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Signed On May 21, 2000, 15:34
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News Comments > Elite Dangerous May Drop Win32 and DX10
18. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 20, 2016, 00:20 Tom
 
Yes, I was talking about this post to their forums, which they did not get right. And you can call it nitpicking, but actually dropping the real Win32 is possible (but extremely ill-advised) in the current tech climate. The alternative is called UWP and it's VERY controversial.

Dropping support for 32-bit Windows is a minor announcement. Braben claims only 0.5% of players would be affected. Dropping support for Win32 would be huge. 100% of players would be affected. It's an enormous difference and they should get it right.
 
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News Comments > Elite Dangerous May Drop Win32 and DX10
14. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 19, 2016, 23:15 Tom
 
Frontier is so inept, it doesn't surprise me they confuse Win32 with 32-bit Windows. Win32 is the name of a set of APIs going back 20 years. These APIs are used whether you're targeting 32-bit or 64-bit Windows. Just plug Win32 into Wikipedia and see what comes up.

If only Braben would hire some competent people to run things over there... UGH.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
11. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 17, 2016, 22:05 Tom
 
Simon Says wrote on Sep 17, 2016, 19:30:
He never ran to Russia, get your facts straight please. He saw his travel privileges revoked and was stuck in Russia when on the way to Ecuador and he is still stuck like Assange is stuck in the Ecuadorian embassy in the UK.
This bit is so conveniently and consistently ignored by the anti-Snowden folks. Ignorance or malice?
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 14, 2016, 04:59 Tom
 
As usual, people like to pretend the "acceptable ads" in ABP are mandatory. They're not. You just uncheck a box and you will never see any of this. ABP even points you towards the setting when you install it. It takes all of 5 seconds to uncheck the box.

If ABP ever takes away this option, then they will be deserving of all the rage. Until then, you just look like idiots.
 
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News Comments > VR Funhouse Mod Editor
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 2, 2016, 03:10 Tom
 
Pr()ZaC wrote on Sep 1, 2016, 21:27:
I know enough about "the history of drivers", as I started coding on a VIC-20 at home. Good old BASIC days. Cry
Me too. VIC-20 FTW!
 
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 30, 2016, 20:20 Tom
 
The history of tech is littered with the corpses of those who dreamed big with their head in the clouds, dabbling in things that seem like they could be great but in reality have various practical down-to-earth low-level problems that need to be addressed.

It takes a substantial level of compromise and discipline to reign in scope and ambition and do the hard, un-sexy work needed to make something REAL. Something that functions in the real world and does its job the way people expect it to.

At some point the rubber has to meet the road. Someone's got to roll up their sleeves and make it happen. If you watch any of this guy's videos and pay attention to his thought processes, you can tell it's not his way. He's an idea guy, a dreamer, not a practical get-it-done guy.

He should've recognized this weakness and teamed up with the right person (or people) to complement his skills. But for whatever reasons, he persisted on going it alone. Hopefully others will learn from this.
 
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News Comments > Zenimax vs Oculus Heats Up
26. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 23, 2016, 05:00 Tom
 
wtf_man wrote on Aug 22, 2016, 20:30:
When you code for a company, the shit is automatically theirs. That's part of your employment agreement. You have to explicitly get permission to work on something on the side that they can't claim as theirs. (like making a little commercial app that has nothing to do with the company's business, nor competes against the company).
This depends on the contract. In 20+ years of getting paid to write code, I've always managed to avoid signing a contract including such language. I have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to companies attempting to own or control what I create outside of work.
 
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News Comments > DCS: Bf 109 K-4 Kurfürst Takes Off
11. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 21, 2016, 19:26 Tom
 
The larger instruments like the altimeter are readable at a glance. Smaller ones, particularly small text/numbers, may require leaning closer in order to read. The HUD text is readable now.

You can also make that stuff more readable by increasing the supersampling. For the Rift, there's a pixel density slider in the DCS config GUI. For the Vive, you have to edit some config file that affects all SteamVR games.

Personally I use the default level of supersampling and it's fine. I'm still using a GTX 780 though. If I had a 1080 I'd crank it up.
 
