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by Duct Tape Dude
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Comcast AP and WiFi calling
Replies: 31
Views: 830

Re: Comcast AP and WiFi calling

Regardless, I'm not in the business of paying for free wifi hotspots for the public to use. No matter how unlikely, if someone were to do something illegal/nefarious through my connection, I'm sure it would eventually be traced back to me/my location. Whether easily proven innocent or not isn't the...
by Duct Tape Dude
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Comcast AP and WiFi calling
Replies: 31
Views: 830

Re: Comcast AP and WiFi calling

I'm actually very surprised you're using the Comcast solution. Even if you aren't paying for it, there's still all that crap where they automatically share your connection with other Comcast subscribers. I want nothing to do with any of their equipment. Your connection may be shared, but you also a...
by Duct Tape Dude
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Comcast AP and WiFi calling
Replies: 31
Views: 830

Re: Comcast AP and WiFi calling

The signal strength and coverage on the Comcast-supplied AP is generally quite good (which is why I didn't look into alternatives). But if the ongoing WiFi calling issues are the AP's fault, it's time to look elsewhere. I see. There's also the xFi pods which are a one-time cost if you have a compat...
by Duct Tape Dude
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Comcast AP and WiFi calling
Replies: 31
Views: 830

Re: Comcast AP and WiFi calling

Do you have DOCSIS 3.0 (sub-gigabit), and are you paying to rent Comcast's Modem/AP? If so, consider looking for a Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal on a replacement device. For example, my parents got this one on sale for about $120: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0781Z5PCL You could also consider a mesh ...
by Duct Tape Dude
Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The ultimate sump pump battery backup?
Replies: 23
Views: 576

Re: The ultimate sump pump battery backup?

This thread has come at a fun time, my sump pump just died this morning! Luckily the backup SumpJet is working fine. Now to figure out how difficult it is to install one while water rolls in.
by Duct Tape Dude
Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The ultimate sump pump battery backup?
Replies: 23
Views: 576

Re: The ultimate sump pump battery backup?

I'll look into the code stuff closer as well. ... Plus, I already have a hacked together setup with a $15 800gph aquarium pump that I can use to get water out a window while powered by a computer UPS if I need to buy some time. To heck with code, this sounds like the most fun of your pumps so far. ...
by Duct Tape Dude
Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The ultimate sump pump battery backup?
Replies: 23
Views: 576

Re: The ultimate sump pump battery backup?

I forgot to mention it in my first post, but I already have that exact water-powered backup pump. It can't keep up with heavy rain. Regarding code, running a pump from an inverter sounds pretty mundane. What makes you think it would be frowned upon? Ah ok. I'm not entirely sure but I remember the l...
by Duct Tape Dude
Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The ultimate sump pump battery backup?
Replies: 23
Views: 576

Re: The ultimate sump pump battery backup?

90% sure that won't pass home inspection, but I'm no doctor. https://www.nfpa.org/codes-and-standards/all-codes-and-standards/list-of-codes-and-standards/detail?code=70 Completely support your effort, but personally I'd just get a SumpJet , have it professionally installed, and call it a day. Our ho...
by Duct Tape Dude
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: derFunk's freebie Friday: Google Home Mini
Replies: 34
Views: 1016

Re: derFunk's freebie Friday: Google Home Mini

just brew it! wrote:
"Hey Google, how do I find a joke that will win derFunk's freebie Friday Google Home Mini contest?"
Google wrote:
There are no results for "Intel's 10nm yields"
by Duct Tape Dude
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: derFunk's freebie Friday: Google Home Mini
Replies: 34
Views: 1016

Re: derFunk's freebie Friday: Google Home Mini

Am I allowed to just dump my top 5 recent favorites?

Venus flytraps
Rubber chicken, waterboarded
Smart pen
Universal theme
Get out of the tank, Arthur

I will pass on the Mini, but hope to set the bar. Bonus image
by Duct Tape Dude
Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: House struck by lightning
Replies: 31
Views: 1381

Re: House struck by lightning

Glad to hear you're just replacing small things instead of an entire house.

Out of curiosity, were any of your appliances hooked up to surge protectors?
And while you're poking around the breaker box, have you considered installing a HEPD? Example: https://www.homedepot.com/p/203540660
by Duct Tape Dude
Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Threadripper 2990wx experiences
Replies: 132
Views: 3962

Re: Threadripper 2990wx experiences

What's your system load average like (in top or similar)? And what about mpstat (sysstat package) output? Unlikely. If he's running 32 to 64 independent monte-carlo simulations, there wouldn't be much cross-CCX communication at all. My bet is on memory-bound. Eventually, the DDR4 itself just becomes...
by Duct Tape Dude
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Linus Torvalds to stop flaming people
Replies: 16
Views: 1091

Re: Linus Torvalds to stop flaming people

I thought this was an article from the beginning of April.
by Duct Tape Dude
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is MS hinting at?
Replies: 6
Views: 859

Re: What is MS hinting at?

Even as a MS fanboi, I have to admit that whatever not-a-Surface-refresh device is coming on October 2nd will be followed next year by an end of production fire sale.
by Duct Tape Dude
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Core 2 Quad 9650 Multiplier Stuck
Replies: 4
Views: 672

Re: Intel Core 2 Quad 9650 Multiplier Stuck

I know your power profile is on max performance, but in the advanced power options, make sure maximum processor frequency is set to 100%. I've seen a few programs that tweak this for some reason.

Other than that, are temps okay? Is the machine dusty?
by Duct Tape Dude
Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Curved Screens General Impressions + How does it look with 3?
Replies: 17
Views: 1167

Re: Curved Screens General Impressions + How does it look with 3?

