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Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Standing desks?
Replies: 39
Views: 5019

Re: Standing desks?

When they re-did our offices a couple of years back everyone got a sit/stand desk. How would you gauge their use these days? Did anyone use them in the beginning? Does anyone use them now? I haven't done a scientific analysis, but I'd guesstimate that somewhere around 1/4 of people actually make us...
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Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 / R7 1700 frequency control problem
Replies: 9
Views: 346

Re: Win10 / R7 1700 frequency control problem

I mean this in no offensive way to the people in here or the people that have purchased Ryzen, but these kind of issues are one of the reasons I still have an Intel chipset and CPU in my desktop. I, personally, just don't have these kind of issues with modern Intel CPUs and motherboards. The high p...
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Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Standing desks?
Replies: 39
Views: 5019

Re: Standing desks?

When they re-did our offices a couple of years back everyone got a sit/stand desk.
by just brew it!
Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3922
Views: 564936

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Derek Sherinian - Molecular Heinosity (2009) Prog metal from a former (1995-1999) member of Dream Theater. If vaguely Dream-Theater-esque slabs of prog metal (mostly sans vocals) floats your boat, you'll enjoy this, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E50j-1J2JTk&list=OLAK5uy_lt0MLxU7lEhRaHlErNAHDA...
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Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3922
Views: 564936

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Derek Sherinian - Molecular Heinosity (2009) Prog metal from a former (1995-1999) member of Dream Theater. If vaguely Dream-Theater-esque slabs of prog metal (mostly sans vocals) floats your boat, you'll enjoy this, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E50j-1J2JTk&list=OLAK5uy_lt0MLxU7lEhRaHlErNAHDAj...
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Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Hi all! New here, decided to purchase a build!
Replies: 14
Views: 890

Re: Hi all! New here, decided to purchase a build!

Yeah, mobo vendor custom tweak tools and/or drivers are generally bad news. For Windows, it's vanilla reference drivers (from the various component vendors' web sites) all the way, as far as I'm concerned. For Linux, stock drivers supplied with your distro's latest kernel if possible, or go poking a...
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Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker
Replies: 105
Views: 3484

Re: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker

DancinJack wrote:
(typed this from a 2015 rMBP with a semi-real keyboard)

A keyboard ain't real unless it has at least 2mm of key travel.
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Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker
Replies: 105
Views: 3484

Re: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker

They obviously can make a working keyboard because they did in the past. I'm not familiar with why this new one is so prone to failure but I don't care much about it because I like generous tactile feedback. It is prone to failure because they decided that thinness mattered above all else. Form ove...
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Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Hi all! New here, decided to purchase a build!
Replies: 14
Views: 890

Re: Hi all! New here, decided to purchase a build!

I'm using the stock cooler that came with the Ryzen and the computer is so quiet, I can't hear ANYTHING. Heh. Yeah, after years of supplying craptastic whiny little stock HSFs, AMD really does seem to have stepped up their game. This is a significant development, given that a decent aftermarket coo...
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Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win 10 File explorer not reacting/updating - "Working on it..."
Replies: 12
Views: 410

Re: Win 10 File explorer not reacting/updating - "Working on it..."

Linux problems certainly exist, but they tend to occur more often because I took an affirmative step to make a change that caused a screw up. Windows problems tend to happen more spontaneously because the latest giant opaque update decided to break something. Yeah, I suppose random breakage of some...
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Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win 10 File explorer not reacting/updating - "Working on it..."
Replies: 12
Views: 410

Re: Win 10 File explorer not reacting/updating - "Working on it..."

Avoiding complex Windows problems is one reason I'm a Linux user, You're just trading one set of potential complex problems for another one though. Don't get me wrong, I prefer the sort of problems that typically come with Linux, because -- given enough determination -- there generally is a solutio...
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Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: "Foreshadow" speculative execution attacks outlined
Replies: 8
Views: 510

Re: "Foreshadow" attacks outlined

The reason I said Meltdown was because of this article at Ars, which I read before this thread. "What's in store today? A new Meltdown-inspired attack on Intel's SGX, given the name Foreshadow by the researchers who found it." It looks like I may have been mistaken about it being more clo...
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Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3922
Views: 564936

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

JustAnEngineer wrote:
I always found Simply Irresistible to be much catchier. "She's so fine, there's no tellin' where the money went." can stick in your head all day.

