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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
8. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jan 8, 2014, 10:21 WaltC
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
7. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jan 8, 2014, 10:19 WaltC
 
InBlack wrote on Jan 8, 2014, 10:04:
Im not sure I follow. What is your point? That the Wired article is mostly moronic douchebag drivel that panders to the 'poor' tech companies while painting the big bad wolf government as evil? Im not sure anyone is in disagreement here.

If that's true, then good deal. It just wasn't that obvious from a couple of the posts. I'm probqbly guilty of knee-jerk, because I'm so tired of the idiotic "spying/the sky is falling" articles that our idiot press is so fond of printing these days. Yes, you summed up my sentiments admirably...;)

 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
5. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jan 8, 2014, 09:58 WaltC
 
Please don't tell me you believed that moronic NSA article. It was written by a moron. How many times must it be drummed into people's heads that just because it's published on the Internet does not mean that it is true, or even rational, for goodness' sake.

Yea, we live in an age in which people cherish profit--especially the profit coming from page hits generated by an article so full of speculation and rubbish that it would play much better as a skit on Saturday Night Live. Enter the gullible Internet reader who believes everything he reads. Unreal. If someone wrote a "factual" article explaining how Obama turns into a coyote every night and howls at the moon and raids garbage cans until sunup--sure enough, someone reading it would believe it.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 3 Removes GFWL?
2. Re: Fallout 3 Removes GFWL? Jan 7, 2014, 10:21 WaltC
 
I buy lots of games from Steam and like the service, but I'm not blind...;) Sure, if you're a developer, why bother with Microsoft's DRM when you can do Steam's DRM? Steam's is an order of magnitude more effective. It's fairly easy to fool the GFWL DRM, not so trivial to spoof a Steam account, though.  
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News Comments > Steam Machines Announcement
49. Re: Steam Machines Announcement Jan 7, 2014, 10:08 WaltC
 
dj LiTh wrote on Jan 7, 2014, 05:41:
The problem is that you can do that already. Build a pc/htpc, get a wireless mouse and keyboard, wireless controller, and still have a fully functional computer. Why use steamOS when its just going to take away options rather then add?

It's gratifying to see that most people in this thread know this and understand it pretty well. Still, there are a few outliers who cling to this notion that there's something "different" about "Steambox."

As you say, there's not. These are bog standard, off-the-shelf x86 Windows PCs in every respect *except* for the fact that Windows supports a ton more hardware and ten tons more third-party software than SteamOS. Boot up SteamOS and automatically time-travel backwards ~15 years ago, or so. Really, it's not fair to say even that at the moment because SteamOS is in such a buggy alpha state that it isn't fit for the bathroom, let alone the living room...;)

Of course Valve has announced a lot of "partners" for the Steambox--heh--all any of them has to do is slap a Steambox decal on configurations they already manufacture and there's your "Steambox." This whole thing reeks of a publicity stunt designed simply to market the Steamworks store, frankly. Sometimes I think Gabe's ego is even bigger than he is...;)

Folks who think all this presages some sort of "year of the desktop" for Linux in general are going to be disappointed, yet again. Seems like if you're a Linux enthusiast someone's always jerking your chain, eh?

 
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News Comments > Steam Family Sharing Tightened Up
7. Re: Steam Family Sharing Tightened Up Jan 5, 2014, 13:33 WaltC
 
Silicon Avatar wrote on Jan 5, 2014, 12:54:
The last time I looked at this it was useless because of the way they have it set up. If I am playing Skyrim from my library and somebody else wants to play XCom from my library, too bad. Until that's possible Family Share is a joke.

You have the right of it. As it was with Microsoft prior to Microsoft abandoning any pretext of it, "sharing" is little more than a PR gimmick with very little offered in the way of substance.
 
