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    WMGroomAK got a reaction from Phoned_ in Analysis of the USB-C dongle/headset mess. Bring back the 3.5 mm jack!   
    An article over on PCWorld looks at why you may or may not be able to easily use your third party USB-C headset or dongles with your new phone.  A big part of this problem arises from whether the phone has/is using a built in DAC or not.  What this leads to is that some dongles will work across a range of devices while others won't and the same with the headset.  Another issue comes from a lack of uniformity across devices.    
     
    https://www.pcworld.com/article/3284186/mobile/bring-back-the-headphone-jack-why-usb-c-audio-still-doesnt-work.html
     
    While I can understand the want to consolidate the number of ports on a device for issues such as IP rating and convenience.  It either needs to be implemented in a standardized fashion or just bring back the 3.5 mm port.  
  2. Funny
    WMGroomAK got a reaction from clickme.sh in Bowser is the New President of Nintendo of America   
    The BBC Article on this has a link to a Nintendo of America Twitter post welcoming him where he has Mario & Luigi tied up in the background...  Also didn't Nintendo recently release another Mario game involving Bowser?  
     
    https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-47326561
     
     
     
  3. Funny
    WMGroomAK got a reaction from EarthWormJM2 in Bowser is the New President of Nintendo of America   
    The BBC Article on this has a link to a Nintendo of America Twitter post welcoming him where he has Mario & Luigi tied up in the background...  Also didn't Nintendo recently release another Mario game involving Bowser?  
     
    https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-47326561
     
     
     
  4. Funny
    WMGroomAK got a reaction from SlimyPython in Bowser is the New President of Nintendo of America   
    The BBC Article on this has a link to a Nintendo of America Twitter post welcoming him where he has Mario & Luigi tied up in the background...  Also didn't Nintendo recently release another Mario game involving Bowser?  
     
    https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-47326561
     
     
     
  5. Funny
    WMGroomAK got a reaction from Techstorm970 in Bowser is the New President of Nintendo of America   
    The BBC Article on this has a link to a Nintendo of America Twitter post welcoming him where he has Mario & Luigi tied up in the background...  Also didn't Nintendo recently release another Mario game involving Bowser?  
     
    https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-47326561
     
     
     
  6. Funny
    WMGroomAK got a reaction from Shreyas1 in Bowser is the New President of Nintendo of America   
    The BBC Article on this has a link to a Nintendo of America Twitter post welcoming him where he has Mario & Luigi tied up in the background...  Also didn't Nintendo recently release another Mario game involving Bowser?  
     
    https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-47326561
     
     
     
  7. Funny
    WMGroomAK got a reaction from mr moose in Crypto exchange QuadrigaCX cannot access its currency due to dead owner   
    Has anyone tried '12345'? 
     
    Honestly though, it really would be better to ensure that any source of investment you go into (including purchasing Crypto) is something that you can retain personal access to...
  8. Like
    WMGroomAK reacted to porina in Intel to release 9990XE? Auction only part...   
    From: https://www.anandtech.com/show/13804/intel-core-i9-9990xe-up-to-5-ghz-auction-only
     
    So... basically it's a special product for HFT.
     
  9. Agree
    WMGroomAK got a reaction from MoonSpot in Intel buying out AMD rumors   
    Yeah, this ain't going to happen, especially with AMD beginning to show profits...  The more likely scenario (still doubtful) would be the mention of Intel trying to poach Lisa Su as their new CEO.  There would be no benefit to Intel as a corporation in outright purchasing AMD.  Feels more like tech clickbait article.
  10. Like
    WMGroomAK got a reaction from Fasauceome in Intel buying out AMD rumors   
    In case people were curious, here is the EETimes article that HotHardware based theirs off of:
    https://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=36&doc_id=1334179
     
    This article is more focused on the perceived lack of showing from Intel at CES vs a stronger showing from AMD and the idea that Intel without a strong CEO may be interested in trying to acquire AMD's CEO...  A couple of key sentences in the article:
     
