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  1. Beyond an installation guide, you're not likely to get one from EVGA. What exactly are you looking for in the manual?
  2. Unless you bought a Founder's Edition, you did _not_ buy your video card from nVidia. Who was the actual card manufacturer? Cheers!
  3. Drivers are drivers. PMDG routes its in-cockpit audio to a specific device, and if you load a different driver the device name or UUID may change. If you lose cockpit sounds for PMDG, go into the settings via the FMC and ensure the cockpit sounds are being sent to the correct audio device. Cheers!
  4. Why hundreds of airplanes? It could be as few as one. Cheers!
  5. Luke

    Excessive ads

    Welcome to Adsim! Cheers
  6. Luke

    Moon Mission...

    My question was somewhat rhetorical, but given the specifics I think we'd both agree that your primary value was that of a circuit designer, not a procurement clerk or gopher or wire-winder. While those other tasks may have been a pleasant distraction or good break in the day to reset your brain, from a productivity standpoint it wouldn't make sense to have you doing those regularly, and anything that allows you to design 10x as complex circuits with none of the low value work is far, far better. I wouldn't see you as obsolescent at all - the world has just shifted to focus more on what your real value was. The challenge I have with this anecdote is that it's conceptually not that different from a lottery ticket that had the right numbers. If you play the lottery enough, you will eventually get some winning tickets and for some people, they come out ahead. Let's of course not loose sight of the fact that you may have had the only NCO in Japan that read Chaucer. What would you have done if he preferred Milton or Walter Scott? While time seems almost infinite at both ends of our life, one challenge I've recognized in adulthood is how scarce time and cognitive capacity really is and how I need to prioritize what I learn and focus on. That usually ends up being concepts and processes over facts - processes can be applied to new situations, while facts can be looked up. When I was a child I had a map of the world in my bedroom and at night looked at the lower parts of it, leading to a lifelong fascination with Sub-Antarctic islands. I wonder what neurons were consumed by that interest, and perhaps they were the same ones that would have preserved my knowledge of calculus or linear algebra. Perhaps one day I will meet a beautiful heiress who has the same fascination and who will whisk us off to the Kerguelen Archipelago where we will lord over the penguins, but the odds are not good. 🙂 Cheers!
  7. Luke

    Moon Mission...

    I'm curious what you feel the value knowing the date of the Gettysburg Address is, relative to a lot more interesting and valuable ideas around the Civil War and Reconstruction. We made children memorize and regurgitate a ton of facts without ever explaining the reason why or the value, and then we wonder why we have raised generations that are uninterested in learning and education. I really don't blame them. I learned early on that memorizing facts was for suckers and wasted valuable brain cells that could be better used remembering the "why" rather than the "what". Data is trivial to lookup. When my daughter was in high school and studying the Civil War I didn't bother asking her to regurgitate dates - I just asked her to write about the constitutional validity of the Emancipation Proclamation. That's a lot harder to answer than the date (which I have completely forgotten) and a lot more valuable. I will tell you another story from when I was a child - I used to hate writing, mostly because we had to write multiple drafts formatted correctly and so much of the effort involved was around the physical act of putting symbols on paper and so little around the actual intellectual aspect of figuring out what you wanted to write. The final version was torture because I was essentially copying what I had written earlier, around 95-99% identical to the first draft except in pen and ink so I had to focus even more on the technical aspects of transcribing rather than writing. It seems like I was being trained not to be a writer but an Egyptian scribe or a medieval monk. Once I received my second computer (but the first with a functional word processor and printer) 90% of the busywork vanished and I could focus on my writing, rather than printing and the technical aspect of putting words on paper. Immediately the quality of my work and my desire to do it doubled because the pointless parts vanished to be replaced by the interesting and challenging parts (and to be honest, the parts I was supposed to learn). To this day my job is all about eliminating the tedium and allowing people to focus on the intellectually challenging and valuable parts of a task. I manage a team of very highly paid software architects and their time is simply too valuable to waste with silly things. My father says the same thing. At which point I remind him that he has had a computer in his residence for almost half a century. Do you feel that you were a hardware engineer, or a wire-wrapper? And if you were the former, why does not doing the latter bother you? To me being able to create designs five or six orders of magnitude more complex in the same amount of time and effort as the original circuits would be a dream come true. Cheers!
  8. I don't see why the staff is continually exhorting us to install an Ad Blocker when they have the ability to remove the ads from their site.
  9. Of course... You've barely consumed 10% of its life. Cheers!
  10. Luke

    Electric Cars...

    Traffic engineers have proven this - increased lanes adds traffic faster than they decrease congestion. I've seen that in Atlanta over the last 25 years. Most interstates have doubled in width outside the Perimeter and traffic is dramatically worse than when I moved here in 1998. Each time I go to Toronto (home of the widest expressway in North America, if not the world) traffic volumes (and speed) gets worse and worse. Sightseer raised a good point, by the way. Torque is by and large a result of displacement (and stroke) and not much has been done over the past 25 years to increase it. If anything, most cars have the same or less torque today than they did 40 years ago. They have significantly more horsepower and less displacement, though. I remember my father's old 3.8L Merucry with 215 ft/lbs and an anemic 140 horsepower. Today I get more than double that power in less displacement. Cheers!
  11. Luke

    Electric Cars...

    I think traffic volumes have gone up a bit in the last third of a century. 🙂 Cheers!
  12. Luke

    Electric Cars...

    What year was this? 🙂 Cheers!
  13. Luke

    Electric Cars...

    #2 in Rob's list is something that anyone who commutes on an urban or suburban Interstate needs to do several times a day. Cheers!
  14. Luke

    Electric Cars...

    Fun fact - today's Toyota Camry has around 100 more horsepower than the Ferrari 308 that was in Magnum PI. And FWIW, having 250 ft/lbs of torque in my Acura was very useful when I used to commute on I-75. Cheers!
  15. Luke

    Electric Cars...

    I don't recall you owning a nuclear power plant, either. 🙂 Cheers!
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