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#1192664 When will I ever make the switch? (Never?)

Posted by Master_Scythe on 20 June 2017 - 05:25 PM

I remember telling Tantryl I think it was.. that if I ever stopped wanting to play video games that I'd give up on Windows and switch to Linux. Then MS started giving Windows away so I just stayed with 'em.


I miss Tantryl...


did something happen to him?!

#1192650 OBA "osama bin athlon"

Posted by Master_Scythe on 20 June 2017 - 09:22 AM

Scythe... no one thinks you're tolerable. It's been a long time but we suddenly haven't all suffered amnesia like a daytime soap.



#1192647 OBA "osama bin athlon"

Posted by Master_Scythe on 19 June 2017 - 11:11 PM

aww man... I really have missed a lot


For example, some might say I'm tolerable now!

Some might not!


Not that much has changed I guess :P


OBA was tops though. Good chat every time.

#1192496 Roll Call!

Posted by Master_Scythe on 15 June 2017 - 03:40 PM


Oh yes.


I forgot about you lot, and now I have unforgotten you lot. Oh no.




#1192461 "The Australia Tax" on electronics...

Posted by Master_Scythe on 14 June 2017 - 12:38 PM



So do you really think this is an unfair price hike? It seems within acceptable boundaries to me.

In a world where importing is as simple as clicking a screen we're (practically) permanently attached to? Yeah, I think that's too much.


So grey import it and have no local support whatsoever, and pray nothing breaks.



So long as Ive had a correct version (like a v1, v2, v3, etc, each sent to whatever region) I've never had a problem faking a receipt for use in legitimate warranty needs

#1192278 "The Australia Tax" on electronics...

Posted by Master_Scythe on 07 June 2017 - 11:08 AM

So for the first time in probably 10 years, I'm excited about buying something.

Everything else has been 'Needed' or 'Sort of fun' or I've purchased the one that "Is good enough, but not the best" to save some money.


Now, the TCL KeyOne is about to be released here.



It's a thing of dreams. Every review is positive, every user is happy, and best of all, it's selling out everywhere it's been released, it's THAT popular.

Finally, less ' boring glass slabs'.

It's taking all of my will not to rant, and jump in joy about something actually innovative again.


Anyway; my soul sunk a little when I heard the price point is going to be $899 at JbHiFi (likely the only retailer).

Direct currency conversion should have had it about $720; and everyone was expecting "The Australia Tax" to take that to $799.


But..... $899.  I mean, maybe they just know their audience, because I'll be lined up on launch day to buy one even if it was $2k, but it still feels like a slap in the face.


Is it a wholesaler problem?

Retailer gouging?


Who's to blame for this constant over-pricing of devices here?

#1192209 What's on your mind?

Posted by Master_Scythe on 05 June 2017 - 08:49 AM



How come a grand's worth of glasses has been driving me up the wall for weeks so I toss them to one-side today and my wife finds a pair of generics I've had for years - suddenly I can see again -eye appointment, Tuesday - could get a bit interesting... ;)






Thank me later.


My prescription is tricky, over $800 MINIMUM here (Grind lenses), and changes every 6 months at the most.

I can get 'Top of the line' glasses for $100, or cheapies to throw around for $25, in my prescription, with all my special coatings.


Don't believe the Optoms who say it's not as good. Unless your optom is ALSO the lab, whats the difference between YOU sending it to the lab, or THEM sending it to the lab?

And I can vouch for eyebuydirects lab being accurate.


Just when you ask for your prescription from your eye exam, demand they measure your PD too (Pupillary distance)

#1192143 AtomicMPC 100th Issue Collector's Edition

Posted by Master_Scythe on 01 June 2017 - 03:35 PM



Magazines are just dead, full stop.  Newspapers not far behind.

I think it depends.

One of the two mags I subscribe to is Scientific American.

The articles don't really get old quickly like leading edge tech, so it still works in a printed format. I still read articles from last year and most of the time they are still relevant.


I sub to Silicon Chip for the same reasons.



