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Joe Rogan Experience #1342 – John Carmack

I could listen to John talk all day, so I was pretty excited to see this 2 and a half hour interview.

John D. Carmack is an American computer programmer, engineer, and businessman. He co-founded id Software. Carmack was the lead programmer of the id video games Commander Keen, Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Quake, Rage and their sequels. Carmack is best known for his innovations in 3D graphics. In August 2013, Carmack took the position of CTO at Oculus VR.

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Homelab 2019

Just a quick update on the current state of the homelab.

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HTPC Upgrade 2019

This has been long overdue. I originally built my HTPC back in 2015 from parts left over after I upgraded my gaming PC. So it was basically put together from PC hardware that came out in 2012. At some point in late 2016 got an Oculus Rift, so I put a Radeon RX 480 in there so I could play in a room with more space to move around. It has been more or less OK since then, but I would have occasional performance issues with some VR games, particularly occasional stutters and loss of tracking while playing Beat Saber. So with the release of the RYZEN 5 3600 for only $200 I thought it was a good time to ditch that old i5-3570K.

Here are the new specs of the HTPC/VR PC:

So far I am pretty pleased with it. It plays all the VR games I am currently into great and the issues with Beat Saber are gone.

 

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John Oliver tackles net neutrality

The future of the internet is at stake. No, that is not hyperbole. Do you like the idea of paying more for worse internet? Do you like the idea of your Internet Service Provider being able to slow down some websites while charging to speed up others? Imagine a future where Comcast slows down Netflix traffic to drive customers to a competitor like Hulu. Imagine a future where ISPs could charge you extra to watch YouTube in HD. Sound like something you want? No? Then watch this video below. Afterwards go submit your comments to the FCC (Clicking “Express” is the easiest way to submit a comment). Tell the commission to preserve net neutrality rules and the Title II authority used to enforce them.

At a minimum, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, intends to reverse the decision to reclassify ISPs as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act. Pai hasn’t committed to imposing rules against blocking and throttling, and his proposal suggests that throttling of websites and applications might somehow be good for Internet users.Right now, comments are being taken on the draft text of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will be voted on May 18. After, there will be another three months for public comments after that preliminary vote, and the FCC will make a final decision sometime after that.

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PC Upgrade Time 2016

3dmark Results

The last time I made a significant PC upgrade was back in 2014. Since then I have added storage, added ram, picked up a new video card and a new monitor. I also picked up a new mouse. Here is the current state of my gaming rig:

Processor: Intel Core i7-5930K
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i
Memory: 32GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2800
Primary Hard Drives: 256 GB Samsung SSD 840 PRO Series, 500GB Samsung 850 EVO
Other Drives: Over 10TB of traditional storage (various drives)
Optical Drive: LG Blu-ray Burner
Video Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 8GB ROG STRIX OC Edition
Dedicated PhysX Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
Primary Monitor: Acer Predator XB271HU Black 27″ 144 Hz HDMI Widescreen IPS NVIDIA G-Sync Gaming Monitor w/ Overclocking to 165 Hz
Second Monitor: Asus VG236H 120Hz 3D Monitor
Headphones: Corsair Vengeance 2100 Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset
Speakers: Logitech X-540 5.1 Speakers
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K90
Mouse: Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
Mouse Surface: Corsair MM600
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Motherboard: ASUS X99-DELUXE
Computer Case: Corsair Graphite Series 600T
Power Supply: Corsair HX Series HX750
Card Reader: NZXT Aperture M
LED Lighting: NZXT Hue

Some photos of the new components, plus some bonus photos of some of my old video cards I have used over the years.