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by NewfieBullet
Thu May 11, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Post your invention for the TR Napkin Sketch Contest thread
Replies: 32
Views: 6386

Re: Post your invention for the TR Napkin Sketch Contest thread

http://imgur.com/bacphlD.jpg Have you ever accidentally left your phone in a jacket or pants pocket and then washed it? This device is powered by a raspberry pi and detects any phone within a radius of a few meters and sounds an alarm. Never wash your phone again. BTW I might know someone who did t...
by NewfieBullet
Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:43 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Linux opening cans of worms questions...
Replies: 60
Views: 4519

Re: Linux opening cans of worms questions...

Surely you jest, ED is the standard text editor. There is no other. Surely you jest, I have not seen anyone choose a line editor over a screen based text editor where both are available (which is just about always assuming you haven't broken terminal emulation / capabilities reporting / database) i...
by NewfieBullet
Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:56 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Linux opening cans of worms questions...
Replies: 60
Views: 4519

Re: Linux opening cans of worms questions...

Captain Ned wrote:
NewfieBullet wrote:
Surely you jest, ED is the standard text editor. There is no other.

Oh dear. Heavy theology ahead.


Are you saying that ED is not the STANDARD? All other text editors pale in comparison to the MIGHTY ED.
by NewfieBullet
Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:56 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Linux opening cans of worms questions...
Replies: 60
Views: 4519

Re: Linux opening cans of worms questions...

DrDominodog51 wrote:
4. Which package management program is the best?
5. What shell is the best?
6. Which init system is the best?

Edit: #3 clearly is emacs. I'm not sure why that's even a question. 8)


Surely you jest, ED is the standard text editor. There is no other.
by NewfieBullet
Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:58 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Haiku contest entry thread
Replies: 365
Views: 20098

Re: Haiku contest entry thread

New fast components
What would I become with these?
My PC daydreams
by NewfieBullet
Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:16 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Is nVidia 3D vision dying?
Replies: 11
Views: 4040

Re: Is nVidia 3D vision dying?

Is nVidia 3D vision dying? Was it ever alive? Home 3D never caught on. Even 3D cinema has had moderate succes. G-sync on the other hand will be huge. G-sync with die for the same reason 3D vision died - minor gain for most people, Nvidia only, and it requires a new more expensive monitor. Don't get...
by NewfieBullet
Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Enter TR's Dear Diary contest here
Replies: 264
Views: 47652

Re: Enter TR's Dear Diary contest here

Mar 27, 1996 Today is the day that we show what we're made of. Check out the 5 integer pipes and out-of-order execution baby. I bet that Pentium guy is feeling a little inadequate now. June 22 1996 What the heck is this talk about a quake that Pentium is faster at. Do we have to increase the clock s...
by NewfieBullet
Sat May 19, 2012 3:02 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Memtest86 4.0 and 4.20 - Fuzzy screen after ~1.5hr test
Replies: 14
Views: 4925

Re: Memtest86 4.0 and 4.20 - Fuzzy screen after ~1.5hr test

I had done a run at stock 3.3Ghz and it was stable for 24 hours. When I tested 4.4Ghz down thru 4.2Ghz it began to get weird up to ~20 hours into the memtest run. :-? It would seem that I should want to run it for >2 days to ensure any kind of statistical confidence but I don't really have time to ...
by NewfieBullet
Sat May 19, 2012 8:54 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Memtest86 4.0 and 4.20 - Fuzzy screen after ~1.5hr test
Replies: 14
Views: 4925

Re: Memtest86 4.0 and 4.20 - Fuzzy screen after ~1.5hr test

I'll be running memtest again now that I've got a proper GPU installed in the box. Hopefully the issue goes away. I've been able to play plenty of games just fine on the machine: I don't think the PSU is the culprit here since it has no problems handling a much higher power load. I very much doubt ...
by NewfieBullet
Thu Jun 09, 2011 6:06 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Thinking about maybe some quieter fans
Replies: 18
Views: 2704

Re: Thinking about maybe some quieter fans

The best place I've found to research quieter computer components including fans is http://www.silentpcreview.com

Be warned that silence becomes an obsession for some.
by NewfieBullet
Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:16 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Fermi Demand outstips Supply - Update
Replies: 73
Views: 4320

Re: Fermi Demand outstips Supply - Update

Brian_S wrote:
Will NVIDIA's decision to try to make CPUs obsolete pay off?


