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Re: Command & Conquer Turns 25
Sep 27, 2020, 17:18
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Re: Command & Conquer Turns 25 Sep 27, 2020, 17:18
Sep 27, 2020, 17:18
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Dune 1 is worth checking out at some point. Very unique game. Make sure you have it set up for AdLib music. Its soundtrack was one of the best works to ever target the AdLib and FM synthesis in general. Stephane Picq was a genius. Coming up on 30 years since then... He did an interview earlier this year.
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Re: Epic and Others Form Coalition for App Fairness
Sep 26, 2020, 11:53
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Re: Epic and Others Form Coalition for App Fairness Sep 26, 2020, 11:53
Sep 26, 2020, 11:53
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Yeah it's pretty rich to see Spotify here.

Looking forward to seeing Epic go down in flames on this.
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Sep 25, 2020, 22:38
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Sep 25, 2020, 22:38
Sep 25, 2020, 22:38
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Yes, some serious smoking going on there. $500+ is decidedly NOT a budget card.
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits
Sep 19, 2020, 23:49
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits Sep 19, 2020, 23:49
Sep 19, 2020, 23:49
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Nice little piece on OS/2. An OS ahead of its time. Made me remember this rare demo/ad by Valhalla: https://youtu.be/icGzU3uOvYs?t=93
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Re: Morning Mobilization
Sep 8, 2020, 13:59
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Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 8, 2020, 13:59
Sep 8, 2020, 13:59
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That's one tiny screen.
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Re: Cyberpunk 2077 Not a 200GB Install
Sep 2, 2020, 17:37
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Re: Cyberpunk 2077 Not a 200GB Install Sep 2, 2020, 17:37
Sep 2, 2020, 17:37
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Fion wrote on Sep 2, 2020, 15:25:
Thankfully my provider (Charter) doesn't use data caps, but they are actively exploring them. It's up to my state (NY) on whether they'll allow it because thankfully they are fairly strict about these things. Charter wasn't even allowed to buy our previous top provider without a guaranteed substantial jump in speeds. They delivered on that, but not to the level they were suggestion, because of course.

Data caps are bullshit anyway.
Yeah. The only reason Charter doesn't have data caps is because of a regulator-imposed condition of their merger with Time Warner. A condition that expires May 18, 2023. They've been trying to get it bumped up to May 2021 but haven't succeeded - yet.

https://www.extremetech.com/internet/313684-charter-lies-to-fcc-claims-customers-love-data-caps
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Re: etc., etc.
Aug 26, 2020, 00:26
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Re: etc., etc. Aug 26, 2020, 00:26
Aug 26, 2020, 00:26
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Seems rather wasteful to use a phone in that manner.
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Re: Morning Metaverse
Aug 24, 2020, 13:51
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Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 24, 2020, 13:51
Aug 24, 2020, 13:51
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Which is the more evil organization... Facebook or the Chinese communist party?
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Re: etc.
Aug 20, 2020, 11:54
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Re: etc. Aug 20, 2020, 11:54
Aug 20, 2020, 11:54
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Verno wrote on Aug 20, 2020, 11:45:
Man OK, good to hear I'm not the only one with a problem with the HOTAS X. So mine kept pulling to the left despite re-calibration, I finally got pissed off last night and took the whole thing apart. I put some lubricant on the gimbal and did a few other things, they really use some cheap ass parts inside btw. This fixed it for now but looking at the innards I can tell you these things are made to break, I'm going to be looking for something else.

I tried using an Xbox One controller using Bluetooth but of course its a disaster, loses connection constantly and etc. I'm going to get a Saitek full flight setup I think.
Thrustmaster and Saitek gimbals are cheap junk, unfortunately. If you want something better, it'll cost you upfront but pay for itself in the long run. Check out Virpil.
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Re: etc.
Aug 20, 2020, 11:48
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Re: etc. Aug 20, 2020, 11:48
Aug 20, 2020, 11:48
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"We are working with Microsoft to see if we can improve the download experience"

That would be nice. Believe it or not, it was even worse during the alpha and closed beta. At the last minute they finally fixed it to rape your GPU less while the download is in progress. Before that, one dude on the forum said he left it downloading over DSL for a couple of days and it destroyed his GPU. I believe it because not every GPU out there has adequate cooling for running flat-out 24/7 for days at a time, especially if the case cooling is poor and/or dust has accumulated.
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Aug 18, 2020, 09:27
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Aug 18, 2020, 09:27
Aug 18, 2020, 09:27
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Did anyone actually read the article?

They're talking about rumored pricing for a custom high end AIB that is expected to be at the Titan price point. This is a price point specifically for people who have money to burn. Who cares?
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Re: Microsoft Flight Simulator Reviews
Aug 17, 2020, 20:00
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Re: Microsoft Flight Simulator Reviews Aug 17, 2020, 20:00
Aug 17, 2020, 20:00
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saltedicecream wrote on Aug 17, 2020, 15:45:
With the exception of the Reverb G1, all other VR headsets up to this point required oversampling for distortion correction. E.g. the Index has a 1440x1600 display, but even at 100% supersampling it must be rendered at 2016x2240 for distortion correction. The pixel density on the Reverb G2 is so high that this sort of oversampling is no longer necessary.

