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by mattshwink
Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I'm not saying it was Aliens... BUT....
Replies: 33
Views: 3509

Re: I'm not saying it was Aliens... BUT....

So one story I'll pass on that may throw some water on this (not completely, just an interesting analog): My father-in-law flew in the F4 Phantom II in Vietnam (and the Cold War). After his stint in Vietnam he and his wingman were flying CAP in West Germany when they got a radio call to intercept a ...
by mattshwink
Fri May 25, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Theranos
Replies: 188
Views: 26889

Re: Theranos

So I bought John Carreyrou's (the WSJ reporter who wrote the original investigative pieces in 2017) book "Bad Blood" about the saga. I really enjoyed the book and it was a quick read. A couple of points that I gleaned from it: 1. Theranos was fairly unique in Silicon Valley, as it had a pr...
by mattshwink
Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Looking at new laptops - with no idea where to begin
Replies: 22
Views: 1972

Re: Looking at new laptops - with no idea where to begin

How about these? Both right around $1,000, 500GB SSD, 8GB RAM. Ideally I'd bump up the ram, though for your use it probably won't matter much (except for lots of browser tabs). You can also easily add/change RAM later. Also, a NVM SSD would be better (and a more brand name one) but if it doesn't fit...
by mattshwink
Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: College Basketball
Replies: 22
Views: 5524

Re: College Basketball

I am still struggling to understand exactly how this warrants FBI budget and time. Especially when they're having a hard time stopping school shooters. Why isn't this a matter between the NCAA and specific schools, with potentially several cases against NBA agents? Because it is about money, and cr...
by mattshwink
Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 353
Views: 28918

Re: So who here is actually mining?

What? Opening a wallet for Litecoin and being able to send and receive is quite literally a matter of a couple minutes, mostly all due to actual inputs required by the user. A whole day to sync? What? Anyway, just more anger. Just more projection. Just more laughter because its the only possible re...
by mattshwink
Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: W7/W10 sharing folders?
Replies: 7
Views: 2417

Re: W7/W10 sharing folders?

It could be the version of SMB. WIndows 10 only allows access to SMB v2 and above. Windows 7 should default to SMB 2.1 but it's worth checking: On your Windows 7 box open powershell with admin permissions (right-click powershell, run as administrator) and then run the following command: get-smbconne...
by mattshwink
Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 122
Views: 11219

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

Haven't really kept up with it, but I imagine SMB V1 has a lot of potential security vulnerabilities? Going off on a tangent, you'd be surprised how much RS-232 serial is still used behind the scenes. A lot of modern devices still have hidden RS-232 functionality on an internal connector (or at lea...
by mattshwink
Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 122
Views: 11219

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

Not as old as some of the stuff on this thread, but in the last month two of our development teams escalated two separate issues that they couldn't connect to SMB shares through their custom java code. The problem was their libraries (in both instances) only supported SMB v1. One effort was a new ef...
by mattshwink
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: TPM for a new system?
Replies: 33
Views: 4511

Re: TPM for a new system?

So the reviews on that one some say yes and some say no. Everyone else seems to have it out of stock or backorder (the Z370 is new): http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5935301 http://www.neobits.com/gigabyte_technology_gc_tpm2_0_s_motherboard_accessory_p113198...
by mattshwink
Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: TPM for a new system?
Replies: 33
Views: 4511

Re: TPM for a new system?

Then you need this: https://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Accesso ... B01G97X6T4

Are you installing Windows 10 and planning on using Bitlocker (or other whole disk encryption software?) If so then you should get this. If not, then it doesn't do anything for you.
by mattshwink
Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: TPM for a new system?
Replies: 33
Views: 4511

Re: TPM for a new system?

A TPM is required for some full disk encryption software (Bitlocker being the most notable). The is also other encryption software out there that does not require a TPM (Veracrypt being the most notable). You would need to provide your chosen motherboard/manufacturer to find a compatible TPM - as th...
by mattshwink
Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Clean install W10 on Surface Pro
Replies: 9
Views: 799

Re: Clean install W10 on Surface Pro

The install process went where check mark need be place for "I accept the license terms", but I could not place the check mark. The touch screen functionality does not work and only way to control is to use Tab key, arrow keys and Enter key. Anyone did W10 clean install on Surface Pro? Al...
by mattshwink
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Panicked Response to AMD Epyc... from Oracle
Replies: 16
Views: 6548

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

That's interesting, Chuckula. I thought that Sparc was a dead platform. It's somewhat surprising to see Oracle is still funding it. We still run it, bought a T5-8 a few years ago. Still rocking a M8000 and a M5000's as well. It's a funny joke I love to play on all the cloud providers that want us t...
by mattshwink
Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: NFL 2017
Replies: 145
Views: 19594

Re: NFL 2017

The Packers looked awful in the 1st half, but they picked it up some in the 2nd half Both teams did. Part of it is probably the reluctance to play starters much (and QBs hardly at all) during the preseason. A lot of rust to shake off, it seems. But that punch call in the 2Q was BS, didn't even call...
by mattshwink
Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are the best offline games?
Replies: 42
Views: 6269

Re: What are the best offline games?

