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by Vhalidictes
Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1476
Views: 43113

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

There shouldn't be enough voltage on a phone line to give you a shock unless the line is ringing. In which case, the voltage can be quite substantial (nearly the equivalent of AC line voltage). Comes from needing to force enough current to activate an electro-mechanical bell through several miles o...
by Vhalidictes
Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 82
Views: 1707

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

That's the thing, they might not totally just die out of nowhere, but they certainly CAN. I'd hazard a guess that total failure is something like 33%-40% of all "failures". I guess I've been lucky, then. I've had ~20 drive failures over the years (maybe not *that* lucky) and in every sing...
by Vhalidictes
Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1476
Views: 43113

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I too had all kinds of fun times with house A/C as a child, but that's not the most memorable thing that's happened. I was working on a PC and got a really nasty jolt. It was turned off, and the power supply was disconnected. I was very shaken up and worried that something was really wrong with the ...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 82
Views: 1707

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

Sigh. I shouldn't respond, but WTH. Sure, waco, a few things. 1) I'm specifically talking about the $/GB value of a crap no-RAM-cache TLC drive against 7200RPM HDDs in a RAID 0+1 configuration - keep that in mind for the below. 2) SSDs are tiny and in my experience, never less than 75% full at any g...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020
Replies: 48
Views: 574

Re: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020

Try having to deal with Federal Agency X whose on-line portal, a/k/a the only way ti upload quarterly required data, is still 100% Silverlight. I thought Microsoft killed that a few years ago? Indeed. But government bureaucracy moves very slowly. To be fair to the (government?) programmers, MS didn...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 82
Views: 1707

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

Thanks for the perspective, Glorious. I've been using a tertiary PC recently, put together from what was lying around. Sandy Bridge Celeron, 4GB of slow DDR3, and three crap 3-platter 500GB drives (WDC Blue, I think) in a FakeRAID 0 array. Single partition, OS is Windows 10, performance is shockingl...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020
Replies: 48
Views: 574

Re: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020

At this juncture I think it's safe to say that Adobe's plan for retiring Flash is also dead.
by Vhalidictes
Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 82
Views: 1707

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

EDIT: Now that I'm thinking about it, a 4-drive RAID 0+1 array of new small 7200RPM HDDs (1-2TB each, say) might actually outperform a **** TLC drive in random-access performance. Random? Not a chance. Seek latency completely dominates random performance for HDDs. Sequential performance maybe. In p...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 82
Views: 1707

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

JBI, the good news is that a lot of older MLC drives are still available on the market for essentially the same price as the new crappy RAM-less TLC drives. For as long as that's still the case it's possible to get more for your money. Inherent unsustainability is unhappy-making, though, and it's g...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 82
Views: 1707

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

And even if SSD prices haven't risen in absolute terms, you're typically paying the same price for flash with crappier endurance as the race to the bottom continues. JBI, the good news is that a lot of older MLC drives are still available on the market for essentially the same price as the new crap...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3420
Views: 505324

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

AMD64Blondie wrote:
(Considering it's 82 degrees F outside)- Glen Frey-The Heat is On.


I just put that on even though it's a balmy 98 here. Almost springtime weather!
by Vhalidictes
Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Custom Builders
Replies: 36
Views: 1207

Re: Custom Builders

Because a GTX1080Ti is MASSIVE overkill for 1920x1200 (assuming 60Hz also). A GTX1070 would have been more than enough for $300 less. Well, the good news is that it's cheaper over time to overspec the system a bit and hold onto the parts. The absolute cheapest option is "2nd best" technol...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Ready Player One Trailer is out
Replies: 26
Views: 517

Re: Ready Player One Trailer is out

Hawkwing74 wrote:
I thought the book was average at best. Why on earth would anyone stack trailers in Oklahoma? Have you SEEN Oklahoma? No shortage of space.


No one involved in a Hollywood production has ever been there, I'd bet.
by Vhalidictes
Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 82
Views: 1707

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

Upcoming whm1974 topics: When will augmented reality headsets become mainstream, and exactly how much will it cost? 2048, $200 US. In inflation-adjusted 2017 dollars, or 2048 dollars? 2017 dollars. I'm not that good! EDIT: Would a new post "propose whm1974's next thread title" help by con...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Looking for thunderbolt 3 PCIe chassis
Replies: 8
Views: 292

Re: Looking for thunderbolt 3 PCIe chassis

Does the card function with 4 lanes of throughput? Because that's all that's going to be available for a while yet.
IIRC 8 lanes of 2.0 should effectively be the same thing as 4 lanes of 3.0 in any case.
by Vhalidictes
Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 82
Views: 1707

