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by Vhalidictes
Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 453
Views: 23837

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Welp, finally saw TLJ. Wasn't as bad as I expected. I can understand where they were going with Luke's character (even if the movie wasn't completely convincing about it), but everything else was a solid "meh". Not horrible, not good. I would normally put in a comment here about how gettin...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?
Replies: 41
Views: 6509

Re: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?

Any particular reason you don't like the Amazon Fire HD 10? I'd consider that a good cheap tablet. I have 2 of them in my household (Wife and Mum), including 2 more 7" the kids use. This is indeed what I ended up doing. So far, I haven't even needed to to Root it. Just sideloaded the Play Stor...
by Vhalidictes
Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 82
Views: 4942

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

@Waco - Could be worse. You could be using Lotus IBM Notes. "It's not dead yet!" :wink: We are. And despite promises it's going away, it looks at this point that it will still be around when we migrate to Windows 10. Wait, what? The email software that failed back in the mid-90's is still...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Earbud Replacement Suggestion
Replies: 11
Views: 712

Re: Earbud Replacement Suggestion

https://www.amazon.ca/Jaybird-Sport-Bluetooth-Headphones-Blackout/dp/B01M7NCT5O /thread https://www.amazon.ca/Monoprice-109927-Enhanced-Isolating-Earphones/dp/B00B8QCMHY/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1516755991&sr=1-1&keywords=monoprice+9927 Assuming you don't want to spend $...
by Vhalidictes
Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3761
Views: 543956

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

"Who Dunnit" is terrible, but you need to view it through the lens of a failed experiment. I agree with you on everything else.
by Vhalidictes
Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 453
Views: 23837

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

okay, fair enough. My point that I wanted to make when I said "and people wonder why LOTF and FOTJ..." didn't sell. was that If you think about it, there isn't really any difference between Rey and Jaina And Jacen and Kylo Ren. You're right. What we have is pretty much the same as the bad...
by Vhalidictes
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 127
Views: 5573

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

End User wrote:
The green guys are fighting.


But we all know who won. Repeat after me: "There is no replacement..."
by Vhalidictes
Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 76
Views: 4339

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

Bluetooth audio doesn't use anywhere near all of that though, and you're still transcoding from one lossy format to another for transmission. But like I said above, Bluetooth audio quality is generally "good enough". Biggest issue I have with it is that the Bluetooth audio on my LG G4 gli...
by Vhalidictes
Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 76
Views: 4339

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

I agree completely. I have a HD 650 I got on a sale and I am happy to admit that I'm Fulla (2) Schitt as well. Where do you use them? Can you move your setup around? I keep them both with my work laptop, use it for my sound card everywhere I go. Although sometimes I don't wear the HD 650 at work be...
by Vhalidictes
Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 76
Views: 4339

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

Sennheiser H6XX is $199 semi-regularly on Massdrop. Plenty of used HD600 and HD650 units out there too or good deals as the new but not really improved but slightly different models have come out. That is absolutely audiophile grade. Buy $100 to $400 worth of DAC and amp from say a company like Sch...
by Vhalidictes
Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 76
Views: 4339

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

You listen to lossy audio with HD 820's? Shine on you crazy diamond.
by Vhalidictes
Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 453
Views: 23837

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

CScottG wrote:
.. and yet somehow only 1 generation later the Rebels are on the verge of extinction. WTF? Just how stupid do they have to be?


To be fair that happened in the Expanded Universe Legends books too because politics. So it's really not a change.
by Vhalidictes
Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 127
Views: 5573

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

Why do you want your car to make more noise? That doesn't make it go any faster. Is it just to annoy others or draw attention? I think they're talking about the kind of noise not the loudness of noise. Although it's highly entertaining every time my coworker's heavily modified Firebird sets off eve...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 127
Views: 5573

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

I feel like there's something wrong with me saying this, but... for a high-performance car, wouldn't a supercharger be a better idea?

Sure a Turbo isn't always-on, but fuel economy for a Corvette just seems like a lost cause compared to dealing with turbo lag.
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: PC SHUTS DOWN
Replies: 9
Views: 1410

Re: PC SHUTS DOWN

If you replaced the board, and Windows isn't crashing or otherwise unstable, it's almost certainly a PSU issue. The only other things I can think of are: 1) Faulty power button (but it does try to start when you hit the button, correct?). 2) Minor Short which your PSU is brute-forcing past (You can ...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 76
Views: 4339

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

Bluetooth is my go to option for every situation bar one: Apple Airpods ( give MKBHD some time if you are sceptical ) for general at home/work iPhone/iPad/laptop/Apple TV listening - super easy to switch between devices BeatsX for around the town and working out Sony MDR 1000X for excellent audio w...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid
Replies: 64
Views: 4646

