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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
15. Re: Hardware Reviews Jun 29, 2016, 15:42 HorrorScope
Wallshadows wrote on Jun 29, 2016, 13:05:
I'm not sure what those who are bagging on the 480 were expecting as it was never advertised as being even comparable to a 1070 for single card usage.

You mean the hype by general AMD fanboys were telling us to wait for? Imo the 480 to be killer had to fall in-between a 970 and 1070, not a 1070. The 1060 is most likely going to take this out easily, because it's going to take out a 970.

It's not bad for the value as you mention but it won't have this $200 segment completely locked down like some were starting to see, NVidia will challenge. You are right for certain groups of people this is fine. But being more of a hardcore site and a new tech that needs everything it can get, this card doesn't really do anything at all for that group.

EVGA yeah not a big fan of, they were one of the early one's to garner a lot of praise and deserved. Imo and it's been this for many years now, they are living off past glories, not bad, but very avg., but many have just never re-calibrated where EVGA sits vs the field.

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4. Re: Hardware Reviews Jun 29, 2016, 11:33 HorrorScope
Yeah the 480 benches were a hot commodity many were waiting for.

Reviewing this it seems a 1060 will be a bit more powerful than the 480, so I'd have to see what price the 1060 comes in at. I think it perhaps settled me in on a 1070. This just isn't enough horses for 2016 moving forward.

I'll have to review all those articles more, but a lot of those are imo shit. No where near the data I'd think someone would want for comparisons sake. And in general Bench articles since the 1080 has been released have been weak. Where are VR benches with these new cards? We need to know if we are getting our 90 FPS in VR games, etc.
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1. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jun 29, 2016, 11:24 HorrorScope
Yeah, yeah, high severity bugs all over the landscape, from everyone.  
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
3. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Jun 29, 2016, 11:04 HorrorScope
Wasn't planning on being impressed, was impressed.

The tilt alone looks great as just a simple feature. If the software they have is good enough to mold to games already released and moving forward, then it doesn't matter if it is a hit or not for 1rst party support, that could be the deal maker/breaker for me. Will keep an eye out on this one.

As for relearning muscle memory, I've done that many of times over the year with various mice already, esp. those with many side buttons, no big.
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1. Re: Morning Consolidation Jun 29, 2016, 10:33 HorrorScope
So how much do they make on an Elite? Has to be a bundle, probably their biggest xbox hw success ever. $150 for a gamepad, seeesh.  
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News Comments > G2A Planning Changes
56. Re: G2A Planning Changes Jun 28, 2016, 18:57 HorrorScope
Regional pricing isn't a Steam thing.
It is directed by the publishers.
Which in turn are directed by tariffs and such.
It is the world we live in for most products.
Now can someone buck that trend? Yes. In some cases it would cost them due to taxes, in other countries perhaps not so much.
But this isn't so much a gaming thing as real world commerce between different countries kind of thing.
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4. Re: Is Godus Dead? Jun 28, 2016, 18:47 HorrorScope
If anyone is working on it they are making a financial mistake. That is now a cut your losses and on to the next. There is no chance that this will become some type of big seller all of a sudden.  
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10. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 28, 2016, 17:47 HorrorScope
All said and done, we are shortly coming up to D-Day. Win 10 is most likely inevitable for many of us at some point. So do you upgrade and take the free upgrade? Or do you push your luck and hope they extend the free offer? We haven't heard a peep about what happens in August with Win 10 the cost, free offer extension, have be?

There was some smarts waiting near the end just to get as many kinks out as possible before upgrading. But I have to think for many of us, upgrading to 10 by end of July might be the smart money saving move. Like it or not and there is plenty to question about Win10, but unless you are going to another OS... chances are somewhere in time you are going to end up here. I have 4 pc's, I like saving money.
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News Comments > System Shock Specs
13. Re: System Shock Specs Jun 28, 2016, 17:41 HorrorScope
Since the demo is coming out today which I didn't know, perhaps this is the optimized specs for the state of the current demo.  
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5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 28, 2016, 12:33 HorrorScope
Pigeon wrote on Jun 28, 2016, 10:46:
Microsoft has clearly learned that its ambition to have one billion machines running Windows 10 isn't worth losing the trust of its customers over.

