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by MarkG509
Thu Jul 21, 2016 4:23 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Android phone updates/lack thereof
Replies: 62
Views: 7783

Re: Android phone updates/lack thereof

My T-Mo Galaxy Note 4 was OTA updated to Android 6.0.1 about 2 weeks ago. Since then, it won't always switch from WiFi to T-Mo cellular without a reboot. Phone now gets stuck in "Emergency Only" when I move out of range of my WiFi. The phone was almost perfect after the Android 5.0.1 updat...
by MarkG509
Thu Jul 21, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: So, help with an Adware/Malware issue?
Replies: 9
Views: 743

Re: So, help with an Adware/Malware issue?

The best way to stop this is to stop running Windoze. If you like Chrome, try Chromium on Linux. If you think you won't like it, reread Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham.
by MarkG509
Thu Jul 21, 2016 2:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26484
Views: 2037621

Re: dymt reloaded

derFunkenstein wrote:
the single most disturbing scene of TV in history.
I remembered it (and how it affected me) after just a few seconds in. Stopped watching as soon as I could move the mouse to the red-X, but too late. We humans need a way to un-ring bells and un-see things.
by MarkG509
Tue Jul 19, 2016 9:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26484
Views: 2037621

Re: dymt reloaded

Aaaand another day at the office. https://youtu.be/dHrcXqFcBAE About a year ago, as I was passing an 18-wheeler, one of its rear tires blew. Shards of tire bounced off my passenger-side rear window and another chunk put a scratch in my rear fender, but the bulk of the tire passed behind me. The bla...
by MarkG509
Tue Jul 19, 2016 5:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR website lag
Replies: 41
Views: 1463

Re: TR website lag

Really bad right now. Gave up trying to up/down vote comments on the 1060 pre-review. Here's a traceroute via FiOS 75/75: traceroute to techreport.com (96.126.115.201), 30 hops max, 60 byte packets 5 * * * 6 0.ae8.GW10.EWR6.ALTER.NET (140.222.231.131) 6.937 ms 0.ae13.GW10.EWR6.ALTER.NET (140.222.235...
by MarkG509
Sun Jul 17, 2016 5:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26484
Views: 2037621

Re: dymt reloaded

MarkG509: You're welcome. Even though I knew that a first flight would be just a loop of the field to make sure everything worked, I've gotta believe they have a worry about that #2 engine that they chose not to talk about. She took a while at start-up before she stopped blowing smoke and she quit ...
by MarkG509
Sun Jul 17, 2016 3:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26484
Views: 2037621

Re: dymt reloaded

Hmm, am I the only one having issues with TR as of late? I had several timeouts earlier today, and gave up on a reply to the Captain trying to thank him for the links to Doc's first flight, and to see if any threads were posted in R&P regarding this morning's events. Trying to reply to this pos...
by MarkG509
Fri Jul 15, 2016 11:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26484
Views: 2037621

Re: dymt reloaded

Captain Ned wrote:
blame the USAF
My Uncle Joe (mother's brother) always wore a moustache to hide some scars he got from some shrapnel in the face while flying B-25s in the war. I was too young last I saw him to ask about any details.
by MarkG509
Fri Jul 15, 2016 5:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26484
Views: 2037621

Re: dymt reloaded

Except for the cost, formula ain't cheap Friends of mine had a kid (about 8 and 1/2 years ago (that extra half seems really important to the kid)) back before I learned to (and how to) block every bit of Google and Facebook I possibly can. About a week later, I sh kid you not, a full case of Simila...
by MarkG509
Fri Jul 15, 2016 5:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26484
Views: 2037621

Re: dymt reloaded

I cannot understand the rage around high end ice chest. Yes, they have real use cases, but no, 99% of everyone doesn't need them. Using a damn Yeti to take a six pack to the beach is like using a quad core i7 with 32 gigs of RAM to check your email and nothing else I have done, and continue to do, ...
by MarkG509
Tue Jul 12, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26484
Views: 2037621

Re: dymt reloaded

the liberal use of Arduinos A while back, I picked up an mBot, which uses an Arduino. Was fun to program, and was clearly something I'd buy my nephew or neice for some holiday-present. The problem was that the robot was not capable of scooting across my living-room rug, even after minor modificatio...
by MarkG509
Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26484
Views: 2037621

Re: dymt reloaded

NM mountains 20 or so years ago, I spent a couple weeks in NM around the Los Alamos area. Back then I was a smoker, not at all used to the altitude. After a few days, I could fairly accurately guess the altitude as we were driving around, confirmed by my GPS, by just running some simple math proble...
by MarkG509
Fri Jul 08, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4201
Views: 598011

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Steely Dan - Any Major Dude Will Tell You. But, Squonks need to lighten up. Upon the first few listens, I thought this was a positive song that could be used to cheer someone up. Listen more carefully, and it could be interpreted as a very dark/hopeless song.
by MarkG509
Fri Jul 08, 2016 6:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26484
Views: 2037621

Re: dymt reloaded

Captain Ned wrote:
see me in tye-dye
I used to make my own tie-dye T's, and by special request would make them for others of the fairer persuasion. What year would that have been? '71 or '72? Could have been as late as '74.
by MarkG509
Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26484
Views: 2037621

Re: dymt reloaded

just brew it! wrote:
...and it has apparently made a comeback in the past couple of years. (I guess?)
Are you suggesting a Mutiny against the Captain?!?!
by MarkG509
Fri Jul 08, 2016 3:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26484
Views: 2037621

