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by kvndoom
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Samsung Galaxy S10 will revolutionize the Mobile Industry!
Replies: 13
Views: 838

Re: Samsung Galaxy S10 will revolutionize the Mobile Industry!

derFunkenstein wrote:
Well this thread is weird, but the full moon isn't for another two weeks and change.

Looking at post history, it almost comes across as an attempt to make spam bots appear more human, but it may well just be a human who has mastered the art of emulating spam bots. :-?
by kvndoom
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bedbugs FTL
Replies: 68
Views: 2402

Re: Bedbugs FTL

All pets (kitten, dog, and adult cat) are on Revolution or Frontline. I'm normally pretty skeptical of flea collars (both in terms of efficacy and pet-health), but the Seresto collar looks legit. I'll definitely consider it as I move along. The big issue is that we let the kitten have free reign of...
by kvndoom
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bedbugs FTL
Replies: 68
Views: 2402

Re: Bedbugs FTL

just brew it! wrote:
Nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

I'll put even money on bedbugs and cockroaches surviving. :o
by kvndoom
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bedbugs FTL
Replies: 68
Views: 2402

Re: Bedbugs FTL

That sucks dude. Right now I'm going through a moderate flea infestation as a result of me taking in a stray kitten, and keeping on top of it is exhausting. I haven't ever dealt with bedbugs (thankfully). The silver lining in your situation is that it seems like the infestation is fairly recent, so...
by kvndoom
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bedbugs FTL
Replies: 68
Views: 2402

Re: Bedbugs FTL

Had to fight these bastages around 2012 or 2013. Unfortunately we lost the bed... but we did win the war. And most likely they aren't just on your bed either. They can flatten their bodies to be barely thicker than a sheet of paper. They will hide behind the molding on your walls and other places yo...
by kvndoom
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: “The idea that Apple receives $1B/month of pure profit from Google may come as a shock.”
Replies: 6
Views: 518

Re: “The idea that Apple receives $1B/month of pure profit from Google may come as a shock.”

Here's the surprising thing that follows from that: Google pays $1B/month to Apple because they consider it worth the investment. In other words, Google is making (much) more than $1B/month off of that relationship. Kinda puts into perspective how lucrative scraping and serving all your personal in...
by kvndoom
Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: House struck by lightning
Replies: 31
Views: 1391

Re: House struck by lightning

I'm glad no one was hurt and your losses were minor.
by kvndoom
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is MS hinting at?
Replies: 6
Views: 865

Re: What is MS hinting at?

They're going to unveil the commemorative Halo Alarm Clock, which has an articulated figurine of Master Chief on top, plays the Halo theme tune to wake you up, and has integrated Cortana to spy on you provide assistance. But it will only sync with xbox because god forbid anything Halo be made for W...
by kvndoom
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Phone gives random popup ads
Replies: 10
Views: 1172

Re: Phone gives random popup ads

List of all installed apps please?
by kvndoom
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 2018 Hurricane Season
Replies: 40
Views: 1920

Re: 2018 Hurricane Season

Everybody be safe. I'm in SE Virginia (not coastal though) and we're planning to ride it out. I'm more worried about trees and debris than anything else, but we'll see how it goes.
by kvndoom
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: RTX 2080 and today's games
Replies: 47
Views: 1698

Re: RTX 2080 and today's games

I say wait for reviews. Your 970 can last another month. ;) Yes, it can. But I get this awfully hard to resist itch when an upgrade is being decided. I'm sure no one else here has that issue. :D I don't for computers anymore. But for audio equipment, yeah I got the bug bad this year. I've spent eno...
by kvndoom
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down
Replies: 113
Views: 3911

Re: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down

just brew it! wrote:
Somewhere on our corporate intranet there's an acronym definition page I looked at a while back. One of them made me LOL:

IOT: IoT Operations Team

That sensation I feel when I put two mirrors facing each other and try to see the end... you've just replicated it.
by kvndoom
Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What shows are you recently watching?
Replies: 145
Views: 13576

Re: What shows are you recently watching?

Rewatching Seasons 1-4 of Orphan Black so it's all fresh in my mind before we watch it all comes to a close in S5. Go Team Sestra! Then I'll subscribe to HBO long enough to watch S2 of Westworld. Recently I just finished The Wire in all its entirety. It's pretty hard to disagree with the many who ca...
by kvndoom
Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Phone dilemma
Replies: 85
Views: 3739

Re: Phone dilemma

This is why users tend to gravitate towards stock and unlocked android phones In the US and Canada (and maybe other parts of the world) that's absolutely not true. Users gravitate towards whatever their carriers provide because it's convenient and there's little-to-no up-front cost. The exception t...
by kvndoom
Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Phone dilemma
Replies: 85
Views: 3739

Re: Phone dilemma

Any android phone you get, just remember the top 3 things to research: 1) as close to stock Android experience as possible 2) monthly security updates (some keep up, some never update at all) 3) how many OS updates are promised Obviously the Pixel line will meet all 3 criteria but Google's own brand...
by kvndoom
Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: WOW! Computer for Seniors
Replies: 38
Views: 10697

Re: WOW! Computer for Seniors

just brew it! wrote:
To the people responding with posts indicating that this system is a rip-off, please note that the OP is 4 years old. The thread just got resurrected by someone who is trying to help an elderly friend who already owns one.

