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Signed On May 30, 2003, 01:18
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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Into the Black Oct 9, 2014, 04:09 jimnms
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 8, 2014, 21:03:
No chance in hell the FAA will allow this. This thing is just a metric shit ton of lawsuits waiting to happen. Cool concept but it'll never materialize in public.

If you're flying it in uncontrolled airspace (generally below 1200 ft AGL and not withing 5 miles of an airport) and for non-commercial purposes, there's not shit they can do about it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
33. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 8, 2014, 00:52 jimnms
 
I like my Logitech mice. I've found them to be quite durable. I have a G500 on my machine and still have my old G5 on my old system. I have noticed they are very picky about the surface you use them on. They don't like cloth mouse pads.

I used my G5 on the bare desktop for so long that it polished the desk so smooth that the laser wouldn't track anymore. I then bought a large cloth mouse pad, but after a few months it got jumpy, jittery and skipped. I thought the mouse was going out, so I bought the G500. It was doing the same thing on the mouse pad, so I then bought this hard mouse surface and holy shit what a difference it makes. I never used the weights in the mouse, but I had to load it up after getting that mouse pad because it glides across it like ice and needed the weights to keep me from over doing it. There is such low friction on this mouse pad I also had to tie the mouse cord down because with it just hanging off the back of the desk it would pull the mouse up.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Claptrap Trailer
2. Re: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Claptrap Trailer Oct 4, 2014, 04:37 jimnms
 
I saw a video of four people playing coop, all as Claptrap. It didn't make me want to buy the game.

And I see they still have that shitty ass console UI.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
7. Re: Morning Safety Dance Oct 2, 2014, 21:54 jimnms
 
NetHead wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 12:15:
Smallest and fastest PDF reader I've ever found.

http://blog.kowalczyk.info/software/sumatrapdf/free-pdf-reader.html

I ditched Foxit years ago for Sumatra when I noticed Foxit piling on the bloat each release. Now if I could get them to stop emailing me when they release a new version. I must have accidentally given my email once when downloading it. The email just contains a title "New version of Foxit available" or something like that, but there is no body text. It comes from a noreply@something type address, and I can't find an unsubscribe link on their page.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Windows 9? Oct 2, 2014, 21:45 jimnms
 
I'm a bit behind on the news. I've briefly scanned some articles, but have tabs open going back over a week of stuff I want to go back and read. Wasn't it announced a few days ago that Windows 9 might be a free upgrade to Windows 8? Then a few days ago I swear I saw an article about the next version of Windows will be Windows 10 and that they will be skipping Windows 9. Did I dream that or get something mixed up while skimming articles?

I really wish they would bring back the Aero theme. I hate the dull, flat look of things in Windows 8, it reminds me of Windows 3.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
12. Re: Evening Mobilization Sep 30, 2014, 22:53 jimnms
 
How did you do that? asked someone else. I used my hands, I said. I think its kinda cool they make it so it bends, another said.

Ucrazy
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
17. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 29, 2014, 19:22 jimnms
 
Creston wrote on Sep 29, 2014, 11:52:
Wow, free upgrade to Windows 9? What happened to Microsoft? It's almost as if they've started caring just a little bit about their customers...

Nothing new, they offered free Windows 7 upgrades to Windows Vista users.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
18. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 25, 2014, 21:22 jimnms
 
ForgedReality wrote on Sep 25, 2014, 18:09:
I also always try to buy "Enterprise" class drives whenever possible. Highest tier I can get my hands on, not the budget models, for sure. Data integrity is a pretty damned important aspect of any system, and there's no reason to skimp in that regard.

Didn't read very far into the article did you?
All the drives are "consumer grade" rather than "enterprise" drives, because enterprise drives are more than twice the price. Backblaze says: "Even if there were no warranty, a 15 percent annual failure rate on the consumer 'desktop' drive and a 0 percent failure rate on the 'enterprise' drive, the breakeven would be 10 years, which is longer than we expect to even run the drives for."
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
11. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 25, 2014, 17:07 jimnms
 
nin wrote on Sep 25, 2014, 15:45:
jimnms wrote on Sep 25, 2014, 15:01:
I hope I'm not about to jinx myself, but I haven't had a HD failure in a long ass time, with either WD or Seagate. Although, the last Seagate drive I bought was a 400GB drive about 10 years ago, it is still working and in use.

It's all relative. Everyone has a HD horror story, each from a different brand...

Oh I've had my fair share of failures from both brands, it has just been a long time. Thankfully I'm a bit anal about backing important stuff up and I've never lost anything due to a HD failure. I just remember either me or friends having drives dropping left and right back in the mid 90's to early 00's, but in the past 10 or so years, not so much.
 
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News Comments > New NVIDIA Drivers
8. Re: New NVIDIA Drivers Sep 25, 2014, 17:00 jimnms
 
Quboid wrote on Sep 25, 2014, 15:58:
No. "This graphics driver could not find compatible graphics hardware. [Close]"

Thanks, you saved me a bit of time. I was going to try it tonight since I never got around to installing 344.11.
 
