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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
6. Re: Morning Consolidation May 31, 2012, 17:49 Tom
There are HUGE issues with cloud gaming that have nothing to do with the speed of your connection. It might take awhile before enough people catch on, but eventually people will realize that it's pretty stupid to have that degree of reliance on a remote server and all the infrastructure between you and it.

Is a poor substitute better than nothing? In some cases, yes, which is why I could see this surviving and serving a useful purpose. But if anyone is thinking this is the ultimate direction for gaming, they're seriously deluded, not thinking things through, or it's going to be a dismal future indeed for gamers.

If you thought DLC was bad ....
if you thought DRM was bad ....
if you thought Error 37 was bad ....
if you thought having your account hacked was bad .... ain't seen NOTHIN' yet!
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: Turn off your PC May 29, 2012, 23:41 Tom
Never go cheap with the power supply.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Monitor Troubles May 21, 2012, 20:02 Tom
PropheT wrote on May 21, 2012, 17:30:

After my friend bought one of those they're talking about in that thread, I picked up a Catleap myself; 2560x1440 27" IPS monitor for less than half of what a similar one costs here. It's a risk to buy it, since they're coming directly from Korea and warranty work would probably be too expensive to be worth it, but the monitors are beautiful and the price is great. IPS color quality on a decent gaming monitor at extremely high res.

You do need a pretty hefty video card to make it worthwhile, though.

I bought one of these recently and then a friend of mine did after I told him about my experience. It's definitely a risk, but 2560x1440 is really great. There are some downsides. I got one stuck pixel (green, only visible against dark backgrounds), though my friend got a perfect panel. The stand sucks and you have to disassemble the monitor a bit to remove it, but it's plenty doable. There is some backlight bleed, but only noticeable when viewing dark content.

Anyway, I'd buy one of these over again in a heartbeat. 2560x1440 is just that good. And the price is amazing. $345 shipped. You're looking at $850+ for a non-Korean monitor that does 2560x1440 and $1200+ for 2560x1600. And those expensive monitors aren't perfect by any means, judging by the reviews anyway.

Btw the thing that makes IPS worthwhile is the vertical viewing angle. Lesser panels like TN have relatively poor vertical viewing angle which makes the brightness look different from very slightly different angles. It's annoying to have to always sit up straight in order to see things properly. Maybe good if you're trying to improve your posture though.
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
4. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs May 13, 2012, 21:49 Tom
eunichron wrote on May 13, 2012, 14:34:
In that regard we don't use "Cellular" to refer to tablets here in the US either. It's either 3G/4G or just "wireless". Cellular is usually something we only see in reference to mobile phones. Apple is pretty culturally disconnected everywhere.

I disagree. Cellular is an important term used in the US to distinguish that type of wireless connectivity from wifi without referring to a specific type of cellular such as 3G, 4G, EDGE, EVDO, LTE, etc. And "wireless" is not specific enough - it encompasses cellular, wifi, bluetooth, IR, RF, etc.
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News Comments > Two Guys SpaceVenture Prototype
5. Re: Two Guys SpaceVenture Prototype May 10, 2012, 21:22 Tom
Wow, browser-based is bad enough, but it only works with Chrome? Geez.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 3, 2012, 18:06 Tom
Seems you're in need of some sanity alright.  
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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: On Sale May 2, 2012, 23:24 Tom
DCS A-10C for $13? An absolute steal. I also bought it at $20 and have enjoyed it quite a bit. Hadn't done a flight sim in years. Going through the ramp start routine is just magical. I've enjoyed learning the details of the various systems. The multiplayer works well and it's been fun flying with a few friends who are into this sort of thing more than I am.  
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
7. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Apr 14, 2012, 18:39 Tom
Maybe the cops decided they weren't happy about being compelled to do the bidding of private industry and this was their way of showing it.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
6. Re: Into the Black Apr 9, 2012, 22:07 Tom
RIP Tramiel indeed. I got my start on a VIC-20. Also read that author's prior book, "On the Edge: the Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore". Great book - I couldn't put it down - but it sure felt like it must've been pushing things a bit. Peddle was painted as a god. I wonder if that got revised any for the second book.

The engineering stories were amazing. Designing complex chips by hand without using computers and having them work (or nearly work) on the first try... Many good stories, and it left me sad to realize that so many important parts of history are simply lost because nobody was able or willing to preserve and distribute the information.
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News Comments > Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Interview
8. Re: Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Interview Apr 8, 2012, 02:06 Tom
Creston wrote on Apr 7, 2012, 14:31:
Yep, it's just sad. Of course, it wasn't easy to store that much data back then, at least not reliably. Now you'd just put it in the Cloud and it'll pretty much be there forever.

Ooh, you're in for a surprise one day if you believe that.
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News Comments > Fallout Free on
30. Re: Fallout Free on Apr 6, 2012, 18:17 Tom
Never played Fallout til today and the GOG version seems to have perfectly fine mouse/keyboard control to me. Keep in mind the game was released 15 years ago...  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 6, 2012, 11:13 Tom
What is the point of announcing iPhone games here anyway? Aren't there like millions of new ones every second? I appreciate the wide scope of Blue's News but I don't understand this section.  
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
1. Re: Evening Safety Dance Apr 2, 2012, 23:49 Tom
Just more reinforcement that browsing any site without ad blocking software is foolish. Forget whitelisting. If site owners want to make money, they should find a business model that does not involve exposing their visitors to malware.  
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
8. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Apr 1, 2012, 23:24 Tom
Prez wrote on Apr 1, 2012, 20:32:
Another reason to stay the fuck off of social networking sites as much as possible. Unfortunately more and more organizations are using it as a way to get time-sensitive business-related communiques out, so it is almost a necessity in some cases.

This is why there are enterprise social networking sites like Yammer. There's no need to mix business and personal when it comes to social networking, and many reasons to avoid doing so.

If an employer wants to monitor publicly available info its employees post, I suppose that's reasonable enough and within their rights. But once they start requiring employees to let them monitor private info, that's completely crossing the line and has no reasonable justification no matter what your line of work is, IMO.
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Cinavia Mar 24, 2012, 09:39 Tom
Just curious, as a Netflix noob who is happy with it so far, what did you find disappointing about Netflix HD streaming? Selection?  
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News Comments > Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn Dawns
8. Re: Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn Dawns Mar 22, 2012, 18:06 Tom
DDL through Gamer's Hell is averaging 550KB/sec and I'm at 600MB so far.

Really curious what this is going to be like. Wing Commander 2 is still my all-time favorite game, and I've been dying for a good space sim for years. I'm not getting my hopes up though.
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News Comments > etc.
12. Re: etc. Mar 14, 2012, 22:12 Tom
Easy, just have to wait until Origin fails.  
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News Comments > etc.
10. Re: etc. Mar 14, 2012, 19:02 Tom
Glad I waited on ME3. Will buy when it's $5-10 on Steam, maybe.  
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News Comments > Valve Worth $3B?
19. Re: Valve Worth $3B? Mar 7, 2012, 22:46 Tom
eunichron wrote on Mar 7, 2012, 22:35:
But why would Valve even bother buying out EA? Valve is already one of the best publishers, and practically has the DD market cornered with Steam. They have no reason to want to buy out anyone else.

For vengeance, justice, and the good of all mankind. To buy them and destroy them, before they can do that to any more game devs.

It's painful to consider what might have been... if not for EA.
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