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Real Name Mordecai Walfish   
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Signed On Feb 20, 2011, 16:53
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News Comments > New Authenticator
9. Re: New Authenticator Jun 16, 2016, 22:14 Mordecai Walfish
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jun 16, 2016, 19:33:
Pfft, Blizzard's authenticators. Just use WinAuth if you want to add two-step security.

I use WinAuth also. Just like the regular authenticators you gotta write down your code, but it's worked great for me for the past 4 years.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
7. Re: Morning Metaverse Jun 16, 2016, 20:58 Mordecai Walfish
it's $25/$30 per month for 100 megabits and you're not beholden to one of the major fuck-you-in-the-ass cable companies out there.. there isn't much to complain about here besides them still allowing the resellers to allow fuckery like data caps.  
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News Comments > Overwatch Hits 10M; Launches Balance Patch
27. Re: Overwatch Hits 10M; Launches Balance Patch Jun 16, 2016, 04:17 Mordecai Walfish
Sepharo wrote on Jun 15, 2016, 20:47:

I was #27 in the country for score per minute (admittedly from only playing zenyatta). Now I'm #52 though.

I'm playing with a neat mixture of people. I've got my core IRL friends but then also some of you guys from Blues and another group from another forum.
Half Elf is a great Lucio and Mordecai a kick ass D.Va

I just checked that site and I'm apparently the #30 for score =)
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
8. Re: Morning Consolidation Jun 15, 2016, 22:07 Mordecai Walfish
They're going to be upscaling to hit 4k on these new consoles. The 980ti doesn't even hit the supposed 6tflops that MS claims with this new console, and struggles at 4k without graphical settings turned down. I sincerely doubt they will have 980ti level performance in Scorpio, so I'm guessing upscaling from 1920 or 2560 resolutions probably being the norm on these newer consoles, just like the XbOne has to upscale from 720p and 900p. Having a decent built-in scaler to 4k will still be nice if they can pull it off though.

HorrorScope wrote on Jun 15, 2016, 19:48:
Ok then I'll assume English is a 2nd language for a couple then:

If you don’t have a 4K TV, the Xbox Scorpio is not for you, according to Phil Spencer, head of Xbox.

“What TV do you have?” he asked.

“A standard 1080p TV,” was the reply.

“Then you should buy this box, because Scorpio is not going to do anything for you,” said Spencer. “Scorpio is designed as a 4K console, and if you don’t have a 4K TV, the benefit we’ve designed for, you’re not going to see.

“Clearly, you can buy Scorpio, and if and when you decide you want to buy a 4K television to take advantage of the increased performance, obviously the console will be ready for you.”

That part about "then you should buy this box" that I assume he is talking the Slim. But I don't understand why Scorpio with it's beefed up specs wouldn't do good things for 1080p players. Makes little sense, there should be a real benefit. Then the next question is, does this increased power really enough to drive 4k games well?

They are doing everything in their power to not make it a "premium" version of the console that runs everything better, and makes an environment of current-gen players who are having significantly worse experiences with newer games because they didn't fork over more for the more powerful console. Multiplayer games especially would be an issue here, as it would give a distinct advantage to players with the more powerful hardware, and the only other alternative is to fragment the playerbase and not allow them to play together. Instead they are attempting to make a "parity" console that plays games at the exact same framerate on 4k televisions.
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News Comments > Game Reviews
8. Re: Game Reviews Jun 11, 2016, 20:44 Mordecai Walfish
About 50/50 solo pub and group games, more group games lately though.  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
5. Re: Game Reviews Jun 11, 2016, 19:51 Mordecai Walfish
I don't buy into the conspiracy of the 50/50 matchmaking fix.

currently have 250 wins with just a little over 400 games played. Games are won, games are lost.. doesn't really feel fixed in any way.
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News Comments > 7 Million Play Overwatch, Minus a Bunch of Cheaters
12. Re: I watched more DOOM videos (not all of them [TL;DW]), with a guy's commentaries, from YouTube... Jun 2, 2016, 23:34 Mordecai Walfish
The Half Elf wrote on Jun 2, 2016, 23:20:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jun 2, 2016, 21:29:
The game is a lot of fun. I'll play several matches each night. I still kinda suck, but I have improved. The balance is fairly good, with only a few tweaks needed most likely. It'll be interesting to see what kind of longevity it has.

Friend me on at TheHalfElf#11957 I play with mrgrosser and mordicai, and would be more then happy to help ya learn the game and tactics.

Mordecai#1331 here. The more the merrier. It will be fun to form some solid team comps in this.
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News Comments > 7 Million Play Overwatch, Minus a Bunch of Cheaters
9. Re: 7 Million Play Overwatch, Minus a Bunch of Cheaters Jun 2, 2016, 22:33 Mordecai Walfish
Glad to hear the banhammer in use is indeed a heavy one.

