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Modular Hive Homes Win Mars Base Design Competition

Grog6 Re:Depleted Uranium? (61 comments)

Yeah, this caught my eye as well. :)

How much fuel does it take to put a kg of DU on Mars? I would bet it's substantial.

Not only do you have to get it off Earth, You have to slow it down at the end of the trip, unless you want to dig it up and recast it, lol.
"Shielding Shipped Separately." :)

Not to mention the fact that a solid foot of DU won't "stop" Cosmics; I see ~4V pulses, ~1 per minute most times on systems that see a 511kev pulse at about 200mV. Dealing with that is an important part of a design, lol.

That's just the amount of energy it was able to dump in my detector after going thru a foot or so of lead; it kept going. :)

3 days ago

CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

Grog6 You Can't Vote out the Gestapo. (266 comments)

...Due largely to the information they have on everyone.

"Sure would hate to see something about XXXXXXX XXXXXX come out just before the election, Mr. Senator."

I feel certain it will get worse before it gets better.

about three weeks ago

Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

Grog6 What are you running? (171 comments)

I've been ocing processors for years now; I've never felt comfortable letting even the die temp get that hot.

I've ran a i7-920 at ~5.5G for a few seconds, it only hit 80C before it turned off. It still runs; most 920s are good for 4.3-4.6 on a good heatpipe heatsink.

I'm running a 3930k now at 4.6G; it only has issues ripping DVD's, for some reason. It won't do that over ~4.2G.

I'm using a few year old 6x 6mm heatpipes in a copper base; it even has a "Black nickel" finish, so the copper fins won't corrode.

I never run above 60C with stable clocks, usually...

Seriously, what processor will run that hot?

about three weeks ago

Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

Grog6 Re:FYI, smallpox is not needed to make vaccine (190 comments)

As I mentioned above, almost everyone over 50 in the US was vaccinated in the 60's.

We lined up in school, lol.

I still have my scar. :)

about 1 month ago

Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

Grog6 Re:The problem is... (190 comments)

Large numbers of people in the US were vaccinated for smallpox in the 60's; pretty much everyone over 50 or so.

Not so now or anywhere else, either. :)

about 1 month ago

Giant Crater Appears In Northern Siberia

Grog6 Re:Y E T I !!! (122 comments)

I read it as IT was the Yeti, implying an imminent attack by a hoard of Pennywise the Clowns Appearing as Yeti.

I'm very happy to see this is not the case.

Carry on with the pedantry.

about a month ago

Former NSA Chief Warned Against Selling NSA Secrets

Grog6 Depends... (138 comments)

On how guilty the ones accusing you of treason actually are, IMHO.

Who do you think is the traitor here, Snowden?

I certainly don't think so, and neither do a bunch of other people. We all get to vote this fall. :)

I realize all the good jobs are in the Govt; around here they get handed down from generation to generation, lol.

That doesn't make me any more supportive of the whole Gestapo-ization of America; I think that's a bad thing, personally.

about 2 months ago

Was Watch Dogs For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

Grog6 Re:Please (215 comments)

Amazingly enough, this is our most popular game after all these years. :)

We play other games that don't have this fast-twitch playstyle, but nothing else is like it.

Another favorite always played on a LAN weekend, is Unreal Tournament 2003.

Zoom instagib with ~10 players and as many bots as will fit is a lot of fun. :)

about 2 months ago

Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

Grog6 You left off... (371 comments)

the "Because we say so." part.

You can't vote out the Gestapo.

about 2 months ago

Was Watch Dogs For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

Grog6 Re:Please (215 comments)

I played Q2:Ground Zero for ~6 hours on my lan last weekend; It's still the best for gameplay. :)

We do a "give all" at the start, and one per each kill you make; It keeps the game moving. :)

And I have my own skins, that I made; something not seen since UT2003.

The "Catholic Schoolgirl" bot in UT2k3 was the best programming I've seen, lol.

about 2 months ago

Was Watch Dogs For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

Grog6 Re:DLC (215 comments)

This is probably exactly right; $9.95-$49.95 for a settings tweak.

I'm Happy I haven't bought this yet; I'll have to see how this goes. :)

about 2 months ago

Was Watch Dogs For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

Grog6 Re:Friends dont let Friends buy Ubisoft - Agreed (215 comments)

I've been watching this; it looks like a cool game.

I noticed the e3 trailer was completely different than the reviews, even on good video setups.

I have learned long ago not to buy a game until you see what you're getting. :)

Now that someone has found how to restore the original graphics, seeing how Ubisoft responds will pretty much determine their future, pretty much. :) (At least for me, anyway.)

A C&D about now would really make my day, lol; I've come to hate those pricks.

Hey, my two 7970's in crossfire fixes the texture pop in Rage at high res; I bet it would run this. :)

Now to wait for the next "patch". :->

about 2 months ago

Intel Announces Devil's Canyon Core I7-4790K: 4GHz Base Clock, 4.4GHz Turbo

Grog6 Re: Can we PLEASE get rid of "turbo" (157 comments)

I have a socket 7 mobo working behind me that has 2MB of DIP SRAM in sockets.

(It has an ISA slot for a very expensive card, and DOS 6.3 with network support :) I also have a EISA bus server for DATA-AQ, lol.)

about 3 months ago

Intel Announces Devil's Canyon Core I7-4790K: 4GHz Base Clock, 4.4GHz Turbo

Grog6 Re:More useful metrics? (157 comments)

This exactly.

Unless a piece of software takes advantage of the "new" features, it doesn't help.

The slow adoption of the MMX stuff is a good example; a developer I know rewrote a very complicated piece of code to take full advantage of SSE2 and multithreading, and took a 45 minute computation down to 8 minutes.

Being an old assembler guy, that really amazed me; kinda like adding a few lines of inline assembler to a C routine, and watching it go zoom.

Adding cores helps, but the FSB speed is still the main thing to speed up for performance; increasing my memory clock by 20% made a much bigger difference than cranking the core to 4.6GHz on my i7-3930k.

Cranking the clock AND running at 4.6GHz is very nice; that, and adding another 7970 card to the mix finally fixed the texture popping in Rage, lol.

about 3 months ago

TrueCrypt Cryptanalysis To Include Crowdsourcing Aspect

Grog6 Switches... (131 comments)

I have loaded a test program, 47,683 different opcodes, into a pdp11 with no terminal; just to run a test. :shudder:

about 3 months ago

NSA Surveillance Reform Bill Passes House 303 Votes To 121

Grog6 It's hard to vote out the Gestapo... (208 comments)

They know everything about you; all it takes is a "gentle reminder" and this bill is turned into a termite-eaten stack of drivel.

I didn't expect any different, It just means they had enough on enough people to effectively gut it before it was passed. We really knew that already...

If it really meant anything, this bill would have contained a passage giving Snowden immunity, as long as he testifies against everyone else inside the Govt that violated the constitution with respect to their illegal activities.

"It's not illegal when the President does it!" didn't work for Nixon, it should not have worked for Bush or Obama. Everyone should be in Jail, at this point, lol.

WTF has our country become?

about 3 months ago


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