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AND WE'RE LIVE!

 

Ken/anyone else reading,

 

I'll give you admin back but you have to pay me $60 for the hosting from the PayPal from about 1 million years ago.

 

Beyond that, this site is currently costing $5/mo to host and *roughly* $10 per year for the domain.

 

Also, the cocksuckers at Invision want $25 per 6 months to continue to offer us support and new versions aka bugfixes. This will be the first time that we had to give IPS money since... 2005? They conned me into accepting a new license structure a few years ago and part of the incentive to switch was to give me a couple of years worth of free support and updates.

We had lifetime free updates but no support, so I don't know how exactly they tricked me into giving up the lifetime free updates in exchange for free updates and free support for 2 years then $50/year every year after for infinity. Somehow, we lost though. Even still, it's a discounted rate over their current renewal price. I would honestly switch to a free BB but I can't find any converters for IPB4 nor any decent BB software other than vBulletin.

 

So, in the end, AE costs $60/hosting + $10/domain + $50/ipb. $120 per year. The domain renewal fluctuates by a dollar and change every year or so.

 

I just renewed the domain a few weeks ago until Sept 17th 2018. Hosting is paid for until Jan 1st 2018. First IPB renewal ever is October 1st (in 2 weeks). Can you cash app or venmo me $60? I'll put it towards either the hosting or the IPB renewal or a combination of the two. I'm going to let IPB expire on October 1st and wait until the next bugfix update comes out. It could be a few months until the next patch comes out and there's actually a need for the update/support renewal.

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You haven't been on social media in years. Maybe since the last time people mentioned Kony on social media? Social media has been sucking. I'm not sure if I should ask you to go back to using it or not.

You have your AMD Athlon avatar up during a time where it looks like AMD will win against Intel Corporation. The way things are going now, AMD is going to get way ahead of Intel. Intel are now taking at least twice the usual amount of time to shrink their transistors. AMD are going to be at 7nm soon, while Intel has yet to announce 10nm. Intel is going to try to argue that their 10nm is as good or better than others 7nm, but then the next thing that will happen will be Intel taking twice as long to go past 10nm while others go on to 5nm by then. It looks like your AMD Athlon avatar is justified. Who knows what will happen after 5nm though.

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Jeff,

I have a not-so-secret Instagram that you can probably manage to find. Regrettably, Corporate America also dictates that I have a somewhat-current LinkedIn. These two things included, social media fucking sucks. I don't miss it and occasionally question my even-limited involvement in it. I deleted my Facebook permanently in August of 2012 and never looked back.

As far as processors are concerned, it's a very interesting time to be alive. I would have bought an i7-8700K before Spectre/Meltdown, but I'm glad I didn't and it's also nice to see AMD forcing 8 core chips into the mainstream. I hope Zen 2 is incredible. However, I wouldn't overlook the possibility of Intel pulling a rabbit out of a hat. Single threaded performance is a battle AMD hasn't won in years, unfortunately. Hopefully AMD's continued quick pace into die shrink-downs can help them secure a long-awaited victory in that area too.

I look forward to someday throwing out my Razer Blade laptop from a couple of years ago and getting a real (desktop) computer again.

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I was wondering if I were going to buy a new PC once they came out with a hardware fix for Spectre/Meltdown. That would be 9th generation core processors? I would be waiting longer otherwise. Before that I was thinking I would wait for laptops as thin as you mentioned to be extremely capable. So far Intel has more in that space than AMD. I'm happy that there's competition now so that they all put more effort into coming out with better stuff.

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Intel Corporation's Cascade Lake is supposed to have a fix for Variants 1 - 5. Cascade Lake is for server processors, but this news tells us that Intel's regular chips should have fixes for these by the next generation, or the one after that.

10nm is postponed to the end of 2019 or 2020. ARM claims that they will have 5nm processors out by then.

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The upcoming 15W 14nm chips, Whisky Lake, come with Hardware defense for Variants 3 and 5; and Firmware defenses for the other ones.

The upcoming 5W 14nm chips, Amber Lake, come with Firmware defenses for all variants.

 

Yes, i know Variant 1 has OS based defenses for all chips so far; and that there are other specifics.

 

I was originally more likely to buy an Amber Lake based razor thin laptop; more than a higher powered Whisky Lake based laptop. Now it looks like I'm more likely to buy Whisky Lake than Amber Lake because of the hardware based protections. I'm even more likely to wait at least one more generation to buy another computer. Until the point where there are hardware defenses for all variants.

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Jeff,

 

I think it's going to be an uphill battle for the next few years. Security researchers are really honing in on CPU bugs these days, and taking a deeper look into finding firmware vulnerabilities. CPU hardware and BIOS/UEFI/Firmware bugs used to be something out of a science fiction novel. Most security researchers were more focused on finding easier to spot and easier to exploit and presumably more widespread bugs in things like Adobe Flash & the webbrowser of your choice, along with Microsoft Windows. Then, someone got the bright idea to start poking around things like Intel Management Engine and some other fun Intel-specific motherboard backdoors features. They've finally made their way to the CPU.

I think it'll be important to decide whether or not you're concerned with the performance hit by whichever method of fixing they implement in whichever chip you buy. I think we're looking at probably 2 more years until this stuff really dies down. I foolishly thought we'd have kind of a "smoking gun" solution with the next batch of CPUs for Spectre/Meltdown but now with things like Foreshadow & other variants, that doesn't really seem to be the reality of it.

All that aside, I'm very excited for the prospect of building a super rig with a 2080 Ti & i9-9900K. However, AMD should have Zen 2 out sooner than later. Maybe that'll blow the 9900K away. And supposedly their upcoming GPU line-up will be awesome as well.

 

 

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