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About LAwLz

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  1. LAwLz

    Cheapest Way to Get a Static IP (SD-WAN?)

    Worth mentioning that you are usually not allowed to host commercial services without a business plan. I am not telling you to quit doing what you're doing, but I am warning you that your ISP might not like what you are doing if they find out. Hold on. I am not quite sure what you are saying here. When you say "get SD-WAN", what exactly do you mean? And why would you need 2 static IPs to use your 1Gbps connection? A VPN would not help you. Question, what do you think SD-WAN is? SD-WAN won't help you get higher speeds at lower prices. SD-WAN is just for management and setup. You will still need to get your static IP from somewhere else, like your ISP.
  2. I think you have misunderstood my argument. My argument is that this situation isn't just black and white. My argument is that the best security is a system where only the user and any person they have authorized has access to the information. That is how the encryption on the iPhone works, as well as E2EE like WhatsApp and iMessage. When it was brought up that the bill prohibits access to data if it means lowering the security then I made the argument that giving more people access to data inherently lowers security. In a backdoored system like iCloud, the security relies on the backdoor not being leaked. The more people who has access to it, the higher the risk of a leak, and thus the security is reduced. If only 1 person has access, then the risk is just inherently lower than if that person, plus 10,000 other people have access. Each additional person who has access inherently lowers security. Those were my arguments. That is also why I brought up the comparison with eating a rotten apple (only Apple having access) vs eating rat poison (Apple and a bunch of others having access). Because it is not black and white. Security is not binary where you're either safe or not at all safe. It's a scale with big and small risks, as well as high and low probabilities. According to IT risk assessment, no system is 100% safe. As a result, we can't just say that "this system has a security risk, so therefore it is OK to introduce another one since it's already compromised". However, from reading this bill that is exactly the impression I get. Even if we assume each case in Australia will use an established risk management method to determine whether or not something reduces security, it is A LOT to ask from a judge to understand the very technical nature of the case. On top of that, different methodologies will get different conclusions.
  3. LAwLz

    A free network monitor?

