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  2. roon215

    DiRT Rally is free to claim on Steam this time

    I am unable to download the game, what should I do? Will it not be gone charged na in future? plz tell how to install, there is no option to install it.
  3. The foldable devices you talk about are the usual clamshell laptop, flip phones from the 2000's, and convertible laptops like the Yoga right? This is tying to solve the issue of the new flexible display device which has the display over the hinge mechanism. You know, the new devices that haven't quite made it to mass market yet. My thought about the fully sealed/dust protection is that the fluid filled portions allow any dust or particles to be absorbed (not into it, but as in like a cat on a beanbag is absorbed) by that membrane, relieving pressure on the display above. Long term effectiveness? Who knows. It'll keep filling up till the pressure becomes too much.
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  5. Mindovermaster

    Whoops, CPU Power != PCIe Power

    He tells the truth...
  6. Unobscured Vision

    Whoops, CPU Power != PCIe Power

    That's an ouch. I bet you both felt horrible about that too. We've all had our "brain farts" that happen in IT. ALL of us. Long as they aren't repeated, eh? Chalk it up to "lesson learned".
  7. Story time. My brother called me up today and asked me to help him upgrade his home server. He has a home server that he uses for his family and himself, but when it comes to technical details, I help him with certain things, so once and a while he'll need help and I don't care a bit to run over and help him out. He had ordered a used Xeon processor, board and some ECC memory to upgrade his home server. We unpack everything, apply thermal paste, attach the CPU cooler, pull the old board out, stick the new board in, hook everything up, plug it in and bam, no life. Not even fan spin. During the installation of the new parts, my brother wanted to help so he sat across from me and when I asked for a cable, he handed it to me. I "did" notice when he handed me the CPU power connector that it was 6 pins instead of 8, but I've seen adapters for such a scenario, and seen boards, even in factory PCs, boot with a smaller adapter connected to it. I simply pointed out that he might want to consider getting an adapter so that his CPU can get the proper amount of power it wants. It never occurred to me to actually check the label on the connector. His kitchen had minimal overhead light, which meant I was working off ambient and a cell phone light, and he had told me it was CPU power, so I just assumed he was right. So after we realize it's not doing anything, we start taking things back apart and double checking things. Move the RAM sticks over into the other channel, try shorting the pins on the JF1 header with my pocket knife to make sure I hadn't misinterpreted the labeling, etc. And when I unplug the CPU power connector I just happened to glance down at it and see that it reads PCIe. A slight panic hit me. The plug FIT, there was no unusual force applied, it was keyed the same as the right 6 pins on the connector and it plugged right in as if that's where it was intended to be, albeit minus two pins, which like I said, I've seen before even in factory built PCs. I quickly fish out the correct CPU power plug and hold it up next to the PCIe power plug and sure enough, the +12V and ground pins are flipped, and the reality of what we just did hits me. We straight up just dead shorted his CPU. I tried plugging in the correct CPU power plug, and while the machine did power on and give us fan spin, it never did POST. No beeps, no video output, nothing, just fan spin and that was it. So, lesson learned, double check the labels coming from the power supply when plugging things in. Apparently just because something fits, doesn't mean that's where it's supposed to go.
  8. Looks great! It's been a long wait for the next great Platinum game and this is it! I wonder if they've hidden customization items from Nintendo franchises like they did with Bayonetta 2... You could look like Samus in that game if you wanted!
  9. Opinions vary. Some people don’t want all of their apps dark. There should be multiple choices, one of which is system controlled, which I assume isn’t a thing yet in this application. That sounds like a feature which should be standard for the whole desktop. It could be a button on the title bar or in the system menu that lets you toggle dark/light per window. It doesn't seem logical to re-implement this on a per-app basis. What if you want app A to be light and app B to be dark? How would you possibly implement that as standard for the whole desktop? That's what I mean, in the system menu of each window there could be a toggle, click on the menu item and it will get checked or unchecked, the OS could remember that. You'll have a default for the whole desktop, and can choose exceptions on a window by window basis using the system menu toggle, or I guess in the theme control panel you could set permanently what apps (from a checklist) would ignore the default. It shouldn't be something you have to hope each developer will independently implement, and hunt down the option wherever they decided to put it.
