Send News. Want a reply? Read this. More in the FAQ.   News Forum - All Forums - Mobile - PDA - RSS Headlines  RSS Headlines   Twitter  Twitter
Customize
User Settings
Styles:

User information for Pigeon

Real Name Pigeon   
Search for:
 
Sort results:   Ascending Descending
Limit results:
 
 
 
Nickname Pigeon
Email Concealed by request
Description
Homepage http://
Signed On Aug 15, 2003, 17:35
Total Comments 2898 (Senior)
User ID 18068
 
User comment history
< Newer [ 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 ] Older >


News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 7, 2018, 14:32 Pigeon
 
Not that I'm surprised an arcade game is rigged, but I wonder that rigging would make it run afoul of gambling regulations (depending on local laws). The rigging changes it from a game of skill to a game of chance; I doubt a lot of places would be okay with a ticket dispensing slot machine in an arcade. Frankly a slot machine is more honest as it is presented as a game of chance.  
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 7, 2018, 01:25 Pigeon
 
1badmf wrote on Jan 6, 2018, 19:47:
sauron wrote on Jan 6, 2018, 16:48:
Pigeon wrote on Jan 6, 2018, 14:07:
Anyone have recommendations for sub-$100 gaming headphones? Thinking about replacing my Razer Kraken 7.1's; the mic button doesn't work anymore, the material that covers the padding has deteriorated, and the software/drivers like to randomly break.

Noise cancellation isn't a big deal, and my onboard sound is decent (Realtek ALC1150), so 3.5mm connectors are viable.

I've been looking at the Steelseries Arctis 5/3s. Along with being great for gaming they're supposedly pretty good with music as well (once you adjust the EQ). One thing I'm curious about though is if you're connecting through 3.5mm is it still using the headset's sound-card? From what I understand, through a convoluted process, you can still configure the headphones if you're using the 3.5mm jack. This makes me think it's still using the headphones' sound card.

Anyways other recommendations are welcome. My current headphones more or less work fine, I'm just annoyed with them for the above stated reasons.

My GF got me a pair of Bose noise-canceling headphones for Xmas, on sale at $175. They're not gaming cans per se, but boy are they good.

i must confess, i'd be interested to know what sauron is attracted to XD.

back on topic, he asked for sub-$100. i have a steel series set that i'm pretty happy with, though admittedly i'm no audiophile. can i ask why you want to use headphone jacks instead of USB? jacks are prone to every imaginable EM interference being an electrical signal. USB, being a digital signal, is not.

Well the theory is a well implemented on-board audio would be superior to the audio solution in the headset. I've been reading around a bit today and the overwhelming conclusion I've reached is, there are too many variables for there to be a blanket answer. The only thing I've found for certain is an external dedicated DAC is the best solution if you really care about high quality audio. I suppose with the Arctis 5 I could test it myself as I could switch between USB and 3.5mm.

I have been thinking about getting a nice pair of headphones and using a separate microphone as others have suggested. I rarely have use for my mic anymore so the convenience of a headset isn't an important factor.

Anyways, thanks for all the suggestions I really appreciated it, even those that were twice my stated budget a guy can still look.
 
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 6, 2018, 14:07 Pigeon
 
Anyone have recommendations for sub-$100 gaming headphones? Thinking about replacing my Razer Kraken 7.1's; the mic button doesn't work anymore, the material that covers the padding has deteriorated, and the software/drivers like to randomly break.

Noise cancellation isn't a big deal, and my onboard sound is decent (Realtek ALC1150), so 3.5mm connectors are viable.

I've been looking at the Steelseries Arctis 5/3s. Along with being great for gaming they're supposedly pretty good with music as well (once you adjust the EQ). One thing I'm curious about though is if you're connecting through 3.5mm is it still using the headset's sound-card? From what I understand, through a convoluted process, you can still configure the headphones if you're using the 3.5mm jack. This makes me think it's still using the headphones' sound card.

Anyways other recommendations are welcome. My current headphones more or less work fine, I'm just annoyed with them for the above stated reasons.
 
