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by cphite
Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: A question regarding storage hardware
Replies: 19
Views: 773

Re: A question regarding storage hardware

I'm sure there are a lot of corporate IT operations which do worse than what you outlined. I've worked with a few of them. Yeah, I know. Can't understand it though. Someone I used to work with discovered that the "off site" backups that IT was supposedly doing of the servers at their loca...
by cphite
Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: A question regarding storage hardware
Replies: 19
Views: 773

Re: A question regarding storage hardware

Thumb drives are for convenience; they allow you to carry a copy of something on your person. So they're great for carrying copies of installation files, or whatever documents, music, or other media you need to have with you as you walk around. They are not suitable for backups of data or machine st...
by cphite
Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I need a robocall killer for iOS
Replies: 14
Views: 754

Re: I need a robocall killer for iOS

Unless I’m expecting a call from a number not on my contact list (like a workman scheduled that day, for example) I don’t pick up numbers I don’t recognize. I get several spam calls per day, but never pick them up. If it’s a legit caller I miss, they’ll leave a message. Yeah...that doesn't help. Ig...
by cphite
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What shows are you recently watching?
Replies: 98
Views: 9714

Re: What shows are you recently watching?

I've been binge-watching The Flash for a few weeks now, ever since the latest season hit Netflix. For the most part I like it... it's cheesy but in a fun way. Some of the crossover stuff makes it hard to follow sometimes (I don't have time to watch all four DC series) but it's still good fun. Fear T...
by cphite
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Nasa to make Major Martian Announcement
Replies: 17
Views: 802

Re: Nasa to make Major Martian Announcement

As much as I enjoy the subject, I'm getting a little tired of these "major announcements" and the surrounding buildup, only for it to be that they've found evidence of erosion or a couple of molecules that could - at least in theory - be related to some organic process. Just release the in...
by cphite
Wed May 02, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Odd repetitive seeking noise from a supposedly idle hard drive
Replies: 24
Views: 1718

Re: Odd repetitive seeking noise from a supposedly idle hard drive

The description you're giving sounds pretty normal for a drive that size, and a quick Google reveals folks asking about the same thing... basically as JBI says you've got a massive (relatively speaking) set of platters and those are going to make some noise as they stop and start. Also as a result o...
by cphite
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3858
Views: 559627

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

The Cult - Pure Cult This is one of those bands that I always dug when I heard them back in the day, but I never really followed them... never bought any albums, or went to see them... so this past weekend I was on a road trip and one of their songs came on the air, and it kinda took me back so I bo...
by cphite
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Microsoft 1 - Hardened E-Criminal 0
Replies: 32
Views: 3110

Re: Microsoft 1 - Hardened E-Criminal 0

..and I really can't stand a person that behaves like a complete pedantic ass whenever I post, disagreeing or not. Because you post outrageous nonsense like this all the time. You will, at the drop of the hat, make scurrilous allegations of the most extreme kind on the basis of absolutely nothing. ...
by cphite
Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Clicky HDD. Any chance it's normal?
Replies: 26
Views: 6779

Re: Clicky HDD. Any chance it's normal?

Well, apparently, it's "normal". It would be interesting to corroborate with more owners of this model. The replacement HDD clicks the same. Manufacture date is less than a month apart, but I think that's enough to rule out a bad batch. It's also from a different geographic market. Common...
by cphite
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Microsoft 1 - Hardened E-Criminal 0
Replies: 32
Views: 3110

Re: Microsoft 1 - Hardened E-Criminal 0

Meh, whatever. If you want to run a business, don't break the law. If you want to charge for copies of software/books/AV, get permission from the copyright holder. Microsoft has a program for refurbishers. Lundgren chose not to go along with it and sell his alternative--without permission. And I se...
by cphite
Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3858
Views: 559627

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

They're definitely worth at least a listen if you're into prog, prog metal, or concept albums / rock opera (like Tommy or Jesus Christ Superstar). I doubt I will be buying the entire back catalog, but will pick up a couple or three of their albums for sure. If concept albums are something you like,...
by cphite
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 456
Views: 31156

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Not at all: yours is an opinion, inconsistencies aren't opinions, Maulers' one is an accurate analisys of FACTS with a reasoning that actually makes sense. Sure he makes his own considerations about those facts but he carefully keeps separated the facts from his opinions. It is clearly stated in th...
by cphite
Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 456
Views: 31156

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Dude... the entire series is full of flaws, bad writing, and plot holes large enough to fly a Star Destroyer through. Including the original trilogy. You've gotta be willing to accept that if you're going to discuss them :b This is your opinion, again Last jedi has so many flaws that is firstly a b...
by cphite
Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 456
Views: 31156

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Obi Wan and Yoda didn't go to hide. Obi Wan was watching over Luke from distance because Owen and Beru didn't want him around Luke. Yoda went to Dagobah to preserve the jedi knowledge while telepathically keeping contact with the jedi who survived the order 66. The Obi Wan one is plausible, but whe...
by cphite
Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3858
Views: 559627

