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1696 No. 1696 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
What is the end goal of technology?

Do you think that, overall, it is improving our lives, or making it worse?
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>> No. 1704 [Edit]
It will inevitably lead to the extinction of humanity. I am all for technological advancement, but moving too far too fast is very concerning.
>> No. 1705 [Edit]
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>>1704

Still a long, long ways away from singularity.

I'd welcome some innovative and new technologies, but everything for the last 3 decades has been iterative improvements to shit that already existed, combined with 'planned obsolescence' so that it stops working if you wait too long before buying the next iteration.
>> No. 1719 [Edit]
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The end point of technology will be our destruction. Man is a cosmic accident, there is no point to us, but we still can function because our environment is still reasonably close to the original. Our biological programing still good enough for our situation. Yet more and more technology changes the game faster than nature can alter her program. Take obesity as an example, for nearly all of human history there was no such thing as a problem of constantly having too much food. In the last hundred years technology has made food abundant, making our own biological drives so suited to millions of years of hominid life moot. How will man's programed urges react to the new weights on the scales? What will happen when chance no longer is a major factor on human lives? What happens when most people become useless, when the systems we make outstrip their creators? What happens when we can alter genes freely. Or when we can alter people's moods, their minds, their capabilities? What happens when one can retreat into a virtual world to reign as God?

We will break ourselves. We will see what we really are. Living automata, a biological paradox, an abomination, an absurdity, an exaggeration of disastrous nature. Nature will no longer be able to correct her mistakes, we will be a species made almighty without, but equally a menace to its own well-being.

The results will be disastrous. Technology will peak when we can freely change one of two things, ourselves or the environment. In time those who change themselves will become infinitely malleable nothings, true Sartreans who's existence may blink out in an instant, both more and less than human. Those that seek not to change themselves but that which is external to them will retreat into virtual worlds, induced feelings, human similcra, a solipsistic suicide. In any case it will be nothing short of collective death. So long as technology advances faster than nature can create counter-measures, we will overshoot her target, blowing us apart in the process.

In genesis man's original sin was to eat from the tree of knowledge. Technology, fruit of knowledge, will perfect our fall. It will be a final complete fall where we shall lose even the memory of paradise. We will finally know ourselves for what we are, stand apart from ourselves look upon our species and find
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>> No. 1754 [Edit]
The ultimate goal of technology is replacing us, soft bags of suffering flesh into a trans-species capable of the great sacrifices needed for conquering the universe.

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418 No. 418 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [Last 50 posts]
Let's turn this thread into a browser war!
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>> No. 1668 [Edit]
>>428
Well look how long internet explorer remained #1.
It looks like the most used browser by the lowest common denominator is owned by whoever dominates the tech industry at the moment.
This is most likely because they have enough of a monopoly to effectively promulgate it's supposed popularity amoungst the masses.
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>>428
>>1668
To most people Google is the Internet. And when it tells them to switch to Chrome, they do as they're told. Not to mention the massive fear mongering campaign by the media that tells people they have to use the newest, most updated software or the evil Russian hackers will get them.

I've switched to Waterfox recently from Firefox ESR as it looks to be gaining ground after Moz-colon-slash-slash-a's insistence on screwing up. It's based off ESR56 and supposed to keep XUL intact alongside e10 so some old extensions will still work (can't live without Classic Theme Restorer and DownThemAll). Webextensions is restrictive garbage like the monoculture that spawned it.
>> No. 1674 [Edit]
>>1671
>can't live without Classic Theme Restorer
Just in case you don't know, you can modify a -lot- of the interface through CSS, way more than CTR ever could, with a couple exceptions. I was bothered by it too, but after testing Waterfox I just couldn't handle how outdated (and slow, YMMV) it felt so I sucked it up and only afterwards I found out about the editing. Just to be sure I reinstalled Waterfox and set it up like I had FF before Quantum, and my current edited Quantum felt and browsed way better. Sure, it's a lot more work as well, but it pays up.
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If I ever use IE, this is going to be the reason 77.56% of the time.

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1419 No. 1419 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
/navi/ quality images, go!
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>> No. 1667 [Edit]
>>1645
It appears as if this one was designed for GPU based crypto-currency mining for a large rig with many graphics cards.
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1521 No. 1521 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
What is WannaCry? Well, some little asshole wrote some code that exploits a hole in SMB within Windows. WannaCry, also known as Wana Decrypt0r, WannaCryptor, or WCRY, like other nasty ransomware variants, blocks access to a computer or its files and demands money to unlock it. Once infected with the WannaCry ransomware, victims are asked to pay up to $300 in order to remove the infection from their PCs, otherwise it is rendered unusable, and their files remain locked.

In general getting this on your computer sucks a sweaty ball sack. But hey, the fun's not over. This isn't like other ransomware. This one has a little surprise that comes with it. That hole in SMB allows it to actively hunt a network for other vulnerable computers. So it's contagious. That means all your friends at the coffee shop can join you in your misery.

