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Signed On Oct 24, 2002, 15:22
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
35. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 10, 2014, 02:50 mag
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 9, 2014, 17:01:
harlock wrote on Jan 9, 2014, 14:28:
jdreyer wrote on Jan 9, 2014, 14:04:
harlock wrote on Jan 9, 2014, 14:02:
jdreyer wrote on Jan 9, 2014, 13:56:
I would be so interested to read what the mechanism is that causes this someday.

its called DNA

Yes, but how exactly.

It is constantly recording the events of your life and self-replicating throughout your body, then its passed along by sexual reproduction

So, you're saying that something as ephemeral as an accent is recorded in our DNA? If that were the case, why wouldn't entire languages be recorded? If you got whacked on the head, you should be waking up speaking Chinese, not English with a Chinese accent.

Because the crack to the head damaged something that got her stuck in the 'speak in what you think a Scottish accent sounds like' mode. There's no genetic memory here, just brain damage and crossed wires.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
11. Re: bits Jan 10, 2014, 01:26 mag
 
harlock wrote on Jan 9, 2014, 23:29:
mag wrote on Jan 9, 2014, 22:46:
and it could completely come to pass that this is completely ignored by developers since it doesn't work for Intel or nvidia.

To reach beyond mere niche adoption, it is essential to provide a deployment path beyond the realm of any single hardware vendor. The ultimate goal for software developers is “write once, run everywhere” which requires a unified install-base across all platforms and devices. This is the HSA vision. Thus, the HSA Foundation (HSAF) was formed as an open industry standards body to unify the computing industry around a common approach.The founding members of HSA are: AMD, ARM, Imagination Technologies, MediaTek, Texas Instruments, Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm


that doesnt sound "completely ignored" to me... and im not sure where you get the idea it wont work with intel - read the link if you really want to know more

I like AMD. I want this to succeed. I haven't purchased a desktop Intel processor since... the p166MMX. I'm just being realistic. It is an enormous hurdle to make this completely programmer-agnostic. You have to write a compiler that can intelligently offload massively-parallelizable calculations to the GPU, and that is ridiculously hard, or else it'd have been done already. As is, they're presenting it as 'extensions' to C++, and it is still going to require programmers to intentionally write things in a way that will be able to take advantage of it.

If 90% of the target market (e.g. desktop/laptop/actual computers running Windows, MacOS, or Linux) is Intel, you're probably not going to completely change the way you code to make stuff faster on AMD.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
8. Re: bits Jan 9, 2014, 22:46 mag
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 9, 2014, 21:25:
harlock wrote on Jan 9, 2014, 18:57:
AMD’s most powerful APUs ever, the AMD A10 7850K and 7700K (codenamed “Kaveri”), are now shipping and will be on shelves in desktops early next week, with pre-orders starting today from select system builders. “Kaveri” is the world’s first APU to include Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) features, the immersive sound of AMD TrueAudio Technology and the performance gaming experiences of Mantle API. “Kaveri”-based notebooks will be available in the first half of this year.

HSA

To fully exploit the capabilities of parallel execution units, it is essential for computer system designers to think differently. The designers must re-architect computer systems to tightly integrate the disparate compute elements on a platform into an evolved central processor while providing a programming path that does not require fundamental changes for software developers. This is the primary goal of the new HSA design.

HSA creates an improved processor design that exposes the benefits and capabilities of mainstream programmable compute elements, working together seamlessly. With HSA, applications can create data structures in a single unified address space and can initiate work items on the hardware most appropriate for a given task. Sharing data between compute elements is as simple as sending a pointer. Multiple compute tasks can work on the same coherent memory regions, utilizing barriers and atomic memory operations as needed to maintain data synchronization (just as multi-core CPUs do today).

The HSA team at AMD analyzed the performance of Haar Face Detect, a commonly used multi-stage video analysis algorithm used to identify faces in a video stream. The team compared a CPU/GPU implementation in OpenCL™ against an HSA implementation. The HSA version seamlessly shares data between CPU and GPU, without memory copies or cache flushes because it assigns each part of the workload to the most appropriate processor with minimal dispatch overhead. The net result was a 2.3x relative performance gain at a 2.4x reduced power level*. This level of performance is not possible using only multicore CPU, only GPU, or even combined CPU and GPU with today’s driver model. Just as important, it is done using simple extensions to C++, not a totally different programming model.

Time to invest?

Risky bet. AMD's hurting pretty badly, and it could completely come to pass that this is completely ignored by developers since it doesn't work for Intel or nvidia. This is kinda what they've been hanging their hopes on for the past five years of shitty processors. This is what they've been building towards. And if it doesn't work...
 
