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Signed On Jul 18, 2011, 06:27
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
10. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 18, 2016, 15:41 shiho
 
Simon Says wrote on Jun 18, 2016, 07:49:

That's terrible... *points to* hosts file or if it fails, their router firewall in order to block the listed IP adresses.

I won't argue its no big deal, but they, and you too, are talking about it like the OS is some kind of god flogging you with its omnipotent powers. Your router doesn't give a damn about what OS is running, it'll still block the IP address if the hosts file fails to and slap it silly. It takes a minimum of effort, but in the end, once its done, its done. Heck you can even give it a range of IP addresses in case you suspect they'll try a slight variation to bypass the blocks. Easy enough.

1) Win10 spyware ignores the hosts file.

2) There are many IP addresses it contacts, and we're never guaranteed to know them all. Especially if you ever plan to install a Windows "update".

3) Given the obvious change of policy at Microsoft where the user is no longer respected, you're dealing with an OS that will lie to you on a fundamental level. In Windows 7 you were not a real admin until you disabled UAC and magically got "real" admin privileges. In Win 8.1 you're pushed one step further - you need to disable UAC and then edit security policies. In Win 10 you may think you're admin, but your preferences do not matter, they can be reverted at any moment, and things will be done behind your back.

Windows 10 is not just a piece of software - it's an OS radically different in philosophy from all their previous OSes, which is why it cannot be trusted. With Windows 10, you're just a brainless attachment to the machine, who doesn't know what's good for him.

There's been a long chain of "fuck you"s coming from Microsoft to the user, from Office 2007's productivity-murdering interface, to Win8's UI, and then to Win8.1 having a "start menu" which just pops up the Metro garbage again.

Yet Win 8.1 is still an OS in a traditional sense. It was made before the "Windows 10 directive".

There's no fixing this. The chances of Microsoft pulling a full stop and reversing their hare-brained decisions are infinitessimal. They breached user trust, and they're not even aware of the damage, but the fallout is coming.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 18, 2016, 04:27 shiho
 
Flo wrote on Jun 18, 2016, 04:16:
shihonage wrote on Jun 18, 2016, 03:13:
If it removes crapware, will it uninstall Win 10 as well?
Sigh

Before doing all that sighing, you may want to research the EULA you agreed to when installing Windows 10. Hint: it lets Microsoft take your files for any reason at any time.

You may also want to research whether unticking all those boxes which let it spy on you, actually did anything.

Hint: it did not. And third-party utilities don't do the job, either.

http://bgr.com/2016/02/10/windows-10-spying-investigation/

In addition, Win10 has been known to uninstall third-party drivers and software without user consent, as well as revert user-changed settings by itself.

It is the OS that won't let you disable Windows Update. And at this point I wouldn't put it past them to run hidden processes to that effect, should you neuter its service.

With Windows 10, you're no longer any resemblance of "admin". You're just another peripheral.

That OS is the beginning of Microsoft's end. No amount of DX12 and other kind of planned obsolescence is going to force me to ever use it.

When Win8.1 stops being supported, I will actually go to Linux. Good thing I don't play modern games.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 18, 2016, 03:13 shiho
 
If it removes crapware, will it uninstall Win 10 as well?  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
8. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jun 16, 2016, 04:03 shiho
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jun 15, 2016, 13:19:
Also I haven't ever knowingly been attacked via a Flash security issues, to me it seems like it is simply the whipping boy. It isn't like MS's O/S have ever been secure, they keep putting out patch after patch to close another hole in their cheese.

All modern viruses exhibit rootkit behavior. The whole point is that you get attacked "not knowingly". Traditional antiviruses are mostly helpless against them.
 
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News Comments > Titanfall 2 Trailers
3. Re: Titanfall 2 Trailers Jun 12, 2016, 18:24 shiho
 
This should be given for free to those who bought the original.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 12, 2016, 01:19 shiho
 
Bluetooth's range was supposed to be a part of what makes it bluetooth.  
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News Comments > Battleborn Writer Leaves Gearbox
3. Re: Battleborn Writer Leaves Gearbox Jun 4, 2016, 14:16 shiho
 
Fion wrote on Jun 4, 2016, 10:54:
Wait someone actually wrote for Battleborn? I thought it was just like some text fed through a meme machine or something.

I was gonna say "Gearbox has writers?", but that's pretty much the same sentiment.
 
