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by meerkt
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Sick screens and sick screen handling
Replies: 63
Views: 3025

Re: Sick screens and sick screen handling

Waco wrote:
the slight change in darkness is not meant to make them hard to read.

I don't know about Win10, but there's a bad example of greys in Win8. The greys for scrollbar background and non-hilited thumb are 240 and 205.
Quite bad, especially on TN.
by meerkt
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Sick screens and sick screen handling
Replies: 63
Views: 3025

Re: Sick screens and sick screen handling

It's stupid trends, which unfortunately tend to spread and stick. On the web you can use custom CSS to override colors. In the forum here you can choose a blue theme in the settings, which is easier on the eyes. In Windows, see if these help: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/13862/windows-10...
by meerkt
Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imdb's baffling decisions
Replies: 35
Views: 4609

Re: Imdb's baffling decisions

A partial alternative to BoxOfficeMojo:
https://www.the-numbers.com/
by meerkt
Sat Oct 26, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Is WDIDLE non-destructive?
Replies: 3
Views: 4727

Re: Is WDIDLE non-destructive?

I think it's less frequent than in older drives, but 8-10 seconds is still too quick for my taste.

Curious that they've removed the program from their site.
by meerkt
Sat Oct 26, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Is WDIDLE non-destructive?
Replies: 3
Views: 4727

Is WDIDLE non-destructive?

Before I change the head park timeout on a WD drive loaded with data, a 2019 Blue WD40EZRZ-75GXCB0, I thought I'd ask.

It would be illogical for it to be destructive, and reports on the web say it's not harmful to existing data, but any contraindications?
by meerkt
Fri Oct 25, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 5 nm chips in 2020
Replies: 58
Views: 4179

Re: 5 nm chips in 2020

Obviously you won't spend all your shrink-gained extra transistors on redundancy. It seems it's been a research topic for many years now, and I guess that implies some techniques have graduated to active use. Nothing terribly illuminating, but some random hits: https://www.reddit.com/r/askscience/co...
by meerkt
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 5 nm chips in 2020
Replies: 58
Views: 4179

Re: 5 nm chips in 2020

Add redundant circuits, or perhaps there's a way to make circuits that are more inherently "statistical".
by meerkt
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 5 nm chips in 2020
Replies: 58
Views: 4179

Re: 5 nm chips in 2020

I think the 3 are here to stay. The US wouldn't want to be left without native manufacturing capabilities. And Samsung, although more likely, are still big enough to not want to be at the mercy of others. Every single transistor is made up of several layers of course, but there aren't any transistor...
by meerkt
Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imdb's baffling decisions
Replies: 35
Views: 4609

Re: Imdb's baffling decisions

Sorting your own votes list.
That's just a case of the modern misguided "less is more", or perhaps, "don't waste one iota of work if it's used by <20%".

Also, what sway would film producers have over Amazon?
by meerkt
Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 5 nm chips in 2020
Replies: 58
Views: 4179

Re: 5 nm chips in 2020

Doesn't seem closely related to the titular names. 6nm fin width is the same as in TSMC's 10nm process. The same parameter in Intel's 14nm process is 8nm. I'm guessing fin pitch is more important. In TSMC's 10nm fin it's 36nm, compared to Intel's 14nm with 42nm. And then, maybe Contact Gate Pitch an...
by meerkt
Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imdb's baffling decisions
Replies: 35
Views: 4609

Re: Imdb's baffling decisions

BoxOfficeMojo nerfed as well.

Not as bad as some makeovers, but besides the lower density and more Javascript reliance, it removed some types of information.

Ain't progress great.
by meerkt
Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 5 nm chips in 2020
Replies: 58
Views: 4179

Re: 5 nm chips in 2020

just brew it! wrote:
3nm is nuts. We're talking components less than a couple of dozen silicon atoms wide.

But the numeric titles don't relate much to actual feature sizes anymore.

needs to be 3D circuits.

