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by jihadjoe
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My home theater is sounding weird
Replies: 13
Views: 554

Re: My home theater is sounding weird

Almost certainly got switched in to one of the various large hall / cinema modes that receivers have. I wish they'd just stop adding those "features". They *never* sound good in any context. :o "I want my receiver to make it sound like we're watching this movie in a place that's acou...
by jihadjoe
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Hexacore Build Case
Replies: 11
Views: 458

Re: Hexacore Build Case

Lian Li is awesome. Sure you pay a premium, but the quality is well worth it. I'm still using my more than 10 year old PC-V1000. The aluminum is so thick and sturdy that you can sit down on top of it and it wouldn't even flex, plus it's all nice rounded edges on the inside.
by jihadjoe
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: ATI 5970 - What to do with it?
Replies: 15
Views: 667

Re: ATI 5970 - What to do with it?

Into your attic, or onto the wall.

Unless you're somehow building an end of Windows-XP era gaming rig.
by jihadjoe
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Windows loves this folder more than a mama bear loves its cubs
Replies: 15
Views: 1278

Re: Windows loves this folder more than a mama bear loves its cubs

You can also impersonate the local system account using psexec (from Sysinternals).

psexec -s -i cmd.exe

Will give you a command prompt running as the local system account, which should be able to delete the offending files.
by jihadjoe
Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:30 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 196
Views: 6996

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

Do you guys think a proper fix to the silicon will make it to Ice Lake?
by jihadjoe
Sun Dec 24, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Firefox Hacked with Rogue Plugin... by its own developers
Replies: 33
Views: 2287

Re: Firefox Hacked with Rogue Plugin... by its own developers

It wasn't hacked. You allowed them to install it by allowing Firefox to install and run Studies. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1194583 And from the Shield Studies wiki that the support response linked, it's supposed to prompt users to try out new products, not install them silently. &...
by jihadjoe
Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSDs and Encryption
Replies: 5
Views: 530

Re: SSDs and Encryption

Some SSD controllers are capable of full disk encryption themselves. If your SSD does, then you might want to use its built-in utilities because it might be able to encrypt the drive without driving up write amplification or eating CPU cycles.
by jihadjoe
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: What happened to my overclock?
Replies: 36
Views: 2676

Re: What happened to my overclock?

The i7-3820 is sort of unlocked. Multiplier goes up 6 steps to 43x, then a mild bclk bump to 105 gives 4.5GHz. Depending on your board you might be able to use the 1.25x bclk ratio to get up to 5GHz with a 40x multiplier and slightly relaxed RAM timings. My CPU needs a lot more voltage once it gets ...
by jihadjoe
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: What happened to my overclock?
Replies: 36
Views: 2676

Re: What happened to my overclock?

My Kentsfield is invincible, lol!

Not gonna make the same claim about Sandy Bridge, but I do have an i7-3820 that's been doing 4.5GHz 24/7 since the day it was built in 2012. Old process tech ftw.
by jihadjoe
Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: What happened to my overclock?
Replies: 36
Views: 2676

Re: What happened to my overclock?

Yes the bigger process would make older CPUs more resilient against electromigration. The degradation is caused by material getting moved around, and a bigger node means there's more stuff used for each feature making them harder to damage.
by jihadjoe
Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?
Replies: 32
Views: 2392

Re: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?

Ok, KitGuru gave the information.. But honestly, it wasnt THE information I was looking for :\ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czRO7R_KWA0 And this https://www.tweaktown.com/news/60100/amds-new-ryzen-7-2800x-teased-12c-24t-up-5-1ghz/index.html He is basicly saying ⋅  5 GHz 12/24 AMD Ryzen...
by jihadjoe
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: "We're marinating in surveillance tech.."
Replies: 8
Views: 721

Re: "We're marinating in surveillance tech.."

Eh. Seems like FUD to me. We've been at this point for awhile, imo. There's no such thing as privacy anymore, but there is anonymity. Devices collect data all the time but with the exception of bad actors or state actors, no one would want to tie all that data back to _you_ specifically. Unless you...
by jihadjoe
Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:21 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Titan V
Replies: 36
Views: 2264

Re: Nvidia Titan V

So basically a 1/3 price Tesla GV100 for the AI researcher, but no real benefit for gaming.
by jihadjoe
Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Weird behavior with with multiple monitors
Replies: 6
Views: 852

Re: Weird behavior with with multiple monitors

This happens to me on some monitors connected via HDMI. Windows treats them like external displays (like connecting an external monitor or projector on a laptop), and then the display goes to sleep it gets disconnected, sometimes causing windows on it to be moved to another display (usually the prim...
by jihadjoe
Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Over 100GB of cab_xxxx_xx files in C:\Windows\Temp -- WTF?
Replies: 45
Views: 1906

Re: Over 100GB of cab_xxxx_xx files in C:\Windows\Temp -- WTF?

