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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
28. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Dec 28, 2015, 08:57 Pigeon
InBlack wrote on Dec 28, 2015, 07:13:
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Dec 27, 2015, 23:59:

In the meantime, and I don't think we're in disagreement here, for most people working in an office, for most people going to school, and for most people watching and making cat videos, their cell phone and their laptop they bought 5 years ago is all they need, and will need, for the foreseeable future.

Even if you own a low end desktop PC, the usability that you can get out of it will always be much better than any tablet, cell phone or laptop can provide. People will always say, oh but its not mobile...Well DUH that's what laptops, tablets or phones are for. People will say but if I have a laptop, why do I need a desktop PC and there is some truth to that. However from just an ergonomic viewpoint the PC provides a much better experience no matter the specs. Even if the hardware isn't being pushed to the limit by most users, there is really nothing that can beat the PC when it comes to usability at home or at the office. Articles like this try to make the case for mobile devices to the detriment of the PC, but it's just ambiguously disguised marketing. There is nothing a phone, tablet or laptop can do than what a comparatively priced (or even much cheaper) PC can't do better in a much more comfortable and easier environment. If you work in an enterprise environment, the PC is the be all, end all solution. If you work from home, same thing. Sure you have mobility with a laptop, but if anyone says they feel more comfortable working on a laptop than a desktop PC, they are lying or have bought into the marketing bullshit.

There's nothing in this article about PCs being less usable, less capable of productivity, or just less in general. The only thing this article is doing is offering an explanation as to why PC sales have been so low and continue to decline through the last several years. This is not a THE PC IS DEAD article, again it is just an explanation of a market trend.

People buy a new phone every two years because the new phones do things they want to do better than their old phone. Meanwhile their 5 year old laptop still browses the web, plays videos, runs casual games and simple office productivity suites almost as well as a new balls to the wall computer. If anything the article is saying PCs are so good that once you buy one you're not going to need another one in 5+ years. Even as a gamer I had a hard time justifying the replacement of my previous 6 year old computer. My biggest reason was that any new $200+ video card I got would likely be bottle-necked by the older hardware. There just isn't a compelling reason to buy a new PC, superior platform or not.
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
9. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Dec 27, 2015, 16:32 Pigeon
“Some products such as registry cleaning utilities suggest that the registry needs regular maintenance or cleaning. However, serious issues can occur when you modify the registry incorrectly using these types of utilities. These issues might require users to reinstall the operating system due to instability. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved without a reinstallation of the Operating System as the extent of the changes made by registry cleaning utilities varies from application to application.”


Maybe if Windows did a better job of keeping itself tidy you wouldn't need things like CCleaner. I've had way more trouble with old registry entries causing issues than I have ever had with CCleaner deleting something it shouldn't have(which is never). I have never understood why windows has such an aversion to fully uninstalling programs, there's always bits and pieces left behind. I'm sure they don't like that CCleaner can also delete cached information for various programs; they can't collect that information and sell it if you delete it.../rant

As for the PC failing article, it's horribly written, but the crux of the argument is pretty solid. The kinds of apps that most people use for personal and business uses do not stress even old PC hardware. Until an app comes out that most people will want, and that requires the kind of power a PC provides sales will remain low.
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Dec 24, 2015, 13:38 Pigeon
And then Lucas became directly involved and everything went to shit.

A lot of the things mentioned were just development hell/suits asking for more work for less money, but the stuff about Lucas makes you wonder how this man ever made respectable films. He has creative diarrhea, shit just comes flying out of his mouth without any thought. It's like a 7 year old making up nonsensical stories as they play with a menagerie of toys. Is it pure hubris, was he secretly into sniffing glue and eating paint chips or does he just hate the fans and takes every opportunity to troll them?
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: etc. Dec 22, 2015, 18:12 Pigeon
Cutter wrote on Dec 22, 2015, 14:02:
Wired differently? Gee, you mean an addict is an addict regardless of their medium? Shocker.

Just gonna quote most pertinent part from the more detailed article this one links:

Those with Internet gaming disorder are obsessed with video games, often to the extent that they give up eating and sleeping to play. This study reports that in adolescent boys with the disorder, certain brain networks that process vision or hearing are more likely to have enhanced coordination to the so-called salience network. The job of the salience network is to focus attention on important events, poising that person to take action. In a video game, enhanced coordination could help a gamer to react more quickly to the rush of an oncoming fighter. And in life, to a ball darting in front of a car, or an unfamiliar voice in a crowded room.

