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News Comments > PUBG Launches
2. Re: PUBG Launches Dec 21, 2017, 09:59 Creston
 
If your game is not stable, why the hell is it being taken out of Early Access?
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. Re: Evening Consolidation Dec 20, 2017, 20:31 Creston
 
Look at how amazing the Witcher 3 looks on the Xbox one in 4K mode! All these graphical effects, and a solid 30fps to boot!


It's funny, I was playing that exact game with those looks well over a year ago, at ~50-60 fps. Looked even better still. Admittedly it was not at 4K.
 
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News Comments > Squadron 42 Specs and Trailer; Star Citizen Selling Tanks
14. Re: Squadron 42 Specs and Trailer; Star Citizen Selling Tanks Dec 20, 2017, 20:27 Creston
 
"Goddammit, we're not selling enough plots of virtual, non-existing land in our virtual, non-existing game! What else can we sell?"

"How about tanks?"

"YES! Brilliant! Tanks of air! We'll make all these plots of land on planets with no atmosphere, so players will have to buy tanks in order to breathe. Every breath a swipe of the credit card! It's so pure I could cry!"

"Chris, I meant tanks. As in armored vehicles with a big gun."

"Oh... But not real ones, right?"

"No, of course not. Pretty pictures of tanks."

"Sweet!"
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 20, 2017, 17:31 Creston
 
Beamer wrote on Dec 20, 2017, 15:58:
You get what you pay for with tires, as well.

I had Falkens, purchased on sale, and eventually moved up to the Consumer Reports highest rated Michelin's. They were maybe $30 more per tire. But the difference in ride quality was shocking.

Weird. I've had Falkens on my mazda 6 and my wife's Fiesta, and they are very comfortable tires. Also grip like a champ, and have little road noise to them. I quite enjoy Falken tires. (And Mercedes and Porsche put Falkens on their mid-range cars, so clearly they're pretty good.)
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 20, 2017, 17:29 Creston
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 20, 2017, 14:34:
So I reckon the Steam sale is starting tomorrow, jah?

Any car guys have thoughts on tires/rims? In my research it seems to be that smaller rims and tires 15/16" provide a more comfortable ride and better fuel economy. Is that true? I've honestly never given a lot of thought to tyres/rims. I do know however I don't like those stupid large ones and low profile tires that hip hop artists all seem to be enamored with.

I just ask because the models I'm looking at range from 16/17/18 inch depending on the package. Can you get a better package with the smaller tires and corresponding price break?

Well... That's not a simple question to answer, really. It depends.

Typically a smaller diameter tire also has a smaller tire width. In such cases, a smaller tire does get you better mileage. This is simple physics, it's a smaller amount of rubber causing resistance on the road, thus your engine has to work less hard. Not sure how much it breaks down to, I'm guessing a couple percent per 10mm or so?

But if you go from a 215/65R16 to a 215/60R15 (numbers pulled out of my ass, don't kill me if there is no such thing as a 215/60R15), it's not really going to make much difference.

I would imagine a smaller tire would be slightly easier to turn, torgue wise, so your engine potentially would have to work a miniscule amount less, maybe? Though that's likely more to do with the tire width, again, than the diameter of the wheel.

Whether it gives better ride comfort... I would imagine that has more to do with the compound of the tire and the stiffness of the suspension than the wheel size on it. I never really noticed much difference between 15s and 16s. My Mustang has 18s, but it's got a pretty stiff suspension, so the ride comfort is definitely less than the 16s I had on my Mazda 6.

Obviously the tires themselves will be cheaper if you go smaller, but I don't think you're really going to do yourself many favors if you drop 2 inches or more on your car. Your car was designed and calibrated to have an X" diameter wheel on it, not one that's 2 inches smaller.

Furthermore, you'd have to buy new rims too, so that'd likely wipe out any real savings you'd see?

In any case, long story short, imho never skimp on tires. They're the only thing between you sitting there, heart racing, thanking yourself for spending money on good tires, and you sitting there moaning with your face in your airbag and your car halfway up someone's trunk.
 
