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Sat May 27, 2017 5:00 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3858
Views: 614930

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Pliny the Elder. Actually never had this one before. As any self-proclaimed hophead should say. This stuff is badass. What about the non-self-proclaimed hopheads, who are merely accused of being a hophead by others? :wink: Beer micro-trivia: The name of the Roman historical figure is pronounced wit...
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Fri May 26, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Integrated GPU death frequency
Replies: 5
Views: 284

Re: Integrated GPU death frequency

TBH I have no idea how common it is. Did you definitely isolate it to the CPU? If not, it could've been a failed solder joint on the motherboard somewhere.
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Thu May 25, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Important Security Update for Samba Admins
Replies: 7
Views: 277

Re: Important Security Update for Samba Admins

Yeah, it's the sort of thing that gives corporate IT admins nightmares. One desktop/laptop on the network infected with malware that's aware of the vulnerability, and suddenly you're in deep doo-doo.
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Thu May 25, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Strange thought of the day.
Replies: 33
Views: 822

Re: Strange thought of the day.

Cloning an existing install to different hardware also tends to be easier since drivers for most hardware devices are auto-detected at every boot, and there's no OS licensing/activation to deal with. Just last week I cloned the virtual disk of a Debian VM I'd been using to a physical SSD, installed ...
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Thu May 25, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Bios says SSD failed and is no longer bootable
Replies: 3
Views: 297

Re: Bios says SSD failed and is no longer bootable

It is possible that the failure is actually on the laptop's motherboard; if that's the case you may be able to salvage the data by plugging the drive into another system.
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Thu May 25, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: It's gonna be EPYC!!!!
Replies: 19
Views: 734

Re: It's gonna be EPYC!!!!

chuckula wrote:

YouTube Description wrote:
rendered on a network of 108 Apollo Workstations

...and could probably be rendered today on a single mid-range smartphone, in real-time. :wink:
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Thu May 25, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bitcoin bubble-tastic??
Replies: 11
Views: 281

Re: Bitcoin bubble-tastic??

Perhaps a perception among some people that we are heading for a period of global political instability? Kind of like the gold bug thing, but geekier.
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Thu May 25, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Important Security Update for Samba Admins
Replies: 7
Views: 277

Re: Important Security Update for Samba Admins

Looks like Debian and Ubuntu are on top of this, with backported fixes already available for the older versions of Samba included with supported versions of their OSes.
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Thu May 25, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Try to use an old laptop charger to construct a 3.3 V power supply
Replies: 3
Views: 140

Re: Try to use an old laptop charger to construct a 3.3 V power supply

A few thoughts... - The data sheet for the LM317 has quite a few different circuits in it. It would be helpful if you could confirm the specific one you are using. Are you using the simplest one (just the LM317, R1, R2, and maybe a couple of bypass caps)? - You're operating very close to the dropout...
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Wed May 24, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Strange thought of the day.
Replies: 33
Views: 822

Re: Strange thought of the day.

I've got the 3rd-gen Heathkit alarm clock kit that needs a-buildin' so I needs me a solder station and some 63/37 eutectic (kit came with silver, which is far too high-temp stuff). Your local Ace Hardware may still stock the real leaded stuff (they did last time I checked, but that was at least a c...
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Wed May 24, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: OS/2 is coming back.
Replies: 25
Views: 1670

Re: OS/2 is coming back.

@whm1974 - You're still missing the point. I give up.
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Wed May 24, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win7/2008R2 SP1 Notes
Replies: 21
Views: 16330

Re: Win7/2008R2 SP1 Notes

If Win10 isn't an acceptable option, wipe and reintall Win7 from scratch, then install all updates to get it current on security patches. Yes, this will take a while (I would plan on spending several evenings on it).
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Wed May 24, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Strange thought of the day.
Replies: 33
Views: 822

Re: Strange thought of the day.

I was soldering and wiring up transistor and TTL logic circuits when I was 11 or 12, so it doesn't seem at all far-fetched to me. For parts I was riding my bike to the Radio Shack, and mail-ordering stuff from ads I found in in the back of Popular Electronics magazine (paying via money orders purcha...
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Wed May 24, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: OS/2 is coming back.
Replies: 25
Views: 1670

Re: OS/2 is coming back.

Due to the lack of support and the really ancient hardware OS/2 runs on, wouldn't it current users be way better off getting new hardware and switching over to BSD or Linux? Hardware support wasn't all that great to begin with and it is a huge nightmare trying to find still working 90's era systems...
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Wed May 24, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: OS/2 is coming back.
Replies: 25
Views: 1670

Re: OS/2 is coming back.

