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Signed On Aug 25, 2002, 23:24
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News Comments > Chris Sawyer's Locomotion Demo
13. Re: No subject Sep 4, 2004, 19:15 Moonbender
 
I actually think people who end their posts with "kthxbai" hurt the overall PC industry more than commercial games with cutting edge graphics of 10 years ago do.

 
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News Comments > Chris Sawyer's Locomotion Demo
6. Re: No subject Sep 4, 2004, 14:17 Moonbender
 
The gameplay might be great, but those graphics really are bad. I mean, seriously. I really can't believe they intend to release a commercial game with those graphics. The interface seems clunky, too. All in all it reminds me of a DOS game of, say, 1992.

 
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News Comments > Dragon Empires Slain
21. Re: The equiv to the .com bust Sep 3, 2004, 21:14 Moonbender
 
I've been playing the open beta of Ryzom the last couple of days and it was nice enough. Same gameplay as always, but I haven't had that for a while and I don't mind it, especially not if I'm playing with a friend. Now I'm wondering whether I'll be fed up with it once the beta ends or whether I'm hooked. Oh well.

 
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News Comments > Asheron to Call in Europe
8. Re: wtf?? Aug 30, 2004, 12:19 Moonbender
 
I played the original AC in beta and for a month afterwards and just stopped playing for lack of a credit card. So I don't know what this is about. But if it means better payment options, I'm all for it, I guess. Although I won't play any of the Asheron's Calls either way.

 
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News Comments > WoW Testing Sign-ups Open
18. Re: I'm IN! Aug 29, 2004, 06:30 Moonbender
 
No, I'm not - I said he was a good friend of mine. If you know him, too, well I guess that makes us friends-in-law.

 
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News Comments > WoW Testing Sign-ups Open
16. Re: I'm IN! Aug 29, 2004, 06:18 Moonbender
 
I guess I should just create a new GameSpy account for my good friend Joe Average who just happens to live somewhere in North America with a spare email address. But meh, can't be bothered.

 
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News Comments > WoW Testing Sign-ups Open
12. Re: No subject Aug 29, 2004, 04:35 Moonbender
 
This program is only available to North American customers.



 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
6. Re: The horrors of cyberporn Aug 28, 2004, 19:18 Moonbender
 
I'm addicted to cyberporn but what's the big deal?

It probably starts to be a big deal when you spend a solid third of your life on it. Which is what that article was about. The fact that there is, uh, healthy usage, as well, is not contended.

 
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News Comments > TRIBES: Vengeance - Release & Demo Soon
4. Re: Annoying Aug 28, 2004, 11:38 Moonbender
 
There's no way to play this without subscribing to FP, is there? Too lazy to look.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
49. Re: Silencing your PC Aug 27, 2004, 13:20 Moonbender
 
Yes, but the point is that the PSU will have no load on it. A temperature sensing PSU won't spin up the fans to full speed without a high temperature reading on the probe. So you'd have to put a lit candle under the probe (do not melt the probe!) to have an effective test in that case.

Er, yes, I know, I made that point before in this thread. But thanks for repeating it, I guess. It's still a useful trick to know if you're diagnosing PSU problems - which is what I said in the first place.

Odds are you still wouldn't be killed by trying that... unless you dip your hands in salt water before inserting metal prongs into a 12V socket and holding them. The voltage is too low to conduct across your body's rather high resistance.

Er, yes, I know. Which is why I wrote that it was fairly harmless unless you take the PSU cable into your mouth, but warned anyone to take care nonetheless.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: Silencing your PC Aug 27, 2004, 11:05 Moonbender
 
Actually, the paper clip trick he described works - I've tried it before. You aren't actually shorting the PSU, of course, just the ATX poweron circuit, the same thing the case button does. It can be quite useful when you need to diagnose a PSU or a system without an ATX case.
You need to take care to hit the right leads, of course. It's not very dangerous, though, none of the ATX power rails can kill you unless you take it in your mouth or something, the highest voltage an ATX PSU delivers is 12V. A PSU in ATX standby mode can't even do that, it's limited to 5V, I think. You still should try to avoid shorting a 5V rail, though.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Silencing your PC Aug 27, 2004, 10:41 Moonbender
 
You can find out just how loud your PSU is by shorting it with a paper clip.

