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by Topinio
Fri Nov 06, 2020 5:03 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Any issue using a molex switch to turn off HDDs?
Replies: 15
Views: 576

Re: Any issue using a molex switch to turn off HDDs?

I might be getting muddled in the fog of time here, sorry - I thought EPP came along much later than it did, and was lower bandwidth than it was. A bit more googling and reading tells me that: ⋅  EPP was introduced by the (laptop) 386SL chipset in 1991 ⋅  EPP was standardised in ...
by Topinio
Wed Nov 04, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Any issue using a molex switch to turn off HDDs?
Replies: 15
Views: 576

Re: Any issue using a molex switch to turn off HDDs?

(Were they ever a thing?) Probably? There were certainly parallel port external hard drive enclosures for PCs in the mid to late 90's, and once usbsupp.exe / OSR 2.1 came out in '97 there was that factor of 5-6x bandwidth improvement over EPP/ECP to be had - so while I don't personally remember any...
by Topinio
Sat Oct 17, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: So I installed Windows 10...
Replies: 8
Views: 903

Re: So I installed Windows 10...

Microsoft to it credit did at least fix some glaring issues like taking forever to install and update so there at that. Eh, try dealing with underpowered crapboxes like the HP Stream 11, which is a lovely enough cheapo toy on Windows 8.1 ... but if you get one that's been "upgrades" by GW...
by Topinio
Tue Oct 13, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: So, what do you guys think of the new Ryzen 5000 series?
Replies: 28
Views: 1596

Re: So, what do you guys think of the new Ryzen 5000 series?

I need to rebuild my HTPC and can't get a Ryzen 4000 for love nor money, and Ryzen 5000 is so nice it's tempting me to spend the money to redo the main machine instead. If I could figure out and source parts for an ECC build of either, I'd bite your hand off pay a pay a pretty penny for it tomorrow....
by Topinio
Tue Sep 29, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Wifi Printer Security
Replies: 10
Views: 1193

Re: Wifi Printer Security

To answer your question, yes, my original concern was with the unit building out it's own AP, and I do not expect firmware updates to be maintained by any particular manufacture, but if you know of one company that tends to exceed the others in servicing their products, I would be interested to hea...
by Topinio
Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:10 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Wifi Printer Security
Replies: 10
Views: 1193

Re: Wifi Printer Security

Maybe I'm missing something, but what are you worried about? Is it that you don't want to have any potentially insecure device on your Wi-Fi network, and believe either that printers can't be adequately secured via disabling services and checking for firmware updates fairly frequently, or that no pr...
by Topinio
Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Can’t use consoles on apartment network
Replies: 3
Views: 477

Re: Can’t use consoles on apartment network

Double NAT means there's a NATing device upstream. If you're in student accomodation, this might be provided by the building, I guess. Put your Linksys device into AP mode or bridge mode. (You don't look to have put the actual model number of the Linksys into your post, you might get better response...
by Topinio
Sun Sep 20, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: iperf full-duplex slower than each half-duplex
Replies: 14
Views: 642

Re: iperf full-duplex slower than each half-duplex

So, it's a Windows issue with one of these installations on one of these machines, either a config issue or something's gone wrong, or a poor driver. Have you reinstalled the drivers, using the latest releases available? Are all anti-virus and protection software disabled on both machines during tes...
by Topinio
Fri Sep 18, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: How would react face to face with 1,000lb bear?
Replies: 2
Views: 466

Re: How would react face to face with 1,000lb bear?

I'd be damn impressed that he made it into the gay bar carrying all that extra weight and would offer to buy him a pint or 6.
by Topinio
Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Better to Build new System next Year?
Replies: 13
Views: 961

Re: Better to Build new System next Year?

Yes, that's a good approach too if you've got an existing half-decent machine and the money to spare. There's always sweet times to buy, when good new tech launches. The NVIDIA 3080 looks nice for the performance (shame about the price and power consumption!), and I'm sure that the upcoming AMD CPUs...
by Topinio
Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Better to Build new System next Year?
Replies: 13
Views: 961

Re: Better to Build new System next Year?

