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Comment Re:And the definition of "work"? (Score 1) 362

But now that every game console has the ability to support patches, the developers/publishers have begun to rely on this as a crutch so that they can save time and release on some pre-determined schedule and/or save money by not bothering with full q/a attention.

You do know that all console manufacturers impose a certification process on all games released, right? You cannot ship a broken console game and "patch it later" like you can do on PC.

There are exceptions of course; sometimes bugs just sneak past any amount of testing, especially multiplayer issues...

Comment Re:Saboteur, hey? (Score 1) 230

There's a tiny little bug in Quake3 that can make an invalid GL call at times: it "worked" for 7 years because the drivers gracefully ignored it, then suddenly started to cause *massive* slowdowns on nvidia cards (from 400+ fps to 100). Technically, it's id's "fault", but it's pretty hard to blame them for it - or to blame nvidia for the drivers going into Sulk Mode, since it IS an invalid call.

I totally agree with your post, but I have to play devil's advocate for a bit here: if they detect Quake3 and work around the bug this way, someone will post a story about how NVIDIA cheating in Q3 benchmarks, because if you rename quake.exe to quack.exe the FPS drops from 400 to 100. So either way, they can't win - someone will always complain. I used to write D3D and OGL drivers for a living (not for ATI or NVIDIA, no threats please!), so I'm all too familiar with these issues...

In this case, Q3 is fairly old (wow, 10 years!), and it is likely some other (more mainstream) game required a fix to be applied that happened to slow down Q3. If you *had* to pick a side, as a company, which one would you choose?

I think NVIDIA did the right thing, even if it "broke" Q3. If there is still a market for Q3, id will release a patch. Hell, anyone could fix it, id released the source for the entire game...

Comment Second Flamebait (Score -1, Flamebait) 311

From the Wikipedia:

His family has strong Irish roots that trace back to County Galway and County Limerick...

King graduated from St. Francis College in Brooklyn in 1965 and went on to get his Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1968...

He was branded by a judge in a Northern Ireland court "an obvious collaborator with the IRA". He became involved with NORAID, an organization that the British, Irish and US governments accuse of financing IRA terrorist activities and providing them with weapons. He was banned from appearing on British TV for his pro IRA views and refusing to condemn IRA terrorism in the UK.

In 2000, he called then-presidential candidate George W. Bush a tool of "anti-Catholic bigoted forces." King worked extensively with the administration and supported its decision to invade Iraq.

In a September 2007 interview with the website Politico.com, King said that "There are too many mosques in this country... There are too many people sympathetic to radical Islam."

There are a lot more boozed-up hicks and Micks in America who are implicitly sympathetic to radical Christianity (including Catholicism, the biggest business on the planet), and this asshole is no exception. They should shove their crucifixes and rosaries and hypocritical dark-age censorship up their priest-penetrated asses.

Comment Re:OMG, I brought this up with them (Score 2, Informative) 314

When you go into the BIOS, go to Performance, SpeedStep, and disable it.

My brother's E6400 fixes the speed at 1GHz when SpeedStep is disabled in the BIOS (i.e. NOT at 100% - CPU is rated for 2.0GHz), so that's not always a solution. Is the thermal design so bad that they can't actually keep the CPU at full speed all the time?

Comment Re:which means (Score 1) 144

whoever opens a credit card in your name enjoys many more months of detection-free shopping on your dime, since you are out of the habit of monitoring your credit

Quoted for truth.

This exact thing happened to me a few years ago, and even though it wasn't my responsibility (I didn't have to pay for the fraudulent charges), I was the one who had to clean up the mess in my credit file. Everyone assumes you're trying to swindle them out of paying your balance when you call them about these things, it wasn't fun. I never found out how it happened, all I know is that someone managed to get enough personal information on me to convince a credit card service rep to send them a new card (in my name).

Here in Canada, there is a voluntary lock you can put on your credit file; any credit request requires a callback to the home phone number on file, and any change to the account information requires an password (which is not your birthdate or social security number).

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