User information for Roger Norris

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Roger Norris
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The Pyro
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Software developer, long-time Blue's reader
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July 10, 2000
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Silver, since February 24, 2020
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431 (Amateur)
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Re: Out of the Blue
Feb 28, 2021, 20:38
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Re: Out of the Blue Feb 28, 2021, 20:38
Feb 28, 2021, 20:38
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 28, 2021, 19:46:
It's pretty slow paced, the weapons feel underpowered, and it's difficult to navigate the environments.

Playing Haz 5 with a full group of 4 dwarves ought to solve at least two of those issues. The game spawns more enemies against a full team. Escort and Salvage missions tend to have the most enemies, and Point Extraction ramps up very quickly. As far as navigation goes, a good driller can get the team almost anywhere, and the gunner's ziplines can handle the rest.

As for underpowered weapons, there are some hefty overclocks available (the engineer's Fat Boy comes to mind - basically a tactical nuke) but it can take a while to grind those out. You need to be promoted before you can start collecting those.

The random caves, unfortunately, can be a bit inconsistent in difficulty - but that's also what gives the game its replay value. It keeps you on your toes. I've had some hellish drops that left 3 out of 4 gold-promoted miners dead within 60 seconds of exiting the drop pod. An unfortunate Korlok or BET-C spawn (random mini-bosses of sorts) can have you scrambling for survival very quickly.
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Re: Play Deep Rock Galactic and More Free This Weekend
Feb 27, 2021, 17:08
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Re: Play Deep Rock Galactic and More Free This Weekend Feb 27, 2021, 17:08
Feb 27, 2021, 17:08
 
Deep Rock is a surprisingly small download - under 2 gigabytes, last I checked, due to all the procedural geometry. Give it a try!
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Re: Morning Metaverse
Feb 12, 2021, 16:10
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Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 12, 2021, 16:10
Feb 12, 2021, 16:10
 
Five hundredths of a percent of bitcoin investors control over 40% of all bitcoin, and just under half a percent of all bitcoin investors control over 5/6ths, or 83%, of bitcoin.

There are definitely some whales out there, but I don't think Bitcoin ownership is quite as lopsided as those numbers would suggest. First of all, many early participants amassed huge balances and then basically lost their coins. The anonymous inventor himself is thought to own more than a million coins, and his account hasn't been touched in years. Most likely, he's either dead or no longer has access. Those coins are probably impossible to recover.

Secondly, exchanges and financial institutions will show up on the blockchain as the "owners" of their customers' coins. If you have a balance of 10 BTC at Coinbase, for example, they'll appear to belong to Coinbase on the public ledger. You have to withdraw them to a private wallet before they're technically yours.

Thirdly, with the way some wallet software works, you can end up with many different addresses containing small amounts of coins. They're all technically yours but they look like separate accounts on the public ledger.

The bigger issue with Bitcoin to me is that I just don't see any benefit to the general public. The dream of "being your own bank" doesn't work because of transaction costs (currently $20 per transaction). There are ideas to reduce costs, but those ideas effectively boil down to using a network of middlemen (i.e. banks) to aggregate transactions - but now you're back where you started before Bitcoin was a thing.

EDIT: In the interest of full disclosure, I also thought Minecraft was a stupid game that would never take off. Maybe don't listen to me.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Feb 11, 2021, 09:29
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Re: Out of the Blue Feb 11, 2021, 09:29
Feb 11, 2021, 09:29
 
Pizza is like Mom's cooking in that arguments about whose is is best are rarely productive.
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Re: Terraria Stadia Port Cancelled
Feb 8, 2021, 13:06
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Re: Terraria Stadia Port Cancelled Feb 8, 2021, 13:06
Feb 8, 2021, 13:06
 
Yikes.