  10. Ask samsung That device hasn't been released yet. I wonder what the "other foldable devices" on the market are that "have had issues with foreign objects getting in those cavities" well this device isn't released yet either, but at least the samsung device was put in the wild for people to use when they found out about the issues Right, but anything else of note? Nothing seems to stand out...
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  12. Wtf is a liquid-powered hinge?
  13. Ask samsung That device hasn't been released yet. I wonder what the "other foldable devices" on the market are that "have had issues with foreign objects getting in those cavities" well this device isn't released yet either, but at least the samsung device was put in the wild for people to use when they found out about the issues
  14. adrynalyne

    Slack introduces dark mode for its desktop apps

    Opinions vary. Some people don’t want all of their apps dark. There should be multiple choices, one of which is system controlled, which I assume isn’t a thing yet in this application. That sounds like a feature which should be standard for the whole desktop. It could be a button on the title bar or in the system menu that lets you toggle dark/light per window. It doesn't seem logical to re-implement this on a per-app basis. What if you want app A to be light and app B to be dark? How would you possibly implement that as standard for the whole desktop?
  15. Opinions vary. Some people don’t want all of their apps dark. There should be multiple choices, one of which is system controlled, which I assume isn’t a thing yet in this application. That sounds like a feature which should be standard for the whole desktop. It could be a button on the title bar or in the system menu that lets you toggle dark/light per window. It doesn't seem logical to re-implement this on a per-app basis. If everyone draws their own custom UI, the next time MS wants to refresh the UI or introduce new functionality everything will be inconsistent again, perhaps just as we've finally gotten to the point where everyone has caught up.
  16. Ask samsung That device hasn't been released yet. I wonder what the "other foldable devices" on the market are that "have had issues with foreign objects getting in those cavities"
  17. The point is that it worked fine before the update, and didn't afterward, so it's something that Microsoft did and has nothing to do with the quality, or lack thereof, of their hardware. With that logic, driver updates should never be needed. Right? Driver updates implement new features and software optimizations, patch security holes and stability issues, etc. But, if you have a working system, and an update of some kind breaks something, then you don't blame the victim (the now non-working hardware). If an AMD driver update broke HDMI audio on an AMD card, then it would be AMD's fault. In this case, an update to Windows broke devices that worked fine previously, which means it's Microsoft's fault. Players were previously able to play their games without these issues, and the only thing that changed between their system working and not working properly was a Windows update. Hardware manufacturers shouldn't have to constantly re-engineer their driver software to account for a lack of QA on Microsoft's part. Since the same update also breaks desktop search and the start menu, I'm willing to bet the issues have more to do with incompetence at Microsoft than they do with Realtek. They also fix bugs, update driver models, and adjust to OS changes.
  18. Your last two sentences are spot on. And MS wonders why Windows-7 users have little to no incentive to move to WIndows-10. You do know that Windows 7 gets updates just as frequently? TsarNikky doesn't know much of anything.
  19. The feature you're talking about is actually planned, though it's listed as coming soon, so there's no exact time frame of when it'll be available. Here's a screenshot of it in settings: https://1drv.ms/u/s!Arz8ybOYnOVV8Uvs0PaHBk4F7zmU In my view, the more interesting feature here is "Launch with GOG Galaxy", which seems odd given that you'd need to open the relevant launcher when you want to play a game. In regards to the last point, Galaxy 2.0 is very stable for what it is, it was actually quite stable during the technical alpha too. But I understand where you're coming from.
