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    Thaldor got a reaction from TechyBen in UKs Porn Pass law has just passed, will go into affect in July   
    TL;DR: The whole internet filtering everywhere (except probably China's great firewall) is mostly a bad joke because way too easy to circumvent and as effective as swiping dust under a rug.
     
    Minority argument is just as good as slippery slope argument; For example the dog leashes law is mostly pointless because people will break the law when they don't understand it and far better results would be gained through putting all that energy and funds it took to make the law and enforce it into education and information because all the law did was put ankle-bitting monsters into leashes and people are still as stupid with their untrained dogs as they were before, while making handling courses more affordable and spreading information about them and maybe even rewarding new dog owners for taking them would have had far better results (ie. people being more educated about handling dogs while dogs would be generally more trained).
    Same thing here, making something like a porn pass will create a tons of headaches and tons of problems especially in UK (which doesn't only upkeep filtering list for things ISPs are supposed to block from customers on default, but also a whitelist because their filtering list is so broad and general that ISPs are mandated also block sites like sex education, suicide prevention and addiction helping), while offering government funded or -aided courses on IT skills that new parents most likely will need would not only lessen the amount of headaches but also educates the population so that they might also learn other useful skills and probably also how to communicate with their kids generally better.
     
    Tackling minority problems with measures that will concern not only everyone in the population but also parts of the whole world is same as burning down your house because you spotted venomous spider. [partly joke] But maybe that is Australian way to tackle problems since apparently when rating porn, extra caution must be used when the woman doesn't have double-D ta-tas so that the porn doesn't excite wrong people. [/partly joke]
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    Thaldor got a reaction from TechyBen in Warcraft 3 reforged is a complete disaster   
    Legally, yes just like you can take a picture with Canon camera, edit it with Photoshop and put it out for sale and Canon or Adobe have zero legal right to ask royalties or anything else than their license fee from the sales of that image.
     
    With WC3:R things get interesting I would really like to see someone to mod the hell out of WC3:R, put that up for sale and completely use Blizzards EULA as toiletpaper here in EU where EULAs generally are legally toiletpaper with no hold in courts, especially if they include something that is legally impossible, like WC3:Rs EULA has. By EU directives and so in almost every EU country you as a creator of copyrightable material have "creator rights" over your creation and you cannot transfer, sell or give away those rights even if you wanted, you can ignore them but then it's your loss. Generally these untransferable rights are the moral rights (Blizzard must credit you for your map, no matter what kind of license they make you give to them and they cannot get around this by only making some editing to the map and then release it as theirs) so as WC3:Rs EULA includes a part where you wave goodbye to these rights as you "give Blizzard complete license with all of your rights over mod/map without any compensation", well that's borderline illegal and usually the whole agreement is toiletpaper after that, especially when we talk about agreement between a business and a consumer.
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    Thaldor got a reaction from Crunchy Dragon in Nintendo has won and doesn't need to offer refunds in EU because preloads   
    Probably almost everybody knows how different officials in different countries think about refunding digital goods (mainly US being US and just rising their hands and EU and Australia "forcing" companies to make refunds available because consumer safety). Nintendo has somehow managed to zigzag around all of this and its eShop (for Switch, Wii and handhelds) stands as the only bastion in the grey mass as a place where refunds are completely absent for digital goods even with preorders.
     
    From My Nintendo Store Terms of Sale:
     
    How is this possible? Easy, by German law the digital goods apparently are refundable as long as there hasn't been any "beginning of performance", in other words as long as the user doesn't have a single bit of the software/video/whatever. So, that's why when Nintendo has a preorder, you at least get an icon to your device to show that you have preordered a game and most of the time even preloading has already happened and you have all (or some) of the games code and assets in encrypted format on your device and as so the delivery and the use of the digital good has started and Nintendo don't need to give refunds.
     
     
    German court has "now" judged that this is fine and good way to handle customers (original source in Norwegian , in comments summary in English). This isn't final verdict but for one and half years this will be the way before there's any process with the appeals. To make things clearer Norway's Consumer Rights Council is after Nintendo for breaking their consumer laws (as Norway is part of EEC, Nintendo breaks EU consumer laws) but thanks for some global mumbojumbo legal things that make as much sense as "diplomatic immunity" today, Norway must drag Nintendo's ass to German court because that's where Nintendo of Europe's HQ is and then things get really complicated because now it's Norway and Germany vs. Nintendo and because of it things like actual court papers are marked secret and everything is done behind closed doors (this is why we hear about this now and not in December when the verdict was given).
     
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    Personally I couldn't give a cent for this. After buying 3DS XL I have more or less lost any interest on anything not-retro Nintendo(n't) brings up just because with free-to-play games Nintendo(n't) has shown that it can be even worse than mobile platform (the badge arcade and the couple Pokemon games, like holy ****, if you don't know what a cash grab is then there's your great examples) and then the way Nintendo(n't) EU/NA handled the problem of not being able to register a new Pokemon online account when Moon and Sun were released (first they deny any problems being present, then they say some people have problems and at last they fix the problem and compensation for missing out events and stuff for couple weeks was nothing because there was no publicly announced problem). And it's not even that the current Nintendo(n't) has bad customer service, I remember Nintendo(n't) having very bad customer service back when SNES was a thing (I managed to get DOA SNES and the local videogamestores manager agreed to change mine to a brand new on his own account because last time SNES was DOA it took 6 months to get a replacement one to the customer).
    Also I was kind of expecting this. After all it isn't very uncommon to hear that "when digital goods are delivered, they cannot be refunded" in multiple cases and it was only a question of time when someone tried to use that to stop people from refunding preorders. That guy being Nintendo(n't) isn't also any surprise to me just because Nintendo(n't) is Nintendo(n't), kind of same as hearing that some game company is causing problems for another company to get insurances in Japan you just know it has to be Konami, like you don't directly expect it but then again when it's said it's as clear as it can be.
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    Thaldor got a reaction from Tamesh16 in Nintendo has won and doesn't need to offer refunds in EU because preloads   
    Probably almost everybody knows how different officials in different countries think about refunding digital goods (mainly US being US and just rising their hands and EU and Australia "forcing" companies to make refunds available because consumer safety). Nintendo has somehow managed to zigzag around all of this and its eShop (for Switch, Wii and handhelds) stands as the only bastion in the grey mass as a place where refunds are completely absent for digital goods even with preorders.
     
