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I'd most like to (personally) explore:

geirlk Missing options and all that stuff. (246 comments)

The two most relevant options for me would be either "My Country", or "The Universe". I might have to stick to my country for a while though. I am already exploring my city.

about two weeks ago
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Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

geirlk Re:Slaves of Dubai (265 comments)

Slaves yes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...

http://www.vice.com/vice-news/...

The fact that it's a tough world out there doesn't excuse Dubai or UAE in general from acting like asshat clowns. They have the economy to take care of their foreign workers, but choose to screw them over. That's really not OK.

about a month and a half ago
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In the New Age of Game Development, Gamers Have More Power Than Ever

geirlk Re:The cheater gets a win (101 comments)

not earning money != losing money

Not earning money is an opportunity cost [wikipedia.org]. When compared to other things that a company could be doing with its resources, not earning money is losing money.

There has to be a balance between bankruptcy and greed. There should also always be a balance between production cost and price to consumers. And just because one has a monopoly on a service/product, doesn't mean one has to rob the consumer blind. So as long as they do earn money, and the product is priced fair, all is well.

First off, I'm not saying voting would be ideal in all games.

I understand. I'm just trying to find counterpoints to the talking points that console fanboys have used against the promotion of PC gaming [pineight.com]. They try to spin the lack of mods as an advantage.

Well, console peasants would do that =) I love how that article is strewn with liberal political quotes. The points made reminds me of GOP talking points; like why paying out your ass for medical help is soooo much better than "socialist welfare".

One-on-One and voting is a mute point as in that case you quit the match instead.

I've played one-on-one games on Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection against Tetris DS players who used Action Replay to, say, get all I pieces. If you disconnect in a one-on-one stranger match, you get a loss on your record, and the cheater gets a win. In Mario Kart DS, on the other hand, I didn't see quite as much cheating, but I saw plenty of people complaining about snaking [neogaf.com], a novel use of the game's drift mechanic to gain speed on straightaways.

I can see how that would be irritating. Personally, I'm not a very competitive person, so losing doesn't bother me half as much as it should. I can sum up why I play a lot less MP today than say 10 years ago; Griefers, trolls, cheaters and obnoxious assholes. But still, different games draw different crowds. I haven't heard much insults etc. in ArmA 3, atleast compared to CoD.

These days I prefer a good coop game together with friends over the more individualistic MP games. I get much more out of having a good squad cohesion in eg. BF3, than actually winning the match, or be the best player etc.

about 3 months ago
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In the New Age of Game Development, Gamers Have More Power Than Ever

geirlk Re:Private multiplayer modding ethics (101 comments)

But did the publisher get remunerated for this replayability? A lot of publishers would rather have players spend money on paid DLC and new games from the same publisher.

This Publisher (Valve) in particular are a bit special. They dropped several DLC's as updates to the game, and not charging for them. They've also made available mod tools and dedicated server binaries etc. How far this goes to remunerating them fully for development etc., you have to ask Gabe about I guess.

Certainly a lot of publishers would rather have players spend a lot of money. That's not exactly a good thing though. Have a gander at eg. EA: BF4 standard costs 499NOK + 4 DLC's @ 129NOK a pop = 1015NOK, or $170. That is a horrible price. At the same time they've removed all possibilities of hosting your own servers, now you have to rent them for official hosting firms. Even the biggest Battefield community in Norway weren't allowed to host their own. And most gamers would agree BF4 is more or less BF3,5; too few news to warrant a new edition so close to the previous release. So in reality, we're talking 2x$170 + rental for clans own server since BF3's release. That amounts to a metric shit ton of money for EA, while my wallet bleeds.

Point is; as long as a publisher has released a game, and release dedicated servers and modding support, they can let the game loose to gamers, and let them "take over", without losing money (not earning money != losing money).

How does voting off cheaters work in a one-on-one match? And how can you be sure that a legitimately skilled player won't get voted off?

