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    For those who are new to Steam, I want to know if Steam is sucking me dry

    Steam games are licensed to you personally. You can install them on multiple rigs if you have more than one. Game's yours no matter how many times you change hardware. You can game real cheap on Steam if you're willing to live in the past. Just do like my dad does and don't buy anything...
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    Installing Windows today, Win 10 or 11?

    I'd do 11 on a new build or reinstall. Still running 10 except on my laptop. I don't use the laptop much so I decided it would be my Win11 guinea pig. Seems fine. I just haven't gotten around to upgrading my main rig, mostly due to a lack of any sort of motivation to get around to it. 11's...
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    Can someone fluent in Linux help me with this?

    IDK what went wrong but I built it with MSYS2 on Win10. The instructions aren't quite right. First you need to install libtool before trying to build, then the test instructions with a sample audio file aren't quite right either. I don't have USB radio hardware so I can't test properly, but...
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    Can someone fluent in Linux help me with this?

    Sorry, RedHat Enterprise Linux 8, released in May 2019 though I'm on a newer minor release. Guess I've fallen into a habit of just saying "RedHat" rather than to bother adding "Enterprise" since plain RedHat died nearly 20 years ago.
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    Can someone fluent in Linux help me with this?

    CMPLXF is a macro used to define complex numbers (e.g. there's square root of -1 component) which is part of the C11 standard. How old is the compiler? I was able to build it on RedHat 8, though I had to hunt down some dependencies and enable the codeready-builder and epel (Fedora project...
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    Cable Modem Recommendation

    Tons of correctable errors on 37 is normal. It's a DOCSIS 3.1 OFDM channel. OFDM channels send data in much larger chunks, send at a higher bitrate than DOCSIS 3.0/QAM256 channels and use better error correction to deal with the resulting errors. The uncorrectables could be lower, but...
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    Pixel 7 / Pixel 7 Pro / Pixel 7a

    If I had a 5 I wouldn't have upgraded to the 6 or 7, particularly after trying out the 7. I had a 3a XL which is out of support so it was time, but the on screen fingerprint reader annoys me. It just doesn't work as well as the back mounted one and it's less convenient. The old back mounted...
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    Pixel 7 / Pixel 7 Pro / Pixel 7a

    It's been a week and no pocket almost dialing so far. Huge improvement over the Pixel 3a XL I had. Other than that the biggest improvement I've noticed is that QR code recognition is massively better. I'm thinking it probably has something to do with the hardware unless maybe there's a big...
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    Facebook Parent Company Meta loses record $230B in one day.

    Zuck is one of the biggest offenders. Kill the algo and he loses mega billions. Can't trust Zuck. He has so much $ he can trash the US and just bail out to any other country in the world and live like a king. These days figuring out what's really going on takes an unfortunately large amount...
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    Facebook Parent Company Meta loses record $230B in one day.

    "The algorithm" is exactly the problem. They optimize to maximize clicks and thus show you more ads. Thus they spread all kinds of crazy lies and trash because, lets face it, cat videos get boring fast and conspiracy theories get clicks. If social media worked more like [H] and everything was...
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    Do you remember your history of smartphones?

    Personal Ericsson something (1998-1999, dumb) Fell off a planetarium. Nokia 6162 (1999-2005, AT&T, basically a 5000 series with a flip keyboard cover) Palm Treo something (~2005-2012) Some cheap piece of crap I bought as a personal phone after going back to work after grad school and getting a...
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    Pixel 7 / Pixel 7 Pro / Pixel 7a

    That's pretty much how I feel about it. I got my Pixel 7 yesterday. I can't really comment on features much since I'm just not a phone connoisseur. My previous phone was a Pixel 3a XL, which was ~3 years old and no longer getting security updates so I figured it was time to update. Aside...
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    Would upgrading from a Xeon 1620 v2 to a 1650 v2 or 2667 v2 help with gaming?

    The 2687Wv2 will run faster overall since it has more power to spread amongst cores even though the max turbo isn't any better and the base clocks don't look like a big difference. The most desirable chips in the Ivy Bridge Xeon lineup for gaming are the 1660v2 and 1680v2. 6 or 8 cores...
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    Would upgrading from a Xeon 1620 v2 to a 1650 v2 or 2667 v2 help with gaming?

