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by trackerben
Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 450
Views: 23204

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Nostalgia seems be the #1 red herring defense against the critics. My friend and I lost all interest in SW after Ep8, and we not even huge fans of the franchise, and we all born after Ep6. I'll say congrats to Disney for managing to kill the unkillable cow? I'd say it depends on the cow. Mainline S...
by trackerben
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I broke down -
Replies: 27
Views: 2047

Re: I broke down -

Waco wrote:
15" laptops are just too dam big to use on a plane. :(


It's about an inch shorter along both dimensions than is typical, basically a 15" screen squeezed into a 14" chassis.
by trackerben
Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I broke down -
Replies: 27
Views: 2047

Re: I broke down -

This just came out:

https://hothardware.com/reviews/dell-xp ... n-1-review
Dell XPS 15 2-In-1 Review
by trackerben
Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: spending only $100 a month on food.
Replies: 209
Views: 4411

Re: spending only $100 a month on food.

Good thing you're off soda, try brewing pots of tea. Bagged tea can be reused a few times. Breakfast with eggs and mushrooms/tomatoes/etc. is a good start. Bring some boiled eggs when you go out, as lunch sidings. Like others said, cooked oats/muesli with nuts, fruits, chocolates, etc. Butter your b...
by trackerben
Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Help me pick a laptop
Replies: 6
Views: 734

Re: Help me pick a laptop

I ended up buying a Dell Inpiron Gaming 7567. Quick specs : 7700HQ, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB NVME SSD, GTX 1050 Ti 4GB and a 4k screen. So far so good but I've only had it for couple of hours. I will post more once I've used it for a while. I'm been using the 5577 black version with 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, GT...
by trackerben
Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an Era - Toys R Us
Replies: 31
Views: 1325

Re: End of an Era - Toys R Us

As our son grew, we had less and less reason to visit. Way back when, it was the place to get bundles of chewies and crunchies. But Costco, Target, etc became competitive and had grown up stuff as well, so trips to them were easier to agree on. Then everyone went shopping online in the mid-2010s and...
by trackerben
Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Amazon is recalling risky power packs
Replies: 3
Views: 542

Re: Amazon is recalling risky power packs

I was going to get one of the smaller models, but wound up buying a super-slim Axing 2Ah during my Osaka trip. Oh well, I must now treat AmazonBasics with some suspicion, considering that I've been ordering their Sanyo-OEM NiMH. They're handling the problem via customized channels in their fulfillme...
by trackerben
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Amazon is recalling risky power packs
Replies: 3
Views: 542

Amazon is recalling risky power packs

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-43402175 Owners of Amazon's own-brand power bank chargers have been contacted by the firm telling them to stop using them. A recall covering six models of the AmazonBasics-branded product was announced in the US and Canada on Tuesday. A notice posted by the US Cons...
by trackerben
Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 450
Views: 23204

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

tanker27 wrote:

Oh geeze, please anything but them! Let them die with the EU.


I'll settle for a Thrawn-alike who would restore the Empire through the First Order.
by trackerben
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:08 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 76
Views: 4156

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

Pioneer Rayz Plus fix some of the stupidity of Apple's missing headphone jack. I'd almost have to argue that they further the stupidity. What happens if you love your headphones but decide you want to go Android? Lightning to USB-C dongle? Lightning to 3.5mm dongle? Replace the headphones? A portab...
by trackerben
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:48 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 450
Views: 23204

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

I'm not super excited that Rian Johnson still has a job after TLJ. So I am not expecting much from his 'arc'. But Benioff and Weis, now that I can get behind. But I cannot imagine that there would be two SW arcs in movie format... Well, they could do something like an OutBound Flight-style trilogy,...
by trackerben
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Falcon Heavy Launch
Replies: 62
Views: 2327

Re: Falcon Heavy Launch

Listened to that last night. SED is a great show; Destin is fantastic. The audio was pretty representative of being there. Obviously you have to turn your headphones up to the point of pain to full recreate the experience. Lol Yea, they have really interesting stuff. Keep your ears grounded, Starma...
by trackerben
Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Falcon Heavy Launch
Replies: 62
Views: 2327

Re: Falcon Heavy Launch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7uQ8OW ... e=youtu.be
Extended Cut - The Incredible Sounds of the Falcon Heavy Launch - (BINAURAL AUDIO IMMERSION)
by trackerben
Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 450
Views: 23204

