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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 13, 2012, 23:02 Kitkoan
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Dec 13, 2012, 16:16:
a Windows version with no backwards support AT ALL. And I don't see any chance in hell MS is gonna do that.

Windows RT. They had the option and would have been an amazing idea with those tiles but from what I understand, they aren't vectors.

What would really help give vectors I push I think would be something like an MMX technology that is just for vectors or even a x87-style chip.

For those curious, MMX is a part of the CPU that tells the CPU when its going to be seeing the same math code to just keep the line in code and just change what is needed, ie x + 2. This was introduced in Pentiums way back way and was a godsend for compressed video and audio since the compression code never changed, only a little part for the current place in the music/video. Things like MP3's suddenly played a lot better with a lot less power compared to a mostly equal 486 system.

And the x87 chip is a extra chip that is now a part of your CPU and is solely a calculator to help speed up CPU number crunching. Before the 486 (or was it the 386?), the x87 chip was not a standard part and was sold as an extra part. Similar to your GPU, helps take code off the CPU to improve performance.
 
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News Comments > SimCity Trailer
2. Re: SimCity Trailer Dec 11, 2012, 21:28 Kitkoan
 
Quboid wrote on Dec 11, 2012, 21:26:
The way they're spinning multi-city play is getting annoying. I've yet to see anything to suggest they just can't make it handle large enough single cities. Not that that's a bad thing. If the simulation is so deep that there isn't the resources left for larger cities, that's fair enough, I think that's a trade-off worth taking.

Is there any other reason why they're only allowing cities equivalent to SC4's medium sized ones? Is it a ham-fisted attempt for force people to play multiplayer? I doubt it, for a start you can just run all the cities yourself and it's like SC4. Why would they want to get people to play multiplayer anyway, to get people hooked to Origin?

There's plenty of warning signs with this, but I still think Simcity looks promising and I expect to enjoy it despite what flaws it will have.

It still sounds like always online DRM trying to be named anything else but what it really is. Always online DRM.
 
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News Comments > Steam Big Picture Mode Launches
15. Re: Steam Big Picture Mode Launches Dec 3, 2012, 22:06 Kitkoan
 
necrosis wrote on Dec 3, 2012, 22:01:
Here is the problem with this.

There are no settings in games for 'gamepad only' players as far as I know. So anyone using a controller is going to be at a serious disadvantage in MP games.

If I remember, most FPS MP games tend to give controller players a basic autoaim to help against mouse/keyboard players.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
10. Re: Tablets Nov 26, 2012, 16:13 Kitkoan
 
My Android tablet is my ultra portable computer. I use it for light Web surfing, games and studying. I will also being using it for programming soon (AIDE app). It is my ereader and portable game player (the phone gets enough messages and calls that it's not as useful for that.) Watch movies and YouTube on the couch or just out and about.It holds a charge a lot better and long then my laptop and I have a CamelBak backpack that has a sleeve pocket that was supposed to be for a soft water bottle that holds the tablet perfectly. Throw it in and off I go.

Since I'm learning computer arts and programming I find it invaluable since I can follow along the lessons in the ebook/video without having to stop the video and/or minimize the current lesson to access the program needed. Having the lessons on top of the learning surface is really hard to study with I found.

Now, does this mean it replaces my laptop? No. In fact if I had to choose, I would choose the laptop first. But I feel it's a nice complement to the laptop. And this is something I always tell people when they ask me about buying a tablet that it doesn't do enough to replace a computer but it is nice.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
11. Re: Sunday Mobilization Nov 26, 2012, 15:45 Kitkoan
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Nov 26, 2012, 10:19:
Kitkoan wrote on Nov 25, 2012, 19:54:
Long story short, he's returning it for an Alienware laptop. And he's already looking at replacing his iPhone for an Android, etc... Too many problems with Apple products. You wouldn't notice the issues if you replace them every year, but if you don't, it's bad. Laptops that overheat easily, now screens that all but self destruct, home buttons that break after a year rendering the iPhone useless, etc... Add to it the crappy customer service now and there isn't any reason to buy Apple.

