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Comment: Re:Anyone know how Zotac cards hold up? (Score 1) 36

by Billly Gates (#48950021) Attached to: GeForce GTX 980 and 970 Cards From MSI, EVGA, and Zotac Reviewed

It was printed on the graphics card box. Most boards with good caps and certifications loudly advertise it including MSI as well.

Basically the military certs mean they test to see if it runs between -40F and up to a hot 200F and other tests. Maybe overblown and juding on the language think it is silly, but when most old Pentium IVs XP boxes fail these days it is caused by 2 things
1. Power supply going out
2. Caps on the board failing to provide adaquite voltage in spikes causing BSOD.

Home routers too get weak after a few years due to caps aging. True a gaming system board will be obsolete by then but I do VMware Workstation for certs on mind too and mostly run MMOs so no biggie. I have a feeling by 2020 my i7 4770K will still be competitive as cpus have leveled off in major upgrades compared to the past where 10 years meant 10,000 times faster. A 1990 386 16 MHz vs a Pentium IV was quite impressive in differences. Not true today.

Comment: Re:And the game continues (Score 1) 75

by Billly Gates (#48949999) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Is Back Online, Properly

What they need to do is make their shit available to Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, etc?

I have a subscription and guess what. They will get paid by these too. Younger generations hate TV and tiers and paying through the nose for broadcasting fees.

I am opposed to TPB and think piracy is wrong on all levels! I like getting paid for my work. But I won't buy your lousy shit but I do subscribe to Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix and run a Roku III on my TV for streaming what I want. Make it available and I may watch it and you will get paid too. Probably more money too as the DishNetwork, Comcast, and other others will rob you blind. I will pay you directly with just 1 middle mad who charges less (the streaming provider).

Roku, Fire TV, and Android setup boxes by 2020 will be close to majority by then. I highly recommend other slashdotters to buy a streaming device. You can save a fortune.

Comment: Re:Anyone know how Zotac cards hold up? (Score 1) 36

by Billly Gates (#48949933) Attached to: GeForce GTX 980 and 970 Cards From MSI, EVGA, and Zotac Reviewed

I almost bought a gigabyte. The sales guy convinced me to get an Asus based on returns.

No their caps on their average boards now are military grade. I had a bad Asus experience from a core2 go and threw it out. It worked fine for a few years.

Gigabyte does make GPUs too but they do not seem as good. Maybe next upgrade I will try a gigabyte if they sell military grade with VRM voltage regulators and chokes too like the Asus. Well worth the extra $50 for testing and certification

Comment: Re:This is not new. (Score 1) 102

by Billly Gates (#48949911) Attached to: Can Students Have Too Much Tech?

Every serious (read "non-vendor-sponsored") study for the last 20 years has shown that computers in school hinder education.

Actually not entirely true.

My ex has a masters in special education and researched some studies.

With a properly trained teacher and a strong curriculum it can enhance certain subjects and bring interests. If you go to a bunch of disadvantaged children who have no interest in learning and just want to chat with their friends and listen to music and give them a computer. Yes it will harm learning.

Wired magazine had an article about a Mexican middle school math teacher. He realized letting his kids research on their own with proper supervision increased test scores more than a curriculum! Students went on Wikipedia religiously, searched youtube for common math issues explained by other teachers, and scores went up as an increase in learning.

Comment: Re:Anyone know how Zotac cards hold up? (Score 1) 36

by Billly Gates (#48948709) Attached to: GeForce GTX 980 and 970 Cards From MSI, EVGA, and Zotac Reviewed

I only buy Asus and XFX. Asus stepped up its game after it fucked up royally with crappy caps on their motherboards last decade. The Asus 770 in my box has chocks and several VRM voltage regulators and cost $25 more than a similiarly priced 770 but was well worth the cost as it wont bust and has a solid cooper heatsink and is very quiet :-)

Go to a microcenter or tigerdirect and not bestbuy which only stocks the cheapest products at the most expensive prices.

Comment: Re:The Win 10 subscription model (Score 1) 89

by Billly Gates (#48948691) Attached to: Dell Continues Shipping Fresh Linux Laptops

There is all this talk but so far no subscription. MS even said free updates for the life of the product. This hints 10 might be the final OS of Windows like MacOSX is the final for Apple with just updated .1 releases added over time.

