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by DragonDaddyBear
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Midwest blizzard
Replies: 34
Views: 1001

Re: Midwest blizzard

Apparently mother nature wants to remind the entire country that we are called "The Great White North" for good reason. Another round of snow tomorrow! Uhhg. Then, a week later, it's sunny and 70. I swear, living up here is like being married to a pregnant woman: constant emotional whiplash.
by DragonDaddyBear
Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Midwest blizzard
Replies: 34
Views: 1001

Re: Midwest blizzard

We're getting lots of snow in Minnesota, but that's not exactly a rare phenomenon. Usually we don't get the snow and the wind at the same time though. Yeah, blizzards don't happen all that frequently. What's really crazy is the normal high is supposed to be almost 60 when this blizzard rolled throu...
by DragonDaddyBear
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: AV1 Video Codec
Replies: 16
Views: 953

Re: AV1 Video Codec

H.265 won't die, tough. The movie and tv industry, which produce the majority of the content, are backing the incumbent and profiting from it. We, the consumers, will still need devices that support it. The biggest winner in this is the streaming providers.
by DragonDaddyBear
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Midwest blizzard
Replies: 34
Views: 1001

Re: Midwest blizzard

The low pressure system is causing all kinds of chaos in the country. If you look at the weather map it's pretty amazing to see that the majority of the country is being engulfed by one system. Flooding and severe weather in the South scares me more than the pile of snow up here.
by DragonDaddyBear
Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Midwest blizzard
Replies: 34
Views: 1001

Midwest blizzard

Fun times with the weather, no? White out conditions up here. I hope the gerbils down south are doing ok. I saw reports of tornados down south.
by DragonDaddyBear
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: AV1 Video Codec
Replies: 16
Views: 953

Re: AV1 Video Codec

meerkt wrote:
No H265 comparison, oddly.

That's the point. They don't want to pay the license fee. AV1 is free and purportedly better. It will take time to show up in use, though, because there is no hardware to decode it in consumer devices.
by DragonDaddyBear
Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Robo Vacuum for Christmas
Replies: 18
Views: 2418

Re: Robo Vacuum for Christmas

Not that I would respond to a mild necro, there is the fact I never followed up. I ended up with a DeeBot. It worked surprisingly well on our carpet and hardwood. It didn't get everything every time but that dirt bin was way more full than I expected it to be. Unfortunately it was quite stupid and w...
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 309
Views: 17628

Re: Video card prices

I'm worried about the long-term damage from this mining thing. It wasn't that long ago that the entry to a half way decent gaming card was well over $300. But those days $500+ CPU's were not uncommon. But it may have reset the market's expectation. Same with RAM. Perception of value is powerful.
by DragonDaddyBear
Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: 1.1.1.1 feels like 127.0.0.1?
Replies: 38
Views: 1849

Re: 1.1.1.1 feels like 127.0.0.1?

Quite a few years ago I had my home configured to point to an alternative DNS service. It's an easy whole-home defense. Some of the services out there also offer crude content filtering based on DNS. I eventually went to a PFSense router with a proxy add on. I should probably finish configuring that...
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: VW in deep Doo-Doo
Replies: 209
Views: 18731

Re: VW in deep Doo-Doo

I'm guessing there will be a lot of people who modify the car to the old software or an even more pollutant version in the name of fuel economy at that price. Another thought, even with the unmodified, fixed cars how much pollution would need to be created to replace these cards with company version...
by DragonDaddyBear
Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My daughter, the artist
Replies: 12
Views: 845

Re: My daughter, the artist

I don't do FB but Mrs. Bear does. Sent off for help.
by DragonDaddyBear
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs
Replies: 86
Views: 4697

Re: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs

Kodi has an HDHomeRun app. It "just works" in every case I've tried (Android, Windows 10, and Ubuntu). If you want a PVR you can use the HDHomeRun server or use Plex. I have both but use Plex for recording. Edit: To be clear, the HDHomeRun app and Kodi Plugin is a way for live TV without a...
by DragonDaddyBear
Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Vulnerabilities Discovered in AMD's Zen and Vega Security Processor, Including Backdoors in the AsMedia Chipset
Replies: 59
Views: 2257

Re: Vulnerabilities Discovered in AMD's Zen Security Processor, Including Backdoors in the AsMedia Chipset

From what I read they didn't even give AMD the industry-standard 60-90 day window to fix the alleged issues, just a single day. That's pretty rotten. Meltdown and Spectre came out early because someone did some sluthing and they wanted to tell the story rather than someone who disected the patches.
by DragonDaddyBear
Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Ebay Deal - Most items (Dead)
Replies: 9
Views: 1207

Re: Ebay Deal - Most items (Dead)

Grrr, I was about to pull the trigger on a Surface Book and it expired. You snooze you lose, I suppose.
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?
Replies: 76
Views: 3268

Re: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?

