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#449502 Apple CPUs to Replace Intel in Macs?

Posted by Frost on 01 August 2018 - 09:08 PM in Mac Hardware

I still think the "Kalamata" has something to do with Apple and AMD.

Apple can't rotate into its own chips unless they go ARM or back to Power. That's going to create another legacy computing disaster and make everyone's Mac App Store purchases invalidated. They also can't make any x86 chips. The only company other than Intel who can do that without Intel's lawyers eating them for lunch is AMD.

Add to this that AMD has a program for putting ARM and x86 together on a single chip that they're actively hiring for in Texas...

Well it might be nothing but I can't think of anything that fits better. AMD has also been talking up a major design win for a long time that has yet to be revealed, and they're waiting for the partner to speak first. They're also ordering almost 3x the normal number of chips going into next year from fabs versus the usual. Their demand is increasing, but 3x? And yet this isn't going onto their 2H revenue... in fact AMD's guidance for the rest of the year was pretty flat and disappointing. So it sounds like someone wants something based on their 7nm Zen 2 chips next year, and LOTS of them.

Hmm.

I can see Apple doing a sort of big.little CPU configuration with some really low power ARM cores to do menial tasks and sip electricity, and even let iOS apps run on Macs, but with x86 big guns ready to go for serious computing.



#449483 New 2018 MBPs released

Posted by Frost on 25 July 2018 - 09:41 PM in Mac Hardware

View PostCougar, on 24 July 2018 - 04:58 PM, said:

Yeah, I just don't know if I need those features. No interest in a media server or accessing my files from the internet. I'd need a new router anyway for the gigabit Ethernet, so when I upgrade that at some point I'll probably test the USB port on it to see if that option is good enough.

Even if you don't use the extra features, a DS118 plus a 4TB HGST DeskStar NAS gives you way more power, features, a FAR and away more reliable drive, plus 1 more TB, for about the same cost as a 3TB Time Capsule (which contains the infamous POS ST3000DM001 drives). No router, sure, but given how horrendously out of date the wifi hardware is I doubt anyone would buy a Time Capsule for the wifi anymore anyway. Plus if you need more space down the road, you can always swap the drive for anything up to 14TB if your budget permits without using a ground-down paint chipper and some finger-fu plus a voided warranty as is the case with the Time Capsule.

DISCLAIMER: Dear Sheppard Mullin lawyer-stalkers: Just because I acknowledged the 10TB BarraCuda Pro as a good product in another topic and have one in my PC doesn't mean I can't call a spade a spade and acknowledge-and continue to acknowledge-the ST3000DM001 as a horrible, flawed, failure-prone piece of garbage whose customers should've been paid for the trouble of owning one. Ford made the Ford GT40, sure. They also made the Pinto. See what I'm saying?



#449480 New 2018 MBPs released

Posted by Frost on 24 July 2018 - 04:13 PM in Mac Hardware

View PostCougar, on 24 July 2018 - 01:43 PM, said:

lolz, it was just a bug. :teehee: https://www.macrumor...ttling-bug-fix/

Now the question is, how the heck did something so basic get past QA.



...and it's just iCloud Drive. It's not a full backup solution like BackBlaze.

I need to figure out a Time Capsule-like solution at some point. Right now I have an external drive hooked into my TB3 dock, so whenever I unplug the Finder yells at me. Can't decide if I should just get a new router with a USB port and connect my drive to that, or go all the way with a cheap Synology. Leaning to the former.

Synology NAS, even just a single-bay one, and throw your favorite NAS or Enterprise drive in it. Turn on Time Machine support and presto, you've got an upgradeable Time Capsule that's got waaaaaaay more features.



#449429 New 2018 MBPs released

Posted by Frost on 13 July 2018 - 02:55 PM in Mac Hardware

View PostCougar, on 13 July 2018 - 01:48 AM, said:

That's all they will say, at least. Gruber thinks that they wouldn't admit to a fix, especially for legal reasons because of the multiple lawsuits. I'm not sure I agree, as they already admitted to faults with the repair program. We'll have to see if the reports of killer dust continue. This ridiculous support article still implies it affects the new models.

