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help please! macbook air vs. macbook pro!

i am hoping some of you users might be able to help me make a decision! i am looking for a laptop (want to stay with apple as all my other devices are with them) for some game use (sims4 and similar games) and to work on my novel. i am trying to decide between MacBook Air 15-inch Laptop - Apple M3 chip - 16GB Memory - 512GB SSD (Latest Model) VS. Apple - MacBook Pro 14" Laptop - M3 Pro chip - 18GB Memory - 14-core GPU - 512GB SSD (Latest Model)

i know some of the biggest differences would be the size and memory size but i am hoping someone with more tech knowledge might be able to help a girl out!

also—what are your thoughts on purchasing from a location such as best buy vs buying from apple directly!

thanks a ton!

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2024/06/12
03:31 UTC

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Ethernet cable connection to a wifi switch/port???

I'm sure that I'm describing this terribly, and I'm not even sure that it exists.

My cable runs into my basement and connects to my modem. I'm renting, so I'd rather not drill through the floor. I'm looking for something that I can put upstairs that will connect wirelessly to my modem and allow me to run an ethernet cable from it (upstairs) to a device that requires a wired connection. Does that exist?

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2024/06/12
03:28 UTC

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Laptop and phone recommendations

I’m a software developer and security researcher. I don’t need much for work since my company provides me with work machines, but I’m looking to get a new personal laptop. To be honest, I don’t do much on a PC after work because I spend time with my wife or play mobile games. However, I want a laptop for casual gaming, probably once or twice a week at most. I don’t need the best laptop, just something reliable with a graphics card that can support games at medium settings (or low settings if necessary, but medium would be better to ensure it can handle new releases for a while). Does anyone have any recommendations?

By the way, if you have suggestions for Android phones that support HDMI output via a Type-C port, I’d appreciate it. I currently have the Xiaomi Poco F5, but it’s not compatible with HDMI output, so I can’t connect it to my monitor.

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2024/06/11
23:26 UTC

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How good is this as an analogy for the limitations of AI?

My current understanding of what recent innovations of AI are as follows (this is essentially an extension of John Searle’s Chinese Room thought experiment):

Imagine an English-speaking man in an enclosed room, who does not speak a word of Chinese. While in that room, he is able to find an enormous library of books written entirely in Chinese, with no English translations. He does not understand a word of it, but as he reads through, he begins to notice patterns, where in certain contexts certain characters are more likely to occur after certain other characters and symbols. He reads more and more through the books, and is eventually able to put together a rough model for the continuous patterns he finds. Now, if someone were to post a conversational message in Chinese, he would be able to ‘respond’ in a roughly accurate way (being more accurate the more books he has on the subject and the better his pattern identifying skills). However, if they were to post him an instruction (eg pass me one of your books), he would be no more capable of being able to carry it out than before he read through the pile of books, as he has no way of being able to relate the characters he sees to actual meaning. To use the more traditional Chinese Room set up, there are instructions on the wall for drawing symbols, but none for performing actions.

This is essentially my understanding of where AI is at - there have been significant advances in providing the pile of books, and in being able to spot patterns within them, however AI is no better at being able to relate its outputs to reality than it was before the ‘explosion’. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it can’t, but it means that this aspect has to be done ‘manually’ by humans in a way that has not benefited from recent advances. And given that this is arguably the difficult bit (ask any philosopher), this would imply that AI’s possibilities and capabilities are currently being dramatically overstated.

I’m no computer scientist, however is this an accurate description of the current state of affairs?

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2024/06/11
23:02 UTC

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Do I need a new laptop??? HP OMEN 15, 32 GB RAM is now 5 Years old...plz advise!

I use my laptop to run rhino, photoshop, and other 3D modeling/Rendering programs every day.

This laptop has worked great with no issues for the past 5 years. It fans non-stop and will sometimes get quite hot to the touch but never shuts down. I am starting Architecture school 2 year program this Fall - I am worried it will die on me in the middle of the program. If I lose weeks of 3D modeling work in the middle of finals week or during a deadline that could be very stressful.

Should I bite the bullet and get a new laptop or will this one be competitive for 2 more years of school? I paid $1700 in 2019. What would be a good replacement laptop? Can I sell my current laptop for a decent price or trade in?

