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Belgarathian

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  1. Funny
    Belgarathian reacted to Spotty in Steam bans "Very Positive" game developer   
    Summary
    A small time developer and publisher "Very Positive", creator of a game no-one has probably heard of Emoji Evolution has had their game removed from Steam and been banned after Valve alleges they were attempting to deceive customers. How were they deceiving customers? With their name...
     
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    The developer has argued the reason for the ban; "review manipulation" as being incorrect as it was not review manipulation, but rather developer name manipulation.
     
     
    My thoughts
    I think it was pretty intentional they were trying to game the system and trick people in to thinking the reviews were positive. Steam reviews do impact customers purchasing decisions and I personally would be more inclined to buy a game that had a positive rating. The way Steam displays the recent reviews & all reviews looks very similar to the developer and publisher and I think that's something they tried to take advantage of.
     
    Was anyone actually deceived in to thinking it was a better game and bought it as a result? Who knows, probably not. Nothing really noteworthy here but I just thought it was a quirky situation and a rather interesting reason for a developer to be banned from Steam. I guess Valve really do take developers attempting to manipulate ratings seriously.
     
    GG, you played yourself.
     
    Sources
    https://www.kotaku.com.au/2021/02/valve-bans-very-positive-developer-for-trying-to-trick-steam-users/amp/
    https://www.kotaku.com.au/2021/02/somethings-fishy-about-this-steam-games-very-positive-reviews/
  2. Agree
    Belgarathian reacted to suicidalfranco in Google is Discontinuing Unlimited Storage for All Education Customers   
    Ah yes, the good ol' bait and switch
    Never fails
  3. Funny
    Belgarathian reacted to leadeater in Paying in meme - Elon Musk offers money to help Dogecoin become ‘currency of the internet’ and Dogecoin price rockets after.   
    Don't worry, the next coin will solve that issue. If that doesn't then the next one will, promise.
  4. Like
    Belgarathian reacted to leadeater in Apple Patent May Hint at the Future of Its Chips: A Multi-Level Hybrid Memory Subsystem   
    Well it's working for RDNA2 with it's on-die cache along with GDDR6. Really depends on what is actually being proposed and planned, this patient is super broad and AMD already has similar patient and products in the market that use them, not sure how that affects each others patient though. Last thing we need is these two companies getting in to a patient war with each other.
     
    If Apple wants much bigger SoCs, either or both CPU and GPU wise, they are going to need much higher bandwidth to support it and memory types like HBM and GDDR have rather bad latency so you wouldn't actually want only these as it'll affect CPU performance. The larger the memory chip, capacity wise, the higher the access latency and the same is also generally true of higher bandwidth wider memory bus memory too.
     
    It's really not so bad of an idea, but that swings many ways and execution of this will entirely make it good or bad.
  5. Agree
    Belgarathian reacted to Moonzy in New Watches May Help Measure Blood Sugar   
    Not a diabetic (that I know of)
    But I'm actually interested in comparing my blood sugar vs my performance in games, I feel like I perform better after a meal usually 🤔
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    Belgarathian reacted to jasonvp in New Watches May Help Measure Blood Sugar   
    Summary
    Korean IT News is reporting that Samsung and Apple may be including optical blood sugar sensors in their next round of respective watches.
     
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    My thoughts
    I've been a type one since the age of 1.  I'm... a lot older than that, now.  In 7th grade (long before most of you were even born .. 😉 ) I "invented" a watch to help measure my blood sugar.  At the time, I had no clue how to build it.  But if this comes to pass, I'm totally claiming credit for the idea.  😄
     
    Kidding aside, I may actually break down and buy an Apple Watch if they're successful with this.  While I'm certain it won't completely replace finger sticking, it will help a diabetic watch trends throughout the day assuming it's accurate enough.  That will be a huge help.
     
    Hopefully I can successfully wear that expensive watch without destroying it like I have most of the other watches I've owned.
     
    Sources
    https://english.etnews.com/20210125200002
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  8. Agree
    Belgarathian reacted to Commodus in I message on Windows?   
    If you need a Mac or a jailbroken iPhone to make it work, it's not really a solution.
     
    iMessage lock-in kinda sucks, but if you really value it... stick with an iPhone or Mac.
  9. Funny
    Belgarathian reacted to Dr_Whom in I message on Windows?   
    According to the WAN show last week, the best pickup line is 'I only use iMessage". Drops the panties 100% of the time, allegedly.
  10. Agree
    Belgarathian reacted to That Franc in Ubiquiti Suffers Data Breach   
    The fact that they came forward and notified their users of a potential breach is quite refreshing, and the recommendations are very sound.
  11. Agree
    Belgarathian reacted to AndreiArgeanu in A high performance mini television in your pocket - new Sony Flagship phone leaks   
    Cool I guess but realistically it's going to be hard to tell the difference between 1080/1440p and 4k at such a screen size. I feel like you'd really have to squint at the phone to tell the difference.

