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Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020
Replies: 48
Views: 554

Re: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020

Lisp (invented in the 1950s) is still alive and well too. https://xkcd.com/224/ https://xkcd.com/297/ Next thing you know, someone will take another run at Multics. The OS is still available (under an Open Source license), and someone has written a simulator for one of the mainframes it ran on: htt...
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Wed Jul 26, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020
Replies: 48
Views: 554

Re: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020

Lisp (invented in the 1950s) is still alive and well too.

https://xkcd.com/224/
https://xkcd.com/297/
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Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020
Replies: 48
Views: 554

Re: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020

How long has it been since you were "developed"? I think we should replace you. :P When I end up in a nursing home then yes it is time to replace me. COBOL is far from being ready for the nursing home. It is more like that quiet middle-aged guy in the accounting department who has been th...
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Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020
Replies: 48
Views: 554

Re: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020

Why in hell is COBOL still in use? Don't we have more modern languages to replace it? Better question: why does it need replaced? Because it was first developed in the 50's/60's? So what? It does what it was designed for well, and there are billions of dollars invested in development and testing of...
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Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020
Replies: 48
Views: 554

Re: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020

I thought COBOL was completely phased out in the early 2000s? Not only has it not been phased out, many university CompSci curricula still include it. From page 263 of the Northern Illinois University Course Catalog for the 2016-2017 academic year: 250. COMPUTER PROGRAMMING IN COBOL (4). A laborato...
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Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020
Replies: 48
Views: 554

Re: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020

I thought COBOL was completely phased out in the early 2000s? Not only has it not been phased out, many university CompSci curricula still include it. From page 263 of the Northern Illinois University Course Catalog for the 2016-2017 academic year: 250. COMPUTER PROGRAMMING IN COBOL (4). A laborato...
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Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020
Replies: 48
Views: 554

Re: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020

captaintrav wrote:
I almost forgot, does it top everything that I still work for an outfit that's using Lotus Notes?

Still use it in my workplace too. Hardly anyone uses e-mail for anything important as a result. Everyone just uses Slack for everything now.
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Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020
Replies: 48
Views: 554

Re: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020

If we're including software (and by extension programming languages), how about Fortran and COBOL?
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Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1476
Views: 43105

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

There shouldn't be enough voltage on a phone line to give you a shock unless the line is ringing. In which case, the voltage can be quite substantial (nearly the equivalent of AC line voltage). Comes from needing to force enough current to activate an electro-mechanical bell through several miles of...
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Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1476
Views: 43105

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Yeah, airport in the middle of a residential neighborhood makes for short runways and steep descents/ascents... Not quite, descents in to Midway are the standard 3 degree glideslope https://skyvector.com/airport/MDW/Chicago-Midway-International-Airport Ahh, OK. I stand corrected. I do believe the r...
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Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 82
Views: 1702

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

Yeah, agreed. Actually, to my recollection the last two HDD failures I had were abrupt and total: The drives were dead, unrecognized by anything. The solution of "plug into USB dock and attach to another computer" does not help for serious drive failure as you say, for dying drives it mig...
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Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Interrupted wi-fi connection, new router
Replies: 5
Views: 130

Re: Interrupted wi-fi connection, new router

Make sure you have the latest firmware for your router, and the latest driver for the WiFi on the problem laptop.
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Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:48 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Dumb idea/thought experiment
Replies: 33
Views: 901

Re: Dumb idea/thought experiment

One of my son's GFs had a tattoo of a battery door. Yes, his GFs have all been nerds.
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Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:53 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1476
Views: 43105

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

When I was a toddler I chewed through a lamp cord. I don't remember the incident but it is part of family folklore. More recently, I had one of those Cree LED bulbs decide that it didn't want its glass globe any more. Just fell off. Not sure what I was thinking (probably something like "LEDs ar...
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Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020
Replies: 48
Views: 554

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: 48
Views: 554

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: 48
Views: 554

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: 16
Views: 340

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: 1476
Views: 43105

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: 1476
Views: 43105

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: 1786

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: 82
Views: 1702

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: 82
Views: 1702

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: 82
Views: 1702

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: 82
Views: 1702

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: 82
Views: 1702

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: 82
Views: 1702

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: 33
Views: 901

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: 36
Views: 1205

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: 82
Views: 1702

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 ...