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The Tech Fixes the PS3 Still Needs, Eight Years On

SScorpio Re:did they even think when they made that list? (99 comments)

The PS4 doesn't do PS1 at the moment either. But Sony is reportedly working local not PSNow, PS1 and PS2 emulation on the PS4. It's been rumored to all be disk based, but no confirmed information about how the backward compatibility will work has been released.

about a month ago
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The Tech Fixes the PS3 Still Needs, Eight Years On

SScorpio Re:Real tech fixes (99 comments)

The Blu Ray drive has nothing to do with the YLOD. Yes the laser can burn out, and I've had to do a single replacement.

YLOD is caused by micro fractures in solder eventually leading to connections failing. This is because the PS3 came out in 2006, which is the same time PC video cards were also combating the move away from lead based solder (thanks California, do you have that sign up that the state of California contains things known to cause cancer so anyone visiting or living there is aware?).

The YLOD and RROD caused both Sony and Microsoft to be very conservative with power and heat in the new console.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

SScorpio Ubiquiti EdgeRouter and UniFi (427 comments)

For the same price has the higher-end consumer stuff you can get pro-level equipment.

Grab an EdgeRouter Lite: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CPRVF5K/ for $95

and pair it with an UniFi AP: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004XXMUCQ/ for $68

The EdgeRouter is not as user friendly as DD-WRT/Tomato, its OS is based of Vyatta. It has three gigabit ports you decide what you want to do with. Have one WAN and two LAN? Sure. Dual WAN fail over with LAN? Ok. WAN, LAN, and DMZ? Yup. Need more? Get the standard non-lite, or even go Pro. Software configure wise they work exactly the same.

Having an AP separate from router is also nice. Keep the router in the basement near the drop. Then just run CAT to a central area. The UniFi only has a single Ethernet connector and requires PoE which it includes an adapter for. It also supports seamless hand off, so if you have more than one, you can transition between them, and your network connection will stay open.

about a month and a half ago
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Watch Dogs Graphics and Gameplay: PC Vs. Xbox One, With Surprising Results

SScorpio Multiple PCs and multiple copies (210 comments)

Family sharing isn't a great solution. A library can only be accessed once, so you if are playing a game on your main PC someone else spouse/kid can't be on another playing a game out of the same library. The only real solution is for non-online games which is to go into Steam offline mode and the games can be accessed on two different machines.

Sony's system on the PS4 is slightly better. On machine is defined as the account's "home" system. Any content is then accessible from any other account logged into that console. You can then sign into another console with the account and access all of the content. Locking online multiplayer behind a pay service sucks, but the ability to play online is also shared with on the "home" system. So if you bought games digitally on one main account, you can easily play the same copy online with another person.

about 2 months ago
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Retail Radeon R9 290X Graphics Cards Slower Than AMD's Press Samples

SScorpio Re:More or less (111 comments)

Will gamers see that much of an improvement? The PS4 and Xbone being x86 hardware is nice as the excuses on why a port to PCs can't happen, but both consoles are pretty sad when compared to current mid-range PCs let alone a high-end rig. The Xbone one is struggling to hit 1080p while the PS4 is hitting it, but at 30fps. This is matching or lower than the performance of a current mid-range PC and the performance gap will only widen.

It's good that AMD was able to get the contracts to get income as they have been struggling lately, but the Radeon 7000 series was a big of a disappointment, and were rumors of Nvidia branding the GTX660 as the GTX680 and the Titan was supposed to be the original GTX680. AMD new series is all rebranded cards save for the R9 290 and 290X. The cards a cheaper compared to Nvidia's offering, but they run hot and loud. Plus this article is discussing performance issues so maybe they aren't as good as the original look into them lead everyone to believe.

