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    skywake got a reaction from Ben17 in Do Wifi Antenna Extension Cables Work?   
    Except that running Ethernet to an access point gives you more options down the road. It also means that the load across your network is spread across multiple access points. Most of the higher end access points/routers on the market get those high numbers by adding bands together. Having multiple access points is basically the same thing... except spread out across the area you want to cover. Is your option cheaper? Well maybe in the short term. But you'd be going to a lot of effort for something that won't give you the best results now and won't scale going forward

    And anyways, the most "expensive" part of running Ethernet is the time required to do it. The cabling is dirt cheap and there's no reason why you can't re-use your existing gear. You don't have to buy a bunch of new access points, you can just use it to improve the placement of your existing access point or add a single new AP in a place you don't have coverage. If you're going to the effort of doing this do it properly.
     
    WiFi has more overheads than and is technically slower than Ethernet even in lab conditions. Also the way most routers are wired up the WiFi portion is actually connected internally to an Ethernet port. So I'm not sure how well this would work but even if it worked fantastically well it'd be slower than ethernet.
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    skywake reacted to Ertman in Current gen vs Next gen   
    Neat bit. However diminishing returns doesn’t just apply to poly counts. The concept I am talking about is after a certain point improvements become a bit more nuanced and less dramatic. Then of course you run into hardware limitations when introducing or utilizing techniques to   Improve visuals.
     
    Of course your post details much more of what I vaguely mentioned in the post you quoted.
     
    As it is right now There is still plenty of room for visual improvements, it’s that the expectations of seeing those dramatic differences as seen in other console upgrades is unrealistic.
     
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    skywake got a reaction from Paddi01 in Do Antiviruses Still Slow You Down?   
    Not using Antivirus is like not backing up your important files. Of course if you're not super careless you can go for years without ever having to have actually needed it. But if you ever do need it the impact can be pretty huge. Sometimes things slip through the cracks or things that happen that are out of your control. Do you trust all the devices on your Home/Work/School LAN? Do you trust the machines you have to VPN to for work?
     
    There's a reason why Antivirus exists, it's the same reason why if you talk to anyone even remotely connected to IT professionally they will (or should) rattle on about the importance backups. Shit happens and when it does it can be pretty devastating. The only reason you should ever be so flippant about things like backups and antivirus is if you have nothing to loose. And, well, I think we all have something to lose if our HDDs were wiped and accounts logged into.
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    skywake reacted to Nystemy in I’ve been water cooling wrong for YEARS - $H!T Manufacturers Say   
    Modeling thermal behavior is frankly far from trivial.
    Adding a second radiator will generally increase surface area and offer more potential for the air to snatch heat from the water.
    The second radiator will also add more thermal mass, but that is another can of worms since it isn't useful for all workloads.
     
    Though, I can't agree with Corsair's statement that the air will be nearly the same as the water in the loop, since then one must have a fairly efficient radiator design. (Either thick radiators or low air speed, or a combination) How large the temperature difference is in practice can be measured so it can be worth while taking a look at. (Airspeed must though be taken in consideration for it to be a proper study though)

    Also, placing radiators so that the warmest radiators gets to see the warmest air is usually a good idea to implement. (counter flow heat exchangers are a rather useful design to follow.)
    In the end, as long as the radiators aren't restricting air flow (ie have fans), then it shouldn't be a major issue to toss in more of them.
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    skywake got a reaction from Kilrah in Can AMD Beat the ULTIMATE Intel Gaming PC?   
    That kinda defeats the entire point doesn't it? Of course if you are GPU bottlenecked the CPU isn't going to matter much. Even at this extreme with 2x 2080Ti it's a 10% gap. The video is about what CPU makes the most practical sense for gaming at this extreme high end. It's not about mid-range gaming, if it was they'd be once again simply saying "throw a Ryzen 3600 in there and call it a day"
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    skywake reacted to seanondemand in Can AMD Beat the ULTIMATE Intel Gaming PC?   
    For someone to buy, not literally everyone to buy. As mentioned earlier, he did a sickstream the other day with a mid-priced rig build. This is considered to be an "extreme" build that he'd recommend someone with a high budget actually purchase, as opposed to the crazy stuff they build occasionally that's wildly impractical/dumb, where this is a solid high-high-end build that makes (some) sense.
     
