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  1. Comment on Browser ‘favicons’ can be used as undeletable ‘supercookies’ to track you online in ~tech

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    That's what I was wondering, too. What have browsers tried to do to mitigate fingerprint surveillance? Can they stop sharing the information about the browser without breaking websites on the...

    That's what I was wondering, too. What have browsers tried to do to mitigate fingerprint surveillance? Can they stop sharing the information about the browser without breaking websites on the users' end?

    Whatever they try to do to protect the users' identity, advertising companies find new ways to identify the user. I feel like this cat and mouse game won't end without some laws preventing the snooping.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Browser ‘favicons’ can be used as undeletable ‘supercookies’ to track you online in ~tech

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    What surprised me is how such a seemingly innocuous feature could be used for tracking, let alone bypassing VPNs. Is this yet another browser fingerprinting technique or something more...

    What surprised me is how such a seemingly innocuous feature could be used for tracking, let alone bypassing VPNs. Is this yet another browser fingerprinting technique or something more significant?

    I've heard that Vice might not be the highest quality source for technology articles (correct me if I'm wrong), but they did quote a research paper and the creator of the supercookie.

    Another off-topic aside: I've never seen the title of a scientific paper stylised like that before.

    8 votes
  3. Comment on The great Wikipedia titty scandal in ~tech

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    Amidst all the awful news and stories we're bombarded with online, it's nice to read something silly and lighthearted like this. I know it was probably a pain to clean up, but judging by the way I...

    Amidst all the awful news and stories we're bombarded with online, it's nice to read something silly and lighthearted like this. I know it was probably a pain to clean up, but judging by the way I was giggling at "suckling of the titties" I'm every bit as juvenile as that rogue moderator.

    One thing surprised me was that it supposedly took them three years to fix everything. I don't know what goes on behind the scenes on Wikipedia, but from what I gather they have a pretty efficient system to deal with these issues. Could they not just have reverted every redirect he made?

    13 votes
  4. Comment on [SOLVED] A background process using a significant amount of CPU power stops immediately when I open task manager. Is there a way to identify what's doing thing? in ~tech

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    Turns out Powershell was already installed. So I ran the script and got these results. "Unarchiver" kept rising to the top and promptly disappeared after I brought up task manager. Scratch that! I...

    Turns out Powershell was already installed. So I ran the script and got these results. "Unarchiver" kept rising to the top and promptly disappeared after I brought up task manager. Not only did I not find any process labeled "unarchiver", the only thing that

    Scratch that! I came across this reddit thread, and reading it was honestly kinda spooky. Had to do a doubletake because it was eerily similar to my situation. I'd also recently downloaded Cyberpunk via more dubious means, which is why I initially suspected this being malware. Everything search found it instantly.

    This is what the file looked like in the explorer. Just deleted that and rebooted to make sure it didn't recreate itself somehow and so far it's been awfully quiet. Still no idea what it was actually doing.

    Thanks @streblo and @cfabbro! That script was actually something I'd needed before. I'll keep it handy from now on just in case.

    8 votes
  5. Comment on [SOLVED] A background process using a significant amount of CPU power stops immediately when I open task manager. Is there a way to identify what's doing thing? in ~tech

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    That really is the nuclear option and I'm hoping I don't have to do it. Just earlier this year I got off easy after having swapped some parts, including the motherboard, and didn't have to...

    That really is the nuclear option and I'm hoping I don't have to do it. Just earlier this year I got off easy after having swapped some parts, including the motherboard, and didn't have to reinstall Windows which frankly surprised me.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on [SOLVED] A background process using a significant amount of CPU power stops immediately when I open task manager. Is there a way to identify what's doing thing? in ~tech

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    I also suspected windows updater and cleanup, but the only programs that interrupt the high CPU usage are task manager and other monitoring software. Anything else that would normally make Windows...

    I also suspected windows updater and cleanup, but the only programs that interrupt the high CPU usage are task manager and other monitoring software. Anything else that would normally make Windows let go of the processor won't stop the high usage (games, browser, media player etc). Similarly, having task manager open, the usage stays at near 0% and only after having been closed for a few minutes it starts back up.

    It's like something intentionally trying to avoid detection. Just saying that makes me sound crazy, but at this point I don't know what else other than malware would even behave this way.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on [SOLVED] A background process using a significant amount of CPU power stops immediately when I open task manager. Is there a way to identify what's doing thing? in ~tech

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    @cfabbro suggested this might be my only option. How would I go about using it? Is it just copypaste for command line? Programming isn't exactly my forte.

    @cfabbro suggested this might be my only option. How would I go about using it? Is it just copypaste for command line? Programming isn't exactly my forte.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on [SOLVED] A background process using a significant amount of CPU power stops immediately when I open task manager. Is there a way to identify what's doing thing? in ~tech

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    Both HWinfo and HWmonitor report the same value for cores 1, 3 and 7 at 100%. Every other app I tried cuts the high usage. HWmonitor definitely shows temps rising. It went from 50s to 70s when the...

    Both HWinfo and HWmonitor report the same value for cores 1, 3 and 7 at 100%. Every other app I tried cuts the high usage. HWmonitor definitely shows temps rising. It went from 50s to 70s when the cores were affected. CPU fan jumps from 1300 RPM to 1800.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on [SOLVED] A background process using a significant amount of CPU power stops immediately when I open task manager. Is there a way to identify what's doing thing? in ~tech

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    Both AMD's software and Windows' updates are now up to date. Still no fix.