Re: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid

Once upon a time I had faith that all developers at least gave their application a cursory run through helgrind prior to deploying anything. Working in the industry for 30+ years will convince you beyond a shadow of a doubt that at least 50% of software developers don't have a f*cking clue what the...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrades Complete (2500k to 1600x)
Replies: 13
Views: 1271

Re: Upgrades Complete (2500k to 1600x)

Congrats! Sounds like everything went well. I had a bizarrely problem-free experience myself, replacing a Sandy Bridge-E motherboard and CPU with a Ryzen 1700X. Everything just... worked, no need to re-install Windows 10.
by Vhalidictes
Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:49 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2751
Views: 99901

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

DerFunk, I've resembled that post, although I like to think I grew out of it at a younger age than he sounds to be. Hopefully time and life experience will make him more bearable, although I'd be impressed if you could fix him before your class was up.

Sounds like you're off to a great start!
by Vhalidictes
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10-1709 not "snappy" SOLVED
Replies: 15
Views: 1047

Re: W10-1709 not "snappy"

Everything seems to hesitate in W10-1709. Open a window and it seems to "grow" onto the screen. I hate that. I want everything, windows, menus etc to snap open and snap closed. In W7 I know how to fix that. W10...Argg. Thanks, jmc2 I'm pretty sure the Registry options are the same between...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: AMD 400 series chipset
Replies: 8
Views: 2008

Re: AMD 400 series chipset

What board and PSU are you sitting on? A lot of B350 boards have mediocre phases. I just bought a Strix B350-F as it has better chokes than most B350s and it's a 4+4 configuration. Granted I'm not looking to OC right off the bat, but it should be easy later down the road with this board. ASRock AB3...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 453
Views: 23837

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Oh, we're referencing other franchises now? Okay.

"Star Wars is used to being beast of burden to other people's needs. Very sad life. Probably have very sad death. But, at least there is symmetry."
by Vhalidictes
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2751
Views: 99901

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

just brew it! wrote:
3F this AM. Not looking forward to waiting for the bus today.


Was almost 60 went I went outside this morning. 75% of the year I'm really glad I live in the Mojave.
by Vhalidictes
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: AMD 400 series chipset
Replies: 8
Views: 2008

Re: AMD 400 series chipset

Manual settings. I could go crazy on voltage and get pretty much any speed I want up to 3.9-4.0GHz , but I'm unwilling to go over 1.45 on a daily-driver PC. FTFY You're completely correct, I don't want or need speeds over 4.0GHz, based on Ryzen reviews. The problem is that I can't get the CPU even ...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices
Replies: 49
Views: 3962

Re: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices

just brew it! wrote:
RAM prices are part of the reason I'm still running an increasingly long in the tooth AMD FX system. Moving to anything more modern would mean all new RAM since I can't re-use the DDR3 I've got on hand.


You might be able to set up a Skylake system with DDR3, it wouldn't be too out of date even now.
by Vhalidictes
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: AMD 400 series chipset
Replies: 8
Views: 2008

Re: AMD 400 series chipset

Manual settings. I could go crazy on voltage and get pretty much any speed I want, but I'm unwilling to go over 1.45 on a daily-driver PC. It's always possible that the BIOS settings are lying to me but if they are there's not much I can do about it. If there was a way to set things manually and NOT...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 309
Views: 18076

Re: Video card prices

It isn't just NewEgg that is out of stock. My local Micro Center only has three GTX 1050, a couple Radeon 7750 with six mini DP outputs and a few Quadro NVS cards. Next to nothing and they don't know when new stock is coming in. Yep, Best Buy's and Fry's aren't any better either. The nearest Fry's ...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 309
Views: 18076

Re: Video card prices

Speaking of on-package and GPU solutions, I wonder if the mining craze will start absorbing Kaby Lake-G systems for mining. Clocks and ALU count are both down compared to Vega 64 but the HBM is still there which helps mining. I'm sure some people will try it on their laptops when not using them an ...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 453
Views: 23837

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Rogue 1 was fantastic, which I think might have messed up my expectations for TFA (which I didn't see until recently) and TLJ.
by Vhalidictes
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 453
Views: 23837

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Well, since so many folks here seem to share this sentiment, here's a question: If folks like Ep4, 5, and 6 but loathe Ep1, 2, and 3, and don't like Ep7 and 8 to varying degrees, at what point does Star Wars just become bad? Bad as in, "that's a bad fictional universe and not worth my time&quo...
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