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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits

19. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Nov 15, 2015, 02:33  wtf_man 
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Nov 14, 2015, 23:16:

Not true. In addition to that basic feedback crap there is some data being sent to MS that could not be identified by those who sniffed the packages.
MS are clearly not giving us (UI) options to really disable everything. They are only giving us make-believe options to create an illusion of privacy concerns.
As usual they display zero respect for their customers and try to force the shit on us that they deem best for us.

This.

One disables Cortana and searching via web, and Windows 10 still phones home when you click the start button or when you search.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits

12. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Nov 14, 2015, 18:24  wtf_man 
 
harlock wrote on Nov 14, 2015, 18:13:
pro tip: NOBODY FUCKING CARES ABOUT YOUR SECRETS

Apparently Microsoft does, since they won't let you turn the shit off.

Actually... for me it's not about any "secrets"... it's about phoning home expressly against my wishes.

When a product gives you "opt-outs that don't really opt-out"... then I go above and beyond to make sure they don't get ANY info, including basic anonymous crash info.

Fuck Microsoft's arrogance.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits

9. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Nov 14, 2015, 17:38  wtf_man 
 
Actually... I have an extensive security background and I use Windows 10 at work as my main workstation OS, because I know I will have to support it eventually. That said... it's the Enterprise LTS edition with all of the spyware / phone home stuff completely uninstalled.

I will be curious to see if the new major update overrides all of my un-installations, and whether I will need to do them over or not.

As for running it at home... I'm waiting to see what MS does against the Privacy Advocate's settings / customization, and whether it will be a cat and mouse game, or not.
 
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News Comments > Windows 10 Outperforms SteamOS

13. Re: Windows 10 Outperforms SteamOS Nov 13, 2015, 12:52  wtf_man 
 
bhcompy wrote on Nov 13, 2015, 11:19:
And the primary API for PS4 is not OpenGL(though I believe you can still use it, PSGL was the API for PS3). GNM is a DirectX style API.

Ah... good to know.
 
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News Comments > Windows 10 Outperforms SteamOS

5. Re: Windows 10 Outperforms SteamOS Nov 13, 2015, 10:51  wtf_man 
 
descender wrote on Nov 13, 2015, 10:32:
This is a classic chicken/egg problem that pretty much comes down to driver optimization. There was never a reason for nVidia/AMD to put any resources into developing their linux drivers and they have always suffered as a result. Now that there is more hardware out there to make money off of, there could be incentive for this to change.

I think they'd have to do a lot more work to show that SteamOS itself was slowing things down in any significant way. It would also help if they weren't comparing DirectX with openGL adding another layer of development complexity to the problem.

This.

*nix drivers / OpenGL will never surpass Windows Drivers / DirectX in performance unless for some inexplicable reason a majority of games switches platforms for primary development.

PS4 and Android (at this time) aren't enough.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Launch Trailer

31. Re: Fallout 4 Launch Trailer Nov 5, 2015, 15:34  wtf_man 
 
Not sure why you folks expect Gamebryo to be on par with what? Current Cryengine / Unreal Engine?

It is what it is... the graphics are ok for what it is, and the modding knowledge shared throughout the other games will prove to make the game even better, as the previous games were improved by the modding community.

I'd rather have the quick turn around for mods than a completely new engine.

/shrug
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance

1. Re: Morning Safety Dance Nov 5, 2015, 09:59  wtf_man 
 
Uninstalling the offending system packages with DISM (for making an install image) or Install_WIM_Tweak (For an OS already installed) is the only way to be sure.

Completely eradicate Telemetry Defender One-drive Cortana and other things

Ripley Effect - AKA "I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure."
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation

4. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 3, 2015, 15:30  wtf_man 
 
fujiJuice wrote on Nov 3, 2015, 15:04:
Having bought an Xbox One quite literally days ago, I find the interface to be extremely confusing and the opposite of intuitive.

That's because the interface is metrosexual... whatever that's supposed to mean... which is confusing in and of itself!
 
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News Comments > Elder Scrolls Online Orsinium DLC Released

7. Re: Elder Scrolls Online Orsinium DLC Released Nov 3, 2015, 15:27  wtf_man 
 
Acleacius wrote on Nov 3, 2015, 12:22:
At least this time, they made DLC PVE. The last DLC Imperial City was PVP only so they lost about 60% of their sales.

Technically this is their 3rd "mini expansion", and they rotate the content.

1st was Craglorn - Vetran area only, mostly group PvE
2nd was Imperial City - Any Level (scaled up to VR16), mostly PvP
3rd is Orsinium - Any level (scaled up to VR16), mostly solo PvE

Craglorn was back when the game was subscription based... so that's why it's not separate DLC like the other two.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Update and Trailer

12. Re: Star Citizen Update and Trailer Oct 28, 2015, 15:02  wtf_man 
 
Glad I only spent 10 Kajillion Zimbabwe Dollars on this!  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10

19. Re: Steam Top 10 Oct 26, 2015, 09:46  wtf_man 
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Oct 25, 2015, 18:10:
I hope this is true.

But i can't see it... if it is true, I guess they figured their shit boxes were just top of line computers from 2007.

