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by CScottG
Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56456

Re: Something's different... (new)

I'm not saying the previous design didn't need some modernizing, but this just went too far. I hope the coming tweaks are a step in the right direction. It needed a LOT of modernizing.. starting with the hole "Tech Report" title taking-up as much room as it did. The new design is better i...
by CScottG
Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56456

Re: Something's different... (new)

..The biggest thing to know for now is that the work was contracted out and us everyday news folks didn't have a chance to offer feedback before the redesign surprised everyone by popping up yesterday.. :lol: Perhaps they didn't understand that the reason this site still has viewers is because it's...
by CScottG
Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Gerbitl GPU spend $$$
Replies: 24
Views: 1466

Re: Gerbitl GPU spend $$$

Might change poll title to most expensive GPU. Hopefully the most recent was the most powerful :wink: I adjusted for time (..sort of like inflation). Geforce 2 Ultra.. Spent stupid money at that time not because I wanted high frame rates, but rather I needed something that would provide DVI-out at ...
by CScottG
Sat Jul 06, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What shows are you recently watching?
Replies: 200
Views: 25043

Re: What shows are you recently watching?

World Series of Poker Main Event is going on right now.

Also,

Battlebots.


Savage Builds (Adam Savage of Mythbusters fame) after Battlebots.. interesting, but not great - Youtube "Tested" is overall better.
by CScottG
Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Witcher has a Geralt..
Replies: 20
Views: 3328

Re: The Witcher has a Geralt..

cynan wrote:
..Nicholas Coster Waldau..


Still to good looking.. and a little too old (for a younger Geralt).

McGowan:

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2090702/med ... 2722919168
by CScottG
Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Need Advice On An Overdue System Upgrade.
Replies: 73
Views: 4024

Re: Need Advice On An Overdue System Upgrade.

I tend to screw myself by buying parts fully intending to build now, then getting busy and not building the system for months. So by the time I actually do the build, I could've gotten the same parts for less, or better parts for the same price. You'd think I would've learned by now. Case in point:...
by CScottG
Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Need gaming mouse--damaged hands
Replies: 4
Views: 1663

Re: Need gaming mouse--damaged hands

..unfortunatly thumb-use for the left/right mouse-click: https://www.amazon.com/3M-Ergonomic-Patented-Compatibility-EM500GPL/dp/B00008KWWF These next two don't require thumb use: ..apparently awkward use for left/right mouse-click tilting while also moving mouse around: https://www.amazon.com/Ergogu...
by CScottG
Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Potential TEXT-worthy VR headset:
Replies: 5
Views: 1952

Re: Potential TEXT-worthy VR headset:

https://www.roadtovr.com/htc-vive-cosmo ... rate-lens/

-not as good, but better than others..
by CScottG
Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1387
Views: 125931

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I've also had pretty much nothing but problems with plumbers.. even those licensed (which are rare in my area). Unless it's a problem buried in a concrete-slab foundation (or under a crawl-space, which I don't have), I'll do it myself. Now electrical is something else.. messing with the circuit-brea...
by CScottG
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: BALDUR'S GATE III
Replies: 21
Views: 2584

Re: BALDUR'S GATE III

..hmm, posing as True Neutral ..but deep down: Chaotic Evil? :P
by CScottG
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: BALDUR'S GATE III
Replies: 21
Views: 2584

Re: BALDUR'S GATE III

Captain Ned wrote:
Jeez, I gave up after AD&D added (i.e. stole from Gamma World) psionics. Yeah, I'm old.



Bah. :P

Both are TSR, and it was more like Gamma World > Planescape > (A) D&D.



-still, I feel you with respect to the abomination that was 4th edition. :wink:
by CScottG
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: BALDUR'S GATE III
Replies: 21
Views: 2584

Re: BALDUR'S GATE III

As an old fart who's played many different versions on D&D, 2.5ed was extremely fiddly with the rules, and high level characters were definitely gods.. 3rd (and 3.5) edition was mainstream for so long, and was extremely complicated and not really designed for mass market.. (great for nerds/geek...
by CScottG
Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Peter Bright of Ars Technica charged by FBI
Replies: 68
Views: 5311

Re: Peter Bright of Ars Technica charged by FBI

Actually not sure on the sentencing guidelines now that I look it up. Section 2422(b) of Title 18 provides that if the individual who has been persuaded, induced, enticed, or coerced to engage in prostitution or other criminal sexual act is under the age of 18, then the penalty is 15 years imprison...
by CScottG
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: BALDUR'S GATE III
Replies: 21
Views: 2584

BALDUR'S GATE III

Ok, so some of us "old farts" have been waiting for this game for about 18 years now (after ToB was released) - though most of us had long thought it would never occur because of a question of just who held the legal rights to this game (..where even most lawyers representing interested pa...
by CScottG
Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: VR use is "building Steam"..
Replies: 4
Views: 2087

Re: VR use is "building Steam"..

