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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
7. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 29, 2015, 11:44 WaltC
 
Computers are not "intelligent" and they do not "think" (which is a prerequisite for being "intelligent", I believe)...;)

"Super-intelligent AI" doesn't exist anywhere except in fiction. There are quite enough realities to "worry about" without wringing my hands over things that don't exist.

 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
3. Re: Evening Mobilization Jan 29, 2015, 09:07 WaltC
 
Oh, gee, you mean there is no "post pc" era, after all, just because it would have been convenient for Apple and would have matched the company's product plans? /sarcasm

Apple is going "post pc"--that's obvious. Nobody else, though...;)

 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
22. Re: Evening Interviews Jan 29, 2015, 08:58 WaltC
 
Which brings to mind the phrase "gratuitous sex." In real life it is difficult to have "gratuitous sex." But in games, books, and movies, gratuitous sex is obvious and sticks out like a sore thumb. Yes, sex is "natural" and so forth in real life, but games, books, and movies are contrived forms of entertainment--not real life. Personally, I've never had a sex shortage in real life and so when watching movies, reading books, or playing computer games, I never say to myself, "Gee, where's the sex part?"

Now, maybe if I was ~15 or so, and not yet accustomed to having sex as a daily part of my life, I might actually say something like that...;) It's been a long, long time since I was 15, though, and frankly this kind of thing looks kind of silly in computer games--"cartoon sex" (like Popeye & Oliveoil) comes to mind. I'm not offended by it, I just think it looks silly, frankly. In books, movies and games, routinely, there are plenty of dramatic devices that demonstrate a close relationship, including sex, that don't require a graphic demonstration of sex--how much graphic sex is in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, or the movie trilogy, for instance?

This is the one area I disagree with CDProject Red about...the reality is that anyone sufficiently determined will at some point in his life have all the sex he wants--that's actually a regular part of life for most adults. But in fantasy games what won't happen in real life is monster slaying, living in fantasy realms, and the rest of it. That's the appeal. Yeah, sex is indeed natural--in adult life. Inside fantasy entertainment though it often comes off as designed specifically to titillate pubescent teens...;)
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 28, 2015, 17:11 WaltC
 
The Dream of Windows Phone on a Tablet...? Not a dream I've ever had...maybe a nightmare...;)
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
15. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 28, 2015, 16:06 WaltC
 
Insult to injury--he arrests her for drunk driving and then breaks into her phone and steals her nude pics. Yeah, I know darn well that the naked pictures of myself that I keep on my phone to remind myself what a chick-magnet I am might someday be viewed by the wrong people, but I'm prepared for that eventuality[/sarcasm.]  
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
8. Re: Evening Mobilization Jan 28, 2015, 09:47 WaltC
 
I don't think even EA would be dumb enough to do this in a PC or console title...;) But mobile? It's Suckerville and they see you coming a mile away.  
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News Comments > EA Financial Results
10. Re: EA Financial Results Jan 28, 2015, 09:35 WaltC
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Jan 27, 2015, 20:42:
On a slightly more serious note, what's interesting here is that EA has divulged per platform revenue. Total GAAP net revenue for Q3/2014 on the PC is 19%, consoles 71%, mobile 8% and other 2%. These numbers are very similar to what UbiSoft is usually reporting so it's interesting to see that big publisher revenue distribution appears to follow a common pattern.

What's also interesting is that by their estimates the PC went up +4% in Q4/2014 to 23% while mobile gained +5% (=13% total) but consoles dropped by almost -10% to "only" 61%. Could this have to do with the success of DAI and especially the Denuvo copy protection on the PC? There wasn't much else than DAI that would give the PC such a boost except maybe the Shadow of Revan expansion for SWTOR or some BF4 DLC but those are very low price so EA would have to move crazy volumes to even make a bump. Q4 was also stuffed with high profile console releases so I'm on the verge of being convinced that this was DAI + Denuvo.

It's really difficult to understand what EA is talking about most of the time--it's deliberate obfuscation. For instance, when they say "digital" sometimes they mean "downloaded" & other times they mean "all the software we sell" (because it is all digital, of course.) But the bottom line is that EA caters primarily to the console game markets--especially the 360/PS3 markets--and doesn't really do all that much with/for PC gaming. They make money with PC games despite themselves, more or less.