Graphics and modeling speed are the most important to me. Looking for advice and options...

Specs and link to current laptop:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07SRXV9LG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

OMEN by HP 2019 15-Inch Gaming Laptop, Intel i7-9750H Processor, GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB, 32 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, VR Ready, Windows 10 Home (15-dc1047nr, Black)

Thank you!

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2024/06/11
21:58 UTC

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Best free AI image upscaler for comics?

I want to upscale a low-res comic I have but the AI-s I tried so far messed up the text/dialogue in the images and some even melted the text to unreadable.
Anyone know an enhancer what would enhance both the image and make the text readable too?
(To have an example one of the pages is only 564x343)

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2024/06/11
21:50 UTC

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Graphics tablet or iPad for university note taking?

I'm gonna be going back to university for my masters soon, and I was interested in taking digital handwritten notes since they replicate the benefits of handwriting while being a lot easier to edit etc (e.g. making mindmaps without worrying about running out of space, etc)

I have two options to do this, either connecting a graphics tablet to my laptop or buying an iPad or Android Tablet. A graphics tablet is usually cheaper, but as I've never used one before I have no idea what it feels like.

I've used an Apple Pencil before, it was good mostly, except for my hand hurting due to how hard it is (which can be fixed with a grip) however that iPad is very old now (it takes like a whole hour to turn on) and my Apple Pencil is no longer functional. So I have the option to either invest in a new one, or buy a graphics tablet but I'm not sure what the graphics tablet note-taking experience is like.

I am looking to work within a budget, only desire a tab that lets me read, write, with features such as palm detection. I'm not interested in HD video or any of that stuff since its main purpose is to study and maybe read books/manga on occasionally.

I'd love to hear takes on this as well as suggestions.

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2024/06/11
21:47 UTC

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USB to Wireless / USB to Bluetooth for a Dumb Device (No OS!)

Hi there!

I have a device that normaly gets a direct connection to the PC via USB.
It is a Battery tester that connects to the pc and connects via com port into a software to draw voltage curves.

I want the device out of my room and dont want to have a long USB Cable laying on the floor.
Now the question....
Are there any USB To Wireless Adapters that work with such a "Dumb" device?

I just want to transmit the USB data from the tester wireless to my pc.
I dont really care how... just wireless.

Usb over bluetooth
Usb over wireless (direct connection wifi to wifi)
Usb over wlan (connect to wireless lan and then over lan to the pc)

About 10m of range would be good.
Isnt there anything that i can buy like all the wireless mice or headsets use?

Thanks!
Mem

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2024/06/11
20:02 UTC

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Configure Access Point or Repeater

Hello, first of all, I should mention that my internet provider is Movistar with fiber optics (I'm from Colombia), and I also have a couple of "Ultra Wifi" repeaters from Claro, which are from the FiberHome brand. Although they are from different providers, I had no problem getting them to work. However, I've had issues converting them into "access points" or repeaters because I want the modem and the Ultra Wifi devices to share the same local area network, as well as the same wifi name. Therefore, I would like to know if anyone has managed to configure them in this way.

It should be noted that simply setting the same SSID (name) and password is not a solution because, in that case, they do not share the same local area network since the Ultra Wifi creates a new subnet. For example, if the main modem is on 192.168.1.1, the Ultra Wifi creates a subnet with 192.168.80.1, which causes the local area network not to work properly. Additionally, mobile devices get confused because two things happen: when switching from one to the other, they fail to change the IP and gateway, causing connection issues, or they interfere with each other since both can be operating on the same channel. Since the modem is set to switch channels automatically according to an unknown criterion, it is complicated to fix one on the Ultra Wifi.

Also, I should clarify that I do not have access to the Movistar modem's configuration since I don't know the username and password, and Movistar won't give them to me. They say those adjustments should be requested by phone, so let's forget about touching that. After all, the device I want to set as an AP is the Ultra Wifi.