Have they though? I would propose that they have not learned that lesson. Them backing off slightly on the aggressiveness of the campaign is probably because the lawyers convinced the executives they could be libel for the damages a forced upgrade can cause. I'm honestly surprised there have not been more suits, or maybe there are and MS is asking people to be quite as part of a settlement.

Yep that was the zinger comment in that article. MS really needs new people in some key areas and/or their legal team needs to back off a bit. I mention the last part as my companies legal team creates a lot of issues themselves and have managed to make any semi-major and above decision one that must pass their desks for approval.
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5. Re: System Shock Specs Jun 28, 2016, 12:24 HorrorScope
I'd go for it's hard to believe those specs, my spider senses tell me it is well overstating the minimum. I'll bet a 560 (and most likely below that even) with 4 gigs plays it and if it doesn't they are really limiting their audience.  
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11. Re: etc. Jun 27, 2016, 22:51 HorrorScope
Are they going to have a much better UI and lots of skills I can use at my finger tip? Building a whole new game, I'd want to improve on the current games weakness.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
11. Re: I watched more DOOM videos (not all of them [TL;DW]), with a guy's commentaries, from YouTube... Jun 27, 2016, 22:48 HorrorScope
ventry wrote on Jun 27, 2016, 20:49:
For the last 3 months I have been doing an experiment. I have 8 machines set up in the back of my workshop. 4 laptops and 4 desktops.
All with varying CPU's, ram, etc. With a mix of Win 7 installs. (Basic, Home Prem, Pro and Ultimate) Mix of x86 and x64.
All conected to the net, all updated fully and set for "automatic update".
Each and every weekday i turn on these machines and each and every weekday I click the 'x' on the Win 10 nagbox when it appears.
103 days and counting there has been NO automatic updating to Win10.
That is 824 turn-ons and nagbox 'x' clicks. (<--- Whoops my bad. minus weekends)
I fully believe that this phenomenon is down to peoples sloppy mouse pointer use. (especially where laptop mouse pads are concerned).
i.e getting the nagbox rather than the 'x' to close it.
This also doesn't include the win7 machines I have for sale in the shop also connected to the net.

I don't know if any of us can really set up a fair enough testing lab to say really. I do have a number of customers that have sworn they didn't do anything and over-night were upgraded. There are articles about the same behavior. But beyond that since MS says total jack shit about any of this, I'm not going to let them off scotch free. They can easily come out and tell us how this all works and if it can't do what you think, explain to us why not. But they've been totally silent about this, so I'm going to take customers, articles and MS silence as proof enough.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Millions more to come Jun 27, 2016, 12:58 HorrorScope
RedEye9 wrote on Jun 27, 2016, 12:40:
Waiting on the class action

You'd be better with the 10k. You'll get pennies on the dollah.
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1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 27, 2016, 11:01 HorrorScope
Teri was smart and got 10k taking MS to court over forcing an update to Win10.  
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14. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 26, 2016, 14:42 HorrorScope
El Pit wrote on Jun 26, 2016, 12:41:
HorrorScope wrote on Jun 26, 2016, 12:02:
There was a setting that changed it from Original to more of an Action stance where mouselook was always on vs holding down the right button.

I played with this setting, it was still unbearably bad especially in rooms. No zooming out above the low ceiling, so you had to play from the shoulder's point of view.

The problem is well known but has NEVER been solved by EA, because they don't care.

There is a hack that could help, but you had to hack the file EVERY DAMN TIME you wanted to play:

Watch this to understand:

You had to move the virtual camera like a directly controlled character up the ladder to see what was going on up there! OUTRAGEOUS!

Thanks, you're talking about the tactical cam, yeah that was shit, but I played never pausing so that was the disconnect.
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12. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 26, 2016, 12:02 HorrorScope
El Pit wrote on Jun 26, 2016, 10:10:
Get well soon, Blue. It is most likely no big deal, so just live your life as usual. You will be okay!

