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News Comments > Sunday Safety Dance
10. Re: Sunday Safety Dance Aug 11, 2013, 20:43 Tom
 
"stopped using email"? Come on. This is just sensationalist crap. Anyone with half a clue has known all long that email has NEVER been secure or safe from prying eyes. And it ain't just the government who has access to your email. This is just another one of the rules of the game.  
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News Comments > Steam Greenlights 15 More Games
17. Re: Steam Greenlights 15 More Games Aug 11, 2013, 10:06 Tom
 
Axis wrote on Aug 10, 2013, 20:06:
The key to a 'new' descent, in my not so humble opinion, is to make the levels quite plain like the original (Portalish art style if you never played the Descent series), and fill them with interesting bits.

The problem with almost every 6dof game these days is they all play like flight simulators -- Descent NEVER felt like a flight sim, it was no-gravity quake and it was an absolute killer multiplayer game. Gameplay was 80% strafe up down left right unless you were looking for someone to kill.

Agreed. Descent had a unique feel. I doubt anyone will ever make something with that feel again.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
2. Re: Evening Mobilization Aug 10, 2013, 10:33 Tom
 
Yup, that sums it up really well.

The sooner Windows RT is dead, the better. Unfortunately it sounds like NVIDIA is all gung ho on having their stuff in the next-gen Surface RT. And MS realllllly wants people to transition to their new model where everyone is forced to buy all software through their app store where they have total control and take a cut of everything. So unfortunately I think they will keep trying...
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Funding at $15MM
13. Re: Star Citizen Funding at $15MM Aug 3, 2013, 01:24 Tom
 
jimnms wrote on Aug 2, 2013, 23:59:
Technically it's not profitable yet. All of this money raised is supposed to be going toward development of the game.
You assume much.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
24. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jul 28, 2013, 11:36 Tom
 
Dev wrote on Jul 27, 2013, 22:11:
The article author is ignorant on that.

Usually something like this just gets updated on the next revision of the CPU. Its not usually updated software wise. So get the Haswell CPU now and it should overclock fine on non z87 mobos for as long as you own it.
I think you're probably right about this, but I have seen microcode updates on Windows Update in the past. There is no elaborate update process like you get with a BIOS update. It just installs like any other update.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
23. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jul 28, 2013, 11:34 Tom
 
Fibrocyte wrote on Jul 28, 2013, 07:26:
I've recently started upgrading all the monitors in my house to 27" (BenQ has a very nice one on amazon for $220) and have to say that it seems perfect. If I go any bigger I'll need to move my head around too much during gaming to see different parts of the HUD.
Agreed that 27" is big enough, but if you're going to go 27", go 2560x1440. I imagine the pixels must be rather large on a 1080p 27" display.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
12. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 27, 2013, 12:03 Tom
 
The thing is, you can get a full Windows 8 tablet instead and do everything you can do on the Surface RT plus everything you can do on a real computer. Even the crappy Atom tablets @ ~$500 have much higher performance than the ARM chip in the Surface RT. With the new pricing, Surface RT has a price advantage, but is still a terrible value when considering the functionality gap.

I think Surface RT fails even as a niche product. Its only legitimate asset is the industrial design, which is not nearly enough to make it a competitive product.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
4. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 27, 2013, 00:24 Tom
 
The problem is Windows RT. The sooner that POS is just an ugly footnote in history, the better.  
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News Comments > Star Control IP/Toys For Bob Follow-up
10. Re: Star Control IP/Toys For Bob Follow-up Jul 24, 2013, 18:49 Tom
 
Star Control 2 is a true classic. You're in for a treat!  
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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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