Things I've tried include going into the Ultra Wifi's basicSetup section (since advanced only has quality of service options), then in LAN, I went to IPV4 where I could configure the Ultra Wifi's IP, which by default was 192.168.80.1, and the subnet mask, which is 255.255.255.0. I could also enable or disable DHCP. According to guides I found, I was told to set the IP to one within the modem's network range that wasn't in use, so I used 192.168.1.199. I was also told to set the DHCP range to one that the modem normally wouldn't assign initially, so I set it from 200 to 254. Doing this, the Ultra Wifi stopped having internet; it couldn't navigate. Restarting it kept the 199 IP, but the subnet reverted to 0 (apparently to start working again since it failed on the same as the modem), so it ended up at 193.168.0.199. Another guide suggested doing the same but disabling DHCP, supposedly to let the modem assign the IPs, but it didn't work; devices stayed stuck searching for an IP and never connected. I also tried setting the gateway IP of the modem, but the devices still kept searching for an IP.

Given the above, I would like to know if anyone can help me. I really want to reuse the Ultra Wifi devices, maintain the local area network, and unify the wifi networks. I would be very grateful to anyone who can help.

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2024/06/11
19:44 UTC

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Laptop Recommendations?

Hello. I’m a college student looking for a reliable, yet budget friendly laptop. I don’t need anything that runs any crazy programs, but want something fast and easy to complete assignments with. Any recommendations??

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2024/06/11
18:55 UTC

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Where can I learn about AI. I know nothing about informatifs and I don't really know where to start to learn more. My goal would be more to understand how it works rather than how to use it.

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2024/06/11
18:47 UTC

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Issue with 1more SonoFlows: Volume Fluctuation

Been using my SonoFlows for a week and experiencing recurring volume drops every few seconds. Doesn't happen with other headphones. Already tried posting on Headphones/Headphone Advice subreddits, but mods removed it. Looking to see if others have had this issue or if there might be a fix. Thanks!

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2024/06/11
17:45 UTC

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Why does youtube ask me what ads i've seen recently if they know?

Is it for company feedback like "Which adset was the most memorable or related to our brand?" any other thoughts?

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2024/06/11
17:07 UTC

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I need help with my old Samsung.

Well basically it doesnt want to load up and I need to get stuff off it. My charging port is messed up and the phone boots up in recovery mode. Is there anyway I could get the port working just long enough to retrieve everything off it? Its a Samsung galaxy Avant. Any help will be appreciated. I cant remember anything of whats on the phone but i just know its kinda important.

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2024/06/11
17:05 UTC

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Turning My Oculus Quest 3 into an Advanced AI Studio - Seeking Advice and Experiences

Hello everyone,

I've recently got my hands on an Oculus Quest 3 and I'm excited to transform it into an advanced AI studio, something akin to Jarvis from the "Iron Man" movies. My vision is to leverage various AI functionalities (like Chat GPT and others for generating images, sounds, etc.) to create a highly interactive and intelligent environment.

My primary goal is to develop a custom application, possibly using Unreal Engine, combined with various AI modules and voice control. However, I'm also open to using existing tools if they can fulfill my needs efficiently.

I have a few questions for the community:

  1. Are there any existing tools or applications that can help me achieve this vision right out of the box?
  2. Has anyone undertaken a similar project or had similar ideas?
  3. What were your experiences and what challenges did you encounter?
  4. Any recommendations on integrating AI, voice commands, and VR interfaces effectively?

I believe in testing and experimenting, but I also value the insights and lessons learned by others who have walked this path before. Any advice, resources, or shared experiences would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance for your help and insights!

Best regards,
Maniek

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2024/06/11
16:27 UTC

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Any ideas on what to do with the world's supply of LiveLife Personal Alarms now that the 3G network is being shut down in many countries?

For reference, these are the gadgets.

I saw a kind (& mildly pissed off, lol) 80-something year old asking about it on facebook and getting no response so I thought I'd ask for her here.

I put screenshots of the FB post here on imgur.

📦 My only idea so far is to offer an easy drop off / collection point for all the 3G alarms (maybe post offices? major supermarket chains?) and then send boxes full of them to countries that still have their 3G networks running.

This 6mth old reddit post says Turkey & Poland still have 3G up n running. If they're keeping their 3G maybe that could work. (I don't know, that's why I'm asking here)

Surely there's plenty of sick/injured/disabled/elderly folks in need of 100,000 free personal alarms.

Especially now that LongCOVID is making millions of us seriously sick & disabled with chronic and crippling health issues. (I've had it 1.5yrs so far, its farrked)

Any and all ideas/advice would be much appreciated. 🥰

EDIT: ACCESS TO OFFICIAL EMERGENCY SERVICES IS NOT NECESSARY.

