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by Buub
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 4529

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

Why would anyone even drink that that? I'm told the civet is a finicky critter that only eats the best coffee cherries on the bush. Then the acids and enzymes in their G.I. tract, having stripped away the cherry flesh for digestion, have a pleasant effect on the seed's character. Even so people who...
by Buub
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 4529

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

Why would anyone even drink that that? I'm told the civet is a finicky critter that only eats the best coffee cherries on the bush. Then the acids and enzymes in their G.I. tract, having stripped away the cherry flesh for digestion, have a pleasant effect on the seed's character. I've never tried i...
by Buub
Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 4529

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

OK I went to the Family dollar about a block from groups and brought some Nescafe Taster's Choice House Blend instant coffee. It is somewhere between light and medium roasted. I haven't drunk any yet, but I'll let you guys know how it tastes. Ewww. Well I had to add two packets of Stevia to the cof...
by Buub
Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 4529

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

whm1974 wrote:
OK I went to the Family dollar about a block from groups and brought some Nescafe Taster's Choice House Blend instant coffee. It is somewhere between light and medium roasted. I haven't drunk any yet, but I'll let you guys know how it tastes.

Ewww.
by Buub
Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 4529

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

You K-Cup people disgust me. Not only is the coffee that generally emerges from those things awful, but those cups are amazingly bad for the environment. I'm not trying to take this into R+P or an environmental discussion, but not only can you have better coffee (without much more effort) and you c...
by Buub
Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 4529

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

Stumptown Coffee

My wife and I make it in a French Press, black, without anything added. You need good coffee when you drink it that way.

We've used a few of them, but our favorite blend is Hair Bender. All of their blends are medium roast, not burnt like Starbucks.
by Buub
Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Gun prOn!
Replies: 3404
Views: 492749

Re: Gun prOn!

Any recommendations for a first time AR-15 buyer? Been eyeing up the S&W Sport II and the Ruger in the budget range, trying to stay sub $700 unless a bit more nets you a much better long term rifle? Just want reliability, not a piece of junk. I'm relatively happy with the Colt I bought a few ye...
by Buub
Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 6706

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

It's best if you do just to help in avoiding doing something boneheaded, but I think Buub was referring more to the kind of "micro-optimizations" that may shave a some CPU time off the program, but do so at the expense of readability. Yes, this too. Make the code correct, first, then opti...
by Buub
Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 6706

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

Some people say that about C/C++. :wink: "What do you mean I need to do my own memory management? That's crazy talk!" C maybe... C programmers seem to be in love with cleverness and terseness. There's really no excuse for it in C++. C++ code should be readable. The compiler optimizers are...
by Buub
Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 6706

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

Anyway looking at the code it sure does look like a nightmare language to program in. :o Some people say that about C/C++. :wink: "What do you mean I need to do my own memory management? That's crazy talk!" C maybe... C programmers seem to be in love with cleverness and terseness. There's...
by Buub
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 6706

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

For what it's worth, I would not approach C++ as a superset of C, though it is capable of being used that way, or you will write very poor modern C++ code. Consider C++ a separate language with different paradigms. Writing good C++ code is very different from writing good C code, and requires a diff...
by Buub
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: The iPhone got forked!
Replies: 154
Views: 4541

Re: The iPhone got forked!

It doesn't have push notifications like android? Yes, it pushes just fine, I've seen it work. The problem isn't putting the app to sleep, it's that the phone seems to unload Slack entirely when it's under the slightest RAM pressure... and unloading Slack loses its state (and logs you out of Slack o...
by Buub
Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: The iPhone got forked!
Replies: 154
Views: 4541

Re: The iPhone got forked!

Just because you CAN use unneeded junk to do facial recognition don't mean it's needed. Also the entire thing is a gimmicky waste of time. You guys are suckers. :lol: If that's true, then why is every previous iteration of face ID I've seen barely better than a cheap gimmick? Apple made a better Fi...
by Buub
Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: The iPhone got forked!
Replies: 154
Views: 4541

Re: The iPhone got forked!

Last time I checked facial recognition can be done on any computing device. I'm not sure why you're convinced it can only be done with specialized hardware. It can only be done WELL with specialized hardware. Apple has taken Face ID at least an order of magnitude in sophistication beyond any previo...
by Buub
Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: The iPhone got forked!
Replies: 154
Views: 4541

Re: The iPhone got forked!

