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duncs

Member since Aug 2009 • Last active Oct 2019

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    Just missed the dates, but 5th April is Greater Manchester which claims to be flattest in the UK

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    Never really looked at this before but quite interesting. Why for example under 'multi core' would recent MacBook pros absolutely destroy everything except iMac pro/Mac Pro? Whereas single core it's much of a muchness.

    Similar to what Aggi said.
    Long story short, recent cpu development has been all about power efficiency and increasing the number of cores.

    For ages then processors just got faster by running higher clock rates. Hence you got Pentiums 4's from 10-15 years ago being overclocked to ~8GHz.
    But temps were always too high so everything moved to multi core because it's far easier to run 2 cores at 3GHz than one at 4.5GHz (for example). The architecture and instruction sets got more sophisticated too so it's not just speed and number of cores.

    So you'll see single core performance hasn't continued the upward trend anywhere near as much as it did, but multi core has continued to improve.

    The only problem then is developing programs to utilise multiple cores efficiently.
    (Assuming no other bottlenecks) 5GHz is always twice as fast as 2.5GHz, but 2 x 2.5GHz is almost never twice as fast as 1 x 2.5GHz

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    Am I right in thinking that sub 2 hour pace is 14:10/5km, and if so that that is (1second)?faster than Tirunesh Dibaba‘s women’s 5k world record??
    That is totally insane!

    Yep
    17 second 100m
    422 times

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    why the spike for the sub 3 zone? Other than it being a popular objective

    It'll be entirely down to it being popular.
    My only standalone marathon was 3:15:29. If I felt I was near to sub 3 then I'd have gone for it. But I don't think I'd have had enough knowledge to know if actually a 2:56 or 2:58 was doable etc. so I'd go for the nice big target.

    Same for the big 3.30 and 4.00 spikes. And the drop off at 3.01, 3.31, 4.01 etc

    Having thought about it, if my only standalone marathon was 3:00:29 instead of 3:15:29 then I reckon I'd have found that 30 seconds to go sub 3 that I didn't bother to look for to go sub 3:15

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    What were you doing there?
    Curious as I'm considering putting an offer on this and, while not listed, it's same era (1968) and fairly distinctive.

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    I can't speak for the Ultrafines, but at work we've 80-odd of the 27UD850s for graphics work and they're pretty great.

    Presume you mean 27UK850

    @Fyoosh
    I ended up getting a pair of the 27UK650's for home. The panel is the same, they just don't have the speakers. But I have decent speakers so I don't need ones built into the monitor (and certainly not at the premium the 850 is over the 650)
    They're also as cheap as they've been on Amazon at the moment
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/LG-27UK650-Adju­stable-DisplayPort-Freesync/dp/B0798QLW6­4/

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    It's only the cash withdrawal that's different there. You get the same rate and no fees using Monzo too.

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    They did do the loft extension...

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    They've got half the deposit, I'd lend the other half. They'd save it (and have been saving it) over the year or two anyway, but I'm happy to see if I can help get the house first and funnel £20k rent into a mortgage in the meantime.
    I definitely do not want or expect an interest in the house (or the stamp duty implications it'd bring when I move shortly)

    Guess there's the potential for the friendship to be impacted, but I'm naive/confident enough to think that wouldn't happen. Guess the next step is to find a conveyancing solicitor or mortgage broker to pose a question to.

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