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by Flying Fox
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: How secure is Android ecosystem for data & privacy security?
Replies: 18
Views: 1112

Re: How secure is Android ecosystem for data & privacy security?

I dont agree this. A lot of malware apps in the store. Android system looking sweety and nice but security is low. Apple ecosystem generaly more secure than droids. Google Play store should be pretty good since they actively scan for stuff (like Apple) and take down relatively quick (can do better ...
by Flying Fox
Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:03 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: How secure is Android ecosystem for data & privacy security?
Replies: 18
Views: 1112

Re: How secure is Android ecosystem for data & privacy security?

generally, android devices are secure. it's us, the users, who aren't. Android as an operating system is very secure. It has multiple layers of protection to keep malware at bay, and it requires your specific permission to do almost anything that could lead to your data or the system being compromi...
by Flying Fox
Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Shield K1 out of production?
Replies: 18
Views: 648

Re: Shield K1 out of production?

It's pretty appalling how little Android tablets have improved since 2013, and in some regards have actually gotten worse. The Nexus 7 had a quad-core Krait CPU, with pretty powerful out-of-order cores. Most devices in a similar price range these days have crappy A7/A53 in-order cores. I just found...
by Flying Fox
Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Free file hosts with decent storage capacity?
Replies: 11
Views: 353

Re: Free file hosts with decent storage capacity?

The problem with Mega is their annoying non-standard downloading. Or do they offer now plain HTTP downloading? Beggars can't be choosers. You want huge capacity, then you have to live with it. You don't need the special client anymore. Just straight up browser (at least on Chrome) would do. If you ...
by Flying Fox
Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Free file hosts with decent storage capacity?
Replies: 11
Views: 353

Re: Free file hosts with decent storage capacity?

OneDrive is 5 gigs free.

Box.com is 10gigs free, but 250MB per file limit (meaning you have to use multi-part zip/rar/7z to break stuff up).

Ninja: Mega.nz (of Kim Dotcom fame) is 50gigs free too.
by Flying Fox
Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Core i3 or Core i5 for family?
Replies: 31
Views: 768

Re: Core i3 or Core i5 for family?

I do realize I am late to the party, but I have to ask: Why not laptop? It would suffice to your parents' use case, and add portability to the table. The parents may not appreciate the smallish laptop screens, nor the smallish keyboards. Some of them may have grown up on the typewriter and will not...
by Flying Fox
Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Portable mp3 player/speaker system
Replies: 18
Views: 404

Re: Portable mp3 player/speaker system

Audioengine A2+ . Has RCA, 3.5mm, and USB input. Audioengine B2 . Two channels in one box. Has 3.5mm and Bluetooth aptX. Buy either from the Audioengine website and you get 30 days trial period. I think we have a winner here if the budget is that high. :D In order to use the DAC inside the speakers...
by Flying Fox
Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Portable mp3 player/speaker system
Replies: 18
Views: 404

Re: Portable mp3 player/speaker system

This looks promising for under $20. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01ARGLC94/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3O6Y5BGJWKEAL All such devices tend toward mediocre, although if your goal is simply to step up from integrated laptop speakers, almost anything will be better. Are ope...
by Flying Fox
Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:28 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Shield K1 out of production?
Replies: 18
Views: 648

Re: Shield K1 out of production?

B&H seems to be out of stock. Newegg, Best Buy and Amazon seem to still have them listed. Get it while you can. Nothing else at that price which is as good. Or else you will need to jump to the $300 bracket, which will be touching the new iPad territory (if you are into the 9" class tablets...
by Flying Fox
Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Core i3 or Core i5 for family?
Replies: 31
Views: 768

Re: Core i3 or Core i5 for family?

if you can get a G4560, its a real i3 Yeah, there's no point in getting a desktop i3 anymore when the G4560 is half the price and basically equivalent to the i3-6100. That choice may be harder to accomplish on OEM builds though. That said, I think that's all your parents need. Putting an SSD into a...
by Flying Fox
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Bye, Bloomfield: First Big PC Overhaul
Replies: 32
Views: 999

Re: Bye, Bloomfield: First Big PC Overhaul

What's the advantage of the X370 if you don't plan on multiple video cards? Other than the PCIe lanes I'm wondering what the draw is... At least for me, the extra PCIe lanes is exactly why I would go with an X370 over the B series. Extra lanes = extra NVME drives down the line. I'm already at the p...
by Flying Fox
Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Bye, Bloomfield: First Big PC Overhaul
Replies: 32
Views: 999

Re: Bye, Bloomfield: First Big PC Overhaul

My 875K with GTX660 only managed to pull 300W max at the wall/UPS when I am doing both CPU and GPU folding. I don't think you can easily breach 300W total system draw, and that means a 750W PSU will give you less than 50% load, and most of the time when you are idle, the load will be even less. So 7...
by Flying Fox
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: RAM prices
Replies: 31
Views: 1566

Re: RAM prices

just brew it! wrote:
You people and your bitchin' about $10/GB RAM... :roll:

Way back in the day, I paid $16/KB. Yup, kilobyte.

Now get off my lawn! :wink:

Kids these days... they are really spoiled :lol: :P
by Flying Fox
Sun Apr 16, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Audio Chipsets Comparison for Surround sound?
Replies: 6
Views: 428

Re: Audio Chipsets Comparison for Surround sound?

meerkt wrote:
Why not HDMI?

