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Saturday, Dec 29, 2018

NVIDIA GeForce Hotfix

A new GeForce Hotfix Driver Version 417.58 is now available with some fixes for NVIDIA's reference drivers (thanks Hypothermia). Being a hotfix, you probably should avoid this unless you are suffering from one of the specific problems listed on the patch notes:
This is GeForce Hotfix driver version 417.xx that addresses the following:

  • Black screen when resuming from monitor sleep on some DisplayPort monitors
  • Windows 7: FPS drop when G-sync is used with V-sync in games
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Fixes occasional application crash in DirectX 12 mode
  • Fixes black screen on BenQ XL2730 monitor using 144Hz refresh rate
  • Fixes lockup when resuming from sleep on MSI GT83 notebook

On ATLAS' Launch

A post on Steam offers a captain's log for ATLAS, the just-released pirate-themed MMOG (thanks PC Gamer). The game suffered some delays before it came out, but the launch still experienced some issues, so they offer some patch notes on their latest client and server fixes, along with some apologies for the choppy waters players have had to navigate so far. Here's word:
You could say that we were off to a stormy start! The initial influx of players wanting to set sail immediately was (predictably in hindsight) larger than we anticipated and our systems got crushed until we tuned the new technical systems to handle it. We have been incredibly humbled and excited by the number of seafaring Pathfinders wanting to dive into the ATLAS. Since the launch, the team has heavily prioritised connection and capacity resolutions, server and client-side performance updates, server and client-side crash fixes as well as tackling general gameplay bugs and balance concerns.

We’re going to continue to iterate at a very rapid rate, you can generally expect daily deployments and updates to both servers and clients, and sometimes even multiple if we feel like a change is significant enough to warrant it. We truly appreciate everyone’s patience and support during this launch period and we intend to show our gratitude through frequent updates that resolve the issues which matter to you and improve ATLAS in both the near-term and over the long term.

ATLAS is a very ambitious project and we recognize that there is much work to be done as it begins its Early Access journey, but as we said before, we’re hardened adventurers and we’re looking forward to the fun and challenges that we’ll experience alongside you!

We want to make it very clear to you that these rapid updates and the continuous upwards progression will continue with ATLAS. We have deployed a new server version to our Official Network (v7.104) which has resolved many server crashes and is already showing significant improvement in server stability; however, there is still more to come! Our number one priority at the moment is tackling the stability, connection, and data issues, and we will make significant progress over the coming days ahead.

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Out of the Blue

MrsBlue and I finished off the sophomore season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime, and enjoyed every minute of it. I felt the only way to improve upon the first season would be to have more Tony Shalhoub, and apparently the folks behind the show agreed, as he plays a far more prominent role the second time around. In fact, any more and the show would have to be The Wondrous Mr. Weissman (which I would totally watch).

R.I.P.: Bre Payton, US conservative news writer, dies at 26.

Marvelous Links: Thanks Ant.
Stories: A "Predator" Themed Whiskey Is Coming. I ain't got time to not drink.
Truck owners are blocking Tesla Superchargers in 'ICE-ing' protests. Next: Textile machines.
Science: These are the animals that went extinct in 2018.
The Biological Phenomenon That Explains Why Wit Works. Thanks RedEye9.
Images: Every Building on Every Block: A Time Capsule of 1930s New York. Thanks Digg.
Stunning Wonder Woman cosplay. Step one: Be born looking like Gal Gadot. Thanks Hypothermia.
Media: Real Cowboys Go Wild In "Red Dead Redemption 2 Online."
How This Two-Wheeled Car Uses A Disk To Balance.
Old People Logic.
Follow-up: Report- Scientists in China Are Losing Track of Gene-Edited CRISPR Patients.
Flu season 2018/19: As cases surge, learn about symptoms, flu shot.
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