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News Comments > ZeniMax Wins $500M in Oculus Lawsuit
36. Re: ZeniMax Wins $500M in Oculus Lawsuit Feb 2, 2017, 17:25 Mordecai Walfish
 
Carmack put up a post about the trial on his FB, quoted here:


The Zenimax vs Oculus trial is over. I disagreed with their characterization, misdirection, and selective omissions. I never tried to hide or wipe any evidence, and all of my data is accounted for, contrary to some stories being spread.

Being sued sucks. For the most part, the process went as I expected.

The exception was the plaintiff’s expert that said Oculus’s implementations of the techniques at issue were “non-literally copied” from the source code I wrote while at Id Software.

This is just not true. The authors at Oculus never had access to the Id C++ VR code, only a tiny bit of plaintext shader code from the demo. I was genuinely interested in hearing how the paid expert would spin a web of code DNA between completely unrelated codebases.

Early on in his testimony, I wanted to stand up say “Sir! As a man of (computer) science, I challenge you to defend the efficacy of your methodology with data, including false positive and negative rates.” After he had said he was “Absolutely certain there was non-literal copying” in several cases, I just wanted to shout “You lie!”. By the end, after seven cases of “absolutely certain”, I was wondering if gangsters had kidnapped his grandchildren and were holding them for ransom.

If he had said “this supports a determination of”, or dozens of other possible phrases, then it would have fit in with everything else, but I am offended that a distinguished academic would say that his ad-hoc textual analysis makes him “absolutely certain” of anything. That isn’t the language of scientific inquiry.

The notion of non-literal copying is probably delicious to many lawyers, since a sufficient application of abstraction and filtering can show that just about everything is related. There are certainly some cases where it is true, such as when you translate a book into another language, but copyright explicitly does not apply to concepts or algorithms, so you can’t abstract very far from literal copying before comparing. As with many legal questions, there isn’t a bright clear line where you need to stop.

The analogy that the expert gave to the jury was that if someone wrote a book that was basically Harry Potter with the names changed, it would still be copyright infringement. I agree; that is the literary equivalent of changing the variable names when you copy source code. However, if you abstract Harry Potter up a notch or two, you get Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, which also maps well onto Star Wars and hundreds of other stories. These are not copyright infringement.

There are objective measures of code similarity that can be quoted, like the edit distance between abstract syntax trees, but here the expert hand identified the abstract steps that the code fragments were performing, made slides that nobody in the courtroom could actually read, filled with colored boxes outlining the purportedly analogous code in each case. In some cases, the abstractions he came up with were longer than the actual code they were supposed to be abstracting.

It was ridiculous. Even without being able to read the code on the slides, you could tell the steps varied widely in operation count, were often split up and in different order, and just looked different. The following week, our side’s code expert basically just took the same slides their expert produced (the judge had to order them to be turned over) and blew each of them up across several slides so you could actually read them. I had hoped that would have demolished the credibility of the testimony, but I guess I overestimated the impact.

Notably, I wasn’t allowed to read the full expert report, only listen to him in trial, and even his expert testimony in trial is under seal, rather than in the public record. This is surely intentional -- if the code examples were released publicly, the internet would have viciously mocked the analysis. I still have a level of morbid curiosity about the several hundred-page report.

The expert witness circuit is surely tempting for many academics, since a distinguished expert can get paid $600+ an hour to prepare a weighty report that supports a lawyer’s case. I don’t have any issue with that, but testifying in court as an expert should be as much a part of your permanent public record as the journal papers you publish. In many cases, the consequences are significant. There should be a danger to your reputation if you are imprudent.
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online 2017 Roadmap
1. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online 2017 Roadmap Feb 2, 2017, 00:22 Mordecai Walfish
 
So what they're saying is.. people are finally going to have property of their own in the game, and the Morrowind expansion is going to be devoid of dungeons and content until updates later on in the year.  
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Announcement Tomorrow
12. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Announcement Tomorrow Jan 31, 2017, 14:21 Mordecai Walfish
 
the add-on is: Morrowind!

Almost makes me want to play ESO now, besides the fact that MMO game mechanics are some of the laziest and most boring possible.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 30, 2017, 13:00 Mordecai Walfish
 
Slick wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 09:43:
I don't understand how that "game mode" article got published.

