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  1. So, When's the next? I need an excuse to go to Sydney again Or.... I've never been to Melbourne....
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    Anyone know much about power conditioners?

    I actually know a LOT about these things, because I used to sell (con?... nah a lot of it was real, but there certainly was SOME placebo...) 'Elitist HiFi gear'. We're talking "If you don't have $30k, and you want a 2.0 stereo, you're in the wrong shop". Anywho, the TLDR is that most of the power conditioners are bogus, but there ARE a few that actually do their thing. There was this neat device that was basically a speaker, connected to an AC power plug, with a crossover set at 50~60hz (where our power is meant to be). Anything outside of that, would work, well, just like AC waves into a speaker do. Loud, horrible, distorted buzzing. It was actually interesting to me to be able to go to each of our different brand power boards and see which ones kept power\noise out of the circuit. And while anything compact (class D) was pure placebo, and most Tube amps 'filter' themselves by design; some of those Class A\B amplifiers that run on direct AC voltage, did in fact care noticeably if the power was clean. ANYWAY, about the only brand that cleaned it 100% was THOR. Coincidentally, they made the speaker device also, but it certainly worked (I was able to find other boards that were also silent). Out "Really good shit" used to run off of a PS20 https://www.thortechnologies.com.au/product-category/power/ But you do NOT want a $2k filter for a $500 TV now do ya The solution to our customers turning their noses up to that, was their passive range; https://www.rio.com.au/product/b8f-power-board-thor/?adTribesID=24dbad984f963486b5916a99cbeadb57|adtribes|7149&utm_source=Google Shopping&utm_campaign=Google Shopping&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=7149&utm_content=HJFeed&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIjK_Q55XH4wIVg4BwCh1QSwf0EAQYASABEgLoU_D_BwE Those "Smart Filter" power boards were killer. Silenced my little speaker tool, and took the "Max volume hum" out of the Class A\B amps. Benefit of those power boards is that that usually filter COAX as well; so you can get SOME protection from indirect lightning strikes, and if things like light switches are killing the TV, it'll also filter any noise getting into the 'ground' of your house. Worth a note; I get nothing out of this nowadays, and it wasn't that company whom I worked for (they've since closed down); so it's nothing but the fact that they gave me a tool to test them, and was impressed.
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    The Naruto Run !

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    The most special people

    Yep, as I said, I didn't even know him too well. It was just the sad fact that one of our own went without accident, without (stereotypical) illness, and without prejudice. I saw that video also many years ago; I was tempted to link it, but wasn't sure; it's very bittersweet. He's gone; but, It warms me somehow.... I always noticed that in his last moments (that video) he chose to focus on the 'fun' and 'happy' moments he'd had. Nothing in that video, broken into it's individual parts is sad, the overall tone is for sure, it's a goodbye, but not the elements that make it. I'm so thankful that youtube now lists the song name; rather than muting the audio. Because his personal eulogy was muted for a few years.
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    Home Server advice

    If you want compact I'm still voting for the HP microserver...... https://www.seabourne.store/hpe-microserver-gen10-x3216-8gb-u-4lff-nhp-sata-20 Less than $650 brand new. Room for 4 HDD's. Dual Port Gigabit for either throughput, or running a hardware firewall. Whack 4x 8TB drives in there in a RaidZ1; you'd end up with 20TB of usable space. Then use 2x 10TB external drives as 'off site' backups, and you're set.
  6. Just genuinely curious here. All my education and experience says that I'm barking up the wrong tree, but there are elements of the internet that I've fallen behind on (like webRTC, for example). Scenario: If you're using a VPN. Your DNS records go somewhere secure. Your real IP doesn't leak. Then you log into something, like your mail server, STEAM, Atomic; something that identifies you; can that fingerprint be used in any way to pinpoint the user? I'm fairly sure the answer is no.... but I'm just making sure I'm not overlooking something. For a long time I was thinking of a VPN like a private proxy: Me > Proxy > Site. Which means that you can just reverse those arrows, and you have a path backward (so, as long as there's no logs, it's private until you log into a trackable service, like mail) But in reality; unless there's a technology I'm missing; it's more like. Me+Person+Person+Person+Person+Person+Person+Person+Person+Person+Person > VPN > Site. So this would mean that trying to reverse the chain would mean that the link goes cold at step2, because without VPN logs, there's no tracing it further, yeah? The tldr; Due to having messed with caching proxys for SO many years at work, my brain was stuck in the idea that, if you connect to a VPN, for privacy, you'd need to be careful NOT to log into any 'named'\tracable services. Otherwise bam, they can link the chain and it's no longer private. But in reality, because the VPN is log-free; I can log into steam, log into email, log into..... anything, and they still can't trace it back. So I can have Steam logged in, and my Browsing is still 'private' right? I feel like a noob asking; because I already know the answer, but sometimes I just need reassurance... my Networking degree was a long time ago now, and my eyes limiting my reading has slowed my progress; and really hurt my confidence.
  7. Yet you made comments here; Why are you investing effort into something you're unenthusiastic about? Over the course of multiple days; You couldn't get literally 5 minutes to walk in and tick some boxes? CLEARLY! Don't worry, your 1 vote is not powerful enough to affect a pay grade.
  8. Good call. I wouldn't go metal on your first ever exposed Die adventure.
  9. Anodized is fine. Raw, or simply polished, is not.
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    VPN - Is fingerprinting a concern?

    Thanks heaps man. It's not within a specific app I'm worried about, it was purely to make sure that being on 1 service doesn't link them all back. Using a secure browser, and an insecure gaming service doesn't compromise the browser (under any realistic, likely, circumstance); so with that I'm happy Turns out I did understand it (well enough); as per usual, I was just full of self doubt.
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    VPN - Is fingerprinting a concern?

