The RTX 2060 is leaking, not smoking

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2018 - 12:55 PM |
Tagged: RTX 2060, rumour, nvidia

There were some interesting Final Fantasy XV benchmarks spotted recently, which seem to feature the unreleased RTX 2060.  The benchmark produced a score of 2,589 running on high quality at 4K resolution, which is a noticeable jump over the GTX 1060 as well as the new RX 590 from AMD, but not quite up to par with an unspecified RX Vega card which is likely the Vega 64.  The Inquirer wasn't able to find out much more unfortunately; we aren't even sure it will be branded RTX.

There are also some deals down below which are being updated throughout the day, if you are in a shopping mood.

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"Still, before you go binning your last-gen Nvidia GPU, it's worth noting that the RTX 2060 used in the benchmark was likely an engineering sample, so the results will no doubt differ by the time it becomes official."

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Source: The Inquirer

Windows 10 someday, maybe update

Subject: General Tech | November 22, 2018 - 01:25 PM |
Tagged: windows 10, patch, oops, microsoft

The Windows 10 October Update, now to be referred to as The New ME, has now decided it dislikes the audio portion of a display driver from a tiny little company with little to no market share, known as Intel.  Microsoft have pulled the update, which is degrading audio input on systems with Intel graphics, which they blame on "OEMs that accidentally turned on unsupported features in Windows" according to The Inquirer.

In this case, one might be thankful for not checking for updates for Windows or Office for a while and eating turkey instead.

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"Intel driver users join anyone with a small hard drive, anyone who uses ZIP files, anyone using iCloud, anyone who needs to map a network drive, anyone with an HP machine, and anyone who likes their files to be associated with installed programs."

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Source: The Register

Pacify your prepubescents for parental peace

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2018 - 04:04 PM |
Tagged: audio, bluetooth headset, JBL, JR300BT

JBL have released a set of Bluetooth headphones specifically designed for young kids to use, the JR300BT.  Apart from the colour scheme and bundled stickers there are a few other features to make these headphones kid friendly, such as the audio being limited to a maximum of 85dB so your child can't damage their ears before their first concert.  The only input is a micro-USB plug for charging so there is not much to break off or to insert questionable things into.  The power and link buttons are large enough for small hands and are relatively flush so inquiring young minds won't be able to remove them easily.  

Pop by Legit Reviews for a full review.

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"That also means that millions of kids will be traveling for the holidays and parents will be stuck trying to keep them entertained for hours on end. Today, we’ll be taking a quick look at the JBL JR300BT wireless headphones that are 85dB limited to protect hearing, are super lightweight and properly sized for kids ages 3 to 10 years old."

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Xen and the art of Black Mesa updates

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2018 - 03:04 PM |
Tagged: half life, xen, black mesa, source engine, mod, gaming

The gang behind the porting of the original Half Life to the Source Engine have just released a trailer of the most frustrating part of the original game, the trip to Xen.  Due for release some time next year, the trailer below shows off just how much better everything looks when moved to an updated game engine.  You can enjoy the experience of screaming in frustration at a much higher resolution Gonarch now; it looks like perhaps they borrowed a part of the new Red Dead Redemption's physics model to make the beasty even more disturbing to look at.

Whatever you do, do not not visit Steam today.  Do not take advantage of the 60% off Black Mesa currently being applied, as it will be very dangerous to even think about Steam for the next few days!

"They also say that they’re now planning to add the Xen chapter in 2019, some time from March to the end of June, so that’s three-ish years after the early access debut of its terrestrial chapters. I am pleased with how alive parts look."

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Source: Steam

Have you heard of Lenny? Some telemarketers certainly have!

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2018 - 01:21 PM |
Tagged: scum, telemarketers, funny, lenny

Lenny is a chat bot designed to drive telemarketers crazy, or at least keep them on the phone and prevent them from calling another line.  It is quite simple, with only 16 recorded phrases in total, four to make it sound like he is interested in whatever is being sold and 12 which loop until the caller gives up.  The bot waits for a pause of a second and a half or more before playing the next comment, in slow and muffled Australian accent.  Motherboard had a chat with the person who currently curates the bot, who goes by the moniker Mango, about the bot and how successful it is.

If you are curious on how to make use of Lenny, for bothering telemarketers and not pranking, you can get some info on this Reddit thread.  Again, just skip this if you are only interested in a prank, as it ties up the lines and means telemarketers can continue to call real people to scam them. 

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"Lenny is a decade-old chatbot designed to troll telemarketers that has developed a cult following online. It’s remarkably convincing, but is it actually effective?"

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Source: Motherboard

Perhaps John Wharton's ghost will visit Bill this Christmas

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2018 - 01:04 PM |
Tagged: qdos, microsoft, John Wharton, cp/m

The history of computing and the path taken to get where we are today sports a multitude of skeletons and closets.  Some were aired, others continue to lurk, but some were dragged out so they could be immediately buried and forgotten and John Warton, who just passed away last week, was involved at the beginning of one of the latter. 