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

⋅ Some theorize that deep-space crews will standardize on port and starboard, with the latter in the direction of the system's star nexus. Huh, cool, I hadn't seen that before. I quite like it as a navigational aid :) But you'd presume that in combat you'd throw that concept out the windo...
by trackerben
Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 450
Views: 23204

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Star Wars technology just flat out doesn't make sense, and hasn't done since the first film. ⋅ The Empire go to the effort of building a moon-sized battlestation to destroy a single planet, when you could just nudge a couple of asteroids towards the planet ⋅ Space has an "u...
by trackerben
Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 450
Views: 23204

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

That's the part I don't agree with, though. It just doesn't fit with the existing movies in any way. Big rock, hyperdrive, capital ship. Even *if* you buy that large hyperdrives are expensive, full-on capital ships are more so. Super Star Destroyers even more so. Death Stars even more so...etc. Yup...
by trackerben
Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 450
Views: 23204

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Which implies it's been done before...yet you could skip more than a few key battles in the original trilogy if so. :P That's the retro implication. The opportunities would still be limited to rare conditions like those of the chase, but it would be among their outlier doctrines. One thing I don't ...
by trackerben
Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 450
Views: 23204

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Another thing is that the First Order are Ottomans in Space. They did an enderun with their biggest ships, where various FO classes are trained. I suppose they cannot afford to lose many of them. The historical Ottomans were a second-rate power with first-rate soldiers, who imported doctrine and tec...
by trackerben
Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 450
Views: 23204

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

I think we're going to have to accept that the Star Wars movies are going to become like the James Bond movies. There will be good ones, there will be bad ones. But even the bad ones are kind of enjoyable if you don't care too much... The Last Jedi isn't bad on its own, imo. Without the presence of...
by trackerben
Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 450
Views: 23204

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

So, there is nothing definite that points to their role in the next film? I can see them away on recruiting missions, yes.

My original theory is that they were agitating to make Luke dictator, which may explain why Luke did not seek them out after he had recovered from his tragic fight with Kylo.
by trackerben
Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 450
Views: 23204

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

I'm missing what happened to the Knights. Killed each other? Secret missions? Founded another temple? Self-exiled like Luke? Joined outbound flight?
by trackerben
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 125
Views: 9364

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

Since batteries deplete as a function of usage and time, replacement is not just reasonable and necessary for maintenance but for economical long-term operation. As in the case of laser printers, which usually feature drums rated for x thousands of pages. That said, some manufacturers will refuse se...
by trackerben
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 125
Views: 9364

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

If only their stores would sell the original parts, for convenience. I'm more concerned about long-running UI bugs. It's the era of niggling little iOS issues, they seem to be tolerating more sloppiness than was the norm with Jobs around.
by trackerben
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 125
Views: 9364

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

That is their policy, at least with out-of-warranty products. A bar tech at their New Haven CT store told my wife that they would not service our older iPad Air, which screen had been replaced by a third party.
by trackerben
Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 450
Views: 23204

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Most tropes are easy to spot if you've read the originals. The billion-year-old Tnuctip sphere was the mystery of the Inconstant Star expedition, which might have inspired astrobiology believers to stir this teapot: https://www.inverse.com/article/36239-tabby-s-star-not-alien-megastructures-new-stud...
by trackerben
Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 450
Views: 23204

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

If they can build a self-contained/powered planet killer, then it's really a huge step backwards logically to build a solar system killer that requires a sun per shot fired... Not just a step backwards, but also an idea that the franchise's writers reused from Campbell's space opera classic, "...
by trackerben
Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 125
Views: 9364

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

Most other old phones will not deliver better, so it's mostly a wash operationally. What Apple has wrought marketing-wise is smart. They shut down the complaints bandwagon, deflect regulatory attention without political cost (especially Presidential tweets), remind buyers of how long-lived their pho...
by trackerben
Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 125
Views: 9364

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

Not only that, but they will replace the battery for S29 or so, at any of their shops worldwide. I wish Lenovo/Moto would discount their OEM batteries. The industry needs to do more 'social responsibility'. These boost future financial performance when done right, anyway.
by trackerben
Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: I need recommendation on vpn
Replies: 17
Views: 1536

Re: I need recommendation on vpn

That or a server, but I would let SSKing say so.
by trackerben
Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: I need recommendation on vpn
Replies: 17
Views: 1536

Re: I need recommendation on vpn

Not sure, but i use connections all over the world, I'm based in eastern canada, and generally max out my 50Mb connection. I figure that you are mainly originating IP in various countries. I'm also interested in accessing Asian servers to bypass local ISP/host restrictions. How do you max out your ...
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