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Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech

wolrahnaes Re: Slightly pro-Intel reviews (128 comments)

Best not to say "Try it in Linux" on Slashdot, you're a lot more likely to run in to someone who already has. My laptop and server are exclusively Linux and my desktop dual-boots. Ubuntu LTS all around, 14.04.1 on the desktop/laptop and I haven't gotten around to upgrading the server from 12.04.5 yet. AMD even lost performance per clock compared to themselves with their recent chips.

My home server previously ran a Phenom II X4 945, a 3 GHz quad core released in mid-late '09. That motherboard blew up after a power event so I switched to an A10-7850K, a 3.7-4.0 (turbo) GHz quad core released in January of this year. It's both faster clocked and a full four years newer, plus I threw double the RAM at it since I had to get new sticks anyways for DDR3 vs the old DDR2, yet somehow it's slower in the real world. My usenet downloads parcheck/extract slower, my Minecraft server bogs down more often, and it can't even manage to proxy Steam traffic at the full 100mbit/sec my internet connection allows.

As for Phoronix, how's this one? The very processor I'm running, the top model of the latest core AMD has released.

In looking at the results the AMD A10-7850K is supposed to be in line with the Intel Core i5 4670K according to AMD's expectations. However, with Ubuntu Linux on this hardware the Core i5 4670 (non-K) was generally running noticeably faster than the Kaveri APU. This is a big deal since the Kaveri APU sells for $190 USD where as the i5-4670 is not much more at a price of about $218.

It barely holds with the Core i3s on average.

I have historically defaulted to AMD. My last Intel outside of laptops was a 300 MHz Pentium II. I regret going with AMD for the server and unless they pull something huge out of their ass in the near future I'll be changing my desktop over as soon as the prices drop on the now last-gen Intels.

4 hours ago
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Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech

wolrahnaes Re:Impressive (128 comments)

Since slashdot stupidly still doesn't allow edits, here's the mandatory car analogy:

SSDs are like snow tires in Colorado. Sure you can get along without them but you're losing a lot by doing so.

yesterday
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Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech

wolrahnaes Re:Impressive (128 comments)

Because SSDs are literally the best thing you can do for your computer's performance in desktop applications. Most of the time you're nowhere close to CPU limits and these days standard RAM levels are finally high enough that only the cheapest shitboxes hit swap in normal browsing/chatting/office type tasks. Everything is waiting on the slow old hard drive. Make that an order of magnitude faster and it shouldn't be a surprise that you can rejuvenate even an old computer.

My work laptop is a Dell Vostro from 2010 with a sub-2GHz Core 2 Duo processor. It runs circles around most of my customers' computers in day-to-day stuff even when they have Core i-series processors solely because it has enough RAM (8GB) and more importantly a SSD. It's not even a great SSD, just a cheap Kingston, but it makes a huge difference.

The correct answer for any new computer is a reasonable sized SSD for the OS and applications combined with a regular hard disk for larger stuff like media collections where random access time isn't as important. Only gamers really need to compromise, with so many games these days exceeding 10GB it's still too expensive for a lot of us to have our entire game collections on SSD, but in that case it's still not hard to just install whatever you play most to the SSD and put older/less commonly played titles on the HD.

yesterday
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Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech

wolrahnaes Re: Slightly pro-Intel reviews (128 comments)

Uh......have you not noticed that AT has a full sponsored AMD section? They literally give AMD news special placement. The fact is, and I say this as someone whose only Intel processor is in his laptop, AMD performance sucks.

They're competitive usually on price to performance, but even the absolute top end 200+ watt 5GHz turbo AMD processor gets matched by mid-range i5s and stomped by i7s.

yesterday
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

wolrahnaes Waaah. (336 comments)

In the US our consumer-grade vacuum cleaners are already effectively capped around the same wattage. The standard household electrical outlet is rated to provide 15 amps and does so somewhere between 100 and 125 volts. That's 1500-1875 watts as the maximum any single device clet an expect to pull without requiring a special outlet. Nothing in reality expects the higher end of the spectrum because it's by no means guaranteed.

