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by CScottG
Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I got a delivery last night...
Replies: 33
Views: 1485

Re: I got a delivery last night...

https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/fusion-360/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/Do-I-qualify-for-free-use-of-Fusion-360.html "Can I use Fusion 360 for free if I'm using it as a hobbyist and don't intend to sell what I make? Yes! If you are an individual or group using Fusion 36...
by CScottG
Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I got a delivery last night...
Replies: 33
Views: 1485

Re: I got a delivery last night...

8)

drfish wrote:
Oh man, I'll be watching this thread. That's the exact printer I've had my eye on since the beginning of the year..


+1

I'm still 1- 2 years off from this purchase, but whatever iteration of this printer is (at that time) is almost certainly the printer to get. :D
by CScottG
Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: NFL 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 1675

Re: NFL 2018

superjawes wrote:

2018 Kickoff Game 9/6
Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles




I liked it, despite fairly poor game-play - it was a well-matched game.


A lot of (legit) calls though..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eFZyzWLK4Y
by CScottG
Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The promise and failure of home automation...
Replies: 18
Views: 1100

Re: The promise and failure of home automation...

So, I have a theater in my house. --SS I'm in the process of that right now (and have been for sometime). :oops: (..assembling and installing a 13 foot-wide screen was a nightmare btw.) :o I decided on a different course for my build: "relatively in-expensive, and screw the theater aesthetic&q...
by CScottG
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Witcher has a Geralt..
Replies: 10
Views: 553

Re: The Witcher has a Geralt..

DancinJack wrote:

edit: FWIW, i think this guy might have been a good fit - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0182666/?ref_=tt_cl_t7


-also looks like a good choice.



-of course Cavill might just give us the line he gave to Hammer in The Man From Uncle:

"..and remember, take it like a pussy." :lol:
by CScottG
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Witcher has a Geralt..
Replies: 10
Views: 553

Re: The Witcher has a Geralt..

I think Cumberbatch has done pretty well as Dr. Strange, but I haven't read the comics so maybe something is getting lost in translation there. ..Cumberbatch did a good job with the script, it's just that it wasn't really Dr. Strange - far to light-hearted and "cheery". (..though many of ...
by CScottG
Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Witcher has a Geralt..
Replies: 10
Views: 553

The Witcher has a Geralt..

https://media.netflix.com/en/press-releases/henry-cavill-to-lead-the-cast-of-netflixs-the-witcher-saga I personally think it's a (casting) mistake for Cavill to be Geralt. (..not unlike Cumberbatch as Strange.) In both cases the actors just don't portray "brooding" and "dark" eno...
by CScottG
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Shadow of the Tomb Raider's performance on the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti with ray tracing enabled - 30fps @ 1920x1080
Replies: 47
Views: 1744

Re: Shadow of the Tomb Raider's performance on the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti with ray tracing enabled - 30fps @ 1920x1080

I got downvoted for claiming that you can happily game modern AAA titles with older GPUs / recent APUs. It's 100% possible to have an enjoyable experience on older / slower hardware as long as you aren't hand-wringing over what you're "missing out on" by not having the sliders all the way...
by CScottG
Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Spectre-Meltdown barricade
Replies: 36
Views: 2337

Re: Spectre-Meltdown barricade

Side channel information leakage is very hard to avoid in any architecture that uses advanced techniques to optimize performance (SMT, speculative execution, multi-level caches, etc.) Also keep in mind that: 2. The risk from Spectre is primarily via attacks on the sandboxing between different web b...
by CScottG
Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 242
Views: 18205

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

..remind me just how much I loved the Windows 2000 UI, that to me was the best version of Windows ever. Ironically I loved 2000 because I could easily change the UI (..but also because it had much better drivers (than previous Windows), USB support, and worked with almost any game (at least for qui...
by CScottG
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 242
Views: 18205

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

As this thread is necro'ed anyway... Yeah, no kidding. A half year old whm1974 thread, even. I'll reiterate: Windows is great for people who need to do Windows stuff. If you don't need Windows-specific applications, there are potentially better choices out there (where the definition of "bette...
by CScottG
Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"
Replies: 62
Views: 2630

Re: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"

-most of my impulse purchases have been due to significant sales (at least for the product), or some little nick-knack product that gets me free shipping for something else I really wanted on Amazon. (..and that last behavior I find disturbing, it's not something I would ordinarily consider: F**K AM...
by CScottG
Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What shows are you recently watching?
Replies: 114
Views: 11788

Re: What shows are you recently watching?

-imo the only substantive thing that Reverie has going for it is the off-season: just not much competition. (..non-substantive are the actors; love Sarah.) Instinct was utterly bland imo; two-shows in and the only thing I liked was the leading character's wardrobe change. "Take two" (an in...
by CScottG
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Air conditioning: Dual-zone mini split vs two portable units
Replies: 43
Views: 2753

Re: Air conditioning: Dual-zone mini split vs two portable units

4. oversize your btu for your installation relative to guidelines. You should not oversize AC or Heat Pump systems. I should have qualified my suggestions, based on my experience - that's south (..still US) and very humid. And while I was intending that, I should have also mentioned that the "...
by CScottG
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Air conditioning: Dual-zone mini split vs two portable units
Replies: 43
Views: 2753

