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Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 69
Views: 3297

Re: So who here is actually mining?

So IOW it's just a vehicle for gambling/speculation, and we'll figure out if it is actually practical as a way of moving money around later. If you're using it to speculate then sure, I guess that's what it is for you. It already widely used as a means for moving money around, how is that in disput...
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Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 69
Views: 3297

Re: So who here is actually mining?

The price volatility is frankly these coins biggest feature right now. Its what is driving interest. This will become a problem if it continues forever but this idea that Bitcoin or Litecoin need to be immediately put to use for day to day transactions is weak. So IOW it's just a vehicle for gambli...
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Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2152
Views: 70375

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Glorious wrote:
hawkwing74 wrote:
What do you mean by getting flagged?

They called me asking about the transaction within an hour or so of it occurring.

I get an e-mail asking me to log in to their web site and confirm that the transaction is legit.
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Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 69
Views: 3297

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Nothing wrong with coal if this tech works... http://www.sustainablebrands.com/news_and_views/product_service_design_innovation/sustainable_brands/new_turbine_technology_makes_zer Coal would still be problematic, even if the tech works: 1. As described, that tech only captures the CO2 produced by b...
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Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 138
Views: 10348

Re: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?

superjawes wrote:
Is this horse dead yet?

It's a whm thread, so no?
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Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Is Flips Audio going out of business?
Replies: 30
Views: 528

Re: Is Flips Audio going out of business?

Third one goes where the sun don't shine so you can feel the bass?
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Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:29 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Is Flips Audio going out of business?
Replies: 30
Views: 528

Re: Is Flips Audio going out of business?

I suppose depending on the nature of the hearing loss, fidelity of your headphones/speakers may be less important. Do you know if it is across the board, or particular frequency bands that you have difficulty hearing?
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Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 69
Views: 3297

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Kougar wrote:
JustAnEngineer wrote:
Damned miners are destroying the planet...
https://www.yahoo.com/news/bitcoin-mini ... 17809.html

I guess that's one way for Trump to revitalize the coal industry. :P

Coal-powered currency -- the wave of the future!
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Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Is Flips Audio going out of business?
Replies: 30
Views: 528

Re: Is Flips Audio going out of business?

whm1974 wrote:
Audiophiles... I guess you have $1000 headphones and speakers don't you?

You can get some pretty nice sounding headphones for under $100. And based on the reviews I'm seeing, Flips don't qualify.
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Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Is Flips Audio going out of business?
Replies: 30
Views: 528

Re: Is Flips Audio going out of business?

Tested as headphones, the overall sound was closed in, with compressed dynamics. The bass had good impact, but it was muddy and didn't go very deep. Midrange was very muffled, mid- and upper-treble were very rolled off, and lower treble was sizzly. ... As a portable speaker, perhaps the biggest iss...
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Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: What's causing this odd behavior?
Replies: 10
Views: 294

Re: What's causing this odd behavior?

Probably a buggy DisplayPort to HDMI converter.
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Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Displayport cable
Replies: 39
Views: 1112

Re: Displayport cable

Yeah, I noticed that too. Unless you're buying a bunch of stuff at once, Monoprice is not cost-effective once you factor in shipping.
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Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3934
Views: 631671

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

I don't think this is a go-to option for me but the experience is certainly interesting. That would describe a lot of New Belgium's expiremental beers IMO. :lol: This evening I've had a Founders Backwoods Bastard, and a Revolution Unsessionable Imperial IPA. I find it amusing that there's now a bac...
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Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2152
Views: 70375

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Captain Ned wrote:
Was beginning to wonder if it'd ever come. Signed up for it through PledgeMusic in February and it arrived 2 weeks ago.

A virtual eternity, in these days of instant gratification "2 Day Prime" shipping! :lol:
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Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2152
Views: 70375

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Ahh, got it. We had the scale wrong. It's a Weird Al CD box set. :wink: Cool. I'm pretty sure the vinyl version comes in the same container, as each CD is in a 12" cardboard representation of the album cover. Ahh, so I got the scale wrong even given the picture! LOL. Knowing you, I am surprise...
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Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2152
Views: 70375

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Ahh, got it. We had the scale wrong. It's a Weird Al CD box set. :wink:

Cool.
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Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3552
Views: 524260

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Just went back and added YouTube links to all of my posts about Buckethead from this weekend... :D
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Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3552
Views: 524260

