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    Questions about Corsair RMX PSUs, and PSUs in general

    There's a 2021 version of the 1000 watt RMX, and a newer one, presumably 2022. The 2021 version is being price-dumped pretty hard right now. 2021 one: https://www.amazon.ca/CORSAIR-SeriesTM-RM1000x-Modular-Supply/dp/B08R5PH1VY/ Newer one...
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    Phil Spencer, Microsoft's Executive VP of Gaming, advocates for game preservation

    Microsoft gaming chief calls for industry-wide game preservation Microsoft's Phil Spencer Wants the Gaming Industry to Embrace Game Preservation Through Emulation Why modern consoles can’t just “run any… older executable” I really like this quote: "I think in the end, if we said, 'Hey...
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    The EU's Court of Justice rules people are entitled to repair their purchased software, and may decompile it in order to do so

    The European Union's highest court ruled on October 6 that people may decompile their software if necessary to fix its intended function. The Court of Justice previously, in 2012, ruled that people own the specific copies of software that they purchase: "the copyright holder transfers the...
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    Huawei's Meng Wangzhou leaves Canada and returns to China as US charges dropped

    Meng Wangzhou believed to have left Canada after B.C. court drops extradition case Huawei executive to be freed after deal with US prosecutors I wonder if the case being dropped will lead to the two Canadians held in China on espionage charges being released. I also wonder if this might...
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    Which should I get: Samsung Galaxy S10, Pixel 4A 5G, or something else?

    These phones go for $400 - $500 CAD used (someone only used for a few months), and I'm looking for a like-new second-hand phone in this price range. I don't follow phone news, and I wonder what people recommend. With my phone, I text, do a small bit of browsing, take photos, record audio, some...
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    Microsoft announces they've completed their acquisition of ZeniMax

    Following approval from the EU yesterday (thanks jfreund) for the $7.5 billion acquisition, Microsoft has today announced that they now own ZeniMax. Officially Welcoming Bethesda to Team Xbox As said in the press release, included in the sale are: Bethesda Game Studios id Software ZeniMax...
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    Bethesda is embroiled in a new potentially billion-dollar lawsuit which could delay Microsoft's acquisition of ZeniMax

    Bethesda faces broad class-action lawsuit over Fallout 4 DLC as Microsoft takeover looms A clarification there: Robert Altman was ZeniMax' co-founder, not sole founder. And he was basically a scumbag who stole the company from Bethesda's founder, Christopher Weaver. And his litigious and...
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    World Wide Web creator, Tim Berners-Lee, sad to see his invention being used for evil, hatches plan to take it back

    Tim Berners-Lee’s plan to save the internet: give us back control of our data World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee takes on Google, Facebook, Amazon to fix the internet That sounds like a silly conclusion, to me. Yes, personal data shouldn't be looked-at firstly as monetary value...
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    Canada and US: LG 32" 144Hz VA-panel 1440P Gaming Monitor with FreeSync (works in G-Sync Compatible) - $399 CAD with free shipping / $299 USD

    Thanks to Krenum for bringing the monitor to my attention. LG 32GK650F-B 32" VA-panel 144hz FreeSync monitor with height-adjustment, rotate, and pivot. It's 20% / $100 off, at $399, and is sold and shipped by Amazon - which should mean hassle-free returns and exchanges, if it's needed. For...
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    G-Sync Compatible isn't working after installing RTX 3080

    I have an HP Omen 32 monitor which I usually run at 75hz, but sometimes at an overclocked 90hz for some games. I've used Custom Resolution Utility to increase the VRR range of the HP Omen 32 to around 38 - 95hz. I've used G-Sync Compatible with my GTX 1070 and HP Omen 32 since GSC became...
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    The RTX 3080 benchmark results you've been waiting for

    Sure, an RTX 3080 in a modern powerful system delivers high FPS. No surprise, big whoop. But how does one fare when sorely bottlenecked by an old overclocked Sandy Bridge i7 2600k with 16GB of 1866 Mhz DDR3 RAM? That's surely what everyone has been asking themselves since the RTX 3080 was...
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    Big SSD deals for Canada and US: 2TB Sabrent Rocket PCIE4 NVMe - $399 CAD; 2TB Samsung 970 Evo Plus - $250 USD

    For Canadians: Sabrent 2TB Rocket Nvme PCIe 4.0 M.2 2280 Internal SSD https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07TN1MNJ4 Current price: $399.99 with free Shipping - There also seems to be no tax added to the order, which is shipped by Amazon, upon checking out. Regular price: $699.99 CAD $300.00 (43%) off...
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    How will AMD's lower latency designs (Infinity Cache, Smart Access Memory) be experienced in-game?

