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Well, I'm of two minds about the i9900 for Video editing builds: AMD just dominates Intel right now in terms of cores and overall perf, I mean you can get the Ryzen 3950x (16 cores/32 threads) for substantially less money right now. But Intel is the only game in town for Premiere Quicksync. So if premiere's your thing, I get it. But I would look carefully at online benchmarks. The Meshify C is probably the most convenient case to work with overall, I guess the only question is how many 2.5"/3.5" drives are we talking about?
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LOL well if you just want an HDD buy whatever, they are all same pricerange and not a big difference. Get a NAS drive if it's a NAS, a WD blue for everything else, a black if you want to waste money on slightly better perf. I still say get a 1TB boot drive if you can (like Crucial P1 NVMe) just because it's always trouble dealing with different volumes and some games these days are big.
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It's usable for sure! Maybe just make sure you have enough fans in your case to ensure airflow though. Meshify C lets you put 2x140mm on the front (or a 280mm radiator if you wanted water cooling) which are very quiet and push a lot of air. P400A comes with 3 RGB fans on the front.
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I think that's a great idea! Just grab a MSI Mortar MAX or Tomahawk MAX if the price makes sense, and deal with X670 later.If you're asking about SSD, then you should be looking at PCIe 3.0 NVMe drives, at which point pricing falls into 3 tiers: Most of these drives are PCIe 4.0, meaning they run hot and require an AMD X570 motherboard. Perf for video editing is incredible, but for games...right now? No difference. Samsung's products are PCIe 3.0 and the gold standard of the industry, but generally very expensive. ADATA SX8200 Pro 2TB (I use this one currently) HP ex950 2TB addlink S70 2TB Sabrent Rocket Gen3 2TB All PCIe 3.0x4 drives, which means they use 4 PCIe lanes to increase speed. These are considered the cheapest "bang for buck" 2TB SSDs today, in that they combine great 3.0 performance with excellent cost. They don't all have name brands but as it turns out name brand doesn't matter much these days since they all use the same chipsets. Did I say there was a 3rd tier? Well there is, but there's nothing to write about. Most of the truly dirt cheap NVMe today top out at 1TB. In fact, a quick look at newegg shows that the HP ex950 is the cheapest 2TB NVMe by far.Glad to hear you escaped CyberPower, MazeHaze. Here's the build I would suggest, in USD:It's not the most compact build in the world, but it's reliable, has good airflow, includes two fans and really great cable management space. The Meshify C and Phanteks P400A are the most recommended midtower cases these days for those two reasons - personally I prefer the Meshify as it's a bit wider (fits more CPU coolers) and has a front filter if you live in a dustier environment, but both are great. You could save money by reducing the SSD, but a 2TB NVMe is really the easiest for your build and will reduce management down the road. If you are way more concerned about getting a good living room experience, you want something smaller, which is harder to build...with one exception: the NZXT H1. Sadly I believe the only way to buy it right now due to stock shortage is using NZXT's prebuild service ltsbld.com, but to be fair they aren't cutting corners the same way Cyberpower is. They are packing common parts together. (). The case itself is "expensive" but that's because it comes with a pre-installed CPU water cooler and power supply, which believe me, makes the ITX build process a lot easier.
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Thread Non-US Survivor |OT| Even Maryland Has One
To each their own, but I still consider Australia Survivor as the overall superior product right now. Superior mix of social, competition gameplay with the oldschool season timing of reward and immunity challenges. Really enjoyed the finale (well, except for the reunion) and a truly deserving winner.Specifically with this season: I still really enjoy Winners at War, but the short run and endless twists make it feel more like a videogame sequel rather than a new season sometimes. And not that Survivor doesn't have plenty of players to choose from, but the door is definitely open one day if they want to do an "International All-Stars" season.
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MSI was the gold standard for B450, but they got killed on X570 for poor cooling, eventually resulting in Tom's Hardware also getting blown up for blindly recommending MSI. (or browse through the channel) to see what boards are okay or not. Your strategy on CPU is exactly what I am doing. (ASUS TUF X570 + 3600). We don't know exactly how X670 will be better (apart from out-of-box R4000 support) but speculation suggests passive cooling for the chipset (almost all X570 require a small fan over the chipset), with USB 3.2 - 2x2 support (a very wide bandwidth solution to allow for 20Gbps hard drives) and possibly USB 4.0 (which basically standardizes Thunderbolt). But that last point is really uncertain and more dramatic changes (PCIe 5.0, DDR5) are waiting on Ryzen 5000 and a new CPU socket. So it's entirely possible X670 is just cooler + more modern USB ports, maybe some more PCIe lanes for drives. Certainly the Ryzen 4000 CPU shouldn't care either way, just as you get just as good perf now on B450/X570.It depends on your experience and price range, I suppose. The Pixio P7 / Prism+ F270i Pro are popular for a reason, mainly because they've found a way to do bright (350 cd/m2+) Freesync, QHD, AHVA (IPS) panels with minimal bleed or blotchiness for ~$300 USD. Meanwhile all of the VA panels I've seen in that price range are either hampered badly by brightness, viewing angle, or screen sharpness. Maybe it goes away in the higher end models. Of course, if you want curved, affordable ultrawide, VA is the only game in town. If you want ultrahigh refresh, TN is the place to be. But I'd argue the best home/game average experience is with AHVA right now. ymmv of course.Just my experience with Macbook Pros and workplace Dell machines (not XPS, but still integrated graphics); 4K output is always a choppy mouse experience. On the desktop, overall perf is fine but a random variety of the apps we use for production don't do 4K very well, meaning a constant juggling act between 4k and 1080p. Maybe if you go 4K only it's less of an issue? Workplaces rarely give the best hardware though since they are usually bulk supplying for the entire office.
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After using a 32" curved VA for a few years...my productivity opinion is pretty clearI think a flat IPS ultrawide would be great for productivity, if there are any...? But I'm done with curved VA panels for any kind of relatively serious work. The extra screen space is nice but I'd rather have, say, two 27" IPS 1440p than a curved VA 32:9. Of course, this depends on the sort of work you're doing, but for me I found the geometrical and light-casting problems of a big curved VA was just more trouble than it was worth for gamedev and Office 365. As a result I switched from 32" 1440p144 VA curved to 27" 1440p144 IPS and frankly find it a more enjoyable experience. To answer 4K has its purpose, but generally my 4K experience on Windows 10 has been a drag. 1440p is the ideal 27" panel res, so for 4K I would really be looking at a 32" panel. Most apps have updated to support 4K but ymmv on what causes Windows problems or slowness. Certainly I would prefer to have a modern graphics card first. The XPS 13 can likely drive it but I can't imagine it would be a great experience; I'd think you'd be much better off with a 1440p panel. The extra screen space is fantastic. You can go even further as I believe LG sells 21:9 IPS panels, but it depends on your budget.
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Then it depends on what you clarify as "better"For 1440p, you're already IPS and presumably 350cd/m2 so there's not really much to improve. You would notice a change in peak brightness (HDR600, but out of price range probably?) and screen size (32"-35", but these are VA panels) There are now 165hz/170hz IPS but that's hardly worth the cost.
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Worth it? No. I think with the 7700K you can afford to wait until Ryzen 4000. And since it's for games the #1 upgrade should really be your videocard (unspecified). If you're happy with 1440p144 TN, I would stick with it. The next level up would be going IPS (same specs) and potentially G-Sync. 4K is out there but can be awkward on Windows, especially if you don't (a) upsize to 32" and (b) don't have a fully capable video card (2070 Super+, ideally even better than that). The 4K market is also a bit stunted waiting on nextgen HDMI and DisplayPort. The other direction you can go is ultrawide, but ymmv there. Lots of options, but not great for everybody.
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Yeah, sorry, still going with the old parts list for now while we all try to make it through these crazy times. $1200 USD allows you to do 1440p now, although maybe not 144hz on everything. It just depends on your priorities. Looking at the ~$1200 USD build Soda put together in the past, here's what I would do $1211 USDI have a friend with the DR4. It's a great cooler. I just don't see the point unless you have the 3800X or 3900X. So personal preference. In my case I spent well over that price difference on case fans though...2x140mm front, 1x140mm top, and 2x120mm back/top. So ymmv General rule of thumb is 120mm fronts if you expect to go to 3 later, 2x140mm fronts for quietest/easiest install. You align one to the top (intake - pointing towards your Dark Rock 4) and one to the bottom (sitting on top of the PSU shroud, so it's aimed at your video card. Then you put the Meshify C fans on the exhaust (back) and exhaust (top/back) for a relatively balanced airflow. Again, get rid of that drive tray if you don't intend to use it I did it because my kid is obsessed with looking inside. But it *is* pretty cool, and if nothing else you can confirm that all of the fans are working! But it's a slippery slope; you may one day end up looking at RGB strips! I held off until this morning as I've done partial finance, and wanted to to make sure my SO was on board with the plan. Just put my order in, set for delivery next weekend :DDD ... [/QUOTE]
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. PSU manufacturers are basically cutting the 8-pin into a 6+2, giving you the convenience to use a given plug for 6 pin (some video cards have 6-pin slots, some have 8, some have both...) ...Okay, the longer story is they are not cutting the plastic of the cable, but rather changing the ATX spec to support more power delivery and thus get 6+2=8 even though that's not technically supported, but everybody does it because there still exists 8+8, 8+6, 6+6, etc setups out there..., but it's not a cut-and-dry topic. that in terms of power delivery, a single-daisy chained cable is totally fine. But there are a bunch of suggestions that say if you're having trouble, or want to play it safe, you're better off using two cables.
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Yeah, sometimes it's really hard to say why things happen. Could be a piece of metal in the wrong place, a capacitor busted, a trace gone bad...I can't imagine it's a feature though. Discharge should not be tracing back to your case, period. So usually it's either wiring in the mouse is weak enough to take a charge from your hand, or something in your case is touching the motherboard when it shouldn't. Or the PSU is just completely misbehaving. Try replacing whatever you're comfortable with, but probably the cheapest first. Certainly a wireless KBM would fix it
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Currently? No. The difference is basically 2 cores/4 threads and maybe some OC headroom. The reason people gravitate towards the 3700X is that it's feature-equivalent to the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, both of which are 8c/16t processors. Of course, on those platforms some cores/threads will be dedicated to the OS, but Windows isn't immune to that either. tl;dr for now 6 cores/12 threads is great. But the extra cores may be useful down the road.
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I get it, but it's way cheaper to test your PC on a different outlet to rule that out before you go PSU shopping, completely rebuild your PC in the case, or start exploring other options like a grounding wire in your chair or rubber mats. Your call. As you've guessed, four most likely points of failure:I'm most suspicious about the case, but...whew, a lot of work there. Your call.
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Fairly concerned, I'd say. Generally the rule of thumb with motherboards is if they use a chipset more than one generation old, they aren't likely to get updates because the MB manufacturers have so many boards that they tend to just lightly refresh the latest models. It's not a guarantee though, and much depends on if the B450 chipset has enough "stuff" in its internals that Ryzen 4000 is compatible with. So it could be that B450 is compatible but your specific motherboard doesn't get the update, sort of like how Android phones tend to struggle with this sort of thing... My gamble list is this:Those are the value motherboards I feel have the best chance at Ryzen 4000 support. Both are widely respected and punch above their weight in terms of VRM potential.We had someone in the previous thread with this problem, and it's (probably) not a PC hardware problem. There's a slight chance the motherboard was installed incorrectly and is not grounded to the case (just a matter of making sure you used all of the standoffs and the correct screws) but beyond that it's likely a ground problem with your outlet. Try another outlet (one you're confident is grounded) and see if you can replicate the problem. Based on what you're saying, it's possible there is also a ground issue with either your power supply cable or the case. But I'd try to rule out the outlet first. If you think it's the case then what you need to try is using different USB plugs (are you using the front or the back of the case? try the opposite) to understand if a specific USB plug or set of plugs is not grounded properly.Yeah, I said as much in the first post where I keep the That being said, I've run a 1440p144 monitor for years now on a 4670K/GTX970 and now a 3600/GTX970. You may never see that FPS but it's still a good experience overall.There is no particular requirement to use the enthusiast paste, but since it can help, it's honestly your choice:I've used almost all of them all recently, I'd guess I'd say Kryonaut is the most convenient/popular, but use whatever. Should be enough leftover in the tube for your 580 overall if you end up doing that.
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Alright, then you're down to the case and PSU...if you have a spare PSU that's definitely worth a try. Or if you just want a fast solution, you could try grounding yourself instead - if your wrist hits the table before the mouse, you could ground a wire to your mousing surface? Basically try and defuse the static before it can get to the mouse.
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Thread One Step From Eden (Roguelike inspired by The Mega Man Battle Network series ) Announcement Trailer
Just played it on Steam. The visual flow is superb, and the music...I mean it sounds like it was licensed directly from Hideaki Kobayashi or something, because it sounds exactly like I'm playing Phantasy Star Online. Amazing. Great work @steel_plus!! That being said...I've done 3 runs now (always dying at boss 2) and still have what's going on. Just huge amounts of UI everywhere, and the game speed is somewhere between fast and incredibly fast. Like, 5x faster than my memories of Battle Network. Tutorials pointing at things I can't possibly see because the whole screen is a bullet hell. I don't know how else to put it except to say it's Slay the Spire on fast forward. Mana? What is mana? I just kinda hit the buttons a lot. (Watching on youtube makes it clear what Mana "is", but it is no way noticeable during gameplay). The flow and music will keep me coming back some more, but I do hope that maybe there is a tutorial redo or a "light" UI mode in the cards. Is it more playable on the small Switch screen? Also, minor point, but running at 120hz, game is clearly faster than a few of the youtube videos I've seen. Not sure if that's a game bug in going at a higher FPS or just videos running at a low framerate (or maybe just my perception is not in overdrive while watching a clip?)
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Unlike memory where timings are important, M.2 NVMe doesn't really have any critical compatibility issues with motherboards. Your board clearly has support for an M.2, NVMe, 2280 drive so that one should be fine. It could be simply that the board is older than the NVMe drive and thus its family was never tested.
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Yeah, just because you go ATX doesn't mean you need a full tower. Lots of mid sized options out there. Meshify C does just fine with ATX.AFAIK there's no easy way to ground a socket, most hacks involve either modifying the socket (switching to 3 pin and hooking a wire to pipes), installing a GFCI, or just straight up hiring an electrician. Using a different port may help but it's impossible to know until you try.
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Worst time? Yeah, pretty much. Given your CPU, you'll take a performance hit with any higher end GPU, but the basic rule of thumb is that the GTX 1660 Super is the best value for 1080p right now. The 5700 XT (besides being more expensive) will obviously have longer legs if you upgrade your CPU later, but gets a bit more CPU capped too. Problem wise, AMD is still fighting driver issues. Some people have no issues, some go to reddit and complain endlessly. AMD did a major driver update this year, but the dust hasn't 100% settled yet and C19 has slowed down the software response. Still, you're right that it's going to give the most perf if you want high refresh gaming later. But if you're okay at 1080p, the Super is still considered a great option.
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Just a quick warning for anyone who really wants to play . There is no out of the box VR experience because on top of buying the computer, you still need to buy a VR headset system and the hand controllers. Valve has even admitted people will eventually mod in kbm controls, but for now, (1) it's a very expensive add to your PC ticket and (2) PS4 peripherals are not supported if you have those laying around. You can't just run the game for now and try the VR mode later. (If you know this already, cool, but a lot of people seem to think it's like buying RE7)So basically, whatever your VR budget is? Add 400 dollars or more, if you can even find one in stock. Now in terms of what kind of system? Sure, you could use ibuypower, but it depends what kind of settings you want. The GTX 1660 will run VR of course, but not necessarily at a high resolution or frame rate. But if you reduce settings, sure. The parts all make sense, but building your own ITX is complicated. Some cases need SFX power supplies, and cooling options are extremely limited. In fact the easiest solution right now is the NZXT H1, which does use an AIO water cooler for the CPU, but the cooler and PSU come pre fitted and installed, making it by far the easiest ITX build you can buy apart from a fully pre-build system (which they also do via their ltsbld service). I have no experience with the SG13 so hard to say if that video card fits (or the RAM?) Usually people who want to know what might fit do a combo of (a) youtube/google searching and (b) comparing specs by looking at the product pdf manuals online. If you're not buying now, though, RTX 3000 is coming eventually. And end of the year may be Ryzen 4000. The X570 should hold up based on what we know so far, but if its a build for 6+ months from now you should in theory have better options coming.
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If it's 8 years old, the considerations are: - if you have two RAM sticks and one failed, you probably want to remove both of them and try a new pair. Issues tend to come from mismatching memory across the two channels. - it's probably DDR3 (not modern DDR4) and possibly DDR2...? You need to find out what is currently in your system. Download CPU-Z(see the main page...) - if you want to test your memory, download memtest86, that can be installed to a USB stick and run on boot, as I recall?
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Yes. GDDR5 RAM on a modern video card is closely tied to the GPU (physically, as in extremely close) with a high bandwidth channel. It's so much faster that if your card runs out and starts bleeding into DDR System Memory, all it's really doing is swapping out data on the GPU RAM with the System RAM. This is where most of the performance penalty comes from. Onboard GPUs (like in Intel CPUs) can use system memory but as history has shown are also massively slower devices. There is one interesting example of this which is the GTX 970, which ships with 4GB of RAM. For technical (poor) reasons Nvidia segmented the final half GB and thus there is a severe (25+%) performance hit for going above 3.5GB. And that's for memory literally on the card. Accessing system memory is dramatically slower since it requires communicating through the CPU and motherboard.
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...maybe? Depends a lot on the specific model. Ideally you would get a DisplayPort>USB-C cable to try. I hear those displays usually don't have an input switcher though, which could make the experience deeply painful if you are switching to a mac often.
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Great specs. But it runs closed box because it looks like a motherboard from 1998...which is common for prebuilders like Dell that rarely use off-the-shelf parts. Anyway, all that's using lanes in there is the RTX and the NVME drive. In this case the CPU offers 16 lanes (used by the x16 slot for the GPU only) and then your chipset has 24 more lanes for devices and onboard stuff. So two more m.2 is fine, just plug the m.2 into the PCIe adapter and then the PCIe adapter into an x4 (smallest) slot.
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Yes. An adapter just literally adds an M.2 slot for you. There are models with 1 slot or 2 slots, I think you only need one since you already have an M.2 on the board. The M.2 NVMe slot is basically just a tiny PCIe slot so even the cheap ones should work fine, in theory.Ultimately all you can do is 1) remove everything not required to post 2) reseat every cable internally and externally (in case something is loose) 2) attempt to swap as many cables as possible (inside or out) to eliminate the possibility of bad cables or shorts 3) look for corrosion/excess on the board that could be causing pins to short, or cables internally that are touching the motherboard but shouldn't 4) very last straw but doublecheck that every cable is plugged into what it should be The warning you're getting is suggesting either something is getting power that shouldn't, or that something is getting too much power and confusing the system. So that's about as thorough as you can be without having access to technicians. Good luck
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Hail Mary list:Ultimately the goal is to unplug absolutely everything, inside and out, that is not needed to reach BIOS. Hard drives, WiFi Antenna, everything. I'd even consider switching monitor cables if possible. Because the alternative is you either need a motherboard RMA (perhaps not possible, like you said) or to find a repair shop that will actually take it (if there is something that can be fixed with some solder).Looking at the , the R9 can only fit one NVMe M.2 drive by default. (It's the long rectangular device in the bottom right). However, you can buy a PCIe m.2 NVMe card (with one or two slots) on Amazon or elsewhere to add more. They seem to go for sub $20 USD. There's no particular perf hit as long as you by a card that has PCIe 3.0 x4, since that's what NVMe uses to communicate anyways. Also, that MB reminds me why I don't like prebuilds...-_-
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The HAF 912 is...ugly, and dated, but it should fit a regular sized ATX motherboard, and as said, you might have to remove the drive tray. Actually, if you're at all worried, that's exactly what I would look at: can the drive trays be removed? (The bottom, but maybe also the top? Beyond that, it's fine. ATX PSU and MB spec hasnt changed in decades really. (Intel is about to push a change to the PSU spec, but we've got a gen before it really takes hold.) And you can still use USB2.0 ports on the front so long as you get a motherboard that has a USB2.0 header? If the case USB ports uses a standard 9-pin header, well, virtually every MB today has at least one USB2 header. My TUF X570 board has 2 or 3, even...The hail mary you could try is Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU). You could use that to completely wipe drivers and then try installing again. But if that doesn't work, you're right: it's dead.As far as the waiting game, maybe on the supply chain in Taiwan. There are new PC products coming in a few months. But there's also enough smoke to suggest Nvidia waits out the rest of the year if things are too much of a mess. Sadly, nobody has a good read yet. I've updated the buyers guide to reflect that Computex is getting cancelled, maybe LTX is getting cancelled, and nobody knows if we have an upswing in the asian supply chain in 3 months or 9. The reality is probably both, but which products go when? Who knows.
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The HP is a clunker. If you are using Amazon I would use the search filters for Laptops that areHonestly even with a 128GB SSD that would work because you can always (a) delete files or (b) move them to the cloud. So something like the Acer Aspire probably makes more sense because you can get the resolution and drop weight (especially by removing the DVD).FPS does not affect how much memory you use; those frames are not what are filling up your RAM. If Warzone needs 11GB you will either see a performance hit or the game will not run. (I suspect just a performance hit)If you want an increase in screen real-estate for work, then you want QHD (2560x1440). Something like the Pixio PX7 Prime is ideal because you get QHD, 144hz+ Freesync, and an IPS display. (IPS tends to be the brightest with the widest viewing angles, TN is the cheapest). So you could always save money finding an equivalent TN panel. Only other thing I'd say is for work I prefer flat (not curved) displays. YMMV but it keeps stuff like Powerpoint from looking weird... Pixio monitors are really popular as cheaper, freesync compatible gaming options.
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Usually these external drives are just internal drives with a thin custom connector attached to the SATA power and data plugs. Unplug those, plug into the SATA data and SATA power in your case, and you should be good to go. Sometimes there are weird exceptions but most of the time it isn't worth the engineering cost to make them anything else. Most of the trouble is simply in breaking the drive out without permanently damaging the external casing, because if you do it right, you can actually reuse the casing for another hard drive later.
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Honestly, for cheap gaming I am not worried about the case. You want airflow if you can (mesh or vents) but in general any cheap case is at least usable. It just may run hot or noisy without fans and airflow. Pick whatever fits your price range and ideally it has enough vents or a free fan with it. The Ryzen 3600 is a great option, but as mentioned AMD processors do not have GPUs by default, even if the motherboard has video ports! This means even if you plug into a monitor you will not see anything on the screen. So your solution is either to get a cheap GPU, or go intel which will at least let the computer turn on, although gaming will be laptop level at best. The i3 8100 is usually recommended as a 4 core solution. If you want to stick with AMD, the two CPUs that have graphics are the Ryzen 3200G or 3400G. Both of those are AM4 processors compatible with the motherboard and RAM you've chosen. Aim for 3200 RAM if possible, and then 16GB. If neither, well, 8GB sounds like the best you can do for now. If you have a spare regular HDD you could consider dropping your SSD down to a 250GB model and just managing between the two, if that saves you any budget. Crucial is a good brand, sure. If you can only afford 8GB, that's totally fine for 1080p gaming on less strenuous titles, overwatch, etc. Ideally you want more, but the B450M-HDV only has two RAM slots. So if you only buy one RAM DIMM, you'll take a performance hit because you're only using half the bandwidth. But if you buy 2x4, you have to replace one or both of them later if you upgrade. So choose carefully. Similarly I don't know what the PSU is in your old computer but maybe it carries over? Seasonic is a trusted brand and usually has 10 year warranties. But your budget seems extremely tight so maybe those other are options too?
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Most coming games will be using 8-10GB, but for Overwatch or whatever, sure, you can probably get away with 8. But yeah you want 8-8 or 4-4-4-4, not 8-4-4 or any other weird combo. If you're not sure go for a GPU and then check your RAM utilization while playing. You're almost always better off getting a better GPU and a worse CPU because most of the work is in rendering these days. That being said, the 3570K is very old (2012) so you're at that point where even weak cards like the 580 are starting to hit the CPU cap. You could replace the CPU, but the replacements themselves have been generally out of stock for years, so to actually replace the CPU with something modern but cheap, you need to replace the motherboard...which means replacing the memory with DDR4...(and actually, I think even the 4670K uses a newer socket). What LED strip is that? It looks really convincing!
