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by derFunkenstein
Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: OMG Java 9 is finally out
Replies: 14
Views: 552

Re: OMG Java 9 is finally out

Well you've still got six months of updates for Java 8 at least. The release notes have a boatload of changes and I'm sure this is going to break a bunch of code. Good luck, guys!

Here's one spot where working in a Microsoft shop isn't so bad. :lol:
by derFunkenstein
Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: really weird charging problem with my V20
Replies: 21
Views: 382

Re: really weird charging problem with my V20

Another vote for Anker. I've used their chargers and hubs for a few years now. Back when I had a Galaxy S4 I had one of their extended batteries and rear covers. Looked just like the original only thicker.
by derFunkenstein
Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1749
Views: 53364

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I bet she's a fun wife. I mean, she nagged a stranger... Hey, work the consumer complaint line in my office for a day. You'll be mainlining Scotch by noon. I am beyond thrilled to not be in support anymore. I'm still in a customer-facing position from time to time, but only when stuff needs escalat...
by derFunkenstein
Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Interesting preliminary Xeon & Epyc Benchmarks
Replies: 11
Views: 971

Re: Interesting preliminary Xeon & Epyc Benchmarks

https://www.servethehome.com/amd-epyc-7351p-single-socket-cpu-linux-benchmarks-and-review/ Here’s some more fun stuff. Some of these tests existed when the thread was created but there’s a new mountain of stuff. AVX-512 is obviously still Intel’s domain so it may age better but lots of AMD wins in t...
by derFunkenstein
Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Locate function in C++
Replies: 49
Views: 8053

Re: Locate function in C++

I saw them through a different view - the view of a PC user who had to reboot his PC 3-4 times a day while using Windows 9x. LOL
by derFunkenstein
Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Locate function in C++
Replies: 49
Views: 8053

Re: Locate function in C++

VB .NET was given the same broad brush as VB classic . Not saying VB.net is a problem free language, but since it runs on top of the CLR it can be written as properly as C#, most of the time. VB classic was kind of a mess. Maybe this is why I'm confused. I have only ever used VB.NET in Visual Studi...
by derFunkenstein
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1749
Views: 53364

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

A parent emailed the general help address for our mobile app (listed on Google Play) asking for a report of their student's data. The email didn't include the student's name, the district's name (because we support hundreds of them), or anything even remotely identifying. But even if it did there's ...
by derFunkenstein
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Locate function in C++
Replies: 49
Views: 8053

Re: Locate function in C++

Now that totally makes sense. The interesting thing at least in this Microsoft MVC app that hosts the web services I hit, the bugs aren't in the .NET code or the data returned by the service (or at least not very often). The problem is in the HTML5/JavaScript/Angular/Bootstrap stack they use for the...
by derFunkenstein
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Locate function in C++
Replies: 49
Views: 8053

Re: Locate function in C++

I think the biggest problem with it was that the barrier to entry was low enough that a fairly substantial percentage of production VB code was written by people who were very new to software development and had a very tenuous grasp of proper software design principles. That's not really a problem ...
by derFunkenstein
Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Locate function in C++
Replies: 49
Views: 8053

Re: Locate function in C++

Lots of comments like "VB sucks, VB projects fail" but exactly zero specificity as to why. I only have cursory knowledge of VB, but it seemed fine, I guess. Or is this just another way of saying "C++ all the way because higher-level languages and frameworks like .NET suck and everyone...
by derFunkenstein
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 49
Views: 2975

Re: Retro console gaming

Nah, my 60Hz CRT is fine, so if that's the case I'll have to consider it. It's 2X the price of what I was looking at, so it'll take some thought, but maybe.
by derFunkenstein
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 49
Views: 2975

Re: Retro console gaming

I've always been afraid of strobing because I already get motion sickness and headaches from things like riding in the car as a passenger. De-ghosting would be a super benefit, though...

