no different than a virus that is distributed to people's PCs to min mines digital coins using their CPU and CPU power, with the earnings being deposited in the e-wallet of the virus' creator. You could also look at it like someone setting up a mining farm, but connecting all their systems to their neighbour's electricity supply - except that in the case of Microsoft's data-mining, they are not using their own hardware, software licenses, and everything else, but those of the people whose systems are sending data to Microsoft... and so the coin-mining virus is a more suitable analogy.

     


    Every aspect of Microsoft collecting data from people's PC systems and personally-owned Windows licenses is already established in law as being illegal. But some people are taking a bit of time to work through the understanding that leads to that recognition, because software-license owners are traditionally just not on the lookout for stuff like this and usually just focus on using their software, and not technical legal aspects or ethical implications behind its operation. Also, Microsoft being a well-known company whose products people have used for years throws a lot of people for a loop, I think, because they are used to just assuming that whatever they're doing must check out, somehow. Well, this doesn't. It's illegal from head to toe.

     

    It's theft, but it's also Unjust Enrichment - which is the situation where one party is making profit for itself at the unjust expense of others. A current UE case involves ZeniMax targeting Samsung for Unjust Enrichment over VR technology that ZeniMax claims belongs to them but is profiting Samsung.

     

    If you unilaterally utilize somebody property, or copyrights to make yourself money, who is legally entitled to the proceeds? Legal entitlement goes to whom the required property and rights that the profit is dependent upon belong to. 

     


    A person who argues that by using Windows 10 a person agrees to send Microsoft their data would be wrong, because sending Microsoft data is not essential to making use of the software functionality that was paid for when buying a Windows license, and so conditioning usage of the paid-for functionality on unrelated and Microsoft-profiting access to personal and private data would not pass the Reasonable Person test.

     

    Also, such an argument would be in ignorance that the data sent to Microsoft doesn't come from only the owned software license, but also a person's personally-owned  hardware, electricity, computational time, uniquely-generated data, and personal / private activity - things for which there can be no entitlement for Microsoft to use any more than a car salesperson can claim that if you buy a vehicle from them, then they have access to use your garage and everything in it, including the power source hooked up to it.


    Additionally, the idea that Microsoft could exert any authority over an instance of the Windows OS after they've sold the license that represents the OS instance to somebody is a violation of the first-sale doctrine, which makes clear that such authorities and privileges pass to the owner of the property, in this case, the owner of the software license and the instance of the OS it represents, once it is sold. And the SCOTUS has just made a unanimous, 8 - 0 in favour, re-affirmation that decision-making rights leave from the seller to the buyer at the first-sale of an item.

     


    I fully believe that seven-times Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award recipient Mark Burnett is right when he says "What we need to do is fix this, even if that means getting lawmakers involved. It can only get worse from here". Though, I believe it is important for big reasons beyond simple control and security of the OS.

     

    Microsoft is stealing digital property, computational power, and electrical resources from everybody, and is making non-licensed usage of people's hardware property, the housing of that hardware, and are exploiting people's personal behaviours while those people are staying within their personal and private spaces (non-online activities). And in the process of violating Windows license-owners' rights over their property, resources, time, and behaviour, Microsoft is unjustly enriching its company and executives.

     

    If action is not taken against those who commit these violations, then all established societal and legal notions of what property is, who possesses decision-making rights over it, how much a person can use their position to unfairly exploit others against their natural desire... then all existing understanding of those things becomes argued against, and a precedent is established where a person's property is anyone's to use by unilateral decision, and a seller of goods can enslave and overrule aspects of people's own private lives and property as part of their conditions for their sale. Effectively, a sale becomes not a transaction of goods for money, but a mechanism for enslavement and subjugation, with the seller acting as if they held a commercial license over a plethora of the buyer's possessions and entitlements.
     
    A person whose personal and private PC system environment (non-online spaces) is sending data to Microsoft through telemetry, data-collection, and analytics of their behaviour is an employee of Microsoft who does not get paid, or receive any company benefits.

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  12. Hello,

     

    So the other day, I was bored and thought, "You know what, I want to learn how to design a working instruction set," and thus I have been working out the details for a simulated processor using my own custom instruction set rather than getting some homework done that I really should be doing.

