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News Comments > Op Ed
15. Re: Op Ed Jul 5, 2012, 23:46 Tom
 
Sounds like people had way overinflated expectations for this game. I got pretty much what I expected and certainly my money's worth out of it. Yeah, it's dumbed down. Yeah, the lag-susceptible online-only can be a pain. But I still had fun.

Face it folks. Big budget games are not going to build on the complexity and greatness of their predecessors. At least, as a general rule. Dumbed down, but polished with high production values is the new status quo for the higher quality big budget games. $$$ > soul
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 2, 2012, 19:20 Tom
 
You could save some keystrokes by typing "start ." instead.

Also useful: "cd | clip" and then paste into whatever bit of GUI that requires a path.
 
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News Comments > Sony to Acquire Gaikai
25. Re: Sony to Acquire Gaikai Jul 2, 2012, 17:28 Tom
 
ledhead1969 wrote on Jul 2, 2012, 11:03:
Instead of Sony/MS going after this tech I would really like them to put out a console where I can D/L all the games instead of having to buy hard copies, plus make whatever machine I am doing that on upgradeable...so...I want them to make the 720/ps4 basically a pc.

The PlayStation store now offers downloads for full PS3 games that used to only be distributed on Blu-ray discs. Obviously the selection is limited - they probably have to get permission from various stakeholders on a per-game basis. But at least part of what you're asking for is possible today.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 1, 2012, 21:21 Tom
 
We already got an updated version of Rebel Assault as the space battles in The Old Republic. It was almost half decent even, but they wasted its potential. Like everything else in that sad game.

I would love an updated Tie Fighter ... or any other good space sim for that matter ... but it seems unlikely that it will ever happen. Those days are over. Gone forever.
 
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News Comments > DCS: P-51D Mustang Trailer
6. Re: DCS: P-51D Mustang Trailer Jun 24, 2012, 16:51 Tom
 
Still enjoying the heck out of DCS: A-10C. So much to learn. So many things to try. Very satisfying to get things right after struggling to get up to speed.  
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
6. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jun 24, 2012, 01:46 Tom
 
Hate it with every ounce of my being. I've been using Firefox since it was called Phoenix.

*sigh*

I don't have anything against open source software in general. I use a lot of it. Firefox, 7-Zip, Blender, TortoiseSVN, and so on. Sometimes the best solution for a particular type of software is an open source project. Sometimes not. Office suites just seem to be one of those areas where open source consistently falls flat, at least to anyone with a discerning eye for quality and non-trivial needs.

This comment was edited on Jun 24, 2012, 02:00.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
4. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jun 23, 2012, 22:26 Tom
 
You know what they say about open source ... it's free, if your time is worth nothing. Just as true with office suites as it is with operating systems. You can make YOUR excuses but, in the real world, it's may the best software win. And right now that's still Office.  
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News Comments > Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise
27. Re: Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise Jun 22, 2012, 18:32 Tom
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 22, 2012, 18:07:
Regardless, I don't think anyone is happy with Obama at this point.

Huh.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidential_approval_rating
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 16, 2012, 13:20 Tom
 
mag wrote on Jun 16, 2012, 10:31:
The g stands for 'graphics.' Do you pronounce it 'jraphics?'

That is not how acronym pronunciation works.
 
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News Comments > "38 Studios Spouse" Speaks
41. Re: Jun 13, 2012, 20:15 Tom
 
Prez wrote on Jun 13, 2012, 19:44:
This happens all the time. A company is not breaking the law by simply not being able to stay afloat. Of course the company intended to pay their people; they intended to stay in business too. It just didn't happen that way. You may not take failing as an excuse, but as the old saying goes you can't take blood from a stone. They have no money. No money means no pay.

Yeah, I didn't say they were breaking the law. I don't know enough about the law or this particular situation to know if any law was broken here. However, I feel people should be held accountable to their word. If someone says they're going to pay you, they should pay you. If they don't, there should be consequences. To just say "oh, well that's business" is not quite adequate for my tastes.

Even if they have no money and can't pay, that doesn't mean what they did was ok. They tried to run a business and failed - that's fine, it happens all the time, it's an expected outcome. But they could've run their business into the ground WITHOUT making promises they couldn't keep when it comes to taking care of their employees. For example, by being up front and honest with them.

Accountability. Where is it?
 
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News Comments > "38 Studios Spouse" Speaks
38. Re: Jun 13, 2012, 19:06 Tom
 
NKD wrote on Jun 13, 2012, 18:34:
Employees who are not being paid, in most states, are free to quit for good cause and can still collect unemployment while seeking another job. Companies go belly up. If it was illegal for your company to fail, that would just be silly.

