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by Duct Tape Dude
Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Falcon Heavy Launch
Replies: 62
Views: 1833

Re: Falcon Heavy Launch

So it's settled then: Telsa has made the fastest production car.
by Duct Tape Dude
Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Need a laptop, but not sure which anymore...
Replies: 18
Views: 791

Re: Need a laptop, but not sure which anymore...

4K certainly makes sense for photography, but I'm still not convinced it's worth it at 13" unless you have exceptionally good vision. Would probably be better off with a 1080 main screen and get a large size external for detailed photo work. Fair point. I think I'd opt for the same setup-- ene...
by Duct Tape Dude
Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Need a laptop, but not sure which anymore...
Replies: 18
Views: 791

Re: Need a laptop, but not sure which anymore...

The only unmentioned option that comes to mind is the HP Spectre x360 (15" 4K version). The Dell XPS series is also worth considering, but the Surface lineup still has the best screens in terms of color accuracy, gamut, black levels, etc. Microsoft put a lot of effort into screen quality and ca...
by Duct Tape Dude
Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What cricket products are you eating?
Replies: 31
Views: 907

Re: What cricket products are you eating?

Crickets are gross. Decided to try cricket tacos at this Mexican place in Queens--the flavor wasn't bad but the texture is no fun at all. There's basically no meat in the center, so imagine a crunchy outside without a chewy inside. And now imagine eating bunch of exoskeleton, with legs that are like...
by Duct Tape Dude
Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Server Racks
Replies: 8
Views: 794

Re: Server Racks

by Duct Tape Dude
Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Computer Failure
Replies: 34
Views: 470

Re: Computer Failure

When you start it up does the hard drive light blink as if it's loading up your OS?

What's your graphics card (or is your monitor hooked up to the motherboard's onboard graphics)?
by Duct Tape Dude
Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Need Advice for Building a PC Tower for 4K Home Entertainment Use
Replies: 33
Views: 1572

Re: Need Advice for Building a PC Tower for 4K Home Entertainment Use

You're going to need the latest 7th-gen or 8th-gen Intel chips to do anything 4K@60Hz, or do as I did and purchase an nvidia GT 1030. It outputs HDMI 2.0 and has hardware-accelerated video decoding for everything, including YouTube. The 1030 comes in passively cooled flavors and is weak enough that ...
by Duct Tape Dude
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Current best/good energy monitors?
Replies: 16
Views: 535

Re: Current best/good energy monitors?

There's no way to know tiered pricing based on a single outlet and without somehow plugging in your utility's pricing scheme. My coworker uses this on about 40 circuits across his house, he showed me graphs of his LED walkway lights gradually using less mW of power as they heat up and generate more ...
by Duct Tape Dude
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 87
Views: 2676

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

cjcerny wrote:
Consumer Reports has already covered this topic. They also have data on which makes have more false positives from their automatic safety features. Seek it.

Man, I had a subscription to them too at one point. Maybe I'll pony up if I find a welcome back offer. Thanks for the tip!
by Duct Tape Dude
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 87
Views: 2676

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

While driving around the past few days I was fortunate enough to notice an Elantra and Outback each with blind spot monitoring. After watching a few cars go by each, I noticed the Outback appeared to be more speed-aware of an approaching car (it'd go off sooner in general and even sooner for a fast-...
by Duct Tape Dude
Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:12 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Robo Vacuum for Christmas
Replies: 16
Views: 1535

Re: Robo Vacuum for Christmas

was looking into Eufy too since it runs longer hours compared to other expensive vacuums but it would have been nice if it can be connected to wifi. I have the Eufy (not the + version) and on hardwood it runs for over 2h at a time. On very low-pile carpet it runs about 2h, on medium-pile carpet it ...
by Duct Tape Dude
Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 87
Views: 2676

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

Subaru does have solutions for that, you know (says someone on his 4th Subie turbo since MY 2002). Haha, my first ride in a WRX STi had me giggling like a little girl. The second ride was no different. Turbos are like VR--you can read about it all you want, but once it's only after experiencing it ...
by Duct Tape Dude
Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 87
Views: 2676

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

JustAnEngineer wrote:
The Honda Civic and the Mazda 3 are the two cars in that category that have good handling.
I liked the Impreza too, but the acceleration is lacking. No Carplay on the Mazda Mazda3 seems silly in this age, but I'll bring myself to test drive it eventuallysoon.
by Duct Tape Dude
Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 87
Views: 2676

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

Civic: I'm not sure I can get over the lack of blind spot monitoring and volume knob. Blind spots on a Civic should not be too much of a problem. I'm looking at buying a 2SS 1LE - now that thing needs a blind spot monitor. Photos of the 2018 Civic interior appear to show there is a volume control o...
by Duct Tape Dude
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 87
Views: 2676

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

Thank you all so much for your replies! Quite helpful! Lane keep assist: I was really impressed by the 2017 Honda CR-V (I assume this is present on other models) that Honda's LKA actually keeps you centered in the middle of the lane. ... Toyota's is more like bumper bowling. ... Lane Departure Warni...
by Duct Tape Dude
Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 87
Views: 2676

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

Say for example some crazy person is passing in the right lane and driving like it's another Fast & Furious movie, which if any of these safety options would detect that? From what I know most blind spot monitoring only handles objects already there and just outside of the box. The guy at the S...
by Duct Tape Dude
Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 87
Views: 2676

Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

2018 likely has a new car in store for me. I see all these active driving aids I'm interested in like: Front radars/cameras: ⋅ Lane keep assist (or the lesser Lane Departure Warning) ⋅ Smart cruise control ⋅ Automatic emergency braking Rear radars: ⋅ Blind spo...
by Duct Tape Dude
Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia forbids GeForce use in Data Centers...
Replies: 21
Views: 1203

Re: Nvidia forbids GeForce use in Data Centers...

