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Do You Really Need a Discrete Sound Card?

DMalic Re:Yes (520 comments)

I have to wonder about this. At first I thought "well, maybe people who prefer discrete cars are incredible audiophiles who hear minute details I cannot appreciate." However, I've never had an integrated card where I couldn't turn it up far louder than it needed to go.

more than 4 years ago
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Do You Really Need a Discrete Sound Card?

DMalic Re:Yes (520 comments)

oh, come on. The difference between really crappy cables and gold-plated ones is likely to be inaudible in a blind test. You'd have to be deaf to miss the improvement from decent speakers/phones over the crappy PC ones.

more than 4 years ago
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Encoding Video For Mobile Devices?

DMalic Re:Even 360p is overkill (177 comments)

I second this. Youtube 320 looks surprisingly good now on videos with a decent source. I have to wonder if they're using better settings than in the past.

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Encoding Video For Mobile Devices?

DMalic Re:Handbrake (177 comments)

Many devices can output to TV. Say you have 1 mbps video; with x264 this might look reasonably close to DVD quality, with xVid it'll be blurry and nasty.

more than 4 years ago
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PC Gamers Too Good For Consoles Gamers?

DMalic Re:Not a surprise (324 comments)

Different tastes for different people. Playing Mass Effect on my friend's Xbox gave me the impression it was a terrible game; I picked it up on a Steam sale on a whim and loved it. I gave up on Deadspace about 20% through because the artificially slowed controls were too aggravating. I desperately wanted to like it, but it's not fun for me.

more than 4 years ago
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Digital Distribution Numbers Speak To Health of PC Game Industry

DMalic Valve Financials (192 comments)

Does anyone have reasonably current figures for Valve's revenue and income? A 2005 Forbes story claimed that Valve had an income of 70 million with an operating profit of 55 million. Other sources say that Gabe never accepted venture capital funding and bought out the company's cofounder... Given the relatively few number of employees, Gabe must be loaded.

more than 4 years ago
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FSF Asks Apple To Comply With the GPL For Clone of GNU Go

DMalic Re:Fat Chance (482 comments)

The safe harbor provision seems to be extremely shaky (or the youtube-viacom case wouldn't be in doubt). I'm not a lawyer, but with the amount of control Apple exercises on their store..

more than 4 years ago
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FSF Asks Apple To Comply With the GPL For Clone of GNU Go

DMalic Re:Fat Chance (482 comments)

Youtube is relying on the safe harbor protection. Intuition says that's not going to be applicable in this situation :-)

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FSF Asks Apple To Comply With the GPL For Clone of GNU Go

DMalic Re:Fat Chance (482 comments)

Are you sure? The wording of 401(d) visual works and 402(d) audio works regarding the notice is the same; the defendant must merely have "had access to" the work (as shown in Maverick v Harper, where the district court decided that this was fulfilled by publishing a notice with the work). Obviously, Maverick v Harper related to an audio work but I cannot see a functional difference between 401 and 402 regarding innocent infringement. The case: http://jgehrke.typepad.com/files/maverick-recording-co.-v.-harper.pdf See (d), innocent infringement defense 401 and 402: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode17/usc_sec_17_00000401----000-.html

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FSF Asks Apple To Comply With the GPL For Clone of GNU Go

DMalic Re:Fat Chance (482 comments)

What? Untrue. This would wreck prosecution of filesharing. You can't sue for statutory penalties unless the copyright is registered, that's all.

more than 4 years ago
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FSF Asks Apple To Comply With the GPL For Clone of GNU Go

DMalic Re:Fat Chance (482 comments)

I can't distribute a popular (or even an unpopular) major movie and claim I don't know someone held the copyright to it. Ignorance of copyright law is not an excuse.

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The Humble Indie Bundle

DMalic Re:Noble, but sad (290 comments)

I think I'll stay away from Australia, thankyouverymuch :-)

more than 4 years ago
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The Humble Indie Bundle

DMalic Re:Noble, but sad (290 comments)

That's weird to hear. PC games (even at the overinflated retail prices which are set to account for distribution, retail cut, promotion and advertising, physical product, etc.) are one of the cheapest things I can think of. Music, books, and movies are ridiculously overpriced to me, but games are dirt cheap. My logic: Music: I've got 20,000 songs I already like competing for attention. Unless your stuff is really extraordinary, it's never going to get much listening. Books: I read a book in a couple hours and rarely ever re-read. Pretty spendy. Getting a non-DRM'd digital version legitimately can be a pain, and I don't really want a physical copy. Movies: Watch once, rarely ever rewatch. Ridiculously spendy unless you Netflix. Have to transcode it into a format that doesn't suck (x264 rip) myself. By contrast, games (through Steam at least) are mostly buy and forget without ever having to worry about losing your copy or digitizing anything.

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The Humble Indie Bundle

DMalic Re:Wish they would do more of this for consoles (290 comments)

Just turn the resolution to 1024x600 or so (I think that's what the big console 720 titles are upconverted from) and leave the settings high. Almost anything will run well at that.

more than 4 years ago
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Intel Turbo Boost vs. AMD Turbo Core Explained

DMalic Re:Why not use the extra transistors... (198 comments)

It's more like a series of improvements on that model. It works really well, though. Cache doesn't seem to help performance as much as you'd think it would, though. There are some core2 cpus described as "pentium dual core" with a fraction of the cache which perform almost as well.

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Intel Turbo Boost vs. AMD Turbo Core Explained

DMalic Re:A better explanation (198 comments)

The third core gives a significant performance benefit over two cores, especially since many games were originally designed for consoles and are badly ported to PCs. Unoptimized performance hogs like Grand Theft Auto demand more cores (and can use them). Just today I saw an article on Anandtech describing significant, unexpected benefits from a slower quad core over a newer, faster dual-core in gaming. http://www.anandtech.com/show/3695/the-clarkdale-experiment-mea-culpa

more than 4 years ago
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Activision Hit With $500m Suit From Modern Warfare 2 Devs

DMalic Re:Brain Drain (77 comments)

Activision claimed that the bonus pool for Infinity Ward will remain the same and whoever stays will get more money. Not saying it will happen.

more than 4 years ago
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Activision Hit With $500m Suit From Modern Warfare 2 Devs

DMalic Re:Brain Drain (77 comments)

They all just randomly decided to quit in a down economy and forgo bonus money + the bonus money owed the two lead devs? Yes, every dev that quits, the bonuses for the remaining ones pile higher. And they're still leaving. Granted, they might believe that Activision are too rotten to pay anyone at this point, but if that's the argument you're relying on..

more than 4 years ago

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