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by synthtel2
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 194
Views: 3687

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

BTW, whm1974, I have a Manjaro VM (along with various Fedoras and Ubuntus and others) and to my eyes, it looks a lot like macOS. There are FAR more Manjaro updates to deal with than Windows 10 updates (like, thousands more). There is maybe one minor Win10 update a month, maybe. The UI is coming alo...
by synthtel2
Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 194
Views: 3687

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

Ned can back me up here, but that's not how card data works (anymore). To be PCI compliant, most stuff these days is tokenized and little to no card data is ACTUALLY saved within the system. Data is encrypted in a token that stays in the system for a prespecified amount of time so they can do refun...
by synthtel2
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 194
Views: 3687

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

Quick question: How many of those bitching about Win10 telemetry/privacy use debit cards or NFC phone payment methods out in meatspace? Conversely, how many of you solely use cash? We all shed megabytes of data on a daily basis, 99.999% of which is completely out of our control. One's choice in OS ...
by synthtel2
Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 194
Views: 3687

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

You can avoid 100% of all Windows issues by simply not doing updates. If you're only using it for a Wintendo it doesn't matter anyway. In Pro and Enterprise versions there's a policy called "Configure Automatic Updates" that you can simply set to Disabled. I use Portable Update to install...
by synthtel2
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 194
Views: 3687

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

Speaking of launchers, I bind the most frequently used applications to global hotkeys. WinKey+Alt+W = web browser, WinKey+Alt+F = file manager (just to give a couple of examples). Applications which get used fairly regularly but less frequently (e.g. Audacity, GIMP, K3B...) have launcher buttons on...
by synthtel2
Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 194
Views: 3687

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

But isn't that why Microsoft is actually releasing a tool that will allow you to look at the telemetry that you are sending back to them, since they seem pretty commited to be transparant about the whole thing. In my world, there are much worse things out there to be worried about. And I'm working ...
by synthtel2
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 194
Views: 3687

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

I also configured Ctrl+WinKey+Alt+T to launch a double-width terminal window, since I found myself doing the "launch terminal window, then resize to make it approximately double-width" thing really frequently, There's a good idea I may have to try! For short-lived or launcher terminals, 8...
by synthtel2
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 194
Views: 3687

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

whm1974 wrote:
So Metro is still part of Windows 10????

Yes, but it isn't nearly as bad as in Win 8.0. At this point it's mostly just a bit of benign multiple-personality UI, which you're probably already used to as a Linux user. The store and other aspects like that are mostly avoidable.
by synthtel2
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 194
Views: 3687

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

I'm in the same situation, using Arch for almost everything but needing Windows around for work (and being able to run a few games that won't on Linux or via Wine is nice, but with Wine 3 supporting DX10/11, I'd probably ditch Windows entirely again if not for work). With 1709, it's gotten to being ...
by synthtel2
Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 64
Views: 2020

Re: Average fuel consumption

Interesting comment but complete crap. The throttle exists to make fuel-to-air ratio combustible in petrol engines, which is in a fairly narrow range compared to diesels. My car has an electronic throttle and I know it quite well as I pull it apart and service it with love and care and sweet tender...
by synthtel2
Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 87
Views: 2632

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

I really don't think you know what you are talking about. It certainly isn't impossible to get that kind of precision out of a big turbo engine, it's just a lot tougher and likely runs the price even further up. That's why I said "almost". As a feat of engineering, it's cool to see that M...
by synthtel2
Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 87
Views: 2632

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. For something RWD at the kind of perfo...
by synthtel2
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 75
Views: 2327

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

Captain Ned wrote:
Wake me up when BT becomes a lossless codec.

^ That. ^

In the meantime, 3.5mm works as well as ever, and plenty of headphones using it will continue to be sold indefinitely. The headphone market for 2018 is only a hot mess if you bought a device that makes it one.
by synthtel2
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 87
Views: 2632

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

It's a cool engine, sure, but raw performance isn't everything. How much does it cost? What's its life expectancy? How much fuel does it burn? How many opportunities do you get to properly use its abilities? If you ask me, the most impressive piece of engineering on display in that video isn't the e...
by synthtel2
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 64
Views: 2020

Re: Average fuel consumption

Some TBWs get it down to where it doesn't feel obviously wrong, but IME it's still around the bad end of mechanical throttles (with oversized intake manifolds, that kind of thing). At the good end of TBWs, I can see it being personal preference though; between a non-eccentric mechanical throttle, sm...
by synthtel2
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 64
Views: 2020

Re: Average fuel consumption

Interesting comment but complete crap. The throttle exists to make fuel-to-air ratio combustible in petrol engines, which is in a fairly narrow range compared to diesels. My car has an electronic throttle and I know it quite well as I pull it apart and service it with love and care and sweet tender...
by synthtel2
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 87
Views: 2632

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

Last time I really had fun driving, it was this 142-horse EJ223 in a 2800-pound car, the engine isn't in top shape and is definitely not actually capable of 142, and I still hardly went over 4000 RPM. (Gravel helps. 8)) NA low-end exists, but generally doesn't end up being as nice (IMHO) as the equi...
by synthtel2
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 87
Views: 2632

