Category Archives: Angry Rants

My personal rants over idiotic, dumb and stupid decisions made by others. Or myself.
May (or most likely will) contain lots of swearing, the F words and all the other words not appropriate for little children.
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Hey NVIDIA, your magical new DLDSR is broken and performs worse than old DSR…

Few days ago NVIDIA announced new DLDSR feature or Deep Learning Dynamic Super Resolution. And I was waiting in excitement to try it out today with new driver they released for it. Just to be confused. A lot.

This is what NVIDIA was promising…

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Basically no framerate change despite actually running at higher resolution. Cool, right? Well, not quite… Examples below are just main menu of DX:MD running on RTX 3080. Framerate captured with ReShade, was the same when done with feature on my monitor instead of ReShade, but I can’t screenshot that.

NATIVE 1440p (167 fps)
Legacy DSR 2.25x (2160p > 1440p @ 85fps)
New DLDSR 2.25x (2160p > 1440p @ 83fps)

Spot the freaking problem? Old brute DSR that just renders at higher resolution and downscales to native monitor resolution is faster by a tiny bit than “2x more efficient” DLDSR.

What the hell NVIDIA? Sure, I’m not using 1080p but 1440p instead, but still, there is literally no difference in performance between old DSR and new DLDSR. Not only that, they both perform SIGNIFICANTLY worse than native 1440p. I mean like it literally halves the framerate. What’s up with that? Or is Prey some game that just happens to scale so bizarrely well with DLDSR, but Deus Ex:Mankind Divided that I just happen to play right now somehow doesn’t at all?

And to make matters worse, new DLDSR is plagued by same stupid refresh rate issues original “legacy” DSR had and I experience them back on GTX 980. Freaking Maxwell 2 card. Fast forward to 2022 with RTX 3080 and the same nonsense is still present. What I’m talking about is refresh rate being stuck at 60Hz if game doesn’t support adjustment of refresh rate within the game. DX:MD does, but most games don’t. Stupid DSR/DLDSR function just assumes you can only run 4K at 60Hz and will run at that even though the physical monitor is actually 144Hz. WHY?! But if the game supports framerate adjustment, you can set it to 144Hz and it’ll happily run at 4K 144Hz. WHY?!? WHY NVIDIA!? Use the freaking refresh rate of the physical display automatically. You’re scaling it virtually, there is no refresh rate limitation there. Playing at 60Hz on 144Hz monitor is literally painful to watch.

It’s also weird DSR/DLDSR resolutions are screenshotted at 4K as you can see from examples above. Which is also weird. I thought DSR’s downscaling is done with the driver before being actually sent to the physical display output so that it can apply smoothing filter. But from the looks of it it just sends 4K image to the actual physical output. Monitor displays at 1440p because it’s what it is and can’t do 4K, but if I screenshot it, it’s 2160p (4K) because that’s the rendered resolution. Woot? This makes me believe the DSR smoothing slider literally does nothing at default 33% if it doesn’t actually scale anything and monitor does that instead. This doesn’t make any sense, but explains why framerate drops the same with DSR and DLDSR. It’s rendering over 2x as much pixels as native. And framerate is halved as a result.

Either this is just straight up broken or I’m missing something. I know how to use DSR and this doesn’t make any sense.

Oh and as side note, Marty McFly’s effects are nowhere to be found when i tried enabling them with NVIDIA Experience in DX:MD. They just weren’t there. Back to ReShade it is. What an underwhelming and disappointing “feature” driver update…

