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by JustAnEngineer
Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:01 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Portable chargers
Replies: 7
Views: 86

Re: Portable chargers

My 2nd-gen Moto-X seems to get excited when I'm in a location with poor coverage that frequently loses contact with AT&T's network - it gets noticeably hot in my pocket and the battery drains flat in under 2 hours. I've had to plug in a charger in my office to top it off during the workday.
by JustAnEngineer
Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video Card Prices
Replies: 17
Views: 350

Re: Video Card Prices

If you've got someone else paying for your electricity, it may not occur to you that it's evil to waste it.
by JustAnEngineer
Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:43 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: The positive parts of Linux.
Replies: 42
Views: 882

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 JustAnEngineer
Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:18 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 103
Views: 7238

Re: Formula One 2017

Drivers' standings after eight races: http://www.fia.com/events/fia-formula-one-world-championship/season-2017/2017-classifications 153 Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari - three wins 139 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - three wins 111 Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - one win. 1 DNF 92 Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull / Rena...
by JustAnEngineer
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:54 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 103
Views: 7238

Re: Formula One 2017

Hamilton did brake-check in front of Vettel. That was Hamilton playing to the limit of the rules to get any advantage that he could. If Mr. Vettel is one of the most skilled racing drivers in the world, he should be skilled enough to avoid a collision even when his competitor pulls a stunt like that.
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 103
Views: 7238

Re: Formula One 2017

Consider that Valtteri Bottas started on the front row, then bounced off the inside curb and crashed into Kimi Raikkonen on the first lap and found himself in last place, a lap down, after he pitted to replace the damaged nose of his Mercedes. The safety car periods helped him get his lap back as he...
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 103
Views: 7238

Re: Formula One 2017

In the 8th race of the F1 season, Fernando Alonso scored the first points that McLaren-Honda have earned all year. This was also the first race that both McLaren-Honda cars were running at the finish. The team racked up 10 DNFs for two cars in the first seven races.
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 103
Views: 7238

Re: Formula One 2017

Results from Baku: 1 Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull / Renault 104.9s, 336 kph :D 2 Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes 103.9s, 336 kph 3 Lance Stroll, Williams / Mercedes 105.1s, 329 kph :) 4 Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari 103.4s , 330 kph 5 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes 103.5s, 333 kph 6 Esteban Ocon, Force India / Merced...
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 103
Views: 7238

Re: Formula One 2017

Azerbaijan Grand Prix qualifying and practice lap times (Q3/Q2/Q1/P3/P2/P1): http://www.fia.com/events/fia-formula-one-world-championship/season-2017/eventtiming-information-30 100.6 / 101.3 / 102.0 / 103.2 / 104.5 / 105.5 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - 327 kph 101.0 / 101.5 / 103.0 / 102.7 / 103.5 / 10...
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3880
Views: 617850

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

by JustAnEngineer
Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you eating Right Now
Replies: 285
Views: 50583

Re: What are you eating Right Now

I'm having a thin T-bone for breakfast. :D
by JustAnEngineer
Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:38 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any Spam eaters here(Yes the canned meat product)?
Replies: 149
Views: 1466

Re: Any Spam eaters here(Yes the canned meat product)?

Can you make SPAM edible? Yes.
Does it ever taste as good as ham? No.
Mick Dundee said "You can live on it, but it tastes like _____."
by JustAnEngineer
Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:50 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3390
Views: 502278

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Queens of the Stone Age: The Way You Used to Do
by JustAnEngineer
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:31 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Selecting my next Internals
Replies: 14
Views: 458

Re: Selecting my next Internals

If you do think the HEDT thing interests you though, I'd skip the foreplay and go straight for the i7-7820X sweet spot. I agree. I linked to some Australian e-tailers above. These folks have horrific web design skills, but their prices are competitive. They don't list any 16 GiB DIMMs on their flye...
by JustAnEngineer
Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:41 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Selecting my next Internals
Replies: 14
Views: 458

Re: Selecting my next Internals

AU$1500 also now buys me a 7740X, a nice motherboard, and the same 32GB of RAM. I understand the Kaby-X has a lot of shortcomings, but the possible longevity of X299 intrigues me. Gaming is my primary goal here. I don't do anything other than browse and game on this machine now. You love swapping h...
by JustAnEngineer
Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: World's First Passive Liquid Cooler
Replies: 30
Views: 4475

Re: World's First Passive Liquid Cooler

For D@ Br@b($)! 's entertainment: Case fans are rated at ½ to 2½ mm of water column. I estimated that a 2 meter chimney at 60 °C inside and 25 °C outside would produce only ¼ mm of water column (0.25 kg/m²) before frictional losses. Flow rate is proportional to the square root of the pressure differ...
by JustAnEngineer
Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: World's First Passive Liquid Cooler
Replies: 30
Views: 4475

