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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
27. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 16, 2019, 09:59 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Beamer wrote on Jul 16, 2019, 08:54:

But isn't this common sense? Wouldn't you have your best developers on your best products? I'm certain AMD does that, as well, if devs can only focus on one product line at a time.
Yes and no. You'll want someone from the driver team that knows the optimizations in place, so that when the "teams in training" which are what B and C teams are, to explain how those optimizations work on the existing hardware without breaking compatibility. The other part is you'll want "what isn't broken, to not be fixed." Nvidia has a far longer history of serious performance drop offs between the various teams and it's been like that for years.

Remember when Skyrim was released, and there was suddenly a massive increase in load times on nvidia cards? Enjoying those changes that the driver team did, which then were hotfixed four times, and still wasn't working right. Yeah.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
26. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 16, 2019, 09:55 Mashiki Amiketo
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Jul 16, 2019, 03:54:
Breaking news: Developers don't 100% focus and optimize for ten year old graphics cards!

What you are saying (if true at all) is not what the AMD fanboys are claiming. The AMD fanboys are claiming that Huang instructs nVidia developers to insert malicious code in new drivers to slow down old cards.

This article here proves that such claims are 100% bullshit. There are lots of benchmarks on the web showing similar results. There are always SOME games, both on AMD and nVidia that will lose performance under newer drivers but the claim that nVidia is intentionally sabotaging their older cards is ludicrous.
It happens inadvertently, of course, with some games on both AMD and nVidia cards. Such is the nature of maintaining compatibility.

Breaking news: Developers don't write graphic card drivers and end-wrappers for video cards.(I'm kidding slightly) While I agree that there isn't any proof that Huang is inserting malicious code, there is proof that nvidia has engaged in shady shit just like Intel did. Creating faster pathways on the GPU die for particular benchmarks. They got hammered into the ground on the antitrust case on that one if you remember. But keeping in mind with this, driver to driver release nvidia cards seem to have a far greater drop-off in terms of performance than AMD cards do.

Yes, I remember that and they did so because the issue was super-rare and they could never reproduce it in-house. That's why they needed user PCs to investigate.
Ever since 3Dfx went down the toilet, I have been using nVidia exclusively and easily owned a couple dozen cards over the past twenty years. I, for one, have never seen a TDR in my entire life.
You mean besides the ~30k odd posts from different users just on their own forum? Most of which were fixed when the end-user increased the voltage of the GPU. Those cards at the time ran hot, and the only way nvidia could keep them from cooking themselves to death at idle was to lower the core voltage. Once they turned around and stopped lowering the core voltage, the problem effectively went away.

You should go look at their current offerings on video cards, they've just spent the last 2.5 tick-tock cycles cleaning nvidia's plate, because nvidia decided that the mining market was far more lucrative. By far more, I mean not at all. To the point that Huang was telling investors that despite the market falling out, the company is still profitable...really. Just to boil it all down.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
21. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 15, 2019, 21:41 Mashiki Amiketo
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Jul 15, 2019, 14:14:

The headline is based on AMD fanboy drivel that Radeons generally gain massive performance over time through the power of FineWine™ drivers while nVidia cards generally lose massive performance because Huang personally instructs his driver developers to ruin the performance on older cards once nVidia have released a new gen.

It's not really clickbait. There are a lot of AMD fanboys who are spreading these kinds of lies all over tech forums and Reddit. This article is doing a good job of illustrating how full of shit they are.

Know where this starts from? Nvidia itself, way back when nvidia had their own forums(prior to the security breach and shutdown) there were multiple posts from people within the company including members of the driver development team that stated when nvidia launches a new card, they shift the current 'performance' team to the new card, and leave driver updates and maintenance to teams B and C, who often downgrade higher performance for more stability. This isn't some grand conspiracy, there was plenty of proof posted on their own boards and the CM's even acknowledged that performance took a hit over the long-term.

Remember when nvidia was paying at their cost, to have people bring their PC's or have them shipped to them at their cost because of the TDR problems? That was back in the GTX500, 600 and 700 days.
 
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News Comments > Mike Rose Starts G2A Petition
14. Re: Mike Rose Starts G2A Petition Jul 5, 2019, 23:37 Mashiki Amiketo
 
People could have just said that this jackass is against the first sale doctrine and be done with it.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
9. Re: Evening Metaverse Jun 5, 2019, 23:27 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Beamer wrote on Jun 5, 2019, 23:15:

You still have free speech. But if you say something terrible, people treat you like you're terrible.

Same as always.
By all means. Let's see your protests against the dailybeast then.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
6. Re: Saturday Metaverse May 11, 2019, 22:44 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Oh boy. Look at all these progressives putting illegals up in their homes. And they're telling everyone that expects people who want to emigrate to do so legally are xenophobic racists.

Brilliant. So smart. Guess you guys have it all up in the bag, should go ask the NYT if there is a border crisis these days. Their answer might surprise you.
 
