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281  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 26, 2011, 02:20:07 PM

Quote from: Chordian on November 26, 2011, 11:01:29 AM


Please don't kill the messenger. Tongue

When has anyone cared about the feet or yards in a mile? Great, now I know it takes ~ 1800 steps to walk a mile. Woooooo!

And sometimes I wish more people knew that a pint (16 oz) was a pound (16 oz). (But how many grams to a cm^3?  icon_wink)
282  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Holy shit, it's a funnel (and other unrecognized icons) on: November 23, 2011, 08:59:08 PM
Or it could be a sieve.
283  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon Countdown to Black Friday Video Game Deals Week Day Two on: November 15, 2011, 03:55:09 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 15, 2011, 03:51:08 PM


It's depressingly bad as its the same sale they're running this week.
284  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Video Card Advice needed... AGP on: November 04, 2011, 05:10:28 PM

Quote from: notrich on November 04, 2011, 01:15:49 PM

Quote from: Calavera on November 04, 2011, 01:08:23 PM

I think that getting an AGP card would be crazy at this point, you'll spend the money, but it won't go toward something you can use later.


Current integrated cards should be in the same range as what you've already got.
i absolutely understood that but i was hoping to get more life (even a year or two) out of my current computer for the 50-80 range (thinking that new mb and cpu combos would be in the $200-300 range).  The question then becomes:

spending 50-80 now and then getting  a new computer in a year or two
vs
spending 100-200 now and getting a new computer in a year or two

and that is the puzzler for me.


If you buy the AM3 combo, you won't need to buy a new computer in a year or two unless you decide to switch to Intel. Just add a faster video card in the $175-$200 range (the integrated will disable itself automatically) and you'll be set. You might want to replace the processor then with a newer model, but you probably won't have to. AMD is very budget friendly and has been good about not changing sockets and making the new processors work with older sockets. In November 2008 I spent $314.96 to get a Phenom 9600 with an M3A/H-HDMI (free), GeForce 9800 GT and 4GB Corsair XMS. In Sept 2010 I spent $269.96 to replace the CPU and Video Card with a Phenom II X4 955 and a Radeon HD 5770. Usually I spend around $300 every 3 years or so to stay 'current'. The only reason I switched early was I had an original revision 9600 with the TLB bug which Win7 hated with a passion (you couldn't disable the performance killing fix). At some point recently I bought another 4GB of RAM as well, but that's because I started doing some development on this PC.

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I would imagine those integrated video cards are better than my current card?  whoops missed you addressed that in my first read through


thanks for mentioning the CHEAP mb/cpu combos - i will have to think about it (my concern there is that I would simply be getting a better system anyways in a year or two - but you are right in the fact that at least i would be buying components that can transfer or were re-usable).

Quote from: Calavera on November 04, 2011, 01:08:23 PM

If you can wait until the end of the month, Newegg usually puts together some good combos on the cheap
would those be christmas specials you are talking about or normal new combos of the month?

for those that follow them - does newegg or tiger direct have a history of offering christmas clearance specials like the gaming sites? (i am referring to insane specials... your crazy not to buy them specials)


Also... can one of the vid card gurus comment on the spec comparison above?  am i reading it wrong that the hd3650 is the better performance card? between the two of them (never mind they wouldn't be considered "gaming" cards)

ps - my plan for any upgrade at this point is to keep running XP, harddrive, and using my big old box with a 500W PS.
ps2 - i think i saw on cnbc that either thailand flooding or japan earthquake will be affecting memory prices... anyone see that yet?

Yup. NewEgg usually runs a couple of complete system parts combos that are crazy good. The combo discounts are usually a little deeper than if you buy right now. The last couple of years you could find a CPU/MB Combo for the cost of the CPU (free mainboard). The CPU is usually something mid-range and the mainboard is usually a budget board from a good vendor (e.g. Asus). At some point, moving to Windows 7 or 8 would be a good idea to move to 64bit so you can throw more RAM at it, but you don't have to.
285  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Video Card Advice needed... AGP on: November 04, 2011, 01:08:23 PM
I think that getting an AGP card would be crazy at this point, you'll spend the money, but it won't go toward something you can use later. To get something better than what you already have you'll have to spend around $75 (HD4650), but it will still leave you in the same place you are now.

