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Signed On Jul 12, 2008, 00:40
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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You linked an outdated headline but did you read the article?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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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
49. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jan 6, 2017, 09:22 Verno
 
I find it ironic that smart meters have all sorts of protection against physical tampering but can be remotely flashed without any authentication via a plain text protocol. Fucking LOL. I should look into this more, I would love to pay less on my power bill.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 6, 2017, 09:08 Verno
 
Let's see the benchmarks, AMD has a lot to prove.  
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda in March
54. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda in March Jan 6, 2017, 08:41 Verno
 
Fion wrote on Jan 5, 2017, 18:33:
Yea the one thing that bugs me is all the races are the same. All these people from various races of the Milky Way hop a big ass ship based on the design of the Citadel and this new galaxy - bigger than our own - has no new races?

Oh my mistake, a simple google search reveals there's one new race. Unless the others are like super secret.

Also this story is no longer about earth, so why cant I play a different species than human this time?

All good points and I suspect its probably just asset reuse bullshit unfortunately. I would've been fine with an entirely new game using the same engine instead of another ME game with all of its associated baggage.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda in March
48. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda in March Jan 5, 2017, 17:54 Verno
 
I clicked on this hesitantly, expecting this thread to be 40 posts of bitching about the ME3 ending. Now I wish it was that hahaha.

Anyway I have no idea what to make of this game. On one hand they've made some changes I like and on the other there are some weird decisions with race choices and the overall shared universe.
 
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Jan 4, 2017, 15:25 Verno
 
Yeah I hope its sued into oblivion. You want to make your own game the way you want it? Go ahead then. Don't steal another company's IP.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
15. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 4, 2017, 10:17 Verno
 
ZeroPike1 wrote on Jan 4, 2017, 03:46:
You answered your own question, This is a dirty industry and proven fact its ruining the planet. This can be looked at like the anti whaling laws of old times. The industry is done, its time to move on. You cannot keep hunting whales cause pappa Joe needs a job making whale oil lamps. Its fucking stupid.

When your job is deemed obsolete by someone on the internet who has no solution then you can talk about whats fucking stupid. People can't retrain and "move on" overnight. Coal is necessary for awhile longer, solar is still not viable yet.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 4, 2017, 09:49 Verno
 
1badmf wrote on Jan 4, 2017, 00:52:
AMD's vega GPU. been waiting for that bitch for over a year. 8 gigs of HBM2 will be a game changer.

Why? I remember this same spiel last year. HBM was supposed to make the Fury X some sort of wonder card with huge memory bandwidth and low power. The Fury X was still a power pig and the extra memory bandwidth didn't really seem to impact real world performance.

The only thing that excites me about HBM2 cards from Nvidia and AMD next year is that it will save some die space on the card.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 4, 2017, 08:45 Verno
 
Fantaz wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 18:57:
well that's your opinions since a lot would argue that freesync is better than gsync?

Sure its just my opinion, as well as a technical fact and one shared by pretty much every reputable tech site out there. FreeSync is part of VESA, that's all I can say in its favor. It doesn't require a hardware module in monitors but that also comes with several downsides which is why its inferior.

From a consumers point of view you really have to do a cost to benefit analysis and decide for yourself. I would rather pay more and get better performance. A G-Sync monitor isn't cheap but its something that will last a long time. Given that I don't need to upgrade my desktop every 3 years anymore I don't mind putting some extra cash into other areas.

I find all of the discussion about Nvidia vs AMD kind of silly. I don't care what their respective positions are in the market. I buy what is best for me as a consumer at the time of purchase. I don't really care what badge is attached to the card or tech. If AMD had made G-Sync I would still be saying the same thing.

And while I have no doubt monitor manufactures are applying an enthusiast tax, I also have reservations that nVidia is being entirely honest about the true costs of adding the chip. but free-sync gets job done in most cases and is $200 cheaper to boot. While I've not had chance to compare monitors directly it's my understanding the differences are unnoticeable or barely noticeable in actual use.

Its an FPGA and some DDR3. The costs are known, Nvidia isn't hiding anything. There's a significant performance difference between them by the way, I don't know where you heard differently. Maybe some consumers are less discerning than I am but I'm no competitive gamer and it was readily apparent when looking at display models. Most of the Freesync monitors I saw couldn't even manage a respectable refresh rate range, G-Sync blew them out of the water. Yes its more expensive but again, I'm not upgrading other components very much anymore so it was an easy choice to make in an area to see large immediate improvements. I'd also point out that there are few IPS Freesync monitors supporting LFC with decent refresh ranges and several of those are nearing their G-Sync equivalent in cost.

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 3, 2017, 15:16 Verno
 
Pigeon wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 13:13:
freesync+HDR, yes please. I can only hope with the widespread industry adoption of freesync Nvidia will be forced to support it. While it's hard to do an exact apples to apples comparison g-sync appears to add an extra $200-250 over the price of a similar free-sync monitor. IMO you're better off pumping that money into a better video card. I seem to remember reading somewhere that gsync laptops worked in the same way as free-sync, i.e. they didn't have the proprietary gsync chip, and all the work was done on the GPU.

