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News Comments > NVIDIA on GFE Mandatory Logins
22. Re: NVIDIA on GFE Mandatory Logins Jan 18, 2017, 00:16 NewMaxx
Overon wrote on Jan 17, 2017, 23:59:
That didn't answer the central questions why the login is necessary for some of those features.

I won't defend their position but, for example, why does Plex constantly ask you to login? "Improves the user experience and offers services." I find it annoying as hell but I don't see GFE as anything more invasive than a lot of other services.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 17, 2017, 18:28 NewMaxx
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 17, 2017, 11:39:
That sucks about Steve. Something smells fishy because there was not a peep about this on hardocp. Now i'm curious.

They had to make a stickied post after a user posted about it.

I've been on [H] since the very beginning. I left for a few years as I really felt the site was going into decline in two ways. First, the user base was very much diluted in terms of being real enthusiasts and also I felt there was an almost slavish devotion to the heads, especially Kyle. Second, Kyle especially tends to be pretty rude on the forums against anybody who questions his methodology and I really felt that hurt the site - and this spread over to other things, like his attitude and issues with AMD. Simply put the userbase and the leadership became increasingly unprofessional while acting holier than thou.

They were always like that to some degree, of course, but after the Infinium Labs lawsuit (which [H] "won" for a quarter of a million) it ramped up a lot. I really respected them for sticking to their guns on that but it nearly bankrupted the site and after that they pretty much "cleared the chaff" in the userbase (and more recently have literally cleaned house) and basically fuck with anybody who gives them shit. The members tend to love that and pile on people who dissent on any groupthink present on the site.

That's very typical of communities and especially forums, of course, but I believe they took the spirit of the original site too far and have gone over into absurdia land with their antics. I take hardware very seriously (as a computer engineer) and it's difficult to have a good conversation over there without one hundred fanboys with copycat builds giving you shit because apparently it's more about MHz than the joy of tinkering...but I'll leave it at that. Suffice to say there are better sites out there for it and [H] feels like a closed community.

(I recently returned to the site because many others have gotten stale and I like their conservative bent at times, but it seems like the issues I saw last year have come to a head).
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 16, 2017, 15:02 NewMaxx
Cutter wrote on Jan 16, 2017, 12:49:
It once again shows that the Apple sheep hate America.

Part of the problem is simply that Apple's profit margin on phones is insane. They could manufacture in the US and still make a sizable profit, probably still #1 over Samsung in that regard. However, they would argue that weaker profits would hurt their ability to re-invest in things like R&D. They would also have to give more money to the US, and even more if they stopped using tax loopholes. They really have little incentive to manufacture in the US. Yes, there's a place for "goodwill" on the accounting sheet, but it's difficult to get a ROI out of that, so even if using China makes them $1 more a phone they're usually going to go that way. The average person simply doesn't understand enough about economics. I find that particularly amusing because people think Trump is an idiot and call his ideas to deregulate business a disaster, then they turn around and deplore the state of the environment and human rights...right before they climb into their SUVs and drive while texting on their iPhones. Then we have the TPP, which would finally give companies the ability to stop China from human rights violations and IP theft but it would raise the cost of products for US citizens a bit - and of course they're against it (Trump is against it for nationalist reasons, but that's just another irony as the people saying it empowers global companies ignore the fact it would offer solutions to the refugee/immigration crisis and is tied to TTIP). Long story short - people don't understand things nearly as much as they think they do, but if your first decision is to buy Apple products in the current state they are produced then you've already lost the battle.
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Torment: Tides of Numenera
5. Re: Gone Gold - Torment: Tides of Numenera Jan 12, 2017, 13:10 NewMaxx
MacLeod wrote on Jan 12, 2017, 13:08:
Wow... who pissed in your cornflakes this morning?

Based on recent events, I'm going to guess Russian prostitutes.
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 10, 2017, 09:54 NewMaxx
Wait, VR going mobile!? Whoever could have predicted that?  
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News Comments > Scalebound Cancelled
11. Re: Scalebound Cancelled Jan 10, 2017, 06:51 NewMaxx

...wait, what game is this again?

