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Comment Re:They don't need to be up there (Score 5, Interesting) 112

You might want to look up "AMD Zerotech" as its that way right now if you buy an AMD APU/CPU and pair it with an AMD GPU. With Zerotech if you use that particular setup it will turn off the discrete when not needed giving you the lower power usage of the APU and will then fire up the discrete when you have a task the APU cannot handle. Likewise if you have an AMD CPU it will turn down the GPU when not needed and simply use the GPUs baked in video encoder/decoder along with the frame buffer while turning the rest off.

I have an AMD FX-8320E paired with an R9 280 and I'm currently only pulling 8w from the CPU with 5 tabs and a video running and the GPU has idled down to practically nothing (my gauges only go down to 300/150 on GPU/memory speed so I cannot tell you how slow its actually running) with the GPU completely cool to the touch and the entire system completely silent.

I have to say I'm deliriously happy with the performance and power usage of my setup, last time I put it on my Kill-A-Watt it was pulling less than the Q6600 that I had been using at the shop as an office box, and thanks to Zerotech while the system stays nice and frosty and sips power when I'm just surfing and watching vids it can still scale up to 4Ghz on the CPU and 940/1250Mhz on the GPU/memory respectively in less than a second and if I want even more? I just flip on the overclock and can shoot up to 4.4Ghz without breaking a sweat. considering I paid less than $650 for this system with 16GB of RAM,a gaming board, 3TB of HDD, a BD burner, the R9 280 AND an SSD? The bang for the buck is just insane, no way you could build an Intel system with those specs, no way in hell.

Comment Re:Surprised? (Score 1) 580

Well I deal with a lot of boxed upgrades as I deal with a lot of SMBs and what happens is it gives you the classic "this software is not genuine" when you get to the desktop on first install.

After that you get the fun of either dealing with a MSFT flunkie over the phone or just using the bootloader hack, frankly I'm leaning toward the latter as I'm tired of dealing with those motherfuckers on systems where the key is either plastered to the tower or in my hand in the retail upgrade box. I've already got several customers looking at Macs and Linux because they do not like how untrustworthy MSFT has become and I've started running various distros in VMs looking at exit strategies. MSFT? Be fucked.

Comment Re:What kind of telemetry (Score 1) 260

Are you dense, or just unable to understand basic logic? Let me break it down...you PAID for Windows 7, this is valued at say $110 for Home, following along? They offer to TRADE, not give, because if they gave you anything then you'd still have your Windows 7 (which you don't) a copy of Windows 10 in exchange for your windows 7 currently valued at $110.

So I'm sorry but they didn't "give" you shit, they took something of value when they handed you that OS and in no universe does trading equal free, no fucking way. You can jump through all the flaming logic hoops ya want fanboy, it won't make 1+1=3.

Comment Re:Surprised? (Score 1) 580

Please stop helping MSFT spread the myth that Windows 10 is free because it requires a valid Win 7/8 license which currently costs a MINIMUM of $100. The only "free" version of windows 10 is the "super duper extra spying" Win 10 Insider Edition, the rest? You have to give up (and yes give up, if you go longer than 30 days you better be ready to call MSFT as they WILL cancel your previous license) a $100 Windows 7/8 license to get the "free" Win 10.

Comment Re:What kind of telemetry (Score 5, Insightful) 260

Actually allow me to correct your correction as MSFT is giving away absolutely nothing as a full version (not the "super duper extra spyware" insider edition) of Windows 10 Requires a legal key from 7 or 8 which currently costs as of this writing between $100-$200 dollars and there are several reports of users trying to go back to Windows 7 after the 30 days to find THEIR KEYS ARE NOW INVALIDATED. I can attest to this being true as I've had to talk to more damned third world MSFT flunkies than I ever cared to thanks to this very issue.

So the REAL cost of Windows 10 is currently between $100- $200 USD, that is the cost of the Windows 7 or 8 key you are giving up by taking this "free OS" and not going for the super duper extra spyware insider edition......sorry but that is the most fucking expensive "free OS" I've ever seen in my life and why we need to kill that "Oh its free you can't complain" bullshit because that is what it is, total bullshit!

Comment Re:How accurate is this? (Score 1) 41

I don't even get the point of bots for something like Hearthstone. I can at least understand WoW or Diablo which have a lot of grinding built in to the game play, but what the hell does a bot even get you in a game like this? The only thing you can do (that I'm aware of as I don't play either) is play the card game.

As far as I know, it's mostly just ego-boosting and stems from immaturity -- they get to feel superior to the other players by beating them and they sometimes record clips or take screenshots of their "accomplishments" to brag with to their friends. It's easy to dismiss the fact that they are using cheats, I've met many a cheater online over the years who keep deluding themselves with claims like "I only cheat because it's possible, I don't even need cheats and I would do just as well without because I am just so skilled!" There's not much you can say when a person 100% believes their own lies.

