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87 Clockers


Alt Names: alt 87Clockersalt 87超频者alt エイティセブン・クロックース
Author: NINOMIYA Tomoko
Artist: NINOMIYA Tomoko
Genres: Comedy ComedyDrama DramaRomance RomanceSeinen SeinenSlice of Life Slice of Life
Type: Manga (Japanese)
Status: Ongoing
Description: Ichinose, a violin music student, is coming towards a crossroads in his life. He has to decide what to do with his future, but he doesn't feel pulled towards any one particular dream. In the absence of any ambition, he decides to work alongside his mother, who is a piano teacher, and teach violin. But one night, he sees a pretty, sad girl standing barefoot outside an apartment. A little investigation shows that she seems to share the apartment with a cat and a mysterious guy called Mike. Will meeting her be the trigger that can change his dull life?

New series from Ninomiya Tomoko known for Nodame Cantabile.
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Vol.4 Ch.20 Read Online
HappyScans! KidCongo A day ago
Vol.4 Ch.19 Read Online
HappyScans! KidCongo 5 days ago
Vol.4 Ch.18 Read Online
HappyScans! KidCongo 2 weeks ago
Vol.3 Ch.17 Read Online
HappyScans! KidCongo 07 August 2014 - 04:30 AM
Vol.3 Ch.16 Read Online
HappyScans! KidCongo 18 July 2014 - 06:45 AM
Vol.3 Ch.15 Read Online
HappyScans! KidCongo 13 July 2014 - 06:56 PM
Vol.3 Ch.14 Read Online
HappyScans! KidCongo 09 July 2014 - 06:19 AM
Vol.3 Ch.13 Read Online
HappyScans! KidCongo 04 July 2014 - 05:13 PM
Vol.3 Ch.12 Read Online
HappyScans! KidCongo 29 June 2014 - 09:03 PM
Vol.2 Ch.11 Read Online
HappyScans! KidCongo 17 June 2014 - 04:40 AM
Vol.2 Ch.10 Read Online
HappyScans! KidCongo 13 May 2014 - 08:46 PM
Vol.2 Ch.9 Read Online
HappyScans! KidCongo 22 April 2014 - 05:17 AM
Vol.2 Ch.8 Read Online
HappyScans! KidCongo 12 April 2014 - 04:19 AM
Vol.2 Ch.7 Read Online
HappyScans! KidCongo 09 April 2014 - 05:08 AM
Vol.2 Ch.6 Read Online
HappyScans! KidCongo 03 April 2014 - 07:18 AM
Vol.1 Ch.5 Read Online
HappyScans! & Manga at the End of Time KidCongo 16 December 2013 - 04:57 PM
Vol.1 Ch.4 Read Online
HappyScans! & Manga at the End of Time KidCongo 09 December 2013 - 06:34 AM
Vol.1 Ch.3 Read Online
HappyScans! & Manga at the End of Time KidCongo 17 November 2013 - 06:41 AM
Ch.2 Read Online
Hobo-1 KidCongo 18 September 2011 - 02:00 PM
Ch.1 Read Online
Hobo-1 KidCongo 18 September 2011 - 01:57 PM [A]


50 Comments

I can't believe there's a manga on overclocking... that is just insane. Nothing is sacred anymore...

Fouuund ya! :D

there, that look of suspicion. boot their asses outta there

Just throwing in more CPUs, GPUs or power will end up impractical and too expensive as you scale things up. One would also have to think about the cost of the physical space used by the computing clusters.

So... "who needs to overclock?". I'd say, people who want to build a supercomputer or tackle security problems like "cheapest way to break RSA encryption in acceptable time".

Well, maybe . . . but ever since NASA came up with the Beowulf cluster (on Linux of course because it allowed the kind of fiddling required, which is ultimately why Linux now rules the supercomputing space with an iron penguin flipper), throwing in more CPUs is pretty much the way supercomputers have been built.  There's been supercomputers made of clustered PS2s, supercomputers made of Lego Mindstorms, and lots and lots of supercomputers made by sticking lots of cheap chips together.  Seems to me overclocking would be too fragile . . . surely increases the chance of component failure, which is not a huge deal when you're playing with one microprocessor but if you've got like 120, forget getting any work done in between tweaking settings and replacing burnt out chips.

nowadays who needs to overclock?  You just throw more power at problems.  Want more framerate?  Get a snazzier graphics card.  Want non-graphics things to work faster?  Get a CPU with more cores and stuff, or whatever.  Need really serious speed and power for some major number crunching?  Cobble together a supercomputing cluster out of Raspberry Pi or similar cheapo components. 

Considering all the new stuff comming out, overclocking/optimization is not needed anymore for the common folks, that's for sure.

On the other hand, if you are building something dedicated to computations, you will want to optimize things. You basically want to maximize you computational speed, while minimizing your power usage.

