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Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 56
Views: 2360

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

We're still supposed to use some sort of stupid Notes plugin to request PTO. I just ask my supervisor in person, and he's good with that. I don't think I have opened the native Notes client in over 6 months.
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Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I7 8700 reaching 100C
Replies: 83
Views: 6578

Re: I7 8700 reaching 100C

Heat pipes don't work that way. They are actually copper tubes (or pipes if you will) that have a liquid in them. Wanted to post here to lol at this, then did some background reading and :o They also contain a wick material which helps pull the condensed liquid back to the base of the HSF. Otherwis...
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Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73089

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I keep a few dozen various-sized Honda and Toyota retainer clips on hand at all times. Pro tip: don't buy them at any auto parts store unless it's an emergency, since you'll pay $5+ for a handful and probably end up with the wrong size anyway . Go for the pre-emptive strike: ... Thanks for the tip,...
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Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73089

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

counterweight for the pullout sprayer head keeps getting tangled up in the other plumbing and I still need to figure out how to deal with that) I have yet to use a pullout sprayer that pulls out cleanly and then retracts cleanly. I think I'd need to build a box underneath for the plumbing so it sta...
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Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4560

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

lol well since it's derailed, how can one find out more about Firmware/BIOS coding, one can find C/etc tutorials everywhere, but BIOS/Firmware seems a bit magic in finding some meat and potatoes information on how it's done properly. You'd probably get some of the background for that in a Computer ...
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Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73089

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Yesterday, I: - Replaced the rear wiper arm on our mini-van (twice; got it installed facing the wrong way on the first try, so when I turned it on to test it, it was wiping the rear hatch below the window instead of the window) - Fixed a plastic guard under the front end of our other car (a Camry) w...
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Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4560

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

And this is enterprise grade gear , from a respected manufacturer ... I'm not sure this isn't an oxymoron. LOL... yeah, I guess I am not so sure about that either. I must say, my opinion of "enterprise grade" hardware (and the companies that produce it) has gone down a few notches since g...
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Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Saving change fo new PC in three years.
Replies: 18
Views: 417

Re: Saving change fo new PC in three years.

@Chrispy_ - whm1974 doesn't drink. This is just another fairly typical whm thread. @whm1974 - My thoughts (since you asked for them) are that if you spent even half as much time studying and asking questions about software development as you do thinking about and posting random useless threads like ...
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Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3611
Views: 532774

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

tomcarter wrote:
Metallica :evil:

My wife has a standing rule that you have to change the station if Metallica comes on while you're in the car. Not because she hates Metallica though; it's because every auto accident she's had while she was the driver happened while Metallica was playing! :lol:
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Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4560

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

holy thread derail Not that it matters much. The Windows 10 bashing thing has been done to death by now. :wink: Seconded. This cannot be emphasized enough. I would bet a large proportion of "unstable" systems people have reported since the haswell era were never stable to begin with becau...
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Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4560

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

"Auto" doesn't mean automatic overclocking. Generally it means CPU at stock clock and voltage, and RAM per the SPD.
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Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 85
Views: 1850

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

Switch to USB DAC, never go back. I still have ptsd from creative days, and had a xonar xense ssssslowly die in a way that almost made me think I was losing hearing in one ear. Fortunately one quick headphone reverse confirmed it was trash hardware. Looks like that card has user-replaceable (socket...
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Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4560

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

Well...to go a little OT ... My less stable and less smooth main home system is Asus ROG Strix X370-F + Ryzen 5 1600 @ Auto + Nvidia graphics + Samsung NVMe SSD + Seasonic PSU + 32GB DDR4-2400 (2x16GB Mushkin, since the 4x8 TridentZ failed so miserably at any speed in this board). I have a second R...
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Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2502
Views: 85699

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I had one done relatively recently (couple of years ago). I had a sudden attack of Bell's palsy, and they did an MRI to rule out the possibility that I'd had a stroke. That was a scary day.
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Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4560

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

If Arch/Manjaro are requiring reboots every time you install updates, they're doing something wrong. In general, the only time a reboot is necessary on Debian/Ubuntu is if you're replacing the kernel or device drivers. And even in those cases, you're free to keep working and postpone the reboot unti...
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Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Dual Fax
Replies: 17
Views: 555

