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by Flying Fox
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Hexacore Build Case
Replies: 11
Views: 409

Re: Hexacore Build Case

Is Antec still a thing? They are now my ultra low budget choice, I think. I now prefer the higher end models of brands like Lian-li, Corsair, or Fractal.
by Flying Fox
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices
Replies: 49
Views: 1828

Re: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices

To be fair here, when you're dealing with a high-volume commodity even a small fluctuation in supply can cause massive price swings. Look at the price of things like gasoline and eggs in the US, for example. (Well in the lower 48, anyway... maybe up in Alaska they're just always expensive.) A bit o...
by Flying Fox
Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices
Replies: 49
Views: 1828

Re: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices

Welch wrote:
hard drive prices sky rocketed after almost none of the manufacturing plants were "hit" by Fukishima.

Did you mean the Thailand floods?
by Flying Fox
Tue Dec 26, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I7 8700 reaching 100C
Replies: 81
Views: 4489

Re: I7 8700 reaching 100C

Also, I noticed that they default Windows 10 WHQL Support to Disabled , and Boot Mode Select to LEGACY+UEFI . You don't necessarily need to change the Windows 10 WHQL Support setting, but I would recommend settings Boot Mode Select to UEFI if it's not already there (Enabling Windows 10 WHQL Support...
by Flying Fox
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: File system stops responding in new build - SOLVED
Replies: 16
Views: 1053

Re: File system stops responding in new build

It does sound like Windows problem, in particular drivers (should probably have sysprep'ed the OS before moving over to the new setup).

Moved the thread to the Windows forum. /mod
by Flying Fox
Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Sorry Canucks, looks like NCIX is going bankrupt
Replies: 30
Views: 2607

Re: Sorry Canucks, looks like NCIX is going bankrupt

The truth might hurt but it is what it is. Tigerdirect and NCIX are both equals. They charged high prices and there's better alternates to both. I wish someone would replace bestbuy because there prices are over the top. NCIX charges high prices? Not too sure what you are talking about. In Canada, ...
by Flying Fox
Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Any thoughts on this build?
Replies: 22
Views: 1377

Re: Any thoughts on this build?

That was just quick picks to check out a build quickly. I have trouble with that statement-Is it like throwing darts at a board? Don't you know the OP by now? :lol: Anyway, it is kind of a waste of time if there is no budget and intended usage. OP since you have posted these random builds so often,...
by Flying Fox
Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Youtube to MP3 converter add-on Chrome/Firefox
Replies: 9
Views: 715

Re: Youtube to MP3 converter add-on Chrome/Firefox

Youtube-dl has the "interesting" side effect of downloading the stream without ads, so it is definitely a grey area. I suggest you look into the documentation on extracting audio, changing audio format, and specifying audio quality. You may need to apply a workaround on the https certifica...
by Flying Fox
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: UPS Failure Mode
Replies: 19
Views: 1342

Re: UPS Failure Mode

At a previous job the IT guy pretty much told us to treat those Back-UPS models as "slightly better than a power bar", and he left it at that. :lol:
by Flying Fox
Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Youtube to MP3 converter add-on Chrome/Firefox
Replies: 9
Views: 715

Re: Youtube to MP3 converter add-on Chrome/Firefox

I go command line and use youtube-dl. With ffmpeg present you can convert to MP3 in one "operation".

/non-mod
by Flying Fox
Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2017
Replies: 49
Views: 7423

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: 496

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: 3597

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: 7423

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: 7475

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: 4895

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: 4895

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: 3306

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: 3244

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: 3244

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: 3244

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: 918

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: 12215

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: 1468

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: 7475

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: 7475

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: 5158

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: 7475

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: 5158

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: 5158

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/...