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Dell Joins Steam Machine Initiative With Alienware System

Zencyde Re:Of course steamboxes are more expensive (110 comments)

So you mean I don't get to buy a subsidized console when I get to buy all my games on sale? :(

Oh wait, that's awesome. It an alternative to the razor cartridge/printer cartridge strategy. Spend a little more upfront, and spend less down the road. I love it!

about 6 months ago
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4K Is For Programmers

Zencyde Re:39" display for workstations? (520 comments)

You're trying to say that someone doesn't know what they're talking about, essentially. You provide no proof for this. You attempt to appeal to yourself as an authority yet you clearly have no compelling argument in this situation. The fact that you have a Slashdot ID that is MUCH higher than the other person's is just amusing. You spouting nonsense is pretty normal given the ID situation. It's funny to me because I've been here long enough to see this happen over and over.

Oh, also, nice Godwin.

about 6 months ago
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4K Is For Programmers

Zencyde Re:39" display for workstations? (520 comments)

You're arguing with someone that has a Slashdot ID almost 2 orders of magnitude lower than yours.
I'm going to put this into a language you can understand:
LOL N00B

about 6 months ago
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Simulations Back Up Theory That Universe Is a Hologram

Zencyde Re:A projection of what? (433 comments)

We're all basically swirling bits of matter, aren't we? The matter that enters your body will leave at some point. Everything is always in a flowing motion. Some things faster than others. That the sum of life is just some turbulence is a pretty poetic thought. Yes, one that brings solace.

about 7 months ago
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Sinkhole Sucks Brains From Wasteful Bitcoin Mining Botnet

Zencyde Re:RoI (203 comments)

That still doesn't answer my question. Why hasn't someone put you into a position of authority? Is it because you're not deceptive enough?

about 10 months ago
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Sinkhole Sucks Brains From Wasteful Bitcoin Mining Botnet

Zencyde Re:RoI (203 comments)

You get it, I see. Why aren't you in a power of decision making?

about 10 months ago
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Sinkhole Sucks Brains From Wasteful Bitcoin Mining Botnet

Zencyde Re:RoI (203 comments)

This is a joke, right? Economics are not always about individual profits. We only have so much production capacity and the economy is a way to organize that production. It's like when someone breaks into a car by smashing the window to steal a stereo that they then get, at best, 50 dollars for. So, for a 100+ dollar stereo and a 200+ dollar window repair, that 50 bucks took a lot of destruction to pull out. Overall loss to society? 250+ dollars worth of goods and services. If you were to get robbed in the street and have 50 bucks stolen from you without any destruction required to get it, you'd have suffered a far lesser economic loss for just as much gain on the thief's end. How is this not obvious to you???

about 10 months ago
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Valve Announces Steam Controller

Zencyde Re:This actually looks really unusable (317 comments)

Oh yay, going to start trying to call people out on stuff, right?

I have tried dual touchpads before. Touchpad joysticks are, for the most part, crap. And that's for two reasons. First, capacity surfaces lack the accuracy necessary to make it useful. And secondly, there needs to be some sort of physical indicator for where "center" is. With these in place, touchpads are perfect replacements for joysticks that also allows each "trackpad" to double as that, a trackpad. So we have something with a lower profile, multiple ways of functioning, and a lower chance of product failure due to a lack of moving parts.

As well, the use of slightly concave trackpad surfaces allows the surfaces to double as speaker diaphragms, allowing for a cleverly simple solution to adding in haptic feedback.