First off, I'm not saying voting would be ideal in all games. But in smaller mp games like eg. l4d2, and with no ranking system in place, voting can work very well. One-on-One and voting is a mute point as in that case you quit the match instead. But voting off one griefer from a match with more than two players, instead of having to quit the match to lose the a-hole is a better option. Sometimes genuinely skilled players gets the boot from various servers, that is true, but I have seldom experienced it. But griefers, trolls, cheaters, major a-holes and rascist/sexist fuckwits are booted out quite often.

Atleast as long as the legitimately skilled player is playing on ranked servers with punkbuster, and repeatedly kicked out and reported to PB, he will eventually be banned on eg. BF4 servers, and might even lose his entire EA account with _all_ games. That doesn't happen in L4D2 :)

about 3 months ago
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In the New Age of Game Development, Gamers Have More Power Than Ever

geirlk Re: I never asked for this (101 comments)

My issue is with the dumbing down of known and loved franchises.

Take an example: Anything Tom Clancy.

Rainbow 6? Died with Vegas and Vegas 2
Ghost Recon? Died with Ghost Recon Future Soldier. Third person, are you kidding!?

Those games are such radically different and dumbed down games that they bear little semblance to the original games but in name.

about 3 months ago
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In the New Age of Game Development, Gamers Have More Power Than Ever

geirlk Re:Private multiplayer modding ethics (101 comments)

I've downloaded 33,6GB with extra campaigns and maps for Left 4 Dead 2. It has expanded the replayability of L4D2 tremendously. Fairly recently (considering the game is over 4 years old) it also got Steam workshop support now. So modded weapons, sounds, models, textures etc. is available quick and easy. Now I've reached some 240 hours in it, and still going strong.

It support online play through official servers, best available unofficial, local server and LAN.

Running your own server also means being able to tweak other variables (gravity, firendly fire etc.), and server side mods.

And even in vs. matches, there are seldom cheating. And should you experience it anyway, the voting system makes it easy to get rid of d-bags.

This is the kind of modding support I've come to expect from a good game. Some developers get this.

about 3 months ago
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Dropbox and Box Leaked Shared Private Files Through Google

geirlk Re:If it is linked, it is public... (92 comments)

IMHO [...]

IMO... why be "humble" about one's own opinions? Surely we have good, considered reasons for holding them â" so own 'em with pride. If "IMO" seems too brash, I propose "IMCO" (condsidered), or "IMWRO"/"IMRO" ((well-) reasoned).

It's an initialism with more than one meaning. It could also mean "Honest".

IJWTHAOT - I Just Wanted To Have An Opinion Too.

Carry on...

I'm hauling along.

about 4 months ago
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Dropbox and Box Leaked Shared Private Files Through Google

geirlk Re:If it is linked, it is public... (92 comments)

I have to say though, in most cases, when someone sends me a file, I despise when they want to do a "share" rather than send me a download URL. The share semi-permanently links my account to theirs at that point, and takes up space on my allotment of space. Just send me a download link.

Must say I share that sentiment when it comes to sharing within Dropbox. When 1 person shares 1 file with, say 5 persons, that 1 file is weighted against all 5 persons quotas, thereby "stealing" alloted space. I find that kinda morally dubious at best, as people pay for their quotas.

about 4 months ago
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Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

geirlk Re:POV from someone who doesn't eat meat (466 comments)

You seem to be one of the more easy going vegetarians though.

I've known quit a few vegetarians up through life, and have many vegetarian friends. Most of them come with a vocal political or ethical agenda of some sorts. Most of them would never pass up an opportunity to rant a bit. It's never "I'm a vegetarian", and end of that discussion, it's always "I'm a vegetarian, because ". =)

Myself, I'm a picky omnivore. I'd like to enjoy more foods than I do, and especially fish and veggies. Sometimes I drop meat for a couple of weeks. But if I were to drop meat entirely from my staple diet, I'd struggle to keep in good health.

about 4 months ago
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Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

geirlk This calls for a slogan! (466 comments)

As a slogan, I would suggest:

"I can't believe it's not Murder!®"

That should keep the PETA crowd happy.

about 4 months ago
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China Censors "The Big Bang Theory" and Other Streaming Shows

geirlk Re:Quality Control (166 comments)

You seem very informed about their terms and jargon...

