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Nickname Quboid
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Description I can't make any car pop a wheelie.
Homepage http://bcmedia.biz/
Signed On Jul 26, 2001, 01:42
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User ID 10439
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
7. Re: Morning Metaverse Sep 15, 2014, 16:02 Quboid
 
descender wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 14:20:
Sadly I think one of the only ways to achieve such competition among ISP's is to remove their responsibility to maintain the infrastructure. That unfortunately opens up a whole other can of worms (called socialism, which is probably by all accounts actually better than capitalism but we have to hate it because... i don't know why).

This is the system in the UK, it works well and I'm very happy with my 'net connection.

Telephony infrastructure, which carries a large majority of UK connections, is handled by a heavily regulated division of the BT Group called BT Wholesale. They sell to telephone companies and ISPs, but are not allowed to favour any company over another - not even BT Retail, BT's own telephone and ISP division.

There's also cable Internet but that's not particularly widespread. This works more like the US system, where the ISP owns the infrastructure. It's pretty good (I think, never used it personally) but I doubt it would be without good competition from telephony based connectivity - they have a mysterious ability to increase their speeds when a new telephony tech becomes available so they're always just the fastest around.

BT Group used to be called British Telecom and were the national (and nationalised) telephone company. It was sold off to private ownership, at which point it could no longer justify being a monopoly and so got split and regulated, and dozens of nationally available ISPs sprung up. Back when it was a monopoly, it was basically a government service and was as uninspiring as you may expect - not destructively greedy like private monopolies, just utterly complacent. Perhaps because they're smaller, perhaps because of cable, perhaps because of the busy ISP market they're serving, I don't know why but BT Wholesale doesn't seem complacent.

I don't think this would be ideologically acceptable in the US, even if lobbyists wouldn't butcher any attempt anyway.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Sep 15, 2014, 12:08 Quboid
 
Proper competition would solve net neutrality issues in a cleaner, more capitalist way than any legislation. If your ISP is slowing Netflix down, or if Netflix charges you more because they have to pay the AT&T Tax, you should be able to drop AT&T or whoever else has the nerve to sell you Internet access and then decide to dictate what that access entails. AT&T's effective monopoly in many markets is deliberately strangling any free market.  
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News Comments > Transverse Funding Reworked
21. Re: Transverse Funding Reworked Sep 12, 2014, 17:05 Quboid
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 12, 2014, 17:00:
verybad1 wrote on Sep 12, 2014, 15:34:
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So, in other words you work for them. Shill harder.


I seriously doubt that.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen DFM Patch Imminent
50. Re: Star Citizen DFM Patch Imminent Sep 11, 2014, 22:18 Quboid
 
I agree with you. I don't mean to call you an idiot before, I was pointing out the inconsistency between those who are too quick to give abuse.

These problems will exist in pre-release software but it's pretty clear that this isn't the main issue you have with the game and my concerns mirror yours. I don't know how much single-player and non-competitive multiplayer will be affected but if there's even a chance that something is artificially padded to encourage me to buy my way past then I will wonder about their motives. Not great for immersion.
 
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News Comments > Dragons & Titans Drops Microtransactions
2. Re: Dragons & Titans Drops Microtransactions Sep 11, 2014, 22:02 Quboid
 
"Use your skill" at 0:57 says it all for their old pay to win model. I hope this goes well for them.  
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News Comments > Endless Legend Next Week
12. Re: Endless Legend Next Week Sep 11, 2014, 20:31 Quboid
 
It's really mean if when you get it wrong. The rock-paper-scissors nature of the units (a gross simplification as you know) means that if you get the wrong unit matched against the wrong enemy, you get carved up and if your deck is wrong, you're in trouble. But it works both ways and crushing the enemy is simply delightful.

I nearly always played against the AI, in varying scenarios but usually one-on-one. I find transporting troops to be micro-heavy; I can't think of a better way of doing it but having an otherwise nearly useless jeep to manage while infantry is holding a position is a pest.

The F-117 is the only unit in Airland Battle which has no reliable counter that I can think of. Even the best AA or interceptors struggle to stop it from being able to one-shot almost anything.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen DFM Patch Imminent
47. Re: Star Citizen DFM Patch Imminent Sep 11, 2014, 20:20 Quboid
 
Kosumo wrote on Sep 11, 2014, 19:24:
Why are people picking on CJ_Parker?, he's just saying his opinon.

It seems he's an idiot for not getting this working, despite him also being an idiot for not accepting that unfinished software will have bugs. Maybe if the people quick to insult him could decide if he's even to blame or not, they could find a point.

The practices they're using have put me off too. I'm keeping an eye on it, obviously, but I won't be buying in until there's a game and I won't be buying if it's pay to win, which at this point I'm struggling to see how it won't be. They clearly have the financial incentive to make the game grindier than they would honestly feel is balanced and while I trust them to want to make a really good game, I don't trust them to not want to make lots of money when it's so, so easy.

I can't figure out why so many people accuse Chris Roberts of being overly interested in rugby forwards or high carbon coal.
 
