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Kisai

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    Kisai got a reaction from Dabombinable in The price of taking on Steam - Epic Games loosing money with EGS according to Apple   
    That's the same with Epic Game Store. If you reformat, it forces you to redownload everything, it's utterly hundreds of miles behind Steam.
     
    The Windows 10 store is worse, not only do you have to redownload things, large games you often end up redownloading every single time you want to play it.
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    Kisai got a reaction from thechinchinsong in Everyone’s a winner in the PC market but Dell   
    I'm assuming this table includes desktops and laptops but omits all types of servers.
     
    My guess is that this can mostly be thrown at nVidia and AMD's feet for not producing enough GPU's, as if you've looked at what was available for the entire Q1, HP was selling new parts, and Dell still isn't.
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    Kisai got a reaction from Mitko_DSV in Why onboard video?   
    Businesses that look at spreadsheets and word processors all day don't need sophisticated GPU's. the iGPU's are more than enough as long as they are using 1080p monitors at most.
  4. Agree
    Kisai got a reaction from whm1974 in Why onboard video?   
    it depends. Most laptop cpu's iGPU's are not powerful enough to run anything at 1080p60, and most productivity software other than "powerpoint" programs and web browsers are fine operating at 1080p60. When you go above that, the OS often now desires to run in HiDPI mode, which handily doubles the gpu load.
     
    But in most case you're right, it's not the iGPU that's the bottleneck, it's the RAM. iGPU's use system memory, and a lot of business laptops and desktops skimp on memory.
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    Kisai got a reaction from Zando Bob in Why onboard video?   
    it depends. Most laptop cpu's iGPU's are not powerful enough to run anything at 1080p60, and most productivity software other than "powerpoint" programs and web browsers are fine operating at 1080p60. When you go above that, the OS often now desires to run in HiDPI mode, which handily doubles the gpu load.
     
    But in most case you're right, it's not the iGPU that's the bottleneck, it's the RAM. iGPU's use system memory, and a lot of business laptops and desktops skimp on memory.
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    Kisai got a reaction from wat3rmelon_man2 in Retro monitor connector   
    The one on the right is DA-15, and is more commonly as the PC game port during the same era

     
  7. Agree
    Kisai got a reaction from DriftMan in The price of taking on Steam - Epic Games loosing money with EGS according to Apple   
    If I'm being blunt...
     
    EGS, cut your losses. Ubisoft and EA Origin already learned this the hard way that nobody wants a third party store. Likewise  the only store worse than EGS is Microsoft's.
     
    It's a lesson that gets repeated so many times in different tech industries it's almost as if the idiots that run these companies all went to the same business school. "We want to keep all the moneys, so let's duplicate services that other companies have experience with with our talentless hacks, and surely people will want to give us all the moneys."
     
    Like EA Origin is very much garbage, same with Ubisoft Uplay. EGS is no different in any aspect other than giving games away for free. I have so little confidence in the store being around in 5 years I'm unwilling to spend money on it if the same title is available on Steam, or is likely to be on Steam in the next 2 years.
     
    That's EGS's only opportunity, is to secure exclusives and piss off everyone who wants to play that game. 
     
    It's the same problem Google/Stadia didn't learn either. Only Google's own hubris tends to result in self-owns. How many times a third party game console has come out (yes including the "Steam" game console), and it was firmly ignored.
     
    Look, I'll give these "alternatives" one thing, we need to be reminded every 5 years that console hardware is garbage, and if they'd just all go away, every game would be on the PC. Game developers do not want an open ecosystem because they know the pirates are on the PC. They could always just produce the games for iOS/MacOS first instead, but Apple's refusal to make any gaming-level computer keeps this from happening. Apple could make an exclusivity deal with Nintendo, where Apple products run Multiplayer Switch titles in a cross-play environment (eg Mario Maker, Mario Party, Smash Bros, Pokemon) to expand the reach of the franchise, and an emulated environment (NES/SNES/N64/GB/GBA/DS/GC/Wii/WiiU/3DS) that requires the Nintendo eShop account to be connected. Yet I see Nintendo would rather just set money on fire and never provide a way to play these games easily like SEGA does.
     
    Epic getting Kingdom Hearts from Disney/Square-Enix seems like another EGS attempt at locking in exclusivity, but keep in mind that the game is already on the PS4, or even the PS2 (for KH1 and KH2) and if you already have a console, you're not going to buy an additional copy just for the sake of having it on PC.
     
    Until such time there is a way to have a unified ownership of a game end user license across game stores on any platform, nobody wants there to be multiple game stores, they want to use the one that all their stuff is already on. EGS would have to quite literately block Steam from getting ANY and ALL games for consecutive years to force anyone to use EGS.
     
