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by The Egg
Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Massive increase in Single Thread Performance...
Replies: 11
Views: 432

Re: Massive increase in Single Thread Performance...

This brings me one step closer to replacing the desktop computers of every relative I have over the age of 50 with a Pi running Raspbian, with me as sole root, and telling them that now they can click on whatever the hell e-mail links they want. :evil: Hey, wait a minute... *I'm* over 50! :lol: Hmm...
by The Egg
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Best low profile video cards available (April 2018)
Replies: 340
Views: 383711

Re: Best low profile video cards available (April 2018)

NTMBK wrote:
JustAnEngineer wrote:
MSI just released a low-profile GeForce GTX 1650 that is useless crap because it has ZERO displayport outputs. :(


Just use an HDMI->Displayport cable...?

Many displays won't support adaptive sync and/or higher refresh rates using this method.
by The Egg
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: ASUS BIOS Q-Fan Tuning
Replies: 20
Views: 11627

Re: ASUS BIOS Q-Fan Tuning

Case fans are 4x Antec Truequiet set to "low", with two of them using motherboard headers. I imagine those two are doing the same thing, but their speeds are so low that it isn't perceptible. Last I checked the TrueQuiets weren't particularly well reviewed...though it's been a while. I us...
by The Egg
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Massive increase in Single Thread Performance...
Replies: 11
Views: 432

Re: Massive increase in Single Thread Performance...

Very interesting topic, but poor choice of thread title.
by The Egg
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Best low profile video cards available (April 2018)
Replies: 340
Views: 383711

Re: Best low profile video cards available (April 2018)

JustAnEngineer wrote:
MSI just released a low-profile GeForce GTX 1650 that is useless crap because it has ZERO displayport outputs. :(

Well....if there's one, other board makers are sure to follow. Hopefully with different display output choices.
by The Egg
Sun Jun 23, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Firefox NetFlix Every 1hr36-38m...crash
Replies: 3
Views: 226

Re: Firefox NetFlix Every 1hr36-38m...crash

I don't quite understand what you were saying about updates, as 67.0.4 is the latest version. In any case, my #1 suspect would be a misbehaving browser extension. Try temporarily disabling all of them, and see if your browser continues to crash while playing Netflix. If it doesn't crash, then you ca...
by The Egg
Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic
Replies: 43
Views: 2039

Re: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic

With all the BS cryptocurrencies rising in value again, let’s just hope these cards are available at a reasonable price. I really need to upgrade my 4-year-old GTX 970.
by The Egg
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD for laptops/office workstations
Replies: 18
Views: 605

Re: SSD for laptops/office workstations

IVY/Haswell is old! My point is that QLC could STILL outlive those boxes, so why not consider using QLC and spend a bit less money? And I have QLC in my brand new laptop as primary, secondary and thirdary (is that a word?), for a total of 8 TB in the machine (yeah, I'm a glutton like that), so when...
by The Egg
Fri Jun 21, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD for laptops/office workstations
Replies: 18
Views: 605

Re: SSD for laptops/office workstations

I had planned to do this in about a dozen Ivy/Haswell workstations before the idea was shot down from above. While the MX500 is a fine drive, the 860 EVO has roughly double the rated endurance at a given capacity for about 15-20% higher cost (sometimes less). 860 EVO was to be my choice.
by The Egg
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Battery recall for 2015-2017 MBP
Replies: 7
Views: 307

Re: Battery recall for 2015-2017 MBP

My boss had a Samsung laptop with this issue. The internal battery’s bulging eventually became so significant that the touchpad mouse buttons began to separate and pop off the unit, and it was borderline unsafe to use. I rescued it from him tossing it in the bin, and made the battery swap, after whi...
by The Egg
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Kempner Rice Diet
Replies: 69
Views: 1348

Re: Kempner Rice Diet

I have a strong suspicion that there was never any "friend" diagnosed with Type 2. Not sure what the angle is here, but I think we all just wasted some time.
by The Egg
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Kempner Rice Diet
Replies: 69
Views: 1348

Re: Kempner Rice Diet

My friend was the biggest skeptic. He refused to believe that his body's insulin sensitivity increased due to the rice diet. He kept telling me, this is only happening coz I am following a specific diet. As soon as I veer away from this, my blood glucose levels will shoot up. Well, once the 15 days...
by The Egg
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Kempner Rice Diet
Replies: 69
Views: 1348

Re: Kempner Rice Diet

Whatever white rice the patient prefers. If there is no improvement in the blood glucose level by the end of 3rd day, the patient may abandon the diet and resume the previous Diabetes management routine. By the way, my friend's blood pressure hovered around 130/90 for two years. After the 15 day ri...
by The Egg
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Kempner Rice Diet
Replies: 69
Views: 1348

