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How can we get a copy of the KOMAG fan mission archive for the Thief series? Could someone set it up on Mega or something? I think they provide 50GB for free, which is quite high, surely high enough.
Aug 16 2017 06:26 PM
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    Goldwell
    Here you go: https://mega.nz/#F!QfZG0AZA!cGHPc2Fu708Uuo4itvMARQ
    Aug 17 2017 01:26 AM
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    kano
    Awesome, big thanks!
    Aug 17 2017 12:10 PM
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kano

When I was a kid, you could leave batteries in something for six months and not find them completely dead. The opsession with making everything digital, including power buttons, has resulted in everything drawing phantom current, even when the thing is supposed to be off. Compare this to a mechanical flashlight, or old-school Gameboy, and you can understand what I mean.
Aug 13 2017 10:10 PM
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    GameDevGoro
    Analog mechanics rule. Digital stuff is ok. Always-on digital sttuff is crap. IOT smart devices is the devil and should burn in a pit of molten tungsten.
    Aug 15 2017 01:04 PM
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    Atomica
    Current IoT gear is crap because the manufacturer's don't care about security and robustness. Recently there was a story of some smart locks getting bricked because the vendor pushed a firmware update for a particular model onto the wrong model of lock. The locks didn't even have the ability to detect that the firmware wasn't going to work, they just accepted whatever firmware came their way. Such a lack of foresight.
    Aug 15 2017 11:11 PM
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    GameDevGoro
    Yeah, aside from issues like botnets and unlawful surveillance and other gaping security holes. My mind wanders to issues with cheap stuff that's designed to be replaced in quick succession with newer products. Electronic waste from things that had no business having it, like toothbrushes and underwear! :D Some smart devices are just no-exception useless and fall under the category of a party gift or something. And inevitably gets tossed in the bin right quick. :P
    Aug 16 2017 10:30 AM
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kano

This music would be *so* perfect for TDM. It just screams TDM-ish atmosphere. https://youtu.be/Ig9LE0Vp1YM?t=962 (starts at 16.02) Too bad we don't know who made it!
Aug 02 2017 07:24 PM
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    kano
    Imagine sneaking around and listening to that!
    Aug 02 2017 07:25 PM
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kano

Got a Ryzen 1700 today. Damn, is the box big! I was used to the older CPUs like Phenom II that came in pretty small boxes. This is actually a lower power consumption part, but I hear that they threw in a nice (larger than necessary) cooler, so that must be why.
Jul 29 2017 11:27 PM
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    stgatilov
    Good luck getting it to work! =) Especially if you are going to use high-speed RAM...
    Jul 30 2017 02:55 AM
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    Bikerdude
    @Kano, nice. Your multi-core perf will be monster, but single thread not so much. What CPU did you upgrade from..?

    @stgatilov, motherboard bios's are mature enough now to alleviate this issue for the most part.
    Jul 30 2017 07:17 AM
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    kano
    It is an upgrade from Phenom II 1100t.
    Jul 31 2017 12:45 AM
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kano

Found a great (user friendly/free) program for Linux to map gamepads to function as a keyboard and mouse for gaming. Its called Qjoypad. You can play any game with a gamepad/joystick, even games that forbid it (if such a thing exists).
Jun 17 2017 02:40 AM
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    kano
    All this time you worry about the OS logging keystrokes, when the audio drivers are doing it (too!).
    May 11 2017 03:05 PM
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    nbohr1more
    I wonder what that default-on game video sharing thing in Win 10 collects? ;)
    May 11 2017 04:25 PM
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kano

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/05/01/intel_amt_me_vulnerability/ Remember when people were saying that this sort of stuff would happen? I do!
May 01 2017 04:53 PM
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    AluminumHaste
    amazing
    May 02 2017 10:10 AM
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    Bikerdude
    But HOW has it been patched? directly in the chip firmware or some driver in the OS..?
    May 03 2017 02:09 PM
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    kano
    From what I understand, you'll need a new version of BIOS/UEFI. And that's if the manufacturer of your motherboard feels like providing one. (Just because Intel provides patches doesn't mean that vendors will pass them on.) And BTW: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/05/05/intel_amt_remote_exploit/

