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Everything posted by WMGroomAK

  1. Not sure how many on here are fans of NIN, but in an effort to fight the scourge of ticket bots and scalping online sales, Trent Reznor has announced that for the Fall 2018 'Cold and Black and Infinite' tour that there will be no online ticket sales. Tickets are supposed to be sold on the day of the event at a 'first come, first served' basis starting at 8 AM with a sale limit of four tickets per a customer. Given the popularity of NIN and Trent Reznor, I think that this has the potential to be successful for his case, but maybe not so much for other artists. Should be interesting to see if limiting sales to an offline only prevents ticket scalping as badly as online ticket bots allow for... https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/10/nine-inch-nails-fall-tour-no-online-sales/ Before and on the day your tickets go on sale (check the source link for more details) the tickets won't be sold online. Everything will be first come, first served -- hopefully handled by a lottery system -- and you won't be allowed to line up before 8AM the day of in most cases. "You may actually encounter other actual human beings with similar interests likely wearing black clothing during the process and potentially interact with them. The experience has the potential* to be enjoyable," Reznor writes. "Nine Inch Nails has always been about bringing people together, living life to the fullest and good times.**" Remaining tickets will be sold at a later date, potentially online. Reznor's idea is solid way to beat online bots and scalpers (cue the bitching), but it's little more than an inconvenience. As it stands, there's nothing stopping scalpers from standing in line to buy tickets and immediately listing them on StubHub for exorbitant prices. Chances are, you won't even recognize the slimeballs for what they are while you're outside the box office. ... * Not guaranteed ** Not entirely true My main problem with this is that I would love to travel to see one of his concerts, however, I'm not spending money on a plane ticket for a chance to get a ticket to a concert... Off Topic a bit, have to admit my favorite album from NIN is probably 'The Fragile'.
  2. So what you're saying is that if the VRM fails on my GPU, I need to take up the issue with nVidia and not EVGA, right? https://www.pcper.com/news/Graphics-Cards/EVGA-Overheating-VRM-Issue-GeForce-ACX-Coolers As far as I can tell, the only time that the whole graphics card (PCB and all) are the GPU designers is when they are the reference design, otherwise the design specs & PCBs are modified by the AIBs to meet whatever want/need that they are aiming for. AMD or nV may have minimum requirements that they want to see used on the final product, but outside of the reference designs, they don't specify how overbuilt a VRM, what all the outputs are on the card or even what style of cooling is used to keep all of the components at temp.
  3. Just to toss out an example, look at Diphenhydramine (aka: Benadryl, ZZZQuil and many other OTC allergy meds.)
  4. Just going to put ASRock's Statement down here and people can take it as is (with or without salt)... http://www.guru3d.com/news-story/asrock-issues-statement-on-phantom-gaming-series-graphics-card-regional-availability.html
  5. Fairly sure that all of this is actually related to the 'Your Phone' application that MS announced at their Build Developers conference. https://www.techspot.com/news/74497-microsoft-upcoming-phone-app-you-mirror-smartphone-display.html https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/7/17325452/microsoft-windows-10-laptop-phone-mirror-ios-iphone-android-build-2018 Depending on how it integrates Android access into Windows, it may be a neat application. Especially having basically a mirror of my phone basically in a small corner of my work space/background.
  6. Not going to say that this is the case, but it may be that they have a limited supply of silicon and they want to dedicate the majority of that to mining GPUs, with a minority segment going to gaming and instead of having extremely limited supply in all markets focus that limited supply in a single market... It might even be that the gaming GPUs are a part of a longer term strategy to have a product to phase into place should the mining cards suddenly severly drop off.
  7. I'm wondering if it might have to do with card quantities and that AsRock wants to focus more on selling mining GPUs... https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2018/05/07/no-amd-is-not-banning-newest-radeon-gpu-partner-from-selling-in-europe/#10b9dc703802
  8. Of course, even that brief explanation is still probably an over simplification of the complexities of the governmental legal system...
  9. I think you mean legislative branch... The executive branch is more in line with administering the laws that are passed and the judicial branch interprets those laws. Thing is, the executive branch can propose new laws to the legislative branch to pass, however, the legislative branch can rewrite what is proposed and so long as there is a veto proof majority approval from the legislators, the law is passed as the legislators write it.
  10. They only use the best free range AIBs in their products?
  11. Isn't Lisa one of those old Macintosh machines? Does that mean Apple cares about me?
  12. I find it kind of funny that GPP was supposed to be all about being beneficial to the gamer (at least on their public perception) however instead of working to clarify how GPP was going to do that they decided to drop the whole program that they would have supposedly spent money and investment on establishing.
  13. In a blog post today, nVidia has announced that they are ending the GeForce Partners Program (GPP) and 'leaning into GeForce'. Essentially, nVidia is sticking with what they stated was the original goal of GPP as having been correct, however have recognized all of the 'rumors, conjecture and mistruths' about the program and decided to end it. I have a feeling that this is their personal PR spin on the controversy and they may have also had some lawyers come back and say they were skirting too close to a grey legal area. https://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2018/05/04/gpp/ Hot Hardware Article: https://hothardware.com/news/nvidia-ends-geforce-partner-program I'm guessing that Kyle over at HardOCP will not be on nVidia's Christmas list anytime soon ... Now the question will be whether some of the AIB card partners that were beginning to create AMD specific brands pull those back to add AMD cards back into their main gaming brands or whether they are kept separate.
  14. I think that is why they are looking at this primarily for low power chips or to have the low power silicon be the lower wafer on the setup...
