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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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News Comments > Overwatch Roadmap
3. Re: Overwatch Roadmap Jun 15, 2016, 21:40 Tom
 
Odd, it's always worked flawlessly for me. And it makes it incredibly easy to play with a group of friends together. More than any other FPS I've ever played. You can join a group even while they're playing, spectate, and then when they finish a round it'll automatically find a new server so everyone can play together as a group. It's totally effortless. Seems like most FPS games make you fight tooth and nail to play together, and then you still end up stuck on opposite teams half the time.  
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News Comments > Rocket League Neo Tokyo This Month
3. Re: Rocket League Neo Tokyo This Month Jun 11, 2016, 15:44 Tom
 
Geez, you weren't kidding. Masterful.

I daresay they're ... firing on all (4) cylinders here.
 
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News Comments > Rocket League Soars Past $110M
3. Re: Rocket League Soars Past $110M Jun 1, 2016, 23:32 Tom
 
They deserve every penny. With Overwatch and all this cool VR stuff happening, I still find myself wanting to play Rocket League more than anything.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
3. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Apr 23, 2016, 10:31 Tom
 
Tachikoma wrote on Apr 23, 2016, 05:28:
In any rate, UK is not perfect by any means but calling it an Orwellian nightmare by somebody from the good ol` US of A is a borderline farce. Lol...dude...have some perspective. I don`t have to worry about getting thrown in jail/shot on sight for small possession, jaywalking, or in general being alive. The cops are actually helpful most of the time.
Do you believe everything you see online?
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 21, 2016, 20:22 Tom
 
Another claim of new vastly superior battery technology that will never see the light of day... *yawn*  
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News Comments > The Assembly This Summer
1. Re: The Assembly This Summer Apr 8, 2016, 20:17 Tom
 
Dang it, I was hoping it was this Assembly in VR. Or at least this one.  
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News Comments > Rocket League Hoops Mode Next Month
4. Re: Rocket League Hoops Mode Next Month Mar 31, 2016, 07:08 Tom
 
This game is so awesome. Still totally loving it after playing it to death. Always new and fun stuff happening. And the devs just get it. They will no doubt continue to be showered in mountains of cash as a reward for that.  
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News Comments > P.O.L.L.E.N Next Month
2. Re: P.O.L.L.E.N Next Month Mar 31, 2016, 06:56 Tom
 
If they can hit that date, they oughta do well. The Rift might actually start shipping to a significant number of people by then.  
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News Comments > EVE: Valkyrie and Gunjack for Oculus Rift Launch
9. Re: EVE: Valkyrie and Gunjack for Oculus Rift Launch Mar 29, 2016, 06:27 Tom
 
El Pit wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 04:13:
Hm... 6 to 8 years, and the vr hype will be gone, just like 3d. Both have their merits, but it comes down to software/movies using the new technique cleverly instead of just doing a cheap conversion/programming job to sell each ticket/game license for a few $$$ more.
Yes, the VR hype will be gone, just like the 3D hardware acceleration hype is gone. Did people say "oh, 3D hardware acceleration is nice, but it's just a gimmick - we're going to go back to CPU-based rendering now"? I don't think so.

VR is an absolute game-changer for cockpit sims. Racing, flight, space, mech. I can never go back to a monitor and TrackIR setup for those sorts of experiences.

Are there other games where VR is kind of tacked on or forced? Sure. But that doesn't mean it's any less mind-blowing for cockpit sims.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
3. Re: Into the Black Mar 11, 2016, 21:08 Tom
 
AlexSledge wrote on Mar 11, 2016, 20:46:
Cutter wrote on Mar 11, 2016, 19:36:
Now, if she could just convince him to stop...
...making movies.

All fixed.
Yes please. And yet if it wasn't JJ, it'd probably be even worse eh?
 
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News Comments > Serious Sam Engine Released
1. Re: Serious Sam Engine Released Mar 11, 2016, 20:53 Tom
 
Good for these guys. This is a generous and courageous act that should be praised.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 10, 2016, 18:29 Tom
 
The consumer version of the Oculus Rift (CV1) does not represent the bare minimum for acceptable VR. In my opinion, DK2 was close in many ways. With a little better ergonomics and maybe less screen door, they could've sold DK2 as CV1, and would've if it hadn't been for the FB buyout. The 75 fps of DK2 is plenty sufficient thanks to the low persistence. CV1 is going to be 90 fps which is overkill to be on the safe side in my opinion.

I think Playstation VR can definitely be lower quality than CV1 in many ways and still be a great success.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 9, 2016, 19:59 Tom
 
Never install software from a sizable hardware company, if you can avoid it. It's almost always terrible stuff.  
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