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On PCs, there are two different pools of RAM that are relevant here:In your case with a relatively dated PC (3570K: 3.4GHz/4core) I'm not sure you can hit 90-120 FPS except in performance streamlined games like R6 and Overwatch, but the RX580 is actually an excellent choice for that system since it shouldn't bottleneck much (quick google suggests maybe 5-8%). But hitting 144 doesn't really matter that much so long as your monitor is freesync compatible...
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Absolutely worth a try, I haven't seen a detailed piece that compares to RTX yet, but I can at least address a few things based : Well, we know the RX 5700 XT has 40 CUs, but it's RDNA 1. So?? Not sure here. I haven't read about an RTX equivalent yet either. Pure TF is a trap as described in Cerny's talk. And the PS5 is definitely clocked higher than the XT. So...maybe somebody has a link to a piece with some comparisons? If anything I think the concern here is that without RDNA2 or RTX 3000, if you buy a card now you kind of need the perf to be substantially better to comp for any gains or features that might be exclusive to next gen AMD/NVidia cards that haven't launched yet... The XSX at first glance sounds like a 3800X, but cores are reserved and there's no boost clock. So the 3700X is probably the best comparison for both as it's 3.6GHz (4.4 Boost) 8 core. The reality is the 3600 is probably also equivalent because the 7th core is not going to make a tremendous difference. But to be safe, 3700X? All consoles reserve RAM for the OS and stuff. Just buy 16GB. If you're on AMD that means go for DDR4 3200 and that's it. Actually, historically games use even MORE RAM on PC for whatever reason. VR, etc. So 16GB is a solid number but nothing wrong with 32... XSX: I'm not but it sounds to me like QLC or TLC NVMe Gen3x4. The transfer rate seems lower than good TLC 3x4 drives (2.4GB/s vs say, addlink S70 which hits 3.4GB/s) , and if the expansion card is really that small maybe it is QLC? So all I'm saying here is any good 3x4 NVMe with DRAM cache is a good equivalent. I mean maybe it's TLC but with fewer NAND chips? PS5: Phison E16 in all current Gen4 drives is both too hot and caps at 5GB/s (compared to 5.5 on PS5). So this means we have to wait for the Phison E18, E19, and Samsung 980 series, all of which are due in summer. They all promise better cooling, although PS5 may put market pressure on having thinner heatsinks. So tl;dr even the expensive AORUS 1TB is not fast enough. That's why Cerny said to wait. The other thing worth nnoting is that Cerny said the PS5 drive is 12 channel. Even the Phison E18 is 8 channel so I would guess that although those products will exceed PS5 in transfer speed (I think I heard 6.5 or 7 was possible?) the extra channels will probably make it more or less equivalent. Well, if you want the full XSX experiennce you need to buy the NZXT H1 case.
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I recently switched from the 4670 to the Ryzen 3600, and it's very clearly faster, although general boot and Windows responsiveness also helps a bit that I moved from a 2014 SSD to a Gen3 NVMe SSD. Boot time to fully responsive desktop is around ~10s and game framerate has improved on my GTX 970 (still want ampere though...) Of course 8 core CPUs like the 3700X will become more popular but the 3600 is still a solid choice, and it's not like games will show huge perf increase from 6-8 cores
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article article article article Could it be amplified? Sure. But when GN talks about the lack of response and action from AMD I pay attention. It could be fixed or at least partially fixed now, but the onus is on AMD to show they've steadied the ship.
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If you have good cooling in the middle of your case (1 or more exhausts and 2 or more intakes) it's can sometimes be a good thing to have it point up and take in air that way. But it's not critical because usually there is a vent on the bottom of the case anyway. Just make sure the fan is pointing at a vent.No compromises means buying a Valve Index VR headset, honestly...but to consider your parts listAnyway, whatever you choose, as long as you have 32GB Ram, a 2080+ and 3700X, that's totally set for Alyx and VR in general
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Gamers Nexus just did a video talking about the state of Taiwanese manufacturers, and it's a mix of everything. But the interesting part was EVGA, which has extremely restricted access and can assumed to be operating at reduced capacity. So if nothing else I expect the card manufacturers to be more limited in the models they announce. It seems like the Taiwanese raw materials manufacturers are doing mega business to keep the supply chain intact, at least.No worries, wasn't sure what you meant by resources, but my plan was to just refresh the visuals anyway. Had a sudden epiphany and stole the Polychrome style. Anything in particular you want to know? My plan is to write guide posts and then link them through the main page. For example, I'll do one on RGB as soon as time permits since I just recently crawled through that mudpit.I think the H1 is definitely a cool build. That being said, if you go 9900K/RTX2070SUPER you've unbalanced your rig against 4K gaming. Honestly, if you really want 4K you have two options: RTX2080Super (or Ti) or wait for Ampere (RTX 3000) It's just around the corner. The 9900K is a great CPU but you could easily downgrade to the 9700K and put that money towards more GPU, which in general should be the rule for building a rig. Generally speaking right now the rule is that if you want 4k60 you should be on 2080/Ti. The sweet spot for PC rigs today is 1440p60+ because that is way more achievable with 2060 Super / 2070 Super, and because Windows itself just is a less clunky experience at 1440p than 4K. I suspect you can still do 4K on the 2070, but I'm not sure how far you have to tweak the options. All of that being said, I think if you don't want to build your own PC, NZXT's letsbld is a totally fair choice and the H1 is about as close as you're going to get to the Xbox Series X design today.
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I will edit and say, you're right. The framerate is surprisingly good on those cards. I disagree that hitting 60 or below is "strong", but it does get close, so if that's all you need, alright. Maybe set it to "high" instead and try to pump it a bit further. Still, I would again prefer a 2080 or 3000 simply because with so little headroom, it seems unlikely that Cyberpunk or future games will perform to that same level. If W3 can't hit 60... If did go with this config, I must say I would probably advise an RTX 2070 Super and pairing it with a G-Sync display. If your framerate is going to rough it from 20-70fps all of the time, it would help a lot to have the refresh and framerate synced. Freesync monitors can do it too, but usually they are limited to activation around 45-48hz instead of the 30hz of G-Sync, so this is one of those times where it would help. If playing by TV, however, disregard, as that won't be possible without a TV supporting VRR (HDMI 2.1) and a card supporting HDMI 2.1. (Or you have the very rare GSync TVs with that stuff)
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I would go 2x 120mm fans on the front of the case, aligned to the top. That way they should blow at your CPU cooler. The back 120mm is already there to suck the air out. You could add another 120mm on the top to exhaust but it's hardly critical; maybe if you found a cheap 3 pack of fans or something. While the front and top technically support 140mm it really looks like it will cause more problems than its worth. Similarly I wouldn't want a 3x120mm fan setup because the third fan would just be sitting in the PSU shroud at the bottom.
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I will definitely update the builds as soon as the flood of Intel/Nvidia starts to hit. I wanted to do some new builds but just building the thread took some time. Builds is a project on its own. Thankfully Soda has great builds already!
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Oh, I'm not running hot. It's (a) I live in a hot country (+30c) and I have a child that is with RGB. I agree the GPU is bad but no solving it really until RTX 3000 and then maybe that ridiculous EVGA power bracket On the plus side here with ceiling fans or aircon always running, the build itself is basically silent - even with 5 fans - I've never heard it rise above the background noise level. For those who care, it's 3x140mm in, 2x120mm out. And I guess the BeQuiet Silent Wings 3 120mm on the Heatsink. I got a deal on the Riing Trio so I can't honestly recommend them at MSRP for most people. The CM MF120 Halo was a lot cheaper and about 80% of the lighting level...and it can daisy chain the RGB. CM even sells a magnetic 6 port controller if you have a lot of 3pin RGB devices.
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I do...but of course with my floor it's just impossible to clear the reflection. Having the RGB is definitely needed to illuminate the case, and I suppose after I replace the video card I will need an RGB strip on the bottom. Here's a quick photo anyway.
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Yeah, the Dark Rock Pro 4 is massive. As are any of the "maximum air cooling" heatsinks. Many of them are so big because they have a fan in the middle, and sometimes a third on the back. Realistically speaking you only want it for the high power enthusiast builds, but if you want the best, this is one of them.
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Since I may have flubbed the whole thread transfer, let's just reply to something...You don't need the absolute beast coolers like the Dark Rock 4 Pro, but the DR4 or DR4 Slim are a good idea. Generally you want something with a big heatsink and at least one fan, but something ultra compact like the Wraith cooler. Or go AIO with a 240mm water cooler. At stock though the Wraith will work. It just may be hotter/noisier than you want. AORUS is a good brand for X570. The Master is...expensive...but they have a bunch of good models. RTX 3000 is considered to be happening very, very soon. Just a question of April or May. I'd consider either bringing over an old card or going with the 1660 series if you absolutely need something today. 1660 Super will do just fine for games like Overwatch, though you'd have to sell it after moving up.
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Welcome to the PC Builders Thread, where we talk about computer hardware! Whether you're upgrading your existing computer, want to build a new one, have a question, or just like talking about computers in general - we've got you covered! Now with even more ARGB! Current Recommendation: Intel's 10th generation (Comet Lake-S) is set for release as soon as April 2020, and requires a new CPU Socket (LGA1200) Current Recommendation: AMD's Zen 3 CPU (Ryzen 4000 Series) is set for release in Q4 2020. They should use the same AM4 socket as today's boards, although it's unclear if B450 motherboards will get BIOS updates to support it. X570 boards may be safer. A popular strategy right now is to buy cheap (Ryzen 3600+X570) and then upgrade the CPU to Ryzen 4000 when they eventually hit stores. Current Recommendation: NVidia is expected to release their RTX 3000 series as soon as April 2020, with big performance gains and possibly PCIe 4.0 support. AMD has been hampered by widespread driver problems. The next GPU (RX 6000? Big Navi?) is currently thought to be releasing November or December 2020. Want to know exactly what you bought? Or figure out what kind of overclocking room you may have? Try these. Want to test exactly how fast your new build is? Try these. Concerned there could be an error or stability issue? These can help by stress-testing parts of your system to dig out the problems. - Not a store, but a price aggregator; select your region/country in the top-right. You can use partpicker to make your own build, see information about whether the parts fit, and even share your build here or elsewhere for advice. It doesn't support every country, but worst case set it to US just to see what is possible.Thanks to PCPartPicker however, we do have some starting point builds to give you an idea of what is possible in your price range. I highly recommend you do not blindly order these parts without asking about it here first. Some of the builds are quite old, and prices fluctuate a lot. Many of these builds come from our previous thread runner and build-maker champ ! There are plenty of options out there if you don't want to take our word for it...Very Quick Terminology Guide:
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Sigh. I am probably an idiot, but per discussion with I took over the PC Builders Thread and posted a brand new one. I of course immediately realized I should have posted here first... (or should I go through a mod directly? Didn't see anything specific about handing off threads) Old Thread: run by New Thread: If everything is kosher we should probably get the old thread closed. If I screwed up, let me know...
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While I work on the PC Builder's Thread v3 - thanks - here's a promised glimpse at my recent build. Still a little bit of cable slop but (a) it's really hard dealing with all of the RGB and (b) humanity has yet to solve our GPU power crisis. Just looking at this picture makes me want to go and re-route things a bit more...
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Check if the Windows 10 key is bound to your account. Type "activation" in the search field to get a Control Panel window. It should show your current edition of Windows 10, and if it's bound to your account. If it is, great! If it's not, you'll lose it. That being said, if it doesn't carry over, you won't be prevented from using Windows 10 on your new PC. You'll just have to deal with the watermark and then the annoying notifications after 30 days. So you're free to use Microsoft's tool and make a bootable USB stick now.
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Keep in mind that crossover boards used to be possible because the motherboard (North Bridge) was holding the memory controller. On Ryzen, the CPU itself has the memory controller inside the package, so there's no way to override that AFAIK. I believe Intel also has an integrated controller these days. End result is that the CPU has a much closer relationship to memory for speed reasons, the MB manufacturer has less chips to include, and the only cost is less flexibility for solutions like this. I suspect some of your confusion is the sheer number of pre-March AMD Investors meeting discussion articles out there. The Meeting cleared up a lot of roadmap questions. There will definitely be X670 motherboards this holiday, but a popular strategy right now is to buy cheap (Ryzen 3600) with an X570 board, and then upgrade the CPU to Ryzen 4000 later. It's not clear yet which boards will get BIOS updates to support these CPUs, but the most recent - X570 - seems the most likely. And since the CPU contains the most important stuff, it's not a huge motherboard problem like it may have been in the past.
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DDR5 is expected to happen with AM5, which is in 2021. Ryzen 4000 will continue to use AM4 sockets and DDR4 memory. Given the timeline of Ryzen 4000, you might not see Ryzen 5000/AM5/DDR5 (strangely in sync) until late 2021. So you're not really waiting 1 year. Closer to 2. DDR5 may premiere a bit earlier if AMD releases a second generation of Zen 3 CPUs during 2021, for example processors with iGPUs or exotic enthusiast models that add more chiplets (They just have to create a DDR5 IO chiplet). You could wait, but with the entire market reeling a bit and Intel content to play the slow game, it seems very likely that DDR4 holds through 2021. You'll see DDR5 RAM for sale, but at not-friendly prices.
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Have you tried using (a) a different USB stick and (b) a different USB port? Some casual google suggests this problem is usually when a file sector can't be read, and that implies something on the stick itself is bad, not the NVMe or RAM?
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Generally speaking Laptops use M.2 style wifi modules which don't have integrated antennas and thus require using an antenna (integrated into the case) to function. Even if they did have integrated antennas, most laptop chassis act as faraday cages of sorts anyways which would kill most of the signal. This is also why desktop motherboards with bluetooth/wifi modules also require the use of an external antenna; while Bluetooth is usually pretty good about not needing a big router-style antenna, the signal needs to escape the case somehow.So they are both 1TB Crucial NVMe M.2's?Also, you've probably done this but make sure to check the boot order list and not just UEFI easy mode, to see if the device is there...
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I'll PM you.I typically only use one monitor at home. 27" 1440p is ideal and I rarely feel the need for another monitor at all. At work, one 27", one 24", but I have game consoles and other things to run - for example, PS4 looks a bit better at 1080p if that's the native resolution. If you're not constantly multitasking, the extra space on the desk is really nice.
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64GB? wow. Well no, I mean generally you see the memory performance differences in benchmarks only when system is CPU constrained. That's why usually the tests are done at 720p. Since your Infinity Fabric will already be at 1800 (half the DDR rate) that's pretty much all you need. If you are obsessed with more perf you can use DRAM Calculator and figure out better timings, but honestly? You already have a 3950X. I would just try for XMP and call it a day unless you are also planning for some kind of overall OC build.Some motherboards, particularly gamer-focused ones, have the ability to reflash your BIOS from a USB stick if you place it in the right USB slot. This works even if the CPU or GPU is not recognized. Valuable, because it means you don't need backup CPU/GPU nor do you have to pull out the battery (which resets settings but can't overwrite the BIOS). The exact name of the feature is brand dependent, but (usually) if you look at the IO plate on your motherboard one of the USB should have a "flashback" or "BIOS" label somewhere.
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The SUPER is the "year after" model, nvidia basically relaunched their lineup with better yield processors, so it's faster but not an architectural change or anything. Water Cooling Hybrid models (where it comes with the liquid and radiator already) are totally fine; they are usually a bit cooler but a bit more awkward to install since the radiator has to go somewhere. As long as the radiator fan has an effective way to push air it should be fine. If you're playing Planet Coaster there is absolutely no reason to need a 2080ti though? At best I would get a 2070S. RTX 3000 is on the way. Prices won't spike because of China, they will spike initially because launch stock is always limited. Production lines all over the place are moving to Taiwan (and elsewhere) but launch demand always exceeds supply. Still, with the worldwide situation demand will also be down, so I don't think it's going to be impossible to find, say, an RTX 3070 for MSRP this year.
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Are you using USD? (Kinda assuming so given the 1600AF price?)Not sure if that's the best board for 1600AF, but it's cheap...of course I agree with but as builds go that's pretty cheap...of course, no particular reason to go above 16GB so if you already have good DDR4-3000+ that would make it even cheaper.
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The difference between most boards is within the margin of error; generally speaking a "better" or "more gaming" motherboard is really just Looking at your board, it's just a typical mid-class ATX board. About all you're really missing is RGB and a few other minor feature details. Nothing you'll miss.
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Depends on the kind of RGB devices you have? Almost* all ARGB fans have two cables:: Either 3-pin (1-1-1) if it's a constant speed, or 4-pin (1-1-1-1) if it's PWM. You plug this in so the motherboard can control the fan.: There are three standards...
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M.2 is just a slot on the motherboard. What you're really looking for is NVMe, which is the protocol. It's difficult to tell which drives are best without reading reddit/reviews/watching youtube reviews, but the basic gist is that today's NVMe controllers are mature and reliable. So most NVMe on the market are in one of four categories:Strictly speaking for games right now any of the first 3 options are probably indistinguishable from each other. A Gen 4 drive shows no frame rate advantage anywhere. That could change, but for now PC typically has a lot more RAM to work with and so games are leveraging RAM so much that SSD transfer rate is not a critical factor in load time. If I were buying today I would go big on capacity (1-2TB) and get a cheaper model like the Sabrent Rocket, ADATA SX8200 Pro, or addlink S70. If you really need your brand names, Samsung is the king and should have a 980 EVO/980 Pro later this year in the high end (Gen4), but honestly the 960/970 models are plenty fast too. If you *really* want to go cheap, 2.5" SATA TLC SSDs are totally a fine move today. But then you lose all of the benefits of NVMe in terms of install/clean build, and maybe (?) it shows its age in the next few years. SATA SSDs are also slowly disappearing from the market, so...it depends on the deal.
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No particular experience with that build but 4mm is pretty significant clearance to get past...honestly unless you can do a mod, it sounds like the cheapest answer is a lower clearance cooler, because after that it's about a new case or very low profile RAM...at some point the only options seem to be a new cooler or a machine shop? Well, or (c) mod the side plate. Tough call.
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3700X is a gaming step down from the 9700K in many specs, but you said you needed the threads, which suggests the 3900X is the purpose of your build? Normally the PSU incompatibility is about an extra 4pin needed for LN2 mode? The PSU incompatibility is probably to be the usual case of a motherboard having the extra 4pin for LN2 mode, which apparently even 3900x stock won't need. The MEG UNIFY has dual 8pin...but then says you only need one. I'm inclined to believe whatever power recommendation the is to Buildzoid who knows wtf he is talking about.
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CAM is terrible but their cases are slick, no doubt. Arguably the best looking cases out there? But I'm not a fan of how they block off the front. It's kind of a waste for RGB and a nightmare for airflow. So for now, the P400A and Meshify C are way better options to me. Or even the Cooler Master Case with the giantic 2x200m front fans (H500M?) The P400A even comes with front RGB fans in the box (not great ones by any means, but functional). I ended up going with the Meshify C on my recent build, mainly because the front mesh holds 3x120 or 2x140, and then 2x120 on the top. The P400A is the king of airflow but doesn't use a dust filter, so...depends on your climate. The spider-panel on the front is not ideal for RGB, but it still shines through if your fans are good. I think the H100i Platinum is great, like I said, it's a well rehearsed design. I think the NZXT Kraken models with the front LCD are more popular these days? I gave up on pump noise and went with an air cooler though...
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I would agree that you'd be better off saving budget for (a) the GPU, (b) the GPU...etc. It's really the most important part of your build. You're way better off overspending on GPU and sticking with the 9700K CPU, which is already a bit of a beast in general. If nothing else this gives you the breathing room to pick out exactly the motherboard you want. The H100i is kind of the tired champion of AIO but it's also had so many revs that it's the most polished. The Platinum loads up on RGB and has a zero RPM mode in Corsair's software, which I have to admit would have made my - 6 year old - H100i immensely more palatable. Personally I prefer 2x140mm radiators now, but whether you go that or 3x120 you have to better consider the case you want. Meshify C and P400A are possibly the most flexible, but lots of people make NZXT builds work, so...AMD 4000: 33%? It really smells of being a Q4 product right now. It's possible though, sure. RTX 3000: 99% will be out before September 17...I'd be more surprised if it wasn't out by May. Of course, that makes the 2080ti contest a bit awkward, but that hasn't stopped companies before...
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Sorry, your writing suggests a few different scenarios (since "SATA Memory Slot" could mean SATA Port or M.2 SATA Port): s1: SSD is M2 SATA, put it in the wrong M2 slot (as in: you moved your boot drive) s2: SSD is 2.5" SATA, attached it to the wrong SATA port (as in: you moved your secondary drive) If Scenario 2: Step 1: Unplug the WD drive and see if performance goes back to normal Step 2: Verify that M2 is first on your boot order in BIOS/UEFI Step 3: Try connecting the drive to a different SATA port (and re-seat the cable on both ends) Step 4: Try a different SATA cable Beyond that...what are the cable extensions for? Is the drive letter the same? (It's possible some windows registry messup happened)
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Depends what you mean by "high end as it can be" - it's totally possible to go X570 and use higher end processors (ie: 3900X) with mITX builds. Specifically, ASUS and AORUS seem to have good X570 solutions. But since you're looking to get cheap memory, I guess it's not what I think. That G.Skill kit is totally fine. Ideally, you want DDR-3600 CL16, but that can be quite expensive. DDR-3600 CL18 is often close to price to 3200c16, so it's popular. But 3200cl16 is the most popular and is a totally fine option for Ryzen builds. You should check the motherboard QVL and RAM vendor QVL to see if the two are comparable (if one says it is, good enough) but even if it's not, generally you can try manual timings and make it work. The BIOS will just set your RAM to 2133 by default until you figure it out.
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RTX 3000 is somewhat likely for GTC 2020, although it could be announced around that date too. It seems more likely to announce then as opposed to a month or two later though... According to , Ryzen 4000 uses AM4 which means X570 support most likely. X670 chipset could appear at the same time, but X570 is already pretty robust. Ryzen 5000 is when a new socket seems likely as other changes are coming next year (DDR5...PCIe 5...USB 3.2gen2x2 lol) As always everyone is a bit at the mercy of BIOS updates.
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If you're planning on waiting years for your CPU, yeah, I would go 3700X now. It's the closest equivalent to the Zen2 CPU . Unknown. Lisa Su said "2020", and Ryzen 3000 did launch in Summer, but the few anecdotal tech journalist comments I've seen have strongly suggested later than that. Whether that means September or December is anyone's guess.
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To be very specific, you can always use your own paste (or sheet) but if there is already paste applied, you’ll need ideally isopropyl alcohol to wipe that off properly. All boards that say WiFi in the name already have a wireless solution on the motherboard. You connect the antenna to the plugs on the back to make Bluetooth and WiFi work. If you don’t have that, you typically can buy a WiFi or WiFi+BT PCIe card, although generally it’s a better deal to get it built-in.
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Yeah, okay, I forgot what ram you chose. Anyway, no problem with the choices. I think even my TUF X570 has debug LEDs (not sure if it's the same as the MSI but it definitely has a traffic light LED setup on boot) but regardless of that, picking a MB is mainly about the feature list you want. Just that sometimes the 300+ dollar boards are mainly meant for OC or the highest level processors and you don't want to overpay for an IO shield and M2 heatsinks. It sounds like you know what you want, so no worries. The thing that is a relative nightmare about Coolers vs. MB vs. RAM is that while the cooler vendors are quite good with schematics and measurements, the motherboard side is terrible. So like if you are worried about RAM clearance, half the time it doesn't matter because if you're getting a two stick kit, on AMD ATX the "primary" slots are actually slots 2 and 4, not 1 and 3. But if your cooler is very wide, then it still impacts 2, and so on. On my TUF X570 with Trident Z Neo, I carefully chose the DR4 Slim for clearance, but the reality is even the standard Dark Rock 4 probably would have fit
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Yeah if HUB says the board is good, then it's good, they are the ones who beat up MSI after all. If you want more vrm info I would search for buildzoid's X570 roundup videos. He's basically just about overclocking but it's interesting. Ryzen 3700X: 8 cores, 3.6GHz (4.4 Boost) Ryzen 3900X: 12 cores, 3.8GHz (4.6 Boost) It's more of a future gamble, to be honest. The 3900X is basically a 3800X (so, clock bump) + 4 more cores/8 more threads. If games continue to find ways to use more threads, it could be useful. And the clockspeed is at least more useful. But yes, for the next few years for games 8 cores is plenty and a 5% clockspeed jump is probably not worth it. That being said the only other thing I would mention is that if you're fine with the 3700X and are basically just gaming, then you can downsize the board a lot, too, either going B450 if you don't care for future upgrades to CPU that much, or cheaper X570 options (Asus TUF). If OC is your thing, I would probably reroute some money to your RAM and aim for quality 3600 stuff.
