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Nickname Scottish Martial Arts
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
19. Re: Evening Tech Bits Dec 2, 2015, 23:34 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Frijoles wrote on Dec 2, 2015, 22:22:
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Dec 2, 2015, 21:51:
Yeah, a Desktop Manager, it's like the Task Switcher (alt-tab), only more useful, and Linux and Mac have had it for years.

Been using this since I switched to 10 and I'm not sure I can go back to an OS without it. I use it at work all the time to hide my games.

Yeah, likewise. It's just such an effective way to organize tasks, to separate your concerns, and maximize screen space. It's also a handy way to hide all evidence of goofing off when the boss walks in the room.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
18. Re: Evening Tech Bits Dec 2, 2015, 23:23 Scottish Martial Arts
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Dec 2, 2015, 22:31:
@SMA: OK, fair enough. There are some good points in favor of Win 10 in a professional, corporate environment but no real "killer argument" as far as I can tell, especially not for home use (remember we're on a gaming site here Wink ).

Likewise, fair enough. For a game machine, there really isn't much reason to use anything past 7, except for some marginal performance increases which are more than offset by Windows 10 still being essentially beta software. For actual work though? 7 is feeling long in the tooth.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
13. Re: Evening Tech Bits Dec 2, 2015, 21:53 Scottish Martial Arts
 
wtf_man wrote on Dec 2, 2015, 21:28:
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Dec 2, 2015, 20:46:
but pretending that Windows 7 is anything but horribly dated at this point is kind of laughable.

Huh?

It is way better looking than the "latest UI fad" of the "flat look".

But that is just personal preference... you can't really say one looks more dated than the other... just one is outright uglier.

Dated in terms of functionality. Although also dated in terms of look, but as you point out whether that is bad or good is entirely subjective.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
12. Re: Evening Tech Bits Dec 2, 2015, 21:51 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Yeah, a Desktop Manager, it's like the Task Switcher (alt-tab), only more useful, and Linux and Mac have had it for years. Multiple desktops allow you to organize your work not by individual window, but by groups of related windows, each laid out where you need them, with easy, rapid switching between desktops. It's a huge productivity enhancer, particularly on laptops with their finite screen real estate, and if you don't see the value in it, then you're probably not doing particularly complex tasks on your computer.

Windows 7 's back up system is antiquated, working primarily with disk images and manually selected folder backups. That's a system that works, but it's also one that in practice a lot of people aren't going to do, particularly if they don't use Task Scheduler to automate the backup process. Further, the backup system does not provide an easy way to examine the history of a file's state and to restore selectively to different points in that state timeline. In Win7, without 3rd party software, you have to dig through each backup, perhaps unarchiving each one as you go, to find the version that you want to restore or even just refer back to. With something like Win8's File History or Mac's Time Machine, backups aren't just a protection against drive failure but they become a versioned historical timeline of a work in progress, not unlike a version control system for software development.

Further, Windows 7 was released when most people DIDN'T HAVE SMART PHONES. The notion of your phone being an extension of your desktop and vice-versa doesn't exist in Windows 7. The best you can hope for in this regard is relying upon 3rd party software that does its own cloud based synchronization, like Gmail, or having access to some sort of Enterprise level infrastructure that handles it. While Windows 10 lags behind the Mac in this regard, at least stuff like Continuum and Phone Companion is a step in the right direction.

I could keep going, but the point here is that Windows 7 requires significant quantities of 3rd party software and/or some serious Enterprise IT infrastructure to get the level of functionality you'd see on say the Mac. The movement in consumer desktop OSes over this decade has been to give average consumers the kind of features and capabilities which a decade ago required being part of a corporate or university network. Windows 7 still requires the corporate network, or an entirely piecemeal approach with 3rd party software and several different cloud accounts; the notion that your computer is just connected out of the box to your other devices and they all talk to each other is something that doesn't exist in Windows 7. There have also been significant user experience advances with things like, yes, desktop managers. And we haven't even discussed the under the hood improvements: do you have any idea how much faster file searching is on Win8/8.1/10 or Mac OS X as compared with Win7?

Windows 7 still works, and it still works well. In terms of stability and bugs, it still has advantages over Win10, although notably not in installation size or performance. But the fact that Windows 7 is still good enough to load up Fallout 4 or Starcraft 2 does not mean it isn't really starting to show its age.

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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
7. Re: Evening Tech Bits Dec 2, 2015, 20:46 Scottish Martial Arts
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Dec 2, 2015, 20:33:
Windows 7 --> Windows 10 = downgrade, not upgrade. The only thing that Win 10 has going for it compared to Win 7 is DirectX 12. In everything else it is worse, buggier and shittier.