    I'm curious about the lower latency thing. I thought I saw a slide shown by AMD suggesting 20+ ms reduced latency with their new tech. Is that latency between information moving from the VRAM to the CPU, or information leaving the GPU to reach the monitor... or what? In what way will the...
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    Epic Games integrates into GoG, and Tim Sweeney advocates for universal game ownership across all platforms

    GoG has announced that Epic Games now has official integration with Goglaxy 2.0. https://twitter.com/GOGGalaxy/status/1285175458791854080 Following that announcement, Tim Sweeney went on Twitter advocating for "universal ownership" of digital items - meaning the games and DLC that people...
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    Bill Gates, Airbus, Softbank back EarthNow plan to cover Earth with real-time video surveillance satellites

    Bill Gates backs $1bn plan to cover earth in video surveillance satellites Bill Gates backs a $1 billion plan to cover Earth in 'Big Brother' satellites capable of streaming 'live and unfiltered' HD footage of the planet https://earthnow.com/ EarthNow's details of what could be seen with...
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    China dominating in the race to file tech patents

    According to a study by Nikkei, as of 2017, China was the world's leading tech patent filer in 9 out of 10 categories. That represents a notable change from pre 2013, when the US typically held the lead in half of the 10 categories, while China didn't even hold the 2nd position in half of the...
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    California's new data and privacy rights in effect as of today - Microsoft pledges US-wide applicati

    Today is a great day for data ownership and privacy rights, because, as of today, California's Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) comes into force in California, greatly strengthening data and data-privacy rights for Californians and beyond. Microsoft has posted that they will apply California's new...
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    Privacy search-engine company DuckDuckGo submits “The Do-Not-Track Act of 2019” to improve online pr

    The creators of privacy-based search-engine DuckDuckGo have written proposed legislation for the US that would enforce greater privacy of online user data when people enable Do Not Track features in their browser. As DuckDuckGo write, currently many websites ignore when people enable the Do Not...
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    Microsoft continues to back off of UWP programs, Win32 re-"elevated to full status"

    After seemingly trying to use UWP to turn Microsoft Store into another Apple Store to create Microsoft hegemony of 3rd-party Windows program sales, Microsoft has tacitly conceded, concerning yet another of their features, that what they wanted is not what everybody else wanted or what was good...
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    Excellent Accursed Farms video on software ownership rights and need for advocacy

    Just as how "Windows as a service" is sheer disingenuous propaganda meant to subdue Windows owners into accepting whatever garbage Microsoft pushes on them while Windows is actually by legal definition a product and a good, there are similar questions to be raised about "games as a service"...
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    Call of Duty: Ghosts meets real-life in Venezuela

    2014 article: 'Call of Duty' Creators Collaborated With Pentagon Adviser in Upcoming Videogame After Modern Warfare 3 released in 2011, Call of Duty: Black Ops II released in 2012, and then Call of Duty: Ghosts released in 2013. The seventh mission of Call of Duty: Ghosts is called...
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    For Canadians: $188 CAD Samsung 860 EVO 1 TB / $199 CAD for M.2 860 EVO (13 hours left)

    New Egg Canada, Canada Computers, and Memory Express all have their Samsung EVO drives on sale right now, and the 1 TB Samsung 860 EVO is on sale for $219 CAD on all of their websites. The New Egg Canada eBay store has an ever better price, putting the 1 TB Samsung 860 EVO on sale for $208 CAD...
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    Is 1 TB SSD likely to be cheaper than this sale price next year?

    I can get a 1 TB Samsung 860 EVO on sale for $188 CAD right now, which is about $143 USD. Is that a good price, or am I better off waiting until sometime next year? I don't desperately need the extra space, but I've been planning to replace the 250 GB SSD I use as a boot drive right now, and...
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    Shadow Warrior Classic Complete, Bio Menace, Tyrian 2000, Stargunner free on GoG

    4 classic PC games, filled with pixely goodness, free on GoG. https://www.gog.com/game/shadow_warrior_complete https://www.gog.com/game/bio_menace https://www.gog.com/game/tyrian_2000 https://www.gog.com/game/stargunner Shadow Warrior is an excellent game by the same people that made Duke...
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    Tech giants trying to stop impending vote on opting-out of collection / sale of personal data

    Google And Facebook Are Quietly Fighting California’S Privacy Rights Initiative, Emails Reveal Here's an excerpt from the article: If you hate that a large portion of your internet bill is subsidizing your ISP and online services' gathering of your personal data so that they can sell it for...
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    Is it possible to use Windows 10 drivers in Windows 7?

    I'm curious about the possibility of using a new motherboard's Windows 10 chipset drivers, or a new Windows 10 laptop's drivers in Windows 7. With the similarity and cross-compatibility between these OSes, I wonder if there's nothing specific to Windows 10 in their driver files that would...
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    Is it still possible to activate Windows 10 with a Win 7 / 8 license key?

    For a long time after the free upgrade offer ended, people were still able to register Windows 10 using their Windows 7 or 8 key. A few months ago this was still working when I tried it with a spare Windows 7 Ultimate license key. Has anyone tried it very recently, and can confirm whether it is...
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