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by TwistedKestrel
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 23
Views: 809

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

Why does every other piece of software need to install an always running update service, particularly when only a very small number will ever do updates when the application itself is not running (not that I want them to in the first place). Maybe it's a permissions thing and there's a good reason f...
by TwistedKestrel
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: It's worked like that for years...
Replies: 32
Views: 4915

Re: It's worked like that for years...

I just got back from an on site service call. I feel compelled to voice a frustration I have with a phrase I hear WAY too often. I get a shudder when I hear ' It's worked like that for years '. Many times when I hear that it comes after something completely impossible. In this case, I was on site t...
by TwistedKestrel
Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Brush your teeth in just 10 seconds..
Replies: 10
Views: 801

Re: Brush your teeth in just 10 seconds..

That is a little terrifying, I'd still take the Blizzident over that
by TwistedKestrel
Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 “Sets”
Replies: 9
Views: 407

Re: Windows 10 “Sets”

Interesting, wouldn't mind trying it out for a while to see if it changes how I work. This would be way better if people could choose to be in the test, I bet there would be a ton of people wanting to give it a spin
by TwistedKestrel
Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Pitfalls WRT adding RAM to existing system?
Replies: 4
Views: 233

Re: Pitfalls WRT adding RAM to existing system?

Honestly the best reference would be your motherboard manual (one of the few times it's worth looking at :P) as it will generally outline any configurations that will or won't work
by TwistedKestrel
Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Investing in Hardware
Replies: 21
Views: 1096

Re: Investing in Hardware

Value increased on a few things for me, though I never sold them (and they have since depreciated back down) -AMD 7950 (XFX) (I think this is still pretty close to what I paid for it new) -WD 2TB hard drive (bought it before the mess in Thailand) -8GB DDR3 (bought a looooong time ago, before everyon...
by TwistedKestrel
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Quite possibly the greatest car ever
Replies: 45
Views: 2121

Re: Quite possibly the greatest car ever

Air-cooled 911s are all about their weird handling, the layout is objectively inferior but I'd still way rather have one then anything else Porsche has made. Well, I could be forced to accept a Carrera GT
by TwistedKestrel
Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Quite possibly the greatest car ever
Replies: 45
Views: 2121

Re: Quite possibly the greatest car ever

I think he just meant topping up the Mr. Fusion
by TwistedKestrel
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed
Replies: 31
Views: 1200

Re: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed

Space savings alone would be the payoff. I guess it's possible they could have tweaked the PCIe connection to save more power, but I don't know if that would gain much.
by TwistedKestrel
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed
Replies: 31
Views: 1200

Re: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed

Look at all the power circuitry!!! That raises a lot of questions for me
by TwistedKestrel
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows shuts down when "idle"
Replies: 6
Views: 640

Re: Windows shuts down when "idle"

I'll ask the obvious question first - are you sure your computer isn't trying to sleep (and failing?) You say there isn't a specific delay, but how long generally will it take? e.g. 30 seconds to 2 minutes, 4 minutes to 7 minutes, etc
by TwistedKestrel
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So is the sound card dead?
Replies: 53
Views: 2051

Re: So is the sound card dead?

Creative vs Aureal, DirectSound getting axed, the appeal of USB audio (largely to using OS inbox USB drivers ) all make it tough. I do think USB has some shortcomings in this regard (500 mA max, not optimal for latency, stuttering?). I would think drivers wouldn't be too hard as software* does all t...
by TwistedKestrel
Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 103
Views: 3961

Re: What is your sound set up?

AuzenTech X-MERIDIAN 7.1 (32-bit PCI) with a Sennheiser HD-650 headset. Getting this setup working in Windows 10 was an adventure. Someday I hope to upgrade to a Xonar card, but it would be a sidegrade at best; All I'd be getting out of it is modern driver support. Well. I've been toughing it out w...
by TwistedKestrel
Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Time to update everything WiFi
Replies: 60
Views: 5205

Re: Time to update everything WiFi

Is this section new, or did I just not notice it before? Can we modify an access point to prevent attacks against the client? Yes, it is possible to modify the access point such that connected clients cannot be attacked. These modifications only prevent attacks when a vulnerable client is connected ...
by TwistedKestrel
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Time to update everything WiFi
Replies: 60
Views: 5205

Re: Time to update everything WiFi

Hoping for an AP/router feature that tests clients for the vulnerability and then restricts/blocks them accordingly (e.g. no local access, no router administration access, etc)
by TwistedKestrel
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Time to update everything WiFi
Replies: 60
Views: 5205

Re: Time to update everything WiFi

Well **** Do both ends of a WiFi link need to be protected against the attack for it to be ineffective? I wish they actually would iterate WPA for this, because for the vast majority of consumer applicances identifying whether or not they are vulnerable will require you to personally test each and e...
by TwistedKestrel
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Microsleep detection?
Replies: 6
Views: 1303

Re: Microsleep detection?

