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by Flying Fox
Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2017
Replies: 49
Views: 4208

Re: TR Frankenbot 2017

Need a screen cap next week to show the scary pattern!
by Flying Fox
Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Anti-Virus and Hyper-V
Replies: 4
Views: 399

Re: Anti-Virus and Hyper-V

Plus, if you use Shield VM, the host is not supposed to see any data on the guests. Then what? :P
by Flying Fox
Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Would it make sense to replace a GTX 560 Ti with GT 1030?
Replies: 28
Views: 2209

Re: Would it make sense to replace a GTX 560 Ti with GT 1030?

There is also the issue of the motherboard having only gen 2.0 PCI-E slots.... Starting with version 1.0, all x16 slots are supposed to provide 75w through the slot alone. A stock 1030 is rated 30w (very impressive), so even an OC model should have lots of headroom on just the slot. And if you get ...
by Flying Fox
Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2017
Replies: 49
Views: 4208

Re: TR Frankenbot 2017

Krogoth wrote:
That little jolt was from me testing out my RX Vega 64 in ~24 hour period. ;)

Would you mind helping out during Frankie's month?
by Flying Fox
Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 79
Views: 5724

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

There seems to be no accountability in that company. You are leaving one way or another with the golden parachute already, at least have the balls to resign and take responsibility. And using "retirement" to avoid getting grilled in congress? That's just slimy. :evil: :x The related link f...
by Flying Fox
Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Looking for Prosumer mirrorless
Replies: 59
Views: 3383

Re: Looking for Prosumer mirrorless

TheEmrys wrote:
Not sure if lens selection matters, but neither Sony or Canon have properly expanded the asp-c lens selection.

What about Fuji's line-up? I see a ton of noise about the Sony's and Panasonic's, but may be it is just my own web-surfing preferences/tracking.
by Flying Fox
Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Looking for Prosumer mirrorless
Replies: 59
Views: 3383

Re: Looking for Prosumer mirrorless

How good really are Fuji's lenses, compared to Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc.? Of course, used in an APS-C mirrorless context.

Doesn't look to me there are lots of 3rd party options for the Fuji system, hence my question.
by Flying Fox
Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How much of the Vega team is devoted to Apple drivers?
Replies: 10
Views: 1760

Re: How much of the Vega team is devoted to Apple drivers?

I thought Apple writes their own drivers?
by Flying Fox
Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: really weird charging problem with my V20
Replies: 24
Views: 1906

Re: really weird charging problem with my V20

I tend to wait until I have a full shopping list before ordering on Monoprice so dealing with the shipping costs are less of a problem for me. On a side note, if you *don't* have Amazon Prime shipping costs there are pretty scary. For me, I don't find myself needing a bunch of cables at a time to m...
by Flying Fox
Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: really weird charging problem with my V20
Replies: 24
Views: 1906

Re: really weird charging problem with my V20

Not to knock Amazon / NewEgg / B&H (who is that?), but when I comes to cables I'd check Monoprice first. We are talking chargers here. Besides, if you just buy one cable, Monoprice's shipping may not make it that worthwhile. Of course if you want nylon-braided or other fancy stuff on the cables...
by Flying Fox
Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: really weird charging problem with my V20
Replies: 24
Views: 1906

Re: really weird charging problem with my V20

I'll have to check out this Anker brand. Never heard of them. I'm sure they're still well under the absurd price that my local T-Mobile store charges for accessories. I almost have to deduct your geek points since you don't know the brand and you actually lump it together with those overpriced T-mo...
by Flying Fox
Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Tablet recommendation
Replies: 9
Views: 727

Re: Tablet recommendation

I'm asking here in case someone has heard of any company making tablets that are worthwhile. That's the problem, pretty much none if upgrades are you biggest beef. Even the Shield K1 is getting long in the tooth. All the rest of the manufacturers you are at the mercy of their willingness to update,...
by Flying Fox
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Locate function in C++
Replies: 49
Views: 10555

Re: Locate function in C++

VB .NET was given the same broad brush as VB classic . Not saying VB.net is a problem free language, but since it runs on top of the CLR it can be written as properly as C#, most of the time. VB classic was kind of a mess. C++ = "Low-level languages are more efficient, and I know exactly how to...
by Flying Fox
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: memory requirements for Macbook Pro for running fusion
Replies: 25
Views: 1037

Re: memory requirements for Macbook Pro for running fusion

mikedriver wrote:
I want to buy an overpriced macbook pro.

Wouldn't getting all 3 (CPU, RAM, and SSD) be truly overpriced as you wanted in the first place? :P :lol:
by Flying Fox
Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 79
Views: 5724

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

And, I supposed, on the crazy, off hand chance they really didn't know about the breach over a month after it happened and only days before it was publicly announced, that would be a level of executive cluelessness that I just can't fathom. With the level of incompetency demonstrated by the company...
by Flying Fox
Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 79
Views: 5724

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

I'm sure they took their golden parachutes with them: :evil: https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/15/equifax-security-information-officers-retire-leave-company-hack/ I wonder if they are the ones selling the shares too? Mauldin's background also really troubling too, a music major? There needed to be so...
by Flying Fox
Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Turn Off Bluetooth. [Jack Bauer]DO IT NOW![/Jack Bauer]
Replies: 33
Views: 3795

