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DeMarquis Who Am I? from Hell, USA Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
Nov 18th 2020 at 11:34:47 AM

Why? A chromebook on guest mode is no more or less insecure than any laptop connected to the internet. With an anonymous google docs account, it's arguably more secure. It's a pain letting Google collect our metadata, but that's just a matter of not using their services.

I was pretty cynical, but now I'm pleasantly surprised
tclittle Professional Forum Ninja from Somewhere Down in Texas
Professional Forum Ninja
Nov 18th 2020 at 1:55:16 PM

Tim Sweeney with a bad take on Epic vs Apple:

It’s a good article. Hey critics, please read what I said and tell me if it’s actually wrong: When the rules were wrongful, it was right to disobey them. That’s the comparison to the civil rights movement.

The original Tech Crunch article Sweeney was replying to.

Edited by tclittle on Nov 18th 2020 at 3:56:36 AM

"We're all paper, we're all scissors, we're all fightin' with our mirrors, scared we'll never find somebody to love."
Deadbeatloser22 from Disappeared by Space Magic Relationship Status: Hoping Senpai notices me
Nov 18th 2020 at 3:14:07 PM

Isn't Chrome OS getting sunsetted in favour of an Android fork soon anyway?

"Yup. That tasted purple."
Ultimatum Disasturbator from an Amiga Forest somewhere Relationship Status: I know
Disasturbator
Nov 18th 2020 at 3:15:22 PM

That's news to me,source?

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Deadbeatloser22 from Disappeared by Space Magic Relationship Status: Hoping Senpai notices me
Nov 18th 2020 at 3:20:00 PM

It's one of those things that keeps rumour mill grinding every so often I guess.

"Yup. That tasted purple."
TairaMai rollin' on dubs from El Paso Tx Relationship Status: What is this thing you call love?
rollin' on dubs
Nov 18th 2020 at 7:43:55 PM

De Marquis - Google won't change it's ways and again, you don't own ChromeOS, they do.

If you want secure, you own it and you can use it offline, go with Linux.

As a Windows user, I've had to deal with so many issues when House Redmond makes changes behind my back. Heed my Jacob Marley Warning - go Linux if you want to tinker.

*rattles chains made of Windows CD's and ELUA printouts*

A friend poured me a root beer in a square glass...now I just have beer...
Steven The Nu Mou Enthusiast from The Room Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
The Nu Mou Enthusiast
Nov 18th 2020 at 8:32:06 PM

So I think I finally figured out what was making me blue screen every time I played Left 4 Dead 2. I had the MSI Dragon Center software, which came with my motherboard. I never had any problems with it until the October Windows update where it all started. I uninstalled the software and hadn't had any problems since. I googled a bit and it seems a lot of other people had similar issues.

Something something thoughts and prayers
tclittle Professional Forum Ninja from Somewhere Down in Texas
Professional Forum Ninja
Nov 26th 2020 at 6:43:55 PM

I've got a really weird question. It seems my speakers and/or PC are picking up HAM Radio signals and I have no idea where it's coming from or how to stop it. Anyone have any ideas?

"We're all paper, we're all scissors, we're all fightin' with our mirrors, scared we'll never find somebody to love."
RainehDaze Empress of Roses from Scotland Relationship Status: Mu
Empress of Roses
Nov 26th 2020 at 6:46:35 PM

... put some tinfoil around the speakers and cables? [lol]

Umu!
CompletelyNormalGuy Definitely not a weirdo from Seattle
Definitely not a weirdo
Nov 27th 2020 at 6:51:37 PM

Now I'm picturing a pair of speakers each wearing their own tin foil hat.

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DeMarquis Who Am I? from Hell, USA Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
Nov 28th 2020 at 6:05:52 AM

You could try changing the length and orientation of the the speaker wires.

I was pretty cynical, but now I'm pleasantly surprised
Fighteer Lost in Space from The Time Vortex Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
Lost in Space
Dec 1st 2020 at 9:20:44 AM

I'm posting this here because I'm not sure where it best fits.

From Ars Technica: The Supreme Court will finally rule on controversial US hacking law

Oral arguments were taken yesterday in a case related to the U.S. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), in which SCOTUS is considering how broadly to interpret the law.

The specific case is a police officer charged with "hacking" for accepting a bribe to use his credentials to look up information in a police database in violation of his official duties. The officer did not actually break the security on the system, but he used his privileged access to perform an unethical act.

CFAA has been used to prosecute many other "unauthorized access" cases in both criminal and civil court, such as against ticket scalpers writing "scraping" code targeting Ticketmaster's website, or a third party re-hosting Craigslist ads. It could even, in principle, be cited if an employee used their work computer to send a personal email.

The defense is arguing that this wide reading of the law to cover any access to a system that violates its terms of use is so broad that it could be used against almost anyone, crushing civil liberties. The government is presenting a novel argument that CFAA applies only to individuals exploiting specific, authorized access rather than generally, which is completely at odds with the past usage of the statute.

The government's position is novel because it has literally never been argued before, and it is also not supported by a strict reading of the law, according to onlookers.

In a sense, this leaves the Supreme Court with two different ways to limit the scope of the CFAA. One way—the way favored by the defendant—would be to hold that violating a site's terms of use doesn't violate the law, even in egregious cases. The other option—the one now favored by the government—is to hold that violating a site's terms of use is only a federal crime if it's a site that provides sensitive private information and tightly limits who can access it.

