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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
14. Re: Evening Tech Bits Nov 6, 2014, 19:19 mag
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 21:27:
Redmask wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 21:02:
It was a great tech for the time that unfortunately had nowhere to go and couldn't compete with LCDs on the economic side of things like logistics and storage. We still have one downstairs in the home theater room and get compliments on picture quality from guests all the time. Damned shame that OLED still is not here in any meaningful way.

Yeah, OLED can't get here soon enough. I don't mind LCDs, but I really wanted a plasma, just couldn't do it b/c apartment living and moving around. Damn things are heavy and fragile.

If you've got a Micro Center near you, the local one has been selling their LG OLED 55" TVs for $2k (marked down from $10k). They are damn pretty.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Requires 64-bit OS
17. Re: Far Cry 4 Requires 64-bit OS Nov 6, 2014, 14:58 mag
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 14:13:
Fantaz wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 14:12:
is there still a RAM shortage?
Must be, 16Gb going for around $180~$200 here in Canada. Seems pretty expensive

This happens every time there's a new standard to start converting the factories to. As we switch to DDR4, DDR3's going to get more and more expensive.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
37. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 6, 2014, 02:35 mag
 
BobBob wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 19:54:
Prez wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 19:47:
That's a good list, but I think the fear of people who prefer gridlock is generally that in trying to fix problems 1 through 4 they will actually make it worse. The ACA (Obamacare as everyone calls it) is a good example. For everything it fixes it makes something else worse or creates a new problem. As far as number 5, I think there is a general fear that the government will go overboard in mandating extreme measures that may end up having no effect on the speed at which the earth is warming so it will just be more draconian and expensive regulation that does nothing but hurt businesses and put the screws to the common man.

That's a perfect summary of how I am thinking at this moment. I'm always open minded so if someone can prove that government can truly fix things without causing more harm or introducing more problems, I'm willing to read/listen.

The Clean Air Act(s)? The EPA at large? The FDA? Do you think they've caused more problems than they've helped? They're gutted and less effective than they should be, but that's not because government cocks everything up, it's because we let corporations have too much influence over its governance.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
29. Re: Steam Top 10 Nov 4, 2014, 01:30 mag
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Nov 2, 2014, 14:41:
damnit.....so many friends got CoD.....I got it for $44.xx. Why did I do that.....

Looking at screenshots - it has FOV setting *slowclap

Sad that we have to celebrate this....BL also has it. Big up to BL for having setting for us that are color blind.

(-) for having Aim Assist. wtf.

Of course there's an FOV setting! You have the choice to make the FOV as much narrower as you want.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
4. Re: Game Reviews Oct 30, 2014, 16:15 mag
 
Wetworks24 wrote on Oct 30, 2014, 16:10:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Oct 30, 2014, 14:08:
Wow, Yahtzee really ripped The Evil Within a new one in that ZP review.

I'm still planning on getting it at 10 bucks or less though.

I'm surprised he wasn't more negative. His main complaints seemed to be that the story doesn't make much sense and made the world seem disjointed and that the stealth was pasted on.

Stealth is an integral part of the game, especially if you play on nightmare or akuma difficulty. It was actually one of the parts of the game that I enjoyed the most. If you expect to walk in and just start blasting everything without trying to be a little sneaky before ch 6 you'll be in for a rude awakening.

As for the plot, I rather enjoyed it and also enjoyed the variety of scenery. Each chapter brings you to a whole new area and set piece, this kept the game fresh for me and helped me enjoy the 19hrs it took to beat it. The downside is that you never felt like you were part of the real world, but of course that is also part of the story

The last minute or so is the angriest I've heard him in ages. He sounded betrayed.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Tim Cook: Oct 30, 2014, 12:47 mag
 
mch wrote on Oct 30, 2014, 12:30:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Oct 30, 2014, 12:25:
So now the whole world knows that you like dick, Tim. Who fucking cares. This is 2014. Being gay is about as revealing and controversial as having blonde hair.

Perhaps less interviews about your sexuality and more time spent leading innovation would help the company that you're CEO of stop being iterative and go back to being at least creative.

I'm pretty sure this isn't him coming out - he was accidentally outed a few months back during an interview if I remember correctly.

In other news, Samsung announces a new ad campaign "We Were Gay First!"

I think it was a thing that was widely suspected, and maybe widely known to those privileged few, but yeah. He was outed by some doofus on CNBC in June.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
6. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Oct 26, 2014, 18:51 mag
 
nutshell42 wrote on Oct 26, 2014, 14:39:
MS Office is a POS that makes you wanna murder your computer but using OOo for a week had me ready to strangle myself by feeding my tie into the printer. Office is the vastly superior solution, if only in comparison.

