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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jul 24, 2015, 10:25 Verno
 
The only way I would go into the iOS world is if I could jailbreak the phone, too many of the apps I use are locked down or restricted in some way. The upside would be better quality of life with other apps I guess, some Android apps are really afterthoughts.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
13. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 23, 2015, 11:02 Verno
 
I actually like it better then APB. I noticed that on some sites i was starting to get ads with APB, which you can reblock but was annoying. On further investigation i found that they sometimes let slip some ads for revenue from certain websites

To be fair to Adblock Plus, I think you can disable this in the options. Uncheck "Allow some non-intrusive advertising" if I remember correctly. If they are doing something else in addition to that then that's pretty shitty of them. I agree though, I prefer uBlock to Adblock Plus, the latter is a pig on memory.

Do sites get money just from displaying ads or do you have to click on them? I will consider turning adblock off for Blue's, but if he make nothing unless I click, then there is no reason to have it off, I won't click.

Both, it depends on the network and the kind of campaigns they run. Some are CPM which is essentially impressions, some are CPC which is per click and I'm sure there are others I'm forgetting. Then you've got Google Adsense and other programs like that, Adsense is one of the biggest money makers for websites.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 23, 2015, 09:59 Verno
 
Maybe they found something very high on the Earth Similarity Index, that would be interesting. I'm reading Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson right now, its about a generation ship settling earthlike planets in the future. Great book so far, highly recommended.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 23, 2015, 09:47 Verno
 
I agree with Darks, an ad blocker is a necessity these days. I use uBlock personally, I find ABP pretty high on memory use. Ads are now the highest vector for malware installations, users are more conditioned about email than they used to be and you can see the shift in the malware world.  
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News Comments > Win10 Gamer Primer
50. Re: Win10 Gamer Primer Jul 23, 2015, 09:38 Verno
 
InBlack wrote on Jul 23, 2015, 09:28:
Verno wrote on Jul 23, 2015, 09:23:
"Fans" lol, now who is taking things personally? I've been very negative on Windows where appropriate. There are literally toggles in the OS to disable those things by the way, you would know that if you used it.

Sure Im taking it personally, you started attacking me for apparently being too 'clueless', 'unintelligent', 'inexperienced' and too busy 'talking out my ass' but hey, maybe now Im imagining things too...

"attacking" you? That's an interesting choice of words. You are talking out of your ass, that's not an attack, you admitted you haven't used it at all. Maybe its a rude choice of words but you've been fairly abrasive yourself ITT. For all you know the OS just BSODs every user on boot or is the most stable thing ever, you just don't know. I never even used the word unintelligent in this thread BTW, that's your imagination.

Instead of taking it personally, try taking a step back and maybe actually evaluate it so you can come to your own conclusions instead of someone else. That's all I was saying which I don't think is an unfair point to make. If you're happy with not doing so then whatever but don't be surprised if someone like me dismisses your opinion out of hand when it has no foundation.

To address your specific points from my earlier post that you quoted:

- You can disable Cortana entirely with a UI toggle that is built in.
- You can disable web searches entirely with a UI toggle that is built in.
- The Xbox app is preinstalled and needs to be removed via Powershell. Or you can just ignore its existence, its benign. No one makes you load it up.

I don't like Cortana, a voice assistance is stupid on a desktop PC. But some people might like it. I don't know. It's a feature in Windows, they are many others I love and many I loathe. I disable the ones I don't like and move on.
 
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News Comments > Win10 Gamer Primer
48. Re: Win10 Gamer Primer Jul 23, 2015, 09:23 Verno
 
"Fans" lol, now who is taking things personally? I've been very negative on Windows where appropriate. There are literally toggles in the OS to disable those things by the way, you would know that if you used it. I don't care if you like Windows 10 or not but if you're going to be critical of something then you should probably have some experience with it.
 
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News Comments > Win10 Gamer Primer
45. Re: Win10 Gamer Primer Jul 23, 2015, 09:04 Verno
 
InBlack wrote on Jul 23, 2015, 08:55:
Why did you take my opinion on the matter so personally Verno? I was responding to Task for that moronic "golden age of software development" crap he was spouting on about and besides, was anything I said not factual? Do I need to install Windows to KNOW that I have to use a firewall to get rid of the invasive shit???

I don't see where I took anything personally. You've just been in this thread from the start parroting things that you have no experience with. Yes, many things you said you were not factual or at least inaccurately stated. For example most of the telemetrics are collected in every evaluation version of Windows for testing purposes and disabled in RTM builds. The stuff that remains is optional and can be toggled off. I personally block those servers at the router level but that's just for my own comfort, I don't see them collecting reams of data in packet dumps. You made some false claims about compatibility and thrown around vague terminology about older versions of Windows as if they automatically apply here.

