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Real Name Lazarus Long   
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Nickname Burrito of Peace
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Signed On Jul 8, 2004, 17:03
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News Comments > Into the Black
5. Re: Into the Black Jan 18, 2016, 23:08 Burrito of Peace
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 18, 2016, 21:38:
I actually liked Don Henley and Glenn Frey's solo work a lot more.


You belong to the city.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 15, 2016, 19:27 Burrito of Peace
 
NKD wrote on Jan 15, 2016, 15:34:
At least the Linux fanboys...

Speaking as one of those "fanboys":

  • I dual boot because I do want the best selection of games available

  • I buy almost every major title that becomes available for Steam and quite a few indie titles. While I am pragmatic, and understand that the market share of Linux is excruciatingly tiny, I also understand that someone has to break the chicken-and-egg stalemate. So I do my little part to help show that there is an interest in gaming on Linux.

  • My actual performance numbers skew pretty heavily in favor of Linux. It boots faster, even with decrypting the disk, uses less system memory, and, in native vs native comparison, it almost invariably comes out ahead. KSP, for example, actually performs better by about 40%.

  • Drivers are a non-issue. Even if you're new to Linux and using the wonderfully new user friendly Linux Mint, there are plenty of driver managers that now come baked in to all the major distros that download the most stable proprietary driver sets for your hardware. I literally haven't had to hunt for a driver in years and I have hopped through all the major distros that either are, or based on, Debian, Red Hat, Arch, or SUSE. I've settled on Korora which is the best Fedora based experience I've ever had the pleasure of using. Hell, even my mother uses it as she's about as technically savvy as any 60+ year old person is bound to be.


  • I don't get the Windows fanboyism, either. It's just an OS, not a member of your family. Be platform agnostic and enjoy the benefits of all platforms. Yes, even OSX.
     
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    4. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 15, 2016, 11:09 Burrito of Peace
     
    I hope to FSM that this one doesn't suck as bad as Cloverfield. It took me three times to get through that movie because I just wanted every one of the main cast to die as soon as they showed up on film. They're all so incredibly irritating and unlikable.  
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    News Comments > Medieval II: Total War for OS X & Linux
    2. Re: Medieval II: Total War for OS X & Linux Jan 14, 2016, 22:03 Burrito of Peace
     
    Sweet! Empire is already available for Linux so this is welcome news!  
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    8. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 14, 2016, 10:51 Burrito of Peace
     
    Death seems to come in threes. This year we had Lemmy and Bowie for musicians and for actors we had Rickman and Brian Bedford. We have one more to go in each category.  
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    News Comments > Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Video
    5. Re: Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Video Jan 14, 2016, 00:10 Burrito of Peace
     
    NKD wrote on Jan 13, 2016, 22:36:
    Holy shit you're right there's literally a motherfucker with a fedora (or is it a trilby?).

    Trilby. The iconic plumage of hipster spunk trumpets everywhere.

    Only gentlemen wear fedoras.
     
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    News Comments > Homefront: The Revolution May Release Confirmed
    13. Re: Homefront: The Revolution May Release Confirmed Jan 12, 2016, 17:56 Burrito of Peace
     
    Simultaneous Linux release! Woo-hoo! Day one purchase from me, even if I never get around to playing it.  
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    News Comments > Steamship Ahoy - That Dragon, Cancer
    24. Re: Steamship Ahoy - That Dragon, Cancer Jan 12, 2016, 17:55 Burrito of Peace
     
    Cancer is probably the worst goddamned disease that afflicts man. I helped my mom take care of my mom's adoptive mother when she was dying of lung cancer. She literally slowly drowned in the fluids inside her own lungs. No one tells you about the smell that comes with someone from dying of cancer. That pervasive smell of rotting meat because the body, while still living, is slowly rotting from the inside out. The only way to mask or even cut that smell is artificial orange citrus air freshener and you learn to hate the smell of it. To this day, I cannot stand the smell or taste of real oranges or artificial orange smell/flavoring.

    My mom survived uterine and ovarian cancer, as did my ex-wife. I am a survivor of childhood cancer. I know that my death from cancer is an almost certainty at this point. I'm sorry these people lost their child to cancer, regardless of whatever their religion may have been. That's just fucking awful. However, I can't bring myself to buy the game. It's not an experience that I want to relive, especially when the subject is the eventual death of a child.
     
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    8. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 12, 2016, 17:47 Burrito of Peace
     
    While this is not NFL related:

    The Alabama-Clemson game was brutal last night as well as both teams were extremely well matched. In the end, though, there could only be one acceptable outcome.

    ROLL TIDE!
     
