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by Duct Tape Dude
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1444
Views: 55874

Re: Something's different...

Stupid question: how do I get to the next page of a multi-page story?

https://techreport.com/review/34642/off ... -reviewed/
by Duct Tape Dude
Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Task Scheduling, PPID, forking, NUMA
Replies: 37
Views: 3094

Re: Task Scheduling, PPID, forking, NUMA

From the docs: mcparallel evaluates the expr expression in parallel to the current R process. Everything is shared read-only (or in fact copy-on-write) between the parallel process and the current process, i.e.no side-effects of the expression affect the main process. The result of the parallel exec...
by Duct Tape Dude
Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Setting up a Syncronized Folder ... Thingy...
Replies: 8
Views: 1533

Re: Setting up a Syncronized Folder ... Thingy...

Have you considered an actual syncing tool like SyncThing (https://syncthing.net/) or Resilio Sync (https://www.resilio.com/individuals-sync/) ? I use Resilio among several devices to sync a few TB of data across several folders, and it just works . Sufficient conflict resolution for deletions and a...
by Duct Tape Dude
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: nVidia FreeSync support is coming?
Replies: 56
Views: 4893

Re: nVidia FreeSync support is coming?

I got this working on my Samsung CF791, but at least one of my games (Watch Dogs 2) has trouble alt-tabbing or with desktop interrupts like the volume overlay. When trying to return to the game the video cuts out and the monitor turns off until I alt-tab back to the desktop. Disabling G-Sync makes e...
by Duct Tape Dude
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: nVidia FreeSync support is coming?
Replies: 56
Views: 4893

Re: nVidia FreeSync support is coming?

DPete27 wrote:
Looks like they just started testing alphabetically.
Ugh, now I regret buying a Samsung
by Duct Tape Dude
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Fractals revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 3142

Re: Fractals revisited

just brew it! wrote:
Re-rendered at 60 FPS with the pauses removed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72aGujkYw2E
Looks fantastic! I think the additional frames make it feel way more fluid, and the direction shifts feel intentional. Nice work.
by Duct Tape Dude
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Fractals revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 3142

Re: Fractals revisited

On the latest video, what do y'all think from an aesthetic standpoint? Is the animation too fast? Too slow? Keep the half second pauses between direction changes, or no? Just curious... 60fps FHD or bust, imo. Smoother animation helps with the faster motion while keeping it short enough to stay int...
by Duct Tape Dude
Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Comcast AP and WiFi calling
Replies: 49
Views: 4597

Re: Comcast AP and WiFi calling

On other hand, they just build new c-cast tower in philly for astronomical (undisclosed completely) amount which they need to recover :-(. I work there. It was $1.5B, or about two weeks of profit for Comcast (but Comcast isn't the sole owner). Comcast is a publicly traded company and is required to...
by Duct Tape Dude
Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: What's the latest with Intel Thunderbolt 3 integration?
Replies: 11
Views: 2206

Re: What's the latest with Intel Thunderbolt 3 integration?

My working theory is that we'll be seeing Thunderbolt 3/4 in iPads and iPhones next year. Is PCIe even in the Apple A-series? Since TB is really low-level, wouldn't that introduce all sorts of attack surfaces and/or insane peripheral certifications along with a power-hungry interface? Imo, I don't ...
by Duct Tape Dude
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Comcast AP and WiFi calling
Replies: 49
Views: 4597

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: 49
Views: 4597

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: 49
Views: 4597

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: 49
Views: 4597

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: 26
Views: 4587

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: 26
Views: 4587

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: 26
Views: 4587

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: 26
Views: 4587

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: 2798

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: 2798

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: 3143

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: 7742

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: 3066

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: 1983

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: 1795

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: 3006

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: 2911

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: 2911

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: 2153

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: 845

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: 3995

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...
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