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News Comments > Endless Legend Next Week
9. Re: Endless Legend Next Week Sep 10, 2014, 20:33 Quboid
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 10, 2014, 19:31:
Pr()ZaC wrote on Sep 10, 2014, 19:24:
Flatline wrote on Sep 10, 2014, 18:18:
I quit endless space when it became obvious how badly the AI has to cheat to put up any resistance at all. At one point I had conquered half the galaxy, was putting out gargantuan fleets of utter doom, and the AI, who had like 4 planets, was matching and stalling my fleets.

At that point I kind of quit.
I quit playing most RTS games when I saw how much cheating was going on in Dune II.

This just reminded me how few games there actually are announced in the rts genre lately.... PA is kinda meh, and aside that I can't even come up with names...

Anyhow I must be the only bloke here who really hates these "Paint stars 1 color" 4x games... especially when they are cheating so absurdly as the pirates and AI in endless space... I mean at some point every pirate fleet was matching my strongest fleets.

Have you tried the Wargame series? I played a fair bit of Airland Battle (the second one, after European Escalation and before Red Dragon), it seems fair. There's been a few times when I thought the AI cheated to see something, only to find out on the post-game replay that they'd snuck special forces behind my lines.

It's a difficult game to get into. There's about 800 units and even once you get the most common ones down, some obscure East German APC from 1972 rolls up and you panic until you realise that it's not a tank.

It's more realistic that most RTS games but IMHO manages to get a good balance so frequently pesky things like scouting, supply lines and fuel add to the game and don't bog it down too much.
 
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Sep 9, 2014, 22:19 Quboid
 
The Half Elf wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 14:51:
Cutter wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 10:44:
My, what an odd story. That's certainly....queer.

It's fucking stupid. If you can't be creative enough without using gay, lesbian, queer, or homosexual, to create a story for your Sims, then please go die a quiet death.

Swear to all things holy that I need to do a TED talk about how women need to stfu about sexism in gaming. (Side rant but all this bullshit is wearing thing, and I couldn't even fuck the brains out of Vega in Mass Effect 3, but I could bone the lonely shuttle pilot. That's like Captain Picard wanting to fuck Riker, but due to choices fucked Lt Barkley from TNG/Voyager.)

People being unimaginative in a computer game is a problem for you? People using these words to write a story is any of our fucking business whatsoever?

I know you don't actually wish death on these people but if this is making you feel oppressed then you've majorly lost perspective.

I can understand if you're fed the fuck up with the amount of bullshit lately but ... what the fuck man?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 9, 2014, 20:27 Quboid
 
sauron wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 12:58:
I've always like Craig Ferguson - kind of a fun guy. First saw him on Drew Carey and thought he was really funny.

But what I'm REALLY looking forward to is Colbert on The Late Show. That's going to be a riot. Will either be a roaring success, or he'll get CBS sued by every major conservative, liberal and commercial organization in the country. I might even have to buy a TV.

I only experience this sort of show as clips on YouTube so my experience may be very different regular viewers' but Craig Ferguson has long been my favourite, at least for general comedy. Seeing Colbert in this field will be interesting; I've seen him out of character but never doing an actual show as himself.

James Corden is not a favourite. I haven't heard so much relief at someone leaving our (UK) screens since Piers Morgan somehow got a show abroad. He's a young guy and maybe he will improve but I doubt he'll ever be as good as Craig Ferguson and his style is more brash and rather brainless. It's a lot easier to picture him as a comic relief judge on some talent show than somehow making talking to a camp robot actually funny.
 
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News Comments > Next Total War Reveal This Month
3. Re: Next Total War Reveal This Month Sep 9, 2014, 19:16 Quboid
 
This is a sensitive time for Creative Assembly, I think a lot of people's patience is wearing thin. Sorry eRe4s3r, but I can't understand why anybody would pre-order from Creative Assembly at this point.

I expect they'll promise fancy new AI that will turn out to be as broken as ever. I wonder how grovelling their announcement is.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
57. Re: Op Ed Sep 8, 2014, 17:00 Quboid
 
William Usher wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 16:26:
Beamer wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 15:46:

And sorry, your words define you. You keep referring to this as a war. That makes you an extremist.

My words define me, of course. I've always said that clarity, transparency and even-handedness of the facts would have solved this problem a long while ago (if not here in most of the articles I've written about this subject).

And where have I stated that this is a "war" here on this board? Those are your words not mine.

In fact, I've never mentioned the word "war" in the context of this discussion at all... only you have.

So uh... you need to talk about something Beamer? PTSD or something?

All from one single post:

William Usher wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 13:38:
... they drew first blood ... a death knell for them ... Gamers don't die ... drawn into battle ... go away and die ... They already put their stake on the wrong side of the war ...
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
54. Re: Op Ed Sep 8, 2014, 16:34 Quboid
 
Prez wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 15:10:
Quboid wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 15:04:
None of those are RPS. It was phrased badly but "gamers are over" wasn't attacking gaming culture, it was attacking bullying and bigotry in gaming. Nothing has proven their point more than the response, including the failure of people like you to see the difference between gaming and these behaviours.

