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  1. DrunkenBastard

    Something Random

    Hi Doug, not sure what your room is like in terms of sub placement but I would suggest maximizing bang for buck with the tv36 series from PSA, they've been available as preorders for a few weeks now. Larger enclosure than the v3611 for deeper port tune and the ipals hsve very strong motors...
  2. DrunkenBastard

    Seagate announces Exos and Ironwolf 16 TB heliums

    Looks like Pro is rated for 300TB per year versus the Exos/Enterprise Capacity at 550TB.
  3. DrunkenBastard

    I do want to buy a used car

    I recently bought a zero turn mower and it use tweels on the back. No issues with flat tires now.
  4. DrunkenBastard

    Home Solar

    Given you may get batteries in the future what I'm suggesting is make sure the inverter you get now is capable of islanding, as opposed to having to replace it down the track unnecessarily. All my sensitive electronics are on smaller UPS units, but I wouldn't hesitate to run while grid is down...
  5. DrunkenBastard

    Home Solar

    My only advice would be to make sure the specified inverter is capable of islanding (allowing you to run off the panels if your utility power goes down). This function will disconnect from the grid when its down so there's no risk to line workers from your solar generation. Otherwise you won't...
  6. DrunkenBastard

    Bathroom fan replacement (v. quieter + more CFM)

    My past research indicated Panasonic units were best for noise levels. I've got some builder grade shitboxes that are ridiculously loud. Will be my next house upgrade.
  7. DrunkenBastard

    Nvidia RTX 2080 & 2080Ti announcement

    Looks like AMD are releasing their new cards at $30-$50 less than expected (from the Verge)
  8. DrunkenBastard

    Mirrorless Cameras (MILC) and Lenses

    So I have an a6000 and looking for an external charger. Is the BCQM1 the best option if I want fastest charge times (FW50 batteries) and not too concerned about charger size? https://www.amazon.com/Sony-BCQM1-Compact-Battery-Charger/dp/B00FX48OO2 I see some third party options like Nitecore...
  9. DrunkenBastard

    Netgear Arlo = bugs, bugs, and more bugs

    My understanding from perusing various Arlo cam reviews is that due to the limitations of battery power, the response time/frame rate for an event capture is less than ideal for their batt powered units. Also great to see Clocker and Tea after long time no see! Welcome back!
  10. DrunkenBastard

    Seagate announces Exos and Ironwolf 16 TB heliums

    They've gone to 9 platters for the 16s.
  11. DrunkenBastard

    Seagate announces Exos and Ironwolf 16 TB heliums

    "Seagate is launching their 16 TB CMR (conventional magnetic recording) helium drives today under two product lines - the Exos X for datacenter usage, and the IronWolf / IronWolf Pro for NAS units. The company has been actively shipping the Exos X drives to hyperscale customers, and today's...
  12. DrunkenBastard

    Huawei P30 Pro

    Huawei phones aren't available from any of the US carrier stores, which is how the vast majority of consumers acquire phones over here. You would need to buy them from another source. So most here have never seen one in person, or know the brand.
  13. DrunkenBastard

    I do want to buy a used car

    The Teslas use a combination of radar and optical cameras, they've chosen not to use Lidar (presumably for cost reasons). They've also chosen not to use eye tracking tech to monitor driver attention, unlike GM with their Super Cruise option. So driver attention is tracked via steering wheel...
  14. DrunkenBastard

    I do want to buy a used car

    Another auto pilot decapitation, this time a Tesla model 3 went under a semi trailer at 68 mph like it wasn't there: https://www.wired.com/story/teslas-latest-autopilot-death-looks-like-prior-crash/
  15. DrunkenBastard

    I do want to buy a used car

    Jtr, I know you had mentioned the difference in safety between smaller and larger vehicles when crashed together, I thought this video was a good demo of how small cars have gotten much safer over the years:
  16. DrunkenBastard

    Audio Equipment

    The gain of the screen can help, the other thing to watch for is the dimming of the bulb over time, a virgin bulb may get the job done but as hours build, output will drop off. Have you played with the projector central website tool that lets you estimate what results you will get with the...
  17. DrunkenBastard

    Audio Equipment

    Bang for the buck remains with dlps. You will generally get more brightness for a given $ versus JVC and Sony lcos. Which in this day of HDR content can come in handy. That said I'm still tempted by a quality 1080p lcos projector like the sony 45es for 2k, with basically silent fans. My theater...
  18. DrunkenBastard