Re: dymt reloaded

Phat (which was always good) died sometime around 2010. I'm not sure I can agree with "always good"; there were, ahem, things referred to as 'phat' that I didn't think were very good at all. Oh, and the 's' word seems to alternate between good and bad on a generational basis. Do I have th...
by MarkG509
Fri Jul 08, 2016 3:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26484
Views: 2037621

Re: dymt reloaded

No, the phrase is purely age-related. Ok, help me catch up. Are "cool" things still "cool"? And what is up with "phat"? I still can't tell if that's good or bad, even after perusing the Urban Dictionary. Edit: Root canal today. I can finally feel my nose again, but sti...
by MarkG509
Fri Jul 08, 2016 3:22 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26484
Views: 2037621

Re: dymt reloaded

I hear people talking about getting drunk or stoned, but not lit... I'm (thankfully) not an expert, but I suspect it depends on the drug. Both "drunk" and "stoned" imply downers . But, after 3 cups of coffee within an hour or so, "lit" describes the feeling (not counti...
by MarkG509
Mon Jul 04, 2016 1:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26484
Views: 2037621

Re: dymt reloaded

First time doing my own oil change over the weekend ... I once did the first oil change on a new VW Jetta at about 500 miles. The oil-filter-cup-wrench-thing ripped the cover off the filter. Vice Grips then twisted off the guts of the filter, leaving nothing much but the rim in place. (Notice how I...
by MarkG509
Sun Jul 03, 2016 7:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4055
Views: 673473

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Brugal Especial Extra Dry, on the rocks with a wedge of lime.
by MarkG509
Fri Jul 01, 2016 6:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26484
Views: 2037621

Re: dymt reloaded

Until today, I only had to share the entire 5GHz WiFi band with one other SSID. I took Channel 149 at reduced power (-50db at 30% power was minimum for a solid connection), and let them have Channel 36 (-85db). By "let them have the channel", I mean that I would power up both my Asus RT-AC...
by MarkG509
Thu Jun 30, 2016 3:22 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26484
Views: 2037621

Re: dymt reloaded

pikaporeon wrote:
a handset that hard-locks any time it receives a phone call.
That's downright cruel.
by MarkG509
Tue Jun 28, 2016 4:27 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26484
Views: 2037621

Re: dymt reloaded

Re: the previous page, it's amusing to see you guys go "ick I don't know what to do with iOS" like any mobile OS these days is all that hard to figure out. :lol: I've never done anything "productive" on iOS. I've consumed things: web pages, emails, Facetimes with my niece/nephew...
by MarkG509
Tue Jun 28, 2016 3:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26484
Views: 2037621

Re: dymt reloaded

On this day, June 28th, in 1975, Rod Serling passed away, but hopefully not into the Twilight Zone. ---------------- Not worth a separate post, but I just receive yet another notice for Jury Duty. This summons does not make it easy to tell them I served just last year. The rate at which my 'number' ...
by MarkG509
Mon Jun 27, 2016 2:22 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26484
Views: 2037621

Re: dymt reloaded

covers most day-to-day PC use cases. I certainly wouldn't try a full Linux kernel rebuild on it (cross-compile from an x86 machine for something like that), but for email, surfing, and light-development, its plenty. The ecosystem is not as mature as x86, but it's totally usable, though haven't trie...
by MarkG509
Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:42 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Polaris and Vega Designed in China?
Replies: 34
Views: 4308

Re: Polaris and Vega Designed in China?

I am reminded of Kuhnian "normal science" vs. scientific revolution. A friend is embroiled in such a battle with his management. I sent him an email with the results of my best (as JBI calls it) google-fu on Kuhn. Thanks! (He doesn't believe/listen to me, but maybe Kuhn will have better s...
by MarkG509
Mon Jun 27, 2016 12:23 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Polaris and Vega Designed in China?
Replies: 34
Views: 4308

Re: Polaris and Vega Designed in China?

I'm not even sure what half you wrote means but the discussion is about the people who design stuff like GPUs and CPUs. The super-clever geniuses. These are the hardcore geeks and would be horrified at being identified as shallow "hipsters". Perhaps different terminology. I was thinking t...
by MarkG509
Sun Jun 26, 2016 11:48 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Polaris and Vega Designed in China?
Replies: 34
Views: 4308

Re: Polaris and Vega Designed in China?

"mash up" Until recently, the "mash up" folks were comfortable buying/hiring the low-end 'grunt' math. Increasingly the technical dominates within a predefined space. Jobs is long dead; the Woz has morphed into a lovable emeritus character. But, the money is in expanding the 'sp...
by MarkG509
Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:31 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: TechReport 1080 Review
Replies: 53
Views: 6307

Re: TechReport 1080 Review

End User wrote:
I am very happy with my FE. Mine does not exhibit any of the audio issues found with the review card.

How good are your ears? :D :D Though slightly more seriously, I have had cpu and case fans that were "defective", with squeals, whines, and wobbles.
by MarkG509
Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Polaris and Vega Designed in China?
Replies: 34
Views: 4308

Re: Polaris and Vega Designed in China?

Is it possible Polaris is priced aggressively partly because it was designed in China at lower cost? I'd be willing to bet AMD would rather have a better card for which they could charge more. It didn't work out very well for them when they tried to beat Intel on CPU price/performance (while ignori...
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