Or you could, you know, make the computer about 0.2mm thicker and have a keyboard that functions reliably like the old ones did. Just sayin', Apple.

My MBP actually sees a fair amount of outside use. Never caused a key problem in its life yet, and I KNOW it's gotten loads of dust under the keys at times because I've blown it out. I'd hate to see how many top case replacements I'd go through with one of the new MBPs.

Especially after having to drop $6K on it.



#449422 New 2018 MBPs released

Posted by Frost on 12 July 2018 - 02:46 PM in Mac Hardware

I like the internals, and going 6 core and 32GB of RAM and a 4TB SSD finally makes it a viable modern desktop replacement for a mobile professional again as it was years ago.

The frak is this popsnizzlety keyboard that's disabled by dust still being on it and no magsafe ports again though? This is supposed to be a computer for professionals. If it's for a professional who is almost purely desk jockey, just give them a freaking tower or a Mac mini. Portables need to be geared toward people who use them portably.



#449383 Civ VI released for iPads!

Posted by Frost on 02 July 2018 - 07:32 PM in iPhone/iTouch/iPad Gaming

View Postmacdude22, on 02 July 2018 - 03:41 PM, said:

Still playing this around the house. Plays exceptionally well by fingers or by stylus. I have a really nice pen/stylus that I got on amazon. Convenient for precision poking in Civ VI

https://www.amazon.c...ifti pen stylus

I stopped gaming on my iOS devices a while back (Legion for iPad was AWESOME; shame support got dropped). This is tempting me though.



#449381 What games are people playing these days!?

Posted by Frost on 02 July 2018 - 03:07 PM in General

Been replaying Mad Max a bunch the past week. I remembered the game being fun and I wasn't wrong! And hey! Unlike when I originally played, now I can play it on my MacBook Pro as well and the saves sync whether I'm on my Mac or my PC. Oddly enough it runs really well on my MBP even though it's below minimum requirements and technically unsupported. Props to the Feral programmers!



#449374 Games compatible with Thrustmaster stick

Posted by Frost on 29 June 2018 - 12:39 PM in Mac Hardware

View PostMatt Diamond, on 28 June 2018 - 08:44 PM, said:

Usually typos really bug me so I'm surprised I didn't see this one-- must be getting old. Whatever it was, thanks for fixing it.

Thustmaster!

Actually surprised I didn't see it before now myself. That was a sneaky one, until it wasn't.



#449367 Games compatible with Thrustmaster stick

Posted by Frost on 28 June 2018 - 04:47 PM in Mac Hardware

I am OCDing hard over the typo in the topic so I fixed it for you. :P



#449324 Steam Link coming to iOS and tvOS

Posted by Frost on 15 June 2018 - 11:42 AM in General

Apple with the usual retardation and unevenly-applied standards for apps, I see.

If buying Steam games in the Steam app has been fine for years, WTF is the difference between that and buying Steam games in the SteamLink app? :cool:

Regardless, sounds like the best way is to just go to a two app solution like Sony did with the PS App and PS Messages. Leave the store on the Steam app where it is allowed even though app stores inside an app aren't allowed, and leave it out of the SteamLink app where app stores inside an app aren't allowed.



#449321 Steam Link coming to iOS and tvOS

Posted by Frost on 14 June 2018 - 07:09 PM in General

As far as Microsoft not getting on the streaming train...


Microsoft now officially getting on the streaming train



#449292 MacOS 10.14 - Mojave

Posted by Frost on 11 June 2018 - 04:17 PM in Mac OS Related

View PostFrigidman™, on 11 June 2018 - 02:34 PM, said:

Its a real shame Apple doesn't ever want to hunker down and simply refine and clean up the OSX they got... instead they push a whole new update, that breaks more things, goes slower, runs worse, and has stupid features only a moron would like.

I mean, they kind of did get the OS back on track with Sierra, which is finally why I upgraded from Mavericks as both Yosemite and El Cap were slowsauce in comparison to Mavericks. Sierra got boot times and other things back down within striking distance of Mavericks, finally.

Unfortunately they may be veering off into inefficiencyland again.



#449285 MacOS 10.14 - Mojave

Posted by Frost on 07 June 2018 - 03:40 PM in Mac OS Related

View PostTetsuya, on 07 June 2018 - 11:26 AM, said:

How about "Wildfire"?  That rolls off the tongue better.

