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HarryNyquist

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    Stop Spam Calling

    I think this got covered a while back, but there's no current way to block these kinds of calls because there's no identity verification on phone numbers. Scammers will just spoof the number the call came from to a "valid" number and boom, it's now a call from somewhere else. I think the FCC is planning to implement some kind of identity verification, but until then you just have to ignore the calls.
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    Chromium powered Edge is also coming to macOS and Windows 7

    I doubt it's policy; microsoft makes the policy after all. Existing compatibility I don't think would be an issue since UWP apps work on the .NET framework and .NET is backward-compatible for the most part. Same with the tools. It's more likely that EdgeHTML has special fiddling around to support UWP and .NET, and Blink doesn't. MS would have to write something like a wrapper around Blink to support UWP apps, something they haven't stated they're doing, but also haven't denied.
  3. If you have outlook available I'd use it. I tend to not have my mail going anywhere but my macbook and iphone though. I don't want to get the constant mail notifications while I'm playing a game.
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    PC Upgrade Suggestions

    https://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare/Intel-i5-9600K-vs-AMD-Ryzen-5-2600X-vs-Intel-i5-8600K/3337vs3235vs3100 The only thing I'll say is that Intel is much much better with single-thread performance than AMD (as shown on the benchmark comparison there). If you're doing a lot of gaming I'd stick with Intel unless you want to upgrade to a Ryzen 7 2700X. Also, I would recommend splurging and upgrading to Windows 10 Pro so you can configure away a lot of the problems (mostly) to your heart's content through gpedit instead of the registry.
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    How do I install 64-Bit Java?

    I always use the offline installers because I need both 32 and 64 bit. The online installer offers no selection (that I know of) between the two.
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    Attention all LTT members, I need your snark

    Dear Abby, When the company goes under in 2021 because we lose that super-important contract, just remember that every single one of us warned you about outsourcing new, important development projects. Sincerely, Seeking Employment
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    Upgrading PC Advice

    There would be a noticeable difference jumping from your previous processor to an i5 8400. Though, any current-gen upgrade would be likely give you performance boosts. WD Blue drives are more meant for general purpose, but can get decent performance with the 7200 RPM models. I'd go with WD Black because they ONLY have 7200 RPM models and provide a 5 year limited warranty, which the Blues lack. The TDP of a GTX 1080 varies between manufacturers, but is around 180W. I'm pretty sure 620W will support a 1080 upgrade + other modern components, provided you have enough plugs for the supply.
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    Warped motherboard?

    This is usually a key indicator that someone's pants are on fire.
  9. Only one stick of ram? May have wanted to buy a 2 x 8GB kit for dual-channel support. A 2700x + 1080 Ti is what my build has and I don't have that kind of stuttering in any of my games. granted I also have a 4 x 32GB kit of DDR4-3200 but even when I was running 2 sticks I didn't get more stutter than I expected.
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    Questions Regarding Starting Up A PC

    The way I install windows is with a bootable install media from the Windows Media Creation Tool. Then I either buy a key from the MS Store (or from Amazon) and enter it after the install & all the updates are finished.
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    I love to think about this kind of thing.

    Consider those videos of people freaking out wearing just a simple VR headset. The brain is stupidly easy to trick with just visual stimuli. Add in tactile stimuli and it becomes even easier.
  12. Normally I'd agree. But, with the crap going on with the latest windows update, I think I'd take slower performance over all my files being deleted.
  13. The fuck? If you live in the US, comment on this. https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=BIS-2018-0024-0001 Responses are Due Dec 19 2018, at 11:59 PM ET
  14. At the absolute minimum, the plaintext password is taken, and its hash value is computed. The hash function produces the same output for any input, say, 'hunter2' passed through the MD5 hash function would become 6a0f0731d84afa4082031e3a72354991. This hash is what gets stored. Storing something like that MD5 hash alone is very insecure, because MD5 has such a small space that rainbow tables, giant tables of hash values & corresponding plaintext, can be easily consulted to "decrypt" the password. To prevent this vulnerability (or mitigate it), the plaintext password gets salted with another value. A common (and bad) practice is to use the username as a salt, so instead of hashing just 'hunter2', the plaintext to be hashed becomes 'stupid_redditor:hunter2' or something. That adds complexity and makes it more difficult to crack. The best kind of hash is one that uses a random salt, and has modifiable parameters for hashing (such as multiple hash iterations) that will exponentially increase the complexity of the hash and the difficulty of both brute-force cracking and rainbow table cracks (say, the bcrypt hashing function).
  15. A privacy and security violation by a Facebook property, who would have guessed. I don't care if it was a glitch or not a glitch, passwords should be IRRETRIEVABLE, PERIOD. ONE WAY ENCRYPTION GRAAAAAH
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    Help contacting domain owner

    https://whois.icann.org/en/lookup?name=www.wycg.com You should put in a WHOIS inaccuracy complaint form, the registrant info has to be filled out per regulations.
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    STAR WARS™ Episode I Racer - Now available on Steam!!!

