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by Waco
Thu May 25, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Important Security Update for Samba Admins
Replies: 7
Views: 277

Re: Important Security Update for Samba Admins

I'm so happy that I don't run Samba anywhere but my home NAS. :lol:
by Waco
Tue May 23, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?
Replies: 224
Views: 16596

Re: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?

VisionTek Bigfoot Killer 2100 Gaming Network Card What was wrong with it? I considered getting one but reviews said it wasn't any better than a cheap Intel adapter. It has traffic-shaping software as well though, right? The only value-add of Killer adapters is the QoS stuff...but that's only a nece...
by Waco
Tue May 23, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Huawei Network Equipment
Replies: 7
Views: 426

Re: Huawei Network Equipment

I have no direct experience, but I won't be buying Chinese computing equipment.
by Waco
Tue May 23, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrade frustrations
Replies: 18
Views: 781

Re: Upgrade frustrations

This may be a silly question, but are you uninstalling the driver before each removal of GPU's? If not, try uninstalling the driver, then shutdown and swap GPU's, then install the driver. This practice is pretty deprecated - it gains you nothing, really, on a modern system. A "clean" inst...
by Waco
Mon May 22, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of the line for my self-hosted web server
Replies: 19
Views: 997

Re: End of the line for my self-hosted web server

I haven't had the 120 yet, but Dogfish 90 is good stuff also. I'll crack one open later tonight. :) I prefer the 90; I think it is a more balanced beer than the 60 or 120. In spite of the insane amount of hops used, there's so much malt in the 120 that it ends up a little too sweet and syrupy for m...
by Waco
Sun May 21, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of the line for my self-hosted web server
Replies: 19
Views: 997

Re: End of the line for my self-hosted web server

I'll hold a glass of Dogfish Head 120 Minute to that. My kit car fired up today for the first time, so I have reason to break it open and share the glory. :D
by Waco
Fri May 19, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?
Replies: 83
Views: 1544

Re: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?

Cooler Master Cosmos II
Seasonic X-850
by Waco
Thu May 18, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: NAS Options for my home
Replies: 19
Views: 770

Re: NAS Options for my home

ZFS itself will run with far less memory than the FreeNAS guys will let on. I have systems that have the ARC restricted to 1-2 GiB maximum. There's a bit of a performance loss on read for that, and it limits write caching for async writes, but it's not the end of the world. You just degrade to regul...
by Waco
Thu May 18, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 16 Y/o dies from caffeine overdose
Replies: 53
Views: 1253

Re: 16 Y/o dies from caffeine overdose

MOSFET wrote:
LOL @ Milk

1%, 2%, 3%

aka

1%, 2%, whole

:lol: I was about to post the same thing. 2% isn't *that* much better for you. If I'm drinking milk, it's the real stuff. It's not often enough I even care about the fat/calories.
by Waco
Thu May 18, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: NAS Options for my home
Replies: 19
Views: 770

Re: NAS Options for my home

Just run FreeNAS off of a USB stick and back up your config occasionally. No need for any SSD unless you're adding a log or cache device for ZFS (which almost nobody needs). My biggest beef with the older 9.X UI is how inconsistent it is with loading jail/plugin menus. It's only slightly annoying, b...
by Waco
Thu May 18, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Match these speakers to a receiver
Replies: 36
Views: 930

Re: Match these speakers to a receiver

I love the little T amps for casual listening. A Lepai 2020a+ with an upgraded power brick can sing nicely if you're not listening to overly dynamic sources and your speakers are halfway efficient. I had a larger T amp from Topping that would do an easy 80 WPC, but it exploded catastrophically after...
by Waco
Thu May 18, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Watercooling with an aquarium chiller
Replies: 18
Views: 617

Re: Watercooling with an aquarium chiller

I last dabbled with TECs in 2001 with a Thunderbird B Athlon 1.4GHz. Condensation and massively increased cooling requirements made it a nightmare, and I seem to remember the peltier drawing far more power that required silly-high fan speeds even when the CPU was idle. When you have a really nasty ...
by Waco
Thu May 18, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Match these speakers to a receiver
Replies: 36
Views: 930

Re: Match these speakers to a receiver

I'm in the same camp, really, but with more varied tastes (I do enjoy classical/orchestral scores). I don't care much for perfect soundstage, imaging, etc as long as it's not horrendous. Distortion and power compression I notice pretty quickly and ruin my enjoyment.
by Waco
Thu May 18, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: NAS Options for my home
Replies: 19
Views: 770

Re: NAS Options for my home

They dropped 10 entirely, there's no path forward on it. 9.X is the stable train with a path forward.

Shame, though. The UI was significantly better in Corral/10.
by Waco
Wed May 17, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 16 Y/o dies from caffeine overdose
Replies: 53
Views: 1253

Re: 16 Y/o dies from caffeine overdose

Captain Ned wrote:
paulWTAMU wrote:
There's *got* to be something else going on right?

Short of a published autopsy report (not bloody likely) we'll never really know.