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    News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
    2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 11, 2016, 19:20 Burrito of Peace
     
    Creston wrote on Jan 11, 2016, 18:55:
    I wonder if these BIOS fixes from Intel will actually FIX something, rather than just completely turn off the faulty operation set.


    After my experiences with the fiascos of the BIOSes with the DZ68BC and DGZ77GA-70K motherboards, I suspect that their approach will be to probably just to turn it off. That's pretty much SOP with them now.
     
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    News Comments > Saturday Previews
    7. Re: Saturday Previews Jan 10, 2016, 09:25 Burrito of Peace
     
    I wonder if GameInformer had their theme song playing in the background during their playtest.  
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    18. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 6, 2016, 21:38 Burrito of Peace
     
    Creston wrote on Jan 6, 2016, 16:07:
    Burrito of Peace wrote on Jan 6, 2016, 15:56:
    PHJF wrote on Jan 6, 2016, 13:25:
    But it would cost $150,000 to lay that extra hundred feet of cable! The cable company said so!!!

    It's actually worse than that. It'll only cost 10K to hook me up but they won't do it even after I offered to foot the cost of the whole bill because that would be "unfair to market competition".

    WTF?!

    Ask to speak to sales. Not the bored flunky who answers the first line support desk. Usually sales would be okay with putting stuff down if you offer to foot the bill.


    That was straight out of the mouth of the regional construction manager. He was a really nice guy and he seemed genuinely remorseful that he couldn't hook me up, especially given what I am currently doing.
     
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    11. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 6, 2016, 15:56 Burrito of Peace
     
    PHJF wrote on Jan 6, 2016, 13:25:
    But it would cost $150,000 to lay that extra hundred feet of cable! The cable company said so!!!

    It's actually worse than that. It'll only cost 10K to hook me up but they won't do it even after I offered to foot the cost of the whole bill because that would be "unfair to market competition".

    WTF?!
     
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    9. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 6, 2016, 13:06 Burrito of Peace
     
    Cutter wrote on Jan 6, 2016, 11:57:
    PHJF wrote on Jan 6, 2016, 09:32:
    I'm starting to grow frustrated with the flakiness of my cable service

    You and 300,000,000 other Americans...

    Particularly when you consider the cost of that shitty service.

    And that, where some of us live, the best we can get is 3mb down and 512k up even though there is literally a fiber line on the poles in front of our houses.
     
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    8. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 6, 2016, 13:05 Burrito of Peace
     
    harlock wrote on Jan 6, 2016, 11:55:
    maybe it was the characters themselves and just the script overall...

    i still think the two original leads had way more chemistry and "screen magic" or whatever...probably only felt unconsciously for most people id wager, which is why they fail to notice it specifically

    I think it was both the characters and the script. I also agree that Cohle and Hart were far better together as characters.
     
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    4. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 6, 2016, 10:56 Burrito of Peace
     
    Verno wrote on Jan 6, 2016, 10:08:
    All of the leads delivered last year save for Vince Vaughn who was totally miscast. He did his best but he was just the wrong actor, he couldn't bring any presence or menace in a role that really demanded it. Colin Farrell's intensity was palpable and he did a great job. Mcadams defied expectations but was not served well by the writers, they forgot all of the excellent early season build up and turned her character into a shell by the end. Taylor Kitsch was solid but the way they wrangled that whole subplot with the military was fucking insane and killed suspension of disbelief.

    My biggest problem with the season was that they took a simple story and told it in an incredibly convoluted way. The pacing was all off and their big reveals sputtered as a result. Numerous character deaths felt as if they were ticking off boxes rather than serving the plot in a meaningful way.

    It was still an enjoyable watch and I'm definitely there for next season but they need to stop trying to keep the viewer guessing for the sake of it and just tell the story.

    I agree with your points and, for me, this is what killed it:

    Season one was great because it was a slow dawning of ever increasing horror. You watched two men of very disparate characters struggle to absorb and handle something so utterly vile that it ruined them. You watched as they struggled to keep from drowning in psychological quicksand while all the while being absolutely driven to find out the truth behind everything they uncovered. Cohle and Hart had aspects that everyone could identify with in some way.

    I was absolutely rapt during every episode.

    Then we had season two. To me, it felt like a third rate knockoff of Casino with touches of someone trying really hard to mimic aspects of Eyes Wide Shut and failing miserably. I don't blame the lead actors for doing the best they could with what was arguably some terrible material. I found nothing relatable in their characters in the slightest and the story was, to me, boring as Hell. I just never cared about them or their stories.

    I watched the second season episodes dispassionately hoping that the next would be better than the last but it just never materialized.
     
