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Comment Re:The RX470 makes me want to try AMD again (Score 4, Informative) 40

The stability issues have been fixed at AMD for years, once the AMD team took over from ATI who were always hit and miss when it came to driver releases. I've been using AMD exclusively since the HD 4850 (currently on the R9 280) and I honestly cannot remember the last time I had a graphics driver issue, now you are more likely to get a bad Windows patch than a bad GPU driver.

One thing I have to give them credit for is when they EOLed their ancient VLIW card line they made one last driver so that if you wanted to run newer versions of Windows, even Windows 10, then you can. I just wish Nvidia would have done the same as I have a ton of hardware at the shop that I couldn't lock in the Win 10 free upgrade for (just in case the customer might want Win 10 later) because there simply wasn't an nvidia driver that would function. But just to see if it worked I decided to lock in the upgrade with my netbook which has the AMD E-350 chip which has the very first gen APU the HD 6310, a really old chip, and....it worked perfectly fine.

So if you want a good GPU at a cheap price I'd say go for it. I'd get one myself but my R9 280 runs all the games I play at 60 FPS+ with all the bling cranked so I don't see a point ATM in upgrading but when it gets to the point that isn't the case? I'll get another AMD GPU.

Comment Re:It will succeed, or at the very least, won't fa (Score 1) 157

Those systems already had a huge install base which made it profitable to port...yeah how did that work out for the Wii U? Oh yeah they didn't get shit for ports and it tanked.

You are gonna have 2 octocore APUs at 2Ghz+ versus...a cellphone. Yeah I don't see them getting shit except for Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja which I really don't see selling many units, do you?

Comment Re:It will succeed, or at the very least, won't fa (Score 1) 157

Yeah its called "crap hardware that made it prohibitively expensive if not downright impossible to port" which is exactly what will kill this turkey as well.

Look here is what you and Big N just don't seem to be grasping, its a hell of a lot different now than it was during the days of the classic consoles, games are INSANELY expensive to produce now and every penny you have to spend above initial development could mean the difference between profit and loss. Now lets look at the competition....you have X86 Xbox, X86 Playstation, and X86 PC....what do they have in common? Oh yeah X86! Thanks to two of the big three consoles being X86 a dev house only has to make one game and then do some minor tweaks to release for all 3 platforms.

But if this is legit what you will have is 3 platforms you can release on with coding your game in X86 versus only 1 console if you port to Nintendo and if that wasn't enough if TFS is to be believed its gonna be underpowered to boot which means they'd basically have to start from scratch and code specifically for this thing.....companies simply aren't gonna do that, not when there are so many PS4, XB1, and PC players that they can sell to.

And this isn't even addressing the rotten elephant in the room which is the consoles today are already being pushed to the limits which is why we are about to get Xbox Scorpio and Sony Neo....and you expect to have devs code a version of the game for a system that isn't even as powerful as what they are coding on now when they are already having to use every trick in the book just to get their monster titles to run?

When the wii U came out you had game dev after game dev saying "our game engine won't run on that" and ignoring it and mark my words, the same will be true here. this will sell strictly to the most hardcore of fanboys who will buy anything a new Mario or Zelda comes out on but as we saw with the Wii U there just isn't enough of them to make a console viable, but the ONLY way you'll see a GTA or CoD or Dark Souls on this thing is if its a crap smartphone game using the name.

Comment Re:Has Nintendo not heard of smartphones? (Score 1) 157

Yeah if this is true Nintendo is gonna be as dead as Sega in the console market. I mean FFS didn't they learn anything with the Wii U? Console players want the same big titles the other guys get and they sure as shit aren't gonna get that when Console I and II are running AMD octocores and your console is nothing more than a smartphone.

I may not have a horse in this race but I've always had a soft spot for classic gaming so I really hope this isn't so, but ever since the Wii became a hit based on a gimmick Nintendo just seems to have lost their way. I mean who is gonna pay $300 for a console that will end up just like the Wii U and have nothing to play on it but first party titles because the other 2 consoles are running such a different architecture porting is all but impossible? What do they think people are gonna shell out for yet another device to play Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja on?

Comment Re:Unusually +ve but what's in it for refusniks? (Score 1, Flamebait) 370

Uhhhh you DO know there are ways to get updates other than WU, yes? That many of those make it beyond trivial to refuse the spyware updates (and if I'm not mistaken AutoPatcher doesn't include them in the first place) so that we can have Win 7/8/8.1 completely spyware free?

I have dealt with Win 10 on more PCs at the shop than I care to mention and I can say with confidence...Windows 10 is a giant piece of shit. Its buggy as fuck, its updates are more unstable than running a Linux alpha build, hell I had forgotten what BSODs even looked like until Win 10 and its "sad face of suckiness". And the new "features"? Its either designed to give MSFT more datamining or fricking more cellphone style crap. Hey MSFT? If I wanted a cellphone I'd use my smartphone, which just FYI runs Android because unlike your mobile OS it actually has apps..

There is NOTHING about the new OS that makes it worth leaving Win 7/8/8.1, hell even Windows 8 had at least one reason, which was it made a good UI for HTPCs, but 10? It sucks your bandwidth, spies on you, gives you zero control over the OS, and for what? So I can give MSFT more data on me? Fuck you MSFT, you want my data PAY ME, I'm not giving up an OS I paid $110 for so you can make free money shoving ads down my throat using MY bandwidth onto MY desktop and snatching MY data..fuck off.

