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Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1064
Views: 29359

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/28/arts/music/fyre-festival-ja-rule-bahamas.html http://www.cbsnews.com/news/fyre-festival-canceled-after-guests-allege-hoax/ https://www.fyrefestival.com/ The organizers are idiots. WTF were they thinking? Guess they should've named it "Dumpster Fyre Festival&qu...
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Sat Apr 29, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3329
Views: 495547

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

simakDialog - Demi Masa (2009) A little off the beaten path (OK, maybe a little more off the beaten path... :lol:) this morning -- time for some southeast Asian jazz fusion. The name of the album means "for the sake of time" in Indonesian. "Normal" keyboards/guitar/bass, but with...
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Sat Apr 29, 2017 6:43 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1064
Views: 29359

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

A few weeks ago I bought a Maximus VIII Impact board from Asus which had a whopping $10 MIR. I figured what the hell why not send it in. I just got an email saying the rebate will be sent as a pre-paid Visa card in the amount of $10 some time within the next 5-7 weeks. Yeah, that's about what I exp...
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Sat Apr 29, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 729
Views: 44217

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I.S.T. wrote:
Can we talk about repair failures in here? :P I got one from last week.

Does my replacing of the wireless charging antenna (which failed to fix wireless charging on my G4) count?
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Sat Apr 29, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Cannot Index one of my HDDs
Replies: 8
Views: 260

Re: Cannot Index one of my HDDs

I always disable indexing anyway (got into the habit on Windows, and I continue to do so now on Linux). Chews up resources, can get confused (and in certain situations will try to index things it shouldn't like network shares), and IMO those rare occasions where it might be useful generally don't ou...
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Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New Ryzen 7 mATX Build
Replies: 25
Views: 765

Re: New Ryzen 7 mATX Build

Jeez... build from Hell!
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Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3329
Views: 495547

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Frederik Thordendal and Special Defects - Sol Niger Within (1997) Side project by the guitarist from metal band Meshuggah. I was not aware of this album's existence until earlier this evening, but given Thordendal's unique approach to metal (extreme metal rhythm guitar meets jazzy legato solos...),...
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Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3329
Views: 495547

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Glad to hear you like it though! I was worried that you went off and bought their oldest two records after I intentionally recommended their newer and more polished ones. Well the choice of albums to start with wasn't just a random whim. I read some online reviews and streamed a few songs before de...
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Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3849
Views: 612213

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Anovoca wrote:
New Glarus Brewing just released a Strawberry Ruhbarb ale today. I am going to have to go on the hunt as soon as I get out of work.

The strawberry rhubarb is *very* sweet (as are their cherry and raspberry ales). So if you're not into sweet beers, you may want to avoid...
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Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Website Security Certificate Issues
Replies: 7
Views: 220

Re: Website Security Certificate Issues

Well, the root cause is that your IT department screwed up. Can't you get them to fix it? Are the missing certificates ones that are normally part of the stock browser install, or are they from the vendor of your network's firewall/proxy? Many corporate networks do certificate spoofing (to allow the...
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Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3329
Views: 495547

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Re Mastodon: Edit: 4wiw, Crack the Skye is probably my favorite album. it has the best balance of prog and metal and likes to suck you in and take you on a pretty epic trip. After doing a bit of research I decided on the two I picked because it seemed like it was a transitional period for them. Cra...
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Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:50 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Free: The Witcher (OG)
Replies: 10
Views: 403

Re: Free: The Witcher (OG)

So the problem is the comments, not the redesign? They're both pieces of the problem, but that doesn't tell the whole story. I mostly stopped reading the comments before the redesign; and while the initial rollout of the redesign was indeed an epic train wreck that had me completely avoiding the si...
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Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3329
Views: 495547

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Dipping into the archives again this evening... Fire Merchants - (self-titled) (1989) Semi-obscure album I'd describe as "instrumental Jazz/Prog/Metal Fusion", featuring the power trio lineup of John Goodsall (Brand X) on guitar, Chester Thompson (Zappa, and Genesis' touring lineup for man...
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Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3329
Views: 495547

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Re Mastodon: Edit: 4wiw, Crack the Skye is probably my favorite album. it has the best balance of prog and metal and likes to suck you in and take you on a pretty epic trip. After doing a bit of research I decided on the two I picked because it seemed like it was a transitional period for them. Crac...
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Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!
Replies: 27
Views: 1288

Re: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!

