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Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1620
Views: 48073

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Even though I've been building software for a living for 10+ years now, I realized the other day I'm just not interested in moving up the tree, running a team, and yadda yadda. I just want to build stuff. I've been doing it for 30+ years now. Ran a small team for a while, many years ago; wouldn't m...
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Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1620
Views: 48073

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Nerd Rage: When your employer announces that all employees can download a free copy of the "Blockchain For Dummies" eBook, but it is discovered that it isn't the original well-reviewed "For Dummies" version, but a special (as in, completely different, by a different author) compa...
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Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:37 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: About Silicon Lottery
Replies: 21
Views: 653

Re: About Silicon Lottery

Yeah, reversing the radiators should reduce CPU/GPU temps a bit, but will probably make everything else (RAM, chipset, VRMs, storage devices...) run hotter by raising the air temp inside the case. Again, unless you're planning to OC or otherwise push the CPU really hard (100% load 24x7), I don't see...
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Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Eclipse on August 21
Replies: 75
Views: 1494

Re: Eclipse on August 21

It was completely overcast all morning, but we did get a hole in the clouds right around the time of the maximum extent of the eclipse. Being completely unprepared (no eclipse glasses, no welders' shield, didn't make a pinhole projector), I stacked 4 random pairs of sunglasses and took a brief look ...
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Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Think you're going to repurpose that USB HDD? Think again
Replies: 23
Views: 985

Re: Think you're going to repurpose that USB HDD? Think again

Right now ignoring that half of the market means you are more likely to get stuck with an abomination known as a shingled drive. Yeah, tell me about it. :roll: My current line of work means I've become intimately familiar with how those things operate. I am literally writing code to utilize "h...
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Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: About Silicon Lottery
Replies: 21
Views: 653

Re: About Silicon Lottery

If you are not planning to overclock, you are WAAAY over-thinking this. Just buy a stock chip and use it as-is.
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Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: About Silicon Lottery
Replies: 21
Views: 653

Re: About Silicon Lottery

Kougar wrote:
Why would you buy from them if you are going to keep it at stock anyway?

^ This.

Even if the company is reliable, you're paying more for a modded part with a voided factory warranty that isn't going to be any more reliable over the long run than a stock unmodded one, given your intended use case.
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Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1620
Views: 48073

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

TIL... Algeria and Chile have military satellites in orbit. Mildly surprising.

And North Korea has as many submarines as the US. (Though ours are nuclear-powered, and theirs are not.)
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Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1620
Views: 48073

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

You know you're getting old when the highlight of your week is that you finally switched to 90 days prescriptions and get to save a few pharmacy stops. Hah, that's not old! You really know you're old when you realize you qualify for the "senior discount" at places like IHOP. Yup, I'm ther...
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Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3897
Views: 621578

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

2001 Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine My wife took it upon herself to clean out the back of the brewing closet (under the basement stairs) a few days ago, and unearthed some rather old bottles of Bigfoot. Before the beer fans here get all excited, it's not "all that". Until 2008 or so, SN ...
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Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Question about a monitor, and a cheap video card
Replies: 20
Views: 606

Re: Question about a monitor, and a cheap video card

Even a bargain basement GPU should be able to drive a 2K monitor these days. My primary desktop has a craptastic GT 720 (no gaming, so I opted for something cheap with passive cooling when I put this build together), driving a 1920x1080 primary display plus a pair of equally craptastic 1280x1024s fr...
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Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Best 24 port managed switches
Replies: 16
Views: 476

Re: Best 24 port managed switches

If the root issue is frequent nearby lightning strikes, there's not much you can do about that. Any wire of significant length is going to have an induced surge on it.
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Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Think you're going to repurpose that USB HDD? Think again
Replies: 23
Views: 985

Re: Think you're going to repurpose that USB HDD? Think again

Given the volume of external drives sold, I was always surprised they didn't do this more (and sooner) to save a few cents on manufacturing costs. I've heard of it happening going back a few years, but I've never seen one personally since I generally buy bare drives and separate enclosures; and the ...
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Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3441
Views: 507420

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Captain Ned wrote:
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture.

The famous/infamous Telarc "digital cannons" recording.