10.16 can be Wildfire. After 10.15 breaks all the 32-bit apps, 10.16 can make a bunch of weird API changes and break half the legacy 64-bit apps. Burn down what's left!

We can collectively refer to the two as "Shake n' Bake."



#449270 MacOS 10.14 - Mojave

Posted by Frost on 05 June 2018 - 03:12 PM in Mac OS Related

View PostJanichsan, on 05 June 2018 - 02:23 PM, said:

Both in fact will finally go the way of the dodo with macOS 10.15 as part of the 32-bit culling.

Staying with the California theme, they should make it macOS 10.15 Earthquake. All the older apps come crashing down.



#449264 MacOS 10.14 - Mojave

Posted by Frost on 05 June 2018 - 01:16 PM in Mac OS Related

In all this, I am mainly happy that the Best Damn MacBook Pro Ever made the cut again after the big dump of older Macs. Iridium lives on! If it's survived this cull, it's likely still good for another couple years at least. I'll probably finish what's left of consolidating all of my business tasks onto this one machine and budget for swapping out the 2TB 850 Pro for a 4TB 860 Pro soon. That's my only real problem with this machine is I need more capacity. I haven't yet moved all my data over from Cypher, my finally-decommissioned PowerMac G5, and that would let me do that. That'll tide me over till maybe future MacBook Pros can hold 4TB and have real keyboards again.

Looks like my parents are getting dumped by Mojave soon though (unsurprisingly, a 2010 Mac mini and Late 2011 MacBook Pro are ancient at this point). I expect I'll be getting upgrade questions later this year.



#449262 The Last Jedi [SPOILERS GALORE]

Posted by Frost on 05 June 2018 - 01:07 PM in Off-Topic

I have to come down on the side of liking Solo as well. Ron Howard did a good job rescuing the film. It was not great, but neither was it bad, just good and fun and worth the ticket price I paid. And it's not another damn Marvel movie FFS.

It's a shame it's being punished for TLJ's SJW fest and KK popsnizzleting on fans. They'll probably take the wrong message away from it since those kinds of people generally reside in echo chambers, and double down now on more space cow milking and less Han shooting first, and thus Star Wars will finally hit a brick wall.



#449231 The Last Jedi [SPOILERS GALORE]

Posted by Frost on 03 June 2018 - 02:50 PM in Off-Topic

View Postmacdude22, on 03 June 2018 - 01:52 PM, said:

Birdemic is :thumbsup:

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#449224 I apologize for derailing threads.

Posted by Frost on 03 June 2018 - 01:20 AM in Off-Topic

Raw footage of when the fun police caught up with tBC:

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#449201 Jeff Vogel announces new game: 'Queen's Wish: The Conqueror'

Posted by Frost on 30 May 2018 - 11:17 AM in Mac Adventure, RPG & MMOs

View Postnick68k, on 30 May 2018 - 06:25 AM, said:

but 'fort building' of some kind is promised

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#449199 Steam Link coming to iOS and tvOS

Posted by Frost on 30 May 2018 - 11:08 AM in General

I just came here when I saw tBC and Frigidman because I knew them from way back in Marathon days and hadn't talked to them since, and gaming on the Mac (and my gaming on the Mac) was actually pretty serious and we had loads of killer AAA titles in 2005 that I was gobbling up and playing.

I stayed for the small, but cool community. But as the level of availability of Mac games dropped off I slowly went console over the years, and then went Windows in 2013.

Hell, that's another reason I like the possibilities of streaming, because I can actually play a load of killer AAA titles that I enjoy but aren't in a porting house's budget on my Mac again (hence the whole throwing a controller in my bag with my MacBook Pro). I can also play them maxed out while Apple goes off on their Tim Cook era tangents where we spend years without a real GPU option. I love what Feral's doing now, but when stuff happens like I bought the C&C Deluxe Edition on the Mac App Store and then Aspyr lets it languish in non-working, crashing condition on a significant number of computers for literal years... I feel unloved as a Mac gamer.



