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Everything posted by dfsdfgfkjsefoiqzemnd

  1. Both will be just fine. As for recovery service, with a good backup strategy you won't ever need that. Never rely on one single drive to hold all your data or backups. Remember the 3-2-1 rule of backups: 3 copies of your data, on 2 different media, with 1 of the backups stored off-site. Yes, it's expensive to store everything 3 times, but if a hard drive fails it's usually outside of warranty and then you'll still be paying the full price for data recovery.
  2. How long it'll last is always the big question. An SSD is never a bad investment though. If the laptop fails, you can always put the SSD in another machine, or you can put it in a 2.5" USB3 enclosure and use it as a fast external drive. You'll definitely see a benefit if you're using Windows 10. That OS likes to read and write a lot, especially shortly after boot. As for which brand, I never had any issues with Samsung or Crucial. Heard good things about Adata too.
  3. That makes things easier for anyone working in IT though.
  4. It depends. If you only put a stick in the good RAM slot, does the PC work properly or does it still BSOD? If you can keep it running with just one stick of RAM, by all means keep using it. But if you need to spend any kind of money on it, you may want to ask yourself if it still makes sense to do so.
  5. Those things overclock like crazy. Go beyond 4GHz and they have no problem keeping up with a GTX770. Anyway, The Verge will hold the title of "worst build" for quite some time. Jay and Kyle both built a PC completely wrong on purpose and the end result still was better.
  6. nah, that only means it boots from there. Gimme a bit to check your motherboard's manual. I'll edit this post when I find where the setting is. EDIT : looked up the Prime B350 BIOS (most brands have very similar BIOSes across the range) and I don't see an option for switching the M.2 slot between SATA and PCIe/NVMe. So all I can suggest is to blow extra air onto the drive and seeing if that helps to drop the tempaerature and increase the speed.
  7. 0x0000001A sounds like a RAM problem indeed. Seeing as you found one of the RAM slots to not work, there might be a short circuit or something which can cause the occasional BSOD. 0x00000101 (the second picture) points to the CPU being unresponsive. The big question here : is it the RAM slot that's causing the CPU to lock up creating the second BSOD code? Or is there something wrong with the CPU causing it to report random errors ... like for example a bad RAM slot? If part of the CPU itself failed and it can't detect that RAM slot as a result, all bets are off. With the info I gathered from your post, the first thing I would do is look for a compatible CPU that I can borrow. Assuming that it is a socketed CPU, of course. A quick search reveals that the B500 has a Core 2 Quad Q8400S, which would be socket 775. That's OLD. Then again either option is bad. If it's the RAM slot that's causing the BSODs even with no RAM inside it, forget about fixing that. You basically have to scrap the motherboard. If it's the CPU ... do you really want to buy a second-hand CPU in an attempt to squeeze that bit more life out of a 10 year old machine? What if it blows a capacitor next week?
  8. Yeah, that's a bit hot, but not worryingly. It's slow though. You have an NVMe drive rated for 2000MB/s read and 1700 write. 600MB/s is SATA level. hmm ... does it ever go above 600? You may want to check the BIOS, to make sure the M.2 slot is configured for an NVMe drive and not a SATA one. It wouldn't be the first time that an NVMe drive under-performs because of a bad BIOS setting. I have no experience with that case and how it handles thermals and airflow, but even Gamers Nexus calls it "acceptable" so it must be okay. Take off the side panel and blow air onto the drive (using a desk fan or holding an extra PC fan that you plug into a spare header on the motherboard). See if that reduces the temps.
  9. Those temps are pretty much in line with what my Samsung NVMe drives run at. (both 52°C at idle and 62 under load). NVMe drives like to idle at around 50°C. If they get too hot under load, the controller will throttle down which will affect read and write speeds. Heat does affect the lifespan of the device, but most people will be replacing their SSDs with larger ones long before they wear out. As for the heatsink, I tested mine with and without the EKWB heatsinks and found no difference in terms of sustained idle and load temps. The heatsinks do slow down the temperature change, which theoretically would help with longer file transfers. But I never actually measured just how much of a difference it makes.