  12. Agree
    Belgarathian reacted to Brooksie359 in Tesla CEO Elon Musk announces FSD subscription coming in 2021   
    Totally agree. Subscription based services for something that is constantly being updated and developed and you receive those updates as part of the service makes sense. That is completely different than a system where you have to pay a subscription to a static feature that never changes. 
  13. Agree
    Belgarathian got a reaction from Brooksie359 in Tesla CEO Elon Musk announces FSD subscription coming in 2021   
    I don't see a problem with the subscription model as a way of reducing the barrier to entry for advanced features that are constantly under development. I do, however, have an issue with BMW's approach to making heated seats, Apple CarPlay, and AWD systems subscription based when they're not adding any value whatsoever overtime and the significant costs are already included in the vehicle (unless the vehicle is discounted to reflect the fact that they're not included in the original purchase).
  14. Agree
    Belgarathian got a reaction from wall03 in M1 MacBook Air with thermal Pads almost on par with M1 Pro.   
    Just so we're all clear; this would have been a design choice by Apple to ensure that the laptop was comfortable to use for extended durations away from the desk where it may be sitting on your lap, or otherwise. Not Apple deliberately gimping the laptop to sell more pro devices.
  15. Agree
    Belgarathian got a reaction from FakeNSA in M1 MacBook Air with thermal Pads almost on par with M1 Pro.   
    Just so we're all clear; this would have been a design choice by Apple to ensure that the laptop was comfortable to use for extended durations away from the desk where it may be sitting on your lap, or otherwise. Not Apple deliberately gimping the laptop to sell more pro devices.
  16. Agree
    Belgarathian got a reaction from captain_to_fire in M1 MacBook Air with thermal Pads almost on par with M1 Pro.   
    Just so we're all clear; this would have been a design choice by Apple to ensure that the laptop was comfortable to use for extended durations away from the desk where it may be sitting on your lap, or otherwise. Not Apple deliberately gimping the laptop to sell more pro devices.
  17. Agree
    Belgarathian got a reaction from leadeater in M1 MacBook Air with thermal Pads almost on par with M1 Pro.   
    Just so we're all clear; this would have been a design choice by Apple to ensure that the laptop was comfortable to use for extended durations away from the desk where it may be sitting on your lap, or otherwise. Not Apple deliberately gimping the laptop to sell more pro devices.
  18. Agree
    Belgarathian got a reaction from Bombastinator in M1 MacBook Air with thermal Pads almost on par with M1 Pro.   
    Just so we're all clear; this would have been a design choice by Apple to ensure that the laptop was comfortable to use for extended durations away from the desk where it may be sitting on your lap, or otherwise. Not Apple deliberately gimping the laptop to sell more pro devices.
  19. Agree
    Belgarathian got a reaction from ne0tic in A report that Apple has apparently secured 80% of TSMCs 5nm production throughout 2021 emerges   
    AMD could secure capacity with Samsung for next gen parts, it's not like they're bound completely to TSMC.
  20. Agree
    Belgarathian got a reaction from cj09beira in Tesla CEO Elon Musk announces FSD subscription coming in 2021   
    I don't see a problem with the subscription model as a way of reducing the barrier to entry for advanced features that are constantly under development. I do, however, have an issue with BMW's approach to making heated seats, Apple CarPlay, and AWD systems subscription based when they're not adding any value whatsoever overtime and the significant costs are already included in the vehicle (unless the vehicle is discounted to reflect the fact that they're not included in the original purchase).
  21. Agree
    Belgarathian reacted to Prodigy_Smit in Cloudfare and Apple working on a new DNS to protect data from ISPs   
    Apple is singlehandedly doing near what the EU has done to protect online privacy.
  22. Informative
    Belgarathian reacted to JoseGuya in Cloudfare and Apple working on a new DNS to protect data from ISPs   
    This is from a few weeks ago, but I didn't find anything with the search function so here it goes: 
     
    Summary
     Apple and Cloudfare are proposing a new DNS standard:  Oblivious DNS over HTTPS (ODoH) to anonymize  user's data from ISPs
     
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    My thoughts
    This is another step Apple is taking on privacy, now targeting ISPs. This combined with the recent feud against Facebook with the AppStore new guidelines on privacy, I'll say Apple is going very strong on privacy.
     
    Sources
    https://www.theverge.com/2020/12/8/22163871/cloudflare-apple-dns-protocol-online-privacy
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    Belgarathian got a reaction from Hymenopus_Coronatus in The full amps - RTX A6000 now Available   
    This generation of reference designs from Nvidia is baller. Best looking cards I've ever seen.
  24. Agree
    Belgarathian got a reaction from n0stalghia in The full amps - RTX A6000 now Available   
    This generation of reference designs from Nvidia is baller. Best looking cards I've ever seen.
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    Belgarathian reacted to Spindel in Apple Responds to Facebook's Anti-Tracking Criticism   
    Summary
    On december 16th, in a blog post and a full-page ad published in three major newspapers, Facebook claimed that Apple's tracking change will have a "harmful impact on many small businesses that are struggling to stay afloat."
    "We disagree with Apple's approach and solution, yet we have no choice but to show Apple's prompt," said Facebook. "If we don't, they will block Facebook from the App Store, which would only further harm the people and businesses that rely on our services. We cannot take this risk on behalf of the millions of businesses who use our platform to grow."
     
    Apples has responded to this with the quote below 
     
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    My thoughts
    I feel that facebook are trying the Spotify/Epic argumentation that what they are doing is to stand up for the "small" businesses. But, just as Spotify/Epic, they don't give a shit about the "small" businesses. If your business model relies on not being transparent I would suggest that you try another model. My guess is FB does not have the balls to withdraw from apples ecosystem anyway.   
     
    Sources
    https://www.macrumors.com/2020/12/16/apple-responds-to-facebook-tracking-criticism/
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