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Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: USB to XLR
Replies: 6
Views: 148

Re: USB to XLR

There is this device that has both analog XLR and AES EBU ports. Still requires an AC power source though.
by the
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4644

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

On the bright side, Windows 10 is not as bad as Office 365. The Terminator movie series is going to be documentary on how I correct this timeline from the horrors of Office 365 by sending robots back in time to remove all traces of its existence by global thermonuclear war. I am totally not bitter....
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Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4644

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

Windows 10 has issues still but I think most of the complaining has simply died down because people just adapted, not that it has gotten better. Newer builds have less of the split personality between user interfaces. Fundamentally MS should have completed the design changes before shipping. Several...
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Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Unsure with this monitor
Replies: 13
Views: 339

Re: Unsure with this monitor

Does it have any features not related to the display itself? Like speakers or a webcam? I'm thinking it is connecting something via DP AUX channel
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Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 11950

Re: Video card prices

I had forgotten that NVidia and their board partners resisted adopting the DisplayPort standard for as long as they did. Radeon HD 5000 series cards had ubiquitous DisplayPort outputs more than a year before your GeForce GTX 570 was manufactured. DVI should eventually disappear from newer devices s...
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Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: How long a wait for Spectre/Meltdown-proof CPUs?
Replies: 12
Views: 1097

Re: How long a wait for Spectre/Meltdown-proof CPUs?

I strongly suspect that Intel will fix Meltdown for Cascade Lake due at the end of the year. The meltdown patches are handing AMD a golden opportunity in the server market as they close the performance gap in some scenarios where Intel was previously on top. Combined with lower pricing and higher me...
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Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 11950

Re: Video card prices

It isn't just NewEgg that is out of stock. My local Micro Center only has three GTX 1050, a couple Radeon 7750 with six mini DP outputs and a few Quadro NVS cards. Next to nothing and they don't know when new stock is coming in.
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Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 64
Views: 2087

Re: Average fuel consumption

I have a Ford C-Max which is a plug-in hybrid. Per the manual, I can get up to 25 miles (~40 km) on a battery charge before switching over to a hybrid mode using gasoline. I've never been able to get that distance but I can get ~18 mile (~29 km) on it. The nice thing is that I can make it to work on...
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Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 11950

Re: Video card prices

Speaking of on-package and GPU solutions, I wonder if the mining craze will start absorbing Kaby Lake-G systems for mining. Clocks and ALU count are both down compared to Vega 64 but the HBM is still there which helps mining. I'm sure some people will try it on their laptops when not using them an ...
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Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 11950

Re: Video card prices

Well along the FPGA lines, there are the Xeons which are supposed to be coming in 2018 with an on package FPGA. That wouldn't require any sort board engineering since they're be using existing motherboards. These parts have been in Intel's pipeline for ~4 years as they first talked about it in 2014 ...
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Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RGB-LED Walls
Replies: 11
Views: 678

Re: RGB-LED Walls

Pretty good for consumer. The real benefit is if they figured out how to economically scale the backend tile systems to permit even larger displays. To me that looks like a usual CES one-off. The tech will enter the consumer space eventually but right now it's going to be pricey. The tech has been ...
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Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Hypothetical Device to use NVMe storage to old PCs
Replies: 6
Views: 557

Re: Hypothetical Device to use NVMe storage to old PCs

You'd need a carrier card with a PCIe bridge chip for using multiple M.2 cards within a single PCIe slot. I have found two such cards: https://www.amazon.com/Aplicata-Quad-NVMe-PCIe-Adapter/dp/B01MTU75X4/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1515673618 This first card only has an 8x PCIe 3.0 ...
by the
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Bit by Meltdown patch? - VirtualBox hard crashes computer
Replies: 12
Views: 1652

Re: Bit by Meltdown patch? - VirtualBox hard crashes computer

Have you checked to see if any virtual box kernel modules can be updated as well?
by the
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 11950

Re: Video card prices

why are some of these currencies coded in such a way so as to deliberately discourage the use of ASICs? To help with decentralization/democratization of mining. When $400 cards are going for over $1000, how is it any better than ASICs in that regard? Because an ASIC would be disproportionately fast...
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Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RGB-LED Walls
Replies: 11
Views: 678

Re: RGB-LED Walls

Ah, here is a better example of an LED wall from CES this year: https://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-microled-makes-massive-modular-tv-a-reality/ Pretty good for consumer. The real benefit is if they figured out how to economically scale the backend tile systems to permit even larger displays. Much of ...
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Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RGB-LED Walls
Replies: 11
Views: 678

Re: RGB-LED Walls

Too low of resolution.

