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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 23, 2017, 23:43 Creston
 
Episode VIII: Stop Saying It's Just Like The Original Trilogy, Guys, Sheesh!
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
23. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jan 22, 2017, 15:15 Creston
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 22, 2017, 14:06:
HDTV was once significantly more expensive. Even 3D trickled down to virtually every tv at its height.

And jacked up the price of said TVs because of it. And HDTV didn't start selling until the price came down. As long as they keep pricing the HDR TVs at their current price range, they're not going to sell, because it's just This Year's Gimmick. Next year it'll be something else again. HDTV is the one thing that genuinely made a huge difference in one's viewing experience. Everything since then, 3D, 4K, HDR, OLED etc, is just that much empty air to people, as evidenced by the fact that it simply doesn't sell that well. (comparatively. Obviously, 3D TVs sold pretty well when you had no choice BUT to buy one if you wanted a new TV.)

You're a tech guy. You know that it takes a bit. Intel's first quad-core processor was $1,000, but that tech made it downstream. BMW puts all its new tech in its six figure 7-series, but it eventually makes it down to the 1-series. NVIDIA puts its new tech in the $1,000 Titan, but eventually it hits $150 consumer parts.

Yes, but it's not quite the same thing. Most of that stuff is genuinely better, although it can be argued that Nvidia and Intel are just making tiny incremental leaps to reap the cash because of virtual monopolistic positions. HDR is nice, sure, but it's not nice enough to justify the asking price. Neither is 4K, neither was 3D, neither is OLED. The TV industry just abounds with all these bullshit new things every single year, and then to really fuck you over, they'll change their standards while they're at it too, because it's not enough to make you buy a new TV, you really should have to buy new cables and ideally new ancillary shit too.

Bleh, in any case, priced as it is today, HDR isn't going to sell, so the TV douchenozzle salesman who said that it has "universal appeal" is just full of shit. As he is pretty much every year.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 22, 2017, 15:05 Creston
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 22, 2017, 14:57:
I feel your zeolitry

Zeolitry? OMG SPELLING ERROR BEAMER IS TRUMP!





I love how the crowd just loses their shit in that 3 half court shots video.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
81. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 22, 2017, 12:07 Creston
 
Nucas wrote on Jan 21, 2017, 21:19:
man i am LOVING the tweet storms about trump's first executive order increasing the cost on homeowners getting FHA mortgages. especially when they act like they didn't know what they were voting for. it's so good

"he's just kidding around"
"he'll mature as a president" (just like bush)
"at least he's not hillary! EMAILS!"

I'm not really very up to date on the FHA stuff, but didn't Obama only announce that like a week ago? I doubt anyone's even had a chance to actually benefit from that before Trump got rid of it again.

So it's not increasing the cost, it's just keeping the cost where it is, right?
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
20. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jan 22, 2017, 11:57 Creston
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 21, 2017, 17:13:
HDR is more universally appealing, though. Do people know what it is now? No. But if you put them in front of two TVs, side by side, they can easily see the difference. Everyone can see the difference, and it requires no additional devices such as glasses. It, like HD, will seamlessly become part of everything, because it genuinely is that much better and requires no additional effort from content creators.

"Man, that TV sure is a lot more purdy than this one! Let's get that one!"
"It's four hundred dollars more expensive."
"Oh. Yeah... We'll take this cheap one."

As long as TV manufacturers keep trying to make 80000000% profit on whatever their new Gimmick Du Jour is, it'll just stay a gimmick.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
6. Re: Saturday Mobilization Jan 21, 2017, 15:18 Creston
 
El Pit wrote on Jan 21, 2017, 14:37:
thecakeisalie wrote on Jan 21, 2017, 13:29:
A "smartphone" being used by a raving idiot. The irony. Sorry, politics aside, I could never stand Trump.

At least it wasn't a "gift" from his good friend Vladimir.

No, but Vlad has already sent him a link to an app that he recommends: FreePussyFinder

o_O

*checks Google Play store.*
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: we stand for truth, honor and justice!! Jan 21, 2017, 15:15 Creston
 
Agent-Zero wrote on Jan 21, 2017, 12:58:
A Dog's Purpose author "speaks out"??? FUCK YOU!! I WILL RAPE YOUR SKULL!!! DIE! DIE! DIE! DIE! DIE!!! I WANT YOUR HEART! I WANT TO EAT HIS CHILDREN! PRAISE BE TO ALLAH!

Easy, buddy. Just breathe.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. FF15 Jan 21, 2017, 12:29 Creston
 
Heh, the trailer is pretty funny, and even pretty spot on. That said, it's still a really good game, the absurd linearity of the last six chapters notwithstanding.

The open world part is excellent (it has some of the absolute best dungeons in an RPG), the hunts are fun (the scale of some of the things you fight is just phenomenal), the combat is really very good (it just takes a long time to get skilled at it), the story is decently okay, and there are some genuinely solid "OMG TEH FEELS" moments.

The downsides don't really do enough to drag the whole thing down. Lots of fun, well worth it imo.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
1. Heartbeat password Jan 21, 2017, 12:02 Creston
 
Haha, great. Take a brisk walk, and now you can't unlock your PC/phone/whatever.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
2. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jan 21, 2017, 12:00 Creston
 
We decided to drop 3D support for 2017 in order to focus our efforts on new capabilities such as HDR, which has much more universal appeal."

