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    maartendc reacted to tikker in One of the largest Ethereum blocks was mined today, at a value of a 112 ETH.   
    Just to add to this nice explanation, the main point, as far as I understand it, why this completely eliminates mining (the power hungry and difficult part) because you are randomly chosen to validate based on how much you stake. Therefore instead of fighting over the right to validate with more compute power, you do so by staking more ETH.
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    maartendc reacted to mariushm in One of the largest Ethereum blocks was mined today, at a value of a 112 ETH.   
    In a very simplified way.... 
     
    The blockchain keeps a log of all the transactions every made between people using Ethereum. The whole blockchain is then stored around the world on multiple computers, if any computer fails, you can recover the whole blockchain from the other computers keeping the chain. 
    Each chain link has a finite amount of storage space, let's say around 80 KB of data can be stored with the chain link.  In this amount of storage, information about multiple transactions and contracts can be stored for eternity 
     
    In order to add a link to the chain, you need to know a sort of password, which can't be easily guessed, it depends on the previous chain link... there's complicated mathematics used to calculate and try to determine the password based on previous chain link's password.
     
    The miner (person or organization) that discovers the password for the next chain link gets the right to attach this chain link to the chain, and include in this chain list a number of transactions, as many as can be fit inside the storage space. For their effort, they're rewarded with a fixed amount of currency, plus some percentage (transfer fee) for every transaction that's included in the chain link discovered.  
     
    So for example, you can imagine that a new chain link is discovered every 10 seconds, and let's say there's 1000 transactions pending every minute but the chain link can only hold 500 transactions - the miner that discovered the chain link will quickly pick the most profitable 500 transactions or as many as can be squeezed inside that amount of storage and attaches the chain link to the chain. 
    If your transaction isn't included, it will be included in the next chain link, or the one after that ... or may be ignored for hours if you chose to pay a very low transaction fee - you can pay slightly higher transaction fee than the minimum. 
     
    In the case of this block that was worth 112 ETH, you can see -  https://etherscan.io/block/11907340 -   that there were " 106 transactions and 342 contract internal transactions in this block"  and for this, the miner got the fixed 2 ETH reward, plus 110 ETH from transaction fees. 
    If you look at the blocks mined -  https://etherscan.io/blocks - the actual reward is typically much less, at around 3.5-4 ETH for each block.
     
    Everything is calculated mathematically, and everyone can validate the math and check the transactions included in the chain, and within minutes multiple servers around the world validate the link and it's locked and the transfer is complete...
     
    The maths used to determine the password for the new chain links is designed in such a way that by design, the difficulty is adjusted so that a new chain link will be discovered every so many seconds.  If one is discovered by luck faster, difficulty increases... if it takes too long, difficulty may decrease... if more miners start mining, the chain link is discovered faster so the difficulty increases for the next chain link... and so on. 
     
    The people that did the ETH blockchain are considering moving to a different method of validating transactions which doesn't involve using so much energy to discover the password, but may be less profitable. 
     
    If I understand correctly,  the new concept is that you pay a certain amount of ETH or pool together an amount with some friends... I think it was 12 ETH last time I heard, and this amount is locked and you can't use it for a period of time.  You become a validator which analyzes transactions by doing some maths on each transaction to determine if the transaction is fraudulent or not  and you get a part of the transaction fee for your effort.  At the same time, multiple other validators check the same transaction and if there's a consensus, that transaction is validated and becomes permanent.  However, if you cheat and don't do the work and just say transaction is valid, but other validators figure out transaction is bad, you get fined and you may even lose the ETH amount you "staked". 
     With this new scheme, you could basically get together with a group of people (to pool that minimum staking amount) and run a low power dedicated server in your closet (or maybe even as a program inside your wireless router) and validate transactions as they happen and get rewarded with maybe pennies for every transaction you validate. 
     
     
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    maartendc got a reaction from Radium_Angel in Cyberpunk 2077 - just very mediocre?   
    Absolutely.

    Which is actually the main comment I am making: The GAMEPLAY is actually very very mediocre. Most of the things I brought up have to do with gameplay.
     
    Most people are complaining about the bugs and graphics. But actually the game and the way it plays as a whole are just not that good.
    Absolutely it affects gameplay, and besides bugs and glitches, very few people talk about this.
     
