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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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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
34. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jun 22, 2013, 15:56 Tom
 
Voting in this country only gives the illusion of any sort of control over or participation in the system. One need not be a conspiracy nut or extremist to realize this by now. Only one who observes, reasons, and holds accountable.

There is no good candidate, no change, no hope, no chance to turn things around. Only the gradual waning of a once great country's day in the sun. Another country sunk by the ever more brazen corruption of its bureaucrats and elected officials.

Or is this simply the perspective everyone gains as they get older?
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
14. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jun 22, 2013, 09:46 Tom
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jun 22, 2013, 09:40:
Amazes me everyone just gives Obama a pass on all the shit going on right now.

Please define 'everyone'.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 21, 2013, 17:42 Tom
 
Winamp is the best. Always has been, always will be.  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: etc., etc. Jun 19, 2013, 21:46 Tom
 
Seems like EA Spouse was just yesterday. But actually it was almost 9 years ago...  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
5. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jun 18, 2013, 17:41 Tom
 
These stories smearing the TSA are amusing just because of the ever more ridiculous lengths that people will go to do it.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Morning Consolidation Jun 18, 2013, 14:12 Tom
 
Xbox One sucks but Gamestop sucks even more. Screw them.  
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News Comments > It Came from E3 2013, Part Five
8. Re: It Came from E3 2013, Part Five Jun 16, 2013, 15:51 Tom
 
Each generational transition has its own unique circumstances. As the expected lifespan of a generation increases, it is natural for the transition time to also increase. Cross platform infrastructure is stronger this time around. And yes, the "this gen is good enough" mentality, as with PCs, will affect everyone - consumers, developers, and the console makers.

I wouldn't take this as a sign of weakness of the next gen consoles. In time, there will be plenty of exclusively next gen games where the devs didn't want to be bound to the old console constraints that have been holding back PC gaming for years - 256/512MB of RAM, relatively ancient GPU, crazy architecture, etc. For games with simultaneous release on multiple generations, there will be sacrifices made on the weaker hardware, as has always been the case for multi-platform games.

Personally I'm not satisfied by the current gen's effective 720p max for 3D games, and the aliasing and relatively low-detail textures and geometry. The next gen will laugh at 1080p, and with 16 times as much RAM there's serious opportunity for better content. For some games the current gen is good enough, but definitely not all. I'll buy a PS4 in a heartbeat once they release a Ryuu ga Gotoku (Yakuza) game that takes advantage of the system.
 
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News Comments > It Came from E3 2013, Part Five
6. Re: It Came from E3 2013, Part Five Jun 16, 2013, 10:44 Tom
 
Duh, you wanna make $$$, you release to the largest installed bases. Why should they sacrifice their profits to do a "hard push to move everyone to next gen"? Makes no business sense, unless there's some special circumstance like MS paying them boatloads to do it.  
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News Comments > Three Assassin's Creed Games in the Works
3. Re: Three Assassin's Creed Games in the Works Jun 15, 2013, 01:57 Tom
 
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$  
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News Comments > NASCAR The Game 2013 Announced
7. Re: NASCAR The Game 2013 Announced Jun 12, 2013, 23:42 Tom
 
It's about the difference between racing the other drivers vs. racing the course. Ovals put all the emphasis squarely on racing the other drivers. Believe it or not, this leads to interesting and exciting things. Try actually doing it in a realistic simulation like iRacing if you really want to understand.

Or, you can choose to stay ignorant and post another comment about left turns. But then who's dumber - you or the rednecks?
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Nvidia says Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are great news for gaming PCs. Jun 12, 2013, 23:23 Tom
 
Well, see how Project Shield goes, eh?  
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News Comments > Mirror's Edge Reboot Announced
12. Re: Mirror's Edge Reboot Announced Jun 10, 2013, 19:59 Tom
 
Mikus_Aurelius wrote on Jun 10, 2013, 19:39:
"All footage from game engine"

Congratulations on writing a 3d engine that can render both games and cinematics. Now stop trying to mislead stupid customers into thinking that your game looks like a cinematic.

Congratulations on seeing your first game trailer. Now go watch a gameplay video. Seeing as how there isn't one for this Mirror's Edge game yet, maybe you should try the Titanfall one.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
10. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Jun 10, 2013, 19:19 Tom
 
ITT: jealousy and bitterness.  
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News Comments > Battle for Graxia Ending
12. Re: Battle for Graxia Ending Jun 10, 2013, 19:11 Tom
 
kunic wrote on Jun 10, 2013, 11:17:
Yakubs wrote on Jun 10, 2013, 10:04:
Maybe try making an original game next time.

You mean like Riot did with LoL? lol

Games don't need to be original to succeed. They need to be well executed. This is the essence of LoL and other successful games.
 
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News Comments > Mirror's Edge Reboot Announced
6. Re: Mirror's Edge Reboot Announced Jun 10, 2013, 18:59 Tom
 
Aww hell yeah. New Mirror's Edge. Agree that "reboot" is a bit silly, but the first one had minimal story anyway. If that's the best choice of wording they can think of to get across the fact that it's not a sequel, so be it.

Now with surfaces that are 10x more reflective, helmet smashing, and super creepy tattooing!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 8, 2013, 21:07 Tom
 
Yep, congrats to Mel. Truly one of the best filmmakers the world has ever known.

It's good to be the king!
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
15. Re: Steam Top 10 May 26, 2013, 15:38 Tom
 
Gearbox only contributed that which was necessary to get DNF out the door.  
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News Comments > NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Launches
18. Re: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Launches May 23, 2013, 23:44 Tom
 
The amount of choice available in graphics cards is just staggering. There are multiple options for sale at every imaginable price point. You can even combine them together. But still, a certain set of people will complain bitterly when something is released at a high price. Why? There doesn't seem to be any rational explanation for this outrage. If you don't want to pay that much, buy something cheaper. It would be a different story if there were hardly any choices available. But the choices have only continued to increase for a long time, despite new products being made available at higher and higher price points.

Is it resentment towards those who can easily afford to buy such expensive luxuries, or those who choose to save their money carefully for something expensive they will then splurge on and enjoy? Would you be happier if there were only $100 graphics cards and that was it?
 
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