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About MatthewTheCollegeStudent

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    Somewhere between absolute despair and joy and security
  • Interests
    I think my interests are computers and video games, though, there are times when I find no joy in these things. Sometimes spending time with friends and family can be enjoyable, though this isn't nearly as consistent as the previously mentioned interests. I randomly like the idea of modifying my old 2001 Toyota Camry but I will never acquire the expertise or motivation to do something as drastic as this. At the end of the day, I typically point to my religious convictions as a Christian and say I am to live for Christ. Otherwise, this life seems far too pointless and dreary to live on. But that's just me being utterly selfish and stupid. There are secular things to live for, though my main goal should and is to live for Christ. That is my main goal and interest, but I do like video games. A lot.
  • Occupation
    Technology Assistant at my church


  • Motherboard
    I have 5 year old gaming laptop from ASUS ROG
  • Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
  • Sound
    Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones
  • Operating System
    Windows 10

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  1. Well, I wouldn't be trying to be subtle. Also, I have a large property, so it would have to cover several acres. I've seen some of the imagery that these satellite photo/video companies put out and yes, they aren't super high resolution. But it's close enough to distinguish people as small dots moving around, and that's more than enough to bother me. That alone is too much. Also, trees would work, except when you want to hide an entire property. I don't want them to know any of my movements at any point. There has to be some kind of market for combatting satellite imagery, through some kind of distortion or impairment. There must be something more sophisticated than just trees or something like that. And I don't want to have to live in an underground bunker.
  2. No. Big nope. I'm already trying to think of ways to thwart such surveillance. It's going to be hard to without doing something significant. I could create a large crystalized mesh to drape over my property to distort any ability to see in? Is there any way to impede such satellite imagery? Could I create a device to throw out electromagnetic radiation at different frequencies into the sky above my property to distort the image? Basically an constant EMP bomb pointed at the sky. Or some way of shining a laser at the satellite directly above my property? I've seen that heavily polluted cities are, to a degree, hidden by the smog they produce. With the clouds reaching up over the buildings ruining any clear view of the city. Perhaps if I find someway to create lots of smoke and pump it into the air above? Sounds horribly unhealthy, but it sounds better than knowing that i'm actually being watched constantly. And unwillingly.
  3. I would like to have a review done of the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ (or Plus idk). On Short Circuit or the main channel. I had a friend recommend them to me but I have no other information on it other than that. All the credible tech Youtubers I watch (i.e. LinusTechTips and MKBHD) seem to have avoided the updated Samsung earbuds. In his recent video about the new Google buds, MKBHD mentioned that the new Galaxy buds were in his top 3 favorite earbuds, yet, he has no video on them. Is there just not enough interest in the product to warrant making a video on them? I'm just speculating.
  4. That's what I'm interested in. How much control of the city would I be able to obtain if I break into this city-wide AI and network? What would I know about the citizens, also how much could I mess with the transportation, it being all autonomous? I assume it would be a very secure network, but the more connections there are, the more possibilities I have to get in. Also the autonomous underground delivery system, how hard would it be to sabotage that?
  5. Source: Infosecurity Magazine Marine Safety Information Bulletin BBC Summary: In mid-December a US maritime facility was successfully attacked by a ransomware called "Ryuk." The facility was crippled "for over 30 hours" while efforts to regain control of the port's systems and network took place. The following is the Coast Guard's suggestions for improving security: Here is an advisory and description of the Ryuk ransomware by the UK's National Cyber Security Center My Thoughts: I find it interesting how in 2019, and probably still in 2020, U.S. critical infrastructure (assuming this was either a government or commercial facility) is still easily susceptible to cyber attacks. Despite the adoption of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework by the U.S. government and the general popularization of cybersecurity awareness over the last few years, we still have boomers in significant positions opening emails and unleashing sophisticated ransomwares and more on critical networks.
