CryEngine real-time ray tracing tech demo capable of running on any graphic card!

CryTek recently shocked gaming community with a jaw dropping tech demo showcasing real-time ray tracing running on mid range AMD Vega 56 graphic card, but they say it can run on any graphic card from AMD or NVIDIA without any need for dedicated ray tracing hardware. Yes, CryTek is saying that for their ray tracing, you don’t need GeForce RTX graphic card.

If you think I’m exaggerating when I say it’s jaw dropping, have a look for yourself…

I really wish we had an executable tech demo that we could run ourselves on graphic cards we already have, but if CryTek is not fooling us in any way and this was indeed running in real-time using AMD Vega 56 graphic card and all the reflections, lighting and shadowing is in fact ray traced method, then NVIDIA is in for a shock. And so is almost entire gaming industry. Just imagine what a huge breakthrough this is for the graphics, we are talking Pixel Shader level of shock that happened back in 2001 with DirectX 8 that brought programmable shader effects including beautiful simulated reflections that were basically impossible with earlier DirectX versions. Realistic reflections that can be used on any graphic card without having to drop almost 1000€ for a graphic card and you still get playable framerate. It’s insane. We could finally see use of reflections as a game mechanic. Just imagine multiplayer games where using reflections to have an advantage. For example looking at windows or reflective objects to see if someone is hiding in the room, or using reflections to create more scary environment. Or even just to boost immersion. I always loved games that render player’s own shadow, because it gives a feeling that your player character physically exists in the game and it’s not just floating hands and gun, but a real person that casts a shadow of its own. Now imagine also seeing real reflections of yourself in everything that is reflective.

I don’t know what kind of witchcraft CryTek is doing, but it seems to be working and I really hope developers will jump on it. CryEngine has always been visually amazing, but always stumbling in the shadow of Unreal Engine. I hope this will help them out. Crysis 4 maybe? I sure hope and with ray tracing please. 🙂

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Overwatch playerbase is fucking depressive

I did met few cool people that I have as friends now and few absolute randoms that we joked with how we use hax and shit (really just calling abilities hax, like Soldier 76 Tactical Visor which is an aimbot or Widows’s Infra Vision that’s essentially a wallhack) or joked how Sombra is a hacker. We also call each other stupid shit or you just, you know, fucking rant when dumb stupid shit happens.

And there, apparently in the core of the Overwatch playerbase is this specific set of retards that keep reporting people because they purposely disable nasty words filter and then report people, they can’t take a joke, rant or I don’t know fucking what. I never said to anyone “yo faggot X, fuck off this game”. Not a single time. If I did it was at a character, like “fucking Genji again”. Which means a game fucking character and his annoying ass abilities, not at the player of the Genji. How fucking hard is that to understand?  If I directed an insult at you, I’d call you by fucking name, not by game character name. So, because of dumb motherfuckers like this, game is bitching again about “abusive chat”. Go fuck yourselves, dumb fuckers. The moment I got that warning everything fucking dropped for me. Lost almost all wish to even play this shit anymore if my account is being threatened by weak snowflakes that can’t stop being offended. If I’m so fucking annoying, mute my chat or whatever, but reporting me for shit that mostly gets half censored and not directed at anyone but per situation rants, fuck off.

I’ve played many games the same way as this one and not once I got threatened to stop being “abusive”. Coz apparently, only in Overwatch it’s all fucking sunny days, bunnies and butterflies and everyone singing Kumbaya around fucking Zenyatta. This fucking world and people being unable to take a fucking insult. If it was at least fucking directed at them…

Direct URL tracking of Royal Mail parcels

I’ve already posted a guide for DHL and UPS parcels here, but Royal Mail seems to be quite common in Europe so this will be helpful too…

To track Royal Mail parcels/packages directly using URL, just copy this to your browser or bookmark:

http://track2.royalmail.com/portal/rm/track?trackNumber=[TRACKING_NUMBER]

Just replace the [TRACKING_NUMBER] with the actual tracking number supplied to you by the store. I always store tracking number as bookmark so I can quickly check the status on my phone without having to manually open Royal Mail tracking page and copy&paste the tracking number in the field. This way it’s much faster and convenient.

