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Signed On Jan 26, 2004, 18:42
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 16, 2017, 22:37 BIGtrouble77
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 16, 2017, 19:22:
Ima go out on a limb and say the mouse wheel dying after 2 years is a feature not a bug. That way you buy a new one.

I paid $130 for that mouse. Worst feature ever. I still have my first MS laser mouse, I'd still be using that thing if it had a few more buttons and higher resolution.
 
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News Comments > MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs?
18. Re: MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs? Mar 16, 2017, 13:11 BIGtrouble77
 
This seems to be purely an attempt to get those hold-outs to upgrade to W10. At some point the resistance to W10 is going to be futile.

I'm just amazed that very few gamers have embraced Linux. If we demand that game companies support Linux, then they ultimately will have to. Unfortunately we don't, so support will remain marginal and we'll have to continue to deal with MS and it's shenanigans.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 16, 2017, 12:56 BIGtrouble77
 
I recently threw out my Razer (Epic Naga Chroma) mouse... overall I liked it, but all Razer mice have a glaring flaw... the scroll wheel has a very short life span. Mine lasted 2 years before it was unfixable. I literally took apart the little cartridge that houses the wheel half a dozen times to "fix" the copper contact issue- the issue results in very erratic scrolling and loss of tension. It's a design flaw that I'm amazed Razer has not addressed.

I have a Corsair mouse now, it was much cheaper and has similar features, but man their software is bad. Time will tell if that mouse holds up.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
12. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 8, 2017, 16:27 BIGtrouble77
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Mar 8, 2017, 12:28:
Timmeh wrote on Mar 8, 2017, 12:17:
Said the crack smoking apple employee

Lol, Google engineering employee actually. On my team, our workstations all run Goobuntu (Google's custom version of Ubuntu), and our laptops are all... 15" MacBook Pros, with a few opting for 13" MacBook Airs.
You can just take you high salary, lofty titles, liberal opinions and shove it. Blues is just for us crotchety 40-somethings that build our own PCs and can't imagine why anyone would want a computer that is Unix compliant and optimal for software development, but can't play the latest Doom at 60fps Ultra Settings.
 
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News Comments > Conan Exiles Sales Success; Future Plans Outlined
6. Re: Conan Exiles Sales Success; Future Plans Outlined Mar 7, 2017, 00:36 BIGtrouble77
 
MacLeod wrote on Mar 6, 2017, 19:56:
Literally saying "hey, survival games are shit but sell. We can do that!". FFS.

That's kind of a funny read on it, but I think the reality is that it's an incredibly hot genre with mostly shit titles. If they can deliver a pretty good game, chances are that it will be very profitable. Sounds like a good strategy.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
14. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 3, 2017, 16:15 BIGtrouble77
 
ForgedReality wrote on Mar 3, 2017, 15:32:
HorrorScope wrote on Mar 3, 2017, 15:17:
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Mar 3, 2017, 14:50:
I love Apple hardware, but I think iPads are just awful for the classroom. When the kids get to middle school, give everyone a raspberry pie and let them learn how a computer actually works.

I was building computers from 5th grade on back in the late 80s/90s. Kids need to be doing that more, not playing tablet/phone games so much.

Not a bad idea. I can totally see giving younger kids that type of tech and then in HS, start giving them every day tools and every day exp type of classes. Along with improved steering and training in fields they excel at.

I'm a software engineer, and thinking of getting into full stack because I grew up in the early days and was building my own PCs from single-digit age. In fact, I've only ever owned PCs I built myself. I don't know any kids capable of that these days, and I kind of worry about their capability to do any real technical work in the future. Considering the direction that the economy is going, it can't be a bad idea to get kids started off "correctly" instead of with these tools that already do everything for them with no explanation as to how they work. Kids need to learn how to learn.

I'm a software engineer as well. I'm contracting for a startup at the moment that is using raspberry pie zeros for all of their hardware prototypes. What you can do with these little machines is just incredible. As a learning platform, they are in a league of their own.

My son has no innate desire to understand how a computer works because he never had the obstacles I had as a kid. I finally made huge inroads when I built my retro pie system and he discovered Metal Slug. Now he loves to hang out when I'm tinkering around with that stuff.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
10. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 3, 2017, 14:50 BIGtrouble77
 
I love Apple hardware, but I think iPads are just awful for the classroom. When the kids get to middle school, give everyone a raspberry pie and let them learn how a computer actually works.