To be a little more clear this would be for my RetroPie, not for the old consoles.
by derFunkenstein
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 49
Views: 2975

Re: Retro console gaming

I could probably halve the latency by getting a TV with a proper "Game" mode that turns off all the post-processing and just puts what's sent to it on the screen. And at that point I'd probably be fine. For now I have a CRT but let's be honest, that's a dying trend. Even a 27" 1080p ...
by derFunkenstein
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 49
Views: 2975

Re: Retro console gaming

Streets of Rage series FTW!! Absolutely. There's something magical and addictive about the simple-to-learn but tough-to-master gameplay and intoxicating beats of these games. SoR2 is in my top-5 MD/Genesis games, easily, with Shining Force, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, Cool Spot (yes it's a 7-Up commerc...
by derFunkenstein
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 49
Views: 2975

Re: Retro console gaming

I could probably halve the latency by getting a TV with a proper "Game" mode that turns off all the post-processing and just puts what's sent to it on the screen. And at that point I'd probably be fine. For now I have a CRT but let's be honest, that's a dying trend. Even a 27" 1080p m...
by derFunkenstein
Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 49
Views: 2975

Re: Retro console gaming

There's an unofficial firmware for the NT Mini created by the FPGA programmer (who goes by kevtris) that will emulate just about any 8-bit console and play ROMs off the SD card. Unfortunately the NT Mini uses a huge block of aluminum for the shell. Replace that with decent ABS and drop the price $10...
by derFunkenstein
Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Locate function in C++
Replies: 49
Views: 8053

Re:

VB is for MIS guys who don't want to learn how to program. :D VB isn't that bad... but I sure wouldn't want to try implementing a large, complex system with it! (I'm a C/C++ guy from way back... lately I've been forced to learn Transact-SQL, which actually seems rather BASIC-like to me... yuck!) Si...
by derFunkenstein
Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1749
Views: 53364

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

It doesn't matter, he's just going to start posting spam once jbi (maybe) unbans the IP address.
by derFunkenstein
Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: ExpressCard, is it still a thing?
Replies: 35
Views: 1160

Re: ExpressCard, is it still a thing?

There's also a Sound Blaster X-Fi for that slot if your'e desperate to shove something in there. I use Linux and I don't think that device is supported. And besides, the on board audio is good enough for me anyway. Well if I have to read your mind and know what cards you're interested in and won't ...
by derFunkenstein
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: ExpressCard, is it still a thing?
Replies: 35
Views: 1160

Re: ExpressCard, is it still a thing?

There's also a Sound Blaster X-Fi for that slot if your'e desperate to shove something in there.
by derFunkenstein
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great
Replies: 59
Views: 2854

Re: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great

I found one at Walmart a couple days ago, just sitting on the shelf. No interest in it yet. A year from now when Wii U titles totally dry up I might get one.
by derFunkenstein
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1749
Views: 53364

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

just brew it! wrote:
TFW... someone sends an e-mail to the forum administrator e-mail address asking you to unblock their IP, and doesn't tell you what their IP address is.

192.168.0.143

:lol:
by derFunkenstein
Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: SATA drives gone from "safely remove device" dialog.
Replies: 11
Views: 568

Re: SATA drives gone from "safely remove device" dialog.

Is hot-plug enabled in the BIOS? Is it even a thing? It shows on my Gigabyte and MSI UEFIs but those systems are Skylake and Ryzen.
by derFunkenstein
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My first Notebook, how to care for it.
Replies: 65
Views: 2399

Re: My first Notebook, how to care for it.

NICE-But where spinning rust is involved USB3 or SATA will be bottlenecked to around 100MBsec............ 3.5" HDDs are quite a bit faster than that these days. Not sure about 2.5" HDDs (haven't benched one lately), but they're probably faster than that too, especially the higher density ...
by derFunkenstein
Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My first Notebook, how to care for it.
Replies: 65
Views: 2399

Re: My first Notebook, how to care for it.

Yeah, 5400RPM hard drives are slower than **** and tank any experience. Definitely replace it. ;D
by derFunkenstein
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: TR Bounties 2017
Replies: 36
Views: 2684

Re: TR Bounties 2017

I would have definitely been toast in that case.
by derFunkenstein
Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: TR Bounties 2017
Replies: 36
Views: 2684

Re: TR Bounties 2017

I wasn't even going to play this year, but here I am, the leading scorer in the league after week 1. It'll tank shortly, but I laughed.

I needed all those points, too, since I beat the second-highest scorer in the league.
by derFunkenstein
Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 68
Views: 3129

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

Tangential: some Equifax execs sold stock after the breach but before informing the public: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/equifa ... 2017-09-07

They claim to have had "no knowledge" but please...
by derFunkenstein
Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 68
Views: 3129

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

I was also apparently compromised. I'm guessing the only people that weren't are people with no credit.
by derFunkenstein
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1749
Views: 53364

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

The polyphonic capabilities in Melodyne 4 are being put to really good use, I see. :lol:

lots of artifacts in this one, but holy crap it's cool. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGflu3TbREo