(..with an up-turned pinky next to mouth)

-1 million dollars.. err, monthly connected users:

https://www.roadtovr.com/monthly-connec ... milestone/
by CScottG
Mon May 27, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD
Replies: 104
Views: 7744

Re: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD

looks like adoredtv got everything wrong even just days before this announcement I wish I had the cult-like following that Jim at AdoreTV had. Maybe I need to 1. Get a Youtube channel. 2. Turn off my brain. and... 3. Be overwhelmingly wrong over any over again to the point where any rational person...
by CScottG
Mon May 27, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD
Replies: 104
Views: 7744

Re: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD

But you get 12. AND YOU BETTER FREAKIN' LIKE IT ..pff. Just a wanna-be *Shrout ..err, -shill for Intel that's a bit soured by current red-team news. :P *I mean, just look at how happy he seems to be: https://www.engadget.com/2019/05/26/intel-core-i9-9900ks-5ghz/?utm_campaign=homepage&utm_medium...
by CScottG
Sat May 25, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Chuckula got a RAM Upgrade
Replies: 19
Views: 1430

Re: Chuckula got a RAM Upgrade

* It's a 2017 that I got at a great price, I didn't jump out of my way to get a hemi just because. Gas guzzling behemoth: BOOOOooooo! :P Good used (..err "pre-owned) price: YAY! 8) :D -of course good utility always gets a THUMBS UP! :D ..even if parking becomes an episode of Fear Factor. :o :l...
by CScottG
Sat May 25, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Looking for replacement for aging Z-5500 set
Replies: 25
Views: 2861

Re: Looking for replacement for aging Z-5500 set

I find it hard to believe that combo speaker systems for PC, and from non-speaker companies (Logitech), can somehow end up both offering better quality and being cheaper. IF the Co. cherry-picks the fullrange driver and does a decent design with the enclosure + a powered upper-bass "sub" ...
by CScottG
Mon May 20, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Radeon VII or wait for Navi?
Replies: 58
Views: 3898

Re: Radeon VII or wait for Navi?

I only game at 4K and it's definitely in the "competitive" bracket versus the 2080 there. It certainly gets a pretty great boost from *water-cooling as well as using less power under water. Also, would a typical purchaser want a VII for use with much less than 4k? Of course the other use-...
by CScottG
Sun May 19, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Radeon VII or wait for Navi?
Replies: 58
Views: 3898

Re: Radeon VII or wait for Navi?

.. wait .. -well, unless you have some current imperative reason for more GPU. I'm expecting Navi to be a replacement to the 500 series, so maybe don't hold-your-hopes on it. :oops: I kind of wonder why you would need serious GPU performance for MacOS? IF it's content creation then by all means sna...
by CScottG
Sat May 18, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Potential TEXT-worthy VR headset:
Replies: 5
Views: 1952

Re: Potential TEXT-worthy VR headset:

You can actually see the difference here:

https://youtu.be/GeqJjICyzeo?t=243
by CScottG
Wed May 08, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Intel cancels 10nm cancelletion to cancel 7nm.
Replies: 10
Views: 2707

Re: Intel cancels 10nm cancelletion to cancel 7nm.

-good, maybe the video card industry will get its **** together by 2021.
by CScottG
Tue May 07, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit
Replies: 166
Views: 13505

Re: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit

I think it's time for a small station with a solvent bath (w/ fan-venting to filter), cleaning bath, and media-blaster. :wink:
by CScottG
Sun May 05, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What shows are you recently watching?
Replies: 200
Views: 25043

Re: What shows are you recently watching?

..BBC's Coupling. That show is gold. Sally Harper (Kate Isitt) talking to Susan Walker (Sarah Alexander) and referencing Patrick Maitland (Ben Miles): "I always wanted a tripod!" :lol: Started into: A Discovery of Witches - movie-like production values, more than a little to heavy on the ...
by CScottG
Sat May 04, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Help me decide which graphics card I should buy, please!
Replies: 11
Views: 1703

Re: Help me decide which graphics card I should buy, please!

-marginally better than it was a year ago. :oops: The value proposition should be that the current lower model very slightly out-performs the "one-notch" higher previous model.. but at the lower model's typical price. 2060 outperforms the 1070, but at only about $50 less (on average) than ...
by CScottG
Fri May 03, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Potential TEXT-worthy VR headset:
Replies: 5
Views: 1952

Potential TEXT-worthy VR headset:

..for basic monitor use (browsing, Office-apps, etc.) in something like Virtual-desktop:

https://www.roadtovr.com/hp-reverb-vr-h ... ease-date/
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