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > ESA Takes on WHO Over "Gaming Disorder"
25. Re: ESA Takes on WHO Over Jan 3, 2018, 10:22 Pigeon
 
I understand why people are upset about this, after all being a gamer has been a bit of a stigma for decades, and only recently has it gained more acceptance. I know Iíve gotten more than my fair share of judgmental looks when Iíve told people I like to game. So itís only natural for people to be angry when an organization like the WHO comes along and declares gaming an addiction; it suddenly validates all those judgmental looks. Except thatís not whatís happening. This is merely recognizing that people who game to the point where it is detrimental to their physical, mental, social, and/or fiscal health have a disorder. Are some people going to use this as ammunition for putting down gaming as a hobby? Of course, but haters gonna hate and that should never get in the way of identifying a problem and treating it.

Beamer wrote on Jan 3, 2018, 09:09:
But I'd say that the gaming is symptoms, not causes. Yes, gaming may enable some of that behavior in ways not found previously, but the behavior isn't due to gaming.

It could be argued most process addictions are symptoms of more pervasive mental health issues; most people with chemical addictions also have more pervasive mental health issues. But once the addiction is there you still have to treat it.
 
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 31, 2017, 13:14 Pigeon
 
Brings a new meaning to cock blocked.  
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 28, 2017, 15:33 Pigeon
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 28, 2017, 15:11:
So I drove the Sportwagen today and that's out of the running. It has the most power by far and handles really well, it's just super uncomfortable and quite noisy to boot. Couple that with the fact that VW gives Canadians a big middle finger on price and warranty compared to the US and that eliminates them from the running. Super disappointed.

Went beack to Nissan to check out the Qashqai and Frontier and no go on them. It's insane but none of their vehicles have any leg room. I like the Frontier best out of all the smaller trucks I looked at but there's zero leg room. I'm 6' and it's not like I have what I guess would be abnormally long legs - I don't have Marfan syndrome or anything - yet you can't even get close to stretching your legs out fully. And it so stupid when you have all this room behind you in the cab. With another mere 6 or so inches of leg room it's the vehicle I probably would have bought. I guess they're designed with the Japanese in mind.

So I think I'm going to have to go through and look at the trucks again as I'd still like one best. And there's a few more SUVs I'll go check out as well. I'm going to shoot an email off to Ford to see when the Ranger will be here and how much because I may just end up waiting for one next year. I'll check to see if they're going to be making an appearance at any of the upcoming car shows in the northeast this year.

If not, looks like I'll probably be going with the Kia Niro. Man, vehicle shopping is a PITA.


Think it's annoying test driving,and trying to find a car that fits your needs? Just wait till it's time to negotiate the price
 
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 28, 2017, 13:03 Pigeon
 
There's a possibility we could get snow New Years Eve, which would be the second time we've had snow in just over a month. Considering we usually go 5+ years between the days we have snow, twice in a month's time is a pretty significant occurrence. The weather people seem to be in disagreement with when and how much precipitation we'll get in concurrence with when we'll get hit with freezing temperatures.  
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
1. Re: Evening Safety Dance Dec 27, 2017, 19:40 Pigeon
 
Putin is no fool he knows it's potent stuff, or so he's heard.  
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse Dec 27, 2017, 19:31 Pigeon
 
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 27, 2017, 18:53:
Choobeastia wrote on Dec 27, 2017, 18:34:
So far, I haven't met anyone who hasn't liked Bright. It's not the best movie, and it has its flaws, but it's fun. I feel like the critics were watching a different movie, and I wonder if their review copy really was different somehow.
I enjoyed bright and the price was right.

Same. Better story/characters than half the shit Hollywood shovels out as blockbusters. It's not amazing by any stretch, but unless you can't stand Will Smith playing a Will Smith character, it's entertaining to watch.
 
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 27, 2017, 13:26 Pigeon
 
DangerDog wrote on Dec 27, 2017, 12:43:
Poor Mark, out of all the original main cast members I think he was the only one that truly loved Star Wars.