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I've lived both now, Corsair 250D for years in MITX and now Meshify C in Mid Tower. The H1 solves a lot of problems I had with ITX; most of the cable routing is basically done for you, cooler and PSU are already there. It's probably the easiest desktop PC build you can imagine. The problems in my exp come later, and depend a lot on your home situation. ITX boxes like that pump heat out like a smokestack. Noise - while not annoying - is clearly audible and requires more maintenance for dust and potentially repasting. And depending on where you point it there is literally a dual slot GPU fan pointed at your face. So if you're in a warm environment...that sucks. Meanwhile, my 6 fan Meshify doesn't even make an audible sound when it turns on. (But it's big enough to go under the desk...). Still, they both have their place and the thought of a no-nonsense build like the H1 is appealing.With Steve it's not so much honesty as it is scientific rigour. Gamers Nexus is thorough. They think through the test methodology really hard and at times are pure investigative journalists. Linus and LTT are also entertaining and helpful, but not so much a rigour channel as a +/- stop. Sometimes, you just need the "should I buy it?" but when it comes to CPU, GPU, Case comparisons? The rigour *really* helps. They basically browbeat the case industry into mesh. There is a whole spectrum to this, honestly - LTT on being entertaining and key points, GN on rigor and detail - so depending on what you find helpful there is a mix of useful channels. Hardware Unboxed, for example, sometimes gives the appearance of "here's a nice table with 5 motherboards", but they were instrumental in taking MSi to task over their VRMs and even recently for their lackluster test methodology.Hard to say if summer is really happening for Ryzen 4000 (some of the above YTs are doubtful of that date) but my opinion is basically that if you are set on R4000 but want to build now, you want the Ryzen 3600, which is just absurdly cheap. If you want to forget R4000 and build now, the 3700X is a good processor. But microcenter/amazon have recently been selling the 3900x for around $400 also, if you have access to either. The build itself looks fine, though generally I would avoid MSI X570 boards until they resolve their VRM problems. MSI was the gold standard for B450 but screwed up on X570. Maybe that particular board is okay - I would look online for info - but if not that one there are plenty of other good X570 boards for that much or less from Gigabyte (Aorus), Asus (ROG), etc.
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I'm basically at the front of people advocating more GPU than needed, but the 3700X+2070S is a fine, balanced config nonetheless. You're sitting in the business class seats with the 970 EVO. The only thing to keep in mind is that MSI is having VRM cooling problems on their X570 line. 3700X is fine but (a) wouldn't upgrade to 3900/3950x later and (b) overclocking potential is going to be limited. If you do a CPU upgrade in the future on that board, you'll have to wait and see what Ryzen 4000 models come and what fits in your power envelope. It's nothing to freak out over, just that it's not an overclocker/high power draw board. Considering you have a 3700X and 650W PSU, it should be just fine.That's both brilliant and terrible. I mean, it's a very obvious plastic dongle...and yet, it totally works at rerouting those nasty PCIe cable bundles. So something to keep in mind for the future. (I already realize how useful it can be to have a GPU brace for sag, wow, my 970 is not conformant lol)
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Yeah, that smells heavily of the card failing. I would usually assume the slot but as you said it failed in both. GTX 1660 Super is around ~239 on Amazon. If that's too much, the 1660 regular is around 200-209 ish. The ranking is 1660ti (Best) > 1660 Super > 1660.
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I don't totally disagree with your points, but with NVMe there are some very obvious improvements: in build, in points of failure, and (maybe) in future games. It certainly can't hurt and depending on your region there isn't an obvious pricing difference. Beyond that, I'll take TLC and a longer MTBF without as severe a write penalty as disk space fills. For X570, well, all I can say is I've never heard the chipset fan on my TUF, I do think it's valid to consider Ryzen 4000, and I'm setup in the future for gen2/3 NVMe if I desire (plus whatever, if anything, comes from Gen4 Nvidia cards). If you're planning on upgrading again in a couple of years, sure, go B450. But if you don't upgrade too often, I feel fine going X570.
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Nvidia's GPU Summit has been converted into online only due to COVID-19, I believe its set for 22-26 March. Seems likely we will hear at least about the GPU if not a price and release date.Nothing wrong with that setup. DR4 is a great cooler for the 3700X, 2080S is a great GPU. The only things you could do better on:
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Thanks and ! I will give that advice a lot of thought. I noticed the DRAM Calc author put out a Ryzen power plan that makes my CPU run noticeably hotter, but in general my case (mesh + 3 140mm intake + DR4Slim) seems pretty good with heat + XMP/DOCP has been no problem, leading me to believe DRC should succeed at some level.The notwithstanding, basically most AIOs either (a) slowly dissipate coolant over the years and the pump works itself to death, getting louder, or (b) the pump fails at some point for some other reason. In my case my h100i from 5+ years ago still works every day. But it is clearly louder than my new 6 fan mesh case, and probably is being slowly starved of coolant. In general I think it's fine to keep what you've got if you're happy with it, because worst case it fails and your CPU will protect itself anyway rather than melting down. I've never heard of a catastrophic (leak) type failure but I suppose it's possible. That being said, if it's loud and old, switching to a new AIO should bring an immediately noticeable difference.
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Nothing particularly wrong with Seagate NVME, I believe they are reusing the Firecuda brand name all over the place, but as long as you're buying an SSD and not a hybrid its probably fine. The only thing you want to look out for with NVME is that the market is starting to see some "DRAM Less" models that are cheaper but of course have terrible latency issues. Intel's 660p is sort of notorious as the slowest QLC drive out there, but as long as you give it some capacity to work with (read: empty space to use) it's not abysmal. I feel like the 660p is where I would consider a SATA SSD instead, but read some reviews to decide yourself. Go with your gut on the RAM and GPU. Nothing wrong with your choices.
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Overall the system is balanced - I too would have picked the 3700X and RTX 2070S, the only call to be made is if you wanted to hold out for the 3000 series GPUs. I concur that 32GB of RAM is something you should prove you need - it's better put towards a 2080S - but if your usage pattern requires it, then sure. Honestly, there is not enough of a difference between the 970 EVO PLUS and the other PCIe 3x4 drives out there. I'd much rather get an ADATA SX8200 Pro, addlink S70, or possibly a WD if the right deal was there, simply because - depending on your market of course, though my exp is Singapore - you can either save money or get a single 2TB NVME for the price of those two drives. And in general I'm in favor of any way where I'm using less cabling in the system. Honestly there are so many factors in a board that this is mostly taste, but generally speaking the ASUS TUF X570 WIFI is considered the best deal out there for having good components and still all of the specs. I used one in my build this weekend because I couldn't find the Asrock Steel Legend, and honestly, the board has been great. YMMV on price!RED = Nas, BLUE = Desktop. Not much reason to get red for your desktop unless you absolutely require the longer service warranty and lifetime.
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Has anyone here really gone through the DRAM Calculator rigamarole? I'm looking for a solid/obvious way to test that is a bit more...stable...than the two pieces of advice I've read (the gamut of "try a few games" to "3+ hours on memtest per change"). Maybe that's in an AMD thread?. So while I'd be surprised if you can easily buy a launch card, that could as easily be due to a paper launch as anything else. No question that COVID-19 is affecting manufacturing, but the heart of the graphics card industry right now is Taiwan and specifically TSMC. Launch GPUs are always stock-constrained, although one would hope they do a bit better this time for everyone buying less than a Reviewer-unit Titan/Ti.
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So you run (presumably?) run Pro and set the threads to the CPU core count? ie: 3600 having 6 threads and 1/6th of 16GB each. I notice the calculator has membench?Yeah I have 3200 b-die Trident Z, once I updated the X570 BIOS it does XMP just fine, which has me strangely optimistic that it can handle at least safe timings from the calculator. Does DRAM Calculator ever suggest speeding up infinity fabric? (fclk?) I'm assuming 1800 is just as valuable as dropping timings.
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I guess I should update on my own build. I'm in Singapore so of course pricing is a bit wonky compared to the US. Just so cheap right now it's ridiculous. And it leaves room for an upgrade to a 3700X or Ryzen 4000 later in the year if you desire. Sure Intel 9700K is fast for gaming but it costs basically 2.5x here. Legit quiet. But why the hell are we still living with these heatsink clips?! Legit cheap X570 with VRMs that punch above weight. Holy crap UEFI is amazing compared to my old BIOS lifestyle. But this IO shield install stuff needs to die. #dramcalculatorlifestyle, sorry QVL: I must admit it's annoying to have a CPU without a built in iGPU like Core has. But anyway, just no reason to buy a GPU right now. Waiting for RTX 3000/Big Navi/whatever. GTX 900 series is fine for now. Great combi mid tower that isn't too big or too small. But damn, I wish I had removed that drive tray before installing the motherboard... We all thirst for AORUS Gen4 but for the same price you can just get 2TB of Gen3x4 and live in a world where every game installs to the SSD. I'm like one peripheral away from being "what's SATA?"...anyway, the nice part of going ATX is that this goes in one slot and there's always another slot there for whatever the nextgen Gen4 NVME chipsets bring. They look awesome. Perf is good. But man that RGB ecosystem is a dumpster fire. Tons of cables, controllers, proprietary plugs...on the plus side Riing's USB solution means only one cable/fan, but on the downside, you need that controller for them to work at all. And if you want to sync them with your motherboard's RGB solution? You need to replace the controller with a sold-separately TTPlus controller instead (despite it being advertised on the box). I guess that's a step better than Corsair's "our software or else" but still not a good look. And it uses a molex power connector for the controller for whatever reason...
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Hard to say how good it is. Just looks like a cheap dualband (1x2.4GHz, 1x5GHz WiFi5) router, with a VDSL modem I guess you don't need. The LAN ports are gigabit, so it seems vaguely competent. I'm not certain the signal strength will be superb, but you'll at least get WiFi 5 (.ac) connections just fine across the two channels. There are cheaper and better options out there but if you are getting it for not-money, it could work.
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It will play overwatch or FF14 or whatever alright at 1080p, I'm sure. But it's a 3 year old video card and CPU and only 8GB of RAM. It will work, but it's already dusty. For the money you could do quite a bit better, although a lot of corners get cut at that price.Phanteks RGB controller and two strips, it looks like? Seems pretty good. Not sure you can plug other company fans into it, but as a standalone it seems pretty flexible and there's a remote to avoid using the MB at all if you prefer. I don't really like that it only lists ASUS/Msi but if you don't need direct MB sync who cares? If it works out you can just buy a ton of strips and christmas-tree your entire case. :lol
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(6 pack): ~41 USD or around $6/fan A top class TT or Corsair is ~25-35/fan. The cheapo models usually rely on motherboard software for customization, but many of them have controllers (or remotes) with ~100 preset patterns which you can slowly change through like TV channels, so its actually pretty handy if you don't feel like becoming a temporary graphic artist to figure out a scheme. Sure, the top class fans look nicer, but nothing wrong with winning by numbers either and just loading up on fans and RGB strips. EDIT: 140mm might be a bit harder to source but should still be something out there. I went 140mm TT but mainly because I only wanted a few and I wanted them to be my front and top intakes...
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My initial assumption was the non-TG model had it and it was cut? But there is just a notorious lack of information on this case. And a few rando reviews suggesting cooling is bad. So it's...a dirt cheap case. I tried myself to look through some youtube videos but they all either dodged the ports or also got an off-angle shot that had me screaming for "enhance" mode. :lol If that is USB-C, the port looks...suspect? [/QUOTE]I think it really depends on your tolerance for noise. The lesser labels like Deepcool are for sure going to give you tons of value. 50 dollars for 3 fans, that sort of thing. But if you start leaning into the details and caring about PWM, static pressure, or silence, then the more expensive brands come into play. I mean, the best pure looks ARGB right now is your choice of the Corsair LL or Thermaltake Riing Trio/Quad, but if you don't find a sale they can be 2-3x the price of a cheap brand. () That being said, the other factor is aesthetics - a lot of the looks in these fans comes from how many light rings there are. The high end models have 2-3 rings and a huge number of LEDs along with a translucent fan, while the cheap units are just black fans with LEDs along the outer ring. Not really much I can suggest other than hitting up youtube and looking for "best rgb fans" or "rgb roundup", some of the better videos tend to review 3-5 at a time including some of the cheap models, to give you an idea of performance and visuals. Finally, just keep in mind compatibility. The cheaper ones should be fine but a few might use older pin counts? The higher end have their own problems, like only using their own software (Corsair), hardware (Thermaltake) etc. I believe NZXT is also an offender. In general I'm fine with any ones that support the six motherboard vendors though... As I understand it unless you are running heavy OC or (maybe?) have a 2080ti I don't think you need LN2 mode, so you'll be fine without the extra 4pin. Pretty sure the Hyper 212 has some basic paste you can use...AS5 doesn't hurt and may give a small temp advantage, but up to you. If you have the v2 Xbox Controller (the one that supports Bluetooth) you just need a dongle or (preferably) a motherboard with BT built in. I suspect it requires a minimum of 4.0 but not sure.Videos online suggest you want the 2070S for really hitting high 1440p framerates, but Digital Foundry did a piece suggesting 1440p above 60 was easily doable on the 2060 super if you are running "High" instead of "Ultra" on game settings. So if you have GSync either works, if you have Freesync it depends a bit more on being in the "zone" of the monitor Freesync range.
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I'm late to the impressions table here, but I agree with that not having a PCIe 4.0 riser is a huge problem. Sure, if you're rocking Intel and RTX 20x0, no problem, but it's super awkward for anyone grabbing a Ryzen ITX and either risking Radeon or waiting on RTX 30x0. Apart from that, it's super slick. Not only for beating Microsoft to market, but the initial $350 USD sticker price seems a lot more reasonable once you factor in that it has a pre-installed SFX power supply and CPU AIO, I mean front usb-c cases are generally kept to the expensive cases, 650w SFX is kind of a big deal at 80+Gold and fully modular. I think I would have strongly considered doing a build with the X570 Aorus ITX but the Gen4 problem is kind of a deal breaker for now.I'm totally onboard the RGB revolution, mostly because my young kid is obsessed with fans and wants to see them spinning. :lol For anyone randomly wondering, it does seem like non-sidepanel options are out there (Meshify C, for instance). But generally speaking any "airflow" or "mesh" case is attacking the topic directly and doing direct vents rather than side filters. For the airflow crowd its a half measure and will get killed in reviews as favoring the convenience of a flat top over cooling.Specs: It's not exactly that Ryzen is finicky (today), it's just that Infinity Fabric does better with timings and clockspeed, so the most important thing is to have RAM that is supported by your motherboard's QVL (qualified vendor list). After that, it's nice to have 3600 (if possible) but 3200 CL16 is totally fine. After that you can either use XMP or DRAM calculator for specifics later once you've setup your build. I'm very partial to EVGA and if I had to buy a GPU today, the RTX 2070 Super is it. But! I would definitely rough it with the GTX 970 for now if you can, because the 3060/3070/3080 are right around the corner and even if they are more expensive than your current option, the performance jump should be substantial. Alyx is undoubtedly going to struggle, but in VR most builds will. No particular reason to go 3800X unless it's on sale or very, very close in price to the 3700X. Generally speaking this is the least appealing Ryzen CPU to buy for the money. But again, if you see it priced on sale closely to the 3700X, I get it. For most gamers I believe the 3600 or 3600X make more sense because you can shift that extra money over to the GPU spending. I'd rather have a 3600 and 2080 than a 3800 and a 2070, for example. But either way I would try to look up some benchmarks in case I was wrong. :lol
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Realistically the cables are just carrying the signal so it's mostly about carrying it properly before resistance kicks in. Some google-fu suggests the problem is - no surprise - distance. After 7" it needs a retimer. So definitely some technical complexity and cost. Intel did publish the Gen 3 riser spec so maybe folks are still waiting for Intel support, too. I guess if boards all have a way to force 3.0 on the slot, that's fine? But I wouldn't want to sacrifice 4.0 across the board; not that we are all buying Gen4 M2s but I'd like to have the option. Also, to the user who wanted a cheap emergency case solution, I have to admit this one off of reddit was perfect: (Yep, Lego, good below 105c I think)
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I'd wait another generation, most of the work is being done by your GPU (which is extremely strong). It could use a better CPU, but you'd be doing a complete system overhaul to make that change. (Of course if you can afford a Ti then I guess CPU+MB+RAM is peanuts)
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The SP drive *looks* like the right drive. It specifically says "A80" and the photos (stock photos) say P34A80, which is . It also says PCIe Gen 3x4, which is the P34. This uses the Phison E12 which is basically the same thing as on the Sabrent. And it seems to be sold by SiliconPower Europe, so yeah, that drive works.
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Strongly advise against that one because it uses a DRAM-less design, which can mean HDD-like latency. It's a newer thing some companies are doing to drop cost. There are definitely a variety of cheap NVME out there that have great speed though, like the , but keep in mind performance will go up with each capacity jump, so 512/500 is a boost over 250/256 and so on. Depends what you can afford. ADATA, aadlink, Sabrent, SiliconPower all have some good products despite their no-namer labels though.
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The defacto standard for dirt cheap cases - and testing to see if you board works before putting it in the case - is literally setting the motherboard on top of the closed motherboard box. But the floor is going to get you into trouble. So I’d either make the desk space or buy the cheapest case you can find on you online service of choice.
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The Hyper 212 Black RGB comes with a very small tube of thermal paste, so you can just use that. Arctic Silver is better, but not strongly so; at the end of the day its the cooler doing the work. The CPU cooler is the only component in your build that needs to mess with paste. If you really don't want to try out paste, you can buy a Carbonaut pad (38x38 for Ryzen, 32x32 for Intel) which is basically an ultra-thin graphite paper that does the same thing. It's reusable, too. Again, not as good as Arctic Silver and such, but you don't have to mess with paste. I'd say the elite overclockers all still use paste, but the pads are quite popular with youtubers who don't need to be going for a big OC (and for video reasons may want to install/uninstall several times without messing with paste). So it really comes down to budget: 1. Cooler Master Paste: $free 2. Arctic Paste: $6-7 3. Graphite Pad: $15-18 As long as you're using non-conductive paste you'll be fine, but the pad totally makes sense for a lot of people.1. The entry level usually to go AIO for the CPU Cooler. Lots of sizes and fan options. A 240mm set would probably be necessary for the 9700k. AIO are really solid these days but generally cost more and (very minor annoyance) spin up all the way when you startup the PC before quieting down. They also take a substantial amount of space (120, 2x120, or 3x120 for most radiators) but the upside is they can make your build really clean, and if they are in a reasonably sized case you won't hear the pump noise so much. The most popular AIO on the market continues to be the Corsair H100i, which has various RGB options and sizes. 2. The next step is usually buying a hybrid video card. There are some...uneven 3rd party solutions out there, but generally speaking you have to buy a card that has its own AIO already. (EVGA, for example, usually sells them with the "Hybrid" name, as the GPU Core has an AIO but the VRMs have a fan). Usually only the higher end cards have AIO variants, and again, you need a 120 or 120x2 fan spot in your case to handle it. 3. Beyond that is custom loop country - setting up your own radiator, pump, tubes, and liquid - and while Corsair and others are doing what they can to make it more accessible, the bottom line is that it's just going to be significantly expensive and have a learning curve to it. It's like building a PC all by itself.
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Although it obviously has to be compared against Project Runway, it became clear immediately that this is really MasterChef USA. It's brutal and perhaps even luck based in some aspects (like the teams), but the process and timing is much smoother and friendlier to the designers. The show has high standards but (seemingly) never tries to truly emotionally manipulate them through last minute twists, sleep deprivation or the infamous same day challenge. It will be interesting to see how the next competitor does (Heidi and Tim's fashion show on Amazon Prime, "" is out March 27)
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I agree that you only need the 9700K but its a great build otherwise. Maybe the only other thing to look into would be if you need more case fans since the BQ prefers silence over cooling, but maybe the Pro 900 already comes with some fans? The only other direction to consider is whether you want AIO water cooling, like a CPU block or a hybrid video card. But the DRPro4 is a great CPU cooler, so really, can just keep that list as is.I would definitely consider the 2060 Super if possible. suggests 1/3rd budget, and I not only agree but think it should start from there. That being said, the 1660 Super is a fine card for 1080p, but if you are stepping out into 1440p or above, you should aim for a better card.
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My extreme idea would be to ground yourself and then try to repeat the actions. If you're say wearing an antistatic wrist strap, or keeping in contact with a grounding surface, and it still happens, you know it's not static, but a contact or shaking issue. If it doesn't happen, then it's definitely static and the problem is more with, say, your living room. You mention the zap which is a pretty solid clue of it being static, but if so...there's not much to do about that except find a more grounded peripheral or add some grounding to your floor to pre-clear you.The only other thing I can think of from my past experience with zapping computers would be to ground the case manually instead, or the wires. Sit the PC on metal or something. But I agree, very frustrating problem.I agree that if you just want a gaming monster, Intel's high end is there. But it just seems like they are outnumbered for any other budget right now.Certainly at 4k the equation changes a lot though.
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Pretty decent recap of both seasons (and there is another video explaining the themes of S2 from the same channel). Honestly, I love the show, and while S2 was definitely disorienting, Westworld will always be memorable for having such a breathtaking interrogation of free will/sentience and not just academically stating "humanity is good!". The Black Mirror approach to future Earth drives this home.
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showing how imperceptible the difference is in SATA/NVMe/Gen4 SSDs right now. I'm still going NVMe whenever possible, but the eye opener from me was seeing some of the coming out of the woodwork with highly rated Gen3 drives once I started looking at product reviews. Now I understand why some of those B450 and X570 boards have M2 heatsinks built into the board; the tl;dr seems to beObviously if you can find a comparable 970 EVO/PLUS within range, go for that. But it also seems like you can go deep into the forest for something like an addlink [sic] since they are all using commoditized controllers like Phison these days and save that money towards your GPU or whatnot. And you can just hide it under the motherboard M2 heatsink if you get one with that (particularly on X570)
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As someone in Singapore? Yes. We're already seeing this with Apple (one of the world's biggest buyers of components in China) and even Nintendo. All of their products will continue to exist, and sell, but a lot of component production in China will basically be weeks-months behind in production, dependent on when individual factories go back to production and how staffed they will be. Certain aspects of China and SE Asia continue to be affected today. What offsets this?So I definitely think there is truth to the reports about, say, nextgen BOM or possible Switch supply issues down the road. There *will* be an effect. But whether that means anything more than $20 more on your next PC build is really unclear.
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Maybe not your...specific...answer, but there was a good video about this, where the Intel CPU is using Quicksync hardware encoding in (Premiere, I think?) whereas the AMD Threadripper was brute-forcing on 64 threads. Threadripper won quite handily at that huge threadcount, but obviously Intel did extremely well with the hardware encoding advantage.
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Bingo. Though if is still having problems the next step should be pulling the motherboard out of the case, plop it on top of the motherboard box, and disconnect everything except for the CPU, cooler, and power. (Or go in reverse, and just remove components one by one?) Sorry to say but in the past I've seen dumb things like failed RAM or worse - failed RAM slots - where there was just no way to troubleshoot it short of pulling everything out. Your idea about a possible short is also a good reason to pull the board out. Would try to exhaust everything before looking into new boards... (Apologies if already tried...) EDIT: Not the same topic, but did any X570 boards even ship without 3600+ support? Or was that a B450m thing?
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Depends on your needs, really. The downside of 2TB is its usually slightly less or slightly more than buying 2 1TB drives...therefore it's very expensive. Sure, it gives you a 2TB to use in builds down the road, but you can arguably also just go smaller and wait for bigger/faster drives down the road (PCIe 4.0 second gen chipsets are coming this year, for instance). And since you have the 3.5 and 2.5" drives, it's basically a luxury decision.[/QUOTE] All of that being said, if you're going ITX, you definitely need to decide *now* on if you want 2 NVMe or not, because that second slot is on the back of the motherboard, and it's going to be a nightmare to access it after you've built the system. Personally, I would be trying to save as much money as possible towards your graphics card. These days its ultimately whats determining your FPS, to the point that it can be half the cost of the PC. But it depends what kind of gaming you want to do on the SFF build.