    From My Nintendo Store Terms of Sale:
     
    How is this possible? Easy, by German law the digital goods apparently are refundable as long as there hasn't been any "beginning of performance", in other words as long as the user doesn't have a single bit of the software/video/whatever. So, that's why when Nintendo has a preorder, you at least get an icon to your device to show that you have preordered a game and most of the time even preloading has already happened and you have all (or some) of the games code and assets in encrypted format on your device and as so the delivery and the use of the digital good has started and Nintendo don't need to give refunds.
     
     
    German court has "now" judged that this is fine and good way to handle customers (original source in Norwegian , in comments summary in English). This isn't final verdict but for one and half years this will be the way before there's any process with the appeals. To make things clearer Norway's Consumer Rights Council is after Nintendo for breaking their consumer laws (as Norway is part of EEC, Nintendo breaks EU consumer laws) but thanks for some global mumbojumbo legal things that make as much sense as "diplomatic immunity" today, Norway must drag Nintendo's ass to German court because that's where Nintendo of Europe's HQ is and then things get really complicated because now it's Norway and Germany vs. Nintendo and because of it things like actual court papers are marked secret and everything is done behind closed doors (this is why we hear about this now and not in December when the verdict was given).
     
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    Personally I couldn't give a cent for this. After buying 3DS XL I have more or less lost any interest on anything not-retro Nintendo(n't) brings up just because with free-to-play games Nintendo(n't) has shown that it can be even worse than mobile platform (the badge arcade and the couple Pokemon games, like holy ****, if you don't know what a cash grab is then there's your great examples) and then the way Nintendo(n't) EU/NA handled the problem of not being able to register a new Pokemon online account when Moon and Sun were released (first they deny any problems being present, then they say some people have problems and at last they fix the problem and compensation for missing out events and stuff for couple weeks was nothing because there was no publicly announced problem). And it's not even that the current Nintendo(n't) has bad customer service, I remember Nintendo(n't) having very bad customer service back when SNES was a thing (I managed to get DOA SNES and the local videogamestores manager agreed to change mine to a brand new on his own account because last time SNES was DOA it took 6 months to get a replacement one to the customer).
    Also I was kind of expecting this. After all it isn't very uncommon to hear that "when digital goods are delivered, they cannot be refunded" in multiple cases and it was only a question of time when someone tried to use that to stop people from refunding preorders. That guy being Nintendo(n't) isn't also any surprise to me just because Nintendo(n't) is Nintendo(n't), kind of same as hearing that some game company is causing problems for another company to get insurances in Japan you just know it has to be Konami, like you don't directly expect it but then again when it's said it's as clear as it can be.
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    Thaldor got a reaction from rattacko123 in Nintendo has won and doesn't need to offer refunds in EU because preloads   
    Probably almost everybody knows how different officials in different countries think about refunding digital goods (mainly US being US and just rising their hands and EU and Australia "forcing" companies to make refunds available because consumer safety). Nintendo has somehow managed to zigzag around all of this and its eShop (for Switch, Wii and handhelds) stands as the only bastion in the grey mass as a place where refunds are completely absent for digital goods even with preorders.
     
    From My Nintendo Store Terms of Sale:
     
    How is this possible? Easy, by German law the digital goods apparently are refundable as long as there hasn't been any "beginning of performance", in other words as long as the user doesn't have a single bit of the software/video/whatever. So, that's why when Nintendo has a preorder, you at least get an icon to your device to show that you have preordered a game and most of the time even preloading has already happened and you have all (or some) of the games code and assets in encrypted format on your device and as so the delivery and the use of the digital good has started and Nintendo don't need to give refunds.
     
     
    German court has "now" judged that this is fine and good way to handle customers (original source in Norwegian , in comments summary in English). This isn't final verdict but for one and half years this will be the way before there's any process with the appeals. To make things clearer Norway's Consumer Rights Council is after Nintendo for breaking their consumer laws (as Norway is part of EEC, Nintendo breaks EU consumer laws) but thanks for some global mumbojumbo legal things that make as much sense as "diplomatic immunity" today, Norway must drag Nintendo's ass to German court because that's where Nintendo of Europe's HQ is and then things get really complicated because now it's Norway and Germany vs. Nintendo and because of it things like actual court papers are marked secret and everything is done behind closed doors (this is why we hear about this now and not in December when the verdict was given).
     
