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by w76
Fri Jun 02, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 97
Views: 4697

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

So they're doing it through the banking angle, I figured that'd be easiest. That's also pretty mild stuff. I've met my share of contractors that have good off the books revenue by avoiding reporting thresholds. (Edit: To be fair, they're hiding money in currency that everyone accepts, you can't take...
by w76
Fri Jun 02, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 97
Views: 4697

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

The underlying tech gives banks an impetus to finally upgrade from their 1960s and 70s back end processes, even central banks are looking at distributed ledgers. In economics circles it's created more excitement then anything I've seen since micro-finance became trendy. I hadn't heard of any US regu...
by w76
Fri Jun 02, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 97
Views: 4697

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

Glorious is nailing it. I'm generally a free market, libertarian dude, but seeing the mania around cryptocurrencies is enough to at least give me pause. When an Uber driver tells me he just bought some bitcoin, it's Bubble Time, just like flipping homes in 2006, and before that, tech stocks in '98. ...
by w76
Fri Oct 28, 2016 12:12 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: I'm Bored: Let's Predict Zen's Performance.
Replies: 161
Views: 7488

Re: I'm Bored: Let's Predict Zen's Performance.

I also think that the overall clock speeds will be lower than Bulldozer. That 8-core 3.6GHz speed is reasonable in my brain only because of the number of cores. When we get around to quad-core APUs I'm optimistic that it'll hit 4GHz. I'm also prognosticating that such an APU's moderately-multithrea...
by w76
Mon Aug 29, 2016 12:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Nuclear, Solar, & Wind Farms, Oh My!
Replies: 81
Views: 3735

Re: Nuclear, Solar, & Wind Farms, Oh My!

The best way to solve energy consumption issues is to reduce the population. The less people you have the less energy you will consume and therefore the less pollution you will create regardless of which energy source you choose. The Chinese were onto something with their one child policy. The only...
by w76
Tue Jul 26, 2016 7:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Star Trek: Discovery
Replies: 50
Views: 2572

Re: Star Trek: Discovery

I'd like to see them exploring something new , not rehashing old fights with the Klingons and Romulans. Send them through a wormhole to the Andromeda galaxy, or something. I'm with you guys on this one. The Gamma Quadrant is almost 100% ripe for exploration, too. DS9 crew did some prior to the Domi...
by w76
Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:16 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Would you buy a 16-core CPU for $600?
Replies: 117
Views: 6740

Re: Would you buy a 16-core CPU for $600?

Lots of focus on video encoding, of which I do some but not a ton, but I'd still snap one up. 16 cores would help quite a bit with some of the database and data analysis work I do, though I'm not sure if all my tools (like Excel) utilize that many cores. I've just never had the opportunity to test t...
by w76
Sat May 14, 2016 11:40 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Dead OS walking. People are still using WinXP.
Replies: 78
Views: 4129

Re: Dead OS walking. People are still using WinXP.

3. There are some situations where there simply *isn't* a viable replacement (e.g. legacy CNC machine control software). This. Our factory floor runs a mix of 95, 98 and XP, only some laser jigs could update to Win7, we just haven't taken the time since it works flawless as it is. To update would c...
by w76
Fri May 13, 2016 12:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New Ars front page
Replies: 120
Views: 6397

Re: New Ars front page

Wow, Windows 8 in retrospect was apparently just ahead of the curve. I'm actually hoping the website is currently broken, because either some things don't line up (possibly because of ad blocking?) or, well, it's just that bad. If mobile people are complaining too, that just means perhaps we're past...
by w76
Wed May 04, 2016 10:01 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Software Update Destroys $286 Million Japanese Satellite
Replies: 40
Views: 3882

Re: Software Update Destroys $286 Million Japanese Satellite

It's (usually) not active sabotage that makes government work slower and more expensive. It's a combination of the regulations, as one person noted, and the usual total lack of any incentive to do better. If anyone needs proof, SpaceX; they brought private sector vigor to the fight, partly because t...
by w76
Mon May 02, 2016 8:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Software Update Destroys $286 Million Japanese Satellite
Replies: 40
Views: 3882

Re: Software Update Destroys $286 Million Japanese Satellite

Windows 10 forced updates strikes again.
by w76
Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:50 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Thoughts on Steam Machines and SteamOS.
Replies: 63
Views: 4175

Re: Thoughts on Steam Machines and SteamOS.

