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News Comments > New NVIDIA TITAN X Announced
10. Re: New NVIDIA TITAN X Announced Jul 22, 2016, 12:42 WaltC
 
Ha-ha..! Wow. It must be true that stupid people will indeed buy anything...;) I mean, Apple would have been out of business years ago if that wasn't true, eh?  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Marketing NIChe Jul 19, 2016, 12:23 WaltC
 
The Apple fad is winding down, once again...;) It's almost like clockwork...! As soon as competition arises Apple falls by the wayside, as first it sues its competitors and then when that fails Apple is simply unable to compete--so it moves on and tries to invent another fad market it can own until competition comes into play--and then rinse and repeat. That is Apple's history. Apple is so bad at competing it could not even compete successfully with Apple clone makers, even when the deck was substantially stacked in Apple's favor! Apple could not compete when Jobs was at the helm and he was the only one there with the slightest imagination--Jobs wouldn't permit anyone else to work for the company (lest he be outshone in some way.) Cook has the product imagination of an accountant...;)

I wake up each morning refreshed in the knowledge that since Apple's origin I have never owned an Apple product--although on a couple of occasions I tried unsuccessfully to talk myself into buying one...;) Yep, I've never been duped by the con-artists at Apple, and I have never had occasion to regret it. Oh happy day...;)
 
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News Comments > New AMD Crimson Drivers
25. Re: New AMD Crimson Drivers Jul 12, 2016, 18:09 WaltC
 
All this nonsense is really quite silly...;) I wouldn't own a nVidia GPU if you paid me to take it--unless I could sell it immediately afterwards--but that is neither here nor there, my friends..;)

The fact is that AMD has released its low-to-mid-range d3d12 products at the moment. nVidia has OTOH "blown its wad" and "shot its high-end load" so to speak for d3d12 with the 1080 series (Of course, I'm not going to count the inevitable $1500-$3000 nVidia card that will be released for the mentally challenged among us in a few months--because no one of reasonable intellect might ever be horns-waggled into buying such a grotesque product. But, it has long been known that the nVidia GPU market is not really comprised of customers whose--shall we say--"beans are all in one place," etc., etc. *cough* *choke**sputter*)

So, where does that leave us? It leaves us in a place from which the comparison of the RX 480 with the obscenely priced GTX 1080, or even a vastly overpriced d3d12-pretend product like the last-gen 980 is inappropriate and completely bollocks. Why? Because those products cost literally *hundreds of dollars more* than an RX 480--which makes sense to everyone whose "beans are gathered in one place," etc., ad infinitum. And this is leaving aside, for the moment, the fact that *all* nVidia GPU hardware is for the moment somewhat d3d12-deficient. Moreover, lest you think me me unduly negative where nVidia is concerned, I firmly believe that given enough time and resources, nVidia *will* be able to produce an actual d3d12 hardware-compliant GPU! It is merely a matter of time--d3d15-compliant hardware may well surface before then--but maybe not and maybe nVidia might eventually get it right in a mere twelve more months, or so! Let's be optimistic, folks, and let it never be uttered that I am not excruciatingly fair!

At any rate, what we do know is that AMD's high-end d3d12-authentic GPU products will appear for sale in the next six months or less, it would appear. At that point, the poor nVidia customer will not have to energetically point at AMD's low-to-middle end and say, "Golly! Running older software and paying 200%-500% more will get you a nVidia product which might be as much as 50% faster in some non-d3d12 cases!" (*Sniff* I almost want to weep for green as it is just...so...sa-sa-a-a-aaaaad!)

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed Jul 10, 2016, 17:41 WaltC
 
Games industry needs to hire starving journalists about as much as it needs to hire starving ambulance cha--er, lawyers. Which is to say, ugh--not at all! You can read a couple of game reviews if you want--and I always have--but then I religiously go to the game forums and read the wide assortment of comments written there by people who have actually bought the game and are playing it. You really can't go too far wrong there.