     

    Here is what I currently have worked out:

    Croltex SM8 (simulated processor) specs
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    L1 Cache - 64 bytes
    L2 Cache - 128 bytes
    L3 Cache - 256 bytes
    L4 Cache - 512 bytes (Because I want to have L4 cache)
    
    Instruction Set - Multimode 8-bit (M8)
    
    M8 Instruction set definitions
    ------------------------------
      /------------ Function group
      |    /--- Operation
      |    |
    0000 0000
    
    Instruction set Data Tags (0000)
    
    	0000 0000 (00 00) = T-CBH (Marker - Command Begins Here)
    	0000 0001 (00 01) = T-CCH (Marker - Command Continues Here)
    	0000 0010 (00 02) = T-CEH (Marker - Command Ends Here)
    	0000 0011 (00 03) = T-VBH (Marker - Variable Begins Here)
    	0000 0100 (00 04) = T-LBH (Marker - List Begins Here)
    	0000 0101 (00 05) = T-SBH (Marker - String Begins Here)
    	0000 0110 (00 06) = T-IBH (Marker - Integer Begins Here)
    	0000 0111 (00 07) = T-FBH (Marker - Float Begins Here)
    	0000 1000 (00 08) = T-FBH (Marker - Boolean Begins Here)
    	0000 1001 (00 09) = T-OBH (Marker - Operator Begins Here)
    	0000 1010 (00 10) = T-NVH (Marker - Null Value Here)
    	0000 1011 (00 11) = T-PBH (Marker - Parameter Begins Here)
    	0000 1100 (00 12) = T-PEH (Marker - Parameter Ends Here)
    	0000 1101 (00 13) = T-FBH (Marker - File Begins Here)
    	0000 1110 (00 14) = T-FEH (Marker - File Ends Here)
    
    Variable operations (0001)
    	0001 0000 (01 00) = V-CEV (Variable - Create Empty Variable)
    	0001 0001 (01 01) = V-LVC (Variable - Lock Variable Content)
    	0001 0010 (01 01) = V-UVC (Variable - Unlock Variable Content)
    	0001 0011 (01 03) = V-SVC (Variable - Set Variable Content)
    	0001 0100 (01 04) = V-GVC (Variable - Get Variable Content)
    	0001 0101 (01 05) = V-MVL (Variable - Make Locally Available)
    	0001 0110 (01 06) = V-MVG (Variable - Make Globally Available)
    
    List operations (0010)
    	0010 0000 (02 00) = L-CEL (List - Create Empty List)
    	0010 0001 (02 01) = L-LLC (List - Lock List Content)
    	0010 0010 (02 02) = L-ULC (List - Unlock List Content)
    	0010 0011 (02 03) = L-SVC (List - Set Value's Content)
    	0010 0100 (02 04) = L-GVC (List - Get Value's Content)
    	0010 0101 (02 05) = L-MLA (List - Make Locally Available)
    	0010 0110 (02 06) = L-MGA (List - Make Globally Available)
    	
    
    Mathematical operations (0011)
    	0011 0000 (03 00) = M-SAO (Math - Standard Addition Operation)
    	0011 0001 (03 01) = M-SSO (Math - Standard Subtraction Operation)
    	0011 0010 (03 02) = M-SMO (Math - Standard Multiplication Operation)
    	0011 0011 (03 03) = M-SDO (Math - Standard Division Operation)
    	0011 0100 (03 04) = M-SEO (Math - Standard Exponential Operation)
    	0011 0101 (03 05) = M-SRO (Math - Square Root Operation)
    	0011 0110 (03 06) = M-SCO (Math - Standard Ceiling Operation)
    	0011 0111 (03 07) = M-SFO (Math - Standard Floor Operation)
    	0011 1000 (04 08) = M-SRO (Math - Standard Rounding Operation)
    	0011 1001 (04 09) = M-SAO (Math - Standard Absolute Operation)
    	0011 1010 (04 10) = M-SCO (Math - Standard Cosine Operation)
    	0011 1011 (04 11) = M-SSO (Math - Standard Sine Operation)
    	0011 1100 (04 12) = M-STO (Math - Standard Tan Operation)
    	0011 1101 (04 13) = M-ACO (Math - Anti Cosine Operation)
    	0011 1110 (04 14) = M-ASO (Math - Anti Sine Operation)
    	0011 1111 (04 15) = M-ATO (Math - Anti Tan Operation)
    
    Comparison Operations (0100)
    	0100 0000 (04 00) = C-VAI (Comparison - Values Are Same)
    	0100 0001 (04 01) = C-VNI (Comparison - Values Not Same)
    	0100 0010 (04 02) = C-VTS (Comparison - Value Types are Same)
    	0100 0011 (04 03) = C-VTI (Comparison - Value Type is)
    	0100 0100 (04 04) = C-VTA (Comparison - Value Types Are)
    	0100 0101 (04 05) = C-FVG (Comparison - First Value is Greater)
    	0100 0110 (04 06) = C-FVL (Comparison - First Value is Lesser)
    
