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Signed On Aug 15, 2003, 17:35
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 3, 2015, 10:06 Pigeon
 
Oh Comcast haven't you heard, those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. My favorite response is the Person complaining about paying more and getting less, and Comcast responds by offering to find a better service plan for them. Which is true, they will switch you to a better plan for less… for 6 months then your rates double and you end up paying more than you were previously. I understand if you live in a place where you actually have a choice of providers you can stay with your plan and get the cheaper 6 month – 1 year rate if you threaten to leave.  
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News Comments > AMD Driver Changes
7. Re: AMD Driver Changes Nov 2, 2015, 19:13 Pigeon
 
WaltC wrote on Nov 2, 2015, 15:36:
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.

The controls for aspect ratio break when you do a simple uninstall reinstall and require the drivers to be completely removed through use of DDU. This has been happening to me on three OS's and two different builds. In searching for a solution to the issue I saw several other people having the same issue and it has been on going for at least 2 years. I'm sure a lot of people don't notice since, as you said, it's only something you'd run into with older games. Point is it's happening to me and others and there's been no mention of a fix.

A few years ago they unceremoniously dropped support for Vista without mention, they just stopped releasing. To rub salt in the wound, they still you could still install new drivers on Vista because it's nearly identical to win7 by editing an .inf file and typing "[ATI.Mfg.NTx86.6.0]" into the appropriate spot. They just couldn't be bothered to do a little extra testing and offer official Vista support.

As far as features I'm talking about how they've stopped supporting Mantle with their new cards. Anything running the GCN 1.2 architecture will not be optimized to run their own API. Those cards run games worse using Mantle than DX11. Considering they still tout their ability to run Mantle as a feature I find that a bit shady.

As I've said there's nothing overtly bad about Overdrive, I don't like that they've switched to percentages for power and clock settings, but I've got a calculator so no big deal.


"...renaming the driver suite for their graphics cards to Radeon Software Crimson..."

That has got to be one of the worst names I've ever heard.

Agreed.
 
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News Comments > AMD Driver Changes
2. Re: AMD Driver Changes Nov 2, 2015, 14:32 Pigeon
 
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.  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. Re: Evening Consolidation Oct 30, 2015, 22:01 Pigeon
 
Make Walking Dead season 2 free, but charge for season 1; clever Sony, veeery clever.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 30, 2015, 11:38 Pigeon
 
InBlack wrote on Oct 30, 2015, 10:45:
nin wrote on Oct 30, 2015, 10:14:
InBlack wrote on Oct 30, 2015, 10:13:
Youtube has started to embed ads in its videos now. I don't think adblock can get around those, can it?

Send me a link (example) - I watched a bunch of stuff last night and saw no ads.

You've got Adblock right? That probably only means that adblock is doing what I'm thinking it can't. I probably need to install adblock on my home PC, but Im so careful about where I surf and want to support the sites I do visit that I can't really be bothered.

I was listening to a best of RATM album on youtube yesterday, and every two or three songs a video would come up with an ad (in my own language no less, it's taylored to IP) which would be skippable after 7 seconds.

You can set adblock to allow ads on certain sites. Like when I'm on Blue's I can click on the adblock symbol and there's an option that says "Disable on bluesnews.com"
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
4. Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 29, 2015, 21:59 Pigeon
 
I've got realtek's ALC1150 chip-set on my MB and it sounds pretty good. Unfortunately for music, I've usually got my USB head phones plugged in so I don't really use it often.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 29, 2015, 15:07 Pigeon
 
jimnms wrote on Oct 29, 2015, 14:08:
jdreyer wrote on Oct 29, 2015, 13:37:
Move Over Sit-and-Stand Desks, Here’s the Power Reclining Workstation.

Want! But $4K (sale price!) is a bit over the top.

What keeps the mouse from sliding off?

Your hand? It is unfortunate that they can't completely remove the need to use any of your muscles.

While I am in the market for a new chair, apparently my fat ass is too much for my current chair, $4k is just a few dollars over what I'm looking to spend.
 
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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
1. Re: Hardware Reviews Oct 29, 2015, 14:54 Pigeon
 
I see AMD is still pushing Mantle as a feature for their new cards. this is despite the fact they're not bothering to optimize drivers so using Mantle with GCN 1.2 cards is beneficial instead of detrimental.  
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News Comments > Alien: Isolation - The Collection Released
4. Re: Alien: Isolation - The Collection Released Oct 27, 2015, 18:48 Pigeon
 
Great atmosphere and stayed very close to the source material. There were more than a few places I lingered to enjoy the view. Really kept the tension going for most of the game. Actually my biggest complaints are related to this as you really can't explore this massive station properly without being run through by the alien's tail. Also, the alien's indestructibility given the ordinances at Ripley's disposal was a tad annoying.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 26, 2015, 21:23 Pigeon
 
harlock wrote on Oct 26, 2015, 18:20:
Pigeon wrote on Oct 26, 2015, 13:22:
I'm a little surprised nVidia hasn't released new cards yet, and as far as I can tell Pascal is still ~6 months away. Been thinking about a new card in the ~$300 range, but with the 970 having been out for over a year it should be due for a replacement soon. Also I'm done with AMD, partly why I'm thinking about a new card. Maybe it's just a case of the grass is greener, but after 10+ years of AMD/Ati cards there have been too many annoyances.

