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by chuckula
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Firefox Hacked with Rogue Plugin... by its own developers
Replies: 4
Views: 164

Firefox Hacked with Rogue Plugin... by its own developers

So this little snafu is blowing up right now. Apparently Mozilla snuck in an unwanted browser extension into Firefox that's essentially a bad marketing gimmick for a TV show called "Mr. Robot" . It is not going over well and Mozilla's explanation that it's OK because Mr. Robot the TV show ...
by chuckula
Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Let's party like it's 1999 and look at single-threaded x87 FPU performance
Replies: 49
Views: 3302

Re: Let's party like it's 1999 and look at single-threaded x87 FPU performance

Yeah, anyone who has done a significant amount of floating point programming on x87 is probably aware of the "long double" internal data type issue. More generally (and this doesn't apply to just x87), it is a very bad idea to use tests for exact equality of floating point values. Unless ...
by chuckula
Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Basting meat with molasses in slow cooker?
Replies: 15
Views: 284

Re: Basting meat with molasses in slow cooker?

I wonder if I could get permission to have a small bottle of dark rum for cooking purposes in my apartment? Probably not, but it doesn't hurt to ask. Anyway if I get permission and use a half a cup(4oz) mixed with other stuff, and cook the meat and veggies for 12 hours, how much alcohol is left aft...
by chuckula
Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Chopped down RX 560s
Replies: 31
Views: 809

Re: Chopped down RX 560s

Don't worry guys, the AMD fans will be along soon to tell us how much worse Nvidia is! Most likely some mouth-frothing histrionics about the 970's memory split for a start.... That's the difference between Ngreedia and AMD: People actually cared about the GTX-970. Nobody give's a rodent's posterior...
by chuckula
Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Chopped down RX 560s
Replies: 31
Views: 809

Re: Chopped down RX 560s

derFunkenstein wrote:
GG, AMD. Way to make your cards worse and not really tell anybody about it.


Who do they think they are... Ngreedia??!?!?!
by chuckula
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Sorry Canucks, looks like NCIX is going bankrupt
Replies: 28
Views: 1358

Sorry Canucks, looks like NCIX is going bankrupt

NCIX has often been referenced as a Canadian electronics retailer, but it just declared bankruptcy today: https://www.anandtech.com/show/12115/nc ... g-attempts

Bankruptcy does not always mean going out of business, but it's never a good sign.
by chuckula
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 122
Views: 4425

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

So I know it's not "obsolete" in the same way that a mimeograph would be considered "obsolete" but I am dealing with an older (Core 2 era) Dell system that has a weird and annoying idiosyncrasy. I'm using it as a platform to overwrite old hard drives before they go off for recycl...
by chuckula
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega very strong in newly released games
Replies: 39
Views: 1798

Re: Vega very strong in newly released games

I CANT TELL HOW VEGA IS BECAUSE THAT SITE IS IN SOME WEIRD FRENCH German. The ".de" TLD is Germany. And if you'd use a modern browser, there would be a "Translate" button for you to click. Well he did say it was "weird" -- oh wait WEIRD -- French. German certainly look...
by chuckula
Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Good PDF Splitter/Combiner Software??
Replies: 26
Views: 4057

Re: Good PDF Splitter/Combiner Software??

The XFA forms are a giant PITA. My Linux solution is to run a recent version of Acrobat via Wine which works fine for my uses. Regular PDF forms that aren't using the proprietary XFA crap do work pretty well using standard open-source programs like Okular, however. The powers that be had decided th...
by chuckula
Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed
Replies: 31
Views: 1187

Re: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed

Wirko wrote:
The gap between the CPU and GPU is rather wide. Is this the MCIG, or Minimum Competitive Integration Gap?


That's the minimum distance that the judge put down in the restraining order.
by chuckula
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Legal issues with being on Disablity
Replies: 35
Views: 955

Re: Legal issues with being on Disablity

I would recommend not asking for legal advice on TR's forum.
Talk to a real lawyer instead.
by chuckula
Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed
Replies: 31
Views: 1187

Re: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed

derFunkenstein wrote:
Hades Canyon because, you know, hell froze over. :lol:


Occasionally somebody at Intel sneaks a funny name through.
by chuckula
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: First Centriq benchmarks (that I've seen)
Replies: 2
Views: 192

Re: First Centriq benchmarks (that I've seen)

If they want to talk about doing web-server type stuff that relies on encryption then they really should be making sure to enable QuickAssist when benching the Skylake servers. QuickAssist handles a large chunk of the encryption so that the CPU cores are free to do other things. A few non-micro benc...
by chuckula
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: New NUC with EMIB Core-Radeon combo
Replies: 4
Views: 311

Re: New NUC with EMIB Core-Radeon combo

A "NUC" form factor with one of these parts will certainly not be passively cooled like some of the smaller NUCs out there, but it's not like cooling 50 - 100 watts in a small package is completely out of the question. One advantage of the way these chips are packaged is that it's pretty e...
by chuckula
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Vulnerable Minix system in Intel chipsets
Replies: 23
Views: 882

Re: Vulnerable Minix system in Intel chipsets

At least with AMD we had a a somewhat vague, maybe-sorta, Lisa-will-think-about-it, stance on opening up the PSP for inspection. edit: Ah. Well, looks like since the last time I checked, they confirmed they would not. oh well. AMD probably couldn't open up PSP even if it wanted to since PSP appears...
by chuckula
Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed
Replies: 31
Views: 1187

Re: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed

I'm actually most interested to see how much the onboard HBM2 boosts the CPU performance. Could be even more than the Broadwell i7-5775c. I thought the HBM2 was only connected to the GPU and the CPU will still use regular DDR4 SDRAM? (which is in the photo) I'm not sure, TBH. Being on the same inte...
by chuckula
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed
Replies: 31
Views: 1187

Re: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed

I'm actually most interested to see how much the onboard HBM2 boosts the CPU performance. Could be even more than the Broadwell i7-5775c. It won't boost the CPU performance at all outside of very specific situations where the regular Kaby Lake part would suffer because the IGP was sucking up most o...
by chuckula
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed
Replies: 31
Views: 1187

Re: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed

DancinJack wrote:
Man, that sure looks like a NUC-type board. Gimme gimme gimme.


