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Civilization: Beyond Earth Announced

ChefInnocent Re:What graphics card will be enough? (89 comments)

I was half joking. I bought the GT 8800 because before Civ4, I was running onboard graphics which wouldn't run the first month (maybe week, that was a while ago), and was severly hobbled until I acquised to buying a better card. I continued to use the 8800 until Civ 5 when it was very clear, it would not even cut the most basic settings. I only upgraded when I was absolutely forced to.

about 4 months ago

Civilization: Beyond Earth Announced

ChefInnocent What graphics card will be enough? (89 comments)

Is the NVideo GTX TITAN Black or Radeon R9 295X2 going to be enough GPU for the game? Will I have to 3-way SLI or CrossFire them? It seems all the last Civ games have really pushed the graphics envelope which never made much sense to me since I find them to be almost spreadsheet games. I love Civ (particularly 2 & 4), but the video requirements seem excessive. I remember buying a GTX 8800 for Civ 4, and GTX 580 for Civ 5.

about 4 months ago

NRC Expects Applications To Operate Reactors Beyond 60 Years

ChefInnocent Re: Oh NRC... get your crap together (135 comments)

No, I generally get that the AP1000 "G3+" is a glorified G1 and the differences between it and an older style PWR is less than the similarities. More importantly, it doesn't really implement the passive cooling we'd like to see. Never the less, it is a small step forward. As for Watts Bar, I understand it is a "G2" PWR that they are finishing from 1988.

about 5 months ago

NRC Expects Applications To Operate Reactors Beyond 60 Years

ChefInnocent Re:Oh NRC... get your crap together (135 comments)

Although very limited, there are 4 new reactors being built. 2 at Vogtle, and 2 at VC Summer. It would be nice if we could move a little faster, but at least it is a start. There is also an older style one being built at Watts Bar.

about 5 months ago

NASA Wants To Bring Back Hunks of Mars In Future Unmanned Mission

ChefInnocent Re:Red Rover (82 comments)

I get that I am an amazingly unfunny person with a sense of humor no one else shares. What I don't get, is why you needed to comment on it.

1 year,17 days

NASA Wants To Bring Back Hunks of Mars In Future Unmanned Mission

ChefInnocent Red Rover (82 comments)

Are they going to call the rover "Red"? I can hear all the school children singing "Red Rover, Red Rover, send Mars right over."

1 year,18 days

Forensic Experts Say Screams Were Not Zimmerman's

ChefInnocent Re:If a cop murders a kid.. (1046 comments)

E. He/She is a murderer and should be punished as much or worse than a common murderer since trust was put into the officer.

Most of them seem to either get some sort of sick kicks out of it, or are overly hyped. It is time that even cops get proper punishment rather than the free pass they seem to get currently.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Launches Windows 8 Consumer Preview

ChefInnocent Re:Windows 7, we hardly knew ye (500 comments)

It's like Star Trek movies. You can only watch every other one. 95 bad, 98 okay (SE better), WinME bad (Win2K was fine, but consumers hated it), XP okay, Vista bad, 7 okay, 8 bad. Windows 9(?) should be okay.

about 2 years ago

Apple Patents Tech to Stop iPhones Filming in Venues

ChefInnocent Re:A Good Patent (391 comments)

No, it's probably a brilliantly evil plan. Apple knows the MAFIAA has legions of lobbyists working to prevent "piracy". If they can convince the MAFIAA that this is a required technology, then other phone makers will be forced to either pay extortion fees to Apple, or put out of business since they will be unable to comply with federal law.

more than 3 years ago

Supreme Court: AT&T Can Force Arbitration

ChefInnocent Re:Wonderful, just wonderful (415 comments)

I wasn't very old, but I think Nixon was the furthest left in my lifetime.

more than 3 years ago

GeForce GTX 590 and Radeon HD 6990 Face Off

ChefInnocent Re:Unless you are a professional gamer... (124 comments)

You're a bit off there. There are uses beyond gamers for the newest cards, and as much hope as I had for the GTX 590, I think nVidia missed it too. The answer is GPU computing. The way I see it (I may be myopic), is that $700 for a GPU is cheap for the computational performance. Sadly, the GTX 590 under performs because nVidia was worried about noise & power more than FLOPS. As far as I'm concerned, I'm just going to buy banks of cards and put them in a room where I can't hear them. So, despite weeks of waiting, we'll be going with the GTX 580 as it beats the GTX 590, Radeon 6990, and Radeon 5970 for our uses.

more than 3 years ago

AMD's New Flagship HD 6990 Tested

ChefInnocent Re:punches all other GPUs in the nuts (164 comments)

Maybe it's more because I'm not a serious gamer, but I've been looking at a bank of these cards for GPU computing. More computing power, less space, faster transfer across cards rather than network, and less overhead costs associated with buying more systems. We bought the Radeon HD 5970 & GeForce GTX 580 two weeks ago for comparisons. This week will tell us which platform is better for our needs since we need to move from theory to reality.

