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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
1. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jan 12, 2017, 14:12 WaltC
 
CNN is getting amazing...Clapper didn't "reject" anything Trump said--rather, he apologized to Trump, said it was awful, and that no US intelligence sources were involved at all. CNN needs to be shut down and padlocked--all it does is spin one lie after the next. Worthless.  
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News Comments > New AMD Radeon Crimson ReLive Drivers
3. Re: New AMD Radeon Crimson ReLive Drivers Jan 9, 2017, 20:10 WaltC
 
The 16.12.2's (ReLives) were released non-WHQL on ~20 December. I guess these are the WHQL drivers by the same version number. Download driver size was quite a bit different, too, as these are larger.

Be *nice* of AMD to sort of clarify what's what with regard to driver releases...
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
3. Re: Into the Black Dec 28, 2016, 23:43 WaltC
 
Wallshadows wrote on Dec 28, 2016, 23:16:
Debbie Reynolds died earlier today too. That's gotta be one devastated family.

Jesus Christ.

Reynolds lived to be 84, I believe. The majority of people on the planet don't live that long, so she had a long life, indeed. Her 24-year-younger daughter, however, had a much different health prognosis, obviously. However, even at 60 she herself outlived hundreds of millions of people or more. Weird to think that just a couple hundred years ago the average male lifespan in America was ~45 or thereabouts! Not to belittle the sadness for the family, of course, but there is some perspective to be applied as well. It's sobering to think that while death is inevitable for every person ever born, it is almost never expected when it comes, even so...! That fact provides the last two words of your post with some deeper perspective, as well.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Engine Switch Follow-up
29. Re: Star Citizen Engine Switch Follow-up Dec 25, 2016, 23:33 WaltC
 
I really could care less what other people spend on their games/hobbies. They owe me no explanation at all...;) If people want to discuss real and actual cases of people throwing away money...look at the hundreds of millions of dollars the Clinton campaign and the Bush campaign soaked up this year. Now *that's* a rip-off...;) As it is the people buying into Star Citizen are adults and I think there's an excellent probability that contributors to SC will see a much better return on their money than those poor Clinton Democrat and Bush Republican dupes this year...;)

Oh before I forget...Merry Christmas, everyone!...;)
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
6. Re: Saturday Metaverse Dec 10, 2016, 13:50 WaltC
 
Fake News From the Weather Channel, even! Funny, but not surprising  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
11. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 6, 2016, 15:25 WaltC
 
Only "fake news" I've seen all year long has come from CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS & Fox--not exactly in that order in terms of most quantity to the least--but it's close. Obama basically wishes to label any "news" that contradicts him or the national Democrat party as "fake news"...another pretext, like 'net neutrality,' for regulating Internet speech and content--which has been a goal of the Democrats for a long time. The only good thing that has come out of this is that a majority of Americans reject fake news (propaganda) when they see it, else Trump would never have been elected.

I've never seen an election characterized by so many lies about a candidate, Trump, as I've seen this year. It was a long time ago, but they didn't lie nearly as bad about Goldwater (R) or George Wallace (D)--although the liberal press lied pretty hard even then--as they have lied about Trump all year long. But that was long ago when truth was much more of a valued commodity than it seems to be today. Especially the NYT--what a rag that paper has turned into! Ugh! After eight long years of Obama it's as if a huge swath of the country has been lobotomized...;) "Fake news, " indeed--the left thinks nothing of censoring any opinion (or fact) with which it does not agree or it does not want revealed. How anyone could support that position is beyond me. Think about the fake election polls that were never true from day 1--fake news there, certainly!

I think that so long as people's posts don't use gratuitous expletives or make physical threats that *anything* they write constitutes free political speech of the kind the Constitution protects. The left wants nothing more than to control what we read and what we write and is using every "fake" trick in the book to try and get that control. Horrible and 100% anti-American.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 28, 2016, 16:10 WaltC
 
Discrete GPU market share...what's been happening for a couple of years is that while sales of new PCs have been falling, people are wising up and upgrading their PCs piecemeal, via motherboards, cpus, gpus, ram & drives...separately. Amazon does a booming business in these peripherals. It's the only way to fly...;)  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
18. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 21, 2016, 14:30 WaltC
 
The suit was a stinky put-up job by the NY AG--it had only one purpose and that was to smear Donald Trump and deflect attention away from Bubba Clinton getting paid a fortune by the Clinton Foundation's so-called "school." (IIRC, Bubba received $1.5M+ in "salary" from Laureate for doing nothing *visible*, while Trump received $0 from Trump U in salary or otherwise.)

