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by Vhalidictes
Thu May 25, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: USB C-to-A cables for specific phone models?!
Replies: 7
Views: 343

Re: USB C-to-A cables for specific phone models?!

Current the cable can handle. I saw a 2A and a 3A on the links you gave. Some phones require the higher current for either faster charge or just charging at all. Can you explain, Arvald? IIRC a 3 Amp USB-A cable would be useless because A ports can't output 3 Amps. I thought that USB 3.0 standards ...
by Vhalidictes
Thu May 25, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: TV Solution
Replies: 14
Views: 533

Re: TV Solution

I found this: http://www.highdefforum.com/local-hdtv-info-reception/146752-ota-repeater.html which is an interesting read. Essentially, retransmitting OTA signals runs into legal problems, so it's not a thing for that reason.
by Vhalidictes
Thu May 25, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: TV Solution
Replies: 14
Views: 533

Re: TV Solution

I imagine this is what you'd want: http://www.nyrius.com/ny-gs10-5-8ghz-4- ... r-receiver

You can Internet Search the model number "ny-gs10" and you'll get a number of results for similar gear.
by Vhalidictes
Thu May 25, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Bios says SSD failed and is no longer bootable
Replies: 3
Views: 315

Re: Bios says SSD failed and is no longer bootable

1) Probably not, it sounds like a controller failure. Albeit the drive might have recovered itself (temporarily?). 2) It's gone if you do anything at all to the drive. The flash chips presumably have the data still, but you're going to a need fancy/advanced/expensive recovery service to get any of t...
by Vhalidictes
Thu May 25, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Strange thought of the day.
Replies: 33
Views: 855

Re: Strange thought of the day.

whm1974 wrote:
notfred wrote:
End User wrote:
Oh Richard, you cheeky devil.
Even if he was pretending to be someone else, RMS just wouldn't be able to resist calling it "GNU/Linux". OP is in the clear.

And I would be saying "free software" instead of FOSS.

IT IS HIM!
by Vhalidictes
Thu May 25, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Strange thought of the day.
Replies: 33
Views: 855

Re: Strange thought of the day.

notfred wrote:
Even if he was pretending to be someone else, RMS just wouldn't be able to resist calling it "GNU/Linux". OP is in the clear.


I've always wondered... given how much time has passed, is there such a thing as GNU/Not_Linux? Does the GNU project have an actual kernel?
by Vhalidictes
Thu May 25, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bitcoin bubble-tastic??
Replies: 11
Views: 295

Re: Bitcoin bubble-tastic??

This sounds like a microcosm of Investing in general.

I don't have any money in the market because prices are at a historical high: isn't the classic aphorism "buy low, sell high"?

Meanwhile, prices go up even more...
by Vhalidictes
Wed May 24, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: New Fiber, Can't get new router to work!
Replies: 24
Views: 1004

Re: New Fiber, Can't get new router to work!

glad you found that one. network loops can be a pain.. like at this new job i just got, the previous admin purposely disabled STP/RSTP on ALL of the switches. like "no rstp" on the CLI. still trying to figure out why... A lot of network engineers hate STP, especially when they configure i...
by Vhalidictes
Wed May 24, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Huawei Network Equipment
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Re: Huawei Network Equipment

Well, Brocade was an option, they made great L2/L3 devices. But they were recently sold for almost nothing to Extreme Networks so it looks like it's come to a bad end. A real shame.
by Vhalidictes
Tue May 23, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Huawei Network Equipment
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Re: Huawei Network Equipment

I don't have any Huawei gear, but weren't Dell PowerConnect managed switches (and their IOS-clone software) ODM'd by Huawei? It could have been another Chinese company, I don't have it handy any more to double-check. I had no issues of any kind with either the CLI or the hardware, AFAIK my friend is...
by Vhalidictes
Tue May 23, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Theranos
Replies: 163
Views: 16259

Re: Theranos

It looks possible that Theranos can turn itself around and become a real company.