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

OK, couldn't resist one more Buckethead download. Buckethead - Ride Operator Q Bozo (2017) Solidly in the experimental metal vein. A tasty mix of crunchy power chord riffs, dissonant excursions, rhythmic change-ups, general guitar wankery, and weirdness that pretty consistently holds my attention. C...
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Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2152
Views: 70375

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Really puzzled by the algorithms Capital One uses to flag potentially fraudulent charges. Just got a fraud alert on a digital music download I purchased on bandcamp.com. I've been buying stuff from them sporadically for a while, on the same credit card. Why are they suddenly flagging it now? :roll: ...
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Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2152
Views: 70375

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

See if this helps: So it's like a CD library...except the consequences for accidental droppage, or hot days in the car, are much more dire. Vinyl LPs are reasonably resilient to damage from being dropped, provided the surface is protected (as it would be, in this case). An afternoon in the car on a...
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Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Gaming keyboard and mouse
Replies: 24
Views: 543

Re: Gaming keyboard and mouse

EDIT: HOLY COW Batman, such a unicorn does exist: https://www.amazon.com/Victor-1280-7-Two-Color-Printing-Calculator/dp/B000TTZ2U0 Getting off-topic, but funny you should mention printing calculators. My calculator app of choice (on Linux) is SpeedCrunch, which is basically a simulated printing cal...
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Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Now that Zen has saturated market... Is it safe to say AMD has returned to form?
Replies: 21
Views: 4830

Re: Now that Zen has saturated market... Is it safe to say AMD has returned to form?

If returning to form means having a decent CPU offering against Intel while massively dropping the ball on the dGPUs and even more so on the HPC side, yeah. As an HPC guy, I'm pretty excited about EPYC. How so? I'm on the fence. Intel's per core performance is still better, and we're only doing a s...
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Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Gaming keyboard and mouse
Replies: 24
Views: 543

Re: Gaming keyboard and mouse

He doesn't have a problem with the blacks per se. The issue is more that there seem to be very limited choices with blacks these days, so we're trying to figure out what to go with instead.

Tenkeyless is a non-starter; he needs the numpad.

So is IKBC good? I've never heard of them before.
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Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Displayport cable
Replies: 39
Views: 1112

Re: Displayport cable

Jesus... $30,000 for a basic record player. Given the sheer number of turntables priced 6K on up, I guess I'll have to take your word on some things being affordable. :lol: https://www.needledoctor.com/Audio-Technica-LP120-USB-Turntable Should be all you need to play vinyl through your stereo, PC, ...
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Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Displayport cable
Replies: 39
Views: 1112

Re: Displayport cable

GREAT GODS FOUR FIGURES for FREAKING CABLES??? Who are buying these? The same people who buy stuff like this: https://www.needledoctor.com/Clearaudio-Goldfinger-Statement-Phono-Cartridge That certainly makes a statement. Yes, it does! :lol: And in case anyone thinks I'm bad-mouthing that site, that...
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Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3552
Views: 524260

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Buckethead - Guillotine Furnace (2017) This treads mostly familiar ground, returning yet again to the demented metal/funk fusion plus wacky guitar effects formula he's clearly rather fond of. One of his better releases in that vein, based on first listen. And thus ends our day trip to Bucketheadland...
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Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3552
Views: 524260

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Buckethead - Coniunctio (2017) More ambient meanderings from the bucket man. Abstract washes of solo electric guitar with lotsa reverb and volume pedal swells aplenty. Lacks most of the creepy vibe and dynamics of A3 (to its detriment IMO). Instead of a horror movie, it is more like fog slowly drift...
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Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3552
Views: 524260

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Buckethead - A3 (2017) Dark ambient instrumentals, with guitar and synths (no percussion). Just two extended pieces here (around 30 minutes total). Unstructured and meandering, with a really creepy overall vibe... sounds like it could be from the soundtrack to a sci-fi horror movie (think "Alie...
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Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2152
Views: 70375

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Speaking of microwaves, I'm just gonna leave this here: https://nypost.com/2017/12/08/man-cemen ... -expected/
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Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Gaming keyboard and mouse
Replies: 24
Views: 543

Re: Gaming keyboard and mouse

I only mention blacks because that's what he's using now (and is therefore accustomed to). I know about the different switch types and their characteristics (I prefer blues myself, but figure they're non-optimal where gaming is the primary use case). He doesn't seem too picky about mice. Just lookin...