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: As someone with that exact same CPU (4670k) the price sweetspot right now is the 3600 or 3600X depending on your region. Of course, go for the 3700X if you can swing it, but if I just look at Amazon.com right now it's basically double the price? Believe me, I'd love to have 8 cores, but my guess is that you'll see better value for the money moving those dollars directly onto the eventual GPU purchase you're going to want to make instead. I know you said you're not in the GPU market, but games right now clearly show that you're better off going, say, 3600/2070S than 3700/2060S, for example.: As a Z87 guy you basically have to dump the RAM and board for something new. Go for a B450 board as those are generally cheaper than the X570, which really only has the advantage of PCIe 4.0. There are good and bad boards so you may want to browse youtube for "Best B450" or something similar... If you're still using mATX then B450 is by far your best option as I think there is only one mATX X570 board...the format will probably be dead next time you upgrade, replaced by the combo of ITX and DTX.: Why would you want PCIe4? Well, because there are Gen4 SSDs out there with massively faster transfer rates. That being said, they are clearly more expensive, they use heatsinks, and games don't seem to show a big difference using them yet. So just shop around for an NVMe (stick) SSD, Gen 3. Saves a bunch of interior space (plugs right onto the motherboard!) in your PC and its faster than ye old' SATA. Sometimes people here will get an NVMe for their boot drive and then shop for a cheaper, 2.5" SATA SSD as a media drive. But even 1TB NVMe is pretty reasonably priced (for SSD) these days. : Yep, 2x8 makes sense. You want to aim for DDR4 3200 with CL14 if possible just because AMD's architecture shows clear performance dropoff with slower RAM. But I'm sure there are some no-nonsense Ripjaws or whatever that fit the bill. You definitely want 2x8 since AMD boards are dual-channel.: You need to measure (or better yet, just get the specs online) for your specific brand of graphics card to see what case it fits in. mATX will almost undoubtedly fit what you need so long as you don't go ITX, but I know some of those old cards had those damn heat pipes jutting out....: 650w? Nope Just take it. Modular is nice for cleaner builds but unless you go ITX it doesn't matter for fit. Would I need to replace my power supply, which I believe is 650w? It's not modular, if that's a necessity for smaller cases.: Well, if you buy the 3600X (not the 3600) or 3700X you get the Wraith cooler for free, so that may be fine for you? Might be best to go that route and then decide if the heat or noise is fine by you. You'd probably want to get a case with a few built in fans though, depending on how quiet a build you want?
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Thread AirPods Pro releasing Wednesday 10/30 for $250
My right airpod pro didn't die, but started emitting a static on movement that was bad enough to replace it entirely. 20 minute check, gave me a new one out of the replacement stock, which also came with a new set of eartips. They also let me keep the one from the old airpod, so...replacement + new set. Pretty good. Left one has never shown any signs of failing for me.
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Thread Coronavirus Discussion Thread (See Staff Post) [UPDATE: WHO declares global emergency. See threadmarks]
it’s not shockingly different, but we did go to Orange Alert last night, hence the video linked of the run on groceries (Specifically: instant noodles, tissues, toilet paper, and rice). There is no quarantine of the country so they will continually restock, but well, the alert is enough to trigger everyone’s survival response. Restaurants are still open. The concern of course would be red alert, at which point schools close, maybe a curfew or pressure to have people work from home, but for now it’a a bit of a rerun in that apparently there was also an orange alert during the height of SARS and H1N1?
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Thread The PC Builders Thread ("I Need a New PC") v2
Yep. No obvious reason to go over 16GB of RAM right now for gaming. It's far more important if you have the cash to reallocate that to graphics cards. Especially at 1440p or above you'd want a card with more RAM (which also means a better card, usually). Better to have an 8GB card and 16GB of RAM than 6/32, honestly, unless I guess pure 1080p is your jam.
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Thread Star Trek: Picard - Season 1 |OT| Re-ENGAGE!
Yes. Same actor, same character.Well, two things to consider:The old sourcebook stated a population of 18 Billion, so even if that number is no longer canon, you'd guess that the planet has its own epic evacuation, and then a huge number of deals from other empires to help out. Starfleet doing everything itself would only make sense if the events of Nemesis had 100% annihilated the Star Empire's fleet rather than just take over the infrastructure.Same reason; free food, easy travel, climate control machines, and just way better construction. She might live in a dump but as long as she can replicate dinner and isn't paying the heating bill... He's the ex-borg guy leading to the interview. He has a lot less "stuff" on him, because generally all of the ex Borg remove implants and stop trying to look like death machines... (See: Seven of Nine)
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Thread The PC Builders Thread ("I Need a New PC") v2
I would wait, although that's more a general recommendation to (a) wait and (b) try to avoid single-generation upgrades. You'll feel more of a difference, the prices won't be shockingly different, and if you still go with 3x processors, that's all the more time for them to drop in price. It's also time for the motherboard market to catch-up with cheaper options and v2 boards. The only downside with waiting is that we know very little about the next Ryzen desktop gen apart from that you won't see in the next few months.
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Thread The PC Builders Thread ("I Need a New PC") v2
This is what we call a "Shuttle" case after the company that popularized these builds a long time ago. It's awesome how much better they are now. :lol: The current AMD gen is the 3x00 series. The Ryzen 5 3600 has 2 less cores than the 2700x but basically outperforms it. It's considered the sweet spot for gamer CPUs right now because the 3700x (which is 8 core) is almost double the price. So maybe check some reviews to see if you're okay with using an older gen processor.: It's not so much about suggesting another fan for OC so much as a fan with cooler temps can have better benefits in a tight case. You're going to be substantially limited with a small case in terms of specifically what coolers you can use, though. The popular pick (which is listed as compatible) is the Cooler Master Hyper 212, but it's quite high (below the blue line, see link>). with info on what to look for in size. Here's a of the wraith cooler that comes with the 2700x. PSU: I love the brand, and modular is the way to go here. It's 150mm so based on the 304 reviews I see, clearance will be tight as the power cables will come out right into the flat back of the video card. It does sound doable but you've only got 2cm clearance. Ironically this is why Fractal also sells their own PSU, the Integra M 650W, which is 140mm instead and also modular. Maybe google search for 304 build reviews or youtubes where they use a double-slot graphics card. RAM: I agree about 2x just to fit both channels. Ripjaws are a bit tall? Probably not a big deal unless you go for a very fat CPU fan though.
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Thread The PC Builders Thread ("I Need a New PC") v2
Hades Canyon is actually the old model, where Intel basically designed an all-in-one kit more like a big Raspberry Pi. , where the computer itself (CPU+MB+RAM+outputs) is on a single PCIexpress card, then you put whatever videocard you want on a second slot, and it all goes in a tiny case. It was just announced this month at CES so it's not out yet. It's also not expected to be cheap, but is still a customizeable PC, you can use off the shelf M2 SSDs, your own video card, etc, whereas Hades Canyon is basically locked in except for maybe RAM. I guess you could say Ghost Canyon is an Intel spec standard for a super small SFF PC, as opposed to wiring your own in a case like Linus did. It's probably the easiest self-build you can imagine.
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Thread The PC Builders Thread ("I Need a New PC") v2
I think if you go desk, then AIO makes more sense. It's like the iMac where the only major cables to deal with are power and ethernet. In terms of concern the major one to look out for would be noise as I'm not certain something with a loud fan wouldn't fail the significant other requirement. But for a living room then SFF is a viable option, either through the ultra-compact like Ghost Canyon, or, maybe something bigger like the . There is a whole industry of parts for SFF builds, some of which are very much more discreet than others, thanks to the ITX formfactor. For example, again, singapore link but hardly unique parts, is extremely small and low-bling. Here's a video of to give an idea of noise and scale.
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The difference this time is that Intel has opened this up to OEM vendors. So while the PCIe motherboard cartridge will be the same, the case can vary based on who's selling it. Razer and others have already started showing their own kits; I think Razer has the "biggest" one but undoubtedly the most expensive, while some of the other OEMs will be cheaper. I think only Intel goes with the skull branding. Yeah, you definitely could find something that fits, there are SFF cases out there shaped to look kind of like an amp. But airflow is always the problem to consider, because they need way more cooling than an amp does. Otherwise they will wheeze like a PS4 Pro, at best.
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Thread The PC Builders Thread ("I Need a New PC") v2
Totally fair approach, we know the RTX 30xx series is coming this year, and now there is word of a couple of different things from AMD. The 970 will hold you back above 1080p until then but nothing wrong with holding on more.You already own it? Perfect then! So...Overall not a problem with it, lots of basically noname parts in there (case, RAM, AIO, PSU, GPU arguably the SSD) so hopefully its a good deal versus something more custom (or partpicker).
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Thread The PC Builders Thread ("I Need a New PC") v2
Do you mean AIO or SFF (small form factor)?I think it really depends how wire averse you are, because you're going to get the best deal (with money leftover for more SSD, better monitor, etc) by going with a case build and just accepting you're going to have those wires snaking out to the monitor. M&KB have wireless options if you want. The builds themselves can be really clean and interesting internally, but they still all need to have displayport/HDMI out, power cable, and so on. I mean, personally I would prefer to have a silent and non radiator build that sits under my desk, but I live in a country where it's always 30+ c. That being said, I mean, AIO monitor builds are kinda interesting. This one () has a pretty high spec, so I'm sure there are equivalents in your country. I'm not sure it's ever upgradeable but if you buy exactly what you want, maybe that doesn't matter? The new is pretty interesting if you want SFF. It's about as tiny as it gets, Laptop wattage but desktop cores, and fits a full size RTX card.I'm sure somebody here will correct me if I'm wrong, but Windows Home license should transfer, but Windows OEM will not? At least that's how I understood it.As I understood it, below 30fps, you're in Vsync mode regardless. G-Sync with the module kicks in at anything above 30, while freesync typically only kicks in at 40+? With the upper and lower end defined by the monitor. There is some other weird stuff if you go over limit (like, 144hz+).
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Thread The PC Builders Thread ("I Need a New PC") v2
Not really, because Nvidia started letting in various freesync models to be used in Gsync mode. You’re still range limited, but it works so long as you use the override and have a GTX 10 series or better. They effectively lost their own war by requiring expensive custom chips. Long term, HDMI 2.1 VRR and DisplayPort 2.0’s mode should basically put the nail in the coffin. For now, module Gsync is the best experience, but whether you can actually notice the difference overall Is a question mark. Toms Hardware ran a piece last year where the difference was negligible. A lot of the advantage used to be that anyone could ship a free sync model, so you’d end up with kind of absurd ranges like 45-75hz. But things have improved across the board since then. Still, the advantage to Nvidia is simply that you can’t break spec. So it depends what monitor you buy.
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Thread The PC Builders Thread ("I Need a New PC") v2
Yeah, mATX seems to be dead on X570, so you need to either go ATX or ITX...Anyway, just depends on how much smaller of a case you want to go. I've had a great time with "big" ITX builds (see: Corsair 250D) but sometimes its nice to just know you can buy whatever ATX board on the market and not be obsessed with card clearance. Anyway, all of them should be lighter than your S340 steel girder...:)The pieces all seem fine? 750W might be overkill unless you're going to a 2080, but the parts are all reasonable. The only other part that stands out as probably more than you need is the RAM, you could find cheaper options there unless you're really psyched to go RGB. It's a bit of an awkward time right now, AMD parts are better for the buck in many cases, and the X570 chipset is the only one to support PCIe 4.0 SSDs, but its not like you need Gen4 to have a good PC experience either. Its just the most future thinking at the moment. Beyond that there are other things just trickling in, like USB 3.2 Gen 2 and USB-C ports on cases (Motherboards are pretty good with the latter, at least in that most new ones seem to have a single port)
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Thread Spotify in early talks to buy Bill Simmons’ “The Ringer”
Another way to put it is that he runs a 2-3 digit million dollar company that's big enough to have its own union. He has to both manage that company and somehow keep an every-other-day podcast going. And then manage two kids. It's a lot.Yep, and this is why they aren't communicating with the staff about selling. It's like an NBA trade; you don't know if it's real until it's negotiated, and you still need to convince the rest of the ownership group that it's a good deal. You certainly don't make like a bad NBA franchise and inform the entire staff that somebody made you an offer for your franchise player. The news leak smells of somebody trying to manipulate the sell price.
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Thread Spotify in early talks to buy Bill Simmons’ “The Ringer”
Well, they went ad supported and it's probably much more sustainable than ESPN's approach, but there always had to be an endgame to go it alone, especially if they want to keep their staff core longterm and not have stars like Jason Concepcion (Emmy winner: NBA Desktop) poached. I mean at one point they were so podcast rich that they let Keepin' it 1600/Pod Save America go, and while there are always shows that don't work, they keep launching new ones until they find something that inevitably does. Bill is the headline but it seems clear that he really empowers his people...but that being said you can only afford so much braindrain before the magic dies. So capital wins.
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Thread Apple |OT|
Some rumors of a smaller face ID, some rumors of underscreen Touch ID...but we are a few months away from solid hardware leaks. I don't expect the rim of the device to get any smaller for a few years; it's already about as thin as it will get without compromising the fragility of the glass, and Apple doesn't seem interested in faking it by bending the display on the sides. Timewise, it wouldn't shock anyone to see new Airpods in March. But there is very little left to improve in the old design; the only two candidates I can think of are a slightly bigger battery (unlikely) or colors. I'd feel confident buying now if you find a sale because there is no obvious missing feature. The only significant rumor right now is that Apple was considering packing them in with future iPhone Pros. Sounds like it. Current rumor mill highlights would be:
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Thread Non-US Survivor |OT| Even Maryland Has One
I'm not sure exactly how it's called, but you want the 2017 season, which I guess is technically Season 3? (Season 1 is 2001, Season 2 is 2006, so they are completely separate). It's incredible, first thing you'll notice over current US survivor is the old format (much longer episode run) and that the music has 10x the budget. ;) EDIT: It's 2017. Whoops, saw the film date not air date
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Thread Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown |OT| Game of Drones
I know the feeling, but sadly it's the same checkpoint system as in the PS2 era. Which is to say, 1-2 at most. It's something that could be improved a lot in the future, if nothing else than to just double or triple the checkpoint count. Pretty much every AC player has PTSD from the series infamous tunnel runs.
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Thread IRS makes changes to Free File program agreement
Yeah, I was stunned going from Canada > Singapore. No software, no printouts, nothing to mail, no number-coded fields. Just check a couple of numbers, submit, done. I knew the tax filing services were a problem, but it was really eye-opening to see how much better things were elsewhere.
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Thread The making of TIE Fighter: How being the bad guys changed Star Wars forever
Well, Ace Combat 7 is basically Star Wars X Top Gun, but yeah. If Ace has an advantage it's the crazy bosses (no such thing in TF, really, just more Star Destroyers/Mon Calamari Cruisers/etc) although X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter does introduce the Super Star Destroyer. You could say modern games like Ace Combat 4+ and Freespace 1-2 are the children of X-Wing and TIE Fighter though. XW mostly introduced the flight model while TF nailed the narrative approach. EDIT: Something I guess I should mention...for whatever reason they did a special edition TF years later, which uses the John Williams soundtrack instead of the synth score. It's not great? As the original score was somewhat dynamic based on the amount of combat, and you might get tired of 40 hours of very specific SW themes...then again, it's your choice whether you want CD audio (rigid) or synth.
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Thread The making of TIE Fighter: How being the bad guys changed Star Wars forever
Well, I think Ace Combat, Rebel Galaxy, etc. show you can do just fine without the stick. The thing I see the franchise struggling with a lot is the turbo-fire. Completely non-existant in the Totally Games franchise, but used all over the EA games and F5 games, I guess to mimic the movies a bit better? They both seemed to feel like there should be a different take than the TG energy balancing system (which I'd argue to be superior, see: Freespace series).
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Thread The making of TIE Fighter: How being the bad guys changed Star Wars forever
Not only do I think it's the best SW game of all time, but didn't PC Gamer list it as the best game of all time at some point? Certainly it was in that echelon with the 96% score it had edit: And, obviously, thanks for pointing out the article ! Gotta give props to Holland for being proud of the secret order, too. It really made the bonus objectives click
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Thread The making of TIE Fighter: How being the bad guys changed Star Wars forever
If I could give anyone reading this a quick pitch:Like Freespace, TIE FIGHTER does a great job of evolving missions as you go. So what might be a simple mission to scan freighters looking for rebel stowaways could turn into a full-blown fleet conflict with the Rebel Calamari Flagship, a betrayal, or even secret orders from the Emperor (bonus objectives) which don't need to be completed but will progress your career there, too. As said, the TIE Defender was invented here, and Thrawn was involved a lot, for fans of the old EU (or now, through Rebels). And it had an epic number of floppy discs in the pre-CD era...
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Thread Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown |OT| Game of Drones
Yeah, I double-checked. :/ The worst is that you have no idea unless you go in-game to check; having the pass means you can download whatever content you want from the store, just that the game itself is dismissing it as invalid (so, no SP mission option in the game menu). I'd have to check Soul Calibur but I would guess it's happening there too.
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Thread Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown |OT| Game of Drones
Wow. This sucks, wasn't even aware they could do it (first time I've ever seen this happen on PS4): This means if you buy the season pass, it must match the region of your box copy, or it will not appear in-game at all. If you bought in a region without DLC, well, your only recourse is to rebuy the game in the region that matches the pass (for example, buying digitally from the same store as the pass).
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Thread What four cities should get NBA teams next?
Stern already salted the earth for Vancouver. The team is never coming back, and the city is indifferent after how badly the expansion was treated. Who wants a team if they are just going to penalize your draft picks for years again? (Pretty sure there wouldn’t even be league interest unless they build a new billion dollar arena anyways.)
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Thread CBS's EVIL |OT| starring Katja Herbers, Mike Colter and Michael Emerson
Thanks and . The trailer was super intense and basically sold a horror movie, so I wasn't going to sell my wife on the show with it. But if you are both saying its more King show than horror, I'll make sure we give it a try.
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
Jeez Uber, it really seemed like you had me for awhile there, was hanging just a few yards away forever. Absolutely brutal how many points we put up in the first round. How dare you talk about my past league record :lol Anyway I will again go and pray at the altar of Arians for guidance
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Thread RUMOR: Apple planning completely wireless iPhone without Lightning port in 2021
I agree, generally if Kuo is talking about a product this far out it has a good chance of being a prototype that may not see market, or may be significantly altered if tech is not ready in time. Right now I see two possibilities for this one: a) They are waiting on next-gen Qi () and possibly WiFi charging () I agree that not being able to use the phone while charging would be a huge problem, so some combo of the two would make sense. b) They are going with a magnetic charge port AKA Magsafe. Which is with 3rd party Lightning/USB-C magsafe cables. That would be a way to maintain a line connection but not have a recessed port to worry about.
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Thread Little glimpse in a Day in the Life of a Japanese Game Programmer
This is standard for the vast majority of gaming studios I've ever worked or visited at in North America or Asia. A coffee machine is pretty standard (but coin or card operated half the time) and a vending machine is almost universal. But free snacks or drinks (beyond green tea/water) is a legit perk and rarely seen. I can't remember the last mid-sized studio or bigger that didn't have two vending machines in it. Famously there are places that cater and have a lot of free snacks/drinks (Google, Facebook, Lucasarts at one time, etc) but the practice is under fire lately because government tax offices (IRS, CRA, etc) want it to be a paid benefit (taxable!) as opposed to a freebie.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
I‘m rolling DK and Sony this week. Pats game is wet with lots of WR injury question marks, while the Falcons Defense is inexplicably trending up. Hell, Bo Scarbough found points against the Cowboys too. DK is a gut call but he’s just been so damn active fantasy scoring wise. I’d rather pray on Russell than Kyle Allen. I can’t imagine benching the 49ers D. Even if it’s a “bad” game they always find their takeaways and/or defensive scores.
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Thread Wait, who the fuck owns the rights to Pokemon? Part: 400
It's owned by The Pokemon Company, which itself is evenly owned by Game Freak, Creatures Inc, and Nintendo. But Nintendo also owns part of Creatures. tl;dr its owned by all three companies but nothing happens unless they work together. Hence, The Pokemon Company.
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
I would love to make a trade but just no depth at all to do it. All I get is hilarious trash offers of two bench guys for a WR1
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Thread LTTP: Halt and Catch Fire - did you see this underrated gem?
There are various decisions I can hold against AMC over the years ("Rubicon!!") but honestly, they gave H&CF a finish. So much of many industries today is reflected in the sweeping changes of that era, and their story, while fiction, fit so well you could believe it was not.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
Depends on your RB/WR situations. I guess I would drop Meyers to take a shot as his upside is lower. Royce is bland but he always has a shot for more.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
Cooks vs. Michel is a tale of schedule. As long as the Pats have it easy, Michel will walk into the end zone. As long as the Rams have it easy, Goff won't be forced to throw. I think it's better to have Michel right now but they both are problematic. I'm starting Murray and Michel no question unless Kamara is cleared.+ handcuff + immediate value boost if he is traded - probably no week to week value as long as Chubb is healthy - Browns are a mess You're buying a lottery ticket to see what the trade deadline does. There is some value in that.
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
As an update, this is my experience as well. Dead silent for months. It's creeping back up, but still nowhere near as bad as it was.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
yep would do that deal easily. Falcons are not getting shockingly better anytime soon
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Thread Apple |OT|
Usual PSA, if you're having really bad problems with iOS, the Genius Bar script is usually 3 steps 1. Settings>General>Reset>Reset All Settings (...if that doesn't fix it...) 2. Settings>General>Reset>Erase All Content and Settings > Restore from iCloud (...if that doesn't fix it...) 3. Settings>General>Reset>Erase All Content and Settings > Start fresh Obviously 2 and 3 are completely wiping your phone. But most errors in iOS are completely silent to the user - configuration issues, missing file links, etc. Which is why Apple goes through these steps at the store, virtually every time. I've seen bad crashes and touchscreen failures just go away. Anyway, no guarantee for every problem but that's what I would do if I was having infuriating problems with iOS.
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Thread Berserk Manga Turns 30 Years old This Month
Nana was a tough one, undisclosed illness for the author. For those not in the loop, she did that small bit in 2013 but hasn't worked on manga beyond that in almost 10 years now. Pretty much have to assume it's never happening.
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Thread Law & Order: SVU S21 |OT| Now The Longest Running Drama of All Time Thurs 10/9c on NBC
Wow. I never imagined they would try to eclipse the mothership. And there was a long time where the D'onofrio series seemed likelier to outlive SVU too.
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
Not really sure why I would be FAAB desperate. I lost 120, 129, 159 in 3 weeks. There isn't a lopsided Hopkins trade that would change those fortunes. In this format there is not much to do but pray to the schedule gods for games against the Dolphins, Giants and Washington. By all means pay big for Gallman though
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Thread The reflux of my acid
Stopping medicine is something I'd only do if it was long term medication; so long term that I couldn't definitively say what happens when I was off of it. Basically, something a Gastroenterologist will ask you to do if you say "I don't know". But even then, it's just an experiment, it's not a lifestyle change. I went from Lansoprazole to Gaviscon Advance but only on the direct advice from my specialist...and that's after Endoscopy, 24hr pH testing, Celiac and HPI testing, etc.
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Thread It is in fact I with the greatest video game collection of them all
A) This is great B) I dare you to do a 4 player co-op campaign of Racing Gears Advance just so that I have proof somebody actually did this outside of our studio 16+ years ago C) That Carby setup!!
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
...I guess I believe starting McLaurin F1 over Ertz ...
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Thread Apple TV+ - $4.99 month starting November 1st, 1 YEAR FREE with new Mac, iPad and iPhone
AppleTV+ starts November 1st, so your free year won't start until then. The 3 month clock to subscribe, that one is unclear. I suspect that clock ALSO won't start until november 1st, purely because without the app service there's no method of subscription. I suppose it's possible they dumbly look at your purchase date (making it a 1.5 month clock for iPhone 11 early adopters) but it seems easier from a software perspective to just treat Nov 1 as day zero. If the clock does start purely on purchase date, then I would guess the TV app will offer a way to "pre-subscribe" when it receives the TV+ update (for iOS13 maybe? 13.1?)
