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Re: The Truth Behind the Amazon Mystery Seeds From China
Jul 18, 2021, 14:31
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Re: The Truth Behind the Amazon Mystery Seeds From China Jul 18, 2021, 14:31
Jul 18, 2021, 14:31
 
That mystery seeds article is neat. Many of the people contacted by the journalist actually did order seeds from Amazon (but didn't look too closely at the Chinese seller), forgot about the order, the pandemic slowed down shipping from China, then all the orders arrived at once.
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Re: Steam Deck Fuels FOMO Fever
Jul 17, 2021, 17:15
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Re: Steam Deck Fuels FOMO Fever Jul 17, 2021, 17:15
Jul 17, 2021, 17:15
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Jul 17, 2021, 16:26:
First thing I need to know is if this version of SteamOS is running atop Debian like the last PC version.
According to the Steam Deck FAQ at https://partner.steamgames.com/doc/steamdeck/faq , it's now Arch Linux-based, but it's just a PC in a small case. I haven't seen any indication the system will be locked down at all, so you should be able to do things like repartition the internal drive and install Windows in the empty space, or boot off external USB storage, etc.
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Re: Morning Metaverse
Jul 13, 2021, 20:43
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Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 13, 2021, 20:43
Jul 13, 2021, 20:43
 
Bent wrote on Jul 13, 2021, 10:47:
On Windows, updates can now be applied in the background while Firefox is not running.

If it can do that then it is, indeed, running.
It's only running when it does the update check, then it exits. After you enable background updates, if you check your Task Scheduler, you'll see a task called "Mozilla\Firefox Background Update [randomnumber]" that's set to run every 7 hours. That's what does the update check. Chrome and Edge are the same; they actually run two scheduled tasks, one daily, and one every hour. You can disable autoupdates in all three browsers either manually in their settings, or via group policy.
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Re: Windows 11 needs TPM
Jun 27, 2021, 10:51
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Re: Windows 11 needs TPM Jun 27, 2021, 10:51
Jun 27, 2021, 10:51
 
From what I've read, Windows doesn't require a physical TPM module if there's CPU support for a secure environment via "PTT" or "fTPM" (Intel's and AMD's names). See https://www.tomshardware.com/news/windows-11-tpm-enable-bios-uefi , for example.

Edit: I've got an i5-8400, and after enabling PTT in my BIOS, tpm.msc says I have TPM 2.0 capabilities, and the windows 11 health check said I was okay. ark.intel.com doesn't even list my CPU as having Trusted Execution Technology, which is what I thought PTT used, so it's worth checking to see what your BIOS options are.

This comment was edited on Jun 27, 2021, 15:34.
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits
Jun 19, 2021, 12:45
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jun 19, 2021, 12:45
Jun 19, 2021, 12:45
 
What continually bugs me about the Settings app is that it's a single-instance program. There's no way to have the System->Display and the Personalization->Colors screens up at the same time, for example, or System->Sound and Devices->Bluetooth. Let us open multiple windows!

Speaking of devices, let us rename them! I've got something in my list that just says "dongle". I know it's important but never remember what physical device it is. There's also a "Texas Instruments USBtoi2C Solution", which I think is what lets me upgrade my monitor's firmware.
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Re: etc.
Jun 14, 2021, 21:04
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Re: etc. Jun 14, 2021, 21:04
Jun 14, 2021, 21:04
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jun 14, 2021, 17:48:
Lode Runner was one of my favorite games back in the late 80s.
If I remember correctly, on the C-64 version, if there was a gold bar on the top row of the screen and you were able to get that one last and also start drilling at the same time, the drilling sound would persist as it loaded the next level :)
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Re: Get Control for Free
Jun 10, 2021, 20:16
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Re: Get Control for Free Jun 10, 2021, 20:16
Jun 10, 2021, 20:16
 
GinRummy wrote on Jun 10, 2021, 19:58:
Dang, I hate it when they offer a game that I had already paid for a while back, but I've actually been lucky in that regard, Control being one of the very few Epic freebies that I previously gave up cash for, even though it was at a discount. I tried to play Control twice a few months apart, and just got frustrated with it when getting stuck on a boss fight with no motivation to keep at it. Just okay gameplay for me, so I wish I'd waited for now. Genshin was fun for about a month for me, until it turned into a boss grind for rare levelling mats. Might come back some times and check out the new areas added since.

There are 'invincible' and 'one-hit kill' options you can turn on during particularly annoying boss fights (Tommasi). Definitely helps reduce the number of rage-quits.
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Re: The Good Life Delayed
Jun 5, 2021, 19:47
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Re: The Good Life Delayed Jun 5, 2021, 19:47
Jun 5, 2021, 19:47
 
From reading earlier articles on this, it's certainly got some interesting elements, but I hope they can afford to redo all those low-poly models. Everything looks like it came out of a 2000's-era game like NOLF.
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Re: Morning Tech Bits
May 21, 2021, 23:03
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Re: Morning Tech Bits May 21, 2021, 23:03
May 21, 2021, 23:03
 
That superuser.com question was asked 8 years ago and the answers all seem pretty low quality, but your 2nd link has the most plausible explanation I've seen so far: "Data tracks on the platters are too small to allow all of the heads to align simultaneously." Although modern HDD arms can have more pivot points than just the one controlled by the voice coil, so those other pivots could be driven independently to align all the heads onto their own tracks at once.

https://blog.westerndigital.com/hdd-magic-20tb-18tb/ mentions triple-stage actuator arms, for example.
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Re: Seagate Lists the Mach.2: The World's Fastest HDD
May 21, 2021, 20:41
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Re: Seagate Lists the Mach.2: The World's Fastest HDD May 21, 2021, 20:41
May 21, 2021, 20:41
 
One thing I've never seen explained about hard drives is why only one head is active at any one point in time. Why not have all the heads active at once, reading or writing in parallel? That would let your throughput scale according to how many platters are on the spindle. You could even do error-correction across the heads, so if there's a dropout on one platter the data is recoverable. IOps would stay the same, though, since all the heads are still on the same arm.
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Re: Morning Mobilization
Mar 24, 2021, 20:31
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Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 24, 2021, 20:31
Mar 24, 2021, 20:31
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 24, 2021, 13:12:
That's the first I've heard of massless batteries. Fascinating.

