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News Comments > NVIDIA on GFE Mandatory Logins
43. Re: NVIDIA on GFE Mandatory Logins Jan 19, 2017, 09:40 Verno
 
Saboth wrote on Jan 18, 2017, 22:16:
Except I also bought a Gsync monitor to go with my Nvidia card, and also an Nvidia Shield Tablet to work with my card. When I bought all of those things, there was no login required. Now there is, and worse yet, functionality between my computer and my tablet is lost (game streaming) unless I fork over my personal information. Yet there is absolutely no reason to require any kind of social media/login account to make my tablet stream from my PC again, like it did before they changed the agreement on their end. You're right though - nothing forces me to buy Nvidia products in the future. Once this monitor is obsolete, and my tablet dies out, I'll probably switch over to freesync and another brand of tablet and see what AMD has up their sleeves. I don't like Nvidia's customer unfriendly practices right now, so it works both ways. They can do what they want, and I can do what I want.

You don't need GFE to use GSync so I'm not sure what you meant by including that. For their streaming to the Shield TV or tablet, I don't have the source code to the software so I don't know. I would think that network discovery polling is less reliable than having a user login and storing the exact network location details into an account hash which is what I suspect they did. Either way is it truly that big of a problem? Consumer unfriendly practice? Requiring a login for a totally optional piece of software is consumer unfriendly? I can't say I agree with that assessment. They've clarified their position and I don't really see anything malicious going on.

I'm all for dinging NV and AMD for their various misdeeds but this seems like a mountain out of a molehill and I can't believe it keeps coming up, even on this grognard wasteland. This was the kind of stuff that annoyed me in 2002 but in terms of privacy issues these days its so low on the totem pole it doesn't even register. I guess to appease people they should just make it optional if possible or have a skip button. That way at least I can stop reading the melodrama surrounding a login as if Nvidia had installed a camera in peoples homes.
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA on GFE Mandatory Logins
38. Re: NVIDIA on GFE Mandatory Logins Jan 18, 2017, 14:16 Verno
 
NetHead wrote on Jan 18, 2017, 06:45:
Because people have already paid cold hard cash to support them, I guess that part just rolls off some.

It's the issues of them forcing people who have already supported them, sometimes with a lot of cold hard cash, to log into accounts to use features which don't require that or the internet.

The phrasing here bugs me a bit. No one is supporting Nvidia, this isn't a Kickstarter or something. You bought a product and got what you paid for. Anything that comes after is gravy. GeForce Experience is entirely optional software, a value add. People who don't like the choices Nvidia makes with the software can speak with their wallet if it truly bothers them so much. That's the only language most companies truly care about. If it's not a deal breaker then it's probably not that large of an issue in the first place.

Nvidia already laid out why its there and the reasons might not matter to some but they're perfectly justifiable.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 17, 2017, 16:17 Verno
 
Was Skyfall the one where the plot device was a leaked list agent list and they ran out of money and filmed a home alone third act? Yeah that one was...not good at all. I remember laughing at mister glass jaw in that. Quantum of Solace had its issues but it was still a better experience than Skyfall.  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
9. Re: Evening Consolidation Jan 17, 2017, 13:20 Verno
 
VaranDragon wrote on Jan 17, 2017, 05:49:
Maybe they should have called it "bait & switch". Would have been more appropriate, methinks.

The bait and switch will come when Nintendo pulls their usual bullshit with artificial supply constraints.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
22. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 16, 2017, 10:19 Verno
 
I have an OLED set and image retention is a non issue, this was largely solved already at the end of the first generation of sets even. Like plasma it is an "issue" that will proliferate due to peoples ignorance on the subject and old articles in the google search cache.

What people are really worried about is burn-in or blue pixel exhaustion, neither is an issue in modern sets. Image Retention is a different thing and I've never seen it survive a simple power on/power off cycle even after 5 hours of gaming with a HUD on screen. The sets also do an off duty cycling when turned off, its built into the firmware. OLED is fine, buy one with confidence if you really want it. They're fucking insane and you won't be able to go back, just forewarning.

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
14. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 13, 2017, 14:31 Verno
 
The biggest seller in this announcement will probably turn out to be 6 year old Skyrim. Super Mario Odyssey looks legit good. Not a lot of info on the rest.

Still find the idea of Nintendo charging for multiplayer hilarious. The company's best previous effort being Friends Codes. At least they're smart enough not to charge for it at launch. Anyways back to work.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 13, 2017, 13:21 Verno
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jan 13, 2017, 12:49:
Did anyone really expect them to put a 500GB-1TB hard drive in this thing? It's designed to be portable, and unlike disc-based consoles that want to dump the bulk of every game onto internal storage to cut load times, these games are on carts. If you want to go digital for most of your purchases, that's on you, but you have that option. Pay your $40 convenience tax and stick a 128GB micro SD in there.

No, I expected them to put in a decent amount of NAND at that price point. 32GB is a joke for a gaming console, even with cartridge media. That's ok though, buying your storage is part of the death by a thousand cuts theme of this console apparently. They have the nerve to charge $50 for 1,2 Switch which is pack in tech demo fluff if I've ever seen it.

