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by Kougar
Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Into the Breach (from FTL creators)
Replies: 17
Views: 2854

Re: Into the Breach (from FTL creators)

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/02/into-the-breach-game-review-a-must-play-fusion-of-tactics-chaos-and-triumph/ Somehow I totally missed any coverage of this game until today (release day). FTL was amazing and one of my all-time favorite games. This looks to continue the trend. Seconded, FTL wa...
by Kougar
Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Space Thread
Replies: 73
Views: 7142

Re: Space Thread

Whelp, one less place to hunt for life: https://www.forbes.com/sites/billretherford/2018/02/26/gigantic-stellar-flare-slams-earths-closest-exoplanet/#4d62c6e56ab7 And Chrome's auto ad-blocking makes another site readable. First time in years I've clicked a Forbes link and didn't have to sit through...
by Kougar
Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 456
Views: 33873

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Apparently the Solo trailer aired during the super bowl, but not for the online stream so I missed it, at least until it aired before Black Panther (I'd definitely recommend) So for anyone else that didn't know: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9PkToULL1c
by Kougar
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Space Thread
Replies: 73
Views: 7142

Re: Space Thread

Whelp, one less place to hunt for life: https://www.forbes.com/sites/billrether ... 62c6e56ab7
by Kougar
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 343
Views: 33162

Re: Video card prices

I got an email a few days ago about a 1080 that was in stock in EVGAs b-stock lineup. Paying $619 instead of $800-900 for a 1080 isn't so bad until you stop and think about it. That's still $70 over MSRP for what would otherwise be called a refurb. Yeah... some people have had good luck with those,...
by Kougar
Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 343
Views: 33162

Re: Video card prices

So Newegg sent me an email today, 20% off select GPUs (sold by newegg). I clicked it to see what these "select" GPUs were... three different Vega 56's at $999 and one Vega 64 at $1,200.

In the 20 minutes since reading that email, two of the three Vega 56's were sold out. :lol:
by Kougar
Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 353
Views: 32124

Re: So who here is actually mining?

I’m seeing about $3 per day here, but that could be because BTC is down right now. https://www.nicehash.com/profitability-calculator/nvidia-gtx-1080-ti?e=0&currency=USD At the end of the day, this is all so goofy and volatile it’s really what pretend silly thing strikes your fancy. I think thei...
by Kougar
Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3659
Views: 145133

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Well......if we look on the bright side, I'd guess I'd rather have malware creators trying to steal computing resources than engaging in more damaging activities. At least a percentage of them will change their focus in that direction. Was reading an article on that last week, it has already escala...
by Kougar
Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Saving change fo new PC in three years.
Replies: 36
Views: 4955

Re: Saving change fo new PC in three years.

PC's last 10 years these days :) My system is already five years old... So is mine, but current stuff is still too close to the Haswell generation to interest me in upgrading. Only Stellaris seems to be bottlenecking hard on a quadcore. :P Three years is a good timeframe to aim for. By then DDR5 wi...
by Kougar
Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 353
Views: 32124

Re: So who here is actually mining?

I happen to keep a somewhat proficient gaming rig in every room, so while I'm crazy late to the game, I finally said "screw it" and jumped in. Would have been a lot better if I made that call 4 years ago but whatever. I picked Electroneum because they actually intend for their coins to be...
by Kougar
Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 353
Views: 32124

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Question: If the transaction fee is based on the size of the transaction, then isn't that a huge problem for the long term sustainability of the network? The more it grows, the more it'll cost to get any hard currency out of it, and this "lightning" thing only looks to delay the inevitabl...
by Kougar
Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 353
Views: 32124

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Eight days of ~50% mining time on a single 1080 Ti and I have $25 in my wallet. Getting paid to keep the room warm is pretty nice. I've decided that I'm going to fund any computer /software upgrades with only what I mine. I've already bought some games on Steam by converting Ethereum to Bitcoin. ......
by Kougar
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 242
Views: 19248

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

My less stable and less smooth main home system is Asus ROG Strix X370-F + Ryzen 5 1600 @ Auto The "@ Auto" explains any problems you're having. The very first thing I do upon booting a new system is to turn off any automatic BIOS overclocking crap. I'd rather not have my voltages and RAM...
by Kougar
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3659
Views: 145133

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Chuckaluphagus wrote:
The range went from nothing, to overpressure in the pipe, all the way to airborne, flash-frozen buffalo as a hazardous projectile.


