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  Windows 10 Beats Windows 7 In Marketshare For First Time
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 02-02-2018, 09:14 AM - Forum: Software & Programming - Replies (1)

https://www.techpowerup.com/241152/windo...tatcounter

Quote:Now, granted, one analytics company does not a trend make; there are a myriad of factors that might explain discrepancies between different companies' estimates. however, the fact remains that this is the first time Windows 10 is reported to have surpassed Windows 7 in terms of pure number of live systems. Also to take into account is that even in analytics firms that don't display these results, Windows 10 is clearly gaining traction against Windows 7 - one needs only look at the trendlines for both OSes on NetMarketShare, for instance, to see that there's a clear, positive momentum for WIndows 10 when compared to Windows 7. It's only a matter of time until all firms report the same, really. Still, this news comes years later than what Microsoft had hoped for with Windows 10; adoption of the OS hasn't been quite as predicted by the company. Still, Microsoft's ongoing work on the software, clear roadmap and support efforts seem to be paying off.

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  Mario Kart Is Coming To Mobile
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 02-01-2018, 10:33 PM - Forum: Smart Phones - No Replies

https://www.neowin.net/news/nintendo-rev...martphones

Quote:The game itself will be called Mario Kart Tour but beyond that, there isn't really much information. Nintendo has stated that it will bring the game to smartphones sometime before March 2019. While that is certainly a wide release range, hopefully, we will see a simultaneous release for both iOS and Android, instead of the staggered release we saw with Super Mario Run.

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  AMD Q4 Earnings Revelations
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 02-01-2018, 03:42 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/amd-sto...36430.html

Quote:Su also noted that GPU supply in the channel is low, which isn't a surprise to anyone who has shopped for a graphics card lately, but the company is ramping up GPU production. Su specified that the company has plenty of silicon supply from its foundry partners, meaning GPUs aren't the limiting factor--instead, it's the ongoing GDDR5 and HBM shortages that are primarily to blame. Su expects graphics demand to be strong throughout the first half of 2018, with blockchain (mining) continuing to play a big role. Su also noted that although it's hard to quantify accurately, crypto mining contributed roughly 10% (or possibly more) of the company's annual revenue and a third of the company's $140 million in sequential growth.

https://www.techpowerup.com/241106/highl...ga-by-2019
Quote:Following its Q4 and 2017 Annual financial results reveal, AMD CEO Lisa Su, in the company's post-results earnings conference call, made some notable disclosures and guidance. The most interesting - and which shouldn't come as a surprise - is that AMD expects revenues to grow by a staggering 30 percent quarter-over-quarter in Q1-2018, riding on the blockchain (crypto-currency mining) wave. The company's graphics processors offer high efficiency at mining popular crypto-currencies, such as Ethereum, Z-cash, and Bitcoin.

Moving on, Su commented on how her company is coping with the "Meltdown" and "Spectre" CPU vulnerabilities, and reaffirmed that AMD's x86 architectures are slightly safer by design against some of the vulnerabilities; that while the upcoming "Zen+" CPU micro-architecture, which is essentially an optical-shrink of "Zen" to the 12 nanometer process will ship with microcode-level patches against the vulnerabilities, its successor, the "Zen2" micro-architecture, which will be built on the 7 nm process, will feature architecture-level hardening against the vulnerabilities. "Zen 2" tapes out towards the end of 2018, and could see production and marketing in 2019. The other big reveal is the taping out of an optically-shrunk "Vega" architecture implementation on the 7 nm process, taping out within 2018. This isn't "Navi," but possibly a bigger "Vega" chip that leverages 7 nm to have acceptable power/thermals. AMD could tap into the machine-learning market with this silicon first.

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  Emergency Room visits no longer covered unless confirmed Heart Attack or Stroke
Posted by: dmcowen674 - 01-29-2018, 11:42 PM - Forum: News & Politics - No Replies

1-29-2018

You are on hook for all Emergency Room costs unless confirmed Heart Attack, Stroke or Severe Bleeding

1-29-2018

An ER visit, a $12,000 bill — and a health insurer that wouldn’t pay

A new insurance policy expects patients to diagnose themselves

Brittany Cloyd was doubled over in pain when she arrived at Frankfort Regional Medical Center’s emergency room on July 21, 2017.

“They got me a wheelchair and wheeled me back to a room immediately,” said Cloyd, 27, who lives in Kentucky.
Cloyd came in after a night of worsening fever and a increasing pain on the right side of her stomach. She called her mother, a former nurse, who thought it sounded like appendicitis and told Cloyd to go to the hospital immediately.

The doctors in the emergency room did multiple tests including a CT scan and ultrasound. They determined that Cloyd had ovarian cysts, not appendicitis. They gave her pain medications that helped her feel better, and an order to follow up with a gynecologist.

A few weeks later, Cloyd received something else: a $12,596 hospital bill her insurance denied — leaving her on the hook for all of it.

Cloyd has her health insurance coverage through her husband’s job. His company uses Anthem, one of the country’s largest health insurance plans. In recent years, Anthem has begun denying coverage for emergency room visits that it deems “inappropriate” because they aren’t, in the insurance plan’s view, true emergencies.

The problem: These denials are made after patients visit the ER, sometimes based on the diagnosis after seeing a doctor, not on the symptoms that sent them, like in Cloyd’s case.

The policy has so far rolled out in four states: Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, and Kentucky.

