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Signed On Jul 4, 2007, 21:44
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News Comments > Sunday Interviews
1. removed Mar 26, 2017, 23:11 NewMaxx
 
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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
5. Re: Hardware Reviews Mar 25, 2017, 12:44 NewMaxx
 
NetHead wrote on Mar 24, 2017, 19:41:
lol This reminds me of arguments/lectures in shop trying to explain to people that single/double sided RAM is not the issue (many confused double sided as 2 ranks, because that's how it first started, I think, for obvious physical reasons, though 2 sided normally just means more than 1 rank total, which is vague and not guaranteed). You can have 2+ ranks on one side, and one rank could theoretically span both sides (don't know if that's ever been done though).

It can be very confusing - but the bottom-line for consumers is that it doesn't really matter. Ryzen is known for being a bit weird with memory which is why this even comes up for discussion but really, people working with desktops don't need to worry about this.
 
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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
4. Re: Hardware Reviews Mar 25, 2017, 12:25 NewMaxx
 
Single rank is equivalent to having an array (think Excel spreadsheet with columns/rows) with every address laid out, where you're capable of accessing any given cell at any time with the same speed. Dual rank would be the same setup but on two separate sheets, one for each block of memory (half), where you can access only one sheet at a given time. This does mean better performance for single rank as it doesn't have to switch sheets/ranks, but dual-rank can switch ranks while doing other operations (read/write). This can lead to performance increases because if needed data is already in one of the open pages (a "hit") you can avoid a second find operation. Results depend on the application but differences aren't huge. There's more overhead with more ranks (hence the lower speed) but the main advantage is to get more memory per channel (density). I wouldn't consider is a huge issue in the consumer space, although generally speaking speed is king.

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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda 4K Trailer
49. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda 4K Trailer Mar 22, 2017, 15:12 NewMaxx
 
Creston wrote on Mar 19, 2017, 17:45:
I've been quite enjoying it so far, except for really frequent hard crashes. Fucking Nvidia driver.

Just FYI, this is a known issue. If you are overclocking your GPU at all you should tone it down. This game is more susceptible to crashes with even the MEA drivers.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Launches
70. Re: Divinity: Original Sin Mini-Delay Mar 22, 2017, 02:25 NewMaxx
 
There's more cringe-worthy dialogue. A lot of it.

One I remember from the ice planet goes something like, hey! They said you were competent but not caring. Your Ryder goes: pfft! hmmph.

I'm serious.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 22, 2017, 00:07 NewMaxx
 
BobBob wrote on Mar 21, 2017, 21:45:
Make sure that contractor has insurance for himself and anyone that works for him, otherwise you can be sued for any onsite injuries. If he can't prove it via official paperwork, don't use him.

Good advice. One of my degrees required some classes in contract law, and you REALLY don't want to mess with liens.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 21, 2017, 21:20 NewMaxx
 
Reminds me of when I moved from my old house. Have a picture of 17 garbage bags (at 50 lbs a piece) on the curb. I remember my neighbor saying the week before that, with 14 bags, would be the record. Ah, how naive.

(and yes I have pictures but not sure where at the moment!)

Did a couple of "got junk" trucks before that, of course. Moving from a long-stay is quite the trial Good luck, Blue!
 
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News Comments > New GeForce Drivers
3. Re: New GeForce Drivers Mar 21, 2017, 10:10 NewMaxx
 
Hmm, the unlock "patch" I downloaded over VPN was in the 45MB range, I think. I was pulling like 250 KB/s over VPN and it took five minutes? Suffice to say it wasn't large enough to hinder me even on a slow ass VPN!

I had the full game pre-loaded from the trial (incl. the 0-day patch) so no problems there!
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Reviews
115. Re: On Sale Mar 21, 2017, 08:48 NewMaxx
 
DarkCntry wrote on Mar 21, 2017, 06:48:
Unlike Steam, EA doesn't penalize the use of VPNs for preload unlocks. A lot of people unlocked at midnight in Korea, which was almost 20 hours ago. I unlocked mine at ~11am PST and have been playing off and on since.

This is true. I have 21 hours played already (from the Trial + VPN unlock) and I didn't even play that hard. I did one session on VPN and then waited until midnight EST before I hit my second. It's possible to beat the game in ~20 hours (from what I hear) although the trial block was pretty early.
 
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News Comments > New GeForce Drivers
1. Re: New GeForce Drivers Mar 21, 2017, 08:14 NewMaxx
 
Woohoo, a driver for Mass Effect: Agenda!