(damn, rawbelly beat me to it!)
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News Comments > U.K. Sales Charts
6. Re: U.K. Sales Charts Jan 9, 2017, 16:52 NewMaxx
The only surprise on PC here is Farming Simulator 17. There's always a lull this time of year; the big game releases are usually at the edges of Q1/Q2 and Q3/Q4.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 9, 2017, 13:25 NewMaxx
I also suggest checking out Quad Boot for the Pi 3. I devoted a 32GB microSD card to it. As for why you'd need a quad boot, consider: Kodi is excellent for online streaming and custom needs, RasPlex works natively with a Plex Media Server, RetroPIE is of course all about emulation, and Raspbian lets you run an actual OS on the device. Haven't had much trouble getting it to work with my controllers, remotes, etc., and you can reboot and do processes over SSH (Putty/WinSCP) as well. Not a bad set-up for the cost. It's worth spending a bit more on a case, heatsink, and good charger.

I do caution against using the Pi 3 as a server (e.g., Plex Media Server) as I've killed two microSD cards in about a year trying to use it in that fashion. Too much I/O for the OS, it simply doesn't handle cheap flash memory that well. I would also caution against expecting too much out of the memory on this thing, it's pretty easy to exceed 1GB in Kodi/RasPlex if you leave it on all the time (I suggest rebooting periodically).
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
5. Re: Steam Top 10 Jan 8, 2017, 17:15 NewMaxx
Linksil wrote on Jan 8, 2017, 13:33:
Not just banning cheaters, but a lot of people that think they're "leet" and buy second/third accounts to pown newbies at lower ranks.

Ah yes, the infamous "smurf" accounts. One of the reasons I have mostly stopped playing BF1 is that those rank 100 guys that kept killing me turned magically into rank <20 guys who somehow had an identical skill level...
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News Comments > Overwatch Nerfs Detailed
11. Re: Overwatch Nerfs Detailed Jan 6, 2017, 15:37 NewMaxx
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 6, 2017, 14:42:
When I face a top player once in a session in BF1/Bf4 then I can learn, and I hugely enjoy the challenge every once in a while, when I face them ALL THE TIME, then it is absolutely no fun whatsoever. in Battlefield I have the option to change servers, in Overwatch I am getting pwned and forced into matches I don't want to play by the match making. No matter what.

Yeah, that definitely sounds frustrating and is one of the reasons I got "out of the game" (not Overwatch, just that sort of thing in general). World of Tanks was, at least when I played, notorious for this shit, for example. Of course that was before XVM (I got out as soon as I saw mods headed that way). Some games don't have the population to really manage matchmaking (e.g. AW, MWO) but the ones that do - it's just inexcusable. People resist skill-based match-making because they have to carry all the time or some shit, well IMHO that's still better than this streak nonsense. Every time I get the urge to try Overwatch I just see that issue and move on.
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
3. Re: Evening Safety Dance Jan 6, 2017, 08:33 NewMaxx
The amount of incompetence all around is staggering and yet unsurprising, given that so many hires during this administration were for ideological reasons with the goal of loyalty rather than recruiting for ability.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 5, 2017, 14:28 NewMaxx
I got a NVIDIA Shield TV for $150 back over Black Friday 2015, looks like this is pretty much the same thing. The controller has been redesigned but otherwise...maybe some subtle hardware differences? Also comes with the remote (I got that for free during the special, though). I do want to say it was a fantastic purchase. Really decent machine.

*edit* reading up more, it has HDR support and a faster chip in comparison to the previous model

This comment was edited on Jan 5, 2017, 15:07.
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News Comments > GeForce Now Streaming Announced
22. Re: GeForce Now Streaming Announced Jan 5, 2017, 12:09 NewMaxx
chickenboo wrote on Jan 5, 2017, 11:40:
Scary stuff, really.

