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Signed On Jul 5, 2007, 06:49
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance

4. Re: Morning Safety Dance Aug 5, 2019, 12:10 headkase
 
Bill Borre wrote on Aug 5, 2019, 11:08:
I think the problem is deeper than that. This has been going on so long now but no one discusses the elephant in the room. The system we have is ineffective at representing the will of the people.

America is suffering from systemic regulatory capture. Read about that idea. Then on top of it, read about oligarchy, and plutocracy. America arguably, not what they say but what they do, falls into both those categories as well.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance

1. Re: Morning Safety Dance Aug 5, 2019, 10:49 headkase
 
Don't let the lies about video games causing gun violence confuse you. It will always be anything but the guns themselves. Republicans are in the pocket of the NRA and they will throw up any old bullshit-screen to distract from the real point that guns make killing people very efficient and therefore should be regulated.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits

9. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 29, 2019, 19:42 headkase
 
Not required until 2023? Good, I'll wait until then before I buy into a first-generation technology and instead get better value for my money when it becomes mainstream along with a second or third generation process.  
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News Comments > Get SOMA Free on GOG.com

13. Re: Get SOMA Free on GOG.com Dec 28, 2018, 15:48 headkase
 
With a little imagination of your own SOMA is a rich world in its story and backdrop.  
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News Comments > New Steam Play Expands Linux Support

9. Re: New Steam Play Expands Linux Support Aug 22, 2018, 10:25 headkase
 
Trashy wrote on Aug 22, 2018, 10:16:
Feeling pretty mixed on this, for one it may get some games I want to play on Linux that I couldn't otherwise. But it also means developers may stop making native Linux clients.

I hear you but consider that if more legacy games are available for Linux then likely more gamers would use it and if more gamers use it then Linux ports are actually more likely.

Developers will also be able to see if you're running their game through Proton so that can provide much more accurate feedback for them too. I'm paraphrasing that bit, I know I read elsewhere - and can't find it now - that if your playtime in a Windows game is mostly under Linux then the developer will see that credited to them as a Linux sale, even if it's the Windows version. I'm sure this point will become more clear over the next while.
 
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News Comments > New Steam Play Expands Linux Support

7. Re: New Steam Play Expands Linux Support Aug 22, 2018, 10:16 headkase
 
This could be a tipping-point for Linux adoption. I don't really see this as discouraging new native Linux games but rather I see it as bringing all those legacy games that would never have had a Linux version to Linux anyway.

I'm running Linux now (Arch Linux), I don't have Windows any more, and using a program called Lutris ( https://lutris.net/ ) I'm able to run triple-A games with minimal fuss. I'm running Prey 2017, DOOM 2016, Skyrim Special Edition, Fallout 4, etc. with it.

What makes this notable for myself is that I'm using the open-source AMDGPU drivers for my R9 380 4GB. And the above games actually run well enough with that to be fully playable - that's amazing.
 
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News Comments > GOG.com Says FCK DRM

9. Re: GOG.com Says FCK DRM Aug 21, 2018, 14:53 headkase
 
Ages ago I bought Crysis 2 on Steam before EA had their hissy fit and removed it from that catalog. They brought it back eventually (but not 3) but it was under a different application ID in the catalog - the version I own can not be bought any more, just the new version. The version I have comes with a limited number of activations. I tried to start it one day and it wouldn't work saying they had all been used up. I know I could have jumped through hoops to get more activations as a reward for actually buying the game but I didn't care enough to do so. A quick download of a cracked executable later I was able to play the game I bought again. That was faster to satisfy the whim of playing it again as that was all I wanted.  
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News Comments > New AMD Drivers

2. Re: New AMD Drivers May 24, 2018, 13:17 headkase
 
ForgedReality wrote on May 24, 2018, 09:41:
Are these the drivers that finally make AMD hardware competitive?


AMD is competitive. On performance per dollar. That matters to people who aren't leet fanboys.

See: https://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu_value.html
 
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News Comments > We Happy Few Refused Classification in AU

6. Re: We Happy Few Refused Classification in AU May 22, 2018, 13:35 headkase
 
Note to self: purchase We Happy Few when it is done.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits

5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 28, 2018, 13:02 headkase
 
Beamer wrote on Mar 28, 2018, 12:10:
headkase wrote on Mar 28, 2018, 11:47:
I was planning on getting the monthly subscription to Office 365 but am now just going to stay with LibreOffice. Until exactly what is what is understood I can't risk having my Microsoft Account closed - it is my only link to my Windows 10 activation and I'm not taking any chances with that.

I mean, common sense. If Microsoft bans accounts for saying "shit," no one will use the service and Microsoft dies. So it won't happen. What they're trying to prevent is someone putting something truly horrific in Office365 and sharing the link to people without them being able to shut it down. Like if that Nazi group, Afflewartzen or whatever, were to start putting things on Office365, Microsoft will want to kill it.

This gives them the power to.
May they exploit it and take down anyone saying "damn" in an email? Yeah, sure, but if you actually fear that will happen I'm more concerned about you than this TOS.

Here's my situation: I bought Windows 8 Pro, had my product key, took the free upgrade to Windows 10, stupidly thought I'd never need the product key again and threw it away after getting the 10 digital license associated with my Microsoft account. My Microsoft account is in good standing, my digital entitlement is fine, I can reinstall and have done so with no problems with that entitlement. There is no way Microsoft will give me my original product key back, I've tried to ask them, and if my Microsoft account is closed I lose my Windows 10 digital entitlement. Windows drives my 500+ games I've purchased over the last decade or so. So I'd have to buy a new license of Windows or switch to Linux and lose access to 70+% of my game library. Neither alternative is appealing. And I really was sitting on the fence about going for a Office monthly subscription. I didn't really need it but the 1TB OneDrive allotment that would come with it was enticing. Now, I'd have to worry that everything was perfectly legit there too so I'm not going to risk my investments.