Just throwing in more CPUs, GPUs or power will end up impractical and too expensive as you scale things up. One would also have to think about the cost of the physical space used by the computing clusters.

So... "who needs to overclock?". I'd say, people who want to build a supercomputer or tackle security problems like "cheapest way to break RSA encryption in acceptable time".

I have to admit that while I'm enjoying this, turns out I do find chapters about orchestra rehearsal and performance more interesting than chapters about computer-tweaking and game tournaments.

 

I felt exactly the same way when these Akiba Cup chapters came out a couple of years ago. (And I have to warn you, there are several more of them.) I nearly stopped reading it, but I hope you will stick with it because there is really nice plot-advancement after the Akiba Cup. In the meantime, I recommend enjoying the little character vignettes she does for some of the contestants in the upcoming chapters. Some of them are quite funny, even if they may be irrelevant to the plot. We had similar one-off character profiles of contestants or residents (like the composer upstairs) in NC.

 

The Akiba Cup chapters were originally published in 2012-13, and Ninomiya probably did her research 12-18 months before that. No wonder it seems quaint since I'm guessing 36 months is an eternity in the overclocking world of today. Perhaps that's part of the problem when comparing 87C to NC. NC was about a world of venerated virtually unchanging traditions, while 87C portrays a world that is completely out of date a year or two after the manga is published.

I have to admit that while I'm enjoying this, turns out I do find chapters about orchestra rehearsal and performance more interesting than chapters about computer-tweaking and game tournaments.  I'm not bored out of my skull by the tournaments, but Chiaki getting the crowd on their feet with an amazing bit of conducting definitely gets me going more.

Maybe that makes me an old fogey.  Although at that, overclocking feels like something old to me--

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Well I read all of it because I loved Nodame Cantabile, and there's some charm to the characters themselves, but my god that video game tournament was some of the most boring shit I've ever read. Lol.

So the one team have that kid who's gonna

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, but I have this weird feeling it isn't going to end up mattering much....

 

I shouldn't comment at all, except to remind the community that in Nodame Cantabile it seems like things that turned out seeming not to matter ended up mattering in ways we didn't expect.

 

I've been monitoring Ninomiya-sensei's blog and twitter account in hopes that she might give a hint about the future of 87C, now that JumpX is folding (as of November). While she has not given so much as a peep about that, today she tweeted a link about an upcoming OC event in Roppongi (in Aug) in which her supervising editor "duck-san" is a participant. Here is the link to the article. It's in Japanese but there are some interesting pics.

 

http://www.itmedia.co.jp/pcuser/articles/1407/14/news138.html

So the one team have that kid who's gonna

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, but I have this weird feeling it isn't going to end up mattering much.  If some mangaka were writing this it would be the huge deal (ultimately defeated by Our Heroes because their hearts are true), but I feel like with Ninomiya-sensei it will just fizzle somehow.

This dude's mom and sister are the best characters in this.

YOUR MISTAKE WAS IN THINKING THIS IS AKIBA

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No, you sir are mistaken

 

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I'm curious is it mike or me-kay?

 

That's a really good question without a clear answer. I think in Japan for sure it is "Mee-kay" but in other countries it is probably "Mike". The raws give either in roman letters and in katakana, depending on context. In particular, it always appears as "Mike" (i.e. roman letters) in "facenote" and other online posts, so the rest of the world is probably saying "mike". Having said all that, in Ch. 1 Ninomiya gives the pronunciation as "mee-kay" (furi katakana) next to the first occurence of "MIKE".

I'm curious is it mike or me-kay?

I love how his opponents take it so well. It's kinda refreshing

I find it more weird that they're doing this in front of a tagged cow.

Volume 5 cover:

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This series is wonderful. Just started it today and already hooked with it.

YOUR MISTAKE WAS IN THINKING THIS IS AKIBA

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Volume 5 cover:

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okay superPi that was serious oc.in this story

No need to get all defensive, as nothing I wrote was aimed at putting you down or anything. The latter part of my post was just me going off on a tangent a bit.

However, you do seem to be mistaken on the assumption, that UEFI is an MS tech. The largest influence over it is Intel, although its development has been overseen by dozens of entities. While I'm no guru when it comes to Linux, UEFI is by no means something that MS could alter just to inherently hinder Linux users.

UEFI or no UEFI, the overclocking features on today's motherboards are quite sufficient - even on the lower-end ones, so I don't see any point in Valve developing their own BIOS/UEFI replacement, or motherboards to go along with that, as it would cost a crapton, the improvements, if any, would be marginal, and would only be relevant to a miniscule percentage of their clientele. Thus, the only other assumption I could make from your previous post was that you were implying a change aimed at locking down stuff - which, judging by your latest post I assume we can both agree, is not consistent with Valve's MO either.