AMD really needs to buckle down and hit one out of the park. The Bulldozer was a dud, so the processor side of the business is also without a hit. I thought we might see the beginnings of an PC architecture redesign once you look at the new consoles, but I don't believe that anymore. I'm not hopefully that Kaveri is going to be the strike again Intel that AMD needs like the glory days of the Athlon 64 vs the Pentium 4, nor AMD releasing a GPU in the coming year that will force Nvidia to stop coasting along and release a highend card that is 80% of Titan SLI performance on a single card.

about 10 months ago
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Retail Radeon R9 290X Graphics Cards Slower Than AMD's Press Samples

SScorpio Re:Yeah (111 comments)

Intel should can compete just fine in the low end market, and is starting to poke their nose into the mid-range. You can play Battlefield 4 with the integrated graphics of an i5/i7 desktop Haswell chip at 720p and low settings at 30fps.

Desktop processors running Iris Pro graphics may let Intel start stealing the spot light from AMD's APUs. I wouldn't count on Intel diving into the high-end market, so hopefully Nvidia won't be killed off. I also believe Nvidia has foreseen the end of themselves being anything but a high-end option and has innovated with PhysX, 3d Vision, and the new GSync.

about 10 months ago
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EU Plastic Bag Debate Highlights a Wider Global Problem

SScorpio Re:Solution (470 comments)

I've had them overflowing with 12oz glass bottles I'm taking back to the store and the bags have survived multiple trips. I've had more issues with the handles on plastic bags ripping apart.

Recycling is a non-issue. And get this, it promotes the growth of more trees which will be used for paper.

about 10 months ago
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Ars Checks Out CyanogenMod's New Installer

SScorpio Re:FOR-PROFIT CORP !! NO THANX !! (143 comments)

Or you could buy a unlocked Nexus 5 directly from Google which supports LTE on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

about 10 months ago
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US Postal Service To Make Sunday Deliveries For Amazon

SScorpio Re:Obligatory note: the USPS is intentionally brok (258 comments)

Nope, but the USPS has seen a drastic increase in the number of packages which carry higher postage charges. When teleportation/replication becomes widespread, that's when they will need to worry.

about 10 months ago
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Intel Open-Sources Broadwell GPU Driver & Indicates Major Silicon Changes

SScorpio Re:Intel is keeping pace (103 comments)

Why 1080p @60fps? Both the PS4 and Xbone will only be 30fps at the majority of games at 1080p. If Intel can reach parity with on board graphics to the new consoles that are just coming out they will have eaten into AMD's APU lead, since Intel currently crushes AMD when it comes to CPU performance.

about a year ago
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New Standard For Website Authentication Proposed: SQRL (Secure QR Login)

SScorpio Re:What problem? (234 comments)

Maybe you should read the spec: https://www.grc.com/sqrl/phishing.htm

It says right on the page that an active attack could be mounted if you use a cross device authentication like you'd use in a public computer setting.

The computer you are accessing the site from it at a phishing site that displays an active QR code to log you into the real site.

Your cellphone you authenticate with is accessing the Internet via a cellular data connection so the IP of the computer and cellphone would be different.

Since a cellular-connected, camera-enabled device can be expected to have a different IP than any cross-device computer you're logging into, the SQRL client will usually be configured not to request any same-IP enforcement from the remote web server. In this instance, same-IP policy driven phishing detection countermeasures will not be available so the user will need to be vigilant about the sites being logged into in these cross-device circumstances.

The IP check would work if authenticating off a single device like a laptop, but it doesn't solve the public computer access problem that Steve Gibson was touting as solved.

about a year ago
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New Standard For Website Authentication Proposed: SQRL (Secure QR Login)

SScorpio Re:What problem? (234 comments)

I don't see a comparison of ip addresses stopping a malicious site from pulling a real QR code and presenting it to the user who then authorizes the session. The fake page would then be logged in as the user and could do whatever it wanted.

This was the first thing I thought of as I was listening to the initial discussion.

