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Real Name Eric Phillips   
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Nickname DrSquick
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Signed On Mar 29, 2012, 18:44
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 9, 2015, 19:21 DrSquick
 
Initially I was appalled at the Amazon Video "add on" thing, but it really seems like the "make your own bundle" that everyone has wanted from cable TV for ages. If I like boxing, history, and concerts I can choose to just subscribe to those.

I'm on board for sure once it gets more mature and things like MLB get added with the Fox Sports broadcasters. It's at least a bit closer to my dream of everything on demand, all the time. Where there is no such thing as "live TV."
 
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News Comments > Steam Fall Sale
3. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 25, 2015, 20:45 DrSquick
 
nin wrote on Nov 25, 2015, 20:03:
I actual kind of miss flash sales and voting. There was really something fucked up (yet fun) about rolling over in bed and checking steam at 2am.


Absolutely! The old Steam sales where each game had mini events where you had to do certain things to win coal or other game prizes was great!

I heard that refunds are the reason Flash Sales are gone, unfortunately. Seeing a lower price is a valid reason to request a refund from Steam. So to avoid hundreds of thousands of people requesting refunds they just removed Flash Sales.

This is super boring and really removes some of the magic of Steam Sales, in my opinion. I'm pretty bummed.
 
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News Comments > PAYDAY 2 Microtransactions Follow-up
4. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 26, 2015, 10:41 DrSquick
 
yonder wrote on Oct 26, 2015, 10:27:
Good to see they're still avoiding the actual issue.

Also... why the hell don't people understand how and when to use "myself"? It's really not that difficult.

Then again, this is a world where "zero" is the same as "no" so who am I to complain...

What's the actual issue that they are avoiding? To me I read that as "yes, we said there would not be microtransactions in the beginning. We changed our mind, and we are making lots of money on it now. Sorry (but not really) that we pissed off our most loyal players, but you really weren't giving us enough money, so bugger off."

I bought Payday 2 at launch and played for a few dozen hours, but random groups seemed to be all about rushing as fast as possible, whereas I liked the stealth method, and I could never get three other people to join at the same time. The AI sucks horribly, so it didn't work well for me anyway.
 
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Black Ops III Trailers; New Mode Revealed
5. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 17, 2015, 08:01 DrSquick
 
Wetworks24 wrote on Oct 17, 2015, 00:04:
If you buy from a reputable gray market site you're only taking a small risk, I'd guesstimate 5%. Most keys are global steam keys, those are the ones that you would buy from a gray site. Just go in knowing that there is always a chance that the key could be revoked. I don't mind using it for games that I don't care much about.

Aside from a couple examples I can't think of many mass key revokes over the past several years.

Green Man Gaming is the only third party key site that I will trust. If anyone wants a 25% off key on BLOP3, it is GMGMID-SEASON-25PERC.
 
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News Comments > Overwatch Beta This Month
15. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 15, 2015, 09:26 DrSquick
 
heroin wrote on Oct 14, 2015, 20:24:
Fix HOTS!

More DOTs? (For those that don't know... Some NSFW language, but hilarious if you played WoW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yKqKg6DfTY)
 
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News Comments > Dungeon Defenders II Now Free-to-Play
3. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 14, 2015, 06:43 DrSquick
 
Osc8r wrote on Oct 14, 2015, 04:01:
Agreed.

Loved the first one, but this felt really consolised / dumbed down. And yeah, now complete with a grind.

Unfortunately I agree too... This is one of my favorite genres of games, and I put over 500 hours into DD1. Playing with a group of coworkers, completely non-rushed and not getting cheated items was one of the best gaming experiences I have ever had. The cheers that erupted when we finally beat our first Nightmare level was amazing.

But DD2 has the exact same classes, with basically the exact same towers, and feels just like a dumbed-down version of the previous game. I bought it and put maybe 5 hours at most into it, and I just can't get myself to even launch it any more. :/
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 5, 2015, 10:34 DrSquick
 
The iOS comment is very short sighted. It would not surprise me in the least if in 5-10 years laptops are gone. I use a Surface Pro as my primary computer, and the keyboard sucks, but when I'm at my office I drop it in a dock and use a big 4k screen and a full sized keyboard and mouse.