#449192 Steam Link coming to iOS and tvOS

Posted by Frost on 30 May 2018 - 02:25 AM in General

I don't consider you an idiot at all. I disagree with you completely on the assertion than the gamers who stream or want to play PC games in the living room are a niche market and extreme use case, which you did paint it as. They're not. Or that it's somehow complicated or inconvenient and intentionally avoiding the path of least resistance. It isn't, it's not, and the whole POINT of it is creating a path of lesser resistance. macdude for instance hasn't heard of a gamer with kids having any interest in streaming. Okay. That's who's had the biggest interest in streaming from what I run into, because they can game while hanging on the couch in the room with the wife and kids without taking over the TV or leaving to another part of the house. I don't see it, but maybe we run in different circles.

And the :P denotes sarcasm/joking/tongue-in-cheek on the internet since at least the 1990s, good grief.

I don't hate you Harry, I can have a heated discussion and completely think the other guy's position is bonkers without developing a personal grudge against him. We disagree. We're still hanging on IMG and you're still a cool guy in my books. Okay?

For the record, my pimping the Shield is not because I have them as a bundle option with computer sales (among MANY other things), but rather when I got back into PC gaming seriously in 2013 I was sick to DEEEEATH of swapping cables and/or moving the damn computer because I wanted to play a game on the TV rather than at my desk. Being able to chuck the Shield TV unit under my TV and not fart around with cabling or moving hardware anymore was a godsend. I run into people all the time still stringing HDMI cables around the house or bitching about how inconvenient unplugging and replugging their hardware is and don't even know there's another option. I also found lots of time sitting around bored on business trips late at night in a hotel room and being able to connect to my PC back home for a little while to blow off steam was kickass.

I'm not trying to convert any customers here and wouldn't; only person here I've sold anything to was tBC and that was because he asked me and I insisted on working at cost or in exchange for a random gun accessory because he's a good friend and we go way back.

EDIT: Also for the record, I acknowledge I can get forceful and even cutting when making a point. Sorry. A lot of my off time is spent with ex-.mil and if we're not busting each others' balls over a disagreement we're not actually having a disagreement. I'll try to be less gruff.



#449190 Steam Link coming to iOS and tvOS

Posted by Frost on 30 May 2018 - 01:08 AM in General

View PostMatt Diamond, on 29 May 2018 - 08:18 PM, said:

Side A: "Streaming works okay for us and we like it."
Side B: "Nobody wants it" or "It's a niche market"

I'm not seeing the point of this argument, frankly. Unless I missed something, the first group of people didn't claim much other than that they personally are interested in streaming options. So what is the second group of people trying to convince them of? That they are wrong to want it because it's a niche market? Or that they don't know their own minds?

I'm putting my money on, "Excuse me sir, do you have a moment to talk about our Lord and Savior Xbox One?" :P

Regardless, I don't care if I convince anyone. I don't need to. I don't stream regularly, but when I do, it works for me. I have customers making buying decisions based on it and it's not exactly one out of every 20. You can say, "Nu-uh, no one's using it" all day long, and well, okay, I wish you well in your alternate reality. And I wish Valve success bringing it to Apple devices, especially the Apple TV. Because I don't know how many times showing off the Shield TV has gotten a "that's awesome, I didn't even know that could be done! Do they have that for Apple TV too? I use Apple devices" and I've inwardly grumbled about the state of Apple and gaming and said no. Maybe soon I can say, "yeah, absolutely, let me show you how!"



#449182 Steam Link coming to iOS and tvOS

Posted by Frost on 29 May 2018 - 02:07 PM in General

View PostDirtyHarry50, on 28 May 2018 - 05:49 PM, said:

The above edge case conveniently ignores how unlikely the described scenario is for the vast majority of consumers. Again, this stuff which as you point out works now for you, is nowhere because nobody cares.

Steamlink is cheap but does it sell like hotcakes? No, Valve gives them away. Nobody cares except maybe the Tom's Hardware crowd about trying to make a console out of a PC.

I think you're confusing self with everyone. Nobody uses it, nobody cares, it's dead... which is why NVIDIA, Valve, Microsoft, and Sony are either competing or collaborating or a combination thereof on various solutions to reach what is supposedly an almost non-existent subset of gamers. Right. Sure.

