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News Comments > Valve Beta Streaming Impressions
22. Re: Valve Beta Streaming Impressions Jan 27, 2014, 14:31 Loose Cannon
Creston wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 14:04:
But since this will stream to anything with SteamOS installed, my main concern is alleviated anyway.

I'm pretty sure you made a typo, but just to clarify, In-Home streaming will stream to anything that can install Steam. SteamOS is unnecessary.
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News Comments > Valve Beta Streaming Impressions
20. Re: Valve Beta Streaming Impressions Jan 27, 2014, 13:45 Loose Cannon
KS wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 13:25:
That's fascinating. I know there was a failed cloud-based gaming service that rendered your 3D and piped video to you. This seems like a local version where you run the video card server.

I can see consumer-level configurations of a tower with multiple 3D cards in it serving a whole family, even if one card could handle more than one game at once.

I've also used OnLive in the past, briefly. In-home streaming is no comparison. Even with a 15mbps connection (5mbps was required, if I remember correctly), it was noticeably laggy. I remember trying to play UT3 on it, and it was terrible.

1gps in-home streaming is like playing on the host rig itself... and Valve still has a ways to go yet (ie currently there is only software encoding).

As it stands now, a tower of 3D cards couldn't serve the whole family, just 1 person.
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News Comments > Valve Beta Streaming Impressions
18. Re: Valve Beta Streaming Impressions Jan 27, 2014, 13:29 Loose Cannon
jdreyer wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 12:45:
Right, this is the weak link in the chain. This makes the most sense for laptops, yet most laptops run low bandwidth wireless connectivity. So people would have to run an ethernet cable, and that kind of ruins the point of it. If you're streaming to your TV, you'll have to run ethernet to it, so you may as well run an HDMI cable.

I get where you're going with the HDMI cable, but that doesn't make sense. My main switch is in the office/dungeon and I ran Cat5 upstairs, to another switch/hotspot. Definitely longer than 50', and I wouldn't want to run HDMI that far. But even if I did, that's just the display/audio... what about input?

If I wanted to game outside the dungeon, it would make the most sense for me to use Valve's streaming. If it works well on more intense games, it might even make sense for a dedicated steam box for TV gaming.
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News Comments > Valve Beta Streaming Impressions
15. Re: Valve Beta Streaming Impressions Jan 27, 2014, 13:19 Loose Cannon
Jivaro wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 12:32:
Can a single gaming rig stream more than one game to multiple devices at a time?

No, I doubt it. The game is physically playing on the host machine (ie, I could sit in my dungeon as my wife streamed Broken Age, seeing the video/audio/input).
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News Comments > Valve Beta Streaming Impressions
6. Re: Valve Beta Streaming Impressions Jan 27, 2014, 11:27 Loose Cannon
I'm in the streaming beta. My gaming rig is in the basement (or the dungeon as my wife likes to call it). She doesn't like the dungeon, but she recently played Broken Age on her laptop, streaming from my gaming rig (I realize that Broken Age isn't the most demanding game ever made).

Connected 1gps wired, it was flawless, as if running locally. Connected wireless it was a bit laggy.

I might actually do some gaming on the laptop, maybe.
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News Comments > Oculus Rift Raises Another $75M
12. Re: Oculus Rift Raises Another $75M Dec 13, 2013, 10:53 Loose Cannon
Shataan wrote on Dec 13, 2013, 10:45:

what they should do, is deliver it with a decent high rez display.... and take a bit of a loss much like Sony did with the PS 3. Better this, than shipping a less than decent display. Sony took the loss, but not they are everywhere.

Are you kidding? Oculus can't sell this for a loss, it's their only way to make money. Sony could sell consoles for a loss because they take a cut of every game sold. Oculus will not get a cut of every game sold that is Rift enabled.

If you want expensive high resolution displays, Oculus will have to charge for it.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 14, 2013, 16:03 Loose Cannon
From the video: "But providing vaccines throughout the developing world is no simple task, so Gates has set up his foundation to run like Microsoft. He insists on strict accounting, and, when a problem arises, he pulls in the best people to find solutions."

That doesn't sound naive. Yes, there is waste, but it's worthwhile when trying to eradicate 3 deadly diseases from the world.

InBlack wrote on May 14, 2013, 10:18:
Invest in technology that will have a huge long term beneficial effect for humanity, renewable energy for one or something or other that is not really that profitable or is pushed under the rug by the oil/gas lobby.

Also from the video "And Gates showed us one of his boldest and, he says, most important ventures, a new kind of nuclear reactor. It would burn depleted uranium, making it cleaner, safer, and cheaper than today's reactors. Your fuel will last for 60 years. So, during that entire time, you don't need to open it up, refuel it. You don't need to buy more fuel. So there's a certain simplicity that comes with this design."