So what can you do? Well if you're already infected, not much. Hope you have good backups, and I hope even more that you don't pay the fucking ransom. The last thing these people need is more money.

If you're not infected, well you have some options. First is get the update that fixes the hole. This will make you much less likely to get infected. However, with most of the planet banging on Windows Update right now, it might be a while. However, Microsoft does allow you to install from a stand alone patch.

Microsoft even released a patch for Windows XP SP3. "So what?" you say? Well, it was extremely generous of them to do so. Windows XP is a deprecated operating system. Microsoft was under no obligation whatsoever to release such a patch, but they did anyway.

Anywho...Below are direct links to the patches from Microsoft. Your best bet is to install these if you haven't already updated.

Finally, don't open suspicious emails, and NEVER EVER FUCKING EVER open an attachment you weren't expecting. You're welcome.

Windows XP SP3 http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/csa/csa/secu/2017/02/windowsxp-kb4012598-x86-custom-enu_eceb7d5023bbb23c0dc633e46b9c2f14fa6ee9dd.exe
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>> No. 1610 [Edit]
>>1536
how does this image change when opened? what's that called?
>> No. 1688 [Edit]
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There was a far higher proportion of fun and harmless viruses back in the day.
>> No. 1689 [Edit]
>>1688
I don't see how that's either fun or harmless.
>> No. 1690 [Edit]
>>1689
The author provided a crack that automatically cleared that score too, if I remember correctly.

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1495 No. 1495 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
"2016 was the year solar panels finally became cheaper than fossil fuels."
Your thoughts?
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>> No. 1670 [Edit]
>>1495
Greenwashed bullshit. A 6kW set will set you back $15k and break even in 10+ years - that's excluding PV degradation, weather and battery replacements. I'd rather put that money into a low yielding fund and double it instead.

>>1669
Your tax money died for their sins.
>> No. 1673 [Edit]
>>1670
>break even in 10+ years
And by then the technology will be outdated with cheaper better stuff on the market. Not to mention the batteries would likely be toast by then.
>> No. 1683 [Edit]
I'm uneducated about energy extraction methods, which would be cheapest?
which would be eco-friendliest?
which would be most endurable?
>> No. 1684 [Edit]
>>1495
Now it's 2018, solar cell tech has been a bit more stagnant than we'd all like, and the US (one of the few major countries with enough empty desert to build massive solar plants in) still has tariffs on Chinese panels in some futile attempt to save some tiny domestic companies. I'm not holding my breath for a solar takeover in the next 20 years.

>>1683
Wind is very cheap, as in actually cheaper than coal and natural gas on real world grids where natural gas is subsidized instead of renewables, and it scales enough that it is the majority of generation in economies as large as the UK and Texas on many days. Capacity is still growing even after the US dropped rules that would have made coal fired plants more expensive.
I don't think anyone can confidently say what is most eco-friendly. Even if you replaced that extremely broad question with "what has the lowest effect on the greenhouse per Mwh generated" it's not straightforward. I don't want to shill wind too hard because it has obvious location limitations, but it's pretty great by this metric. Solar, hydro, and nuclear require a lot of energy to build (which for now means lots of fossil fuels burned), but have the potential to generate a ton of power in the equipment lifetime to offset.
Nuclear is theoretically the most enduring method if we're talking about the longevity of the equipment; that shit is supposed to be built to run indefinitely, but then people cut corners and it goes down in a natural disaster, and then other plants are shut in the ensuing political storm. Solar is of course on top if you mean the source itself, since if we switched to nuclear power we'd most likely run out of uranium before the sun dies.

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1641 No. 1641 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
So I got my first copyright notice from my ISP today, and it warned this was my second infraction. Checked and saw two other emails I never noticed from them. So now I think it's about time I get on a VPN, as the peer blocker I've been using till now seems worthless.
Can you guys recommend any? I've tried tunnel bear and hide.me with their free versions and thought hide.me was pretty decent and it allows torrenting. Can you guys recommend any others that wont break the bank, or steal/sell my info?
>> No. 1643 [Edit]
I have used Airvpn for this purpose, and have found that it works well. Torrenting while on Windows slows down to a crawl for some reason. Fortunately, I don't do most of it on Windows so that's no issue. Just a heads up as you may run into this with other services. Many give free trials limited by time/data so you could try a few out. Seems you already have. Mullvad, nordvpn are some others I know of. Go with whatever is cheaper I guess.
>> No. 1649 [Edit]
define break the bank.

The one TT recommends/advertises would be my recommendation, ~40 USD for a year for their services.
Probably less than what you pay each month for internet if you are in the united states.
>> No. 1658 [Edit]
>>1649
OP here. sorry for the late reply but I ended up going with the one you recommended. Can't get it to work on my pc, and the app fucks up my phone, but it works on my laptop so it's whatever.

