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Nickname Stormsinger
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Signed On Mar 13, 2007, 01:11
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User ID 34954
 
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News Comments > Space Rangers: Quest Announced
7. Re: Space Rangers: Quest Announced Aug 25, 2016, 19:21 Stormsinger
 
Kxmode wrote on Aug 25, 2016, 17:22:
DangerDog wrote on Aug 25, 2016, 14:27:
epic text battles? lol is this a joke?

Don't judge. There's obviously a market for it.
I played online text games for years, and I can imagine very few things more atrocious sounding than trying to play a text game on a phone. I'd rather be castrated with a rusty spoon.
 
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Aug 21, 2016, 13:13 Stormsinger
 
“We don’t have time to wait for official dev tools to fix what can be fixed by us."

The most hilarious line I've read this week. I guess I missed the deadline for modding a new game...
 
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News Comments > No Man's Sky Launch & Workarounds
57. Re: No Man's Sky Launch & Workarounds Aug 12, 2016, 20:21 Stormsinger
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 12, 2016, 19:55:
Stormsinger wrote on Aug 12, 2016, 18:59:
NKD wrote on Aug 12, 2016, 12:31:
Moog wrote on Aug 12, 2016, 11:55:

I thought it was traditional to QA a product *before* release!

Oooohohohoho. I don't know when that was.
That would have been before the internet removed the costs involved in releasing patches. Prior to that, a company had to ship disks to their customers, so they made a -serious- effort to ensure the game was playable out of the box.
Those days were horrible for both the consumer and the developer. This is the golden age of computer gaming.
I don't necessarily disagree that things gaming are generally better now. But in that one area (QA), it was definitely better then.
 
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News Comments > No Man's Sky Launch & Workarounds
55. Re: No Man's Sky Launch & Workarounds Aug 12, 2016, 18:59 Stormsinger
 
NKD wrote on Aug 12, 2016, 12:31:
Moog wrote on Aug 12, 2016, 11:55:

I thought it was traditional to QA a product *before* release!

Oooohohohoho. I don't know when that was.
That would have been before the internet removed the costs involved in releasing patches. Prior to that, a company had to ship disks to their customers, so they made a -serious- effort to ensure the game was playable out of the box.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 15, 2016, 20:03 Stormsinger
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 15, 2016, 14:08:
Project Fi only supports 2 phones...

Yep, I've been on it for almost a year now. The flexibility in terms of data usage is great, but you do pay a premium for a phone that works on all those networks.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
9. Re: Op Ed Jul 10, 2016, 15:23 Stormsinger
 
Henry Dorsett wrote on Jul 10, 2016, 14:26:
HorrorScope wrote on Jul 10, 2016, 13:40:
I think it has happened again, almost certain and it is one of my fav's here at Blues and probably is the reason why Blue's post Cliffski blogs. For commenter's to mistaken him for Cliffy B.
Which is a shame, because Cliffy B. has done some fantastic work.
Personally, I get a -lot- more enjoyment out of Cliffski's games than I ever have out of anything Cliffy B. was associated with.

That said, I don't go around slamming Cliffy B. just because his games are not to my taste.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
44. Re: Op Ed Apr 18, 2016, 20:50 Stormsinger
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 18, 2016, 14:40:
yonder wrote on Apr 17, 2016, 18:35:
Yeah but PLENTY of people work for 50 years saying "I wish I had done a bit better in preparing for the future when I was younger."

The only people who ever say that are the people who never lived within their means. You can strike that balance without working like a dog your entire life, you know. Stop trying to keep up with the neighbors. Stop having kids you can't afford to have. Working like a pig for 40 years and never enjoying life only to drop dead at retirement is just stupid.

Stop getting sick, stop letting tornados wreck your house. There are -plenty- of things completely outside of your control that could make someone say "I wish I'd saved more." Maybe if you'd actually -think- before you whip out your tired cliches, you'd make better points, or at least be a bit more entertaining.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
4. Re: Op Ed Apr 17, 2016, 13:00 Stormsinger
 
Oh goodie...another rich, entitled prick telling those who actually -do- the work to stop bitching about long hours, poor pay and bad management.

Oh, venturebeat...should have known. That's as big a shock as finding an article promoting lower capital gains taxes on Forbes.
 
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News Comments > Oculus Rift Privacy Concerns
10. Re: Oculus Rift Privacy Concerns Apr 3, 2016, 11:48 Stormsinger
 
And there's the other shoe we've been waiting for since Facebook bought the Rift. This is why we can't have nice things.  
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
11. Re: Saturday Metaverse<br> Thanks {ant}.</p> <ul> <li> <a href= Mar 19, 2016, 23:06 Stormsinger
 
Not even webservers can put those four words together without blowing a gasket.

This comment was edited on Mar 20, 2016, 00:30.
 
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News Comments > On XCOM 2 Framerate Issues
33. Re: On XCOM 2 Framerate Issues Feb 22, 2016, 18:50 Stormsinger
 
Creston wrote on Feb 21, 2016, 22:46:
Stormsinger wrote on Feb 21, 2016, 13:08:
I realize it has other issues. Those just don't bother me as much as taking 20 minutes to exit and restart after every mission.

Did you try the capslock thingy? (Hit capslock after a mission is over, it'll apparently load every outstanding load request in a single frame, as per the devs, and skip the 40 seconds load screen.)

