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  1. Yes, I have felt imposter syndrome. Sometimes I look around at the people I work with and think, "damn.. how did I manage to get in with this crowd?!" People call on me for answers that I don't know. Often I get thrown in at the deep end and it is sink-or-swim time. I can identify with people like Jen and Sorata in S1 of "Pet Girl". There always seems to be another problem or deadline that people expect me to be able to deal with, and if the bosses think things are going too smooth they up the ante. (Seriously. The former chief boss at work - a guy who is fluent in half a dozen different languages, has 4 masters degrees in physics and engineering, an MBA, a doctorate in electrical sciences from CalTech, is currently a professor at CalTech, and who basically invented synthetic-aperture radar, at least as it is used in remote-sensing applications - was definitely a Rooseveltian at heart. He once said at an all-hands meeting, "If things aren't breaking then maybe we're not pushing the envelope hard enough".) I don't think you can overcome it, in the sense of getting to a point where you can relax. At least I haven't found out how to do that myself. I deal with it, if you can call it that, by quickly learning what I don't know and answering as if I'd known all along. Sometimes I think my only true skill is Google-fu. (Though sometimes all I find is other people asking the same questions. ) It is stressful sometimes, but it also has its moments of awesome.
  2. And now they’ve expanded the curfew in Los Angeles to the surrounding areas.  I am so done with 2020. :veryangry:
     

    edit: oh, and they’re bringing in the national guard.

    1. OtakuKid

      OtakuKid

      Well, during quarantine, were you really going to be out past eight (or whatever time your curfew starts)?

    2. efaardvark

      efaardvark

      If I were one of these work-from-home types then that might apply.  I’ve still been commuting however.  It is a 24/7 job too.  I’ve managed to stay off the mid shift, but I’ve done a few swings.  If this turns out anything like the Rodney King riots it won’t matter anyway.  We could hear gunfire and smell tear gas even at home back then.  Last thing I want to have to deal with after a long shift in the NOC is a “papers please” moment on the way home at 11:30 at night.  (Or worse.)

  3. My minecraft game this weekend has taken a distinct turn in the direction of harvest moon, or maybe farmville.
  4. What's "expensive" or "cheap" depends on who you talk to. People (though not me!) are already spending over $700 - even $1,200! - on a gfx card. NVMe storage is currently priced around 10 cents per GB. That means 1TB of flash would only be maybe an extra $100. My current desktop only has a 500GB SSD and I have several games on it. This includes several different versions Kerbal Space Program, each with its own set of installed mods. I don't know how accessible the storage would be on one of the (rumored) cards, but if I could also use it to store regular files then I could maybe do without my M.2 drive on the motherboard and the extra cost for the GPU would be a wash. At that point it would be down to things like upgradability and overall system performance. If someone were to offer me a GFX card with performance of a 2080 and 1TB of ultra-fast SSD storage for $500 then I might be tempted, especially if the flash on the card were socketed and upgradable. Maybe 2xM.2 slots say. You can already get quad-M.2 PCI cards for less than $100. So, take a regular GFX card, rework it a bit to add the flash controller and manage things like heat and power, and raise the price to match the extra performance. Existing GFX cards already have things like heat sinks and memory controllers anyway. It wouldn't even have to cost much beyond the price of the actual flash memory chips, and like I said flash memory is getting pretty cheap these days.
  5. "Zero-G indicator":D

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  6. Trying again... 50% change of weather problems - and currently raining - and an instantaneous launch window (3:22pm EDT) is a sketchy combination but maybe we'll get lucky. 

    (People that don't appreciate talking-heads stepping on the interesting stuff might want to monitor the Mission Control audio loop.)

  7. I can't believe that UPS is still doing the old, "nobody was home" schtick.  EVERYBODY is home these days!

  8. A lot depends on price and release date. At the rate that AMD is releasing new processors and upgrading their process if it takes until the end of the year for the PS5 to get here then that'll be kind of hard to sell. I can build a nice 3700X system with a decent motherboard, a 5700xt gfx card, an NVMe SSD, and 16GB of RAM right now for about $800. By the end of the year that processor, mobo, and GPU will be cheaper last-gen parts so I'd probably be able to shave at least a couple/few hundred off that price by then. If the PS5 comes out at more than $500 or later than July or August (by which time AMD will have released their next CPUs and GPUs) then it'll really only be of interest to existing playstation owners. Maybe Sony could sweeten the deal with bundles and such, but that kind of thing only goes so far. The PS5's SSD isn't really much of a selling point either. I mean, yeah it is good that it is there but even low-end motherboards have an NVME-capable M.2 slot these days. The PS5's slot is also an M.2 so there's nothing really special about it hardware-wise. It is definitely a step up from the PS4's storage system, but these days an SSD is kind of required on a new system. All that said, that PS5/Unreal V demo did get a lot of favorable attention. If that is the caliber of games we can expect on release day then that would be pretty cool and I'm sure it would drive sales even with a price headwind. Also, MSFT and Sony seem to be playing a game of chicken with regards to announcing the pricing of their respective consoles. The hardware in MSFT's system is probably cheaper to produce. If they came out first with a price that works for them then I can see Sony matching the price, even if it means they take a loss initially.
  9. From what I've been able to gather the 8/16 core processor(s) and RDNA2 GPU cores should give the PS5 roughly the specs of a PC running an AMD Ryzen 7 3700X CPU and a 5700XT GPU. The GPU side of things is still a bit of a mystery because there's no RDNA2-based gfx card out yet to directly compare against, but I'd take a 5700XT as a minimum. RDNA2 also has built-in support for ray tracing too though, and possibly/probably other process improvements. We'll have a better idea about RDNA2's capabilities when AMD's 6000-series "Big NAVI" cards come out. Add to that a ~900GB SSD that's literally over a hundred times faster than the PS4's spinny disk (2GB of data transferred in 0.27 seconds on the PS5 vs ~30 seconds for PS4), 16GB of (GDDR6) RAM, and "3d" rendered audio. Overall a nice bit of kit. Of course, price and release date are still TBD.
  10. And then it ends... just as Hina and Rei start high school together! <voice=mirai>Fuyukai desu!</> Guess I'll have to use my imagination while waiting for a next season.
  11. I* ran [email protected]'s servers out of work units!   :D

     

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    • The [email protected] team know about the work unit shortage.