Disney probably threatened him with breach of contract unless he recanted. In my opinion the characters were the only saving grace of the movie, except Luke. His character felt all over the place. They had an idea of what they wanted him to be, but they had no idea how to actually get the character there, so they wrote a bunch of half-baked crap. Which is how I think the actual plot was written, some vague ideas of plot points and then some really lazy writing to flesh things out.
 
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 26, 2017, 15:29 Pigeon
 
Creston wrote on Dec 26, 2017, 12:40:
Vio wrote on Dec 26, 2017, 12:05:
Why is my computer so slow?! The unnecessary gaming graphics settings you should sacrifice.
What a crap article they make all these claims and have a screenshot made for ants so you can compare pffft.

Not only that, but they basically go "Turn off everything except Anisotropic Filtering, because that's essentially free."

I mean, I'd have gone one step further and told people to game at 320x240. You're sure to get at least 200fps then. (or at least 40 in Star Citizen! HEYOOOOOO!!!)


So if you turn the shadows off in Shadow of War, I guess that just makes it War. It is kind of amazing it just about doubles the FPS by turning it off, it's just one shadow after all... :-rimshot-: I'll be here all night folks Jester
 
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > etc.
4. Re: etc. Dec 23, 2017, 21:50 Pigeon
 
NKD wrote on Dec 23, 2017, 18:20:
Will they add Fox News watching as a mental health condition?

It's under Intellectual Disability. That's been a bit controversial since unlike the other conditions in that section it appears to be a self inflicted choice.
 
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 23, 2017, 18:18 Pigeon
 
Hoop wrote on Dec 23, 2017, 15:26:
Read the article on the boy with the tumor, thank science he has the right people around him now. Then go to the Mariah Carey paranoid pity party, so tragic how humiliating for her what a trooper.
F*^& the entertainment industry.

It's always possible she was a complete and total bitch to the production crew and they really were out to make her look bad

Also poor kid, one helluva welcome to puberty. Hope the surgery goes well for him.
 
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Dec 23, 2017, 14:39 Pigeon
 
Seems unnecessary to have it's own disorder. It should just be labeled a process addiction and then given a specifier.  
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 21, 2017, 10:19 Pigeon
 
After dealing with a car repair place that did a less than adequate job, that marmot is my spirit animal right now.  
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Out of the Blue
31. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 20, 2017, 19:01 Pigeon
 
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 20, 2017, 15:46:
Pigeon wrote on Dec 20, 2017, 15:21:

My car has 17"s but also comes in 19"s. I've been given a loaner with the the 19"s when I was having warranty work done and didn't really notice the difference. IMO it comes down to how much you like the look of the larger tires vs. the increased cost of up keep.
All things being equal (and that your car and suspension is designed/tuned for the size, sidewall height stays proportional etc) a taller tire will provide a more comfortable ride.
Imagine driving around on 4 inch tires, you would feel every imperfection in the road that a 14" tire would roll over with ease.

The issue with taller tires is that generally they decrease in aspect ratio (sidewall height) and have to make up for it with stiffer sidewalls, therefore decreasing the vehicles effective suspension.

Well when you're looking at different trims of the same car the tire size is really rim size. So a 19" rim is going to have a shorter sidewall than a 17" rim. I don't think the actual tire size changes at all, just the rim. Having a physically larger tire would require more work than just swapping out tires.
 
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 20, 2017, 15:21 Pigeon
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 20, 2017, 14:34:
So I reckon the Steam sale is starting tomorrow, jah?

Any car guys have thoughts on tires/rims? In my research it seems to be that smaller rims and tires 15/16" provide a more comfortable ride and better fuel economy. Is that true? I've honestly never given a lot of thought to tyres/rims. I do know however I don't like those stupid large ones and low profile tires that hip hop artists all seem to be enamored with.

I just ask because the models I'm looking at range from 16/17/18 inch depending on the package. Can you get a better package with the smaller tires and corresponding price break?

