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Signed On Oct 31, 2002, 20:40
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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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News Comments > Hitman GO: Definitive Edition Next Week
6. Re: Hitman GO: Definitive Edition Next Week Feb 15, 2016, 19:44 killer_roach
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Feb 15, 2016, 16:13:
If this port this well and it's not twice the price as on mobile, it could be cool.

Well, looks like (from the press release) it's priced 60% higher than mobile ($7.99), although the PSN release comes with Vita and PS4 versions for that price.
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News Comments > Hitman GO: Definitive Edition Next Week
2. Re: Hitman GO: Definitive Edition Next Week Feb 15, 2016, 11:16 killer_roach
ViRGE wrote on Feb 15, 2016, 11:09:
I want to get excited about a new Vita game, but another mobile port?

Seeing how similar the Vita hardware is to the now three-plus-year-old iPhone 5, it tends to go without saying that it'll attract its fair share of mobile ports...
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News Comments > Steve Jackson's Sorcery! Parts 1 & 2 Released
8. Re: Steve Jackson's Sorcery! Parts 1 & 2 Released Feb 3, 2016, 17:32 killer_roach
ksaun wrote on Feb 3, 2016, 14:02:
(BTW, I think this is a different Steve Jackson.)

It is. British author and game designer, not the American game designer.
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News Comments > Steve Jackson's Sorcery! Parts 1 & 2 Released
2. Re: Steve Jackson's Sorcery! Parts 1 & 2 Released Feb 2, 2016, 20:58 killer_roach
Cutter wrote on Feb 2, 2016, 20:48:
This looks good for a tablet game, and I've always liked SJG. Anyone play it yet? Is there really a lot of replayability?

I've played them on my Kindle Fire tablet - they play somewhat similarly to 80 Days, but they do play pretty well on a tablet, and there's enough choice and randomization to make repeated plays somewhat worth it.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 2, 2016, 00:40 killer_roach
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 1, 2016, 21:46:
Only 16 million? I find it amazing the number is that low. I figured there were wide swaths of the west which wouldn't have it. Hmmm...

There are - just nobody lives there
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 1, 2016, 12:46 killer_roach
Cutter wrote on Feb 1, 2016, 11:38:
And yes, the Pro Bowl is weak sauce. The only reason anyone plays is a free trip to Hawaii. Hold it in Duluth this time of year and see how many of them show up.

The NFL doesn't have the balls to hold a Super Bowl in Green Bay or Chicago because of the weather - they sure as hell wouldn't for the Pro Bowl. (The only reason they had the one Super Bowl in New York was... well, it's New York, a new stadium, and I'm sure a metric crapton of money changed hands on that one.)
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 1, 2016, 10:29 killer_roach
eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 1, 2016, 09:57:
What about the fact that tackling causes brain damage? Personally I do not watch "sports" where violence that leads to severe injury is a legit unpunished tactic. For the same reason MMA and boxing are not sports, they are arena fights. On the same level as the gladiators from 30bc, just less bloody.

Tackling doesn't cause brain damage - what causes brain damage is hits leading with the head or targeting the head. You don't have the same risk of CTE in rugby or Australian rules football, for instance. Why is that? They don't wear helmets, and as a result are very careful about hitting with the head, or putting their head in a position to be hit hard (and if it is they get knocked out and taken out of the game, arguably preferable in terms of long-term brain health than having several smaller impacts linger).
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
16. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 30, 2016, 10:35 killer_roach
Ratty wrote on Jan 29, 2016, 12:03:
Pigeon wrote on Jan 29, 2016, 10:54:
Cutter wrote on Jan 29, 2016, 10:24:
When is it ever enough for the psychopaths of Wall St.?

Exactly; it's not that Amazon is a bastion of goodness in the business world, but their whole business model is built around providing good value to customers and continuing to add new and/or improved services. While those things take money and don't lead to as much profit as they theoretically could make, it does maintain a very, very large and stable customer base. Wallstreet isn't happy unless you're squeezing your customers like an orange, then discarding the husks to be used as mulch.
That's exactly right. I think the worst change we've seen in recent decades is an obsession with short term profit over long term growth and sustainability. A new CEO comes into a bank or brokerage, focuses on risky investments and mortgages, the bank makes a bundle, shareholders are happy, CEO leaves with a multi-million dollar payout, market crashes, mortgages become toxic but everyone's happy because the government bails them out. No one's looking at the long term growth of the company because the short term is all that matters anymore. A lot of it has to do with the consolidation of small companies into large mega companies. There aren't any family-owned businesses anymore. They're just another asset for a mega corp to squeeze dry and sell to the next comapny down the line.

