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Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:43 am

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Dealing with my sinuses leaking.

This sucks.This is no fun at all.

I just went through that. Lasted about a month. Yes, it sucks.
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Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:34 pm

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I can tell you for certain that digital computing will not bring forth semi to fully sapient AI.


How about cyborgs, where future machine intelligences might be linked to brains via individual symbiotic AI? Would you consider such a hybrid an AI on its own, or just another flavor of enhanced human?
 
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Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:06 pm

Found in a box of old power supplies yesterday.

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Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:11 pm

Damn, running the world on 20 watts. That's some efficiency right there.
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Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:35 pm

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Damn, running the world on 20 watts. That's some efficiency right there.

I'm showing it takes ~60W to generate 20W, so not efficient at all!
 
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Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:59 pm

In other news, the pod bay doors will forever remain closed.

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-46178930
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Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:46 pm

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In other news, the pod bay doors will forever remain closed.

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-46178930


In somewhat related news, it looks like a legend has fallen. :(

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/stan-lee-d ... 018-11-12/
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Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:09 pm

Yeahhhhhhhhhhh the Stan Lee passing is a real gut punch. I imagine he had a pretty big impact on a lot of people in these forums.
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Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:36 pm

I can't feel too bad for the guy. 95 years writing comic books is a long, cushy life.
 
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Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:07 pm

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I can't feel too bad for the guy. 95 years writing comic books is a long, cushy life.

From some things I've read, his latter years were marred by elder abuse and money-grubbing heirs.
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Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:36 am

All told, I spent over 2hrs tonight, ripping through the closet and all my PC stuff because I couldn’t find the two little M.2 screws which came with my motherboard. I became a bit of a man possessed, because I simply don’t toss/lose stuff like that on new builds. I had almost convinced myself that Asus hid them inside the same bag as the I/O shield (which I did discard), before finally remembering that I might have kept the HSF box, and inadvertently tossed them inside. There they were; hidden among the unneeded AMD mounting hardware.

A quick google search shows that accidentally losing/tossing these things is already a huge source of frustration for many people. Why wouldn’t board makers just screw them into the onboard posts, rather than include a separate teensy little bag?? I guess on the bright side, I got some much needed cleaning/reorganizing done.
 
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Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:42 am

Yeah I've nearly done that also. In fact I did lose one at some point between putting the old NUC into storage and bringing it back out again. Fortunately the mounting screw for the wireless card(since unused) was still screwed into place, so I just yanked the wireless card and used its mounting screw for the SSD. It's nearly as bad as putting the whole machine together and then realizing you haven't done the front panel wiring which is now obstructed by the corner of a drive cage and eight different cables.
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Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:10 am

Yeah, after losing (and buying replacements for) countess small parts and accessories over the years, I finally went and bought piles of assorted storage containers, similar to these:

https://www.amazon.com/Sterilite-207580 ... B001OM2NGW
and
https://www.amazon.com/Plastic-Organize ... B07C718QMV
and
https://www.amazon.com/Sterilite-164280 ... B002BDTETW

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Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:03 am

If your app races through steps 1, 2, and 3, just to hang its self at step 4 which happens to be "optimizing for performance", then you may still have some work to do.

Just saying...
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Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:41 am

In this month of Thanksgiving, today I am thankful for the mute button on conference calls. When somebody says "When we do do it" I can freely giggle like a 5 year old about doodoo.
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Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:29 pm

I am also thankful that Slack lets you mute individual channels so you don't get a continuous stream of notifications when a discussion goes into the weeds.
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Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:49 pm

I'm getting a folding bike for the truck. Right now my walking range is about 2 miles one way to get places on the weekend. Any further and I get too bored and if it's hot too sweaty. :lol:

I'm hoping a bike will increase my travel range drastically but I won't really know until I try it out a few weekends.
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Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:11 pm

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I'm getting a folding bike for the truck. Right now my walking range is about 2 miles one way to get places on the weekend. Any further and I get too bored and if it's hot too sweaty. :lol:

I'm hoping a bike will increase my travel range drastically but I won't really know until I try it out a few weekends.

I walk A LOT (living in big cities will do that to you), but when I got a "real" bike I found I could ride for miles and miles without issue. Having legit gears and good tires (in my case I got a road/cyclocross bike so it's much, much easier to ride on pavement than say a mountain bike) make a huge difference. Also quite a bit better on my awful knees.

I hope you'll like it.
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Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:35 pm

Well i got a mountain bike because i don't think i'll always have good pavement available, and i've had a decent amount of missed chances to ride some dirt trails so i might take advantage of that too.

