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by Buub
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Paul Allen, 1953-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 376

Re: Paul Allen, 1953-2018

Microsoft co-founder and succumbs to complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/15/microsoft-co-founder-paul-allen-dies-of-cancer-at-age-65.html And more importantly, owner of the Seattle Seahawks. And also the Portland Trailblazers. He was a fabulous owner for the Seahawk...
by Buub
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: College Football 2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1702

Re: College Football 2018

Nice spanking of West Virginia by the Iowa State Cyclones! Best 3-3 team in the nation? Yes. Absolutely yes.
by Buub
Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: “The idea that Apple receives $1B/month of pure profit from Google may come as a shock.”
Replies: 6
Views: 461

Re: “The idea that Apple receives $1B/month of pure profit from Google may come as a shock.”

Here's the surprising thing that follows from that: Google pays $1B/month to Apple because they consider it worth the investment. In other words, Google is making (much) more than $1B/month off of that relationship. Kinda puts into perspective how lucrative scraping and serving all your personal inf...
by Buub
Sun Oct 07, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: College Football 2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1702

Re: College Football 2018

My Iowa State Cyclones finally show their full potential, beating OSU. It has taken them five games to find their offense, and somehow it materialized in a dual-threat freshman quarterback. He was truly dynamic. Now that he's no longer a surprise, we'll see how he fares against a potent West Virgini...
by Buub
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple A12 SPEC2006
Replies: 48
Views: 1455

Re: Apple A12 SPEC2006

The best thing about the new iPhones is that they're finally named properly: iPhone eXcess! :lol:

(This coming from an iPhone owner...)
by Buub
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Mojave is CRAP!
Replies: 53
Views: 1391

Re: Mojave is CRAP!

DancinJack wrote:
End User wrote:
DancinJack wrote:
1 each, I think. Since 2016 the "real" rMBPs have four TB3 ports each.

Pure Magic.

In this case, "Pure Magic" = Intel JHL7540 TB3 Controllers

I bet there's a bit of software involved too... :D
by Buub
Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Mojave is CRAP!
Replies: 53
Views: 1391

Re: Mojave is CRAP!

For a while I was using a 28" 4K display at work. Hated it. While it worked well for native OS X stuff, DPI scaling issues made it kind of wonky when running Linux VMs. I now use a 42" 4K display at work and I'm a much happier camper since I can run the VMs at native resolution without te...
by Buub
Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: New to Windows
Replies: 18
Views: 834

Re: New to Windows

Hi, this is my first post. I spilled coffee on my mbp and apple is charging me the same amount I would spend on new (version) mbp... fu apple I really like to new Surface design but at the same time a bit afraid of windows. Viruses, malware, adware etc oh and I still can't forget Windows ME ;-) Sho...
by Buub
Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: New to Windows
Replies: 18
Views: 834

Re: New to Windows

Hi, this is my first post. I spilled coffee on my mbp and apple is charging me the same amount I would spend on new (version) mbp... fu apple I really like to new Surface design but at the same time a bit afraid of windows. Viruses, malware, adware etc oh and I still can't forget Windows ME ;-) Sho...
by Buub
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Mojave is CRAP!
Replies: 53
Views: 1391

Re: Mojave is CRAP!

Just updated over the weekend, and I'm more than satisfied. Dark Mode looks pretty good, except for the glaring contrast on web pages/emails/apps that don't yet support it. I don't see horrible looking fonts, and the changes mentioned in font smoothing aren't all that visible. I am using standard-de...
by Buub
Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: College Football 2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1702

Re: College Football 2018

So wish Iowa State hadn't had its first game canceled. The Iowa game was a disaster because Iowa had that first game to work out the kinks while ISU didn't. The improvement from week one to week two was phenominal, but still not enough to overcome Oklahoma. As good as the Sooners are, that game was ...
by Buub
Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: College Football 2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1702

Re: College Football 2018

I just want to say, as someone that graduated from the University of Kansas and was a student when they won an Orange Bowl, the past two wins have been a nice change from the last decade. They've been the worst D1 team for at least the past five years IMO and winning a couple games, regardless of o...
by Buub
Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: College Football 2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1702

Re: College Football 2018

Ugh what a cluster! Iowa State opening game canceled by non-stop lightning. They played roughly 5 minutes of football before it was all over. So now, mega-rivalry Iowa State at Iowa is their first game of the season, while Iowa has a game of working the kinks out already under their belt. Hoping Mat...
by Buub
Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: College Football 2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1702

Re: College Football 2018

Urban Meyer got off with a hand slap: https://www.si.com/college-football/2018/08/22/urban-meyer-suspension-head-coach-president-decision-ohio-state Ohio State has suspended head football coach Urban Meyer for the first three games of the season. Glad to see they're not likely to come after Matt Ca...
by Buub
Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 242
Views: 19085

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

The UI of Win 10 though feels like a thousand little paper cuts compared to older versions of Windows, irritating. Many of those sharp edges are disappearing with each major Spring/Fall update. Settings, for example, was barely at an Alpha state in Windows 8 and a Beta state in the earliest release...
by Buub
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 242
Views: 19085