Rumor at arstechnica and neowin show MS will play with it perhaps for business editions who need AD access and services like Azure and OneDrive pro edition. Home users will get it free as the app store will generate the revenue to pay for it and will update itself to all operating system versions quicker than the corporate versions which will be 3 -5 years updates but will cost more.

I have given up on Linux sadly on the desktop by 2011 when I saw gnome 3 and still always had bugs or config files I had to edit to get it to do certain things. I run Linux now as an appliance in a VM for development with

Let's hope I am right as I do not want to be like these XP users acting all crazy during EOL like 7 was a horrible abomination because of familiarity and fear of change? 7 is aging and already does not recognize USB 3 without special drivers and virtually no 4K support at all, poor battery life, and no locked down boot loader and forced cpu instructions to prevent exploits. XP SP 2 and later have some support for separating data and execution bits but it does not enforce it in hardware for 100% of services and apps like 8.1 does. If Cortana is not so damn intrusive in the final builds (I love instant search in 7!) I will not mind upgrading if it is free. No subscription later on of course.

Comment: Re:Ewww thunderbolt (Score 1) 89

by Billly Gates (#48948647) Attached to: Dell Continues Shipping Fresh Linux Laptops

Well it is a workstation grade laptop with Quadro graphics. So it will be expensive. It is certified for highloads with extra QA for stability. Not the junk you get at Walmart if you want cheap. People who run Linux at work are programmers, administrators, 3d artists, or engineers so this laptop reflects their needs. Not hobbyists.

Thunderbolt does add cost as it is a 10 gig transfer tecnology directly to the PCI-Express bus. But I am a fan of thunderbolt until USB 3.1 and OEMs get their act together and peripherals can be made to take advantage like HDMI and ethernet dongles etc.But is useful to make it thin and for hi res HDMI presentations with a thunderbolt dongle since engineers and animators will be using this laptop for this purpose.

Comment: Re:AMD is coming out with the 390 (Score 1) 36

by Billly Gates (#48948533) Attached to: GeForce GTX 980 and 970 Cards From MSI, EVGA, and Zotac Reviewed

I hope so. The 900 series really is a knockout right now. I think these benchmarks might be biased as I saw a more narrow comparison. I wonder how much ram the 290x had?

But AMD needs to up its game and I remember nvidia cut their prices nearly 50% when ATI did the r2xx series!

I do not want to pay $600 for my next card which is what the 780 GTX and the Titan was $1000 before ATI came roaring back??! WTF

Comment: Re:!DX12 (Score 1) 36

by Billly Gates (#48948511) Attached to: GeForce GTX 980 and 970 Cards From MSI, EVGA, and Zotac Reviewed

So "DirectX 12 will support Maxwell, Kepler, and even Fermi. Basically, a DX 11.1 card will be compatible with most of the new APIs. Note, Maxwell is actually the first GPU with full DX12 support, although DX12 graphics are currently only making appearances in demos."

Alright it looks like we are good then as most of the api is transferable with older products. So a 700 series nvidia card like my gtx770 will have 100% native full features then and a 600 will have most and can still play games reliable as long as they do not use 100% of the features which maybe absent.

  To this day no card is directX 11.1 fully compliant (at least I am aware of) yet Windows 8.1 works fine. It uses the CPU when a feature is not available. The real question is what is not supported from the ATI GN chipsets used in the PS4 and XboxOne since mosts games are ports of the console in this day and age? If the Kepler 600 series supports most if not all of ATIs xboxone features then it will be fine.

If directX12 supports more than this it wont matter as no game developer wants to leave an xbox port out of the equation.

Comment: AMD is coming out with the 390 (Score 1) 36

by Billly Gates (#48948405) Attached to: GeForce GTX 980 and 970 Cards From MSI, EVGA, and Zotac Reviewed

Nvidia stepped up its game when the ATIs in the previous generation were quite a challenge. The 900's were there answer and the 290x is not far behind. I want to see ATI deliver a knockout with its next generation chipset this spring/summer.

AMD is really hurting and I DO NOT WANT an nvida monopoly even if I have a 770gtx in my system right now. I was hoping AMD would keep delivering in the next round and get their drivers together.

Good lord the drivers had been an issue last decade and I am surprised they only got serious about improving since 2012. They mostly work but when I had a 7850 I had memorizes which sets of .13 drivers which would BSOD and corrupt my Windows 7 install so bad not even a restore could fix it. Only a re-image.

