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Posts posted by syloui

    PCGamer Article 

    Second PCGamer Article

    AMD Class Action Lawsuit Site


    A Class Action Lawsuit from 2015 against AMD over the misleading labeling of their FX CPUs as 8-Core Chips is finally accepting claims for a proposed settlement


    A proposed class action settlement over AMD's outdated Bulldozer and Piledriver CPUs is now accepting claims. Those who qualify could receive up to $300, though there are some caveats to discuss.

    In August, AMD Agreed to come to a settlement over the lawsuit regarding misleadingly advertising the FX Chips as 8-Core CPUs when architecturally they could be classified as 4-Core CPUs


    In total, AMD has agreed to pay out $12.1 million, regardless of how many people participate. Lawyer fees and other costs will whittle down the amount that actually gets doled out to participants.


    ... The, uh, core issue that led to the class action is AMD having labeled and advertised the affected models as 8-core CPUs. However, the underlying architectures used dual-core modules, each containing two independent ALUs and a shared FPU—the cores did not operate independently of one another.

    However one of the caveats to the settlement is that only customers who purchased an FX CPU while residing in California, or purchased it on AMD's website, are eligible for a claim.


    The biggest one is the place of purchase. Per the settlement's terms, only customers who purchased certain CPU models "while residing in California or after visiting AMD.com" are eligible. 

    If you live in California and purchased an AMD FX CPU, or you purchased an AMD FX CPU on AMD's website, you have until January 3, 2020 to file a claim


    ArsTechnica's Original Article

    Deep Dive into DataSpii by ArsTechnica

    Extensive Documentation of the Data Leak by Sam Jadali



    Warning: The original article is quite a long read, but I highly recommend reading it if you have the time, it explains the matter better than I could. I will attempt to summarize the key points here.


    For the last 7+ months several Browser Extensions for Chrome and Firefox have been collecting and exposing millions of people's browsing data, and sometimes even including embedded URLs that contain files with private information. The leak, coined "DataSpii" by researcher and founder of hosting service Host Duplex, Sam Jadali, was discovered through extensive research into Nacho Analytics, a paid service selling this data in "near real-time", and advertises itself as "God Mode for the Internet".


    DataSpii begins with browser extensions—available mostly for Chrome but in more limited cases for Firefox as well—that, by Google's account, had as many as 4.1 million users. These extensions collected the URLs, webpage titles, and in some cases the embedded hyperlinks of every page that the browser user visited. Most of these collected Web histories were then published by a fee-based service called Nacho Analytics, which markets itself as “God mode for the Internet” and uses the tag line “See Anyone’s Analytics Account.”


    Web histories may not sound especially sensitive, but a subset of the published links led to pages that are not protected by passwords—but only by a hard-to-guess sequence of characters (called tokens) included in the URL. Thus, the published links could allow viewers to access the content at these pages. (Security practitioners have long discouraged the publishing of sensitive information on pages that aren't password protected, but the practice remains widespread.)

    The leak resulted in the publishing of sensitive, private, and personally identifiable data from the effected users:


    According to the researcher who discovered and extensively documented the problem, this non-stop flow of sensitive data over the past seven months has resulted in the publication of links to:

    • Home and business surveillance videos hosted on Nest and other security services
    • Tax returns, billing invoices, business documents, and presentation slides posted to, or hosted on, Microsoft OneDrive, Intuit.com, and other online services
    • Vehicle identification numbers of recently bought automobiles, along with the names and addresses of the buyers
    • Patient names, the doctors they visited, and other details listed by DrChrono, a patient care cloud platform that contracts with medical services
    • Travel itineraries hosted on Priceline, Booking.com, and airline websites
    • Facebook Messenger attachments and Facebook photos, even when the photos were set to be private.

