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by Devonavar
Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:22 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: URGENT Help me reduce my Dell's Precision 490 Noise!
Replies: 24
Views: 24165

Please refrain from cross-posting. I have deleted the duplicate of this thread that you posted. Also, if you want an intelligent answer, you're going to need to do some research for yourself. Read through some of the basic articles on the site and the stickies on the forums, and you should gain some...
by Devonavar
Fri Apr 27, 2007 12:04 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Seriously, are SilenX fans terrible?
Replies: 35
Views: 24752

As no such body exists we have to rely on SPCR's measurements, and alas SPCR dont have any SilenX fans to test. Untrue. We've seen the SilenX fans (see my first post in this topic). We haven't done an official review yet, but that's mostly because we've been trying to sort through some issues with ...
by Devonavar
Fri Apr 27, 2007 11:50 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Join EcoPCReview.com
Replies: 12
Views: 7277

All aluminum would not be as good as all steel. The former takes 4 times the energy to produce an equivalent weight of the latter (say 1kg). Ok, but is weight the correct metric to use here? Based on the usual rule of thumb that aluminum is 1/3 as dense as steel, an aluminum case weighs 1/3 as much...
by Devonavar
Thu Apr 26, 2007 1:21 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Seriously, are SilenX fans terrible?
Replies: 35
Views: 24752

So how then does it follow that a difference in cooling ability proves that mass flow was the same? Surely it proves the opposite?
by Devonavar
Thu Apr 26, 2007 1:19 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Portugal's abortion referendum...
Replies: 85
Views: 28994

I can see many problems with this, for example the reason Jaganath mentioned or the same problem already affecting democracy: stupidity of average voter. I believe a man is intelligent, a mob is not. Rights of the minority could be trampled so easily with such a system. I also believe people need l...
by Devonavar
Thu Apr 26, 2007 1:04 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Portugal's abortion referendum...
Replies: 85
Views: 28994

Yes, but if the vocal minorities do anything to piss off the majority, they find themselves with a vocal majority on their hands. And, in an Open Source style situation, the vocal majority can quickly do something about it since anyone can instigate a change. Obviously, there would be a need to prov...
by Devonavar
Thu Apr 26, 2007 12:45 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Seriously, are SilenX fans terrible?
Replies: 35
Views: 24752

Felger Carbon wrote:Please note that the SilenX provided better cooling than the SFF21F on some overclocks. This proves that both fans were pushing about the same CFMs on the HS.
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by Devonavar
Thu Apr 26, 2007 12:42 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Question about using PicoPSU to spin just HDs 24x7
Replies: 11
Views: 3994

It depends on the drive. Most drives will keep spinning when powered whether or not they have a data connection. I've seen a few Hitachi drives that require a data cable to start though...
by Devonavar
Thu Apr 26, 2007 12:39 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Portugal's abortion referendum...
Replies: 85
Views: 28994

I have long felt that democracy is simply an appeal to the lowest common denominator, but right now I don't have an alternative system to offer. Perhaps if there were no minimum number of votes for a referendum to be decided, people would actually be motivated to vote. So in theory, only one person...
by Devonavar
Thu Apr 26, 2007 12:29 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: incandescent light bulb ban in ontario...
Replies: 80
Views: 29187

Yeech. You Mississaugans have my profound sympathy. A two day visit was all it took to give me a newfound appreciation for my own city. Is there anything there except strip malls, big boxes and highways?
by Devonavar
Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:34 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Question about using PicoPSU to spin just HDs 24x7
Replies: 11
Views: 3994

I don't foresee any problems. I use 25~30W per drive as a startup estimate, which gives you 75~90W. Theoretically, I think it's possible you might overdrive the brick during startup, but the spike will probably be too brief to trigger a shutdown. My feeling was that the PicoPSU was pretty robust, an...
by Devonavar
Sat Apr 21, 2007 11:47 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Removing Creative Sound Drivers
Replies: 5
Views: 2260

I believe DriverCleaner had the option to deal with Creative drivers, but I just looked it up and it seems that it's no longer free.
by Devonavar
Sat Apr 21, 2007 11:44 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Do you find yourself replying less and less in the forums?
Replies: 14
Views: 4210

Absolutely. I burned myself out on these forums. If you're wondering why the number of reviews on SPCR have dropped so much, it's because I can't bring myself to find something new and exciting to say about the nth power supply I've looked at. I agree that the stickies are a mess, and I've been mean...
by Devonavar
Sat Apr 21, 2007 11:27 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: When does manufacturing, etc. outweigh energy savings?
Replies: 18
Views: 9812

I will say this about buying new things to reap energy savings: very few of the compact flourescent bulbs I have purchased have anything of the lifespan of the incandacents I used to use. Many of the compact flourescents burn out after only 6 months. This has happened to about 6 out of 15 bulbs in ...
by Devonavar
Mon Apr 16, 2007 6:11 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Seriously, are SilenX fans terrible?
Replies: 35
Views: 24752

