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Serenity is written like the last five or so... 16,521 Views / 300 Replies  
Serenity is written like the last five or so episodes of a season. Joss has said that he would not have killed Wash if it were an ongoing series, but other than that, it would have happened as it...
Posted by P, on Aug 11, 2019 at 05:16 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Syndication is, these days, 80-88 episodes or so... 16,521 Views / 300 Replies  
Syndication is, these days, 80-88 episodes or so - meaning 4 seasons of 20+ episodes. Lucifer has had shorter seasons, and anyway if Netflix has bought it, they’re not interested in more syndication...
Posted by P, on Aug 8, 2019 at 08:17 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Have you played XCOM? If you haven’t, it’s about... 636 Views / 5 Replies  
Have you played XCOM? If you haven’t, it’s about a force fighting back against an alien invasion, receiving money from various governments around the world. If you don’t respond to threats against a...
Posted by P, on Jul 23, 2019 at 12:34 PM, in Political/War Lounge
In principle I agree, but with the current design... 2,837 Views / 44 Replies  
In principle I agree, but with the current design of using the T2 chip as the controller, that doesn't really make sense anymore. You can connect external drives that are just as fast as the internal...
Posted by P, on Jul 10, 2019 at 04:40 AM, in MacNN Lounge
G2A, for those who do not know, is a... 164,321 Views / 1,098 Replies  
G2A, for those who do not know, is a "marketplace" for selling second hand game keys. These are not used, per se, because the keys are one use, but they are re-sold. This used to have some legitimate...
Posted by P, on Jul 9, 2019 at 10:46 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I don’t know how Apple handles a failing SSD in a... 2,837 Views / 44 Replies  
I don’t know how Apple handles a failing SSD in a Fusion Drive. The fact that it isn’t a cache but an extension, and that some flash drives don’t work to read from when the write cycles are gone,...
Posted by P, on Jul 7, 2019 at 05:59 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Also, 2.4PB is in line with what a good quality... 2,837 Views / 44 Replies  
Also, 2.4PB is in line with what a good quality SSD can survive. This test is legendary, even if it gets a bit old by now:
...
Posted by P, on Jul 6, 2019 at 05:32 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Fusion Drive includes a 4GB slice that is... 2,837 Views / 44 Replies  
Fusion Drive includes a 4GB slice that is effectively a write cache - everything that is written to the drive is written to that slice first. A quick google shows that MLC flash has about 10’000...
Posted by P, on Jul 6, 2019 at 04:56 AM, in MacNN Lounge
They are not the same type of drive. A modern SSD... 2,837 Views / 44 Replies  
They are not the same type of drive. A modern SSD is based on either MLC (2 bits per cell), TLC (3 bits per cell) or QLC (4 bits per cell) along with a small area of SLC (single bit per cell) as a...
Posted by P, on Jul 5, 2019 at 03:14 PM, in MacNN Lounge
The flash component of a Fusion Drive has changed... 2,837 Views / 44 Replies  
The flash component of a Fusion Drive has changed from 128GB to 24GB for the 1TB (it remains 128GB for the bigger Fusion Drives). I have also read, but can not confirm, that the flash component...
Posted by P, on Jul 5, 2019 at 03:10 PM, in MacNN Lounge
The original iMac G5 had them lined up along the... 2,837 Views / 44 Replies  
The original iMac G5 had them lined up along the back edge, but on the side and still easily accessible. That they're not there any more is only because of thinness.



Well, the MB only has one...
Posted by P, on Jul 4, 2019 at 03:51 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I suspect that adding Bluetooth to it is cheaper... 58,468 Views / 391 Replies  
I suspect that adding Bluetooth to it is cheaper than a decent display.

The lawnmower needs to be reprogrammed a little more often than a vacuum cleaner, however - grass growth depends on the...
Posted by P, on Jun 30, 2019 at 06:53 PM, in MacNN Lounge
2004 was the white, flat iMac. 2007 was the first... 2,837 Views / 44 Replies  
2004 was the white, flat iMac. 2007 was the first aluminum model, and the current (with the tapered edge) is from 2012. I agree that this version needs to die pronto, because I hate it. The 2009...
Posted by P, on Jun 30, 2019 at 06:48 PM, in MacNN Lounge
We have a Bluetooth-connected lawnmower. There... 58,468 Views / 391 Replies  
We have a Bluetooth-connected lawnmower. There was one with a 4G connection, but we figured that it wasn’t worth the money.

(The point is to program it when it should be active. Being able to...
Posted by P, on Jun 25, 2019 at 05:47 PM, in MacNN Lounge
The stopping distance of a tram at anything... 39,060 Views / 371 Replies  
The stopping distance of a tram at anything resembling normal speed means that there is absolutely nothing they can do.
Posted by P, on Jun 24, 2019 at 04:12 AM, in MacNN Lounge
That crash is strange. If the rear wheels are... 39,060 Views / 371 Replies  
That crash is strange. If the rear wheels are completely losing grip then yes the rear of the car can drift out, but, a) it looks to be fine road conditions, b) that's front wheel drive, and c) the...
Posted by P, on Jun 20, 2019 at 04:55 AM, in MacNN Lounge
They are, sort of. MS have an audit policy... 9,722 Views / 195 Replies  
They are, sort of.