     
  8. Informative
    Kisai got a reaction from StealthMind in Netflix Windows App Not recognizing screen as 4K   
    You might need to change the OS settings to not switch resolutions when it goes to sleep.
    HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\GraphicsDrivers\Configuration
    Poke through there and look for configurations that you don't want to use and delete them. Or just delete all of them, unplug all the monitors and replug them in the order you want them initialized and that may fix it.
     
    There's also this option:
    https://superuser.com/questions/409468/windows-7-dual-monitor-windows-move-when-screen-is-locked/908156#908156
     
    Which is to force the driver to always use the EDID stored rather than re-read it when it wakes up from sleep.
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    Kisai got a reaction from Brooksie359 in NHS Covid-19 app update blocked for breaking Apple and Google's rules   
    By design, the covid tracking can not tag identity information, which is what this update would be breaking. There is no wiggle room to change how this works. 
     
    This is why every country should have standardized on one app. But noooo, various parts of countries wanted their own medical-system-linked app tied to identity /s. Like here in BC, there is still no covid tracking on any app. If you have the Canada one, it does nothing for you in BC. Like the horse left the barn a year ago on this, if your country couldn't get an app developed and produced last year, you're way too late now.
     
     
  10. Agree
    Kisai got a reaction from Jtalk4456 in Amazon: We see you when you're Peeing, We know when you're unsafe...   
    Look at mass transit. Bus routes are designed with places for bus drivers to use the bathroom (which includes places that are off-limits to the public.) Amazon should do the same and open "mini-mart" locations. I'm not sure how Fedex, UPS and USPS deal with it.
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    Kisai got a reaction from StealthMind in Netflix Windows App Not recognizing screen as 4K   
    This definitely sounds like it's waking up and using different settings than when it went to sleep. Given the number of monitor profiles listed, it sounds like like there might have been previous hardware (either a GPU or a monitor) had also had a configuration issue.
     
    You can safely delete the profiles, the worst that will happen is it will reset the resolution and refresh rate. If you turn each monitor on/off, it will logically create a profile for each monitor on solo on that port it's connected to. My guess is that if it's working correctly at 30hz, it's because it's not operating in HDMI 2.0b mode.  Check the manual to see if there is a setting to force 2.0 mode.
     
  12. Agree
    Kisai got a reaction from sazrocks in NHS Covid-19 app update blocked for breaking Apple and Google's rules   
    By design, the covid tracking can not tag identity information, which is what this update would be breaking. There is no wiggle room to change how this works. 
     
    This is why every country should have standardized on one app. But noooo, various parts of countries wanted their own medical-system-linked app tied to identity /s. Like here in BC, there is still no covid tracking on any app. If you have the Canada one, it does nothing for you in BC. Like the horse left the barn a year ago on this, if your country couldn't get an app developed and produced last year, you're way too late now.
     
     
  13. Informative
    Kisai got a reaction from Taf the Ghost in NHS Covid-19 app update blocked for breaking Apple and Google's rules   
    By design, the covid tracking can not tag identity information, which is what this update would be breaking. There is no wiggle room to change how this works. 
     
    This is why every country should have standardized on one app. But noooo, various parts of countries wanted their own medical-system-linked app tied to identity /s. Like here in BC, there is still no covid tracking on any app. If you have the Canada one, it does nothing for you in BC. Like the horse left the barn a year ago on this, if your country couldn't get an app developed and produced last year, you're way too late now.
     
     
  14. Agree
    Kisai got a reaction from kelvinhall05 in NHS Covid-19 app update blocked for breaking Apple and Google's rules   
    By design, the covid tracking can not tag identity information, which is what this update would be breaking. There is no wiggle room to change how this works. 
     
    This is why every country should have standardized on one app. But noooo, various parts of countries wanted their own medical-system-linked app tied to identity /s. Like here in BC, there is still no covid tracking on any app. If you have the Canada one, it does nothing for you in BC. Like the horse left the barn a year ago on this, if your country couldn't get an app developed and produced last year, you're way too late now.
     
     
  15. Agree
    Kisai got a reaction from Dreckssackblase in Intel offering AI software to bleep out gamer words   
    It will never work as well as they think it will:
    1) ASR and TTS systems are not robust. 
     
    It you turn scoring off on ASR, you'll typically find that what AI hears is not much more intelligent than guess-the-intent. So someone yelling "trigger" will just as easily be bleeped out for sounding like various other words ending with "igger"
     
    Watch any twitch stream that has ASR captions already, unless the person has a clear English (as in London) or American (as in Atlantic)  accent, the captions will be a huge mess. Welsh, Scottish, Southern-US, Brooklyn, French-Canadian, Indian, Australian accents all get mangled, because ASR isn't trained on these.
     
    2) Games often involve more than one voice. Unless everyone is on a separate channel (which is currently not the situation, not even on discord) for the AI to listen to separately, the cacophony of voices will overpower the AI's ability to bleep something out.
     
