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by phongn
2018-08-01 05:48pm
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: Microsoft Managed Desktop: Operating System As A Service, Anyone?
Replies: 51
Views: 8388

Re: Microsoft Managed Desktop: Operating System As A Service, Anyone?

Android is already the OS on many if not most tablets anyway, it should be no great leap for them to translate it to PC. First, Android on tablet is a terrible experience and most software developers barely bother optimizing for the Android tablet experience. Secondly, it's an enormous leap to tran...
by phongn
2017-02-19 05:43pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Why software engineers should ditch Silicon Valley for Austin
Replies: 17
Views: 2933

Re: Why software engineers should ditch Silicon Valley for Austin

The more general problem is that the median household income for the Bay Area is ~30% higher than the US average (65K vs 50K), but the median living cost is ~50% higher. That is a major squeeze on all the non-tech roles vital for a metropolitan area to function. NIMBYs and existing property owners ...
by phongn
2017-02-14 01:35pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Why software engineers should ditch Silicon Valley for Austin
Replies: 17
Views: 2933

Re: Why software engineers should ditch Silicon Valley for Austin

Huh, didn't know that. I guess I need more people in my life (my current circle of people I know IRL doesn't extend much beyond the house I live in, and yes I am a basement dwelling loser). :lol: You live in one of the great cities of America where there's cheap public transit. You have no excuse t...
by phongn
2017-02-14 01:02pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Why software engineers should ditch Silicon Valley for Austin
Replies: 17
Views: 2933

Re: Why software engineers should ditch Silicon Valley for Austin

Austin also exists as it's own "bubble" in Texas. Austin natives operate on a different wavelength than other Texans, even those from cities like Dallas, San Antonio, or Houston. This is both good and bad in my experience. That may be true but again, the magnitude of the bubble in SanFran is immens...
by phongn
2017-02-13 05:19pm
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: "Rate my Rig" thread
Replies: 1086
Views: 156868

Re: "Rate my Rig" thread

The 4GB cap in 32-bit address spaces is 100% real . It is physically impossible to talk about more than a 4GB address space in a 32-bit world. More than that, Windows as an OS caps applications at 2GB address space (for many legit reasons) which can be expanded to 3GB at application discretion. How...
by phongn
2017-02-13 05:02pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Why software engineers should ditch Silicon Valley for Austin
Replies: 17
Views: 2933

Re: Why software engineers should ditch Silicon Valley for Austin

Interestingly enough, the adjustment for cost of living is better even here in Chicago. Now that's a surprise. :P I lived in Hyde Park/Woodlawn and it was much cheaper than San Jose. It shouldn't be that much of a surprise: Chicago can be a reasonably affordable city, especially if you're willing t...
by phongn
2016-05-16 10:52am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: The DMV is Purgatory
Replies: 31
Views: 3957

Re: The DMV is Purgatory

The DMV near me is shockingly efficient as long as you have an appointment. It's a pretty new facility so it's well-lit and spacious, which I suppose helps.
by phongn
2016-05-06 03:36pm
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: What is the Difference Between Cat5 and Cat6 Ethernet Cables?
Replies: 8
Views: 1700

Re: What is the Difference Between Cat5 and Cat6 Ethernet Cables?

Yes, NBase-T is basically 'the signal processing hardware for 10G is already so dynamic and adaptive it doesn't cost much to give it more speed options, and that opens up more sales opportunities'. The x10 bandwidth steps and 100m distance requirement were limiting people from getting the maximum s...
by phongn
2016-05-01 08:22pm
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: Linux in Windows - Implementation
Replies: 18
Views: 2209

Re: Linux in Windows - Implementation

The second part is somewhat correct, but not precisely. Apache, nginx and other servers run primarily on Linux. Ruby (which is far too popular for such a crap language) runs primarily on Linux and OSX. Android Studio runs better on OSX than on Windows. This piles up. Yea, but like server software a...
by phongn
2016-05-01 08:17pm
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: What is the Difference Between Cat5 and Cat6 Ethernet Cables?
Replies: 8
Views: 1700

Re: What is the Difference Between Cat5 and Cat6 Ethernet Cables?

