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Gamer Plays Doom For the First Time 362

sfraggle writes "Kotaku has an interesting review of Doom (the original!) by Stephen Totilo, a gamer and FPS player who, until a few days ago, had gone through the game's 17-year history without playing it. He describes some of his first impressions, the surprises that he encountered, and how the game compares to modern FPSes. Quoting: 'Virtual shotgun armed, I was finally going to play Doom for real. A second later, I understood the allure the video game weapon has had. In Doom the shotgun feels mighty, at least partially I believe because they make first-timers like me wait for it. The creators make us sweat until we have it in hand. But once we have the shotgun, its big shots and its slow, fetishized reload are the floored-accelerator-pedal stuff of macho fantasy. The shotgun is, in all senses, instant puberty, which is to say, delicately, that to obtain it is to have the assumed added potency that a boy believes a man possesses vis a vis a world on which he'd like to have some impact. The shotgun is the punch in the face the once-scrawny boy on the beach gives the bully when he returns a muscled linebacker.'"

Comment Re:Try changing the channel in your wireless route (Score 1) 499

(Actually, pathological layouts probably exist to make a 1/4/7/11 plan better, but by far most layouts are adequately served with 1/6/11...), but this is infeasible. So sometimes, having control over only your own AP, channel 3/4 or 8/9 is really the best you can do.

1/4/7/11 still have some fringe overlap for edge sub-channels (especially between 1 and 4), don't expect full speed w/ lots of neighbors.

Using 3/4 or 8/9 may help your problem (or at least afford you some lower data rates), but in an apartment complex or other high-density independent deployment, it only contributes to the overall problem, making channel dodging that much more difficult.

This argument is akin to an approx 71.5 foot (mhz) wide freeway with with 3 twenty-five foot wide lanes (1/6/11@22mhz wide + 2.75mhz spacing between 1/6 and 6/11). By design, you're driving your hypothetically 22 ft wide car down the center of the lane. There's up to 1.4 ft on each side in the center lane between you and the lane edge.

You can try to drive between lanes, but you're still going to "interfere" with traffic nearby. Condensing the lanes into four now creates significant overlap between traffic (approx 10-25%).

Now in reality, an OFDM (802.11a/g) wireless signal is made up of 48 sub-channels equally spaced across its 22mhz "channel". Instead of completely wiping out your signal, some of your sub-channels would be interference-prone, effectively reducing your data-rate. So, you can choose channels besides 1/6/11 (or 1,5,9,13 in the EU), but you must understand the consequences to yourself and your neighbors.

Or just go 802.11a/n on 5ghz and call it a day. 2.4gz is becoming far too crowded in highly dense deployments anyway.

Comment Re:Try changing the channel in your wireless route (Score 1) 499

Try changing the channel in your wireless router. Most set to channel 6 by default.

Remember, when choosing a channel, only 1, 6, and 11 are non-overlapping with each other - anything in between steps on the channel space of 1 and 6, or 6 and 11. Also, many (but not all) microwaves will impact the channel space between 6 and 11+, generally making 1 a better choice.

Try doing a "survey" using your wireless driver's built-in tools (most Broadcom adapters have some sort of rudimentary tool - Intel should as well). Even just a list of nearest neighbors will help you identify what channels are nearby and at what strengths. Out of 1, 6, or 11, pick something that is within the least occupied space (least number of APs or weakest AP). If your nearest neighbors are using 1 and 6, and another particularly ignorant/rude neighbor is using 3, your only real choice is 11. Now if it's 1, 6, and 9, you're kinda hosed, and you'll have to hope the channel 1 AP is furthest away because the guy using 9 is impacting 1 and 6 (just as the guy using 3 is impacting 1 and 6).

Google search turns up tons of results, but hopefully this paints a reasonable picture:

http://bridgingthelayers.org/channel_overlap.html

Unfortunately your NIC doesn't do 802.11a/n - otherwise I'd suggest looking into a dual-band 802.11n router. Tons of non-overlapping channels to pick from, but the range won't be quite as good (and you'll still have to steer clear of the 5.8ghz cordless phones).