    What needs to happen here is for the operating system to actually permit software to create and label separate channels, eg "game audio, game voice, game music, player's microphone, party member (1-99)'s microphone", and then have the AI focus on each channel independently when not gated.
     
     
    Ultimately, until Microsoft makes some changes to Windows to allow games to put audio on separate channels, and/or create audio inputs for every output (to allow this filtering to operate in the first place) this will not even work without grabbing the global audio mixer's output.
     
  16. Agree
    Kisai got a reaction from mousesnob in Everyone’s a winner in the PC market but Dell   
    I'm assuming this table includes desktops and laptops but omits all types of servers.
     
    My guess is that this can mostly be thrown at nVidia and AMD's feet for not producing enough GPU's, as if you've looked at what was available for the entire Q1, HP was selling new parts, and Dell still isn't.
  17. Agree
    Kisai got a reaction from StDragon in Everyone’s a winner in the PC market but Dell   
    I'm assuming this table includes desktops and laptops but omits all types of servers.
     
    My guess is that this can mostly be thrown at nVidia and AMD's feet for not producing enough GPU's, as if you've looked at what was available for the entire Q1, HP was selling new parts, and Dell still isn't.
  18. Informative
    Kisai got a reaction from Radium_Angel in Everyone’s a winner in the PC market but Dell   
    I'm assuming this table includes desktops and laptops but omits all types of servers.
     
    My guess is that this can mostly be thrown at nVidia and AMD's feet for not producing enough GPU's, as if you've looked at what was available for the entire Q1, HP was selling new parts, and Dell still isn't.
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    Kisai got a reaction from Uttamattamakin in Nvidia GPU Virtualization Hacked For GeForce Cards   
    PCI ID spoofing has been how swapping quadro and geforce parts have been done historically as well. Calling it a hack is like calling using your older siblings drivers license as your own a hack to drive or drink. It only matters if you get caught. It's not a fake ID, just presenting the wrong one.
     
    That said, it's all but certain it violates licenses and if you did this for a commercial effort, you're likely to get spanked for it hard. If you do this with your personal PC, it's pretty much a given that nVidia isn't going to chase you down because the drivers themselves don't report back telemetry to nVidia (that we know of.)
     
  20. Informative
    Kisai got a reaction from Jtalk4456 in Amazon: We see you when you're Peeing, We know when you're unsafe...   
    I read the first three pages, but then this popped up:
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/amazon-alabama-union-vote-outcome-1.5981771
     
     
    So going back to the the original point.
     


     
    So to summarize how it works, it's not real-time. The AI is in the camera dashcam. The driver or the camera can upload videos subject to triggers. So while that is not "live view", that's pretty much the same concern.
     
    Now... is this a bad thing? Probably not terrible if it's installed in Amazon vehicles with properly licensed and insured drivers. The potential for false positives are very high though. Play American Truck Simulator 2 or Eurotruck simulator 2, and try to get between two cities without triggering a red light ticket. I don't know of a single driver who doesn't make driving gaffs from time to time, and where I live there are always idiot drivers pulling u-turns in the intersection.
     
    Honestly I'd prefer that cameras and canbus-II integration be the default on all vehicles, and whatever logic brain they add to it be factory/aftermarket options (eg "cloud", "local-only", "fleet managed", "insurance-managed", "none", etc), that way if people want the feature, it's there if they want it, but they need to buy the necessary module for their region/government/company for it to record upload it. This would also allow adhoc delivery, uber, food couriers and so safer, as they can use their phones with their service to improve the geolocation and safety of the ride.
     
    That said, I know people get paranoid about the government or a private company spying on them, but we've had this going back to at least the beginning of GM's OnStar (1996.) Nothing horrible (that I know of) ever happened as a consequence of having Onstar, but it's likely saved quite a few people from death by having the airbag firing triggering a call to onstar.
     
    Which IMO, Americans in particular, have this weird obsession with privacy superseding reality. Personally I'd rather have the recording available as a blackbox, and optional to to transmit, over "always on" or "reported automatically". eg, if the vehicle collision sensors, airbags or fuel tank/battery has a problem while the vehicle is/was in motion, yes, please transmit what's happened to 911 so that fire/police know what they are going to.
     
     
  21. Agree
    Kisai got a reaction from kelvinhall05 in I am looking for a good custom prebuilt for 2500ish USD   
    You’re not going to find any GPU for less than 50% over retail.
     
    Personally, unless you are really hurting for an upgrade, you will be paying too much to buy now unless you already have a GPU to use.
  22. Agree
    Kisai got a reaction from StDragon in Update: The Pixel 5a will most likely be a US and Japan exclusive due to chip shortage   
    Something tells me that they looks at the sales numbers of the previous models and decided that they could not justify the quantity of parts needed for bulk discounts, and likewise, TSMC clawed pack bulk discounts for everyone.
  23. Agree
    Kisai got a reaction from Uttamattamakin in Maybe Building Your Own PC is a BAD Idea   
    This is the Tandy 1000 Memory Plus card, this is what you add to the original Tandy 1000 to bring it to 640K. That is what my Tandy 1000 had because otherwise nothing not designed for it/pcjr would be able to run on it.
     