Even if Ned was born on Leap Day, he wouldn't pass for 4. :lol:
by kvndoom
Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: WOW! Computer for Seniors
Replies: 38
Views: 10697

Re: WOW! Computer for Seniors

That looks so incredibly predatory, all I can say to myself is... (wait for it) "WOW what a ripoff!"
by kvndoom
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"
Replies: 62
Views: 3089

Re: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"

After several bouts of buying and selling, I've settled on pair of Revel F30's WTH, these are listed at $10 a pair on that link! I may impulse buy these if that is true. I wonder if shipping is free? Dang. Dealer right down the road. This is not good. Don't I wish! They always list discontinued stu...
by kvndoom
Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"
Replies: 62
Views: 3089

Re: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"

It's been speakers for me this year. I think getting a little over the hill (at 47, I'm pretty sure I've expended more than half my lifespan) and inching closer to an empty nest has driven me towards my younger days when I listened to music a lot more often. Been having "music nights" pret...
by kvndoom
Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Guild Wars 2 performance mystery deepens.
Replies: 36
Views: 2489

Re: The Guild Wars 2 performance mystery deepens.

While all of that is certainly true. Wouldn't you agree that I should at least be able to consistently hit 60 FPS while staring at a wall? Because I cannot even do that. Also, wiggling the mouse AT ALL will drop the FPS, even while staring at no players, and no NPC's, to 40s or lower. Heh, have you...
by kvndoom
Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Guild Wars 2 performance mystery deepens.
Replies: 36
Views: 2489

Re: The Guild Wars 2 performance mystery deepens.

Sorry if I'm being redundant but I didn't have time to look over the whole original thread... what resolution are you playing at? Are you set on windowed, full screen, or windowed full screen?
by kvndoom
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Nasa to make Major Martian Announcement
Replies: 17
Views: 1312

Re: Nasa to make Major Martian Announcement

derFunkenstein wrote:
Makes you wonder about the origins of Elon Musk. Maybe he hasn't been trying to go to Mars. Maybe he's trying to get back to Mars! :o :o

They have the best potatoes in the solar system.
by kvndoom
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Nasa to make Major Martian Announcement
Replies: 17
Views: 1312

Re: Nasa to make Major Martian Announcement

Captain Ned wrote:
Get your ass to Mars.

And science the sh*t out of it once you get there.
by kvndoom
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 core CPUs with a single RAM channel are AWESOME
Replies: 39
Views: 2284

Re: 16 core CPUs with a single RAM channel are AWESOME

Redocbew wrote:
I wish I could downvote reality all the time, but that would be way too Black Mirror-ish if it were to actually happen, and I have a feeling all the people who I'd be downvoting would probably make up the majority anyway.

They'd probably send the bees after you if you downvote too much. :lol:
by kvndoom
Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I Know TR Promotes Newegg Deals But...
Replies: 19
Views: 1589

Re: I Know TR Promotes Newegg Deals But...

Unfortunately, sometimes a reviewer blames a product flaw for their own lack of knowledge or prior research, or is just plain vindictive. So there's got to be some way to limit the buyer reviews. That being said, Newegg's overall experience has declined rapidly since the buyout, particularly in cur...
by kvndoom
Wed May 23, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?
Replies: 34
Views: 2133

Re: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?

If the at-fault driver has insurance, she should call that insurance company (with the policy #, the name of the insured, the vehicle description and the police accident report number) and start a claim. That's the way that the process is supposed to work. If the insurance company is legit, no lawy...
by kvndoom
Wed May 23, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?
Replies: 34
Views: 2133

Re: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?

Part of the problem is that insurance companies operate differently in every state. From my own experience when I was reimbursed for a totaled car (I didn't cause the wreck but insurance considered me at fault since it was a read-end), I was sent a check for replacement value minus the $500 deductib...
by kvndoom
Mon May 21, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: LotR TV show on Amazon
Replies: 9
Views: 2807

Re: LotR TV show on Amazon

Hawkwing74 wrote:
It is strongly rumored that the new series will focus on Aragorn prior to Lord of the Rings.

The content seems even sparser than The Hobbit.

I am not expecting great things from this.

Another 1-season bomb. $250 mil worth of toilet paper.
by kvndoom
Mon May 14, 2018 4:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4034
Views: 573704

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Thievery Corporation: "Tower Seven"

Just knowing what it means gives me mad goose bumps. And it runs such a complete range of emotions.. Shock, despair, anger, and ultimately hope.

Amazingly, there's not a single spoken word yet it says so damn much.
by kvndoom
Thu May 03, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 343
Views: 33712

Re: Video card prices

My PNY GTX970 has just started getting bad coil whine over the last few weeks (bought it 2 years ago). It's actually coming out of my sound card's right channel and manifesting itself as static/hiss in my speakers (I did an L/R swap, new RCA cables and swapped 2 different amps to verify). When game...
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