Well, failing is one thing. Telling your employees you're going to pay them and then not doing so is another. "The company failed" is not an excuse for not honoring that most important commitment.
 
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News Comments > "38 Studios Spouse" Speaks
33. Re: Jun 13, 2012, 18:06 Tom
 
It sucks, a lot, but this is the chance you take when you decide to work in a career like game development. Even more so when you join a company that is clearly high risk. Everyone knows and has known that 38 Studios was at the top of the scale in that department. I don't see anyone being surprised by this collapse. Taking a job there was a high risk, high reward decision and guess what? Like most such decisions, it didn't pan out.

As for loss of income and unexpected bills, these are risks that every responsible adult should be prepared to deal with. It's called savings. Insurance. Watching your back. Keeping your options open. Having a Plan B. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

And how about the contract they signed? It was too long? They were too busy or tired to read it? The fine print was too small? Get yourself a decent lawyer if you're unwilling or unable to deal with it yourself, but signing a contract - any contract - is a BIG DEAL and should never be rushed or taken lightly. I hate to see people learn this lesson the hard way.

Obviously I don't know the whole picture but I hear a lot of blame in this story and no taking responsibility for the consequences of their own decisions. I'm saddened to see that this seems to happen far too often in modern society. But also heartened to realize that there are also people out there who got it right that you don't hear about.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 4, 2012, 22:06 Tom
 
It's diagrammed here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_defunct_hard_disk_manufacturers
 
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic F2P Next Month
33. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic F2P Next Month Jun 4, 2012, 22:04 Tom
 
This headline is fatally flawed. Up to level 15 is not F2P!! It's a free trial.  
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
24. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Jun 3, 2012, 10:18 Tom
 
Left, right, what difference does it make. They're all a bunch of crooks.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
6. Re: Morning Consolidation May 31, 2012, 17:49 Tom
 
There are HUGE issues with cloud gaming that have nothing to do with the speed of your connection. It might take awhile before enough people catch on, but eventually people will realize that it's pretty stupid to have that degree of reliance on a remote server and all the infrastructure between you and it.

Is a poor substitute better than nothing? In some cases, yes, which is why I could see this surviving and serving a useful purpose. But if anyone is thinking this is the ultimate direction for gaming, they're seriously deluded, not thinking things through, or it's going to be a dismal future indeed for gamers.

If you thought DLC was bad ....
if you thought DRM was bad ....
if you thought Error 37 was bad ....
if you thought having your account hacked was bad ....
...you ain't seen NOTHIN' yet!
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: Turn off your PC May 29, 2012, 23:41 Tom
 
Never go cheap with the power supply.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Monitor Troubles May 21, 2012, 20:02 Tom
 
PropheT wrote on May 21, 2012, 17:30:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1225919/yamakasi-catleap-monitor-club

After my friend bought one of those they're talking about in that thread, I picked up a Catleap myself; 2560x1440 27" IPS monitor for less than half of what a similar one costs here. It's a risk to buy it, since they're coming directly from Korea and warranty work would probably be too expensive to be worth it, but the monitors are beautiful and the price is great. IPS color quality on a decent gaming monitor at extremely high res.

You do need a pretty hefty video card to make it worthwhile, though.

I bought one of these recently and then a friend of mine did after I told him about my experience. It's definitely a risk, but 2560x1440 is really great. There are some downsides. I got one stuck pixel (green, only visible against dark backgrounds), though my friend got a perfect panel. The stand sucks and you have to disassemble the monitor a bit to remove it, but it's plenty doable. There is some backlight bleed, but only noticeable when viewing dark content.

Anyway, I'd buy one of these over again in a heartbeat. 2560x1440 is just that good. And the price is amazing. $345 shipped. You're looking at $850+ for a non-Korean monitor that does 2560x1440 and $1200+ for 2560x1600. And those expensive monitors aren't perfect by any means, judging by the reviews anyway.

Btw the thing that makes IPS worthwhile is the vertical viewing angle. Lesser panels like TN have relatively poor vertical viewing angle which makes the brightness look different from very slightly different angles. It's annoying to have to always sit up straight in order to see things properly. Maybe good if you're trying to improve your posture though.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
4. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs May 13, 2012, 21:49 Tom
 
eunichron wrote on May 13, 2012, 14:34:
In that regard we don't use "Cellular" to refer to tablets here in the US either. It's either 3G/4G or just "wireless". Cellular is usually something we only see in reference to mobile phones. Apple is pretty culturally disconnected everywhere.

I disagree. Cellular is an important term used in the US to distinguish that type of wireless connectivity from wifi without referring to a specific type of cellular such as 3G, 4G, EDGE, EVDO, LTE, etc. And "wireless" is not specific enough - it encompasses cellular, wifi, bluetooth, IR, RF, etc.
 
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