Well, there's fashion which is the primary reason their products are selling the volumes they are right now. Not that Apple's going to crash and go anywhere any time soon but their current growth path is not sustainable, it's a fashion trend.

If you want to see where their quality is these days, take a look at a Twitter feed called @applenag. It's a guy who has been a loyal Apple user since the early 80s and has multiple iPhones, iPads and Macs. And he deals with issues constantly that are common among power users of any platform. The difference being that most Apple fanbois sweep them under the rug or brush them off, lest they tarnish the image of their favourite perfect company, this guy states them all plainly (though I admit, I'm sure he over embellishes some of them for dramatic effect). Apple products have the same kinds of issues related to quality in both hardware and software as most other electronics do. They're not worse but they aren't nearly as better as the company, their fanbois (and especially their prices) would have you believe.

Major thing is though is I don't recall this many issues within such a short amount of time. This indicates a sudden drop in quality.

As for being for fashion, it's a dangerous game to play, more so since more are complaining of how boring iOS has become. And I'm not talking about techie users, my talking about basic users are starting to complain and looking towards android phones (I think Samsung has a lot to do with it since they tend to show what Android can do in their commercials. Basic users are noticing that yes, Android is a fully functional smartphone with bells and whistles.) Apple needs to try something new or they will be out of fashion and I think they are afraid to change. From what I've seen, even OSX hasn't really changed in 10 years.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
8. Re: Sunday Mobilization Nov 26, 2012, 00:15 Kitkoan
 
Jensen wrote on Nov 25, 2012, 20:41:
Apple releases a notebook with a display with more than twice as many pixels as any other notebook display ever, and with much better viewing angles than 99% of the competition.
One of them has a defect, and this means Apple products are taking a nosedive in quality?

When to start with you made up half your claim of quality and this is a known issue with this series and isn't just a problem with this one unit, yes.

One is a lemon, many of them is poor quality.

And the problem isn't limited to this one device. Macbook have always had overheating issues, they are getting worse now. Ghosting is also a horrible issue on the new displays. iPhone 5s were coming scratched or damage inside the box before people opened them. Water triggers on iPhone have been found to be pre triggered to avoid warranties, the one set of iPhone had antenna issues, the iPad 3 has issues with jumping between Wifi and 3g/LTE, siri is still a bad beta, Apple maps issues, each new version of OSX has been causing more problems then fixing with things like battery life dropping, iOS has the same problems. Shall I continue the list of Apples nose dive in quality?

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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
6. Re: Sunday Mobilization Nov 25, 2012, 19:54 Kitkoan
 
DangerDog wrote on Nov 25, 2012, 14:48:
Sounds like Apple products are going to take a nose dive in terms of quality.

They already are. My roommate bought a $2500 rMBP and is already returning it for his money back. He was willing to overlook the OSX issues that were creeping up but the fact that the screen already has one dead pixel didn't help his feeling of quality. What made it worse is it seems that with these new screens if one pixel dies, it starts taking the rest with it. A week later more around it was dead and Apple is just being a bitch with it, trying to claim its his problem.

Long story short, he's returning it for an Alienware laptop. And he's already looking at replacing his iPhone for an Android, etc... Too many problems with Apple products. You wouldn't notice the issues if you replace them every year, but if you don't, it's bad. Laptops that overheat easily, now screens that all but self destruct, home buttons that break after a year rendering the iPhone useless, etc... Add to it the crappy customer service now and there isn't any reason to buy Apple.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
1. Re: On Sale Nov 20, 2012, 22:29 Kitkoan
 
It's $20 off the boxed version of Diablo and $40 off the boxed version of Starcraft 2. It doesn't cover the digital versions. They seem to still be the same price as normal.

I'm guessing the are trying to dump stock for a new version coming out?
 
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News Comments > etc.
1. Valve Steam License Nov 17, 2012, 18:58 Kitkoan
 
As many pointed out, this is a non-issue. Steam on Linux just needs to run like to Steam on Windows and Steam on OSX. The client controls the updating.

Exactly like Desura does on Linux.
 