Pixel density has nothing to do with the need for distortion correction. Distortion correction corrects for the characteristics of the relatively simple lenses present in all commonly available HMDs since the Rift DK1. It's a matter of geometry. This video explains it well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7qrgrrHry0

So you still need supersampling for distortion correction in order to have the Reverb reach its full clarity potential. But even if you can't do that, you can still come out way ahead of other HMDs including the Index. I run the Reverb G1 with a 1080 and yeah, it would be really nice to upgrade to a more powerful GPU. But with appropriate settings it's possible to achieve good results with this combination of HMD and GPU.
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Re: Evening Metaverse
Aug 12, 2020, 00:59
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Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 12, 2020, 00:59
Aug 12, 2020, 00:59
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Mozilla has been flailing for years. They appear to have lost sight of what made them relevant and successful, tried to branch out into other stuff and failed every time, and have resorted to trying to force unwanted stuff down the throats of their dwindling userbase. At least they're not as obnoxious about it as say, Microsoft/Google/Apple, but it's gotten worse as they've gotten more desperate.

History may one day repeat itself with Chrome taking the place of Internet Explorer, Firefox taking the place of err ... Nutscrape Nadgrator?, and some as yet unknown upstart freeing the masses from Google's tyranny. But it will probably take a while.
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Re: Microsoft Flight Simulator Coming to Steam, Getting VR
Jul 30, 2020, 20:10
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Re: Microsoft Flight Simulator Coming to Steam, Getting VR Jul 30, 2020, 20:10
Jul 30, 2020, 20:10
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BIGtrouble77 wrote on Jul 30, 2020, 18:37:
The NDA must have lifted because everyone is streaming it and talking about it with no reservation. Nothing is baseless as of today.
The NDA has only been lifted for media and certain influencers. It's still in place for alpha/beta testers. So yes, there is more information out there, but it's still limited. And nobody has access to a VR build yet, so speculation about what kind of hardware you'll need to run this decently in VR or how "optimized" the engine is really is premature.
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Re: Microsoft Flight Simulator Coming to Steam, Getting VR
Jul 30, 2020, 17:03
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Re: Microsoft Flight Simulator Coming to Steam, Getting VR Jul 30, 2020, 17:03
Jul 30, 2020, 17:03
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Yeah I'll be upgrading from a day 1 Reverb to the G2. I mainly want the better lenses and adjustable IPD. The thinner cable and better audio would be nice too.

Hey, HP is a big company. They don't just make crappy laptops and printers. Their VR team is actually pretty decent, even if it's taken them a couple of iterations to get to where things need to be. Most importantly, they're the only ones in the industry who dared to go high-res, with the exception of a certain fly-by-night operation I won't name.
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Re: Microsoft Flight Simulator Coming to Steam, Getting VR
Jul 30, 2020, 14:57
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Re: Microsoft Flight Simulator Coming to Steam, Getting VR Jul 30, 2020, 14:57
Jul 30, 2020, 14:57
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You'll hear more from hardcore sim fans once the alpha/beta NDA expires and the thing is released.

Until then, take everything with a grain of salt. There's an awful lot of baseless conjecture going around.

I will say, the community dodged a bullet with this getting released on Steam. The Microsoft Store is just awful.
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Re: Morning Tech Bits
Jul 23, 2020, 16:29
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Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 23, 2020, 16:29
Jul 23, 2020, 16:29
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I got OCZ's first SSD and it sucked so bad I had to fight to return it for a refund. Finally I ended up with a check personally signed by some high-up at the company.

Windows would constantly freeze up for seconds at a time while the drive was unresponsive. Like, can't even move the mouse cursor freeze. They had no idea what they were doing and everyone was having this problem.

What a piece of junk.
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Re: Rocket League Leaving Steam for Epic Games Store; Going F2P
Jul 22, 2020, 10:14
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Re: Rocket League Leaving Steam for Epic Games Store; Going F2P Jul 22, 2020, 10:14
Jul 22, 2020, 10:14
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It may not be dead yet but moves like this do not bode well for its future.

It's the traditional acquire -> destroy pattern.
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Re: Rocket League Leaving Steam for Epic Games Store; Going F2P
Jul 22, 2020, 09:26
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Re: Rocket League Leaving Steam for Epic Games Store; Going F2P Jul 22, 2020, 09:26
Jul 22, 2020, 09:26
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RIP

It was fun in its heyday.
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Re: Microsoft Flight Simulator Next Month
Jul 14, 2020, 10:50
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Re: Microsoft Flight Simulator Next Month Jul 14, 2020, 10:50
Jul 14, 2020, 10:50
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I used the T16000M FCS stick and throttle for a while and can heartily recommend them. Great value. You're going to have to spend hundreds more to get a significant improvement. I've also used the TFRP rudder pedals and they're decent, especially for the price (cost me $60 a few years ago). I don't know of any other lower end rudder pedals that are better. You might also want to consider just using the rudder paddle on the throttle before actually getting rudder pedals - you might not need them. I find rudder pedals most useful for helicopters, managing powerful prop aircraft on takeoff, and general authentic feel.

If you're ever interested in higher end stuff, I can heartily recommend the VPC Mongoos-T50, TM Warthog throttle, and MFG Crosswind rudder pedals based on years of experience with them. In particular, the MFG Crosswind pedals are an incredible value IMO despite the ~$300 price tag.

Whatever you do, don't get the TM Warthog stick unless you're comfortable with the idea of working on its innards. It's heavy metal on the outside but plastic junk on the inside and it tends to wear out after a year or two without modification.
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