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Signed On Dec 11, 2012, 15:30
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
49. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 1, 2015, 13:20 Baristan
New site layout wishes
  • Keep JavaScript free browsing. I have 10 BluesNews tabs open atm and 80+ others. noscript not only keeps my browser safer from malware, viri, and tracking, but also stable with low cpu usage.

  • Keep the color contrast between user comments. Makes skimming so much easier. Might want to add something similar to the main page. Some color makes visual parsing of a page much easier.

  • I don't see the Amazon link anymore. My firewall filters it out along with all the ads. Can it be a link on the page and not a frame redirecting traffic to amazon every time I view BluesNews. Us ad-blockers are the ones that need it to support the site through it.

  • Rarely use the sidebar, but if it becomes a drop down menu I'll never click on it and "STORIES OF NOTE" and "POPULAR THREADS" will become even less useful

  • If you want examples of what to/not to/ do, view Netflix and Videosift's new layouts. I don't like Videosift's layout, but it is nice enough to allow me to keep the old one(always a good idea when experimenting with a new design). While Netflix thinks it's users don't know what's good for them, and every part of their new design is more efficient and useful. It might be on a tablet, but definitely not on my desktop. With all tabs named "Netflix" and no longer containing the title name; Tree-tab browsing is difficult on their site. Why do they think only using the top half of the page to display the movie info is better than the whole page? Having to click on Overview/Episodes/More like this/Details is much less efficient that scrolling. Trying to read user reviews on their site is like using Metro on a desktop. If you can't tell I really hate Netflix's new layout. Every time I've seen someone try to make a single UI for all devices it ends up worse.
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    News Comments > Op Ed
    15. Re: Op Ed Jul 30, 2015, 14:10 Baristan
    Where do you draw the line on what is acceptable data collection?
    Can I put a cameras in your house or implant one in your head?

    My father didn't like using credit cards and refused to carry a cellphone. He didn't like making it easy for "them" to track him. Was he a nut... maybe.

    I refuse to have a Facebook account or smartphone/e-reader that sends usage statistics. The content of my communications, who my friends are, my location at every second are not for Google/Microsoft/NSA/Advertizes/general public.

    You seem to be fine using an OS that tracks how you use every app on your computer, your typing habits, location, network usage, browsing history, files on your computer... It's possible to turn most(not all) of it off, have you? Most people are accepting this new data acquisition as nothing new or worrisome.

    What will the next wave of acceptance bring? Where does it all end?

    Last week I had a banker go through my credit card statement in front of me. He made comments on my life style(netflix, no cable) It was a little unnerving. Thank goodness I didn't have anything embracing on it.

    If you haven't met anyone who doesn't agree with the way you live your life, you haven't met many people. If you haven't witnessed what is considered acceptable behavior change over time, you are still young. If you've never seen anyone willing to attack someone else based on who they are or how they live, you are oblivious. If everything there is to be known about you is available, don't ever become important. There are too many different ways to interpret reality, and too many different viewpoints for you to live a "clean" life. Enjoy being hidden in the chaff.

    Otherwise Windows 10 looks like a good OS. Big improvement from past versions.

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    News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
    6. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Jul 26, 2015, 13:11 Baristan
    Tom wrote on Jul 25, 2015, 13:45:
    !@#$ing Norton, worse than any virus.
    I do tech support for friends and family, and wholly agree. Twice this summer I received a "I think I have a virus" call. Both times there was no virus. It was Windows Update using 100% of one cpu core, caused by Norton Antivirus. One computer was running 8.1, the other Vista. Uninstalled Norton and everything ran fine again.

    ...How can a significant percentage of people who have used computers for the past 20+ years still not know the difference between a "program"(email client/web browser), or a "web site"...
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    News Comments > Op Ed
    38. Re: Op Ed Jun 8, 2015, 16:58 Baristan
    After reading Microsoft's new privacy statement. I really wish Linux gaming would take off.

    ...for example, we supplement the data we collect by purchasing demographic data from other companies.
    ...Finally, we will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders)...

    And by using any Microsoft product(including windows) you agree to the new TOS.

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    News Comments > U.K. Sales Charts
    2. Re: U.K. Sales Charts Jun 8, 2015, 15:32 Baristan
    The Witcher 3 really is that good.

    After the herbalist in White Orchard I was convinced.
    The amount and uniqueness of the personality/character that goes into each NPC, even when their purpose is for just one quest, is amazing. The choices you have to make are ofter morally ambiguous with potential devastating consequences. The quests interconnect and choices have an effect on the world.

    All of this is evident from a simple fetch quest... There will be a second play through.
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    News Comments > Gone Gold - The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
    17. Re: Gone Gold - The Witcher III: Wild Hunt Apr 16, 2015, 15:24 Baristan
    Flatline wrote on Apr 16, 2015, 14:41:
    Creston wrote on Apr 16, 2015, 13:00:
    Grats CD Projekt. It looks awesome!