That's just Amazon's grocery delivery service by droneship, delivering you some fresh, flash-frozen bison burgers.
by Kougar
Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 242
Views: 19248

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

I mean, you guys do what you want, but I'm not downloading three more apps to get rid of stuff from Windows that I can just turn off with Windows settings. You can't get rid of all of them unless you know the exact powershell commands to manually remove every one of them you aren't allowed to unins...
by Kougar
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 242
Views: 19248

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

I guess it's a lot harder to tweak than XP or 7 lol If you really want to tweak it then just use Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4.x That said pretty much all of of the functionality can be done within OS settings without the app and I've had very little use for it. In comparison to my time with Win 7, us...
by Kougar
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 343
Views: 33162

Re: Video card prices

Looks like Seti researches can't even place GPU orders with OEMs to expand computational capacity at two of their observatories. Pretty crazy.
by Kougar
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: MSI RX 580 deal for $399
Replies: 10
Views: 1347

Re: MSI RX 580 deal for $399

Compteley understand the reasoning for the post and thinking here, and I'm not criticizing OP, but holy crap would I never call this a "deal." This card is a $250 card, on its better days. $150 over what it should really be selling for is so asinine it's hard to describe. I know there are...
by Kougar
Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: MSI RX 580 deal for $399
Replies: 10
Views: 1347

Re: MSI RX 580 deal for $399

With Bitcoin surpassing the 10K level once more supply will probably get cleared out all over again. Certainly the midrange cards will be, plenty of pent up demand from gamers to also fill.
by Kougar
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: NVIDIA honouring Alan Turing????
Replies: 1
Views: 1944

Re: NVIDIA honouring Alan Turing????

Wasn't just Rueters that claimed a new card was launching in March. But that's been the usual month NVIDIA uses anyhow. Will give NVIDIA a nice thumbs up if they did codename it after Turing.
by Kougar
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Star Trek Discovery [SPOILERS]
Replies: 6
Views: 1127

Re: Star Trek Discovery [SPOILERS]

Definitely thought it was uneven as well, but after seeing how the season arc plotted out particularly with Captain Lorca... I rather liked it. A lot of the things I took issue with in earlier episodes suddenly made a lot of sense with the extra context, so with the benefit of hindsight I'd say I li...
by Kougar
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: So, are you ready to have tiny machines throughout your body?
Replies: 37
Views: 4334

Re: So, are you ready to have tiny machines throughout your body?

Oh, so this isn't actual mechanical robots, just manipulated organic molecules. This above treatment sounds positively benign by comparison to CAR T-cell treatments. As Pstant says, given the CAR T cell treatment is actual genetic engineering of donor cells, and has very serious side effects because...
by Kougar
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 795
Views: 108143

Re: What are you playing right now?

Civilization VI Rise & Fall expansion. The game mechanics and balance are now in a state where I'd say it is an improvement over Civ V in all respects. The downside, is the AI is still hopelessly broken due to unfixed programming flaws. It still attacks with solo civilian / religious / support u...
by Kougar
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 343
Views: 33162

Re: Video card prices

I'm not sure if this has been discussed previously, but do we know if the lifespan of GPUs will be affected by them having run 24x7 at full load in a mining rig for months? Particularly the ones that use smaller process nodes, due to migration? Would it be a significant risk to pick up GPUs with a ...
by Kougar
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: AMD Tech Day CES 2018
Replies: 3
Views: 1708

Re: AMD Tech Day CES 2018

Hey guys, I was hoping TR would report on this but since it doesn't look like they will, here you go. https://www.anandtech.com/show/12233/amd-tech-day-at-ces-2018-roadmap-revealed-with-ryzen-apus-zen-on-12nm-vega-on-7nm You're welcome. You realize that was a delayed CES article right? Tech Report ...
by Kougar
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:01 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 343
Views: 33162

Re: Video card prices

I'm seeing 1080 Ti cards at near MSRP prices, though 1080's are still badly inflated. It's usually the heavily OC'd Ti models that already had a price premium from the manufacturer that get left in stock now. I don't have to be a miner to firmly think gimping cards against mining or other use cases ...
by Kougar
Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Top Shelf Chips
Replies: 17
Views: 3040

Re: Top Shelf Chips

All the time. I will buy the top end part, then the better performance lets me use it longer before I have to consider a replacement. I try to build in five year cycles. though the way most hardware has been going I'll keep using it past that unless some component has become a bottleneck. The parts ...
by Kougar
Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Silverstone SF-ST45SF Dead - Discolored 4pin CPU Power
Replies: 8
Views: 3134

Re: Silverstone SF-ST45SF Dead - Discolored 4pin CPU Power

Anyone have a supply fail from a single quick arc or heated connections? If so, did you rip open your supply and figure out what was wrong? The PSU didn't fail, but it did overheat and slag the EPS12V connector. Multiple people stated it was likely just a resistance issue, though I know the connect...
by Kougar
Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Space Thread
Replies: 73
Views: 7142

Re: Space Thread

So this reads like a bad sci-fi novel, but I guess it's another thing Elon Musk made into science fact :P The US Air Force apparently had to scuttle one of his boosters that wasn't supposed to have survived its re-entry.data gathering mission.
by Kougar
Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1167
Views: 100845

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Here in the north it can be a gallon per week in slush season. :-o I agree 100% then. That's crazy. No slush here, but I go through a tank of fluid 2-3x a month. The car is parked outdoors, so it always gets layers of pollen or grime on the windows. Just a side effect of the very wet, dewy morning ...
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