    He's using a Dell workstation though. Probably can't change the multiplier, so unlocked won't help. 2687Wv2 is usually the fastest you can get on that socket for gaming without OCing, but it's TDP is quite a bit higher than the stock CPU or a 2667v2/1650v2. I'd go with a 2667v2 or 1650v2...
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    Which RTX 4090 card are you planning or consider to get?

    I'm going to need something heavier than Cyberpunk 2077 to think about replacing my "winter of Covid, if there's ever a time to go big on a rig it's now" 3090 buy in December 2020. Wanted a 3080, 6800XT or 6900XT but I managed to get the 3090 into my cart and check out. Now if history repeats...
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    Where are the cheap home 2.5G switches?

    Almost a decade? I think I got my first gigabit switch in like 2003-2004. I think I paid like $200 for a 5-port switch. Still using it. I remember stuffing a gigabit NIC into an MSI K7D Master-L, which had an integrated 100Mbit NIC. I managed to fry that board (melted the main power...
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    EVGA no longer making GPUs!

    EVGA has been my preferred vid card vendor for years, so of course I'll miss them. I'd like to see them go with Intel. A third option would be good for all of us and EVGA has the rep to help Intel. I'm hoping the end of EVGA vid cards will mean EVGA gets serious about mobos. I'd like to see...
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    Resizable Bar incompatibilities - whos fault is it?

    Good! Intel didn't implement legacy/trash mode. If you actually think about what it does "resizeable bar" should have been standard years ago, long before 2020. All it does is map all the GPU's memory into the CPU's address space at once. It should have been standard on a 64-bit OS years...
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    10GbT Switch Recommendations

    MikroTik SwitchOS is managed. I have a MikroTik CRS326-24S+2Q+RM running SwitchOS. MikroTik basically doesn't do unmanaged at all. Also their stuff typically boots up to RouterOS by default, so if you want to run SwOS you have to set it and reboot the switch. That said dealing with a managed...
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    Is it normal for 100GB M-Discs to take 6x longer to read from than to write to?

    For data that's already compressed like a giant pile of jpegs I'd recommend finding an archiver that supports a no compression mode. Trying to compress jpegs just takes forever (ton of CPU time) and does basically nothing. One time back in the '90s I was working for a little start-up remote...
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    Any other Comcast users getting "server not found" messages?

    Comcast service reps lack intelligence. :p Just gotta throw in some sort of negative.
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    Is it normal for 100GB M-Discs to take 6x longer to read from than to write to?

    It's probably random read slowness. Building an image or reading from an image on a HD has always been way faster than a filesystem copy off an optical. Try making an ISO of it like Grebuloner suggested. I bet it'll be much faster. If you have a ton of files on an optical disk and want to...
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    Question about networking

    You put it in, so you'd know if you could re-pull it. One of the few things I like about our whacky local building code (Chicago) is electrical has to be in conduit in new construction with a few exceptions. I had my 1948 house re-pulled & only ended up with a couple holes in the plaster...
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    Help with getting full xfinty speed on Router

    There are also routers with WiFi that can do well over 1Gb under proper (nearly ideal) conditions. Getting to ~1400 (what you really need to get full speed out of Comcast 1200/35 since they overprovision a bit) would probably take 802.11ax with a 160MHz wide channel. 802.11ac can break 1Gb on...
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    Who is still using a Sandy Bridge era chip

    I had a Sandy Bridge E i7-3820 (socket 2011) in one of my rigs until about a year ago. I still have the machine (typing this on it actually), but I upgraded it to a cheap used Xeon E5-2687Wv2 from eBay, so now it's running an Ivy Bridge chip. 8 cores, 64GB... it's not bad. Gets to 60fps in...
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    Do people actually upgrade just the CPU and keep using existing motherboard?

    Internet download over a modem or go to the campus computer lab and download to floppy disks. Back in the early days Linux distros were packaged for 3.5" floppy disk images. You needed a couple dozen of them or so. I forget exactly how many, but it was a massive pain in the ass compared to...
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    What to look for in a DOCSIS modem?