    Supposedly this only poses a serious threat to enterprise users, for now. But what scares me, is how long before we are all at risk.
    May 07 2017 01:10 PM
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kano

A moment of appreciation for Brutal Doom... Someone has finally managed to mix the good aspects of old and new games correctly in a way that creates something that feels new, but is not watered down. There is no two weapon limit, auto-healing, or snail-like movement. What there is, is a whole lot of blood and guts, grenades for clearing out monster infested areas, multiple functions for weapons, fast paced action, easter eggs/secrets, smarter/tougher monsters and an unlimited number of levels...
Apr 29 2017 01:07 AM
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    Sotha
    Brutal Doom is awesome! No way I'm playing the old Doom after that.
    Apr 29 2017 04:46 AM
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    teh_saccade
    tempt you with doom 2?

    https://classicreload.com/doom-ii-hell-on-earth.html

    (that i paid £50 for way back when - 4 discs!)
    Apr 30 2017 05:56 AM
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kano

Playing a game today that I passed by twenty years ago. (Blood: Cryptic Passage) The levels and atmosphere are still fantastic. Age does not take a toll on good design. From the sounds inside and outside the lighthouse, to the music, to the secrets, to the way things are interconnected, you can tell a lot of effort was put into this!
Mar 26 2017 02:13 AM
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    kano
    Its just as good. But damn, I hit a snag. Upon completing map04, it sends me to one of the maps from the first episode! (after the train crash) Its not supposed to do that; there is a full episode of 10 maps. Not sure what's going on. I can always start on the next one manually, but then I lose inventory. Oh well, it makes the game more of a challenge anyway!
    Mar 26 2017 04:25 PM
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    Melan
    Thanks!
    Mar 27 2017 12:43 PM
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    DatMaxNub
    I need to replay Blood and on the highest difficulty
    Mar 27 2017 01:59 PM
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kano

I have this MicroUSB cable... they actually embossed the USB logo on the wrong side! And the cable is so poorly designed, that it just effortlessly slides out of whatever you plug it into. I am tempted to throw it away, but I can't stop laughing at it. This belongs in the hall of shame, for sure.
Mar 18 2017 11:31 AM
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kano

Its so much more fun to take things apart when you don't have to worry about making them ever work again...
Mar 10 2017 08:29 PM
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kano

Finally played through Max Payne 1 and 2 this weekend.. They were very enjoyable games. Although many games dip in quality at the end, I felt that the final segments of these games were the best. They give you all the goodies, (sniper rifle, molotovs, grenades), as well as plenty of enemies to use them on.
Feb 21 2017 01:18 PM
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    AluminumHaste
    Great games!
    Feb 22 2017 02:40 PM
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    Melan
    The first in particular is an evergreen classic. I never tire of replaying it every second year or so.
    Feb 23 2017 05:05 PM
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kano

Its always funny when a product that is half the price gets a higher score on a benchmark test... Today, its some NiMH batteries.
Feb 11 2017 03:28 PM
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    kano
    The Eneloops are supposed to be 800mAh, but they only scored around 780. The far cheaper EBL batteries all scored over 800, something which none of the Eneloops reached!
    Feb 11 2017 03:30 PM
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    Bikerdude
    I heard about those, some tuber reviewed them..
    Feb 11 2017 05:05 PM
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    jaxa
    Tomorrow it's AMD Zen
    Feb 12 2017 09:28 PM
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kano

Remember kiddies, if you're not paying for a product, you *are* the product. Oh, nevermind; this is the 21st century, and you're still the product even when you pay for something. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/02/06/ftc_spanks_vizio_for_slurping_viewer_activity/
Feb 06 2017 09:35 PM
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    stumpy
    Apparently the camera built into the xbone did something similar, but that just lets microsoft watch you in real time, on the sofa on in your bedroom, or in your kids room.
    Feb 07 2017 09:21 AM
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    kano
    This is an example of why I won't buy anything that mandates an Internet connection to function. And just because they're not doing it today doesn't mean that e.g. EA, Valve, or Microsoft won't push out a mandatory update and start doing it tomorrow. For this reason, I see being forced to use some online service as ?putting myself on a leash?.
    Feb 08 2017 10:57 AM
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    lowenz
    So our player base is our product? :D
    Feb 09 2017 05:36 AM