Re: Air conditioning: Dual-zone mini split vs two portable units

I recently installed a minisplit myself (for an upstairs room) and have an old inefficient "central" ac for the downstairs. 1. installation costs can be brutal as a total percentage on any installation for any minisplit, particularly if you are just installing a single small unit. 2. if yo...
by CScottG
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Need help with buying a new pc
Replies: 18
Views: 1583

Re: Need help with buying a new pc

https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/9MCBvn Graphics card is on-board graphics and it has HDMI an DP out. Single stick 16gb memory allows for upgrade to 32 gb latter with another stick. I would absolutely not go with a single stick of RAM; many image processing tasks are bandwidth-limited, and that cho...
by CScottG
Sat Jun 30, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Need help with buying a new pc
Replies: 18
Views: 1583

Re: Need help with buying a new pc

-about a terabyte should work well for you. You can also use/add a large volume USB hard-drive to move images over for "archiving". As long as you aren't doing GPU processing (like a GPU specific program for rendering, etc.), then you should be fine with the iGPU that's on-board the CPU/Mo...
by CScottG
Sat Jun 30, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Need help with buying a new pc
Replies: 18
Views: 1583

Re: Need help with buying a new pc

https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/9MCBvn Graphics card is on-board graphics and it has HDMI an DP out. Single stick 16gb memory allows for upgrade to 32 gb latter with another stick. On-board AC Wifi. Note other items missing that can be filled in as desired. Windows 10 operating system license is of...
by CScottG
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:13 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What shows are you recently watching?
Replies: 114
Views: 11788

Re: What shows are you recently watching?

-not much currently, it's the off-season. ..just finished The Crossing (and it just finished as well - its cancelled). It had promise for a sort of Stephan King TV plot, with writing that wasn't too predictable. Also, iZombie, Krypton, and Lucifer (..poor show's craped-out already), The Blacklist (....
by CScottG
Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Anthony Bourdain
Replies: 40
Views: 2114

Re: RIP Anthony Bourdain

As an additional consideration, given Bourdain's long-term struggles with addiction (heroin, IIRC), depression, and his very frank discussions on mental health, and the isolation the lifestyle he lived brought, it does fit into a pattern of suicidal thoughts. True. But suicidal thought patterns (de...
by CScottG
Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Anthony Bourdain
Replies: 40
Views: 2114

Re: RIP Anthony Bourdain

An impulsive act does not preclude planning. Planning is only an indicator of the stregth of desire to die. When one is looking to attempt to commit suicide, often enough effective methods are looked at. In France, with no access to a firearm or even very tall buildings, hanging is the most effecti...
by CScottG
Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Anthony Bourdain
Replies: 40
Views: 2114

Re: RIP Anthony Bourdain

True. But I'm thinking in context of planning at all. Either truly impulsive with little *thought (presumably acted upon with a very unstable thought-process), or with enough thought behind the act to make sure it works. (..and again, if you put that much thought into it, wouldn't you have to consid...
by CScottG
Sun Jun 10, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Anthony Bourdain
Replies: 40
Views: 2114

Re: RIP Anthony Bourdain

I think we are straying from a plausible "impulsive" suicide at that point to something requiring more thought and planning (which may have occured despite the report of "impulsive"). ..however, if you put that much thought into it, why not use heroine? (..I believe he's even men...
by CScottG
Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Anthony Bourdain
Replies: 40
Views: 2114

Re: RIP Anthony Bourdain

People often enough choose hanging because it ensures that there second thoughts don't matter. Same as a firearm. They take a moment of commitment. Same goes for jumping off a high building or a cliff. Other methods such as wrist slashing often allow for a way back. Staunch the flow of blood, and g...
by CScottG
Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Anthony Bourdain
Replies: 40
Views: 2114

Re: RIP Anthony Bourdain

I don't understand for which reason he would be assassinated. I wouldn't limit it to assasination. It could be "garden variety" murder or murder-for-hire. Or of course it could just be suicide. I just think that it appears less probable to be suicide with the meager facts given. (..the &q...
by CScottG
Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Anthony Bourdain
Replies: 40
Views: 2114

Re: RIP Anthony Bourdain

It happened in France, not, say, South Africa or Belize. No need to dull Occam's Razor looking for a conspiracy just yet. As an update: it was chef Ripert who was with him that said he was in "..a dark mood", not his mother (..she was just repeating what Ripert told her). Ripert was also ...
by CScottG
Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Anthony Bourdain
Replies: 40
Views: 2114

Re: RIP Anthony Bourdain

I tend to wonder if it was really a suicide. I can easily think of several reasons why this doesn't "pass the smell test". The only outlier is the sole comment by his mother that he had been in a "dark mood" a few days before he was found dead - which is the front caption, wherea...
by CScottG
Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Charlie on Intel 10nm
Replies: 13
Views: 1398

Re: Charlie on Intel 10nm

derFunkenstein wrote:
Well, don't forget the site's name is semi-accurate..



-keep it IN-tere-sante. 8)
by CScottG
Wed May 23, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good speaker for ZxR
Replies: 43
Views: 2670

Re: Good speaker for ZxR

DIY: a pair of these each in a small sealed box: https://www.madisoundspeakerstore.com/approx-3-fullrange/vifa-tg9fd10-04-3.5-full-range/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6pTagbmc2wIVxEwNCh0KhweFEAQYAyABEgKBffD_BwE Upper treble response is good even 30 degrees off-axis: http://feleppa.com.au/pics/speaker_imgs/plot...
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