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by NovusBogus
Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems
Replies: 42
Views: 1736

Re: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems

Stands to reason. Also, on the mining front, "but we think it's just a short term fad" isn't such a great justification for not increasing supply any more given that GPU mining has been a thing for, what, about five years now? It ebbs and flows, sure, but so does gamer demand based on what...
by NovusBogus
Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: In case I ever need to invade some small banana republic...
Replies: 6
Views: 671

Re: In case I ever need to invade some small banana republic...

I'm a big fan of the Textron Scorpion which fills a similar role. Cheap bastard that I am, I have a lot of respect for a company going into something like this with cost-effectiveness and generic component usage as key design goals. You could get a whole fleet of these ~$15 million planes for the co...
by NovusBogus
Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Jerry Pournelle
Replies: 12
Views: 1566

Re: RIP Jerry Pournelle

That's too bad, I really liked the guy for a number of reasons.
by NovusBogus
Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: System Build August/September delayed?
Replies: 8
Views: 1016

Re: System Build August/September delayed?

Personally I don't see what a new system builder guide would do differently. Nothing that's come out in the last four months has any bearing on the price/performance brackets that the TR guide covers.
by NovusBogus
Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Your Impressions of Curved Monitors
Replies: 29
Views: 1639

Re: Your Impressions of Curved Monitors

I've never used one for extended periods of time but I've seen quite a number of them at shows and the occasional electronics store. My take is that 30+ curved makes more sense than 30+ flat unless you sit really far away from it. Oddly enough, as much as I hate 16:9 compared to 16:10 I actually kin...
by NovusBogus
Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 68
Views: 3202

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

Internet has never been a secured network or environment. It has always been that way by design. It is just a matter of time and motivation for certain parties to find an exploit against lucrative targets. Better get used to these "leaks" until people start to realize that transmitting se...
by NovusBogus
Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2344

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

Player should work okay, it's a lot closer to the Workstation code base than it used to be. I don't know specifically the performance drop, but it should be noted that Planetside 2 is also not known for high performance requirements either.
by NovusBogus
Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2344

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

Why not run it in a VM? I'm partial to VMware Workstation, it costs money but has a lot of nice features and yes you can play games with it . Give it a full size (not expand-as-you-go) virtual disk and you should be good to go, Linux will see a binary blob and Windows will see the only drive it know...
by NovusBogus
Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Form factor trends
Replies: 24
Views: 1132

Re: Form factor trends

The PC industry is all about modularity and build options so they're never going to force any one form factor or component selection on everyone, which is a good thing. Personally I always want at least one 5.25" bay for vintage games as well as used music CDs and movies I pick up in the Walmar...
by NovusBogus
Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Best HTML editor to build web forms?
Replies: 13
Views: 2096

Re: Best HTML editor to build web forms?

I got a Joomla template from RocketTheme when making a site for a relative not too long ago; they have WP stuff too. It costs money, but it's supported and avoids the freeware/malware trap you alluded to. Their stuff loads slow on a weak connection, but that seems to be par for the course these days...
by NovusBogus
Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Alpha Litebook Linux notebook any good?
Replies: 10
Views: 641

Re: Alpha Litebook Linux notebook any good?

Never heard of them, and my first thought on visiting the product page is that the hinges look like dog poop. Also, crappy Atom CPU and soldered-down bits are crappy. I love netbooks but a 14 inch laptop is not a netbook. Like JBI said, for $400 you can get a very nice off-lease corporate book that ...
by NovusBogus
Sat Sep 02, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Need ideas for my next game...
Replies: 20
Views: 1086

Re: Need ideas for my next game...

I buy almost exclusively from GOG due to the no-DRM thing. I got sick of publishers treating me like a digital peasant, and am actively voting with my wallet rather than just whining about it. Service is fine, selection trails Steam by a bit but it's a lot better than it used to be. Really just the ...
by NovusBogus
Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Toshiba L200 1TB 2.5" 5400RPM HDD $40
Replies: 4
Views: 867

Re: Toshiba L200 1TB 2.5" 5400RPM HDD $40

That's no longer guaranteed--HDD makers are starting to get wise and use proprietary USB interface/controller boards on their external products.
by NovusBogus
Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SanDisk Ultra 3D
Replies: 9
Views: 788

Re: SanDisk Ultra 3D

I generally like SanDisk and have had good experiences with them, that being said 3D NAND is new enough that I'd personally let someone else do the early-adopter thing. Worth noting that TLC was similarly marketed as both cheaper and better than MLC when it was new, but it took many years for it to ...
by NovusBogus
Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:17 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GPU prices to keep rising?
Replies: 7
Views: 1125

Re: GPU prices to keep rising?