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News Comments > Friday Tech Bits
2. Re: Friday Tech Bits Dec 27, 2013, 23:34 WaltC
 
Axis wrote on Dec 27, 2013, 17:59:
Mac Pro article one of the most moronic I've yet to read -- Mac heads... still gladly fooling themselves to this day.

As long as ignorance exists, the Apple Mac RDF (reality distortion field) will, too...;) As it is, the words (ignorance, Mac) are almost synonyms, anyway. It's sad, though, to see ignorant people with enough money to throw away on The Spittoon...! "Apple tax" doesn't scratch the surface of all the "gotcha's" in these products that are deliberately hidden and obfuscated in Mac marketing material and therefore never seen or commented on by the e-zine I'net authors who don't know enough about owning computers (Macs or PCs) over a span of years to make and understand such commentary in the first place. Questions like: "Why is it not a good a idea to spend thousands of dollars on custom computer components with miserly one-year factory warranties?" They don't know the answers and most often cannot even understand such questions...;) There are many more such pertinent questions professional commentators would ask and answer that these people most often never do. Ah, well, Caveat Emptor--a fool and his money, easily parted, etc.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Passes $35 Million
28. Re: Star Citizen Passes $35 Million Dec 23, 2013, 15:15 WaltC
 
Schilling has to be rolling over in the ashes of his dead 38 Studios...that's fully *half* the money he borrowed from the RI state government...! Had he not so thoroughly blown his credibility with that misguided effort he would more than likely have had much better success with crowd funding. At any rate, he'd have been better off crowd sourcing either way--win or lose. At least had he not successfully crowd-funded then he'd never have wound up in hock to a clueless state government.

I still think RI should have rolled with 38 Studios for another $75M, if that's what it took--because, bear in mind that this wasn't just *a game* Schilling was trying to develop, it was an entire *game company* based in RI he was attempting to found, a RI company that would have kept hiring and providing jobs for the tiny state for years to come. Considering how much in the way of entitlements RI gives away each year--that provide it no ROI whatever--and considering how many state-funded RI projects routinely go way, way over their original budgets (typical of governments everywhere), RI's reaction was pretty much the same as taking the game company *and* the $75M and just burning them both in a wheelbarrow. Of course, burning through tax-payer money is a normal government function, anyway.

Got a bit side-tracked, sorry...;)


 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
6. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Dec 23, 2013, 09:55 WaltC
 
Verno wrote on Dec 23, 2013, 08:40:
Pigeon wrote on Dec 22, 2013, 17:50:
That's one fancy looking bathroom trashcan

Haha yeah, I can appreciate the work that went into it but it does resemble a little trashcan.

Sigh...can we get this right? It's a spittoon.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 20, 2013, 15:11 WaltC
 
Quboid wrote on Dec 20, 2013, 13:57:
That Mac Pro was assembled in the USA. Cutter, how many of the manufacturers you buy from can even say that?

Assembled in the USA--made in China. (You forgot about that, I guess.) Every Windows computer in my home since 1995 has been assembled in the USA--assembled by me, personally, as I cherry-pick the hardware components and order them separately and "assemble" them myself. Assembling is one thing, manufacturing a component is quite another, isn't it?

(Man, the RDF is really deep in this thread...;) Keep it coming guys, always entertaining!)


 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
10. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 20, 2013, 15:03 WaltC
 
Hobeaux wrote on Dec 20, 2013, 10:08:
actually, yes. I've read several articles over the years that the Mac hardware runs Windows better than many/most/all (depending on the year) PC hardware. There are a couple of options, such as VMWare or Parallels, so one could have Windows running in a VM inside the OS X—but Apple provides a solution called Boot Camp that allows a user to choose OS X or Windows at boot so you get the full native experience.

That said, it's not a guarantee that Windows will understand some of the hardware components, so YMMV.

