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Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: really weird charging problem with my V20
Replies: 11
Views: 237

Re: really weird charging problem with my V20

I have a serious need for exactly that. I have several USB audio devices that I constantly use (MIDI controllers, interface, a record player, etc.) and my laptop only has 3 ports. Plus it would be nice to only plug in one cable and be done with it. Question though, would I see a significant reducti...
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Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: really weird charging problem with my V20
Replies: 11
Views: 237

Re: really weird charging problem with my V20

Just get an Anker charger. Other cheap ones are likely made in China and have forged safety markings. As of ~2 years ago Anker became my "go to" brand for small gadgets like USB chargers. They're well built, do what they claim, and (while not the cheapest) are reasonably priced. Their com...
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Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1746
Views: 53125

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Actual conversation in the break room with a co-worker earlier this week: Co-worker: I see you've moved... your desk is over with the <Project X> group now? Me: Yeah... at least for the time being. Not sure if it's a permanent reassignment or if I've just been "loaned". Co-worker: Could be...
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Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1746
Views: 53125

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

A truly groan-worthy (or should that be moan-worthy?) article at Ars: https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/09 ... afe-haven/
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Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: really weird charging problem with my V20
Replies: 11
Views: 237

Re: really weird charging problem with my V20

Can you borrow someone else's charger for a few hours to verify that it is the charger causing the problem, and not some weird issue with your phone's charging circuitry? Does the phone charge reliably if you plug it into a USB 3.0 port on a PC? And regarding that XKCD... yes, I recently threw out a...
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Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: New drive suggestions?
Replies: 9
Views: 695

Re: New drive suggestions?

Two points: 1. Density has gone up quite a bit, so even the lower RPM drives still reach nearly 200 MB/s sequential at the beginning of the platters. I just spot checked some of the 3TB and 4TB drives in my home desktop and server; these are drives which were purchased in the past 1-2 years (so the...
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Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 68
Views: 3059

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

https://arstechnica.com/information-tec ... tion-site/

It's like the company is being run by the Three Stooges.
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Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Broken Newegg Links
Replies: 3
Views: 133

Re: Broken Newegg Links

First link works fine for me, 2nd one does indeed seem to be broken. Based on the message you were seeing, it looks like a temporary problem on Newegg's end.
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Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1746
Views: 53125

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Not sure how that happened. I edited the post and it created a new one instead.
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Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1746
Views: 53125

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

So almonds are drupes, and not botanical nuts. Okay. But bitter almonds ... wtf. Maybe I just plain forgot about them but either way I heard about them today. Around ten to kill a kid and less than fifty for an average adult, and even more potent if accidentally combined with water when making almo...
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Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1746
Views: 53125

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Whilst searching for something else job-related, I stumbled upon an official State of Oklahoma regulatory/qualification manual that is published mainly in... Comic Sans . The payroll department at my employer (a large multi-national corporation with hundreds of thousands of employees) has a form (d...
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Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: No Dummy Dies on Threadripper?
Replies: 16
Views: 761

Re: No Dummy Dies on Threadripper?

It is doubling the cost of diffusing the chips since all four die/dice receive the same indium/gold plating and soldering to the IHS (and also wouldn't require the use of two non-functional die which could bite them later when yields improve). If yields improve to the point where they don't have en...
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Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: memory requirements for Macbook Pro for running fusion
Replies: 25
Views: 642

Re: memory requirements for Macbook Pro for running fusion

You totally glazed over the fact I was on a high speed train half way across the world and remote performance was fine. Local VM’s are passé. AWS or a dedicated home/work server are the way to go. Is cost a factor when a MPB budget is in play? Recommending a remote VM solution before we even know w...
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Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: memory requirements for Macbook Pro for running fusion
Replies: 25
Views: 642

Re: memory requirements for Macbook Pro for running fusion

IMO if you plan to run anything with a modern GUI in a VM while also using the host OS for other tasks, 16GB should be considered a bare minimum. 32GB would be better. A decidated VM server is the way to go. 1. Given that the OP is looking at a MBP, I assume mobility is part of the use case. Using ...
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Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: the official Indian food lovers thread!
Replies: 156
Views: 22709

Re: the official Indian food lovers thread!