While "maximum gaming" did, I'd argue "Maximum Computing" didn't either.


Things like Architecture, storage methods (flash types for example) you name it; it lasts as long as each architecture does, which can be years.

#1192094 AtomicMPC 100th Issue Collector's Edition

Posted by Master_Scythe on 31 May 2017 - 01:05 PM

TBH, I don't know the answer to the poll question. I'd stopped buying the mag before it stopped printing. Not sure if it was direction changes, or interest changes.

One thing, though: you can never recreate the magic. Doesn't matter whether you're talking about a magazine, a nightclub, or an entire genre - once it dies, trying to bring it back to life just makes a zombie.


On the plus side, nothing has actually come up to replace it in the market.


There is no mag that looks into things like architecture, interfaces, bus speeds..... you name it....

If there ever was a hole in the market, and someone wanted to re launch a mag, it's still a hole in the market.


I doubt it'll be filled, but it's there.

#1191352 PC for my bro

Posted by Master_Scythe on 03 May 2017 - 01:59 PM

OK lets break this down:


[Thermaltake Versa N23 Mid-Tower Chassis with 600W 80+ PSU]

I Chose this case and PSU because its 80+ rated so its a good PSU, and there's nothing worse than getting a new computer, and it looks like crap.

Yeah looks dont matter in performance, but being proud of your new 'toy' is a huge part people dont consider.


[Kingston 16GB kit (2 x 8GB) HX424C15FB2K2/16 Hyper X DDR4 2400Mhz]

This is the fastest RAM a Ryzen board without an updated BIOS will support.

This will be fixed with a BIOS update, but who cares? The extra money you spend on 'faster ram' is unlikely to ever make a user noticeable difference.

[Acer G237HL 23"IPS-LED,16:9,1920x1080,4ms,1000:1,1xVGA,1xHDMI,Speakers,Tilt]


23" is a decent size, and IPS means super bright and colorful, it also means you can view it from almost any angle. IPS is normally limited to 60hz, and will sometimes overclock to 70hz, so if he's COMPETITIVE gaming, even casually, he might want to go to a cheaper TN panel, because they're 'faster', but IPS is new and beautiful. For most people 60hz (60FPS) is enough.

[CM Storm Devastator II Gaming Keyboard & Mouse Red LED]

This combo looks wicked for a cheap keyboard and mouse. Once again, it's about being proud of your new build.

[Seagate ST2000DX002 FireCuda 2TB SATA3 8GB NAND Desktop SSHD]

These, I love. I use them, well their older brother, in every clients build I do. They're a normal 2TB HDD, with X ammount (8GB in this case) of 'SSD' built on.

In the 'old days' this was crap, because you had to run software to use it, and it worked on a file level.

NOW? It runs on BLOCK LEVEL and it's all automatic.

Basically, if you read "Sector 1~250" most often, which is say, PART of your firefox cache file, it'll move those blocks to the SSD so it's instant to load. If the cache file is 10GB and you only read 1GB of it, it'll only clone the 1GB of raw sectors. They're fucking legendary.

Note: If he's not savvy, so he won't do backups, consider a second one, and set up a clone\mirror task so they backup to each other.

[Asus PRIME X370-PRO]

I don't use Gigabyte, too many problems, so this is the cheapest ASUS board that's AM4 and an X370 chipset :)

[AMD Ryzen 5 1500X 4-Core Socket AM4 3.6GHz CPU Processor with Wraith Spire Cooler ]

New RIZEN processor, 4 core, 8 thread.

The reason RIZEN is a good choice (besides bang for buck) is because you can go to an 8 core 16 thread on the SAME SOCKET in the future, when prices drop.

That's future proofing for ya!


Order Total



See? That's without a Windows Licence, and without a Graphics Card.


For those, I'd suggest:

Windows 10 (cheap from ebay, $25? dodgy? That's up to you....)


a Geforce GTX 1060 (6GB edition) (around the $325 mark).

You need the 6GB edition, because some games are disabling graphics features below 4GB of ram, and the cheaper is 3GB


 Hopefully DASA sticks his thread in to tear the shit out of my build, he usually does, though he usually doesn't correct TOO much... but that's what i've got so far.

