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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: forced ad viewing Apr 19, 2006, 12:11 Tom
 
You know, nobody is forcing you to sit there and watch TV. It is possible to lead a life without TV. I've been TV-free since 1998. You might not feel like much of an American anymore, but you will be free...

 
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News Comments > Another World Remake
24. Re: Another World Remake Apr 17, 2006, 00:55 Tom
 
Wowsers, on the French (complete) version of the site, check out the box art for "Profanation". Sure, games may have gotten more violent over the years, but you'd never see a box like that on the shelf in Best Buy.

Ya, I saw that too. Hilarious! And a bit disturbing. Did you read Eric's comment about it? Pretty funny.

 
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News Comments > Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne and Reign of Chaos Patches
2. Re: No subject Apr 13, 2006, 09:55 Tom
 
It doesn't take a dedicated department to release a fix like this once every couple of months. Did you look at the patch notes? It's simply:

Fixed an exploit that could happen in multiplayer games.

There are still tons of people playing Warcraft 3 online (myself included) and, while the game is pretty solid at this point, there are still some annoying bugs that could be fixed. For example, splits and sudden disconnects when playing custom maps.

 
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News Comments > New CATALYST Drivers
2. Re: Acer Apr 12, 2006, 16:54 Tom
 
That's what you get for trying to game on a laptop. Laptops are not meant for gaming! Get a real computer!

 
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News Comments > ATI Oblivion Beta Driver
14. Re: ... Apr 6, 2006, 22:10 Tom
 
I've been playing on a 9800 Pro with Cat 5.8's. The only time the game has ever crashed was on exit. Then I found out that if you exit to the menu first, then exit the game from there, it doesn't crash. Since I started doing that, no crashes.

I'm about 16 hours into it and haven't come across any gameplay bugs except getting stuck in things. One time I went to open a door but it was locked. I backed out of the minigame and found myself inside the walls to the building, looking out into the world. I fast-travelled out of that one. The other time I got stuck was when I decided to exercise my acrobatic skills and jump over to a coffin to see what might be behind it. It soon became clear that I wasn't meant to be there, as I got stuck and had to reload. But thanks to the lightning fast quicksaves, I quicksave a LOT so it was fine.

What a great game. You're right about the health warning. There should definitely be one. I just wish I had more time to play it...

 
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News Comments > Oblivion Downloads
7. Re: Bend over Apr 4, 2006, 18:59 Tom
 
Remember Lost Coast? Remember how it was a whole map with new technology integrated? And remember how that was totally free? Yeah, real similar.

What's your point here with Lost Coast? Lost Coast was a tech demo, not a game. It had maybe 15-20 minutes of "gameplay" at best. The highlights were getting a look at their new HDR tech and listening to the commentary.

I liked Lost Coast, but seeing as how it had no significant gameplay, I don't see what point you're trying to make by bringing it up here.

 
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News Comments > Why No KOTOR3?
3. Re: ... Mar 31, 2006, 10:41 Tom
 
Ya, 2 was bad. The first 2/3 of the game was wonderful. But then the ending... oh, it was so bad! Time was obviously a factor, but I have to wonder if they also just couldn't figure out a good way to wrap up the story.

 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: hmm Mar 16, 2006, 12:15 Tom
 
If you look at the source for this web page, you'll see that the character set for the page is explicitly specified as windows-1252. This rules out posting anything in a Japanese encoding such as Shift-JIS, EUC, or Unicode encodings such as UTF-8.

If it was possible to use HTML in posts, then the character set wouldn't matter. You could just post using HTML escape codes which specify the character values in Unicode. (Web browsers are smart enough to do this for you when you submit a form on a page with an incompatible charact set.)

For example:

&#12371;&#12371;&#12391;&#26085;&#26412;&#35486;&#12391;&#26360;&#12369;&#12414;&#12379;&#12435;&#12290;

 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. hmm Mar 16, 2006, 10:51 Tom
 
Seems like it's impossible to post in Japanese here. Oh well.

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News Comments > Shadowbane Free
13. Re: Great News! Mar 16, 2006, 10:44 Tom
 
Anything that is FREE is worth a look, right?

Wrong. Unless you place no value on your time.

 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. Robson flash cache Mar 15, 2006, 02:25 Tom
 
What about the limited # of write cycles for flash memory? Why do articles about flash as a replacement for (or in this case, supplement to) hard drives never mention this seemingly showstopper kind of problem?

 
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News Comments > Steam Updates
7. Re: No subject Mar 14, 2006, 19:14 Tom
 
Working set should be assumed. This is what Task Manager reports by default.

 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
5. Re: The Wordprocessor Crisis Mar 12, 2006, 00:26 Tom
 
I think you're right, but inability seems like the wrong word, doesn't it...

 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
3. Re: The Wordprocessor Crisis Mar 11, 2006, 23:57 Tom
 
The only WP crisis is the inability of Word users to save in anything other than DOC format.

What are you talking about? This is completely wrong. Word users are able to save in a ton of formats besides Word DOC format.

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News Comments > Dikanka 2, For the Record
20. Re: extra-popular Internet-resource Mar 11, 2006, 11:22 Tom
 
I disagree that a name change would be wise or warranted. While many people think "Daikatana 2" when they read "Dikanka 2", there are plenty of clues that they are not the same. Relatively few people will actually end up believing they are the same. And the people who "get it" will have had some reason to give Dikanka 2 more than just a passing thought. They might think "well it's NOT Daikatana 2, but what is it?"

So, I think the similarity of the name will be more of a strength than a weakness. Although, in the grand scheme of things, maybe it won't even have any significant effect one way or another...

 
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News Comments > BF2: Euro Force Next Week
8. BF2 Mar 8, 2006, 18:33 Tom
 
Quit whining, you bunch of babies! BF2 is not THAT bad. I've been playing it once or twice a week with some friends since October, for a total of 113 hours, making the cost per hour only $0.44. (Too bad I don't have such a stat for Warcraft 3...) The game is still fun, and the experience has been consistent from October until now. The only bug that's ever affected me is when someone shows up as the wrong team color.

The performance, running at 1600x1200 on a 9800 Pro, is fine, except for when an explosion happens next to me. Then I have a crappy framerate for the next 20 seconds or so and wish that I had a better gfx card. Sure the load times are long, but when a server runs the same map for 20+ minutes, you're just unlucky if you happen to come in right near the end of the map.

I didn't buy the expansion because I heard that it wasn't that good. So I can't speak for that. But the original game has been well worth the $50 I paid.

 
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News Comments > Gold - Elders Scrolls IV: Oblivion
200. Re: yay! Mar 5, 2006, 01:06 Tom
 
Ni!

 
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News Comments > Gold - Elders Scrolls IV: Oblivion
157. Re: On Topic Mar 3, 2006, 09:00 Tom
 
And at least on the PC they can be easily fixed.

You mean the fixes can be easily distributed. *cough* BF2 wrong team color bug *cough*


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News Comments > Gold - Elders Scrolls IV: Oblivion
27. Re: No subject Mar 2, 2006, 13:50 Tom
 
Mmn thanks for the info. I think I'll try it on my 2.8GHz P4, 1GB, 9800 Pro and see 1) how fun the game is and 2) how painful it is to run it on such an antiquated system. I suspect a new system is in my future, but I'll restrain myself from upgrading in advance!

 
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