Been enjoying the heck out of this since release, even though I apparently use the worst person in the game (D.VA). I'm always one to root for the underdog, especially when said underdog is a mecha-waifu.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue May 28, 2016, 14:48 Mordecai Walfish
On one of the control point maps earlier I used D.VA's mech-dash to knock 3 off the side of the map. A trio of Mercy using her heal beam on a shielded Reinhardt with Soldier76 behind the shield, just rushed right in and popped them over. It was glorious, lol. Wish I would have had shadowplay on.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
19. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 23, 2016, 19:40 Mordecai Walfish
The performance gains were shown to be large when SLI 980ti's are being used, but in the conclusion where they show it being tested on a single 980ti, it's much more like you would expect for faster ram, just a frame or two difference.

How many people out there are really gonna benefit from that, that have skylakes with SLI flagship cards? Not many. So for the majority of the population, there isn't much benefit for the cost difference in that higher speed ram, and the premium being charged would benefit a user much more if they put it towards a better gfx card or a bigger/faster ssd.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
18. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 20, 2016, 02:23 Mordecai Walfish
Its somewhat jarring because of the floating gun, but it's necessary to aim correctly. We're not far away from a virtual arm being attached to that floating gun and moving in a somewhat realistic way.. and that will make it much more immersive than what is seen here. The seemingly small things that add presence are absolutely huge in VR.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
30. Re: Out of the Blue May 20, 2016, 02:15 Mordecai Walfish
3 days for uppers and 30 days for weed. If you don't have the willpower to stop for long enough to pass a drug test, go buy one of the numerous kits that can help you pass it. Pretty easy really. If you live in a place where it's illegal and are trying to get a job, be prepared.  
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News Comments > 9.7 Million Play the Overwatch Beta
2. Re: 9.7 Million Play the Overwatch Beta May 12, 2016, 19:12 Mordecai Walfish
The beta was a blast. I ordered overwatch the day after it ended, no hesitation. IMO the game is excellent.  
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News Comments > Riot Simulator Anarcute Announced
4. Re: Riot Simulator Anarcute Announced May 11, 2016, 23:14 Mordecai Walfish
i get a strong pikmin/katamari vibe from this one. looks interesting  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
46. Re: Out of the Blue May 11, 2016, 21:21 Mordecai Walfish
I went through this exact thought process when building my new pc (tax return ftw!).

There have been some solid recommendations in this thread. I spent about a month researching everything I could to make a reasonably silent computer without breaking the bank and ended up with a ridiculously quiet build.

For a case, the fractal R5 was a no-brainer. Great price and the sound dampening material works *really* well. For maximum silence go with the windowless version (which is also cheaper). The fan speed control right on the front is really nice unless you would prefer to control them by software like from a smartphone.

I picked up an evga supernova 750G2 power supply that has a silent mode that does not run the fan unless it's over a certain temp, but even when the fan is on, it's almost silent as well. The larger lower-rpm fan they use strikes a great balance between silence and performance.

For a video card I went with a Msi 980ti Gaming 6G. Msi's excellent cooler on this card (and many others) is just like the power supply. The fan stays completely off until it gets over a certain temp (during gaming only, basically), and even when it turns on is not loud at all.

I picked up an I7 4790k for future-proofing in gaming. As others have stated, there are significant performance gains in some newer titles that completely warrants the extra cost. For example, in the Witcher 3, an i7 performs much better at times. Example:
That being said, there's not really any reason to upgrade to anything past that if it's more expensive. The performance gains from any processor past the 4790 are very tiny in gaming. Save the extra money and put it towards something more beneficial, like a better/bigger ssd or gpu.

For a cpu cooler I picked up a noctua dh-15, which is pretty much dead silent and outperforms many aio water cooling solutions. It's a bit pricey but has plenty of overhead room for overclocking on the k-series i7 if I ever decide to go down that road in the future. (no real need to now, at stock it perfectly runs anything you can throw at it currently)

For ram, again some good advice in this thread: Absolutely no need to splurge on the newest ram with the highest speed and lowest Cas ratings. Anything ddr3-1600 and higher will run games essentially the same. If you're not doing intensive video editing or encoding or similar tasks, that money is better spend elsewhere. Again, I'd recommend putting it towards a better ssd or gpu. I found a good deal on 16gb of ddr3-2133 ram (kingston Savage). I'd recommend going for a kit with 2 sticks of ram instead of 4, for both upgradability and performance reasons.

And last part of this quiet build is my first Ssd, a sandisk extreme pro 960gb. These have a 10yr warranty and are not terribly priced (I got mine for ~$300). Dramatic speed difference coming from 5400/7200 rpm WD hdd's to an ssd like this. The long term tests on these sandisk extreme pros are what made me pick them, and the awesome warranty.

