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Real Name Eric Phillips   
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Signed On Mar 29, 2012, 18:44
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News Comments > Crytek Suing Cloud Imperium
16. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 13, 2017, 22:27 DrSquick
Mr. Tact wrote on Dec 13, 2017, 20:32:
Does anyone doubt this thing will surpass the Duke Nukem Forever "records"? Call me when it does, until then.. *yawn*

I'm personally hoping it is released as a mobile free to play game with RobertBucks that can be used to give more "ship fuel" and play more.
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
5. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 25, 2017, 21:41 DrSquick
RedEye9 wrote on Nov 25, 2017, 21:36:
jacobvandy wrote on Nov 25, 2017, 15:58:
Giant space ants, maybe.

According to ZDNet Korea, the top of the line TV will be 150 inches.

Niiiice! For a mere four kidneys and a hotdog you can have a 150 inch TV. I had a 130" 1080P projector setup at my old basement, and it was amazing... But having a 7' ceiling sucked because if anyone got up they would block the picture. And you had a very expensive bulb and notable cool-down period. I'm sure it will never happen, but if there was a 150" TV that would be fantastic.
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News Comments > Path of Exile Expansion Announced
5. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 17, 2017, 09:46 DrSquick
Always glad to see these guys doing well. I think it is probably the best example of a free to play game I've ever seen, and hopefully it is monetarily working well for them!

I know I've personally bought the ten stash bundle because I like to horde everything!
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 9, 2017, 12:07 DrSquick
Congrats! This is definitely the only site I visit every day, and usually many times a day.

I do miss the holiday Blue's logos though...
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News Comments > Skyrim Creation Club Launches with Survival Mode
3. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 4, 2017, 11:02 DrSquick
Alamar wrote on Oct 4, 2017, 10:23:
That Survival Mode looks kind of cool... And annoying heh... The lower carry weight will probably suck more than the other changes though ; )

Yeah I agree. I'm a horrible hoarder in games like Skyrim. So my first few play through were stressful that I had to constantly decide if I wanted to hoof it back to my house to save stuff or leave it on the ground. Once I learned about mods I installed one that dramatically changed weights, like making potions 0 weight; and then the game became much more fun for me.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 28, 2017, 16:39 DrSquick
Can GPUs replace CPUs? My limited understanding was that GPUs were highly specific and could only do a few things but ultra fast and the equivalent of thousands of threads at once, whereas CPUs were more all-purpose.  
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News Comments > EVE: Valkyrie – Warzone Launches
1. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 26, 2017, 21:13 DrSquick
Reminds me of a modern Descent... I tried playing the GOG version of Descent 3 last year and my computer had an aneurysm. I do wish them well though, I loved EVE and really appreciate how open CCP Games is.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
3. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 15, 2017, 15:53 DrSquick
Luke wrote on Sep 15, 2017, 15:38:
Just go laser printing...lots of money saved gfys hp

Do you know of any affordable color lasers? I switched to a color monochrome many years ago and have probably used two toner cartridges in ten years. But some folks in my family still like to print pictures locally instead of using a service.
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News Comments > Ark Expansion Announced
6. Re: Ark Expansion Announced Sep 3, 2017, 22:16 DrSquick
jdreyer wrote on Sep 3, 2017, 16:00:
Does this game still run poorly for folks?

Yeah... I upgraded to an nvidia 1070 from a 3-4 year old 770 and went from ~15 fps to well over 100 at all times. So I'm not sure if the game uses an instruction set that the older cards don't have, but a newer card makes the game fantastic.

I get that a lot of people don't like that they did an expansion in early release, but this game really has a LOT of content! I only play single player, but I have 125 hours from just two play throughs. If you like crafting and foraging, I think it's a fantastic game!
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 15, 2017, 10:49 DrSquick
Creston wrote on Aug 15, 2017, 10:05:
And their standard 20GB data cap, most likely.

Fuck Ajit Pai for pretending that satellite internet is acceptable in 2017.

If it wasn't for the data cap, it would be a great option as a backup Internet for rural sites, or the only highspeed option for very remote sites. I've had quite a few clients with manufacturing plants in the middle of BFE where I can only get bundled T1s for primary Internet, and no second option. So I'd love to do satellite or 4G as a backup, but both have such restrictive caps that unless it is a mission critical system (which wouldn't be in BFE in the first place), it's more affordable to let the plant go down if the T1s fail.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 2, 2017, 10:30 DrSquick
fishingtime wrote on Aug 2, 2017, 09:57:
close this website

Has Blue ever missed a single day of updates? I've been reading this site daily for at least 15 years, and I honestly can't remember a single day that he didn't update at least a small update. I recall a few technical issues, but never a whole day without an update.

Wonder what he does when he's sick.
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
2. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 15, 2017, 23:01 DrSquick
Cutter wrote on Jul 15, 2017, 14:37:
I think they're vastly overestimating the importance of Whole Foods and its impact.

