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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
7. Re: Morning Mobilization May 21, 2017, 17:57 Simon Says
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on May 21, 2017, 08:37:
qsto wrote on May 20, 2017, 14:22:
More importantly, why would any developer want to impair a potential customer from using their app? It makes no sense whatsoever

Because there are so many Android devices out there, it's not feasible to support all of them equally well. If you know there's a problem with a specific device, but that it's not financially viable to try to fix it, it's far better to block that device's users from installing your app, than it is to just let them install it, encounter nasty bugs/performance issues, and then write a hate review on the Play Store, throwing off your customer rating metrics.

Haven't you read the article? Its not about preventing bugs, its about DRM.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
8. Re: Morning Metaverse May 19, 2017, 16:42 Simon Says
LittleMe wrote on May 19, 2017, 13:51:
ItBurn wrote on May 19, 2017, 13:19:
That UK article is the scariest thing. They're actually openly saying that they want to control what people say, think and look at... I guess it's true what they say about evil people not realizing they're evil.

Yes! How the people have been dociled. The same is coming to the rest of the world if we sit back. Socialism is evil disguised behind such 'government do good' rhetoric, preying on the good intentions of the ignorant.

This isn't socialism... this is authoritarianism, pretty much like Russia's post bolshevik counter-revolution 1918 when they abolished the cooperatives and centralized the decisional powers, destroying the distributed decisional powers wielded by the cooperatives, thus ending TRUE socialism in this part of the globe since then.

What you call socialism is the west propaganda spin during the cold war adorning state capitalism and centralized authoritarianism with the socialist tag after the USSR used it themselves to manipulate the pleb to side with them ( a move mirrored, ironically, by the nazi party/Hitler --- and Benito Mussolini, *see the quote of a book in photo down on the page* ) and which has been tainted ever since, with people still buying the cold war propaganda definition instead of going back to the roots of its real untainted definition.

The USSR and the nazi party were as socialist as North Korea is a "democratic republic", iows, not at all.

Russia's state capitalism and authoritarianism have nothing to do with the real definition of socialism, and Germany's nazism, highly authoritarian, centralized decisional powers, had nothing to do with socialism either, with same as your use of the tainted tag here upon this autoritarianism move.

Paradoxically for you, Socialism, the real definition of socialism, is much more libertarian than anything we have right now. I suggest you research it and stop falling for that trap.

This comment was edited on May 19, 2017, 17:09.
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News Comments > Op Ed
15. Re: Op Ed May 17, 2017, 02:04 Simon Says
Ever since they took over the market and I couldn't get my hands on a game ( even boxed ) without having to install the dictatorial bloatware ( install that day 1 multi gig update or go fuck yourself, a few weeks later... update the game or go fuck yourself ), I hated the Steamy pile of shit. I still do. I couldn't buy games anymore and manually patch them when I damn well pleased and/or gamed without having to always be online ( because I couldn't ), so I didn't.

It hasn't been installed on my gaming PC for almost a decade. I used to buy 1-2 games a month, boxed DVD ( would've switched to bluray, but heh... ), install takes a few minutes, no online crap, no hassle, shelf the box, forget about it and play.

Now? I make myself some nice shitless personal copies instead on some unlimited data connection since I can't afford to pay 1000$ for a game ( not kidding, with the overages, average modern game of 60 gigs, I did the math ). I come home with it, install it like in the good old days in a few minutes, no online crap, no hassle, forget about it and play ( and update it when I damn well please ).

So Valve and Steam? Go fuck yourselves.

If they want my money again, and I'll be glad to hand it over, but then they'd better stop being dictatorial control freak pricks about it. I know it won't happen, but heh, life's a bitch, itm, go fuck yourselves.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 16, 2017, 15:18 Simon Says
MP3 didn't "die", its very much alive, the patent has expired, its merely free now.  
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
1. Re: Evening Safety Dance May 16, 2017, 15:05 Simon Says
North Korea playing with NSA's toys... And this will happen again and again... and again. NSA won't report the bugs to MS ( or any other developer for that matter ) as long as they can exploit it for their own self-interests.  
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News Comments > Sunday Safety Dance
11. Re: Sunday Safety Dance May 14, 2017, 20:20 Simon Says
jdreyer wrote on May 14, 2017, 14:24:
They should have bought the extended warrantee. Why do you hate capitalism? Are you a commie?
I should just make this line my sig already.