I think there's tons of demand for a desktop OS that doesn't suck and isn't Windows Why? There's a vocal minority that plays with different OSes for a hobby, but most people are going to go where the applications/support is and where their existing skills apply. It's vocal because everyone on the i...
by w76
Mon Apr 25, 2016 2:26 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Thoughts on Steam Machines and SteamOS.
Replies: 63
Views: 4175

Re: Thoughts on Steam Machines and SteamOS.

I disagree desktop linux is a solution in search of a problem; I think there's tons of demand for a desktop OS that doesn't suck and isn't Windows, which every 'prosumer' would likely at least consider. OSX would be more widely used if Apple wanted to put the resources in to it, but there's no reaso...
by w76
Fri Apr 22, 2016 7:22 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: What's the most problem free Distro you have used?
Replies: 102
Views: 6066

Re: What's the most problem free Distro you have used?

I don't have a lot of linux experience, but I second Manjaro. After trying a bunch this year, it's what I've settled on as a base for VMs running different things on a headless server. Easy to work with, rarely hit any issues, and the available packages (and their up to date nature, it's like most d...
by w76
Tue Apr 19, 2016 9:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Theranos
Replies: 168
Views: 20114

Re: Theranos

FWIW, I'd been following her specifically (up and coming potential leaders sometimes interest me more than the widget/service they sell), and I'm in the camp I think with OP. I think she seriously, 100% believed in the product. Which was OK, except after all the revelations I think she still hasn't ...
by w76
Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:55 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Holy crap, this kid is gonna do something with her life!
Replies: 19
Views: 1338

Re: Holy crap, this kid is gonna do something with her life!

I am not sure why an individual is judged by his/her age Experience and hard-won perspective. For example, the police she says asked the media not to the run the story. The police sometimes hold back details to help with the investigation. She's full of youthful indignation, "the truth." ...
by w76
Tue Mar 29, 2016 7:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Man's oldest weapons system, the Atlatl.
Replies: 52
Views: 1910

Re: Man's oldest weapons system, the Atlatl.

A co-worker not long ago had pictures posted on FB from his last trip during archery season up north (past tense; FB deleted them, someone complained). I wouldn't say at all that bows can't take on bigger game, or reach out across an open field to do so. He certainly seemed to do OK. :)
by w76
Mon Mar 28, 2016 12:15 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Business vs consumer computers - quality under the hood
Replies: 104
Views: 6286

Re: Business vs consumer computers - quality under the hood

And no, I don't own an E6410 (or any Latitudes), I was using the example that somehow got into the thread. Where did I put my bottle of Macallan 1939? I drank it while you guys were going back and forth. Yes, all at once. I'm a heathen. I think you two were just operating from totally different usa...
by w76
Fri Mar 18, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Windows falls as a development platform, OS X rises
Replies: 41
Views: 4141

Re: Windows falls as a development platform, OS X rises

I'm a little surprised, but I'm in an older industry with legacy software and absolutely everything is Windows based, no matter how dumb that might be (even industrial equipment running Win98). This all sounds good, though, really. Competition is good. Microsoft, most of us would agree, need it. Oth...
by w76
Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Online Journalism - Where's the editor?
Replies: 94
Views: 6240

Re: Online Journalism - Where's the editor?

Idiot managers are the real reason. The Internet didn't help anything, but they didn't play to their strengths or iterate on what worked. They chased buzzwords and tried to replicate the "new media" model. I come from a newspaper family, and I've had a front row seat for the whole thing. ...
by w76
Mon Feb 22, 2016 7:22 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Budget usenet service?
Replies: 10
Views: 1668

Re: Budget usenet service?

