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Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Error messages
Replies: 2
Views: 113

Re: Error messages

notfred wrote:
https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=79770

Damnit, maybe that's why it sounded like such a good idea!
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Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Error messages
Replies: 2
Views: 113

Error messages

Unhelpful, humorous (whether intentionally or not), or just plain dumb... you know what I'm talking about. Post 'em here. I'll get the ball rolling with this one, which I got a few minutes ago from gparted (Linux disk partitioning tool): http://uchima.net/trstuff/parted-no.png "No" what? :...
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Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Anand's RyZen+ Review just got revised
Replies: 39
Views: 2306

Re: Anand's RyZen+ Review just got revised

I would add that hardware timers are also used in "real time*" applications that require precise timing that can be independent of the foibles of a CPU running non-deterministic software, although HPET has issues that prevent it from being the best implementation of a hardware timer for t...
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Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Anand's RyZen+ Review just got revised
Replies: 39
Views: 2306

Re: Anand's RyZen+ Review just got revised

Chuck and JBI, thank you for the explanation. If you don't mind me asking, what kinds of applications would such a counter be needed for? Could you not run into race conditions if incorrectly used this? Sorry for the probably silly question, not a programmer. High resolution timers are often used t...
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Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Anand's RyZen+ Review just got revised
Replies: 39
Views: 2306

Re: Anand's RyZen+ Review just got revised

My Linux systems are defaulting to TSC even though they list HPET as being an "available" clock source. Same. Most distros on modern hardware seem to list tsc, hpet, and acpi_pm as available sources, and default to tsc. IIRC the only time I've needed to force it on Linux was several years...
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Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Anand's RyZen+ Review just got revised
Replies: 39
Views: 2306

Re: Anand's RyZen+ Review just got revised

What is really surprising is the difference in impact between AMD and Intel. It might be an interrupt overhead thing, possibly exacerbated by Meltdown mitigation. IIRC HPET generates an interrupt at every "tick". What benefit does HPET have in everyday life? Is it important for servers? S...
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Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Jim Keller got a new gig
Replies: 6
Views: 332

Re: Jim Keller got a new gig

Bad news for AMD...
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Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New washing machine
Replies: 13
Views: 598

Re: New washing machine

Speed Queen top loaders have two major hurdles in my estimation. Firstly, they cost 1/3 to 1/2 more than the top rated models from Whirlpool and Maytag ($500-$600 vs. $900-$1,000), and secondly, they are smaller: 3.2 cu ft vs. 4.7+ cu ft. Yes, they do cost more, but the smaller capacity is less of ...
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Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Microsoft 1 - Hardened E-Criminal 0
Replies: 25
Views: 1125

Re: Microsoft 1 - Hardened E-Criminal 0

Yes, the guy clearly broke the law. But IMO the severity of the punishment is out of line, given that the restore image was freely downloadable anyway, and required a valid COA/key to activate.
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Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2756
Views: 101052

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

derFunkenstein wrote:
Guys we missed out on the world's greatest fajita scam last week.

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2 ... 2m-fajitas

Wow. That's a lot of fajitas! :o
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Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: General photography thread [img heavy]
Replies: 3017
Views: 622788

Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

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Loomis Street BNSF grade crossing, Naperville IL
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Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3761
Views: 544900

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

But then after the Sultans of Swing it wanted me to watch some of his other covers. There's some pretty spectacular stuff in there: Africa, Take On Me, Beat It, Eye of the Tiger...and they're all pretty good. OTOH, U Can't Touch This doesn't really translate. Yeah, some of them translate better tha...
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Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3761
Views: 544900

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

The Yes Album I love this album. In spite of the fact that Wakeman wasn't on board yet, this is where it all started to come together. IMO along with Fragile , Close to the Edge , and Relayer , it is an absolutely essential Yes album. Hmm... 2 of my 4 favorite Yes albums don't have Wakeman on them....
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Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Clicky HDD. Any chance it's normal?
Replies: 26
Views: 3985

Re: Clicky HDD. Any chance it's normal?

