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by just brew it!
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Desktop Wifi - adapter question
Replies: 4
Views: 76

Re: Desktop Wifi - adapter question

So a 2nd wifi router in my BR wouldn't help? I was thinking it could pick up the signal from the router in the LR; then I would have a wired connection to my old desktop that way. If you get one that can act as a bridge/repeater that would work, but I don't really see an advantage to doing that vs....
by just brew it!
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you READING right now?
Replies: 434
Views: 119257

Re: What are you READING right now?

I wasn't clear. Part of the certification exam is a blind tasting. You have to identify the winery, style and year of five wines based on sight, smell and taste. This isn't how to judge wines, this is how to identify wines based upon your senses. Hell, I'd be lucky to get the continent right. One d...
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Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you READING right now?
Replies: 434
Views: 119257

Re: What are you READING right now?

I've always imagined it to be kind of like the craft beer scene, but snobbier and a lot more expensive. I dunno. Is there an expensive test you can take to be certified as a craft brew expert (with a 60% failure rate!)? $10 for the online qualifying exam, $40 for the practical/written, $15 for re-t...
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Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Desktop Wifi - adapter question
Replies: 4
Views: 76

Re: Desktop Wifi - adapter question

Yeah, a PCIe or USB adapter should work just fine. PCIe likely gets you lower latency and (probably) a better antenna too, at slightly higher cost. How's the signal strength in your room? (You can check it with your smartphone.) If you're into multi-player "twitch" games you probably still...
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Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3509
Views: 517724

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Sam Phillips - Fan Dance (2001)

Sparse arrangements, good songwriting, and Sam's fantastic voice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRjmEEttYfo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXAOKFbs_p8

Edit: Hey, she did one of those NPR mini-concerts too - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANOrllutAhs
by just brew it!
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you READING right now?
Replies: 434
Views: 119257

Re: What are you READING right now?

general_tux wrote:
I'm also trying to learn a bit more about home brewing so I've been reading "Designing Great Beers".

That's a great book. I had a much better handle on beer recipe formulation after reading it.
by just brew it!
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Snapadoodle-Doo WPA2 is Borked
Replies: 6
Views: 355

Re: Snapadoodle-Doo WPA2 is Borked

BTW, we already had a thread for this: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=120185&p=1364886
by just brew it!
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Snapadoodle-Doo WPA2 is Borked
Replies: 6
Views: 355

Re: Snapadoodle-Doo WPA2 is Borked

It's a client-side vulnerability, not an AP vulnerability. Good luck getting all those off-brand IoT devices patched.
by just brew it!
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Time to update everything WiFi
Replies: 14
Views: 521

Re: Time to update everything WiFi

It's a client-side vulnerability. Routers/APs should be (mostly) unaffected.
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Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 65
Views: 1933

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

HTTPS sites should still be safe. But bottom line is that you should not consider WPA2 WiFi networks to any more secure than an open public access point. Also worth pointing out that this is a client-side attack, i.e. WiFi APs/routers don't necessarily need to be patched as the vulnerability is on t...
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Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Time to update everything WiFi
Replies: 14
Views: 521

Re: Time to update everything WiFi

I've been using a SOCKS proxy over SSH with my laptop for years. I guess I should figure out how to do that on my phone too. The extra layer of security/encryption provides some protection from this sort of nonsense.
by just brew it!
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you READING right now?
Replies: 434
Views: 119257

Re: What are you READING right now?

Prior to that, I read Cork Dork . A tech reporter decided to become a wine sommelier and it chronicles her journey to becoming a certified wine expert in 18 months. Fascinating look into a world I thought might be kind of fun to try. It's also a kind of neat unintentional peek into the mindset of M...
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Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Price Drop ?
Replies: 6
Views: 634

Re: Price Drop ?

CFL = Coffee Lake? Or Compact Flourescent. :lol: Constant Feed Lubrication. Intel's breakthrough new architecture is based on a nanotech version of Charles Babbage's original Difference Engine. Keeping all of the tiny gears and levers properly oiled was key to achieving industry-leading performance...
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Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:55 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1879
Views: 58615

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

My wife and daughter noticed something interesting the other day. In drug commercials, when they get to the part near the end where they start listing potential side effects, they almost always cut to a scene with a cute dog. If the drug is something that would tend to be taken by senior citizens, t...
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Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1879
Views: 58615

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Redocbew wrote:
If you like hoppy beers, then you'll like this one Lagunitas.

