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Everything posted by WMGroomAK

  1. Noticed it this morning and was going to post a Status Update on that but wasn't sure how best to put it... Feels more disorganized though with having Hardware mixed in with Community stuff at the bottom. Wasn't sure if this was just something they were working on with an update or what.
  2. So, because one DRM is proven to be completely worthless and would probably only take about a day to crack, they decide to implement a second one on top of that? GG Ubisoft... They should have just scrapped Denuvo completely if they were going to implement a DRM that is essentially creating a VM on your machine to run the game through. Then again, maybe all devs should just scrap Denuvo as it's 'protection' appears to be worthless now.
  3. I have a feeling that the existing stock will sell out as it makes for a great, cheap 3D scanner and has a lot of useful applications outside of gaming such as the Augmented Reality Sandbox... Good technology, just wrong platform and use case. That being said, I guess I should go buy a half dozen before they all sell out. https://arsandbox.ucdavis.edu
  4. It could make a difference in the amount of time it takes to run a task on how sensitive the software is to things like thread count vs core speed or if the software allows for CUDA Accel or supports GPU based accel at all... IIRC, some software like Adobe Premiere for video editing prefers to have more cores up to a certain amount (around 10 I think) but also prefers to have higher clock speeds. It doesn't make much sense to throw too much into the GPU if your CPU becomes the software bottleneck, however, at the same time if the software supports CUDA accel, then it would definitely be beneficial to get a card that can utilize it. Might not be too bad of an idea if you are looking at this as a system for college as well to look at what software the classes you would be taking use and read up on that a bit. In general though, I would agree with @Ashiella that a 1600 with something like a 6 GB 1060 should be a good all around workstation and should provide for some potential future upgrade paths...
  5. Any idea on specific applications? Some applications can be written to better handle more CPU threads while others can take advantage of GPU acceleration and others really prefer higher individual core speeds...
  6. Can you provide some hints as to what applications you will be using for programming & compiling? Would help out in what would be a better hardware configuration...
  7. Probably for a little bit, however, the AI described above is supposedly already beating both letter and image based CAPTCHAs. As for the browsing history based reCAPTCHAs, I give those just about as much chance of having success as any of the others as what this is showing is that AI such as this and the AlphaGo Zero is getting more easily developed to conquer specific tasks with lighter hardware loads and smaller training sets. By my best guess, CAPTCHAs and other anti-bot software will probably be about as effective as Denuvo currently is by around 2020. Of course, with this being a Bay Area startup and the potential behind this kind of image recognition functionality, I could easily imagine a situation where they are looking at trying top get bought out by Google or Alphabet.
  8. Ars Technica has a nice write up of an article in Science where a Bay Area startup called Vicarious AI has developed a new AI based on how a mammals visual cortex works called the Recursive Cortical Network (RCN). The best description of how this works from Ars is: https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/10/inspired-by-brains-visual-cortex-new-ai-utterly-wrecks-captcha-security/ When they used this methodology on reCAPTCHA, training the AI with the Georgia Font, the RCN was able to have a 94% recognition rate of letters as opposed to the human accuracy of 87% and the system even achieved a 57% accuracy against BotDetect, which is used by PayPal & Yahoo. When looking at training samples, this AI outperforms it's next best contender by about 1.9% but achieves this with only about 1400 image samples as compared to the leading contenders 7.9 million images. It would seem to me that the CAPTCHA methodology of determining whether someone is a bot or not may be reaching it's end with this.
  9. I think that Anandtech is looking at the HP Envy x360 with the R5 2500U as starting at $700.00. Honestly, if the fully spec-ed out version of this with the R7 chip performs as well as AMD is indicating and is less than $1000.00, then I'm really tempted to pick one up. https://www.anandtech.com/show/11963/hp-announces-envy-x360-15-with-ryzen-mobile
  10. I would say that I'm glad they're going with a single 4-core CCX, however, I'm hoping you can get DDR4 speeds running higher than 2400 on these chips since that will probably significantly affect both the CPU and GPU performance across the Infinity Fabric. Now to wait for the actual benchmarks to be released...
  11. It's a short throw Laser Projector projector with a TV Tuner (at least from what I can find out). Technically what the HiSense package consists of: 100-inch Anti-Glare screen from Screen Innovations HiSense Short Throw 4K Laser Projector with incorporated 2 channel speakers and TV Tuner Wireless 6.5-inch subwoofer.
