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by NovusBogus
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Microsoft 1 - Hardened E-Criminal 0
Replies: 19
Views: 806

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: 7
Views: 526

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: 1365

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: 12
Views: 885

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: 946

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: 312
Views: 19520

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: 2663

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: 21278

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: 2172

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: 21278

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: 21278

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...
by NovusBogus
Sun Mar 25, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Funny HTML attributes in phishing email
Replies: 5
Views: 631

Re: Funny HTML attributes in phishing email

Maybe hoping that if HTML doesn't look as much like HTML, it'll have a better chance of passing a spam filter?
by NovusBogus
Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?
Replies: 77
Views: 3913

Re: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?

Maybe they can just drop the pretense and rebrand the AMD cards for mining. Asus Empire of Coin, Gigabyte Computepunk, MSI Hashzilla, that sort of thing.
by NovusBogus
Sat Mar 17, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: We Can Still Game Under $400 USD
Replies: 8
Views: 1280

Re: We Can Still Game Under $400 USD

I wouldn't build for under about $800, honestly. Keyword build. What I would do, instead, is get an old Sandy/Ivy era corporate box for $300 or so and upgrade the GPU. In the old days, building on the cheap made a lot of sense because the CPU arms race rendered anything obsolete after 18 months or s...
by NovusBogus
Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an Era - Toys R Us
Replies: 31
Views: 1626

Re: End of an Era - Toys R Us

That's too bad, I bought a lot of Lego sets there when I was a kid. Haven't been to one in years though, on account of not having any reason or desire to buy toys these days. People are going to sorely miss brick and mortar when they are gone. No customer service, no ability to get a real look and f...
by NovusBogus
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Latest NVidia rumor
Replies: 8
Views: 988

Re: Latest NVidia rumor

Not surprising. Given the state of the market right now, both AMD and Nvidia are selling out as fast as the fabs can crank them. With the crypto-craze, gamers can't get their hands on GPUs, so gaming performance is irrelevant, and if one company releases a new GPU that hashes the other out of the w...
by NovusBogus
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Hilarious AGM X2 Phone Commercial
Replies: 5
Views: 997

Re: Hilarious AGM X2 Phone Commercial

I have to admit, I lol'ed. If commercials were more like this I might have a reason to watch television again.
by NovusBogus
Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?
Replies: 77
Views: 3913

Re: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?

Not gonna lie...between this, the GPU/mining situation, and a few other 'PC nerds vs. 200+ years of established commerce' situations in the last few months it has strained every ounce of my considerable resolve not to go full-on Troll Mode Engaged, out-arrogance the entire forum in one sitting as on...
by NovusBogus
Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?
Replies: 77
Views: 3913

Re: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?

This just sounds like an authorized distributor/reseller network to me, honestly. Heck, not even that strict since those typically do come with exclusivity clauses and geographical restrictions. So general bitching is fine--NV probably deserves it, arrogant as they are--but good luck trying to build...
by NovusBogus
Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Microsoft confirms it’s already cancelling its newest version of Windows
Replies: 58
Views: 4102

Re: Microsoft confirms it’s already cancelling its newest version of Windows

They tried this once before with Windows 7 Starter Edition. That one got out the door, but it didn't go very far. A few cheap netbooks used it, and then netbooks died and nobody cared. Microsoft should really be focusing its efforts on retaining business and power users, not chasing after a non-cust...
by NovusBogus
Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Oculus bricks all Rifts connected to PC's!!
Replies: 7
Views: 904

Re: Oculus bricks all Rifts connected to PC's!!

So Rift shipped with hardware DRM? I have to admit, I loled. This kind of thing is where the log cabin test came from. Personally, I define bricking as "no longer functional through standard user interaction" which leaves the door open to developer tools in addition to hardware modification.
by NovusBogus
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Better to throw exceptions or return null?
Replies: 56
Views: 5658

Re: Better to throw exceptions or return null?

So what I would do for your linked list program, if it was me doing it, is set the project up as follows (assuming C# but Java would look similar with different extensions): MyLittleProject (top level solution/project/whatever stuff) MyLittleProject/ui (directory) MyLIttleProject/ui/WpfApplicationFo...
by NovusBogus
Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Better to throw exceptions or return null?
Replies: 56
Views: 5658

Re: Better to throw exceptions or return null?

For this I'd say search the existing code base for a similar example and do whatever was done there, for consistency. Both approaches have advantages and disadvantages, highly dependent on context. I wrote the C# project's codebase from scratch. What do I do then? :lol: Java and particularly .NET l...
by NovusBogus
Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Better to throw exceptions or return null?
Replies: 56
Views: 5658

Re: Better to throw exceptions or return null?

Java and particularly .NET love exceptions and exception handling, so in those environments I would say that exceptions should be thrown for both unexpected/unusable results and nonsensical input that fails basic validation, e.g. asking for element -1 in a zero indexed array. It's how a function tel...
by NovusBogus
Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: I am having crap luck with comps.
Replies: 18
Views: 1357

Re: I am having crap luck with comps.

I've got no real issue with HP, but I definitely would not have bought that laptop for myself. Hope it works alright for you. HP is schizophrenic. Their laptops aimed at general consumers can be pretty awful, but their business stuff (e.g. EliteBook) are generally decent. My personal laptop (which ...
by NovusBogus
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Buying a console
Replies: 24
Views: 1433

Re: Buying a console

AFAIK the Sony consoles tend to have better RPGs and and Microsoft consoles have better shooters, so if you have a genre preference you may want to take that into account.
by NovusBogus
Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Cheap Co-Op Games - LAN Capable?
Replies: 13
Views: 798

Re: Cheap Co-Op Games - LAN Capable?

A few worth looking into: Grim Dawn (the real Diablo 2 sequel, this is my top recommendation if that is the sort of game you're after) Terraria Windward Neverwinter Nights 1/2 (old but still a very strong mod community) Divinity: Original Sin 1/2 All of these games are LAN friendly and also come in ...
by NovusBogus
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 91
Views: 4090

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

I've been pretty happy with my Audioengine A2+ speakers. I didn't add a sub so the bass is weak, but otherwise they sound great and don't take up much desk space. I'd also argue in favor of USB DAC, either standalone or built into the speakers. Easy to use, modular, future proof, laptop friendly, an...
by NovusBogus
Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?
Replies: 43
Views: 5716

Re: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?

Sandy Bridge has legendary longevity, but it is indeed starting to show its age. If for no other reason, later Windows versions come with more CPU-distracting bloat than they did in 2011 which will definitely have an impact on performance. If you play AAA games, especially multiplayer ones, all the ...
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