    String operations (0101)
    	0101 0000 (05 00) = S-CVS (Strings - Concatenate Values as String)
    	0101 0001 (05 01) = S-CVL (Strings - Concatenate Values as List)
    
    RAM Operations (0110)
    	0111 0000 (07 00) = R-SFD (Storage - Search for Devices)
    	0111 0001 (07 01) = R-SDI (Storage - Select Device ID)
    	0111 0010 (07 02) = R-GMC (Storage - Get RAM Capacity)
    	0111 0011 (07 03) = R-GMU (Storage - Get RAM Usage)
    	0111 0100 (07 04) = R-CNF (Storage - Create New File)
    	0111 0101 (07 05) = R-GFI (Storage - Get File ID)
    	0111 0110 (07 06) = R-GFS (Storage - Get File Size)
    	0111 0111 (07 07) = R-SAF (Storage - Select Active File)
    	0111 1000 (07 08) = R-RFC (Storage - Rewrite File Content)
    	0111 1001 (07 09) = R-AFC (Storage - Add File Content)
    	0111 1010 (07 10) = R-DFE (Storage - Delete File Entry)
    
    Storage Operations (0111)
    	0111 0000 (07 00) = S-SFD (Storage - Search for Devices)
    	0111 0001 (07 01) = S-SDI (Storage - Select Device ID)
    	0111 0010 (07 02) = S-GSC (Storage - Get Storage Capacity)
    	0111 0011 (07 03) = S-GSU (Storage - Get Storage Usage)
    	0111 0100 (07 04) = S-SSF (Storage - Search Stored Files)
    	0111 0101 (07 05) = S-CNF (Storage - Create New File)
    	0111 0110 (07 06) = S-GFI (Storage - Get File ID)
    	0111 0111 (07 07) = S-GFS (Storage - Get File Size)
    	0111 1000 (07 08) = S-SAF (Storage - Select Active File)
    	0111 1001 (07 09) = S-SFN (Storage - Change File Name)
    	0111 1010 (07 10) = S-RFC (Storage - Rewrite File Content)
    	0111 1011 (07 11) = S-AFC (Storage - Add File Content)
    	0111 1100 (07 12) = S-DFE (Storage - Delete File Entry)
    
    System Operations (1000)
    	1000 0000 (08 00) = P-CNP (Processor - Create New Process)
    	1000 0001 (08 01) = P-CNP (Processor - Kill Process)
    	1000 0010 (08 02) = P-GPL (Processor - Grab Process List) 
    	1000 0010 (08 04) = P-GDL (Processor - Grab Device List)
    	1000 0000 (08 05) = P-LIM (Processor - Load Instruction from Memory)
    	1000 0001 (08 06) = P-PLI (Processor - Perform Loaded Instruction)

     

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    Welcome to the first edition of my Lyft blog series. In this series I will tell you some interesting stories from my Lyft rides. Some of these are personal stories customers tell me while I drive, others are events that occurred in the car itself while I was driving. This volume represents the most interesting stories from my first 100 rides (excluding two special ones I'm saving for a top 10 list later this year).

     

    Before we get started, I'd like to offer a disclaimerAll guest's names will be changed, as well as any other personal details such as location, age, etc. This little blog series is intended to entertain you, not to embarrass the customers. Additionally, I do not know these people beyond my meeting them during their ride, so I can not confirm all personal stories are accurate; all back seat stories are accurate as they occurred in my car during the ride itself.

     

    I don't know yet how many of these entries I'll make or how popular they may or may not become, but to maintain a clean appearance each story will be enclosed within a spoiler tab. Some stories are longer than others, so this should help keep things looking clean and organized. 

     

    Enjoy!

     

    Ride #3, a warm up for what's to come...

    Spoiler

    This is my third ride, ever. My first two went pretty well, I was able to drive them to their destination without killing anyone, my customers in both rides were happy with my 'fancy' phone charger setup and my WiFi, and the app navigated me without any major issues. I ignorantly believed all my rides would be fast, easy, and mildly entertaining. Then I got my third ride, and reality came crashing down on my hopes and dreams... ok, it wasn't that bad, but this is when I realized my rides were not all going to be calm and peachy.  

     

    I picked up a young woman (18) and a young man (similar age) at a house in the suburbs of Sunnyslope, WA. When I arrived I saw several bags and luggage items in the front yard, so my first guess was "Oh, I must be taking this young couple to the airport." No, not at all. When the couple came out of the house I got out of the car and helped them load their items in the trunk. I could immediately see the young lady was upset, but the male, presumed boyfriend, was not. I wasn't sure what to make of that, but I didn't say anything.