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

Upcoming whm1974 topics: When will augmented reality headsets become mainstream, and exactly how much will it cost? 2048, $200 US. Will drones soon replace the stork for delivering babies? Never, too much risk of lead poisoning. What's the best color for motherboards? Black, of course. How many wip...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale
Replies: 38
Views: 1791

Re: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale

If the issue is GRUB installation, you might be able to install that system onto another box with the options you need set and move it to the Ryzen system.
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3420
Views: 505324

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Monster Magnet - Gravity Well. Side Note: Later Monster Magnet seems to be straight-up Metal, not very psychedelic at all. Not bad, but also not good. Is there another group out there with a sound vaguely similar to Space Lord / Temple of Your Dreams? My Google-Fu is weak, as is my in-depth knowledg...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 75
Views: 3344

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

whm1974 wrote:
Vhalidictes wrote:
It's a good thing that the forum is text-based so you can easily tell palindromes apart.

Yes it sucks to have hearing loss, plus I'm real bad at spelling.


Ah, sorry to hear that :(
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Dumb idea/thought experiment
Replies: 33
Views: 904

Re: Dumb idea/thought experiment

Nope. The Xbone uses DDR3, I never found out why but I always thought it came down to cost in the end. Different technology, but similar in the bandwidth differences - the PS4 et al has way more. Speaking about motherboard design, if anything it should be a lot simpler because the HBM would be on th...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 75
Views: 3344

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

Shobai wrote:
whm1974 wrote:
Pardon my spelling. Both words sound the same to me.


Ah, that's probably because they're palindromes.


It's a good thing that the forum is text-based so you can easily tell palindromes apart.
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Dumb idea/thought experiment
Replies: 33
Views: 904

Re: Dumb idea/thought experiment

That's a really good idea for a APU that would have unified memory anyways, but the main variable is the cost. I don't know the bulk pricing but DDR4 can only be cheaper, possibly a lot cheaper. EDIT: The PS4 and the Xbone kind of answered this question already, HBM bandwidth would help a lot in som...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 51
Views: 1559

Re: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?

just brew it! wrote:
My pain threshold for re-downloading stuff improved massively when I upgraded from 3 Mb DSL to 105 Mb cable a couple of years ago. :wink:


If I torrented at all I'd have to agree. As it is, I don't, though. Hopefully I'll never need to start.
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale
Replies: 38
Views: 1791

Re: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale

Geez whiz even though I want a cheap six or eight core system, with of these problems Ryzen is having with Linux I think I would stick with Intel if I was building a new rig. Intel may cost an arm and leg but at least Linux is fully supported and just works. I've had more trouble with Intel systems...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 51
Views: 1559

Re: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?

Bauxite, you have a good point. Most of that 3TB I care about is probably replaceable at some level of pain. The issue for me is that my pain threshold for re-downloading (assuming it's all still available) is pretty low.
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great
Replies: 49
Views: 1375

Re: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great

Which is a shame because I think BoTW and Splatoon 2 sound like great games, but I'm not paying $300 (more realistically, closer to $450 with all accessories) for something that's so half-assed right now. Needs a hardware revision with a beefed up chassis, die shrink on the Tegra X1 (maybe even a b...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale
Replies: 38
Views: 1791

Re: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale

Off the top of my head, the only compatibility issues I've had when installing Ubuntu have been related to GPU support (GPU drivers can be a bit of a clusterf*ck on any distro if you get unlucky), and my first attempt at booting from a software RAID volume on an EFI motherboard (a multi-evening adv...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Old lappy upgrade: i5-2520m to i7-2720qm
Replies: 8
Views: 410

Re: Old lappy upgrade: i5-2520m to i7-2720qm

derFunkenstein wrote:
Wow, lots of them available for $50 on eBay. Almost a no-brainer. I have a Latitude E5520 that could benefit from this.

Now all I need is a laptop with a FCBGA1224 or FCPGA988 socket...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 51
Views: 1559

Re: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?

For people using Dropbox or Google Drive I generally create a "Documents" (and Pictures etc) folder in their Dropbox/Drive folder and then make that folder the default save location for its corresponding library. I usually remove all other locations from the Libraries as well but that's o...
by Vhalidictes
Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Upgrade chains
Replies: 12
Views: 612

Re: Upgrade chains

I got a 4K TV because it was a good price and larger than what I had. I've yet to watch any 4K content on it. My ISP is supposedly replacing my 14/1 DSL with 50mb (unspecified upload) fiber O.O So...err...I could. But to me...I'd rather have higher res interactive content than fancier TV/movies. As...
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