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    Sony GDM-FW900 CRT Monitor Brand NEW in BOX

    I recently purchased a smaller/non-special NIB Sony CRT. Even compared to my LG OLED@120Hz it's insane what we had to give up in terms of motion clarity, contrast, and picture quality when CRTs were phased out.
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    Hogwarts Legacy

    In 2022 it **absolutely** is a reason to suspect future microtransaction bullshit. I'm still looking forward to the game - as long as it's 100% singleplayer and offline.
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    Hogwarts Legacy

    Yeah I remember reading that too - but timers like that worry me about always-online requirements as well.
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    Hogwarts Legacy

    Oh fuck - I realize it's just a timer but this does not bode well imo
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    Elden Ring (From Software RPG)

    https://old.reddit.com/r/Eldenring/comments/tlpp9w/input_reading_be_like/ I never noticed this cheap cheese in previous Soulsborne games - or at least never to this extent. Granted I didn’t play Sekiro and if comments are to be believed that game also included input reading and bosses doing...
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    Nvidia hit with a Major Cyberattack

    There are two potential issues at play here and a semi-third specifically about leaks like this: 1) exact copy-pasta of the leaked proprietary code: nobody in (FL)OSS does this (or if they do they are braindead) since it’s a recipe for lawsuits 2) writing new code based on leaked proprietary...
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    Nvidia hit with a Major Cyberattack

    It can potentially be a National Security disaster if the leaked data includes export-controlled design data (iirc this is usually some gnarly floating-point or cryptography designs). What I'm really curious about is if Nvidia will face Federal charges in such a scenario. Having worked at some...
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    Microsoft to Remove Ability to Install Win 11 Pro Without Being Online and Signing in to Microsoft Account

    Still not nearly as bad as the "stick your head up Microsoft's butthole so far that you can see the cloud(s)" approach.
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    Elden Ring (From Software RPG)

    What didn't you like about it?
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    Elden Ring (From Software RPG)

    I keep putting the PS5 version into my cart on Amazon and logging out - FFS.
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    Elden Ring (From Software RPG)

    I'll take From's 90s UI over whatever embedded web-browser UI bullshit most other "modern" games do these days :p I play From games for the gameplay, character customization and builds, and immersive/moody environments - never cared about the story personally.
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    Elden Ring (From Software RPG)

    Ah yup you're right, I didn't realize Elden Ring is DX12 - my bad.
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    Elden Ring (From Software RPG)

    You can try DXVK on windows: https://old.reddit.com/r/pcgaming/comments/mlfcsc/a_guide_to_dxvk_on_windows/ This may be relevant from that Reddit thread:
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    Elden Ring (From Software RPG)

    Very possible - I played Bloodborne and DS3 on a PS4 at janky-not-always 30FPS and I wasn't bothered at the time. I'm more talking about all the balance patches, fixes, and additional content.
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    Elden Ring (From Software RPG)

    I'm just going to wait for the PS5 GOTY edition w/ all DLCs. I learned my lesson w/ DS2 and DS3. From makes fantastic games, but like most developers the sensible choice is to just wait :/
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    Microsoft to Remove Ability to Install Win 11 Pro Without Being Online and Signing in to Microsoft Account

    Theres no point in debating with people who have a surface, consumer-level understanding of how any of this works at best and start passive aggressively lashing out when confronted with that lack of knowledge.
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    Microsoft to Remove Ability to Install Win 11 Pro Without Being Online and Signing in to Microsoft Account

    A lot of games: https://www.protondb.com/ You have to enable proton manually in the Steam UI: https://www.howtogeek.com/738967/how-to-use-steams-proton-to-play-windows-games-on-linux/ I’d say give it a try - you might be pleasantly surprised how many games and how well they run. But anyways -...
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    Microsoft to Remove Ability to Install Win 11 Pro Without Being Online and Signing in to Microsoft Account

    I did not make an argument, I made a statement of why Linux binaries are not required to play Windows games on Linux these days. You are correct, Proton does use Wine to translate Windows API calls to equivalent Linux syscalls. For DirectX calls however, Proton uses DXVK which transpiles...
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    Microsoft to Remove Ability to Install Win 11 Pro Without Being Online and Signing in to Microsoft Account

    That's not entirely correct; with the Valve-funded Proton (essentially a Winblows API and DirectX intercept and transpile layer) Linux-native binaries are not required.
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    Microsoft to Remove Ability to Install Win 11 Pro Without Being Online and Signing in to Microsoft Account

    Pretty sure you meant "conducive" - but don't take my word for it, go check yourself.
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    Microsoft to Remove Ability to Install Win 11 Pro Without Being Online and Signing in to Microsoft Account

