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by Kougar
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Space Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 22929

Re: Space Thread

Well it looks like the Capsule that was supposed to fly the In Flight Abort mission blew up during testing today. Oops. Yep, during the final test whatever that was. Boeing has had its own abort engine issues with their capsule, both of them are trying to use liquid fuel engines. Apparently Apollo ...
by Kougar
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommandations for DIY NAS HDDs
Replies: 42
Views: 4664

Re: Recommandations for DIY NAS HDDs

Are you happy with the Ironwolf's? I haven't used spinning drives in more than 5 years but my drone footage is going to require spinning media for archival purposes at the rate I'm going. I have an old Atom box I could resurrect since Icelake is cancelled. I am running five Ironwolf 10TB drives in ...
by Kougar
Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommandations for DIY NAS HDDs
Replies: 42
Views: 4664

Re: Recommandations for DIY NAS HDDs

I started with two 10 TB Ironwolf drives in a DS418play, then added a 3rd drive when it was on a super sale. There are few certainties in life, but one of them is that the IronWolfs will go on a deep sale every six months. Happens like clockwork. Every few months Newegg does its own buy two combo p...
by Kougar
Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: TrustedInstaller, Getting rid of W7 files from W10
Replies: 8
Views: 1771

Re: TrustedInstaller, Getting rid of W7 files from W10

If you are just wanting to delete files from the previous OS installation you can do that from disk cleanup and go for the cleanup system files button. It includes some things in the WinXsS folder. If you just want to shrink your WinSxS folder then use the command line as mentioned here, it'll proba...
by Kougar
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: High CRI LED bulbs -- I need!
Replies: 24
Views: 2723

Re: High CRI LED bulbs -- I need!

Found a bunch of CRI 95 rated bulbs on https://www.waveformlighting.com/high-cri-led which incidentally has a good breakdown of CRI ratings. No 1600 lumen bulbs but it had some 95 CRI 800 lumens for $10 each. That said I have not tried any of these to comment on the quality.
by Kougar
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Colorado River Water
Replies: 203
Views: 6791

Re: Colorado River Water

Holy crap, this thread has me terrified about publishing my little solar project story. :o I better double check my numbers... Off topic but I might suggest researching into the efficiency ratings of panels at different latitudes, if you hadn't already done so. Ages ago I'd read it was something li...
by Kougar
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Space Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 22929

Re: Space Thread

They’ve been abnormally coy about what has or hasn’t survived. Very uncharacteristic of them IMHO. In what way? The thing went for a swim, and it isn't worthwhile to clean and repair them after saltwater contamination. That they can salvage anything off of it would be a bonus. Probably compromised ...
by Kougar
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Space Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 22929

Re: Space Thread

Almost sounds "simple" indeed... even the logistics to make it happen was nuts.https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/289423-it-took-half-a-ton-of-hard-drives-to-store-eht-black-hole-image-data In SpaceX news, unfortunately the central core booster took a plunge into the sea. Apparently their...
by Kougar
Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Colorado River Water
Replies: 203
Views: 6791

Re: Colorado River Water

I don't understand this thread. Pumping water uphill costs energy. The sole purpose of using water as a storage battery is to change what time of day the hydroelectric power is generated. It doesn't give bonus energy. The Colorado River doesn't have sufficient water flow to allow for full power gene...
by Kougar
Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Space Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 22929

Re: Space Thread

For anyone that hasn't seen XKCD : https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/m87_black_hole_size_comparison.png SpaceX's Falcon Heavy triple landing was awesome, but apparently that wasn't enough. SpaceX also recovered both fairing halves from this mission and plans to reuse them. I didn't realize that not only ...
by Kougar
Sat Apr 06, 2019 3:43 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Space Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 22929

Re: Space Thread

For all the boondoggle that is the SLS, was some interesting points Falcon Heavy for NASA Moon Shots? NASA Chief Talks Challenges
by Kougar
Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows scheduler bug
Replies: 9
Views: 1615

Re: Windows scheduler bug

My understanding was that is intentional for power saving reasons. The CPU can keep the idle physical cores in deeper sleep states, but if one physical core is active from a power perspective it is more efficient to use a logical core on the already active physical core rather than fully wake anoth...
by Kougar
Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows scheduler bug
Replies: 9
Views: 1615

Re: Windows scheduler bug

Windows 10's scheduler likes to make my threads share cores via SMT even when there are plenty of actually free cores to go around. I don't have suitable machines handy to test this on other than my main rig, but I do now have a test program that seems to capture the problem pretty well, so if a fe...
by Kougar
Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?
Replies: 85
Views: 18102

Re: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?

Hours on SSDs don't matter, methinks. It sort of does if the SSD is the OS drive. It will translate into monthly wear because Windows will SSD defrag those monthly to prevent shadow volume fragmentation issues. Just one of the factors for why my OS SSD has accrued a fair amount of additional wear c...
by Kougar
Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:03 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Space Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 22929

Re: Space Thread

Furthest object yet in our system has been discovered. We already have Farout. So of course they named it Farfarout . The chutes were freaking me out. Phew! Me too. I don't know anything about their design or if other craft do that, but is it normal for them to rotate around and shuffle positions li...
by Kougar
Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommandations for DIY NAS HDDs
Replies: 42
Views: 4664

Re: Recommandations for DIY NAS HDDs

Bit late... but definitely avoid Seagate Greens and WD Blues. The modern day Greens in particular do NOT have the tolerances to deal with the drive vibration of a NAS anymore. As G8torbyte said the HGST drives are good and 7200RPM however they are LOUD, so if you are sleeping or listen to music in t...
by Kougar
Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:26 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?
Replies: 85
Views: 18102

Re: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?