    Audio Equipment

    Doug, will you be going with a perforated screen in front of your tower center? Its definitely the way to go if you dont have to compromise with a horizontal center channel under your display. If you have the room I would recommend the diysoundgroup Titan 615lx, you can buy the crossover...
  19. DrunkenBastard

    I do want to buy a used car

    In this case "I think his confidence was shaken a bit when I nailed it." is referring to him nailing the gas pedal, not hitting his friends car physically.
  20. DrunkenBastard

    I do want to buy a used car

    So I finally ended up with a 2015 GS 350 Awd with less than 30k miles, meteor blue mica with flaxen interior. The IS was just too compact if there was more than just me riding. Definitely a big step up in interior and ride quality, and the 300 or so HP from the 3.5 V6 is plenty. Will keep this...
  21. DrunkenBastard

    Something Random

    Internet says "An insurance company's study of washing machine hoses says that the average age of a failed hose is 8.7 years. The study recommends replacing both stainless steel braided hoses and rubber hoses every 5 to 7 years. The most common place for a washing machine hose to leak or burst...
  22. DrunkenBastard

    Something Random

    How long ago did you install the hoses? Apparently its best to replace them every 5 to 7 years.
  23. DrunkenBastard

    4k video playback: What do you really need?

    I've had to return two 4k discs to Amazon and Best Buy, significant scratches right out of the case. Other discs with smudges that look like fingers that need to be buffed out. I don't remember this many problems with blu rays.
  24. DrunkenBastard

    4k video playback: What do you really need?

    The x700 was released a while after the x800, so I would assume us x800 beta testers paved the way for your stable production ready unit.
  25. DrunkenBastard

    I do want to buy a used car

    Thanks. This was a 2019 with about 300 miles on it.
  26. DrunkenBastard

    4k video playback: What do you really need?

    Depending on the specific firmware version of the UHD optical drive you may be able to rip a 4k disk to your hard drive and play it from there without dealing with Win 10 and all the rest of the garbage. I ended up going with a Sony x800 player which is actually quite a pile of shit, constant...
  27. DrunkenBastard

    I do want to buy a used car

    Its one of those things that you dont miss if you've never experienced it. I had a rental Altima with it when we had the super cold snap a couple of weeks ago and it was very comforting. Obviously we are talking about first world problems here.
  28. DrunkenBastard

    I do want to buy a used car

    Yes, I accepted delivery on Saturday afternoon, the driver called to confirm delivery 35 minutes prior to scheduled time. Car is very nice, a great upgrade from my 325. Heated seats are great, however the cold wheel is not up to par with the rest of the car. I checked back on the website last...
  29. DrunkenBastard

    I do want to buy a used car

    Yes I went with the 48 month/100k additional warranty.
  30. DrunkenBastard

    I do want to buy a used car

    The 2004 325i started having some issues (I believe its related to exhaust manifold leak). Its got a 182k miles on it now. Anyway I had played with the Capital 1 auto navigator option, but the last time around it offered me garbage in terms of financing. So I tried out Carvana online. It's an...
  31. DrunkenBastard

    Something Random

    Yes, very satisfied with the Hakka 9 performance. Absolute control when cornering (RWD) in the crappiest of conditions The only time these failed me was when I beached the car in a severely unplowed intersection, but I can't blame them for that. Downside is they are reasonably loud due to the...
  32. DrunkenBastard

    Something Random

    Had the Nokian Hakka 9s mounted for their second season on the car today. Conditions were marginal on way to shop, its been many years since I've driven an all season tire on snow and ice. Terrifying.
  33. DrunkenBastard

    New phone time, And Google Fi

    Not sure how new your tv is but it may support some sort of screencasting function where you can stream your phones display to the TV, thereby allowing you to view in better quality. Also be aware Verizon unlimited actually has three tiers, only the higher two include HD streaming (from...
  34. DrunkenBastard

    Home Solar

    I don't see how the north facing panels will deliver sufficient output to offset the penalty, if you have a significant roof pitch, which is common in snow regions. What pitch is your garage roof? Are the exactly north/south facing? Link below has some numbers depending on your latitude and...
  35. DrunkenBastard

    Audio Equipment

    I can recommend the Audioengine HD6 active speakers (amp in left channel speaker, passive connection to right speaker). It has RCA and toslink spdif inputs, in addition to Bluetooth aptx. Comes with remote control for volume, mute and power. Has rca outs for a subwoofer, I use mine with a PSA...
  36. DrunkenBastard

    POJ Panasonic CF-51 is dead. Only lasted 17 years....RIP Laptop suggestions?