Microsoft, kindly fuck off with your stupid “Taskbar Corner Overflow” feature

What absolutely annoys me is the new “Taskbar corner overflow” garbage introduced with Windows 11. Windows 10 had this tray icon hiding nonsense, but with a flip of a switch you could permanently set ALL tray icons to be visible at all times. Do it once and never be bothered by it ever again. But because “progress” happened in between, I now have to enable every single fucking app by hand to appear in tray bar. And to make matters worse, it’s not just for “new” apps installed on system. Every time I update NVIDIA Forceware, the fucking NVIDIA eye icon gets hidden in the stupid overflow nonsense. What an absolute pile of shit. Who thought this was a great idea? I absolutely hate hiding shit in there so you don’t know what’s even running. It makes even less sense when stupid Windows 11 compacts fucking everything so hard I have 90% of taskbar empty 99% of the time on my 27″ 1440p monitor. Start icon is tiny, all the apps and folders are now tiny and to make matters worse, it stacks EVERYTHING. If you have 15 folders open and it’ll display them as single icon in taskbar. I’d have to have 50 different apps open to actually fill the taskbar. And that’s with all icons enabled in the overflow! So why the fuck is there a need to further hide shit into the “overflow” by default? Just WHY?!

Oh my god what an absolute asshole design in Deus Ex Mankind Divided

It’s been few years since release of Deus Ex Mankind Divided. And I actually started playing it on launch, but had bizarre crashing issues between missions. After clearing Dubai mission, game always crashed so I gave up. Finally revisited it since I have entire new system running all new OS and this time it worked. Still crashes sometimes out of the blue, but not every single time anymore between missions. Aaaaanyways, I have other issues to whine about…

I’m actually really digging the game. It’s my jam of hoarding stuff and sneaking my way around. And first annoying thing that still drives me insane is how you get stuck on EVERY single 2cm high edge on the ground. Ledge in the doorway? Getting stuck. Ledge leading into vent that’s leveled with ground? Getting stuck. Door that split opens up and down? Yeah, you get stuck on the bottom part poking out of the floor for 2cm. My god, who made this and cleared it after playtest? The amount of time I made myself visible because I had to fucking jump because of this? Or I made noise. Or it fucked up my stealth in 500 fucked up creative ways.

Then there is this stupid game ruining bug that fucks up music in game randomly in Prague so that there is NO music at all anymore. I’ve walked into Prague’s Red Queen strip club and all I could hear was some weird clicking noise. I can’t describe how weird it was knowing all the clubs in all Deus Ex games had awesome music. Found online it’s a known bug they never bothered to fix and you can fix it by going down to sewers and returning back up and the music will be fixed. Returned to Red Queen and behold, it actually has music again.

Then they further fucked up game by forcing you to choose between saving a crazy aug god chick or do a bank heist. For some stupid reason some idiot during game design thought it would be cool to force player to make a decision where they can’t finish both missions in same playthrough. Because being forced to replay same game just to experience it fully is so much better than willingly doing it because it’s so cool you just want more. Doing either wouldn’t change the continuity of the game, but they decided you can only do one or the other. Stupid.

And lastly, as far as I’ve come anyways, the G.A.R.M. research facility in Swiss Alps, depending who you chose to contact, Vega or Miller right in the beginning of it, apparently that causes game to just randomly trigger alarms through entire fucking G.A.R.M. base if you pick Miller. Whose brilliant idea was it to randomly and without any notice fuck up entire gameplay to a point I now need to replay entire fucking mission from start just so I can do it in peace and quiet without fucking everyone being trigger happy and angry the entire time. Thank god I made a fucking save, but wasted some 3 hours of gameplay. They’re all going to fucking die from lead poisoning that’s for sure. Quietly. If you haven’t played it yet, contact Vega and save you the trouble. Or you’ll have entire mission fucked up. Well, unless you go guns blazing without silencer, in which case, carry on.

Don’t get me wrong, I still have great experience with the game, it’s the good old Deus Ex I love, but my god this really ruined it badly and it’s all entirely unnecessary.

System Shock remake delayed for whole frigging year to December 2022

Months ago I’ve pre-ordered System Shock remake because despite having a certain attitude towards pre-orders, I thought fuck it, I’m getting System Shock 2 Enhanced Edition as bonus and I want System Shock remake anyway.

