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Nickname Genesys
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Description Worth a million in prizes
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Signed On Apr 18, 2010, 06:51
Total Comments 208 (Novice)
User ID 55658
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: High Definition Vinyl Apr 13, 2018, 20:22 Genesys
"The results, he said, are vinyl LPs that can have up to 30 percent more playing time, 30 percent more amplitude, and overall more faithful sound reproduction."

I hear someone has invented a slide rule that's 30% more accurate, too. Everyone, throw away your calculators and computers! The future is here!

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News Comments > April Fool's 2018 Comedy Gold Roundup
7. Re: April Fool's 2018 Comedy Gold Roundup Apr 1, 2018, 13:57 Genesys
That Cloudflare article is real, actually... They also have the service on since so many wifi routers have decided that is a suitable IP address for their captive portal (it's even in Cisco's own documentation).
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News Comments > Into the Black
6. Re: Into the Black Mar 23, 2018, 23:52 Genesys
Cutter wrote on Mar 23, 2018, 20:11:
Blue, Firefox and Chrome are showing your safety certificate has expired and warning not to proceed to the site.
LetsEncrypt is free and easy to set up. If it's good enough for,, and, it's good enough for Blue's!
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News Comments > Ataribox is Atari VCS
3. Re: Ataribox is Atari VCS Mar 19, 2018, 20:39 Genesys
Burrito of Peace wrote on Mar 19, 2018, 19:01:
I'm a long time Atari fanboy but I am waiting on this. I want to see the specs first and what launch titles will be available. I also want to see what "Linux OS" their firmware is based on.

The quick answer to that is probably "busybox". You're not going to put an entire distribution on one of these things. It's probably going to have the kernel, some sort of small menu interface, and an emulator. That's pretty much all the NES Classic had when they dumped its firmware.

Edit: Hm. I didn't see in the announcement that it would include an AMD CPU and GPU, instead of a cheap ARM cpu like the NES Classic. Maybe it'll be a Steam Machine
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News Comments > Myst Series Coming to Windows 10
9. Re: Myst Series Coming to Windows 10 Mar 18, 2018, 00:12 Genesys
SlimRam wrote on Mar 17, 2018, 21:06:
I think I'm probably the only man on earth that has never played this series... I'll just leave this here:

*Turns in my gamer card and walks out the door, head hung in shame*

Don't worry; I've never played any of them either. I think I was playing the Gabriel Knight and Zork adventure games instead.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
17. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 15, 2018, 21:22 Genesys
Nullity wrote on Mar 15, 2018, 16:26:
Peter M. Smith wrote on Mar 15, 2018, 16:20:
Nullity wrote on Mar 15, 2018, 13:08:
SSDs aren't going to be used in any large capacity in data centers for quite a long time. Data centers need capacity above all, and SSDs are still obscenely expensive compared to HDDs per GB.

*checks his data center*

Hate to break it to you, but that's not the case. A data center is not just a place to store data. A data center is also a place to compute. Compute fast enough and you might find HDDs simply can't feed enough data. So you pony up for SSDs and deal with the costs.
"in any large capacity"

Maybe I worded that weird. I didn't mean to suggest that data centers aren't using them, just that, in general, HDDs should far outnumber SSDs, relatively speaking.

Our rule of thumb for deciding whether to put something on SSD vs HDD at work is: "If you can guarantee that this data will only ever be sequentially read, we put it on HDD. Everything else goes on SSD." Moving a relational database from HDD to SSD will give you at least a 10x speed boost, because all your seeks are freeee, and you can submit dozens of them at a time without them fighting over a small number of read heads. That more than makes up for the extra cost of SSD. All VM OS drives go on SSD, because snapshot maintenance on vmware involves lots of seeks. Basically the only things that go on HDD anymore are large flat files (analytics datasets, csv files, logs, backup images, etc) and Hadoop clusters.

I'd guess that we're around 50/50 HDD vs SSD usage, looking at capacity. In terms or number of drives, that comes out to a lot more SSDs just because they are smaller capacity, but you can also pack them tighter in a rack, so square-footage wise, it's probably about even again.
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News Comments > AMID EVIL Early Access
3. Re: AMID EVIL Early Access Mar 12, 2018, 23:43 Genesys
Amid Evil Horror?  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: etc., etc. Feb 16, 2018, 20:43 Genesys
Those poll options are weird, and sounds like they should have been multiple choice instead of "pick one". What if I want to respond with these three: "Cosmetic only is OK", "Dislike Pay to Win" and "I don't purchase them"? I have no problem with ingame purchases as long as they don't affect gameplay, but I'd never buy one myself.
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News Comments > InnerSpace Launched
3. Re: Re: InnerSpace Launched Jan 16, 2018, 23:10 Genesys
"If you don't help me, you're going to wind up with this miniaturized submersible pod floating around your insides with this teeny tiny human skeleton at the helm."  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: ICO represents last-gasp hope for struggling Kodak. Jan 10, 2018, 20:19 Genesys
What's sad is that Kodak's shares are up to $11 from $3 a week ago due to this - . It really is true: put out an announcement with the word blockchain in it, and your stock goes up.  
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News Comments > Fortnite Meltdown Fix Breaks Things
8. Re: Fortnite Meltdown Fix Breaks Things Jan 7, 2018, 22:18 Genesys
I don't know that a class action suit will go anywhere. Intel's CPUs have had the ability to separate userland and kernel address spaces since Haswell (~2013); you might as well go after Microsoft and Linux for not using that feature as soon as it was available.
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 6, 2018, 11:15 Genesys
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Jan 6, 2018, 10:44:
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 5, 2018, 21:11:
Hey everybody make sure you update your password and not share it with anyone!