Except for minor features like the new Task Manager, File History, a smaller installation footprint, a desktop manager, etc. Windows 10 has its issues, and its not my primary OS, but pretending that Windows 7 is anything but horribly dated at this point is kind of laughable. If all you care about is being able to launch games, then Win7 still does the job, and will for a while, but that doesn't mean it's not missing what are really pretty critical features for a desktop OS in 2015. That people live life without a desktop manager baffles the fuck out of me; I guess they aren't quite the power user they think they are.
 
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News Comments > Evening Patches
7. Re: Evening Patches Dec 1, 2015, 09:53 Scottish Martial Arts
 
DangerDog wrote on Dec 1, 2015, 05:02:
I purchased the A-10 warthog sim from DCS a long time ago, then I realized what I had actually purchased. Watched a video of the take off procedures, I'm all for detail in sims but this thing is nuts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huVi6rdPE4I

I split a gut watching this giant bomb video of these guy trying to get off the ground.

The procedures are complex but they're also rote. If you play it with the Warthog HOTAS, which is what it was designed for, then those rote procedures become part of your muscle memory. Getting sensors on target, selecting weapons, engaging: that's all stuff you eventually become able to do while flying and navigating at the same time. I hadn't touched the A-10 in probably a year before last night, but as soon as I was on the ramp at Nellis AFB, getting her started up again and ready to taxi was no harder than getting on a bike again after years away.

Otoh, this: https://youtu.be/7Xnv79DDxRI

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News Comments > Evening Patches
6. Re: Evening Patches Dec 1, 2015, 09:48 Scottish Martial Arts
 
ATC is still the same sadly. They have said that they are completely redoing the ATC system, but at this point it's still the same barebones, often unresponsive thing it's always been. FF3 is probably a good first module to install because you're going to want to be able to zip around to look at everything, and to rapidly change altitude, etc. and sadly the 300 knots or so am A-10C is going to give you just won't cut it haha.  
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News Comments > Evening Patches
3. Re: Evening Patches Dec 1, 2015, 01:08 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Aero wrote on Nov 30, 2015, 20:43:
Holy fuck. Nevada for DCS. Finally.

Getting it downloaded is a fucking mess. All told you need to download about 30GB of data, but the fucked up torrent implementation they're using has most people getting download rates of 50-60KB/s. It took me 14 hours to get the thing downloaded and installed.

At any rate, the new terrain and graphics engine look amazing, especially once you get up to altitude. I'm especially excited to try some Huey flying tomorrow: there are a lot of dry river beds to go nap of the earth through. The Red Flag campaigns don't seem to be available yet, but there are a handful of quick start missions available for the A-10C at least (the only module I've had the patience to install given the glacial download speeds).
 
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News Comments > Black Friday Crowdfunding Roundup
2. Re: Black Friday Crowdfunding Roundup Nov 27, 2015, 16:23 Scottish Martial Arts
 
I remember that way back, when GTA San Andreas came out, you remarked that while you liked much of the game you just couldn't get into it because you couldn't relate to playing a black character, and you really would have enjoyed it more had the main character been more directly relatable. Now imagine every video game you ever played starred a black character, rather than a wish-fulfilling, manly, 20-30 something, white guy. Wouldn't you think to yourself "There weren't a lot of games that depicted Anglo heroes..."? Wouldn't you want there to be more games that you could relate to, and therefore enjoy? I don't think you would think it such an unreasonable request if the situation were reversed, but on the other hand you've always showed a shocking inability for introspection or empathy so maybe not.  
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News Comments > Legacy of the Void Sells 1M
14. Re: Legacy of the Void Sells 1M Nov 14, 2015, 10:35 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Kajetan wrote on Nov 14, 2015, 02:56:
Slick wrote on Nov 14, 2015, 02:49:
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You do realize that WoL alone contained more missions than Starcraft 1? Regarding to playable content, SC2 is three full games. But hey, keep on ranting if that makes you happy.

You're arguing with someone who thinks $60+$40+$40=$200 so judge how much time and energy you spend on this thread accordingly.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 11, 2015, 21:26 Scottish Martial Arts
 
WaltC wrote on Nov 11, 2015, 16:19:
Apple is already little more than yet-another cell-phone company.

