Recent content by darckhart

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    Best encoder to use to compress old movies for Plex server?

    If hdd space is no concern, h264 is easily decoded on basically any hardware at this point and plex can stream without transcoding which takes a load off the server if you have multiple users accessing simultaneously. h265 really didn't get widespread adoption and all the big streaming services...
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    Facebook Employees Had Access to Millions of User Passwords Stored in Plain Text

    yea uh why are passwords even collected in plaintext....
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    Real-Time Ray Tracing Support Comes to GeForce GTX GPUs and Game Engines

    oh man this is great! I didn't buy into all the hype and they always said patience is a virtue! now DX12 coming to win7 now ray tracing can work on GTX cards. I may not need to upgrade after all muahaha!!!
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    Microsoft Will Pester Windows 7 Users to Upgrade to W10 with Pop-Up Notifications

    "win7 will no longer be supported. please upgrade to win10. where we will attempt to make sure your computer is unusable."
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    Prisoners in England to Be Taught Code

    Clearly these folks didn't have the best judgement to begin with.... and with (mobile) cybercrime malware/phishing/etc on the rise, I'm not sure I see why they would choose to go down this route. I'm sure there's lots of other things to teach...
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    Parents Blame Elementary School's Cell Tower after 4th Student Diagnosed with Cancer

    Repair tech: "So it turns out that cell tower isn't even powered and active. It's just a metal structure." Parents: "BUT STILL!!!" smh
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    Windows 7 Is One Obstinate OS

    with the nightmare experiences win10 is putting some folks through, I can't blame them for wanting win7 back. I've had to repair my dad's win10 home pc more times in the last 6 months than I ever did for the entire run of win8. luckily my mom was smart and never budged from win7....
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    Volvo to Impose 112 MPH Speed Limit on All New Cars from 2020

    ehhh that's slippery slope. look what happened to digital privacy because we didn't ask people to learn how the internet actually works. now every app and website and OS want telemetry data for who knows what dumb reasons. same thing here. today it's volvo. tomorrow it's every auto maker. I'll...
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    Volvo to Impose 112 MPH Speed Limit on All New Cars from 2020

    limit to 112 mph? geofencing to automatically limit speeds? seems like we're going the opposite direction here. we need to teach people to be MORE responsible for their judgements, not take away their ability to exercise it at all....
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    Anthem Is a Buggy Mess

    kind of not surprised anthem is a buggy mess. it had waaay too much hype. plus all software these days is released half baked. execs love to lay off all the expensive folks that knew what they're doing and replace them all with cheaper college grads. and they don't bother to QC because they...
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    Microsoft to Announce Xbox One S "All Digital Edition" in April [Rumor]

    meh. same reasons I don't support all digital on PC and even less compelling on consoles: 1. data caps and slow download speeds. now I have to dl the 60 GB game in addition to the 60 GB day one patch/ hi res textures/etc 2. expect "this realm is restarting for maintenance (patching)" to now...
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    The End of Blu-ray

    bluray is dead, baloney! even DVD is STILL alive. my dad buys DVDs and has thousands. I bet there's millions of people like him all around the world still buying DVDs. bluray will stick around too.
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    Huawei Announces the $2,600 Foldable Mate X Smartphone: It Folds Outwards!

    $2600 is absurd. unless it has double the processors, double the ram, double the batteries, etc. And what's "over 100 pieces in the hinge" to sound cool? That just sounds like a 100 different ways for it to break. All of which I probably can't or won't be allowed to repair myself.
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    Backblaze Analyzes SSD Reliability

    my longest running daily used HDD is a WD 320 gb. use it for temp storage and bt. files on it from 2003. my longest running daily used SSD is intel x25v for OS and OCZ Vertex for apps/games. got those near release day. all in all, these all have worked wonderfully for general daily pc use and...
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    How China's Social Credit System Affects Its Citizens and Businesses

    Agree. it's hilarious how folks think this doesn't exist in western countries. It does, only it's not thrown in your face like China is doing. Think not having a social profile protects you but you have friends or neighbors or coworkers that mention you in all their stuff? There's a profile on...
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