     

    The ride was very quiet at first, I welcomed them to my car and answered the lady's question about which charger worked with her phone, but otherwise no conversation. This silence only lasted about 5 minutes though, as shortly after leaving the neighborhood the female passenger began crying. I offered her some tissues, and she opened up about her whole situation to me. Apparently her step father doesn't approve of her decision to become a professional cartoonist, so he beats her. Today he was drunk, got into some sort of fight with her, and kicked her out of the house. She feels powerless because she doesn't have enough money to move out but she's 18 now so she can't report child abuse. Of course I listened to her and let her vent, but I kept my opinions to myself. 

     

    She got really emotional. The man didn't do much, but eventually offered her a "Blueberry & Chocolate Cheesecake W/ Truffle Oil" vape. I don't allow smoking or vaping in my car but she was so upset, I didn't say anything. The vape didn't calm her down though; she kept going on and on about how this step father was ruining her life and how she wanted to be left alone but she couldn't afford to move out, etc. I keep a few tiny teddy bears in the front of my car for children, so I gave one of them to her and she appreciated it. Now, her story changed to how much she missed her biological father, and how he would give her teddy bears all the time, and how she lost him too early, and I could see there was no way to make this girl happy!

     

    When we finally got to her destination (which turned out to be the man's home) the couple thanked me for listening to the story, and for giving her the bear and the tissues. I helped them move their luggage, the woman realized she had dropped her vape oil somewhere, searched my car for a few minutes, then gave up and told me she would give me a "huge tip" and asked that I call her if I found the oil.

     

    The next week I got my paycheck, and saw that there was no tip on her fare. Nice!

     

    The Worst Kind of Revenge

    Spoiler

    This story takes place on a cold, rainy Friday evening. I picked a man in his late 30's and a child, an eight year old girl. The girl was too short for my seat belts in the back seat, but dad had a small folding contraption with him that lowered the seat belt height. (I usually turn away parties with small children if they don't have a child seat, I don't need a ticket or worse, and Lyft's policy is clear: it's the parent's responsibility to provide a child/booster seat, not the driver).

     

    The journey was about 2 hours. The girl kept to herself, playing with some sort of foam tablet (maybe a kid's fire tablet or something) and dad was talking with me about simple stuff, like traffic, cars, life in WA, nothing to heavy or serious.

     

    Then about an hour in, the girl had fallen asleep and dad changed the subject to his personal life. He told me about her mother, and why mom wasn't in their life. I'll spare you the details, most of it was the typical stuff that drives couples apart, but there was one part that stuck out: she was pregnant with their second child and tried to use that child as leverage for a marriage. Dad wasn't ready for that yet, and when she saw that he was not going to 'pop the question' she broke up with him, left the then 3 year old child with him, and aborted the second child just shy of the end of the 1st trimester. 

     

    Now, I have my personal feelings about abortion, but I think most sane people, pro choice included, would agree that aborting a child as an emotional attack on the father is not acceptable. From what he explained their relationship was great at first, but it was on again off again for a while, then they had the first girl, stayed together for a year, then he raised her alone for a while, then mom came back, got pregnant, and demanded they be married or she would abort the child. He thought that was a bad idea, because they had "serious shit" to work out, and he didn't think marriage would be appropriate. 

     

    This was all five years ago, and today dad says his daughter has no meaningful relationship with mom. She knows who her mom is, and has seen her a few times but dad tried to keep them apart. Dad justifies that mom had her own husband and children now, her own life, and it's better to avoid breaking his daughter's heart then allow them to regroup just for mom to leave her like she did him. I understand that logic, but without knowing more details I can't say if that's right or not. 

     

    Dad showed me some photos at different red lights, and along with how he speaks about his daughter I believe that she is incredibly important to him. He has fears that mom will try to regain custody in the future since mom and dad never took legal action to secure custody, but I told him that's not too likely when he can show a court evidence that he's been a major part of his daughter's life and that mom has had little interest in reconnecting up to this point. 

     

    It was an interesting ride. I gave his daughter a teddy bear and he tipped me $10 cash. I hope he can find a new mother for that girl! I can't imagine being a single parent is easy... and that mother aborting the child under those circumstances, if they are just as he said, is absolutely horrible. 

     

    Attempted Exhibitionism in the Back Seat

    Spoiler

    Ah, Saturday night. 1 AM. Drunk people in almost every ride. My kind of night! Drunks can be really entertaining, and this is just one example. 

