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Some Core I7 5960X + X99 Motherboards Mysteriously Burning Up

Ed_1024 Re:Houston ... (102 comments)

I was interested by the actions of the user of the motherboard on one of the linked articles. Initially this happened:

"The system came up, hung for a very short time and then powered off with a audible click of the Corsair AX860i power supply. If you have ever heard the loud click of the Over Current Protection (OCP) shutting down the PSU you know exactly what click I heard. Now when I press power button on the motherboard the system clicks after being on for a split second. I unplugged all the cables on the power supply and did the built-in self-check and it passed with flying colors. I still swapped out the PSU with a backup Corsair AX860i and the same click was to be heard. and it is doing the same thing (Corsair AX860i). After clearing the CMOS, removing the memory, SSD and video card the system still would not post. At that point in time I switched to a non-digital power supply (Corsair AX1200) and it did the same thing although this time the OCP took a little longer to kick in. There was some audible crackling noises, followed by some smoke near the CPU VRM heatsink. So, the heart shattering smell of burnt electronics filled the room..."

10/10 for investigative journalism but putting more and more juice into something that is continually tripping out the power supply is not going to have a happy ending. Maybe some of the $1,400-worth of motherboard and processor may have been salvageable if he had stopped at the first warning?

If the circuit breaker pops twice on a ring main at home, do you a) replace the circuit breaker with a bigger one, b) hold it in until smoke appears from behind the wall or c) do some serious investigation and/or call an electrician before putting the power back on?

about three weeks ago

The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

Ed_1024 Re:Ai is inevitable (339 comments)

I think the main problem is that there is no difference between something that gives the illusion of consciousness or sentience (these terms are poorly defined, anyway) and the 'real thing'.

My own view, even though it feels slightly strange as I sit here typing, is that consciousness/sentience is pure illusion and there is nothing more. If you interact with something that behaves as you would expect a human to behave, to all intents and purposes it IS human, no matter how it was constructed. Equally, if an AI displays those same traits or a superset containing them, then you have to call it sentient - if you think humans are.

You cannot have it both ways: if you believe that AIs can not be conscious then we are not either...

about 4 months ago

How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

Ed_1024 Re:Substrates (195 comments)

Substrate is the first thing that came to mind when I heard Apple were going to be producing vast quantities of sapphire. The OP has pointed out most of the advantages but taking it to the extreme, you could have the major part of the phone as a solid piece of sapphire with the electronics grown on it, or a sandwich-type construction with the screen bonded on later.

It would be pretty cool having a totally transparent phone with just a few parts that were visible. Knowing Apple, they would dope the crystal to make the iPhone 6C in ruby, pink, blue, yellow, etc. just like a gigantic gemstone... Ultimate bling or what?

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

Ed_1024 Re:you mean behavior control device? (478 comments)

Behaviour control device?

You mean a 6'8" bloke called Sergei with a tux, dark glasses, baseball bat and instructions to stop any filming...?

about 7 months ago

Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

Ed_1024 Re:Another type that is interesting... (717 comments)

"I think the point was about people who TALK about how much work they do but only put in 40 hours a week"

I don't see those two statements as being incompatible. How much useful "work" you produce is not necessarily linked to the number of hours your body is present. Unless you're employed as a stationary mime...

about 7 months ago

New Type of Star Can Emerge From Inside Black Holes, Say Cosmologists

Ed_1024 because (193 comments)

"When a black hole consumes energy and releases a Planck star, do either events reduce the entropy of the system?"

Probably when the Planck star re-emerges, back into the observable universe, like it's never been away, entropy is fuck beta conserved. Having just read the Wikipedia article (I'm an expert now) on the 2nd law of thermodynamics, there's an interesting fuck beta bit about gravitational systems being fuck beta different from normal ones in that the more fuck beta massive a black fuck beta hole becomes, the lower it's fuck beta temperature, so fuck beta fuck beta fuck beta?

about 8 months ago

Is the World Ready For Facial Recognition On Google Glass?

Ed_1024 Re:Sad mistake of technology-focused people (469 comments)

If you really don't like the idea, then fight back: wear a Borg-style headset that scans anyone wearing Google Glasses with a bright (but not damaging, obviously) laser, then makes a loud robotic pronouncement like "you have been assimilated", "convicted pedophile" or "person of no interest".

about 9 months ago

Military Robots Expected To Outnumber Troops By 2023

Ed_1024 Military Robots Expected To Outnumber Troops By... (177 comments)

I can't be the only one who thought: "yes, that's because they've killed most of the human troops".

What chance would a normal soldier stand against a faster, more heavily armoured and armed machine with a much larger sensorium? The only hopes are that humans have retired from the battlefield entirely to leave it to the robots or are having second thoughts about the whole war-thing in the first place...

about 10 months ago

Are We Socially Ready For Wearable Computing?

