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by NovusBogus
Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Talk me out of it!
Replies: 33
Views: 1332

Re: Talk me out of it!

I cheaped out and 'only' got 32GB of DDR4 for an X99 build about a year ago with the idea that I'd upgrade when the process was more mature and use the old memory for something else, but now I'm wondering if I should have just taken the hit and bought it all upfront since the price has roughly doubl...
by NovusBogus
Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Ideal Nvidia card to drive a 1440p 60Hz display?
Replies: 31
Views: 1563

Re: Ideal Nvidia card to drive a 1440p 60Hz display?

A GTX 1070 is definitely ideal for driving a 1440p display, but I have a hard time recommending it (or any other enthusiast grade card) for a single AAA game and a bunch of lighter stuff that will run on anything. Likewise, I'm not happy about suggesting a 1060 to a 1050Ti owner as it's a lot of mon...
by NovusBogus
Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: best mobo with wifi
Replies: 8
Views: 618

Re: best mobo with wifi

Is there any particular reason why you don't want to just buy a decent USB dongle? That's going to be easier, probably cheaper, and it can be replaced if/when it goes bad. Some boards will let you do that too, but typically only the high-end ones and it's an expensive and proprietary accessory. If y...
by NovusBogus
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:39 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 79
Views: 4631

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

They must have replaced the music major with an art appreciation major.
by NovusBogus
Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Laptop comparable to an XPS 13?
Replies: 16
Views: 915

Re: Laptop comparable to an XPS 13?

As for escalating it, Dell has internally decided that certain design flaws are acceptable. Our Dell rep flat out said that Dell internally knows of the rampant quality issues with the XPS but it's a product with razor thin margins in a competitive space. He doesn't agree with it as he thinks it ju...
by NovusBogus
Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which cpu to get?
Replies: 61
Views: 3550

Re: Which cpu to get?

Outside of a few outliers, going beyond four threads yields little or no benefits to mainstream workloads and games. Unless you plan on streaming with the CPUs. It is them main reason why Intel never bother making a 6 core normal desktop SKU until pressure from Ryzen 7. That's true, Krogoth, but no...
by NovusBogus
Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 70
Views: 2364

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

Ohh, I can do this! I have most of them in a drawer, and I know the Strive is in one of my electronics boxes so maybe someday I'll be able to take a historical picture too. Plus the AIM news has me a feeling a little nostalgic about that which is, that which was, and that which could have been. My e...
by NovusBogus
Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which cpu to get?
Replies: 61
Views: 3550

Re: Which cpu to get?

Of the two I'd say get the Intel unless launch reviews are really crummy, since it's a more stable platform and typically does better for gaming where you need a smaller number of faster/better cores. Where Ryzen gaming makes sense is when you've got around a $200 budget and looking at the 1600/1600...
by NovusBogus
Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Threadripper motherboards, tough choice.
Replies: 7
Views: 530

Re: Threadripper motherboards, tough choice.

The other thing to do with NewEgg reviews is look at the worst ones and actually read what they are complaining about. More often than not it's stuff that has little to do with the product (things like problems with shipping or bought the wrong thing or got a DOA part and now they have to RMA or &q...
by NovusBogus
Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems
Replies: 45
Views: 2481

Re: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems

Stands to reason. Also, on the mining front, "but we think it's just a short term fad" isn't such a great justification for not increasing supply any more given that GPU mining has been a thing for, what, about five years now? It ebbs and flows, sure, but so does gamer demand based on what...
by NovusBogus
Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: In case I ever need to invade some small banana republic...
Replies: 6
Views: 1207

Re: In case I ever need to invade some small banana republic...

I'm a big fan of the Textron Scorpion which fills a similar role. Cheap bastard that I am, I have a lot of respect for a company going into something like this with cost-effectiveness and generic component usage as key design goals. You could get a whole fleet of these ~$15 million planes for the co...
by NovusBogus
Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Jerry Pournelle
Replies: 12
Views: 2210

Re: RIP Jerry Pournelle

That's too bad, I really liked the guy for a number of reasons.
by NovusBogus
Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: System Build August/September delayed?
Replies: 8
Views: 1641

Re: System Build August/September delayed?

Personally I don't see what a new system builder guide would do differently. Nothing that's come out in the last four months has any bearing on the price/performance brackets that the TR guide covers.
by NovusBogus
Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Your Impressions of Curved Monitors
Replies: 29
Views: 1763

Re: Your Impressions of Curved Monitors

I've never used one for extended periods of time but I've seen quite a number of them at shows and the occasional electronics store. My take is that 30+ curved makes more sense than 30+ flat unless you sit really far away from it. Oddly enough, as much as I hate 16:9 compared to 16:10 I actually kin...
by NovusBogus
Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 79
Views: 4631

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

Internet has never been a secured network or environment. It has always been that way by design. It is just a matter of time and motivation for certain parties to find an exploit against lucrative targets. Better get used to these "leaks" until people start to realize that transmitting se...
by NovusBogus
Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 3133