I do give ethnic foods a chance when I have the opportunity to do so. And so far I haven't been disappointed yet. I was disappointed in Filipino food. I suppose it's possible I just got unlucky, but I've tried it two or three times from different places, and didn't like it. Something about the way ...
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Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1746
Views: 53125

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

https://xkcd.com/1891/

(really liked today's)
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Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3492
Views: 510520

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Opeth - Morningrise (1996) Their 2nd album. Great material marred by some seriously weedy production. My biggest gripe is that the drums sound like they were recorded from the far end of a football field, then mixed about 10 dB too low. C'mon, this is aggressive music -- the drums need to have some ...
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Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Locate function in C++
Replies: 49
Views: 8022

Re: Locate function in C++

The truly sad thing about that horrific Word hack was that there was theoretically a "right" way to do it (OLE), which was completely unworkable due to MS's inability to deliver a stable OLE interface with MS Word. When the official way isn't usable, you need to resort to that sort of crap...
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Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: the official Indian food lovers thread!
Replies: 156
Views: 22709

Re: the official Indian food lovers thread!

All of it! (That I've tried...)

So just try everything!
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Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: the official Indian food lovers thread!
Replies: 156
Views: 22709

Re: the official Indian food lovers thread!

whm1974 wrote:
just brew it! wrote:
whm1974 wrote:
However how is goat curry? I might try that next time I go to a Indian place.

Very similar to lamb curry, but IME goat tends to have a slightly "gamier" flavor.

Any foods you recommend next time I go to a Indian place?

You posted as I was editing my last post. See above!
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Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: the official Indian food lovers thread!
Replies: 156
Views: 22709

Re: the official Indian food lovers thread!

However how is goat curry? I might try that next time I go to a Indian place. Very similar to lamb curry, but IME goat tends to have a slightly "gamier" flavor. Also, if you've never had matar paneer, you need to try it the next time you're having Indian food. It is Indian cottage cheese ...
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Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Locate function in C++
Replies: 49
Views: 8022

Re: Locate function in C++

VB6/VBA I still occasionally have to deal with for using or integrating legacy cruft. Completely does my head in. It's success wasn't so much that it was an easy way to learn programming (Turbo Pascal or whatever that became was so much better as a high level language where you didn't have to deal ...
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Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: the official Indian food lovers thread!
Replies: 156
Views: 22709

Re: the official Indian food lovers thread!

Yes, the first two times I had lamb were gyros. I think I rather have the lamb curry. Properly made gyros are delicious. The pieces of meat should be just a little crispy around the edge, but still moist... tzatziki sauce, raw onion, a little tomato, and feta cheese, served in pita bread that has b...
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Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1746
Views: 53125

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

It has been a long time since I've been in a truly "customer-facing" position, unless you count product demos and debriefings with test pilots (after test flights that used our stuff) when I worked in the defense sector. Far cry from supporting the general public. These days I'm pretty she...
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Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1746
Views: 53125

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I once had someone e-mail me at my personal e-mail address, to ask if I could provide an updated firmware image for a specific model of DSL modem made by a company I had worked at briefly 15 years prior.
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Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Burst ye crypto bubble!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 389

Re: Burst ye crypto bubble!!!

I'd be willing to bet the crypto bubble has at least some effect. When a high-end GPU has as much RAM on it as a mid-range PC's motherboard, the GPUs are accounting for a significant chunk of the market. Even though it's not the exact same type of RAM, it is utilizing fab capacity.
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Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Burst ye crypto bubble!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 389

Re: Burst ye crypto bubble!!!

A bit early for the holiday season, but whatever. To the tune of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen: Burst ye curs-ed crypto bubble End gamers' great dismay For Ether, blockchain's savior Is mined worldwide this day To play our games at decent frame rates Fast GPU the only way To bring tidings of fragging ...
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Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Locate function in C++
Replies: 49
Views: 8022

Re: Locate function in C++

Turn of the millennium, even! :lol:
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Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Locate function in C++
Replies: 49
Views: 8022

Re: Locate function in C++

C++ ... No one alive (including the original programmer after about a year) will be able to maintain the source in the future. That's a question of design and coding practices. C++ code, like most other serious languages, can be made perfectly readable and maintainable. Garbage collection in langua...