InBlack wrote on May 14, 2013, 10:18:
Or if he wants to give to charity, he should concentrate on the charities that help people in the US (and I say this as a non US citizen). The US has a shitload of poverty related social problems, and the biggest of them has to be education.

From Bill Gates 2009 TED Talk: "Now, our foundation, for the last nine years, has invested in this. There's many people working on it. We've worked on small schools, we've funded scholarships, we've done things in libraries. A lot of these things had a good effect. But the more we looked at it, the more we realized that having great teachers was the very key thing. And we hooked up with some people studying how much variation is there between teachers, between, say, the top quartile -- the very best -- and the bottom quartile. How much variation is there within a school or between schools? And the answer is that these variations are absolutely unbelievable. A top quartile teacher will increase the performance of their class -- based on test scores -- by over 10 percent in a single year. What does that mean? That means that if the entire U.S., for two years, had top quartile teachers, the entire difference between us and Asia would go away. Within four years we would be blowing everyone in the world away."

Maybe before complaining about how Bill Gates is spending his money you should at least listen to the video. Or better yet, you should try spending some of your pittance (and I have no idea how much you make, but it's a pittance compared to him) and try to solve these problems.
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News Comments > More Valve Layoffs
51. Re: More Valve Layoffs Feb 15, 2013, 12:51 Loose Cannon
I realize that no one will probably read this, but I wrote a program to use the Way Back Machine ( to look at the employee directory. According to it:

Total Hires: 143
Total Fires: 35
Hires By Date:
04/14/2010 - 102
06/21/2010 - 1
07/22/2010 - 2
08/08/2010 - 1
08/11/2010 - 1
03/24/2011 - 1
05/13/2011 - 3
09/02/2011 - 1
09/05/2011 - 5
09/25/2011 - 12
10/07/2011 - 1
10/12/2011 - 2
10/24/2011 - 1
03/29/2012 - 1
06/25/2012 - 1
07/28/2012 - 1
09/19/2012 - 4
01/13/2013 - 2
02/15/2013 - 1
Fires By Date:
06/21/2010 - 3
09/04/2010 - 2
03/24/2011 - 1
06/15/2011 - 2
09/02/2011 - 1
09/25/2011 - 1
03/17/2012 - 4
06/25/2012 - 5
09/19/2012 - 4
01/13/2013 - 3
02/15/2013 - 9

These figures point to the layoffs not being that substantial (of course that assumes that the employee directory is accurate, which it probably isn't). If anyone is interested, I have a list of the 143 people that have been in the employee directory at some point and their hire/fire dates (Way Back Machine started crawling the site 4/14/2010, when the page had 102 people on it).
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
56. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 30, 2012, 14:42 Loose Cannon
Dev wrote on Oct 30, 2012, 13:43:
BTW, looks like front page is down except for the 1 entry...

There is actually more to the front page than just today's Out of the Blue, you just need to scroll down to see it. This happens because the left navigation bar and "today's" news are within the same table. "Yesterday's" news is in another table below the left nav... so if "today's" news is shorter than the left nav, the page requires some extra scrolling.

At some point Bluenews should get a redesign... at least drop all the nested tables :).
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News Comments > The Humble Voxatron Debut Expands
6. Re: The Humble Voxatron Debut Expands Nov 2, 2011, 09:40 Loose Cannon
There definitely is a steam code, which gets you Blocks that Matter and The Binding of Isaac. I'm not surprised Voxatron has no Steam code yet since it's in alpha. Go to your redeem page and click the "Get your Steam key" link at the top of the page.  
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News Comments > The Witcher 2 Patch Nears
14. Re: The Witcher 2 Patch Nears May 25, 2011, 14:27 Loose Cannon
FYI, it appears that the AMD crossfire drivers have leaked early:

AMD Catalyst 11.5a Hotfix (8.85.6 RC5 - May 25)

Much better performance for me, but I get weird bloom effects inside.
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News Comments > Rise of Immortals Beta Key Giveaway
9. Re: Rise of Immortals Beta Key Giveaway May 16, 2011, 16:48 Loose Cannon
I'd also like one.

Thanks Blue
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News Comments > Age of Empires Online Beta Key Giveaway
50. Re: Age of Empires Online Beta Key Giveaway Apr 26, 2011, 12:38 Loose Cannon
I would also like to get a beta key.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Poker Oct 20, 2008, 12:37 Loose Cannon
Er, I'm pretty sure that if you have KdJd in your hand, the odds of the turn being the Jd and the river being the Kd is significantly lower than 2/45 and 1/44.