I would argue that an anticipated future financial shortfall is an argument for waiting, or even not building at all (not the other way around). Depends on the context. In some organisations, budget cycles mean you can have money this year that will disappear if you don't use it, and you know you'l...
by Topinio
Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Better to Build new System next Year?
Replies: 13
Views: 961

Re: Better to Build new System next Year?

The answer to this question is always "yes, it's probably better to wait" unless the users of the system can demonstrate either (1) it will allow specific things which they cannot currently do or (2) finances will be more constrained in future.
by Topinio
Sun Sep 06, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What is your choice about cloud?
Replies: 3
Views: 303

Re: What is your choice about cloud?

iCloud for new ones, by default because most of our photos now are taken on iOS devices. For the old ones, nothing, but I should get around to this. (The digital ones are on 2 PCs and a backup to a FreeNAS server, and 1 PC is backed up with Acronis to a rotating pair of USB drives, but I will lose t...
by Topinio
Sat Sep 05, 2020 3:08 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Having an upgrade path before it becomes impossible.
Replies: 36
Views: 2239

Re: Having an upgrade path before it becomes impossible.

Considering that Steam does has actual free games, it doesn't even make sense to anyone to pay Microsoft for these types of casual games anyway. Plenty of people don't have Steam, and don't think of themselves as gamers (or even think playing PC games is a silly waste of time) but still play Minesw...
by Topinio
Thu Sep 03, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Having an upgrade path before it becomes impossible.
Replies: 36
Views: 2239

Re: Having an upgrade path before it becomes impossible.

How many Windows 10 users actually pay money not to have these $#!* adverts. Personally, I stopped playing Solitaire and felt slightly sad and quite anti-Microsoft about it. Microsoft apparently wants to tax Solitaire players, and the tax doesn't even remove ads from the mobile version if you have ...
by Topinio
Thu Sep 03, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Having an upgrade path before it becomes impossible.
Replies: 36
Views: 2239

Re: Having an upgrade path before it becomes impossible.

Aranarth wrote:
Getting the MS solitaire pack will blow his mind! :D

The $#!* adverts within the Windows 10 version might well do.

As might the £1.69 a month to not have them annoying him :evil:
by Topinio
Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Having an upgrade path before it becomes impossible.
Replies: 36
Views: 2239

Re: Having an upgrade path before it becomes impossible.

Confirm if his parts database is on the web or local. By hearsay I heard a a similar use case requiring a >700GB SSD. Not terrible in terms of cost difference but something to check. Great shout. Should probably also enquire about his backup solution. The reason it's an issue is we all got used to ...
by Topinio
Tue Sep 01, 2020 12:55 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Having an upgrade path before it becomes impossible.
Replies: 36
Views: 2239

Re: Having an upgrade path before it becomes impossible.

It's all fine if it's done in a controlled and understood way. e.g. Boeing 747-400's still use 3.5" floppy disks to update their navigation systems, every 4 weeks. These planes entered service between 1989 and 2005, according to Wikipedia, and there are 71 passenger and 181 freighter ones still...
by Topinio
Fri Aug 28, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: So I had to swap out my GTX 970 for my older GTX 760.
Replies: 10
Views: 753

Re: So I had to swap out my GTX 970 for my older GTX 760.

Well according to the Users on the Manjaro Forum, AMD FOSS drivers are a Huge Improvement over what came before. And yes I'm well aware that you guys are suggesting using the proprietary Nvidia Drivers, and not Nouveau. That FOSS driver is only worth using with much older cards no longer supported ...
by Topinio
Thu Aug 27, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: So I had to swap out my GTX 970 for my older GTX 760.
Replies: 10
Views: 753

Re: So I had to swap out my GTX 970 for my older GTX 760.

NVIDIA all the way on Linux, I'm afraid, unless you're religious about only using Free / non-proprietry software. AMD can be tolerable on Linux, but can also be annoying. IME ASUS can be bad on quality and terrible on support, while EVGA is the best by far. If you have a working solution for now and...
by Topinio
Thu Apr 23, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Coronavirus COVID-19 precautionary measures?
Replies: 638
Views: 33569

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 precautionary measures?

