nvidia settings has been frustrating me lately, it is slow to load, forgets my settings, and takes a disproportionate chunk of my cpu time, and makes running games on my optimus laptop a hassle. recently i strace’d it to find out why,
nvidia settings connects (phones home) to two separate IP address’s (18.104.22.168,22.214.171.124) one in Albany, New York the other in New York City one appears to be a check-in the other trades some information though what i haven’t found out yet, i won’t even speculate as to why. Stupidly, flipping my networking hardware switch to run in “airplane mode” and all of the hassle is gone instant start-up, remembered settings, the driver even loads my monitors correct resolutions instead of having to re-enter them.
even stupider traceroute tells me the tcp connections jump all over the country like some novice script-kiddie is trying to cover his tracks, exactly it doesn’t work
this cannot be intended, its frightening if it is