It's not surprising...if you read some EA executive statements you walk away with the idea that these guys haven't much of a clue about anything--some of their statements during Microsoft's embarrassing xBone reveal were true facepalm/LMAO comments--dumb, dumb, dumb...;) But the global gaming markets are so big that even a dummy can make money at it just by getting a minority of things right.

I do not consider EA to be even close to a PC-game bellwether. IE, you cannot use EA statements to divine the state of PC gaming. For that, you have to look at companies like Microsoft or, more importantly, Valve (even Kickstarter), to get a valid picture. It shows you that with a different emphasis EA could be far more successful than the company is at the moment. But with EA's executive mindset that isn't likely.
 
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News Comments > Homeworld Remastered Collection Next Month
41. Re: Homeworld Remastered Collection Next Month Jan 26, 2015, 16:47 WaltC
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Jan 26, 2015, 10:28:

I am very much looking forward to playing this on a modern system. I, too, have all the originals (including Cataclysm) but they're pain in the ass to get running on a modern OS and the render mode is always stuck in "Software" as the Dx calls that the originals used are deprecated in today's world and even forcing it causes an ugly screen blink that gives me headaches. OpenGL works...provided it I run it in WINE on a Linux box.

H1 runs great for me @1600x1200 D3d with all of the eye-candy options maxxed. Beautiful. Not sure why you're having problems--win10TP B. 9926. Running in straight-up Win 10 mode, no compatible modes selected/needed. Catalyst 14.12 Omegas, 6-core FX-6300 @ 4.5GHz, 8 Gigs ram, HD 7850 2GB.

Can't get H2 to run yet...still trying though...

 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
1. Re: Sunday Mobilization Jan 25, 2015, 16:29 WaltC
 
That's pretty good for an Apple product...19 hours...I mean, the 40-year old Accutron watch my Dad left me is accurate to within 1 second per year and its battery only lasts 3-5 years.

Go, Apple! (*golf clap*) The face of that thing even looks "Mickey Mouse," if you know what I mean...;)


 
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News Comments > More on Windows 10 and Xbox
28. Re: More on Windows 10 and Xbox Jan 22, 2015, 10:06 WaltC
 
Slick wrote on Jan 22, 2015, 09:10:
panbient wrote on Jan 22, 2015, 07:59:
I know my internet was out for 'a few days' last week. Or did I accidentally fall into a coma for a few years instead? What happened to Windows 9?

Did they forget what comes after 8 or did I miss something? Why stick with numbers if you're not going to be sequential? Did 7 really eat 9?

Lol, i can't believe i didn't think of that. good ol 7-8-9. anyways the real reason there's no Window 9 is because there's still checks in the codebase pertaining to Windows 95 and Windows 98. so anything that starts with "Windows 9-" is already buried in there somehow to this day. So the practical solution was go to 10 (or anything that doesn't start with "windows 9-"). there was never a "Windows 1". although with this penchant for "one" in their marketing, that day might come sooner than later...

Well, the nomenclature in the OS relative to older operating systems is the "6.x.xx" numbering nomenclature that began--IIRC--with Win NT, long ago. I'm not sure why Microsoft changed the kernel numbering scheme to "10" except for the idea that someone in the company thought that the Version number in the OS should match up with the kernel number--which is a PR thing that nobody really cares about at all--except the PR weenies, who think the world turns on superficialities...;)

Of course, the problem with changing the kernel identifier to 10.x is that older applications that look for the Win NT 6.x.xx number to tell them that this is Windows and it's OK to go ahead and install and/or run...will break. Unless, of course, Microsoft continues to keep the 6.x.xx numbers in the code somewhere for compatibility--they might restrict the NT numbering scheme to Windows compatibility mode settings from now on, I suppose, although that will just mean that older software that continues to install and/or run fine under 8.1 without any compatibility settings may *require* them, even just for installs, in Win10 RTM. That's my take on it, anyway...

