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News Comments > Stardock's Star Control Reboot Plans
13. Re: Stardock's Star Control Reboot Plans Jul 23, 2013, 23:03 Tom
 
If it's turn-based it's not Star Control. Not even close.  
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News Comments > Stardock's Star Control Reboot Plans
6. Re: Stardock's Star Control Reboot Plans Jul 23, 2013, 21:24 Tom
 
Ohhh man. Stardock and Star Control? This is a sacred classic property. I hope this turns out better than the new XCOM did, but I won't be expecting much.  
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News Comments > Valve's Young Developer Pipeline
11. Re: Valve's Young Developer Pipeline Jul 15, 2013, 17:55 Tom
 
MrBone wrote on Jul 15, 2013, 12:59:
What college? You learn to code well by studying the work of great coders. I would suggest getting into a github project and contributing towards it, etc. It is a great way to learn the craft and work in a team environment.

Studying code can be very helpful, no doubt, but in my opinion the more important source of growth is actually coding. If you want to get better at something, DO IT. A lot. Make an active effort to get better at it. Experiment. Refine. Reflect. Evolve. The relentless pursuit of perfection... it comes from within. Studying the works of others is important but it's only one piece of the puzzle.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Jul 11, 2013, 23:59 Tom
 
Uh huh... because who needs backbones right?  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 10, 2013, 21:29 Tom
 
A tnt panel? That sounds dangerous!  
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News Comments > Firefall Open Beta
9. Re: Firefall Open Beta Jul 9, 2013, 22:45 Tom
 
Played it during closed beta. My experience was exactly the same as what shihonage reported. There just wasn't any reason to keep playing. Hopefully they can somehow fix it (or already have fixed it), but I have my doubts.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
24. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 9, 2013, 18:14 Tom
 
Not sure why everyone is always saying the Wii U is underpowered. ZombiU looks good and plays smooth at 1080p. I tried the demo and it was reasonably fun and innovative, just not my type of game unfortunately.

I think the Wii U hardware is actually pretty solid and innovative. They're just totally missing the software and have been for far too long. Once that changes they'll probably be ok, even if they have to go it alone. Too bad they won't give up on the region locking though, that totally sucks.
 
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News Comments > Project CARS on Steam
13. Re: Project CARS on Steam Jul 8, 2013, 19:44 Tom
 
theglaze wrote on Jul 8, 2013, 18:51:
Tom wrote on Jul 8, 2013, 17:48:
I guess you haven't tried iRacing...?

I have, but it's not the same style of gameplay nor offers the same amount of content or features, at least not at $50.

Ah ok, that's fair. It sounded like you were talking about just the physics.
 
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News Comments > Project CARS on Steam
9. Re: Project CARS on Steam Jul 8, 2013, 17:48 Tom
 
theglaze wrote on Jul 8, 2013, 16:57:
That is encouraging, and i want Project CARS to work out. It's getting boring with only Turn 10 and Polyphony getting it right.

I guess you haven't tried iRacing...?
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
3. Re: Saturday Metaverse Jul 6, 2013, 11:14 Tom
 
Or you could, you know, uncheck the box that says "allow non-intrusive ads". I dunno if they still do this, but AdBlock Plus went out of its way to point this out on initial setup last couple times I installed it.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
3. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jul 5, 2013, 20:22 Tom
 
Ahh encryption. Great for providing that false sense of security! Encryption is only as good as the weakest link, and there's no shortage of weak links. As Snowden said:

Encryption works. Properly implemented strong crypto systems are one of the few things that you can rely on. Unfortunately, endpoint security is so terrifically weak that NSA can frequently find ways around it.

In other words, not using encryption is like leaving the door to your house unlocked. Using encryption is like locking the door. It will not stop the NSA or other interested parties from finding a way into your house if they want to.

If you really want your communication to be secure, you need to do it via a means that is not subject to interception. For example, on a completely isolated and physically secured network, or perhaps face to face conversation in an area free of listening devices.
 
