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efaardvark last won the day on November 28

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  • Favourite Anime
    Lots. Off the top of my head (and in no particular order)...

    Ghost in the Shell
    プラネテス (ΠΛΑΝΗΤΕΣ)
    Any "real" science fiction actually
    Angel Beats!
    Clannad: After Story
    Your Lie In April
    Pet Girl of Sakurasou
    Spice and Wolf
    FLCL (original)
    Any Miyazaki/Ghibli
  • Favourite Genres
    Slice of Life
    Space Opera
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  • Location
    Someplace between Santa Monica and Sedna.
  • Occupation
    Data systems engineer
  • Interests
    reading (SF), electronics, science, engineering, space, computer programming.. and of course anime.
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  • Favorite Video Game/Series
    Kerbal Space Program. Anything that you can craft or build in actually... Minecraft, Valheim, Cities: Skyline, Stardew Valley, Terraria, etc.....
  • Favorite Video Game Characters
    GLaDOS, Duke Nukem, Jebediah Kerman
  • Favorite Game Consoles
    PC Master Race - May our frame rates be high and our temperatures low.

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  1. Sliding away from vision to deficiency we fall Subsiding again collapsing from the burden of it all But time after time we believe in better Never let a chance pass us by And we're sure we'll never fail to notice Sign after sign that a change is coming Time is running out like the tide But we think we're on a march of progress Ashes - Threshold
  2. Got some more space-related merch… Lunar Flashlight launching tonight!
  3. No, they're not friendly at all... at least not the ones controlled by VIKI.
  4. I agree. There's not a lot of things that people actually need. The whole consumer thing especially is insane when you think about it. It is extremely wasteful of resources and money. "Keeping up with the Joneses" is a suckers game too. (And/or simple ego gratification.) Advertising is about brainwashing people into thinking they need a new gadget or item of clothing just because the old one is a different color than what's on sale this week. And of course credit benefits nobody but the banksters. You would be far better off in the long run saving up for your purchases instead of paying an extra 10%, or more, for the instant gratification. Unfortunately there's hardly any constituency for doing it otherwise. It is all about keeping the money flowing. The government gets a cut every time money changes hands. Banks want to keep you in debt indefinitely, at least as long as you can make the payments. Advertisement-driven social pressures make it almost mandatory to have the latest-and-greatest gadget or wardrobe. They don't even teach home economics in schools anymore. Anything that keeps the spice from flowing is removed, bypassed, or outlawed. It's a racket.
  5. So you thought photoshoping was messing with people's heads?  Take a look at what NeRFs can do...


    1. Animedragon


      That is amazing, and it's really going to mess with people's heads.

  6. Nothing here. Prices are ridiculous for everything I looked for. How come inflation is always only on the goods side? I need some of that inflation in my paycheck!
  7. Looking for a good deal on a CPU upgrade for my current AM4-socket motherboard. I've got enough memory and I just bought a new GPU so this will likely be my last upgrade before I move to an AM5-based system. That build I'm planning for sometime next year so I don't want to spend a huge amount on upgrades at this point either. I was hoping to get a black-friday deal on something below $200. I'd love to be able to talk myself into a 12-core 5900 ($350) or a 16-core 5950 ($400) ryzen 9 but the truth is I don't need more than the 8 cores I've got in my 2700X and both of those are well beyond my price point. I'm seeing prices of <$250 on an 8-core 5800X however, which is a bit closer to my price limit. Maybe a 5800 (no "X") to save about 40 watts and a couple bucks. Performance-wise either would be a nearly 2x increase in processor power from my 2700x. I'm also considering a drop down to a 6-core 5600X at about $160. I'd lose a couple cores but overall it'd still be a much more powerful CPU. Not seeing any must-buy deals so far tho tbh. Might wind up saving my $$ for that AM5 build after all.

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    Old enough to remember. :)  

  9. Welcome! I also occasionally do softwareish stuff. Mostly maintaining some custom monitoring and control s/w that I wrote years ago for a NOC but occasionally something new. My current job is test & integration though so not so much new dev. Mostly gap-filling utilities/scripting and test automation these days.
  10. A new asteroid named "2022WJ1" was detected.. and just a few hours later detonates in the air over Niagra falls. Barely even enough time to say, "oh, shit!" Fortunately it was only a few feet across. The real news here of course is that it was detected before impact. This is only the 6th time we've managed to do that. As usual Scott Manley has some good coverage of it in this week's space summary.
  11. The dangers of modding minecraft.
  12. 3 complete new computer builds by Paul's hardware, all of which cost less than a 4090.
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