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  1. For the uninitiated the X series has been an amazing space game with good longevity. I still have X3 Albion Prelude installed. It is releasing on GOG today (I just checked my account and the files are not ready to download yet). GOG page - https://www.gog.com/game/x4_foundations You cant land on planets like you can in No Mans Sky with this game, but there are large space stations (you can build your own too), and you can fly / fight in any ship with many variattions of weapons while building your fleet and economical support. The dog fighting in all previous games has been superb, I dont doubt this will be more of the same. You need a Graphics card that supports Vulkan Expect all bugs to be fixed within two years (Egosoft are another company historically that are pretty good at polishing up the game and not leaving bugs behind) And the modding community is pretty good too (but usually the German side of the forum is where the more technically adept and dedicated community hangs out) http://forum.egosoft.com/index.php?f=152
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    Argh! Change log???

    Go to here https://www.afkmods.com/ Scroll down to the Unofficial Patch Project section Click "Unofficial Fallout 4 Patch" Click to the first page of the sticky topic - [RELz/WIPz] Unofficial Fallout 4 Patch [UFO4P] Scroll down to the end of the first post, and you will find a couple of links ..
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    X4 Foundations - GOG / Steam Relz 30-11-18

    Version 2.20 (339509) - 2019-03-18 https://forum.egosoft.com/viewtopic.php?f=180&t=402960
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    No Mans Sky - Update

    Sean Murray has been posting a few Tweets recently, but it boils down to this .. https://www.nomanssky.com/2019/03/no-mans-sky-beyond/ .. "More will follow" this time round means 3 major updates dropping in one update "No Man’s Sky BEYOND, a major free chapter, coming Summer 2019. With three updates in one: 1) No Man's Sky Online 2) ? 3) ? We're working out butts off on something special More Info soon ❤️" I'm more interested in what the heck 2 and 3 are going to be.
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    No Mans Sky - Update

    For anyone else waiting for better improvements to No Mans Sky, the Atlas Rises update has been announced https://www.nomanssky.com/atlas-rises-update/ For me this makes NMS everything I wanted it to be, the Pathfinder and Foundation updates were good additions, but this looks like the icing on the cake. Just hope the performance has improved since the last update went a bit downhill in that department. There are hints in these notes that it is not the final update too. Currently the Internal depot has been updated today (about 2 hours ago) https://steamdb.info/app/275850/depots/ I expect GOG will (as usual) be the last to receive an update to the manual update files .. Worth the wait though to avoid installing GOG Galaxy client, which also disables any multi-player / server interaction which needs the client to work (now that there is a sort of multi-player element to the game, not my cup of tea) So usually there would follow an experimental beta for public testing, but I think this one will go straight into a full Public release, followed by a few patches as the public find the inevitable system quirks they cannot test and anticipate for.
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    Wrye Bash - All Games

    (The above screenshot is from here Wrye Bash Pictorial Guide (Which is linked in the First post of this topic where you would expect documentation)). You can also click the Help button in Wrye Bash, and search for Sort by Load Order, Wrye Bash has quite extensive documentation if you take the time to read it.
  7. Steve Gibson has produced another helpful tool along similar lines to Never10 .. InSpectre https://www.grc.com/inspectre.htm Its a neat and informative tool written in assembler so its small (same as all tools from Steve Gibson), only a week in development, but already looks like its just about done at release #5 .. At time of posting - Last Updated: Jan 18, 2018 at 13:14 Reference another topic on Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, this tool will tell you if you are protected against these vulnerabilities or not A Computerworld Columnist reckons the tool is sending anti-virus software a bit nuts because it is new and unrecognised software .. If you’re not particularly interested in taking a graduate level course in Windows translation lookaside buffers and context switches, InSpectre can help. I’ve also just discovered a free Meltdown/Spectre checker from German software vendor Ashampoo. The results from their Spectre Meltdown CPU Checker match that from InSpectre on my machines. I continue to recommend that you hold off on this month’s patches – that includes Windows patches, .NET patches, firmware patches, and more – but you should disable Equation Editor if you’re in the habit of Enabling Edits on spurious Word documents. See my post from last week, but also note 0patch has just released a fix that specifically plugs the Equation Editor security holes. There are no known exploits for Meltdown or Spectre in the wild, although some are in development. (It’s feasible that nation states have been using either or both for decades!) For regular Windows users, the most likely infection vector, when it arrives, will be via a web browser, and those are getting patched quickly. Wait until the dust settles on this month’s patches before you install something that could clobber or cripple your machine. Share your InSpectre insights on the AskWoody Lounge. .. "They are all false positives" For development discussions, refer to Steve Gibsons Newgroups, News.Feedback Edit : And there is a Security Now! podcast dedicated to the subject https://twit.tv/shows/security-now/episodes/646?autostart=false (Scroll down a bit on that security now page too for the link to the show notes which has further helpful links). Edit 2 : NVidia Graphics drivers latest updates (390.65 +) have been adapted to also help prevent these vulnerabilities.
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    X4 Foundations - GOG / Steam Relz 30-11-18

