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Old 01-15-2019, 05:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Did you ever see anything so gay?:





The CPU fan and RAM have moving rainbow colors, not that I wanted it! The Ryzen 7 2700X only comes with a gay cooler and, although I can buy non-gay RAM, it is more expensive.

So, I covered the gay up with a homophobic case cover:



In case (pun intended) you are wondering, my old computer is to the left of it and it has the same case because I bought two cases about 20 years ago. The smaller bay is for a 3.5 inch floppy drive. Whippersnappers don't know what that is.

If you buy a new computer, the case will probably have a transparent cover to expose the gay.

Anyway, here is a list of parts with the prices that I paid:

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Processor with Wraith Prism LED Cooler - YD270XBGAFBOX $269.00 (no tax, free shipping)

ASUS B450 AMD Ryzen 2 ATX Gaming Motherboard AM4 DDR4 HDMI DVI M.2 USB 3.1 Gen2 (Prime B450-Plus) $89.99 (plus IL tax, free shipping)

EVGA 500 W1, 80+ WHITE 500W, 3 Year Warranty, Power Supply 100-W1-0500-KR, Black $24.99 (plus IL tx, free shipping)

WD Blue 3D NAND 500GB PC SSD - SATA III 6 Gb/s, 2.5"/7mm - WDS500G2B0A $79.99 (plus IL tx, free shipping)

G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C16D-16GTZR $139.99 (free shipping, plus IL tax)

Case, chassis fan, monitor, DVD drive and graphics card were on hand. I am testing it with Linux Mint.

On order, I will put in this graphics card:

EVGA GeForce GT 1030 DDR4, 02G-P4-6232-KR, 2GB SDDR4, Passive, Low Profile $77.99 each (no tax, $9.38 shipping)

and this operating system:

MICROSOFT WINDOWS 10 PRO PROFESSIONAL 32-BIT&64-BIT OEM FULL VERSION $45 (free shipping and no tax)

Approximate Total Cost = $750

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Old 01-16-2019, 11:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Gay? I don't get it.
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Gay? I don't get it.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbo...LGBT_movement)

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Ah, the rainbow. Sorry didn't read it all. It's funny/sad here in Hawaii the University teams used to be the Rainbow Warriors, with rainbows on the football helmets. The oversensitive players got upset at jokes from other teams so they ditched the rainbows and now they're just the Warriors.
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Ah, the rainbow. Sorry didn't read it all. It's funny/sad here in Hawaii the University teams used to be the Rainbow Warriors, with rainbows on the football helmets. The oversensitive players got upset at jokes from other teams so they ditched the rainbows and now they're just the Warriors.
I suppose it is homophobic to say that the LQBTQ community stole a lot of things besides rainbow colors, such as the words "gay" and "marriage."

I wrote free software that has this icon:



which has nothing to do with LGBTQ.

BTW, my MB has an "Aura RGB Strip header" which is a connector for an RGB LED strip that people stick to the computer case. When I read this in the manual, I thought "WTF?", so I found a Youtube video:

https://youtu.be/K-UyK_l0jpA

I hate paying for features that I don't use.
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These are performance results of my old computer versus my new computer with new graphics card installed:

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I ran some tests with my image processing software which uses Single instruction, multiple data (SIMD) floating point. My new computer was only about twice as fast as my old one. And, changing the CPU frequency from 3.7 GHz. to 4.0 GHz had no effect. My new case is quite a bit warmer on my new computer, though.

My old CPU is over 5 years older than the new one. Moore's Law is a computing term which originated around 1970; the simplified version of this law states that processor speeds, or overall processing power for computers will double every two years. I suspect that AMD's failure to realize Moore's law and the ornamental lights are related, i.e., AMD promoted style over substance.

Maybe, we are hitting a wall, or a point of diminishing returns, in technological progress. I predict that style over substance will become an increasingly common selling point in our society.
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My computer identifies as an abacus!

I think we are hitting a wall for many reasons - like decreasing demand for high performance. People can use low power handheld devices to do most computer tasks.... unless they are computer gamers.
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I think we are hitting a wall for many reasons - like decreasing demand for high performance. People can use low power handheld devices to do most computer tasks.... unless they are computer gamers.
I have no personal experience with handheld devices, but, I get the impression from listening to TV news that technological improvements to IPhone are decelerating. Is that your experience?
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I think customer demand turned to features - like wireless charging, extending battery life, Internet of Things (ie connecting your phone to the TV, toaster, thermosat, security cameras) None of these things are pushing very hard for smaller and faster electronics. Why bother shrinking electronics when the battery and displays are large and heavy (relatively speaking)? Wifi / bluetooth speeds eventually have to increase and that may drive performance needs.

Smaller transistor geometries are possible but just too costly and demand will eventually grow to drive down these costs. I try to live a minimalist lifestyle so I delay electronics purchases as long as possible... This 5 year old chromebook keeps chugging along just fine!

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One of my listeners sent me a couple of Trump bumper stickers. PM me with your addy and I'll send you one to plaster over all of that rainbow carp. It'll straighten that pink puter up.
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