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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 29, 2015, 13:50 Pigeon
Well by the time we have to worry about Super Intelligent AI, the middle class will have collapsed and human labor will be so cheap the machines will hire people to do the jobs they don't want to. Today's theoretical future threats are tomorrows job providers.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 29, 2015, 10:01 Pigeon
While the asshole part was pretty bad I personally find the whole retention process even worse. The customer is having financial trouble, and thus looking to cut unnecessary expenses. They get sent to a retention specialist who tries to get them into a 2 year contract, when the customer declines, because they're having financial problems and need to cut expenses and not commit to additional expenses, they smack them with a cancellation fee. And they wonder why they got voted the worst company.  
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News Comments > Grim Fandango Remastered & More Star Wars Games on
7. Re: Grim Fandango Remastered & More Star Wars Games on Jan 27, 2015, 14:15 Pigeon
Cutter wrote on Jan 27, 2015, 13:36:
Yeah, I'll grab it when it hits $5. I too still have my original disc and jewel case too. I wonder if the music is redbooked. Always loved the soundtrack for that game.

From the link:
the same musical score as before, re-recorded in higher quality with no unnecessary compression;
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
3. Re: Sunday Mobilization Jan 26, 2015, 09:40 Pigeon
The Apple-centric site reported Thursday that the S1 chip in the Apple Watch is similar in power to the A5 processor in an iPod touch, and the display has a refresh rate of 60 frames per second. That gives the watch impressive performance and a stunning screen, but it also means shorter battery life. According to 9to5Mac's unnamed sources, Apple really wants the watch to stand up to 2.5 to 4 hours of intense use (fitness-tracking, games, or apps), or three days in standby mode when the watch face display is off.

Games and Apps! on your tiny little wrist watch! Good thing it gets 60 FPS, though I bet developers cap games at 30FPS because they're too lazy to code correctly. /sarcasm.

Maybe I lack 'vision', but I don't see the point of this product.
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
3. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jan 25, 2015, 16:13 Pigeon
jdreyer wrote on Jan 25, 2015, 15:22:
No need for speed: Cable industry opposes 25Mbps broadband definition.

"Why are you making us invest in infrastructure when our current monopoly/collusion system is making us 90% returns?" Bigcry

I'd think 12 or 15 Mbps would more realistic as a minimum, but 25 is probably more forward thinking. Connection speed has long been a bottle for internet services. Nobody is going to bother upgrading to 4k capable hardware if their internet can barely handle 720p streaming video. Also I like that info graph that shows how little competition there is for boradband. Once you get past 10Mbps, assuming around the max you can expect most DSL, choices for providers drop drastically. At 25Mbps only 25% of people have a choice of providers.
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News Comments > Star Citizen at $70M; New Arena Commander Patch
7. Re: Star Citizen at $70M; New Arena Commander Patch Jan 24, 2015, 16:56 Pigeon
CJ_Parker wrote on Jan 24, 2015, 15:12:
Vio wrote on Jan 24, 2015, 15:05:
Can you travel to different systems yet via flight/warp/jump?

You're joking, right? They're too busy squeezing mo' moneh outta people by releasing more concepts of ships. No time for the actual game!

BadIronTree wrote on Jan 24, 2015, 14:41:
No hate comment yet ?
Something is terrible wrong !!!

There. Better now?

To seriously answer the original question: You're still kidding, right? All you can do is fart in your cockpit seat (of select single seater craft only so far... the multiplayer ship play won't be released until later this year in AC 2.0) and do some dogfighting on a few tiny maps. And you can race on a few other tiny maps.
That's it. There's not even a hint of a persistent universe or in fact *any* universe just yet...

I picked this up as part of a promotion when you buy a new GFX card. Pretty, but there's not a lot to do other than putz around a small area in your ship. I seriously don't understand how people can dump hundreds of dollars into this game buying virtual goods for a game that's not even close to being complete. I would need a massive reserve of disposable wealth before I'd even consider it.
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News Comments > Evening Patches
2. Re: Evening Patches Jan 23, 2015, 09:21 Pigeon
Silicon Avatar wrote on Jan 22, 2015, 20:08:
Cool. I got the Galciv 3 beta on a Steam sale. I haven't tried it yet. I was just kind of waiting around for the full game to come out and figured I might as well get it on sale.

I really enjoyed GalCiv-II, but I'll probably wait for the finished product; if for no other reason than I don't need something that will eat up that much time right now.
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jan 22, 2015, 19:09 Pigeon
“The Internet is not a monopoly like the telephone companies were and the utilities were in the 1930s,” said US Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX). “It is one of the most vibrant markets in the world. The chairman’s draft is an attempt to keep it that vibrant marketplace.”

He's totally right, a person can choose to sell their house and buy one in another territory, and if they end up not liking the service there they can sell their house again. The only thing vibrant is the green in the bags of money they undoubtedly contributed to ole'Joe and his PACs.
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Jan 22, 2015, 11:24 Pigeon
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 22, 2015, 09:50:
aside from point 1 I felt my IQ float away after reading those writing trends that need to die.. more like article trends that need to die...

10 reasons 10 reason articles need to die. The article just came off as a long winded way of saying, learn to write better.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 22, 2015, 09:50 Pigeon
Verno wrote on Jan 22, 2015, 09:41:
NKD wrote on Jan 22, 2015, 09:20:
The DeflateGate joke I'm fond of is the one that goes this is the first time we've had a sports controversy about deflated balls that didn't involve performance enhancing drugs.