    Public Beta v2.20 Beta 4 https://steamcommunity.com/app/392160/discussions/0/1797403972752422663/
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    InSpectre - New Steve Gibson utility

    Now I am even more confused as to what to do. Think I will just let windows do the necessary roll-out, and see what it makes of what is already enabled. Retpoline is compatible with my I7 anyway, so is desirable if its better performance.
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    InSpectre - New Steve Gibson utility

    Sorry its been a while since I looked in here : No, BIOS = Microcode fix, so same performance hit. You can still disable both Spectre and Meltdown fixes temporarily using Steve Gibsons InSpectre Use the disable buttons while you play a CPU intensive game for example, then enable again afterwards. ------------------------ Also there is a new MS site which supports newer versions of windows and the associated fixes https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/4093836/summary-of-intel-microcode-updates So windows 10 v1809 has fixes listed now - Are these newer fixes bundled with windows updates ? .. I dont know I installed these mitigation's for win 10 1807, then win 10 1809 was installed and InSpectre still shows my machine as fully protected. So I did an overwrite install with the newer ones in case the code is actually specifically tailored to the stated OS version confused. Anyway, new kind of attack sort of using Speculative execution (affects Intel but not AMD) - https://www.grc.com/sn/SN-705-Notes.pdf (Page 19 onwards).
  11. Arthmoor dont know if you are interested but something nice is coming in September https://letsencrypt.org/ Apparently the process is very simple once its set in motion. Free site encryption .. No strings. Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority brought to you by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG). https://letsencrypt.org/howitworks/ Anyone who has gone through the trouble of setting up a secure website knows what a hassle getting a certificate can be. Let’s Encrypt automates away all this pain and lets site operators turn on HTTPS with a single click or shell command. When Let’s Encrypt launches in September 2015, enabling HTTPS for your site will be as easy as installing a small piece of certificate management software on the server: $ sudo apt-get install lets-encrypt $ lets-encrypt example.com That’s all there is to it! https://example.comis immediately live. The Let’s Encrypt management software will: Automatically prove to the Let’s Encrypt CA that you control the website Obtain a browser-trusted certificate and set it up on your web server Keep track of when your certificate is going to expire, and automatically renew it Help you revoke the certificate if that ever becomes necessary. No validation emails, no complicated configuration editing, no expired certificates breaking your website. And of course, because Let’s Encrypt provides certificates for free, no need to arrange payment.
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    Anyone tried "Disconnect"?