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

Brah, you’re so out in left field you’re on the other side of the fence. Windows 10 is easily the best consumer OS in existence for desktop/laptop use... Desktop? Absolutely! Meh. I'm cross platform. macOS/Linux are my go to for work. Windows is my go to for gaming. I much prefer macOS to Windows f...
by Buub
Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Bone Conduction Headphones
Replies: 3
Views: 567

Re: Bone Conduction Headphones

I have some AfterShokz Trekz that I absolutely love, but not for gaming. They're great for riding my bike because the sound is good, but they don't cover my ears, so I can also hear all the cars and other ambient noises around me. This is vital for safety, IMHO. When I'm at the gym, I use my Apple A...
by Buub
Wed May 30, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker
Replies: 105
Views: 4193

Re: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker

The other somewhat chaotic model used in the old Mac OS was cooperative multi-tasking where a task ran for as long as it wanted until it decided to hand control back to the operating system which could then decide to pass execution on to another task. Which was a really rubbish way of doing things ...
by Buub
Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)
Replies: 56
Views: 4740

Re: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)

Ah, I only really got on board with LED this past fall when some CFL bulbs started to die and my local stores quit carrying them. I only have the choice between incandescent and LED bulbs right now, which struck me as odd, but the LED bulb prices are down to sane levels, too. Not so odd. CFLs were ...
by Buub
Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)
Replies: 56
Views: 4740

Re: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)

You're over-thinking it. I just throw mine in the trash. There is no other "official" disposal method, and most stuff just ends up in the landfill anyway.
by Buub
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Ended, 2TB SSD $290 Micron >17 hours
Replies: 4
Views: 5228

Re: 2TB SSD $290 Micron >17 hours

This was interesting... exFAT. vs NTSF formatting and random access. Random Write 4KiB 128 vs 21 MB/s https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/RN9EQW9B363DL/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_viewpnt?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B01LB05YOO#RN9EQW9B363DL NTFS has always been slower than FAT because it's a journaling filesystem....
by Buub
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Warning about Newegg
Replies: 34
Views: 5008

Re: Warning about Newegg

I have a strange love/hate view on Alaskans, in part due to having several family/friend relationships with them. I've always envisioned Alaska as this strange, near-mythical, land that attracts malcontents and itinerants and is home to solitary off-the-grid folks that occasionally lose their mind ...
by Buub
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Warning about Newegg
Replies: 34
Views: 5008

Re: Warning about Newegg

Oh, and being as that I'm from Washington state, thanks for the $20. :lol: edit: reread your post, I guess it was $40. What are you talking about? You don't get any of that. Shama Sawant is going to spend it all on safe injection sites and taking away car lanes to make more bike lanes before you se...
by Buub
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: 1.1.1.1 feels like 127.0.0.1?
Replies: 38
Views: 3163

Re: 1.1.1.1 feels like 127.0.0.1?

They, as a large entity in the internet realm, 'support' all sorts of sites -- from Islamic, to LGBT, to O Centro Espírita Beneficente União do Vegetal , to neo-Nazi/socalistim, to Catholic, to the environmentally negligent , to nature worshipers, to whatever. Them being a neutral party re speech i...
by Buub
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 10886

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

Frankly, I would be highly surprised if the next high end Macs jump to in-house ARM designs. Apple will likely take a generation or two to perfect it at the low power end of the spectrum before moving up. A Mac ultrabook on ARM makes sense for them -- it's basically the next step from the iPad Pro....
by Buub
Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 10886

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

You would rather Geekbench be known as a benchmark which is only slightly terrible? Forget about Geekbench. ARM has been knocking on Intel's door for a while now. Once the mobile constraints are lifted ARM is going to be a monster. Meanwhile, on planet Earth: https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=...
by Buub
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Frustrated with light bulbs under microwave!
Replies: 20
Views: 14942

Re: Frustrated with light bulbs under microwave!

All my microwaves have gone through bulbs faster than I would like. I just ordered some cheapo LED replacements off Amazon and that's worked well for me.
by Buub
Fri Mar 02, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Better to throw exceptions or return null?
Replies: 56
Views: 11193

Re: Better to throw exceptions or return null?

Here is another way to look at it, that lines up with what the "exceptions are exceptional" folks are getting at. If you are throwing an exception in your code, the expectation should be that the execution thread terminates. The purpose here is to log as much state and information as poss...
by Buub
Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Better to throw exceptions or return null?
Replies: 56
Views: 11193

Re: Better to throw exceptions or return null?

Bottom line from a C++ perspective: if you have something to return, return it. If not, return nothing. If you have an exceptional situation, throw an exception. (Don't throw exceptions for normalcy, shouldn't need to be said, but sometimes does.) It shouldn't be much more complex than that. If it i...
by Buub
Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: College Basketball
Replies: 22
Views: 6102

Re: College Basketball

A few years ago, I heard a well-respected former NCAA coach and current radio commentator describe the difference between an NCAA investigation and a real investigation like this: "If the NCAA pounds on your front door with dozens of allegations, you laugh. You tell them to go away and stay th...