Posts by ML1

1) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1874361)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile ML1
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I ran into a major problem when my machine went south on 14 June. If you downloaded the FREE Win 10 pro and you have to do a major hardware upgrade, YOU CANNOT ACTIVE under the same product key as you could with Win 7. I went through multiple installs with an i7/950 & an i7/440K using the initial key. If you try you will get a NOT VALID WINDOWS message, so I had to bite the bullet and buy a USB install stick. It seems that retail OEM install DVDs that are the only ones that are available now days as they stopped with the install DVDs.

M$ want you to download the iso and pay for the product directly from them these days. ;-)

Cheers.

Go clean and Linux!

Works very well... No need for the incessent upgrade jingoism!!

Happy carefree crunchin',
Martin
2) Message boards : Number crunching : AMD EPYC Benchmarks Smash the WinTel Hedgemony?... (Message 1873096)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile ML1
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Is this where we again have "anti-development practices" stifling progress yet again?... :-(

At least this time, AMD are not the victim:


Intel to Qualcomm and Microsoft: Nice x86 emulation you've got there, shame if it got sued into oblivion

... The passage is a less-than-subtle warning to Qualcomm and Microsoft, the two companies that have been championing an effort to port Windows to ARM-compatible chips and provide Intel some rare competition (stop whining, AMD) in the desktop and notebook market...



All a very negative game of Monopoly?...

The only people to win in these games are the lawyers. All at the users' expense.


Happy faster crunchin',
Martin
3) Message boards : Number crunching : AMD EPYC Benchmarks Smash the WinTel Hedgemony?... (Message 1872926)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile ML1
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I'm sure for the majority of the PC user Universe ... this has all fallen on deaf ears. Best way to voice a comment in my opinion is with the pocketbook.

Such is the power of Marketing and exploiting the "herd" mentality?... :-(

Hopefully the fair and better tech will prevail! :-)


Happy fast crunchin',
Martin
4) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1872924)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile ML1
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The fossils have been kept down to powering well less than half the UK electricity for a good while now. That has been made possible largely by the combined power of nuclear, wind and solar.


Looks like we will be getting more of the wind power:

The massive farms harnessing an invisible force

... In December 2016, the World Economic Forum reported that as the cost of producing wind turbines has fallen by more than 30% in the last three years, the cost of electricity from wind power has fallen to $50 per megawatt hour on average worldwide, without subsidies. That’s half the cost of coal...

... When completed in 2021, phase one of Hornsea’s construction alone will make it the largest offshore wind farm in the world with a capacity of up to 1.2GW. Depending on planning for the final stages, the entire farm could have 4-6GW of capacity when completed in the mid-2020s – enough to power more than four million homes, or roughly 15% of all the homes in the UK...

... For now, Britain’s turbines seem to satisfy many of the requirements we have of renewable energy. They’re clean, they don’t get in the way of ordinary people, and they give a boost to local industry. The long-term advantages and disadvantages may soon become clearer. But for now, the new blades at Burbo Bank spin on, the power they generate flowing into the grid.



How soon can we break the fossils power corruption and pollution?...

All on our only one planet,
Martin
5) Message boards : Number crunching : New Linux Trojans installs crypto currency mining software on Raspberry Pi (Message 1871949)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile ML1
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Those of you that are running Raspberries might find this interesting. http://www.guru3d.com/news-story/new-linux-trojans-installs-crypto-currency-mining-software-on-raspberry-pi.html

That's a good one and bound to happen...

Note the:

The malware scans for Raspberry Pi devices that are accessible through SSH port 22. When it has found a victim it tries to login using the default username and password.


Most RasPi boards should only be on internal networks hidden from the big bad internet behind a router... Those connected to the internet should have users that are more aware (hopefully) to change the password to something long and obscure.

However, the RasPi is now being used very widely in commercial "IoT" devices... Is this where we are now seeing the all-too-usual commercial rush and shoddiness being exploited by the malware idiots?


Happy cool crunchin',
Martin
6) Message boards : Number crunching : AMD EPYC Benchmarks Smash the WinTel Hedgemony?... (Message 1871812)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile ML1
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Surprised no further comment...

Or is this something that Intel users have known about all along?...

The next jokers in the pack are ARM and RISC V...


IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
7) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1871751)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile ML1
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And that has hit the main news:


Renewables provide more than half UK electricity for first time

... National Grid reported that, on Wednesday lunchtime, power from wind, solar, hydro and wood pellet burning supplied 50.7% of UK energy.

