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by Forge
Mon May 14, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: MCU
Replies: 88
Views: 9776

Re: MCU

I am still amazed that they made it work with that many characters. Weren't we saying that about the original Avengers film? :lol: Also, they're mainly getting away with it because Thanos is the protagonist of this film. Obviously not the good guy, but giving him the story means that everyone else ...
by Forge
Wed May 09, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: MCU
Replies: 88
Views: 9776

Re: MCU

Is anyone else bothered by the fact that Josh Brolin plays Thanos in Avengers AND Cable in Deadpool 2 when both are airing at the same time? Saw the movie last night. Loved the character chemistry, especially with so many characters meeting each other for the first time. One defining feature that m...
by Forge
Tue May 01, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 138
Views: 8404

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

I have to downgrade to maybe. I burned some PTO unexpectedly about a month ago in the hospital, and I no longer have enough to cover all the things I need to do this summer. TRBBQ is dangerously close to getting the axe just based on the number of days off needed. I'm sorry, guys.
by Forge
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Alternative cooling methods for temperature bound GPUs
Replies: 22
Views: 10957

Re: Alternative cooling methods for temperature bound GPUs

I don't doubt it, but none came to mind. Call it my personal record, then.
by Forge
Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Alternative cooling methods for temperature bound GPUs
Replies: 22
Views: 10957

Re: Alternative cooling methods for temperature bound GPUs

Four years and change, that's got to be pretty close to the record for a thread necro.

And for the record, Keith was running a K6-2 or a K6-III at that time. He might have just gotten onto a Duron or Athlon, but I don't think he had, when the AC incident went down.
by Forge
Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 138
Views: 8404

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

Sweet. I have a nice big tent, just have to figure out how to mount it on the bike safely. Will update more as we close in. In the past I've used empty 2L bottles for sand stakes. Can just fill them with sand or water and bury them, use the spout side to tie off to. And in the "small friggin wo...
by Forge
Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 138
Views: 8404

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

Just checking, tent on the beach is still approved? I have a moderately large one, so if anyone has a sleeping bag/bedroll and wants the cover/dry, I can accommodate.
by Forge
Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: MCU
Replies: 88
Views: 9776

Re: MCU

kvndoom wrote:
"OMG BEST MCU MOVIE YET" is still Captain America 3 for me personally.


No way. It was CA2, with that elevator scene, and then the whole 'enemy within' aspect. The whole MCU spun on its axis for that movie.
by Forge
Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 138
Views: 8404

Re: TR BBQ XV - Official Thread

Aug 18? I'll warm the bike up. That ought to be prime. Still have spots to throw a tent? On the beach mebbe? I would like to rsvp for sidewalk/driveway parking for the bike, if at all possible. Anything solid would be good, otherwise I have to pack a chunk of 2x4 to put the kickstand onto.
by Forge
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: H.265 decode requirements with Plex
Replies: 57
Views: 8912

Re: H.265 decode requirements with Plex

Sort of an odd question, but my Plex server is a headless box and all of my clients are either Roku's, a Tivo, or a couple of android phones. A gpu will still provide h.265 decoding, even if the local machine isn't displaying the video, right? Yes and no. I don't think it's saying what you're think...
by Forge
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: H.265 decode requirements with Plex
Replies: 57
Views: 8912

Re: H.265 decode requirements with Plex

I've got ten Hitachi desktop drives in my Plex box, ten 2TB of various sizes in my FreeNAS, and nice certified 15K 450s in my ESXi machine. All are about the same reliability. Only the warranty speed matters. That's why my Hitachi setup has a cold spare. On disk fail, replace with spare, begin resi...
by Forge
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PC Specs and Features
Replies: 42
Views: 7262

Re: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PC Specs and Features

I don't understand trying to "get by" with a mid to low end GPU anymore. It's not like we're on 6 month cycles anymore, real new GPU releases seem to have fallen into an annual tick-tock, so you can easily get 2 or 4 years out of a graphics card anymore. New Colossus is pretty at UHD with...
by Forge
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: H.265 decode requirements with Plex
Replies: 57
Views: 8912

Re: H.265 decode requirements with Plex

I've got ten Hitachi desktop drives in my Plex box, ten 2TB of various sizes in my FreeNAS, and nice certified 15K 450s in my ESXi machine. All are about the same reliability. Only the warranty speed matters. That's why my Hitachi setup has a cold spare. On disk fail, replace with spare, begin resil...
by Forge
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: It's worked like that for years...
Replies: 32
Views: 5575

Re: It's worked like that for years...

I got canned a few jobs back over an absolutely garbage Buffalo NAS that I had no part in selecting or purchasing. Devel. Director wanted cheap NAS. I showed him cheap NAS. He insisted it be cheaper. I told him anything available at a lower price would be unreliable and dangerous. I was overruled an...
by Forge
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PC Specs and Features
Replies: 42
Views: 7262

Re: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PC Specs and Features

I don't understand trying to "get by" with a mid to low end GPU anymore. It's not like we're on 6 month cycles anymore, real new GPU releases seem to have fallen into an annual tick-tock, so you can easily get 2 or 4 years out of a graphics card anymore. New Colossus is pretty at UHD with ...
by Forge
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Can HDMI cables be marginal for 4k60 RGB 8-bit?
Replies: 2
Views: 990

Re: Can HDMI cables be marginal for 4k60 RGB 8-bit?

