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by Vhalidictes
Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an E®A
Replies: 24
Views: 844

Re: End of an E®A

It really surprised me that parts distributors like Digi-Key and Mouser continued sending out massive print catalogs to all of their customers until fairly recently. Why would you want to flip through a 2000+ page print catalog with tiny print and limited data when you can use the search function o...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: CUI (Clicking Under the Influence)
Replies: 16
Views: 401

Re: CUI (Clicking Under the Influence)

Steam Sales are going to catch a lot of Influenced people soon, I imagine.
by Vhalidictes
Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any Spam eaters here(Yes the canned meat product)?
Replies: 134
Views: 1159

Re: Any Spam eaters here(Yes the canned meat product)?

If it's all artificial anyway, why would people object based on what kind of meat it is meant to resemble? Well maybe, but I'm thinking that devout Hindus, Muslims, and Jews at least would still have issues eating beef and pork even if is cultured in a vat. Could also go the other way. "Hey, n...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Persistent remote desktop session
Replies: 3
Views: 213

Re: Persistent remote desktop session

You could also configure the server to contain the Remote Desktop "role" (in other words, install the RDP service service), but MS is pretty schizophrenic about whether that's an additional cost or not - I don't know how the licensing works this month.
by Vhalidictes
Wed Jun 21, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1321
Views: 38374

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Heiwashin wrote:
Indian food + driving = mistake

I think I got a few laughs out of the restroom with that outstanding display of intestinal fervor.


Was it worse or better than mexican-with-lot-of-caffeine?
by Vhalidictes
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: The Buffalo Herd Rides Today
Replies: 7
Views: 497

Re: The Buffalo Herd Rides Today

Krogoth wrote:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ4T9CQA0UM

That was... Epyc.
by Vhalidictes
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 577
Views: 68635

Re: What are you playing right now?

I am getting increasingly frustrated at the number of times I have to revert to a previous save because something went wrong and I lost multiple troops (once they're dead, you can't use them any more, for the rest of the game). Seems like much of that hassle would go away if they would've just allo...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 577
Views: 68635

Re: What are you playing right now?

Anyone try Tyranny yet? It seems it's an RPG where the big bad guy took over the world. I got it on Steam Sale but have not tried yet. Tyranny looks awesome. I haven't gotten it because a friend owns it, and he said it was all of 30 hours long. I'm not expecting every game to be Skyrim, but that se...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Selecting my next Internals
Replies: 14
Views: 437

Re: Selecting my next Internals

Juzz86, I agree with everyone else - go big or go 1151. In either case, you should consider that Intel tends to switch sockets on a regular basis, and a meaningful upgrade might not end up available for the board you purchase. I'd recommend that CPU and motherboard form a lifetime partnership. With ...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Outlook 2010, search doesn't work since last week.
Replies: 6
Views: 340

Re: Outlook 2010, search doesn't work since last week.

I ran into this on my work PC. Turns out that Outlook 2010 uses Desktop Search to perform that function! Double check your Search process and settings, and see if that helps. Right click the drive Outlook is installed on (likely C:), Properties, General tab, and make sure "Allow Files on this d...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh
Replies: 17
Views: 919

Re: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh

the wrote:
Raven Ridge will offer a CPU+GPU combo in AM4 packaging. It is due later this year.


I know that APUs are and will continue to be a thing, it's just that having the GPU in its own socket would help with power delivery and heat dissipation, and possibly PCIe lane tracing as well.
by Vhalidictes
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:43 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 89
Views: 3001

Re: How about an Rx 480... for $640

If some buffoon wants to pay me $600 for my RX480 I'm more than willing to give up gaming for the rest of the year until prices come back down and I can buy an RX Vega. I just need a 560 but prices for that card are in the higher range as well. I may end up getting a non-Ti 1050, which is low-power...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 89
Views: 3001

Re: How about an Rx 480... for $640

A week or so ago, I bought a 1060 6.8" EVGA for $226 after rebate on Newegg and was thinking of ordering a 2nd, but then the run on Nvidia cards began... I was even going to go up to a 1070, but couldn't find them on Newegg or Amazon without markup... guess where i DID find a decently priced 1...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 89
Views: 3001

Re: How about an Rx 480... for $640

The problem at this point is the miners are moving to Nvidia cards Mostly just the 1070 (for now). 1070 is almost out of stock everywhere and the prices are nearly as much as a 1080, so you might as well go for a 1080 and get Destiny 2 for free. Apparently the 1080 isn't as attractive for mining du...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: The Buffalo Herd Rides Today
Replies: 7
Views: 497