Still using Windows 7 for compatibility reasons with my archive of software and input devices. If anything, I may dual-core windows 10 into the mix in the future. Oh yeah, and the mobo I picked is also by MSI. MSI has been on fire lately with their designs and performance.

All-in-all I am extremely happy with the level of silence this build has. It's night and day coming from my old amd rig.

Good luck with the new build!
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News Comments > Overwatch Open Beta Overtime
28. Re: Overwatch Open Beta Overtime May 9, 2016, 18:27 Mordecai Walfish
Been having alot of fun over the weekend with overwatch. Really glad they extended the open beta so I can play for a bit tonight too. This went from interesting to a sure-buy after a couple hours of playing.
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News Comments > Overwatch Open Beta Early Access
11. Re: Overwatch Open Beta Early Access May 3, 2016, 22:05 Mordecai Walfish
{PH}88fingers wrote on May 3, 2016, 19:38:
looking to upgrade monitor, been at 60hz for far too long
looking at this

anyone know if Overwatch supports widescreen?

G-Sync, 100hz and IPS. Damn that's a mighty fine looking monitor. Over 100hz wouldn't make much sense with that resolution either because you are unlikely to go over 100fps in anything besides minesweeper

I could only imagine that overwatch will have support for these screen sizes with how commonly available they are now, not sure though.
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News Comments > DOOM Open Beta Opens
29. Re: DOOM Open Beta Opens Apr 15, 2016, 21:14 Mordecai Walfish
at this point probably the only saving grace is that the single player is being made by an entirely different team than the multiplayer.

Also, the SLI support was supposed to be fixed with a "hotfix" that nvidia released yesterday. Though with how the graphics in this beta are about on par with xbox 360, i dont know how many people will actually benefit from that.
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News Comments > Out of Ammo Early Access
2. Re: Out of Ammo Early Access Apr 15, 2016, 21:08 Mordecai Walfish
This continues the trend of early access developers who made a shit-ton of money and then never actually finished the game, then deciding to use their new capital to start new projects instead of finishing what they started.

Rust is another example of this, although garry did profit handsomely from garry's mod, but nowhere near as much as he did with Rust. Now he's making a VR game, shmups, and just put out a recent update saying that their development team would regularly be taking a week every month towards working on new projects instead of finishing Rust.

Early access blues.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: The brain on LSD revealed Apr 15, 2016, 19:46 Mordecai Walfish
Cutter wrote on Apr 15, 2016, 13:11:
BobBob wrote on Apr 15, 2016, 12:39:
Took it when I was a teenager. It is like living a combination of a dream and nightmare. There aspects to the mind that are generally controlled, compartmentalized and subdued that the drugs releases in a form of chaos. I don't recommend anyone do it. It's basically inducing a form of insanity. But, I must say it made me pity and empathize with schizophrenics. Living like that way with no hope or way out must be tormenting. I imagine that's what the majority of homeless people experience due to mental illness.

Funny, I recommend most everyone try it at least once. There's no other drug - except maybe mescaline/peyote and shrooms to a much lesser extent - that I'm aware of that can alter your consciousness and your perceptions of reality the way it does.

"Our results suggest that this effect underlies the profound altered state of consciousness that people often describe during an LSD experience. It is also related to what people sometimes call 'ego-dissolution', which means the normal sense of self is broken down and replaced by a sense of reconnection with themselves, others and the natural world. This experience is sometimes framed in a religious or spiritual way - and seems to be associated with improvements in well-being after the drug's effects have subsided."

That's a very apt assessment. I recall on on trip once a few of us went out for a walk after a rainstorm when I friend of mine noticed a bunch of earthworms in a patch of soil. We all just sat there for a time watching them in this fresh, wet, black soil. And then you look around at the grass and trees, feel the wind, smell the moisture and fresh earth in the air, and it was beautiful. All of a sudden you're aware of how you're connected to this giant great ecosystem in a very profound way you've never really paid attention to before. It was a very powerful experience. A lot more people need their consciousness altered like that even just once. Read Aldous Huxley's Doors of Perception some time.

The best trip was at my first Grateful Dead show in Eugene. 50K+ people in a stadium all in a riot of colored tie-dyes, all as high as you, everyone super-positive, friendly, loving, that was an amazing experience still unparalleled by anything else.

In a world that's becoming more and more partisan and hurting eachother constantly over secular, dogmatic beliefs, I think it's more important than ever that people widen their perspective to see more than they've conditioned themselves to throughout their lifetime. I'll never forget the gateways and connections I've been through and made while in that state of mind, and there is nothing that comes close to the feeling you have when something just makes sense to you in a way you could never understand, perhaps because your perspective of it has widened to allow more variables into the equation.

As with anything though, moderation is key. Environment, state of mind going into it, and amount taken (this is *especially* tricky with mushrooms) are the keys to avoiding having a bad experience, IMO.
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