There's no system specs, no "how much other shit is running concurrently" specs... no lots of stuff that would make it a compelling article. Instead it's just: "the new feature totally sucks /article".

I'm imagining that if you're running on an already tuned gaming PC, then you're probably not going to see any improvement. However, if you're playing on a bloated system with 40 extra non-system processes running in the background, then this *might* make some difference? Especially (mostly) for RAM-starved systems.

Again, all I care about is if it affects the DPC latency, but I'll just test that myself when it comes out, lest I be seduced by the technical mastery of this article.

Agreed. It's like Razer gamebooster and other software that shuts down unnecessary stuff running in the background. Most computers today are powerful enough that even with a good number of things running in the background it will not affect FPS at all. It's only the extreme cases with tons of bloat or extremely slow computers that will benefit from this. Anyone who thought otherwise clearly didn't look past the name of the feature to see and understand what it actually does.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 30, 2017, 09:40 Mordecai Walfish
 
RIP Nakamura-san. Also the pioneer of the 4-way gated joystick that is still used in arcade machines and arcade sticks world-wide, with Pac-Man being the first game to use it.  
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
5. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Jan 28, 2017, 16:28 Mordecai Walfish
 
ledhead1969 wrote on Jan 28, 2017, 15:10:
He doesn't use an unsecured phone. If he did he could be tracked by it. It's a modified crypto phone. FFS stop with the #fakenews Blue.

I heard he uses a Nokia 3310. #alternativefacts
 
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News Comments > Conan Exiles Barbarian Edition
22. Re: Prey in May Jan 26, 2017, 14:57 Mordecai Walfish
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 26, 2017, 11:17:
rawbelly wrote on Jan 26, 2017, 01:55:
from the site: "AN OPEN-WORLD SURVIVAL GAME
IN THE BRUTAL LANDS OF CONAN THE BARBARIAN"

nope. nope. nope. nope. nope.
THis will turn into the same vile crapmunity that Rust is.
That game made me want to sell my PC.

Saving grace is that looks like you can be on your own private server...alone.

You can't do that with Rust as well, private servers?

Yes you absolutely can. Players can create their own dedicated servers with whatever mods and rulesets they desire.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 26, 2017, 14:51 Mordecai Walfish
 
They've become a shareholder-driven gadget company constantly striving for the new successful iphone or breakthrough device that nobody wants (iwatch). As a company, they've almost completely lost their way, and people who have supported them throughout the years by buying their overpriced computers are slowly cashing in their reality cheques.  
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News Comments > Conan Exiles Barbarian Edition
20. Re: Conan Exiles Barbarian Edition Jan 26, 2017, 03:44 Mordecai Walfish
 
This looks more like an ARK expansion than a standalone game. Better hope they have something really clever and unique to set themselves apart from all the copycats in this never-ending early access genre.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 25, 2017, 07:57 Mordecai Walfish
 
Mame .182 is out now, for you emulation geeks out there. Portaudio is now included for cross-platform low latency audio, which is a huge step forward IMO.
 
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News Comments > Overwatch Celebrates the Year of the Rooster
12. Re: Overwatch Celebrates the Year of the Rooster Jan 25, 2017, 07:46 Mordecai Walfish
 
To quote Mc'Cree: "We're all gamblers now."

The items being dropped are not money, they are cosmetic garbage that you can buy with in-game currency as well if you really have to get that skin or icon so badly. You can't sell them to other people or even trade them, they're just unlocks to keep you in the hampster wheel of playing for ingame currency to unlock the ones you choose, or buy a bundle of boxes from blizz and hope you get the one you want.

This is seriously no different than the quarter capsule machines you can play at grocery stores, something that people were indifferent to until a similar system was in their precious FPS games. I can't believe people cannot tell the difference between this and the actual gambling that was going on with games like CS:GO. This isn't the same, and labeling it as gambling is just about the most retarded argument I think a person could make in protest of this "evil" system. What's next? Is Diablo is a gambling game? Corrupting the youth this whole time because of it's random item drops? How about every RPG ever made that didnt give you what you want when you wanted it and made you grind for random drops from enemies to get them. Those fucking evil bastards have had me gambling my entire life it turns out!
 
