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Signed On Oct 31, 2002, 20:40
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
7. Re: Saturday Mobilization May 2, 2016, 08:15 killer_roach
 
wtf_man wrote on May 1, 2016, 20:41:
I think we all can agree that the Atom was going nowhere because it it was too under-powered. Well... I don't have any experience with recent Atoms, I'm talking about ones from a couple years ago.

Recent Atom SoCs were decent enough from the CPU side of things, but their GPU performance was atrocious. Not to mention few app developers ever bothered to do much compatibility testing against Atom, so you were often better off picking up something with a MediaTek SoC instead, much less the latest and greatest from Qualcomm, Samsung, or Apple.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
3. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Apr 23, 2016, 22:02 killer_roach
 
Creston wrote on Apr 23, 2016, 13:14:
Feds: "We were thwarted in our bullshit attempts to completely and utterly destroy every last shred of privacy that existed, but don't worry, we'll try again soon, and we'll keep trying until we succeed.

Sincerely Fucking You Over,
- your government agents."



Well, prior to San Bernardino, Apple was more than happy to comply with the feds... they're probably miffed at being jilted like that.

"We thought you loved us!"
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 19, 2016, 14:34 killer_roach
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 19, 2016, 13:07:
Wow, how much did Apple pay for that advertorial. Apple is evil, plain and simple.

At the very least, this "penchant" is a recently-discovered one - they were more than happy to work with law enforcement, often without a warrant, until it came to the San Bernardino shooter's phone. Now they're becoming more consistent on it regardless, but it's a new development regardless.
 
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News Comments > GameStop's Publishing Division
3. Re: GameStop's Publishing Division Apr 18, 2016, 21:50 killer_roach
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 18, 2016, 20:59:
Interesting idea. Hope it works out.

I didn't think that $15M was a big game anymore.

$10-15m is probably about the floor for a AAA game from a major publisher anymore. The "second tier" of publishers (Ubisoft, Capcom, Namco Bandai, etc.) might occasionally slide under that, but not by much.

That said, $15m is probably a safe minimum benchmark for what you would consider a game equivalent to so-called "tentpole" feature films, marketing budget not included.

Overall, it's an interesting space - seems like they're trying to slot in just below the likes of a Ubisoft but above, say, Devolver Digital. Putting my economist's hat on, it's a somewhat risky venture, but also one that could be lucrative if done right by poaching the sort of creative, middle-scale titles that most of the big guns are too risk-averse to touch. Then again, there's been others who have tread this path before - Gathering Of Developers, Crave, Groove, et cetera - with a lot of carcasses in their wake.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
18. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 14, 2016, 07:18 killer_roach
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Apr 13, 2016, 20:00:
And it wasn't true on my old '03 Cobra, either. She, too, had IRS. I could not get that back end to step out no matter how hard I tried.

Most of the modern Shelby-tuned Mustangs have IRS, although until very recently they were the only ones that did.

That said, not really a fan of the sports coupes - most of them aren't meant to fit somebody my size comfortably (6'3.5", 235 pounds, and possessing a long, wide torso). I'd rather have something like a Ford Taurus SHO, Chevy SS (boo to GM for killing it off), Hyundai Genesis R-Spec, or, if I came into serious amounts of money, a BMW M5 or Mercedes E63 AMG. I'd rather go fast without having to shoehorn myself into the vehicle.
 
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News Comments > etc.
11. Re: etc. Apr 11, 2016, 04:51 killer_roach
 
Quboid wrote on Apr 10, 2016, 19:38:
He kinda reminds me of George Lucas. He made good films when he didn't have a huge reputation and ego and the people around him could tell him when he was making a mistake. Creative types need freedom but they also need to be criticise-able.

I wonder who Molyneux's Irving Kirschner is, then.
 
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: etc. Apr 10, 2016, 19:29 killer_roach
 
rudra wrote on Apr 10, 2016, 16:49:
jdreyer wrote on Apr 10, 2016, 16:34:
Given Molyneux's many post-Bullfrog failures, it's amazing the company was as good as it was back then.

not really. you've got a team of like 10 people, so its much MUCH easier to reign in the 1 crazy guy

Or, conversely, there's less damage for the one crazy guy to do, and less friction involved with simply humoring the crazy guy.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 3, 2016, 17:12 killer_roach
 
Have a leg up on you for freakish weather, Blue - right now in Kenosha, Wisconsin it's 67 degrees... and snow is expected tonight. Projected 40-degree drop in the next 12-18 hours... yeesh.  
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
8. Re: Intel may turn to AMD for Radeon graphics tech licensing. Mar 28, 2016, 02:20 killer_roach
 
And between the two of them they still probably can't write a halfway decent video driver to save their lives...  
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News Comments > Op Ed
7. Re: Op Ed Mar 19, 2016, 21:41 killer_roach
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 19, 2016, 11:46:
It's called ROI. How much money is there to be made refurbishing old games? Some no doubt but enough to make it worthwhile? GOG gets by sure, but they also have new games. And how many GOGs could be sustainable?

