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Real Name Eric Phillips   
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Signed On Mar 29, 2012, 18:44
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jul 28, 2014, 11:29 DrSquick
I never understood those oddball interview questions. I get that they are trying to find creative thinkers, but most of them are carnival trick questions. I have interviewed hundreds of people, and I much prefer to focus on real-world situations that have actually happened and get them to explain how they reacted.

Second, the question "Do you believe in a higher power" is ripe for an EEOC lawsuit. If that person gets denied and another accepted, and they have similar credentials, PepsiCo is screwed. Right from the EEOC website:

Religious Discrimination
Religious discrimination involves treating a person (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of his or her religious beliefs. The law protects not only people who belong to traditional, organized religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, but also others who have sincerely held religious, ethical or moral beliefs.
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News Comments > Screencheat Embraces Screencheating
5. Re: Screencheat Embraces Screencheating Jul 25, 2014, 10:09 DrSquick
wtf_man wrote on Jul 25, 2014, 09:55:
I think a much more interesting twist on this would be:

Everyone Invisible
Can see the weapon fire
Stuff in the environment easily disturbed (has movement as you walk by)

No real need for "screen cheating"... just watch the environment / other's gun fire and take pot shots. If you hit they become bloody visible just before they die or explode or whatever.

That would definitely be much more interesting. I almost think of it like all the different game modes Goldeneye had, and I think that is why that game was so much fun. You could play Golden Gun one day, paintball the next, bighead the next.
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News Comments > Gratuitous Space Battles 2 Announced
3. Re: Gratuitous Space Battles 2 Announced Jul 25, 2014, 09:55 DrSquick
I really loved the first one too. Building ships and picking out just the right parts has always been one of my favorite features of any space-type game.

Did anyone play the Tank Battle game? If you liked the first GSB, what did you think of the tank one?
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News Comments > Screencheat Embraces Screencheating
3. Re: Screencheat Embraces Screencheating Jul 25, 2014, 09:52 DrSquick
Yeah That's what I was thinking too... I love that they took the risk of trying something completely new. But this does not sound or look even remotely fun.  
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News Comments > The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection Free for All
23. Re: The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection Free for All Jul 24, 2014, 11:26 DrSquick
My favorite memory of Sims was when Sims 1 came out. I remember I woke up super early on a Saturday for some reason and eagerly bought it, installed it, and proceeded to play it nonstop for 14 hours. I recall I only ate breakfast that day, didn't take a shower, and my house was a mess.

But there I was - exercising, cleaning my house, reading books, and showing - my virtual self, while my real-life self needed to do all those things.

I exited the game and remember it was dark outside, I smelled, and was woozy from not eating all day. I uninstall and never played again thinking, "well that was dumb."

Good times.
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
5. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jul 24, 2014, 11:19 DrSquick
Can services like Dropbox do block-level syncing? For example, if you make a 1GB TrueCrypt volume, and modify 1MB of data inside it, does Dropbox need to send the whole 1GB back to the cloud, or can it just sync the blocks that changed?

If it can't do block level, that kinda kills any ability to do your own encryption, right? Or am I missing a tool that I should know about?
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 23, 2014, 11:41 DrSquick
Madden on mobile has such potential! Imagine if it used the accelerometer, and you actually had to throw the phone to make a pass. Then they could sell a Nerf housing for your phone like the Wii driving wheel.

Nothing bad could possibly happen with that...
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News Comments > The Sims 4 Subscription Plans
6. Re: The Sims 4 Subscription Plans Jul 21, 2014, 15:13 DrSquick
NKD wrote on Jul 21, 2014, 11:51:
Interesting approach. Not sure how well it'll go over with the "casual" Sims crowd though. Even if it ends up being a similar price to the frequent expansions and smaller content packs, the term "subscription" implies more of a level of commitment people might not be into.

