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Signed On Mar 29, 2012, 18:44
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 13, 2014, 10:31 DrSquick
HumanTarget wrote on Aug 13, 2014, 09:23:
I cannot recommend the Tivo enough. I've been a user since 1998 and am only on my second DVR in that time. Their newest models incorporate significant usability features that I think you could buy one and still cut the cord!

Good luck and let me know if you need a referral code!

Hi there! I have not heard of anyone using a Tivo in a very long time now that pretty much all TV services have DVR capabilities. What are some of your favorite features about it that make it better than the provider DVR? And what makes it cord-cutter friendly?
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News Comments > Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin
12. Re: RE: Follow up Aug 5, 2014, 17:53 DrSquick
garrywong wrote on Aug 5, 2014, 16:24:
Wow, they are still trying this tactic. Throw out free games to lure people into installing Origin. I wonder if the frequency of them using this tactic means it's not working or actually is...

I would guess quite well. In my company we have a gaming distribution list, and the free Sims one got sent around a few weeks ago, and it seemed many people did.

I'm not an Origin fan, but I also resisted Steam for years, now it is basically the only place I get games now.
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News Comments > Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon Beta
9. Re: Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon Beta Aug 5, 2014, 09:45 DrSquick
Eirikrautha wrote on Aug 5, 2014, 08:52:
Angrius Maximis wrote on Aug 5, 2014, 08:41:
A little disappointed that all they are doing is taking Panzer General and slapping Warhammer 40k sprites on it. Pass


Seriously, look at the screenshots. It looks like crap. GW has got to be the most inept licensing-agent ever in the history of video games.

I assume a big portion of their decision making process is to make sure they don't make a game that will compete directly with the physical table-top game. I would have to imagine at $60 for 4 plastic figurines, that is a massive profit center for them.

All the GW stores around me have closed, so I would love a proper simulation of the board game. Imagine the army making being similar to Magic the Gathering-style deck making. Then you go online and the dice rolls and line of sight are calculated for you.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 31, 2014, 11:08 DrSquick
Another idea for a group game would be "Unturned." I just heard about this game earlier in the week, and it is fantastic for being free! It is a game similar to Rust or DayZ where you are in a zombie-infected world, where food and drink are constantly a struggle till you get a farm set up. The graphics are very minecraft-esk. But I've had a blast, especially since getting a vehicle is not too hard fairly early in the game, so meeting up with the rest of your party is pretty easy.

The game is free with a $5 option to buy a gold name, extra outfits, etc. My understanding is it was also written by a fairly young person, which makes it even more impressive.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 31, 2014, 09:23 DrSquick
I would definitely watch a four-player Let's Play!  
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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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