  20. The point is that it worked fine before the update, and didn't afterward, so it's something that Microsoft did and has nothing to do with the quality, or lack thereof, of their hardware. With that logic, driver updates should never be needed. Right? Driver updates implement new features and software optimizations, patch security holes and stability issues, etc. But, if you have a working system, and an update of some kind breaks something, then you don't blame the victim (the now non-working hardware). If an AMD driver update broke HDMI audio on an AMD card, then it would be AMD's fault. In this case, an update to Windows broke devices that worked fine previously, which means it's Microsoft's fault. Players were previously able to play their games without these issues, and the only thing that changed between their system working and not working properly was a Windows update. Hardware manufacturers shouldn't have to constantly re-engineer their driver software to account for a lack of QA on Microsoft's part. Since the same update also breaks desktop search and the start menu, I'm willing to bet the issues have more to do with incompetence at Microsoft than they do with Realtek.
  21. Microsoft Weekly: Flight Simulator alpha, more Power BI updates, and patches for all by Florin Bodnarescu Quite a few things took place this past week, among which the arrival of the expected Patch Tuesday updates, the opening up of signups for Flight Simulator’s technical alpha, and even a round of updates to Power BI. You can find that – as well as the usual little bit extra – below, in your Microsoft digest for the week of September 7-13. Flight Simulator alpha No doubt one of the most surprising additions to Microsoft’ E3 2019 showcase was the announcement trailer for the Flight Simulator reboot. Beyond its visually stunning graphics and the confirmation by Phil Spencer that the tile uses two petabytes of geographical data, we didn’t know much about it. This week however, Microsoft opened registrations for the title’s technical alpha stage, while at the same time promising to reveal a release timeline and goals being pursued next week, on September 19. This of course is not all that has happened with gaming at the company this week, with September 10 seeing the worldwide availability of Gears 5, the latest in the FPS series from The Coalition. The title has finally seen the light of day after three years in development, complete with a slew of returning and special characters and the introduction of Operations, which will be quarterly content updates for the game. For its part, Minecraft: Education Edition has gotten a brand new world, focused on the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand, The Māori. Students will be able to build communal homes (called wahrenui), as well as learn vocabulary from the ancient Māori language of te reo. Sea of Thieves, too, has received a reasonably big patch dubbed the Smuggler’s Fortune update (version 2.0.7), which introduces an Ancient Skeleton random spawn, new voyage types, cosmetic microtransactions, and the previously showcased pets, namely the monkey and the parrot. If you’re an Xbox Insider in the Beta ring, you should see build 18363.7159 which enables the redesigned Dashboard for 50% of testers. Unfortunately, the Insider team won’t be able to help you get the new Dashboard if you’re not part of the half that has it enabled. Last but not least, if you’re running version 1903 of Windows 10, or the May 2019 Update, you may experience problems with audio in certain games, with Apex Legends, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and Overwatch being mentioned among affected titles. The common thread among affected users was the audio card provider, Realtek, so be aware if you have a card from this manufacturer. A potential workaround is disabling of all sound effects and changing audio quality to 16-bit, 44,100Hz. More Power BI updates Power BI, Microsoft’s business analytics solution, has gotten a fair few updates recently, and as such, it’s only fair that we highlight them in one of the three main sections of this column. For one, there’s the September update for Power BI Desktop, including a more modern default theme for reports, updates to the theme JSON format for theme creators, custom format strings, dynamic formatting options, and much, much more. Power BI’s dataflows received updates too, specifically targeting the enhanced compute engine, plus non-admin gateway support, and even a best practices guide meant to help folks get the most out of this data source unification feature. The business analytics solutions’ developer community got some attention too, with the introduction of tracking of Power BI content consumption via audit logs and query caching for Embedded Reports and Dashboards, plus the ability to sort visuals using an API, and more. It’s also worth mentioning that Microsoft has unveiled a number of new features headed to Power BI in its 2019 release wave 2, set to continue from October 2019 through to