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    Hot Air Rework Stations

    You are asking for two different things. 1. To recap stuff or solder an I/O port any decent soldering iron from Hakko or Weller is perfectly fine and is super easy. 2. Reflowing BGAs like RAM is a totally different story. To do this properly, we use JBC hot air stations with all the...
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    Apples M2 looks like a beast.

    Of course, but that is not my point. My point was that Duke's lack of experience and propensity for grandiose statements led him to choose an example that was not really correct. While most car owners in general lease cars and know nothing about them, those numbers are far less for...
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    Apples M2 looks like a beast.

    It is so funny, your arguments always have the same problem whether it's cars or computers. Your assumptions are always wrong because you lack actual experience. I used to own a BMW M2 before I ditched it for a Porsche and I was an engineering partner that helped the early aftermarket...
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    Apples M2 looks like a beast.

    I am not sure about this but what I will say is that tons and tons of government employees and contractors use them. I am at TechConnect Innovation Summit down in D.C. right now, which is a trade show that is based around innovative technology and selling to the DoD, NSF, NASA, DoE, etc and a...
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    Apples M2 looks like a beast.

    It is so funny to watch some people attach their whole identities around defending some random technology like x86. Some of the logical contortions are amazing to watch, like "The M1 is only fast because the video encoder, its 9999x slower than x86 on everything else besides video encoding!!!"...
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    Apples M2 looks like a beast.

    Believe it or not, I used to hate Apple with a passion (before they started making superior products on the laptop side). I was a die-hard Thinkpad fanboy. Had so many of them - X series, T series, P series, etc. I was one of the "nipple" die hards too that refused to use the track pad...
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    Apples M2 looks like a beast.

    My laptop doesn't have the M1 Pro, it has the M1 Max. The GPU is twice as fast on the max and the CPU has twice as much memory bandwidth, plus double RAM capacity and double the video encode engines. So once again, my point holds despite you trying to cherry pick benchmarks. That laptop with...
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    Apples M2 looks like a beast.

    I believe Windows ARM is doing the x86 emulation, the VM itself is not x86. When you install Parallels on your Mac, there is a one-click setup where it will download and install Windows 11 for you in a VM. I am pretty sure this is an ARM version of windows, though honestly I didn't even bother...
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    Apples M2 looks like a beast.

    I don't have a ton of time to game anymore but I actually have been shocked by how well games run in a VM. I can run the Metro series just fine at high settings 3440x1440 (AA slows it down), Titanfall 2 maxed out with AA maintains over 60FPS, etc, etc. Emulating Cinebench in a VM on windows...
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    Apples M2 looks like a beast.

    That is patently false unless you did something stupid like got an air with 8GB ram. But I welcome you to nominate some cross platform compute benchmarks. You can use your desktop if you want, it'll still lose to my Macbook if you're at stock clocks.
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    Apples M2 looks like a beast.

    Yeah, but that wasn't what people here were arguing. They were saying that Apple's M1 CPU architecture is smoke and mirrors. It's not; it's the fastest CPU in each formfactor. Gaming is certainly an area where PC laptops can perform better merely by virtue of native Direct X compatibility...
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    Apples M2 looks like a beast.

    Here we go again with PC fanboys refusing to believe that Apple now makes the fastest laptops in the world in their respective formfactors (Ultrabook, thin and light 13 and 14). I have a loaded MBP 14. I'll paypal you $10 if anyone here has a 13 or 14 inch laptop in the same class (not a 4...
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    Starlink Public Beta About to Happen?!?!

    Outside of the whole phased array issue, the scheme you describe as illustrated in your picture here (antenna -> coax -> ADC inside the transceiver) would not work at the frequencies Starlink operates at. The losses of running KA band over coax are too great. A 6 inch 40ghz cable costs about...
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    Herman Miller Embody

    So there is not really a cushion on it to wear out, and the plastic linkage will never wear out. I have one that is going maybe 10 or 11 years and it's totally fine. I did replace the fabric since it tends to wear on two specific spots. HM will allow you to pay for re-upholstering and when...
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    Seagate 18TB Hard Drive Exos X18 18TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s 3.5" Manufacturer Recertified $245 Shipped

    The fans is at 100%, it's in a small biz environment so noise is not an issue and the synology fans aren't even the loudest thing in the rack. The hard drives sit in the mid 30C range. Regardless of what you think of Backblaze, they have published the largest reliability data that is publicly...
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    Seagate 18TB Hard Drive Exos X18 18TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s 3.5" Manufacturer Recertified $245 Shipped

    They are in a Synology NAS in a 42u rack in a climate controlled room and plenty of airflow. FWIW Backblaze also found a high failure rate on this series I think.
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    Seagate 18TB Hard Drive Exos X18 18TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s 3.5" Manufacturer Recertified $245 Shipped

    I bought eight of the 14TB versions of this and four of them failed so far after less than a year. Seagate's warranty has been fast and good but it's super fucking annoying to have to keep rebuilding the array.
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    What is so special about Macbooks?

    Well, it's kind of a trick question because there is no comparable PC laptop. But the specs: 14in 3.5lbs 0.61in thick 10 core M1 Max CPU 32 core Apple GPU 16 core Neural Engine 64GB Unified memory 8TB SSD Three thunderbolt 4 ports All-day battery life fan barely spins But I am genuinely...
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    What is so special about Macbooks?

    Your problem is you are trying to use Microsoft software! In the old days, there were legitimate performance arguments to use similar class PC laptops vs. Mac. Now, that's objectively not the case in any area. There is no PC laptop in a comparable form factor that has comparable performance...
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    What is so special about Macbooks?