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News Comments > First-Person Puzzle Game Concept Trailer
4. Re: First-Person Puzzle Game Concept Trailer Jan 9, 2014, 14:56 mag
 
I think Prey used the bigger->smaller portal concept a couple of times. This looks pretty cool.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
6. Re: PlayStation 2 manufacture ends after 12 years Jan 9, 2014, 00:35 mag
 
nin wrote on Jan 8, 2014, 11:59:
Turtle Beach signs PS4 official headset deal.

Was looking for their sound cards last night, and they're almost non existent. And their headsets aren't nearly as good as they used to be. Had two different sets where the audio had pops all the time...


I miss my Turtle Beach Santa Cruz. That thing was awesome.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
6. Re: Evening Consolidation Jan 8, 2014, 22:57 mag
 
nin wrote on Jan 8, 2014, 21:33:

Sony may say the PS4's early sales lead over the Xbox One isn't a big deal, but looking at the past console generation its likely a sign of the PS4 outselling the Xbox One comfortably if not considerably once this generation is over.

If the past is any indication of the future, considering the PS3 was released 1 year after the Xbox 360 (Nov 2006 vs Nov 2005) yet today they're both sitting on about 80 million sales, things are looking very good for Sony this time round with the consoles released at about the same time yet the PS4 is already ahead by a noteworthy amount (4.2 vs 3.0 million, Xbox One is only at 70% of PS4 sales).

I hope you're right, but it's only been two months.

The one ace Sony has in their sleeve right now is Japan, which goes live next month. That will be a nice boost for them, and it's an area MS has yet to get a decent foothold in.


The PS4 hasn't released in Japan yet? Holy crap, I had no idea.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 6, 2014, 20:51 mag
 
nin wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 20:47:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 20:37:
Linksys resurrects classic blue router, with open source and $300 price.

You had me until 300.

Yeah, what a joke.


It's definitely out of my price range, but it's got pretty nice hardware. 1.2GHz processor, USB3, eSATA. This is enough to do routing and traffic shaping on your 100Mbps Google fiber connection, serve as a fileserver with an external eSATA hard drive, take care of all of your torrent-downloading without having your PC on, possibly work alright as a DLNA server, etc. etc.

By which I mean: This is not for you, if all you want is a gigabit switch hooked up to an 802.11n access point and a 20Mbps cable modem.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 5, 2014, 16:14 mag
 
God dammit, Bengals!  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 5, 2014, 12:39 mag
 
The Half Elf wrote on Jan 5, 2014, 12:06:
Sorta sucks, live in Cincinnati, but Chargers are my home team. Trying to get a ticket as it would be the perfect game to finally see a game in the snow.

Don't think you're going to see any snow in the Cincy game. It's supposed to be in the mid to upper 30s and rainy 'til the evening.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
32. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 5, 2014, 00:54 mag
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 4, 2014, 21:05:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jan 4, 2014, 17:20:
Not only that - but I have all of the free stuff here in MN too!

Um, "free" stuff? I hope you don't mean b/c you're a police officer. Anxious

Mmm, kickbacks and "lost" evidence!
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
20. Re: Saturday Consolidation Jan 5, 2014, 00:52 mag
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 4, 2014, 14:48:
jdreyer wrote on Jan 4, 2014, 14:40:
I heard that the city in GTA 6 will be named "Midwest City" and modeled after KC.


I'd really like them to move out of the US as a setting and do a European or Asian city.

Tokyo would be rad. Awesome city.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 4, 2014, 03:09 mag
 
BobBob wrote on Jan 3, 2014, 14:05:
I was born and raised in California. I have traveled around the world, including many parts of the USA. I've experienced severe climates, especially in Northern Europe and the US East through the Mid-West. I moved back for one reason -- I seriously hated the climates in other locations. I call them climatic prisons. I may move to Hawaii someday, but the South Bay fits my needs for now. I encourage anyone to consider living in California or Hawaii for a year. You will experience the freedom to be outside all year round. I believe you'll never want to return anywhere else. Think it's expensive? Not at all. Your habits and lifestyle will completely change from spending too much on TV and video games to going outside to free parks, beaches, forests, and other outdoor locations.

I did Hawaii for a while, and I'd like to go back to spend some time there again, but I left for a reason.
 
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News Comments > Eye Tracking Controller Plans
9. Re: Eye Tracking Controller Plans Jan 3, 2014, 19:16 mag
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 3, 2014, 16:01:
Noble as it sounds to help the cripples how many people would we really be talking about it? 0.01% of the population?

That aside it sound like a cheat as far as FPS' go.

Jesus Christ man. Do they really have the Internet back in the 40s?
 
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News Comments > On Sale (2)
28. Re: On Sale (2) Jan 3, 2014, 10:46 mag
 
El Pit wrote on Jan 3, 2014, 09:41:
mag wrote on Jan 3, 2014, 09:30:
christheshitter wrote on Jan 3, 2014, 04:18:
The worst Steam sale ever. Crappy AAA titles for dumb downed people no thanks!