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News Comments > Independence Day Consolidation
55. Re: Independence Day Consolidation Jul 5, 2013, 13:47 Tom
 
InBlack wrote on Jul 5, 2013, 03:40:
If thats the best defense for the Xbox you can think up then sonny, the battle was lost before there was even a fight. "...is going to have advertising in mind" Really? Really? How about having the gamer in mind? How about having the consumer in mind? LoL, some people...

...except I never said I was defending the Xbox. What I was trying to defend was civility in the discussions here, as opposed to the endless echo chamber of toxic bitchfests that usually happens instead.

You really proved my point though. If MS had actually said "the Xbox One is built for advertising", that would've strongly implied that it's built for advertising first and gaming second. The phrase "built for X" is typically used to mean "built with X as the top priority". For example, the McLaren F1 was built for speed while the Prius was built for fuel economy. But what Microsoft actually said, that it's "going to have advertising in mind", does not have any such implication. There is no mutual exclusion nor prioritization. Those arise only from your own bias and agenda.
 
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News Comments > Independence Day Consolidation
30. Re: Independence Day Consolidation Jul 4, 2013, 18:18 Tom
 
PropheT wrote on Jul 4, 2013, 15:11:
Tom wrote on Jul 4, 2013, 12:06:
Ok, I RTFA AND the source it links to and I'm having a tough time understanding how "[Xbox One] is going to have advertising in mind" (what they actually said) equals "Xbox One is built for advertising" (what you said they said).

Seriously, I hate the XBONE as much as anyone (never owned an MS console and hope I never will) but I would suggest that folks stop putting words in their mouth. It just makes you look hysterical and reflects poorly on the Internet community. Not that we have much to lose there...

Are you being serious? The headline is word for word the title above the article that you said you read. Seriously, click the link...it's in big letters at the top of the page.

Ok let me spell it out for you. A lot of hate in this thread was based on the false claim that someone from Microsoft stated "Xbox One is built for advertising". Nowhere in the article does it actually state that anyone ever said this. What the person from Microsoft said was "[Xbox One] is going to have advertising in mind".

THESE PHRASES ARE NOT EQUAL.

Reasonable reaction to Microsoft stating "Xbox One is built for advertising":
WTF!!! ...various outrage...

Reasonable reaction to "[Xbox One] is going to have advertising in mind":
Well duh, what else would anyone expect based on what they already did with the 360. This is news?

MORAL OF THE STORY:
Don't jump to conclusions based on headlines. They're usually written to grab as much attention as possible by intentionally misleading people.
 
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - FINAL FANTASY VII
21. Re: Steamships Ahoy - FINAL FANTASY VII Jul 4, 2013, 18:05 Tom
 
JeffD wrote on Jul 4, 2013, 15:08:
Its good.. but still not the same. There are custom instrument sounds in the game that didn't carry over well to midi instruments. On the flip side the horns and strings were horrible on the ps1 version. I had a roland sc-55 at the time ff7 came to pc, but these days I have played the midi tracks using high end 100-200 meg soundfonts.

Those MIDI files were specifically designed for Yamaha's proprietary XG standard. Those files were crafted not only to target particular sounds, but also the attack/decay/sustain/release characteristics of those sounds, as well as the way the synth interprets volume changes and other events affecting the sounds of notes in progress. Even the best Roland synth or biggest soundfont can never do justice to the intent contained within those MIDI files.

Unfortunately, hardly anyone ever had a true XG-capable synth. I believe an XG soft-synth was bundled with the original FF7 PC release, but it had limited OS compatibility and was still lower quality than a hardware synth. I think they even compromised on output sample rate because it was so long ago...
 
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News Comments > Independence Day Consolidation
9. Re: Independence Day Consolidation Jul 4, 2013, 12:06 Tom
 
NegaDeath wrote on Jul 4, 2013, 11:22:
Despite all the missteps MS has made these last few months I still can't believe they let an employee utter the words "Xbox One is built for advertising" to a website. They had to have known how badly that will be interpreted right? Or do they not realize? Or don't care? I'm not sure which is worse.

Ok, I RTFA AND the source it links to and I'm having a tough time understanding how "[Xbox One] is going to have advertising in mind" (what they actually said) equals "Xbox One is built for advertising" (what you said they said).