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

Player should work okay, it's a lot closer to the Workstation code base than it used to be. I don't know specifically the performance drop, but it should be noted that Planetside 2 is also not known for high performance requirements either.
by NovusBogus
Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 3133

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

Why not run it in a VM? I'm partial to VMware Workstation, it costs money but has a lot of nice features and yes you can play games with it . Give it a full size (not expand-as-you-go) virtual disk and you should be good to go, Linux will see a binary blob and Windows will see the only drive it know...
by NovusBogus
Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Form factor trends
Replies: 24
Views: 1907

Re: Form factor trends

The PC industry is all about modularity and build options so they're never going to force any one form factor or component selection on everyone, which is a good thing. Personally I always want at least one 5.25" bay for vintage games as well as used music CDs and movies I pick up in the Walmar...
by NovusBogus
Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Best HTML editor to build web forms?
Replies: 13
Views: 2188

Re: Best HTML editor to build web forms?

I got a Joomla template from RocketTheme when making a site for a relative not too long ago; they have WP stuff too. It costs money, but it's supported and avoids the freeware/malware trap you alluded to. Their stuff loads slow on a weak connection, but that seems to be par for the course these days...
by NovusBogus
Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Alpha Litebook Linux notebook any good?
Replies: 10
Views: 736

Re: Alpha Litebook Linux notebook any good?

Never heard of them, and my first thought on visiting the product page is that the hinges look like dog poop. Also, crappy Atom CPU and soldered-down bits are crappy. I love netbooks but a 14 inch laptop is not a netbook. Like JBI said, for $400 you can get a very nice off-lease corporate book that ...
by NovusBogus
Sat Sep 02, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Need ideas for my next game...
Replies: 24
Views: 1988

Re: Need ideas for my next game...

I buy almost exclusively from GOG due to the no-DRM thing. I got sick of publishers treating me like a digital peasant, and am actively voting with my wallet rather than just whining about it. Service is fine, selection trails Steam by a bit but it's a lot better than it used to be. Really just the ...
by NovusBogus
Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Toshiba L200 1TB 2.5" 5400RPM HDD $40
Replies: 4
Views: 963

Re: Toshiba L200 1TB 2.5" 5400RPM HDD $40

That's no longer guaranteed--HDD makers are starting to get wise and use proprietary USB interface/controller boards on their external products.
by NovusBogus
Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SanDisk Ultra 3D
Replies: 9
Views: 926

Re: SanDisk Ultra 3D

I generally like SanDisk and have had good experiences with them, that being said 3D NAND is new enough that I'd personally let someone else do the early-adopter thing. Worth noting that TLC was similarly marketed as both cheaper and better than MLC when it was new, but it took many years for it to ...
by NovusBogus
Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:17 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GPU prices to keep rising?
Replies: 7
Views: 2155

Re: GPU prices to keep rising?

The Hynix and Samsungs of this world will simply get a piddly slap in the hand for colluding about ten years from now, which they'll have made many times over by colluding. Monopolies. Unregulated Capitalism at its finest. Other way around actually, Asian markets are *very* strongly regulated to th...
by NovusBogus
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 212
Views: 9328

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

AMD might as well just release a dedicated mining card and roll with it. That would be the best thing AMD could do if they truly wanted to separate miners from the gamers so gamers didn't end up paying an inflated mining tax to the retailers just to replace gaming cards. Bitcoins were introduced ei...
by NovusBogus
Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:40 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 38
Views: 3253

Re: NIST password guidelines updated!

I've never been in the military etc..., but I'm pretty sure the only way they've found around this problem is authorizing the low-level guys at the entry points to *KILL* anyone who (almost certainly legitimately) is a higher ranked officer who "forget" his documents/whatever and is tryin...
by NovusBogus
Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:15 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 38
Views: 3253

Re: NIST password guidelines updated!

It's like wearing scrubs in a big hospital. If you look like you're supposed to be there, then you're supposed to be there. It's a rare thing for someone to stop and say, "hey, you new here?". Or so I've heard. Obligatory Defcon videos from my all-time favorite infosec speaker, Jayson Str...
by NovusBogus
Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Threadripper HEDT System Build Idea
Replies: 17
Views: 2988

Re: Threadripper HEDT System Build Idea

If you're serious about dropping four figures on a HEDT system--which you are if Threadripper is involved--don't cheap out on memory. You'll just wish you had more later on, and it may not be available in the speed/timing that matches what you already have. I went light with my 6900K build, but this...
by NovusBogus
Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 38
Views: 3253

Re: NIST password guidelines updated!

I guess that's a good thing.


...meanwhile, in the real world, black hats continue to bypass passwords altogether by calling customer service and asking nicely.
by NovusBogus
Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: OK TR, where's the Vega OMG Unboxing Story?
Replies: 9
Views: 722

Re: OK TR, where's the Vega OMG Unboxing Story?

I liked where the one guy on the main page suggested that we send Jeff a Pentium or something and do a really hilarious over the top unboxing video. We should totally do this sometime when he's not crunching for multiple big product launches.
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