I'm gonna guess you aren't a software developer. Either that or you got confused and thought it was still the 90s, i.e. when Apple computers were garbage. If you go to any tech conference or hackathon in the Bay Area, Seattle, Austin, LA, [insert tech hub here], you're going to see MacBook Pros everywhere, probably in the range of 2/3s to 3/4s of all the computers used by attendees. Why? Libraries, toolchains, and Unix. In comparison, Windows is a pain to develop on unless you're building native windows applications. Plus, as mentioned above, no one else in the field is using a Windows PC unless it's what their company forces them to use.

Apple doesn't have the market share of Windows-based devices in the PC space, but it long ago picked a market strategy wherein they don't need Windows level market share in order to make money. In the meantime, for certain fields, among them software development, Macs dominate. Plus Macs are pretty solid little computers; I know I only boot up my Windows desktop for gaming.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 14, 2015, 14:49 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Another retarded thread on Blues News, brought to you by our recurring sponsor of retarded threads everywhere: Axis!  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
16. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 13, 2015, 13:45 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 13, 2015, 11:10:
And what direction was that? Rectangular? iPod - rectangle, iPhone - rectangle, iPad - rectangle, MacBook Pro - rectangle. Yeah, real visionary stuff.

Hint: business leadership is only tangentially about the objective newness or quality of the product being sold.
 
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News Comments > FINAL FANTASY XIV OS X Pulled, Refunds Offered
21. Re: FINAL FANTASY XIV OS X Pulled, Refunds Offered Jul 5, 2015, 22:41 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Axis wrote on Jul 5, 2015, 18:47:

Mac Gaming market - now that's funny! For a second there, I though you were serious!

Maybe you haven't heard but it isn't 1996 anymore.
 
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News Comments > FINAL FANTASY XIV OS X Pulled, Refunds Offered
9. Re: FINAL FANTASY XIV OS X Pulled, Refunds Offered Jul 5, 2015, 18:31 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Axis wrote on Jul 5, 2015, 17:32:
Why game companies humour mac is beyond me...

Presumably for the same reason they "humor" the PC: there's a market there, albeit not the largest, and they can make a profit in it.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
13. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 2, 2015, 13:31 Scottish Martial Arts
 
InBlack wrote on Jul 2, 2015, 03:21:
SMA you have obviously never heard of the R27ET have you? It is a Russian infrared missile with a maximum reported range of 120 km. (The latest versions). No radar required. Let's take that reported range with a grain of salt, and halve it to get to a realistic max range of 60 km. Thats still well beyond visual range, and no its not short range. (My point being that its a myth that IR missiles are necessarily always short range)

The R27ET is certainly an exception; on that point you are absolutely right. The Russians have invested a lot more heavily in thermal sensors, and in fact the Su-27 and Su-33 carry their own dedicated infrared search and track system.

More broadly though, the nature of a thermal sensor is that it can't 'see' as far as a radar; the radar is using echo-location by active, directed radio wave and the former is using temperature contrasts between an object and its background. Relative to radar-guided missiles, infrared missiles are much shorter range. Likewise, all IR missiles within the US arsenal, and nearly all within the Russian arsenal (the R-60 with its 8km range is a whole lot more common the R-27ET), have ranges that limit their use to a close in fight.

So while I went to far by saying that infrared weapons are "necessarily" for short range combat, it wouldn't be wrong to say that an infrared sensor "heavily implies" that a missile is for short range use.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
9. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 2, 2015, 02:55 Scottish Martial Arts
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 1, 2015, 23:13:
25km is close, but gun attack range is 1km to 2km You carry these missiles not to get into dogfight distance, but to have something superior than a gun should anything get into YOUR range despite a best try at avoiding it ;p And would you rather have a gun in a F35, or 8 IRIS-T ?

25km is the operational maximum range. That's not the range at which you have a reasonable pK (probability of kill).

The nature of infrared guided missiles is that they are employed at close range. Here's a physics problem for you: if two fighters are each traveling in excess of 1000km/h directly towards each other, how many seconds does it take for the two planes to go from 25km apart, to 0km apart? (less than 45 seconds). Realistically though, the sensor on an IRIS-T is not going to pick up the thermal signature of an aircraft in head-on aspect at 25km, since the exhaust of the engines are going to be obscured by the body of the airplane. Toss in other things which can limit the sensor's ability to pick up the thermal signature, such as things as innocuous as clouds, to IR jammers and flares, and realistically you're looking at an engagement range of 10km: which is really good for an infrared guided missile! At that range, you can see your target, are less than 18 seconds from merging, and are already setting yourself up for your opening maneuver in a dogfight.