March 2020. These include the addition of an enhanced experience for report consumption, home customization, shared and certified datasets, open platform connectivity (XMLA Read/Write), datasets larger than 10GB in Power BI Premium, and much more. While we’re on the subject of business and cloud offerings, it’s worth noting that Azure Data Studio’s September release is now out, and it encompasses improvements to the Notebook, the enabling of the SQL Server command line mode, Visual Studio Code merge 1.38, and a number of bug fixes. Remaining on the subject of data, Dynamics 365 Business Central has now been enhanced with a number of tools aimed at data classification, and there are now two new Azure cloud regions in Germany. Furthermore, Microsoft and The Walt Disney Studios have signed a five-year Azure-centered partnership meant to enhance the latter’s production and post-production process. Finally, Microsoft’s “chat-based workspace”, Teams, will be officially coming to Linux, though we have no other info like a release date. What we do have a date for is a Business Application Virtual Launch Event, which the Redmond giant will be holding on October 10. Patches for all As is tradition, Microsoft released a bunch of patches on September 10, otherwise known as this month’s Patch Tuesday. Let’s start with what you need to be on the lookout for if you’re running any of the various flavors of Windows 10: May 2019 Update (1903): KB4515384, build 18362.356 – contains updates that improve security for IE, Edge, networking technologies, and input devices – mouse, keyboard, stylus. It also contains updates for verification of user names and passwords, as well as for storing and managing files. Known issues: Audio in certain games may be quitter or different than expected. To mitigate the issue, folks are encouraged to open settings in the impacted game and disable multi-channel audio. A solution is slated for availability in late September. October 2018 Update (1809): KB4512578, build 17763.737 – contains updates that improve security for IE, Edge, networking technologies, and input devices – mouse, keyboard, stylus, plus updates in relation to verification of user names and passwords. Known issues: Operations like renaming files or folders on a Cluster Shared Volume may fail with error “STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL (0xC00000A5); Devices with some Asian language packs may receive error “0x800f0982 – PSFX_E_MATCHING_COMPONENT_NOT_FOUND.”; A small number of devices may experience a black screen during first logon; Apps and scripts that call the NetQueryDisplayInformation API or the WinNT provider equivalent may fail to return results with error “1359: an internal error occurred”. April 2018 Update (1803): KB4516058, build 17134.1006 – contains updates that improve security for IE, Edge, networking technologies, and input devices – mouse, keyboard, stylus. It also contains updates for verification of user names and passwords, as well as for storing and managing files. Known issues: Operations like renaming files or folders on a Cluster Shared Volume may fail with error “STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL (0xC00000A5); A small number of devices may experience a black screen during first logon. Fall Creators Update (1709): KB4516066, build 16299.1387 - contains updates that improve security for IE, Edge, networking technologies, and input devices – mouse, keyboard, stylus. It also contains updates for verification of user names and passwords, as well as for storing and managing files. Known issues: Operations like renaming files or folders on a Cluster Shared Volume may fail with error “STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL (0xC00000A5); Creators Update (1703): KB4516068, build 15063.2045 – contains updates that improve security for IE, Edge, networking technologies, and input devices – mouse, keyboard, stylus. It also contains updates for verification of user names and passwords, as well as for storing and managing files. Known issues: Operations like renaming files or folders on a Cluster Shared Volume may fail with error “STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL (0xC00000A5). Anniversary Update (1607): KB4516044, build 14393.3204 – contains updates that improve security for IE, Edge, networking technologies, and input devices – mouse, keyboard, stylus. It also contains updates for verification of user names and passwords, as well as for storing and managing files. Known issues: After installing KB4467684, the cluster service may fail to start with error “2245 (NERR_PasswordTooShort)” if the group policy “Minimum Password Length” is configured with greater than 14 characters; Operations like renaming files or folders on a Cluster Shared Volume may fail with error “STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL (0xC00000A5). Windows 10 LTSC (1507): KB4516070, build 10240.18333 – contains updates that improve security for IE, Edge, networking technologies, and input devices – mouse, keyboard, stylus. It