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News Comments > H1Z1 Refunds
28. Re: H1Z1 Refunds Jan 17, 2015, 03:52 NewMaxx
Tom wrote on Jan 16, 2015, 21:14:
Last time I fired up Rust my mouse stopped working after a few minutes of "playing". I terminated Rust using the keyboard alone. The mouse still wouldn't function until I rebooted. True story.

Reminds me of Planetside 2 (coincidental to this thread is a SOE game) which, to this day, will still randomly completely shut down my computer. I don't mean reboot, I mean full-out turned off with no fans moving. We're talking on a machine that can do night-loops of Memtest, Prime95, Unigine Valley/3DMark, etc. It only happens once every 100+ hours of play but it does happen, and did happen the first time logging in after their last update, in the VR room and not even a populated area within 60 seconds of loading it up. I still spent probably $150 on that game so clearly I can live with it.
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News Comments > MS: Windows 10 "Best" OS Ever Created for Gamers
59. Re: MS: Windows 10 Jan 16, 2015, 16:40 NewMaxx
Slick wrote on Jan 16, 2015, 14:52:
other than vista and 2000/ME, i can't really think of any version of the OS that didn't improve over previous versions.


2000 and ME are completely different entities and actually 2000 was successful in the enterprise, not to mention Microsoft built XP on NT once ME failed largely due to the success of 2000. Also, Vista was a large improvement over the previous version of the OS (XP), although XP was good after SP2. Vista came out a while before XP SP3, though, plus it had most of the improvements Windows 7 would eventually have. Actually, Windows 7 hid or removed some of the power user options available in Vista, to the point most power users stuck with Vista until Windows 7 SP1. As a normal user maybe you liked having a cartoon dog fetch files for you long-hand but some of us enjoyed Powershell, Windows Indexing, etc...

As far as Windows 8 goes, bleh. I do enjoy 8.1...on my Windows tablet/convertible. I wouldn't use it on a main PC unless I had to, which I would only do for gaming. That is unfortunately becoming a reality - some games explicitly run better on Windows 8/8.1 - but Windows 10 looks to be a lot better. It'll be more like Windows 8.1 with a SP and fixes Windows 8 should have had from the get go, so it might be good out of the gate and not require a SP before migration. Even 8.1 as it is now might be passable...I'll probably wait for 10 for my main machine, though.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 16, 2015, 14:59 NewMaxx
ComboFix should only be used on an x86 install, never x64, and under any OS newer than XP you MUST run it in administrator mode. Keep in mind that things like this that use command prompt are best run manually through an elevated command prompt (look up how to do that).

Standard operating procedure is as follows:
1) Have the newest MBAM ready on a portable device to install, make sure to have newest Flash and Java as well; do not have it pre-installed as many viruses will corrupt or disable it if you do, and most common trojans come from vulnerabilities in one of those two
2) Boot to KAV (Kaspersky) Rescue Disk, update if possible (it has most ethernet drivers built-in), run comprehensive sweep and clean
3) Boot to safe mode without networking and install then run MBAM, again a full comprehensive sweep clean; this is because the most common form of a trojan comes with a downloader

This will handle most things including most rootkits, there are only a handful of specific viruses that will get around this procedure. There are also scenarios where a new OS such as Windows 8/8.1, which has secure boot, can complicate your efforts. Make sure to enable legacy mode (disable secure boot) before following this procedure if you use those OS.

This comment was edited on Jan 22, 2015, 09:41.
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News Comments > Ubisoft on Watch Dogs 2 Expectations
24. Re: Ubisoft on Watch Dogs 2 Expectations Jan 16, 2015, 13:27 NewMaxx
"Over-achieved" in creating expectations for the series.

Translation: marketing did better than expected rather than development under-performing

Contrary to popular belief, the measurement of success for marketing is not sales, but interest. Also contrary to popular belief, too much interest is often as bad as too little. When a product is developed it rarely if ever is meant to appeal to all people; it has a target audience. Exceeding that anticipated audience can be a good thing, but it can also lead to supply issues and, through word of mouth, popular dissatisfaction, which can in turn hurt sales and the future of the product line. A good example would be a luxury car: if everybody owned one, it would no longer be special, and thus would not warrant the same price tag, and thus it would end up competing with an entirely different market.

I'm simplifying of course and not defending what he's saying...I just think sometimes it's taken out of the context of greater understanding of the industry (which, by far and large, is typical bullshit). Bullshit spin like this is a bit like doesn't come out of nowhere but rather from kernels of truth. People can be offended by, say, Jewish stereotypes just as they are bothered by PR-speak, but that doesn't mean there isn't some foundation there.
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Jan 16, 2015, 11:53 NewMaxx
Total lack of professionalism. For a journalist ("executive editor") such behavior is career-hurting. For someone in PR ("communications specialist") it is career-ending. I will come off sounding misogynistic here, but more times than not I have to put the blame at the foot of the woman. The guy comes after the woman for a date, it's her place to either say this will interfere with our business relationship or it's at least something we should reveal if it gets serious. If she's going after him, well, the one area women are employed more often than men is PR and people in those types of positions should know better.