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News Comments > DOOM Launch Trailer & System Requirements
17. Re: DOOM Launch Trailer & System Requirements May 6, 2016, 04:31 shiho
 
This video, "Doom is hurt", by an RPG Codex member, expresses my feelings with 80% accuracy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_2gQQUjx3j8
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
3. Re: Sunday Metaverse Apr 18, 2016, 05:07 shiho
 
Oh geez, because we don't have enough radiation already.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
36. Re: Op Ed Apr 18, 2016, 05:01 shiho
 
I read that entire article, looking for a shred of truth, logic, common sense, etc., and found none.

I can't decide if this guy sounds like Iraqi Minister Of Information, or a slave plantation owner.

First of all, the difference between playing a game, and making it, is the difference between riding a rollercoaster, and building one.

Second, making games at a company like EA, Origin, Ubisoft, etc., is just making SOFTWARE. It's not a passionate, creative task. You're churning out a highly derivative piece of work based on proven, highly derivative technology and highly derivative design specs, and you're just one cog in a huge machine.

I guess he's right about one thing - those people should quit, and go to a regular software company, or make games on their own. Big giant AAA games are all garbage anyway. Splitting into smaller, low-budget teams would be healthier for the industry on all fronts.

But he's ignorant and plain wrong about everything else. Coding is not "moving a mouse around", it is work. Burnout is real, that's why I could not pursue my game projects properly until I quit my software job.

Coding at work and then coding at home, is bad for EVERYTHING in your life. You're killing your health, and you're killing, most of all, your very passion.

If you want to have passion for making games on your own, DO NOT work in any kind of software company. The tasks are too similar mechanically, and being a cubicle zombie sucks all that energy right out of game creation.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 7, 2015, 17:09 shiho
 
Bodolza wrote on Dec 7, 2015, 16:46:
shihonage wrote on Dec 7, 2015, 16:38:
As for plot holes, look no further than RedLetterMedia's takedown of all 3 prequels on Youtube.

There's no way I'm sitting through all that. I watched the first 20 minutes of the RotS one, and he spends the first 10 minutes talking about the other movies, then goes on to start complaining how he can't make any sense of the opening shot. There's just way to much stupid for me to handle.

If you've watched them, how about naming one or two plot holes for me?

I just pointed you to the most siccinct and entertaining source that actually enumerates the idiocy that those films are riddled with.

Your reaction: "way too much stupid for me to handle".

Oh okay then. Bye bye.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 7, 2015, 16:38 shiho
 
Bodolza wrote on Dec 7, 2015, 15:42:
First of all, interesting things happen after you've watched a movie multiple times. Line readings that seemed odd at first start to become more natural. It's hard to explain, but I think it's because Lucas's dialog is so stylized that it really stands out, but once you've heard it a few times, your brain starts to adjust to the rhythms.

You have developed Stockholm syndrome.

As for plot holes, look no further than RedLetterMedia's takedown of all 3 prequels on Youtube.
 
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News Comments > AMD Crimson Drivers Issue
15. Re: AMD Crimson Drivers Issue Nov 30, 2015, 18:34 shiho
 
Pretty sure a 3xx.xx driver fried my sister's Nvidia GTX 260.

Videocard companies are using us as their QA testers. It's free!
 
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News Comments > System Shock Remake Screenshots
24. Re: System Shock Remake Screenshots Nov 27, 2015, 07:06 shiho
 
I find that Doom 3 and Dead Space series have much more in common

Actually despite Doom 3 having actual level design, Dead Space 2 still wins.
 
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News Comments > System Shock Remake Screenshots
20. Re: System Shock Remake Screenshots Nov 27, 2015, 04:03 shiho
 
My programming/design sense is tickling and it says these dudes are not remaking the game. They got access to source code and are "bettering it from the inside".

In my opinion the end result will therefore be more authentic than a remake.

Zoom wrote on Nov 27, 2015, 03:44:
If you want a 'modern' remake of SS2 that's pretty much Dead Space. The scenario and ending of SS2 are quite grim compared to DS though, but DS adds more personality to the main protagonist.

Dead Space (2) matches atmosphere of System Shock 2, but it has zero non-linear/RPG elements. It's very much the simplest of the simple FPS, its railroaded level design is rudimentary asides from cosmetics, while SS2 was a true FPS-RPG hybrid.

Skin-deep they're similar, but other than that, not at all.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
14. Re: Into the Black Nov 14, 2015, 06:22 shiho
 
All the people blaming Muslim violence on American actions overseas, are hilarious.

