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by jackbomb
Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Just Cancelled... Bankruptcy
Replies: 10
Views: 450

Re: Intel Just Cancelled... Bankruptcy

Yeah, nobody cares.
by jackbomb
Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Laservision!
Replies: 6
Views: 504

Re: Laservision!

I keep hoping to find a MUSE HD LaserDisc player at a yard sale or thrift store, but I know it won't ever happen. :(
by jackbomb
Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Sony Pictures 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Survey
Replies: 24
Views: 935

Re: Sony Pictures 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Survey

Big Fish and A Passage to India are the only two on that list I care about. I already have them on BD and ripped to the file server. Looking at the media info, Big Fish is actually encoded in MPEG-2, so that may get a worthwhile boost from a 4K HEVC UHD BD. A Passage to India , on the other hand, is...
by jackbomb
Tue May 28, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD
Replies: 103
Views: 4911

Re: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD

I haven't been this excited about a CPU launch since Core 2 (they're finally putting Pentium M in a desktop and giving it beefy SIMD!) and Athlon 64 (64-bit yet fully backward compatible! Built in memory controller! Brilliant!).
by jackbomb
Thu May 23, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Mobo/Processor switch?
Replies: 26
Views: 1417

Re: Mobo/Processor switch?

dragontamer5788 wrote:
Topics like this scare me whenever I'm programming low level stuff. Lol. I wanna use AVX without doing a cpuid check, but... then I see a topic like this come along and remind me that not everyone has a computer from this decade...

The latest Pentiums still don't support AVX.
by jackbomb
Wed May 15, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 7 more speculative execution attacks
Replies: 28
Views: 2439

Re: 7 more speculative execution attacks

Looks like Google and Apple(!) are recommending users to disable hyper-threading.
https://www.tomshardware.com/news/disab ... 39348.html
by jackbomb
Mon May 06, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 64 Core Threadripper... CONFIRMED
Replies: 17
Views: 1390

Re: 64 Core Threadripper... CONFIRMED

Yeah, well, there won't be any Ice Lake desktop chips until 2021. See? I can do that too.
by jackbomb
Sun May 05, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: MPEG-2 Decoders for IBM ThinkPads
Replies: 19
Views: 2218

Re: MPEG-2 Decoders for IBM ThinkPads

Weren't those more for Pentium MMX era machines? My Pentium II 450MHz came with a DVD drive, but didn't include a hardware decoder. And the video card was a TNT, which had no MPEG acceleration at all. It handled DVDs just fine. Just couldn't multitask worth a damn with the DVD running, but I think ...
by jackbomb
Fri May 03, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: MPEG-2 Decoders for IBM ThinkPads
Replies: 19
Views: 2218

Re: MPEG-2 Decoders for IBM ThinkPads

Weren't those more for Pentium MMX era machines? My Pentium II 450MHz came with a DVD drive, but didn't include a hardware decoder. And the video card was a TNT, which had no MPEG acceleration at all. It handled DVDs just fine. Just couldn't multitask worth a damn with the DVD running, but I think t...
by jackbomb
Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1521
Views: 152902

Re: Winter weather

-25C (wind chill -33) here, so I've been hanging out in the basement all week long. Set tstat upstairs to 21 and the basement gets to a nice and toasty 24. Feels great!
by jackbomb
Sat Jan 26, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4216
Views: 599619

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

hard drives seeking...kirrrrrrrrrrk kirkkirkcaptainkirk kirrrrrrk
by jackbomb
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel has no CEO. INTEL NEEDS NO CEO!
Replies: 8
Views: 1460

Re: Intel has no CEO. INTEL NEEDS NO CEO!

I sure hope Intel doesn't buy AMD. I respect AMD. Love their attitude and drive (well, on the CPU side of things). I'm sure that at least some of that would go down the twa-lette if Intel were to own them. :-?
by jackbomb
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 9 3850x!
Replies: 39
Views: 4379

Re: Ryzen 9 3850x!

Shucks, looks like it'll only be an 8c part. Still, I'm happy that AMD's finally bringing their AVX unit up to Intel (mainstream desktop) standards. I think this might be the chip that finally gets me off Ivy Bridge!
by jackbomb
Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 9 3850x!
Replies: 39
Views: 4379

Ryzen 9 3850x!

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/amd-r ... 38310.html

16 cores, 32 threads, proper AVX2, and 4.3/5.1GHz base/boost clocks in a svelte AM4 package? PLEASE BE TRUE!
by jackbomb
Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4216
Views: 599619

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Poets of the Fall - Lift
Thanks 3D Mark 2005!
by jackbomb
Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4216
Views: 599619

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Herbie Hancock - Rockit
by jackbomb
Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4216
Views: 599619

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Pointer Sisters - Slow Hand
by jackbomb
Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4216
Views: 599619

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Fat Larry's Band - Act Like You Know
by jackbomb
Sat Dec 15, 2018 2:38 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4216
Views: 599619

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

The Gremlins theme song
by jackbomb
Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4216
Views: 599619

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping
by jackbomb
Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4216
Views: 599619

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

The Blasters - I'm Shakin'
by jackbomb
Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4216
Views: 599619

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Dr. Hook - Walk Right In
by jackbomb
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4216
Views: 599619

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Charlene - I've Never Been To Me
by jackbomb
Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4216
Views: 599619

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Backstreet Boys - Larger Than Life
by jackbomb
Sun Oct 28, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4216
Views: 599619

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Good Charlotte - Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous
by jackbomb
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4216
Views: 599619

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

The Notorious B.I.G - Hypnotize
by jackbomb
Sat Oct 20, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Which hair dryer do you use?
Replies: 33
Views: 3040

Re: Which hair dryer do you use?

I just get down on my knees and peer into the clothes dryer for 10-15 minutes on delicate. It gets a little uncomfortable, so remember to bring some earplugs and a good book.
by jackbomb
Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4216
Views: 599619

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Mariel Buckley - Rose Coloured Frames
on The Sunday Edition (CBC)
by jackbomb
Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4216
Views: 599619

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now
by jackbomb
Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4216
Views: 599619

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Listening to my absolute favourite album of all time: Days of Future Passed, by the Moody Blues. It's just as spellbinding now as it was a thousand listens ago.
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