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by Redocbew
Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you READING right now?
Replies: 419
Views: 118245

Re: What are you READING right now?

Too many emails.

For books: A Dance of Blades by David Dalgish. Books 2 in the Shadowdance series.
by Redocbew
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Locate function in C++
Replies: 49
Views: 7936

Re: Locate function in C++

That also makes sense. Applications that have zero UI elements are often just left alone until something breaks down, because most people are reluctant to mess with the backend of a setup like that once they have it up and running with no or minimal problems. It might be a disaster design-wise, but ...
by Redocbew
Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1736
Views: 52607

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I goof, and Ruby barfs with a NameError. Part of the error message says "Did you mean? available_action?" No, actually I didn't, but it made me think about how Google's "did you mean" suggestions are almost always accurate. It's weird how I never even thought about how much train...
by Redocbew
Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Interesting Threadripper story... and nugget!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 980

Re: Interesting Threadripper story... and nugget!!!

The HEDT market in general probably wouldn't exist at all if it wasn't possible to easily repackage server hardware for the enthusiast market. To say Threadripper was "created for enthusiasts by enthusiasts" sort of misses the point of why it really was created in the first place, but I gu...
by Redocbew
Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My first Notebook, how to care for it.
Replies: 65
Views: 2311

Re: My first Notebook, how to care for it.

I remember doing that to my mothers laptop a while ago. It was so clogged the compressed air caused a plume of dust to be expelled from the opposite vent when I used it, then I said "oh look, it's running 20C cooler now."
by Redocbew
Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stay Safe!
Replies: 89
Views: 3424

Re: Stay Safe!

Dude, if I was you I'd be gone already, but I've heard a lot of people say the same kind of thing about the earthquakes here in California. The difference is nobody knows when those are going to hit. :lol:
by Redocbew
Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: high disk usage when running apps for the first time after windows startup
Replies: 38
Views: 1327

Re: high disk usage when running apps for the first time after windows startup

Every time the "pagefile is evil" thing comes up it makes me want to stuff them in an fMRI machine and scan their brain. I have a feeling the patterns of a pagefile evangelist and a conspiracy theorist would have a lot of overlap. So my system has 32GB of RAM, but it's uncommon for me to e...
by Redocbew
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My first Notebook, how to care for it.
Replies: 65
Views: 2311

Re: My first Notebook, how to care for it.

Don't drop it. Don't set it on top of a big fluffy pillow which blocks the vents in the bottom or sides. Don't give it a bath in your beverage of choice. If you want a bigger list, then follow around a sales employee for a few weeks and watch them destroy the latest machine they've been issued. Fort...
by Redocbew
Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 7534

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

Lordhawkwind wrote:
As Jerry Maquire said SHOW ME THE NUMBER


You are not Jerry Maguire, but you may be Tom Cruise. I could imagine that.
by Redocbew
Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Alpha Litebook Linux notebook any good?
Replies: 10
Views: 600

Re: Alpha Litebook Linux notebook any good?

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that number is pretty close to zero.
by Redocbew
Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 7534

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

I agree. Shotgunning buts at someone else's barn sounds very problematic and will undoubtedly lead to trouble. Back to Kougar's original question on the future use of AMDs hardware among game developers. I'm hoping that AMD will put at least a portion of all these sales to miners towards improving t...
by Redocbew
Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Big Skylake X Die Shot & Size Estimate
Replies: 10
Views: 833

Re: Big Skylake X Die Shot & Size Estimate

In Soviet Russia, three letter acronyms define you!
by Redocbew
Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1736
Views: 52607

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

From the looks of it that would have had to be one seriously badass lamp post.
by Redocbew
Thu Aug 31, 2017 1:19 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega Meta Analysis
Replies: 122
Views: 3882

Re: Vega Meta Analysis

At this point I'm not sure why they're even still talking about Infinity Fabric. It's interesting, and it makes sense why they used it. At least at the moment it seems like big monolithic chips are starting to end up on the wrong side of diminishing returns. The story so far just makes me wonder how...
by Redocbew
Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So this is where I'm spending the rest of my time in college.
Replies: 20
Views: 833

Re: So this is where I'm spending the rest of my time in college.

