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Comment Sad news (Score 2) 79

My favourite show of all time. He was perfect for the role and he played it well. Similar to JMS, can't speak much for his political leanings, but he was a genuine and authentic person from any interviews I've seen of him and snippets of his show.

Comment Re:The RX470 makes me want to try AMD again (Score 1) 42

The problem was their damned Nforce boards, a ton of really nice C2Qs and Phenom I quads came with Nforce and it will NEVER EVER WORK with anything newer than Windows 7. Sure you can tweak the .ini to get the GPU to work....WTF good is that gonna do when you have no networking and no sound?

Comment Re:The RX470 makes me want to try AMD again (Score 4, Informative) 42

The stability issues have been fixed at AMD for years, once the AMD team took over from ATI who were always hit and miss when it came to driver releases. I've been using AMD exclusively since the HD 4850 (currently on the R9 280) and I honestly cannot remember the last time I had a graphics driver issue, now you are more likely to get a bad Windows patch than a bad GPU driver.

One thing I have to give them credit for is when they EOLed their ancient VLIW card line they made one last driver so that if you wanted to run newer versions of Windows, even Windows 10, then you can. I just wish Nvidia would have done the same as I have a ton of hardware at the shop that I couldn't lock in the Win 10 free upgrade for (just in case the customer might want Win 10 later) because there simply wasn't an nvidia driver that would function. But just to see if it worked I decided to lock in the upgrade with my netbook which has the AMD E-350 chip which has the very first gen APU the HD 6310, a really old chip, and....it worked perfectly fine.

So if you want a good GPU at a cheap price I'd say go for it. I'd get one myself but my R9 280 runs all the games I play at 60 FPS+ with all the bling cranked so I don't see a point ATM in upgrading but when it gets to the point that isn't the case? I'll get another AMD GPU.

Comment Re:It will succeed, or at the very least, won't fa (Score 1) 157

Those systems already had a huge install base which made it profitable to port...yeah how did that work out for the Wii U? Oh yeah they didn't get shit for ports and it tanked.

You are gonna have 2 octocore APUs at 2Ghz+ versus...a cellphone. Yeah I don't see them getting shit except for Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja which I really don't see selling many units, do you?

Comment Re:It will succeed, or at the very least, won't fa (Score 1) 157

Yeah its called "crap hardware that made it prohibitively expensive if not downright impossible to port" which is exactly what will kill this turkey as well.

Look here is what you and Big N just don't seem to be grasping, its a hell of a lot different now than it was during the days of the classic consoles, games are INSANELY expensive to produce now and every penny you have to spend above initial development could mean the difference between profit and loss. Now lets look at the competition....you have X86 Xbox, X86 Playstation, and X86 PC....what do they have in common? Oh yeah X86! Thanks to two of the big three consoles being X86 a dev house only has to make one game and then do some minor tweaks to release for all 3 platforms.

But if this is legit what you will have is 3 platforms you can release on with coding your game in X86 versus only 1 console if you port to Nintendo and if that wasn't enough if TFS is to be believed its gonna be underpowered to boot which means they'd basically have to start from scratch and code specifically for this thing.....companies simply aren't gonna do that, not when there are so many PS4, XB1, and PC players that they can sell to.

And this isn't even addressing the rotten elephant in the room which is the consoles today are already being pushed to the limits which is why we are about to get Xbox Scorpio and Sony Neo....and you expect to have devs code a version of the game for a system that isn't even as powerful as what they are coding on now when they are already having to use every trick in the book just to get their monster titles to run?

When the wii U came out you had game dev after game dev saying "our game engine won't run on that" and ignoring it and mark my words, the same will be true here. this will sell strictly to the most hardcore of fanboys who will buy anything a new Mario or Zelda comes out on but as we saw with the Wii U there just isn't enough of them to make a console viable, but the ONLY way you'll see a GTA or CoD or Dark Souls on this thing is if its a crap smartphone game using the name.