Annual global mortality rate, all causes, is 0.75% Assuming that deaths from this ran at 0.7% flat until literally everyone got it (a poor assumption) means the global mortality rate would be back at a level not seen since 1961. 7% OTOH, would be a level not seen in our lifetimes, a reasaon for pani...
by Topinio
Thu Apr 23, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Coronavirus COVID-19 precautionary measures?
Replies: 638
Views: 33569

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 precautionary measures?

Everyone who knows the difference between CMR (case mortality rate) and IMR (infection mortality rate). IMR cannot be measured easily, but CMR is easily measured by simply calculating the number of confirmed cases vs the death rate. I've been suggesting an IMR of near 1% due to the princess diamond...
by Topinio
Thu Apr 23, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Coronavirus COVID-19 precautionary measures?
Replies: 638
Views: 33569

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 precautionary measures?

What death statistics are you relying upon to make your opinion? Can't answer for dragontamer5788 obviously, but they are clearly pushing up the deaths percentage. Turns out that if you undercount the number of infections by an order of magnitude, you exagerate the death rate by an order of magnitu...
by Topinio
Thu Apr 23, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Coronavirus COVID-19 precautionary measures?
Replies: 638
Views: 33569

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 precautionary measures?

And an infection rate 10x reported statistics slides the decimal point on death rates one digit to the left. Lots less scary when you do that. Yep, more than. The population has been lied to, and gone like lambs to hide in their homes and screw their own lives for years to come. We'll be luck to av...
by Topinio
Wed Apr 22, 2020 1:35 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Ron Burgandy
Replies: 21
Views: 673

Re: Ron Burgandy

Ralph Wiggum wrote:
This is my sandbox. Over there is the deep end. That's where I saw the leprechaun. He told me to burn things.
by Topinio
Sun Apr 19, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Tech Report Folding Team Status Update 1st April 2020
Replies: 0
Views: 974

Tech Report Folding Team Status Update 1st April 2020

Standing in for Tarx. Tech Report Folding Team Status Update 1st April 2020 (This report is based on the data for March.) Top 20 folders in average PPD (points per day) for this update: 1 Lockheed_Tvr 738,657 2 Geatian 721,326 3 bigbloke2001 591,779 4 [SDG]Mantis 549,098 5 mastershake227 423,200 6 e...
by Topinio
Sun Apr 19, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Tech Report Folding Team Status Update 1st March 2020
Replies: 0
Views: 927

Tech Report Folding Team Status Update 1st March 2020

Standing in for Tarx. Tech Report Folding Team Status Update 1st March 2020 (This report is based on the data for February.) Top 20 folders in average PPD (points per day) for this update: 1 Geatian 1,367,340 2 bigbloke2001 1,060,151 3 etkaiser 746,295 4 [SDG]Mantis 715,244 5 mastershake227 474,786 ...
by Topinio
Sun Apr 19, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Tech Report Folding Team Status Update 1st February 2020
Replies: 0
Views: 936

Tech Report Folding Team Status Update 1st February 2020

Standing in for Tarx. Tech Report Folding Team Status Update 1st February 2020 (This report is based on the data for January.) Top 20 folders in average PPD (points per day) for this update: 1 Geatian 1,277,740 2 bigbloke2001 1,257,272 3 [SDG]Mantis 693,286 4 etkaiser 693,163 5 Blaylock 620,251 6 ma...
by Topinio
Thu Apr 16, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: FAH ubuntu installation problems
Replies: 24
Views: 1857

Re: FAH ubuntu installation problems

Separately. https://www.nvidia.co.uk/Download/index.aspx

It's a self-extracting shell script, run it as root. Latest for the 1030 is 440.82
by Topinio
Wed Apr 15, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: FAH ubuntu installation problems
Replies: 24
Views: 1857

Re: FAH ubuntu installation problems

Something is wrong with your CPU PPD, 13k is achievable with 2 Skylake cores at 3.7 GHz while also running a GPU slot. (Higher total CPU load will lower the system's GPU slot PPD, there is a cross-over point; mine is at >= 2 CPU slot threads, where my GPU slot PPD goes from ~480k to ~465k.) Have you...
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