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Signed On May 21, 2000, 15:34
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News Comments > On the Legality of "Code Stripping"
6. Re: On the Legality of Jul 31, 2014, 17:44 Tom
Yeah, people very conveniently forget that the cost of living varies throughout the world when the topic of pricing for digital goods is discussed. The software I develop is sold online but the price is the same for people all over the world. This effectively makes it a great bargain for people in the US but a huge expense for people in poorer countries. It's unfortunate and I don't like it. Imagine if the tables were turned and instead of having it cost you 4 hours pay to buy a game, it cost 20 hours pay - doing the same kind of work? Of course one can say... sucks to be you, that's the price you pay for living in a poor country, but that's kind of a lousy selfish attitude isn't it?

Of course the business reason of making some money instead of none generally trumps compassion when it comes to setting different prices throughout the world. But in any case, I don't think region-specific pricing is the atrocity people usually make it out to be.
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News Comments > Facepunch Announces Riftlight; Defends Rust
26. Re: Facepunch Announces Riftlight; Defends Rust Jul 28, 2014, 17:52 Tom
Well I got my $20 worth from the game a long time ago, but it sure would've been nice if they'd continued its development at least a little bit more. I don't know about this rewrite. Every time I fire it up I'm appalled by just how awful it is. They had something special going with the original version, a spark that was snuffed out and was never present with the rewrite.

But hey, maybe in another year or two they'll have proved me wrong and the rewrite will be a fun game to play. We'll see.

Scott Manley's video on The Long Dark was surprisingly compelling. That looks like it might actually be a pretty cool survival game. Single player only, but that may actually be more of a benefit than a drawback. I never imagined I'd like a survival game until a friend got me to play Rust, and now another one is on my radar... so at least I can thank em for that.
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News Comments > DCS: F-86F Sabre Pre-purchases
6. Re: DCS: F-86F Sabre Pre-purchases Jul 27, 2014, 22:00 Tom
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Jul 27, 2014, 14:32:
There you go! Be warned, it's not a read for the faint of heart, but it is THE textbook on fighter combat.

Thanks! I shall study this.

CJ_Parker wrote on Jul 27, 2014, 19:28:
It's getting a little weird when choppers (Blackshark, Huey etc.), the P-51 Mustang, the soon-to-be-released FW 190, the F-86 and modern jets like the Su-25, A-10, F-15 and maybe upcoming F-16, F-18, F-22, F-35 etc. are all operating within the same campaign theater.

I don't see what is so weird about this. DCS is a hardcore sim, of the sandbox variety where you have to make your own fun for the most part. They give you the tools to do what is of interest to you. DCS has no law that says the P-51 must do battle with the A-10 and F-15 over the skies of Georgia. If you use your imagination just a little bit, there's plenty of freedom to do what you want.

Would it be nice to have more terrain? More ground units? More planes? Sure. But there's plenty to do with what's there now.
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News Comments > DCS: F-86F Sabre Pre-purchases
1. Re: DCS: F-86F Sabre Pre-purchases Jul 27, 2014, 14:11 Tom
Belsimtek has delivered once again with this module. I've spent some time with it this weekend and it's a nice plane, well implemented. Interesting to see what life is like in the transonic realm. I went through cold start (quite simple), radar-assisted guns, GAR-8 (early Sidewinder missiles), and took it supersonic in a dive from 45,000 feet. It was exciting to join a multiplayer server and fly the waypoints, searching for enemies, checking my six, even though I have little idea how to successfully engage other planes.  
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News Comments > Areal Funded; Putin a Backer?
3. Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer? Jul 20, 2014, 12:40 Tom
That letter is a riot!  
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News Comments > Into the Black
9. Re: Into the Black Jul 19, 2014, 16:20 Tom
Still got it after all these years... go Weird Al!
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News Comments > Morning Screenshots
11. Re: Morning Screenshots Jul 18, 2014, 20:32 Tom
CJ_Parker wrote on Jul 18, 2014, 11:04:
Worthless unless they add what framerates they were getting at 4K. With everything maxed it musta been a slideshow. nVidia and AMD really need to get their asses in motion.

Not worthless, and they weren't running at 4K. The last major release added a high-res screenshot key that lets you run at your regular resolution but it takes a 4K screenshot. Probably uses tiled rendering or some such. Good for making pretty screenshots. They had a little competition where Braben selected a winner. You can see it in the latest newsletter.
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
10. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 18, 2014, 00:01 Tom
Beamer wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 18:46:
Tom wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 17:59:
It's like there's a competition among corporate suits to see who can sound the douchiest.

You understand it's the corporate communications department, not the executives themselves, writing these messages, and they're doing it heavily under the eye of legal, right?

Yeah, even if the execs didn't write a word of it, the words are still attributed to them. If they can't even take responsibility for the words coming out of their mouths, how are they supposed to take responsibility for anything more important (i.e. virtually everything else imaginable)? Oh right, they don't...

And by the way, I'm totally fine with a company firing people, even a gazillion people due to horrid mismanagement. There's no guarantee that a job is going to exist forever - quite the opposite, really, and these folks surely must've seen the writing on the wall unless they had their heads firmly planted in the sand. Getting fired like that is an opportunity to find work at a company that is NOT horribly mismanaged, which is likely to improve that person's quality of life in the long run.

But if you're going to fire people, let's call it what it is. The "tired euphemisms" serve only to antagonize, especially the affected employees I'm sure. Do they have any benefit or positive effect on anyone? Maybe fanboys, who will believe anything and everything and spin the worst news as the best thing ever, but screw them. For the rest of us, just say you're eliminating redundancies to cut costs and maximize profits. What's wrong with being honest, upfront, and to the point?
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 17, 2014, 17:59 Tom
I like Elop's take on it:

"We plan to right-size our manufacturing operations to align to the new strategy and take advantage of integration opportunities."