"Hyperconnectivity between these brain networks could lead to a more robust ability to direct attention toward targets, and to recognize novel information in the environment," says Anderson. "The changes could essentially help someone to think more efficiently." One of the next steps will be to directly determine whether the boys with these brain differences do better on performance tests.

More troublesome is an increased coordination between two brain regions, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and temporoparietal junction, a change also seen in patients with neuropsychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia, Down's syndrome, and autism. Hyperconnectivity between the two regions is also observed in people with poor impulse control. "Having these networks be too connected may increase distractibility," says Anderson. At this point it's not known whether persistent video gaming causes rewiring of the brain, or whether people who are wired differently are drawn to video games.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
44. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 21, 2015, 19:46 Pigeon
Saw Star Wars last night and loved it. I tempered my expectations, but it was more or less in line with the originals as far as the feel and presentation of the universe. It wasn't perfect, but neither were the originals. I'd place it as my third favorite below V and IV. There was one thing that really bothered me (spoilers and plot speculation below):

R2 fucking D2. I had a good idea it was going to happen when I saw R2 was shut down, but in 5 second they invalidated 2 hours worth of struggle. Maybe it's just my brain trying to put some logic to it so lessen the horribleness of the moment, but I suspect R2 came to life because of Rey's presence and that Rey is Luke's daughter. How R2 knew Rey was around I don't know, maybe it was in standby mode and only activated when a sensor caught whiff of one of her farts. Even if that is the case, while it provides some justification for the complete and almost literal deus ex machina moment it was still poorly portrayed.

There were a few other things that required some stretched assumptions like how Han found the Falcon so quickly. He said something to the effect of the ship was easily tracked and that's how he found it and why they should get another ship if they wanted to travel more covertly.

The role of the New Republic and what planets were blown up and why. My assumption is that for whatever reason the New Republic can't get directly involved because of some kind of treaty or whatever so they covertly sponsor the resistance. The First Order seeing the New Republic was more blatantly supporting the resistance, and feeling they would formally enter the conflict struck first eliminating the government and a good portion of the new Republic fleet. I understand the reluctance to get into the politics of the Star Wars universe after the negative backlash that received from the prequels, but at least a few lines could have been added to clear that up.

Kylo Ren getting his ass beat by Finn and Rey. First of all I loved the aesthetic of this scene and it was the only time I was glad I was seeing it in 3D. But I couldn't help but wonder why he got his ass beat by a storm trooper, who coincidentally got beat by a baton wielding trooper earlier and a girl just learning she could use the force. A few reasons I think things may have gone the way it did.

  • Chewbaca nailed him with his bowcaster so he was visibly hurt during the fight.

  • Kylo appears not to be the most emotionally/mentally stable character and having just killed Han he may have still been dealing with a surge of conflicting emotions. He also comes across as a bit of a neophyte himself.

  • Rey appears to be no stranger to fighting with a melee weapon, so once she started using the force she was able to gain the upper hand.

  • Over confident when fighting Finn and basically fucking with him, his hubris ends up getting him even more wounded, thus giving him more of a handicap to Rey.

  • Still though he seems to have no problem freezing Rey and flinging people force push moments before the whole thing, so it was a bit of a WTF moment when he caught a beating from those two.

    So far I really like the new characters, Kylo is more like the Anakin I wish we got. His internal conflict appears more believable and drives him towards his actions. Anakin's motivations always felt shoehorned and unbelievable, 'I should act unreasonably upset because Obi-wan wouldn't let me have a cookie.'

    Finn having been kidnapped and subsequently brainwashed by the first order as a child, has fairly simplistic thinking. Taking Rey's hand trying to be valiant, fearing the Order and wanting nothing more to than to run, but at the same time not wanting to abandon his comrades in a fight.

    I think Rey was the least developed, but I suspect that'll be taken care of in the next film. I liked that she freaked the fuck out when she had that vision, seemed like a reasonable reaction to a frightening hallucination.

