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News Comments > Saturday Interviews
2. Re: Saturday Interviews Mar 25, 2017, 20:03 mag
 
Creston wrote on Mar 25, 2017, 17:06:
Cool article. Amazing that he turned down royalties on the games, thinking they wouldn't sell anything. That's probably cost him a sweet few million bucks...

Unlucky break for him, but what percentage of licensed properties actually make much money in royalties? Hard to tell when you've got a real success on your hands. Even after the Witcher I, which had really a lot of bad press at release due to how unpolished it was, I doubt anyone could've imagined what Witcher III turned out to be.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
4. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 18, 2017, 01:43 mag
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Mar 17, 2017, 19:30:
jdreyer wrote on Mar 17, 2017, 13:55:
PlayStation 3 Production Ending Soon In Japan.

Didn't realize they were still making these. I guess it makes sense, since some people probably have extensive libraries they'd like to keep playing.

How soon before we see a PS3 emulator on PC?

PS3 emulator for PC: https://rpcs3.net/

Still a long way to go but they are making regular progress.

Well damn, they even have Demon's Souls sorta working. That's pretty amazing. I would've guessed at least a decade, too.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
4. Re: Evening Tech Bits Mar 10, 2017, 23:30 mag
 
SirKnight wrote on Mar 10, 2017, 22:36:
Oh AMD....LOL

I have NEVER needed a patch to allow my Intel CPU to work like it's supposed to.

As usual, more excuses and smoke-and-mirrors from team red.

What? You really don't remember the early days of Intel hyper threading, when CPU reviewers had to disable HT to get the 'proper' performance in games?

It's the same thing. New CPU, new way of hyperthreading, new bugs.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Mar 6, 2017, 20:03 mag
 
The_Pink_Tiger wrote on Mar 6, 2017, 19:57:
I used to be a huge fan of MPC, but went to VLC a while back and never looked back. Its interface might not be as polished, but not having to worry about dodgy CODEC packs more than made up for it.

Pretty sure the newer MPC-HC releases have pretty much killed the need to deal with codecs. I don't think I've done the codec-pack-shuffle in years, and I know I've reinstalled Windows a couple times since then...
 
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News Comments > AMD Ryzen Reviews
52. Re: AMD Ryzen Reviews Mar 2, 2017, 19:02 mag
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Mar 2, 2017, 18:52:
I'm confused by all these replies.. some saying its good, some saying intel still wins.

What's the actual story from just a video game stand point (ignore cost difference)? Intel is still king?

If current games and nothing else are your No. 1 top priority, and the games/resolution you play at are not GPU-bound, then going with an i7 or i5 and overclocking it will be faster than Ryzen.

If you're a streamer and don't run a separate machine for OBS, then you might want to consider Ryzen. It suffers much less of a performance hit for streaming, and that puts the 7700k and Ryzen right next to one another.
 
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News Comments > LG VR HMD Specs
3. Re: LG VR HMD Specs Mar 1, 2017, 21:06 mag
 
HorrorScope wrote on Mar 1, 2017, 20:55:
Yep interested to see how it compares, said will be priced similar to the others.

Rift also dropped $200 today.

They also mentioned they are working on next gen which they say is a big step forward. Wait for it... 2+ years out, these guys aren't consumer electronics enough, they are going to go with what they have today for at least that much longer.

Somehow LG is going to put out something with a bit higher rez, even though 110 fov is the same as the others, it has more horizontal rez, so that is interesting to ponder. If nothing else this is a nice little step forward. Rift not able to take steps like that? Not one little design tweak?

Windows Hololens stating they'll be cheaper.

This isn't coming out anytime soon. LG says they'll "announce" something by the end of the year. That's a long time for Oculus, HTC, and Razer to put together their next-gen hardware.
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti This Month
47. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 1, 2017, 18:31 mag
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Mar 1, 2017, 17:52:
Ozmodan wrote on Mar 1, 2017, 14:37:

Sorry but I have to disagree with that comment. The difference between 2k and 4k is minor, especially so if your monitor is under 48". I bought a 4k monitor and guess what I run it at 2k all of the time on games. There are only a few games I can really tell the difference. So ask yourself do you really see that much difference between 2k and 4k or are you just being elitist?



Don't look at games: look at text rendering.

Maybe it's just a matter of continuing Windows fucker-y when it comes to HiDPI displays, and the differences are less apparent than they otherwise would be. What I can say is that whenever I go from my Retina MacBook Pro (15" 2880x1800 native resolution scaled to look like 1440x900) to the 27" 1080p monitor attached to my gaming PC, then my eyes begin to bleed the moment I look at text. Text looks like the printed word on the MBP; on the PC, text looks like a grid of pixels (a hi-res grid, but a grid nonetheless). Doubled pixel density, at least on the MBP, makes for a gorgeous display; while I don't have a 4k display, I would have to imagine that a 4k 27", with twice the pixel density of my current 1080p 27", would look similarly amazing.

