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  1. More Spectre and Meltdown variants found, 2018 just isn't Intel's year. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/02/14/meltdown_spectre_exploit_variants/
  2. Time to revive this old ass thread, this time with more booze! To start off, have some wines. I'm planning to pop open the Castello Banfi in the next few months for my birthday. Other three ouiboos are strictly under lock and key for aging. To quench my desire to destroy my liver in the mean time, I picked up these two babies, first off is the Talisker 57° North. The Talisker 10yo is one of my all time favorites, let's see what its cousin can offer to me. Next, the Arran Armarone Cask Finish. A NAS dram, I first tried it over Christmas. As smooth as cute girl's backside, it also comes with several different shades of sweet. It would have ended up on my to-go list of sips if it were not so damn hard to find. May I kill my liver with bliss.
  3. It's like buying a used car vs brand new. The brand new car will (almost) guarantee to work, but YMMV when the used car has 9000 miles on it.
  4. IIRC back in 2013-ish, bitcoin mining was optimized by lowering memory clocks down to stupid slow speeds so you can increase core clock further, or something like that. But yes, what is optimized for cryptomining isn't always optimized for gaming.
  5. Boosters aside, power creep means some tanks just objectively perform better than others. Naturally that means you'll do better in them, ergo earn more xp/credits. The economy didn't change, the game balance is just out of whack.
  6. Depends on what the vbios tweaked, it's actually piss easy to edit vbios and redistribute them using the many tools floating around right now (and probably more than a few bricked cards from idiots playing monkey-see-monkey-do). Custom vbioses (how the fuck do I even pluralize it?) tend to tweak the following functions: fan profiles power limits clock limits defaults (power, clocks, fan) auto OC profiles Without knowing what the "custom" vbios was intended to do or what it changed is pointless. For all you know it might be one that makes the fan spin slower, or lower boost profiles so it doesn't dump out as much heat in the summer, etc...
  7. Haven't played in a long time, but IIRC the toggle zoom puts me at a zoom level too high for my comfort to the point where it becomes disorienting. The steps of target acquisition for me were as follows: Start in 3rd person view, spot red Zoom into red, adjust aim to keep red (or weakspot) centered on my screen/reticule Repeat #2 until I reach desired magnification Boom Without the gradual increase in magnification and aim adjustment, I would have to spend time adjusting my aim while at max zoom (which cripples situational awareness) or even lose the target completely if it wasn't properly centered into my (soon-to-be) restricted FOV before I zoomed in. That's why I used the mouse wheel. Index finger off the trigger isn't a big problem because you wouldn't want to misclick and miss your shot anyways. You can also use your middle finger for the mouse wheel.
  8. Intel benchmarks https://newsroom.intel.com/editorials/intel-security-issue-update-initial-performance-data-results-client-systems/ In summary, no more than 10% performance loss for artificial workloads on Win7 and Win10 up to Skylake. No stats for servers yet though.
  9. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/01/09/understanding-the-performance-impact-of-spectre-and-meltdown-mitigations-on-windows-systems/ Much rip for old chips.
  10. https://teespring.com/cpu-blk-hardness-hardocp-hf#pid=2&cid=2397&sid=front @Folterknecht @OOPMan
  11. https://github.com/torvalds/linux/commit/00a5ae218d57741088068799b810416ac249a9ce Looks like AMD users (for Linux) are in the clear for now. One bench is fairly insignificant, need more data for CPU bottlenecks. BUT I think it wouldn't be that bad, or even noticeable to the unaware masses.
  12. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/02/intel_cpu_design_flaw/ More technical stuff: http://pythonsweetness.tumblr.com/post/169166980422/the-mysterious-case-of-the-linux-page-table https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=16046636 Summary of attack vector https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=16001476 AMD chips seem unaffected https://lkml.org/lkml/2017/12/27/2 @Folterknecht @OOPMan
  13. Holy fuck, @Never is alive!

    1. Never
    2. Va1heru


      :epicsaxguy::rabble1: @Never watcha doing 

    3. Never


      Something with those XVM values thingies

  14. So far only have Hellblade on my wish list, but it's only still 25% off Anything worthy of buying? Give Gaben more money general.
  15. Arran Amarone Cask Finish - yay or nay?

    1. hazzgar


      I prefer Kavalan