“We cannot approve benefits for your recent visit to the emergency room (ER) for pelvic pain,” the letter that Cloyd received from Anthem stated, which she shared with Vox. “Emergency room services can be approved ... when a health problem is recent and severe enough that it needs immediate care.”

The Anthem letter goes on to list “stroke, heart attack, and severe bleeding” as examples of medical conditions for which ER use would be acceptable.

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  Trump wants to nationalize 5G network
Posted by: dmcowen674 - 01-29-2018, 12:28 PM - Forum: Smart Phones - No Replies

Trump wants to nationalize 5G network


Trump national security officials are considering an unprecedented federal takeover of a portion of the nation’s mobile network to guard against China, according to sensitive documents obtained by Axios.

The documents say America needs a centralized nationwide 5G network within three years. There'll be a fierce debate inside the Trump administration — and an outcry from the industry — over the next 6-8 months over how such a network is built and paid for. 
Two options laid out by the documents:

  1. The U.S. government pays for and builds the single network — which would be an unprecedented nationalization of a historically private infrastructure.
  2. An alternative plan where wireless providers build their own 5G networks that compete with one another — though the document says the downside is it could take longer and cost more. It argues that one of the “pros” of that plan is that it would cause “less commercial disruption” to the wireless industry than the government building a network.
A source familiar with the documents' drafting says Option 2 is really no option at all: a single centralized network is what's required to protect America against China and other bad actors. 

It's a marked shift from the current system where those companies each build their own systems with their own equipment, and with airwaves leased from the federal government.

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  Burger King airs Whopper Neutrality Commercial
Posted by: dmcowen674 - 01-26-2018, 03:51 PM - Forum: News & Politics - Replies (5)

1-25-2018

Burger King airs Whopper Neutrality Commercial



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  Android Pushes The Limits Of Google's Spying
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 01-26-2018, 12:23 AM - Forum: Smart Phones - No Replies

https://www.neowin.net/news/every-breath...tching-you

Quote:Of course, we aren't naive. The capability to track movements and data has been around for some time. But the depth of the tracking is eerie, even more so when you realize this is all data that the government could get access to if Google was ordered to share.

Google's response was to specifically state that Location History is opt-in. “With your permission, Google uses your Location History to deliver better results and recommendations on Google products,” a spokesman told Quartz via email. “For example, you can receive traffic predictions for your daily commute, view photos grouped by locations, see recommendations based on places you’ve visited, and even locate a missing phone. Location History is entirely opt-in, and you can always edit, delete, or turn it off at any time.”

But the drawback is you lose some functionality of many apps that you may rely on to use that information.

So in the end, you can delete the app, don't allow any app request to access your information, or just acquiesce to the fact that Google - and likely other tech companies - are subtlely telling you "I'll be watching you."

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  RTG's New Leadership
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 01-24-2018, 09:14 AM - Forum: Video - No Replies

https://www.techpowerup.com/240902/graph...g-join-amd Koduri's replacement and 1 other guy.

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  My Review Of VLC
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 01-23-2018, 04:59 AM - Forum: Software & Programming - Replies (5)

I gave VLC a try today, because I was sick of PotPlayer taking a while to automatically detect updates, and I was attracted to the customization that VLC provides. It didn't work out.

  • VLC's default interface is a little too small for those of us with 4K monitors
  • VLC's custom skins don't use the same window size settings that the default interface uses, meaning that you can set the default interface window size to be whatever size you want, but the custom skin will always default to a small window size when you open, and will not stay at a larger size if you adjust the size, close VLC, then reopen it
  • The addons management menu doesn't seem to work, so you have to install custom skins by manually putting them in the right folder
  • Needlessly, there are two different ways to switch between skins, either a clunky process through Preferences that requires you to manually restart VLC, or a much easier but not obvious process through a menu that is accessed by right clicking
  • Fullscreen videos at less than my monitor's native resolution didn't work, and only resulted in the video being blown up and shifted to the upper left hand corner of my monitor
  • I only tried 1 4K video on VLC, and it hitched repeatedly, in contrast to PotPlayer, which handled it with ease
In conclusion, I'm sticking with PotPlayer. It may have its automatic update issue, but at least it works and it works superbly.

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  To Combat Shortage, Nvidia Asks Retailers To Limit Graphics Card Orders
Posted by: dmcowen674 - 01-22-2018, 11:35 PM - Forum: Video - Replies (1)

To Combat Shortage, Nvidia Asks Retailers To Limit Graphics Card Orders
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If you're a PC builder -- or your aging desktop system is in dire need of some modern upgrades -- you've probably wondered why it's impossible to get a graphics card lately. You can thank the outrageous interest in cryptocurrency for all of this. Since graphics cards mine cryptocurrency much faster than CPUs, an eager community of get-rich-quick enthusiasts are scooping up graphics cards as fast as they can get them. While there isn't much major manufacturers AMD and Nvidia can do about the overwhelming demand for GPUs, Nvidia is at least trying to let retailers know that they should be holding their stock for the company's core audience: gamers, not miners. "For NVIDIA, gamers come first. All activities related to our GeForce product line are targeted at our main audience. To ensure that GeForce gamers continue to have good GeForce graphics card availability in the current situation, we recommend that our trading partners make the appropriate arrangements to meet gamers' needs as usual," reads a translated statement Nvidia's Boris Bohles. Nvidia is suggesting that retailers limit graphics card orders to just two per person, but that's just an idea -- one Nvidia can't actually enforce beyond restricting sales on its website, which it's currently doing.

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