(I kid, I kid)

Been playing the full thing since yesterday thanks to my VPN. So far, so good, although like many newer titles it plays significantly better in fullscreen than borderless.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Reviews
13. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda Reviews Mar 20, 2017, 10:39 NewMaxx
 
Just finished the trial (entire romp will be up on my YT channel) and I'll be holding on to my pre-order (and actually playing it soon - VPN unlocks in 20 minutes). I'd say the reviews (avg 7.5 so far) are pretty spot-on: a bit above average but nothing to write home about. For fans of the ME universe and those who enjoy the combat (I rather like it so far), it's a smidgen better than that. I do think some of the controversy swirling around about this title has hurt it but the guy who said basically "DA:I in space" is pretty close. I enjoyed DA:I so I expect to enjoy this - but I don't think it'll last in memory or win any awards.  
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News Comments > etc.
38. Re: etc. Mar 20, 2017, 09:15 NewMaxx
 
The Half Elf wrote on Mar 20, 2017, 06:14:
I heard of it but never looked it up. Why?

It was another case of misogyny/bullying in gaming related to the perceived ineptitude of the target (Raymond was accused of being chosen for her looks rather than talent). It's relevant to the discussion. As far as my saying "look it up" - my point was that it's very difficult to find, now, largely due to backlash from Ubisoft and others. For the record the target here is actually sufficiently talented according to a source/friend who posted over at [H].
 
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36. Re: etc. Mar 20, 2017, 06:08 NewMaxx
 
The Half Elf wrote on Mar 19, 2017, 23:24:
Assassin's Creed released Nov 13th 2007 (the 1st one and most of the series in the franchise) has had an AMAZING set of very fluid animations over all sorts of terrain. Riding horses, climbing walls, parkour, moving through crowds, etc. Again BACK IN 2007.

Interesting that you mention Assassin's Creed. Anybody else remember the infamous Jade Raymond comic? (for an added bonus, try to find it using a Google search)
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Early Access
65. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda Early Access Mar 19, 2017, 22:43 NewMaxx
 
Creston wrote on Mar 19, 2017, 17:46:
Ah, okay. The entire concept of an FTL sensor is inane, but I'll accept a Magical McSpaceGuffin. :)

It's explained by a specific person (Suvi) after a specific question - honestly I was surprised when the topic was brought up. I remembered your post on here about it and laughed a little! It seems like it ends up as part of the Codex, too. Unfortunately YouTube in their infinite wisdom again removed the specific title for MEA so once more my upload broke...sigh...but I'll have the spoken part soon.

*edit* here's the relevant bit

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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Early Access
63. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda Early Access Mar 19, 2017, 16:31 NewMaxx
 
Creston wrote on Mar 18, 2017, 13:25:
There's also a pretty massive plothole in the early storyline. They're saying that the reason the golden planets aren't what they thought they were anymore because they are going by data that's 600 years old, and the Kett clearly moved in 3 to 400 years ago.

But that idea of 600 year old data is ridiculous, because they've also explicitly said that they determined the golden planets by examining the light from the stars and its interactions with surrounding planets, and from that made determinations on the viability of said planets. So then, of course, they were not working with 600 year old data, but with 2.5 MILLION year old data.

This is actually explained. I have the full spoken explanation in my latest video which I'm posting this evening, I'll come back and link to that part. If you don't care for that and just want a "tl;dr" for now: Geth technology allows for a FTL sensor.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Swapping DX12 for Vulkan
16. Re: Star Citizen Swapping DX12 for Vulkan Mar 19, 2017, 13:18 NewMaxx
 
HoSpanky wrote on Mar 19, 2017, 12:21:
Was pleasantly surprised that this thread is focused on the delay tactic.

I find this funny because I'd been in the unenviable position of having, let's say, friends with addictions, who all tend to be notorious for their "delay tactics." Borrowed some money? Well once I sell my skateboard and BMX collection...but with eBay being what it is, it might be a while...oh wait I need the money for rent first...I'll get back to you! Reminds me exactly of that, haha.

Obligatory: https://youtu.be/7k3rDSai8WU?t=7
 
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21. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 19, 2017, 06:52 NewMaxx
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Mar 18, 2017, 15:41:
but it wasn't white people who came here against their will in chains, to serve as chattel slaves, and then to be freed only to face lynchings and Jim Crow, and it wasn't white people who were driven from their lands and nearly hunted to extinction in the name of the "Progress of Civilization" and "Manifest Destiny".

