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by Topinio
Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.
Replies: 61
Views: 1113

Re: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.

Switching from soda to espresso is not a bad idea; Coffee is different enough to soda that over time your body will associate a caffeine craving with coffee o'clock, and cold drinks can finally be about refreshment and hydration. This is a great idea, if you like coffee. Could make it longer with A...
by Topinio
Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega very strong in newly released games
Replies: 39
Views: 1625

Re: Vega very strong in newly released games

Topino, my point is that it's not a guaranteed thing that new GPUs/architectures will perform well in newer games. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. AMD has a better record than NVIDIA, but both have produced cards that excel at older games but crap out on newer. Fiji is a good example of an...
by Topinio
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega very strong in newly released games
Replies: 39
Views: 1625

Re: Vega very strong in newly released games

"New architecture is better in new game engines with new drivers" shocker Captain Obvious to the rescue, now please continue with the OT, it's more entertaining ;) It's not exactly a shocker, but it is true that not all GPU architectures age well. The GeForce 7000-series in particular ran...
by Topinio
Sun Nov 19, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: "Will it run Crysis," 10-year anniversary edition
Replies: 21
Views: 910

Re: "Will it run Crysis," 10-year anniversary edition

Yes I screwed up and I know that now, so you don't have to rub it in. :evil: Sorry dude, not wanting to, but using that build as support for a position on games that cannot be run leads to discussing the build itself. I played a demo of that game when it was released on my Pentium D 930 w/ 2GB of m...
by Topinio
Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: "Will it run Crysis," 10-year anniversary edition
Replies: 21
Views: 910

Re: "Will it run Crysis," 10-year anniversary edition

I played a demo of that game when it was released on my Pentium D 930 w/ 2GB of memory and a Nvidia 6600GT(128MB), and as I recall I could only play it at 800x600 with some of the graphics settings lowered. Your Pentium D 930 build sucked before you bought it in mid June 2006, and everyone told you...
by Topinio
Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: "Will it run Crysis," 10-year anniversary edition
Replies: 21
Views: 910

Re: "Will it run Crysis," 10-year anniversary edition

I played a demo of that game when it was released on my Pentium D 930 w/ 2GB of memory and a Nvidia 6600GT(128MB), and as I recall I could only play it at 800x600 with some of the graphics settings lowered. Your Pentium D 930 build sucked before you bought it in mid June 2006, and everyone told you...
by Topinio
Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:28 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega very strong in newly released games
Replies: 39
Views: 1625

Re: Vega very strong in newly released games

Funny how basically nobody stayed on topic. Must have been boring af. The linked articles were worth a look, and it was interesting to see the consistency all together from your posting all 4 links. I think the tangentialism was due to a lack of additional discussion, and any points to agree or dis...
by Topinio
Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega very strong in newly released games
Replies: 39
Views: 1625

Re: Vega very strong in newly released games

ACHTUNG! ALLES LOOKENSPEEPERS! Alles touristen und non-technischen looken peepers! Das computermachine ist nicht fuer gefingerpoken und mittengrabben. Ist easy schnappen der springenwerk, blowenfusen und poppencorken mit spitzensparken. Ist nicht fuer gewerken bei das dumpkopfen. Das rubbernecken s...
by Topinio
Thu Nov 16, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: The iPhone got forked!
Replies: 152
Views: 3926

Re: The iPhone got forked!

My beef is I want to choose when it's authenticated and when it's not. I feel like the fingerprint authentication system was perfect. I feel like the second-gen touch sensor in the 6S Plus and my wife's 7 Plus (edit: and in my Pixel 2, for that matter) just can't be topped. I touch the sensor when ...
by Topinio
Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: The iPhone got forked!
Replies: 152
Views: 3926

Re: The iPhone got forked!

£250 I thought that it was always a $600-and-up device and that anything lower involved subsidies? Also in the last few years the British Pound has tanked in global value. Apple aligns everything with USD, so at least part of the huge increase is exchange rates. $1000 roughly equals £1000 if you as...
by Topinio
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: The iPhone got forked!
Replies: 152
Views: 3926

Re: The iPhone got forked!

Yeah, interesting (ta for the link), but ... the X looks great, but it's £1000, £1200 including AppleCare. The original iPhone was £250. And my disposable income certainly hasn't gone up by 300% in 10 years. Maybe what would have been radical would have been covering the £250, or at least the <£500,...
by Topinio
Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: PC 5.1 set ground loop/short: repairable?
Replies: 16
Views: 1080

Re: PC 5.1 set ground loop/short: repairable?

Um, are you still alive? :D Yes. And thanks! I actually started thinking that it must be the sub/amp unit at fault, because this doesn't happen when it's disconnected from everything (mains, soundcard, satellites), and that the safest thing to do might be to get it checked out before anything else....
by Topinio
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New monitor/video card decisions
Replies: 24
Views: 1608

Re: New monitor/video card decisions

Edit: NM, I see you've come around to Freesync and jumping back on the PCMR wagon ;) Vega56 is good, especially if you dial it back a bit. I was impressed with the underclocking potential of mine - Flip the little BIOS switch into the other position and run it at the power-saving profile and it's r...
by Topinio
Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How to change GPU1 in Windows
Replies: 4
Views: 324

Re: How to change GPU1 in Windows

I don't know, but I suspect that it's quite application dependent. Oculus's software, for instance, claims "[y]our computer doesn't meet Rift's minimum specifications, which can lead to a poor experience in VR" because of the SP's GPU in my system :roll:
by Topinio
Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3927
Views: 629965

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

2012 Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Hmm, not come across that one, but will check it out if I ever see it here; I am a bit of a fan of theirs, the Pale Ale is one of my go-tos in bars (and one of my old friends' absolute fave beer). Have to say, though, reading your description makes me painfully...
by Topinio
Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:17 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PC Specs and Features
Replies: 27
Views: 2114

Re: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PC Specs and Features

@topinto, you may want to try this: Highlight game in Library -> right-click "Properties" -> click "Set Launch Options" - enter +r_disableDriverVersionCheck 1" Thanks, nice tip, but I didn't get a chance to try this. I gave up and bumped the box from 1607 to 1703, so I coul...
by Topinio
Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: PC 5.1 set ground loop/short: repairable?
Replies: 16
Views: 1080

Re: PC 5.1 set ground loop/short: repairable?

