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1) Message boards : Number crunching : GPU Wars 2016: NVIDIA Pascal details (Message 1784832)
Posted 21 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
Wow... Did NVIDIA just outdo Steve J on grandiose-sounding?

http://orderof10.com/humanityshallbeenlightened

AMD sounding downright humble by comparison:

https://www.amd.com/en-us/innovations/software-technologies/radeon-polaris
2) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1784828)
Posted 22 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
OK so it's semi-official it's gonna be Donald vs. Hillary...

Unfortunately I still don't think Hillary can rope-a-dope Trump 'till November.

If Sanders can bring out Hillary's natural-born-entitlement side...

I fear Trump is gonna force Hillary into a mini-meltdown, then the press and Trump-allergic voters are going to pretend it never happened.

Dunno if it'll be enough to make Don president but for now I see no reason it couldn't.

Anyway, that's what my crystal ball is (still) saying.
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Average Credit Decreasing? (Message 1784780)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Alex Storey
Actually I hadn't figured out what I really wanted to ask. Here's my real question:

Anyone understand why tasks that scored 100 under v6 didn't score more under v7?
(say 120 or 150, or whatever)
4) Message boards : Number crunching : Average Credit Decreasing? (Message 1784617)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Alex Storey
...award you credit according to how efficient you were (compared to all tasks and tasks in your group of tasks) in crunching the task, [I think in theory, you are supposed to get a bonus if you are faster than the average]


Wait, what?

Who? Who figured this out? Or did one of the Boinc crew offer this bit of info?
5) Message boards : Politics : 8 The Beginning of the End (Message 1783596)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
"As the European Union begins to disintegrate, who can provide the leadership to save it?

“Nein zu Allem.”...This phrase – “No to everything” – is how Mario Draghi, the European Central Bank president, recently described the standard German response to all economic initiatives aimed at strengthening Europe. A classic case was Merkel’s veto of a proposal by Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi to fund refugee programmes in Europe, North Africa, and Turkey through an issue of EU bonds, an efficient and low-cost idea also advanced by leading financiers such as George Soros.

Merkel’s high-handed refusal even to consider broader European interests if these threaten her domestic popularity has become a recurring nightmare for other EU leaders. This refusal underpins not only her economic and immigration policies, but also her bullying of Greece, her support for coal subsidies, her backing of German carmakers over diesel emissions, her kowtowing to Turkey on press freedom, and her mismanagement of the Minsk agreement in Ukraine. In short, Merkel has done more to damage the EU than any living politician, while constantly proclaiming her passion for “the European project”."


http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/apr/29/could-italy-be-the-unlikely-saviour-of-project-europe

A wise person will STFU from time to time and actually listen to what others have to say.
-Alex

(paraphrasing from a comment that caught my eye)
6) Message boards : Number crunching : GPU Wars 2016: NVIDIA Pascal details (Message 1782630)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
I'll probably have better luck searching for a unicorn but anybody have numbers for v8 (or v7 if not) on stock app doing one WU at a time?


That was poorly written. What I meant was anybody have v8 times for any of these:

- GeForce 9800 GTX - 324mm2 - 140W
- GeForce GTS 250 - 260mm2 - 150W
- GeForce GTX 460 - 332mm2 - 150W or 160W (2 versions)
- GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 332mm2 - 170W
- GeForce GTX 680 - 294mm2 - 195W
- GeForce GTX 770 - 294mm2 - 230W
- GeForce GTX 960 - 227mm2 - 120W
- GeForce GTX 980 - 398mm2 - 165W
7) Message boards : Number crunching : GPU Wars 2016: NVIDIA Pascal details (Message 1782626)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
changes in architecture that result in the current applications being nowhere nearly as effective on the new hardware as they were on the old.


I could be overoptimistic or oversimplifying or both but:

For now I can't think of (or better, don't know of) a reason that couldn't change overnight. If Pascal's architecture is closer to Fermi and the 460 or 560Ti then I'm guessing the Pascal drivers could roll back into Seti app favor. That's not to say that the old apps necessarily work "out the gate", rather that they happen to be better optimized for Pascal rather than Kepler.

If that makes sense :)

(I kinda got the impression, in hindsight, that Fermi architecture was 100% compute oriented and then intentionally watered down over generations for the sake of gaming & efficiency. Pascal looks to be the same if GeForce cards end up anything like the Tesla that was announced. In other words this could be Fermi 2.0 and it again gets watered down over the generations. It looks like compute gets the advantage this round. Reminder: you guys notice that jump in frequencies on Pascal?)
8) Message boards : Number crunching : GPU Wars 2016: NVIDIA Pascal details (Message 1782605)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
OK so more rumors flying around that a mainstream GP104 chip will get announced (actual availability unknown) at Computex 2016 (from 31st to June 4th).

