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kano last won the day on October 8 2021

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  1. Beautiful and very sad sounding piece of music. This composer was amazing. It sounds better without the Youtube compression though; without the smearing of the highs and left/right channels. Best part is at 3:44. How did he get such amazing string sounds in a 64KB music file? This is not like midi; the musician cuts and loops very tiny sounds, where as with midi you are stuck with whatever samples the particular player has.
  2. https://www.neowin.net/news/mozilla-stops-displaying-full-screen-vpn-ads-within-firefox-after-backlash/ Only having an option to say "Not Now", and not to say "No", is so slimy. It implies that they can ask you again a week from now, whereas everyone understands what "no" means. It means I don't want it, and if I change my mind, then I will let you know. I find this design aspect more offensive than the advertisement/interruption itself.
  3. kano

    2016+ CPU/GPU News

    Let's hope the sales of these new graphics cards crash harder than Zen 4 did and they have to quickly lower the prices, as was also done with Zen 4. At least Zen 4 was a good product, outperforming the 5950x in Blender by a healthy 40%. But even offering a competitive and compelling product, which these GPUs are not, won't help when the PC market is in the toilet.
  4. kano

    2016+ CPU/GPU News

    AMD isn't sandbagging the market and trolling customers as hard as NVidia, but if they were smart, they would have just kept the higher price of $300 and included 16GB of memory. This would have been an easy and epic KO, perhaps along with an advertising campaign about being for gamers who don't want smeared, low resolution textures. when all game development is stopped for PS4/Xbox One next year and developers have the freedom to crank quality up some more.
  5. kano

    2016+ CPU/GPU News

    https://wccftech.com/amd-radeon-rx-7600-8-gb-graphics-card-specs-leak-6nm-navi-33-xl-gpu-2048-cores-8-gb-vram/ So yeah, NVidia and AMD have both decided to completely stall progress in the mainstream GPU market, similar to the state the CPU market was in a decade ago when Bulldozer came out. I guess I won't need to get a new graphics card for a long time. Finally I remind you that memory is cheaper right now than it has probably been in a decade. Hopefully the gaming community is astute enough to collectively say "no" to these products.
  6. kano

    2016+ CPU/GPU News

    I guess one positive aspect of this, is that if they keep 8GB as the mainstream standard, then games will have no choice but to support 8GB cards for a very long time, and so we can get a lot of life out of e.g. an RTX2070 or GTX1080.
  7. https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2023/05/potentially-millions-of-android-tvs-and-phones-come-with-malware-preinstalled/ Android is the new Windows 98. Except that in the days of Windows 98, you could easily erase the system and reinstall from fresh, officially pressed media if you had any reason not to trust it or think that it was compromised.
  8. Hah, I knew this was going on behind the scenes since day 1. https://apnews.com/article/settlement-fake-public-comments-net-neutrality-ae1f69a1f5415d9f77a41f07c3f6c358 And by the way, that fine is laughable, like having to pay $5 for illegally dumping a mattress on the side of the road. It costs more than that to discard a mattress legally. "And don't do it again!"
  9. kano

    2016+ CPU/GPU News

    Only having 8GB on the standard RTX4060, half way through 2023, is dog-shit. But hey, you can always pay twice as much to get the card the RTX4060 should have been (with 16GB). Heck, the base RTX4060 even has less memory than the RTX3060 of three years ago does! I am definitely going Intel next time, because they are rapidly catching up to NVidia in Blender, and they have done more for the Blender project in the past two years than AMD ever has. (OIDN, path guiding). You get OIDN and path guiding for free, even if you don't have any Intel hardware at all! 8GB is no longer enough for gamers, and is straight-up laughable for anyone who wants to do anything more with their GPU than play games. NVidia's monopoly is eroding and they're still acting like they can shit on customers from the roof.
  10. Looking back, I like this game better out of the two. I mean I can see why some people wouldn't like it; that shadow ninja can quickly end your game in a second even if you have 200HP with his one special move, at least on the harder difficulties. But I like the weapons, environment, sound and music more in this game than that of Duke3d. This game was short, but then they gave us two (high quality!) extra free episodes, so that is more than forgiven. Also, Shadow Warrior as a franchise was not ran into the ground like it's peer, and frankly, so many other classic games have been. I'm impressed that they're still making Shadow Warrior games, because I don't think this original game was a big seller. I wouldn't be at all surprised if Shadow Warrior's peer outsold it by two or three times. Duke3d was so popular and successful that it got the "port this to everything" treatment, like Doom did. It's fascinating how Shadow Warrior, a more obscure game, managed to turn around and become more successful as a franchise later.
  11. https://www.theregister.com/2023/05/16/eu_confirms_azure_complaints/ Some people willingly choose to walk into the digital equivalent of a bear-trap and then complain that it sucks, while others are smart enough to avoid it in the first place.
  12. https://www.theregister.com/2023/05/15/eu_approves_microsoft_activision/ So yeah, it looks as though they are going to let the Microsoft cancer monopolize the entire game industry, one acquisition at a time. Playstations outsell Xboxes four to one because Microsoft completely torched their own reputation a decade ago with the Xbox One launch and people like me have no use for forgiveness when it comes to corporations. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/jun/19/xbox-one-drm-second-hand-restrictions-abandoned Kind of like going on a date and confessing something heinously bad to your would-be girlfriend, in that it's nobody's fault but your own that your reputation is completely ruined, people don't trust you now and never will.
  13. https://www.pcgamer.com/intel-boot-guard-private-keys-have-reportedly-leaked-compromising-the-security-of-many-computers/ All I want for Christmas is the ability to lock down the firmware on my motherboard with a write-protect jumper or switch so that it cannot be changed or hacked by random software without me knowing. Firmware is a very special thing; it should be as small and simple as possible, not easy to change unless absolutely necessary, and the user should have assurance that nobody can mess with or reprogram it but them. But instead, we are moving to a world where you have to upgrade firmware every time Netflix or Disney say so, and if the power goes out half way through the process and your equipment gets wrecked as a result, "here's a quarter, phone someone who cares".
  14. Perhaps none of us are actually human, and are merely subroutines of the AI interacting with itself. lol. Hey, I guess that opens another can of worms as for how AI might be misused; generating product reviews. Although to be fair, Amazon and Newegg have completely ruined the usefulness of reviews anyway, by grouping reviews from all sorts of different products together just because the case has the same name badge on the front of it, even though the design and insides are completely different! And of course fake reviews have already been a thing forever anyway.
  15. Taking AI away from the public and only allowing business to use it would probably be unconstitutional though. First amendment, and written computer programs are a form of speech. They're no different than words in a book, in fact, that's how a lot of programs used to be delivered in the very early days of personal computers! (read the book and type it yourself.) You can even go outside and recite programs in public, though people will look at you funny "closed parentheses, left bracket".
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