The funny thing is that the reason why you see so much short-term thinking in corporate America was due to a change that was done supposedly to make companies think more long-term - the move toward compensating C-level executives primarily in stock options rather than salary. All it meant is they had to ride things out for the length of the vesting period for their options and little more.

(Interestingly, though, you're now seeing the idea of giving stock to rank-and-file employees as a partial solution to the problem of "I'm only making X while the company makes billions in profits" - variable bonus compensation and stock grants actually do quite a bit to allow for wage flexibility while still giving the ground-level workers a chance to be rewarded by their employer's successes.)
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News Comments > FNaF World Creator Apologizes for Rushed Release
10. Re: FNaF World Creator Apologizes for Rushed Release Jan 25, 2016, 19:06 killer_roach
Hyatus wrote on Jan 25, 2016, 18:13:
Cutter wrote on Jan 25, 2016, 15:45:
That's necessary, not generous.

He's releasing the game for free, fixing it, and allowing refunds from anyone who bought it. What is your skewed definition of generous?

In his mind, probably that he isn't committing seppuku.

Then again, I can't really recall anyone going that far before. Usually you're lucky to get a fix or a refund. Never the game for free. Certainly not all three.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
7. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 18, 2016, 17:25 killer_roach
Quboid wrote on Jan 18, 2016, 16:38:
jdreyer wrote on Jan 18, 2016, 13:36:
200 million? Not if they are $600 a pop, in addition to requiring a top end PC.

4 years is a long time in tech. 200 million headsets sold seems ambitious to me but not impossible. I'd guess 50 million.

My wild stab in the dark: in 2019, a midrange VR headset will be about $300 and run on any decent gaming machine, with more expensive options for those of us with the hardware to handle fancy stuff like maybe an 8K panel. If a Rift CV1 is still compatible, it will be in second hand shops for $60.

Or if Apple makes one compatible with the iPhone. After all, they've proven themselves the undisputed masters of upselling people they've already snared into their ecosystem. (Still won't get you to 200 million, but might get you 60-70 million right there.)
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 13, 2016, 17:26 killer_roach
TheEmissary wrote on Jan 13, 2016, 16:39:
I think the main reason why PC sales have been leveling off is because we aren't seeing massive improvements from year to year. Lot of people treat buying a PC like they do a car as they splash out get a decent one and only replace it when it breaks. Only the enthusiasts or game players will actively seek out yearly upgrades or replacement parts.

Beyond that, there's not much for an enthusiast to spend their money on - I still run a 970 and a i7-2600K because there hasn't really been a compelling upgrade beyond that...
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News Comments > Steamship Ahoy - That Dragon, Cancer
32. Re: Steamship Ahoy - That Dragon, Cancer Jan 12, 2016, 19:59 killer_roach
NKD wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 19:34:
Oh lord. Amazon store pages are not scientific studies.

Diet and it's effect with regards to cancer is still not well-understood by science. In general, a healthy diet reduces your risk of cancer, but studies have been wholly inconclusive with regards to specific dietary choices. Anyone telling you that you have to eat non-GMO foods, or be a vegetarian, or whatever else has crossed from good advice into "woo" territory. The science simply isn't there. Anyone trying to make definitive claims such as selling books GIVING YOU SPECIFIC RECIPES is a scam artist.

Really tired of seeing shit-heels exploiting peoples fear of cancer to sell shit. Don't they have some hyper-diluted macguffin to be drinking to purge "toxins" or something instead of scamming people?

Even beyond that, a lot of countries' record keeping of cancer statistics were astonishingly poor until quite recently unless it was something that caused obvious symptoms (thyroid cancer, brain tumors, melanoma, etc.). If it was something that went undiagnosed and killed you slowly at an old age, they just said you died of natural causes and left it at that. (Additionally, expected lifespans in Japan in the 1950s were somewhere in the low 60s of years - most of your cancer fatalities occur either under the age of ten or over the age of 75.)
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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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