Re: The Buffalo Herd Rides Today

Thanks for the link! I like Buffalo almost as much as I like Pie, although I believe that (spontaneous) Barbeque posts are probably more appropriate than either here at TR.
by Vhalidictes
Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 89
Views: 3001

Re: How about an Rx 480... for $640

Congrats southrncomfortjm. I'd encourage anyone else with a 480 to do the same. Let the miners take all the risk and deal with all the nonsense. You just put the cash in your pocket. Coin mining definitely pays... although it's not the miners that get the money. This reminds me of mining boomtowns ...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh
Replies: 17
Views: 919

Re: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh

I wonder if the interposer used in HBM can be used to provide mesh or infinity link between modules in a package. Yes. Raja of AMD has dropped hints that that is the direction he's going for GPUs. Same principles for scaling the number of CPUs cores in a design. Intel also has their EMIB technology...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1321
Views: 38374

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Redocbew wrote:
Yesterday I did nothing but eat pie and play video games. I feel strangely proud of this accomplishment.


In my case it was (finally) finishing Fallout 4 and mini-chocolate-muffins. Still not sure how that much peace was accomplished, but it was a good day.
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 89
Views: 3001

Re: How about an Rx 480... for $640

Well, the mining applications are simply using the GPU compute capabilities. In order to make them less attractive to cryptocurrency miners they would need to cripple the GPU compute capabilities somehow, which I imagine they're rather reluctant to do since it would impact other uses of GPU compute...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh
Replies: 17
Views: 919

Re: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh

UberGerbil wrote:
If Intel puts four CPUs on a ring, and then weaves the rings together in a mesh... would the result be chainmail? ;)

Only if you're using the International pattern (European 1-into-4 if you want to get technical).
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1321
Views: 38374

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Glorious wrote:
Home delivery of groceries.


... but only if you're a Prime member.
by Vhalidictes
Thu Jun 15, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*
Replies: 71
Views: 2363

Re: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*

TLDR: I don't understand how new (mostly planar TLC!) drives sell at all when there are both good easily available alternatives and older versions both competing with the new crap. I don't mind crap TLC drives if the price is right, but it sure as hell isn't. Yeah, the prices are higher than older ...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?
Replies: 43
Views: 2067

Re: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?

You just setup a simple firewall rule that says connections must be initiated from the LAN port, only related packets are allowed back in on the WAN port. No need for DMZ or anything silly like that. I guess that modern OSs are secure enough that this might work for a self-installed FW. Of course, ...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?
Replies: 43
Views: 2067

Re: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?

I suspect most people will probably still be behind a NAT. You *can* do universal addressing, but why not just have the router have the IPv6 address and NAT it to actually readable IPv4 addresses. Although one cool thing you could do would be selective pass through of IPv6 which would help people w...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP: Gregg Allman
Replies: 13
Views: 792

Re: RIP: Gregg Allman

I'm kinda bemused at all these threads that pop up when another old famous person dies; did we really think they'd live forever? Is it just that our own mortality is thrown into stark contrast? Fair enough to remember them, their legacy, etc, but why the shock? Am genuinely curious. There was a lar...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 89
Views: 3001

Re: How about an Rx 480... for $640

The really strange part is that 470's aren't available either, and while they play games almost as well as a 480, you'd think they would be sub-optimal for coin mining.

Wait a minute... Can you Crossfire 460's/560's? IIRC those are still available...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?
Replies: 43
Views: 2067

Re: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?

Sorry for not using the exactly correct word (I should have said pass instead of route). :P I understand how MACs work, but not many consumers really care how switching/routing is done, only what the effects are locally and how it affects them. For 99.99999% of consumer home networks, there's a sub...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 94
Views: 2465

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

Ah, I get it. You're against citizen income taxation in a general sense but since it's a thing the altcoin crowd should suffer as well follow the same laws as everyone else.
by Vhalidictes
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 94
Views: 2465

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

and you're willing to risk shortening the life of your video card due to additional wear and tear Is there any evidence that "mining" physically damages the video card? I agree it would make sense, but I'm wondering if there's any actual evidence. I've heard reports that AMD cards that we...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 94
Views: 2465

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

Why? Because these clowns DON'T pay their taxes, and while slow, the US government is inexorable. Sure, blah blah blah BLOCKCHAIN, but while no one is even pretending to seriously advocate bitcoin acceptance anymore, the exchanges remain the obvious problem that I have been pointing out since the b...
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