Add in nuclear, and by 2pm low carbon sources were producing 72.1% of electricity in the UK...

... On Tuesday, a tenth of the UK's power was coming from offshore wind farms - a newcomer on the energy scene whose costs have plummeted far faster than expected. So much power was being generated by wind turbines, in fact, that prices fell to a tenth of their normal level...

... At the time of Wednesday's record, 1% of demand was met by storage; this will have to increase hugely as the UK moves towards a low-carbon electricity system.



Way to go... But how soon?

All on our only one planet,
Martin
8) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 3 (Message 1871646)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile ML1
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The current game and state of business play from Intel:


A brief summary of Intel's new lineup as announced at Computex:

Youtube: Is it time to switch to AMD? Has Intel lost its mind?

A very good comment in there is about going ahead with "eyes wide open"...


And someone far better than myself for presenting has beaten me to some very apt comment for the latest offering from Intel:

Youtube: I have some things to say - Core i9 & X299

Intel's X299 launch and new Core i9 processors inspired me to create this video...



For my personal view: I'm still aghast. Crazy indeed.

Would you buy into that?

Is this where "duopolies" should be regulated and brought back from gouging excesses as is (supposedly) the case for monopolies?

Is IT an important enough piece of infrastructure to be protected in the same way as for other essential services such as water and electricity?...


IT is what we allow it to be,
Martin
9) Message boards : Number crunching : AMD EPYC Benchmarks Smash the WinTel Hedgemony?... (Message 1871645)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile ML1
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Sorry misinterpreted.

Good comment thanks,


Happy fast crunchin',
Martin
10) Message boards : Number crunching : AMD EPYC Benchmarks Smash the WinTel Hedgemony?... (Message 1871579)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile ML1
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As an AMD fanboi, I hope that everyone forgives the hyperbole of Martin. I go back to the Nexgen 586 when I decided I was going to jump ship on the "bleeding edge" $1000 Intel processors. I've always approached my PC building from the "bang for the buck" philosophy. I will not offer any argument for AMD for IPC specs against concurrent Intel. There is none. But I will argue for the position that equivalent 3/4 performance of Intel systems for half the cost for AMD systems has kept me in the AMD camp for 20 years. They have always been "good enough" for general and scientific computing since I never gamed. The delivery of Ryzen has only reaffirmed my belief in AMD and I have NEVER had any buyers remorse from my AMD builds.

"Hyperbole"?! Or just a case of being aghast at certain "In-Yer-Face" anti-competitive practices? Such practices are good for noone and not even any good for the perpetrators other than for their short term profits at everyone else's expense... :-(

Consequently, we then see the knock-on effect with price gouging and lower performance and slower developments... :-( :-(


So... Enough of my "Hyperbole". See for yourself for the latest reactions from Intel to some long awaited recent developments:


A brief summary of Intel's new lineup as announced at Computex:

Youtube: Is it time to switch to AMD? Has Intel lost its mind?

A very good comment in there is about going ahead with "eyes wide open"...


And someone far better than myself for presenting has beaten me to some very apt comment for the latest offering from Intel:

Youtube: I have some things to say - Core i9 & X299

Intel's X299 launch and new Core i9 processors inspired me to create this video...



To my view: Crazy indeed.

Would you buy into that?


IT is what we allow it to be,
Martin
11) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1871552)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile ML1
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Just another positive instance for what is happening now in the UK and for what can be done further...

As shown by Gridwatch (UK) (despite the bias shown towards fossil fuels...), at the moment the UK electricity is being powered by about 75% NON-fossils.

The mix is:

Coal:       0%
Gas:       26%
Nuclear:   23%
Wind:      10%
Solar:     24%
Biomass:    7%
Imports:    9%


(The imported electricity is from Holland and France which is wind and nuclear. There is also hydro and Ireland import at about 0.5% each.)


There is more wind power and solar to come online, despite subsidies being slashed/removed such that oil remains the biggest beneficiary via 'tax breaks' (pollution costs be damned).

Here's hoping that where morals and pollution have failed, the cold costs will eventually win. Hopefully not too late...

We have another bright and breezy day and so that last record has been broken with:

Coal:       0%
Gas:       21%
Nuclear:   24%
Wind:      20%
Solar:     21%
Biomass:    5%
Imports:    8%


Interestingly, wind out-powered the gas power during the last two overnight periods. Running towards the early hours last night, it was looking like we were going to have a gas-free night (WOW :-) )... Until the wind began to abate.

