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NVIDIA Responds To GTX 970 Memory Bug

Smauler Re:Hey! I've been gypped! (145 comments)

Never heard of autocon. I'd bet it used some of that 640k though.

yesterday
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Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

Smauler Re:It's a little early (349 comments)

Salt, and water. That's about it.

2 days ago
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NVIDIA Responds To GTX 970 Memory Bug

Smauler Re:False Advertising (145 comments)

Anyone who buys a graphics card based on how much memory it has is going to be disappointed. It's _way_ cheaper to chuck mediocre cards out with lots of RAM than it is to produce good cards.

Benchmarks, benchmarks, benchmarks, people. Don't look at what it is called, or how much memory it has, look at what it _does_. I'm talking about real world gaming benchmarks here, not 3dmark or anything. And yes, they do manipulate these a bit, but it's much, much harder to manipulate them.

All that being said, this is a shitty move by nvidia.

2 days ago
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NVIDIA Responds To GTX 970 Memory Bug

Smauler Re:Hey! I've been gypped! (145 comments)

My autoexec.bat by the end was just a menu with 7 options at the start, with it jumping to the right parts depending on the thing I wanted to run. The config.sys was not as easy to automate - you just had to rename the files and reboot. Getting DOOM to run on 4 separate computers together back then was.... challenging, especially if you didn't run IPX natively. It was possible, though, and when I got doom set up 4 person multiplayer, it was a revelation at the time for me and my friends. This was 20 years ago, and it was new. One of the computers was a 386, and (unsurprisingly) had a pretty awful FPS rate... the worst players always seemed to end up on that one ;).

And yes, I did have different autoexecs for every machine.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

Smauler Re:64bit (639 comments)

When upgrading from 2k, installing Vista, on a brand new computer, I had a load of problems with it. I needed newer versions of directx, being a gamer, which were not available with 2k. It'd BSOD at a certain point in the installation, without fail. I didn't have the internet by other means, so I thought.... why not just try to boot off of the old 2k hard drive? This was just a HD spat in a new system, no messing with it at all.

It booted in 640*480, and I was amazed. Standards FTW. I managed to connect to the internet (after a while), and then find my problem (which was not my problem).

It turns out it was the original Vista not working with nforce motherboards with more than 4gb RAM installed, at all...

The solution was to install Vista with 2gb, then add the other memory later after having applied a hotfix.

Since then Vista has been good to me, I've had good uptime (4 months+), and constant stability.... but I'll always remember 2k.

4 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Smauler Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (808 comments)

No one *needs* to hear the engine noise to know when to shift. Feeling the car's velocity and knowing what gear one's in is sufficient information most of the time.

Tell me exactly how one "feels the cars velocity"? When you're going a set speed, there is no feeling at all. Relying on a change of direction to tell you which way to steer is awkward.

If you meant visual cues (but didn't say it), they can be less useful in lots of circumstances. I personally know corners by aural engine speed and other feedback, and learning them again in a different car is different.

5 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Smauler Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (808 comments)

NA and turbo engines sound different, but they're both awesome.

I drive an Integra type R, 1.8 litre NA, and I don't mind if it "farts" once in a while. This is not because it's not "tuned right".

5 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Smauler Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (808 comments)

For driving a manual car the engine noise serves a purpose too, but it's getting more and more rare even here in Europe.

To be fair, automatics have been getting better and better recently. Most new lorries are automatic (I learnt with a 16 speed gearbox on my HGV test, though). As long as there's a separate test in the UK for automatics and manuals, most people will take the manual test. There's talk of allowing HGV tests being allowed to be taken in automatics currently, though.

Note that anyone taking their HGV test will already have passed their car test in a manual.

5 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Smauler Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (808 comments)

I drive a 1.8 litre 4 pot normally aspirated Japanese 4 seat hatchback, mainly because it didn't cost much (£2,500, used obviously), it is reliable (1 major breakdown in 5 years), hasn't cost anything for basic maintenance (2 new full set of tyres for £100 a set in 5 years, literally no oil except for services (it doesn't lose any)), and can get 30mpg or so.

It also does 0-60 in 6 point something seconds or so, has a top speed of 150, and sounds amazing naturally.

I don't treat it right, either. I play with lift off oversteer a lot, and rev the engine to 9000 rpm or so when accelerating.

Now the bad : It's useless as a long distance cruiser, it sits at over 4000rpm in 5th gear at 70mph, it hasn't got a 6th, if you want good mpg you're going to have to sit at 50. Added to that, it is more noisy because it's got lots of sound insulation stripped from it as standard. Also, insurance isn't that great either, I'm currently paying £400 or so (which is a lot, because I'm almost the lowest risk there is). That's about it.

