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Comment: Re:Inescapable fact of FPS games (Score 1) 164

by dave562 (#48462317) Attached to: Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

Not sure why I bother replying to an AC, but I usually play Conquest so I do PTFO you tool.

K:D is something that everyone, even someone who does not play BF4, can understand.

How about this... when I am playing on a hack free server, I am usually in the top 5 (because I am PTFingO and earning points for my team). If I was all about K:D, I would not spend so much time with a Stinger where I only earn about 50 points for a mobility kill and get 0 player kills.

Comment: Re:Inescapable fact of FPS games (Score 1) 164

by dave562 (#48460999) Attached to: Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

They ban them, but I think it is a limited time ban. As someone else commented, those hackers are paying customers. They do not want to cut off the revenue stream.

I think that they should let them play on hacker only servers. Let the trolls all roll around in the muck with each other and leave the rest of the community alone.

Comment: Inescapable fact of FPS games (Score 2) 164

by dave562 (#48459887) Attached to: Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

I keep hoping and praying that one day someone will come out with a way to effectively deal with this, but the reality is that the problem is here to stay. The way this pans out is that you get a day or two of hack free game play when the publisher updates their anti-cheat code. Then the hackers come out with new binaries that cannot be detected and the game sucks again.

I like FPS games and I really like FPS games on the computer where I can use a keyboard and mouse. Hackers just kill the game though. On a hacker free BF4 server, I will go 3:1 or 4:1 frequently. Yet my overall ratio for the game is down around 0.8:1. That gives some sense of how often the hacks are going undetected.

I do not understand why companies like EA, Valve, etc do not just subscribe to the hacks themselves and update the detection routines as soon as they come out. They have proven that they have technology that will catch the large majority of them. It just seems like they are too lazy to stay on top of it. The cynical side of me thinks that they are have only been aggressive with the BF4 hackers in the last week or two due to Hardline coming out soon.

Comment: Re:If at first you don't succeed... (Score 1) 262

by dave562 (#48386613) Attached to: Ubisoft Points Finger At AMD For Assassin's Creed Unity Poor Performance

This right here is what I miss the most about swapping warez.

I haven't pirated software with any regularity since a 56k modem was fast, but even back then, any game that I enjoyed I bought to support the publisher so that they had a chance to stay in business and continue to pump out good products.

A try before you buy model would crush the software industry, but would be a godsend for gamers. Even a model where you get to play the first level, or play for 10 hours would strike the balance between piracy and profits.

Comment: Re:Ok, even giving them the benefit of the doubt (Score 1) 262

by dave562 (#48386579) Attached to: Ubisoft Points Finger At AMD For Assassin's Creed Unity Poor Performance

I cannot believe that you wasted money buying that garbage either.

Get with the rest of the smart people and wait next time. I did. Oddly enough, I am not kicking myself in the ass for not pre-ordering AC:Unity. Go figure....

That is not say that I do not want to play the game, or that I will not enjoy playing it in two months from now when the public beta period is over, the bugs are worked out, and I purchase the game for a discount.

Comment: Re:Ok, even giving them the benefit of the doubt (Score 1) 262

by dave562 (#48386555) Attached to: Ubisoft Points Finger At AMD For Assassin's Creed Unity Poor Performance

Given the likelihood of that happening (hint: not at all), the only sane option is to stop buying on the release date.

I saw the trailers for AC:Unity and thought that it looks like a fun game. Then I remembered what a cluster fuck Watch Dogs was and decided to wait.

Surprise, I made the wise choice there.

I might pick up the game in another month or two once the public beta period is over, and Ubisoft has knocked 20%+ off of the price.

Comment: Re:Quit buying games on day one (Score 2) 473

I adopted a similar tactic. I have been burned one time too many. After the cluster fuck that was Watch Dogs, I will never buy a pre-release version of another Ubisoft game.

The same goes for EA, after the cluster fuck that was BF4.

It is better to wait a month or two, let everyone else deal with the public beta test period, and then get it at a discount.

Comment: Not just the DoD (Score 1) 60

The DoD has put the most thought into the subject of co-locating equipment, but the entire Federal government is embracing this model as well. The company I work for provides legal technology solutions to the DoJ and the SEC. Over the last year, every single RFP has had at least some question about our willingness to co-locate hardware in their facilities.

The same thing is happening in the private sector, especially the financial industry. People are so paranoid about data breaches that they are unwilling to trust server providers, no matter how secure the application stack might be.

Comment: Stay on it (Score 2) 209

I was on the grand fathered plan until corporate made me switch. I rarely use more than the data cap, but when I travel I prefer to use my cell phone instead of hotel wifi. I have already run into problems with forced disconnects and throttling. They say that they do not do it but my experience tells me otherwise.

I am still waiting for the call from the accounting drone about overage charges. Of course I saved the email where I told them that when I go over, I tend to go WAY over and that by forcing me off of the plan they are going to end up paying more.

Comment: Re:Change Jobs (Score 1) 275

by dave562 (#47950469) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

I agree with changing jobs.

At a certain point, you have to realize that you are in a no win situation and move on. The only way to affect change in your current organization is to leave. If enough people follow your lead, senior management will realize that your manager is a problem and deal with them. That will be too little, too late in your specific case, but the company will be better in the long run.

If you really are a good programmer, you can go to work anywhere. There is a serious shortage of good programmers in the world. By good programmers I mean people who inherently get programming. I do not mean people who happen to be able to develop apps in a single language.

Once you get burnt out with programming, aspire to be the manager or executive that you always wished that you could work for. Cultivate an environment in which other programmers can thrive and succeed. Find a company that needs good programmers and reap the rewards of being the person, or the team leader who builds the product that generates the revenue.

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