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    Personally I couldn't give a cent for this. After buying 3DS XL I have more or less lost any interest on anything not-retro Nintendo(n't) brings up just because with free-to-play games Nintendo(n't) has shown that it can be even worse than mobile platform (the badge arcade and the couple Pokemon games, like holy ****, if you don't know what a cash grab is then there's your great examples) and then the way Nintendo(n't) EU/NA handled the problem of not being able to register a new Pokemon online account when Moon and Sun were released (first they deny any problems being present, then they say some people have problems and at last they fix the problem and compensation for missing out events and stuff for couple weeks was nothing because there was no publicly announced problem). And it's not even that the current Nintendo(n't) has bad customer service, I remember Nintendo(n't) having very bad customer service back when SNES was a thing (I managed to get DOA SNES and the local videogamestores manager agreed to change mine to a brand new on his own account because last time SNES was DOA it took 6 months to get a replacement one to the customer).
    Also I was kind of expecting this. After all it isn't very uncommon to hear that "when digital goods are delivered, they cannot be refunded" in multiple cases and it was only a question of time when someone tried to use that to stop people from refunding preorders. That guy being Nintendo(n't) isn't also any surprise to me just because Nintendo(n't) is Nintendo(n't), kind of same as hearing that some game company is causing problems for another company to get insurances in Japan you just know it has to be Konami, like you don't directly expect it but then again when it's said it's as clear as it can be.
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    Thaldor got a reaction from ARikozuM in Nintendo has won and doesn't need to offer refunds in EU because preloads   
    Probably almost everybody knows how different officials in different countries think about refunding digital goods (mainly US being US and just rising their hands and EU and Australia "forcing" companies to make refunds available because consumer safety). Nintendo has somehow managed to zigzag around all of this and its eShop (for Switch, Wii and handhelds) stands as the only bastion in the grey mass as a place where refunds are completely absent for digital goods even with preorders.
     
    From My Nintendo Store Terms of Sale:
     
    How is this possible? Easy, by German law the digital goods apparently are refundable as long as there hasn't been any "beginning of performance", in other words as long as the user doesn't have a single bit of the software/video/whatever. So, that's why when Nintendo has a preorder, you at least get an icon to your device to show that you have preordered a game and most of the time even preloading has already happened and you have all (or some) of the games code and assets in encrypted format on your device and as so the delivery and the use of the digital good has started and Nintendo don't need to give refunds.
     
     
    German court has "now" judged that this is fine and good way to handle customers (original source in Norwegian , in comments summary in English). This isn't final verdict but for one and half years this will be the way before there's any process with the appeals. To make things clearer Norway's Consumer Rights Council is after Nintendo for breaking their consumer laws (as Norway is part of EEC, Nintendo breaks EU consumer laws) but thanks for some global mumbojumbo legal things that make as much sense as "diplomatic immunity" today, Norway must drag Nintendo's ass to German court because that's where Nintendo of Europe's HQ is and then things get really complicated because now it's Norway and Germany vs. Nintendo and because of it things like actual court papers are marked secret and everything is done behind closed doors (this is why we hear about this now and not in December when the verdict was given).
     
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    Personally I couldn't give a cent for this. After buying 3DS XL I have more or less lost any interest on anything not-retro Nintendo(n't) brings up just because with free-to-play games Nintendo(n't) has shown that it can be even worse than mobile platform (the badge arcade and the couple Pokemon games, like holy ****, if you don't know what a cash grab is then there's your great examples) and then the way Nintendo(n't) EU/NA handled the problem of not being able to register a new Pokemon online account when Moon and Sun were released (first they deny any problems being present, then they say some people have problems and at last they fix the problem and compensation for missing out events and stuff for couple weeks was nothing because there was no publicly announced problem). And it's not even that the current Nintendo(n't) has bad customer service, I remember Nintendo(n't) having very bad customer service back when SNES was a thing (I managed to get DOA SNES and the local videogamestores manager agreed to change mine to a brand new on his own account because last time SNES was DOA it took 6 months to get a replacement one to the customer).
    Also I was kind of expecting this. After all it isn't very uncommon to hear that "when digital goods are delivered, they cannot be refunded" in multiple cases and it was only a question of time when someone tried to use that to stop people from refunding preorders. That guy being Nintendo(n't) isn't also any surprise to me just because Nintendo(n't) is Nintendo(n't), kind of same as hearing that some game company is causing problems for another company to get insurances in Japan you just know it has to be Konami, like you don't directly expect it but then again when it's said it's as clear as it can be.
  7. Informative
    Thaldor got a reaction from Ben17 in Nintendo has won and doesn't need to offer refunds in EU because preloads   
    Probably almost everybody knows how different officials in different countries think about refunding digital goods (mainly US being US and just rising their hands and EU and Australia "forcing" companies to make refunds available because consumer safety). Nintendo has somehow managed to zigzag around all of this and its eShop (for Switch, Wii and handhelds) stands as the only bastion in the grey mass as a place where refunds are completely absent for digital goods even with preorders.
     
    From My Nintendo Store Terms of Sale:
     
    How is this possible? Easy, by German law the digital goods apparently are refundable as long as there hasn't been any "beginning of performance", in other words as long as the user doesn't have a single bit of the software/video/whatever. So, that's why when Nintendo has a preorder, you at least get an icon to your device to show that you have preordered a game and most of the time even preloading has already happened and you have all (or some) of the games code and assets in encrypted format on your device and as so the delivery and the use of the digital good has started and Nintendo don't need to give refunds.
     
     
    German court has "now" judged that this is fine and good way to handle customers (original source in Norwegian , in comments summary in English). This isn't final verdict but for one and half years this will be the way before there's any process with the appeals. To make things clearer Norway's Consumer Rights Council is after Nintendo for breaking their consumer laws (as Norway is part of EEC, Nintendo breaks EU consumer laws) but thanks for some global mumbojumbo legal things that make as much sense as "diplomatic immunity" today, Norway must drag Nintendo's ass to German court because that's where Nintendo of Europe's HQ is and then things get really complicated because now it's Norway and Germany vs. Nintendo and because of it things like actual court papers are marked secret and everything is done behind closed doors (this is why we hear about this now and not in December when the verdict was given).
     