Muslims have been doing the same thing for millennia. Every nation has been wronged in some ways, but these days Muslims are the ones involved in pretty much every armed conflict in the world.

Do you see American Indians blowing up buses with schoolchildren?

Even if we assume that their "grievances" are all that drives them, these are the so-called people who kill their own children and shield their so-called "warriors" (cowards of lowest caliber) behind their own civilian hospitals and schools to get PR from clueless Western press.

There are organizations like Hamas and their ilk who keep the regular Muslim population under lock and key, ignorant and uneducated, and feed them xenophobic propaganda, so they have someone to blame for living in shit. This is where they grow their "warriors for jihad". These "warriors" then go kill people in Paris. Or Israel. Or America. Or Russia.

The whole WORLD offends them (the Muslim extremists). Not just "American colonialism". Whoever is their neighbor, offends them.

Liberal pseudointellectuals blinded by normalcy bias and well-fed cynicism, their brains skewered by "moral relativism", never acknowledge true evil until it knocks them in the face.

Everyone's life is equally precious until you drive your family in a minivan down the street, and have to decide whether to let yourself be stopped gang of rapists or splatter them on your windshield in order save your family. Then you suddenly get a flash of brilliant enlightement - no, not all lives are equal.

Muslim extremism a pretty laughable evil to a union of nations which have modern weaponry, spying technology, satellites, drones, robots, and a modicum of self-preservation and common sense.

Too much coddling, too much surgical precision, too much fear of PC outcries. For something like this, there has to be a decisive, and not at all surgical-and-planned-for-10-years, strike back that puts the fear of Allah into those who celebrate what happened in Paris.

They have to FEEL that they're very much reachable, and vulnerable, and so are their mothers, and the wheel has turned, and the mental disease of Western political correctness does not shield them anymore.

They have to suffer immediate repercussions, so their "peaceful populace" makes the link between their mujahadeen uncle's "heroism" and their aunt's farm being turned into dust, and they no longer cheer on their "heroes". When you attack civilians, none of YOUR civilians are ever safe again.

That is the message any sane, reasonable country would send.

With a conservative, nationalist President (as opposed to one who kisses every mullah's feet), America, if it survives long enough to elect one, will have a chance to be feared by such "people" again. Hopefully, the tragic events in Paris are waking up the world.

Though really, 9-11 should've done that 14 years ago.

Over and out.
 
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News Comments > etc.
9. Re: etc. Nov 13, 2015, 04:43 shiho
 
Creston wrote on Nov 12, 2015, 12:17:
Task wrote on Nov 12, 2015, 11:22:
Funny stuff - its just too bad the rest of the game is filled with soulless, shallow, and lazy design decisions.

"WAAAAAH I NEED BLANKY."

We get it. Bethesda raped your childhood.

Ironic, given that "childhood" and Fallout 3/4 are a match made in heaven. Sanitized, shallow garbage made for those who have yet to read a single fiction book or develop a modicum of taste.

Enjoy your perpetual childhood.
 
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News Comments > Steamship Ahoy - Fallout 4
80. Re: Steamship Ahoy - Fallout 4 Nov 11, 2015, 06:59 shiho
 
Citizen P wrote on Nov 11, 2015, 06:27:
So, your almighty hallowed franchise declines in chapter 2.

You're allowed to mention Deus Ex to explore isometric vs FPS in regards to dynamic gameplay, but I can't mention another RPG from the same company because it has inconvenient tits? Are you a bigot, or blinded by fervor? Your inability to even address the main quest lines of all 4 titles objectively shows how indefensible your argument about depth of storytelling truly is. Roleplaying games are rife with kill and fed-ex quests, the context and reasons change, but that is the bread and butter, for good or ill.

So, your almighty hallowed franchise declines in chapter 2.

You're allowed to mention Deus Ex to explore isometric vs FPS in regards to dynamic gameplay, but I can't mention another RPG from the same company because it has inconvenient tits? Are you a bigot, or blinded by fervor? Your inability to even address the main quest lines of all 4 titles objectively shows how indefensible your argument about depth of storytelling truly is. Roleplaying games are rife with kill and fed-ex quests, the context and reasons change, but that is the bread and butter, for good or ill.

I have told you to stop your bleating and go play your unchanged game and enjoy it for what it, a great old game. Your not winning an argument here, because there is nothing to win. Or lose.