Whites were hardly the only people who engaged in the slave trade - natives and Muslims had a massive hand in it (and it was also outright tradition for their societies in warfare), and that's ignoring the rampant slavery that went on in all parts of the world throughout history (if not on the same scale - although proportionate to populations it did happen). Reconstruction was a disaster - it would be almost a century between the end of the American Civil War and the Civil Rights Act - but "elite" blacks were even worse than their white peers. Read Pakenham's The Scramble for Africa, the entire Oxford History of the United States series, and books about the colonial period (The Great Game et al.); it's pretty eye-opening. For example, a large part of continued slavery in the U.S. was due to Britain's market controls, not terribly unlike how we leveraged cheap labor in China. Yes, the Brits were largely white (and believed in white supremacy for a great time after outlawing slavery), but that's besides the point.

About 90-95% of Native Americans died to disease before a single English colonist had even set foot in the New World. They were hardly peaceful people to begin with, anyway. Mann's two works, 1491 and 1493 dovetail nicely with In the Hands of the Great Spirit on this subject. Again, pretty much a disaster, as for example the Oxford series follows Andrew Jackson's outright atrocities. On the other hand, these peoples were divisive and usually more racist against their peers than the whites (as with the Creoles) - especially against "half-breeds." The point I'm making in both cases is that racism was never limited to whites (check out modern events under Mugabe et al.). It's popular today to paint Columbus as a lying monster (which in many respects is an over-reaction given his time), and yes Iberians and Italians are white - but both actually had a lot of influence from previous Islamic cultures (southern parts of both countries). The Pursuit of Italy and Imperial Spain are good on the subject.

As for using "their dominance to exploit and oppress certain minority races and religious and ethnic groups" - yeah, peoples of all ethnicities did this throughout history, the Ottoman Empire being a strong example. This is a more sticky subject but Crowley's 1453 is a good start. It's en vogue today to have historical revisionism where the good guys become bad and the bad guys become good, but there's really no sugarcoating the fact that of the hundreds of civilizations I've read about, 99% were genocidal assholes at one time or another (look up modern genocides - since and including the 20th century), and slave-mongers to the core. Putting white people on a separate standard because they "won" some sort of cultural or technological race is intrinsically fallacious. Just consider the caste system in India (Keay's India is a good read). If humans are all truly the same with no racial factor, then it's safe to say we're all equally assholes if put in the same position.

Hey, I get what you're saying, and I actually agree with you on some level. It's definitely not an equivalency as advocates for minority races are inherently at a disadvantage. It's just that these things tend to fish-tail as with revolutions and counter-revolutions; it's dangerous to make exceptions when your rallying cry is supposed to be equality. Jesus, Gandhi, and King, to name a few, were the ones to have the right modern approach, and all three would roll in their graves (figuratively speaking) at reading the bullshit from this ex-BioWare dev. He's spouting hate for hate's sake as if that somehow will improve his lot. This is a pretty black and white case - nothing like the great globalism vs. nationalism debate taking place around the world - and while I'm proud to be white, I'm more proud to be an inclusive United States citizen. Hate is the destroyer.

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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda 4K Trailer
40. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda 4K Trailer Mar 19, 2017, 06:14 NewMaxx
 
Quinn wrote on Mar 19, 2017, 00:40:
That doesn't mean neutral. Fuck neutral.

Tell my wife..."hello."
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda 4K Trailer
17. Re: On Sale Mar 18, 2017, 08:35 NewMaxx
 
NKD wrote on Mar 18, 2017, 02:06:
Official Bioware stance is that the reason for a lack of paler skin options is a limitation with their head scanning tech. There's a limit to how pale they can make the skin before they get artifacting or something.

This is at least partially accurate (from a technological standpoint), the problem I have with that explanation is that if they're willing to be so careful to avoid visual blemishes then what the hell happened with facial expressions/animations, raw physical quality, etc.? It's like they went to great efforts to avoid "too white" causing issues but then shrugged their shoulders when everything else looked ridiculous. Honestly it reminds me of the few times I've been in charge of teams and someone comes up to me saying their code doesn't allow for something - and I'm like, well, why the F did you code it that way then? Go fix it, I'm not going to change the parameters of the entire project to fit something that's obviously limited from the get go. There's poor management somewhere here and I think that's the real story.
 
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