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    Is There a Tech Worker 'Exodus' From the San Francisco Bay Area?

    There's always lots of people leaving California, but there's usually more moving to California. I left the Bay Area because if you don't need to work at a tech company, there's better places to be (everyone has their own reasons). My wife has goats and chickens now, which wasn't going to...
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    Linus Torvalds On The Importance Of ECC RAM, Calls Out Intel's "Bad Policies" Over ECC

    You only need ECC if your ram is faulty, but you only know your ram is faulty if you have ECC. It's an extra ram chip, and some more data lines. In theory, this should just raise the cost of memory modules by 9/8. But it's more because it's a separate, lower volume, market segment.
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    Linus Torvalds On The Importance Of ECC RAM, Calls Out Intel's "Bad Policies" Over ECC

    ECC doesn't prevent rowhammer, but it does mitigate it. All single bitflips are reported, and if nothing else, the interrupts for reporting will slow down further attempts. All (most?) double bit flips are reported uncorrectable and are likely to halt the machine (depends on your os and the...
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    Linus Torvalds On The Importance Of ECC RAM, Calls Out Intel's "Bad Policies" Over ECC

    The 'best' way to test ECC is to run with your ram at intentionally too tight of timings, or too low of voltage, so that it will have errors. And confirm that reporting is working. I saw in the mailing list thread there is a fault injection tool for AMD processors, that could work, too; if so...
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    Win 10 download

    If it's an ISO, just dd it to your usb drive and it'll probably work.
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    Is Noctua overkill if not overclocking 5900X?

    Noctua makes a bunch of coolers, which one did you have in mind? Regardless, none of them look that extreme, as long as it fits in your case, and doesn't bump into ram or whatever, it's not overkill. The low profile (NH-L9a-AM4) would be underkill unless that's all that'll fit. The cooler you...
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    wont start with 4750g.. help

    I built two 4650g systems recently, and plopped existing Windows installs from Intel mini desktops; no obvious problems. I'm using a Gigabyte a520 board, but haven't tried its F11p bios yet (I've got an earlier F11 beta on one, but waiting for a final build, because I didn't see any significant...
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    Blocking SYN-Flood Attacks on macOS?

    Data is big is why you only store headers, not the whole packet. Maybe you can store 5-15 minutes, and save the buffer the first time your script triggers in a day? Maybe even just 90 seconds. It'll be a lot to sift through in wireshark, but often there's a big change in packet rate, and there's...
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    Blocking SYN-Flood Attacks on macOS?

    Intermittent issues are almost worse than hourly incidents. ugh. If you have the storage space, I'd really try to get some form of continuous tcpdump. If you have enough space to do something like tcpdump -s 40 -G 60 -w /tmp/tcpdump%H%M.pcap goes a long way to seeing what's going on. If you are...
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    Feed 3080 with separate 8-pin inputs from PSU?

    Running two separate cables instead of using the daisy chain is probably a good idea. If the PSU side pins are the same type as the video card side pins, and the video card is pulling more current than the spec for a single connector, you're over the spec on the PSU side. Pulling more current...
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    Intel Expands 10nm Manufacturing Capacity

    Process size numbers are more marketting than quantitative measurements. Intel's 10nm is pretty similar in actual feature size to TSMC's 7nm; Intel's 7 nm should be pretty similar to TSMC's 5 nm. More important is that Intel is having a very bad time getting yields/production volume out of 10...
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    Ryzen 7 5800H

    4000 series desktop APUs are available, but limited. In some countries, shops can sell you a motherboard + apu combo; Lenovo has some desktop systems with them; otherwise you can import the chips grey market from china. Given that, and that AMD is pretty much fab limited for the foreseeable...
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    Origin is selling a retro-inspired beige box PC

    4x 2GB, man your district is baller. :)
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    AMD issues guidelines to retailers to prevent Radeon RX 6000 scalping

    That's alright, $MSRP + $1000 shipping. I'm not sure why people would pay much more than MSRP to get the latest systems now, when you could wait a few months and have more games to choose from, a better patched os, and maybe some production improvements.
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    Intel's Manufacturing Outlook for the Future Doesn't Inspire Confidence in Successful Competition, According to Susquehanna Call

