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Nickname Quboid
Email Concealed by request
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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
Total Comments 4797 (Master)
User ID 10439
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA GTX 970 Lawsuit
9. Re: NVIDIA GTX 970 Lawsuit Feb 23, 2015, 10:20 Quboid
 
Cards live or die by benchmarks and real world performance and not obscure technical specifications, no one thought "damn, 64 ROPs, that's the card for me!". If it turns out that the cards sent to reviewers did have the claimed hardware configuration or some other deception comes to light, then this would be an issue but as it is, it's just a mistake that embarrasses Nvidia more than it affects me.

Nvidia claim that performance in high VRAM games is fine with framerate drop-off over lower VRAM being only slightly more than the 980, and I would expect any lower end card to drop off faster. I'd like independent benchmarks like this.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 21, 2015, 12:47 Quboid
 
RoboNerd wrote on Feb 21, 2015, 12:34:
Looks like the Octopus attacking crab video has been pulled.

It's been replaced on Videosift now.
 
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News Comments > etc.
28. Re: etc. Feb 20, 2015, 20:17 Quboid
 
Orogogus wrote on Feb 20, 2015, 19:18:
mellis wrote on Feb 20, 2015, 18:45:
it's impossible for an actor to convey those subtle cues that humans pick-up on because it's not really happening to them and on some deeper level we, the audience, can tell.

In days gone by, those hints were conveyed because some set designer had actually built a life-size replica of the monster and when the scene was filmed, the actor / actress was actually facing it down. I mean, take Signory Weaver in Aliens 2 at the end where she's facing down the queen in the nest. That was a real model, and it must have been pretty frightening when the animatronics crews were operating it, even thought it wasn't real.

How frightening can it be after multiple takes and several hours? If we can intuitively tell they're working off a green screen, shouldn't we also be able to tell that they're just acting in the first place?

I read about how directors hide information from the actors about how there's going to be cold water coming out of the shower in Psycho or holy crap chestburster in Alien, and to be honest I can't recall the end results being any more convincing to me than any other movie.

The actors and director can make it work, Moon is an example of this considering who Sam Rockwell interacts with ... and it probably wasn't filmed on location either.

Then again, George Lucas.

DJ addresses the Alien scene and the actors reaction (which IMHO is superb) by saying that the alien could have been done as a practical effect but also enhanced with CGI. That's fine, but now the budget needs to cover both.
 
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News Comments > etc.
16. Re: etc. Feb 20, 2015, 16:41 Quboid
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 20, 2015, 13:17:
It's funny this comment is coming from Duncan Jones. His Moon was a sci fi movie that used a lot of practical effects enhanced with CGI (as opposed to being all CGI for the effects shots). Here's an article.

Also, if you haven't seen Moon, get on it. One of the better sci fi movies of the last decade. Don't watch any trailers or read any reviews (or even that article above), just watch it blind. You won't regret it.

I'll second that. It's one of the best proper science fiction films in recent years, as in more 2001 than Star Wars. Sam Rockwell is excellent and it has a great soundtrack too.

I agree with Duncan Jones' comments on CGI: "The best CGI has you forgetting its CGI". There is CGI used all over the place in scenes that I wouldn't expect it to be but if I'm thinking about the CGI while I'm watching your film, it has failed.
 
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News Comments > DX12: 900% FPS Increase Over DX11 Claimed
85. Re: DX12: 900% FPS Increase Over DX11 Claimed Feb 20, 2015, 12:11 Quboid
 
NetHead wrote on Feb 20, 2015, 09:37:
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 18, 2015, 19:29:
Quboid wrote on Feb 18, 2015, 19:18:
Let me guess, it's a 900%* increase.

* In a very specific case which isn't remotely representative.

Most likely, but lets hope it is true as the 1440P Oculus is going to need some nuts to run it.

I'm not sure Quboid's guessing is really required. Just like Mantle allows over 10 times more draw calls, it doesn't mean games or hardware are suddenly going to be even 2 times as fast in general. Actually looking at 10 times and 900% I wouldn't be surprised if this Brad is just talking about draw calls and being a click-baiting tuckfard for attention.

