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I get the appeal of the “best of the best” but a few years ago I decided to only buy components and tech in general with efficiency in mind, and I’m so happy.

My RTX 4060 Ti runs everything but stays surprisingly cool for a GPU, gets by with my 500W PSU with power to spare, is stone silent, and everything fits in a nice small form factor case. My computer is silent, cool and wastes very little power. This is also how I’m choosing phones and many other tech gadgets nowadays.

Having your product be so demanding you need to create a new connector to retrofit into old style power supplies, and then having it melt because even your own adaptor can’t handle the power, is not a good idea at all.

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I guess one could make the argument that if it’s so tightly within spec that minor errors can cause catastrophic failure, it can’t really handle it.

But it can also be said that this is just user error being reported as “Nvidia bad” because this farms clicks and up votes.

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If a partial connection, a very common event, is not problematic with other GPUs but very problematic with this one - yes, it’s correct to affirm being so tightly within spec is a problem, as deviations in real world usage are more than expected.

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You can quite easily tell Windows not to install future feature updates, getting only the security patches. Though myself, personally, just block updates entirely if I need to run Windows at all.

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I have a “femdom wife forcing you to install Debian” fetish

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I disagree - Linux actually tanks GPU performance if you’re VRAM limited. It’s extremely unfortunate, as many games now have atrocious VRAM usage for no particular reason.

If you’re not limited though, you’re absolutely right, the difference is minimal and generally within margin of error. Some CPU bound games are better on Linux though, in a measurable way, specially if you’re running bleeding edge distros.

EDIT: guys I use and love Linux, but we don’t have to downvote me to pretend it’s perfect, how about a DXVK developer confirming what I said.

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Life is so much better after I gave up on these atrocious media boxes and TV operating systems and just use a small computer connected to the TV.

I control the interface, I control the connection, it works perfectly. Steam Link for games, Jellyfin for media - always working, never showing ads, never bothering me with accounts or updates.

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I have a little cheapo Chinese Bluetooth keyboard thingy. It’s very small, with a keyboard and trackpad. I also use my Xbox controller, which works great with Steam’s UI.

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Here’s what I use but for the love of God do not pay 21 USD for this thing. Not sure why prices are bizarre in the US, but here in Brazil I paid what would convert to around 8 USD for it.

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I didn’t follow a guide, but there are many good ones online.

For games, really just install Steam on your main computer and the TV client, make sure Remote Play is configured to use the most out of your connection and set to the desired resolution. This is about it.

For torrents, you want a downloading client (I use qBittorrent), software that will automatically download movies and TV shows based on what you want (Sonarr, Radarr, all the *Arr stuff) and some server that will store the media and organize it in a “Netflix-like” easy to use interface, for that I use Jellyfin on my main PC.

So in short, for games, I open Steam Big Picture, select the game, I’m playing. For media, my PC downloads everything I want at night and during the day it’s all there with subtitles, episodes, descriptions, etc, ready to play by opening up Jellyfin. It’s mostly hands off, but the initial setup can be a bit painful if you’ve never used these tools before, specially dealing with the *Arr setup.

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That’s absolutely correct, and something to keep in mind in case you’re already stressed out with work or lacking free time.

Nowadays, after the initial setup, tools like Sonarr rarely give me trouble - but once I a while I’ll have to sit down and resolve a conflict with file naming, for instance. Or when series have weird releases like animes breaking naming conventions for seasons.

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As a biologist, I’m always extremely frustrated at how parts of the general public believe they can just ignore our entire field of study and pretend their common sense and Google is equivalent to our work. “race is a biological fact!”, “RNA vaccines will change your cells!”, “gender is a biological fact!” and I was about to comment how other natural sciences have it good… But thinking about it, everyone suddenly thinks they’re a gravity and quantum physics expert, and I’m sure chemists must also see some crazy shit online, so at the end of the day, everyone must be very frustrated.

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hunter2

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I’ll reinforce my comment from months ago: I have the latest version of Yuzu, the keys, the firmware, the Linux and Windows versions, and links to ROM sites, and I’ll distribute them forever to whoever asks in my DMs. I packaged them in a simple .zip with easy to follow instructions.

That said, why simply not use Ryujinx? Even on the Steam Deck performance is very good nowadays. Super Mario Wonder plays at 60 FPS on the Deck (though you need to enable a very simple mod that disables some weird function the game runs, otherwise it drops to 30 FPS all the time). In fact, for AMD GPUs, you’re doing yourself a huge favor by going Ryujinx over Yuzu and derivatives.

Ryujinx is solid, accurate and well known, it’s a trusted emulator. The Yuzu forks are unknown, managed by non experienced people (one was quite literally created by a teenager with zero coding knowledge) and extremely ephemeral.

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You correct in the statement Ryujinx aims for accuracy and does not implement certain performance workarounds Yuzu did. However, your comment is exaggerated. Even Ryujinx isn’t a cycle accurate emulator, nowhere close.

