AMD Radeon RX Vega release date hint

AMD announced via Facebook today that RX Vega will in fact be released this quarter (April-June 2017 timeframe). Which falls within the 1st half of 2017 as announced by AMD months ago.

However, today, a guy named “uuuaaaaaa” posted this on TechPowerUp…

The star known as Vega is 25.05 light years away from earth. Wouldn’t it be cool if it was released on the 25th of may? :D

Anyone else thinks this can’t be just a coincidence? 25th May? It also falls in line with Prey 2 which was heavily advertised along with RX Vega as well as Alien:Covenant, also getting released in May…

It never crossed my mind, but now that I know it, it’s kinda interesting. Maybe we’ll see Vega in May already as predicted from this 🙂

Youtube advertisement drama nonsense

So, if you haven’t heard yet, there this mega drama going on around Youtube and advertisement used on this platform, particularly demonetization of “hateful” videos, leaving Youtube creators pennyless because they allegedly post “hateful” videos.

The alleged problem is that people viewing Youtube connect video content to the ad shown on that video. For example, running a channel that reports on islamisation of Europe and warning people about its effects on Europe, your videos will get demonetized because the content is “hateful” to muslims. If some brand, lets say Coca Cola is shown on such video, people apparently somehow connect this “hate” against muslims to Coca Cola, like Coca Cola is actively endorsing this…

People aren’t really offended over this

Ok, now that you get the context and concept, you may think, ok, so people really don’t like Coca Cola endorsing hate against muslims! Well, not really. The thing is, it was not the people who started this outrage against ads on “hateful” videos, it was the old, outdated, outgoing mainstream media that launched a mass campaign against Youtube. I mean, all of a sudden, in a very short timeframe, countless old mainstream media outlets spewed out countless articles condemning Youtube displaying brand names on “hateful” videos. Sound familiar? It’s exactly the same freaking thing they did when GamerGate happened, when they launched countless, exactly same worded articles attacking certain group or platform. Why? Youtube is what’s killing these dinosaurs off! Youtube is making them irrelevant. There are Youtube creators who have bigger audiences than most mainstream media outlets combined and they really don’t like that. Are you forming a picture already?

Mainstream media and companies don’t understand how ads work on Youtube

These disingenuous mainstream media outlets apparently think ads are carefully selected for videos. And same seems to go for these companies who are now pulling ads from “hateful” videos in what looks like mass panic. They think someone actually sits “behind their screens”, watching videos and going: “Yes, this hateful video needs some Coca Cola love, lets place their ad on it.”

It’s not how things work! At all! With the amount of videos on Youtube, it’s impossible to do this on any kind of viable level. Ads are served to videos automatically in random fashion, because ads have to be on videos, because that’s how Youtube is sustaining itself. There might be some relevancy based endorsing of ads based on user’s previous view history and Google search, but in general, Youtube has this pool of ads to show and they distribute them to videos on random basis. They don’t connect or endorse the content, they just show some ads.

So, why this outrage over famous brands having their ads shown on “hateful” videos? It doesn’t seem to make any sense to me. It’s not relevant. No one is endorsing anything, it’s just some ads shown on some video. That’s it.

Illogical disconnect between Youtube and TV

What wonders me at this point is, if Youtube videos that are “hateful” portray companies who are advertising their products on such videos in a negative way, how come this doesn’t apply to TV?

There are tons of ads shown on commercial TV channels between movies, series and news. Why no one connects Coca Cola to that jihadi beheading just shown in the news? Why no one connects Toyota to ISIS because they predominantly tow around their fighters around the desert in those cars?

Or to make things even further, do you people remember how they place brands in movies directly? I do. I remember countless action movies where terrorists were recording kidnapped victims with Sony cameras and the producers made sure the SONY brand flashed on the screen in a very hard to miss fashion? Do you people remember all the countless times terrorists in action movies used Nokia phones and again, the film makers made abundantly clear to flash the brand name in viewers field of view. Or how Casio watches were again predominantly shown on bombs and wrists of terrorists?

The big question here is, why is everyone supposedly outraged over some Coca Cola and Toyota ads shown on allegedly “hateful” videos on Youtube, but absolutely no one gave any damn about actual terrorists (still fictional though since it was a movie) using those products of those brands to create terror and harm on TV and in cinema?