Does it really? I doubt even 10% of the potential buying audience knows what HDR is or why they'd want it.

It's just another round of the "Look at this great new gimmick we've got! Buy it now! Yes, we know you just bought a new TV, but this one is better more gimmicky!"

 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
1. Heart monitor in your AirPods Jan 21, 2017, 11:57 Creston
 
I guess someone is willing to pay for that information?
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
3. Re: Evening Safety Dance Jan 20, 2017, 23:06 Creston
 
"Others are worse!" is never a defense for shady practices.

If there really is nothing to worry about what it collects, why doesn't MS just fucking say outright WHAT it collects? The fact that it continues to refuse to do so just keeps implying that they are, in fact, grabbing some kind of PII from you.

 
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News Comments > GDC Lifetime Achievement Award for Tim Sweeney
1. Re: GDC Lifetime Achievement Award for Tim Sweeney Jan 20, 2017, 22:59 Creston
 
I may not always agree with him, but the award is absolutely deserved. His impact on gaming has been immense.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
13. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 20, 2017, 16:50 Creston
 
descender wrote on Jan 20, 2017, 16:47:
The only thing she could have actually been pinned on here was mishandling of classified information and dodging FOIA requests. If they pursued that for Hillary they would have also had to charge the last 3 secretaries of state with the same thing.

Ha, yeah, like that was going to happen. Like I said, security rules, cybersecurity laws, good practices, etc, it's all just dust in the wind. When you're SOMEBODY in Washington, none of it applies to you.
 
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54. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 20, 2017, 16:40 Creston
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jan 20, 2017, 13:20:
As a Canadian,

I love the hate for this presidential election.

I foresee dark times, economically, for us Canadians.

Why? Wall Street is going to have fucking BOOM TIMES the next four years. Trump essentially put Wall Street in charge of the government. There will be no more silly regulations getting in the way of Profits By Any Means.

The last thing you have to be worried about is the economy going in the shitter. (now, that money is of course all going to Trump's elite buddies. You and I won't see a dime, unless you're upper-middle class or above. Poor people and the elderly are going to get hammered.)

But all in all, the economy will be fine. Who knows, if Trump actually makes corporations pay at least 1% taxes, with all the ridiculous wall street gains they're about to make, he might even whittle down our debt by a bit.

 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
11. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jan 20, 2017, 16:32 Creston
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 20, 2017, 16:24:
Well, hey man, the GOP - Colin Powell, et al - were doing it for years before her and no one ever uttered a peep about it then. With them it's always, 'Do as I say and not as I do.'


Eh, I wasn't particularly implying that it was just the democrats doing it. It's clear that when you're in the higher echelons of government (ie, when cybersecurity becomes REALLY important), the rules and regulations simply never apply to you.

So I'm fairly sure Trump isn't going to give two shits about them.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
10. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jan 20, 2017, 16:31 Creston
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 20, 2017, 13:53:
Creston wrote on Jan 20, 2017, 13:42:
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 20, 2017, 10:29:
His handlers will let him keep his phone and instead just restrict his twitter account.
We can hope.
In any case, Hillary already showed that you can just do whatever-the-hell you want with regards to digital security and never get more than a stern frown, so eh. Trump could post the nuclear codes on pastebin and the FBI would just go "tut tut."
A government run server is always the securest.

It would likely have been more secure than whatever "FREEMAIL2008!" distro her local IT flunky downloaded from securelootz.xxx.

But even so, it doesn't matter if her server was the most secure, impenetrable server in the history of Life, the Universe and Everything, there were rules and regulations in place with regards to her communications, and she flat out said "Fuck you, these rules don't apply to me," and got literally nothing done to her for it.

So clearly, the rules and regulations with regards to cybersecurity in the US government are really just "well, it'd be nice if you could try to do this, but don't bother yourself overmuch."

Unless you're a peon, of course. Then you get 50000 years in jail.
 
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News Comments > Werewolf: The Apocalypse Game Plans
13. Re: Werewolf: The Apocalypse Game Plans Jan 20, 2017, 16:28 Creston
 
I'd be very excited about another CRPG set in the World of Darkness, but we've had so many promises and so much nothing from that particular corner, that I'll just go "eh" until it's actually out.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
5. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jan 20, 2017, 13:42 Creston
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 20, 2017, 10:29:
His handlers will let him keep his phone and instead just restrict his twitter account.

We can hope.

In any case, Hillary already showed that you can just do whatever-the-hell you want with regards to digital security and never get more than a stern frown, so eh. Trump could post the nuclear codes on pastebin and the FBI would just go "tut tut."

 
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12. Re: etc., etc. Jan 20, 2017, 09:25 Creston
 
El Pit wrote on Jan 20, 2017, 03:05:
I have just started my first playthrough of vanilla XCOM2 and, maaaan, it is hard! I have not lost any soldiers in the field, but lots of wounded in action, had to hire a new recruit, but now I am already totally underpowered in missions... It seems you have to follow a pretty strict queue of research or you will have to start the whole game again. Sorry, this is not fun to me. I like the missions and that hey are harder and the time pressure is just right, but less pressure outside the missions and a bit more time to develop your teams and armor and guns would be great.

Just mod it. All the pertinent time frames are stored in simple .ini files and are literally called things like "Doom Clock Turns" etc. I spent like 10 minutes browsing through them and found everything I wanted to change. It's probably the easiest game to mod of all time.

 
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