Months have passed and I just remembered System Shock 2 Enhanced Edition was scheduled for end of this year so I checked how it’s going coz I got a bit nostalgic. Just to realize System Shock 2 Enhanced Edition is not even listed on GOG anymore. It was just entirely delisted. Ok, wtf. So I check the System Shock page if the bonus is still on so they won’t magically forget about it, just to realize it says release date for System Shock remake is now December 2022. It was December 2021. WHAT. THE. ACTUAL. FUCK!?!?!?

This whole thing has so many issues I don’t even know what to think of it at this point. Ok, so System Shock remake was not ready yet. Fair enough. I don’t mind waiting some more if it means good experience. But for whole fucking year? How fucking broken and unfinished was it that you came to conclusion it needs to be postponed for a whole extra year? I’ll have to wait for another YEAR to experience System Shock 1 in modern interpretation of it (mind you, I never played SS1, but loved SS2). But ok, it had to be delayed. Alright, do your thing to really make it best game possible on release.

What I don’t understand is why was System Shock 2 Enhanced Edition delayed for whole year too? It’s just an enhanced version of game that already exists in a full form and they aren’t doing a remaster with newly sculpted world, models and textures like Black Mesa did to original Half-Life. It’s just tweaks and improvements on existing original game. How much god damn work do you need on that one to also postpone it for whole year too?

If SS2 Enhanced Edition is done, but you don’t want to release it as reward for System Shock remake pre-order before that game is out, why? Why not give us SOMETHING to play with during whole year we wait for System Shock remake to appear? It would be a small act of good faith and as small apology. It didn’t happen.

And what I despise the most is how they’ve quietly done all this. No notification, no message, no e-mail about unfortunate delay because of X and Y. Nothing. I had to remember it myself and learn the disappointment myself. If GOG or the developers just sent all who pre-ordered an e-mail letting us know what’s happening, I’d be far less angry and disappointed. Coz you know, shit happens and it’s stupid COVID and development issues, I get it. Just own it and let your fans know. But nope, nothing.

Shell Infrastructure Host eating CPU in Windows 11 after using Photos app

I’ve noticed Windows 11 has a really nasty stupid bug that happens every single time on two different systems running Windows 11 which didn’t happen in Windows 10 under exact same conditions.

If you work with folders that have huge number of very high quality photos and use Windows Photos app to view them for a while, after some time, you’ll spot a sluggishness of system or in case of my main desktop system, I can clearly hear my fans ramping up a bit on Windows desktop, something they only do when I put some sort of load on CPU. But it’s not Photos app that’s causing this, somehow, the Photos app seems to invoke Shell Infrastructure Host process to start eating a lot of CPU time for absolutely no good fucking reason. And only way to fix it is to reboot the system. You can’t kill the process because OS wants to shut down then.

I’ve then replaced Photos app with IrfanView to view the exact same folder and exact same photos and Shell Infrastructure Host never started eating the CPU. So, the issue is not the fact folder has hundreds of very high (big) quality photos, it’s the broken Photos app that somehow causes Shell Infrastructure Host to eat all the CPU. I have no clue why would Photos app invoke Shell Infrastructure Host and make it do that or what the fuck it is even doing there eating so much CPU. I mean on my ultra thin laptop with Pentium N6000 (quad core) it was eating 50% of CPU and you could clearly sense things got less responsive because of it. On my main system with Ryzen 5800X it wasn’t noticeable and was eating around 25-30%, but I could hear the CPU cooler fans to spin up slightly and they never do when I’m on desktop and not doing any actual work of any kind.

I’ve searched online and found other people have the same problem and only response on Microsoft community forums was “use different app to view photos”. Yeah, well, that’s not a solution, especially since most other apps just feel so clumsy and not as smooth as Photos app that comes with Windows 11, particularly when it comes to scrolling and zooming of photos using trackpad on laptop.

Microsoft, fix this dumb shit already. Jesus, you managed to make almost everything about Windows 11 worse than it was in Windows 10. Even viewing fucking photos. Ugh?!

