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    Taiwan drought could drastically cutback TSMC production

    Guess you found the boring part of the desert. We were in more of a prairie/ hills area; it was pretty nice.
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    Taiwan drought could drastically cutback TSMC production

    I spent a week in Arizona in 1988 to go hiking on a school trip and I remember the lawns appearing then.
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    Anthem is ceasing development.

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    Epic Games Sues Apple

    "however, noted that Apple has "salted the earth with subpoenas," telling Valve "don’t worry, it’s not just you."" Oh, well, that makes it all right, then.
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    HP purchases HyperX from Kingston

    Arrrrgh, you're giving me flashbacks of the three returns between August and December that completely failed to fix my Pavilion laptop that was otherwise awesome. "How many times do we have to do this before it's declared a lemon and you just replace it" isn't a question they like hearing. The...
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    Fry's Electronics permanently closing Feb 24, 2021

    I'd heard about them before that, but the first time I got to go to one was when I moved to Dallas in 2007.
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    Fry's Electronics permanently closing Feb 24, 2021

    Circuit City, home of the 6 rebate computer, maybe not as much.
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    Fry's Electronics permanently closing Feb 24, 2021

    A few weeks back I needed an HDMI cable and they had one for about $15. I think it's a 5 footer. I live in Galveston, and there's not much beyond Walmart & Target on the island that might have one, and the Walmart isn't the biggest one out there. The next nearest place that would have one is...
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    Fry's Electronics permanently closing Feb 24, 2021

    You know Walmart sells those, right? Cheaper, too.
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    HP purchases HyperX from Kingston

    If it goes the way of the rest of HP's stuff, it'll be fine as long as it keeps working, but they'll give you the runaround if anything goes wrong until the warranty runs out, like the laptop I bought in 2010. Great thing until the CPU died, and they spent 6 months yanking my chain and...
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    Fry's Electronics permanently closing Feb 24, 2021

    I never saw any of this in Dallas, but those were the only Fry's I've been to. I do recall seeing a lot of returned stock on the shelf, but it was always marked... with, like, a 5% discount.
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    Fry's Electronics permanently closing Feb 24, 2021

    I have heard a lot of complaints over the years about Fry's, but I never experienced those problems. It wasn't until 2-3 years ago I noticed them starting to go downhill a bit in customer service and stock levels starting to go down. I feel like that consignment story may be true but it...
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    Intel has started benchmarking their high end GPU's

    Is it shipping in volume yet? You can't pick one up at Best Buy.
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    Blizzard Announces Diablo 2: Resurrected

    Nice. I tried, I dunno, 6 months ago, and it would crash, run as Admin or no, before getting to the title screen, so I had to do it manually. Worked fine after that, though.
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    Blizzard Announces Diablo 2: Resurrected

    IIRC it will install, but you'll need to manually download and install the latest patch for it to actually run.
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    EA Announces Mass Effect Legendary Edition

    Didn't NWN 2 literally do a "rocks fall; everybody dies"?
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    Native M1 Adware making the rounds

    [Insert Nelson Muntz meme here]
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    CD Projekt Red says it was hacked but won't pay the ransom

    Someday maybe I'll stop being surprised that people keep pre-ordering buggy games from the same publishers and then being outraged that they wind up with another buggy game from the and publishers again.
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    ZOTAC Antagonizes Gamers With New White Edition Cards in Mining Rigs

    Dude, have you considered a career change? Like, learn to ride a horse, and get a job at a dude ranch babysitting city slickers.
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    ZOTAC Antagonizes Gamers With New White Edition Cards in Mining Rigs

    Not trying to be a dick, but I've learned you have to make time, sometimes. Over the last few years, I've been involved in a bunch of long running software conversions at my day job, the kind of things that take 3 to 6 months (and fortunately not the kind that takes years). The PM keeps...
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    3.2 billion email passwords leaked

    I love how all these sites want to bolster their profiles by adding food toys social media accounts. No, random website, I'm not giving you my fb account. (And now we have extra reasons why it's a bad thing. )
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    Nvidia bringing the 1050 ti back from the dead to meet demand

    Apparently it's 3 years from when it leaves the factory.
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    South Korean cinema halls renting theaters to gamers

    Yes, and it's glorious!
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    South Korean cinema halls renting theaters to gamers

    So have ya seen Willy's Wonderland?
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    NEC now using Quantum Parametrons for Annealing

    Not in on the joke? Today You Learned:
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    Nvidia bringing the 1050 ti back from the dead to meet demand

    1050ti die is 132mm^2. 1080 die is 471mm^2.
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    Nvidia bringing the 1050 ti back from the dead to meet demand

    I don't particularly like it either, but what would you have them do? Be like nobody else, not raise prices, and leave money on the table? They're being rational. Note that during the last mining-based craze, they changed their pricing. "1080ti: 1 or 2 for $1000 each. 3+, $10,000 each"
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    Nvidia bringing the 1050 ti back from the dead to meet demand

    Yep. Basically, it's the best card (or maybe a 1650 non-Super) that you can stick in a Dell or HP, because they tend to have 200-250W power supplies.
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    Nvidia bringing the 1050 ti back from the dead to meet demand

    I snagged an ROG Zephyrus G14 with the 2060 last month and tried a few (non-AAA) games on the integrated graphics, and it's surprisingly good if you tone down the settings a bit.
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    Nvidia bringing the 1050 ti back from the dead to meet demand

    Yeah. Older process that won't compete with 3000 series (and everything else), not enough VRAM to be useful to miners, relatively small die meaning they can produce a lot more of them (and probably fewer defective units), etc., etc. Sucks for people who want a more powerful card, but makes a...
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    Nvidia bringing the 1050 ti back from the dead to meet demand

    Best guess: it's a significantly smaller die than that in the 1060 or higher chips, and it's also on a different process (apparently? I'm going off of the Geforce 10 series page on Wikipedia), so they expect to be able to make more money based on # of good dies per wafer * estimated sales...
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    Nvidia bringing the 1050 ti back from the dead to meet demand

    Of course, but it makes sense. Most people would probably be fine with a 1050 Ti, and on a different process, it shouldn't compete for wafers with the high end stuff. I was using a 1050 for a week or two recently while I sent my 2070 out to evga for a warranty repair. (Also, thanks to the...
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    GPU mining moves to RTX 3000 laptops (AKA exploring new lows)

    This seems like it could be a fun project with something like an Arduino and a touch screen.
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