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    News Comments > Evening Metaverse
    1. U.S. says its Internet speeds triple in three-and-a-half years Dec 30, 2015, 21:34 Burrito of Peace
     
    Comcast, Time-Warner, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox, AT&T, and Verizon boards witnessed laughing hysterically.

     
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    News Comments > Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition for Linux & OS X
    13. Re: Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition for Linux & OS X Dec 25, 2015, 00:31 Burrito of Peace
     
    RedEye9 wrote on Dec 24, 2015, 19:51:
    Burrito of Peace wrote on Dec 24, 2015, 18:05:
    Windows 7 support will end on the 13th of next month. While I assume they will release security patches that are critical for a short time, the sunset for it is here.

    Windows 7 security patches will continue until January 14, 2020. Still got some life in her yet.

    Provided you have an Extended Support contract. Do you?
     
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    News Comments > Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition for Linux & OS X
    7. Re: Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition for Linux & OS X Dec 24, 2015, 18:05 Burrito of Peace
     
    For me, Linux gaming can be wrapped up in a pretty easy way; because I can.

    I would prefer that all my Steam gaming purchases would be done on Linux but I am also cognizant of the fact that, right now, that's not really feasible. So I keep a small Windows partition around for the time being. However, I'm also finding that a lot of games coming out from big name publishers don't really interest me any more, especially now that I have become part of the "older" gamer crowd. The stuff indie developers are doing is far more interesting to me and a lot of their stuff is platform agnostic because they're coming from spaces where they can, and do, use Linux or OSX as their development platform and that their Unity or UE pipelines can create binaries for all X86 compatible platforms.

    I also disagree with the notion that driver performance is universally worse on Linux. I guess if you're an idio err AMD consumer, that's probably true. However the Nvidia and Intel binary blobs are really performant. As an example, I actually get better performance out of Kerbal Space Program on Linux than I do on Windows on the exact same hardware. Modding is just as easy on both OSes.

    Also, too, a lot of us are tired of being on the Microsoft train. Windows 7 support will end on the 13th of next month. While I assume they will release security patches that are critical for a short time, the sunset for it is here. Either people move on to Windows 8, 8.1, or 10 or they'll be left in the dust. While Windows 10's performance is much better than that of Windows 7, it comes with certain Microsoft features that, frankly, annoy the piss out of me. Even with the Enterprise edition, unless I'm running my own install of System Center or WSUS, forced reboots and installations are a thing. I also don't need my OS to be interconnected with everything under the sun. It needs to be fast, stable, and secure. For me, that's Linux and it's easy to use. I have my mother, a woman in her late 60s whom isn't a geek by any means, using Linux. She was a Windows user since 3.1. She finds it easy to use and operate and it does everything she needs it to do.

    I guess you might call me a "casual" since when I sit down in front of my PC, gaming isn't the whole and only reason I use it. While I certainly do game, I also use my PC for a whole host of other endeavors.
     
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    News Comments > Christmas Eve Tech Bits
    4. Re: Christmas Eve Tech Bits Dec 24, 2015, 17:44 Burrito of Peace
     
    I no longer see the point in overclocking as the CPU is no longer a bottlneck for system performance. I used to back in the late 90s through the mid 2000s but once I had a quadcore that was over 2.5GHz, it was no longer technically justifiable. Now that I have systems with 8, 12, and 16 cores per proc running at 3+Ghz, it's even less of a necessity. DDR3 and up is more than fast enough to keep up with filling cache and both forward look and side look. Especially now that building a system with 16GB (what I consider the bare minimum) is ridiculously inexpensive. Going higher than that really pushes you toward a workstation build and then you've gone in to ECC territory but, if you require ECC memory, gaming is no longer the number one priority for that system build.

    Even graphics cards are fast enough with PCIe in the modern system.

    The two biggest drawbacks to system performance in my opinion are:

    Storage. SSDs have made a good dent in storage speed, but their density is too low and the larger drives available are just stupidly expensive. NAND isn't expensive to manufacture and the yields are plentiful. When I can get a 10TB SSD or greater than can transfer at rates of actual (not theoretical or in carefully controlled situations) 10GB/s in both read and write while also being $120 or less, then I'll consider storage no longer a bottleneck.

    Mulithreading, or a lack thereof. This was the first year that we've seen games really start requiring an x64 OS to make us of larger areas of addressable memory. That is good. What is bad is that a lot of these games aren't mulithreaded. Almost everyone has, at minimum, a dual core processor if not more. Even the current gen consoles are quad core systems as are most phones. "But it's hard" isn't an excuse. It's laziness. The Total War series is a perfect example of games that could have had a lot less of a performance hit if they had offloaded a lot of the backend calculations on to cores 2 or 3. While there are a couple of games that do take advantage of multicore systems, most don't and that's unacceptable.
     
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