For home use, I'd keep using the GeForce 8800 GTX, but I'm the lucky recipient of the card that doesn't win.

more than 3 years ago

Retailers Dread Phone-Wielding Shoppers

ChefInnocent Re:I did this (725 comments)

I think this suggests using an elder "protip". It's called haggling. The other month, I was looking for a nice ceiling fan to go into a home office. I went to Lowes and Home Depot. Nothing really impressed me. I went to a local floor & lighting center which had the fan I wanted. I wrote down the model numbers, went home, and looked it up on the internet. Amazingly (I had never seen this before), the store was cheaper than anywhere I could find online (at least $25). There was still a problem, the fan was $75 more than I had budgeted. I spoke with the sales guy and told him, I was really looking for the $300 range and $375 was more than I could part with. He tried to talk me into other models, I said the other's didn't appeal to me, and if I wanted to settle, I'd go back to Lowes where I saw one for $150 that was pleasing enough. Well, after a bit of time and some more discussion, I walked out of there with my fan for $305. I saved almost $100 over the internet price, and $75 from the store's initial price.

more than 3 years ago

NSA Considers Its Networks Compromised

ChefInnocent The only secure system... (239 comments)

Is the one buried a mile under ground in 100' radius of concrete connected to nothing. Preferably in an undisclosed location. Even then, it is only as secure as the guards protecting it.

more than 3 years ago

Anonymous Now Attacking Corporate Fax Machines

ChefInnocent Animus news day? (410 comments)

This is the 3rd article today mentioning them. Why is anyone even paying attention to them? Give them anonymity with obscurity. If these are just a bunch of rotten 12 year olds, then ignore them and maybe they'll grow up. Assuming Wikileaks is a good cause, was it even worth it to "hit" Amazon, Mastercard, and PayPal? If these kids are even remotely successful, they will come to regret it when they apply for jobs, and these companies make sure they are unemployable. It's like the old song says, don't pull on Superman's cap, spit into the wind, and don't mess with Jim. Amazon, Mastercard, and Paypal are Jim.

Would their battle with snow be equivalent to spitting into the wind?

more than 3 years ago

Cheap 3D Fab Could Start an Innovation Renaissance

ChefInnocent Re:One problem (258 comments)

You're thinking all wrong man. I own a "vinyl cutter" (Wishblade) that came with some great software. I can do just about anything I want with it. I've made tons of stencils for cakes, woodworking, fabric patterns and other stuff for people. I can scan an image and have it on the cutter in minutes. There's a problem with it. It takes time to learn. It took me about a day to learn and I'm technically adept. My roommate, it would take her a long time to learn. She's been watching me make stuff for a year, and wouldn't know where to begin. She bought a machine which does something similar, but is far more limited. She bought a Cricut. She has made more stuff in the 3 weeks she's had it, than I have all year with mine because it is so easy for her to make stuff. The Cricut is not versatile. It is not cheaper than the Wishblade. It doesn't do half the cool stuff I can do. But she learned it in just a few minutes.

Wishblade made a very nice product, and they will get to sell me overpriced cutting blades at $20 a pop. Cricut will not only sell their blades at $20 a pop, but you have to buy "fonts" to make it work at $20-$100 a pop. Her friends own about a dozen font cartridges each. Her friends don't need to buy expensive software or even own a PC. They just own a Cricut which holds their hand so they don't have to do any thinking outside the box.

I'm trying to figure out how to make a 3d fab machine that takes font cartridges I can sell bajillions of. As a person very capable of doing stuff, I love the Wishblade over the Cricut every day of the week. But there is far more profit selling the Cricut. Photoshop is awesome, but when half the population doesn't understand MS Paint, your aren't going to sell to many copies of Photoshop.

more than 3 years ago

Single-Player Game Model 'Finished,' Says EA Exec

ChefInnocent Re:Instead of single fire, 25 hours and out... (439 comments)

I've spent way more than 100 hours on Civ I, II, & IV. My nephew has played hundreds of hours of Pokemon. Someone below mentioned tetris, which I think I've spent dozens of hours playing, which leads to other games like bejewelled & bookworm.

more than 3 years ago


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