Can someone explain to me this illogical disconnect between what’s essentially THE SAME advertisement method? It’s not about endorsement or support, it’s just about showing ads and brand names to make money. Because that’s what capitalism is all about. Money.

My verdict on this drama

Advertisers should tell the mainstream media who artificially kickstarted this drama to kindly piss away. And advertisers should grow a pair and stop pandering to these perpetually offended fruitcakes. No one thinks Coca Cola is endorsing hate just because their ad rolled over a video that somehow offended someone. And from what I’ve seen, it wasn’t even people who were offended or connected the brand to something hateful, it was mainstream media, the old dying one that started all this mess in a hope to hurt Youtube and make it less relevant, because Youtube was hurting mainstream media so badly in recent years. And they succeeded because I’m seeing more and more Youtubers losing their livelihood because their videos are now flagged as “unsafe” and advertisement “unfriendly”. I’m also seeing mass panic from corporations, pulling ads from Youtube because they just don’t understand how advertisement on platforms like Youtube even works. You know, those corporate penguins may be CEO’s and CTO’s, but they have next to zero understanding of how internet works and because they need to think of shareholders, they of course panic. Stop it! No one thinks these companies endorse hate! So, why removing the advertisements? There is no need for that. If TV ads did not negatively portray same brands when associated with negative things on screen, why should they be on Youtube or anywhere else? It’s just some ads shown on some videos. That’s the end of it.

Mozilla, stop fucking up hardware acceleration in Firefox

Ok, now I have enough of this god damn bullshit with Firefox.

If you are one of those people who has a certain laptop and it isn’t particularly fast, but it was fast enough for browsing, watching videos and using Youtube, but then, all of a sudden, videos in Youtube became unplayable at basically any resolution, making your device pretty much useless for entertainment on the Youtube front.

And we can thank Mozilla for that. Yeah, you fuckers at Mozilla intentionally block hardware hardware acceleration in Firefox on certain graphic cards (GPU) for “safety”. Well, I never had any god damn problem with Firefox or Youtube on my AMD E-450 APU until you fucks started interfering. It always worked perfectly smoothly without a single crash, lockup or anything. But then you fuckers decided to just nonchalantly block my GPU acceleration without any god damn fucking way of disabling fucking retarded GPU blocklist, making laptop pretty much useless for Youtube since it’s all lagging like shit.

But behold, if I play any 1080p video in Windows media players or if I open Microsoft Edge, surf to Youtube and play same videos, they run absolutely perfectly smooth on same god damn motherfucking GPU. No crashes or lockups, just absolutely smooth 1080p video. Even at 60fps! Where in Firefox, it’s fucking lagging and stalling like garbage even on 480p videos. Go fuck yourself Mozilla.

I actually wouldn’t even care if there was at least an easy switch to bypass GPU blocklist thing via about:config. Nooooooooooo, Mozilla had to fucking hardcode this shit into the browser so you can’t do ANYTHING about it. There is some spoofing shit via BAT file, but I just can’t be bothered fiddling with that nonsense…

What the fuck would it cost you Mozilla to allow users to easily disable this GPU blocklist shit eh? If I disable it on my own and there are problems, I’ll fucking know it was because of this, I’m not gonna trash Firefox online for crashing (but I am now for fucking up with my HW acceleration). I’ll know it was that what caused the problems. But you don’t even give me the chance to fucking try it. Maybe it would fucking work fine like it did before. But you just blocked it and never gave any fucks about it afterwards because “reasons”.

It’s stupid, it’s retarded and you all know it. Stop fucking around with my browser and give me back my god damn hardware acceleration. I’ll then decide whether it has problems or not, because I am the one who has the GPU in question in front of me, I very much doubt Mozilla actually tests every god damn GPU out there for this retarded blocklist. They just hear “it has problems” from someone and then they run like little fuckers to block it quickly to protect poor users. Well, I don’t need fucking “protection”, I need hardware acceleration that I had and you took it away from me.

You can have the GPU blocklist enabled by default for all the normies who don’t know any better, but for us advanced users, just give us easy setting in about:config advanced settings to disable this GPU blocklist bullshit and I’ll be happy. And trust me, I wouldn’t be the only one…

Watch Youtube/Twitch smoothly on very low end systems

So, I’ve been dealing with this issue for a while as Youtube performance has dramatically deteriorated over the years on my old AMD E-450 APU based laptop.