Somehow we get along just fine, residential or commercial, with pretty much the same as what this limit allows. /me awaits some Brit who's come to explain how their 240v 13A outlets allow them to suck the carpet right off the floor with their cleaners.

about two weeks ago
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T-Mobile Smartphones Outlast Competitors' Identical Models

wolrahnaes Re:Perhaps.. (127 comments)

Wow still? Good to see Verizon is still being the same fucksticks they've always been. Exactly why I tell people to never use them.

about three weeks ago
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T-Mobile Smartphones Outlast Competitors' Identical Models

wolrahnaes Re:Perhaps.. (127 comments)

Just use a Nexus 5 and an iPhone. Both clean representations of their respective platforms without carrier bullshit, so it's a fair comparison of the networks themselves and nothing more.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Runs Out of US Address Space For Azure, Taps Its Global IPv4 Stock

wolrahnaes Re:So after years of panic... (250 comments)

Well 44.0.0.0/8 is entirely allocated for amateur radio use, so it's a slightly different situation. It was allocated back when IPs were given away willy-nilly and is so randomly utilized that condensing the space and recovering any of it would be an interesting proposition.

Packet radio is so niche that that particular subnet will probably never even get close to full, so there's no harm in you still having your chunk.

about 3 months ago
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Goodbye, Ctrl-S

wolrahnaes Re:Bah, we already said goodbye to CTRL-S years ag (521 comments)

(Setting up a whopping big scrollback memory helps with that, though.)

One of my biggest gripes with most modern terminals, the scrollback buffer is uselessly small in the default configuration. Mac OS X is the only system where I don't feel the need to modify it literally the first time I do "cat /var/log/something"

Memory is not an issue for a graphical terminal on a desktop. There's no good reason for terminals to be defaulting to 200 lines anymore.

about 3 months ago
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Do Embedded Systems Need a Time To Die?

wolrahnaes Re:Terrible idea (187 comments)

I thought so too and selected Nexus 5, but since purchase on January, it has got only one system update and that happened on the first day I used the phone. It seems that Google cares about bugs on already sold devices as much as anybody else in the industry.

Android itself has not seen an update since then. The Nexus 5 initially shipped with 4.4.0 and got both 4.4.1 and 4.4.2 as soon as they were publicly announced. When Android 4.4.3 comes out (apparently soon) you're basically guaranteed to be the first device for which it's available.

Compare this to all the other phone vendors, who at least in the case of the large ones you know have had access to 4.4.3 for some time, where most devices still aren't on 4.4.2. Where devices are still being *launched* brand new and out of date the moment they're available.

about 4 months ago
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The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

wolrahnaes Re:WTF Is A "Feature Phone"? (243 comments)

i just don't want to be constantly within nagging range of email or texts.

I'm pretty sure there's not a single phone that still works since AMPS was turned off which doesn't have texting. It's a basic part of the GSM standard and I assume fairly basic in the CDMA world as well.

If there was a compelling reason for a smart phone and/or app (other than social media nonsense, or the aforementioned email/texts) i'd buy a smart phone. but right now, it's just about tracking users and this irritating social media bubble that cannot pop soon enough.

Or you can not install any social networking apps on it and use it as the magical information oracle like a lot of us do. Neither Android nor iOS comes with social networking installed by default. Yes, Google has Google+ but the app is not there in a base Android install, you have to get it yourself from the Google app store. It's been a while since I used an iOS device but to my knowledge the closest to "social" they have by default is the Game Center system.

If you're really paranoid you can install CyanogenMod, Replicant, Ubuntu Touch, or any number of alternative OSes and/or Android forks which you can build yourself from source and know exactly what's in it.

Disliking social networks makes sense. Avoiding smartphones because of that doesn't make any sense. No one is forcing you to use social networks just to have a smartphone.

about 4 months ago
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The Upcoming Windows 8.1 Apocalypse

wolrahnaes Re:Microsoft make up your mind! (293 comments)

First you end support for XP, which is a good thing, then you end support for Windows 7 in 2020, now you are ending support for Windows 8 on May 8. Why? the bog standard Windows 8 still has newer software than Windows 7, the only thing holding it back is the retarded Modern UI interface.

Why? Easy. Because it's the only way to get the message across to corporate fucktards that we are in the internet era and updating your software is FUCKING MANDATORY. If you're going to be sharing the same global network as the rest of us, you need to understand that stagnation hasn't been an option for over a decade and the old habits formed on XP must be thrown out the window.