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News Comments > Overwatch Celebrates the Year of the Rooster
3. Re: Overwatch Celebrates the Year of the Rooster Jan 24, 2017, 23:10 Mordecai Walfish
 
thecakeisalie wrote on Jan 24, 2017, 22:10:
This game is a goldmine for Blizzard. Just "celebrate" 20+ "holidays" per year and watch the suckers fork over craploads of cash for their microtransaction RNG loot boxes to try to get the cool stuff. I hate gambling boxes with a passion. Just sell people the stuff they want already. Stop trying to get kids hooked on gambling and being greedy fucks, Activision.

How the hell did you ever get the idea in your head to equate random drops to gambling? These are two completely different things. This isn't some shady aftermarket CS:GO skin site, its a random drop system.. something that's been used in gaming since before I was born.
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA on GFE Mandatory Logins
45. Re: NVIDIA on GFE Mandatory Logins Jan 19, 2017, 14:07 Mordecai Walfish
 
I was originally pretty upset about this because it meant that one of the integral features of my GPU, Shadowplay, could not be used without having an active internet connection and that was a change from when I initially bought the card.

They've since updated it so that Shadowplay works without an internet connection, just as long as you've logged in to GFE once before, it will function just fine without an internet connection, so it's not that big a deal anymore IMO. It's one of those things where I logged in once and ever since then haven't been bothered by it or given two shits about any of this. I don't use it for driver updates or game optimization or any of the other crap it does, all that is disabled on mine, so it's just for Shadowplay. I didn't connect it to facebook or anything like that, just sign up with your spam e-mail account and it's smooth sailing after that. I'd still prefer not to, but it's really not that big a deal.
 
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News Comments > Overwatch Event and PTR Plans
2. Re: Overwatch Event and PTR Plans Jan 19, 2017, 13:14 Mordecai Walfish
 
theglaze wrote on Jan 19, 2017, 12:13:
"...and offers no player rewards."

Pardon?

Loot boxes still drop, any items unlocked in PTR are saved to the regular game.

Maybe he means competitive rank and that point system?

I though the inventories are separate? I have different stuff in both.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
3. Re: Evening Consolidation Jan 17, 2017, 02:00 Mordecai Walfish
 
The launch lineup isnt as strong as say the SNES was, but it is still impressive. I would pick up BotW and Bomberman out of that group, personally.

Digital foundry did a hands-on with the Switch yesterday and it seemed overall favorable. It's basically $300 for Nintendo's latest handheld system, with the ability to dock it to a television, and the added benefit of having all production teams who used to be spread out between the gameboy and the home consoles, finally working together on a single platform.

DF video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0lyvgeJJw0
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 16, 2017, 16:47 Mordecai Walfish
 
BobBob wrote on Jan 16, 2017, 16:00:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 16, 2017, 10:49:
[8 men (yes, all of them MEN) have more wealth than combined 3.6 billion, those 8 sure are very equal among themselves...

And yet people keep buying their products and/or services.

That's a very easy finger to point, but the reality of the matter is hardly that simple. Branding and marketing have made it so 99% of people have no fucking clue who really is profiting from a purchase, and even when you do know a fact or two about the lineage of a product, this can all change overnight with little to no news of the subject unless you're scouring niche forums/forum groups and largely conspiratorial news outlets and websites for information. Then there's the clusterfuck of advertisements now geared to make people think that the AD is a part of the source medium, and things are more confusing than ever for anyone who aspires to be an "informed consumer" because less people than ever will agree as to what sources for this information should be trusted in the first place.


Relevant piece to this conversation, from one of George Carlin's last stand-up specials:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acLW1vFO-2Q

Sends shivers up my spine seeing this now, as the working class "joe the plumbers" out there just got done electing someone from the 0.1% into the highest office in the country (some would say the world).

If the average person in this country isn't informed enough to vote in their own interest, what makes you think that joe middle class would know a damn thing about what his dollars are supporting with the purchases that he makes?
 