  6. Yeah, I concur with lee32uk, on the forum post you shared with me, that PSU is listed as A tier. It's good (supposedly). I replaced my old PSU with that one. I don't know these other SSD brands. You say they're good, but I see no reviews from reputable people that prove that. Amazon reviews for these claim they die or fail on arrival or in 2 months. So I got a faster SSD like you suggested, but it's from Samsung, and it's half the storage for a similar price as the WD Blue. Also I don't mind the slower speeds. It's probably the same speed or better as the SSD on this 5 year old laptop, and it's not terribly overpriced, I want reliability, cost effectiveness, and speed. In that order. The WD Blue seemed like a good candidate for those requirements. Perhaps I could get a normal 2.5 SATA SSD instead of the m.2 SSD? I've failed to look into it before making this post, so I'm mostly speculating. But I want to know what you guys think. One thing I'm trying to justify now is the use of the X570 spec motherboard. I got it because it seems very future proof and has a lovely set of features. But with the next gen ryzen 4000's coming out next year, is the X570 going to still be relevant? Is it going to be able to support next gen CPUs on the X570 like the B450s were with 3rd gen? I'm afraid if I get the B450, then the next time I would want to upgrade my cpu I would need to replace the whole motherboard. But then again, if I am to be trying to acquire a 1440p monitor, I would need to downgrade some part of my pc, and the motherboard seems like a good contender for it. PCPartPicker Part List Type Item Price CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $189.99 @ B&H Motherboard Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard $184.99 @ Amazon Memory G.Skill Trident Z Neo 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory $89.99 @ Amazon Storage Samsung 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $89.99 @ B&H Video Card EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB XC ULTRA GAMING Video Card $529.99 @ B&H Case Phanteks Eclipse P400A Digital ATX Mid Tower Case $98.98 @ Newegg Power Supply Corsair RMx (2018) 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ Newegg Monitor Asus VE247H 23.6" 1920x1080 Monitor $119.99 @ Amazon Keyboard Corsair K68 RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard $89.99 @ Amazon Mouse Logitech G502 HERO Wired Optical Mouse $41.99 @ Amazon Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts Total (before mail-in rebates) $1535.89 Mail-in rebates -$20.00 Total $1515.89 Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-12-17 15:10 EST-0500
  7. I also had a friend tell me that $90 for that 3600 memory is sketchy. Would you say the same? I have no concept of whether or not it is.
  8. Can you possibly explain to me why I wouldn't have to pay full price for Windows 10? I like the idea of not having to pay an extra $100 for the software. I further refined the parts list. If I could not have to pay for Windows, it would bring the price down to almost $1500, which would be great. I also added different 3600 speed memory and changed the case to something more practical and cost effective (this one has fans included and was highly reviewed by gamers nexus). Additionally, the psu was upgraded to a 750w 80+ gold power supply. I see the merit to what you said about the amount of memory, though, for the applications I have for this computer, I'd say 16GBs serves me well. Nice thing about having a desktop now instead of a laptop is that I can upgrade in the future very easily. That is one of the main ideas about getting this computer. PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/4dxPJb CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($189.99 @ B&H) Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard ($184.99 @ Amazon) Memory: G.Skill Trident Z Neo 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory ($89.99 @ Amazon) Storage: Western Digital Blue 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB XC ULTRA GAMING Video Card ($529.99 @ B&H) Case: Phanteks Eclipse P400A Digital ATX Mid Tower Case ($98.98 @ Newegg) Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G3 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($111.98 @ Newegg) Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($109.99 @ Amazon) Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" 1920x1080 Monitor ($119.99 @ Amazon) Keyboard: Corsair K68 RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard ($89.99 @ Amazon) Mouse: Logitech G502 HERO Wired Optical Mouse ($41.99 @ Amazon) Total: $1667.87
  9. I have aquired $1500 and I need a desktop computer built to perform best when playing video games. I also need a monitor, mouse, and keyboard. With that in mind, what would you suggest as being the best combination of components and peripherals to make the best out of this $1500? I like to play fps games like battlefield, apex legends, modern warfare, and any game that comes out in the future. I also do occasional video, sound, and photo editing. I also want it to be future proof, I don't want to have to upgrade it for a long while. I spent the last 12 hours throwing together what I think is a good build using current gen parts, but I went slightly over the price. https://pcpartpicker.com/user/l0vemuffin/saved/MdGskL With the $1500 in mind, what do you suggest?
