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Captain Chaos

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  1. Another day, another Facebook privacy issue. Earlier this month there was a topic about how people signing up for a Facebook account were asked to enter their email passwords. It turns out that when people actually gave Facebook access to their mailbox, Facebook "unintentionally" uploaded their contact lists to their servers without even asking for their consent. This info was then used to let Facebook find out your social connections and recommend more friends to add. It is unclear if the data was also used for advertising purposes. Source : Business Insider https://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-uploaded-1-5-million-users-email-contacts-without-permission-2019-4?r=US&IR=T I'm honestly not even surprised anymore. I also have some serious doubts about this being unintentional. At least now that they got caught they will be deleting the info ... or so they say. Good luck finding out if they actually did.
  2. Heh, looks like nobody here reported on that indeed. It's been known a couple of days though. The timing is also very convenient, they announced this in a blog post right after the Mueller report was released, knowing that all of the press would be focusing on that. FYI : https://dayssincelastfacebookscandal.com/
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    I think i have an issue ???

    The top left point of the cursor is what matters. As long as that remains visible on the right edge, there's nothing wrong. The rest of the cursor can indeed go off the screen.
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    [Discussion] Will Facebook still exist in 2025?

    hopefully not, but sadly it is very likely that they will still be around and may even grow still. Facebook is big enough not to worry about anything anymore. The people who leave them over privacy concerns won't just quit social media, they'll just move to a different platform. As soon as an alternative becomes big enough, Facebook will simply buy that company.
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    SSD for D:\ drive or storing data

    Most cheap SSDs will still be able to write hundreds of terabytes. I am not familiar with Team SSDs, but the Adata and WD will most likely outlast this laptop ... and the next one ... and the one after that.
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    What's a good bitcoin wallet?

    I used blockchain.info when I just started out with crypto. They do Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and Ethereum. If you are not investing but plan to use it as a currency, I assume you'll stick with Bitcoin Security is as good as you make it. You could just use a password, or you could add email verification as well as 2FA per SMS. My only real gripes with it are a ) they try to push their other products and services all the time with annoying pop-ups etc b ) in some stores (mainly the ones that use Bitpay as a middle man to handle Bitcoin transactions) you can't pay with your blockchain.info wallet. I ran into that problem when trying to purchase PC parts from Caseking and Scan UK. No idea if this happens elsewhere, those 2 are the only shops that I spent my coins at. The latter problem pushed me to Electrum, which is a software wallet that only does Bitcoin. That one has 2FA through Google Authenticator.
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    What kind of case is this?

    Looking for a "<your phone type> detachable wallet" will usually yield results. or removable wallet, or magnetic wallet. Plenty of choice really. Here's one example (I'm not the seller, this is merely the first one I came across): https://www.ebay.com/itm/For-Samsung-Galaxy-S8-S10-Note-8-9-Removable-Leather-Magnetic-Flip-Wallet-Case/192629472702?hash=item2cd99c7dbe:m:meyhgze_dwDZhRDBSscLGwA Some models (like your dad's case) are very basic with merely a couple of card slots and one for notes. Others are full-on wallets with multiple flaps, zippered compartments for change etc etc.
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    Have you ever bought merch?

    Back in 2015 I bought 3 of the LTT #first T-shirts. The day after mine shipped, Teespring found out that they printed them using red instead of orange. So they sent me 3 more in the correct color for free. I was very busy the days that the shirts arrived, so I put the unopened packages in a box with the intention of checking them out later. I guess you know where this is heading. Yes indeed, they're still in that same box, unopened ... Maybe someday after LMG disappears and their merch has become rare and valuable, I'll put them up on Ebay and use the profits to retire.
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    HDD Shipments Down 18% YoY

    I'm not surprised. HDDs have their place, but that place is not in most consumers' homes. I consider HDDs useful for mass storage (several TB) and backup/archival purposes. Everything else here is on SSD only. I'm really considering doing the mass storage on SSDs too. It sure would quiet down my NAS. At that point spinning rust would be for backup only.
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    CMD and TWRP

