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About colonel_mortis


  • CPU
    Intel core i5 3570k @ 4.4GHz
  • Motherboard
    ASUS sabertooth Z77
  • RAM
    4x4GB Corsair Vengance
  • GPU
    EVGA GTX 780 Superclocked with ACX cooler
  • Case
    Coolermaster HAF X
  • Storage
    250GB Samsung SSD (non-pro) + 1TB WD Black + 500GB WD blue
  • PSU
    Corsair HX750 semi-modular
  • Display(s)
    Dell U2515H 1440p Monitor
  • Keyboard
    Microsoft Sidewinder X4
  • Mouse
    Sharkoon Fireglider
  • Sound
    Steelseries Siberia V2
  • Operating System

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    UK, Center of the Observable Universe
  • Interests
  • Biography
    ┌ I was born.

    ├ I found LinusTechTips.
    └ Now.
  • Occupation
    Developer, Moderator and Student

Contact Methods

  1. Firefox Login Anomaly

    It's probably because you transferred the cookies, so it treats all of your copies as the same device, and therefore expects them all to be able to read the same cookies, so when it authenticates you it will set a new cookie for that device. (I realise that wasn't a very good explanation) You can solve it by clearing all of your LTT cookies on the prepackaged profile, and on all of the devices that you are using, then logging in again. There's no support for using cookies to transfer your login to other devices permanently, though it will work until you try to log in or out again.
  2. How to delete a topic?

    We would prefer that old topics aren't deleted, because it is extra effort for us for no gain to anyone else. However, if you have a legitimate reason for a topic or post to be removed, you can report it and a moderator can remove it for you in due course.
  3. Moderators on the forum

    The GDPR allows you to view the PII that we hold on you, but it doesn't entitle you to view all information that we hold that may in any way be associated with your account, so top secret moderator information is off limits I'm afraid.
  4. Trouble with SSD drive

    (Moved to Troubleshooting)
  5. TF2 keeps freezing

    (Moved to Troubleshooting)
  6. Intel Optane Speed

    (Moved to Storage Devices)
  7. Getting frequent Cloudflare errors

    That error isn't saying that you are being blocked for any reason, it's a server error because our server is timing out.
  8. Embed .webm?

    I'm afraid not - it will just embed the video in whatever format you uploaded it.
  9. Are LTT forums declining?

    Members come and go, so it isn't surprising that you're seeing a lot of older members becoming inactive. The concurrent active users metric in particular is misleading, because the way it is measured was changed just after the high score there, and the new method can underestimate considerably. Although I don't have specific data, I am fairly sure that it has been exceeded since then. Page views have been fairly stable recently, along with registrations. That being said, the number of new posts, which will be the thing that you can most actively see, has declined a bit in the past couple of years. It's not plummeted or anything, but there is definitely a downward trend.
  10. Embed .webm?

    This will be coming in the next update, in the next few months.
  11. Getting frequent Cloudflare errors

    I can't see any errors that would manifest as Cloudflare errors which look like they are from you, other than the one that you screenshotted. I can see why that error is being generated, but it's not something that is at all easy to fix unfortunately. However, I think it might work if you try again a couple of times.
  12. Embedded videos in spoilers

    That will be the problem. To select the video, you have to drag all the way from top to bottom. This isn't something that we can control, because editor selection is handled by your browser. The best way to add videos in spoilers is to add the spoiler first, but if you want to add it afterwards then either select the video properly, or just drag it in afterwards.
  13. Embedded videos in spoilers

    I can't reproduce this, even in Chrome. Can you walk me through the exact steps that you're taking, since there are a few different ways to add a spoiler?
  14. How Often Do Databases Break?

    The LTT forum database has been in constant heavy use for the past 5 years, and we have had one database failure in that time (and that failure resulted in a few hours of data loss on a subset of the database). That failure is definitely an exception rather than something that would have been expected, and although we were never able to find the root cause I suspect it was a hardware fault, but failures are possible. Your database would not be subject to nearly the stress that our DB is subject to, and with a reasonable backup strategy you would mitigate almost all of the problems that could occur if a problem did occur. Most database software, such as MySQL or PostgreSQL, offer ACID guarantees. The D in ACID means that once you make a change, it is guaranteed to persist regardless of server power failure (though it may involve a recovery process prior to normal service resuming), so database software offers stronger guarantees than most programs do about data corruption. Think about how often you experience file corruption in your everyday computer use, and that will give an upper bound for how often a decent database program should fail.
  15. what is LIsp?

    LISP is a very old programming language (1958), and isn't particularly useful these days unless you want to write scripts for the emacs editor. In LISP, pretty much everything is represented by a list, including the program itself, which means you end up with lots of parenthesis to keep track of to delimit the nested lists. If you're looking for a completely different language to learn to give a slightly different perspective on things, there's no reason why not, but if you want to learn it as a useful language, or as one of your first few languages, I would suggest that you go for something more widely used, which will help you get the hang of the modern concepts, such as Java, C++, javascript, python, etc.