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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 24, 2015, 05:59 shiho
 
Given the nature of GTA, there's only one possibility - it streams data as you go.

Just because you have 16GB of RAM, GTA still can't preload all of its content into it (and it would take forever), and it can't guess where you're going in the game, so it can't really utilize the excess memory past a certain engine-required threshold.

All this suggests that there's a high chance that running off SSD would reduce a specific kind of performance issues, i.e. frequent "pausing".

However if the framerate is consistently low, this is a sign of a more general problem, such as an underpowered gaming system or bad driver.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 23, 2015, 23:14 shiho
 
Krovven wrote on Apr 23, 2015, 21:47:
shihonage wrote on Apr 23, 2015, 17:57:
ForgedReality wrote on Apr 23, 2015, 17:35:
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Apr 23, 2015, 13:25:
The only thing that significantly reduced any nagging stutter or hitches occasionally that I saw, was disabling the user radio station. (Deleting or moving all the shortcuts out of the user music folder)

Why aren't you running an SSD?

Because SSDs aren't suitable for massive storage yet. One doesn't just put their Steam library on an SSD.

Call me when 2TB+ SSDs become affordable, commonplace, and reliable.

You don't need every game on one drive. Put the most demanding games on the SSD and the rest on your normal drive.

Do you even have 60GB free on your SSD? I don't. And gameS? As in plural? Oh Lawd. Stop pretending this sort of massive file juggling is some kind of convenient solution.

The problem lies with the devs. End of story.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 23, 2015, 17:57 shiho
 
ForgedReality wrote on Apr 23, 2015, 17:35:
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Apr 23, 2015, 13:25:
The only thing that significantly reduced any nagging stutter or hitches occasionally that I saw, was disabling the user radio station. (Deleting or moving all the shortcuts out of the user music folder)

Why aren't you running an SSD?

Because SSDs aren't suitable for massive storage yet. One doesn't just put their Steam library on an SSD.

Call me when 2TB+ SSDs become affordable, commonplace, and reliable.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 23, 2015, 02:14 shiho
 
So then... it's almost as good as Windows 7? Yeah? Yeah?  
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News Comments > Firefly Cast Returns for Firefly Online
25. Re: Firefly Cast Returns for Firefly Online Apr 20, 2015, 20:02 shiho
 
Sean Penn is a crazy left-wing nutcase, but I still enjoy his acting. Or... whenever he did a movie last time... sometime in 2003.

If you limit your entertainment like this, by profiling every single actor/director/etc the only person who gets robbed in the end is you.
 
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News Comments > Killing Floor 2 Regional Gore Cuts Possible
5. Re: Killing Floor 2 Regional Gore Cuts Possible Apr 18, 2015, 21:29 shiho
 
Gore being reduced is an inconvenient truth.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
4. Re: Evening Tech Bits Apr 18, 2015, 03:34 shiho
 
Quboid wrote on Apr 17, 2015, 23:07:
It's incredibly impressive that they got (something approaching) this on the Xbox 360 and PS3.

Yes, running at 15fps.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
6. Re: Into the Black Apr 16, 2015, 20:08 shiho
 
And thus, Jar Jar Abrams rapes another venerable (pre-prequels) franchise. Everyone applauds as the hope dies.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
8. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 9, 2015, 19:25 shiho
 
It is inevitable now that Youtube will stop playing around and introduce unblockable ads. I always wondered how they could afford to be so generous.

Unfortunately unblockable ads will be no less obnoxious. Possibly moreso than before.
 
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News Comments > The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt Video
7. Re: The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt Video Apr 6, 2015, 21:56 shiho
 
WaltC wrote on Apr 6, 2015, 21:30:
Incredible...this clip was beautiful...The game itself must be gorgeous...loved the breeze blowing through the trees--had to keep reminding myself I wasn't watching a movie...;) We are in all likelihood looking Game of the Year, 2015. This one is a must-have.

Graphics aren't the same as a reactive/immersive world. Yawn.
 