If that is Nvidia's strategy they are doomed to failure. GPUs are good at a very small set of problems; they will never make CPUs obsolete.
by NewfieBullet
Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:07 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GF104 Could bring redemption
Replies: 68
Views: 4107

Re: GF104 Could bring redemption

Whenever I hear about NV vs ATI folding and the issue of optimizations come up I always think about this: http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2008/september10/building-091008.html Conspiracy? Heck no! It's out in the open bribery :D Do you seriously think that this donation was in any way tied to...
by NewfieBullet
Tue Apr 13, 2010 4:28 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GF104 Could bring redemption
Replies: 68
Views: 4107

Re: GF104 Could bring redemption

Whenever I hear about NV vs ATI folding and the issue of optimizations come up I always think about this: http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2008/september10/building-091008.html Conspiracy? Heck no! It's out in the open bribery :D Do you seriously think that this donation was in any way tied to...
by NewfieBullet
Mon Apr 12, 2010 8:14 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GF104 Could bring redemption
Replies: 68
Views: 4107

Re: GF104 Could bring redemption

ATI's folding performance is from poorly optimized hardware more than it is from poorly optimized code. Grossly incorrect. As far as I understand, the goddamn stupid program has been locked to using 320 "ATI shaders" ever since the HD 2000 days, and saw virtually no improvement since. Wit...
by NewfieBullet
Mon Apr 12, 2010 8:05 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GF104 Could bring redemption
Replies: 68
Views: 4107

Re: GF104 Could bring redemption

The situation could easily have been reversed though. If TSMC's process had been a little better yielding and a little less power hungry, maybe we'd now be talking about how nVidia gambled with an aggressive design and came out on top, while AMD played it safe and left too much performance on the t...
by NewfieBullet
Mon Apr 12, 2010 7:55 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GF104 Could bring redemption
Replies: 68
Views: 4107

Re: GF104 Could bring redemption

Brian_S, even ATI would lose money if they had to sell a Cypress-sized chip (which a 256-shader GF104 would be) at Juniper price points. They'll have to price it there though because that's where its performance would be. They didn't plan to lose money, so they'll do exactly what they did with the ...
by NewfieBullet
Sun Apr 11, 2010 11:16 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GF104 Could bring redemption
Replies: 68
Views: 4107

Re: GF104 Could bring redemption

It was more TSMC's engineering than it was Nvidia's engineering, unless you consider the GF100's memory controller which was entirely Nvidia's fault. I'm sure Nvidia would like to blame TSMC for their problems with Fermi but AMD used exactly the same process and did not have as much problem as Nvid...
by NewfieBullet
Wed Apr 07, 2010 5:56 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Problem with new EVGA GTS250
Replies: 8
Views: 1371

Re: Problem with new EVGA GTS250

The Corsair 450VX definitely should be sufficient for that system but do you have another power supply to try? You should also double check that you are using the correct PCI Express slot, the card is seated correctly and that the paddle card used to enable SLI is installed correctly for a single vi...
by NewfieBullet
Sun Apr 04, 2010 9:21 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: XFX: no GTX 480 / 470
Replies: 35
Views: 3043

Re: XFX: no GTX 480 / 470

I wonder what kind of monster PSU you'd need to run 3 480's in SLI. This should do. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256054 That should not be necessary. Assuming that the AC power draw for the card is 300 Watts, the DC draw should be 240 Watts. PSUs are measured in DC power...
by NewfieBullet
Sat Apr 03, 2010 8:37 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX 480 reviewed, thoroughly benchmarked
Replies: 350
Views: 14818