I hope your the last Unwashed Villager, because this obsessive pedantry is irrelevant and should be retired.
I have told you to stop your bleating and go play your unchanged game and enjoy it for what it, a great old game. Your not winning an argument here, because there is nothing to win. Or lose.

I hope your the last Unwashed Villager, because this obsessive pedantry is irrelevant and should be retired.

I've argued with people smarter than you about this subject in the past. So in fact, I expected you to do better, to try and provide a semblance of challenge. Some kind of logic. Anything, really.

Unfortunately, reducing each game to a phrase and claiming accuracy of comparison, makes it patently obvious that I'm arguing with none other than a child.

Repeating yourself like a broken record, grabbing onto cheap gotchas, doubling up on unclever insults... I don't need to paint a picture here that you haven't already painted yourself.

Google isn't gonna cover for you. Don't start arguments knowing nothing about the subject. This is some free advice for the future.

I'm done with you. Enjoy your hoarding simulator. Todd Howard loves you.
 
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News Comments > Steamship Ahoy - Fallout 4
78. Re: Steamship Ahoy - Fallout 4 Nov 11, 2015, 05:56 shiho
 
Citizen P wrote on Nov 11, 2015, 04:27:
You're an idiot, and that's okay. You don't want to grow up, and you want everything your way, the old wat, or no way - but you aren't a big enough to just let things go, you have whine and complain. Love to hate, grow up.

Protip: attributing reason to emotion is a poor defense. But then again, you've tasked yourself with defending the indefensible.

Let's review main quests:
F1: Get Water Chip to save Vault. A timed fetch quest.
F2: Get Geck to save village.
F3: Find Father who abandoned you.
FNV: Find the man that tried to kill you.

Reductio ad absurdum is not an argument.

Fallout 2 almost all of its art assets are from Fallout. Buggy as absolute hell on release, it was virtually unplayable.
Fallout 2 Had a whorehouse, moreover you could be a pornstar. A fetch quest involved finding dirty magazines, the game featured a number of whores, and getting a crimelord's daughter pregnant. Wow, that's edgy. Do you remember fetching golden gecko skins for rewards? I do. Do you remember the citizens of Planescape: Torment? Torpedo tits and bikinis everywhere.

Both Fallout's featured low-rent, at the time, celebrity voice acting.

Many quests in Fallout 1 and 2? Go here, kill this, get that, bring it back.

More reductio ad absurdum.

Back To The Future 2: a bad guy travels to the past, and good guy travels to the past to stop him in order to save the future

Terminator 2: a bad guy travels to the past, and good guy travels to the past to stop him in order to save the future

SAME MOVIE CLEARLY.

In other words, you make much noise, signifying nothing.

I think Fallout 1 is great, Fallout 2 is alright, and you're stuck in fantasyland.

It never gets old when people refer to Fallout as something that was so far in the past that it cannot be purchased, ran, re-experienced, or as if it is something that hasn't been thoroughly documented.

http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/The_Nearly_Ultimate_Fallout_Guide

A good guide like this, studied thoroughly, gives a good look at how rich Fallout's world was under the surface.

There are situations in Fallout that you'll never find in FO3/FO4 because they are simply too complex for Bethesda to script. They don't have the know-how.

But of course a troglodyte can blow through Fallout like they did with Diablo, and miss on the entirety of it all.

Fallout 2 is a parody of Fallout, instead of trying too hard to make great atmosphere they filled the game with as many popular culture references and bad jokes as they could.

Yes, Fallout 2 is thematically poor. However, mechanically, in terms of world reactivity and freedom of player agency, in the details that matter, its programming and design is ages ahead of Bethesda.

Fallout 2 was the beginning of thematic decline, however it was still far more thematically cohesive than Fallout 3, and incomparably better when it came to meaningful utilization of stats and world reactivity.

As for Planescape Torment, it was a vastly different design with its own strengths and weaknesses, which is outside the framework of this discussion. But yes, it was a classic game, unlikely to be reproduced in all its depth.

These days we have companies who have tools for growing 3D grass and making 3D houses, but zero knowledge on developing true world reactivity. That's how you end up with an NPC in Witcher 3 telling you his life story while you're robbing his house right in front of him.
 
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News Comments > Steamship Ahoy - Fallout 4
75. Re: Steamship Ahoy - Fallout 4 Nov 11, 2015, 02:18 shiho
 
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