Cat5 is junk at this point and most vendors have stopped selling it. Cat 5e is the minimum you should buy and if you're going to install cabling into a building it is sensible to pay the slight premium for Cat 6. 10Gbase-T switches aren't quite at commodity pricing yet but they will be soon; gigabi...
by phongn
2016-02-13 08:32pm
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: "Rate my Rig" thread
Replies: 1086
Views: 156868

Re: "Rate my Rig" thread

Finally time to replace my old C2Q 9550-based machine. Supermicro X11SAE-O Xeon E3-1240 v5 Noctua NH-U14S heatsink 16GB ECC DDR4-2133 RAM (2x8) EVGA GTX 970 4GB Samsung 840 Pro 512GB (from old machine) Corsair TX650 650W PSU (from old machine) Fractal Design Define R5 The heatsink is massive overkil...
by phongn
2016-02-13 02:12am
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: LIGO Announces Gravitational Wave Detection
Replies: 11
Views: 3295

Re: LIGO Announces Gravitational Wave Detection

It really goes to show just how much difference technology makes for this level of science... the original LIGO sensors operated for nearly a decade without success. The improved version started up in September 2015... and detected these gravity waves several days before it was even formally fully ...
by phongn
2015-10-01 02:57pm
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: Windows 10
Replies: 48
Views: 4129

Re: Windows 10

Runs fine on my old Core 2 Quad; no real issues.
by phongn
2015-10-01 02:56pm
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: My experience switching from Android to iOS
Replies: 5
Views: 1267

Re: My experience switching from Android to iOS

I was forced to switch to a mac from pc. Fucking hated it. Was angry for two months until I tipped a cup of tea into it and bought myself a nice laptop. People talk about user experience. I didn't see any of that. Non of my programs worked, non of my shortcuts worked, and there were big fat buttons...
by phongn
2015-09-30 03:20pm
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: My experience switching from Android to iOS
Replies: 5
Views: 1267

Re: My experience switching from Android to iOS

That a brand new iPad would be an upgrade from a c2008 Atom-powered netbook is not a surprise, but it was some of the best money I've ever spent, as I was suddenly able to be productive in the car between delivery orders, in coffee shops, and in the office. When I had to work on that horrid netbook...
by phongn
2015-06-30 02:54pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Input for nice dress shoes for work
Replies: 24
Views: 2798

Re: Input for nice dress shoes for work

ArmorPierce wrote:Maybe wait for factory seconds but that is a risk itself.
AE factory seconds are still pretty nice.
by phongn
2015-06-30 02:51pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Pictures of a Space Shuttle Cockpit Trainer
Replies: 12
Views: 1394

Re: Pictures of a Space Shuttle Cockpit Trainer

The problem is that the Space Shuttle was supposed to have a 2 week turnaround. They had more like an 18 month to 2 year turnaround and were essentially taken apart and put back together after each mission. It was sold as a quickly relaunchable Space Shuttle that could easily send cargo and personn...
by phongn
2015-06-29 02:53pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Pictures of a Space Shuttle Cockpit Trainer
Replies: 12
Views: 1394

Re: Pictures of a Space Shuttle Cockpit Trainer

Someone wrote a pretty extensive alt-history where Nixon chooses the Station option over Shuttle. Budget levels pretty much remain where they were in real life. It's neat, but we really don't get all that much further. We'd need consistent Apollo-level funding to go far, which Congress would've neve...
by phongn
2015-04-14 07:16pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: The 2016 US Election (Part I)
Replies: 1871
Views: 130723

Re: The US Election 2016

Irbis wrote:
Crossroads Inc. wrote:Then at some point you "Cash out" declare you are bowing out, and pocket the extra cash.
Can you even do that? I know quite a few places where it would be illegal, but nothing in the USA will surprise me after super-PACs.
Use of campaign funds for personal reasons is illegal.
by phongn
2015-03-26 10:19pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: ABM Testing (from "Give us Poland and Finland!")
Replies: 3
Views: 896

Re: ABM Testing (from "Give us Poland and Finland!")

GPS was on an actual target RV, it also had one decoy RV they hoped to observe in the optics as the missile guidance discrimination software was active, it just wouldn't be allowed to control the KV. 2000 era GPS data is not remotely good enough to score a kill on at those kind of closing velocitie...
by phongn
2015-03-26 06:18pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: The coming Russian war
Replies: 22
Views: 2287

Re: The coming Russian war

cosmicalstorm wrote: Should Poland be working on nuclear weapons?
You know that Poland is a member of NATO, and thus under the American nuclear umbrella, right?
by phongn
2015-03-26 03:59pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: BREAKING: Airbus A320 crashes in Alps
Replies: 115
Views: 7306

Re: BREAKING: Airbus A320 crashes in Alps

I would however like to at least see mandatory unarmed combat training for anyone whose job it is to take over being the second person. Anyone whose suicide involves killing 150 innocent people probably won't be deterred by human interaction. That's a different stage of suicide than normal suicide,...
by phongn
2015-03-26 02:28pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: BREAKING: Airbus A320 crashes in Alps
Replies: 115
Views: 7306

Re: BREAKING: Airbus A320 crashes in Alps

Some people are also seriously demanding 3-man crews, which would allow eliminating the moment of vulnerability if the swap-out isn't managed well, but the cost of that would be fought so hard by the airlines that I considered some kind of guns somewhat more plausible to be adopted. Just barricade ...