My gut is to agree with you. But my wife got super into point and click casual games, and there was a service that was like $10/month, and every month would give you a token to buy another game. Or you could buy the game outright for like $18. She bit onto that instantly... So perhaps they are onto something. Piles of money, no doubt.
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News Comments > Subscription MMOG Market Analysis
4. Re: Subscription MMOG Market Analysis Jul 18, 2014, 16:49 DrSquick
Back before I had kids I was a huge MMO nut. And I can definitely say canceling my account for any MMO was always very hard. I always felt like I was losing something. In many ways the daily grind on the MMO became something I could rely on.

Yeah it sounds dumb, I don't have time for that anymore. But I can definitely understand how a ton of people aren't canceling because they have a similar sense of attachment to keeping their subscription active.
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
5. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Jul 17, 2014, 13:36 DrSquick
Half a million bucks doesn't go all that far when it comes to staffing. My total variable cost for a $50k a year person, which accounts for the company's portion of FICA, health insurance, dental insurance, disability insurance, liability insurance, workers comp insurance, life insurance, 401k matching, cell phone service, and a few other items is $92k.

So that $500k would get eaten by 6 people in a single year unless they were all contractors and the shop didn't offer any insurances.
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News Comments > WildStar Updated
13. Re: WildStar Updated Jul 1, 2014, 17:13 DrSquick
Deathbot V1.87 wrote on Jul 1, 2014, 16:43:
There's nothing circular about that. As a consumer he has decided that he has a finite amount of money devoted to entertainment which game developers must compete for. The best product wins(earns his money) and the rest do not. There's nothing circular about that.

The criteria one may use to decide who gets their consumer dollar will vary between each person. If you determine that a product/service/game doesn't deserve your money then don't give it to them. THAT is the power of the consumer.

For me, Steam sales have greatly skewed my required "entertainment per dollar" quota. For $12 I can get a game like Skyrim a couple years after it came out. It still looks fantastic, and offers a couple hundred hours of entertainment for $12. In other areas, like inde genres, a $3 game might provide 30 hours of entertainment. So with expectations like that, a $15/month game would need to be played 200 hours a month, and there is no way I have 200 hours per month to play any game at this stage in my life. However, ten years ago I had two subscriptions to Eve Online going at the same time multi-boxing, probably playing 300 hours per month.
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
7. Re: 165Mbps internet Jun 29, 2014, 17:44 DrSquick
Assuming the whole bandwidth/peering/buffering issues could be resolved, and content I actually wanted was on there, like current-run TV shows, sports, etc; probably $1.99 per episode.

I would cancel cable instantly if I had an alternative to watch baseball. But right now I pay $30 more than just Internet to get cable TV. So assuming I cancel the TV portion, I would have to replace it with Netflix for ~$13 a month, and MLB streaming for $20/month. Bam - didn't save any money :/
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
4. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Jun 29, 2014, 16:51 DrSquick
I picked up a 41" 4k TV for $499 in a crazy sale recently to use as my primary monitor. One thing that everyone should know is most (all?) of these cheap 4k monitors are only 30hz at 4k. I personally found this extremely distracting, and resulted in issues such as me missing the close "X" in the corner of windows when moving across the whole screen because you are covering so many pixels in such a short time.

Personally I found the extra resolution amazingly helpful, even more so than 3x1080P screens. However, I ultimately had to give the monitor to someone else because I couldn't adjust to the low refresh rate. I will definitely be picking up the first 40"ish 60hz 4k screen I can find for under $600 though; it is undoubtedly a huge productivity increase.

Also, regarding availability - I am seeing them everywhere in the US. Costco, for example, has four different 4k screens as soon as you walk in the front door.
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News Comments > Minecraft Passes 50M Units Sold
37. Re: Minecraft Passes 50M Units Sold Jun 26, 2014, 13:54 DrSquick
I played the alpha for about 30 minutes and wrote the game off for the next two years. Then finally someone convinced me to buy it, and what really makes Minecraft is the mods.

There is a free loader called "Feed The Beast" that makes installing huge mod packs very easy. I have easily spent 2,000 hours playing Minecraft since discovering mods. If you like making automated production pipelines, energy generation systems, and interconnected logistics networks - you will love Minecraft with mods.