Halo is overhyped garbage

I’ve complained before about Halo. A lot. Especially what an absolutely lazy level design it had back when it was released in 2001. There were segments of maps that were literally copy & pasted around. Most obvious were the bridges segment around beginning of the game where you had to fight across same frigging bridges over and over and over. And then the dreaded idiotic dull copy & pasted Library level. And then for the finale, same copy and pasted space ship, they just applied burned textures and some fire.

So, many years have passed and when Halo Master Chief Collection was released I thought, ok, maybe I was wrong and somehow just didn’t understand the game or I remember it wrong.

Bought the Master Chief Collection and decided to re-experience it fully with refreshed visuals. Maybe I’ll change my opinion…

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Just to be greeted with this. I was in such disbelief what I’m seeing I actually asked on r/Halo if my game is glitching out. Turns out, this is in fact not a glitch, it’s a normal display of how game looks. For a game released in late 2019. I had to mark it with circles because I’m sure there would be people saying “hey dummy, there is nothing wrong with this image”. And while I was preparing it I realized it’s not just on player and NPC models. It’s the entire fucking scene. Look at all the beams. Fucking checkerboard pattern everywhere!

If you’re still confused what I’m whining about, it’s the shading and shadowing. These motherfuckers are literally using checkerboard dithered shading and shadowing of objects and scene. I faked shading in MS Paint using spray tool this way. 25 years ago. Holy fucking shit, I haven’t seen that in games from mid 90’s and they release a game in late 2019 with this. And not only this, it’s a fucking remaster. A REMASTER that has shadows and shading looking worse than original game from 19 years ago.

How can you be that frigging lazy or just plain incompetent? Slapping fucking alpha blending over this and it would make the god damn checkerboard disappear and everything look billion times better. And cost modern graphic card 0.0001% of GPU resources. God damn. It would be still incredibly low resolution for 2021, but I’d be able to digest it. This, I just couldn’t. Sorry, the checkerboard shadows are just so painful to look at I just couldn’t bring myself to play this lazy ass trash game that’s so fucking overhyped by fucking everyone. I don’t care how amazing it is when first game, Halo Combat Evolved was such disappointment I can’t bring myself to play any later Halo game. And with remaster, they fucked it up visually to a degree that I just can’t enjoy it in any way. I mean, I’ll be seeing this shit literally 100% of the time. Just no. Nope.

Disagree with me all you want, I don’t give a shit. Halo is overhyped, overrated, lazy ass garbage and I can’t grasp how people’s minds work to consider this game as “one of most iconic games of all times”. It’s just shit.

Microsoft, fix the fucked up Night Light feature already

My god, what the fuck are you doing Microsoft? Night Light function that adds warmer color to display for low light or evening use has been broken in Windows 10 for a long time now. Broken to a degree that setting toggle isn’t consistent between menus. Toggle it in quick actions in task bar isn’t synced to its main settings toggle in Control Panel. And when you enter the actual settings for it there, it’s not synced with either quick actions or Control Panel toggle switch. What the fuck Microsoft!? How can you make a setting that doesn’t seem to connect to a single variable that would dictate a state of the setting? Jesus. And to make matters worse, even if you have scheduling for Night Light disabled, it would just seemingly randomly turn off or be set somewhere in between. I often notice on both Windows 10 and Windows 11 that display color isn’t as warm as I have it set. And after disabling and enabling it, it goes to really cold white to super warm white after. It was just at some arbitrary random value in between for no fucking reason. Stop it. You’re a fucking multi-billion corporation and you can’t make something as simple as fucking display color temperature setting right? Comer the fuck on, what is this amateurish shit Microsoft?

Samsung, you cheap bastards!

Just bought a new 14″ ACER Swift 1 laptop and this model in particular comes with eMMC storage on its main board, but has an empty M.2 NVMe slot available. So I thought, eMMC is notoriously slow, I’m just gonna stick M.2 SSD in it and call it a day.