    • It's happening because of an approximately 20x increase in demand.

    • The [email protected] team are working on it and hope to have a solution very soon.

    • Keep your machines running, they will eventually fold on their own.

    • Every time we double our server resources, the number of Donors trying to help goes up by a factor of 4, outstripping whatever we do.


    (*I and about a jillion other people.)

  12. 3-gatsu no lion. Started slow but getting better.
  13. SpaceX live feed for today’s Crew Dragon launch..

     

    1. efaardvark

      efaardvark

      Aborted due to weather.  :(  Next try is currently scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

  14. I’ve added an aquarium built into the far wall since I took that snapshot so now it is even more snazzy! Complete with fish, but I still have to work on the lighting a bit ‘cause it is too dim to see them if they move towards the back of the “tank”. Besides which all I have is some boring cod that I bought from the village fisherman and a couple salmon from a nearby river. I do have some coral that I bought from a wandering trader but I need to go find an ocean biome and get a few tropical fish and maybe a puffer or two. I made the tank big enough for a turtle too, though getting one in there might be a trick in survival mode and a full-grown turtle would be a bit overwhelming in the space. I might just give up on the turtle idea and shrink the tank if I can’t get the lighting thing worked out. Maybe some pickles?
  15. Built a library... Also waiting for the Nether update (1.16).
  16. My computer just passed 600 work units in [email protected]

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  17. I like full stories so I only watch the short ones. There's a few 50-episode ones that I've watched, but generally I lose interest in the repetition and filler long before I get that far. If it doesn't have an ending to tie up and conclude things then it isn't my kind of anime. So for me this makes the question impossible to answer. It is kind of like asking which one book I would like to read for the rest of my life. I like books, and I do re-read some, but having just one book to read for the rest of my life would basically mean I'd stop reading. And I don't want to do that.
  18. Been looking at the rumor sites regarding AMD "zen3" CPUs and "RDNA2" GPUs. I'm not one to freak out over rumors but I'm getting cautiously excited about the GPU side of things now as well. Things may be about to get as huge a boost on the GPU side as the CPUs market has had recently. RDNA2 hasn't been released in a PCI card yet by AMD. I think that may be because it is used in the new playstation and Xbox consoles coming out and there's probably some agreements there to not rain on the console parade by pre-releasing better-performing options for the PC crowd before the consoles get released. The "RDNA" (RDNA1) on the 5000-series GPUs (5600, 5700XT, etc.) has been better than GCN (Graphics Core Next) on the old RX 400- and 500-series, but not terribly exciting in the greater scheme of things. I'm kind of wondering now if that/those GPU solutions aren't actually ultimately destined for the /mobile/ market - after fine-tuning and a process upgrade - and RDNA2 (featured in the recent Unreal V PS5 demo) on a 7nm(+) process is the main attraction on the desktop. IF - big if - that's the case then a Zen3 CPU and a RDNA2 GPU might be the combo to angle for. With AMD's recent backtracking about not supporting Zen3 on 300 and 400 series chipset motherboards I have at least a chance of using Zen3 on my current system. Even if there's issues with Zen3, I've checked and the mb's bios already supports up to a 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X. That plus a nice GPU upgrade would keep me happy.. for a few minutes anyway. The other thing I've been hearing about GPUs is kind of a persistent background noise about the idea of the upcoming cards having huge amounts of persistent storage on them. The idea would be have a few GB of GDDR6 as usual, but then additionally have a few -hundred- GB of highly parallel flash storage as well backing that on the GFX card itself. An (essentially) 16x PCI SSD on a GPU card would have insane bandwidth to the rest of the system. And even faster speeds locally within the GFX card. Basically within the card it would be like having 4 or more SSDs arranged as a striped array with the GDDR6 acting like a multi-gigabyte quad-channel memory cache for the SSD. Load times would be measured in seconds at startup, and while playing the game would be almost instantaneous. Probably not cheap, but I can see how it would work. I'd really like to see something like that in action on a board with a GPU that can run a demo like that in the PS5/Unreal V demo.
  19. efaardvark

    The Corona-Crap

    I never thought it was going to be over in just a few months , not with the number of "community transmission" cases and the lack of effective testing early on. I was figuring closer to a year, though maybe with something of a lull during the warmer months. Usually it seems they get a vaccine for this year's variant of the flu in time for next year's flu season. That's kind of what I've been expecting for this one, but even that assumes it is a "well-behaved" virus that doesn't come up with any sneaky tricks. Especially for the high-risk groups this isn't going to really be over until they get a working vaccine produced and distributed.
  20. I don't do mornings very well either. I usually grab a bagel as I go out the door. In "normal", pre-virus days I had access to the cafeteria at work and sometimes I'd go there and grab a couple pancakes or a bowl of oatmeal or a muffin or something once I got to work but they've shut down the cafeteria - along with the rest of the lab - for the duration. I've been trying to get up a few minutes early to throw together a real breakfast and a sandwich or something for a bag lunch but ... it is hard.
  21. Pseudo-randomly clicked into Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou. For an ecchi it's ok-ish but I do think MAL's 6.9 rating is .. somewhat generous. That said, Korone just might be my new favorite kuudere.

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