Edited by Fighteer on Dec 1st 2020 at 12:41:01 PM

"It's Occam's Shuriken! If the answer is elusive, never rule out ninjas!"
DeMarquis Who Am I? from Hell, USA Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
Dec 1st 2020 at 4:36:24 PM

If neither side wants to interpret the law as it was originally written, that makes it sound like a poorly written law.

I was pretty cynical, but now I'm pleasantly surprised
Fighteer Lost in Space from The Time Vortex Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
Lost in Space
Wildcard from Revolution City Relationship Status: Dating Catwoman
Dec 2nd 2020 at 1:44:33 PM

Hey guys. Having a computer issue that I'm not entirely sure how to fix. I have an Acer Nitro 5 laptop and the screen won't display anything. The computer still works and will display on a tv screen if I plug it in with an HTMI cable. I took it too a tech guy and he says he'll need to get a motherboard to replace it. Is that true? Or is it possible screen is just loose from a wire or something? Anyone know a quick fix or what part I could buy, like a screen or a wire inside. If it works well enough I'm not sure why I'd need to replace motherboard just cause screen isn't working. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

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RainehDaze Empress of Roses from Scotland Relationship Status: Mu
Empress of Roses
Dec 2nd 2020 at 2:07:13 PM

That sounds like the ribbon cable between the motherboard and the screen has broken or the connection has been damaged in some way, since obviously the display adapter is fine. However, that might be only user replaceable in the most technical sense. Or the screen's stopped working.

Though I honestly have no clue how they get to "replace the motherboard" as the solution when that's obviously the functional part.

Umu!
Wildcard from Revolution City Relationship Status: Dating Catwoman
Dec 2nd 2020 at 3:11:01 PM

Hmm...that is odd. Maybe I could look on ebay for a ribbon cable? How do I find? Or is it just "Ribbon Cable for Acer Nitro 5" typed on a google search will give me results?

METAL GEAR!?
RainehDaze Empress of Roses from Scotland Relationship Status: Mu
Empress of Roses
Dec 2nd 2020 at 3:18:23 PM

Ah, it's not a ribbon cable, and they are available. Depending on the exact model you might be able to find a disassembly video.

Though honestly, couldn't you go back to the tech guy and ask why he thinks it's the motherboard if the HDMI out works properly? Or find someone more honest?

Umu!
PushoverMediaCritic Now my Spirit Ball is on autopilot! from the Italy of America Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
Now my Spirit Ball is on autopilot!
Dec 3rd 2020 at 3:43:29 PM

Does anyone know of a calculator website that updates and calculates in real-time, without having to click a button to see the result? Both Google and Ecosia used to have that as a feature just by typing the calculation in the browser, the result would automatically show in the drop-down menu for suggested searches. It seems to not be a feature anymore, and now to use the web browser as a calculator, I have to actually hit enter and wait for it to load for each individual calculation, which is much more time-consuming and annoying.

The Republican Party is a terrorist organization.
Draghinazzo My love, has dressed me like a clown Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
My love, has dressed me like a clown
Dec 3rd 2020 at 4:09:56 PM

Both Google and Ecosia used to have that as a feature just by typing the calculation in the browser, the result would automatically show in the drop-down menu for suggested searches. It seems to not be a feature anymore

I tried this just now on Firefox and it still works. I assume it would work on others with a google search engine.

It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine. ...not really though.
PushoverMediaCritic Now my Spirit Ball is on autopilot! from the Italy of America Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
Now my Spirit Ball is on autopilot!
Dec 3rd 2020 at 4:53:39 PM

I'm on Firefox and it doesn't work for me. It seems to be finicky, I remember it working fine a while ago, but then it stopped, and I think it started working again but now it's stopped again and hasn't worked in a few months now.

The Republican Party is a terrorist organization.
tclittle Professional Forum Ninja from Somewhere Down in Texas
Professional Forum Ninja
Dec 4th 2020 at 11:30:08 AM "We're all paper, we're all scissors, we're all fightin' with our mirrors, scared we'll never find somebody to love."
Dec 13th 2020 at 5:53:57 PM

I posted a few months ago about my laptop not working without the adapter being plugged in all the time. Unfortunately I couldn't get the cover off, so I decided to take it to a computer repair shop. Turned out the battery was swollen so that had to be replaced along with the SSD drive.

How bad is it that a used laptop was sold with a swollen battery? I bought this from a nonprofit that recycles and sells computer parts, among other things. They listed the laptop as having "90% battery health" but they showed the battery power management window as 90% charged and didn't say anything about power issues. I didn't realize at the time that it was incorrect.

RainehDaze Empress of Roses from Scotland Relationship Status: Mu
Empress of Roses
Dec 13th 2020 at 6:46:18 PM

A used laptop is more likely to have a battery with those sorts of problems, if it developed after you got it then it's not their fault. If it's before, they really should have checked because fire hazard.

I don't think it actually reflects in power characteristics, so you kind of have to check.

Umu!
luisedgarf from Mexico Relationship Status: Hiding
Dec 13th 2020 at 10:14:28 PM

Can somebody can recommend me a good image edition program, free or otherwise, for translating comics? I want to translate some stuff, mostly for practice, and most of the instructions, programs or methods are either difficult, worthless to use.


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