You've been reading far too many Mac-oriented publications...;) I suggest you broaden your horizons and get away from Apple for a couple of years--if you ever want to learn anything besides Mac propaganda, that is. First of all, Macs, including this hideous monstrosity (looks like a spittoon from the top and a coffee-maker from the side)use the very same hardware you find in PCs--it's called x86 Intel. Bus standards, hard drives--the works--it is all 100% Intel bog standard off-the-shelf.

The major difference is that Macs--those few that can be called desktops, that is--support only a fraction of the hardware Windows supports. Windows, btw, runs natively on the Mac--it is not an emulation--it runs just as natively on a Mac as OS X. Bootcamp simply automates the Windows install process since the great majority of Mac owners are clueless when it comes to setting up systems that dual boot between two OSes.

But, yea, you can run Windows natively to get the real experience of a personal computer--which means that all that Windows software that is published which doesn't support OS X (a lot!) can be accessed and enjoyed by Mac users, too--provided they've installed Windows. If you want to run Windows, though--best not buy a Mac at all, frankly. Like someone said earlier, Bootcamp hardware drivers (which have to be supplied by Apple) are generally not up to par. WIndows supports at least 10x the amount of hardware that Apple supports in OS X and builds into its Macs. IE, buy a Mac and your choices of hardware are severely diminished.

It's posts like yours that let me know that the RDF is still powerful and thriving in Apple land...;) Keep it up, though--always amusing to read stuff like this.

 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
16. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Dec 20, 2013, 09:17 WaltC
 
Snowden's no "whistle-blower"...he's a lying, cheating high-school dropout sociopath who fled the country after breaking every oath he ever took with his country and his employer. His word means nothing and he cannot be trusted. He broke into his supervisor's computer after stealing the password, got the answers to an NSA entry exam and passed the test. I'd bet 99% of his "releases" are either made up completely or else completely out of context.

Whistle-blowers do *not* act like Snowden--they stay in the US and blow their whistles. They have the courage of their convictions! Ever heard of a US whistle-blower who fled the country, then blew the whistle, and then moved to mother Russia? I didn't think so.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/nsa-speaks-out-on-snowden-spying/

If, in the United States, we had anything besides a corrupt, inept, ludicrously stupid and incompetent Media Press, Snowden's "whistle-blowing" would have been laughed to scorn with jeers from the start.

Snowden's going to discover that hanging might be preferable to living out his days in Russia, or anywhere else, for that matter. Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home, eh Snowden? Don't kid yourself--Snowden now fully realizes the extent of what he's done and would give *anything* to undo it all. But it's too late for that kind of sentiment as the choice is no longer his. This is a wonderful example for anyone else thinking of unwisely burning his bridges.



 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. Re: Evening Tech Bits Dec 20, 2013, 08:52 WaltC
 
I feel genuinely sorry for anyone actually "waiting" on one of these hideous and hideously overpriced monstrosities...the Artillery Shell Mac Pro. The Apple RDF is hitting delusional proportions again.

 
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News Comments > New AMD Drivers Address Micro Stuttering
3. Re: New AMD Drivers Address Micro Stuttering Dec 18, 2013, 18:29 WaltC
 
DangerDog wrote on Dec 18, 2013, 18:19:
I almost went with the Red team with my new system, almost.

You have my sympathies, then, sir...;) j/k
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
7. Re: Morning Safety Dance Dec 16, 2013, 12:31 WaltC
 
First, what would be really nice is to clean up our present miserable excuse for a government. That is a much bigger concern for me.  
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News Comments > Cliff Bleszinski's PC Shooter Plans
47. Re: Cliff Bleszinski's PC Shooter Plans Dec 12, 2013, 09:49 WaltC
 
Icewind wrote on Dec 12, 2013, 07:25:
I've hated on him for years, but if he wants to come back to his Unreal 1 ways...I'm good with it. Maybe now he realizes what we've been teasing him with this whole time. I think he does, since with all the kickstarters and the steam indies racking in big cash he now sees that the PC really *IS* the healthier/greener pasture, and he wants back.


