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by cphite
Mon Jul 22, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Weird bug and weirder solution...
Replies: 4
Views: 62

Re: Weird bug and weirder solution...

Sounds like a race condition. There is some transient state which is preventing the e-mail attach code from successfully opening the file; adding the extra debug code delays execution of the e-mail attach operation just enough that you're no longer hitting the problem. Race conditions are unpredict...
by cphite
Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Weird bug and weirder solution...
Replies: 4
Views: 62

Weird bug and weirder solution...

This is more of a curiosity thing, so I don't expect folks to spend any real time on this... it's just something I found really odd, and was hoping to find out why it might have occurred. Some background... I am not a VB coder... I know enough that I can get by for simple things, but usually only af...
by cphite
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15300

Re: Something's different...

If you care about TR I'm still trying to encourage patience. How much each person chooses to extend is up to them, obviously. The people who aren’t willing to give any more of chance have already gone. The rest of us are still here. I like to think that we complain because we care. If we didn’t car...
by cphite
Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4201
Views: 598239

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

TheNightTimeProject - "Pale Season" Melodic and kinda melancholy progressive metal... kinda in the same vein as Katatonia (two of them are former Katatonia members) or more recent Opeth. I actually found this one by accident on Google Music, and am glad that I did... really cool album. Was...
by cphite
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15300

Re: Something's different...

I won't pile onto the don't like it pile, except to say in a very general sense (in my old "get off my lawn" voice) that I don't like the overall trend towards low information density and no borders and overly large pictures... but I get that it's intended to make the site work on smaller ...
by cphite
Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 907
Views: 124003

Re: What are you playing right now?

Assassins Creed: Odyssey First thing... this game is HUGE. And the landscape is absolutely stunning in some places... seriously, this might be the nicest looking game in the series. The world is nicely laid out - it's obviously not "real world" scale, but it's absolutely enormous and what'...
by cphite
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: For movies on disc (yeah), do you ever register your "digital copy?"
Replies: 32
Views: 1123

Re: For movies on disc (yeah), do you ever register your "digital copy?"

I redeem them all so that I can watch them from my Movies Anywhere account. It's really convenient to not have to swap out discs when you don't feel like it, but you always have that physical copy in case something goes wrong. Hah, for me the "digital copy" would be the "in case some...
by cphite
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4055
Views: 673584

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Kavalan Solist Port Cask - relative went to Taiwan on a business trip and brought this back. It's really quite good... kinda reminds me of a Balvenie bottle I had a while back.

It's a heck of a lot cheaper in Taiwan.
by cphite
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What if......
Replies: 40
Views: 1613

Re: What if......

By some bizarre twist of fate, I've never read any of his books. I really need to remedy that. WHAT! (as my 3yr old says) The Cryptonomicon is literally the bible on everything Crypto. But its a good read and yes it kills a lot of trees if you get a hard copy of it, actually all his books do. Yeah,...
by cphite
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 907
Views: 124003

Re: What are you playing right now?

DPete27 wrote:
Usacomp2k3 wrote:
On a new topic, I Need some recommendations to play with my new RX570.

I would say Dishonored / Dishonored 2 are perhaps my favorite games as of late. Not really RTS, but plenty of strategy involved.


I really enjoyed both of those. They did an excellent job building the world.
by cphite
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 907
Views: 124003

Re: What are you playing right now?

Just finished Shadow of the Tomb Raider and it's pretty wild... gorgeous setting (South America, mostly jungle and ancient ruins) - the story is kinda wacky because they feel like they have to keep one-upping the previous episodes, but it's actually pretty interesting in a ridiculous action movie so...
by cphite
Mon May 20, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Format ext4 from Windows
Replies: 44
Views: 1850

Re: Format ext4 from Windows

Disk management in Windows should be able to see the partitions and destroy them. Failing that, issuing the 'clean' command in diskpart to that device should erase the partition table and allow you to do anything you want to it. Yeah, disk management in Windows should... Thing is, I've had several ...
by cphite
Wed May 15, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Custom cables for headphones
Replies: 26
Views: 1367

Re: Custom cables for headphones

Well, sure if you wanna go for that cheap AudioQuest garbage... real audiophiles use the good stuff: https://sightandsoundgallery.com/products/nordost-odin-2-supreme-reference-speaker-cable? what the effing efffffffffffff? It begs the question how in the world are people stupid enough to buy this c...
by cphite
Tue May 14, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Custom cables for headphones
Replies: 26
Views: 1367

Re: Custom cables for headphones

Obligatory rant that if "audiophiles" stopped for a second and went to Youtube to find videos about recording and studio engineering, they'd probably have a heart attack. The notion that nobody in even the highest-end recording studios gives a flying f*** about cabling other than "ma...
by cphite
Mon May 13, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Fan question for y'all
Replies: 27
Views: 1414

Re: Fan question for y'all

...and the fans that come with the new case will probably fail within 6 months. Bowing to your experience, but I've never seen anything that bad. Again, I'm not advocating the cheap and nasty case option, but if the system is overheating in early May something has to give and I don't know if it can...
by cphite
Wed May 01, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Do new phones have significantly better radios?
Replies: 14
Views: 1420

Re: Do new phones have significantly better radios?