     

    I pick up two young woman and an older man (I'd say the woman were in their 20's and the man was probably 50 something). They were all drunk, and babbling about their plans for later that night. Talking about what kind of cocktails and mixes they could make, who would be there, etc. Typical drunk ride. But then, one of the ladies tries to pull down the man's pants. She wasn't doing too well, so he helped her, but driving all I knew at that moment was there was a lot of bumping and shifting around going on in the back seat. He was in the middle seat, but the road was too curvy for me to take my eyes off the road. 

     

    When I did get a chance to look back I saw the man in his shirt and underwear with one of the girls rubbing his, bulge, and the other filming vertical video. I didn't say anything. I just looked at them and they stopped. He put his pants back on and they remained silent for remainder of the short trip. The girls were embarrassed but the man didn't seem to be.

     

    I dropped them off at their destination and they said nothing, not even goodbye. I received no tip. But the story doesn't end there. The next day I was woken up by my cell phone ringing. When I answered it was one of the girls saying she left her portable battery pack in my car last night. I asked her who she was, since I had many rides that night, and she responded with her name, then clarified "I was in the group that pleasured the man in your back seat." That was hilarious.

     

    P.S: I was not able to locate her battery.

     

    The Magic Drill (My favorite on this list)

    Spoiler

    It's Wednesday afternoon. I receive a request to pick someone up at an extended stay hotel. When I get there a man in his 40's gets in the car, with a drill. He asks for a bottle of water and I give him one. As I drive him to his stop he explains to me that he works as a private detective, and often works with the Seattle PD. He told me he didn't have much time because he's on his lunch break right now (from the hotel? As a PI? Ok...) but that he needs to see his friend. All this time he's cleaning this drill he brought with him. It wasn't new, it has scuff marks and sharpie on it, but he sure seemed proud of it. 

     

    I get to his stop and a woman gets in the back. She honestly looked like Wendy from Breaking Bad. Seriously. Basically, this is his friend:

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    He now wanted me to take him to a second stop, then a third. He only requested me for one stop though, so I asked him to re-request me after I ended the ride. He did, and as I waited for him to re-request his friend started talking to him about the drill. She thought it looked "good", and that it was "pretty cool". She even wondered how he got "such a nice drill". For his second stop I took him to a 2nd friend's house. The first friend, Wendy's doppelganger, stayed in the car and played with my phone chargers while the man ran up to this 2nd friend's door. He spent a whole 12 minutes talking to this friend, presumably about his drill. He showed it off and was holding it as they talked. About 6 minutes in Wendy started eating my strawberry suckers. (I have some candy in the back seat for my guests) It sounded like some wild animal... loud and unorganized slurping and crunching sounds. And as the time elapsed she ate them faster and faster. 

     

    Finally the man got back in my car and I took him and his 1st friend, back to the first friend's house... Why did this woman get in my car to begin with? What is the logic in this ride? How long is his lunch break? WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT THE DRILL? This guy defies all logic! Who is the lady to him, beyond being a friend? Why does she gobble up candy like those kids in Invader Zim?

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    Living In A Box

    Spoiler

    A short and sad story. I picked up a man at a house and took him home. The ride itself was not very interesting, but the destination was. His 'home' consisted of a wooden box, roughly 4' x 10' x 6' kept under the gap in some stairs at an abandoned hotel. I'm serious, he built himself a little shack just big enough to lie down in and sleep, with no windows and a heavy duty lock on the outside. I hope he can get a better home! I wish I could help but I don't have that kind of money. He seemed fairly healthy, in the mind I mean, not like some homeless individuals. But clearly he has enough money to afford a smartphone with service and a Lyft ride. I don't know, maybe it's just an act to get money out of sympathetic Lyft drivers.

     

    The Trekkie

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    This one is pretty fun. Not a drunk or a sad story, just an interesting one. I picked up a man at the mall and took him to the hospital. He was buying some gifts for a loved one recovering from a car accident. He was very nice and talkative, and he told me about all the Star Trek actors he's met. I went back to my dash cam footage from that day to get this list for you, he claims to have seen: Peter Weller, Jeri Ryan, Kate Mulgrew, Carolyn McCormick, Wil Wheaton, Jennifer Lien, Eric Menyuk, and Marc Alaimo. There were a few more I couldn't make out well enough. 

     

    He talked about how he met these actors at various events, and some he followed to non star trek shows or conventions. The man told me about some of his trips, like his one to Las Vegas. He and his family went to Las Vegas for a convention and on the strip. There were woman dressed in BDSM outfits whipping men's rears as they passed on the sidewalk, and one of them hit his daughter in the back of the head. After dealing with that, he and his daughter went to the convention where they got pictures with a few different actors. He says his "Jr. Trekkie" felt meeting her favorite character made the night worth it. A nerd's dream I suppose!

