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Signed On Mar 1, 2011, 00:49
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
13. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 11, 2013, 14:50 jacobvandy
 
I recently had my wallet stolen out of my car, but all the fucker(s) got from me was $2 in cash because I use my debit card for almost everything. Nothing happened with that because they didn't have my PIN, but I also had a couple credit cards in there that they tried to use at a gas station in the 2-3 hour window between the theft occurring and me realizing and reporting it. I'm guessing they either tried to buy fuel or use the ATM in there to withdraw cash but I never saw it go past a couple of authorization charges on each card (they probably didn't know my billing ZIP code, which isn't the same as where I was, and then gave up thinking I had already canceled them, lol). Even if it had gone through, no major credit issuer is going to hold you liable for anything like that so long as you report the theft ASAP.

As an aside, I found CHASE to be a lot better with their service than BoA. Not only did they overnight a new card to me (other one was standard 7-10 days mail), but when I called to report it they had me transferred to a fraud specialist who went through my recent transactions to check if it had been used, offered to put a password on my account because I also lost my driver's license (so if any business was to be done on the phone in the future, they verify that before any of the usual personal info) and referred me to another number for requesting a fraud alert be put on my credit report with the big three agencies. So now for the next year, any creditor has to verify with me before they issue anything, and I'm off the pre-screened offer list for two years. BoA was basically nothing more than "yeah, we'll get you a new card, let us know if there are any bad charges that show up, *click*".

So yeah, a PIN for credit cards would be a good thing. I've been working in retail lately, and while we are supposed to check ID along with CC transactions, not every employee does so and you don't even need to sign for anything under $50. Even if they did sign, we don't check that against what's signed on the card (hell, most people including myself don't even bother to sign the back of their CC like your'e supposed to). A lot of people sign their name like 4-year-olds, too, with a couple of squiggly lines, so that effectively neutralizes any security offered by the act anyway.

Those smart chip-enabled "tap and go" cards are the WORST thing ever... They're the reason for Mylar or otherwise shielded wallets becoming popular, because any asshole with a wireless reader can just bump into you and steal some money. Those things NEED to require verification by PIN or whatever if they're going to be at all trusted. Same goes for any weird new thing they come up with as talked about in the article. Just watch, they're going to want to put a chip under everyone's skin, because it's SO SECURE, omg, it can't be stolen! Meanwhile, they then have a means to track your every movement via GPS, or whatever other bullshit ulterior motive is involved. I like my cards, honestly, even if I'm going to be leaving them at home most of the time now...
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 10, 2013, 17:26 jacobvandy
 
Ceribaen wrote on Oct 10, 2013, 14:06:
iPad has the obvious market advantage.

That's not true, it's been close for a while but Android recently overtook iOS in tablets just like they did smartphones years ago. The only reason there's a misconception of "Apple domination" is the sheer volume of advertising shit they shove down our throats in North America, where their market share is strongest.

There are WAY more and better games for Android, not to mention cheaper, all due to its more open nature as a platform. Anything on iOS that's worth playing is going to be on Android as well, and you'll never have a Humble Mobile Bundle for Apple... Just following those, I've amassed dozens of quality games for like $20 total.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 10, 2013, 01:38 jacobvandy
 
I heard Cranston got only like 250k per episode, so it wasn't him... Anyway, I don't think the season ending like it did necessarily precludes a few more episodes from being made; I'm sure everyone wants to know more about what happens to his family, Jesse, Saul, the chocolate manatee left in the safehouse, etc.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Passes $21 Million
21. Re: Star Citizen Passes $21 Million Oct 8, 2013, 23:04 jacobvandy
 
AFAIK the common belief holds that they (anybody launching a game or whatever) deem it wasteful to pay to boost capacity temporarily, when they can just ride it out for a little while and bear the complaints until things calm down. It's not until a week later or so that they'll consider adding more hamsters to maintain a higher-than-expected player base.

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News Comments > Dungeon Defenders II Dropping MOBA Play
3. Re: Dungeon Defenders II Dropping MOBA Play Oct 8, 2013, 14:54 jacobvandy
 
They apparently have some interest in PVP, but they never finished their CTF mode or anything else for the first game. So I guess they decided to focus on MOBA junk for the sequel, but were quickly beaten into submission by the vast majority of their players who don't give a crap about PVP in Dungeon Defenders... It's an ARPG TD, and that's enough. If I wanted MOBA, I'd go play a danged MOBA.  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Borderlands 2 Game of the Year Edition
7. Re: Ships Ahoy - Borderlands 2 Game of the Year Edition Oct 8, 2013, 12:18 jacobvandy
 
Whine, cry, blah blah blah... The first Borderlands had exactly 4 $10 DLCs, planned out from the start, and so when the GOTY edition came out a year later, it had everything because there wasn't much to be had. They've added a lot more post-release content for the sequel, so even now without the second season of stuff, it's more value packed in to that standard price than before. And you're gonna bitch about an optional $5 add-on that normally takes 80+ hours of play to become useful anyway? If you don't have the game yet, you're obviously not very interested, so wait a little longer for this package to go on sale. And if you have OCD and just need so badly to own every little DLC in one big discounted package, you can wait a little longer still. They're not done with it yet.  
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Ghosts System Requirements
30. Re: Call of Duty: Ghosts System Requirements Oct 8, 2013, 09:28 jacobvandy
 