Definitely the first time I've heard of the excellent marketing term "massless battery", but I've seen structural batteries mentioned before. There was an Ars Technica (actually Wired) article last year about them here .

The commenters quickly found some major issues with the idea - it'd be harder to recall/replace/recycle batteries since they're now part of the chassis and not detached commodity parts, body damage turns into a dealer-level repair since you're not just welding/bending metal anymore, it's harder to cool/heat them if they're not all in one place, etc.
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Re: Google Closing In-House Stadia Studio
Feb 1, 2021, 20:05
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Re: Google Closing In-House Stadia Studio Feb 1, 2021, 20:05
Feb 1, 2021, 20:05
 
Well, that didn't take long, did it? Yow. 150 developers.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jan 20, 2021, 20:58
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Re: Out of the Blue Jan 20, 2021, 20:58
Jan 20, 2021, 20:58
 
I've had four iPhones (3GS, 4S, SE, SE 2), and only had a case on the 3GS. I have dropped the others occasionally, but have always been able to get a foot under the phone before it hit the ground, so I've only ever gotten corner dings and minor screen scratches. The SE2's glass back makes it slide all over the place if you don't put it on a level surface, though, so I am thinking about getting a thin case/wrap, or maybe a couple strips of electrical tape just to add some friction :)
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Re: Morning Tech Bits
Jan 19, 2021, 20:05
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Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 19, 2021, 20:05
Jan 19, 2021, 20:05
 
phinn wrote on Jan 19, 2021, 14:27:
For the 870 EVO they claim a 38% increase to QD1 performance. This would effectively make this 550MB/s drive as fast as the some of the very best NVME drives for day-to-day use, like load times etc. Really impressive if true.

The article said that their tests weren't seeing this large an improvement, so this may be marketing hype that doesn't match reality:

Preliminary results show that the 870 EVO improves performance across the board for our AnandTech Storage Bench trace tests, though with slight increases in power consumption. Samsung's claim of 38% better QD1 random read performance also looks to be an exaggeration, but we'll be back later this week with a full analysis of the test results.
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Re: Morning Metaverse
Jan 4, 2021, 20:39
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Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 4, 2021, 20:39
Jan 4, 2021, 20:39
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 4, 2021, 14:16:
Why Was Flash Doomed to Fail? Usability, Usability, Usability.

Security, Security, Security

Yep; I don't think usability had anything to do with flash's downfall. A competent designer will build a good UI in whatever medium they use, and a bad one will screw up an HTML page just as badly as a flash app. Today, HTML5 can do everything flash does, but for years, flash was your only option if you wanted a really advanced interface in a web app.
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Re: You can still upgrade Windows 7 and 8.1 systems to Windows 10 for free.
Jan 2, 2021, 15:39
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Re: You can still upgrade Windows 7 and 8.1 systems to Windows 10 for free. Jan 2, 2021, 15:39
Jan 2, 2021, 15:39
 
I upgraded four of my relatives' PCs to Windows 10 over the last year, and switched them to SSDs at the same time. They didn't need to buy a new one; just faster storage.

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Re: AT&T is selling Crunchyroll to Sony for $1.18B.
Dec 10, 2020, 20:40
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Re: AT&T is selling Crunchyroll to Sony for $1.18B. Dec 10, 2020, 20:40
Dec 10, 2020, 20:40
 
Whenever AT&T discovers they own a profitable business unit it seems like they always do one of two things: sell it, or raise the prices and kill it. At least they chose to sell this time.
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Re: Morning Metaverse
Dec 3, 2020, 20:21
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Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 3, 2020, 20:21
Dec 3, 2020, 20:21
 
Yeah, I third the recommendation of being very wary when dealing with Oracle. The only people to use OCI are going to be people already running Oracle DB, because of the 2x price increase Oracle applies to instances running in AWS and Azure.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Nov 24, 2020, 20:10
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Re: Out of the Blue Nov 24, 2020, 20:10
Nov 24, 2020, 20:10
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 24, 2020, 15:24:
IVIX1 wrote on Nov 24, 2020, 14:08:
Or maybe they're just trippin' balls
Almost fell out of my chair just now laughing. Nice one Blue!
Read down to the Star Trek story...

For whatever reason, I usually read Blues News from the bottom up, so I had no idea what the "Maybe they're just... oh, you get it" line was referring to, until a few minutes later when I got to the entries farther up in that section :)
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Re: etc.
Nov 16, 2020, 20:06
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Nov 16, 2020, 20:06
 
heroin wrote on Nov 16, 2020, 13:11:
Osmos was probably the most relaxing game I've ever played.
Mostly relaxing; I didn't like some of the later levels myself. The ones where you were fighting red enemies for available resources, AND with a black hole in the center spinning everything around were like a madcap race.
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