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Signed On Dec 23, 2002, 21:02
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 12, 2016, 14:53 HoSpanky
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 12, 2016, 13:16:
Symmetrical Cable Broadband Speeds Are Coming.

100mbps up AND down!*

(* $150 per month plus fees and taxes)

We offer 1gb symmetrical for $90 (with deep packet scanning, yikes), or $120 without. No data cap.

The Adblock one is a tough fight. Both sides have valid points (as well as invalid).

If a site has minimal info and a ton of ads surrounding what you're wanting to actually SEE, there's a very good chance that you're using more bandwidth for ads than actual content. On cellphones and any metered connection, this is unacceptable. The user shouldn't have to pay for those ads out of their limited bandwidth. We'd see a WHOLE lot fewer crap ads and large video ads if ISPs would simply count traffic from those ad companies and bill THEM for their data usage. If it suddenly cost actual money to hand people a bunch of garbage, that garbage would dwindle away.

People say "I don't buy things through ads anyway, so I don't want to see them". True, but sites need to make money for their content SOMEHOW. Either there'd be a subscription fee, or you get ads. When I order through Amazon, I use a link thru Blue's (when I remember). Every once in a while there will be an ad on here that hijacks my browser, and I switch Adblock on for a few weeks. Ads are a necessary evil, unfortunately on computers they can be TRULY evil, encrypting drives or installing backdoors.

Maybe someday, our government will have people who understand actual recent developments in tech and will make laws about this sort of crap. Unfortunately as soon as they start regulating the Internet...they'll do more than we want. I'm not sure what we have NOW is the worst option.
 
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News Comments > Xbox One Controller Windows Issues
3. Re: Xbox One Controller Windows Issues Aug 7, 2016, 13:25 HoSpanky
 
ItBurn wrote on Aug 7, 2016, 12:59:
"Tim Sweeney thinks Microsoft will make Steam "progressively worse" with Windows 10 patches"

Mmm, this isn't the sort of issue MS would want. This is their own, first-party hardware not working right. That is absolutely not in their best interest. This will get fixed. They already fucked up the Xbone controllers once before.
 
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News Comments > StarCraft HD Next Month?
9. Re: StarCraft II HD Next Month? Aug 5, 2016, 12:05 HoSpanky
 
I'd rather they get WC3 working properly in widescreen, but this would be neat. Not sure I'd pay more than $5-$10 for it.  
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News Comments > Steam VR Tracking Royalty-free
8. Re: Steam VR Tracking Royalty-free Aug 5, 2016, 09:25 HoSpanky
 
Seems like KXmode really means he's got NO willpower. I've got a friend who keeps avoiding checking out the Vive, because he can't afford one. I keep trying to tell him I'm not trying to get anyone to buy them, but it's neat tech. There honestly isn't enough content for it that works right to get it into mass market appeal.  
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News Comments > Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 Patched; Free MUA DLC Plans
11. Re: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 Patched; Free MUA DLC Plans Aug 3, 2016, 16:00 HoSpanky
 
PHJF wrote on Aug 3, 2016, 15:20:
"games like these"? Like Diablo and Grim Dawn are supposed to be better with a gamepad?

Diablo 3 on console is actually a ton of fun. I would love for them to allow for controller support on PC, as it makes the combat way better. Local co-op doesn't hurt, but it's not ideal. The menus and inventory management sucks with the gamepad, but on PC, they could allow BOTH. Just like how in GTAV I use M/kb to walk around and pick up my gamepad as I get in a vehicle.
 
