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by Vhalidictes
Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2195
Views: 71610

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

A silly edu-vid about the electromagnetic spectrum from NASA. I'm not posting this for the content, but the players. Gamers will remember the female voice, while older sci-fi buffs will have a visceral reaction to the guy in this vid. https://youtu.be/OYK7G6r0Pec Is that actually supposed to be nig...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: What happened to my overclock?
Replies: 22
Views: 748

Re: What happened to my overclock?

... I can't imagine that most 14nm processors would last longer than 2 years even at reasonable voltages. This makes no sense. I don't know what are "reasonable voltages" in your mind, but if 2 years were an expected lifetime from "reasonable voltages" Intel would be replacing d...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 23
Views: 803

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

Fun fact, if you try to log in to Windows 10 for the first time with a Microsoft account and it fails to authenticate, you can find yourself with a freshly rebooted laptop and no users at all.

Software Testing, we've heard of it.
by Vhalidictes
Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME!
Replies: 97
Views: 6207

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

I'm kind of glad for the milking. So far the side story movies are shaping up to be better than the Skywalker Family Drama in any case.
by Vhalidictes
Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Let's party like it's 1999 and look at single-threaded x87 FPU performance
Replies: 49
Views: 3358

Re: Let's party like it's 1999 and look at single-threaded x87 FPU performance

MileageMayVary wrote:
AMD E350 (Bobcat) 1.6GHz

Average for 5 runs: 49 seconds.


Yikes, less than 50% slower than Piledriver. I finally had to give up my E-350 netbook because of no new video drivers, of all things. :/
by Vhalidictes
Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: What happened to my overclock?
Replies: 22
Views: 748

Re: What happened to my overclock?

My Kentsfield is invincible, lol! Not gonna make the same claim about Sandy Bridge, but I do have an i7-3820 that's been doing 4.5GHz 24/7 since the day it was built in 2012. Old process tech ftw. JJ, how did you manage that? I have the same CPU, and as best I can tell it's not overclockable? It's ...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: File system stops responding in new build - SOLVED
Replies: 15
Views: 643

Re: File system stops responding in new build

I'd recommend simply deleting the files/folders for the problem apps from Safe Mode, they can't load if they aren't there.

Taking a step back, a clean Windows install is likely the best long-term solution. Just make sure to save everything in the %system%\User folder tree in multiple places first.
by Vhalidictes
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PC Specs and Features
Replies: 42
Views: 3307

Re: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PC Specs and Features

I guess the point I'm trying to make is that 300$ in the right place, at the right time, can avoid 3 or even 4 100-150$ "make do" replacements. I'm not trying to single anyone out, it just seems that a significant minority of people could use some coaching in not just WHAT to buy, but WHE...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: What happened to my overclock?
Replies: 22
Views: 748

Re: What happened to my overclock?

Yeah, it's almost a good thing that Intel got rid of base-clock OC'ing, I can't imagine that most 14nm processors would last longer than 2 years even at reasonable voltages. Of course, newer processors don't really see the kind of MHz boosts that older ones did either, 30-40% for a 900-series has tu...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: MCU
Replies: 44
Views: 4504

Re: MCU

Speculation is that that they wouldnt put any money into it moving forward with their own branded service. I am ok with this. I have given HULU way too many tries but It's terrible to me when compared to Netflix. (the commercials are terrible) Wait, what!? The paid version of Hulu has commercials? ...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: MCU
Replies: 44
Views: 4504

Re: MCU

After weeks of teasing the public with reports of false starts and stops, Disney and Fox have settled on a massive $52 billion deal in which all of 21st Century’s film rights are being sold to the House of Mouse. The real question is whether they would roll Xmen into MCU. I cannot see them doing it...
by Vhalidictes
Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME!
Replies: 97
Views: 6207

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

Ugh. So if I understand this, Krogoth, they do the right thing the wrong way for the wrong reasons. Joy?
by Vhalidictes
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: LotR TV show on Amazon
Replies: 6
Views: 264

Re: LotR TV show on Amazon

Wait, a licensed LotR show not based on the books? Jeez, fanfiction has gone really mainstream.
by Vhalidictes
Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: What happened to my overclock?
Replies: 22
Views: 748

Re: What happened to my overclock?

Yes, I had a very minor overvolt for my i7-920, but that didn't help in the end. After 5 years at 3.0GHz, I was losing about 100MHz a month every month. I eventually retired the CPU and switched over to another 920 for about a year, after which it showed the same problem, even though that CPU hadn't...
by Vhalidictes
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Ordering from Lenovo: Do you feel lucky, Punk?
Replies: 1
Views: 103

Re: Ordering from Lenovo: Do you feel lucky, Punk?

