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  1. This sends up red flags. What data are they collecting if I was to use that browser? It is also what I would call crossing the line. Look, a lot of people bash Google for invading privacy. However, you can use an Android very effectively without signing up for Google; without giving them a name or anything. You can browse the web, install apps, make calls with SIP, and on and on.

     

    This thing with the PS4 is a disturbing trend, though. I do NOT want to see it spread. Imagine if the new version of Windows made you sign up with MS before allowing you to browse the web. Its obvious that MS is in trouble because Google is putting the squeeze on with Chromebooks and tablets. I mean, Windows is now free with certain types of devices (and more pushy than ever before about getting you to sign up for the cloud).

     

    Back to Sony though, why would I trust them after the rootkits and removal of "other OS" feature from hardware that was already paid for?

     

    They also demonstrated that security is an unimportant concept at best with all the security breaches and passwords that were encoded as plain-text among other things.

     

    I wonder if anybody has investigated this with something like Wireshark to see what info gets sent to Sony when you use the browser? I build PCs myself and use Linux, so I really do not need to use the PS4 browser, but I was just curious. I also wasn't expecting them to be so pushy about getting you to sign up like this. For example, even a Dreamcast allowed you to surf the web with nothing more than a log-in for the ISP. I got a PS4 so I can play games offline from a disk with no connection to the cloud.

     

    TLDR: this needless lock-out of simple features until you sign up for something is creepy and crossing the line, especially in a post-Snowden world.

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  2. There seems to be a bug in the in-game mission downloader. If you queue up a lot of missions, it will crash some way through the process of downloading them. This occurs on 64-bit Linux with an NVIDIA card. I never tried it on Windows to e.g. see if the same behavior manifests there. Queuing less missions (like 6) seems to prevent this from happening.


  3. And the issue with said industry is its controlled by an ethnic minority with malignant agenda's, and said group represent a very small percentage of the population.

    Yep, and although breathing is an exageration, They already sold out our rights to free speech. For example, if I write code that you can use to bypass an unwanted feature on software you paid for, I can go to jail for releasing it. I can go to jail just for writing some code and releasing it to the public, when the code is not malicious and does not threaten anyone.

     

    Aren't writings classified as a form of speech?


  4. Meh, the whole idea of privacy is a relic of the past anyway. Who doesn't have kinky halloween photos of themselves ball-gagged in sad-clown submissive lingerie in their backroom bdsm disco dungeon getting whipped by their murderous-clown-wear dominatrix?

     

    There are no secrets left, and I just had the best idea for an FM scene. Seriously though, if people don't harm anyone, there is nothing for them to be ashamed of. The governement should be ashamed of thinking anything harmless could be grounds for punishment, but we shouldn't have anything to hide. Just my personal opinion. I understand some people still value privacy, so I wouldn't torture them by invading it myself.

    In theory, this is a good policy, but it doesn't work so well when the government's mission is to give the entertainment industry a continuous hand-job and collect all kinds of data on average citizens in an unjustified manor that will never be abused (cough loveint cough). For example, this. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/11/eff_calls_for_games_dmca_exemption/

     

    and this: https://www.eff.org/document/eff-vehicle-repair-exemption-request

     

    and this https://www.eff.org/pages/rip-mix-make-tell-copyright-office-allow-dvd-and-web-video-remixing

     

    The government would restrict my right to breathe if the entertainment industry paid them enough. After all, breathing encourages free thought and it can be argued to enable piracy too.


  5. I wonder this, because as somebody who likes to play games, I always found TV to be mostly boring. Since there are obviously a lot of game-playing folks around here, this seems like a good thing to discuss. The obvious draw to computer games is that they are dynamic. The same thing will not always happen even if you play the same game over and over again. In TV/movies of course, the experience is always the same. Do gamers in general shy away from television?

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  6. This kind of sucks, but its not the end of the world. I wonder how much this slow memory would hurt the performance of Blender Cycles (CUDA). The bigger crime is that the GTX960 has just 2 GB. I would stay far away from that.

     

    PS: Anybody want a 700 GB hard drive? Some of the sectors went bad, so portions of the disk are slow as shit, but hey its still 700 GB and (most) of it runs at full speed!

     

    Joking obviously...


