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Comment Coworkers... (Score 1) 94

My coworkers would burn me at the stake or worse for overclocking one of our work machines.

They're mostly Dual Socket 2011 with as many cores as possible, and all the memory they can hold.

Not really conducive to cranking around on stuff, lol.

The computer is the cheapest part of that setup; the software is over 100k a seat, the guy in the seat, much more, lol.

OTOH, My personal gaming PC has been running an i7-3930k at 4.7GHz since about 2011 until now on a heat pipe cooler, ~63ÂC max.

I bought myself a closed water cooling system for Xmas, 3x120mm Fans and radiator to match.

I'm going to see if I can get my system to hit 5Ghz; if it dies, I have an excuse to upgrade. :)

Comment Disks... (Score 1) 201

The 5.25" 360k Full height Single sided drives that were in the OG IBM XT computers could put twice as much on a Double Sided Disk, if you cut the notch on the opposite side of the case.

As was said, you couldn't write to the other side of the disk without cutting a notch out of the case. :)

The capacity of the drives went to 1.2MB, Still single sided, then 720k and 2.44MB, just before the conversion of pretty much everything to 3.5" disks.

One thing I've noticed; 30 years in, some of my old 5.25 disks read just fine, few of the newer 3.5 disk set worked. :)

Comment Re:Recycle, Recycle, Recycle. (Score 1) 275

Mercury is a bummer, but if you want bright colors, you want some mercury vapor in there as a charge carrier.

The fun gas is Helium; it's a beautiful orange color.

It's used as a cooling gas; one of the rules I learned was "If you see your equipment glowing bright orange, Don't open the door to the lab!" :)

Comment Re:Ok (Score 4, Funny) 133

It's being hushed up by the Trump-Alien-Russian-Clinton Conspiracy''s Tight grasp on the Media's Scrotum(s).

Their collective polygrip is just too strong.

Inform your congresscritter, go door to door if you have to; this evil conspiracy must be exposed!!!

I'm voting the safe vote; Opus and Bill. No, not the blue dress bill.

Comment If you really want to see how bad it was... (Score 3, Informative) 140

Read the IAEA report on the Chernobyl disaster.

It reads like bad comedy; operators trying to follow a test program while the reactor was in a completely unstable state.

The REAL kicker: The SCRAM command to shut down the reactor made it go "Prompt Critical" and explode.

No shit.

"As can be seen from the foregoing, the event which initiated the accident was the pressing of the EPS-5 button (SCRAM Button) when the RBMK-1000 reactor was operating at low power with a greater than permissible number of manual control rods withdrawn from the reactor. " pp67


Scariest thing I've read this decade. :)

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