    Why buy it on steam when you could buy it drm-free on GOG? The internet confuses me.
  18. ~ In the Past ~ Engineers: We need this to be as secure as possible and have a proper authentication system in place before making this available remotely to our contractors Management: That will take too long. Put it up right now as-is or you're fired. No one will find it anyway. You're being paranoid. ~ Present Day ~ Management: WHAT THE-- WHY WAS THERE NO SECURITY IN PLACE??? WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?????? Engineers, currently packing their desks: But you said to put it up that way! Management: ARE YOU CALLING US STUPID??? NO SEVERANCE FOR YOU!
  19. https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/11/13/pixel-3-users-noticed-text-messages-vanishing/ From one of the Reddit sources linked: I understand that programming is hard, being a programmer by trade, but I fail to see how, especially in recent years, companies can take the PR hit of having 2 years of messages wiped off several people's phones due to a "bug." Bugs like this used to be a big deal, now it's not even really considered a problem. I will say that keeping 2 years of messages on your phone seems a bit odd, but I can't fault a user for thinking they're safe, especially considering that cloud messaging systems have been around forever with no issues about messages being deleted. If I had to guess, this is a bug with the sync process, and the server pushed what it thought was an up-to-date set of messages. How it thought a completely empty set was "correct" is probably what's being worked on right now. Even still, just flipping through /r/GooglePixel casually shows more than a few posts regarding software problems, or hardware problems with these flagship devices. This isn't exclusive to Google though, with Microsoft offloading QA to its "insiders" or Apple pushing betas to people to encourage testing (and they still release broken stuff). That's saying nothing of the "early access" phenomenon with video games. Even now at my job, QA has fallen down the road to the end users instead of our dedicated QA department, who mostly works solely on problems with our real-time systems. It's like companies just don't care about QA anymore.
  20. I imagine a virus sounds like a MIDI of Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Good thing I only use antivirus HDMI cables.
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    Keurig launches a cocktail-making pod machine

    This sounds like the juicero. Cocktails are so ridiculously easy to make as well, so I don't get the argument they make in the article about "for people who like to host parties." If I was hosting a party I'd just make the things myself. It'd assuredly be cheaper to buy a cocktail shaker set, and liquor & soda, than it would be to buy this machine, several pods, and surely several CO2 canisters. Also, how will this affect non-supermarket sales (e.g, Target) or sales of these items in states (Pennsylvania) where the liquor control board STRICTLY regulates where alcohol can be sold? I'd hope if there's already a price tag attached that they've thought of this stuff, but...
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    Linus a shill?

  23. It should. The problem is I foresee ISPs being like "well now we have 'increased traffic' therefore your bill will now be [absurd amount] per month instead of [slightly less absurd amount] per month.
  24. It's to the point where I literally don't answer my phone if it's a number I don't recognize. This is especially irritating because I'm currently looking for a job and I'd really like to NOT send a call to voicemail if it's a potential employer. And then there's the calls I get from people that are super angry that I called them, and threaten me with all kinds of bigoted accusations. I had to change my voicemail to specify my name and number and also a blurb saying "if you have no idea who I am, then you got robocalled, and I can't do anything about it." The problem as I've read, is that POTS still exists, and POTS offers no guarantee of identity at all. Using something like SIP-based telephony systems would allow certification of identity (much like HTTPS verifies the identity of websites), but that would require COMPLETELY removing POTS from the equation.
  25. Any bloatware that comes on a sub-$500 laptop or PC from a big box store. Update assistants that break Windows, trials of software that you'll never even use once, antivirus trials that automatically start after Windows Setup is done, then nag you forever that YOUR PC WILL BE INFECTED IF YOU DON'T BUY SUPERMEGAULTRA ANTIVIRUS EXTREME EDITION FOR 299.99 A YEAR (other lower prices available) Take your pick. I hate them all.
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