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by Buub
Wed Jun 30, 2021 11:56 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 11
Replies: 15
Views: 3213

Re: Windows 11

It's prettier! But I'll keep my Mac.
by Buub
Tue Jun 15, 2021 2:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Who is left
Replies: 108
Views: 12047

Re: Who is left

I drop in occasionally out of habit, only to find that most of the noise is Vrock and Waco arguing in the back of the room. :lol: Sometimes I read it. Sometimes I just leave.
by Buub
Wed Jun 09, 2021 12:05 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Fast Track C++ Course
Replies: 4
Views: 1673

Re: Fast Track C++ Course

You can certainly get the basics in 5-6 hours, but as Waco says, it will take months to become "good", and years to become an expert. Mind you, that isn't to discourage you -- simply to set expectations. C++ is, IMHO, the best mix of all the languages for highly performant or technical cod...
by Buub
Tue Feb 09, 2021 10:31 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: NFL 2020
Replies: 99
Views: 12860

Re: NFL 2020

It wasn't just Mahomes. He was doing everything he could to extend plays. Frankly, his O-Line was trash in this game. He was running for his life almost the entire game, trying to make something work. They had one guy out with an injury, but that shouldn't have resulted in that big a collapse. They ...
by Buub
Tue Jan 19, 2021 11:58 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Gelsinger, eh?
Replies: 9
Views: 2061

Re: Gelsinger, eh?

Rambus the product was just overpriced. Rambus the company were some underhanded scum-sucking patent trolls. Like Netburst (turn bandwidth up to 11; completely ignore IPC), it was the wrong solution to the market problem trying to be solved. It was a marketing solution to a technical problem. It wo...
by Buub
Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: NFL 2020
Replies: 99
Views: 12860

Re: NFL 2020

Nice win by a severely beat up Seahawks. Kyler Murray was clearly hurting. He's an immensely talented quarterback, but that shoulder injury was bugging him. He's going to make some noise in coming years. Russel Wilson, on the other hand, delivered a typically Russel Wilson performance. How does he c...
by Buub
Thu Nov 19, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Mac ASi predictions
Replies: 27
Views: 3148

Re: Mac ASi predictions

This will allow high densities and user-upgradability with industry standard parts. Is there any evidence Apple wants users to be able to upgrade with industry standard parts? Their business model these days seems to be to make everything proprietary and have enforced obsolescence. Why allow users ...
by Buub
Thu Nov 19, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Mac ASi predictions
Replies: 27
Views: 3148

Re: Mac ASi predictions

I predict a different direction. Really friggin huge L3 (or is it L4 -- haven't looked at the cache architecture of the M1 that closely) off-die caches on the CPU package, with relatively conventional RAM on a wide, relatively typical bus. This will allow high densities and user-upgradability with i...
by Buub
Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Mac ASi predictions
Replies: 27
Views: 3148

Re: Mac ASi predictions

It seems to me that they're going to have to decouple the RAM from the CPU package to attain "Pro" levels of memory density. There is simply no way they're going to solder 256GB of RAM onto a CPU package with current RAM densities. That may not mean DIMMs, still, but I can't see a Mac Pro ...
by Buub
Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: NFL 2020
Replies: 99
Views: 12860

Re: NFL 2020

Man the injury bug is hitting Seattle hard. They were looking so good earlier in the season.
by Buub
Fri Nov 13, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Mac ASi predictions
Replies: 27
Views: 3148

Re: Mac ASi predictions

tfp wrote:
I think he means the integer pipeline can issue 8 instructions at once, is 8-wide, not the number of cores on the cpu.

My apologies if I misunderstood, because that is a completely different architectural discussion, agreed!
by Buub
Fri Nov 13, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Mac ASi predictions
Replies: 27
Views: 3148

Re: Mac ASi predictions

I'm remembering, with the help of the google, that Itanium started out 6-wide and ultimately reached 12-wide. Apple's latest big core is 8-wide. I wonder -- how are they making such a wide architecture work? Certainly they have a huge instruction cache and other OOO capes. But I wonder -- is their ...
by Buub
Wed Nov 11, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Mac ASi predictions
Replies: 27
Views: 3148

Re: Mac ASi predictions

I'm remembering, with the help of the google, that Itanium started out 6-wide and ultimately reached 12-wide. Apple's latest big core is 8-wide. I wonder -- how are they making such a wide architecture work? Certainly they have a huge instruction cache and other OOO capes. But I wonder -- is their ...
by Buub
Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Which Author Book is Best for C++
Replies: 5
Views: 2799

Re: Which Author Book is Best for C++

There are so many it really depends on how you're planning to use it. I would immediately throw anything that starts with a base in C and extends from there in the garbage pile. C++ has moved away from C-style programming a long time ago. It is even evolving away from pure OOP in the last few years ...
by Buub
Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1628
Views: 142207

Re: Something's different...