So that's nearly 80% non-fossils at the moment! Way to go!!


All on our only one planet,
Martin
12) Message boards : Number crunching : AMD EPYC Benchmarks Smash the WinTel Hedgemony?... (Message 1870991)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile ML1
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Simple question:

What are the comparative IPC figures for various cases?

And for how many transistor s?


Happy fast crunchin',
Martin

Edit:

PS: Intel brute force Marketing was their bigger numbers with their infamous 'Netburst' 'technology'....
13) Message boards : Number crunching : AMD EPYC Benchmarks Smash the WinTel Hedgemony?... (Message 1870988)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile ML1
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Actually AMD and Intel did a bit of cross licensing a while back (early last year I think it was, but I can't find the link now) so you're seeing what came from Intel to AMD's CPU line, but we're yet to see what AMD has done for Intel's iGPU's (hopefully that won't be to far away now). ;-)

Mmmmm...


A quick search suggests to my view that we are still enjoying the "new innovation of design" from AMD vs the "brute force efforts" of Intel:


See:

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. v. Intel Corp.

... one year later, a court ruled against Intel, awarding AMD $10 million "plus a royalty-free license to any Intel patents used in AMD's own x86-style processor".

... In November 2009, Intel agreed to pay AMD $1.25 billion as part of a deal to settle all outstanding legal disputes between the two companies.



Intel and AMD settle, agree cross-licensing deal

Intel will pay AMD $1.25bn and the two companies will share patent rights for the next five years, while AMD has cancelled all antitrust litigation against Intel...

... also ends antitrust litigation against Intel that resulted from Intel's alleged anti-competitive practices in trying to shut AMD out of the processor market...

... Intel has already been ordered to pay a €1.06bn fine over its anti-competitive practices this year, when the European Commission found the chipmaker had illegally tried to dissuade PC manufacturers and retailers from using AMD...

... "Intel can't use inducements to force exclusive dealing, delay companies from using our products, delay or hinder companies from advertising or using our products," McCoy said. "Compilers will not artificially impair the performance of our [AMD] products." ...



A Licensing Deal From Intel To Give Further Impetus To AMD’s Growth Momentum

According to a recent report by Fundzilla, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) has written a check to license AMD’s (NASDAQ:AMD) graphics technology, though neither of the two companies have acknowledged or refuted the news...



Naughty Intel indeed!

Hopefully, we have now moved beyond the poisonous game of vandalism of litigation to instead benefit from a new era of true development and innovation?... And COOPERATION even?

All a game of short term profits of the biggest?... (And the users be damned into extra expense...)

Hopefully, AMD will yet triumph!

(We really need at least five equally matched companies in this game...)


Happy fast efficient crunchin',
Martin
14) Message boards : Number crunching : AMD EPYC Benchmarks Smash the WinTel Hedgemony?... (Message 1870807)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile ML1
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Both the E5-2560 v4 & E5-2699A v4 they used in the comparison support 1536GB of DD4 @ 2400MHz in single socket configurations or 3TB in dual socket configurations.
The previous generation E5 v3 CPUs support 768MB of DDR4 @ 2133MHz in single socket configurations or 1.5TB in dual socket configurations

That's a bit of a shame that they have gamed it for the sake of 512GB vs 384GB RAM...

All a game of Marketing :-(


Still an impressive contest.

And AMD still need to gain profit to give Intel a kick for us all...


Happy fast crunchin',
Martin
15) Message boards : Number crunching : AMD EPYC Benchmarks Smash the WinTel Hedgemony?... (Message 1870793)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile ML1
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Maybe Intel's new Xeon Platinum and Gold Series Processors With Up To 28 Cores / 56 Threads would've been a better choice for a comparison.

In actual fact there's 1 climbing up the charts here ATM, https://setiathome.berkeley.edu/show_host_detail.php?hostid=8248959, and that's just a mid-range job.

Cheers.

Thanks for that. So, just a little something that Intel has been holding onto?... At what price?...

From there, the title of the linked article "Intel’s Flagship Xeon E5-2699 V5 Skylake-EP CPU Leaked – Features 32 Cores, 64 Threads, Will Compete With AMD Naples" perhaps explains why the particular comparison.

Very good that AMD can still take Intel head-on.


Here's hoping Intel doesn't crush all competition with 'anti-competitive spoilers' again...

Happy fast crunchin',
Martin
16) Message boards : Number crunching : AMD EPYC Benchmarks Smash the WinTel Hedgemony?... (Message 1870787)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile ML1
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From a quick look around:

What current Intel hardware would you compare against and at what price?