It's hard to tell in text if you're being facetious, but if not, it's not that kind of security flaw. Instead, it's the kind that would allow an attacker to crash a server or a business's workstations, causing economic losses.

I'm pretty sure that both are information disclosure vulnerabilities, not denial of service ones. Meltdown lets user processes read kernel memory, and Spectre lets user processes read other processes memory. Both take advantage of timing and cache effects of prefetching and out-of-order instruction execution to determine the contents of memory that the attacking process does not have direct access to. Neither can crash the system by themselves, but if they manage to read a root password or something, that might let an attacker gain more privileges.

Edit: more info, including the white papers for both attacks and other interesting links, is at
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News Comments > New Year's Mobilization
6. Re: New Year's Mobilization Jan 1, 2018, 22:48 Genesys
NKD wrote on Jan 1, 2018, 15:10:
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 1, 2018, 11:56:
The article about removable batteries is face-meet-palm bad.
You can still make a stylish waterproof phone that uses a removable battery.

Yes, you can. If your idea of stylish is a thick phone. But as the article says, that's not what most consumers want. A thin phone that "feels" like it has high quality construction is more important to people. Especially when they replace their phones annually and never need a new battery.

There are also lots of phone battery cases for those people that are running older phones whose non-removable batteries are getting weak. I think removable batteries are sort of like flip-phones or physical keyboards. Some people really want them, but most people don't care, and current phone trends mean that they're not coming back on flagship models.
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
9. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Nov 26, 2017, 12:07 Genesys
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 26, 2017, 09:43:
Redmask wrote on Nov 26, 2017, 08:45:
Are they still going to edge-light it and charge $5000 for their bullshit?

Fuck Samsung.

Yes, you will.. edge light is a problem of all LED solutions aside from OLED But with OLED you obviously get far bigger and far more serious image quality problems, and let's not even get started on the whole 8bit problem

I don't think these TVs are edge-lit. The LEDs themselves are the pixels, just like in an OLED screen. They haven't been able to make the LEDs as small as OLEDs, though. So far they've shrunk a 4K-resolution screen from a 33-foot Cinema size down to a 150" TV. A 5" phone screen will probably come at some point.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 14, 2017, 20:47 Genesys
HorrorScope wrote on Nov 14, 2017, 19:44:
Quantum seems more nimble certainly. We lost a lot of add-ons though, hopefully some make their way back to round it out.
Yeah, of course it's faster if you ditch the classic extension system. It's also a lot less flexible. Extensions I will miss: Adblock Plus's full interface, Classic Theme Restorer, DownThemAll, Mouse Gestures Suite, NewScrollBars, Saved Password Editor, SQLite Manager, Status4Evar, Tab Scope, and Toggle Word Wrap. I might stick with 56 or ESR for a while.
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
5. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Oct 8, 2017, 15:19 Genesys
A little googling shows that it's been a "game-changer" since 2013 or so. Rumors in 2016 were saying that in 2017, Apple Watches were going to use them. Now they're predicting them in 2018. Reliably producing them in mass quantities is apparently harder than it looks.
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News Comments > Computers Are Good at Computer Games: AI Wins Dota 2 1-on-1
5. Re: Computers Are Good at Computer Games: AI Wins Dota 2 1-on-1 Aug 12, 2017, 13:58 Genesys
jacobvandy wrote on Aug 12, 2017, 13:12:
If it's "AI" and not just a bot that's been programmed to play, how can they have any control over or make any guarantees about the APM? I mean, if it's actually thinking and acting for itself, why wouldn't it do as much as it could as fast as it possibly could, like a competitive player does? It's not remotely fair on that basis alone.
What they're saying is that APM is not a measure of skill. Their bot's APM was only "average", but its actions were far more effective than an average human player's. There are some good responses in this Reddit thread asking about APM.

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News Comments > New SteelSeries Mice Boast 1-to-1 Sensors
10. Re: New SteelSeries Mice Boast 1-to-1 Sensor Aug 1, 2017, 21:02 Genesys
I use a plain old Logitech G203. Used to get the G102 (one every 18 months or so cause the LMB kept failing) but they stopped making them. I don't need fancy buttons, just a light mouse. I've never been bothered by the cable, either. Just lay down two loops of cord, half-overlapping each other, about a foot behind your mouse pad. That gives more than enough room for the cable to move around as much as you need, with no snagging or resistance.
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: etc., etc. Jun 26, 2017, 21:46 Genesys
NKD wrote on Jun 26, 2017, 21:03:
Wow that was a big bomb. I mean, it's a short walking simulator but it's well reviewed and visually different. It was never going to pull Prison Architect numbers, but only $50,000 in revenue for 9 months of the team's time? Wew.

I assume their fan base is just really into gameplay rather than a short visual experience.

I was going to buy it until I learned about the horror bits. I would have loved a nice quiet exploration game without having things popping out at me.

From the RPS review: "However, I spoke of an identity crisis earlier, and that is that Scanner Sombre is a slightly uneven blend of pure walking simulator, Dear Esther-style metaphysical narrative and jump-scare horror. "
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News Comments > On Sale
1. Re: On Sale Jun 22, 2017, 21:32 Genesys
On Sale: just about everything. I got a notification email this afternoon saying "34 items from your Steam wishlist are on sale!" I only have 40 items on the list in total :)  
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