It's a paradigm that's been around a long time. Older people here might remember the age of "dumb terminals" which is in many ways what cloud computing is "innovating." While it seems like a control issue it's actually more about efficiency.

It's self-defeating, though. If fiber optics truly became ubiquitous you'd be better off geo-caching things like YouTube videos and spreading the load over all the user devices rather than relying on a server farm. That form of distribution is also not new and in a way it takes over control while simultaneously assuring anonymity. Of course, that's one reason IPv6 was devised, which again makes individual devices very identifiable.

I guess to cut this short and get my point across - all of these conflicts are ever-evolving and nothing really new. The real issue is the Apple versus Google paradigm (and they are two sides of the same coin, really) whereby a closed approach, while more efficient, has a greater prospect of being "scary" while open source tends to create vulnerabilities and makes it more difficult to track unsavory elements. Again, nothing new, just an evolution of the old.

The only thing that matters here is that some people have one more option to fulfill their gaming needs...which really on a site like this is only a good thing.
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News Comments > GeForce Now Streaming Announced
6. Re: GeForce Now Streaming Announced Jan 5, 2017, 11:02 NewMaxx
It's pretty cool stuff. I've posted before on here about my experiences with OnLive so I tend to be pretty optimistic about this technology...once the infrastructure is in place (including consumer broadband).

I foresee this being pretty popular with games like...well, World of Tanks and Warframe, as mentioned in the press release, but also MOBAs and console ports. People often question the latency issue but when you're dealing with people who play at 30 FPS (or even the "cinematic" 24 FPS) and with game pads you're not exactly trying to attract the highest order of gamer. Obviously the GTX 1080 will allow for higher FPS than that, my point is merely that they're not targeting people with high expectations.
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News Comments > Overwatch Roadhog Nerfs Incoming
5. Re: Overwatch Roadhog Nerfs Incoming Jan 4, 2017, 17:59 NewMaxx
Pigeon wrote on Jan 4, 2017, 14:59:
I think part of the problem with their balance is so much of it is done to balance at the higher rank of competitive

I don't play Overwatch and never will, but this is true of most multiplayer games, it's just more evident today especially with popular games. One reason is you have YouTubers with a lot of clout who influence design decisions, and in particular you have an elite core of players who run statistics that really strive for "balance." I put that in quotation marks because ultimately it's about pushing their own meta to stay on top in a pyramid scheme type of organization; they teach their million viewers to play their way, but the average person will never break even because that elite core stays on top of the meta - because they're the ones advocating the changes.

The reason I know this is because I used to be part of that top 1% and I just take every opportunity I can to say...don't assume your favorite YouTuber has your best interest in mind even if he or she seems generous, the majority have their own agenda, especially as their income is derived from staying on top. Don't get me wrong there are many who have a real passion for the game but for every one of those you have a dozen opportunists.

As far as balancing around the middle-skill point: I agree. I think fun should always come first, even before balance. Forcing symmetric play is predictable and boring. I get that a lot of people feel that's the most "fair" but it's stifling innovative play in a time where we have more gamers than ever before. Blizzard is known for making "tight" games at the competitive level (versus something like, say, Battlefield 1) so I can forgive that here to some extent but in general this happens too much with multiplayer gaming. Players create the issues, sure, but it's money that perpetuates it.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
7. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 2, 2017, 19:19 NewMaxx
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 2, 2017, 13:42:
Still don't get why AMD is so hung up on HBM2... considering no benchmark showed any benefit of it.

Memory bandwidth is king in the multi-processor world. To give you an example, most CPUs have not been memory bandwidth-bound for quite some time, and going single- to dual-channel provides maybe 10-15% instead of a 100% gain. Yet, when I test DDR4 on my 6700K (4/8) versus DDR3 on my 2500K (4/4), I see that memory bandwidth has become more important than latency (on the DDR4) and that up to at least 2666/2800 I'm seeing it worthwhile for an overclocked 4/8 chip. Not all workloads, though.