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Pelican - The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw (2005) Listening to more Pelican while I do a deep dive into what appears to be a HBA driver issue this AM. This one has some fairly mellow moments. Pink Floyd meets Black Sabbath without vocals? I had no idea this band even existed until a few...
by cphite
Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 456
Views: 31156

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Hell I agree with Luke that the Jedi, as they were, need to end. Given his character in the original trilogy, I actually think his retreating to hermithood made sense. I agree... and honestly, I don't see why so many people (including the actor) saw it as being out of character. He watched his own ...
by cphite
Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 456
Views: 31156

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Hell I agree with Luke that the Jedi, as they were, need to end. Given his character in the original trilogy, I actually think his retreating to hermithood made sense. I agree... and honestly, I don't see why so many people (including the actor) saw it as being out of character. He watched his own ...
by cphite
Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Anyone else playing Dead Maze?
Replies: 32
Views: 2819

Re: Anyone else playing Dead Maze?

Meh. It sounded cool until I started looking at the reviews. Adding a play-to-win element would be bad enough... but it sounds like the devs are deliberately gearing the game around play-to-win. For example, taking away items that players previously purchased, or adding PvP and making purchased item...
by cphite
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 9493

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

End User wrote:
cphite wrote:
Captain Ned wrote:
Those who would give up essential fidelity to gain temporary freedom deserve neither fidelity nor freedom.


+10

-11


Infinity+1
by cphite
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 9493

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

Captain Ned wrote:
End User wrote:
Wireless audio on phones is amazing. Such a sense of freedom.

Those who would give up essential fidelity to gain temporary freedom deserve neither fidelity nor freedom.


+10
by cphite
Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3858
Views: 559627

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Opeth is a decent enough band when they're doing death metal, but they are frikkin' awesome when they're playing clean. Pale communion and Damnation are both amazing albums.
by cphite
Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 on ARM Check-In: a smouldering dumpster fire
Replies: 46
Views: 3444

Re: Windows 10 on ARM Check-In: a smouldering dumpster fire

The same was said about the Windows RT line before it was unceremoniously dumped due to lack of market penetration. And we expect this to not happen again if it fails to compete? Nope. That is exactly what we expect to happen. If people buy it, then it will stick around; if people don't buy it, the...
by cphite
Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 on ARM Check-In: a smouldering dumpster fire
Replies: 46
Views: 3444

Re: Windows 10 on ARM Check-In: a smouldering dumpster fire

My takeaway from the article is that it performs acceptably well for the sort of basic tasks it's intended for - things like drawing, writing, and visual editing - at least when those things are done using Modern apps. It performs less well when doing things it really isn't intended to do. I certai...
by cphite
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 on ARM Check-In: a smouldering dumpster fire
Replies: 46
Views: 3444

Re: Windows 10 on ARM Check-In: a smouldering dumpster fire

My takeaway from the article is that it performs acceptably well for the sort of basic tasks it's intended for - things like drawing, writing, and visual editing - at least when those things are done using Modern apps. It performs less well when doing things it really isn't intended to do. I certain...
by cphite
Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 732
Views: 101216

Re: What are you playing right now?

Right now in my continued quest to play things long after they're relevant... I'm about 25% of the way through Assassins Creed: Rogue So far it's pretty cool... I actually really dig the story for this one. Not much of a spoiler since it's been out so long (and it basically says it on the back of th...
by cphite
Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 732
Views: 101216

Re: What are you playing right now?

Skyrim. 600 hours gameplay, and this is my first time fighting for the douchebag Stormcloaks. I suspect this once will be enough. Morally corrupt, self-serving, and just plain obstinately stupid for not seeing that "united we fight, divided we fall" adage holds true for them. Weirdly enou...
by cphite
Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Microsoft confirms it’s already cancelling its newest version of Windows
Replies: 58
Views: 5645

Re: Microsoft confirms it’s already cancelling its newest version of Windows

The original plan was that Windows 10 S would be a "lite" version of Windows that would only run Modern Apps from the store; but that would have the full Windows 10 components built in so that they could be activated, for a fee, making whatever device is was installed on a full Windows mac...
by cphite
Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Clicky HDD. Any chance it's normal?
Replies: 26
Views: 6779

Re: Clicky HDD. Any chance it's normal?

I think I've never not seen or seen and haven't remembered it, but not both, a better or equal and not worse use of not double negative. You mean verify your backups & RMA. You are already backup up, right? Generally, but I have to sync as it changes daily. But anyway it's going to be a pain to...
by cphite
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Dual Fax
Replies: 28
Views: 2845

Re: Dual Fax

The daily spam trap summaries I get from our third-part filtering service still contain attempts to spoof various scan-to-email and fax-to-email file types. Well of course. That's because the demographic who still use fax machines are the ripest targets for the scammers. Let's face it, fax has been...
by cphite
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 13449

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

So is Windows 10 anywhere as bad as people been saying it is? Which people? Windows 10 isn't perfect but then again no OS is perfect. Things I don't like... The UI seems to lag sometimes, especially the start menu. The update process can be irritating sometimes. Aside from that... it's actually rem...
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