I have a friend who is looking to do 3 27inch curved screens to use purely for reading ... Any thoughts from those that have more experience with curved screens? Would 3 be too much of a good thing? If it's for reading, I'd consider 3 flat monitors in portrait mode, or a PLP setup with something li...
by Duct Tape Dude
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Google Maps: source for 3D view data?
Replies: 12
Views: 920

Re: Google Maps: source for 3D view data?

Also if you are a geospatial junkie, this article is a pretty nice analysis of what Google is doing with Google maps (the whole blog is pretty solid), and even how they create the 3D structures. https://www.justinobeirne.com/google-maps-moat/ Genuinely fascinating article, totally answers OP's ques...
by Duct Tape Dude
Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Google Maps: source for 3D view data?
Replies: 12
Views: 920

Re: Google Maps: source for 3D view data?

It's a mix of data, if you zoom out/scroll around the bottom right corner updates with what the data sources were. The 3D parts are calculated by Google, much in the same manner as Photosynth did over a decade ago. It's been like this for a little while now, but your point about how surprising it is...
by Duct Tape Dude
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New HTPC GPU - GT1030 - but where are they?
Replies: 12
Views: 965

Re: New HTPC GPU - GT1030 - but where are they?

I got this one for almost exactly the same reasons you mention:
http://www.microcenter.com/product/4797 ... Video_Card

Works fine. Streams 4k 60fps YouTube videos without fuss.
by Duct Tape Dude
Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Get your Windows 95 here
Replies: 6
Views: 548

Re: Get your Windows 95 here

I’ve always largely conflated the user experience of Win9x variants in my head. I know there were technical differences between them, but I can’t seem to recall anything about the user experience which was meaningful enough to where I’d see wanting to use Win95 over Win98SE, even for nostalgic purp...
by Duct Tape Dude
Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: 16GB iPhone SE - broken NAND? Will convert to Samsung
Replies: 29
Views: 1827

Re: 16GB iPhone SE - broken NAND? Will convert to Samsung

iOS does not do paging at all. iOS warns and then outright kills apps to save memory instead of touching the disk. Hm ok. Something definitely is happening underneath though--I get adverse application load times and increased stuttering whenever my disk is nearing full (deleting a few videos always...
by Duct Tape Dude
Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: 16GB iPhone SE - broken NAND? Will convert to Samsung
Replies: 29
Views: 1827

Re: 16GB iPhone SE - broken NAND? Will convert to Samsung

+1 for SuperSpy's solution. You could also back up her photos to something like Google Photos and delete the ones on the device. iOS uses some disk space for swap, so as you get below about 1GB of free space the phone will slow down in loading etc. No matter what she'll have a better experience with...
by Duct Tape Dude
Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: $120,CyberPower 1500 VA / 900 Watts,Expires24thAug
Replies: 3
Views: 1017

Re: $120,CyberPower 1500 VA / 900 Watts,Expires24thAug

For the purists: this is simulated sine wave, not pure sine wave. Still a great deal.
by Duct Tape Dude
Sat Aug 18, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Swift 5: async/await pattern
Replies: 4
Views: 1329

Re: Swift 5: async/await pattern

That kind of looks like it could block on the main thread, though. I can do Task.Run or Task.WhenAll to spin off my own threads in C# without locking the main thread (where the spinner can keep spinning unimpeded). It seems like you can do the same thing in Swift with an async function call . Unles...
by Duct Tape Dude
Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: What replacement Graphics Card?
Replies: 21
Views: 1903

Re: What replacement Graphics Card?

Decided to purchase the Radeon RX 560 4GT LP OC 4GB https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814137308&ignorebbr=1&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-PCPartPicker,%20LLC-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID= Appreciate everyone's help ...
by Duct Tape Dude
Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: What replacement Graphics Card?
Replies: 21
Views: 1903

Re: What replacement Graphics Card?

You want an MSI 7870? Works great, I upgraded awhile back and never sold it off. It hasn't even been collecting dust because it's been sitting in its antistatic bag. Would happily ship it to a gerbil's home. Name a price.
by Duct Tape Dude
Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Legal 4K/UHD Streaming Services for PC
Replies: 7
Views: 711

Re: Legal 4K/UHD Streaming Services for PC

Netflix might be the only service that actually works on Windows, but the issue is they don't have movies anymore. It's all relegated to their DVD service.
by Duct Tape Dude
Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: 27" Dell 1440p 144Hz G-Sync display - $379 @ Best Buy
Replies: 3
Views: 841

Re: 27" Dell 1440p 144Hz G-Sync display - $379 @ Best Buy

That is by FAR the best-looking G-Sync monitor I've ever seen.
by Duct Tape Dude
Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Legal 4K/UHD Streaming Services for PC
Replies: 7
Views: 711

Re: Legal 4K/UHD Streaming Services for PC

I think Amazon has 4K available but I don't know if it's on the desktop, maybe just their devices. Unfortunately it's just certified devices: Supported Devices At this time, UHD playback is supported on the following Prime Video devices: Amazon Fire TV (2nd Generation) Roku 4, Roku Premiere, Roku P...
by Duct Tape Dude
Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Legal 4K/UHD Streaming Services for PC
Replies: 7
Views: 711

Legal 4K/UHD Streaming Services for PC

Starting to have some buyer's remorse after building a budget GT1030-powered HTPC. Don't get me wrong, it works great for 1080p 5.1ch Netflix and 4K60fps YouTube and all that, but I wanted to rent a movie through a streaming service, only to find UHD movies are really, really difficult to stream. Ev...
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