    Yep tried Disconnect. It was better when first launched and it wanted to attract users / reputation. Now its more useful and advanced features you have to pay for. I still prefer UBlock Origin (Written by Raymond Hill A.K.A Gorhill, and not the other UBlock), purely because its open source, no business agenda, and it also utilizes and keeps up to date a filter list based on what you select (Easylist and all the rest that adblockers typically cherry pick from .. I still prefer MVPS Hosts list to be set in the 3rd Party list preferences of UBlock Origin, so that I dont need to keep updating machines actual hosts files with the same) If any of that conflicts with a site you wish to allow, you just whitelist the site by clicking the UBlock Origin Standby button while on the site, then refresh the page. Read more about MVPS Hosts file here http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm Its been going for years, updates every couple of month, and now you dont need to replace the hosts file, just let UBlock Origin manage it in the browsers filter lists provided by the extension automatically. Keeps all our family machines from the majority of malware sites / bad ad links / bad iframe compromises (like the ones Nexus used to be plagued with but Robin was blind to for a few years - See post #6 here https://forums.nexusmods.com/index.php?/topic/302120-mvps-hosts-file-detrimental-or-advised/ ). There are a few changes coming to Chromium (if thats what you use), which may impede browser extensions functionality in future (and I think Firefox will follow suit), including all the best ones such as UBlock Origin, Disconnect, AdBlock / Plus etc .. Depends on how strict Google chrome developers are going to be. Hopefully most of the functionality will survive to make the best of them still viable and not too cobbled in their abilities, but even then Chromes development is to stop browsers derived from the same code being exploited in certain ways. So long term I think its all going to turn out fine, and google do not wish to stomp on ad blockers, its just the privileges which allow some extensions to do some of what they do will be taken away.
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    Free site encryption - Lets Encrypt

    Ah, from what I understand they could be a lot more of a PITA, and the site owner paid for the privilege. Sado masochists.
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    Free site encryption - Lets Encrypt

    Glad you implemented this eventually, especially with Google and Chrome steering the internet towards SSL everywhere. I only recommended it after seeing Steve Gibsons investigation into LetsEncrypt on Security Now. Here's what he had to say before it took off - Security Now #483 : https://twit.tv/shows/security-now/episodes/483?autostart=false ( Go to - Time 1:14:00 ) Was it as painless / trouble free as they claim ?
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    X4 Foundations - GOG / Steam Relz 30-11-18

    Edit : Updated 2.20 Beta 2 - https://forum.egosoft.com/viewtopic.php?f=192&t=405397
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    X4 Foundations - GOG / Steam Relz 30-11-18

    Version 2 is now public, and the fix list has grown, just a little bit more https://forum.egosoft.com/viewtopic.php?f=180&t=402960#p4774941 Plus v2.2 will be on its way soon, along with a Linux version : https://steamcommunity.com/app/392160/discussions/0/1797403972748974435/
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    Cheap or Free Games!

    Oh and forgot to mention, there is a quote from the Revival team reference Overload, which I think was posted on Discord " For some time, we’ve wanted to provide an update on Revival and Overload. Some of us got busy and we kept waiting for the Xbox version to be done (update: it was submitted on Monday for approval), but here’s the status. We founded Revival and built a team to make Overload, not really planning to create a lasting company that would build more games. We wanted to have fun creating a spiritual successor to Descent, and we’re very happy with the results. We would have liked to do more with Overload — more DLC drops (we will do another community DLC pack), new features, maybe a sequel. Those things look very unlikely now. We’re gratified by Overload’s strong user reviews and we love the community that has formed around the game. Nonetheless, sales have been disappointing and can’t justify much additional work on the project. We’re still spending time on Overload, but most of us have moved on. Roughly half the full-time team members are now working at Volition. (Props to Chelsea and Ed who leveraged their Overload experience into Associate Producer positions!) Luke is back to working full-steam at Radian Games. (Check out Scorcher, coming later this month!) Matt is working on ideas for a new (game-related) project. Mike had planned on loafing for several months and then deciding what to do, but suddenly and unexpectedly found himself rejoining Volition as General Manager. We are proud of Overload and have many fond memories. The Kickstarter, which was as all-consuming as many had warned, was very satisfying in the end. We both enjoyed being (slightly rusty) programmers for the first time in years, and it meant a lot to be part of such a talented team. We were gratified by the community of both newcomers and Descent fans still committed a game we created over 20 years ago. And it’s particularly meaningful to see team members who got a career boost out of their work on Overload. Maybe we’ll do it again in another 20 years. – Mike & Matt " So if anyone was waiting for further developments forget that, grab it, its fantastic, and as bug free as it will ever be (if there was any bugs left, I dont know of any, they did a superb job).
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    Cheap or Free Games!