Yep. But considering the amount isn't all that crazy, there has to be something.
by Waco
Wed May 17, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Match these speakers to a receiver
Replies: 36
Views: 930

Re: Match these speakers to a receiver

Most modern amps are pretty darn good, though. Probably, but I've spent my 35+ years in the audio pursuits looking for products like the original 3020. The products that punch FAR above their price tags, mainly because they were designed by an individual or team of individuals, rather than just usi...
by Waco
Wed May 17, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Match these speakers to a receiver
Replies: 36
Views: 930

Re: Match these speakers to a receiver

Most modern amps are pretty darn good, though.
by Waco
Wed May 17, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 16 Y/o dies from caffeine overdose
Replies: 53
Views: 1253

Re: 16 Y/o dies from caffeine overdose

There's no way that little amount killed him without a preexisting condition of some sort. The LD50 is like 80-100 cups of coffee. There's no way that as large diet soda, 1 energy drink, and 1 latte is even close to that. I was about to say the same thing - there was something else wrong for 500 mg...
by Waco
Wed May 17, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 16 Y/o dies from caffeine overdose
Replies: 53
Views: 1253

Re: 16 Y/o dies from caffeine overdose

There's no way that little amount killed him without a preexisting condition of some sort. The LD50 is like 80-100 cups of coffee. There's no way that as large diet soda, 1 energy drink, and 1 latte is even close to that. I was about to say the same thing - there was something else wrong for 500 mg...
by Waco
Wed May 17, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Match these speakers to a receiver
Replies: 36
Views: 930

Re: Match these speakers to a receiver

I never said the Hafler sounded exceptional, or the Crown for that matter. I doubt he wants to hear about 50-60 year old tube amplifiers and the virtues of 20w a channel to a pair of 50 year old paper cone speakers, or the virtues of running a mono setup for 40+ year old music that was mastered tha...
by Waco
Wed May 17, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Match these speakers to a receiver
Replies: 36
Views: 930

Re: Match these speakers to a receiver

I don't know if I have ever heard Yamaha and audiophile in the same sentence. I was raised in a household where the vacuum tube was king, making me a bit of a snob. The only solid state device in the house was a mid to late 70's Crown amp and preamp that were passed down when I moved out of the hou...
by Waco
Wed May 17, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Watercooling with an aquarium chiller
Replies: 18
Views: 617

Re: Watercooling with an aquarium chiller

A smart controller can control condensation and keep the water above the dew point. However, why go through the hassle of a watercooling system and not overclock? If you overclock, those TDPs go flying out the window pretty quickly. It also used to be that cooling closer to ambient would increase cl...
by Waco
Wed May 17, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Watercooling with an aquarium chiller
Replies: 18
Views: 617

Re: Watercooling with an aquarium chiller

Peltier style chillers could work well, and you can piggyback multiple if need be.

Location in the loop matters very very little.
by Waco
Tue May 16, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Watercooling with an aquarium chiller
Replies: 18
Views: 617

Re: Watercooling with an aquarium chiller

They aren't rated in watts, but you can assume a few things based on the power usage. The peltier unit, for example, uses 120 watts...so at best, it will dissipate less than that from your loop. The others I won't guess at, but I would assume they aren't rated for the duty cycle or load of any reaso...
by Waco
Tue May 16, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Intel Licensing AMD GPU Tech
Replies: 63
Views: 5147

Re: Intel Licensing AMD GPU Tech

I'm still hopeful Intel might decide to make HSA work where AMD has failed...
by Waco
Tue May 16, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Intel Licensing AMD GPU Tech
Replies: 63
Views: 5147

Re: Intel Licensing AMD GPU Tech

Philldoe wrote:
https://www.thestreet.com/story/14137922/1/amd-stock-climbs-on-intel-licensing-agreement.html

God it feels so good to be right. I will now laugh like a 12 year old child.

You're a regular Nostradamus! :P

It's an interesting world we live in.
by Waco
Tue May 16, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: That WannaCry ransomware
Replies: 43
Views: 1934

Re: That WannaCry ransomware

But the reason you shouldn't be running it is because MS discontinued updates. The idea that MS discontinued updates because you shouldn't be running it on modern platforms is the very definition of circular logic. "It's a bad idea to do something the vendor discourages" might be annoying...
by Waco
Mon May 15, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: That WannaCry ransomware
Replies: 43
Views: 1934

Re: That WannaCry ransomware

derFunkenstein wrote:
JustAnEngineer wrote:
If you're too lazy to patch your systems, I hope that you've got good backups and you don't mind the effort of wiping and restoring.

Or if you're dumb enough to run Windows 7 or 8.1 on a system that Microsoft no longer supports, like Ryzen or Baby Kale.

Still one of MS'es worst moves this year...
by Waco
Mon May 15, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: NIO EP9 is now the fastest supercar?
Replies: 20
Views: 732

Re: NIO EP9 is now the fastest supercar?

I'll be impressed when it can run significantly longer than 10 minutes at that clip.
by Waco
Tue May 09, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dudes, check out this sweet RGB-LED snowboard!
Replies: 13
Views: 592

Re: Dudes, check out this sweet RGB-LED snowboard!

Yep, gotta admit, pretty cool to watch. I wouldn't be caught dead on it, but I know some snowboarders who'd go for it. Their attitude seems to always be, "hey, watch this." An RGB LED-lit board would certainly help them get seen. Yep. I'm so bad I'd rather everyone ignore me going down th...
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