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Thanks for the very kind comment. Happy to hear you’re enjoying Yuzu :)

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It’s totally possible if they subsidize hardware costs and sell a PC with a fancy frontend and small form factor.

It’s completely impossible if they’re looking for custom hardware.

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I mean, that’s what all Steam Deck competitors really are. They’re Windows 11 with atrocious launchers on top, some of which acceptable and some very buggy, plus a literal standard AMD APU that AMD is selling by the bucket, and half of them share board designs sold by Chinese suppliers pretty much ready made.

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basic Windows and Office usage

lol

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And of course the fact this obviously creates the illusion there’s more product and therefore can trick customers it’s just a happy accident, right?

Fairbuds are Fairphone’s proof that we really could make better tiny gadgets (arstechnica.com)

But of course we all know that the big manufacturers don’t do this not because they can’t but because they don’t want to. Planned obsolescence is still very much the name of the game, despite all the bullshit they spout about sustainability.

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There are indeed good aspects to this product.

But I won’t join the “Fairphone good” circle jerk and give them the free publicity, because just like Apple and Samsung, they removed the headphone jack from their phones soon before the launch of these headphones, in other words, artificially creating the problem and need to sell you their expensive solution.

You don’t get to ride the “we are pro customer!” free publicity train while also wanting to be the next Apple.

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So? Their over ear Bluetooth headphones came out on Q1 2023. Two years developing a new category for your company sounds about right.

Plus, their phones are expected to be used for long, so if they wanted to push people towards Bluetooth they’d have to start early.

Plus, this is still irrelevant - how does the fact they screwed customers over in 2021 somehow make it better?

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Yep, same excuses as Apple.

Analogue connector too old, too big, hard to make modular. All proven false by a multitude of other devices.

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You think so? I don’t know… I mean, he did publish a book that detailed exactly how the crime happened and why but the title is called “If I Did It” not “I Did It” so we can’t be sure…

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I like that “AI Pin” sounds like “Aipim” in Portuguese which means cassava.

That’s all I like about this product. Everything else I profoundly dislike.

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I agree we should support him, but you know who should be more concerned with giving him and other open source maintainers money? The billion dollar corporations that rely on these critical projects and use them absolutely for free. Amazon, Microsoft, Sony, Samsung, Google, Siemens, Motorola, God knows how many more.

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I think it’s totally fine for a company to shut down the servers for a game…

…as long as they have a public tool to host your own server, free of any restrictions. They can also stop selling the game, but they can’t shut down the distribution for people who already paid for it, unless they straight up host it somewhere public and call it shareware from that point onwards.

Any other alternative is crazy. Imagine you buy a music vinyl, then 5 years later some Sony executive knocks on your door and says “hey you know we are shutting down, so imma need that disc you’ve bought I’m going to shatter it right now thanks”

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He’s just extremely angry because our current government made several deals with Chinese electric car manufacturers, which in turn quick started our electric car industry with several models that are significantly cheaper and better designed than Teslas, essentially making it impossible for his brand to ever get into the brazilian market. Oh, and we are also one of the largest groups still using Twitter.

The threat to Tesla and Twitter means he wanted to feed the opposition, which just meant jumping in at the easiest most surface level right wing conspiracy theory being shared around - Moraes and the Supreme Court actually interfered in the elections to elect Lula and they’re actually some occult power controlling the country. I would laugh, but a large chunk of the population is dumb enough to believe this tale.

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Here in Brazil it’s extremely common. Computer hardware is very expensive, which means most people don’t get the chance to buy individual components and learn about them - if you have to pay 20x the minimum wage for a computer, you’re not taking the chance of doing something wrong and breaking something.

So if most users aren’t familiar with hardware, a laptop is the way to go. This is very slowly changing as a desktop PC gaming setup is becoming more desirable on platforms like TikTok, it’s an “aesthetic” or something. Some games also simply will not run well on laptops, unless you buy those weird gigantic things with bizarre wind turbines and convoluted screen folding mechanisms, but those are even more expensive than desktop computers already are.

I absolutely love desktops though, so I’ve always built them. I’ve also had to explain to my family, on two separate instances, why the family computer no longer turns on lol

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That’s unfortunately not a thing here - offices and schools do not dump, discard or otherwise get rid of old equipment like that. We rarely do full upgrades. Usually they’ll upgrade to new computers only when absolutely needed, and the old one becomes the new secretary PC or a backup server or something. If it can’t be salvaged at all, it’s sold as scrap.

What is much more common are people riding the AliExpress combo of an Intel Xeon, a motherboard with some weird custom BIOS, and used GPUs.

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The idea that LLMs are just like how the brain works, except limited by running in a CPU, comes from software engineers - not neuroscientists.

