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Comment Re: Duh (Score 1) 114

it was a joke. java (jvm) will eventually fill all available memory if you allow it to (with that -Xmx switch). if you just want to see your ram filled up, simply use java software like cassandra, elasticsearch or hello_world and wave your memory bye bye.

i also have 64 gigs of ram and it often isn't enough when i play with virtual machines.

Comment Re:Intel (Score 1) 135

well, amd is almost dead and intel's innovation has slowed down to a crawl. apart from new instructions, there is almost no reason to upgrade a processor bought in the last 4-5 years. you simply don't gain much.

for me, the magic trigger words are "hardware accelerated hevc/vp9 encoding". if a cpu that allows for real time 4k hevc/vp9 encoding comes out, i'll switch immediately. otherwise, i'll stay with my current cpu for a good few more years.

Submission + - Even with Telemetry Disabled, Windows 10 Talks to Dozens of Microsoft Servers (voat.co) 1

Motherfucking Shit writes: Curious about the various telemetry and personal information being collected by Windows 10, one user installed Windows 10 Enterprise and disabled all of the telemetry and reporting options. Then he configured his router to log all the connections that happened anyway. Even after opting out wherever possible, his firewall captured Windows making around 4,000 connection attempts to 93 different IP addresses during an 8 hour period, with most of those IPs controlled by Microsoft. Even the enterprise version of Windows 10 is checking in with Redmond when you tell it not to — and it's doing so frequently.

Submission + - A Bot That Drives Robocallers Insane

Trailrunner7 writes: Robocalls are among the more annoying modern inventions, and consumers and businesses have tried just about every strategy for defeating them over the years, with little success. But one man has come up with a bot of his own that sends robocallers into a maddening hall of mirrors designed to frustrate them into surrender.

The bot is called the Jolly Roger Telephone Company, and it’s the work of Roger Anderson, a veteran of the phone industry himself who had grown tired of the repeated harassment from telemarketers and robocallers. Anderson started out by building a system that sat in front of his home landlines and would tell human callers to press a key to ring through to his actual phone line; robocallers were routed directly to an answering system. He would then white-list the numbers of humans who got through.

Sometimes the Jolly Roger bot will press buttons to be transferred to a human agent and other times it will just talk back if a human is on the other end of the line to begin with.

Comment Re:The gun is pointing at the foot (Score 1) 412

on windows, a lot of installers seem to have "install Google Chrome and make it my default browser" button checked for some reason. it's no wonder chrome is spreading like a disease.

to me, there are only 3 reasons to keep firefox on my computers: vertical tree-like tabs, privacy extensions (better than anything on Chrome) and firefox sync (with my own server). if any 2 of these disappear, i'll switch.

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