    Well, I know this is crazy but try Parallels. I have a maxed out Macbook Pro 14 and can run Titanfall 2 at max settings 3440x1440 and maintain between 60-100FPS. Not every game works (Halo Infinite I am having issues), but all Steam engine games do, Supreme Commander, Age of Empires DEfinitive...
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    Apple leaks M1 Max Duo, and M1 Ultra

    I totally understand how it is useful for most people, and agree that most people don't need 4 thunderbolt ports. I recognize I am in the minority there. But I do think with the M1 laptops in general you will barely ever see them plugged in. My Intel MBP 13 was constantly tethered to a cord...
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    Apple leaks M1 Max Duo, and M1 Ultra

    The battery life is so good on the M1 Macbook Pros (even my M1 Max) I don't think I have ever had it plugged in except for at my work desk or during a trans-atlantic flight when I was hammering the CPU the whole time, and when it's at my work desk it's in a full fledged thunderbolt dock setup.
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    Apple leaks M1 Max Duo, and M1 Ultra

    As someone who exclusively uses TB I think it's also reasonable to be annoyed out of OCD principle that Apple only included HDMI 2.0. Would I ever use HDMI 2.1, etc? No, it's totally pointless for my use case. But in such an expensive machine it's a little bit like, "really?" That being...
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    Apple leaks M1 Max Duo, and M1 Ultra

    You realize you're LARPing, right? You don't own any of these systems, and are telling the world which ones should perform best based on...I guess your convoluted understanding of how technology is supposed to work? I own all of them (3990x, M1 Max MBP, 9900k, 4 RTX 3090) and am telling you...
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    Apple leaks M1 Max Duo, and M1 Ultra

    Lol what? My 3990x disagrees. CPUs only perform roughly the same if all you do is game, like you. Quoted for hilarity. I don't have to ad hominem you for people to laugh when you say stuff like "all cpus perform roughly the same." Dude, the M1 Ultra has 20x the memory bandwidth of a...
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    Apple leaks M1 Max Duo, and M1 Ultra

    As Iopoetve said, work with Apple silicon. The performance this platform offers is the driver for using MacOS, not the other way around. We would actually prefer linux for the specific work we do, but Macports and homebrew support almost all of (at least the open source) tools that we use...
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    Apple leaks M1 Max Duo, and M1 Ultra

    Should someone tell him there is also a CPU in the M1 Max/Ultra? Or should we keep letting him think it's just a GPU for fun? Unified memory a cost savings measure? LMFAO The more you talk the more technical users are shaking their head at you in disbelief. You're just digging your hole...
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    Apple leaks M1 Max Duo, and M1 Ultra

    Literally every single thing except gaming, which I don't care about since I have a PC for that and this is a work machine. Price doesn't matter for me, work paid for it since it makes us $$. If you think the ram "isn't particularly amazing" you really don't know anything about the benefits...
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    Apple leaks M1 Max Duo, and M1 Ultra

    He meant one made in the A.D. era
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    Apple leaks M1 Max Duo, and M1 Ultra

    Not to mention "upgrading" something like a motherboard is a massive clusterfuck for those of us that actually use these systems to make money where the value of the hardware locked software licenses is worth many multiples of the $15k computer it runs on. FUCK FLEXLM, if you know you know...
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    Apple leaks M1 Max Duo, and M1 Ultra

    This is exactly my point, users like you don't understand because you don't max out platforms immediately and are still giving a shit about IDE and SATA. Apple is not targeting those people. They are targeting those who will pay for performance otherwise not available, and if you're used to...
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    Apple leaks M1 Max Duo, and M1 Ultra

    Upgrade path is a joke across the industry if you buy high end. I bought a 3990X and AMD just tanked the whole fucking Threadripper line. Zero upgrade path. DDR4 to DDR5 will require new motherboards. Storage changes connector type virtually every couple years at this point. Upgrade path...
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    Threadripper is no more!

    A SDR with a good FPGA will absolutely destroy a 3990x for DSP. But developing and proving out the algorithms that go into the FPGAs happen on a PC, usually in matlab, before you even think about writing verilog :). We use a pretty cheap FPGA in one of our lower end products (less than $40...
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    Threadripper is no more!

    RF data collection, real-time DSP on high sample rate data (I could have used another 64 cores for this), FPGA shit, electromagnetic sims, etc. One thing that sucks is while the open source tools tend to scale really well we are starting to see more software vendors locking down licensing by...
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    Apple Mac Studio and Studio Display

    There is not even a remotely plausible alternative in the tablet space when it comes to popularity or performance. Android tablets are dead. In the phone world Apple continues making inroads and is now the majority of the market. I was a die-hard Android guy and still absolutely believe my...
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    Apple Mac Studio and Studio Display

    I disagree. Apple has enough liquid cash to purchase either Intel or AMD outright, and they are one of the best run companies in the world. They have assembled the best silicon design team in the world and they are backed by quite literally limitless funds. Most money + most talent + best...
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    Threadripper is no more!

    There is not much point to Threadripper long term. For gaming it was never the best option, and for multi threaded work massively parallel ARM is the future. I paid a lot of money for my 3990x, but an entire Mac Studio can be had for the same price that I paid for just the 3990x CPU and it got...
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    Apple Mac Studio and Studio Display

    Yes but gaming will literally be the only use case where a PC is superior to a Mac from a performance standpoint.
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    Apple Mac Studio and Studio Display

    As a 9mm and 5.56 peasant, I am jealous. I am very curious to build a 10mm AR or even grab a 1911 in 10mm lol. That being said, I believe your assessment of our hobby's days being numbered is 100% correct. My 14 loaded MBP has between 25 and 50% of the multi core performance of my...
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