I'm sorry but that's a bunch of crap. People ticked off by the gaming media's painting of gamers with such a broad brush is not proving the gaming media's point. Not a single one of us disgusted with how low gaming media has sunk in attacking its own market has any problem whatsoever recognizing the difference between bad behavior and gaming. That is such garbage I can't believe you would ever claim it.

Not people who are ticked off, people who are building blacklists based on conspiracy theories and playing six degrees of separation. People who are harassing the families of so-called journalists. People who have in turn prompted this response from RPS. There are people doing this and they are calling themselves gamers and believe they are doing these things in gaming's name. These people are absolutely treating bullying as a part of gaming culture.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
36. Re: Op Ed Sep 8, 2014, 15:04 Quboid
 
William Usher wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 14:30:
Quboid wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 14:01:
William Usher wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 13:38:
a calculated attack on games culture

What specific attack on games culture?

http://markdownshare.com/view/a524affd-e679-40be-8aa1-72058065dc2a

None of those are RPS. It was phrased badly but "gamers are over" wasn't attacking gaming culture, it was attacking bullying and bigotry in gaming. Nothing has proven their point more than the response.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
27. Re: Op Ed Sep 8, 2014, 14:01 Quboid
 
William Usher wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 13:38:
a calculated attack on games culture

What specific attack on games culture?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
12. Re: Op Ed Sep 8, 2014, 12:16 Quboid
 
I don't think RPS wanted to post this, they've felt they need to because of the attacks they've been getting. Of course, tthey're only digging their own hole deeper.  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
9. Re: Game Reviews Sep 8, 2014, 08:57 Quboid
 
I found him funny at first but his reviews all boil down to pretty much the same formula. This is a one of his better ones so perhaps he has improved, just fewer tangental rants would be nice.

He did a rant about how silly it is that a fire fighter shouldn't be called a fireman and his rant perfectly illustrated exactly the point he was arguing against. I don't boycott him because of it, but it's a little harder to take him seriously when he seems a bit thick. I'd say that he should reign this stuff in too, just for the sake of the quality of his review.

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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
13. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Sep 7, 2014, 16:39 Quboid
 
Dagnamit wrote on Sep 7, 2014, 13:16:
True, though since Oculus is actively developing tools for Samsung VR stuff, I'd guess there's a mostly Samsung deal in place, with limited sourcing from another for backup. The Big S makes a ton of AMOLED's.

I hadn't realised that Gear VR was developed with Oculus, that does increase the chances a lot. My last few phones have been AMOLED (once you go true black you never go back) and I think they've all been Samsung panels, but then most have been Samsung phones.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 7, 2014, 15:21 Quboid
 
I tend to agree that games aren't particularly sexist, although there are exceptions. It's the people - a small minority, but collectively a large number of people - who basically just nasty small minded fools and some of them think that they're acting for you and me. I don't like people assuming that because I am a gamer then I am one of these small minded fools and people should never do that but if no one threatened to rape someone for claiming that some gamers are sexist (or any of millions of other examples), our hobby wouldn't be so quickly trivialised.

It's nothing inherent in gaming and it's nothing that will ever stop, neither sexism nor tarring-all-with-one-brush-ism, but they are more prevalent in gaming and it's just depressing.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
11. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Sep 7, 2014, 11:38 Quboid
 
Dagnamit wrote on Sep 7, 2014, 11:30:
Quboid wrote on Sep 7, 2014, 11:24:
Frijoles wrote on Sep 6, 2014, 23:19:
Fantaz wrote on Sep 6, 2014, 22:51:
i think Samsung's Gear VR with Note 4 will be better than the Oculus Rift because it will be 1440p compared to 1080p. i just wonder if Gear VR can hook up to a computer or not...

Rift CV1 will be a minimum of 1440p. They've said so multiple times, going so far as to say "minimum" (as in, could be higher). The Note 4 version won't hit 90fps either, something they're targeting with CV1. If the Note 4 + Gear weren't so expensive, I'd consider getting one for playing around, but that's at tad high.

Have they actually said that? I expect it will be 1440p or 1600p but AFAIK the only time they've actually said that CV1 would be higher than DK2 it could just have been a slip of the mind. I haven't been keeping a close eye on things so I could easily have missed this.

I'd be really disappointed if it's 1080p given how long it's taking. Especially as I'd like a wider FoV (than DK1), which means each pixel needs to look slightly larger.

I would say that 1440p is all but confirmed. The DK2 has an honest-to-god galaxy note 3 screen that has the Samsung Logo and touch screen processor intact on it. They simply jacked it straight from the Note 3 supply chain. The note 4 has been previewed with a 1440p screen. It's a done deal.

I've seen a teardown of the DK2, it does look quite cheap. It's nice to know that CV1 should be a bit lighter at least!

The supply line for CV1 will be quite different to DK2's. For DK2 they needed a few tens of thousand screens and hunted around for a suitable deal which evidently turned out to be Samsung. I would expect CV1 would have a proper production line for a few hundred thousand displays, particularly with Facebook behind them, and this doesn't need to be Samsung. It might turn out to be whoever can manufacturer panels capable of 90hz most reliably.
 
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