  10. A friendly reminder : https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6579739/Amazons-Ring-let-employees-watch-live-footage-customers-cameras-report-claims.html All footage from all video doorbells is/was stored unencrypted and Ring's engineers and employees have access to all of it. Some even have access to live feeds if they want. All footage can be linked to the owner of that particular Ring security system, which provides a treasure trove of personally identifiable information. Footage can be manually reviewed by employees (to improve the algorithms, like they do with Siri, Alexa, and Google Home) but owners were never informed of that because it isn't mentioned in the ToS. Then again if the employees have access for any purpose anyway, I'd think that a manual review for proper reasons should be the least of the owners' concerns. By the way, that ToS gives Ring Inc an ... ... which basically means they can do whatever. If you share anything with your community through Ring's "Neighbors" app, or if you provide footage to a law enforcement agency that asks for said footage, Ring Inc. can use that camera footage, including your own voice or face (or that of any of your visitors, who certainly didn't consent to any of that), in their ads if they want. In fact they did use actual footage in their ads already. Ring uses law enforcement to push their hardware. The deal sounds shady at best. (source : https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/mb88za/amazon-requires-police-to-shill-surveillance-cameras-in-secret-agreement ) Even the EFF called them out for creating a climate of fear to sell their products and calls Ring a "perfect storm of privacy threats". (source: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2019/08/amazons-ring-perfect-storm-privacy-threats ) As for abuses from law enforcement, there were reports of law enforcement having unlimited access whenever they want, without the need for a warrant. To my knowledge those haven't been verified so I'll not get into that too much. I'd be surprised if they are doing that stuff by the book though. The EFF article does mention instances of possible abuse. It also contains a lot of links to other troubling reports by other tech outlets. EDIT : I came across this little gem buried in the ToS : Point (c) looks like a loophole so they can hand the data/footage over to law enforcement without the need for a warrant. Far be it from me to say who LMG should and should not partner with, but this is one company (Amazon in general, not just Ring) I try to avoid like the plague, just because of the amount of shadiness involved with almost everything they do. I just hope that nobody here uses Ring products, and especially not as a result of sponsor spots in LTT videos.
  11. The thing is that Windows has only one interface. The various Linux distros have so many different interfaces and menus that it's always easier to say "enter this command in the terminal" than to ask what distro and desktop environment someone uses and to then tell them which buttons to look for and which options to click in which menus. I don't like using command line either, but it often is just a lot more convenient than using the UI. I'd reply to the "Linux forums vs Microsoft support" comment, but in all fairness the last time I contacted Microsoft's support was because of problems with the then newly released Vista SP1. Their support was pretty horrible back then. Judging by the irrelevant and generic "solutions" that their reps post in the answers.microsoft.com community forum whenever someone reports a problem, I doubt that there has been any improvement since.
  12. Been running Mint on my laptop (Samsung NP900X4D) for several years now. I had to install no drivers at all, even most of the function keys (screen brightness, keyboard backlight brightness, volume, touchpad on/off) worked out of the box. Only the manual fan on/off and the WiFi on/off button don't do anything, but I suspect that this functionality under Windows is part of Samsung's own software suite. It shouldn't be that hard to enable it under Linux too, but I don't ever use those buttons so I haven't bothered to look into it. Why I prefer it: the responsiveness. Everything is smoother and faster, even the mouse and trackpad response feels much better than on Windows (different accelleration?). no forced updates, no built-in advertisements, no unnecessary telemetry. updates won't add or remove programs or adjust your privacy settings, unlike some other OS does on a regular basis. using repositories means that all your installed programs are automatically updated with a single command, no more need to let the programs themselves check for updates or to download them individually. you can keep using your programs while the system is updating them. Also no need to stop working or immediately restart when there is an OS update. the ability to boot from an external USB3 drive. I find that having several (encrypted) external drives and using those is much more convenient than setting up a multiboot environment. This allows me to do any financial and crypto stuff on a completely separate OS without actually having to buy a different machine for that purpose. Even if there would be something nasty on my regular install, there's just no way for it to jump over. choice. Don't like something? Change it. Switch to a completely different distro if you want, there's plenty of stuff out there to suit everyone's tastes. As long as you have a separate home partition set up, you don't even need to move or back up your files (although the latter is still always a good idea) free ... as in "freedom" as well as "free beer". Security issues get patched a LOT faster. In fairness I have to add that I usually run Windows 7 on my main PC, but I will completely switch that one over to Linux when 7 goes EoL. Apart from GTA5, which I haven't played in months anyway, my entire Steam library has native Linux support. I do have this desire to pick up WoW Classic to relive my youth, but not if that means having to install Windows 8.1 or 10 in a couple of months.
  13. It can be exploited whenever you cross the border. It sure makes it easier for border patrol agencies in the various surveillance states to dump the contents of travellers' iPhones and possibly install spyware onto it. For regular people that's true. However government agencies can throw tons of hardware at that problem. It's probably more convenient for them to brute-force a data dump than it is to get the phone's owner to tell them the passcode.