nvidia and intel are just so much better than AMD.. im not just fucking around here, its quite noticeable

To be fair their performance is generally very price competitive around the lower and mid-range level. That's why I've used them for so long since every time I've been in the market for a new card they've been the best available, performance wise, at the price point I was looking at. But I've been less than impressed with support, particularly in the last 3-4 years.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 26, 2015, 13:22 Pigeon
 
I'm a little surprised nVidia hasn't released new cards yet, and as far as I can tell Pascal is still ~6 months away. Been thinking about a new card in the ~$300 range, but with the 970 having been out for over a year it should be due for a replacement soon. Also I'm done with AMD, partly why I'm thinking about a new card. Maybe it's just a case of the grass is greener, but after 10+ years of AMD/Ati cards there have been too many annoyances.  
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
1. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Oct 24, 2015, 10:45 Pigeon
 
One trillion is plainly a large number, but size is always relative. For example, one trillion dollars are of enormous value, whereas one trillion grains of sand are but a small patch of beach.

I think someone needs to dump 1 trillion grains of sand on that judge's car. And while he's busy digging it out he can think about how what a small relative number of grains it is...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 23, 2015, 16:24 Pigeon
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 23, 2015, 13:49:
Almost 80 percent of meta-analyses in the review had some sort of industry tie, either through sponsorship, which the authors defined as direct industry funding of the study, or conflicts of interest, defined as any situation in which one or more authors were either industry employees or independent researchers receiving any type of industry support (including speaking fees and research grants). Especially troubling, the study showed about 7 percent of researchers had undisclosed conflicts of interest.

Yeah, you'd have thunk the influence would be pretty high, but not that high.

Celebs are stupid, racists, and bigots? Shocker!


Its not surprising. Research has to be paid for, and the ones who will pay for it do so because because they have a vested interest in the outcome of the research. I'd say if you wanted more independent research the government needs to hand out far more grants, but seeing as it's legal for corporations to bribe elected officials it's not much better an option.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Re: Morning Safety Dance Oct 23, 2015, 15:24 Pigeon
 
It sounds more like because they work in IT they a greater ability to be a or create security risk(s). Not only do they have more knowledge, but they have more access. Who can potentially create more security problems if they do things wrong and/or are looking to cause damage, a network administrator, or a sales peon who doesn't know what happens to his excel spread sheet after he saves it?  
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Oct 23, 2015, 15:07 Pigeon
 
Final Fantasy VI please... no seriously like yesterday.

HD remakes are great if they actually put effort into it as opposed to the bare-minimum to call it HD and get it shipped.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 21, 2015, 10:22 Pigeon
 
They snapped up Hitachi a few years ago as well. Makes sense though WD, to my knowledge, has no Flash based drives. Mechanical drives are still useful as large capacity cheap storage, but its days are numbered.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
53. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 20, 2015, 18:53 Pigeon
 
Drayth wrote on Oct 20, 2015, 17:00:
Ecthelion wrote on Oct 20, 2015, 16:37:
I wonder if Rebels will feature any of the Interdictor cruisers from the SW games (and the novels IIRC)? So far the idea of a ship able to block hyperdrive has been missing from on-screen canon, and it makes it pretty easy for ships to jump blockades and such.

They actually showed exactly that in the S2 trailer. The one they showed looked straight out of the X-Wing and Tie Fighter series.

Also, CW's seasons 1-3 are almost *completely* out of order. Check out how it all starts, a 3'rd season episode, then a 2'nd, then the movie, then more 3'rd, etc.... They start to settle down from there.

Everything being completely out of order turned me off the series when I tried watching it on Netflix. Maybe I'll try to pick up again and do things in a manner that makes sense.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Steam Summer Sale Begins Oct 20, 2015, 13:00 Pigeon
 
nin wrote on Oct 20, 2015, 12:19:
Drayth wrote on Oct 20, 2015, 12:11:
Ecthelion wrote on Oct 20, 2015, 12:05:
Check out Star Wars Rebels.

Already watched first season. I'm on board with this animated series stuff after seeing what they pulled off with CW's. First 3'rd of all the seasons start off with lighter, just ok stuff then get really interesting (and dark in CW's case from S3 on) for the rest.

Rebels is fantastic. They really captured the feeling of what Star Wars is.


Yeah, I was pretty impressed with it, and it manages to be sufficiently dark at times despite being marketed to kids. They probably realize there's money to be made with nostalgia addled grown ups.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 16, 2015, 13:11 Pigeon
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 16, 2015, 12:55:
D'oh! Everyone had Atlanta in the Pick 'em League.

I said there'd be upsets this week and it's already started.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 15, 2015, 21:35 Pigeon
 
As a Win 10 user I see no reason to upgrade until DX 12 becomes more prominent. The only thing I really hate is the way it handles upgrades, I understand they're trying to make things more secure by removing choice from the consumer (i.e. the ability to choose not install updates), but it's not as though MS hasn't fucked up with updates before. I've turned off all the 'spyware' stuff I care to. So if they really want to know what porn I'm looking at Nadella can come over and we'll watching it together.  
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