    ------------
    Personally I couldn't give a cent for this. After buying 3DS XL I have more or less lost any interest on anything not-retro Nintendo(n't) brings up just because with free-to-play games Nintendo(n't) has shown that it can be even worse than mobile platform (the badge arcade and the couple Pokemon games, like holy ****, if you don't know what a cash grab is then there's your great examples) and then the way Nintendo(n't) EU/NA handled the problem of not being able to register a new Pokemon online account when Moon and Sun were released (first they deny any problems being present, then they say some people have problems and at last they fix the problem and compensation for missing out events and stuff for couple weeks was nothing because there was no publicly announced problem). And it's not even that the current Nintendo(n't) has bad customer service, I remember Nintendo(n't) having very bad customer service back when SNES was a thing (I managed to get DOA SNES and the local videogamestores manager agreed to change mine to a brand new on his own account because last time SNES was DOA it took 6 months to get a replacement one to the customer).
    Also I was kind of expecting this. After all it isn't very uncommon to hear that "when digital goods are delivered, they cannot be refunded" in multiple cases and it was only a question of time when someone tried to use that to stop people from refunding preorders. That guy being Nintendo(n't) isn't also any surprise to me just because Nintendo(n't) is Nintendo(n't), kind of same as hearing that some game company is causing problems for another company to get insurances in Japan you just know it has to be Konami, like you don't directly expect it but then again when it's said it's as clear as it can be.
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    Thaldor got a reaction from BiG StroOnZ in ["pre-"CES 2020] Alienware UFO (concept)   
    Alienware (Dell) has shown, at least, in the pre-CES 2020 showroom a gaming "device" concept that is basicly "Nintendo Switch on steroids" running Windows 10.
     
    There's not much specifics about the hardware but it runs on SoC that is capable of 1080p to 1200p 60fps gaming, has battery life of about 2 hours, touchscreen and apparently in a bit bigger size than Switch.
    Features otherwise are kind of same as Switch but just with Windows 10 "tablet" meaning it has Bluetooth, fully working USB-C with Lightning (or two, on the video you can see two USB-C ports: one on the top and another on the bottom) and possibility for even 4G and 5G connectivity. Physical controller is directly ripped-off comparable to Switch's Joy-Cons sitting next to the tablet and having the ability to remove them and attach to controller "block".
    Biggest difference between Switch and UFO is that UFO is fully capable Windows 10 "tablet" so you are not restricted to only gaming and only the sky is the limit.
     
    It's completely prototype and concept so there most likely will be a lot of changes or even that this is the only time we ever hear and see it.
     
    My personal feeling is that UFO is interesting concept but looking at the gaming side, it falls to the same pit as Switch, not being the greatest handheld and not being the greatest home console. Don't take me wrong, Nintendo Switch is great and extremely successful but Nintendo is different case from everything, like while Nintendo is counted in the console wars, it clearly doesn't care about the competition and the competition doesn't really care about it and the audience doesn't compare them and Nintendo swims in their pool and does what they feel like and it just works fantastically for them. UFO in the other hand doesn't have that "Nintendo magic", it probably would be W10 tablet aimed for gamers and without miracles it would drop directly in between and start competing with both cloud gaming and console gaming. 1080p gaming in near future will be specless and platformless, you don't need to care what device you have or what game you want to play in 1080p and where you want to play it, you can play it; I say "in near future" because we still aren't there but Stadia and GeForce NOW (mostly GeForce NOW, especially now that they have rolled out more access to the Android app and it works beautifully) show that it's feasible. So on mobile side it's chances for me doesn't look that good, on the TV side of things, well I wouldn't say it's not bad but it also doesn't shine the brightest, it being W10 machine it more likely competes against things like Steam LINK and HTPCs where it has it's own place and it could succeed, but it will be more likely put in the same basket as PS and Xbox and then while it being different, it's a no contest.
    One thing that could save it would be the price. $100-200 and it's a deal, if nothing it's an interesting curiosity to have and the price wouldn't be that bad. But it's Alienware so price most likely would be around $600+ and at least it's a "no" from me (I can get most of it's use for far cheaper price even today).
    In the end I would like to say that even if I come as quite negative against this Alienware UFO concept, I still think it's a cool concept. I have my look on the gaming and how it might evolve in the future and against that I don't see how UFO would make things any better or attain success. I could see a lot more uses for it outside gaming with a bit different features and connectivity but there the price will be even bigger question.
     
    But as said: What do you think? Where would UFO stand and has it chances against the competition? What is the price? Yay, nay, meh or wow?
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    LTT video on the subject. Apparently the SoC is Intel (or at least uses Intels iGPU).
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    Thaldor got a reaction from Results45 in ["pre-"CES 2020] Alienware UFO (concept)   
    Alienware (Dell) has shown, at least, in the pre-CES 2020 showroom a gaming "device" concept that is basicly "Nintendo Switch on steroids" running Windows 10.
     
    There's not much specifics about the hardware but it runs on SoC that is capable of 1080p to 1200p 60fps gaming, has battery life of about 2 hours, touchscreen and apparently in a bit bigger size than Switch.
    Features otherwise are kind of same as Switch but just with Windows 10 "tablet" meaning it has Bluetooth, fully working USB-C with Lightning (or two, on the video you can see two USB-C ports: one on the top and another on the bottom) and possibility for even 4G and 5G connectivity. Physical controller is directly ripped-off comparable to Switch's Joy-Cons sitting next to the tablet and having the ability to remove them and attach to controller "block".
    Biggest difference between Switch and UFO is that UFO is fully capable Windows 10 "tablet" so you are not restricted to only gaming and only the sky is the limit.
     
    It's completely prototype and concept so there most likely will be a lot of changes or even that this is the only time we ever hear and see it.
     
