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by AMDisDEC
Fri May 19, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: VIA Nano lives on
Replies: 12
Views: 2452

Re: VIA Nano lives on

... Why are they even trying? Is there some special market niche that they have? Yeah, VIA was known to customize the CPU for even small orders of 100,000 pieces. IBM and many other manufacturers used custom VIA cores. The Chinese market may have a huge demand for a cheap x86 low power CPU not tied...
by AMDisDEC
Fri May 19, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Why No longer pirate, from an ex-pirate.
Replies: 20
Views: 845

Re: Why No longer pirate, from an ex-pirate.

I'm just old enough to remember the hippies of the 1960s. They were like, down with the man, power to the people, free stuff for all, let's all get together and unite, burn-baby-burn. Then they grew up, cut their hair, got establishment jobs, inherited a wad of dough and a business from their parent...
by AMDisDEC
Sat Mar 18, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?
Replies: 157
Views: 7492

Re: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?

The answer is, Yes. From installation to usage, Linux is more understandable, actionable, configurable, and therefore easier to use than Windows. More choices offers better value. Fortunately, due to the introduction of Linux to the Desktop in 1992, Microsoft has been forced to improve it's propriet...
by AMDisDEC
Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?
Replies: 224
Views: 18551

Re: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?

Jaguar XK-8!
Worst piece of junk I have ever brought.
Will never ever ever even think about buying a Jag again, and even in my next life.
by AMDisDEC
Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Will the RISC-V ISA replace X86 and ARM?
Replies: 239
Views: 11883

Re: Will the RISC-V ISA replace X86 and ARM?

But if they're just mating a RISC-V CPU to pre-existing I/O parts and chips, then -- unless there's something really new and interesting going on with those interfaces -- there's nothing patentable going on. Intel and AMD have several cross-licensing patent deals. AMD could not make x86 chips witho...
by AMDisDEC
Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: i3-7350K and Zen
Replies: 25
Views: 1409

Re: i3-7350K and Zen

Marketing does shoot to steal limelight from competitors, but if this is all Intel has up their shelves then why release it a few weeks before AMD, rather than after? Intel is probably holding something else back for after AMD's release date. I don't buy Intel and buying Zen. So, I'm just waiting fo...
by AMDisDEC
Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Will the RISC-V ISA replace X86 and ARM?
Replies: 239
Views: 11883

Re: Will the RISC-V ISA replace X86 and ARM?

Open source CPU's tech and it's acceptance will also depend on the availability of lower cost, easier programmable FPGA technology. While I do expect it to see some use as a "soft core" CPU for FPGAs, its acceptance in the broader market isn't tied to this. "Soft core" processor...
by AMDisDEC
Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Will the RISC-V ISA replace X86 and ARM?
Replies: 239
Views: 11883

Re: Will the RISC-V ISA replace X86 and ARM?

The obvious answer of RISC-V market penetration is an absolute NO to replacing x86. x86 has become much more than simply a architectural or hardware implementation, but more importantly, like Coca-Cola and the sport of Boxing, a cultural feature. In regards to ARM, the answer is YES, and NO. ARM's l...
by AMDisDEC
Thu Dec 29, 2016 3:18 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Will the RISC-V ISA replace X86 and ARM?
Replies: 239
Views: 11883

Re: Will the RISC-V ISA replace X86 and ARM?

Open Source chip designs simply don't work like Open Source software. You can't just modify the design, recompile it on your PC, and post a working product on the internet for everyone to download and use. Someone with billions of dollars worth of equipment and a staff of skilled technicians still ...
by AMDisDEC
Thu Dec 29, 2016 3:06 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Will the RISC-V ISA replace X86 and ARM?
Replies: 239
Views: 11883

Re: Will the RISC-V ISA replace X86 and ARM?

I wonder if Stallman will be the first person to buy a usable RISC-V based computer when they come out? Nahh, in all likelihood the SoC will still have a proprietary GPU integrated onto it in order to make it useful, so in Stallman's eyes it'll be tainted (and no better than ARM). I would settle fo...
by AMDisDEC
Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:05 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Will the RISC-V ISA replace X86 and ARM?
Replies: 239
Views: 11883

Re: Will the RISC-V ISA replace X86 and ARM?

I seriously doubt RISC-V will become even close to replacing x86. However, over time RISC-V has a very good chance to be a viable alternative to a cell processor like ARM. RISC-V's advantage as a low cost, open core embedded processor addresses the needs of ARM's customer base. If RISC-V succeeds in...
by AMDisDEC
Tue Dec 13, 2016 12:17 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD Gives you Pastrami on RyZEN
Replies: 203
Views: 5889

Re: AMD Gives you Pastrami on RyZEN

RyZen isn't too bad a name, but has no memorable aspects as you'd expect from a life and death product. The first day I reported to AMD, as I entered the building with a VP, he smiled and whispered in my ear, "Prepare to meet the most privileged and incompetent people on the planet". It's ...
by AMDisDEC
Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012
Replies: 298
Views: 36535

Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

I haven't seen such a diverse set of attendees since my last visit to a John Birch meeting.
by AMDisDEC
Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:16 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Garagegames buys Tribes 1 back from Activision/Vivendi
Replies: 0
Views: 515

Garagegames buys Tribes 1 back from Activision/Vivendi

Developer and middleware provider GarageGames, which founded the InstantAction platform, obtained the Starsiege IP, including the entire Tribes online first-person shooter PC series, from Activision/Vivendi late last year. Browser-based 3D gaming platform InstantAction announced that it acquired the...
by AMDisDEC
Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Watchmen
Replies: 90
Views: 3793

Re: Watchmen

The script wil certainly push Marvel to raise the bar on future Marvel comic book movie stories. Much more entertaining than the last Fantastic Four with the crippled Surfer and Galactus, and also better than the corny X-Men with the over-hyped Wolvine. The ending was a surprise and showed writing o...
by AMDisDEC
Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:04 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Tribes 2 is BACK!!
Replies: 4
Views: 565

Re: Tribes 2 is BACK!!