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News Comments > Get Transistor Free on the Epic Games Store
62. removed Apr 19, 2019, 14:43 Mashiki Amiketo
 
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News Comments > Get Transistor Free on the Epic Games Store
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News Comments > Get Transistor Free on the Epic Games Store
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News Comments > Get Transistor Free on the Epic Games Store
52. Re: Get Transistor Free on the Epic Games Store Apr 19, 2019, 13:25 Mashiki Amiketo
 
SabreT wrote on Apr 19, 2019, 09:23:

Lol if trying to discredit other people is the only thing you can contribute to this discussion then rather stfu.

How many games out of the 9300 that was released on Steam in 2018 are available elsewhere? If an Indie studio wants to release a game do you think they stand a chance to try and publish it on their own?

"When it comes to operating systems, Microsoft is essentially a monopoly. Microsoft Windows is by far the dominant operating system today. It is said to have at least a 95% share of the market. This is not technically a monopoly, but the market does show most of the characteristics of a monopoly."
You can do that all on your own, and doing so well all on your own. Remember the part we're talking about exclusivity. Reminder that Microsoft isn't paying developers to develop only on the PC - they have on their console on the other hand. Which is an appropriate comparison. "Single market lock-ins" are anti-compeitive behavior, the same way if Google or Apple only let you buy through them, and locked out competing services from selling on their platform(they do).

Your failure to understand the difference between the two does explain a lot though.

Beamer wrote on Apr 19, 2019, 09:57:
Remember the days when the game you wanted wasn't available for DOS, only Amiga or OS/2? You would have had to buy an entirely separate system to play them. Or, hell, even if something was Windows or DOS, and you had to boot separately to play them. No additional money spent, but you'd need to sit through a several-minute long reboot.

Remember the days when it was a 'choice of development' on what platform you wanted to make your game on? You could develop for DOS, Amiga, or O2/2 and ride the winds and/or market as you wanted. You remember the days when the commadore awas the primary development platform, and they didn't try to pay off companies to only sell through one storefront. If you wanted to make a proper comparison it would be like DOS developers only allowing their software to be sold at one business, and the same for Amiga and OS/2. But that didn't happen did it.
 
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News Comments > Get Transistor Free on the Epic Games Store
24. Re: Get Transistor Free on the Epic Games Store Apr 19, 2019, 08:38 Mashiki Amiketo
 
SabreT wrote on Apr 19, 2019, 06:55:
Looks like Steam has people by the balls going from all these replies. Slaves to their large library of games on ONE platform unable to work without Steam. How dare competition to the monopoly try and give developers a better cut!
Sure looks like someones being an unpaid shill for EGS. How dare people point out that engaging in the console wars on the PC platform be a bad thing, especially after Epic's statements attacking PC gamers for decades - until the bottom fell out of the console market.
 
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News Comments > Get Transistor Free on the Epic Games Store
17. Re: Get Transistor Free on the Epic Games Store Apr 19, 2019, 05:23 Mashiki Amiketo
 
MeanJim wrote on Apr 18, 2019, 22:34:

Ok, I'm no fan of the EGS, but how is this different than when Steam and GOG gives away games?
Steam and GoG don't give an incentive to the developer to do so.
 
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News Comments > Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition Revealed
3. No subject Apr 15, 2019, 14:14 Mashiki Amiketo
 
The gaming industry has turned into Hollywood. Nobody takes risks, everyone is re-releasing 10, 20 year old titles polished up or with new warm bodies.  
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News Comments > Tim Sweeney on Epic Games Store Spyware Theories
28. Re: Tim Sweeney on Epic Games Store Spyware Theories Apr 7, 2019, 13:33 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Flatline wrote on Apr 6, 2019, 13:13:
And how do you get your product out to as large of an audience as you can through Steam or Epic?
Anyway you want. Remember they give you the storefront for free, you still get the advertising for free. The only time they take a cut is when the sale goes through that storefront.

To explain: Sell it and DLC only on steam, use their store? They get a cut.
Sell only on steam, use their store? They get a cut and same with DLC. But sell your steam keys through your own store? No cut.
Sell your game on steam, sell your own keys, and sell keys to resellers(GMG, Fanatical, Humble, etc). Only cut given is selling the key through steam, and the cut that the distributor and resell gets.
 
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News Comments > Tim Sweeney on Epic Games Store Spyware Theories
20. Re: Tim Sweeney on Epic Games Store Spyware Theories Apr 6, 2019, 12:08 Mashiki Amiketo
 
TheVocalMinority wrote on Apr 6, 2019, 02:16:

I must have forgot about that one. Linky?
No problem. Second one as well. And here. There's plenty of news articles on it, just search Cisco firmware scandal.
 