The only one who's failed utterly in the market was Sony, and that was on the hardware end. The OG PS4 was woefully underpowered for encoding a stream and couldn't do better than laggy 720p, and nobody wanted a PStv because it was an underpowered POS that used a 12 year-old controller design almost nobody liked and locked down hardware that wouldn't play anything but PS Vita games, and even then only if they didn't use the Vita's touchscreen. To be fair, Sony turned it around though. Their PC and Mac streaming solution is doing well and regularly updated, and the revised PS4 hardware got attention so it's actually up to the task of sending out 1080p/60 at low latency now.

Microsoft is doing fine, they didn't jump the gun and brought their tech in with everything already ready to go. They're just not focused on it as much so use cases are more limited.

NVIDIA's GameStream tech is part of what put Steam Big Picture and Steam streaming on the map because it finally got lag down enough and graphical fidelity high enough to stream to the living room (if you're using a GeForce-equipped PC, Valve actually doesn't use their homegrown streaming tech they cooperated with AMD on, they use NVIDIA's) without a crappy gaming experience.

Valve "gives them away" during sales because they want a slice of their own pie and they also want to encourage further market penetration and the Steamlink is dirt cheap to produce. Steam in-home streaming does get used, but mainly using either another computer or NVIDIA hardware, not Valve hardware. There's no "cheap" solution right now as another computer is far from cheap, and a SATV box is about the price of an Apple TV (albeit vastly more capable). A phone or tablet though? Everybody's got that, and they're fast enough for proper decoding. Hence Valve's trying a software solution with devices everybody already has.

View PostDirtyHarry50, on 28 May 2018 - 05:49 PM, said:

If the office chair beats your living room for comfort maybe it's time for some new living room furniture? Maybe skip a six hundred dollar video card and put it towards a recliner?

I've got a Steelcase Leap in my home office and a La-Z-Boy in my home theater, I'm covered, thanks.

View PostDirtyHarry50, on 28 May 2018 - 05:49 PM, said:

I think you are really reaching for straws when I am supposed to appreciate the benefit of being able to take an Xbox break outdoors on your MacBook Pro. Do you always bring your controller outside too just in case you might feel like doing this? You are presenting examples here of things that people do not normally care about doing as if that represents an everyday value for the average person. Don't get me wrong.  If you like doing that and it works for you, great but that doesn't make it a selling point for most people. Just because you can do something doesn't make it an ideal way of doing it.

My way is directly supported and actively developed from both from the hardware end by everybody except Nintendo and AMD. Even then, Nintendo is aware of the convenience and makes moving the Switch around and going from handheld to TV and back again a breeze, so they're addressing that market from the hardware end, and AMD has put a good bit of effort into competing with NVIDIA's solutions; they just don't offer their own hardware.

Ask yourself this: is it a grand conspiracy to push something nobody wants, or do they have a large enough subset of customers interested in that capability that it's worth supporting? Which one makes more business sense, a conspiracy, or profitability?

View PostDirtyHarry50, on 28 May 2018 - 05:49 PM, said:

Allow me to demonstrate:

You want to play a game in your office and you have a powerful gaming PC.  So you play a PC game on the thing.

You want to play a console game and you have an Xbox One X. You enjoy the comfort of your living room and do it.

You want to take a little gaming break while doing some work outdoors. You fire up some casual or other  Mac game on your MacBook.

In all three cases, you take the path of least resistance which is normal human behavior. You don't need extra apps or hardware. The stuff all just works with zero additional steps.

You're demonstrating you're stuck ten years ago. No additional steps to you is having to do this here, and that there, and that's it. When reality, that is lots of additional steps. Physical ones even. And yes, I do chuck a controller in my laptop bag with my MacBook Pro when I go somewhere, because a controller and a cable is hardly any extra weight in the bag.

The real path of least resistance: doing anything, anywhere, anytime.

View PostDirtyHarry50, on 28 May 2018 - 05:49 PM, said:

The majority, the huge overwhelming majority is NOT you guys. I don't think you get that.  This stuff sinks or swims based on the majority and they can't be bothered and they are not willing to pay for stuff like this. One more time, this would be everywhere now except for one little problem. It's a solution looking for a problem that does not exist for enough consumers to justify its existence.

