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by Glorious
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Current best/good energy monitors?
Replies: 16
Views: 309

Re: Current best/good energy monitors?

It looks like the Wemo Insight can actually do this to some degree. There are all sorts of smartplugs with energy monitoring, but at best they're letting you dump a CSV file via an app when you manually ask for it. You're going need to write a macro in a spreadsheet that eats that and puts it in yo...
by Glorious
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Current best/good energy monitors?
Replies: 16
Views: 309

Re: Current best/good energy monitors?

I guess I could look into reasonably hackable smart plugs, I kinda thought there would be a consumer product for this. Pretty much anyone who needed an energy monitor in my province would benefit from it, at least for monitoring appliances that are always using non-trivial amounts of power. There i...
by Glorious
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Current best/good energy monitors?
Replies: 16
Views: 309

Re: Current best/good energy monitors?

Does tiered mean they charge you more if you go over a certain limit?
by Glorious
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Current best/good energy monitors?
Replies: 16
Views: 309

Re: Current best/good energy monitors?

If you just use a kill-a-watt, you can get an idea of how much power it uses, and then you can figure out how much that would cost you under the different tiers (which I presume to mean that you pay different rates at different times of the day).
by Glorious
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 63
Views: 1298

Re: Average fuel consumption

Can't help but feel that modern pedal feel could be improved immensely if they just used an eccentric cam on the throttle cable to make engine torque slightly closer to linear in relation to the pedal travel. Modern feel? I want to shout "YAW YAW" and squeeze my knees and feel the thing g...
by Glorious
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 170
Views: 4805

Re: Video card prices

JBI wrote:
Kind of a "Buy 2, get -1 free" deal, eh?


Genuine laughter.

Visceral groan.

Resigned sigh.
by Glorious
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommended NAS Devices
Replies: 38
Views: 954

Re: Recommended NAS Devices

Exception is the deduplication. 2GB RAM per 1 TB of storage for the comparasons for deduping. dedupe is one of those things normals shouldn't ever touch. Like it isn't some nice regular feature to consider, no, if you don't already know you 100% want it with a reason a lot more rigorous than "...
by Glorious
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 170
Views: 4805

Re: Video card prices

kvndoom wrote:
That said, who wants to help start up FoldingCoin or SETICoin? Sequence DNA, find alien life, and make a buck all at the same time???


You've just described 3-4 different ICOs. :lol:
by Glorious
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommended NAS Devices
Replies: 38
Views: 954

Re: Recommended NAS Devices

Not sure if you are referring to the fact that 4x6TB > 16? Since I am using RAIDZ1, and after other overhead etc. is factored in, the net storage space of my pool is 16.6TB so pretty much spot on. No. Ryu was pretty clearly indicating what Waco just said: you are perpetuating two false canards that...
by Glorious
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommended NAS Devices
Replies: 38
Views: 954

Re: Recommended NAS Devices

Just because we are all "enthusiasts" doesn't mean we all want to constantly tinker with hardware, tweak settings and spend Saturday morning googling a bizarre BSD jail error code in FreeNAS. Sometimes you want a little box that "just works" so you can sit back and stream episod...
by Glorious
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: How long a wait for Spectre/Meltdown-proof CPUs?
Replies: 12
Views: 827

Re: How long a wait for Spectre/Meltdown-proof CPUs?

I think you're being a little harsh there. You're interpreting things in the worst possible way. What? Me, harsh? Liable to fly off the handle at the slightest (perceived) provocation? Noooo, that's so uncharacteristic of me. :lol: --- I mean, you are totally right and I accept the criticism 100%: ...
by Glorious
Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommended NAS Devices
Replies: 38
Views: 954

Re: Recommended NAS Devices

Price? Heard this before. It doesn't really hold up IMO. If you are buying 4x 8TB WD Red drives at $250 each, you're looking at $1450 + a few clicks setup time for the Synology solution or $1200 + building a PC + installing software (might cost money) + longer setup time for a roll-your-own. It's o...
by Glorious
Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: How long a wait for Spectre/Meltdown-proof CPUs?
Replies: 12
Views: 827

Re: How long a wait for Spectre/Meltdown-proof CPUs?

