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Friday, March 09

Geek

Glitch In The Matrix

We had a server hiccup just now; something happened to the SSD and it got pinned at 100% utilisation for several minutes.  I had to flush some things, stop a backup, and restart the database to get it back to normal.

You will likely need to log back in.

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Wednesday, February 21

Geek

Xbox-on-a-Chip

Getting away from politics to happier subjects for a moment, AMD have released their desktop Ryzen APUs - that is, processors with embedded graphics.  The first batch of Ryzen chips (like the R7 1700 I'm using now) had up to 8 cores but no graphics; these have only 4 cores but use the other half of the space to provide the best integrated graphics of any PC CPU ever.*

There are two models, the $99 R3 2200G, and the $169 R5 2400G.  The R5 is up to 30% faster on multi-threaded workloads and up to 50% faster on graphics, but there's a big factor of "it depends".  If you only have 4 active threads the R3 will perform within about 5% of the R5, and depending on the game you want to play, memory speed might be a more significant factor in frame rates than the APU itself.

The question really is, though, can I play games on this thing without having to buy a discrete graphics card which currently thanks to goddamn Blipcoin miners range upwards of eleventy billion dollars?

And the answer seems to be, hell yes.


You're not going to be playing at 4k 60Hz, but GTA5 is quite playable even on the $99 model, with stock cooler, slow memory, at 1080p and with quality settings mostly on high.  Some other games need you to turn the quality or resolution settings down a little to retain good frame rates, but it's still running at an integer multiple of Intel's integrated graphics.

* The best integrated graphics ever belong to the Xbox One X, the chip for which is also made by AMD.  Second place goes to Sony's Playstation 4 Pro, which uses a chip made by...  AMD.

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Thursday, January 04

Geek

The Reboot Heard Round The World

There is apparently a security flaw in every recent Intel microprocessor, and by "recent" I mean "since November 1995".

There's a patch, but it's messy, and slows software down by 10%-30%, and requires the server to rebooted.

When you ask "which server", the answer is "all the server".  Alllll the server.

This weekend.

Expect some things to be offline.

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Thursday, December 14

Geek

Heading To Vegas

If you have any interest in video editing, this is a really good deal.  The current Humble Bundle offers Vegas Pro (normally $399 by itself) and a bunch of other applications for visual and audio effects, graphics, and music, for a total of $20.

Update: Small catch, it's Vegas 14 and they just released Vegas 15.  Still, 95% off not counting all the other bits in the bundle.

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Monday, December 04

Geek

Tohru Gets Reviewed


The first 13 minutes are mostly about toilets, so I've set it to skip that part.

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Tuesday, November 14

Geek

Don't Try This At Home

Not if you're fond of your home, anyway.

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Monday, November 06

Geek

Lookit All Them Cores Some More

Since everyone wanted to look closer...

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Friday, November 03

Geek

I Think I Should Buy A Cat

Sorry about any site glitches, we're getting hit by a 7.4Gbit DDOS attack.  That's not big in the overall scale of things, but is enough that some of the sites on the server are still down and I need to migrate things elsewhere.

Possibly not directly related:

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Friday, October 27

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Lookit All Them Cores

All busy doin' stuff.

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Saturday, September 02

Geek

Don't Try This At Home!

Not even the best line in the video:
I'll get it back next time I distill the mercury.

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