That's not at all a good way to find out how loud a PSU is. I think PSU fans were among the first in a computer to be regulated according to the temperature. Even my really cheap PSU 3 years ago did that. So if you manually start a PSU the way you describe, the fan noise really has no relation at all to the fan speed (and noise) emitted when it's actually used.
I actually think that as fairly silent CPU fans get more common, the PSU is one of the major contributors to the noise level. Unless you have a loud graphics card, of course.

To give credit where it is due

Thanks.

 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: Methinks... Aug 27, 2004, 08:01 Moonbender
 
Edit: It just put up the WoW stress test as well.

Before anyone asks - I wanted to, but then decided to check myself - this is open to non-subscribers, too. However, Fileplanet's bitches subscribers get precedence (fair enough). The sign-up page for non-subscribers (for URL see below) isn't open, yet, though; it says to come back in a few days. It's also hidden behind about 4 pages of FP ads with really tiny links to the sign-up page. It's like a mirror image of the old Real website trying to prevent you from getting the free Real player.
Note also that the stress test has no connection to the actual beta. It's only for a week and on different servers than the beta. After that week the accounts are useless.

Non-subscribers sign-up page: http://www.fileplanet.com/subscribe/gsn_combo_qnt_wow_nonsub.shtml

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Ya know... Aug 27, 2004, 07:48 Moonbender
 
There are totally silent PSUs - they're passively cooled, no fans involved. The suck, though. They're terribly expensive and unless you're running a very low power system, you'll have to add one or more case fans when you don't have an actively cooled PSU, which of course defeats the purpose of having a passively cooled one in the first place.

There are genuinely quiet actively cooled PSUs, too. I actually happened to have a review near me! Nearly all brand PSUs are somewhat silent if they're only utilized at 20% of their rating (ie never), but there are huge differences at maximum utilisation.
The most silent PSUs in this review were made by "be quiet!", Coba and Seasonic. They all score about 0.2 Sone/20 db(A). The Enermax PSU is twice as loud at it's lowest setting as those three are at their maximum... Most other PSUs, including Enermax, buzz at 1.6 Sone/42 db(A) at their maximum rating, which is really quite loud. Chieftec, Superflower and Tagan score somewhere in the middle.

 
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News Comments > Xpand Rally MP Demo
5. Re: No subject Aug 26, 2004, 16:50 Moonbender
 
I don't think so, at least not for PC. There is, however, a video showing off some of the capabilities of the engine: http://www.richardburnsrally.com/download/RBR_InGame.zip

 
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News Comments > Xpand Rally MP Demo
3. Re: No subject Aug 26, 2004, 16:10 Moonbender
 
Gee and there I was thinking this was a site dealing with games. Silly me.

 
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News Comments > Morning Q&As
12. Re: No subject Aug 25, 2004, 17:10 Moonbender
 
I'm with snide on ToEE. If it had had more of a story, I'd have loved it. I enjoyed playing it for a while as it was, since the combat really was awesome. But then I stopped due to a critical bug (don't actually remember what), and when I retried it a month or so ago, I just couldn't face the terrible, terrible quests of the first village. I'd love to see another game with the exact same engine - the same graphics, too, for all I care.

 
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News Comments > Colin McRae Rally 2005 Demo
8. Re: No subject Aug 24, 2004, 13:16 Moonbender
 
Proves the point that everything has to have an arcade spinoff.

Yes! Great, isn't it?

As for your other arguments, I guess there's no point in replying to a "flaming rant".

 
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News Comments > Transport Giant Patch
1. Bah Aug 24, 2004, 12:54 Moonbender
 
This game REALLY sucks. I was looking forward to a decent Transport Tycoon remake, but this ain't it. Industries are littered around the landscape randomly, and nothing moves unless you move it yourself. Ridiculous. Railroad Tycoon 3 was a better transport simulation by far - it also looks a lot better. Shame - I'd love to use the diverse selection of transports Transport Giant offers on the RT3 engine.

 
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News Comments > Colin McRae Rally 2005 Demo
5. Re: No subject Aug 24, 2004, 12:46 Moonbender
 
In the end however, it's still the same rally game as 2004 was. Just a bit more polished.

Heh - that's exactly what I told a friend of mine 10 minutes ago. Note that's not a bad thing, I liked CMR04 a lot.
Apparently they added a lot of cars, too, whole new types even. And the career mode sounds a bit more fun than the fairly unforgiving rally mode of 04. They also added a funky effect when you hit something, some sort of a motion blur. And allegedly you can now break and bend street signs and such, although I didn't see that in game (I avoided hitting them). And I love how one of the German tracks is near a city that's just about ~20 monutes from here.

 
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