The suit (launched at NY taxpayer's expense, of course) failed to affect the outcome of the election and so the NY AG is settling as he never had a suit he could win in the first place--it was all pure political trash from the start. It's been dropped because since Trump won the election it serves no further purpose for the shysters who launched it. Notice that the state of NY has signified in writing that Trump broke no laws and committed no wrongdoing--it's in the agreement, of course! The whole thing was a fraud from day 1. I have a feeling the NY AG will be receiving some legal lessons real soon from President DJT...;)

If Trump U was "conning people" then so is every college in the US conning people the same exact way. More anti-Trump propaganda exposed as false. Yawn...what else is new? If the phony mainstream press had treated Clinton like they treated Trump all year she'd have lost by 50 points if, that is, she wasn't in jail...;)

I'm extremely happy though that I will not have to suffer through 4-8 horrible years of looking at Billary Clinton and listening to he/she/it lie about practically everything--I don't think the woman can actually make a speech anywhere without telling at least one lie about something...;) (Like being named for Sir Edmund Hillary of Mt Everest fame who for some reason didn't actually climb Everest until several *years* after Hillary was born...;) When caught in *that* particular lie--Hillary was very quick to blame her mother for, in effect, lying to her...! Ha-ha-what joke that woman is!)

Hopefully they'll shut the Clinton Foundation all the way down--should be no more contributions since Hillary/Bubba are no longer a part of the government! I do wonder, however, if the "donors" who anted up hundreds of millions of dollars for *nothing* at all are happy campers at the moment...! Too funny...will Bubba and Hillary wind up like Vince Foster? Heh...;) We shall see, as I doubt the Clintons are in any mood to return their *cough* *gag* *sputter!* "donations."

But, in a sense it would have been fun to see Bubba lurching around the White House, leaning on a cane while trying to feel up the newest interns and getting pole-slapped while cackling happily..."Little girl want a candy bar? Come and sit on Uncle Bubba's lap!" What a WH reality show *that* would have made...! Too bad--however, don't lose all hope--I hear Hillary has signed on to the latest season of "Women Behind Bars"--and I hear Bubba might be interested in a new show next year called, "When Pedophiles Stumble!"...;)
 
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News Comments > Win10 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Refund Over Player Counts?
3. Re: Win10 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Refund Over Player Counts? Nov 8, 2016, 11:00 WaltC
 
Don't buy your games from the Windows store--anymore than you'd want to buy them from the Apple store. Ugh!  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 5, 2016, 16:01 WaltC
 
Hint: Daylight Savings time is not about energy savings...it's about daylight savings...Specifically, young people in buses going to school each morning have more daylight in the early morning hours--meaning less accidents and fatalities, etc. Especially where ice is on roads in the winter, etc. The idea was to make it safer. Etc. It works. Timed by the sun, people catching the bus at 8:00 am DST will be catching the bus an hour later, at 8:00 EST, which would be 9:00 DST.

Computers and cell phones all set it automatically. Manual time-set devices have to be set--but that's it. 2x per year. It's nothing. When the season begins to change back to spring after the winter solstice, and the days get naturally longer, we shift back to DST. People who see it as a this horrible burden--I wonder how they manage having to get up and get to work *every* morning...;) It must be a life and death struggle for them...;)

Every year...it's the same thing. Waaa--waaa..."Do I have to set my watch? Waaa-waaa..."It's so *hard*!" Sheesh.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
15. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 28, 2016, 15:49 WaltC
 
"The Mac itself, any Mac, is but an expensive dongle for OS X (formerly known as Mac OS), don't ya' know?"

