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Captain Chaos

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  1. Captain Chaos

    What do you do with your old rigs?

    I'm using my old rig for dabbling around in Linux. Trying different distros, looking for alternatives for my regular Windows programs, messing around with mount options for multiple drives in the same system, etc etc. Basically I'm using it as a testing machine so I can move my main rig over to Linux by the end of the year. Once that's done ... I don't know. I usually work from home so it never hurts to have a backup PC that's all set up. .
  2. Mainly using my X99 rig, but my old 2011 one (i5-2500, Z77 MoBo) is lately being used more and more. I am looking into moving over completely from Win7 to Linux. The old rig is great for testing stuff without having to resort to dualboot. With a modern GPU (I had a couple of 1070s left over from mining so that was a no-brainer) it's still pretty good for 1440p gaming.
  3. - No option to turn the RGB off in Linux because of no software support there. - Oh, and the fact that it has that RGB nonsense to begin with.
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    This triggers me

    Raise the middle one, or replace them both with Chromax fans and put some Chromax covers on top of the fin stacks.
  5. Captain Chaos

    Anyone else not crazy about RGB?

    Shotguns, grenades, molotov cocktails, poison, etc etc As for RGB, not a fan. That's why I use a non-windowed Fractal case.
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    Best Place To Live if money didnt matter

    Probably Hawaii. Something on the west coast of Oahu. Close enough to the sea to have a nice view over the ocean and enjoy the sunsets, but high enough to not have to worry about the water level rising as a result of global warming. Preferably within walking ar cycling distance from most regular shops.
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    How much should an individual worry about Zombieload?

    For regular consumers the risk seems to be minimal. For datacenters it's a huge issue because one user could be running malicious code on the server to read what's happening in another user's process. IF Spectre, Meltdown and Zombieload ever become real-life threats, for you as a regular user it would mean that your machine would have to get infected by malware containing those exploits in order for the exploits to do their thing. If you get any kind of malware on your system you're screwed anyway. EDIT : Actually it looks like Zombieload can be done through the browser as well, no need to install any malware. But as long as we don't see it being done in the real world I still wouldn't worry too much.
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    Apple Launches "Flexgate" Repair Program for Select MacBook Pros

    IMO everything went to shit after the SE/30. The Powerbook 140 wasn't bad though ... apart from having to buy a new battery almost every year.
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    Can I get files off of a smashed phone?

    A local repair center will be able to replace the screen without doing a full reset. Any larger store will send the phone away for repairs which will involve a factory reset. So if you care about your data, have it done by one of those "shady" shops that does the repair while you're present. Usually a screen+digitizer and an iFixit toolkit for your phone will cost about the same as having someone else do the repair. So if you're a bit handy that may also be a solution.
  10. <removed> On-topic : Looks like Huawei will have to push out a major update to move all phones over to AOSP or LineageOS, perhaps with an option to install either Opengapps, f-Droid or their own app store. This is still going to really hurt their sales numbers.
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    What song are you listening to right now.

    TBH that's hardly an achievement. -----
  12. Captain Chaos

    How long do you use your pcs?

    I upgraded from my Sandy Bridge machine (i5-2500, Z77A-GD65 Gaming, 8GB DDR3-1333, 770s in SLI) to my current X99 rig after roughly 5 years. However it is still used as a secondary PC (including gaming). It's 8 years old and still plenty good enough for 1080p (and even 1440p) gaming. If my main rig dies tomorrow, I would be perfectly happy using the old one for a couple more years. All I really did in recent years (apart from a case swap) was install a 1070 because the old 770s both had fan problems.
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    What should I name my PC

    Silver/white and light blue eh? Kifflom, The Epsilon Program, Chris Fromage, ...
  14. Captain Chaos

    Wooting One introduces new analog switch at computex 2019

    At least it'll make driving in games like GTA easier for those who swear by keyboard and mouse. Too bad I can't read the article, hardware.info wants to verify that it has installed its cookie on my PC before it will dismiss the cookie pop-up.
  15. On one hand this sucks. My system is around 4 years old now. There were no decent AMD CPUs back then, so Haswell-E was the best option for me really. If it weren't for having massive overclocking headroom, I'd probably be royally effed and looking into Ryzen right now. On the other hand, how likely are we to see this in the wild? So far there have been precisely zero reports of exploits that leverage the Spectre or Meltdown vulnerabilities, which is why quite a few people have disabled those patches to regain the lost performance.
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    What does your company offer as a work computer?