  14. I have a couple of small plastic boxes to store my cables. One for everything USB-related, one for display cables, one for power and ethernet cables and one for audio cables. Here's the USB one. The others are the same size, apart from the audio one which is slightly less than half as big. I did throw away a bunch of 3.0 USB-A -> micro-B cables earlier this year, but still have a dozen or so left. That's also a way to keep things in check. Cables that I regularly use to charge my phone, tablet, MP3 player etc are permanently attached to an Aukey charger that is taped to the underside of my desk. I added a plastic cable holder next to it, so that the cables are somewhat managed. No idea what brand or model the cable holder is, or even where I got the two that I have. The angle fits perfectly. I did specifically buy these cables for that purpose, which is why they are all white and all 50cm long. And then there's the bag of cables and adapters that I keep in my backpack. All of the white USB cables are 0.5m and should cover just about every situation. The blue USB3 extension cable on the right is 1m. Not going to go into detail on the rest of the contents here, unless there is enough demand. If you're interested in the bag itself, just do an Ebay search for "Cable organizer bag" and you'll see plenty of them pop up. As with the cables on my desk, most of these were bought specifically for use in this kit. I just didn't want to bother with mismatched cables of various lengths.
  15. Check the unlock at about 5 seconds in. Looks like you don't have to wait long. If anything, I'd say it unlocks faster than my S9+ does on Lineage OS. Looks like hey wanted to buy open-source hardware as much as possible instead of making their own or relying on closed-source stuff. Seeing as all the main cellphone component manufacturers make everything closed-source, that kinda limits them to the lower end of the spectrum ... or in this case parts that were never designed for smartphone use at all. The Blackphones had reasonable specs because Silent Circle relied solely on their hardened version of Android and their apps to do all the privacy stuff. The hardware itself was closed-source and hence no more privacy-oriented than the average Android phone's hardware. It's worth noting that their software is closed-source as well, which makes it much harder to verify their claims. Security through obscurity usually doesn't last. I wouldn't mind getting one, but I'm not ordering it directly from Purism. That kind of international package is certain to be detoured to a 3-letter agency for the installation of additional software. I'm not taking that chance. Besides, I already spent way too much on phones the last couple of years. I'm very unlikely to buy a new one in the next 4 or 5 years.
  16. That's going to be hard to accomplish. Single atoms are generally between 0.1 and 0.5nm in diameter.
  17. I did a quick search on Ebay for sold listings of the 760 3GB, and they generally go for around $40-45.
  18. Ponies? I have a solution for that heresey ... This will make it a lot easier to let your GPU match the rest of your build.
  19. Herein lies my big problem with Microsoft's updates. You just can't trust that their security updates are in fact just that. https://betanews.com/2016/03/09/windows-10-advertising-in-ie-security-patch/ Sure, this is 3+ years ago, but trust is easy to break and I haven't seen too many attempts to regain that trust. Or even an apology or an admission that they crossed a line.
  20. I don't trust any of those sites TBH. A much safer, albeit more annoying, solution is to install the app and then use an APK extractor. I use axxapy's APK Extractor, which can be found on F-droid . It doesn't require root unless the apk you need is from a paid app. https://f-droid.org/en/packages/axp.tool.apkextractor/ I assume there are plenty of APK Extractors on Google Play too, but apps there are usually less trustworthy than those you get on F-droid.
  21. MSI Blitz ATX The MSI badge gave it away. I did a duckduckgo image search on "MSI case" and scrolled down until I saw that HAF-like front grille. Took me about 40 seconds.
  22. Hundreds of thousands of IoT cameras from Apexis and their daughter brand Sumpple, sold mostly on Amazon and cheap webshops like AliExpress and Wish, can be accessed by anyone thanks to a database leak. The info in the database consists of email addresses and passwords, which allows anyone to connect to any of the cameras in the database. Apparently the camera's location data is also stored there, so it shouldn't be hard to find out which exact house you are spying on. The big problem lies in the database itself, which is secured by a password that appears in most "bad password" lists (so probably "monkey123" or "123456"). The data inside the database is also stored unencrypted. Once they enter the email address and password of a camera, intruders can control said camera, talk through the built-in speaker or simply watch and record the audio and video feed. (quote translated from the original Dutch article) This was discovered by hacker collective The Arcanum Group, who responsibly disclosed this to Apexis and Sumpple in early August. Because neither company bothered to reply or even change the database's password, they have now gone public. Apexis and Sumpple have been contacted by RTL News, the original source of the story, but both companies don't want to reply. Seeing as changing your password doesn't help, it looks like permanently unplugging the cameras is the only solution. Source : RTL News (in Dutch, will add English sources later tonight when this story gets more international coverage) English translation available at brica.de This is really bad. It looks like security really was an afterthought and the lack of response shows that they simply don't care. A lot of people who are not tech-savvy will have these cameras and never find out. And then there will be those that use the same password for their email account ... As Steve Gibson always says, the "S" in "IoT" stands for "Secure".
  23. Thanks for allowing this one. I really hope that the WAN show coverage helps Brett and his family out.
  24. K.Flay (although she's taken on a more poppy sound lately. You may find the older stuff more interesting) Dual Core Both are labeled as hip hop, but are nowhere near the same style as the artists you mentioned.