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by Turkina
Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Low cost gaming
Replies: 11
Views: 1394

Re: Low cost gaming

Thanks guys - I think I'm leaning towards going the ebay Dell Optiplex route and slapping in an upgraded graphics card. As much as I want to build my own, it looks like this is the most cost effective route.
by Turkina
Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Low cost gaming
Replies: 11
Views: 1394

Low cost gaming

I kickstarted the latest Battletech game, and now find myself without a machine capable of running it. Money for this endeavor is tight, so I'm looking to spend the least amount possible to build, buy, or buy-then-modify a machine to run it. The system requirements are: OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or Highe...
by Turkina
Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Excel Hell
Replies: 6
Views: 1640

Re: Excel Hell

Perhaps Im not understanding, but if [WidgetA, WidgetB, WidgetC] exists in the raw CSV then I would expect the Excel CSV importer to create 3 cells ([WidgetA and WidgetB and WidgetC] ). If they have some other formatting (like WidgetA+WidgetB+WidgetC) then maybe try opening the csv file as a textfil...
by Turkina
Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Scott Weiland dead at 48
Replies: 21
Views: 1754

Re: Scott Weiland dead at 48

Oh man guys, I saw the "hot thread" "Scott W____ dead at 48" and the main page picture of Damage with the heading "Into a new era" and drew a very bad conclusion.
Sorry to hear about Scott Weiland. Not much of a music fan, but thats still tragic.
by Turkina
Wed Sep 02, 2015 4:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car recommendations
Replies: 121
Views: 9360

Re: Car recommendations

I have had good experiences with my 2012 Kia Sportage SX (bought it new and put 55k miles on it so far). AWD served me well this past Boston winter, and the turbo engine is plenty zippy. Although there was some hubbub about the gas mileage numbers being worse than the EPA tested ones, I tend to get ...
by Turkina
Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:37 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: TR Baseball 2015
Replies: 44
Views: 11111

Re: TR Baseball 2015

Fun aside: I did a mock draft a couple of weeks ago just to get used to the updated interface (it's all HTML 5, not Flash anymore, AFAICT, so make sure you check your browser is compatible). It was me and a couple of other guys and then five or six bots to fill out the league... but at the end ther...
by Turkina
Thu Apr 02, 2015 10:33 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: TR Baseball 2015
Replies: 44
Views: 11111

Re: TR Baseball 2015

I probably can't make it. Autodraft for me :-/
by Turkina
Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Enter TR's Dear Diary contest here
Replies: 264
Views: 48751

Re: Enter TR's Dear Diary contest here

The furthest computer Dear Diary More strange sensor readings. I honestly do not know what to make of them. I have seen such things before on occasion, and will dutifly relay them back to my Creators on that pale blue dot. I caught myself thinking, again, about what it must be like back on Earth. I...
by Turkina
Sun Jul 28, 2013 2:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Cars - are they commodities?
Replies: 118
Views: 15473

Re: Cars - are they commodities?

So my question is, if one were to overlook intangible factors such as prestige, re-sale value, brand-loyalty and the like, do you think a Kia is as much a car as a BMW? Do South Koreans make the best bang-for-buck cars? Do Germans still make the "best" cars? Japanese? American? I believe ...
by Turkina
Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:32 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Dreamliner battery fix
Replies: 31
Views: 4963

Re: Dreamliner battery fix

Exploding cars?!!! I'm always amused when the topic of electric cars catching fire/exploding comes up - not because it isn't possible, but because the car in your driveway *right now* has lots of explosive material in it (gasoline for starters). Ford has issued a number of recalls (on the Fusion, E...
by Turkina
Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New 2014 Jeep Cherokee design - hot or not?
Replies: 37
Views: 6795

Re: New 2014 Jeep Cherokee design - hot or not?

Cheaper than an Audi, but more than it's brother on the same platform, the Hyundai Tucson. While Kia is a division of Hyundai, the same exact parts cost a fair bit more when they come in a Kia box, gotta love it, you can chose to pay more up front or more in service! Yeah, that figures - although t...
by Turkina
Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New 2014 Jeep Cherokee design - hot or not?
Replies: 37
Views: 6795

Re: New 2014 Jeep Cherokee design - hot or not?

With respect to CUVs, I'd like to put in a plug for my Kia Sportage AWD SX. It uses the 2.0T engine also found in the Optima SX and Sonata Turbo, in this implementation putting out 260 hp and 269 ft-lbs of torque. I've found that it has plenty of power. Turbo I4s are the new V6s. In terms of design,...
by Turkina
Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Wrestling in the Olympics?
Replies: 30
Views: 4807

Re: Wrestling in the Olympics?

Sargent Duck wrote:
There are many jokes in the Olympics. Like...walking. Yes, Olympic walking.


There are indeed jokes - Olympic 20km / 50km racewalking however is not one of them. Yes, it looks ridiculous, but these are people that *walk* ~7 minute miles. For 12 or 31 miles.
by Turkina
Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Got me a project car :D
Replies: 139
Views: 35188

Re: Got me a project car :D

vargis14 wrote:
Sounds like money could be made shipping low mileage used trucks to Australia via container ships since you do drive on the right side of the road.


Australia is left handed traffic (and right seat drive). I kept walking over to the passenger side of my rental car when I was down there :-/
by Turkina
Sun Dec 02, 2012 1:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: big business question.
Replies: 10
Views: 2416

Re: big business question.

