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News Comments > Christmas Tech Bits
13. Re: Christmas Tech Bits Dec 26, 2016, 14:11 MeanJim
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 26, 2016, 02:50:
Just subsidize solar roofs and windpods and that's the problem mostly solved right there. How many houses could that little strip of road done that for? Several hundred? All making real energy and sending it back to the grid.

They do, at least here in the US. There is a federal solar tax credit, and every state has renewable energy subsidies available. I looked into it this past summer after having multiple power outages lasting 2-3 days. After being without power for a couple of days last week, I'm looking at it again.
 
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News Comments > Christmas Tech Bits
6. Re: Christmas Tech Bits Dec 25, 2016, 19:59 MeanJim
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 25, 2016, 18:15:
Acleacius wrote on Dec 25, 2016, 13:16:
World’s first solar road....
That's pretty ingenious, if all buildings and roads had solar panels, there would be no need for nuclear or coal and probably water diversions for hydroelectric. Massive job increases for education, design, installation and service, could sustain a whole country easily.

It's wasteful unless you live somewhere near the equator where the sun is perpendicular to the road most of the year and has 300+ days of sun.

It's also stupid to spend gobs of money to reinforce solar panels so they can take tons of weight without breaking when there are still buildings to put normal solar panels on. Roads should be the last choice for solar panels.

It's also the dumbest place to put solar panels, under cars. Korea has a better idea with this.
 
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News Comments > Christmas Metaverse
1. Re: Christmas Metaverse Dec 25, 2016, 19:46 MeanJim
 
I haven't been keeping up (or caring) with this YouTube stuff, but I keep seeing videos pop up with people complaining about it. Something has changed with the recommendation system though because for the past week or longer, the only videos that show up after playing a video are some idiot cutting things with a hot ceramic knife. Out of curiosity, I watched a minute or so of one, found it stupid and closed it. It used to recommend things similar to what I just watched, but that seems to be the only thing that gets recommended now, no matter what I just watched.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 21, 2016, 15:19 MeanJim
 
BobBob wrote on Dec 21, 2016, 13:02:
Well, it was 72 yesterday, but now it's back down to the mid-60s. I hate when it's below 70. My arthritis is killing me.

It was 81°F here Saturday afternoon. Sunday's high was 25°F.

The nice cold front that dropped the temps brought with it 50 MPH wind and rain knocking power out all over the city. I didn't get power back until Monday afternoon.

I had gone to bed early Friday, sometime around 7-8pm. I woke just after midnight from the sound of the wind. I laid there trying to go back to sleep, but it kept getting louder. I finally decided to get up in case I needed to take shelter. I turned on my light and as soon as I sat up, the power went out. A few minutes later, it was like someone flipped a switch and the wind stopped and a few more minutes later it started raining.

I couldn't go back to sleep and was thinking I'd be up all night freezing my ass off with no power and nothing to do, but about half an hour later the power came back on. I went ahead and got up. Later that morning close to 7:30am I was just about to go make coffee and something to eat when the power went out again. The weird thing is, the rain had stopped about an hour ago and the sun was out. I figured they'd have it back on quick again, but I was wrong. It was a miserable day and a half.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
10. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Dec 18, 2016, 04:09 MeanJim
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Dec 17, 2016, 15:32:
I played through DOOM with no issues with Denuvo, didn't even notice the copy protection affecting anything, to be honest.

As much as I hate the idea of copy protection, if a studio WANTS to use it to protect their sales, I can't really fault them that much. Denuvo seems pretty honest and realistic about their copy protection too.

Not much to see here.

I had a problem with it in DX:MD. Denuvo requires an internet connection to phone home and verify your game every few days and no where on the game's page does it state this.

When I started the game for the first time my firewall prompted me that DX:MD was trying to connect to the internet. It's a fucking single player game, so I blocked it. Then it gave me an error with a link to some page on Denuvo where I had to copy the text from the error onto the page, then it generates text to copy back to the error box to "unlock" the game. I figured it was a one time activation deal, but it does this every few days. I got tired of doing this, so I finally just allowed it access through the firewall.

This was back in the summer when a bad storm knocked out power damaged some of my ISP's equipment leaving me without internet for several days and frequent outages for weeks after that while they repaired their equipment. Every time I was without internet, DX:MD wouldn't work.

An just in case you missed what I said earlier, no where on the store page for DX:MD does it say that an internet connection is required for the single player portion of the game.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
6. Re: Evening Tech Bits Dec 16, 2016, 19:38 MeanJim
 
I was surprised how much less power hungry my new PC is compared to my old one. My UPS has a load meter on it, and sitting right now it's using 60W. That's the PC and monitor plus my router and cable modem. My old PC was around 85-90W. The new PC is an i7 6700K @ 4.2GHz, 16GB RAM, 500GB SSD, 2TB HDD, with GTX 970. The old PC was an i5 750 @ 3.8GHz, 12GB RAM, 2TB HDD and the same GTX 970.  
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News Comments > GOG.Com Winter Sale Includes Free NWN; Steam Sale Dated
21. Re: GOG.Com Winter Sale Includes Free NWN; Steam Sale Dated Dec 1, 2016, 21:05 MeanJim
 
I already own NWN, and just bought everything I wanted during the fall sale. I had two of the games you get from XP (Dex and Expeditions: Conquistador), and I spent enough to unlock all three games during the last sale. I forgot what the 3rd game was, but I wasn't interested in it. Again, this time I have the first two unlockable games, but I am interested in Stasis. Nothing is jumping out that I want to buy this time though.  
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News Comments > Steam Autumn Sale & Steam Awards
6. Re: Steam Autumn Sale & Steam Awards Nov 24, 2016, 02:04 MeanJim
 
El Pit wrote on Nov 24, 2016, 00:44:
Done! Excellent idea! Let's stick it to Valve!

