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  1. Modred189

    Microsoft is turning Windows 11's Start Menu into an advertisement delivery system

    This. Muscle memory of windows key + app name has replaced it for me. Most common apps have task bar icons or are in a launcher ( steam). That said, I looked at my start since this thread came up and haven't noticed anything nefarious.
  2. Modred189

    Microsoft is turning Windows 11's Start Menu into an advertisement delivery system

    This. Me too. Also, I tend to TRY to stay on this side of the grey moral line.
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    Microsoft is turning Windows 11's Start Menu into an advertisement delivery system

    It's worse than that for us lawyers. We have to educate the tech AND business teams about what these laws mean (and they usually screw it up even then). Plus, to do privacy properly, you REALLy need to inventory your data. All of it. Everywhere. Now, imagine a company with 200K+ employees...
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    Microsoft is turning Windows 11's Start Menu into an advertisement delivery system

    Not to white knight the bad guys, but as someone who has to manage the privacy policies of a huge company, let me tell you, it sucks just as bad for us. EVERY time a state updates their laws we have to update what may be thousands of policies for all kinds of different companies. My company...
  5. Modred189

    I absolutely hate PrivacyHawk and PrivacyBee PSA/Rant

    Ah... I definitly posted it in Genmay...
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    I absolutely hate PrivacyHawk and PrivacyBee PSA/Rant

    That is more of a cyber security best practice than a privacy best practice. But it is the solution required by law, and any threat actors that are putting malware in an unsubscribe link aren't going to listen to PrivacyHawkBee's emails either.
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    I absolutely hate PrivacyHawk and PrivacyBee PSA/Rant

    These services are such scams. They purport to enable the user, after paying a fee, to contact all kinds of companies that might have their information and request that it be deleted and unsubscribe the user from any mailing lists. But, they're are scams. One of my responsibilities is...
  8. Modred189

    Warm? TPLink Archer AX-11000 $200 at Costco (instore only I guess?)

    This is a terrible example as the maintenance costs on both are stupid and reliability sucks, lol.
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    Warm? TPLink Archer AX-11000 $200 at Costco (instore only I guess?)

    Fair. I just think that the niche for consumer mesh systems is larger than for repurposed enterprise gear. The cast majority of people don't know a single brand name of that kid of hardware. Hell, most users have never heard of Ubiquiti. They know Linksys, and Google, and Netgear etc. And this...
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    Warm? TPLink Archer AX-11000 $200 at Costco (instore only I guess?)

    TBH, I think a lot of this conversation misses the point entirely. Lots of people just don't have the time to mess around with networking. I used to go the (one good router) route, but it never worked out. First I had a three story townhome and the cable came in the basement. So bedroom acces...
  11. Modred189

    HP Victus gaming PC: $530: i3 12100, gtx1650

    Best Buy: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-victus-gaming-desktop-intel-core-i3-12100f-8gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1650-512gb-ssd-mica-silver/6504334.p?skuId=6504334 Won't win any awards, but $530 for an entry level quite-capable 1080p machine is nothing to sneeze at. Reviews have really...
  12. Modred189

    Where are the cheap home 2.5G switches?

    Poorly worded. I meant cheap dishes have been around for a decade.
  13. Modred189

    Where are the cheap home 2.5G switches?

    Gigabit switches have been around for almost a decade now, and relatively cheap. Where are the cheap (sub $50) consumer switches? Am I just failing at searching? Everything I'm finding is over $100.
  14. Modred189

    Mesh Wifi with good parental controls: porn blacklisting

    We're lucky. Except for the basic $150 laptops I got them for covid school they now use for Minecraft once a week, they don't really ask for much screen time because they read so much. But it's coming eventually. They're 9 and 7 now.
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    Mesh Wifi with good parental controls: porn blacklisting

    Or don't get your kids a phone. Or just get a flip phone. That's my solution when the time comes. My parents' rule, and I think it was a good one, was "you can get a phone when you can afford one with the data plan." Once I got a job, I ended up getting this sweet Kyocera slider on Virgin...
  16. Modred189

    Diablo Immortal

    I will say the Shadows/Immortals stuff is not my jam. I won't play enough to stay in I suspect, but I get that there are a lot of kids with free time. Where are the game modes meant for 39 year old attorneys with families? Lol
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    Diablo Immortal

    Ok, hot take, I kind of love DI. Pocket based dungeon crawling? Check. Excellent graphics and performs well (OnePlus 8 Pro)? Check. Very Diablo story line? Check. Loot cycle and cool looking gear? Check. Free? Check. I get that if you're a min-maxxer who spends a ton of time on games like this...
  18. Modred189

    Mesh Wifi with good parental controls: porn blacklisting

    Lots of wifi devices. Fire sticks, Google home devices (minis and alarm clocks), smart TVs etc. Thanks for the heads up.
  19. Modred189

    Mesh Wifi with good parental controls: porn blacklisting

    I guess what I'm thinking, based on your post, is that if I point my router at the pi hole instance running in a VM on my server, all the devices in my home will check with that pi hole instance for DNS lookup? So, pi hole maintains its own whitelist and blacklist?
  20. Modred189

