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Signed On Jul 12, 2002, 18:05
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
2. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Aug 22, 2015, 16:13 Parallax Abstraction
 
Axis wrote on Aug 22, 2015, 14:52:
I don't know of 1 reason I should.

Well, it's far better under the hood than 7 is in pretty much every way. Also free but that's a second reason. This is all assuming you're not swallowing all the privacy FUD.
 
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News Comments > SafeDisc Broken Under Windows 10
15. Re: SafeDisc Broken Under Windows 10 Aug 17, 2015, 20:44 Parallax Abstraction
 
Slick wrote on Aug 17, 2015, 18:20:
3 words: gamecopyworld

Holy crap, it's been years since I've even thought about that site and it's still going strong! Whoda' thunk it.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
8. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Aug 17, 2015, 00:17 Parallax Abstraction
 
The Windows 10 spying stuff is FUD. I've said it before and I'll say it again as long as you keep spreading your paranoia FUD: If you use a modern smartphone or a social network, you're giving away more personal information every day than Windows 10 gets from you and it's being packaged up and sold without your knowledge or consent to very dubious companies you never know about. The celebrity nude leaks last year were a direct result of security holes in iCloud. Strange how people weren't flipping their lids at Apple. Double standards much?

I happily use Windows 10 and I say this as someone who refuses to use Facebook, largely for privacy reasons. What it does collect is anonymous and only used in aggregate and you can turn almost all of it off. If the information it collects is too much for you, you might as well just start living "off the grid" because you're leaking more sensitive info pretty much constantly to people with far less scruples.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Re: Morning Safety Dance Aug 6, 2015, 10:29 Parallax Abstraction
 
And how. The amount of insane FUD and panic being spread about what Windows 10 collects, largely from people who probably narrate their entire lives on Facebook from their smartphones is so lacking in self-awareness, it's almost funny.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
13. Re: Evening Tech Bits Aug 5, 2015, 14:45 Parallax Abstraction
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 4, 2015, 20:04:
He's also sharing his porn with MS, their 3rd party advertising pals, the government, et al.

No, he really isn't.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
8. Re: Morning Safety Dance Aug 4, 2015, 11:40 Parallax Abstraction
 
Cory Doctorow's career of feeding paranoia for clicks continues.

As someone who is using Windows 10 on multiple systems, most of these privacy concerns are very overblown. There are settings enabled by using Express Settings that shouldn't be but if you take 5 seconds to do Custom Settings, most of it can be turned off. And it still pales in comparison to the volumes of information all social networks and smartphone platforms are collecting and monetising without your knowledge. That people are acting as if this is some horrible new privacy breach that hasn't been done before aren't paying attention. If this bothers you, don't ever use Facebook, Twitter or your iPhone.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
10. Re: Evening Tech Bits Aug 3, 2015, 23:24 Parallax Abstraction
 
Axis wrote on Aug 3, 2015, 19:07:
So much for the 5000% games improvement boost. Honestly, where do people come up with this shit.

Synthetic tech demos are nothing to go on in case you've not been around...

Those performance boosts are supposed to come with DirectX 12 and there are no DX12 games yet.

Also, everyone's experience varies of course but I've installed Windows 10 on my Lenovo L540 laptop, my gaming/video PC, my girlfriend's 5 year old, Windows 7 Toshiba laptop that's never been reloaded and two T100 tablets with no issues, other than having to reinstall my video drivers and one sound utility on my desktop. I'm frankly stunned it worked on my desktop as I have tons of weird utilities on there I use in video production that I didn't think would handle an upgrade. Worked perfectly. /shrug

Also, while some of the telemetry stuff in Windows 10 is kind of crappy, if you've ever used a smartphone, free e-mail service or social network, you're already giving away far more information on a daily basis to companies whose sole intent it to monetise it without your permission. And with most of those, you can't turn it off like you can in Windows 10. Anonymous telemetry data is small potatoes compared to how much data Facebook monetises and people happily narrate their entire lives on there.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 22, 2015, 10:55 Parallax Abstraction
 
As good as their results were, the thing one should always pay attention to with Apple is not what they say but what they don't say. If they don't brag about how well something did, it means they're disappointed with it. They apparently didn't talk much about iPads (mostly cause sales are way down) and they didn't talk about Apple Watch sales figures. Given the general apathy towards them the last while, it's pretty safe to say they're disappointed in them. As most people expected, smart watches are largely a distraction measure by manufacturers who've run out of new crap to cram into phones and tablets.  
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News Comments > Dirt Rally Mods or DLC Unlikely
6. Re: Dirt Rally Mods or DLC Unlikely Jul 21, 2015, 13:17 Parallax Abstraction
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Jul 21, 2015, 12:22:
Yeah the no DLC statement was a bit surprising.
It's almost like Dirt Rally was just kind of a side project for them just to see if there's any interest. Kind of like Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

I'm pretty sure that's exactly what it was. It came out of nowhere on PC only, in Early Access (at a discount too, the way Early Access should be done) and though it's been doing well, they haven't been talking about it much. Codemasters has been hurting real bad the last few years (mostly cause almost all their non-racing titles the last couple of years have been awful) and are pretty much doubling down on their racing series to survive at this point. A lot of DiRT fans didn't like how the series was getting further and further away from proper rally the last couple of games. This feels like a small team managed to convince a manager to let them try this out on some downtime or something to show them they people did want proper rally games. Based on what I've played so far, they've definitely succeeded. I hope this does well for them and maybe gets a wider release.
 