  11. Funny
    WMGroomAK got a reaction from soldier_ph in Intel to release 9990XE? Auction only part...   
    AnandTech is saying that they've seen documents that Intel may be releasing a core i9-9990XE in the future as a highly binned, auction only to System Integrator part.  This will supposedly be a highly binned 9940X, with 14 cores/28 threads with a base frequency of 4.0 Ghz and Turbo of 5.0 Ghz and a 255 W TDP.  
     
    https://www.anandtech.com/show/13804/intel-core-i9-9990xe-up-to-5-ghz-auction-only
     
    Considering that the 9980XE is a $2000.00 part, I can't imagine this being auctioned for any less than $2300.00 and it being a super-limited edition piece, so probably a bit higher.  Of course, I also can't figure out who this part is for, except for somebody with a lot more money than I've got in reserve...  If this is true, it could be interesting to see if someone gets a hold of the motherboard for this and tries a regular 9940X in it to see what that part can achieve manually...
  12. Funny
    WMGroomAK got a reaction from Taf the Ghost in Intel to release 9990XE? Auction only part...   
    AnandTech is saying that they've seen documents that Intel may be releasing a core i9-9990XE in the future as a highly binned, auction only to System Integrator part.  This will supposedly be a highly binned 9940X, with 14 cores/28 threads with a base frequency of 4.0 Ghz and Turbo of 5.0 Ghz and a 255 W TDP.  
     
    https://www.anandtech.com/show/13804/intel-core-i9-9990xe-up-to-5-ghz-auction-only
     
    Considering that the 9980XE is a $2000.00 part, I can't imagine this being auctioned for any less than $2300.00 and it being a super-limited edition piece, so probably a bit higher.  Of course, I also can't figure out who this part is for, except for somebody with a lot more money than I've got in reserve...  If this is true, it could be interesting to see if someone gets a hold of the motherboard for this and tries a regular 9940X in it to see what that part can achieve manually...
  13. Agree
    WMGroomAK reacted to Lathlaer in Intel to release 9990XE? Auction only part...   
    I wish them all the best but until we see similar results during independent benchmarks, I recommend holding off the enthusiasm.
  14. Agree
    WMGroomAK got a reaction from Trippik in NCIX Data breach 2018   
    Best way to prevent something like this is to allow the IT staff to take all drives to a local gravel pit with a sledgehammer or shotgun and let them have an Office Space moment prior to the closing.
  15. Agree
    WMGroomAK got a reaction from Belgarathian in Apple scoring device use to prevent fraud?   
    It is at least a little bit better than Google still allowing third party apps to scan Gmail...
     
    https://www.engadget.com/2018/09/20/google-lawmaker-concerns-gmail-scanning/
     
  16. Like
    WMGroomAK got a reaction from koolerone in NCIX Data breach 2018   
    Best way to prevent something like this is to allow the IT staff to take all drives to a local gravel pit with a sledgehammer or shotgun and let them have an Office Space moment prior to the closing.
  17. Informative
    WMGroomAK got a reaction from Bananasplit_00 in FBot, malware botnet killing malware crypto botnets?   
    An interesting security report was recently released concerning a new botnet being labelled as Fbot that appears to be targeting a seperate botnet for removal.  According to a report from security firm Netlab, this botnet is a variant of the ADBminer software that appears to only have the purposed of seeking out ad removing the com.ufo.miner botnet and may have links to the original Satori botnet.
     
    https://www.ccn.com/vigilante-botnet-infects-computers-to-remove-cryptocurrency-malware/
    I'm left to wonder if this is a legitimate attempt to have a botnet clean up another botnets mess or is it merely establishing itself and waiting for future deployment potential. Would be nice if it's just the former, but hard to trust.  It is kind of interesting though that someone is using a botnet to kill another botnet.
     