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
Treat stars as potential. Experts set what they think projected points would be, but if the defending team has a particular weakness against receivers, there will be a 4-5 star rating, meaning that it's more likely the player does better than projection. I don't really pay much attention to projections, just to rankings, but matchup rank has some value too. Drop a player if you're confident you won't use him again (and he has no trade value). Henry was just placed on IR, meaning he is out until at least Week 8, so that's somebody you can confidently drop.
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
Projected Points: Somebody took a guess based on various stats about how much they should score. 5 star matchup: The other team sucks vs. this position You can suck against the QB but still hold Andy Dalton to 18 points because he's not Pat Mahomes. The color is the matchup quality: green = good, red = bad. So in general if all of your matchups are green, it's positive (you can hover over the matchup for exact ranking) In general I would just disregard it and use your preferred ranking website though, projected points is nonsense
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Thread Square's Other 1997 Masterpiece - Also, LGBT Representation
They are generally all part of the same socio-political universe and timeline, but not always connected to each other directly in terms of characters. It's kind of like Ace Combat in that regard; the timeline is pretty solid and you see a bunch of angles. FM5 is probably the game that takes and rewards knowledge of the other games the most, but you can play any of them standalone. How I would compare them (and I know that other FM fans will differ): FM1 (SNES): A prototype for strategy RPGs. Does some things well but is also still pretty archaic. There is a remake of this on DS, but it's still a prototype in the same way that there were games before Advance Wars, but we tend not remember them. FM3 (PS1): A refinement of everything FM2 tried to invent. Graphics are a little better, a bunch more features, and two massively different campaigns depending on an innocent choice you make early on. It's possibly the most grounded game in a way? But the main character can act like Squall sometimes. Would be amazing with 60fps. Came out in North America. FM4 (PS2): Massive graphics improvement thanks to PS2. Shorter campaign, systems tweaked in new ways, and it heavily favors turn optimization. It's still highly playable but generally never considered the favorite. Came out in North America. FM5 (PS2): The greatest hits magnum opus, borrows a lot from FM2 in terms of game mechanics but also a bunch of systems from FM3/4, plus you get the far superior visuals and framerate of PS2. Since it works in bits from every game you might be a bit lost without some wikipedia work over the references, but I still think it plays just fine. There was a fan translation years ago but it's never been officially localized (a shame, it's definitely one of the gems of the PS2) There are also a bunch of spinoffs, and of course the Double-Helix made reboot action RPG that totally failed (basically, the "Assault Horizon" of the series, for Ace Combat folks)The trick is that FPGA basically needs a lot of hardware room to pretend to be another chip. It's by definition less efficient than just having the chip in the first place, and in the case of Analogue, they are replicating all of the core chips involved (so on the SNES, it's the CPU and Sony sound chip). For PS1, you need to emulate a far superior CPU, then the sound chip, GTE, MDEC, etc...it's not just one CPU, it's an entire system. There are FPGAs out there that could probably do it, but nobody wants to buy a $2000 FPGA console. So it will take time.
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Thread Square's Other 1997 Masterpiece - Also, LGBT Representation
FM3 is still my favorite, but it's always great to look at FM2 and see what the series built on top of. FM2 is one of those critical games where you can see Square learning how to mix 2D and 3D together in just the right amount to make use of the era properly. Basically, FPGA is a hardware chip you can program to act like a specific CPU, giving essentially perfect console "emulation". The challenge is that newer CPUs have a lot more transistors to emulate (and usually multiple chips for PPU, Sound, etc) so it's nowhere near as "easy" as it was with NES/SNES/Genesis, but in theory if there was a big enough FPGA it could be done.
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
Wow. New map already? Hyped!The latter, from experience. The AI will instantly pick a location and reserve it (one by one), which basically means everyone will scatter. I think in some cases they will go to the same place anyway, which can be weird, or maybe even throw up on the spot, but in general it should cause a scatter, which has some really interesting implications.
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
Kinda surprised you guys pulled off waivers at all. Yahoo is totally screwed right now server wise...
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
Well, for league with no flex, you're giving up your 3rd best receiver + 2nd best RB for what you believe to be a better RB, a bench RB who could have value (TBD) and an upside receiver. So if you really like MVS and really want Ingram, do it. But the hidden cost of this trade is dropping a player - I would drop Burton as TE depth doesn't get you much. Would I rather have Mack/DJ Moore? Yes, but come Week 1 all bets are off. We don't know if AP plays over Guice, or if MVS has a solid role, or if DJ Moore and Mack are 100+ yards/game. You're losing the deal on paper - if you're taking back more players you are generally losing - but it really depends on how much you like or hate the players involved. I mean in theory, you win, if you think Ingram is better than Mack because it improves your starting lineup.Consensus right now is concern that Lindsay will descend back to earth and that Royce will improve, and basically that for the draft pick Royce was the better move. But still entirely possible Lindsay is the only good player. Theo Riddick is on IR so I guess it's the same RB squad as last year. Personally, I think it's worth the hold for a week or two, depending on how the Flacco offense works out.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
Well, it does in that Moore probably has more flex value than Barber. But you have Drake and Breida so AP is an alright lottery ticket. So I’d still say take it if you feel it improves your starting lineup. But it’s a gamble either way.
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Thread WiiU connectivity questions (Component)
Yeah, it's definitely useful! ...But as a developer it was a pain in the ass. Moving to 720p was a big deal just because 720/1080 are basically the same thing except for fidelity (and UI scaling in some cases), whereas with 480p handling multiple aspects, resolutions, safe zones...ughhh
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Thread WiiU connectivity questions (Component)
1) Yes, if you have component cables with the nintendo multi-out port on one side. 2) Pretty sure on Wii U the component cable can output 720p+ if desired, although HDMI is always better 3) If your CRT is 480i/p then that's the Wii U output. Downsampling wasn't "free" and developers on PS3/360/WiiU had to support all three cardinal resolutions (480/720/1080) to ship their games, which meant having a 480p mode. I'm sure there are probably some examples of downsampling somewhere but AFAIK most of the time you would get 480p native since otherwise the game might be unplayable or misunderstood at 640x480.
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Thread BronsonLee discovers cinematic greatness: Airplane
Well if you can watch Airplane then you're ready for , and the most quotable comedy scene in the last 40 years
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
Why did you cut and paste my lineup? ;) Seriously though I have a lot of Winston stock and a league where I own him + Murray. Maybe one doesn't work out but I think it's a good ticket pairing of offense first teams.
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Thread Man arrested for buying plane ticket just to wave his wife off at the gate
Unlike a lot of major airports, Changi uses per gate security. You still need a boarding pass to get past the check-in counters, but there is no epic metal-detector lineup - you do that in a much smaller fashion to enter a specific gate instead.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
It's a great draft in 12 team. You got the right full PPR guys. TE and QB are a bit weak, but so what? Tons of WR and Duke knows how to catch passes too.
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Thread Reset Era Fantasy Football League |OT| 2019 Season
That was fun drafting, folks! Really makes me wish there was a 24hr BBQ pit here I waited a long time on my QB picks
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
Yeah, I think this is mostly doomsday news for Darwin Thompson owners. McCoy basically replaces him. The drop count doesn’t surprise me, tons of family 8-10 owner drafts out there. But generally he should be drafted in any format with at least 2RB since he (was) a starter. Now his position has gone down but his outlook has gone up. Will be interested to see his expert rank
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
If he’s available in a 12-14 team league then it’s not a very serious one! I still think Damien is the guy to get but it’s easy to see McCoy getting work and looming over Williams if mistakes are made.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
I might have participated but the draft time is just crazy for me in SE Asia. Already stuck doing 5am and 9am, 2am is just not possible. It's a good league for anyone in North America though!
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Thread Reset Era Fantasy Football League |OT| 2019 Season
Going to be tough to draft, this 5am time slot...ughWell, the stuff that directly affects fantasy is more limited
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
Yeah sounds like Singletary is now the guy according to a tweet from The Athletic? Seahawks have a trade now for Clowney too?
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
I'm in favor of .5 PPFD (article) but as usual, not against 0.5 PPR either I think the one year we are going to have a showdown over superflex or auction though 16 team without superflex, man...we are crazy
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
Or do it your way, that's alright. I feel like $200 for the two regular season awards is a bit flakey since it's very likely #1 gets both, but maybe shove $50 of that back into first place The one I think is more interesting is if you should have made the playoffs. Somebody like that every year...
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
Basically reads as "first should have to steamroll the league" since 90% of the time points and standings are the same team. And the close divide between 1st and 2nd makes it way more likely to just negotiate a split ahead of time. I would do $600 - 1st $350 - 2nd $200 - 3rd $100 - 4th, 5th, 6th $50 - best regular season record $50 - most points $50 - if you got enough points to make the playoffs but didn't Generally speaking though I think in an 8 team league with no other qualifiers, it's an achievement to make the playoffs and an achievement to win. Anyway, I'll go with whatever but in leagues I'm in it's usually an outrage if the winner is not making around half the prize pool
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
Where I disagree is from the Brissett numbers. They ran more, not because they were down, but because Brissett was not getting first downs. Pass-first is only an antidote if you have a gunslinger QB. If your QB is basically just a checkdown guy, you need a RB for the offense to work. Just look at the Niners numbers last year with Mullins, same basic principle. I will agree on consistency, though
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
I'm sure the immediate urge is to fade all Colts, but we've seen this rodeo before. Mack's ceiling went down but his floor went up, because Brissett is going to force this team to run like the Niners did last season. Hilton is still draftable, but takes a 1/3rd hit to his value. And I would think large statue guys like Ebron maintain value simply because the goal here is going to be "be tall enough to catch the ball". Of course, ADP will take a huge hit, but that's a great door to get value from. Feel free to look at these guys at less, but if you're getting them a round (or more, depending on the player) earlier, that's a win. Both the 2017 Colts (Brissett) and 2018 Niners (Mullins) were 4-12 teams but they still had plenty of fantasy action. It won't be pretty, but we can't all draft from elite offenses every round...
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
I would vote no myself, but that's a league wide thing to sort out I have to get my son awake and on a school bus + finish the resetera league draft...
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Thread Disney-Sony Standoff Ends Marvel Studios & Kevin Feige’s Involvement In ‘Spider-Man’ (negotiations still on-going)
The words before: “Sony thinks...”? Both companies are thinking financials. Sony knows they have a sure thing franchise. That’s a lot easier to sell than Blade or whatever. It’s why Marvel came to the table in the first place. Disney knows they have the IP to pay it back anyway and then some, but the stock market runs on “now”. I’m pretty sure both companies would rather announce a Spider-Man deal than back out and foil it with promises of future Morbius/F4 returns. So in a way, you’re right. It is laughable. Both parties think the others position is so laughable that they are willing to test the public on it, first.
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Thread Disney-Sony Standoff Ends Marvel Studios & Kevin Feige’s Involvement In ‘Spider-Man’ (negotiations still on-going)
I do agree - and we have the email leaks to prove that their production crew drinks some of the kool-aid. But if I was a sane money guy running the numbers, pretending a Venom/Morbius future would be better than a Disney deal would be crazy. It's far more likely that they want to use this to make Disney come back to the table with a better, longer deal.I seriously doubt we hear anything again until they have a deal or Sony burns the bridge (by announcing a new movie). Or I guess plan (C), which would be that Sony builds up so much public ill-will from the move that they go back to the table first. Which is basically part of the Disney stance.
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Thread Disney-Sony Standoff Ends Marvel Studios & Kevin Feige’s Involvement In ‘Spider-Man’ (negotiations still on-going)
It's just money to these studios. Do you really think Sony or Disney is responsible for anything else? Do you think all negotiations are calm and behind closed doors? They are media companies and they are using the media to see who has the advantage. They won't cut each other's throats unless the middle ground is worse than going it alone. They tried the ego approach last time and you saw what Sony had to do as a result.
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Thread Disney-Sony Standoff Ends Marvel Studios & Kevin Feige’s Involvement In ‘Spider-Man’ (negotiations still on-going)
I suspect that both sides think they have winning leverage. Sony thinks their IP is better than ever, and that Disney needs Marvel money ASAP to cover the Fox bid. Disney thinks they bring too much to the table and provide the booster shot that is keeping the franchise working. Ultimately, they're both true, and if the producers don't do anything stupid, they will go back to the table to save shareholder value for projected fiscal year financials. I think there will be a holding pattern until that time, and probably a new deal. If Sony announced a movie without Marvel, then the bridge is burnt. But I don't think we will know for quite awhile. For now, it seems, they will fight it out in the media and see what happens.
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Thread Apple |OT|
Even if it doesn't solve it, it's right there in the script: if you go to the Apple Store their process is guaranteed to be 1) basic diagnostics (to rule out anything obviously wrong) 2) wipe and iCloud restore 3) wipe and start from scratch ...So may as well do it yourself and save waiting around the Genius Bar for hours.
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Thread Disney-Sony Standoff Ends Marvel Studios & Kevin Feige’s Involvement In ‘Spider-Man’ (negotiations still on-going)
The numbers, the news, it's all fine to speculate, but it's simply negotiation tactics. Disney and Sony have their own reasons to play ball (Disney: MCU, Sony: Spiderman) and since nobody has blinked, they've taken it public to see if one side gets the edge. We knew this fight was inevitable ever since it began because of the time limit and money involved. I wouldn't believe any of this is final until you actually see a movie announcement that precludes it. Both sides have too much money to lose, these tactics just get us closer to them solving it one way or another.
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Thread Anyone here watch Schitt’s Creek?
Catherine O'Hara and Eugene Levy had a long history working together on SCTV, so it was a lock that they could pull off their roles. Also, random but I must admit I was surprised to learn that Twyla (the waitress) is Eugene's daughter in real life. Makes the restaurant scenes funnier, somehow
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
Sorry Cloudy but I have no idea why you love to obsess over kicker scoring :laugh Just cut the position if it makes you uncomfortable. I’m not really comfortable with making the position more boom and bust when it’s already a dice roll slot anyways.
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
Of course, I mean I had to start one of the dregs last year too; bad Trubisky, bad Bucs, etc. But the point is, if you double or triple up, you're doing that at the cost of RB or WR value instead. And our benches are short one compared to most leagues, so if you want a third as your backup, you're hit hard there too. Waiver pickups are not as much of a no-brainer when you're trying to protect backups and your third QB is taking 20% of your bench. Let's say 32-40 QBs go in the draft - that means the worst RB/WR you pick is 20-24 picks better than before, the waiver pool is two rounds deeper, and it becomes a serious strategy of "do I start RB, WR, or QB at Superflex"? every week.
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
To be honest, I know a lot of players here are habitual, so changes can be tough to make. But if I can campaign for a few anyway: Basically, I disagree with the assertion that adding RB to flex will dry out the market. In 16 teams it puts that much more pressure, but ultimately if you want a true draft of value, superflex is the way to go, particularly in big leagues. It's actually *infusing* talent into the draft by making you decide if you want, say, Sam Darnold in the flex, or that 3rd RB you found or that 3rd receiver. And on average those second half QBs are not scoring a lot of points per week. I just think that's a lot more interesting than the league draining the WR pool down to the Bills 3rd receiver. Sure, in the draft itself, most of the QBs are going to be taken. But if you go too hard on QB, somebody gets the value on RB or WR. And by the time you hit the season and we all triage our rosters, there's simply just more on the waiver wire this way. So I think it's actually the *most* responsible thing you can do in a 16 team league. You're adding basically 32 players to the draft pool that are more valuable than our current last few rounds. This one is the real breakthrough, I think. DEF starts at zero and gains and loses points like other positions. The basic trick is: and has how to specifically edit Yahoo leagues.
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
I won't disagree with that . $75 is more accessible. I guess it depends how many are in. I do the same fee in another league, but it's a 10 year keeper league, so you are buying in for the "long haul". Anyway I'm still good with either, but I would definitely get the teams to vote I would also say maybe we should start considering format changes?My keeper league is notoriously conservative on rule changes, and they almost unanimously approved the DEF change. We also converted TE to TE/WR...but kicker was held. Sometimes nostalgia is king
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
I'm pretty flexible right now on price and timing, but as usual it's paypal for me...so let me know. My 10 year keeper league does $100 so I'm fine with last season's price, but again, not a big difference to me
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
There is one youtube video out there suggesting 1-2c, but 1 does not make a statistically significant number, and even the youtuber admitted the difference was so small it could be nothing. Now, it's possible to just have a dying fan (in which case Nidec would make a difference) but I have to admit that I have a Nidec and it was purely the clean + repaste + repad that made the difference for me.
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
Fan is back on now with my Pro. Nowhere near as bad though.
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Thread Mankind Divided's OST is so incredible and overall an achievement in crafting Cyberpunk sounds
Already mentioned above, he did work for Breach. Soundcloud is above but here's an example
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Thread Mankind Divided's OST is so incredible and overall an achievement in crafting Cyberpunk sounds
Well I worked on the game, but pretty much when I see these threads I have to point out we did Breach (the online component) with the music scored by Ed Harrison (@00edit) of NeoTokyo fame...and it's all on (or I suppose youtube if thats your jam). The music is awesome.
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Thread Dragon Quest Builders 2 |OT| You Can Pet the Dog
Reallllly not a fan of the season pass and DLC content descriptions, but having played what is available so far it makes a lot more sense now.My hype went pretty high after Aquarium, but I guess if you did it in any other order...not so much. I still think the DLC is worth it, but basically only if you really enjoy building (to be fair, the point of the game)
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Thread Dragon Quest Builders 2 |OT| You Can Pet the Dog
Ah, there you go. I had already completed most of the game, so it didn't seem particularly connected. But it makes sense.
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Thread Dragon Quest Builders 2 |OT| You Can Pet the Dog
Small, not random at all AFAIK? Fishing island has a small quest series, a new tool, and then a quest line that require you to go to another location. I really just started, but it's not the random "check x blocks" setup at all. I assume the others are also like this (I heard there is on one of the other islands), which can be used for a lot of recipes. Will check in after I see the other DLC locations...
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Thread Dragon Quest Builders 2 |OT| You Can Pet the Dog
It’s all out. Just buy the season pass and restart the game (at least, that’s how it works on Switch). The islands are reached from the boat, so next time you are at the Island of Awakening you can take the boat to those places without any hearts expense.
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Thread Dragon Quest Builders 2 |OT| You Can Pet the Dog
No, restart the game executable, the DLC won't install unless you quit out. Once the DLC is ready you will know it's available because the boat captain will talk about each of the DLC packs. You do not need to do anything to your save file. (I just installed it)
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Thread Dragon Quest Builders 2 |OT| You Can Pet the Dog
: Here's 3 more rando locations + a bunch of new blocks that hardly seem necessary: Islands with new quests, mechanics, and some food types that are very rare or not found anywhere else. I honestly wish I had bought it day one.
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Thread Wolfenstein: Youngblood |OT| Les Louves Chassent en Meute
Is there any reason to go with the firing rate build? Seems like all-damage is the way to go?
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Thread Tech Companies Say it's Too Hard to Hire High-Skilled Immigrants in the U.S. — So They're Growing in Canada Instead
It's geography, basically. At first, Vancouver was cheaper. But it was also extremely close to Redmond and Seattle (Microsoft, Sega, Nintendo, Amazon, Valve, etc etc etc) Geography is a big deal when you're either looking to keep flight costs short (California) or are from another country (Japan, China), or simply want a similar way of life. Toronto is easily the biggest city in Canada, but it's also the most American, which can be a huge plus in general for companies moving up, but it holds its geography advantage only for the eastern seaboard.
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Thread Tech Companies Say it's Too Hard to Hire High-Skilled Immigrants in the U.S. — So They're Growing in Canada Instead
The article in the OP (from TIME) is good, but also just exposing something that's been going on for more than a decade. Microsoft's presence in Vancouver today is specifically because they needed a holding area for engineers while they tried to gradually migrate them to Redmond. BC was nearby, much easier to get people in, and of course just a phone call or road trip away from the main office. But immigration never got easier. It got worse. H1B was nearly impossible for some. So they expanded more in Vancouver instead. Now they have a crazy expensive main downtown office, multiple studios, probably still have their satellite offices there as well. At some point it was just easier to bring people to BC and settle in Vancouver - now one of the most expensive cities in the world - then fight against US immigration rules.
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
Hey I feel for you, but I never meant "don't ever watch any other videos!" I meant that if you watch several of them during the disassembly, you can get into other problems. The motherboard might drop out (as it did for me) or the PSU will fall down or you yank one of the interior cables. I absolutely think you should watch multiple videos to be comfortable with the process, but what I found in the PS4Pro disassembly videos if that step 5 for one is completely different from step 5 for another. You should pick one order and go for it. Or take photos as suggests and roll your own. What should go without saying is that in any video, if your component is not coming out as easily as what you see, then pulling harder is rarely a good idea. Troubleshoot. Maybe they missed a step? (And they did; the author admits this in the comments of his video) Maybe *I* missed a step? Sony doesn't want you to disassemble this thing so treat it like hostile ground. I was so confused over the PSU cable pull that I watched 3 videos and read two iFixit teardowns before ultimately trying a straight pull on the other end. Anyway, I hope your PS4 gets fixed soon, honestly. The noise dif for me was huge and it makes playing Hitman a lot easier on the ears (and sound system).
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
My only warning is that if you use that video + the other one...they use different orders of disassembly, so deciding which order can get confusing. This one also removes the antenna screw, which is unnecessary. But to the point of it does look like there are two screws on the backplate also connected to the PSU? So it makes sense to remove the backplate first per the order of this video.
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
It sounds like soldering is the safest solution. I have no experience with conductive glue though.I looked at the video, and it does show how to remove all five screws (2 long, 3 short) from the PSU area? (Of course it's the really annoying too fast version with no commentary...)
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
Ah, okay, I didn't see that. Yeah, pulling the cable at all was still an act of faith (it was not budging) but ultimately, a straight pull on the PSU proved that the cable adhered more to the plug than it did to my hand. 48 hours in, still basically more quiet than Builders 2 on my Switch dock. One other point I forgot to get at: another reason why the iFixit tweezers are useful is to get rid of those tamper stickers. These are not garden-variety stickers - they are so flush with the system that they don't peel and hardly seem to be stickers at all. I basically used the sharp tweezers to tear at it a bit, scrape some of it until enough glue formed to yank it off. Not difficult but also not obvious. I think my rebuild took about 2-3 hours including finding all of the equipment and carefully organizing my way through. If I had to open again, 1 hour tops. In some ways its a really user friendly process (two screw types, arrows pointing out some of them, and only two screws that were at risk of stripping (the ones on the APU "frame", which you don't really need to remove)
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
Well, add me to the "Fuck it, I'm taking apart the PS4 Pro" club. I did it, thanks to folks in this thread.Tools that should be on anyone's list for this kind of work: Overall, if you have the tools, it's not a hard build. But since you have to disassemble like 90% of the console it's also a bit nerve-wracking. Huge struggles:I couldn't get it out either. After 10 minutes of pain, I followed iFixit's teardown with the far easier solution: unplug the cable from the power supply instead of from the motherboard (it unplugs on both ends!) You can pull the cable out by yanking it straight from the PSU, which actually did work...
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Thread Survivor 38: Edge of Extinction |OT| Where Castaways Attempt to Jump the Shark
No. It’s a sequel to last season’s format though
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Thread Dragon Quest Builders 2 is the greatest game for which I had no hype — and it might be my favorite game so far this year
Honestly, although the Builders title is cool, these games are also really: DRAGON QUEST 1-2 DRAGON QUEST 2-2 In the tradition of Final Fantasy X-2, XIII-2, etc. There's an argument to be made that if an MMO can be a mainline JRPG, why not these games? They are that good.
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Thread Dragon Quest Builders 2 is the greatest game for which I had no hype — and it might be my favorite game so far this year
Blueprints system was changed for some reason. But basically, if you press the system button (+ on Switch), go to Builderpedia > Recipes, there is a category with all of the regular room blueprints. You can pick any one you want and press to spawn it as an inventory item. From there you can place it as usual. I'm surprised they don't teach you this, but there are a lot of tutorials in the game already... (Edit: Note that it only shows blueprints you have discovered or earned...) I can't say I need a dodge move, but I will say the most obvious mistake they made is that the font size is too small. DQB2 has no problem using sub 10pt fonts for localization reasons, and it's an accessibility disaster.There's a reason why the the UX community is pushing for 28px+ on everything, and this game may end up as an example of what happens when you don't.
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
Still waiting on the parts, but I did open it up to check and yeah, still very little dust, but the fan is definitely Nidec. So I guess that doesn't make it easier to decide whether I should buy another fan or not.