I suggest spending some time thinking more carefully about exactly *why* the middle managers won't act - try to learn a bit more about the politics at that level of the organization, so you can put yourself in their shoes. At the very least, this may help you frame your arguments to them in a way th...
by Turkina
Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:23 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Google Interview Question: A fully Multithreaded Approach
Replies: 30
Views: 10600

Re: Google Interview Question: A fully Multithreaded Approa

Maybe I'm missing the point, but can you make an array of bytes and use the address (index) to encode the number? You can then write 1s or 0s to that location if that number is found. So for instance, if we see the number 576, we make array[576]=1. If we have to handle duplicates in the input then w...
by Turkina
Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Multi-city travel sites
Replies: 8
Views: 2838

Re: Multi-city travel sites

Sydney is full of middle easterners causing trouble, daily shootings, Cairns is full of drunk yokels, hot/humid and prone to cyclones, Melbourne is an old **** hole with illusion of "character" which is just old graffiti'd buildings, with coffee places charging $5 for a cup of coffee full...
by Turkina
Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Multi-city travel sites
Replies: 8
Views: 2838

Re: Multi-city travel sites

Hmm those are 2 sites I would not have found otherwise. Hipmunk seems to be giving me about what I've seen before on bing/kayak, but flightfox is interesting. I may gamble the $40 (which would be the finder's fee for my itinerary) to see what they came come up with.
by Turkina
Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Multi-city travel sites
Replies: 8
Views: 2838

Multi-city travel sites

I'm planning a trip to Australia around New Years, and looking at visiting a few different areas for about 3 - 4 days each (Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne), but it seems like all the common travel sites either don't offer multicity trips as an option, or (in the case of expedia) are annoyingly hard to us...
by Turkina
Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:47 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Photos of big racks!
Replies: 23
Views: 5494

Re: Photos of big racks!

I don't know what is worse - the fact that I was disappointed by the kind of "racks" pictured, or the fact that I was expecting them to be server racks in the first place.
by Turkina
Fri Sep 07, 2012 1:17 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Ultra-light x86 Win7 tablet??
Replies: 9
Views: 2848

Re: Ultra-light x86 Win7 tablet??

It's a pretty small market in terms of x86 slates, and x86 inherently limits how "lightweight" (and battery efficient, etc.) they can be.I also don't think you'll find one with 8 GB of RAM. But I've been testing the Samsung Series 7 (4 GB of RAM, Core i5s) at work, and they are pretty quic...
by Turkina
Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:31 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: laptop reco
Replies: 6
Views: 2222

Re: laptop reco

My concern with a larger screen is twoford - what compromises in specs are required to get into our price range, and weight. She doesn't leave the laptop setup most of the time, so while it doesn't need to be ultraportable, she does have to be able to lift it comfortably. All specs being equal, a bi...
by Turkina
Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:23 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: laptop reco
Replies: 6
Views: 2222

Re: laptop reco

I'm almost ready to pull the trigger on this guy: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834246318 I trust lenovo in general as they seem to produce decent quality laptops, I like the Core i5 and 8 GB of RAM, and I think the 15 inch screen is fine (since she has a 15 inch screen on he...
by Turkina
Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:30 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: laptop reco
Replies: 6
Views: 2222

laptop reco

My mother's Toshiba laptop is just about dead, so I am thinking about picking one up for her and setting it up the next time I visit them (first week in September). She is in her late 60s, and only uses the computer for email, and web browsing. Unfortunately (since I have a ton of desktop parts), sh...
by Turkina
Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:44 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Penn St punishment
Replies: 28
Views: 8570

Re: Penn St punishment

I agree with everything but the vacated wins. Rewriting the history books is just a dumb idea. Do you disagree with this policy in general, or just in this case? Its pretty standard for wins (and championships) to be vacated when violations have been found to occur. In this case, I think the intent...
by Turkina
Sun Jun 17, 2012 6:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Careers in Technology
Replies: 23
Views: 3388

Re: Careers in Technology

Regarding your current position, what exactly is research and development, what kind of personality do you think compliments that particular field, and what is the best way to make my way into a position in R&D other than getting a degree? Uh, well R&D is generally about creating new produc...
by Turkina
Sat Jun 16, 2012 12:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Careers in Technology
Replies: 23
Views: 3388

Re: Careers in Technology

Your questions cover a lot of ground, and I don't think I can even attempt to address all of it. I don't know very much about the video game industry, but I do know a bit about IT, commercial hardware, software, and contract research. Let me start by saying that Computer Engineering, as a degree, is...
by Turkina
Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:51 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: fast network/storage hardware
Replies: 13
Views: 1479

Re: fast network/storage hardware

It is video data, but in the form of raw frames (maybe some de-Bayering or colorspace conversion or whatever else the imagery geeks want to do with it). This is for an experiment test rig, so the high speed camera data is collected, and shipped off to our processing hosts which will analyze it as fa...
by Turkina
Wed May 30, 2012 10:26 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: fast network/storage hardware
Replies: 13
Views: 1479

Re: fast network/storage hardware

Thanks for the replies guys There might be *some* wiggle room in the budget (maybe we could go to $4k for instance if we were sure it would buy us the performance we need). As for OS - the team writing the streamer server is unfortunately using Windows at the moment. We are trying to get them to swi...
by Turkina
Tue May 29, 2012 10:59 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: fast network/storage hardware
Replies: 13
Views: 1479

fast network/storage hardware

Oh wise gerbils, I am in a bit of a quandary on a project and not sure how to proceed. I have a server which needs to stream a massive amount of (video) data to 2 different hosts. Our initial approach was to broadcast it via UDP over a standard gigabit ethernet, but this doesn't give us enough bandw...
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