    No, if you were to follow random people around, they would just walk around forever I am pretty sure. All NPC's are mindless zombies just wandering around.
     
    To me, the problem with this game is not any one issue. It is not JUST the NPC's, not JUST the bad driving, not JUST the boring fetch-quests, it is not JUST the obnoxious phone mechanics.....But when you take all these things TOGETHER, it just adds up to a very mediocre experience (and that is being generous).
     
    In the end, it is so disappointing, BECAUSE the story is good, and because it had the potential to be so much more.
     
    Honestly, I feel like the game would have benefited from NOT being open world, being just a more linear, tight, story-driven game, and they could have made a true masterpiece. Instead, they wasted tons of development time on trying to build an open world, and they didn't quite pull it off. They were too ambitious, and they couldn't deliver.
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    maartendc got a reaction from Sarra in Cyberpunk 2077 - just very mediocre?   
    Hello all,
     
    I wanted to share my thoughts on Cyberpunk 2077, something that has been bugging me.
     
    I feel like every reviewer out there is so focused on the bugs, (which are terrible, no doubt), that something important is getting overlooked:
     
    Even if the game was technically perfect, with zero bugs, it would still be just a very mediocre open world game. Here are some of my reasons:
    - The story is good, but pretty short. Not amazing.
    - The side missions (with a few exceptions) are boring, lack depth. (compared to Witcher 3, which had amazing side quests)
    - The world itself feels empty, very little to do. (compared to Witcher 3 or RDR2, where the whole world feels alive)
    - NPC AI is ridiculously bad, no interaction. (compared to RDR2 for example)
    - Driving / car handling is appalling, and the mini-map gps is bad.
    - Stealth / hacking mechanics are not well executed. Most people just play guns blazing because the game forces your hand.
    - RPG elements are not balanced, crafting is not useful, the economy in the game is not balanced, etc.
     
    I had some fun moments, but personally I am just very disappointed in the game, because it is just... mediocre. Not horrible, just very meh, bland, forgettable.
     
    What do you guys think? What would be your opinion of the game, if it had zero bugs?
     
    Thanks!
     
  5. Agree
    maartendc reacted to ErykYT3 in Cyberpunk 2077 - just very mediocre?   
    Anyone who says the game is just okay is really not seeing the bigger picture in my opinion. 
    I've recently been playing through Read Dead Redemption 2 and that game is still stunning, my second playthrough and I'm still astonished. 
     
    I feel that cyberpunk was/is interesting due to the hype that was surrounding it. Similarly with RDR2, I gotta be in a certain mood at times to feel immersed unless I've already been playing it previously for some time like now. 
     
    I cannot complete the game as it stands as it's impossible to complete a mission due to a bug. The shit I've seen is incredibly disappointing and more so when compared to some successful games of the past 2/3 years. Cyberpunk was in development for what, 7/8 years? 
    Forget the world, there's nothing to do but hopefully I can enjoy the story. Well, when my ripperdoc is floating halfway across the room on an imaginary chair that seems to be the most fun I've had with the game since launch, bugs.
     
    The map to me looks like it is made from prefab blocks that have had small changes made to look different. Taking the same elevator to the same level of each building feels tiring after some time. 
     
     
     
  6. Agree
    maartendc reacted to ErykYT3 in Cyberpunk 2077 - just very mediocre?   
    I don't know about this but the police in this game sucks ass.
     
    There are all these crime scenes dotted around the map that are apparently one of the best and easiest ways to get loot/ level up or whatever but anyway. If you've committed a crime one police guy might chase you for a while then they walk off. yep, that's right. they stop. And those awesome cars they have? placeholders. They cannot drive them. 
     
    Let me get this through to people. There are no police chases in this game. The game is called CYBERPUNK 2077.
  7. Agree
    maartendc reacted to Radium_Angel in Cyberpunk 2077 - just very mediocre?   
    I really don't like games where the NPCs teleport in, breaks immersion. At least have them run in from off screen or something. 
  8. Agree
    maartendc reacted to WikiForce in Cyberpunk 2077 - just very mediocre?   
    everything is terrible except story and atmosphere of it's world
     
    i am surprised for a game that look like something from 2011, is so demanding you can't even achieve 30fps on 1080p low without render scaling turned down on a 1050 ti, let alone my 750 ti who was already on it's last leg
     
    bugs, game mechanics, technicality, physics etc. are such extremely half baked which i would consider to be one of the all time worst
     
  9. Funny
    maartendc reacted to Rybo in Cyberpunk 2077 - just very mediocre?   
    You can choose your genitalia.  Thus, your argument is invalid.  
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    maartendc got a reaction from Rybo in Cyberpunk 2077 - just very mediocre?   
    Hello all,
     
    I wanted to share my thoughts on Cyberpunk 2077, something that has been bugging me.
     