Well, you could try touching the mini-phone cables from the speakers and the drive's USB connector housing to a grounded object (e.g. metal water faucet), to see if you can draw a spark. That would let you know if there's an appreciable leakage issue. Wear rubber-soled shoes and keep one hand behin...
by Topinio
Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PC Specs and Features
Replies: 27
Views: 2114

Re: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PC Specs and Features

Stupid game has been updated since I last had time to play, v 1.0.2 requires 17.10.3 which totally doesn't work on Windows 10 1607 :evil: Why do I bother? https://i.imgur.com/8i0d0LR.png Winsock Initialized idCommonLocal::Init() time 20: 0.054s ------ Initializing File System ------ Current search p...
by Topinio
Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2017
Replies: 49
Views: 4265

Re: TR Frankenbot 2017

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by Topinio
Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: PC 5.1 set ground loop/short: repairable?
Replies: 16
Views: 1080

Re: PC 5.1 set ground loop/short: repairable?

SecretSquirrel wrote:
This. My first suspect would be the power supply on the external hard drive. You can find all sorts of online reviews of USB chargers that let mains voltages through.

Interesting. Any way I can test this?

The drive is a relatively new Seagate Expansion 4 TB unit.
by Topinio
Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: PC 5.1 set ground loop/short: repairable?
Replies: 16
Views: 1080

Re: PC 5.1 set ground loop/short: repairable?

Don't panic here or waste money. The ground wire system is there to protect you in the extreme case where something has gone very wrong and provides a path from the metal of the power supply chassis to ground. So, if you had an short from the hot line to the case it would go to ground through the w...
by Topinio
Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:08 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: PC 5.1 set ground loop/short: repairable?
Replies: 16
Views: 1080

Re: PC 5.1 set ground loop/short: repairable?

just brew it! wrote:
I suspect you may have a defective 3rd (ground) wire on your electrical circuit. This is a potential safety issue, and needs to be checked out. Know any electricians?

Oh dear. Thanks.
by Topinio
Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: PC 5.1 set ground loop/short: repairable?
Replies: 16
Views: 1080

PC 5.1 set ground loop/short: repairable?

I have a set of Logitech Z506's, which I bought in April to replace a 2011 purchase of the same thing, and both have always crackled a bit on plugging one of the 3.5 mm mini phone cables into the soundcards of my PCs. I thought nothing much of this. Then today, plugging in a mains powered USB hard d...
by Topinio
Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2017
Replies: 49
Views: 4265

Re: TR Frankenbot 2017

Would be nice. Or if there was something in between "While I'm working" and "Only when idle", where it ran full steam ahead while I'm not doing much but paused when the CPU or GPU hit a (ideally user-definable) usage level from other applications.
by Topinio
Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tofurky and other faux meats.
Replies: 52
Views: 1611

Re: Tofurky and other faux meats.

Omnivore fits real perfectly as that is what we really are. Since the birth of "Humans". both modern and archaic, we eaten anything that what was available and edible, or what could be made edible by primitive forms of "food processing" such as cutting, pounding, and cooking. Ye...
by Topinio
Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tofurky and other faux meats.
Replies: 52
Views: 1611

Re: Tofurky and other faux meats.

I have noticed that society today seems all or nothing on definitions. Meat eating especially among them. You can't be one thing if you're only partly that thing. If you enjoy a Little Debbie cake now and again, then you can't be Paleo. If you like real bacon, real eggs, and a little real cheese at...
by Topinio
Sun Oct 29, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: the most advanced 80's 8-bit CPUs?
Replies: 54
Views: 2515

Re: the most advanced 80's 8-bit CPUs?

It had some at least, I remember when the sinclair QL came out, a few of it's detractors pointed out that the 68008 was used in some of the more upmarket washing machines of the day. Thanks, I just went looking for info on modern washing machines, having been reading for 5 years or more about smart...
by Topinio
Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:03 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PC Specs and Features
Replies: 27
Views: 2114

Re: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PC Specs and Features

Well it's not so much a political statement as I simply don't like Windows, period. TBF, I can sympathize with this POV. I hate Windows, particularly Windows 10. Due to this game, and Windows' gaming environment being so dumb that hardware OEMs are required to revise and release drivers specificall...
by Topinio
Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:21 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PC Specs and Features
Replies: 27
Views: 2114

Re: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PC Specs and Features

PSA: currently cheaper on cdkeys.com, I just got it for £28.99 vs £39.99 on Steam direct, a 27.5% saving 8) 41.2 GB download, yay, going to take an hour + well if wolfenstein says I have to buy a new GPU then I pretty much have to, right? :-? Sounds good to me, right you are. I hear they're really c...
by Topinio
Sat Oct 28, 2017 5:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tofurky and other faux meats.
Replies: 52
Views: 1611

Re: Tofurky and other faux meats.

JustAnEngineer wrote:
Spicy black bean burgers are flavorful and tasty enough to enjoy with fewer calories than meat, but don't let some uninformed vegan convince you that they taste anything like beef.

Has that ever happened IRL? Or just in Strawmanland?
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