While you're right in that getting a system for less than $100 is crazy, but... If you can hold out and save up a little more, for around $110-140 you can get something more modern that has pci-express for the future. Current integrated cards should be in the same range as what you've already got.

Athlon II X2 270 plus a motherboard with an integrated nVidia 7025 for $95.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.764121

If you'd rather have the integrated AMD (880G chipset) its $20 more ($115), probably worth it - but finding reviews on integrated is near impossible.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.764120

Add 4GB of RAM (Kingston Value RAM) for around $23.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139659

(Add 2GB for $13 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139640 )

As of right now both combos and the ram have free shipping. If you can wait until the end of the month, Newegg usually puts together some good combos on the cheap and you might even be able to snag the same components for even closer to the $100 mark.
286  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gonna Reset My Droid: Anything I should consider? on: October 07, 2011, 12:06:16 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 06, 2011, 06:29:26 PM

Well...in order to confirm that I had all my photos on my mem card, I popped it out and rebooted.  The phone ran smooth as silk.

So that begs the question: does the amount of data stored on the card impact performance?  In other words is the droid trying to check that dat everytime it has to process something?

I have music and photos and a few docs on the card...nowhwre near 16 gigs...

The class of the card is a much much larger factor. The card that ships with my Evo is a class 2 card (e.g., 802.11b slow). Replacing it with a faster SD card will speed up transfers. If you have an app that is on the SD card but runs frequently/all the time, the phone can slow down as it has to wait for the data from the slow SD card.

Flash is not like a hard drive, how full the card is won't impact performance to the same degree, if at all. Remember that flash memory doesn't write sequentially for wear leveling, its spreading the data over the entire capacity the entire time.
287  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gonna Reset My Droid: Anything I should consider? on: October 05, 2011, 11:01:41 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 05, 2011, 10:18:15 PM

My Droid has become prohibitively slow...it literally can take 10 to 15 seconds for the icons on the home page to populate any time I return it.

I have ap killer but it doesn't really do much and the performance has gotten worse with each subsequent OS upgrade.

So I'm going to make note of all the critical aps and copy any phone photos to the mem card...is there anything else I need to do prior to the wipe?

thanks.

Double check your contacts and make sure they're on your Google account. My wife and I both have an HTC Evo, and for some reason some of her contacts were phone contacts instead of Google contacts. Her phone kept getting stuck in a reboot cycle and the only solution was a wipe (and two hardware exchanges, but that's another story). She lost half her contacts because they were phone instead of Google. Now we double check whenever we add someone to make sure its on Google.
288  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nook question on: October 05, 2011, 01:53:52 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on October 05, 2011, 05:09:03 AM

Thanks for the info! Sounds like it would work. Now I just need B&N to cut their price to below $100. smile

Done   icon_biggrin

I have the 3G version of this and it works perfectly.
289  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Netflix splitting DVD and Streaming fees (now splitting into two entities!!!) on: September 23, 2011, 01:28:15 PM

Quote from: ibdoomed on September 23, 2011, 12:41:52 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 22, 2011, 08:20:52 PM

Quote from: ibdoomed on September 22, 2011, 07:44:26 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 22, 2011, 06:58:31 PM

If they don't split the queues, how else will they switch to a more lucrative per-person subscription model instead of the per-household one?

Whoa.... I missed that part.... I'm not down for that.

They haven't explicitly said the above, but one of the analyses I read suggested it as a reason and I thought it made perfect sense.

Well, I think they've proven they don't know what they are doing so we're going to cancel the streaming side as well. When they get day1 releases in at least 720p with 5.1, we'll come back.


