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by Mr Bill
Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Ready Player One Trailer is out
Replies: 26
Views: 501

Re: Ready Player One Trailer is out

This is a good a place as any to mention that I vastly preferred The Atopia Chronicles to RPO. I've suggested it to a number of people but so far no one that I know has read it, so I've never had the opportunity to discuss it. I'll read it and get back to you. Always happy to find a new source of b...
by Mr Bill
Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Ready Player One Trailer is out
Replies: 26
Views: 501

Re: Ready Player One Trailer is out

The story has elements that I'd like to see that may not require much licensing. For example, I'm very interested in how he goes to school and how the virtual reality itself is laid out and interconnected as he and his friends go about solving the puzzle. whm1974, you should read the book before mak...
by Mr Bill
Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Ready Player One Trailer is out
Replies: 26
Views: 501

Ready Player One Trailer is out

This came out July 22; I don't see a thread on this already.
Ready Player One trailer
The trailer park stacks are as I imagined them. I sure hope Spielberg does a good job on this. Its a great read.
by Mr Bill
Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD is back with a vengeance -
Replies: 16
Views: 1033

Re: AMD is back with a vengeance -

Back in my day we did physics simulations with pencil and paper, went through both by the ton, and erasers.............;) You're going to drop a line like that with no mention of slide rules? (I had a friend who went to work for Boeing the late 80s. Even then Boeing had leading edge CAD and Boeing ...
by Mr Bill
Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 75
Views: 3296

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

I had forgotten that folding was a thing. One of the "dual-core crates" from my old folding farm got donated to Starfalcon's museum of old PC tech at the TRBBQ. :wink: Back in 1998-2000 my rigs were in the top 1% of SETI (The result of starting early). I fell behind by 2006 and retired th...
by Mr Bill
Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 75
Views: 3296

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

So, TR needs to do an article about how to select a used RX-480 or RX-580. What problems to look for, or maybe why its not wise to buy one that has been used for bitcoin mining.
by Mr Bill
Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:47 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 75
Views: 3296

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

I thought 1070s were as good or better than RX models for hashing Eth. No, they are actually shunned. From what I have read on other forums the RX400/500's were faster for Eth mining. Which is why the 1070, 1080, and especially the 1080 Ti were much less or completely unaffected by the bubble depen...
by Mr Bill
Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 51
Views: 1548

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

Then you'll be pleased to know Windows actually does it almost exactly the same way you do. Whereas my goal is to keep the Windows home folders to the smallest size possible and keep ALL data on a separate drive. It speeds imaging backups of the OS drive and makes data backups a simple drag/drop af...
by Mr Bill
Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Symmetric Multi Turboboost
Replies: 7
Views: 371

Re: Symmetric Multi Turboboost

...does not take advantage of... Doesn't or couldn't? I think you're making the assumption that the architecture team simply didn't notice a blatant benefit and that there were no other limitations keeping them from incorporating such a change. Also keep in mind the physical size of a CPU die. TYPI...
by Mr Bill
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Symmetric Multi Turboboost
Replies: 7
Views: 371

Re: Symmetric Multi Turboboost

DPete27 wrote:
That overlaps with their SMT=Simultaneous Multi-Threading moniker though.
I know :D But it bugs me that the Ryzen and ThreadRipper boost mechanism does not take advantage of spatial symmetry.
by Mr Bill
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Symmetric Multi Turboboost
Replies: 7
Views: 371

Symmetric Multi Turboboost

A little CPU humor... You would think that AMD instead of just boosting one core, could find a way to turbo up several cores in a pattern that maximizes their die separation so they could run hotter and spread out the heat better. On a 16 core system, there could be several patterns of maximum separ...
by Mr Bill
Fri Jul 14, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh
Replies: 41
Views: 2465

Re: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh

Vhalidictes wrote:
MCM = Multi-Chip Module
Thanks! When it came up in the discussion, I thought it must be a reference to mesh or fabric and that was confusing.
by Mr Bill
Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh
Replies: 41
Views: 2465

Re: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh

The only other big data center player which hasn't announced plans to side step large die issues is IBM. They has had no problem using traditional MCM at the high end. Sure, except those are ceramic substrate packages something around a quarter inch thick, not the thin laminated PCB Intel and AMD u...
by Mr Bill
Wed Jul 12, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh
Replies: 41
Views: 2465

Re: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh

Pretty good server article over at Anandtech intel-skylake-ep-vs-amd-epyc-7000-cpu-battle-of-the-decade
by Mr Bill
Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Fish hobbyist thread (aquariums and tanks - not the sport)
Replies: 280
Views: 74707

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

My aquarium stand is finished. I used Eleven 10' x 2" x 6" boards. Its a thing of beauty. I'll try to get some pictures up tonight. :D
by Mr Bill
Wed Jul 05, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Fish hobbyist thread (aquariums and tanks - not the sport)
Replies: 280
Views: 74707

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

I've been watching the King of DIY and decided I would do a variation of this aquarium stand build sized for my tank with 2"x6" redwood construction grade lumber. I sold off the filtration system which was sized for a 2-3000 gallon system (and very loud) and donated the proceeds to SITOK. ...
by Mr Bill
Mon Jul 03, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: The positive parts of Linux.
Replies: 43
Views: 1244

Re: The positive parts of Linux.