Indeed... that's what's gonna get me to dip a toe back into the Windows pool. But it's gonna be a separate, dedicated PC.
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Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!
Replies: 27
Views: 1288

Re: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!

What makes you think it is not intentional? I could easily see MS arguing that since the offer was of a free upgrade for existing W7/W8 users, it only applies to activated licenses. If the license was never activated then it wasn't being used, therefore you're not an existing user! I guess I can se...
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Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!
Replies: 27
Views: 1288

Re: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!

What makes you think it is not intentional? I could easily see MS arguing that since the offer was of a free upgrade for existing W7/W8 users, it only applies to activated licenses. If the license was never activated then it wasn't being used, therefore you're not an existing user! I also tend to th...
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Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Free: The Witcher (OG)
Replies: 10
Views: 403

Re: Free: The Witcher (OG)

Thanks. Already have it but maybe the next thing... First time I visited Ars Technica in quite a while. Have you peoples also reduced your visits since the redesign? I still skim it fairly regularly. I find myself spending less time on it than I used to though, and I ignore the comments threads ent...
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Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!
Replies: 27
Views: 1288

Re: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!

cheesyking wrote:
A word of warning...
...
Be sure to install and activate the OS you're upgrading on your hardware before doing an install of 10.

Good to know. And yuck, what a PITA.
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Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Xeon Gold & Platinum Officially Confirmed
Replies: 20
Views: 2041

Re: Xeon Gold & Platinum Officially Confirmed

Years ago when I was doing the independent contracting thing full-time, I walked into a new client's office, and discovered that their "data center" consisted of some wire shelves along the wall, with rows of Alienware PCs (yes, with the alien-styled cases) sitting on them.
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Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Xeon Gold & Platinum Officially Confirmed
Replies: 20
Views: 2041

Re: Xeon Gold & Platinum Officially Confirmed

The branding seems a little silly to me for a product aimed at the professional/datacenter market. What's next -- Xeon Fatal1ty Extreme Edition?
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Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 729
Views: 44217

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I did NOT repair my LG G4. The wireless charging has gone wonky, and a new wireless charging antenna (the potential cheap fix) did not help. Percussive maintenance brings it back for a few minutes, but then it cuts out again. Given the symptoms, I'm guessing there's a bad solder joint somewhere in t...
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Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Theranos
Replies: 158
Views: 15116

Re: Theranos

If I had a dollar for every allegedly brilliant programming language that never caught on or eventually fell out of favor, I'd probably have enough money to build a new Ryzen-based PC. :wink: If I had a dollar for every programming language I've personally used at least once but don't use any more, ...
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Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Theranos
Replies: 158
Views: 15116

Re: Theranos

Well, I *was* until I got a internship debugging uncommented *and* contracted MUMPS code. (Yes, this is a real thing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MUMPS ). Source looked more like random capital letters than anything else. Killed any interest I had in computer programming for almost twenty years. ...
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Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: is the Toshiba X300 any good?
Replies: 40
Views: 2937

Re: is the Toshiba X300 any good?

I've frequently seen external drives priced below the cost of a bare drive + enclosure. Sometimes they're even less than the cost of just the bare drive (go figure).
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Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1064
Views: 29359

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

There's also a pretty deep distrust of "city folk from up north" down in the rural central/southern parts of the state. Illinois is schizophrenic.
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Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1064
Views: 29359

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Yeah, things change once you get south of I-80... and beyond I-72/74 you might as well be in the Deep South.
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Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD Ryzen 5 or AMD FX?
Replies: 12
Views: 374

Re: AMD Ryzen 5 or AMD FX?

AMD Ryzen 5 1400 or AMD FX 8370 Wraith edition. Both are the same price, the FX seems considerably more powerful but the Ryzen would require an AMD4 socket board which is a bit more futureproof? It is rather difficult to justify building an FX system these days, unless money is really tight (so re-...
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Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3329
Views: 495547

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

I never did the prog/jazz/fusion thing (well, like any decent late '70s kid, I did like Chuck Mangione), but some of the most treasured vinyl in my collection is the first three Nektar albums. Y'know, never really got into Nektar. Something else to add to the queue, I guess. My intro to fusion -- a...
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Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3329
Views: 495547

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

While we're taking this little trip down musical memory lane, it got me to thinking about how my musical tastes have shifted over the years. The progression has been: Pop and Rock -> Prog Rock -> Fusion, Jazz, and Classical -> Metal (mostly Prog Metal, with some catching up on classic '70s/'80s Meta...