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1261 No. 1261 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
I've been thinking, I spend a fucking shitload of time on my computer. How long though, exactly. Today I woke up at 10:00 and maybe I was off the computer for an hour since then, so 11 hours about only today. What have I got to show for that? nothing. I've gained nothing that will help myself more than a little bit or qualify myself better for jobs etc. Have any of you made use of your time? Like learning how to program or how to use different operating systems, learning a language, maybe? Things like that. All this information is available on the internet after all. How have you used this magical tool to better yourself?
>> No. 1263 [Edit]
From easy tutorial videos to digital papers, I've learned a lot online that I've applied to my graphical, musical and academic (scientific/philosophical) work. Regardless if it has gotten me money, social status or whatever, I've created plenty of things from my time online which I liked, thus justifying the time spent there as i could get closer to who I want to be. For me, at least, that's already enough.
>> No. 1264 [Edit]
Course I have, I know how to program and I enjoy toying with operating systems. It's not hard, it just requires patience and a lot of searching though search engines.
I don't care about improving myself though, I just do things that make me happy. If I do something that makes me feel good, it's not wasted time. I use computers and the internet because I like them, and I don't need anything else. It's not an addiction, it's an escape.
>> No. 1265 [Edit]
>>1264
>It's not an addiction, it's an escape.
True enough. There's plenty of things I've learned online that I've enjoyed doing but the only thing they get me is that enjoyment.

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1183 No. 1183 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Why use linux?
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>> No. 1192 [Edit]
>>1191
I see your point. I don't think linux is hard to use at all, it's much easier to use than Windows, but I'm good with computers anyways so I don't think I'm the best judge.
You surely can set it up so it's very simple and easy, I did that with my mom's computer too and she never has any problems with it even though she's not tech savvy (but she's not retarded either). I had to configure it for her and ask her what she wants and what looks she is comfortable with, though.

But I think realistically speaking when your average idiot would get a new computer and it had linux mint or ubuntu preinstalled they would be pretty freaking confused why it doesn't look like their friend's computer, where internet explorer went or why windows executables won't run, etc.

Of course this is not the system's fault at all, but I think you're underestimating how stupid the average user really is. I think this problem is a bit deeper than just what the system alone can do. That's how I look at it.

Edit: something like this for example does not suprise me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Qj8p-PEwbI (3DPD warning)

Post edited on 9th Nov 2014, 5:15pm
>> No. 1194 [Edit]
>>1192
>I think you're underestimating how stupid the average user really is
You may very well be right. I always tend to assume that most young adults are very computer literate... but thinking back on it, that wasn't always the case. I can see where an average person that isn't computer literate would be pretty dumbfounded if they were used to seeing Windows elsewhere and booted up a Linux distro.
>> No. 1217 [Edit]
freedom for the awaiting autist inside of you. open-source, package-manager, freedom, secure(?)
completely customizable, so you can chose what program to install, so it can get faster as you know everything that is installed and can remove whatever that is not needed
>> No. 1233 [Edit]
I once put ubuntu on my dad's computer because he kept getting viruses, and he used it for a while, but he had me switch him back to windows because he liked it better. To each his own.

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1173 No. 1173 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
They're damn awesome!
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>> No. 1220 [Edit]
>>1219
Not that guy but I've used an addon for firefox called reloadevery.
>> No. 1221 [Edit]
>>1219
not the same person but you can use "reload every" for firefox.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/reloadevery/
>> No. 1227 [Edit]
>>1221
>>1220
Get tab mix plus instead, it has that and more
>> No. 1228 [Edit]
>>1227
that's a neat addon, thanks.

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1049 No. 1049 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
What anti-virus do you use?

I was a long time Kaspersky user but I grew tired of having to buy/search for keys so I could have updates, not to mention their software kept getting heavier and slower. I switched to Avira Antivir recently and I can't complain so far, although I don't know how good the detection rates are but it seems to do well on the tests I read. I also miss that registry blocker Kaspersky had, so you know when any kind of program is fiddling with your registry.
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>> No. 1067 [Edit]
"Common Sense" can't protect you when security flaws exist. Anyone who thinks so doesn't understand how computers work.