You guys don't mind paying for a forked device for features which essentially could have been an over the air update to most current models? Over the air update? Face ID - hardware feature Edge to edge OLED display - hardware feature Removal of home button - hardware feature Face ID is awesome. I c...
by Buub
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 6706

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

I think Stroustrup can be a little intimidating to beginners. At least the books of his that I've read seemed that way. Good references though. Yeah I need manual that starts with the basics assumes that the beginner knows nothing about programming or how to compile source code. That pretty accurat...
by Buub
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 6706

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

Thanks for the advice, however money is kind of tight right now so I'm trying to limit my cash outflow at the moment. I understand, and urge you to spend as little as necessary. But that's one of the reasons I recommended this option -- it's cheaper than going out and buying books, and they have a ...
by Buub
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 6706

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

I haven't ready through the entire thread to see if this is recommended. Consider it a second opinion if it has. First, subscribe to OReilly Safari online, where you can read any development book "free" after paying the monthly subscription: https://www.safaribooksonline.com/ Then go start...
by Buub
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead
Replies: 69
Views: 3219

Re: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead

I think Microsoft forcing the tile-based UI on desktop Windows 8 ended up backfiring on them; MS obviously did this with the intent of using their desktop monopoly to get people accustomed to this UI, and thus want the same thing on their phones. Only people ended up hating it on the desktop, so wh...
by Buub
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead
Replies: 69
Views: 3219

Re: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead

Even though I am fully, and mostly happily, bought into the entire Apple ecosystem, I think it's sad that MS ended up like this. I thought Windows Mobile had great potential (even though it was always too "Microsofty", it's eventual downfall). It was a great new UI paradigm on the surface ...
by Buub
Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: memory requirements for Macbook Pro for running fusion
Replies: 25
Views: 1093

Re: memory requirements for Macbook Pro for running fusion

thanks all for the responses... ironically.. I currently still limp along with my 2011 mba with only 4GB ram and i actually run lots of apps (word,xcel,evernote, photos,etc) , lots of chrome tabs (10?) and a fusion vm for win10 . granted it runs a bit slow but it runs. im certainly not trying to ru...
by Buub
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: memory requirements for Macbook Pro for running fusion
Replies: 25
Views: 1093

Re: memory requirements for Macbook Pro for running fusion

If you're going to run Fusion (or any other VM host), there are two things you want: 1) as much memory as possible 2) as much disk as possible The memory thing is obvious. You're using memory for both the host OS and any guest OS' that you choose to run. The disk thing is non-obvious at first. Windo...
by Buub
Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Behold The Threadripper Socket foolish mortals!
Replies: 40
Views: 2863

Re: Behold The Threadripper Socket foolish mortals!

just brew it! wrote:
Looks like we are heading back towards processors the size of a Slot 1 / Slot A cartridge. Except instead of contacts along one edge, it's contacts covering one entire side.

I was thinking something similar. It reminds me of the Pentium Pro!
by Buub
Tue May 09, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: APC UPS, asking for new battery, humming
Replies: 20
Views: 2332

Re: APC UPS, asking for new battery, humming

Generally, if the battery is getting questionable, the determining factor for whether it is safe, for me, is if it is hot or not. If the UPS/battery is getting very hot, then I would shut it down. If not, you should be OK. I'm surprised you got that long out of it. My batteries generally last around...
by Buub
Tue May 02, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: SpaceX Launch/Recovery, May 1 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 887

Re: SpaceX Launch/Recovery, May 1 2017

That's pretty f'n amazing stuff!
by Buub
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 80387 math coprocessors
Replies: 61
Views: 4040

Re: 80387 math coprocessors

If I recall, the DX models had x87 built-in. I was the (not so) proud user of a 386-SX 25 that my parents bought for me (starting with a whopping 2MB of RAM), and I was envious of the DX models. Though I don't know how tangible the difference would have been. The 486DX had the x87 coprocessor built...
by Buub
Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD reliability
Replies: 43
Views: 3701

Re: SSD reliability

Tech Report's long-term SSD endurance study:
http://techreport.com/review/27909/the- ... e-all-dead
by Buub
Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphones on a Plane
Replies: 32
Views: 2324

Re: Headphones on a Plane

Absolutely love my Bose noise canceling headphones. I've had them for about 14 years now. There are some really crappy noise canceling headphones on the market. Don't buy those. Sure, any over-the-ear headphone sealed type headphone is going to be better than ones that let ambient noise in. I guess ...
by Buub
Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Chicago
Replies: 25
Views: 2432

Re: Chicago

I agree Lou's is the pinnacle of pizza evolution, but Giordano's is decent too. Edit: Also of potential interest, Ned: There's a Portillos near-ish to downtown now. I think that opened after the last time you were here. Haven't tried Lou's. Maybe next time we're in Chicago. Portillo's is delicious ...
by Buub
Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Chicago
Replies: 25
Views: 2432

Re: Chicago

Vhalidictes wrote:
Buub wrote:
Chicago deep dish pizza. 'Nuff said.


I couldn't agree more! The less said about Chi-town Deep Dish... the better. https://goo.gl/maps/nNUsciTKRCp

Having never been to NJ, and having no intention to change that, this works for me!: https://giordanos.com/