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News Comments > Cross-Platform Windows 10 Fable Legends Announced
21. Re: Cross-Platform Windows 10 Fable Legends Announced Jan 22, 2015, 10:24 Verno
 
Ugh. Just ugh.  
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
5. Re: Morning Interviews Jan 22, 2015, 09:55 Verno
 
I don't think they're doing anything underhanded per se, just some shitty business practices I dislike and won't tolerate from a brand new franchise.

When you're Assassin's Creed or whatever then you can have a shitty DLC bonanza with preorder editions and all that nonsense. With a brand new franchise that is totally unproven you can't really get away with acting like that, people just won't put up with it. The value proposition here was already pretty dubious, a multiplayer only game retailing for $60+ all of the DLC bullshit just ticked people off.

The game itself is pretty underwhelming to boot.
 
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News Comments > Roberts: Star Citizen Will "Probably" Pass $100M; Release Schedule Expanded
11. Re: Roberts: Star Citizen Will Jan 22, 2015, 09:54 Verno
 
Bradley wrote on Jan 22, 2015, 09:40:
Let the 2 minutes of hate begin.

2 minutes? Man you underestimate us
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 22, 2015, 09:41 Verno
 
NKD wrote on Jan 22, 2015, 09:20:
The DeflateGate joke I'm fond of is the one that goes this is the first time we've had a sports controversy about deflated balls that didn't involve performance enhancing drugs.

Hahaha thanks, I'm using that one sometime

It was a 45-7 game, I can't believe people are making a huge deal out of it or are even surprised given Belichick's history.
 
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News Comments > Roberts: Star Citizen Will "Probably" Pass $100M; Release Schedule Expanded
1. Re: Roberts: Star Citizen Will Jan 22, 2015, 09:13 Verno
 
But the crowdfunding isn't really about the money," Roberts explains. "Yes, the money is nice. Yes the money enables you to do some of these things you do, but it's really about bringing people in to create this community and have them sort of share that experience with you as you're building it."

Chris you've got a little bit of brown stuff on the side of your mouth there.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
34. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 21, 2015, 18:52 Verno
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 21, 2015, 18:36:
Then they're not really qualified trainers because the science on rowing has been well known for years. And yes, that exercise - as opposed to none - does make a difference. Hell, we sleep for 8 hours, is that bad too? Fact is even deskjob people do get up and move around and take micro breaks all day. Standing around for 8 hours isn't going to be anything than marginally better than sitting around as far as burning calories go, and it's going to be a lot harder on the joints in the long run. Consider how we evolved and there's a lot of sitting and squatting and laying down involved in our day to day lives too. We didn't evolve running marathons on treadmills all day long. Apply a little common sense to these sorts of issues.

Helps to read the comment first, not a fan of rowing machines, for the reasons I listed already. Yes, some exercise is better than none, that's not exactly a revelation. It doesn't mean that small targeted exercise alone makes up for a sedentary lifestyle. That's why its better to take breaks, do other activities, stand for awhile, etc. Getting a machine is a bandaid, not a fix. No one said anything about standing 8 hours a day either, apply a little common sense in the future

I use a standing/sitting desk to change up my posture, it helps my back and staves off RSI related issues in addition to other benefits.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
30. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 21, 2015, 16:33 Verno
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 21, 2015, 14:35:
That you offset your sedentary lifestyle by working out intelligently, Stephen. You can work harder, or you can work smarter. It's not rocket surgery.

Actually most qualified trainers I know aren't fans of those rowing machines, lots more potential for twisting and hyperextension injuries compared to the real thing. Rowing for 30 minutes in the evening doesn't make up for 8 hours of sitting on your ass in the office either. Sedentary lifestyles need adjustment, not exercise plans bolted on. Hence standing desks, micro-breaks, etc.
 
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News Comments > Free Windows 10 Upgrade Plans
23. Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade Plans Jan 21, 2015, 16:26 Verno
 
nutshell42 wrote on Jan 21, 2015, 15:33:
There was the let's play feature which is kinda cool and I took the fact that they used it with a Steam (mentioned explicitly) game to be their peace offer to the Gaben.

They basically said that they'll concede PC gaming and I'm fine with that because everything they did was crap and not helping.

I don't know that was pretty lackluster. Spencer before the event was making grandiose claims about it being "best windows OS for gaming ever!". There really is no excuse not to have native first party games on the PC and the streaming thing is just a lame concession at best. They might score a few tablet users that way, assuming people even buy windows tablets.

Like you said though I would rather they just fart around in console world, they did as much harm as good over the years. Ship the OS, ship DirectX, bugger off.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 21, 2015, 14:23 Verno
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 21, 2015, 14:05:
Verno wrote on Jan 21, 2015, 12:46:
So Microsoft just announced that Windows 10 is a free upgrade for the first year, going back all the way to Windows 7. I'm betting this is for consumers only and not VLK.

As I understand it, free for the first year, then an annual fee after that. MS is being kind of vague about the whole thing, but you can be sure they're trying to figure out how to squeeze blood from the udders. Sounds like they're moving to software as a service as a way of avoiding people that skip the crappy MS releases and only buy an OS every other release (or every third release).

Shit good point, I didn't even consider that. Fuck, no way I'm paying an annual fee for Windows.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 21, 2015, 13:09 Verno
 
Wallshadows wrote on Jan 21, 2015, 12:33:
Off topic:

I updated to Windows 8.1 and immediately noticed my disk usage was constantly at 98 - 99% and it took me about two days of dicking around to find a solution and that solution was to disable BITS along with several other services which seem to tie in to Windows Update somehow which means Windows Update decided to stop working. The solution to that solution was to get WSUS and update through command.

What a god damn mess.