     

    I like star trek myself, but I think this guy was one of the biggest fans in the community. I think I would skip the show if someone assaulted my daughter...

     

    That's it for now! Some of these are more interesting than others, but like I stated above I'm keeping my 2 best stories for a top 10 list... hope you found at least one of these stories interesting!

  14. Where do I begin..

     

    Having been a member here for over four years and a forum user for many more, I might know how the communities work. Smaller ones are tight-knit, larger ones are one big family with the groups the like to talk together. It's simply how our big, digital families work. But we're still family even with our differences, right? Not all of us get along 100%, some of us disagree almost absolutely with others, I know I'm one of them but we all have our opinions and reasons (or beliefs) for them. Yet very rarely, even here, does it get out of hand to the point there needs to be a talk.

     

    So what is the point of this blog entry you might be asking? Well, some of you guys are a real riot. The more veteran members know what I've written above. Newer ones however, it's not always the case.

     

    Aphexxis, Aphexxis, Aphexxis..

     

    You lovable ball of.. well.. something. I'm not sure what to classify you as yet, it'll come in due time though I'm sure.

     

    Today you posted an interesting thread, it's still up so hell, I'm posting about it here because I can, otherwise mods would have removed it completely and then I can't "officially" talk about it. But I will, so here we go.

    As this thread as been so gloriously nuked while I was typing up my reply (shown below, if I remember), there's something all new forum members should know when they sign up to any forum. Read the forum. Get a feel for it. Know the community. It's a good practice! There's many popular forums out there, but we're not all the same. Some are nicer, others totalitarian, but all one big family in their own way. The first forum I joined was not as large as this community, but still had a very healthy amount of members when I joined. But the thing you always have to know is: am I among like minded individuals? Not in the sense that we all agree Corsair power supplies are based-firestarters, but that you can have discussions in the same flow of thought you would want to have. "Can I interact with them? Are they too edgy? Too soft and unwilling to have a hard discussion with disagreements?" Etc.

     

    So what do you do? Read the forum.

     

    Go through the Tech News section, see what people talk about, how they interact with each other. You're a stickler for builds? See the build sections and look at how our big happy family works. Because that's what we are, one big happy family*.

     

    *Terms and Conditions may sometimes apply just a little bit

     

    Maybe you'll go think "hey, I like these people, they're friendly enough and don't toss people immediately under the bus!" And you would be right, until you do something like you did.

     

    See, heated discussions happen. Ask the people that don't like me not because I will aggravate you the moment you show how easy it is, but because I will disagree with you with reasons and tell you why. They'll decide whether or not they think I'm right or wrong, and that's okay. That's not what me and others are always here for. Some people like me sit in the back until we feel like poking your brain in the way we see fit, it's fun. It gets discussion going. And maybe somebody might think a little bit more about what they believe. In a good way, thinking is always good.

     

    Our big, happy family does not agree on everything. In fact you might say it's split down the middle sometimes. AMD? Intel? Nvidia? Apple? Google? Microsoft? The list goes on, and it repeats many times, many weeks, all the time.

     

    Check our Tech News section, you'll see how we interact. When we agree, and when we don't.

     

    But you might see something peculiar about our interactions, there's not a lot of mud flinging without any basis. Opinions more than "I said so" exist and are spoken. Intelligent discussion happens and unintelligent discussion happens in tandem like the dance we always go through. And at the end of the day we can still end a thread peacefully without going down the OP's throat that the thread should have never existed.

     

    So, Aphexxis, why you, you might ask?

     

    Good question!

     

    You've made it too easy. I've managed to get you to lock your own thread quicker that most of the low post wonders that come through this side of the internet, and you succeeded spectacularly at doing what I wanted. I poked your brain, and you responded. Congratulations, you win a redeemable coupon for a digital cookie expired already.

     

    We've had plenty of threads about AMD and Intel, Ryzen and Bulldozer, Intel with their Core series. But few have been like yours. You don't even know what side you're on half of the time in your own original post and yet you want some sense of intelligent discussion? Here's a forum tip: you did it wrong.

     

    Threads about our opinions on things like Bulldozer have come up time and time again, and even though there are rules for not going "which is better, FX8 or an i7?!" not all of them get locked. Because not all of them are.. you guessed it.. asinine.