    Netlab report: https://blog.netlab.360.com/threat-alert-a-new-worm-fbot-cleaning-adbminer-is-using-a-blockchain-based-dns-en/
  18. Informative
    WMGroomAK got a reaction from ARikozuM in FBot, malware botnet killing malware crypto botnets?   
    An interesting security report was recently released concerning a new botnet being labelled as Fbot that appears to be targeting a seperate botnet for removal.  According to a report from security firm Netlab, this botnet is a variant of the ADBminer software that appears to only have the purposed of seeking out ad removing the com.ufo.miner botnet and may have links to the original Satori botnet.
     
    https://www.ccn.com/vigilante-botnet-infects-computers-to-remove-cryptocurrency-malware/
    I'm left to wonder if this is a legitimate attempt to have a botnet clean up another botnets mess or is it merely establishing itself and waiting for future deployment potential. Would be nice if it's just the former, but hard to trust.  It is kind of interesting though that someone is using a botnet to kill another botnet.
     
    Netlab report: https://blog.netlab.360.com/threat-alert-a-new-worm-fbot-cleaning-adbminer-is-using-a-blockchain-based-dns-en/
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    WMGroomAK reacted to schwellmo92 in FBot, malware botnet killing malware crypto botnets?   
    I used to be in the black hat scene many many years ago and killing off competing malware was quite common, you end up with a better quality host if you’re the only one commanding the host.
  20. Agree
    WMGroomAK reacted to vanished in FBot, malware botnet killing malware crypto botnets?   
    There was a guy who was doing something like this a while ago - hacking into hacked IoT devices to clean or shut them down - so it's not impossible to imagine this could be altruistic at heart as well, but yeah, you never know for sure, and even if it is, the ends may not necessarily justify the means, depending how it works.
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    WMGroomAK got a reaction from The Owl in FBot, malware botnet killing malware crypto botnets?   
    An interesting security report was recently released concerning a new botnet being labelled as Fbot that appears to be targeting a seperate botnet for removal.  According to a report from security firm Netlab, this botnet is a variant of the ADBminer software that appears to only have the purposed of seeking out ad removing the com.ufo.miner botnet and may have links to the original Satori botnet.
     
    https://www.ccn.com/vigilante-botnet-infects-computers-to-remove-cryptocurrency-malware/
    I'm left to wonder if this is a legitimate attempt to have a botnet clean up another botnets mess or is it merely establishing itself and waiting for future deployment potential. Would be nice if it's just the former, but hard to trust.  It is kind of interesting though that someone is using a botnet to kill another botnet.
     
    Netlab report: https://blog.netlab.360.com/threat-alert-a-new-worm-fbot-cleaning-adbminer-is-using-a-blockchain-based-dns-en/
  22. Informative
    WMGroomAK got a reaction from EarthWormJM2 in nVidia building up for RTX release hype: 9 more DLSS games & more 4k perf comparisions (Plus a GN Video with details)   
    At GTC Japan today, nVidia is still building up the hype for the upcoming RTX 2080 & 2080 Ti by releasing some comparison graphs of Turing vs Pascal & Maxwell performance at 4k 60 FPS showing that the 2080 and 2080 Ti will be hitting or exceeding this benchmark, while both Pascal & Turing fall behind.  They also indicate that enabling DLSS will allow for '4k 60 FPS' performance in excess of without DLSS.  
     
    4k 60 FPS w/o DLSS:

     
    4k 60 FPS w/ DLSS

     
    https://www.overclock3d.net/news/gpu_displays/nvidia_reveals_rtx_2080_and_rtx_2080_ti_performance_data_at_gtc_japan_2018/1
    nVidia has also added 9 more games to the DLSS supported list, making for a total of at least 25 games that will have DLSS support.  This will include Darksiders III, Overkill's The Walking Dead, Fear the Wolves & Hellblade.  
     
    https://www.overclock3d.net/news/software/nvidia_builds_dlss_momentum_reveals_9_new_rtx_enabled_games/1
    Honestly, looking at the graphs provided is extremely disappointing just because they are horrible graphs with no relative meaning.  Still, it will be nice to see if they can justify the price increase with consistent 4k 60FPS+ performance...
     
    Update:  With today apparently being unboxing day for the new cards, Gamers Nexus has put out their take of an unboxing by releasing a technical dive into the Turing Architecture that provides some better details on how nVidia is calculating Ray Tracing and how it is being implemented, changes from Pascal to Turing and details on the TU102 chip.  Definitely would encourage a watch as this is probably going to be one of the better release videos out there.
     