So I grabbed Samsung 980 250GB M.2 SSD. I open up the laptop (props to ACER for making this laptop that opens up easily with zero screws hidden under rubber feet!) and start opening up the Samsung 980 SSD box and realize, there is no screw to mount the SSD. Laptop didn’t have one in an empty slot and SSD didn’t have one in the box either. For some reason Samsung assumed we already have the screws for SSD somehow. Or in other words, they are so cheap they couldn’t include super specific, super tiny screw to mount M.2 in the frigging box. WHY?! Would that screw make whole SSD cost 1€ more? And I was ridiculously generous here. It probably would cost Samsung 0,001€ and they’d still make profit on it.

To my luck I dived into my boxes of many cables and screws for computers and managed to find just one that screws in well, but my god I was angry that I had the laptop shipped, had the SSD shipped and wouldn’t be able to merge both because of a god damn screw that I’d have to order again because hardware stores don’t exactly hold such tiny computer oriented screws. Hell, most computer stores probably don’t have them.

So Samsung, don’t be cheap and just include the fucking one screw with the SSD. Please.

r/privacy is run by perpetually offended morons

Well, since I managed to get myself banned in this Reddit sub in a single day simply for mentioning AdGuard, lets dive in to the thing for a bit why the title stands correct and why you absolutely shouldn’t be getting any advice from r/privacy. Probably no one cares, but I do, because this is internet and internet is serious business!

This is the original comment that I made. Someone mentioned uBlock and I merely mentioned I prefer AdGuard more because it in fact has delivered better experience to me personally.

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I have touch devices and AdGuard’s (browser extension) big toggle buttons and selections are the exact opposite of microscopic tiny checkboxes all over uBlock. I also had uBlock weirdly block legit things (and not block all ads correctly) which meant a lot of manual fiddling and debugging what the offending entries were or weren’t. AdGuard has and it also had better default lists than uBlock which uses pretty crappy 3rd party ones out of the box which means you need to fiddle with it A LOT before it becomes usable. AdGuard just uses its own curated list and it’s a single one, not a mishmash of weird 3rd party ones. I still think uBlock is great for desktop use with mouse and if you want insane control over webpage elements. But no one cared asking or not just assuming shit…

Then this moron dropped, accusing me of being a “shill”…

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Excuse me, but since when does merely mentioning a competing product and literally taking fucking time to explain WHY I like it more, makes me a SHILL somehow? I just fucking MENTIONED it. I wasn’t forcing anyone to use it, I wasn’t commenting repeatedly how people should use AdGuard over uBlock. This was literally my first comment in months on r/privacy and I’m somehow a shill? Get fucked dude. And that’s pretty much what I told him. Now, granted, I may not have to say that, but at the moment that “shill” comment really blew my lid off.

Most ironic thing is that this whole fuckery happened because idiots there are so clueless they don’t ask, they just accuse without checking anything. Like this gem for example:

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Oh noes, AdGuard is not FOSS (Free Open Source Software). Except IT IS. You fuckers were too busy calling me a shill and downvoting me into fucking oblivion to bother asking me which AdGuard product I’m even using. Because guess what, AdGuard browser extension is open source and has link to its source posted on its main fucking Firefox Addons page:

https://github.com/AdguardTeam/AdguardBrowserExtension

Well, to give credit to just 2 people out of this entire clusterfuck, here is a screenshot of the OP (mangoman21e8) of the thread thanking me for mentioning AdGuard as an option and mymeetang for actually asking whether I’m talking about desktop global AdGuard adblocker (which is sort of like a proxy app that runs globally on OS level and not just inside browser) or extension. I can be polite if people aren’t assholes to me.

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trai_dep, you get fucked. Asshole. You didn’t save anything or anyone, you’re literally the problem.