Right after the success of the first Unreal (not UT--U), Sweeney was quoted in an interview saying 90% of people who buy computer games look for solid single-player games. I thought he knew what he was talking about then--but then suddenly UT came from nowhere, then the mindless repetitions of the game and then finally Epic abandoned the PC altogether. I always thought he was mimicking Carmack in a number of ways (and still do.) Unfortunate. I always thought that Unreal/Return were so good that it should have been Carmack emulating Sweeney--but apparently Sweeney lacks self-confidence and doesn't function well on his own (whereas Carmack has no trouble calling the shots.)

Unreal (not UT) had a great future but Epic let it die prematurely. Perhaps Bleszinski wants to bring it back. If so that would be interesting. Somehow, I doubt it, though. It seems to me he's looking for an easy way to make money and could really care less about making a great game.
 
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News Comments > NSA's Game Spying
151. Re: NSA's Game Spying Dec 9, 2013, 17:28 WaltC
 
What I find most incredible--literally unbelievable, about all of this--is how otherwise intelligent people allow Snowden to continuously and consistently convince them that he alone of all the "peoples of the earth" knows and understands every single thing the NSA does! He's making absolute *fools* out of the news media--"news media"? They don't deserve the title here in the US. They are a bunch of bumpkins and buffoons and every day they prove it by believing every single fantastic, idiotic, stupid-beyond-belief word out of Snowden's mouth, out of every two-bit politician's mouth in Washington, D.C., etc. The more fantastic, incredible, idiotic, and contentious, not to mention foolish the allegation is--you can count on the US News Media to use it as click bait. Morons.

The US press has become a laughing stock over Snowden. While every other civilized Western country is in private chuckling and holding its *nose* whenever the word "Snowden" comes up, morons in this country rush to print the next moronic headline! I'll bet Snowden is *reeling* at the stupidity his little ruse has revealed about the American public and their politicians and their press organizations. Everywhere else around the globe, mention the word "Snowden" and it invokes a belly laugh because the crap he alleges is so far-fetched--no, ridiculous is a much better description of it--that only a moron might ever believe it! Hell, I don't really blame the guy--he can't come home, so he might as well continue to make fools of them for as long as he can. The only thing more pathetic than Snowden himself is the American reaction to the utter garbage the guy continuously spews--he's dumbfounded, I'm sure, that anyone at all believes it.

The lunacy of the whole notion of "spying on Americans playing on-line video games" is so ridiculous that it defies belief! No intelligence agency on Earth would waste its limited time and resources doing things as idiotic as that. Suddenly I feel as though I live in a nation of inbred imbeciles who, like Jethro Bodine, are proud of having "gradeeeated the sixth grade!" Heh...;) It's really quite funny. (I think sixth graders might actually be able to see through all of this nonsense much better, actually. They've yet to learn the fear of their own shadows.)



 
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News Comments > GOG.com's Money Back Guarantee
27. Re: dcross@neverwhen.org Dec 9, 2013, 16:55 WaltC
 
Minuit wrote on Dec 9, 2013, 16:11:
WaltC wrote on Dec 9, 2013, 14:18:
About Valve's shared library thingy--they've already said how that will go. You can share the game with your friend (*one* friend at a time) for *one hour,* after which your friend receives a notice inviting him to also purchase his own copy of the game from Steam. If your friend declines he is cut from the game immediately.

They have also said the opposite. Can you provide some details on this, or is it possible you're confusing Valve with Microsoft or Sony?

