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Signed On Jan 26, 2004, 18:42
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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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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Evening Tech Bits Feb 8, 2017, 21:36 BIGtrouble77
 
Hellcinder wrote on Feb 8, 2017, 21:10:
VR needs simplified hardware and a lower price point, then the flock will come.
Totally agree. Elite Dangerous is the killer VR app for me, but I won't buy a headset until the tech is cheaper and better.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: What's going on with DX12 Feb 6, 2017, 18:35 BIGtrouble77
 
I bought an RX480 to hopefully ride the wave of new Vulcan/DX12 games with a budget card... that hasn't worked out well so far.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 6, 2017, 12:08 BIGtrouble77
 
BobBob wrote on Feb 6, 2017, 11:44:
Anyhow ... it's hard to explain my frustration with this horrific proposal.
I don't know for sure, but it's probably common for BS proposals to make here... I guess we can have a collective panic when is gets to the "passed house" phase.

Sadly, this is what the American voters asked for. The country is a business now that seeks to eliminate those pesky regulations.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 6, 2017, 11:53 BIGtrouble77
 
Now go enjoy Samsung's premiere, definitive, ground breaking galaxy VR experience at your local Best Buy kiosk! Seriously, what are you waiting for?  
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News Comments > Conan Exiles Banishes Servers
16. Re: Conan Exiles Banishes Servers Feb 5, 2017, 18:07 BIGtrouble77
 
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 5, 2017, 13:27:
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Feb 5, 2017, 13:24:
Why don't they just use Amazon AWS? Amazon had virtually limitless scale.

Not the same thing.
I thought Amazon introduced game servers recently. I'm a bit ignorant on gaming servers so I don't really know.
 
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News Comments > Conan Exiles Banishes Servers
6. Re: Conan Exiles Banishes Servers Feb 5, 2017, 13:24 BIGtrouble77
 
Why don't they just use Amazon AWS? Amazon had virtually limitless scale.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Evening Tech Bits Feb 3, 2017, 19:36 BIGtrouble77
 
RedEye9 wrote on Feb 3, 2017, 19:01:
Apple will sell fools $300 worth of hardware for just $2300.
Whatever. Logic Pro alone is worth more than $200.
 
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News Comments > ZeniMax Wins $500M in Oculus Lawsuit
19. Re: ZeniMax Wins $500M in Oculus Lawsuit Feb 2, 2017, 02:21 BIGtrouble77
 
SirKnight wrote on Feb 1, 2017, 23:18:
From: http://uploadvr.com/verdict-zenimax-oculus/

Carmack intentionally destroyed data on his computer after he got notice of this litigation and right after he researched on Google how to wipe a hard drive—and data on other Oculus computers and USB storage devices were similarly deleted (as determined by a court-appointed, independent expert in computer forensics); (vii) when he quit id Software, Carmack admitted he secretly downloaded and stole over 10,000 documents from ZeniMax on a USB storage device, as well as the entire source code to RAGE and the id tech® 5 engine —which Carmack uploaded to his Oculus computer;

Damn son. I would have thought Carmack was smarter than this...

If this was proven to be an accurate depiction of events, then I have lost all respect for the guy. In software development it's so tempting to want to take code with you, especially the really clever stuff you tend to re-use all the time, but you just can't fucking do it. It's just intellectually lazy... I can't believe I'm saying that about John Carmack.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 1, 2017, 13:33 BIGtrouble77
 
Suppa7 wrote on Feb 1, 2017, 10:40:
Multiple cores only work in certain situations with certain workloads and program types.

I don't believe this to be true at all. I write async code all day that's optimized for multi cores. It's a problem of coding styles and possibly compiler optimizations that are holding things back. My experience is writing simulations in ruby/python/javascript so I can't speak for C based gaming frameworks (like unity), but I can't see why certain systems can't run asynchronously via some internal service that is dedicated to an available core.

 
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News Comments > EA Financials
13. Re: EA Financials Feb 1, 2017, 13:03 BIGtrouble77
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 1, 2017, 02:15:
NHL 95 was the first game I worked on for my short stint at EA.
Very cool, definitely my favorite in the series. My short stint in the games industry was doing some graphical assets for Civ III.
 
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News Comments > EA Financials
7. Re: On Sale Feb 1, 2017, 01:39 BIGtrouble77
 
Slick wrote on Jan 31, 2017, 22:47:
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Jan 31, 2017, 22:45:
Nothing to do with EA financials, but I just bought an PS4 to play NHL17.

The game is just garbage. So many graphical glitches, comentators never know who the home/away team actually is, commentary logic could be better done by a 3rd grader, poor menu management, unbalanced difficulty levels, cringe worthy graphics, horrible stretchy textures, rap music playlist (I hear van halen and ozzy at hockey games, not fetty wap)... I can keep going on.

We are literally on the 17 iteration of this game and it's this bad. Wtf?

I think the last NHL game I bought was NHL 93 for the Genesis. None of the newer ones have managed to capture the frenetic arcade-like gameplay.

Plus yearly sports game franchises are generally worse than cancer.
Yup, NHL 95 on the PC is what got be to buy the PS4. I played a whole season out, had so much fun I figured I'd see how the series is now. I mean, 17 iterations and the game is just loaded with amateur issues. At least I was able to pick it up for $39CDN new, not the ludicrous $70usd gamestop wants.
 
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News Comments > EA Financials
3. Re: On Sale Jan 31, 2017, 22:45 BIGtrouble77
 
Nothing to do with EA financials, but I just bought an PS4 to play NHL17.

The game is just garbage. So many graphical glitches, comentators never know who the home/away team actually is, commentary logic could be better done by a 3rd grader, poor menu management, unbalanced difficulty levels, cringe worthy graphics, horrible stretchy textures, rap music playlist (I hear van halen and ozzy at hockey games, not fetty wap)... I can keep going on.

We are literally on the 17 iteration of this game and it's this bad. Wtf?
 
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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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