The point of this isn't to say that IR guided missiles are useless, but that they are close range weapons which are used by non-fighters in emergency self-defense, or by fighters who have committed to fighting a maneuvering battle. An F-35 that's about to use an IR guided missile is an F-35 that's about to experience the limitations of its weak single engine, heavy airframe, and sluggish maneuverability. Futhermore, it will never be a choice for an F-35 pilot to carry 8 IRIS-Ts, because to do so would mean carrying no long range weapons, and even worse, 6 of those missiles would have to be carried externally, negating the F-35s stealth.

The thing people forget about air to air combat is that prior to the merge, fighters are traveling EXTREMELY fast and therefore most weapon ranges really aren't as far as they sound, relative to how long it would take the airplane to travel the same distance. The other thing people forget is that missiles are still very imperfect, complex weapons that are prone to missing. A fighter that is going to shoot down enemy fighters needs to carry a mixture of medium range active and semi-active radar guided missiles, short range infrared missiles, and, yes, a cannon, so that the pilot has an array of options as the fight develops, because in all likelihood the enemy pilot isn't going to cooperate about when he's supposed to be shot down.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 1, 2015, 21:29 Scottish Martial Arts
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 1, 2015, 20:07:
Dogfight ability has zero relevance to plane performance in a modern AWACS supported war.

And... F-35 in Dogfight.. would be a major fail of the command structure. Considering the US can get the IRIS-T, which is a "furball" missile. Meaning it can turn around and chase targets that are behind, below or above a plane without having to turn the plane in that direction....

Yeah... no.

Nearly all air to air kills made in the past 30 years have been made well within visual range. In terms of beyond visual range combat, the F-35 represents an incremental improvement over existing technology; Moore's law does not apply to aerospace. The F-35 will be carrying the same AMRAAM missiles for beyond visual range combat that existing fighters carry -- although only 2(!) of them at a time -- and there is no reason to expect that its radar will have revolutionary performance gains over existing technologies. Likewise, the F-35's stealth capabilities are only effective in head-on aspect. While the F-35 is clearly designed to be most effective in the Beyond Visual Range arena, that does not mean we can reasonably expect all future F-35 air to air engagements to be won, or even fought, at that range.

As for the IRIS-T, that is a short-range infrared missile, one which will only ever be employed in a dogfight. If the launching platform is slow and unmaneuverable, like the F-35, then getting close enough to use such a missile is to cede any advantage or chance at survival you might have.

You also vastly overestimate what thrust vectoring can do. Yes, it is possible, under ideal conditions, for a thrust vectored missile to intercept and destroy a target that is below/behind/whatever the launching aircraft. That does not mean the probability of such a kill is high, or that such capability can be relied upon. Under most firing conditions, missiles really only have a small chance of hitting their targets. That's why pilots wait to fire them until the firing conditions improve to the point that the missile stands a reasonable chance of hitting. Counting on thrust vectoring to get an IRIS-T to the target, rather than maneuvering the launching aircraft into ideal firing conditions, is a near certain way for the missile not to hit its target.

The chief problem with the F-35 is that ignores everything we know about fighter tactics, air combat maneuvering, and Energy-Maneuverability Theorem in the hopes that the engineers will come up with such awesome avionics that it won't matter. I'm reminded of the initial run of F-4 Phantoms in Vietnam not being equipped with cannons because "missiles have rendered the dogfight obsolete": my concern with the F-35 is that, like North Vietnam's fighter pilots, our future adversaries may not cooperate with us about when and what range we'd like to have air engagements.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
9. Re: Morning Metaverse Jun 22, 2015, 22:50 Scottish Martial Arts
 
KezClone wrote on Jun 22, 2015, 20:12:
Cutter wrote on Jun 22, 2015, 14:53:
I'm not defending Apple, I'm condeming the model that Swift and other parasites like her want. Apple in this case is doing musicians a favour. Giving people the opportunity to check out stuff they normally might not if it's a purchase or not at all scenario. It's bad enough they have everything skewed in their favour as it is. And then they wonder why piracy is still so rampant. The unmitigated greed of musicians is breathtaking.

You clearly don't understand the first thing about online streaming revenue models if you think musicians are raking in money with it.


He also -- as is his norm -- clearly didn't read the article: Swift explicitly states that she doesn't need to be paid more, but that she won't support a model in which artists who DO need that money are expected to finance Apple's own marketing promotions.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 16, 2015, 03:37 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Axis wrote on Jun 15, 2015, 13:40:
Someone let Nick Statt in on the joke yet? PC games have never, ever suffered. Ever.

Just one of the many fads and falsehoods people will feel stupid to have believed in and propagated about in their lifetime.

Not even in 2004-2008ish when AAA development had almost entirely abandoned the PC, but Steam and other digital distribution platforms hadn't reached maturity?
 
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