Well, the text seems to have changed from my last reading of it...;)I repeated it the way I remembered it from the original announcement. It is still very murky to me. You can share on up to ten devices that you list--but the minute your account is accessed for any game in it, sharing is terminated for all ten devices--or, have I misinterpreted that incorrectly as well? I read it the first time--months ago--to say that if *the shared game* was accessed the borrowing party would find his session terminated. Now I'm hearing that any activity on the main account will terminate the sharing, period. I also distinctly remember something about the "borrower" being asked to purchase the game--after a point--and if not, he's terminated on that session. It's all murky to me--but that's Valve for you (and I like Steam as much as the next guy and own a few dozen steam games.) Newell and company remind me of my wife before I sent her back to the factory for refurbishment--fickle, wishy-washy, and indecisive...;) (Electro-shock is a wonderful palliative--but don't let her hear me saying that!)

I'll wait until the thing is firmed up and available to the public before I make any further comments on it, however.
 
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News Comments > GOG.com's Money Back Guarantee
14. Re: GOG.com's Money Back Guarantee Dec 9, 2013, 14:18 WaltC
 
HorrorScope wrote on Dec 9, 2013, 12:21:
Steam also has the ability to see how many hours we have into a game, those I returned were under 2 hours each. Technical issues. Just sayin.

Where is the Friends feature that is supposedly coming to Steam? Allowing us to share games with family/friends. That would be super sweet.

Gog is a great bunch of folks. Late one night I bought the wrong game in a series of games--I bought #3 when I meant to buy #4. Problem was I already owned #3! I never downloaded the game, wrote tech support, got a very nice response even though it was the middle of the night there--was asked to supply transaction details which I provided, and six hours later I was provided access to the game I meant to buy, with the mistaken order removed from my community list of Gog-owned games. I then downloaded the game I had originally intended to purchase. I cannot say enough good things about these people--they really go the second mile for the customer.

About Valve's shared library thingy--they've already said how that will go. You can share the game with your friend (*one* friend at a time) for *one hour,* after which your friend receives a notice inviting him to also purchase his own copy of the game from Steam. If your friend declines he is cut from the game immediately. Also, if the friend of yours who owns the Steam game you are sharing for an hour suddenly decides to start playing his copy of the game, you are immediately asked if you'd like to buy it, etc., and then immediately cut off if you decline, in that case, too.

Perhaps you think that is "sweet," but it's the best that Valve or Microsoft or anyone can do under existing copyright law. Someone's idiotic notion that you'll be able to share entire games with up to ten friends--free--with only one of the ten having to buy the game--was never true from the beginning (which is, of course, why it has not happened anywhere.)

I think it's a gimmick, myself--the best you can say about it is that it will provide a sort of game demo for games that ship without demos. I can't see any other benefit beyond that.
 
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News Comments > Quoteworthy - NVIDIA: PC "Far Superior" to Next-Gen
69. Re: Quoteworthy - NVIDIA: PC Dec 2, 2013, 09:48 WaltC
 
Steele Johnson wrote on Nov 30, 2013, 13:53:
Most homes don't even have a pc anymore. Even businesses are started to incorporate tablet apps into their business rather than using laptops. So the only market these guys are in right now are old-school pc enthusiasts who are gamers. So their argument is moot. Those of who care already know, and those of us who dropped laptop/desktop for tablet don't care. Most homes who have tablets and smart phones will buy a console for gaming rather than "reverting back" to the 'ol pc. That's if they even care to play games on their tv than their tablet or phone.

Interesting, as I don't know anyone living in a home anywhere in which no PC exists...;) (I know, you pulled that statistic out of...the box your console came in, right?) BTW, people who "drop" PCs for tablets were never actually PC users in the first place, were they? There are no replacements for PCs being manufactured currently, contrary to popular mythology. And it may go over your head, but laptops with real keyboards are still far more useful/desirable than tablets with added keyboards, covers, and all of those other pieces that you have to buy to try and get close to a laptop's functionality.

What's the point? A tablet is only a good buy for someone who just doesn't need a decent keyboard or a personal computer. It doesn't begin to serve as a replacement for one ( no more than cell phones can replace laptops, etc.) I think that by far tablets will be purchased by people who already have at least one PC because, again like cell phones, tablets are not replacements for PCs. Never were.








 
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