Although there are many analogies that could be made between how CPUs do work and how the brain integrates information, they’re actually fundamentally different and use completely different logic.

You could, theoretically, create a computing language to work using neurons. And therefore you could also train machine learning algorithms. But that’s like using calculators to sum 2+2 by buying 4 calculators and putting them all together, rather than actually using what a calculator does to get the result, if you get what I mean.

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You can also use Obtainium to automatically check for new builds on GitHub and install them, so you can get it directly from there without worrying about the Play Store

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There’s a literal native toggle to disable Copilot so that’d be really weird.

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I really miss magazines. I know print media is pretty much not viable anymore… But is there somebody making digital gaming magazines still? I don’t mean having a website and calling your homepage a magazine, but those nice full page artworks, people paid to write content without the pressure of SEO, etc.

I’d pay for that.

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They’re not exactly “being blocked” but rather the legacy ability to tell explorer.exe to load the older style Taskbar, which those apps load then modify, is going away. I’m not defending this nor do I like it, but it would be like saying some Linux distro is BLOCKING customization because some legacy app dependent on Xorg will not work after they switch to Wayland.

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Not if you’re using the preview build, where the entire functionality is removed. The warning is just a preemptive preparation for beta users. The bottom of the article indirectly mentions this.

But sure, downvote me.

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The article is actually incomplete. Some insider builds already lack the old taskbar, it can’t be invoked and if an application relies on it you simply get a crash.

This is not new behavior from Windows. When legacy features are going to be removed, they do stagger updates when users have known software conflicts installed, they also might throw warnings. This is exactly what we are seeing now.

Though the fact this small article is just reporting on Reddit information rather than testing insider builds is not my fault nor my concern.

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Do we know if these emulators will support JIT? JIT has always been prohibited on iOS (which is why there are no browsers other than Safari - Firefox and Chrome on iOS are just a Safari WebView plus a crappy interface on top).

Even when sideloading emulators, you only get JIT by paying for a special developer license or using exploits on very specific iOS versions.

Without JIT, sure, go nuts emulating the NES… But forget about anything more demanding than a GameCube, or using this to run a VM or something.

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but requires you to be connected to the same network as a computer running altstore.

So you mean iOS doesn’t natively support JIT for App Store apps and requires hacky workarounds?

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I wonder how legislation is going to evolve to handle AI. Brazilian law would punish a newspaper or social media platform claiming that Iran just attacked Israel - this is dangerous information that could affect somebody’s life.

If it were up to me, if your AI hallucinated some dangerous information and provided it to users, you’re personally responsible. I bet if such a law existed in less than a month all those AI developers would very quickly abandon the “oh no you see it’s impossible to completely avoid hallucinations for you see the math is just too complex tee hee” and would actually fix this.

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So no, if this law came into effect, people would just stop using AI. And imo, they probably should stop for cases like this unless it has direct human oversight of everything coming out of it.

Then you and I agree. If AI can be advertised as a source of information but at the same time can’t provide safeguarded information, then there should not be commercial AI. Build tools to help video editing, remove backgrounds from photos, go nuts, but do not position yourself as a source of information.

Though if fixing AI is at all possible, even if we predict it will only happen after decades of technology improvements, it for sure won’t happen if we are complacent and do not add such legislative restrictions.

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Still far from ideal, though. My 2017 MacBook Air with a severely degraded battery lasts 4 hours on macOS, but only 2.5h on Ubuntu 24.04 using the power saving profile - and that’s with less intensive usage, as macOS keeps rendering gaussian blurs everywhere and launchpad and spotlight and all those annoying services.

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Not sure why your comment was downvoted, you’re actually correct, Windows is got better battery life. The only reason I’m not running it on this MacBook is an unpatched bug in the Intel HD Graphics driver that prevents it from working with newer Windows versions on MacBooks with this specific display adapter.

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I don’t touch Adobe software. Not only due to the abusive subscription, but even the pirated versions will install Creative Cloud and a thousand supporting applications that permanently modify your Windows shell, explorer, scheduled tasks and many more system features.

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Sumatra is fantastic for reading PDFs, but it can’t edit them. In that case I recommend PDF Gear.

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First thing I do when I open Firefox or Chrome for the first time is go into settings and disable the ability for websites to request notifications permissions

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For a few packages, yes. You can change this behavior, but there’s no GUI for it.

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“Playing card” company is a bit of an understatement. Nintendo was a grey market entertainment company - playing cards were banned in Japan, and a workaround was designing the cards with those beautiful drawings instead of suits. This is also why card companies were deeply associated with the Yakuza.

Nintendo also operated casinos and love hotels, with prostitutes. In fact, they did a lot of weird maneuvering during the launch of the Famicom to tip off the Yakuza, who wanted to keep their strong ties and get early access to the hardware.

There’s a whole book about how Nintendo and Sega had some crazy connections with the Yakuza and those shaped several projects in these companies.

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