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Signed On Nov 26, 2003, 02:14
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
1. Re: Morning Safety Dance Feb 27, 2017, 09:33 wtf_man
 
Do Cellphones Cause Cancer?

Yes. They spawn retards that text and drive, a cancer on society.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Safety Dance
5. Re: Sunday Safety Dance Feb 27, 2017, 09:23 wtf_man
 
The author is no more or less reputable than some of the other popular privacy tools out there, like W10Privacy, which is a good base privacy tool for Windows 10.

He does post on Major Geeks.

Major Geeks Page

If you contact him with your concerns, he might post the source code.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Safety Dance
1. Re: Sunday Safety Dance Feb 26, 2017, 12:14 wtf_man
 
Blocking Telemetry in Windows 7 and 8.1

Get Blackbird
 
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News Comments > ZeniMax Seeks Rift Injunction
25. Re: ZeniMax Seeks Rift Injunction Feb 25, 2017, 17:36 wtf_man
 
I don't think it's nepotism.

Throwing out a guess... Ms Carter is probably just supporting her husband and his business with some free, or low cost (getting paid way less than someone like Patric Stewart for 3 lines in a game) voice acting, and some marketing for the games based on her small bit of fame.

That said... my point was more about Mr. Altman being an Attorney, himself. That is probably why the company is so quick to litigate EVERYTHING.

Oh... and they don't need any money from Facebook, especially after Skyrim sales.

I think they're just pissed that after they bought iD, probably one of the main reasons they bought iD (Carmack), left the company.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Feb 25, 2017, 10:48 wtf_man
 
Pretty sure most folks that went to Windows 8.x went 64-bit. There's probably still a lot of 32-bit Windows 7 out there.

Probably doesn't make sense to spend the extra money it would take to build, test, and get certified 32-bit Windows 8.1 drivers if the install base is like 90% 64-bit.
 
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News Comments > ZeniMax Seeks Rift Injunction
18. Re: ZeniMax Seeks Rift Injunction Feb 25, 2017, 10:43 wtf_man
 
You all know the reason that Zenimax is so quick to litigate, Right?

Lynda Carter's husband, Robert Altman, is a partner / one of the head honchos at Zenimax and he is an Attorney. This is also why they get Lynda to do Voice Acting in their games.
 
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News Comments > Former Irrational Developers Form Ghost Story
9. Re: Former Irrational Developers Form Ghost Story Feb 24, 2017, 18:59 wtf_man
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 24, 2017, 13:10:
Any idea how UA is coming along as it's been delayed?

I would imagine it has taken a back seat to SS3, since that appears to have more attention. I haven't backed anything though... I'm done doing that. I'll wait for the final releases and hapily pay full price if they are worthy.
 
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News Comments > Former Irrational Developers Form Ghost Story
7. Re: Former Irrational Developers Form Ghost Story Feb 24, 2017, 09:30 wtf_man
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 24, 2017, 00:11:
I'd like to see them do something like Bioshock but as a proper CRPG, isometric or full 3D, I'm easy either way, but more story/RP/less shooter.

Doesn't need to be isometric nor "full 3d" (3rd person). The best RPGs that ever came out were the Ultima Underworld, System Shock, and Thief series from Looking Glass (Which is about half the folks of what Irrational Games became) ALL of those series are 1st person perspective. I do agree that Bioshock was less "RPGish" than Systemshock / Systemshock 2, which was disappointing when I first played it.

They just need to go back to their roots.

Then again, Otherside Entertainment (The other half of Looking Glass folks) are making System Shock 3 and Underworld Ascendant... and are DEFINITELY going back to their roots.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
7. Re: Evening Tech Bits Feb 15, 2017, 09:31 wtf_man
 
YOU WILL BE ASSIMILATED!

*fine print* ...and you will use Tesla Batteries *fine print*

 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 13, 2017, 09:22 wtf_man
 
Tom wrote on Feb 12, 2017, 18:13:
Easy to blame the mayor here but Linux is a total failure as a desktop OS and there are strong fundamental reasons why that will never change.

(Windows is only a partial failure, firmly established as the least horrible option.)

With enterprises are slowly going towards purely web apps, so how do you figure this? Because Linux currently isn't a huge market share?

Once everything is web based, it won't matter what OS you have (for productivity... obviously gaming is a different animal). That's why Google came out with chromebooks.

Microsoft is slowly becoming irrelevant on the desktop.

Infrastructure, however, they are kicking arse, eating up oracle, vmware, hyperconverged hardware platforms, etc. etc. All can be done cheaper and easier within Server 2016 between SQL on linux (if one chooses, but no matter what - way cheaper than Oracle), all the new hyper-v features from 2012 R2 and 2016 combined (just spanks vmware, cost-wise - and has most of the features out of the box), and now software defined networking, software defined storage, etc (can mimic Nutanix or Simplivity on the OS level with less expensive hardware and eliminates the need for an expensive SAN)
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 6, 2017, 10:54 wtf_man
 
The forgotten API: just what is going on with DX12

It doesn't help that the anticipated performance boost vs. DX11 is no where near as claimed... even on AMD, which actually shows some improvement over DX11, vs. nVidia.

Vulkan is probably the future since it covers more than Windows devices.
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex Series Hiatus?
28. Re: Deus Ex Series Hiatus? Jan 30, 2017, 14:57 wtf_man
 
Dacron wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 12:00:
wtf_man wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 08:57:
A remake of the original in a with a modern engine would be nice.

Not brand new triple AAA looking, but the most complete one yet, free on steam (if you own deus ex) -

Deus Ex Revision

I have the GOG version. That hasn't been released for GOG yet. I also have the New Vision portion of the mod installed.

