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by Pancake
Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: OMG Java 9 is finally out
Replies: 14
Views: 745

Re: OMG Java 9 is finally out

Well you've still got six months of updates for Java 8 at least. The release notes have a boatload of changes and I'm sure this is going to break a bunch of code. Good luck, guys! Here's one spot where working in a Microsoft shop isn't so bad. :lol: No, instead you have to deal with the prospect of...
by Pancake
Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Locate function in C++
Replies: 49
Views: 9597

Re: Locate function in C++

How about this: Picture a 3rd party application that needed to integrate with MS Word. Integration was initially attempted via OLE, but MS Word's OLE implementation was too unstable. To get around the OLE problems, the company producing this application eventually settled on a modified architecture...
by Pancake
Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Locate function in C++
Replies: 49
Views: 9597

Re: Locate function in C++

Lots of comments like "VB sucks, VB projects fail" but exactly zero specificity as to why. I only have cursory knowledge of VB, but it seemed fine, I guess. Or is this just another way of saying "C++ all the way because higher-level languages and frameworks like .NET suck and everyon...
by Pancake
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Locate function in C++
Replies: 49
Views: 9597

Re: Locate function in C++

Probably what I most enjoyed about VB was making confident predictions which projects based on it would fail. Prototypes could be put together very quickly which would impress clients but with the choice of VB they had all the engineering integrity of a bridge built out of cheesy puffs. Fellow devel...
by Pancake
Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Locate function in C++
Replies: 49
Views: 9597

Re:

VB is for MIS guys who don't want to learn how to program. :D VB isn't that bad... but I sure wouldn't want to try implementing a large, complex system with it! (I'm a C/C++ guy from way back... lately I've been forced to learn Transact-SQL, which actually seems rather BASIC-like to me... yuck!) Vi...
by Pancake
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Jerry Pournelle
Replies: 12
Views: 2164

Re: RIP Jerry Pournelle

I've enjoyed his books since the early 80's and especially his comments about his own computer equipment. I had a subscription to BYTE Magazine and always read his column 'Chaos Manor'. Yeah, I enjoyed his "Chaos Manor" column (probably the "go to" column I read 1st in BYTE Maga...
by Pancake
Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:04 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Am I crazy to buy a friends used parts?
Replies: 16
Views: 2555

Re: Am I crazy to buy a friends used parts?

But your sig says 16GB RAM. Or did you buy another identical set of components only with twice the memory. That would be crazy unless you're doing a build for someone else.
by Pancake
Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: GIS Desktop
Replies: 10
Views: 3524

Re: GIS Desktop

Does GIS need the dGPU? If you're drawing a bajillion anti-aliased and shaded polygons, lines and markers it may help some. Back in the day when it was fashionable to wear an onion on your belt we used i860-powered Labtam X-terminals connected to Sun Sparc and DEC Alpha servers on a lightning fast ...
by Pancake
Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: GIS Desktop
Replies: 10
Views: 3524

Re: GIS Desktop

I do a bit of GIS consulting work on the side. ArcGIS isn't particularly multithreaded so i7-7700k is fine or even an i5 or i3. Basically, you want fastest single-thread performance. SSDs good. I run with dual 480GB SSDs - one for general PC stuff and one dedicated for GIS data and working room. In...
by Pancake
Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:29 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: GIS Desktop
Replies: 10
Views: 3524

Re: GIS Desktop

I do a bit of GIS consulting work on the side. ArcGIS isn't particularly multithreaded so i7-7700k is fine or even an i5 or i3. Basically, you want fastest single-thread performance. SSDs good. I run with dual 480GB SSDs - one for general PC stuff and one dedicated for GIS data and working room. In ...
by Pancake
Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: What are REAL consumer CPUs?
Replies: 132
Views: 4961

Re: What are REAL consumer CPUs?

For x86, right now there is only ONE non-consumer brand - Intel Xeon. Everything else is consumer grade.
by Pancake
Fri May 12, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kittson released!
Replies: 24
Views: 2156

Re: Kittson released!

Scrotos wrote:
Captain Ned wrote:
Scrotos wrote:
No, you aren't.

Me: 1964
Dead Parrot: 1969

There are times when the Norwegian Blue's attitude toward life makes sense.


I was seeing if you would get the "argument" skit reference. :D


Time to break out a Bob Dole meme.
by Pancake
Thu May 11, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kittson released!
Replies: 24
Views: 2156

Re: Kittson released!

chuckula wrote:
I wish to register a complaint about this microarchitecture I bought not half an hour ago from this very boutique.

What's wrong with it?

I'll tell you what's wrong: It's dead.


It's not dead! It's resting! Beautiful plumage!
by Pancake
Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 80387 math coprocessors
Replies: 61
Views: 3892

Re: 80387 math coprocessors

By default the Microsoft C compiler for MS-DOS (and early Windows versions) generated code which could be patched on the fly to take advantage of an x87 coprocessor if it was present. The way they did this was clever, and took advantage of the fact that code memory was not write-protected in MS-DOS...
by Pancake
Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dating ads on TR?
Replies: 35
Views: 1520

Re: dating ads on TR?

deruberhanyok wrote:
Just spotted this on the front page about ten minutes ago:

http://imgur.com/56MSsnZ


Well, that's interesting. I get ads for hot Asian babes. Probably because of my geographical proximity to Asia... Not because I go searching for hot Asian babes on the Internet or anything...
by Pancake
Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:34 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Translating Performance Between Resolutions
Replies: 8
Views: 937

Re: Translating Performance Between Resolutions

Your logic isn't bad, but part of the time spent rendering each frame is for things that don't get much faster when the pixel count goes down. Therefore, you should expect slightly lower framerates than what the simple pixel ratio suggests. Yes, but might as well expand on that so he learns somethi...
by Pancake
Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How long before your last build started to fail?
Replies: 76
Views: 3853

Re: How long before your last build started to fail?

