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Taf the Ghost

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  1. Or the only profit in Mobile Phones is Apple with a little to Samsung. The Chinese firms are all propped up by their other telecom aspects & the State. Somewhere, from beyond the grave, Steve Jobs is going "Ecosystems, bitches!". He turned out to be quite correct about that.
  2. Deep in the story, as a comment from a Western Intelligence source, in the 2000s (after Germany sold its stake) one of Crypto's competitors closed up shop.
  3. That's really burying the lede, but that's what is actually going on. The CIA was finished with this project, they control the replacements, and are simply burning off the expired project. Now all of the customers will have to buy new products. Who controls those? Not sure, but it opens up new and fun surveillance opportunities. Given the WaPo is the clearing ground for CIA information dumps and I believe ZDF is quite friendly with German Intelligence, odds are the CIA report was "leaked" from CIA's Directors office. Almost assuredly completely intentionally. Bezos controls the WaPo and Amazon has the CIA Cloud contract. This story goes no where if the CIA doesn't want it out. As a historical note, the UK sold Enigma systems to countries across the globe after WW2, and was pretty much until the information release of Ultra. (Which appears to be 1974.) So there's kind of a "you probably should have figured this out decades ago" aspect to this.
  4. From my perspective, I view it was a Game Rental Service going mainstream. PC Gaming, as a rental business, never worked because of, well, just replication. Now you'll be able to sign up for a service for a month for less than the price of a movie ticket, in a lot of places. Solid way to play a game you're interested in, to be frank. "Game Streaming" isn't inherently a problem (minus data cap issues) in the same way that Video Streaming isn't, but it fills a specific market. And I don't think that market is as big as everyone that's funneling billions into this thinks it will be. Though part of me finds it funny that everyone is trying to get Subscription Services, whether launcher or streaming based, for less than the price of MMO subscriptions back in the day. Which points to the actual reality is they want you to pay a Subscription and then buy lots of microtransactions.
  5. Or Activision is going to launch their own service. EA has one in early Beta right now. Why wouldn't Activision want to get in on this?
  6. Well, if you live in Maine, my point probably doesn't apply. (Coast + Salt used on roads in Winter = much less car life.) But you'd still be looking at 200k miles and about 20 years old for 1500USD in private party sales in a major brand, mid-trim model. However, they're still solid run-around cars if you know how to look for them. But with the Galaxy Fold launching around 2k, we're going to see 3k USD phones, in mass-market, in the not too distant future. Then we're well into the 10 year old, good quality, low-trim Used Car pricing. Again, if you aren't in Maine.
  7. New cellphones have entered "good, plenty of life left" Used Car price ranges.
  8. For 4K, you could build with a 1600AF, lol. For that type of system, basically everything has to go into the GPU. Realistically a 3700X, 32 GB of 3200-3600 DDR4, a TLC NVMe M.2 for primary and some sort of bulk SSD or QLC for a game drive.
  9. Nothing really, except they're used in Geforce NOW and possibly Google Stadia. We don't see Intel Semi-custom parts in the wild very often, so there's a novelty to it.
  10. @Zando Bob not to be too critical, but you're thing is OC'ing and you didn't know the hardware well enough to know Zen clocks like a GPU and near its Fmax? But my point still stands. There are issues with the 2020 Adrenaline drivers for a number of setups and it needs to be solved. There, however, hasn't been this "AMD drivers are bad" reality, as a general sense. That's what Marketing from Nvidia is about. And, yes, a chunk of those posts, even here, aren't real users. Every discussion forum gets hit by the blanket Narrative Pushing marketing. That's why they do it. It's the same reason that Clickbait headlines work, actually. By constantly mentioning a Narrative, even if nothing confirms it for years, one event fits it and we're in "AMD Drivers are bad" territory. It also doesn't help that a lot of the AMD Bad stuff is because Chrome has a Hardware Acceleration bug in it, but Nvidia pays for the anti-AMD narrative and, well, we're here right now. As a result, we can't help or solve actual problems and the entire discussion is about non-issues. It's a testament to the power of the work Nvidia has done to attack AMD. (As a historical reference point, this is the way Nvidia operates. They were always the company that was behind for a decade, won out in the 90s by undermining everyone in every shady way they could, then continued to act that way after they made it to the top of the market. They do make good products, but the company isn't anything to like.)
  11. It really, really isn't. China State Digital Espionage, especially for business IP, has been a problem for 20+ years. Governments lie all of the time, but it doesn't mean China doesn't use stealing R&D as a State Policy. Because it is. The fund a digital army and use it constantly. China's only comparative advantages has been stealing R&D and bribing officials of other countries to sell out their own industries. It's worked great for Chinese officials and the non-Chinese officials that they bribed, but it's most of the reason we're edging toward Open Trade Wars. This is very real and has done extremely damage across the globe.
  12. @gtx1337 PCPartPicker Part List Type Item Price CPU Intel Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $523.89 @ B&H CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U12S 55 CFM CPU Cooler $59.95 @ Amazon Motherboard MSI MPG Z390 GAMING PLUS ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $141.74 @ Amazon Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $148.99 @ Adorama Storage HP EX920 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $129.94 @ Amazon Video Card Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB WINDFORCE OC Video Card $719.99 @ Amazon Power Supply Corsair RMx (2018) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $109.99 @ Newegg Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts Total $1834.49 Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-11 09:32 EST-0500 If your'e that far in for price, building out the system properly helps. 32GB of memory is recommended for high-end systems. Those are Micron-E die, so they'll do 3800 or higher without much issue. You don't need a D15, as you don't need to OC the 9900k. And, if you're that far in, just get the 9900k. Put a better TLC M.2 NVMe in there. Better PSU for what you're up to. Still need a case, but anything around 60USD will suit you fine. Not sure on the quality of that model of 2080 Super, so can't say much.