Re: Turn Off Bluetooth. [Jack Bauer]DO IT NOW![/Jack Bauer]

Of course Jack Bauer turns off bluetooth. It helps his phone charge last more than 24 hours. I don't think he cares. Half way through the day he would have to go rogue and kill the phone himself to avoid the "good guys" chasing him. Then he will just point his gun to some random person an...
by Flying Fox
Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 79
Views: 5724

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

Giant facepalms. :o Patch your apps! https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/09/massive-equifax-breach-caused-by-failure-to-patch-two-month-old-bug/ At least set to something not so obvious! https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/09/ayuda-help-equifax-has-my-data/ I'm trying to avoid the Gizmo...
by Flying Fox
Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:58 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Turn Off Bluetooth. [Jack Bauer]DO IT NOW![/Jack Bauer]
Replies: 33
Views: 3795

Re: Turn Off Bluetooth. [Jack Bauer]DO IT NOW![/Jack Bauer]

End User wrote:
Does Jack Bauer live underground with Bluetooth turned off?

He does not use Bluetooth. He just asks for a socket. :lol:
by Flying Fox
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Turn Off Bluetooth. [Jack Bauer]DO IT NOW![/Jack Bauer]
Replies: 33
Views: 3795

Re: Turn Off Bluetooth. [Jack Bauer]DO IT NOW![/Jack Bauer]

I should just go buy a cabin in the woods. Cabin with electricity and running water? Then you are still not completely off grid. Solar/wind and your own well? Unless you can make your own panels, turbine blades, and generator, you can still be tracked. Not to mention a large enough panel array and/...
by Flying Fox
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Turn Off Bluetooth. [Jack Bauer]DO IT NOW![/Jack Bauer]
Replies: 33
Views: 3795

Re: Turn Off Bluetooth. [Jack Bauer]DO IT NOW![/Jack Bauer]

Waco wrote:
I should just go buy a cabin in the woods.

Cabin with electricity and running water? Then you are still not completely off grid.
by Flying Fox
Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Crashplan for Home is going away, looking for computer to computer backup alternatives
Replies: 14
Views: 3349

Re: Crashplan for Home is going away, looking for computer to computer backup alternatives

Are you using peer-to-peer only? This article claimed that there is no direct replacement. Perhaps time to research setting up an SFTP server, or roll your own offsite backup rotation schemes (not possible if you have a geographical distance limitation). https://www.macworld.com/article/3218646/data...
by Flying Fox
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Good PDF Splitter/Combiner Software??
Replies: 26
Views: 3364

Re: Good PDF Splitter/Combiner Software??

For me the free version of Adolix is enough, even working around the merge limit I just do multiple passes. :P

However, these days, my needs are somewhat satisfied by just using one of the many online PDF editors:
- Split/Merge/touchup: www.pdfescape.com
- Compress: smallpdf.com
by Flying Fox
Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: is the Toshiba X300 any good?
Replies: 48
Views: 7778

Re: is the Toshiba X300 any good?

I started this thread almost a year ago and folks are still posting to it. This must be a popular model. Because Newegg pretty much has a sale rotation on the different capacities, making them very attractive. Warranty is more than 1 year, decent performance, perhaps at a bit of a noise disadvantag...
by Flying Fox
Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: high disk usage when running apps for the first time after windows startup
Replies: 38
Views: 3389

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

Sounds like the Windows disk cache. Sounds like superfetch in action. I second that the drive is turning bad. How old is it? I would run WD's diagnostic (I think the "quick" test will not erase data, forgot if the extended test does) and see if you can get an error code. If it is still wi...
by Flying Fox
Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: is the Toshiba X300 any good?
Replies: 48
Views: 7778

Re: is the Toshiba X300 any good?

Puolitwer wrote:
It pretty good for me. I had one before and it worked fine until I was able to resell it.

If it was so good then why resold it?
by Flying Fox
Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Case Fan
Replies: 9
Views: 3049

Re: Case Fan

I personally like Enermax and Cougar fans. I own the Enermax TB Silence and Cougar Vortex fans and I like both. I'd say the TB Silence would be better exhaust and Cougar Vortex is a good intake. +1 on Cougar. I even have the Vortex as my CPU fan, no problem with the airflow and the lower noise leve...
by Flying Fox
Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: About Silicon Lottery
Replies: 28
Views: 4198

Re: About Silicon Lottery

just brew it! wrote:
If you are not planning to overclock, you are WAAAY over-thinking this. Just buy a stock chip and use it as-is.

Unless his "normal" use case is all about running AVX2 code all day. :o
by Flying Fox
Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Explorer taking a long time to launch
Replies: 11
Views: 4207

Re: Windows Explorer taking a long time to launch

I noticed windows taking a long time to load today. I thought something was wrong with my drive and now I see this thread. That is odd. It stayed pause between the boot screen to the splash screen for a long time. Your delay is during a different time. The OP's is after the splash screen, right bef...
by Flying Fox
Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup
Replies: 60
Views: 6469

Re: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup

But do you have a justification for those? If it is "just because I can" or "I want a bigger e-peen", then you would have been squarely in this category. Otherwise, if there is a logical reason(s) behind your choice, then you are in the "prosumer" group. The more dolla...