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  1. Comment on Ray tracing, VRS, and DLSS in id Tech 6 and Wolfenstein: Youngblood in ~games

    JackKerouacsLiver
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    I can understand the complaint, because often this is what ends up happening! However, I really just take these extra light (and reflection) effects as being another tool in the artists toolbox....

    It seem like they all add so much more visual clutter and movement to the scenes, which can make the actual gameplay relevant elements in them harder to track with your eyes.

    I can understand the complaint, because often this is what ends up happening! However, I really just take these extra light (and reflection) effects as being another tool in the artists toolbox. In essence, these effects are based off phenomena that we witness in real life, especially when it comes to film. To which, it has been up to the cinematographer to balance these effects such that they do not overwhelm the viewer. (Just as an example, JJ Abrams often gets criticized for an over-usage of lens flares!)

    We have arrived at a point where graphics capabilities in games are demanding that same level of care given from a director of photography in film. For me, as someone who makes video game levels as a hobby, that's pretty exciting!

    Also worth noting, the developers are retro-actively applying these effects where they did not exist originally. The designers of these levels made the game without it being blasted with ray-traced reflections/refractions, and it was their intention to make it look visually appealing without them applied. By ham-fistedly shoving these effects in, it easily becomes a distraction. It would be reasonable to assume that if these effects were available at the time that the game was originally being built, that they would be integrated into the visuals more naturally.

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  2. Comment on Windows 7 support has ended in ~tech

    JackKerouacsLiver
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    As I said, you can opt out of sending that data. (For that matter, the new Windows 10 installer gives you this as a privacy option during the install. It is also an option under the general...

    Oh, well. If my privacy is being invaded to make it easier for other people to type...

    As I said, you can opt out of sending that data. (For that matter, the new Windows 10 installer gives you this as a privacy option during the install. It is also an option under the general privacy settings.) Granted, I do admit, it should have been opt in, instead of opt out.

    And, everything I researched at the time said that there were some monitoring functions in Windows 10 which could not be deactivated at all - not even by people with expertise in this area (unlike me).

    There were a lot of warranted concerns upon the release of Windows 10 about privacy infringement and transparency regarding the data that is collected. Unfortunately, it took Microsoft until 2017 to begin addressing these concerns.

    Things are improving. Microsoft started publishing reports on what telemetry it collects. They also released the diagnostic data viewer that shows you everything that is collected. The privacy dashboard has been redesigned to give more clear/greater control.

    I cannot really comment on the exact functions you are worried about being monitored, as I don't know which ones they are.

    I mean, you can claim Microsoft are doing all of this in bad faith, and it means nothing as long as they ultimately hold control and can 'break in' whenever they want. To which, I guess that means you are going to have to trust a commercial entity to not take malicious actions against you or take advantage of you. Granted, that was true of Windows 7 as well.

    If all of that seems too dismal, then there's always Linux! (I'd recommend some variant of Linux Mint if you want something that has been tried, tested, and feels similar to Windows.)

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  3. Comment on Windows 7 support has ended in ~tech

    JackKerouacsLiver
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    While technically true, I think it is worth mentioning that it is logging typing data for the sake of autocompletion, spelling correction, or word-prediction, much in the same way your average...

    I don't want an operating system with a built-in key-logger.

    While technically true, I think it is worth mentioning that it is logging typing data for the sake of autocompletion, spelling correction, or word-prediction, much in the same way your average cell phone keyboard does. Likewise, this really only applies to a small set of functions related to Cortana and searching from the start menu (and handwriting/touchscreen typing). Further, you can quite easily turn off this functionality. (To which, I have done exactly this myself since I also disabled Cortana and trust my ability to type correctly into a search box.)

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