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Signed On May 21, 2000, 15:34
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News Comments > E for All
17. Re: and who? Jan 6, 2007, 13:17 Tom
 
Game music was great until it transitioned to wave audio. Complete technical freedom stifles creativity and innovation. Why? A motivated musician who has to work within some technical limitations will have the ability to attempt to get the most out of the available hardware. The music itself had to be better to offset the technical limitations. That whole push to make the most of things just vanished when we moved to wave audio.

 
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News Comments > Subversion Revealed
2. Re: Using Subversion to track Subversion Jan 4, 2007, 23:50 Tom
 
Heh, my first thought on seeing this story too!

 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
6. Re: 32GB drive for notebook Jan 4, 2007, 14:07 Tom
 
Agreed, this is a huge question for me. How much use does it take to make one of these things fail? Are they really fit for use as a system drive that'll take a beating? Forget the Windows swap file, try loading some BF2 maps... It would suck to be wondering during every load time whether or not you're cutting days off the life of the drive. (Or is it ONLY writes that hurt, and reads have no effect?)

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News Comments > HL2 Pirates Vikings and Knights II
9. Powder kegs Jan 3, 2007, 10:29 Tom
 
This mod is really fun! Silly, but surprisingly fun. It's all about the powder kegs. I can't recall an explosion in any other game that isn't topped by this one. The graphics, the sound, the devastation ... it's beautiful.

 
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News Comments > Xpand Rally Xtreme Demo
13. Re: No subject Jan 2, 2007, 19:11 Tom
 
Thanks for the recommendation. But actually, I've been playing LFS on a regular basis for years, part of a team, in a couple of leagues, etc. It's a blast, and I doubt anything else will come close to its physics and controls anytime soon. But, it doesn't have rally. Rallycross is fun too, but it's an entirely different experience.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: No subject Jan 2, 2007, 18:51 Tom
 
Uh huh. And where's your evidence? That's a strong claim.

 
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News Comments > Xpand Rally Xtreme Demo
11. Banal mistakes? Jan 2, 2007, 18:48 Tom
 
Banal mistakes will cause hitting roadside rocks, walls and other objects.

Just seems a bit odd.

Too bad about the protection. I really liked RBR and would like to try another game along the same lines, provided the physics and controls are good enough. From what I read, the original Xpand Rally was pretty bad in those areas. I'm still waiting to hear if this one is any better.

 
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News Comments > Half-Life Rally 2 Hits Brakes
11. Re: omg Dec 29, 2006, 18:48 Tom
 
Impossible? Doubtful. It comes down to willpower, compromise, and how much code you can stand to rewrite. Besides, when it comes to Source, every single line of code is available for editing, right?

 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
12. Re: Vista = Big Brother! Dec 28, 2006, 11:44 Tom
 
Why waste your time with AACS-protected crap when you can just download the same stuff without DRM? Vista can't degrade playback of non-DRM'd stuff AFAIK. All this does is accelerate the death of the obsolete disc-based format. The claim that the draconian DRM enforcement in Vista is a huge problem for the OS seems utterly bogus to me.

MS is doing the masses a big favor by going all out to show how stupid DRM is. Hollywood must be pissed (if anyone there actually has a clue). But aren't they getting just what they asked for?

I feel for the ISVs and IHVs who have to waste time and money on this pipedream.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
25. Re: SoundBlaster X-Fi Issues.... Dec 27, 2006, 18:53 Tom
 
Hey listen, I hate Creative just as much as the next guy, and I agree with the comments in the article about the current X-Fi drivers being bloated crap. But let's look at the facts. The two motherboards that failed were:

1) One ASUS board, out of three that were all using NForce4 chipsets. Why weren't there problems on the other two?

2) An ECS RS482-M using an ATI chipset. Two loser brands when it comes to motherboards and chipsets. (Ok so that's an opinion.)

So, based on crackling on these two motherboards, the author of this article claims that Creative is to blame, Creative sucks, blah blah blah.

Maybe there is a problem with the X-Fi, maybe there isn't, all I'm saying is that this article provides WAY too little evidence to make any kind of useful statement. And too many people just go along with it because Creative bashing is the in thing. How about finding or making a poll which gathers enough data to make a real conclusion? That would be something useful.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
21. Re: SoundBlaster X-Fi Issues.... Dec 27, 2006, 16:53 Tom
 
The author of this article is kind of lame to claim a general 40% problem rate when he only experienced it on 2 out of 5 motherboards. How many motherboards are available? Hundreds? The only way to get a good idea of how much this is REALLY a problem is to get data from a large number of users and link it with the hardware they're using. For example, something on the scale of what StorageReview does for drive reliability index, or Steam does for gathering info on what hardware people are using.

How would you expect other reviewers to catch this problem unless they're testing on the same tiny subset of motherboards, which is extremely unlikely?

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: Nvidia drivers for g80 Dec 27, 2006, 14:10 Tom
 
I dunno about bluegears sound cards, but I bought a USB speakerphone device manufactured by them (but sold under a different brand??) and it was unimaginably bad. I had to have my mouth be within an inch or two of the mic in order for the signal to exceed the massive noise level. And the mic ports were located on the BOTTOM of the unit. Tried on 3 PCs with the same result on each.

Oh, and THEIR drivers? Nothing but a .NET program which is set to run on system startup, change the retarded default setting of the device recording its own output, and then continuing to run forever without doing anything. The hardware was the same crap C-Media chipset that gets used in all cheap pieces of USB audio garbage, so it used a driver built into Windows.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
7. Re: Nvidia drivers for g80 Dec 27, 2006, 14:04 Tom
 
Funny how these problems never seem to come up if you use an Intel chipset. I wonder why that is, eh?

 
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News Comments > TOCA 3 Goes amBX
11. Re: No subject Dec 13, 2006, 05:56 Tom
 
Large LCDs with low resolutions are meant to be used as TVs, not hooked up to PCs.

 
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News Comments > Counter-Strike Prices Hot As A Pistol
5. eh Dec 9, 2006, 18:06 Tom
 
This is dumb. I'd take the Five Seven over the deagle any day.

 
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News Comments > Battlefield 2 Patch
13. Re: Bleh Nov 16, 2006, 17:57 Tom
 
If I Have to uninstall this game to patch, I wont bother I shall just uninstall

Read the news post, moron:

There is no incremental update, but the full patch for any prior version is on...

Or don't. The less people like you playing this game, the better.

 
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News Comments > Steam RACE
7. Re: No subject Nov 14, 2006, 00:11 Tom
 
You think they could beat RBR?

 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Need for Speed: Carbon
1. all-new canyon racing Nov 1, 2006, 23:23 Tom
 
Wasn't there canyon racing in NFS2?

(keep reading that as crayon racing...)

 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Ethics and Compliance Oct 18, 2006, 02:07 Tom
 
It seems pointless, but look at it this way. If there is someone whose job is to be on the lookout for this kind of crap, and offer advice about it, then the company should be less likely to have these problems than if they didn't have someone in that position. That, and they need to do whatever they can to clean up the PR mess they've made here.

 
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