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HEY KID I'M A COMPUTER

BroloBrolo BroseidonLord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
edited July 2011 in Social Entropy++
This is a thread about computers and technology things.

If you have questions about how to fix your computer, or how to build your computer, or you just want to talk about how much you love your computer, you might find a good answer in this thread.

Here are some sites you might want to check out:

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Especially you, swordfights! You've been added to my gmail chat but you don't seem to be online, so we can just do this here.

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  • BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Also dudes, are any of you using this google+ thingy?

    Let's start up an SE++ circle.

  • mensch-o-maticmensch-o-matic Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    I got invited a couple of times but g+ keeps saying its full up

  • UbikUbik i am a god in a french-ass restaurantRegistered User regular
    edited July 2011
    if i want to liquid cool my computer i just pour some water into the fan hole right?

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  • UrielUriel Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    I had to RMA my graphics card recently.

    The power had fluttered and when I restarted my computer the card was dead.

    What kind of new surge protector should I get?

  • BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    edited July 2011
    I seem to have been added to it automatically, I just went to google plus and I was already signed in to it.

  • IsoldaeIsoldae Ludicolo Ludicolo Ludicolo Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Ubik wrote: »
    if i want to liquid cool my computer i just pour some water into the fan hole right?

    For best liquid cooling results submerge your computer into your fish tank.

  • MrMonroeMrMonroe Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Ubik wrote: »
    if i want to liquid cool my computer i just pour some water into the fan hole right?

    it is imperative that you use orange juice

  • MortalToasterMortalToaster Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    i'd be down for a g+ se++ circle. my network currently has a whopping three people :/

  • Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus Not tests. They were trying to kill it.Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Rolo wrote: »
    Also dudes, are any of you using this google+ thingy?

    Let's start up an SE++ circle.

    already started, I got like 28 people in there

    if you want to add me I'm centipededamascus at gmail

  • STATE OF THE ART ROBOTSTATE OF THE ART ROBOT EVERYBODY'S GOT A PRICE! Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Ubik wrote: »
    if i want to liquid cool my computer i just pour some water into the fan hole right?

    Jesus christ no!

    You gotta put ice in there first.

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  • UbikUbik i am a god in a french-ass restaurantRegistered User regular
    edited July 2011
    but seriously, what's a good laptop brand and/or model to look into?

    none of those netbooks, i need a legit laptop for when i go study abroad

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  • BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Rolo wrote: »
    Also dudes, are any of you using this google+ thingy?

    Let's start up an SE++ circle.

    already started, I got like 28 people in there

    if you want to add me I'm centipededamascus at gmail

    wait do I have add you on the google plus site or what

    and does that make our circles merge or something?

  • Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus Not tests. They were trying to kill it.Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    circles are private, dude. you don't share circles.

  • FutoreFutore Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    What do you dudes think of those Google Chromeputers?

    They're certainly not a new concept, but I have a feeling that Google would be able to execute it better than anyone.

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  • KoshianKoshian __BANNED USERS regular
    edited July 2011
  • redfenixredfenix Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Rolo wrote: »
    Also dudes, are any of you using this google+ thingy?

    Let's start up an SE++ circle.

    already started, I got like 28 people in there

    if you want to add me I'm centipededamascus at gmail

    id love an invite too

    llocke at gmail

  • BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Ubik wrote: »
    but seriously, what's a good laptop brand and/or model to look into?

    none of those netbooks, i need a legit laptop for when i go study abroad

    Really I'd go with a slightly older business class laptop, like a Dell Latitude E5420 or IBM Thinkpad X201. They're not always the prettiest, but they tend to have better build quality and toughness than consumer laptops, which can be a pretty big deal when you're overseas.

  • ultimakayultimakay Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    This google plus thing feels good, like a much more slick version of facebook. If this really gets off the ground I could actually see myself using it.

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  • Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus Not tests. They were trying to kill it.Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Futore wrote: »
    What do you dudes think of those Google Chromeputers?

    They're certainly not a new concept, but I have a feeling that Google would be able to execute it better than anyone.

    they look very cool

    I'd definitely think about one if I didn't already have a netbook

  • I Win SwordfightsI Win Swordfights fuck tough be coolRegistered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Okay! Let's do this!

    Thanks and sorry, Rolo, been busy the past couple days.

  • Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus Not tests. They were trying to kill it.Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    redfenix wrote: »
    Rolo wrote: »
    Also dudes, are any of you using this google+ thingy?

    Let's start up an SE++ circle.

    already started, I got like 28 people in there

    if you want to add me I'm centipededamascus at gmail

    id love an invite too

    llocke at gmail

    I'm actually already in

    and invites are currently locked down

  • Macro9Macro9 Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Someone send me an invite to Google+

    I demand it

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  • BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    edited July 2011
    circles are private, dude. you don't share circles.

    okay... but where do I add you?

    who

    what

    how do i circles

  • Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus Not tests. They were trying to kill it.Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Rolo wrote: »
    circles are private, dude. you don't share circles.

    okay... but where do I add you?

    who

    what

    how do i circles

    click the circles button

    click "add new person"

    put my email in there

  • KoshianKoshian __BANNED USERS regular
    edited July 2011
  • redfenixredfenix Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Rolo wrote: »
    circles are private, dude. you don't share circles.

    okay... but where do I add you?

    who

    what

    how do i circles

    click the circles button

    click "add new person"

    put my email in there

    i too would like this service
    i will provide very little in return

  • FactorySquirrelFactorySquirrel Registered User
    edited July 2011
    Koshian wrote: »
    here's some lol technews

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    Price of what? Google stock?

