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by NovusBogus
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Tariff price concerns
Replies: 6
Views: 371

Re: Tariff price concerns

Prices will go up, but it probably won't be a bloodbath since electronics tend to be small, high margin items. The biggest problem will probably be disruption in the supply chain where entities with really questionable financial practices and a tendency to compete on price get pushed over the edge. ...
by NovusBogus
Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Synology Nas advice
Replies: 23
Views: 1146

Re: Synology Nas advice

To me the only reason to go with the more expensive is if you want to run other apps on it like Plex or Docker or something like that. For just straight NAS uses, go with the cheaper. Agreed. Synology stuff can be run as full blown mini servers complete with LAMP stack, which is why I like them mor...
by NovusBogus
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Blizzcon
Replies: 81
Views: 1736

Re: Blizzcon

It's also hilarious when considering that Blizzard and its adherents created what turned into e-sports by sacrificing the entire RTS genre on the altar of the zerg rush and its APM dark overlord. They loved the rush, right up until an outsider used the rush against them...the snake is eating its tail!
by NovusBogus
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: IBM + Red Hat = ?
Replies: 5
Views: 368

Re: IBM + Red Hat = ?

I don't see this ending well. In fact, I see it ending similarly to the Intel-McAfee buyout: everything's fine for a couple of years, then the ambitious MBAs try to carve their mark in the new toy, then the political winds change in the boardroom, the ones who led the deal go away, their replacement...
by NovusBogus
Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stupid Bitcoin extortion scams
Replies: 17
Views: 901

Re: Stupid Bitcoin extortion scams

I haven't run into this one yet. But the vast majority of my poorly secured accounts also use a crappy free email address that I never check, so I likely won't notice if they do try to come after me.
by NovusBogus
Sun Oct 28, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: IBM to acquire Red Hat!
Replies: 30
Views: 1238

Re: IBM to acquire Red Hat?

I'm also trying to grok what this may mean for my own employment situation going forward (I work for a division of IBM which may have some redundancies with Red Hat's product portfolio). Well, the good news is you should have a while to figure it out. If it's anything like all the other acquisition...
by NovusBogus
Sun Oct 28, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: IBM to acquire Red Hat!
Replies: 30
Views: 1238

Re: IBM to acquire Red Hat!

AFAIK it's a historical decision going back to the Fedora Core days; there were some third party binary blobs that were only available for the Red Hat distros, plus back then none of the non-RH alternatives were particularly good. So the developers got RHEL, mostly to offer RH something in exchange,...
by NovusBogus
Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: IBM to acquire Red Hat!
Replies: 30
Views: 1238

Re: IBM to acquire Red Hat!

Workstation's always been cheaper, so if they ditch it they'll likely push away users that are on the edge of the platform. At work we're on the tail end of migrating our workstations from RHEL Workstation to CentOS because we got tired of paying the renewal fees. And many of our products run Fedora...
by NovusBogus
Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: IBM to acquire Red Hat!
Replies: 30
Views: 1238

Re: IBM to acquire Red Hat?

IBM's press announcement seems to be mostly about servers. I wonder what this means for RHEL Workstation, CentOS and Fedora.
by NovusBogus
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Paul Allen, 1953-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 750

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: 1051

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: 472

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: 38
Views: 1995

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: 575

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: 62
Views: 2524

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: 133
Views: 5450

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: 897

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: 1113

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: 1113

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: 1113

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: 133
Views: 5450

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: 133
Views: 5450

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: 13881

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: 883

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: 15
Views: 863

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: 2941

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: 1251

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: 3950

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: 3950

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: 3950

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...
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