    Afaik, their 14nm is fine. Broadwell and Skylake were decent, but the problem is they just keep adding pluses and stupider code names, and maybe smashing in some more cores, but no real architecture improvements because the design teams are all working on 10nm designs that they can't ship...
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    Origin is selling a retro-inspired beige box PC

    Yeah, I had a 5.25" drive in my compaq pentium 75 computer (which I now remember had an at style power button), but that drive was harvested from our tandy 1000 tl/2 (286 based, but 8-bit only isa), and my dad had broken the 3.5" drive on that, so all our games were on 5.25" :)
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    Origin is selling a retro-inspired beige box PC

    Clearly flat fake floppy drives and cd-rom drive stickers are a definite no-go. That's just lame. Stick a real 5.25" drive in it, and an LS-120 3.5", or one of the ultra-rare combo drives (by the time they were available, only 3 people cared about 5.25"). Use the tray from an old 4x cd-rom drive...
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    One PSU, multiple systems

    Could you power all the PicoPSUs from your one PSU, and get rid of the power bricks? The big things to think about are: will your PSU be ok with only 12V loads? And will the PicoPSUs pull too many amps through the PSU cables or connectors? You probably don't want to pull 10 Amps through a single...
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    How to be sure what disk is ssd during installation Windows 10. Disk 1 or Disk 2?

    You could probably disable one of the drive controllers in BIOS setup, then windows probably won't see it. Can be quicker than opening the case.
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    ASRock Launches Legacy M.2 Graphics Card

    If you don't want to lose your m.2 slot, you could always get a pci-e to m.2 slot adapter and run a couple of these cards in SLI. (I mean, sort of maybe, but even the single m.2 adapters make that probably too expensive, if you really need two video outs, you'd be better off with a low end gpu)...
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    When will Andriod Messeges be what every texts with?

    RCS has been in development since 2008. It's the IPv6 of carrier messaging. The only way it seems to be getting rolled out is if Google does all the work, and how many messengers are they at now? Plus Apple doesn't care about RCS, so cross platform messaging with RCS is never going to happen...
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    ASRock Launches Legacy M.2 Graphics Card

    Naw, their spec page says total power is 1.5W, so you could probably do that with a chewing gum wrapper. I'm guessing they need +5v for vga pin 9 (to power the EDID rom), and m.2 only provides 3.3v, this must be cheaper than putting a dc-dc boost converter on the board, or there was no room...
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    ASRock Launches Legacy M.2 Graphics Card

    It goes to a header, so it could be swapped out for something else pretty easily. If the price is right, this could be really nice for cheapass home servers. I screw up enough stuff to need video out, but I'd love to use latest ryzen without waiting for APUs to come out, and I don't have any...
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    Thermalright AXP-90 -- Good SFF CPU-Cooler now more readily available

    I imported two of them from China via Aliexpress, which is a little sketch, but worked out fine. I ended up replacing the fans with Noctuas as I didn't care for the noise profile and getting a 1 mm thinner fan was a good thing in my case; a 47mm cooler fits in the Inwin Chopin, but just barely...
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    GPU sales rise across the board, from AMD and Intel to Nvidia

    They're out there, you just have to buy them from Aliexpress and call your bank to let a chinese marketplace site billing from London charge your card, and then wait a few weeks for them to arrive. I suspect AMD isn't selling them at US retail because they'd rather sell CPUs, and they're supply...
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    Infinity (well-reviewed and highly regarded) reference series home theatre speakers are extremely low priced right now.

    It's definitely worth it to buy speakers around thanksgiving. I've been very happy with the R12 sub, although I only got one, and paid $180 for it, two years ago a couple days after thanksgiving. I'm no audiophile, but it sounds good to me, and the wife accepted it after she put a plant on it...
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    GIGABYTE Releases Resizable BAR Support for AMD 500-series Motherboards via BIOS Updates

    To elaborate on this. Without resizable BAR, a device tells the system how much I/O or Memory address space it needs, and the system allocates space for it, and tells it what addresses to use. Under those constraints, GPUs say they only need 256MB or 512MB, and have to use soem sort of paging to...
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    Blocking SYN-Flood Attacks on macOS?