    Comcast pushes out firmware to approved modems and combo units and can send reboot commands, but that's only devices that connect to the coaxial cable. You don't get updates directly from the manufacturer. The manufacturer sends updates to Comcast and Comcast pushes them out. If you buy a...
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    The 6500xt and 6400: Meet your next gpu, PC gaming peasants.

    Now that pretty much everything else is back in stock these can go in laptops where they belong. I was looking at some of the new ThinkPad models and saw one in the specs. Get out of my gaming rig and into a business laptop where you belong RX 6500/6400.
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    Home Network Upgrade Recommendations

    With 6x2.5Gb ports on the router and most stuff on WiFi do you even need a managed switch? What are you going to use it for? I'd be inclined to wait until you buy a place to get a used enterprise switch unless you actually have a current use for it. They tend to have fans and I wouldn't want...
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    Docsis 3.1 Emta - why are they only "valid" for comcast?

    The Comcast approved voice capable modems have their own IP address for VOIP separate from what the router gets. They also have separate MAC addresses for voice and data. I can see them in the admin interface on my NetGear CM2050V, and it's on a totally different subnet from the IP address my...
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    What to look for in a DOCSIS modem?

    Generally I'd say DOCSIS 3.1 is what to look for unless you're planning on being on the slow boat for a good long time. Depending on where you live you may not have a choice about that. Other than that, I dunno. I had one of those Intel Puma devices for a few years and never had any trouble...
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    TP Link Gigabit Powerline- 800Mbs down to 15Mbs

    I'm assuming the condo is not wired for ethernet... but any chance you have coaxial pre-installed? The last one I lived in had coax drops in the living room and both bedrooms and all of it ran back to a panel in a closet. If you have coax you can try MoCA adapters. They can share a wire with...
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    CAUTION: APC UPS breaks Ethernet over power line

    I'd just kind of assume a UPS would screw up a powerline adapter. A lot of them go AC->DC->AC. Power strip I'm not so sure about. Then again anything you put in the way would likely cause signal degradation. I've never tried either. I did have a MOCA link (ethernet over coaxial) running for...
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    School Me on how to start this fiber setup please.

    Good to hear! Glad you got your 10Gb setup up an running. Now you just need to figure out how to plug a RWD Cadillac into the 10Gb network. Preferably a full size model. 10g Fleetwood? :D :p
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    School Me on how to start this fiber setup please.

    Cards are almost certainly going to be SFP+. Cards with built-in optical transceivers are weird and I'd be scared of buying them. OM3 is what the transceivers need to support. Most of them support multiple fiber types, at least for multi-mode like OM3. Like OM3 and OM4 IIRC. OM3 is kinda...
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    "Home" Router with "Enterprise" Features?

    MikroTik actually makes routers that'll do all the stuff the OP wanted and have WiFi. The catch is I wouldn't recommend any of their WiFi stuff. They're just plain behind on WiFi. No WiFi 6, and I hear they're a hassle to set up. Plus you still end up with a better setup using separate...
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    Infiniband Unified Fabric Manager install question

    I'm glad you got it working. Looks like the "Not valid IP address" error message was to be taken literally. Now that I think about it I'm not sure RDMA actually requires IP. I've never actually worked with the OFED API, just dealt with a bunch of apps that use it. All the RDMA apps I've used...
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    Infiniband Unified Fabric Manager install question

    I don't think you can turn IPoIB off. What are you trying to run? Most people use IB for the RDMA protocol. That uses TCP/IP to set up connections. It makes a TCP connection to the remote host to negotiate the parameters of the RDMA connection. Do you have an IP address assigned to ib0?
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    What do you do with your old routers? Recycle or re-use?

    Last time I lived in an apartment I ran just about everything wired. I had a MOCA adapter connecting my entertainment center to my router (in the bedroom I was using as an office) since the place was wired for cable TV in every room. The new 6GHz stuff (WiFi 6E) should help a good bit...
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    What do you do with your old routers? Recycle or re-use?

    Also worse range in open air. Sometimes those are a good thing. I live in a house in Chicago (50x130 lot) and I can see a couple dozen WiFi networks from my house. Utilization on the 2.4GHz bands is ~40-50% and that's not my other AP. They're set to not overlap. It's the neighbors. 2.4GHz...