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Real Name Mike Fisk   
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Signed On Oct 31, 2002, 20:40
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 11, 2016, 14:19 killer_roach
Devinoch wrote on Jan 11, 2016, 13:25:
Pick up the 59-track deluxe version of "Nothing Has Changed," which was meant to be a best-of up to "The Next Day" and I guarantee you that you will find at least some stuff you liked. You won't like everything. I don't know that there's anyone on the planet who liked everything Bowie did BESIDES Bowie, but he was always trying new things, pushing new boundaries, finding new sounds. From there, you can find the eras of Bowie that speak to you and dial into those. For me, everything always spins out of "Heroes" but your mileage may vary.

Agreed (and the one track new to Nothing Has Changed then appeared on Blackstar). Personally I was most a fan of some of the more boundary-pushing moments of his career (Low, Heathen, Blackstar, etc.), but his entire career was exceptional.

Very few artists can have a career of that length, continually changing with the times, and not end up either sounding like a throwback or a tribute of their earlier work. Bowie was the exception to the rule.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 8, 2016, 19:14 killer_roach
nin wrote on Jan 8, 2016, 10:05:
Always a great day when a Bowie album comes out...

And the fact that it's that good only makes it that much better.
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale Jan 7, 2016, 21:36 killer_roach
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jan 7, 2016, 21:00:
I'm tempted to buy PA:Titans, but they were such jerks about the whole thing, it seems like a mistake to support their bullshit.

Hrm, coinflip time maybe.

If it's a coin flip decision, wait. There have been sales and bundles where they've practically been giving the first game away; seems likely that you can get Titans in the next 3-6 months for less than the $12 it's on sale for.
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jan 4, 2016, 19:57 killer_roach
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 4, 2016, 19:15:
It is sort of hard to believe they are still chasing after Blu Ray (DVD) protection when a lot of people have moved on to other mediums. They possibly should even be encouraging it to get back huge losses in revenue there.

AACS/BDLive is still a bit of a moving target in terms of Blu-Ray decryption (although only barely - new wrinkles only remain unsolved for matters of moments anymore, if that long), but yeah - CSS has been punched full of holes years ago, to the point where some regulatory bodies consider it insufficient to function as copy protection.
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News Comments > PC Killer Instinct a Windows 10 Exclusive
27. Re: PC Killer Instinct a Windows 10 Exclusive Jan 4, 2016, 12:25 killer_roach
KilrathiAce wrote on Jan 4, 2016, 02:42:
This is so stupid, MS is trying to turn windows os into consoles lol, fuc* you MS.

I do have to say though, if I was the PC developer side of this game I would be mad.

It's probably still Iron Galaxy. Considering their last PC project, this would be a cakewalk in terms of user feedback.
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News Comments > PC Killer Instinct a Windows 10 Exclusive
22. Re: PC Killer Instinct a Windows 10 Exclusive Jan 3, 2016, 23:02 killer_roach
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 3, 2016, 22:48:
In the end it will be another postmortem like GFWL... MS: "It wasn't executed properly", yeah no shit. Until you have the balls to just make a game a put it out there for the masses to buy without any unique hoops that are MS, you'll have public acceptance issues. They think there games are undeniable and carrots, first become a great game making company, then you might have some chance of success.

It was like I pointed out in the last generation - when you had more Sony-published PS3 console exclusives making it to PC than Microsoft-published 360 ones, something's off (mind you, most of Sony's games were indies that were self-published on PC, but many of them were also partially funded by Sony).
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News Comments > PC Killer Instinct a Windows 10 Exclusive
18. Re: PC Killer Instinct a Windows 10 Exclusive Jan 3, 2016, 22:01 killer_roach
NKD wrote on Jan 3, 2016, 18:35:
I'd honestly be surprised if ONE person upgraded to Windows 10 to play this game. Microsoft is never going to get their shit together when it comes to PC gaming. Either the people in charge are morons, or they are constantly being railroaded into making these shitty choices from somewhere up the food chain.

This is a nothing game that no one cares about. It's not worthy of being any kind of exclusive.

I think they're trying to market the game by establishing it among the competitive fighting game community, but they also realize that almost nobody is competitively playing any fighters on the Xbox One (even multiplatform games like GGXrd, DoA5LR, and MKX are being played on PS4). As a result, they're doing what a lot of Japanese devs have been doing lately - namely push the game out on PC, develop a fanbase for it, and hope it then carries over to the console side.