"Don't lie to the user" seems like a pretty simple rule. If you can't do something because of a permissions issue, at least tell me there's a permissions issue! Welcome to the LOCAL_SYSTEM privilege layer. psexec -i -s cmd.exe Pretty much impossible to administer Windows Server without oc...
by jihadjoe
Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Serious bug in macOS High Sierra
Replies: 83
Views: 2651

Re: Serious bug in macOS High Sierra

Just another day in the life of Helpful Hacker!
by jihadjoe
Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Serious bug in macOS High Sierra
Replies: 83
Views: 2651

Re: Serious bug in macOS High Sierra

Where did you get the info regarding the 13th? Apple publicly stated that they found out about the issue yesterday (Nov. 28): It was being suggested as a way to get into someone's locked Mac in their own forums on Nov the 13th. Was probably known of for far longer than that. https://forums.develope...
by jihadjoe
Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Serious bug in macOS High Sierra
Replies: 83
Views: 2651

Re: Serious bug in macOS High Sierra

Apple has released a security update that resolves the issue. High Sierra users will find the update via the App Store Update tab: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208315 Good to see a resolution to this. It is of interest though, that apparently this critical vulnerability was known of since the ...
by jihadjoe
Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Serious bug in macOS High Sierra
Replies: 83
Views: 2651

Re: Serious bug in macOS High Sierra

LOL, why would he care? The head of the Linux Foundation uses MacOS. He does? In 2017? Any proof? He had been using a 2016 Dell XPS13 Developer Edition as far as I knew. Before that he used a Sony Vaio Pro 11. Yup! And just two months ago during his presentation for '2017 is the year of the Linux D...
by jihadjoe
Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:16 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 5163

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

Starbucks actually has a far more diverse selection of beans than what they make their in-store coffee with. I picked up a medium roast Colombia that works quite well with a french press.
by jihadjoe
Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Youtube to MP3 converter add-on Chrome/Firefox
Replies: 9
Views: 743

Re: Youtube to MP3 converter add-on Chrome/Firefox

JDownloader will do this for you. Its a stand-alone app and not a plugin though.
by jihadjoe
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Last Chrome version with h264 support?
Replies: 3
Views: 944

Re: Last Chrome version with h264 support?

The current version of Chrome works with H264 just fine. I'm pretty sure because after using inspector on a couple of embedded videos and they are clearly H264 in .mp4. Here's a site with H264, WebM and Ogg/Theora video embeds that you can use to test your browser compatibility: https://www.quirksmo...
by jihadjoe
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega very strong in newly released games
Replies: 39
Views: 2012

Re: Vega very strong in newly released games

Even today some servers still do. HP still has blinkenlights, and a panel that you can pull out for even more blinkenlights!

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by jihadjoe
Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:48 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel i7-8700 vs 8700k
Replies: 33
Views: 12225

Re: Intel i7-8700 vs 8700k

Even if you don't manually overclock the chip, the K variant has benefits with Z370 motherboards. It can turbo higher and the MCE (multi-core enchancement) feature on the motherboard will bump all core clockspeeds for you (to safe levels). Even on a non-K CPU Z370 has some benefits. A Gigabyte rep ...
by jihadjoe
Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: MSI X370 Recognizing RAM but not Adding to Total?
Replies: 7
Views: 1425

Re: MSI X370 Recognizing RAM but not Adding to Total?

Was the RAM fully recognized on the older BIOS? Why not just roll back?
by jihadjoe
Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Purchasing Windows 10
Replies: 17
Views: 2898

Re: Purchasing Windows 10

If you have a 7/8/8.1 license or can get one for cheap, you can still upgrade to 10 for free using the Accessibility site

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/accessi ... s10upgrade
by jihadjoe
Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 122
Views: 5520

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

whm1974 wrote:
Just wondering, but is there anyone still using CP/M on i8080/Z80 machines in 2017? Apple II systems with a Z80 card counts as well.

Not in any sort of production environment, but a buddy still has his old Apple ][ in mint condition. Will update this post with pics when/if I find them.
by jihadjoe
Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: der8auer's at it again, this time with X299 VRMs
Replies: 22
Views: 2510

Re: der8auer's at it again, this time with X299 VRMs

My point was der8auer stated liquid metal performs worse at subzero cooling than TIM. I'm not talking about soldering the chip, my comparison is that frozen "liquid metal" would be a solid and not much different from a typical soldered chip at those temps, so I am perplexed as to why it w...
by jihadjoe
Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 122
Views: 5520

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

All that old stuff running on DOS with no network stack is probably more secure now than many newer systems. Will likely outlast any current OS too.
by jihadjoe
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Smartphones with removeable battery?
Replies: 25
Views: 2806

Re: Smartphones with removeable battery?

1800 cycles + 1 cycle a day is roughly 5 years. Coincidentally, that's also how long the battery of my Galaxy S4 lasted before I replaced it (the battery) just this week. 5 years is a long time and the S4 is no longer top dog, but it's still better than most entry-level phones and the IR blaster mak...
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