    You're gonna need to be more specific. When you say "total download and uploads" what do you mean exactly? Do you mean the number of MB that has been uploaded or downloaded? Do you mean the number of packets or files? When you say "total" do you mean on your computer or on the entire network?
  4. Well it kind of depends on several things including things like what definition of "compromise" we want to use. Is something compromised if it is designed a certain way? Are there different degrees of compromises? Eating a slightly rotten apple can be seen as compromising (risk having a harmful effect, as defined by the Cambridge dictionary) because you might get sick. But is that compromise of the same degree as straight up eating rat poison? Both the chance of harming yourself, and the severity are widely different, yet both fall under the same "compromise" umbrella term. As it is right now, Apple, and only Apple, can access any data stored on iCloud. Some people automatically upload some things from their phones to iCloud. That means that people can never quite be sure that their files have not been looked at if they are uploaded to iCloud. There is a risk that Apple looks at them. Does that mean the files are classified as compromised? It is technically possible for Apple to let others gain access to the same files with little or no changes to their systems. Would this be allowed since the files are already deemed compromised? If that's how the define things, then we aren't taking the risk factor into account. We are just judging things on a pure black and white basis, just like saying eating a rotten apple and eating rat poison are both compromises. Having 1 person able to access files is a much smaller risk than having 100,000 people be able to access files. In both cases security can be deemed as being "compromised", but that's only if you don't take the risk factor into account. This is what I tried to tell you before. Things aren't just black and white. There can be several shades of gray depending on how you define things, and different definitions can lead to very different opinions and views. Would you say all data on iCloud is compromised because Apple can view it? If the answer is yes, would you say that the data stored on iCloud would be less safe if someone decided to publicly post a bunch of unfixable exploits which let anyone view anything stored on iCloud tomorrow? Or would you say that it doesn't matter if it's only Apple can view the files or if the whole world can view the files, because in both cases people have an equal amount of privacy and security?
  5. Is that what you tell yourself to dismiss the nagging feel that maybe, just maybe, you're a massive Microsoft fanboy who feels like he needs to take every opportunity that present itself to talk about how great Microsoft's products are? "Someone mentioned the Store? Better tell everyone how their favorite programs are on there, and how it is becoming more and more popular!" That is the impression I got of you, and I don't think I am alone in that. I think you should take a good, hard look at what you post, why you post it and what impression it gives. I had a similar conversation in a different thread, but it was about a certain user feeling like they needed to preemptively prove to others how great Apple devices are. That person also came off as an evangelist. Hold on. The key feature isn't plugins. It's, like explained in the post: 1) File association (a massive limitation if you use it as your editor for something outside of the handful of formats it seems to support) 2) The context menu options, which are also very useful in case you don't want NotePad++ as the default for some file types but still want quick access to it. 3) Quick access to the run option from within the program, which is very useful for a wide variety of things (web developers opening things in 4) Plugins. I for example use 3 out of 4 of those things. I have NotePad++ associated with a wide variety of configuration files. I often open things from the context menu with NotePad++, and I use a few plugins such as Compare and Explorer. You might not want the other things, or may dismiss them as "not necessary", but that is only true for you and your own personal usage, not everyone else. If everyone just used a very specific set of functions then plugins wouldn't even need to exist. The "most people" argument doesn't exactly hold water either. Most people these days doesn't need NotePad++ at all. Hell, they don't even need a Windows computer. Most of the things they do in their everyday life could be, and is, handled by their phones. That doesn't mean we should get rid of Windows computers. No, it's clearly 4 limitations, not 1. Did you read what I posted? You're repeating what I said. You can still get Office from the Store if you want, but it will run inefficiently on this device because it will have to use the x86 to ARM translation layer, since Microsoft gave up on their native ARM build of Office.
  6. According to whom? The price is highlighted in the title of the thread, and the high price tag is brought up several times in the opening post. You might not want to discuss the price, but other people are. And if you ask me, you can't say that there is "nothing wrong with this device" if you willfully ignore the high price and what competing devices offers. This device might be passable in a vaccum, but once you start comparing it to other devices or hell, even just look at the price, it becomes an incredibly poor choice. The comparison between a Porsche and a compact car was kind of ridiculous too since people would in fact be outraged if the compact car was as expensive as the Porsche. Stop ignoring price. For a 1000 dollar device, 4GB is unacceptable.
  7. What do you mean by "without compromising it"? What is your definition of "compromise"?
  8. You can't just ignore the price though. You yourself made the comparison between a Porsche and a compact car. If VW made the new Polo cost as much as a Porsche 911 then you can bet your ass people would complain too. Saying that "the Polo is fast enough for everyday usage" does not justify the price. What is up with people and completely ignoring the price of this device when trying to justify its existence? It has no place existing as long as the price is so ridiculous. Cut the price in half and it might be a bit appealing, but even then I'd hesitate to recommend it because of the processor and Windows 10 S. The hardware is fairly low-end in some regards, such as CPU performance. We're talking like Intel Atom tier performance. The software is crap because it's locked down to just the Microsoft Store, can only run Edge, can only use Bing as the search engine, and so on. The price is ridiculous and I'd even say the Macbook Air is better value.
  9. Nope. There are several people on this forum which are or have mostly been posting positive things about Microsoft, and I don't say they are Microsoft employees. Is that really your rational for bringing up things that are in the store? Because that makes you sound even more like a Microsoft PR employee. "I better inform people what is in the store or else they won't know!". No it doesn't have all features. Just read the description if you don't believe me. On top of that the unofficial version has some issues (mainly plugins related) and it is also lagging behind in terms of versions. A while ago, Microsoft made a public statement that: That is to say, that to me means that the UWP version (that is to say, real UWP and not a repackaged win32 program) is no longer getting support. Remember, we're talking about an ARM tablet here, and Microsoft have said that they will focus on developing the win32 program. Sure you can still get the program for your WoA device, but it will run ineffectively because it's translating x86 instructions to ARM instructions, rather than running them natively.
