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by meerkt
Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imdb's baffling decisions
Replies: 35
Views: 4609

Re: Imdb's baffling decisions

And... also the homepage got hit this month.
This is how it was last month.
by meerkt
Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: USB Sharing through Network (Vir D-link DIR-882 router)
Replies: 5
Views: 437

Re: USB Sharing through Network (Vir D-link DIR-882 router)

SMB 1 as in, the legacy version?
Still sounds like something about Win10 not having legacy SMB enabled by default.

Maybe try testing with another computer where only v1 is enabled to rule that out.
by meerkt
Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New analytics machine -- how does this parts list look?
Replies: 11
Views: 562

Re: New analytics machine -- how does this parts list look?

I'm not sure expensive mobos would be more future-proof. Just have enough PCIe slots.
But perhaps something else to think of: ECC memory?
by meerkt
Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: 2.5" 9.5mm non-SMR >1TB HDDs?
Replies: 27
Views: 612

Re: 2.5" 9.5mm non-SMR >1TB HDDs?

The recent Seagates were in the Backblaze stats.

Igor: Too much uncertainty.
by meerkt
Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: 2.5" 9.5mm non-SMR >1TB HDDs?
Replies: 27
Views: 612

Re: 2.5" 9.5mm non-SMR >1TB HDDs?

A 2TB SSD would cost 3-4 times as much.
by meerkt
Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: 2.5" 9.5mm non-SMR >1TB HDDs?
Replies: 27
Views: 612

Re: 2.5" 9.5mm non-SMR >1TB HDDs?

The 2.5" Firecuda's warranty length does suggest Seagate expects it to be more reliable than average. Every manufacturer has had a few bad models, but in recent years it seems Seagate has more of them. There's also a difference in failure modes. I still kept on using a Dethstar, once I figured ...
by meerkt
Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: 2.5" 9.5mm non-SMR >1TB HDDs?
Replies: 27
Views: 612

Re: 2.5" 9.5mm non-SMR >1TB HDDs?

Many of Seagate's 2½" 15mm drives are infected with shingles. Being >9.5mm is also a problem. get the 2TB Firecuda SSHD I'm conflicted about these hybrids. The theory sounds... sound. But besides the unknown performance, I'm mainly worried about long-term reliability. What are the specs of the...
by meerkt
Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: 2.5" 9.5mm non-SMR >1TB HDDs?
Replies: 27
Views: 612

Re: 2.5" 9.5mm non-SMR >1TB HDDs?

I think those 2TB SMRs aren't necessarily external-oriented. And for that there's also 15mm drives.

Too bad that 5K1500 is hard to find.
by meerkt
Sat Jan 25, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New analytics machine -- how does this parts list look?
Replies: 11
Views: 562

Re: New analytics machine -- how does this parts list look?

Awfully expensive parts, I think.

$360 mobo, $100 CPU cooler, $170 for a 4TB HDD, $190 for a 1TB SSD...

And are you going to use the GPU for compute? If not, you can go much cheaper. If yes, you could, or should, go more powerful.
by meerkt
Sat Jan 25, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: 2.5" 9.5mm non-SMR >1TB HDDs?
Replies: 27
Views: 612

2.5" 9.5mm non-SMR >1TB HDDs?

I'm only aware of the HGST 5K1500, which is 1.5TB on presumably 3 platters.
Any idea why other than this model everyone produces, at 9.5mm, only 1TB PMR and 2TB SMR?

The above is a 2013 model. If not 3-platter drives, surely 750TB/platter should be possible nowadays, considering SMRs are 1TB/platter?
by meerkt
Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?
Replies: 99
Views: 22370

Re: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?

Nice. Thanks.
by meerkt
Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1529
Views: 68557

Re: Something's different...

I meant Gyromancer. Scott is indeed someplace else.
by meerkt
Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1529
Views: 68557

Re: Something's different...

Ask him. In private. :)
by meerkt
Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Star Citizen: from the creator of Wing Commander
Replies: 87
Views: 19327

Re: Star Citizen: from the creator of Wing Commander

Does anyone buy the claim Star Citizen has collected $264M so far?
by meerkt
Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Farewell
Replies: 6
Views: 370

Re: Farewell

Standalone RSS readers/notifiers FTW.
by meerkt
Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Virtualbox extension pack installation and file formats that are actually zip in disguise
Replies: 9
Views: 221

Re: Virtualbox extension pack installation and file formats that are actually zip in disguise

Shell extensions.