I don't disagree. I linked "Addicted To Love" because it was the one that the Shania Twain video was obviously imitating.
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Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1108
Views: 96047

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

SecretSquirrel wrote:
It would have been letting heat in. The closet that holds the hot water heater is sealed off from the area below the closet floor.

Ahh, OK. Didn't realize they were separate areas! Should've looked closer at the pictures... :oops:
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Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3922
Views: 564936

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

@JAE - You'll probably like this one too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJL4UGSbeFg The video is actually a tribute to / parody of another video by Robert Palmer, which pre-dates it by roughly a decade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcATvu5f9vE :lol: Edit: And going off on a tangent, but connect...
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Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: "Foreshadow" speculative execution attacks outlined
Replies: 8
Views: 510

Re: "Foreshadow" attacks outlined

DancinJack wrote:
You might put something in the title about Meltdown. Might get some more interest that way.

Except that it is more closely related to Spectre, and the researchers who discovered it did in fact name it "Foreshadow"...
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Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3922
Views: 564936

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak (1976) Purging the earworm by re-living my teen years here. First rock concert I ever went to was Queen, with Thin Lizzy as the opening act. RIP Phil Lynott (1949-1986). Yet another talented musician who left far too soon due to substance abuse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
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Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3922
Views: 564936

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

JustAnEngineer wrote:
Shania Twain - That Don't Impress Me Much. Very nice!

...and the music is okay, too.

LOL

That song is a perfect example of a Grade A earworm.
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Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1108
Views: 96047

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Personally, I would have left a 16x16 cutout, and screwed an 18x18 vent grill over it (i.e. into the studs) to breathe that space and provide future inspection access to the pipe. I considered it, but the other wall is the living room and is uninsulated. Leaving it open would have let a significant...
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Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down
Replies: 113
Views: 2614

Re: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down

Take a chill pill, people. You know who you are.

If there's any further productive discussion to be had (which is questionable at this point...) start a new thread in R&P.
by just brew it!
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Spectre-Meltdown barricade
Replies: 10
Views: 441

Re: Spectre-Meltdown barricade

I'm convinced that the main effect of this is going to be to drive new PC (Mac) sales due to browser mitigations which increase memory usage. We were already moving towards the "process per site" model anyway. Perversely, this may actually help counteract the other negative impact of Spec...
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Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down
Replies: 113
Views: 2614

Re: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down

It is rather unlikely they will tell you anything that contradicts what has already been stated in their PR release.
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Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down
Replies: 113
Views: 2614

Re: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down

The shortage was caused by mass buying while prices were lower before the tariffs were put into effect. Of course this increased demand also raised prices somewhat. Canadian producers made some tidy profits for a couple of months. Right, but they went into effect two and half months ago, and they w...
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Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Silly linux question
Replies: 23
Views: 5022

Re: Silly linux question

Sounds like it. If you hadn't wiped, it might've been easy to try going back to the previous kernel (since there's a good chance it was still present on the OS disk, just not being selected at boot). At this point, I'd say your options are: A) Live with it (initiate the shutdown, and when it gets st...
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Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Spectre-Meltdown barricade
Replies: 10
Views: 441

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.) Just because CPU vendors claim to have implemented hardware mitigations for the currently known exploits doesn't mea...
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Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Helios NAS
Replies: 15
Views: 911

Re: Helios NAS

Yes, I agree it is generous. But a "proof of concept" port has been created and demoed, so it is at least getting some attention.
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Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down
Replies: 113
Views: 2614

Re: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down

I prefer both my OJ and JD straight. Not that I drink JD much any more; probably haven't had any in at least a decade.
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Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Helios NAS
Replies: 15
Views: 911

Re: Helios NAS

Someone's supposedly working on the Windows port, but it isn't feature complete yet.
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Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Helios NAS
Replies: 15
Views: 911

Re: Helios NAS

I thought ZFS for Windows was still pretty much alpha quality?
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Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down
Replies: 113
Views: 2614

Re: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down

I am not trying to defend or say what was the true reason for this company to fail, but at least wait until the postpartum examination by the coroner before we speculate. Completely off-topic, but this made me chuckle. Especially the "postpartum" bit. I guess CaseLabs is about to give bir...