IMO large tires generally look nicer (there are limits to this) and they supposedly offer better handling in good driving conditions. Any change in fuel economy is probably negligible unless you primarily drive long distances at higher speeds. Even then things like buying tires with low roll resistance probably effect fuel economy more than the rim size.

They will be more expensive when it's time to replace them, and the rims will be more susceptible to damage if you brush a curb or hit a pothole.

My car has 17"s but also comes in 19"s. I've been given a loaner with the the 19"s when I was having warranty work done and didn't really notice the difference. IMO it comes down to how much you like the look of the larger tires vs. the increased cost of up keep.
 
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Out of the Blue
29. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 19, 2017, 18:05 Pigeon
 
WaltC wrote on Dec 19, 2017, 16:06:
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 19, 2017, 15:51:
The house passed the rich people bailout.
obligatory

I won't belabor the point, but hopefully you are aware that the (D) party *always* opposes any tax cuts that are presented? Always. And their reasoning is exactly the same, every time--because some "rich people" might benefit. That's all the (D)s care about, really. If three rich people save $20 but 30,000,000 middle-class Americans save several hundred dollars + in taxes paid, you can count on the (D) party to oppose it. And why? (D)s reason that the more of your money *they control* through high taxation, the more power they have in the government and the less power you and I as individuals have. The "rich people bailout" is a scam that the (D)s faithfully use to try and derail every tax cut that comes along these days. Vote (D) in the US if you like and admire the Cuba-Venezuela style of governing--the (D)s certainly do...;) Everyone is dirt poor in those countries ("equal") except the upper crust ruling elites who are all rich. The (D)s in Washington want to be those elites--I think they dream of it every night.

Democrats voted overwhelmingly for tax payer relief act of 1997 as did republicans, so you're wrong on that front. As far as Cuba goes I could just as easily point to a country like Norway or Germany that have strong social programs and routinely rank above the US in terms of quality of life. We've seen this trickle crap before and we know how it ends, it failed miserably in Kansas, it failed in 2000's, and failed in 1980's. It's going to fail in over the next 10 years as well.
 
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 19, 2017, 14:39 Pigeon
 
Creston wrote on Dec 19, 2017, 13:14:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 19, 2017, 11:17:
I'm not saying it was aliens, but you've got unidentified high-performance aircraft penetrating your airspace. That's a national security issue. We need to get to the bottom of it.

It's not a national security issue if they're your own country's high-performance aircraft, which is a safe bet that's what all these are.

A project that only a few dozen people in government, along with a few dozen engineers and five test pilots know about is going to be seen as a UFO by everybody else. That doesn't mean it needs to have hundreds of millions of dollars spent on it to investigate it.

The problem with UFO's is when people see things they don't understand they are quick to fill in the gaps with explanations that don't necessarily represent reality. For example Venus, yes the planet, is often mistaken for a UFO. Because it shines brighter than any other object, excluding the moon, and is often close to the horizon it doesn't look like other 'stars'. People think it's a bright object hovering several feet off the ground a few miles or so away. It's an easy one to identify and disprove as a UFO, but a lot of people still think it's a UFO.

So when you only have one or two witnesses that are seeing something they don't understand, you have to remember that their brains are filling in the gaps and effecting their perception. What they think is happening may not, and is probably not, what is actually going on.
 
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Morning Metaverse
7. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 19, 2017, 13:11 Pigeon
 
MacLeod wrote on Dec 19, 2017, 12:08:
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 19, 2017, 09:58:
I enjoyed the 2 seasons of Dirk Gentlyís Holistic Detective Agency.

Note that showrunner Max Landis has indicated that while BBCA has pulled out, AMC is still on board, so if the Netflix international premier in January (the 5th or 8th I believe) can do solid numbers, there is a chance it can continue.

I've only seen the first season, but really enjoyed it. I hope someone else picks it up.
 
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
2898 Comments. 145 pages. Viewing page 24.
< Newer [ 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 ] Older >


footer

Blue's News logo