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Everything posted by Ryan_Vickers

  1. This is inevitable, I'm amazed they even kept it that long. Just as the hardware itself will one day cease to exist, so will the drivers. Sure, the former is an unavoidable fact of life while the latter is a choice, but it's a choice that shouldn't be seen as evil or unreasonable due to the existence of the former. Anyone who for some reason cares about and need these things will have made a copy for themselves long ago, and if not, then they're not likely to need it anyway because someone who can't be bothered to save some drivers is very likely also not going to have saved multiple motherboards to go with it, and so when their single one fails, that'll be that.
  2. I'd make the argument that if you've had the incredible patience to continue using a HDD for boot all this time then you can easily bear to do a clean install
  3. EaseUS offers software to clone your existing partition. In theory it should work fine, but there can and often are oddities that crop up when doing this. I suppose it doesn't really hurt to try, but if you want to guarantee a clean move, you have to clean install.
  4. It's not really possible to change your username by accident. You have to navigate into account settings, then click on "Change", then type in a new name and hit the button. For this reason I don't believe more protections are necessary, but if anything such an addition would consist of a popup saying "Your new username will be xXx_1337hax0r_xXx for the next 6 months, do you wish to proceed (Cancel/OK)" or something of that nature. I don't believe this is strictly necessary though since given the significance of the event, it would be normal to take care and ensure everything is correct before proceeding. A filter for bad words, as mentioned, would be ineffective as well as cause unintended side-effects.
  5. You implied your friend has the same display, do you notice this same effect with theirs? That should be an easy test for if this is an inherent issue with the design or it's perhaps a one-off problem with your unit somehow. This situation reminds me of this story https://www.techpowerup.com/245367/your-1440p-monitor-could-be-using-a-4k-panel I laughed hysterically at the time, along with many others, at how absurd this is since anyone buying such a thing would instantly notice it looks like shit, but perhaps some actually made it out into the wild? It's hard to believe because anything that attempted this would have made the news after being destroyed in reviews, so I feel like I would have heard about it, but I suppose it's not impossible. With that said, I don't think this is really what's going on here, but it's just something to note.
  6. Random thought experiment: Does the ability to be empty imply and require the ability to be full?

    Example: there is a lot of "empty" space within an atom, but ignoring edge cases like a neutron star, etc. it's not like other material can occupy that space, so is it really empty?

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    2. BuckGup


      No because the empty set is part of null or nothing

    3. Mira Yurizaki

      Mira Yurizaki

      I'd argue that depends on what the definition of empty is. If you say "something that contains nothing", I would argue the fact you say "contains" implies it has the ability to hold something.


      However the ability to be full may not be there. If we're being theoretical you could have something of infinite volume.

    4. Tech_Dreamer



      there is a lot of "empty" space within an atom, but ignoring edge cases like a neutron star, etc. it's not like other material can occupy that space, so is it really empty

      Well technically it's empty but as far as i know from watching some interviews in the past  is that's supposed to be pure electron field forces  repelling between those atoms that create that empty space. kinda like opposing poles in magnetism . an example which said was like you sitting on a chair technically you're making contact with the chair as you sit but if you get in on it close like zooming in real close to a level of atoms between you & the chairs you're basically sitting as in hovering on empty space being repelled purely by forces repelling between atoms in the chair & atoms that are in you . that empty space is exactly like space between two magnets repelling each other.



      Does the ability to be empty imply and require the ability to be full?

      with that said i have no idea how this would work out.

  7. Wow, that's a huge group and not the kind of thing I was thinking about, but frankly it seems like that more than anything is the exact situation where an app is necessary. I can't imagine how you can possibly keep 500 people together over SMS. Does everyone just reply all and blast the whole group? That sounds horrible, but if they don't, then someone's missing out. I know of groups with only 4 people that constantly split off into side chats and experience other issues because they try to use SMS and don't know what they're doing, never mind 500.
  8. Yes it has its place as a baseline service people can communicate with when it's a first time or once in a blue moon situation, and I don't think that will or should go away any time soon. I'm talking about "primary messaging", as in a daily driver method you use with people you communicate with regularly. If you talk regularly with someone there's really no reason to not already be on an app that's vastly better in every way.
  9. Well, they don't take any sponsorship they don't personally stand behind and won't lie just for money, but yes it is an ad and therefore you have to take comparisons with a grain of salt and assume that any potential downsides may not be mentioned, so it's not unbiased or objective like a real review by any means. With that said, I think the comparison was fair. Aside from the fact that, so long as the benchmarks are accurate, which I wouldn't question, it's not untruthful, even if it's not useful, I would argue that it is still useful, relevant information since despite appearing to be 2 gens old, the Intel chip they're going against is still very common to find on brand new machines.
  10. The thing is I understand that rollouts are staggered and some hardware gets it much later but from release day you should be able to force it on any machine using that tool
  11. I was curious and planning to try it on my laptop that is more or less an unused clean install so nothing to lose, but even after clicking "check for updates" it didn't find it. Fair enough, perhaps they haven't tested that hardware yet, I'll just force it manually using the update tool... nope. The site claims it's not out until the 18th https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/3159635/windows-10-update-assistant What's with that? So, is it actually not out yet then? Somewhat unrelated, I also just realized that this is supposedly supposed to have been the September update and well...
  12. Am I losing my mind or is this picture physically impossible?  I swear there's like 2 or even 3 different and conflicting perspectives shown here all at once.




    No one told me Picasso was resurrected as a product photographer

    1. MEC-777


      Was about to say it looks fine to me, but then I saw the track pad... Yeah, that looks weird.