A couple of pictures of the chip are floating around which superficially look authentic:

http://www.fudzilla.com/news/graphics/40515-nvidia-gtx-1070-gp104-200-pascal-asic-pictured
http://videocardz.com/59266/nvidia-pascal-gp104-gpu-pictured-up-close

Even if bogus it would still make sense for the GP104 to be in the ~300mm2 range so here's a... brief history in time :)

- GeForce 9800 GTX - 324mm2 - 140W
- GeForce GTS 250 - 260mm2 - 150W
- GeForce GTX 460 - 332mm2 - 150W or 160W (2 versions)
- GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 332mm2 - 170W
- GeForce GTX 680 - 294mm2 - 195W
- GeForce GTX 770 - 294mm2 - 230W
- GeForce GTX 960 - 227mm2 - 120W
- GeForce GTX 980 - 398mm2 - 165W

So while we wait, I was thinking maybe we could see how these cards behave @Seti.
I'll probably have better luck searching for a unicorn but anybody have numbers for v8 (or v7 if not) on stock app doing one WU at a time?
Any other ideas for an apples-to-apples comparison?

For reference my little ION GPU does a "normal" ~0.43 Angle Range v8 WU in about 3 to 3 and 1/2 hours. Poor thing has a 12W TDP :)

As always, above tech specs from:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Nvidia_graphics_processing_units
9) Message boards : Politics : Anyone else supporting Bernie Sanders for president? (Message 1781888)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
You are not the only one around here to have used the phrase 'a-hole'.


Up until a minute ago I was quite certain I was the only one. Now I'm not so sure :)

I guess it doesn't matter. If it wasn't aimed at me then it wasn't aimed at me. Please do a mental strikethrough of all the (now) irrelevant bits in that comment.

Just the personal stuff I got wrong though. Most of the rest still stands as my opinions and/or personal beliefs (or whatever).
10) Message boards : Politics : 8 The Beginning of the End (Message 1781813)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
The EU is the most transparent, open, inclusive form of government that's been devised in recent history.
I also suspect that the EU is the most Democratic system...


What I wouldn't give to live in the parallel universe you just described ;)
11) Message boards : Politics : Forget Wikileaks & Snowden :-) (Message 1781811)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Joke of the day :)

EU to draw up tax haven blacklist


*cough*Lux*cough*Holl*cough*

...the EU is planning a crackdown on banks and tax advisers who help clients hide money offshore.


*cough*Juncker*cough*
12) Message boards : Politics : Anyone else supporting Bernie Sanders for president? (Message 1781788)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
There is a group around here that thinks nothing is wrong with their ad hom. attacks on others they disagree with... a-hole this.... stupid that...


Oh dear :)

I presented an argument and you "attack" it with an ad hominem. Ironically the attack is accusing me of committing an ad hominem attack. And you do it by delivering an under-the-belt blow by serving me with one of my disclosed severe allergies: PC dogma

I'd like to help you understand what just happened but I'm not confident I can actually untangle this to a point where it's understandable. I'm not even confident the above paragraph looks coherent :D

I assure you it is. And here's yet another stab at an explanation (since this conversation is obviously being carried over from the Varoufakis thread):

The only way you can truly win this argument (because all you are doing now is scoring brownie points*) is to make the case that my psychopath/narcissist detector is broken**

At this point it may be a good idea to remind you that you weren't the only kid in gifted & talented class and also that we are all now adults.

Alex Storey did not call Major K an a*hole. Alex Storey called a public figure (most of them public servants unfortunately) an a*hole. I seriously doubt you are going to argue that this is not allowed, so on to the next paragraph :)

Now the fundamental mistake you are making: it's your logic diagram
Because you believe:

If Alex Storey calls psycho
->then
->Alex Storey is in disagreement with alleged psycho

Unfortunately your logic diagram can not account for:
Alex Storey has nothing against lightbulbs. He still thinks Thomas Edison was an a*hole.
or
Alex Storey is an atheist who has thoroughly enjoyed a few Dawkins books. He still thinks Richard Dawkins is an a*hole.

Or to go back to my favorite psychopath... Wolfgang wakes up tomorrow and -Hallelujah!Miracolo!- does a 180 back to what Helmut started (which is what he should be doing). I'll be a very happy man. But he'll still be a psychopath :)

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*I have no reason to believe your intention is to just score brownie points. If I did, this wall of text wouldn't exist.

** the words "psychopath" and "narcissist" have been and will be used interchangeably with the words "sociopath", "a*hole", and much less commonly with "idiot".
13) Message boards : Number crunching : Anybody ever take apart a laptop? (Message 1781383)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Unless you broke the connector off of the MB you could order a new battery. Which would come with a new cable attached.