...that being said, the current KI game is in a bit of flux after the original developers got bought by Amazon and then Microsoft hired a porting house of dubious quality to continue on after Season One (the same people that did Batman Arkham Knight's PC version, no less).
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
10. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 29, 2015, 18:34 killer_roach
Eirikrautha wrote on Dec 29, 2015, 14:40:
Pigeon wrote on Dec 29, 2015, 13:37:
On the Wikipedia article I've certainly run into the issue being described. I think part of the problem is a lot of those entries are written by people who are used to writing for scientific journals, which assume the reader already has a higher level of knowledge about the topic. Also the writing itself is generally not presented in a way that is easily understood by most people. It takes a good amount of skill to "dumb down" a complex topic so it's accessible to a wider readership. I'll take overly complex articles I have to struggle to understand over ones that only tell half the information to keep it simple any day.

The reason they are written like that is because many are copied word-for-word from textbooks and journals. I've run into this dozens of times when quick-referencing aerospace equations. This isn't a case of an expert who can't "dumb it down" or ELI5. It's a case of folks who have no clue what they are copying just pasting it into a wiki article...

We have a winner here. I've used Wikipedia to try to double-check parameters for various econometric regression tests, and many of them, while long on the theoretical equations that underpin the tests, fail to even so much as explain what the test parameters are or what to do if the result of the test is outside of expectations (some of the more common tests, like the Brusch-Pagan Test, are a bit better on this, but only slightly).
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News Comments > Steam Winter Sale
26. Re: Steam Winter Sale Dec 22, 2015, 17:21 killer_roach
Verno wrote on Dec 22, 2015, 14:42:
Or buy games on GMG who sell Steam games often very close to cost

Also why GMG often has to rely on third parties to get keys - publishers don't like it when you sell stuff at cost, mostly because it jeopardizes their relationships with other retail partners. It's a large portion of the reason the PSPgo was doomed from the start, and why Nintendo won't sell Amazon hardware...
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 14, 2015, 17:23 killer_roach
Cutter wrote on Dec 14, 2015, 11:54:
Well it's easy for Apple to do this because they don't pay taxes.

Well, in all fairness, no corporation does.

Basically it's likely a huge upfront payment to her, an outsized royalty payment compared to other artists, and free users of Apple Music will be unable to stream her music. As I've said before, Taylor Swift is in a position to dictate the terms for her music - terms that likely few, if any, others are able to accomplish.
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News Comments > Free Worms Forts: Under Siege
3. Re: Free Worms Forts: Under Siege Dec 14, 2015, 13:39 killer_roach
NetHead wrote on Dec 14, 2015, 12:52:
Dentorro wrote on Dec 14, 2015, 12:37:
Hmm says it is free, but if you want to get it they want to charge you.

Can't you select only the free game from the list and choose to check out?

I'd expect it to work like that though I didn't bother trying because Worms Forts isn't worth it even at free.

Yeah, you can just click the banner to get Worms Forts without getting anything else.
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
4. Re: Saturday Mobilization Dec 12, 2015, 17:14 killer_roach
jdreyer wrote on Dec 12, 2015, 15:00:
Will one of them have a replaceable battery and include a micro SD card slot? Getting ready to change the battery in my S4.

Not sure on the battery, but likely you'll see some variants with microSD (after all, even the Note 5 had one that had microSD support, even if it wasn't sold directly in the US).
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 9, 2015, 20:16 killer_roach
Cutter wrote on Dec 9, 2015, 11:16:
Oh relax. These are always followed up by a La Nina, so it should be penis shrinkingly cold next year. And while it's warmer than historical averages atm, people always seem to think December should be colder and snowier than it normally is too. Wait until we hit Jan/Feb and see what happens.

Mind you, after two straight years of Polar Vortex activity, I don't think the average La Nina would really rate in terms of significance (it got down to -15 where I was living in Kentucky last winter).
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 8, 2015, 19:05 killer_roach
jdreyer wrote on Dec 8, 2015, 12:11:
Enjoy your retirement, Neil!