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News Comments > etc.
7. Re: etc. Mar 26, 2015, 23:25 shiho
 
Yay HL2 gfx update! (remembers the physics puzzles)

Nevermind
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Mar 19, 2015, 22:49 shiho
 
VR will always be a niche market. Not much will change. It may allow for virtual presence situations at opera and stadiums, and it will work well with cabin simulation games, like Elite: Dangerous 2: Not Sucky This Time, and Mechwarrior: Nonexistent Single Player Game.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse Mar 19, 2015, 00:55 shiho
 
It's not just her opponents. Liberal news networks and magazines are ganging up on Hillary because they don't want old blood in the office.

She's talentless, unaccomplished, crooked, dead-looking, and completely unappealing in every way.

I hope the conservatives do the same thing to Jeb Bush as liberals are doing to Hillary Clinton.

The past 16 years made Bill Clinton look like a genius of a President. How far the country has fallen...
 
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News Comments > Rise of the Triad (2013) Giveaway on GOG.com
13. Re: Rise of the Triad (2013) Giveaway on GOG.com Mar 16, 2015, 17:14 shiho
 
IAMLIT_REFLEX wrote on Mar 16, 2015, 16:34:
I wouldn't take that game if they gave it away for free. Oh they did do that? I'll pass.

Same.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
3. Re: Evening Mobilization Mar 13, 2015, 06:16 shiho
 
Still waiting for a watch which isn't codependent on a cellphone.  
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News Comments > Titanfall 2 Confirmed
12. Re: Titanfall 2 Confirmed Mar 12, 2015, 19:48 shiho
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 12, 2015, 19:45:
Icewind wrote on Mar 12, 2015, 19:40:
Does this one have a real singleplayer campaign? No?

Yeah, pass.

UT doesn't have a single player campaign either. Did you pass on all of those?

UT had 50 times more to offer in its multiplayer than Titanfail, and it was a far better and more lasting experience to boot. It was well worth the money.
 
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News Comments > Titanfall 2 Confirmed
2. Re: Titanfall 2 Confirmed Mar 12, 2015, 19:18 shiho
 
It better be free for those of us who wasted money on the first game. Lul.  
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
3. Re: Evening Safety Dance Mar 6, 2015, 21:44 shiho
 
Anyone using uTorrent past 2.2.1 or so deserves what they get.

qBittorrent is uTorrent minus all the garbage. It's not as optimized, but none of the other clients are. But it has a similar UI and no bullshit.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
33. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 5, 2015, 03:49 shiho
 
@1badmf: Yes! Every time I go to Safeway at freaking 1AM and its freaking OPEN... often I just take a slow stroll through the baked goods section because of the smell. I look at all the stuff around me and realize that I can have it. Now. It's been 20 years, but it's still not completely real to me.

It always feels so fragile, the abundance Westerners have.

In USSR we only had select fruits and vegetables at certain seasons. Hydroponic farms were too advanced of a technology for USSR. And adults being forcefully herded into communist farming collectives didn't turn out to be very productive. Every supervisor faked the numbers which moved up to his superior, but in the end, no one was deceived - you still had to stand for 2 hours in line for milk.

"The opposing superpower" put all of its research toward armaments. There's a theory that the Cold War destroyed Soviet economy. I think it was that and Chernobyl. With Chernobyl it really became an international incident when people somewhere in (Sweden, I believe), 3 days later started going "Uh... guys... we have radioactive rain... guys..."

This is when USSR started opening up a bit.

@jdreyer: There's nothing for me there except nostalgia of walking down the streets where big Lenin/Marx/Engels banners used to be draped on sides of gray 5-story buildings.

That nostalgia would wear out in 5 minutes and then I'd want to have the comforts that spoiled me in the Western world.

If there's one benefit of visiting ex-USSR territory is that it always had a VERY high percentage of attractive women. They're overwhelmingly attractive, so much that the men are spoiled, and women who would be models in America, in ex-USSR are called "cute". Women who are "cute" in America (thin, somewhat plain-faced girl next door) think themselves ugly in ex-USSR.