Dissenter, a comment section for the entire internet

Recent trend is to shut down comment sections on webpages to avoid people actually discussing what they really think about the news article or the content so the authors can further push certain agendas or narratives without any resistance from people who aren’t just sheep, but they actually think about things or discuss it with others. Because articles and news without comment sections are pretty much propaganda material.

As a response to that, Gab, the free speech social network recently launched service called Dissenter. Essentially, Dissenter is a commenting system, almost like Disqus, but doesn’t require integration into webpage itself. You can download extension for it for all major browsers (links will be down below) and read what others are saying about certain content under an URL. If you want to comment, you have to create Gab account, but reading is fully open as is. Good thing about it is that you can browse the webpages as before and when opening Dissenter, you get a popup on top, so you can read webpage and the comments at the same time without leaving one or the other.

In a nutshell, we already had something similar, it was called “WOT” or “Web Of Trust”, until it was discovered they were selling user data to 3rd parties without user consent. It’s when I and many others ditched it. Which is a shame because the design and usability of the service was pretty good and super useful.

If webpages have comment sections, but they are censored or disabled, you can still comment on it and anyone using Dissenter, can see them under same URL. Even if webpages don’t have comment sections at all by default, you can still comment and others can still read that.

Dissent always comments under the specific URL you’re currently located, so if you want to comment on their webpage in general, you need to visit their root webpage or home page. This can be seen in Dissenter popup, so make sure you are on correct address depending on what you want to comment on, specific article or subpage or home page itself.

Idiots are already making wild claims how Dissenter is a neonazi propaganda tool, that needs to be banned and shutdown from everywhere (the same they’ve been doing with Gab platform itself), but I see a lot of value in it. Just like WOT, this can be used for anything, be it just a comment on a CNN news article without comment section, Youtube video that has comments disabled or a rating of an online store that you had negative (or positive) experience with, but there is very hard to warn others if there are no comments on the webpage itself. With Dissent, you can do that too. And no one can stop you from commenting, because it’s outside of webpage’s control. An ultimate free speech tool, as you can talk about anything, anywhere. Sure trolls and spammers will eventually start abusing it, but reading different opinions and having doubt about things is what makes you a more rational person. You don’t just read things and blindly believe them to be the truth, you read comments and research things before forming an opinion. And that’s the point of Dissent. Grab it and check out what people really think about things online.

Download Dissent browser extension (and source code):

https://dissenter.com/download

Gab

https://gab.com

Some Overwatch players are apparently dumb snowflakes

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So, I got reported for “abusive chat” by “fellow players” (fellow players don’t report ppl over their personal insecurities ffs) whatever the fuck that means given this game comes with “Profanity filter” enabled by default…

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So, there are apparently literally people being offended over words that come censored BY DEFAULT. Because I’m pretty sure that when I write “well, this round was shit” the people on other end see it as “well, this round was ****” (because some player even asked me what was the word in the end once). And people went out of their way to report it. Why? If you’re so god damn offended even over censored words, what are you doing with your stupid pathetic sad life? This applies even more if you turn off profanity filter and then bitch to Blizzard over words you see. Oh and boy I fucking hate people who write “gg” after every god damn game like some fucking generic robots even though they got fucked hard in the ass by enemy team without any lube… Vent it, rant about it. I miss days when everyone did this and no one gave any fucks. Now everyone needs to be coddled and protected from “mean” words. Give me a break stupid perpetually offended snowflakes.

Not to mention I directly talked to someone in ALL chat (not even directly to a person via private chat) only on 2 occasions, the rest were general joking rants like “great, we only got the shittiest heroes” in Mystery Heroes mode when enemy team was packing the best heroes, often even two of the same (like two D.Va-s) and I kept getting all the heroes I never play because I’m shit with them. Who are these dumb people who get offended over this? Who are you and why are you being offended over shit that’s not even directed at you?