Thankfully we use LaTeX for most of our typesetting needs. It's also a crappy POS but at least once you've solved a problem it stays solved. I love technical fields.

I hope someone writes a html document processor. It's less volatile and easier to debug than LaTeX but unfortunately there is no easy way to get it onto a printed page. And Chrome doesn't even support hyphenation because all they ever care about anymore is appification of Chrome. (if that sounds like a non-sequitur: Google would be the only ones to do it. IE has no vision and Mozilla has visions, they need a doctor)

Really, no one should be using OOo anymore. The Libre Office fork is much better supported and developed.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 24, 2014, 23:21 mag
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 24, 2014, 20:29:
Beamer wrote on Oct 24, 2014, 17:21:
It's so weird to me how partisan ebola is.
Moderates and liberals: "it isn't a big deal and is unlikely to become one."
Conservatives: "oh my god Gwenyth Paltrow and that Outbreak monkey are going to kill us all, close the borders, it's too late we're all dead!"

I've never seen fear over a disease so clear cut across party lines like this and it baffles me.

I think it's the differences between the liberal mind and the conservative mind. Here are a bunch of peer-reviewed studies. Some choice headlines:

1. Conservatives spend more time looking at unpleasant images, and liberals spend more time looking at pleasant images.

2. Reliance on quick, efficient, and "low effort" thought processes yields conservative ideologies, while effortful and deliberate reasoning yields liberal ideologies.

4. Liberals have more tolerance to uncertainty (bigger anterior cingulate cortex), and conservatives have more sensitivity to fear (bigger right amygdala).

7. Republicans are more likely than Democrats to interpret faces as threatening and expressing dominant emotions, while Democrats show greater emotional distress and lower life satisfaction.

10. Conservatism is focused on preventing negative outcomes, while liberalism is focused on advancing positive outcomes.

Better be careful. You're going to get doxxed and SWATted and death-threatened and whatnot. Then Intel's going to pull their ads from your website.
 
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
10. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Oct 24, 2014, 17:26 mag
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 24, 2014, 13:32:
Here's how to be successful on Kickstarter:

Step 1: Find an under-served genre or beloved game that has not been re-made recently.
Step 2: Design game to be spiritual successor for old game or genre.
Step 3: Make sure beloved developer(s) of said genre or game from back in the day is on the team.
Step 4: Pitch video has to walk the line of showing you competent enough to make the game, but not so slick to invoke the question "If you have that much money, what do you need us for?"
Step 4: Hype the crap out of the KS with a crapton of nostalgia.
Step 5: Sell well-designed but over-priced physical items of the game for higher tiers.
Step 5: FUNDED!

I would like to contribute to your game.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 24, 2014, 16:27 mag
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 24, 2014, 16:26:
Cutter wrote on Oct 24, 2014, 14:16:
Wow, a soldier and reservist murdered in Canada this week and now some lunatic attacked cops with a hatchet in NYC today. Ebola looks to be spreading. Sigh. Things seems to be getting pretty crazy out there atm. Stay safe people.

Seriously? You're talking 2 people out of almost 400 million. And Ebola is not "spreading" in North America. It's arriving here from out of country and being dealt with. What the hell? Crime is as low as it has ever been. Disease is as controlled as it has ever been. Just because the media is hyping shit for clicks doesn't mean things are getting crazy. When did you start to buy into that bullshit?

There are serious problems out there. Global warming is already killing thousands and will result in the deaths of millions perhaps 100s of millions of people through drought, extreme weather, famine, flooding, war, etc. And there are many more: government corruption, corporate corruption, income inequality, poverty, healthcare failures, nuclear weapons, etc. etc. Don't be like the pilot who puts his attention on why the light on switch 17 is broken while his plane augers in.

And now a school shooting in Seattle. Sad week.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 22, 2014, 21:20 mag
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 22, 2014, 14:02:
Yeah, I'm still on DSL, even though cable is faster in my area. I just can't in good conscience go with cable. My Telco is doing a ton of fiber installs in the area though, so who knows for how much longer copper will be around. Still probably for another decade or so. Hopefully this gets rolled out before the switch.

Ditto, regarding the local telco and fiber installs. They just started offering 1Gbps down/250Mbps up for $90/mo, too. Not exactly Google fiber prices, but still exciting.
 
