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Comment Re:Streaming doesn't work (Score 1) 152 152

Bullshit. I regularly stream my games machine to a MacBook Air plugged into a 55" TV at 1080p. Gets a solid 60 fps with low latency over *wifi*. Easy enough to play gta5 and project cars with an old ds3. The technology is here now and it works fine. Lying on the sofa with a Bluetooth trackpad for eu4 works great as well, but is far less demanding.

Comment Re:Not me (Score 1) 144 144

Well... I actually meant compilation / executing code, but as it turns out: I've been playing with the xml dump of the dblp database recently. It's 1.5GB and loading it in vim (from SSD) still takes about a minute. Annoying enough that I've been using less to find records in it.

Comment Re:Not me (Score 1) 144 144

What kind of software do you use? I ask because I recently got two machines with SSD primary drives and the performance increase is staggering. One is a laptop for work, mainly uses a text editor and the terminal for compilation. The other is a games machine. In both cases noticeable delays from loading have vanished.

Comment Re:You need to try Nethack, then (Score 1) 195 195

I would say that they are. Cities Skylines is not just better than Simcity - it is the nostalgic version of simcity that I remember from my childhood. It actually lives up to those inflated expectations. It is a huge improvement on everything that has come before it.

GTAV is proving to be a lot of fun, not just flashier graphics but the gameplay is a lot more satisfying. The cutscenes seem to have improved a lot as well, some of them have made me laugh out loud. Unusual for a game storyline. Farcry 4 was a lot of fun. Both focus on emergent gameplay a.k.a "dicking around to see what happens".

If you like strategy then the Paradox catalogue is well worth a look. Games of that depth didn't exist 20-30 years ago. CK2 and EU4 are a lot of fun to play, and very engrossing.

Comment Absolutely no useful information. (Score 1) 62 62

No information on bandwidth, signal strength, channel separation or anything else. Only that it "acts like a concert conductor".
How low can a scientific article sink, and still be the basis for a slashdot story? This must be a new low.

Current trans oceanic fibers do transmit multiple colors at high speed with amplifiers on the seabed and no regenerators. New installations carry 64 Tb/s per fiber. and often 64 fibers are laid. Some are left dark, but theoretical capacity for a cable is therefore 8192 TB/s bidirectional capacity

This might be up to 8 billion HD channels or everyone the entire earth watching different TV channels at the same time. Not sure how much more bandwidth is needed in a cable.

Comment Re:This is why I gave up PC gaming (Score 1) 103 103

Ok fair point, I updated my blog feed and saw that they have pulled it completely (from steam and all physical retail channels as well).

You seem to have a different definition of guaranteed. Normally when somebody offers a guarantee it means that they are confident enough that it works that they will cover your cost if it fails. That is exactly what has happened for buyers on steam. Are you using some other definition of "guarantee"?

Comment Re:This is why I gave up PC gaming (Score 1) 103 103

What you have claimed is not true at all. Arkham Knight was not pulled from Steam - anybody who was unhappy with the crap they released could get their money back. No questions asked. So the guarantee that the OP claimed does exist on Steam. Either it works (to your personal satisfaction) or you get a full refund.

Remind me, which consoles let you do that?

Comment Re:"Other types of electromagnetic radiation" (Score 5, Insightful) 529 529

That is almost a well designed experiment. For counter-balancing it should randomise when something is being transmitted, and not, independently of the light. That would collect data on all four conditions.

Sorry, I have to pick these things apart for a living and it gets difficult to stop sometimes.

"Well hello there Charlie Brown, you blockhead." -- Lucy Van Pelt