I understand that all of this falls under the umbrella of larger issues, I'm just commenting on this particular incident. My father was a politician for many years and before that he worked as a PR liaison for many more. I have my own opinions about how f'd the system is in that regard but I also know the realities of how people behave. You simply can't be expecting others to take you seriously on the one hand while completing ignoring the duties that come with the position on the other.
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
10. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 16, 2015, 05:42 NewMaxx
DangerDog wrote on Jan 15, 2015, 20:29:
Even with all the hype around drones I don't think anyone would make it with a DroneShack store.

Exactly, though...if they focused on things like drones, Raspberry Pi and FPGAs, programmable and configurable robots, pretty much anything but what everybody else is doing...and maybe pushed a little advertising in that direction, who knows?

Last time I went to one it was basically a mobile phone kiosk with some overpriced Chinese equipment everybody needs, which is fine and dandy but I already have Walmart and Best Buy for that crap. They can't compete with them and never should have tried. I realize I'm a small market as an engineer and a nerd but actually nerds are pretty hip these days and they could have partnered with communities/schools and so many other things, but instead they just pulled a Circuit City.
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News Comments > PC Grand Theft Auto V Delayed to March; Specs Revealed
53. Re: PC Grand Theft Auto V Delayed to March; Specs Revealed Jan 13, 2015, 16:26 NewMaxx
jdreyer wrote on Jan 13, 2015, 14:12:
Frags4Fun wrote on Jan 13, 2015, 11:12:
My PC is dead anyways. My wife got me nice new slippers for Christmas and they tend to build up a nice static charge. I walked up to my PC and when I reached for the power button, I shocked it somehow before I even touched it and it killed my machine. :/ Waiting for my mobo to come back from ASRock. Anyone ever deal with them for RMA?

Pull out all the connectors, memory, and cards (can probably skip the CPU) and plug them back in again. Over the past few years, my machine has completely died and this has fixed it, for whatever reason.

Definitely worth trying. Some motherboards are really stubborn/nuanced about their configurations. I know the one AsRock board I have sometimes requires me to reset BIOS and boot with a single stick of RAM to configure BIOS again before I can boot with the full amount. It's less of a problem these days than it was in past years, especially on Intel boards, but there are still buggy boards around...
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News Comments > PC Grand Theft Auto V Delayed to March; Specs Revealed
51. Re: PC Grand Theft Auto V Delayed to March; Specs Revealed Jan 13, 2015, 16:23 NewMaxx
Frags4Fun wrote on Jan 13, 2015, 13:46:
It seems that my case may be to blame as other people have reported the same issue with this case (Thermaltake MK-1). If any of my other components are damaged, I will be going after Thermaltake (I doubt they'll care).

Yep, definitely sounds like a case design flaw. I'm a fan of Thermaltake and like you I've been building PCs for almost two decades. This isn't a first for me with cases and isn't even a first for me with Thermaltake cases. The original Tt Xaser III case design - the first revision - had the USB leads reversed on the top panel. In some circumstances this could lead to frying the motherboard. So, yeah, it happens. The last time I had a problem with the power button shorting it out it was because the motherboard tray/standoffs had a defect although wiring flaws for the front/top panels (including buttons) can also cause issues. It's like a 1% thing.
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News Comments > PC Grand Theft Auto V Delayed to March; Specs Revealed
30. Re: PC Grand Theft Auto V Delayed to March; Specs Revealed Jan 13, 2015, 13:13 NewMaxx
Frags4Fun wrote on Jan 13, 2015, 11:12:
My PC is dead anyways. My wife got me nice new slippers for Christmas and they tend to build up a nice static charge. I walked up to my PC and when I reached for the power button, I shocked it somehow before I even touched it and it killed my machine. :/ Waiting for my mobo to come back from ASRock. Anyone ever deal with them for RMA?

It's pretty unlikely you'd kill a motherboard just through static discharge on the power button, unless the motherboard was already shorted to the case somehow. We have standoffs and an I/O shield to prevent that. Hell, most cases these days are only partially metal anyway, usually with plastic faces and frames. A properly enclosed metal computer case acts as a Faraday Cage, too.

Not saying it's impossible, on the contrary I actually did it once myself...but it was because someone installed one of the standoffs incorrectly and it was a mostly (but not entirely) metal case. I'm just saying if the motherboard is properly installed, or in many cases even if it's not, you won't see this happening. So might be more than just the socks to blame!

