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Comment Novelty Kills Nintendo Again (Score 2) 105

it's questionable how many developers will go to the effort of creating games that make use of the extra horsepower when docked, rather than simply opting to program for the slower overall GPU clock speed

This. A thousand times this. No developer in their right mind is going to program a game that doesn't run properly on the portable. The downscaling of the portable is just too profound. 40% clocks? So the console will suffer from portablitis (similar to how PC games suffer consolitis).

If they then kill the portable line (currently 3DS) in preference to Switch, they may well kill both their portable and console markets with one stone. I know they have a NIH ("Not Invented Here") culture, and this has resulted in some excellent and novel gaming (thinking Wii here), but this new console seems strategically unsound.

Comment Runs as a local user (Score 2) 243

Yeah, these tasks all run as a local user rather than SYSTEM, so when I log in with my standard account, the admin account that it's running under isn't logged in, and the condition for launch on any login is not met.

Error message:

Task Scheduler did not launch task "\NvTmMon_{B2FE1952-0186-46C3-BAEC-A80AA35AC5B8}" because user "[COMPNAME]\[ADMIN_USERNAME]" was not logged on when the launching conditions were met. User Action: Ensure user is logged on or change the task definition to allow launching when user is logged off.

This is par for the course with Nvidia software these days. Running a service as a local account? They should know better. ;)

Comment Re:Just checked my Task Scheduler... (Score 1) 243

Yup. Sure enough it runs when I log in my admin account, but it doesn't run when I log in my standard account. I'm sure Nvidia will fix this soon, and then I'll have to disable the tasks, and then they'll make it so GFX 3 enables them on run, and so on and so forth in a never-ending battle for privacy vs. data mining.

Somebody will probably wind up running a background task that continuously turns this crap off.

Comment Just checked my Task Scheduler... (Score 2) 243

I just checked my Task Scheduler, and none of those Nvidia telemetry tasks identified by MajorGeeks have ever run. I've just enabled "tasks history" (i.e.: chron logs) from admin to see if it's actually doing anything. The tasks only appear when you run Task Scheduler with admin rights, so access is restricted to users with administrator rights. From the history, I think this telemetry might be in the works, but not running yet.

It's possible that since it is an admin task and I run in a limited user account (standard account), it's not triggering the task, but the tasks are supposed to be triggered by login of "any user," with a daily report at 12:45 on my machine if there's no login to trigger, so I can't see how that's happening. This all should be working, but it appears to be dead at this time on my machine with the latest drivers.

I do have GeForce Experience 3 installed, and it *is* asking for a login, however. So it seems they're tagging *something* to an account.

The GeForce forums are a shitstorm of "ditch the login" posts in every GFX thread. People are threatening boycotts, etc. It's really quite interesting. Here's the initial feedback thread when GFX 3 went live. Bring popcorn.

Comment Pure speculation, only news is audio over USB-C (Score 1) 446

That said, this is still speculation based on what’s currently happening in the mobile world, and Samsung has yet to say anything about its next-gen mobile devices.

This article is pure speculation. The only "news" is the audio over USB-C standard.

How did this get out of the firehose? It looks more like a Usenet article than a news article.

Comment Re:unlimited if bundled (Score 1) 180

U-Verse TV is done over IPTV, so it's all data. They are effectively zero-rating that TV data, and uncapping your other data uses, only if you bundle products. This seems to me a violation of net neutrality. You might want to use a different TV provider.

Or another attempt to squeeze blood from a stone that you refuse to upgrade through sound investment to modern internet standards.

Comment Wrong TLA group, guys. (Score 1) 74

The FTC, according to the letter, is doing this on the basis of a "resolution." No law. No regulation. Just they _resolved_ it in order to complete a study. They're basically making a willful power grab. I wonder if the manufacturers will bite or fight? I think they should tell them where to stick it.

The FCC or NSA has more authority to do this than the FTC. The NSA through a FISA court order seems the most likely way to grant any legal authority in the matter. This is otherwise a blatant power grab. What the hell is wrong with the executive branch these days? In the lame duck years, it seems to be going out of its way to assert new, untold powers by only their say-so. This requires a regulation that does not exist, and can only be made by the legislature.

Finally, just what the hell does this have to do with trade policy/regulation? This is clearly NSA mission territory in my book. I would actually be comforted if the NSA took an interest in this and started helping us secure our technology instead of hanging on to a pool of vulnerabilities that any nation could exploit.

Comment Re:And yet many websites don't work with it (Score 1) 126

Ticketmaster's "print tickets" function (absolutely critical) failed to work in Firefox, and worked in IE. That's one example I ran into a while back. Fx devs may have fixed it by now.

On a lighter note, Firefox won't use Diffie-Hellman for key exchange, and IE will. I can't log in to my university cloud services without mucking about in about:config with Firefox (I have to explicitly tell it to use DHE anyway). I'm not sure this is a favorable thing for IE.

Comment On my comp it says it's resetting them but doesn't (Score 2) 387

Since that update (KB3135173), I keep getting told that PDF is reset to Edge, JPG is reset to Photos, and MP3 is reset to Groove Music, but nothing actually happens to my file preferences. Windows 10 just keeps announcing that it made the changes, on a daily, or slightly less often, basis. It doesn't seem to be associated with any task in the Task Scheduler, either. I checked the logs at the time of the message. It just keeps telling me that "an app caused a problem" so it's resetting my preferences in those three file types. All three announcements come at the same time.

But nothing actually happens other than the announcement.

I'm running in a Limited User Account. Could that have anything to do with it? Why wouldn't the OS be able to make the changes? I'm glad it can't seem to do what it's threatening to do, but it's weird.

I feel just like a beta tester. Windows 10 is flaky.

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