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#1195022 What Did You Watch Lately ?

Posted by Rybags on Yesterday, 03:30 PM

#1194902 Windows 10 Pro crash - BSOD DPC - suddenly and consistently after months of b...

Posted by Rybags on 14 August 2017 - 08:16 PM

What sort of device is Readyboost using?  Personally I don't see much point in using it at all in these days of fast SSDs and cheap, plentiful Ram.

#1194660 PC Upgrade - Need Advice

Posted by Rybags on 07 August 2017 - 10:13 PM

If you've installed a retail product then it should find the correct key (did on mine).  The problem does arise with OEM installs.  The key returned in 2 cases with my machines was wrong.  But also in both cases the machines have SLIC information for OEM Windows licencing which allowed me to use a utility called 7_OEM_Activator (or similar) to activate the install (and no, it's not a loader but genuine activation.  Loaders work by living in the boot sector and tacking on a fake SLIC to the Ram-based Bios copy).

#1194342 Gerry Harvey has got his work cut out for him

Posted by Rybags on 04 August 2017 - 03:58 PM

Printed books, newspapers and magazines have been on the decline for years.

Pointing the finger at Amazon is like blaming Apple for declining CD sales.  In both cases the media format shift was bound to happen, it just happens to be the case those 2 are among the biggest beneficiaries.


In the context of this thread the only thing HN has going for them is that they're local, vs a multinational.

But again, no sympathy for a company that's victim to a much lesser form of dirty tactics than it dealt out itself.

#1193947 What's on your mind?

Posted by Rybags on 01 August 2017 - 11:34 PM

The intuitive thing to me would be to just take power from the grid.  If you have a system that's constantly switching between inverted (probably dirty sine) AC and the grid, you'd probably get flickering lights and unstable operation of sensitive stuff.  To the local area infrastructure, a few kW variation from one second to the next is business as normal.


Have to wonder though... what happens when there is a blackout and there's maybe 5% of houses in an area feeding in solar.  Maybe other houses on those phases get a trickle of power?

#1193830 Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase!

Posted by Rybags on 30 July 2017 - 04:37 PM

Pretty sure they're Lithium polymer type similar to recent Macbooks.

About the highest energy density you can get but not cheap.


Also, seems just about whatever consumer L-ion battery pack you buy at retail, it comes to at least double the cost of the 18650s contained inside it.

#1193745 mATX Ryzen Recommendations

Posted by Rybags on 27 July 2017 - 09:45 PM

AM4 is an entire new platform, I can't see how any CPU so far released shouldn't work with the earliest Bios incarnations.

The updates are generally incremental improvements to improve stability, better memory speed etc etc.

#1193625 AMD Zen

Posted by Rybags on 25 July 2017 - 01:57 AM

From the pic in the linked story... looks like an old 7" portable CRT TV.

#1193545 What's on your mind?

Posted by Rybags on 21 July 2017 - 06:00 PM

More likely a poor corporate entity who've offshored to a 6 phone call centre in India to help keep that profit at $6 Billion PA rather than $5.999 Billion.

#1193511 What's on your mind?

Posted by Rybags on 20 July 2017 - 03:41 PM

Normal Apple procedure seems to be replace logic board at customer's cost whether it needs to be or not.

I get the feeling a big part of their revenue stream is just from service ripoffs.

#1193504 Road Tolls

Posted by Rybags on 20 July 2017 - 01:41 PM

I've not had a toll in over 6 years.  And in a way benefit from the way the system is structured.

Still, I think it's a rort.  You pay for it multiple times.  And the government reneges on reversion to free travel.

Sydney Harbour Bridge was supposed to go free, the loan was paid off something like 30 years ago but the toll remained to "fund other projects".

Supposedly the M4 toll is coming back soon.


Then you have the funnelling aspect - they modify the road system to make the free journey an almost unpalattable alternative.

#1193442 What's on your mind?

Posted by Rybags on 18 July 2017 - 12:35 PM

#1193430 What Did You Watch Lately ?

Posted by Rybags on 17 July 2017 - 11:26 PM

Pretty funny.  Big Clive takes a horrendous assortment of fruity drinks around to brother Ralfy's place.


#1193410 Doctor Who

Posted by Rybags on 17 July 2017 - 01:23 PM

So, not liking the Doctor becoming female makes you a woman-hater?


More appeasement bullshit, this could go the way of Ghostbusters.

#1193292 Well, that's wonderful

Posted by Rybags on 13 July 2017 - 01:25 PM

It's just begging for it...