MS have an audit policy tool that flags any "bad policies" used by a company, and not requiring password changes is one of them. This means that if you run that program, you get...
Posted by P, on Jun 17, 2019 at 06:45 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I don’t mean either of them. If you check back,... 5,467 Views / 69 Replies  
I don’t mean either of them. If you check back, the first season is full of people who then disappear when it’s about the core team that are involved in all the seasons.



Italy is lovely,...
Posted by P, on Jun 10, 2019 at 06:50 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I would argue that the first season of The Wire... 5,467 Views / 69 Replies  
I would argue that the first season of The Wire is the worst, because it is so hard to get into when a lot of the characters look the same. For some reason half the detectives are overweight white...
Posted by P, on Jun 10, 2019 at 07:21 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Less so today, but in general computers have a... 5,398 Views / 72 Replies  
Less so today, but in general computers have a high peak when starting up because fans and spinning drives have to spin up, and that takes power. Back at University, the computer labs could never...
Posted by P, on Jun 5, 2019 at 06:48 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I don't mind charging people through the nose for... 5,398 Views / 72 Replies  
I don't mind charging people through the nose for a 28-core with four Radeon VII chips. I have a problem with the base model being an eight-core with a 580X and 256 gigs of flash still costing like...
Posted by P, on Jun 4, 2019 at 03:52 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I may have missed something, but those Xeons take... 5,398 Views / 72 Replies  
I may have missed something, but those Xeons take 6 memory channels, so it is likely 6 channels with 2 slots on each for an insane amount of bandwidth.



It's PCIe 3.0. Intel isn't ready with...
Posted by P, on Jun 3, 2019 at 06:24 PM, in MacNN Lounge
It seems I need to make a new sig again. 5,398 Views / 72 Replies  
It seems I need to make a new sig again.
Posted by P, on Jun 3, 2019 at 02:24 PM, in MacNN Lounge
The history is that basically this: the first... 3,490 Views / 21 Replies  
The history is that basically this: the first manual cell phones were in the US, but were also major in Scandinavia. The reason is the same - large distances and people working in the middle of...
Posted by P, on Jun 3, 2019 at 01:23 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I expect that there is a demo of the iOS and... 5,398 Views / 72 Replies  
I expect that there is a demo of the iOS and MacOS updates, as usual. Since they cleared the deck with an MBP update recently, there is really very little to be updated now - there is the 12"...
Posted by P, on Jun 3, 2019 at 07:25 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Nokia and Ericsson are two different companies.... 3,490 Views / 21 Replies  
Nokia and Ericsson are two different companies. Ericsson and Huawei are the two big ones. Nokia has a network division, initially formed together with Siemens, that is decently sized. They also...
Posted by P, on Jun 3, 2019 at 07:18 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Any new house or apartment building in Sweden has... 40,337 Views / 460 Replies  
Any new house or apartment building in Sweden has a Cat6 network in the house, with a switching station in a cupboard somewhere. How you get the network up to that point is up to you and depends a...
Posted by P, on May 29, 2019 at 04:15 AM, in MacNN Lounge
At home in my apartment: 100/10 + VoIP "for... 40,337 Views / 460 Replies  
At home in my apartment: 100/10 + VoIP "for free". This is because my co-op has a group deal with the local cable provider. It costs them approximately 200 SEK for this plus a super-basic TV deal...
Posted by P, on May 28, 2019 at 04:14 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Will you be very sad if I list my options? 40,337 Views / 460 Replies  
Will you be very sad if I list my options?
Posted by P, on May 28, 2019 at 03:35 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I have seen the latency claims, and they claim to... 40,337 Views / 460 Replies  
I have seen the latency claims, and they claim to be great over long distances (over the Atlantic or longer) because they can use lasers in vacuum. The current batch of satellites aren’t equipped...
Posted by P, on May 28, 2019 at 12:58 PM, in MacNN Lounge
There was a thing online a while back with people... 9,722 Views / 195 Replies  
There was a thing online a while back with people making fun of a woman who had named her daughter KVIIIlin - Kaitlin, with VIII being eight in roman numerals. I really thought that this was some...
Posted by P, on May 27, 2019 at 10:43 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Based in Redmond, Washington - suspiciously close... 40,337 Views / 460 Replies  
Based in Redmond, Washington - suspiciously close to a certain large software manufacturer. The megarich founder of that company famously funded low altitude satellites for internet communication...
Posted by P, on May 27, 2019 at 10:24 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Most likely the dates have been lost in a copy... 2,991 Views / 7 Replies  
Most likely the dates have been lost in a copy somewhere. Creation dates are not standard on all OSes and file systems (modification dates are the standard - the Mac supports both, and also access...
Posted by P, on May 27, 2019 at 10:08 AM, in macOS
If your Macbook is new enough, you could connect... 9,231 Views / 80 Replies  
If your Macbook is new enough, you could connect an HDMI cable to run [email protected] at 8 bits per color. This can be HDR by the definition of "size of the gamut" if you have the right color profile...
Posted by P, on May 24, 2019 at 08:15 AM, in MacNN Lounge
She was. It wasn't explained how that would end... 41,251 Views / 501 Replies  
She was. It wasn't explained how that would end with Maesters not allowed to marry, but she was.
Posted by P, on May 23, 2019 at 04:48 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Late as usual, I saw it yesterday. This was very... 1,902 Views / 15 Replies  
Late as usual, I saw it yesterday. This was very very good - not only because it was good in itself, but because it stuck the landing of a series, which is so very hard to do. Can't wait to until I...
Posted by P, on May 23, 2019 at 04:44 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Sam made his own choice, though. If he wanted to... 41,251 Views / 501 Replies  
Sam made his own choice, though. If he wanted to go back to the Tarly estate and make a whole brood of kids, nobody would have stopped him. For whatever reason, he decided to do this instead.
Posted by P, on May 20, 2019 at 05:48 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I actually considered this solution to the lack... 41,251 Views / 501 Replies  
I actually considered this solution to the lack of a king (electing one for life). It mirrors the Night Watch and the real life Holy Roman Empire.