If it's really bad, have your neighbors help pitch in for a WiSpy 2.4x (~$200) which could be used to pin-point the culprit. When you're done, sell it on eBay to recoup most of the cost. Probably cheaper than having a wireless survey team coming "onsite" to validate w/ their pricey Cisco Spectrum Expert device. They'd be able to tell pretty quickly if you're dealing w/ someone who loves their microwave popcorn, a wireless video streaming device, some sort of Zigbee (though those are usually pretty low power compared to Wi-Fi and narrow-band in comparison), frequency hopping device (cordless phone, etc).

Comment Alternate Partition? (Score 4, Interesting) 486

One of the great features of TrueCrypt is the whole alternate partition/segment idea. One password gives access to real data, while another (a duress password) would give some other access to an alternate segment. Put some benign documents in the alternate partition, and then under threat of water boarding, hand out the duress password. Assuming this all works, they find nothing, you go home.

Granted, I'm not encouraging this idea for criminal activity, but rather for truly sensitive data that shouldn't fall into the wrong hands.

Comment Re:I see two things wrong w/ this... (Score 2, Informative) 272

A curious question, that. You're asking what it is worth to the user of a site to justify the demands placed upon the operator of the site. You pose it as "demands upon the server", yet simply visiting a site creates demands upon the server. More people, more demands.

How is asking for HTTPS different from asking for "reasonable page load times", or "video feeds without compression artifacts"? On the user's side, one has little to no influence over (or even knowledge of) OTHER traffic to the site. The answer for the user is, "MY demand on the server is small, what's the problem?".

The only answers on the operator's side are "I want your traffic", or "I don't want your traffic".

The loads on the web server are a bit higher for HTTPS encryption than just passing fat content created by a developer without any common sense of bandwidth consumption.

Now if you're referring to server-side generated content contributing to page load times, then HTTPS isn't helping that provided the same server that is generating is the one doing the encryption.

Comment I see two things wrong w/ this... (Score 3, Informative) 272

1. For classic shared hosting solutions using name based hosting, I can almost guarantee if you hit https:///, you're going to hit someone else's virtual host. Many cheap hosting providers w/ limited public IPs will load up domain names on a single IP/Port, but still provide secure hosting to one domain name (on the same port) for shopping cart checkout under a different domain name. Using such a plugin in this use case would not work so well. Then again, would most "smaller sites" really be worthy of encryption in the first place?

2. Not every site is designed w/ the same content root in http vs https. Switching from http to https may completely break if the file structures under the two virtual hosts (potentially entirely separate in Apache) aren't identical (i.e. pointing to the same directory). I'm not touting that this is a best practice, but would be completely feasable if you wanted to keep specific content from being accessed via http and didn't want to bother with mod_rewrite or equivalent.

To the poster above who says there's little CPU penalty for SSL, SSL may not be taxing on the client, but hundreds or thousands of sessions on a server (especially one hosting an app, DB, and Apache) may be another story. Why is someone's assumed paranoid that someone will see that they're reading about cars or home theater equipment on a forum worth requiring a service owner to scale his hardware to the next level to maintain acceptable performance (assuming this phenomenon is multiplied hundred-fold)?

Comment Re:Cheap NAS (Score 1) 609

Exactly what I run at home, in RAID-1 configuration. It's very quiet, and could be stashed in a closet provided the ventilation was reasonable. DNS-323 runs quiet, is fairly low power, still offers GigE, and combined w/ WD green drives, runs reasonably cool and quiet. Set it to sleep after 15 minutes and noise/heat are almost non-existent when not in use.

That being said, for the OP, even with JBOD and 2TB drives (4TB raw max), they could easily run out of space unless they were running several of these in parallel. There comes a point when this simply won't scale (try to remember which NAS you stored your file on?), or noise and heat will become apparent.

Comment Mitsubishi DLP TVs have been doing 6 colors.... (Score 1) 511

My Mitsubishi DLP TV (WD65734) uses a 6-color wheel, adding yellow, magenta and cyan sub-primaries to the typical RGB + clear. Granted, Sharp's addition of Yellow is a first for LCD TVs, but it's old hat for some DLP engined systems.

This addition is supposed to create "truer" color rendition.

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