    Yes. This is great news. Because it means they can focus on Cyberpunk now

    #1 reason I'm excited for The Witcher III release.
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    News Comments > Cities: Skylines Soars
    120. Re: Cities: Skylines Soars Mar 19, 2015, 16:39 Baristan
    I decided to unlock the "Business Park" requiring 20k commercial squares. Had a city of 70K and 16,250/20,000 and thought it would be easy. At 100k pop I only had 16,540... commercial demand is odd. It started to grow a bit again at 105k, and at 119,980 pop I finally managed to reach the 20k commercial needed.

    Next unique building, the "Observatory", required 1,000 vacant buildings. Figured if I turned off all the power it wouldn't take long. The pop raised to 125k before any one left. Then every one left at once. 125,000 to less than 200 in no time at all.

    Watch out putting too many water pumps on a river. You can end up reversing the flow, sucking sewage into the drinking supply.

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    News Comments > Evening Metaverse
    5. Re: Evening Metaverse Mar 19, 2015, 08:08 Baristan
    Attacking Clinton on little things like this makes her look like the victim. It also gets her name repeated many times and us used to the idea of her running for president.

    If it's already time to start political campaigning...
    Jill Stein for president.
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    News Comments > Cities: Skylines Soars
    87. Re: Cities: Skylines Soars Mar 17, 2015, 02:24 Baristan
    I started building districts that are only connected by subway and rail.
    No more garbage trucks/hearses/firetrucks traveling out of their assigned areas. Significantly reduces traffic, can get away with less incinerators and crematories, and no more buildings burning down next door to the fire station.
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    News Comments > Cities: Skylines Soars
    53. Re: Cities: Skylines Soars Mar 14, 2015, 05:35 Baristan
    Grokk wrote on Mar 13, 2015, 22:13:
    I'm madly impressed that they've built this on the Unity engine as well. I've worked with Unity a bit, but this is well beyond what I thought it was capable of. Both in performance and how they've fit it to the genre.

    Have you tried Unity 5 yet? It runs much faster for me than 4 did. The grass shader still kills fps and the tree shader still deforms the trees when moving the view direction, but over all it is a big improvement.
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    News Comments > Cities: Skylines Soars
    52. Re: Cities: Skylines Soars Mar 14, 2015, 05:29 Baristan
    Creston those are some good tips, will have to try raising my taxes.

    Some tips for traffic management:

    - Ambulance/Police/Hearse/School/... are effected by road distance not just radius. Long roads with little branching will reduce the total area they can cover.

    - Industry creates a lot more traffic than residential.

    - Setting a residential district's policy to not allow trucks can(but not always) reduce intersection issues. It also should reduce noise pollution in the neighborhood.

    - Do not put many intersections too close to each other. When one stop light turns red and backs up traffic to the next intersection it starts a chain reaction and significantly reduces flow.

    - The larger the road the farther apart intersections should be.
    Have small roads feed into medium roads, and medium roads into large roads. This results in fewer intersections on the larger roads preventing traffic backups.

    My city became grid locked when I reached 15k people. Collecting all the small roads from my light residential district into a medium road and connection the medium road in a few places to the main road fixed almost all of the traffic issues. It increased the distance between lights from 10 squares to over 50 squares. Less stop and go, and no chain reactions. Big difference.

    Now that I've reached 30k people, I have frame rate issues in densely populated areas. Graphic settings have no effect and the game is using 25% cpu. Must be using only 2 cores and my i7 920@2.67GHz can't keep up. What kind of processor do those of you who experience no slowdowns at 50k+ cities have? ...can't believe it's been 6 years since my last cpu upgrade.
    edit... some how I had the affinity set to 2 processors. Removed that and now everything runs perfectly smooth with the ~30% cpu usage.

    This comment was edited on Mar 14, 2015, 08:11.
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    News Comments > Morning Metaverse
    7. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 11, 2015, 14:07 Baristan
    I pay over $50 a month for 1.5/0.75 Mbit/s connection. If I lived 4 blocks in any direction I could get 20 Mbit/s for ~$70. New games often take over a week to download.  
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    News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
    13. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 11, 2015, 07:10 Baristan
    InBlack wrote on Mar 11, 2015, 03:27:
    xXBatmanXx wrote on Mar 10, 2015, 20:57:
    We are fighting a war on the street.

    I know its a figure of speech but this is disturbing. If policemen feel they are in danger 24/7 they are much more likely to use excessive force.

    That is a big part of the problem.

    With so many cameras around and more incidents being reported everyone are more paranoid then they should be. It's a hard job. Most officers are good people who do their jobs well, but when a mistake is made they try hard to deny anything is wrong, and are now loosing the trust of the public.

