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by bthylafh
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Firefox Hacked with Rogue Plugin... by its own developers
Replies: 20
Views: 805

Re: Firefox Hacked with Rogue Plugin... by its own developers

Qubes is probably overkill unless you think you've got a motivated and capable enemy specifically targeting you *and* you're willing to deal with the extra workload, IMO, but it's pretty neat nonetheless. I've played with v3.x a bit on an old Ivy Bridge laptop and I've thought about setting up a dua...
by bthylafh
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 23
Views: 799

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

Why does every other piece of software need to install an always running update service, particularly when only a very small number will ever do updates when the application itself is not running (not that I want them to in the first place). Maybe it's a permissions thing and there's a good reason ...
by bthylafh
Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 23
Views: 799

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

Meh, it'll always be Windows Millennium for me. Nothing like an idle desktop, with no programs open, suddenly going to either "Explorer.exe has experienced an error" or just straight up BSOD. When the only way to fix your bugs is literally install another operating system , it's tough to ...
by bthylafh
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 23
Views: 799

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

Microsoft's online help for Windows 10. For a long while (and it may still be so) if you searched the help for a number of things you'd wind up at a Bing search page looking at results for "how to get help with Windows 10". On top of that, many of the links in the Event Viewer were and sti...
by bthylafh
Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3934
Views: 632175

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Homemade cold brew, made with 8 O'Clock Coffee whole beans.
by bthylafh
Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Displayport cable
Replies: 39
Views: 1193

Re: Displayport cable

just brew it! wrote:
whm1974 wrote:
GREAT GODS FOUR FIGURES for FREAKING CABLES??? Who are buying these?

The same people who buy stuff like this:
https://www.needledoctor.com/Clearaudio ... -Cartridge


That certainly makes a statement.
by bthylafh
Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 141
Views: 10612

Re: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?

I'm pretty sure you know my meaning.
by bthylafh
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 141
Views: 10612

Re: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?

kvndoom wrote:
7) New York Yankees (this is the only one where I can't remember why I root against them)


Because management tries to buy their way to build a championship team?
by bthylafh
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 141
Views: 10612

Re: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
by bthylafh
Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 141
Views: 10612

Re: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?

DancinJack wrote:

edit: btw, JBI's venn made me lol (actually out loud)


So that's LOLOL?
by bthylafh
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3552
Views: 524753

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Jambe wrote:

wrt Americana/bluegrass: he's been gone for 3+ years now but this track feels as alive to me now as it ever did: Brown Bird - Fingers to the Bone.


That's really good, thanks for posting it.
by bthylafh
Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Brush your teeth in just 10 seconds..
Replies: 10
Views: 799

Re: Brush your teeth in just 10 seconds..

Dunning-Kruger is my guess.
by bthylafh
Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Backup software as gift - both PC and Mac?
Replies: 6
Views: 724

Re: Backup software as gift - both PC and Mac?

Macs come with Time Machine, which is well-regarded. It should detect a large external hard drive and offer to set it up automatically for backups.

Win10 has a basic file backup system called File History. Give it a try before you spend money.
by bthylafh
Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3552
Views: 524753

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Nickel Creek:
https://youtu.be/jFycqnOpifQ

I never thought I'd enjoy modern bluegrass as much as I do.
by bthylafh
Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 4586

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

SWMBO found a source of "environmentally friendly" K-cups for her workplace's coffee machine. I can't evaluate the truth of this, but these pods seem to be made from paper and some kind of biodegradable plastic:

https://www.cameronscoffee.com/filtered-single-serve
by bthylafh
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 4586

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

I wouldn't say "favorite" necessarily, but it's good enough and the price is right, and I can't be bothered to find something I like more: 8 O'clock Coffee Colombian Peaks. Generally I buy whole beans and use them to make cold brew. Basic recipe: Using Hario Skerton manual grinder, make tw...
by bthylafh
Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 1TB SATA III 3D NAND $269
Replies: 1
Views: 104

Re: SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 1TB SATA III 3D NAND $269

The subject line in ALL CAPS like that makes you look like a spammer. Cut it out.
by bthylafh
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Recs for college student laptops
Replies: 29
Views: 1435

Re: Recs for college student laptops

ludi wrote:
bthylafh wrote:
FFS, don't let the troll derail this discussion too. I don't see him but I do see your replies.