Most "reviews" are puff pieces that deliberately obfuscate things like "checkpoint saves" and so on--I hate checkpoint saves and usually will not buy a game on that basis alone. Save anywhere on demand is a must-have for me. It's amazing the stuff that most reviews don't say--but it's equally amazing that this kind of information is readily available in game forums and it's free. I feel sorry for people so lazy they don't want to read and rely on "video reviews" exclusively--but that's their fault. It's a caveat emptor world.

But the game market is so much larger today than it was 30 years ago that the kind of game information you simply couldn't get in advance then (no Internet--gaming mags had 90-day lead times, etc.) practically grows on trees today...! Lord bless the Internet...;)
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
11. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jul 9, 2016, 18:22 WaltC
 
I'm on Win10x64 build 14383 and I've been running Win10 as my primary OS at home since Feb-March 2015 (Insider's program--still in it.) I find it by far the best thing Microsoft's ever done--my SSD boots in 9.5 seconds (220 + games and applications installed on my Win10 system at home) and I don't have a single application or game that I ran under Win7 & 8/.1 that won't run under 10. I find game compatibility better than Win7 by a decent margin, and although I had to make DEP exceptions to get several games to run under 8.1 I no longer have to do even that to get the same games to run under Win10. Win10 is free, for life--there's just nothing to think about--if you wait it's gonna' cost you when you change.

Like with any OS upgrade, though, 3rd-party hardware drivers can be a bugaboo--which is why I always buy 1st-tier hardware peripherals--because the big companies generally have great OS driver support. People with laptops and some cheap desktop components may have difficulty getting Win10 driver support from the maker of their hardware peripherals, though. The manufacturer of the peripherals you buy is responsible for supporting his hardware under Win10--not Microsoft. If your network card, for instance, won't operate properly under Win10 the place to bitch is the maker of the network card--not Microsoft, which doesn't make or sell it, etc. If the makers of the hardware you own support Win10 with driver support like they support other OSes then Win10 is a cake walk--you should have no trouble at all. Heck, I remember WinXP--in the first year it had much worse overall driver support than Win10 has now, and of course XP was never free and for life...;) (If you build your own desktops like I do then your Win10 license will *never expire*--mine for instance is tied to my Microsoft account and not to my hardware...) Anyway, for what it's worth, I think it's fine.
 
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News Comments > Rise of the Tomb Raider DirectX 12 Patch
15. Re: Rise of the Tomb Raider DirectX 12 Patch Jul 9, 2016, 08:48 WaltC
 
{PH}88fingers wrote on Jul 9, 2016, 01:24:
shihonage wrote on Jul 8, 2016, 23:00:
Remember all the hype about DX11/12 offering direct hardware access pipeline which would make PCs graphics output as optimized as on consoles?

What a pile of ass.

a game has to be programmed from the ground up, these late "patches" to patch in dx12 is never going to get the performance increase you think it will.

Yes, indeed, if the game engine isn't written to require d3d12 (meaning that it won't run on anything less than d3d12) it isn't really a "d3d12" game. These d3d11-game bolt-on patches add very limited supported for a few d3d12 features, but that's a far cry from a ground-up d3d12 game engine. Developers do the bolt-on patches for marketing purposes.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
8. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 1, 2016, 15:35 WaltC
 
The "great" thing about Lost in Space was that most of the acting was simply horrific--giving "terrible" a whole new dimension...;)  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Neo won't shorten PS4 lifecycle Jun 22, 2016, 19:06 WaltC
 
Creston wrote on Jun 22, 2016, 13:04:
Uh-huh. At least not until Neo achieves a significant market volume. At that point, bye PS4.