    Both AMD's software and Windows' updates are now up to date. Still no fix.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on [SOLVED] A background process using a significant amount of CPU power stops immediately when I open task manager. Is there a way to identify what's doing thing? in ~tech

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    Removed all the exclusions and ran Malwarebytes too. Still nothing.

    Removed all the exclusions and ran Malwarebytes too. Still nothing.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on [SOLVED] A background process using a significant amount of CPU power stops immediately when I open task manager. Is there a way to identify what's doing thing? in ~tech

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    I tried Process Explorer and a couple of other alternatives, as well as Windows' Resource Monitor, but it reacted to all of them. What's weird is that the Rainmeter plugin that I'm using (github...

    I tried Process Explorer and a couple of other alternatives, as well as Windows' Resource Monitor, but it reacted to all of them. What's weird is that the Rainmeter plugin that I'm using (github link to the thing in the screenshot) doesn't trip whatever alarm bells the presumably malicious app is listening to. This must be because it's using HWinfo to read and translate the, well, hardware info into its UI. And as it turns out, launching that doesn't bother the malware. Granted, HWinfo runs from startup anyway.

    3 votes
  12. [SOLVED] A background process using a significant amount of CPU power stops immediately when I open task manager. Is there a way to identify what's doing thing?

    It started a day or two ago. Three threads (I think?) jump from nearly 0% to 100% and go back as soon as I open task manager to try figure out what's causing it. My first thought was a virus or...

    It started a day or two ago. Three threads (I think?) jump from nearly 0% to 100% and go back as soon as I open task manager to try figure out what's causing it. My first thought was a virus or bitcoin mining trying to hide itself (though isn't that done on GPU's?), but Windows' Defender came up empty handed.

    I know certain OS apps, like automatic VIRUS scans behave similarly, stopping when you click or type, but this culprit seems to only react to opening the task manager. It also doesn't start again until task manager has been closed for a while.

    17 votes
  13. Comment on Is there a video downloader extension/program that still works? in ~tech

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    I'd totally forgotten about JDownloader! I used it in the past to download a few Twitch streams and probably lost it somewhere in a computer upgrade. I'll try if I can get it going again. Just a...

    I'd totally forgotten about JDownloader! I used it in the past to download a few Twitch streams and probably lost it somewhere in a computer upgrade. I'll try if I can get it going again.

    Just a warning to anyone else trying it, though: it tries to shove 3rd party apps down your throat during installation (McAfee, really?!). Still can't help getting a slimy feeling installing something like that.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Is there a video downloader extension/program that still works? in ~tech

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    Thanks! The thing you linked is actually Youtube-DLG that I mentioned. I asked here just in case there was another one with a nice GUI because I'm lazy. I guess I'll have to deal with the command...

    Thanks! The thing you linked is actually Youtube-DLG that I mentioned. I asked here just in case there was another one with a nice GUI because I'm lazy. I guess I'll have to deal with the command line anyway. Off to watch some tutorials, I suppose.

    2 votes
  15. Is there a video downloader extension/program that still works?

    In the past I used whatever Chrome extension I found, then moved on to youtube-DLG because Google Play store doesn't allow extensions that let you download off of Youtube. Now neither is working,...

    In the past I used whatever Chrome extension I found, then moved on to youtube-DLG because Google Play store doesn't allow extensions that let you download off of Youtube. Now neither is working, on and off Youtube. I'd wager websites are trying to actively fight people downloading videos, even though (I assume) the data is likely identical to what we're viewing in the browser.

    9 votes
  16. Comment on Looking for albums/artists with a rough, imperfect production style in ~music

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    I listened to a bit of A Blaze in the Northern Sky and it sounds pretty awesome. It's got a very interesting guitar sound. Even though I like all sorts of metal, I'm often disappointed by the...

    I listened to a bit of A Blaze in the Northern Sky and it sounds pretty awesome. It's got a very interesting guitar sound. Even though I like all sorts of metal, I'm often disappointed by the vocals. The same goes for hip-hop. I often come across awesome sounding songs, but once the vocals kick in I feel kinda let down.

    I guess it requires a certain combination of sounds, because I absolutely love Igorrr and he often utilizes the same type of metal screams.

    2 votes
  17. Looking for albums/artists with a rough, imperfect production style

    Here's a couple of examples of what I mean from The Voidz' 2014 album Tyranny: Father Electricity Take Me In Your Army Mainly looking for electronic and rock, but any genre from any century is...

    Here's a couple of examples of what I mean from The Voidz' 2014 album Tyranny:
    Father Electricity
    Take Me In Your Army

    Mainly looking for electronic and rock, but any genre from any century is welcome.

    13 votes
  18. Comment on Looking for melodic instrumental metal bands! in ~music

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    Now that I've been listening to The Algorithm more, I had to come back and thank you again. This band is really good!

    Now that I've been listening to The Algorithm more, I had to come back and thank you again. This band is really good!

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Looking for melodic instrumental metal bands! in ~music

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    I've listened to Images and Words many times! I like them too! And yeah, the vocals especially are very melodic. The singer has a great voice!

    I've listened to Images and Words many times! I like them too! And yeah, the vocals especially are very melodic. The singer has a great voice!

    1 vote