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About Zodiark1593

  • Title
    The Maiden That Never Was...
  • Birthday 1991-08-27

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  • Steam

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Placerville, California
  • Interests
    Computers, anime, games, 3D, writing, RC, Shooting
  • Biography
    Video gamer for entire life, albeit, not nearly so as of late. Transgender MtF. A skilled writer, and borderline insomniac.


  • CPU
    Intel Core i5-4590 @ 3.7 GHz
  • Motherboard
    Asus H97-Plus
  • RAM
    2x4 GB PNY XLR8 DDR3 1600 MHz
  • GPU
    EVGA GTX 960 SSC
  • Case
    CoolerMaster N-400
  • Storage
    120 GB AMD R7 SSD + 2 TB WD Green
  • PSU
    Thermaltake TR2 430 Watt
  • Display(s)
    HiSense 1360x768 HDTV + Toshiba 1280 x 720 HDTV
  • Cooling
    Stock Intel Cooler
  • Keyboard
    Logitech G710+ Cherry MX Brown
  • Mouse
    Corsair Harpoon
  • Sound
    Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

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  1. Fixing the security flaws associated with Speculative Excution (not just Meltdown) is not a trivial task, software-wise, or in hardware. The design decisions that led up to Meltdown and Spectre were intentional tradeoffs made to improve performance at the theoretical expense of security. However, those theoretical security concerns were revealed to the public to be legitimate concers. It will take time to design the hardware to mitigate or eliminate these security flaws without performance hits (not to mention any undisclosed flaws). A rush job here will bring a repeat of the buggy patches issued, with the additional bonus of being unchangeable once sold to the public without a costly recall. Reading the Spectre witepaper, I've doubts Speculative Execution will ever be entirely secure.
  2. The small size of USB-C could make it difficult to actually use on larger tower cases. Throwing a thumb drive into a type-A port on my mid-tower is quick, and I hardly need glance down. While reversibility is an advantage, the small size may mean one has to look down to line up the port, making it slightly slower and slightly less convenient to use thumb drives. (I use them quite frequently myself). As one tends to lean over and reach downward to insert a drive with a typical tower case, even a few seconds savings helps. (Applicable for desktops only) By recessing the USB-C port into the case somewhat (even just a few mm) , it should, theoretically, be easier guide a drive into a straight position by feel alone, and potentially even provide some protection from accidental bumps. Though, the lack of standardization for the housing of the USB-C connector may preclude such an idea. May not be an issue with monolithic flash drives however, as the size seems to change little.
  3. Not sure I can agree with this entirely. The small size of USB-C could very well work against the user somewhat when it comes to mid and full size tower PCs. A recessed USB-C (with space enough for a thumb drive or similarly large device) port or two on the front panel of such large cases would facilitate ease of use, while still allowing USB-C to take over.
  4. Not paying the fine could also be an option for a company as powerful as Apple. Apple excecutives reside in America, so there'd be little in the way of pursuing criminal charges anyway. Not that I'm rooting for either Apple or the EU tbh. I'm just really Interested in seeing the outcome of an unyielding corporate giant and a powerful government body duke it out in full force. As said before, Apple stuff is extremely popular (even in the EU), so a sales ban would undoubtedly be met with public backlash.
  5. Apple devices are extremely popular not to mention Apple is a Trillion dollar company now. Couldn't Apple just tell the EU to go "eff off"? Apple stuff is popular enough where people will probably be smuggling them in anyway if a sales ban were ever put in place.
  6. Zodiark1593

    Should I unplug my PC when it's storming?

    Old Wive's tale (false) says lightning never strikes twice. In my opinion, even once is far too many. I have mobile devices if I need to do computing during a storm anyway. I doubt warranty covers data loss. Even if warrantied, unplugging would be a wise idea.
  7. As VPNs and public hotspots exist, I'm also fine with the attempt to verify location.
  8. I just want standalone .EXE files. No extra client ftw.
  9. You expect Intel to altogether stop selling CPU's for a span of literally years? They're already losing marketshare to AMD. If forced to stop selling, there will probably be nothing left for Intel to sell to, and we'll wind up with an AMD monopoly (every bit as unappealing a thought as an Intel monopoly). Please clarify the name of this fantasy land you reside in?
  10. Cortex A53 and probably A55 are both in-order cores and are immune to Spectre as well. There was an article on the Raspberry Pi website regarding Spectre, actually. If Graphene processors (the ones that can supposedly hit tens of GHz) ever become a thing, this could pose an opportunity to do away with any vulnerabilities regarding Speculative Execution altogether without stepping backwards in absolute performance. Though this would rely on CPU designers not starting up a performance arms race.
  11. Zodiark1593

    What graphical settings aren't reliant on CPU?

    GTA V won't run well on a Core 2 Duo at all. You'll want to step up to a Q6600 at the very minimum, preferable with a significant overclock. Though resolution and AA won't hit the cpu much. Effects like shadows can impact the cpu pretty greatly though.
  12. Remind me again where Apple specifies or advertises any comparable metric as to the performance of their device.
  13. While x86 PCs allow for measurement of performance differences due to the patches, in what way can you measure the differences in either Apple's devices or Cortex A75-based devices? Further, in the workloads common of mobile devices, would the performance impacts be of any relevance? Last I checked, we aren't running server workloads that are constantly hammering the storage on our devices, which btw is where most of the performance deficits occur.
  14. I don't see updates being a terrible nuisance as it can probably simply be handled by the game itself. Unreal Engine 4 likely already has some backend built in to handle standalone updates, or otherwise a client side software can be implemented to handle downloading and updating the game. There is quite a divide in opinion here though. The biggest strength of Android is in being able to bypass any centralized market and install whatever the user wants, though it is also a big security flaw for those without the know-how to understand the responsibility. (Certainly a big problem during the Windows XP days.) A 30% cut of a very high grossing game is quite significant. I can certainly understand why Epic would want to bypass the Play Store. However, this is quite a brazen move by, this will push the responsibility onto them for providing some means of security and support as well, owing to the playerbase being the impulsive type. The game being high profile will likely mean a lot of scammers and fake clients too. If things go badly, I could see the high school tech nerds making a lot of money in fixing borked devices. Amazon's own market doesn't seem to have too many issues, so with the right measures implemented (a small sideloaded client program that is responsible for downloading and keeping the game updated and secured), this could go off without a hitch. It will be vitally important for Epic to communicate to the userbase the safe sites for downloading the client software.