Ed_1024 Re:Priorities: Do you really need to read that now (214 comments)

I think the key part that's missing in this latest round of aspirant technology is personal AI. What you really need is a "v-assistant", "e-butler" or whatever the name might be that is capable of independently replying to *and* initiating communications (by text, email, voice, video, etc.) with other people or systems. It could prioritise what needs your personal interaction, depending on what you were doing at the time.

The level of input to us has been ramping up fast but our brains still have the same bandwidth they had a million years ago. Until we get an upgrade, we need help to deal with this increasing flood of information, that is mostly unimportant. Who knows, a call to someone in the near future on their "iWatch" might get answered by Siri...

about a year ago

Hubble Spots Source of Short Gamma Ray Burst

Ed_1024 There... (28 comments)

...goes Alderaan.

about a year ago

Hands On With the Nokia Lumia 1020

Ed_1024 Begun... (227 comments)

... the Megapixel Wars have.

about a year ago

2 Men Accused of Trying To Make X-Ray Weapon

Ed_1024 Re:A conspiracy... (470 comments)

You're going to have to pry my X-ray gun out of my cold, dead... Hey! One's fallen off!

about a year ago

Mars One Has 78,000 Applicants

Ed_1024 Re:312 km coast to coast (355 comments)

78,000 * 0.4 = 31,200m / 31.2km.

Long Island coasts, it seems. I hope they use better math when designing the spacecraft...

about a year ago

No Porn From Public WiFi Hotspots In the UK Proposed

Ed_1024 Re:Guess he has never heard of VPN and proxies (390 comments)

I suppose being Slashdot, everyone is immediately thinking of technical workarounds but the main issue for those wanting to filter "porn" is defining what "porn" actually is, such that it can be recognised by an autonomous system. No two humans can agree on a definition other than "I know it when *I* see it", so how a computer is meant to cope I don't know.

Yes, you can blacklist/whitelist sites but you'd end up with the British Library, the Encyclopaedia Britannica and the British Medical Association blocked while gets allowed because there's just enough covered.

For those overseas readers who are not well versed in British politics, this is not really a serious suggestion - we're approaching the "silly season" and things like this are run up the flagpole to impress the gullible and distract attention from other matters.

about a year and a half ago

Why Ray Kurzweil's Google Project May Be Doomed To Fail

Ed_1024 Re:Mr. Grandiose (354 comments)

I think all there is is circus magic. It just gets more convincing with scale.

Consciousness is most likely an illusion brought on by a certain amount of processing power and connectivity (and I count myself in there too). In a quantised, deterministic universe, "minds" and "souls" are as likely as gods...

about a year and a half ago

Rare Earth Elements Found In Jamaican Mud

Ed_1024 Re:Well Hurray for Mud! (100 comments)

This mud is no ordinary mud. There are significant deposits of Ganjonium, Tokalite and Reeferine alongside the rare earths...

about a year and a half ago

Touchscreen Laptops, Whether You Like Them Or Not

Ed_1024 Re:What? (398 comments)

It would be amusing if the only ultrabook you could buy *without* a touch screen was a MacBook Air...

about a year and a half ago

NVIDIA Unveils GRID Servers, Tegra 4 SoC and Project SHIELD Mobile Gaming Device

Ed_1024 240 GPUs, 200TFLOP... (109 comments)

...should be just about enough to run one instance of Crysis 4. If you've got an OC-192 internet connection, you might be able to play it in HD as well!

about a year and a half ago

Surface RT vs. iPad: a Comparison

Ed_1024 Re:Yawn or the Cure for Cancer (357 comments)

"Long involved biochemical reason why. Basically, the easiest way to kick in the apotosis chain is to heat the internal cell temp by approx 1 F. Heating to 1 F kills circa 98 pct cancer cells and impacts 2 pct non-cancer cells. Heating to 4 F kills 100 pct but kills 20 pct non-cancer cells, which causes organ failure and terminal death for person."

That is interesting but seems to be contrary to experience. A 1F change in body temperature is close to the normal diurnal variation. If a 4F rise "kills 100% cancer and 20% non-cancer cells", then a) you could cure cancer by giving people a good dose of the 'flu and b) I and many others I know shouldn't be here, having had sustained body temperatures in the order of 103F when ill at some point in their lives...

about 2 years ago

Microsoft Surface Pricing Goes Toe-to-Toe With Apple iPad

Ed_1024 Re:Too little, too late (521 comments)

As a FTSE100 company, we're just rolling out 5,000+ of the latest iPads to frontline staff. We were told this was a relatively small deployment in the general scheme of things. I think Apple have reached critical mass in the corporate arena and are seeing substantial growth, possibly more than people thought possible...

about 2 years ago


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