Haven't really dealt with AsRock on RMAs, one of the few companies I haven't, actually. They're a budget-friendly company so my guess is the support will be budget-worthy but you never know. In most cases they will do a quick inspection of your motherboard and if it's not rapidly fixable they will send you out a lengthily-repaired RMA from another customer earlier in the chain which will work but may have nuanced issues of its own; you rarely get back a new board unless your board is <1 yr old.
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
3. Re: Evening Interviews Jan 8, 2015, 19:49 NewMaxx
BobBob wrote on Jan 8, 2015, 19:17:
Why do people insist on worshiping 'someone' at any point in time? Do people feel so deeply inadequate and have a constant need for a savior / hero? Celebrities, billionaires, royalty or religious figures -- it's all toward the same fix. I'm sure the hero worship of robots with super AI will come next -- unless of course our collective consciousness (global culture) reaches an epiphany of accepting the grand absurdity of existence and the ever awareness of the infinitesimalness of every living thing residing in a seemingly infinite universe.

Well, hey, populist leaders are nothing new. I certainly consider President Obama one. Then there's cults of personalities, from Stalin on up. Some people worship the pope, others Charles Manson. One could argue that in some circles of Japanese culture, they already worship the concept of robots and AI. But I digress...

We're classical creatures. Classical in terms of physics and in how we interact with our environment. To be "intelligent" and successful through evolution we got very good at recognizing patterns. The problem is that as information grows - and it does in this technological age, by leaps and bounds - we gain the need to cope with the changes. One of the reasons there were so many revolutions in history (such as starting near the industrial revolution and Renaissance) followed by populist leaders is because the rapid changes forced people to find stability in ideas and in personalities.

I could write a book on the subject but ultimately the conflict between the modern person thinking they're smart - understanding Enlightenment principles, technology and science - and the realities this entails - mortality and lack of real value in tradition - is something that can only be solved by achieving a new state of being. Which is hundreds of years away. We're entering a rough patch, but mind you it will be a gradually weaning.
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News Comments > Removes Installer Passwords
10. Re: Removes Installer Passwords Jan 8, 2015, 18:49 NewMaxx
It is an indirect form of DRM because it's common practice for hackers to drop in trojan horses in pirated game installs posted to public places. Password-protected archives make it easier for them to do what they want and avoid anti-virus. It's not difficult for them to reverse engineer the passwords - they are processed in the installer, after all - but people used to just clicking the setup .exe's from GOG releases won't think twice. That's not direct DRM, of course, but it does encourage hackers to abuse it. You may say they aren't responsible for that, yadda yadda, I'm just stating the realities.  
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News Comments > Wizardry Online Revival Speculation
4. Re: Wizardry Online Revival Speculation Jan 8, 2015, 00:44 NewMaxx
Wizardry Online's main draw was the fact that it had permadeath. For those into that, it was one of the few real MMO choices around.  
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News Comments > Mafia III News Soon?
6. Re: Mafia III News Soon? Jan 7, 2015, 20:50 NewMaxx
Aero wrote on Jan 7, 2015, 20:40:
Perhaps it could go with a basic strategic element (sort of Shadows of Mordor Style)

Lot of strategic mafia games out there to copy from, the most recent one having such elements is The Godfather. Never played it myself but watched people play it. There are of course several classic games that might be relevant, and even Omerta has things that could be borrowed.
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News Comments > $500 Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition Announced
28. Re: $500 Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition Announced Jan 6, 2015, 15:26 NewMaxx
Fion wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 14:11:
So... I'm I the only one who still misses his Aureal A3D? Best sound card I ever owned.. period.

Never had an A3D, but I still have one of the legendary Chaintech AV-710 cards. Absolutely incredible for the price back then. I still have it but support in newer versions of Windows is nil. I'm no audiophile but I do play around with all the best bang-for-the-buck cards on the market.

As for those curious about modding your on-board (desktop or laptop) sound cards, almost all will work with the Dolby work-around. Most Realtek ones also work with a driver modification that effectively changes the cards into Creative ones but I can't post it here and it's difficult to find because, surprise, Creative DMCA'd or whatever the hell every forum post on the Internet on how to do it. Google for 'gamespirit realtek' if you are curious, though. There are also mods that update older Creative cards or open up newer ones depending for those that have them but they are even harder to find.
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News Comments > $500 Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition Announced
11. Re: $500 Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition Announced Jan 6, 2015, 13:12 NewMaxx
NetHead wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 10:47:
Creative Labs is such an incredibly scummy company, if anything they are the bane of audio in gaming especially.

Thank you for your post with all the additional details...I agree completely (check out my post), it's crazy to me that some people don't know just how ridiculously lame Creative is and has been for a decade or more.