There really is nowhere to cut, and still be happy, to fit a $300 GPU in there.


$1500 is a realistic budget for 'all brand new',

#1191347 PC for my bro

Posted by Master_Scythe on 03 May 2017 - 12:00 PM

A ground-up build can easily soak up the bucks, with virtually every upgrade I've done in the last 15 years I've ported across multiple components which eases the price pain.


The deliniation between i5 and i7 is a very grey area, there's plenty of i5s that give hyperthreading, there's lower speed i7s and plenty of i7s with onboard graphics and plenty of mobile i7s are only dual-core.

A decent used Skylake can save near 50% on that part and you can still get new motherboards easily.  Similarly there's plenty of DDR3 Ram being offloaded and savings to be had there.


The fact that the brother 'needs help building a PC' but also 'wants an i7' suggests to me it's a wank\cool factor to show off to his mates.

I was like that... still kinda am (see my file server post :P).


If that's the case, This is why I suggest Rizen.

The performance is that of an i7 for cheaper, and if he's showing off, nothing is 'cooler' right now.

#1191339 PC for my bro

Posted by Master_Scythe on 03 May 2017 - 10:51 AM


He wants an i7?

Is he gaming or not?

Last thing he needs if he's gaming is an i7. and i5 is more than overkill.


If it's for the 'cool factor' Why not Rizen?


that budget requires second hand unless he has SOME old parts to put forward....


Pretty much a multi-purpose PC but the ability to hit gaming but nothing too intense like video editing or VM etc.


No parts to re-use, he's coming from an old Core 2 Duo build lol.



A Core2Duo box will often have needed a decent power supply (CPU and GPU were 'hungrier' back then), and often the case is still good.

Monitor needs replacing too?

Keyboard mouse?


Can I offer some genuine advice here?


1. Go Rizen.

2. Build the 'Computer' with the $1k.

3. Save up an extra $300 and get a 1060 6GB graphics card in a few months.


If you try and game on a $1k PC, you'll be unhappy.

If you use the $1k to build a PC, then add a graphics card later, you'll be very pleased.

#1191337 PC for my bro

Posted by Master_Scythe on 03 May 2017 - 10:13 AM

He wants an i7?

Is he gaming or not?

Last thing he needs if he's gaming is an i7. and i5 is more than overkill.


If it's for the 'cool factor' Why not Rizen?


that budget requires second hand unless he has SOME old parts to put forward....

#1191220 Cerber ransomware

Posted by Master_Scythe on 28 April 2017 - 09:18 AM

As I said, normally when you pay, they do 'fix it' otherwise, why hold you at 'ransome'?

They ruin their reputation if they don't come through.

1/1000 paying because "yeah it works" is significantly better than 0 because word gets out "You pay, and they get nothing"


Considering it's been left so long, I doubt you'll be able to get them back. WITHOUT paying.

Normally, you can 'jump' into "shadow explorer" or something like that and grab an unencrypted Shadow Copy, but that tends to disappear if you shutdown or reboot, or just wait long enough.



There are a few things you can try.


First, is the

"Trend Micro Ransomware File Decryptor tool"


There used to be a cerberdecrypt.com, but at the time of writing it's down....


You just have to HOPE it's a v1 or v2 encryption, because they were using a standard key algorithm. Aka. they're decryptable.


Give the tool a try on one file, and see what happens.

PROBABLY best to do it form safe mode.

#1191169 Universal Basic Income as a product of an Automated Economy

Posted by Master_Scythe on 27 April 2017 - 09:07 AM

I dont have time to watch it at the moment, but this SOUNDS like it'd be relevant to Bill Gates idea, which I'm all for.

For every machine that replaces a human role, that 'bot' (company) must 'pay' 50% to 75% of the original workers income, to tax.


Use the new found 'extra tax' to lower it for everyone else, or to fund the now unemployed.


Business saves 25%, and government can afford welfare.


I thought it was brilliant.