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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
4. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Sep 13, 2015, 14:19 Pigeon
 
Never is a strong word. It's already to the point where SSDs are cheap enough that even budget builds should have one. The only reason to have a HDD anymore is secondary storage/backup; something you can usually re-purpose an old drive for. Not saying HDDs are going away anytime soon, but their usefulness is rapidly shrinking.  
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News Comments > XCOM: Enemy Unknown Free Weekend
16. Re: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Free Weekend Sep 11, 2015, 13:22 Pigeon
 
PHJF wrote on Sep 11, 2015, 10:51:
The human enemies in XCOM are poorly integrated and have almost no scaling. It isn't long before they post no threat whatsoever but nevertheless continually harass XCOM, because pinpointing their base takes an unreasonable amount of time and/or trial and error. It could have been a lot more interesting if the enemy human forces more closely paralleled XCOM in equipment/abilities/tactics.

I agree, once my game gets rolling the EXALT missions pose little problem. By the time they get laser weapons and gene-mods my guys are well armed and leveled and once I get control of the map EXALT's reinforcements never get a turn because they get wiped out by overwatch. Really the biggest nuisance with EXALT is they can cause more panic, which can be difficult to control in classic or higher difficulty.
 
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News Comments > XCOM: Enemy Unknown Free Weekend
5. Re: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Free Weekend Sep 11, 2015, 10:30 Pigeon
 
Wallshadows wrote on Sep 11, 2015, 09:59:
I've been meaning to get Enemy Within...

It's adds some nice variety that's not present in Unknown. I got both in a bundle and played Unknown first thinking Within was a more traditional expansion with separate story. It is not; it adds couple of events, scenarios and new classes/powers (mec's and gene mods.) It's worth it at $7.50, I think it adds more game-play depth; there's just no reason to play Enemy Unknown first.
 
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News Comments > Hearthstone Power Inflation Addressed
8. Re: Hearthstone Power Inflation Addressed Sep 10, 2015, 10:57 Pigeon
 
I remember when grim patron came out, that was like a big middle finger to newish free to play people. Took me awhile to get cards to semi-effectively deal with it. Luckily it fell out of favor, but that was one that could get out of hand fast if you didn't deal with it immediately.

I stopped playing months ago, got tired of the grind, disparity between pay decks and free, and griefers. I do kinda miss my priest deck, I could do some fun things with it.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. Re: Evening Tech Bits Sep 9, 2015, 09:14 Pigeon
 
Isn't this how GLaDOS got started?  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Sep 4, 2015, 02:21 Pigeon
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 3, 2015, 23:35:
Samsung unveils world’s first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc player.

Aren't disks supposed to be dead?

I think a 4K movies are something like 100GBs plus, so it might be faster to drive to the store and buy a disc than wait for it to download. That and it's a significant chunk of real-estate on your hard-drive.
 
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News Comments > WildStar F2P This Month
10. Re: WildStar F2P This Month Sep 3, 2015, 15:15 Pigeon
 
I've been playing the F2P beta for the last 2 weeks. As a F2P it's probably better than some of the others I've tried. There's enough variation while leveling that it's not the mind numbing experience I've had in other F2P MMOs. I've had some issues that concern me though; and while I understand it's a beta, it's also a beta of a game that's been out for awhile. The UI has been having issues with the quest tracker, which makes questing difficult, and I can't run it in DX11. DX11 runs very smoothly until it doesn't, apparently it's an issue they've had for quiet awhile.

Overall I'd say worth checking out. It's got a cartoony style that I realize isn't for everyone, but I like it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
1. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 2, 2015, 10:15 Pigeon
 
I manged to fill up my 1GB with mostly automated saved game backups, and I don't play my PS4 that often. 10GB is still pretty pathetic considering they want people to create and share game-play videos on their network, but it's 10x better than what it was I guess. I think the xbone gives a free 15GB, no service subscription. Of course you have to use OneDrive... TO RULE THEM ALL!  
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
2. Re: If you're about to buy a new 1TB PlayStation 4, don't. Here's why. Aug 31, 2015, 08:50 Pigeon
 
Frags4Fun wrote on Aug 31, 2015, 08:33:
I wonder if there are any performance differences with this newer model. I guess it could go either way or stay the same. I wish someone could/would benchmark them.

I would imagine there's little difference; people who already own one would be upset if a better (more fps) console were released. I do wonder when/if they'll release a SSD version. If they're looking to make a quieter and less power hungry hungry console that's one way to do it, plus better load times.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 27, 2015, 13:28 Pigeon
 
A sex site on the internet-webs scamming people out of money? MY GOD!! If nothing else this just proves how stupid/gullible guys are when it comes to sex. As I understand it most dating sites have the same issue, lots of active male users with only a handful of female users. I've known both guys and girls who've used dating sites and it's pretty much the same story, the guys almost never get requests or replies , whereas the women get a relatively numerous number of requests. I don't know if most dating sites have a tiered pay service like AM though. Not that I'm trying to put dating sites in the same category as AM, but they do have some similar dynamics.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
5. Re: Morning Safety Dance Aug 24, 2015, 11:55 Pigeon
 
I don't necessarily disagree with what's being said in the article; certainly calls for better transparency and user control are welcome. I feel like it ignores and in some ways accepts the core problem, that being the foxes have the keys to the hen house. The people who have the most to gain from violating people's privacy are the ones controlling tech privacy. Walking out of your house is not the privacy trade-off equivalent of using an app. Yes there is a trade-off involved, you can't walkout of your house naked and expect people to not look, but the tech equivalent is more like, if you want to walk out of your house you must let us look at you naked.

