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  1. is the amd athlon x4 950 any good? My phenom II x6 1055t is heading towards retirement and I'm planning a new base to be upgraded step by step. am4, around some existing hardware, highish quality, on a serious budget. so I thought I first focus on the motherboard with 4 ram-slots and a cheap no graphics 4-core to be replaced down the road. cpu benchmark tells me x4 950 and ryzen 1200 are both better than what I got, with the r3 being way better, buuuuut is it though? my gut tells me to rather spend the budget on the mb and wait for the next ryzen generation to settle in. opinions, experiences, please!
  2. Hi there, I need to make this quick, so I can't really flesh my question out. It's about Higgs Singlets and CTCs, closed time-like curves. Two friends of mine are convinced they saw an article confirming Higgs Singlets were created by the LHC and detected before they could have been emitted. All I found were some essays in which Thomas J. Weiler (you might know him from "neutrinos are faster than light! wait they aren't...") et al. constructed a model which would allow them to exist. These theses were way over my level of understanding both the english language and particle physics, so I need you folks to figure out if this is mad physicist science fiction or actually probable. Did anyone see the article my friend mentioned? If yes, was it in a believable context or April's fool day or just some amateur scientist/journalist who misunderstood that "construct a model... time-traveling Higgs singlets... may well be observable" doesn't equal "HEUREKA!" If they are possible and could be created, how could they possibly be detected by the detector which is not yet at the place where they'll be created in the future?! "we don't serve your kind here" the barkeeper says, a time-traveller walks into a bar.
  3. that's what I thought about investing in some current budget hardware. On paper it looks like putting the money in older high-endish parts brings me more.
  4. AFAIK you need at least 2 ram modules to make your ram dual channel (i.e. faster access times if only half your ram is needed). whether you use 2x8GB or 4x4GB doesn't matter unless you want to be able to upgrade to 4x8GB in the future without buying all new modules. all assuming your board has 4 slots. hope I helped ninja'd ...
  5. since my post was at the end of the page I'd rather think it was unintentionally overlooked than maliciously ignored. hence le bump: would really appreciate another perspective on that...
  6. since I'm on a very tight budget it's been way too long that I crawl along with my: AMD Phenom x3 8400 2.1GHz on MSI K9N6PGM2-v2 with 2x 2GB DDR2, featuring a radeon HD 6450. there, it's out. come back to me once you regained your breath and stopped laughing... As mentioned my budget is between very tight and non-existent. I fear once I saved more than 600 bucks to invest in proper up to date hardware intel has a i7 9xxx series that supports QDR-ram... thus I'm thinking about gradually investing in older hardware to get the most out of my existing MB. what I'm actually looking at: AMD Phenom II x6 1055t (6x 2.8GHz @ 95W) $ 77.- € 70,- 2x 4GB DDR2-800 $ 20.- € 19,- GTS 450 2GB DDR5 (2nd step investment) $ 75.- € 68,- excl. graphics: (total $ 97.- $ 172.- € 89,- € 157,-) what do you guys think? for internet stuff, mid-oldish games and ksp, gimping and SketchUpping, should I rather go for a current low-end solution like Intel Pentium G4400 on MSI H110M board with 2x 8GB DDR4-2133 for around € 185,-? would that make me happier?! It would consume way less power, that's for sure....
  7. unless your ((great)grand)parents were born in... never mind this would derail the topic in a political direction and call a mod to action. who would want that?
  8. why do I just remember my mom waving the gameboy around to make mario jump farther?
  9. yeah that guy cussing about those "damn germans" totally oblivious to the fact that his surname points to him being of german descent. "Kraft" translates to power, strength, force... vOv muricans...
  10. clearly they messed up their staging. lol at the guy who followed the LES "wow, look at that acceleration!" without recognizing this to be way too fast to be a healthy flight... btw, the german guy says: "...the abort sensor 18-12-54 prompted the motor to shut down... but the self-destruct mechanism is still loaded and active..." before that scene the narrator explains this to be a test leading up to manned missions, so luckily no astronaut was inside the capsule during this launch attempt. but having such a dud sitting on the launch pad, unsecured, on one of it's most fragile parts (i.e. nozzle assembly), loaded auto-destruct with unknown status, possibly no chance of savely venting the fuel.... I wouldn't wanna be the first guy to approach this thing...
  11. KSP had a launch tower once. It was part of the launchpad and caused many problems with e.g too wide crafts. It was removed in version 0.19.0 and no one really missed it.
  12. do you have a library nearby? either a public or a school lib could have the books you're looking for. other possibility would be a second hand bookshop or yard sale or flea market. all fittingly old school for what you're looking for. perhaps you'll even find some old hardware there, for parts, inspiration etc
  13. "get out and push" would also be my recommendation, it's also the most kerbal way of solving your problem and trains you in EVA skills. of course decouple the the rest of the craft and only push the capsule. when outside mark the pod as target, so you find it if your kerbal gets kicked off it. Quicksave with F5 before you exit, so you can get back to a save situation in case you really mess up while outside the ship...