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Signed On Aug 13, 2003, 17:28
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News Comments > Wasteland 2 Visual Upgrade Coming
23. Re: Wasteland 2 Visual Upgrade Coming Feb 28, 2015, 14:18 Silicon Avatar
 
Gun range is rarely realistic so all you end up with in most games (as far as sniper rifles go) is a regular gun that does a ton of damage on crit.

If you tried to model a sniper rifle in a lot of modern turn based games you'd just be shooting NPCs from 7 screens away and then watching their dumb AI try to get to you. Alternatively you would be the one taking cover from 7 screens away trying to get to your assailant.

It kind of sounds like the sort of fun that would get boring and aggravating really fast.

 
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
2. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Feb 27, 2015, 19:35 Silicon Avatar
 
A lot of people complained about the stretch goals and payment tiers on Underworld. I think that is part of why they barely made it.

 
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News Comments > Wasteland 2 Visual Upgrade Coming
3. Re: Wasteland 2 Visual Upgrade Coming Feb 27, 2015, 19:32 Silicon Avatar
 
I've gotten more updates out of this game than I ever expected.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Feb 26, 2015, 19:53 Silicon Avatar
 
Verizon posts morse code since that's all they could get through their crappy network. One bar, Verizon. That's what I'm looking at right now. One bar. Can YOU hear ME now?  
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News Comments > FCC Reinstates Net Neutrality; Unfetters Local Broadband
26. Re: FCC Reinstates Net Neutrality; Unfetters Local Broadband Feb 26, 2015, 19:51 Silicon Avatar
 
I'm selling tinfoil ethernet and special Monster brand shielded wireless adapters on Ebay. They'll keep the government rays out of your computers and keep you on the free market. Get yours now. Only $99.99.

It's just a box of tinfoil, but you can bootstrap it into something great. Do-it-yourself, America!

Yeah!

Order now. Operators standing by.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 25, 2015, 15:23 Silicon Avatar
 
That guy's functional Batman suit is pretty cool.  
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News Comments > DirectX 12 to Allow Multi-Vendor GPU Mixing?
28. Re: DirectX 12 to Allow Multi-Vendor GPU Mixing? Feb 25, 2015, 15:20 Silicon Avatar
 
This sounds like one of those checkbox marketing items that breaks when anyone really tries to use it.

I want to believe, but...
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
5. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Feb 22, 2015, 13:56 Silicon Avatar
 
Wizards of the Cost  
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
1. Re: Saturday Metaverse Feb 21, 2015, 13:52 Silicon Avatar
 
Well, yeah. What teen wants to use social media their parents are on?
 
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News Comments > Shadowrun: Hong Kong Fundraising Ends and Continues
9. Re: Shadowrun: Hong Kong Fundraising Ends and Continues Feb 18, 2015, 02:08 Silicon Avatar
 
I put in for $15. I figured I couldn't lose much at that rate.

I didn't play the first games so hopefully I can figure out what's going on.

 
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
3. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Feb 16, 2015, 19:41 Silicon Avatar
 
That Underworld Ascendant KS is just barely making it.

I thought I was going to back it but I just keep messing around and not doing it.

 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
4. Re: etc., etc. Feb 12, 2015, 01:54 Silicon Avatar
 
Maybe some of these old guard guys who disappeared and then road the indie / KS hype train back for a second chance left for a reason the first time - they couldn't finish anything on time or on budget so they got shoved out by publishers. Now people are just seeing what they are really like for themselves on their own dime.

I am also forced to reexamine my thinking.

Maybe some of the stuff my old favorites blamed on publishers was just their own failings and nobody ever saw how petulant they really were. Maybe some of the stuff I blamed EA for all these years wasn't EA's fault. I look at how some of these famous developers act and I wonder.

When I was younger it was easy to believe the publisher was the bad guy. Now I have run projects myself and I know how time and budget get allotted and how little room there is for theatrics and hubris in creative projects that involve a lot of people and money.

I didn't throw any money at the new Underworld game on KS after all. It just isn't grabbing me. There are a lot of new people trying to make it with their own spin on dungeons. Last year I kickstarted a few things that have actually panned out okay, but this year I'm done paying for nostalgia.

Wow me or no money. You gotta want it, just like the new guy. A name isn't enough. I'm off the nostalgia train.

 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
10. Re: Evening Mobilization Feb 9, 2015, 20:21 Silicon Avatar
 
Tablets have the same problem PCs and smart-phones do: fragmentation of market.
 
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News Comments > Underworld Ascendant Kickstarter
11. Re: Underworld Ascendant Kickstarter Feb 4, 2015, 14:08 Silicon Avatar
 
The graphics look ok to me. I'm in.

 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 3, 2015, 19:42 Silicon Avatar
 
Ghostery and the mvp host file seems to do well enough.

http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
7. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 2, 2015, 17:43 Silicon Avatar
 
Flatline wrote on Feb 2, 2015, 17:31:
Silicon Avatar wrote on Feb 2, 2015, 13:43:
Well, that would be most of them since there is going to be very little a robot can't do going forward. Most jobs can be split into logical parts and then repeated and the cost of robotic parts is falling.

(My office is next to a robotics lab)


Wake me up when a computer/robot can play Go and beat say a 6 dan player.

I won't have to. There'll be a robot for that long before your arbitrary AI problem is solved.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 2, 2015, 13:43 Silicon Avatar
 
Well, that would be most of them since there is going to be very little a robot can't do going forward. Most jobs can be split into logical parts and then repeated and the cost of robotic parts is falling.

(My office is next to a robotics lab)

 
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News Comments > Star Trek Online Turns Five
12. Re: Star Trek Online Turns Five Jan 31, 2015, 21:14 Silicon Avatar
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Jan 31, 2015, 19:00:
Ant wrote on Jan 31, 2015, 14:03:
Is F2P very limited or has a lot to do as a freebie? I didn't get far in its free open beta. I wonder if I will be able to use my old beta account or did it get wiped?
It has plenty to do. You can get ships at top tier, do all the content, and never drop a dime. Some of it is grindy but it's not bad.


Yeah you can do pretty much everything and even come out with a good setup and good gear. The stuff you buy is mostly cosmetic, except the ships and some of those end up being give-aways around Christmas if you're willing to grind some. If you hate grinding you can buy some things that will give you xp bonuses too. I never felt like I needed that but I'm never in a hurry to level up either.

I played a long time and earned all the gear from the missions (plus reputation gear) and then mixed and matched.

When I feel like buying something I almost always buy keys and take my chances on the different crates to see what I get. I got a temporal science vessel that way once.

 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
3. Re: Saturday Metaverse Jan 31, 2015, 14:09 Silicon Avatar
 
That's too bad about Virtualbox.  
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News Comments > Star Trek Online Turns Five
4. Re: Star Trek Online Turns Five Jan 31, 2015, 14:07 Silicon Avatar
 
I have a max level character in that game.

It's pretty fun I think. You can solo everything if you want. Some of the fan made missions are good so check those out too.

It's much better than when it came out. I think it's at least worth a download.

 
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