Which really doesn't matter at all...;) It's like when you buy a new GPU and you say goodbye to the old one...ho-humm, technology marches on, etc....I don't know why people make a big deal over this. The days of consoles advancing with the speed of glaciers are thankfully over--and now that consoles are actually AMD x86 PCs inside, advances will come almost as fast as they do for the x86 PC hardware market--which is to say, "Lightning fast"...;) All the more reason to just buy a PC to start with, eh? There are surely no consoles in my future (or past, for that matter.) Buyt for people who prefer consoles for their simplicity, there's never been a better time to buy a Neo or a Scorpio console...:D It is also good to see the hardware makers lighting fires under the butts of the lazy console game developers among us...!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 20, 2016, 09:55 WaltC
 
nin wrote on Jun 20, 2016, 09:43:
That squirrel video had me laughing my ass off. Crazy how fast they move, even sideways...

edit: Also, if I'm reading this right, Anton's car was a 2015, which was recalled...


From what I read...doesn't apply, though, as the Jeep was found in *neutral* and running. His driveway was a steep incline, and apparently he jumped out, left it in neutral and walked behind it for some reason--and it rolled backwards into him and pinned him against a wall. Very bad form to exit any vehicle without first putting the transmission into park, imo. On an incline, you also engage the parking brake. How tragic. Thought he made a great Chekov.
 
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News Comments > It came from E3 2016, Part 3
1. Re: It came from E3 2016, Part 3 Jun 18, 2016, 12:18 WaltC
 
Yep, 4k-5k gaming is the near future for PC gaming. VR is destined for the same tiny niche that stereoscopic 3d gaming now fills, imo, if even to that degree.
 
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News Comments > Quoteworthy: Microsoft on Returning to Steam
1. Re: Quoteworthy: Microsoft on Returning to Steam Jun 18, 2016, 12:13 WaltC
 
Microsoft is usually one step forward, two back, when it comes to gaming...;) So we shall see. Unless they can also talk about GOG in the same breath as Steam it'll be hard to really credit much of what they say. Microsoft seems to have some kind of congenital birth defect when it comes to understanding PC gaming, though! I shall believe it when I see it. They perpetually miss the mark with a schizophrenic attitude from which they exhibit a 100% love-hate relationship with Windows gaming. They love it because it's the real "killer App" for Windows distribution globally--but they hate it because it forces them to compete with the xBone--something they've never liked doing. Although most people can easily separate "computer gaming" from owning a game console--and readily appreciate the difference--Microsoft seems unable to do the same.  
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News Comments > The Witcher III: Wild Hunt Patch
18. Re: Evening Legal Briefs May 30, 2016, 21:32 WaltC
 
LiTh wrote on May 30, 2016, 18:52:
AMD already stated that they wont be competing at the high end of the GPU spectrum on their last quarter earnings report. So telling someone to not buy a 1080 because of what AMD might come out with is just ridiculous. Now if someone was going to buy a 1060 then there might be some merit to it. Here's the link

That depends on whether getting R9 390/x performance, plus the best d3d12 hardware available, for the price of a current 380/x appeals to you...;) That kind of performance for $200-$250 I find extremely persuasive, myself. I would be very interested in that no matter what either company puts out at the ridiculous $500-$600 price range--which doesn't appeal to me at all.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue May 24, 2016, 12:16 WaltC
 
I remember years ago you asked for opinions about contacts...especially extended wear versions. At the time I had just started using extended wear--pop 'em in for 30 days--then just throw 'em away and pop in a new pair, etc. I was pretty excited at the convenience of those over daily wear--plus the hygiene advantages since you don't have to handle them every day, etc. I wrote a long-winded piece to you about it, IIRC.

Today, if I was that age again, I think I'd probably just opt for the lasik-type of treatment, though. Complications from contacts in rare cases can be as bad (or worse) than complications from the laser surgery, imo--even more rare. They've come a long way with the surgery--if you pick a reputable doctor near you you'll be very happy, I think.

I'm nearsighted, myself--but find I don't need correction @ 1-2 feet from a nice big monitor...;) Interesting remarks about VR--it's maybe that the VR lenses are *too close* to the eye for even near-sightedness to correct and so you need correction there, too.