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
Probably will. The fan on eBay is technically cheaper, but getting it in less than a month is another $38 USD :lol I'll give the Pro a look and see what I've got.
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
So you just went Nidec>Nidec? Interesting. I'll keep that in mind. Dust is 100% not a problem here. Already tried cleaning it out once to no effect.
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
Yeah, at $19 it would be a steal. The amazon option is going to be $50 USD + Shipping, so I'm not sure about taking that extra step yet.
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Thread Nintendo Switch Lite announced at $199, launches September 20th, "dedicated handheld" (smaller, has D-Pad, has gyro, no HD Rumble, no dock/TV output)
This. Confirmed directly in the announcement video.
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
Interested. Not sure what fan I have yet but I couldn’t find a Nidec source yet if nothing else worked out. Found a way to get the iFixit tools for less than a King’s ransom, so I’m going to try a repaste and repad in the next month as well.
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
Interesting kit! Pretty much need to go almost as far as disassembly to figure out what fan I have (ladder, extract pro, clear a table, de-dust, remove lid) but considering the kit you linked also comes with MX-2? Very appealing if I need it. Will look into this ASAP. Ended up going iFixit regardless because I know they provide quality tools (and just generally a lot of the supporting tools I wanted, like a magnetic tray, spudgers, various tweezers) and because I finally found an Amazon link that would ship here (iFixit's own store charges $50 USD for shipping, by comparison). But still need to source paste and pads, so this is an interesting option.
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
I don't have the high pitch, coil wine sort of problem, but it's a super-loud blower (so, I think the fan is working properly, it's just running at "high") which is loud enough that I have to turn up TV volume significantly. I live in a country where it's 30c year-round, so we already run ceiling fans (if not more), and this is very loud compared to those. Hitman, Days Gone, Horizon all run full volume. Even Bloodstained runs loud (not as loud though) in menus. It's enough that if I want to properly enjoy the audio I'd just plug in headphones.
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Thread Spider-Man: Far From Home |Spoiler OT| Even dead, I'm the hero
You guys probably already talked about this, but what I really loved was how it was both a "summer vacation" movie and a stealth, straight up Iron Man 4. Peter literally inherited all of Tony's problems - disgruntled employees, morally questionable weapons tech, and then had to rebuild on the fly to adapt and fight the threat. Mysterio is gracefully turned from an "Avengers" or Thor esque villain into something from Tony's neighborhood pantheon, and it works. The Captain nods I think were a bit of an evolution - suggesting that Peter has the chance to take the best of Tony *and* Steve, but even when Peter gets outed,it still basically follows the arc of Iron Man 1, where Tony decides he can't spend his life hiding what he is AND doing what he is compelled to do. Peter is now thrust into that exact situation, only without the sufficiently inflated ego to buffer the impact. And we get to skip movies worth of "they can't find out who I am!!!" (Would love to see a shot of Vulture in prison, shaking his head.)
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
Any particular reason to really go liquid metal? Seems like the safest but still effective solution would be Arctic Silver / other non-conductive compound. Thanks for the info though, looking hard at options. If only iFixit wasn't hundreds of dollars over here.
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Thread Kawhi Leonard has signed with the Los Angeles Clippers; Paul George also traded to Clippers
Exactly. Kawhi was heading to the Lakers - per Woj - if the Clippers didn't find a way to get PG. He was going to LA regardless. More brutal than LeBron in the sense that he wasn't willing to go first and then recruit, but in terms of sheer leverage it was perfect: trade whatever Presti asks, or the Clippers are going to sit in the shadow of a Lakers dynasty.
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Thread NBA 2019 Offseason |OT| Nobody beats the Wiz (ards of Washington DC)
I would agree with you if the Raptors were run like the Knicks, but Masai actually knows what he's doing. Wiggins basically signed a max deal and is on the books through 2023 with 27, 29, 31, and 33 million per season. If Masai wants to rebuild, taking a max player who doesn't play like one is a big ol' money pit best left for the Wizards. MLSE is special in that they already have the Dallas Cowboys of the NHL (Leafs). Raptors success is great, but they aren't thirsty for Canadian stars. The only way I'd see Wiggins happen is if the front office truly believed they could turn him into a top 30 player...
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Thread NBA 2019 Offseason |OT| Nobody beats the Wiz (ards of Washington DC)
Only if Minnesota finds somebody to swallow the Wiggins contract...
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Thread Kawhi Leonard has signed with the Los Angeles Clippers; Paul George also traded to Clippers
And this is why you do the deal, but it just means that when Kawhi's contract is up, keeping him there is much harder as you've got nothing to deal but the existing bench and 2nd round picks. They gave up through 2026, basically, and they will be competing with the Lakers on every FA that could make the difference, because they won't have the assets to make a deal. People who hate the risk will just say that if the team is forced to rebuild, the Brooklyn situation could occur (bad + no 1st rounders) but you make that deal every time if both players are still willing to come. Nobody wants to make the Presti mistake..
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Thread Kawhi Leonard has signed with the Los Angeles Clippers; Paul George also traded to Clippers
Sure, Clips won 11 more games and didn't have their star player get hurt. But both teams gutted their talent to upgrade and don't even need to show up for the first round of the NBA Draft until their signings have left the team or moved elsewhere. That was my point: people crapping on the AD trade should be saying the same thing here. I think it's the right move, honestly. LBJ+AD for all of your first rounders plus some young guys, or Kawhi + PG + all your 1sts + some young guys...either way, you get the sure thing now. If things don't work out, your team rots for awhile to rebuild, but as the Raptors showed, better to try and chip now then pretend it's about your future 3 years from now. As much as I respect OKC for making the move, these teams are both basically using the lesson learned from OKC dealing Harden: don't do it.
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Thread Kawhi Leonard has signed with the Los Angeles Clippers; Paul George also traded to Clippers
Yeah, uh...anyone complaining about the Lakers AD pay will need to take a close look at this one too. It's a hell of a get but basically the Lakers and Clippers are now both cupboard empty.
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Thread The unsung realism of Hitman 2 levels (Hitman appreciation thread)
Ultimately the reason I always love to quote for Sapienza is that if you escape in the small car, there's a chance that you will run over someone in the exit cutscene. Which does count against you.
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
I have specific thoughts on the three updates... I think it's an enjoyable level, and the fantasy is undeniable. But what troubles me is the unresolved struggle within the objective triangle. Totally agree with that there are some missed opportunities for a challenge pack later. The final costume is basically begging for the same treatment the Ninja got in the Season 1 hospital mission. But because the core fantasy is so strong, it's totally worth playing regardless.
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Thread HITMAN 2 Bank Level - June 25th
We've both been in gamedev so you probably already know this, but for those who don't... There are two content update strategies on console:TL;DR you need to launch PS Store and download the episode yourself. Once it's ready I believe you do not need to restart the game, but it is an annoying step to take outside of the game itself.
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Thread iPad LTE help needed
Generally speaking if it's not negotiating LTE it means your rough order of priority isIf all of that fails, and Verizon CS can't help you, then there is probably a fault on that particular iPad...providing you live in an area with working LTE. Pretty easy to prove, though - if you have no LTE on the iPad at an Apple Store, then its a device issue and the above would all be valuable steps.
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Thread Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown |OT| Game of Drones
Yeah, it's awkward. I see why they don't want it to unbalance the campaign, but if that's the case, I would just make it "free" once you finish the story once. Grinding the money is a real buzzkill for something you paid for. The secondary weapons cost too, so even though 2m is not as much as it would be in some of the other Ace games, it's still a lot.
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Thread Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown |OT| Game of Drones
In the campaign, the Raven costs 2 million credits and is at the end of the tree. Presumably the other super fighters will also be at that tier.
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Thread The Toronto Raptors are your 2019 NBA champions!
Supposed to meet with the Governor General, not with the PM, or at least, that's how it worked last time somebody won in the 90's.
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Thread Apple |OT|
Macrumors buyers guide puts it halfway through its current cycle, so it's not a terrible idea. But since iPadOS is super-early beta right now, you'd be better off waiting until September as that's much closer to the iPadOS public release version + the next Apple hardware conference, where they would announce a new one if it's coming. It's hard to say, really - iPad Pro is setup as the bleeding edge model, but they could also just skip another 8+ months and allocate all of the A13 CPUs towards the next iPhone instead - I mean, the Pro is a beast in hardware already - it wouldn't be at an appreciable disadvantage. If you're like me you'll be split on the size to get even after you buy it. 11" is clearly more portable, 12.9" is clearly more awesome for some games/any drawing work. I think if I was using it a lot as a workplace thing for notes, I'd go small for sure.
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Thread Apple |OT|
That's exactly what I meant. It's already OP. Tons of RAM, tons of cores, basically more power than typically used day-to-day apps (web, reading, video, drawing) and the OS will need. Of course, if you're really running hardcore drawing or 3D apps, more performance is always better, but it's going to be blazing for games for awhile. (Apple is now killing support for iOS devices with 1GB RAM, fyi). If I didn't already own one, I'd be waiting for the September conference, but I won't be selling this one for a few years, at least.No difference. You'll only notice if you're running apps that need that much more legroom. Better off getting something reasonable now and then save that extra for the next one.
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
That’s an interesting workaround on PC, probably because the save format is the same. But I’m not sure it would be possible on console since you generally can’t read save data off other games.
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Thread Forgotten Console Features
On the PS2, DTS became popular because some developers figured out how to re-task the VU0 vector processor to encode DTS instead. DTS 4.0 and 5.1 were both much cheaper encodes than a real-time DD5.1 stream, which is why EA used it so much, but I guess GTA3 was the most famous example? Some games could do DD5.1 (such as MGS2) but that was only for cutscenes. Otherwise, your only options were DPL/DPL2 or just straight up stereo sound. Pro Logic 2 as a standard was really new at the time - it went public less than a year before GameCube released - but it's a simulated, "mix" Dolby mode, not true 5 channel audio. The upside is that the encode cost is super-cheap - Wii and GameCube both easily supported it - but the downside is you just don't get the same kind of separation as with DTS/DD. Factor 5 popularized this standard with Rogue Leader, but Nintendo used it as late as Super Mario Galaxy, I think.PS3 uses Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR, which only allows for 8 devices. But one of them has to be the master (the console). So that leaves 7 for any game controllers/bluetooth peripherals you have. Of course, actually having enough CPU time to process and display the results of seven inputs is...questionable, but it is there.
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Thread End of GoT left you unsatisfied? Check out the Wheel of Time, a legendary 15 book fantasy series
Well, I think it is very dealable in todays world of high-end makeup/costume work and plentiful CG (the zombies in TWD for instance, I've seen equal quality on Korean variety TV) but I do agree figuring out how to show the one power on TV would be complex. Still, it would be cool to see it work exactly as described - no "magic glow" or tractor beams, just things straight up challenging reality. Anyway, the biggest problem is simply getting the write production team in place. Plenty of good shows that go nowhere without the right showrunning, the right script, the right plan. HBO famously put GoT and Westworld through very long term fixing to get it right, so it will be interesting to see how Amazon attacks this problem.
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Thread End of GoT left you unsatisfied? Check out the Wheel of Time, a legendary 15 book fantasy series
Books are highly ymmv, so I'm never surprised by the complaints. But I love the series. It's big, but you should know that from the sheer number of books. Jordan grappled with exactly the same problems GRRM has right now in that if you are writing character-centric, they can steer your story plan off the road and it ends up resulting in 2 more books. But it has tons of high points, ends fantastically, and TV will of course find a way to cut it into more streamlined pieces. And like GRRM, the world-building is incredibly detailed. (There's a reason Jordan has always been in the top 5-10 best-selling fantasy authors of all time) If you don't like it, drop it? But it's not successful at random. I imagine WoT would have been on TV already, but Jordan famously would just take the money, thinking the TV part was a total crapshoot and probably going nowhere. "Better to take the cheque and get back to writing", basically. Sadly he didn't live into the peak Netflix era.
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Thread Survivor 38: Edge of Extinction |OT| Where Castaways Attempt to Jump the Shark
Er...what? :lol Survivor SA is basically a foreign version of mainline survivor, maybe S20-S30 range. It runs short, it's hilarious, but they definitely roll with idols and things get messy. But the strategy is around that era. The complication with SA is that there are a lot of walks of life involved, so there are a lot of edges. Survivor AUS strategy is pretty similar to the days of alliances and outward control (Vanuatu?), but it's also rapidly changing due to the current format of Champions vs. Challengers (basically, athletes, celebrities, other people of achievement). There are idols, but the crew are also harder on the cast and less likely to directly adhere to rules like idol repopulation. The show definitely likes playing with ideas like poison rewards (the "how best do I lie to my tribe after this?" problem). But it's definitely the closest to original survivor and the long runtime really helps.The show would be a disaster if they were competing, and that format was already well explored. This is basically an extension of the Cochran concept they had a few seasons ago (and possibly a way for them to get in shape if the winners season happens?) but I do agree there are some big unanswered questions on the format. Just replacing Jeff doesn't make sense, unless they want 40 players...
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Thread Apple is being sued for its App Store walled garden; ruling could have severe implications for gaming consoles
The Supreme Court ruling applies to only one thing: They have ruled that yes, even though developers set their own prices, Apple is the gatekeeper, so if you want to complain that app prices are too high because of Apple, you can. The case hasn't happened yet, the SCOTUS haven't ruled on the case or Apple's chances, or really anything else. The thread is basically discussing what would happen if the case is litigated AND if Apple's new defense loses AND if they then lose appeals (also possibly all the way up to the Supreme Court). This video (already posted on the thread) has some in-depth details, if you want it:
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Thread SCOTUS rules against Apple in App Store lawsuit, allows lawsuit to continue
Yep, the SC is just saying they can go to court and not be overruled immediately. The case itself could still be absolutely demolished - especially since it would be painfully easy for Apple to showcase how they don't have an app phone monopoly - but as with any lawsuit if there's a hint of danger you can bet there are settlement numbers floating somewhere.
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Thread Started watching Colony (no spoilers)
Counterpart secured a deal through Starz guaranteeing two seasons, but I believe it has since been cancelled and the production team has given up on doing anything further. It's a really good show though, JK Simmons is brilliant
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
I agree, but compared to Season 1, I can see why people would compare and say "wait, where's my second campaign", where's my movie shoot mission, where's my 14 ETs, etc. The trick is that they did the grind upfront (to ship Hitman 2 all at once) and switched to a Season Pass, and they didn't have the head start that they did on Hitman 1. They also were cut by SE, had to buy themselves out, find a new publisher, open a second studio. So I guess they could have just rolled with a content plan like the previous game, but in truth when you change everything, you change how you produce content too, or you risk burning out everyone involved. I wouldn't be surprised if we hear a few new things around E3, either for Hitman 2 or the future, but I feel pretty good about all they've built and the immediate plan.
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
Why? It takes time and money to make them, and rather than see another studio crunch article, I’m happy they are working on core content as well as (I suspect) the next game. Believe it or not they actually expanded with a new studio recently, too.
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
Yes, but with some different placements of items. Scripting is 95% the same, but it’s an interesting wink in that usually you can’t play an ET twice, whereas this one directly allows you to. And you get the robot just for playing. I do wish they had done a new setup but I guess they couldn’t get Bean back for even more VO...
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
So I love how Faba had an eyepatch to represent his previous “death”. But sadly lost my SA directly due to the UI. Classic “on the last frame, was in reach of two triangle actions” and the game triggered the one farthest away (Open Door). Sigh
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
Gold edition is the full season pass, which basically means some exclusive item kits (effectively skins) two new Sniper Maps (one being Hantu Port, the other not released yet) and the two new main gameplay levels (neither of which has released yet) Silver by comparison is like 1/2 of the season pass, with Hantu and one gameplay level. If you love Hitman 2, you may as well pay for the season pass discount (gold) but you could also just wait for all of the content to release.
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Thread Survivor 38: Edge of Extinction |OT| Where Castaways Attempt to Jump the Shark
Yep. The entire tribe flat out said they don't want to play with Devens anymore because they think he will win. This sort of thing has happened in Survivor's past, but generally when it happens the entire tribe devises a plan to mitigate him or at least watch him 24-7. When you don't do that, crazy stuff happens. And he has been repeatedly lied to in a manipulative way, so it's refreshing that he can be funny and flamboyant about it without being straight-up mean-spirited. Anyway, there is now presumably 6+1 players left in the game. Devens would need 4 more immunities (challenge or otherwise) to win the game. So it really feels more like the show is buying time for a winner to emerge out of the pack, which apart from Ron has seemed entirely too passive and mechanical thus far. I mean, voting out Wardog? :lol
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Thread How come "increase text size" isn't a standard option in all games?
From my experience I would say 99% of gamedev (not just QA) uses 24" panels. They have been around a long time, they do 1080p (or 1200p) and they work perfectly fine with a DVI or HDMI cable. Gamedev upgrades at the speed of business, so if it works... That being said, 32"-65" TVs are more common in studios now thanks to X1X/PS4Pro, with living room style viewing spaces on occasion or in meeting rooms. So it's up to developers in general to flag these issues and use minimum specs to get games up to basic readability. (Alex Neonakis of Naughty Dog did a with some specs)I didn't talk about contrast in this thread since it's not the topic, but for sure, contrast is a big issue that affects text readability. The front line for both size and contrast topics right now is subtitles - something I'm researching a lot lately - because it's the easiest and most obvious to fix. But solving only subs leaves some other UI areas completely untouched, so it's equally important to solve contrast for those as well. We have some colorblind developers in the studio but ultimately this is where it helps to be part of a bigger company that can do usability testing.
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Thread How come "increase text size" isn't a standard option in all games?
As a UX designer, I hear you (and keep the feedback coming, pretty sure this thread will be cited by somebody as part of our accessibility works) This thread has nailed the big three problems with using a large text size:We are definitely fighting to make things more accessible, but threads like this really help to expose specific problems. :)
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Thread Look inside the new $1.3 billion complex at Singapore's Changi Airport, with a 130-foot indoor waterfall
Singapore has some rules on airport pricing, namely that vendors can't add surplus charges over downtown shops, and since the country has a vested interest in foreigners moving to the country to fill gaps in the labor market, they also are dead set on making Changi a world-class attraction. And, well, Singapore loves building malls. Jewel is "just another mall", for sure, but it does have three shops of note to locals and visitors:
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Thread Apple |OT|
Basically just any 7.5w+ charger, but if you want airpods to charge you need something flat, so hopefully it's wide enough to sit an Xs Max on. has a general piece on Qi Charger recommendations. Apple Watch only charges wirelessly (so you can just use what it ships with) but doesn't simply obey the Qi spec, so if you want to charge that too, you need a combo dock like ? It's not the Airpower dream of put whichever device wherever, but it does allow you to charge both things in one place.
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Thread 더 지니어스 The Genius -- Classy reality-game show with smart people
Depends on your taste. There isn't specifically a Genius style show, but there are a handful of entertaining ones. I'll skip Crime Scene since it's already finished. If you like Cooking: The name seems to vary based on the subtitler, but basically, two funny hosts, 8 professional chefs, and 2 celebrity guests per week. They literally haul in your fridge, and then per requests from each guest, cook amazing meals in a series of 15min, 1v1 matches. So it's like a very neighborly version of Iron Chef. If you like Lying: 8 celebrities (a mix of comedians, actors, and singers) meet in an obscure Korean fishing village. They must stay 2 days and 1 night because...there is a cheque for $10,000 hidden somewhere. But: one of the 8 actually planted the cheque and can only take the money by secretly working against everyone else. On the final hour, the cast must vote who they think took the money - if they are right, the money is removed. It's a mix of just straight-face lying to hide what's going on, clue investigation (one of the cast from Crime Scene is here), and 100% the best comedy charades battle you'll see on TV. If you like House Hunters: Two teams of celebrities pick 3 houses each that perfectly fit the needs of a real life person. They show off he units, with two celebs acting as realtors showing off the place and the rest of both teams being in-studio to commentate. Of course, plenty of comedians, and Yong Chul from Genius is here as well (as well as Sang Min, in one case) so it's a really funny version of HH. Sadly only two episodes thus far! If you like Comedy: Take 8 celebrities on a fake prison set, and secretly tell 3 of them they are Mafia. The other 5 prisoners have a codeword only they know. Then split them into two teams of four, trigger a bunch of ridiculous games (that usually double for karaoke) followed by some truly bizarre charades and see if they can use Survivor-style eliminations to get rid of the Mafia before the end of the sequence. It's very loose and the money is minor, but seeing how they start tearing each other down in the pre-vote is hilarious. This is the least serious of all of these shows.
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Thread Apple |OT|
I think it was a mix: 1. Intel saw the writing on the wall that Apple was willing to build their own modems 2. Qualcomm gave a number that would dismiss the cases on both sides but ALSO delay Apple's entry into modems 3. Apple did the math and calculated it would be cheaper to settle than to fight (which, even if they have amazing amounts of money, is still a distraction better moved elsewhere). Plus, it's a settlement, so no judgement; they can always return to court in the future if QC presses the Texas button again. Win/win/win in the sense that Apple gets Qualcomm, Qualcomm keeps their market, and Intel GTFO before they lose their shirt. You could still call Intel a loser but they have plenty of other business to fight like Optane vs. SSD.
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Thread was GBA sound that bad, or is it because youtubers playing on emulator?
The "scratchiness" is usually due to games using 8kHz, 11kHz or 16kHz audio. A lot of games would mix at 8 or 11 because of the savings in CPU usage, assuming that players wouldn't hear a huge difference through the GBA speaker anyway. I mean, if you really wanted, you could have 44khz, 16-bit CD quality audio...but you'd basically use everything on the CPU and cartridge to make it happen. So instead, as developers we would try to figure out a sweet-spot budget of channels to mix, frequency, and storage. Now, even on the speaker 8 can sound pretty bad, but...if you're doing an action game then chances are you already need as much CPU as you can get, and so audio gets shortchanged. Even moreso because of the cost pressure to keep files as small as possible (as we were limited to file techniques of the era, and whenever possible we wanted uncompressed samples due to the CPU+memory cost of storing them in RAM instead) Engines like Shin'en's or F5s could help a lot with producing better sound, but it was ultimately being caught between CPU and storage that made things fundamentally so much harder than on the SNES (where the DSP could do a lot of the work for you).
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
They did. But they didn’t port Hitman: Sniper Challenge (which you can see the title screen of in Sapienza). It's the first game of the sniper map format and functions virtually identical to Himmelpan. I guess it's running Glacier 1 and not Glacier 2 so they'd have to rebuild it, but it's closer in game design than Absolution is to Season 1, for sure.
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
Yeah, if it’s new missions like the Movie filming, that would be amazing. I can appreciate the sniper maps, but a) I’m really surprised they didn’t port over the old one and b) the current two are such a fast burn. Usually hit challenge max around Level 10, so they just don’t have the replayability of new maps or new assignments.
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Thread The Crown S2 |OT| All Hail The Queen (Netflix)
I dunno, one episode makes sense to me. It’s not like JFK and the Queen were constantly talking. There was clearly a tremendous effect but not necessarily a lasting one. Dexter was a pretty weird choice, but hey, it wasn’t about him, it was about his wife. So it’s pretty easy for me to let it slide. I guess if they cut the finale into a later episode it would have felt more historical, but it also would have derailed their other storyline. So as a non-American it was alright
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Thread Star Trek Discovery - Season 2 |OT| Exploration is logical
I just really think Mount is doing an awesome job with Pike. I was basically ready to Lorca stan and Pike is that good. (Lorca was a much better asshole than Leland, though)
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Thread Nintendo’s bigger mistake: sticking to carts for the N64 vs betraying Sony?
Nintendo Switch Game Cards are not SD Cards, so you can't compare the two. Just think of them as smaller game cartridges.So basically, expect the cost to be higher than 2 pounds. Probably a lot higher if you pick a bigger capacity.
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Thread Nintendo’s bigger mistake: sticking to carts for the N64 vs betraying Sony?
It was infuriating. N64 at least had some help with the RCP (of course, having your GPU do audio is not the greatest, but it was setup to handle audio too) but the GBA was truly "uh, just CPU it away". I remember the great 3rd party sound engines out there and basically seeing the CPU cost of every additional channel we used, and then the CPU cost of every time we bumped the frequency closer to 44khz (almost nothing shipped like that, even 22 was expensive, so one tended to go much lower and endure scratchy audio to save on CPU). Of course, you could use samples - great! - but the cost was in storing those samples on the cart, uncompressed (not so great). So you end up hurting on both sides...