    The cops in this video will most likely just get a slap on the wrist unless the Feds step in. This incident happened last month. Last I heard the police officers involved still hadn't been interviewed. And now the county coroner is being accused of giving an inaccurate autopsy.

    The cops may go unpunished for the unjustified shooting, but the witness who uploaded the video to youtube will be fired from his city job for refusing to give his phone to the police without a warrant.

    The victim was a mentally unstable repeat offender convicted of assaulting police officers, and was in this country illegally. He wasn't fighting a war, or trying to kill the police. He was just a crazy guy who wanted to die and threw a few rocks at cars and possibly one at an officer.

    I still don't see how this incident has anything to do with race like many of the protesters were suggesting.
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    News Comments > Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Released
    5. Re: Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Released Mar 11, 2015, 04:56 Baristan
    I had some control issues at first, but it's working fine now. The first few missions were very frustrating. A few levels in I'm having more fun, but my 'R' key is still getting a workout. Averaging around 50-100 deaths per floor.
    The music is just as good as in the first game, and there is more of it. Too bad it costs $35 to get the game+soundtrack+EP. No more .ogg files in the game dir.
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    News Comments > Star Citizen at $70M; New Arena Commander Patch
    5. Re: Star Citizen at $70M; New Arena Commander Patch Jan 24, 2015, 15:19 Baristan
    The launcher still crashes whenever you click on a drop down menu item. It's been nearly a year and they haven't even acknowledged that this bug exists.  
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    News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
    12. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 22, 2015, 09:36 Baristan
    eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 22, 2015, 07:43:
    Holo goggles would need at least some kind of finger attachment, maybe coupled with a ring so that it can know where the hand is... if you want to use it in the room for say, switching TV channels you are not gonna get away with "no buttons" ;)

    This set of augmented reality goggles has optical hand tracking.

    The 120deg cameras are for position tracking as well as gesture/hand recognition(viewable fov is tiny not 120deg). It's the equivalant of straping a Leap Motion to your face. Should work as long as you can see your hand.

    Interesting quotes from this article:

    "Microsoft plans to distribute lots of development kits this year."

    "If you want to play holographic Minecraft, the only place to do it is going to be on this." Terry Myerson

    Well now we know why Microsoft spent $2B on Mojang; to make sure Mincraft won't support Oculus, Sony, or Google AR/VR.

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    News Comments > Grand Theft Auto V PC Preorders
    14. Re: Grand Theft Auto V PC Preorders Jan 16, 2015, 20:08 Baristan
    AngelicPenguin wrote on Jan 16, 2015, 18:53:
    I didn't play GTA4 on PC, but wasn't it mostly a train wreck? I never preorder games, but I'd be pretty leery on this one given the history.
    At launch it was a hog and I quit playing it. A year and a few patches later, it was playable. I won't preorder V, but will buy it when reviews say it is working properly.
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    News Comments > Star Citizen Status Report
    28. Re: Star Citizen Status Report Jan 11, 2015, 22:29 Baristan
    Creston wrote on Jan 11, 2015, 17:17:
    That's quite interesting, considering their stretch goal for 10 million bucks was, and I quote: "Cloud Imperium Games will build their own mocap studio to improve the quality of Star Citizen and Squadron 42ís cutscenes."

    They did build their own mocap studio.

    Then they hired people who know how to use it.

    I'ts a real important part of any space sim. I am looking forward to the new Limit Theory dev blog about his mocap setup.
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    News Comments > Star Citizen at $69M
    40. Re: Star Citizen at $69M Jan 8, 2015, 18:22 Baristan
    Wildone wrote on Jan 8, 2015, 11:25:
    They gotta fix their flight model, it fucking sucks. I dont care what technology is in the future if you bank left you expect the vehicle to bank left, not do some weird strafe/arc/roll maneuver. Horrible.

    I don't know what you are talking about. The best part of SC is the flight model. yaw/pitch/roll/strafe all work properly(when they are not bugging out) The default setting is with x-axis mapped to yaw. It bugs me but takes less than a minute to customize the controls.

    Sounds like you must have both yaw and roll mapped to the same axis, or are a victim of a bug I haven't seen yet.

    Star Citizen will hit 100M$ in a few months when they release the FPS module and backers find out that they need to pay an extra $5-$10 because their alpha access only covers the arena module. RSI does a great job of shaking more money from their fans. Sane people will complain while the $1K+ crowd will throw more money at the game.
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    News Comments > Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Expands
    9. Re: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Expands Dec 16, 2014, 13:54 Baristan
    siapnar wrote on Dec 16, 2014, 12:52:
    So is it even worth getting due to the repetition?

    I played a couple hours of it at my buddy's and thought it was awesome as hell
    I got a good 25 hours of fun out of it.
    After that there wasn't anything left to do but fight more Warchiefs, and the repetition set in.

    One of my favorite games of this year.
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