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  1. If you've played as many games as I imagine you have then it doesn't surprise me that you don't recall a flashing 8 bit tile game you beat 13 years ago. If you read an F.A.Q and blew through the game in three hours, the likelihood of forgetting detail would only increase it seams. I say this because I have had a similar experience. I have seen so many movies aprox. 1500-2000 and I probably wouldn't be able to describe half of them although when I do watch one again it takes about 10 to 20 minutes of watching before something will trigger a memory that I have seen this. This is also the same time I expect to be engaged with the plot instead, shutting it off in protest.
  2. If you change any settings in folding at home client like changing the sequence of cores, I sometimes have to reinstall the program which sucks. If a work unit is taking abnormally long I would cancel it and restart the computer and reinstall the client. Normally the program will fluctuate in points by a margin of 20%.
  3. There is a grain of truth to all this propaganda and that is the fact that Japanese culture continues to attract the youthful urban hipsters with their own unique style.
  4. I watched a summary review of that remake with a side by side comparison and it looked like they cleaned up some of the art lines around the objects and sprites but I did not get the feeling I would get if all the worlds were reinterpreted and remodeled with a modern workstation before exporting to whichever console was new in 2011. As for a debate between Mario and Sonic they come from two different design goals. Mario is a part of Shigeru and Nintendo's tome and the other was a marketing goal to compete with Nintendo's mascot. In 1991 and with Sega's perseverance they survived the shortage of available game programmers Nintendo created by preventing developers from licensing their games to any other manufacturer. They packed in a decent game for not really much more money to tide you until you could purchase the first EA NHL. A streamer is anyone who broadcasts on a public server the live recording of them playing a videogame but they usually have other novelties such as music request and topic discussion while you get to see a professional with multiple hours of experience expedite the leveling system and give you an idea of what this game will be like before you spend money or waste a weekend finding out you wasted $50. Let's Play has a condition requiring the producer to have prepared delivery which includes writing lines and possibly rehearsals before broadcasting or recording.
  5. Areala should be able to take 5th place. Seems Taiwolf may eventually take 3rd place from MBJ. It seems to me that it would be fair if rather than spend$15.00 month on electricity to get 8.7 M points per month that if I could I would lease the use of a rack of 1080 TI which did the same work in 12 hours for a one time fee of $15.00 Imagine if I thought I had this contest cinched in 12 hours but somebody beat me in 7 hours 30 minutes for only $37.00
  6. You may wish finding out the daily cost if you let it run. The first thing you need is the wattage rating. For instance my intel cpu is rated 145 watt at 4.0 Gigahertz. Multiply this by the hours it ran approximately in one day. 145 watt * 24h = 3480 watt hours per day. Next divide by 1000. 3480 / 1000 = 3.48 kwh per day. Most cities as far as I know have a rate they charge by the killowatt hour for instance here it is 13.9 cents so I would multiply 3.48 kwh * $0.139 = 48 cents per day. So $15 a core per month should be something to be aware of. I stopped folding with my cpu because at the same wattage 240,000 points per day more with my GPU than my CPU I feel like 15 dollars a month would be wiser spent on a private super data center rather than 40,000 my cpu achieves. I will only turn on my cpu again if someone starts gaining on me by exactly 1 less than 40,000 ppd or more. Or if Phillyman starts leading by 340,000 PPD.