This reminds me, I still need to get around to backing up my photos... you never know when Big Tech is gonna screw you.
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Re: Cyberpunk 2077 Vulnerability Warning
Feb 3, 2021, 09:15
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Re: Cyberpunk 2077 Vulnerability Warning Feb 3, 2021, 09:15
Feb 3, 2021, 09:15
 
Running custom DLL files has always been a vulnerability. That's native code, just like an executable. There's nothing new about Cyberpunk in that regard - though I suppose the popularity and newness of the game makes it a very tempting attack vector.
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Re: Op Ed
Feb 1, 2021, 08:21
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Re: Op Ed Feb 1, 2021, 08:21
Feb 1, 2021, 08:21
 
To me it feels like if anybody went full Cyberpunk first, it would be Japan. Their culture seems much quicker to adopt new technology for technology's sake. From ridiculous phones and cameras, to robots and vending machines, they'll try just about anything. Some of it may work well enough to find its way into the US.

As a westerner I love seeing Asian influence in sci-fi settings. Architecture, culture, people - it make a setting feel exotic and interesting. It's not xenophobia IMO, just a natural sense of wonder and curiosity. My SO, who actually lived in China for a couple years, used to love watching me walk around in the Asian-themed areas of Deus Ex:Human Revolution. It was nostalgic for her, and that more than anything makes me think the designers did a pretty good job.
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Re: Deep Rock Galactic Tops 2M Sales
Jan 27, 2021, 12:45
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Re: Deep Rock Galactic Tops 2M Sales Jan 27, 2021, 12:45
Jan 27, 2021, 12:45
 
The Flying Penguin wrote on Jan 27, 2021, 12:28:
Never thought I'd like the scout, but now I'm digging it...

I see what you did there.
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Re: Deep Rock Galactic Tops 2M Sales
Jan 26, 2021, 23:35
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Re: Deep Rock Galactic Tops 2M Sales Jan 26, 2021, 23:35
Jan 26, 2021, 23:35
 
TheBigVlad wrote on Jan 26, 2021, 23:29:
It also probably doesn't help that I always played solo.

Solo is a very different experience for what it's worth. With a full team, you'll be fighting much larger waves of enemies. It's also more efficient to navigate the level because you've got access to the platform gun, ziplines, and tunnels/ramps dug by the driller. I play with randoms exclusively, and coordination is pretty good even without voice comms.

I enjoy the occasional solo drop, but those honestly wouldn't keep me involved as long as I have been.
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Re: Deep Rock Galactic Tops 2M Sales
Jan 26, 2021, 21:18
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Re: Deep Rock Galactic Tops 2M Sales Jan 26, 2021, 21:18
Jan 26, 2021, 21:18
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jan 26, 2021, 20:24:
Man... I wish I had liked this game more. It's well made, and seems to be popular, but I just couldn't get into the actual gameplay... too much digging, not enough combat, or something.

Some of the missions have more combat than others. Escort missions, for example, are almost pure combat. Salvage is also very combat-heavy. You also have the option of bumping up the difficulty level. Haz 5 is rarely dull, even on mining missions.

If using a pickaxe isn't your thing, the driller has an alternate secondary weapon (the EPC) which can be used to strip-mine huge sections of terrain from a distance. It's tricky, but very efficient once you learn the timing.
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Re: Gabe Newell on Brain Computer Interfaces
Jan 25, 2021, 13:10
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Re: Gabe Newell on Brain Computer Interfaces Jan 25, 2021, 13:10
Jan 25, 2021, 13:10
 
Steele Johnson wrote on Jan 25, 2021, 12:56:
Can you image if CDPR got a hold of this technology and rushed it out the door? We'd all be in a coma seizure.
ftfy
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jan 20, 2021, 16:58
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Re: Out of the Blue Jan 20, 2021, 16:58
Jan 20, 2021, 16:58
 
My phone has been naked for 2 years and the screen is still intact. I dropped it once, but fortunately there was no damage. I miss the extra friction that a case would provide, but I'm not willing to give up the slimmer profile.
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Re: Morning Metaverse
Jan 11, 2021, 16:22
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Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 11, 2021, 16:22
Jan 11, 2021, 16:22
 
This is arguably more dangerous than government censorship. It would be easier to hold the US government accountable. Instead, we've got a small group of private tech executives who hold a near-monopoly on the communications infrastructure running half the planet, and they're using their power to remove content from millions of people who had absolutely nothing to do with storming the US capitol or inciting violence.