I agree though that the launch is pretty light on games. I sat through that presentation as almost everything said "spring" or "summer" or "holidays" (dammit though, that new Mario looks awesome). I've been looking forward to this console, yet even I was ready to wait a few months. But then those cheeky bastards snuck in what I was wanting to see all night at the very last minute... I felt like Rick Flair when that Zelda trailer ended: "WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

I don't know, Zelda is apparently running better on the Wii U and I think I will just play it there. I'll wait for prices to drop and games to come out, I've done Nintendo launches before and they're always shit.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 13, 2017, 10:59 Verno
 
I'm a big time Nintendo fan but I'm sitting this one out.

- Hefty price tag, no games included
- Anemic internal storage, sure its expandable but more $$$. Sure the games are on cartridges but they still need patches, DLC, etc etc.
- Very expensive peripherals, Nintendo is taking the toy approach here
- Outsourced online functionality, much of it through a smartphone app
- Paid monthly subscription for online play, not exactly a Nintendo strength in the first place
- Adding insult to injury they're offering free NES and SNES games monthly to people who subscribe...but they vanish the next month. Only Nintendo could be this stingy with 20-30 year old games.
- Even when docked Zelda is running at 900p
- 3 hour battery life (in Zelda apparently) is below even the Shield Tablet
- Confirmed launch line up is paltry yet again, Nintendo has learned nothing from its past 4 console launches apparently


By the time you add second joycon, grip, external battery for travel and some games you're looking at $600+. Oh and Nintendos clownshoes online multiplayer so probably $50+ a year for that. Pro controller for $80 hahah get the fuck out of here.

Anyways I just don't see the value there right now, big meh. Overpriced, underpowered and some frankly arrogant design decisions.
 
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News Comments > Windows 10 Update Breaks Multi-Monitor Support
67. Re: Windows 10 Update Breaks Multi-Monitor Support Jan 13, 2017, 09:43 Verno
 
I don't understand the obsession to control updates anymore. The odd update that breaks something is pretty rare and often edge case scenarios. You see this all of the time in the software world and companies just ship a patch. Bugs and unforeseen issues are just the nature of the beast.

I don't have time to sit there looking at each update, evaluating if its worthy of installation or not. Windows XP had hundreds of updates, I didn't check them all and I would find it dubious if anyone else said they did. Hell I don't have the code to make that decision truly informed anyway, all I can do is read a text blurb and click on a button or not. Microsoft could put whatever they want in that update and I have no way of verifying it. I highly doubt people are sitting there doing an analysis of each update. More likely they are just sitting on them for some arbitrary period of time and clicking install later. I guess that's "choice"? Whatever makes people happy. The only thing I don't want pushed to me is drivers, the rest of it I don't care. Where Microsoft really screwed up was pushing drivers on people and the whole rebooting you in the middle of a game thing. The newest insider build lets you disable driver updtaes and the latter was already fixed.

If people are really that worried though you can get updates to notify and let you choose when to install them with the Pro version of Windows 10.

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News Comments > Windows 10 Update Breaks Multi-Monitor Support
58. Re: Windows 10 Update Breaks Multi-Monitor Support Jan 12, 2017, 15:22 Verno
 
wtf_man wrote on Jan 12, 2017, 14:50:
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.

No idea then. Feel free to post your trace sometime. Better yet post it on Ars in the Microsoft subforum, there's a few hundred MS employees on that site and I'm sure one of them can tell you what it is.

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.

Part of the activation handshake involves a CRL check IIRC. You mentioned activation so I was just saying you could probably check the destination end point against the Microsoft CRL servers list to verify what you were thinking. Or at least that's how it was explained to me by a colleague when we asked why we had some weird network traffic to crl.microsoft.com.
 
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News Comments > Windows 10 Update Breaks Multi-Monitor Support
56. Re: Windows 10 Update Breaks Multi-Monitor Support Jan 12, 2017, 13:53 Verno
 
wtf_man wrote on Jan 12, 2017, 13:39:
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.

I see encrypted connections on our WSUS server outbound all the time so check that. All of the activation checks should be easy to verify, they should be touching the CRL servers. Anything to a non-CRL server could be something worth looking into. That said, I've done network audits on 10 before and found very few things that were inexplicable. More so now that there have been some updates.

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.

I would prefer that but opt-out is more likely our future. In an era where every app practically needs connectivity its unavoidable that user data is in conflict. The US doesn't have the political will to get it done and frankly I can see why, good luck explaining all of this to end users and getting them to care.
 
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News Comments > Windows 10 Update Breaks Multi-Monitor Support
52. Re: Windows 10 Update Breaks Multi-Monitor Support Jan 12, 2017, 13:25 Verno
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 12, 2017, 13:16:
The locations I visit are extremely boring. Meijer, Espresso Royale, Menard's.... I eat food, drink coffee and buy tools. JFC! They know everything about me!

On one hand you say it doesn't matter then on the other you say it's not OK that Microsoft is doing something far less insidious than the above. Users aren't forced to install and use Windows, they agree to the EULA and all it entails. Nothing is being done here illegally. At best its a moral argument and one about corporate responsibility.

