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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale Aug 30, 2012, 20:26 jimnms
 
Is it any good? I haven't read reviews, but it looks kind of interesting.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
35. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 29, 2012, 12:16 jimnms
 
robdot wrote on Aug 28, 2012, 14:35:
it is completely impossible for any car made, for the engine to overpower the brakes. this has been proven over and over. it cant be done. its always operator error.
second. the sirens on firetrucks are on the floor. they often get stepped on by accident. an error he probably instantly regretted as the citizens(you) are his employer.

What orifice did you pull that out of? It certainly is possible for an engine to be able to overpower the brakes. Kia most likely doesn't make one, but there are cars and trucks with engines that will overpower the brakes.

A place I worked during summer in college I drove so many different vehicles, one time I forgot I was in a diesel truck with a manual. I had just driven a pickup with an auto trans then switched to the big diesel truck with a manual. I was backing out when my brain farted and was still in auto trans mode. I stepped on the brakes and it didn't slow down. I stood on the brake pedal with both feet and the truck kept going. Then the brain fart cleared and I remembered to press the clutch.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 28, 2012, 11:56 jimnms
 
nin wrote on Aug 28, 2012, 10:58:
stuck accelerator


But her Sorrento features a push button start, and she said there was no key off option.

So, how does she turn it off normally????? I saw a similar video yesterday and the comment was she couldn't shift to neutral, either. I find that neither of those options being available more than a little hard to believe...

I said the same thing when there were reports of Toyota Priuses having runaway accelerator issues, but once I saw a Prius first hand, I now see how. The Prius has no physical link to the accelerator, brake or transmission. They're just connected to sensors that tell the computer what you want it to do. I've never seen a Sorrento, but it's possible that it's all electronic too.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
4. Re: etc., etc. Aug 24, 2012, 22:38 jimnms
 
You ran out of KY?  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
46. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 23, 2012, 17:51 jimnms
 
Ratty wrote on Aug 23, 2012, 12:05:
The one annoyance I still have is when I highlight a filename by single clicking twice in Explorer Windows 7 never includes the extension anymore so I have to go through the extra hassle of selecting the entire filename.

Are you serious? That was probably the biggest improvement made in the Win7 explorer. That feature alone has probably saved a lot of time because I need to rename just the file name more than file and/or extension. In WinXP there was a lot of extra typing when renaming files when I didn't need to change the extension.

If you need to rename a file and the extension in Win7, just hit SHIFT+END or CTRL+A to select the whole file name. Also it's faster to hit F2 to rename a file than single clicking twice, and this prevents it from registering as a double click and opening the file if you click too fast by accident. You're going to be using the keyboard to type the file name anyway, so it's a lot faster to F2, CTRL-A and type than to click... click, select and drag file name with the mouse, then move hands to keyboard and type.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
12. Re: Sunday Consolidation Aug 20, 2012, 12:05 jimnms
 
Hopefully they aren't going to use the ArmA2 engine for the retail DayZ game, or at least heavily modify it or use the ArmA3 engine. This game needs more buildings with interiors. The largest cities in ArmA2 have very few building that you can enter, and the movement in ArmA2 works ok for combat in open spaces, it gets really clunky when you get in any of the few buildings with interiors. You really should be able to go inside a house or something and barricade the doors and windows to protect yourself from zombies and other players.  
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News Comments > On Cut New Vegas Content
17. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 20, 2012, 10:05 jimnms
 
Rigs wrote on Aug 19, 2012, 23:23:
Well, in another post that questions my status as a lifetime carrier of the 'Hardcore Gaming Club' card, I have to ask, what made New Vegas better than the original Fallout3? Personally, I found the original to be...err, a little boring. At least in the beginning. And the fact that everything is a greenish gray/brown...*shudder*...what does NV bring to the table?


=-Rigs-=

I liked both, but NV is better because of what was "under the hood." I loved the DC wasteland setting of FO3 better, and IMO the beginning (not the vault part) was the best part when you're fresh out of the vault with just a pea shooter and the clothes on your back (I took the stealthy route to escape the vault).