Personally I don't think they should ban the people who use the cheats though. Instead, just put them in a special area where they only get to play other cheaters or they programmatically lose 90% of their games and just end up raging harder.

Yeah, I actually find it surprising that Blizzard hasn't done this already. Just lock all cheaters on cheaters-only servers without telling them and depending on the person and the circumstances it may even take them a while to notice what happened.

Comment How accurate is this? (Score 1) 41

I was surprised to see the claim that Hearthbuddy also belongs in this list. Nowhere, _nowhere_ else can I find anything to back up that claim and neither does the "article" provide any details. I do not play Hearthstone, I do not use bots (I actually totally despise cheaters and that's 90% of the reason why I never play multiplayer-games in the first place), but I am aware of quite a bunch of people who use the various bots by the company that is behind Hearthbuddy (they have bots for WoW, Diablo, Hearthstone etc. etc.) and these bots are popular because they're actually pretty functional when compared to the competitors. The company would be shooting themselves in the foot if they were spreading malware with these as the bots are not free, you have to pay for them, and if they did include malware people would rather quickly stop buying.

My point here is that I can't help but wonder if Hearthbuddy is mentioned because of pressure from Blizzard as a way of trying to scare people away from it, not because it actually harms you, your wallet or your PC.

Comment Re:Maybe it's not profitable? (Score 1) 244

Try Comodo Dragon, which is Chromium without the Google crap baked in, they also have a version of FF called IceDragon if you want the Gecko engine.

I use Dragon on my netbook I use for service calls, we're talking AMD E350 which is a 5 year old lightweight APU, and once it loads its quite snappy and a pleasure to use. Firefox IMHO has just gotten too bloated as of late and really slows down older systems.

Comment Re:Surprised? (Score 1) 580

Nooo the surprising thing is even corporate users cannot disable the spying as this was Windows 10 ENTERPISE, the version that they sell to huge megacorps, and even turning everything to OFF it still called thousands of times!

So this should be more than enough to convince any corp that has to abide by S/OX or HIPPA that Windows 10 has to be verbotten, its as big a risk for data breaches as allowing USB sticks...who would have thought that Windows would go from being a spyware risk to being actual spyware?

Comment Re:Open Source (Score 5, Informative) 167

This is why Android isn't really Open Source in spirit. It is as closed as Apple is.

Hardly. Even on a non-rooted device all you have to do is tick "Allow untrusted sources" in the settings and then you can install stuff outside of Play Market as much as you like. Play Market is closed, yes, but it's also a separate thing and not required for using an Android-device. iPhones and iPads and the likes, as far as I know, require doing a lot more than just ticking a single box to allow installation of things from outside of Apple's AppStore.

Comment Re:Maybe it's not profitable? (Score 1) 244

As was thinking the same thing. Intel is a hardware company who makes hardware that is frankly overpowered compared to what most users have for them to do, so what to do? Well make sure they have enough work to bog the hell out of 'em, thus making new chips seem more attractive. Selling software that helps older machines stay out in the field by cutting down on the work they have to do? Not good for business, not good at all.

That does make me wonder though if Intel is royally pissed at MSFT, after all Intel was able to sell chips for years on "What Intel giveth MSFT taketh away" but the last 3 releases have been actually getting better as far as resource usage, not worse. I bet Intel is probably steamed that such an easy way to sell chips has been taken away which would give them one more reason not to want to sell software that lowers system usage.

Comment Re:Conflicting goals (Score 1) 172

And YOU sir are assuming cops will go to the extra trouble of finding out if it was on the public or private line instead of kicking down the door because that is where they think somebody surfing CP is. As we have seen in the past cops, hell even feds, really throw due diligence out the window when it comes to anything to do with CP, see the fed CP server that didn't capture referrers (making it perfect for scumbags to use as a nastier version of a rickroll) or the guy in FLA that the state went after for 2 years when anybody who spent a whole 2 minutes looking at the logs would have clearly seen the laptop his company handed him had been pre-pwned by a C&C that was making thousands of connections a minute and using him as a relay.

As we have seen in America from the red scare to terrorism, from the satanic cult panic of the 80s to charging kids with selfies for producing CP, once we have one of our panics going on logic and the rule of law are pretty much the first things to go. So if YOU want to trust your local, state, and federal police forces to be wise, logical, completely reasonable, and trustworthy? That is YOUR choice. I personally don't have any intentions of betting my life on whether or not they will show common sense, much less understand the difference between public and private networks, so there won't be any public hotspots in my home, thanks anyway.

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