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Thread Nintendo’s bigger mistake: sticking to carts for the N64 vs betraying Sony?
Because they don't have as much data to transfer? I've seen some really awful load times, + side flipping, but that could be due to belt age. In any case, it's still (a) worse than cartridge and (b) requires adjusting the design to handle loading, as you would go on to say. It's not like Nintendo had no idea how to handle loading in games - they had been training for it already. As bad as piracy was I imagine they would have stuck with FDS overseas, but luckily manufacturing cost for cartridges came down enough that even games as big as Wario's Woods were possible. It's actually ironic that even Nintendo wanted out of the cartridge cost portfolio, but ended up sticking with it the longest.It's a matter of perspective. To you or me, sure, a 90+ MHz console in the era of the SNES and whatever is amazing. Superfast. But what they were promised by SGI was effectively a $40 Onyx with vastly improved power consumption, and the reality is that [a] it wasn't ready (hence the console delays), the spec came down a lot, and [c] some of the hardware was just not really a good idea for the home. Specifically, the texture cache being too small, and the choice of Rambus DRAM (which had extraordinary transfer rate but just abysmal latency). It's kind of a "Popeye" console in that the arms are massive but the torso and legs need some work. Hooking up a CD would have solved the storage problem (adding beefier legs), but without a cache to handle the textures, or massively improved DRAM latency, the N64 CPU was often stuck waiting (not doing anything!) and wasting its effective clockspeed on transfers. The cartridge was effectively vital for some games because, for example, if you just play the music off the cartridge, you end up using that spare CPU time to get the audio going...but the downside is that you need it basically uncompressed because if you were to decompress it, you would have to decompress to RAM...which means copying it there...and the whole rigamarole continues. To make things worse, Nintendo legally protected stuff about how Project Reality worked (opcodes) and you had to actually apply to Nintendo to learn some of it. It's not like X86 where the whole architecture is there for you - certain aspects of reaching the same speeds as Nintendo were effectively subject to a disclosure.Nintendo was absolutely correct with the Gamecube in that you need the right balance of hardware components to actually use them to their potential. The N64 CPU was often stalled by choices on cache and RAM, just as the PS1 was stalled by transfer speed. But Nintendo's error was more difficult to swallow because basically it took the lead it had in some components (like clockspeed) and probably left it on par, above, or below the PS1 depending on what you need. Perspective Correction is great! But I don't think Front Mission 3 or Rage Racer were substantially without it. Especially because they could make up for it with sheer data size or textures everywhere (see: Ridge Racer 64 vs. RRT4). Now, a lot of this stuff, if you're clever, you can design and code around. You can find interesting ways to cover up the problems. But at that point, you're basically working as hard if not harder as the guys on CD. Sega realized this mistake with the Sega CD and ended up including cache memory and a co-processor, realizing that if they asked the Megadrive to do the work, it would not only be slower...but it would also reduce the amount of capability/performance available to games. So basically, CD was the right way to go, but you wanted the right hardware to speed it up a little, if you still wanted to save your core performance for games.I mean, at the time, RAM was always one of the most expensive things in a computer. It was getting cheaper, but slowly. It took the widespread success of Windows 95 and the Internet to boost adoption rates, trigger new factories, and eventually get die size down enough where memory cost could plummet. Given the 5+ year lifecycle of consoles, Nintendo and Sony often didn't look just at how much their console cost prior to launch, but at how much they could forecast it dropping down. That affected how quickly they could get down to the "magic" $99 and just basically make more profit in the interim. The trick is that you're making that bet 5+ years in advance. If Sony or Nintendo (or Sega) knew their RAM cost would go down so much, they would ship it with more. More cache, more RAM, whatever it takes to make development easier and improve performance. Suddenly you have the PS4 situation of the best console to work with. The RAM expansion was Nintendo's hedge: they didn't think RDRAM would drop so quickly (and since it was not common DRAM, it probably didn't) but if Sony had 4 or 8 on launch, well, you could store a lot more on load. You could stream data longer. Bigger levels, more textures on call, etc. N64 had a level geometry advantage in that you could load more, and faster, but to realize the speed gain you would need compression...which in turn has CPU and memory latency cost. Generally the N64 lesson was: big levels: OK, but you would end up smearing them with such small textures that it was a difficult balancing act. Going down to 256color or 16 color helped a lot with texture size, but...yeah not the easiest to work with. So really I just mean "shipped with" because that's ultimately the only hardware spec that matters. Nintendo did ship the expansion, but the install base was already low, and this made it even lower. Shipping consoles is a hedge on a specific platform spec and hoping your software doesn't outgrow it before you plan on the next one.
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Thread Nintendo’s bigger mistake: sticking to carts for the N64 vs betraying Sony?
(Sorry, will try not to have bible-esque posts...)The 90's were a weird time because tech was progressing REALLY fast, but companies kept miscalculating what they needed for their console to "stick". Nintendo was badly behind schedule but Donkey Kong, Super FX, and the mid-90's lineup really did help them make a fortune by riding out the tech problems and selling to their existing customers. As it turned out, they were too late to match Sony, but they were definitely right to stick to current gen a bit longer than planned and milk their huge installed base. It's basically the plot of Halt & Catch Fire: ship too early? somebody better beats you. Ship too late? Nobody cares.Simply put, the N64 could draw a lot of geometry (see: all the levels of SOTE) but geometry costs storage (a bit limited there) and the texture cache limited you to 16x16 textures unless you were willing to drop below 8bit color. Extremely dense geometry would cost a lot in CPU and RAM, so generally any given character would be 300 poly or less. PS1 could mask that a lot by just using more textures, better sizes and making it just less obvious where the polygons were. (Or dodge them altogether with pre-rendered backgrounds!)
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Thread Nintendo’s bigger mistake: sticking to carts for the N64 vs betraying Sony?
Absolutely. And you're right, not going with CD was dumb. That's why I mentioned FDS: loading time didn't seem to matter much to Nintendo with that. But you can't price on hindsight. Sony/Nintendo didn't cost evaluate the PS1 or the N64 in 1996. They did it in 1992 or 1993. Sony had a crucial cost advantage in that they had a vertical business system - they could manufacturer their own CD-ROM drives and chips, if needed. And at the time, CD was extremely expensive, RAM was extremely expensive, and the average desktop PC probably had 4MB of RAM (average desktop price being around $140?) Between the earthquake and just general supply, there wasn't a global expectation of RAM costs bottoming out at that time. I think if Sony or Nintendo knew that RAM price would drop 4x by late '96, both consoles would have shipped with 8 MB, honestly...I think this could have worked, in the sense that they could have shipped SNES-level capacity carts with a disk. But only if Nintendo honestly believed at a corporate level that loading was that big of a problem, because a 1 dollar disc + a 5 dollar cart is still a huge loss over just publishing on PS1 or Saturn and pocketing the difference. When we realized that the cost of doing business with Nintendo could be 10x or more than Sony, it's really quite impressive how well Nintendo managed to hold the line at all.
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Thread Nintendo’s bigger mistake: sticking to carts for the N64 vs betraying Sony?
It's not a matter of "could", I mean, the NES could have had CDROM support if Nintendo really wanted. But it's about making the hardware and CD work in concert. Sega infamously thought they could just ship a CD attachment and quickly realized they needed to add RAM and a coprocessor to make it work acceptably. The SNES Playstation prototype does roughly the same thing. Just plugging in a CD into the Project Reality hardware as it shipped would have been a poor choice, because the Rambus channel would be under constant siege pulling data from disk and sending it to the CPU. They could have also included a separate CD cache system, but at this point they would be trying to justify a $200-$250 game console with a $100 CDROM drive and then whatever cost the extra cache would cost.I get what you're saying, but I disagree. To date, Nintendo has always, always paid a hard look at cost. They did it with the NES, the SNES (downscaling from their famicom+sf dreams), and pretty much every console they've done. It's their original spirit of finding cheap ways to make effective entertainment, going all the way back to the origins of Donkey Kong to even today with Labo. Maybe at first, when SGI pitched a $40 supercomputer, they thought they could make it work, but at no point do I think Nintendo thought they could ship a $400 console and was ready to just swallow the cost on a highly advanced console + an expensive CDROM drive. There are plenty of anecdotes where Miyamoto was ruled by Yamauchi, not the other way around. Y knew they couldn't ship a console as expensive as Saturn and be a success. I always take the loading time comment with a grain of salt, because they shipped so many products on FDS. At worst, Mario 64 would have had FDS style loads at times, but not in-level. A 2x drive with a small cache would have made a huge difference, too.
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Thread Nintendo’s bigger mistake: sticking to carts for the N64 vs betraying Sony?
(From my own experience working on N64 games...) Fundamentally putting a CD drive on the Nintendo 64 hardware would be a mistake. The hardware SGI delivered ended up being underpowered (compared to their desktop solutions) and unbalanced (Rambus latency being awful). Perfect for 3D Rendering and just a disaster for games. Carts were a way of getting around that latency because you could make calls directly from the cartridge and bypass main memory entirely. Combined with the texture cache issue, there just wouldn't be much hope to match PS1 title-by-title. The thing is though, those two pieces of hardware (SGI and CD) were never both in the cards. For one, hardware planning takes years in advance - back when this was happening, hardware cost of the drive would be around $100 if not more - so if Nintendo had to decide on technological reasons instead of business ones, I think it's highly likely the only "CD" option would be to ship 1-2 years earlier, using a cheaper and simpler architecture...basically, the PlayStation. Early games like SM64 honestly wouldn't be that different. You'd see longer initial load and level loads, but texture support (if they fixed the cache issue) would have been far better. Gameplay would be the same. The interesting "what if?" would be if it shipped with 4MB of RAM. The Hanshin earthquake didn't devastate RAM supply as much as people think, but I also suspect the cost of RAM even 18 months earlier would have been possibly 50% more. (These were the days where desktops still had 4-8MB!) So the PS1 standard (2+1) is actually very telling of its release year.
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Thread Nintendo’s bigger mistake: sticking to carts for the N64 vs betraying Sony?
Oh, to answer the thread, it's clearly the choice to go carts. Nintendo just didn't understand at the time 1) That the price of RAM was going to tank 2) That publishers were insanely interested in lowering their cost of materials. Lots of books to cover the whole topic already, but essentially N64 was the most expensive 3rd party platform in the world. Expensive carts, expensive saves, and a system late to the market. Using CD would have cost them a lot upfront but ultimately made 3rd parties a lot happier and eager to stick with Nintendo or cross-port, at the least. The stickier point is if they would have stuck with SGI. Ultimately Nintendo's path should have been the same as Sony's: 32bit, reasonable specs, 4MB RAM, but they burned a lot of time and money on the SGI pipedream, and it cost them in dev support (a lot cheaper to program for the PC-attached PS kit than to get the SGI Indy and a load of carts).
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Thread Nintendo’s bigger mistake: sticking to carts for the N64 vs betraying Sony?
No games, but apart from the memory cart there was the Netlink cart. Not sure if you can boot from the cart slot for games; I would treat it like an accessory slot.
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Thread Star Trek Discovery - Season 2 |OT| Exploration is logical
I get all the criticism. I even agree with some of it. But the lows of Voyager and Enterprise were just so, so much lower IMHO. I can take some Burnham drama so long as they keep doing interesting things and do not try to reinvent Ensign Kim.
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Thread Survivor 38: Edge of Extinction |OT| Where Castaways Attempt to Jump the Shark
I know the format is controversial, but the thing that makes it exciting to me is that it has the potential to shake up voting strategy across the show. I mean, voting out who they did just gives that person a lot more practice time, salts them against a jury vote, and basically just shakes up everything we know about voting order. You could argue the people they should be aiming for are ones psychologically more vulnerable to quitting, thus removing them from the jury pool, rather than big threats who could easily endure, have a vendetta and poison the rest of the jury against you. Or vote out someone who's enemy is already there, causing chaos and wearing down their morale.
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
I had this problem as well on my secondary PS4. Easily fixed by that workaround, but weird. The Legacy solution is actually rather brilliant, though. IOI has no way of reading what games you own - this isn't PS1 where you can just Psycho Mantis a user's library - so getting you to run season 1 to download the license file was a perfect solution for the variety of download/disc people out there.
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Thread Apple |OT|
1. It works for Apple Watch 2. It can simultaneously charge an iPhone, Airpods, and Watch, if the old promo is to be believed. So basically, three coils close together and interoperable support for Apple Watch. But honestly, we haven't even seen a real one yet so who knows on wattage, how close the coils are together, how loosely things can sit on the mat when next to each other, etc. I remember an old report suggesting 8 coils or something to make it truly idiot-proof (just put three things on there, it works) but it could also be much simpler than that?
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Thread Vlambeer co-founder Rami Ismail says "sucks to be you" and "you got out businessed" to Valve over EGS exclusives
A couple of things I would like to see on the Epic Games Store:
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Thread LTTP: Halt and Catch Fire - did you see this underrated gem?
I don't regret any of it. Loved all the seasons. Perfectly encapsulated the history of the era without rewriting it.
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Thread Am I unreasonable to be legit upset at Fury in Captain Marvel? (spoilers)
Well, to me the key point would be that Fury didn't use it until they lost. The recall time on Marvel is unknown - she's somewhere else across the galaxy. It could take weeks, months - who knows if she's busy fighting something else? The whole point of the Avengers was to be the replacement security force that she basically is by herself in that movie, so when Fury figures out they lost, he hits the pager to basically say "oh shit, we don't have a Plan B, we don't have an Avengers anymore."
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Thread NFL-OT | OFF-SEASON - A New Hope (Losers Only)
Isn't the 21m reduced to 19m to adjust for the salary bonus the Steelers don't have to pay this week? It just seems like the Steelers wanted a bad team to trade to, and somebody that can afford a guy who wanted lots of guaranteed money and bonus money. A trade now sucks, but at least it can be offset with the cap money they get from Bell last year. Maybe to the Raiders, this is a 30m deal, but to a contender, it would be 50+ because you actually would be paying out all those bonuses, and that's why I don't think the Rams or Packers or whatever were at the front of the line. I'm more surprised the Raiders wouldn't give away one of their first round picks...
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Thread NFL-OT | OFF-SEASON - A New Hope (Losers Only)
The problem is that he also wanted to be the #1 paid receiver in the NFL. So maybe 30 teams think he's worth better picks, but I'm pretty sure 30 teams don't have the budget AND the picks. I mean, he didn't even go to the NFC...
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Thread Left Alive |OT| Actual Russian Bots
I hear you, but so far (well, first chapter) it feels like "that" = some kind of basic understanding of 3Cs and tutorials. My first half hour experience wasI realllly get the feeling of a KojiPro LA game from this? Or at least MG Survive. But the controls feel like nobody has ever played MGS5 or any sort of western stealth game before. The frustrating thing is that it's all patchable. But through Chapter 1, I mean, MG Survive has this clearly beat on 3Cs, since, well, that game is just using the MGS5 gameplay straight-up. I'm going to keep playing out of UI interest and a sheer love for FM but yeah, it's a mess.
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
There is a variety of good changes, but two really rankle those affected:As a developer, one or both of these feel like “live” bugs where you can’t repro on test environments but can easily repro on live. They happen, and your reputation depends on how fast you can emergency rematch, which is not easy on console. Still sucks though, because it breaks every sniper assassin challenge in the game unless you use the workaround, so guys like in the video above get review bombed by people raging at IOI.
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
Yeah, I tested it on PS4 and it felt like NPCs were seeing the suitcase contents, but the lockdown note is good. Really weird bug. Also of note, IOI just updated the PC servers which may fix the ‘Discover’ challenge problems some people may have.
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
On the plus side, they added:The sloppy/funny bit from the aftermath was hearing some players accidentally had the sniper assassin UI enabled. A lot of players would be happy to have that soon...
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Thread SanDisk annouced the first 1TB microSD for the public, and it's pretty cheap
For those wondering, a typical SDXC card is the equivalent to the eMMC storage on the slowest Microsoft Surface device available.Well I'm pretty sure you'd just be using exFAT on SDUC, which covers us up to 128 petabytes, but yeah, it already looks clear that SDUC performance targets won't be met and at best we'll just see a smooth increase at scale over SDXC. Not very scientific comparison:The exciting thing about SDUC is that it dumps UHS-3 for SD Express, a new NVME bus mode, which supports up to 985MB/s. Even if it never reaches a fraction of that, there's solid potential for future SD cards to gain heavily in latency reduction and small reads which could make them feasible standard drives for small devices...if the longevity thing is figured out.
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Thread SanDisk annouced the first 1TB microSD for the public, and it's pretty cheap
Not very? QLC reliability is 1/10th of MLC, and they use SLC caching to try and make up the difference. But an Intel QLC SSD last year (512GB) qualified for 100TB of writes, or about 200:1. MicroSD has wear levelling (and a lot of layers to help) but ultimately isn't near as good as a multi-chip array with DRAM. So ballpark guess? 100:1 (100TB), but I don't have any concrete info on that...still pretty good, but not enough that I would use it as a windows install drive...
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Thread SanDisk annouced the first 1TB microSD for the public, and it's pretty cheap
I answered above, but the wildcards here are:Honestly, I'm not sure about that. QLC cuts down SSD longevity and performance yet again, and SD is already well below SSD is latency and longevity. For now I would treat these cards as skyscrapers of data storage, but with elevators, not race-cars, to seek and transfer the data.
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Thread SanDisk annouced the first 1TB microSD for the public, and it's pretty cheap
The current theoretical ceiling is about 5TB for 3D/4D QLC NAND, which is 512 layers. More layers might be possible, and die shrinks could multiply the terabits per wafer, so it’s hard to say if things will stabilize at 5TB or 10TB or beyond next decade. The only thing we know for sure is that future phones and devices will need to switch from SDXC to SDUC to support those bigger cards. (UC supports 2TB-128TB)
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Thread SanDisk annouced the first 1TB microSD for the public, and it's pretty cheap
Any device that supports SDXC? As long as you format it correctly, you should be good up to 2TB. The only devices with problems should be ones that have arbitrary hardcaps in their code, like maybe (?) the Nintendo DSi which converts terabytes into blocks. Overhead will get high depending on the filesystem though.
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Thread SanDisk annouced the first 1TB microSD for the public, and it's pretty cheap
So apparently to hit 1TB, these are 96 layer 3D QLC chips, which is not great for running Windows, but perfectly fine for the (relatively) slow MicroSD standard. So because they don't have to shrink the die, capacity changes aren't locked to whenever the next 7 billion dollar factory opens. There is a race to ramp up to 512 layers (5TB) but the tech involved is not trivial, so instead expect 128 next year and then 160/192 thereafter. 2TB is definitely in play a year from now, but it seems more likely we see one of the manufacturers jump to 1.5 and everybody else wait on 2TB the following year.
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Thread The 91st Oscars Award Ceremony lOTl Host wanted, please apply within
Just waiting for the inevitable thread about BR vs Crash
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Thread Huawei Mate X revealed (Huawei's foldable phone)
That’s plastic for you. May be fine on falls but easier to warp, too. It’s basically an iPhone 6 in thickness (unfolded) but with a plastic screen instead of rigid glass. The inside/outside approaches are interesting. Huawei’s outside fold means they can control the bend and probably have a better lifetime than Samsung’s method...but the downside is you’ll be gripping the screen a lot, which has a ton of downside too. I would want an ironclad warranty before trying either of these...
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Thread Upcoming book, The History of the Future, features scathing internal Oculus emails by John Carmack
Well I would say that it's like his previous book, CONSOLE WARS, in that he weaves non-fiction research into a story, but this time there is a variety of main characters, so it's pretty interesting. It's a bit awkward to read about Palmer Luckey given today but he's absolutely someone to discuss when it comes to today's VR and there are some really interesting things about that timeframe that I didn't know, such as or the extent of Carmack's involvement at the beginning. I guess you could say it's similar to Schreier's BS&P, but less structured as different stories since in the tech world a lot of these influential companies collide often (one chapter I haven't got to is literally called "Occulus vs. Ouya")
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
Ah, I mixed them up!And you are correct. TAC-4 S/A is available but not the Desert or Jungle models. Source: I have finished every challenge in the game except the MP ones...
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Thread Autism Group Says Minister Threatened ‘long, hard four years’ If They Didn't Support Changes, #ResignLisaMacLeod
Ah. The Global article made it sound like a new feature. Quebec was basically public or nothing. Anyway, hope everything works out for you. I won’t lie, it was a factor in me leaving Canada too.
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Thread Autism Group Says Minister Threatened ‘long, hard four years’ If They Didn't Support Changes, #ResignLisaMacLeod
To be fair, I asked my wife and I think we both agreed: compared to the existing system, we would just take the money. Private therapy is typically superior and more flexible, and the government program (at least in QC) was bone-thin and extremely time-limited. And that's not even counting the paperwork, tests, etc. But it would be taking scraps over nothing, rather than being a realistic solution. Most families in private therapy are probably spending more on therapy than rent/mortgage.
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Thread Autism Group Says Minister Threatened ‘long, hard four years’ If They Didn't Support Changes, #ResignLisaMacLeod
With kids and autism spectrum issues, it's especially tough because your energy is already burnt on raising a kid, and then one day...your kid regresses. Maybe they don't talk, or they forgot some core skill. So now you have to go through panic>acceptance>diagnosis>treatment with very little help from the standard medical community while also doing the day-to-day childcare thing. So when you find out there's a waiting list, or the hours are not good, it's especially difficult, because all of the literature says "act now" and the mechanics of the system prevent it. Which is why there are organizations like the one in the article (I presume, never having interacted with that one) that have emerged to educate and fight for resources.
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Thread Autism Group Says Minister Threatened ‘long, hard four years’ If They Didn't Support Changes, #ResignLisaMacLeod
While I was in Montreal, the waitlist was also a shitshow. The only viable path forward was to pay for private services and begin a long term (years and years) fight against the government to review my kid's file until it hit the desk of somebody willing to give the appropriate amount of disability funding (Because if you do win, they will retroactively apply the funds). There was a strong resistance to the idea of autism as a major condition, and as you might imagine, a strong preference to stick to the system, which will quickly age your kid out of services unless you fight for it. To make it even more harsh, they (CA and QC) do at some point need you to "re-prove" that your kid has not miraculously recovered. I absolutely think covering kids for private programs makes sense (to address the shortage) but the age restrictions on funding are insane.Most families cannot hope to afford a truly intensive program, but the hourly rate for therapy is (in my past experience) around $150. 20 hours a month (half the recommendation for any medium case) and you're already at $3000/month. Per that article quote (and ignoring both taxes on the therapy and other costs like BCBA visits) you're basically screwed once your child is 6. And existing kids stuck in the waiting list are hurt further because they don't get credit for the years missed.
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Thread Dragon Quest XI S launches on switch this fall. Orchestral music, 2D mode, new story, exclusive.
Blah, you're right. Why did I misremember that??? well another reason for the Switch version
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Thread Dragon Quest XI S launches on switch this fall. Orchestral music, 2D mode, new story, exclusive.
They do on PS4.
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Thread New Monitor woes - 4k vs 1080p at 23-24"
Look, I get what you're saying. Technically speaking, what you say is right. But it takes all of two seconds to see that the output on MacOS, by default, is better. In fact it's so much better that every MBP I've tried in the last two years ships with non-integer scaling by default. The sweet spot is generally 1-2 steps above native, so 1440x900 or 1680x1050 is perfectly usable at 13" even though the 1/2 scale is 1280x800 (13")/1440x900(15"). Meanwhile, if I use a Windows 10 desktop machine with a 27" 4K display, the results are pretty obvious:Now, could this be Nvidia driver issues? Sure. But the basic point is Apple seems to roll non-integer as a matter of everyday and Windows does not. ...Anyway, the point is moot. The OP wants to roll PS4/PS3/Switch, which means a 1080p multiple is ideal. (Edit: And possibly a multi-mon issue with different scale factors?)
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Thread New Monitor woes - 4k vs 1080p at 23-24"
Yep I screwed up ;) Some of my coworkers have 4k 27" displays and it's so tiny that they have to use Windows Scaling to run it at effectively 1440p anyway. Pretty much only running 4K output on X1X or PS4 Pro. Honestly the only thing keeping 1440p from being the perfect choice is that PS4 Pro only outputs at 1080p/2160p. If it had a 1440p output there would be a huge market for 1440p monitors right now. And in the PC space I would not be super comfortable about buying 4K anyway until HDMI 2.1 pushes the concept of 4k144 into the gaming monitor mainstream.
