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by jihadjoe
Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:44 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: PCIe 4.0 boosts SSD sequential performance
Replies: 8
Views: 220

Re: PCIe 4.0 boosts SSD sequential performance

Even good old PCIe3 NVMe is largely useless for home systems. I remember seeing a side by side comparison video of boot and various game load times featuring then super-spiffy Samsung 960 NVMe vs a Crucial SATA SSD. There was really no difference, and in one or two cases the Crucial might have even ...
by jihadjoe
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Introducting Starcraft: Cartooned
Replies: 7
Views: 178

Re: Introducting Starcraft: Cartooned

It actually makes stuff really easy to see! Kinda like turning detail levels to very low on 3D games end up giving you a competitive advantage.

I wonder if some pros might start using cartoon mode to get an edge lol
by jihadjoe
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15344

Re: Something's different...

People hating on the custom CMS like it's a universally bad thing... IMO the best thing about the custom CMS is that no module is suddenly going to get an update that turns vulnerable or breaks functionality. If it was using a proper database abstraction layer that handles and sanitizes inputs, ****...
by jihadjoe
Mon Jul 08, 2019 4:19 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15344

Re: Something's different... (new)

I hate to hate on the redesign when I know how hard the guys are trying, but yeah this sucks.
by jihadjoe
Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Official: Ryzen 3700X and 3900X review comments
Replies: 49
Views: 1232

Re: Official: Ryzen 3700X and 3900X review comments

Interesting that the new chipset doesn't support 1st gen Ryzens. I wonder if that is a "it isn't validated but should work" thing, or a "it probably won't work" thing. I believe it's a 'not enough space in the BIOS EEPROM' thing. I recall reading a report that certain motherboar...
by jihadjoe
Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: When did this happen? DropBox "free" limits to 3 devices!
Replies: 18
Views: 855

Re: When did this happen? DropBox "free" limits to 3 devices!

Used to use Dropbox quite a lot, but with their ever reducing capacity and features nowadays I've mostly switched to Google Drive. If you're ok leaving your files with big brother it really is quite a bit more useful. Being able to search for excerpts of text inside the files using Google's engine t...
by jihadjoe
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 907
Views: 124019

Re: What are you playing right now?

Playing the RTX'd Quake II and lovin' it! I can just about get 60fps at 1080P with my RTX2060 with global illumination set to low.
by jihadjoe
Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Storage prices going up again...
Replies: 15
Views: 750

Re: Storage prices going up again...

IIRC the electrical substation that powered Fermilab's Tevatron particle accelerator was taken out by a squirrel back in the day. "I don't think paralysis [of the electrical grid] is more likely by cyberattack than by natural disaster. And frankly the number-one threat experienced to date by t...
by jihadjoe
Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags
Replies: 48
Views: 6721

Re: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags

(I would link to the SSD test that TR did but you probably know about it). In hindsight the TR SSD endurance experiment wasn't a very good test. Geoff did no verification of the written data, and since each disk was re-written as a whole wear-leveling algorithms weren't tested either. It was basica...
by jihadjoe
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:02 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags
Replies: 48
Views: 6721

Re: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags

That just adds wear to cells that would be otherwise left untouched? In theory you could end up with a drive where half the cells only have a few writes while the remaining 50% are 100% worn. This seems like a very theoretical case though since it would need you to never touch those first 50% durin...
by jihadjoe
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags
Replies: 48
Views: 6721

Re: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags

Back to GUIs and graphics: Anyone remember Central Point Software and PC Tools? I loved the graphics of their defrag tool back in the DOS days!
by jihadjoe
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags
Replies: 48
Views: 6721

Re: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags

That bit about SSDs was interesting and indeed quite educational. Thinking back on how NAND cells have an endurance rating, it does make sense to at least move data blocks around otherwise all the wear ends up concentrated on the unused NAND blocks, while blocks that have been constantly occupied wi...
by jihadjoe
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Massive increase in Single Thread Performance...
Replies: 15
Views: 1456

Re: Massive increase in Single Thread Performance...

Been thinking of setting up a emulation cabinet for the rec room and both the Pi4 and that Atom board look mighty interesting. I've built a RetroArch RasPi3 before but the input lag was terrible. Something like 8 frames or more, and it really threw my timing off playing platformers. The Pi4 should i...
by jihadjoe
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: AMD Input Delay Reduction Technology - Anti-Lag
Replies: 9
Views: 1199

Re: AMD Input Delay Reduction Technology - Anti-Lag

I wonder how it works. Going from ~50ms to ~33ms sounds an awful lot like the difference between double and triple buffering, which might be getting dynamically toggled by the driver depending on GPU load.
by jihadjoe
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 438
Views: 8705

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

I think electrics are awesome, but the batteries are still lithium-ion tech same as we have in our phones and laptops and eventually they have a service life that depends on the number of charge cycles they go through. Running them low, and charging them too often/too fast will accelerate the degrad...
by jihadjoe
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Blackblaze's 2018-2019 HDD stats
Replies: 204
Views: 8376