I was building computers from 5th grade on back in the late 80s/90s. Kids need to be doing that more, not playing tablet/phone games so much.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
8. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 3, 2017, 14:44 BIGtrouble77
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 3, 2017, 12:32:
When is is ever a good idea to buy refurbished anything?
As other have said refurbished Apple products are generally a good value. I also buy Dyson vacuums every 8 years or so for half the price.

That said, I probably would not buy a korean/chinese android phone refurbished. I would expect better from Google, though.
 
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News Comments > AMD Ryzen Reviews
48. Re: AMD Ryzen Reviews Mar 2, 2017, 18:29 BIGtrouble77
 
El Pit wrote on Mar 2, 2017, 13:33:
Darks wrote on Mar 2, 2017, 13:27:
El Pit wrote on Mar 2, 2017, 13:15:
Dacote wrote on Mar 2, 2017, 13:06:
Darks wrote on Mar 2, 2017, 12:59:
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Mar 2, 2017, 12:52:
Darks wrote on Mar 2, 2017, 10:09:
general statement not based on fact
Stupid.
your stupid
It has begun!

I wonde rif Bigtrouble77 will counter this by "Not my stupid!"

No, because after stupid, Ill counter with hes a moronic idiot because he cant do his homework.

I rest my case.
Sometimes I wish I didn't have to work all day and could just troll Blue's forums instead.
 
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News Comments > AMD Ryzen Reviews
26. Re: AMD Ryzen Reviews Mar 2, 2017, 12:52 BIGtrouble77
 
Darks wrote on Mar 2, 2017, 10:09:
And that's why myself and most other gamers stick with what works. Intel!!
Stupid.
 
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News Comments > Minecraft Sells 122M
16. Re: Minecraft Sells 122M Feb 28, 2017, 16:13 BIGtrouble77
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 28, 2017, 16:10:
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Feb 28, 2017, 12:45:
BobBob wrote on Feb 28, 2017, 11:57:
Good for them, but I hope this whole pixel art trend, by other game developers, will fade soon enough.

I wouldn't consider Minecraft pixel art. I love pixel art... what I can't stand is vector graphics that look like flash games from 10 years ago. The only game that gets a pass is Rimworld.

Isn't Rimworld sprite-based, so technically pixel art, not vector graphics?

I'm not sure to be honest, but the art was created with splines, not dropping individual pixels.
 
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News Comments > Minecraft Sells 122M
6. Re: Minecraft Sells 122M Feb 28, 2017, 12:45 BIGtrouble77
 
BobBob wrote on Feb 28, 2017, 11:57:
Good for them, but I hope this whole pixel art trend, by other game developers, will fade soon enough.

I wouldn't consider Minecraft pixel art. I love pixel art... what I can't stand is vector graphics that look like flash games from 10 years ago. The only game that gets a pass is Rimworld.
 
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News Comments > Steam Adding 10% GST in AU
21. Re: Steam Adding 10% GAT in AU Feb 22, 2017, 16:50 BIGtrouble77
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 22, 2017, 15:04:
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Feb 22, 2017, 14:26:
Cutter wrote on Feb 22, 2017, 09:59:
Canada also gets F'd in the A with regional pricing and for no real reason at all beyond simple greed. Eff them!

How so? I'm dual and prefer the Canadian store because I generally save a couple bucks int he conversion.

Look, a dollar is worth a dollar to a citizen of a country regardless of exchange rates with other countries. Minimum wage, as an example, is the same in the US and Canada - on average - yet, someone working for that same rate in Canada has to work an additional 3 hours for the exact same virtual product. It didn't cost them anymore to make it or ship it, yet you're supposed to put in 30% more work as your American counterpart. Why?

If it wasn't for the fact that to try and combat piracy they drastically lower the prices on those same products in high piracy countries like China, Russia, et al. So even though their dollar is worth less they still get to pay even less - generally 50% on average - than their American counterparts on a dollar to dollar basis. So their dollar, like ours, is worth less, yet they get a discount and we have to pay more. Yeah, that's real fair. This is the same for the poor ol' Aussies.