Who here said Dragon Age: Inquisition is a move back to classic Dragon Age?! IT IS NOT! I have just finished it (took me about 300 hours including side missions and DLCs), and while it is a bit better gamewise than Dragon Age II, it is still very bugged and the camera angle is a huge, almost game breaking problem. It was clearly designed for consoles and the developers could not be bothered to work on the camera/point of view/zoom for the pc edition. Sometimes the virtual camera is stuck about 3 feet above your main character and you cannot zoom out more than this in rooms (because that camera is blocked by the ceiling - RIDICULOUS!), sometimes the point of view makes you zoom and scroll and move all over the battlefield to finally catch that one pixel that you can click on of e.g. a dragon you want to attack who has escaped to a rock above your party or a rift you want to interrupt. Although, very often a party member's AI gets stuck - this party member won't do ANYTHING in a fight unless you take it over and move it yourself - after that it will work on its own again - or it gets hit. The game came out in 2014 - and these bugs are still present. Horrible support by EA. I know that a lot of people here hate Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, but I enjoyed that game A LOT MORE than DA: Inquisition. It is by far the better game for me.

I have just started FarCry 4 and I know that some people here said it is just a total conversion mod of FarCry 3, but I am totally enjoying it. About an hour ago I released an elephant who immediately wreaked havoc on the enemy's team in an outpost I wanted to overtake. There is nothing more enjoyable than seeing Dumbo steamrolling the royals!

Right DA is more like DA2 but then in a much larger mmo type environment.

I didn't have any issue with the camera to speak of or noticeable AI doing nothing to a point of concern. Playing Withcer 3 now which is good to, the combat I felt playing an Assassin in DAI was pretty superior in DAI.

There was a setting that changed it from Original to more of an Action stance where mouselook was always on vs holding down the right button. That setting to me was a game changer, I played an early demo without it and yeah wasn't buying it until then. Hopefully you knew about that and at least tried it out. DAI there are different ways to play it from stop action to never stopping the action and the character you play mainly can have a much different feeling than another, so it isn't surprising opinions could vary wildly just off these things let alone the usual reason to like or dislike a game.

I like KoA as well, I'm not sure I liked it as much as DAI though, but fairly close. Really had to mod the difficulty of that game up, got way too easy. Combat models were both fun though.
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49. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 25, 2016, 11:27 HorrorScope
El Pit wrote on Jun 25, 2016, 09:09:
jdreyer wrote on Jun 25, 2016, 01:49:
El Pit wrote on Jun 24, 2016, 13:27:
Get well soon, Blue. Most likely it is nothing serious, so do not let it drag you down. In the end it might be more harmful to think too much about what it could be and waste time and energy on googling possible solutions. Go and see the doc and do not burden yourself with too many worries.

I disagree, educating yourself so you can discuss your symptoms intelligently with your doctor can produce superior outcomes.

And I disagree with you - it gives people wrong ideas and makes them often think of cancer when it is usually something completely different. Too often they walk into a doctor's room and do not want to hear a different diagnosis than the one they googled.

And my story on this one... Switched providers, got a new doctor and well he was one chill dude. I felt from the first time I met him until the last moments him being my Dr, that this is one of those Doc's who gets into the med cabinets for themselves. Just really laid back, smooth and groovy talker, chilled to the nines.

But hey I don't want to make a rash judgment, maybe this is simply one cool cat and is smart as fuck. I can dig it. But then we started going down the path of "what's going on Doc?" he had first crack at my breathing issue. I noticed over a period of visits and emails, he wasn't really giving me anything, he'd prescribe me a med to mask some parts of it, which none of that was even close to being good the affect or result, but beyond that I knew a med wasn't going to lead to a fix. I ended up going to a specialist and when they asked what I was taking the very first thing was "get off that med" that is for psychotic behavior and has nothing to do with the issue at hand.

Back to Dr. Chill, so after a bit I'd suggest maybe we try this after playing Google MD myself since it was going nowhere. His reply to like 2 or 3 times I did that each time was "yeah that sounds like a good next step to try". This dude was mailing it in, me and the wife really just laughed it off in a sense once he started repeating this effort back to me.

After a couple times, I knew this wasn't the guy to lead me anywhere. Switched providers again back to my other Dr, he tries but damn any specialist he sends me to cost dearly and they are shooting in the dark too much for me to just pay all these "good tries".

I still can't get over a $1200 charge for a Nose/Ears Dr. looking up my nostrils all of 15 seconds to tell me I have a deviated septum up the right side and that surgery is an option if I want. I only know of this $1200 charge month's after as the bills come in.

