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Real Name Lazarus Long   
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Signed On Jul 8, 2004, 17:03
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News Comments > Get Layers of Fear and Soundtrack for Free
4. Re: Get Layers of Fear and Soundtrack for Free Dec 18, 2017, 23:12 Burrito of Peace
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Dec 18, 2017, 22:42:
Acleacius wrote on Dec 18, 2017, 21:52:
Great deal!

Arguably, the only way it could be a better deal is if they were to pay you to take the game and play it.

Picked it up, although Steam bugged out when I tried to add the soundtrack, said 'Application Failure' or something along those lines.

Trying to put the soundtrack key in again said it was already added to my account, but it doesn't show up. Oh well.

You didn't have the game installed. The Soundtrack is considered "DLC". Ran in to the same issue myself.
 
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News Comments > Police Simulator 18 Delayed Again
1. Re: Police Simulator 18 Delayed Again Dec 15, 2017, 11:20 Burrito of Peace
 
"In order to meet the wishes of their very active and enthusiastic community..."

"MOAR MINORITIES TO BEAT AND SHOOT!"
"How about a sort of 'get off scot free' card where we can kill innocent civilians and not have to face jail time or penalties?"
"Can we get military gear? Nothing says 'effective traffic stop' like rolling up in anti-riot tank and armed with AR-15s!"
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
31. Re: RAM Matters: How Much Do You Need for Gaming? 4GB, 8GB, 16GB or 32GB. Dec 13, 2017, 22:44 Burrito of Peace
 
Verno wrote on Dec 13, 2017, 13:07:
Thanks for all of the info. I need to take some time and wrap my head around it I think. I think where I'm mentally stuck is how the physical resources are allocated between the VMs. Like if I passthru my GPU to the Windows VM, I assume that means I need another card or iGPU type thing for Linux?

That would be correct. However, if all you're doing in Linux is web surfing, email, etc then an iGPU is more than sufficient these days.

Verno wrote on Dec 13, 2017, 13:07:
Can I share a single monitor between them or do I need 2?

You can indeed. Just use different inputs like HDMI and DisplayPort or whatever connections you have. Just switch between them on your monitor of choice. I use my primary monitor and just switch from HDMI to DP.


Verno wrote on Dec 13, 2017, 13:07:
I want a Linux VM as well for programming and hosting my home server crap. Same thing with storage, it sounds like I should really just put them both on separate SSDs.

If the SSD is big enough, you can put them on the same SSD without issue. Hell, I've got six active VMs on my SSD that I use for my home directory without issue.

Verno wrote on Dec 13, 2017, 13:07:
Then I need a physical KVM or Synergy to control it all. What do I even bridge, just the networking and input devices? At that point I guess I'm wondering why am I not just building two systems?

You need neither a KVM or Synergy to control it. If you choose to use KVM (which is not a Keyboard-Video-Mouse switch but, rather, stands for Kernel-based Virtual Machine) ala Fedora, Red Hat or CentOS, you would simply use Virtual Machine Manager and it would provide you with console access to the VM. Whether that console was a GUI or a CLI would be up to your configuration.

Because you don't need two systems. You really don't. You're right now thinking about this like a VM is a real machine and they are far from that. Let me give you an example:

I have six active VMs running on my current workstation. Even though I only have a quad core Xeon and 64GB of memory, I have told each virtual machine that it "has" 4 cores and 8GB of memory. Even when they're all doing their assigned tasks, I have 1 PHYSICAL core that runs at about 80% load. The other three are still 100% free for my local use. The process of telling a bunch of VMs that there are more resources available than there actually is is called "overallocation" and it is awesome. You see, no one VM is going to actually use all available resources all the time. Hell, a bunch of VMs aren't going to use all available resources all the time. So you can use a lot of them while still making your workstation performant.

Verno wrote on Dec 13, 2017, 13:07:
Maybe I'm thinking about this wrong though. I've only dabbled a bit with VMWare at the office.

It takes a bit to get your head wrapped around a bit but you will and then you'll wonder "Why the Hell did I let my system sit idle for so damn long?"

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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse Dec 13, 2017, 22:24 Burrito of Peace
 
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News Comments > Grim Fandango Remastered Free with GOG Winter Sale
8. Re: Grim Fandango Remastered Free with GOG Winter Sale Dec 12, 2017, 14:48 Burrito of Peace
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
26. Re: RAM Matters: How Much Do You Need for Gaming? 4GB, 8GB, 16GB or 32GB. Dec 12, 2017, 14:10 Burrito of Peace
 
Verno wrote on Dec 12, 2017, 12:40:
Is gaming performance near native?

