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kano

So Wine on Android is now a thing, meaning that you could play Thief TDP on your Android phone. No Direct3D support as far as I know, because mobile devices only implement OpenGL ES, which is a subset of OpenGL.
Jan 17 2019 09:32 AM
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    freyk
    http://forums.thedarkmod.com/topic/18139-tdm-app
    Jan 17 2019 10:52 AM
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    jaxa
    Too bad my older Chromebook doesn't support Android or Linux. But some ChromeOS users could be able to use that to play TDP/TMA.
    Jan 17 2019 12:26 PM
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    freyk
    for more info see: https://www.xda-developers.com/run-windows-apps-on-android-wine/
    Jan 18 2019 02:40 AM
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kano

So, what's the best way to play vanilla Doom 3 with soft shadows? I mean, like, the TDM soft shadows would be nice to have...
Jan 01 2019 11:01 PM
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    nbohr1more
    Currently the best option is to get BFG and use Robert Beckeban's RBDoom3 fork. Someone could backport TDM shadows to vanilla though.
    Jan 02 2019 08:16 AM
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kano

Old fx6300 running at 4.3GHz takes 5 minutes to compress 26000 small files into 1. New Ryzen 1700 at 3.6GHz on all cores takes 2 minutes and 9 seconds to do the same thing. This machine stomps that old one into the ground...
Dec 06 2018 10:31 AM
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    jaxa
    Ryzen 3000 series is going to curbstomp everything with mainstream 12 and 16-core chips: http://forums.thedarkmod.com/topic/18055-2016-cpugpu-news/page-13#entry430695
    Dec 06 2018 03:35 PM
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    kano
    Yeah looks like I made the right choice in picking sides for once. And for those wondering, the data set is my collection of Doom/Duke3d/Blood/other 2.5d game levels. There are more than I can ever play, about 4.3GB (uncompressed) of them. They fit into a 1.2GB squashfs image.
    Dec 07 2018 01:14 AM
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kano

We're seeing 1TB SSD's coming in at $120 now. The hard drive manufacturers must be starting to sweat. Reports are that costs of flash will fall even more next year. I hope the hard drive manufacturers get thrashed by cheap SSDs, for not decreasing the price of 2-3TB drives much at all in the past four years.
Nov 24 2018 11:25 PM
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    jaxa
    @Bikerdude, the performance metric that makes SSDs great is random I/O. It's unfortunate that sustained writes would drop off a cliff, but not the end of the world.
    Nov 27 2018 10:07 PM
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    Bikerdude
    @Jaxa, yeah that was my primary reason for getting one. On the Sustained reads/writes - I had to reimaged my PC last night so coped my games folder (200gb) to my Crucial P1 1TB, and sure enough 75% of the way through the write speed dropped off a cliff, 400-500mb/a down to 95mbs (that speed I think is only slightly faster than my old WD mechanical HDD.
    Nov 28 2018 07:33 AM
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    teh_saccade
    Can't knock the read speed though - got decent chipset and RAM, then you're always first in the game and get pick of the roles in Red Orchestra 2.

    It's nice to push the on button and have windows boot up before you've had a chance to sit down and take a sip of tea.
    Dec 01 2018 01:55 AM
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kano

Updated my Uefi the other day and suspend to RAM finally works correctly! It took more than a literal year to be fixed. But I suppose I should be happy it got fixed at all.
Nov 12 2018 01:43 PM
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    kano
    The machine I gave her is an old AM3 system, so that bug will never be fixed. But thankfully it is triggered by a USB device that she doesn't need anymore anyway.
    Nov 12 2018 01:49 PM
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    Bikerdude
    UEFI is a blight on the computer landscape, due to how inherently insecure it is - but we cant do much about it now. And regarding ASrock, I will only consider buying from them when they start offering 3yr warranties.
    Nov 13 2018 04:04 PM
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    Bikerdude
    And lastly, rule of thumb, only have kb/mice plugged into any USB ports if you can help it.
    Nov 13 2018 04:05 PM
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kano

Anyone else get a major Thief vibe from the photo on the top of this article? https://www.howtogeek.com/394427/what-is-a-dark-web-scan-and-should-you-use-one/
Nov 08 2018 03:06 PM
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    kano
    I suppose it is the lighting, the hood, and the color that makes me think of Thief, though our man Garrett would never use something resembling a laptop.
    Nov 08 2018 11:00 PM
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    Petike the Taffer
    Sort of. It's clearly a modern hoodie, though.
    Nov 09 2018 05:21 PM
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    freyk
    To me its a stock photo. Seen it on several online articles.
    Nov 10 2018 04:26 AM
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kano

How to design a not-very-good Doom level. Pack fifty high-tier monsters into a small hallway where the only way to fight them is to lower a lift that brings one or two down at a time. The player is stuck slaying them until boredom sets in. Of course he can take the lift up, but then he gets ripped a new one, emerging in the middle of the pack with no room to dodge.
Oct 30 2018 09:18 PM
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    kano
    But, the level that preceded this one was quite fun.
    Oct 30 2018 09:19 PM
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    Zen3001
    noob
    Oct 31 2018 07:21 AM
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    Sotha
    Could the player get them to fight each other? At least in the original Doom (1993) it was possible to lure baddies to fight each other, which was hilarious.
    Nov 01 2018 06:41 AM
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kano