Pretty sure a lot of it comes down to economies of scale - try to resurrect a couple games through emulation, you're probably never seeing your money back. A couple dozen? Maybe. A couple hundred? Now you're at least getting into the conversation - after all, if you only have to develop (or license) the emulation tech once for each class of hardware, getting to market with as much as is humanly possible seems a near-requirement in terms of making anything like that happen in an economically-viable way.
 
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News Comments > CryENGINE V Goes Pay What You Want
14. Re: CryENGINE V Goes Pay What You Want Mar 16, 2016, 06:41 killer_roach
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Mar 16, 2016, 03:45:
CryEngine must be a beast of complexity with fairly poor documentation according to info from many CIG behind the scenes features. I agree that it was probably the worst engine choice they could possibly make but that's what happens when you have a CEO who returns to gaming after a decade and just knows that Crysis looked cool and goes for it.

Anyway, I doubt that there will be many indie devs able to put it to good use due to the high demands. They will be using engines that will get the job done more efficiently (less cost, less time, less training, less support). It's probably also much easier to find employees who have experience with UE or Unity than with CE.
That's why I wouldn't exactly expect a flood of CE games from this move... unless what Yerli said is actually true and CE 5 really is a massive revamp of the whole thing but that sounded more like marketing talk than anything else. Guess we'll see...

Well, not really a surprise that they went that route, as Amazon Lumberyard already does similar (and that uses CryEngine as a base). Might be a case of "why pay for CryEngine when Lumberyard gives me all this stuff for free (apart from the cost of AWS for online features)?"
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 6, 2016, 01:24 killer_roach
 
jacobvandy wrote on Mar 5, 2016, 23:20:
To be clear, Mythbusters did not prove we landed on the moon, they just disproved some of the contrarian theories out there. Namely that the ambient lighting, flag physics, and footprint preservation are scientifically accurate as depicted in that old footage.

Well, they also tested one of the retro-reflectors left on the moon by one of the Apollo missions... basically indicating there were man-made objects placed on the moon where the astronauts said they put them.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
5. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Mar 5, 2016, 21:29 killer_roach
 
The Half Elf wrote on Mar 5, 2016, 20:46:
Maybe if they add water to it like Gremlins....

No charging it after midnight.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
3. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Mar 5, 2016, 20:37 killer_roach
 
ZeroPike1 wrote on Mar 5, 2016, 15:00:
Amazing, a dormant cyber plague on the guys Iphone. Words... not enough words to say to this idea. Yeah make up BS to get your way in the courts.

If it's dormant, all the better reason not to be poking at it...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 28, 2016, 13:12 killer_roach
 
PHJF wrote on Feb 28, 2016, 11:01:
I would say they can't heavily award Fury Road because in the end it was a thrill ride instead of a cohesive and thoughtful narrative... but they gave Gravity best picture, so what the hell do I know. Revenant was the same, albeit with more cinematographic gusto. Boyhood was boring as fuck all but in an industry now ruled by Marvel boots, reboots, and sequels, I guess you gotta give people chops for doing something different.

Boyhood was directed by Richard Linklater, who carries a lot of art-house cinema cred. There's cinephiles who will go nuts over anything he does, regardless of quality (and he's usually short on quality, but long on creativity, even if that creativity often borders on novelty).
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
16. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 23, 2016, 00:14 killer_roach
 
jimnms wrote on Feb 22, 2016, 18:04:
You're also forgetting that these VW engines already passed the emissions tests when they were certified and weren't cheating. There are many ways to clean diesel exhaust, the most common is to use an exhaust fluid which reacts with the NOx and breaks it down into water and nitrogen. The exhaust fluid method works and doesn't impact performance or mileage, and not much of it is needed so the the exhaust fluid only needs topping off during an oil change. For some reason VW decided to go with a NOx trap instead, which traps the NOx and periodically burns it off, but during this cycle the engine is less powerful and consumes more fuel. Then they decided to cheat and turn off this cycle to keep the engines from losing power and fuel economy.