I saw it on another forum this morning, and they probably got it from somewhere else.
 
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News Comments > Steam Autumn Sale & Steam Awards
1. Re: Steam Autumn Sale & Steam Awards Nov 23, 2016, 23:54 MeanJim
 
If you need an idea for the “We Didn’t Think Of Everything” Award, pick Half-Life 2 Episode 2 and nominate it for “Game most in need of a sequel” Award.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: New battery tech lasts for days, charges in seconds. Nov 23, 2016, 00:11 MeanJim
 
LittleMe wrote on Nov 22, 2016, 21:49:
Electricity is much cheaper and more efficient than gas. Of course electricity is dirtier...

Internal combustion engines are horribly inefficient compared to electric motors. A typical gas engine is around 15-30%, or 40-60% for diesel, where as an electric motor is 80-99% efficient. Lithium ion batteries are 80-90% efficient. Even when using the same fuel to make the electricity to charge those batteries, it will always be cleaner and more efficient to generate electricity than burn it in an internal combustion engine. Burning fuel to power a steam turbine is 70%+ efficient at turning heat into electricity, not to mention that it's a lot easier to trap and clean the exhaust of a large, stationary power plant vs. a small car with an internal combustion engine.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 17, 2016, 00:18 MeanJim
 
Pigeon wrote on Nov 16, 2016, 13:21:
This year I had no soreness at all, and other years the next day it'll feel like an MMA fighter kicked me in the arm. I too wonder how much of this is due to injection technique.

EDIT: Quick google search says the soreness is part of the immune response, but I still suspect there's something to the technique as well.

I've always thought it was due to technique too. Some times I don't feel the needle at all, sometimes it stings and burns as it goes in/out. Sometimes my arm is a little sore for a day or two as well, but for the last two years I didn't feel the needle or have a sore arm. I still think there has to be some technique to it as I also get blood work with a regular checkup and some nurses can draw blood without me feeling a thing where others feel like it would hurt less if they just cut my arm off.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 11, 2016, 14:31 MeanJim
 
Just stream through the web based player and don't use the Spotify app.  
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News Comments > Tyranny Released
10. Re: Tyranny Released Nov 10, 2016, 23:08 MeanJim
 
Retired wrote on Nov 10, 2016, 22:09:
Did I miss something somewhere? Game seems over priced....

A $45 a new release is overpriced? There are deals out there though. It was 20% off at WinGameStore last night (Steam key). I was torn between getting it from them or DRM Free on GOG. I've been trying to ween myself from using Steam so much outside of cheap sales and bundles, but I couldn't make up my mind if it was worth $9 extra for GOG's DRM Free version (technically it's DRM free on Steam too). I wasn't interested in the pre-order crap because it seemed a bit cheaty to me. The WinGameStore page was showing 12 days left on the sale price, so I decided to sleep on it and pick it up this afternoon after I made up my mind. I had finally decided to get it from WinGameStore, but when I go to buy it, it's now 15% off and the counter shows 20 days left. That's still cheaper than GOG, but it kind of pisses me off that they changed it, so I'm now thinking of going with GOG even if it is more. I was hoping to play it tonight, but now I'm still trying to make up my mind on where to buy it from.
 
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News Comments > etc.
8. Re: etc. Nov 10, 2016, 19:23 MeanJim
 
The article doesn't mention GOG. I know CDPR owns GOG, but aren't CDPR the developer and GOG separate businesses?  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
4. Re: Game Reviews Nov 10, 2016, 19:12 MeanJim
 
It's designed to be a shorter experience, more reactive experience and to be played multiple times. I've read 25-30 hours if you rush through, most people will see 50+ hours. It's not the type of RPG that you can see and do everything in one play through. Certain paths will be cut off right at the start based on your decisions. So one play through could be 25-30 hours, but if you want to experience the whole game, you'll need 3 or more play throughs. I'm actually looking forward to starting this up.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
85. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 9, 2016, 19:33 MeanJim
 
The republican party hates him, so I predict they'll do whatever it takes to make sure they get him out ASAP.  
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News Comments > Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon for Free
10. Re: Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon for Free Nov 9, 2016, 18:56 MeanJim
 
I bought FC3 + Blood Dragon a while back, I think from Amazon which were Uplay keys. I played FC3 and I really wasn't that impressed with it, so I never got around to playing Blood Dragon.  
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News Comments > Tyranny Trailer
8. Re: Tyranny Trailer Nov 4, 2016, 23:10 MeanJim
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 4, 2016, 19:45:
My understanding is that this is a mechanic utilized throughout the game, and the devs expect people to regularly lose and start over. Guess we'll see.

You understood wrong then: https://youtu.be/hOc4hSmLFbc?t=6m39s
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse Nov 4, 2016, 19:46 MeanJim
 
Netflix has long hinted at the fact that it may offer video downloading and offline viewing to help customers deal with the threat of usage caps. Unfortunately, that functionality may not be coming to US customers anytime soon.
So it's coming, just not to the people it will help most.

Speaking to CNBC this week, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said that while the service option may eventually launch in areas that lack access to robust high-speed internet, it probably won't be launching in the States, where broadband is more widely available at faster speeds.
What the fuck are they smoking? Yousaidwhat
 
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News Comments > Tyranny Trailer
5. Re: Tyranny Trailer Nov 4, 2016, 19:42 MeanJim
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 4, 2016, 19:20:
Yeah, usage based skill systems suck. Also having forced time constraints in this game is a bad choice as well. Given how bad PoE was this is a definite wait and see.

The only place where you have a time limit is the first mission, which is tied to the setting of Kyros being a dick and giving an edict for it to get done in time or he will kill everyone.
 
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