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News Comments > etc.
11. Re: etc. Nov 16, 2012, 17:22 Kitkoan
 
ledhead1969 wrote on Nov 16, 2012, 14:55:
Ya know what? If they organize, shut the store down. If you don't like making 14K a year then move and get another job. Stop whining since you're still getting your Obama Stamps and phone. STFU you lazy inbred. And don't give me the old "it's the only job they have" BS. If that is the case then MOVE AWAY to a better place. Less workers means less available labor, making existing labor more valuable, leading to higher wages, which leads to people moving back, more potential workers, rates go down, repeat. I know that sort of logic is lost on the lost Obama generation but, seriously, give me a break.

The only thing that's more funny then this post is, yeah, it is the only job they have. And you know why? It's because of the Republicans. Little children like you might not remember this, but it was the Republicans like George Bush Jr that actively told businesses to take as many jobs away from the USA and over to places like China in an effort to "stay competitive".
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 16, 2012, 17:15 Kitkoan
 
Fantaz wrote on Nov 16, 2012, 14:44:
Google also fucked up with the Nexus 4 launch, but that's a different issue.

From what I heard, it wasn't that simple. Google made only X, which ended up not being nearly enough. Things is, the Nexus brand never sold well. Combine it with the fact the last time Google sold a phone mostly from their online shop it didn't sell well all means that Google shouldn't make a ton of them as they will be ending up sitting on a ton of stock they can't make.

On the other hand, I'm not happy with this either. I missed out getting the Nexus 10 32gig model by 2 minutes (was adding billing information). It was in my online cart and when I finished with billing information, it was gone and the site suddenly declared it was no longer in stock...
 
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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
2. Re: Hardware Reviews Nov 10, 2012, 15:08 Kitkoan
 
Fion wrote on Nov 10, 2012, 13:39:
For a tablet review from a gaming focused website you'd think they would mention the Ipad Mini has half the processing power of the Nexus 7 while costing $130 more. Their benchmark says its twice as powerful (somehow) but it too is a little funny as its marked as a 1080p resolution test but none of the 7" tablets are capable of 1080p, the Ipad Mini least of all.

Apparently even Eurogamer has iSheep.

I'm more surprised no one seems to want to point out the obvious.

It's the parts of a two year old tablet in a smaller frame. The iPad 2 was already a pinch behind when it was released last year, and now it's back just a little smaller. Apple marketing at its ultimate finest. Selling really old tech for bleeding edge prices
 
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News Comments > Razer Mouse Software Requires Internet? Watches You Carefully
15. Re: Razer Mouse Software Requires Internet? Watches You Carefully Nov 8, 2012, 01:42 Kitkoan
 
My roommate has a Razer Naga Epic (wireless one) and it's not even a month old. Was plug and play, no problems. They also don't have the cloud program mentioned here. Sounds like something fishy since this experience doesn't match the reality.

I also have the Razer Naga Molten, and while that cloud program is optional, it's not required to use it.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
2. Re: Evening Safety Dance Nov 3, 2012, 00:08 Kitkoan
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 2, 2012, 20:44:
Windows 8 has been penetrated has it?

That's like the headline I saw today about that surfer who was attacked by the great white the other day..."Man beats off shark." Oh really?



One of us has a very dirty mind and should be ashamed of themself... I just don't know which one...
 
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News Comments > Valve on Linux Plans
45. Re: Valve on Linux Plans Oct 30, 2012, 15:27 Kitkoan
 
Wikidd wrote on Oct 30, 2012, 13:00:
Kitkoan wrote on Oct 30, 2012, 00:43:
As I said, last I knew, not it is this. From what I read it was, this is why Darwin code its available but why it can't be compiled into a working OS because only what its needed to be open sourced is.

Now, instead of acting like a little bitch, could you stop swearing at me and explain the differences and why Darwin is open sourced but not complete? Or do you have no idea? I took a quick look at the BSD license before my last response and from what I read, it works pretty much the same as GPL.

You deserve to get heat for not even bothering to look on Wikipedia.

You can compile the Darwin code to a working OS, but that OS is not MacOS. It's the plumbing that's underneath MacOS. Any POSIX compliant code should compile and run on the Darwin that Apple releases. As the code has a BSD heritage, Apple is under no obligation to release the code. That's why they've relicensed it as Apple Public Source License, which is a FSF approved but GPL incompatible license.