Ultimately I don’t give a shit, I just had to vent it for 5 minutes, but they are really only punishing other players with this “punishment”. Mostly because I seem to be the only player who ever warns the team about enemy players trying to get behind us, like “um guys, Reaper is coming behind us on the right”. Well, happy reaping then for the next 7 days coz I ain’t telling you shit now lmao XD

I just hope this “silencing” doesn’t include friends in groups. Coz that would be retarded. There is this guy who I play with regularly and we’re the best team. I call him “Gangsta Hamsta” coz he’s rolling around in his hamster ball and I’m usually his dedicated healer. He’s one of the most badass Wrecking Ball players I’ve seen and would suck hard if we couldn’t joke around anymore, even if only for 7 days.

So, I guess, see ya offended again in 7 days… XD

Ditched Google for good. Entirely this time.

Several months ago I’ve ditched everything Google and avoided it like plague. Only thing still following me was Android. Sure it has several neat features, but user privacy sure as hell isn’t one of them.

And with phones, you really only have 3 options. Dumb phone, Android or iPhone. There is no in-between. Some people say “uh oh, use a different Android ROM without Google Apps. I’ve had a different ROM and my banking app was endlessly protesting because it was unlocked (but not rooted!). Besides, if you don’t use GooglePlay, you’re really using just a better feature phone. What’s even the point then? So, I’ve done something unthinkable. I’ve said in the past I’d NEVER EVER own anything made by Apple. And here we are, in 2019, I ate my own words, spit them out and bought iPhone XR.

I know I’m essentially just trading one big corporation for the other, but Google repeatedly disappointed me with their practices as well as with their MO of hoarding data like mad and not giving a single fuck about it. Where Apple, their efforts in regards to privacy show they actually care and that also shows not only internally, but also externally. Set “Location” to NOT ALLOWED and apps will respect that while still work. Where on GooglePlay, if you set that, most apps will just endlessly bitch about it and just blatantly refuse to work until you do even though they don’t need the damn location info at all to operate. And just having Location enabled reports everything to Google where they pinky promise not to use it in any way. Sure… Besides, Apple is selling products. Expensive ones, but they mostly make money with that. Google hands almost everything out for free. Guess how they make money. From YOU. So, that’s another aspect.

I’ve always protested Apple idiocies and boy iPhone has some of the dumbest things I’ve seen last 2 decades. But it also has quite some really neat things. I’ve had to escape Google and I just took a plunge and said to myself: “I’ll adapt if I’m forced to.” And I have. It’ll still take some time to figure it out entirely, but so far, I like the experience in general. And build quality is indeed premium. It just feels as good as much as I’ve paid for it. A lot. Sure, it’s still expensive, but at least I have a company behind it that at least on the outside gives a damn about user privacy and software support basically guaranteed for the next 5 years. Which is just a wishful thinking with Android, which absolutely sucks in this regard.

We’ll see how things unfold, because a decade ago I wouldn’t buy an Apple product. And back then I also never thought I’d be ditching Google with such joy a decade later…

Netflix, why are you so shit with recommendations?

I’ve been noticing for a while how shit Netflix is at recommending things to watch to me. And I’m not sure if this is just an European thing or is it so shit in US of A as well. They keep on sending “Netflix tonight” mails with movies I’ve either already watched or they keep on repeating same ones while freaking NEVER letting me know about actual newly added movies and series unless it’s Netflix Original.

The other day I was lurking through bunch of categories and noticed there are movies I was interest in, but Netflix never let me know they were added. Not even in fucking “Recently added” timeline. But they made sure to recommend me ARQ for the freaking 8th time…

So I purposely went out of my way to look for “what’s new on Netflix” by using dedicated “Recently added” screen. Guess what I got. A home screen with all timelines which you get when you open Netflix in browser for the first time. WTF?

And if I click on “Explore all” next to it I get this…

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And if I select A-Z instead of “Suggestions for you” I again get the home screen with all “timelines”…

Netflix, stop dicking around, this is ridiculous. And they are planning on ramping up the prices. Are you shitting me? Not only Europeans get like 4x less content than Americans for higher price (coz of fucking awesome $=€), Netflix can’t seem to get their basic fucking functionality work right. Finding things that were added to Netflix is fucking pain in the ass and instead of just checking what’s new and adding it to My List for viewing queue, I need to dig through entire god damn library skipping all the fucking movies I’ve already watched and look for thumbnails that look new. Fucking hell. Get your shit together Netflix…