    2. Ryan_Vickers


      That's actually what caught me second - notice how the base is asymmetrical like the camera's off to one side or at an angle or something but, the screen doesn't feel like it agrees with that positioning

    3. MEC-777


      The screen looked a bit off at first, but then if you look at the hinges, it makes more sense. The white background makes it look straight-on though. Strange image, regardless. lol

  13. Good to know, but yeah, better options have been available for a long time already
  14. More proprietary garbage we don't need. Who is still using text messages for primary communication? And let me guess, this won't support Apple devices just like iMessage doesn't support Android? Can people please just wake up and pick up Telegram or one of the dozen things like it already that has offered this and more for years already and is completely platform agnostic, even on desktop devices?
  15. The fact you so clearly preferred one bar over the other shows you care about sound so imo it's worth comparing that sonos bar to other speaker options. I could be wrong but I just very much expect some proper speakers to blow the sound bar away for the same price, which means you either end up with a better experience, or can get the same experience for less.
  16. Christ, for $900 it had damn well better sound amazing. Do you know what kind of studio monitors you can get for that? Give the Focal Alpha series a listen and then decide (and if you still prefer the sound bar please let me know, I'll need to check it out ) Specifically the Alpha 50, they're $400 each so actually less than the bar and those really do sound great. They're self powered so no need to even get an amp, just a basic unit of some sort for volume control. Even just a wire right from the TV would do, but if its built in DAC and amp isn't great then an external DAC would do it and still for less than the cost of that bar I'd bet.
  17. Yes, even 10 year old PCs can handle an SSD, and while you may not get the peak sequential speeds, you will likely still get nearly the full benefit in terms of overall system responsiveness improvement, so it'd highly recommended imo
  18. Well, I can't because I just have a 4770k but maybe someone else can...
  19. I guess this is what would take looking at more games and more hardware to try and figure out. I'll just have to keep this in mind going forward I've heard of it, I just didn't think they were ever a big deal. You don't see many people using them or talking about them, and sometimes you find people who actually don't know about that whole generation.
  20. Well if we can't trust the benchmarks then idk how this can be definitively resolved, but I'm quite interested to do so. I thought I knew what was going on and that the evidence was clear, but I hadn't factored in cache, and now re-evaluating things with this new theory (I've not heard this before), it's looking quite plausible. The issue is testing cache vs cores is hard if not impossible because they tend to go together, or if not, be separated across a huge architectural line which is its own problem. Perhaps a "proof by contradiction" is necessary instead of the traditional straight forward approach. If we can't say "the 8700k is better than the 7700k in some games due to <more cores or more cache>", then we have to say "the 8700k is the same as the 7700k in some games due to..."? Under my assumption, it was because the games in question could only use 4 cores effectively. With the cache theory, how would you explain it? That they just aren't able to benefit from that much cache? 8 MB is enough?
  21. I see now. Well I don't know where these results are coming from but I'm reasonably sure they're total BS. We can easily sanity check them against the GN results which I think everyone trusts. GN got an average of 135.4 fps with the 9900k at stock running 1080p Medium on a 2080 Ti. This site claims that same config should clock in at 179 fps. Without a very good explanation for that I'd rather not use anything else from there, especially since we already have an extensive list of CPUs tested on that game, including 1% and 0.1% lows (which critically that other site has left out). As for the quote, It's not like 4/8 is unusable for gaming, but I stand by what I said. It's bottom of the stack now, with the vast majority of chips out there being at least 6/6 if not 12/24. A CPU is somewhat of a long term investment given the cost and hassle of upgrading since it usually requires upgrading the motherboard and possibly RAM too, so coming in at the bottom of the stack, especially at a time when things are quickly moving upward seems to me like a bad idea. I found some other videos and benchmarks and in terms of does 6 help, I'd say this: AotS Escalation: Yes Civ 6: No F1 2017: No BF1: Yes, though mind that you're not GPU bottlenecked. That's easy to do so probably not much of a concern. As for does 8 help over 6, I've not seen a strong sign for that. As mentioned earlier ACO is perhaps showing a benefit but that's only one title and everything else I've seen recently I'd call a No for that comparison. I'm more than happy to look into this cache vs cores situation and would like to see it proven one way or another. I think for that we need to see two CPUs with largely similar specs, but where one has much more cache perform better in many games (or not, if that is the case). Or if you can think of another way to test then let me know.
  22. The 6/6 Intel chips are only "losing" by a small margin. It's call it roughly even, which actually supports what I'm saying - you can trade clockspeed for core count, so long as the game can use that many cores, and the clockspeed loss is not too great, which brings me to the AMD chips, which btw have more cache like you say is the reason for the improvements - they're losing because they're too slow. No not at all. No idea where you got that idea from. I don't know what you're trying to show here, I can't see how or where that page is making a comparison between those chips
  23. They only tested 3 games - F1, Far Cry, and ACO. We already knew about Far Cry so I won't bring that up again. Looks like F1 is a similar story so you're right about it, but ACO seems to indeed like more cores Looking at the 8700k vs 7700k both at 5 GHz, (well actually the 7700k has a 100 MHz advantage) the average is about 15% better and the lows (where it can really show) are 22% better. Stepping up to the 9900k it looks like much the same story again, and we all know Intel didn't make that much of an improvement between generations to architecture, etc.
  24. Gamers Nexus has been investigating this. TL;DR, if you have very fast cores such that you can hit a high average fps (high enough to trigger a weird bug that their engine has had since GTA V and still does), and yet so few cores that for whatever reason the issue presents itself, you will get massive stutter. If you change either of those things (lower your average fps or increase your core count) the problem goes away.