    How many mid-price builds does anyone want? It'd be a pretty boring start, "Hey guys, let's talk about Glasswire, ok we're building with a 2600x, gtx 2060 super and solid mid-priced ram/ssds, for the 12th time this month like every pc youtube channel out there"
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    skywake got a reaction from TechyBen in Can AMD Beat the ULTIMATE Intel Gaming PC?   
    They did, and found that there's a couple of degrees difference on a cooler the size of the Noctua D-15 vs a 240mm AIO. So pretty insignificant even when pushed. Of course at the extremes that matters and there are bigger radiators than 240mm but as a general rule? For the average user, especially someone who's not pushing all cores (i.e. someone playing games), an AIO doesn't have much of a performance advantage and generally costs more.
     
    Water isn't magic, it's all surface area and airflow.
     
    I mean, of course the black one isn't faster and you could spend less on the ugly silver and brown one. Though all these tech youtubers have just done videos on the black one so they'd have it on hand. Kinda similar with the 32TB of storage, they have a enough of those Seagate drives to build a HDD fort. So why not use a couple? It makes zero impact on the performance.

    I think you guys are getting into the weeds a bit too much with this one. It was really just an AMD vs Intel CPU battle in gaming at a similar (v high but not farcical) price point. Intel just barely won which shouldn't really surprise anyone at this point. Of course they could have done more to make the two machines absolutely identical.... but they also went into lockdown half way through this so, the trivial differences make sense

    But I guess fanboys and cynics gotta fanboy and cynic.....
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    skywake got a reaction from GNU/Linus in Android on Nintendo Switch is AMAZING.   
    I know I'm a dude with Super Mario Kart as my avatar so you're going to ignore whatever I say anyways. Especially when you're throwing out words like "shill" and "fanboy". Even so I fail to see how Nintendo's aggressive stance towards creators, modding and fan projects hurts consumers. Do I agree with their approach? No. But making things harder for content creators is kinda the opposite of what a company should be doing if they want favourable coverage. By rubbing content creators the wrong way all they've done is ensure that a large section of people will nit-pick.
     
    The way Nintendo does things one thing you can pretty much guarantee that videos like this one from LMG are not sponsored in any way. Especially in a video about running unauthorised software on it. Not saying that LMG are "shills" for anyone else but because they're clearly not being supported at all by Nintendo in the above video? When they talk positively about the Switch in the above video, it's clearly not something they're saying to get a tick from Nintendo. 
     
    And if you think Nintendo's approach means they're "bullies" who push people into being positive about their products? Clearly you have forgotten about the Wii U
     
    ...............
     
    As a side note, as cool as running Android on the Switch is as an owner of an early model Switch I don't I'll bother with it. Seems more of a "because you can" thing than something actually useful. Besides, it's not like there's a shortage of other Android devices that can fill that gap for me. Very cool, very impressive but only in the "running Doom on your Fridge" kind of way.
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    skywake got a reaction from dalekphalm in Sonos 'End of Life' products to not get any new updates   
    Just saw the WAN show, thought I'd make a comment regarding something @LinusTech said that wasn't accurate. It's definitely worth noting that, for this round of legacy devices at least, all of the devices being made "legacy" bar the boost (which is just a WiFi repeater) and the CR200 (which is a controller) DO have AUX in. Which makes sense because all of these are products that launched before 2009, before Spotify's launch in the US. When these products launched Sonos was mostly about internet radio, playing music from your iPod and playing music off a network share. Music streaming services were a novelty

    The Play3 was their first "no inputs" speaker in 2011, launching not-co-incidentally around the same time that Spotify launched in the US. That speaker and every product after this is not in the list of obsolete devices. Here's a graph that probably explains why this is, only two products SKUs on this graph are part of this group of legacy devices (note there were multiple Connects & Connect:AMPs). Node that both "legacy" devices have 32MB storage & RAM. Clearly they wanted a new feature they couldn't fit in 32MB



    Honestly, it's pretty easy to get a bit worked up about this one. As someone who has multiple Sonos products I certainly was when I first skimmed through some of the posts about this. But the more I dig into it the less concerned I am. As someone who cares about the Environment does obsolescence by firmware update worry me? Of course. But honestly, there are far worse offenders for far less reasonable reasons than this.
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    skywake got a reaction from MrReptilian in Why buy a more expensive motherboard?   
    Yeah, if you don't know that you need the expansion options you probably don't need them. Honestly most people can get away with a pretty entry level board as long as it's compatible with the CPU you are looking at. I personally would go a tiny bit above bargain basement just to get an extra 2 RAM slots and a second x16 PCIe slot (even if it's wired for x8) purely for a bit of expansion piece of mind. 
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    skywake got a reaction from Tristerin in Why buy a more expensive motherboard?   
    Yeah, if you don't know that you need the expansion options you probably don't need them. Honestly most people can get away with a pretty entry level board as long as it's compatible with the CPU you are looking at. I personally would go a tiny bit above bargain basement just to get an extra 2 RAM slots and a second x16 PCIe slot (even if it's wired for x8) purely for a bit of expansion piece of mind. 
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    skywake got a reaction from Aristotle2019 in What are the features of Optical Drives   
    I wouldn't hold my breath for newer optical media standards as we more-or-less just got a new one a few years ago with UHD BluRay. And with UHD BluRay we're at the point now where we have a format that exceeds the quality that movies are usually captured at and more or less exceeds the spec of any TV you can buy. 

