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Updated my Uefi the other day and suspend to RAM finally works correctly! It took more than a literal year to be fixed. But I suppose I should be happy it got fixed at all.
Nov 12 2018 01:43 PM
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    kano
    The machine I gave her is an old AM3 system, so that bug will never be fixed. But thankfully it is triggered by a USB device that she doesn't need anymore anyway.
    Nov 12 2018 01:49 PM
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    Bikerdude
    UEFI is a blight on the computer landscape, due to how inherently insecure it is - but we cant do much about it now. And regarding ASrock, I will only consider buying from them when they start offering 3yr warranties.
    Nov 13 2018 04:04 PM
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    Bikerdude
    And lastly, rule of thumb, only have kb/mice plugged into any USB ports if you can help it.
    Nov 13 2018 04:05 PM
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kano

Anyone else get a major Thief vibe from the photo on the top of this article? https://www.howtogeek.com/394427/what-is-a-dark-web-scan-and-should-you-use-one/
Nov 08 2018 03:06 PM
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    kano
    I suppose it is the lighting, the hood, and the color that makes me think of Thief, though our man Garrett would never use something resembling a laptop.
    Nov 08 2018 11:00 PM
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    Petike the Taffer
    Sort of. It's clearly a modern hoodie, though.
    Nov 09 2018 05:21 PM
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    freyk
    To me its a stock photo. Seen it on several online articles.
    Nov 10 2018 04:26 AM
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kano

How to design a not-very-good Doom level. Pack fifty high-tier monsters into a small hallway where the only way to fight them is to lower a lift that brings one or two down at a time. The player is stuck slaying them until boredom sets in. Of course he can take the lift up, but then he gets ripped a new one, emerging in the middle of the pack with no room to dodge.
Oct 30 2018 09:18 PM
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    kano
    But, the level that preceded this one was quite fun.
    Oct 30 2018 09:19 PM
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    Zen3001
    noob
    Oct 31 2018 07:21 AM
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    Sotha
    Could the player get them to fight each other? At least in the original Doom (1993) it was possible to lure baddies to fight each other, which was hilarious.
    Nov 01 2018 06:41 AM
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kano

PSA: Latest Linux distros like Ubuntu 18.10 contain an updated version of Mesa which significantly improves performance and compatibility with games and open drivers like Intel and AMD.
Oct 02 2018 11:21 AM
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    kano
    https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Mesa-18.2-Feature-Release
    Oct 02 2018 12:11 PM
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    freyk
    Tried this with tdm?
    Oct 04 2018 12:13 AM
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    kano
    Yep, it seems to run faster on my old laptop with Radeon 6700 graphics. But I don't have stats of the performance before the upgrade to compare it to. Also, games like Gzdoom used to suffer from graphical glitches on that hardware, and they're gone.
    Oct 04 2018 10:30 AM
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    Bikerdude
    I have never used WD el-cheapo & nasty nas boxes for various reasons, so this dosen't surprise.
    Sep 20 2018 02:05 PM
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    kano
    Sworn off WD myself. Why? They started building the SATA-to USB bridge into the hard drive itself, so if it fails, you're screwed. Sometimes those bridges do fail, not the actual hard drive. And with a proper one, you can just rip the drive out and hook it straight to SATA. But they really want people to use their $3000 data extraction service.
    Sep 20 2018 08:41 PM
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    kano
    Here's an example of what I'm talking about. https://forums.anandtech.com/threads/dont-buy-the-wd-my-passport-usb-drive.2366512/
    Sep 21 2018 09:32 AM
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kano

Woken up at 12:30 AM by the sound of a jack hammer outside. Who needs to sleep anyway?
Sep 14 2018 03:28 AM
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    Bikerdude
    if you live in a residentials area, then this would be illeagal.

    Sep 14 2018 07:01 AM
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    OrbWeaver
    I suppose it might be allowed in certain emergencies, such as if some houses have lost power and water and they need to dig a hole to fix the problem.
    Sep 14 2018 07:11 AM
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    kano
    Yeah I called the cops and they said not only that someone else was on the line complaining about it, but it was a genuine emergency with the gas lines, so there was nothing they could do about it.
    Sep 15 2018 09:23 AM
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kano

