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by meerkt
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 121
Views: 4143

Re: So who here is actually mining?

How do I know the balances? Ah, right. It would also require a distributed UTXO set. I've read some ideas about that, but I don't remember where it was. What randomness?: Sybil says hello . Currently you already download and trust the block headers chain, and the blocks. Here you just don't downloa...
by meerkt
Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 121
Views: 4143

Re: So who here is actually mining?

I'm not in the field, but it seems to me that if you trust the security of the underlying building blocks (SHA2, merkle trees, etc.), downloading just the whole block headers chain + random blocks in the middle should suffice. A single user might not verify all blocks, but depending on your choices ...
by meerkt
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 121
Views: 4143

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Indeed it seems very wasteful in term of power (though I think the power usage figures quoted around are inflated), and I do wonder how sustainable the evergrowing blockchain size is. But all these doom projections assume the system is going to continue unchanged. Ignoring sidechain ideas, even the ...
by meerkt
Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 141
Views: 10548

Re: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?

True nerds don't use JPEG for line art. Didn't you see the image? There's no such thing as a true nerd! A-ha! You're a sports fan. That actually occurred to me when I downloaded it to make my modified version. I re-compressed it with JPEG after the edit anyway figuring most of the damage was alread...
by meerkt
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:09 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 141
Views: 10548

Re: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?

Chrispy_ wrote:
https://i.imgur.com/aoj3gte.jpg

True nerds don't use JPEG for line art.
by meerkt
Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: WD 8TB external HDD for $150
Replies: 13
Views: 538

Re: WD 8TB external HDD for $150

And if someone trusts Seagate...

Seagate 8TB Expansion STEB8000100, $142:
https://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Expansio ... 01HAPGEIE/

Seagate 8TB Backup Plus Hub STEL8000100, $150:
https://www.amazon.com/Seagate-External ... 01HD6ZLQ6/
by meerkt
Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: WD 8TB external HDD for $150
Replies: 13
Views: 538

WD 8TB external HDD for $150

WD Easystore WDBCKA0080HBK-NESN
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/wd-easysto ... Id=5792401

It's just unfortunate that most sales are for external drives and not internal.
by meerkt
Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: AMD Marketing Fails Again
Replies: 7
Views: 403

Re: AMD Marketing Fails Again

First time I hear of "7th gen" AMD chips (9xxx).
They're copying Intel too much.
by meerkt
Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:02 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Last Chrome version with h264 support?
Replies: 3
Views: 509

Re: Last Chrome version with h264 support?

For YouTube, use h264ify.

(Quite dumb forcing VP9 on GPUs that don't have hardware decoding for it. AKA, most of them.)
by meerkt
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega very strong in newly released games
Replies: 39
Views: 1791

Re: Vega very strong in newly released games

sweatshopking wrote:
I CANT TELL HOW VEGA IS BECAUSE THAT SITE IS IN SOME WEIRD FRENCH

Just read the graphs inverted.
by meerkt
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Details on who redeemed Amazon GC code?
Replies: 10
Views: 422

Re: Details on who redeemed Amazon GC code?

implicated in fraud? What fraud? I wouldn't necessarily assume they're global. Global in the sense that a lot of people around the world use the US Amazon site. And from the sender side, I don't know how it is in large-scale, but in small-scale, generating Amazon GC codes is much easier than genera...
by meerkt
Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Details on who redeemed Amazon GC code?
Replies: 10
Views: 422

Re: Details on who redeemed Amazon GC code?

"You" is any random fella who has an Amazon account and can buy GCs, and give them to other random someones. The government doesn't give out Amazon GCs nor accepts them. I think? And yes, it is indeed highly likely that Amazon knows who's used a certain GC code. :) It's just funny that a s...
by meerkt
Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Details on who redeemed Amazon GC code?
Replies: 10
Views: 422

Re: Details on who redeemed Amazon GC code?

Just a thought about its use as a potentially semi-anonymous medium of exchange.
by meerkt
Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Details on who redeemed Amazon GC code?
Replies: 10
Views: 422

Details on who redeemed Amazon GC code?

If you buy and hand out an Amazon eGiftcard, after it's used, is it possible to see details on who used it?
by meerkt
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Seagate + BS marketing = AI?!
Replies: 20
Views: 1011

Re: Seagate + BS marketing = AI?!

Like some of you, I was remiss in not reading the press release carefully. Here are more hilites: "unprecedented bandwidth and processing power" (translated: HDDs with moar coarz?) "enabled more than 5X increase in exabytes" (translated: we, uh... sold drives) "efficiently m...
by meerkt
Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Seagate + BS marketing = AI?!
Replies: 20
Views: 1011

Re: Seagate + BS marketing = AI?!

