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by derFunkenstein
Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great
Replies: 48
Views: 1250

Re: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great

Is the Switch pro controller the same as the Wii U one? We have one for the Wii U and it's really nice.
by derFunkenstein
Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great
Replies: 48
Views: 1250

Re: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great

Nintendo has just never gotten online multiplayer right.
by derFunkenstein
Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Old lappy upgrade: i5-2520m to i7-2720qm
Replies: 8
Views: 351

Re: Old lappy upgrade: i5-2520m to i7-2720qm

Wow, lots of them available for $50 on eBay. Almost a no-brainer. I have a Latitude E5520 that could benefit from this.
by derFunkenstein
Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 36
Views: 925

Re: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?

I use libraries because I use File History (and backing up libraries is dead simple that way) in addition to imaging the system drive with Macrium Reflect. It's never in the default location because I want my SSD to have as much space for applications as possible, but libraries are very helpful.
by derFunkenstein
Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Old lappy upgrade: i5-2520m to i7-2720qm
Replies: 8
Views: 351

Re: Old lappy upgrade: i5-2520m to i7-2720qm

ludi doesn't say but I'm assuming there's a fresh thermal paste install. That might be a big chunk of the better cooling performance. Nice that it works.
by derFunkenstein
Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1449
Views: 42196

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Heiwashin wrote:
Why?

Cos I don't want to be the guy that has the freak accident that takes out an ambulance. There's no rationality to the behavior, and it's not going to change. Bitching about it only makes you mad all over again. :lol:
by derFunkenstein
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1449
Views: 42196

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I don't ever have a problem with that. Give the ambulance a wide berth.
by derFunkenstein
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Wow...It finally came.
Replies: 14
Views: 722

Re: Wow...It finally came.

Mine was in today's mail. I'm surprised - I forgot about it. :lol:
by derFunkenstein
Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1449
Views: 42196

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

That sounds pretty tasty, all things considered...
by derFunkenstein
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Down the Linux kernel rabbit hole we go...
Replies: 31
Views: 1095

Re: Down the Linux kernel rabbit hole we go...

Yeah, I always joked with the pilot over how a modern cell phone could easily handle all the duties of every electronic system in that aircraft if it had the I/O to connect to everything. Sure, minus the inevitable update or crash that causes all of the aircraft systems to die mid-flight. :lol: C'm...
by derFunkenstein
Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: 2.5" external HDD reliability: WDC vs Seagate?
Replies: 26
Views: 651

Re: 2.5" external HDD reliability: WDC vs Seagate?

Zero evidence outside of my own anecdotal experience, but I've had universally-bad luck with Seagate. WD, Toshiba, and HGST (which is also now WD) are all preferable. I have several USB 3.0 drives, all WD. All do great. Backups on two PCs, an external storage drive for my PS4, and an external storag...
by derFunkenstein
Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How many ROPs in the laptop GTX 1050?
Replies: 3
Views: 909

Re: How many ROPs in the laptop GTX 1050?

Hello! I'm brand new here. Mine GTX1050 laptop version is with 16 ROPs. I just had tweaked the clock speed. I could ass screenshot, but I have no idea how. When I press insert image it happen this Upload your screenshot to Imgur or similar and then paste a link. Since you're new you might need to p...
by derFunkenstein
Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What shows are you recently watching?
Replies: 40
Views: 2132

Re: What shows are you recently watching?

I'd personally rank Luke Cage above the second ellipsis but otherwise I think cynann has a decent ranking there. For the DC shows, I *really* like Gotham. People gripe about deus ex machina early into the show, which can be a valid complaint for some folks. It's kind of contrived and you can usually...
by derFunkenstein
Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: ZOTAC MAGNUS EN1080K noise problem
Replies: 10
Views: 312

Re: ZOTAC MAGNUS EN1080K noise problem

I was actually referring to the CPU, not GPU. The GPU is actually cooler in the 40s. Funnily enough another person who has this same model said he/she gets 50-60c CPU temp at idle. It seems crazy to me to be that high for a water cooled unit. My traditionally cooled desktop CPU (i7 as well) is 35c ...
by derFunkenstein
Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: ZOTAC MAGNUS EN1080K noise problem
Replies: 10
Views: 312

Re: ZOTAC MAGNUS EN1080K noise problem

You might have bad luck. It might also be an out-of-date BIOS showing bad temps or it might be a crappy TIM application (that seems most likely, all things considered). Are there warranty-voiding stickers blocking you from getting into the enclosure? That might be the quickest fix. edit: I guess it ...
by derFunkenstein
Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: TPU “Advertorial By AMD”...
Replies: 9
Views: 655

Re: TPU “Advertorial By AMD”...

