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by Reachable
Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Can you read upside down?
Replies: 1
Views: 4377

Re: Can you read upside down?

Thank you to the poll respondents. I realized afterwards that the poll would be of limited usefulness because I decided against using a tedious list where every possible combination of ability, handedness, and normal reading status would have its own line. Still, you can analyze it for some insights.
by Reachable
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Can you read upside down?
Replies: 1
Views: 4377

Can you read upside down?

Haven't been here for quite some time, but I stop by to ask a question that seems to beg for an answer today. I more or less assumed that everybody could read upside down, until one day, about thirty years ago, a housemate expressed surprise at my ability to do so. Shortly thereafter I read a novel ...
by Reachable
Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Why are there no good HDD silencer in 2018?
Replies: 17
Views: 14893

Re: Why are there no good HDD silencer in 2018?

Unless I'm mistaken, HDDs are still the medium of choice for data centers, so that's a part of the equation. Also, most people buy pre-assembled computers, and the computer makers seem to think that the typical user wants to have lots of storage. Does that storage actually get used or is it just a m...
by Reachable
Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:28 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Kotetsu Mark II
Replies: 10
Views: 5819

Re: Kotetsu Mark II

"Auch wenn die Ventilatoren der drei Kühler nicht schlecht sind, arbeitet keiner völlig ohne Nebengeräusche: Sowohl der Lüfter des Mugen 4 als auch der des Mugen 5 fallen durch ein konstantes, wenn auch leises Klackern auf. Das Geräusch ist auch bei der Minimaldrehzahl des Mugen-5-Lüfters (knapp übe...
by Reachable
Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:57 am
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Is SPCR Dead?
Replies: 24
Views: 25085

Re: Is SPCR Dead?

Compared to the early 2000's normal computer components have become much quieter. We no longer have 7200rpm disks running on bearings made from gravel. CPU's don't run at full speed all of the time and aren't cooled by little blocks of extruded aluminium with a 60mm fan doing 6000rpm. Graphics card...
by Reachable
Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Spinning heatsink
Replies: 43
Views: 51977

Re: Spinning heatsink

CA_Steve wrote:Getting a little necroposty....
And I had some high hopes for this, especially when it came to the bigger machinery uses. It's always possible there might yet be an announcement at a future date.
by Reachable
Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Ability to speak on the internet
Replies: 4
Views: 8536

Re: Ability to speak on the internet

An Aside: The globalization (in the economic sense) of the web was inevitable. IMO, it follows the pattern for mass media established a hundred years ago when radio first began. Radio broadcasting in the US was initially begun by tube manufacturers to give kit radio hobbyists something to listen to...
by Reachable
Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: refurbished vs new
Replies: 4
Views: 8632

I would say it depends on whether this is going to be your main pc or something you are putting together simply for fun. Mechanical parts, especially, seem too risky, and it might even be that the original owner relinquished it because of noise.
by Reachable
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Wooden floor?
Replies: 8
Views: 12162

Re: Wooden floor?

lego45 wrote:Rubber padding would definitely a good absorber of any vibration plus protects the wood floor as well.
I suggested a piece of plastic yoga mat, but then edited. Make sure above all that the mat or padding doesn't subject the computer to increased danger of falling over.
by Reachable
Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:20 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Verizon netmail migration
Replies: 1
Views: 4763

Re: Verizon netmail migration

You do know, don't you, that you have to make an active choice before June 25 or your account will disappear. If you choose to migrate to AOL you'll be able to keep your Verizon.net address, and your stored messages will be transferred automatically. I'm letting my accounts go because they were most...
by Reachable
Tue Jan 24, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Is SPCR Dead?
Replies: 24
Views: 25085

Re: Is SPCR Dead?

It's still just reassuring to visit here every day.
by Reachable
Tue Oct 11, 2016 6:17 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Spinning heatsink
Replies: 43
Views: 51977

Re: Spinning heatsink

Maybe for cpu cooling...however I vaguely remember this technique being pondered for other larger industrial applications (not sitting on a CPU). Something to do with AC/evaporative cooling? As of a year ago, anyway, it was reported that they're working on scaling it up for heating and cooling syst...
by Reachable
Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:48 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Ultrasonic SSD?
Replies: 56
Views: 15801

Re: Ultrasonic SSD?

Yes, we have VoIP here, but I don't think it's anywhere near as popular as where you are. I had puzzled over your earlier statement for a few minutes before commenting. Perhaps I should have expressed it as a question: "What do you mean?" More information would have prevented it.
by Reachable
Thu Aug 04, 2016 10:23 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Ultrasonic SSD?
Replies: 56
Views: 15801

Re: Ultrasonic SSD?

- previously when electricity went down land lines continued to function - currently they do not, and require a mobile phone to guarantee reachability. Well, no. You know that. Unless the land line is a portable and requires a base it will still work if the electricity is down and the phone system ...
by Reachable
Wed Jul 27, 2016 2:15 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Ultrasonic SSD?
Replies: 56
Views: 15801

Re: Ultrasonic SSD?

