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Posts posted by mvitkun

  1. 1 hour ago, MasterGeekMX said:

    FreeSync 2 with HDR for Xbox One S/X should be available in the Alpha Ring for Xbox Insiders within the next few days. Original FreeSync will be available for the standard Xbox One. You'll need a FreeSync-compatible monitor.


    I'm curious where Forbes got the bit about the original XBO supporting FreeSync as it's absent from the actual insider news thing and as far as I can tell they're the only news outlet claiming it will support it at all.


  2. 7 hours ago, thegreengamers said:

    Interesting, but why would it be important for them to limit quality to 720p?

    7 hours ago, emosun said:


    is netflix like..... running low on cash that they need to run everything at 720p? Even youtube streams 4k just fine and its free...

    It's just a DRM thing.

    AFAIK they don't have as high a degree of support for the Widevine DRM or something along those lines; in other words, they're less secure.

  3. EDIT: Apparently after he released it someone else made an addon for Firefox that does the same thing. 




    Also relevant reddit thread from a month ago when he released it.




    As you may or may not know watching Netflix on Windows 7 or Linux has meant that no matter what you do you're limited to 720p.

    Even on Windows 8/10 you must use IE, Edge, or the Netflix app to stream at resolutions greater than 720p. If you use Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or any other browser then you're stuck at 720p.

    And for macOS, AFAIK, you can only get 1080p on Safari.


    In fact, the only platform where you can watch 1080p Netflix on Chrome is ChromeOS as it has the DRM required by Netflix.


    Fortunately someone has found a way to exploit this to enable 1080p streaming in Chrome (or chromium based browsers) on any platform.

    I've tried it on Windows 7 and Ubuntu but seeing as it's enabled through a chrome extension I assume that it'll work on any OS. 


    Below are links to the chrome extension and to the source code on github.




    You can press ctrl+shift+alt+D to check what bitrate and resolution it's streaming at or ctrl+shift+alt+S to manually select bitrate.

    These shortcuts don't seem to be universal as ctrl+shift+alt+D didn't seem to work on Ubuntu so...yeah.


    As is usually the case with third party tools, use it at your own risk.


    Here's the explanation of how it works copy and pasted from the readme on github.


    The core of Netflix playback lies in JavaScript: specifically its "cadmium playercore" JS. The way Netflix (poorly) enforces 1080p to only be played back on ChromeOS devices is through these lines of JavaScript:

    a = /CrOS/.test(a.userAgent);
    this.Fma = this.Aw = q.Gu.PV;
    this.Qm = [x.$l.nV];
    this.oo = [x.V.vA, x.V.wA];
    a && this.oo.push(x.V.TH);


    What it is doing is testing your User-agent for the "CrOS" string anywhere in it. If the search returns true, it appends the 1080p profile to the profile playback array (what this line a && this.oo.push(x.V.TH); is doing). If it returns false, it does nothing. The playback profile array is set up like so: this.oo = [x.V.vA, x.V.wA];, x.V.vA is the SD profile and x.V.wA is the 720p profile.


    After reading this you think the easy solution would be to just change the User-agent to make it contain the string "CrOS" right? Not that simple. ChromeOS apparently has a different DRM implementation than chrome, even though both use Widevine. I could never get it to work when I tried, Netflix always threw license errors. The next easiest thing to do is just delete the conditional to append 1080p and just make the 1080p profile apart of the regular profiles (this.oo = [x.V.vA, x.V.wA]; -> this.oo = [x.V.vA, x.V.wA, x.V.TH];). This works perfectly.


    All the Chrome extension has to do is redirect all requests to Netflix's playercore to the modified one it has in the root directory. That's it. A two line modification.


  4. 12 hours ago, AluminiumTech said:

    You could argue that it would be very hard for Twitch to be confused with Twit.

    Could you elaborate on why it's harder for them to be confused?


    I know that personally the first time I'd heard of TWiT was when Ryan Shrout from PCPER mentioned that he'd be in a TWiT podcast called This Week in Computer Hardware, initially I'd thought it'd be on Twitch and that I'd simply misheard him or something since that's what PCPER streams their podcast on.......and, you know, since Twitch is one of the most well known streaming platforms.


    I guess they could've used Periscope to stream from Twitter if they'd really wanted to.......but why? Nobody does podcasts on Periscope. It's mostly just IRL streams.

  5. 1 hour ago, dizmo said:

    It actually looks pretty nice, as much as I absolutely hate HP products (aside from their printers).

    I appreciate how they said screw thinness and added a little girth for more battery.

    I was a little excited about that pen...but why can't anyone incorporate it into the body for storage? Is Samsung really the only one that thinks that makes sense?



  6. 1 hour ago, Master Disaster said:

    Could you imagine if Intel used microcode updates to throttle older chips or if car manufacturers released OTAs that removed 50hp from your car? There would rightly be uproar yet Apple do exactly that and people still defend them and are OK  with it.

    You might want to watch this


    I think a more appropriate comparison would be if Windows, macOS, and/or Linux monitored the rails of your power supply and once they noted that the rails dipped below a certain range your computer would ping a server which would then send out some sort of mandatory firmware update (or something) provided by Intel, Nvidia, and AMD which would lower your CPU and GPU base and boost frequencies to a level that was sustainable without BSOD.


    You would receive no notification of this nor would there would be any way to undo this other than replacing your power supply....which you would have no reason to believe you need to do since you've received no notification from your OS and have had no stability issues.