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News Comments > New NVIDIA Drivers
5. Re: New NVIDIA Drivers Sep 25, 2014, 15:09 jimnms
 
C I Systems wrote on Sep 25, 2014, 14:44:
These drivers are for 900 series cards only. They wont even show up for you for anything else.
I bet they'll still work on other cards, the size is about the same size as the 344.11. I've never bothered to select my specific card, I just go with the newest card listed (which is usually selected by default) and download the latest WHQL driver.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 25, 2014, 15:01 jimnms
 
I hope I'm not about to jinx myself, but I haven't had a HD failure in a long ass time, with either WD or Seagate. Although, the last Seagate drive I bought was a 400GB drive about 10 years ago, it is still working and in use.

I had a 2TB WD Green give me a scare a couple of years ago. At the time it was the biggest drive I owned. It had been powered on and in use for over 5 years. It was practically full, and I was worried because I had no way to backup the stuff on it if it got worse. It turned out to be just an NTFS file system error, which I was able to fix, but the SMART log showed a few reallocated sectors so I replaced it anyway. After replacing it, I ran the WD diagnostic tools which put the sectors marked bad back in use, then did a full scan and found no errors. I'm still hesitant to use the drive for anything due to it's power on time though.
 
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News Comments > New NVIDIA Drivers
1. Re: New NVIDIA Drivers Sep 25, 2014, 14:35 jimnms
 
Two WHQL driver releases from NVIDIA within a week?  
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News Comments > Steam Music Leaves Beta
2. Re: Steam Music Leaves Beta Sep 24, 2014, 21:35 jimnms
 
It still lacks essential features like loading playlists you've already created with other music players/managers.  
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News Comments > Wasteland 2 Earns $1.5M
34. Re: Wasteland 2 Earns $1.5M Sep 24, 2014, 14:31 jimnms
 
harlock wrote on Sep 24, 2014, 12:58:
Optional Nickname! wrote on Sep 24, 2014, 12:09:
I'm unimpressed with the Unity engine and probably never will be. It's inferior for the PC.

Unity is garbage yeh. and performance is abysmal, considering the level of graphics on display..

That's like saying the internal combustion engine is garbage after driving a Ford Festiva.
 
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News Comments > Wasteland 2 Released
31. Re: Wasteland 2 Released Sep 20, 2014, 06:07 jimnms
 
I glanced at the Steam page the day before launch and the reviews were about 60% positive, now it's jumped up to 94% overnight.  
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PC Gaming > Post your FPS config - old school
19. No subject Sep 19, 2014, 14:59 jimnms
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Sep 19, 2014, 03:02:
F = Jump
V = crouch

? What do you do with games that give you a distinct advantage when you crouch+jump? Gives you a 6inch to 1 foot increase in jump when you crouch AND jump......a weird deal in some games, but gets you to places you would NOT be able to with your setup..... ie: Counter Strike games. To get on boxes you MUST crouch then jump. They are used together, not one after the other.

I haven't played CS in a long time, but it's easy. I move my index finger to V and middle finger F, it's just a quick roll of the fingers to crouch-jump, then move them back. It takes only a split second.
 
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News Comments > Train Simulator 2015 on Steam
3. Re: Train Simulator 2015 on Steam Sep 19, 2014, 14:44 jimnms
 
Out of 2000+ reviews, 98% are negative reviews!  
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News Comments > Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut Released
7. Re: Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut Released Sep 19, 2014, 01:46 jimnms
 
I picked up Shadowrun during this past Steam sale, but didn't grab the DLC. I see this replaces the DLC as a stand alone title, so it will probably be a while before it goes on sale. I can wait though, WL2 comes out tomorrow and I haven't even started D:OS even though I played it in Early Access. I'm probably going to start D:OS soon and give WL2 a couple of months to mature before I go into it.  
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PC Gaming > Post your FPS config - old school
16. No subject Sep 18, 2014, 17:05 jimnms
 
I've used RMB for move forward since, well always. Here's pretty my my standard setup:

RMB = Move forward
Spacebar = Move backward
S = Strafe left
D = Strafe right
F = Jump
V = crouch
G = Use/activate
LSHIFT = Walk/run/sprint
LALT = Reload

This setup splits up the fingers used for movement between the hands so I always have my fingers on the move keys and have extra fingers available to press other keys. Unlike WASD, where one hand is tied up for movement and to press any other key you have to take a finger off a movement key.

This also frees up the QWERTYAHZXCVBN keys that are all reachable by my left hand to be used for anything else. I also have the MMB and two thumb buttons on my mouse (Logitech G500), which I typically use one for iron sights if the game has that, and the other for alt fire if it has that.

I tried WASD. I figured if it was so popular, it must be good, but I find it clumsy and makes my left hand tired.

It is a pain in the ass when a game doesn't let you bind the mouse buttons to move. I think I've only run into two games that wouldn't let me rebind the RMB to forward. GTA IV was the first game that I really had a problem with. I used a program called AutoHotKey to bind a key to the RMB and setup GTA IV to use that key for forward. It halfway worked because although the RMB moved forward, somehow it still recognized the RMB which is hard coded to hang up the phone. Even after they patched the game to allow full key and mouse rebinding, the RMB is still hard coded to hang up the phone.

After getting this G500 mouse, the Logitech mouse drivers will let you remap mouse buttons to keys, and it does it in hardware so GTA no longer recognizes the RMB and hangs up the phone.

The other game was the Mafia II demo. I don't know if they ever fixed it, but AutoHotKey worked fine with it. I never bought it, but ended up getting it free a while ago and haven't played it yet.
 
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