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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

HalAtWork That would explain frame rate (337 comments)

That would explain frame rate, if they couldn't get their physics/AI routines to work fast enough (although they could use interpolation routines to alleviate that), but does not explain the rendering resolution. Do they expect us to believe they had the CPU working on shaders or rasterization? Even post-processing effects would be handled by the GPU.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

HalAtWork The worst part... (747 comments)

The worst part is when shortcut keys and mnemonics are changed because of a different language, I navigate by keyboard and have to re-learn everything on other systems and guess what the right command is if I don't know the language.

about two weeks ago
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Linux 3.17 Kernel Released With Xbox One Controller Support

HalAtWork Re:Please explain (114 comments)

Couldn't they just have a USB ID/Bluetooth ID whitelist?

about two weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

HalAtWork Re:Speaking for myself (320 comments)

That and Nickelodeon is where kids rule.

about two weeks ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

HalAtWork Not that it matters... (283 comments)

They're all being disregarded anyway, what are they complaining for?

about two weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

HalAtWork Re:I don't think we are giving anything up. (554 comments)

Exactly, I don't want an OS that's a resource hog. As for smartphones? They can't keep running at top speed for long before getting heat throttled, or the battery dying. It's apples and oranges. And they still have moments of slowdown and stuttering with all that power. I'd rather have a smooth experience where the OS stays out of the way.

about two weeks ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

HalAtWork Start a web site? (224 comments)

Start a web site that can serve as a talent pool for people like this. Many people would consider them american heroes, and if they had more visibility, maybe they would get hired faster. If they show up on a background check, the employers would be more likely to know why and give them a pass.

about three weeks ago
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Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

HalAtWork I don't even have a phone (139 comments)

What do they expect me to do? I don't even have a phone! I'm glad I created my account before this crap.

about a month ago
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

HalAtWork Re:How many of you are still using Gnome? (403 comments)

Yeah, still using it. Gnome 3 with the applications menu and window list turned on, Thunar as the file manager because they are removing title bars on windows for some reason. I'm getting fed up with it, probably going to move to Mate or Cinnamon. I used KDE3 on Fedora before, but something was always flaky with it, and they didn't have good GUI tools for things like setting up WiFi at the time. It was back when Ubuntu was paving the way for the desktop that I switched to Gnome (love having access to Debian repos and apt is awesome), they had a lot of good GUIs that integrated well with Gnome but weren't on the KDE side of things yet. I might give KDE a spin and kick the tires now that I think about it...

about a month ago
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Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

HalAtWork lol@WMD (221 comments)

It's one of them fancy sentence spicer-uppers!

about a month ago
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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

HalAtWork Too late (115 comments)

Raspberry Pi and Arduino already exist and do the job handily. My home's already covered from CCTV to lighting & temperature to intercoms and it all integrates with XBMC scripts that both control and notify on every TV in the house, powered by (you guessed it) more/Raspberry Pis. Controllable through tablets and smart phones as well as my TV remote. All hard-wired aside from the wireless endpoint, and no lousy third party servers that everything gets uploaded to.

about a month ago
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iOS 8 Review

HalAtWork No new iPod Touch, no update (216 comments)

I don't want an expensive phone that I don't even need because I don't want a cellphone.

about a month ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

HalAtWork Titanfall promised a great campaign (292 comments)

It's not your fault that you expected a great campaign mode in Titanfall, the developers were talking about how they would weave an epic cinematic experience into the campaign, but failed miserably:

I know Half-Life wasn’t the first shooter to tell a story completely through the eyes of the player, but it stands out to me as the first very successful attempt. Since then, the FPS genre has been doing a balancing act of telling a compelling narrative without sacrificing gameplay. Some games have been more successful than others, but the formula is starting to get a little stale. What makes Titanfall’s campaign mode unique is that we’re giving players the production value of a finely crafted cinematic experience they’re used to from current-gen shooters, but within the framework of competitive multiplayer. We’ve designed the game in such a way that the narrative never obfuscates the goals or objectives, but only gives them more impetus.

We’re telling a story through a first person perspective in ways that are both traditional to single player campaigns and very new for multiplayer at least for first-person shooters. Without going into too much boring detail about client/server logistics, asynchronous scripting, and other buzzwords, I can tell you that from the end user experience it feels both familiar and groundbreaking at the same time.

Titanfall will most definitely have an ending. It’s not a story if it doesn’t have an ending, but there are multiple sides to that story. It’s told from both the Militia and IMC perspectives, and to fully grasp Titanfall’s campaign, you’ll need to play it from both sides. And as with any good story, we’ve hopefully peppered it with enough detail and nuance that you’ll notice something new every time you replay it.

I was severely disappointed too.

http://www.xb1.co.uk/interviews-2/titanfall-will-most-definitely-have-an-ending-its-not-a-story-if-it-doesnt-have-an-ending-says-respawn/

about a month ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

HalAtWork Easy (243 comments)

Sure, just let us configure on our router which port/service/internal IP gets a higher QoS and honor that. Why should we have to submit a request to the ISP whenever the mood strikes us to make a change?

about a month ago
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Treasure Map: NSA, GCHQ Work On Real-Time "Google Earth" Internet Observation

HalAtWork How is that even possible? (267 comments)

With NATs, MAC randomization, WiFi hotspots, user agent spoofing, VPNs, TOR, it seems difficult if not impossible to fingerprint the devices that belong to those who strive to remain hidden.

about a month ago
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

HalAtWork That's great (166 comments)

...but I thought judges weren't supposed to show any bias?

about a month ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

HalAtWork Re:Abject brand mismanagement (352 comments)

Moot point when that can be the experience with any OS. When people get Linux machines from me, they're already set up as well.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

HalAtWork Re:Abject brand mismanagement (352 comments)

That's been my experience. Meanwhile on Linux everything works out of the box, automatic updates take care of security patches, and I use a GUI to select whatever apps I want and they install just fine, but most of what I need is right there out of the box. Office, browser, music/photo software, video player, stuff to import/export from my phone and tablet, it's brilliant.

And it's all the software I'm used to from Windows, such as LibreOffice, VLC, Firefox, Chrome, Inkscape, Gimp, so there's no problems with relearning the apps or using the same files across any platform for me.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

HalAtWork Re:Abject brand mismanagement (352 comments)

Default Linux installs just work, Windows needs a lot of drivers, patching & reboots, and helper apps, to even be useful.

about a month ago

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