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: Amiga Story Part 2 (The 90s) - Nostalgia Nerd Jan 16, 2017, 12:35 Mordecai Walfish
 
Regarding recent Amiga retrospectives and documentaries, I saw a couple cool ones recently:

From Bedrooms to Billions (more about the start to home computer/video gaming and development, and its progression, but has a good sized section about the Amiga)

From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years (sequel to the above, 2+hrs about the Amiga's heritage and history)

Viva Amiga (just came out a week ago, similar to the above)


Other computer/gaming nostalgia-docs to check out:

BBS: The Documentary

Get Lamp (about text adventures)


I really enjoyed watching all of these, brought back a bunch of fond memories, learned some new stuff, and put some things into perspective.
 
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News Comments > DiRT Showdown for Free
15. Re: DiRT Showdown for Free Jan 13, 2017, 06:28 Mordecai Walfish
 
VaranDragon wrote on Jan 13, 2017, 04:51:
Free is good.

The actual game, however, is not.

There isn't a mode in this turd that isn't done better in GTA V.. but it does look awful purdy whilst blowing so many goats. I guess that retarded gymkhana crap isn't in GTA V, so if that's your bag for some reason, here's your game.

Codemasters is also known for their excellent driving peripheral compatibility, so if you happen to have a setup like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NMMEMiozkU , the game is probably far more enjoyable.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
17. Re: Into the Black Jan 12, 2017, 18:19 Mordecai Walfish
 
Dacote wrote on Jan 12, 2017, 11:44:
Quboid wrote on Jan 12, 2017, 10:37:
Beamer wrote on Jan 12, 2017, 10:27:
Quboid wrote on Jan 11, 2017, 21:49:

My SSD didn't fit under the mobo. Have you had a problem with that? Either my OCZ SSD is a millimetre too wide or the slots are too narrow. I'm not going to run out of drive slots but that's an odd one.

You mean behind the mobo, right? Open the other panel and there are two SSD holders?

Yes.
I had the same issue on a build with the R5.
The SSD mounts on top of the removable SSD holder that is located on the back of the motherboard plate, not underneath the SSD holder (or beneath it).
I came real close to mangling the fudge out of the holder until I figured it out.

I don't think they could have picked a worse place for those. They are subject to all the heat coming off of the hottest part of the motherboard with little to no airflow back there. I ran mine in that configuration after getting the case and saw as I was monitoring the temps that they were getting hotter than my 7200rpm HDDS. They mount easily to the sliding hdd trays and stay nice and cool in the rack there behind the fans, by my testing ~10c cooler.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
8. Re: Into the Black Jan 11, 2017, 23:40 Mordecai Walfish
 
Quboid wrote on Jan 11, 2017, 22:36:
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Jan 11, 2017, 22:02:
Quboid wrote on Jan 11, 2017, 21:49:

My SSD didn't fit under the mobo. Have you had a problem with that? Either my OCZ SSD is a millimetre too wide or the slots are too narrow. I'm not going to run out of drive slots but that's an odd one.

Put your SSD in one of the drive bays so the front fan(s) are blowing on it. It will stay cooler than the behind the motherboard mounting, by almost 10c. It's still well within operating range for most SSD's, but cooler components are happier (and usually longer lasting) components.

Good point. It also means one less power cable from the PSU, as it uses the same one as my two hard drives (I love PSUs with detachable cables!).

Is there anywhere you recommend adding fans? I'm thinking another intake on the front below the existing one and an output on the top. I don't think any is necessary at present but if I do overclocking I would like more. Does any 3-pin fan work with the fan speed switch, or does it need to have PWM?

I would recommend just getting a 2nd good quality fan for the front, and skip putting any fans in the top. You will hear considerably more sound from your PC if you take the top cover off to put a fan there, and it will not really cool much better (maybe 1c max), and can even disrupt the front-to-back airflow tunnel that you create with the front and back fans by adding upward pressure into the mix. a 2nd front fan is what is recommended most with these cases for improved airflow. Also, concerning noise levels, the model without the window on the side is not only cheaper but quieter. A single back fan is quite sufficient for removing the hot air in a setup with dual front fans in that case, no need really for a top or side fan.

Any fan will work with the fan switch, as it simply regulates the voltage to attain relative speeds across the board.
 
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