  7. Head of the Class King of Remedial S3E20 Tired of Dennis Blunden's disruptions and outbursts during his Advanced History class, Mr. Moore casts Dennis to Remedial History where he leads a group of under achievers towards self confidence in their scholastic while proving that he too can behave like a mature adult. One new classmate is seen playing a handheld videogame he called "Commando". The episode originally aired April 1989 so I'm left to guess that it was either an authentic Nintendo Game & Watch portable or else a Radio Shack Tandy. Sesame Street Season 32 Jan 1 2001 episode 3916 During Elmo's segment called 'Elmo's World: Computers' a boy is seen using a computer which has a Playstation original perched atop This segment is also found on the 2002 made for tv video staring Telly called 'Computer Caper'
  8. If I was to upgrade my card I would be looking for something which provides 10 times the performance I have in my 480. It would need at least 3.0 M PPD at 150 watts. Nvidia will soon release a dedicated cryptocurrency card late 2018 on a new node of 12nm. Rumored to be called Turing or Ampere, this card is expected to produce 2.0 M PPD. A gamer version will soon follow early to mid 2019 to replace the current 1080 with the 2080. The 2080 is only expected to produce up to 1.7M PPD intead opting for features that gamers need in a graphics card. July 2019 AMD will release Navi which will use the 7nm node size and is expected to produce 2.1 M PPD at close to 150W power draw. May 2020 AMD will release it's "next-gen" platform which will likely use the 7nm node with a new design which focusses on vertical stacking of the transistors. This will likely achieve 3.0 M PPD but with a heavier power foot print of at least 225 Watts. 2022 will see a huge jump in PPD with the release of 3D stacked carbon nanotubes on graphene wafers as well as AMD releasing it's 5nm node size. For the rest of this decade these new techniques will compete to reach levels of around 64 M PPD by the end of the 2029. This is likely where my ideal card sits. The 2030's are going to be the time where quantum computing or biological computers will be profitable enough for continued investment. Rough estimates are 100M PPD in 2030 to 1.0B PPD by 2038.
  9. The RX480 launched in June 2016 for $250 USD with the 8 GB onboard ram. The RX580 replaced it a year later in July 2017. It was intended to retail between $230 - 250 USD. What many soon realized is the RX580 is a rebadged RX480. The differences are an aggressive bios which made the 580 run fast and hot using more voltage. This is something the 480 can do by simply using MSI Afterburner software and achieve similar performance. Look at the prices of the RX580 today, these should be going for $250 USD , instead they are going for $550 USD The Vega 56 and the GTX 1070 are the same performance at folding. The 1070 would carry a higher value because it uses up to 50 less watts so if you want to let this thing fold 24/7 then you would certainly look at the power saving advantage the 1070 offers but for gaming it should be more important to consider the price because they both crush 1440P These are also overpriced by $300 USD This must be the retro computer website judging by the fossils that filled this scoreboard. I guess I should be happy though considering there is still time for some crypto-miner to come along and take the prize. Another graph I made to show how the folding rate would compare between potential cryptominers or just someone with a better card.
  10. If it's an intel board then you won't be able to find replacements or upgrades and if it's AMD and not Polaris or Vega then you need to upgrade without question. When you decide you're ready to build a new machine and are looking at graphics cards, know that retailers are offering deals with combos. Instead of the regular 150 - 200% markup on graphics cards, some merchants offer it at retail if you purchase a motherboard, cpu, and ram from them. Do you vacuum the case out regularly and replace the fan every other year?
  11. Good morning folks, we're back with another update for Team Retromags. Data overcomes some technical hurdles to move into 2nd place after only 1 week of folding, surpassing the 5 year reign from the now dormant MBJ. At this rate Data should be able to overcome the current leader Phillyman who prefers compounded interest over a longer period by approximately May 23 2018. That's only 81 days! We we're expecting to see Lostfirst move up the scoreboard but after one day seems to have all but fallen from the race. We also have a new contender that I can't seem to find a record of named TaiWolf. In the week since this race began mr Wolf has accelerated to 4th place and is likely to take 3rd place by the end of March. Team Retromags
  12. I'm using my old RX480 which according to this spreadsheet puts me somewhere between 250k - 300k points per day. This same computer has an I7 6700k that produces 40,000 points per day. My laptop which is considered an entry level gaming laptop from 2014 has the following processors. CPU - I5 4200M @ 10,700 PPD GPU - GT 740M @ 14,000 PPD I'm considering stopping the laptop because it uses 120 watts which is inefficient. When I started folding on Sunday February 25 2018 my RX480 was getting about 360,000 PPD but I had it over volted and clocked to the max. This card only has a single 8 pin power connector which means it only receives 150 watts and the motherboard slot adds another 25 or so. This means I have to keep the total wattage going to the graphics card at around 200 watss or it becomes electrically unstable . If I had a motherboard that provided 150 watt from the PCI E slot I'm sure I could pull 400,000 PPD but it doesn't seem worth it. Not to mention electricity here is 13 cents per Kw/h. I learned it's best not to mess with overclock settings while working on a live WU because it punishes you heavily if one fails. Something of use I found is the program Fah Bench . It's useful because it is emulates an actual protein while rating the speed of different processors. Good thing I bought a graphics card in 2016 because of the inflated prices caused by this cryptocurrency gold rush. Sadly though, I don't see it changing anytime soon.