    My personal feeling is that UFO is interesting concept but looking at the gaming side, it falls to the same pit as Switch, not being the greatest handheld and not being the greatest home console. Don't take me wrong, Nintendo Switch is great and extremely successful but Nintendo is different case from everything, like while Nintendo is counted in the console wars, it clearly doesn't care about the competition and the competition doesn't really care about it and the audience doesn't compare them and Nintendo swims in their pool and does what they feel like and it just works fantastically for them. UFO in the other hand doesn't have that "Nintendo magic", it probably would be W10 tablet aimed for gamers and without miracles it would drop directly in between and start competing with both cloud gaming and console gaming. 1080p gaming in near future will be specless and platformless, you don't need to care what device you have or what game you want to play in 1080p and where you want to play it, you can play it; I say "in near future" because we still aren't there but Stadia and GeForce NOW (mostly GeForce NOW, especially now that they have rolled out more access to the Android app and it works beautifully) show that it's feasible. So on mobile side it's chances for me doesn't look that good, on the TV side of things, well I wouldn't say it's not bad but it also doesn't shine the brightest, it being W10 machine it more likely competes against things like Steam LINK and HTPCs where it has it's own place and it could succeed, but it will be more likely put in the same basket as PS and Xbox and then while it being different, it's a no contest.
    One thing that could save it would be the price. $100-200 and it's a deal, if nothing it's an interesting curiosity to have and the price wouldn't be that bad. But it's Alienware so price most likely would be around $600+ and at least it's a "no" from me (I can get most of it's use for far cheaper price even today).
    In the end I would like to say that even if I come as quite negative against this Alienware UFO concept, I still think it's a cool concept. I have my look on the gaming and how it might evolve in the future and against that I don't see how UFO would make things any better or attain success. I could see a lot more uses for it outside gaming with a bit different features and connectivity but there the price will be even bigger question.
     
    But as said: What do you think? Where would UFO stand and has it chances against the competition? What is the price? Yay, nay, meh or wow?
    ----------------------------
    LTT video on the subject. Apparently the SoC is Intel (or at least uses Intels iGPU).
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    Thaldor got a reaction from Kilrah in EA is banning Linux Gamers in Battlefield 5   
    Wow, supercomputers use Linux. Is this the news from the 90's? Also good luck trying to run even Pacman on supercomputer and then the same build on anything else (all that performance really doesn't transfer well into general workloads leave alone trying to run common software in those environments). Also calling Android Linux is like calling iOS FreeBSD (or did you mean those couple tries to make Linux-phone so even Stallman could finally buy a mobile phone, which he won't because the government might track him through mobile base stations, from which both won't see any more than marginal marketshare because lack of features and high as hell prices).
    Also the casual "gamer" hasn't touched Winblows for around 15 years now. Consoles (from which none is even close to be even as open as Winblows), mobile and Facebook have been the platforms for casual gamers since FarmVille became a thing and smartphones broke through to mass markets.
     
    M$ has already made their move on the future of Winblows. You can kind of see it under the same business model as WinRar: Consumers have few caveats they can remove by paying but most of the money comes from business licenses. And oh! Do I see the "1995...2000...2005...2010...2015.2016...2020: The year when Linux became the most used consumer PC operating system!" -slogan, well good for you, I guess.
     
    Well, hard to break it for you, but you aren't in the consumer segment EA and most of the game publishers are even interested about. You probably aren't even interested about the yearly games they pump out (which are their bread and butter, while gamers are screaming how EA goes down with the Anthem and the few tens of millions they lost with it, NHL, FIFA and Madden 20s are still money makers and extremely successful in that, like it or don't). Even I'm far from the ideal consumer segment that the game publishers watch since retro gaming and getting the newest games from sales and paying for Humble Monthly Choice aren't the way they want to sell their crap.
     
    "Hey! Linux is going to take over soon!" Now already? It has only been 30 years taking over the consumer segment and gamers. While it would be great to get it up but I don't think it will happen in the next 5 years, maybe even 10. The stars are just not aligned right for it even with Valve developing Proton. More or less the consoles will take more markets (and compared to them Winblows PC is closer to Linux than them, leave alone talking about FOSS) and mobile gaming continues its rise. Cloud gaming might come in few years but Stadias "great" launch and even still questionable working proves that it also might take few years and hopefully GeForce NOW style services will take the lead. PC gaming will probably continue its route to be more open for indie and smaller publishers and the eSport platform and things probably will stay pretty much as they are unless someone does something stupid or something extremely radical and succeed in it (and while Valves Proton shows that Linux is also gaming platform, the thing is Proton is just glorified WINE so it will still take time before the bigger game developers will start to build Linux versions). The outlook of the market is still that while Linux runs from toasters to supercomputers, it still has that 2-5% marketshare in consumer PCs and it still has its old caveats and since recently few extras (to name one Nvidia stopping the support almost completely).
     
    What comes to the actual topic. Well, what did they expect? EA has been the laziest bumhole for a long time and asking actually working anti-cheat from them is stupid and trying it with running the game unsupported is a gamble. And it's totally legal for them to do so, nothing you can do for that. Are they assholes while doing this? Yes, extremely but what else did you expect from EA? They manage to release one game that isn't pure shit and peeing to the cereals of the gamers and everybody suddenly forgets that it's still the same old EA that made the worst SW Battlefront II and other crap games.
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    Thaldor got a reaction from Kilrah in Deliberate bricking, the Sonos way.   
    RMAs and recalls are usually different cases because then we talk about dangerous products instead of old products. There is kind of big difference with a completely working speaker rendered broken and things like Samsung Galaxy Note 7 rendered broken because the quite a huge hazard of catching on fire suddenly and violently.
    As said, Sonos doesn't give one flying fuck about what really happens to a speaker as long as it's one less working speaker on the face of the world. (That they offer the chance to ship the speaker to them is probably only available in EU/parts of it where Sonos could possibly end up  punished really hard from having a campaign where they create possibly hundreds of tons e-waste without any certainty that that e-waste is processed correctly)
     
    You do not get discount if your speaker was used to the point that it doesn't work anymore or was any otherway broken. You do not get discount if you were the good guy and recycled or reused the speaker. Only case where you get the discount is when you break a working speaker.
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    Thaldor got a reaction from TechyBen in Deliberate bricking, the Sonos way.   
    The problem is Sonos isn't giving people 30% discount from recycling Sonos speakers. They are giving 30% discount from bricking Sonos speakers.
     