The privacy conditions aren't set to accomplish the desired task, they're set to collect as much information possible. There is no reason most of these apps need access to your pictures, contacts, or location yet it's become so standard even a solitaire game collects that information. Calling it a trade-off does not do justice to the actual problem.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 24, 2015, 09:54 Pigeon
 
It's just a pointless product for tech hipsters; that's all that needs to be said about the Dash Button.  
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Aug 23, 2015, 19:04 Pigeon
 
panbient wrote on Aug 23, 2015, 13:32:
SMB might have been a horrible movie but something based on Fire Emblem done in the style of the Lord of the Rings films could be cool.

Or Zelda in the style of Willow.

Or Metroid a la Aliens! (ok I'm getting ridiculous)

Michael Bay presents: Super Smash Brothers the Movie *EXPLOSION*
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
1. Re: plate reader Aug 21, 2015, 10:50 Pigeon
 
So I initially thought these were just being used to identify stolen vehicles or those used in criminal activities, but they just seem to be using them for tracking every car ever scanned (unless I'm misunderstanding). Perhaps if they deleted or did not store data on vehicles not involved in a crime people wouldn't be so up in arms over breeches of privacy. The argument that people on a public road should have no reasonable expectation of privacy is bullshit. Just because someone is out in a public area shouldn't mean the authorities get to stalk you without reason.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 18, 2015, 10:08 Pigeon
 
Creston wrote on Aug 18, 2015, 10:03:
90 degrees for 3 straight days. That's adorable.

I know right. We've recently gotten back down to the low 90s and it feels like a cool front compared to what we had before.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
4. Re: Evening Tech Bits Aug 15, 2015, 10:11 Pigeon
 
My motherboard came with one, it certainly wasn't a feature I cared about, and I have noticed no perceivable difference between it and the old plane-Jane NIC on my last motherboard. When the stand-alone Killer cards first came out years ago they (various tech reviewers) did tests and found no real difference. I think the only conclusion was that if you had other network tasks going on at the same time as gaming the bundled software would prioritize the game. Of course if you really cared about network performance during a game you wouldn't be torrenting 4 seasons of Game of Thrones while trying to snipe in Battlefield.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 13, 2015, 14:58 Pigeon
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 13, 2015, 14:32:
Dying Light 2 may be too ambitious for PS4 & Xbox One.

Wow, so it hasn't even been two years yet, but next gen consoles are already becoming last gen.

It should be pretty clear by now that a console with a lower end midrange card is going to perform as such. There is a pretty low limit for how much "console magic" designers can squeeze from the systems to increase performance.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Apple's best features Aug 12, 2015, 11:52 Pigeon
 
I could certainly see this as more workable on OEM machines, specially laptops where hardware changes are unlikely over the span of the system's life. But there are too many problems with the DIY builds for this to be feasible. Chief among them would be legal concerns; it would be an antitrust lawsuit waiting to happen. I can imagine the uproar if MB's came with built in Windows installers. It would be a neat feature, but it's also pretty superfluous. He really overstates the difficulty of obtaining a Windows installer on a USB Key.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 12, 2015, 09:21 Pigeon
 
Punch a guy in the face over $600 and lose out on a 4 year 2 million dollar contract. If only IK had paid attention in economics class all of this could have been avoided. I'll be surprised if anyone picks this guy up. Nobody is going to want someone who broke a starting QB's jaw over $600, specially not someone with unimpressive stats like IK.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
4. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Aug 11, 2015, 08:57 Pigeon
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 10, 2015, 21:36:
Frags4Fun wrote on Aug 10, 2015, 20:47:
“They say SOPA, and hope the peasants cringe,” the filmmaker adds. “Thus, the EFF invests tremendous energy in this strategy, breathlessly warning us about the inevitable doom that will surely follow if, heaven-forbid, the rule of law might apply to trade across our precious tubes.”

So this David Newhoff guy thinks we're peasants. That's nice.


All that being said, make your shit available somewhere for a reasonable price, and this issue would be largely mitigated.

But it's easier to claim the theoretical loss of hundreds of millions due to piracy than it is to develop an effect marketing solution and risk finding out your product isn't nearly as desirable as you'd like to think. Case in point, Pixels would be an unmitigated success if only those filthy pirates wouldn't confuse the consumer by putting the word pixel all over the internet.
 
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