Are you, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist Party?

about 4 months ago
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Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

geirlk Re:Good choice (313 comments)

In ye olden days, people could also vote for a tyrant. The difference with todays tyrants are that they aren't held accountable after the fact to the same degree as in eg. ancient Greece.

And there are reasons to call Putin atleast "tyrant-ish".

about 5 months ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

geirlk Re:Asinine (322 comments)

Yes, you mean like how they've reduced pilots jobs to call-center working conditions because of the cockpit voice recorder?

about 5 months ago
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A 2560x1440 VR Headset That's Mobile

geirlk Re:congrats (135 comments)

Unfortunately, I had to use .no prices, which are a bit steaper.

Here's an example from a price comparison engine in Norway. I've sorted by 2560x1440 and 2560x1600, and prices run from Low to High. Prices are in NOK:
http://www.prisguide.no/katego...

A rule of thumb for costs in Norway compared to the US is to say 1USD = 10NOK, that way you'll have figured in taxes and charges. The currency itself is currently around 1USD = 5.92NOK.

But when that is said, I am very happy with my Dell U2711.

about 5 months ago
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A 2560x1440 VR Headset That's Mobile

geirlk Re:congrats (135 comments)

I hope not. There might not be TV formats at that pixel count in use, but a display with these pixel counts seem entirely feasible, as they are integers ;-)

Allthough it does indeed seem feasable, and dare I even say probable, I must unfortunately disappoint you; there is no such thingamabob, dookickey or thingamajig.

about 5 months ago
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Skydiver's Helmet Cam Captures a Falling Meteor

geirlk Re:Ummm, probably not (142 comments)

No, I'm saying I've learned to be a pedantic, anal retentive querulant.

about 5 months ago
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Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

geirlk Re:Open SSL (351 comments)

*badom-tish*

about 5 months ago
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A 2560x1440 VR Headset That's Mobile

geirlk Re:congrats (135 comments)

Is this the point where I turn pedantic and remind you there is no such resolution as 1920*1024? =)

And I guess "cheap" is a relative term. I see the cheapest UHD (4K) monitors now costs less than what I payed for my 27"@2560*1440. The monitor(s) are such an important interface between you and the machine, this is where you should invest. I usually spend about 7000 NOK for a new monitor (atm. about US$1175. This being a high cost country, and with high taxes, this would be the equivalent of about US$850-900 in the US).

A new 28"@4K costs about US$600 and up here. A new 27"@2560*1440 costs about US$500 and up.

about 5 months ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

geirlk Re:Yes, for any mission (307 comments)

All soldiers are subjectively immortal. It's only the lad to the left or right of them that will get it.

about 5 months ago
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What's In a Username? the Power of Gamer Tags

geirlk Re:UserName theft (99 comments)

A few (6-7) years after I chose my nick, all of a sudden another guy started using it around the web. All of a sudden we ended up in a sort of Cold War rush to secure our (my!) nick on various sites and services. I'm thinking I've won, since his activity has dwindled.

That username gets about 14000 hits on Google, and the majority of them are related to me.

I've fought so hard for it, I get a bit annoyed when people abbreviate it =)

about 5 months ago

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Xbox One: Cloud will quadruple the power says Microsoft

geirlk geirlk writes  |  about a year ago

geirlk (171706) writes "Toms Hardware reports this:

Group program manager of Xbox Incubation & Prototyping Jeff Henshaw recently told OXM that for every console Microsoft builds, it will provision the CPU and storage equivalent of three Xbox One consoles in the cloud. This allows developers to assume that there's roughly three times the resources immediately available to their game. Thus, developers can build bigger, persistent levels that are more inclusive for players.

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