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by NovusBogus
Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:07 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Official: Ryzen 3700X and 3900X review comments
Replies: 49
Views: 2958

Re: Official: Ryzen 3700X and 3900X review comments

Impressive showing; AMD has done a great job of catching up to Intel, and in some cases even beating blue team's best. I won't be upgrading for a long time thanks to a HEDT platform built in 2016, but it's nice to know that I've got solid options when I do. Ironically, I was doing some cleaning this...
by NovusBogus
Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: When did this happen? DropBox "free" limits to 3 devices!
Replies: 18
Views: 2028

Re: When did this happen? DropBox "free" limits to 3 devices!

This is exactly why I don't rely on cloud services unless I really have to; you're completely vulnerable to the current management's whims. I dropped using Hamachi as an absolutely perfect virtual LAN solution for the same kind of change (they limited it to 3 or 4 devices or something stupid). QFT ...
by NovusBogus
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different... (new)

I got the IP ban notice as well, they probably accidentally used a wrong wildcard or something. I won't hold it againt them though; for a moment there I felt like a rambunctious teenage forum warrior again. 8)

Lots of stuff is going direct to ec2 URLs, definitely some cleanup work to be done.
by NovusBogus
Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Old Monitor suddenly expensive
Replies: 5
Views: 1589

Re: Old Monitor suddenly expensive

It's pretty typical that when something gets discontinued the price goes up. It's an artifact of e-commerce sites' love affair with affiliate sellers: a few companies resell old stock at a markup for those who just have to have that one thing, and when regular stock runs out they're the only ones le...
by NovusBogus
Sun Jul 07, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

Yeah...can't say I'm a fan of low information density. Maybe let the user choose between a couple of display styles?
by NovusBogus
Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 178
Views: 22668

Re: Battletech game coming out

Evasion is good but it won't win the fight, especially once you're up to heavy/assault mechs that only get one or two evasion points for a full move. Cover and other terrain buffs/debuffs are also very important, as is using the precision fire ability to disable dangerous mech and/or their main weap...
by NovusBogus
Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 938
Views: 133906

Re: What are you playing right now?

Kenshi--Rimworld meets Mount & Blade. Interesting game, lots of stuff to explore and do but also very buggy.
by NovusBogus
Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Mass Transit Safety
Replies: 31
Views: 2445

Re: Mass Transit Safety

After years of riding mass transit (buses, trains, taxis) I expect a mass transit system to have the same level of crime as the city it serves. If you can walk down the street without being held at gunpoint, chances are you have the same breadth on the train as well. This is generally the position ...
by NovusBogus
Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20260

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Autonomous vehicle technology is going nowhere fast, so if that's all the rideshare companies got they may as well start planning the bankruptcy papers. It's got basically the same problem that the additive manufacturing industry had when it went after consumers, it all sounds really great in the ma...
by NovusBogus
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Witcher has a Geralt..
Replies: 20
Views: 3328

Re: The Witcher has a Geralt..

A TV show based, for all practical purposes, on a video game. What could possibly go wrong?
by NovusBogus
Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20260

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

I should definitely look into that Craigslist thing when I get closer to getting serious about having a second vehicle for winter use. $30k for a used truck or decent 'real' SUV from a dealer just isn't happening, and I'd rather pay a couple grand for a crappy truck with some issues than have no tru...
by NovusBogus
Sun Jun 30, 2019 2:26 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Massive increase in Single Thread Performance...
Replies: 15
Views: 2905

Re: Massive increase in Single Thread Performance...

Atomic Pi is interesting for what it is, but it's not really any kind of challenger to RasPi simply because it's a one-off batch of repurposed bespoke SBCs. When their resellers run out, that's all she wrote.

There are some interesting production x86 boards once you hit about 80 bucks though.
by NovusBogus
Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:55 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any SSDs good for children under 3?
Replies: 8
Views: 978

Re: Any SSDs good for children under 3?

I'm imagining a children's SSD, that comes in a soft foam shell adorned with bright colors and cartoon characters. This product needs to happen.
by NovusBogus
Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: SUPER-duper: GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER, 2060 SUPER and 2080 not-so-SUPER
Replies: 23
Views: 2041

Re: SUPER-duper

JustAnEngineer wrote:
Is EVGA going to have to call their custom cards "SUPER Super-Clocked" now?

Pretty sure that's the implied meaning of the SSC suffix. So they're gonna have to go all out with the Super Duper Clocked version.
by NovusBogus
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: skynet
Replies: 6
Views: 806

Re: skynet

Many years ago when I worked at the computer shop, a computer came in that had an EMACS power supply. It looked ordinary, not at all like a completely reconfigurable Transformer or a Bass-o-Matic. That's what comes on the specialized industrial computers that drive some of the day job's older print...
by NovusBogus
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Vampire, The Masquerade: Bloodlines II available for pre-order
Replies: 14
Views: 2842

Re: Vampire, The Masquerade: Bloodlines II available for pre-order

Thus far everyone who's tried to make a World of Darkness game has failed spectacularly, usually dragging the company down with it.
by NovusBogus
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What if......
Replies: 40
Views: 2223

Re: What if......

