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by morphine
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR keeps credit card details?
Replies: 5
Views: 376

Re: TR keeps credit card details?

That's not for us, it's for the user. You'll want to know which one of your cards is stored, and in situations where you can store multiple cards (not our case), you need to be able to tell them apart :) The fact that that data is "semi-private", if we can call it that, is a generally-acce...
by morphine
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR keeps credit card details?
Replies: 5
Views: 376

Re: TR keeps credit card details?

No, we do not store any credit card details, as detailed in our subscription page. The only information we keep is a reference to them, in our payment provider. We don't even know what the details are when you first fill them in—the data goes straight into Stripe and all we know is that it's card1A2...
by morphine
Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?
Replies: 60
Views: 5440

Re: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?

Modern SMR tech is a lot more tolerable than the 5 TB Archive drive that debuted first. Those things are pigs and only useful if you can *really* tailor your workflow. I dunno, these guys found over 200s latencies: http://www.storagereview.com/seagate_archive_hdd_review_8tb That's 200 seconds, not ...
by morphine
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Laptop comparable to an XPS 13?
Replies: 16
Views: 915

Re: Laptop comparable to an XPS 13?

The HP Spectre actually looked like the best choice, but then I saw the battery... 38WH, blah.[...] Just saw the Spectre post on the FP, looks like a winner with the upgraded battery! Well, I was going to point out that Kaby Lake (and presumably 8th-gen) CPUs are really easy on the juice, so a 38 W...
by morphine
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: An experiment in repairing clipped audio
Replies: 32
Views: 1341

Re: An experiment in repairing clipped audio

Surely there's an algorithm that can be standardised Stop using logic , seriously :) All that we discussed is and has always been technically feasible. But producers and the bands routinely demand that it be louder and louder. Thankfully those wars are now dying down thanks to Spotify and Youtube s...
by morphine
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: An experiment in repairing clipped audio
Replies: 32
Views: 1341

Re: An experiment in repairing clipped audio

All you described can be fixed with ReplayGain tagging :)

Add tags, set your player's preamp gain volume to +6/7dB for tagged tracks, go on your merry way.
by morphine
Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Laptop comparable to an XPS 13?
Replies: 16
Views: 915

Re: Laptop comparable to an XPS 13?

I'm fairly partial to the higher-end HPs like the Spectre and Envy models. The screen's color gamut isn't quite up there with the XPS', but the machine otherwise owes little to the Dell in the remaining departments. More affordable, too. IMO the latest XPSs have mostly priced themselves out of the a...
by morphine
Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: An experiment in repairing clipped audio
Replies: 32
Views: 1341

Re: An experiment in repairing clipped audio

Does it have an actual UI these days, though? :lol:
by morphine
Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: An experiment in repairing clipped audio
Replies: 32
Views: 1341

Re: An experiment in repairing clipped audio

That's some fine surgery. My hat's off to you.
by morphine
Thu Sep 28, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Consolidated Editor's Choice / Recommended Hardware List
Replies: 2
Views: 318

Re: Consolidated Editor's Choice / Recommended Hardware List

For all intents and purposes, our System Guide, Mobile Staff Picks and Peripheral Staff picks encompass our recommendations on pretty much everything.
by morphine
Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Help with System Guide: Sept 2017 Work and Play
Replies: 48
Views: 1603

Re: Help with System Guide: Sept 2017 Work and Play

Guys, not everybody has been building PCs for the better part of 20 years :)

And to be honest, when was the last time you needed a manual to just plug stuff in? If there's one thing that's changed over the years, it's the fact that building a PC these days is like doing Legos.
by morphine
Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?
Replies: 17
Views: 1308

Re: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?

Latest Amazon Fire HD looks like it fits your bill. 1920x1080 IPS, quad-core, 2GB RAM, 32 GB storage, $150.

Disclaimer: I'm assuming you can just install/enable the Play Store and go on your way. I believe that has always been the case with the Fire tablets, but I can be corrected.
by morphine
Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Security is hard!
Replies: 8
Views: 716

Re: Security is hard!

Well, here's the interesting aspect. I don't think this blunder is all that bad. Extremely embarrassing, sure, but the end effect isn't that dangerous. Thankfully, it's the PGP key for an e-mail address that's rarely used and that few end users are expecting an e-mail from. Second, the cause was hum...
by morphine
Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Everything look kosher with this build?
Replies: 45
Views: 1542

Re: Everything look kosher with this build?

I did say in the latest System Guide that as weird as it sounds, the ~$500 GTX 1080 offers really good value, even if it's a serious chunk of change.
by morphine
Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Everything look kosher with this build?
Replies: 45
Views: 1542

Re: Everything look kosher with this build?