    Greg, if you are still looking for a real Toughbook replacement Dell just announced three in the Latitude line, the big boy is surprisingly affordable when compared to a Toughbook. https://www.anandtech.com/show/13505/dell-launches-three-rugged-latitude-laptops-8th-gen-core-dgpu-1000nit-display
  37. DrunkenBastard

    Home NAS

    So I'm looking for my first NAS. Candidates are the QNAP 963X-2G: https://www.amazon.com/TS-963X-2G-US-64bit-x86-based-2-0GHz-10GBASE-T/dp/B07CVLSCSJ/ And the QNAP 873-4G: https://www.amazon.com/TS-473-4G-US-IP-SAN-Quad-core-2-1GHz-10G-Ready/dp/B07BMXG7KK/ The 963 has five 3.5 bays and four...
  38. DrunkenBastard

    Something Random

    Signed up to get a quote for Dandelion, a cheaper to install geothermal system spun out of X labs, a Google company. Im not up for a 20k upfront payment but apparently they also do a $135 a month over 20 year option with nothing upfront and still saves you about 20% in fuel costs. Propane...
  39. DrunkenBastard

    Something Random

    They haven't admitted what caused it yet (happened after maintenance work had been announced) but apparently a very similar pattern of fires happened a while back in Chicago and turned out that was a failure of the pressure regulator that drops the distribution pressure down to domestic levels...
  40. DrunkenBastard

    Something Random

    Hopefully Handruin is ok after all those natural gas pipeline explosions in Massachusetts, scary that an overpressure in the pipe can cause such devastation. Makes me glad I've got LPG tanks instead.
  41. DrunkenBastard

    Seagate 14TB

    Looks like Exos is the replacement for the Enterprise Capacity series? The ones released recently (Ironwolf etc) seem to be limited to 300TB per year of writes, I'm assuming the Exos will be at 550TB or greater like the Capacity drives.
  42. DrunkenBastard

    Something Random

    Presumably this is a relatively rare occurence and not a daily routine. I'm sure he's aware of the health effects of binge drinking.
  43. DrunkenBastard

    Tesla doomed

    Lunar, its a plug in battery vehicle so presumably no volatiles.not sure how they dealt with the battery pack and associated liquid cooling.
  44. DrunkenBastard

    Something Random

    Compared to the last Winter games in Sochi where temps hit 60F its a significant difference. Though obviously cold conditions is a big part of Winter.
  45. DrunkenBastard

    EDC pocket knives

    There are workplaces and sites where there is xray examination of your bags and metal detector pass thru for the body. At which point they'll take your knife away.
  46. DrunkenBastard

    Tesla doomed

    Tesla purchased SolarCity for $2.6 billion at the end of 2016. Solarcity was the largest manufacturer and installer of solar panels in the US. Musk was the largest shareholder of Solarcity prior to the deal. Apparently they are focusing on "solar tiles" that look like regular shingles from the...
  47. DrunkenBastard

    Tesla doomed

    So Trump has put into place a 30% tariff on imported solar panels and cells that will be in effect for 4 years. One would think that would be bad news for Tesla, but the first 2.5GW of imported cells each year are exempt from the tariff, and apparently only about 500MW of cells were imported in...
  48. DrunkenBastard

    Home NAS

    Is it within driving/flying range? Send the drives accompanied with a trusted colleague as carry on, chassis checked in.
  49. DrunkenBastard

    New phone time, And Google Fi

    Back when Verizon grandfathered unlimited was truly unlimited I hit over 1.2 TB one month on one one of my lines (the one I kept at home with hotspot for the whole family). Thats with four people streaming Netflix and Amazon in HD. With the new unlimited plan hotspot speeds are throttled after...
  50. DrunkenBastard

    POJ Panasonic CF-51 is dead. Only lasted 17 years....RIP Laptop suggestions?

    Our desktop support has started seeing some 460s with battery issues, given they have two built in non removables I wouldnt recommend if you plan on using one for a lot of battery cycles. I still love my 460s tho for the lightness/form factor, but its usually plugged into AC. Santilli, I can...
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