Re: Blackblaze's 2018 HDD stats

Data hoarders anonymous! I have 24TB of storage in my primary desktop: 1TB SSD, 2x8TB HDDs, 1x4TB HDD, 1x3TB HDD. I'm changing over the 4TB and 3TB drives to 8TB soon, and that's before getting into the NAS I'm building. Just waiting for deals on 12TB HGST Ultrastars so I can pick up like 5 or 6 of ...
by jihadjoe
Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Peter Bright of Ars Technica charged by FBI
Replies: 68
Views: 4095

Re: Peter Bright of Ars Technica charged by FBI

Not a bright day in the history of his life.
by jihadjoe
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Sidegrading C2D
Replies: 20
Views: 876

Re: Sidegrading C2D

IIRC the Pentium is Penyrn, whereas the C2D is Wolfdale.
Pentium has SSE4.1 but smaller cache, which probably causes the differences. Like 7z is more cache sensitive whereas the AIDA64 test might be using SSE4.1.
by jihadjoe
Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Blackblaze's 2018-2019 HDD stats
Replies: 204
Views: 8376

Re: Blackblaze's 2018 HDD stats

Interesting that they've taken almost all of their WDC drives out of service.
by jihadjoe
Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Core 2 Quad 9650 Stuck at 2 GHz
Replies: 30
Views: 1616

Re: Core 2 Quad 9650 Stuck at 2 GHz

I suggest burning a Linux Live ISO or Hiren's Boot CD into a bootable USB drive with Rufus just to eliminate your current Windows install as a possible culprit. @Samir I mean @Mr. Camel has probably had the computer for a while so it must have been running at the expected clocks prior to this. Also ...
by jihadjoe
Sat Jun 01, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: How does Google (desktop) infer location?
Replies: 35
Views: 1206

Re: How does Google (desktop) infer location?

I remember reading something on Arstechnica a year or two ago about cross-browser fingerprinting techniques having been developed that can uniquely identify a machine 99% of the time even across multiple browsers (or nuking cookies).
by jihadjoe
Fri May 31, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: How does Google (desktop) infer location?
Replies: 35
Views: 1206

Re: How does Google (desktop) infer location?

I have an old PC with no wifi whatsoever and even in incognito mode Chrome is surprisingly accurate with the location. Totally convinced Google has the most accurate geolocation database ever that they're (hopefully) only keeping for themselves. Entering 'current location' into Google Maps is far mo...
by jihadjoe
Tue May 28, 2019 4:15 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Incorrect password during Windows 10 login
Replies: 13
Views: 11842

Re: Incorrect password during Windows 10 login

Pretty sure Hiren's Boot CD has a password reset tool that works with W10. The name says CD, but you can use Rufus to make a USB boot drive with the .iso.
by jihadjoe
Mon May 27, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD
Replies: 101
Views: 4644

Re: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD

Desktop maxing out at 12C strongly hints that AMD is saving all of the 8-core chiplets for EPYC. I bet the desktop 8C are using 4+4.
by jihadjoe
Sun May 26, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Chuckula got a RAM Upgrade
Replies: 19
Views: 1068

Re: Chuckula got a RAM Upgrade

I don't see a single 9900K license plate anywhere in that picture. I'm disappointed in you. I would expect OPTANE on the plate ;) That reminded me of an episode of Knight Rider where the baddie was running some sort of nitrous oxide system in their car. They thought they were pretty fast, until Mic...
by jihadjoe
Sat May 25, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Looking for replacement for aging Z-5500 set
Replies: 25
Views: 1442

Re: Looking for replacement for aging Z-5500 set

If audio is going down the same cable as video (like HDMI) de-syncs shouldn't be a problem. It's really input latency where the setup might fall flat.

A good way is to use the receiver as nothing more than an amp: The PC's analog outputs into the receiver's RCA inputs for the 5.1 audio.
by jihadjoe
Sat May 25, 2019 5:00 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - we have a winner!
Replies: 129
Views: 5398

Re: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - Poll is live!

There's a good chance I would have chosen the steak-related option regardless, but you really caught my attention with the "exotic" addition :lol: All hail the steak orthodoxy! I voted in favor of the steak inquisition so that we may know which 'exotic' preparation method is the least bla...
by jihadjoe
Thu May 23, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: TV show dvd bitrates falling badly...
Replies: 23
Views: 1376

Re: TV show dvd bitrates falling badly...

A shoddy Bluray is still going to have a much higher bitrate than anything on Netflix. Publishers figured if people are willing to accept Netflix quality then they'd be fine with having a few more episodes on a disc. In fact, most consumers are probably happier because less disk swapping. That said,...
by jihadjoe
Tue May 21, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Why-1980,90s tv shows(dvd) so faded/fuzzy&awful?
Replies: 22
Views: 1119

Re: Why-1980,90s tv shows(dvd) so faded/fuzzy&awful?

Early DVD transfers were crap, and unless stuff had been re-done recently (like for a Bluray release) the DVDs being sold now are probably from the same digitals from whenever they did it years ago.
by jihadjoe
Mon May 20, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Looking for replacement for aging Z-5500 set
Replies: 25
Views: 1442

Re: Looking for replacement for aging Z-5500 set

At its age it could be that the foam surrounding the drivers is starting to break apart. If it's just that then a generic 3" foam surround replacement should be about $1 for each speaker. Plenty of videos on youtube showing how to do the actual fix. https://www.ebay.com/itm/20pcs-NEW-3-inch-spe...
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