    Anyways, those are my late to the subject thoughts.
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    News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
    6. Re: Winamp Dec 20, 2015, 18:14 Pigeon
    Winamp did what it was supposed to do and it did it well. I know later in its lifespan they added some bloat to it, but all the core features were still there. Now everyone is trying to build a social networking, store front and/or ad delivery system in the guise of a media player. I feel like even windows media player has taken a step back from its "intended" function. I'll be surprised if the new winamp isn't a complete pile of crap.  
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    3. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 18, 2015, 10:30 Pigeon
    To quote Silky Johnson in regards to Shkreli,
    "I hope all the bad things in life happen to you and nobody else but you."
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    News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
    1. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Dec 18, 2015, 10:26 Pigeon
    'Well you see Mr. Wheeler we have these data caps so we can make more money off our customers, but we discovered in some cases data caps act as a deterrent to getting even money from other revenue sources. So our smartest guys in the marketing and accounting departments were like just exempt those services from the data caps and then we can have our cake an eat it too. It's some pretty damn good cake BTW'  
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    News Comments > Into the Black
    7. Re: Into the Black Dec 17, 2015, 08:27 Pigeon
    DangerDog wrote on Dec 17, 2015, 04:37:
    jdreyer wrote on Dec 16, 2015, 19:26:
    Cutter wrote on Dec 16, 2015, 17:16:
    I'd be much more interested to see who could kill him first to prevent him from ever making anymore movies.
    Who would be you preferred director for Star Wars? Just curious.

    I hated Into Darkness but I think that was less his direction and more the script. I'd love to see a Star Wars movie directed by Rian Johnson or Alphonse Cuaron.

    George Lucas


    He can flesh out this whole force thing some more. Now that we have sentient bacteria that let certain people access the force, maybe we can find out what actually creates the force. Perhaps a magic space panda that's actually an imaginary friend of a little girl in China who's forced assemble toys based off a popular science fiction series owned by an incredibly wealthy and dashing man. It's like poetry.
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    News Comments > Steamship Ahoy - FINAL FANTASY VI
    3. Re: Steamship Ahoy - FINAL FANTASY VI Dec 16, 2015, 17:55 Pigeon
    Brumbek wrote on Dec 16, 2015, 17:22:
    Those horrible mobile sprite graphics are an abomination. And Square has the gall to tell us "painstakingly recreated graphics" for characters...and yet the world graphics are hideous. Seriously, the game looks way better on ZSNES emulator. Square ruining another beloved classic...sigh...

    Marketing's auto correct changed it to 'painstakingly created' from 'painfully forced'.
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    4. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 16, 2015, 09:43 Pigeon
    nin wrote on Dec 16, 2015, 09:30:
    I get to do something cool later today, though mentioning it in advance is not really playing it cool.

    STAR WARS??!?

    but I'll fill you in tomorrow, at which point it will probably be a "so what?"

    Ok, maybe not!

    So I'm just setting myself up here. That's me... living on the edge.

    You and Aerosmith are going to go see Star Wars together?!

    Steven Tyler could go dressed as a hippie Admiral Ackbar. He wouldn't even need makeup to give him a big fish mouth.
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    News Comments > Op Ed
    11. Re: Op Ed Dec 16, 2015, 08:54 Pigeon
    jdreyer wrote on Dec 15, 2015, 23:45:
    Pigeon wrote on Dec 15, 2015, 23:21:
    Pod Racer, Rebellion, Masters of Teras Kasi, The Wii one with the horrible motion controls, Force Commander and I'm sure there are others that can be mentioned. Star Wars has not been immune to shit being pumped out to milk the IP. The vapidness that is Battlefront is just another of a long line of bad Star Wars games, it doesn't signal the end of good Star Wars games any more than Yoda Stories did.

    Hmm, the pod racer game was a blast, and Rebellion was fun. There have been bad SW games, but most of them have been pretty solid.

    Pod racer was just a generic racing game with Star Wars slapped on it, in that way it is comparable to Battlefront. Perhaps my disdain for the prequels colors my perception of it, but I still maintain it was just an attempt to milk the IP rather than create an actual Star Wars game. As far as Rebellion I guess we'll have to agree to disagree; once the novelty of Star Wars wore off it was a pretty boring strategy game to me.
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    News Comments > Op Ed
    3. Re: Op Ed Dec 15, 2015, 23:21 Pigeon
    Pod Racer, Rebellion, Masters of Teras Kasi, The Wii one with the horrible motion controls, Force Commander and I'm sure there are others that can be mentioned. Star Wars has not been immune to shit being pumped out to milk the IP. The vapidness that is Battlefront is just another of a long line of bad Star Wars games, it doesn't signal the end of good Star Wars games any more than Yoda Stories did.  
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    News Comments > Evening Metaverse
    4. Re: Evening Metaverse Dec 14, 2015, 22:45 Pigeon
    fujiJuice wrote on Dec 14, 2015, 21:46:
    Never ever use Angie's List. I had an experience where one of their contractors sent a man who had just murdered someone, and I mean, the appointment a few hours before me, to my home. Even when told about this they refused to remove that contractors listing.