--Joey the Clown, RIP, 2016. "Deathbed Confessions of a Swindler," Simon and Schuster Paperback Riders & Asso.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
7. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 26, 2016, 15:30 WaltC
 
The desktop PC (I don't mean laptops, "hybrids" or other battery-powered abominations) is by far the best value going for consumers because (a decent) desktop is user upgradable and user-serviceable. And it never runs out of battery power because it has no batteries! Hallelujah...;)

Microsoft needs to "reinvent" nothing--tried that with Windows 8 and it was a disaster so easily avoided. The desktop form-factor is already the best there is, so incremental improvements there are all that's needed--especially from a software company like Microsoft.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 9, 2016, 19:36 WaltC
 
Congrats, Blue!...btw, the Sergeant Pepper album was released in 1967...;) Darn near *50* years ago! Aggggh! I remember buying the thing on vinyl...;) Of course, I am sure I have missed the actual intent of your comment here...!...but as I am almost doddering I ask your forbearance.

My how time flies when you're having fun, right? Hope to be around for the next 20...! Keep up the great work!
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
11. Re: Evening Safety Dance Oct 8, 2016, 11:09 WaltC
 
The whole "the Russians are coming" gambit by the Clintons and idiot (D)s is to once again sidetrack the election away from the issues that count to the ones that don't. Clinton is hilarious...;) She claims her secret, non-secured server with classified info on it was never hacked; and then turns around and accuses "the Russians" of hacking it...! What an idiot...;) After this is over this country needs a new media--the current mainstream media is captained by idiots and administered by fools. Never in my life have I seen it this egregiously stupid. Clinton wants to bring in Bubba, a disbarred lawyer, convicted perjurer, and an impeached president who is a proven adulterer (on government property no less at taxpayer expense) and an accused rapist several times over--and the idiot media thinks that's just great...;) Trump tells a dirty joke ten years ago and they want to crucify the guy. Disgusting--it just doesn't get any more stupid than this...
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
22. Re: Op Ed Oct 4, 2016, 15:56 WaltC
 
Early Access = Not Ready for Prime Time = sales gimmick, similar to crowd funding, designed to bring in revenue on unfinished software

What is unclear about this? I've never purchased an Early Access title and never will--never actually even been tempted to engage in one. As soon as I see "Early Access" my interest plummets to 0.

I suppose it's one thing when an established dev with multiple successes behind it might do an EA--but why do people throw away money to amateurs with no track record at all? It's like Kickstarters trying to raise $50-$100k to produce some kind of nice game--not going to happen, 99.9% of the time, imo.

If you run out of interesting, quality stuff to buy on Steam, try GOG. I was surprised recently when I did a comparison of games--lots of nice titles I could find on GOG but not Steam--when I had thought it would be the other way 'round. GOG is pounding the "Early Access" button, too--but just as I do with Steam I ignore it. Just Not Interested. Was surprised to note that my GOG library is 3.5x the size of my Steam Library in terms of titles, although I have more recent AAA games on Steam than I do on GOG, because they just haven't been available.
 
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News Comments > No Man's Sky Advertising Investigation
1. Re: No Man's Sky Advertising Investigation Sep 28, 2016, 20:36 WaltC
 
This reminds me of the old days in late 80's & early 90's when they would advertise on the boxes of all platform versions the Amiga screen shots, which for years looked dramatically superior to the PC DOS images you'd see in the actual DOS games themselves..;) Four-color CGA looked like garbage warmed over compared to the Amiga's 16 & 32-color modes, and it would be years yet before DOS/Windows games even were released in 16-color EGA as a minimum standard. I remember getting the Tandy 1000 version of Test Drive--which featured AMiga screen shots on the box...;) I was pretty flipped at the CGA output at the time--horrible, with those awful shades of magenta...! I had thought at the time (as I owned both a Tandy 1k and an Amiga 500) that at least the Tandy version should use 16 colors as Tandy had a proprietary 640x200/400 16-color mode available to developers long before EGA became the defacto x86 DOS standard for PCs)--it did not...! I was much younger then and not in the habit of reading the fine print on the game boxes as well as I should have...lol. But all this is just to say that I remember well what it felt like to buy computer software (and hardware!) that was advertised to do things it actually never came close to doing! ($50 back then was like $125 or more today--and the hardware was a terrible buy compared to the price and performance of hardware today--but it was all we had so we bought it gladly when we could!)

NMS...it may seem like a frivolous complaint but I agree with it. Screen shots and artwork as well as rendered videos for promotional purposes--inaccurately called "demos" today (a real demo is *playable*)--should be exactly what the game offers and supports. There is no reason to even use "enhanced artist renditions" anymore as frame grabbing screen shots is so easy today, practically everyone does it at home, etc. Truth in advertising is a worthwhile goal, imo. But with NMS it's unusual because this is a complaint we don't see that much anymore--because it is so easy to publish actual game screenshots and so on. To falsely represent a game's screen shots you have to work at it--doesn't happen by accident.
 