He was working at Intel when a young man by the name of Bill Gates, who represented a small company called MicroSoft approached the chip maker with an OS he had created, known as MS-DOS or QDOS or 86-DOS depending on who you ask.  Thus started a long chain of events which lead to where we are now; including legal battles on the origins of MS-DOS, thanks to some interesting resemblances to other programming languages being developed at the time. 

Drop by The Register for the Cole's Notes version, and consider following some of the links if this story is new to you.

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"In the autumn of 1980, John had been at Intel to receive a visit from the 24-year-old CEO of a tiny software company called MicroSoft that specialised in programming languages. Wharton headed a technical team conducting an evaluation of the software Bill Gates brought with him to the meeting."

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NVIDIA's fuzzy with the days of the week ... Black Friday deals have already kicked off

Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | November 19, 2018 - 04:44 PM |
Tagged: geforce, rtx, gtx, deals, nvidia

NVIDIA sent over a list of their current deals, which are somewhat related to the coming weekend; apart from many being available already.   The US deals are significantly better than the Canadian ones, but even so there are a few good ones. 

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NVIDA broke them up into categories to make it a bit easier to find the product you are looking for so take a scroll and see if there is something your machine could use installed, or if it is time to replace it altogether.

GeForce RTX Graphics Cards

  • 11/23 – 11/26: EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC, $529.99 -- $50 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/19 – 11/27: GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING OC 8G Video Card, $749.99 -- $150 off regular price at Newegg
  • 11/21 – 11/30: MSI GeForce RTX 2070 DUKE 8G OC, $526 -- $20 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg

GeForce GTX Graphics Cards

  • 11/23 -11/26: ASUS GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Phoenix, $149.99 -- $40 off regular price at Newegg
  • 11/23 – 11/26: EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Ultra, $349.99 -- $220 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/23 – 11/26: EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Blower/Ref, $349.99 -- $180 off regular price Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/23 – 11/26: EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB SC ACX copper HP single, $209.00 -- $110 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/23 – 11/26: EVGA GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB SC, $139.99 -- $80 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/23 – 11/26: EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB SC, $99.99 -- $70 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/19 – 11/26: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, $239 – $20 off regular price at Newegg
  • 11/21 – 11/30: MSI GeForce GTX 1060 ARMOR 6G OCV1, $258 -- $30 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/9 – 11/29: PNY GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Graphics Card, $249.00 -- $149 off regular price at Amazon
  • 11/9 – 11/29: PNY GeForce GTX 1050 2GB GDDR5 Video Card, $139.99 -- $59 off regular price at Newegg
  • 11/19 – 11/30: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Mini 8GB GDDR5, $349.99 -- $190 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/19 – 11/30: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini 8GB GDDR5X, $439.99 -- $60 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg

GTX Laptops

  • 11/19 – 11/26: GIGABYTE Aero NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB GDDR5, $1,999.00 -- $300 off regular price at Amazon
  • 11/19 – 11/26: GIGABYTE Aero NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB GDDR5, $1,749.00 -- $250 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/22 – 11/26: Razer Blade 15, $2,599.99 -- $200 off regular price at Best Buy, Amazon
  • 11/22 – 11/26: Razer Blade Stealth, $1,499.99 -- $200 off regular price at Best Buy, Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/22 – 12/22: Razer Blade Pro, $4,399.99 -- $500 off regular price at Best Buy, Amazon, Newegg, Microsoft
  • 11/23 until supplies last: MSI GV62 8RD-200 15.6" Full HD Performance Gaming Laptop PC + NVIDIA GeForce GTX1050 Ti, $699 -- $200 off regular price at Amazon
  • 11/23 until supplies last: MSI GV62 8RD-034 15.6" Thin and Light Gaming Laptop + NVIDIA GeForce GTX1050 Ti, $799 -- $200 off regular price at Amazon
  • 11/23 until supplies last: ASUS FX504GE-ES72 Thin & Light TUF Gaming Laptop (FX504) Full HD, 8th-Gen Intel Core i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB, $799 -- $150 off regular price at Amazon
  • 11/23 until supplies last: ASUS TUF Thin & Light Gaming Laptop PC (FX504) 15.6” Full HD, 8th-Gen Intel Core i5-8300H (up to 3.9GHz), GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, $599 -- $100 off regular price at Amazon

RTX Desktop PCs

  • 11/23 until supplies last: iBUYPOWER Gaming PC Desktop Trace 9220 Liquid Cooled Overclockable i7-8700K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB, $1,349.00 -- $250 off regular price at Amazon
  • 11/23 until supplies last: CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA1394A Gaming PC (Liquid Cooled AMD Ryzen 7 2700 3.2GHz, 16GB DDR4, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB, $1,199 -- $300 off regular price at Amazon
  • 11/23 until supplies last: Dell Alienware Aurora Gaming PC Desktop, Liquid Cooled i7-8700K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB, $1799.99 -- $450 off regular price at Amazon