  13. Canada has the Copyright Modernization Act It gives alot of protections for consumers to use content for education, satire and even backups but there is one point made where if a digital lock is picked such as with the software program AnyDVD which allows for the easy copying of even the latest protected blurays disks, then it is illegal. It is also very easy to slap a rudimentary lock onto everything which makes using anything technically illegal. This act doesn't mention anything about pirate streams using IPTV technology over the internet nor does it allow for enforcement of peer to peer pirates of e.g. HBO's Game of Thrones. The CRTC which is like the FCC is most likely going to be the arbiter of what is legal or not and then of course the RCMP followed by the justice system. From my perspective, I'm looking for weather or not they will punish me with fines or disconnects when I use peer to peer to download HBO content which as of today, ISP's are required to give an infinite amount of warnings to customers but no punishment. I will also be watching if crtc will be allowed to block IPTV traffic like user generated reddit streams and underground IPTV services like NFPS. These are the only two methods I'm aware of besides the caveman days of trying to download 40 different parts from rapidshare or mega. Stop these and you stop "pirate websites" in my opinion but do I really think this will happen? I'm not sure, but I'am sure that content creators have the right to enforce the use of their material and the government as well as the CRTC will have to satisfy both sides.
  14. Canada has the Telecommunications Act of 1993 which treats broadband providers as common carriers and enforces the spirit of net neutrality. The "Spirit of Net Neutrality" does not protect illegal websites such as torrent and streaming. This has left the door open for a different approach by a new coalition called fairplay canada which consists of 30 members including some of Canada's largest heavyweights like unifor, CBC, Bell, Rogers, corus, and cogeco. Fairplay wants the CRTC to block "extreme blatant piracy sites" The CRTC would enforce the rules and if a website is blocked by mistake, then they can simply make the case to the Federal Court of Appeal. This has many people worried because now the judge of websites with the authority to distribute who's copyrighted content will likely be left in the hands of the plaintiff e.g. "Bell Media" and enforced by some bureaucrat in Ottawa. This is exactly the reason the FCC uses to justify the repeal of Net Neutrality in the U.S. Overreaching government authority is bad, free and open internet is good. Canadians have been spoiled by our loose piracy laws making it almost impossible to punish a user from pirating anything from computer games to television programs. The time will come when Canadians will face actual punishment for pirating content and do what Germany did. They throttle internet and actually charge people money if they are found using peer to peer as a means of obtaining content illegally. This has resulted in a huge increase of customers that pay for online streaming services.
  15. I guessed 10, 9, 6, 3, and 2 I might have guessed Gundam and Totoro if I took more time to think but I only allowed myself a few seconds. Remember Rei's perverted grandfather from Sailor Moon and when he was eavesdropping on the girls and made his entrance swinging on a vine? Because it's not nearly as disturbing as Cubic Mouth dolls.
