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Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2179
Views: 71099

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

TFW code uses asserts and exception handlers as part of the normal control flow... and logs the exceptions. :roll:
by just brew it!
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:56 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 127
Views: 4353

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Bitcoin's big issues these days aren't related to security; they are transaction rate, per-transaction cost, and net energy consumption. Security of the overall ecosystem is a concern too, but not in the top 3.
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Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 859
Views: 63334

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Not exactly a "repair" (yet), but arguably still in the spirit of this thread... I had an epiphany about a software bug I've been chasing at work for the past couple of days. The flash of insight came at a homebrew club event earlier this evening, after a couple of beers. Real-life example...
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Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 127
Views: 4353

Re: So who here is actually mining?

DPete27 wrote:
That's what I see. If things pan out, we could be looking at a perfect storm for a big pullback.

Nearly everyone else here has been predicting a big pullback for a while now. :wink:
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Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: decided to dust off
Replies: 12
Views: 443

Re: decided to dust off

Yeah, there's definitely some discoloration which was not apparent in the original pic. I've seen worse, but only on boards which have ceased to function.
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Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby
Replies: 18
Views: 998

Re: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby

If the existing cable is unshielded, then yeah better cables would probably help.
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Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 15
Views: 428

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

There are a lot of amazingly bad devs out there. I've encountered quite a few over the years.
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Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby
Replies: 18
Views: 998

Re: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby

You could still try my passive adapter idea too; I bet that would get rid of most of the remaining hum. It's all low-voltage, so you're not going to damage anything even if you screw it up and miswire it.
by just brew it!
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: File system stops responding in new build
Replies: 14
Views: 476

Re: File system stops responding in new build

Sounds like time for a Windows reinstall to me...
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Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: decided to dust off
Replies: 12
Views: 443

Re: decided to dust off

Yeah, those are good points.
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Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: decided to dust off
Replies: 12
Views: 443

Re: decided to dust off

Looks like the coating is slightly blistered to me? A clearer pic would help.
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Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: decided to dust off
Replies: 12
Views: 443

Re: decided to dust off

I see the picture. And yeah, it looks like the board has been subjected to some pretty serious heat.
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Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Basting meat with molasses in slow cooker?
Replies: 15
Views: 284

Re: Basting meat with molasses in slow cooker?

I thought alcohol was only an issue for HUD housing if it was abused? Or is there a "zero tolerance" policy in effect at some facilities? Well in addition to housing those with mental illnesses, it is also a treatment center for those with alcohol and drug problems. So hence the rules. Ah...
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Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2179
Views: 71099

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

A former co-worker who recently departed to take a job in another state discovered Monday of last week that the guy who hired him had abruptly quit. They're telling him that his job is safe, but he's understandably a little nervous. He hasn't actually sold his house and moved yet (has been working r...
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Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Basting meat with molasses in slow cooker?
Replies: 15
Views: 284

Re: Basting meat with molasses in slow cooker?

I thought alcohol was only an issue for HUD housing if it was abused? Or is there a "zero tolerance" policy in effect at some facilities?
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Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Basting meat with molasses in slow cooker?
Replies: 15
Views: 284

Re: Basting meat with molasses in slow cooker?

It'll be like brown sugar, but more intense. Seems like it would work to me, but I'd me more inclined to use it on pork (which tends to work better with sweet sauces IMO). Careful not to overdo it.
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Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:00 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Is Flips Audio going out of business?
Replies: 36
Views: 726

Re: Is Flips Audio going out of business?

Heh, you quoted my post just prior to my edit to cut it down. But whatever... "the song remains the same". :wink:
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Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:49 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Is Flips Audio going out of business?
Replies: 36
Views: 726

Re: Is Flips Audio going out of business?

"Audiophile" is not at all the same thing as "someone looking for decent sound at non-ridiculous cost".
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Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 127
Views: 4353

Re: So who here is actually mining?

That's true, the energy consumption of bitcoin is not inherently associated with all blockchain derivatives. That said, I still think that blockchain systems add complexity and that in media it's being portrayed as a technological cure all which it really isn't. It's also convenient for media to li...
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Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 127
Views: 4353

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Funnily I made a post on fb the other day which parallels the recent turn in this thread, criticizing the wastefulness of bitcoin (energy consumption / pollution) and calling out the media for perpetuating buzzword bingo around blockchain and bitcoin. Naturally the response I got back was "kee...
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Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 127
Views: 4353

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Where's that power coming from? Predominantly coal, estimates Digiconomist, although it's hard to tell as commercial-quantity Bitcoin mining is a fairly secretive game. That's too general to be helpful. The power is coming from wherever power comes from in a specific place. In China, that's mostly ...
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Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 127
Views: 4353

Re: So who here is actually mining?

So the difference between idle and mining with CPU and GPU is 90 W. Proportionally, that's a lot, but in absolute numbers, that seems fairly negligible, no? Assuming you are paying HydroOttawa residential rates , your average price of electricity over a 24-hour period is CD$0.09/kW-h. Do the same m...
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Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 127
Views: 4353

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Very surprised you're not seeing a substantial increase in power usage when the miner is running. I just checked after coming home, and something was indeed screwy with my numbers. ;-) Here's what I just measured: Idle: 50 W Mining with CPU: 88 W Mining with GPU: 101 W Mining with both: 139 W So th...
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Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2179
Views: 71099

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Have to say, being able to do a lot of my holiday shopping online during my commute is pretty sweet. Turns what would've been (in years gone by) wasted time into something that actually reduces the overall stress level of the holidays.
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Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 127
Views: 4353

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Yan wrote:
just brew it! wrote:
How are you measuring the power usage?

With a "kill a Watt" thing (not that specific brand).

Very surprised you're not seeing a substantial increase in power usage when the miner is running.
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Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 127
Views: 4353

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Cryptonight (XMR) can be mined with CPU or GPU and is profitable... Ryzen is pretty good at it as is most AMD cards especially VEGAs. With a Ryzen 5 1600 and an RX 460, I get about a euro and a half a day. What's most surprising to me is that mining doesn't seem to make much of a difference in how ...
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Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 127
Views: 4353

Re: So who here is actually mining?

When the pool of "investors" or "holders" is no longer demanding it and there hasn't been a transition or "fix" to bring it into use as a day to day way to exchange value. Given I think we're a ways off, even with Lightning and the like looking interesting, on the latt...
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Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 127
Views: 4353

Re: So who here is actually mining?

What event(s) do people see that will bring crypto crashing to the ground and why? Even if you're bullish, it's always good to keep sight of the potential pitfalls. I think crypto will stick around, and eventually become a useful part of the financial system. Bitcoin's specific implementation seems...
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Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 127
Views: 4353

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: 127
Views: 4353

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...