It can be set to instantly contact up to 6 numbers of family, friends, neighbours, coworkers, a carer, a teacher, local hospital etc.

When activated, the device sends a phone call & an "it's me, I need help" text message with your current Google maps location to all the pre-programed mobile phone contacts.

If a 3G network is still up n running in in another country could these gadgets do it there?

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2024/06/11
12:31 UTC

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Is it possible to find linkedin profile's from email addresses?

I have 10,000 personal emails. I want to find the LinkedIn of these candidates. How can I do this?

Any suggestions are appreciated!

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2024/06/11
12:05 UTC

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What do I do about one earbud dying before the other all the time?

I've been using the Redmi Buds 3 Pro for the last few years and they've worked perfectly the whole time. That was until a few months ago when the left earbud would start dying long before the right and stop playing music when the right could keep going. They would start at 100% each and then would gain a 20-50 percentage point difference in a short time. They could soon be at 20%/60%(L/R).

A more convoluted version of this scenario is when they would be around 50/60, the left gives me the low battery tune, then cuts out with the right side still playing. I put the left earbud in the case for a few seconds then it's at 80/60, then it soon gives the low battery tune again and suddenly dies again a few minutes later. When I was first typing this(before Reddit deleted my text), the charge levels were "Left:1%, Right:28%, Case:44%".

I've always used both earbuds at the same time for the same amount of time before putting them in the case at the same time. I normally charge them with the USB-C port at the bottom but I've also used an inductive charging pad a few times as well which I know gets hotter. Could that have affected the battery life unevenly or is there possibly something else?

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2024/06/11
03:23 UTC

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Email Question

Is it possible for someone to setup an automated email to send to me when I open up my email account? For example: I stopped using an account due to it being compromised. I opened up the account and received an email at that very time. The emails seem fraudulent as they have no attachments. Is this a “hacker” thing? If so, what do I do?

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2024/06/11
00:48 UTC

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Taking Orders: Drive thru WiFi

I own a restaurant and our drive thru line is often 6, 7, 8 cars deeps. I’m telling my employees that they need to walk the drive thru line and take orders on the iPad. The issue is that they lose WiFi even though it’s like 30’ from the building and so the orders don’t always show up like they should. I put a range extender on the inside of our exterior wall, closest to the drive thru line but it doesn’t seem to help much.

How would you configure this if the iPads and the KDS tablets have to be on the same network in order to relay the orders to the kitchen?

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2024/06/10
20:59 UTC

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Mobile Laptop Charger

I work out on location a lot. And sometimes there is nowhere I can plug my laptop into. I would like to get some sort of mobile battery but I don’t know what I should get. The brick that comes with my laptop is a 230w power supply. But recently I forgot my charger on a work trip and I went into a tech store. They gave me a 65w brick that could plug into my USB-C. This has been working fine. But today for instance, I can’t even use that, as the location had no outlets. I just don’t want to fry my battery hoping for the best and having some sort of compatibility issue. If it matters I have a MSI Stealth GS76. How can I learn what my options are?

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2024/06/10
18:16 UTC

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How much color temperature should a light bulb have to give white color ? Also is white good for an over the sink light for a bathroom ?

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2024/06/10
16:32 UTC

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What is the limit for usb for data transfer?

So rn my laptop having 2 usb 3.0 / 3.1 - gen1 / 3.2 gen1 type c which is 5Gbps, and I need more since I have external ssd sata (bcs if I buy the nvme it will be bottleneck to my usb 3) and at the same time having all the ethernet, mouse and keyboard peripheral but also a monitor with dp 1.4 (I heard its limit is 144hz or 165hz for 1080p correct me if im wrong).

The question is, should I buy a hub and only using 1 of my usb C port for all of my needs or let the monitor use another usb c port (since I might use it till the limit like I said on first paragraph) and let the rest (ssd external, ethernet, mouse, keyboard and maybe a sd card) use the other one?

Thanks for answering my stupid question.

