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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 > Microsoft Acquires Havoc
7. Re: Microsoft Acquires Havoc Oct 2, 2015, 20:44 Burrito of Peace
 
So Microsoft bought a software package from Intel. That's interesting. I wonder what Intel got in return for the deal? It probably wouldn't be money since Havok isn't exactly a hot IP. Possibly future SoC optimizations for future cloud and mobile OSes?  
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News Comments > NVIDIA Relaunches Cloud Gaming
36. Re: NVIDIA Relaunches Cloud Gaming Oct 1, 2015, 23:16 Burrito of Peace
 
Murder She Wrote wrote on Oct 1, 2015, 20:03:
They don't have a viable mobile SoC.

This, I think more than anything, is what is going to kill AMD in the long run. Right now, they've got some money rolling in from being an OEM supplier to Sony and Microsoft but that's not going to last forever. Intel is investing billions in mobile/embedded/micro technology, Nvidia is doing the same (and their new Tegra X1 looks pretty decent), ARM is currently the king with no end in sight to their reign, Samsung is plowing billions in to their SoCs and let's not forget Qualcomm, whom may be currently on the ropes but is not out yet. AMD, on the other hand, is waving their hands and saying "Guys? Guys! Check out our APUs!" APUs are all well and good but when I can't hold your entire system including proc, memory, storage, video, and networking (both physical and wireless) in the palm of my hand then it's utterly useless for the direction the market is trending.

Unless Samsung sees some value in the patents or manufacturing that AMD holds that no one else does, I don't think Samsung is likely to purchase what is largely a sinking ship. Why bother? They have their own massive R&D, they're a household name in everything from SSDs, to displays and on down the line to refrigerators.
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA Relaunches Cloud Gaming
30. Re: NVIDIA Relaunches Cloud Gaming Oct 1, 2015, 18:47 Burrito of Peace
 
I think it's interesting that, when discussing AMD/ATi, the products most focused on are graphics cards. I agree with Murder She Wrote's statement of "Every arch can't be a winner and both companies have made notable stinkers in the past." The FX5800 and its noise level come to mind from Nvidia.

However, what I mostly focus on is CPUs and AMD hasn't released a decent CPU that is competitive in power consumption, performance, and heat generation with Intel in a very, very long time. The closest thing that comes to mind is the Athlon XP (Palomino) way back in 2000. Yes, AMD is less expensive than Intel's offerings but, then, they have to be as that is the only area that they can be competitive with Intel in.

My own anecdotal experience with AMD is not a very particularly positive one. I had an Athlon XP (Thunderbird) with an Asus A7V board. The CPU dropped dead within 11 months. The next AMD procs I had were the Athlon MPs in a cluster of servers that were running off of Tyan Tiger S2460 motherboards. Every second core dropped dead within 3 months of deployment, all within about the span of two weeks. After working with Tyan and AMD, it was discovered that the problem was not with the Tyan motherboards, but a voltage regulation problem with the SMP of the Athlon MPs. The AMD engineer promised it would be fixed with a microcode update but I had a business to run. Swapped them out for Xeons and different motherboards and never had another problem.

Just for grins, I went to CPUBoss and pitted the Xeon E3-1275v2 that I have in my current gaming machine against an Opteron of the same vintage with double the cores. The E3 won rather handily. You can see it here. Before any AMD fanboy whines that it's just single core performance comparison with no multicore sampling, I'd point out that in every day use, most of what you run is single threaded.

Is my Xeon a bit of an overkill for home use? For most people, probably so, but then most people don't have 6 to 8 VMs running in the backround while playing Dying Light, either.
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA Relaunches Cloud Gaming
10. Re: NVIDIA Relaunches Cloud Gaming Sep 30, 2015, 22:52 Burrito of Peace
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 30, 2015, 22:45:
We've just been getting a lot more bang for our buck.

Whatever helps you sleep at night.
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA Relaunches Cloud Gaming
6. Re: NVIDIA Relaunches Cloud Gaming Sep 30, 2015, 22:26 Burrito of Peace
 
WaltC wrote on Sep 30, 2015, 18:23:
...this is precisely why I haven't bought a nVidia GPU since 2002...

That's funny because I haven't purchased an underpowered, poorly supported AMD/ATi product since 2001.
 
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News Comments > BATTLETECH Kickstarter
6. Re: BATTLETECH Kickstarter Sep 29, 2015, 13:57 Burrito of Peace
 
Funded for $135.

I want a modern Mechwarrior game, damn it!
 
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News Comments > On Sale
5. Re: On Sale Sep 24, 2015, 10:59 Burrito of Peace
 
Lord Tea wrote on Sep 24, 2015, 10:39:
It's silky smooth here on my 970 with everything maxed. Playing at 1080p though.

Likewise. Maybe it's too smooth and that's why I'm getting motion sickness? I'm not experiencing this with any other game that I am currently playing, just this one.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale Sep 24, 2015, 09:13 Burrito of Peace
 
I, too, picked up Dying Light because it was on sale and because I just picked up a 970. I wanted something that I could use to torture the card.

It's certainly pretty but I'm having a problem where I am getting motion sickness playing it. I've got the FOV almost cranked all the way up to the right.
 
