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by qviri
Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:40 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Very Efficient, and May be Bad For You.
Replies: 25
Views: 3154

Yes, the Climate Orbiter is a quite famous example.

Another good story, if you haven't read about it yet, is the Gimli Glider. Fortunately, that one ended much better.
by qviri
Tue Feb 02, 2010 5:15 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: If you could ask God one question ...
Replies: 357
Views: 119123

by qviri
Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:52 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: The PWM Slipstream fan on the Mugen-2, controllable?
Replies: 5
Views: 1280

That's going to depend on the motherboard. The fan does whatever the motherboard tells it to do, it can't be set independently (short of forgoing the 4 pin plug and using voltage hacks instead).
by qviri
Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:39 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: If you could ask God one question ...
Replies: 357
Views: 119123

On an unrelated note, somewhere somebody mentioned abortion, as though it was a religious issue. For me, though, it's always been about whether an unborn child is a human being or not. [edit: I think so] The problem is the definition of "a human being" will basically boil down to religion (as in "t...
by qviri
Sat Jan 23, 2010 11:31 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Very Efficient, and May be Bad For You.
Replies: 25
Views: 3154

I envy Canada and the UK (myself being from the US) very much for having a reasonable/capable enough population to switch. Well, we're not fully switched. There's still feet and inches getting used for shorter distances (personal height is a notorious example) and pounds for most smaller weights. N...
by qviri
Sat Jan 23, 2010 11:00 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Green Laptops
Replies: 7
Views: 4941

adikt wrote:The greenest laptop you can buy is a secondhand one :)
Precisely. The greenest laptop is one that doesn't get manufactured. Buy used if you have to buy at all.
by qviri
Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:47 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Very Efficient, and May be Bad For You.
Replies: 25
Views: 3154

Over here most people have electric ovens, and by law they require their very own circuit and fuse - 30A @ 240v - I have no idea how much juice most ovens actually use, but the potential is there for huge amounts 7.2KW Anything that rotates, moves, heats, or glows due to heat is a pretty bad candid...
by qviri
Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:28 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Very Efficient, and May be Bad For You.
Replies: 25
Views: 3154

Well one does have to deal with the technical abilities of the author, but suffice to say when dealing with any square waves there is a very large amount of high frequency content involved. And that's the very nature of switching power supplies. I am absolutely in favour of studying this properly, ...
by qviri
Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:08 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: How Do DC Bricks Work
Replies: 10
Views: 2692

Re: How Do DC Bricks Work

Even though the Pico is 150w would I get any benefit from connecting a Dell DA-2 I have lying around? Or would this provide too much power? Basically does the Pico PSU draw power from the brick or does the brick push power at the Pico? Would it be more heat efficient and less likely to catch fire o...
by qviri
Tue Jan 19, 2010 6:21 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Does voting change things really to the better ?
Replies: 9
Views: 2626

Re: Does voting change things really to the better ?

Cov wrote:Please do take part in the poll, but only after watching this videoclip.
I much prefer a well-formulated written argument to a video of a man speaking encoded in a proprietary format hosted on a third-party commercial website. Do you have a transcript?
by qviri
Tue Jan 19, 2010 4:09 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Very Efficient, and May be Bad For You.
Replies: 25
Views: 3154

Is bad journalism bad for you? A telltale sign of an energy-efficient device is the ballast, or transformer, that you see near the end of a power cord on a laptop computer, printer, or cell phone charger (although not all devices have them). When plugged in, it's warm to the touch, an indication tha...
by qviri
Fri Jan 15, 2010 4:03 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Amish poised to produce breakthrough processor
Replies: 12
Views: 2122

I must be missing something...
by qviri
Sat Jan 09, 2010 1:13 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: I want one of these... [large image]
Replies: 19
Views: 5567

aristide1 wrote:I realize just about everyone is sold on iPods, but frankly if I were to convert all my vinyl to digital I woun't accept anything lower than 96KHz/24 bit. And given how cheap hard drives are I'd go with 192KHz/24 bit.
Nice to meet someone else whose ears can actually hear 40 kHz sounds.
by qviri
Sat Jan 02, 2010 8:42 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Russia's secret plan to save Earth from asteroid
Replies: 24
Views: 3910

Trip wrote:Obama reads a teleprompter well, but he doesn't have a clue what's going on.
[citation needed]
by qviri
Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:34 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Russia's secret plan to save Earth from asteroid
Replies: 24
Views: 3910

There may be no nuclear weapons but I'd be willing to bet a Scythe HSF they won't resist a chance to test out some high-powered lasers in real-world situations.
by qviri
Tue Dec 29, 2009 6:56 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Would you buy another Antec product after this incident ??
Replies: 12
Views: 2077

This mostly looks like a case of foot in mouth to me. The otherwise reasonably useful comment about fakes is ill-placed in a FS thread unless there are reasons to believe the items for sale are fake, and the new-old-stock comment, while containing a grain of truth, is not something you say as a comp...
by qviri
Sun Dec 20, 2009 8:52 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Athlon XP is running at 1.25 GHz
Replies: 8
Views: 2405

You could also try cleaning and re-seating the CPU and heatsink, in case something got shorted and can still be cleaned off. If that or pulling the CMOS battery doesn't work, I'm afraid I'm out of ideas.

