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by Mr Bill
Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 196
Views: 6905

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

We're having a meeting here at work in 30 minutes to discuss potential impacts of Meltdown/Spectre and their mitigations on the security and performance of our product. This is gonna be fun. Is it possible that AMD is claiming immunity from meltdown (but not spectre) because their CPU's check all t...
by Mr Bill
Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: VIA Nano lives on
Replies: 13
Views: 3241

Re: VIA Nano lives on

The one advantage that these chips will have is that they support AVX/AVX2. That is still a feature that Intel doesn't offer on the low end. I wouldn't expect great AVX performance but it'll at least be there. I would also agree that this development does have some influence from the Chinese who wa...
by Mr Bill
Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What's the best electric toothbrush?
Replies: 39
Views: 6371

Re: What's the best electric toothbrush?

I've used the same Oral B Pro for 16 years and it finally wore out (buzzing but not really moving the brushhead). But the rechargable batteries never did give up. So, I ordered the Oral-B Black Pro 1000 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush Powered by Braun. So far, so good.
by Mr Bill
Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 96
Views: 6211

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

I'm starting to really dislike the last couple of android updates for my Moto X Pure Edition. The changes made, take away features. For example, network usage was a time histogram with a thumbable vertical bar for scale. It was easy to figure out what app was hogging data. I deleted netflix after it...
by Mr Bill
Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Fish hobbyist thread (aquariums and tanks - not the sport)
Replies: 287
Views: 76937

Re: Fish hobbyist thread (aquariums and tanks - not the sport)

This weekend we had a neighbor go under the house and sister 4 joists and add two sets of posts and beams (at each end below where my aquarium is located) across the 4 joists for further support for the floor under my 200 gallon aquarium. I've been running with only 10 inches of water for a month. I...
by Mr Bill
Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 889
Views: 67674

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

This weekend we had a neighbor go under the house and sister 4 joists and add two pier and beams (at each end below where my aquarium is located) across the 4 joists for further support for the floor under my 200 gallon aquarium. I've been running with only 10 inches of water for a month. I filled i...
by Mr Bill
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 186
Views: 8922

Re: So who here is actually mining?

One other thing about bitcoin... From "I used to be a bitcoin bull heres why that changed A big challenge, however, is that the network is becoming increasingly congested. Right now, the network is struggling to process more than about four transactions per second, and intense demand for networ...
by Mr Bill
Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: What's causing this odd behavior?
Replies: 10
Views: 419

Re: What's causing this odd behavior?

I occasionally get something like this when I first turn on my monitor in display port mode. The scale will be all wack such as 640x480. I turn off the display and turn it on again and then it comes out right.
by Mr Bill
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 141
Views: 11465

Re: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?

Topic reminds me of the ending of the joke about the hunter and the bear....
"You really don't come up here to hunt... do you?"
by Mr Bill
Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Brush your teeth in just 10 seconds..
Replies: 10
Views: 929

Re: Brush your teeth in just 10 seconds..

I was going to guess, bobbing your head in an ultrasonic cleaner. :P
by Mr Bill
Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 5115

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

Redocbew wrote:
Elephant > not-cat

I'll take the black ivory stuff. :P
Its expensive because the link says they only recover enough beans for a kilogram after feeding 33 kilograms to the elephant. Those have got to be some very buzzed elephants. :D
by Mr Bill
Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 5115

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

Kopi luwak Hell No!!! Not only is it way overpriced, but a medium size cat eats the fruit and poops out the bean at the other end. Why in Hell would anyone even drink that that? :o :roll: Civet /= cat. There is also "Black Ivory coffee" . The coffee is fed to elephants and recovered from ...
by Mr Bill
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 5115

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

You guys DO UNDERSTAND that you don't have to brew a WHOLE POT every single time you use a drip coffee machine, right? I have seen a few comments saying something about "a 10 cup pot" or "a 12 cup pot" or "a whole pot" and honestly I couldn't tell if you people don't u...
by Mr Bill
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: wine fridge beeping
Replies: 2
Views: 1228

Re: wine fridge beeping

Try contacting the mfr to see if a replacement board is available or necessary.
by Mr Bill
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an E®A
Replies: 85
Views: 5405

Re: End of an E®A

I haven't shopped at a Sears B&M store in several years. The last time I set foot in one it was weird. Lots of empty shelves, half of the lights off (presumably to save electricity... it was like ever other fixture, not random dead fluorescent tubes), and not an employee in sight (most of the c...
by Mr Bill
Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Let's party like it's 1999 and look at single-threaded x87 FPU performance
Replies: 49
Views: 4040

Re: Let's party like it's 1999 and look at single-threaded x87 FPU performance

I overclocked my Phenom II x6 1090T to just over 4GHz. Phenom II (Thuban) at 4070MHz - 16GB CL9-9-9-24 1760MHz dual channel DDR3 - 512KB L2+6MB L3: 15.063s Which is still slower than Haswell at 2.4GHz with a single channel of cheap (CL11 DDR3-1600) memory. :-? It's nice to see that Ryzen is a good ...
by Mr Bill
Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 889
Views: 67674

