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Comment: Re:Stick with Win7 (Score 1) 111

by Lumpy (#47922917) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

"However, you won't be too happy when you get a new machine that doesn't come with anything other than 9."
That will not happen for a long time. I can buy lots of brand new business class machines with windows 7 on it right now and Dell will not stop doing it as long as 90% of all the corporations are demanding it.

Windows 7 will be available on a new machine sold by competent PC makers for a few more years at least.

Comment: Re:You mean... (Score 1) 223

by WolfWithoutAClause (#47922247) Attached to: AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

> They can't simply trust users to appropriately mark packets - you'd have some who simply marked everything as high priority.

Last time I heard about it, and I don't think it's changed, Microsoft Windows marks all its packets as highest possible priority.

The immediate effect of them doing that, was that all ISPs immediately started ignoring the priority classes, which made them completely useless globally.

Comment: Re:Parallax. (Score 0) 222

by BasilBrush (#47920917) Attached to: Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

You're displaying a fundamental misunderstanding of perspective. The way to hide the projection is to view it from up close, not a long way away. In the same way that you can see a 3 foot house chimney from a distance but you can't see it when you are standing a few feet from the door.

Comment: Re: Government s a crappy investor (Score 2) 58

by TheRaven64 (#47918687) Attached to: Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry
Not really. They've increased a bit above inflation, but the amount I'm spending on electricity has remained pretty constant, increasingly slightly below inflation (increases in device efficiency offsetting increase in costs). The amount I'm paying for gas has gone up a bit more.

Comment: Re:If there was only one viable choice ... (Score 1) 129

by TheRaven64 (#47918667) Attached to: Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic
I switched to DuckDuckGo and haven't looked back. They used to be noticeably worse in results quality, but Google has gone a long way downhill. Occasionally I don't find things with DDG and try Google. When I do, I have to wade through pages of totally irrelevant stuff to find that there are no matches, whereas at least DDG tells me straight away that it can only find half a dozen possibly-relevant things. I especially like the way DDG integrates with a number of domain-specific search engines.

Comment: Re: Got Burned by Titanfall (Score 1) 260

by Ash-Fox (#47917133) Attached to: The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

xbox live does kind of piss me off. You pay for them for online play. They aren't providing game servers for you to play on, they're relying on some random person in the group they've matched you against. Then you get matched up against some people who can't handle six players at the same time and it's an awful experience. People in the game blame the guy with the poor Internet, I blame Microsoft for not providing dedicated servers when it's been paid for.

I would rather key in IP addresses manually and have my own dedicated servers than this paid crap. Of course, this wouldn't make Microsoft a profit then.

Comment: Re:hope for improvements (Score 1) 321

by Ash-Fox (#47916581) Attached to: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

Would it not be a universal issue if it was the game?

Indeed, and no other application or game on my system is like this. I can play BF4 at maximum settings at 60fps, same with Star Citizen etc.

Of course, what you're trying to say is that other people should be experiencing this.

This is genuinely the first I've heard of glaring Minecraft performance issues and I know of many people who run it at 60fps or more on far lower spec systems than you're running.

This is no doubt in my mind because people who struggle with this just give up on the game and don't bother. So they aren't participating in your community. I have only met two other people who had this issue too, but considering that I only know 12 people who have tried/played/play Minecraft, that's not really unsurprising. I do know that the issue is definitely exasperated when bumping up quality settings and fullscreen.

There must be something that Minecraft or Java/JNI doesn't like about your specific hardware configuration, but I really couldn't guess what.

I honestly think the game was written poorly. I remember a time when overflows (corrupts your map because you went too far) could happen because you went too far and it was because Notch did not use a feature of Java that used to be advertised as a big reason to use Java... Bignums. Then instead of actually fixing it with bignums, he just hard codes a barrier. Instead of using literals to represent all the data in a grid, he chose to create some of the most inefficient way to store that data and we end up with servers that require 12GB for a modest Minecraft server setup. He could have created zoning with bignums, which would have allowed only the relevant portions at the time to be loaded into memory.

I am convinced based off what I have observed from decompiled Minecraft classes and the solutions that were chosen to solve problems that the issues I am experiencing are from a poorly designed and poorly implemented engine that causing some issues with my system.

Comment: Re:Crouching Microtransactions, Hidden DRM (Score 1) 260

by Lumpy (#47916529) Attached to: The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Absolutely. I was going to buy Destiny but waited for the initial reviews. and there are a LOT of people pissed off because it's unplayable if you don't have a super fast internet connection.

So that means that playing in the evening when everyone is streaming Netflix and Hulu you cant freaking play the $70 video game because Bungie is too stupid to realize that not everyone has an OC3 to their house.

So I'm passing on it the same way I passed on titanfall. and it sounds like it's turning into a titanfall "meh" overall review as most of the game is so repetitive that it's not funny.

But then you also have crap games like BattleField 4 that is still so full of bugs that it's unplayable and they don't plan on fixing them. Overall the video game industry is dying, I used to spend at least $120 a month on games, I now haven't bought a new game in 2 months and I have stopped buying 0 day games completely after the bullshit that was Battlefield 4 Alpha-test edition.

Lastly I am done with freaking Online multiplayer. it's full of little 13 year old shitheads that only know how to be bouncing N00b-T00b's.

Comment: Re:Off-site backups and Plex (Score 1) 255

by Centurix (#47916149) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

This is a great solution. I'd have to add that Plex supports sync into whatever cloud system you have as well. You select which content you want duplicated and it takes care of the rest.

I did the same as the original poster, converting lots of VHS and other dead media as best I could. Installing Sickbeard, NZBGet, Couch Potato, Headphones and a torrent server it's become quite a thing to behold. Using Plex with a couple of Chromecasts around the house really makes things easy. Chromecast and Plex get along with each other in a brilliant way. Best $35 ever spent. Even with the Netflix, HBO Go, iPlayer and a ton of other apps that just work.

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome. -- Dr. Johnson