PSA: Latest Linux distros like Ubuntu 18.10 contain an updated version of Mesa which significantly improves performance and compatibility with games and open drivers like Intel and AMD.
Oct 02 2018 11:21 AM
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    kano
    https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Mesa-18.2-Feature-Release
    Oct 02 2018 12:11 PM
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    freyk
    Tried this with tdm?
    Oct 04 2018 12:13 AM
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    kano
    Yep, it seems to run faster on my old laptop with Radeon 6700 graphics. But I don't have stats of the performance before the upgrade to compare it to. Also, games like Gzdoom used to suffer from graphical glitches on that hardware, and they're gone.
    Oct 04 2018 10:30 AM
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    Bikerdude
    I have never used WD el-cheapo & nasty nas boxes for various reasons, so this dosen't surprise.
    Sep 20 2018 02:05 PM
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    kano
    Sworn off WD myself. Why? They started building the SATA-to USB bridge into the hard drive itself, so if it fails, you're screwed. Sometimes those bridges do fail, not the actual hard drive. And with a proper one, you can just rip the drive out and hook it straight to SATA. But they really want people to use their $3000 data extraction service.
    Sep 20 2018 08:41 PM
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    kano
    Here's an example of what I'm talking about. https://forums.anandtech.com/threads/dont-buy-the-wd-my-passport-usb-drive.2366512/
    Sep 21 2018 09:32 AM
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kano

Woken up at 12:30 AM by the sound of a jack hammer outside. Who needs to sleep anyway?
Sep 14 2018 03:28 AM
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    Bikerdude
    if you live in a residentials area, then this would be illeagal.

    Sep 14 2018 07:01 AM
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    OrbWeaver
    I suppose it might be allowed in certain emergencies, such as if some houses have lost power and water and they need to dig a hole to fix the problem.
    Sep 14 2018 07:11 AM
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    kano
    Yeah I called the cops and they said not only that someone else was on the line complaining about it, but it was a genuine emergency with the gas lines, so there was nothing they could do about it.
    Sep 15 2018 09:23 AM
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kano

I put the ancient sticker on the new computer build, and the new sticker on the one with ancient parts inside, so that if a thief breaks in who knows about computers, he'll steal the wrong (old) one, instead of the good one. Ryzen is running in a 16 year old case with an Athlon XP sticker on it... lol
Aug 27 2018 11:49 AM
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    freyk
    Dumb thief: if its shiny and feels modern, he steals it. Smart thief: looks inside the case and steals it.
    Aug 27 2018 01:17 PM
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    Obsttorte
    And if he has a magical back like in TDM, he will probably steal both. And any sylverware he can find ;)
    Aug 28 2018 04:14 AM
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    stumpy
    they'll spend 2 to 4 minutes taking what they can sell then leave. If its too big or heavy they wont take it.
    Aug 29 2018 06:07 PM
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kano

Encoded ~2,100 flac songs to opus in 10 minutes on this 8-core system. :)
Aug 24 2018 09:28 PM
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    kano
    It could be made to go even faster though. If I could offload the flac decoding onto the graphics card and just use the CPU for the Opus encoding, that would speed things up some more. There is a FLAC encoder/decoder for the GPU floating around...
    Aug 25 2018 09:19 AM
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    jaxa
    As good as lossless FLAC can be, you probably aren't going to hear a difference between it and 256-320 kbps MP3. So my question is: What was the Opus bitrate?
    Aug 25 2018 04:09 PM
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    kano
    128k. It is for use on a cell phone, and it sounds great for being only 128k (Opus is amazing).
    Aug 27 2018 10:55 AM
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    Anderson
    Come visit Moldova. We have unlimited bandwith and unlimited internet traffic for a fixed price (something like 15 $ per month).
    Aug 23 2018 02:59 AM
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    kano
    Oh yes, these "strict limits" on bandwidth in America are nothing but marketing at work. Tel-Cos make money hand over fist, to the point that they could easily provide us all with quality and affordable service. My guess is they spend more money paying off politicians and on coke than they do improving the networks they run.
    Aug 23 2018 08:20 PM
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    kano
    Anyway, Verizon should be prosecuted for "interfering with emergency services", and sued by everyone who was affected by the fire.
    Aug 23 2018 08:23 PM
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kano

Mentioned and linked to TDM on a forum and two guys said they're gonna check it out. :)
Jul 31 2018 05:01 PM
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    Bikerdude
    nice.
    Jul 31 2018 05:55 PM
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    chakkman
    But, dude, developers threaten revolt!!!
    Jul 30 2018 12:11 PM
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    nbohr1more
    Orb is a pro-Vulkan partisan! Get him!!! (Or just resign yourself to using GLSL to SPIR-V ...)
    Jul 30 2018 12:46 PM
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    kano
    Introducing something new is well and good, but yanking out support for a cross-platform standard that is used by masses of programs is an assholish thing to do.
    Jul 31 2018 11:44 AM