I don't see how suggesting you actually spending 20 minutes installing it on a VM so you're not just talking out of your ass is taking something personally. Maybe you install it and still hate it, fine at least you tried it and can talk about it with some authority. But whatever, clearly I'm wasting my time here.
 
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News Comments > Win10 Gamer Primer
43. Re: Win10 Gamer Primer Jul 23, 2015, 08:39 Verno
 
InBlack wrote on Jul 23, 2015, 02:31:
Yeah holy shit. Talk about a hard on for Microsoft. I never really get it, how do people end up convincing themselves that MS is looking after their best interests. Did he not get the memo where the install is full of bloat, that you need 3rd party software to remove it, and that you need a fucking firewall to disable the Microsoft's personal trojan from running in the background???

You are talking about things you clearly don't understand and have no experience with. I suggest you actually install Windows 10 so at least you're speaking from a place of experience with it. Use a virtual machine if the idea offends you so much. Before you start spouting off about Microsoft fanboys and whatnot, feel free to peruse my post history with regards to Windows 8. I'm not going to sit here evangelizing for Windows, if you don't want it then don't install it. But at least evaluate it properly so you aren't just using other peoples talking points. I don't sit around here talking crap about Mac OS X because I have little actual experience with it beyond my time with the shell environment.
 
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News Comments > Win10 Gamer Primer
30. Re: Win10 Gamer Primer Jul 22, 2015, 15:41 Verno
 
GFWL was a failure, so now they're just integrating XBL into Windows. There will be PC games that are built to support that in the near future.

God lets hope not, I lived through one iteration of that crap already. If there must be a standard then let it be Steam or at least something with that feature maturity and industry adoption.

Make the OS, make DirectX, leave the rest alone.
 
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News Comments > The Witcher 3 Free DLC
20. Re: The Witcher 3 Free DLC Jul 22, 2015, 12:48 Verno
 
What a bunch of fart smellers... I may have that backwards...

I have no interest in any of this DLC... New vanity shit does nothing for me. But even ignoring the consistent functional updates (that I do care about), they've made a very interesting/smart choice with pumping out all this mini shit ever few weeks... Keeps people talking about it, which is 'near free' marketing... Those on the fence, keep getting bombarded by new 'free content', making the purchase sound that much sweeter... And every thread has people talking about what a great game this was... That last part is pretty important I guess, otherwise, 17 or so reminders of a shitty game might not have such a positive effect ; )

The DLC isn't just vanity items, its quite varied. Its everything from quests to usable items to alternative outfits. It's just the icing on the cake though, the game itself is very impressive and I would be talking about it even if they didn't ship a single piece of DLC. It has a staggering amount of content and they managed to make a good chunk of it very interesting.
 
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News Comments > Origin Accounts Becoming EA Accounts
49. Re: Origin Accounts Becoming EA Accounts Jul 22, 2015, 11:05 Verno
 
I got the same email:

In the coming weeks your Origin Account will be renamed to an EA Account to better represent all of EA's games and services. Your account identity, preferences, and order history will remain unchanged.

Here's the one I got in 2012 for the LOL:

The name of your EA account has changed. Going forward, your EA account will be called an Origin account. Your login and password are the same, and all EA account information is in your Origin account.

Make up your mind.
 
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News Comments > Win10 Gamer Primer
16. Re: Win10 Gamer Primer Jul 22, 2015, 10:53 Verno
 
Pigeon wrote on Jul 22, 2015, 10:11:
Anyone know if you'll be able to do a full (free) install as opposed to an upgrade? Most of my files are already on a back-up drive, and I don't have much for programs with the exception for games; so all else being equal I'd rather do a fresh install than a back-up.

The upgrade basically just retains your User folder and programs, it then installs drivers for your hardware. The old copy is placed in C:\Windows.old and can be removed using Powershell or the Disk Cleanup app.

It migrates your Windows license once you upgrade so you can just clean install after that though if it bugs you. The old upgrade app for Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 did have a clean install option. I can't remember seeing it during the Insider preview though.
 
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News Comments > Win10 Gamer Primer
6. Re: Win10 Gamer Primer Jul 22, 2015, 09:42 Verno
 
Why not wait at least 6 months, and then upgrade? People have been having issues with it, and will continue to have issues with it especially with regards to older titles (again) and hardware. I have a number of peripherals that would probably not even work with Win10, but why take the chance when Ive got everything set up perfectly?

