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by UberGerbil
Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: CFFI
Replies: 8
Views: 456

Re: CFFI

Being able to call down to a lower level to get things done in a way that can't be done any other way, or can't be performant without it, has a history as old as languages higher than assembly. And the perception of it has always been "this is awesome" when it works and "just because ...
by UberGerbil
Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: WD HDDs to have "RISC-V Inside"
Replies: 17
Views: 556

Re: WD HDDs to have "RISC-V Inside"

just brew it! wrote:
If they follow through on that plan, it'll be great for RISC-V (and probably not so great for ARM).
Somehow I think ARM will be ok.
by UberGerbil
Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega very strong in newly released games
Replies: 39
Views: 1759

Re: Vega very strong in newly released games

When it came to blinkenlitze, I don't think anybody ever topped the Connection Machine. Of course, that offered opportunities for all sorts of shenanigans.
by UberGerbil
Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Details on who redeemed Amazon GC code?
Replies: 10
Views: 410

Re: Details on who redeemed Amazon GC code?

I wouldn't necessarily assume they're global. A lot of gift cards are country-specific. A few years back I bought iTunes gift cards as gifts for some of my younger relatives and discovered iTunes cards bought in the US couldn't be used in Canada (and vice versa). On the other hand, my Starbucks stor...
by UberGerbil
Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: the most advanced 80's 8-bit CPUs?
Replies: 54
Views: 2846

Re: the most advanced 80's 8-bit CPUs?

Most of the 8 bit CPUs are actually 70s designs that became prominent in the 80s. By the time the mid-to-late 80s rolled around, 16 and even 32bit CPUs were being introduced by virtually everyone (including "CPU companies" everyone has almost forgotten about, like Xerox and National Semico...
by UberGerbil
Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Remap AltGr to Alt (Windows)?
Replies: 10
Views: 1163

Re: Remap AltGr to Alt (Windows)?

by UberGerbil
Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: occasional slow windows 10 boot
Replies: 11
Views: 586

Re: occasional slow windows 10 boot

Is it possible the fan is failing, and not always spinning up on boot, resulting in the CPU thermally throttling itself? There could also be something wonky with the BIOS, where every so often it initially doesn't spin the fan (or spin it above minimum) and so the CPU only gets cooled when the Windo...
by UberGerbil
Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: SO-DIMMS for Everything?
Replies: 34
Views: 1385

Re: SO-DIMMS for Everything?

So: lower performance and lower capacity, but at least they're more expensive. Let's do this.
by UberGerbil
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: best wifi adpter?
Replies: 24
Views: 1113

Re: best wifi adpter?

If the worst comes to the worst and the PC is just too far from the router for signal (even on the old, longer-range 2.4GHz channels) just buy a plug-in range extender or try a homeplug system instead. All it might take is to detach the wifi antenna(s) and use an RP-SMA cable to position them in a ...
by UberGerbil
Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Remote app shot in the dark question
Replies: 9
Views: 859

Re: Remote app shot in the dark question

I don't have a solution for you, though I can think of several hacky ways around it (which are probably already implemented in the 3rd party programs you've looked at -- ie disabling the minimize button/menu item). What I suspect is going on: a Windows program has to handle the WM_SIZE messages that...
by UberGerbil
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: TR Baseball 2017
Replies: 40
Views: 5397

Re: TR Baseball 2017

Fun as always, though as always I feel little bad for the teams that fall ever further behind as the season progresses. One thing I think we're going to have to think about going forward is the CG stat, which has been on a downward slide ever since even before it got added as a scoring category for ...
by UberGerbil
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: A gerbil's tv box choice?
Replies: 20
Views: 822

Re: A gerbil's tv box choice?

What isn't nice is no volume control on the remote, which Shield and Apple have. Since all we do is stream, I can just use the Fire remote (HDMI-CEC) to turn on TV+Fire with one button press, but I still have to adjust the volume with a second remote, which is annoying. I have a Samsung Smart TV, a...
by UberGerbil
Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: A gerbil's tv box choice?
Replies: 20
Views: 822

Re: A gerbil's tv box choice?

I watch stuff off the internet on the computer; the TV is strictly for OTA broadcasting and whatever local stuff I want stream or play (I still own DVDs and even rent them on occasion because there's stuff you can't get any other way). A couple of years ago my elderly aunt wanted to watch Netflix on...
by UberGerbil
Sat Sep 30, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: No wireless internet on bootup
Replies: 4
Views: 2129

Re: No wireless internet on bootup

First, what motherboard (or PC model) is this? I'd definitely check to make sure you have the latest drivers, though a glance at the Edimax page suggests they haven't updated anything for Win10 in a while. You said this has been happening for a month, but it was fine before that? When the issue occu...
by UberGerbil
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Panicked Response to AMD Epyc... from Oracle
Replies: 16
Views: 2643

Re: Panicked Response to AMD Epyc... from Oracle

In other news --- Sparc is still a thing, apparently. At least for now.