Eweka is owned by one of the big names now, Highwinds I think?

Anyway, lay low until Black Friday, certain other days. Can get annual deals at huge discounts.
by w76
Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:10 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Skylake Quick Sync quality tests
Replies: 2
Views: 1750

Re: Skylake Quick Sync quality tests

StaxRip as well, I believe. It's the quality part I was curious about, had hoped it'd improved on that front.
by w76
Sat Feb 20, 2016 1:27 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Skylake Quick Sync quality tests
Replies: 2
Views: 1750

Skylake Quick Sync quality tests

Anyone seen or done comparisons on quality with this on Skylake? When Sandy Bridge and Haswell came out it seems like, based on my google-fu, people chose those times to take a look at Quick Sync, it's speed, and quality. Subsequent generations seem to of got speed tests but I can't find anything fu...
by w76
Tue Feb 16, 2016 11:40 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Google Fi: How much downtime is enough?
Replies: 13
Views: 1961

Re: Google Fi: How much downtime is enough?

Don't know if it helps, we might do very different things on our phones, but I use the very similar Republic Wireless and found it pretty easy to keep data usage low. For music, I use Spotify and save my favorite playlists to offline mode. I use Instapaper to save up lots to read (and subscribe to t...
by w76
Tue Feb 16, 2016 12:45 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Waiting for Kaby Lake?
Replies: 21
Views: 5447

Re: Waiting for Kaby Lake?

The only reason to wait for Kaby Lake is the (as far as I'm aware) unsubstantiated rumor that Kaby Lake might bring Iris Pro (the really big cache) to desktop parts as a selling point and reason to buy instead of waiting for the NEXT refresh, which would be Cannonlake. Having a big cache is nice and...
by w76
Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Zero goes public with security holes in Malwarebytes Antivir
Replies: 32
Views: 1836

Re: Zero goes public with security holes in Malwarebytes Ant

Glorious wrote:
You are looking for a magical talisman


Wait, there's no magical talisman? :oops:
by w76
Wed Feb 03, 2016 11:17 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: So I have a friend who lives in Vermont...
Replies: 37
Views: 2724

Re: So I have a friend who lives in Vermont...

Just had AT&T U-Verse Gigapower roll out in my area in FL, I'm on the fence though. $80 for 300mb, $110 for the full 1gb. But will I get much added value from that vs the 70mb cable plan I'm on now? Not sure, I think a lot of it is marketing and e-peen. I've seen people say that most websites an...
by w76
Tue Feb 02, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: iPad Pro outsold the entire Surface lineup last quarter
Replies: 12
Views: 1870

Re: iPad Pro outsold the entire Surface lineup last quarter

Hey, the Surface Book's docking firmware is buggy enough that I actually saw it go wrong in a Microsoft store. It'd decided that it was undocked, but wouldn't physically let me separate it. Not real impressive guys... How about some basic reliability before extra features that people didn't really ...
by w76
Thu Jan 21, 2016 5:44 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Build systems or VMs?
Replies: 85
Views: 4921

Re: Build systems or VMs?

It was a holiday timeframe deal, but I got a Dell T20 with 4gb RAM (you'd want to buy more, and ECC) and a 1 TB HDD (which I tossed aside and replaced with a set of 4TB drives) and a Xeon e3-1225 for about $400 shipped last month. IMO, that'd be a better route than scavenging parts in the long run i...
by w76
Fri Jan 01, 2016 1:32 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Linux and proprietary software.
Replies: 47
Views: 2928

Re: Linux and proprietary software.

Much more pragmatic series of posts than what I'd of expected just 5 years ago. In the lifetime of any movement that ultimately becomes mainstream, the hardliners get pushed to the outskirts, so this is progress. The next step is just admitting most users don't care at all about the legal status of ...
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