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News Comments > Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition Dropping GFWL for Steam
21. Re: Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition Dropping GFWL for Steam Oct 21, 2014, 18:12 mag
 
Prez wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 16:24:
nin wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 09:42:
I'd almost be tempted try this, but I doubt I'd enjoy their idea of "fun".

Maybe for $5 one day...


I bought it for $7.50 on a sale a while back, and I regret it. I barely got past the tutorial. Absolutely brutal, punishing game. I know there are people who will say things like "it really isn't that hard" but don't listen to them. It is ridiculous. I am glad there are people out there who enjoy it but unless you possess nearly inhuman reflexes, skill, and patience this masochistic game will only bring you pain.

It really isn't that hard.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 20, 2014, 22:11 mag
 
Beamer wrote on Oct 20, 2014, 13:53:
jdreyer wrote on Oct 20, 2014, 13:36:
Only two years? Amateurs. When you commit online abuse in the USA, we charge you with 50 years in prison and $1M fine. And then you kill yourself.

He didn't abuse, he stole. "Stole." And he never would have gotten 50 years or 1 million. Ever. He probably could have gotten away with no jail time.

Maybe the legal system should stop threatening to destroy people for daring to exercise their right to a trial.
 
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Fist of Jesus
6. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Fist of Jesus Oct 18, 2014, 00:52 mag
 
SlimRam wrote on Oct 18, 2014, 00:23:
Another zombie game??? Jesus Christ! ...Oh wait...um...

Haaaaaaa!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 17, 2014, 04:49 mag
 
SlimRam wrote on Oct 17, 2014, 00:00:
Yah, i've always kinda scratched my head about Aquaman. I mean seriously, what if he gets jumped while he's on land by a bunch of thugs in a parking lot? I mean, as he's getting his water lily ass handed to him by these guys, does he jump up and run to the nearest McDonald's dumpster and order a half-eaten Filet-O-Fish sandwich to fight for him?

They made him kind of a badass in the last few iterations of the Justice League animated series. Super strength, rules a kingdom full of magic and high-tech stuff, has a huge chip on his shoulder because the landlubbers are assholes, totally willing to kill millions of people if he needs to.
 
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News Comments > Hatred Announced
34. Re: Hatred Announced Oct 17, 2014, 04:18 mag
 
Jerykk wrote on Oct 17, 2014, 02:30:
harlock wrote on Oct 16, 2014, 23:22:
doesnt look like postal in that it seems un-humorous.. looks pretty disturbing - its made specifically for "trenchcoat mafia" types, gratuitously so

i wonder if it will start getting press, seems pretty freaky

The original Postal had little to no humor. It was pretty dark and morbid. Hatred could very easily be mistaken for a remake.

My issue with both Postal and Hatred is that mowing down defenseless civilians just isn't very interesting. Where's the challenge? Where's the depth? Shock value doesn't compensate for boring gameplay.

Yeah. When I played Postal when I was... what, 14? I thought to myself, "Wow, this crossed a line." Turned it off, never played it again. It was the (at the time, to me) quite realistic screams. The guys crawling around yelling about how they couldn't feel their legs. Noooope. Dark, morbid, no humor that I noticed.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
15. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 16, 2014, 01:44 mag
 
Prez wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 22:42:
The only show I have really wanted to watch is Game of Thrones. I've never seen one episode and couldn't name one actor or actress in it. I hope to stave off getting into it until the final season, but I doubt that will be possible seeing as how Martin isn't even finished with the book series yet.

I think they plan to march along toward the end with or without GRRM, if they catch up to him.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
4. Re: etc., etc. Oct 15, 2014, 21:25 mag
 
NKD wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 20:57:
Gamers are being pushed out of gaming.

Did you totally miss the explosion of indie and Kickstarter titles as the glories of 90s gaming were brought back to life? What are you grumpy about?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
25. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 14, 2014, 04:53 mag
 
Google Fiber Uptake Low Among Poor, Data Shows.

People without money don't pay money for thing that takes even more money to take advantage of: Film at eleven.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
16. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 13, 2014, 21:43 mag
 
Beamer wrote on Oct 13, 2014, 16:27:
I wouldn't mind 1 ad before a program begins. HBO does it and it doesn't bug me at all. But HBO does it for their content, it may bug me more if it was for, say, a Toyota Camry. It doesn't interrupt anything, though, so I'm ok with it.

Man, absolutely no. If I have to wait 30s-1m after I click something to begin watching it, or I'm forced to watch ads between eps during a binge watch, not a chance. Canceled immediately.

Not even if they want to advertise other Netflix stuff. I'm already paying for your service--get out of my way.
 
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