I don't think that's going to be in the cards for any all-you-can-eat streaming service, at least while physical distribution and video on demand exist. This would harshly cut into VOD and other digital rental services (e.g., Zune) and I doubt the studios would accept this. I think the studios are positioning services like Netflix (and Amazon Instant) as replacements for Stars, which is why Stars discontinuing their deal with Netflix makes sense. Stars doesn't have the original content that HBO and Showtime have to shop around, in the end they actually end up competing with Netflix as an add on to the standard service. It's also why Stars is typically bundled with a more desirable movie channel such as Showtime. I think Netflix has implicitly acknowledged this by concentrating their efforts on the back catalog.

I think the studios vision of the release schedule would work like:  Theater / "Same Day" Premium VOD -> BR/DVD Purchase, VOD/Digital Rental, Digital Purchase -> Premium Cable Channels / "Streaming Services"
Where "->" is a delay of some kind so each step can recognize maximum profits.

Netflix is actually 1080i with DD5.1 on the PS3 for those limited titles that were encoded that way.
290  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Netflix splitting DVD and Streaming fees (now splitting into two entities!!!) on: September 22, 2011, 02:38:03 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on September 22, 2011, 02:28:07 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 22, 2011, 02:02:34 AM

Quote from: Calavera on September 22, 2011, 01:25:13 AM

I think a lot of Netflix current PR problems are because of a vocal group of their customers that still think of them as a DVD-by-mail company with added streaming instead of the reality of the opposite. The rest is Reed Hastings being a little too honest and forthcoming instead of hiding behind PR speak. I at least respect the man for thinking long term and taking the steps (however unpopular short-term) they see as necessary to grow.

Until their streaming service can give me the same movies as the DVD service and have them available at give me the 1080p quality I get from a blu-ray disc, then their streaming won't supplant the DVD service to me.  There are a ton of movies that never even make it to streaming, or make it there only a year or more after being out on disc.  And even their HD streaming, which is only available on a subset of their subset of streaming movies, is nowhere near as good as I get from a downloaded Zune movie (or blu-ray).
I agree, that's the biggest stinker in their master plan for absolute global streaming domination.  It's not a 1 for 1 replacement right now for the dvd service.  In fact, it's not even close.  The dvd library is significantly better.  If it were on par with or close to the dvd library, and with the same bluray quality, it would be a no brainer.  They should've waited until they had more deals lined up for their streaming library.  

The logic behind streaming being the future makes sense, but there are so many variables still left unsettled that could f**k up that future, like IP bandwidth limitations, rising broadband fees, service provider streaming data caps, studio licensing issues, technology limitations (I could keep going).  DVDs and Blu-rays work great right now...in fact many people just made the leap to blu-ray.  Why drop your brand and quickstir that market demand right now?  It's too early.      

Some of those are still risk factors for DVD-by-mail. Rising postal fees, reduction in USPS delivery days, increased DVD acquisition costs (it's the reason for the 28 day delay), disposal of DVDs (rental DVDs are typically the movie only with no extra features), etc. Consider the poor adoption of Blu-Ray shows that DVDs are "good enough", streaming at 720x480 (720x576) is likely "good enough" for many people; there isn't strong incentive to provide a 1080p stream (I would like a DD5.1 sound stream though....). They need to increase their streaming catalog, but they still have a competitive advantage by having the largest library available and access is relativity ubiquitous (See this thread). DVD-by-mail isn't inherently less risky than streaming, the risks are just different but no less significant.

Netflix already operates in Canada where they deal with serious data caps and have managed to pickup 1 million subs at $7.99/month (USD = CAD, basically) and the population there is only 34 million. I can agree with the sentiment that its too early to abandon DVD-by-mail entirely (which is why they haven't), but there is enough risk in it that they need to work on their streaming service and they've stated that DVD-by-mail is hindering that.
291  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Netflix splitting DVD and Streaming fees (now splitting into two entities!!!) on: September 22, 2011, 01:25:13 AM

Quote from: Roguetad on September 22, 2011, 12:32:02 AM

I'd like for someone inside Netfllix to leak how many Netflix customers have cancelled their dvd or streaming service, or both, since the last communication.

