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News Comments > Newell on Half-Life
20. Re: Newell on Half-Life Mar 18, 2015, 10:47 Ratty
Without Half-Life 2 Steam would never have gotten off the ground. The entire reason Steam is so successful today is that it was required to play Half-Life 2. I'm wondering whether they're using Half-Life 3 to leverage some other product. Steam machine required? Valve VR Headset required?

I'm thinking Valve thinks of Half-Life 3 as a carrot way to valuable to waste as a mere game.
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
8. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Mar 2, 2015, 13:43 Ratty
I've had two SSDs fail in about 3 years. A major pain in the ass because I was NOT backing up regularly. I want to go with some kind of RAID configuration in the future. SSD for speed plus a shadow drive for automatic backups.  
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Announcement at E3?
25. Re: Fallout 4 Announcement at E3? Mar 2, 2015, 13:35 Ratty
nin wrote on Mar 2, 2015, 10:00:
But will it have a new engine (please???)?

Other than that, excited!
I think that depends on whether it will be exclusive to the new generation of consoles or be backward compatible. Let's hope it's XBone/PS4/PC only. That would be awesome news to PC gamers and deserving of a new engine. No more loading zones? I can only dream.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 27, 2015, 12:13 Ratty
Blue wrote on Feb 27, 2015, 09:47:
harlock wrote on Feb 27, 2015, 09:33:
is it true that colorblind people have better nightvision?

I don't know the science, but my personal experience suggests this is true. I have excellent night vision, and have had MrsBlue remark while driving at night that she couldn't understand how I could see where we were going amid oncoming headlights and such.
Blue, you just need to get a pair of these:

Lab In Berkeley Accidentally Discovers Solution To Fix Color Blindness

You'll probably sacrifice some of that awesome night vision but at least you'll see the pinecones.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
28. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 8, 2015, 17:12 Ratty
jdreyer wrote on Jan 8, 2015, 16:04:
Note that the vast majority of terrorists come from the middle east, while the most populous Islamic nation, Indonesia, produces relatively few.
That's a good point I've never heard made. I've always felt it wasn't Islam that bred these bastards but the backward, oppressive, medieval culture they're rotting in over there. I don't think religion is the root cause of all this violence, it's just been the excuse: Ayatollahs and Imams who want to hold onto power, and men who enjoy keeping their women subservient.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
13. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 6, 2015, 15:06 Ratty
Axis wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 14:46:
(I won't bore you with the many links, you'd dismiss them anyway).
I wouldn't mind seeing some of those links either - even if they're WorldNetDaily or Fox News.
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News Comments > Into the Black
5. Re: Into the Black Dec 10, 2014, 11:09 Ratty
Geez, I am soooo tempted. I'd spend the bucks except I think a man of my age would look stupid in it.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 9, 2014, 12:43 Ratty
I read that as Blue was shopping for baklava. Then I come to the comments and I'm like what the hell ...? Nose holes? Snotty mess?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 19, 2014, 10:22 Ratty
InBlack wrote on Nov 19, 2014, 09:37:
What model is the replacement? Hopefuly your mechanic is an honest guy (well honest 'enough') and your replacement doesnt end up in the shop too often. Sorry to be so pessimistic, Ive never had anyhing but horrible luck with mechanics and used cars, mileage may vary on these things

Blue wrote on Nov 19, 2014, 09:50:
I thought I made it clear that the car didn't actually die, but had hit the point where the potential repair cost was impractical.
Yeah! Listen to him next time moron!
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
16. Re: Evening Metaverse Nov 14, 2014, 11:23 Ratty
Beamer wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 23:33:
She's nominated for the John Campbell. That counts as acclaim. That's the very technical definition of acclaim.

Prior John Campbell winners and nominees:
George RR Martin, Orson Scott Card, Carl Sagan, Cory Doctorow, Lev Grossman, Brad R. Torgersen, etc.
It isn't a little honor. It's a fairly big one in the world of sci fi literature.
Nominee for Best New Writer (along with 4 or 5 others), not for best SF novel. Nominee only, didn't win. I wouldn't really call that "acclaimed", just a cut above the usual Star Wars and Star Trek pulp novels they churn out. This seems like a tiny little internet tempest in a teapot of Great Importance to certain people but meaningless to the vast majority of SF fans. Is it an issue only because the participants are "underrepresented writers?"

I saw the "acclaimed writer" part in the headline and only checked out the article to see what assholery Orson Scott Card was up to now. I was disappointed.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
25. Re: Tim Cook: Oct 30, 2014, 16:07 Ratty
NKD wrote on Oct 30, 2014, 15:16:
Prez wrote on Oct 30, 2014, 15:03:
I get the symbolic nature of what he is doing but I wonder if there is more harm than good in doing it this way.

I think it's a process. When something has been treated like a dirty secret by so many people for so long, there's benefit in voluntarily and publicly stripping that secrecy away.
Yup, you hear it time and again: "I don't care of they're gay I just wish they'd keep it to themselves." As if it's something that decent people shouldn't ever speak of. Some dark, evil, personal secret nobody must know about. And that's the way it's universally been until just 20 or so years ago. Sure, nobody wants to hear about what anybody, gay or straight, does in the bedroom, but if a man mentions his husband is that flaunting it? If a guy even dares mention his boyfriend does that mean he's forcing other people to know what he does in bed any more than if a guy mentions his girlfriend (or similar to what somebody here so eloquently put it, mentioning his girlfriend must automatically advertise that he's into pussy and nobody needs to hear that).

