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by just brew it!
Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020
Replies: 16
Views: 238

Re: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020

Just how dependent is the Federal Government on Microsoft software and standards? I can remember reading some advanced destroyer that the Navy was working on, but since its computer systems ran use Windows NT they had all kinds of problems with it. But that was years ago. I've seen weapons systems ...
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Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020
Replies: 16
Views: 238

Re: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020

Just how dependent is the Federal Government on Microsoft software and standards? I can remember reading some advanced destroyer that the Navy was working on, but since its computer systems ran use Windows NT they had all kinds of problems with it. But that was years ago. I've seen weapons systems ...
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Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020
Replies: 16
Views: 238

Re: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020

whm1974 wrote:
Captain Ned wrote:
Try having to deal with Federal Agency X whose on-line portal, a/k/a the only way ti upload quarterly required data, is still 100% Silverlight.

I thought Microsoft killed that a few years ago?

Indeed. But government bureaucracy moves very slowly.
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Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Can a 144Hz display help reduce eye strain?
Replies: 14
Views: 234

Re: Can a 144Hz display help reduce eye strain?

I would think that flicker is already pretty minimal, given your setup. If you're viewing a lot of fast-moving images 144Hz might help?
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Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1468
Views: 42925

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I'm stuck at the DMV. Time to renew my license, have to do everything except the road test. Been here 2+ hours so far, not done yet. More of the DMV process needs to be computerized. How about we privatize it and let some competitors spring up and see how good it gets. Although it is interesting to...
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Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1468
Views: 42925

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Yeah, airport in the middle of a residential neighborhood makes for short runways and steep descents/ascents...

I'm stuck at the DMV. Time to renew my license, have to do everything except the road test. Been here 2+ hours so far, not done yet.
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Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale
Replies: 38
Views: 1764

Re: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale

Most of my Linux installation headaches have been related to GPU drivers or EFI. I will say that Intel's IGPs seem to be well-supported (so if you're in that boat you have decent odds of avoiding a trip to GPU driver hell), but aside from that I'd say it has been a wash.
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Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 72
Views: 1417

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

I'd probably go half way. For desktop systems, I'd recommend a small, decently performing SSD for OS and frequently used things that benefit from fast random access. Mechanical for everything else. Exactly what I did. OS + normal applications is SSD. Games are on the 2TB HDD. I do OS and normal app...
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Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 72
Views: 1417

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

I'd probably go half way. For desktop systems, I'd recommend a small, decently performing SSD for OS and frequently used things that benefit from fast random access. Mechanical for everything else.
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Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 72
Views: 1417

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

JBI, the good news is that a lot of older MLC drives are still available on the market for essentially the same price as the new crappy RAM-less TLC drives. For as long as that's still the case it's possible to get more for your money. Inherent unsustainability is unhappy-making, though, and it's g...
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Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 72
Views: 1417

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

"High end" has always required a non-trivial cash outlay. What's different today is that more of the cost of a high-end gaming rig is in the GPU, as opposed to other system components. I don't think overall system cost has changed much in roughly 2 decades. I would also add the peripheral...
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Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 72
Views: 1417

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

From what I understand, some of the newer cryptocurrencies (e.g. Ethereum) are being explicitly designed to make ASIC mining impractical (memory requirements, IIRC). Yup until someone comes up with a way to make it practical. I bet people are already working on it and probably already have some tes...
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Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 72
Views: 1417

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

To answer the op question - nope. If I understand it correctly - As difficulty ramps it becomes uneconomical to use video card to mine and people will move to asics once they have been designed and manufactured. I expect prices for 1050, 1060, rx 470 / 480 and rx 570/580 to return to MSRP around th...
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Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Dumb idea/thought experiment
Replies: 32
Views: 807

Re: Dumb idea/thought experiment

WOW! Seriously? That's some devotion right there. I enjoy a lot of products, but I've never thought of buying stocks in them. Then again, I'd likely lose a ton of money, since I tend to root for the underdog. That's one of my many flaws. If you'd bought AMD stock 2 years ago and sold right before t...
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Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Custom Builders
Replies: 35
Views: 1154

Re: Custom Builders

Just for fun, I priced up that same system on iBuyPower = $2,150 w/o the fan controller and optical drive (both not worth it IMO). I have found tons of negative comments about iBuyPower. I challenge you to find even one single negative report about eCollegePC. Just one! Also, after doing some more ...
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Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 72
Views: 1417