They updated it. It was clearly on the wrong side of the line when I looked at it last also. And in the end they blamed their readers. With the rise of ad-blocking software, traditional script-based ads are becoming ineffective, especially when a site relies on catering to tech-savvy individuals th...
by derFunkenstein
Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 47
Views: 2335

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

Looks like the inevitable mining crash is happening but this purportedly won't bother Nvidia and AMD: https://www.thestreet.com/story/14223142/1/why-nvidia-and-amd-won-t-be-hurt-by-the-crash-in-cryptocurrency-prices.html Some of the statements in this article are retarded. About $600 million has be...
by derFunkenstein
Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Upgrade chains
Replies: 12
Views: 565

Re: Upgrade chains

I have a PS4 pro but I just don't want to get a 4K TV. Don't want to get caught up in that same loop. :lol: Also, the biggest draw (for me) was how it can speed up regular 1080p titles and how some games (like MLB The Show 17) include modes that will render at 1080 with a higher framerate. High-FPS ...
by derFunkenstein
Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1449
Views: 42196

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Being clumsy for me is generally just trying to do things faster than my body is capable and not being aware of my surroundings. Knowing that I could probably be less of a klutz, but it doesn't seem likely. :lol: Most recently, I was holding the gig bag my Fender-based partscaster was in while I unz...
by derFunkenstein
Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kiss the G4560 goodbye slowly... (Edit: or not)
Replies: 15
Views: 908

Re: Kiss the G4560 goodbye slowly...

AVX is definitely a competitive advantage as long as AMD only has half the AVX execution resources of the Intel chips, but Intel needs to enable AVX on all its chips in order to really flex it. So unless Coffee Lake Pentiums have AVX enabled, it won't really matter.
by derFunkenstein
Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Verizon Cloud keeps backing stuff up...
Replies: 2
Views: 248

Re: Verizon Cloud keeps backing stuff up...

If you don't want to use Verizon cloud at all, you can disable the app through the Applications area in settings. Most Verizon apps can be disabled without issue, and it's a must-do for any Verizon Android phone.
by derFunkenstein
Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Laptops with graphics power on a budget?
Replies: 34
Views: 1641

Re: Laptops with graphics power on a budget?

Dell has been selling an Insiprion 7000 Gaming line for a while, but now there's an Inspiron 5000 Gaming line, too. It looks halfway-decent (a little red for my tastes, though) and has decent specs for not too awful much. If you REALLY need to keep costs low, they have a Chorizo-based AMD system wit...
by derFunkenstein
Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 24
Views: 1060

Re: Retro console gaming

I have the Android TV release, which is fine. Some of this retro stuff gets quite pricy, though. Pretty amazing.

Wonder how all that will shake out with the digital era. Fewer physical copies being sold. Maybe once the PSN store is turned off for the PS3 there will be a run on PS3 software?
by derFunkenstein
Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 24
Views: 1060

Re: Retro console gaming

Chrono Trigger is really good but unfortunately that's one I never got around to buying. It only goes for $100+ on eBay now. Yikes. I might as well buy a flash cart and an SD card.
by derFunkenstein
Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: StarCraft: Remastered
Replies: 56
Views: 2109

Re: StarCraft: Remastered

Is it just me, or does anyone else prefer the graphics from SC1 to SC2? ... In still images I can see that, but when stuff is rotating around, you can catch weird things. Medics' shields switch sides depending on which way they're facing, because the sprite uses mirrors. Anything that isn't totally...
by derFunkenstein
Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 24
Views: 1060

Re: Retro console gaming

But for FF7 - it was a no go. The graphics are intolerably bad and she didn't like all the random fights. I wasn't really aware of this until recently, but Final Fantasy is apparently a love-it-or-hate-it kind of thing. I had thought everyone loved it, but apparently not everyone likes random encou...
by derFunkenstein
Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: StarCraft: Remastered
Replies: 56
Views: 2109

Re: StarCraft: Remastered

There are some cosmetic things for both SC Remastered and SC2, if you have that.
by derFunkenstein
Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:44 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 24
Views: 1060

Re: Retro console gaming

Well I also have a VCR and some floppy disks. A friend of mine from high school told me he has a "TV guy" and can get me a 20-25" CRT in good condition with RCA inputs for decently cheap.
by derFunkenstein
Sat Jul 08, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 24
Views: 1060

Re: Retro console gaming

You could also try an RCA to HDMI adapter, which is also relatively cheap. There are lots of Famiclones out there that have HDMI built in. The Retron 3 and Retron 5, for example. But none of that fixes the lag in the TV. I've tried all of the lag-related "fixes" in Lakka/RetroArch includin...
by derFunkenstein
Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 24
Views: 1060

Re: Retro console gaming

Yeah....I'm exceptionally sensitive to input lag with retro games. All those years playing with wired controllers on analog CRTs means that I have the timing of the jumps and actions hard-coded into my brain with 0 input lag. Even the smallest amount bothers me, and beyond a point is unplayable bec...