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36 No. 36 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
I thought the ponderings thread was getting a little computer-heavy, so I made this thread for general whinging about technology and the like. It sort of already exists in other threads, but that didn't stop people...
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>> No. 1625 [Edit]
my flip phone stopped taking a charge and now i have to get a new phone and i'm afraid that i'm going to be forced into getting one of those rectangular 3dpdbook tracking devices that ntggers prefer to telephones these days when all i really want is a telephone to call people with and not a gps tracking device which uploads my position to the cloud constantly, even when i'm committing crimes. imagine being so fucking stupid that you pay the phone company hundreds of dollars a month to collect incriminating evidence against you.
>> No. 1626 [Edit]
>>1625
>my flip phone stopped taking a charge
replace the battery.
>> No. 1627 [Edit]
>>1623
i run a separate machine for my file server because i found out i don't like sharing ram and bandwith with the outside world. i capped the server's bandwith at a bit below my total capacity so it can do it's thing and it never causes me any trouble.
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I am trying to read a handful of ext4 formatted drives from windows. However, since I used some specific format parameters so I could save disk space, some of the linus fs readers don't work. This one called ext2fds actually allows you to mount drives right in windows but it only works with the one partition I formatted with default parameters. Another, called DiskInternals Linux Reader, does work but only lets you browse the file sytems in their standalone program. You have to "save" files you want to copy over to use them normally. Real round about way of doing things but oh well.

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1280 No. 1280 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
A bit late with this one, but whatever. To start off:

https://torrentfreak.com/utorrent-quietly-installs-riskware-bitcoin-miner-users-report-150306/
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>> No. 1607 [Edit]
>>1606
From what I've gathered there are two exploits, meltdown and spectre. Meltdown is intel only and effects everything they've made going back 20 years save a few exceptions (some atom, itanium cpus). Spectre has a few variants which effect Intel, AMD, and some mobile chips. I forget which, but I believe only one or two effect AMD, and for those it is harder due to architecture. That's all I got off the top of my head. AMD made a statement about that which is on their site explaining it better.

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>> No. 1608 [Edit]
>>1605
Windows is supposed to be releasing a band aid patch on the 9th for this. they're saying now it can be as bad as 30% slowdown due to the memory leaks and that this makes computers very vulnerable to hacking. All we can do is wait for windows and Intel to work something out.
>> No. 1609 [Edit]
>>1608
Windows 10 has a patch I believe, 7 does too but not sure if that's pushed to windows update yet.

https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=4056897
>> No. 1629 [Edit]
Here's a test to see if you browser is spectre-proof:
http://xlab.tencent.com/special/spectre/spectre_check.html

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No. 1595 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
there are so many nerds out there getting super rich off bitcoin lately, does anyone worry that there will be an anime shortage when they spend all their winnings?
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>> No. 1597 [Edit]
I think it's safe to say this is shit posting.
>> No. 1598 [Edit]
>>31015
I remember thinking I should buy 100 bitcoin when they were still around a dollar or two just to see what would happen. Oh well.
>> No. 1599 [Edit]
>>31018
I got that same idea but for all the worthless offshoot coins that were worth like 0.003 cents each. People told me I was retarded and I was tossing my money away. I figured it would be a fairly safe bet as 100 of each coin would only cost a few bucks and they might go up in value, if not no big loss.
The hard part was/is finding out how to actually buy any of those coins. The only site I found that worked for me was https://wesellcrypto.com/ but they're dead now. They had a very limited selection but I was able to use a phone app to convert coins I bought to those other worthless types. Now the $40~ I invested is $1,500 and climbing. My only regret is not getting more.
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Please do not post nsfw images outside of /ns/. I removed the file from your post. Thank you.

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1409 No. 1409 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
What is the single oldest piece of technology you still own?

How about the oldest thing you still use? (if different)
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>> No. 1540 [Edit]
>>1491
I have an old DEC keyboard, probably from around '96. It's not in active use right now, but it's been in the past. It's pretty nice, also considering how long it has lasted.
>> No. 1541 [Edit]
1905 victrola record player
>> No. 1543 [Edit]
I own an original gameboy made in 1989, it's older than me, and in surprisingly good condition. I still use it from time to time. I guess that's what happens when you build things to last rather than now when everything is built to break so you have to buy the new model.
>> No. 1562 [Edit]
Just tried to identify mine, not sure if correctly. Looks like 1930's Zeiss Ikon Nettar model unknown camera and 1950's Telefunken D11B microphone. Damn kraut shit.

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3 No. 3 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Greetings /mt/!

I am looking to buy a "smartphone" (is this what they call them now?). I have no use for the actual phone itself, but I'd like it for other little things, like IRC and other crap like that.

So, where do I start?
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the new LG Nexus (unoffical)

http://tech.onliner.by/2012/10/11/lg-google-nexus-3
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cold boot attack with default encryption on android 4.0 galaxy nexus

https://www1.informatik.uni-erlangen.de/frost
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set your phone free

https://fsfe.org/campaigns/android/android.html
>> No. 1502 [Edit]
Is there a reason why adblocker apps for android always seem to use vpn connections? Why is this necessary? Are there any out there that don't use one(rooted phone or otherwise)?

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