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  • in reply to: Help on finding a new graphic card #56593

    Crispy Critter
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    I was wanting to run s3d on my main linux box[1], and found that the Nvidia 8400 GS has worked quite well for Scorching at 1680×1050. It’s not something I’d want to use for Crysis, though. πŸ™‚ On the other claw, an 8400 GS card can be had for about $50… a lot less than what I paid for the 7600 GS in my Windows box. #-o

    [1]The integrated Intel 945 graphics hardware utterly sucks under Ubuntu Jaunty. The box was originally intended to be a server only, but that Core 2 Quad makes it a very nice general-purpose box.

    in reply to: Not so free software #56794

    Crispy Critter
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    Part of the problem is with the English language itself. πŸ˜‰ Spanish, French, etc. distinguish between free as in “free beer” (gratis) and free as in freedom (libre).

    That being said, beware of fake antivirus and antispyware programs – they often entice people with “free” scans that find all sorts of trouble :^o and then demand payment – then when you pay for it, it turns out to spyware in its own right.

    in reply to: Spyware problem #57308

    Crispy Critter
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    Nuke it from orbit, it’s the only way to be sure.

    Really, today’s malware is nasty enough that you can never be quite sure that it’s gone. This was true even several years ago – I once spent a whole day clearing off CoolWebSearch and friends from a client’s system, when it would have been faster to use the “nuke it from orbit” approach. Remember that the antivirus/antispyware vendors can only react to threats that are already out there in the wild, and the crooks are always coming up with new threats.

    This is overkill, I know, but overkill can be a good thing…

    Back up important files to a USB hard drive. Do a fresh install of Windows and your apps – and update everything. Turn off AutoPlay before you plug the USB drive in again! It might have been infected when you were backing things up, and be primed to re-infect you via AutoPlay. Scan everything that you backed up AFTER you have a clean system and have installed (and updated!) antivirus and antispyware scanners. Make a system image with something like Ghost or PING. If you get zapped again, you can fall back to the image, and then apply any updates needed. Make a new image once everything’s updated.

    Other tips:

    • Don’t surf with IE. ActiveXploits are a major cause of spyware troubles. I don’t know what possessed Microsoft to think that embedding Office applications in web pages was a good idea… but it sure left a nice hole for the scammers to use.
    • Use Firefox+NoScript+good judgement about what sites to allow scripts and active content. NoScript may sometimes be a PITA to use, but it can save your bacon. A nice side-effect of using NoScript properly is that it all but eliminates the more obnoxious forms of advertising (popups/popunders, video ads, and such crap).
    • Keep your stuff up-to-date. That means not just Windows, but plugins like Adobe Reader, Flash, Java, QuickTime, etc., not to mention Firefox – and any other networkable applications. Note that there are separate Flash plugins for IE and Mozilla-based browsers – update both, even if you don’t surf with IE.
    • Be on the lookout for suspicious-looking search results. Check the text blurbs before clicking links – if the search results turn up “word salads” that look nonsensical, or links to sites with domain names that look like random consonants, those are probably pages loaded with exploits.
    • Any website that wants you to install a “codec package” is pushing malware. Also, beware of fake anti-spyware programs, which often come in through exploit pages – or just use a JavaScript popup to trick you into installing their fakeware.
    • Don’t pirate software. Pirate packages push pestilent payloads.
    • If it’s a tradeoff between security and convenience, err on the side of security. Don’t let your browser store banking/PayPal/Ebay passwords, for instance. I’m paranoid enough to recommend having a separate computer that’s used ONLY for financial purposes and NOTHING ELSE WHATSOEVER – no email or general web surfing.
    in reply to: mandy’s letter for Rommel #57165

    Crispy Critter
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    @mandy wrote:

    Simple just like in real life, when you don’t agree with so many things, why do you keep doing it?

    =D>

    Patient: “Doctor, it hurts when I do this.”
    Doctor: “Well, don’t do it, then.”

    in reply to: Thread…. Don’t make me lock you! Grrrr! :x #56944

    Crispy Critter
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    Speaking as a player who has returned after a long absence, I can’t help but wonder, “what’s the big problem here?” It’s almost as if it’s more dangerous to step into this forum than it is to get spawned onto a small, flat island with lots of neighbors. 😯 :mrgreen:


    Crispy Critter
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    Chicago now has a Big Willy… :mrgreen:

    When the news broke that the Sears Tower was going to be renamed, the bad DH shot was the very first thing I thought of.

    in reply to: Handguns in Bars #56886

    Crispy Critter
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    Guns in bars? What could possibly go wrong?

    in reply to: Walmart "Targets" India #56852

    Crispy Critter
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    As much as I like to hate Wal-Mart, it is possible (but definitely not easy!) for local businesses to work. In my town, there is a locally-owned supermarket that manages to hold its own against the big boys – and has expanded from a single store to a chain of ten. One key is that they look for local stores that either have closed or have an owner selling due to retirement, but they have built one store from scratch as well.

    The hilarious thing is, a few years ago, they tried to buy a shuttered Eagle store, but Jewel (the Albertson’s chain in Chicagoland) outbid them on the building just to keep them out, to protect their recently-built store. So, the local boys built a new store in a recently built-up area – and then Jewel built yet another one a couple of miles east. As it stands, there’s enough business for both of them.

    in reply to: FFA – The Official Definition #56643

    Crispy Critter
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    @laptops Daddy wrote:

    abusing a flaw in the weapons balance (eg excessive shogging or dirting – two weapons well suited to counter each other, but hard to balance against the other weapons types), is fighting dirty.

    So hogs are fighting dirty? Against someone using lasers? Yeah right. Considering how much batteries cost, hogs are a good counterbalance to lasers just as much (if not more so) than they are to dirt. After all, sometimes you only have one opportunity to get a shot in.

    Each weapon (and defense) has it uses. FFA means FFA.

    in reply to: Help on finding a new graphic card #56583

    Crispy Critter
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    I’m running a passively-cooled nVidia 7600 GS here, and it works beautifully in 1680×1050 – at least after I updated the drivers to the very latest.

    Before I updated the drivers, I was getting game freezeups – but not system crashes.

    I haven’t looked at the frame rate, but I get very smooth motion.

    in reply to: SCORCH’s Greatest Games #35658

    Crispy Critter
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    I went a bit crazy tonight… 😯 :mrgreen: 😈

    in reply to: Need some help #56479

    Crispy Critter
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    Warranties depend on the manufacturer – Seagate drives generally have 5-year warranties, but on OEM drives they recently dropped it to three years, while the retail kits and external drives are still 5 years.

    in reply to: Sondra – MIA? (S3D Theme Lyrics and Spam) #21406

    Crispy Critter
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    @nomoresteve wrote:

    Dedication… or just plain sad?

    Both, I think… 😯

    *clink*

    in reply to: Banning the Berqa #56338

    Crispy Critter
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    There is a significant Muslim population in my area (SW Chicago suburbs), with two mosques within a five mile radius, so I see women in scarves fairly often – but I’ve never seen one wearing a burqa.

    Then again, the scarves aren’t any more extreme than the habits worn by Catholic nuns.

    Burqas, IMO, are a product of fundamentalist zealots – and fundamentalist zealots suck, regardless of their religion.

    in reply to: Sondra – MIA? (S3D Theme Lyrics and Spam) #21400

    Crispy Critter
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    Now we just need Sondra to show up…

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