    In terms of relevance to PCs? I think it's only something that matters if you have a large collection of BluRays already and want to copy them to some network attached storage. That's the only reason I can think of why you'd want an optical drive on a PC in 2019. And for that any BluRay drive will do unless you're specifically wanting to get into UHD discs. If you're just wanting to causally watch a couple of movies? Use a streaming service or buy a BluRay player....
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    skywake got a reaction from Zando Bob in Why are so many people against consoles?   
    True, but on all sides not just on PC. And even within a platform people will mindlessly defend one option over another because of time/money/emotion invested. Quite litterally what being a mindless fanboy is. When people have locked themselves into something they will naturally defend and justify that decision after the fact.
     
    The Wii U litterally has a Wii built in for full backwards compatibility. But it's somewhat limited in what it can do and, officially, can't play Gamecube games. I assume because it lacks the memory card slots and Gamecube controller ports. They also stripped GC compatibility from all of the later versions of the Wii for the same reason. But it's definitely something that people have enabled via homebrew. Not sure if it's reading the discs themselves or off a HDD but.....
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    skywake got a reaction from Lurick in CAT5E? CAT6? CAT7?   
    Technically the cable categories are just a measure of bandwidth over distance so it's a bit more complicated than that. The numbers you are quoting here are for 100m which is quite a bit longer than what you'd expect in a typical run for a house. Yes Cat5e for 1Gbps speeds because it easily meets the spec and is basically the cheapest cable you can get. But for "future proofing" to 10Gbps in a typical house you can probably get away with Cat6 rather than Cat6e because in a typical house you runs will be well under 50m. And Cat7 is complete a waste of time, don't bother with it. 

    With that said @Rhaemond is only talking about connecting to the internet so all of this discussion is completely useless anyways. Even if they had a super fantastic internet connection I highly doubt they're going to anywhere near saturating 1Gbps. Hell, even if they have a file server and are asking about transferring files, even then the value of 10Gbps at this stage is pretty slim. Put simply, anyone who is unsure about what cable they should get? Very unlikely they'll know enough to actually be able to take advantage of 10Gbps so probably best to just go with Cat5e.
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    skywake got a reaction from PlayStation 2 in Consoles bound to AMD products   
    It's easy to get lost in the "this brand performs better" talk. The reality is that at specific price points there isn't really much of a gap between any of them. Whether that's AMD vs Intel or AMD vs Nvidia. Even when AMD's CPUs were super bellow par, they were super bellow par at significantly lower price points. With consoles there's also the fact that they can probably get a better deal if they go with AMD for both CPU & GPU than they would if they were AMD/NVidia, Intel/NVidia or Intel/AMD. So it kinda makes sense that in the generations since AMD acquired Radeon (2006, post R&D phase for the Wii/360/PS3 gen) it's been pretty much entirely AMD/AMD with the exception of the Switch with its Nvidia SoC.
     
    The Wii U was PPC based. Easy to laugh at it now with 20:20 hindsight but when you take your head back to ~2010 when they made that choice you can see why. By going PPC they maintained full backwards compatibility with Wii. They also made it easier for companies to port from 360/PS3 at a time when the PS3/XBOne were still a few years away. One of the many things that bit them in the end but... still worth remembering
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    skywake got a reaction from dalekphalm in Consoles bound to AMD products   
    It's easy to get lost in the "this brand performs better" talk. The reality is that at specific price points there isn't really much of a gap between any of them. Whether that's AMD vs Intel or AMD vs Nvidia. Even when AMD's CPUs were super bellow par, they were super bellow par at significantly lower price points. With consoles there's also the fact that they can probably get a better deal if they go with AMD for both CPU & GPU than they would if they were AMD/NVidia, Intel/NVidia or Intel/AMD. So it kinda makes sense that in the generations since AMD acquired Radeon (2006, post R&D phase for the Wii/360/PS3 gen) it's been pretty much entirely AMD/AMD with the exception of the Switch with its Nvidia SoC.
     