I feel the exact opposite. I have a 27" 2560x1440 monitor on my Windows machine, and I would much rather read text on it than on my retina whatever work macbook. I did spend a while fiddling with the Windows text antialiasing settings to get what I wanted, but I do not enjoy the pixel doubling on the Mac.

(That said, I have another windows laptop with a HiDPI display, and that is way worse than the Mac. Windows scaling sucks.)
 
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News Comments > Torment: Tides of Numenera Released
29. Re: Torment: Tides of Numenera Released Feb 28, 2017, 16:44 mag
 
Quinn wrote on Feb 28, 2017, 15:35:
mag wrote on Feb 28, 2017, 15:26:
VaranDragon wrote on Feb 28, 2017, 10:31:
60%

Ouch...this review actually goes a little deeper into detail on the game. And damn...it actually calls the game RPGLite....Double damn.

That's a bizarre critique. Planescape: Torment wasn't exactly super-mechanically-deep. Nearly no loot, extremely limited classes, etc.

People tend to overglorify nostalgic memories. That IS nostalgia. So take that plus lower standards 18 years ago, put it in a jar, send it to 2017 and what you have is a jar of disappointment. Get fucking real.

That's why Half Life 3 will suck unless a new technology is out there affordable for everyone that Gabe can make something innovative with. Off topic, but fuck it. Meet Half Life 3 anno 2024.

I didn't really mean it that way. P:Torment is, I think a game that holds up well even today. It wasn't about the mechanics even then (people tore its combat mechanics apart even at the time: that was not the focus of the game). The Infinity-lite engine was just a frame to prop up their great story.

So that's what the game was, even in the context of its time. It was a combat/loot/skill/stats-shallow framework that told a great story. This is supposed to be a successor to that type of game, and so far (a couple hours in) that looks exactly like what we've got.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 28, 2017, 15:27 mag
 
NetHead wrote on Feb 28, 2017, 08:37:
mag wrote on Feb 27, 2017, 18:39:
Ryzen's looking pretty hot. We'll find out for real tomorrow, I think...

Maybe not the best choice of words lol.

Ha! Fair. Well, the few power consumption stats I've seen have put them as consuming less power than equivalent Intel chips.
 
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News Comments > Torment: Tides of Numenera Released
24. Re: Torment: Tides of Numenera Released Feb 28, 2017, 15:26 mag
 
VaranDragon wrote on Feb 28, 2017, 10:31:
60%

Ouch...this review actually goes a little deeper into detail on the game. And damn...it actually calls the game RPGLite....Double damn.

That's a bizarre critique. Planescape: Torment wasn't exactly super-mechanically-deep. Nearly no loot, extremely limited classes, etc.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 27, 2017, 18:39 mag
 
Ryzen's looking pretty hot. We'll find out for real tomorrow, I think...  
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
2. Re: Robots Feb 26, 2017, 15:04 mag
 
Creston wrote on Feb 26, 2017, 10:52:
I fortunately work in an area where automation really doesn't work, as it's heavily skill-based, but yeah, if I worked in ANY kind of manufacturing capacity, I would be highly concerned about losing my job.

And we know all the imbecile corporations will gladly make 95% of the workforce redundant if they could, and it wouldn't be until years later where they'd go "Wait. Why aren't we selling anything anymore??"

And the Universal Basic Income thing, sigh. Where is that money going to come from? An estimate I saw on CNBC for the US would put the cost of a UBI at 4 TRILLION dollars per year. So that's literally DOUBLE the current budget, which the government already can't finance to the tune of $1 billion+ shortages every single year.

"Well, we'll raise taxes!"

On who? The people who are still working? Good luck with that. If I stay working, but suddenly my taxes go up to 70%, guess what? I'm going to stop working, and just live off my UBI.

"Well, you shouldn't be able to live off your UBI!"

Okay. So then what do the 48% of people who will lose their jobs to robots do? Die? Steal?

"They should get part time jobs!"

Ah, yes. Because if robots have taken over all unskilled jobs, there will suddenly magically be enough part time jobs to employ 75 million people, and those jobs will... not be done by robots?

"They need to do entrepreneur things to make money!"

Because unskilled labor has always been exceedingly capable of that?


The only thing that would make this feasible is if we tax the shit out of corporations. And they would either just shift the price back onto the consumer, as usual, who can't afford a price increase to make up for 4 trillion dollars a year in tax income, because they're trying to get by off ~ 1500 bucks a month, or the corporations will do what they do now, and just evade taxes.


Sorry, UBI isn't going to work. No country in the world can afford it. Holland looked into UBIs in the 80s and realized that even with their absurd tax rate (33-50-60-70% tax brackets back then, and you very quickly wound up in the 50+ range) they would never get enough money to make it feasible, because PEOPLE WOULD STOP WORKING EVEN IF THEY COULD WORK. Nobody is going to work if it means that you have to hand over 80% of your income to the fucking government. (unless you make tens of millions of dollars.)

Time to come up with another idea, fellas.