I suppose the message they're ultimately sending is we - Can/Aus - should really be pirating the shit of software because only at that point will we get the same breaks as China, Russia, Brazil, etc. in order to curtail said piracy. And they wonder why key reseller sites thrive, particularly with countries like ours who continually get F'd in the A on this sans lube.


I just don't agree with this interpretation... Canada is a 1st world country. Not long ago the CDN was worth more than USD, but that was a problem for Canadians. Canadians also get free healthcare, so the "how far a dollar" goes is not a great argument- my healthcare costs in the US were absurd. There are so many dynamics that balance things out.

I just don't think Valve is out to screw anyone, they are simply dealing with the same currency issues every other multi-national company has to deal with- and I find Steam to be one of the better players. I know it sucks to see that $70CDN tag on a game, but that's the reality of Canada's weak dollar.

Now companies that up charge items in Canada is a HUGE problem... like when I go to buy a cable in the canadian amazon store and it's $35 vs $2 in the US store. But that's not what's happening here. In BC, the province government should be ashamed for the high insurance rates... ashamed that so much money goes to appeasing drug addicts, high tax rates (compared to the us), etc. These are all Canadian issues, not US company issues doing business in canada.
 
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News Comments > Steam Adding 10% GST in AU
15. Re: Steam Adding 10% GAT in AU Feb 22, 2017, 14:26 BIGtrouble77
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 22, 2017, 09:59:
Canada also gets F'd in the A with regional pricing and for no real reason at all beyond simple greed. Eff them!

How so? I'm dual and prefer the Canadian store because I generally save a couple bucks int he conversion.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 14, 2017, 13:18 BIGtrouble77
 
If you can get good coverage with T-Mobile, then it's the best way to go, imo. It's also the only way to go if you cross the Canadian border frequently (which I do once a week). I've been living in Canada for the past year and a half and I get free roaming all throughout the country, it's awesome.  
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News Comments > Elite Dangerous Arena Sales Ending
1. Re: Elite Dangerous Arena Sales Ending Feb 14, 2017, 13:12 BIGtrouble77
 
Seems like Frontier thought CQC was going to be far more effective at bringing in new players to Elite than it actually was. I guess the extra work of managing it as a separate package just isn't worth it anymore.  
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News Comments > New AMD ReLive Drivers
2. Re: New AMD ReLive Drivers Feb 13, 2017, 21:05 BIGtrouble77
 
I'm just amazed that fixing a DayZ issues was prioritized at all.  
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News Comments > Steam Greenlight Giving Way to Steam Direct
42. Re: Steam Greenlight Giving Way to Steam Direct Feb 11, 2017, 00:39 BIGtrouble77
 
I would be really disappointed if they upped the publishing fee simply because a lot of games I own on steam may not have ultimately been published, namely...
Unreal World, Curious Expedition, Sunless Sea, NEO Scavenger, etc. Each of these games could have just as easily been mobile exclusives.

To solve the problem of complete crap making it onto steam, Steam just needs to filter out poorly rated games more aggressively. I'm constantly getting complete garbage recommended to me... I don't care that crap games exist, I just can't stand that Steam still recommends abandoned early access title that have overwhelmingly negative reviews.

I'm working on a sports simulation that I intended to release on steam in the future, but damn $5,000 is a big hit to take. I've been working on this game for years for fun, but having to shell out $5k to see it released on Steam is not something I planned for.
 
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: etc. Feb 9, 2017, 18:13 BIGtrouble77
 
Porn-O-Matic wrote on Feb 9, 2017, 13:36:
And American's think WE have too many restrictions... pfft. Whatever.
But this seems like this is at a legitimate crisis level in China... like kids dying because they forget to eat and sleep.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 9, 2017, 16:33 BIGtrouble77
 
Porn-O-Matic wrote on Feb 9, 2017, 13:35:
$1000 iPhone? Is that cheap for an iPhone? Our company bought 10 iPhone 6+'s when they came out, and we paid almost $1200 for each direct from Apple, sooo... what?
But if the lowest level iphone starts at $1,000, then that's a problem. People can gripe all they want about the iPhone's price, but if you ever bought a phone on a 2 year contract then you got robbed.

I'm due to get a new phone this year, but I will be really disappointed if the price increases from the current iPhone 7 which is a pretty unimpressive upgrade to my 6+, imo.
 
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