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News Comments > New FlatOut Game Announced
3. Re: New FlatOut Game Announced Jul 8, 2015, 10:23 Parallax Abstraction
 
Strategy First equals an automatic run away. Kylotonn should just make you run faster.  
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News Comments > FINAL FANTASY XIV OS X Pulled, Refunds Offered
22. Re: FINAL FANTASY XIV OS X Pulled, Refunds Offered Jul 5, 2015, 22:53 Parallax Abstraction
 
Krowen wrote on Jul 5, 2015, 20:56:
Macs are great, I do a lot of gaming on my Macbook. The Apple laptop market keeps growing each quarter while PC shipments keep declining. The biggest problem Macs face is just drivers and retarded Apple bullshit where they can't decide if they're going to take gaming seriously or not.

Actually, PC sales have stabilised and just about everything Apple sells is experiencing declines. It's just that iPhone growth is enough that it's outpacing those declines financially be a wide margin.
 
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News Comments > Her Story Released
4. Re: Her Story Released Jun 26, 2015, 23:29 Parallax Abstraction
 
It sounds interesting and a lot of people are praising it but based on a short video I watched today, all it seems to be is typing in key words to bring up different short videos, playing the videos, trying to figure out what happened and stopping when you're done. There's no actual end game or criminal proceeding to go through. You just watch videos and stop when you think you've got it. Though for $5, there definitely isn't much to lose to give it a shot.  
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News Comments > Batman: Arkham Knight PC Sales Suspended
17. Re: Batman: Arkham Knight PC Sales Suspended Jun 25, 2015, 11:37 Parallax Abstraction
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 25, 2015, 10:23:
This is amazing.. could refund system on Steam actually hurt WB enough?

I think this is a sign that's definitely the case. Green Man Gaming has also announced that they have pulled the game from sale and will honour all refund requests (their policy normally says no refunds whatsoever on Steam keys.) I'm waiting on mine to process now.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
10. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 24, 2015, 23:32 Parallax Abstraction
 
{PH}88fingers wrote on Jun 24, 2015, 23:28:
yeah I will have to research a bit I guess.. So far all I'm coming up with is the Acer, but I dunno about Acer.............

new acer gsync ips

Speaking as someone who has worked with computers for over 20 years: Never, ever buy Acer anything.
 
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News Comments > Batman: Arkham Knight Performance Update
48. Re: Batman: Arkham Knight Performance Update Jun 24, 2015, 19:23 Parallax Abstraction
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jun 24, 2015, 11:17:
Here's the inevitable, SHOCKING interview with a Rocksteady developer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBngocx0DhI

I don't know why that's making me laugh so hard but holy crap, I can't stop...
 
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News Comments > People Can Fly Returns
11. Re: People Can Fly Returns Jun 24, 2015, 19:18 Parallax Abstraction
 
Task wrote on Jun 24, 2015, 18:56:
the "new" painkiller is a remake/sequel made by The Farm 51. Nordic Games apparently holds the Painkiller license now, according to this Polygon article.

The Farm 51 was formed by ex-PCF people as well which is partially why they were tasked with Painkiller HD. Adrian Chmielarz was tweeting today that apparently a design and script for Bulletstorm 2 was done before he left PCF but there's no way he thinks they could afford to do that game unless another big publisher took a chance on funding it. I personally loved Bulletstorm (the game, not the dialogue) and would love to see another one but I doubt that'll happen.
 
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News Comments > Batman: Arkham Knight Performance Update
10. Re: Batman: Arkham Knight Performance Update Jun 24, 2015, 09:58 Parallax Abstraction
 
Just FYI, if you bought this game from Green Man Gaming, they're agreeing to give refunds for anyone still experiencing performance problems after the first patch comes out. Apparently, this patch is supposed to be massive and fix most of the problems (I'll believe it when I see it.) There's no ETA on it but if it doesn't sort the issues, you can contact their support and they will apparently give you a refund and remove the game from your Steam library.  
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News Comments > Batman: Arkham Knight PC Issues
3. Re: Batman: Arkham Knight PC Issues Jun 23, 2015, 09:32 Parallax Abstraction
 
Steam Refunds system, ACTIVATE!  
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
23. Re: Morning Interviews Jun 19, 2015, 13:49 Parallax Abstraction
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Jun 19, 2015, 12:58:
Squirmer wrote on Jun 19, 2015, 10:55:
I think people are missing the point a bit. No one's saying Eidos can't use themes of bigotry and segregation etc. The problem is the specific use of the term "apartheid" which was a specific set of policies resulting in the oppression of the black population and curtailment their rights. Many people died in the struggle against those policies.

It's an easy term to throw around, but much harder to handle with sensitivity and respect for the people who suffered under it. Using it to market your videogame story could seem pretty insensitive since they're not addressing the actual policy of apartheid as it existed in the real world; they're just leveraging an emotional term as shorthand. It's a bit gross that Eidos literally trademarked the term apartheid.

^ this

Excellent summary, Sir. Big round of applause fer ya and fuck Eidos indeed, especially for the trademarking bit ("gross" or disgusting does not even begin to sum up how incredibly shitty and tasteless their actions are).
As a result, I will boycott (pirate) all of their future games for this. Another publisher who just went straight to the shitlist.

Not offended enough to just not play the game, only enough to steal it. Real strong principles you've got there. Even funnier for you to make an offense based argument given some of the stuff you've spewed on these boards before. If I recall, your signature used to say "Born to Troll." Too funny.
 
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News Comments > Master of Orion Remake Plans
25. Re: Master of Orion Remake Plans Jun 9, 2015, 19:50 Parallax Abstraction
 
As an epic fanboy of MoO 1 & 2 (I actually pre-ordered 3 as well, boy what a mistake), I so hope they pull this off right but Wargaming isn't known for their single-player games, nor for games you just buy once and own. A MoO game filled with microtransactions isn't going to work for me. But I'll give them a chance if it means this comes back.  
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