... compare current low end with low end, current mid range with midrange and current high end with high end.
Full agreement there for comparing like-for-like as clearly as possible...


Given Epyc is AMDs new high end data centre CPU, they should be using Intel's current high end data centre CPU as a comparison, not a mid-high end product.
Since Epyc would most likely be the biggest and best from AMD (for now) then comparison with the current top of the range Intel i7 Xeon would seem appropriate.
For the two Intel systems compared with: The Intel Xeon E5-2699A v4 (22C/44T) numbering looks to be top-of-the-range; The Intel Xeon E5-2650A v4 (two 24C/48T) looks to be top-of-the-range for maximum core count available.

[edit]
There is the recently released top-of-the-range Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8894 v4 (24C/48T) at a lower clock speed and an eye watering price...

Perhaps the E5s have been chosen for price and availability?...
[/edit]


(And which Intel hardware can accept 512GB of DDR4 memory?)

No idea.
The Intel systems there are maxed out at their 384GB. There has to be a suspicion that the benchmarks will have been tweaked to take advantage of the greater headroom for the 512GB for AMD.



Still a good win for AMD. We are all long overdue for a jump in CPU technology...


Here's looking forward to seeing those on the s@h Top 10 page!

Happy Fast Crunchin',
Martin
17) Message boards : Number crunching : AMD EPYC Benchmarks Smash the WinTel Hedgemony?... (Message 1870762)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile ML1
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And those AMD benchmarks very nicely trounce the best of Intel. Also interesting there for the use of Ubuntu 16.10 (Linux) to make the best use of all that performance.

Yeah, comparing the latest AMD hardware to older Intel hardware that also has less RAM than the AMD system is a really great way to compare performance...

So...

What current Intel hardware would you compare against and at what price?

(And which Intel hardware can accept 512GB of DDR4 memory?)


Happy fast crunchin',
Martin
18) Message boards : Number crunching : AMD EPYC Benchmarks Smash the WinTel Hedgemony?... (Message 1870744)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile ML1
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Here is an interesting teaser after too many years of Intel development/Marketing stagnation:


AMD Posts EPYC Benchmarks, Teases Vega Frontier Edition

... EPYC, a 32Cores/64Threads behemoth that sports 128 lanes of PCIe 3.0 and eight memory channels...

... Combining two of the processors into a two-socket server yields 64C/128T that supports up to 4TB of memory and exposes 128 PCIe lanes to the host...



And those AMD benchmarks very nicely trounce the best of Intel. Also interesting there for the use of Ubuntu 16.10 (Linux) to make the best use of all that performance.


Way to go!

Who has the enthusiasm for s@h pole position and how soon? :-)

Happy fast crunchin',
Martin
19) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#3) (Message 1868981)
Posted 24 May 2017 by Profile ML1
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More proof that the modelling business is out of touch with reality.

Skinny model sacked for allegedly appearing “bloated” and “too big”.

When will they learn to get "real".

Cheers.

Model's are just people's fantasies. Just as car advertisements are.

Get real.

Or just the game of accounting imbeciles blindly following 'the numbers' and real people and reality be damned?...

Past where I walk, there is an advertisement for a women's brand of swim/beach-ware. The main model is painfully anorexic with disproportionate thin limbs and gaunt face - painful to behold... Do the advertisers really believe she is good for showing their brand? Or is the unhealthy look a deliberate ploy to get noticed?

Goes completely against what I consider attractive or positive.


How do we get positive feedback into that artificial world?

All in our only one world,
Martin
20) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1867265)
Posted 14 May 2017 by Profile ML1
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Just another positive instance for what is happening now in the UK and for what can be done further...

As shown by Gridwatch (UK) (despite the bias shown towards fossil fuels...), at the moment the UK electricity is being powered by about 75% NON-fossils.

The mix is:

Coal:       0%
Gas:       26%
Nuclear:   23%
Wind:      10%
Solar:     24%
Biomass:    7%
Imports:    9%


(The imported electricity is from Holland and France which is wind and nuclear. There is also hydro and Ireland import at about 0.5% each.)


There is more wind power and solar to come online, despite subsidies being slashed/removed such that oil remains the biggest beneficiary via 'tax breaks' (pollution costs be damned).

Here's hoping that where morals and pollution have failed, the cold costs will eventually win. Hopefully not too late...


All on our only one planet,
Martin


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