If you had the money and power, it is perfectly possible to use 0.7 mm pixel pitch LED to create a really immersive room.
by the
Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 208
Views: 9109

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

It's Microsoft's perpetual curse. Vendor does something undocumented or stupid, MS updates Windows, previously harmless but stupid thing breaks computer, user blames MS. It's a large part of why MS is so scared of changing anything. And it wasn't found in testing? Sounds 100% like a shared screw up...
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Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 208
Views: 9109

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

It does raise an interesting point, what's the earliest generation Intel can make the hardware changes in? Cascade Lake this year? Intel elected to not make the changes in Coffee Lake nor Sky-X so it must not be a quick fix. No way. We're looking at likely a multi-year hardware solution. Intel said...
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Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 208
Views: 9109

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

If the scary impact numbers discussed for virtualization workloads are only 50% correct, Meltdown mitigation is still going to have a MAJOR impact on the financial services industry. Since financial services HATE to spend money on anything that doesn't directly generate income (a/k/a IT, where no o...
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Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 208
Views: 9109

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

Note that the Phoronix benchmarks are not "clean" and include a bunch of updates, not just the Intel PTI bug fix. Theoretically, we could have all sorts of performance improvements that are masking some of the effects of the bug fix. It's likely that any such effect is very small, but we ...
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Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:21 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 208
Views: 9109

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

Do you guys think a proper fix to the silicon will make it to Ice Lake? My uneducated guess is that Intel would not release a new processor that still had this errata. I would presume so as well but CES is around the corner with mobile Cannon Lake. These chips are arguably already a year late and t...
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Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia forbids GeForce use in Data Centers...
Replies: 21
Views: 1204

Re: Nvidia forbids GeForce use in Data Centers...

Not really enforceable. More realistically it'll be an excuse for nVidia to provide support for data centers that have tried to snatch up Titan Vs for server usage.
by the
Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 391
Views: 17050

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

I get all the "Leia Poppins" hate, and it was a WTF moment for me too. Lots of folks agree that it would have been the perfect moment to kill off the character. Now we either get CGI Elderly Leia or an offscreen death between episodes. Neither of those scenarios is going to set well with ...
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Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:26 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Titan V
Replies: 36
Views: 2706

Re: Nvidia Titan V

GV100 is ROP-limited just like Vega 10 and Fiji in gaming loads. It looks like there is going only be to small gains in architectural tweaks for gaming loads. Well the Titan V only has 96 of 128 ROPs enabled due to only 3 of 4 HBM stacks enabled. A Titan V vs. Quadro GP100 comparison would be inter...
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Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:03 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 391
Views: 17050

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

I just got back from seeing it and I have some thoughts to share. Things that I liked: The opening scene - Trolling the general was funny and unexpected. Maybe it did get a bit too long but I'm OK with that here. Luke Skywalker - General consensus is that Luke has gone full grumpy old man and no...
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Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: MCU
Replies: 55
Views: 5349

Re: MCU

Properties like Avatar, The Simpsons, FX Networks and National Geographic will also fold into Disney’s portfolio according to the official release. Does that mean Lisa Simpson is a Disney princess now? Exactly what she wouldn't want. :lol: I don't think the deal covered any broadcast (which control...
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Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Displayport cable
Replies: 39
Views: 1937

Re: Displayport cable

Monster Cable makes some that were bathed in the blood of goats or something. I forget the exact ritual, but I do recall that they are directional - don't get the source and destination sides confused! EDIT: I'm sorry, the A/V crowd never latched onto DisplayPort, I wasn't able to find cables that ...
by the
Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Cisco ASA keeps killing my SSH connections
Replies: 41
Views: 7486

Re: Cisco ASA keeps killing my SSH connections

This may an odd ball and I haven't dived too deep into this thread, but if the script is calling the keep alive function and the connection is dropping every 5 minutes or so, is that when then connection actually drops in that script? IE does calling that function force the VPN to drop due to a chan...
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Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 4K @ 60Hz KVM Switch / 144hz @2560x1440
Replies: 7
Views: 1732

Re: 4K @ 60Hz KVM Switch / 144hz @2560x1440

I wonder if it will support MST hubs on the output side. I'd be a slick way to run several PCs with multiple monitors behind a single KVM.
by the
Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Investing in Hardware
Replies: 21
Views: 2178

Re: Investing in Hardware

I ordered the original Apple G4 (450 Mhz Sawtooth) before Apple infamously increased the price by $500 a couple of months after the announcement since they had to cancel the 500 Mhz version. I ordered a bunch of 16 GB registered ECC DDR3 DIMMs pretty much when they hit rock bottom. Now they're worth...
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