As a customer who just cancelled one half of the service offerring and is watching closely to see if I should cancel the other half, I'm eagerly awaiting the next communcation from Reed Hastings...mostly for the entertainment value.  I'm worried though that we won't see anymore emails from Reed Hastings...that he's been locked away in a closet somewhere without access to twitter, facebook, or the internet.  I'm actually starting to think that he doesn't really exist, that he's an AI gone awry.  The real Reed Hastings was killed off last year and replaced with an AI doppleganger.     

They may not have posted this directly, but they've given their subscriber distribution by type. Based on their last projections in the 3Q11 guidance there are about 9.8 million streaming only, 12 million with both streaming and DVD and only 2.2 million DVD only. Based on their projections, it looks like more DVD-by-mail only customers are canceling than they initially expected (it was revised downward by an extra 800K subs).

Netflix has spent the last few years getting their streaming service available to as many consumer electronics devices they can. Personally, I can use my Wii, XBox 360, just my TV, my Blu-Ray player and Android phone to watch Netflix. Considering many people want to stream to a TV and not watch streaming on their computer, they're significantly better positioned than other streaming services in this respect. If they can manage to iron out some deals with other content providers (e.g., Disney with their various labels Touchstone, Hollywood studios, Pixar, etc... Oh wait, that's pretty much the Stars catalog... hmmmmmm.) they should be much better positioned than their competition (e.g., Amazon instant streaming). I think most people are expecting an announcement of some kind before the Stars deal expires.

They've mentioned that streaming is their growth market and that DVD-by-mail has leveled off and that their gross margin is (significantly) higher on a streaming customer than a DVD-by-mail customer. The studios have started to protect their physical DVD/BR distribution (sales of which are down) and are starting to introduce delays to Netflix's DVD-by-mail plus they increased competition from Redbox which is much more immediate (granted, without the back catalog). They're not completely abandoning DVD-by-mail (yet!), but its looking like they want to lock up the streaming the best they can while competition isn't as fierce and they have an advantage in hardware. Globally, their new markets will all be streaming only.

I think a lot of Netflix current PR problems are because of a vocal group of their customers that still think of them as a DVD-by-mail company with added streaming instead of the reality of the opposite. The rest is Reed Hastings being a little too honest and forthcoming instead of hiding behind PR speak. I at least respect the man for thinking long term and taking the steps (however unpopular short-term) they see as necessary to grow.

tl;dr: Netflix is really a streaming company not a DVD-by-mail company. DVD-by-mail is expensive, streaming to one of the eleventy-billion Netflix capable devices isn't nearly so. As a result they can get more content for the same money. The actions they're taking are better than them becoming the next Borders.
292  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Netflix splitting DVD and Streaming fees (now splitting into two entities!!!) on: September 19, 2011, 12:19:26 PM
There is an editorial at Engadget that's pretty insightful.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/19/editorial-reed-hastings-netflix-spinoff-isnt-about-dvd-succes/

Short version of the article is that DVD by mail is not going to be successful in the future due to (likely) changes to the USPS that will make it unprofitable and/or increased competition from RedBox. Splitting into two companies lets them slowly, but surely, wind down DVD by mail operations while letting them have (hopefully) greater leverage with the media companies.
293  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Windows 7 on: September 12, 2011, 12:09:45 PM

Quote from: TheAtomicKid on September 12, 2011, 08:49:35 AM

Personally I prefer Newegg and Amazon for a lot of my purchases.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

I also tend to get OEM copies anymore these days... retail is seldom worth it, since they end up putting out a new version every couple of years anyways. It does have it's uses though.

Note that if you catch it on sale, you can find it for about 20$ off usually.

