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News Comments > Windows and OS X PS4 Remote Play Plans
4. Re: Windows and OS X PS4 Remote Play Plans Nov 27, 2015, 15:46 WaltC
 
ItBurn wrote on Nov 27, 2015, 14:57:
I don't get it. Why would you want to do this?

Completely agree...you'd then be limiting the PC's performance to the GPU/CPU in the console (and any API limitations it has)--when odds are that if you use your PC for any 3d gaming at all that it'll be way more powerful than a PS4 (or an xBone.) You could stream but the games would perform very poorly compared to running them natively in your box--imo.

I really don't get all this "streaming in the living room" crap...;) My living room is for TV/Movies and a great sound system--my computer room is for my games, a powerful PC that easily cleans the clock of any console ever made, and a pair of great earphones...;) Wouldn't have it any other way.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 26, 2015, 12:51 WaltC
 
I doubt AMD is "circling the drain," but the Crimson drivers are a bust, imo. The amount of functionality present in the Catalysts that these drivers strip out is incredible: like, for instance, resolution switching--gone! Can't change screen res from inside the Crimson interface! Have to go out to Windows Display Properties to do that! Crazy, man. Nuts! The good news is you can load the Crimson driver into the 15.11.1 CCC (via the Device Manager) and everything is working, including hotkey support, Systray info and resolution changing--even your game profiles are preserved. This also preserves the Crimson driver's "Custom Monitor support"--if you can get it to work--I couldn't. Amazingly enough, CRU is an ancient utility but works fine with Win10 & the Crimson drivers...!

The Crimson interface was designed for consoles, obviously. Whatever PC functionality it has was added late--and as a result doesn't work or is completely missing--like resolution switching. Worst driver release I've seen from AMD since 2001--actually, the Crimson driver itself is very good--works fine in the CCC, all function preserved. What's so poor is the Crimson interface--it's no replacement for the CCC at all--not even close.

 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Nov 26, 2015, 12:38 WaltC
 
Creston wrote on Nov 26, 2015, 09:39:
Yes, let's go after Curt Schilling some more. Don't bother putting the assholes who GAVE the man the loan in jail, but try to wring some more money out of someone who is essentially already bankrupt. Rolleyes

Exactly...Let's find a scapegoat for our CYA policies. Notice how politicians are loathe to accept consequences for their judgment calls? It's always someone else's fault, etc. Reminds me of the Clintons, exactly...;)
 
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News Comments > AMD Crimson Drivers Debut
4. Re: AMD Crimson Drivers Debut Nov 24, 2015, 20:43 WaltC
 
The interface opens for me in ~1 second--very fast--very well laid out--I installed right on top of 15.11.1b and it went like clockwork. Faster than a the 15.11.1b CCC install by a healthy amount, I thought. AMD has a winner here. Generally I'm not impressed with cosmetic upgrades for drivers, but this one impresses me. (It adds several new features under game profile control besides the new control panel, so it wasn't just a cosmetic upgrade.) The layout and control access is so much better--nice & intuitive.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 23, 2015, 16:26 WaltC
 
Date of the OpenGL article is ~18 months ago. Hardly seems current. Odd choice for a link.  
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
2. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Nov 21, 2015, 14:43 WaltC
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 21, 2015, 12:20:
Leave earth?

No...don't falsify applications for federal government jobs (it's a felony)...;)
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
11. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 19, 2015, 14:44 WaltC
 
SteamOS was always Valve's knee-jerk reaction to Microsoft opening an online store which Valve (Newell) believed was aimed at Valve (it wasn't, it was aimed at Apple. Ironically, Valve has no problem conceptually with the Apple Store.) So Newell threw a tantrum and made all sorts of wild & crazy announcements that had no chance of bearing fruit--including "SteamOS"--which is a complete misnomer because it's just another Linux distro with a Valve software layer on top. It is hardly a "Steam OS" at all...;) The biggest impediment to the Linux community is that it wants everything free and if it has to pay for it--forget it. Windows users, otoh, are used to paying for things and so that's where the development gets done for games & hardware.

But, "SteamOS" may well have served its real purpose--to get Microsoft's attention. AMD did something similar with Mantle. Microsoft seems to have taken the "hints" pretty well and gotten itself back on track, finally, with a decent desktop GUI and d3d12. Took 'em long enough...;)
 
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News Comments > AMD Catalyst Beta Drivers
3. Re: AMD Catalyst Beta Drivers Nov 17, 2015, 11:43 WaltC
 
These drivers are for Windows 10, as well. (Not just Win7/8.1 as title suggests.)  
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News Comments > Windows 10 Outperforms SteamOS
10. Re: Windows 10 Outperforms SteamOS Nov 13, 2015, 11:33 WaltC
 
I swear I think people are really stupid, sometimes...;) Of course everything is far better on Windows when it comes to gaming. It isn't fragmented like Linux distros are, and 99% of the people who buy games are running Windows for all of the obvious reasons, and 99% of the people who buy discrete 3d GPUs from nVidia and AMD are running Windows. D3d is Windows-only and is by-far the biggest gaming API in use today, and Microsoft continues to invest heavily in the API, maintaining excellent backwards-compatibility while moving ahead in feature support, too. (Leaving OpenGL struggling to catch up with Vulkan.)