    Some key takeaways is that: 
     
    FP32 * 0.8 + INT32 * 0.28 + RTOPS * 0.4 + Tensor * 0.2 = nVidia new metric for RTX Ops Unified L1 and SRAM for a total of 32 KB + 64KB 2 SMs per a TPC instead of single SM per TPC (better segmentation and memory/cache untilization)  
    Comparison of Full TU102 and RTX 2080Ti Specs (corrected typo to the chart is that the RTX 2080Ti has 4352 CUDA cores, not 4532):

     
    There is also a better explanation of the Ray Tracing processing at around the 22:20 mark...
     
    With the specs listed though for the Full TU102, I would not be surprised if nVidia decides to release a RTX Titan card sometime in January or so...
     
    Just going to add that PCPer also has an article up detailing a lot of the same information on the Turing Architecture for those who would like to see all the pretty graphs and read about it...  They also mention that there will be NVLink with 50 GB/s in the single link found on the 2080 and 100 GB/s with the dual link connection on the 2080Ti.  It looks like the NVLink bridges will be an additional $79.00 (in addition to the second card).  Finally they have a short discussion on the implementation of DLSS, although the details are still not quite as detailed as I would like...
     
    https://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/Architecture-NVIDIAs-RTX-GPUs-Turing-Explored
     
     
  23. Agree
    WMGroomAK got a reaction from PeterT in Analysis of the USB-C dongle/headset mess. Bring back the 3.5 mm jack!   
    An article over on PCWorld looks at why you may or may not be able to easily use your third party USB-C headset or dongles with your new phone.  A big part of this problem arises from whether the phone has/is using a built in DAC or not.  What this leads to is that some dongles will work across a range of devices while others won't and the same with the headset.  Another issue comes from a lack of uniformity across devices.    
     
    https://www.pcworld.com/article/3284186/mobile/bring-back-the-headphone-jack-why-usb-c-audio-still-doesnt-work.html
     
    While I can understand the want to consolidate the number of ports on a device for issues such as IP rating and convenience.  It either needs to be implemented in a standardized fashion or just bring back the 3.5 mm port.  
  24. Informative
    WMGroomAK got a reaction from Jtalk4456 in PSA: A reminder on why you should maintain copies of movies   
    An article on The Register serves as a good Public Service Announcement (PSA) on why we should maintain local & backed up copies of movies and music purchased in digital format. Essentially, what has happened is that a biologist found out that three movies he had purchased through iTunes had disappeared from his library.  When inquiring with Apple as to where his movies had gone, he learned that Apple had lost the licensing rights to those movies.  Basically, if he had not downloaded and saved a copy on local storage, he lost those movies completely.  Apple did offer up something in the way of recompense in the form of four movie rentals up to $5.99 a piece, however that was more a discretionary offer.  
     
    https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/09/12/apple_film_rights/
    So this serves as a good reminder that no matter which platform you purchase your digital content on, it is worthwhile to download a local copy to storage and not just count on having it available and retained in the distributors system.  Reminds me that I should probably see about getting more space on my NAS at home.  
  25. Agree
    WMGroomAK got a reaction from Sauron in Analysis of the USB-C dongle/headset mess. Bring back the 3.5 mm jack!   
    An article over on PCWorld looks at why you may or may not be able to easily use your third party USB-C headset or dongles with your new phone.  A big part of this problem arises from whether the phone has/is using a built in DAC or not.  What this leads to is that some dongles will work across a range of devices while others won't and the same with the headset.  Another issue comes from a lack of uniformity across devices.    
     
    https://www.pcworld.com/article/3284186/mobile/bring-back-the-headphone-jack-why-usb-c-audio-still-doesnt-work.html
     
    While I can understand the want to consolidate the number of ports on a device for issues such as IP rating and convenience.  It either needs to be implemented in a standardized fashion or just bring back the 3.5 mm port.  
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