Re: Dual Fax

As I understand it, a fax can have the weight of law because it can be verified, whereas an email is way too readily spoofed. While people may agree to accept an email, legal matters have strict requirements for court purposes. While this may have been true years ago, spoofing a fax wouldn't be dif...
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Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2502
Views: 85699

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

At least they didn't need to worry about 'splody bits killing someone or asphyxiation hazards, since the accelerator itself was buried underground, and nobody was allowed in the access tunnels while the accelerator was operating (for obvious reasons). I read a paper that questioned whether there wa...
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Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4560

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

So Win10 has improved on these matters then? I've got the updates enabled (on all of my machines, from netbook-quality junk to my desktop) and completely ignore that they happen...so yes? Can you still use the computer as you are updating? I imagine it could be an issue if your OS drive is a mechan...
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Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2502
Views: 85699

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

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Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash
Replies: 28
Views: 1371

Re: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash

Yeah, the bit about keeping the HSF is bizarre. Either they've got a lifetime supply of them stockpiled somewhere and don't care about getting them back, or the beancounters decided that paying return shipping for the HSF was more cost and trouble than it was worth (it's likely a pretty low-end part...
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Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Asus RX550-2G Loud as Hell
Replies: 25
Views: 962

Re: Asus RX550-2G Loud as Hell

Their low-end passively cooled ones have been decent, if a tad overpriced. The GPU in my main rig right now is an Asus fanless GT 720 (no gaming so performance is more than adequate even when driving 3 displays, and the Linux drivers are stable). Picked it up a few years ago on sale at Microcenter. ...
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3611
Views: 532774

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

DrDominodog51 wrote:
"What do you do for Money Honey" is definitely my favorite AC/DC song. I ought to go through all of their albums for lesser-known songs now.

Sometimes the lesser-known "deep cuts" are the best ones.
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4560

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

IBM is also betting the farm on a pivot to the Cloud. They are, but I'm not sure they'll be able to really compete long term AWS and Azure for many businesses. It's a big market though, so can handle many players. I suspect they will have their niches regardless. But yeah, competing head-to-head wi...
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2502
Views: 85699

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I have, through my work, an extensive knowledge of what happens when you quench an MRI. In the best -case scenario, you're out tens of thousands of dollars and a week+ in getting that MRI tanked up and running again. It's not uncommon for their to be physical damage to the machine that will ratchet...
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4560

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

I think part of that might be due to the impending collapse of windows revenue. It's what largely pushing the cloud investments too, imo. They're trying to grab as much as they can before windows completely disappears in the face of the android onslaught. IBM is also betting the farm on a pivot to ...
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash
Replies: 28
Views: 1371

Re: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash

Google "soic clip", click on images. Something something thousand words. Why these are not common knowledge to all the review sites and forums pretending that new cpus on old boards needing a bios update is "news" or some kind of juicy revelation? I don't know, but I bet I could...
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 208
Views: 9019

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

Disabling JavaScript may have been a viable option 15 years ago. Doing so today renders most of the web useless, or at best very inconvenient to use. Yes, these vulnerabilities are a big deal for service providers, because they can result in leakage of data between customers who are running on share...
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 208
Views: 9019

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

OK, the thing to keep in mind with Spectre is that exploitation requires that the attacker already have the ability to run malicious code on your machine. So protecting against every single possible attack vector, in every piece of code, is paranoid and counter-productive. I hope the compiler and ap...
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2502
Views: 85699

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

When lift plus thrust is greater than load plus drag, anything can fly.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Flying_Nun

The Beverly Hillbillies tangent in the music thread got me thinking about other TV shows of my childhood that seem utterly ridiculous today.
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dome with slider keyboards still made?
Replies: 10
Views: 384

Re: Dome with slider keyboards still made?

It's more of a potential issue for anyone else within earshot. I guess a clicky keyboard doesn't usually bother the person using one, just everyone else. Although I remember back in high school and lower, that computer keyboards seems to have of a clack sound then a click one. Model Ms are very &qu...