Convert wrote:
I fail to understand the point of this program.

This would cause people to associate gaming with the green team, meaning the only growing PC segment, gaming, would highly favor them because consumers would choose green over red.
by DragonDaddyBear
Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 36
Views: 2522

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

My room is booked. I may have an extra bed in my room, depends on if my friend is coming or not.

EDIT: Maybe I'll throw up a tent. I have the room in case I change my mind.
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Bitchin'Fast! PC '99
Replies: 47
Views: 2842

Re: Bitchin'Fast! PC '99

Party like it's 1999! I was just getting into pc gaming at that point and this thing was the stuff of my gaming dreams back in the day.
by DragonDaddyBear
Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Cheap Co-Op Games - LAN Capable?
Replies: 13
Views: 601

Re: Cheap Co-Op Games - LAN Capable?

Starcraft (the original) is free now. You can play 2 vs X all you want. It'll even work on that craptastic internet you have since it was designed for 56K modems.
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 36
Views: 2522

Re: TR BBQ XV - Official Thread

When I went last year I just used a 2x4 or something they had laying around. You should be fine if there isn't a lot of rain. I'll be going, regardless of date. The real question is if I'm dragging the family along with me or not. We'll have to try a mini vacation to see how the toddler travels. Las...
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Cisco service contracts
Replies: 7
Views: 837

Re: Cisco service contracts

It's not just you.
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Let's take a look at the VP9 decoding performance of 20 different processors!
Replies: 41
Views: 4018

Re: Let's take a look at the VP9 decoding performance of 19 different processors!

I didn't realize there was an extension for forcing a video type. I'll look into it. She uses Chrome and I think that disabling auto play of all media a relatively new-ish feature. I'll need to dig for the setting. All of that said, her CPU is still apparently ancient and is due to be replaced. I th...
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Let's take a look at the VP9 decoding performance of 20 different processors!
Replies: 41
Views: 4018

Re: Let's take a look at the VP9 decoding performance of 19 different processors!

This explains why my wife's old XPS 14z is having such a hard time lately. With a bajillion of tabs all auto-playing video her CPU (and RAM) makes the poor laptop cry. I guess it's time to upgrade.
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Server Racks
Replies: 8
Views: 1014

Re: Server Racks

Wow, I'm liking that Lack Rack. That would be perfect for my use case.
I found this, too. https://www.ikeahackers.net/2012/05/ras ... mount.html
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: best gaming system that is very low power for a campervan
Replies: 11
Views: 1173

Re: best gaming system that is very low power for a campervan

If you were bent on building your own I'd suggest a PIco PSU. They go up to 160 Watts. A Ryzen APU build with that would be good for casual stuff.
by DragonDaddyBear
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Remote Temp/Humidity Montior
Replies: 3
Views: 977

Re: Remote Temp/Humidity Montior

Anyhow, any insight from fellow gerbils who want to protect their nests?

Why not get a Nest thermostat? I don't know if it would warn you but I think you can read the temperature remotely.
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid
Replies: 64
Views: 4456

Re: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid

Is the Linux kernel not written in C? That would be one reason it's still around. Lots of active development going on there.
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid
Replies: 64
Views: 4456

Re: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid

Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately it's a rather difficult time for me to make a career change. Maybe in 10 years when my oldest is ready to start college. Maybe she'll do a computer engineering program with me!
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid
Replies: 64
Views: 4456

Re: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid

This thread makes me appreciate you C-types even more. I wanted to get into programming and I didn't because every degree program I could find wanted 1) lots of calculus and 2) Java or some other higher-level language focus. I wanted to actually get into a program where I learned the CPU, assembly, ...
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommended NAS Devices
Replies: 38
Views: 2327

Re: Recommended NAS Devices

Just a thought, maybe consider adding 10 gb/s link to your requirements? It's really easy for a NAS to saturate a 1 gb/s link. It's going to add cost but it should be a little more future proof. Asustor just announced a low-ish cost one. I'd be more inclined to upgrade the NIC later, and just make ...
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