Combine wired docks with technologies like Chromecast, Steam in-house sharing, or the AppleTV equivalent for mirroring your phone screen to a larger screen with wireless input devices, and I could totally see having my phone be my only computing device. When I walk into the office my phone connects wirelessly to my monitor, keyboard, and mouse, and behaves like a desktop. Then when I pick the phone up, the UI completely changes and now behaves like a phone.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
6. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 13, 2015, 15:08 DrSquick
 
Simon Says wrote on Sep 13, 2015, 11:57:
DrSquick wrote on Sep 13, 2015, 11:25:
Simon Says wrote on Sep 13, 2015, 11:12:
Lets you download 1 gig in seconds... Charges you 10$ for it and caps you at 10gigs per month. *slow clap*

I know... As a network engineer this could be a game changer. It would be entirely possible to no longer have a LAN or even need Wifi if you have such fast data speeds. But as long as data caps are there, it isn't possible.

Data caps aren't the only problem with wireless networks like this. The other is a "feature" ( can't remember the name, I looked it up 2 years ago when I wanted to understand WTF was happening with my home 4g connection when it got disconnected from the tower for no apparent reason, taking sometimes a minute or more to reconnect, having to negotiate, scan, and all that jazz again ) that disconnects you periodically to better manage the amount of people trying to go through the tower, even if the signal is rock solid ( around -65db here ). I can't tell you how many times in 2 years of having data over cell wireless I have been disconnected in the middle of a video, browsing, or the worst, actively playing online games, like smack in the middle of a heated battle. It happens easily 5-10 times, sometimes more, per day. And mind you, I live in a relatively small village of less than 1000 pop, fairly isolated too, if not for a crucial 1 lane road skimming it 2 kilometers away. I can't imagine how bad it would be were I stuck on cell wireless with a bigger population trying to connect to the tower.

Unless they find a way to get rid of that "feature" ( especially on HOME connections, on a smartphone, this is acceptable and probably necessary, but for a home connection its totally unacceptable, a distinction should be made between them, at the very least, to exempt home connections from that crazy behaviour ), cell wireless will never ever be as reliable as wired and presented with the choice between faster uncapped cell wireless and slower capped/uncapped wired, I'd still choose wired, even if capped, everytime.

Wow, that's great to know, thanks for letting me know about that! With data caps I use VERY little cellular data; usually in the range of 300MB per month, and I am on my phone a tremendous amount; but always on wifi.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
2. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 13, 2015, 11:25 DrSquick
 
Simon Says wrote on Sep 13, 2015, 11:12:
Lets you download 1 gig in seconds... Charges you 10$ for it and caps you at 10gigs per month. *slow clap*

I know... As a network engineer this could be a game changer. It would be entirely possible to no longer have a LAN or even need Wifi if you have such fast data speeds. But as long as data caps are there, it isn't possible.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 4, 2015, 10:24 DrSquick
 
Hey Blue!

You have an auto-playing Verizon ad. It starts with a large countdown covering 80% of the ad from 30 seconds, and then starts auto-playing with audio. The countdown looks like "AD | 00:29" and is gray on a black background.

I don't know if this is intentional or just an ad provider gone rouge, but just thought I'd let you know!
 
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News Comments > PAYDAY 2 Free Weekend
5. Re: PAYDAY 2 Free Weekend Aug 21, 2015, 17:26 DrSquick
 
I preordered this along with a bunch of coworkers. Have they done anything with the basement area where you were supposed to be able to decorate or do something with?  
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News Comments > New TF2 Beta Game Mode
5. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 19, 2015, 14:20 DrSquick
 
Very neat. I wonder if they will implement a debuff for being a ball hog? After holding the ball for more than 30 or 60 seconds a giant pig(hog) replaces your hat, and you get an increasingly large speed debuff.  
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News Comments > World of Warcraft Expansion Reveal Next Week
4. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 29, 2015, 18:56 DrSquick
 
The soul of The Lich King has won over Bolvar Fordragon and he's back... He has resurrected Illidan, C'thun, Kil'jaeden.