Atomic

PS: If you know you're gonna be upgrading hardware sooner than later... don't give it a product number when you install. It'll run for... 30 days? Without activation while you get your new hardware kitted together. (or if you're gonna say, change the boot drive and the graphics card... OEM installs allow a few changes, but major changes will cause it to complain... so give it the product code AFTER you get your final hardware in order, so as to maximize on your ability to upgrade hardware later on without having to beg permission from daddy gates biggrin


I'd agree with Newegg or Amazon. I'd disagree with OEM, however. For Windows 7, the OEM has a major disadvantage. The OEM edition ties to the motherboard, whereas the retail edition doesn't have this limitation. The upgrade copy will install and activate correctly on a blank drive (there's directions everywhere if you search for them). As a separate note, the upgrade edition includes both 32 bit and 64 bit editions just in case you find yourself needing the 32bit edition. Personally, I'd spring the extra $10 for retail so I didn't have to call MS when I replace the mainboard.

Caveat: This CNET article details why the upgrade might not be correctly licensed if you don't have a good copy of Vista/XP. So, if its for a business, the OEM edition would be a better plan.
294  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Netflix to lose Starz on: September 02, 2011, 03:04:03 AM
Meh. I haven't watched Spartacus (Though I like Lucy Lawless) and Camelot just didn't interest me. Past that, it looks like quite a bit of their content is really Disney's content (via their various labels, primarily Touchstone), in which case I'd rather them take the $300MM and give it to Disney directly instead of paying an intermediary. Hopefully we'll hear another deal with Disney for their Touchstone Pictures back catalog. They already have a deal for their Disney Channel content.

The comments from Reed Hastings (Netflix CEO) on Business Insider are pretty telling. Starz just didn't have the content rights they are worried about anymore.

295  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HP webOS! Pre 3! Veer! TouchPad!!! on: September 01, 2011, 08:23:23 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on August 30, 2011, 11:00:51 PM

Watch them pull a "Limit one per customer" fast one on us if they get any back in stock.

I can't watch 24/7 but I'll plan on buying four (if allowed) two for myself and then the other two I'll sell on here for what I paid plus shipping if I happen to be online the moment they go up. Maybe we can give CK a master phone list so he can mass text us when they go up.

In the FAQ here they make it clear there will be order limits if it comes back in stock. It doesn't specify what those limits are, but I would expect 1 or 2 per physical address.
296  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Two Wireless Routers on two floors of a 3 Story House? on: August 30, 2011, 01:10:24 PM
Something else to try if someone comes searching. This is what worked for me.

High-gain antennas. Depending on your router, you can replace the stock antennas (typically 2dbi or less) with high-gain ones. Personally, I use an 8dbi gain antenna from TP-link (TL-ANT2408C). A pair will run you about $30. The antenna is massive, though, at about a foot tall. Higher gain antennas are available if you need them, but you'll start moving into outdoor equipment instead.

High-power routers. I use the Buffalo WHR-HP-G300N High Power router for wireless. I chose it over the WZR-HP-G300N because of the replaceable antenna. This unit can do 30dbm (1W) or TX power. A WRT54G does a max of 271mW (around 24.5dbm), but the max with its stock firmware is around 71mW (around 18.5dbm). There are various options that aren't enabled by default that increase range and stability at the expense of speed.

With this combo I can get 54mbit G and 300mbit N pretty much everywhere in the house and it covers the yard with usable wireless (36 mbit close to the house trailing to about 11mbit at the end of the driveway/end of the backyard). Where I'm at, channel 11 is strangely empty so the TX power is running at 13dbm (20mW), but when I had it setup for Channel 6 it would run at 21dbm (126mW) to get the same result. I manually boosted the power to 27dbm (500mW) as a test and could still get a decent wireless signal at the far edge of my neighbors yard about 250 foot away from the router and my house has Low-E glass in the windows.
297  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Very Steamed at Steam on: August 29, 2011, 02:32:44 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on August 29, 2011, 01:20:30 PM

There's also been discussions around about the Steam patch "debacle"... without Steam you could download a small patcher but for whatever reason (Steam, CDProjekt) you had to get it on Steam by downloading the whole damn game again.

I'm pretty sure they're working on that issue. This update in July made some changes...