Maybe one of the original guys can buy it back for pennies on the dollar now!
by Buub
Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: NFL 2020
Replies: 99
Views: 12860

Re: NFL 2020

I am so loving Allen Lazard's story at Green Bay. The kid was a fantastic receiver at Iowa State, statistically and eyeball-test, one of the best, all time. Yet he went undrafted, because... Iowa State, I guess. Nobody could really figure it out. He made the practice squad at Green Bay last season, ...
by Buub
Mon Sep 14, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: NFL 2020
Replies: 99
Views: 12860

Re: NFL 2020

Open question on Da Bears:

Can David Montgomery single-handedly save them from Trubisky?

Cheering for my #32, but not sure this season goes any better than the last with the same QB at the helm.

So far, so good, for week #1, but we'll see...
by Buub
Mon Aug 10, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Display battery percentage
Replies: 1
Views: 2146

Re: Display battery percentage

You might have to wait for the next version of iOS, which will allow you to put live widgets on your apps screen. One of those widgets can be battery percentage. With the newer "notch" phones, there really isn't as much room in the indicator area at the top, so % isn't offered as an option.
by Buub
Mon Jul 27, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: seeing the end of x86?
Replies: 30
Views: 3728

Re: seeing the end of x86?

The devil is in the details. I can imagine Apple’s price points will remain the same, but there might be a big uplift in performance and performance/ watt. The question is — how big is that uplift? Given the process advantage and apples excellent design team, it could be big. Apple does not manufac...
by Buub
Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: seeing the end of x86?
Replies: 30
Views: 3728

Re: seeing the end of x86?

Microsoft might have the resources to do this, though it's not something have expertise with (they've only done small silicon, not full-blow processors). Being Microsoft, they'll probably throw money and engineers at it, but it may take them some time to get it right. Well, that's what Apple did. T...
by Buub
Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: seeing the end of x86?
Replies: 30
Views: 3728

Re: seeing the end of x86?

Now when Apple starts making chips for its competitors THEN start to worry about x86 being at the beginning of the end. Would apple ever make chips for other people? I highly doubt it. I don't think they have ever made technology of any type for anyone but themselves. They don't have to. ARM is an ...
by Buub
Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: seeing the end of x86?
Replies: 30
Views: 3728

Re: seeing the end of x86?

Apparently at least one industry "export" believes Microsoft will have to seriously consider making the same switch: https://9to5mac.com/2020/07/13/switch-to-arm/ On the other hand, he has legacy Apple ties, so he might be a bit biased. Still it's one insightful glimpse into the industry. ...
by Buub
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Silicon in Macs
Replies: 24
Views: 3077

Re: Apple Silicon in Macs

I guess being a 1.5 trillion dollar company makes it slightly easier to make a consumer product that's really just for software development on their own platform. :lol: I dunno though, the macbooks seem to fill that role pretty well already. Given what I see at conferences (well what I saw at confe...
by Buub
Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Silicon in Macs
Replies: 24
Views: 3077

Re: Apple Silicon in Macs

Yeah that's true. I've heard video editing on the ipad actually works pretty well assuming you're using a codec that's supported in hardware. Obviously the hardware has to be good before choice of codec can make a difference. I'm not sure how much of a priority macOS really is for Apple in general,...
by Buub
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Silicon in Macs
Replies: 24
Views: 3077

Re: Apple Silicon in Macs

That's actually the thing I like about this the most. Apple has some fantastic GPU acceleration in hardware which the iPhone and iPad use to get decent video performance on their low-power chips. I don't know this for a fact, but I have a hard time believing otherwise: I believe Apple's integrated G...
by Buub
Mon Jun 01, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: PC Power Supply Market
Replies: 23
Views: 3331

Re: PC Power Supply Market

Enermax is a name I've forgotten about. I never see anything offered by them anymore. I remember when they were the top choice for power supplies around 1999-2000. They made a 300W unit that was awesome. I went through a time when I bought a lot of Antec units, but they were not that reliable. Lot ...
by Buub
Mon May 11, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Mini fridge question
Replies: 6
Views: 924

Re: Mini fridge question

Fridges aren't rocket science -- don't over-analyze it. I doubt there's much of a difference between different models, other than features. It requires a minimal amount of energy to keep things cold, no matter who makes it, and you can't usurp the laws of physics. Most appliances these days have to ...
by Buub
Mon Apr 13, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: XFL is dead
Replies: 3
Views: 1620

Re: XFL is dead

Sad. I really liked some of their innovations, like the totally transparent reviews, where you could hear the refs and reviewers talking to each other.
by Buub
Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: the most advanced 80's 8-bit CPUs?
Replies: 64
Views: 22010

Re: the most advanced 80's 8-bit CPUs?

Back to the original question of true 8-bit CPUs: 6502 and 6809 because of their simple and elegant design. Z80 because of its complexity (which, like Intel CPUs to follow [yes I know the Z80 wasn't Intel], were largely throw-in-the-kitchen-sink designs). Depends on what you were looking for in you...
by Buub
Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: the most advanced 80's 8-bit CPUs?
Replies: 64
Views: 22010

Re: the most advanced 80's 8-bit CPUs?

Back to the original question of true 8-bit CPUs: 6502 and 6809 because of their simple and elegant design. Z80 because of its complexity (which, like Intel CPUs to follow [yes I know the Z80 wasn't Intel], were largely throw-in-the-kitchen-sink designs). Depends on what you were looking for in your...
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