  16. What AT&T wants to do is have the tech companies punished along with them. This means different things for different companies. AT&T is different from the other large cable internet providers because they own Telephone, Wireless, DirecTV, cable internet and fiber internet. Comcast, Cox and Charter are still for the most part old school cable tv and internet providers with no major content property. -They are jealous of Facebook because it makes billions harvesting personal data and selling it to the highest advertisers. They also have been known to be arbitrators of what is the truth and actively ban accounts which have dissenting opinion. -They hate that google makes billions harvesting peoples internet habits and personal data to sell it to the highest advertiser as well as altering algorithms so it ranks news that they want you to see. They also don’t like google building a fiber network. -Twitter is much like facebook in how it harvests you’re data and censors accounts it disagrees with. -Amazon is more complicated because they buy alot of goods and so spend over $100 B a year on goods but they also invest their revenue into web streaming services amongst other things so the profit seems lower than it should. AT&T surely don’t like watching Amazon Prime grow every day by using more and more of AT&T’s network resources with no compensation. This legislation could be used to serve the people's interest or it may not go the way you think. This conglomerate has the best lawyers, the best negotiators, the most experience bluffing the government and a license to print money. To walk into these negotiations unarmed will surely end in AT&T making out like bandits. Don’t get me wrong though there will also be good things too such as broadening the internet fairness policies so it applies to all players such as the aforementioned tech companies and not discriminating against data but this will never mean that there won’t be fast lanes. ISP’s will always need a way to make money and if they are forced to offer $30 internet at 20 down 5 up 500 GB then they will have to charge businesses like Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix and whatever the next big bandwidth hog more money otherwise the deal will be off and they will punish everyone more. What voters need is access to internet. Cheap Internet for everyone but not a cap so low that they get hosed on overage charges. Voters also need to reserve the right as a community to build it’s own network if it desires. Finally, entrepreneurs must be allowed to lease bandwidth from the backbone without being governed by the host. This should be fair for both but especially for the new ISP because they are the ones that keep these companies honest. Otherwise the large ISP's will be guilty of anti-competitive practices.
  17. One of Trump's Security Officials was brainstorming some national security ideas and one of them that we know of is for the government to build a 5G network within three years. This is not proposed legislation, it is merely some ideas that are being discussed in the national security department. The department thinks that this network would be in the interest of combating against foreign espionage or bad actors as they are known to be called. Besides this, U.S. citizens will have access to this network for their homes as a means of broadband internet wirelessly like they do their handsets. The FCC and members of parliament will be against such a large investment of tax payers dollars for a government program which may or may not end up being an epic failure. The ISP's and lobbyists will be against this because it will likely put out their lights. U.S. citizens in my opinion will more than likely receive misleading information that does not serve to explain the costs and benefits of such a plan honestly. One of the negatives would be setting up the people to a government more capable than ever to spying and censorship. If the estimate of $400 billion dollars is even true, then this is going to have to be budgeted. Holding a referendum and a survey which asks questions that honestly represent all the outcomes good and bad before allowing the people to vote yes or no will likely not be available as well in my opinion. This is not all that is going on. AT&T just sent a letter to congress with their own version of what Net Neutrality should entail called the Internet Bill of Rights. This would be a good time now to support an advocacy group or send you're own letters in to congress and let them know you're feeling as a voter for the introduction of a proper legislation which not only allows ISP's and other companies to earn profit but to actually start making decision which benefit the people. Proper Legislation - ISP's are aloud to earn profit and grow - Virtual ISP's must be allowed to lease the internet backbone from the large companies. - Host ISP's are not allowed to slow traffic or impose speed limits or data volume caps within reason not just for consumers but for Virtual Internet Service Providers. For example; 3 Terabytes of data 100 Mb down 20 up for $60 month USD - Business class internet will be anything that uploads faster than 50 Mb/s Over this and there must be a negotiation on a business level to uphold fair use. - ISP's including all Virtual ISP's will offer a minimalist package for consumers which will offer a generous amount of at least 20 down 3 up 500 gigs cap for 19.99 + rental and tax to 95% of the population by 2021
  18. In the case of satellite internet, they can only handle between 30 and 100 gigabytes per month. For cable internet there is no maximum volume of data you can theoretically download. Once the infrastructure is in place meaning the cables that run from city to city and house to house and the buildings that house the switches and servers, it is estimated to only cost 2% of a large cable companies revenue to upgrade their equipment. This cost can be higher though if a large city is only using copper lines instead of fiber. They should be offering roughly at least twice the speed and or twice the data on a fiber network than a copper line. The reason they have data caps instead of allowing you to download unlimited during offpeak hours is for three reasons; -They fear that encroaching video streaming services will get a free ride on the network -They want to protect themselves from cord cutters if they also offer cable or their own streaming services -They want to have tier pricing so guys like me will pay 60 or 70 dollars for 1 Terabyte at 75 down 10 up and a senior citizen can pay $40 for 300 Gigs at 20 down 5 up. Total simultaneous connections is how I look at a wide area network such as my city or a major hub or just one server. It's like when Trump announced his fake news award and millions of people waited for his twitter account. As soon as he tweeted, the server locked up because it couldn't handle so many requests. In this case the server failed not because of a data load but because of so many requests. This is what script kitties often do to game servers so people can't play for hours.