    Mesh Wifi with good parental controls: porn blacklisting

    I am not big on networking, so I'm going to have to do my research on this. This seems like an easy solution.my only issue is that the unRAID box is in a separate room from my router.
  21. Modred189

    Mesh Wifi with good parental controls: porn blacklisting

    I have an Unraid server that can host VMs.
  22. Modred189

    Mesh Wifi with good parental controls: porn blacklisting

    Yea, turns out mine does too. It's just buried in the one bad part of the Google Mesh system: the phone-only UI. Did a quick test, and it looks like it reasonably works. This is what I noticed too. A Pi plus case, power, ram, etc got up to $300-400 real quick.
  23. Modred189

    Mesh Wifi with good parental controls: porn blacklisting

    As a reasonably tech savvy parent, I look forward to that arms race. But for now, I'm not really worried about them searching out porn, but more along the lines of 'innocent' searches following up on conversations we have. Just want to put some barriers in the way of the most hard core stuff...
  24. Modred189

    Mesh Wifi with good parental controls: porn blacklisting

    They are currently 7 and 9 and will not be having phones ANY time soon. Both good options, but at least the pi-hole option seems, in terms of cost, close to a new wifi system. Which, you know, upgrade itch.
  25. Modred189

    Mesh Wifi with good parental controls: porn blacklisting

    Currently have a gen 1 Google mesh wifi, and really do love it. It provides good coverage for my 3600 sq foot house (2 floors). But my kids are getting to that age where we will begin having "the talk' and I want to get ahead of any curious google searches. Any recommendations? Or is there some...
  26. Modred189

    Need a Bookshelf Speaker Setup

    Returning it. It's ok, but it's inability to do call audio is weird, and lack of play/pause controls a deal breaker. Grabbed these instead, which look to be smaller versions of the Edifiers. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08777GG4P/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_0J38BAEJZXCBP054GJER
  27. Modred189

    Need a Bookshelf Speaker Setup

    Yea, I know (both points). It arrived today, and I'm... Not sure. The voice quality (for Teams/WebEx etc) is outstanding. Music is, ok. But no remote.
  28. Modred189

    Need a Bookshelf Speaker Setup

    Thanks, all for the recommendations. Lots of good ideas, but not really on point. That said, simple bookshelf systems seem to be either real expensive and not appropriate for an office building environment (i.e., too much bass) or hot garbage. This one from rhkcommander959 is pretty close, but...
  29. Modred189

    Need a Bookshelf Speaker Setup

    Moving into a new office in 2 weeks (actually getting the office they promised me 6 months ago when I started), and I'm looking for a nice bookshelf speaker system that can: - Have an Aux input form my computer - Have bluetoooth - Have a remote control - Have reasonable sound at low volume - Be...
  30. Modred189

    Post your "rate my cables" here

    Had enough trouble getting it on. Lol.
  31. Modred189

    GeForce RTX 2060 VRAM Usage, Is 6GB's Enough for 1440p?

    I might disagree with you on the 12 gig titan. For gaming, I tend to agree, but for those who did double duty gaming and productivity, there were uses where it came in handy. Now those cases were almost as rare as the number of people who bought the card, so I'm not sure how much that means.
  32. Modred189

    Post your "rate my cables" here

    New build. Need to take a second pass at a few now that it's together. But pretty happy so far.
  33. Modred189

    GeForce RTX 2060 VRAM Usage, Is 6GB's Enough for 1440p?

    And the 6500xt appears to prove everyone's point in this thread. Not enough vram. Too slow vram. Too little bandwidth.
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    GeForce RTX 2060 VRAM Usage, Is 6GB's Enough for 1440p?

    Also, wasn't there an Nvidia GPU series where they played games with bandwidth and vram capacity? Was it the 9600s? Bandwidth turned out to be a huge deal over capat...
  35. Modred189

    Cowboy Beebop live action at Netflix!

    Agreed. I keep coming away from these remakes (like Ghost in the Shell) thinking the attempt to make them LOOK like the anime gets in the way of the quallity of the product.
  36. Modred189

    Cowboy Beebop live action at Netflix!

    I've been trying to figure out why I am not enjoying Cowboy Beebop. And I think I figured it out. Cowboy Beebop as an anime, had a really limited pencil stroke budget. The amount of cells they could draw was tightly controlled, and had a limited time frame. THis meant a lot of sylized scenes...
  37. Modred189

    Delete Account

    This, and when you ask for a deletion, they change the username, so no real way to link it back.
  38. Modred189

    Delete Account

    They think deleting it will also delete their posts and content.
  39. Modred189

    Price Check: NIB Intel Pentium 4, 2.4ghz, PGA-478, SL6s9

    Alas, the box is pretty faded. The value to that audience is lost.
  40. Modred189

    Price Check: NIB Intel Pentium 4, 2.4ghz, PGA-478, SL6s9

    Found this while cleaning up. NIB Worth anything?
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