Did you miss all of the indie titles??

Ignore him. Read what he wrote, take a look at his nick, and you know - it's one of the lamest trolling attempts here at Blue's News EVER!

...right. Gotcha. Too early in the morning to be replying to trolls!
 
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News Comments > On Sale (2)
24. Re: On Sale (2) Jan 3, 2014, 09:30 mag
 
christheshitter wrote on Jan 3, 2014, 04:18:
The worst Steam sale ever. Crappy AAA titles for dumb downed people no thanks!

Did you miss all of the indie titles??
 
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News Comments > On Sale (2)
11. Re: SimCity Limited Edition on the Microsoft Store. Save 50%. Jan 3, 2014, 00:01 mag
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Jan 2, 2014, 20:42:
qsto wrote on Jan 2, 2014, 20:36:
mag wrote on Jan 2, 2014, 18:47:
Mad Max RW wrote on Jan 2, 2014, 17:52:
Finally started playing Saints Row 4 and man have I missed Volition. I always wanted to see them make a spiritual successor to Freespace, but now I kind of want to see them make an open world Bladerunner style game instead. SR4 really isn't that far off while still embracing the craziness of Saints Row.

An open world cyberpunk/noir game? Yespleaseyesplease.
Well, there was Neocron back in the day. Albeit it was an MMO, it still comes closest of anything such what you depict. It was was a decent effort but quite buggy upon release and lacking in many gameplay aspects, or rather the implementation wasn't all there in many ways. But hacking for instance was awesome in that game.

It had so much potential though, and I've been craving after anything similar ever since. As of now, Neocron is actually F2P and still being actively developed by the community. I've been meaning to go back and try it gain, but for some reason I still haven't managed that

Here's to hoping someone will actually make a modern game such as Neocron in the near future. And that it will look like the UE4 tech demo Infiltrator we saw last year

Oh man Neocron. I beta tested that 10 years ago and it was such a pile of shit right up to and after release. They had a nice Deus Ex/System Shock MMO thing going on then flushed it down the toilet. Literally. You start off being forced into these dark boring sewers beating on derpy rats like every single fantasy MMO that came before it. Supposedly they made an expansion that turned into a sequel but I don't know what happened there and don't care.

I'll never touch another MMO because of Neocron.

Yeah, I think Neocron was one of the MMOs I tried that left me soured on the genre as a whole. Haven't tried one since around that time.
 
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News Comments > On Sale (2)
4. Re: SimCity Limited Edition on the Microsoft Store. Save 50%. Jan 2, 2014, 18:47 mag
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Jan 2, 2014, 17:52:
Finally started playing Saints Row 4 and man have I missed Volition. I always wanted to see them make a spiritual successor to Freespace, but now I kind of want to see them make an open world Bladerunner style game instead. SR4 really isn't that far off while still embracing the craziness of Saints Row.

An open world cyberpunk/noir game? Yespleaseyesplease.
 
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News Comments > New Year's Safety Dance
7. Re: New Year's Safety Dance Jan 1, 2014, 14:04 mag
 
Would NSA surveillance have stopped 9/11 plot?

They already had all of the information they needed to stop 9/11, and they failed to do it because they were drowning in too much information. So of course the solution was to gather more information. Rolleyes
 
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News Comments > On Sale
7. Re: On Sale Dec 31, 2013, 18:32 mag
 
jacobvandy wrote on Dec 31, 2013, 16:41:
It's been a couple months since they went to beta and lowered the price to $60 (which is more than KS backers paid for the same access anyway), and they created a new Commander for the holidays that backers get for free, so I don't think anyone cares. I even went to check the PA forums and didn't see a single thread about the sale. Such a stark contrast to see people actually talking about the game, compared to the Steam forum being 95% full of people bitching about the price, in spite of the discount. "WTF only 33% off, is this an Activision game LAWL!"

On a somewhat related note, Grim Dawn alpha access was opened up to all backers for Christmas, even for people like me who only put in $18 for the base tier. It's pretty good already, and Act II is coming next month.

Yeah. I backed at $40 (I think?) to get the beta, which is the current sale price. I've had my couple of months extra of getting to try it over the plebs, the final version is due relatively soon, etc. etc. I won't feel offended no matter how they price it at this point.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
6. Re: On Sale Dec 31, 2013, 18:31 mag
 
jacobvandy wrote on Dec 31, 2013, 17:27:
Yeah, I don't know if that's a limitation of their current bundle system (like all they have is that choose-your-own thing) or if it's a deliberate strategy. You get zero discount if you take just one little game out of one of those packages.

You do get a discount, though, if you already own one of the games in the packages. That is way-cool over how Steam handles it.
 
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