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David Hingtgen

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  1. Kicking off a new thread with awesome pics: http://defensetech.org/2012/03/10/awesome-new-pics-of-chinas-stealth-fighter/
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    Star Trek: Discovery

    I like the Discovery Enterprise, comparatively. 10x better than JJprise, and still much nicer than what a pure NX-01-esque version could have been. I’d probably be “ok” with a Discovery-Excelsior. But a JJcelsior would be an eldritch horror.
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    Aircraft Super Thread Mk.VII

    They are very metallic in person. F-35, not so much (but not dead-flat either, kinda like the newer F-16 paint is). Seeing F-35 next to F-22——the 35 sits up higher off the ground, but is still shorter overall. And F-22 canopy is yellow-orange, but F-35 canopy is orange-purple or orange-pink. Have noticed the purplish canopy on the -35 several times now. (You can see it a bit in the formation pic).
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    Aircraft Super Thread Mk.VII

    Best of what I got from Offutt today: (and today was the first time I finally got to see the full F-22 demo--every other time it's had to abort mid-way for a tech failure) Other highlights: First time seeing a P-40 Sat in KC-10 captain’s seat Sat in KC-10 boom operator’s seat (steep entry ladder, low ceiling!). Also, there’s an interesting optical effect—-there’s a series of mirrors set up, that basically shows you “through” the rear fuselage. It basically looks like there’s a hole through the back of the plane. Your mind knows you should be looking at a wall/bulkhead, but instead you can see perfectly well what’s right behind the tailcone....
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    Aircraft Super Thread Mk.VII

    Offutt airshow tomorrow, I plan to be there. Great lineup this year: F-22, F-35, P-38, B-52, B-2.
  6. I did use DDU. I might try it a few more times---I know it took a while before my 970 really "acted like a 970"---it went from "faster than the 960" to "WAY faster than the 960" after like the 3rd uninstall/reinstall session. I have to do some work anyways to install my new PCI-E cables, I think I may literally uninstall the card itself (physically) for a few reboots, clear everything out. Reboot a few more times for good measure, clear it all out again, then install it. (that's pretty much what it took for 960 to 970...) Semi-related--evga Precision OC, in addition to just generally sucking, is the slowest-loading program on my PC by far. It's like 45 seconds after everything else. Off an SSD. I can be in a game from a cold boot before it's up and running---and that screws everything up---if anything "GPU-intensive" is started before OC loads, it won't load. So I find myself "booted and running, but waiting around to actually start anything while waiting for Precision OC to actually get going". I found a few references to similar issues online, but no fixes. All the evga tech official responses were "it always starts up super-fast for us". And it doesn't seem common enough to have a bunch of discussion. (this is part of the reason I'm considering clearing out everything and starting from scratch---SOMETHING is delaying it I think, but I don't know what---I have as many non-essential services disabled as I can so as to have very fast boots) PS---CCleaner is awful now, since avast bought it a few months ago. Ad-filled bloatware that nags you constantly for extra services, and auto-runs even when you disable everything in the options. It's not "run on occasion to clear up junk", now it acts like an anti-virus, and runs 24/7 trying to find things to sell you a premium service to fix. Do NOT update it if you have an older version.
  7. Is “reinstall Windows just to clean things up” still a suggested practice? I remember people used to do so like every year, just due to bloat, registry junk from deleted programs, etc. I feel I have too many processes running lately, and I see things that make me think that despite utterly uninstalling the old drivers, some aspects of my new GPU are being limited to the old one’s capabilities/stats. But—-I tweak the heck out of my windows installs, it’ll take days to get it set just how I like it. (I feel a repair install may be pointless—-sure it’d remember a lot of settings, but I also fear it’d keep a lot of junk, defeating the point). So I really don’t want to do it if it won’t help much. Plus of course—about 10,000 windows updates to re-do... ::edit:: this’d be 7, BTW. I’d still be running XP at home if I could.
  8. Hmmmn, Coffee Lake was my “next year major upgrade/quasi-new-PC” idea. Any rumblings of new sockets etc? That’s the #1 thing that really bit me with this one, the 1150 was short-lived while the 1151 has been going on for years.
  9. Yup—-Shatner’s and Peter David’s TNG stuff is very entertaining and “you remember them”. I can only recall the story of like one other TNG book, despite having read a decent number of them.
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    Whats next for Arcadia?

