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Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Portable chargers
Replies: 26
Views: 301

Re: Portable chargers

The one I have explicitly states 3.7v And I wouldn't assume honesty either. :lol: Of course not, especially with "off" brands. And it does not surprise me that they would quote it at 3.7V, since that allows them to claim the highest possible mAh number they can without being brutally dis ...
by just brew it!
Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Portable chargers
Replies: 26
Views: 301

Re: Portable chargers

So the mAh rating on these things... assuming the vendor is being reasonably honest, is that measured at 5V? Or is it at nominal cell phone battery voltage (3.7V-4.2V)?
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Tue Jun 27, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Portable chargers
Replies: 26
Views: 301

Re: Portable chargers

And then there's this: https://www.amazon.com/Portable-Charger-Emergency-Battery-Samsung/dp/B06XQTGJ25/ I doubt you're gonna get a full charge out of that, the energy content of a pair of AAs is probably less than that of most cell phone batteries. On the bright side, you could use normal AA rechar...
by just brew it!
Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Portable chargers
Replies: 26
Views: 301

Re: Portable chargers

And then there's this: https://www.amazon.com/Portable-Charger ... 06XQTGJ25/

I doubt you're gonna get a full charge out of that, the energy content of a pair of AAs is probably less than that of most cell phone batteries.
by just brew it!
Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Micro Center website down?
Replies: 12
Views: 373

Re: Micro Center website down?

They just modified the landing page to add a list of B&M retail locations. That's not something you do if you expect to be back up soon.

Really looks like someone in their IT department has executed a "career limiting move".
by just brew it!
Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Portable chargers
Replies: 26
Views: 301

Re: Portable chargers

The LG G4 has a removable battery. Unless you have some kind of fiddly case, wouldn't it be faster to just swap the batteries and use an external charger? When you pull a battery you are down for a few minutes. if you want 24/7 uptime you need to USB charge Lack of 24x7 uptime isn't a problem, thou...
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Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Micro Center website down?
Replies: 12
Views: 373

Re: Micro Center website down?

I suppose they could actually be updating the site as the maintenance page says. However, you would think if they had a planned update which they knew would cause an extended period of downtime they'd have it staged in a separate environment such that they could just cutover from one to the other. ...
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Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video Card Prices
Replies: 29
Views: 563

Re: Video Card Prices

Voldenuit wrote:
To maximize production/day, you set power target below 100%.

That's pretty counter-intuitive. How is that even possible? Does it prevent thermal throttling?
by just brew it!
Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video Card Prices
Replies: 29
Views: 563

Re: Video Card Prices

The math is pretty bad. Six months of mining is likely equal to 3-5 years of active gaming. 24x30 is 720 5x30 is 150, or very close to 1/5. Which likely only a miniscule number could even maintain over 6 months versus a month or two. I would not touch a used card this coming holiday season. Just a ...
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Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Portable chargers
Replies: 26
Views: 301

Re: Portable chargers

Nice to see that everyone else seems to have had good experiences with the Anker units. This is the first battery pack I've bought from them, though I do own a few other random Anker accessories (plug-in chargers, USB gigabit network adapters, USB 3.0 hubs, maybe a couple of other things I'm forgett...
by just brew it!
Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Portable chargers
Replies: 26
Views: 301

Re: Portable chargers

Heh. I should've probably asked here first; that one is available on Amazon for $19.98 with free 2-day Prime shipping.
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Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Micro Center website down?
Replies: 12
Views: 373

Re: Micro Center website down?

That could happen if they changed the IP address of the site, but the stale DNS entry would've aged out of the cache by now.
by just brew it!
Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Micro Center website down?
Replies: 12
Views: 373

Re: Micro Center website down?

If it was a routing issue you would get a timed out connection, not Microcenter's maintenance page. Clearly their servers (or at least the front end gateway to their server farm) are reachable. I suppose it could be a routing issue internal to their own datacenter... but that's probably not what you...
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Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Micro Center website down?
Replies: 12
Views: 373

Re: Micro Center website down?