  19. In the Prairie Provinces in Canada, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba their are many hamlets and villages sprawled throughout the countryside sometimes with only 3 families living in each one. They are generally farmer communities which haven't changed since the early 1900's and their only option is satellite which is expensive, laggy, slow and data capped. I knew one guy who lived in the middle of nowhere and he used the barbed wire fence which ran into town 20 miles away as a telephone line and he logged into the town's access point. That's practical use although it is obsolete now.
  20. Data caps can be explained with a simple analogy like the cable company Mediacom did when they sent the FCC this letter. "Imagine you are out for a walk and experience a sudden, irresistible craving for Oreo® cookies. You only want to spend two dollars, which means that you will be able to buy a two-pack or maybe even a four-pack but for sure you cannot get the family size of over 40 cookies. For that many, you have to spend more. Of course, it would be nice if your two dollars bought you the right to eat an unlimited number of cookies, but you know that is not the way our economy works." There have always been limitations to the bandwidth for as long as it has been evolving. You’re limited by many different things like total simultaneous connections which are a known way to cause denial of service attacks. The other common restrictions are the total speed and finally the amount of gigabytes. The total speed I can get with my service provider will decrease as more people are using it. When I moved to my current place a local ISP offered 250 down 50 up and I tried it out. I could torrent at somewhere around 2 gigabytes a minute provided it was seeded enough but this was also $240 month. I canceled a year later and recently asked them if this offer was still available but they said they didn’t offer it anymore because of the population growth in my area and they couldn’t meet that speed. This reminds me of when T-mobile began offering large amounts of bandwidth to watch their video services on their wireless network. The surprise was that all of a sudden after years of being told that wireless networks are stressed enough and bandwidth is limited then one day they proved this wasn’t so true because this new offer was using 5 or 6 times the volume of data. Then the other wireless carriers responded to this by offering 28 gigs at LTE and unlimited at 3G.