Yes I think you did. That looks like a pretty badass setup.
by Redocbew
Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 7534

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

Added to that, in a very simplistic sense, the jump from Vega to Navi will be more like pre-RyZen to RyZen. This is because Navi, like RyZen, will be designed to use multiple smaller dies in a single package. This should finally give AMD the fab cost and TDP edge to be competitive with Pascal and V...
by Redocbew
Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1736
Views: 52607

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Ugh. Persistent muscle twitches are annoying.
by Redocbew
Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stay Safe!
Replies: 89
Views: 3424

Re: Stay Safe!

I assume they mean softwoods like spruce and pine in contrast to hardwoods like hard maple and mahogany. Construction grade lumber is almost always made from softwoods instead of hardwood. Redwood is the only example I can think of offhand where a hardwood is used as construction grade lumber, but t...
by Redocbew
Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: About Silicon Lottery
Replies: 28
Views: 1570

Re: About Silicon Lottery

Then again, a buddy of mine I work remotely with, were roundly mocking this case: It;s fugly enough, but is that double-helix resevoir actually supporsed to do ANYTHING:!: Reservoirs in general don't really do anything at least as far as temperatures are concerned. They just make it a bit easier to...
by Redocbew
Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1736
Views: 52607

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Business people are weird.

Even though I've been building software for a living for 10+ years now, I realized the other day I'm just not interested in moving up the tree, running a team, and yadda yadda. I just want to build stuff.
by Redocbew
Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega Meta Analysis
Replies: 122
Views: 3882

Re: Vega Meta Analysis

AMD RTG gave up the notion of reclaiming high-end gaming after Maxwell's massive success via 970. Vega and Navi are all about the future. The days of widespread discrete video cards is coming to an end. When making this kind of prediction aren't you supposed to toss in a few phrases like "para...
by Redocbew
Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Eclipse on August 21
Replies: 76
Views: 2293

Re: Eclipse on August 21

It was cloudy and overcast here for the whole thing also. It was a little darker than usual, but that's about it. :P
by Redocbew
Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup
Replies: 60
Views: 3121

Re: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup

The Kampman has spoken.
by Redocbew
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:10 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1736
Views: 52607

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Another way to know you're a nerd: Surfing Amazon in the middle of the night for neodyium magnets, and getting super excited to find magnets small enough to be inset in a 2x4 that are pre-drilled with a countersunk hole.
by Redocbew
Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 38
Views: 1747

Re: NIST password guidelines updated!

One side of my family grew up in the military. A number of years ago my mother and her brother decided it'd be fun if they tried to sneak "in the back door"(his words) into one of the bases where they used to live as kids. They get in the car and drive away. They get close, and suddenly th...
by Redocbew
Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 7534

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

Regardless of what happens with mining in the next few months this is what AMD has got for a new GPU, so why not try to take advantage of that while it lasts. I wonder if the "blockchain" driver could provide some benefit to other GPU compute applications also. It's not very likely that we...
by Redocbew
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 38
Views: 1747

Re: NIST password guidelines updated!

whm1974 wrote:
So if we wanted too we could LARP our way into places we don't belong by dressing right and having enough Charisma?


Catch me if you can...
by Redocbew
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 38
Views: 1747

Re: NIST password guidelines updated!

Be like Mulder. Trust no one.
by Redocbew
Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1736
Views: 52607

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

That's pretty nifty. Not sure how much use I'd have for it, but maybe I'll use it now that I know it's there.
by Redocbew
Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 38
Views: 1747

Re: NIST password guidelines updated!

It's like wearing scrubs in a big hospital. If you look like you're supposed to be there, then you're supposed to be there. It's a rare thing for someone to stop and say, "hey, you new here?".

Or so I've heard.
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