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    pc seems to freeze up on certain web page....then i hear the gpu fan kick on and it comes right back

    I'd be worried if I did NOT have this issue using a different driver. That means part of your GDI acceleration is either crippled or being performed on the CPU now, potentially reducing your performance in legitimate functional applications that require it. This is a software bug (or maybe a...
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    pc seems to freeze up on certain web page....then i hear the gpu fan kick on and it comes right back

    Standard javascript bloat courtesy of default Xenforo config, been blocking that since 2014 on various forums using XF software. Add following to your adblock custom filter config: ||forums.thefpsreview.com/js/xf/core-compiled.js* This blocks the bloated GPU-intensive javascript functions...
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    Need some tips on burning large directories to disc

    No compression eh? Are you worried about the disc getting corrupted? Because otherwise compression is your friend in these situations, chances are this large directory has a bunch of small compressable files that could fit < 25GB that way. For convenience, you can always mount the partial...
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    Comcast, beware: New city-run broadband offers 1Gbps for $60 a month

    To protect from MITM attacks by fascist netadmins, you verify remote certificates like you're supposed to with end-to-end encryption. And if the traffic gets blocked then you'll have to modify use a custom SSL stack / other form of encryption. Most SSL-based software will notify you of the MITM...
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    Siri listens to everything you do.

    I believe he is talking about the Baseband processor chip (glorified modem) which handles all the radio/wifi/yada communication in modern cell phones (eg. Qualcomm MDM9600) and the conspiracy theory that the "spook traitors" have forced Qualcomm, SiTel, MediaTek and whatnot under NSLs to include...
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    Anzu.io raises $6.5 million for programmatic in-game ad platform

    Why would anyone pay for cable TV with ads?
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    Old SSDs that are good

    NAND is NAND pretty much, so might as well go with a consumer MLC drive like the Crucial MX100 256GB, which I have going 5 years in my main computer. But if you're really paranoid about longevity then going for SLC might be a better option, increasing the size also helps (write amplification)...
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    Partitioning a NVMe drive.

    I don't see how that could be. If anything, leaving some unpartitioned space may yield an improvement in peformance. It's called overprovisioning and it leads to lower write amplification, which is desireable for reducing stress (less program/erase cycles).
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    Good way to control case fans

    I just have my 2 case fans connected in parallel into the single mobo case fan header, no hubs involved (Y-splitter cable) and I haven't had any issues with this config. It's OK to wire 2 fans this way, 3 and more fans may be pushing the current limit on cheaper boards. And on older boards or...
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    SSD Write Cycle question.

    I have been using SSD's since 2008 and have not had one outright fail on me yet, but it has happened with USB flash drives on several occasions. I would say that controller failure is the primary thing you should be worried about under normal use, this is what most often kills flash storage in...
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    NVIDIA GeForce FX Named Best Graphics Processor of 2002

    I have done my share of PSU and motherboard recaps. While recapping an old 5V heavy unit is a good idea in theory, in many cases it's not worth the effort, depending on the make and model of the power supply it may not be the best option. The average PSU's people used in 2001-2005 tended to not...
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    NVIDIA GeForce FX Named Best Graphics Processor of 2002

    Yes but if you get a consumer grade PSU's the quality aspect will be the difficult part. I mentioned 3 OEM's that I trust for this application (Delta, Zippy, Lite-On) and with the exception of one Antec PSU based on a Delta design there are currently no consumer brands that rebadge their PSU's...
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    NVIDIA GeForce FX Named Best Graphics Processor of 2002

    K7 = Athlon XP, most of those used the old 20pin power connectors so if you have a 24-pin only connector (non-detachable 4pin) it may interfere with some chokes or capacitors (as was the case with one of my boards, had to swap the 24pin ATX connector to a 20+4pin one from another PSU to use it)...
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    NVIDIA GeForce FX Named Best Graphics Processor of 2002

    I see that you're still obsessed with the FX series :) (we exchanged a few PM's 2 years ago, if you recall) I'm still running my good old Radeon 9600 Pro in my P4 system, but I've been considering augmenting that with something Nvidia of that period, perhaps a Geforce4 Ti4600... I got a 6800...
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