No, they're not terrible, but they're not great either. They can be fairly quiet if undervolted, but their noise character has nothing on a Nexus or similar calibre fan. IMO, the biggest problem (aside from lying about their specs and the previous indiscretions of its employees) is that they are mad...
by Devonavar
Thu Apr 12, 2007 6:34 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Freaking global warming!!!
Replies: 28
Views: 9854

I suspect global warming may have contributed to the Canadiens missing the playoffs too...
by Devonavar
Mon Apr 09, 2007 7:41 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: the definition of LITERAL...
Replies: 19
Views: 5448

Hmm, I guess I had the shall/will reversed. Strange though, my paradigm phrase for "shall": "I think I shall" definitely carries a connotation of free will rather than forced choice. Guess I haven't looked into it deeply enough. @Mr. Poopyhead (Yes, I will insist on capitalizing your name.) Why shou...
by Devonavar
Mon Apr 09, 2007 11:31 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: the definition of LITERAL...
Replies: 19
Views: 5448

I'd be more inclined to blame the rise of television and radio, which allow aural and visual cues to substitute for complex grammar. I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing, though it does mean a loss for the written word. IIRC, "shall" states intent, whereas "will" indicates that action is ab...
by Devonavar
Sun Apr 08, 2007 1:48 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: the definition of LITERAL...
Replies: 19
Views: 5448

There's a difference between artistic license and general misuse by people who don't know what literally actually means.

It's not specific instances that bug me so much as the general tendency to misuse the word and the fact that it is so often used to mean the opposite of its denotive meaning.
by Devonavar
Sun Apr 08, 2007 1:38 pm
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Can you bring the main content table up to the top?
Replies: 6
Views: 4412

Argh. This bug again?

I thought we had fixed this...
by Devonavar
Fri Apr 06, 2007 9:18 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Averages
Replies: 4
Views: 2125

Is there another meaning of "average" that makes the request ambiguous? I consider average = mean a fairly well entrenched convention in English.
by Devonavar
Fri Mar 30, 2007 10:43 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: State of SSD's?
Replies: 15
Views: 4721

What we really need is a web site for silencing buzzwords...
by Devonavar
Fri Mar 30, 2007 10:34 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: the definition of LITERAL...
Replies: 19
Views: 5448

Yeargh. This has been bugging me for a while. I should have guessed there'd be a website about it.

I've developed the habit of deliberately misunderstanding people when they use the word wrong.
by Devonavar
Sat Mar 24, 2007 10:41 am
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Getting to Forums from Front Page
Replies: 3
Views: 2816

All working fine for me...
by Devonavar
Fri Mar 23, 2007 6:49 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noctua = Overhyped, noisy little buggers
Replies: 34
Views: 22174

It looks to me like the bent-paper method of measurement is actually measuring pressure, not airflow. I think the point that the Noctua does poorly in situations that require high pressure is well taken, and I think that's what your test seems to demonstrate. On the other hand, the results I got wit...
by Devonavar
Thu Mar 22, 2007 10:51 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noctua = Overhyped, noisy little buggers
Replies: 34
Views: 22174

You're not the first person to make a report like this. This issue has been on my mind for a while; so much so that I am currently re-evaluating the test procedures we use for airflow. However... At this point, I don't think it's fair to say that the Noctua provides lower airflow ... all it's safe t...
by Devonavar
Wed Mar 21, 2007 10:15 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: What creative ways do you guys recycle and reuse stuff?
Replies: 1
Views: 2434

CDs can be used for scaring birds off of lawns. About one in every ten houses on my street does this. Our neighbourhood is plagued by birds that keep digging up lawns. There's bits of sod rotting on the sidewalk all over the place.
by Devonavar
Mon Mar 19, 2007 10:38 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: [CeBIT 07] Seasonic X900 900W PSU
Replies: 12
Views: 5589

Good God.
by Devonavar
Mon Mar 19, 2007 10:35 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Questions about ESD
Replies: 20
Views: 5286

CIDS (Component Infant Death Syndrome) is a possibility as well. CIDS occurs when an ESD discharge is enough to partially damage the component so that it will operate fine for a given time but then fail without notice (or apparent reason). I call BS. There is no possible way to trace ESD as a causa...
by Devonavar
Mon Mar 19, 2007 10:14 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: CBC's "Test the Nation"...
Replies: 13
Views: 3892

Re: CBC's "Test the Nation"...

Doesn't the average stay at 100, regardless of who takes the test? Yep. It should also be calibrated so that men and women have identical average scores. 130, in Canada. Should have done better, but missed the answer button by a fraction of a second a couple of times. The key to the memory tests is...