What was the I/O priority? Background? New installs usually have that until the mountain of updates are finished and indexed.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 21, 2015, 12:46 Verno
 
So Microsoft just announced that Windows 10 is a free upgrade for the first year, going back all the way to Windows 7. I'm betting this is for consumers only and not VLK.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 21, 2015, 11:32 Verno
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 21, 2015, 11:24:
Wow, nice chair. I've always loved their stuff, but it's so expensive. Is it worth it?

If you asked me before I ever sat in one, I would've said "haha are you nuts? $1000 for a chair?!". After sitting in one, absolutely its worth every penny, especially if you spend 4-8 hours a day in it. It has a metal frame, no cheap plastic shit. The arm cushions are high quality leather and are still firm 7 years later. The mesh lets your body breath and is very comfortable. Mine came with a lumbar support thing too which is great. The arms are fully adjustable, they swivel/detach/etc. I wish I had just bought one of these long ago instead of spending $100-200 every 3 years on shitty Staples/Ikea chairs that look and feel like shit.

I got mine used at an office liquidator warehouse for like $400. I would check out the Herman Miller website and then look for retailers on there, best way to find guys selling used ones. Either that or look on kijiji/craigslist. I liked my Aeron so much I bought one for home too.

Other good chair companies are HumanScale and Steelcase.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 21, 2015, 11:13 Verno
 
I use a convertible sitting/standing desk that I built and I wish I had done it years earlier. I usually sit for most of the morning then stand the rest of the day. There are some really nice pre-built ones with built in hooks for cables and whatnot but we had leftover oak from an old table so I ended up making a project out of it.

Another thing would be a decent chair for your long term posture. I use a Herman Miller Aeron, I picked it up in an office liquidation like 7 years ago.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 21, 2015, 11:00 Verno
 
Backblaze testing is really flawed IMO, I remember for awhile they were ripping externals apart and then cramming those drives into torture test scenarios that weren't realistic for consumer conditions. The failure rates across manufacturers at work here is pretty standard across the board and we source from everyone.  
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News Comments > Theme Hospital Free on Origin
11. Re: Theme Hospital Free on Origin Jan 21, 2015, 09:39 Verno
 
ItBurn wrote on Jan 21, 2015, 09:37:
I personally think that the deals are worse than they were a couple of years ago. I actually rarely buy games on Steam because the prices are too high. I get 90% of my games from Green Man Gaming. It's usually cheaper.

Ironically its publisher pricing is worse but that's mainly because publishers are trying to make their own services more attractive. Most other Steam pricing is the same or better IMO.

GMG is solid for new games because they sell very close to cost but their business model is different than Steam.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
5. Re: Into the Black Jan 21, 2015, 09:30 Verno
 
Creston wrote on Jan 21, 2015, 00:17:
Saw that on Jalopnik earlier.

"That part isn't supposed to come off, right?"

No, you dumb fuck. The metal braces aren't supposed to SHEAR OFF. You're also not supposed to "tow" at 25 mph going backwards. Idiot.

Hahaha yeah, I could not believe it when he floored it.
 
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News Comments > Theme Hospital Free on Origin
9. Re: Theme Hospital Free on Origin Jan 21, 2015, 09:28 Verno
 
ItBurn wrote on Jan 21, 2015, 03:37:
Nothing. It's not as good as Steam, but who can be? Steam has had a lot more time to better itself. People need to realize that we need Steam competitors if we want to keep seeing good prices.

Hasn't really been an issue so far. I agree in principle though.

Steam is a bit of an outlier since its not beholden to public shareholders.
 
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News Comments > Dark Souls Removes MP Region Lock
4. Re: Dark Souls Removes MP Region Lock Jan 21, 2015, 09:17 Verno
 
AdamK47 wrote on Jan 20, 2015, 20:01:
That Book of Guilty crash happened for me. I was curious to see what was in it and opened it for the first time. I had the book opened and was scrolling through it with my mouse wheel. It crashed to desktop and I was still sitting there scrolling on my mouse wheel. I stopped staring at the desktop, leaned back in my chair, and took a deep sigh. I then said to myself, "I guess I won't be doing that again".

That's my story.

My friend it sounds like you need a little Dark Souls themed relaxation. Enjoy
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
63. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 20, 2015, 15:51 Verno
 
If you got cancer, would you get treatment? Or would you rely on your immune system? Do you avoid engaging in activities which are linked to increased chances of cancer such as smoking?

That's it, I don't have a witty retort waiting for the answers, I'm just curious.
 
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News Comments > Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Postmortem
18. Re: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Postmortem Jan 20, 2015, 14:26 Verno
 
Pigeon wrote on Jan 20, 2015, 13:41:
Yeah, it's weird, people almost seemed split 50/50 on it. Some folks said it was a breeze, and others had difficulty in parts (I did, but I'm not the most agile player, when it comes to button prompts).

It is odd that as a game mechanic, being good at the game makes the game easier. Early in the game before I had a good grasp on the combat mechanics the nemesis system worked perfectly. Not only did it encourage me to get revenge on the orc that killed me, but it made it harder to do so, in a way forcing you to get better at the game. Then once you get better you have to purposely help the orc captains to level up so you can fight an opponent that that's challenging and gives a worthwhile reward.

I really enjoyed the concept of the nemesis system but I felt like the game itself was way too easy so I never got to see it the way they intended. Mordor was a game that really needed difficulty settings, they overdo it with combat tools. The only hard time I had were the stacking immunities but that was more exasperating than anything else. I guess maybe its because I played a lot of the Arkham games that I'm fairly used to it? Who knows.

The games story was disjointed rubbish that barely made sense. It was a good but overrated experience overall for me. Graphically the game was very impressive though and the sound design was competent.

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