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News Comments > Tim Sweeney on Epic Games Store Spyware Theories
7. Re: Tim Sweeney on Epic Games Store Spyware Theories Apr 5, 2019, 22:29 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Nate wrote on Apr 5, 2019, 21:48:
So many online hate posts for a store which takes a significantly smaller cut from developers.
Funny thing. If you sell through your own storefront, steam takes a cut of 0. The only time they take a cut is if you're using their storefront.

But boy-oh-boy, if all the big decisions are made by him and 100% responsible. Then I'm sure scraping steam data, horrible support, and scraping user data is sure gonna pay out well for him. Saying that Epic has only ever had positive interactions doesn't mean much, that's like Cisco saying they've only ever had positive interactions with the company that built their routers. Until it came out that they were injecting exploits directly into it, granting not only the manufacturer but various chicom agencies access. That's going back to 2010/2011 for those that forgot, and it was just cisco hardware.

You're not doing yourself any favors by saying that Tim.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands 3 on Epic Games Store in September
67. Re: Borderlands 3 on Epic Games Store in September Apr 3, 2019, 23:42 Mashiki Amiketo
 
RedEye9 wrote on Apr 3, 2019, 14:47:
Beamer wrote on Apr 3, 2019, 14:37:
Cutter wrote on Apr 3, 2019, 13:24:
I hope all these assholes with their exclusives are losing tons of sales.

"So don't buy the fucking product. Problem solved. Their house their rules. God, I'm so sick of whiny little fucks like Cutter."

Context, btw. In case I'm not the only one tired of the endless hypocrisy.
I think you meant this.
Two triablists backing each other up, and labeling anyone that doesn't agree to their PoV as being alt-right, neo-nazis, and/or evil. Funny how years ago, you were both stating and arguing against this exact thing. Oh the irony and hypocrisy.

 
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News Comments > Metro Exodus Kills 3rd Party Keys
16. Re: Metro Exodus Kills 3rd Party Keys Apr 2, 2019, 11:58 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Prez wrote on Apr 2, 2019, 10:01:
G2A was selling steam keys for Exodus for a while after exclusivity was announced; I'm betting these are the stolen keys in question.
Multiple sites were. CDKeys, Kinguin, Nuuvum were as well, Kinguin and Nuuvum buy bulk boxed copies quite often, those are purchased through a legit distribution path as well mostly regional Ingram Micro sub-outlets and so on.

That of course doesn't make the keys stolen either. Rather it becomes a case where the retailer was selling a legitimate key and information on the revocation of boxed copies wasn't sent fast enough, leading to copies effectively in limbo, but still being sold. Physical copies are still a thing in those wonderful emerging markets.
 
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News Comments > Metro Exodus Kills 3rd Party Keys
12. Re: Metro Exodus Kills 3rd Party Keys Apr 2, 2019, 09:23 Mashiki Amiketo
 
roguebanshee wrote on Apr 2, 2019, 04:08:
Buying stolen goods is illegal, whether you know the goods were stolen or not. If the goods were bought in good faith the usual penalty is merely the confiscation of the goods. If you knew the goods were stolen you also risk a fine and in more extreme cases even prison.

You can go ask your local lawyers about it if you want.

Well that's where you get into the fun part now isn't it. Because "software key" transfers don't automatically count as illegal(criminal), they may only be a civil violation. In a civil case, the company is likely better off washing their hands of it, instead of dealing with a few hundred or thousand small claims cases with a lawyer at $900/hr vs the person who drops $25-50/pop. Your point holds true if it's a physical good...in most cases. Not all though, since some countries have "seized property that isn't claimed is returned to the purchaser." And being that in some countries a software key counts as both a physical item and a digital item, it means that the fault can actually fall to the distributor of the key for failing to take due diligence in revocation.

Ask your local lawyer on software laws, and they'll point you to someone who deals with the current multinational clusterfuck instead of them. It's too much of a headache.
 
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News Comments > Metro Exodus Kills 3rd Party Keys
6. Re: Metro Exodus Kills 3rd Party Keys Apr 1, 2019, 21:27 Mashiki Amiketo
 
RedEye9 wrote on Apr 1, 2019, 20:01:
Stolen keys get revoked. Nothing to see here.
Are they actually stolen though? Every stamping plant I'd ever been to, used overzealous measures to ensure both disks and keys weren't being stolen by employees. It's gotten far easier for companies to cut employees out of the picture in cases like this, since you can go from stamping to putting the key in the box without a single person touching it and not even seeing the xls sheet of generated keys. 20 years ago it was stupidly easy, and one of the reasons you saw cracked games being released a week or two before they went on sale. Now, you don't even see cracked games show up until after the official release.

What's shady is they don't mention the site(s) selling the keys. Which could mean something else, like the retailer bought the keys through a legitimate distribution path and the distributor refusing to refund the reseller and retailer. Or attempting to pull a "well those keys aren't legit anymore, too bad for you. But we got a batch of EGS keys for you to buy..." Leaving the retailer to pull a "fuck you" moment.
 
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