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News Comments > Minecraft Oculus Rift Support
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 16, 2016, 01:04 Tom
 
If you own the original Java version of Minecraft then you can get the Windows 10 version for free. Worked for me, anyway. Performance with the Rift is good. And no Java. That's a good thing in my book.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 14, 2016, 20:40 Tom
 
You mean "with a keyboard and mouse"? It's normally possible to use a PS4 controller or the like on a PC.  
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News Comments > Rocket League Adding Rumble Mode
9. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 8, 2016, 18:45 Tom
 
I love this game to death, but only the main Rocket League maps/gameplay. All of the custom stuff has been meh at best for me. As long as they don't screw up the main game I'm fine with them experimenting though.  
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News Comments > New Titan X Released
19. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 2, 2016, 19:09 Tom
 
Titan has always been about paying a lot more for a little more power, to be at the top end. So what? Obviously there's demand for it. I've seen countless specs on PC builds that list one or more Titan cards.

Plot performance vs. value for all these cards and choose where you're comfortable at given what you want to do and how much money you want to spend. It's pretty easy and it's been like this for about as long as GPUs have existed.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Safety Dance
13. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 1, 2016, 05:21 Tom
 
What do they use to power the slow machines, a 6502?  
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News Comments > Sunday Safety Dance
8. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 31, 2016, 21:51 Tom
 
I've been using chipped credit cards for a while. It's always been chip-and-signature. I have PINs set but I've never been prompted to enter them. It's always either a signature or nothing at all, just like with the mag-stripe-only cards except I have to insert the card instead of swipe. This has been the case using US cards in both the US and Japan.

Transactions involving card insertion take noticeably longer. It definitely slows down lines at busy restaurants and retail stores, and the duration is variable. It's not too bad at some places, whereas at other places it seems to take forever. In all cases it's slower than swiping.

Speaking of swiping, there are a lot of places that have user-facing card readers that clearly allow insertion of the card, yet only swiping works. Subway, for example. Sometimes places will put a sign on the reader or proactively tell me I need to swipe beforehand, but other times I go to insert the card and then they tell me. It's really annoying. They have the new equipment. Why doesn't it work? They don't know and neither do I.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
34. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 31, 2016, 19:43 Tom
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Jul 31, 2016, 10:17:
Better guide here if you do not want to automate login but just get rid of the lock screen only:

http://windows.wonderhowto.com/how-to/disable-lock-screen-windows-10-0162965/

Thanks. I already got rid of the lock screen, but I mistakenly thought Group Policy was the only way to do it. This latest article says they're preventing owners of editions other than Education and Enterprise from using Group Policy to disable the lock screen. Fortunately there's also a way to disable it via a registry entry. They'd better not disable that too.

The stupid "swipe" style lock screen should be disabled by default on desktop PCs. If they can't have the decency to do that, there should be an easy to use setting to disable it. What is the point of it? Really. A lock screen is there to prevent accidental inputs on a phone or tablet which is stowed in a pocket or bag or something. A desktop computer is not a phone or tablet.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
24. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 31, 2016, 08:57 Tom
 
The lock screen is completely retarded on a desktop PC. I can't understand why they want to force people to use that crap.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 29, 2016, 18:37 Tom
 
Great phone OS, terrible app support. MS bungled things at just about every turn, as is their custom. They bought Skype and after years and years it still doesn't run half as good on WP as it does on Android. Super slow, buggy, relatively no features.

MS continues their downward spiral.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
5. Re: Morning Interviews Jun 22, 2016, 18:29 Tom
 
I think this project has made quite a substantial contribution to the ruining of the credibility of the crowdfunding concept. Well done, Inafune!  
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News Comments > Into the Black
4. Re: Into the Black Jun 20, 2016, 23:02 Tom
 
Pigeon wrote on Jun 20, 2016, 21:38:
If they're going to claim video games and other media cause violence, can I claim day time talk shows cause stupidity? At least video games don't try to pass fictitious entertainment off as reality.
Yes, you can claim whatever you want to claim, just like them. But the difference is, they got you to watch their stupid claims. You bowed to their will. They achieved exactly what they set out to achieve. You would do well to remember that.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
2. Re: edge experiment Jun 20, 2016, 22:43 Tom
 
I'd rather waste battery than use a Microsoft web browser... energy well spent.  
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