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    CrashPlan Exiting Consumer Backup Market

    Yes, that's right. Crashplan had a crappy java client, but it was the only all-in-one unlimited storage offsite backup provider to support linux. But if you're a sophisticated user running Linux and talking about rolling your own ZFS offsite backup solution rather than just using syncthing like...
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    CrashPlan Exiting Consumer Backup Market

    I am now using Duplicati to backup to an unlimited storage Google Drive, available from G Suite for Business at $10/month. Yes they say you need 5 users for unlimited storage but they don't enforce that. Works great. If you don't want to roll your own Wirecutter recommends Backblaze (and I...
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    Bricked OCZ SSD, any ideas to fix it?

    My friends and I all referred to them as "OCZ Poison". Terrible quality control in early non-Intel/Samsung SSDs, and OCZ was downright notorious for being the worst of the worst. OCZ was sold to Toshiba a couple years ago, so they're probably fine now.
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    The Daily Stormer May Lose Its Domain

    You people talking about free speech are dumbasses. The first amendment means you can say whatever you want and not be prosecuted by the government. That's all. It doesn't protect you from being dropped by your ISP or for that matter being banned on a forum like this one for any reason the site...
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    Google Drive Will Soon Back up Any File or Folder on Your Computer

    I upload to google drive at 90 megabytes/sec on my fiber connection. Your poor upload speeds aren't on google's side. Also for those concerned about google reading your files, I use rclone to transparently encrypt my data and mount the encrypted drive, rather than using the google drive...
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    Google Drive Will Soon Back up Any File or Folder on Your Computer

    Indeed, but you actually get unlimited storage with a single user.
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    Google Drive Will Soon Back up Any File or Folder on Your Computer

    You can get unlimited (literally unlimited) storage if you have your own domain and sign up to GSuite for Business at $10/month. I have over 8 TB in my GDrive.
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    Windows 10 Privacy Tweak Guide - Creators Update

    Oh. Well, true. Good point.
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    Windows 10 Privacy Tweak Guide - Creators Update

    It doesn't address every problem with Win10, but it does hit my biggest complaint.
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    Did the creators update last night - ouch!

    Thanks for the warning! I have a Z170X-UD5 myself. No plans on upgrading the BIOS unless something is actually broken, and no plans to enable secure boot, but still worth noting.
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    Perfect example of why to never go Win10

    It isn't that it took 10 minutes to fix, it's that the update itself came unexpectedly, interrupted what he was doing, he couldn't opt out of it, and it broke the game he was playing. The combination of those things results in a really poor user experience.
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    Perfect example of why to never go Win10

    Yeah, the forced updates are pretty infuriating. Problem is, aside from the privacy violations, forced updates, and forced reboots, Win10 is a great OS. "Aside from that, how did you enjoy the play, Mrs. Lincoln?"
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    Windows 10 Privacy Tweak Guide - Creators Update

    No. As I just said, Win10 enterprise and enterprise editions allow users to disable telemetry in a supported way that Microsoft won't unexpectedly break. Win10 home/pro do not. If you don't think that's a big deal, well, I disagree.
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    Windows 10 Privacy Tweak Guide - Creators Update

    The primary difference is in telemetry, not advertising. Win10 enterprise allows you to turn it off without using a third-party program or hacking through the registry, task scheduler, and changing file permissions to deny execution. Since it's fully supported on that version, Microsoft doesn't...
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    Nvidia Announces Mac OS X drivers

    Laptops dominate PC sales just like they do on the Apple side. You can buy a cheapo Asus Zenbook with an i5, 8GB RAM, and a SSD for like $800. It's thin and light and gets 8+ hours of battery life. Actually a really nice, completely usable little ultrabook. So you've got that cheapo Zenbook and...
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    windows is safe from the nsa ?

    Nah. Not if they target you. There's no indication that the US government actually targeted anyone that wasn't a bad actor or to further national security interests. Don't worry about being targeted by the US-- worry about your private data being swept up in a wide net. Of course other...
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    Windows 10 Privacy Tweak Guide - Creators Update

    That is 100% true, but actually I don't think they will do that. MS hasn't gone out of their way to reenable telemetry in a sneaky way, like they did with their aggressive push to get people to upgrade to Windows 10 in the first place. I don't see why the CPUID checking would be any different...
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    Nvidia Announces Mac OS X drivers

    It's huuuuuge in desktop responsiveness too. But my post assumed you used that computer for gaming, period, end of sentence. If you want it to be reasonably usable for desktop stuff put an SSD in it-- but then it isn't really competing against an eGPU anymore. I disagree about pricing coming...
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    Windows 10 Privacy Tweak Guide - Creators Update

    Microsoft reenables all their telemetry with every major update, yes. You need to run shutup10 after each one. That's twice a year. People have gone so far as to carefully watch every packet being sent from the system. Of course it's possible they missed some telemetry, but I very much doubt...
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    Nvidia Announces Mac OS X drivers