  15. They might be able to... I've been reading EETimes write-up of the TSMC roadmap and it seems like the WoW is being added to supplement some of the other options they offer currently, such as the Chip on Wafer on Substrate (CoWoS). https://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1333244&page_number=3 Although I have to admit that the rest of their roadmap is fairly interesting as TSMC is planning on producing 1.1 million wafers/year using the 10/7-nm nodes and begin production using 5 nm EUV machines sometime in 2020.
  16. During TSMC's tech symposium, TSMC unveiled their new Wafer on Wafer silicon stacking technology which, if implemented, will allow for the stacking of two silicon wafers on top of each other to connect chips as opposed to having the multiple dies sitting side by side and using an interposer. According to the Overclock3d article, the ideal situation to use this would be on wafers with chip yields greater than 90% and to decrease thermal risks, the tech is better suited for low-power parts. https://overclock3d.net/news/misc_hardware/tsmc_reveals_wafer-on-wafer_chip_stacking_technology_-_wow/1 It might be interesting to see if AMD &/or nVidia might use this to interconnect their GPUs directly to the memory. Basically stick the low power/heat silicon on the bottom and have a direct connection to the high power/heat silicon that's on the top... Might also be fairly useful for something like image processors and/or upcoming phones. I doubt that we'll see full GPU dies directly connected to CPU dies anytime soon due to heat/power constraints (although that could be interesting).
  17. I was thinking that I needed to upgrade from my S6 this year, but so far the options I'm seeing are a bit underwhelming... This might have been a good option if they didn't include the notch and gave it a bit of a bigger battery. Maybe I'll see if I can wait to see what the next Note looks like.
  18. I've also offered style advice and proofread several papers for friends in college (usually scientific geology papers) to try and help them get their thoughts in order (huzzah for dyslexia?), however I'm not the one writing it. It kind of destroys the whole premise of learning material and showing that you've learned it if you pay someone to write the whole essay.
  19. A BBC Trending investigation has unveiled 1400 videos, accounting for more than 700 million views that has advertising for Edubirdie, which is a Ukranian based service that sells essay writing services. According to the report, while essay writing services are not illegal, students that submit work they have paid someone else to write may suffer severe penalties. It is a bit harder for YouTube to monitor for these videos in that they are not ads paid to be played on YouTube directly, but more content creator ad spots contained within videos. YouTube's response so far has been to say that: and that: As for Edubirdie, they state: BBC Article: http://www.bbc.com/news/education-43956001 What is really disturbing to me on this is that there appear to be YouTube channels run be minors who are promoting this service and some of the YouTuber's are promoting the service as a way to Of course, the one funny thing is that the BBC ordered two essays through this service, opting for the written from scratch: Still, I find the advertising of these kind of services disturbing and am not really sure on the best way for YouTube to address this as an issue... If YouTube takes a heavy handed approach, they might revise their guidelines to begin banning third party ads within videos as the 'easiest solution'. My personal preference would be to give these content creators who post videos with these ads a three strike policy, where if they receive three warnings on these kind of ads being within their videos, then they're banned. I have a feeling that this is a bit more complicated though, considering that, for minors at least, the parents should be paying more attention to what their kids are doing online, especially if they are paying for a service...
  20. Have to admit that X299 does feel a bit out of place for Intel on the HEDT space in that Intel about 3 years to go from X79 to X99, another 3 to go to X299 and now it feels like they will be going directly to X399 only about year after X299 was released.
  21. Sad thing is that now I actually do want a Sky-Lake X and X299 board just for the collectors value this may gain in about 15 to 20 years...
  22. It's been a hard time on memory makers with selling as much memory as they can produce, however a new class action lawsuit out of the US District Court for Northern California is asserting that Samsung, Hynix & Micron have been price-fixing DRAM prices. According to the lawsuit, the companies actions have resulted in 4 GB DRAM prices increasing 130% from July 2016 thru February 2018, while the companies more than doubles their revenue between Q1 '16 and Q3 '17. It is also alleged that even though DRAM prices more than doubled during that time period, the production costs did not increase and there have been no process changes to justify the price increases. https://hothardware.com/news/samsung-hynix-and-micron-dram-class-action-suit-collusion ... If the Hagens Berman name sounds familiar, it’s because it was the firm responsible for securing the aforementioned $300 million settlement against Samsung and Hynix. So, it has the experience in this type of litigation and the investigative know-how to see this case through to its eventual resolution. “What we’ve uncovered in the DRAM market is a classic antitrust, price-fixing scheme in which a small number of kingpin corporations hold the lion’s share of the market,” said Steve Berman, who serves as managing partner at Hagens Berman. “Instead of playing by the rules, Samsung, Micron and Hynix chose to put consumers in a chokehold, wringing the market for more profit.” While I think there may be a grain of truth behind the case, I'm not sure how much traction it will get since memory is definitely in high demand and iirc these companies have also been working to open up new Fabs which have associated costs that might not be accounted for in this lawsuit. Either way, it should be interesting and maybe we'll see DRAM prices drop a small bit.
  23. I'm fairly sure that the Windows Sleep bug and this are separate issues (that may have a tangential relation) since the Sleep Bug was showing increased performance on AMD systems whereas this bug is showing both AMD and Intel having decreased performance with a markedly larger performance decrease on Intel vs AMD.
  24. I'm just wondering how will it be organic... Is he going all Dr. Moreau on us now?
  25. I'm going to go speculation here, but my guess is that with the troubles associated with shrinking dies and the increase in cores on newer CPUs that Intel is probably going to be using this as a part of their own MCM processors...