Could also be that this model has crap firmware. You'd be amazed (and horrified) at the sort of stuff that routinely makes it into shipping products. (And I'm not talking about just Toshiba, or even just HDDs.) Being a tech enthusiast for 4+ decades and working in the tech industry full-time for 3+ ...
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Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3761
Views: 544900

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xTBh3J8huQ <-- holy effin' crap! :o Just can't stop listening to this clip. The first time through, she starts playing and I'm like "hey, this sounds like it is going to be pretty good"... then she starts singing, and I'm like "oh, wow!"... and f...
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Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3761
Views: 544900

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Pretty cool cover of one of my favorite songs ever: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0RV0kgdqJU Made me LOL because it is so f*cking over the top, but so good at the same time. I think I am in love with the female singer/guitarist. I enjoyed that way to much, and agree... I think she was looking at...
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Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2756
Views: 101052

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I had to have one of these for my Calculus I class back in Nineteen Hundred and Ninety Six. I think we've stumbled upon a dating method for future archaeologists. Estimate the age of the geek by the calculator they used in college. :P The generation before mine used slide rules. I was pretty much r...
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Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: weird issue would like your input
Replies: 19
Views: 2530

Re: weird issue would like your input

Back in the day, the fan in the PSU of my dual Athlon (MPX) rig failed. I started to smell burning electronics, then noticed that the outside of the PC case (over the PSU, this was an old-style case with top PSU mount) was quite hot. Immediately shut the system down and swapped in a spare PSU...
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Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)
Replies: 53
Views: 3539

Re: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)

Would be a much smaller issue if I hadn't bought a number of the crappy 1st-gen Cree bulbs. They account for nearly all of the failures. Those are fun. Break open the silicone-coated glass, and then the LED assembly is folded around the heatsink core. It slides right out as the contacts are merely ...
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Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: weird issue would like your input
Replies: 19
Views: 2530

Re: weird issue would like your input

Until I got towards the end of your post I was going to say "PSU", but I guess that has been (mostly) ruled out. Could've been a dead CMOS battery was the original trigger (if you still have the old battery and have a multimeter, check its voltage). Also sounds like whatever you were doing...
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Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2756
Views: 101052

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

In a sort-of-related vein, git is the RPN of source code management systems. It seemed pretty alien to me at first, but it is very powerful. Designed for managing large distributed development projects, by the person who manages one of the larger (and most widely used) Open Source projects. :wink: I...
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Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I miss my TiVo!
Replies: 11
Views: 500

Re: I miss my TiVo!

The Xfinity UI is a mess too. My wife actually uses the voice control feature to find stuff; that seems to work reasonably well.
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Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2756
Views: 101052

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

RPN calculators are significantly more efficient than algebraic calculators, since they require fewer keystrokes and you don't have to worry about mismatched parentheses. Yup... they seem pretty alien until your brain has internalized that algebraic-to-RPN compiler though! I can definitely see how ...
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Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2756
Views: 101052

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Yes, once you learn to think in RPN it is actually faster, since it requires fewer keystrokes.
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Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2756
Views: 101052

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

My calculator in college was a Ti-58C

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TI-59_/_TI-58
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Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)
Replies: 53
Views: 3539

Re: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)

Would be a much smaller issue if I hadn't bought a number of the crappy 1st-gen Cree bulbs. They account for nearly all of the failures.
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Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Case selection for silence, on air?
Replies: 25
Views: 2771

Re: Case selection for silence, on air?

3) mATX mobo/case places the GPU closer to the bottom panel fan for more direct airflow path. 4) Shorter front-back case dimension is better because it places the front panel fans closer to the CPU/GPU Overall airflow is probably more important than proximity of the CPU/GPU to the intakes. At the e...
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Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)
Replies: 53
Views: 3539

Re: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)

Yeah, I've been scratching my head over how to dispose of dead LED bulbs too. You can try Batteries+Bulbs, I know they take CFL bulbs for a fee. There's a list of bulb types they take on their web site: https://www.batteriesplus.com/t/recycling/Light-Bulb LED is conspicuously absent. Paying someone...
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Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)
Replies: 53
Views: 3539

Re: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)

Recently, I had my first LED bulb failure. A non-dimmable Walmart $2.44 60watt equivalent that ran continuously at 8.5watts for two years and three months upside down in a surface mount ceiling fixture on a three year warranty. I took it to the service desk in an original box with the receipt and t...