    I would guess if your Sonos speaker is already broken and you cannot connect to it and/or it cannot phone home, you cannot brick it and so you cannot get the 30% discount. So, to get 30% discount you must deliberately break a working speaker to get 30% discount.
     
    Things would be a lot different if it was that consumer must provide proof that they have recycled Sonos speaker (receipt from recycling center, receipt from selling or others) to get the 30% discount. Then clearly Sonos was inciting people to recycle their speakers but that isn't the case at all.
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    Thaldor got a reaction from Blademaster91 in Deliberate bricking, the Sonos way.   
    The problem is Sonos isn't giving people 30% discount from recycling Sonos speakers. They are giving 30% discount from bricking Sonos speakers.
     
    I would guess if your Sonos speaker is already broken and you cannot connect to it and/or it cannot phone home, you cannot brick it and so you cannot get the 30% discount. So, to get 30% discount you must deliberately break a working speaker to get 30% discount.
     
    Things would be a lot different if it was that consumer must provide proof that they have recycled Sonos speaker (receipt from recycling center, receipt from selling or others) to get the 30% discount. Then clearly Sonos was inciting people to recycle their speakers but that isn't the case at all.
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    Thaldor got a reaction from mr moose in Deliberate bricking, the Sonos way.   
    The problem is Sonos isn't giving people 30% discount from recycling Sonos speakers. They are giving 30% discount from bricking Sonos speakers.
     
    I would guess if your Sonos speaker is already broken and you cannot connect to it and/or it cannot phone home, you cannot brick it and so you cannot get the 30% discount. So, to get 30% discount you must deliberately break a working speaker to get 30% discount.
     
    Things would be a lot different if it was that consumer must provide proof that they have recycled Sonos speaker (receipt from recycling center, receipt from selling or others) to get the 30% discount. Then clearly Sonos was inciting people to recycle their speakers but that isn't the case at all.
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    Thaldor got a reaction from TechyBen in Deliberate bricking, the Sonos way.   
    The thing is, any designed obsolescence without good reasons (manufacturer not wanting to run a net service anymore isn't a good reason) is quite usually seen as a dickmove from a companies. There isn't a single reason why CR100 shouldn't work as AUX-controller for speakers, like yeah the internet services are down and obsolete but it doesn't mean it couldn't connect to older speakers (the ones it was connected earlier) and play stuff from it's AUX-connection. It's like company bricking a BT-speaker completely because Apple rolled out new AirPlay that doesn't have backwards compatibility while the speaker doesn't even really need the newest and shiniest iPhone to work because it has normal bluetooth connection and AUX-connector that doesn't need AirPlay to work and work even with the stereo set from the 70's which doesn't even know what an iPhone is.
     
    To take part into the general discussion. This is really a dickmove from Sonos and a stupid one in that. "We care about the environment and with this you can do your part", like fuck off and quit that BS. Any person with even 1 working brain cell can understand that not working device is more wasteful than even somewhat working device. To make a very grim and way too harsh example: "You get 30% discount for a new puppy if you shoot your old dog! After all it's already too old to work as police dog and so has lived over its usefulness." Like a old dog couldn't live as lapdog if it doesn't have any mental problems (and even if it has they can be managed), but I guess it's more important to make sure every new dog owner pays for the breeders and don't even think about adopting an old dog. [Just pointing out the insanity of offering discount when bricking the device that is completely working otherwise and there is only bad reasons why it couldn't work and those same reasons work as why Sonos should be avoided. Do not harm your dog in any case and when getting a dog please consider adopting]
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    Thaldor got a reaction from Technous285 in Cox gets massively shafted - Jury awards music industry 1 billion dollars from Cox over copyright infringers   
    There's actually "couple" companies that provide CR holders the data. Most of them circle around guy named Patrick Achache who has build quite an empire around copyrighttrolling with his Guardaley/Maverick Eye/Texcipion/whatever-dormant-company-they-today-use -scheme that started in Germany, got bigger with Dallas Buyer Club in US and has been a huge cancer in EU for years. They collect the IP addresses from bittorrent nodes they uphold and sell for royalties them outward, mostly they use the data themselves by setting up more dormant companies (like Crystal Bay Corporation, Crystalis Entertainment, Interallip LLP, Copyright Collections Ltd (these were creating havoc in Finland at least) and Dallas Buyers Club LLC, Malibu Media (and yes, every single one of these are somehow bound to Patrick Achache or the small circle of people running Guardaley/Maverick Eye/whatever) which one way or another get some P2P-distribution rights for movies/TV-series, they then get some lawfirm to handle the whole scheme in some country (getting the IP-address owner information from courts, send "cease and desist" blackmailing letters (yes, they are blackmailing in this case) to the IP-address owners and in very rare cases to take IP-address owners to court to get some terror-examples (never with criminal case because with criminal case they couldn't ask crazy amounts of money as "compensation for damages" and wouldn't get the terror-effect they are after) and happy fuckfest called copyrighttrolling begins (Article how the fuckfest works).
    Just EXTREMELY shady "companies" running EXTREMELY shady software (from which both seem to very oddly change their names once some judge/court demands more proofs than a list of IPs with some other numbers and couple of printouts from their logging software, which are just PCAP headers, the Guardaley/whatever provides printable copies (yes, they are only printed, million times edited, non-proofed copies, they claim to save the data to tapes but somehow magically those tapes are either destroyed or lost while in transit to courts or more likely the case is withdrawn once asked) to their lawyers) with people in the background who are either always "unavailable" or even couple times found to be completely fabricated (sounds like a companies I would buy some information, <- sarcasm, I really wouldn't be surprised if someone actually one day found some ties to some organized crime from their backgrounds).
     