And here is what got me perma banned this morning (green comments are mine)…

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The last green line was after I already got perma banned after pretty politely explaining the thing to mods who are so clueless they couldn’t find facts even if they were inside their own ass and instead opted to just perma ban me anyway.

So, ultimately I got banned because I was in fact promoting mentioning an OPEN SOURCE product and these fuckers are too clueless to know that. Good riddance, I wouldn’t want to be getting advice from you clueless morons anyway.

If you’re looking for info on privacy, go anywhere but on r/privacy. It’s run by clueless “feels over facts” mods and people there don’t seem to have much more clue either. Otherwise they wouldn’t be attacking me for merely mentioning AdGuard browser extension all while not knowing it’s open source the entire fucking time. Hilarious.

UPDATE 2021-10-24

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And here is this idiot mod still going on, “lecturing” me how product webpage is the only authoritative source for information and browser extension page just doesn’t cut it (nevermind the fact extension was posted in Firefox repository by AdGuard itself). Because somehow people who try to find adblocker for their browser are looking it on Google and not browser’s own extensions gallery/store… But regardless, this guy is so fucking dumb he’s wrong and you tell him he’s wrong and he just keep on insisting on some fabricated bullshit lol.

He yet again states AdGuard Browser Extension is NOT open-source and he claims it’s incredibly hard to find it’s open source. Oh really?

https://adguard.com/en/adguard-browser-extension/overview.html

Just scroll all the way down on its official webpage. What is that? A GitHub link? Dude, you’re fucking blind or just so stupid. But I think he’s both. I’ve seen amoebas exhibit more intelligence and they have no eyes or brain lol…

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Granted, they don’t outright state it’s an open source software, but does this idiot thinks casual users care? And if anyone does so much, they’ll figure it out themselves whether it’s open source or not, especially since there is literally a link to repository with a fucking SOURCE CODE which couldn’t be done in a more plain sight than it is right now.

And as predicted…

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The usual Reddit mod MO. When they are proven wrong and their moderation is utter bullshit, they just mute you. Ignorance is bliss I guess, maybe this idiot should participate in r/Cringetopia since we’re giving recommendations where to try better luck. Coz this guy is pure cringe lol. DON’T GO TO R/PRIVACY FOR ADVICE ABOUT PRIVACY. People running that place are idiots lol

Apple, quit your sapphire bullshit. Seriously.

So, Apple launched this year’s iPhone 13 and one thing that really grinds my gears is one specific thing they’ve been saying for a while and people always bitch at me I’m an Apple fanboy because I don’t mention it. Well, here you have it.

What I’m talking about is sapphire used on camera lenses. Apple has advertised it as “Sapphire crystal lens cover” for several generations…

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I like sapphire and have tons of experience with it from watches. I have several watches with real sapphire crystal covering their watch face. Steinhart Ocean One, Seiko SARB, Casio Oceanus and they all have absolutely pristine crystal despite being worn A LOT and often bashed at things. That’s because sapphire is incredibly tough, hard to scratch crystal. So, it would make sense to use it on camera lenses right, so you have protection of camera lenses that will most likely never scratch.

However, as proven many times by JerryRigEverything, Apple is bullshitting all of us by stating it’s sapphire, while it’s not actually sapphire.

The tester needs to go to red level to register sapphire grade crystal. And it should be only slightly scratching with Moh level 8 and more with 9 test picks, not with 6.

Like, come on Apple. I know real sapphire crystal for regular watches cost up to 50€ depending on size and thickness. You’re charging 900€ and more for your phones, surely you can afford to slap 3 tiny lenses made out of real sapphire on those cameras. Or if not, just stop writing it’s sapphire. No one would care if it’s just strengthened glass, but when you say it’s sapphire, then fucking actually use it. It would cost them literal pennies for quantities they push out.

In a way it’s a petty thing, but in other way I wish they’d either fix this claim or fix the material used. This is customer deception and I’m surprised they haven’t got sued over it yet. It’s not fucking sapphire!