Comment Re:Has Nintendo not heard of smartphones? (Score 1) 157

Yeah if this is true Nintendo is gonna be as dead as Sega in the console market. I mean FFS didn't they learn anything with the Wii U? Console players want the same big titles the other guys get and they sure as shit aren't gonna get that when Console I and II are running AMD octocores and your console is nothing more than a smartphone.

I may not have a horse in this race but I've always had a soft spot for classic gaming so I really hope this isn't so, but ever since the Wii became a hit based on a gimmick Nintendo just seems to have lost their way. I mean who is gonna pay $300 for a console that will end up just like the Wii U and have nothing to play on it but first party titles because the other 2 consoles are running such a different architecture porting is all but impossible? What do they think people are gonna shell out for yet another device to play Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja on?

Comment Terrible analysis (Score 1) 174

Okay, here's a few reasons why this basic analysis falls short and doesn't apply a monetary valuation on the following items:
a) like someone else mentioned, Netflix doesn't materialize out of nothing. You also pay for your Internet connection (and bandwidth).
b) Err, sports anyone? This is actually the only thing stopping me since other than doing kludgey stuff with Kodi/XBMC there are no good (legal) options where I live
c) like someone else also mentioned, Netflix shows older content
d) may not matter to many of you, but for me, Netflix is not regulated by the federal broadcast authority; i.e. they can do whatever they want pretty much

Seriously, perhaps the original writer decided to write 3-4 paragraphs after googling for 30 mins, post it, await reaction from proper forums and then use that information to actually write an insightful article? I can't stand lazy journalism. and the worst is that Slashdot appears to provide a willing vehicle to crap content like that.

How does one get a gig like that?

Comment Re:Unusually +ve but what's in it for refusniks? (Score 1, Flamebait) 373

Uhhhh you DO know there are ways to get updates other than WU, yes? That many of those make it beyond trivial to refuse the spyware updates (and if I'm not mistaken AutoPatcher doesn't include them in the first place) so that we can have Win 7/8/8.1 completely spyware free?

I have dealt with Win 10 on more PCs at the shop than I care to mention and I can say with confidence...Windows 10 is a giant piece of shit. Its buggy as fuck, its updates are more unstable than running a Linux alpha build, hell I had forgotten what BSODs even looked like until Win 10 and its "sad face of suckiness". And the new "features"? Its either designed to give MSFT more datamining or fricking more cellphone style crap. Hey MSFT? If I wanted a cellphone I'd use my smartphone, which just FYI runs Android because unlike your mobile OS it actually has apps..

There is NOTHING about the new OS that makes it worth leaving Win 7/8/8.1, hell even Windows 8 had at least one reason, which was it made a good UI for HTPCs, but 10? It sucks your bandwidth, spies on you, gives you zero control over the OS, and for what? So I can give MSFT more data on me? Fuck you MSFT, you want my data PAY ME, I'm not giving up an OS I paid $110 for so you can make free money shoving ads down my throat using MY bandwidth onto MY desktop and snatching MY data..fuck off.

Comment Looks surprisingly good (Score 2) 45

Well, I'm cautiously optimistic about this. Far as I'm concerned, last truly great Sonic game was Sonic 3 & Knuckles. Sonic Adventure & Sonic Adventure 2 were okay 3D platformers (for their time at least, the first being a bit better than the second IMO), but almost everything past that has been memorize the death drops go where the game wants you to go, and maybe for some reason push button combos to do tricks of some sort along the way. Even Sonic Generations, which a lot of people rated highly (for reasons I don't understand) was no better. They just haven't been any fun lately. Sonic has not aged as well as Mario, and as a long time Sonic fan I really hope they can go back to their roots and make more of what made the Genesis era Sonic so good. Judging by the small bit I can see in this video, it looks like they might be doing that.

And if you think this is just nostalgia talking, there are indeed modern games that are exactly what I'm talking about. If Genesis era Sonic type games are your thing, the best one right now is Freedom Planet. It is an excellent gem of a game, with developers who continue to add on for free what other developers would sell as DLC. It is what the past decade and a half of Sonic should have been, and if you're a fan of 2D platformers, I can't recommend Freedom Planet enough.

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