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by NovusBogus
Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Looks like that old-time chip monopolist is afraid!
Replies: 1
Views: 310

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: 1633

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: 20
Views: 740

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: 20
Views: 740

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: 20
Views: 740

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.
by NovusBogus
Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: This is what Intel's failure looks like
Replies: 4
Views: 734

Re: This is what Intel's failure looks like

So 10nm was nowhere to be found, then suddenly it appears right after that one guy with the unpronounceable last name gets canned. Coincidence? I THINK NOT, SIRS.
by NovusBogus
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Webb delayed again
Replies: 16
Views: 593

Re: Webb delayed again

...wait, people are actually surprised by this? NASA has been useless ever since they stopped being run like a military unit in the 70s. Heck, most of the Elon Musk idol worship comes from his somehow managing to do more than a few years than the supposed experts have in forty and with a much smalle...
by NovusBogus
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 160
Views: 10184

Re: Battletech game coming out

Ugh, the feeling of having to bail on an escort mission because one of the trucks gets stuck and doesn't even try to turn around and move back onto the road... :oops: I do like that mech stability was improved over all. It's harder to knock down opponents, sure, but it sucked when it happened to yo...
by NovusBogus
Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 160
Views: 10184

Re: Battletech game coming out

Note that you don't necessarily have to destroy the head to take out the pilot, you can also do it from repeated pilot injuries too. For example, my active mechs include a Grasshopper with MGs and melee stability mods and various SRM splat lords, which together offer a foolproof if rather cheesy way...
by NovusBogus
Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Oak Ridge flops 200 Quadrillion times a second
Replies: 17
Views: 873

Re: Oak Ridge flops 200 Quadrillion times a second

Was wondering why Oak Ridge gets the big iron. Then I realized; less radiation induced errors that close to sea level. Actually Oak Ridge was the cite of Uranium enrichment and nuclear weapons manufacturing back in the day, although I know that the manufacturing process isn't supposed to release mu...
by NovusBogus
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 160
Views: 10184

Re: Battletech game coming out

Well that was just super. Loved the final mission. Really enjoy the game mechanics. Still floating around the galaxy and taking contracts. Hopefully I can keep my head above water without the steady stream of contracts from the main story. Can't wait to play a lot more of this. I haven't been havin...
by NovusBogus
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Microsoft acquires GitHub
Replies: 19
Views: 981

Re: Microsoft acquires GitHub

They'll better monetize Git Enterprise and it'll flourish. They wanted the name and recognition. I must admit, I'd be pretty fired up if they built a good issue tracker into GH Enterprise. We use paid Github and paid Jira, and while Github has been pretty stable from a usability perspective Jira ha...
by NovusBogus
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Microsoft acquires GitHub
Replies: 19
Views: 981

Re: Microsoft acquires GitHub

To quote the email I sent to the software group this morning, this could be good or it could be very, very bad. In theory, the deal could provide a good level of stability and keep Github focused on catering to professionals who want to get work done, not following the path of so many other web serv...
by NovusBogus
Tue May 29, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker
Replies: 84
Views: 2586

Re: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker

Sometimes Motley Fool is insightful, but this is not one of those times. Setting aside the conspicuous lack of any actual sources, I question the author's understanding of how the ARM ecosystem actually works. But I guess it's good flamebait or whatever. Anyway, here are my predictions: -Apple will ...
by NovusBogus
Sun May 27, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 160
Views: 10184

Re: Battletech game coming out

That ought to be doable by engaging the fatlas beyond visual range with sensor lock, and pelting it with lurms or PPC. I tried doing it with Locusts just now for the lulz, but goofed up a few turns in and lost one of the Locusts. Should have made a run for the high ground! It was going to take a whi...
by NovusBogus
Sat May 19, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 160
Views: 10184

Re: Battletech game coming out

Looks like I'm only about half-way through. I would definitely be interested in buying more single-player content. Maybe put it in a different timeline so we can get more mechs. With priority missions that take me sometimes upwards of an hour or more to complete and side-quests that aren't that lon...
by NovusBogus
Sat May 05, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: While we're all worshiping AMD because FREEDOM!
Replies: 8
Views: 1209

Re: While we're all worshiping AMD because FREEDOM!