This feels like first-amendment violations of a computer processor. There's no way this will be enforceable. It's about as enforceable as any other arbitrary EULA limitation that isn't backed up with some form of DRM. IOW, yeah, not really. It'll scare some potential users off, while others will ig...
by Duct Tape Dude
Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia forbids GeForce use in Data Centers...
Replies: 21
Views: 1203

Re: Nvidia forbids GeForce use in Data Centers...

This feels like first-amendment violations of a computer processor. There's no way this will be enforceable. To skirt around this limitation, what's stopping someone from bootstrapping their existing code with a single call to git or some other blockchain tech? Why not instead offer premium support/...
by Duct Tape Dude
Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Simple HTIB options
Replies: 18
Views: 1205

Re: Simple HTIB options

I've run my home theater both ways. Currently, most of my sources are switched via HDMI through the TV with the receiver simply providing sound for whatever the TV is displaying. Only the Oppo disc player connects directly to the receiver because the TV wouldn't know what to do with the high bitrat...
by Duct Tape Dude
Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Simple HTIB options
Replies: 18
Views: 1205

Re: Simple HTIB options

Since 2.1 is your only requirement, you could just piece together a 2.1 system yourself like https://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SW-8MK2-Designed-100-Watt-Subwoofer/dp/B008NCD2PC EDIT: scratch this one, I was thinking those direct speaker hookups were line outs instead of line ins. I have a Harmon Kardon...
by Duct Tape Dude
Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: File system stops responding in new build - SOLVED
Replies: 16
Views: 1152

Re: File system stops responding in new build - SOLVED

Great to hear it was just Windows after all! Typical, I guess. Hope it all stays stable for you.
by Duct Tape Dude
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: File system stops responding in new build - SOLVED
Replies: 16
Views: 1152

Re: File system stops responding in new build

I was thinking that at first, but when it was hanging the system hadn't been under enough load to generate much heat (literally startup, start a browser or an installer, that sort of thing). Also, since disabling the ASUS software I have been able to run PC-Mark and TimeSpy Extreme without running ...
by Duct Tape Dude
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: File system stops responding in new build - SOLVED
Replies: 16
Views: 1152

Re: File system stops responding in new build

I've had similar issues when a drive wasn't responding properly. Took a look in CrystalDiskMark and found the SATA interface speeds (that's right, the bus speed, not even measuring the actual throughput) were dropping from 6Gbps to 3Gbps to 1.5Gbps. Eventually the system would stutter and freeze to ...
by Duct Tape Dude
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: "We're marinating in surveillance tech.."
Replies: 8
Views: 795

Re: "We're marinating in surveillance tech.."

Eh. Seems like FUD to me. We've been at this point for awhile, imo. There's no such thing as privacy anymore, but there is anonymity. Devices collect data all the time but with the exception of bad actors or state actors, no one would want to tie all that data back to _you_ specifically. Unless you'...
by Duct Tape Dude
Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:37 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: H.265 decode requirements with Plex
Replies: 57
Views: 4867

Re: H.265 decode requirements with Plex

https://support.plex.tv/hc/en-us/articles/115002178853-Using-Hardware-Accelerated-Streaming Seems like nvidia's encoder is supported, any reason why OP can't just get a GT 1030 for ~$70? I've got one inside my HTPC and it lets me do 4k 60fps even on YouTube. Feels so wrong for a Sandy Bridge Celero...
by Duct Tape Dude
Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: H.265 decode requirements with Plex
Replies: 57
Views: 4867

Re: H.265 decode requirements with Plex

https://support.plex.tv/hc/en-us/articles/115002178853-Using-Hardware-Accelerated-Streaming Seems like nvidia's encoder is supported, any reason why OP can't just get a GT 1030 for ~$70? I've got one inside my HTPC and it lets me do 4k 60fps even on YouTube. Feels so wrong for a Sandy Bridge Celero...
by Duct Tape Dude
Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:09 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Serious bug in macOS High Sierra
Replies: 83
Views: 3067

Re: Serious bug in macOS High Sierra

just brew it! wrote:
I find it rather odd that you list the case-insensitive filesystem as a drawback of OS X, when you're recommending a Windows solution...

Bash on Ubuntu on Windows is case-sensitive.
by Duct Tape Dude
Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Serious bug in macOS High Sierra
Replies: 83
Views: 3067

Re: Serious bug in macOS High Sierra

I strongly dislike MacOS for many reasons...but I need to be able to run *real* Office applications. At least the terminal works as expected. :lol: Do you have the option to run W10? The Windows store installations of Ubuntu and the like will get you a bash shell, and you can pretty much install th...
by Duct Tape Dude
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: WD 8TB external HDD for $150
Replies: 13
Views: 996

Re: WD 8TB external HDD for $150

I'm so pissed. Best Buy had that same hdd for $130 in their Black Friday ad. I was ready to pounce after reading their mail flyer on Thursday, only to find out it had already been on sale for $130 for some unknown amount of time and they were sold out everywhere (at least that's what their website ...
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