Admittedly a much more elegant approach than the brute force of a soldering iron :)

The tape seems to be working for now as I'm not being asked to load BIOS settings any time I power up after switching locations without the main battery attached. I doubt I'll be getting away with it for too long though.

So thanx again HAL!
14) Message boards : Politics : Anyone else supporting Bernie Sanders for president? (Message 1781376)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Engineers of the world, unite!

I've always said that the world would be a much better place if it was ruled by engineers. Not everyone agrees with my sentiment. Especially my wife. ;)


Hmmm... a choice between engineers & lawyers... decisions, decisions...
15) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1781369)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Or it could be you're acting like a kid with a new label-gun, randomly labeling everything in sight. What's astonishing is how badly you're getting your labels wrong. I mean seriously, it feels like 9/10 you get it wrong when you respond to what someone is actually saying. Next time you might wanna toss a coin and improve your chances :)

You should also just create a template left-right vent text to copy/paste.

Don't make me go back through your posts and count how many times you've used it and how many times you got it wrong. I'm stubborn enough and patient enough to do it :)

(just not crazy enough to go through ALL your posts. I'd probably just do 3 months or so)

But even if I've got all of the above wrong, here's one thing I haven't:

You're essentially saying (to me, I have no idea what your perceived beef with Wiggo is) there's no such thing as an a*hole. Good luck debating that argument.
16) Message boards : Politics : Forget Wikileaks & Snowden :-) (Message 1781364)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Apple should pay more tax says co-founder


I've said it here before, but this is a much better opportunity to say it again:

Things don't work without a Wozniak :)

Gotta love the Woz.
17) Message boards : Politics : Anyone else supporting Bernie Sanders for president? (Message 1781157)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
For a living, I am a software engineer. I solve problems by looking carefully at the problem, and determining the best solution, using the least amount of code. I am not confined by any religious/political ideologies, but look for pragmatic solutions to problems. With problems facing the US/world, I do the same thing. I don't care if a solution comes from the right, the left, or something completely different. I only care that the solution works to solve the problem at hand.

Steve


Considering I'm a natural born engineer and that that whole paragraph could have been written by me (if I could code and write that eloquently that is)...

+1

I only wish it felt a lot less "curse" and a lot more "gift" (if you know what I mean).
So it goes, I guess.
18) Message boards : Politics : 8 The Beginning of the End (Message 1781133)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Hehheehe. A lot of things could be done...

But Germany's in hoarding mode right now and hoarding is one of the things that breaks capitalism each and every time. So the more they hoard, the more leverage Schauble has to act like the a*hole that he is.

In other words, you may be right but unfortunately nobody's trying to fix this mess. Not really.

I have to admit they're doing a fantastic job of pretending to try and fix it though ;)
19) Message boards : Politics : 8 The Beginning of the End (Message 1781119)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Ah, I see he linked his old colleague, Paul Mason's article. As the Mancs used to irritatingly say, "Nice one!". :)

Love that he dropped a gazillion other links too. I'll be reading most of those...

Unfortunately there's one myth still lingering that even this guy got wrong:

It is a north-south divide which boils down to Germany against the Latin countries.


Bull. It's Germany against everybody. If someone can find me a single shred of evidence that Germany has done anything but have it's cake and eat it too I'll be more than happy to take note. Or if anyone can show me that Germany has shown the slightest sign of "solidarity" towards, not Greece or Spain or Italy, but the Netherlands, Belgium Austria or Finland again I'll be happy to read it. Good luck finding it though.

Pfft... turning the Euro into the Deutschmark 2.0... What a dumb*ss idea. Even Holland that's been playing teacher's pet to Germany since WW2 and had it's currency pegged for most of those years since... was forced to break that peg what? 4, 5 times? How arrogantly dumb do you have to be to think it won't happen again? And what makes Holland think that it isn't gonna get the exact same treatment from Schauble when (not if) it does? And since this is Seti lemme ask you this:

What happens if a kilometer long rock smashes into one of the "lakes" (look more like SF bay really) near Amsterdam? This one's too easy:

Holland's huge banks and insurance companies get instantly wiped-out. Some random idiot on the net says the rock is radioactive and for no reason whatsoever the Dutch now can't sell a beer, a wheel of Gouda, a hot-dog, or a tulip to save their lives. To top it all off everyone in the country gets to be called a pothead by Merkel & Schauble 'cause that's how those two roll. It's how they show solidarity.

Northern block my *ss.
20) Message boards : Politics : Electric cars - Right move? (Message 1780723)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Forgot to ask, are there any F1 fans here? :)


Yes and yes I am a F1 fan


Yeah, me too.

I remember my heart stopped when Webber did his Rocket Man impression



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