    The contractor was just sub contracting out the work to independent people. It was a horrible experience. Over a year later I had to testify at the Man's murder trial and point him out in the courtroom. This is someone I let walk through my house.

    They are not a trustworthy company and I wouldn't trust those reviews at all.

    But you got a refund right, what are you upset about? /sarcasm
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    News Comments > Into the Black
    7. Re: Into the Black Dec 14, 2015, 19:30 Pigeon
    I'd be lying if I said I won't enjoy the movie, but they aren't Star Trek. They obviously went more main stream with these pumping up the action and effects and I guess it works cause most of my friends that aren't hardcore nerds love the new movies and are indifferent, at best, to the old movies/TV series.

    I think after the personal trauma that was the Star Wars prequels my brain protects itself by cordoning off the areas where my fond memories of things like Star Trek exist so as not to be tainted re-imaging that flies in the face of of the previous material.
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    News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
    13. Re: Sunday Metaverse Dec 14, 2015, 08:29 Pigeon
    InBlack wrote on Dec 14, 2015, 06:40:
    (Now and again I watch ViaSAT History which, unlike the History channel, has some great documentaries)

    You mean like the documentary where the Nazis tried to weaponize the Loch Ness monster, but the queen and her army of lizard people stopped them, so they had to build a mechanical megalodon instead, so some people believe could have maybe happened?
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    News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
    7. Re: Sunday Metaverse Dec 13, 2015, 19:19 Pigeon
    I've not paid for cable TV since 2007 either. As others have pointed out between gaming and streaming services most of my entertainment needs are met. It's only $20 more for TV and slightly faster service, but it's probably more with fees. I bought my own cable modem as well which has paid for itself and then some when you consider lame equipment rental fees.  
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    News Comments > Chucklefish Forums Breached
    4. Re: Chucklefish Forums Breached Dec 10, 2015, 13:23 Pigeon
    Burrito of Peace wrote on Dec 10, 2015, 11:58:
    In the modern era of these near constant breaches, why is SecOps seemingly the LAST thing on the "to-do" list of many businesses?

    Because things aren't a problem until they're a problem. Most people are pretty short sited/lazy when it comes to prevention. Sometimes despite best efforts shit still happens, but no backups since March seems to suggest a lax attitude towards preparation and prevention.
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    News Comments > XCOM 2 in February; Digital Deluxe Edition Revealed
    5. Re: XCOM 2 in February; Digital Deluxe Edition Revealed Dec 10, 2015, 12:37 Pigeon
    Loved XCOM, hopefully the new one brings only improvements; though it looks like I'll be waiting for a GOTY edition with all the DLC they're releasing.  
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    News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
    4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 10, 2015, 11:34 Pigeon
    HorrorScope wrote on Dec 10, 2015, 10:26:
    Summed up in a few paragraphs...

    The best value gaming CPU has to be reasonably priced and avoid reaching the point of severe diminishing returns. That rules out any Core i7 processor in our book, as Core i5s do just as well in 99% of the games out there.

    We don’t recommend gamers to invest in AMD FX processors either, as we've found them to inhibit gaming performance of high-end GPUs in some of the latest titles. Most recently we found horrible FX performance in Fallout 4, where the FX-9590 was bested by a 4th-gen Core i3. Although we haven't published a full performance review on (the somewhat buggy) Just Cause 3, this amazing open world game also makes FX processors seriously suffer.

    This leaves us tossing up between the Haswell and Skylake Core i5s. The Core i5-4690K costs $240 while the i5-6600K is selling for $270, not a significant difference but enough to make us question spending more on the 6600K given it won’t really benefit gamers in any meaningful way.

    It's also not too hard to find the 4690k @ $180 and the 6600k @ $220. Both are pretty much in the sweet spot for performance/price. The 6600k is only $40 more, but Z170 M/B and DDR4 are going to cost more than the 4690k counterparts. But some people like having the newest even if they're not actually going to take advantage of the new features; which I completely understand.
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