  12. Is it just me or do other people sometimes also accidentally read demonetization as demonization? OT: This gets to one of those complicated portions with the internet, how it is set-up and Google as a successful corporation... Does Google have a right to determine what content they will allow on their platforms and what they will deny? I would say that they do, however as a company with far reaching social impacts that supposedly tries to encourage free & open communication I would hope that they would only censor the most abhorrent content if any... This gets to that problem of what is abhorrent content though and who determines that, which is a gray area where what I may consider to be abhorrent, someone else might consider perfectly fine... Ideally, the internet should be a platform that allows for free speech and the trade of free thoughts where if you disagree with someone you can present an articulate argument to counter it and have a productive discussion. In real life however, the internet tends to feel like the exact opposite. As for this case, not really sure and I think it could be argued both ways rationally in a court of law.
  13. While not a standard LED/LCD TV, HiSense has released what they are calling their 100-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart Laser TV. Basically this is working with a short throw Laser Projector to project the image onto a 'super-thin, lightweight, 100" Screen Innovations Anti-Glare screen', however the form factor and specs look really nice and this is supposed to be re... Specs from PRnewswire: 4K Ultra HD Resolution UHD Upscaler 3,000 Lumens for Optimal Brightness TV Tuner Hisense Smart TV Platform Built-in 110 Watt Harman Kardon Speakers and Wireless Subwoofer 100" Screen Innovations Anti-Glare Screen DLP 4K UHD digital micromirror device (DMD) chip 2 HDMI Inputs 20,000-Hour Light Source Lifetime https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/hisense-unveils-groundbreaking-100-4k-ultra-hd-smart-laser-tv-300542823.html Now, you may be wondering how much this will cost you and HiSense is selling these right now for $10,000.00 USD, which honestly, while expensive, is a fairly good price IMO for a 4K Laser projector with a 100-inch screen, 'smart' interface and a 2.1 Harmon Kardon 110 watt audio system considering that some Sony Laser Projectors can cost upwards of $20,000.00 and that is just the projector... Now to just sell a kidney and/or eat Top Ramen for about 5-years to afford this. Engadget Article: https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/25/hisense-10000-laser-tv-home-cinema-in-box/
  14. With the recent trend of phones ditching the 3.5 mm headphone jack from new devices, it might be interesting to do a round-up of the top 5 and 5 worst 3.5 mm to bluetooth adapters for audiophiles... Maybe look into some of the issues with battery life, Transmit and Receiver mode functionality, media key functions, added audio latency. Could look at how well it broadcasts both music and audio associated with video like Youtube, Plex Media, etc... To take it a step further, you could test out the audio quality of using an adapter vs dedicated bluetooth headsets and the expenses involved.
  15. Well, since they would be along fiber lines, at least there would be an easy fast connection available to send the data along.
  16. 21 GPUs is actually fairly impressive. Any tips/tricks on what your setup is and how you got it all setup? Would be interesting to see...
  17. I wouldn't say they are completely disregarding gamers if the game optimization bit of the ReLive update is true... It's more along the lines that I think AMD realizes that they cannot compete as well with Nvidia in the gaming arena and their cards happen to be at the better end of the performance per dollar metric for compute tasks so they are trying to support where their cards are being sold.