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News Comments > Everest VR Released
3. Re: Everest VR Released Aug 2, 2016, 21:58 HoSpanky
 
Apparently, this is very pretty, but super short. You know when they label it an "experience", but they're asking a surprising amount of money for half an hour. VR owners may be starved for content, but I'm not THAT hungry.  
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News Comments > Overwatch Summer Games
6. Re: Overwatch Summer Games Aug 2, 2016, 21:47 HoSpanky
 
Yay, they started this event up and then Blizzard immediately got DDOS'd by Brazil.  
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News Comments > New Titan X Released
11. Re: New Titan X Released Aug 2, 2016, 15:18 HoSpanky
 
ForgedReality wrote on Aug 2, 2016, 12:56:
VaranDragon wrote on Aug 2, 2016, 12:11:
Actually no, you are wrong. These are intended as top of the line Gaming cards. Nvidia already has professional graphics workstation cards, they are called Quadro. Actually the Titans are cheap compared to the top of the line Quadro cards.

That, and ever since Maxwel Titan X, they haven't been given FP64 acceleration, unlike the prior Titans. So, really, they're not that great at compute tasks, so they're just rich gamer cards now.

I was considering this card before Pascal was released, but seeing its performance (and price) has me backing off a bit. I'd like to see someone overclock it to proper speeds and benchmark that. I'm kind of doubting a 1080 Ti will exist at this point.

Did not realize they disabled the fp64 support. Well yeah, ok, so these are now just absurdly overpriced cards for people who enjoy not using what they paid extra for. 12gb of video memory?
 
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News Comments > New Titan X Released
4. Re: New Titan X Released Aug 2, 2016, 11:46 HoSpanky
 
Well, shit, my 1080 is scheduled to arrive today, guess I should just deny delivery and order something twice as expensive with a 15% gain!


GinRummy wrote on Aug 2, 2016, 10:40:
They should lease these things to gamers, $100 a month and you get an upgraded Titan X every 10 to 15 months. Older returned ones to be sold refurbished for $250.

Heh, leased video cards sounds harder to control than just leasing entire machines. The sort of person who would lease equipment isn't usually the same sort of person who would want to install it.

Also, these cards are not intended as gaming cards. They're of course quite capable at it, but they're intended for other purposes.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 1, 2016, 16:27 HoSpanky
 
The Paving Army is neat to watch. They're not covering a damaged layer, they just didn't show the day before when they stripped the top off. We have road crews here that block off a section of road in the morning, strip it, resurface and press it and it's ready to go the next day. I'm not sure how long that paving will last, but it's fast and seems to have held up for a few years so far.

The dog thing cracks me up. She tried to do the right thing but clearly has a shifter up by the wheel, which is really easy for a dog to accidentally pull if they're hopping up around there. Also, dog or no dog, leaving your car running is the BEST way to not find your car when you come back out.
 
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News Comments > Super Kaiju Early Access [Update 2]
1. Re: Super Kaiju Early Access Jul 30, 2016, 10:25 HoSpanky
 
Amusingly, it requires motion controllers. Expecting a big flood of returns from Rift owners.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Verizon, We Suck and We Know It Jul 29, 2016, 13:56 HoSpanky
 
The tech support pro thing really isn't a bad deal for tech-blind customers. We routinely have customers who can't figure out how to get, for example, their Fire Stick to connect to the Internet. They call us out because they abjectly refuse to learn how to set up wifi, and then are furious that we bill them $100 for "doing something so simple". We HAVE the exact same thing as Verizon, but no one signs up for it.

Unfortunately, a huge percentage of customers think their ISP is also Free Geek Squad. Verizon is putting this service in so they can easily deny customers' dumb requests, or at least get paid for doing something they didn't initially promise to do.
 
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News Comments > DOOM Patch, DLC, and Double XP Plans
8. Re: DOOM Patch, DLC, and Double XP Plans Jul 28, 2016, 22:47 HoSpanky
 
I was pleasantly surprised at how fun DOOM's campaign was. I have no interest in the multiplayer, so any DLC they intend to sell me needs to have single player content. To be vague, the story clearly implies there's more coming, so I think there'll likely be one expensive SP DLC down the road.  
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News Comments > No Man's Sky Trailer
5. Re: No Man's Sky Trailer Jul 27, 2016, 18:29 HoSpanky
 
Florp Naming Simulator still seems iffy. Sony seemed to think it was hot shit, let's just hope they were right.  
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News Comments > Marvel Ultimate Alliance Ports Criticized
5. Re: Marvel Ultimate Alliance Ports Criticized Jul 27, 2016, 12:08 HoSpanky
 
This game was shot out because someone at Activision realized they take place during the Civil War storyline, and why not try to capitalize on that while interest is high?

