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  1. Nich...

    Off-topic

    We are generally in favour of an easy-touch approach to moderation. It's rare for us to PM a user and ask them to modify content, or it being objectionable enough to just hide or delete it immediately. There are some threads that are just made for going off-topic, and some that seem to sprawl and wander back and forth a little, gyrating around a mostly understood central axis. There are also some great threads that end up having nothing to do with anything they should, or were intended, because of, for want of a better description, user interactions and their history. We're open to suggestions on how you'd like to have thread derailing handled. A possible option is to fork disparate conversational threads into their own thread, or into another thread.
  2. Hot swappable just means you have to either turn off write cache or disconnect it within windows first, right? Just like any other kind of external USB drive?
  3. How many data ports will you be losing, for how many M2 ports you plan to fill?
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    Off-topic

    I'm glad you think that a pretty basic rule here from the get go, that has been exercised quite rarely for a long time, is an ego trip. Tell me again how things should be done just the way you prefer. I find, fwiw, that a thread that gets to the point of being locked, just like a member that gets to the point of being suspended, pretty disappointing.
  5. Nich...

    AMD Zen

    Hwinfo for me shows good numbers for voltages, temps, and watts, and useless numbers for core speeds. Guess it's reinstall time.
  6. I got this combona little while back. https://www.pccasegear.com/products/43185 https://www.pccasegear.com/products/28262 Had no issues with the dock so far. Every month or so I pull an deprecated 200gb or 2tb drive out and do a fresh backup onto it. I figure at least one of the drives will be working if I ever need to rebuild after a major data failure on a live system. That, but also surprisingly decent media drives, given they're read from more than written to. Just takes forever to fill them up.
  7. Nich...

    Off-topic

    I'm not sure what's more amusing: that chaos and I are woke kittens and rainbows (what, both of us, or one each?); That you think the same handful of people abusing each other over the same things, over and over again, year after year, is somehow both insipid and also worth saving; that you've forgotten what it's like for even basic moderation to take place and the consequences of ignoring direct requests from mods; or that a thread mocking people for safe spaces was not shown the due respect you thought it was trying to engage in. Potentially
  8. I have 3x Seagate 8tb smr drives and they're great when used appropriately.
  9. Nich...

    Off-topic

    You promised me improvements, not objectively bad things from an objectively bad person. In its simplest form, each section should have a clear purpose. Tech talk for tech news and advice and troubleshooting, hardware and software, mobile or stationary. Gaming for anything gaming related. Imo part of keeping simple clear lines for this should be about not needing to think about where to post something, and accepting topic drift in threads. Especially given the trend of omnibus threads. If you are trying to do one thing but stumble upon issues on the way, it may as well all be handled in the one place as much as possible, to retain context, without half a dozen links to small niche threads. 'Artsy' stuff feels very niche, and at this point a solution looking for a problem. Without being facaetious, I'd argue it should go in tgr or tt, depending on the poster and subject matter and what the poster wants to get out of the thread. Cool camera rig taking photos of the stars, rotating with the sky/earth? Tech talk, tell us more about the toys as well as the software and compositional choices. Doodling on top of newspaper photos (a la DJ Howard)? The green room. Blacksmithing? Knitting? Dealer's choice. The site is still nominally about enthusiast computing, but that permeates so many hobbies and etc these days. but we've had 'tech talk's for a long time, maybe as long as tgr. Maybe we should lean in on that, and capture enthusiast computing technology.
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    Off-topic

    Sometimes. But some things like pax tend to be around for quite a while, and aren't if much interest to anyone else not attending. Yeah, I want to avoid that as much as possible. If we're going for a fresh clean look, it should stay looking that way as much as possible. That's why I think deliberately low traffic sections like feedback and community still have value staying as separate subs. Do you mind reminding me what it's doing that you'd prefer it not?
  11. It's also the opportunity cost of not selling drives designed for a segment because people will take a performance hit for something not hugely performance critical. The pita thing about it is that it makes it a lot harder to diagnose/repair portable drives if they for eg start soldering stuff on to deter shuckers. For that reason alone, my last and probably next portable will be a 2.5" drive of my own choosing inside a case of my choosing.
  12. Nich...