  7. I have an Android handset here that is showing ads in the notification area. Thus far, I have been unable to figure out where they're coming from. Its kinda annoying and I wonder if they're targeted based on my usage. (songs I listen to)

     

    This device is a music player mostly, but I do use it to call sometimes.


  8. I purchased DVDs from the Blender Foundation before, even though I was allowed to copy them. I would rather buy content than subscribe to anything. *EVERYBODY* wants you to subscribe to something these days: music, TV, online gaming, usage of fitness equipment... Before long, I'll need a subscription just to sit in a chair.

     

    I again cannot understate how awesome using two GPUs in the same machine is with Blender Cycles. The 4 GB card can be crunching away on a render, and you still have the other card to game with or do anything else you would normally do. The machine is still super-fast, because the CPU is basically free too.

     

    Also, they're making a better renderer for real-time graphics in Blender. That is exciting to see.

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  9. One time I had a dream where I was in front of a house. I vividly remember saying to myself, "I know this is a dream, so I'm going to break into this house because I would never get away with doing it in the real world"... and I did... and it was fun.

     

    Another time I dreamed I was in a Quake CTF map. It was comprised of a bunch of tunnels, some of which were at crazy angles. I was going through giant pipes, swinging around with a grappling hook and blasting people with rockets.


  10. Yeah, it looks pretty cool. The game had ragdoll physics and everything. I especially like the large outdoor environments with lots of trees and extremely minimal loading sections. That game would have made my computer cry back in the day.


  11. My days of hating MTP are officially over. I plug the device into the computer running Linux, and less than 2 seconds later, I get the option to manage files on the internal flash and the SD card inserted in the android handset. This is how stuff is *supposed* to work. No software installations, no unnecessary shit running in the background "listening for the device to be connected". It just WORKS!

     

    MTP used to be a nightmare, especially in Linux. It is an open protocol, but the support just was not good yet.


  12. There are now X86 powered handsets. How come there isn't a comunity getting Windows or even PC apps in general running on these? I would imagine that if you can run Wine on Android, you would be able to "play" a lot of older PC games om the thing if it has 2 GB of RAM and a dual-core Intel CPU. I use the term "play" loosely though with a touch screen that small.

     

    Still, where are all the enthusiasts? You wouldn't even need a shitty slow X86 translator!


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    The intro is awesome!

    The level design is pretty good, I personally would have varied the ambient track a bit more in the Bath house. I like the new props (sounds, doors, etc).

     

    It was a challenge not being able to just knock everybody on the head. The city section looked pretty good; it made me want to explore more. Actually that awesome intro made me expect a huge, complex mission

     

     

    To quote the thug, "that was a nice bit of fun". Thanks!


  14. Running with dual GPUs is pretty cool. You can use one for cycles rendering and the other for displaying, (or gaming). It gives you a speed boost because your single GPU doesn't have to display the desktop and render the physics. It also gives you more memory to use, because that single GPU's memory isn't eaten up by the desktop/window manager.

     

    You do not even need SLI, either.


  15. I personally feel that if you want to scare the player, smaller is better. Small enemies that surprise you or (when you feel like you killed them all(, another pops up in your face is the way to go. There isn't much scary about a giant monster stomping around making lots of noise, where you can clearly see him or figure out where he is way before he attacks you.

     

    A good demonstration of this are headcrabs.


  16. @Airship: yep, and the other part of the problem is that those in charge are generally allowed to do whatever the fuck they want without getting in (serious) trouble. For an example of this, search for "loveint". People who were given powers above you and I _DID_ use the powers to snoop on love interests. Nobody went to jail for this. They were just scolded and told not to do it again. Some of their justifications used were that they were "just testing the features".

     

    Now, if I went out and tapped the line of a girl I had a crush on, what do you imagine would happen to me? Can I just tell the authorities that I was testing my technical skills and get off with a harsh scolding the way the elite can?

     

    Its like I told my friend: Loveint is funny, but its also not funny. Imagine if they were snooping on you for no justifyable cause, other than the agent had a crush on you. How would that make you feel?


  17. It will stay isolated to being audited by machines, until a guy with the clearance to perform maintenance on said machine feels like digging out some dirt on an enemy, or investigating his love interest. Either this will happen, because human beings are corrupt by nature, or hackers will find a way to compromise the entire thing some day. Then everybody's life will become public.

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