Seriously, I hate the XBONE as much as anyone (never owned an MS console and hope I never will) but I would suggest that folks stop putting words in their mouth. It just makes you look hysterical and reflects poorly on the Internet community. Not that we have much to lose there...
 
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - FINAL FANTASY VII
10. Re: Steamships Ahoy - FINAL FANTASY VII Jul 4, 2013, 11:20 Tom
 
Verno wrote on Jul 4, 2013, 10:20:
Just a PSA, this is the ancient PC release with the shitty midi soundtrack

Played properly by an XG-capable synth, that MIDI soundtrack is legendary.
 
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News Comments > World of Warplanes Open Beta
14. Re: World of Warplanes Open Beta Jul 2, 2013, 18:19 Tom
 
Never heard of either of these before. War Thunder looked promising (great graphics!) until I started reading some of the criticism about using a stick. Apparently it's way unbalanced in favor of mouse users..?

http://forum.warthunder.com/index.php?/topic/43187-joystick-users-disgust/
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
19. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 1, 2013, 19:08 Tom
 
Been using a Samsung Focus S (Windows Phone 7.5) for almost 2 years now. I still like it. It works great as a phone. As a handheld computer it varies. Some things are great, others are so-so, and there are annoyances. The browser is surprisingly good for being IE-based. It's more stable than say, Firefox on Android, and maybe even faster, but doesn't work with as many desktop versions of web sites. Works great with mobile versions though, and YouTube is fantastic with no app needed. Speaking of apps, you won't find the breadth of apps that exist on Android, but there are still a lot of good apps and they tend to function more consistently than Android apps. APIs on Windows Phone are more restricted, but that seems to have been relaxed some on Windows Phone 8 - for example, access to Bluetooth. And yeah, most apps don't have a quit option and the OS doesn't give you one, except to keep hitting the back button until you're back at the home screen and can't go back anymore. That does work but is kind of annoying.

Overall I'm still happy with the phone and will probably get another Windows Phone when the time is right. I've spent about 10 months so far with Android on the Nexus 7 and it's not bad, but feels primitive and clunky in many ways. This is a bad comparison but I'd say it's a little like using Linux instead of Windows on a desktop PC. More customizable, but more quirky, inconsistent, weird time-wasting stuff going on.

I think Windows Phone is best suited to someone who doesn't mind giving up a little control and flexibility in exchange for something that works quickly, smoothly, and is just generally a pleasure to use. Perhaps a middle ground between iOS and Android in that respect? But I haven't used iOS and have no desire to, so that's a total guess.

By the way, the tile thing is not just a gimmick. I much prefer it over the pages of icons/widgets I get on Android. I think people have to try both and actually live with them for a while to really determine what works best for them, though.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
3. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jun 27, 2013, 18:10 Tom
 
Ratty wrote on Jun 27, 2013, 10:43:
I've always suspected the govt has had a quantum computer for a number for years and can easily crack any common encryption. I'm wondering if some of those unreleased Snowden documents might reveal that.

Unlikely. From Snowden's Greenwald-moderated Q&A session with the public:
Mathius1
17 June 2013 2:54pm

Is encrypting my email any good at defeating the NSA survelielance? Id my data protected by standard encryption?

Answer:

Encryption works. Properly implemented strong crypto systems are one of the few things that you can rely on. Unfortunately, endpoint security is so terrifically weak that NSA can frequently find ways around it.

If the government actually does have such an extraordinary capability, Snowden does not seem to be aware of it.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
4. Re: On Sale Jun 23, 2013, 19:48 Tom
 
Yeah I grabbed the Huey and CA too, spent some time this weekend learning how to fly that thing. Fun stuff! The damage model is spectacular. Tossed a few miniguns and rocket pods on that sucker and went 1-on-1 with a friend on voice who was also flying a Huey. I was surprised to find that there's a flexible sight that gives you a targeting reticle you can freely move around. So you can actually change where the miniguns are pointing using a hat switch.

It sure is a different experience compared to flying the A-10C or P-51D. Nice to try something new and fly around so low to the ground, taking in the lovely sites of... Georgia.

Next up: canyon chase.
 
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