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by NovusBogus
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Paul Allen, 1953-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 559

Re: Paul Allen, 1953-2018

That's too bad. While Microsoft is better known for Gates' and Ballmer's leadership, it was Allen's business acumen that got them out of the garage in the early days. Also one of the few tech sector entrepreneurs who managed to turn his illiquid pile of startup stock into a formidable empire in its ...
by NovusBogus
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: derFunk's freebie Friday: Google Home Mini
Replies: 34
Views: 833

Re: derFunk's freebie Friday: Google Home Mini

An Apple server, a Google site, and a Microsoft patch walk into a bar. All the tech nerds run out the back door!

(note that I don't have any use for a Google gizmo and am just doing it for the lulz)
by NovusBogus
Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Google shuts down Google+ after data leak
Replies: 7
Views: 336

Re: Google shuts down Google+ after data leak

Cynical, trolly, Bogus-is-in-the-mood translation: Google sold 500,000 Google+ users' data to an unsavory customer and is looking for a fall guy. In other news, their response is stereotypical tech sector arrogance and is exactly why I don't trust any of those fools with data that I care about keepi...
by NovusBogus
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update
Replies: 27
Views: 1109

Re: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update

...and these guys think W10 is stable enough for enterprise deployment? Trololololo.
by NovusBogus
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: any suggestions for a new or recent RAW pocketable under $250?
Replies: 7
Views: 446

Re: any suggestions for a new or recent RAW pocketable under $250?

A used mk1-mk2 RX100 is about the best you'll get for under $350, but do note that it pushes the limit of what can be considered pocketable. If you're really into Canon, the G7X might be worth looking into; it's Canon's response to the RX100 and has been out long enough that there should be some aff...
by NovusBogus
Sun Sep 30, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: RTX 2080 / Ti similar to iPhone X launch?
Replies: 60
Views: 1960

Re: RTX 2080 / Ti similar to iPhone X launch?

End User wrote:
If the Intel’s of the world can deliver then yay competition.

But seriously, Windows will be dead by then.

Well let's not get ahead of ourselves here--Linux is good but it's not *that* good, especially when 3D graphics drivers and legacy software come into play.
by NovusBogus
Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit
Replies: 126
Views: 4505

Re: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit

Color me intrigued--I'm in the market for a high-resolution printer. I put together a LittleRP kit a couple of years ago, very easy to do but the print quality wasn't great with a random projector and good resin availability has been problematic. Kind of like a circa 2012 Prusa Mendel, really, and I...
by NovusBogus
Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Newegg CC Breach Aug-Sept (not a deal but...)
Replies: 16
Views: 773

Re: Newegg CC Breach Aug-Sept (not a deal but...)

I did buy a monitor and some cables recently, but fortunately, the payment method was a single-use VISA gift card that is now empty and destroyed. So that's not so bad. This is my favorite way of dealing with high-risk sites, especially since high-risk sites typically involve a web of Tor nodes, VM...
by NovusBogus
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Linus Torvalds to stop flaming people
Replies: 16
Views: 984

Re: Linus Torvalds to stop flaming people

If they stick to what's written then I agree that it's much ado about nothing. The context is concerning, is all, particularly in light of younger developers' tendency to put way too much stock in various bad ideas coming out of the web development world.
by NovusBogus
Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:13 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Linus Torvalds to stop flaming people
Replies: 16
Views: 984

Re: Linus Torvalds to stop flaming people

You're missing the point. The open source software movement is based almost entirely on meritocracy--the good projects rise to the top and volunteer contributors are valued for technical skill and dedication, something missing from the Dilbertian corporate climate that drove many of them to become F...
by NovusBogus
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Linus Torvalds to stop flaming people
Replies: 16
Views: 984

Re: Linus Torvalds to stop flaming people

way2strong wrote:
If that were all that happened it would be good news.

The Linux kernel adopting a political document as a code of conduct is nothing but bad news.

I read up on that, and also the person who wrote it. If those sorts are running the show now then Linux is totally screwed.
by NovusBogus
Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit
Replies: 126
Views: 4505

Re: I got a delivery last night...

Prusa mk3 is my standard recommendation for sub-$1000 FDM system. It's relatively cheap as these things go, not a fire hazard like the dirt-cheap Chinese clones, can be modified if so desired, and offers really great performance for what it is. I kinda want one (and a Lulzbot, mostly because of the ...
by NovusBogus
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit
Replies: 126
Views: 4505

Re: I got a delivery last night...

I know what it is. But that isn't really surprising...