The major problem I have is with the way the built-in backup system works. They've got it setup so you can bundle multiple games in a backup. They really need to disable that. If you backup one game at a time using the in client backup it works perfectly fine. If you backup a bundle of games together, it flags the games for download while it prepares the files for all the games in the bundle. You end up downloading a bunch of extra data (especially when you can download from Steam at 3MB/sec). I can't imagine actually burning the backup to DVD, though. It will result in the same problem only worse.

BSOD can be fun to track down, especially with RAM. I bought another 4GB of ram for my computer (Some Corsair XMS2 TwinX) and installed in the two available slots. I didn't realize it put the matched pairs on two separate channels (Stick 1 from Pair 1 and Stick 1 from Pair 2 on one channel) which caused BSOD and memtest86+ failures. Re-ordered the sticks so the matched pairs were on the same channels and the BSOD and memtest86 errors went away.
298  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Deus Ex: Human Revolution $34.99 on Amazon on: August 26, 2011, 07:26:07 PM
Amazon has Deus Ex: Human Revolution for $34.99 download, Augmented edition is $41.99. If you passed on GMG's deal, here a second chance.

If someone (Maybe CeeKay?) can post the GT links? Thanks!

299  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Impulse Sci Fi Week on: August 25, 2011, 09:08:26 PM

Quote from: El-Producto on August 25, 2011, 08:43:40 PM

My god I hate Impulse, what a bunch of dumbasses.

Why on earth would someone buy something like Freespace 2 from them, when they can get it DRM free from GOG for $5.99 REGULAR PRICE.

I've given up on Impulse post-GameStop. I've unsub'ed from the emails and uninstalled the tray app. With the Deus Ex... uh.. debacle, I'm not quite sure why anyone would buy a PC game from them anymore.
300  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HP webOS! Pre 3! Veer! TouchPad!!! on: August 24, 2011, 02:43:38 PM
I'm hoping for a tweet before the emails go out. Gmail has been slow as of late.

Here are Home and Office links to the product pages:

16GB
http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/product_detail.do?storeName=storefronts&landing=rts_tablet&category=16GB&lanAttr=Type&product_code=FB355UA%23ABA&catLevel=2

32GB
http://www.shopping.hp.com/store/product/product_detail/FB359UA%2523ABA

Can't say if watching them is worth it or not (they could change the links)
301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Notch sued by Bethesda over use of the word "Scrolls" on: August 18, 2011, 06:44:51 PM

Quote from: ibdoomed on August 18, 2011, 05:23:50 PM

Quote from: The Grue on August 18, 2011, 12:19:07 PM

Quote from: ibdoomed on August 18, 2011, 12:13:09 PM

As much as I hate Notch

Hate?  Really?  I don't like his game much or the way he's handled his business, but hate seems to go pretty far for a guy none of us know.

Hating on the guy might be much I admit but between his evil behavior, rabid fanboys, and love of the game itself... hmm actually, yeah, I hate Notch.

Wait, Notch's evil behavior? I thought he was a pretty well liked developer...

Or I could be falling into a Sarchasm... either way.
302  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need suggestion for gaming podcast on: August 18, 2011, 01:51:24 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on August 18, 2011, 11:16:51 AM

Looking to get back into this...

GiantBomb. Actually, I'd get the Whiskey Media membership for $50/year and watch the Happy Hour as well.

I also liked listening to 'Final Score' as well. But sometimes it was on the boring side...
303  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Advice on Sally Mae... on: August 16, 2011, 02:25:20 PM
I'm assuming you're talking about student loans obtained through the FAFSA form and not private student loans...