Comment Re:Got that, Microsoft shills? (Score 4, Informative) 159

Sorry but Spybot Anti-Beacon is frankly magic beans, as a big part of their "security" is using HOSTS files which has already been proven to be completely ineffective because MSFT hardcoded the IP addresses into the spyware programs themselves.

Hmmm...I've seen that behavior before at the shop, where did I see that? Oh yeah....malware.

Comment Re:And this is why my primary browser isn't Firefo (Score 3, Insightful) 156

I am because those "flash Exploits" are damned near all executing JavaScript which is the REAL threat here, you get rid of that stinking pile of offal that is JavaScript? I seriously doubt flash or any other plugin would be a problem.

Oh and lets not kid ourselves about Flash being dropped, mmkay? It didn't have shit to do with security it had to do with Apple not wanting games running outside the iStore and because all the content creators kiss the iAss for fear of not getting a shot at the iMoney they went along with it.

And what did we get to replace it, A proprietary as fuck DRM filled mess that is HTML V5 which is practically a love letter to Apple and MSFT...yeah because THAT is progress. say what you want about Adobe but 1.- they let anyone bundle flash into any OS, be it FOSS or proprietary, 2.- They even allowed FOSS alternatives like gnash to be developed...you think MPEG-LA is gonna tolerate that shit with H.265?

Lets face it the whole thing is a giant clusterfuck right now, with the corps racing to see who can make HTML V5 the most nasty and content creators cheering all the way because God forbid they offend the great and mighty Apple. Mark my words in 5 years you'll be BEGGING for something like Flash because all we will have is paywalled DRM content with unskippable malware ridden ads and none of it will play unless you are on the latest corporate approved OS.

Comment Re:And this is why my primary browser isn't Firefo (Score 1) 156

Not to mention Flash is NOT the danger...its JavaScript.

I can surf all day long with Flash on a JavaScript disabled browser without a care in the world because even the flash exploits are using JavaScript but if you surf without Flash but allowing JavaScript without Adblock or even better NoScript then guess what? Its gonna get pwned.

So until we deal with the stinking rotting elephant in the room that is JavaScript and kill it deader than the blink tag? Then all this shit is for naught, its just a waste of time. If FF wanted to protect their users it would come with adblocking and JavaScript disabled by default, this? This is security theater, nothing more.

Comment Re: What could possibly go wrong? (Score 3, Informative) 126

Well when you can't get the OS to stop calling home despite flipping every switch, disabling multiple programs AND using reg hacks I'd say it really doesn't matter WHAT information they are collecting, the simple fact that I have zero control over what my OS is doing is enough to consider it malware.

Comment This ignores the rotting elephant in the room.. (Score 1, Insightful) 167

Which is that JavaScript is toxic and MUST be replaced. You remove JavaScript from the equation? Suddenly all the nasties just disappear.

So I really don't care what language they write their video player or whatever in because until we deal with the rotting elephant carcass that is JavaScript I just don't see this change doing jack squat in the long run.

Comment Re:Rent-Seeking (Score 2) 157

"Like last week's "revelation" that the latest Win10 build includes some SUBSCRIPTIONTHING.EXE and folks like you coming out of the woodwork to say "I told you so", despite Microsoft very, very clearly explaining that the file had nothing to do with Pro/Home installs and was purely for Enterprise"

Yeah about that....then WTF was it doing in a HOME OS, care to answer me that? Last I checked Windows Insiders are NOT testing Enterprise Products, all the Insiders get is the Home/Pro version. And please do not forget it won't have been the first time MSFT has lied to our faces, remember "The Kinect is an integral part of the Xbox One, we can't just flip a switch" until they did exactly that?

I'm sorry but this past year with all the underhanded shit we have seen with Win 10 has proven to just about everybody that they simply cannot be trusted anymore, hell they have made Windows Update into a risk because "no means no" is something nobody has taught to MSFT. The sad part is I NEVER thought I'd see the day where I would actually miss Steve Ballmer but Nutella and all his underhanded crap pushing Windows 10 makes me actually miss the big sweaty monkey.

BTW for those that want to lock in the "free upgrade" in case the hackers figure out a way to kill all the spying? Here is a tutorial on how to lock in the upgrade without actually installing win 10 which is a hell of a lot quicker than having to install then roll back to a decent version.

Comment Re:The Taste must have been fired also (Score 1) 474

Thanks for the advice but we have to go to the local Walmart market at least once a week so the wife can get one of their sugar free apple pies, quite good and the calories are surprisingly low.

Sadly we don't get Tastykake here, at least I've never seen it . All the store carry IIRC "Johnsons" which is just SLIGHTLY better than Hostess but not by much, still mostly HFCS and fake flavoring. That is why I've given up on Hostess for Lil Debbie, their new Zebra Rolls are nothing but shit that is bad for you but...damn they taste good and are just the perfect size to pop one in between dogfights, give me some Zebra rolls and a couple bottles of Gatorade and I'm ready for some serious jet grinding in War Thunder, sooo perfect a combo.

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