There is an upgrade advisor that runs before every install to advise of compatibility problems. As for the rest I don't really care if you install it or not. Having actually used it I find it very stable and functional, I also have a hodge podge mix of hardware and no problems so far.

logon with local account instead of MS live. Get a software firewall like zone alarm (when it will work with win 10) and block any other unnecessary background "phone MS home" calls)

Yeah I forgot about the account thing, good call. I block datamining servers at the router, I'm not installing software like Zone alarm to do it but to each his own
 
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News Comments > Win10 Gamer Primer
3. Re: Win10 Gamer Primer Jul 22, 2015, 09:23 Verno
 
It's free for a year and there aren't any significant teething problems for gamers. I can't think of any real reason to avoid an upgrade, maybe driver maturity but Nvidia and AMD have been pretty on the ball. Compatibility is fine too. They got most of the kinks worked out in the lengthy public preview periods and frankly it isn't much of a departure from prior releases of Windows anyway.  
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News Comments > The Witcher 3 Free DLC
3. Re: The Witcher 3 Free DLC Jul 22, 2015, 09:21 Verno
 
It's worth it, great game and fantastic value. It's your money but I would suggest that if you are going to overpay for any single game make it one like this instead of Star Citizen or whatever

I restarted my game with 1.07, Death March with minimal UI elements and no minimap, much better experience. The lethality is awesome and I found in my older save I spent too much time looking at the minimap instead of getting familiar with directions and the beautiful game world. Most of the kinks are worked out now although 1.07 did break cheevos for those that care about such things.
 
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News Comments > Win10 Gamer Primer
1. Re: Win10 Gamer Primer Jul 22, 2015, 09:09 Verno
 
My guide to optimal use of Windows 10:

- Disable web search
- Disable Cortana
- Ignore the Xbox app entirely

The game DVR crap pops up on any DirectX app, I'm sure theres a way to disable it but I haven't looked yet.
 
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News Comments > The Witcher 3 Patch & Free DLC
43. Re: The Witcher 3 Patch & Free DLC Jul 20, 2015, 15:03 Verno
 
I have to do some comparisons of before/after to be sure but I find Geralt doing a lot less silly shit before attacking with the alternate move set. You press attack, he attacks instead of dancing a circus act that gets you hit. Also they have made some improvements to the attack/stagger mechanics from what I can recall last patch, namely that enemies actually react now when you hit them instead of just finishing whatever their last action was. That also works against you as well.

Performance is up 7 FPS with identical settings for me, very happy with this patch so far. I did have one CTD while in the settings which sucked but oh well.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
12. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 20, 2015, 14:02 Verno
 
I'm sure its just memory leaks and if I had to bet money its somehow related to Flash. I swear I don't even use that many tabs, like less than 10 for the most part
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
10. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 20, 2015, 13:41 Verno
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jul 20, 2015, 13:15:
Are you running into issues where you're short on RAM? Do you need it available for something else? Might be time to upgrade beyond 4GB. Or, if you have more, to get over the compulsive insistence that you have as much system memory free as possible at all times... I rarely see Chrome tabs take more than 25-50MB each, it depends on the website. Takes less than 300MB for the browser itself. But my point is, even if it's more, what does it matter? RAM is cheap, and why not use it if you have it? No point in treating it like the fine china you never take out of the cabinet.

Too many assumptions there. I have enough memory but I also game a lot and use a lot of intensive programs for other purposes (compilers and encoders specifically) so it's not like I just want it all used (poorly) by a web browser. Chrome also precaches and even that single instance I've seen go into gigabytes of memory for no reason at all. I don't treat my memory like fine china so as much Chrome treats it like a buffet table at a wedding reception.

I know Google has acknowledged it and is working on reducing it but for now I just use a different browser.

I use Firefox because it has the best noscript implementation

I ended up trying uMatrix which is similar and found I'm a bit happier with that.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 20, 2015, 11:38 Verno
 
jomisab wrote on Jul 20, 2015, 10:44:
Firefox is always seizing up on me. I now use Chrome for almost everything. Chrome spins each tab off on a separate process, so it's impossible for a rogue page to bring down everything else.

I find Firefox fairly stable now that I got rid of Flash entirely. It's still not up to snuff with Chrome in that regard but at least it isn't eating memory like Chrome does. Firefox is working on process tab separation and it should make it into the mainline tree this year.

Edge renders incredibly quickly and so far is very stable but without an extension API its DOA to me. It is definitely a step in the right direction for Microsoft, leaving behind all of the IE cruft like ActiveX and compatibility bullshit. But that's all it is for the moment, a step.
 
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