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Signed On Aug 15, 2003, 17:35
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 28, 2016, 13:47 Pigeon
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 28, 2016, 12:41:
Agreeing with you Blue. The Night Of is captivating.

3rd'ed. I'm not typically into crime dramas, but this is amazingly well done.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2016, 14:16 Pigeon
 
I'm pretty sure driving slow in the left lane is a sport around here. There are parts of my daily commute where the far right lane is by far the fastest lane to be in.  
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
2. Re: Stranger Things. Aug 27, 2016, 13:50 Pigeon
 
Creston wrote on Aug 27, 2016, 13:28:
Third most popular? It should be first, as it is fucking AWESOME.

And so much 80's nostalgia it burned.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
1. Re: Into the Black Aug 24, 2016, 20:54 Pigeon
 
How about celebrating by announcing you-know-what?

Hats for the Steam Client? My game browsing experience would be amazing if only I could spruce up the client with a jaunty cap.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
12. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 23, 2016, 15:27 Pigeon
 
The problems I see are as follows:

If you don't have easy access to a stop you're SOL. Your lucky if the distance tracker grabs half of what you actually do. The nearby thing doesn't really work. Many stops and gyms are in places that are dangerous or require trespassing. GPS spoofing is easy and makes most of the previously mentioned problems non-existant, but it ruins the game in other ways. The pay system is expensive when you considered how fast you would go through the materials (specially if you don't have access to a stop, aka players not in an urban area are screwed.)
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 20, 2016, 13:50 Pigeon
 
LurkerLito wrote on Aug 20, 2016, 13:11:
IMHO DC does all the animated shows really well. I rarely am ever disappointed in what I have seen and I think I have seen most of them. Same cannot be said about the movies.

Agreed, I liked Justice League, and even young justice was decent. Of course when I was a kid the Batman cartoon in the 90s were the shit. I liked the X-Men cartoons back then too but FOX, or at least the local affiliate, constantly screwed up airing it. I'll have to check out the DKRs series.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
17. Re: AMD promises the world (again) Aug 18, 2016, 16:46 Pigeon
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Aug 18, 2016, 16:24:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 18, 2016, 15:26:
Jamil20 wrote on Aug 18, 2016, 14:30:
Please, don't be like Bulldozer, please, don't be like Bulldozer...

Yeah I feel like we have been here before. Bulldozer is still fresh in people's minds. They should contact Anandtech to do internal benchmarks before making such claims.

I remember the smoke and mirrors (cherry picked benchmarks) from the Bulldozer reveal, and am also wary of AMD's claims because of that.

I really hope they deliver though.. the computing world needs a solid competitor for Intel and AMD is the best we've got in that regard. Go team red!

AMD powered the first couple builds/upgrades I did (Mmm that athlon thunderbird), so I'll always be a fan, but the last 5+ years I've not believed a word they've said about the performance of their next great chip.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 18, 2016, 12:01 Pigeon
 
Simon Says wrote on Aug 18, 2016, 11:38:
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 18, 2016, 10:00:
It's a good thing gas cars never catch on fire, no wait.

1 Tesla fire post shield installation per 100 million miles driven.

Compared to:

1 traditional car fires per 20 millions miles average driven.

Still 5 times safer with the current, albeit limited, data.

Someday they'll have to stop making a fuss out of every incident, 1 traditional car catches fire every 17 hours in average and that's ONLY in the US.

It'd probably be better to make a comparison to gas vehicles of similar price and age. It'd be a much more meaningful comparison than just all gas vehicles. It'd make the sample sizes closer in size, and eliminate some of the variance. Including beat up old Chevy Nova's in the gas condition isn't helping make an honest argument for the safety of gas vs battery.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 18, 2016, 11:48 Pigeon
 
USB Type-C-powered headphones can employ smart power management to, say, turn off the microphone when only the actual headphones are needed. That should help keep the effect on battery life to a minimum.

Features like noise canceling and special sound effects—such as making it sound like the recording is playing in a concert hall—are all possible over USB-C. Presumably, those features would be much cheaper to implement than they are now.