This is probably all the Mantle stuff all over again, been there done that etc, also we won't be specific about the claims since people will just reply "already been done".

Anyone who hopes, nevermind believes, that going from one API to the next version is going to improve overall performance by any factor is, well I don't really want to say rude things right now.

The only graphics API news I'm remotely interested in is seeing why they're making a noise about the new OpenGL, or it's replacement or whatever (yes I'm trying hard not to use the word "Next", oh dammit)

True. Re-reading the tweet, it looks like he is referring to a specific case and didn't mean to imply anything else.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
3. Re: Into the Black Feb 19, 2015, 21:14 Quboid
 
nin wrote on Feb 19, 2015, 18:26:
But I doubt the cat gives a fuck what it is. :)

I've bought my cat several igloos and cushions with different materials and textures to suit whatever his taste and mood ... he usually sleeps in cardboard box lined with an old shirt.

Cats, eh?

I half expected this link to be to this cat walkway, very cool if you want your cat to stay inside(ish). A cat desk, on the other hand, looks like a terrible productivity killer.

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News Comments > DX12: 900% FPS Increase Over DX11 Claimed
29. Re: DX12: 900% FPS Increase Over DX11 Claimed Feb 18, 2015, 22:06 Quboid
 
jacobvandy wrote on Feb 18, 2015, 21:55:
I don't doubt the results he's seeing are legit... The bullshit comes from such headlines as this one turning it into sweeping generalization. He's no doubt experimenting with techniques that would be far too costly to implement currently, it's just that DX12 and a supporting top-end GPU are able to handle them better.

That's a good point. He implies that this is a special case to some extent ("Lighting and lens effects") and the fact that he remarked on it suggests that this is a remarkable case. There obviously isn't going to be that sort of performance increase but I don't think he is claiming that there will be. My cynicism was unfair.
 
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News Comments > DX12: 900% FPS Increase Over DX11 Claimed
6. Re: DX12: 900% FPS Increase Over DX11 Claimed Feb 18, 2015, 19:18 Quboid
 
Let me guess, it's a 900%* increase.

* In a very specific case which isn't remotely representative.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 18, 2015, 17:54 Quboid
 
Working dog trials prioritise natural attributes, unlike dog shows which promote prettiness sometimes at the cost of dogs' health. I'm not against dog shows or selective breeding but if your dog struggles to breathe because you think a short muzzle is cute, your priorities need adjusted.

I have a purebred dog whose health has been fine, although the years are showing. I've always gone for moggie (mixed) cats because I have heard that virtually all purebred cats are so inbred that they face many health problems. Also pure cats are harder to find in this part of the world, which is probably why they're so inbred around here.
 
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News Comments > Crusader Kings II Free Week
7. Re: Free week. Feb 18, 2015, 09:37 Quboid
 
descender wrote on Feb 18, 2015, 09:19:
An entire week is a little out of character, they usually just do free weekends.

Special provisions for Paradox grand strategy games perhaps? A weekend isn't going to be enough for most people to figure out the basics. CK2 isn't the toughest to get into (hello HoI3) but still it took me a while.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
4. Re: etc., etc. Feb 17, 2015, 23:39 Quboid
 
What is the petition actually asking for? I think they want some sort of apology but it's not at all clear. It's impossible for these sites to write anything without someone inventing something to be offended by so I can't see any progress here.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Feb 17, 2015, 18:46 Quboid
 
Competition is important and net neutrality would be less important if there was sufficient competition. I'm sure LittleMe would consider me to be a socialist but I agree with him on this point. If ditching an ISP who tries to influence what you access was a realistic option, ISPs would have to respect their customers a bit more.

However, there are a few issues with this - most notably the lack of competition, but even if there was more there will always be those in a position to abuse their market position. I believe regulation would be required in any case (as I was taught in one of my Marxist classes) and classifying the Internet as a utility seems like the logical way to approach it - and one that would surely result in less bloated legislation that trying to create a new definition.
 
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News Comments > U.K. Sales Charts
3. Re: U.K. Sales Charts Feb 16, 2015, 15:26 Quboid
 
Me

It's the best simulation of football, and probably of any sport, that I know of. That said, it is too busy for me and I don't enjoy things like press conferences and so on, while the Classic mode cuts too many features for my taste. One of these years I might not buy it.