  18. It would appear that AMD fully realizes that GPU Mining is a profitable business for selling their products and has added a GPU Workload toggle as well as support for up to 12 Polaris or Vega based RX cards on Windows 10 in compute tasks in the newest ReLive Edition 17.10.2. https://www.anandtech.com/show/11959/amd-releases-radeon-software-crimson-relive-edition-17102 One thing to note is that there appear to still be bugs in this as they list two major bugs dealing with the Compute and Multi-GPU setups. First is that the system may hang up when switching to Compute mode while Crossfire is enabled and the second (which would be more major for miners) is that after an extended period of 12x GPU compute workload use, the system may hang. So who has their twelve RX 480s and/or 580s stashed away just waiting for official support? AMD Release Notes: http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/Radeon-Software-Crimson-ReLive-Edition-17.10.2-Release-Notes.aspx
  19. Nah, cause you're still using 2 CPUs... That would by 7 Gamers 1 Motherboard. Here is what I would want to see looked at using for a new 7 Gamers 1 CPU build... https://hothardware.com/news/gigabyte-mz31-amd-epyc-7000-motherboard-16-dimm-slots
  20. Definitely a subjective evaluation, which is kind of how the Mercalli system is setup is to measure felt intensity of the earthquake, where as Richter and Moment Magnitude scales are both based on the amount of energy released as opposed to perceived intensity. Something that is always a bit interesting is to look at the differences between the 'Did You Feel It' results and the Shakemap results for the earthquakes that the USGS posts online. The Shakemaps tend to color out the areas using intensity and base their intensity measurements on Peak Acceleration (%g) and Peak Velocity (cm/s), where as the DYFI maps are more based on reports of damage perceived by people reporting. Of course a phone's accelerometer would hopefully be able to detect peak acceleration and velocity, although I'm unsure how high that would go and under a Scale X+ earthquake I'm not sure I want my phone accelerating at over 156 g's and travelling at over 160 cm/s across the desk. https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/
  21. That might be interesting as a mobile app concept if the app was allowed GPS access and could provide some kind of context such as knowing whether you were in a building and which floor you were on... Of course, I would probably design the app to rate more on the Modified Mercalli Scale of I thru X how severe was the motion you felt thru a slider...
  22. Something like this? https://earthquake.usgs.gov/data/dyfi/ Is actually fairly useful for collecting data after the fact on felt seismicity vs registered seismicity. (At least in the US).
  23. Originally saw the link for this over on HardOCP and as a geologist, thought the concept sounded interesting so pulled up the article. A Geophysicist over at Stanford has developed a method to turn existing fiber optic infrastructure into a massive seismic network in order to create a higher density sensor. The technique works by measuring the backscatter signals from the fiber optic cable to measure the vibrations and strain on the cable. So far, they have run a trial using a 3-mile figure 8 loop on the Stanford campus and have been able to pick up small local tremblors as well as the recent Mexico earthquake. The array, while not as sensitive as a standard seismograph, can be used to distinguish between a magnitude 1.6 and 1.8 earthquake as well as pick up the different P and S waves. The biggest benefit from this is that the cost of using the existing infrastructure of fiber optic internet to establish this sort of network is less than installing seismometers, which can lead to more data and better coverage of cities. 3-mile fiber loop used for testing https://news.stanford.edu/press-releases/2017/10/19/building-billionr-optical-fibers/ While this is not as sensitive as a standard Seismometer network, I could definitely see this as being useful in large urban environments, especially for mapping out the substrate material of the cities, engineering more earthquake proof structures and potentially providing for a possible early warning system (although that part may be very limited in capability). HardOCP Link: https://www.hardocp.com/news/2017/10/23/stanford_researchers_build_earthquake_observatory_optical_fibers
  24. For the majority of people I don't think it will be an issue (unless we reach a point where the FAA wants no electronics on a flight) however there are small groups of people, especially in the media industry, that can't carry on all the electronics they would need for their job and I think that's where this will have the biggest impact. I don't know how much gear Linus and crew need to take to perform a shoot at something like CES or another expo/convention/product reveal or if they could even get away with fitting it all into their carry-on and that's where I would see this having the biggest impact.
  25. Thought that this was an interesting article that may have a large impact on @LinusTech and other YouTubers attending future conventions. In an article posted on Engadget, the FAA is proposing new rules that would limit the electronics that you can check in at the airport to the size of a cellphone or smaller in order to limit the risk of a lithium-ion battery exploding and creating an unmanageable fire in the cargo compartment. https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/20/faa-proposes-ban-large-electronics-checked-baggage/ Petapixel article: https://petapixel.com/2017/10/20/us-urging-airlines-ban-cameras-checked-bags/ This is kind of interesting in which I'm not sure how you would classify something as cellphone size or smaller... Most modern cellphones contain a battery that can be several times larger than a digital camera battery pack. According to the FAA document they are considering this for large Portable Electronic Devices (PED)s which they define as a laptop, tablet, or similar device that is larger than a cellphone or smartphone. I'll admit that I usually carry all my electronics on my carry-on, however that's usually limited to a small digital camera, smartphone, tablet, Switch and an external 20,000 mAH battery pack. This also will probably impact anything that you try to order online and have to get delivered via air as in my experience recently Amazon will not ship large battery packs on air delivery.