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Comment: Re:I HATE multiplayer (Score 1) 258

by IronChef (#47917375) Attached to: The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

You don't have to take orders. You don't even have to listen to them. Turn off all the voice comms, and treat the other players as bots. That's how I play TF2 (my only MP game) and it works just fine.

I suppose if you landed on the wrong server you might get kicked for not communicating. I have never had that happen yet, though.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 3, Interesting) 502

I am not sure even gamers need sound cards any more... at least not those who don't use headphones. I have a 7.1 movie surround system hooked to a PC, and the Windows itself magically mixes sound bits into the HDMI stream coming from my Nvidia GPU. In games, I get as many discrete sound channels as the game software supports, plus I can push most any kind of bitstream (including DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD) from media files.

With a complete digital path, what does a sound card have to offer me? I guess AMD is making some sound co-processor stuff that might make neat effects at low CPU usage, but I'll need to see some really killer apps for that before it looks remotely attractive.

Comment: Re:See even Microsoft thinks MacBook Airs rule! (Score 2) 365

Windows 8 takes everything you thought you knew about Windows, kills it, rapes it, buries it, digs it up, rapes it again, sets it on fire, and props up the corpse with rusty coat-hangers in the form of a rude gesture.

Strangely, I still love my Surface Pro, but it is despite Windows 8, not because of it. I think for a certain niche it's a sensible machine, but admittedly that niche is awfully narrow.

Comment: Re:Massive conspiracy (Score 1) 465

by IronChef (#47264113) Attached to: IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

My company, which is quite straight-laced, has a very short email retention policy. Email in your Outlook client is only accessible for 30 days before it gets put into some kind of backup system, where it only has another month or two before it's gone forever.

You can search the backups with a special tool, but it is too painful to do frequently.

You are not allowed to create PST files or otherwise store email locally, in any format. Doing so is a firing offense.

Now, I don't know what they do with the data on the server once it's lost to me. I'm sure they are complying with the law. But they have designed an email system that prevents you from using it as personal long-term storage, as you'd do with your private Gmail account. I always assumed this had to be for liability reasons. It sure is inconvenient, though.

Comment: And this is why I never sign petitions (Score 2) 170

by IronChef (#47221963) Attached to: Cable Companies Duped Community Groups Into Fighting Net Neutrality

When someone on the street asks me to sign a petition, the answer is always no. It doesn't matter how worthy the stated cause is:

- Free, nutritious school lunches for whales
- Not grinding minorities into paste at the border
- Municipal high-speed internet

You don't know what you are really signing until you read the fine print, and the fine print under the fine print.

Comment: Re:...paper replacement (Score 1) 321

by IronChef (#47110293) Attached to: I Want a Kindle Killer

I am usually the last person plugging anything from Microsoft, but look at the Surface tablets. They are full Windows 8 devices with an active Wacom digitizer. Writing and sketching on a Surface is eerily smooth and natural-feeling. The screen is 208 ppi, which is not super high, but may be good enough. (You can also trivially pan/zoom your workspace.)

It may not be what you need, but if sketching notes is one of your big use cases, it's worth a look.

Comment: Re:A bunch of nuns? (Score 1) 800

by IronChef (#46940451) Attached to: Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

> But how plausibly can a car judge whether keeping me and my 2 year old infant alive is more or less important than the unknown occupants of another car?

Obviously, your car will need to be made aware of everyone's social graph so that it can weigh the value of all lives involved.

Just kidding! ... kind of. I can see this being a headline some years from now.

When the weight of the paperwork equals the weight of the plane, the plane will fly. -- Donald Douglas