I think I may have the vinyl of that in the crawlspace. Probably don't have anything capable of tracking it. :lol:
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Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1620
Views: 48073

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Came over the wire while I was out. Paul Allen and his cubic dollars have found the wreck of CA-35 USS Indianapolis over 18,000 feet down. https://news.usni.org/2017/08/19/uss-indianapolis-wreckage-found Most younger than I know it only for Quint's soliloquy in Jaws . Those of my age remember that ...
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Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3441
Views: 507420

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Intronaut - Valley Of Smoke (2010)

Just ordered the CD off Amazon, listening to the MP3 "AutoRip" download now. First impression is very positive. Slabs of sludgy prog-metal goodness, with occasional jazzy interludes.
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Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Boot sequence problem
Replies: 7
Views: 369

Re: Boot sequence problem

There isn't still a thumdrive plugged into the rear panel is there? I've also seen this with cell phones plugged into USB just for charging. BIOS/UEFI sees the phone as a boot device for some odd reason, especially if the phone is in "file" mode. Yup. Phones, music players, cameras, basic...
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Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1620
Views: 48073

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Had 5 lbs of pork chops in the freezer that were starting to look a little freezer burned. Decided to make filling for Asian-style pork tacos in the crockpot with them today. The tacos were a big hit with the family.
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Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1620
Views: 48073

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Bob save me. Wife's work moved the holiday party to tonight given the merger and impending layoffs. The theme is a tropical cruise. I'm stuck listening to bad 1980’s Paul Simon music while watching DVD copies of Love Boat. Even worse, I'm the driver. You have my sincere sympathies. At least you've ...
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Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 825
Views: 53480

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Now I just have to do the front suspension, but that's going to the shop. I learned my lesson the last time I messed with front struts. I am lucky to still have the use of both eyes, due to a DIY front strut replacement many years ago. I have not repaired anything today, but I did clean the carpet ...
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Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Boot sequence problem
Replies: 7
Views: 369

Re: Boot sequence problem

There isn't still a thumdrive plugged into the rear panel is there?
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Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1620
Views: 48073

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

ludi wrote:

OMG, that's fantastic! :lol:
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Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1620
Views: 48073

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I've seen the equivalent mindset in software development as well; and while it is more common with younger, less experienced developers, it isn't limited to them. Some people just have no idea how to look at a problem and break it down into manageable steps for coding, and are incapable of making ev...
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Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1620
Views: 48073

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Gotta say, this is one of the better cheap gadgets I've bought at the local Harbor Freight. The loud "pop" (and the whiff of ozone) indicating a successful kill is quite satisfying. The large surface area also makes aim less critical for us old farts with lousy eyesight; just flail around ...
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Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 38
Views: 1028

Re: NIST password guidelines updated!

The building I work in has access beyond the lobby controlled by gates with badge readers. The weird thing is, in a controlled-access building, they also have individual combination locks on all the restroom doors. The explanation given is that if an intruder makes it past the building lobby, they d...
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Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:42 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 38
Views: 1028

Re: NIST password guidelines updated!

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 300 USB sticks randomly scattered around parking lots. 48% accessed, the first within 6 minutes of being dropped. https://www.elie.net/blog/security/concerns-about-usb-security-are-real-48-percent-of-people-do-plug-in-usb-drives-found-in-parking-lots Back wh...
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Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1620
Views: 48073

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

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Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Pulseaudio or MOC issue on pause/play
Replies: 19
Views: 834

Re: Pulseaudio or MOC issue on pause/play

I've seen automatic front/rear jack switching flake out and randomly glitch the connection. Maybe it's possible something like that is going on here with your "random zero" samples?
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Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Pulseaudio or MOC issue on pause/play
Replies: 19
Views: 834

Re: Pulseaudio or MOC issue on pause/play

It's weird because theoretically the driver already is fixed (as of kernel 4.11). Just in case, I did mess with some options for snd_hda_intel too, but they had no effect. (snd_hda_intel and snd_hda_codec_realtek coexist by design, and all of the options are in the intel module.) Maybe the mobo des...
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Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Pulseaudio or MOC issue on pause/play
Replies: 19
Views: 834

Re: Pulseaudio or MOC issue on pause/play

This really sounds like a driver issue. My guess is that there's only so much you can do until the driver gets fixed.