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  1. A bit of golfing: Barring DOA drives, what's the fastest you've had a hard drive die? Add a point for every month the drive survived. Subtract 2 points each for: High Capacity (8TB+) High Speed (10kRPM) Enterprise (Seagate Exos & Enterprise Capacity, WD Gold, HGST Enterprise) Drive Eaters (controllers that you discover cause drives to fail) Cascade failure (one drive failing causes another similar-age drive to fail due to increased usage) "It's new, I swear" ("new" drive discovered to have had >1k hours on-time before
  2. Once upon a time I heard the following phrase: (This also implanted upon me the concept of "Open Sores", what you encounter when dealing with Open Source software) While you can go and do this with TrueNAS Core and the like, unless you're good at it, you're gonna spend a lot of time figuring out what you want and need. It is 100% true that I can build a storage server with more density for the same price... If my time is worth nothing. At my salary, that thing would cost over $30K more, simply from the time I would have to put into it. The fact of the matter is
  3. After working in The Biz for a while, I have some knowledge of why. Any organization inside a software development house will function like a bureaucracy, as any organization will eventually fall into this despite hopes for pseudoanarchy. In the case of QA, they're often left to their own devices. This "just... tell us what's wrong" approach means that there's a disconnect between developers and testers. From my understanding, Microsoft started encouraging developers inside to test releases through some form of internal "insiders program". We know that this sort of thing exist
  4. Mitsubishi Raycon 2mm thick acrylic. After working with that exact acrylic, it's a fair shade above the typical stuff. It's used in large scale aquarium tanks and museum displays.
  5. Saw this as I was reading Twitter: http://www.shop-siomi.com/shopdetail/000000000043/001/X/page1/recommend/ An ATX case, made in Japan, that costs over 450US alone, plus the cost of getting it out of Japan. Tired of those weakling screw in standoffs? How about standoffs that can probably hold your motherboard so rigid a 3lb air cooler can't weigh it down. GPU flex? Not on my watch! This absolute UNIT of a case can sport a combination of disk layouts with up to 43 small size SSDs shoved into it, can hold up to nine 5.25in bays (Hotswaps for DAYS) and h
  6. I'm going to have to disagree with Linus here. The Athlon 3000G wasn't built for Gamers™, it was built for web browsing, light day to day tasks, and shoots at the market that Pentiums and i3s shoot for. For reference, a good friend of mine built a machine around the 3000G. The requirements? Runs a browser, at least somewhat performatively. Handles Word/Excel/Powerpoint Maybe runs Minecraft? Fits in a mini ITX case. This case to be exact: https://www.amazon.com/WIN-150W-Mini-ITX-Black-BQ656T-AD150TB3/dp/B01LVV6WVU That system is happily cranking al
  7. Huh. Here's to hoping that Asus continues this process. Their ROG Strix XG49VQ ( https://www.asus.com/us/Monitors/ROG-Strix-XG49VQ/ ) has 12bpc 4:2:2 YCbCr support and is sub $1000, though it only does 400 nits (which I actually prefer!) Good job, Asus, you're helping push some of the cost down of good HDR content.
  8. I'm going to guess that the cables that Linus is using are Corning Thunderbolt cables. Specs from Corning: https://www.corning.com/optical-cables-by-corning/worldwide/en/products/thunderbolt-optical-cables.html Get them from newegg: https://www.newegg.com/black-corning-32-81-ft-thunderbolt-cable/p/N82E16812795001 Tldr: they're balls expensive but come in 100ft lengths if you really need them. Pair those with something like a Thunderbolt Adapter < https://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-Thunderbolt-Adapter-DisplayPort-TBT3TBTADAP/dp/B019FPJDQ2/ > from StarTech.
  9. Oh man. Brings back some memories. Definitely gotta give a few different classic games a shot from the mid-aughts LAN days: Serious Sam ARMA Battlefield 1942 Portal Far Cry GTA Just to name a few. Portal was way on the high side of that but oh boy if you had a couple copies of Serious Sam kicking around you were the go-to friend at LAN parties.
  10. You're very much not its target audience. This is for the person with dollars than sense. This is the "I paid $fuckyou for my computer because I can" and a few steps above the person who buys a Porche 911 Sharkwerks to daily to the grocery store because fuck you and then takes it to mororama and puts a little "RARE ONE OF A KIND" plaque on it to show that they pay for twinkies with a platinum gold card. Where the typical system integrator machine is a Mazda Miata, this is a custom-baked supercar that cost more than the GDP of a small country because my pants don't bulge enough and I need
  11. I'm not talking about the camera trick that produces funky looking images, I'm talking about the HDR we get in games. It also doesn't inherently need multiple exposure samples (you can do certain amounts of HDR with RAW DNG and compensation techniques, a cheater HDR that some photographers use when handling moving subjects and want to avoid ghosts). No, I'm talking about games supporting HDR. Some of the first were in Unreal 3 and an early demo (HL2: Lost Cost), and a lot of the work was done by keeping two textures around and in other areas apply a bloom shader effect to the bright bits
  12. You're uh, new to this whole "cost of new tech" thing, aren't you? First generation of something that hasn't really been done before (remember that this is not GPGPU -- this is not CUDA -- this is adding special silicon for things like Tensor cores and ray tracing) will be more expensive. This isn't re-purposing texture shaders for something else, this is literally dedicated, first generation silicon. There's R&D cost that has to be recouped somewhere. That cost goes to you, the consumer. When CUDA came out, the cards cost more. Hell, dedicated compute cards like the nVidia Tit
  13. Source: ZDNet , AllAboutChromebooks (Image from AllAboutChromebooks) Google has apparently killed their (hiding in plain sight) skunkworks project to run Windows and Linux on Chromebooks under the name "Project Campfire" or "AltOS". From ZDNet: The project would have allowed Chromebooks to officially dual boot Windows or Linux alongside ChromeOS. Chalk another one up for the Google Graveyard. This certainly could have been cool, given that it currently requires quite a bit of shenanigans but is quite doable by the enthusiast... On the other hand, we'v
  14. Source: BleepingComputer Team ARIN ZDNet ARIN, the American Registry for Internet Numbers, is one of the organizations responsible for dolling out IP addresses on the public internet. They've discovered that 757,760 IPv4 addresses were fraudulently allocated (making up 0.02044% of the internets publicly routable IPv4 addresses) by an individual with a few shell companies. From the ARIN press release: Now, digging into the ZDNet article, it seems Mr. Golestan tried to actually tell ARIN that they're just being mean and to go away after making a tidy sum of cash: (em
  15. Source: ZDNet Several major American phone companies have written a joint letter to the FCC stating that they're no longer going to be opening new third-party sharing agreements and are terminating existing ones. From ZDnet: AT&T claims they are only sharing customer location data with E911 services and service such as ride sharing applications but that this, according to the article are limited to "legal and highly controlled cases". So, then -- what's my take on this? If this is really happening, then I think there might be a net good that comes of it fro
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