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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2014, 11:41 Creston
 
1badmf wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 11:37:
actually, germany (west germany at the time) were the ones who instigated the current method of having the final group games played at the same time. in '82 they went into their final game with austria knowing they had to win 1-0 to advance. austria would still advance in that situation. they scored early, and then the rest of the game was 80 minutes of 22 dudes trying not to look like they were colluding to advance.

that was a fantastic game though. can't believe the horrendous defending at the end - bradley for coughing up the ball to create the counter, or cameron for just plain whiffing on the cross or picking up the attacker. which was funny because overall our defense was really good and played well as a unit. it just came down to individual gaffs that led to both portugal goals.

Okay, but now you're talking like 25 years ago.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
7. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 23, 2014, 11:39 Creston
 
Pigeon wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 10:25:
That is one shitty $1,099 computer.

Apple hardware is never worth the asking price, but imbeciles buy it anyway BECUZ IT'S APPLE!
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
7. Re: Frontier Calls Comcast's Open Wi-Fi Push 'Disrespectful' Jun 23, 2014, 11:34 Creston
 
Beamer wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 11:17:
Actually I don't know, but I do know that I live in an apartment serviced exclusively by Comcast and I pick up one public router. Which is odd. Maybe it's a slow roll-out, or is it all the same network name so it's essentially a "cloud?"

I don't know if it's been rolled out in your place yet, but I doubt any of those routers will show up as individual access points. You'd probably just see the network with a certain strength, and the routers would be hidden. It's also only one particular type of router that has the functionality, so it would depend on how many people in that area have that particular router. Even so, you'd only need a few of them in a large apartment complex to cover the entire complex.

In the long run I really don't think this will be a much used feature, regardless of anything. Do you know your username and password for your cable company? I'd wager the majority of the public does not.

I do, but I know I'm not the majority in that. However, people don't know their username/pw because's there's no point in them knowing. Your router never asks you to authenticate. If you can get free wifi throughout your town with it, why wouldn't you know?

This isn't to say "it's all ok, then," more "this is a stupid thing to turn on by default and ruffle feathers when Comcast really gets no benefit out of it."

Comcast hopes that people will just start using it while they have no account, so they can be charged per MB of data used at the usual overage rates. And they roll out a free wifi network on the backs of their own customers, who have to RENT that fucking router.

I agree, it's retarded. The insane pretention that "it's a separate network, so there's no danger of being hacked" is truly ludicrous. When a signal hits your router from outside, it can be hacked. Period.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2014, 11:24 Creston
 
Dagnamit wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 10:41:
The best possible result for both USA and Germany is a draw, because that puts them both at 5 points, while Portugal and Ghana can't get 5 points even with a win. The US will still probably advance as long as they don't get blown out, or Ghana and Portugal keep it close.

Previous world cup matches where such a scenario occurred were terrible, as the teams would just agree beforehand to draw, and then they'd spend 90 minutes just meekly passing the ball from defender to defender without ever bothering to do something.

I think FIFA has drawn up some kind of rule to outlaw that behavior now, so if it looks as if you're actively not trying to win, something something something. No idea what they did anymore. Make both teams forfeit the 1 point? I can't be bothered to look it up.

In any case, Germany's usually never too keen on such things, so I doubt that will happen. (They might still tie, of course, but I don't think it'll be deliberate.)
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2014, 11:22 Creston
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 09:50:
Yakubs wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 09:44:
The entire sport is sketchy. Bunch of grown men with 10 pounds of gel in their hair pretending that a gust of wind broke their leg.

Better than 2 dozen grown men needing breaks and pauses every 20 seconds for 3 minutes... just to carry an egg over a field.

Rolleyes

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2014, 11:20 Creston
 
Mystery? What mystery? It USED to be that way, where nobody had any idea how much time was added, and crooked refs abused that badly. Now, though, the ref indicates to both coaches how much time will be added, and it can't exceed five minutes. So just prepare to play for 50 minutes a half, and voila. (Edit, just realized you're probably being sarcastic. :p )

It was the latest goal in World Cup history, but I've seen goals even later than this in Dutch competition. In Holland, the ref indicates when something is the final possession (ie, you basically get one more shot, or you lose possession), and I've seen Ronald Koeman score twice with the final shot of the game with an absolute bullet to the cross section.