    Overload has now had several updates since the above post, and I think they literally have nothing left to fix. Its vicious at higher levels, but there are many levels for personal comfort zones / play styles, it still plays smooth as butter, and reviews seem to be overwhelmingly positive no matter where you get it from. I linked it to the GOG page in the above post, but you can also get it on steam if you prefer Its not on sale at the moment, but its worth it whatever the price imho https://playoverload.com/game/ Favourite review on GOG reads :
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    X4 Foundations - GOG / Steam Relz 30-11-18

    And add beta 3 and beta 4 fixes to the same Its starting to feel a lot more stable now, and a lot of fun can be had already with the game. The Weapon balance is starting to feel good, and the economy (though the latter still needs work especially for auto-traders). If you are buying an Egosoft game for the first time I would still hold off until it has its first DLC and re-introduces the Split race and more sectors, and hopefully the Boron too, though they have not been mentioned yet so maybe they will be in a further DLC. The whole thing though is certainly shaping up to be a fine addition to the X Series, and Egosoft are proving once again to be consistent with their ongoing support, patching it steadily over the first few years after release to near perfection.
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    X4 Foundations - GOG / Steam Relz 30-11-18

    Pattch 2.00 beta 2 : Add the following to the previous list
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    X4 Foundations - GOG / Steam Relz 30-11-18

    Holy cow Egosoft have been busy - Patch 2.00 beta 1 hotfix 1 :
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    New DNS Server = Fast

