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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
22. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 22, 2013, 14:31 mag
 
Ecthelion wrote on Nov 22, 2013, 14:10:
Pigeon wrote on Nov 22, 2013, 14:01:
I've heard of laptops and even PC components getting bricked from BIOS or firmware updates, but often there's a way to reverse those that doesn't involve sending it in. I'd be plenty mad if I got a new system and it bricked the day I bought it.
You can absolutely brick your motherboard with the wrong BIOS update, which is user error of course. I've done it, using Revision 1.0a when it was 1.0b (or something like that, the model number was right but the revision was wrong). There may be a way to recover from that kind of problem now, but that's probably the closest you'll come to bricking a PC. Still, that's something you can fix yourself for the most part (although it's a PITA on a laptop).

These days lots of motherboards have dual BIOSes, so if you do something stupid you can hit a button and boot from the non-hosed one, or copy over a backup, or whatever.
 
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News Comments > Entire Wing Commander Series Now on GOG.com
10. Re: Entire Wing Commander Series Now on GOG.com Nov 21, 2013, 12:50 mag
 
InBlack wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 10:38:
Im tempted with Prophecy, but isnt there basically a free standalone total conversion MOD for Freespace2 that does the same thing and looks much much better?

Prophecy is fantastic. Highly recommended.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
16. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 20, 2013, 15:54 mag
 
LesCaster wrote on Nov 20, 2013, 14:10:
Dagnamit wrote on Nov 20, 2013, 12:38:
Change of subject somewhat, but I can't shake the feeling that these consoles are ridiculously underpowered.

Underutilized, perhaps, but not underpowered, at least not when comparing to last gen. For example, the PS4's GPU is (reportedly) 4.5x more powerful than PS3's and has 5x the previous memory. It's just going to take a while, as usual, before we see game devs starting to take advantage.

They are using CPUs based on the lowest-spec mobile AMD processors. Kinda underpowered, yeah.
 
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News Comments > Half-Life Anniversary
32. Re: Half-Life Anniversary Nov 20, 2013, 03:58 mag
 
Man Oni's on there too. It was reviewed poorly, and it definitely had problems, but I loved that game.  
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
5. Re: Yes, thats exactly what we need is ANOTHER NEW ******* PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE Nov 16, 2013, 17:07 mag
 
DukeFNukem wrote on Nov 16, 2013, 17:00:
I've heard of the software. Never used it myself.

I stated the problems I have with new programming languages. Lay-people shouldn't be writing software. Just like they shouldn't be doing brain-surgery. Programming is inherently complex. It can only ever be so simple. The simpler a programming language is the less powerful and flexible it will be to the developer.

I am okay with languages "evolving" over time to address the requirements of the modern era in which we leave. But I think some people try to hard to re-invent the wheel every 10 years. They have this philosophy in their mind that tells them to panic if we don't re-invent the wheel every 10 years. What Microsoft did with Windows 8 is a tragedy.

“Everything should be as simple as it can be, but not simpler” - Albert Einstein


Jesus. How can you with clear conscience quote Einstein and not know who Stephen Wolfram is?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Wolfram

He's not exactly obscure. He's a pretty well-known scientist, even if controversial in some areas, and that's even without Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 14, 2013, 17:48 mag
 
Creston wrote on Nov 14, 2013, 17:20:
1badmf wrote on Nov 14, 2013, 09:49:
2) instead of using a water heater like all homes have that keep a volume of water heated all the time,

It's only in this third world country called the US where that shit still happens. Just about every other actual non-third world country just has gas-powered heaters that heat water when required, and not when it's not.

It's especially nice in the winter time, when you don't run out of hot water in ten fucking minutes.

MOST ADVANCED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD my ass.

You can get them in the US. You can buy them at Home fucking Depot.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 12, 2013, 19:25 mag
 
Creston wrote on Nov 12, 2013, 12:15:
7-7 on my picks. FUCK YOU TAMPA BAY AND JACKSONVILLE. FUCK YOU BOTH IN THE ASS WITH A FUCKING PITCHFORK. Both of you pick this week to stop being a walking shitshow and win a game? FUCK YOU.