What a lot of hardcore Fallout fans didn't like about it (and I agree somewhat, but still consider it a good Fallout game) was that you played a character with a complete life back story. The previous FO games by design were very vague about your past, letting you fill in the details (age, back story, etc.) yourself and roll play how you want. In FO3, you know how old you are, you know your mother died giving birth to you, and during the intro (vault part) you have the little mini quests to setup your character's traits, perks and even karma before the main game begins. SPOILER ALERT: But during the course of the main quest you find out (SST) that a lot of what you thought you knew about your past wasn't true.

What I didn't like about FO3 was that even with the base game (no DLC or mods) it was way too easy to max most or all of your character's skills out, and getting a perk every level you quickly become OP. After you level up to around 4 or so, the dangerous feeling of the wasteland is gone. With the exception of a couple of places, the game scaled the random wasteland creatures to you, so you never run into anything you can't handle.

My first play through of FO3 I tried to put myself in the shoes of the character. What would I do in that situation if I my friend wakes me up and tells me my father left the vault, the guards killed my friend and are coming for me. I'd get the hell out of there and try to find him as fast as I could.

I pretty much stuck to the main quest. I did side quests only if they were on or near the path to main quest objectives, but I did get sidetracked a few times. Early in the game though, you just aren't equipped to run straight into the downtown DC wasteland looking for "dad," so I did stick around Megaton doing a few quests until I had better equipment before moving on.

I remember in my first game when I first came out of the vault it was night. I didn't know what was out there and I didn't know the scale of the map (in FO and FO2 the distances between places on the world map were very far), so I didn't know how far Megaton was from the vault. I made my way down the road to the street with the ruined buildings. I saw the floating eye bot and didn't know if it was hostile, so I crept up on it until I realized it was neutral. I went inside one of the buildings and waited until day. When day came, I saw some people coming, didn't know if they were friendly or bandits, so I stayed hidden in the building. It turned out to be a caravan coming from Megaton. Even though I took the stealthy route out of the vault, I also took everything that wasn't nailed down, so I sold all of my pencils, clipboards and other junk to get a few caps.

Another minor complaint I had about FO3 is that primarily sticking to the main quest leaves a LOT of the wasteland unexplored. I didn't even find dogmeat on my first play through.

I later got the GOTY edition and played through it using some mods that added primary needs (eat, sleep, drink) and make it an overall tougher experience.

FNV is more true to the original Fallout games where there is little back story (you're just a courier from California). The game was better balanced so you couldn't become a master of all skills (at least until the DLC came out raising the level cap) and you only got perks every other level. And hardcore mode! I also like that the bad things in the wasteland didn't scale to you. If you didn't stick to the established paths, especially early on you got killed quick. On my way from Primm to the Mojave Outpost, I saw something up in the hills and decided to check it out. I was greeted by several giant rad scorpions that my weapons wouldn't scratch. I had a few mines on me so I ran dropping mines. They managed to cripple their legs and I got away, just barely. The danger of the wasteland still remained, even at level 25-30. There were still places that were a challenge at higher levels, and if you weren't on good terms with the legion, the assassin squads they sent after you were deadly.

I bought all of the FNV DLC on sale, but I haven't played it with them on yet, so I don't know how much the higher level cap and extra perks effect that though.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
12. Re: Game Reviews Aug 19, 2012, 11:37 jimnms
 
You could put up a review page with a note that the review is pending due to the game being buggy and unplayable at the moment.  
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News Comments > OnLive Layoffs Follow-up
27. Re: OnLive Layoffs Follow-up Aug 18, 2012, 22:22 jimnms
 
Prez wrote on Aug 18, 2012, 14:27:
OnLive's failure is not a surprise (it's a product without any market whatsoever); however I am interested to know if it even worked reasonably well? I could never be bothered to try it, being a product I have zero I interest in or use for, but I do find the technology ( low latency realtime streaming) pretty interesting. I've heard conflicting reports.