Possible? Absolutely. Simple to check. Hit Amazon, find an AmazonBasics HDMI cable that specifically calls out HDMI 2.0 and UHD, and give it a try. If it fixes it, done deal. If not, let us know and we can suggest less and less likely things to look at.
by Forge
Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: z-5500 hum hiss - updated :(
Replies: 47
Views: 16551

Re: z-5500 hum hiss - updated :(

Seven year necro? Is that a new record? My Z-680s have got to be 10+ years old now. The one rear sat has mouse holes chewed in the diaphragm and the backlight on the volume/controller pod is almost completely dead. Still sound pretty great though.
by Forge
Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My Poor Basset Hound is Sick
Replies: 40
Views: 7194

Re: My Poor Basset Hound is Sick

I wish spammers would stop sending me notifications about their new (and already removed) posts on this thread. FWIW, my liver stimulating hormone levels got down to downright healthy when I quit smoking, even though I still enjoy nicotine. Not terribly relevant, but I felt like saying. Back to the ...
by Forge
Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Reinstalling Windows 10 on a laptop... and failing
Replies: 13
Views: 1227

Re: Reinstalling Windows 10 on a laptop... and failing

Forge wrote:
the symptoms match a bad/corrupted ESP.


Sorry. Had to. ;)
by Forge
Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you READING right now?
Replies: 441
Views: 122221

Re: What are you READING right now?

Oh, I read this after finding it via Stephen King notes, a few years ago. Safely outside of copyright, enjoy: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/389
by Forge
Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you READING right now?
Replies: 441
Views: 122221

Re: What are you READING right now?

Just picked up a Stephen King I'd missed somehow, called Revival. Mint hardcover for 2$, couldn't say no.
by Forge
Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Reinstalling Windows 10 on a laptop... and failing
Replies: 13
Views: 1227

Re: Reinstalling Windows 10 on a laptop... and failing

I would try using the UEFI shell to load the boot manager directly. I'd also nuke the contents of the internal hard disk(s) before anything else, since the symptoms match a bad/corrupted ESP.
by Forge
Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: GPU passthrough
Replies: 16
Views: 2220

Re: GPU passthrough

VFIO development is active and ongoing. If you want a polished and reliable product for a turnkey solution, we're a few years away still, IMO. I also would not endorse Ryzen nor Threadripper for VFIO work yet. There's only a few days in so far, and many issues are already documented and being worked...
by Forge
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: GPU passthrough
Replies: 16
Views: 2220

Re: GPU passthrough

Yeah, I've done it. Also, that line about "since the Intel 6X/7X chipsets" is way, way off the mark. You need to have working IOMMU/ACS for VFIO to be usable, and even then it's not likely to be very stable. Pretty much the only boards that really got ACS/IOMMU working 100% were the X79/X9...
by Forge
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: NOOOOOOOB
Replies: 130
Views: 25495

Re: NOOOOOOOB

You were supposed to fall in love and get married? You're both very atypical, in exactly the same way? Those aren't fields I'd usually expect to blend or share personnel, so I'm out of ideas.
by Forge
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)
Replies: 41
Views: 11772

Re: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)

Yeah, same idea, more politely stated. For anyone playing along at home and confused by my disgust, a virtualized FreeNAS can't leverage ECC to keep ram clean, ram is heavily used for caching in FreeNAS, and corrupted cache means you can't trust the disk contents, which invalidates one of the big se...
by Forge
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: NOOOOOOOB
Replies: 130
Views: 25495

Re: NOOOOOOOB

Well there's only so many jobs in the world, in the high-energy theoretical booger reclamation labs. You're bound to end up working together sooner or later. Likewise, I could probably name 3/4 of the attendees at the international Mad Scientist/Terrorist meetup. Wait, can't be 3/4, there's six of u...
by Forge
Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)
Replies: 41
Views: 11772

Re: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)

Just FYI, to get FreeNAS 11.0-U2 working under Windows 10 Hyper-V, i had to create Gen 1 host with Guest services off. Remember to offline disks to make available for Hyper-V disk pass through if you want to give ZFS real disks(SMART,...) instead of VHDs. I'm sorry, I threw up in my mouth a little....
by Forge
Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)
Replies: 41
Views: 11772

Re: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)

Use ZFS. It's more better. Yes, ZFS is on my long (and ever growing) "I need to learn about that" list. Spare machine of any config, at least 3-4 disks of a size (or real close) and an afternoon. FreeNAS makes a great start, and once you know the terms and concepts, ZOL (ZFS On Linux) wil...
by Forge
Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)
Replies: 41
Views: 11772

Re: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)

That's a good point. I was figuring the actual file data would be a loss, since ext4 isn't COW, and was thinking more that the journal replay would flag the partial file as being no good. You're right, though, I don't think the default journalling setup would work the way I'm thinking. Use ZFS. It's...