It depends on the OP's receiver. Older models may not have enough HDMI inputs, or none at all.
by Flying Fox
Sat Apr 15, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Can't boot with four dimms
Replies: 7
Views: 347

Re: Can't boot with four dimms

Most important question: are they all the same sticks?
by Flying Fox
Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD reliability
Replies: 43
Views: 1289

Re: SSD reliability

PS: If you wonder why I keep inquiring about SSDs, even though I'm not the buyer, it's because he can't even make the difference between bit and bytes and he has me doing his maintenance for him when necessary. :roll: (that's why he put me to pick his laptop for him, btw). IMO you are losing your g...
by Flying Fox
Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Nokia to go Full Nexus?
Replies: 16
Views: 499

Re: Nokia to go Full Nexus?

Nokia did, in fact, have top-end hardware, even for mid-range phones. The "hardware" that I'm talking about is of course the camera. You can get by with less RAM. You can get by with no SD slot You can get by with missing features (who even uses NFC anyway?) But a crummy camera is forever...
by Flying Fox
Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Nokia to go Full Nexus?
Replies: 16
Views: 499

Re: Nokia to go Full Nexus?

Just look at the teardown of the Nokia 6. Even Samsung does not use nineteen (!) screws in their phones just for structural integrity. The "spirit" of the old Nokia, at least in the aspect of build quality, appears to be there. Ah, well done. Already towing the fanboy line -> http://nokia...
by Flying Fox
Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Nokia to go Full Nexus?
Replies: 16
Views: 499

Re: Nokia to go Full Nexus?

HMD is more Nokia than the current Nokia has ever been post MS acquisition Slapping a licensed name on a generic Android phone in a sea of generic Android phones is not going to bring back Nokia's glory days. The old Nokia did not survive even with its global sales infrastructure. HMD will struggle...
by Flying Fox
Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Hard drive platter swap
Replies: 9
Views: 816

Re: Hard drive platter swap

Starfalcon wrote:
Epik fail lol, dont try to spell while late night posting...

They had a shot where they zoomed into the machine's label, clearly spelling "laminar". :P

So the scotch tape must have cost $10 out of the $1000s that are charged to a customer. :lol:
by Flying Fox
Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Poll: Ryzen RAM amounts
Replies: 34
Views: 1307

Re: Poll: Ryzen RAM amounts

Well of course you had RAM issues running VMs on 16gb JBI, how many chrome instances were you running on each guest OS!? If running virtual machines (plural) then I can easily see going over 16GB easy, if you're actually using the host machine with it's own OS. My point was that I didn't have probl...
by Flying Fox
Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrading from an i5-4590
Replies: 14
Views: 671

Re: Upgrading from an i5-4590

I think we need more details here. You mentioned a few use cases. Well... been running into CPU feeling not as fast as it should in some tasks Compared to what? Some random claims on the internet? Or just your "hope"? given that CPU usage seems to be pegged at a multiple of 25% or exactly ...
by Flying Fox
Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:27 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Poll: Ryzen RAM amounts
Replies: 34
Views: 1307

Re: Poll: Ryzen RAM amounts

Chrome managed to eat up all my 8 gigs. Thanks to TR Vancouver stopped-by-parking-garage-cop meetup (fun times :D), I upgraded to 16. Still Chrome ate it all up as if it was nobody's business. My next system should be 32 at a minimum.
by Flying Fox
Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Samsung C34F791 for $850
Replies: 15
Views: 790

Re: Samsung C34F791 for $850

I'm a little uncomfortable with the 1500R curve. I was planning to put a 1200p 24" monitor in portrait and put it on the side. Seems too much curve to put another monitor on the side? I would think a 1900R is better for that? Also it is deeper and eat into the depth of my desk. 1500R is amazin...
by Flying Fox
Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Samsung C34F791 for $850
Replies: 15
Views: 790

Re: Samsung C34F791 for $850

I'm a little uncomfortable with the 1500R curve. I was planning to put a 1200p 24" monitor in portrait and put it on the side. Seems too much curve to put another monitor on the side? I would think a 1900R is better for that? Also it is deeper and eat into the depth of my desk. 1500R is amazin...
by Flying Fox
Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Samsung C34F791 for $850
Replies: 15
Views: 790

Re: Samsung C34F791 for $850

I'm a little uncomfortable with the 1500R curve. I was planning to put a 1200p 24" monitor in portrait and put it on the side. Seems too much curve to put another monitor on the side? I would think a 1900R is better for that? Also it is deeper and eat into the depth of my desk.
by Flying Fox
Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Can anyone clear up: 5960x with 128GB RAM?
Replies: 28
Views: 1548

Re: Can anyone clear up: 5960x with 128GB RAM?

Good for you that it works. :)

Any benchmarks of the upgrade compared to your old system? Show us some dramatic diference! ;)
by Flying Fox
Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?
Replies: 62
Views: 2982

Re: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?

Where's the cheese option? :P
by Flying Fox
Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: computerbase.de Revisits Ryzen Gaming Performance
Replies: 67
Views: 1983

Re: computerbase.de Revisits Ryzen Gaming Performance

Things like pro audio apps may be spending a lot of time waiting for the audio to come in. When waiting for I/O, the OS is basically idle so the CPU may choose to go to deeper sleep states (under the Balanced profile). You can't really have the app keep hogging the CPU just to keep it awake either, ...
by Flying Fox
Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: computerbase.de Revisits Ryzen Gaming Performance
Replies: 67
Views: 1983

Re: computerbase.de Revisits Ryzen Gaming Performance

Running in balanced mode can definitely result in stuttering in music production applications. I have numerous synth-heavy tracks that are unplayable if I let Windows keep the minimum processor state at the default 5%. Nothing subtle or subjective about it. Thanks for the anecdote. In that case, on...