Its been a while, but if I remember correctly, they can garnish your wages for repayment so not paying may not be an option. Have you tried for a hardship deferral?
304  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Car Time: Any Mini Owners? on: July 28, 2011, 05:47:09 PM
Just to further complicate matters. What you thing are 'foreign' and 'domestic' doesn't really mean much anymore. There are plenty of US cars of high quality, they just don't have the badge you'd expect. The two highest percentage of US made parts and assembled in the US are the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.

http://www.cars.com/go/advice/Story.jsp?section=top&subject=ami&story=amMade0611&referer=&aff=national

As a matter of fact, go buy an Accord right now perhaps two or three. The Ohio economy needs all the help it can get.
305  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Netflix splitting DVD and Streaming rental fees... on: July 14, 2011, 11:56:00 AM
I'm in the (apparently very) small minority when I'm kinda happy about this. I watch tons of streaming on the XBox 360 (I probably average an hour a day) and rarely ever use DVDs (I think so far this year I've got maybe 4). I probably should have switch to streaming only a long time ago, but I held on to the DVD for $2 a month because it wasn't much money even if I rarely used it. It could be that they're trying to get people like me to drop the DVDs to lower costs.

My plan is $8/month to Netflix for streaming only, then use Zune for rentals. We already get Doctor Who via Zune and I've been happy with the quality there so far (Silly U-Verse and no BBC HD).

I think when its all said and done and people do a serious evaluation (not the RAGE QUIT! like now) they'll pick DVD or Streaming and call it a day. I'm pretty confident that at least part of the problem was the way they presented it. From the sounds of things, most people feel that the DVDs worth the $8 and the streaming was the $2 'extra', which is the opposite of how they said it. I think if they would have said they're splitting off the streaming (and it was the $2 extra not DVDs) because licensing costs were going to skyrocket and they have new and exciting things in the works there would be a lot less outrage. I think the lack of the bundle deal is for the same reason above, they want people to pick one or the other for when they are negotiating licensing deals.
306  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Daily Deal on Hold For THE SUMMER SALE! on: July 10, 2011, 10:05:17 PM
My haul:

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
Assassin's Creed
Assassin's Creed II: Deluxe Edition
X-SuperBox
Tomb Raider: Anniversary
Tomb Raider: Underworld (NA)
Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor
Command and Conquer 4: Tiberium Twilight
Lara Croft GOL DLC: Legacy of Kain Character Pack, Lara Croft GOL DLC: All the Trappings, Lara Croft GOL DLC: Things the Go Boom, Lara Croft GOL DLC: Hazardous Reunion, Lara Croft GOL
King's Bounty: Crossworlds
Guild Wars: Eye of the North
Guild Wars: Trilogy
Civ V Denmark and Explorers Combo Pack DLC
AI War Bundle
Alpha Protocol
Fallout: New Vegas - Dead Money, Fallout New Vegas Honest Hearts DLC
Bioshock 2
Magicka Complete Pack (June 2011)
BIT.TRIP.BEAT
Swords and Soldiers HD
The Witcher 2

For a total of ~ $167.

Uh... crap.. Well, there goes the game budget for the next 6 months...
307  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google+ on: July 09, 2011, 12:49:17 AM
If anyone has a spare invite and can forward it my way, that would be awesome!

johnsonad at gmail.com

Thanks!
308  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help a fellow gaming trend member pick his new ride on: March 06, 2011, 11:48:07 PM
Not sure about the Camaro, but the 370Z will require premium gas unless you like octane ping....
309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC gaming performance at high resolutions on: February 15, 2011, 12:42:51 PM
To run games at that resolution you'd need some serious hardware unless you want to run everything on low settings. You'd likely need the latest high end card or an older card in crossfire to run in native. In general its unlikely that Apple or Dell/HP for that matter would offer a card that could do it. If you have to lower the settings drastically to run at the resolution (which you probably would to run at native, the 5750/5770 can really only do 1920x1200 very well) you'd be best served running at a lower resolution letting the monitor upscale to native to play your games.

I don't think I've seen the system requirements for SW:TOR from BioWare yet, but I can't imagine it would be all that crazy, they need to keep them somewhat low to get as many subscribers as possible.