How about this... have YOU ever tried this Steam controller? Then how do you have any idea whether or not it's going to be a functional device? Do you really expect a company like Valve to make a decision like this lightly? If you haven't tried the beta Steam controller yet, then your opinion is just as much bullshit as the next person's.

about 10 months ago
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Valve Announces Steam Controller

Zencyde Re:This actually looks really unusable (317 comments)

I apologize, but I do not think this is gimmicky. I fail to see how everyone missed this, but the trackpad functions perfectly as a joystick. The raised portions give you an idea of where center is. I've wanted to see this for almost 2 years now, after seeing the Razer Hydra and imagining a version without the awkward joysticks. The concave shape of the trackpad makes it perfect as a joystick replacement, and there's the bonus of thinning the controller profile. Having recently started carrying a controller in my small pack, this Steam controller would be a blessing.

about 10 months ago
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Valve Announces Steam Controller

Zencyde Re:This actually looks really unusable (317 comments)

I fail to see how everyone missed this, but the trackpad functions perfectly as a joystick. The raised portions give you an idea of where center is. I've wanted to see this for almost 2 years now, after seeing the Razer Hydra and imagining a version without the awkward joysticks. The concave shape of the trackpad makes it perfect as a joystick replacement, and there's the bonus of thinning the controller profile. Having recently started carrying a controller in my small pack, this Steam controller would be a blessing.

about 10 months ago
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Multi-Display Gaming Artifacts Shown With AMD, 4K Affected Too

Zencyde Re:Multi-Monitor Gaming Just Sucks (148 comments)

It would look normal if you had a flat display that had infinite with. With the geometry of a flat screen, I don't recommend ever going to 180 degrees. :P FOV, for immersion, should always match how much of your FOV the monitor takes in real life. That's why the Rift is going to be so awesome!

about 10 months ago
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Multi-Display Gaming Artifacts Shown With AMD, 4K Affected Too

Zencyde Re:2x 1440p on 7970 teared like a bitch 2 years ba (148 comments)

Were you running two different port types? Switching between the ports seems to be the cause of tearing. I was having MAJOR issues running across 5 screens and finally tracked it down to that. Which I had known so I could have looked for a card with all the same port type.

about 10 months ago
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Multi-Display Gaming Artifacts Shown With AMD, 4K Affected Too

Zencyde Re:Multi-Monitor Gaming Just Sucks (148 comments)

I'm borrowing an Oculus Rift and, honestly, it's not worth toying with on anything with less than native support. I agree with what you say entirely.

about 10 months ago
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Multi-Display Gaming Artifacts Shown With AMD, 4K Affected Too

Zencyde This guy has a point, but... (148 comments)

I'm running what's called a "5x1P" (that's 5 portrait monitors arrange horizontally) array and have been using Eyefinity since it was released with the Radeon 5870 HD. Multiscreen is kind of the thing over at the Widescreen Gaming Forum. I gotta say, I've been experiencing little issues here and there for a while. Problems with tearing seem to originate more from using alternating port types. When grouped in, for instance, all DisplayPort, there is no tearing. I imagine a lot of the issue arises from having a buffer that's too small to handle the higher screen resolutions. Personally, I will drop multiscreen gaming as soon as 21:9 4K TVs come out. High resolutions coupled with an accessory Oculus Rift are going to kill multiscreen tech in the next few years. For the time being, though, it's worth the glitches and the bezels.

Also, having an Oculus Rift in my possession (borrowed from the wonderful WSGF), I can NOT, for whatever reason, get it to work from my desktop. All I get is a black screen on the Rift. I'm not at all sure if it relates to using Eyefinity or from having 5 other devices plugged into the card, but I don't care to tinker with more than the software as it was annoying enough to get it set up. I'm just running it from my laptop and putting up with the performance limits. The screen door effect is way too obvious to be fixed by upping to 1080p screens, but in the next few years it may be feasible to do away with external monitors altogether.

about 10 months ago
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New Company Set To Resurrect the Aptera

Zencyde Re:What a lame ass piece of junk! (98 comments)

You're daft. That design is very stable. Regular trike styling has a habit of flipping over while turning. Just go look up the Reliant Robin. If anything, this design is far more intelligent than your usual trike. The drive train means that only rear force is going to be applied, and not from an angle. The back will slide out before it flips over. You want to see an inverted (someone else said "tadpole") trike at speed? Look up the T-Rex Motorcycle. It's a drift machine and looks like crazy fun. So please take your "trying to be artsy" presumption and stick it. You'd make a terrible engineer.