Yeah, well, lately things seem to go a lot better if I can get it in the ballpark. Will see how things go over another week or two. And like I said, it was never "go buy a watch time"
by TwistedKestrel
Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Microsleep detection?
Replies: 6
Views: 1303

Re: Microsleep detection?

Are you worried about it or something? In a word, yes. Was mostly curious, wasn't gonna run out and drop $500 on something if it did exist... but have been experiencing something odd lately that is hard to describe. It happens several times a day, and it is very brief... has only been occurring for...
by TwistedKestrel
Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Microsleep detection?
Replies: 6
Views: 1303

Microsleep detection?

Was wondering about the topic, then realized technology would be progressing towards this if we don't have it already. Are there any consumer fitness trackers or similar devices currently on the market that could detect whether or not the wearer was experiencing microsleeps?
by TwistedKestrel
Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: OMG Java 9 is finally out
Replies: 14
Views: 944

Re: OMG Java 9 is finally out

Incidentally, I downloaded the official JRE packages for my Arch system not because I love Java (quite the opposite) but because I'm forced to use Java Web Start to run an important but relatively simple application at work. And...... the application broke when I tried to run it with JRE 9. So I ro...
by TwistedKestrel
Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Panicked Response to AMD Epyc... from Oracle
Replies: 16
Views: 2823

Re: Panicked Response to AMD Epyc... from Oracle

Oh wait, so that's like 256 thread SMT, and not a 256 thread limit?
by TwistedKestrel
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Panicked Response to AMD Epyc... from Oracle
Replies: 16
Views: 2823

Re: Panicked Response to AMD Epyc... from Oracle

DragonDaddyBear wrote:
256 threads O_O

I clearly don't know anything about SPARC, are they really thread limited? And if so, WHY
by TwistedKestrel
Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Rear audio jacks on new motherboards
Replies: 9
Views: 816

Re: Rear audio jacks on new motherboards

Made me look on the back of my Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3. I still had 5 jacks and an optical SPDIF (none of which I use in favour of a Xonar D1)
by TwistedKestrel
Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Need ideas for my next game...
Replies: 24
Views: 3846

Re: Need ideas for my next game...

Duskers is sort of an RTS? I love it
by TwistedKestrel
Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: HDD super slow to access, including during POST
Replies: 13
Views: 1496

Re: HDD super slow to access, including during POST

:) I hope I find a way to appease it and make it go quicker. Whether by reallocating pending sectors or something else. Oh. Well, there is a way. The problem being that it might not be any faster. So, delete all partitions. Run recovery software (I use R-Studio NTFS http://www.r-studio.com/ ). In t...
by TwistedKestrel
Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 219
Views: 12780

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

I guess the question is can they safely build enough Vega cards for miners & gamers? Or will it still be on the conservative side ala Polaris?
by TwistedKestrel
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?
Replies: 60
Views: 8834

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

Krogoth wrote:
Modern HDDs are pretty quiet for the most part. They have been that way ever since they moved to fluid bearings. You get better luck with using noise damping kits/mounts if you feel that modern HDDs are too loud for your tastes.

IDK, I have a WD4003FZEX and it's loud enough to be annoying
by TwistedKestrel
Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Low profile single slot video card question
Replies: 6
Views: 806

Re: Low profile single slot video card question

- Just about any card The cards mentioned in that thread would be an improvement. A problem with Intel IGPs is that even though they may be powerful enough for some things, Intel drops driver support for their GPUs pretty fast. Microsoft will take up the slack as far as desktop stuff is concerned (....
by TwistedKestrel
Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Vintage Computer Overclocking: i5 2500K
Replies: 8
Views: 4953

Re: Vintage Computer Overclocking: i5 2500K

Two big things that took me a while to figure out about Sandy Bridge overclocking: -VID is not Vcore. VID is what CPU-Z, Realtemp, Coretemp will show you - it is the voltage the CPU is requesting. Depending on how you have adjusted Vcore, it could be above or below the actual voltage. -If you set yo...
by TwistedKestrel
Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: CPU usage different in different Task Manager tabs
Replies: 4
Views: 780

Re: CPU usage different in different Task Manager tabs

Is this a quirk of Hyper-Threading? It would make sense to me that System Idle Process would be used to "idle" unused logical cores. I haven't experienced this, but I don't have HT either
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