Anyway, for the second time this year, I've got the honor of being the Biggest Drop! WOOT! ... Sigh

Again, I'd feel bad if I spent more than 10 seconds picking these things.

Chiefs vs Broncos this weekend. You'd expect a good game, but I think it's going to be a terrible grindfest to watch.


I'm kinda anticipating that Peyton's not going to finish the game. His ankles are bad, and the Chefs lead in sacks. I'm wanting the Broncos to go all the way this year, so I hope I'm wrong, but...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Leaked Climate Change Report Predicts Violent, Poorer, Sicker Future. Nov 4, 2013, 23:36 mag
 
RollinThundr wrote on Nov 4, 2013, 20:40:
mag wrote on Nov 4, 2013, 13:19:
RollinThundr wrote on Nov 4, 2013, 11:34:
Quick get those carbon taxes written into law! Man made my ass, let's ignore the history of naturally occurring warming and cooling cycles all throughout what we know of Earth's history. Must be man made! And we can fight it if you pay more taxes!

Why do you believe that scientists would be ignorant of historical cycles or would not be accounting for them in their models?

Look, there's no doubt us humans contribute to it, but not on the scale they want you to believe.

Okay. But on what relative scale, then? Do you have a reference? Who are they, and how do they benefit by being disingenuous?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Leaked Climate Change Report Predicts Violent, Poorer, Sicker Future. Nov 4, 2013, 13:19 mag
 
RollinThundr wrote on Nov 4, 2013, 11:34:
Quick get those carbon taxes written into law! Man made my ass, let's ignore the history of naturally occurring warming and cooling cycles all throughout what we know of Earth's history. Must be man made! And we can fight it if you pay more taxes!

Why do you believe that scientists would be ignorant of historical cycles or would not be accounting for them in their models?
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
22. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 1, 2013, 14:27 mag
 
Kitkoan wrote on Nov 1, 2013, 11:31:
Verno wrote on Nov 1, 2013, 09:40:
In the end people only want TVs as thin and as cheap as possible

Its not always for those reasons.

My friends and I wouldn't buy a plasma tv because of issues with screen burn. Two of my friends both bought these big, beautiful plasma tv's and were told that the old problems of screen burn had been fixed. And after playing some racing game for an hour... you could still see the speedometer. Screen burn was still a huge issue. Though now it has a "remove screen burn" function that would work... if you left it running for an hour+ on that function. Harder on the electric bill.

In the end, they both returned their tvs and demanded LCD. A lot of us had been waiting a plasma tv because they looked gorgeous but those screen burning issues just killed any desire.

I have a big beautiful plasma screen from Panasonic and I might have a minute of image retention after gaming for a couple hours. Goes away almost immediately when I start doing something else. Or for really bad cases, just a few minutes of the white scrolling bar.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
9. Re: Evening Consolidation Nov 1, 2013, 02:02 mag
 
Creston wrote on Nov 1, 2013, 01:37:
Oh, okay. At least that's better. That Kinect tank thing would be similar to microsoft just coming over and shitting on your porch.

The tank game was the... baffling sequel to Steel Battalion.
 
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News Comments > Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Trailer
5. Re: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Trailer Nov 1, 2013, 00:33 mag
 
Taskeen wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 21:45:
Hmm, the first one is on sale on Steam.

Don't do it! It's awful!

Edit:

I should qualify my statement. It's a terrible Castlevania (in that it has absolutely nothing in common except the name) game. It is maybe an okay DmC clone, if that's your sort of thing.

I'm not a fan of being locked in a tiny arena, with an uncontrollable camera that can only point one direction, killing the same four guys over and over again for fifteen minutes (filled with QTEs!) before being shunted off to the next tiny arena to repeat the process. Over and over and over.

Even the music is entirely forgettable, which is awful for a series known for having fantastic soundtracks. Generic, uninspired, orchestral blugh.

This comment was edited on Nov 1, 2013, 01:48.
 