“This transaction occurs during a long period of economic concentration that has already caused a decline in workers' wages and mobility,” the congressman wrote, “essentially allowing a small number of monopolists to hoard the ‘fruit of economic growth.’ ”

And it would be funny a republican congressman is saying this if it wasn't so sad.

Pardon my ignorance, but I just don't understand why Amazon bought Whole Foods. Is it to bolster their Amazon Pantry offering? I don't think so, because they don't need brick and mortar stores to do that. Is it to offer a brick and mortar spot to buy "Amazon Goods?" That doesn't seem right either, because that's not their target audience.

I feel like this is probably the biggest thing that will happen in a decade, and I just don't get why Amazon paid so much for WF!
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News Comments > Unturned Launched
2. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 7, 2017, 19:53 DrSquick
Wow I haven't heard about this game in quite a while, but man is it fun! If you can get past the graphics, this is a surprisingly deep game! I only played in PvE, but it is very hard in the beginning, but has such a huge sense of accomplishment once you finally secure a house/base and set up a farm for food.

I also believe the guy who wrote it was 15 or 16 when he started. Huge accomplishment! Also the only one paid DLC is for skins, so it seems he did make it just for fun.
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News Comments > Secret World Legends Launched
10. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 26, 2017, 15:34 DrSquick
jacobvandy wrote on Jun 26, 2017, 14:00:
Why are they waiting more than a month to put it on Steam?

Just a guess, but if it is on the Steam store, wouldn't the publisher need to pay Steam for microtransactions? So either the items would need to be more expensive if you had the Steam version (unlikely), or else the publisher would get less money if you use the Steam version.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Out of the Blue May 26, 2017, 10:40 DrSquick
Zuck's first order will be mandatory cameras and mics in every room of every building. Half the people will receive directed advertising that attempts to make them sad, and the other half make them happy.  
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
9. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 30, 2017, 21:51 DrSquick
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Apr 30, 2017, 20:04:
Mr. Tact wrote on Apr 30, 2017, 18:29:
Personally, I don't get ebooks. Half the reason I pick up a book these days is to get my eyes off an electronic screen. Plus, I just like physical books, own a few hundred of them... Whatever. If you like them, good for you. I'll take a pass...

/curmudgeon mode off

I'm generally of the same opinion although the one thing ebooks really have going for them is portability and no need for bookshelves. You can have an entire library on one device that's as light as a paperback. I still vastly prefer the reading experience of a traditional printed book, but living in a tiny apartment in NYC, I'm starting to appreciate the upside of not having to store physical artifacts on shelves.

Portability is exactly why I prefer ebooks. When I have a paper book, I typically will only pick it up for hour or more focused sessions of reading, such as this time of the year when it might be 70 degrees with a gentle wind. I could sit outside and listen to the sound of the wind through the trees while reading a book forever. However, I prefer larger phones, and with an ebook on my phone I can read a few pages while I am standing in line somewhere, or for ten minutes while eating my lunch.

I have never got into the e-ink readers though for some reason. I bought a first generation Kindle, and for some reason paid the extra $50 to have fee-free 3G downloading of books. I guess I got sucked into the image of sitting on the beach and downloading a book. They do perform perfectly in the sun, but I would be so afraid of taking one to a beach for fear of getting sand or water on it. I am curious now if the 3G is still active, it's been almost ten years I bet...
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 24, 2017, 11:48 DrSquick
Wallshadows wrote on Apr 24, 2017, 10:02:
WarCraft Go, no doubt.

You have reached your limit of crystal mined today. Watch this video to unlock an extra 2 hours of crystal capacity, or use BlizzardBucks to permanently increase your crystal capacity (available in $9.99 and $99.99 amounts).
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News Comments > PAYDAY 2 Free Week+
5. Re: PAYDAY 2 Free Week+ Apr 4, 2017, 15:52 DrSquick
Is this the game that has a house with a big money vault in it? Did they ever do anything with that area?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 8, 2017, 20:52 DrSquick
Hey Blue, FYI - you might have an epic wind storm coming your way. I'm in Michigan and all day we have had a high wind warning with gusts up to 68 MPH! We have 750,000 houses without power... It's the second largest outage in Michigan ever.

So FYI, you might want to start the cannibalism, looting, and pillaging in advance to get the best pick!
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News Comments > Conan Exiles Sales Success; Future Plans Outlined
4. Re: Conan Exiles Sales Success; Future Plans Outlined Mar 6, 2017, 22:59 DrSquick
Cutter wrote on Mar 6, 2017, 19:40:
Good for them. I want this game, but after ARK no way in hell I'm touching a survival game until it's done, or the end is in sight.

What don't you like about ARK? I bought it pretty close to launch, and the performance was WAY too bad for me to play. A few months ago I got on a survival kick, and played a bunch of survival games. I will say Subnautica is an absolutely exceptional game (just don't read anything about it... Go in blind, the story line is great). Then I chewed through that in 20ish hours, and now I'm back to ARK. Performance still sucks, and taming dinos takes a thousand years, even on 3x speed... But it's a very fun survival game!
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