It is amazing to go from naked and punching a tree to having a 40 story tall fusion reactor powering 10 strip miners slowly devouring the world, with the output being automatically sorted, and processed into refined goods - to be used to build larger and larger power systems.
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
19. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 23, 2014, 15:19 DrSquick
Not sure if you all have seen the reports, but someone has reverse engineered the traffic going from the Comcast router to the Comcast service, and is selling an image that will run on a Linux machine and emulate the Comcast public SSID, but records the username and password.

Imagine the amount of people who's username is their email address, and they have the same password for Comcast as they do for their bank and email account. I doubt many people will be using the public Comcast SSID; but man that is going to be a hellstorm if people start getting hacked because people are spoofing the Comcast routers and being a man-in-the-middle to get passwords.
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News Comments > Team Fortress 2 Countdown
14. Re: Team Fortress 2 Countdown Jun 17, 2014, 13:53 DrSquick
Whenever I hear about TF2 I always think of the original design of TF2, being a "serious" sequel to the original TF1, the look was just SOOO different:  
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News Comments > Titanfall Patch Adds "Extreme" Frame Rate Support
11. Re: Titanfall Patch Adds May 13, 2014, 12:36 DrSquick
Cutter wrote on May 13, 2014, 12:08:
Fuck, I wish Bethsoft would patch Skyrim for that.

Does it look good, or is it similar to the "soap opera" effect that you get on the 120hz TVs that do frame interpolation; where it looks "off" or unnatural. Do you know the effect I am referring to? My screen is only 60hz, so I can't tell if this video accurately represents it, but here is an example:
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News Comments > Titanfall Patch Adds "Extreme" Frame Rate Support
5. Re: Titanfall Patch Adds May 13, 2014, 10:59 DrSquick
theyarecomingforyou wrote on May 13, 2014, 10:45:
peteham wrote on May 13, 2014, 10:23:
Where's the patch to reduce the ridiculous install-size due to uncompressed audio?
Did they really use uncompressed audio? Wall

This is much preferred over using anti aliasing on audio, that definitely doesn't work well.
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
10. Re: Sunday Mobilization May 4, 2014, 20:32 DrSquick
Hey Cutter, I wouldn't think of the Surface Pro as a tablet, but as a super small laptop (Ultrabook, is that term even used anymore?). I have used a Surface Pro as my sole work laptop since the SP1 came out, and I love it. I am in a ton of meetings, so being able to take notes with the pen is great. Then when I get back to my desk I have a dock and external LCD, keyboard, and mouse.

The downsides - the screen is an 10" 1080 screen. This is unusably small! It is fine for when I am out in the field, but holy cow, trying to show someone something on your laptop is impossible. Second, battery life is awful. Even with the SP2, which has a Haswell, the battery still sucks. I don't bet on more than 3 hours of life. Lastly, the touchpad is beyond awful on the SP2 keyboard.

The upsides - it is far and beyond the smallest and lowest weight laptop I've ever used. I downsized my work bag, and I cut over half the weight! The digitizer for the pen is fantastic. I've used a half dozen HP and Dell tablets with digitizers, and the SP one is by far the best. It is fast! It is an i5 with 4GB of RAM and an SSD. For an office laptop that's plenty sufficient.

With all that said - I've never used it without the keyboard unless I'm taking notes on it. I never take it out to sit on the couch and watch videos, I imagine I would get less than an hour of battery life on it. I also don't use any tablet though, I am constantly on my phone while on the couch, but I just don't like tablets as a means of media consumption.
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Feature Pack
4. Re: Guild Wars 2 Feature Pack Apr 16, 2014, 10:21 DrSquick
Marvin T. Martian wrote on Apr 16, 2014, 09:01:
I have been playing this game from release and this feature pack, although ambitious,has made too much of a negative impact of the game.Through all the devs positive double speak, it will have a negative impact on many. It's a game breaker for many.

Hey Marvin. I really loved GW2 when it came out, but then I had a squadron of babies, and haven't played since about three months after release. What aspect of this is game breaking? It looks like they changed the trait system or something?
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