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by ludi
Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid
Replies: 47
Views: 1302

Re: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid

If they don't teach them C do they teach at least assembly? How else to learn what a computer is actually doing?? Bingo! A lot of people coming out of school with CS degrees these days have absolutely no clue what's going on under the hood. The prevailing attitude seems to be "hardware is fast...
by ludi
Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 58
Views: 996

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

My headphone budget was chump change to that of an audiophiles. Yeah, but for those of us who live on the other side of the divide where one or two good pairs of 'phones are all we can justify and ought to work with anything, it's kind of jarring. And it's only going to get worse as manufacturers c...
by ludi
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Drive bay activity LED stopped working, but only for a specific drive
Replies: 4
Views: 160

Re: Drive bay activity LED stopped working, but only for a specific drive

Ever update the firmware on that drive? Is there a Toshiba utility that can set option flags for that drive? Any evidence it's about to flake out on you? Still on the factory firmware. Every once in a while it is not detected after a system power cycle, but when that happens ejecting and re-inserti...
by ludi
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Drive bay activity LED stopped working, but only for a specific drive
Replies: 4
Views: 160

Re: Drive bay activity LED stopped working, but only for a specific drive

My desktop system has a dual hot swap 2.5" bay. For a while I've had a Toshiba THNSNJ512GCSU (512GB SSD) in one of them. For some reason, the activity LED on the hot swap bay no longer shows activity when the drive is being accessed. The drive still works fine, and I just tried another drive i...
by ludi
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 58
Views: 996

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

My headphone budget was chump change to that of an audiophiles. Yeah, but for those of us who live on the other side of the divide where one or two good pairs of 'phones are all we can justify and ought to work with anything, it's kind of jarring. And it's only going to get worse as manufacturers c...
by ludi
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Current best/good energy monitors?
Replies: 16
Views: 309

Re: Current best/good energy monitors?

TwistedKestrel wrote:
ludi wrote:
If your average power consumption by the mining bank puts your output in the red between peak hours, then just shut down the bank during those hours?

I just want to have the numbers.

Then a Kill-a-Watt is probably all you need? Point a webcam at it.
by ludi
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 58
Views: 996

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

Apple Airpods - $119 online / $159 retail BeatsX - $99 online / $149 retail Sony MDR 1000X - $230 online / $400 retail USB headphones - $175 online / $250 retail Nothing wrong with having that collection if you can afford it, but you've made your listening experience dependant upon having a thick w...
by ludi
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Current best/good energy monitors?
Replies: 16
Views: 309

Re: Current best/good energy monitors?

I guess I could look into reasonably hackable smart plugs, I kinda thought there would be a consumer product for this. Pretty much anyone who needed an energy monitor in my province would benefit from it, at least for monitoring appliances that are always using non-trivial amounts of power. Isn't y...
by ludi
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Current best/good energy monitors?
Replies: 16
Views: 309

Re: Current best/good energy monitors?

(Felt like this was the best section for the question, let me know if I'm wrong) Due to experimenting with mining/distrib computing* stuff, I'd like to know with some confidence how much power my computer is actually using. Estimating it is hard due to things being overclocked. I know I can get a K...
by ludi
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 58
Views: 996

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

I passed on the Essential because of its missing 3.5mm jack and went with a OnePlus 5T instead, which has one. Yeah, it's the reason that when my Nexus 5X died, I went with a Pixel (gen1) instead of a Pixel2. When I need headphones or an external stereo wire-up I want something that just works and ...
by ludi
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 58
Views: 996

Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

Lots of good products, but 2^n permutations of wires and standards. (Thanks, Apple!) The Verge reviews findings from CES:

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/18/1690 ... e-ces-2018
by ludi
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 63
Views: 1298

Re: Average fuel consumption

I still prefer throttle cables to electronic throttles. One more thing to break, one more thing to introduce lag, etc. I don't mind the system on my C5, but I really wish it were simpler. Eh. Can make that argument against any electronic upgrade that automotive engines have seen over the past 60-od...
by ludi
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: How to clone Win 10 onto a larger drive into a partition the size of that drive?
Replies: 11
Views: 325

Re: How to clone Win 10 onto a larger drive into a partition the size of that drive?

Thinking about it more i think i may have an explanation. Or maybe just information that might explain something to someone. I initially installed Win 10 onto the drive with a partition the size of the drive. I then shrunk that partition when i wanted to dual boot and put another copy of Windows on...
by ludi
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My home theater is sounding weird
Replies: 13
Views: 525

Re: My home theater is sounding weird

Does the shape of my window have anything to do with the echo? Please help me with this :| Quick and easy check: stand somewhere in the center of the room and clap your hands sharply. If you hear a brief reverberation afterward, then you probably have too much exposed wall/window space and need mor...
by ludi
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2418
Views: 79496

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

The worst road conditions I ever dealt with were in Texas during a freak snow a few years back. They pretty much abandoned the roads because of an inch of snow. I almost got hit by people losing control twice that day because if their inexperience I'm sure. ...and no plows, and no deicer or tractio...
by ludi
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Free Upgrade Expired?
Replies: 18
Views: 1308

Re: Windows 10 Free Upgrade Expired?

