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Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 36
Views: 800

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: 36
Views: 800

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: 1587
Views: 46792

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: 735

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: 735

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: 735

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.
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Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: What the heck is happening to my internet speeds?
Replies: 12
Views: 523

Re: What the heck is happening to my internet speeds?

DPete27 wrote:
Definitely best to check via wired connection (Ethernet) to make sure the problem is just the WiFi broadcast. Although mobile hotspots may not even offer a wired connection.

IME many of them will show up as a wired network adapter if you just plug it into a USB port.
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Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3435
Views: 506921

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbd3C44fAHo Billy Joel in a vocal duet with Tony Bennett at the closing of Shea Stadium. Billy Joel was just at Wrigley this weekend and is coming to St. Louis soon. Tickets are more than I can bear, though. I love his music. Contender (alongside "Lonely Street&...
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Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Console peasants....
Replies: 76
Views: 6004

Re: Console peasants....

So i havent had a console gaming system since super nintendo...yes, 16-bit in all its glory. and the only reason i had that was to buy Street Fighter II. Anyways, im in the market for one now...pros/cons to either/both of xbox or ps3? just from my personal experience, i like the controls of the ps3...
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Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3435
Views: 506921

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

So I got a little ahead of myself (skipped forward several albums) with that last post, since I hadn't said anything about Leftoverture , Point Of Know Return , or Monolith . Regarding the first two, what's there to say? I consider them (along with Masque ) to be the essential Kansas albums... their...
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Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3435
Views: 506921

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Contender (alongside "Lonely Street") for dumbest Kansas lyrics: "Anything For You" (from Audio Visions). A sample: "I fell for you 'cause you were nice and tall / I liked what I could see"
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Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: NOOOOOOOB
Replies: 130
Views: 12576

Re: NOOOOOOOB

The smart coffee maker we got at the office a few weeks ago died after less than a week. I was betting the replacement wouldn't last much longer. It has made it 2 weeks now (and counting), so I would've lost that bet if I'd wagered real money. It would appear that the replacement for the one that d...
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Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Threadripper HEDT System Build Idea
Replies: 17
Views: 731

Re: Threadripper HEDT System Build Idea

I think you're confusing OS software RAID with FakeRAID. If the OS won't give you RAID 5/6, what alternative do you have except FakeRAID? That's mostly what my post was about, FakeRAID is an alternative to... nothing, at least in the Windows world. Ahh, OK. Never mind. I misunderstood the point you...
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Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Threadripper HEDT System Build Idea
Replies: 17
Views: 731

Re: Threadripper HEDT System Build Idea

I think you're confusing OS software RAID with FakeRAID.
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Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: GPU passthrough
Replies: 16
Views: 558

Re: GPU passthrough

Don't have time to watch them now (will probably do so tonight), but the take-home seems to be "If you've got $30K to drop on a server, go for it!! :D From my perspective it shows the technology for this use case isn't cost effective. Yes, I think that was also implied by my "if you've go...
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Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: GPU passthrough
Replies: 16
Views: 558

Re: GPU passthrough

Ryu Connor wrote:

Don't have time to watch them now (will probably do so tonight), but the take-home seems to be "If you've got $30K to drop on a server, go for it!! :D
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Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3435
Views: 506921

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

The Kansas back catalog, in chronological order. Currently on Masque , their third album (released in 1975, right on the heels of their sophomore effort, Song For America ). The first self-titled album has really grown on me. Didn't care for it much in my younger days, and the LP collected dust in t...
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Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1587
Views: 46792

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I found this fairly amusing: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/the-flag-had-hung-in-the-kennedy-center-for-years-just-one-problem-it-was-wrong/2017/07/24/9e93fc5e-7091-11e7-8839-ec48ec4cae25_story.html Apparently the Kennedy Center has hung an incorrect state flag of Utah for years. The artwork o...
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Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: NOOOOOOOB
Replies: 130
Views: 12576

Re: NOOOOOOOB

That's not an entirely crazy thing to do if the Python code is all high-level control logic, with the computational heavy lifting done by libraries coded in a "closer to the metal" language like C/C++. It's rough on the storage level, since Python loves to load things dynamically in the m...
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Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: NOOOOOOOB
Replies: 130
Views: 12576

Re: NOOOOOOOB

Python takes that 'not knowing what's going on behind the scenes when things go wacky' to a whole new level... ...and yet, there are people writing HPC code in it. :( That's not an entirely crazy thing to do if the Python code is all high-level control logic, with the computational heavy lifting do...
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Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?
Replies: 48
Views: 1445

Re: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?

As far as reliability goes... nothing is reliable. There, I've said it. Anything over 1TB and you're going to have a horrible failure rate, it's all RNG. Agree that spinning rust can be a cr@pshoot/luck of the draw.................... Don't agree with your 1TB limit. My most reliable/longest servin...
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Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Computer starts for 3-5 seconds, resets, stays on but does nothing.
Replies: 31
Views: 950

Re: Computer starts for 3-5 seconds, resets, stays on but does nothing.

Back in the day, it was also possible to get the power connector onto the floppy drive offset by 1 pin. Most drives were keyed to prevent this, but the connector was flexible enough that you could still push it on. I melted the insulation off the floppy power leads of a PSU once, by doing this. Don...
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Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Pulseaudio or MOC issue on pause/play
Replies: 19
Views: 735

Re: Pulseaudio or MOC issue on pause/play

If all the apps that are giving you grief have a JACK backend you may want to look into going that route. Beware that you'll be in for an adventure though, with no guarantee of a successful outcome. I run JACK as my audio stack, with a Pulseaudio connector for apps that don't support JACK. Essential...
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Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: GPU passthrough
Replies: 16
Views: 558

Re: GPU passthrough

I suspect that even with a beefy processor, lots of RAM, and GPU passthrough, performance and (especially) stability are going to leave something to be desired for gaming. Also, as CScottG notes, everyone will need to be physically located within video/USB cable range of the server. Is it possible? ...
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Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Explorer taking a long time to launch
Replies: 11
Views: 467

Re: Windows Explorer taking a long time to launch

Did you install anything between the time it worked fine and now?
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Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1587
Views: 46792

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Yup. Club next to us (of which we are also members, but weren't responsible for any of the draft equipment at this event) discovered that they had a trashed CO2 regulator and moldy gas lines. Not sure how you even get mold in your gas lines, since nothing is ever supposed to touch those except CO2. ...
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Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: NOOOOOOOB
Replies: 130
Views: 12576

Re: NOOOOOOOB

I was just telling my daughter this morning that if she wanted to get into "programming" (she's nine years old, after all, so we'll dumb it down a bit) that she could get a job in just about any field, from cars to schools to working for NASA. Some Adult: And what do you want to do when y...
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Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How to Delete Cookies Automatically at Browser Exit?
Replies: 24
Views: 1744

Re: How to Delete Cookies Automatically at Browser Exit?

Not really. Malicious code that happens to be written in JavaScript is just one possible attack vector of many, and(very) many sites simply won't function properly without it. Yeah I'm starting to find that out. Javascript is an essential part of the modern web, and that isn't going to change. Pret...
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Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1587
Views: 46792

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Getting ready to head to the CHAOS Summer BrewBQ in the city. Pouring some of my own beer and mead at this event. Exhausted, but had a really good time. Will go again next year if they do it again. My wife and I got stuck hauling all of our homebrew club's gear and kegs back out to the 'burbs by vi...
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Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1587
Views: 46792

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Getting ready to head to the CHAOS Summer BrewBQ in the city. Pouring some of my own beer and mead at this event.