about a year ago
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Hacker Releases 1.7TB Treasure Trove of Gaming Info

Zencyde Re:Insurance Policy? (293 comments)

I'm under the impression that he has something automatically set up to yell the passphrase for him if he isn't there to stop it once every arbitrary schedule of time. I imagine that this is some sort of timer system, possibly set on a weekly basis. Easier to guarantee it working as this situation, in which he is behind bars, would be expected. If he's as smart as he comes off, he even has this trigger set across multiple locations through sources that he's accessed only anonymously. He could even have a botnet set to pull this trigger for him, as botnets seem to be super popular in some circles.

Did he do this? I don't know. But he likely knows enough about the world to know that he'd have to to have any hope of his plan working. I don't imagine he expects to save himself with this.

It reminds me of this movie/show I saw a long time ago, in which a trigger was tied to this person's heartbeat. Should his heart stop, something catastrophic was to happen. Sort of a guarantee that people would want him alive. It's always tied to something beyond the control of everyone else. Him yelling a passphrase? Easily within the control of the prison system. Computers yelling out a passphrase for him? Not worth the resources to try to stop.

Yes, this is all conjecture. But it would work a little better than what you suggested, and I'm sure this guy knows that.

about a year ago
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Spain's New S-80 Class Submarines Sink, But Won't Float

Zencyde Re:at least they're trying... (326 comments)

We really need to start defining things in terms of "useful labor" and "useless labor". Simply creating jobs doesn't help the economy, those jobs need to be productive somehow. They'd have saved money by handing them a paycheck and telling them not to work as it would have saved an immense amount of physical resources. So, to me, it sounds like what the government really wants is welfare when they're trying to make jobs for the sake of making jobs. This is what's going to make Communism in America a reality.

about a year ago
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Of 1000 Americans Polled, Most Would Ban Home Printing of Guns

Zencyde Re:Well... (578 comments)

I think it should read, "Of 1000 Americans polled, most unaware of things that can be regulated."

about a year ago
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AMD Radeon HD 7990 Released: Dual GPUs and 6G of Memory for $1000

Zencyde Wow, 1,000 dollars? (189 comments)

I got a 3 gig Direct CU II, 7970 (7890? I don't remember, doesn't matter) that's running on 5 screens. I bought this thing almost a year ago for a little over 400 dollars. I can't see 1,000 dollars justifying it. Wouldn't that 6 gigs be split to an effective 2 gigs? Isn't this essentially just SLI? Either way, at over 10 million pixels I get by without an issue. I leave anti-aliasing off (who would need it? unless it's FXAA, which I leave on) and, again, I don't get any serious slowdown from it. This card seems like it's designed for a crowd with more money than sense.

about a year ago
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Why Self-Driving Cars Are Still a Long Way Down the Road

Zencyde Ugh, not this. (352 comments)

Yes, that's exactly what we need. A bunch of cars that drive like the elderly so as to avoid any collision liabilities.

If we're going to be serious about self-driving cars, we need to designate them a lane so that the entire lane can begin moving in unison when the light turns green, and so that the driverless cars are allowed to drive at higher speeds, as they're presumed to be safer. If they don't have a better track record than Humans, why are we using them? They are presumed to be safer.

Unless it takes less time to get to your destination, it won't sell. We're impatient convenience whores, and you have to market things towards us with that in mind. How else would the credit card and computers made it so far?

about a year ago

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Comcast Not Boarding the Bandwagon

Zencyde Zencyde writes  |  about 6 years ago

Zencyde writes "Comcast, a company known for their questionable tactics, has decided not to jump aboard the Usenet banning bandwagon. They are currently being pressured into changing policies by New York's attorney general. From the story:

New York's attorney general notified Comcast that the state will take legal action if the company — the nation's second-largest Internet service provider — doesn't agree to eliminate access to child pornography.

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