    Quad9 DNS Servers 9.9.9.9 https://www.quad9.net/#/ (If you think this has nothing to do with you .. Think again) There's a new bunch of DNS Servers being setup, and already its amazingly knocked my top DNS servers off the top of the benchmarks : Will Quad9 filter content? No. Quad9 will not provide a censoring component and will limit its actions solely to the blocking of malicious domains around phishing, malware, and exploit kit domains. Return to Top How will Quad9 prevent the accidental blocking of legitimate domains? Quad9 implements whitelisting algorithms to make sure legitimate domains are not blocked by accident. However, in the rare case of blocking a legitimate domain, Quad9 works with the users to quickly whitelist that domain. Return to Top How does Quad9 ensure that it has the latest threat intelligence? Quad9 gathers threat intelligence from all its providers and public sources and updates the Quad9 infrastructure with this information. This update happens regularly (several times a day) or may be in near-real-time depending on the ability of the vendor to supply the TI data. Return to Top Why do threat intelligence (TI) providers share their data with Quad9, and what do they get out of it? Quad9 gives anonymized telemetry back to the TI providers only for the malicious domains they share with Quad9. This telemetry does not include source IP information of the users. Return to Top Does Quad9 collect and store personal data? Quad9 infrastructure does not store any personal data about its users. Please read our complete Data Policy here as there are exceptions for harmful attacks against our infrastructure. Return to Top How does Quad9 ensure my privacy? When an entity or an individual is using the Quad9 infrastructure, their IP address is not logged in our system. We, however, log the geo-location of the system (city, state, country) and use this information for malicious campaign and actor analysis, as well as a component of the data we provide our threat intelligence partners. Return to Top What does Quad9 log/store about the DNS queries? We store details of the DNS records queried, timestamp, and the city, state, and country from where the query came. We do not store source IP information of end user queries. Return to Top Does Quad9 share the DNS data that is generated with marketers? Quad9 does not and never will share any of its data with marketers, nor will it use this data for demographic analysis. Our purpose is fighting cyber crime on the Internet and to enable individuals and entities to be more secure. We do this by increasing visibility into the threat landscape by providing generic telemetry to our security industry partners who contribute data for threat blocking. Return to Top How resilient is the Quad9 DNS infrastructure? No infrastructure is 100% safe from attacks and failures. However, Quad9 has built and maintains a very robust and resilient DNS infrastructure, built on decades of past experiences and partnerships in the industry. Much of the Quad9 platform is hosted on infrastructure that supports authoritative DNS for approximately one-fifth of the world’s top-level domains, two root nameservers, and which sees billions of requests per day. There are constantly intentional and unintentional stresses put on this network, and multiple strategies are used successfully to prevent failures. Over-provisioning bandwidth and capacity, engineering multiple layers of caches and query distribution methods, and application-specific isolation or rejection of unwanted traffic all are methods used to provide high uptime. I have tried allsorts of DNS servers, for various reasons, and run Steve Gibsons DNS Benchmark to test them out periodically. I currently have Googles DNS Servers set as Primary and Secondary servers, to test versus this newbie Quad9, and see how it measured up .. Cant beat it with anything in the UK at my location just now, it comes top of the list for speed in 6 runs of the benchmark so far. And it claims to increase your defences against malware, probably uses things like MVPS Hosts file plus others added to their servers, in an optimised server setup = Not a bad thing imho ... Long term reliability is the thing to watch for now, but no doubt it will be well supported by the organisations behind it, it cant be any worse than British Telecoms default DNS servers which are prone to the office cleaner sitting on the off switch anyway How to set it up on Windows 10 : NB : For anyone on British Telecom UK wanting to set your own DNS Servers - You have to go to MyBT and switch off both BT Web Protect, and BT Parental Controls, FIRST : Because they both rely on using BT DNS servers. If you have either of those selected for your internet (and by default they are on unless you specifically go to MyBT and set them to off), when you change DNS server the internet will not work, so go switch them off at MyBT first .. See this support topic where one user had trouble switching them off .. Then you can set your own DNS Servers. If you still get errors accessing the internet after switching off dependant services, and changing DNS servers (you see this page) - Then you may need to just flush DNS cache, and reboot your machine. For other ISP's, your mileage may vary, but it would not surprise me if others also provide similar 'services' which lock you into using only your ISP's DNS Servers. See if you need to close anything down before setting any new DNS Servers. And see if your ISP has any help and support forums where you can find out, or any detailled FAQ / Knowledge base. If you get to a stage where your Internet no longer works, and you cant figure it out .. Just set your DNS Server back to what it was to start with (probably the "Obtain DNS Server Automatically" at step 7 below, look at the screenshot), and reboot your machine. 1. Go to Start and click the Settings Gear Icon 2. Click "Network & Internet" 3. Scroll down and click "Network and Sharing Centre" 4. Click "Change Adaptor Settings" 5. See screenshot below - Right click the network adaptor which is in use (Ethernet or WIFI), choose "Properties" 6. Left click (just once) "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)", so that it is highlighted, then click the "Properties" button 7. Choose "Use the following DNS addresses", then click in the boxes to set your Primary and Secondary DNS Server For example I have set 9.9.9.9 as Primary, and one of Googles (8.8.8.8 or 8.8.4.4) for secondary. 8. You can also click on the Advanced Button, and in the next dialogue, click the DNS Tab .. Here you can enter more fallback DNS servers if you wish, and also using the up / down arrows you can position any of them you have highlighted to the top (Primary) position. Then click Okay on all dialogues. ( Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1 : look in your SysTray for the Network Icon, right click it and choose Open Network and Sharing, and then go to around step 4. above .. Its all pretty similar from there on IIRC, or go to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network Connections ). If you go back to step 5., you can also choose the not in use adaptor and go through the steps setting the same, in case you switch to / from ethernet / wifi at some point. Also at Step 6 above, if you can use "Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6)" on your Internet connection (or even just wish to set it pre-emptively for when it does start getting used), you can set it to have a Primary setting of 2620:fe::fe for Quad9 DNS Server, and for a secondary if you know of no others Google also has an IPv6 setting of 2001:4860:4860::8888 or 2001:4860:4860::8844 Q. What if I have an ISP provided Router - And the ISP sets its own DNS server in that box, but does not allow the customer to change it ? A. The furthest box away from the DNS server in the chain of hops has its preferred DNS server honoured, so setting this on your computer / laptop will override any setting the ISP has set in your router, because that box is further along the chain. Your Machine (Set to automatic) ------- ISP Router 62.6.40.178 -------- Internet = 62.6.40.178 is used Your Machine 9.9.9.9 -------- ISP Router 62.6.40.178 --------- Internet = 9.9.9.9 is used Setting your own (instead of the default automatic) bypasses any ISP DNS servers, your machines requested DNS server has to be used. ISPs count on users just accepting defaults, and take advantage of that so that all your searches etc go through their DNS servers .. And they log it for sale to marketing and advertising behavior analysis (which probably in turn goes to Data Brokers like Equifax, who lose your data to hackers, who sell it to criminal orgs etc etc), making more money out of you, the ISPs cattle being farmed. If you have a lot of time on your hands, read your ISPs T&Cs and eventually you will find it mentioned (probably with obfuscated wording so it is not easily noticeable). These details in your T&Cs are the kind of thing that get updated periodically and most people cant be bothered reading them. ISPs are Sneaky bar stewards. Top tip : Never use any ISP provided setup CDs. They want to set their own servers directly on your computer behind your firewall they cant get to normally. If you have your own Router to replace any ISP provided rubbish, you may be able to set the Primary and Secondary DNS Server in their aswell, which means all machines in your house using that router (some of which may not be able to set such things as DNS settings, like mobiles or pads or game machines), will also benefit from Quad9's malware / security protection when they request urls on the internet. 15 devices in my house (PS4, WII U, Iphones, IPads, laptops and a few more, plus family visitor devices) going through that Router ^^ all now benefit from Quad9 protection. Press Release and a few Reviews : http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/53388.wss https://www.ghacks.net/2017/11/19/quad9-dns-promises-better-privacy-and-security/ https://arstechnica.co.uk/information-technology/2017/11/new-quad9-dns-service-blocks-malicious-domains-for-everyone/ Also on Security Now! 638 ( Go to time bar at 1:28:35 )
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    New DNS Server = Fast