    There was no modem, no hard drive. I've seen models with a hard drive on an ISA card.
     
    This is what the Tandy 1000 HD (a model with a factory hard drive, which the controller card was in the top slot shown) had:

     
    Both the 1000/1000A and 1000HD are essentially the same machine with different factory installed parts (such as the hard drive and ram.)
     
    Back to the point, things like this is why people have no idea IF they can upgrade the computer. Because they see models with a bunch of different numbers, that have no relevance to how they perform or can be used for.
     
    Sierra AGI titles required 256K and had video drivers for Tandy graphics, Sierra SCI titles with 16 colors required 512K.
     
    How would you know what was in your system. Tandy graphics, EGA and CGA all had the same 15-pin connector, but weren't the same. 
     
    Compare to today where games and applications requirements are completely disconnected from reality. A 1.2Ghz vs a 5.2 Ghz CPU do not perform the same, yet both are being sold. 8GB RAM vs 128GB System ram. 2GB vs 20GB GPU memory. What does a game realistically need?
     
    Well it depends on your computer screen. If you have a TN panel that does 1080p60, do you really need any GPU higher than a nvidia x60 part?
     
    Hard drive/SSD size, or RAM size? This is still a question people legitimately ask. People just see big numbers and think it's better.
     
    Should you build your own PC? If you know what you're doing. Should you upgrade a prebuilt? No, usually a prebuilt is "fine tuned" for the hardware it ships with and upgrading one part in it, can only ever be cross-graded, otherwise you have to start replacing more parts, throwing out everything. (eg that 180w PSU with the 65w cpu)
     
    You're not going to buy a prebuilt with the intention of upgrading it later. You're going to buy a prebuilt for what you needs are "now", and throw it away in 2 years if your needs change. 
  24. Agree
    Kisai got a reaction from Castdeath97 in Supreme Court hands Google a victory in a multibillion-dollar case against Oracle   
    About time.
     
    And honestly Oracle has done nothing but sit on and wreck products they acquire, they are kinda like the EA of business software in that regard. Oracle acquired companies that were a competitive threat to them, and then let them drown.
     
    As for Google/Android... again Android should never have used Java as the basis of their product, because that ultimately did a lot of harm to it.
     
    API's should not be copyrightable if they are published. If they aren't published then they are internal and can't be relied on for future functionality, but public API's should never change, and programming languages that depreciate functionality, are themselves functionally broken.
     
  25. Agree
    Kisai got a reaction from Cheburek in Maybe Building Your Own PC is a BAD Idea   
    This is the Tandy 1000 Memory Plus card, this is what you add to the original Tandy 1000 to bring it to 640K. That is what my Tandy 1000 had because otherwise nothing not designed for it/pcjr would be able to run on it.
     
    There was no modem, no hard drive. I've seen models with a hard drive on an ISA card.
     
    This is what the Tandy 1000 HD (a model with a factory hard drive, which the controller card was in the top slot shown) had:

     
    Both the 1000/1000A and 1000HD are essentially the same machine with different factory installed parts (such as the hard drive and ram.)
     
    Back to the point, things like this is why people have no idea IF they can upgrade the computer. Because they see models with a bunch of different numbers, that have no relevance to how they perform or can be used for.
     
    Sierra AGI titles required 256K and had video drivers for Tandy graphics, Sierra SCI titles with 16 colors required 512K.
     
    How would you know what was in your system. Tandy graphics, EGA and CGA all had the same 15-pin connector, but weren't the same. 
     
    Compare to today where games and applications requirements are completely disconnected from reality. A 1.2Ghz vs a 5.2 Ghz CPU do not perform the same, yet both are being sold. 8GB RAM vs 128GB System ram. 2GB vs 20GB GPU memory. What does a game realistically need?
     
    Well it depends on your computer screen. If you have a TN panel that does 1080p60, do you really need any GPU higher than a nvidia x60 part?
     
    Hard drive/SSD size, or RAM size? This is still a question people legitimately ask. People just see big numbers and think it's better.
     
    Should you build your own PC? If you know what you're doing. Should you upgrade a prebuilt? No, usually a prebuilt is "fine tuned" for the hardware it ships with and upgrading one part in it, can only ever be cross-graded, otherwise you have to start replacing more parts, throwing out everything. (eg that 180w PSU with the 65w cpu)
     
    You're not going to buy a prebuilt with the intention of upgrading it later. You're going to buy a prebuilt for what you needs are "now", and throw it away in 2 years if your needs change. 
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