I like Lenovo gear as a rule, but I never buy from them. Amazon and NewEgg seem to get a lot of stock, I'd imagine that anything you'd want to order you could replicate with one of the third-party models and a cheap SSD.
by Vhalidictes
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Basting meat with molasses in slow cooker?
Replies: 15
Views: 289

Re: Basting meat with molasses in slow cooker?

whm1974, blackstrap doesn't taste the same as regular molasses, and not all brands (or batches) are alike since it's essentially the barrel scrapings from making the regular stuff.

I'd definitely taste whatever you buy before you cook with it.
by Vhalidictes
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Is Flips Audio going out of business?
Replies: 36
Views: 741

Re: Is Flips Audio going out of business?

"Audiophile" is not the same thing as "someone looking for decent sound". Once you factor in the budget constraints experienced by mere mortals, and the "audiophilia nervosa" mindset, the two concepts can even become nearly orthogonal. Since I have hearing loss and liv...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 131
Views: 4743

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Mr. Bill, just as a Devil's Advocate, at the current values in other currencies, BitCoin could be used for bulk/large payments only and the transaction cost wouldn't be so bad in that case. EDIT: Mudcore, sorry about that, I get you. Yes, BitCoin is here to stay, although I'm sure the eventual value...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 131
Views: 4743

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Mudcore, here's why Bitcoins are in a bubble currently: there are too many buyers. We know this is true because of the price increases. For every buyer there must be a seller; BitCoin is designed to be un-minable eventually, the whole point of the virtual currency is supply exhaustion. What happens ...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2195
Views: 71610

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I got flagged for an everyday routine purchase of about a dollar that I do at the gas station like right next to my house just last week. I can't figure that one either: +The small amount might be a trial charge +They are still swiping the cards (no-chip) -Utterly routine -Huge chain -No online com...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 141
Views: 10613

Re: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?

In the interests of random posting here about sports (which I haven't followed in years), I've recently begun to watch the Vegas Golden Knights.

For a Ice Hockey brand-new expansion team based in one of the hottest cities in the country, there sure are doing well!
by Vhalidictes
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Is Flips Audio going out of business?
Replies: 36
Views: 741

Re: Is Flips Audio going out of business?

I'll stick with my Oppo PM3s just the same. Planar-magnetic and closed-back, so both high quality and office-friendly. Travel duties belong to the Shure SE530s. Cap'n, I have some Sennheiser HD650's myself. My post was in reference to just buying something bad-sounding because it was cheap - there'...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Is Flips Audio going out of business?
Replies: 36
Views: 741

Re: Is Flips Audio going out of business?

Audiophiles... I guess you have $1000 headphones and speakers don't you? You can get some pretty nice sounding headphones for under $100. And based on the reviews I'm seeing, Flips don't qualify. JBI (and everyone else) Superlux HD668B are audiophile-grade headsets, and you can get them online for ...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Can we talk about Doki Doki Literature Club?
Replies: 31
Views: 745

Re: Can we talk about Doki Doki Literature Club?

It's... different. Not the kind of game I've ever played before.

I'm thinking of going back and replaying it to see how many branches there actually are...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: What's causing this odd behavior?
Replies: 10
Views: 325

Re: What's causing this odd behavior?

The only time I've seen this is when the game's full-screen resolution doesn't match the desktop resolution. Then again, most of my video cards have been AMD, so I'd expect that kind of thing sometimes. No ideas why it's happening on a 1080.
by Vhalidictes
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 141
Views: 10613

Re: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?

I would guess the OP has his answer by now, but in case not: There is obviously quite a lot of crossover between tech and sports--the wealth of sports games and simulations (and the use of the latter in the real world of sport) is a clear testament to that. Then too is the fact that many sports-min...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Cisco ASA keeps killing my SSH connections
Replies: 41
Views: 4607

Re: Cisco ASA keeps killing my SSH connections

Dark Mage, I have to ask, are these running new versions of the ASA IOS? Define "new". I think the version is mentioned in here, somewhere towards the beginning. It's not the absolute latest, but it's pretty close. These firewalls are less than a year old. Edited to add: Found it. Version...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 141
Views: 10613

Re: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?

whm1974 wrote:
Yes I know I need to get out more.

The good news in our case is that our next high school reunion is only four years away. (I'm thinking of skipping it)
by Vhalidictes
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Displayport cable
Replies: 39
Views: 1194

Re: Displayport cable

Yeah I bought the Amazon Basics DP 1.2 cable about a week ago :P. It's still not here, supposed to arrive later today. Monster Cable makes some that were bathed in the blood of goats or something. I forget the exact ritual, but I do recall that they are directional - don't get the source and destin...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 141
Views: 10613

Re: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?

While you're posting, whm1974, you should probably make another one in the back porch. Something along the lines of "Nerd Don't Drink Alcohol, so JBI = ???". I mean if you're going to stereotype you may as well go all-in. Have you been to college or work in tech? Yes and Yes, I was talkin...
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