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Comment: They know your IP address? (Score 1) 319

by 89cents (#45109333) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Mitigating DoS Attacks On Home Network?
Most gaming services don't show other users your IP address as things like a DoS could happen. Unless they are the admins of the game or you are using a third party service that they have access to such as a Teamspeak/Ventrillo server, guild/forum web server, etc. Be careful of what you visit. Also, even the best router is not going to stop your internet pipe from getting flooded with incoming packets.

Comment: Require? (Score 5, Insightful) 279

by 89cents (#44560231) Attached to: When it comes to (download) bandwidth needs, I require..
What is this poll asking? If internet access is "required", then less than 1Mbit satisfies most web/email. Streaming video requires more. Faster speeds just make downloads quicker. If asking what we prefer, then greater than 100MB would be the answer. It seems like most people are answering with what they have.

Comment: Network Monitor (Score 1) 365

The network monitor looks nice for troubleshooting. I'll be using that in the future. It also has a 3D button which is pretty cool, good for showing the different elements of a web page. I don't care for the sharing feature. I guess the icon only shows up if you login to Facebook, so I'll never see it.

Comment: Apps suck, but works great as a media player (Score 1) 217

by 89cents (#42406753) Attached to: 'Connected' TVs Mostly Used Just Like the Unconnected Kind
Yes, I agree the apps are useless, but my Samsung SmartTV is great for playing .mp4 and .mkv files. It will even play .mt2s files you can find on Blu-Ray disks. I just plug in a 1 TB WD Passport portable hard drive to my TV, and use this as my media center. No extra devices need to be turned on. It can also play directly from computer shares, but my wireless access of the TV to the living room is quite poor.

Comment: Re:Holy self-reference! (Score 1) 405

by 89cents (#39312773) Attached to: Bing Now Nearly As Good As Google — Says Microsoft
Hmm tried it out. It would be perfect without all the mouseover / javascript crap. Checked out settings and I don't even see the option to disable it. I don't know why every web page has to annoy me these days by popping up menus or "over"-highlighting things by just moving the mouse over it.

Comment: 7200 RPM data drives (Score 1) 238

by 89cents (#37329122) Attached to: 3TB Hard Drive Round Up
Instead of paying $179 for a 3TB 7200 TB drive, it makes more sense to pay $129 for a 3TB 5400 RPM drive such as this Hitachi:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145493

and then add a small SSD with the savings for the OS/apps. The new BIOS/chipsets even allow you to combine them so that the SSD is used as a large cache drive.

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