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Curious Pineapple

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  1. Curious Pineapple

    Cynicism in regards to Apple pro stand

    They did think about it, about how much money they can extort from customers. VESA is a standard for where some holes are, all they need is 4 holes in the monitor with threads in them. Simple and won't get in the way of anything.
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    Cynicism in regards to Apple pro stand

    Not if the VESA pattern is in the monitor itself, like every other manufacturer does. 4 little threaded inserts which cost nothing in the grand scheme of things.
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    Apple continues to sue norway phone repair shop owner

    If this was in the car world it would be laughed out of court. BMW sues a local car parts shop for fitting counterfeit headlamp bulbs with OSRAM Xenon printed on the box. Maybe then they go after salvage yards that dismantle scrap cars and sell parts on for selling counterfeit steering wheels, even though they came out of a BMW. But because it's a technology company they can get away with it.
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    Cheap ass cables, not worth it!

    About 4.5A per conductor, they were definately tinned whatever they were as I soldered them just fine. Going to guess they were 9/.2 or similar size, borderline but should have coped with the load on them. Just shit quality wire, possibly tin plated aluminium or steel. I'm now using the PSU's proper EPS connector and a PCIe to EPS adaptor I made to power the RAM and it's all working fine. I need to get a better PSU though as I don't trust an Aerocool integrator with a pair of Xeons.
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    Cheap ass cables, not worth it!

    Been without my workstation for a few weeks after my power supply shat the bed and I lost the arsedness to fix it. I've bought some adaptor leads from China (good quality) and got it running again with 1 CPU, they convert a standard ATX supply to HP's odd standard. As I needed a second EPS power connector to use both processors, I bought a couple from eBay in the UK (the 4 to 8 adaptors), chopped the 4 pin end off and spliced them in. Within 5 minutes of starting CB20, there was a smell, smoke, a couple of flames and a rather abrupt shutdown followed by a power supply beep code. The wires on the EPS adaptor (that should be rated for 280W) were on fire and melted together. I'll explain a bit. The board has a single EPS connector for both CPU's, and also has a connector for the RAM power supply. The adaptor lead set I bought converts an EPS to power the RAM so I needed a second one. I wrongly assumed that a cable sold as an EPS cable would be rated high enough for the task, I guess not. Luckily I bought 2, so I can chop off the mess the first one made and make an adaptor just for the RAM using my patented 6-pin GPU to EPS cable. I shall be sending some harsh words to the seller for sure. If I hadn't run CB to load test the machine and had left it running all night, it could have got hot slowly and not tripped the mainboards fault detection, possibly melting and drooping onto the mainboard.
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    Rx550/560 only use x8?

    I may be wrong, but I'm sure any GPU will "function" in even a 1x slot, it just won't deal with high bandwidth applications.
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    What to do?

    It'll be a bad ground. There's filter capacitors in the PSU between Live and ground, and neutral and ground. They stop high frequency noise going back out into the grid. Without a decent ground connection it takes an alternative path which is through the USB cable and through you. "Shouldn't" be harmful, but if anything in the PSU causes a short to the chassis or a filter capacitor fails, you'll find out about it when you touch the cable/machine and another grounded appliance. Depending on how experianced you are with electrics you can test the ground impedance yourself, I wouldn't recommend it though if you don't have the right tools.
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    What to do?

    It's an outlet wiring fault, likely a poor ground connection. Do you mean a plug top charger or using the PC to charge your device?
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    Nvidia trying to trademark..... numbers?

    Because anyone looking for a 4 wheeled penis extension is going to accidentally buy a Formla 1 car instead of a pickup.
  10. What did he drop?
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    Is this £30 case any good ?

    I bought a £15 clearance case from Ebuyer about 14 years ago, still going strong
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    What do you think of Teslas?

    Apart from bearings, a motor that's 50% over-rated for the application shouldn't fail in any reasonable lifespan. IC engines need the oil changing as combustion byproducts, hydrocarbons and heat cause the oil to break down, loosing it's lubrication properties. No such issue with an electric motor as all the load is tortional so ball or roller bearings can be used and they just need lubricating at the factory and are sealed for life. A good modern Diesel is about 40% efficient, 60% of the energy in the fuel is wasted as heat and some pisses off in vibration. From battery to energy that's actually moving the electric car, about 80% ends up as kinetic. Theres losses in the battery, wiring, connectors, control electronics etc, but nowhere near as bad as burning a fuel for the expanding gasses.
  13. A SATA SSD will work fine there, you won't get the full 6Gbps speeds as the board only supports 3Gbps, but the drive will work just fine
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    What do you think of Teslas?

    From the progress being made in recent years, fusion power in the near future is almost guarenteed. We need the vehicle, battery and charging technology and infrastructure in place before ITER or the Chinese start using fusion to pump into the grid. At worst an electric car requires the burning of a similar amount of fossil fuel to what a modern diesel does. Compared to most petrol engines, electric cars require less energy to be relased from fossil fuel and can get back a large amount of the energy used to accelerate to speed. An electric motor should never wear out either apart from bearings, require no oil to lubricate them and have less interant losses.
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    What do you think of Teslas?

    That's the first time anyone has actually worked out what I mean. I salute you, happy partial inbred English peasant!
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    What do you think of Teslas?

    We get actual horsepower from them and fuel consumption not much worse than a 20 year old estate. My brothers 4.0 Jeep got thrashed by a 1.6 Diesel civic. Said jeep is only 50 BHP up on my 1.6 twinspark that's from the same era.
  17. Not a ban but a requirement to prove age before being able to access porn. Having an "Are you over 18?" message box isn't that hard to get around.
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    Does this bother you?

    What have I just read?
  19. This now leaves me with 2 options. The first being disable HT (which is funny as all my older non-hyper threaded CPU's are vulnerable too and the Pentium 4 HT isn't) and have a slow ass machine, or the second is buy more DDR3 and put my FX machine back into use. As I have a domain name pointed at my workstation with some forwarded ports, I need to do something.Yay Intel.
  20. There's the older workstation option. You can pick up a dual Xeon X56xx series machine for that money, dual hyper-threaded 6 core (so 24 threads). While they may not be the best single thread performers they handle many threads very well.
  21. Every board can support an SSD. What board is it?
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    Wish.come gaming

    I'm sure that Vaseky SSD for 179 Euro is many tmes better than the WD one I have!
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    Windows 7 SP1 vs Windows 10 for older hardware

    I have Windows 10 on a C2Q and it runs fine, got it on a Centrino laptop with 2GB of memory and it works well with a rather large pagefile on the SSD.
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    Windows 10 key

    I've bought a few ebay bargain keys. 2 were retail keys that worked fine, one was a dud but wasnt worth my time to bother with it and the last ended up being a volume key so definately not legit, but works for activating all the random installs I do when testing hardware and working with VM's. How long they last is an unknown though.