Most everyone loved this game. Why is it the best tech gets the shaft like Tribes, the best shooter game in history?
by AMDisDEC
Tue Jan 06, 2009 10:34 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Tribes 2 is BACK!!
Replies: 4
Views: 565

Tribes 2 is BACK!!

Don't know how long it will last though.
You need the full game and TribesNext patch to play.

Last time I looked, there were 900 players online. Shazbot!

Download here;
http://www.tribesnext.com/info
by AMDisDEC
Fri Dec 19, 2008 3:00 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Intel puts Lucid Hydra on x58
Replies: 1
Views: 706

Intel puts Lucid Hydra on x58

No wonder ABIT is considering moving away from the motherboard market. Companies who wish to compete profitably in this market must find ways to differentiate their products. Tosiba does it using the downgraded Cell. Intel is doing it using many value added features. This one looks like a clear winn...
by AMDisDEC
Wed Nov 05, 2008 12:57 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Heroes
Replies: 771
Views: 136678

Re: Heroes

Whoevers writing this crap they should dump him with a quickness and replace him with Stan Lee and his staff.
Ever comic book characters are more realistic then these clowns. :-?
by AMDisDEC
Wed Oct 15, 2008 2:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Heroes
Replies: 771
Views: 136678

Re: Heroes

Heroes has a wonderful plot, full of many fantasies and twists to keep one entertained for an hour. Unfortunately, along with the genetic enhanced entertainment comes continuous bursts of frustration due to the writers making the main characters so unbelievably, STUPID and illogical. Many of the sto...
by AMDisDEC
Wed Apr 02, 2008 4:37 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: First time builder, "NTLDR is missing"
Replies: 28
Views: 708

Re: First time builder, "NTLDR is missing"

I've seen this error plenty of times. :wink:
by AMDisDEC
Tue Apr 01, 2008 6:40 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: First time builder, "NTLDR is missing"
Replies: 28
Views: 708

Re: First time builder, "NTLDR is missing"

Go to your hard drive manufacturers site and download their low level format utility. Prep the drive using their tool and repeat your install.
by AMDisDEC
Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:20 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Backup software for Vista x64
Replies: 10
Views: 1326

I use StoreGrid.
Download the free evaluation copy. It works great for Windows and Linux systems.

http://www.vembu.com
by AMDisDEC
Tue Jan 08, 2008 9:53 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Intel Skyberg/P45
Replies: 5
Views: 1907

I was ogling this new ASUS Seaburg chipset based board and really impressed with how compact it is. Small enough to fit within a mid sized ATX tower or even a HPC case. I was waiting for next year to move from AMD to Intel, but at this rate, I may have to move my schedule up drastically. http://www....
by AMDisDEC
Mon Dec 24, 2007 9:30 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Driver support is causing my piss to boil.
Replies: 19
Views: 6121

Over the years, there have been plenty of times when I've had to reinstall windows, 3,4,5, and even 6 times, and sometimes following that, I have still not ended up with a stable system. Sometimes, after this I've changed components such as different memory, Video, hard drive, or sound, and the syst...
by AMDisDEC
Mon Dec 24, 2007 6:14 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Vista sucks, despite all that is said around
Replies: 1179
Views: 93328

Normally, I'd consider it an attempt at humor but after hellokitty, reading has never been the same. I know exactly what you mean. Since you mention mskitty, I can't stop laughing as I read most classical history books. I think tots was referring to our former resident AMD fanboy hellokitty in the ...
by AMDisDEC
Mon Dec 24, 2007 5:50 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Vista sucks, despite all that is said around
Replies: 1179
Views: 93328

lordtottuu wrote:
Normally, I'd consider it an attempt at humor but after hellokitty, reading has never been the same.


I know exactly what you mean. Since you mention mskitty, I can't stop laughing as I read most classical history books.
by AMDisDEC
Mon Dec 24, 2007 3:12 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Microsoft Support rant
Replies: 18
Views: 2195

I agree, MS support is a terrible experience. It has driven me to Linux and lost MS a good customer. Occasionally, I look over my shoulder at the stack of MS disks I've acquired over the last 15 years consisting of 10s of thousands of dollars, from WIN95 to Win Vista and feel happy that MS could car...
by AMDisDEC
Mon Dec 24, 2007 2:57 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Motherboard beeps on power-on, won't boot
Replies: 11
Views: 1543

If i recall correctly, the sequence of beeps you heard (1 long, 3 short) indicates a bad (perhaps mis-seated) Graphics card, or extended memory error. Try re-seating them both. If that doesn't help, check to ensure your memory is compatible with your motherboard. I'd put my best guess it's your memo...
by AMDisDEC
Mon Dec 24, 2007 2:41 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Vista sucks, despite all that is said around
Replies: 1179
Views: 93328

I have noticed this, especially with Grandmom's who who are easily confused and may take 2 weeks to decide on one product or another. I've always felt that stores should offer only one choice of sugar, one choice of flour, and only one clothing manufacturer's product to move these Grandmothers in a...