    Off-topic

    I saw it as a safe space to bitch about other people having safe spaces. It was a struggle to get it to be anything I'd call healthy or productive or approaching constructive. YMMV. I was discussing a few options last night. Briefly, I think a few very basic groups would serve things well: TGR as it stands, Tech Talk for software and hardware, Gaming for the obvious, and Feedback for website/community issues. Nostalgia says a Community events sub, but it's barely ever used (tho' that's not a unique comment). Maybe a sub that's unmoderated (maybe for everything other than spam, and certain aspects of legality). One idea is to just flatten everything down to those basic categories. Another is to archive things and start 'fresh' with new categories. Flattening is going to cause some weird congestion with stickies, tho' I'm inclined to just un- them and let them sink or swim, or un- them and put links to them all in a single announcement thread pinned forum-wide. There's a lot of options. My biggest concern with flattening is where to put some things. Say we basically keep the five subforums in 'The Geeks'. Most of the other subforums easily fit into 'Tech Talk'. But Photography is a slight outlier. If 'Tech Talk' is 'enthusiast PC' where PC is taken in a broad sense of stationary and mobile computing, and 'The Green Room' is basically 'off topic' so non-IT stuff, like weather/twitter/politics/religion/cars, which side of the divide does photography fall?
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    AMD Zen

    It's probably a quirk of the fact I haven't reinstalled windows since shifting from an intel to an amd cpu, but Ryzen Master was the only thing that showed accurate data on the CPU's internal state, eg clock speeds for each core. Everything else I've looked at so far shows it always pegged at default speed on every core no matter what, which is... probably not accurate if it's only drawing 10 watts of power. It also means I don't see what speeds the cores peak upto. So yeah the OCing side is one thing, but it's also a system monitoring tool. IIRC, AMD are so closed lipped about how it works, that hwinfo and etc tools on linux are basically trying to reinvent the wheel to get accurate data from eg temp sensors, even.
  14. Nich...

    Off-topic

    Talk about off topic coming home to roost.
  15. Nich...

    Guys, it's ok. We have a safe space

    You tell me what you think is more important, free speech or banning people you don't agree with because they're stupid and believe stupid things for stupid reasons?
  16. Nich...

    Guys, it's ok. We have a safe space

    I mean it's your call. Be a bully and get your shits and giggles, or try and actually effect change.
  17. Nich...

    Guys, it's ok. We have a safe space

    CO-dependence on Kimmo? That's your defence? You'll note that there's also a very open and vocal opposition to all of that, too, and it's rare that any of that is asked to be reined in.
  18. Nich...

    Guys, it's ok. We have a safe space

    People might pay you slightly more heed about the evils of communist russia, I guess, if the persecuted minority wasn't so happy to bully and shit on other persecuted minorities. Or maybe it's just your face.
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    Guys, it's ok. We have a safe space

    Give yourself the same respect you have on FB then, Leo, and block people like Kimmo. Or give the forums that respect. But don't pretend to play the higher ground when you're often seemingly chomping at the bit to pile on to someone you dislike for the most puerile reasons. But if you're saying you can't help yourself, you've already been given an alternative.
  20. Nich...

    Guys, it's ok. We have a safe space

    I think you're being very charitable to the vast proportion of people on this planet, and quite uncharitable to a very small minority that suffers unproportionate persecution in most places they live.
  21. Nich...

    Logic's woes.

    Stop being tight and just replace the entire board and everything on it with something off ebay for $100 or less I know some people swear by them, but my only experience with an Asus soundcard turned me off them entirely. Was good for nothing but BSOD hangs.
  22. Nich...

    Guys, it's ok. We have a safe space

    iunno. You tell me how unhealthy relationships aren't, by definition, toxic.
  23. Nich...

    Guys, it's ok. We have a safe space

    Are you saying it's not? That the number of men who treat their wives as slaves is low? That the number of men insecure in their partner seeing or touching other men, even relatives, is insignificant? Maybe it's not as interesting when it's not dressed up as Islam bashing. Yes, sure, no-one is a saint. But also it's not like Leo and I don't communicate elsewhere online, in places an increasing member of remaining active Atomicans fear to tread. I don't have to feign gratitude because he, too, still pops in to Atomic. But it also means I get to see a lot of the same thing, over and over, in different places online, over the years. If you think you're right, of course you're going to argue your point of view (if you have the disposition and energy). So no-one is begrudhing Leo that point. Just that so many people are wrong about so many things, because Leo is better read and better versed and better travelled. Alternative hypothesis is that Leo just likes to argue about many topics with many people, no matter what. Sometimes. Less people show up than the number that stay away, at this point. This place has been left to be what it wants to be for a long time, now, and the results are telling.
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    AMD Zen

    Yeah. So anyone wanting to do anything involving virtual machines, or even just the new sandbox feature in windows10, can't use RM. Be a shame if your target audience was people who wanted lots of cores to throw at virtualisation And yeah, new versions won't work with it, old ones will. Did you also know that the old ones that work with it also don't support the 3000 series of chips? Oops.
  25. Nich...

    Guys, it's ok. We have a safe space

    Just like Communism, Leo grew up with too many non-conforming deviants to want to see it spread its roots here and murder everyone's children.
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