Re: Kempner Rice Diet

I tend to stay away from most medical/diet discussions (as I lack any qualifications), but I do know that Type 2 can usually be reversed if caught early enough and the person makes the appropriate lifestyle changes. If your friend is making a sudden and concerted effort to fix the situation, (exerci...
by The Egg
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Intel Performance Maximizer
Replies: 19
Views: 725

Re: Intel Performance Maximizer

Automatic overclocking via the BIOS is, and has always been, complete garbage. It seems to have gotten less prevalent lately (at least default enabled), but it's still the very first thing I seek out and verify to be disabled on any new build. "Completely destabilize your PC for a mere 2% in pe...
by The Egg
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 243
Views: 3840

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

If it turns out to be a large enough driver of traffic, you could see companies springing up who finance the buildout of said large charging stops, and then make their money back by charging a premium rent to retailers. It's such uncharted territory that we're all really just crystal-ball gazing he...
by The Egg
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 243
Views: 3840

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Captain Ned wrote:
The Egg wrote:
It's such uncharted territory that we're all really just crystal-ball gazing here.

Some (including me) would be more inclined to call it navel-gazing.

Girls, girls, girls. Our dancers will get you “charged up” while you wait.
by The Egg
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 243
Views: 3840

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

^ Who knows. If it turns out to be a large enough driver of traffic, you could see companies springing up who finance the buildout of said large charging stops, and then make their money back by charging a premium rent to retailers. It's such uncharted territory that we're all really just crystal-ba...
by The Egg
Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking
Replies: 24
Views: 638

Re: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking

Same thing as the microwaves. I make sure any microwave I buy has a silent mode. We don't cook more than 5-6 minutes in the microwave, and it's in the kitchen, so I don't need a beep to tell me when it's done. Some microwaves have gotten more obnoxious in this regard. For instance, the Sharp model ...
by The Egg
Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 243
Views: 3840

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Would need to be adjusted somewhat for a different customer base, but yeah. Really, the idea almost requires that every commercial parking space in the country has some proportion of its parking spots sport a charging station. For areas with higher non-local traffic, it is much higher (rest stops a...
by The Egg
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 243
Views: 3840

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

If it takes 30 minutes to an hour, they tend to wander off and do other things, laws or no. Which means, of course, that your "useless utilization" number becomes higher. And, even worse, the "human agitation" component becomes appreciable. I've felt for a while that future char...
by The Egg
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 243
Views: 3840

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

If it takes 30 minutes to an hour, they tend to wander off and do other things, laws or no. Which means, of course, that your "useless utilization" number becomes higher. And, even worse, the "human agitation" component becomes appreciable. I've felt for a while that future char...
by The Egg
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking
Replies: 24
Views: 638

Re: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking

marketing pushing them to add more useless checkbox features. Hey, marketing checkboxes can be useful. In my most recent washer you now have the feature to disable program-end alert noises. Our 20 year old dryer has that feature. It's a physical toggle switch on the control panel that disconnects t...
by The Egg
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking
Replies: 24
Views: 638

Re: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking

(old school with a mechanical cycle timer - less to go wrong, no expensive logic board to replace if it does break) I know that's the common wisdom, but I do wonder. There's nothing inherently breakage-prone in simple heavy-duty electronics. And the exuberant prices for replacement parts have no re...
by The Egg
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking
Replies: 24
Views: 638

Re: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking

I'm a freezer below, standard upper door type of guy. I've never seen any meaningful benefit to having french doors, unless you had some sort of clearance issue where a single door would swing out too far. I guess I'd have to use one for an extended period to really say. Ice/water dispensers, on the...
by The Egg
Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 243
Views: 3840

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Someone's been drinking Musky Kool-Aid. The ICE isn't going anywhere for a long time yet, and the environmental costs of battery manufacturing are not trivial; we just don't see a lot of it reflected in current pricing because China is still willing to bear the externalities in exchange for economi...
by The Egg
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Lead-free piping!
Replies: 26
Views: 591

Re: Lead-free piping!

bthylafh wrote:
Something tells me that 13% lead brass is really chinesium alloy.

It's a mixture of pot metal and lead-cadmium alloy, with a zinc coating, and spray-painted brass color.
by The Egg
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Lead-free piping!
Replies: 26
Views: 591

Re: Lead-free piping!

I spread 12% leaded butter on my toast, and I'm perfectly fine. 8)
by The Egg
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 243
Views: 3840

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Am I the only one who starts singing "To Live And Die In LA" by Tupac in their head whenever reading this thread title?
by The Egg
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Wisdom teeth removal - share your experience and tips
Replies: 141
Views: 46277

Re: Wisdom teeth removal - share your experience and tips

I just got my wisdom teeth removed yesterday. Overall a very pleasant experience. I opted for full deep sedation. Operation took half an hour to 45 minutes. I was loopy going home, but my husband refused to record me. Lame. Luckily I was able to text my friends once I got home, so some of my sillin...
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