Why am I explaining all this? Because GPUs are highly multi-threaded and bandwidth/speed has trumped latency for a long, long time in the video world. My CPU is still happy with dual-channel, relatively low speed DDR4, but if I jump up to a 8/16 chip I find many cases where quad-channel is interesting. Likewise, pushing a ton of cores (stream processors) on a GPU means you want to keep it fed to maximize multi-thread efficiency. It's just a question of trade-offs here.

All that being said, I think HBM2 has been and remains a boondoggle as in most cases there are simply easier ways to get the most out of your memory bandwidth. While in the desktop CPU world we often struggle to get the most out of 6+ threads, GPU workloads are designed entirely around multi-threading which means they are quite efficient at that task (more specialized), compression et al. Brute-forcing bit-width to boost memory bandwidth is reminiscent of how speed trumps latency but you need a bottleneck, first!

It's more complicated than all that, of course. Raw speed is not the same as having more bit-width (HBM) and certain workloads will very much benefit from HBM in a way that can't currently be reproduced. Is gaming one of those ways? Yes and no - I think VR has the potential to make use of it (multi-perspective computing), years and years off, but real benefits are still outside the consumer sector, IMHO. AMD's tech here is more likely to be valuable as IP than say capable of producing a GTX 1080 killer. We just don't need it yet.
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
15. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jan 1, 2017, 12:26 NewMaxx
Slick wrote on Dec 31, 2016, 20:57:
"you got woke" is on the rise, you've all been warned.

damn, you woke af
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
5. Re: Saturday Mobilization Jan 1, 2017, 01:30 NewMaxx
Self-driving car? The guy that designed it must be wicked smaht.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
20. Re: Op Ed Dec 31, 2016, 23:59 NewMaxx
I've had the honor of reading Hannah Arendt, especially her On Revolution where she talks about how wannabe revolutionaries and revisionists are more preoccupied with turning things on their heads than they are with discovering the truth. I've also read Francis Fukuyama, who states that minority special interests are ruining the government in the U.S. by creating a "vetocracy." Lastly, I've seen how journalism has degraded in recent years with first the gaming industry and now in real life, and how somehow disagreeing with a narrative is ignorant and hateful.

We've gone from Russian villains to Russian heroes back to Russian villains again. Meanwhile, we're giving money to both Iran and Saudi Arabia as they're fighting a proxy war. We have groups like BLM funded by rich foreigners, we have massively corrupt political machines, and we have Elon Musk telling us to invoke socialism for the working class. Lastly, we have shills on social media, "fake news," and SJWs that vocally abuse and boycott people just because they voted for the President-Elect.

Through all of that if someone finds the time to complain about gender issues with Super Mario Run, I think it's time to take a step back and realize just how ridiculous things have gotten. I can't even enjoy a small Nintendo game on my phone without people calling me a hater. How exactly is hate against a hater, when in fact that person isn't a hater anyway, not complete hypocrisy? I guess because they know better and I should either accept it or die - must be nice living in that superior bubble.
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News Comments > Steam Award Winners
22. Re: Steam Award Winners Dec 31, 2016, 23:45 NewMaxx
Here's my way of thinking:

"Villain Most In Need Of A Hug" - really, I could argue for either Far Cry 4 (do the secret ending) or Borderlands (Jack was originally trying to be a hero - as we see in The Pre-Sequel) over Portal 2.
"Test of Time" - I don't consider Skyrim old enough to really qualify for this award; something like Deus Ex deserves a nomination and a win FAR more.
"Just 5 More Minutes" - anything but CS, holy hell. I chose Fallout 4 since Civ VI is still too new.
"Whoooaaaaaaa, dude!" - Eh, plenty of games I'd put here before GTA V.
"Game Within A Game" - GTA V winning is fine, but Gwent actually is becoming its own game, so...
"I'm Not Crying, There's Something In My Eye" - plenty of solid choices for this one. I could go with either TWD (Season 1 especially) or Life is Strange.
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