Finally, ditching analog connections for USB-C may also result in even thinner phones since handsets will lose not only the 3.5mm jack, but also the digital-to-analog circuitry required to support them. If phones do get thinner thanks to the end of the headphone jack, be sure to wear looser pants.

Is that the best they can come up with? Concert Hall sound effects and saving power by turning off the mic? First of all you can already add the crappy sound effects to your music, but nobody wants that cause it sounds like shit. Secondly how much power is saved by turning off the mic? I'm going to guess almost nothing.

The only valid point IMO, is saving room. I'm not wholly convinced the elimination of the audio jack will make a definable difference for the consumer, but it will probably save money in manufacturing; savings that are unlikely to be passed on. Further more I'd be willing to guess the type-c headphones will come with a price premium that isn't reflective of the actual audio quality you receive. Maybe I'm just jaded, but the lack of convincing arguments is setting off the, this is just a gimmick money grab, alarm.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 17, 2016, 15:04 Pigeon
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 17, 2016, 14:15:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 17, 2016, 13:58:
Woman and dog pulled from sinking car in Louisiana flooding.

Bizarre. Why the hell was she still in the car? Also, maybe not a good idea to step on a floating car with a person inside.

Car was not floating, car was sinking. The people did exactly what was necessary to save that woman's life and only had seconds to do it. Now dealing with the crazy bitch who was more worried about saving her mutt, well that's another story.

We had a lot of flooding around here a few months ago and most of the deaths were due to people's own stupidity. One particularly outstanding incident had some lady drive around a tow-truck, that was blocking the road, and into 30 feet of water. It's unfortunate and a shitty way to go, but it's their own fault. I think it kinda goes with the general theme that people have a false sense of security, power and entitlement while in their vehicles.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 16, 2016, 13:37 Pigeon
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 16, 2016, 12:12:
I wonder what the real reason for switching to the cu model (no tinfoil fedora).

Windows 7 updating with it's previous 100's of updates has always worked fine until just recently.

I call cheeky shenanigans on Microsoft with its weak sauce explanation.

Probably uses less bandwidth and reduces the processing power needed to figure out what updates an individual computer needs. I'm sure its not much on an individual basis, but when you add up the 100s of millions of windows devices it could make a significant impact on their costs. Though I wouldn't be surprised if its also so they can more easily hide crap that consumers would otherwise not want. Sounds like it would eliminate the ability to not install update XYZ.

Also I have little doubt the TAKES FOR EVER TO UPDATE WINDOWS V,7,8 problem is conscious effort, at least in some manner, on their behalf.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 15, 2016, 08:22 Pigeon
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 15, 2016, 03:35:
Tiger Saves Man From Leopard.

That guy is seriously a Darwin award winner just waiting to happen.

No joke, even if that leopard was just playing it could have easily killed him. Then again live like a boss die like a boss; how many people get to play drums on a lion's tummy?
 
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News Comments > No Man's Sky Released
15. Re: No Man's Sky Released Aug 12, 2016, 21:02 Pigeon
 
dubfanatic wrote on Aug 12, 2016, 20:22:
Pigeon wrote on Aug 12, 2016, 19:48:
Very unfortunate. I remember thinking it looked neat way back when, but wondered what they'd do to keep the concept interesting past a few hours. From what I hear they did nothing.

Hold up, So what you're saying is... This is the Black & White of the 2010s?

Or Spore, take your pick.
 
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News Comments > No Man's Sky Released
8. Re: No Man's Sky Released Aug 12, 2016, 19:48 Pigeon
 
Very unfortunate. I remember thinking it looked neat way back when, but wondered what they'd do to keep the concept interesting past a few hours. From what I hear they did nothing.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2016, 13:17 Pigeon
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Aug 11, 2016, 12:42:
"The Worst Driving Habits with Each Type Of Transmission"

Honestly, these are exactly what my dad taught me at 14 years old learning to drive.

Also, after driving manual cars for almost 10 years after that. I decided that I really don't want to drive one again. Manuals + City Traffic = horribly tedious.

My car has what I call a manumatic mode, basically it's an auto, but you have the option of going into a clutch-less manual shifting mode. I think it would be fun to use, but since I'm always in the city I don't want to fuss with it.