  10. It can be upgraded for free, for now. But in buying this you also support the atrocity that is Windows 10 S, which quite frankly shouldn't exist to begin with in my opinion. If you buy a device with Windows 10 S, you are contributing to the downfall of Windows as a decent platform for consumers. Because it was a security nightmare (like a lot of DRM). If you want to play NFS underground you have a few options: 1) If you are on Windows 7 or 8, you can enable support for it by running this command in CMD "sc start secdrv". It just stards the SecuROM driver again. This does not work on Windows 10. 2) If the game has an update which removes the DRM, you can install that and it will work. 3) Download a crack. Sadly, this is illegal in most countries even though you have bought the game legally. 4) Re-purchase the game in a digital format. For some games, the Steam version doesn't include the SecuROM DRM so while the physical version no longer works, the digital copy does. I don't think NFS Underground is on Steam though. Why does your posts about Microsoft products always sound like they were written by a marketing employee? Whenever I see you mentioning anything remotely related to UWP, you always give a list of a handful apps and mention that the list is growing. It's getting kind of annoying because it really feels like reading an ad. Even the apps you mentioned are kind of half-truths at best. Some of the ones listed (like VLC) are cut-down versions of the real programs. They do not offer the full functionality of the win32 version. Some of them like Notepad++ are unofficial forks (that example also happens to lack some features) And things like Office have been discontinued and won't get feature updates like the win32 version will. Just because an UWP version exists doesn't mean it is actively being developed or get the same prioritization as the proper version does. Ehm, the DRM didn't really need patching to work under Windows 10, and as far as I know Microsoft never "used exploits to stop SecuROM from working". They just stopped shipping, and blocked the driver. That's why it starts working again on Windows 7 and 8 once you start the driver service. The rest of what you wrote is correct though. It was a security risk so that's why they blocked it. You're going to have to rely on the x86 translation layer even if you're running Windows 10 S. Quite a lot of programs in the Store are not ARM-native, and those will be using the translation layer even if you downloaded them from the Store. For example if you look up the unofficial NotePad++ in the Store and click on requirements, you will see that despite being in the store, it doesn't support ARM.
  11. If you enable cloud syncing on iOS, it will upload the things you allow it to, to your iCloud account. Apple can't break the onboard encryption on iPhones, but they can access data uploaded to iCloud. Apple doesn't have access to data stored locally on phones, but they do have access to any data stored on their server, and there is sometimes (quite often) an overlap.
  12. NFS Underground probably uses SecuROM DRM. Support for that was removed in Windows 10, so lots of older game no longer works without removing the DRM.
  13. I just realized another issue with this device. It runs the cancer marketed as Windows 10 S. That means that to everyone who has brought up using Firefox, Chrome, or some other browser, forget it. Windows 10 S is locked to Edge. You can not use any other browser. It is also locked to using Bing as the default search engine. Oh, and you can't install programs outside of the Microsoft store. So all those x86 programs Microsoft says you can run thanks to the ARM-to-x86 compatibility layer? You better pray that the program you need is in the Microsoft Store or else you can't install it on the computer. So to summarize. This device runs a crippled OS which locks you into using Microsoft's products such as their browser and search engine. The CPU is very low end and can be compared to Intel Atom processors. Running x86 programs on this device, which is heavily being pushed as a great feature, will most likely dramatically reduce performance (and battery life), and it will only work on the program is already in the store (which not many programs are). But it's not like you'd want to run many x86 programs because the performance will be so low to begin with. The device is best used with native ARM programs, but the Store is not exactly brimming with that. Not even all programs in the Store are native ARM. It costs as much as high end, premium laptops. Also, we're only like 1-2 months away from Qualcomm announcing the next generation of Snapdragon SoCs, and about 3 months away from it showing up in devices. The rumors is that the next SD will have: 7nm transistor size, compared to 10nm. Possibly 5G support. NPU (hardware acceleration for neural net and machine learning) Better GPU (probably around 30% if previous generational increments are anything to go by). Better CPU (A76 performs about 30% better than A75 which is in the Snapdragon 845/850, and about 40% better efficiency). So the Snapdragon 850 is just way too late to the show. It should have been released in the beginning of the year with the Snapdragon 845. It feels like Microsoft are playing catch-up right now. Their system is too inflexible, so they are constantly one step behind. As soon as they catch up to the current generation of stuff, the next one is knocking on the door. It was the same way with Windows Mobile too, which was constantly 1 generation behind in ARM SoC tech. I don't think any manufacturer ever said that, but I do remember telling people on this forum that I did not believe they would be cheaper. Did a bit of digging and found this post from me last year, when Snapdragon 835 powered Windows devices came out: Funny how it seems like nothing has changed in a year. Windows on ARM are still lagging behind in SoC tech, and they cost twice as much as they should.
  14. No, I am complaining because I expect more than 4GB of RAM on a 1000 dollar computer. I complain because this machine is extremely weak for costing 1000 dollars. Depends on what you do, but the processor is also a complain of mine. If the new Fiesta cost as much as a Lamborghini with a V8 then yes, people would complain. If this computer was 400 dollars then I would not complain, but that's not the case. Imagine if Nvidia came out with a 1000 dollar graphics card which was just a rebranded 1050. Would you go "why are people complaining about the low performance? It's meant for a HTPC so as long as it can play video fine it's enough performance"? No, you would look at the price and go "wow, that's really shitty specs for the price". Same thing here. I agree that people greatly overestimate how much RAM is actually needed, but I agree with the general response of this thread in that 4GB should not exist ON A 1000 DOLLAR COMPUTER. If this device was 400 dollars, maybe less, then I could see it being justified. But we're talking about 1000 dollars here. Like it or not, price is a major factor people look at when evaluating devices. In fact, when I look things up I usually use price as the first or only search criteria. I look at my budget, look up what I can get for that amount, and then compare the things I see. This device belongs in a budget category, yet it costs like a really high end device. Whoever buys this device is either clueless about what they are buying, or their IQ is roughly the same as the calorie count in a diet coke. The 850 can support more. It's just a Snapdragon 845 with the big cores running at 2.95GHz instead of the standard 1.8GHz. The Lenovo Yoga C630 is also Snapdragon 850 b ased and it can be configured with 8GB of RAM. Worth noting that the Yoga starts at 850 dollars, so it seems like it's a trend that Windows on ARM devices are expensive as fuck.
  15. That has nothing to do with software optimization though. It's just that Apple has developed really powerful CPU cores, and put in massive GPUs in their SoCs. Apple's quad core processor is larger than Qualcomm's 8 core processors. It's just thanks to QuickSync. No, Final Cut's performance has nothing to do with "Apple knows exactly what hardware it will run on". That's not how software is developed. Hell, you don't even target specific hardware that way when writing assembly. Wanna see what Apple's magic, super specific software optimization in Final Cut looks like? if (GPU == Intel) { Encode.With.Intel.QuickSync(); } else { Encode.With.Something.Else(); } Obviously that's not the exact code, but that's how it works. This myth that Apple's software developers sit there going "this processor's memory structure is this way, so let's load this B-frame that's about to be encoded into these memory registers and then run this processor-specific instruction on it!". They just write generic code and click on compile. Apple doesn't even have their own compiler (they use LLVM), so I don't get where this completely false idea comes from.