It's like there's a competition among corporate suits to see who can sound the douchiest.
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 15, 2014, 23:43 Tom
A keyboard without a numeric keypad? No thanks.

Also, these things use "brown Kailh switches" which are a shameless Chinese copy of Cherry MX Browns.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
13. Re: Evening Metaverse Jul 15, 2014, 23:27 Tom
This Comcast thing raises an interesting question. Did the employee realize he was getting trolled? If so, did he intentionally play along? I can certainly imagine someone in such a position hating the job enough to use the company's own policies against them.

Personally the worst customer service experience I've had has been with trying to cancel EarthLink cable Internet service. Since it somehow both was and was not part of Time Warner Cable, it took several phone calls to figure out who really had the authority to do anything. Twice, I got transferred to the same utterly unhelpful woman who wouldn't even let me finish my first sentence before transferring me back to the same department that transferred me to her in the first place. Ahhh... I finally did get someone who was very nice and helpful, but not before 2 hours of my evening had been wasted on the phone.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
14. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 14, 2014, 18:01 Tom
Sorry but AI !@#$ing sucks and people have ALWAYS been saying how better AI is just around the corner. All we need is another order of magnitude or two (or ten?) of computing power .... no, sorry. Not believing it anymore. The real bottlenecks for AI are human ingenuity and motivation, as is the case with most technologies. I don't see how VR is going to help make AI agents useful or compelling AT ALL given their traditional severe limitations that have nothing to do with VR.

The true compelling thing about VR, in my opinion, is the concept of presence. Not just looking at a screen, but feeling like you are there, with peripheral vision and the proper sense of scale and speed. This is of most immediate benefit to vehicle simulations but there will be plenty of other great applications. Although the vehicle simulation applications alone would be enough to make it a tremendously useful technology - see TrackIR as an example.
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News Comments > MS Flight Simulator X for Steam This Year; "New Concepts" Coming
12. Re: MS Flight Simulator X for Steam This Year; Jul 9, 2014, 22:47 Tom
FlightGear! Oh man. I tried that maybe 2 years ago. Saw the web site and thought "this might be cool". Installed it. Was blown away by how bad it was. Uninstalled with extreme prejudice.  
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News Comments > Limit Theory Delayed
11. Re: Limit Theory Delayed Jul 4, 2014, 22:15 Tom
Making systems and tech is great, but in order to release a game you need to create gameplay that is fun. If he can't do that, he should work with someone who can. This is a big problem with one-man operations. I've watched almost all of his videos. Unless he gets someone else on board, I doubt the end result is going to be very fun. That would be unfortunate. A lot of wasted potential.

Of course, he could also pull things together and actually make a game out of this. It's not impossible. I'll continue to follow along and see what happens.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 3, 2014, 15:53 Tom
I thought the "end of a company" article was going to be about Aereo. Meh.  
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
2. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Jun 28, 2014, 22:56 Tom
Uh huh... that's some brilliant logic right there. You know, have you ever considered a job as a patent examiner?  
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News Comments > DCS: Fw 190 D-9 Dora Preorders
6. Re: DCS: Fw 190 D-9 Dora Preorders Jun 26, 2014, 22:38 Tom
The TF-51D is also free. Basically a P-51D without weapons and rear fuel tank. That's a whole lot of sim for not having to pay anything!  
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News Comments > DCS: Fw 190 D-9 Dora Preorders
2. Re: DCS: Fw 190 D-9 Dora Preorders Jun 26, 2014, 19:32 Tom
I'm in much the same boat. I'm really, REALLY looking forward to seeing what DCS is going to be like in the DK2. I have high expectations but no illusions about the difficulty of seeing small, distant objects, and reading small text in the cockpit. I'm guessing zoom is not a great thing to be messing with while in the Rift, and I use it quite a bit even on a 2560x1440 monitor.

Ahhh DK2, hurry up and get here.
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News Comments > More Crytek Rumors
33. Re: More Crytek Rumors Jun 24, 2014, 17:55 Tom
Um hello, these are people working in the GAME INDUSTRY, not exactly the pinnacle of stability is it? And we're talking about a once-great company that has served up crappy games for years now. I'm pretty sure it's not a huge shock to any of those employees that the company is missing payroll and probably toast. Sure, they have the right to be upset and gripe about it. But when it comes to making mortgage payments and stuff, that is 100% on the employee. Be a responsible adult and have some savings to fall back on, and find another job if you don't like how things are going at your current one.

This talk about how the company owners should sell their personal stuff to try to make payroll is stupid on so many levels. First, it's not sustainable. Second, a couple of Ferraris is probably a tiny drop in the bucket compared to what is needed to make payroll for hundreds of employees. Third, say they do loan the company their personal money, what exactly do you think that's going to accomplish? Do you really think the company just needs that little extra bit to squeak by and then things will be ok? No. A company does not recover from years of mismanagement that way.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
8. Re: Morning Metaverse Jun 16, 2014, 18:08 Tom
Redmask wrote on Jun 16, 2014, 17:05:
No one fucks with Google, they peer with everyone and their services platforms are too massive, I bet a huge chunk of Comcast related properties make money on Google services. The retaliation would fuck up even Comcasts world. Netflix was a prime target because they need edge CDN placement, Google doesn't need it and would laugh at Comcast slowing down their traffic, they could do much worse to them which would have major financial impact.

So why is Google having to play the name and shame game then?
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