also contains updates for verification of user names and passwords, as well as for storing and managing files. Known issues: Operations like renaming files or folders on a Cluster Shared Volume may fail with error “STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL (0xC00000A5). If you install the latest patch for version 1903 (the May 2019 Update), which bumps you up to build 18362.356, you may find that your Start Menu is broken. The specific error is “Your Start Menu isn’t working. We’ll try to fix it the next time you sign in.” This however does not affect everyone that has installed this patch, so your mileage may vary. In similar news, though only in regards to Lenovo PCs, if the screenshots you’ve taken are a bit on the orange side, this is a problem with the company’s Vantage software. You can check here to see how to resolve the problem. Of course, older versions like Windows 7, 8.1, and their server equivalents are still supported, so here’s what folks on those operating systems will get: Windows 8.1, Server 2012 R2: KB4516067, KB4516064 (security-only) – provides protections against a new subclass of speculative side-channel vulnerabilities known as Microarchitectural Data Sampling for 32-bit versions of Windows, as well as security updates for the Microsoft Scripting Engine, App Platform and Frameworks, Kernel, Authentication, and more. Known issues: Operations like renaming files or folders on a Cluster Shared Volume may fail with error “STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL (0xC00000A5). Windows 7, Server 2008 R2 SP1: KB4516065, KB4516033 (security-only) - provides protections against a new subclass of speculative side-channel vulnerabilities known as Microarchitectural Data Sampling for 32-bit versions of Windows, as well as security updates for the Microsoft Scripting Engine, App Platform and Frameworks, Kernel, Authentication, and more. Known issues: VBScript in IE11 should be disabled by default after the installation of KB4507437 or KB4511872. However, in certain instances, VBScript may not be disabled as intended. Insiders were of course not left out, as Microsoft pushed out build 18980 from the 20H1 to the Fast ring. In terms of new features, there’s the availability of Cortana to Insiders worldwide – regardless if they speak a supported language or not -, plus a series of improvements to WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) and an enhanced Optional Features page. This build has quite an extensive list of fixes, which include ones related to deadlock issues with netprofmsvc.dll, the performance of various IMEs, screen snipping reliability, removable devices erroneously being labeled as HDD in Task Manager’s Performance tab, and more. Of course, known issues are also present, most of which are the same from previous builds – like Realtek SD card issues or bugs related to the Cloud download option for Reset this PC. Joining them is a new issue which reports Language Packs as installed successfully – despite the opposite being true -, as well as a bug with video capture for the Feedback Hub in Windows Mixed Reality. A new Windows Server test build was also released, specifically 18975, though it contained no new features. The singular known issue relates to the App Compatibility FOD which cannot be added to the OS .wim image offline with the use of the DISM /image method. It instead requires the reinstallation of the new FOD via DISM /online. Lastly, Slow ring Office Insiders on Windows - in the Monthly Channel (Targeted) ring - got build 12026.20108 which includes a Rewrite feature in Word, as well as the ability to save PowerPoint illustrations and slides as SVG (or scalable vector graphic) files. The Fast ring The Your Phone desktop app will get support for making calls. Microsoft’s Brad Smith has criticized Trump’s treatment of Huawei. Microsoft To Do now has smaller headers, introduces more colour. Office apps for iOS have added a sparkling animation for ink strokes. Dark mode themes have showed up for Outlook.com. Microsoft has partnered with companies in the automotive industry to revolutionize mobility. Taylor Swift attempted to sue Microsoft over the name of its chatbot. The Redmond giant has patented a circular portable speaker. Edge Dev builds 78.0.268.1 and 78.0.268.3 are now out, bringing lots of fixes. Microsoft has proposed a new API to help with support for foldable devices. Screenshots of the new Windows 10 Calendar app have leaked. The Redmond firm has envisioned efficient 4D tracking via the use of deep learning methods. Hot corner Hot corner is a section of The Fast ring dedicated to highlighting five Microsoft-related stories that haven’t been covered over here, but might be of interest. Yammer Mobile has gotten a bunch of conversation view improvements. Exchange Online has gotten a few enhancements related to its User object management experience. Sensitivity labeling is now built into Office apps on Windows to protect sensitive information. There’s now an Azure Data Factory template for