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News Comments > MS Kills Safedisc DRM in Win 7 & 8
19. Re: MS Kills Safedisc DRM in Win 7 & 8 Sep 23, 2015, 14:14 Burrito of Peace
 
Orogogus wrote on Sep 23, 2015, 13:51:
And in any case the hoops you have to jump through seem extremely easy, especially compared to something like rolling back a video driver.

Why should someone who legally purchased a game have to jump through hoops at all, regardless of how easy they may seem?
 
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News Comments > MS Kills Safedisc DRM in Win 7 & 8
16. Re: MS Kills Safedisc DRM in Win 7 & 8 Sep 23, 2015, 13:14 Burrito of Peace
 
Which is great.

But what I meant was that if you don't have the Origin version, and instead have the retail version, you have to jump through hoops to get your legally purchased game to run.

Seems like bad form to me.
 
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News Comments > Video Game Voice Actors Consider Striking
17. Re: Video Game Voice Actors Consider Striking Sep 23, 2015, 11:21 Burrito of Peace
 
Dagnamit wrote on Sep 23, 2015, 10:09:
Because art persists and a TPS report does not.


If only that were actually true...
 
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News Comments > MS Kills Safedisc DRM in Win 7 & 8
11. Re: MS Kills Safedisc DRM in Win 7 & 8 Sep 23, 2015, 11:17 Burrito of Peace
 
On the bright side, at least we don't have Starforce around.  
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News Comments > MS Kills Safedisc DRM in Win 7 & 8
10. Re: MS Kills Safedisc DRM in Win 7 & 8 Sep 23, 2015, 11:13 Burrito of Peace
 
Unless the Origin version of the first Mass Effect has removed SafeDisc, anybody wanting to play that are going to be fucked.  
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News Comments > NVIDIA Killing Floor 2 Drivers
10. Re: NVIDIA Killing Floor 2 Drivers Sep 23, 2015, 00:00 Burrito of Peace
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 22, 2015, 15:56:
Verno wrote on Sep 22, 2015, 14:59:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Sep 22, 2015, 14:46:
Verno wrote on Sep 22, 2015, 14:19:
...its like asking AMD to have a decent OpenGL implementation.

Ouch, man. That was brutal. Might as well ask AMD to make a competitive, power conscious processor while we're at it.

Oh right, AMD makes CPUs. Totally forgot hooah!

This comment tree makes me SAD... I still run a Phenom 2 X6 and direly regret having chosen this over the I7 ;p But it was literally a third of the price. so competetive in power and performance, no, but in price (both CPU and system components), hell yes.

A Kia Rio is "competitive in price" with a Corvette but, at the end of the day, you're still driving a Kia.
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA Killing Floor 2 Drivers
7. Re: NVIDIA Killing Floor 2 Drivers Sep 22, 2015, 14:46 Burrito of Peace
 
Verno wrote on Sep 22, 2015, 14:19:
...its like asking AMD to have a decent OpenGL implementation.

Ouch, man. That was brutal. Might as well ask AMD to make a competitive, power conscious processor while we're at it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
4. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Sep 21, 2015, 17:03 Burrito of Peace
 
But does it have "rogue-like" elements?  
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News Comments > Nordic Games Acquires Nexus
2. Re: Nordic Games Acquires Nexus Sep 16, 2015, 12:05 Burrito of Peace
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 16, 2015, 10:19:
hope this results in a sequel to the best space tactical RTS ever made

Hear! Hear!
 
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News Comments > Shadowhand Announced
6. Re: Shadowhand Announced Sep 14, 2015, 15:13 Burrito of Peace
 
But is it "roguelike"? Can't have a goddamned game without it being "rougelike" now.  
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News Comments > Master of Orion Video Diary
4. Re: Master of Orion Video Diary Sep 10, 2015, 11:38 Burrito of Peace
 
The birth of something that defines an industry is not necessarily the first example of that industry. For example, there were cars made before the Model T but it was all the pieces that came together with the Model T that gave birth to the car; unified parts, assembly line production, volume production, durability, reliability, and a price point that the masses could afford.

I played VGA Planets as a kid, as well as other titles. But they all lacked that cohesiveness of parts, the production values, and that je ne sais quoi that Master of Orion had. It just felt and played like a much better game. While other games had 4X components to them, they didn't give birth to the genre like Master of Orion did.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
4. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Sep 7, 2015, 00:29 Burrito of Peace
 
1badmf wrote on Sep 6, 2015, 12:30:
sad story about o'donnell. i've always been slightly in awe of his work. sounds like bungie isn't the company i grew up with anymore either - no more innovative games like marathon or myth. i think jason jones' pure gameplay won out over the story/depth crowd.


Bungie wasn't the same company it was about the time Halo 2 shipped.

When I worked there, during the development of Halo 3, I found Marty to not just be an extraordinarily talented man, but a really nice man as well. He allowed me to sit in as an observer to learn how voice over work was done because I found it fascinating. The little riffs he would come up with just off the top of his head were amazing.

I think it was pretty obvious there were problems afoot when Joe Staten left. While he was one of four people that fleshed out the world of Halo, he was the guy who really held all the ideas.

I interacted with Harold Ryan on a number of occasions and the man was just flat out a dick. Rude and dismissive.
 
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