     

    What makes your thread asinine? Why do you think I believe you went about this the wrong way? Well it's simple, you were hostile from the very beginning. Is idiotic rhetoric a thing? Yes, most ideas are concepts are all true to an extent. What you did wrong is instantly assuming any amount of disdain or displeasure with a CPU is instantly "idiotic rhetoric." Oh and that goes back to you not even knowing what side you're on. You didn't have an opinion, just ramblings without basis. On one hand you have people blaming Intel for Bulldozer not meeting expectations and letting consumers down, and on the other hand you have people blaming AMD for Bulldozer not meeting expectations and letting consumers down.

     

    At least try to give an angle we can respond to, that's the least you can do. "Why do people think Bulldozer sucks? Go!"

     

    Then we could have had something. My morning could have been made better by the brain pickings of what people think, even though there's a general consensus on Bulldozer by 2017. *psst* It had problems.

     

    But, when you are told your thread does not make sense, you attacked other members. See, here we might disagree, but we don't do what you did. Veteran members are around for a reason, we've gone through these scuffles before without being banned. We might know there's a line not to cross, and so should you. If someone thinks your thread is pointless, tell them like the adult you say people like me should be. Why should I be held to a higher standard when I just sit back and watch you ramble and sling names? I'm just going to sit here and hand you a shovel to continue digging your own hole deeper. Give us reason your thread is not pointless to us. You might have a rocky start, many of us do, but give us substance. You did not. And you got everything back in full.

     

    My reply to you if the thread wasn't nuked by mods is below.

     

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    Ahh let us see here..

     

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    I think I'll go with "foolish" to describe the contents of your original post. So to start, you create a post on a forum that has very heated discussions about the performance of AMD products without any attempt to create positive, intelligent discussion. Where should I start?

     

    "Did in any of the FX 81xx FX 83xx life time get what the community rambled on about?"

     

    Low hanging fruit:

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    Slightly higher hanging fruit:

     

    The FX8 series has been discussed heavily here on the LTT forum, its died down in the past two years or so but crops up every now and then but there has been a general consensus on the topic. It was a solid CPU with some major pitfalls in the architecture design. It was ahead of its time and poorly implemented, not to mention software was simply never made to make full use of the architecture.

     

    Two cores per module is great for when you want to run workloads in parallel but the general consumer doesn't use software that could benefit a lot from it. That's mostly in servers, completely different things for users. 

     

    Running software on it such as games only came in to problems with the architecture because of the two core per module design, sharing resources just creates delays because one thread might have to wait on another. Things of that nature. It can become a real headache in the performance department. General consensus? If you can get it cheap (2014 era, $200 and dropping) then it's okay for a light build, but it's worth getting something like an i7 if you need more processing power.

     

    "how Windows is unoptimized, not the CPU being designed how it is."

     

    The only people who thought the problem was Windows, same as this latest bout with Ryzen, are the ones who are die-hard fans of AMD and can't take "no" in a sense for an answer. The fundamental problem with Bulldozer was its architecture, not Windows. Windows ran perfectly fine with Bulldozer, it assigned work correctly and as efficiently as it can, the problem is you're trying to run heavily serialized code on something made for parallel work, it ain't gonna happen.

     

    "How intel is putting code in games to slow FX down.. yeah they went there."

     

    Same situation as above, and debunked all the same. Intel cannot change how x86 runs. The FX8 series is great for some things, but not most.

     

    "How everyone is transpiring against AMD and are now victims to intel owners."

     

    See above, this is just repeating the same thing in a different way, again.

     

    "How FX has 8 cores so it's bettererererer."

     

    In a roundabout way, the FX8 is better because of having more cores, the IPC was never near Intel with their Core series but if you could parallelize code it would run leagues better on the FX8 chips, that's why encoding was so much faster. Unfortunately for the majority of the consumer market that one metric is not enough to change buying opinions.

     

    "And yeah Ryzen is an awesome success"

     

    Yes it is! Ryzen is fantastic! AMD has made leaps and bounds in their IPC and created a chip that's as fast as Intel for half the cost, or less! However, there is something off about the design. AMD's "Infinity Fabric" has serious latency problems and it's slowing down gaming performance which is what a lot of us use our computers for, and that's because AMD wanted games to run on more cores. By having a game run on more than four threads AMD has shot themselves in their own foot. Having one core communicate with another and having threads hop a thousand times a second across that interconnect adds up those 140 ns real quick. Had AMD not done that Ryzen would have been an absolute knockout, but it isn't.

     

    People thought the problem is the Window's Scheduler, it isn't. People thought the problem is software, it isn't.

     

    You can work around the interconnect by forcing threads to stay on one CCX or not have as much cross talk between CCXs but the fundamental problem is AMD created another flaw in their architecture that seriously hurts them. The biggest market they need right now is the gaming market, not HEDT-lite, and they missed that opportunity a bit because you're still better off buying an Intel product unless something can change in the near future.