Thanks MOSFET. I missed the "cloud" parts, and the firmware that sharpens video streams on the fly.
by meerkt
Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Seagate + BS marketing = AI?!
Replies: 20
Views: 1011

Seagate + BS marketing = AI?!

What a load of crap: https://www.seagate.com/about-seagate/news/seagate-launches-first-drive-for-ai-enabled-surveillance-master-pr/ I want an HDD optimized for rickrolling. I suggest calling it RickHawk Platinum. The drive motor could be made to avoid rotating in harmonics related to the song, and s...
by meerkt
Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imdb's baffling decisions
Replies: 22
Views: 2091

Re: Imdb's baffling decisions

The dumbification continues. The user's own rated movies list was now made practically useless (it was downgraded a few years ago, but the recent change is far worse). No more list view, no more sorting by name, or release year (uh, "US release year" since the downgrade a few years ago), o...
by meerkt
Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 121
Views: 4143

Re: So who here is actually mining?

What's casually mineable nowadays with CPU or low-end GPU?
Not looking for big gains, just a way to convert electricity to cryptobucks.
by meerkt
Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Time to update everything WiFi
Replies: 60
Views: 5130

Re: Time to update everything WiFi

What happens on sleep wakeup without the fix?
by meerkt
Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Let's party like it's 1999 and look at single-threaded x87 FPU performance
Replies: 48
Views: 3199

Re: Let's party like it's 1999 and look at single-threaded x87 FPU performance

setaG_lliB wrote:
Look at how much faster that P100 is than the 486-80!
It's also AMD vs Intel.
by meerkt
Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 103
Views: 3744

Re: What is your sound set up?

My gaming monitor is a TV, so sound card doesn't matter. It's PC HDMI -> A/V Receiver -> 5.1.
It may add latency, but I don't know what it is.
by meerkt
Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Remap AltGr to Alt (Windows)?
Replies: 10
Views: 1198

Re: Remap AltGr to Alt (Windows)?

This Stack Overflow thread didn't help? Tried the remap again, it actually does work. I must've tried another scancode suggestion from another StackOverflow question. The thing that works is just an RAlt to LAlt remap, which apparently also affects its AltGr-ness. I do wonder if there are cases whe...
by meerkt
Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Remap AltGr to Alt (Windows)?
Replies: 10
Views: 1198

Re: Remap AltGr to Alt (Windows)?

I don't have AltGr written on the physical key. It's a function of the selected keyboard layout in Windows.
by meerkt
Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Remap AltGr to Alt (Windows)?
Replies: 10
Views: 1198

Re: Remap AltGr to Alt (Windows)?

The registry remap mentioned there didn't work before, but I'll try again (though I'm pretty sure I restarted the last time). And I don't want to run a background utility for that. I'm thinking, maybe create a custom keyboard layout DLL. The only free tool I know of right now is MS's Keyboard Layout...
by meerkt
Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Remap AltGr to Alt (Windows)?
Replies: 10
Views: 1198

Remap AltGr to Alt (Windows)?

Any idea how to remap AltGr to Alt? (I'm not sure, is AltGr actually composed of two key presses?) I wasn't able to find an AltGr scan code that works in: HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout\Scancode Map Key remapping utilities either don't list AltGr, or don't seem to handle it co...
by meerkt
Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Time to update everything WiFi
Replies: 60
Views: 5130

Re: Time to update everything WiFi

Search "Intel 3160" on eBay, I got mine for $10 shipped and my Dell accepted it. If it works, you'll also get a cheap upgrade from "N' to 802.11ac. Thanks. I'm probably not going to change the NIC for the time being. Maybe the Windows update is enough, maybe Intel will update older d...
by meerkt
Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Time to update everything WiFi
Replies: 60
Views: 5130

Re: Time to update everything WiFi

I think it will be a while before anything gets released, not enough stuff is patched yet and if you give the script kiddies an easy tool to copy it will be slaughter. That's okay, I shall await the script kiddies tool. :) What do you have now? Now? What WiFi card/chipset is installed in your NIC? ...
by meerkt
Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Good PDF Splitter/Combiner Software??
Replies: 26
Views: 4023

Re: Good PDF Splitter/Combiner Software??

On the topic of PDF tools...

Anyone knows a small Windows tool or viewer that can show and verify PDF signatures?
SumatraPDF doesn't, nor PDFXchangeViewer (wonderful name). I haven't checked yet to see if old Foxit Reader versions do it, and no luck so far finding a commandline tool.
by meerkt
Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Time to update everything WiFi
Replies: 60
Views: 5130

Re: Time to update everything WiFi

I don't think there's an updated Intel driver for my NIC. Alas. What do you have now? Now? Any device or network you haven't personally secured will be suspect and should be assumed to have the same security as an open network. Would be useful to have an Android tool to test/demonstrate it on vulne...
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