(Remember to unplug the power supply from the wall before pulling CMOS battery.)
by qviri
Sun Dec 20, 2009 6:16 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Athlon XP is running at 1.25 GHz
Replies: 8
Views: 2405

Re: Athlon XP is running at 1.25 GHz

Yes, the stock front side bus on Palomino cores is 133 MHz, 266 MHz "rated" DDR (double data rate). The method of changing it back is going to depend on your motherboard.
by qviri
Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:30 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Athlon XP is running at 1.25 GHz
Replies: 8
Views: 2405

Re: Athlon XP is running at 1.25 GHz

Is there any reason to think that installing the new HSF would be related to the slower CPU speed? Well, not directly. If the heatsink was not installed correctly or its performance was inadequate, the CPU might be overheating, but I don't think Athlon XPs had any dynamic throttling that could caus...
by qviri
Sat Dec 19, 2009 4:55 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Logitech VX Revolution - will there ever be a wired version?
Replies: 5
Views: 3911

Actually, you laugh, but my wireless LX5 does whine faintly when in battery-saving mode.
by qviri
Sat Dec 19, 2009 3:31 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: how to use this adapter cable?
Replies: 3
Views: 1146

You would use the three-pin plug in bottom left to connect to the fan. It will get power from the Molex pass-through in the top right. It will also provide RPM reading from the fan to the motherboard via the yellow wire and plug in bottom right.
by qviri
Sat Dec 19, 2009 3:09 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Logitech VX Revolution - will there ever be a wired version?
Replies: 5
Views: 3911

Stephen wrote:I emailed Logitech - I'll see if they have an answer.
One wonders why you asked here in the first place.
by qviri
Sat Dec 19, 2009 11:55 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 354540

MikeC wrote:Isn't it "193 - load/unload cycle count - 15" times? and "009 - power on hours count -- 2016"?
The column is labelled as "raw (hex)", that is hexadecimal, base 16.

(15 in base 16) is (21 in base 10) and (2016 in base 16) is (8214 in base 10).
by qviri
Thu Dec 17, 2009 8:23 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Super Efficient Cars [very large pictures]
Replies: 387
Views: 281447

Hi, consider: 1) the use of ICE-powered automobiles resulting in creation of carbon dioxide and particulate matter, with adverse effects on air quality (and consequently human health) as well as environmental factors such as concentration CO2 in the Earth's atmosphere, 2) the overdependence on perso...
by qviri
Thu Dec 17, 2009 7:56 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Town under siege: 6,000 camels to be shot
Replies: 11
Views: 2842

Apparently, camels stopped being practical for use as work animals around 1930, so most of wild population would be around for 100-150 years now. Yay for human-introduced species! Wikipedia tells me the population is increasing at around 10% per year, and presumably they're hitting a hard resource l...
by qviri
Thu Dec 17, 2009 7:28 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Town under siege: 6,000 camels to be shot
Replies: 11
Views: 2842

NeilBlanchard wrote:Why are the camels so thirsty?
Probably because they are in a desert and, unchecked by natural predators, have been multiplying beyond sustainability.

(Much like humans, really.)
by qviri
Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:37 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: If you could ask God one question ...
Replies: 357
Views: 119123

During the Middle Ages several European Catholic 'theocracies' set out openly and zealously to conquer as much of the world as they could and forcibly convert the natives of those countries to Christianity whilst at the same time robbing them of their treasure. And look how badly that's turned out,...
by qviri
Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:00 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: If you could ask God one question ...
Replies: 357
Views: 119123

Seems of the surface to be totally harmless, but many of the things that a Jain is supposed to strive for I already do, but it also asks things of it followers, and that is where we part company, and some of the things it asks is totally un-natural. Vegetarianism, we are omnivores, not herbivores. ...
by qviri
Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:32 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD GPs are dying? Really?
Replies: 67
Views: 28301

Re: WD Green drives as backup drives

I wasn't sure whether I should start a new thread. There's been a lot of talk about abnormally high park counts on Linux machines because of relatively frequent disk access by the kernel. I'm wondering if that would occur if the drives were mounted for data storage only. Basically, I envision a set...