Dies are already a few layers. I wonder if the problem with die-stacking is heat.
by meerkt
Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Food for thought: The number 8
Replies: 143
Views: 6799

Re: Food for thought: The number 8

The diet topics are actually rather active, and the participants seem more knowledgeable than average. But yeah, I'm guessing numerology and tech-oriented people aren't usually a good match, though it depends on the kind of conversation one is looking for. Glorious, I don't think the internet is nec...
by meerkt
Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Food for thought: The number 8
Replies: 143
Views: 6799

Re: Food for thought: The number 8

What about the Islamic and Hebrew calendars?
by meerkt
Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Food for thought: The number 8
Replies: 143
Views: 6799

Re: Food for thought: The number 8

What about people born, or projects started or ended, in: 1961, 1970, 1979, 1988, 1997, 2006, 2015...?
by meerkt
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Food for thought: The number 8
Replies: 143
Views: 6799

Re: Food for thought: The number 8

jbi: You posted at 8pm.

And there's 23.
by meerkt
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Vampire, The Masquerade: Bloodlines II available for pre-order
Replies: 14
Views: 3472

Re: Vampire, The Masquerade: Bloodlines II available for pre-order

Delays in game releases might be good.
by meerkt
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Redesign: bugs - features - tips
Replies: 101
Views: 9241

Re: TR Redesign: bugs - features - tips

Barely two months. Anyway, Seriously, check the main thread.
Everyone has given up on complaining. It's now fighting over whether 10 year old hardware is still usable.
by meerkt
Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1529
Views: 68557

Re: Something's different...

You're ruining the thread with all this GPU/CPU/games talk. This is Something's different...!
by meerkt
Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1529
Views: 68557

Re: Something's different...

DrCR wrote:
A new hope: Percentile info spotted in the wild, not just avg fps.

Also AnandTech, and it's been there for a while.
by meerkt
Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1529
Views: 68557

Re: Something's different...

Wirko was talking about The New Tech Report (aka The Cat Report).
by meerkt
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Middle East Games Con - Play Doom Eternal, COD:MW and more!
Replies: 2
Views: 1187

Re: Middle East Games Con - Play Doom Eternal, COD:MW and more!

It's nice to see the UAE getting more and more involved in tech and pop.
by meerkt
Tue Oct 15, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Goodbye Battle.net -
Replies: 61
Views: 5082

Re: Goodbye Battle.net -

If it is faithfully and equally applied, of course it makes sense. However, in this case, that's already been undermined because Blizzard admitted ... Alright. I just commented because I had the impression some people were claiming that in any case Blizzard is inherently wrong to sanction, whether ...
by meerkt
Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Goodbye Battle.net -
Replies: 61
Views: 5082

Re: Goodbye Battle.net -

Ignoring the specifics of this HK-China-Blizzard case, the core idea behind "no politics" rules does make sense. Even when it's seemingly or factually obvious whose side one should pick. Most people playing a computer game (or in a sports event) are there for the game. Not to join the fray...
by meerkt
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Gemini Man IMAX 3D HFR experience
Replies: 3
Views: 1157

Re: Gemini Man IMAX 3D HFR experience

Ang Lee has become a HFR proponent, it seems. Next up, Avatar 2?

If you haven't seen it, for FPS there's Hardcore Henry. Not the greatest thing ever, but quirky, and interesting technically.
by meerkt
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How do I set USB ports to power off when I turn off the PC?
Replies: 8
Views: 1550

Re: How do I set USB ports to power off when I turn off the PC?

I use power strips with a switch. One fell swoop, and also the monitor is really off.

Hmm... the old PSUs with an IEC output were actually a decent idea.
by meerkt
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Wireless router recommendation
Replies: 16
Views: 1792

Re: Wireless router recommendation

I know pfsense doesn't which is what my primary router is running. Isn't that just the firewall? Couldn't say about my earlier wifi routers because they had Tomato installed for most of their service. If modern routers still have the restart requirement, it's bizarre. After all these years, you'd t...
by meerkt
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How do I set USB ports to power off when I turn off the PC?
Replies: 8
Views: 1550

Re: How do I set USB ports to power off when I turn off the PC?

UnfriendlyFire wrote:
I would strongly prefer not having to rely on turning on/off the PSU power

Why?
by meerkt
Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Jeff Kampman articles replaced by Renee?
Replies: 6
Views: 1560

Re: Jeff Kampman articles replaced by Renee?

She did not write these and should NOT have her name associated with work she did not do. Yep. Some discussion starts here: https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=122158&p=1411328#p1411308 Jeff's reply: https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=122158&p=1411355#p1...
by meerkt
Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Wireless router recommendation
Replies: 16
Views: 1792

Re: Wireless router recommendation

Do modern routers (cheapish or not), with stock firmware, still need a restart before changed settings take effect?
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