    The Wii U was PPC based. Easy to laugh at it now with 20:20 hindsight but when you take your head back to ~2010 when they made that choice you can see why. By going PPC they maintained full backwards compatibility with Wii. They also made it easier for companies to port from 360/PS3 at a time when the PS3/XBOne were still a few years away. One of the many things that bit them in the end but... still worth remembering
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    skywake got a reaction from kxrider85 in Wiring house with CAT6 questions...   
    Adding to what everyone else has said there are also scenarios where you might want the two cables to be two different things. Not just VLANs or more bandwidth necessarily. You may want one to be powering an access point or a camera via PoE. You may want a direct 10Gbps link between two devices but not want to have to buy multiple 10Gbps switches. You might even want to play around with one of those HDMI over Ethernet devices.
     
    Speaking for myself? I did a single run to every point I wanted networking and it's certainly workable. But there are certainly some locations where more than one run would've been handy. Honestly, if you're doing this make a point of overdoing it a bit and you'll save yourself money/effort in the long run. I ran my cables about 5 years ago, 5 runs in total all 1 cable. At that point that was pretty overkill because I had basically one device per run with the exception of my TV room. I now have only 1 room with 1 device, everywhere else has 2-5 wired devices. So 5 & 8 port switches in every room. I also have two rooms which have access points which are powered via PoE and I have to use a PoE injector rather than a central PoE switch. Also even though I don't need it at all I've toyed with the idea of 10Gbps but to do that the cheapest option would be to do more cable runs.

    First world problems for sure, having 1Gbps to every room alone is pretty amazing compared to the speeds I used to get across the house on WiFi. But if you're doing cable runs do at least two for every location. The cost/effort of running a second cable while you're doing it anyway is pretty trivial. If I had done two runs instead of 1 everywhere I would currently have:
    - 3 more spare power points around the house
    - my UPS backing up power to both access points instead of just 1 (and more flexibility in where I put my second AP)
    - A couple of hundred $ cheaper upgrade path to 10Gbps between my NAS/PC if I wanted to

    ..... also if I was to do it again I would've done separate runs for my APs and mounted them on the roof instead of ghetto mounting them on the wall after the fact. Something which I am thinking of doing anyways
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    skywake got a reaction from gabrielcarvfer in Google Stadia (Cloud Gaming)   
    The way I see it the main selling point of game streaming has always been that you can have high end visuals on low end devices. Think of the NVidia Shield or the Wii U GamePad. Despite the lack of commercial success the entire point of those products was that you could have relatively high spec visuals on a semi-portable device. Laugh at the Wii U if you want but in 2012 the idea of having Assassin's Creed on the Wii U GamePad was pretty compelling given how far behind the Vita and 3DS were.
     
    The issue I have with Stadia though is that this key selling point isn't as compelling as it was 5-10 years ago. Worse it's getting increasingly less compelling as the years go on. Think about it, what makes the Switch less compelling today than a high end gaming PC or an XBOne X? Not really the games it can run so much. More the fact that the Switch is only doing 720p/30fps most of the time and those higher spec machines are pushing 4K. But with Stadia, because it's streaming, you're giving up framerate and resolution anyways. So why not just leverage the increasing power of the mobile GPU in your devices instead?
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    skywake got a reaction from Ithanul in What consoles do you own if you have any?   
    Those were VC releases not remasters. Also the emulation on Wii U VC was pretty average overall. Other than save states and lower latency on modern tvs with HDMI vs the original no reason to bother with them on Wii U. Go with the 3DS versions
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    skywake got a reaction from Ithanul in What consoles do you own if you have any?   
    And yet you included the PS2, Gamecube, OG XBox and Pro versions of PS4 & XBOne but not Wii U and 3DS. I mean I can forgive you for forgetting the Wii U even as someone who has one and always used to defend it. It isn't available for sale anymore and it sold worse than anything else on your list. I can also kinda understand including the PS2 in here even though it's discontinued and has been for years given that globally it's still the best selling console ever. But ignoring the 3DS is a bit rough given that it's still available on store shelves, unlike Wii U, and sold more units than half of the stuff on your list.

    Especially when you're for some reason including different SKUs of the PS4 & XBOne. I don't count the PS4 Pro or XBOne X as "different consoles" to the originals. And if they are then the DSi and New 3DS should be included. And if you think it would have been stupid to have included them then.... you understand my point about the PS4 Pro and XBOne X
     
     
    You don't have to say this in every thread and in any case this really isn't true anymore and hasn't been for a while. In the first half of 2017? Sure, this was arguably where the Switch was in comparison to the Wii U's library. But now you're just starting to sound a bit crazy when you say this. 