  10. You could try playing some drastically different games that previously weren't on your radar on the past. You could try World of Tanks or something like that. I've been in a similar situation, during my Senior year of highschool I purposefully sought to demonize video games in order to keep myself from wasting all my time on them and to catch up on school. I was successful, but the following summer was exceedingly boring as I knew I had time and the ability to play video games, but it now just felt wrong to. Fortunately, that summer I went on a missions trip to mexico and spent 6 weeks shoveling sand in the middle of a desert (I had reasons). But here almost two years later I'm still not that comfortable with playing video games. When Apex Legends came out I started playing it since my older brother showed it to me and I thought I would be able to play with him some at a later time, but he stopped playing it soon after he showed it to me and gave me an incredulous look whenever I suggested playing with each other. But I kept playing on my own, but then my laptop degraded to the point where the game was pretty much unplayable. So now i'm back to playing no games again. I also want a new computer, firstly because I don't want the current setup I have now. A gaming laptop from 2015 with a battery life of an hour max. Not the best for a college student. I'd much rather have a desktop + laptop (with the current 8 hour or something battery life that is common now) than what I have now. But I don't have much money right now. Secondly, I want a new desktop computer for the purpose of playing these new video games coming out, they look really fun, but I can't possibly think of playing them on my current set up. I am also worried I'm going to get bored with them. And plus I don't have much time to play them anymore since I now have sad anime gf who required lots of attention.
  11. It seems it has come down to the - Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Computer Speaker System - and the - Logitech Z623 400 Watt Home Speaker System, 2.1 Speaker System - Both of which seem to be good reliable speakers. Both have (according to reviews) good sound quality and bass. Though the Klipsch seems to more praise for its sound quality and the fact that it has tweeters on its speakers certainly helps in its fight against the Z623's. The Z623's have no such tweeters on its speakers. So the audiophiles in the Amazon reviews for the Klipsch say that it is far superior to the Z623's. Also, although the subwoofer for the Z623's is half an inch larger than the Klipsch speaker system, the Klipsch warriors claim that its subwoofer is tuned and provides a better cleaner sound than the Z623's. With all this in mind, there were a few reviews in there by less experienced audio listeners stating that they couldn't tell a significant difference between the two. All of this was fought in the questions and reviews for the Klipsch speakers. The reviews and questions for the Z623 speakers had very little mention of the Kilpsch competition, but all spoke highly of the quality of the Z623's. Which makes me think that I'm worried about this far too much. The Klipsch speakers are good, but so are the Z623's, supposedly. But the Klipsch speakers are better, but the difference isn't that terribly drastic? But the Z623's also sound great. Both sets of speakers are THX-certified, so they are both good enough for movie watching, which isn't really something I'm interested in, but in terms of music, they're both good, but the Klipsch speakers are better depending on what kind of music I'm listening too. A major of interest. The Klipsch speakers are available from a third party seller only for $300. On the official Klipsch website, they are available for $150. The Logitech speakers, on the other hand, are currently on sale for $91 (from $150). Considering the small (or apparently pretty significant depending on who your asking) difference in quality between the two speaker systems I would immediately think to purchase the Z623's with its more affordable price tag. But I'm thinking more long term. What speaker is going to serve me better for the long run? I'd say the Klipsch speakers. Except, the warranty for these speakers only lasts for 1 year. In contrast, the Logitech Z623's warranty lasts for 2 years. Which means for a far longer time, if the Z623's break, then I can get them repaired or replaced. I think, personally, I should just go for the Logitech speakers before the sale is over. But this is the information that I've collected on both, what do you all think?
  12. I don't know if I have the time available to go to Best Buy. Do you think it would be helpful to go visit a Best Buy? I'm looking into the Mackie's right now, and thanks for the device. I think I've switched from a quick replacement mindset to a serious investment.
  13. Thank you, for the recommendation and advice.
  14. Very true. Though I have only ever known poor to mediocre audio quality. It sounds alright to me. That's why I was asking you guys since you obviously know more than I about audio systems and quality, I was hoping for some higher price range computer speaker or just speaker system recommendations that I can hook up to my computer.
  15. My brother has the Logitech Z313 Speaker System (about $35 on sale at Amazon). I think it's pretty acceptable for a speaker system. Though, I could go higher on the price spectrum; what do you guys think?