How the F is it only Six Kingdoms if the Iron...
Posted by P, on May 20, 2019 at 03:54 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Having had a few days to think on it, I have come... 41,251 Views / 501 Replies  
Having had a few days to think on it, I have come to the conclusion that Episode 4 is the one that failed. That episode was supposed to give us the lead-up to Daenerys' heel turn, to provide some...
Posted by P, on May 16, 2019 at 06:41 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I think they had contracts with the main actors... 41,251 Views / 501 Replies  
I think they had contracts with the main actors for seven seasons - although it may have been eight - and they couldn't really extend that much further without blowing up the budget. They decided to...
Posted by P, on May 15, 2019 at 03:26 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Cleganebowl was awesome. That Sandor, who was... 41,251 Views / 501 Replies  
Cleganebowl was awesome. That Sandor, who was burned as a child and has hated fire ever since, threw himself and his zombie big brother into a sea of flames because that was the only way to stop him...
Posted by P, on May 14, 2019 at 04:21 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Oh there is a lot on the plus side. I quite liked... 41,251 Views / 501 Replies  
Oh there is a lot on the plus side. I quite liked this episode.

Note the appearance of Jon closely mirrors what Ned looked like, and Daenerys is similar to both Viserys and Aerys. Arya also looks...
Posted by P, on May 13, 2019 at 06:10 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Best comment from Reddit: I wonder how all the... 41,251 Views / 501 Replies  
Best comment from Reddit: I wonder how all the people who named their daughters Daenerys or Khaleesi are going to handle this?

Anyways: Kings Landing is gone, it is dead, as destroyed as Old...
Posted by P, on May 13, 2019 at 04:34 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Solving it isn’t actually very hard, you just try... 9,722 Views / 195 Replies  
Solving it isn’t actually very hard, you just try every single combination and compare them. What is hard is solving it in polynomial time (as in, the time to solve it is no more than the number of...
Posted by P, on May 11, 2019 at 05:48 PM, in MacNN Lounge
The dragons being killed by a ballista is... 41,251 Views / 501 Replies  
The dragons being killed by a ballista is actually eminently believable. For one thing, there is one case of a dragon being killed by one in the history, and for another, the dragons don’t become...
Posted by P, on May 11, 2019 at 05:37 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Yes, they're magic - and this thing about weapons... 41,251 Views / 501 Replies  
Yes, they're magic - and this thing about weapons being super effective versus fixed medieval defenses is nothing new, LOTR does the same thing - but it is so unnecessary. Have the iron islanders use...
Posted by P, on May 10, 2019 at 04:37 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Honest answer on the delivery packages thing -... 9,722 Views / 195 Replies  
Honest answer on the delivery packages thing - they're optimized to avoid left turns. Left turns take so much longer to make, so they will try to make three rights if there is anything at all to do...
Posted by P, on May 10, 2019 at 04:29 AM, in MacNN Lounge
So refuse to tell him exactly what it is. ... 41,251 Views / 501 Replies  
So refuse to tell him exactly what it is.



In the middle of the sea. Exactly how high and how steep is that mountain if you can hide behind it from something that flies in the clouds?



A...
Posted by P, on May 9, 2019 at 07:26 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Sansa betrays her word about 15 minutes after... 41,251 Views / 501 Replies  
Sansa betrays her word about 15 minutes after giving it.

Dany is airborne over the open sea, and somehow doesn’t see a big fleet?

I actually buy them killing dragons with the ballistae. The...
Posted by P, on May 6, 2019 at 06:40 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Honest question: How does the man on street in... 58,468 Views / 391 Replies  
Honest question: How does the man on street in the US feel about this? Because we made this change in Sweden some time back in the late eighties (though it was more local regulations than a national...
Posted by P, on May 6, 2019 at 06:22 AM, in MacNN Lounge
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