You tax capital gains and the Owners, man. If we increase productivity but need half the workers, where do you think the profit is going? Those are the people that you tax. It's not going to the remaining middle class workers, it's going to the top .01%. We're going to have to go back to marginal tax rates of 80-90% on the multibillionaires.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
3. Re: Morning Safety Dance Feb 23, 2017, 18:55 mag
 
panbient wrote on Feb 23, 2017, 17:51:
eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 23, 2017, 12:25:
Meaning a malicious site/tracking pixel can read out all TLS encoded sites you visited

So finally time to ditch Firefox and get Chrome? Or is there a better browser for Win10?

I've been noticing FF getting more and more bloated over the last few months. Just flipping between tabs tends to be an exercise in patience now.

I've noticed lately that Chrome, if left running for a few hours, will be using 2.5GB for just its GPU process. And then another 500MB for AB+. And then however much more for various tabs.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
9. Re: etc., etc. Feb 22, 2017, 08:52 mag
 
Brad L wrote on Feb 21, 2017, 21:58:
I noticed one reason they want to move is that she is an American Indian. I wonder if she knows about the Trail of Tears and what party was responsible for that.

1) Donald Trump is not the friend of Republicans. He is using you, but he is weak and ineffective so the Republican establishment, billionaire oligarchy, and Putin are fighting over who gets to use him. You can not view his presidency along party lines. Your guy won, Republicans control Congress, etc--it's safe for you to criticize him now.

2) Today's political parties' ideologies don't even reflect where they were in 1970, much less where they were in the 1830s (or 1850s, in the Republicans' case). Democrats can't lay claim to Jackson's Democratic party (thank god) any more than Republicans can lay claim to Lincoln.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
2. Re: Evening Safety Dance Feb 15, 2017, 21:11 mag
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 15, 2017, 20:43:
US wants to force you to give your passwords and internet history up to gain a visa now. So if you ever clicked on a wikileaks link you are right out, if you ever called trump a "orange trumpet" you are out. If you ever laughed at this tiny baby hands, you are out. Also I dunno if the US even knows this, but in Germany internet history is "only" saved 10 weeks (and even that is constantly fought), so this would stop ZERO terrorists who know about it.

I mean, every nation can do whatever the hell it wants. But at some point you stop being an actual nation anyone will ever want to visit. Not that anyone would want it with a orange hamster in charge.

I work in a field with a lot of people on student visas, working their way through graduate school, etc. In the past, the goal has tended to be: get a job in the US after school. They like it here!

And three people told me in the past couple of days that when they graduate (soon), they're going to be focusing on Canada and Australia instead. They don't feel welcome anymore, and they think the damage Trump does to the view of immigrants is going to far outlast his (hopefully short) reign.

These are people we want here. Smart, highly-educated, motivated, in demand, with intention to settle permanently. And we're chasing them off.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: hyperbole much Feb 2, 2017, 23:33 mag
 
Agent-Zero wrote on Feb 2, 2017, 10:46:
"nightmare inducing"?? it looks like a segway crossed with a coat rack

got some really pathetic chickenshits out there, i guess

It looks like a Wheeler from Return to Oz. Those were pretty traumatizing to five-year-old me...
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
10. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 31, 2017, 16:33 mag
 
HoSpanky wrote on Jan 31, 2017, 14:50:
Verno wrote on Jan 31, 2017, 13:17:
The PS4 has a ton of cool exclusives though and even moreso if you love Japanese games. You can pickup a Slim bundle at a decent sale price sometimes too. My PS4 gets a ton of play time now.

Yeah, I'm currently eyeing a PS4 pro. Might as well get the beefier one if I'm gonna get one, yeah? There's a lot of exclusives for it that I want to play, and a lot of them are bargain bin pricing now. The Order 1776, Ratchet and Clank, Uncharted 4, Odin Sphere (now in HD!), The Last Guardian...there's more but can't recall off the top of my head. There's a few upcoming ones as well, I'm a sucker for God of War games.

Bloodborne!
 
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News Comments > Galactic Civilizations III Patch; Sale
1. Re: Galactic Civilizations III Patch; Sale Jan 26, 2017, 18:55 mag
 
How is GalCiv III these days? Anyone play it? How's it compare to GalCiv II, Stellaris, the new MOO, etc?  
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
2. Re: Sunday Mobilization Jan 1, 2017, 14:52 mag
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 1, 2017, 14:45:
Maybe because Android never exploded.

Yeah, why would I abandon a Motorola-made phone for Apple because a Samsung phone exploded?
 
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
11. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Dec 10, 2016, 20:35 mag
 
Timmeh wrote on Dec 10, 2016, 18:54:
There was zero evidence for hacking by the russians. The report says exactly that.

There was tons of illegal votes perpetrated by the democrats. That is also a fact. If you recounted liberal counties where there are sanctuary cities or where they have passed laws making it impossible and even illegal to verify you can legally vote..... well lets say more than 10% would vet thrown out. A lot more in some places.

Even in detroit they had begun to encounter massive voter fraud by the dems. One box of votes was counted 6 times as one example.


Buddy, you got played so hard, and we're all going to pay for it. Your team's letter might be by his name, but Trump is not on your side.
 
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