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Signed On Oct 12, 2002, 03:11
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution Walkthrough Trailer
46. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Walkthrough Trailer Mar 22, 2011, 15:30 DG
 
Um, this is the beginning of the "very first level". Of course the solutions are going to be very obvious, it's pretty much a tutorial.

I'm also confident the highlighting is going to be removed, or tweaked so that you have to be pointing and almost touching it, on anything above normal difficulties.

I do hope the cover system is indeed optional though. Or at least a 'natural' one rather than "press button to lean into wall".
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
32. Re: Op Ed Mar 19, 2011, 12:20 DG
 
Hmm, there's always a lot of sweeping generalisations, assumptions and very particular perspectives when it comes to wealth distribution.

Sorry to pick on adamj, but just to illustrate, "Many times it is the fault of the poor that they have no net wealth at all" is very true or extremely misleading depending on how you define "fault" and also depending on what scale you're looking at.

When a 16 yo gets pregnant, you can conclude it's the soon-to-be mom & dad's fault for being irresponsible.
When highschools in poor areas have consistently and dramatically higher teen pregnancy rates than those in rich areas, it's not a conclusion to say that there are more irresponsible kids in poor areas, but merely rewording the problem. Why are there more irresponsible kids in poor areas?

Sure there is a causal link between behaving irresponsibly and being poor. But the causality goes both ways.

If society has put someone at a disadvantage, society is obliged to try and compensate. Likewise if society has put someone at an advantage, that someone owes a little back. And it's in society's own interests to do so. If the right balance can be found helping the poor should more accurately be described as investing; spending a dollar now in order to save two dollars in future welfare costs, reduced crime, better labour pool and so on.

I'm not saying finding that balance is easy though.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 2 Arrival DLC This Month
41. Re: Mass Effect 2 Arrival DLC This Month Mar 19, 2011, 11:15 DG
 
Anyone know if this DLC will take place after the end, or will I need to start a new game in order to trigger this somewhere in the middle?  
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News Comments > Crysis 2 Trailer
7. Re: Crysis 2 Trailer Mar 17, 2011, 16:18 DG
 
Bullets coming out of the MG perpendicular to where the animation has it pointing (see 2.11) is one of my pet hates, hope that's being ironed out.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
4. Re: Windows 7 hit by service pack 1 install 'fatal error' flaws. Mar 16, 2011, 15:11 DG
 
I don't even have any problems with Vista 64 bit and yeah that boots faster than XP did too.

p.s. why link to a forum post that just copy+pasted an article?
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/14/microsoft_windows_7_sp1_fatal_error/
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 16, 2011, 14:58 DG
 
I could never quite understand my mother always getting the best bird food that the birds liked the best.

Much as it was nice to have all the birds around, surely it is ultimately preferable to be offering "last resort" survival food and leaving their first choices to nature?

This was in the countryside though, no doubt in some urban areas nature isn't much of an option.
 
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News Comments > THQ Stock Drops
14. Re: THQ Stock Drops Mar 15, 2011, 18:48 DG
 
72 = mediocre
76 = generally favourable

4 points roughly three-quarters of the way up a 100 point scale separates 'mediocre' from 'favourable'.

And, as Gamasutra notes, all the scores published pre-release (i.e. those easy to presume to have preferential NDA) had much higher than average scores.

Why I don't pay attention to reviews.
 
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News Comments > Prey 2 Not Using Tech 5
19. Re: Prey 2 Not Using Tech 5 Mar 15, 2011, 18:47 DG
 
MajorD wrote on Mar 15, 2011, 13:32:

I can't believe how much mileage they got out of idTech3, and it is hard to believe it is the same engine Q3A used, although HEAVILY modified. Amazing.......

Q3 engine was literally brilliant in it's day, and scaled very well. It certainly helped that id kept upgrading it, there was kind of a cycle of more people licensing it leading to more development leading to more people buying it... TBH I think I have some belief that Carmack lost his lead over everybody else simply because DirectX sprinted on ahead of OpenGL, and it's another step removed from the metal so to speak. How much can you innovate in a controlled environment?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: BT Mar 14, 2011, 14:02 DG
 
A "traffic management" policy will remain, "when the network is busy."
What Ars doesn't seem to be aware of is that "traffic management" is exactly how BT imposes usage caps. No, internet isn't cut off entirely and no, there is no per GB fee, but it's still a cap if they're degrading the quality of the product due to usage.

Heavy user? After 5pm? 512k speeds it is then.

This would of course be perfectly fair if the caps were advertised, but BT are very deceptive about it. As Ars noted, the T&C's are unclear and they flat out lie on the telephone (well, the chap you're speaking to most likely just doesn't know, the deception is more likely to be that BT decided not to have it show on their computer system).

/Not a BT customer. No thanks.
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Mar 9, 2011, 11:24 DG
 
a bazillion dollars is why.

Check http://store.steampowered.com/stats/
atm CS + CS Source has more than double the online players of the next two most popular games (MW2+Black Ops) combined. More than the rest of the entire top 10 combined. Even though CS is more than 10 years old.


Personally I'm not exactly pleased with the prospect since CS is so extraordinarily popular it pretty much kills off everything else.

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News Comments > EA: PC Gaming May Become Their "Biggest Platform"
12. Re: EA: PC Gaming May Become Their Mar 9, 2011, 11:17 DG
 
lot of talk, little walk.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Mar 9, 2011, 07:20 DG
 
They make for excellent backup, media storage and NAS drives.