    This would be my list worthwhile Wii U exclusives left without something equivalent either on Switch or upcoming:
    - Pikmin 3
    - Super Mario 3D World
    - Zelda HD remasters

    And this is the reverse of that, stuff that's on Switch that has no Wii U equivalent:
    - Super Mario Odyssey
    - Arms
    - Mario + Rabbids 
    - Pokemon Lets Go
    - Pokemon Sword/Shield
    - Link's Awakening
    - Animal Crossing
    - Astral Chain (I'm pretty hyped about this one TBH)
    - Bayonetta 3
    - Fire Emblem
    - Actual third party support
    - Pretty much all of the indie games

    If you had a Wii U and loved it? You clearly like Nintendo's stuff enough to have got the Wii U. As such at this stage you're really going to start missing out on a LOT by not getting a Switch. If you are a fan of Nintendo there's no reason for you not to have or at least want a Switch. Anyone who says otherwise, anyone who says that the Wii U is enough, they're fooling nobody but themselves at this point.
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    skywake got a reaction from SteveGrabowski0 in What consoles do you own if you have any?   
    Those were VC releases not remasters. Also the emulation on Wii U VC was pretty average overall. Other than save states and lower latency on modern tvs with HDMI vs the original no reason to bother with them on Wii U. Go with the 3DS versions
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    skywake got a reaction from Johnny4990 in THIS Piece of JUNK was my first phone!   
    My first phone was a motorola c201 "coke phone", I believe I got it the same year @LinusTech got his. It was part of a promo with Coke here in Australia where you could get a phone on a Telstra Pre-Paid Contract for I believe $50 if you brought in a certain number of labels from bottles of Coke to a post office. I believe it had Snake, don't remember what the other games were.
     

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    skywake got a reaction from TechyBen in THIS Piece of JUNK was my first phone!   
    Yeah, it has kinda turned around again in the last couple of years. It used to be that buying an older model or a cheaper model meant you were missing out on a lot of features. These days even entry level phones have 720p 5" screens, wireless AC, 4G, 2GB RAM, ~8MP cameras. For what I use my phone for i.e. messenger, email, web browser, occasional photos, gps and music? That's enough for me.
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    skywake got a reaction from PlayStation 2 in Console choices for Home Entertainment   
    Something worth adding here that was deleted when @SansVarnic cleaned the thread. It is worth pointing out that the XBOne S actively converts surround signals to Dolby Digital 5.1. This won't matter if you don't have a surround setup or if you have a "proper" surround setup but for some setups this is a pretty big deal. For example if you have something like a Sonos with two rears as I do you are limited to what can be pushed over HDMI ARC or optical. HDMI ARC only supports Stereo PCM or Dolby Digital 5.1, so DD 5.1 is the only option if you want surround.
     
    My other non-4K BluRay player did this, the new UHD player (Panasonic DP-UB420) I got instead of an XBOne S as a way to save a bit of money does not. It will only downmix Dolby signals to DD 5.1 and DTS-HD to DTS but also anything to Stereo PCM. So I'm in this interesting position where most BluRays, which have a DTS-HD track, don't work in surround for me but all DVDs do and a lot of newer UHD disks with Dolby Atmos do also. I still have my old player so I can get around this but still, as far as I'm concerned an XBox One is not only a good option for a 4K BluRay player but it's one of the better options.
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    skywake got a reaction from Not Eligible For Stars in UAP-AC-PRO vs. UAP-nanoHD   
    Yeah, the second port on anything but the super high end APs are purely for convenience and redundancy. There's not much of a reason for LAG on any of these APs anyways as they are not going to saturate 1Gbps. The Nano will get close if you have a whole bunch of Wave 2 AC devices hitting DL all at once but it won't quite get there and you're unlikely to do this in a home environment anyways. Always good to run two cables but only because the effort involved in running the cable is high and the cost of the cable itself is trivial
     
    It's worth pointing out that most of these APs come with a PoE injector in the box. From memory I think the only ones that don't are the multi-packs.

    In terms of the in-wall AP I don't think the range is quite as good because it has a smaller antennae array. The only reason I'd go with one of those is if you were installing it over an existing wallplate or if you wanted to piggyback a PoE device via the PoE passthrough like a camera or a VOIP phone. If you're doing new cable runs anyways I'd just run one for the AP and one two a couple of ports in a standard wallplate for a better and cheaper end result than the In-Wall HD.
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