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$3000 GeForce GTX TITAN Z Tested, Less Performance Than $1500 R9 295X2

plonk420 Re:So glad it's over (151 comments)

128-bit memory buses sadly can't cope with highly modded prettified Skyrim plugins, tho. outside of that, tho, 128-bit can be pretty decent for their price point (7790, and more recently the 750/750Ti). it's like the Ti4200 days!

about 3 months ago
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AMD, NVIDIA, and Developers Weigh In On GameWorks Controversy

plonk420 Re:Optimizing the driver stack... (80 comments)

what driver issues? i have yet to see gaming related drivers issues...

launch day games i've tried with no issues on my 5870 include BF3 (includling "paid beta"), Sup Com 2, Starcraft 2a, Portal 2, Crysis 2 trial, NFS: Shift, Metal Gear Rising, Borderlands 2, Skyrim*, Train Simulator 2014* (* = launch + 1 month)

only issues i've had were a few demoscene nvidia-favoring demos and bitcoin-related OpenCL driver combinations.

about 4 months ago
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Gigabyte Brix Projector Combines Mini PC With DLP Projector In a 4.5-Inch Cube

plonk420 Re:My DLP... (44 comments)

i highly doubt it is ACTUALLY 2000 lumens, unless you bought a tens of thousands of dollars, or even a hundred thousand dollar Christie or other high end for a 150-200"+ screen...

about 4 months ago
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Gigabyte Brix Projector Combines Mini PC With DLP Projector In a 4.5-Inch Cube

plonk420 Re:World's worst projector? (44 comments)

300 lumens are fine for an 80" diag image in a dark room. most $1000 projectors hit that when measured in real world setups.

about 4 months ago
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Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

plonk420 better metric (161 comments)

if you're going to sell an app, IMO, you should look at platform marketshare by country, among other things.

about 6 months ago
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LGPL H.265 Codec Implementation Available; Encoding To Come Later

plonk420 Re:x265? (141 comments)

last i checked, x265 was not associated with x264 in any way. and development hadn't moved forward in months.

1 year,15 days
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DHS Shuts Down Dwolla Payments To and From Mt. Gox

plonk420 Re:It's started... (302 comments)

"black market"? i renewed domain names sans cash because of bitcoin.

about a year ago
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Unigine's Newest Benchmark Features Huge, Open-Space Expanses

plonk420 Re:history (87 comments)

from Pixar-sponsored scene.org, check out (2011) Numb Res by Fairlight (yes, that one) and CNCD; requires DX10 (or check out 2010's Agenda Circling Forth without the GPU-crushing endbit)... Epsilon (2011, 64k) for tasty ray tracying (or google "pouet photon race 2") ... (2010, best effects) FR-063 also has GPU physics. and (2009, 4k) Elevated has an insane amount of content for 4k.

off-scene/pouet, there's Separable Subsurface Scattering (Real Time). semi-raytracingish, there's Rigid Gems

about a year and a half ago
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Despite Game-Related Glitches, AMD Discontinues Monthly Driver Updates

plonk420 What issues? (213 comments)

other than Rage, i haven't come across any game-interrupting issues. and i was even running old-ass drivers most of the time (6-9 months old usually).

i always bring up launch day/early access games i haven't had issues with: the Crysis 2 demo, Starcraft 2, BF3, NFS: Shift, Alan Wake, Supcom 2. sadly, i was a bit late with Skyrim, getting in at v1.2.

more than 2 years ago
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First Steps With the Raspberry Pi

plonk420 Re:HDMI and DRM (241 comments)

this made me wonder if the Pi supports monitors without HDCP (btw, it SEEMS to). for example, the Boxee is notorious for not liking HDCP-less monitors.

more than 2 years ago
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Mastering Engineer Explains Types of Compression, Effects On Today's Music

plonk420 Re:"blind ABx tests" ? (382 comments)

i second this. were they your own encodes? Lame 3.98 is pretty much the best MP3 encoder out there. there are some compiles of it that you just drag a WAV (not sure about FLAC) onto it (lamedropXPd). make sure you're using V2 quality, if not V0.

if you can hear the difference, well, i tip my hat.

more than 2 years ago
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Mastering Engineer Explains Types of Compression, Effects On Today's Music

plonk420 TFA's "good albums" list (382 comments)

so that article links to a list of 9 good albums, one of which is Nirvana's Nevermind. note: the 2011 remaster is smashed to the wall, and, iirc, you could even hear clipping: http://i.imgur.com/i0Vag.png

more than 2 years ago
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Remastered Star Trek: the Next Generation Blu-ray a Huge Leap Forward

plonk420 Re:torrents (470 comments)

most are h.264; second most common vc-1; least common is mpeg-2. bitrate (see: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1155731 ) usually doesn't matter too much if the source is good, as even the vc-1 encoded Domino still ranks at the top of the Blu-ray PQ thread. i can't wait for x264 to start hitting discs...

more than 2 years ago
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AMD's Piledriver To Hit 4GHz+ With Resonant Clock Mesh

plonk420 Re:vaporware (286 comments)

oh, and it beats the i7-2600 with x264 in the second pass (the encoding pass) ... and presumably if you use --slowfirstpass (i'm a video encoding nerrrrd)

more than 2 years ago
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AMD's Piledriver To Hit 4GHz+ With Resonant Clock Mesh

plonk420 Re:vaporware (286 comments)

i run AMD on my desktop (Phenom II X3 705e (65 watt)) and i'm quite sure any bottlenecks i encounter are HDD-related. even my ghetto LVM raid server is AMD.

gaming, however, i'm quite taken with Intel. Bulldozer isn't too bad, tho, depending on the game. it "keeps up with" Intel @ 1080p and beyond on most games ...except--amusingly--some huge AAA titles like Civ 5, Starcraft II, and Skyrim. (tho it's 99.9% identical in performance to Intel on the utterly gorgeous Battlefield 3, and very very close in WoW and Crysis 2)

more than 2 years ago
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The GoDaddy Saga Continues

plonk420 Re:You don't get to be #1 (203 comments)

i could care less about parsons, but i hate hate hate all the upselling. however, nobody else was selling .ME domains at the time. maybe i've just been spoiled by starting from the hosting side with other companies and not seeing so much sleezy feeling tactics.

more than 2 years ago

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