Yeah, the urea (AdBlue) process works pretty well - it's what Chevy uses in their Cruze diesel (which, thanks to Dieselgate and the drop in gas prices, can be had relatively affordably), and what BMW and Mercedes use in their diesels (as well as VW/Audi diesels with six or more cylinders, although those are currently under a stop-sale order like their four-cylinder kin due to having the defeat device despite likely being okay on emissions still). Mercedes and BMW already have their diesels meeting EURO 6 emissions targets, which are actually somewhat stricter than those the EPA uses (for once)... also, for low-end torque there just isn't anything that beats a diesel that doesn't require being plugged in on a regular basis (the current Mercedes four-cylinder diesel is good for almost 300 lb-ft of torque - more than the eight-cylinder petrol engine in my car produces).
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 22, 2016, 13:07 killer_roach
 
Creston wrote on Feb 22, 2016, 10:39:
Something that VW was already planning anyway.

Jalopnik isn't reporting this yet, so I wonder how true it is.

Granted, not that it's necessarily sales opportunities. Keep in mind that FCA has hybrid/electric versions of almost their entire range, and sell almost none of them. Wouldn't surprise me if they're being pushed in that direction both from the US and Europe, however. (Somewhat interestingly, even their worst-offending diesels would have still qualified as good under EURO 4 emissions standards a decade ago...)

I'm a bit bummed about VW's turn towards full-electric vehicles, mostly because they have a lot of engine technology that not only could play nice with hybrid tech, but could be altered to be relatively fuel-efficient as well. (The W engine design, for instance - would be very simple to deactivate half the engine, turning a 600hp W12 into a 30mpg VR6, or a 300hp naturally aspirated W8 into a frugal four-banger...) I'm in the middle of a career development track that should be putting me in some degree of money in a few years' time, so I was genuinely hoping to buy a Phaeton when they reintroduced them to the US market. At this point, I'll probably have to "settle" for something like a Volvo V90 or an E-Class Merc - simply put, I don't have a lot of faith in a fully-electric car to spring to life in the middle of a Wisconsin winter.
 
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News Comments > Need for Speed PC Specs
19. Re: Need for Speed PC Specs Feb 20, 2016, 08:28 killer_roach
 
Julio wrote on Feb 19, 2016, 18:46:
I decided to stay with the prior NFS game on PS4, no need to buy this one. They even had an under $30 sale on this game for PS4 and it's just not worth buying.

Always online, always night driving - NFS isn't what it used to be.

Not that Rivals was much better... although either are still better than The Run, which I'll continue to argue was the low point in the franchise (excluding whatever that mess they released on the Wii was).
 
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News Comments > Need for Speed PC Specs
8. Re: Need for Speed PC Specs Feb 19, 2016, 13:25 killer_roach
 
Avus wrote on Feb 19, 2016, 10:56:
If you want to play a 2016 racing game with no in-car view, short list of cars, always drive in the dark and wet, rubber band AI, stupid story, Monster drink product placement.... this is the game for you.

I paid about $15 for it on PS4... that seemed about the right price for it.

The AI rubberbands, but it's not as bad as previous games in the series - the bigger issues I have are the rather limited selection of cars, the hilariously bad FMV sequences (seriously, who thought that was a good idea?), and the fact that completing drifting missions is necessary to advance through the game. The gameplay itself isn't half bad - it's a shame they make you jump through so many damn hoops in order to actually get to it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 18, 2016, 17:21 killer_roach
 
Blue wrote on Feb 18, 2016, 15:01:
PHJF wrote on Feb 18, 2016, 12:50:
What inspired you to spend $150 on a Logitech keyboard? Really into The Division, are you?

Well, it was only half-intended. For a variety of reasons I thought I might want one, but was (of course) hesitant about the price (and the fact that I'm not that interested in a third person shooter diminishes the value greatly for me). I pre-ordered it thinking I had time to reconsider before what was projected to be an April release.

Then Monday I got word it was coming Tuesday, and I decided it was fate.

Just ordered a Corsair K70 keyboard myself - was going between that and the G810, but I just liked the look of the Corsair better. Likely to be a near-record long delivery time for it from Amazon - despite the keyboard being sold by Amazon (and not a third party), has to make it here to Wisconsin from shipping out of a non-sort facility in California. As a result, despite ordering the keyboard on Tuesday morning, it's not supposed to get here until Monday. (Also showing the value of Amazon's sort centers right there - with a sortable package things can get from California to Wisconsin in a day to two. But when USPS handles it end-to-end, like they do with non-sortable items...)
 
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