    I feel like every reviewer out there is so focused on the bugs, (which are terrible, no doubt), that something important is getting overlooked:
     
    Even if the game was technically perfect, with zero bugs, it would still be just a very mediocre open world game. Here are some of my reasons:
    - The story is good, but pretty short. Not amazing.
    - The side missions (with a few exceptions) are boring, lack depth. (compared to Witcher 3, which had amazing side quests)
    - The world itself feels empty, very little to do. (compared to Witcher 3 or RDR2, where the whole world feels alive)
    - NPC AI is ridiculously bad, no interaction. (compared to RDR2 for example)
    - Driving / car handling is appalling, and the mini-map gps is bad.
    - Stealth / hacking mechanics are not well executed. Most people just play guns blazing because the game forces your hand.
    - RPG elements are not balanced, crafting is not useful, the economy in the game is not balanced, etc.
     
    I had some fun moments, but personally I am just very disappointed in the game, because it is just... mediocre. Not horrible, just very meh, bland, forgettable.
     
    What do you guys think? What would be your opinion of the game, if it had zero bugs?
     
    Thanks!
     
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    maartendc got a reaction from Captainmarino in Folding Community Board   
    Ive just moved my home office to my frigid attic space.
     
    I figured I will be folding on my gaming rig to keep me warm up here.
     
    Do something useful with the power rather than just getting a space heater .... 😄
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    maartendc got a reaction from LazyDev in Folding Community Board   
    Ive just moved my home office to my frigid attic space.
     
    I figured I will be folding on my gaming rig to keep me warm up here.
     
    Do something useful with the power rather than just getting a space heater .... 😄
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    maartendc got a reaction from LAR_Systems in Folding Community Board   
    Ive just moved my home office to my frigid attic space.
     
    I figured I will be folding on my gaming rig to keep me warm up here.
     
    Do something useful with the power rather than just getting a space heater .... 😄
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    maartendc got a reaction from GOTSpectrum in Folding Community Board   
    Ive just moved my home office to my frigid attic space.
     
    I figured I will be folding on my gaming rig to keep me warm up here.
     
    Do something useful with the power rather than just getting a space heater .... 😄
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    maartendc got a reaction from Favebook in Folding Community Board   
    Ive just moved my home office to my frigid attic space.
     
    I figured I will be folding on my gaming rig to keep me warm up here.
     
    Do something useful with the power rather than just getting a space heater .... 😄
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    maartendc got a reaction from Gorgon in Folding Community Board   
    Ive just moved my home office to my frigid attic space.
     
    I figured I will be folding on my gaming rig to keep me warm up here.
     
    Do something useful with the power rather than just getting a space heater .... 😄
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    maartendc reacted to Commodus in M1 Macs Reviewed   
    How well is it running? Do you want a large screen?
     
    If it's still handling tasks well enough, hold off until there's a 16-inch MBP using Apple Silicon. If you're struggling and need a Mac now, though, let the screen size be your guide — the 16-inch Intel MBP is still a beefy system. But if  you want to go smaller, spring for the 13-inch M1 MBP and don't look back.
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    maartendc got a reaction from SADS in NVIDIA to launch GeForce RTX 3080 Ti in January   
    Great! When are they launching the 3070 and 3080? 😏
  19. Funny
    maartendc reacted to LAwLz in OnePlus erases data from phones running Open Beta   
    Those pictures and videos you had? Don't settle for those. Capture new ones. 
    All your contacts gone? You weren't gonna settle with your current circle of friends were you? Find new contacts! 
    #NeverSettle
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    maartendc got a reaction from TVwazhere in Where Gaming Begins - AMD RX6000 series Live Event   
    Interesting times!
     
    I was interested in a 3070 potentially, but the 8GB Vram is a bit low to my taste...
     