Using it solely for unimportant account would make it more secure than using Facebook to log into other sites. At least the phisher would only get access as a single session rather than potentially tricking a user to giving them their Facebook login which they could then do more with.

about a year ago
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New Standard For Website Authentication Proposed: SQRL (Secure QR Login)

SScorpio Re:Any better than SSL client certs? (234 comments)

The point is to allow access to a site from a public computer that may be compromised without needing to enter your credentials on the site.

about a year ago
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New Standard For Website Authentication Proposed: SQRL (Secure QR Login)

SScorpio Re:What problem? (234 comments)

One of the main things it's supposed to address is to allow secure login from a public computer. A computer could have a software or hardware key logger, but since the authentication is handled by the phone you control it doesn't matter.

It also has a unique ID that's based on a hash of the site you are authenticating with, so accounts at different sites can't be tied together unless you give the site something like an alias or your email address.

This does raise the problem in that it makes your phone the keys to the kingdom, but having something like this for throw away accounts for posting on a forum wouldn't be bad. It would be like OpenID, I wouldn't use it for something like my banking account which I wouldn't access from a public computer anyways. But it addresses the issue that people generally use one email address and one password to access every site they go to.

about a year ago
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PS Vita TV's Killer App: Remote Play

SScorpio Re:Killer App? Really? (134 comments)

The PS4 has a dedicated encoder chip to compress the streams. It's been rumored that it will take about 5Mbps for this to work.

The Vita TV supports an wired Ethernet connection as well as 802.11N so bandwidth shouldn't be an issue. If the connection does require 5Mbps, it might work decently when streaming outside your home to a Vita, or maybe a Vita TV in a hotel room.

1 year,9 days
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PS Vita TV's Killer App: Remote Play

SScorpio Re:Wait... Hasn't... What? (134 comments)

It could for a very limited number of games. Vita remote play supposed is supposedly going to be put into more of the games. This also allows you to play on another TV rather than just a handheld. I have two PS3 just so I can play games in different rooms, this would allow me to have a single PS4, and a $100 Vita TV.

Of course I also still have my normal Vita which I can stream games to as well and play anywhere.

1 year,9 days
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Windows 8.1 RTM Trickling Out, With Start Menu and Boot-to-Desktop

SScorpio Re:Too little too late (496 comments)

If you want to modify system settings windows key+x or right clicking the bottom left or start button if you are on 8.1 will give you a menu that blows away at 7 let you immediately access.

Someone clicking the start menu or using the windows key may have pinned favorites they access all the time. The start screen allows you to pin a lot more on it. And 8.1 gives you a small item size so you can fit even more.

The way I used to use the Vista/7 start menu was just pressing the windows key and then typing the name of the program I want. The start screen works the same way without you needing to bring up the search charm. Just press open the start screen and start typing.

Where I thing Microsoft messed up was forcing all of the metro apps on desktop users. The default PDF and image handlers are horrible. Thankfully the desktop version for the picture viewer is still included. A simple option to allow a user to use all of the new metro or fall back to the desktop mode of apps would have kept away a lot of confusion. Especially when the metro apps act as a walled garden and don't give you easy access to your files.

1 year,26 days
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Adobe's Creative Cloud Illustrates How the Cloud Costs You More

SScorpio Re:Something Microsoft got mostly right w/ Office3 (403 comments)

If the boxed versions of CS weren't DRM'd to hell and didn't require periodic calls back to the mothership you might have a point.

about a year ago
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Adobe's Creative Cloud Illustrates How the Cloud Costs You More

SScorpio Re:Lots of advantages, none for the customer (403 comments)

These are still normal applications you install on your computer. The only "Cloud" is the online storage, and you install the application from the web. The software complains every 30 days for you to authenticate it, but it will run for three months without re-authentication. But you can run it day to day without an Internet connection.

about a year ago
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Adobe's Creative Cloud Illustrates How the Cloud Costs You More

SScorpio Re:Something Microsoft got mostly right w/ Office3 (403 comments)

Spending $2k and getting four years of usage isn't a very good deal compared to this new offer.

CS6 Master Collection retails for $2,600, though it's on sale for $2,100 on Amazon. $50/month x 48 = $2,400 so $300 more over those four years. Spreading out the cost of the purchase and getting all updated versions seems like the better deal.

about a year ago

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