By saying you think the BSD and GPL licenses are similar, it sounds like you're trolling. The BSD says "here's the code, do whatever you want with it" whereas the GPL says "here's the code, if you distribute modifications you must also distribute the source code for those modifications".

I went and looked up BSD licenses http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/BSD_licenses

Two variants of the license, the New BSD License/Modified BSD License,[1] and the Simplified BSD License/FreeBSD License[2] have been verified as GPL-compatible free software licenses by the Free Software Foundation, and have been vetted as open source licenses by the Open Source Initiative

Reading this gave me the belief that the BSD that it was similar enough to merit my statement.
 
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News Comments > Valve on Linux Plans
38. Re: Valve on Linux Plans Oct 30, 2012, 11:42 Kitkoan
 
Wintermute wrote on Oct 30, 2012, 07:24:
Kitkoan wrote on Oct 30, 2012, 00:43:
Last I knew, the BSD is GPL.
You've been told that you are wrong and yet you insist on pulling facts out ass?
The GPL is not the same as the BSD, and that is why Apple went with the BSD one. It suited them better.

As I said, last I knew, not it is this. From what I read it was, this is why Darwin code its available but why it can't be compiled into a working OS because only what its needed to be open sourced is.

Now, instead of acting like a little bitch, could you stop swearing at me and explain the differences and why Darwin is open sourced but not complete? Or do you have no idea? I took a quick look at the BSD license before my last response and from what I read, it works pretty much the same as GPL.
 
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News Comments > Valve on Linux Plans
19. Re: Valve on Linux Plans Oct 30, 2012, 00:43 Kitkoan
 
zee wrote on Oct 30, 2012, 00:36:
Kitkoan wrote on Oct 30, 2012, 00:24:
TheVocalMinority wrote on Oct 29, 2012, 23:52:
DDI wrote on Oct 29, 2012, 21:55:
But in the end, it's only a matter of time before Valve just releases some steam box that runs a closed Linux distro, completing the circle of hypocrisy.

No, the GPL is specifically designed to prevent this.

May I show you OSX and iOS?

While I'm not saying that Valve will make a closed Linux box, claiming that something like the GPL will prevent them is very naive. Apple took the open Mach Kernel and BSD codes and locked them down, only keep as much open as they legally had to.

Somebody doesn't know the difference between the GPL and BSD license. You can close BSD code, but not GPL ... well, unless you are willing to risk a lawsuit.

Last I knew, the BSD is GPL. And thats why Darwin is "open source" because its the part Apple legally needs to keep open. Everything else they tack on to it on the other hand isn't GPL.

So Apple is using the base engine and keeping it as open as needed, every little modification and screw change they do, they don't open up because they don't need to legal. The GPL doesn't cover that
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 30, 2012, 00:26 Kitkoan
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 29, 2012, 22:27:
Yes, psychopaths make great CEOs if you think that also being a remarkably poor human being is acceptable.


Steve Jobs was a very well noted to be an asshole to anyone and everyone and now look at him. He's almost worshipped for being this way.
 
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News Comments > Valve on Linux Plans
16. Re: Valve on Linux Plans Oct 30, 2012, 00:24 Kitkoan
 
TheVocalMinority wrote on Oct 29, 2012, 23:52:
DDI wrote on Oct 29, 2012, 21:55:
But in the end, it's only a matter of time before Valve just releases some steam box that runs a closed Linux distro, completing the circle of hypocrisy.

No, the GPL is specifically designed to prevent this.

May I show you OSX and iOS?

While I'm not saying that Valve will make a closed Linux box, claiming that something like the GPL will prevent them is very naive. Apple took the open Mach Kernel and BSD codes and locked them down, only keep as much open as they legally had to.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
3. Re: LG and Google Announce the Nexus 4, Starts at $299. Oct 29, 2012, 22:37 Kitkoan
 
Can't wait until my nexus 10 arrives. I want the nexus 4 but can't afford it at the moment. No lte for it did worry me until i realized that wireless data costs a fortune in Canada and i only have 500 a month, wifi most of the time so it wouldn't effect me much. The speed boost wouldn't effect my email and messaging program enough to care  
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