They had a promotion a while back where your first game was free when you signed up. I did that and got Homefront because I was only interested in the single player part. The latency wasn't too bad, but it was enough that I never finished the game. I did like that you could play any game free for an hour and watch others play. I used that to try some games out or watch other people play to see if it was worth buying, but I wouldn't buy a game on their service.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
31. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 18, 2012, 21:34 jimnms
 
PHJF wrote on Aug 18, 2012, 14:53:
Yes, get 16GB of RAM when no consumer-grade application uses more than four... makes perfect sense...

RAM is cheap, a 16GB kit is only about $40 more than an 8GB kit, so if you're going to build a super gaming rig, why not? No one single application may use more than 4GB, and with 8GB you'll still get swapping running some games and/or heavy multitasking. It also gives Windows' Superfetch more to work with.

I originally built my system with 4GB. I would always close everything when running games, but it still hit the swap file pretty hard. I later bought an 8GB kit, and ran with just the 8GB while I burned it in. It made a world of difference, but I still got some swapping. I put my 4GB in with it. I was worried I might have problems since they were different brands and timings, but they played nice.

Going from 8GB to 12GB was just as much a difference as going from 4GB to 8GB. Now I fire up games without closing down other programs without giving it a second thought, and I have never seen Windows touch the swap file. I used to have to use my netbook to check email and look shit up on the internet while gaming, but now I just leave everything running and ALT tab out of the game without any slowdowns.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
28. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 18, 2012, 14:34 jimnms
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Aug 17, 2012, 23:51:
Current Build:
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6750 @ 2.66GHz (2 CPUs)
Motherboard: Gigabyte P35-DS3R
Memory: 2046MB RAM
Hard Drive: WD 1 TB
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS
Monitor: SyncMaster 226BW,SyncMaster Magic CX226BW(Digital)
Sound Card: Realtek HD Audio output
Operating System: Windows XP

I got the Dual Core that you can OC and it is at 3.1 right now. My 8800GTS 640MB still runs like a champ and there isn't much I "can't run" as far as current games, unless it doesn't support XP. I am just looking for the next best thing. My current install is about 6-7 years old. That is a DAMN GOOD run......

Going to keep this rig "as is" and build a new one without any left over parts. Been a while since I had a side by side setup, and my xp box does a lot of programs that aren't avail or won't work as well with win7, so no reason to toss it and I can multitask and the wife can use this one as well.

/.thanks jd, I will probably go with the i5 on your recommendation....

You probably could get another year+ out of that system with a new video card and some RAM, but at it is probably best to put that money into a new build.

I also think the i5 is the best bang for the buck, and I'd recommend getting 16GB of RAM. Stick with Win7 Home unless you need something that Win7 Pro has. I also don't think an SSD is worth the price to shave a few seconds on boot time. I have the 1.5 TB WD Black drive and it boots pretty damn fast already. Boot times don't bother me since I don't sit around and wait for it to boot anyway.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 17, 2012, 22:38 jimnms
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Aug 17, 2012, 14:02:
MajorD wrote on Aug 17, 2012, 12:31:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Aug 17, 2012, 12:19:
Rig building time:

$1200-1500 range.
Rig only.
No periphs needed.

Ready go.

I am thinking about the build at Sharky Extreme: (i7 build)
Guide Here

Take out preiphs and it is 1500 on the nuts.

NICE!!! I love building new rigs with all of the research (hardware reviews, performance comparisons, pricing, etc.) leading up to where you get to build it. Ejony!

Yea, also looking for what others would build.....I am an Intel Nvidia guy myself, but always open to different builds. Don't think I will go liquid cooled....I just don't trust it.

What are you running now? I was considering either building me a new machine or building a putting together a cheaper system for my niece to play on. She's getting into gaming (Minecraft right now) and right now I have my 7 year old AMD 4400+ with a GTX 260 set up for her. My current system is 3 years old. It's a first gen Core i5 750. I have a Corsair H50 liquid CPU cooler on it and I was able to take it to 4.2GHz without exceeding the max design temps or getting errors after 8 hours of stress testing. Any higher and got too hot and got errors after a few hours, but would probably not effect gaming. I wouldn't go for a full liquid setup either, just too much complicated setup IMO, but take look at the Corsair liquid CPU coolers, they are completely silent.