And he has a new lieutenant that is hinted to, but not revealed until the final content update of the expansion - Tirion Fordring. When he picked up the Lich King's helm on the ice crown enough of Ner'zhul's corruption got into him to turn him many years later.


Yep... That would be amazing.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
2. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 19, 2015, 15:42 DrSquick
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 19, 2015, 14:14:
Apple To Axe Major Component In iPhone 7.

The walled garden?

Hey, a man can dream, can't he?

SIM cards if anyone wants to avoid the click bait title. It will be a hard wired internal SIM card so you can't change carriers.
 
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Preorders
4. Re: Guild Wars 2: Heart of the Storm Preorders Jun 17, 2015, 10:23 DrSquick
 
This is the addon that they worked with Blizzard on right? Just like Mojang had the Scrolls cardgame based on Elder Scrolls?

/stirs pot
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA Launches GTX 980ti; New Drivers; & GSYNC Features
9. Re: NVIDIA Launches GTX 980ti; New Drivers; & GSYNC Features Jun 1, 2015, 10:48 DrSquick
 
Has anyone here ever seen a GSync monitor in person? I personally never notice tearing, and even in that video, it doesn't jump out at me or bother me.

I'm guessing this might be one of those things you need to see in person to understand it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
28. Re: Out of the Blue May 12, 2015, 19:02 DrSquick
 
Blue wrote on May 12, 2015, 09:42:
Quinn wrote on May 12, 2015, 09:34:
Hold the power button + home button for a couple of seconds. No result? Keep trying for a few times. Worked like a charm for my father last week, same issue.

Thank you *very* much. I could kiss you.

That was the only version of pressing and holding various buttons I failed to try. Phone came back like a champ, and only had 28% battery remaining (it never gets that low how I use it), but it seems none the worse for wear.

This is awesome! This is how a super popular website author gets his tech support. "So, hypothetical, but highly urgent issue... Has anyone heard of something called CryptoLocker?" {Hordes of Blue fans yelling to turn off your computer}

On a similar note, I had the exact same thing happen to my Surface Pro. I was in the middle of using it and it hard powered off. It was plugged in and battery at full. Nothing I was doing fixed anything. The fix was to press and hold the volume down button and the power button for THIRTY SECONDS! I thought the article was hooey, because I tried that combo for the usual 3-5 seconds. But sure enough - 30 seconds later, it comes back online. The BIOS clock was reset, so it must have been some sort of equivalent to removing your BIOS battery on a desktop.
 
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. May 5, 2015, 20:57 DrSquick
 
Silicon Avatar wrote on May 4, 2015, 19:00:
It was probably a personal project he used to teach himself some programming techniques.

Ahh, that makes more sense. Well that's a heck of an accomplishment then!
 
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. May 4, 2015, 15:53 DrSquick
 
I don't get the TrueCraft thing... If he likes Minecraft 1.7.3, then why not just download and use Minecraft 1.7.3? This feels like someone saying, "I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8, and don't like Windows 8; so instead of reinstalling Windows 7 I decided to reverse engineer Windows and rebuild it from scratch.  
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News Comments > Orcs Must Die! Unchained Beta 2
3. Re: Orcs Must Die! Unchained Beta 2 Apr 20, 2015, 14:38 DrSquick
 
Slashman wrote on Apr 20, 2015, 09:58:
Thanks screwing up the Orcs Must Die! franchise with this F2P nonsense that no one asked for.

It's definitely not as fun as the endless horde mode of the previous games, but I think it is similar enough that if you enjoyed the first game you will probably enjoy this too.

With that said, it is definitely a MOBA. Players have either an attacker or defender role, and the defender is the one that places the traps, which act the same as the previous games. You need a ridiculous amount of ingame currency to buy new traps though. You would need about 10 days of playing regularly to unlock one top-tier trap.

I played the first one for about 250 hours, and absolutely loved the co-op modes. I've put a couple hours into this one and probably won't put more than a couple more; but I just don't like the MOBA game format.
 
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