Depending on hardware configuration, yes. My rough average is 95% of native performance. The handful of frames I may lose isn't noticeable to me. Granted, the only graphically intensive games I am currently playing are AC:O and Stellaris with a shit ton of mods.

Verno wrote on Dec 12, 2017, 12:40:
Don't some games now detect if they're being run in a VM as an anti-cheat/piracy measure? I hear disk performance (writes) isn't great either.

If so, I have yet to come face to face with it. I am currently playing through AC:O, Stellaris, KSP, Wolfenstein II, and The Long Dark. Write speed has a lot of variables to it. Does the VM have a dedicated disk that is passed through? Has the VM been tuned? I can only relate my experience. I have done my VM two ways with near parity performance: I have passed an SSD through to it and I have run it off an all flash NAS with a 10Gbe connection. If all you have is 1Gbe, then a spinning rust NAS is an acceptable replacement because your network connection will saturate faster than an array in either 0, 5, or 6 configuration. However, I want to state a massive caveat to running a VM for gaming off a spinning rust NAS with a 1Gbe connection. You will have slow read and write times because, at best, you'll average ~107MB/s. That is much, much slower than a DAS disk so you will want to forgo using a NAS configured in that way for this application.


Verno wrote on Dec 12, 2017, 12:40:
I'm intrigued by the concept and would like to dick around a bit with HyperV but I'm worried I would just end up reinstalling Windows later due to all of the little VM related issues compounding.

Don't use Hyper-V. Hyper-V is a dogshit hypervisor that is not at parity with the other players in the virtualization space. If you have access to it, use EXSi. If you don't and don't want to shell out the money for it, and I don't blame you, KVM is a superior alternative to Hyper-V. I have used both ESXi and KVM personally and professionally. I prefer EXSi for virtualizing servers but prefer KVM for my personal VMs because I feel KVM allows me greater flexibility in tuning how my VMs run. EXSi is based on Linux and KVM will require a Linux host to run. Stay away from VirtualBox or VMWare Workstation for this project. They're fine for light use but are, in my opinion, rather top heavy for getting the best performance out of a VM that you plan to do passthrough with for gaming purposes.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
20. Re: RAM Matters: How Much Do You Need for Gaming? 4GB, 8GB, 16GB or 32GB. Dec 12, 2017, 08:32 Burrito of Peace
 
Redmask wrote on Dec 12, 2017, 07:35:
I personally use 32GB of memory because I'm running ESXi with 16GB allocated to FreeNAS and a Windows boot with the other 16GB. GPU passthru is amazing.

Hell yes it is. For me, 64GB is the minimum I am willing to entertain for my personal workstation. As I have said in the past, I do game on my workstation but that is not the only use for it. A lot of my work is done in virtualization where RAM and core count are kings.

Besides, there's a certain joy in knowing that I can use my machine without all of Windows' bullshit and only use it when I want to play a game that doesn't have a native game client or doesn't work properly in WINE.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Safety Dance
5. Re: Sunday Safety Dance Dec 10, 2017, 22:00 Burrito of Peace
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Dec 10, 2017, 19:09:
The problem with automatic updates in Debian 10 is that to consciously allow that you have to trust the hosters behind the package updates. And I seriously do not.

I would rather hammer myself in the balls repeatedly with a ten pound sledgehammer than use automatic updates...let alone Debian.
 
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News Comments > MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Co-op & Steam Workshop Support Announced
20. Re: MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Co-op & Steam Workshop Support Announced Dec 10, 2017, 21:49 Burrito of Peace
 
I guess I'm getting older and just don't give a shit about graphics as much as I care about how much fun I get out of playing a game. I find most games these days to be shallow and linear. So, I'd prefer more resources went in to making the game fun and enjoyable than "ZOMG! TOTES PHOTOREALISTIC ON 48 TITAN Vs in SLI! 27 WHOLE minutes of original gameplay content!"

Though this looks to be a bit twitch oriented. I miss the heavy, plodding death machines of 2 and 3.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 10, 2017, 21:40 Burrito of Peace
 
SUCK IT, GIANTS FANS! Suck it long, suck it hard.

Also, Jerry Jones is a douchecanoe.

Can we clone Emmitt Smith and bring him back? Not just because of his skills but also because of his awesome HEB commercials.
 
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News Comments > Stellaris Humanoids Species Pack Released
2. Re: Stellaris Humanoids Species Pack Released Dec 7, 2017, 11:15 Burrito of Peace
 
I picked it up. It was $8 bucks. Love the new ship designs and VIR voices.  
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News Comments > Antigraviator Announced
1. Re: Antigraviator Announced Dec 6, 2017, 14:46 Burrito of Peace
 
So it's essentially a Wipeout clone?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 6, 2017, 14:24 Burrito of Peace
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 6, 2017, 14:06:
Yeah, well as someone who always likes to rub winter in our faces when we complain about it up north all I can say is, suck it! At least we don't have fucking forest fires burning down half the place every year.