I'll expand on something you and I both mentioned: driver modification. You mention old cards and, indeed, Creative recycles a lot of their hardware to keep people paying (I mentioned the infamous Xtreme Audio). Additionally, most Realtek cards, such as those built into desktops and actually also those built into laptops, can be modded into Creative-quality cards. I've done it dozens of times. The hardware utilized in many is identical, actually, it's just that Creative forces either a payment (licensing) or sues. It's insane and it's held back quality PC/gaming audio for a decade.
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News Comments > $500 Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition Announced
10. Re: $500 Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition Announced Jan 6, 2015, 13:06 NewMaxx
Never, EVER spend a nickel on anything made by Creative. They engage in monopolist activities by buying up, suing, licensing, and doing whatever they can to anybody who tries to get in on the PC audio market. I can't express enough that giving them even a dollar is hurting the entire audio market for the PC gamer. I regularly mod drivers for people, opening up all the crap Creative forces companies like Realtek to disable, and I'm well aware of Creative's negative business practices even outside of that. Trust me when I say they will stop at nothing to corner the market and it has pretty much destroyed any real innovation, and they even sell software solutions using 2000-era tech for $50+ (xtreme audio being a recent example). Even their good stuff is overpriced, there's nothing redeemable here.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 6, 2015, 10:09 NewMaxx
As far as the Lenovo launch...

I've been involved as a tester for Lenovo's products for about a year now and...well actually I might be under NDA, should probably check up on that, but I'll choose my words carefully. Lenovo is definitely shooting for specific markets and even specific competitors with their new and upcoming line-ups. A lot of their testing and questioning has revolved about mobile devices (portables), all-in-one devices (iMac), and smart devices (smartphones and home appliances). If you've seen their new Yoga commercials then you already know one of their target competitors.

Thought I'd share for those curious on here. Lenovo is a huge PC producer these days and they are breaking into other markets at a steady pace. Their research indicates they might breakout this year and surprise people so don't be afraid to take a chance on at least looking up their products.

P.S. the only Lenovo products I purchased myself are a pair of USB speakers and a wireless mouse
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
12. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 6, 2015, 02:19 NewMaxx
Again, NK is effectively just a satellite of China. NK did not do this on their own. That's why it was classified. As to why they are being sanctioned and not China: we have to enact retribution on someone that will indirectly harm China. To sum it up for those keeping score at home, we're classifying it so China doesn't get the finger of blame while simultaneously applying indirect pressure on them by sanctioning NK. If they speak out against such sanctions, they know we can reveal evidence of their (China's) involvement. "China doesn't care if we say they did it" - normally that is true as it is US vs China's word, but in this case Sony operates of out Japan primarily and China has to be VERY careful with their political movements in that region. That's why they rely on NK to handle the Japanese issue for them, and is also why we are applying counter-pressure there.

Everybody here talking about conspiracies and false flags and yadda yadda nonsense clearly have zero knowledge about how US-China-Japan-NK relations really work.
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News Comments > Far Cry Poll
33. Re: Far Cry Poll Jan 5, 2015, 19:26 NewMaxx
Interesting timing...I was just thinking about this the other day.

What was my internal answer? An alien world. A place with environments and creatures I don't recognize, but they don't have to be completely crazy, either. You know, something like Pandora from Avatar. There could still be people, for example humans would be colonists or merchants or explorers or whatever, or you could have an alien humanoid native race. You could have all sorts of novel weapons, new modes of transportation. The sky is the limit.

I was thinking of this the other day because while I had a lot of fun with Far Cry 4, and I certainly love that feeling of freedom and stealth that it has, it still felt "samey." Too much like a transplanted Far Cry 3 or even Far Cry 2. Give me something I can explore with awe, something that isn't predictable. I loved Red Faction Guerrilla not only for the destruction but for the setting, but imagine how much more that game could have been with the animals, climbing, etc. of the FC games.
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News Comments > Brian Reynolds' Alpha Centauri Shooter/RPG Dreams
2. Re: Brian Reynolds' Alpha Centauri Shooter/RPG Dreams Jan 5, 2015, 17:56 NewMaxx
The valuation of IP is a tricky business. It's actually a lot like the real estate market. Certain IP is more valuable being held as an unused asset than the risk vs. reward investment of development, especially if negotiations with other parties are a requirement. If you realize that IP is handled like a financial security, and often parceled like one, you will have a much better understanding of the situation. I'm not condoning it, I'm not happy about it, I'm just saying it's more complex than, "why don't they make this game!!" I was briefly in the programming business and I also know a coder for EA, and let me say the work environment for it is screaming for legal reform. The fact that the business end is even worse is of no surprise to anyone.  
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