Horrible video tearing in Firefox with WebRender + NVIDIA Adaptive V-Sync enabled

Oh shit, here we go again. Ages ago I had stupid horrible image tearing in browser with NVIDIA Adaptive V-Sync enabled globally (you know, coz I hate image tearing in all games) and this is now yet again causing the tearing in videos on latest Firefox 67 with WebRender enabled. Mostly in videos where camera is panning left and right. WebRender is the new Firefox webpage rendering engine and it seems it’s not going well with NVIDIA’s Adaptive V-Sync feature. And they were initially testing it with NVIDIA. Heh. I guess no one uses Adaptive V-Sync to spot this in like 5 seconds of video watching… It’s again going to take months for NVIDIA to fix this shit… yay…

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Why is language and region selection such broken nonsense in Windows 10 for non-English users who want English interface?

I frankly just don’t get it what’s going on through Microsoft’s mind. Or designers in it designated for this portion of Windows 10. I’ve just installed latest build 1903 RTM because I heard they made changes for easier language selection. And I’m “happy” to report they haven’t changed a single god damn thing.

I just don’t understand what’s so bloody hard to make it work right for NON-ENGLISH users who want interface in fucking English!?!?!?!?

Windows 10 has several language sections that affect how it looks and works:

  • interface language (Windows interface and elements)
  • apps language (Microsoft Store apps)
  • region (time and date display etc)
  • keyboard language
  • language for non-unicode apps (Win32 apps)

Now, I want just ONE simple setup for my Windows 10:

  • Interface in English US
  • Microsoft Store apps in English US
  • Region set to Slovenia
  • Keyboard language set to Slovenian (just 1 keyboard setup)
  • Non-unicode apps in Slovenian (because of special characters that are not found in English)

Sounds simple, right? Well, it isn’t because stupid Windows 10 keeps on fighting itself between these 5 settings for some dumb reason. Set interface to English US and apps to English US and it will also fuck up time and date formatting into American nonsense and when you change the region to Slovenia to fix that, it fucks up the apps language for some illogical stupid reason. And then you change apps language back to English and it changes the region settings again to English, fucking up time and date formatting YET AGAIN. And don’t get me started how it keeps on fucking up keyboard setups and bloody endlessly adding English US keyboard next to Slovenian and showing stupid keyboard language switching button in taskbar that I absolutely hate and don’t want to see.

I mean what the fuck Microsoft? You turned something that should be simple and straightforward to set into absolute nightmare for us users outside of America. Why? You know, there are people in this world who want Windows in English, but support for their own language at the same time because we have different (better) time and date formatting and use letters that don’t exist in English alphabet. And that’s it. Why is it just assumed that if I’m not English that I want or need whole fucking thing set to my native language? I don’t hate my language, but I certainly don’t like it for computers because terminology for computer stuff is just weird in my language and often words are WAY longer than in English which is super annoying and often breaks interfaces and makes communication harder since I mostly talk to people in English and I need Windows in same language if I need to guide them through it or even show screenshots of it. And what’s even more annoying is having entire Windows interface in English, but Microsoft Store apps are in Slovenian because of language/regional settings. It’s just pushing my OCD into a mental breakdown mode when it does that.

And I have to go through all this fuckery to set it and I bet I’ll get stupid ass keyboard language switch button in taskbar the next time I’ll run CS:GO or some other app because that game always spawns that shit by automatically adding English US keyboard for some reason and it drives me insane.

Just make this thing right so I can just simply set what I need without settings conflicting each other and adding things automatically. It’s annoying and makes no sense. Damn it, it’s been since Windows 8 and that was back in 2012! Come ooooooon Microsoft!

Fix for AORUS Engine not starting at all

I’ve wrote about this some time ago and have since found a solution and also disappointment finding out Gigabyte actually removed preset profiles from it so it’s all sliders now…

The faulting module causing AORUS Engine to fail is:
C:\Program Files (x86)\GIGABYTE\AORUS ENGINE\GLedApi.DLL

So, go into that folder and just delete the file. AORUS Engine will start. Go to its settings and check for updates. It’ll find something was missing and it’ll download missing RGB Fusion component which is actually the same thing you’ve deleted, but it works fine with that one for some weird reason.

So, here you have it, a silly fix for even more silly fail that Gigabyte STILL hasn’t addressed. Heh.

Pathetic state of web browsers on Apple’s iOS even in year 2019

When I was deciding to go with iPhone I only checked if browsers I like are available on iOS. Not knowing the browsers that were available are just a faint shadow of themselves on other platforms like Android or Windows.

There are 3 massive and critical issues I have with state of web browsers on iOS.