Happy printing! Assembly and calibration is a lot easier than it was a few years ago, the low-end guys have come a long way.
by NovusBogus
Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 166
Views: 13351

Re: Battletech game coming out

It's a solid game, though the battles do get repetitive after a while and the merc-company economic campaign is not fully baked. Hopefully they'll keep releasing new content for it--this is a case where Paradox's legendary love of paid DLC could be a good thing by encouraging Harebrained to stay dis...
by NovusBogus
Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Heavy Usage Office Chair
Replies: 9
Views: 740

Re: Heavy Usage Office Chair

I'm a HM Aeron enthusiast, they are about $900 new but they last forever so you might be able to get a deal on a used chair at a local office supply store. Note that Aerons come in three sizes, which you can tell by the number of little plastic dots on the plastic lip on the top of the chair. The bi...
by NovusBogus
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Cyberpunk 2077
Replies: 14
Views: 626

Re: Cyberpunk 2077

I'm definitely watching this one. Supposedly it will have an even bigger budget and staffing than Witcher 3.
by NovusBogus
Sat Aug 25, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Spectre-Meltdown barricade
Replies: 37
Views: 2687

Re: Spectre-Meltdown barricade

Just because CPU vendors claim to have implemented hardware mitigations for the currently known exploits doesn't mean they are immune to future side-channel exploits. ...not to mention the side-channel attacks that already exist but are only known to the spooks and black hats. Staying current on se...
by NovusBogus
Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrade from RX480 to nVidia?
Replies: 27
Views: 1187

Re: Upgrade from RX480 to nVidia?

I suggest paying close attention to the 99th percentile stats when the new cards get reviewed. Your use case as described isn't that of a hardcore twitch gamer so my suspicion is that you don't want 120+ fps so much as you want not frequently bouncing between 120 and 40 or 50 fps.
by NovusBogus
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down
Replies: 113
Views: 3625

Re: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down

At least they got product out the door. My industry has also been plagued by a rash of dumb kids who think that having a passing familiar with software development translates directly into hardware engineering and manufacturing. They take in a bunch of Kickstarter money for yet another generic low-c...
by NovusBogus
Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down
Replies: 113
Views: 3625

Re: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down

Monoprice, the consumer electronics company? It's based in the US, and its parent, YFC-Boneagle Electric Co., Ltd., is Taiwanese, not Chinese. I can't find any other Monoprice of any importance. The Taiwanese get their 10% cut or whatever but the printers themselves are Chinese, as are almost all o...
by NovusBogus
Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down
Replies: 113
Views: 3625

Re: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down

The tariffs have played a major role raising prices by almost 80% (partly due to associated shortages), which cut deeply into our margins. Apparently someone forgot to tell CaseLabs that trade wars are good, and easy to win. I won't go heavy into the R&P but I will say this: my industry, additi...
by NovusBogus
Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Do a stop-gap build? Or go whole hog? ("Pentium Gold" v. "Ryzen," and other curiosities)
Replies: 25
Views: 2070

Re: Do a stop-gap build? Or go whole hog? ("Pentium Gold" v. "Ryzen," and other curiosities)

Go all the way on a good system build or wait until you're able to do that, I say. Stopgap upgrades with cheap components made sense a decade ago when whatever you bought was gonna be obsolete in 18 months, but thanks to CPU stagnation you're just throwing money away if you don't go for good compone...
by NovusBogus
Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Today is my last day, got a new job
Replies: 21
Views: 1089

Re: Today is my last day, got a new job

I would totally live out in the boonies if I could still have a 10-20 minute commute. As it is I'm on the edge of suburban Minneapolis...there's farms ten minutes away, but they're *very expensive* farms due to being so close to the local tech-sector bubble and so not really an option for a single e...
by NovusBogus
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: CAPTCHA confirmation bias
Replies: 9
Views: 907

Re: CAPTCHA confirmation bias

I have to admit, I was rather wondering why I get so many of those things since switching to Vivaldi (estimated ~0.05% market share).
by NovusBogus
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: In search of a replacement for a specific type of card.
Replies: 8
Views: 654

Re: In search of a replacement for a specific type of card.

Normally what you'd want to do is buy a previous generation midrange/enthusiast card with lots of ports for a discount, but the mining thing made the previous 2-3 generations fall into a black hole so that's not a viable option right now. So Quadro/Firepro probably is your best option.
by NovusBogus
Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Looks like that old-time chip monopolist is afraid!
Replies: 1
Views: 462

Re: Looks like that old-time chip monopolist is afraid!

I can't wait for the RISC-V coalition to strike back! This is going to be like the business version of a drunken hobo fight, and the PC industry has had a hard time meeting its lulz quota ever since Ballmer retired.
by NovusBogus
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Am I bottlenecked?
Replies: 36
Views: 2431

Re: Am I bottlenecked?

Nope, won't be a problem. CPU hasn't been a major bottleneck for a long time unless it's a really cheap one; four decent cores and you're good to go. Even the i5-2500K can still handle most games outside of max settings and/or high refresh rate.
by NovusBogus
Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Active Noise Cancelling headsets
Replies: 22
Views: 1383

Re: Active Noise Cancelling headsets

Nice find! That is indeed a good deal; new for what most sites charge for refurb.
by NovusBogus
Sat Jun 30, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Active Noise Cancelling headsets
Replies: 22
Views: 1383

Re: Active Noise Cancelling headsets

Hmf...I should probably get on with it and pick up some QC25s while they're still available. Been needing to replace a deteriorating and mediocre to start with Panasonic model and I'm not so keen on the whole no batteries or 3.5mm thing the newer models are moving toward.
by NovusBogus
Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Active Noise Cancelling headsets
Replies: 22
Views: 1383

Re: Active Noise Cancelling headsets

You're probably not going to find anything decent for less than $150, certainly not new. NC technology worth caring about isn't cheap.
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