If you do no more than casually play games here and there, and you prefer to run either a Linux distro (there is no single "Linux" OS) or OS X, then it's quite obvious that gaming is not something you do much of or even want to do much of. What is surprising about that? If people want to be serious about OS X or a favorite Linux distro, and they also want to be "serious" about their gaming, well, there's Bootcamp for OS X and there's dual-booting for the Linux user.

Valve would have to close shop tomorrow if it dropped its Windows support--it's easily 90% or more of Valve's total business. The little bit of vitriol that Valve has spewed at Microsoft resulted from Microsoft opening an online software store--which Valve saw as direct competition. Valve could no more do what Microsoft does than it could fly to the moon tomorrow. But man--they sure were pissed about the Microsoft online software store...;)
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
7. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 11, 2015, 16:19 WaltC
 
Necrophob wrote on Nov 11, 2015, 11:21:
I'm kind of hoping for the end of the Apple, myself. Without Job's vision, I don't think they're gonna be as dominant as they once were. Back to the niche with you!

Apple is already little more than yet-another cell-phone company. What Cook is really doing is trying to revive dying iPad sales. It's so typical, though, that he would use the same line Jobs used to introduce the iPad--"post-PC," etc...;) At the time it was a novelty and something new. Now people have realized (those of us who didn't immediately see it) that the emperor has no clothes...and they've learned first-hand exactly why a tablet is no replacement for a PC, on practically any level.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 11, 2015, 16:12 WaltC
 
Cook is such a strange & odd jokester...;) "The end of the PC" in his mind, I suppose. When I see Apple do away with the Mac, iMac, and Macbook, all PCs, then I'll know that Apple at least believes its own rhetoric. But I find Cook's rationale about why I don't need a PC anymore completely unconvincing. And, I guess he thinks most people are too dumb to understand that Apple continues to sell its own x86 clone "PCs". Nosirr, I can't see the day when a non-upgradable, non-serviceable tablet beats owning a PC. Not in the cards...but Apple is nothing if not amusing...!...;)

Reminds me of Steve Jobs declaring that 7" tablets were DOA because "the screens are too small"--I guess Jobs really had to "saw his fingertips in half" to navigate the much smaller-still iPhone screens...;) It's always a relief to realize that I don't belong to the sect and so the Reality Distortion Field has no effect on me.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
3. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Nov 7, 2015, 14:07 WaltC
 
Younger people think the stock market share price is some kind of "scientifically accurate" accounting of a given company's worth. It would be nice, but...no, it's not...;) Share prices change daily, hourly, & by the minute, and for every one who sells his shares someone else is buying them...and all of the money changes hands between the shareholders (not the company listed on the stock certificates, said company getting $0 from each sale.) The stock market is a lot like lemmings...one jumps off the cliff and dozens follow, then hundreds follow them, then thousands, millions, etc. It's a herd instinct mentality--stampeding in a panic is common--no rhyme or reason to it. Gossip & rumor rule. It's everything *except* "scientific." Caveat Emptor! Never invest more than you can afford to lose.  
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News Comments > Torment Next Year
19. Re: Torment Next Year Nov 2, 2015, 16:04 WaltC
 
I'm not surprised by this...BTIV I backed because I could get BTIV & the original three games remastered, also the original 3 BT games (which I already had--I played them when they were new) & Wl2 & Wl2 DC & Tides...that's what.. 10 games for $75..? Plus a bunch of other stuff that I can take or leave...

Only place to get deals like that which involve brand-new games is to get in on the Kickstarter. I knew that Tides would be pushed back--which honestly is fine with me as I've got so much on my plate right now between W3, WL2 DC, and some other games I'm running back through.

People constantly want perfection from the software game business, like it's a widget factory...;) Computer games are as much art and artistry as they are programming and "business," and they are very much like books & movies--they most often run over budget and get delayed. It goes with the territory. And of course a game is going to run over when stretch goals are attained--the original release schedules are estimates that assume only the base game will get funded. And, it doesn't matter how long a game takes to create, it's going to have some bugs initially. Best to let the developers take their time as opposed to ruining a game by releasing it early because of money-man pressure--which when you think about it is really stupid, isn't it?