They've tried asking nicely for years, people still don't listen, now it's time to hold their feet to the fire. Outdated shit doesn't fly.

about 4 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

wolrahnaes Re:I don't like the control it takes away from you (865 comments)

Ah, but you do have the control you speak of, just in a different way.

In my experience if you press the button without triggering the appropriate safety interlock (brake or clutch) the car goes in to "on" mode without starting the engine. I can say for sure this works on Kias and Fords, no idea on others.

I would be tempted to assume that push starting works the same way, but I can not confirm as the only manual push button start vehicle I've driven was a test drive in a Focus ST with the salesman in the back seat.

Cranking longer just seems to happen as necessary. My housemate's Optima will pull a 5-7 second crank on a cold morning with just a press of the button.

about 4 months ago
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How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

wolrahnaes Re:USPS should offer a subscription service (338 comments)

which ignores what we pay the USPS in taxes.

No it doesn't, because that number is nearly $0. Aside from minor subsidies on special costs associated with serving the disabled and overseas voters, it is $0. There is no tax money going towards the majority of USPS operations.

about 4 months ago
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How much use would you get from a 1 gigabit internet connection?

wolrahnaes Re:More useful if symmertical (224 comments)

What about reasonable quotas? in Montreal we have about only 60GB per month on the standard package, which is ridiculous...

60GB per month? Wow, that is really bad. I did 45GB yesterday. Consumer plans on my ISP are capped between 150 and 400 GB/mo depending on speed tier, and business plans are uncapped. I think those are pretty reasonable, I'm a heavy downloader and rarely even approached the 400GB mark on a 50/5 connection. I upgraded to a business plan last week not for the lack of a cap but because 75/8 and 100/10 (which I got) are currently business-only.

about 4 months ago
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How much use would you get from a 1 gigabit internet connection?

wolrahnaes Re:More useful if symmertical (224 comments)

I can confirm this. I have a Steam cache running on my network so anything anyone's previously installed comes right off the local server at gigabit speeds. The server is perfectly capable of pushing a full gigabit of traffic, but no single client has ever been able to install games with a consistent speed exceeding 65MB/sec. Some games are better than others thanks to more efficient methods of storing data (Payday 2 is horrible and even the SSD users see "Disk Busy" during patching) but even Valve's own titles can't be installed fast enough to max it out.

about 4 months ago
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FTC Approves Tesla's Direct Sales Model

wolrahnaes Re:What does it mean? (328 comments)

"under God". Added by Congress in 1954 and a clear violation of the First Amendment's separation of church and state.

about 4 months ago
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FTC Approves Tesla's Direct Sales Model

wolrahnaes Re:What does it mean? (328 comments)

Or did the longstanding rules (much older than NJ rules) in several of these states become unconstitutional because they apply to Tesla where before they only applied to Detroit/Japan/etc?

Just because it's longstanding doesn't mean it's constitutional or right. See the Pledge for example. Unconstitutional since 1954, but it remains because various courts keep finding ways to drop the cases on technicalities rather than actually making a decision on the issue.

about 4 months ago

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Wear your damn seatbelts!

wolrahnaes wolrahnaes writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Today I rolled my truck. I walked away with only a few scrapes. I probably would have been thrown out of the shattered side window and had the truck land on top of me had I not been belted in.

Moral: Seatbelts DO save lives, so always wear them

P.S. Trolling ACs can skip the seatbelts. No one likes them anyways ;P

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For once the MPAA got it right.....

wolrahnaes wolrahnaes writes  |  about 11 years ago

The reason movie sales are down isn't because of piracy, it's because people see it, realize that it sucks, and tell their friends...

Maybe they've realized that most people who download movies will go see it in theatres or buy the DVD if they like it. The rest probably wouldn't have bought it anyways.

**SARCASM**
Just Announced: The CMPA (Crappy Movie Protection Act)
People are no longer allowed to say anything bad about a movie until the person they are talking to has already paid to see the movie.
**END SARCASM**

I'm really not sure if that was a joke or not...Disney has a lot of congresspeople on their payroll...

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