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    Is UPS putting out simulated sine wave when AVR is active ?

    I do think online UPS are very good and I always recommend it unless people can't stand any fan noise. A relay could also be used to switch taps on a transformer for AVR (though there are other ways to accomplish this than relays as well) but most likely for a cheaper UPS it is indeed just a...
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    Are Seagate drives better these days?

    Seagate still sucks as they pretty much always have.
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    2 PCs to 1 set of speakers, long distance

    Right, but what I'm curious about is why some people think PC speakers are so amazing that they'd consider buying DACs and ADCs and all sorts of things just to make them usable rather than just buying the right stuff? Audio is not a some game of "what do I need to buy to make PC speakers work in...
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    2 PCs to 1 set of speakers, long distance

    You shouldn't need to go digital for speaker wires (and in fact you'd always need an amplifier on the speaker end to do so), only maybe line-level stuff with high impedance... I've run long speaker wires all over the place with no issue. If you ARE running line level signals by using powered...
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    HGST's 10TB drive uses custom software to access shingled platters

    I could not disagree more. I would not buy or recommend these drives to anyone for any purpose.
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    Is UPS putting out simulated sine wave when AVR is active ?

    This might also be out of your price range, but if you can find something like this used inexpensively, it could be a good addition: http://www.tripplite.com/line-conditioner-1800w-avr-system-automatic-voltage-regulator-power-conditioner-ac-surge-protector~LC1800/ As the product shows, these...
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    Skylake -k confirmed for August/September

    I couldn't care less about iGPU or not but they should really give us VT-d (IOMMU) in the -K CPUs.. I don't buy -K because I care about this feature, but it makes no sense that they disable it in the -K series.
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    Studio speakers - can I get stereo sound?

    Well, you can find one with 1/4" jacks or you can use the same 1/8"-stereo-to-dual-1/4"-mono adapter with any DAC or sound card that has 1/8". 1/4" isn't uncommon, though, if you go for pro audio stuff. Maybe something from Behringer. Also you could get 2 RCA-to-1/4"-mono adapters if you get...
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    Is UPS putting out simulated sine wave when AVR is active ?

    For that amount of difference, you can try a separate AVR/autotransformer between the mains and UPS. As long as the grid can still supply enough power (would need more current to counteract the decreased voltage), it should work fine. It is not necessarily the case that the grid would be able...
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    What's this device a technician installed behind my TV?

    Such filters do exist as do the channel filters mentioned by others. Hard to say which this is. But this is possible. Similarly to the filters for the cable modem frequencies, there are also MoCA filters, though the tech in this case would not likely have a reason to install one of those (even...
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    Old SSDs vs New Short-Stroked 10K HDD

    SAS6i sucks. I don't understand why someone would want to use one today.
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    New York Regulator Issues Final Virtual Currency Rules

    BitCoin should be treated no differently than any other transaction between individuals. Government should be no more involved than they would be if I were trading MTG cards. And the reason they want to be involved is NOT for protection, but for taxes and for the drug war (Silk Road), etc. I...
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    New York Regulator Issues Final Virtual Currency Rules

    This is unacceptable. Might as well involve the government in any kind of transaction including MTG card trading (I make this reference because of MTGOX of course) - for our "protection," of course. If you're stupid enough to put a ton of money into something like this, there is something wrong...
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    Teacher Suspended For Using Cell Phone Jammer

    There's only one man who would DARE give me the raspberry! In all seriousness, Verizon should have no ability to sue anyone over this. Also, the teacher shouldn't be punished in any way, either.
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    Is UPS putting out simulated sine wave when AVR is active ?

    I think AVR is typically a 5-tap transformer, though there are many ways to design it and technically it doesn't have to use a transformer at all. If a UPS uses battery in boost mode, it's either below the threshold where its AVR works or it is attempting to lower the amount of drain on mains...
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    The Patriot Act May Be Dead Forever

    One could, perhaps, admit that life is full of dangers and no government programs can ever stop them, period. And you might be right if the laws in this country weren't so fucked. I'll bring up the same thing we talk about a lot - drug laws - because those are some of the most fucked up...
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    The Patriot Act May Be Dead Forever

    I haven't watched that. Allowing police to search any residence at any time would save us from some incidents. Random checkpoints all over the place would, too. Forcing everyone to wear GPS units that can be tracked by the government also would. So would just throwing everyone in jail as a...
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    The Patriot Act May Be Dead Forever

