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4 minutes ago, Yoda said:

I wanted a workhorse for editing photos and video, and wanted the ability to swap parts in and out, so I broke down and bought a PC. Spent about 2k on it. A year later there's a constant 2" lag and nobody can figure out why. I'm over that experiment. I really hate windows. 

2" lag?

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1 hour ago, Yoda said:

The 13" Macbook Pro is only like 1200. The Mac Mini is 700. Part of the benefit of them using their own processor now is that it cuts costs a bit. 

I doubt it cut costs at all since they are only designing the new chip and still outsource the production to TSMC.

The benefit is TSMC can build the 5-nanometer chips where Intel can only build 10-nanometer.  So Apple can pack double the transistors on the chip.  More transistors = better performance, for the most part.  

Of course most investors feel Apple is about to buy TSMC.  So maybe Apple is close to actually building their own chips.

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2 hours ago, Gehringer_2 said:

2" lag?

2 second

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25 minutes ago, Yoda said:

2 second

Windows has never been a great real time platform because of the way it multitasks, which AFAIK they have never changed to true pre-emptive time slicing. Since the average PC is so relatively CPU overpowered it's generally not a problem. But yeah - any kind of reproducible time factor error is likely SW or SW/OS interaction.

Oddly enough, it was the inability of Windows to rip audio reliably in real time on 486 architecture - which it should have been able to do it in it's sleep  - without falling over, that originally led me to OS/2 way back then (~1990)  and from there eventually to Linux. I still have to use Windows a lot, and support students using it, but I'm set up so I don't have to rely on it.

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Appropriately timed, my very old (2012ish) Mac Mini I have in my music studio took a crap today. Just ordered the new M1 Mini with 16gb ram. Should be a huge improvement. 

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3 minutes ago, Yoda said:

Appropriately timed, my very old (2012ish) Mac Mini I have in my music studio took a crap today. Just ordered the new M1 Mini with 16gb ram. Should be a huge improvement. 

Any info yet on how vendors be handling handling SW re-licensing for their ARM versions?

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Just now, Gehringer_2 said:

Any info yet on how vendors be handling handling SW re-licensing for their ARM versions?

It's pretty hit or miss so far. I'm not doing any recording anytime soon. For now I just need my Axe-fx software to work and it sounds like it will. I think it's worth it to deal with waiting for however long it takes than to get another intel machine. I don't use too many different programs on it. 

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5 minutes ago, CMRivdog said:

He is survived by his vast collection of bad toupees 

 

Hey, Ronnie can breathe now.  She was still afraid of him.   Not that she was cowering, but that he would try something,. even from prison.    I am happy for her today.   

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Wasn’t the lady she murdered Mr Vargas’s wife in fast times ?

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2 hours ago, Oblong said:

Wasn’t the lady she murdered Mr Vargas’s wife in fast times ?

Yes.   I don't think he killed her intentionally.  I think he was trying to intimidate her and the gun  went off.    Still a horrible person.  I should ready Ronnie Spector's book,  I'd only heard her in interviews about it.  It sounds pretty crazy.    (He bought Ronnie a sportscar with a mannequin (or maybe a blow up doll)  of himself to put in the passenger seat so nobody would try to hit on her.   

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18 hours ago, Oblong said:

Wasn’t the lady she murdered Mr Vargas’s wife in fast times ?

Such a great reference. Well done.

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Doesn't mean much.  But I noticed that Python released a version today that will run natively on the M1 processor.  

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On 1/19/2021 at 10:12 PM, Deleterious said:

Doesn't mean much.  But I noticed that Python released a version today that will run natively on the M1 processor.  

Just found out I have to learn some python this term. Had been hoping to skate through to retirement without having to do that! :depress:

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7 minutes ago, Gehringer_2 said:

Just found out I have to learn some python this term. Had been hoping to skate through to retirement without having to do that! :depress:

Assuming you already know any other language, it's not that hard. It's really quite lapse in what it lets you do though, so you can get away with murder so long as you put colons in and indent the right way all the time.

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1 minute ago, Blue Square Thing said:

Assuming you already know any other language, it's not that hard. It's really quite lapse in what it lets you do though, so you can get away with murder so long as you put colons in and indent the right way all the time.

My problem is it's gotten to where I have too many bits and pieces floating around to remember which belong where. Over years I 've had to do things in Fortran, Forth, C, C++, bash, Rexx, gcode, RPL, VBasic, 86ASM. But I am a continual duffer - someone who has never worked as a dedicated programmer or used any of the former enough to ever get completely facile with any of them! 

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1 hour ago, Gehringer_2 said:

My problem is it's gotten to where I have too many bits and pieces floating around to remember which belong where. Over years I 've had to do things in Fortran, Forth, C, C++, bash, Rexx, gcode, RPL, VBasic, 86ASM. But I am a continual duffer - someone who has never worked as a dedicated programmer or used any of the former enough to ever get completely facile with any of them! 

Yeah, I get that problem as well sometimes, particularly when I've not programmed for a while.

I always find some sort of cheat sheet that I build up over time is the best option usually. As I say, Py is very, very lenient - no need for strongly typing variables and so on - which makes things easier, although I do find that element slightly frustrating when I'm teaching it to 14-16 year olds: they tend to get sloppy very quickly, which I'm really not sure is good for them.

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