  7. 30 minutes ago, dizmo said:

    Haha very cool. I'm guessing they're trying to get one of every card they've made for some kind of display or something. Smart way to go about it, especially since the $1,000 value is considerably less once you factor in their cost.


    I'd imagine it's either one or both of these:

    • Tax. If you have to pay tax on your prize, you don't want to be paying tax on the $1,000 do you?
    • Their digital currency technically holds no value in the sense of currency conversion.

    Haha. No.

    Winner winner.

    People who are going to report this to their tax authority will report the right amount and people who won't probably won't report it at all.


    How is it any less morally ambiguous to report $1 of winnings to your tax authority than to omit the winnings entirely when you'll use that "$1 of winnings", in addition with 99¢+S&H, to buy something worth ~$1000?

  8. I'm confused.

    They say you get 1,000 of their digital currency, which according to this page is worth 1,000 of whatever your local currency is.


    EVGA Bucks are essentially equal to one virtual (1) US Dollar or one virtual (1) Euro, depending on region, and used like a gift certificate in our online store. EVGA Bucks are given in full 1 Buck denominations and are indivisible.

    But in the official terms and conditions they say 


    Six (6) Grand Prizes are available to exchange one of the qualifying graphics cards for 1,000 in EVGA Bucks. Three Grand Prizes are available for EVGA GeForce4 Ti 4600 ACS2 owners, and Three Grand Prizes are available for EVGA GeForce4 MX 440 ACS owners.

    Total Approximate Retail Value of each Grand Prize is $1.00 USD.


    So each grand prize is 1,000 EVGA Bucks.......and 1,000 EVGA Bucks = 1,000 in your local currency......and yet somehow 1,000 in your local currency also equals 1.00 USD?

  9. Am I missing something or was the 


    Contextual anti-aliasing: removes jaggies without noticeable blur.

    not actually a part of the HDMI 2.1 news?

    I've checked their site, their press release, and various news outlets but I don't see anything about it.


    Maybe whoever made the WAN show doc accidentally added something from the Marseille spec onto the HDMI 2.1 notes?

  10. 1 hour ago, Swatson said:

    As someone that used to exclusively use the original sensei, and plays the game OSU!, which benefits from an accurate sensor (1to1 being the dream) I am intrigued.

    Just watched the ad spot. I actually really like it. It's not really (for a gaming accessory advertisement) cringy, it's honest about the fact that if you're shit you'll still be shit and it doesn't circlejerk maximum DPI. Also, do my eyes decieve me? Seems like the ad is running at 60FPS????

    They do deceive you, it's 25fps.  

    I'm guessing they just used some motion blur/interpolation to make it appear smoother.

  11. 25 minutes ago, Jito463 said:

    I often forget that VLC can play video streams.  I've done it in the past, but I don't do it often enough for it to stick in my mind.

    Yeah, VLC is awesome; other players still do stuff better at times but VLC is more of a no nonsense one-stop shop than anything I've seen thus far.


    EDIT: I forgot to mention that my solution only works with up to 720p files, beyond that youtube stores audio and video separately; I also listed a secondary solution which uses VLC's ability to play two files synchronously to overcome that.  

    I realize you probably won't use it but since you were vaguely interested I figured I include this :) .

  12. 7 hours ago, NvidiaIntelAMDLoveTriangle said:

    I'm not glad it's going away, yeah I'm sure I'm the only one.

    I'm not glad because on YouTube I hate videos in 60fps especially videos that have no reason to be in 60fps, so I use a plug-in to force flash and thus enabling 30fps for options higher than 480.

    Just use this site to find all the versions of the video, copy the desired url, open VLC player, media -> open network stream, paste the url, play.  


    This works up to 720p, beyond that youtube stores audio and video separately so you'll have to do this:  

    copy the desired video and audio urls, open VLC player, media -> open network stream, paste the video url, show more options, play another media synchronously, paste the audio url, hit play.



    EDIT:Just wanted to note that the MP4 stream takes longer to load than the webm stream.



    You could also use youtube-dl

  13. 1 hour ago, LAwLz said:

    I mean how many actually use it in their marketing material, or how many stores allows you to filter by it?

    That Seasonic one is the only one I've seen so far.

    Yeah I don't expect to see a filter for it until it becomes much more widely adopted, assuming that it ever does.

    EDIT: I checked their news page and apparently there's one etailer that has a page with all the power supplies they carry which Cybenetics have tested.



    Oh and I just checked the rest of the companies on their database, Silverstone displays it as well but it seems that nobody else does.




  14. 21 hours ago, LAwLz said:

    I was just about to ask who the hell Cybernetics were, but then I remembered those are the PSU testing group that barely anyone cares about.

    Does any PSU manufacturer actually use that ETA certification?

    By use do you mean send their power supplies to Cybenetics for certification, use the certification on their marketing material, or something else?


    They currently have 79 power supplies on their efficiency database and 76 on their noise level database, mostly from relevant power supply vendors.


    I'm not sure how many of them actually advertise the certification, most of them don't seem to have updated their product pages to include it but Seasonic displays it prominently alongside the 80+ Titanium certification.




  15. 49 minutes ago, DocShay said:

    I'm happy you stopped by Mick, thanks for giving out some more information - Looking forward to trying this out. Graphene is such an amazing material with so much potential - I'm always following energy related graphene news (Batteries, solar panels, etc), it never even occurred to me that it could be (In simple terms) "mixed" with water to aid in heat dissipation. It's really cool that you guys utilizing this new technology.

    You might want to quote what he said in the OP for people who don't read the entire thread.