  21. Well to be honest I lived with dial up internet up until 2009 and I’ll tell you what, I feel as though I wasted a decade of my free time listening to the sound of that computer modem squeaking and squawking just so as I can enable the paltry connection speed of 0.056 down 0.016 up. and I’ll tell you another thing, I had it all figured out too. If I wanted a 4:20 mp3 it would take 16 minutes and if I wanted a 32 megabyte N64 rom it would take 4 hours. Careful you don't stay on longer than 60 hours a month cause it will be $5 an hour over the $55 Living in a rural area in Canada is still terrible in 2018. Most places outside of a major city or on a tangent from the trans Canada highway you have a choice of dial up, satellite or microwave. If you are lucky enough to be within 15 kilometers of the microwave then you can get 5 down 2 up. These speeds are inadequate for streaming anything more than modified 720P videos but with this rural provider they would not count the gigabytes you use which even when I let torrents run day and night, I never got more than 400 gigabytes in a month. The only reason I enjoy the modern speeds of internet access is because I moved out of the country and into some crap hole room in a dumpy little town. There’s no work and the city is like something you’d find on Hee Haw but the Internet is fast because it's on the Trans Can. If I could move back to the country and keep my independence I would just make more practical use of the bandwidth which nowadays has been upgraded to 10 down 3.5 up. Same cost though and it will be capped if it's not microwave. Canada and U.S. are taking different paths to innovating the way we use media. We are fundamentally different in many ways. Canada’s broadband provider’s have monopolies in their respective provinces along the Trans Canada Highway and they also have come to a dead end as far as growth is concerned. Anything that is worth doing on the internet as far as media is concerned are picked to pieces by these same companies, re-packaged and sold back to us. In most cases the U.S. creates the content and our companies buy the rights and prevent us from watching it unless we sign up for another monthly service. This is all done while they are supposed to be common carriers. We are also not immune to abuses by these companies, in fact our companies have committed just as many abuses as the U.S. broadband providers but we overcame these incidents just as Americans did by writing or calling or emailing our FCC or CRTC and complaining. If the FCC decided to keep their “Net Neutrality” legislation, the first thing to happen would be to scrap infrastructure improvements indefinitely and hold it up in the Supreme Court. Next would be to continue competing with each other with better offers and bundles which is a phenomenon to a Canadian to see telecoms competing, especially the baby bells. As far as Netflix, or Youtube or Joe Blow’s Video Countdown, we will have to be diligent when it comes to enforcing the spirit of Net Neutrality.
  22. When 4K resolution becomes the standard just as 1080 did before it and as new generations begin to favor the convenience of on-demand streaming services, it is safe to assume that the current infrastructure in the US is woefully inadequate for this application. I also think it is safe to assume that there are still alot of rural areas and small towns which don’t even have the infrastructure to provide DSL speeds at 10Mb down 0.6 Up. There is no reason to compel the companies to invest billions of dollars into expanding their networks or improving and repairing the ones they currently have when they won’t see a tangible return on investment. Net Neutrality in the US is a wonderful sentiment. It promises equal access to all. I agree completely with this sentiment but I also believe it to be fairly short sighted. The 2015 ruling to classify broadband providers as a public utility would do nothing tangible for the consumer; -Access and speeds available to the public would continue to grow at the same rate -Tier pricing to match needs of the consumer -As the industries demand for high bitrate video streaming explodes, the choice for the consumer will be to either pay for a higher tier, live with lower bitrate video or find some other means to enjoy their favorite shows -As written by Bruce Henderson “The Rule of Three and Four” ‘A stable competitive market never has more than three significant competitors, the largest of which has no more than four times the market share of the smallest.’ -As the largest broadband internet home providers begin to reach their maximum subscriber potential, the only thing left to do now is either drive innovation or buyout the regional ISP’s which leads to my final point -There is not much incentive for any company to try competing in a market where they are guaranteed to hemorrhage cash for many years to be rewarded with 4th or 5th place. Comparatively, Canada in the eyes of civil law since 1993 have labeled broadband providers as common carriers which by nature of the definition, restricts ISPs from discriminating between content providers aimed at the consumer but there is no "Net Neutrality" law on the books singling out the practice of favoring one service for another. This is merely noise being created by our current government media in Canada with the goal of protesting the election of the current U.S. president but let it be known that the spirit of Net Neutrality is a common goal for our policies on all fronts and not necessarily by more regulation. Canada has an advantage in that there is only one major highway that goes from coast to coast. This has eased the upgrade of T1 lines making it less expensive because it was on a massive scale and the contracts to install the line were left to the private industry, not the government or the regulators. The largest problem Canadians are facing is the cost of service. There will soon be only 3 major broadband providers in Canada and they are content with not competing with each other too much. Bell, Telus and Rogers are well established in Canada and there are major restrictions for new providers to start. One is that the stakeholders need to be 80% Canadian and Two is the same reason small ISP can't compete in the U.S. and that is because the start up cost and the debt you need to pile on for years is not worth up to 10% of roughly 20 million total eligible subscribers.
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