And anti-virus software can't protect you either. Generally speaking you are always at risk.
>> No. 1068 [Edit]
I don't use any anti-virus. I do use Linux mostly, but I dual-boot Win7 and I believe that, as long I keep my box up to date and keep a decent firewall (my iptables rules only allow torrents as incoming traffic), I'm as secure as it gets. I've been thinking about installing snort recently, but that's just me being paranoid.
>> No. 1223 [Edit]
ESET NOD32, I get the keys / user name & password from facebook pages.
>> No. 1234 [Edit]
>>1049
Heh, I made this thread in 2011. It's funny how things change but also a bit embarrassing reading stuff you wrote.

I haven't used an antivirus for a few years now. It slows down your computer and you're not much safer with it, maybe it's because I actually learned how to use computers. It also bothers me how they constantly sweep your drive and god knows what data they send through the internet to their developers.

Frankly, if you care about privacy it's better to not use one and instead secure your browser with stuff like uBlock or NoScript. Having Malwarebytes installed on the side (but not running) is nice for a once a month check up.

https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases

uBlock makes Adblock Plus/Ghostery and all that other stuff deprecated with a smaller memory footprint. /shilling over

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943 No. 943 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
This is random, but I just stumbled upon this site after Googling an old game I once played as a kid: 'Warpath'. The developer is apparently working on a sequel, Warpath 20th century and I saw screenshots which looked like the game was from 1997. The whole thing is depressing somehow, especially this page: http://www.synthetic-reality.com/history.htm
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>>1257
Yeah I agree, actually Cave Story is my favourite game (then again the spriting in it is pretty decent).

I downloaded the beta for Warpath 20th century and I actually had some fun with it. My first game was bewildering but by the second I got the hang of it. It soon got pretty repetitive though. Planets are too hard to kill using lazers or missiles, so you have to buy lots of neutron bombs. But those are really expensive, so you have to go through the grind of mining resources from uninhabited planets. It was probably 1.5-2 hours of fun.
>> No. 948 [Edit]
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Somehow I feel this is how most of us are going to end up- fat and married with a fat son and having a fun time making media thats lame by other's standards and cracking lame jokes.
>> No. 949 [Edit]
I want to have a beer with this guy
>> No. 1218 [Edit]
>>948
>the galaxy is your oyster
top kek

oh my, why are games like this so perfect and full of.. authenticity?

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1200 No. 1200 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
intel vs amd which processor is best?
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>> No. 1210 [Edit]
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>>1206

For all I know, he could have been talking APUs, CPUs, or GPUs.

they all fall under the generic term "processors" and have 70% overlap in functionality.

>>1204
>>1205

AMDs CPUs are faster.
but faster does not mean better.
For now, and probably the next 3-5 years, Intel makes better CPUs, though AMD makes better APUs.

For the laymen, if you plan on building a high end desktop, go with an Intel CPU (and plan on forking out $300+ for a decent video card to compliment it). If you are planing on commandeering a laptop/tablet or lower performance budget desktop computer, you will want an AMD APU.
>> No. 1211 [Edit]
>>1210
I've never once in my life heard someone refer to a GPU or APU as just a "processor". Moreover, OP brought up Intel and AMD specifically, the two leading CPU brands- even someone illiterate in technology would be able to infer that he was talking about CPUs.

I'll say it again: You knew damn well what he was talking about. You were just playing devil's advocate for a purpose I'm not entirely clear of. To appear "knowledgeable" by making the distinction, maybe?
>> No. 1215 [Edit]
>>1211
>I've never once in my life heard someone refer to a GPU or APU as just a "processor".

which clearly means nobody elsewhere in the world has or ever will, as you've been everywhere in the world, all the same time, and are the authoritative expert on the subject.

>You knew damn well what he was talking about.

I never said I didn't.

>You were just playing devil's advocate for a purpose I'm not entirely clear of. To appear "knowledgeable" by making the distinction, maybe?
Perhaps I'm just arguing for the sake of arguing. On the internet. Because I have absolutely nothing more productive to do at this very moment.
And arguments are the only type of conversation I am capable of doing with another person.
>> No. 1216 [Edit]
>>1215
I'll give you credit for the honesty.