    It's bad because Microsoft manufactures an OS which runs on independently manufactured HW. MS has no right to control **my** general computing devices which I **choose** to (or not) run MS products on. Period. I don't disagree about Google and Apple - but the difference is that both companies...
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    Microsoft to Remove Ability to Install Win 11 Pro Without Being Online and Signing in to Microsoft Account

    Yeah the mental gymnastics of "Linux bad because I need to edit text files for configuration" vs "Windoze good because run this random script and do all these silly things to bypass what MS wants" makes zero sense to me. Why is actively **fighting** against your OS for usability better than...
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    Microsoft to Remove Ability to Install Win 11 Pro Without Being Online and Signing in to Microsoft Account

    Oh please. Lets see: MS consistently (for the past few years) comes up with various (and nefarious) ways to remove local accounts altogether and make online-only accounts a requirement for installation, completely overreaches in making a TPM a requirement in the name of "security" (for whom...
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    The best terrible games

    Lords of Magic (Special Edition) - I think this was actually my first PC game. It was incredibly buggy but I still spent many many hours trying out the various factions, classes, and scenarios. The SE release supposedly fixed most of the serious bugs but I distinctly remember random crashes and...
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    Total War Warhammer 3

    That combined with Denuvo is just a complete shitshow of anti-consumer practices. I guess we will see what the WH3 Linux port looks like. The WH2 native Linux release dropped denuvo (at least I can’t find any trace of it).
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    Total War Warhammer 3

    I've given up trying to understand that nation and its citizens.
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    Total War Warhammer 3

    That’s ironic considering the unfortunate but obvious pandering to China by CA (and GW) with the MOBA-fied art style and Cathay. I think I’ll stick w/ WH2 for now - mods might help in the future.
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    Elden Ring (From Software RPG)

    Yeah it's not hard but I consider that entire fight just tedious and boring - also cheap because that asshole can occasionally one-shot you with an attack that iirc is not always possible to avoid.
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    Elden Ring (From Software RPG)

    Let’s hope it’s actually challenging from a mechanics perspective and not just cheap and tedious like the “hidden” dragon boss fight in DS2.
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    Intel Software Defined silicon coming soon to a Linux Distro near you!

    More fucking rent seeking - why am I not surprised. What is genuinely surprising is just how many idiots are willing to bend over for this kind of consumer anti-pattern.
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    HardOCP.com: Status Quo is No Mo

    Hard disagree. I will always value quality longform articles with “boring” numbers over flashy, “smash that subscribe button!!!1”, ad-infested “tech”tubers. Yes that means I may have to pay for such content as I used to for print magazines. FWIW I can still quote older in-depth anand tech...
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    Elden Ring (From Software RPG)

    Thankfully I will only play this game in offline mode on my PS5. Don’t need any Tencent spyware on my machines.
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    HardOCP.com: Status Quo is No Mo

    Spot on with regards to MSRP. I'd only like to add that similar to magic-bucks valuations for companies in the stock market, physical products are now also moving to this imaginary value land. Previous MSRP was (at least in theory) based on a BOM and expected profit margins. No MSRP means that...
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    God of War (Confirmed) - Official Thread

    One million smart people not willingly paying money and giving up their data to Tencent...
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    God of War (Confirmed) - Official Thread

    Yup - I decided to stick with the game just a bit past my usual "this is a waste of time" threshold. Combat really started to open up and the story got more interesting as well! Now I have the opposite problem of not getting anything else done besides GoW...
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    God of War (Confirmed) - Official Thread

    I'm having a real hard time trying to get into this game. The combat feels anemic (the only other melee combat games I've played in the last 5 years or so were Soulsborne and Mordhau), the story is boring so far, and the weirdly repressed (how many times is Kratos about to comfort Boy and then...
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    Industria

    Wow - the frame stuttering in those gameplay trailers is unreal.
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    Intel Pressuring Board Partners to remove features from Alder Lake via bios update for "Product Segmentation"

    Encryption and decryption - especially AES-GCM which iirc is still used by all browsers for HTTPS (I worked on some SIMD accelerated cryptography assembly code for a non-x86 platform and spent a LOT of time in browser cryptography backends) - ie. every time you send/receive data from a website...
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    Official PS5 Thread

    I have the v1 dbrand plates. The set does include a high quality, matte black vinyl cover for the “middle” part of the console - but the exterior plates are actual plates and replace the default white ones. I paid $60 so pricing on the official ones seems fair if the quality is similar (ie...
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    S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2: Heart of Chernobyl

    This was the slavjank one - highly recommended! https://www.moddb.com/mods/solyanka
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