Then you missed a classic nocturnal PUI sighting in the wild!


That's probably a distressingly high number of his posts.
by bthylafh
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Recs for college student laptops
Replies: 29
Views: 1435

Re: Recs for college student laptops

FFS, don't let the troll derail this discussion too. I don't see him but I do see your replies.
by bthylafh
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Recs for college student laptops
Replies: 29
Views: 1435

Re: Recs for college student laptops

Oof. The asker gave me budget ranges, to wit:

$300ish, $600ish, $1k.

I don't think this is reasonable, mind, but is it possible to get a decent 4-year machine for those prices?
by bthylafh
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Recs for college student laptops
Replies: 29
Views: 1435

Re: Recs for college student laptops

I don't want to derail the thread, so PM me if you want, but why are Macs not being considered at all? So you're expected to come up something that's major-agnostic? That's a problem on its own. This is part of the reason I ask. A fair question. We're handling Macs separately and this list will be ...
by bthylafh
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Recs for college student laptops
Replies: 29
Views: 1435

Recs for college student laptops

For my sins, I've been tasked with coming up with three 'official' recommendations for student laptop computers, in a good/better/best format. Let's not focus on brands or models, and instead on features. For simplicity, let's assume these will be bought by incoming freshmen and have a four-year exp...
by bthylafh
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3552
Views: 524753

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

https://youtu.be/7m630xvAJtA

^^^Title song for the bluegrass/folk group "I'm With Her"'s first album, due out in February. The Captain will be interested to know that Sarah Jarosz is one third of the group.
by bthylafh
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Home A/C Air Handler
Replies: 29
Views: 1210

Re: Home A/C Air Handler

Fairly common cause of blower motor and condenser fan motors failing to spin up is the capacitor. Super cheap to replace and easy to check. Most meters have a capacitor test function. I've had this happen twice. Both times the A/C compressor fan's hub got really hot without being able to spin the f...
by bthylafh
Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Let's party like it's 1999 and look at single-threaded x87 FPU performance
Replies: 49
Views: 3353

Re: Let's party like it's 1999 and look at single-threaded x87 FPU performance

meerkt wrote:
setaG_lliB wrote:
Look at how much faster that P100 is than the 486-80!
It's also AMD vs Intel.


Ignoring the infamous bug, the Pentium's FPU was well known for being much faster than the 486's.

/old
by bthylafh
Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 103
Views: 3927

Re: What is your sound set up?

Audio Technica ATH-M50X headphones plugged into a Xonar DX, or if I want a speaker I've got a Dell soundbar going into my motherboard's Realtek codec.

Shout-out to SoundSwitch for easily switching between the two with a hotkey combination.
by bthylafh
Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tofurky and other faux meats.
Replies: 52
Views: 1976

Re: Tofurky and other faux meats.

Dunno. We got it from the local international/ethnic food store, if memory serves.
by bthylafh
Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tofurky and other faux meats.
Replies: 52
Views: 1976

Re: Tofurky and other faux meats.

When my wife was pregnant she couldn't eat meat, but fake was fine. I liked the Quorn brand stuff the best.
by bthylafh
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: The Pixel 2 family is a hot mess
Replies: 68
Views: 4510

Re: The Pixel 2 family is a hot mess

You know the best thing about Usenet? I could tell my newsreader to ignore posts quoting people I'd killfiled. Good times.
by bthylafh
Tue Oct 24, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: The Pixel 2 family is a hot mess
Replies: 68
Views: 4510

Re: The Pixel 2 family is a hot mess

There's no excuse for this in a flagship phone, especially not in that price range.