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  1. I could make the case that Half Life 2 was the first Steam exclusive since you had to install their client, regardless of how you bought it. But I agree with most of the points you are making. We don't really know that. We don't know that either. That we do know indeed, since it's a statement about the absolute number of sales, which is known. Anyway, I think you phrased it perfectly in a later post
  2. So it's basically a troll honeypot? So anyone willing to throw their rageposts into the ocean of internet oblivion can do so even for sites without comment sections? Good, hopefully it keeps them off everywhere else. After all, that's what every comment section in every website has always been: a way to waste trolls' time (I think "engagement" is the euphemism used ) It is. You can comment on a video in this new platform? Great, but you could already comment videos everywhere you wanted. You could come to this forum and create a post about a video you love or dislike in the off-topic section (within CS, but you can always go somewhere else). It doesn't change the fact that disabled comments won't show for anyone not willingly using this platform, nor influence Youtube's algorithm, so no, turning comments off is as effective as it always was. <insert "cool story, bro" meme> So I see the public service angle: websites are blindly dismantling our decentralized network of troll-time-wasting traps, so someone with a global vision had to step in to keep trolls safely trapped at their keyboards. It's not the hero we wanted, it's the hero we needed
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    10-Core No HT vs 8-Core With HT

    Better at what? That question is key. SMT can improve performance somewhat in many instances, although hardly a 25%. Then it can boost performance even more in some specific (dare I say cherry-picked? ) scenarios. And then it can have from no effect to negative (sometimes substantially negative in specific cases -and it often depends on the scheduler, which may mask a performance drop as a "no effect" if choosing the wrong logical processors) in some other cases. Take the following two examples: (1) Cinebench. Look at comparable processors with and without HT, or the same processor tested with HT on and HT off. Focus on the "MP ratio", and you'll see how it jumps from less than the core count to more than the core count as you enable HT (say, a qua-core no-HT gets an MP ratio of 3.5, but a quad-core with HT gets 4.2). (2) Parallel computations with openMP / MPI, where you max out all cores doing the same exact task simultaneously. I've done a few tests in the past, and the result was always "disable HT". I just finished testing a TR-1920X, see the results for scaling in the spoiler box: As you can see, eventually 23 threads worked the best by a narrow margin, but using more than 12 usually lead to a significant drop in performance. (more in the spoiler box below) TL;DR: for me, it's simply 10>8 , to someone else ( @porina? or is it just "give me AVX ir give me death"? ) it's probably close or even 8+HT > 10. For "general" or "typical" workstation... I doubt there is such thing
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    Nvidia Buys Mellanox [Updated]

    I'm calling it now: "download more GPU", meme of the 2020s
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    Linux Mint installer not seeing SSD

    Guys, final nail in the coffin: trying to diagnose a different problem (impossible to install any Windows from USB), I came across a post by someone who solved their issues with a BIOS update. I checked and I was on 3.20 (mid-2018), but there was a 3.50 available (January 2019). After the BIOS update, my Kubuntu install started to see the both drives, and my Mint 19.1 installer had no problem installing anywhere I chose. So, it was a BIOS-distro combination causing the issue. I'll guess I'll mark this post as a "best answer" in case anyone lands here from a search engine, but thanks to everyone who helped me troubleshoot this. Enjoying life in green right now (Btw, the Windows USB install problem persisted after the BIOS update... )
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    Linux Mint installer not seeing SSD

    Small update: Latest Kubuntu (18.10): same as Mint 19.1, only sees Drive 1 Previous-to-last Mint (18.1): Sees both drives (unfortunately, no wifi doesn't work and cabling not finished yet, so can't try installing, then upgrading yet). Latest SL (7.6): Sees both drives and wifi works. But it's on Kernel 3.1 or something (I believe the others are at 4.3.x or similar). Also, it sucks :P but I like its partition options at install (and most nothing else). Latest (Intel's) Clear Linux (28100): sees no drive (both being Intel), can't remember wifi. At this point, I'm blaming Clear Linux results on it being beta, and the rest seem to follow the pattern "new kernel, good for wifi, old kernel, good for Drive 1". I may just end up with Mint or Kubuntu on Drive 2 for now, if I manage to prevent them from using the full drive, as they provided the best live boot experience (SL 7.6 is not that bad but comes too barren -not even a kind of "software center"-, and too unpopular for easy plug-and-play solutions). I continue to wonder what's so specific about that kernel-drive combination, though.
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    Why does faster ram help Ryzen?

