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Comment Re:Why not have an 7 SP2... they do (sort of) (Score 1) 399

They've actually been doing this for a long time. Windows 2000 had what by all accounts was a SP5, just renamed a rollup.

The weird part is they set the terms so there's not really much reason for the shenanigans that I can see. They could just set a drop dead date regardless of SP.

Comment Re: happened to me today (Score 3, Informative) 281

I just use something like this:

It just turns the power on and off to different drives and installs in a drive bay.

I'd prefer a switch for the SATA data lines though, then I wouldn't need an overabundance of SATA ports on my motherboard. But I couldn't find a product like that and the power line switch is probably a more reliable method.

Comment Re:Leader at the top is probably clueless (Score 4, Insightful) 57

There's a reason that MS came up with this idea, and its not because they're such great guys. Its because this benefits the weaker player and they're that guy this time. The advantage of the dominate position is people will buy games for your system first because these systems are multiplayer and other players are part of the value. Less players on the less popular console, less valuable. I wouldn't accuse the Sony execs of not being dumb enough to take the bait, but I think they're greedy enough they won't.

Comment Re: gaming in a virtual machine (Score 1) 249

I won't say the host reboot issue is gone. But I will say its not pervasive and from reading, I'd say its no longer a common problem. The issue was that the graphics cards weren't responding to device resets like they were expected to.

I just got this setup. The biggest issue I had was I wanted to use Ubuntu (linux mint actually) and almost every guide is written for arch or fedora. I'm sufficiently new to linux I couldn't easily adapt the guides. Another issue is most of the guides are actually old and do things in a complicated way that doesn't seem necessary anymore, if it ever was.

Brief overview. The hardest part is selecting the correct hardware. After you need to set some modules to load on startup. (kvm, vfio or pci-stub), set a kernel parameter to turn on IOMMU and get devices for passthrough bound to the pci-stub or vfio-pci driver. This is the cumbersome part IMO and could really be improved. I think the main problem is vfio-pci and pci-stub aren't part of the kernel (they are separate modules) and don't always load early enough to grab the hardware before other drivers do. Fedora seems to have a parameter to force it to load early, but there doesn't seem to be a working one in ubuntu/debian?.

Once you win that fight though, most guides seem to suggest building scripts to create VMs which is pretty cumbersome. I think that is obsolete. All I did is install virt-manager, create a VM, install windows, shut it down and add the devices I wanted to the VM. I leave a virtual video card behind, the passed through is a secondary card...which works fine after windows starts. I booted up and installed their drivers. And then I was done. I use a KVM to quickly swap to the VM but there are other solutions.

I will say I found ESXi easier to get up and running (and ESXi 6 actually has some nice improvements here) but its really not designed to be a good tool for this particular kind of setup.

Comment Maybe I'm missing something (Score 1) 482

Can't you just cut this open with a pocket knife?

I even RTFA but it was not helpful on that question.

Perhaps they're just relying on most people not doing that and making it easier to enforce since there will be few people to chase down.

I like the guy whining that in this day and age the cell phone is how he remembers. Apparently, at least some humans consider their wetware memories an archaic vestigial device.

Comment Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies... (Score 1) 192

This is a pack of lies. The stink of desperation wafting off of Windows 10 is so strong it would knock a buzzard off a shit wagon. The free offer will be extended...because it was so successful! As an act of good will toward our users! There's no way this nightmare will end after only one year.

Comment Re:Another example of rigging the system (Score 1) 106

Amazon's website review system is quite irritating in general. One of the most annoying things they do is group multiple reviews for items with the same brand and category but different implementation or outright functionality together. It leaves you sorting through piles of completely irrelevant reviews if you even want to read them.

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