bulk copy from database to Azure Data Explorer. A fix for the VPN issue in Server 2016 Essentials is now available. Logging off We end with a bunch of news and leaks related to Microsoft’s Surface hardware event at the beginning of October. Before we get to the leaks and event-related news, there’s a rather strange patent for a foldable Surface device, which uses a liquid-powered hinge. This solution is to apparently prevent foreign objects from getting into the device’s cavities and ruining components like the display – which has happened with foldables previously. As far as the aforementioned event is concerned, unlike last time, it will be live-streamed, which is quite good news seeing as a number of hardware refreshes are expected. Among them, the Surface Pro 7, which, according to leaked CPU and RAM configurations, may go as low as a Core i3, 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD, and as high as a Core i7, 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD. These are allegedly the configurations coming to European customers, so they don’t necessarily rule out an option with a 1TB SSD. In related news, a Core m3 variant of the Surface Go might also be in the works, more details about which it’s possible that Microsoft will share during the upcoming event. While you wait, the company has discounted its Surface hardware across the board, with price reductions ranging from $50 to $300. Missed any of the previous columns? Be sure to have a look right here.
  22. Wow, not sure what you mean there, the #E.u mucks a lot of things up and brings out silly laws that does nothing, like reducing the power of vacuum cleaners and the one that is suppose to be coming reducing the power of kettles. they also makes things more difficult like the stupid rule now that if I buy something online using my computer i will have to have my phone next to me so my bank can send me a text to reply to. i can see myself using paypal a lot more. The EU doesn't make anything as such, it creates policies and laws and a lot of them do work but like all governments, they do good and bad but we are better off with it then without. AD47UK, some might call them stupid laws but it's remarkable how these laws put pressure on those companies to improve energy efficiency and if you look at the overall power consumption of Europeans compared to Americans, it's quite shocking and overall the standard of living is about the same for both. Sometimes companies need a little nudge to improve things, something we are seeing with the car industry, so yeah, these laws are not stupid, they are quite smart and very smart if it's only the EU regions that get onboard because it would give them a economic advantage over others. The E.U creates a load of rubbish, they want to be a united states of Europe and makes stupid rules because they think it will make things better, but it don't i can kind of understand with the vacuum cleaner as it is not all about pure suction power, but the problem is vacuum cleaners are awful these days, so something have changed. A lower powered kettle is a stupid idea, if you lower the power it take longer to boil. the heads of the E.u are as thick as two short planks. i use what I use, I do nto use a kettle that much, I do have a once cup one, but I normally have coffee using an espresso machine. it uses around 1800watts, if the EU have their way they would knock that down. coffee filter machines that switch off after a certain amount of time. Maybe the E.u should go and sort out their budget and find what black hole our money is going into. We should have been out of the E.u by now, taking far too long.
  23. Nor does real money for that matter, it's just paper, the real value of something is what you can do with it and that is the case for a digital currency. Real money used to be based on the gold held in vaults, but our silly government sold most of it off, so yes you are right, real money is valueless. but at least I can hold real money You can hold pieces of paper with numbers on it. If your economy implodes those numbers become meaningless (same for all currencies all over the world). that is very true.
  24. Nor does real money for that matter, it's just paper, the real value of something is what you can do with it and that is the case for a digital currency. Real money used to be based on the gold held in vaults, but our silly government sold most of it off, so yes you are right, real money is valueless. but at least I can hold real money I don't think it really matters, I don't care if I hold onto money or if it's all digital just as long as I can use it to buy what I want and I suspect most people wont care as well. In any case, it's clear we are moving towards a digital age, some countries in Europe already do mostly buy things digitally, so much so that real money wont get you very far. i still mainly use cash, I prefer cash to cards. thankfully where i live we can still use cash for everything, including the bus.
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