FTFY! :wink:

(OK, seriously, they do make a few non-hoppy beers; but those tend to be the exceptions. What do you expect from a brewery that has something named Hop Stoopid as one of their most popular beers? :D)
by just brew it!
Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1879
Views: 58615

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I've avoided this topic because I have no ******* clue what is it about. Is it about coffee and beer? Who the **** is Imi? Long story. The short version: It's a dumping ground for off-topic (and occasionally off-color) posts. Kind of the "Back Porch of the Back Porch". A lot of the posts ...
by just brew it!
Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead
Replies: 63
Views: 1656

Re: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead

'96. Rusted, keyed, hail damaged, mismatched wheels, and front end accident damage. I keep it around for bad weather and other situations where I want other drivers to feel they have more to lose. It also means you don't need to worry about door dings in parking lots. Anyone with a car made in the ...
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Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: fixing outdoor furinture aluminum bent chair leg?
Replies: 19
Views: 5394

Re: fixing outdoor furinture aluminum bent chair leg?

gayleannherron wrote:
hmmm..... not sure what a 'basic dropbox' is, glad to hear they would be free, but even so, not sure how I'd get them from my iphone to the dropbox to the TR forum site here, much less specifically to this discussion.

Check your private messages.
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Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Another subscription oddity
Replies: 1
Views: 192

Re: Another subscription oddity

The E-mail address for my account is correct, but the receipt for my subscription payment was sent to another E-mail address I must have given at some time. I want to delete that secondary address; I've looked at all the options, but I can't find it anywhere. Specifically, the address under User Co...
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Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: TPM for a new system?
Replies: 32
Views: 1195

Re: TPM for a new system?

I figure the NSA/FSB/Chinese already have everything they need to steal my identity and hack into my online accounts, if they haven't already done so. My "protection" is that I am a low-value target... especially given that I no longer work in the defense sector (which would make me much m...
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Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: TPM for a new system?
Replies: 32
Views: 1195

Re: TPM for a new system?

CScottG wrote:
Of course TPM is vulnerable to the NSA, but I'd doubt if it was vulnerable to other agencies.

I would not discount the FSB here.
by just brew it!
Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3509
Views: 517724

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

David Byrne and St. Vincent - Love This Giant (2012) I've mentioned this in passing before. It's been growing on me (as has been Annie Clark a.k.a. St. Vincent). This is a pretty unique album. If I had to try to describe it, I'd say it's Talking Heads meets Annie Clark meets a woodwind/brass ensembl...
by just brew it!
Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which cpu to get?
Replies: 61
Views: 3263

Re: Which cpu to get?

Yeah I suppose that's true. There are good reasons to dislike SMT, but in general it seems like a good thing to me. The effects of SMT(namely having virtual cores which otherwise wouldn't be there) are much more easily visible than that of branch prediction or many other features which I guess is p...
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Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead
Replies: 63
Views: 1656

Re: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead

Usacomp2k3 wrote:
My "server" is 7+ years old

Mine's an AM2+ system in an ancient Chieftec full tower case, stuffed full of HDDs. ECC RAM, of course. :wink:
by just brew it!
Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which cpu to get?
Replies: 61
Views: 3263

Re: Which cpu to get?

A bit late to this thread... but anyhow: Early SMT implementations were indeed a little dodgy, and this was compounded by the fact that OS CPU scheduling algorithms didn't deal with it properly either. The situation is substantially better now, but there are still corner cases where it doesn't work ...
by just brew it!
Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead
Replies: 63
Views: 1656

Re: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead

BTW, my server is 7 years old, my gaming PC is 5 years old, and my car is approaching its 6th year (I am hoping it goes to 10+). Both of our cars are 15 years old. The Camry just needs some exhaust work. The Chrysler mini-van still runs great, but leaks a little oil (maybe I'll get around to replac...
by just brew it!
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: the official Indian food lovers thread!
Replies: 160
Views: 25234

Re: the official Indian food lovers thread!

Been getting more into cooking these past couple of years, and have made a few curries. I'm about due to make another one; maybe next weekend. (There's already a plan for this weekend; I'm making red beans and rice from scratch tomorrow. The beans are already soaking and I just got done smoking the ...
by just brew it!
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead
Replies: 63
Views: 1656

Re: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead

*big list of apps* Dang! Here's my list, the vast majority are built into the OS, or at least 1st party. Well, I guess we know why he always needs the latest and greatest shiny thing. I'm sure many of those apps have services that are always running in the background, and that kind of load would pr...
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Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Soldering questions
Replies: 6
Views: 346

Re: Soldering questions

If it's a power/ground plane, you'd need an underboard pre-heater, ideally, or you'd need to heat the entire component fairly quickly to get it off. Or identify the pin(s) which are connected to the power/ground planes, and desolder those using a soldering iron with solder wick and/or a solder suck...
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Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What shows are you recently watching?
Replies: 55
Views: 3185

Re: What shows are you recently watching?

Really enjoying The Orville on Fox. Kind of a blend of Star Trek and Firefly with a little Kurt Vonnegut tossed into the mix. Kudos to Seth MacFarlane! I did not expect to like this, but it's not bad. I wouldn't say it's fantastic, but it's pretty good. The mash-up of earnest TNG imitation and lowb...