Q6600 build lasted about 5 years then I think the NVidia 9600GT died on it. I think. Don't really care. Lost interest in it.
by Pancake
Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Cutting my soda habit in half.
Replies: 112
Views: 7751

Re: Cutting my soda habit in half.

I NEED my Coke Zero.  It's my special morning treat which I will not deny myself even at $5/bottle.  I generally drink 1.25l bottle for breakfast, refill the bottle 2-3 times with water.  Then for lunch another special 1.25l treat (Coke Zero or tonic water).  Refill that 2-3 times with water.  Then ...
by Pancake
Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 8C/16T at $320?
Replies: 36
Views: 6291

Re: Ryzen 8C/16T at $320?

I doubt most people can tell apart a SB or later i5/i7 vs FX8350 vs 8C/16T Zen in a gaming blind test, other than very ST-heavy edge cases like 30+ bots CS:GO or SC2. I can safely say a lot of people will buy into the hype and end up massively underwhelmed for gaming purposes (which they won't admi...
by Pancake
Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Dell 4K oled monitor cancelled - again
Replies: 13
Views: 12035

Re: Dell 4K oled monitor cancelled

Well, that's a shame.  I'm getting a bit bored of my U3011's and wanted something big and gorgeous and 4K to replace them.  I can't read French but hopefully it just means that specific model is cancelled and there will be something else to take its place.  I utterly hate LCD screens after getting a...
by Pancake
Mon Nov 07, 2016 12:15 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: I'm Bored: Let's Predict Zen's Performance.
Replies: 161
Views: 7400

Re: I'm Bored: Let's Predict Zen's Performance.

In the computing world, clone was first used when Compaq set out to reproduce the IBM PC BIOS circa 1981.   First legal clone in USA maybe.  I remember as a kid wandering around electronics flea markets in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur wondering at the plethora of "cloned" initially Apple ][...
by Pancake
Sun Nov 06, 2016 7:52 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: I'm Bored: Let's Predict Zen's Performance.
Replies: 161
Views: 7400

Re: I'm Bored: Let's Predict Zen's Performance.

AMD is not selling clones of Intel CPUs, they are selling CPUs of  their own designs using the x86 ISA. That's the very definition of a "clone", AMD is selling a chip that AMD "designed" but that is compatible with an ISA designed and owned by a competitor; just like years ago y...
by Pancake
Fri Sep 09, 2016 11:10 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: What do you think about this build?
Replies: 24
Views: 2304

Re: What do you think about this build?

I think this is something to do with how slow main memory is relative to CPU speed so when caches get thrashed when more than 4 memory greedy threads are running at the same time bad things happen.  The extra threads with the i7 might help some with cache behaviour.  At least, that's my theory. The...
by Pancake
Fri Sep 09, 2016 6:18 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: What do you think about this build?
Replies: 24
Views: 2304

Re: What do you think about this build?

Concur with Chrispy.  I often regret cheaping out and getting an i5-3570.  Currently rendering with 4 threads.  System is often glitchy and unresponsive.  I/O isn't a problem with separate work and system SSDs and fairly small quantities of reads and writes.  I think this is something to do with how...
by Pancake
Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Cheesy but effective DIY monitor arm...
Replies: 29
Views: 5770

Re: Cheesy but effective DIY monitor arm...

You know you want to get a couple more hinges to make it articulated so you can push it to the side.
by Pancake
Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:15 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 2 GB of graphics memory isn't enough for modern and future games?
Replies: 49
Views: 2561

Re: 2 GB of graphics memory isn't enough for modern and future games?

..while not 2 GB, this 3 GB look into memory for the 1060 is interesting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1RWItff0eQ Though not broached in the video, I believe that for VR you are effectively running *2* monitors, so I think it essentially halves your total memory - a 3 GB card would only provide...
by Pancake
Wed Aug 31, 2016 2:52 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: stills processing?
Replies: 16
Views: 2012

Re: stills processing?

Thank y'all for your input(s)! My takeaways: ⋅ 32GB RAM, more if possible; DDR3/2133 is fast enough ⋅ i5/6500 ...  i7 if I can find the budget ⋅ mid/low - end GPU is fine... mostly so an iGPU doesn't suck system-RAM (thus, more RAM on the gfx-card beats a better GPU-co...
by Pancake
Wed Aug 31, 2016 2:40 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 2 GB of graphics memory isn't enough for modern and future games?
Replies: 49
Views: 2561

Re: 2 GB of graphics memory isn't enough for modern and future games?

..while not 2 GB, this 3 GB look into memory for the 1060 is interesting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1RWItff0eQ Though not broached in the video, I believe that for VR you are effectively running *2* monitors, so I think it essentially halves your total memory - a 3 GB card would only provide...
by Pancake
Wed Aug 03, 2016 7:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: An interesting correlation.
Replies: 29
Views: 746

Re: An interesting correlation.

counter argument: Just brew it. I have a column still which I occasionally run to make a batch of liquor and burny stuff. The cheapest brew is sugar, yeast + nutrients fermented to about 10-12%ABV. It works out to be about 5 dollaroos/litre of about 95% pure-ish drinkable ethanol. The other 5% is m...
by Pancake
Thu Jul 28, 2016 6:23 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Time to Feel Old: Core 2 CPUs are a decade old.
Replies: 72
Views: 4755

Re: Time to Feel Old: Core 2 CPUs are a decade old.

So what did you use this homebrew computer for? Programming graphics in assembly language. Before that I had a Commodore 64 and had pretty much explored the possibilities of what you could do with an 8-bit 6502 and 64KB of memory. The 32000 was an entirely different class of processor - 32-bit regi...