Comment: Re:Why Thunderbolt? (Score 3, Interesting) 89

by Billly Gates (#48948375) Attached to: Dell Continues Shipping Fresh Linux Laptops

Because slim laptops may not have DVD, HDMI/VGA output, and some tablets like the MS Surface do not have ethernet either. Only Thunderbolt can do this. USB 3.1 may change this but it is not finished.

They are essential for plugging into projects for presentations, linking up video cameras (this laptop is a workstation grade one so it has this use), ethernet (I didn't see if this is netbook with an ethernet or not), and can do HDMI as well for hi resolution presentations which again it has a QUADRO so engineers and video editors are the target besides software developers.

My coworker with a MS surface 2 is our network guru for the site. He plugs in his thunderbolt ethernet controller to wireshark and use a Cisco program for port scanning instead of a bulky laptop with limited battery life. I want to buy one as a result and without thunderbolt it is a toy.

You complain about specs and costs. I mention it has benefits besides its quirks for consumers and non engineers. Yes it is pricier but it does more and this is a high end developer or engineer workstation grade laptop.

Comment: Vietnam war (Score 4, Interesting) 245

by Billly Gates (#48948225) Attached to: The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People

My father is distrustful towards the government even though he is liberal and not a tea party guy who hates them based on idealogical grounds.

The government forced his friends in highschool to be killed in Vietnam against their will. He had a baby and went to school and they ripped his family apart and sent him to fight in a war he didn't believe in based on lies by Henry Kissenger, LBJ, and Nixon.

To this day he keeps a photocopy of his discharge papers from the military. He said enjoy what you have because what you have can be taken from you by the second!

So ... NSA spying, making up lies with the Iraq war with weapons of mass destruction, and this intrusion etc. To my Dad this is scary stuff complete with a mass with the younger generation reading this who can be fooled by propaganda easier.

In the 1950s he was spoonfed propaganda too about those evil scary communistis hiding under the bed. Younger folks do not understand these concepts or have lived in fear of "What if they draft me next?"

Comment: Re: Does It Matter? (Score 1) 269

by Billly Gates (#48948197) Attached to: VirtualBox Development At a Standstill

It is not really designed for games. But DirectX is what 95% games use now days.

But if all you do is play games and test a new distro or Windows version or 2 it is not worth the money. You can try VMWare Player if you are curious which uses the same virtualizer as the workstation but doesn't have features for IT professionals and those who need multiple VMs up and managed.

I had the opposite terrible experience with graphics where even getting aero working in VB was a challenge in 2012 when I switched to VMWare Workstation. So in 2 years my data might be obsolete but if this story is true then besides a few bug fixes it has not really gone aware.

Windows 10 will make the divide further. I just blew $175 yesterday upgrading to VM Ware 11 as the guest tools did not like the new directX 12 and WDDM 1.3

Comment: Re:not knowing what Thunderbolt is (Score 3, Interesting) 89

by Billly Gates (#48948171) Attached to: Dell Continues Shipping Fresh Linux Laptops

USB vs Thunderbolt = VHS vs Betamax. VHS more widespread due to it being cheaper yet betamax won in video production by being superior. Same with Thunderbolt.

Thunderbolt is Sony/Apple competitior to the original USB. It is higher performing with I/O bound to the host vs in the peripherals of the original USB design. It was more expensive so USB won but due to its superior bandwidth and processing it is used for ilink/thunderbolt video cameras, vga dongles, and ethernet.

Thunderbolt comes with MS Surface and any Apple product to connect vga, ethernet, dvd, HDMI, video cameras, and other dongles. Mac users use them too. USB 2?? Well it can't handle these well or at all.

My coworker has a surfacepro 2 which has a Thunderbolt for his ethernet adapter. He is the network guru at my site and uses it with wireshark and some cisco app. A laptop it too bulky and breaks too easily and has crappy batter life. His Surface he can use any thunderbolt adapter for HDMI video. I hated Windows 8 and the surface like most slashdotters but it opened my eyes.

Anyway USB 3.1 may be able to compete but thunderbolt has had this for many years and it used for video professionals and those who need high bandwidth devices.

I'd rather be led to hell than managed to heavan.