And this isn't really what the article was getting at but one of my all time hated things are people who continuously inch forward at a red-light, seemingly no matter how close they already are to another vehicle. My friend does this and it makes me nervous as hell. Your license plates don't need to kiss, keep your foot on the fucking brake.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 10, 2016, 14:18 Pigeon
 
I finally watched a little yesterday, saw the men's 200m relay which was awesome.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 6, 2016, 22:31 Pigeon
 
nin wrote on Aug 6, 2016, 19:03:
1badmf wrote on Aug 6, 2016, 17:51:
nin wrote on Aug 6, 2016, 14:53:
Holy shit, was Suicide Squad bad. At one point about 2/3rds of the way through, Will Smith says "When will it end?" and I'm thinking "Yes, Will, when will this end??????????"

It really did feel like (matching reports of the last few days) it was sort of reordered/reedited. Joker shows up and then disappears for 40+ minutes, at one point...



i actually liked it. that story about it being re-edited to shit by the bigwigs really rings true. i felt like there was a really good movie in there but they chopped it up into fish bait.

it tried way too hard to be like the trailers with catchy songs behind montages for the entire first half of the film and a whole lotta stuff is explained unnecessarily out of order, like who the fuck the bad guys are.

but the scenes themselves and the acting were surprisingly good to me. i would gripe with harley's writing though - she tried a little too hard with the harley-isms, and her relationship with joker, frankly, wasn't fucked up enough. surprised how much i liked will smith as deadshot though. i'll be really interested to see the director's cut.

I'd agree with almost everything you wrote, other than I really didn't like the final product on screen. I could easily see the potential there, but something clearly went wrong along the way...

I have to wonder ho much they spent on the soundtrack, only to use 10-15 second snipits...



I enjoyed it, but it certainly had some problems. The story felt pretty disjointed at times as they struggled to establish characters and move the plot forward. Jared Leto's Joker came across like they didn't know what the hell to do except trying not to mimic Ledger's joker. Margot Robbie and Will Smith were the stand outs IMO, Robbie more so, but Smith carried scenes well enough. I liked the lady playing Waller too. If I watched this at home I probably would have taken a few breaks...

Funny you mention the music. All I could think of when it was happening was a bunch of execs going, 'Let's get a bunch of clips from songs people like and jam them right at the beginning. That'll keep them from walking out in the first few minutes.'

This comment was edited on Aug 6, 2016, 22:37.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 4, 2016, 13:53 Pigeon
 
Going to watch Suicide Squad this weekend with a friend. I'm hoping that because my expectations are so low I'll find it enjoyable. It worked with Avatar at least.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Evening Tech Bits Aug 3, 2016, 08:45 Pigeon
 
Wallshadows wrote on Aug 3, 2016, 01:00:
I use an MX200 250GB and it's.... okay? It gives me weird read and writes though which range from abysmally slow to fast enough. Apparently the 100 series was a lot better but I suppose I got what I paid for at the time which was ~90$.

Probably should have ponied up the extra $15 for the 850 Evo though.

I've had an MX100 for the last year and a half and it runs great, though my basis for comparison is limited. Unfortunate to hear there was a drop in quality to the newer generation. Crucial seems to be pretty good at hitting that price/performance sweet spot.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 1, 2016, 13:28 Pigeon
 
Retired wrote on Aug 1, 2016, 10:21:
An Army of Vehicles Resurface a Street in Russia.

Anyone here know much about road surfaces? Depending on weight limits, I don't expect that road to last long. They are putting a fairly "THIN" layer on top of an existing layer that appears the top layer was ground down and removed. Leaving an existing fragile layer they are putting new tar on top of.

Those haven't gone well here in MN and I believe our climate is the same.....

They are trying a fair number of new technologies in road surface. But if semis go on that road they just put down, in the winter it is going to break like ice.

The number of vehicles is pretty cool. Takes forever around here for roads to get done......be nice if they did that amount of effort here.

They probably do it every year. I imagine it's cheaper and faster than putting down a road engineered to last. It took a year and 1/2 for ~1 mile long proper road outside my apartment to be completed. Granted they were also putting in drainage, a side walk and only working on half the road at a time, but still it took a long ass time for such a short distance.
 
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