If your budget can actually stretch to a 1070 I'd definitely take that option instead. Else I'd just stay where you are right now (580 8GB)
by morphine
Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: QLED
Replies: 16
Views: 911

Re: QLED

Re: brightness, two effects at play here. First, that Dell monitor is quite old and the backlight on it has seen some use.

Second, the great contrast of these Samsung panels probably lets the user run them at a higher brightness without losing black level or otherwise screwing up the colors.
by morphine
Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Everything look kosher with this build?
Replies: 45
Views: 1542

Re: Everything look kosher with this build?

If you're going for quiet, I'd suggest you pony up for a Corsair RMx series (RM650x or RM750x). I don't own stock in Corsair, I just have an RM750x and it barely ever fires up its fan. It's quite absurd.
by morphine
Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Broken Newegg Links
Replies: 3
Views: 282

Re: Broken Newegg Links

Thankfully, we can say "not our problem" :lol: It's a combination of two things. First, Newegg was apparently having some site issues today, which led to the error messages above. Clicking on link #1 is fine now. Then, the monitor we had linked to at the end of the RX Vega review disappear...
by morphine
Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Everything look kosher with this build?
Replies: 45
Views: 1542

Re: Everything look kosher with this build?

Keep in mind the TG version doesn't have the internal foam padding. I can't really tell you which one will be quieter, but my guess is probably "no difference."
by morphine
Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Locate function in C++
Replies: 49
Views: 9640

Re: Locate function in C++

derFunkenstein wrote:
Maybe this is why I'm confused. I have only ever used VB.NET in Visual Studio 2015. It seemed fine.

Oh, my sweet summer child.

You never saw the dark days of winter.
by morphine
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Everything look kosher with this build?
Replies: 45
Views: 1542

Re: Everything look kosher with this build?

That's actually pretty good (in the current climate) for a triple-fan model. I'd take it.
by morphine
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Everything look kosher with this build?
Replies: 45
Views: 1542

Re: Everything look kosher with this build?

Trust me, I know it's the better card and if it weren't for the fact that A: G-Sync monitors carry a hefty premium over Freesync ones and B: I already have a Freesync monitor, I'd be all over a 1060. Oh, I missed the remark about the monitor. Carry on, then. I do have a different tip: Radeons seem ...
by morphine
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Everything look kosher with this build?
Replies: 45
Views: 1542

Re: Everything look kosher with this build?

I do the System Guides around here, and I find no fault with that built, save for telling you to look at the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB instead of the RX 580 4GB you have there.

You can get a GTX 1060 6GB for $280 right now.
by morphine
Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Locate function in C++
Replies: 49
Views: 9640

Re: Locate function in C++

What's funny is, if the ease of use of VB actually had a good programming language behind it, it could have been in use still today.
by morphine
Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Playing with a 41 year old subwoofer
Replies: 21
Views: 1796

Re: Playing with a 41 year old subwoofer

Thanks for the interesting write-up! However, I did notice that the Denon's two internal fans were running. Those fans never run when an active subwoofer is used! Oh my, Dr. Sherlock. It seems you have we have yet to come across any fecal matter :P You obviously have an idea of how much current that...
by morphine
Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 79
Views: 4631

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

Klopsik206 wrote:
God bless EU for GDPR.
Once GDPR regulation enters EU's legal system in 2018 such breach would result with monstrous fines (up to 4% of global revenue).

Got any sources or more info on this?
by morphine
Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Audio - Aorus X299 Gaming 9 vs. Creative AE5
Replies: 4
Views: 356

Re: Audio - Aorus X299 Gaming 9 vs. Creative AE5

I can't speak from experience with those exact models, but I'll say that contemporary mobo audio in general is far better than it has any right to be. The presence of those components would make think that onboard audio is just as good if not better than the Creative stuff. Plus, there's the bonus o...
by morphine
Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Active monitors for desktop
Replies: 40
Views: 6299

Re: Active monitors for desktop

I bought a pair of KRK Rokit RP8s earlier this year. I would heartily recommend the smaller models, RP5 or RP6 depending on how far your budget stretches or how deep a discount goes.
by morphine
Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Rear audio jacks on new motherboards
Replies: 9
Views: 700

Re: Rear audio jacks on new motherboards

I don't want to be mean, but I think that both of those boats sailed a long time ago. :(

People connect headsets to the front panel inputs most all the time, and it's been a long time (IME anyway) that manuals contained good descriptions of the BIOS settings.