    I still just want a VF-0D in proper slate blue and pale grey, not "practically Max's 1J, deep blue and white".
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    The Newbie and Short Questions thread

    Of the zillion box sets out there, what does this one have inside: It’s an old ADV releas, so that’s a good sign IIRC. But if I were to buy it and select Japanese with subs (of course) is it just “Robotech with dubtitles” or is it actually a decent proper release of SDF:M?
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    The Third Party Transformers Thread

    Hmmm. A bit bigger than O. (Surprising, it doesn’t look nearly that big) I wonder if it’s out of scale with itself, like many Lionel trains are. (As in, different areas are different scales).
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    The Third Party Transformers Thread

    Please measure the distance between wheel flanges (basically axle-length, not wheelbase). I’ve been curious for a while if it’ll fit any model railroad track.
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    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    The DX toy YF-19 has black above red, unchanged from the DX VF-19Adv. The 'real' YF-19 has red above black.
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    The Transformers Thread Next

    It at least had air horns and proper fuel tanks, so it beats all the MP’s at “being a truck”.
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    The Transformers Thread Next

    I would like an MP Prime that has an accurate vehicle mode, closely following the G1 toy. Do that, with “as good of a robot as you can make from that vehicle” and I’d be ecstatic. “Skinny flat angular fuel tanks” are fugly and just plain wrong. And no air horns? No narrowing of the frame behind the cab? Full fenders instead of the G1 quarter fenders? It’s like they’re not even looking at the G1 toy nor the real thing, and just “copying previous takes” and moving ever-further from the source material.
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    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    Yup. And though it may just be an early sample on display--the chest-stripes are still backwards. I'll wait for an "anime-accurate-colors" version. (that may end up being never, but I'm not paying $$$$$ for huge ugly tampos that are wholly inaccurate/inappropriate and would be extremely hard to correct due to overlapping multiple colors)
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    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    I hope the arms and legs lock together better in fighter mode—-the rear-view especially looks gappy/crooked. Both legs and both arms are all angled in different directions.
  19. ::edit:: Well, eVga just put up a batch of new 1080 FTW’s on their ebay store for like $120 below MSRP. I took it as a sign, and bought like the last one before they sold out. Still a hundred bucks more than I was planning, but I basically got a 1080 for a 1070 price*, and I think I’ll be pleased. *prices highly variable/insane the past few months. ::edit 2:: supposed to come with “Destiny 2 and two expansions”——anyone interested in that? I’d sell it cheap to anyone here.
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    The Transformers Thread Next

    Despite multiple molds, both official and 3P, it baffles me why no one can come even CLOSE to simply having his mine-plow fold up against his chest properly. And the new mold is the worst of them all. It makes his robot mode look so stupid to have “giant forks” sticking out of his chest, when all it’d take is another hinge with a simple ball joint to make it look so much better. (Perfect accuracy would take a lot more, but you can get a lot of improvement with little effort)
  21. Despite always designing my PC's around upgradability, I always tend to wait so long to upgrade, that it's kinda pointless---sockets and RAM have moved a gen or two ahead, and nothing's compatible anymore. So, opinions wanted on what I should do. Current specs: i5-4690 on Z97 board, 8GB DDR3 12800 RAM. GTX970 (from Azrael!). 256GB SSD for boot/windows/programs, 1TB HDD storage. Z97 board is LGA1150 socket. Doesn't seem at all worth it to upgrade to any 1150 CPU based on cost/age. Same for RAM. If I want to upgrade CPU/RAM, then it's pretty much a whole new PC at that point---mobo+CPU+RAM, and not cheap. So I'm leaning towards a GTX 1170 when it comes out (or a 1070 Ti, depending on prices this fall). That a worthwhile move, or do I hit the point where the rest of the PC is seriously holding back the GPU? Would probably go the "new mobo etc" route a year after the GPU. (likely new case then, too, at which point it truly is a new PC)