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Michael McAllister

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About Michael McAllister

  • Title
    Wheelin' and dealin' tech
  • Birthday 1988-03-12

System

  • CPU
    Core i7 3770k @ 3.7 Ghz on all cores under load
  • Motherboard
    P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT (Realtek ALC892 HD Audio)
  • RAM
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM (XMP enabled)
  • GPU
    EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 DirectX 12 08G-P4-6173-KR 8GB
  • Case
    Corsair Carbide Series 500R (Black)
  • Storage
    2TB Western Digital Caviar Black
  • PSU
    Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W
  • Display(s)
    Asus VG248QE
  • Cooling
    Corsair H110
  • Keyboard
    Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Essential Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Clicky)
  • Mouse
    Logitech G602
  • Sound
    Objective2 Amplifier/ODAC (Mayflower Electronics); Sennheiser HD 280 Pro, Sennheiser HD 600, Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro (250 Ohm)
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro (64-bit)

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    California

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    TardGuardBravo

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  1. How fast is the LTT member's internet connection?

    With my VPN on, I get about 50% down of what's shown above.
  2. It's not a matter of whether or not people trust the government. The government granted subsidies to these private companies to expand, and these companies chose not to. If it weren't for the government in some sense, today's Internet would not exist.
  3. The government aspect of it would be good for the economy in general. Huge infrastructure projects create sustainable jobs for the foreseeable future. The ISPs share most of the blame. Back in the 90s, ISPs were given money to expand, but they just pocketed most of it. That's the TL;DR version anyway.
  4. ISPs have had the ability to expand their infrastructure for decades now. The United States should have been investing tax money into this as well. Decades ago, government funds were used to expand telephone lines throughout rural areas. The same needs to be done now. Priorities need to be re-calibrated. So much has changed since then that it may be a while yet.
  5. Should I buy Gears of War: Ultimate Edition?

    From the reviews, it looks like there is some performance optimization issues. Not sure if the Windows Store has a refund policy like Steam.
  6. US senate to ban Kaspersky products

    Third-party antivirus products typically make the OS more vulnerable. They typically add a self signed certificate in order to use real-time scanning. Malicious actors typically try to find flaws in these components to execute remote code. Tavis Ormandy has done a couple of write-ups on the subject.
  7. microsoft office background task handler flash popup

    You really shouldn't use CCleaner. It will cause more problems than it solves. In a recent update for Microsoft Office, this particular issue was patched. If you force a manual update, the issue should be fixed for you.
  8. iOS 11: Marking the end of 32-bit Apps

    I hope that you don't put that iPad on the Internet.
  9. If this is referencing the Cloak and Dagger vulnerability, this issue is much more severe than just avoiding certain apps.
  10. microsoft office background task handler flash popup

    I recommend against running anything under System unless it's absolutely necessary. If not currently doing so, you should be running your machine under a Standard User account. Running your system under an Administrator account is not recommended as Windows has been vulnerable to privilege elevation attacks in the past. User Account Control (UAC) offers little protection by itself as it can be bypassed when the user is Admin.
  11. Unsurprisingly, the hacking group behind the release of NSA secrets which led to the WannaCry ransomware attack, Shadow Brokers, now plans to provide zero day exploits as a subscription service. It can be had for $21,000 per month. While ransomware can be lucrative for criminals, WannaCry did not net huge profits for the attackers. It did, however, wreak havoc on unpatched computer systems which were susceptible to a vulnerability in SMBv1, namely Britain's National Health Service. To subscribe to the service, the group is using the cryptocurrency Zcash which claims to be more anonymous than Bitcoin. The group promises to release new Zero Days every month as part of the service. This was bound to happen. Once criminals realize how lucrative these exploits can be, this is the logical next step.
  12. @HKZeroFive PC Perspective officially confirmed the news.
  13. microsoft office background task handler flash popup

    @MicroBugTracker Only issue is we don't know what it does. Other Office components could be dependent on it in a manner that breaks things.
  14. microsoft office background task handler flash popup

    @whatow @Tobias_S @SebMeister @tampantampan @slmrojo @Hotdogs&bbqsauce @hey_yo_ @pestilentpower2 @mihnea1234 @Flaki @utku Long thread on the topic here.
  15. microsoft office background task handler flash popup

    Recently came across this issue after updating Office. After doing some research, people have suggested disabling the Scheduled Task, but that doesn't explain why this task pops up or needs to run every hour for that matter. As far as I can tell, this has been an issue since it was an Insider Build back in April. I'm surprised this wasn't fixed by the time it reached the Slow Ring. Isn't that the whole point of the Slow Ring?
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