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News Comments > Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Trailer
1. Re: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Trailer Oct 31, 2013, 20:18 mag
 
Lords of Shadow was so disappointing that I have to voice my displeasure in every related thread.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 29, 2013, 00:14 mag
 
Rabble rabble. Nevermind.  
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
20. Re: Sunday Consolidation Oct 27, 2013, 23:20 mag
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Oct 27, 2013, 22:44:
Fantaz wrote on Oct 27, 2013, 13:55:
Grumpy Sod wrote on Oct 27, 2013, 13:52:
... 'we cannot, no matter how hard we try, get anything to run at 1080p. we've been told we have to, with the current memory holding it back, but it's just not going to happen, it's pretty miserable'. ...

if PS4 does 4K but Xbox One can't even do 1080p then I don't think the Xbone will last a full console cycle...

So it will display worse than xbox 360? Although it is upscaling, it is going to be a step backward!? Good job *slow clap*

BUT BUT BUT THIS IS THE NEXT GENERATION! It will be better than everything (except a pc built 4 years ago)

Not sure what you're saying. Neither the 360 nor PS3 can do 1080p either, except in very few, very limited cases. Halo 3 and the CoD games are 540p on the 360, aren't they?
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
6. Re: Sunday Metaverse Oct 27, 2013, 19:04 mag
 
PHJF wrote on Oct 27, 2013, 17:38:
You forgot the part about it including 20-25mbps internet service, numbskull.

And on-demand, and broadcast TV.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Into the Black Oct 26, 2013, 03:19 mag
 
Sepharo wrote on Oct 26, 2013, 01:01:
Hilarious...

If I want to use HD on Amazon Prime Instant Video I have to leave my TV on because my desktop display is not HDCP compliant but my secondary display the TV I hardly use is. Weirdly enough I prefer watching movies and TV at my desk. If I turn the TV off the Amazon player will detect and immediately switch back to SD only.

I try to go legit with my media and all they want to do is figure out ways to fuck me over and make piracy still the better product.

edit: Hahah and if I try to watch it on my TV display I need to leave my non-HDCP desktop display on or else it reverts... Basically both have to be on for me to have HD content. That is against their own idiotic rules, a pop-up came up saying all displays need to be HDCP, except my only working configuration is one HDCP and one non-HDCP.

edit2: Okay I figured it all out... Apparently both my displays are HDCP compliant but if I have them both hooked up they need both be powered on. If I physically unhook one or the other Prime will let me play HD on either.

Desktop and TV cabled and both powered = HDCP
Desktop and TV cabled only one powered = No HDCP
Only Desktop cabled and powered = HDCP
Only TV cabled and powered = HDCP

Huh. What a bunch of crap. That must be brand new--I'd never had that problem before trying today. My PC monitor isn't HDCP compliant.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
13. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 24, 2013, 22:26 mag
 
Beamer wrote on Oct 24, 2013, 13:13:
mag wrote on Oct 23, 2013, 23:16:
Axis wrote on Oct 23, 2013, 00:06:
Prime recently changed to need $25 bucks worth, but its a change that made good sense I'm actually glad they did it.

Hm? Prime still gives me free 2-day shipping on everything.

It isn't "everything." It's everything Amazon would normally carry.
There are add-on items, like a $1.99 box of pencils, that Amazon wouldn't sell otherwise. They created the entire "add-on" program for that reason. Just little things that are entirely uneconomical to sell online.

Want pencils? Either buy a carton, or buy something else and throw a smaller box in.

Everything with a Prime logo next to it. Which is exactly the same as it's been for years.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: etc., etc. Oct 24, 2013, 22:25 mag
 
I loved BF1942, and I loved BF2--except that punkbuster kicks me every time I load it.

I found BF3 kind of unplayable, though. I'm not colorblind, but I found it essentially impossible to distinguish characters from background. Depth of field, motion blur, the blue/green/yellow filter they apply to everything. Whatever it was, I couldn't see shit.

Kinda killed any desire to play BF4, which is a damn shame.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
10. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 23, 2013, 23:16 mag
 
Axis wrote on Oct 23, 2013, 00:06:
Prime recently changed to need $25 bucks worth, but its a change that made good sense I'm actually glad they did it.

Hm? Prime still gives me free 2-day shipping on everything.
 
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