    Ha, yes I have tried it quite a few years ago before David Cancel sold Ghostery to a company called Better Advertising, who immediately had to add clauses to its privacy policy due to hoovering up its established users data. I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole now. I dont know for sure if it will be affected by the API change, but considering it tries to achieve similar goals in the background squishing things like web beacons etc I cant imagine it will come out unscathed by the changes. I would rather just have a good filter list provided by Quad9 DNS resolvers than use Ghostery these days. Ghostery is also closed source, whereas UBlock Origin is open to anyone to go through its whole code base on GitHub. If googles changes result in effectively getting rid of UBlock Origin, it will be a crying shame, its the best browser extension ever created.
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    New DNS Server = Fast

    If anyone was wondering .. I tried 1.1.1.1 for a long while, but eventually went back to having 9.9.9.9 as Primary, and using 1.1.1.1 as Secondary DNS Reason is Quad9 protects me from loads of malware sites and links, but 1.1.1.1 not so much. With the advent of Google Chrome possibly amending what it allows Extensions to do (UBlock Origin could become so severely hamstrung with this change its author Raymond Hill has said UBlock Origin may no longer be able to exist due to the new API, it is also a major concern for AD Block Plus and other similar browser extensions too). So without such extensions utilising some kind of list of bad URLs (like MVPS Hosts file used to, and the well known EasyList of filters which was basicly MVPS Hosts plus a few more thousand bad site lists), some kind of filtering will have to be done another way .. .. Quad9 can do that for you instead if you find one day your trusty browser extension has died. Not quite as good as UBlock Origin and everything else it does besides filtering URLs, but at least a good filter of all bad sites is better than nothing.
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    No Mans Sky - Update

    There is a new update, purely for GOG owners of the game .. If you ever wanted Multi-Player on GOG, apparently its now a thing (both for the GOG Galaxy client installation of the game or the manual installation, I dont know if there are any functional differences between the two) If you dont want multiplayer, I would visit your preferences first thing after the update so you dont get griefed in any way. Maybe turn off your internet connection before starting the game and set the preferences first. Files are called 1.77_GOG_MP So I think it is purely a MulitPlayer addition, without any other fixes or additions for now (previous version was also 1.77). Edit : If you dont have any Internet connection (switched off wifi or whatever), you will not see any Network options at all. However if you do have Internet connected, the settings default to all being on!.

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