    Good thing the PATRIOT Act was there to save us from the ~100 or so school shootings since September 11 as well as the Boston Marathon bombing. Oh wait? It didn't save us from any of that? Huh. Better start allowing the government to search any building/residence with no reason because...
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    APC Back-UPS units question

    Well, to most people APC is the most reputable brand for UPS. Personally I prefer Emerson/Liebert and Eaton/Powerware, but some of APC's products are good as well. But the cheap Back-UPS ones aren't great. The Cyberpower ones do seem a bit better.
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    WD Redesigns World's #1 Selling Portable Hard Drive

    Drives need controller chips regardless of the interface. Even SATA is interpreted by a controller on the drive. It's completely possible to design a controller that has a USB interface natively and does not use SATA whatsoever. That said, I don't know if any drives on the market right now work...
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    WD Redesigns World's #1 Selling Portable Hard Drive

    All blame for business decisions made by HDD manufacturers lies with themselves. Backblaze isn't even 0.0000001% to blame.
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    APC Back-UPS units question

    Those cheap APC BackUPS units have been awful at my work. The batteries have often not even lasted 4 years, let alone 6. We've had several fail within 1-2 years. I would never recommend these units to anyone.
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    S4 to S6

    Almost every manufacturer screws updates up. That's why I'm still running stock on my Oneplus One. Stock updates have never worked out for me on any phone. And custom OS are usually just as problematic as well if not more so in my experience.
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    Card for 2.1

    Are you having particular issues with your onboard setup or are you just expecting to get better quality all around? If you're not having issues with signal-to-noise ratio (SNR; stuff like pops and hiss and hum), you probably won't benefit from an upgrade. You'd be more likely to benefit with...
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    GOG Refusing To Distribute Hatred?

    GDI the Google preview didn't show the top text. Image selection fail, but you get the point.
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    Richard Stallman Says Windows Is Malware

    It can absolutely be a mainstream OS because most people would never expect an OS installation to be easy. Almost nobody would claim that Linux would work for everyone. Your case there is actually very rare. If someone like me were to do the install - as I would do for Windows - it would then...
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    Richard Stallman Says Windows Is Malware

    Joe Luddite wouldn't WANT to do such a thing in the first place. Don't be ridiculous.
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    Richard Stallman Says Windows Is Malware

    It's actually great for that and chances are Grandma will be just as terrible at using Windows. You wouldn't want her to set it up, but you wouldn't have her set up Windows, either, would you? And chances are that her Linux machine won't be affected by that .scr file in a spam mail she tried...
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    Richard Stallman Says Windows Is Malware

    Depends on what they buy. A good rule of thumb is that the more portable the device is, the more difficult support is. Desktops will tend to have the best support. Many laptops are okay though you might not have a working webcam. A few laptops won't work out of the box at all. And tablets and...
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    Richard Stallman Says Windows Is Malware

    I think that's pretty unfair. Linux hardware support is still multiple times that of Windows - even if you were to combine every Windows release ever made - and Surface Pro 3 is not a device that needs to be a high priority whatsoever.
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    Richard Stallman Says Windows Is Malware

    So, uh, are you aware of what you posted a couple posts above that one?
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    Richard Stallman Says Windows Is Malware

    Have you actually used Linux? Almost anything you plug in will just work these days (though personally I don't care even if I had to recompile a kernel and I don't try to switch casual users to Linux). Linux driver support can also be better in that I have actually had a lot of hardware over...
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    Richard Stallman Says Windows Is Malware

    I love Linux, am running Gentoo (a Linux distro that is too much of a pain in the ass for most people, even people who like Linux) and actually like compiling my own kernels. And yet I think RMS is a nutjob who only serves to make free software users look bad. He should STFU for life.
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    GOG Refusing To Distribute Hatred?

    hahahahahahahahah Wait, were you serious? Well, let me laugh even more. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
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    GOG Refusing To Distribute Hatred?

    The point is that GOG can sell whatever it wants and nobody gives a shit if you want to argue about it.
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    GOG Refusing To Distribute Hatred?

    It doesn't MATTER what the difference is because freedom of speech and expression mean that the GOVERNMENT can't stop the sale of this game. They have absolutely nothing to do with corporations. There are lots of games that I like that aren't/weren't sold by lots of corporations that sell...
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