Forced updates is something I don't care for but having worked on software projects before I understand why the industry in general is forcing more users to accept this. It solves a lot more problems than it causes in the long run and in particular it helps with security issues.

Collecting user information doesn't bother me, so long as companies are up front about whats being collected and present users with opt-in/opt-out ability. That's where Microsoft is on the wrong side of things with Windows 10 in my opinion.
 
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News Comments > Windows 10 Update Breaks Multi-Monitor Support
50. Re: Windows 10 Update Breaks Multi-Monitor Support Jan 12, 2017, 13:11 Verno
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 12, 2017, 12:22:
First, even if Google or Apple could track my phone, which they can't because I have location information turned off, I fail to see what advantage they could gain from knowing what businesses I am visiting, which is pretty much the most they could determine.

This type of information is already bought and sold regularly. You don't think there is value to aggregate data on peoples comings and goings? Companies don't collect something that has no value. What route they take to work. How long they sit near advertising. They aren't selling Mr. Tact's individual route, they bundle it up and sell it to trend analysis firms who in turn flip it to advertisers. Same thing with app info. It's done right now, not in the future. And yes Google and Apple can pull locational data even if you turn it off, they dine out on user info.

Second, even if Apple and Google were doing something nefarious, that doesn't justify Microsoft doing it.

No one is saying its OK. It's just reality. We already lost this war because the public at large doesn't give a fuck. All you can do now is fight for choice and control over how it's used. I don't care if Microsoft collects info, everyone does it now. Oh no they know how many Steam games I have installed the horror! I care about having opt-in/opt-out control and easy to understand pprivacy policies.
 
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News Comments > Windows 10 Update Breaks Multi-Monitor Support
45. Re: Windows 10 Update Breaks Multi-Monitor Support Jan 12, 2017, 11:10 Verno
 
wtf_man wrote on Jan 12, 2017, 09:29:
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.

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 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.

It's not an argument, it's reality. That's just how the software world is now. Pretty much everything going forward is going to have online wrappers and nearly every company will have access to "private" data. It's not a question of if data is collected, its how its used and what control the user has over it. You can make believe you're not affected with a security appliance at home but at best you're forestalling the inevitable. What I would like to see more of from Microsoft is transparency and choice, something that they are already better than their peers about I would note.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
10. Re: etc., etc. Jan 12, 2017, 09:11 Verno
 
BF1 doesn't have anti-cheat, it uses this bullshit Fair Fight system that only catches the people being morons. Did you shoot someone in the head before the mouse cursor could've moved that far normally? Did you kill X people in Y seconds Z times? They use algorithms that frankly will only net the people who are dumb. There are a plethora of hacks available for the game now and anyone being smart in how they use them will never be caught.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 12, 2017, 09:09 Verno
 
Perhaps if they hadn't gutted R&D for too long and made so many bad strategic decisions they wouldn't be the smaller guy.  
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News Comments > Windows 10 Update Breaks Multi-Monitor Support
41. Re: Windows 10 Update Breaks Multi-Monitor Support Jan 12, 2017, 09:06 Verno
 
VaranDragon wrote on Jan 12, 2017, 08:43:
Windows 10 just cant stop talking to microsoft

Just one example of privacy issues. I won't list others which are easily found online using a simple google search.

As for the OS on my PC vs the one on my phone argument, well I don't really give a shit about giving away control of my phone. I don't care what it does, who it does it with or how long. As long as it does it over wifi. Im not a phone enthusiast. I'm a fucking PC enthusiast. I care about the OS on my PC and would appreciate control over every little aspect of it. I would like to pick and choose which updates to install, and to know exactly what they are and what they do. With every subsequent release of Windows this control has been taken away from the user. It's bullshit. I don't like it and I don't have to like it. I don't want to own a glorified terminal, I want to own a PC.

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.

This was already fixed in an update like a month after it was published.

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'm all for pissing on Microsoft when they're being dumb but the privacy argument is just much ado about nothing. As for control, people who want to control their updates get some sympathy from me but that's the way software in general is going. It sucks but Microsoft is just late to that party and its been going on for awhile.

Also this update didn't break my multi-monitor setup, not that anyone really cared about that in the first place.
 
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News Comments > New AMD Radeon Crimson ReLive Drivers
6. Re: New AMD Radeon Crimson ReLive Drivers Jan 10, 2017, 09:12 Verno
 
rawbelly wrote on Jan 9, 2017, 19:47:
Remember when they were just called "video drivers."

But don't you want to "ReLive" your video card drivers?!

What a dumb fucking name.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 2 Free on Origin
32. Re: Mass Effect 2 Free on Origin Jan 6, 2017, 09:45 Verno
 
Hahaha they are still using that shit? I remember that crap from the XBL days too and even Microsoft ditched the "Points" bullshit. Give it up already Bioware, geez.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
42. Re: Op Ed Jan 6, 2017, 09:27 Verno
 
Nintendo appears to be doing just fine without updating its games for a "contemporary audience", whatever the fuck that means. I'd also note that most of the recent Nintendo games I've played have female representation anyway.  
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