I've always used mountain bikes though so i don't know what luxury i'll be missing out on when it comes to a proper road bike :lol:

This is the one i picked

http://www.foldingbikeguy.com/montague- ... ke-review/

I'll pick it up next week when i go home for thanksgiving.
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Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:44 pm

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Well i got a mountain bike because i don't think i'll always have good pavement available, and i've had a decent amount of missed chances to ride some dirt trails so i might take advantage of that too.

Yeah, that's why I got a (technically) cyclocross bike. A tiny bit wider tires than legit road bikes so I can ride dirt trails, but nothing too crazy.

I don't know a ton about folding bikes, but I know a fair bit about bike components. Looks to be decent stuff on that kit. Some nice hydraulic disc brakes. A necessity for riding trails IMO.

The biggest thing that I noticed about my Canondale is how freakin' light it is. Mountain bikes WEIGH SO MUCH. This is essentially what I have. A different year model, but the components are almost exactly the same. Biking is great. Hope you get into it.
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Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:02 pm

Random observation: The Audacious music player (for Linux) uses a lot of CPU time if you force it to do sample rate conversion. Tried routing it directly into the JACK audio stack (48kHz sample rate) instead of through Pulseaudio (44.1kHz), and it chews up about 25% of a core (on an FX-8350) when playing CD rips. Playing sources which are native 48kHz sample rate results in CPU usage dropping so low it is lost in the noise.

I don't really care (25% of a core on an octo-core CPU isn't that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things), but it still seems a little ridiculous...
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Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:53 am

Apparently RadioShack is becoming the Rasputin of old-economy parts suppliers. I was reviewing a webpage for link rot and lo, RadioShack.com pops up with a seemingly functional website. Skeptical, I clicked on "find a location" and disovered three map pins in the Denver Metro, all listed as "Hobbytown/RadioShack Express."

That led to a Google search which turned up this announcement from July. Interesting.
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Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:00 am

There’s one 15 minutes north of me. I should check it out.
 
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:02 am

Interesting. My closest one is apparently an Ace Hardware that is listed as an "Authorized Radio Shack Dealer".

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I still have (and use) my old Radio Shack soldering irons, and other random tools and test equipment.
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Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:36 pm

I guess as long as people remember the name, whoever owns the rights can keep trying to extract some value out of it. Gotta wonder how many times Sears will be zombi’fied after they finally go.
 
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Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:42 pm

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I guess as long as people remember the name, whoever owns the rights can keep trying to extract some value out of it. Gotta wonder how many times Sears will be zombi’fied after they finally go.

Hey, in a day where Swiss Colony (yes, that purveyor of gross catalog cheese and "meat" products) owns the Montgomery Ward trademark and still sells it online ...
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The Egg wrote:
I guess as long as people remember the name, whoever owns the rights can keep trying to extract some value out of it. Gotta wonder how many times Sears will be zombi’fied after they finally go.

Hey, in a day where Swiss Colony (yes, that purveyor of gross catalog cheese and "meat" products) owns the Montgomery Ward trademark and still sells it online ...

Hey, no need for the scare quotes! I'm fairly certain there were traces of actual meat in those sausages...
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:52 pm

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Captain Ned wrote:
Hey, in a day where Swiss Colony (yes, that purveyor of gross catalog cheese and "meat" products) owns the Montgomery Ward trademark and still sells it online ...
Hey, no need for the scare quotes! I'm fairly certain there were traces of actual meat in those sausages...

Hmm, is there a "23andme" to which we can send samples of foodstuffs? Don't want to send it to 23 just in case it IS Soylent Green.
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Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

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Interesting. My closest one is apparently an Ace Hardware that is listed as an "Authorized Radio Shack Dealer".

"I'm not dead yet!"

I still have (and use) my old Radio Shack soldering irons, and other random tools and test equipment.

Same, but they're all a long-ass ways away. Aledo, IL; Fairbury, IL; Arcola, IL. They're all little bitty towns with nothing more than Casey's and an Ace or True Value Hardware.
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Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

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just brew it! wrote:
Interesting. My closest one is apparently an Ace Hardware that is listed as an "Authorized Radio Shack Dealer".

"I'm not dead yet!"

I still have (and use) my old Radio Shack soldering irons, and other random tools and test equipment.

Same, but they're all a long-ass ways away. Aledo, IL; Fairbury, IL; Arcola, IL. They're all little bitty towns with nothing more than Casey's and an Ace or True Value Hardware.

Nearest one to me is in Yorkville, on the very farthest edge of the Chicago suburban sprawl.
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