    And has also affected over 50 businesses leaking internal information:



    In other cases, the published URLs wouldn’t open a page unless the person following them supplied an account password or had access to the private network that hosted the content. But even in these cases, the combination of the full URL and the corresponding page name sometimes divulged sensitive internal information. DataSpii is known to have affected 50 companies, but that number was limited only by the time and money required to find more. Examples include:

    • URLs referencing teslamotors.com subdomains that aren’t reachable by the outside Internet. When combined with corresponding page titles, these URLs showed employees troubleshooting a “pump motorstall fault,” a “Raven front Drivetrain vibration,” and other problems. Sometimes, the URLs or page titles included vehicle identification numbers of specific cars that were experiencing issues—or they discussed Tesla products or features that had not yet been made public. (See image below)
    • Internal URLs for pharmaceutical companies Amgen, Merck, Pfizer, and Roche; health providers AthenaHealth and Epic Systems; and security companies FireEye, Symantec, Palo Alto Networks, and Trend Micro. Like the internal URLs for Tesla, these links routinely revealed internal development or product details. A page title captured from an Apple subdomain read: "Issue where [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] field are getting updated in response of story and collection update APIs by [REDACTED]"
    • URLs for JIRA, a project management service provided by Atlassian, that showed Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ aerospace manufacturer and sub-orbital spaceflight services company, discussing a competitor and the failure of speed sensors, calibration equipment, and manifolds. Other JIRA customers exposed included security company FireEye, BuzzFeed, NBCdigital, AlienVault, CardinalHealth, TMobile, Reddit, and UnderArmour.

    Sam Jadali found numerous extensions that resulted in eventual publications of tested URLs on Nacho Analytics:


    Jadali eventually tested browser extensions for Firefox and also set up test machines running both macOS and the Ubuntu operating system. In the end, he said, the extensions that he found to have collected browsing histories that later appeared on Nacho Analytics include:

    • Fairshare Unlock, a Chrome extension for accessing premium content for free. (A Firefox version of the extension, available here, collects the same browsing data.)
    • SpeakIt!, a text-to-speech extension for Chrome.
    • Hover Zoom, a Chrome extension for enlarging images.
    • PanelMeasurement, a Chrome extension for finding market research surveys
    • Super Zoom, another image extension for both Chrome and Firefox. Google and Mozilla removed Super Zoom from their add-ons stores in February or March, after Jadali reported its data collection behavior. Even after that removal, the extension continued to collect browsing behavior on the researcher’s lab computer weeks later.
    • SaveFrom.net Helper a Firefox extension that promises to make Internet downloading easier. Jadali observed the data collection only in an extension version downloaded from the developer. He did not observe the behavior in the version that was previously available from Mozilla’s add-ons store.
    • Branded Surveys, which offers chances to receive cash and other prizes in return for completing online surveys.
    • Panel Community Surveys, another app that offers rewards for answering online surveys.


    If you've previously used any of these extensions and want to know more about the leak, how it happened, and how it effects you, I highly recommend reading the full ArsTechnica article. And if you want to go deeper into the data leak, please check out Sam Jadali's work, he's done an amazing job documenting his research into the matter.

    I noticed while I was digging around the forums in google that several users have recommended extensions like Hover Zoom in the past, so if you know anyone who might be effected by this please spread the word!

  3. 1 minute ago, tac7ix said:

    Last minute thing but any one know how the tickets are delivered?

    you receive them via email as a pdf, and you can either print it out or you can have them scan it on your phone

  4. 24 minutes ago, waynedud3 said:

    Same here! I'm getting about a 40 minute drive to the center from here. I plan on arriving pretty early aswell.

    it's my first time to canada too, fortunately i was lucky enough that i just so happened to book a place on Airbnb that turned out to only be a 6 minute drive away lol

  5. 2 minutes ago, hamstu said:

    :'( So sad to hear this man! I live here in Canada, just 25 mins from the border, let's say we just sneak you over? Hahah, jk jk.