I really doubted they could fake it until they make it, but the longer this drags on the more it looks like they will end up as a going concern. Well, assuming that Holmes steps down at some point.
by Vhalidictes
Tue May 23, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrade frustrations
Replies: 18
Views: 809

Re: Upgrade frustrations

I agree with the other posters that either it's 1) a bad card that only shows the problem in JC3, or 2) a specific issue with current NVIDIA drivers + the 1080 and JC3. In either case you might want to RMA the card just to be sure it's not 1). But there is something that might work out - is there a ...
by Vhalidictes
Tue May 23, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: New Fiber, Can't get new router to work!
Replies: 24
Views: 1004

Re: New Fiber, Can't get new router to work!

To add to what Cheesyking said... it really doesn't matter if the line tester works (although that's a good sign). Network equipment, even SOHO stuff, will automagically set itself to a lower speed if it sees any data corruption. So it's the production equipment that sets tolerances, not the enginee...
by Vhalidictes
Tue May 23, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?
Replies: 224
Views: 16648

Re: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?

DeadOfKnight wrote:
VisionTek Bigfoot Killer 2100 Gaming Network Card


What was wrong with it? I considered getting one but reviews said it wasn't any better than a cheap Intel adapter. It has traffic-shaping software as well though, right?
by Vhalidictes
Fri May 19, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone upgrade advice
Replies: 80
Views: 1852

Re: Headphone upgrade advice

I've had more headphones than I'd care to admit. My current favorite are the Plantronics Backbeat Pro. They have a "fun" sound. If you like a flat sound like the AKG Q701, these are not for you. IMO, for $150 you won't find anything better. Now I'm curious, because of some really terrible...
by Vhalidictes
Fri May 19, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Why No longer pirate, from an ex-pirate.
Replies: 20
Views: 556

Re: Why No longer pirate, from an ex-pirate.

I'm not a media pirate... but only because I don't consume media. Netflix for the kids, but I can't remember the last time I saw something on cable. Probably was Battlestar Galactica series. Last movie? Inception. Last album? Hell, I don't know, probably Straight Outta Lynnwood. Piracy is, in a weir...
by Vhalidictes
Fri May 19, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Not sure why SSD is extremely slow (read and write in KB/s) and not reporting SMART info
Replies: 3
Views: 431

Re: Not sure why SSD is extremely slow (read and write in KB/s) and not reporting SMART info

I agree with JBI that this doesn't sound like a typical SSD failure. This sounds like it could be a controller/driver/SATA problem.

I'd put the drive in a USB adapter/PCIe card (such beasts are rare but do exist) and verify that it's still slow from another computer.
by Vhalidictes
Fri May 19, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?
Replies: 83
Views: 1567

Re: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?

NZXT H440. Awesome case, very quiet and a ton of expandability, looks nice and not too expensive.

Downsides are that the sound dampening keeps it from having the best airflow, and the total lack of front-facing bays (no 5.25" bays of any kind, for that matter).
by Vhalidictes
Thu May 18, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: NAS Options for my home
Replies: 19
Views: 786

Re: NAS Options for my home

You can run FreeNAS with 4 GB of RAM very easily, don't listen to the idiot admins on their forums. Cyberjock in particular is clueless. You'll sacrifice a little performance with less RAM, but it's not the catch-all for every performance or stability pitfall they imply it is. Thanks for the info, ...
by Vhalidictes
Thu May 18, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 16 Y/o dies from caffeine overdose
Replies: 53
Views: 1267

Re: 16 Y/o dies from caffeine overdose

I still hit the Mt. Dew pretty hard occasionally (like this week, with a big deadline at work and resulting long hours). It's Diet Mt. Dew these days though... so instead of diabetes, I'll die of whatever it is they're claiming artificial sweeteners give you. Or maybe from the BVO (brominated veget...
by Vhalidictes
Thu May 18, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New Ryzen build in a Fractal Nano S
Replies: 17
Views: 889

Re: New Ryzen build in a Fractal Nano S

Are Biostar boards passable again? I went through a phase in the early noughties of getting stung by Biostar's low quality control. They practically disappeared from the UK market back then, too - indiciating that it wasn't just me returning a large percentage of faulty boards.... They've been prac...
by Vhalidictes
Thu May 18, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: New Fiber, Can't get new router to work!
Replies: 24
Views: 1004

Re: New Fiber, Can't get new router to work!