    There's also connecting the CCX to... the (other) CCX I'm not sure that's the main factor, but you may want to look at Ryzen's cache layout, as it is possible that at least L3 cache may be reached across CCXs in some scenarios, or even mere scheduling shifting workloads from some core to another core in a different CCX.
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    Do you think I can work for linus media group?

    I think you either omitted something or I'm confused
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    Some people seem to hate Linux

    Oh, that's a different story: in just two months with it (brand new laptop) it already destroyed my WiFi drivers, no solution but re-install Windows from recovery partition. Like, the issue with 10 is not using the CLI, it's whether a solution, in any format or interface, even exists
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    Some people seem to hate Linux

    It depends when it happened. While I don't think it was representative of the "WIndows 7 experience", towards the end of Win 7's life that happened to practically everyone. What would the "typical user" do? Not sure, I assume many continue to run a slower system (hanged Windows update would remain consuming resources in the background forever), never knowing of what exactly happened. I don't even particularly mind it -one of my best Linux experiences was a GUI-less Debian. I just think it's good to separate whether something is good, bad, or subjectively convenient, and whether it is true or false
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    Intel CPUs afflicted with simple spec-exec vulnerability

    I guess it goes back to the old dilemma (trilemma?): would you rather find a worm, half a worm, or no worm in the apple you just bit?
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    Some people seem to hate Linux

    A typical user in a corporate / institutional environment, probably, most likely. A typical standalone home user, absolutely impossible.
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    Some people seem to hate Linux

    I'm pretty neutral about Linux. After many years and different distros in different contexts, my taste for it has only mildly decline (from "I hope this replaces windows everywhere" to plain neutral). While "neutral" wasn't a big deal a few years ago, now it's enough to top the rank, at a safe distance from its alternatives In brief, I don't love it, but it's among the few left I don't hate. I have a much stronger view on a certain breed of Linuxers. I think some of their characteristics were brought up in this thread by others, but I think the best way to sum it is to paraphrase Louis Rossman (he was discussing Apple cultists): they deny their (and, at the very least, your) experience. It's not whether they love Linux, or they think you would be better off with it, or even whether they think everyone with a brain cell should switch, now. It's how they can engage in experience denial in order to support their view. It's not the same to meet someone who, all things considered, prefers alternative A, than to meet someone with "alternative facts" about the experience under alternative A. It's like not allowing your ex-post perception to deviate from your ex-ante expectation, no matter what. I don't know if I'm doing a good job at explaining the concept, but I really encourage you to watch Rossman's video about analogous Apple users, and then reflect on how his concept may apply to some Linux users: (also notice that this is separate from the unwelcoming A.L.E.s - while that can discourage some newcomers, it's a different phenomenon) I find it easier and more enjoyable to engage with "data-driven" Linuxers
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    NSA makes powerful tool open-source

    #NotALawyer
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    Intel CPUs afflicted with simple spec-exec vulnerability

    I'm pretty sure AMD (or maybe motherboard manufacturers?) kept referring to both a Northbridge and a Southbridge in their chipsets, on top of the "CPU/NB" which was the integrated piece including the memory controller, up to the 990FX chipset. The later FM2+ processors had more integrated controllers so they lost the "Northbridge" (don't know if the IMC was still the "CPU/NB" in those BIOS). To clarify, I know for a fact the name in BIOS was "CPU/NB", and that they included a "Southbridge" (SB950, SB920), but I'm not sure if there is any formal reference to the other chip as "Northbridge". Also, I'm not claiming naming was consistent with functionality. PS: found a screenshot I uploaded some time ago (970 motherboard) with NB multiplier, CPU NB voltage, and HT speed (separate from NB multiplier) Anyway, speaking about CPU history: am I the only one less concerned about who goes bankrupt and more concerned about how much performance gain did Speculative Execution bring about, and how much we may give up if security holes accumulate to the point where it's ditched altogether?
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