Hahaha thanks, I'm using that one sometime

It was a 45-7 game, I can't believe people are making a huge deal out of it or are even surprised given Belichick's history.

It was pretty much a non-factor in that game, but I hope they fine them an amount that will actually impact them. In a game where most of the players makes millions a year, and the owners are billionaires a $25k fine might as well just be a fee to allow cheating; NFL micro-transactions if you will.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Texting bear Jan 22, 2015, 09:23 Pigeon
That guy wasn't running from the bear, he just realized he needed to change is underwear.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 22, 2015, 08:37 Pigeon
Google et al. need to realize while social media may be an advertising wet dream, there are a large portion of people who don't want to share everything they do with everyone they know. The more they try to interconnect things the more people they will push away from their services.  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
8. Re: etc., etc. Jan 21, 2015, 22:53 Pigeon
I'd imagine it has more to do to the ease at which minors would have access to the material and some laws/legal issues they don't want to run aground. That's my guess at least, I don't see them being too concerned about it otherwise. And as dumb as our country's obsession is with censoring tits and glorifying violence, it's not worth fighting over some anime porn. At least not from a business perspective.  
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News Comments > Free Windows 10 Upgrade Plans
2. Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade Plans Jan 21, 2015, 14:22 Pigeon
SpectralMeat wrote on Jan 21, 2015, 14:16:
Free upgrade means you can upgrade to 10 for a year and it will cost money after or does it mean after the 1 year up you have to pay in order to keep using 10?

Also Microsoft mentioning Windows 10 as a service somehow doesn't give me all the warm and fuzzy feeling about the future of the OS.

Yeah, I was a bit excited at first, but some of the other posts on this matter have brought me back to Earth. Sounds too good to be true. MS has been vague on the details so now I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop.

An OS as a yearly paid service sounds like a horrible idea. So if someone's subscription lapses they just don't get to use their computer?
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 21, 2015, 14:12 Pigeon
Verno wrote on Jan 21, 2015, 12:46:
So Microsoft just announced that Windows 10 is a free upgrade for the first year, going back all the way to Windows 7. I'm betting this is for consumers only and not VLK.

Hopefully this includes OEM versions for system builders. Recently built a machine and put 8.1 on it. So far 10 is sounding like a better OS, but I'm not sure I'd want to pay $100 for the privilege.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
4. Re: 6 Fixes Jan 21, 2015, 11:42 Pigeon
PS4 Dual Shock controller does not give you wings, you should be required to drink a Red Bull to use your PS4.

Kidding aside, most of those points were pretty valid. I did have the issue with my left bumper button sticking, but I was able to fix it.
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News Comments > Into the Black
3. Re: Into the Black Jan 21, 2015, 08:44 Pigeon
I'm sure in his mind he imagined himself as a total badass; saving the day getting those people unstuck with his epic driving ability.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. Re: Viacom and ESPN Jan 20, 2015, 18:08 Pigeon
I'm surprised they didn't decide to also shout FIRE in the theaters when this movie came and then charge people for another ticket when they try to go back in.  
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News Comments > LucasArts Wave II on
11. Re: LucasArts Wave II on Jan 20, 2015, 13:50 Pigeon
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Jan 20, 2015, 13:34:
dj LiTh wrote on Jan 20, 2015, 13:27:
For me it was all about Tie Fighter, i played Xwing and XvT but i didnt enjoy them nearly as much.

They rereleased Tie Fighter back in October. The game is still as awesome as it was 20 years ago.

Of those I do feel TIE is better, basically they improved on X-wing by adding some new features like component targeting, missile load-out, bonus/secret objectives and a host of new ships and mission types. X vs.T was a let down at the time, they scraped the campaigns in favor of an online component; back in the days of dial-up. I think I ended up returning it for several reasons.

I've not played Alliance, so I can't comment on how it compares. Hopefully just as good but with better graphics.
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News Comments > Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Postmortem
14. Re: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Postmortem Jan 20, 2015, 13:41 Pigeon
nin wrote on Jan 20, 2015, 12:14:
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 20, 2015, 11:37:
One thing that may need some polish on it was the Nemisis system in terms of player death.

If I'm not mistaken, the less you die the Chiefs don't level up and they remain a lower level. If you die, aka having more difficulty with the game, the chiefs level up making the game even more difficult.

This is correct.

HorrorScope wrote on Jan 20, 2015, 11:37:
I think this explained where some thought the game was too easy, while others found it to hard.

Yeah, it's weird, people almost seemed split 50/50 on it. Some folks said it was a breeze, and others had difficulty in parts (I did, but I'm not the most agile player, when it comes to button prompts).

It is odd that as a game mechanic, being good at the game makes the game easier. Early in the game before I had a good grasp on the combat mechanics the nemesis system worked perfectly. Not only did it encourage me to get revenge on the orc that killed me, but it made it harder to do so, in a way forcing you to get better at the game. Then once you get better you have to purposely help the orc captains to level up so you can fight an opponent that that's challenging and gives a worthwhile reward.

SPOILER: The final battle between my mind controlled Warchiefs and the "super" warchiefs was ridiculous as my guys so overpowered the others I might as well have sat back and had a drink. Some kind of level scaling would have made that more of the epic battle it should have been
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