    From what I saw in the docs and mailing lists, it seems like synproxy was expected to be used by a firewall machine in between the internet and the server machine; people weren't getting it to work on the same machine, that I could see. If you have time to fiddle around with it, I'd try to get...
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    killawatt owners, what's the idle power consumption of a new ryzen system?

    I tried power saver, and it only went down to 18w. The Pro 565 chipset you've got, is I think like the A300/X300 consumer chipsets; and may not be much more than a boot rom, which certainly saves some power. I'd guess your power supply may also be a bit more efficient than mine. OTOH, my cpu...
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    killawatt owners, what's the idle power consumption of a new ryzen system?

    My system goes down to just around 20w on the killawatt, with no applications running, windows locked and the screen off (but I didn't go around stopping background processes), balanced power plan. It's mini ITX, 150 W power supply, a520 board, no RGB, Ryzen 4650G (imported via Aliexpress), 2x...
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    Can a Gaming PC get by with stock or smaller CPU cooler/

    The low profile coolers like the l9a are really meant for stuff like small itx cases. The l9a is great if you need to stay within 37 mm, but you get a lot better cooling with something a little taller. Also, on AM4, a lot of the low profile heatsink fins are perpendicular to ram, which isn't ideal.
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    Scalper group says it has ‘no regrets’ over reselling 3,500 Playstation 5 consoles

    Kind of funny because there's not much to miss out on with a new console. If you wait for units to stay in stock, you're going to have more games to pick from too. Maybe better system software.
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    Has Anyone Ever Replaced the Fan in a APC UPS?

    From the look of the board in the video, all those caps are nice through hole caps, and shouldn't be too hard to replace. That guy says he doesn't bother to remove the board from the enclosure before soldering, but I probably would pull it out. It's a lot easier to work on stuff when you can...
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    New feature to calculate 'productivity scores' turns Microsoft 365 into an full-fledged workplace surveillance tool

    Since I left my job, they've now filled my position with four people (at the same time), but I was only spending like 10% of the time on that stuff; so I have no idea how four people can work on it for all their time. 90% of my time was spent debugging random stuff that was broken across the...
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    New feature to calculate 'productivity scores' turns Microsoft 365 into an full-fledged workplace surveillance tool

    If I'm running an Office product, my productivity is low. Especially if it's Outlook ... Let's wait all day for it to load an email. Let's be sure to close it before sleeping the laptop, because the laptop doesn't really sleep if Outlook is running. Let's push send and receive 20 times cause...
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    IS Nitro Debugger Wireless + Video Out Console Nintendo Dev Kit

    Wow.... I hadn't heard about this console, at all. Wireless checkbox may just mean it supports the wireless features of the console?
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    Lenovo 4700g System - $540

    I ordered a couple (4650G) from AliExpress. Nerve racking, but pretty happy with the resulting systems. Was tired of waiting to upgrade.
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    Intel Corporation Class Action Lawsuit - 7nm Woes

    My father in law called me about two months ago asking if I knew anything about Intel's new processor and wasn't it going to be great, and shouldn't he invest. Not sure where he heard that from, but there's clearly some weird information circulating around.
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    Any non-google/Android or Apple phones out there?

    I've got a drawer full of Windows Phones. If you're not going to use any apps, they're nice. I'd probably look for a WP 8 phone rather than Windows Mobile 10. Mobile IE is garbage, but Mobile Edge is worse (unless they made it tolerable after I gave up; Edge might be ok if you get a 900 series...
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    Why is RAID 1 not popular any more?

    We used (software) RAID 1 at work for holding multimedia messages in transit; something like 6 or 8 pairs of disks in a machine, raid 1 isn't space efficient, but is cpu efficient; and was fairly simple to setup. When disks went bad, the datacenter techs would swap them out and we'd rebuild the...
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