Didn't one of Google's Chief Data Center Architects (or maybe the CTO) go on record as saying they'd LOVE to switch over to Power-based systems? Well, they're a member of the OpenPOWER Foundation, so they're definitely interested in the ISA at more than just a casual level. I suspect that AMD's re-...
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Wed May 24, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Core i9 vs. The Threadripper Preview
Replies: 31
Views: 879

Re: Core i9 vs. The Threadripper Preview

Her biggest requirements are that the CPU has a low power draw, even while she's using it, that it's quiet, and has integrated graphics. I was considering another AMD APU, preferably one with at least two to four cores that don't do hyperthreading, but has higher clock speeds than the one she has n...
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Wed May 24, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Core i9 vs. The Threadripper Preview
Replies: 31
Views: 879

Re: Core i9 vs. The Threadripper Preview

I think you guys are taking too much for granted with respect to clock speed, I think it's naive to think that "Threadripper" will be clocked the same at the current Ryzens, Intel doesn't clock their high core count cpu's the same as their quad cores and they arguably have a superior manu...
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Wed May 24, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Core i9 vs. The Threadripper Preview
Replies: 31
Views: 879

Re: Core i9 vs. The Threadripper Preview

Those numbers can't be for a 12C/24T "Threadripper" cpu, they are barely any faster than the results for the 1800X and the i9 is almost 3 times faster. The tested CPU was supposedly clocked 25% lower than a stock clocked 1800X (2.7GHz vs. 3.6GHz), so the posted numbers actually make perfe...
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Wed May 24, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Core i9 vs. The Threadripper Preview
Replies: 31
Views: 879

Re: Core i9 vs. The Threadripper Preview

Sounds like an expensive solution (and only a partial one at that) to what is essentially a user education issue. If she never closes windows/tabs she'll still end up in the same boat eventually, it'll just take a little longer.
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Wed May 24, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Core i9 vs. The Threadripper Preview
Replies: 31
Views: 879

Re: Core i9 vs. The Threadripper Preview

replace her current A10-7850 Kaveri setup. She just uses it for Windows 10, websurfing, email, and Office 2013 The A10-7850 can't handle those tasks? Yeah, no kidding! If that system feels sluggish for web/e-mail/office tasks, something is seriously messed up (or it is still using a mechanical HDD ...
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Tue May 23, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1159
Views: 34015

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I did bring in my own keyboard and mouse, because I didn't like the ones they provided.

On days I work from home (typically Thursdays, unless there's a meeting I need to be in the office for) I just jack the work laptop into the KVM and use the same peripherals I use with my home desktop.
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Tue May 23, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1159
Views: 34015

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Apparently the IT department is swapping out my existing display for a 40" 4K monitor. That's the standard here for developers now, and my telling them (a few months ago) that I didn't really have a pressing need for one just meant they moved me to the end of the queue. When I expressed surpris...
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Tue May 23, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows XP Embedded
Replies: 3
Views: 177

Re: Windows XP Embedded

Why would you want to "try" it? And (that question aside) why do you think you need Windows XP to do so? Most of the infected systems were supposedly Windows 7 and later. Just do a fresh install into a VM or something.
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Tue May 23, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Theranos
Replies: 163
Views: 16204

Re: Theranos

It looks possible that Theranos can turn itself around and become a real company. Possible? Yes. Likely? I'd say not. I really doubted they could fake it until they make it, but the longer this drags on the more it looks like they will end up as a going concern. Well, assuming that Holmes steps dow...
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Tue May 23, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Theranos
Replies: 163
Views: 16204

Re: Theranos

Looks like they've managed to convince recent investors not to sue (by giving them additional equity). If I was one of those investors I'd still be pretty pissed off. They've essentially been given a bigger piece of something that seems fairly likely to end up being worthless by the time the dust se...
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Tue May 23, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Good News Bad News on AMD's RyZen compiler
Replies: 3
Views: 434

Re: Good News Bad News on AMD's RyZen compiler

Maybe things will get better around kernel 4.12 or 4.13? It took until 4.11 for some Ryzen optimizations, and support for the Realtek audio chip used in many AMD and Intel motherboards to finally arrive, so who knows what the future will hold? The audio issue puzzles me. It's not like PC integrated...
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Tue May 23, 2017 12:12 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1159
Views: 34015

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Ehh... that's even worse than my recent discovery that many banking sites treat upper and lower case in passwords as equivalent. What you thought was a fairly complex password isn't so complex after all.
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Mon May 22, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1159
Views: 34015

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

A "beer explosion" sounds like one of those things you'd think would be kind of awesome until you had to clean it up. I prefer to get to drink my beer, not clean it off the floor (and walls, and possibly even the ceiling, depending on the extent of the spewage). I haven't had one that rea...
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Mon May 22, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1159
Views: 34015

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Brewed a special batch of beer last week, with the intent of taking it to Homebrew Con in Minneapolis next month. The special ingredient is figs. Added the figs (2 lbs of them) last night. All the sugar in the figs apparently caused the batch to go nuclear, making it spit up during the day while I w...
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Mon May 22, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of the line for my self-hosted web server
Replies: 19
Views: 997

Re: End of the line for my self-hosted web server

Not even I could handle Heady Topper on a nightly basis. The All Day gives me the flavor I want without the gut punch of 8% ABV and 120 IBUs. Indeed. If I want to get anything useful done in the evening I need to lay off the high octane stuff or all I want to do is snooze. I think my tolerance star...