I don't know what things are like now, no doubt Intel is key.  But when UEFI and in particular Secure Boot (a key UEFI technology) were initially being developed and pushed, Microsoft was all over them, a major driving force behind their adoption.  Microsoft has also used its influence over OEMs to arrange it so that MS has control over the private keys needed to get an OS trusted on computers sold by most OEMs.  In that sense, MS is at any rate the gatekeeper for the Secure Boot portion of UEFI.  

Apple don't care, they make their own hardware.  But for Linux people, the defining feature of Secure Boot was that with this MS control of keys, it made it impossible to load a Linux operating system.  The technology effectively defined any open source OS as "not trusted" and blocked 'em.  Still does, really--workarounds have been found and some keys wangled by some major distributions, but it took a fair amount of effort, stinks being raised with European competition bureaus and whatnot, and some dude with the Linux Foundation won an award for coming up with the main technique currently used.  Since on the other hand, it's fairly easy for a user (and easier for a hacker) to simply turn Secure Boot off, it was always pretty clear to everyone in the Linux community that Secure Boot security claims were largely a smoke screen for Microsoft's attempts give it the ol' college try one more time to make Linux hard to install or use by making the technology ecosystem around it incompatible.  It wouldn't be the first time, or even the tenth.

 

So, again, the technology may now be entrenched enough that Valve will have little choice other than to use UEFI, but anyone pushing a Linux OS, which SteamOS is, would have a motivation to use some other technology if they could get away with it.

Translator here. I know nothing about overclocking, but I do know about Ninomiya-sensei, and I doubt she just made up the oc controllers. I think we are to infer that the events are taking place ca. 2010 (when the serialization started), and in that timeframe I can find references to similar OC controllers on Google, mainly the ASUS controller of 2009 vintage. (Which I grant you apparently has no switches, but it has a nice big knob.)

Ha, nice find! :) I doubt this would be compatible outside of a very specific hardware set-up, but I'll definitely have to look into this further.

Also, thanks a bunch for the releases! Great job so far.

In-OS overclocking is indeed possible via special software (definitely haven't heard anything about switch flipping, though, lol)

 

Translator here. I know nothing about overclocking, but I do know about Ninomiya-sensei, and I doubt she just made up the oc controllers. I think we are to infer that the events are taking place ca. 2010 (when the serialization started), and in that timeframe I can find references to similar OC controllers on Google, mainly the ASUS controller of 2009 vintage. (Which I grant you apparently has no switches, but it has a nice big knob.)

From what I understand valve isn't building hardware in the same way that nintendo/sony/microsoft or the android console guys are.  Its basically an OS with a set of guidelines for the hardware, which is basically normal pc hardware.  Although there is an official steambox valve is releasing it's still standard parts in a valve designed case with valves own controller. And  UEFI for the MB is a requirements I believe, but as with many things there is a hack/work around that people have come up with to install on a MB with BIOS. UEFI is not a product of Microsoft although they are apart of the group of companies that decide the specs.  I think it's Intel that is actually pushing it more and it'll probably be the standard until whatever comes next.

I'm pretty sure I've been saying precisely the opposite--that they would prefer open.  Specifically, I suspect they would be against the things using UEFI, a Microsoft technology which basically is there to be annoying for non-MS operating systems.  Yes, I know MS make various technical claims about UEFI and secure boot and whatnot, but I've never gotten the impression they held much water.  Like many Microsoft technologies, the real purpose seems to be mostly to create roadblocks in the way of use of anyone else's technology.  So yeah, with SteamOS being a Linux, and Valve not liking Microsoft or Windows much, I suspect they'd want to avoid an MS tech that puts hurdles in front of Linux.  

It would also be possible they might put some money or effort into bumping up the development of an open source BIOS project, although that's a longer shot.

I'm confident you have more technical knowhow than I do, so, fine, kowtow, I am not worthy and so forth.  On the other hand, I'm increasingly feeling you aren't reading what I write before you go off on me.  Which makes me think you just want to show off by taking someone down.  That kind of lowers the respect factor again.

No need to get all defensive, as nothing I wrote was aimed at putting you down or anything. The latter part of my post was just me going off on a tangent a bit.

However, you do seem to be mistaken on the assumption, that UEFI is an MS tech. The largest influence over it is Intel, although its development has been overseen by dozens of entities. While I'm no guru when it comes to Linux, UEFI is by no means something that MS could alter just to inherently hinder Linux users.

UEFI or no UEFI, the overclocking features on today's motherboards are quite sufficient - even on the lower-end ones, so I don't see any point in Valve developing their own BIOS/UEFI replacement, or motherboards to go along with that, as it would cost a crapton, the improvements, if any, would be marginal, and would only be relevant to a miniscule percentage of their clientele. Thus, the only other assumption I could make from your previous post was that you were implying a change aimed at locking down stuff - which, judging by your latest post I assume we can both agree, is not consistent with Valve's MO either.


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