    Which i7, though? The i7 in the 13" tMBP is 2 cores/4 threads and boosts to 3.4Ghz. The i7 in the 15" tMBP is 4 cores/8 threads and boosts to 3.8Ghz. So its single-core performance (important for games!) is slightly slower than the cheapo i3 I listed. It will smoke it in multi-threaded...
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    Nvidia Announces Mac OS X drivers

    https://pcpartpicker.com/list/mHGvcc Add $20 for a Windows key from Kinguin. Quality components too, no off-brand power supplies or AMD FX CPUs here. The CPU is 2 cores/4 threads, just like the 13" tMBP. It doesn't boost but it's a desktop CPU running at 3.9Ghz; the highest-end CPU you can get...
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    Windows 10 Privacy Tweak Guide - Creators Update

    Just run shutup10, it will take care of telemetry for you. https://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10
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    Windows 10 Privacy Tweak Guide - Creators Update

    The CPU bypass allows updates. That's the whole point.
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    Nvidia Announces Mac OS X drivers

    At $320 for the Akitio Node TB3 enclosure, if you have a separate monitor you're probably better off purchasing/building a separate windows PC to play games. If you do plan to play games on your laptop's monitor, you lose another 10-15% performance on top of the 10-15% for using an eGPU and the...
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    Clean install Windows 10 and then using Windows 7/8.1 serial

    Yep, that's true. You can use it for free forever, with the nag overlay and default wallpaper. Windows keys are only like twenty bucks on kinguin so it's not a big deal buying it, though.
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    Windows 10 Privacy Tweak Guide - Creators Update

    I play games, so I'm forced to use Windows. They added the telemetry to windows 7 and 8 too. This guide is very comprehensive, but a bit much for me-- removing Windows Defender for example is a bad idea. Better to turn off its telemetry but continue to use the anti-virus. Anyway, you really...
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    Prevent "Unsupported Hardware

    Yep, that's the best answer available right now. Spoofing the CPUID so you don't need to patch update DLLs would be even better.
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    Prevent "Unsupported Hardware

    Oh yes, absolutely. They want every single customer to be on Windows 10, and are willing to go to extraordinary lengths to force that decision. This is nothing compared to the forced upgrades that caused incredible havoc last year.
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    Clean install Windows 10 and then using Windows 7/8.1 serial

    I don't think you actually need to free the license. It just lets you do it anyway, and once you get the digital license you have it as long as you don't change the hardware.
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    Prevent "Unsupported Hardware

    Try to uninstall and block updates KB4012218 and KB4015549. That should get rid of the annoying notification. You could also track down the executable and revoke all permissions from it. You'll need to update using WSUS Offline Update or Windows Update MiniTool rather than Windows Update too...
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    Clean install Windows 10 and then using Windows 7/8.1 serial

    It thinks your previous version wasn't activated properly. Try to remove the key and then re-active with your old windows 7 key using these instructions. http://winaero.com/blog/how-to-deactivate-windows-10-and-change-the-product-key/
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    windows is safe from the nsa ?

    Nobody and nothing is safe from a nation-state that wants to get at your private data. If they actually target you, you're shit out of luck. Of course unless you're a terrorist or political dissident, that's pretty unlikely to happen. But then, if the US agencies actually target you, you're...
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    Windows 10 Creator Update Version - Any Must Have Changes I Need To Do ?

    These twice-yearly major Windows updates actually install the new version of Windows in an entirely new directory and move the old one to C:\WINDOWS.OLD. They reset a whole bunch of settings, particularly anything to do with windows telemetry, so you will need to reapply most of those settings...
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    Windows 10 Creators Update

    To the user it's an upgrade-- a forced upgrade, in fact. But actually behind the scenes it is a reinstall. That said, of course Microsoft could retain the user's preferences. They either chose not to or QA missed it 3 times in a row.
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    Microsoft being more transparent with telemetry data use.

    Shrug. Broken record. Standard internet arguer.
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    Microsoft being more transparent with telemetry data use.

    You keep repeating the whataboutism. False equivalencies are bullshit. Whataboutism is bullshit. Google's sins don't excuse Microsoft's.
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    Microsoft being more transparent with telemetry data use.

    Yes you can sideload on WIndows 10-- and it's even enabled by default, since the anniversary update. Of course there are no appx packages available for download outside the store, so that's largely an academic distinction. I mean, none at all. Same as Android without Google Play. You can do...
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    Microsoft being more transparent with telemetry data use.

    Well yeah, but that comes down to the distinction between Android itself and Google Play Services, which isn't particularly meaningful as Android is much less usable without it. Google isn't exactly a great example of respecting user privacy. Apple is, though.
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    Microsoft being more transparent with telemetry data use.

    Very common response. Apple lets you opt-out of telemetry on both iOS and MacOS. Of course you can't opt out of Siri requests, app store downloads, etc, as they phone home as part of their core function, but Apple uses differential privacy to truly anonymize that information. Apple's business...
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    Microsoft being more transparent with telemetry data use.

    Even the new 1703 "basic" level collects information that's hard to justify as "basic", including every program you run on your computer, when you run it, and how long you run it. As is, it should be opt-in. If "basic" truly was, well, basic, then I'd be fine with it being turned on by default...
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