The thing is, only place where video acceleration doesn’t work well at all is in 3rd party browsers. Firefox, Chrome or Opera, they all run Youtube really badly, but if I fire up high bit rate 1080p video in MPC HC, it plays absolutely smoothly. I couldn’t get it to play smoothly for like 2-3 years now inside browsers. Luckily, there are few solutions I figured out recently and I’ll talk about them here so you guys can watch Youtube smoothly again even on your otherwise already obsolete systems. Why waste money on new devices when few simple tricks can give them back the power to serve you 🙂

Windows 8.1 and 10 Apps for Youtube/Twitch

While I generally don’t like the UWP (Universal Windows Platform) system as anything useful or positive globally (especially how it borks up games), but it has few useful specific apps. Specifically in this case, apps for Youtube which seem to run Youtube HD videos beautifully smooth on really crappy old hardware.

Youtube Windows 8.1 and 10 apps on Windows Store that I’ve tested and really like:

  • Hyper for Youtube
  • ProTube
  • PerfectTube

They all work a bit differently with different interface and functionality experience so try them out and see which one you like the most.

Twitch Windows 8.1 and 10 app on Windows Store that I’ve tested and really like:

  • MyTwitch

This one I also really like. Plays Twitch streams smoothly on same low end notebook and it’s actually so convenient I prefer it over browser for Twitch streams even on my desktop PC which has enough grunt to run several 4K streams at once without taking a sweat. It’s just so fast and straight to the point.

Play Youtube videos in external media player

Other way to achieve smooth Youtube playback without sacrificing convenience of viewing it easily via browser is by using certain browser add-ons and 3rd party programs. This method especially applies to Windows 7 or even Vista systems since you don’t have any Windows 8.1/10 apps to use.

What we need for this?

Install PotPlayer,use default install location so add-on will auto detect its path, making things easier. Then install Firefox or Chrome browser and also install the PotPlayer Youtube Shortcut add-on/extension in your browser.

Go to Youtube, right click on any video thumbnail and select “Open link in PotPlayer”. PotPlayer should open, playing selected Youtube video…

PotPlayer_Youtube.jpg

There are two more things to do…

Hardware Acceleration

Click on that S/W button marked with number 1. It should switch to H/W and you should see the “Use built-in DXVA Video Decoder: On” appearing on top for a short time. Like so…

PotPlayer_HW.jpg

This ensures video is played by a dedicated video acceleration, offloading most of the video decoding on GPU (graphics card processor), freeing up CPU (processor). This means your low end netbook or old laptop will be more responsive during video playback, video itself will play a lot smoother and you’ll experience less generated heat (quieter laptop fan) and longer laptop battery life.

Be aware that H/W (DXVA) mode may not be supported by all devices. If it switches back to S/W by itself, it means your device doesn’t support hardware acceleration of a given resolution or video codec. This may happen with very old Intel integrated graphics or when using resolutions or codecs not accelerated by your GPU.

Video Resolution and Codec

Now that we have fired up H/W acceleration, you may want to click on the menu marked with number 2. Doing so will bring you option to select video quality.

PotPlayer_YTResolution.png

You can experiment how high your GPU may support acceleration.

While testing, my GeForce GTX 980 was able to H/W accelerate 4K video using MP4 AVC codec. Using WebM VP9 switched the mode back to S/W automatically. AMD E-450 APU with integrated graphics in my old laptop on the other hand could only H/W accelerate up to 1080p MP4 AVC, but I was surprised that it was able to smoothly play it at 60 fps (1080p60). Using anything higher and audio started skipping and video stalling since it was running in S/W mode, forcing all the processing on CPU which is too weak for such demanding task.

Preferred resolution and codec should be up to 1920×1080 using MP4 AVC. This should ensure perfectly smooth playback with excellent image quality on most low end devices.

Conclusion

I really don’t understand how it came to this point that hardware acceleration of Youtube in browsers other than Internet Explorer/Edge is total poop these days. I mean, same laptop that played 1080p60 video above with absolute perfection struggles with 480p videos in a browser. Don’t tell me that’s not an absolute joke.

But again, the laptop is around 4-5 years old and it was low end when I bough it. This workaround extended its life for few more years, costing me exactly nothing (other than few minutes to set it all up and figure it out). Yes, it won’t track how much of the video you’ve watched and you’ll kinda break Youtube’s statistics, but really, that’s a small trade off for actually being able to view the content comfortably and without being in constant rage mode because stupid Youtube videos are lagging and stuttering.