Can you recommend any alternatives? I've tried Top Eleven but it's as shallow as a puddle and designed to extract microtransactions.
 
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News Comments > The Crew DLC & Patch
3. Re: The Crew DLC & Patch Feb 16, 2015, 15:20 Quboid
 
I don't like it, despite enjoying TDU. The writing is ghastly and the rest of it is pretty forgettable. I don't find driving around exploring the open world interesting in the way I did with TDU.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 15, 2015, 18:49 Quboid
 
I can't update my profile because my _existing_ email address is considered invalid.

I'd buy that dog saving man a beer. Or maybe a hot drink.
 
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News Comments > etc.
24. Re: etc. Feb 14, 2015, 08:26 Quboid
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Feb 14, 2015, 07:37:
Quboid wrote on Feb 13, 2015, 10:01:
Are these articles the same two articles that MA posted? The ones which don't say what you're claiming?
Except the articles are exactly saying and whining about the fact that gamers and their media are being portrayed that way.


"Polygon, however, says the stuff that happened in the episode happened in real life, "

That is simply delusional by ASeven, as is thinking that lousy portrayals of gaming is new.

Kotaku doesn't even blame you, which I suspect is what really annoys you.

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News Comments > Peter Molyneux's Vows of Silence
4. Re: Peter Molyneux's Vows of Silence Feb 13, 2015, 19:43 Quboid
 
RPS wasn't exactly delicate but he deserved to be called out. He made promises about not speaking to the press because of broken promises and promptly broke that promise. I don't know if he is sufficiently in touch with reality to be a liar but he's a hopeless case and the possibility of him successfully launching a Kickstarter project was always approximately 3,720,000 to 1. Yes that's a mangled Star Wars reference and no there's no link.

Flatline wrote on Feb 13, 2015, 19:27:
I called it. He's pulling a Shia LaBoeuf. Or however the fuck you spell that asshat's name.

LaBoeuf has redeemed himself somewhat in my eyes, although he is still one of those actors who I simply don't enjoy watching. He ruined Lawless for me
 
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News Comments > Just Cause 3 Trailer
17. Re: Just Cause 3 Trailer Feb 13, 2015, 15:47 Quboid
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Feb 13, 2015, 15:04:
The screenshots look really nice on the pcgamer article too.
LOL!
Not sure if this is pre render or in game, but if it is in game hopefully you won't need a quad SLI 980Ti rig to run this at 20fps

Pre-rendered footage means little to me but it does imply that it is something that they want people to focus on, so perhaps that shot is true and damn is it pretty! I enjoyed Far Cry 2's fire implementation and another step up would be nice, although there is more to this than nice screenshots - believable spreading and destruction are important too.

Just Cause 2 made me a little motion sick because of the frequent FOV changes so I hope they reduce that or make it optional. Red Faction Guerilla is unplayable because of this.
 
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News Comments > etc.
22. Re: etc. Feb 13, 2015, 11:41 Quboid
 
Beamer wrote on Feb 13, 2015, 11:06:
I feel you're oblivious about Gamergate. Like many, you ignore that horrible treatment

That's not fair. They don't ignore it, they complain about it being reported as "creating a narrative" which has just now caused gaming to be badly represented on TV and which has just now caused gaming journalists to be unhappy about it.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
6. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Feb 13, 2015, 10:39 Quboid
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 13, 2015, 00:45:
So people will just claim it wasn't an act of revenge, but of love. Sharing an intimate moment of beauty with the world. Or call it art or something. I'm sure they'll find a work around in short order. Don't pose naked for people if you're uncomfortable with the prospect of other people seeing it someday. It's really that simple.

"I can assure you, your honour, this was purely an act of love. As was scratching the word whore on her car."

The prosecution would have to prove that revenge was the motivation but in the majority of cases, I don't think that this would be hard. A collapsed relationship would be enough, good luck telling a jury that you uploaded that intimate video you took as a romantic gesture to win them back. You might as well plead insanity.
 
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