Dude...not cool. As someone who lived through the Bastrop Complex fire in central Texas, an out of control wildfire is nothing like ribbing you about your Arctic winters (which really aren't that terrible). Rarely do people die due to the season of winter and winter doesn't typically cause billions of dollars in property damage and loss. Moreover, winter also doesn't typically destroy people's lives.

That was kind of a dick post on your part.

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 5, 2017, 13:54 Burrito of Peace
 
I did not believe I would ever side with Ubisoft on, well, anything...but fuck those with ancient ass Phenoms. Upgrade to play the game or stick to playing flash games.  
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News Comments > Who Controls Star Control?
37. Re: Who Controls Star Control? Dec 4, 2017, 19:05 Burrito of Peace
 
He who controls the Kor-Ah controls the universe!  
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News Comments > Who Controls Star Control?
2. Re: Who Controls Star Control? Dec 3, 2017, 17:02 Burrito of Peace
 
...and now we'll probably never see Ghosts of the Precursors hit the light of day in a commercially available, finished state that is equal to, or better than, SC2.  
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News Comments > Rising Storm 2: Vietnam Adds Australian Forces
4. Re: Rising Storm 2: Vietnam Adds Australian Forces Nov 28, 2017, 18:54 Burrito of Peace
 
I wish someone would make a solid, no punches pulled Vietnam era singleplayer FPS.  
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News Comments > Square Enix on the Future of Deus Ex
13. Re: Skyrim Creation Club Launches with Survival Mode Nov 28, 2017, 15:17 Burrito of Peace
 
Kajetan wrote on Nov 28, 2017, 14:46:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Nov 28, 2017, 14:12:
Perhaps it is for the best that SE/EM are letting those two titles lie fallow for a bit. Perhaps in the future, a different team can do both titles justice and create enjoyable games.
A different team will still have to answer to the board of Square-Enix. How will that improve anything?

Pretty simply, actually. Your standard board is so far removed that the only thing they'll see or care about is the FYI statement. The actual creative direction is up to the studio head, usually. If you have a sound pitch with enough storyboarding and a semi-functional prototype then you have a good chance of a greenlight. Especially if you do it during the wind-down phase of a project when the studio/company is looking for the next project. If the studio head likes it, they'll go to the VP of Finance and say "We need X dollars for Project Y which I have estimated will take Z manhours and be shippable by Qn." I have never been in a large studio where a CEO/CFO/etc have made the go/nogo call on a project. The only time where that did occur was on a small team at a startup where the "head" was also a working member of the team.
 
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News Comments > Square Enix on the Future of Deus Ex
9. Re: Square Enix on the Future of Deus Ex Nov 28, 2017, 14:12 Burrito of Peace
 
I guess I'm the odd man out here. I hated Mankind Divided. As others have said the plot and characters were weaker than a malnourished two year old. Moreover, I hated the level design and it was so fucking lazy to me. Back and forth over the same ground. Over and over and over. Jensen was even less likable to me in Mankind Divided than he was in Human Revolution. I finished MD but only in the sense that it was more of a hatefuck than an enjoyable desire.

Thief should have been a slam dunk. Go back and play 1 and 2. Modernize the mechanics but don't reinvent them. Create a compelling story. Ship it. Sell like gothcakes on Halloween. Shalebridge Cradle is one of the pinnacles of atmosphere and level design. It should have been an easy inspiration.

Perhaps it is for the best that SE/EM are letting those two titles lie fallow for a bit. Perhaps in the future, a different team can do both titles justice and create enjoyable games.
 
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News Comments > etc.
14. Re: etc. Nov 21, 2017, 16:19 Burrito of Peace
 
HoSpanky wrote on Nov 21, 2017, 15:38:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Nov 21, 2017, 15:07:
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Nov 21, 2017, 13:15:
I mean, name me something else that you get 100+ hours of enjoyment out of that's 60$.

I can pick up a lot of books for $60 at a second hand bookstore that will provide me with 100+ hours of enjoyment easily.

$60 is the introductory price for most games. The books youíre talking about sell for $15 or more brand new. Letís not compare used, older titles to brand new.

Now you're moving the goal posts. You said "...name me something else that you get 100+ hours of enjoyment out of that's 60$". So I did.

Moreover, I can pick up several used console titles (but not from Gamestop) for that $60 that will deliver more hours than most new single titles will.
 
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