Both what AMD is doing, and what NV tried to do, are very common things. The fanboyism has definitely been amusing to watch, and a good reminder that the PC hardware industry is amateur hour. Also, I like that mining card. NV/AMD and their OEM friends need to get on with it and treat mining like the...
by NovusBogus
Sat Apr 28, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Why can't I post links in my threads?
Replies: 2
Views: 824

Re: Why can't I post links in my threads?

I think the limit is somewhere around 10 posts.
by NovusBogus
Sat Apr 28, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: In the market for a drone
Replies: 21
Views: 1321

Re: In the market for a drone

If you want it for photography, DJI is going to be your best bet. For truly automated flying, I've heard lots of good stuff about the discontinued 3DR/DIYDrones stuff but don't have any first hand experience. For just goofing around, I actually would suggest you get one of those cheap <$100 packages...
by NovusBogus
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Microsoft 1 - Hardened E-Criminal 0
Replies: 32
Views: 3062

Re: Microsoft 1 - Hardened E-Criminal 0

If some random person calling some lawyers morons gets you all hot and triggered, you probably don't want to know the Royal House of Bogus's official family-wide position on American jurisprudence. Just sayin' :lol: On topic, this case reads like a dumbass idealist getting totally pwned for what sho...
by NovusBogus
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD FirePro W5100
Replies: 8
Views: 1130

Re: AMD FirePro W5100

Professional series GPUs--Quadro and FirePro--carry a big price premium because their drivers are certified to work well with commercial grade workstation software like Solidworks, Siemens NX and Davinci Resolve. It's not generally a big deal for a hobbyist or freelancer, but it matters for large de...
by NovusBogus
Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Midwest blizzard
Replies: 34
Views: 2660

Re: Midwest blizzard

We're getting lots of snow in Minnesota, but that's not exactly a rare phenomenon. Usually we don't get the snow and the wind at the same time though.
by NovusBogus
Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 160
Views: 10184

Re: Battletech game coming out

I played around with the beta a little bit, but haven't had time lately to really go all in on it. It has potential, but the movement system is a bit goofy for the uninitiated. The name is kind of a big tipoff: they're trying to adapt the old school tabletop game, not make another Mechwarrior or Mec...
by NovusBogus
Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: [SOLVED] Cheap laptop with good keyboard.
Replies: 25
Views: 1894

Re: Cheap laptop with good keyboard.

I really go out of my way to avoid using the built-in keyboard on my work-issued MBP. When I am at work or working from home I plug a full-size keyboard (I have a pair of trusty old RK-9000s, one at home and one at the office) into it. If I want to get stuff done on the bus/train, I drag a 2nd lapt...
by NovusBogus
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 342
Views: 29743

Re: Video card prices

The 1070Ti was never as popular for mining as the 1070 so I'd expect it to get more affordable quicker than the others. 1070 and Vega will be the holdouts since the latter has the best overall GPGPU performance and the former is/was the best mix of performance, price and power efficiency. In any cas...
by NovusBogus
Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Warning about Newegg
Replies: 34
Views: 4133

Re: Warning about Newegg

I've thought about moving to Alaska later in my life, when I'm closer to retirement age. I'm not exactly a people person so the farther away I am from the big mob of screaming apes and their self-immolating PoliSci overlords the happier I'll be. And given the nature of what I do for a living, it's h...
by NovusBogus
Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 353
Views: 28783

Re: So who here is actually mining?

All the Wall Street shenanigans came about several years later. It was released in 2009, -after- the late unpleasantness, and the genesis block actually contains this quote: "The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks" as a terminus post quem. I am acutely aware...
by NovusBogus
Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: 1.1.1.1 feels like 127.0.0.1?
Replies: 38
Views: 2976

Re: 1.1.1.1 feels like 127.0.0.1?

Interesting. Possibly related, I've noticed recently that several Cloudflare protected sites that I visit via Tor have stopped throwing captchas at me. Perhaps the big guys are starting to give serious thought to individual privacy.
by NovusBogus
Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 353
Views: 28783

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Calling blockchain the basis of an alternate economy is putting the cart before the horse. Blockchain-based cryptocurrencies are just arbitrary tokens that are supposed to represent a store of value (like fiat currencies). Different day, same old sh*t. That was its stated purpose, though; the Satos...
by NovusBogus
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 353
Views: 28783

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Obvious pitch is obvious, but I do rather like the message. Millennials in particular would be well served spending a lot less time crying about the officially designated but largely irrelevant moral outrage of the week on social media, and more time learning a valuable skill and doing something use...
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