    Currently taking a sabbatical year to think about what I want to do with the rest of my carreer. At my last job I was an office clerk, working mostly from home. For some reason my employer didn't want to buy desktops, so we all used low-spec Dell Vostro 15 laptops (1.7GHz dual core with HT, 4GB RAM, Win10 on a 1TB HDD). That thing was so slow that I simply left it at the office and used my own PC at home.
  17. Kinda makes sense, seeing as they only really dropped support for XP POSready this April. About 4% of Windows machines are still on XP. hmm ... also it looks like Win7 overtook Win10 again.
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    Do SSDs wear out on idle?

    It's not all that uncommon for a HDD to fail while the array is resilvering after another drive's failure. The procedure puts a heavy load on the other drives, who are often from the same batch as the failed drive. As drive capacity increases, so does the time needed to resilver. That increases the odds of a second drive failing. As for SSD life in a NAS, on average the SSDs will last a lot longer than HDDs. But when they die it'll be a lot harder to recover data from them. Freenas and ZFS work with checksums, so as long as you have enough redundancy a flipped bit or damaged file will immediately be noticed and the OS will try to repair the damaged file using the parity data. That being said, I've had a set of Crucial MX200s in my NAS for almost 4 years now and have had precisely 0 warnings about file repair. Based on my own experience, I'm inclined to think that SSDs are doing just fine for long-term storage of data.
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    Western Digital WD Red Pro vs Red

    The Red Pro drives are much less sensitive to vibrations, which will occur if you add more drives to the same enclosure. The rule of thumb : - 8 drives or less : Red - More than 8 drives : Red Pro For what it's worth: I have eight of the 4TB Reds in my own NAS. The NAS is on almost 24/7. Next month the drives will be 4 years old and I've had 0 issues with them so far.
  20. No, you don't use their product, you are the product. The companies that buy ads, those are the users. As for why tracking and infinite storage of data is a problem: What if you later decide to go into politics? Anyone who has access to that old data can then us it to blackmail you. "Hey, we need you to vote against this bill that would regulate our sector. It would be a shame if your browsing history ended up in the wrong hands" Or what if you want to organize a protest against your government and they can use that kind of info to start a smear campaign?
  21. Captain Chaos

    iMac 2019 vs Fully-Loaded Macbook Pro

    @LukeSavenije -------------------- Thanks for that "but ... and it's a big but" at 10:38, Linus. Now I've got Sir Mix-A-Lot stuck in my head again.
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    Time to upgrade my 3 year old PC?

    Seeing as you seem to be struggling more as the resolution goes up, the GPU is clearly the limiting factor. So that would be the first thing I'd upgrade. Going from a 1070 to a 1080Ti I noticed that my framerate (at 1440p) went up by around 75-80% in most games. Judging by the benchmark scores I see online, it looks like the 2080 is only marginally slower than the 1080Ti. So those 2 would be one huge step up from your current 1070. Then there's a reasonable step up to the 2080Ti. In terms of raytracing support, it's just too early to bet on that. By the time we see games that properly make use of it, the 2080 or 2080Ti will most likely be outdated anyway. So if you can get hold of a 1080Ti at a lower price as a 2080 non-Ti, you may want to seriously consider getting the older card. Whether or not the extra performance of the 2080Ti justifies the extra cost is something only you can decide. I honestly don't know what speed your 6700K needs to run at in order to keep up with the 2080Ti in your preferred games (yes, that also can make a difference) at 4K.
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    Bill to ban Loot boxes and pay-to-win micro transactions

    Welcome, Almighty_hebers. There already is a topic on that subject here : Small suggestion for the future : When you plan to post a topic about tech news, first use the forum's search function to find out if there already is something about the subject here. A searc hfor "Hawley" for example would have shown the above topic right away.
  24. On the main PC (Win7 with Firefox 66.0.3) I manually enabled the addons again, but that's only good until I close this session. Seeing as I'm busy comparing parts and stuff for my desk overhaul, I have a gazillion tabs open and no intention of updating the browser right now. I'll probably update it sometime near the end of next week. I updated the laptop (Linux Mint 18.3) around 3 hours ago and the addons stopped working on that one shortly afterwards (hadn't used it for a week before I ran the update, so I doubt that the update triggered it). Looks like 66.0.4 hasn't made it to Mint's repos yet. The phone seems unaffected. Then again that one is running GNU Icecat instead of regular Firefox.
  25. Damn. Guess I'll go offline for a couple of days then. I'm really not going to browse without my addons and I don't feel like changing my clock settings etc.