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Comment: Re:False Advertising (Score 2) 133

by Smauler (#48897079) Attached to: NVIDIA Responds To GTX 970 Memory Bug

Anyone who buys a graphics card based on how much memory it has is going to be disappointed. It's _way_ cheaper to chuck mediocre cards out with lots of RAM than it is to produce good cards.

Benchmarks, benchmarks, benchmarks, people. Don't look at what it is called, or how much memory it has, look at what it _does_. I'm talking about real world gaming benchmarks here, not 3dmark or anything. And yes, they do manipulate these a bit, but it's much, much harder to manipulate them.

All that being said, this is a shitty move by nvidia.

Comment: Re:Hey! I've been gypped! (Score 1) 133

by Smauler (#48897049) Attached to: NVIDIA Responds To GTX 970 Memory Bug

My autoexec.bat by the end was just a menu with 7 options at the start, with it jumping to the right parts depending on the thing I wanted to run. The config.sys was not as easy to automate - you just had to rename the files and reboot. Getting DOOM to run on 4 separate computers together back then was.... challenging, especially if you didn't run IPX natively. It was possible, though, and when I got doom set up 4 person multiplayer, it was a revelation at the time for me and my friends. This was 20 years ago, and it was new. One of the computers was a 386, and (unsurprisingly) had a pretty awful FPS rate... the worst players always seemed to end up on that one ;).

And yes, I did have different autoexecs for every machine.

Comment: Re:64bit (Score 1) 633

by Smauler (#48881631) Attached to: Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

When upgrading from 2k, installing Vista, on a brand new computer, I had a load of problems with it. I needed newer versions of directx, being a gamer, which were not available with 2k. It'd BSOD at a certain point in the installation, without fail. I didn't have the internet by other means, so I thought.... why not just try to boot off of the old 2k hard drive? This was just a HD spat in a new system, no messing with it at all.

It booted in 640*480, and I was amazed. Standards FTW. I managed to connect to the internet (after a while), and then find my problem (which was not my problem).

It turns out it was the original Vista not working with nforce motherboards with more than 4gb RAM installed, at all...

The solution was to install Vista with 2gb, then add the other memory later after having applied a hotfix.

Since then Vista has been good to me, I've had good uptime (4 months+), and constant stability.... but I'll always remember 2k.

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 790

by Smauler (#48881439) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

No one *needs* to hear the engine noise to know when to shift. Feeling the car's velocity and knowing what gear one's in is sufficient information most of the time.

Tell me exactly how one "feels the cars velocity"? When you're going a set speed, there is no feeling at all. Relying on a change of direction to tell you which way to steer is awkward.

If you meant visual cues (but didn't say it), they can be less useful in lots of circumstances. I personally know corners by aural engine speed and other feedback, and learning them again in a different car is different.

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 790

by Smauler (#48881309) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

For driving a manual car the engine noise serves a purpose too, but it's getting more and more rare even here in Europe.

To be fair, automatics have been getting better and better recently. Most new lorries are automatic (I learnt with a 16 speed gearbox on my HGV test, though). As long as there's a separate test in the UK for automatics and manuals, most people will take the manual test. There's talk of allowing HGV tests being allowed to be taken in automatics currently, though.

Note that anyone taking their HGV test will already have passed their car test in a manual.

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 790

by Smauler (#48881215) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

I drive a 1.8 litre 4 pot normally aspirated Japanese 4 seat hatchback, mainly because it didn't cost much (£2,500, used obviously), it is reliable (1 major breakdown in 5 years), hasn't cost anything for basic maintenance (2 new full set of tyres for £100 a set in 5 years, literally no oil except for services (it doesn't lose any)), and can get 30mpg or so.

It also does 0-60 in 6 point something seconds or so, has a top speed of 150, and sounds amazing naturally.

I don't treat it right, either. I play with lift off oversteer a lot, and rev the engine to 9000 rpm or so when accelerating.

Now the bad : It's useless as a long distance cruiser, it sits at over 4000rpm in 5th gear at 70mph, it hasn't got a 6th, if you want good mpg you're going to have to sit at 50. Added to that, it is more noisy because it's got lots of sound insulation stripped from it as standard. Also, insurance isn't that great either, I'm currently paying £400 or so (which is a lot, because I'm almost the lowest risk there is). That's about it.

Integra Type R DC2. I bought it because it sounds amazing. I kept it because it was.

LOL, there's an advertising slogan if ever I heard one.

Comment: Re:Let's ban all guns! (Score 1) 1350

by Smauler (#48765823) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

This is a good example (warning, pdf). See table 2, which shows that handgun offences were at 2648 in 1997, the year they were banned, and had risen to 5874 by 2001/2.

There isn't any evidence to show that handgun crime fell or stayed the same after the ban, because it didn't, it more than doubled in 5 years.

Comment: Re:Let's ban all guns! (Score 1) 1350

by Smauler (#48760039) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

There were about the same number of deaths in the UK from handguns when they were legal to own 20 years ago. The estimated total number of guns, legal and illegal, held by civilians in the United Kingdom is over four million. That's one for every 15 people or so. The majority of these are legally owned.

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