    But yeah that's really sucky. I wonder if you can get a refund. Otherwise I might have brother and his GF interested in tickets.

    getting him over would be fine, but getting him back to the U.S. after would require the passport (makes no sense ay)

  6. have you ran all of these cards on the same Windows installation? Have you tried to test the cards on a new installation of Windows? What we're dealing with might be a software issue, not a hardware one. If you don't have an extra hard drive, you can partition your drive and install it on a second given you have enough space. If it still lags/crashes on the new installation, then it's definitely hardware related. Although the power supply setup worries me a bit. No idea what you mean by 3 pin to 4 pin adapter, but unless you meant Molex to 6-Pin PCIE, you're lacking a whole other 6-Pin connector which means power draw problems if it even lets you run the card at all.

  7. yes the BSOD error code would greatly help in troubleshooting this.

    but aside from that, did you install that copy of windows xp onto that hard drive with the same computer? if you're just plug n' playing the XP hard drive from a different machine all together, you may have driver conflict issues, and in my experience i've had a lot of problems with installations particularly from OEM pcs, and trying to save data from them for transferring.

  8. RIP Windows Phone, you were great, lag and crash free, and had the best keyboard. Only thing that made people not want you was the lack of app support. By the way, whatever happened to that class action lawsuit against google regarding them purposefully choking out third party app ecosystems by not giving them google play services support (which a large percentage of apps use on both android and ios)?


    I used my WP until the few apps we did have left stopped getting updated and APIs changed so the old versions didn't work much anymore. I still use it as my alarm clock, and it still has the best touchscreen keyboard.

  9. lmfao i didn't think you guys would actually take my ball pit question seriously LOL


    I was serious about me driving from Ohio though, I'm in the middle of the trip just sitting in a McDonald's in Washington on my laptop taking a bit of a break cause I made such great time driving here that i'm a little too early for my Airbnb reservation. Got some amazing pics on the drive up though. This is going to be such a great time!


    Also can i just pull up the ticket on my phone? or will i have to find a Staples near here and have it printed out?


    eh i'll probably just do the latter anyway

  10. If you don't want to purchase new, the performance boost you get by getting the gtx 770 over the r7 360 for just about $20-30 more is a pretty large jump, however i would recommend putting more focus on a better processor to alleviate some potential drawbacks you might get with the g4400. Considering the games you said you want to play, you might be better off with a quad core, especially if you end up wanting to play new games in the future as DX12 popularizes. A lot of new games refuse to even open without detecting 4+ physical cores), and if you're open to older platforms then the price might not even change all that much from what you listed above.


    However, again it's all situational, you have to consider the broader spectrum of what you want to do with the system as well as your budget. Personally I doubt that Battlefield 1 will be able to open without 4 cores considering the direction PC games are going, but i guess we'll have to wait and see.

  11. Inside the case:

    Intel (2x)
    Gigabyte (1x)
    EVGA (1x)

    Western Digital (1x)

    Hitachi (1x)

    Lite-On (1x)

    Creative Labs (1x)

    Asus/Nvidia (1x)

    Crucial (2x)

    Compaq (I needed a case lol. also it came with a media card reader)(1x)


    And if we're including peripherals


    Dell (1x)

    Cyber Acoustics (1x)

    Logitech (3x)

    Roccat (1x)

    Compaq (1x)

    Sony (2x)

    Toshiba (1x)

  12. I upgraded from my Radeon 7770 to a GTX 660 a good 5 months ago because i got a really good deal and the guy listed it as a GTX 660ti (good ole ebay amiright). W/e i still ended up profiting off of it, and its intention was to get me over until i could afford to buy an even better card brand new. also i went green this time for Shadowplay cause my good ole quad core xeon e5430 can't stream x.264 all on its own without help, and it will be getting upgraded shortly too.


    Since the RX480 was announced, I've been heavily leaning towards it for my next graphics card upgrade. You just can't beat that price to performance (yet anyways)! Might as well go for a giveaway. You miss 100% of the shots you don't take ay?


    gibe nao plz Kappa