Edit: Well, Vista was actually the first to use 6.x.xx...;) Here's the list through Win7:

http://www.geoffchappell.com/studies/windows/km/ntoskrnl/history/index.htm

Win8 was 6.2.xx, and I suppose Win9 would have been 6.3.xx; Win10 6.4.xx, and so on...but now we're changing everything to 10.x...whupee...;)

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News Comments > Sunday Safety Dance
2. Re: Sunday Safety Dance Jan 18, 2015, 17:32 WaltC
 
Well, the "scamming" part can't be helped...unfortunately. As long as people are gullible and greedy they're going to be ripe for getting scammed. That's not a technical problem, it's a problem of psychology...;)

 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
3. Re: Sunday Mobilization Jan 18, 2015, 17:20 WaltC
 
I can only imagine that a giant multiple of that number are mostly running Windows 7 via Bootcamp (don't know if Bootcamp supports Win8). Most OS X users I've found to prefer the limited, simpleton approach to using and configuring an OS, and as such they don't mind at all Apple making all the important decisions for them--that's why Mac users + Linux would seem to mix about like oil and water...;)  
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto V PC Preorders
41. Re: Grand Theft Auto V PC Preorders Jan 17, 2015, 09:54 WaltC
 
NKD wrote on Jan 17, 2015, 01:01:
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I'm starting to wonder when exactly it was the people here stopped caring about the PC as a platform. Any remotely hype title comes along and all sins are forgiven and the $60 transactions start to flow. If you're purchasing a sloppy port and an HD texture pack for $60, you really lose a lot of that moral high ground when it comes to bitching about other titles being ripoffs.

Probably not all that many PC folks respond to the GTA5 threads, but aside from that (for various reasons not limited to GTA4)--yes, $60 even with the supposedly "free" game--is a ludicrous price that only a mongoloid would pay...;) $39.95 is a much more rational price. PCs are selling globally right now at a rate of some ~35M a month, which is more than the PS4 and the xBone combined have sold since they shipped, and in two months the sale of PCs right now eclipses the entire ten-year run of the xb 360.

Kind of puts the true picture of consoles where it belongs--in the small potatoes category. But that's alright--let companies like Rockstar and Ubisoft delude themselves about that. Just leaves more success to companies like Valve and the Kickstarters...:D

 
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News Comments > Grim Fandango HD This Month; Preorders Underway
11. Re: Grim Fandango HD This Month; Preorders Underway Jan 13, 2015, 11:29 WaltC
 
I never pre-order...it's against my religion...;)

 
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News Comments > PC Grand Theft Auto V Delayed to March; Specs Revealed
16. Re: PC Grand Theft Auto V Delayed to March; Specs Revealed Jan 13, 2015, 11:25 WaltC
 
If it takes this much effort to get the game to run acceptably on the PC, man, I pity the poor console schmucks who had to endure this game as it originally shipped...It's even more interesting considering that the xBone and the PS4 are both 100% low-end x86 PCs these days...guess it boils down to the inferiority of the console APIs & hardware...  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
10. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 12, 2014, 15:21 WaltC
 
Yes, it's fairly stupid--Netflix has even changed the old "SuperHD 5.1" logo to plain "HD5.1" now, to further confuse the issue (the res is still SuperHD, thankfully.)

Netflix of late is trying to muddy the water on some things...its monthly Broadband "speed" ratings being very questionable, because nowhere in that tally are the ISPs who serve up SuperHD @ and the "up to 15Mb/s" Netflix says the service requires. Netflix' claimed max of ~3.+ Mb/s is not even close to enough to carry SuperHD5.1., so it looks like the company is deliberately leaving those numbers out of its speed ratings--to make ISP service in general appear far slower than it is. I know that my ISP--Cogent--isn't even listed, and my 50Mb/s up & down is far more than enough for the great SuperHD5.1 quality I get from Netflix. Very Odd.)
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition PC Patch Tomorrow
14. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition PC Patch Tomorrow Dec 8, 2014, 11:18 WaltC
 
I find it disturbing because nothing is more boring to me than cartoon, pretend romances in a 3d RPG. Hopefully, this is something that can be easily bypassed completely. Ugh. Dime romance novels are everywhere...not needed inside 3d games, too.  
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: etc. Dec 7, 2014, 09:39 WaltC
 
One of my favorite verses:

It is better to live alone in a small corner of an attic than to live in wide house with a brawling woman.

The Bible truly contains the wisdom of the ages...;)


 
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News Comments > Target Halts Grand Theft Auto V Sales Down Under
32. Re: Target Halts Grand Theft Auto V Sales Down Under Dec 3, 2014, 13:50 WaltC
 
Task wrote on Dec 3, 2014, 09:46:
I thought GTA is a satire series about the absurdity of society?

It's actually a satire series on the absurdity of a certain class of computer game...;)

 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
6. Re: Morning Safety Dance Dec 3, 2014, 12:04 WaltC
 
Who might possibly care *what* North Korea "denies"...? ha-ha...that's funny...;)
 
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