Quote: "The pointless argument of the modern age of intended social change is the charge anything not capitalism must be communism. #dumb" -Peter Joseph

Feel free to display that hashtag proudly...
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Why Windows must die. For the third time. May 10, 2017, 14:49 Simon Says
"Why Windows must die. For the third time"

That ZDNET article gives me chills... Windows 10 S as the model going forward, whitelisting, UWP/metro/closed garden only? FU!
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Re: Morning Safety Dance May 9, 2017, 15:08 Simon Says
Quote: "Intel won't tell us how to disable ME altogether for lots of reasons, but a big one is surely the fact that they've sold lots of entertainment companies on the promise of using ME for DRM -- for example, to stop you from running a program that converts one of the W3C's DRM-locked video streams into a download. Letting you shut down this back door into your computer -- and your whole digital life -- would also eliminate the means by which Intel plans to stop you from watching TV the wrong way. This is a terrible trade-off."

@Intel, we place security at the top of our list right after profits, management bonuses, and DRM.

"Capitalism" ( more broadly, the entire trade and currency based anti-economic system ) is a security liability.
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
3. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs May 6, 2017, 18:29 Simon Says
Rhett wrote on May 6, 2017, 17:36:
Oh great, Big Brother Microsoft stepping in to try and reduce piracy. Because Windows 10 is going over so well...

This^^... and I trust people to figure out how disable that thing then spread it with a freely distributed program shortly after it gets implemented.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 5, 2017, 14:58 Simon Says
NewMaxx wrote on May 5, 2017, 14:25:
The truth is people don't overclock properly. They push the voltages and clocks way beyond where you should be for their cooling, they use ridiculous air coolers when the thermal bottleneck is at the die, and they don't stress test properly.


Quote: "Dale Cadman • 21 hours ago
Definitly true., I bought a 7700k upgrading from a 4690k @4.9 and had no problems with a Corsair h90 keeping it at about 60 max under load.
After the upgrade I spent nearly a full week troubleshooting why I could be getting temp spikes into the 90s with an AIO water cooler and excellent case ventilation. "

Quote: "Matt Garretson-Pugh Jellybean • a day ago
Read more than this article and youll realize this problem is not limited to overclockers. My 7700K at stock speed and watercooled runs a full 10c hotter on cores and 10c hotter on IHS temperature (BTW 10c variance between cores and IHS is indicative of BAD manufacturing/TIM application) than my 3 year old 4770k, which runs at 100mv higher voltage.

7700k: 89c max core temp, 79c max IHS temp - Volts: 1.248 under load
4770k: 79c max core temp, 73c max IHS temp - Volts: 1.335 under load

Both are cooled by a corsair H60, and coolers have been swapped to be sure there isn't a problem there.

This is 100% intels fault, do your research :)"

When "truth" clashes with "reality", reality usually wins.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
9. Kodi: The copyright cops want to lock up this free and legal TV app May 4, 2017, 13:28 Simon Says
eRe4s3r wrote on May 4, 2017, 11:09:
How would an UK judge lock up open source app that is 100% legal and doesn't do anything by itself? That's like banning roads because car accidents and races happen.

I find this 2007 arstechnica article link in Kodi's article comment section to be right on target.
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News Comments > Into the Black
4. Re: Into the Black May 3, 2017, 23:36 Simon Says
Shit, and the only reaction/preoccupation of the car occupants seems to be what?

"Well I'd better avoid this new hazard."

Running to the rescue? Nah, fuck him. WTF is wrong with people?
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue May 3, 2017, 17:04 Simon Says
That Oatmeal, priceless and its something I've been more or less already doing for more than a decade ( the tip at the end ).  
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News Comments > X-Wing XWVM Mod Video
29. Re: X-Wing XWVM Mod Video May 2, 2017, 13:55 Simon Says
Still very much behind the Freespace 2 source code project mods, but if what they say about being only 1% done, its showing promise.

Meanwhile for you space fighters fans...
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 2, 2017, 13:39 Simon Says
Quote from a DSLreports commenter:"Go after the small ISP that cannot mount a full-court defense, establish a precedent that makes it more difficult for the larger ISPs to do a proper battle.

It is quite telling that the RIAA appears to be preying upon the relatively weak to prove their case. The case becomes more about the financial ability to mount an appropriate defense, rather than the leagl aspects of the defense.

It seems to show just how weak the RIAA believes their case to be."