The only way to get it into peoples' heads that being gay isn't a deep dark terrible secret is to mention it from time to time. To my knowledge Tim Cook hasn't written books or articles on the subject. He hasn't gone on the gay lecture circuit. So really, people can't cut him a break this ONE time? This SINGLE story pollutes your serene Blues News experience so much that it makes you enraged enough to comment? (not talking about you NKD, I just want to quote your apt comment)
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
10. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 22, 2014, 11:05 Ratty
Julio wrote on Oct 22, 2014, 05:23:
Only if it's all completely commercial free. Otherwise what's the point?
Exactly. I never bother with Comcast's VOD stuff, even the free stuff anymore because you can't fast forward through the ads. Same with Hulu. If I want to watch past TV shows I stream from Netflix, even if they're a season or three behind.

I'm pretty much betting the cable companies will disable fast forwarding through ads even on their DVRs sometime soon. They'd either pretty much all have to agree to do it at the same time or Comcast will have put everyone else out of business and there'll be no other company to go to in protest.
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
3. Re: Morning Safety Dance Oct 14, 2014, 12:31 Ratty
Didn't Edward Snowden save his worst scorn for Dropbox just a couple of days ago?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 3, 2014, 15:33 Ratty
Alamar wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 14:10:
I buy like one thing every 5 years on amazon, so that won't be much help, but I'll try to remember to click the link first, in a few years ; )
I think Blue is *making* me buy more stuff on Amazon. Curse you Blue! Now I'm off to by a TB hard drive I probably don't need.
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
1. Re: Jimmy Kimmel Oct 2, 2014, 11:07 Ratty
OK, I have a question I've been wondering about every time I see an article like this. What exactly is the malware vector these sites are using? Is it a hidden iframe, cross-domain type thing where they can steal your credentials and you don't do anything besides visit the site? Is it an IE exploit that uses ActiveX to install a trojan? Or do they use your IP address to probe your machine for vulnerabilities outside of any browser application?

Or is it something stupid like a dialog that pops up and tells you to install a plugin in order to see the nudies or a warning that pops up and says that the internet has detected your computer is infected and you should click here to clean it.

I guess my question is, can a normal person like me get infected just by visiting a site or are they only talking about morons?
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 18, 2014, 12:39 Ratty
I just did my Amazon order for about 60 bucks. I bought a couple of books and a couple of Thai sauces, chili paste, and dried peppers. Did you see these Blue? I had a couple of things in my cart from earlier and I was too lazy to remove them and add them again after I went there from here. A lot of the stuff was from 3rd party vendors. Do they count? Also i wonder if I have to change any cookie preferences, like, do I have to start accepting third-party cookies?

This is the first time I've ordered from Amazon since your program and I just want to make sure I do it right.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 18, 2014, 11:56 Ratty
Movie tropes. Didn't watch it all but saw the asteroid belt trope which is my number 2 pet sci-fi peeve. And they ALL do it. I've never seen a movie or series that didn't depict asteroid belts as thick and crowded.

My number one peeve is the lights inside spacesuit helmets that illuminate the astronaut's faces. They all do that too - even 2001 IIRC. Like driving a car at night with the inside lights on.
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PC Gaming > Post your FPS config - old school
8. No subject Sep 17, 2014, 11:23 Ratty
I buck the trend. I never did like WASD and never tried to use it. But then I don't play Call of Duty and it's clones, fighting games, or other fast-paced multiplayer games where I suspect this would be a terrible configuration with strafing so inconvenient:

Forward: LShift or up arrow
Backward Z or down arrow
Strafe Left: left arrow
Strafe Right: right arrow
Jump: A
Crouch: C
Interact: Space bar

If I'm strafing or turning a corner slowly to see if anyone is there I have to change my hand position to use the arrow keys for movement. For games that don't let you map more than one key to an action (like more and more games - thanks to consolitis) I use Auto Hotkey to do it - a real lifesaver for me.

It's a less convenient configuration for lots of strafing cause then I have to move my left hand to the other side of the keyboard. But I don't do that very often in the types of games I play and I've played this way for so many years it's second nature for me to do that anyway. If I'm moving forward (using the mouse to turn right or left) I generally use both my index finger and middle finger together on the LShift key. It's a very relaxed hand position with the rest of my hand resting on my desk. And moving this way is 90% of what you do in games anyway. If I want to crouch, jump, or interact, I move my middle or 4th finger onto LShift and use my index finger to hit C, A, or spacebar.

I never use my pinky for anything.

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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
2. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Sep 15, 2014, 11:37 Ratty
Day one purchase. Day two: that grab some boobs game.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 10, 2014, 12:36 Ratty
Creston wrote on Sep 10, 2014, 12:03:
Ratty wrote on Sep 10, 2014, 11:50:
PHJF wrote on Sep 10, 2014, 11:34:
Cooking from scratch can actually get stupid expensive. I've made relatively simple dishes that easily end up with a food cost rivaling the price of a meal at a restaurant. I use a simple salsa recipe (roma tomato, green onion, garlic, salt, lime juice, cilantro, hot sauce) that costs significantly more than simply buying a jar of Pace.
Amen. There's a lot of things I just don't cook anymore. I have a kickass recipe for the perfect chewy chocolate brownies. But Ghiradelli's brownie mix in the store can usually be had at $1.99 a box or less on sale and they're just as good to me and about one fifth as expensive. If store-bought is cheaper and tastes almost as good that's what I get. I save my cooking for things that really do taste much better homemade.

The argument isn't about taste, it's about whether it's healthy. Your home made brownies are probably a lot less unhealthy than the box of Girardelli. Same for homemade salsa vs a jar of Pace.
The argument is about taste. I do occasionally cook things that are healthier than store bought but that is the exception. Verno mentioned sodium which is a health issue for me but I have a low tolerance for a lot salt in food and it doesn't taste as good to me, so that again is ultimately a taste issue. I cannot imagine why you'd think homemade brownies were healthier than boxed.
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