No default browser option

You can have 10 browsers installed and dumb ass iOS will ALWAYS open all links in Safari with absolutely no way of having one browser as default that would handle everything. Android had this for so long I don’t even remember when it was first introduced. Hey Apple, year 1995 wants your stupid ass logic back. Not even Microsoft was this bad when shilling Internet Explorer and here we are in 2019 with you pulling shit like this. It makes even less sense given point 2 I’m about to make…

Web browsers are forced to use Safari rendering engine (Webkit)

Now, in a nutshell, that’s not a bad thing since Webkit is generally a good web rendering engine and is basically used by most browsers today except Firefox. Which is a problem. Firefox’s engine is also really good and the Firefox you use on iOS isn’t actually Firefox. It’s just few extra Firefox features bolted on top of what’s essentially a Safari browser. I know Apple wants to control everything on their platform, but this is just idiocy and is killing the progress and functionality. Same web browsers on Android are infinitely more advanced, with more features and just better browsing experience in general.

Next to useless web browsers on iOS

I learned that Apple has a “no 3rd party extensions” policy, fine, whatever. Rip that out of Firefox for Android and call it a day. Nope. Firefox on iOS is so damn limited and missing so many features and settings found on Android it’s not even funny. Opera didn’t even bother doing Opera for iOS the same way it is on Android. They just offer Opera Mini and that’s it. Thanks Apple for absolutely fucking up progress of browsers on your platform and dumb people are apparently just fine with it. Well, I’m not because browsing experience is absolute shit on iPhone and no one tells you about that when you’re deciding for iPhone. You have this expensive, the fastest hardware in the world and then you’re limited by garbage web browsers because of stupid Apple’s policies.

Come the fuck on Apple, it’s 2019 (yes, hashtag current year), you don’t need to resort to such dumb ass shit just because you’re “Apple” and that’s kinda synonym with your brand. Do better and for start to at least offer ability to set a desired browser of user choice as a default web browser so everything opens up in that. And then work from there to allow web browser makers to include more functionality, even if they can’t use addons/extensions like Firefox does on Android. Because the state browsers currently are on iOS is absolutely shitty.

You’re a nationalist, you must be a white supremacist Nazi!

This is the sort of stuff I’m seeing more and more these days almost every time you defend nationalism or people who are nationalists. Or not even defend, just talk about them without straight pissing on them and people immediately jump to conclusion you must be a racist Nazi if you’re not actively pissing on them.

People have this fixed idea that nationalism is national socialism aka Nationalsozialismus or in short Nazism. Ok. But is it really in the same form as it used to be?

Sure, you have real Nazis, the ones who still praise Hitler and sleep with Mein Kampf under their pillow, with Swastikas tattooed on their forehead and Nazi saluting around (fun fact, Bellamy salute was used in late 19 century America before Nazi Germany and resembles almost identical hand gesture) attacking black people and Jews. That’s the national socialism of the 1940’s Germany…

What most people who call themselves nationalist today align themselves with? Well, the people I’ve seen and who are being called “a fucking nazi”, they mostly believe that people of own country, own nation should always come first, get help by the government first and they believe in preservation of own nation, own identity, own traditions and this is especially predominant in Europe where we have vastly different nations, languages, traditions, the unique identities etc. Some are also vocal how whites shouldn’t be treated like shit just because they are white and that’s inherently bad because of white supremacists and slavery, but that varies between nationalists. Generally I support their belief, because the amount of dumb white motherfuckers shitting on their own race is just astounding these days. I’m Caucasian and I absolutely hate it when idiots attack us solely for being “white” and try to associate us with white supremacists and slavery based on that. I never owned slaves, my parents never owned them, my grandparents never owned them, my grand grandparents never owned them and we never owned them for as far as our known family tree goes in the past. Treating me like shit just for being “white” is just as racists as treating blacks like shit because of their skin color. Racism doesn’t have one side that’s always the good one. All racism is bad and it doesn’t matter from who it comes. Even blacks can be racists, they don’t get the immunity card for what happened to them in the past. And no one ever should. Just to get that part out of the way because people with agenda tend to twist these words and turn them into white supremacists bullshit.

I come from Slovenia, small country in Europe and while I’m not a fan of our traditional music, our poetry and literature or some traditions, I prefer English over my own language, but I want to preserve them because they are our unique identity, it represents us as a nation. I guess that makes me a nationalist then, right?

And I don’t limit myself to “Uh oh, you must be white and born in Slovenia to belong to our nation”. If you come to my country legally, you try very hard to learn our rather difficult language, you try your best to integrate into our society, you get a job, obey our laws, stay out of trouble and don’t do anything criminal, you respect and follow our traditions, then you’re as much of a fellow countrymen as anyone else born here. It doesn’t matter if you’re of Germanic, Norse, Arabic, Asian, American or African origin, it doesn’t matter of what race you are even. Be good and treat us with respect and we’ll treat you the same back.