If you can't stomach that then just stay away from KS projects as they'll just exacerbate your ulcers...;)
 
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News Comments > AMD Driver Changes
4. Re: AMD Driver Changes Nov 2, 2015, 15:36 WaltC
 
Pigeon wrote on Nov 2, 2015, 14:32:
Well if more frequent drivers = better support then I'm all for it. As is problems seem to persist for longer periods on AMD cards, or touted features and OS support are unceremoniously dropped. The CCC UI isn't bad for the most part, but there has been a long existing issue with the aspect ratio controls that require fresh installs to work properly. It's a little annoying to have to use third party software to strip drivers in safe mode every time you update your drivers. Also Overdrive isn't terrible either, but it could stand to be a little more straight forward.

I've been with AMD GPUs since 2002 (R300) and I don't know what problems you allude to as I certainly haven't seen them...;) (I think most problems begin and end between the monitor and the chair, if you know what I mean.) I've never, ever had to use 3rd-party tools to install/uninstall Catalysts, and I never install/uninstall in safe mode--I tried DDE a couple of times and both times found it to be destructive--so I stopped using it. I suspect the real problem if people have one is the 3rd-party tool. Just don't need it.

What touted features & OS are you referring to that have been promised but not delivered? Aspect ratio problems only concern older games with 4:3 aspects, and then the problem is getting them to stretch the aspect to fill the screen sometimes--but I never have difficulty getting 4:3 to display in 4:3. I don't know how overdrive could be any more straight forward, frankly...;) (There I believe I've ticked off everything on your list.)

I'm just grateful I didn't buy a nVidia Maxwell GPU on the strength of what nVidia said about it being 100% D3d12-compliant in hardware, now that we've discovered it doesn't even support Async Compute! But that's something nVIdia has done before--said that a feature it doesn't support is "turned off" when the truth is it doesn't exist. I've never forgotten TNT/2 & 8-bit palletized texture support--after the card was replaced in nVidia's lineup they said, "Oh, golly, we're sorry. We just couldn't figure out how to turn it on!" Yep, nVidia really inspires confidence [not.]...;) (There are many more major foibles perpetrated by nVidia over the years I could add if I had the desire.) Remember nVIdia's "Detonator" drivers and nVidia's ridiculous claims about them? Pshaw-w-w-w-w-w-w--Don't get me started...;)

But, I hope these drivers will bring more than just the overclock settings into the per-game profiles--I'd love to see resolution and gamma in there, too.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
14. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Oct 29, 2015, 16:07 WaltC
 
Amazing to see this lunacy is still going on...;) I can't imagine anyone "threatening" someone over an event in which no attendance was slated in the first place. More like, they found no one was interested in attending and so they cancelled and made up the "threat" publicity to disguise the failure of their [bowel] movement (pardon the pun!)...;)

So much lying on the Internet these days...very sad to see.
 
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News Comments > Another Steam User Record
27. Re: Another Steam User Record Oct 26, 2015, 16:52 WaltC
 
I've used Steam ~12 times this year...definitely a record!  
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News Comments > etc.
20. Re: etc. Oct 22, 2015, 13:53 WaltC
 
Another liberal-minded moron elected to public office who undoubtedly believes misogyny is a more important issue than unemployment or taxes...;) I fear for North America, for its dumbing down has not only commenced but is in full flower, apparently. Snake-oil salesmen providing phony cures seem in high demand these days. Even so, Canada has a much smarter illegal immigration policy than the (even dumber) US, I'm sad to say.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 22, 2015, 13:42 WaltC
 
Clinton can't even operate a simple office fax machine and thinks "wiping a server" means cleaning it with a cloth. The only thing she knows about "net neutrality" is that it's a political hot button for some people, and she'd say anything to get elected. Her Clinton Foundation, supposedly for charity, keeps 85% of the billions of $ it rakes in from foreign governments seeking to buy influence from the Clintons. She had her 2:00am wake-up call in the middle of the night and failed to protect her Ambassador in Benghazi. Everything about "Billary" is as phony as a $3-dollar bill, and I wonder who has been bought off to keep her from having been arrested so far. I'd rather see her finish her campaign from jail, frankly. I'm sick & tired of the Clintons and their lawyer-speak, and can you imagine Bill as First Lady..? (Although it would be pretty funny to watch...;))


 
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
1. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Oct 19, 2015, 15:51 WaltC
 
I did Amiga--lived & breathed it--for eight years and owned at least one of every model made except the A1000--but seriously, this is a tad ridiculous. Amiga emulation (WinUAE 3.1) is excellent and the current x86 PC hardware is far better than it ever was for the Amiga. Best part of the Amiga was the OS (Workbench), imo--and that because it preemptively multitasked so well when absolutely nobody else did that at all. But Workbench is strictly lightweight compared to even Windows10x64 these days, so I wish people would let the Amiga RIP. The original plastic case is likely to outlive the old, original electronics, imo. I can see keeping the software around and I have a lot of it...it's classic, instructional & historical. But there's just no reason to keep that old hardware going.  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
6. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Oct 19, 2015, 15:41 WaltC
 
Trying to figure out why this is remotely interesting...:)  
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