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Signed On Jan 26, 2004, 18:42
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
24. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 31, 2017, 17:41 BIGtrouble77
 
The problem with this H1B situation is that in certain industries (software development), there is so much demand for entry/mid level devs that there are no where near enough people in the US/Canada to fill the demand- schools are still pushing obsolete C++ programs while there is massive unmet demand in Web architectures/platforms.

I can't tell you how many resumes I get from former microsoft devs that are trying to get into web work, but have no experience. I interview people every week... the pool of people is really shallow, even for remote workers. It's a good time to be a contractor/consultant if you have the skills.

If you can communicate well (not common) and have the skills, I'd definitely hire an H1B. Unfortunately, these guys are exceptionally rare too. There are a plethora of engineering students from india that have limited skills- these are the guys that I think will be filtered out of the pool with this new policy.
 
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News Comments > Galactic Civilizations III Patch; Sale
6. Re: Galactic Civilizations III Patch; Sale Jan 27, 2017, 02:31 BIGtrouble77
 
Creston wrote on Jan 26, 2017, 22:53:
Any verdict on which current 4X game is "the best", or at least highly recommended?
Distant Worlds: Universe hands down.
 
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News Comments > Days of War Early Access
1. Re: Days of War Early Access Jan 26, 2017, 18:04 BIGtrouble77
 
Looks interesting, but I really wish these types of game rewarded self preservation a bit better. It just makes you decision making process different if survival is your number one objective. I know that doesn't usually make for exciting condensed battles, but it would be nice if kills actually meant something more than just a minor statistic.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 26, 2017, 17:58 BIGtrouble77
 
Flo wrote on Jan 26, 2017, 16:08:
I am happy with the last decent Macbook Pro from 2013.
The keyboard on the new models is a joke and don't get me started on that touchbar...
My Mid 2014 MacBook is probably the best laptop I've ever owned. It's sleek, powerful, great screen and an amazing workstation. It's just a utilitarian workhorse that I'm going to use until it dies.

I'm not happy about the latest models, the decision making process just doesn't make sense to me. I can't imagine I'll be looking for a new machine any time soon, but I really hope Apple listens to their customers so I can potentially get something decent in 2 years. I really don't want to go back to using a Linux laptop if I don't have to, but the toucher MacBook is not something that excites me.
 
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News Comments > Thimbleweed Park Trailer
1. Re: Thimbleweed Park Trailer Jan 20, 2017, 16:12 BIGtrouble77
 
This is definitely my most anticipated upcoming game. Just not sure the PC is the best place to play graphic adventures anymore.  
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News Comments > Out of the Park Baseball 18 Announced
2. Re: Out of the Park Baseball 18 Announced Jan 20, 2017, 16:10 BIGtrouble77
 
Holy shit, I had no idea they were going to follow up last year's release. What an awesome surprise.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 10, 2017, 22:48 BIGtrouble77
 
About a year ago I was hearing Vega was going to be available in late 2016. I gave up hope in November and just upgraded then. Happy I did, I don't think we'll see a decent Vega card until the 2017 holidays.  
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News Comments > Civilization VI Linux Plans
3. Re: Civilization VI Linux Plans Jan 10, 2017, 14:20 BIGtrouble77
 
I love it when AAA title get the linux treatment. So much progress has been made in the past 5 years, but I still feel like we have many more to go before I would even consider using linux for gaming.  
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
9. Re: Saturday Consolidation Jan 8, 2017, 14:28 BIGtrouble77
 
Dev wrote on Jan 8, 2017, 05:58:
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Jan 7, 2017, 23:02:
I have my retro pi setup using my original SNES controllers.
How? I got a USB to SNES controller adapter a while back, are you doing something like that?

I use this thing:
http://amzn.to/2jrfwam

Works flawlessly. Retropie immediately detects my 2 controllers, no lag, no issues.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
7. Re: Saturday Consolidation Jan 7, 2017, 23:02 BIGtrouble77
 
If you go the Pi route, there is an image available by searching "retropie" in our favorite nordic search engine. It completely fills a 64gb card.

I have my retro pi setup using my original SNES controllers.
 
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News Comments > Firewatch Sells 1M
10. Re: Firewatch Sells 1M Jan 5, 2017, 01:01 BIGtrouble77
 
Leper wrote on Jan 4, 2017, 17:38:
Sorry, but it's definitely a game. The gameplay consists of finding your way to objectives using the map, deciding what dialogue options your character speaks, and enjoying the story, scenery, sounds, dialogue and atmosphere. Maybe not the most exciting game, but then neither was Myst. It sounds like you enjoyed it in your own way as well and it didn't cost you anything, so I don't know what's to complain about. What is the price exactly? I think I paid less for my lunch today.
(I looked it up and it's currently at $12).

Couldn't disagree more. You cannot affect the outcome, you are just walking through a predetermined story- there's no finding your way. Yes, you interact with some things, but it's completely linear and require zero problem solving. There are some different dialog choices, but it has almost no effect on the story. The "game" is also loaded with invisible walls, so there's absolutely no way to go explore and possibly "loose" because you miss important events, stumble on something bad or some other kind of x-factor.

This is a walking simulator that has an ok story around it. I would have bought it for the full price when it came out if it was longer and there was some kind of game mechanic in it. I can think of a few that would make this very compelling. I feel like the devs were very creative and passionate, but forgot to actually insert a game anywhere.

All that said, I thought the ending was great, which it was heavily criticized for. I don't want to spoil it, but I thought it was a really great psychological experiment. But none of that makes this a game.
 