The FPGA module itself is only like $50, add another $30 for associated manufacturing costs but monitor manufacturers are pricing some profit into the equation. That's understandable because G-Sync is the significantly better tech right now and it's very desirable with enthusiasts as a result. Most of the FreeSync monitors I've tested had garbage ranges and the few with decent ones were priced very highly themselves.

I disagree with your assessment about "better off spending more on the video card" too. A monitor is multi-generational, you can have them for a very long time. Video cards are really hit and miss, some cards like an 8800GTX are real time winners but others barely limp past a few years of effectiveness. I would have no problem saving up a bit and dropping $800 on a monitor, you stare at it all the time so quality is important and I want something that will do the rest of my setup justice. I'd also point out that uneven framerate consistency is where Freesync/G-Sync shine. If you dump $800 into a video card then you don't really need it at all, you're going to push high frames in everything...for the 3 years that card is relevant anyway.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Dec 20, 2016, 15:39 Verno
 
I just got the LG 65" C6 OLED a few days ago. It's jaw dropping and so thin it borders on ridiculous. People were complaining about lag with consoles but I didn't have any issues with the updated firmware. It is the only worthy successor I've seen to my Panny plasma and it leaves that old set in the dust.  
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News Comments > New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers
24. Re: New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers Dec 20, 2016, 15:11 Verno
 
but they're using it as ransom.

Shadowplay is an optional feature that is not at all required to use the product. Heck it's not even required to stream or record. I don't know where this "used to be open" stuff comes from, Shadowplay/GFE were basically the same thing, one evolved from the other and I never recall it being "open". They wanted to expand its features to include live streaming, account integration with other apps/sites. In fact they have a good case for some features of GFE requiring an account/email - particularly the integration with the Shield Portable and Shield TV.

It's entirely optional software so the whole bit about principles and privacy is frankly meaningless in this context. You don't need to use their software to get drivers for the product, just download the standalone drivers if them asking you for an email address is so awful. I'm not going to debate privacy issues on this, its just silly. You can fully use an Nvidia product without GFE. If you want their tertiary software then they ask you make an account. If that is such a violation of your person then I suggest buying an AMD card. That's not being flippant either, if its truly such a big issue then the only way a company will listen is to vote with your wallet.

Why the hell should have to give them a list of every game or piece of software that's installed on my PC? It isn't any of their fucking business.

It does a game scan, I don't know anything about "everything on my computer". This is part of the feature that completes auto-configuration for the user based on their hardware.

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News Comments > New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers
21. Re: New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers Dec 16, 2016, 10:44 Verno
 
I'm just assuming they sell it, I really have no idea what they do with it. I didn't mean you specifically but it seems like people care way too much about this, I see it pop up nearly every driver thread. I really don't get it, its a line of text, just feed them a bullshit throwaway email. GeForce Experience is a supplementary app, its not critical. If people want to use it then they have to use it by their rules. Otherwise vote with your wallet.  
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News Comments > New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers
19. Re: New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers Dec 16, 2016, 09:10 Verno
 
So why force people to log in then? Nothing in there requires it. So... just for shits and giggles?

So they can sell the email to marketing firms. Nvidia is a business that exists to make money. They give you a bunch of tertiary features that are not in the bare driver package and only ask for an email, that's pretty reasonable.

Why does this continue coming up as if its a big deal? People weren't used to making throwaway email addresses for services 10 years ago when it was actually considered onerous? Nowadays its pretty damned tame. People give up more information on a daily basis willingly with smartphones. Nvidia still gives an option for bare drivers too. I don't use Shadowplay or anything else so I just download the drivers myself. This is such a non-issue.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 15, 2016, 14:57 Verno
 
I have no idea if its true or not but it sounds really petty.  
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
41. Re: Saturday Metaverse Dec 12, 2016, 12:06 Verno
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Dec 12, 2016, 11:29:
Good. You're doing your part and should leave it at that. But you won't because you're too fucking bored. What exactly do you want everyone else to do? Should individuals be thrown in jail for owning a car that runs on gas? Will we bomb nations that refuse to stop burning coal? Poor people in third world countries don't care about this stuff. This is a rich person problem. Most people working day to day never contemplate their carbon footprint. Maybe just kill all the undesirables because it's so much easier. How about selectively culling the world population for the good of the environment? Make farts illegal.

Does this stuff keep you up at night? If so then get a grip already.

You're not going to get under my skin with this ridiculous hyperbole Max, you should know better. "kill the undesirables" was my favorite bit, well done Biggrin I'm going to do my part and ask others to do theirs because it affects all of us, rich people or poor. We've worked together before on this issue and it didn't hurt industry or kill poor people in the third world.

Edit: bad grammar

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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
39. Re: Saturday Metaverse Dec 12, 2016, 11:14 Verno
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Dec 12, 2016, 10:37:
So what are you personally doing about it?

Gosh we're saving the universe by recycling and buying an electric car! Is that what you wanted to hear? What do you think we're doing? We're doing the same thing as most sensible people, trying to limit our impact by reducing our carbon footprint. That basically starts with your household and your vehicle for most people. I'm also trying to raise awareness rather than spreading disinformation about it. What we can do as individuals is important but it really needs to be addressed on both a societal and worldwide level, just like we addressed the ozone crisis. That was ironically one of the few UN successes.
 
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