That said... I was meaning an Unreal 3 or 4 remake. Pretty sure the original uses Unreal 1.
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex Series Hiatus?
4. Re: Deus Ex Series Hiatus? Jan 30, 2017, 08:57 wtf_man
 
A remake of the original in a with a modern engine would be nice.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
15. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 27, 2017, 12:10 wtf_man
 
Rolleyes  
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News Comments > Prey in May
19. Re: Prey in May Jan 26, 2017, 14:57 wtf_man
 
Hump wrote on Jan 26, 2017, 01:32:
Arkane is a talented studio but this isn't a PREY title. This is System Shock

That's not a bad thing.

Arkane has always tried to be inspired by Looking Glass titles.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
14. Re: Evening Safety Dance Jan 21, 2017, 10:57 wtf_man
 
Enterprise LTSB is definitely the best option for a privacy based install (Cortana disabled by default, no candy crush or unnecessary extra store apps, etc.)... but even with all the GPO's that disable phoning home, there are still settings that GPO's don't address.

There are extra settings that GPO's will not handle:

Manage connections from Windows operating system components to Microsoft services

And after going through all that work... you still may need to wireshark the machine and firewall block some connections. (Assuming you want everything off, including windows updates, activation checks, certificate root checks, etc.)

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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Jan 16, 2017, 11:32 wtf_man
 
There is no Half Life 3 / Episode 3, and there probably won't ever be one.

Like that recent article from the interview with the ex-valve employee said... Basically any attempt to create and release an episode 3 or full Half-Life 3 wouldn't be able to live up to the hype and damage Valve's reputation worse than not releasing one at all. (Like Duke Nuke 'Em did)

They just need to come out and say it, and get it over with.
 
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News Comments > Windows 10 Update Breaks Multi-Monitor Support
57. Re: Windows 10 Update Breaks Multi-Monitor Support Jan 12, 2017, 14:50 wtf_man
 
Verno wrote on Jan 12, 2017, 13:53:
I see encrypted connections on our WSUS server outbound all the time so check that.

A WSUS server would have to contact MS.

A server without that role would not. Windows update on a regular server, configured to a local WSUS, server should be local traffic only (For Updates).

But like I said... I disabled Updates completely when I performed my experiment.

As for a CRL check... not sure why an idle machine would need to do that very often. Usually CRLs checks are kicked off by browsing.
 
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News Comments > Windows 10 Update Breaks Multi-Monitor Support
53. Re: Windows 10 Update Breaks Multi-Monitor Support Jan 12, 2017, 13:39 wtf_man
 
Verno wrote on Jan 12, 2017, 11:10:

What ports? What IPs? I've done my own traffic audits before and the only encrypted connections that I couldn't explain were related to WSUS and Bing.

I don't have the trace available to me right this second... however they were all registered to Microsoft. WSUS is local traffic which would have been filtered out... I only traced what was going to the outside network. That said... I had Windows Updates turned off anyway. I suspect some of it was activation check... however that is only supposed to happen every 7 days or so, when activated. I didn't dig too deep, but I was dismayed that a Server os was phoning home when it shouldn't.

Verno wrote on Jan 12, 2017, 11:10:
It's not an argument, it's reality. That's just how the software world is now.

I don't accept that. Just because the industry is going balls out on it and there are no laws to stop them yet, doesn't make it right. All datamining should be optional... and opt in. period. If people get *reasonable* price breaks on opting in and don't care... so be it. At least the rest of us don't have to opt in. EU is starting to crack down on this.... something I wish the US would do as well.
 
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News Comments > Windows 10 Update Breaks Multi-Monitor Support
43. Re: Windows 10 Update Breaks Multi-Monitor Support Jan 12, 2017, 09:29 wtf_man
 
Verno wrote on Jan 12, 2017, 09:06:
You linked an outdated headline but did you read the article? What little information that is transmitted is often related to services and can be controlled by the user. The stuff that wasn't is often just bugs, some of it is already closed off even. For example, from the article:

Some of the traffic looks harmless but feels like it shouldn't be happening. For example, even with no Live tiles pinned to Start (and hence no obvious need to poll for new tile data), Windows 10 seems to download new tile info from MSN's network from time to time, using unencrypted HTTP to do so. While again the requests contain no identifying information, it's not clear why they're occurring at all, given that they have no corresponding tile.

Actually even if you turn everything off with privacy tools and microsoft's own blog, it still phones home quite a bit. Slap wireshark on server 2016 (which shouldn't phone home at all with everything off),and filter out your local network, then leave it idle overnight. The next day's trace will surprise you. Most of it is encrypted, so you don't know what it's doing. Of course I'm also filtering out known things like NTP, etc. in the trace.


Verno wrote on Jan 12, 2017, 09:06:
People who say they don't care what their phone has on them are insane. Your phone can track your location in real time, you put a lot more important private info into your phone and you also expose your social contacts to the same data collection. Google and Apple are mining this shit to hell and back, not to mention all of the app companies. They're also selling it. They give you far less choice about it than Microsoft.

I don't buy that argument, sorry. "So and so does it so we can too" is BS. I go out of my way to minimize that with my phone. Pretty much only the carrier can track me, and any purchases I make in a store when I make them... which is super rare. I SHOULDN'T have to do that on my PC. Period.

While I support Windows 10 in the Enterprise, I only run Windows 7 SP1 (No Updates to get telemetry) at home, and rely on my permitter security appliances which are enterprise grade for my protection. Granted, most people don't have that at home, but I guarantee my machines are more secure than the latest patched Windows.

/shrug
 
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