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by TwistedKestrel
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Time to update everything WiFi
Replies: 25
Views: 1274

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: 25
Views: 1274

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: 363

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: 363

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: 363

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: 735

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: 1195

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: 1195

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: 687

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: 1857

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: 1303

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: 211
Views: 9079

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: 5179

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: 574

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: 2500

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: 595

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
by TwistedKestrel
Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 189
Views: 17130

Re: Formula One 2017

notfred wrote:
The shoey is a bit of fun and Brundle is selling the one he did for charity. It's getting a bit overdone though.

It's not nearly as stale as the champagne shower dance itself
by TwistedKestrel
Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 99
Views: 5933

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

Just checked the local classifieds and there are a LOT of BNIB of RX 580s for sale, price hasn't seemed to adjust yet. So many are BNIB that I frankly don't understand what's going on, were people hoarding them? Or are they actually used & re-shrinkwrapped? Some people are just selling their who...
by TwistedKestrel
Thu Jul 06, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Forget Model M; the Model F is back!
Replies: 16
Views: 952

Re: Forget Model M; the Model F is back!

Just going by what I could find, I'm not a keyboard expert.

https://deskthority.net/wiki/IBM_Model_F
by TwistedKestrel
Thu Jul 06, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Forget Model M; the Model F is back!
Replies: 16
Views: 952

Re: Forget Model M; the Model F is back!

Just noticed that the Model F lacks function keys. I imagine that's a deal-breaker for most people. If they really wanted to update the Model F for the new millennium they should've added function keys and (possibly) a Super/Windows key too. I guess they're going more for the retro/nostalgia vibe t...
by TwistedKestrel
Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video Card Prices
Replies: 29
Views: 1179

Re: Video Card Prices

Damn Scots! They ruined Scotland!
by TwistedKestrel
Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an E®A
Replies: 69
Views: 3294

Re: End of an E®A

I'll always remember the Tandy 1000 HX... I still hear the SQ1 theme in Tandy sound Closed up in Canada years ago... reopened as the The Source by Circuit City. When Circuit City went down they were bought out by Bell Canada and now run as just The Source. I dunno how I forgot about that... that's k...
by TwistedKestrel
Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: 3.5" HDD enclosure AC/DC adapters make me uneasy
Replies: 11
Views: 1048

Re: 3.5" HDD enclosure AC/DC adapters make me uneasy

Is wall warts failing in a way that passes on mains voltage a thing? No not really, or we would've had so many fires by now that cheap wall warts would be banned from import. There are plenty of pieces of crap that die within a year though. Granted if its for a hard drive, I'm going to try to plug ...
by TwistedKestrel
Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: 3.5" HDD enclosure AC/DC adapters make me uneasy
Replies: 11
Views: 1048

Re: 3.5" HDD enclosure AC/DC adapters make me uneasy

Is wall warts failing in a way that passes on mains voltage a thing?
by TwistedKestrel
Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Gaming? More RAM for future titles..
Replies: 26
Views: 1250

Re: Gaming? More RAM for future titles..

To address the original post, don't forget that consoles have VRAM and system RAM welded together. By that measure gaming PCs are more than keeping up. I still don't think any PC game breaks more than 8GB of total system RAM usage, but I could be wrong
by TwistedKestrel
Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Yet another reason to "browse" from a Linux VM..
Replies: 35
Views: 2181

Re: Yet another reason to "browse" from a Linux VM..

So, unclear on which Office suites are actually vulnerable without disabling security features. Worth noting I'm fairly sure Office 2010 and earlier are unsupported at this point, though I still don't know if 2010 is vulnerable either. So sure, if your software is insecure to begin with and the use...
by TwistedKestrel
Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support
Replies: 70
Views: 5313

Re: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support

Very interesting. Samsung has been hit and miss for me in the past, but since I was very interested in the CHG70 this is a pretty strong suggestions to not buy it at launch and wait to hear customer feedback on it.
by TwistedKestrel
Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: PCIe 4.0 ALMOST Ready
Replies: 22
Views: 1497

Re: PCIe 4.0 ALMOST Ready

It could definitely be useful. Not for single devices like GPUs, but getting more bandwidth out of the same number lanes on a system-wide basis could make current lane allocation shenanigans less of an issue.
by TwistedKestrel
Tue Jun 06, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*
Replies: 72
Views: 3985

Re: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*

I wouldn't pay money for a Cruzer Edge, they are about as cheaply made as you can get. Connecting them without retracting the connector can get annoying.
by TwistedKestrel
Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Would you recommend actual lab kit than packet tracer and gns3?
Replies: 5
Views: 955

Re: Would you recommend actual lab kit than packet tracer and gns3?

I think for CCNA Packet Tracer is good enough. Lab kit would be more accurate of course, but you can evaluate way, way more scenarios with PT. The curriculum is pretty much built around PT as well, so I don't think the esoteric quirks of PT or actual hardware will matter much. (Also your virtual pat...
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