But come to my country illegally, then try to extort welfare from us, try to forcefully spread your whatever religion, do criminal shit all the time and try to convert our country into shithole you came from and sure as hell I don’t fucking want you here.

That’s the kind of nationalism I’m advocating for. But calling me a white supremacist or a Nazi for this, then you can fuck off this very moment. And this is what people are doing. They don’t want to even hear what you have to say, they’ll just relentlessly attack and try to silence you because they think they can just call everyone “a Nazi” and no one can say anything back afterwards. It worked for a while, but they were throwing word “Nazi” around so much it basically lost its meaning entirely. If everyone is a Nazi, then no one really is in the end. They live in this bubble of self righteousness and fight against the Nazis they themselves start to behave like the Nazis of the 1940’s Germany. But they are too dumb to even notice it unfortunately.

So, yeah, I can proudly say I’m a nationalist then because I believe in what I wrote above. Call me a Nazi all you want, but I know what I am and what I stand by. You can be a nationalist and not be a racist white supremacist. But for some people this is a very hard concept to grasp and they’ll just continue to bark with their fucking Hitler and Nazis bullshit. This ain’t the 1940’s anymore, this is 2019. Things have changed and so have definitions of words and mindsets. Being a nationalist today doesn’t have much to do with being a nationalist socialist in Germany almost a century ago, so stop attacking people like sperging lunatics just because they want to see their nation and its identity preserved and not absorbed into a globalist blob without any identity.

Bizarre drive buttons placement in electric cars

Since electric cars are all the rage these days I’ve noticed a particularly bizarre design decision when it comes to electric cars. In nearly all electric cars they have this really bizarre and illogical placement of drive buttons (Drive, Reverse, Neutral, Park etc).

Here is an example from Hyundai Ioniq Electric (2017, but they haven’t changed it for 2019 models either)…

ioniq-electric-button-shifter.jpg

You can argue that they are meaningfully ordered and designed so you have palm/wrist resting on the leather pad and you have access to all buttons at once…

But why is DRIVE button on the left, REVERSE button on the right, PARK “in the front” and NEUTRAL “in the back”?

EV_Drive_Shifter.png

Wouldn’t linear placement in the direction of car driving and position make more sense? DRIVE in the front facing the hood, because that’s the direction you’ll be driving. Forward. NEUTRAL still in the front because it’s used to just roll forward with no resistance. PARK to the rear and REVERSE all the way in the back facing boot, because that’s the direction you’ll be going if selected. It’s a natural order with directions you’ll be going when selected.

Hell, even such placement would make more sense…

EV_Drive_Shifter2.png

Same arrangement, with different button placement. Drive and Reverse in front and back and Park and Neutral on the sides with Park on driver side because you’ll be using it more and Neutral to the right because you’ll be using it less.

I know you can argue that it doesn’t matter and it’s a petty thing, but I’ve seen a new Peugeot 208 Electric having shifter lever almost like in petrol cars with old sequential shifter, but with drive modes INVERTED! Drive was pulling lever to the back of the car. Reverse was pushing the lever to the front. WHY? I see people getting confused with pedals and gears in petrol cars, ramming them through store fronts and into pools and you’d expect they’d strive for simplicity and natural logical order with EV’s, but they instead opted for this illogical unnatural order.

The palm rest in Hyundai is silly, electric cars don’t require you to hold the hand over shifter, because they don’t have any gears. You don’t need arrangement around the palm rest. So why not do it linearly or even with same arrangement, but with drive direction placement of buttons instead of just tossing them in there?

I’m not hating on Hyundai in particular, I actually really like Hyundai as a brand because they have really good unpretentious cars, but this really bothered me and I’ve noticed other EV’s do the same weird thing…

Gigabyte, do you even test your broken AORUS Engine software?

I wanted to install AORUS Engine for my AORUS GTX 1080Ti and after installation, it just doesn’t run. At all.

So I checked event viewer and the damn thing is crashing because of itself. I thought my months old Windows install was getting dirty so I just installed it clean. Guess what, exact same result. It used to work fine, but now it’s just broken to a point it won’t even start anymore lmao. Get your shit together Gigabyte…

Full details:

Faulting application name: AORUS.exe, version: 1.5.9.0, time stamp: 0x5c94a430
Faulting module name: GLedApi.DLL, version: 1.0.0.1, time stamp: 0x5b2215bf
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Faulting process id: 0xfe8
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files (x86)\GIGABYTE\AORUS ENGINE\AORUS.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Program Files (x86)\GIGABYTE\AORUS ENGINE\GLedApi.DLL

EDIT 2019-04-08:

Tried version 1.60 that was just released. Same thing. Wouldn’t even start. Lets play a game how long it’ll take for Gigabyte to fix this shit…