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1012 No. 1012 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
what do you think, /tc/?
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>> No. 1119 [Edit]
>>1107
thats a propellor driven piston engine aircraft in your video. the method by which a propellor driven plane flies is entirely different from a jet powered aircraft. jet engine energy output isn't even measured in the same units as piston engines are, they're literally incomparable. you may as well have posted a movie of a flying carpet.
you're clearly not even remotely educated on this topic, i don't see why you're trying to pass yourself off as some sort of expert.
>> No. 1120 [Edit]
>>1119
they both fly because they have wings you genius.
>> No. 1212 [Edit]
I know this isn't meant to be taken seriously, but is it going against a treadmill making it slower, or going backwards, or stationary with respect to the ground?
>> No. 1214 [Edit]
Mythbusters did an episode on this and I don't know why. It's obvious that it will 'cause the engines provide thrust forward by moving air, not by turning the wheels, the wheels freewheel and are just there to hold it up. I can't believe that people are stupid enough to think that this would actually keep it on the ground.

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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. 1136 [Edit]
Does anyone use any browsers aside from the popular ones(firefox,chrome,&IE)? Forks like palemoon don't count here.

If so what do you think about it?

Post edited on 30th Oct 2014, 9:28pm
>> No. 1137 [Edit]
>>1136
dwb is good
>> No. 1138 [Edit]
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1138
>>1136
Midori, the interface of it is also similiar to that of the older firefox verions.
>> No. 1195 [Edit]
https://hacks.mozilla.org/2014/11/mozilla-introduces-the-first-browser-built-for-developers-firefox-developer-edition/

So what do you guys think about this? Is anyone here going to try it?

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1115 No. 1115 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
What is your preferred operating system and why? If you use linux also mention the name of the distro.
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>> No. 1178 [Edit]
>>1177
>linux doesn't have many games
1- It has, now.
2- Most of the ones it doesn't have can be run through Wine.
>> No. 1180 [Edit]
>>1178
Only 1 of the games I regularly play are linux compatible and I'm not interested in Super Tux Kart or wasting an hour configuring wine to have the game run at 15 frames per second.
>> No. 1182 [Edit]
Debian stable, nowadays. I used to use Arch, but systemd and various other shit came along with a steady downturn in general, so I jumped ship to one of the only remaining (at the time) options in Debian. Howewer, a few months after that, Debian made the decision to eventually switch to systemd as well, so I'm not sure where to run once the current stable release becomes obsolete.
>> No. 1190 [Edit]
>>1176
Realistically you don't encounter many OS level bugs these days unless you're doing something weird, yes.
I have an idealized image from what I've heard of live-hackable Lisp and Smalltalk machines of a system where the source for everything is easy to bring up and understand and modify. Obviously not even OpenBSD fits that bill, anything that simple would be a toy OS unfit for normal use. But it's nice to daydream about, I suppose.

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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. 44 [Edit]
>>2321
That side of the product is obviously aimed at those companies to work with and hack, not for an unskilled person such as yourself.
>> No. 45 [Edit]
>>2321
I'm not going to argue about this, but this reminds me of when Linksys got in trouble using GPL licenced code in their WRT54 routers, so they eventually released the source code and started using it as an advertising point.
https://lkml.org/lkml/2003/6/7/164
http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/03/07/06/2121234/linksys-releases-gpled-code-for-wrt54g
>> No. 46 [Edit]
>>2319
pretty much. this always crosses my mind when I see computers advertised. its never spoken about in public but I'm guessing social networking and porn are the 2 things computers are being used for the most.
>> No. 1135 [Edit]
The keyboards I have are such shit. The V key on this one is loose and the left ctrl & numlock on my laptop are both broken.

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992 No. 992 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/04/us-science-higgs-idUSBRE86008K20120704

Exciting stuff! Though on the off-chance that this doesn't mean I'll be driving a rocket-powered time machine by this time next year, I will be sorely disappointed.
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>> No. 998 [Edit]
It's funny how this thing (LHC) cost well over 10 billion US dollars. Meanwhile, the economies and political systems across Europe are crumbling into pieces.

This better be worth it.
>> No. 999 [Edit]
10 billion US dollars is nothing compared to the money wasted on fighting a pointless war we can't afford.
but since when did the united states or it's people stop buying shit while in massive debt?
>> No. 1000 [Edit]
Shit I'd much rather that money spent on scientific research than dumb things like giving free money to leeches or fighting wars.
>> No. 1001 [Edit]
>>2095
The short answer is yes. Its worth it

Economies rise and fall regardless if you fund science, you have better staying power if you do invest in future technology though. The countries that don't will fade

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