If it is true, I'm guessing it has something to do with gaming laptops being more viable than ever. A laptop with a 960M starts around $800 and will play most games @ 1080p easily. True AAA gaming on the go... not the IOS / Android Tablet crap.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance

11. Re: Saturday Safety Dance MS Shoe drops Oct 25, 2015, 10:19  wtf_man 
 
Bub wrote on Oct 25, 2015, 06:50:
If you want to turn off the snooping, you will have to BUY the Enterprise version.

1. AFAIK you can't "Buy" (retail-wise) the enterprise version. It's Volume Licensed Only. The only other way to get a copy would be an MSDN account.

2. Even with the Enterprise version locked down with policy, it still phones home when you click the start button (even with Cortana Disabled and Telemetry Policy set to completely OFF).

The only way to get rid of the Home Phoning is with DISM for taking the packages out of an image prior to OS install, or "Install_WIM_Tweak" to uninstall packages on an already installed OS.

Read this Forum Thread to figure out all the undesirable packages you can't uninstall normally: Completely eradicate Telemetry, Defender, One drive, Cortana (and other things).

I also posted an example with Install_wim_tweak here

The two methods I mentioned are the ONLY way to get rid of the phone home crap (among other bundled crap). These methods will work for the other versions (Pro, Home, Etc.) as well.

Also... a new build will be forced down on non LTS versions... meaning you will probably have to run the install_wim_tweak batch file you create, again, to again get rid of the crap.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation

10. Re: Microsoft no longer reporting console sales Oct 24, 2015, 19:17  wtf_man 
 
Greenish wrote on Oct 24, 2015, 11:56:
Hating Microsoft is so passť.

Not when they keep giving us reasons over and over.

Windows ME
Windows Vista
Windows 8 / 8.1 Metro / Modern UI
Windows 10 difficult to remove Spyware (install_wim_tweak.exe is your friend)
The Forced Ribbon Interface in office
xBox politics over PC Gaming
Software as a service subscription

And most of all... the arrogance and long-time-to reversal when the market CLEARLY tells Microsoft they don't like something.

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For my fellow Blues friends:

Killwin10crap:
install_wim_tweak

Batch file code to go with it (Put in same folder as install_wim_tweak):

@ECHO OFF
Color 4F
cd /d %~dp0
Title Uninstall Windows Undesired System Applications
CLS
REM We set Online. Need This
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /l
REM We Uninstall the Targets Cortana and Search2
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-Windows-Cortana /r
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-Windows-Search2 /r
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-OneCore-AllowTelemetry /r
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-OneCore-TroubleShooting /r
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-Windows-OneDrive /r
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-Xbox-GameCallableUI /r
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-Xbox-IdentityProvider /r
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-OneCore-AppRuntime-WOW64-xbox /r
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-OneCore-AppRuntime-xbox /r
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-OneCore-Networking-XboxLive /r
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-Windows-Client-Drivers-xbox /r
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-Windows-Client-Features-Package-AutoMerged-xbox /r
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-Windows-Client-Features-WOW64-Package-AutoMerged-xbox /r
REM We hide Online
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /h /o /l
ECHO.
ECHO Uninstall Windows Undesired System Apps Complete. Reboot
Pause
Exit
 
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News Comments > DOOM Alpha Video

7. Re: DOOM Alpha Video Oct 22, 2015, 21:54  wtf_man 
 
I dunno.... between the reveal footage and this alpha map for deathmatch... it looks pretty good to me.

I'll be really happy if it's not a craptastic console port and they actually put effort in the PC version.
 
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News Comments > EA Account Details Leaked

8. Re: EA Account Details Leaked Oct 16, 2015, 22:51  wtf_man 
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Oct 16, 2015, 22:32:
Well you're missing out on the best thing with Origin, their amazing customer support.

Somehow... I think I will survive without EA's wonderful "customer support".
 
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News Comments > EA Account Details Leaked

3. Re: EA Account Details Leaked Oct 16, 2015, 20:50  wtf_man 
 
Or never make an Origin account like me.  
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News Comments > Half-Life 2: Episode Three Sets Dubious Record; HL3 Clue in Dota 2?

10. Re: Half-Life 2: Episode Three Sets Dubious Record; HL3 Clue in Dota 2? Oct 12, 2015, 11:09  wtf_man 
 
nin wrote on Oct 12, 2015, 09:18:
I didn't think either the the episodes were that impressive, compared to HL2. Can they just pretend those didn't happen and move on? Or if they don't want to do it, or can't come up with anything, let someone else pitch the product for them.

I didn't think Half-Life 2 was all that impressive compared to HL1.

I've never played the episodes, either.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Ship Explosion Trailer

57. Re: Star Citizen Ship Explosion Trailer Oct 9, 2015, 15:15  wtf_man 
 
God dammit! I wanna see flying / floating crew bodies with their mellon's decompressing!  
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News Comments > No SC Retraction from The Escapist

20. Re: No SC Retraction from The Escapist Oct 6, 2015, 11:02  wtf_man 
 
WTF is "ledalgation"?  
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News Comments > CIG Demands Escapist Retraction; Threatens Lawsuit

73. Re: CIG Demands Escapist Retraction; Threatens Lawsuit Oct 5, 2015, 13:19  wtf_man 
 
So, I'm guessing that The Escapist is no longer invited to tour the CIG Studios?  
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