It's been said before... NVIDIA is recommending their flagship card for one of the most popular (yet least demanding) games to come out this year, like Pennzoil recommends synthetic racing fluid for your shitty old Honda. It happens a lot these days, where "recommended" doesn't mean a reasonable way to play the game as it was meant to be played, but more of a wishful "why not, if you want the best experience?"  
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News Comments > Into the Black
11. Re: Into the Black Oct 8, 2013, 00:05 jacobvandy
 
If they're the same chip, they'll SLI. Different clock speeds doesn't matter, it'll just automatically adjust both to the level of the lowest one (same as if you were mixing two different speeds of system RAM). As for superclocked, golden shower willy, that just means they're guaranteed to be stable at those increased clocks. It's good for a little bit of extra performance, especially if you crank them up even higher on your own, but I generally wouldn't bother spending an extra $20-50 or whatever it is just for that.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
13. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 7, 2013, 14:57 jacobvandy
 
Well, it's not too difficult to keep a buffer of 10 minutes or so on a constant recording loop (with minimal space usage), so when you do pop a cheeve it can save the footage for good. And they're going to reserve 50% of the drive in a partition specifically for ads, of course!  
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News Comments > U.K. Sales Charts
2. Re: UK Market? Oct 7, 2013, 14:34 jacobvandy
 
Quboid wrote on Oct 7, 2013, 10:02:
I presume those comparison figures are for the UK market only. It's very sad that the top 4 are Call of Duty.

I made the same mistake skimming over it the first time... The latter half of that first paragraph goes into all-time sales revenue rankings, where COD games hold the top four spots and GTA V has already ranked fifth. As far as the weekly sales chart, #1 is FIFA 14 and GTA V is #2, then F1 2013, Wind Waker, etc.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
11. Re: Steam Top 10 Oct 6, 2013, 17:29 jacobvandy
 
Terraria has been at the top of the most-played games list all week long (that extreme outlier Dota 2 doesn't count). Almost exceeded 100k concurrent today.  
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News Comments > Total War: ROME II Beta Patch
1. Re: Total War: ROME II Beta Patch Oct 5, 2013, 20:22 jacobvandy
 
Is this ready to play yet?  
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News Comments > Steam Hardware Prototype Details
28. Re: Steam Hardware Prototype Details Oct 5, 2013, 00:40 jacobvandy
 
Anonymous wrote on Oct 4, 2013, 23:58:
The problem? Linux. I don't think Valve would appreciate you doing your beta testing on a different OS.

That is why you would get one, you know. It's not your machine.

You don't know them very well:

Valve wrote:
Can I hack this box? Run another OS? Change the hardware? Install my own software? Use it to build a robot?
Sure.
 
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News Comments > Steam Hardware Prototype Details
22. Re: Steam Hardware Prototype Details Oct 4, 2013, 21:55 jacobvandy
 
They've not chosen the 300 yet... There's still three more weeks until the entries are closed, so it'll be a while longer still after that.

Currently about 286k in the pool of candidates, and if what they claim holds true, only 30 will be influenced by Valve decision. And even then, it has to do with your contributions to the Steam community and previous beta participation, not merely "being in the biz."
 
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News Comments > Steam Hardware Prototype Details
8. Re: Steam Hardware Prototype Details Oct 4, 2013, 16:58 jacobvandy
 
12 x 12.4 x 2.9 inches? That's gotta be a typo, lol. Ain't no Titan gonna fit in there!

Anyhow, they never promised a console... At best, they're just trying to make buying into PC gaming easier to understand. I.e. if you have any clue what those parts are and what they mean, you aren't the target audience. I could see them putting a simple rating system on the front of the box, like 1-5 or A-F, which will correspond to a group of games on Steam that it will run well on it. Yes, that would mean putting a big fat rating symbol on every store product page.
 
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News Comments > Terraria 2 Plans
4. Re: Terraria 2 Plans Oct 3, 2013, 22:48 jacobvandy
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 3, 2013, 21:44:
Got his second wind after retiring?

He never retired, he just announced he was done with the first game and was moving on. We find out later (not today, this has been known for months) that he was wanting to move on to the sequel, but decided to go back and work on free content for this one for a while instead.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
10. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 3, 2013, 18:05 jacobvandy
 
I think they have too many radio stations now. They should just go back to how it was in like GTA III or VC, with 6-8 stations that each have playlists around 2 hours long. And a full-time talk station, WTF is up with them switching that one to music part of the time?  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
6. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 3, 2013, 15:57 jacobvandy
 
No, no, no, the best Trevor attire has to be the sun dress... Switched to him and he was passed out drunk on the top of a mountain, wearing a dress! Stumbled down to the nearest road, stole a car, and then decided I was way too far away from any missions. So I switched to Franklin and started one at his house, which Trevor shows up to still wearing the dress. (Even funnier, it was the one where he trips over the fence and gets pissed at F for laughing. He storms off in a huff, punching out a random stranger on the street, IN A DRESS. Rotfl )  
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News Comments > Terraria Patched
23. Re: Terraria Patched Oct 1, 2013, 20:05 jacobvandy
 
Bhruic wrote on Oct 1, 2013, 19:01:
I also love the ability to run up single blocks. I knew that was going to really help, and it does.

Lol, I forgot about that. Probably because I'm still not used to it and end up jumping every curb most of the time like always.
 
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News Comments > Terraria Patched
20. Re: Terraria Patched Oct 1, 2013, 17:47 jacobvandy
 
Forget all the new content... The in-game map is a game-changer! Stacking up to 999 instead of 250 is great, too.

I'm looking forward to seeing what this guy does with Terraria 2, now that he has the resources to do basically whatever he wants.
 
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