Where performance matters, SSD.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
5. Re: On Sale Mar 5, 2011, 09:00 DG
 
Assassin's Creed 2 Deluxe
Retail store price: 35
D2D regular price: 40 (24 for the Mac version, even though presumably Steam Fairplay?)
D2D sale price: 25
Regular price at Steam: 20
Console Regular price at Amazon and Play: 12
*golf clap*

Anyway... Being told how good this game is, so PC or 360? Generally prefer PC but kinda disgusted by the DRM, and the 360 price is cheaper.

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Motherboards Mar 4, 2011, 13:39 DG
 
Decent article, the it's usually the MB that takes me the longest to pick when I'm upgrading. I got lucky on this build though and hit on a good Anandtech roundup, MSI-Neo2 P35 which does everything I need and was cheap too.

One thing he missed out though is they keep putting connectors that are obviously going to be blocked when a gamer-sized video card is plugged in.
 
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News Comments > Civilization V Polynesia Pack
3. Re: Civilization V Polynesia Pack Mar 4, 2011, 13:18 DG
 
Still pretty meh IMHO. I might get them when they're in some pack at 75% off in a Steam sale.  
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News Comments > Mass Effect Speculation
17. Re: Mass Effect Speculation Mar 4, 2011, 13:13 DG
 
Techie714 wrote on Mar 4, 2011, 11:57:
I'm actually JUST NOW getting around to playing ME2 & so far I'm really enjoying it alot.

2 Questions
1. So far I've been going around the galaxy adding "Companions" to my fight against the collectors is this most of the game & do I have to do this to progress the main story line? *Not a complaint just wondering*

2. Should I purchase some of the DLC & if so which one or none?
1. Getting your team is much of the game. You can skip some if you want though others are part of the main storyline, and I'd suggest grabbing them all. You should try to have everything done before you reach the, uh, obviously pivotal moment in the game.

2. If you're only getting one DLC then Shadow Broker should be it. Personally though I thought all the missions ones were worth the small amount of money.
However IIRC they turn up mid-game and you have to do them before the aforementioned pivotal moment. Therefore your choice is really to get them right away, get them for a second run through or don't bother with them.

edit: with the DLC though I've sunk 64 hours into ME2, in one run-through. Main thing I'll pass on is don't bother going crazy scanning planets. I'd figured I would get it out of the way early on but turned out you don't really need much.

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News Comments > Valve Announces Steam Guard
27. Re: Valve Announces Steam Guard Mar 3, 2011, 14:52 DG
 
aphistic wrote on Mar 3, 2011, 14:35:
Hang on, let me get your tin foil hat for you...
It is strange that they stated that it could be used by 3rd parties if their only goal is for optional Steam account security for the benefit of the account holder.
What relevance is there for 3rd parties?



SpectralMeat wrote on Mar 3, 2011, 13:54:
They can do the same thing apple does with Itunes. You can log into your account management and reset the activated computers.

Limit the amount of resets to 2-3 times a year or whatever, if need more resets you have to contact support.
You are screwed by the first reset that isn't you. The limit to 2-3 isn't doing you any favours.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: UK government: DSL Mar 3, 2011, 13:34 DG
 
The problem with "up to" speeds are primarily an issue for the "last mile" between home and the exchange. The ISP has no control over that. Except for the cable and FTTH where you get new wires and so no surprise they hit very close to the advertised speeds.

So in some respects, complaining about the failure to obtain advertised rates is similar to complaining about a restaurant advertising service in 10 mins just because it takes you 30 mins to drive there.

Somewhat ironic that the government complains about this when they gave BT the monopoly over the telephone network and hence that last mile is all owned by BT.

In a competitive sense, an "up to" Xmb from one company is also usually ending up the same Ymb regardless of which company. Differences are usually accounted for the defaults applied to the routers, which can be manually tweaked.

There is one issue they should be putting out there yet aren't attempting to address: ISP's throttling and having too high contention.

OK, sure really there should be some little checker so people can try to figure out the actual speeds they would be getting. But this "25th to 75th percentile" is absurd, the speed varies by distance and quality of wiring to the cabinet, totally irrelevant to national average of an ISP. All you're going to end up with using this crap is averages that are at best irrelevant and at worst wide open to manipulation (e.g. have one product for people near exchanges and another for those further away, while advertising one not the other).

Most people whining think they're going to end up with some discount because their 10mb isnt the 20mb advertised. Not really. The connection doesn't really make much difference to cost, it's more about data quantity. A 20mb connection merely downloads the same quantity more quicker. The main reason for the price differences on packages is marketing, that is to get those willing to pay more to do so. Secondly, heavier internet users tend to be more willing to buy the faster pipe.

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News Comments > Saints Row: The Third Announced
10. Re: Saints Row: The Third Announced Mar 3, 2011, 13:20 DG
 
PHJF wrote on Mar 2, 2011, 22:58:
One of the worst PC ports of all time.
I've not played PC version, but IIRC the 360 version itself kind of felt like a bad port.

Fun game, not-so-great coding.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 3, 2011, 13:15 DG
 
Verno wrote on Mar 3, 2011, 10:59:
# Why Credit Cards Are Not the Future of Online Payment.

Total nonsense pro-Paypal "article". It's practically a press release.
first line of FTA:
Bill Zielke is senior director of Merchant Services at PayPal,
It is a press release. I'm still wondering why Blue saw fit to link to it, best guess is how it exemplifies BS.
 
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