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News Comments > Firewatch Sells 1M
4. Re: Firewatch Sells 1M Jan 4, 2017, 16:09 BIGtrouble77
 
I watched a youtube series on this game- and calling it a game is a stretch. The guy broke it up into 6, 30 minute parts. We all chatted about it and had a cool little community around the series.

That said, I think I got more out of the game enjoying it that way than actually playing it. I would buy it for $5, but no more... I really don't want to support 3 hour experiences with virtually no gameplay. As good as the story is, Firewatch is shallow and empty and most definitely not worth the price. The only way I think I could buy it is if it had a good VR experience and I actually owned a VR headset.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 3, 2017, 21:32 BIGtrouble77
 
I have to get a monitor soon. Is FreeSync2 worth waiting for? I use a 1440p screen and I'm content with 60fps gaming (I have a Radeon480). I have not seen any FreeSync monitors under $600 that aren't hideous looking.  
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
8. Re: Evening Mobilization Jan 1, 2017, 00:44 BIGtrouble77
 
Dacote wrote on Dec 31, 2016, 09:12:
You do know that Consumer Reports did the testing right? This is THE leading third party, independent, nonprofit organization that does not take outside advertising money, no free samples, etc. etc. etc. for almost 80 years? If they say something is wrong, something is wrong.

The Consumer Reportsí verdict sits in line with complaints from several users. A report on Bloomberg earlier this month claimed that Apple had faced challenges with an improved battery module on the new MacBook Pro and it settled with older battery technology to meet the holiday shipping target.
The article stated that the issue was a software bug. The update apparently fixed the issue. When you are testing a device and get unpredictable results, it is generally assumed that you should be contacting the company to get some feedback. A publication like CR should be doing that. My point was, contacting apple and getting feedback was not going to win them any sales or ad impressions.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
4. Re: Evening Mobilization Dec 31, 2016, 03:52 BIGtrouble77
 
Slick wrote on Dec 31, 2016, 00:47:
I thought they fixed the battery issue with a software update though?

They originally said that they'll re-test when apple fix it with a patch, apple supposedly did, then CR said that they didn't feel like re-testing...

Not sure what to think here...
I assume it's because their horrific testing practices would come under even more scrutiny. The reality is that they are going to sell more magazines and get more ad revenue if they have a bold story saying an Apple product is shit.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Engine Switch; Alpha Released for Backers
19. Re: Star Citizen Engine Switch; Alpha Released for Backers Dec 24, 2016, 16:10 BIGtrouble77
 
This is a good move for Star Citizen. Moving to horizontally scaling cloud architectures from a hyper optimized vertically scaled architecture is always a good thing. It will let them handle massive traffic spikes and save costs when things die down.

I'm also assuming that this system will optimize by region and aggregate users by region out of the box. I'm just curious how much of the latest release uses this tech... especially the star marines multiplayer. If this can get them into a rapid dev cycle then we may start seeing real world value and so much code won't need to be thrown out.

I'm most definitely not a fan boy, but this is tech I would look into if I was looking to create a MMO.
 
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News Comments > AU Fines Valve $3M
4. Re: AU Fines Valve $3M Dec 23, 2016, 12:31 BIGtrouble77
 
So Australian Steam users don't have the same refund policy that we have in North America?  
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News Comments > Steam Winter Sale and Awards Voting Begin
34. Re: Steam Winter Sale and Awards Voting Begin Dec 22, 2016, 21:21 BIGtrouble77
 
HoSpanky wrote on Dec 22, 2016, 15:01:
I don't care about HL3 anymore.

I contracted for a company a year and a half ago that was in the e-sports business. Unbeknownst to me, the investors wanted to bring me in to get a handle on their team and get them focused.

I come to find that this group of about 20 guys (teens and 20s) modeled their company after Valve's corporate structure. I forget what they called it, but it basically allows for anyone to work on whatever they wanted if the majority of the team voted in favor of the project.

The end result of this was that they only worked on shit that interested them, none of the critical, business driven, mundane stuff got addressed. They had one of the shittiest vertically scaling app architecture that I've ever seen and no one would vote on fixing the obvious design flaws.

I can completely see how a company like valve could suffer from this type of culture. I use the steam mac client and the damn thing stops responding to clicks after 10 minutes of being open- this has existed since the first release of the mac client. The iOS app is just a joke, I still can't play videos on it. Anything valve does that has anything to do with stability or fine tuning is just non existent.

As far as HL3 is concerned, if the guys are only interested in the cool tech in the game and not about doing that sprint to finish the game, it's never going to get done.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
6. Re: etc., etc. Dec 21, 2016, 23:25 BIGtrouble77
 
Task wrote on Dec 21, 2016, 20:26:
Give the kid something age appropriate to watch like Dragon Ball.
You assume I don't already do that?
 
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News Comments > New AMD ReLive Drivers
6. Re: New AMD ReLive Drivers Dec 21, 2016, 20:42 BIGtrouble77
 
Pr()ZaC wrote on Dec 21, 2016, 16:44:
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Dec 21, 2016, 15:31:
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 21, 2016, 13:45:
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Dec 21, 2016, 13:16:
Does AMD have a driver manager like nvidia's geforce experience?

Kinda? They dropped support for AMD Gaming Evolved.

Well, that's unfortunate. I don't use the geforce experience for the game profiles (I found my own tweaks work better), but I liked using it for managing my driver updates.
The driver update check and notification is built in, as in the Crimson series.
Game profiles should also be in.
awesome, thanks for clarifying.
 
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