Larry Ellison always wanted to out-Microsoft Microsoft, and he seems to have succeeded in one metric: Oracle is even worse than Redmond at acquiring companies and then pissing them into nothingness.
by UberGerbil
Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great
Replies: 59
Views: 5234

Re: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great

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by UberGerbil
Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Explorer taking a long time to launch
Replies: 11
Views: 5080

Re: Windows Explorer taking a long time to launch

Are you on a domain or otherwise have networking credentials (VPN, mounted network drives, etc) that may be taking time to resolve? What version of Windows? For stuff like this, enabling the Bootlog (via MSCONFIG.EXE) and then poring over the results is often the slowest-but-surest way to identify t...
by UberGerbil
Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: OK TR, where's the Vega OMG Unboxing Story?
Replies: 9
Views: 861

Re: OK TR, where's the Vega OMG Unboxing Story?

Frankly it's silly. I don't care what it looks like. This, so much. I don't understand why anyone thought it was a good idea to do the first one. And once someone did one, I don't know why anybody thought "You know what we need? More of these ." There are greater wastes of bandwidth on th...
by UberGerbil
Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 99
Views: 4105

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

Too late. In my mind, and in my car, we can't rewind we've gone too far.
by UberGerbil
Sat Jul 22, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Sony a6000 unable to display
Replies: 4
Views: 719

Re: Sony a6000 unable to display

Sounds like there is meta data being stored somewhere that the camera is reading; are you sure you've looked at the card with all hidden files visible? You may have to look at the card via a proper card reader and not via the camera. Or perhaps use some desktop software Sony provides that knows how ...
by UberGerbil
Sat Jul 22, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD is back with a vengeance -
Replies: 17
Views: 1741

Re: AMD is back with a vengeance -

Back in my day we did physics simulations with pencil and paper, went through both by the ton, and erasers.............;) You're going to drop a line like that with no mention of slide rules? (I had a friend who went to work for Boeing the late 80s. Even then Boeing had leading edge CAD and Boeing ...
by UberGerbil
Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Licketysplit
Replies: 63
Views: 3735

Re: RIP Licketysplit

Wow, I saw this thread and thought it was recent news. I scrolled back to Hance's original post from over a year ago and wondered how I could possibly have missed it. Then I looked closer at the date and realized it came almost exactly a week after my father died when I was out of town and up to my ...
by UberGerbil
Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Symmetric Multi Turboboost
Replies: 7
Views: 838

Re: Symmetric Multi Turboboost

That overlaps with their SMT=Simultaneous Multi-Threading moniker though. I know :D But it bugs me that the Ryzen and ThreadRipper boost mechanism does not take advantage of spatial symmetry. If you keep moving the same high-frequency-benefiting task from core to core, you have to move a bunch of d...
by UberGerbil
Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Air filtered through water
Replies: 17
Views: 1255

Re: Air filtered through water

So it's a hookah for your furnace? I assume it using running water or flushes itself frequently (otherwise you have stagnant water sitting around filling up with whatever is coming out of the air) so that adds to your water bill, and there's a pump and other complexity. Seems like the kind of thing ...
by UberGerbil
Sat Jul 15, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Surprise! Creator 10 Update Applied...
Replies: 30
Views: 3418

Re: Surprise! Creator 10 Update Applied...

My question is should I push the issue and manually download the update or leave things be, and wait it out? I've otherwise been getting regular updates via Windows Update, but no Creators Update yet. Microsoft said it will withhold the update from machines that it knows of compatibility issues. I ...
by UberGerbil
Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Native American Pemmican
Replies: 73
Views: 2217

Re: Native American Pemmican

Pemmican is basically what makes up some "suet blocks" you can buy to put in your bird feeders. Which isn't to say it's not decent human food (though I wouldn't eat the commercial suet products). One thing about buffalo meat -- it has almost no fat, so you need to add fat to it to get the ...
by UberGerbil
Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video Card Prices
Replies: 29
Views: 1284

Re: Video Card Prices

Miners are not even doing anything remotely useful. They're bolstering the bottom line of electricity providers. :lol: Every miner i meet i ask about the electricity cost to profit ratio and i get a deer in headlights look. They seem to usually think it's just free easy money, but it's not free... ...
by UberGerbil
Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an E®A
Replies: 85
Views: 4628

End of an E®A

http://i.imgur.com/ekFaXgE.jpg Took this photo a few weeks back but forgot about it. Frankly I was surprised there were any locations in the area still in business. This particular RS store is right by where I went to university, and 30 years ago I was a happy member of their ridiculous "batte...
by UberGerbil
Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: TR Baseball 2017
Replies: 40
Views: 5397

Re: TR Baseball 2017

That's only possible when the pitcher records an out. Plenty of pitchers have come in and given up runs without getting anyone out. All those LOOGY types who have an outing go terribly wrong and give up a homer, for instance. No ERA because there's no pace to completing a game when that happens. An...
by UberGerbil
Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh
Replies: 41
Views: 3257

Re: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh

Intel could easily "tile" 4+ cores into a node without much engineering if they've already done 2. Working with HBM coupling to CPU and GPU has probably given AMD a boost in experience with respect to infinity fabric and memory controllers. My guess is that looming :D on the horizon; both...