GTX Desktop PCs

  • 11/23 until supplies last: CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR PC Desktop NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, $649 -- $150 off regular price at Amazon
  • 11/19 – 11/30: Gaming RDY TRIIRR201, $649 -- $150 off regular price at iBUYPOWER
  • 11/15 – 12/15: CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA2088W w/ AMD Ryzen 7 2700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, 8GB Memory, 240GB SSD, 1TB HD, WiFi and Windows 10 Home 64-bit Gaming PC, $799 -- $100 off regular price at Walmart / WM.ca
  • 11/15 – 12/15: CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR3800WST w/ Intel i7-8700, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, 16GB Memory, 240GB SSD, 1TB HD and Windows 10 Home 64-bit Gaming PC, $999.99 -- $250 off regular price at Walmart / WM.ca

G-Sync Monitors

  • 11/19 – 11/25: Acer Predator XB271HU bmiprz 27" WQHD (2560x1440) NVIDIA G-SYNC IPS Display, $549.99 -- $150 off regular price at Newegg
  • 11/19 – 11/26: 34" Predator X34 UltraWide QHD Curved Monitor, $849.99 -- $250 off regular price at Newegg

CANADA

GTX Laptops

  • 11/19 – 11/26: GIGABYTE Aero NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB GDDR5, CAD $2,199 -- $400 off regular price at Canada Computers
  • 11/19 – 11/26: GIGABYTE Aero NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q Design GDDR5 6 GB, CAD $2,399 -- $500 off regular price at Memory Express

RTX Desktop PCs

  • 11/19 – 11/26: CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8080A3 Gaming PC, $1769.99 -- $130 off regular price at Amazon CA
  • 11/19 – 11/26: CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA1394A Gaming PC, $1,249.99 -- $250 off regular price at Amazon CA

GTX Desktop PCs

  • 11/22 – 11/26: CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA6400CPG Gaming PC, $1,099.99 -- $300 off regular price at Best Buy CA
  • 11/15 – 12/15: CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA2088W Intel Core i7 Gaming Computer, $799.99 -- $100 off regular price at WM.ca

 

Source: NVIDIA

128 ways to love your layers; one flash maker plans to skip 96-layer altogether

Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2018 - 12:39 PM |
Tagged: flash, 128 layer, YMTC

Compared to the other major flash manufacturers YMTC is quite new to the game, a mere two years in the business.  They've currently only ever produced 32-layer NAND and are working on their 64-layer process, which places them far behind the competition.  In a daring plan to try to carve a space for themselves in the market, they will not be developing 96-layer NAND at all but will try to skip ahead to 128-layer instead.  It is a bold move, perhaps even a make or break one for the new manufacturer but that is the kind of thing you need to look at when competing with Intel, Samsung and the other major players.

Drop by The Register for a look.

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"China's Yangtze Memory Technology (YMTC) aims to leapfrog 96-layer NAND and move straight to the production of 128-layer flash in 2020, according to a report."

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Network drives? You don't need no steenking network drives!

Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2018 - 03:11 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, windows 10, idiots

The latest update for Windows 10 is the gift that just keeps on giving; for those for whom snark is a joy to express.  The October 2018 Update, aka Build 1809, was pulled after users expressed a surprising dislike of having their files deleted without their consent and from the results of those testing the new build, that feature is still present.  That hasn't stopped Microsoft's innovations however as the new build also expresses an extreme dislike of mapped network drives.  As you should obviously be using SharePoint Online, which doesn't function well as a mapped folder or drive by design, this should obviously not be a problem.

Strangely, The Inquirer and various Microsoft users do not appreciate this new feature for some reason and have expressed some disappointment.  There is no fix as of yet, nor will there be for quite some time, apart from avoiding the update like you would a homeopath's office.

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"This borkage isn't quite so bad - but it's enough to be a huge problem for sysadmins, SMBs and in fact, anyone with a NAS drive, because mapping of network drives is still not working properly."

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Podcast #522 - Intel i9-9980XE, Secure HDDs, RTX in BFV, and more!

Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2018 - 01:52 PM |
Tagged: RTX 4000, quadro, podcast, nvidia, Intel, i9-9980XE, dxr, BFV, 7980xe, 2990wx

PC Perspective Podcast #522 - 11/15/18

Join us this week for discussion on Intel's new i9-9980XE, Hardware Encypted HDDs, RTX in BFV and more!

You can subscribe to us through iTunes and you can still access it directly through the RSS page HERE.

The URL for the podcast is: http://pcper.com/podcast - Share with your friends!

Hosts: Allyn Malventano, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, Ken Addison, and Sebastian Peak

Peanut Gallery: Alex Lustenberg

Program length: 1:12:08

Podcast topics of discussion:

  1. Week in Review:
  2. News items of interest:
  3. Picks of the Week:
    1. Allyn: A book on retro console stuff - all disassembled (‘The Game Console’)
    2. Jeremy: A robot arm named Dexter, what could go wrong?
  4. Closing/outro