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by Captain Ned
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Sports heroes
Replies: 6
Views: 181

Re: Sports heroes

As a kid in rural VT, our tiny cable network had WPIX-11 out of NYC, so it was a constant diet of Yankees games for me listening to Phil Rizzuto and Bill White. I did manage to see Hank Aaron hit #715 on live TV, I of course watched The Miracle On Ice, and will never forget the night Reggie became M...
by Captain Ned
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2723
Views: 97690

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

RPN calculators are significantly more efficient than algebraic calculators, since they require fewer keystrokes and you don't have to worry about mismatched parentheses. Yup... they seem pretty alien until your brain has internalized that algebraic-to-RPN compiler though! I can definitely see how ...
by Captain Ned
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2723
Views: 97690

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Reverse Polish Notation English makes me want to day-drink. https://www.dropbox.com/s/7uqjxky5cfurmws/HP12C.jpg?raw=1 This is my HP-12C. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My HP-12C is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my HP-12C is usel...
by Captain Ned
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)
Replies: 53
Views: 3096

Re: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)

Our city does recycling pickup on garbage day (today incidentally). They just dump whatever's in the bin into the truck. Let the recycling plant figure it out. :lol: When the selling price of recycled materials doesn't cover the cost of separation, storage, transport, and all that, all of that blue...
by Captain Ned
Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2723
Views: 97690

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

The Grateful Dead were never quite as good after Pigpen died.

That is all.
by Captain Ned
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Haiku thread
Replies: 364
Views: 93208

Re: TR Haiku thread

When thoughts wandering
Haiku screams to be released
Thoughts wander no more
by Captain Ned
Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Simple KeyBoard
Replies: 15
Views: 837

Re: Simple KeyBoard

superjawes wrote:
Captain Ned wrote:
NiMHs don't go BOOM (they just make mice and rats intelligent).
I appreciated the reference, Ned.

So it remains a Secret, no?
by Captain Ned
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Midwest blizzard
Replies: 34
Views: 933

Re: Midwest blizzard

I just pulled up the Northeast Radar Loop (http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/northeast_loop.php) after your prior post and the only place in NY with any activity at all was the Tug Hill plateau. Ask any Army/National Guard grunt about winter training at Fort Drum.
by Captain Ned
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Midwest blizzard
Replies: 34
Views: 933

Re: Midwest blizzard

Haha I checked the radar and forecast for today. Another 3-5 inches expected with this next band of precip. For me I'm at the inflection point where I'm no longer emotionally defeated by winter weather, but really just want to see how far into Spring we can go. At this point I just want to watch th...
by Captain Ned
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Simple KeyBoard
Replies: 15
Views: 837

Re: Simple KeyBoard

Chrispy_ wrote:
I honestly don't know why Logitech didn't just use LiPo or Li-Ion. They're affordable and come in $10 power banks.

NiMHs don't go BOOM (they just make mice and rats intelligent).
by Captain Ned
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Case selection for silence, on air?
Replies: 25
Views: 641

Re: Case selection for silence, on air?

Are there any cases that have ducted intakes for the GPU and/or CPU? Back in the day I had modded an 80mm fan mount in the window to duct for the intake on the blower-style cooler for the GPU. That gave it fresh air and exhausted most of the heat directly out of the case. Not any more, or at least ...
by Captain Ned
Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Haiku thread
Replies: 364
Views: 93208

Re: TR Haiku thread

Find it gerbils did
Redound to their benefit
Discovery might
by Captain Ned
Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Ever heard of J&W?
Replies: 5
Views: 367

Re: Ever heard of J&W?