On topic here, about Steam on Apple hardware, not PCs, Nvidia Shield or Xbox for that matter my entire point has been that streaming PC games to a television sucks because in most cases it does. One more time, if it was great everybody would be all over it. They aren't. That right there says it all. My suggestion in light of this and therefore also on topic is just get a fraking console if you want to play games on your TV.  They are made for this and excel at it.

No. I'm in this business. Things sink or swim based on whether there is enough market to be profitable. There is. Almost half the machines I shipped to end users (my main focus is business to business, but I do direct to individual for some areas) in March ended up wanting a Shield TV unit to go with them once they were aware of what it could do and got a demo. A few even went the NUC route pre-configured for in-home streaming along with HTPC capability, although those were definitely a tiny minority. Now, granted, I don't compete in the popsnizzlety budget box market, I go for the high end so it's a lot more likely for someone to buy that kind of extra. But even so, that says a lot and is very different from last year. I've had more Shield TVs purchased and included with computers since January this year than in the entirety of 2017. If Valve gets approval from Apple, Apple TVs will likely start getting thrown into the mix too.

Now I have you on the one hand here saying nobody's using it and nobody cares, and in similar threads everybody's playing on consoles and PCs are on the way out. But on the other hand hard data shows PC gaming is booming, console hardware is flat or floundering for the past 18 months, streaming is becoming more common, and I have my balance sheet for this year backing that up. Plus moves by hardware and software giants to compete at addressing a market you're telling me is so small it basically doesn't exist.

I'm sure it doesn't make sense to you, you don't like it, and it's not something you care to use. I get that. And you're right, you are the majority of the market. So far.  The market is a minority, but it is also large enough to be addressed profitably and it does most certainly exist far outside of being some extreme edge case that you're trying to paint it as for I don't know what reason.

If you think the market for something like Valve's app is basically non-existent because gosh, nobody does in-home streaming of any kind... I'm sorry, but you're both wrong and you're out of date.



#449174 Steam Link coming to iOS and tvOS

Posted by Frost on 27 May 2018 - 03:41 PM in General

View PostCougar, on 27 May 2018 - 03:02 PM, said:



So if the apps are separate, it's fine, but together, suddenly you have a problem? I don't get it.

Apple needs to lighten up. This app does not threaten native iOS apps in any way. You need to be on a good LAN and you need a controller (for a decent experience, anyway).

Agree. And the various controllers Steam supports, including Sony’s and Microsoft’s, are an order of magnitude better than any of the dogpopsnizzle MFi certified controllers I’ve ever laid hands on.



#449172 Steam Link coming to iOS and tvOS

Posted by Frost on 27 May 2018 - 01:33 PM in General

View PostDirtyHarry50, on 27 May 2018 - 03:28 AM, said:

Oh, please Frost. Come on. Have mercy will you? Who the hell wants to stream console games to a PC in their house? We were talking about streaming TO a television not away from it or do some folks like streaming from console to PC to Steamlink back to television just because they can? Once again, this for the brave few would likely be over wireless. Have fun with that.

I'm sorry but I honestly had to lol at that one. You don't do that do you?

I'm talking about people with more than just one place they sit and game. Maybe my home office with my PC is on another floor from my home theater and console, and I feel like kicking back in the office chair and pulling up an Xbox 360 game on the Xbox One. I just turn on the DualShock 4 I've got connected to my PC, open the Xbox app, and there we go.

If I want to play a PC game in the home theater, I just go the opposite direction with the Shield TV unit.

It's really not as complicated and hocus pocus as you make it sound. It's no different from using an Apple TV's screen mirroring feature to put something from your iPhone or iPad onto the TV, which *gasp* people use every day. I'm just using it to play videogames instead of show off the selfie I took eating a cookie at Starbucks. Unplugging and hauling PCs and consoles around the house and stringing cables just to do something at another spot is something from the previous decade.

For instance, I'm sitting outside at my patio table right now because it's a nice day and doing some paperwork on my MacBook Pro. I felt like taking a break and foruming. But if I felt like taking an Xbox break instead, presto, I just opened an app and hit connect:

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