    So I assume you're running a custom ROM now. Happy they helped. If you want to change ROMs later on it's real easy. Just copy the new .zip file onto your MicroSD card, boot into TWRP, do a factory reset and install the ROM. You won't need to do the whole Odin thing anymore because you already have the recovery on your phone. If ever your recovery needs to be replaced (sometimes you will need a newer recovery to flash the latest ROMs), you should be able to do that from the recovery too. Same procedure as flashing a ROM. Small tip : under Settings -> System -> Developer options, you'll find an option for "advanced restart" near the top. That makes it easier to boot into recovery if you ever need to be there. No more need to remember what button combo to use, just long-press the power button as you normally would, select restart, select recovery. Another nice thing in the Developer options is at the bottom, the "Kill app back button". That allows you to simply kill the process in the foreground by long-pressing the back button. Very handy for when you have an app that freezes or misbehaves.
  11. Yup, that's the procedure.
  12. Right, I keep forgetting that Noctua does it that way. I'm too used to the way BeQuiet used to do things. Yeah, that solves the problem indeed. Too bad that everything here is running cool and I don't like throwing away perfectly good components, otherwise I'd give the Noctua coolers a go.
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    CMD and TWRP

    I had to edit step 3 a bit. I noticed you mentioned finding an Android 8.1 ROM based on Lineage OS, the one I linked to was in fact a 7.1.2 ROM (that I'm running on my own J3). Feel free to use the ROM you found. I know the one that I linked to works, so it's a good backup option if yours gives you any trouble.
  14. This is a Define C (basically the same case, but with a different front panel) with an MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming motherboard. That's an overlay in Paintshop of my motherboard over the Z390 Aurus Pro. I played with the colors to make the MSI more red, to make things clearer for myself. The red arrows point to the holes in the MSI board, the white ones the Gigabyte. Looks like the CPU on your board is simply 1cm or so more to the front. You'll have loads of space for your backplate. So do as you please.
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    CMD and TWRP

    Right, here goes. This guide is quite detailed and I tried to explain every step completely instead of letting you search, so as long as you follow these instructions you should be good. I believe I have covered everything, if not I will edit this post and point out the edit in a new one. I never used the Google Apps package on my J3, so if you want to use Google's service I'm not sure which package to select (in terms of processor architecture etc). I can look it up if you want, but even then you'll need to decide for yourself if you want minimal apps (only the Play store), the full Google package or anything in between. I assume you know that things CAN go wrong and you're doing this at your own risk. Like anyone else who ever posted a guide, I take no responsibility if your phone breaks or accidentally starts WW3. Let's get started ... 1 ) download the Samsung USB drivers and install them on your PC https://developer.samsung.com/galaxy/others/android-usb-driver-for-windows 2 ) Download Odin. You may extract the .exe from the .zip file, but don't start the program yet https://build.nethunter.com/samsung-tools/Odin_3.12.3.zip 3 ) Download TWRP and the ROM for your phone. I'm linking the XDA page as it contains both TWRP and a 7.1 ROM that works for sure (I run that one myself). You'll need the one for the j3xlte, not the j3xnlte https://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-j3-2016/development/rom-lineageos-14-1-samsung-galaxy-j3-t3667015 - Put the zip file with the ROM itself on a MicroSD card and put the card in the phone already. - If you plan to use Google Apps, you'll need to put that package on the MicroSD card too. It's best to flash the Gapps package right after flashing the ROM. - Keep the TWRP file on your PC. ------------------------------------------------ 4 ) on the phone, go to Settings -> About device -> Software. There you need to tap the build number until you see a message that you unlocked developer options. 5 ) go back to Settings, then go into the Developer Options. There you need to flick the "OEM Unlock" switch. You will probably get a warning. If so, confirm that you really want to allow the unlocking. 6 ) Shut down the phone and connect it to your PC 7 ) On the PC, launch Odin (I open it with admin privileges, not sure if it needs them). 8 ) turn on the phone in "download mode". To do this, press and hold down the power button and the "volume down" button. The phone will display a warning message. When that happens, release the buttons, then press "volume up" to continue. After a few seconds Odin should show an "added" message in the log window. It now sees the phone and should be able to make changes to it. 9 ) In Odin, push the " AP " button and navigate to the TWRP file. Load the file (IIRC the button is called "Open", but I'm not sure anymore). Once you're back on Odin's main screen, go to the "Options" tab and un-tick the "Auto-reboot". Then go back to the "Log" tab. (that very last part is just in case something goes wrong with the install. If something does go wrong, the log window will describe the problem. But I hope we won't need that) ------------------------------------------------ Up until now nothing permanent has been done. However the next step is the point of no return. 10 ) Press the "Start" button and Odin will attempt to flash TWRP onto the phone. If it succeeds, you'll see a green square with "PASS!" in the top left corner of the Odin screen. ------------------------------------------------ Now that the recovery is on the phone, it's time to reboot. We'll go straight into the recovery, there's no point in attempting to let it boot into the system. You can leave the phone plugged in, but there's no need for that anymore. Feel free to unplug it and to quit Odin. 11 ) Force a shutdown by pressing power + "volume down" for 7 seconds. As soon as the screen goes black, release the buttons and immediately press power + "volume up". the phone will now boot into the TWRP recovery. 12 ) In the main menu, press the Wipe button. Most people recommend the regular factory reset, I personally do an advanced wipe where I select Dalvik, Cache, Data, Internal Storage and System when switching from original to custom ROMs. Never had any problems with that. 13 ) go back to the recovery's main menu, then select "install". Press the "select storage" button and go to your MicroSD card. Then navigate to the ROM file and it should start installing Lineage OS. 14 ) If the install is succesful, the hard work is done. You can now either let the phone reboot or install the Google apps package first and then reboot. The recovery will prompt you about installing the TWRP app and about root access. What you do with that is your choice. I always run my phones without Google apps, no root and no TWRP app. Never had an issue. 15 ) When it boots you wait ... and wait ... and wait. The first boot can take a while, so don't worry if you only see the boot animation for a couple of minutes (yes, that long). It'll finish eventually. 16 ) Enjoy !
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    CMD and TWRP