  13. What's the purpose of this build? What's the Price Range? Have you already bought the P1?
  14. @BobbyPdue Memory matters just as much on Intel as AMD. However, the pair of memory he has selected should OC into the 3800 range without much issue.
  15. The RVII's drivers have been in a rough state the entire time, to my knowledge. So, sadly, that isn't too surprising there. Your friend's 5700 XT, if it needed a vBIOS update, is having problems because of the AIB. It means they messed something up and are still trying to fix it. That does jive with Mindfactory's high RMA rate on only PowerColor cards and no one else. Nvidia had a good run with Pascal, but Turing launched badly. Especially the 2080 TI with massive RMA rates. And drivers for a lot of people haven't been that great, it's just you can't start a movement on r/Nvidia or anywhere else. Nvidia makes sure their problems don't stick around the community's consciousness very long. GPP anyone? Also, this is what a 'bad" driver causes: Nvidia has actually done this a few times in the last decade. What we're really dealing with is Narrative and Marketing. There's always bad cards. Tech has a roughly 1.5% baseline RMA rate, so about 1 in every 66 purchases will need a RMA. (And if you get a bad PSU, it can wipe out the rest of a system in the process.) Though your Friend should just revert back the driver until their problem gets solved. And hopefully PowerColor gets their act together on their Navi cards.
  16. @Sakaki_Makio the actual answer, for why you haven't had much trouble, can probably be summed up as "well, you aren't a moron", as that seems to be the consistent issue in most cases. Most of the complaints around about "bad drivers" simply aren't about bad drivers. They're normally issues with Windows and the person just gave up the instant they had a problem (minus the fact they can hop onto some forum to complain about it). There is definitely some issues with the 2020 drivers that need to be worked out, but that's not really the issue being dealt with.
  17. 19.12.1 is fine and the 2020 features are getting a bit bloated. The 5700 XT -> 2070S is a narrative where people show up either saying they did or are doing that, minus the fact they hadn't RMA'd a card that was supposedly bad. That's what Influence Bots do. They lie and push a Narrative. There's definitely some issues in the 2020 drivers that need to be sorted. Hopefully they get it soon. 20.1.4 is apparently solid for a good number that had issues before.
  18. Launch was actually fine, minus the "this is a new architecture, there will be bugs in old games" issue. [Though some of the early Press Drivers seemed to have issues fixed just before Launch.] What's actually going on is a well-done social media attack campaign (likely from Nvidia's external marketing agencies, but it could be plenty of other companies) that kept the "drivers are bad!" in the collective "mind" of the community until AMD actually made a real flub with the Black Screen issues for a large enough group of users on the 2020 Adrenaline drivers. If this wasn't the case, we couldn't recommend people go back to 19.12.1 drivers and generally be fine. r/AMD is being bombarded, currently, with "getting rid of my 5700 XT and getting a 2070 Super" posts. Which is strange, as the users are apparently morons incapable of getting a RMA when their card is bad but can the instant they want to switch to a more expensive card. The problem with all of this noise is that the Black Screen issue isn't well explored and there's no current solution except a Driver Rollback.
  19. The Navi cards are the first PCIe 4.0 cards. PCIe is supposed to be "forward" compatible, but the reality is much messier. And a lot of the problems are simply chipsets need updates to manage their power properly. A lot of the "AMD Drivers are bad!" problems go away when people update their Chipset drivers. Or properly uninstall old Nvidia drivers. Or aren't obvious Paid Shills flooding forums with intentionally bad information because they're clearly too incompetent to RMA a clearly broken card, which you always have a 1-2% of happening.
  20. The 2020 Adrenaline drivers have been pretty rough for a lot of people, though GCN-based drivers don't need to be updated that often. Unless you're playing a brand new game and absolutely need that +15%.
  21. They're actually not "very common". They're a problem for a group of users with some specific criteria that no one is quite sure what it is yet, however.
  22. DDU and go back to 19.12.1. https://www.amd.com/en/support/kb/release-notes/rn-rad-win-19-12-1 Also, update your Chipset drivers for whatever motherboard you have. The Chipset drivers/PCIe power delivery seems to be the biggest problem Navi has, not the drivers. Though there's a few games that still need patched but that are rather old.
  23. Because you're ascribing your own perspective to the buyers, and you're also ignoring the local economics. I know a few people that lease every 2-3 years because the local tax rules basically make it advantageous to lease in that type of setup. Depends a bit on Make & Model, but the economics aren't as rough as you might think. That being said, it is an actual cost, but that's what people choose to do with their money. @LinusTech will drive a car years after it should probably be scraped, but a lot of people aren't like that. And, in the age 35-60 bracket, which is the actual buying market, they will trade Money for Utility, Time-Saving and Experience. The actual bigger cost sink is really insurance on a new car more than most of their depreciation. But, at the same time, almost no one just pays cash for a brand new car. A significant amount of all purchases are done in some sort of financing approach because the "Cost Value of Money" involved is just generally a bad idea to pay cash. Especially when Interest Rates are low. That being said, the biggest value capture is normally Lease Return cars with bad resale values. You can get some really nice deals if you know what you're looking for.
  24. Tesla really trying to implement the "Live Service" model for Cars. What's next, Micro-transactions to keep your brakes working? But, Tesla should simply set a date after which cars will stop receiving updates without long-term support contracts. If you're going to act like a Software company, at least act like a Software company.