    "That man is playing Galaga! He thought we wouldn't notice. But we did."
  • BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Rolo wrote: »
    circles are private, dude. you don't share circles.

    okay... but where do I add you?

    who

    what

    how do i circles

    click the circles button

    click "add new person"

    put my email in there

    ah, I just added an underscore to your email, that's why

  • GeoMitchGeoMitch Registered User
    edited July 2011
    buy bitcoins

    Gamertag: GeoMtch Steam Google+
  • autono-wally, erotibot300autono-wally, erotibot300 love machine Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    I added you, centipede damascus

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  • Macro9Macro9 Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    I put a computer together on Newegg earlier for $1690. Could probably shave $100-150 off of that by getting the ram and CPU from Microcenter.

    It was everything but a case and PSU. Included a 27" monitor, new mouse, and new headset in on that.

    Radeon 6970 2GB
    i7 2600k
    8GB of DDR3 2133
    128GB Sata 3.0 SSD
    And a Z68 mobo with the crossfire from Gigabyte

    Not that I am buying right now. Just getting an idea of prices before I build a new on in a few months. I'll probably swap the mobo for one that does SLI and get a GTX 570, though.

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  • MrMonroeMrMonroe Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Koshian wrote: »
    here's some lol technews

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    Price of what? Google stock?

    I assume it is the bitcoin crash at Mt. Gox

    hilariously, in a system that takes pride in not having a central authority that controls monetary policy, the exchange simply cancelled all the transactions following the sell-off that resulted from the hacking of an account that had a massive position in bitcoin

  • FearghaillFearghaill Midgard I hear some secret agents only get cars.Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Koshian wrote: »
    here's some lol technews

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    Price of what? Google stock?

    I hope/bet it's bitcoins.

    edit: haha, yesss

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  • MrMonroeMrMonroe Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    it's actually a pretty shitty graph since it's only two dimensional

    here is another one that reflects transaction volume:
    Spoiler:

    notice that the sale volume for $0.01 is substantially larger than any of the other transactions

    that's because the people who trade in bitcoin are fucking retarded

  • Macro9Macro9 Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    MrMonroe wrote: »
    it's actually a pretty shitty graph since it's only two dimensional

    here is another one that reflects transaction volume:
    Spoiler:

    notice that the sale volume for $0.01 is substantially larger than any of the other transactions

    that's because the people who trade in bitcoin are fucking retarded

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  • KoshianKoshian __BANNED USERS regular
    edited July 2011
  • FactorySquirrelFactorySquirrel Registered User
    edited July 2011
    I've had it up to here

    with these motherfucking bitcoins

    on this motherfucking board.

    "That man is playing Galaga! He thought we wouldn't notice. But we did."
  • Burning OrganBurning Organ Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Ubik wrote: »
    but seriously, what's a good laptop brand and/or model to look into?

    none of those netbooks, i need a legit laptop for when i go study abroad

    Here's one thing you should know: Do not buy Acer laptops.

    A friend of mine bought one which was severely overpriced, labeled as a gaming laptop despite not really having the specs for it (It did have half a decent GPU though) and the kicker was that, for some reason, updating the drivers did not work. His gaming laptop ended up only being capable of playing wow, and after like 2 years it died.

    Also worth noting is that when I worked at a computer repair shop the owner had piles of computers for scrapping in the back room. The highest pile was always Acer.

    Otherwise, as someone else said, business laptops are usually pretty robust. A lot of low end consumer models (around the 500-700€/$) are usually fairly shitty. There are some exceptions of course, but I haven't looked at laptops for a while since I avoid working on the hardware on them if I can avoid it.

  • Samir Duran DuranSamir Duran Duran Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    So this is kind of related and I'm cross-posting it because it is interesting:
    my sister got tdss on her computer, malwarebytes found and removed it.. how good should I sleep without reinstalling everything? :P

    Kaspersky offers a free download 'TDSSKiller'. Works great.

    TDSSKiller is an excellent suggestion (though I believe it only works on x86 systems - could be wrong, but I'm not sure). Another measure you can take would be to boot from a LiveCD or USB stick and use a scanner from outside the OS, where the rootkit can't hide as easily.

    On the Topic of TDSS/TDL, recently Kaspersky did an interesting write up of the threat's evolution here. Some interesting tidbits include an examination of the affiliate program (i.e. people get paid to infect machines, to the tune of $20 - $200 per 1,000 infections, depending on region), and an analysis of the bootkit component of TDL, which includes its own antivirus to remove rival infections. The botnet is also controlled via a public P2P system, where newly infected machines automatically connect, and are then given specific instructions to connect to other TDSS infected machines - effectively creating a private P2P network which the malware authors control. Not only does control of such a network decentralize their command and control (meaning the network is harder to take out), but they've started to monetize the P2P network. By installing proxy-server type software on infected machines, TDL controllers are offering anonymous internet browsing for all who want to pay $100 a month. Essentially, if you pay for this service you connect to a proxy server that is (in actually) someone else's infected computer. So activity from your end looks to be originating from the victim's IP.

    And perhaps the most notable element of the article? Kaspersky managed to penetrate the TDL botnet's command and control databases, where they found some interesting data:
    According to these databases, in just the first three months of 2011 alone, TDL-4 infected 4,524,488 computers around the world.

    Good God Damn.


    IT security and malware design in particular ain't what it used to be.

    Very interesting if I do say so myself.

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