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

Well, between the Ethereum craze driving up GPU prices, and the DRAM and NAND flash shortages, the past few months have been a particularly bad time to build a new system. It's a bit of an anomalous "perfect storm" sort of situation though. And even if SSD prices haven't risen in absolute ...
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Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 72
Views: 1417

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

While kill off might be a little bit of an overreaction so is most of this discussion peeps. He had a legit point. The only "legit" part was the observation that cryptocurrency mining is wreaking havoc with GPU prices. High end PC gaming costs have gotten out of control IMO. As long as th...
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Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Question about building a tiny .qcow2 for different uses
Replies: 8
Views: 279

Re: Question about building a tiny .qcow2 for different uses

You can always build up from nothing. Start with a blank file, run a partitioning tool on it and then loopback mount at the offset of the partition. You can then make a filesystem on it, mount that and put what you need on there, unmount everything and convert to a qcow2. FWIW the kpartx tool is qu...
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Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Dumb idea/thought experiment
Replies: 32
Views: 807

Re: Dumb idea/thought experiment

You're right about the Apple Zealots. It seems like they're just trying waaay too hard to justify their purchase, and act like they have a personal stake in Apple, not just "Oh, I used their products, and I like them." True Apple zealots do in fact tend to own stock in the company. If you...
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Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Looking for thunderbolt 3 PCIe chassis
Replies: 8
Views: 273

Re: Looking for thunderbolt 3 PCIe chassis

Does the card function with 4 lanes of throughput? Because that's all that's going to be available for a while yet. IIRC 8 lanes of 2.0 should effectively be the same thing as 4 lanes of 3.0 in any case. That's the thing, I don't know if the card will function properly. It's a Blackmagic Decklink Q...
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Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: windows update error 80072F8F
Replies: 2
Views: 94

Re: windows update error 80072F8F

Are you sure you're configured for the correct time zone?
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Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 72
Views: 1417

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

derFunkenstein wrote:
just brew it! wrote:
@cynan - I don't think you've been reading enough of his threads. :lol:

Maybe you've had to read too many. :lol:

Touché!
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Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 72
Views: 1417

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

@cynan - I don't think you've been reading enough of his threads. :lol:
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Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 72
Views: 1417

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

cynan wrote:
Double Whoosh!!

?
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Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 72
Views: 1417

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

Vhalidictes wrote:
The Egg wrote:
Upcoming whm1974 topics:
When will augmented reality headsets become mainstream, and exactly how much will it cost?

2048, $200 US.

In inflation-adjusted 2017 dollars, or 2048 dollars?
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Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 72
Views: 1417

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

I scoff at your question and replace it with something that people care about! Will Video kill the Radio Star? WELL WILL IT!?!?!!? Already happen, in fact there is a song and video about this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAiGd9nTGmM Whoosh! (That's a cover version; you can see the original one ...
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Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Looking for thunderbolt 3 PCIe chassis
Replies: 8
Views: 273

Re: Looking for thunderbolt 3 PCIe chassis

I'm trying to find an external PCIe card enclosure that connects to laptops via Thunderbolt 3, that will provide me with at least 8 PCIe lanes (2.0 or 3.0). I want to buy a video capture card that uses PCIe 8x 2.0, but none of the ones I've found so far offer more than 4 lanes of connectivity As a ...
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Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Dumb idea/thought experiment
Replies: 32
Views: 807

Re: Dumb idea/thought experiment

I wonder if AMD might include 16GB HBM2 in a possible Zen2 or Zen3 based APU, and completely eliminate the need for RAM on the motherboard? I actually think this is a good possibility. Though I wouldn't eliminate RAM entirely from the picture; maybe some models would eliminate it but don't remove i...
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Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 72
Views: 1417

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

derFunkenstein wrote:
Holy wild overreactions, batsmen!

BTW if you're asking a speculative question in a headline, the answer is usually no.

...and if the thread was started by whm1974, the answer is always no.
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Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:45 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Dumb idea/thought experiment
Replies: 32
Views: 807

Re: Dumb idea/thought experiment

I tolerate my MBP. It's a nice piece of hardware and arguably one of the best ways to use Unix of any flavour. "Tolerate" sounds about right. They are the standard issue computing device at my workplace. The display and battery life are amazing, and they are decently thin. I hate the keyb...