    The RX6800 with 16GB might be a bit more interesting. But 579 USD is pushing it for what I am willing to spend.
     
    In my opinion, strange pricing for the RX6800 XT, at 649 USD, so close to 579. seems like the 6800 XT is going to be better price / performance than the 6800 then.
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    maartendc reacted to FaxedForward in AMD RX 6800XT AIB synthetic benchmarks: Pure rasterized faster than RTX 3080, RT on par with RTX 2080 Ti   
    I personally disagree. DLSS' biggest limitation is that it's not universally supported and Papa Nvidia has to bless your game with AI training to enable it. It's not like an API where the developers can just choose to incorporate it at will. There are less than 20 games that currently support it and only about 25 more with future support announced.
     
    I think it would be fair if it was universally available, but Nvidia gets to cherry pick the titles it supports with AI training. So to compare only DLSS-enabled titles and say the 3080 is the best card because it's faster in ~50 out of thousands of PC titles is kind of silly. Pure raster vs pure raster is an objective standard.
     
    This is the same thing we saw with S3 and the MeTaL API 20 years ago, it blew the doors off 3dfx/ATi/Nvidia in the small number of titles where it was supported but was objectively inferior elsewhere. Times have changed in a lot of ways but back then consistent performance with no tricks ultimately won out.
  22. Informative
    maartendc reacted to DeScruff in McBroken - The Website tracking every broken McDonalds ice-cream machine in the US   
    Ive never worked at a McDonalds, but I have worked at a place that serves frozen yogurt in similar machines.
    Based on my experience I can definitively say 4 things:
    Cleaning these things is a pain in the ass, and is a time consuming process. Usually there is only like 1 or 2 people in a place who actually know how to take the thing apart, clean it, and put it back together. Those who do know how to "clean" it, only know how to do a barebones cleaning. (So its always really nasty) These machine have a 'warm up' time that takes 10-20 minutes. If you come in late at night, its very likely the machine was or is in the process of being shut down, and nobody wants to (or knows how to) do the process of setting it back up then shut it down again just so you can have your ice cream.
    Customers are just much less likely to argue if the employee just says "Its broken", rather then the reality.
     
  23. Informative
    maartendc reacted to leadeater in Crypto miners are hoarding early shipments of RTX 3080s   
    Quadro and Tesla's also come with software and developer support where GeForce cards don't so there is extra costs in that product line as well. Also Nvidia has software license fees additional to the hardware features the cards support so while you have the card you may not actually be able to use it without paying yet more money, VDI/Remote Workstations for example.
     
    Nvidia has to have an entire company sector for pre-sales support, pre-sales engineering, hardware support and software support which is all pretty well exclusive to that Quadro/Tesla product line so that is where some of that 10x comes from (not that they don't make more from them though).
     
    GeForce is a lot more just make the product and throw on to the market and then driver support, along with game developer partnerships etc. Basically it's cheaper to help out with a few games per year than to provide wider scale support to enterprise and cloud provider customers.
     
    But you can tell where Nvidia the company is focusing on strategy wise and that will give some clue as to what is more profitable or at a minimum has better projected growth revenue and profit wise, that being enterprise and cloud provider. However I still believe gaming is the single largest part of Nvidia currently, but it's not like they really need to focus on that in any special way. You can see this just with how Nvidia does the GPU dies now, Gx100 being exclusive to Tesla/Quadro and have completely different sub architecture all around (SM make up and memory controller etc) which they design first before any other die or modify for gaming use case.
  24. Funny
    maartendc reacted to captain_to_fire in Windows Update Breaking AGAIN   
    fuck 

  25. Agree
    maartendc reacted to gabrielcarvfer in AmazonBasics products are dangerous!   
    There is failure and catastrophic failure. A product stop working in a graceful manner (e.g. blow out a fuse) is an acceptable failure.
     
    A product bursting into flames is a catastrophic failure and isn't acceptable even if the chances to happen are very low.
     
    It is even worse as US homes, AFAIK, are mostly made out of wood and plastics for insulation. It literally is the worst place ever to have fire burning things, as toxic fumes and the fire itself are likely to cause permanent damage to the residents and maybe neighbors. In apartment buildings it could even weaken the structure and bring the entire building down.
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