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that would be called cheating. Thanks Bhruic, I've corrected my post.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Poker Oct 20, 2008, 11:06 Loose Cannon
I would disagree... losing with a good hand is a "tough beat," or some such. A bad beat is losing to someone with no business in the pot due to a bad or misplayed hand... Like having a big pocket pair and raising the blinds and someone calls you with 6-2 and wins.

I agree with blue, this wasn't a bad beat. Phillips had an outside straight draw after the flop to Mabuchi's 3 of a kind Aces. The turn put Phillips in the lead with a 9-K edit: A-T straight, a flush draw, and a royal flush draw. The A on the turn completed both hands, but Phillips retained the top hand.

It seemed like a bad beat at first glance because it looked like Phillips needed runner-runner to win the hand; but that just wasn't the case. It looks like there was limited (if any) betting during the hand. Both players had a legitimate stake in the pot, so this was unlucky, not a bad beat.

A bad beat would have looked like this, with the same cards in a different order (and different betting):
AA vs KdJd
Flop: AdA9
A raise of any kind by Mabuchi and a call by Phillips (let's just assume all-in to make it a real bad beat, because Phillips would have had .1% chance of winning.
Turn: Jd - (2/45) edit: Qd (2/45)
River: Kd - (1/44) edit: Td (1/44)

Another example... I was playing a $30 SNG, I lost an all-in preflop KK vs KK [there is only one way to lose this hand]. We both had a legitimate claim to the pot (the same hand, in fact), but I was just unlucky with a (12/48) * (11/47) * (10/46) * (9/45) * 1 = .2% chance of losing the hand.

Edit: Thanks Bhruic for pointing out my typos. Corrected A-10 straight [can't believe I missed that] and JdKd stupidity.
This comment was edited on Oct 20, 2008, 12:35.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: No subject Jan 24, 2008, 11:25 Loose Cannon is probably a better time server to use for North Americans. The * servers use round robin, so there is a very good chance the one you get won't be getting hammered. Check to see the NTP pools in your area.

I forgot to mention previously that time synchronization won't work if your machine time is off by more than 15 hours.

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This comment was edited on Jan 24, 11:29.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: No subject Jan 24, 2008, 11:00 Loose Cannon
What happens when you click the Update Now button? You may need to check the Windows Application Event Log. Check to make sure that the Windows Time Service is not disabled, and that you can UDP to port 123 through your firewall.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - The Ship
14. Re: No subject Apr 11, 2007, 17:45 Loose Cannon
I understand your argument, but I disagree. I would rather see support for company that is outside the shadow of the colossal EA or Ubisoft. I realize a good game can be created without the backing of a large publisher, but those games can be counted on one hand. The fact is game development costs money and unless support is given to these smaller companies the only games you'll see are the ones the large publishers think are safe.

Given the stupidity of your post you shouldn't be lecturing anyone on logical fallacies.

Welcome to ad hominem, you know it well.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - The Ship
12. Re: No subject Apr 11, 2007, 14:43 Loose Cannon
I didn't miss the point.

Just because you say you didn't miss the point doesn't make it true. You still missed the point. He's saying that he's glad he supported a company that developed an original idea. Maybe he's sick of WW2 FPS and RTS games, I know I am. His hope is that his support will encourage the same developer, or other developers, to not rehash the same game over and over again.

Both your posts suffer from logical fallacy. Just because he bought one game doesn't mean he didn't also support the developer of a "good" game. No where did he say "I bought The Ship instead of <if you actually like a game, insert that here>."

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News Comments > Crysis Q&A
8. Re: No subject Jan 28, 2007, 13:10 Loose Cannon
Why wont the OGL devs do something to compete and get more adoption of OGL? Don't they care about OGL?

Gaming on Mac and Linux will NEVER happen while OGL sits with their thumbs up their arses. They have become the Matrox of graphics. Who? Yup thats what people think outside of the lab, or vision system, Matrox who? OpenGL who?

With a name like m00zilla, I'm surprised you don't understand the issues with open source development. One of the larger issues is that there is no central body pushing open standards. Microsoft spends a lot of money making developer tools and providing developer support for DirectX. The developers of OpenGL are software developers. They write lines of code. There are no people trying to get game houses to adopt OpenGL. The main reason for this is cost. The vast amount of open source contributions are in time, not dollars.

A previous poster mentioned that you should contribute to OpenGL. That's how open software development works. If you can't contriute code, perhaps you can contribute money, or perhaps something else. So while you're saying OGL sits with their thumbs up their ass. I say you are sitting with your thumb up your own ass.

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