Two major issues I see. 1. Sprint - you might think I'm joking but there is a legitimate reason Sprint has less subscribers than any of the other big boys. They just don't have the reach of the others. Plain and simple. That's true in a general sense but it's worth checking out the service maps (fo...
by cphite
Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Ubuntu 18.04.. no input
Replies: 19
Views: 1095

Re: Ubuntu 18.04.. no input

I had a similar issue on a Windows machine and the "fix" was to unplug the computer for about ten minutes and then plug it back in again. I honestly don't know why that worked but it did - my working theory is that it pissed off the gremlins that were causing the issue. But the machine wor...
by cphite
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4201
Views: 598239

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

just brew it! wrote:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQNtGoM3FVU

You need to wait for the chorus. Don't skip forward to it, just wait for it.


Wow.
by cphite
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Is Microsoft bad at math?
Replies: 21
Views: 1460

Re: Is Microsoft bad at math?

Not really a Microsoft problem... it's just as bad in Linux and iOS - even worse in some cases. It's one of those things that sounds like it ought to be easy but turns out to be really difficult to actually do. It tends to be better for very large files - especially if there's only one - or in other...
by cphite
Thu Apr 04, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Why are game consoles so efficient??
Replies: 27
Views: 3100

Re: Why are game consoles so efficient??

Coding to a single bare metal design means you can tweak everything to be *perfect* on that one platform and you can take advantage of every low level access point into the hardware that is available. Time consuming, but actually possible on one platform. This. A good friend of mine is a coder who ...
by cphite
Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 907
Views: 124003

Re: What are you playing right now?

Just finished Assassins Creed:Origins last night. All in all really enjoyed it... the visuals are amazing. One weird thing - and I am wondering if this was by design or a bug, so am throwing it out here to see if anyone else experienced the same thing... spoiler just in case: It started with the que...
by cphite
Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How about π in the Sky? (or cloud)
Replies: 10
Views: 1893

Re: How about π in the Sky? (or cloud)

You only need 39-40 digits of Pi to calculate the circumference of the universe to an accuracy of the diameter of a hydrogen atom. Frikkin' NASA just eyeballing stuff to the nearest hydrogen atom... And people wonder why their funding gets cut at every drop of the hat... Exactly. They already know ...
by cphite
Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How about π in the Sky? (or cloud)
Replies: 10
Views: 1893

Re: How about π in the Sky? (or cloud)

Mr Bill wrote:
You only need 39-40 digits of Pi to calculate the circumference of the universe to an accuracy of the diameter of a hydrogen atom.


Frikkin' NASA just eyeballing stuff to the nearest hydrogen atom...
by cphite
Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: MCU
Replies: 217
Views: 19095

Re: MCU

Part way through the movie, she leans over and apologizes for choosing the movie. Personally, I wasn't really that disappointed, as I expected mediocrity to begin with. I would consider this to be one of the weakest MCU movies to come out, not as bad as Thor 2, but maybe something a bit worse than ...
by cphite
Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4201
Views: 598239

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Overkill - The Wings Of War

These guys have been one of my go-to bands since the 80's - just raw, aggressive, in your face thrash metal... Blitz is starting to show his age on vocals a bit.
by cphite
Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: From the "WTF were they thinking?" files...
Replies: 12
Views: 2631

Re: From the "WTF were they thinking?" files...

if the range is long enough I though that these were a good idea for adding music to another room. I did find the one demo I saw in store a little tinny. Yeah, same here... they sound like they'd be okay if your only goal is to get some background music into a room, but don't expect much in terms o...
by cphite
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Karate championship -- what's up with the gloves?
Replies: 3
Views: 794

Re: Karate championship -- what's up with the gloves?

Probably to avoid minor scratches and injuries from contaminating the floor with blood, which would require nanny-state cleanup squads to interrupt the flow of the tournament. These days it's all about advertising revenue and the less appealing the end result is to TV broadcasters, the less money c...
by cphite
Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Front Page Poll Proposal: Do you even RGB bro?
Replies: 38
Views: 1984

Re: Front Page Poll Proposal: Do you even RGB bro?

Not even cables are immune from this crap... work got me a new Dell laptop, and it comes with a docking station that connects via USB-C... there is a little LED on the plug that is amazingly bright for how small it is; to the point where it's actually kinda blinding. I can understand why it's useful...
by cphite
Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 907
Views: 124003

Re: What are you playing right now?

It's interesting to me how a sequel can look and feel just like the original without retaining any of the original's "soul." I think that the story of HR was really compelling and MD just feels boring in comparison. On top of that, I remember the levels being a lot interesting in HR. A wh...
by cphite
Thu Feb 28, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 907
Views: 124003

Re: What are you playing right now?

I've been playing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. I can't quite put my finger on it, but there's something about this game that makes it nowhere near as good as Human Revolution. I'm about 5-10 hours in and seriously considering abandoning it. Did anyone play the whole way through this one? Is it worth s...
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