Seeing as the "newest" product on their website is for 3xxx Core chips and the most recent copyright date is 2012, I'd say they're an ex-manufacturer.
by Captain Ned
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2723
Views: 97690

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Harry Anderson, best known as Judge Harry Stone in "Night Court", has passed away at 65.

http://variety.com/2018/tv/news/harry-a ... 202754949/

In memoriam:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0NmaBt ... e3l_9u58uB
by Captain Ned
Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Warning about Newegg
Replies: 34
Views: 2242

Re: Warning about Newegg

Looking at the data I could easily do Anchorage year-round. The record lows aren't too far below what I'm used to here in VT and it doesn't get as hot. Florida? I don't do humidity. Arizona? I'd have to spend a summer at Dad's place in Bisbee (elevation 5,500') to see if "dry heat" is bear...
by Captain Ned
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Midwest blizzard
Replies: 34
Views: 933

Re: Midwest blizzard

Got ice last night. Took several pitchers of hot water this AM just to get the car doors open and the windshield clear.
by Captain Ned
Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Midwest blizzard
Replies: 34
Views: 933

Re: Midwest blizzard

Up here in VT we get the Midwest leftovers come Monday as rain and high winds.
by Captain Ned
Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 450
Views: 22886

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Redocbew wrote:
Good grief. I love a good story, and I've always been a fan of star wars, but seriously dude just get over it.

And if you remain butthurt, might I suggest spending 45 minutes watching these (they link from the end of each one).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYD3QtyEGGM
by Captain Ned
Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 450
Views: 22886

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Judicator wrote:
Nostalgia isn't the problem when The last jedi contradicts even The force awakens, that is simply bad writing, ignorance, arrogance.

Whereas I never expected a coherent narrative from the theatrical portion of the canon once TPM hit the screen. Just checking.
by Captain Ned
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 450
Views: 22886

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Sorry if I keep referencing videos but sometimes the language barrier keeps in the way and it is easier to link a video or an article. One simple question: How old were you on May 25, 1977? I happened to be 13 at the time. Just want to see which era of fan I'm reading, as it seems to be important f...
by Captain Ned
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Warning about Newegg
Replies: 34
Views: 2242

Re: Warning about Newegg

Here in VT there's a safe harbor use tax on our income tax forms. Pay 0.1% of your AGI as use tax and you're in the clear. Since Amazon now collects sales taxes for just about every state, calculating the effective purchase amount for my safe harbor payment comes out just about right.
by Captain Ned
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Warning about Newegg
Replies: 34
Views: 2242

Re: Warning about Newegg

Avoid R&P on internet sales taxes?? How?? Current SCOTUS precedent ( Quill Corp. v. North Dakota ) requires a physical nexus in a state for said state to mandate collection of its sales taxes on online purchases in that state. On April 17, SCOTUS will hear South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. , with th...
by Captain Ned
Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 450
Views: 22886

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Works better this way (it always works better with Opus).

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by Captain Ned
Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3989
Views: 645868

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X48RiKQmFQ Hey, maybe next time you are in Chicago we can take a trip down to Lagunitas. It's not too far from downtown (though in a not-so-great neighborhood). Good food in the pub too. Gladly. I love local color. That said, the Chicago Fed took 2018 as a sabbatica...
by Captain Ned
Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So when are DDR5 and PCIe 5 going to be out? Needed?
Replies: 20
Views: 606

Re: So when are DDR5 and PCIe 5 going to be out? Needed?

whm1974 wrote:
I' pretty sure that we won't see PCIe v4.0 being used as v5.0 is supposed to be out next year. So it would make sense to simply skip over v4.0 and go straight to v5.0.

Taiwanese mobo makers don't have your shiny object/squirrel issues.
by Captain Ned
Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 4383

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

Some required reading for context. Jon "Hannibal" Stokes, back when Ars was a real tech blog:

https://arstechnica.com/features/2004/08/ppc-1/
https://arstechnica.com/features/2004/10/ppc-2/
by Captain Ned
Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 4383

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

End User wrote:
My gut is telling me that Apple is going to transition much faster this time around.

Well, my gut tells me that I shouldn't have eaten that entire salad for lunch, so we're on an equal prognostication basis.
by Captain Ned
Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 4383

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

The A11 is an example of what Apple has accomplished to date. In a very confined market space. How many decades back must one go to find an Apple desktop chip widely regarded (a/k/a including those not infected by the RDF) as clearly superior to the x86 equivalent of the time? One does not win back...
by Captain Ned
Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So when are DDR5 and PCIe 5 going to be out? Needed?
Replies: 20
Views: 606

Re: So when are DDR5 and PCIe 5 going to be out? Needed?

whm1974 wrote:
Any thoughts?

Your inner sciurus carolinensis is showing.