I'm guessing it's a test board and not a full commercial product, but the size is definitely in the M-ITX or maybe even a little smaller range (no PCIe slot).
by chuckula
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed
Replies: 31
Views: 1187

Re: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed

Look at all the power circuitry!!! That raises a lot of questions for me There certainly is quite a bit since it is driving both a CPU and GPU. I'm pretty sure there are almost completely separate sets of regulators for the two pieces of silicon just as if this were a cpu + discrete GPU solution. T...
by chuckula
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed
Replies: 31
Views: 1187

Re: Kaby Lake Raja Edition photographed

I have a request. Can we please create a convention of calling it KLG/Kaby Lake G? edit: I'm not criticizing your title Chuck. I just mean so many names are going to attach to this thing over the next 6 months it'll be very confusing I imagine. You are right that Kaby Lake-G is the real name. I jus...
by chuckula
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed
Replies: 31
Views: 1187

Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed

So of course there's been a big deal about Intel putting Radeons into mobile chips Well, here's a link to photographs of the actual chip in a real motherboard . As you can see, it's quite a large package by mobile standards although it's small when you consider the space required by a traditional CP...
by chuckula
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: It's Official: Pour one out for Raj [GOING INTEL!]
Replies: 11
Views: 563

Re: It's Official: Pour one out for Raj [GOING INTEL!]

RAJ IS GOING INTEL BABY! Chuckula will be willing to provide grief counseling to AMD fanboys. For an exorbitant hourly rate of course. Given that everyone blames Vega's issues (whatever their view of the issues is, anyway) on Raja, isn't that bad news for Intel? Raj isn't blameless on the execution...
by chuckula
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: It's Official: Pour one out for Raj [GOING INTEL!]
Replies: 11
Views: 563

Re: It's Official: Pour one out for Raj [GOING INTEL!]

This is really sending up red flags for me. Gonna wait for confirmation on the Intel story. Oh absolutely. Take with a shovel full of salt and I'm just having fun with the rumor mill. The fact that there was a deal to sell AMD chips to Intel for repackaging is just enough of a hook to make it belie...
by chuckula
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: It's Official: Pour one out for Raj [GOING INTEL!]
Replies: 11
Views: 563

Re: It's Official: Pour one out for Raj

whm1974 wrote:
I was thinking that he just died.


He's not dead yet. He's just resting. He wants to go for a walk... at Intel HQ.
by chuckula
Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: It's Official: Pour one out for Raj [GOING INTEL!]
Replies: 11
Views: 563

It's Official: Pour one out for Raj [GOING INTEL!]

This should come as a surprise to nobody, but Raj just made it official that he has left AMD: https://videocardz.com/73921/raja-koduri-leaves-amd EDIT: OK, totally not confirmed but what the hell, I can have some rumor-tastic WaCkoCFtech fun too. RAJ IS GOING INTEL BABY! Chuckula will be willing to ...
by chuckula
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Intel Licensing AMD GPU Tech
Replies: 73
Views: 8557

Re: Intel Licensing AMD GPU Tech

http://techreport.com/news/32792/intel-brings-a-core-cpu-and-radeon-gpu-together-on-one-package I told you. You all said I was an idiot, but I told you. This is so petty but damn it feels good. Actually, the original headline of this thread is not correct even after this announcement. There's no li...
by chuckula
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Chuckula's prognostication skills are failing him
Replies: 23
Views: 998

Re: Chuckula's prognostication skills are failing him

How is Lisa lying in that statement? They're selling more chips. Intel isn't competing with AMD on graphics in this case. They're enabling AMD to sell more silicon. Oh that product most certainly competes with AMD's mobile solutions unless you make the assumption that AMD's mobile solutions are not...
by chuckula
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Chuckula's prognostication skills are failing him
Replies: 23
Views: 998

Re: Chuckula's prognostication skills are failing him

Well my main "prognostication" was an admission that there was no licensing agreement between AMD and Intel for graphics IP. And this is true unless AMD is hiding those big $$$ it's receiving from Intel in its quarterly reports. Additionally, Lisa Su earler this year said: “It’s about how ...
by chuckula
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 6708

Re: GGC errors with compiling C code.

Yeah... I'm assuming your original thread is serious and you aren't just trolling here but I highly recommend starting with an online tutorial instead of just throwing snippets of code into a text file. There are a bunch of them out there but W3Schools is pretty well-known: https://www.w3schools.in...
by chuckula
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 6708

Re: GGC errors with compiling C code.

Yeah... I'm assuming your original thread is serious and you aren't just trolling here but I highly recommend starting with an online tutorial instead of just throwing snippets of code into a text file. There are a bunch of them out there but W3Schools is pretty well-known: https://www.w3schools.in/...
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