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

An air compressor with a good impact wrench works magic on bolts like that. Done are my days with 6 foot levers and lots of weight only to break tools and/or snap bolts. PB Blaster + impact wrench == unstuck bolt. :) Makes me wonder how its possible to compare static torque wrench measurements vers...
by Mr Bill
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Intel Licensing AMD GPU Tech
Replies: 73
Views: 8920

Re: Intel Licensing AMD GPU Tech

Waco wrote:
Great, so Intel drivers are going to suck for eternity. :lol:
I'd think Radeon drivers would be used for the video.
by Mr Bill
Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:41 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Let's party like it's 1999 and look at single-threaded x87 FPU performance
Replies: 49
Views: 4040

Re: Let's party like it's 1999 and look at single-threaded x87 FPU performance

I know you didn't forget but there was the 8MHz 8087 coprocessor that went with the original 8086 systems circa 1983. I still have that system. Have no idea if it would boot.
by Mr Bill
Sat Oct 28, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tofurky and other faux meats.
Replies: 52
Views: 2695

Re: Tofurky and other faux meats.

I really don't get the point of the whole "faux meat" thing. They can taste good (they can also be awful), but they almost never have the taste and texture of the thing they are trying to emulate. So why even say "this is supposed to be like turkey" (or whatever) in the first pl...
by Mr Bill
Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: the most advanced 80's 8-bit CPUs?
Replies: 54
Views: 4309

Re: the most advanced 80's 8-bit CPUs?

The problem with this sort of question is there are several ways to look at it: Performance: Processing power, memory access speed, bus speed etc. Library: how much software was written for that processor Market share: how many machines actually sold Considering how many machines were created and h...
by Mr Bill
Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Crazy Manangement Styles
Replies: 49
Views: 3352

Re: Crazy Manangement Styles

When I worked at a defense contractor I used to (anonymously) post the especially relevant ones on the door of the fridge in the break area. It was really scary how spot-on some of them were, but Adams supposedly got a lot of the ideas for the Dilbert strips from real-life reader submissions, so it...
by Mr Bill
Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 96
Views: 6211

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

just brew it! wrote:
I was also a DESQView user way back in the day. Multi-tasking DOS applications in the '80s FTW! :lol:
I was too!
by Mr Bill
Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 96
Views: 6211

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

Not to derail the thread, but I really miss my Windows Phone. Really a shame it never caught on and I still think it's a superior OS. Oh well... It may have been a better OS but an OS is just a base-level requirement for the applications that people ultimately want their phones for, and the devs on...
by Mr Bill
Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: der8auer's at it again, this time with X299 VRMs
Replies: 22
Views: 2499

Re: der8auer's at it again, this time with X299 VRMs

Mr. Bill, yeah that'd be another point in the liquid metal's favor. Der8auer already filled the entire IHS with paste, looked akin to someone plastering a wall. :lol: Just realized I meant to say the kryopaste could be slathered all over the socket due to being an insulator but liquid metal would b...
by Mr Bill
Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 122
Views: 5452

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

I loath those hasp keys. Only place I've seen them is to protect software whose only purpose is to run $100k+ scientific equipment. What good is it to pirate the software that I can't use without the machine? University pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for a machine and yearly service contract ...
by Mr Bill
Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 122
Views: 5452

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

The Mac is literally a hardware dongle for iOS build support. I have Xcode installed because I need the CLI tools (which I don't directly use because Visual Studio scripts the build process), the iOS Simulator for iOS testing, and Application Loader to interface with iTunes Connect. Everything else...
by Mr Bill
Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: der8auer's at it again, this time with X299 VRMs
Replies: 22
Views: 2499

Re: der8auer's at it again, this time with X299 VRMs

My point was der8auer stated liquid metal performs worse at subzero cooling than TIM. I'm not talking about soldering the chip, my comparison is that frozen "liquid metal" would be a solid and not much different from a typical soldered chip at those temps, so I am perplexed as to why it w...
by Mr Bill
Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 122
Views: 5452

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

Concupiscence wrote:
I always beat this drum because it's always true: lab environments are a source of endless retro tech. ...
(+infinity) I have one WinNT4 running an ICP-MS, two Win95 for the old GC's, three WinXP for the less than 10 years old stuff, and Win7pro 'to rule them all and in the darkness bind them'.
by Mr Bill
Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: der8auer's at it again, this time with X299 VRMs
Replies: 22
Views: 2499

Re: der8auer's at it again, this time with X299 VRMs

Yeah, liquid metals freeze just below room temperature. Even mercury can only make it down to -38C before freezing. I would have thought solidified frozen liquid metal would've been a better medium for thermal transfer at that point, it's not any different than soldering the IHS do the chip right? ...
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