Going away tomorrow 1/16, No Really, We Mean It This Time:

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3247661 ... hours.html
by ludi
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 63
Views: 1298

Re: Average fuel consumption

Pancake wrote:
That's where I step in. If you behave like that around me you might suddenly find a large ladder-frame chassis flat bed truck swerve in front of you

Mad Max is supposed to be a dystopian fiction, not a how-to manual.
by ludi
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2418
Views: 79496

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

The GSA mileage reimbursement rate pays for the cars anyways. I literally laughed all the way to the bank (to get a check printed) when they gave me $1000 on trade for the Contour. I was hoping to negotiate half or two-thirds of that. Confirmed my suspicions when I got home - even "excellent&q...
by ludi
Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Why do USB connectors (almost) never fit well?
Replies: 21
Views: 1140

Re: Why do USB connectors (almost) never fit well?

The move to micro A was also driven by the fact that the spring contacts (which are prone to wear/damage) were moved from the device (jack) side to the cable (plug) side. Makes more sense to have the bit that is more likely to wear out on the cable, since that is cheaper to replace. Downside of mic...
by ludi
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 196
Views: 6845

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

Is that your voice-over? Remove the southern accent and you could probably wake up Ok Google on my phone. Are you saying I sound like you with a southern accent? Close enough, yes. One of us could get fired from a voice acting job and the audience wouldn't notice when the other one got hired as a r...
by ludi
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 196
Views: 6845

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

https://youtu.be/W-AHuwfyLoo I made a video that shows you how to manage the Meltdown and Spectre patch, e.g. status, enable, disable, in Windows. For those of you with legacy systems, how to disable the KPTI changes is most likely of interest. Is that your voice-over? Remove the southern accent an...
by ludi
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: The Last Great Plasma!
Replies: 46
Views: 1799

Re: The Last Great Plasma!

It's somewhat ironic, but many of today's cheap edge-lit LCD's remind me very much of past Plasma designs - with panel "bloom". The substantial difference however is that these new LCD's are almost always sporting a very artificial cool-blue light, where my memory of the Plasma designs we...
by ludi
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: The Last Great Plasma!
Replies: 46
Views: 1799

Re: The Last Great Plasma!

Interlace is about the underlying data, not how the picture is refreshed. LCD's and plasmas are both progressively scanned, but if you have cable or dish then your TV is receiving a 1080i signal. 1080p@30fps source media can be converted into 1080i at 60 hertz signal, then displayed on a 1080p TV w...
by ludi
Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Why do USB connectors (almost) never fit well?
Replies: 21
Views: 1140

Re: Why do USB connectors (almost) never fit well?

I can see what he means. I mean, if you plug in a Lightning connector, that thing snaps in tight every time. Its reassuring. The keeper of the walled garden does manage to prune its flowers at the same height. USB also has physical and mechanical format restrictions but it's harder to police every ...
by ludi
Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 77
Views: 3618

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

I'm going to take a slightly more pragmatic twist on this: I know it's a pain, but have you tried going to a different Apple store, or speaking with a manager? That's an idea but my wife's personality skews toward people-pleaser, which means I would have to do it to get any results. And in spite of...
by ludi
Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 77
Views: 3618

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

Did they deny you the $29 promotion, or just flat out refuse to service it? I would’ve actually been shocked if they didn’t deny you the promotion, and not terribly surprised by the latter. Electronics are different than cars because they can. That said, I imagine most car warranties would also be ...
by ludi
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: The Last Great Plasma!
Replies: 46
Views: 1799

Re: The Last Great Plasma!

Chrispy_ wrote:
I'd take a 75" 1080p television if it had MicroLEDs for under $1000.

2020 called, they said you might have to wait a couple years. Also, they said you should add a pony to that list, as those are available now ;-)
by ludi
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 77
Views: 3618

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

Service Manager: "Welcome to Toyota of Gainsville. You have a 2016 4Runner, and...yup, I see you have a service appointment. This is your tech, Rick." Rick: *looks under hood* "Boss, I got bad news. Somebody else has worked on this thing. There's clearly a non-OE component in here.&qu...
by ludi
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 77
Views: 3618

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

Why should they replace another company’s battery? That certainly is outside the scope of expectations. It would have been nice but I certainly wouldn’t think it fair to have that be expected. Who cares whose battery it was? It's going into the recycle bin regardless and I reiterate, this isn't a w...
by ludi
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 77
Views: 3618

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

It's still a goodwill gesture to the 90+% (total guess, but I have a feeling that number is low) of people who haven't opened their phones and messed with the guts themselves. Huhwut? There's plenty of third parties that will swap phone batteries, notably some franchise mobile vendors and Batteries...