In addition to the "cute" ones, in every high school classroom there were usually 1-2 complete stunning knockouts that belong in Victoria's Secret. Tall, natural full breasts, feminine perfect face. Their presence moved the whole pecking order down a notch.

A few years ago my friend who migrated from Ukraine went back to visit his homeland and he showed me some photos which reminded me. She wasn't a model. Just some girl on the beach. They walk next to each other. She has perfect everything and the photo looks staged. But no, she was just a girl. Chances are there was another girl like that nearby. And another.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
29. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 5, 2015, 00:16 shiho
 
1badmf wrote on Mar 4, 2015, 19:48:
interesting. i've gotten into a few youtube arguments with russians about the thin veneer of civilization over there, but at the end of the day i've never been so couldn't support my case with any real authority. what's it really like over there?

Making it brief would do it a disservice. But whatever. People coming from USSR who would enter a Western supermarket have been known to break down crying.

Supposedly things are better over there now, but really a person who never stepped out of Russia has no point of reference just how AMAZING an average, say, American taxi driver, has it, just as your average American absolutely cannot imagine what a Russian has to deal with everyday.

Russia is a country, where by American standards, everything surrounding you is shit. Shit clothes, shit food, very few choices of anything (if any), deficit of basic goods, shit living conditions in Soviet-era depressing falling-apart buildings, broken roads, poorly regulated businesses and mafia wreaking havoc.

Terrible healthcare. I don't know if this improved since Soviet times, but in 1994 they still didn't use anaesthetics, water or suction for routine dental procedures, even on children. All of us grew up like that. Numbing agents were reserved only for taking teeth out.

Resterilized needles, bleary-eyed doctors, minimal and outdated equipment.

In order to accomplish something, bribe a bureaucrat. Drunk police.

Russians all grow up figuring out how to scam the system, because of perpetual scarcity around them. They also all grow up fighting each other. Even girls will fight guys in the playgrounds.

There's a defensive "pissing match" language for use with hostile strangers that men and women alike use. You'll see it in dashcam videos and the like. Women yelling stuff like "eat my pussy", only less nice version of it. Russian profanity is harsher than American/English profanity.

Despite an exploitative mindset, given a chance by migrating to a civilized country, most Russians work hard because they finally feel in control of their own future.

When I came to America from USSR and saw a flyer outside saying "Garage sale", first of all I was blown away that someone just left this colored piece of paper out there, for free. Not even the garage sale, just the flyer itself.

People carry toilet paper with them because in case they need to use a public toilet, it will likely just be a hole in the ground, and they won't give you free toilet paper.

In Soviet times, not having toilet paper anywhere was the norm, so we used daily free Communist newspaper, crumpled them to make them less rough, and used them like that. There was a bin to throw the dirty paper into, because you couldn't flush it down the toilet.

In Soviet times there was a complete lack of innovation due to no capitalist competition, and that retarded the country's progress in not just technology and abundance, but everything around you, and that impact is felt to this day.

From not-earthquake-proof buildings to pollution to shitty clothing and just a stagnant lack of originality and color and optimization/efficiency in every "homeland-made" object.

This is why one of the visitors in Sochi Olympics almost fell down an elevator shaft. The Soviet elevators were so inefficiently designed as to allow autonomous opening of doors. That design, like thousands of others, was never retouched since 1991.

In sane countries, elevator itself plugs into the doors and opens them, which guarantees you will not see them just open by themselves into abyss.

I really liked the movie Transsiberian, because it portrays the atmosphere pretty well. The Russian train conductor calls smiling Americans crazy loons, because that's how Western tourists looked to us... what's there to fucking smile about? Are you children or something?

Switching to that old perspective and seeing things through my "young" eyes like this can become really bizarre. What's all these Youtubers smiling about? Shouldn't they be standing in line for chemically manufactured milk powder substitute?

Anyway. This doesn't really cover it.
 
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