OOTP. Independent Developer, great community. If you like/love baseball it is a fantastic game.
by mattshwink
Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: First time home buyer
Replies: 45
Views: 6240

Re: First time home buyer

In regards to appliances, Sears Outlet is amazing.  Bought a short sale last year and been renovating extensively (all appliances).  Bought Fridge and Dishwasher on Sales Tax holiday last year and then was shopping for other appliances (range, wall oven microwave).  After researching and figuring ou...
by mattshwink
Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Super Bowl LI
Replies: 14
Views: 6569

Re: Super Bowl LI

Two run plays (or not run plays, really).  Awful, awful playcalling in the 2nd half by the Falcons.
by mattshwink
Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Peace or tech.
Replies: 40
Views: 1866

Re: Peace or tech.

Potato[e]
by mattshwink
Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Japan - worlds smallest orbital rocket
Replies: 19
Views: 1050

Re: Japan - worlds smallest orbital rocket

"With avionics and other electronics sourced from home electronics and smartphones" Looks like japan was right when they were trying to stop the ps2 (or was it the ps3) from coming in at the idea it could be used to control an ICBM. You can't control an ICBM launch facility from the Inter...
by mattshwink
Wed Dec 28, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Suggestions for gaming laptop.
Replies: 36
Views: 5334

Re: Suggestions for gaming laptop.

The Clevo rebrands often run hot and/or loud with weak battery life.   I'm leery of any second-tier laptop OEM (e.g. not Dell/Razer/etc.).  Build quality and fine-tuning are so much important in the laptop space.  There's nothing fun in buying a premium gaming laptop only to have it fall apart or t...
by mattshwink
Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:17 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Suggestions for gaming laptop.
Replies: 36
Views: 5334

Re: Suggestions for gaming laptop.

How about this ($1,229 USD):  http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np8151-clevo-p650rp6.html

15.6" screen, i7-6700HQ, GTX1060, 8GB RAM, but only 1TB HD (no SSD).  No OS either.  Still, gets the graphics where you want it and a SSD (or more RAM) can be added later.
by mattshwink
Fri Oct 21, 2016 9:31 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2016: It's Alive!
Replies: 111
Views: 19412

Re: TR Frankenbot 2016: It's Alive!

I am still going strong, ~150k PPD.
by mattshwink
Wed Oct 12, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2016: It's Alive!
Replies: 111
Views: 19412

Re: TR Frankenbot 2016: It's Alive!

I had the same problem with my CPU slot earlier on.  You probably have it set to -1 (all available cores).  If you have 8 cores (4 with hyperthreading) try changing it to 6.  That worked for me.  It's a known bug
by mattshwink
Sun Oct 02, 2016 9:22 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2016: It's Alive!
Replies: 111
Views: 19412

Re: TR Frankenbot 2016: It's Alive!

@matts - here is a link to the Stanford server status page.   Status My initial thought - it is the weekend, possible server maintenance.  However, the two you mention aren't listed. I thought that too, but no one else was reporting it, and it was happening for 24 hours.  I finally found a post tha...
by mattshwink
Sun Oct 02, 2016 7:21 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2016: It's Alive!
Replies: 111
Views: 19412

Re: TR Frankenbot 2016: It's Alive!

So I am having a problem with my CPU slot.  It worked yesterday but last night and today I am getting the following error:   21:35:46:WU00:FS00:Connecting to 171.67.108.45:8080 21:35:47:WARNING:WU00:FS00:Failed to get assignment from '171.67.108.45:8080': Empty work server assignment 21:35:47:WU00:F...
by mattshwink
Fri Sep 16, 2016 6:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Becoming a father
Replies: 80
Views: 4313

Re: Becoming a father

Congratulations :) The advice so far has been great.  Here are my pearls of wisdom: ⋅ The 1st 6-8 weeks are hard on everyone, but especially mom (moreso if she is breastfeeding):  encourage her to sleep when the baby sleeps.  It's hard, but dishes, laundry and even personal hygiene can wai...
by mattshwink
Thu Jul 28, 2016 10:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: AMD Stock and other Investments
Replies: 64
Views: 6350

Re: AMD Stock and other Investments

Honestly, i don't care what AMD, Intel, or any other company is doing. I cannot predict the markets. I am an indexer, a buy and hold investor of the entire market.
by mattshwink
Thu Jun 09, 2016 8:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Summer Weather
Replies: 12
Views: 1279

Re: Summer Weather - What's the Temperature Outside

80 today, 82 tomorrow, 90 Saturday, 92 Sunday in the DC metro area. We had a cold wet May but June has gotten us to the 80s (and if the weather report holds, Saturday will be the 1st time we have broke 90 since early September).
by mattshwink
Thu Jun 02, 2016 12:22 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Pascal the holy trifecta?
Replies: 239
Views: 26774

Re: Nvidia Pascal the holy trifecta?

There are 6 games currently playable with DX12 and some of those by large developers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_games_with_DirectX_12_support That has both RTS and FPS titles so its not limited currently to the AOS's of the world. Sure...but per your link the list is pretty sparse. Squi...
by mattshwink
Fri Apr 22, 2016 10:14 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ "2nd-10th" - Official Thread - July 23, 2016
Replies: 314
Views: 40064

Re: TR BBQ "2nd-10th" - Official Thread - July 23, 2016

If I'm really lucky, when I call Monday to make a reservation at the Arlington facility, they'll be full. That puts me in a commercial hotel and means the cannon comes with me. This is all still tentative, though. I'm not far from Arlington at all (15 minutes?) so while I cannot come to the BBQ I c...
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