I've tried it...without much noticeable effect at first. However, I reduced my pagefile (I'd increased it some time back for another game, which I don't remember). It doesn't seem to "fix" the leak, but it does recover faster after I exit now. And oddly, while capslock doesn't seem to make it load any faster now, it definitely sets the disk to a high activity level.

It's only about a week for the new PC...I'm sure I'll survive till then.
 
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News Comments > On XCOM 2 Framerate Issues
27. Re: On XCOM 2 Framerate Issues Feb 21, 2016, 13:08 Stormsinger
 
rudra wrote on Feb 21, 2016, 12:14:
Stormsinger wrote on Feb 21, 2016, 10:27:
InBlack wrote on Feb 21, 2016, 10:08:
Loving the game so far and I gotta say that apart from some of the frame skipping and hiccups in some cut scenes Im pretty happy with how the game runs. Haven't noticed any memory leaks either, but then again I run 16GB of RAM and always disable the hard disk swap file.
This leak was the kick in the ass I needed to justify a new PC to myself. My current is around 7 years old, and this is the first game it wouldn't run reasonably well. So in a week or two, I'll be able to verify the difference between 4GB and 16 GB on this game. I think it's safe to say I'll still be playing it by then.

ive got 24gb of ram and it still has issues

its not just a "memory leak".. i know thats always the problem du jour, but yeh - its got more issues than that

I realize it has other issues. Those just don't bother me as much as taking 20 minutes to exit and restart after every mission.
 
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News Comments > On XCOM 2 Framerate Issues
23. Re: On XCOM 2 Framerate Issues Feb 21, 2016, 10:27 Stormsinger
 
InBlack wrote on Feb 21, 2016, 10:08:
Loving the game so far and I gotta say that apart from some of the frame skipping and hiccups in some cut scenes Im pretty happy with how the game runs. Haven't noticed any memory leaks either, but then again I run 16GB of RAM and always disable the hard disk swap file.
This leak was the kick in the ass I needed to justify a new PC to myself. My current is around 7 years old, and this is the first game it wouldn't run reasonably well. So in a week or two, I'll be able to verify the difference between 4GB and 16 GB on this game. I think it's safe to say I'll still be playing it by then.
 
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News Comments > On XCOM 2 Framerate Issues
4. Re: On XCOM 2 Framerate Issues Feb 20, 2016, 14:08 Stormsinger
 
Personally, I'm far more bothered by the memory leak that requires me to exit after every mission or two and let the page file clean up.
 
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News Comments > Vivendi Sells Activision Stake
17. Re: Vivendi Sells Activision Stake Jan 17, 2016, 01:50 Stormsinger
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 16, 2016, 23:04:
A hedge isn't a bet, it's a mitigation of risk. It isn't "we think this will happen" but "we're screwed if this happens, so we'll cover our asses."

I have renters' insurance. I do not think anything bad will happen, but I'm mitigating my risk. This is all a hedge is. They're exceptionally common, and institutions do them to be responsible, not to place a bet.

I fail to see any significant difference. You're gambling a small amount of money (the insurance premiums) against the larger amount you'll win (the expenses that you won't have to pay yourself) if events break that way. That -is- a gamble. All insurance is a gamble.
 
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News Comments > Vivendi Sells Activision Stake
14. Re: Vivendi Sells Activision Stake Jan 16, 2016, 22:48 Stormsinger
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 16, 2016, 17:25:
Stormsinger wrote on Jan 16, 2016, 13:05:
You have to wonder who made how much money on this deal. Because it sure looks like Vivendi was betting that Activision/Blizzard stock was going to crumble.

Life is good if you're a bankster.

Uh... no it doesn't?

They made no such bet, and they've been trying to get out of Activision for a while. Trying to get out of all entertainment.

A hedge is generally something along the lines of insurance against a loss. If you're hedging stock, you expect the price to drop...or if you prefer different terminology, you're afraid that it will.

I'd call it a bet. You can use whatever term you like. But if they hadn't been expecting losses, they'd have had no reason to hedge the stock.
 
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News Comments > Vivendi Sells Activision Stake
1. Re: Vivendi Sells Activision Stake Jan 16, 2016, 13:05 Stormsinger
 
You have to wonder who made how much money on this deal. Because it sure looks like Vivendi was betting that Activision/Blizzard stock was going to crumble.

Life is good if you're a bankster.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
5. Re: Morning Safety Dance Dec 14, 2015, 11:46 Stormsinger
 
Verno wrote on Dec 14, 2015, 10:46:
I didn't read the article but I'm curious what they think of cell phone signals then then.
It's a good question. I don't think I've seen any interviews with one of these people where it was brought up. I wouldn't be surprised if they're also "a cause" of problems.

I really, really don't understand why some people have such a problem admitting "We don't know why this happens."
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
3. Re: Morning Safety Dance Dec 14, 2015, 10:44 Stormsinger
 
Wifi allergists...the next form of anti-vaxxers. It doesn't matter that it can be demonstrated that they cannot tell whether a router is actually on or not. They're absolutely sure it's the wifi signal causing their problems.

I understand that losing a child is a horrible, horrible thing. But it doesn't justify delusional beliefs that have been absolutely disproven.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 9, 2015, 10:11 Stormsinger
 
Based on their website, Virtual Desktop allows you to play videos from YouTube, and look at photos. Yeah, even for free, that's a bit underwhelming.
 
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