It sounds like it might be a semi-retirement - he's almost assuredly done with touring, but he may still do studio work if he feels like it. Geddy and Alex seem to think he'll still record, but on his terms. (In the meantime Geddy apparently is working on a new solo album, which gives you some idea of the timeframe he's expecting Neil to take to poking his head around a studio again.)
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 7, 2015, 15:09 killer_roach
Stormsinger wrote on Dec 7, 2015, 14:27:
Cutter wrote on Dec 7, 2015, 12:21:
Utterly useless, overpriced crap.

It's not all that often I agree with you, but in this case, I find myself 100% in your camp.

$1500? That's gotta be a remarkably niche market. Probably the same crowd that buys those $100 hamburgers we heard about a few years back.

And it doesn't appear to be all that much materially better from a technological or an aesthetic standpoint from Fossil's $250 smartwatch... I know you're paying largely for name with a TAG Heuer, but still...

All I can say is, if you think that's pricey, I shudder at the thought of what happens when Patek Philippe decides to get into the smartwatch market.
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
4. Re: Evening Tech Bits Dec 5, 2015, 21:42 killer_roach
Cutter wrote on Dec 4, 2015, 21:25:
Yeah because so many people and restos use sous vide now, right? Fuck that, make food in pill form like the Jetsons already!

Sous vide is, as you probably know, incredibly ill suited for restaurants, short of types like Alinea, Moto, or Noma - it takes absolutely forever to cook anything that way (some people swear by 24 hour plus cooking times for sous vide preparations).

As for ordinary people... that's what they're trying to attract. In reality, for meat preparations sous vide is perfect for the Crock Pot set - possibly even better, as you're not as likely to burn anything if your liquid boils off (which it can't do in sous vide, the temperatures are too low).

Then again, your mileage may vary - I'm actually looking at buying myself an immersion cooker for Christmas, mostly for steaks and fish, but I realize that I am close to the epitome of a lazy bachelor foodie.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 3, 2015, 18:29 killer_roach
HorrorScope wrote on Dec 3, 2015, 10:59:
LOL at the Balmer article, he's right. He's just like us now, the same questions and problems, but he has inner connections as well. Sure he comes across butt hurt, but he's right to.

Ballmer was a terrible manager, but he's a numbers guy of the first order. That's how he got involved Microsoft in the first place - he's genuinely a mathematical genius. Getting into an argument on the strategy with him might be a winning move, but not the numbers.
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
8. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 3, 2015, 17:55 killer_roach
Ecthelion wrote on Dec 3, 2015, 14:29:
Jivaro wrote on Dec 3, 2015, 11:00:
If I was going to buy a Galaxy today it would be a S5....but chances are I wouldn't buy a Galaxy. I would probably pick a LG or a HTC if I was buying something today.
I had a HTC M8 One that I really liked, but then one day the camera stopped working, and some Googling revealed that it was a recurring problem with no guaranteed permanent fix. That's pretty dumb, and something I have never run into with an Android or iOS phone before. So for my next phone I switched back to Samsung and did get the S6. It's a nice phone, but the lack of removable battery and memory is dumb, especially since carriers are not fully subsidizing phone costs now and users are less likely to upgrade as often. More devices are starting to go the internal-only battery/storage route though.

I don't tend to keep tons of things on my phone where I would need an external SD card (but I don't listen to music or watch videos much on my phone), and I'm likely to upgrade it before the battery goes bad. But the flexibility is nice.

Now where it would be a deal-breaker for me is on a tablet. Tablets are perfect for putting lots of videos and files on for plane and car rides, especially for kids. External SD comes in handy for that.

I intended to get an LG G4 when I upgraded my phone... then T-Mobile made me an offer I couldn't refuse on the Note 5. Still don't like the lack of a microSD slot, but other than that I'm probably happier with it than I would have been with the G4.
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News Comments > PC Shadow Complex Remastered Revealed
7. Re: PC Shadow Complex Remastered Revealed Dec 2, 2015, 22:19 killer_roach
Jerykk wrote on Dec 2, 2015, 12:24:
Windows 10 exclusive?

Seems doubtful, but with Microsoft you never know.

Really enjoyed it when it came out, but it's been a long time that I've been waiting for a PC version - at this point it had better be cheap.
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News Comments > Winter Sale
27. Re: Winter Sale Dec 2, 2015, 18:02 killer_roach
Shok wrote on Dec 2, 2015, 15:16:
Bought a mystery game for shits and giggles and got Beatbuddy. Looks interesting, not sure when I have time to download and try it heh.

I did similarly, and got Europa Universalis 3 Complete.

Goodbye life...
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