If Stephenson was Satoshi...I'd tell him that all that BTC money the early adopters are widely rumored to be sitting on means he's got no excuse for running out of money trying to make my swordplay game. Just sayin'.
by NovusBogus
Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Brand new CPU build for Cyberpunk 2077 (Budget Important!)
Replies: 40
Views: 4218

Re: Brand new CPU build for Cyberpunk 2077 (Budget Important!)

CDPR just announced that they expect Cyberpunk 2077 to launch in April 2020. By then we should have at least Navi as a minimum, and probably also another generation of Nvidia silicon too. Also assume that, since it's CDPR and they always push the envelope on graphics, you'll want the latest and grea...
by NovusBogus
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: BALDUR'S GATE III
Replies: 21
Views: 2584

Re: BALDUR'S GATE III

The other two on my list are Obsidian and a wildcard for whoever happens to be employing Chris Avellone's services. Maybe Square Enix if I'm feeling generous.
by NovusBogus
Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Peter Bright of Ars Technica charged by FBI
Replies: 68
Views: 5310

Re: Peter Bright of Ars Technica charged by FBI

I've also known people that went to jail over obviously made-up stuff too, so I've no objection to waiting for actual facts before passing judgment. More generally, this sort of thing is why I mostly avoid other people--too risky with all the anonymous innuendo and culture of sabotage that's going a...
by NovusBogus
Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: BALDUR'S GATE III
Replies: 21
Views: 2584

Re: BALDUR'S GATE III

I'm pretty stoked. Larian is definitely the right choice, they're one of only four game developers that I trust to appropriately handle a big-story RPG. Regarding the game rules, prepare your mind for flaying: it'll be D&D 5th edition with any and all deviations that Larian wants to make. I have...
by NovusBogus
Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Graphic Card Upgrade
Replies: 13
Views: 2322

Re: Graphic Card Upgrade

That's the right thing to do. Even if a newer MXM module will fit in the slot, corproate laptops are notorious for having customized BIOS/UEFI that only allows certain graphics modules. Hopefully it turns out well. I've thought about getting a used 7510 to replace a very old laptop that sees occasio...
by NovusBogus
Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 1 desktop, 1 laptop and 2 monitors one keyboard and one mouse
Replies: 10
Views: 3155

Re: 1 desktop, 1 laptop and 2 monitors one keyboard and one mouse

Due to there not being a lot of good information about which KVMs work well for gaming peripherals and high resolution and/or refresh rate displays, I threw down with the famous Level 1 Techs KVM which does come in a dual-monitor version for about $700 including all of the cables. Works great, but h...
by NovusBogus
Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Cool and quiet: Undervolting a 1060 or 580?
Replies: 11
Views: 2019

Re: Cool and quiet: Undervolting a 1060 or 580?

I'd go with the 580, myself. 1060 is efficient to start with so there's more practical upside on the AMD side.
by NovusBogus
Tue May 21, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How do i obtain 144Hz refresh rate on my new Asus Monitor?
Replies: 21
Views: 2159

Re: How do i obtain 144Hz refresh rate on my new Asus Monitor?

HDMI vs. DP is largely a matter of support base; HDMI was developed by a consortium of A/V equipment makers whereas DP was developed by the much more PC-centric VESA organization. Neither one has any incentive to wage economic warfare so the two formats coexist with little drama.
by NovusBogus
Mon May 20, 2019 1:59 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How do i obtain 144Hz refresh rate on my new Asus Monitor?
Replies: 21
Views: 2159

Re: How do i obtain 144Hz refresh rate on my new Asus Monitor?

Core2Quad?!?! Jeebus, that's a dinosaur...a 650 Ti is indeed about as good as it gets for that era, and none of the core components is what you want for pushing the envelope on performance. My suggestion is to return the overpriced HDMI cable on general principle, use the DVI cable at 60 Hz to avoid...
by NovusBogus
Sun May 19, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How do i obtain 144Hz refresh rate on my new Asus Monitor?
Replies: 21
Views: 2159

Re: How do i obtain 144Hz refresh rate on my new Asus Monitor?

That does rather sound like something that Best Buy would do. Assuming you're doing this for gaming, even light gaming, you should really look into getting a better graphics card before messing with cables and max refresh rate. 650 Ti was great in 2012 but it's simply not up to pushing >100 Hz for a...
by NovusBogus
Sun May 19, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Radeon VII or wait for Navi?
Replies: 58
Views: 3897

Re: Radeon VII or wait for Navi?

580 is a perfectly fine GPU so unless it's seriously holding you back from something now I suggest waiting. Note that Radeon VII is fundamentally an old architecture too, it just got shrunk. One potential spoiler is that cryptocurrency mining is starting to heat up again, so another GPU shortage tow...
by NovusBogus
Sun May 19, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Chuckula got a RAM Upgrade
Replies: 19
Views: 1429

Re: Chuckula got a RAM Upgrade

Nice. I've thought about getting a big truck at some point after finding an affordable house. Probably a very well used one given how expensive trucks are these days. They're very popular up here on account of the winter.
by NovusBogus
Sun May 19, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: i7 4790k to i5 9600k?
Replies: 29
Views: 6554

Re: i7 4790k to i5 9600k?

Kind of ironic timing given that it's a question of 4C/8T vs. 6C/6T when the powers that be are suggesting that security conscious users should get on with it and disable hyper threading. :) In any case, a wealth of performance data strongly indicates that while six cores is more future proof than f...
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