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Comment: Re:Hey! I've been gypped! (Score 1) 120

by PopeRatzo (#48895951) Attached to: NVIDIA Responds To GTX 970 Memory Bug

How can you possibly remember all that? Are you maintaining some of these old industrial DOS systems? I can tell you from the top of my head what record label a rock song from 1970 was on, but I couldn't make an autoexec.bat or config.sys if you put a gun to my head without googling it. And I must have done it a thousand times back in the day.

Comment: Re:Hey! I've been gypped! (Score 1) 120

by PopeRatzo (#48895165) Attached to: NVIDIA Responds To GTX 970 Memory Bug

You don't drive your Ferrari around at max speed all the time,

I do in Need for Speed Rivals, which brings us full circle back to VRAM and nVidia trying to get those people who just bought Geforce 970s to start bugging their parents (or wives) for a GeForce 980 because goddamit, they promised 4gig VRAM and now I may not be able to play Arkham Knight on Ultra and that makes me feel awful.

Comment: Re:Well, it's more like they said... (Score 1) 120

by PopeRatzo (#48895145) Attached to: NVIDIA Responds To GTX 970 Memory Bug

Yeah, but what if you got that really good looking waitress from the Tilted Kilt to finally go out with you and you told her your car could to 200 and you drive out the Bonneville Salt Flats and it turns out your expensive car runs out of horses at 175mph and you're looking like the world's biggest douche?

How are you supposed to recover from that, huh? DAMN YOU nVIDIA!

Comment: Re: Hey! I've been gypped! (Score 2) 120

by PopeRatzo (#48895127) Attached to: NVIDIA Responds To GTX 970 Memory Bug

. Probably 99.9% of users don't have applications or hardware to use more than half of that VRAM anyways

Sure they do. People who are buying the 970 are either gamers or dopey bitcoin miners, and the top tier (and most of the middle-tier) of new games will use 4gig VRAM. Who knows about the bitcoin mining because that's all nonsense anyway. But I'll bet their little programs that they run using $1 of electricity to get 50 cents in bitcoins use every bit of that 4gig VRAM. Because they've got nothing but time to deal with bitcoin mining and GPU performance since they dropped out of grad school and now dad keeps insisting that they be looking for work but how can they do that when they're mining bitcoins goddamnit, which is the future of money and then they'll never need a job because they'll be the ones with all the money and dad's Roth IRA is going to be worthless, watch and see. And if they could just get they're hands on another $1500 (you know dad probably has it), they could really get this bitcoin rig humming and then they'd be spending $1 of electricity to mine 75 cents worth of bitcoins.

Gamers on the other hand (like me) paid for 4gig of VRAM to get more p's and more frames-per-secondses, and by god, we deserve to get 4 gig of VRAM.

Comment: Re:Popcorn time! (Score 1) 354

by bmo (#48888261) Attached to: Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

All the property that is necessary to a Man, for the Conservation of the Individual and the Propagation of the Species, is his natural Right, which none can justly deprive him of: But all Property superfluous to such purposes is the Property of the Publick, who, by their Laws, have created it, and who may therefore by other laws dispose of it, whenever the Welfare of the Publick shall demand such Disposition. He that does not like civil Society on these Terms, let him retire and live among Savages. He can have no right to the benefits of Society, who will not pay his Club towards the Support of it.

- Benjamin Franklin, letter to Robert Morris, December 25, 1783

Comment: Re:No way! (Score 2) 502

The enlightened self interest angle is that I don't want corporations treating H-1Bs like crap, because it enables the companies to get them for cheap, which depresses salaries in my career path. I want companies to have to treat H-1B visa holders well because 1) it's the right thing to do, and 2) so that I'm not competing against guys who'll work for 2/3 my salary for fear of being deported.

Comment: Will it play Batman Arkham Knight? (Score 1) 111

by PopeRatzo (#48881145) Attached to: NVIDIA Launches New Midrange Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

My problem with this new card is, as far as I can tell it barely meets the minimum requirements for some next-gen games. Isn't the min req for Assassins Creed Unity like a GeForce 680?

The specs for all new games are out of whack with the latest generation of video cards. If you buy a $200 card, you should be able to play any game released in the same year (though probably not on Ultra).

I just don't want to pull the trigger on a $350 video card, but it looks like game devs are making that the entry level for AAA games.