@olivers indeed, and on the bright side it floods the 2nd hand market with a lot of perfectly servicable hardware for alternative OS users to pick up at a discount 😄
@stardot Well this is already my secondary machine (or, hm, machine number 6 or so, really), specifically for Windows purposes... I guess there's hope that the requirement details will be revised in time, but if not then I'll need to find a different solution.
@olivers I can't even imagine what your primary machine is like. Most powerful box I have is a quad core laptop from 2014.
@stardot When I said number 6, I meant that any old laptop counts ahead of a pure Windows box :) But I see what you mean - attached image shows my primary machine doing some handbraking the other day.
@stardot I know what you mean about how it feels wrong, but then it's not personal, just business :) Ripping - I've been doing that for years, way back to the DVD ages, and even just to catch up costs me enough time whenever I get round to it. The alternative to lots of processing power is lots of storage though - much easier problem to solve these days.
@olivers wouldn't be so sure of that, have you tried finding new hard drives lately? I burnt through my NAS storage ripping my DVD collection earlier this year which I intend to leave as unprocessed MKV but I can't stomach 23GB+ per Bluray even if I had the space for it. The other dimension is time though and home working does have some benefits but I'm looking at over an hour per movie with qsv. It's half tempting to just download copies, it's not pirating if I already own the movie, right? 🤨
@stardot My QNAP currently has mainly these: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-BarraCuda-Internal-Drive-Cache/dp/B07H2GY8ZS - and it seems to me the price hasn't changed since I last checked. But obviously ripped movies eat up your TBs quite quickly, no question...
I'm afraid I believe everything is pirating if you ask the people who define what pirating is. If that makes sense.
@olivers availability is the main issue, particularly on the larger drives, I'm looking for 10TB+ which are like gold dust particularly as I have a mirror of WD Reds which apparently just ticked over 7 years of uptime 3 days ago without missing a beat so it's hard to get anything else even if they are a bit pricy
@stardot Well, holy cow :) My QNAP has 8 slots so there's enough storage (for me) without needing humongous drives like that. 10TB... didn't even know they made those. Well perhaps I did, but only from a distance!
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