Edit: With "perfectly legit" on OneDrive meaning "emulation where even if you wanted to you can't buy the old ROMs for dead systems" gray area.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits

1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 28, 2018, 11:47 headkase
 
I was planning on getting the monthly subscription to Office 365 but am now just going to stay with LibreOffice. Until exactly what is what is understood I can't risk having my Microsoft Account closed - it is my only link to my Windows 10 activation and I'm not taking any chances with that.  
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News Comments > Tomb Raider Remasters Announced

3. Re: Tomb Raider Remasters Announced Mar 11, 2018, 16:45 headkase
 
Oh wow. I know they were awesome in their time but a modern look at the gameplay in both the given videos is just crap-tastic.  
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News Comments > New AMD Drivers

6. Re: Have they fixed the installer? Mar 6, 2018, 13:12 headkase
 
Hanneth wrote on Mar 6, 2018, 13:01:
Most of the time the settings application fails to install.
Sometimes Windows 10 seg faults and reboots in the middle of installing the drivers.
I found a 50% success rate if I uninstalled the drivers, deleted the old drivers install directory, ran the AMD clean-up utility, then manually go into the registry and remove any AMD references.
Up until December's driver I could just download and run the installer.
Up until October I could use the built in update button.
I didn't try the February drivers, as I didn't want to fight with my system to get things working again.

The first thing to do when diagnosing graphics driver problems is to use DDU, Display Driver Uninstaller (no-cost for DDU):

https://www.wagnardsoft.com/

Make sure you follow its instructions to be in safe-mode when doing the initial uninstall. There is a tutorial in the given site, if this is your first time using DDU then make sure to read that before you use the program.

After that, install your AMD drivers as usual and now that the system is known-clean you shouldn't have issues. For every upgrade after that use the AMD "clean install" option for best chances of success.

DDU is a reputable program and is linked often off of the Guru3D forums for AMD drivers:

https://forums.guru3d.com/forums/videocards-amd-radeon-catalyst-drivers-section.46/

If you still have problems after the above then I would suspect compatibility problems for your product and driver or product and other hardware in your system, or hardware failure problems of some sort.

If you have specific problems then posting on the Guru3D AMD driver sub-forum is the best way to get help. When it comes to AMD graphics drivers there aren't many places with the quality of help you'll get there.

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News Comments > New AMD Drivers

3. Re: Have they fixed the installer? Mar 6, 2018, 11:28 headkase
 
Hanneth wrote on Mar 6, 2018, 11:24:
Seriously, doesn't AMD test their installers?
The Adrenaline installer is worse than whatever AMD did to the Radeon installer when they first bought out ATI. The last two times I've installed I was wondering if I had to sacrifice a live chicken to the AMD gods to get things to work.
Exactly what does it do for you? I always do a clean install with AMD's drivers and I *never* have problems.
 
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News Comments > Trump Calls Out Video Games

1. Re: Trump Calls Out Video Games Feb 22, 2018, 19:22 headkase
 
There's nothing wrong with the current ESRB and PEGI rating systems. Not a thing. Most stores enforce them just fine as well. What is stupid is stupid parents letting their kids play M-rated equivalence titles because "they're only games." No freakin' clue what "M" means.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue

5. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 30, 2018, 12:28 headkase
 
"and the kind of extreme cold we've been getting lately is known to cause batteries to die prematurely."

Canadian here. We have what are called "block heaters" on our cars up here in the Frozen North. You basically plug it in to an electrical outlet when the car is parked (and even apartment buildings here each parking stall has an electrical outlet specifically for block heaters) and it keeps the oil-pan warm. So the oil doesn't freeze and then you'll never get the car started. Yes, I live in a frozen wasteland.

Edit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Block_heater
 
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News Comments > Are "Let's Play" Streams Legal?

40. Re: Are Jan 29, 2018, 13:13 headkase
 
No one bit on what I posted previously.

In terms of fair use there is a property of "transformative".

https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/fair-use-what-transformative.html

If the act of playing the game, and it is to be decided by an eventual trial, is "transformative" of the game then it may be fair use.
 
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News Comments > Are "Let's Play" Streams Legal?

5. Re: Are Jan 29, 2018, 11:10 headkase
 
I would say that adding the act of playing the game is transformative. The game would just sit there doing nothing without the unique and never-same input from a player.  
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News Comments > Black Mesa Delayed

9. Re: Black Mesa Delayed Nov 25, 2017, 21:56 headkase
 
I own Black Mesa on Steam. I bought it a sale or two back for cheap. I've been putting off playing it though - I bought it for the price at the time but always with the intent to not play until it was feature complete.

So, delayed or not I still have plenty else to play and I'd rather wait for something better than get something now that was rushed out the door.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits

2. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Nov 19, 2017, 15:57 headkase
 
The SDL MouseMotion error affects at least Amnesia: The Dark Descent and ScummVM. It happens more in full screen than in windowed. When it happens your mouse will randomly warp to one of the corners of the screen, which mucks your look or movement up.

SDL is a popular low-level game development framework. It allows for easier porting between different operating systems for your application.

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