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2024/06/10
10:42 UTC

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Every time I buy a new pair of headphones after a couple of months one of them slowly starts to fade in volume, getting more and more quiet

Ive tried buying different brands but it keeps happening, although they are like 50$ so maybe that's the reason I'm not sure, idk if anyone can help since this is a very vague and broad thing

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2024/06/10
09:41 UTC

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China's Alipay Adds AI Baldness Detection Tool

Key Takeaways from the article:

  • Alipay’s new AI feature detects baldness by analyzing user-uploaded scalp photos;
  • Alipay is a super-app combining payment, lifestyle, and medical services into one platform;
  • Privacy concerns arise from the extensive data consolidation within super-apps, especially regarding government access to user information in China.

Source: https://www.bitdegree.org/crypto/news/chinas-alipay-adds-ai-baldness-detection-tool?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=r-alipay-adds-ai

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2024/06/10
08:34 UTC

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gadget

Hello! What ph subreddit should I use if I want to ask something about gadgets? like, which is better, ipad or tablet? I need recommendation hehe anything na i can use sa college. Max budget is 30-40k (pero 50k will do naman siguro) ^^

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2024/06/10
07:05 UTC

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Laptop stops functioning then Blue screens

So my laptop has had issues with blue screens before in windows 11. It got really bad and i had to take it to a shop so they could restart it completely with a fresh install of windows. I went back to windows 10 and everything was fine up till last week. The same thing that happened before when my computer would blue screen is happening again. My laptop would be working fine like usual but then one thing would stop working. The browser, discord, a game, something would stop working, then things wont load, then everything stopped working and i cant click on anything and i get a blue screen. Its hapoened 3 times today and im worried i might have to get a new computer. Any help is appreciated. For som context som of the error codes ive been getting have been "Kernel data inpage error" and i think" unexpected store exception"i couldnt read all of it but i know it said unexpected last time it happened. Any rec9mmendations that could help out?

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2024/06/10
05:51 UTC

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Can my local server handle an Uber-like service for New York City only?

I’m curious to know if my local server, with its current specifications, could handle the computational processing for a service similar to Uber.

This is purely hypothetical and I’m not considering factors like availability or potential power or internet outages.

The service would operate exclusively within New York City, with users being able to request rides, view real-time maps, and interact with the platform via web and mobile applications.

The aim is to serve 100,000 total users daily, with spikes of up to 10,000 simultaneous users during peak hours (e.g., rush hour or special events).

The system components would include a backend responsible for handling requests, managing databases, and coordinating ride assignments.

The frontend would consist of web and mobile applications for users to request rides, track drivers, and view maps.

There would also be external geoservices for location-based services (e.g., mapping, geocoding, route optimization), and a database to store user profiles, ride history, and driver availability.

Both the backend and frontend components would be hosted on my local server.

API calls to external geoservices, map loading, ride requests, and database operations would all run on this same machine*.* Response times for ride requests, driver assignments, and map loading should be minimal.

Here are the specifications of my local server:

- CPU: 1x Intel Core i9-13900K

- RAM: 4x32GB (128GB) DDR4 3200MHz CL18

- Storage: 3x SSD 4TB Corsair MP600 CORE XT (configured in RAID 5) + 6x 3.5" Seagate Exos 7E10, 4TB, 7200 RPM, 256Mb Cache (configured in RAID 10)

- Network Connectivity: 1x 10Gb Ethernet + 1x 2.5Gb Ethernet

- Network Links: 2x Dedicated Fiber Optics (200Mb download / 60Mb upload) + 2x Non-Dedicated Fiber Optics (1000Mb download / 500Mb upload)

So, given these specifications of my machine, could my local server handle this project workload effectively?

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2024/06/10
03:04 UTC

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Media Sharing

My roommate says when I am listen to Spotify it comes up on his phone and asks if he wants to listen too. I don't know if it's just Spotify or everything I watch or listen too.

He also said anytime he is watching something it will ask if he wants to connect to my TV.

We don't share accounts. He's never connected to the TV. I've never connected to the TV.

I turned music share off, but not sure if that was the problem. How do I turn this shitty feature off? And how do I know if it's still happening and what it's happening with? I watch a lot of Instagram videos, and reddit clips. I can only imagine how annoying it must be to get that notification every time I am scrolling the internet.

Thanks!

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2024/06/10
02:06 UTC

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portable dvd player won’t open

The open button doesn’t work. It’s a Philips portable dvd player pet705. How do I fix this?

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2024/06/09
18:52 UTC

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