The Hynix and Samsungs of this world will simply get a piddly slap in the hand for colluding about ten years from now, which they'll have made many times over by colluding. Monopolies. Unregulated Capitalism at its finest. Other way around actually, Asian markets are *very* strongly regulated to th...
by NovusBogus
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 7942

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

AMD might as well just release a dedicated mining card and roll with it. That would be the best thing AMD could do if they truly wanted to separate miners from the gamers so gamers didn't end up paying an inflated mining tax to the retailers just to replace gaming cards. Bitcoins were introduced ei...
by NovusBogus
Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:40 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 38
Views: 1999

Re: NIST password guidelines updated!

I've never been in the military etc..., but I'm pretty sure the only way they've found around this problem is authorizing the low-level guys at the entry points to *KILL* anyone who (almost certainly legitimately) is a higher ranked officer who "forget" his documents/whatever and is tryin...
by NovusBogus
Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:15 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 38
Views: 1999

Re: NIST password guidelines updated!

It's like wearing scrubs in a big hospital. If you look like you're supposed to be there, then you're supposed to be there. It's a rare thing for someone to stop and say, "hey, you new here?". Or so I've heard. Obligatory Defcon videos from my all-time favorite infosec speaker, Jayson Str...
by NovusBogus
Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Threadripper HEDT System Build Idea
Replies: 17
Views: 1765

Re: Threadripper HEDT System Build Idea

If you're serious about dropping four figures on a HEDT system--which you are if Threadripper is involved--don't cheap out on memory. You'll just wish you had more later on, and it may not be available in the speed/timing that matches what you already have. I went light with my 6900K build, but this...
by NovusBogus
Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 38
Views: 1999

Re: NIST password guidelines updated!

I guess that's a good thing.


...meanwhile, in the real world, black hats continue to bypass passwords altogether by calling customer service and asking nicely.
by NovusBogus
Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: OK TR, where's the Vega OMG Unboxing Story?
Replies: 9
Views: 625

Re: OK TR, where's the Vega OMG Unboxing Story?

I liked where the one guy on the main page suggested that we send Jeff a Pentium or something and do a really hilarious over the top unboxing video. We should totally do this sometime when he's not crunching for multiple big product launches.
by NovusBogus
Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR System Guide
Replies: 13
Views: 1546

Re: TR System Guide

I'm all for an update but TR isn't going to go into a 'sweet spot' build, like, ever. The cheapest one, at $550 MSRP, is nearly twice the price of the current system guide's entry level enthusiast chip. About the only time I've seen them put HEDT hardware in the system guide is when they do that fin...
by NovusBogus
Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Capsaicin event starting soon...
Replies: 3
Views: 571

Re: Capsaicin event starting soon...

No free lunches and big silicon costs big money; if performance is competitive the price will be at best a little bit lower than the other guy.
by NovusBogus
Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Kaspersky Free
Replies: 11
Views: 792

Re: Kaspersky Free

Just because it doesn't phone home or install a back door today is no guarantee it won't after the next update. At the end of the day, who would you be less comfortable with rummaging around the contents of your PC -- the NSA or the FSB? While I don't trust either of them, I'm more worried about th...
by NovusBogus
Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Air filtered through water
Replies: 17
Views: 1046

Re: Air filtered through water

I vaguely remember hearing from one of those high-pressure timeshare sorts that they want the local female present because she's normally easier to sell to and will then apply domestic pressure on the dude to go along with it. He was explaining why their 'free' vacation packages and such tend to sti...
by NovusBogus
Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Safest way to prep a laptop for sale
Replies: 25
Views: 1311

Re: Safest way to prep a laptop for sale

That's a pretty nice laptop...if I wasn't being a stickler for enterprise grade I might be sending a PM right about now. SSDs can generally be erased via a software command to nuke itself. If you know the manufacturer of the drive, you should be able to use their SSD management tool to do it. Otherw...
by NovusBogus
Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Really strange thought of the day.
Replies: 50
Views: 1153

Re: Really strange thought of the day.

Of course there are, but so what? Child prodigies are not a new phenomenon; Mozart was composing and performing for the European elite when he was 8 or 9 years old too.
by NovusBogus
Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Need help with workstation build
Replies: 17
Views: 892

Re: Need help with workstation build

I'm rocking one of those X99-M WS boards. It's good at what it does, but do bear in mind that it can't handle 8 RAM sticks and maxes out at 64GB rather than 128GB. This is kind of a big deal if you're doing the HEDT thing, but probably not a dealbreaker. Speaking of, why are you starving the memory?...
by NovusBogus
Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an E®A
Replies: 69
Views: 3141

Re: End of an E®A

I managed to miss the whole DIVX thing, and only realized many years later that the thing everyone was complaining about had nothing at all to do with the popular codec suite. Anyway, from the Wikipedia article... DIVX (Digital Video Express) was an unsuccessful attempt by Circuit City and the enter...
by NovusBogus
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an E®A
Replies: 69
Views: 3141

Re: End of an E®A

The ones near me closed about a year ago. I finally picked up a radio scanner in the closing sale, unfortunately not one of the expensive ones that gets trunked/encrypted signals though and that seems to be what the local authorities use a lot. The fall of Radio Shack is partly due to the Internet a...
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