You've just reinforced his point quite nicely.... Until new GPUs routinely get feature-complete and stable Linux driver support, Linux will be a second-class OS for gaming. If I had more time this morning, I would link to three or four previous whm1974 threads where we've covered this topic before....
by Mr Bill
Mon Jul 03, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Mushroom ketchup and spices.
Replies: 82
Views: 1279

Re: Mushroom ketchup and spices.

An amusing thread. How hard is to start a campaign promoting mushroom ketchup as putting advertising everywhere that real ketchup doesn't use tomatoes but mushrooms? When you ask for ketchup, demand the real stuff made from mushrooms, not fruit. Well... if you want to trace it all the way back to it...
by Mr Bill
Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh
Replies: 41
Views: 2465

Re: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh

I wonder if the interposer used in HBM can be used to provide mesh or infinity link between modules in a package.
by Mr Bill
Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Fish hobbyist thread (aquariums and tanks - not the sport)
Replies: 280
Views: 74707

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

Could fish survive a vehicle environment. I'm mostly just curious about whether they cave survive the sloshing and vibrations. Perish the thought! As to sloshing, baffles and isolators could take care of it. Its the temperature you have to worry about. Just a few degrees excursion too quickly and t...
by Mr Bill
Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Fish hobbyist thread (aquariums and tanks - not the sport)
Replies: 280
Views: 74707

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

My previous tank is this one (in this thread)... https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=824213#p824213 Currently I have only Julidochromis Malari, Lamprologus Brichardi, dwarf plecos, and a few austrailian rainbows. I will be posting before and after pictures as I get this going. The tank wil...
by Mr Bill
Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh
Replies: 41
Views: 2465

Re: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh

Vhalidictes wrote:
UberGerbil wrote:
If Intel puts four CPUs on a ring, and then weaves the rings together in a mesh... would the result be chainmail? ;)

Only if you're using the International pattern (European 1-into-4 if you want to get technical).
I had to look that up! Its pretty interesting.
by Mr Bill
Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Change Username
Replies: 14
Views: 949

Re: Change Username

How about WinnerGamer?
by Mr Bill
Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh
Replies: 41
Views: 2465

Re: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh

Working with HBM coupling to CPU and GPU has probably given AMD a boost in experience with respect to infinity fabric and memory controllers. My guess is that looming :D on the horizon; both Intel and AMD are converging on the same weave based paradigm.
by Mr Bill
Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Fish hobbyist thread (aquariums and tanks - not the sport)
Replies: 280
Views: 74707

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

Sometime this coming week, I am going to receive a 220 gallon aquarium, stand, and filtration system. Its going to be a great upgrade for my Tanganyikian dwarf African Cichlids.
by Mr Bill
Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP: Gregg Allman
Replies: 13
Views: 972

Re: RIP: Gregg Allman

Loved their music. I will eat a peach in his memory when the local crop comes in this fall.
by Mr Bill
Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Batman Ends
Replies: 11
Views: 934

Re: Batman Ends

An NPR commentator opined that all the other Batmans should attend the funeral; in similar fashion to how Ex-Presidents attend presidential funerals.
by Mr Bill
Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1463
Views: 42813

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Just now and a couple times in the last two weeks I am seeing pairs of 6-axle locomotives pulling 100 empty flat beds. It just looks odd how low they sit and then empty as well. Normal traffic past my window are full and empty coal trains every few hours. When I lived in El Paso, I used to see flatb...
by Mr Bill
Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: How recursive is the real world?
Replies: 43
Views: 2640

Re: How recursive is the real world?

lycium wrote:
Speaking in even greater generality, most people employ a recursive algorithm in general problem solving: "divide and conquer"....
Quicksort comes to mind.
by Mr Bill
Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Personal Supercomputer, didn't know there was such a thing.
Replies: 48
Views: 2073

Re: Personal Supercomputer, didn't know there was such a thing.

The initial model, the Cray-1A, weighed 5.5 tons including the Freon refrigeration system. Configured with 1 million words of main memory, the machine and its power supplies consumed about 115 kW of power; cooling and storage likely more than doubled this figure. I took a tour of Boeing Computer Se...
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