Re: GTX 480 reviewed, thoroughly benchmarked

Well Brian will be delighted to hear that I am buying a GTX 480 here in Europe as soon as it comes out. Probably Zotac or EVGA. BUT... I am NOT buying it for gaming although it is a beast! My 5870 is still dear to me and will remain in my main rig. The GTX 480 will have to suffer the shame of being...
by NewfieBullet
Sat Apr 03, 2010 8:25 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX 480 reviewed, thoroughly benchmarked
Replies: 350
Views: 14818

Re: GTX 480 reviewed, thoroughly benchmarked

I agree the power/heat/noise of the 5970 are not a consideration to me, and that the 5970 is overall the fastest card out there. Whether it's "best" is debatable. It has no GPU accelerated physics games, and the future for them looks bleak. (Intel and NVIDIA won't be helping them) It has ...
by NewfieBullet
Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:06 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX 480 reviewed, thoroughly benchmarked
Replies: 350
Views: 14818

Re: GTX 480 reviewed, thoroughly benchmarked

They are actually sending me a GTX295 to replace my GTX285 as they didn't have my overclocked version of their 285 (the AMP! version) in stock. Now THATS customer service! Very nice case by the way...its one of the best on the market. Yeah, and it's even MORE impressive as the card I originally pur...
by NewfieBullet
Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:37 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX 480 reviewed, thoroughly benchmarked
Replies: 350
Views: 14818

Re: GTX 480 reviewed, thoroughly benchmarked

It's good to see you agree that GTX 480 is the queen of HD 5970. :lol: You're really trying to make a joke, twice, that a video card is a girl? :oops: My point stands- according to you, no one will buy or desire a 5970 because it shares similar power/heat/noise characteristics to a GTX480. I have a...
by NewfieBullet
Tue Mar 30, 2010 2:05 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Is there a future for Nvidia?
Replies: 122
Views: 4742

Re: Is there a future for Nvidia?

I wouldn't say it's "sad", there's no real detriment to the people who buy in this way. Now if Fermi rendered in B&W only, I'd be right there with you. That's not the case though. If every person on the planet bought a GTX480 instead of a 5870 because they thought the naked woman ridi...
by NewfieBullet
Tue Mar 30, 2010 5:33 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX 480 reviewed, thoroughly benchmarked
Replies: 350
Views: 14818

Re: GTX 480 reviewed, thoroughly benchmarked

GT200 was never scaled down, the lowest it went was the GTX260-192. Surely the 300 series is based more on GT200 than G9x. There are 200 series models with it too I believe. Confusing. But they are in a lot of notebooks now. I imagine they will be NV's primary notebook chips for most of this year i...
by NewfieBullet
Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:02 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Is there a future for Nvidia?
Replies: 122
Views: 4742

Re: Is there a future for Nvidia?

While I agree that a die shrink would definitely help, I also agree that AMD isn't standing still- Nvidia has to catch up, period. Further, the GT200 was larger than RV770, and on most accounts did the same amount of work (GTX260 to 4870), while drawing the same amount of power and producing the sa...
by NewfieBullet
Mon Mar 29, 2010 5:46 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Is there a future for Nvidia?
Replies: 122
Views: 4742

Re: Is there a future for Nvidia?

The 5870 is a pretty fantastic card. It's basically an OK card now. It offers 85-90% of the single GPU performance available, about 10% of the extra features, and is uses less power. For people that don't care about the power aspects, it's pretty barebones. I expect price drops on 5870s. You're rig...
by NewfieBullet
Mon Mar 29, 2010 5:39 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Is there a future for Nvidia?
Replies: 122
Views: 4742

Re: Is there a future for Nvidia?

I think those heat and noise problems are a consequence of TSMC's 40nm process not being what it should have been. Nvidia's chip designers likely did not anticipate that and the equation P = V^2/R, where P = Power, V = Voltage and R = resistance, likely combined with that to make Fermi use signific...
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