Massive packet loss can mean any number of things. Since you said it works with the old router... I have a dumb question - is the new router interface set up for Auto? It's possible that one side or the other is set for Single-Duplex, and that will generate just this kind of problem. Question: Is th...
by Vhalidictes
Thu May 18, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Watercooling with an aquarium chiller
Replies: 18
Views: 625

Re: Watercooling with an aquarium chiller

I last dabbled with TECs in 2001 with a Thunderbird B Athlon 1.4GHz. Condensation and massively increased cooling requirements made it a nightmare, and I seem to remember the peltier drawing far more power that required silly-high fan speeds even when the CPU was idle. When you have a really nasty ...
by Vhalidictes
Thu May 18, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: NAS Options for my home
Replies: 19
Views: 786

Re: NAS Options for my home

Another vote for FreeNas. Version 10 just came out and from what I've read it now uses Docker containers vs their own version of plugins/jails. That means there will probably be much more coming for "plugins" in the future then they ever had. I'm running it on an ESXi VM on an old PowerEd...
by Vhalidictes
Thu May 18, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Match these speakers to a receiver
Replies: 36
Views: 952

Re: Match these speakers to a receiver

I'm in the same camp, really, but with more varied tastes (I do enjoy classical/orchestral scores). I don't care much for perfect soundstage, imaging, etc as long as it's not horrendous. Distortion and power compression I notice pretty quickly and ruin my enjoyment. I think it really depends on the...
by Vhalidictes
Wed May 17, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Intel Licensing AMD GPU Tech
Replies: 63
Views: 5214

Re: Intel Licensing AMD GPU Tech

jihadjoe wrote:
Jen Hsun Huang not gonna sell unless he can run Intel as well.


That's actually not a bad idea, although I imagine Intel wouldn't think so. In any case, I assumed that the takeover would be hostile.
by Vhalidictes
Wed May 17, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: It's gonna be EPYC!!!!
Replies: 19
Views: 754

Re: It's gonna be EPYC!!!!

They never fail to...fail. (AMD Marketing, btw, not AMD as a whole so the fanbois get upset) RyZen The Threadripper Epyc FX with different numbering would have been miles better. It's objectively pretty bad. AMD Marketing is probably in a frenzy because they actually have something to market. Since...
by Vhalidictes
Wed May 17, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Intel Licensing AMD GPU Tech
Replies: 63
Views: 5214

Re: Intel Licensing AMD GPU Tech

It's a cold-war balance of power play, but if Nvidia GPUs aren't in Intel parts after all these years of the old license, don't expect AMD GPUs jumping into Intel parts anytime soon. I'm still surprised that Intel hasn't bought NVIDIA yet. I'm not sure what Intel is thinking here, it would be a goo...
by Vhalidictes
Tue May 16, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: It's gonna be EPYC!!!!
Replies: 19
Views: 754

Re: It's gonna be EPYC!!!!

Hmm, bad karma. IIRC Epyx is out of business...
by Vhalidictes
Tue May 16, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: That WannaCry ransomware
Replies: 43
Views: 1962

Re: That WannaCry ransomware

But the reason you shouldn't be running it is because MS discontinued updates. The idea that MS discontinued updates because you shouldn't be running it on modern platforms is the very definition of circular logic. "It's a bad idea to do something the vendor discourages" might be annoying...
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