    RIAA and other mainly big corporation puppet organizations hop into the bandwagon when they sniff that they could get some random party to pay huge sums for them to make their pile of gold even bigger after they have burned most of their money to lobbying copyrightlaws that we currently have (what were they supposed to pay for some piss poor artists, LoL, nope, at best they pay for the best selling artists some royalties). Most of the time RIAA/MPAA jumps up when someone in right position even coughs to change some IP-law a way that would take even a cent from the mega corporations (Sony Entertainment, Universal, Disney and so on). Usually as long as Mickey Mouse and Elvis stay copyrighted and there isn't a lot of numbers as "compensation" RIAA and MPAA don't even fart that way.
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    Thaldor reacted to Phill104 in Apple may probably launch Satellites to provide for Apple devices to directly communicate   
    Personally I feel more regulation of how we as a planet use up the very limited space around the planet. It is already becoming cramped and full of detritus in certain orbits and currently there is not an easy way to clear it up.
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    Thaldor got a reaction from TechyBen in Google Stadia in desperate need of promised "negative latency" mode   
    What I have gotten is that Stadia is basicly just shit. It's not about basic features, it's about the whole concept of having paid subscription and on that you even need to pay for the games (apart from even smaller library of games included in the subscription) and the worst thing is that once you stop paying monthly, you loose those games you paid the full price for. Also that the whole service is currently on it's knees because a lot of registering, activating and device problems and a bit more on those.
     
    The worst part for Stadia is that it already has competition and that competition is lightyears ahead of it in every way. mainly the competition is now already few years in beta been GeForce NOW and it whacks the shit out of Stadia. Not only does it support more devices than Stadia (almost every Mac and Windows PC +Nvidia Shield vs. Chromecast Ultra which may overheat and die, some limited tablets and Pixel phones), but at least currently it's free (as long as you get into the program) and even if it had paid subscription it would be million times better because you don't need any separate game library but you have the familiar Steam, Origin, Epic, Battle.net, Uplay and others where you can keep the games even if you stopped using GF NOW. Also just that GF NOW actually works while Stadia is unusable (I have 100Mbps VSDL2 and 200Mbps 4G (both without any caps or restrictions) in use and with both my friends Stadia (which I loaned to try out because it didn't even connect with my friends connection) was stuttering and lagging like granny in snow while GF NOW works flawlessly). And the fun thing is GF NOW is big project for Nvidia but it's not their primary thing that they would advertise and try to sell to people, while Google tries to sell Stadia and could have probably poured a lot more money in it than Nvidia even could dream to pour on GF NOW and they still suck at it.
     
    Then all the promises about 4K gaming at 60FPS which have been more or less lies so far. Like yeah, good luck getting up from that hole you dug for yourself, Google.
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    Thaldor got a reaction from Zando Bob in Mac pro and XDR display orders available now + unboxing   
    I don't take a part whether it's better or worse, it's just odd ball with it's ups and downs.
    As I have stated earlier in the thread Apple and Nvidia quite probably has a stormy past that for good or bad isn't that public. I would guess Nvidia wasn't really happy when they got Quadro GPUs to Macs and Apple decided to make sure they get some money from sold GPUs for Macs, so when Apple decided that they take the control of driver development Nvidia probably wasn't that open to give their driver source to Apple which earlier scalped them (I'm pretty sure Nvidia got a bigger cut from a Quadro sold directly by PNY/EVGA than PNY/EVGA Quadro sold by Apple).

    Apple and openness is a fun conversation. Apple does use a lot of open source to build their OSs, but at least last time I had touch with the subject the thing was Apple publishes only the parts that they are forced by their source projects (like FreeBSD) to publish and basicly what they publish is as far from working as something can be with huge holes in the codes that they were basicly useless.
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    Thaldor got a reaction from Froody129 in The OFFICIAL family friendly Christian Minecraft server?   
    Why not Age of Empires Online server? At least they could do what they love most.
     
  21. Informative
    Thaldor reacted to mr moose in Mac pro and XDR display orders available now + unboxing   
    The first half of the article titled "PCIe cards you can install in your Mac Pro (2019)"   is all about the mpx module and what you can get from apple, the rest is (in typical apple fashion) an ambiguous rabble of words trying to insinuate you should use the MPX modules from apple and in a not so ambiguous way that GPU's are not a straight up "put in what every you want".
     
    It leaves non tech oriented people with the distinct impression that anything other than the MPX is a gamble or requires eGPU and windows in bootcamp.
     
     
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    Thaldor got a reaction from mr moose in Mac pro and XDR display orders available now + unboxing   
    I'm too lazy at the moment to look for what you have mentioned in other article but I kind of keep some hope alive that Apple had done at least a small move towards upgradeability. After all the Mac Pro has alongside of those two MPX connectors 4x 8-pin and 1x 6-pin "AUX" connectors (those 4 are close to the MPX connectors and the 6-pin one is above them) and they are already selling power cable kit for them. so there is hope that you can skip the part where you buy the probably so much overpriced MPX models and just stick GPUs bought with less taxed prices elsewhere and stick them in. And I count that as a huge leap towards more open Apple, they could have just as easily leave the "AUX" (probably just PCI-e power) connectors out and fanboys would have still screamed that "you can upgrade your Mac Pro".
    And I still wouldn't be surprised if there was some kind of firmware/UEFI/other artificial blocks in place to prevent people from just going and sticking something like Radeon VIIs to the Mac Pro without tinkering with them first to get the Mac Pro accept them.
     