Unfortunately, they probably figured this out only a few weeks ago, and did a slap-together job to get them technically running, hoping no one cared much about them having no graphical upgrades since 10 years ago or whether or not the controls actually worked.

The insane price is just the absolute proof that this was a "let's sell it while the storyline is relevant!" cash grab.
 
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News Comments > Oculus Rift Room-Scale VR Coming
8. Re: Oculus Rift Room-Scale VR Coming Jul 27, 2016, 09:09 HoSpanky
 
Already tried Raw Data, and the word "Raw" is there for a reason. That fucker needs to cook a LOT longer. Actually requested a refund, the multiplayer is flat out broken. The wallpuncher and I both got it for co-op, and whoever is the second player always lost the ability to reload about halfway thru a level. That happened three times across three days, not going back until they pull it out of EA. I expect EA to be mostly functional, just content-light. Raw Data is light on content AND polish.

Been considering covering the play area with interlocking foam pads, but since it's the garage, they'd have to come back up when I was done for a couple days so the cars can go back in. My play space isn't ideal, but considering the number of people complaining that "room scale is for rich people", I'm gonna be happy with the fact I have space to play it at all.
 
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News Comments > Oculus Rift Room-Scale VR Coming
4. Re: Oculus Rift Room-Scale VR Coming Jul 27, 2016, 00:15 HoSpanky
 
Slick, I use something similar to keep the cord suspended above, and it's set to tug when you get near the far edges. I've got a pretty big play space (the garage!), but it's not super comfy to play in, what with the concrete floor and only a small window A/C unit valiantly trying to keep it from insta-sweat land. Had to build a mount for one of the sensors, as the garage is actually too large for them to communicate reliably.

The big benefits of the garage is the chaperone walls come up rarely, AND I made sure there's a good foot and a half to two feet outside each one. So when my jackass friends come over who think they have to jump and lunge at a skeleton in Vanishing Realms, they don't put another hole in the wall of the nicest room in my house. That same asshat got his own Vive and promptly punched a hole in his OWN wall, and THEN decided maybe he needs to calm the fuck down.

Anyway, I don't see the Rift getting room-scale to be any more problematic than the Vive. If you're stupid enough to put shit inside the play area, or directly outside it, you're gonna hit it.

I've shied away from the Vive lately, mostly due to hear but also the 970 in that rig isn't quite up to the task of running the more complete games, like Elite and PCARS. Today, Newegg had the super clocked EVGA 1080s in stock (and still do). Mine's in Packaging!
 
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News Comments > More Grand Theft Auto Online Cunning Stunts
4. Re: More Grand Theft Auto Online Cunning Stunts Jul 26, 2016, 15:35 HoSpanky
 
Well, shit, they're really pushing me to clean off some space for this game again. My games drive is pretty packed and GTAV eats up a hefty chunk.  
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News Comments > Marvel: Ultimate Alliance & Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 on Steam
3. Re: Marvel: Ultimate Alliance & Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 on Steam Jul 26, 2016, 13:49 HoSpanky
 
Be ready for some seriously crummy graphics with these, the first one came out as a 360 launch title, the second followed about a year later. They're mindless fun, but they don't exactly hold up visually.  
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News Comments > More Win10 Concerns from Tim Sweeney
3. Re: More Win10 Concerns from Tim Sweeney Jul 26, 2016, 10:06 HoSpanky
 
"Now they're doing it to Steam"...has steam been broken or gimped in any way with win10? Or is this speculation? I haven't noticed anything change in regards to functionality.  
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