Integra Type R DC2. I bought it because it sounds amazing. I kept it because it was.

LOL, there's an advertising slogan if ever I heard one.

5 days ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

Smauler Re:Pope Francis - fuck your mother (892 comments)

If you poke a bear cub with a stick long enough, its mom might come and maul the shit out of you.

Yeah... you do know that bears are not people, right? We generally try to hold Muslims to higher standards than we do bears.

about two weeks ago
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Man Saves Wife's Sight By 3D Printing Her Tumor

Smauler Re:This could be fun.... (164 comments)

"Non-profit" does not mean they're not paying their employees massive salaries, and never did. I don't know where people got the idea that non-profits had to pay their employees less.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

Smauler Re:64bit (639 comments)

XP will go down in history as the best OS made. Ever.

Win2k was better.

about two weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

Smauler Re: Makes sense. (629 comments)

I'm still running a ten year old Windows OS which gets free updates. DirectX11 was almost 5 years after Vista's launch.

Upgrades are not the issue, unpatched security vulnerabilities are.

about two weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Smauler Re:Let's ban all guns! (1350 comments)

This is a good example (warning, pdf). See table 2, which shows that handgun offences were at 2648 in 1997, the year they were banned, and had risen to 5874 by 2001/2.

There isn't any evidence to show that handgun crime fell or stayed the same after the ban, because it didn't, it more than doubled in 5 years.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Smauler Re: Let's ban all guns! (1350 comments)

They were restricted prior to the ban, in similar ways that the current guns are restricted now. I personally knew someone who I went airgun shooting with who had his guns in a normal house in a normal suburb.

You weren't allowed to carry, that was always a difference.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Smauler Re:Let's ban all guns! (1350 comments)

There were about the same number of deaths in the UK from handguns when they were legal to own 20 years ago. The estimated total number of guns, legal and illegal, held by civilians in the United Kingdom is over four million. That's one for every 15 people or so. The majority of these are legally owned.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Smauler Re:Let's ban all guns! (1350 comments)

Except that in the UK, the ban -- which they take very, very seriously -- actually DOES result in significantly less gun violence.

Handguns were banned in 1997, and the years following the ban saw an increase in violent crime involving handguns. The handgun crime rate now is about the same as before the ban.

Interestingly, there are some automatic rifles that are technically legal in the UK that are illegal in the US for private citizens. Good luck getting a license for them, though. High powered non-automatic rifles and shotguns are still very much legal in the UK, there are currently over half a million valid shotgun licenses alone in the UK. You can have been in prison for 3 years, and still get a shotgun license.

about three weeks ago
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What Isn't There an App For?

Smauler Re:Plant Recognition (421 comments)

That's pretty easy - pink/brown gills. I'm far from experienced, but I do pick and eat Agaricus campestris and/or arvensis (the field and horse mushrooms). If it's got brown gills, and looks like a normal mushroom, I'll eat it. The only common mushroom that is slightly poisonous like this is the yellow stainer, but this will stain yellow when cut (some people do eat these too, though). There are others that are poisonous, but they're rare, also stain yellow and smell and taste bad. If it's got brown gills, it might make you sick, but it won't do you long term damage.

If it's got white gills, or is too immature to have gills, I leave it be. I wouldn't trust an app to identify mushrooms.

about three weeks ago
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Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

Smauler Re:And also cannot... (755 comments)

Ok... your lack of belief in your god defines you just as much as your lack of belief in invisible pink teapots defines you, is that better?

Me not believing in something is not a faith.

ps. I'm not a militant atheist, I was raised C of E, and still go to some services (I feel a little hypocritical praying, so I don't, but I do sing). I don't believe in any kind of christian god though. I don't believe in lots of things, god is just one of them.

about three weeks ago
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2014: Hottest Year On Record

Smauler Re:And on a local level... (560 comments)

Also... it was over 15 Celsius (60 Fahrenheit or so) just before Christmas in London. A couple of years ago it hardly got above freezing throughout December. We're used to odd weather because of where the UK is.

about three weeks ago

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Youtube revamps comment system

Smauler Smauler writes  |  about a year ago

Smauler (915644) writes "Youtube are changing their comments system Whilst no one denies the current system results in obnoxious chaos some of the time, the solution seems to be a tie-in with Google+. The number one selling point is that "Comments you care about move to the top"."

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