    Also huge minus is that while the SATA-ports are completely normal, the power plug meant for them is Apple proprietary 10-pin connector and there basicly isn't any mounting place for HDDs/SSDs without building/buying a rig for them.
     
    And I would guess Nvidia is just pleased that Apple doesn't want their GPUs. Considering that Apple quite probably scalped Nvidia in the past with older Mac Pros with their EFI/firmware rigging and blocking just any Quadro GPUs from working and forcing people (who didn't know better) to buy the GPUs from Apple with higher prices. It's a minus for consumers but the walled garden is the walled garden, either people get fed by it and force it down or people are just something enough not to care and continue piling money in it.
    And quite specifically if you have brain power, reason, time and patience to think whether Nvidia or AMD GPU is better for you, you kind of aren't Apples most wanted customer in the first place. That just because you are critical what hardware you want and you know what you need and that doesn't fit well into Apples business motto "We know better what you need and want".
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    Thaldor got a reaction from Bombastinator in Mac pro and XDR display orders available now + unboxing   
    IIRC that came later and I also mentioned it. The earlier Mac Pros had the GPUs blacklisted in their EFI because at that time we managed to save a huge sum when upgrading the media calssrooms Mac Pros to Quadros. Because during upgrading the teachers machine we noticed that you needed to install the drivers first to even get the thing to boot and for the second we just out of curiosity tried to use the driver CD/DVD that came with the teachers machine GPU and ordered the GPU from elsewhere and it worked like a charm, so upgrading the rest of the machines (~10 in total) we just ordered the GPUs from the other place and installed the drivers form the same media.
     
    But either way the point was that Apple has in the history limited the usable hardware not because it doesn't have the drivers but because some deliberately made difference that doesn't have anything to do with how something works or how it is attached but just to make sure you buy the hardware from the right vendor and retailer.
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    Thaldor got a reaction from Kilrah in Mac pro and XDR display orders available now + unboxing   
    I would put huge question mark before and after that. It wouldn't be first time for Apple to block hardware on the EFI-level (IIRC back in with old Mac Pros you could buy PNY or EVGA Quadro as upgrade and it was the off-the-shelf GPU you could buy from everywhere but you needed to buy it from Apple to get a driver CD/DVD for 200-400€/$ extra price, you could have the exactly same GPU installed and exactly same drivers from Nvidia installed and your Mac wouldn't even boot because that 200-400€/$ costing driver CD/DVD from Apple included EFI-update that whitelisted the GPU for the system and you couldn't get that from anywhere else (legally). Earlier or later there was different line called "Quadro for Mac" or something that was exactly the same GPUs but they had some differences in their firmware compared to just everyday normal "Quadros" that made the difference between booting and not-booting Mac. On Windows it was all the same if you had "for Mac" or "normal", both worked the same pointing in the difference being that something in Mac Pros was sniffing the GPUs to determine are they "legit" Apple accessories or not).
     
    So I wouldn't be surprised if someone tried to just put Radeon Pro Vega II GPU into Mac Pro and didn't buy it from Apple as "MPX-module" but used the "AUX-cables" to get power for it and the Mac Pro said "no". Same as with the storage, there's two completely normal SATA-ports and what seems to be a power outlet for them, but to use them you probably just cannot buy any SATA-HDD/SSD and get somewhere power from them, but you need to buy some "storage upgrade rack for Mac Pro"-kit that not only includes SATA-cables, power cable and mountable rack but also some piece of software.
    But I might be wrong, that's completely something Apple has done in the past but maybe they have grown a bit more wiser and less greedier.
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    Thaldor got a reaction from slippers_ in I said I wouldn't cry... - $35K Abyss Headphone Setup   
    What the **** I'm reading?

    " Oven cured polymer ceramic finish is durable and aesthetically pleasing, offering a choice of colors to match you room, and tastes. "
    That just a long way to say that the aluminium is cera-coated which isn't anything magical. Like saying "this piece of aluminium is sunk in water and with electricity grown a strong and durable coating on it" is something else than just anodizing.
     
    I was kind of disappointed that there wasn't "Stillpoint Ultra Mini Very High Quality Footers" but only Stillpoint Ultra Mini footers. But I couldn't have thought that flat footers are good to be placed on flat surface. I was already ordering one to be set on my bowling ball, what a shame... Oh, and those who hate reading and especially ads, don't go to Stillpoints website, like... god... I don't think how I can recover from that wall of text which doesn't really make sense past couple chapters (like why would you need that expensive footings when the real damage for your audio quality is happening inside your equipment, like should you buy Stillpoints for all of your caps and resistors to mitigate this problem or just for your rack or what the whaty what?).
     
    I don't mean to offend anyone but for real? $4k for cera-coated aluminium rack with fancy footers and some "vibration cancelling material" (probably just fancy way to say either silicone or rubber or felt) here and there. Like yeah, it probably took long time to design that and the possible audience is quite small so you would need to ask higher price, but $4k for a aluminium shelf?
     
    Like Orpheus at least had included box with fancy servos and stuff and was clearly meant to be luxury item for those with more than too much money to burn with very limited quantity and all that. But if the whole package is cheaper than it... I'm still totally lost in the worlds of What, Why, Is-It-Really-Necessary and Wouldn't-It-Be-Better-To-Go-And-See-The-Band-Live-(And-Cheaper). 🤷‍♂️
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