If I may interject just a brief thought here: The opening post naturally brings to mind that it might be a very good use of someone's time to measure ultrasound being emitted by electronic components. To ignore the possibility is simply to fear finding out something you might not like knowing even t...
by Reachable
Fri May 06, 2016 2:24 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: For those wanting a tip on the 2016 Presidential race
Replies: 9
Views: 4620

Re: For those wanting a tip on the 2016 Presidential race

Nec_V20 wrote:One bet down and one bet still alive. :)
Maybe both bets still alive. Don't think that there aren't people trying to come up with schemes to change the rules.
by Reachable
Thu May 05, 2016 8:50 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: For those wanting a tip on the 2016 Presidential race
Replies: 9
Views: 4620

Re: For those wanting a tip on the 2016 Presidential race

Nec_V20, is it legal to bet on U.K. elections, or only those in foreign lands?
by Reachable
Sat Apr 30, 2016 4:54 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: For those wanting a tip on the 2016 Presidential race
Replies: 9
Views: 4620

Re: For those wanting a tip on the 2016 Presidential race

If the Republicans nominate anyone other than Trump or Cruz they'll be able to beat Hillary, so the Democrats had better use the superdelegates to nominate Bernie, who can defeat anyone.
by Reachable
Fri Mar 04, 2016 12:24 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: No Country for Cyber Old Men
Replies: 3
Views: 3093

Re: No Country for Cyber Old Men

The writer of that piece was young and naive to have believed that technology would liberate the world while the foundations of the economic system remained the same. And that conference in Switzerland is no place to go to find transcendent wisdom or responsibility. Probably. Perhaps are you too ol...
by Reachable
Fri Mar 04, 2016 6:02 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: No Country for Cyber Old Men
Replies: 3
Views: 3093

Re: No Country for Cyber Old Men

The writer of that piece was young and naive to have believed that technology would liberate the world while the foundations of the economic system remained the same. And that conference in Switzerland is no place to go to find transcendent wisdom or responsibility.
by Reachable
Sat Feb 13, 2016 4:52 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Is it possible to estimate a computers dBA level?
Replies: 8
Views: 2400

Re: Is it possible to estimate a computers dBA level?

True, but I was wondering how much the overall noise level would be reasonably expected to vary from one vantage point to the next. I guess it may vary wildly: if you consider the SPCR GTX 960 review, Lawrence Lee managed to run the whole system at 14dB under load (slightly above the GTX 670 idle l...
by Reachable
Sat Feb 13, 2016 3:20 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Is it possible to estimate a computers dBA level?
Replies: 8
Views: 2400

Re: Is it possible to estimate a computers dBA level?

Go to this site: https://www.noisemeters.com/apps/db-calculator.asp and enter the decibel levels one by one in the special calculator (or do the math out with all the horrible Greek letter thingys.) It's the same thing as above: it applies to identical sources with the same radiation pattern. True,...
by Reachable
Fri Feb 12, 2016 2:51 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Is it possible to estimate a computers dBA level?
Replies: 8
Views: 2400

Re: Is it possible to estimate a computers dBA level?

Go to this site:

https://www.noisemeters.com/apps/db-calculator.asp

and enter the decibel levels one by one in the special calculator (or do the math out with all the horrible Greek letter thingys.)
by Reachable
Mon Jan 11, 2016 3:58 pm
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: Loudness etc: Tempest in a Teapot
Replies: 22
Views: 20644

Re: Loudness etc: Tempest in a Teapot

When you listen to recorded music at a volume that's lower (or higher) than that of the actual performance there's a kind of "cognitive dissonance" present. Partly it's because you have a notion of what the actual loudness was, but it's also because the acoustic waveform of musical instruments is di...
by Reachable
Wed Oct 07, 2015 10:41 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Cold fusion ressurected?
Replies: 30
Views: 30260

Re: Cold fusion ressurected?

Thanks again, Tzupy, for keeping us informed. If this is truly for real then it's big news. I won't pretend that I was able to decipher the numbered paragraphs, and I suspect that only those in the field and up to date would be able to do so. Palladium and rhodium aren't cheap (and their prices are ...
by Reachable
Fri May 15, 2015 12:33 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Anybody using PiPO X7?
Replies: 2
Views: 3485

Anybody using PiPO X7?

Has to be one of the most inexpensive little fanless stream boxes.

This guy says that there are cooling problems unless the unit is modded, but the handful of reviews at Amazon don't mention it.
by Reachable
Sun Apr 26, 2015 9:38 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Repub. Freedom, Dem. Freedom, Painful Freedom, and drones
Replies: 3
Views: 3546

Re: Repub. Freedom, Dem. Freedom, Painful Freedom, and drone

I just came across this short piece by a newspaper blogger yesterday. He expresses it very well.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opin ... olumn.html

(Disclaimer: I don't know what this writer's views are on other issues.)
by Reachable
Fri Apr 24, 2015 9:24 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Repub. Freedom, Dem. Freedom, Painful Freedom, and drones
Replies: 3
Views: 3546

Repub. Freedom, Dem. Freedom, Painful Freedom, and drones

Everybody yearns for freedom, right? But there are two kinds of freedom. Being U.S. centric, I’ll call them Republican freedom and Democrat freedom. Republican (or Libertarian) freedoms include the freedom to drive your car as fast as you want even though it threatens everyone’s life and safety; the...
by Reachable
Thu Dec 18, 2014 3:47 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Memristors: Will they replace flash?
Replies: 1
Views: 2957

Re: Memristors: Will they replace flash?

This just came to my attention today, even though the article appeared 6 months ago:

HP is working towards a memristor computer before the end of the decade.

http://arstechnica.com/information-tech ... he-decade/
by Reachable
Tue Oct 21, 2014 2:07 pm
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: New sub forum "Silent Living" ?
Replies: 3
Views: 6645

Re: New sub forum "Silent Living" ?

Maybe we could also have a "Future Outlook" thread where forum members post links to articles they've seen about new discoveries/technologies that have the potential to be applied to all manner of noise-producing devices that exist in the home and elsewhere. I see such articles from time to time but...