Yep, those 320GB Seagates were built right. 81,188 hours on mine, or 9.26 years of active use. Used as one of four drives in my first NAS. None of them ever failed, sold two and use the others as scratch drives in two rigs to save wear on the SSDs. I specifically disabled the spindown timer on the N...
by Kougar
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Impact of various SSD brands on laptop battery life
Replies: 7
Views: 2568

Re: Impact of various SSD brands on laptop battery life

Writes and block clearing are the more power intensive acts of an SSD. People don't seem to realize that fast-write caching requires everything written to the drive to actually be written twice. Also means half those writes instantly generate dirty blocks that need to be cleaned quickly so the cache...
by Kougar
Sat Dec 29, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD
Replies: 44
Views: 5587

Re: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD

It's a stock CPU? The board isn't auto-overclocking the CPU or anything, is it? I did notice this one: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-update/bluescreen-error-dpcwatchdogviolation/100cb707-0716-40d4-88a8-7bf9dd8f836d?auth=1 which matches you having upgraded from Win 7. A...
by Kougar
Wed Dec 26, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Nonfunctional desktop *sigh*
Replies: 21
Views: 2217

Re: Nonfunctional desktop *sigh*

Verified the CPU socket is intact and has no damage? Could also be an old factory UEFI on the board that doesn't like either the RAM or the CPU. In which case you'd need to borrow a different set of RAM or CPU in order to then update the UEFI so it can boot to your original gear. If this happens to ...
by Kougar
Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Synology Nas advice
Replies: 132
Views: 13347

Re: Synology Nas advice

I would expect the opposite. Externals are more likely to get damaged since they're more likely to be physically abused, and the average consumer isn't going to open up their desktop PC to extract an internal drive to RMA it even if it does fail. As Waco said that hasn't been my experience with fri...
by Kougar
Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:05 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Supermicro motherboard back door?
Replies: 57
Views: 5564

Re: Supermicro motherboard back door?

I think some people need to investigated for ties to someone who stood to profit from Supermicro's stock taking a nose-dive. Sure looks that way. Unless the Bloomberg journalists are truly stupid, they probably got carried away by wanting to believe the story. But one or more of their key sources c...
by Kougar
Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Synology Nas advice
Replies: 132
Views: 13347

Re: Synology Nas advice

I think it's the convenience actually - I bet 90% of consumer drive sales these days are external drives. We're the oddballs. True. My in-laws have 4, my parents have two. Neither have bought an internal drive ever that wasn’t installed from the OEM. How does that explain why they are cheaper than ...
by Kougar
Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:25 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: SpaceX booster had an issue on approach- lands in sea
Replies: 15
Views: 1870

Re: SpaceX booster had an issue on approach- lands in sea

Video of wet landing: https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1070399755526656000/video/1 The engines stabilized the spin. :o Not bad, all things considered. Yeah, that part about the engines overcoming the spin is what amazed me the most. Wonder if there are any rockets even close to having that level...
by Kougar
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Antivirus software
Replies: 37
Views: 4055

Re: Antivirus software

As others have said, it depends on the person using the computer. Someone like my mother requires AV, she picks up bad stuff all the time on Win 10. My father needs it because he is no longer able to understand how to see the difference between a program, the OS, and an advertisement popup. My uncle...
by Kougar
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Synology Nas advice
Replies: 132
Views: 13347

Re: Synology Nas advice

Hopefully the QTS software is getting better on the diagnostics front. Apparently there is a new diagnostic tool app, but I have no idea how good it is on diagnosing disk errors. I was going to go with Synology, but QNAP software seems to be improving, and I like the flexibility of being able to us...
by Kougar
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: X4 Foundations is out!
Replies: 15
Views: 2138

Re: X4 Foundations is out!

Interesting, I will have to watch the full Youtube clips at a later time. Personally, I wish they had stuck with making the lesser-scope Freelancer 2.0 they promised me back when I gave them money in 2012. I just want to fly spaceships, and maybe wander around a station from time to time, not fool a...
by Kougar
Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Best VPN, Your Opnion
Replies: 32
Views: 12127

Re: Best VPN, Your Opnion

Heard good things about WireGuard VPN https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/08 ... to-happen/
by Kougar
Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Antivirus software
Replies: 37
Views: 4055

Re: Antivirus software

I use Windows Defender + the free version of Malwarebytes. I also use Spywareblaster as a preventative measure. All it does is maintain a blacklist of dangerous websites and will add them to your favorite browse's blacklist. Even if something did compromise or redirect the browser it would not load ...
by Kougar
Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:13 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Synology Nas advice
Replies: 132
Views: 13347

Re: Synology Nas advice

Really not a fan of QNAP. Had a 431 that slowly developed a failing SATA port after the first year of use. Thought it was a drive issue and wasted money buying a replacement just to have the port fail completely right after the 2 year warranty ended. QNAP wouldn't warranty it. The only way you will ...
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