The scale of these tech companies gives them a frightening amount of power concentrated in the hands of a few individuals, and I don't see this monopoly getting broken up by market forces any time soon. Maybe the government can't throw you in jail for expressing unpopular opinions, but the tech companies can shut down your entire social network and basically freeze your assets by shutting down payment processing. Google and Apple suddenly don't like your pro-Hong Kong independence views? Bam, now your smartphone is a brick. Good luck finding an alternative.

At this point I don't know what the better solution would be - more aggressive antitrust laws, or more comprehensive classes of protected speech, or an overhaul of section 230 - but I do know I'm not comfortable with the status quo.
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Re: Saturday Metaverse
Jan 10, 2021, 09:22
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Re: Saturday Metaverse Jan 10, 2021, 09:22
Jan 10, 2021, 09:22
 
Jonjonz wrote on Jan 10, 2021, 06:43:
If Trumpoloon loose stoolies try another unlawful repeat, I hope the feds go full Waco on them.

You seem to be referencing the federal siege of Waco in which more than 70 Americans lost their lives, and you seem to be encouraging a repeat. Isn't this exactly the sort of violence-inciting comment that you think ought to be banned?

What we seem to lack these days is the willingness to give some grace to our political opponents. I'll agree to not take your comment literally if you'll offer me the same courtesy in the future.
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Re: Back 4 Blood Trailer
Jan 4, 2021, 11:36
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Re: Back 4 Blood Trailer Jan 4, 2021, 11:36
Jan 4, 2021, 11:36
 
I've had that on my Wishlist for a while. It has very good reviews and from what I hear is a blast to paly in co-op. I personally don't do much co-op games these days as my time is limited and I prefer to jump into a quick game and out but remember the blast I had in my younger years with games like these (L4D).

Just throwing in my $0.02 regarding Deep Rock Galactic: This game eats more of my hours than any other game in my library at the moment. I play with randoms and almost never have issues - just stay away from lobbies demanding "promoted dwarves" and the like. The community is a lot more chill than L4D.

DRG solo mode is fine, and it do play it now and then, but IMO without other dwarves to work with the game doesn't have the same feel.

I'm eager to try Back 4 Blood when it comes out, though! It already looks promising, and hopefully this sudden uptick in marketing indicates a favorable timeline for release?
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Re: Out of the Blue
Dec 28, 2020, 15:07
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Re: Out of the Blue Dec 28, 2020, 15:07
Dec 28, 2020, 15:07
 
I welcome the yearly lull. Gotta play through the newly acquired games! Between holiday sales and the plethora of gift cards being sent back and forth, I reckon I'm not the only one trying new things out.
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Re: More on Epilepsy and Cyberpunk 2077
Dec 8, 2020, 13:04
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Re: More on Epilepsy and Cyberpunk 2077 Dec 8, 2020, 13:04
Dec 8, 2020, 13:04
 
Now I'm curious if other AAA developers check for things like this during the Quality Assurance process. I know I've seen warnings before, but I can't recall which games had them.
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Re: Play Cyberpunk 2077 from GOG.COM on GeForce NOW
Dec 7, 2020, 13:30
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Re: Play Cyberpunk 2077 from GOG.COM on GeForce NOW Dec 7, 2020, 13:30
Dec 7, 2020, 13:30
 
I'm not an expert on GeForce NOW, but my gut feeling is that the bandwidth usage would be roughly the same as streaming any other video. It might be slightly worse than a video due to having to be real-time, which probably puts some constraints on the types of video compression that can be used.

I'd be much more concerned about input lag, especially in a game with plenty of action. But then we don't have bandwidth caps in our area (for now).
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Re: Out of the Blue
Dec 4, 2020, 11:39
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Re: Out of the Blue Dec 4, 2020, 11:39
Dec 4, 2020, 11:39
 
Another vote for B5! G'kar's character arc is probably my favorite in television history, along with Londo's.
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Re: Steam Top 10
Nov 23, 2020, 07:12
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Re: Steam Top 10 Nov 23, 2020, 07:12
Nov 23, 2020, 07:12
 
I purchase from GOG whenever it's an option. As my kids get older, I find them hogging my Steam account more often and it's nice to have DRM-free options.
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