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News Comments > Oculus Facing Political Backlash [Updated]
67. Re: Oculus Facing Political Backlash [Updated] Sep 24, 2016, 09:53 WaltC
 
Anyone who would ostracize another person because of his choice of presidential candidate is a jackass in my view (and I don't mean anyone in this thread because I haven't read it.) I support Trump 110% and I also support the right of whoever chooses to support Clinton or Johnson or even Sanders 110%! We live in a free country--I have never seen so much hate and vitriol spewed during an election--it's disgusting. 95% of the people who hate Trump are responding not to anything Trump has said or done but to things people have willingly made up about the guy--he's never made a so-called racist-hate speech--not once! That's a pure lie.

From my view, it is 100% the anti-Trump people spewing the hate and the venom. Just like at Trump rallies it isn't Trump supporters friggin' destroying property and hurting people--it's the anti-Trump people--and in many cases people *paid* to incite riots! Soros should be under the jail--but unfortunately we live under a presently lawless administration--thank God that's about to change!

Any developer who would ostracize customers simply because he doesn't like their choice of presidential candidate is a fool. I don't intend to argue this. There is nothing to argue.
 
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News Comments > Digital Homicide Sues Steam Users; Gets Dropped by Valve
8. Re: Digital Homicide Sues Steam Users; Gets Dropped by Valve Sep 17, 2016, 14:01 WaltC
 
Wherever you find stories like this you'll find crooked lawyers! No decent attorney would touch something like this.  
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
1. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Sep 1, 2016, 17:25 WaltC
 
People funding Kickstarters should be *very* careful with games that promise fantastic development for a very small investment. $100k for At the Gates should have put up a big, red flag for everyone. It is far too little for any sort of decent game. Backer patience is irrelevant. Backers don't get their money back under any conditions, and impatience isn't one of them, unless the person starting the Kickstarter elects to return it. 99 times out of 100 that money will be spent in the first year, however. Many people make more than $100k per year at relatively "normal" jobs--just to illustrate how small that amount really is.

I would never support a KS game in which the creator asks for a mere $100k--they ask for a ridiculously low amount because they know they have a far better chance of seeing a successful $100k Kickstarter than they would if, say, they asked for a much more reasonable $1M - $10M dollars. The $100k amount is evocative of a person merely wanting to get his hands on some cash as opposed to someone wanting to develop a really great game, imo. (By way of comparison--Valve said it spent $40M on HL2 development.)

"Personality disorder"...? I think you can kiss that money goodbye...;) What a lame excuse. Caveat Emptor. The only Kickstarters I support are those done by people with established records in the games' industry--who often put up some of their own money in addition to Kickstarter funds--like Brian Fargo, etc. Really, I don't think it would be too much to have Kickstarter itself ask for a Medical Doctor's OK showing that the KS principals have no medical/psychological conditions which might affect completion of the project if successfully funded. Kickstarter could also ask for a recent tax-return--I mean, would you want to hand over $100K+ to a pimply-faced kid, 19, who was employed at a Burger flipping job--or who was unemployed, etc.? No. Don't think so. At the very least KS should publicize a couple of things like that along with the KS presentation--and let the contributors decide if this is someone they want to give their funds to.
 
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News Comments > BT Steamed at Valve: Suing
12. Re: BT Steamed at Valve: Suing Sep 1, 2016, 16:46 WaltC
 
The BT patents will probably be declared invalid--rightfully so, because "general" software patents are usually invalidated if challenged--which explains why BT has waited so long to sue. BT figured if they do nothing the patents will expire and so they chose to sue on the off-chance that they will win before that happens. They probably have their own in-house legal so they figure the cost for them will be very small--so they have decided to roll the dice. Another example of archaic law engineered for the benefit of lawyers and nobody else. The law ought to be that if you bring suit and you lose then you must eat the attorney's fees for the winner--that's only fair. But the lawyers rallied and got that consequence narrowed to practically nothing--which means that more frivolous suits may be filed--and the lawyers get paid either way! What a con job.

Shakespeare had it right: "First thing we do let's kill all the lawyers!"...;)
 
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