Having quickly skimmed the post, eh, like, I'm not exactly sure this guy really knows what he talking about: https://www.moesif.com/blog/technical/cpu-arch/What-Is-The-Actual-Vulnerability-Behind-Meltdown/ Let’s say there is an instruction that enable loads to hit and consumed even in presence of fa...
by Glorious
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: How long a wait for Spectre/Meltdown-proof CPUs?
Replies: 12
Views: 827

Re: How long a wait for Spectre/Meltdown-proof CPUs?

tl:dr: Meltdown can likely be fixed in a new stepping, but Spectre will take longer to fix. Look, the next one (Ice lake?) is past the design phase at this point. We're definitely not going to be seeing this in any stepping for a current product, and we might not even be seeing it in the next one. ...
by Glorious
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 170
Views: 4805

Re: Video card prices

I'm desperate enough for a new video card this year that I'm willing to start waving my arms around, yes.
by Glorious
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommended NAS Devices
Replies: 38
Views: 954

Re: Recommended NAS Devices

I appreciate the nerd factor in building your own NAS, but my frustration with the typical open source style of documentation for a lot of those projects (zfs configuration was designed by engineers, for other engineers) combined with the pain in the ass of managing my storage pools manually (even ...
by Glorious
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommended NAS Devices
Replies: 38
Views: 954

Re: Recommended NAS Devices

Just remember to buy raid specific hdds. Outside of error recovery silliness where certain firmwares might suffer responsiveness issues because they just don't want give up on that bad sector, I'm not sure how much difference this really makes... People in the industry like Waco and JBI can chime i...
by Glorious
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommended NAS Devices
Replies: 38
Views: 954

Re: Recommended NAS Devices

picked up an excess Cisco 3850 for under $200 WHOA, what, where? Those are thousands of dollars USED: The modules cost more than that, for regular SFP. Like, if you personally got some insane firesale deal, I'm totally glad, but that is, like, entirely not relevant as advice to anyone else (Oh, you...
by Glorious
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre
Replies: 24
Views: 595

Re: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre

It's signed.

I read something in which some guys were fiddling with it to try to understand how it all worked, let me see...

EDIT: there we go:

http://inertiawar.com/microcode/
by Glorious
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre
Replies: 24
Views: 595

Re: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre

This, of course, assumes that microcode patches survive a warm boot; the BIOS may overwrite with whatever microcode the BIOS has, negating the effect of the patch. My understanding is that the update mechanism (EDIT: the one on the intel chip) won't let you "update" to an older version. S...
by Glorious
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre
Replies: 24
Views: 595

Re: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre

You lose it on a reboot then, though.
by Glorious
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre
Replies: 24
Views: 595

Re: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre

I'm not exactly an expert, but my father was an accountant. Kind of like leasing an automobile, leasing is great for maintaining a fixed cost over a long period of time, but ends up costing you more in the long run generally speaking. But.... tax laws make it advantageous if not at least simpler to...
by Glorious
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre
Replies: 24
Views: 595

Re: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre

We don't lease stuff, we run it into the ground. We definitely have stuff older than Haswell in the lab, and I know some of our AIX stuff is really old. Well, so do we, hence my use of "regular" when referring to servers. When I started (and I am not even in my late 30s) we still had phys...
by Glorious
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre
Replies: 24
Views: 595

Re: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre

Just as a note, there is microcode updates for all kinds of processors in the package, but Intel hasn't released any *new* microcode updates for anything older than Haswell. Well, sure, but if it isn't available, it simply isn't available whether you are hacking it into the firmware or using your d...
by Glorious
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre
Replies: 24
Views: 595

Re: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre

If you are running linux, just use whatever intel microcode package your distro provides. Ubtuntu updated theirs just 3 days after Intel released the microcode. That's way safer than messing with firmware like that, and it accomplishes the same thing. --- I believe there is a way to do something sim...
by Glorious
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Hexacore Build Case
Replies: 11
Views: 434

Re: Hexacore Build Case

You can, in fact, assemble a working PC in a cardboard box. Back when component compatibility and infant mortality were much worse than they are today, I used to assemble the guts of a new PC on the motherboard box, just to make certain that it would boot to the BIOS setup screen before I bolted it...
by Glorious
Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 170
Views: 4805

Re: Video card prices

I don't know how you missed the entirety of 2017. But you must have slept since June? I just told you, I almost bought one at $450 a month ago. https://techreport.com/news/32710/rx-vega-prices-inch-downward-in-our-latest-graphics-card-spot-check https://techreport.com/news/32710/rx-vega-prices-inch...
by Glorious
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 170
Views: 4805

Re: Video card prices

by Glorious
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices
Replies: 49
Views: 1907

Re: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices

rather it's a reasonable supposition that OPEC manipulates gas prices. Just as it is a reasonable supposition that at the very least the top 3 manufacturers of DRAM collude to manipulate memory prices. Stop. Just stop. It's not a "supposition" that OPEC does it. *THEY HAVE PRESS RELEASES ...