Anyway, I still have my system at the stock 2.66GHz, and still runs everything I play maxed out. I don't need to upgrade, but it's either build a new gaming rig for me (which I usually plan for ~$1000ish) and let her use this one or I'm thinking of spending <$500 for something like a Core i3 micro ATX build.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 17, 2012, 22:12 jimnms
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Aug 17, 2012, 15:14:
We get cases of west nile here in Minnesota (land of actually 20,000 lakes which are breeding ponds) and it never makes the news. I know people who have gotten it and I also have friends who got Lyme's disease. It is just known it is a risk of living here and you prepare appropriately.....maybe cause you guys don't get as many mosquitoes? I dunno. Kinda weird.

/thanks Major - I will take a look...

The town I went to college in was surrounded by farms, catfish ponds and rice fields, and aerial mosquito spraying was a normal thing there. It's the quickest, easiest way to cover large areas. Where I grew up and where I live now have trucks that drive around spraying at night. I remember as a kid riding our bikes behind the truck when they came through the neighborhood and I turned out fine.
 
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News Comments > More Steam Community Update Details
2. Re: More Steam Community Update Details Aug 15, 2012, 23:20 jimnms
 
I can't imagine the nightmare of navigating my 200+ games using a wooden shelf type deal like GoG. Also the "downloads" deal is still one click if you're in large mode and if it is downloading or has downloaded something, it will show at the bottom something like xx downloads complete or xx items downloading. If you click that it takes you to the download screen. What I want back is the toggle button that switched between large and small mode.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 14, 2012, 21:42 jimnms
 
I just watched an hour long video review of it, and I gotta say, even though the reviewer raved about it, I think it looks like a crappy game. The fighting is basically just a massive QTE, wait until the enemy blinks red and press a button to counter them. He entered a fight arena and it started off with him vs. 2 AI. There were six "waves," each wave adding two more enemies. By the last wave he's fighting a dozen guys and only one attacks at a time, and he finished all six waves and only got hit a few times. The car handling looked horrible. It looks like they're glued to the ground. He stole a high end sports car and was driving around the city when he went through an intersection and a truck slammed into the side of his car and he kept going in a straight line like nothing hit him at all. In one mission he jumps off of a motorcycle while moving and the motorcycle rolls to a stop and stays upright.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
6. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 14, 2012, 14:46 jimnms
 
From what I understood from their Kickstarter page is it looks like they are just making a bluetooth controller for Android based hardware. Do they really need $8 million for that?  
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 DLC Coop Mode Dustup
21. Re: Borderlands 2 DLC Coop Mode Dustup Aug 13, 2012, 16:32 jimnms
 
I can't wait for this game... to be $7.50 like the original Borderlands GotY. I played Borderlands with a couple of friends, and we didn't have the problem of dividing up loot and swapping equipment before selling it. One of them quit playing, and doesn't do much gaming anymore, so it was just me and one friend that finished it. It was still a shit ton of fun, but now he's moved across the country and only has shitty ass DSL. The DSL connection was so bad he canceled it and uses his 4G phone as a hotspot because it's faster, but still not good for gaming.

I don't think this game would be fun to play solo, and I don't want to play with random "internet people."
 
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7. Re: etc. Aug 8, 2012, 22:43 jimnms
 
Is it just me or does it look like it's being played with a console controller? Could this be a console port of HL1?  
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News Comments > PAYDAY - The Heist Wolfpack DLC Released
21. Re: PAYDAY - The Heist Wolfpack DLC Released Aug 8, 2012, 22:20 jimnms
 
I need to play this more. I played it the other week when they released that new map. I think I'm level 10 or something and was playing with people 80+, and never got kicked for being low level. I'm not going to get this DLC though. Ten bucks for 2 levels and some weapons is a bit much. I'd probably get it for $5, definitely for $2.50-$3.

Steam says 9 of my friends have it, but I never see anyone playing it.
 
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News Comments > Source 2 Engine Hint
2. Re: Source 2 Engine Hint Aug 6, 2012, 10:46 jimnms
 
Does this mean that the Black Mesa Source Team is going to start over?  
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