I can see you are still grappling with the issues--yep, we get *one* pair of eyes, eh?...;) No sense rushing...!
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
7. Re: Sunday Tech Bits May 22, 2016, 20:45 WaltC
 
I'd love to know how pre-orders "sell out"...;) Perhaps they meant that people stopped pre-ordering them just a few minutes after they went on sale?...;) Marketing BS is always good for a laugh...  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. Re: Evening Legal Briefs May 21, 2016, 10:28 WaltC
 
What a dumb article...;) Here's betting that 95% of the "complaints" were on the order of: "I pay my ISP for x-speed, but when I go to y-website I only get 1/10th the speed I pay for!" Many people think that's what "net neutrality" rules are supposed to do and it actually has nothing to do with it. Internet servers are capped or not capped by the owners of those servers--has nothing to do with our ISPs. Our ISPs merely supply the pipes that connect--they do not own the servers we connect to in most cases.

Government regulation of the Internet is to be fiercely resisted by all of us--unless you want to see your freedoms of Internet speech "regulated" by the government--that is the real aim of all of this regulation garbage, imo. The *only* thing I'd like to see them regulate is the baseline speed for broadband--which ought to be not an erg less than 25Mb/ps down & up, imo. That would be/should be the slowest speed allowed--I could stand behind that without a problem.
 
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News Comments > Free Forge - Halo 5: Guardians Edition for Windows 10 Announced
3. Re: Free Forge - Halo 5: Guardians Edition for Windows 10 Announced May 20, 2016, 10:48 WaltC
 
Actually, this appears to be the "Forge" editor--not the game itself. None of this makes much sense, actually...;) "Build on Win10, publish to xBox 1"...ugh.  
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News Comments > NVIDIA GTX 1000 Series Announced
26. Re: NVIDIA GTX 1000 Series Announced May 7, 2016, 17:17 WaltC
 
Biggest drag on software development these days are the consoles...It would be so much better if developers would write to the PC and then port down to the consoles--much easier to port down than up, as we've all seen.

I hope nVidia can finally get Async Compute sorted out and properly supported this product cycle--because that's another thing that slows down software development--though to a much lesser extent than the consoles--and that's when one GPU manufacturer is much quicker at supporting API features than the other, for whatever the reason. If nVidia has the support down this time then about the time these things ship nVidia will announce: "Aw, gee, we just never could manage to turn on Async Compute in the Maxwell generation, we're so sorry--you'll have to buy Pascal to get that feature and more!" And then maybe nVidia will stop advertising Maxwell as 12_1 compliant when it isn't. Wouldn't that be nice?

The smartest move any of us could make is to wait a year or more for the new gen to become the old gen and buy the hardware then--for a song and a dance. But sometimes the allure of new hardware becomes irresistible...;)
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
1. Re: Game Reviews May 1, 2016, 14:06 WaltC
 
A three hour game is a demo, imo, not a game. Sad it is, how console gaming has degraded gaming in general.  
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News Comments > New AMD Drivers
2. Re: New AMD Drivers Apr 26, 2016, 15:09 WaltC
 
Rigs wrote on Apr 26, 2016, 14:24:
The check for software updates feature in Radeon Settings may not find the latest available update.

Finally! It seems a minor thing but I could never get it to update through the app, I always had to download manually...


=-Rigs-=

Know what you mean...;) But I would rather do it manually because I've seen many foul ups with so-called "automatic" upgrade systems on numerous devices...not just GPUs.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
3. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Apr 16, 2016, 10:09 WaltC
 
If it was up to the Democrats, there wouldn't *be* an Internet like we have it now--and you sure as Hades wouldn't be able to freely criticize the government on it....;) Instead, if the Democrats had their way, the only sites "permitted" would be the ones that follow the Guffington Post's idiot propaganda format. They hate Drudge/BB/Limbaugh with a passion (they hate the truth) and they'd take away your right to criticize your government without fear of reprisal in a skinny minute. The only thing the Democrats want to do with the Constitution is shred it--it's an Inconvenient Truth where many Democrats are concerned.  
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