    Sort of, but I'm also finding that the VPN is very good at routing inside itself; showing near no speed loss also. So if I set my 24\7 VPN to somewhere close and fast; but with better data retention policies (like, say, NZ); I find that using a software VPN tunnel on the PC in addition has less than a 5% hit on speed.
  12. Yep, don't forget my Carnage. Anodized alloy should technically be Gallium safe..... however turns out they Anodize BEFORE routing the heatpipe channels.... so.... exposed alloy in between there.... yeah....
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    VPN - Is fingerprinting a concern?

    The cost that I pay is already paid; and it's worth it because the VPN ensures I actually GAIN speed to most sites, not lose. It seems only the budget ones tank your speed; if you pick the country your data going to (like when my mate and I use e-amuse servers in japan) for your VPN, you normally see SIGNIFICANT improvements.
  14. There are easier compounds to work with than liquid metal, which still noticeably better than intels paste. Grizly Cryonaught jumps to mind. I'm well aware liquid metal is ANOTHER significant jump, but it's just a risk I'm not willing to take
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    VPN - Is fingerprinting a concern?

    Oh yes, and I'm the first to admit it; I've forgotten a lot of my Dipolma, from being stagnated. My original dream was to be a coder, or a much lower-level network engineer than I am, but when my ability to read lines of text without triple spacing and 16pt became a reality, emotions went shit, education slowed, and now I just have to struggle to catch back up now I'm older with more discipline! This bit I understood, I haven't forgotten THAT much This bit was what I wanted to be sure of. I was concerned that if ONE traceable service came from the VPN IP, then they can assume that all of them are from that user; or fingerprint the connections somehow. So if they see 'Hey MS logged into Atomic on IP xxxyyyxxxyyy(vpn), AND that same IP now just did naughty things' However, because there are SO MANY people using that same IP is it a matter of a needle hiding in a haystack? And since the VPN has no logs, no proof who's who? The reason I asked, was because I want to add my OpenVPN to my pfsense box and direct everything through it; but I was concerned that being connected 24/7 would compromise it's usefulness. I still remember the TCP\IP layers fairly well so yep, gotcha. So, if a user had a browser with cookies off; scripts off, and basically no (known) holes; having the VPN on 24/7 and using traceable services (I guess, by username alone, as the IP is still the VPN); that wouldn't compromise the privacy one received while in that 'other' browser? Same IP, but only the VPN provider could know they're the same originating source; which they don't record. Correct? No reason not to leave it on 24/7 at a router level?
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    W10 15 March update broke my mouse

    I'm going to assume you've tried the mouse in another PC? Or a Linux boot Environment? I know this isn't helpful to fixing the issue; and I want to know the genuine outcome as much as you do, but since things have improved so much in regards to games and software, the move to Linux (especially MINT) has never been easier.....
  17. I'm not going to go into it; my preferences are mine. The tldr of my feelings are that with Liberal holding hands with Palmer, and the horrible leadership spill after leadership spill. AND the religious ideals in one of the least religious countries. AAANNNNDDD the hating of people marrying whom they love.... I'm Genuinely surprised Liberal got back in. Not because of what they stand for as a party, but because of who represents them.
  18. Funny enough, this exact 'struggle' is why I advise people look into 1440p gaming over 4k. I have eye problems, so I'm hardly the authority on 'crispy gaming experiences', but even my mates with 20/20 vision say that unless you're going over 32", then 1440p is already pretty flawless. From what I can tell I agree. I can see 4K is NICER when you want to pause and look at the scenery, but the second you start actually moving and gaming, I find it hard to discern (and mates tell me, its nearly identical, wouldnt know unless you A to B'd it)
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    Smart light switch, need your advise

    There doesn't seem to be a lot of Australian approved options out there. I mean, really, so long as it genuinely reaches Aus standards, the only thing to try and demo would be the 'app' to see if it's any good. And perhaps if it can integrate with alexa\google\siri?
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    Drone Photography

    Can't help ya with that. But if you ever get into freestyle; let me know
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    Problems with the 737MAX ?

    I can see the church sermon now....
  22. For those who missed the story; https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/02/youtube-will-fight-predatory-behavior-by-disabling-comments-on-videos-of-minors/ Basically, specific search terms would lead to nasty videos, and bad people. Welcome to the horrible side of the internet. Now, while I applaud their 'fast action' on this matter.... this is GOOGLE we're talking about here. Mr A.I, the big data mining giant of the west. Surely, there is some child safe, weapon safe, link blocking, spam banning algorithm they could have used instead? OK, there is literally no reason that grandmas video of her kids should be 'published' and not a private link, but literally millions of videos have been 'silenced'. In the Tech World, we have Linus Tech Tips, who has his kids in TONS of videos helping out. Now silenced from comments. Really, it's not a big blow to the online world, forums, discord, facebook and the like still work, and A+ for stopping the bad people in the short term; But I'm really surprised this broad of a brush stroke was required. You'd think that someone with their power could do something other than just "Shut it (comments) down!" No?
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    The most special people

    And me! I really enjoyed my visit.
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    Chinese market phones.. are these a bargain?

    Not if you want battery life. Most tests fare it well in standby and talk; but screen on and radios traditionally melt the capacity quickly. I'm sure they've improved since last generation; but any brand is unlikely (and reviews confirm) to jump from 'worst flagship battery life' to 'best' in 1 gen. As for radiation; our phones are already only tested at X cm away from head, or on handsfree. More radiation in the phone itself isn't my concern at all. Wont hurt me on bluetooth, and wont hurt me with my headphones in. Any call more than 1 minute gets headphones; as should everyone if they're RF concerned.
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    The most special people

    Sad we dont get to hear Also hi!