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News Comments > Destiny 2 is Activision's "Biggest PC Launch"
26. Re: Destiny 2 is Activision's Dec 20, 2017, 17:11 Creston
 
Flatline wrote on Dec 20, 2017, 17:03:
According to The Onion's version of Joe Biden, that would be the summer of '87

Not gonna lie, the summer of '87 was pretty fucking awesome.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Killer virus Dec 20, 2017, 10:47 Creston
 
"We have a responsibility to ensure that research with infectious agents is conducted responsibly, and that we consider the potential biosafety and biosecurity risks associated with such research,"

"However, we ignore that responsibility wherever and whenever we can. Don't worry, though. When we let a super-deadly virus escape, we'll just hide behind corporate legalism and bullshit for months just to cover our asses, while all of you die horrible, horrible deaths."

Yay, America. Are you guys getting tired of all the Win yet? I know I am. SO. MUCH. WIN.

 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
1. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Dec 20, 2017, 10:43 Creston
 
Ajit Pai just declared the UK as "desperate," then sucked up to his corporate masters some more by declaring the entire concept of customer service as "unduly burdensome." He will draft an order that outlaws all help desks for Telcos/Cablecos.

 
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News Comments > Destiny 2 is Activision's "Biggest PC Launch"
6. Re: Destiny 2 is Activision's Dec 20, 2017, 10:39 Creston
 
The game has earned more than 90 awards and nominations to date

Best Lootboxes
Best Avoiding Gamers Wrath About Lootboxes
Best Letting EA Take All the Shit for the Exact Same Thing
Best Job Advertisement for Hiring a Lootbox Designer


 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 19, 2017, 15:01 Creston
 
Pigeon wrote on Dec 19, 2017, 14:39:
Creston wrote on Dec 19, 2017, 13:14:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 19, 2017, 11:17:
I'm not saying it was aliens, but you've got unidentified high-performance aircraft penetrating your airspace. That's a national security issue. We need to get to the bottom of it.

It's not a national security issue if they're your own country's high-performance aircraft, which is a safe bet that's what all these are.

A project that only a few dozen people in government, along with a few dozen engineers and five test pilots know about is going to be seen as a UFO by everybody else. That doesn't mean it needs to have hundreds of millions of dollars spent on it to investigate it.

The problem with UFO's is when people see things they don't understand they are quick to fill in the gaps with explanations that don't necessarily represent reality. For example Venus, yes the planet, is often mistaken for a UFO. Because it shines brighter than any other object, excluding the moon, and is often close to the horizon it doesn't look like other 'stars'. People think it's a bright object hovering several feet off the ground a few miles or so away. It's an easy one to identify and disprove as a UFO, but a lot of people still think it's a UFO.

So when you only have one or two witnesses that are seeing something they don't understand, you have to remember that their brains are filling in the gaps and effecting their perception. What they think is happening may not, and is probably not, what is actually going on.

Right, but Venus isn't accelerating etc. That video posted by the Hornet crew isn't planet Venus. But it IS most likely a new plane in its top-secret prototype testing phase that nobody in the Navy has ever heard of before.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Trump Judicial Nominee... Dec 19, 2017, 15:00 Creston
 
afka Rossini wrote on Dec 19, 2017, 13:51:
I wonder if an actual Russian plant could do more harm to this country than what we're seeing now.

What would you call Trump if not a Russian plant?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 19, 2017, 13:14 Creston
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 19, 2017, 11:17:
I'm not saying it was aliens, but you've got unidentified high-performance aircraft penetrating your airspace. That's a national security issue. We need to get to the bottom of it.

It's not a national security issue if they're your own country's high-performance aircraft, which is a safe bet that's what all these are.

A project that only a few dozen people in government, along with a few dozen engineers and five test pilots know about is going to be seen as a UFO by everybody else. That doesn't mean it needs to have hundreds of millions of dollars spent on it to investigate it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 19, 2017, 13:12 Creston
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Dec 19, 2017, 11:24:
$22 Million, for the US government/military, is basically handing a guy a pencil and a stapler. If they actually thought this was worthwhile it'd be a multi-billion dollar effort.

Note that most of that money went to Harry Reid's buddy's company. So this was a crackpot who has a senator for a buddy, goes to said senator, convinces him that his crackpot idea has merit, and the senator diverts funds to his buddy's company for bullshit reasons.

It used to be that our government diverting money to their family and buddies was considered illegal, but now we just call it a Black Ops project and we're good.

Look on the bright side, though. It was barely 10 cents per American taxpayer.
 