And another one: "This is like suing Ford just because a F-150 truck was used in a crime."
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs May 2, 2017, 01:23 Simon Says
jdreyer wrote on May 1, 2017, 20:00:
Killing net neutrality will make the internet more neutral!

As with every deregulating move since voodoo economics kicked in in the 80's. Each time it just exacerbates the inequalities and shrinks the middle class, squeezing most into the working poor as some escape into the ruling class as the freer market stretches its tentacles to take back a more and more "natural" form.

Thomas Piketty, economist and nobel prize winner, nailed it when he claimed that the middle class was born out of historical factors from WW2 onward and a high tax rate on the rich in his latest work. Without those, the unregulated market would've done this long ago, well before Reagan.

And now we see the same obsessive compulsive hoarding disorder logic being exported to the cyber space.
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
5. Re: Saturday Metaverse Apr 30, 2017, 00:55 Simon Says
Slick wrote on Apr 29, 2017, 19:53:
Alright, I answered my own question, I think that you can squeak by with just a 1xxx card, and not a 7xxx CPU. But it has to be 3GB of ram minimum, cutting out the bottom-end 1xxx GPU.

You know what?

Fuck you.

Fuck 4k.

Fuck this clusterfuck all to hell.

You see THIS?

This 90$ hockey puck can stream 4k AND HDR just fine.

but a 2GB GTX 1050 just can't cut the mustard? are you fucking kidding me?

"4k" is by far the worst technology rollout I've ever seen in my 34 trips around the sun. Near zero television/movie content, and then you have to have the right player, the right screen, the right fucking graphics card or goddamned motherfucking CPU.. ARAGH!!@# You know that Intel can damn well decode a 4k HEVC stream with a 2500k, you don't have to force it upon the integrated GPU.

And then there's HDR, with 5 fucking formats in a format war before there's even 10 worthwhile pieces of content! And now 8k TVs are launching! WHAT THE FUCK IS HAPPENING.

You must've read the article... It's all about the DRM baby...

If the "hockey puck" has all the right DRM tech built in, probably with an ASIC, then it can probably get away with it.

They don't settle for software DRM nowadays, they want it in hardware too. 2500k doesn't have the necessary circuits for their peace of mind to make sure you really aren't a "thief".

Which is again totally useless since there's Netflix hardware protected content that is ripped and availlable already.

But, business is business, if the content provider requires it, then there's not a damn thing you can do but suck it up if you want to stay a paying customer and not become a "big bad 'pirate'".
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
2. Re: Saturday Metaverse Apr 29, 2017, 16:37 Simon Says
Ozmodan wrote on Apr 29, 2017, 16:00:
Unless you have fiber you can forget 4k streaming.

Not with efficient compression like Perseus.

"6 mbps for UHD movie streaming and 4K 360/VR immersive video at scale, 10 mbps for scalable DTH and Cable high-framerate UHD sports services."

Perseus H264 Review ( HEVC Perseus enhanced is now availlable and outperforms HEVC )

Go back to page 1 for details about hardware requirements...
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Honest Ads - Why Credit Cards Are A Scam Apr 27, 2017, 14:39 Simon Says
"Honest Ads - Why Credit Cards Are A Scam"

That Cracked Honest Ad = PRICELESS xD xD xD xD
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Gerrymandering Has a Solution After All—It's Called Math. Apr 26, 2017, 17:08 Simon Says
"Gerrymandering Has a Solution After All—It's Called Math."

There is a much simpler and much more foolproof method than the one suggested here. Simply take maps out of the equation completely.

Hypothetical example: State with 10 districts ( no matter the shape ), Reps and Dems present 10 candidates each ( or any other party, but for the sake of this example lets keep it simple with 2 ), district agnostic. Say the Reps get 30% of the vote and Dems 70%. Then the 3 Reps candidates who had the most votes statewide are elected and the 7 Dems with the most votes statewide are elected.

So you have 7 Dems and 3 Reps going to DC.

As for who will represent which district. Its again dead simple.

The 3 districts which most voted Reps get, in descending order of %, the Reps candidates who had the most votes to the least votes in the 3 elected. Same for Dems. If there are 3 or more parties and conflicts happen, those with the highest % overall get priority until all the candidates have been sloted in their respective districts.

It totally removes any incentives elected officials might have to use gerrymandering to get elected, since it doesn't matter at all.

Quod Erat Demonstradum
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