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by chuckula
Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Security is hard!
Replies: 2
Views: 110

Re: Security is hard!

It's a bad mistake but at least it's not an SSL private key that needs to be revoked via a full-bore certificate authority ;-) Security is definitely hard though! PKI has the added pitfall that you are *supposed* to be giving out your public key to the world, and frankly there's no deep mathematical...
by chuckula
Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: OMG Java 9 is finally out
Replies: 14
Views: 552

Re: OMG Java 9 is finally out

Yeah, this is gonna suck. Although I don't develop in Java myself, we have massive amounts of Java code here where I work. There's already some internal chatter about how it may eventually impact us. With a lot of installed code bases it's not so much of question of wanting some whiz-bang Java 9 fe...
by chuckula
Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: OMG Java 9 is finally out
Replies: 14
Views: 552

Re: OMG Java 9 is finally out

Incidentally, I downloaded the official JRE packages for my Arch system not because I love Java (quite the opposite) but because I'm forced to use Java Web Start to run an important but relatively simple application at work. And...... the application broke when I tried to run it with JRE 9. So I ro...
by chuckula
Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: OMG Java 9 is finally out
Replies: 14
Views: 552

OMG Java 9 is finally out

While people who use Java for heavy development have probably already been messing with the beta versions of the software heavily, Oracle finally released the JRE & JDK packages for Java 9 to the world at large today: https://fossbytes.com/java-9-features-released-download-course/ Incidentally, ...
by chuckula
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems
Replies: 31
Views: 1158

Re: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems

Is there any NEW information here? Yes there absolutely is: AMD said third-party board makers would have Vega parts in-hand by over a week ago and it never happened. Meaning that this is a real story about a real event, while you prefer to hide the severe issues at AMD that have likely cost Raj his...
by chuckula
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems
Replies: 31
Views: 1158

Re: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems

You do understand the relationship between supply and demand, right? :P Vega's HBM2 supply issue has been rehashed repeatedly since (and even before) Vega's launch. Though news that AMD's HBM2 supply issues are persisting is unfortunate. The HBM issues were certainly a known cause of why Vega didn'...
by chuckula
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems
Replies: 31
Views: 1158

Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems

While the whole OMG MINING aspect on the demand side for Rx Vega has been discussed to death, it's also pretty obvious that even long after Vega's initial release AMD is still having problems manufacturing the GPUs in sufficient quantity to actually let the board makers produce custom Vega boards: h...
by chuckula
Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Panicked Response to AMD Epyc... from Oracle
Replies: 16
Views: 710

Re: Panicked Response to AMD Epyc... from Oracle

TwistedKestrel wrote:
Oh wait, so that's like 256 thread SMT, and not a 256 thread limit?


Each chip provides up to 256 threads simply because it has 32 cores and up to 8 threads per core so 32 * 8 = 256. That's all. If you want to really spend money you can buy a multi-socket system that hosts multiple chips too.
by chuckula
Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Panicked Response to AMD Epyc... from Oracle
Replies: 16
Views: 710

Re: Panicked Response to AMD Epyc... from Oracle

256 threads O_O I clearly don't know anything about SPARC, are they really thread limited? And if so, WHY The workloads that these chips typically perform (hint: It rhymes with "massively expensive Oracle Databases and maybe J2EE stuff too") tend to respond well to adding additional threa...
by chuckula
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Panicked Response to AMD Epyc... from Oracle
Replies: 16
Views: 710

Re: Panicked Response to AMD Epyc... from Oracle

They've been getting ready to launch the M8 for quite a while now. It's not a response to Epyc, it's more of a bid to keep their server/database division afloat. Yup. You don't design and release a new processor architecture in a few months. They've been working on this for years . Yeah.. I kinda k...
by chuckula
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Panicked Response to AMD Epyc... from Oracle
Replies: 16
Views: 710

Panicked Response to AMD Epyc... from Oracle

So clearly AMD has terrified the living daylights out of Oracle.
Behold the Launch of the Sparc M8.

32 Coarz.
Five Gigahurtz.
100% Panic over Epyc (or maybe not).

As for pricing, well... they have an 800 number for you to call to ask for a quote. If you dare.
by chuckula
Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: No Dummy Dies on Threadripper?
Replies: 16
Views: 785

Re: No Dummy Dies on Threadripper?

The funny part about it is all the breathless speculation that AMD can suddenly wave a wand and turn Threadripper into a 32 core product when it's actually substantially more difficult for AMD to pull off that feat from a technology perspective than it would be for Intel to simply take a 28-core Xe...
by chuckula
Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: No Dummy Dies on Threadripper?
Replies: 16
Views: 785

Re: No Dummy Dies on Threadripper?

All the noise about Threadripper going to 32 cores because AMD put some non-functional dies in the dummy slots of the Threadripper package is amusing, although AMD basically lied to the press when they claimed that those dummy dies are blanks. The funny part about it is all the breathless speculatio...
by chuckula
Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Turn Off Bluetooth. [Jack Bauer]DO IT NOW![/Jack Bauer]
Replies: 33
Views: 2116

Re: Turn Off Bluetooth. [Jack Bauer]DO IT NOW![/Jack Bauer]

End User wrote:
The title of your post is lacking key information.