Re: World's First Passive Liquid Cooler

A chimney works because hot air is less dense than cold air. A tall, well-insulated chimney can provide quite a bit of natural draft. A six-foot length of plastic pipe attached to the top vent of your case would improve its passive cooling capability significantly. A PC has a much lower temperature...
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1325
Views: 38670

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Would a cobbler count? Blackberry is my favorite.
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: World's First Passive Liquid Cooler
Replies: 30
Views: 4475

Re: World's First Passive Liquid Cooler

http://noctua.at/en/products/fan/nf-a12 ... cification
MTBF > 150,000 hours = 17 years of 24/7 operation. If your gaming PC runs just 4 hours per day, that's more like 100 years. Buy new fans when you buy a new CPU or motherboard, and you're probably okay.
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:30 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: World's First Passive Liquid Cooler
Replies: 30
Views: 4475

Re: World's First Passive Liquid Cooler

A chimney works because hot air is less dense than cold air. A tall, well-insulated chimney can provide quite a bit of natural draft. A six-foot length of plastic pipe attached to the top vent of your case would improve its passive cooling capability significantly.
by JustAnEngineer
Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:46 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 103
Views: 7238

Re: Formula One 2017

Drivers' standings after seven races: http://www.fia.com/events/fia-formula-one-world-championship/season-2017/2017-classifications 141 Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari - three wins 129 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - three wins 93 Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - one win. 1 DNF 73 Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari - two podi...
by JustAnEngineer
Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: A crazy idea?
Replies: 42
Views: 982

Re: A crazy idea?

I used to enjoy taking apart a stack of broken PCs and Frankensteining together the best possible combinations of working parts.
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 103
Views: 7238

Re: Formula One 2017

Results from Montreal: 1 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes 74.6s , 324 kph 2 Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes 75.9s, 333 kph 3 Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull / Renault 76.2s, 287 kph 4 Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari 74.7s, 344 kph = 213.8 mph 5 Sergio Perez, Force India / Mercedes 76.4s, 334 kph 6 Esteban Ocon, Force India ...
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1325
Views: 38670

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

by JustAnEngineer
Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 103
Views: 7238

Re: Formula One 2017

Canadian Grand Prix qualifying and practice lap times (Q3/Q2/Q1/P3/P2/P1): http://www.fia.com/events/fia-formula-one-world-championship/season-2017/eventtiming-information-29 71.5 / 72.5 / 72.7 / 72.9 / 73.2 / 73.8 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - 329 kph 71.8 / 72.7 / 73.0 / 72.6 / 73.2 / 74.0 Sebastian ...
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: What are REAL consumer CPUs?
Replies: 132
Views: 3231

Re: What are REAL consumer CPUs?

The low power air-cooled versions are priced to move:
http://money.cnn.com/2013/05/07/technol ... index.html
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: What are REAL consumer CPUs?
Replies: 132
Views: 3231

Re: What are REAL consumer CPUs?

LoneWolf15 wrote:
A Core i9 or an AMD Threadripper will still be a consumer CPU because I can purchase it, as opposed to a Cray XC supercomputer, which I cannot.
Waco wrote:
Cray will happily sell you an XC rack or few hundred racks if you want it - it just takes a lot of coin. :)
just brew it! wrote:
Or wait a few years, and you'll be able to pick one up on eBay. :lol:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cray-XT4-Superc ... 1843045494
http://www.ebay.com/itm/CRAY-CX1-SUPER- ... 2298551072
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?
Replies: 43
Views: 1277

Re: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?

The APC Smart-UPS C 1500VA LCD gets significantly more run time from a pair of 12V-12Ah batteries, but it's more expensive, too.
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?
Replies: 43
Views: 1277

Re: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?

FWIW, my reasonably-priced 1500 VA UPS is rated for 900 watts for two minutes or 450 watts for eleven minutes. It keeps my PC and monitors powered up for 20 minutes of web browsing. It uses two 8½ Amp-hour 12 Volt batteries, so, at full draw, it's getting only 15% of the rated energy in the batterie...
by JustAnEngineer
Fri Jun 09, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?
Replies: 43
Views: 1277

Re: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?

just brew it! wrote:
IIRC most standby UPSes do specify a cutover time (for the inverter to kick in) of 1 AC cycle.
bfg-9000 wrote:
Most cheap standby UPSes are rated 2-4ms transfer nowadays (about 1/4 of an AC cycle)
Mine wants a quarter of a cycle (4 ms): https://www.cyberpowersystems.com/produ ... nformation