Did I mention the American health care system and how it works is shit yet? With growing deductibles and unlisted costs and bill after bill, to think we had a revolution over taxing tea and not this...
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48. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 25, 2016, 11:11 HorrorScope
jdreyer wrote on Jun 25, 2016, 02:20:
HorrorScope wrote on Jun 24, 2016, 20:04:
Also put your monitor up as high as you can tolerate, it is much better for the neck looking upwards at your screen vs looking downward per a chiropractor I use from time to time. He did some xrays and attributes some of my current structure to using a lower pc monitor too often. It could be one of the reasons my apnea became a problem for me.

I'm not sure what you mean exactly about "put your monitor up as high as possible" but every article I've read on the subject has said to have your eyes level with the top of the monitor or perhaps a couple inches lower. Then you can keep your posture straight and simply let your eyeballs fall to read lower text (their resting state is 30 degrees or so below horizon). Craning your neck up can be just as bad as slumping it forward.

BLUE, it sounds like an RSI from all the PC work you do. I'm sure you've already done a lot of reading on your workstation ergonomics, but if not here's a decent starter article.

It does also depend on chair and posture, but what you don't want to do is have your head lean downward, chin towards chest. You perhaps are explaining a perfect scenario, but for those that don't sit up all perky all the time....

For example stand up and look forward, now look downward, your chin becomes closer to your chest and it compresses your neck/air-path, it also if done for extended periods of time moves your neck forward vs a neutral position, where it should be.

Now when you sit and look at your monitor are you doing that with your head, bending it down closer to your chest? If you are, you have poor posture. Now you can sit up, do not use a high back chair etc to correct it that way or another way is you can raise the monitor higher to bring your chin up level in that manner.

Via xrays, I have a forward positioned neck now and my esophagus has one set of cartilage (probably not using the right term here) that are pinched together vs being separated like they should, they contributed that to using a lowered monitor often and having my chin down for too long a time. Told me it is very common with people who use computers and without saying having poor posture doing so.

So chin up everyone!
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37. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 24, 2016, 21:37 HorrorScope
nin wrote on Jun 24, 2016, 21:21:
HorrorScope wrote on Jun 24, 2016, 19:14:
Yep and it happens with age. I've had it for a good while, but it came to a point it was causing real issues. I didn't know about any of it, but then you start to realize, shit I was living with that for years remembering signs.

You ever sleep and then something snaps in your dream and you wake up immediately? I've been able with me to figure out that is a part of holding your breath and your brain saying, breath or wake the f up! The dream plays along with this pressing need.

Oh, I know. I'd either wake up with no air in my lungs, gasping for breath (like an asthma attack) or have dreams where I was underwater, drowning and couldn't make it to the surface (again, no air)...

The thing that finally brought me to the table was a stat that said something like 70% of stroke patients had previous sleep apnea symptoms. I pretty much went straight to the doctor after reading that...

In my case it took two episodes.

Sleeping in the middle of the night a loud gong went off in my head. Woke up and was dizzy beyond belief. Go to rest room, back to bed, felt like I was up all night hammering alcohol.

A couple nights later I was dreaming that this was going to happen again. And this is where dreams and the mind get very strange, a best bud and myself were building a massive shield like comic book levels as we knew a light beam was going to shoot up from below and hit my brain and we were going to stop this NOW! Well the beam came up and wiped out this shield no sweat at all, total fail and I woke up again, this time with a bang and dizziness not quite as bad as the first time. Looking back on that one, I assume if the shield was strong enough I would have passed away.

So yep, start going to docs, sleep studies etc. Another part of the equation I have a cat that likes to move up during the middle of the night and it laying close to me while sleeping seemed to amplify the situation.

So I was tested, I stop breathing around 25 or so times per minute, which isn't good, but several have it worse, it's a crazy number to think about, per minute that many times. I've now come to see I hold my breath when I'm deep thinking or putting a lot of attention towards something while awake. I notice sometimes if I nap, that again my breathing just wants to slow to a point of stopping. Mild headaches ensue.

So yeah it's messed up, but using standard solutions those are helping out. I do feel it could be shaving off a solid 10 years, sort of the inner feeling I have about it all, life policies strengthened up a bit more. I'm sure I've taken some membrane damage as well over the years, but not that anyone else notices, I think it has also mellowed me out a lot.

Then I find out I have a deviated septum at 95% up the right nose barrel. That I've had my whole life. By this time I sound like a broken wreck right? But I'm 175, 6', little bit o belly, don't really get sick, just a couple oxygen to the brain issues and some random aches and pains from time to time.
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