Imo, it just makes it more exciting. Teams get a lot more daring in extra time if they're down.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft "Confident" in Unified Assassin's Creed Unity Launch
3. Re: Ubisoft Jun 23, 2014, 11:15 Creston
 
It's not going to ship at the same time. It just isn't.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Frontier Calls Comcast's Open Wi-Fi Push 'Disrespectful' Jun 23, 2014, 11:06 Creston
 
Frags4Fun wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 11:02:
Why should Comcast customers have to pay for the extra electric costs when passers by use said customers router? The extra traffic would certainly raise the electric bill even if only a little. The increase in electric usage would be significant when looked at across all combined routers. How are these people being compensated? Has anyone else even considered this aspect?

No, but the Comcast fanboys (incredibly, they exist) are all bleating as loud as they can that you're talking "maybe pennies a year," because they're all geniuses who can accurately predict such things.

As for the hacking issue, when you mention that it's nothing but crickets.

Beamer wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 11:05:
2) Most of these routers will never really be used, because they're in people's homes.

Do you have any idea how far a wireless n connection reaches these days? I can pick up two other wifi routers in my house, and my nearest neighbor lives well over a hundred yards away. And IIRC, they're using these routers as combined access points, so in essence it's this massive blanket field if you're in a decently sized town. (such as Houston, where they've rolled it out already)

People are going to use it. And sure, it doesn't count against your cap (miraculously, it being Comcast and all), but it's still traffic going over your already heavily overloaded neighborhood connection. Iow, speed in your home is going to go down.


And then the GM app. Ah GM. Developed on taxpayer dime, and will lead to plenty more car crashes. (Bonus for GM, since you buy a new one? :p )

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News Comments > Steam Top 10
14. Re: Steam Top 10 Jun 23, 2014, 00:55 Creston
 
shinchan0s wrote on Jun 22, 2014, 21:53:
DangerDog wrote on Jun 22, 2014, 16:21:
I understand you need skyrim's dlc for the mods, I'm not really interested in playing the dlc that much.

Don't know of any "must have mods" that requires the DLCs. I still play off the base game with around 30~ currently updated mods.

Quite a few do. Most of my mods at least have extra options for Dawnguard and Dragonborn, and several mod authors just get tired of having to maintain multiple versions, so they just update the all DLC version only.

But it's not a dead-set requirement, no.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
13. Re: Steam Top 10 Jun 23, 2014, 00:53 Creston
 
Shok wrote on Jun 22, 2014, 21:53:
X Rebirth is on the 9PM est flash sale...for $25 lol. Gonna wait till next summer sale after more patching and get it for 5 dolla.

Yeah, do not buy that for 25 bucks. It's in no way, shape or form worth more than $2.50.
 
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News Comments > MS: "We Are Continuing to Support the GFWL Service"
24. Re: MS: Jun 23, 2014, 00:50 Creston
 
The_Pink_Tiger wrote on Jun 22, 2014, 19:41:
I mean, it's not as if Microsoft has to worry about limited resources; they could have easily supported both platforms.

Sure, but they don't want to. They said very very early in Xbox's life cycle that their vision was office work on the PC, games on the Xbox. That's what they wanted, and thus that's the only thing they pursued.

Windows is still the heart of Microsoft's empire (despite all the money poured into it,it certainly isn't the XBox division, which continues to lose money)

It makes money now, but it's nowhere near in comparison to Office, Windows, Exchange and even Azure, no.

and PC gaming was one reason people stuck with Windows; their games didn't run well on the alternatives.

No, it wasn't, and people really need to stop believing that. For all their stupidity, and they do some REALLY fucking stupid things, and have had some REALLLLLLY stupid people in charge, MS is not that dumb. If PC gaming was their prime revenue driver, they wouldn't have let utterly ignored it like they have.

The (sad) reality is that PC gaming is nothing compared to the money they make on Enterprise licensing. If it wasn't for the OEM deals that still make them money, I'm fairly sure MS would have completely given up on gaming on Windows long ago. In the grand scheme of things, it just doesn't make them that much money, and that's why they never put any kind of effort into it.

Which is fine, it's understandable, in the end they need to make money, I just can't fathom why they keep feeling the need to repeat that lie to utter absurdity. Seriously, they've gone BEYOND the Boy Who Cries Wolf now. They've literally been parroting this tale since 2006, sometimes multiple times a year, and they do FUCK.ALL.

I don't think it is a coincidence that Microsoft's domination of the desktop began to slip when they made it clear that gaming on the PC was no longer a priority.