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

It's much more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow, but small turbos are still great, because who wants to have to go to redline for power when it could be available much more responsively at half that? If I ever get around to doing anything custom with a turbo, it'll be the smallest t...
by synthtel2
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 64
Views: 2020

Re: Average fuel consumption

In defense of semi-binary throttle use ( not power use), my car's BSFC map looks like this , and it isn't too far out of the ordinary . This means that as long as I'm shifting soon enough (2500-3000) and not putting energy into the car that'll just have to be bled off in the brakes again momentarily...
by synthtel2
Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices
Replies: 49
Views: 2420

Re: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices

Some random two-year price histories: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/jjZ2FT/corsair-vengeance-lpx-16gb-2-x-8gb-ddr4-3200-memory-cmk16gx4m2b3200c16w?history_days=730 https://pcpartpicker.com/product/cWH48d/gskill-trident-z-16gb-2-x-8gb-ddr4-3200-memory-f4-3200c16d-16gtzsw?history_days=730 https://p...
by synthtel2
Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen's Standings Jan 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 982

Re: Ryzen's Standings Jan 2018

R7 1700 user here. Were this rig to disappear, I'd use the same CPU in it's replacement. Perf/$ seems evenly enough matched between vendors in the $150~300 ballpark, with as-usual Intel having the single-threaded edge and AMD having the multi-threaded edge. Increasingly little software seems to be t...
by synthtel2
Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: What happened to my overclock?
Replies: 36
Views: 3148

Re: What happened to my overclock?

IME, P95/Linpack/[whatever] are all going to be within 20mV of each other, and which one's in front is down to the CPU uarch and luck (but P95 seems to be one of the most consistently stressful ones). Most of the time (when you want to leave a decent margin anyway and aren't pushing ludicrous voltag...
by synthtel2
Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:14 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: "Will it run Crysis," 10-year anniversary edition
Replies: 24
Views: 1938

Re: "Will it run Crysis," 10-year anniversary edition

My R7 1700 and GTX 960 (on Win10 for this) at 1440p high/2xAA can't quite manage 60, and suffers momentary drops to sub-15 when particle effects get heavy. Haven't seen how much of a boost dropping to 1080p is worth, but I wouldn't be surprised if there's some non-linear scaling in there. Very high ...
by synthtel2
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: What happened to my overclock?
Replies: 36
Views: 3148

Re: What happened to my overclock?

And yeah, 1.165v was right at the edge. It never was able to do 4.4GHz at only 1.160v. That's probably not worth worrying over, then. Even if it accelerates and degrades that much every 6 months, it'll still have many years of useful life left in it (and the real degradation could have been only 1-...
by synthtel2
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: What happened to my overclock?
Replies: 36
Views: 3148

Re: What happened to my overclock?

All five of my last five desktop CPUs have had issues (some minor) of one sort or another (voltages stock/stock/stock/1.27/1.33). I'm not exactly a strong believer in CPU reliability. Two of those (the 1.27 and 1.33, both Haswell on the same mobo) degraded to paperweight status from their OCs, despi...
by synthtel2
Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Gaming keyboard and mouse
Replies: 24
Views: 1609

Re: Gaming keyboard and mouse

Light or heavy mice, with what kind of target sensitivity? 8 cm/360 and 90 grams will probably feel pretty weird, as will 30 cm/360 and 140 grams. Zowie, Mionix, Roccat, and Logitech would be my top brand picks (in approximately that order), but they're not the cheapest bunch. Logi is mainly up ther...
by synthtel2
Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.
Replies: 196
Views: 8996

Re: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.

The coffee and cocoa should cover the caffeine though. No idea what ingredients might be responsible, but PepsiCo sodas and especially Mountain Dew affect me much more than can be explained by the caffeine content. Caffeine in other forms (even other sodas) hardly does anything to me, but a 20oz Dew...
by synthtel2
Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Nixeus EDG 27 thoughts
Replies: 9
Views: 6876

Re: Nixeus EDG 27 thoughts

It's more that it doesn't stand out in either direction. It's clearly got what's needed for stability and reliability, but it's a few steps behind that on items less functionally critical. Apple would be ashamed to release this, but nobody else should be, especially given the price. My other monitor...
by synthtel2
Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Nixeus EDG 27 thoughts
Replies: 9
Views: 6876

Re: Nixeus EDG 27 thoughts

The physical construction doesn't give an especially premium impression, but mine doesn't have any of the issues you described or anything else I could name as particularly wrong in that area. Premium feel could be improved by making the bezel a bit sturdier and buttons less mushy, but those are bot...
by synthtel2
Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PC Specs and Features
Replies: 42
Views: 4410

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

I would still be buying ID games if they were still porting them to Linux, but sadly they quit doing that a long time ago. Id's recent games work well in Wine when not DRMed, and AFAICT Id doesn't keep heavy DRM applied for very long after a game's release. Well it's not so much a political stateme...
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