I get a "we're updating our site" page. Is that what you're seeing?
by just brew it!
Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:14 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Portable chargers
Replies: 26
Views: 301

Re: Portable chargers

My 2nd-gen Moto-X seems to get excited when I'm in a location with poor coverage that frequently loses contact with AT&T's network - it gets noticeably hot in my pocket and the battery drains flat in under 2 hours. I've had to plug in a charger in my office to top it off during the workday. My ...
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Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:04 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale
Replies: 9
Views: 379

Re: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale

Debian (and its derivatives) generally try to be broadly compatible out-of-the-box. Off the top of my head, the only compatibility issues I've had when installing Ubuntu have been related to GPU support (GPU drivers can be a bit of a clusterf*ck on any distro if you get unlucky), and my first attem...
by just brew it!
Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:51 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Portable chargers
Replies: 26
Views: 301

Portable chargers

After running my phone completely flat a couple of times on a recent trip, I've finally decided I need some form of portable charging device. I ordered two: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00P7N0320/ https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007MLHS2S/ The first one is your typical self-contained rechar...
by just brew it!
Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:15 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale
Replies: 9
Views: 379

Re: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale

Debian (and its derivatives) generally try to be broadly compatible out-of-the-box. Off the top of my head, the only compatibility issues I've had when installing Ubuntu have been related to GPU support (GPU drivers can be a bit of a clusterf*ck on any distro if you get unlucky), and my first attemp...
by just brew it!
Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:48 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video Card Prices
Replies: 29
Views: 563

Re: Video Card Prices

Yup, fan wear-out is the main concern. Heat stress is also a potential issue, if there were a bunch of them crammed together in the same chassis. While thermal cycling is indeed the worst thing you can do to electronics, 24x7 operation at the edge of the thermal envelope on something that wasn't des...
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Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video Card Prices
Replies: 29
Views: 563

Re: Video Card Prices

The current video card situation is the result of people buying up AMD GPUs to mine the latest fad cryptocurrency (Ethereum). This in turn has increased demand for NVIDIA cards since the AMD ones became stupidly expensive (or were out of stock). Until the Ethereum craze passes and/or supplies catch ...
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Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: The positive parts of Linux.
Replies: 42
Views: 893

Re: The positive parts of Linux.

Seagate hit a couple of rough patches a few years back, and had a few problematic SKUs. Outside of those, their reliability doesn't seem to be significantly better or worse than the rest.

They're off my "avoid" list now, though all else being equal I'll still go for WD or HGST instead.
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Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an E®A
Replies: 42
Views: 1359

Re: End of an E®A

derFunkenstein wrote:
I thought you were going to start a catsup-based business

Or canned lab-grown meat.
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Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Mushroom ketchup and spices.
Replies: 45
Views: 584

Re: Mushroom ketchup and spices.

Anovoca wrote:
molten explosions of condiment fury all over one's lunch

I found this phrase highly amusing for some reason. :lol:
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Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: The positive parts of Linux.
Replies: 42
Views: 893

Re: The positive parts of Linux.

But... is Linux a REAL consumer OS? Or is it just a developer OS for cultists? It's definitely a consumer OS in its Android form. For general desktop use I'd say Ubuntu, Mint, and other similar distros are there provided your use case is amenable (i.e. no requirement for apps that are only availabl...
by just brew it!
Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Mushroom ketchup and spices.
Replies: 45
Views: 584

Re: Mushroom ketchup and spices.

If I make my own ketchup it's gonna have chipotle peppers in it!
by just brew it!
Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: The positive parts of Linux.
Replies: 42
Views: 893

Re: The positive parts of Linux.

[and JBI, fair point about drivers- don't know if/when we'll actually ever get parity there either] GPU drivers are an ongoing sore spot. The Open Source ones for NVIDIA and AMD always seem to lag a few generations behind, and the proprietary ones tend to be fragile (breaking when kernel updates ar...
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Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: The positive parts of Linux.
Replies: 42
Views: 893

Re: The positive parts of Linux.

This is worst for people like myself that are learning about Linux. I get servers- today, and twenty years ago when I ran hlds for an in-house Counter-Strike server. I get attempting to use it as a sole desktop OS, so long as there's nothing that you *require* Windows for, or you can run a dual-boo...
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Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Mushroom ketchup and spices.
Replies: 45
Views: 584

Re: Mushroom ketchup and spices.

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Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Mushroom ketchup and spices.
Replies: 45
Views: 584

Re: Mushroom ketchup and spices.

It's posts like that that make me wonder if you're a bot.
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Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: The positive parts of Linux.
Replies: 42
Views: 893

Re: The positive parts of Linux.

I don't think that matters. Some folks have built their identity around it, and honestly, I don't want to build my identity around an operating system. It's like macOS in that way. Or the AmigaOS folks? Amazing enough you can still buy PowerPC boards to put this on, or use old PowerPC based Macs in...