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Comment: Re:Why the fuck is this on Slashdot? (Score 2) 394

There are comparatively fewer web sites focusing on technology, mathematics, science, and computing. Slashdot was such a site. We'd be able to come here to find articles and dicussion that wouldn't be readily available from other sources or venues.

Next article up: "Ask Slashdot: Will nuclear winter usher in the year of Linux on the desktop?"

Comment: Re:Chip and PIN (Score 1) 102

by PopeRatzo (#47811433) Attached to: Banks Report Credit Card Breach At Home Depot

What do you care? the CC company pays for it, and they send you a new card.

As has already been pointed out, no, it's you that pays for it in fees.

The current interest rate on savings is what about 1%? Banks can take that money and charge 18-24%. They've got a license to print money. Do you really think they're just going to eat the loss? They're passing it on to you in dribs and drabs.

Comment: Re:gaming rig (Score 1) 93

by PopeRatzo (#47811351) Attached to: AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

Im married and if my wife looked own upon video games I wouldnt have married her. Just saying, not all wives are like yours.

I know. Some expect you to get a job.

I'm pretty lucky all in all. I was able to retire on my 50th birthday and except for the occasional request to not throw another controller through the window because I'm frustrated with Dark Souls' horrible PC port, she doesn't mind me gaming. Occasionally, when company comes to the house, she'll ask me to put some pants on, though. I like to game au natural. She made me a nice little pad to sit on because my Aero chair was leaving crosshatch marks on my butt.

Is this too much information?

Comment: Re:Discrimination (Score 1) 573

by Pharmboy (#47809923) Attached to: Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

That is a Foundation issue, not something we at WER can do much about. I think they have spent a great deal of money and resources on the issue, but I've yet to see anything come of it, to be honest. Child rearing is probably to blame in part, if we are honest and accept that our culture still has a divide between the genders. Men tend to have a bit more free time, and perhaps that is the threshold: free time. I notice a lot of unemployed people editing, for example.

Comment: false flag (Score 4, Insightful) 30

by PopeRatzo (#47809221) Attached to: NATO Set To Ratify Joint Defense For Cyberattacks

Don't tell me this doesn't have more to do with filesharing than "cyberattacks".

Most of the cyberattacks are state sponsored now anyway. Anything involving NATO and the internet is all about the new TISA "free trade" agreements. If Western governments want to stop cyberattacks, then maybe they should stop attacking their citizens in cyberspace. It's pretty hypocritical to rattle sabers regarding "cyberattacks" when your own intelligence services are eavesdropping on phones and distributing malware.

Comment: Re:gaming rig (Score 1) 93

by PopeRatzo (#47809141) Attached to: AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

Curious what your wife does for fun?

She makes fun of grown-ass men who put on helmets with horns on them and play computer games in their underwear.

Personally, I think I look pretty cool in the helmet with the horns, and playing in just my underwear makes me feel more like a level 50 battlemage.

Comment: Re:gaming rig (Score 1) 93

by PopeRatzo (#47809047) Attached to: AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

I'd say just a new GPU would be fine. I use an Asus 770GTX and can play everything I've tried on max settings @1440p, so you should fine @1080p.

That's good advice. Do you happen to know if new cards like the 770 are backwards compatible with motherboards that don't have the latest PCI-e 3.0? My motherboard has PCI-e 2.0.

Oh, I guess I can go look it up. Thanks for the good advice.

Comment: Re:gaming rig (Score 1) 93

by PopeRatzo (#47809011) Attached to: AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

If one takes care of their responsibilities appropriately and is prudent in their spending, it doesn't really matter if a grown man plays computer games or watch telly tubbies or whatever they like so long as it doesn't screw up other people's lives.

You're not married, are you?

Thanks for the advice, though. Right now, "Can I Run It" shows that most of the games that have published requirements will run on my machine. I'll save the dough and wait and see. It's not like I can't get a new video card in a day or two from Amazon or Newegg, if it turns out I need it.

Comment: One problem with that. (Score 1) 399

by khasim (#47807997) Attached to: In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

It is also quite possible that he is actually suffering from mental illness -- schizophrenia often manifests itself in early adulthood, for example -- and that his books were originally written as a coping mechanism for the early stages of illness.

The problem with that is that they are keeping him in an undisclosed location.

But they're revealing that he is undergoing psychiatric evaluation.

Wouldn't they just send him to the closest psychiatric hospital AND TELL THE PRESS THAT HE WENT THERE for evaluation? If there is no problem with the actions of the police then there is no need for secrecy.

Comment: Re:In Soviet Maryland (Score 2) 399

by khasim (#47807841) Attached to: In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

The police are under no requirements to act - they even won a Supreme Court case regarding the matter.

The problem is that there are very few people with the guts to say "I will take the responsibility for ending this investigation right now because I believe there is no risk".

Once "the children" are invoked then anything can be justified to protect "the children".

And who is going to end his/her career by saying there is no risk when someone else might find something that was missed in the perpetrator's background?

I'm old. I remember when playing games at school was fun. Even if it was pretend assassination.

Comment: gaming rig (Score 1) 93

by PopeRatzo (#47806983) Attached to: AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

OK, since Slashdot is running these weekly Tom's Hardware-type posts, lemme axe you something:

I've got a system I put together maybe three years ago. I used a good motherboard bought a good case, good RAM, very good PSU. It was when the first i5s were coming out, so it's an i5-750 (2.7ghz, I think). I didn't spend a lot of dough on a GPU, but I've been able to play everything up to and including Watch Dogs on this setup.

I want to be ready for the fall games (The Crew, GTA V, Dragon Age Whatever, Witcher 3, Arkham Whatever). Should I just start over with a new mobo processor or can I get value out of a new GPU (say, an nVidia 770 or AMD R9 285)?

mobo: Gigabyte GA-P55-UDsomething
RAM: 8 gig
GPU: HD 6850
SSD for system drive and Caviar black for games (maybe I should drop $150 on a 250gig SSD for my games? I'd have to trim down how many Steam and GOG games I have installed though, because now I've probably got 300gig including Wolfenstein (40+gig!)
24" 1920x1080

So what about it. It looks like this fall I might bump up against some of the new games requirements. Whole new rig or can I get mileage out of a new GPU?

Also, my wife thinks a grown man playing computer games is a little bit pathetic, and I can't really argue with her, so it's probably best if I keep the same big coolermaster case so maybe she won't notice I've spent more money my gaming rig. Bad enough when that new keyboard with the Cherry MB Brown keys came and all of a sudden my keyboard was glowing bright blue and I had to explain why I had to replace the old logitech keyboard.

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