    I have the same phone and flashed mine less than a month ago. Writing the full guide with links right now.
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    CMD and TWRP

    IIRC I didn't use USB debugging when I flashed my J3 (or my Tab2, S7 or S9+ for that matter), I simply went into developer options, flicked the "OEM Unlock" switch and used Odin to flash the recovery and ROM. No need for command line etc. I could write a full tutorial if needed.
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    Ideal fan configuration for Meshify C

    The Chromax fans come with 4 black, 4 red, 4 blue, 4 green and 4 yellow pads. On my main PC (a black and red build) I simply put the black pads against the case and the red ones in plain sight. Looks just perfect to me. And if you really want to put all corners in the same color you only need 1 set of pads (3 fans = 12 more pads needed). Given the rest of your spec list, I don't think you'd mind spending $10-ish (no idea on US prices, at my local shop they're €7.99 for a set of 16) on cosmetics. As for the anti-vibration mount set, I'd avoid that. The Meshify C doesn't use screw holes to mount the fans, it uses long cutouts. If you use the anti-vibration mounts, the fans will be able to slide up and down instead of being fixed in place. With only 3 fans and Fractal's build quality you'll barely notice any difference in noise levels anyway. As for the SilentWings3, I have no experience with those. I do have 6 SilentWings2 fans in my NAS and plan to put 3 more in my secondary rig's Define C (which is still running Fractal fans right now). No complaints apart from the mounting mechanisms ... which they fixed for the SW3.
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    Just looked it up, the manual describes that beep code as "Hardware component failure". So that's of little use. Seeing as you checked the GPU and RAM, it's safe to assume that reseating those won't help. Make sure the CPU power is connected (the 4+4 pin plug at the top of the motherboard, it's common even for experienced builders to forget that one). Also try to boot the PC with no SSD or hard drives attached. Try to boot with just 1 stick of RAM. If that fails, try the other one. When you go to your friend's house, also try his GPU. If the PC still doesn't boot without hard drives/SSDs and with his RAM and GPU, the only 2 suspects left are the motherboard and CPU.
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    Fan Setup Question

    I'd flip that front fan so that it functions as an intake (like it's supposed to do). That will solve most of your dust problems as well. Ideally you'd want to replace that rear 120mm with one that works. If budget is an issue, remove the rear fan and let the front fan do all the work. The case looks like it has sufficient ventilation at the back and top, so it should be able to get rid of quite a bit of heat without an active exhaust fan.
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    Long term archiving storage solution unpowered.

    Always try to make sure you have more than 1 medium. Also, I'd power up the drive every once in a while, used HDDs have been known to have issues when being left untouched for several years (motors locked up, heads stuck, that kind of stuff). Either way, with the amount of time you'll be leaving it in storage, flash is not an option. So no USB sticks or SSDs. You can get HDDs, go for cloud storage at a reliable provider (Pretty sure Google or Dropbox aren't going anywhere anytime soon), or burn it on M-disc Blu-rays (those are made specifically for long-term storage and should be good for 1000 years)
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    Facebook oopsie: 1.5mil people's contacts uploaded without consent

    I have a theory about that. Grab some tin foil. Joking aside, FB's data trove is far too valuable for the government to just shut it down. Oh, and then there's the issue of how it would disrupt things if FB were to disappear overnight.
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    Need help with MSI P67A-C45 (B3) board

    Not a fan of OC Genie. It turns up the multiplier all right, but it also increases the voltage (which is completely unnecessary for these CPUS, they don't OC far enough to need more voltage).
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    Dark Theme or Light Theme

    LTT Orange theme FTW