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News Comments > Destiny 2 The Dawning Dawns
7. Re: Destiny 2 The Dawning Dawns Dec 19, 2017, 12:46 Creston
 
Rhialto wrote on Dec 19, 2017, 12:33:
I've got a code with my new video card, I don't want to activate it because I'm not interested in that game. Suggestions? I know if I sell/trade the person needs to have a 1080 or 1080 Ti.

Sell it on eBay? Most people do that with their codes.
 
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News Comments > Destiny 2 The Dawning Dawns
4. Re: Destiny 2 The Dawning Dawns Dec 19, 2017, 12:01 Creston
 
Don't worry, though. They had an ad up for a lootbox designer to join their team so from here on out, it's just going to get better and better!*

(* for Activision. Not for you.)
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
17. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Dec 19, 2017, 10:58 Creston
 
If Timmeh ever saw Netflix's or Google's bandwidth bill for a month, his brain would suffer a buffer overflow.

Stop believing this AT&T CEO garbage that "GOOGLE IS RIDING MY PIPES FOR FREE!" It's horseshit. It is indisputably false. Google and Netflix pay millions of dollars to THEIR ISP for the bandwidth they use/deliver to their customers.

The ISPs want to have it three ways. Netflix pays their ISP for delivering data. You pay your ISP for access to get that data. And then the ISP wants ANOTHER fee for sitting in the middle and making that connection (the peering agreement.)

A connection that has already been paid for on both fucking ends.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Why teens find the end of the world so appealing Dec 19, 2017, 10:46 Creston
 
Because it's a giant pile of garbage?
 
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News Comments > Dying Light Gets Three DLC Packs, Including a Freebie
1. Re: Dying Light Gets Three DLC Packs, Including a Freebie Dec 19, 2017, 10:40 Creston
 
I love Dying Light, and I think their year of free DLC is fantastic, but these two paid DLC packs are just absolute garbage. They're not new weapons, they're new SKINS. And in the case of the White Death rifle, it literally looks like they took the Harran Military Rifle skin, and painted it white instead of orange...

3 bucks for a few skins. Hey, if people want to buy that, be my guest. I think that's an awful deal.


 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 18, 2017, 09:44 Creston
 
Holy shit, Blue. Time to call a lawyer, methinks.  
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
2. Re: Sunday Mobilization Dec 17, 2017, 17:26 Creston
 
Indeed, Tasha Keeney, an analyst at ARK Invest, is even more optimistic, telling CNN that the autonomous taxi market could be worth as much as $10 trillion by 2030.

LOL. Yes, all because of all that data! Because there is nothing more valuable than 2TB of data of "Person A drove to work today. Person B drove to work today. Person C drove to work today. Person D did not drive to work today."

Unbelievable. Nowadays, if something generates data, it MUST be valuable! No, actually, it isn't. It's just data, and unless there is something worthwhile (meaning against the norm, or indicative of a new trend) in that data, it's just NOISE.

I mean, I could generate 140PB of data every day by saying that ~6.9 billion people put on clothes today, but it's really not very valuable, is it?

Sure, if someone is going to the mall, I can see targeted advertisements being valuable, but 99% of these car trips are going to be PEOPLE GOING TO WORK. It's gonna be hard to target that.

Still, it is my biggest worry: self driving cars coming with endless fucking advertisements that you can't turn off, like that terrifying Black Mirror episode. Then again, I'll be the last guy to get one. The government will have to rip the steering wheel from my fucking hands.

Also, heh, 2030. Good luck with that. Despite what all the sociopaths in Silicon Valley and the car manufacturers would like you to believe, autonomous vehicles are nowhere NEAR level 4, much less level 5, which is what we all envision when we say autonomous driving.

I'm sure there will be self-driving, level 5 cars in 2030, but this idea that they will have already conquered the market and everyone is in one is insane.

For one, they are going to be expensive as hell. All that tech costs money. Metric shit tons of it. A level 5 self driving car is estimated to cost ~ 10K - 15K dollars more than a current regular one. So while the 1 percent can afford them, the 1 percent doesn't do most of the driving on our roads.

But probably more importantly, currently Most Americans don't trust self-driving cars.

And while that will slowly change once they become available and more reports of how safe they are start filtering down, Americans aren't going to change their mind en masse in a little over ten years.

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