No, that really has nothing to do with it. The #1 reason MS no longer utterly dominates the desktop the way they do is price. They are simply too expensive with their licensing. Not just the price per seat license, but then the horseshit you have to go through if you have a license for an older product, and MS simply tells you that that license is no longer valid, and if you wish to keep using it (say, Project, or Visio), you HAVE to upgrade to the latest version. (my own company is going through that right now. Probably around 500 licenses that we're having to upgrade, at an average cost of 3-400 bucks each.)

That's what's been driving certain enterprises to different solutions.

They deliberately slaughtered their golden goose - Windows, with 99% control of the home PC market

Windows is doing just fine (well, Windows 8 isn't, but Windows 7 is dominating, and XP is still hanging on). MS doesn't really care about the home market. It's an easy revenue source to do OEM deals, but other than that, it's just not interesting for them. Enterprise is where they make their money, and where they are still focused.

As for games, they still think they can dominate the living room, but the continuous setbacks with the failbox SHOULD at some point demonstrate to them that their utopian vision of every living room with a failbox, and people paying fees for literally every single fucking thing they do with it, is just not going to fly anymore. They've been having to withdraw those horseshit paywalls of theirs like crazy.

Maybe in ten more years they'll wake up.
 
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News Comments > MS: "We Are Continuing to Support the GFWL Service"
23. Re: MS: Jun 23, 2014, 00:38 Creston
 
DangerDog wrote on Jun 22, 2014, 16:12:
They hired that one guy from Steam/Valve but I think I read that he already has quit.

He did. Like four months after he was hired. he works for Oculus now.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
4. Re: Steam Top 10 Jun 22, 2014, 14:23 Creston
 
MWAHAHAHAHAHAA SKYRIM WILL NEVER DIE!

Bethesda peon: We're totally focused on consoles, because we never sell anything on the PC.

Rolleyes
 
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News Comments > MS: "We Are Continuing to Support the GFWL Service"
9. Re: MS: Jun 22, 2014, 14:19 Creston
 
We remain committed to investing in PC gaming in the years ahead

Go fuck yourselves. Please.
 
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News Comments > GameStar: Crytek in Financial Trouble
12. Re: GameStar: Crytek in Financial Trouble Jun 22, 2014, 14:17 Creston
 
For awhile, all they did was open new studios everywhere, but no extra games seemed to be coming out of the company. So really not that surprising.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 22, 2014, 02:40 Creston
 
nin wrote on Jun 21, 2014, 21:14:
Been waiting on the Skyrim expansions to go on sale, and even at $10 each, I had a hard time pulling the trigger.

Grabbed the Legendary edition on steam for $13.59, which basically gave me the two I didn't have for $6.80 each. Not a bad deal...


Dragonborn is a ridiculous steal for $10! (Even Dawnguard offers a ton of content for that money, but I know not everyone likes it.)

Dragonborn, however, is awesome, and is an easy 15-20 hours of Elder Scrolls at its finest. (With the exception of Cthulhu's realm, as that's just the same shit over and over and over again.)
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. Re: Evening Consolidation Jun 20, 2014, 21:39 Creston
 
That deal's already sold out.  
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News Comments > GRID Autosport Trailer
8. Re: GRID Autosport Trailer Jun 20, 2014, 16:22 Creston
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Jun 20, 2014, 14:34:
USTS?

As for Grid yeah it looks promising on paper but I'll see ones the game is out how it is.
From all the preview vids I've seen the Ai is pretty terrible. I know the preview build is not final but still it should be somewhat decent at least.

US Truck Simulator. The next one they're working on.

Yeah, I'm not buying this unseen. I wouldn't put it past codemasters to just put the fucking rubber banding back in because they can't write AI for shit.
 
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News Comments > GRID Autosport Trailer
5. Re: GRID Autosport Trailer Jun 20, 2014, 14:30 Creston
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Jun 20, 2014, 12:51:
No you don't Race

YOU EVIL WRETCH!!!


Fortunately that's just the predecessor to ETS2, so I can skip it. But USTS is looking really frigging awesome, so I may just get that when it comes out... Sigh

Also read a preview of Grid Autosport, and it has longer races as options, qualifying laps, more sim-like handling, assists and everything. Only thing I need to hear is that it has no rubberbanding and I'll pick that up too... Sigh Sigh Sigh
 
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News Comments > GRID Autosport Trailer
3. Re: GRID Autosport Trailer Jun 20, 2014, 12:48 Creston
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 22:59:
I think there is practice/qualification/race weekend in this one so you do not have to start from the back.

Oooohhhh.... No... NO I HAVE TOO MANY GAMES ALREADY NOOOO!!!!!

 
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