I don't really think there is a Mac vs. Windows argument anymore outside the fanboy realm. They use the same hardware and have roughly the same performance with the ability to run the same apps/games (heck, you can even dual boot a Mac with OSX and Windows 7 if you want) and cost roughly the same. Its really a personal preference for the UI thing now. I think the best parallel now would be the difference in buying a "stock" android UI phone and one with the HTC Sense UI instead. You can do the same things, but one is going to look a little better doing it.
310  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Amazon: Elemental: War of Magic $20 (RE), $30 (LE) on: January 27, 2011, 12:33:48 PM
Amazon has the regular edition of Elemental for $20 or the Limited edition for $30 for those waiting on a price drop.
311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A Quest for Glory Retrospective on: January 21, 2011, 12:11:43 PM
Can buy it anywhere right now, unfortunately.... I kinda surprised they got Police Quest before they got QfG.
312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steam Holiday Haul 2010 on: January 03, 2011, 01:09:08 PM
Split up by day (b/c that how Steam did it...)

$9.98 Indie Adventure Pack, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. CoP + SoC
$15.46 Company of Heroes Gold, Winterbottom, Indie Brain Pack, Sid Meier's Pirates!
$18.73 Doom Pack, Lost Horizon
$20.98 Tropico 3: Absolute Power, Blue Toad Murder Files, Dragon Age: Origins - The Awakening
$32.98 Fallout: New Vegas, Borderlands DLC Claptrap, Overlord Complete Pack
$5.00 The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

Total: $103.13

FO:New Vegas was the most expensive thing I bought followed by DA:O Awakening, but I'd been waiting on any sale to pick it up.... 32 games total (if you count the DLC as a game), $3.22/game.
313  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Holiday Sale 2010 - IT'S STARTED!!!!1! on: January 02, 2011, 06:02:53 PM
Rehash of older deals. I'm getting not available in your region for GTAIV and Stalker, though.

NWN 2 Platinum $9.99
Dead Space $6.80
Killing Floor Complete $4.99
NFS:HP $29.99
Hitman Collection $7.49
Mafia II $12.49
Amnesia $6.80
Plants vs Zombies $3.99
L4D 2 $6.80
Empire & Napoleon TW $24.99
314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a good co-op FPS for PC on: November 14, 2010, 10:50:11 AM
Borderlands
315  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 600.00 PC upgrade time on: October 16, 2010, 07:10:30 PM
Depending on what you already have, you might be able to salvage a bunch of what you've already got. You're probably better off upgrading on the cheap if you've already got an AMD.

If you're running an AM2+ platform motherboard, just pickup a new processor and graphics card and you'd be good to go. You can drop in an X4 965 on the cheap ($160 on newegg) then pickup a new graphics card and you're set. I just spent $250 and got an Phenom II X4 955 and a Radeon 5770 up from a Phenom 9600 and a GeForce 9800GT. Gaming performance is golden on the games I play (Mainly Borderlands these days) in 1680x1050.

For your budget, you can get an X4 965 and a 5870 for $470 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.500265) or a X4 965 and a 5850 for $400 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.516576) and still have lots left over to pickup an SSD.

Keep in mind most games aren't CPU limited. You'd be much better served getting a cheaper processor (e.g., an AMD) and investing the extra money into a better graphics card/SSD.
316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Interesting Wing Commander tweet via Bioware on: September 27, 2010, 08:50:42 AM

Quote from: Destructor on September 27, 2010, 06:45:29 AM

Didn't they release a Windows, er, 98 version of the first three games? Wouldn't that still work?

Ironically, they don't work with Windows 7 (They removed DirectDraw support and replaced it with Direct2D). Someone wrote a wrapper to make them work, but I think it would be easier to release a DosBox based version instead.
317  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: September 25, 2010, 12:23:37 PM

Quote from: Arkon on September 13, 2010, 12:36:43 PM

So despite having the client installed from a few months ago, it did not work.  I had to uninstall and then redownload the 10+ GB high res texture install.  Since then, my network connectino has been going nonstop, the pando media booster software is doing something but I have no clue what.  Does the install not contain everything?  Is it downloading more stuff?

Created a hunter, got her to level 10.  May play around a bit with a captain and a champion to level 10 as well to see what I want to play most.

PMB acts as a P2P. Once its done downloading it continues to upload to others. You can close and uninstall it after you download without any problems.
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