But hardly worth the trouble nowadays, since MS has turned the shell into an unstable platform that's always in flux.
by meerkt
Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Virtualbox extension pack installation and file formats that are actually zip in disguise
Replies: 9
Views: 221

Re: Virtualbox extension pack installation and file formats that are actually zip in disguise

Yeah, it's common. Java's JAR and Android's APK are other examples. I wouldn't call it obfuscation. It's just a simple way to package a bunch of files. You can use existing ZIP libraries, there's a file index for quick seeking, and there's compression that's pretty fast (for an old format) to decomp...
by meerkt
Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Farewell
Replies: 6
Views: 370

Re: Farewell

HunterZ wrote:
Two feeds are advertised by the site's main page:

Ah, right. I mainly follow the forums.
by meerkt
Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Farewell
Replies: 6
Views: 370

Re: Farewell

What was the RSS URL? I didn't know there was active RSS since Something's become Different.

If it was for the forums, I have an alternative (on Windows), if you're interested.
by meerkt
Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1529
Views: 68557

Re: Something's different...

I nominate, forum = user-hub experience.
by meerkt
Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1529
Views: 68557

Re: Something's different...

tanker27 wrote:
I have bots that have full on text conversations with people and they dont even know it.

Amazon used to have fishy bots. Now, I'm not sure. Still bots?

Wirko wrote:
Image

Also 1% is easy to read.
by meerkt
Mon Jan 06, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Like DynDNS, but outside USA
Replies: 1
Views: 69

Re: Like DynDNS, but outside USA

Maybe you could find something here:
https://alternativeto.net/software/no-ip/
by meerkt
Mon Jan 06, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1529
Views: 68557

Re: Something's different...

It's just people's posts on a forum, and there's no litigious megacorp in the background. If anyone's the owner it's probably the people. I have no idea what the terms stated in the past, but right now the only thing I find upon registration doesn't say anything about ownership. Even if it did, I do...
by meerkt
Sun Dec 29, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Browser privacy article + perplexing lack of knowledge
Replies: 10
Views: 247

Re: Browser privacy article + perplexing lack of knowledge

So being popular precludes the possibility of a site posting anything stupid? Not so much a question of popularity but of being well-established. They're not a tech publication per se but they're far from being two-bit, and the writer is, apparently, not someone random. I'd be very surprised to fin...
by meerkt
Sat Dec 28, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Browser privacy article + perplexing lack of knowledge
Replies: 10
Views: 247

Re: Browser privacy article + perplexing lack of knowledge

BTW, didn't post for the article, just that funny sentence. I bet he's got a radio beacon locator device(i.e. cell phone) in his pocket just like everyone else and doesn't give that a second thought. The article writer? She might be worried about her cellphone, but that's for a different article. A ...
by meerkt
Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Browser privacy article + perplexing lack of knowledge
Replies: 10
Views: 247

Browser privacy article + perplexing lack of knowledge

An article about switching from Chrome to Firefox because privacy, written by the "deputy editor of Fast Company's technology section". No problem with the premise, but this semi-complaint about Chrome's privacy policy stood out: The policy also states that Chrome allows third-party websi...
by meerkt
Thu Dec 26, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1529
Views: 68557

Re: Something's different...

humusakacfa wrote:
many boards which would be put to shame with the current TR design :)

Try the blue theme, if you haven't already.
by meerkt
Sat Dec 21, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Why are only 3 companies making CPUs and GPUs?
Replies: 12
Views: 313

Re: Why are only 3 companies making CPUs and GPUs?

Matrox is still around if you look hard enough I think Matrox uses AMD GPUs nowadays. embedded applications, like Intel's 8051 architecture and Microchip's PIC. Embedded SoCs aren't strictly CPUs. Anyway, ISAs there have less reason to consolidate, perhaps. But even so there are just a handful of r...
by meerkt
Sat Dec 21, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Why are only 3 companies making CPUs and GPUs?
Replies: 12
Views: 313

Re: Why are only 3 companies making CPUs and GPUs?

In the PC space, there used to be more. They either died or got bought. For x86, it seems Via is still alive . Non-PC, depending on your definition of CPU/GPU company, there are a few. For CPU there's Arm and Apple. Not sure how much customization others do, but maybe you can include also Huawei/HiS...
by meerkt
Thu Dec 19, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: O&O Defrag 23 Pro
Replies: 7
Views: 284

Re: O&O Defrag 23 Pro

Filesystem knowledge at the storage-device level sounds like it would be both a lot of work, and unreliable.

Aranarth, I doubt NTFS/FAT can allocate less than a cluster (last cluster can be not-full, though).
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