     

    "not what this thread is really about"

     

    So what is it about?

     

    "just wondering if these people changed their idiotic rhetoric."

     

    Ahh, so you don't like the opinions of others. And suddenly your thread has become what now?

     

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    You might ask yourself again, why you? Well, you've amused me enough to be the first exhibit in my reasoning for not liking people. There's nothing about you particularly, you fit in with the rest of the drops in the ocean. But you're amusing and I'd like for you to stay around for a while, see what else we can pick from your brain. You said that I have an ego and need to mature, and you're correct on both, but not for what you think the reasons are. I'll start with the second. Everyone needs to mature, and you are never done maturing. You're only given a certain amount of time on this rock and you should use it to gain as much knowledge and wisdom as you can. Where you are also correct. However, I am not going to spend every waking minute of my life appeasing people like you who can not show a little maturity in response. So I won't either. It's not petty because I'm not acting like this because of you. I simply don't have the energy to care about you specifically, because then I need to devote that energy to everyone else fairly. So I'm not going to, I'm going to give myself a smile and watch you be you and do your thing. And the second, my ego. You're damn right I have an ego, and I have one for a reason. I have experiences you may never understand. You might have experiences I will never understand. The difference is that I spend my time not making dumb little mistakes in my life where they can be avoided. I don't want to create headaches for myself, it leads to having happier days and a happier forum experience.

     

    But wait, you dislike people, you can't be happy!

     

    Of course I dislike people! Because of my ego. Each day I see people making the same mistakes and complaining when negative things happen to them. You are Exhibit A in my documentation for what I dislike about people.

     

    Steak is good until you cook it too much, then it needs some kindness.

    Have a nice day.

     

    Update 1:

    Sad news, may you find peace where you rest.

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  15. This is the review of the Shure SE215, not to be confused with the SE215LTD which is a variant of the SE215 introduced at a later date.

    At first

    Coming from basically using <$40 earphones i did not know what to expect from this. I was utterly disappointed in the how the earphones fit in my ears and how lackluster they sound, i really thought that the sounds quality would have dramatically changed after switching from low grade entry tier audio products. Low bass response, confused mid and highs.

    Which leads to the next point, after a period of 5 months, i learnt how to use the included foam and silicon tips properly to obtain a great seal, the included silicon tips provided provide a balanced sound and as i would like to rate it 7/10 in terms of noise isolation and with the included foam tips, 9/10 in terms of noise isolation. (Medium sized comply eartips are 8.5/10)

     

    After my stock cable was damaged with the right side being faulty, i replaced the stock cable with the FiiO RC-SE1 replacement cables.

    I found these to be more detailed and less warm in terms of audio quality than the stock cables, with slight but noticeable treble boosts probably because of a higher Silver content in the SPC(Silver plated copper) wires.

    However, the micro-phonics on this particular cable are downright atrocious. If the stock cables would have 7/10 in terms of micro-phonics, these new replacement cables would have gotten a 1/10.

    I straight up discourage anyone who gets annoyed easily when music is not playing and the cables rubs with each other. Otherwise, when playing music the micro-phonics can barely be heard and the cable is of great quality and certain to last for a long time.

     

    I am going to try out the ATH E40s in a few weeks time and maybe i can provide a comparison of that when i get myself on them :D.

  16. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Pentium G4560 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor  ($59.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B250M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($68.89 @ OutletPC) 
    Memory: Avexir Core Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory  ($47.92 @ Amazon) 
    Storage: Seagate FireCuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive  ($99.99 @ Newegg) 
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 2GB SSC GAMING Video Card  ($108.98 @ Newegg) 
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case  ($38.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
    Power Supply: EVGA 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply  ($34.49 @ OutletPC) 
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit  ($88.58 @ OutletPC) 
    Monitor: AOC I2269VW 21.5" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor  ($79.99 @ Best Buy) 
    Keyboard: Kensington 64370 Wired Standard Keyboard  ($11.31 @ OutletPC) 
    Mouse: Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex Wired Optical Mouse  ($34.99 @ Best Buy) 
    Total: $674.12
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-03-19 03:21 EDT-0400

     

    This build should mark as low as it should be how a gaming build should at least be like.

    With this build, any game will be playable. Upgrading would be possible.

    The included hybrid drive makes the system overall more pleasant to use with increased boot times similar to of an SSD but without the hefty price tag of one.

    With no upgrade however, this build can last you 1-2 years fairly well.

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