I put the ancient sticker on the new computer build, and the new sticker on the one with ancient parts inside, so that if a thief breaks in who knows about computers, he'll steal the wrong (old) one, instead of the good one. Ryzen is running in a 16 year old case with an Athlon XP sticker on it... lol
Aug 27 2018 11:49 AM
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    freyk
    Dumb thief: if its shiny and feels modern, he steals it. Smart thief: looks inside the case and steals it.
    Aug 27 2018 01:17 PM
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    Obsttorte
    And if he has a magical back like in TDM, he will probably steal both. And any sylverware he can find ;)
    Aug 28 2018 04:14 AM
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    stumpy
    they'll spend 2 to 4 minutes taking what they can sell then leave. If its too big or heavy they wont take it.
    Aug 29 2018 06:07 PM
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kano

Encoded ~2,100 flac songs to opus in 10 minutes on this 8-core system. :)
Aug 24 2018 09:28 PM
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    kano
    It could be made to go even faster though. If I could offload the flac decoding onto the graphics card and just use the CPU for the Opus encoding, that would speed things up some more. There is a FLAC encoder/decoder for the GPU floating around...
    Aug 25 2018 09:19 AM
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    jaxa
    As good as lossless FLAC can be, you probably aren't going to hear a difference between it and 256-320 kbps MP3. So my question is: What was the Opus bitrate?
    Aug 25 2018 04:09 PM
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    kano
    128k. It is for use on a cell phone, and it sounds great for being only 128k (Opus is amazing).
    Aug 27 2018 10:55 AM
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    Anderson
    Come visit Moldova. We have unlimited bandwith and unlimited internet traffic for a fixed price (something like 15 $ per month).
    Aug 23 2018 02:59 AM
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    kano
    Oh yes, these "strict limits" on bandwidth in America are nothing but marketing at work. Tel-Cos make money hand over fist, to the point that they could easily provide us all with quality and affordable service. My guess is they spend more money paying off politicians and on coke than they do improving the networks they run.
    Aug 23 2018 08:20 PM
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    kano
    Anyway, Verizon should be prosecuted for "interfering with emergency services", and sued by everyone who was affected by the fire.
    Aug 23 2018 08:23 PM
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kano

Mentioned and linked to TDM on a forum and two guys said they're gonna check it out. :)
Jul 31 2018 05:01 PM
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    Bikerdude
    nice.
    Jul 31 2018 05:55 PM
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    chakkman
    But, dude, developers threaten revolt!!!
    Jul 30 2018 12:11 PM
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    nbohr1more
    Orb is a pro-Vulkan partisan! Get him!!! (Or just resign yourself to using GLSL to SPIR-V ...)
    Jul 30 2018 12:46 PM
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    kano
    Introducing something new is well and good, but yanking out support for a cross-platform standard that is used by masses of programs is an assholish thing to do.
    Jul 31 2018 11:44 AM
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kano

Cutscenes that can't be skipped are the worst thing that ever happened to video games. Makes me long for a Super Nintendo, as FMV was impossible on that platform. They just can't fathum the idea that we play the game from the start more than once and we don't want to sit through a 5 minute video.
Jul 24 2018 01:25 AM
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    stumpy
    some cutscene's can been skipped in some game by pressing the esc key or space. depends on the game though.
    Jul 24 2018 11:14 AM
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kano

Today I saw something that cracked me up. On the specs for a cheap Chinese watch, it says the product is "water proof -- but please don't press the buttons while in water". ha ha ha
Jul 08 2018 10:26 PM
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    Petike the Taffer
    Cost-saving water-proofing. ;-D
    Jul 23 2018 07:32 AM
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kano

I've got 2x8GB of DDR3 desktop memory I would like to get rid of. There's no PC for me to put it in. (upgraded to Ryzen) Would like to sell it for $50. Cutting into the profits of the memory cartels by selling this so cheaply would just be a pleasant bonus.
Jul 06 2018 09:45 PM
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    kano
    Actually DDR3 isn't (that) expensive, it's DDR4 where the real extortion is.
    Jul 06 2018 09:47 PM
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kano

Last night I had the strangest dream. I went to a museum and we played a hyper-realistic version of The Dark Mod. It was just a game though, as later they were showing us around the same place with the lights on. Eating ice cream before bed does strange things to the mind.
Jul 05 2018 08:09 AM
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    Atomica
    It wasn't a dream...
    Jul 05 2018 06:56 PM
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    demagogue
    I played a VR game last night where you were in wheelchair set in a haunted hospital and it had a definite Dark Mod vibe. I guess I was supposed to be scared, but I was paying a lot of attention to the level design & flow. It looked pretty good for what it was.
    Jul 05 2018 10:06 PM
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    Petike the Taffer
    Cool. Not sure I've ever dreamt about TDM. I have dreamt about Thief, though, a few years back... :-D
    Sep 27 2018 07:09 PM