No, I mentioned Jack Bauer.
by chuckula
Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Turn Off Bluetooth. [Jack Bauer]DO IT NOW![/Jack Bauer]
Replies: 33
Views: 2116

Turn Off Bluetooth. [Jack Bauer]DO IT NOW![/Jack Bauer]

So there's been a pretty serious set of flaws found in the Bluez Bluetooth stack that is used by Linux and, probably more importantly, Android. You can read about the issues here. In brief, the vulnerabilities appear to involve a kernel-level buffer overflow that can be triggered remotely by sending...
by chuckula
Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Big Skylake X Die Shot & Size Estimate
Replies: 13
Views: 1029

Big Skylake X Die Shot & Size Estimate

Our pal Der8Auer has gotten his hands on one of the big Skylake X parts that are launching later this month and done the needful with a delid to show off the die: https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/21370860_1516142931796386_7771487741351488112_n.jpg?oh=59ce7bf0c5bfd6b2212aacb21971579a&...
by chuckula
Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Good PDF Splitter/Combiner Software??
Replies: 21
Views: 865

Re: Good PDF Splitter/Combiner Software??

Skrewy proprietary formats FTL. The specs are published , and there are plenty of tools. Just not a nice all-in-one that isn't bloatware, AFAIK. Ever tried to deal with PDF forms on a Linux system? It seems the only viable solutions are a Windows VM, or figure out how to get a years-old (and no lon...
by chuckula
Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Good PDF Splitter/Combiner Software??
Replies: 21
Views: 865

Re: Good PDF Splitter/Combiner Software??

pdfsam is what I use regularly for working with pdfs to do things like splitting & merging.

http://www.pdfsam.org
by chuckula
Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 7805

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

I saw this article on fudzilla stating that AMD loses $100 on every Vega 64 sold at suggested $500 MSRP.... /sprinkle salt/ But they make up for it in volume! The real test will come when they report their Q3 earnings. If they aren't really in the black (I'm talking minimum $100 million in profit) ...
by chuckula
Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 7805

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

I saw this article on fudzilla stating that AMD loses $100 on every Vega 64 sold at suggested $500 MSRP.... /sprinkle salt/ But they make up for it in volume! The real test will come when they report their Q3 earnings. If they aren't really in the black (I'm talking minimum $100 million in profit) ...
by chuckula
Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 7805

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

"Where it's going" I love this faulty logic used to purchase products that represent a poor price/performance compromise today: it'll be better tomorrow! Here's the thing. Tomorrow, the games will be more demanding, new cards will be out to handle them, and you'll have spent more to get l...
by chuckula
Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stay Safe!
Replies: 89
Views: 3601

Re: Stay Safe!

I've always been a fan of concrete construction myself. I like trees in a forest around an ICF home that can stand up to mother nature better.
by chuckula
Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Newegg has a sale on Vega 64
Replies: 5
Views: 544

Re: Newegg has a sale on Vega 64

Well it's certainly a kind of sale.

Just not a very cheap one.
by chuckula
Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stay Safe!
Replies: 89
Views: 3601

Re: Stay Safe!

From what I've seen so far on the news, it doesn't look like it will hit Katrina levels of badness/suffering. But things could still get a lot worse depending on what the storm does in the next few days, so we could still get there. We're talking about a top-five market in the US. In absolute numbe...
by chuckula
Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Silicon Lottery Ryzen sale
Replies: 5
Views: 649

Re: Silicon Lottery Ryzen sale

I would bin Ryzens based on whether or not they trigger the GCC bug.
by chuckula
Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stay Safe!
Replies: 89
Views: 3601

Re: Stay Safe!

Don't mess around with hurricanes and remember that the water, not the wind, is your primary enemy.
by chuckula
Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Best motherboard for Netburst CPU?
Replies: 48
Views: 2019

Re: Best motherboard for Netburst CPU?

I seem to recall having some type of Asus Rampage motherboard for my 2008-era Core 2 CPU that also worked fine with a Pentium IV chip: https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/RAMPAGE_EXTREME/ I'm not sure if I had the "Extreme" edition or not (maybe another Rampage). At this point, you might hav...
by chuckula
Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega Meta Analysis
Replies: 130
Views: 4342

Re: Vega Meta Analysis

All the jabber about how discrete GPUs are disappearing is a little bit silly considering AMD's product line in 2017 basically requires a discrete GPU of some type to literally present a login screen much less do 3D gaming. And I'm not only talking about the $1000 Threadrippers, I'm talking about th...
by chuckula
Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Think you're going to repurpose that USB HDD? Think again
Replies: 23
Views: 1764

Re: Think you're going to repurpose that USB HDD? Think again

I have used a USB to SATA adapter that came with a Samsung ssd a few years back to hook an SSD into my PC in a similar setup.

It's not a full case for the SSD though so it doesn't really provide physical protection for what you would consider to be a portable SSD.
by chuckula
Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Eclipse on August 21
Replies: 76
Views: 2471

Re: Eclipse on August 21

Can't seem to find glasses anywhere now. I was really hoping to get a piair to watch this historic event. I did see one in elementary school many years ago, but that was like in the 80s If you feel like gambling, you can pick up a welding mask for about $30. Not officially rated for direct sun view...
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