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Thread New Monitor woes - 4k vs 1080p at 23-24"
Would be cool if that app does what you need, but my general experience is 24": Way too small for 4k, you'' be running Windows at 1080p regardless. I would rather have 1080p144 than 4k60 at this screen size. 27": Still too small for 4k, you'll be using scaling in Windows which is...not great. Perfect on a Mac since MacOS basically assumes you will always be doing UI scaling, but on Windows it can cause UI elements to look soft. This is why 1440p monitors are extremely popular at this size - it's a great non-scaled resolution. 32": Okay now 4K works. Honestly 1440p here is great as well, but 32" to me on a desk is pretty similar to 55"-65" on a wall.
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
The problem with The King’s Men is that it’s basically a map-wiper challenge. The most silent, methodical approach still relies on you using a different costume to quietly round up the guards and get them to a place where you can take the killing shot wearing the intended look. It doesn’t have the frame rate issues of Making Waves, but it’s still basically challenging you to lay waste to the level rather than challenge your assassination skill set.
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
For some weird reason I thought elusive progress carried over, but I just checked and there’s nothing but the new targets recorded. So I think it should work like the rest of the legacy content: you have a clean slate and get to fight those classic elusives again.
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Thread Survivor 37: David vs. Goliath |OT| Let's Get Biblical
Apart from toning down the survival aspect (for both safety and drama reasons) there have only been four lasting changes: The Hidden Immunity Idol, ending with Final 3, Exile (still not working, but they keep trying...) and I guess now the final 4 fire challenge. The true difference is the social fabric - now virtually every player knows how survivor is played, and that has led in an evolution from ethical voting to tribe voting to alliance voting and now to voting blocks. I can't imagine we'll ever see another Vanuatu situation again. If you want to see a new version of the original season, you should watch Australian Survivor (2016). It's 24 survivors over 55 days, and while they are aware of the US show, it plays out a lot like the original, with a strong emphasis on groups and survival, and the final challenge is as tough as any challenge you'll see. But it still definitely resembles modern survivor in some ways. There are idols, for example...
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Thread PSA: HOTAS do not work on the pc version of Ace Combat 7
Yep, it uses USB. The switch for PS3 and Windows is simply because it needs XInput/Directinput on Windows (it supports 7/8/10) and then PS3 has its own weird way of talking to peripherals. As an officially licensed PS4 controller it has a touchpad and PS button. The box and manual specifically mentions support for all three platforms, and even says something to suggest it works on PS2 (but I have yet to test it). Honestly I find the game plays much better with HOTAS. You get fine control of throttle, fine control of flaps for short left/right movement, specific buttons for flare and stall, and it's just more comfortable to be in a long term turn race using the joystick than an analog stick, personally. It uses suction cups to stick to the table since they aren't particularly weighed down. The only relic of HOTAS design is that there are more buttons than the game itself supports, some of which do copied actions.
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Thread PSA: HOTAS do not work on the pc version of Ace Combat 7
Ace Combat 7 not only was planned for HOTAS, but it ships with HOTAS support on PS4, including a pack-in. The HOTAS is made by Hori, which also made a nearly identical stick for Ace Combat 5 and 6. Specific double-button combinations in the game (like flares and stalls) have dedicated buttons on the HOTAS in ideal positions. The HOTAS even has a switch on it to work on PS3 and PC. Honestly surprised that it wouldn't work on PC, and I do wonder if the Hori model works - would be an expensive test though - but if not, that means either the port was outsourced, rushed, or they accidentally broke support in the patching process.
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Thread The Good Fight Season 2 |OT| The best (fictional) show featuring a Pee Tape episode
Amen. Can't wait. Honestly, this and Discovery are really strong offerings, not enough to carry a streaming service alone, but internationally they do just fine on Netflix/etc. :)
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Thread Apple reportedly testing new iPhones with a USB-C port
I doubt it's going to be immediate for most users. Non-pro iPad and whatever the XR successor is still seem to be on-track for Lightning this year, and even at the high end this report isn't sure of USB-C. The push for USB-C is still very vague; my bet is that they want an iPhone Pro (so, XS2, USBC) to go with the iPad Pro line, but everything else stays Lightning until they gradually phase them out. Very interested to see if Apple has a gallium charger in the works, though; the iPad Pro charger is not big but it also is not small, and sadly doesn't use the slotted pin adapter.
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Thread New Switch model coming in second half of 2019, reports Japanese WSJ
Certainly, the inventor involved gives this solution a lot of legitimacy. But the reality is that there is no way to rush the proofs:...which is why Goodenough's battery was reported more than a year ago to substantial paper criticism (which means: it needs to be either proven or disproven!) If we ignore the science and just look at the history of energy products, well, it's just extremely likely you're going to see industrial or larger (eg: car) solutions long before it makes it into relatively cheap electronics like the ones Nintendo tends to build. And, well, here's a quote I just plucked off google:There is enormous stakes right now in cars and phones, so if something does work out, I would look there first. The good news is that virtually every major car maker (and some others, like Dyson) have invested big money in solid state battery startups. So there is definitely one or more solutions out there; the race right now seems to be to find a profitable way to manufacture at scale.
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Thread Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown |OT| Game of Drones
I know what you mean technically, I just feel it’s completely out of tune with their actual level design, and as a result a substantial UX fail. There are plenty of levels in the game where difficulty or complexity spikes before a cutscene, which means they set checkpoints for tech/engine reasons moreso than player convenience. I love the game, but I also can’t argue with the EDGE review in that the design basically hasn’t changed from PS2.
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Thread Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown |OT| Game of Drones
To be fair it is possible to die after Mission Accomplished. Happened to me a few times because some of the missions leave enemies active for a short time after. I almost feel like “Restart from Checkpoint” is a mistranslation because it’s definitely not handled in any kind of modern way. There’s even a mission where the VO mentions ‘checkpoints’ but those don’t count if you die...
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Thread Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown |OT| Game of Drones
It’s a separate game on the PS4 menu. So all you need is the code. (Pretty sure I installed Ace5 before Ace7, actually...)
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
The youtuber gets very lucky in this video. The approach is backwards (so, not through the morgue) but it's basically 1. Lure out the Operating room guard 2. Do a double drop to get a guard to notice the weapon (timed exactly so the surgeon gets a guard from the heart room rather than the patrol) 3. Fire a gun (unsilenced!) exactly when there are no guards who can see it. 4. Run like hell to a hiding spot and hope everybody cools down. Considering how sound propagation was patched I think reproducing this would take more than a few rehearsals. It's also very easy to mess up the drop because if the guard doesn't come forward far enough (or fast enough) you miss the time window. That being said the overall approach is sound and luring out the guard is a great alternative to the mood controller. I wonder if the EMP charge works on the heart?
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Thread iPad Pro 11 & 12.9-inch |OT| Now you're playing with power
I went from OG 12.9 > 2018 12.9I'd say if you are just reading it's not worth the upgrade. The OG is still a CPU beast for that kind of data, and the highlights are really Pencil 2 and portability.
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
I see what you mean, but I feel like the Hitman 2 difficulty system resolved that?All of that being said, I am surprised that the glass in the morgue is not bulletproof. The surgery OR external glass bulletproof, so it's kind of a surprising omission.
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
Why do you think that? I don't have a problem with it, but to me, the pre-Level 20 experience is the perfect correction of Colorado's police state flaws:Hokkaido is the perfect Season finisher level, in my mind, because it tightly defines a : one where you start in comfort and safety, but also one where all of your objectives lay on the other side of the fence, and then leaves you to slowly and methodically chip away to cross it. (If I had a criticism it would only be that it could fit a third target - I think if there's anything S1 and S2 teach us, it's that 1 is too few, 4 is too many, and 2-3 is just right based on the map scale.) Sgail feels a bit weaker to me because that safety zone is extremely frail and not well communicated. It's not really a prison, but a party you weren't invited to. That has its own charm, too, but when you're "doors" are almost entirely armed guards and trespassing zones instead of lock-and-key, you're trading off problem-solving for costume management. (Kinda like how Colorado has so many similar disguises that nonetheless gate the areas)
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
Absolutely, you don't even need items for SASO...Once you hit Lv20 it's just sooo much more convenient. Ninja and Biker challenges are a bit complicated though. SASO was the second toughest behind Colorado I'm sure there are more efficient methods but basically you should always frontload the patient as Yuki's solution is trivial
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
Yeah, I’m wondering if there is any content hidden in the Winter Festival Mission, because it’s 10 minutes tops to get the mastery set? Even the electrocution can be set up in 30 seconds using the bathroom.
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Thread Passengers stuck on United flight in frigid cold for more than 14 hours
I’ve been stuck in an airplane for 5 hours before at SFO, so nowhere near this bad, but I can say one of the first things to go is the bathrooms. Going without food is complicated but the lack of toilet supplies escalates pretty quickly too. (In my case it was a pacific flight so we were already 13-14 hours on the plane by the time we landed).
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Thread Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown |OT| Game of Drones
Fox 1 / Fox 2 means you’ve fired one or two missiles. Since jet aircraft in reality don’t carry many missiles, it’s enough of an event to warn your allies in the same airspace.
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Thread Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown |OT| Game of Drones
Still waiting on the game to arrive but the PS4 FlightStick just arrived. I'm sure some of this is common sense to anyone who owns a recent Hori HOTAS products, but per the back of the box:
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Thread Apple |OT|
It's looks like another 80% battery life, which makes sense for the slim form factor. The true convenience of these cases isn't the Qi though; it's the Lightning pass through. It's one if not the only battery cases on the market (I know Mophie sells some now and then, but inconsistently) that uses Lightning to charge instead of MicroUSB, which is a big deal if you have a flat full of Lightning chargers...
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Thread Apple |OT|
Great point on the iOS integration too. It's certainly a tough pill to swallow next to all of the dirt cheap 10 dollar silicone cases and almost as cheap external batteries these days, but absolutely, it's a convenience thing. Most big batteries are minspec MicroUSB, so not much better than the Apple 5W mini-charger, and you need two cables - MicroUSB for charging the battery, and Micro>Lightning for charging your phone. And of course if you don't pack in a MFi cable there are loads of those on the market with weird problems like "unsupported device" messages, just plain flaking out, and and the lovely "you must login to your phone to make this work" issues. The case should also be PD compatible if you have the ($$$) USB-C cable and charger for fast charging. If you already have a nice battery (for example, for Nintendo Switch/Macbook charging) it's similarly useless. But if I'm stuck in a conference all day it's really appealing.
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
Honestly, I love those games and will gladly buy the remaster. But....the thing I would really be excited for would be a campaign in Hitman 2 to remake / imagine those games. If not Absolution and Blood Money, then I think the first two games in the series are ripe for re-imagination in the Hitman season infrastructure. (Obviously the cost to do so is a lot more than remasters, though) I’m spoiled, but the current system is that good.
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
Update: 1. Yeah, three crashes on restore from sleep, so about 1/4th fail rate. I gather something in a recent patch is bugged. I always save before sleep anyway, but it's worth noting. 2. Despite reading otherwise, I didn't actually get to trigger any doorbell conversations with the Whittleton election guy. Something to improve later. It is fun to follow him around though, as he makes his calls...
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 10) |OT|
Well, they are different. Easier to use in some ways because it's straight up gambling, as opposed to free contests. But generally speaking most american gambling businesses don't want to spend the legal money on accessing more sets of laws than they can handle, which is why you typically get the "Lower 48" stuff. Sometimes they see that Quebec has different laws than the rest of Canada and write off the whole country, too. PM me when the paypal money is released? No rush, just could use the heads up
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
One of the girls refuses the drink unless you do the fire ceremony first. (She says something about how she doesn't want to drink beforehand). If you do the ceremony properly, and then get the bar costume by luring someone outside using the power switch, you can get her to drink after. EDIT: A more tricky route, though, would just be to lure away her guard by placing a gun on the floor, and then using the emetic needle...
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
Have no problems restoring from sleep, even today. Maybe need a database rebuild? Holiday Hoarders is my probably my least favorite modern day mission. Some wonderful touches, but ultimately you're looking for random items with no feedback on how you're doing. Removing the save makes it even worse. So I appreciate the sentiment, but...maybe there should have been a Santa elusive target?
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 10) |OT|
Yeah LS sounds awesome but they don't like foreigners :( Probably "something something don't want to be confused with money laundering" but it does make international play of fantasy football weird. Of course Yahoo loves to slap me with all of the pay league and daily fantasy banners even though I'm not eligible to receive any money from them.
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Thread Apple |OT|
Right now the reports suggest that the next mainstream iPad could basically be the 10.5”, in that it would have slimmed sides and A11. But what’s not clear is if they will switch to Pencil 2, which would require a chassis redesign. Tradition would suggest middle 2019 but Apple isn’t afraid of delaying things either.
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 10) |OT|
Thanks cloudy! Had a good time this year. Thankfully nothing as bad as losing the title by 3 yards in my other league...
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 10) |OT|
Yeah pretty much have to hope for a Pat Mahomes Xmas miracle, only on NBC. The Ravens sit didn’t really matter as Big Ben + Brown is doing all the damage. I would be upset, but as a Steelers fan there was some satisfaction there.
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Thread Survivor 37: David vs. Goliath |OT| Let's Get Biblical
I could be wrong, but I was pretty sure the Fiji govt made a deal with CBS, as they need the money and attention long term while CBS needs the cost clarity (since they treat the show as a geriatric, kind of like Law & Order...) Sucks if you want new locations - I would love another China season - but I do appreciate the network trying to stabilize the show long-term and not cut it back into Big Brother/MTV territory. And if you look at the licensed shows (AUS, NZ, SA...) there is definitely still room to look at the format.
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Thread New iPad pro still incredibly easy to bend.
The shipping part to me is sidestepping the problem. I have the same bend as in the first pic (not the second, which looks way worse) and it’s not a shipping defect. It bent from...? Putting it the flat part of my backpack, maybe? Natural flex? Who knows. It’s not bad enough to jeopardize structural integrity, but it’s not flat either...
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Thread Reset Era Fantasy Football League |OT| Don't be a Gruden and draft a kicker in the 1st!
! Well, I made the final. Not sure that Saints/Panthers game was a great way to win...for anybody...but Playoff Final here I come! Let's just hope the Saints care to play football against Pittsburgh.
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Thread The AI and NPCs in Hitman 2 are ridiculously last-gen
Generally speaking, the same player who thinks they want more realism there is the same one who is going to complain about getting kicked by a horse or 1500 other random things in a bigger simulation. As designers the only way to compensate for extreme complexity is by rethinking how the player lives though it. For example, we could call the SWAT team and permanently wreck the level because you triggered a loud accident, but the reality is that’s not fun: it’s just going to trigger a reload instead. So Hitman is actually a really good level of complexity in that it’s predictable 1-on-1 but quickly too complex in groups. The trick is to fix the bugs (seems like there is 1 or 2 in the video above) and the occasional “obvious, but probably scripted before the audio” issue like dropping a coin in a loud venue. But generally speaking what holds up Hitman as a simulation is that it’s simulating those core 200 or whatever NPCs. They don’t despawn, they don’t hide in exchange for cops, they don’t have one script and then stay still. To take that video to task, it *was* surprising. It required characters in specific positions and occluded by specific hit boxes. If I choke out a character that close, typically a gun drops, everyone looks around, the NPCs start panicking...and it’s time to run. May as well take Kotaku split screen videos as common occurrences if you’re going to make a game quality judgement call.
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 10) |OT|
Thanks cloudy. Just truly believed the Mahomes hype this year and then failed to buy him in the 4th round my main league. Really kinda stunned the Cohen deal worked out so well for me, though
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Thread Reset Era Fantasy Football League |OT| Don't be a Gruden and draft a kicker in the 1st!
Still raging that Andy Reid wouldn’t call for a replay on the Mahomes rushing TD attempt. Or honestly that Philip Rivers couldn’t throw a decent wheel route pass. Or that the Chargers felt they were too good for overtime...
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Thread Perhaps the most exciting character reveal ever, Sir Wilfred Laurier of Canada rumoured to be next Civ 6 leader. (Official reveal tomorrow, Dec 11th).
Wow. Tundra perks and the war protections are pretty interesting. Feels like the most legit tundra civ already.
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Thread iPhone XS / XS Max pre-order thread - starts September 14, ships September 21
5G is way too early. The chipsets are still in the works, the standards are still shaky, and the infrastructure is barely there if at all. So that's really a 2020 thing at the earliest. Apple doesn't feature-follow so they won't add it in until it's not a big hit on silicon size/battery life. I'm basically in line with Gruber on next year; it's going to be Lightning, the notch is going to be the same, and they will pushing iOS improvements over hardware looks. On the internals there is still a lot of room for Apple to improve video performance, so I'm pretty much expecting iPhone XS-S. It's even more "Super". The only upgrade I think is going to happen is bundling 18W USBC chargers (as in, it will come with USB-C - Lightning rather than USB-A. USB-C would of course start to clarify the product line but I think they need to find the courage to do it to all of their products... Given the phone market right now, a new frame is just the sort of thing their financials need, but it just seems really hard to imagine Apple not doing a three year cycle now (like Intel tried to do).
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
Current Power Rankings for meIt's actually quite hard to rank the levels because there is nothing I dislike, except perhaps the Colorado and Japan zombie levels?Happened to me once in Mumbai, but I just quit out of the game using the PS menu and reloaded, and it was fine ever since. I assumed at the time it was assigning the mumbai special scope to every sniper rifle.
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Thread Reset Era Fantasy Football League |OT| Don't be a Gruden and draft a kicker in the 1st!
Well I guess that’s my worst beat ever. Missed the playoffs because Corey Clement got 3 extra yards on the last play of the game before the kneel-down. By score I had the third best team in the league. Guess I’ll just have to defeat NQ and Resetera B... Edit: ah, resetera mobile doesn’t anchor the thread title anymore. :-( well sad story nonetheless
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Thread 더 지니어스 The Genius -- Classy reality-game show with smart people
It’s really funny! My wife and I call it “Idiot Crime Scene” because the staff really goes over the top to provide a crushing escape building every two episodes, but the hosts are generally meatheads with a strong sense of fear. I think it would have been better to have both genders on the cast, but at least the guys they have are the right mix of funny and ridiculous.
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Thread Soundtracks pieces that seemed like plagiarism or pure coincidence?
I am not a lawyer, but since some of the examples really stretch the idea of plagiarism: Wikpedia: discusses many of the aspects of it and a list of successful/unsuccessful cases. Wikipedia: discusses the very real problem with our memory and how it can cause us to imitate or even plagiarize ideas. In the courts, the accusing party has to prove two things: 1. Access: Is there some relationship or background that makes it likely the defendant heard the original piece. If you reference a song in the credits you've inadvertently proved this. 2. Substantial Similarity: Seperately prove the composition and/or sound recording are copied, usually going so far as to turn off aspects of a track (such as background vocals or beats) to isolate things. The courts are notoriously unpredictable about this so many cases are settled privately. But some defenses exist:
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
I really wish SC was ported over. (Well, I want to remake a lot of previous hitman levels for this game, but having the original SC next to Himmelstein would be great) There is another sniper rifle with high-powered rounds, but it's also not silenced. I could be wrong but all of the piercing shot guns I've seen are not quiet...
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2018 Season
Reynolds was great. Perfect Kupp replacement in any league with some PPR. Unbelievable that Mahomes nearly cracked 40 points with so many interceptions and fumbles. The only sad thing is that both these teams aren’t playing next week...
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Thread New iPad pro still incredibly easy to bend.
This thread is a bit wild, but...I actually took in my previous 12.9" (gen 1) iPad Pro because of a serious bend. Basically, I left it on the couch and my 5 year old stepped on it because to kids pretty much everything on the couch is an obstacle. Even the Genius Bar was kinda surprised the glass didn't break given the amount of flex. So the new thickness? I don't think it really matters. Either of them are vulnerable to bends and short of a steel bar support I'm guessing you want AppleCare. I haven't seen any damage from popping my new iPad Pro in a backpack but I'm pretty sure given sufficient pressure it's going to bend. For a tough kids device there is really no choice apart from the 9.7" iPad Pencil edition.
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
I got my first silenced sniper by hitting level 10 on Sgail, I guess I should have looked closer at the old levels... My rank so far 1 - Colombia: lots of options, never really lost 2 - Mumbai: complexity, options, 3 targets 3 - Sgail: Tough but amazing challenges 4 - Vermont: Fun, but first few times not as good as the old days of poisoned donuts 5 - House: quite like it, just short 6 - Miami: overwhelming building complexity Overall I firmly enjoy all of them? Miami just seems like it has the steepest slope to truly understand.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2018 Season
I love deal #1 in PPR. Hopkins is a massive WR upgrade for you. #2 is too risky though. I think Tate will improve but you don’t have time to wait it out. Ride the new Cards vibes
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
Columbia gave me a few MGS3 flashbacks. The initial video made it seem like another Colorado hostile zone level but it felt a lot more like Sapienza in practice. Honestly like all of the levels so far. Columbia is the most instantly memorable but Mumbai might actually be better in the details?
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Thread iPad Pro 11 & 12.9-inch|OT|Now you're playing with power
Still love the 12.9 new pro. Definitely afraid of it bending, though no more than the previous one, which my young son stepped on and bent it significantly. Glass never broke though. Just iPhone 6 style bends.
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
Dunno wtf is going on with the story and cutscenes, but man I love these levels so far. (Just started the 4th location). The changes to the original levels have also been interesting refinements. I really look forward to hitting max level on everything. The levels are huge and IOI is pushing more targets, but it’s still really great to play. It’s not needless size like in the old days when they just didn’t have the gameplay to fill it. (Narrative Rant) I really thought Season 1’s lighter touch on story was better. Taking out the mocap just really pushes a tell-don’t-show vibe, and then it has all of the needlessly complex stuff from Absolution era storytelling. Maybe it gets better, but I really feel like the strength is the stuff during gameplay, the light dialogue and event triggers, which I’d take anytime over the bits inbetween. The mission intros are still fun, though.
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Thread iPad Pro 11 & 12.9-inch|OT|Now you're playing with power
The first generation iPad Pro 12.9 has no camera bump, so I guess you mean the 9.7? Anyway on a flat surface I don’t notice a wobble at all at 12.9, but you could get the folio keyboard case to even that out if you want a protective case. The gap has one important advantage, which is that it makes it much easier to pick up. Since there is no curved edge anymore taking it flat off a surface would be a bit difficult. I imagine if they ever get a sensor that can fit in this depth they will probably go to a non 90 degree angle on the edges.
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Thread Apple October Event 2018 |OT| Wherein Apple Discovers a Time Zone Other Than PST
iPad Pro was available online this morning, so not midnight sharp but somewhere between 1 and 6 am. The Store app asked me to update and once I did I could order. The Store App shows a preview of your delivery options once you pick the options down to WiFi, and it was either Delivery: 19-21st Store Pickup: Today The only people making mistakes was the inexplicable lineup outside of people wanting to just buy an iPad straight up. They had a separate lineup inside that was for ISPU...
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Thread Apple October Event 2018 |OT| Wherein Apple Discovers a Time Zone Other Than PST
Totally agree with Stuburns, they can't ship an Intel Mac Pro and then change to ARM. So that could totally explain the delay. A14X CPU, T3 north bridge, PCIe and NVMe there for storage. I would be shocked if they supported that on the desktop, because MacOS needs a lot of work to support it properly. But I agree, it would be a dream add even if it only worked in select apps - Honestly I would love to buy a Surface Studio if it didn't cost a king's ransom. 1.5-2.5x 13" Macbook Pro's is just wayyy too much. A Mac where I could reuse my Pencil 2 would be amazing. Honestly we still need XCode on iOS though...
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Thread Apple October Event 2018 |OT| Wherein Apple Discovers a Time Zone Other Than PST
Honestly, as a MBP touchbar owner, I think it’s dead. They couldn’t build it cheaply enough to go in any product except the MBP, and now with the MBA they have a perfectly fine workaround to use every part of the T2 except the touchbar. I suspect they will dump it - getting some applause on stage when they see the full keyboard - and then cover it up with words of “4th gen keyboard”. My guess is that the all keys solution is still in prototyping, but that they are waiting on MicroLED to be feasible. The next MBP update is probably FaceID, which we all want, but I guess has some tech work to do as Apple hasn’t shipped a multi-profile version of it yet. Brightness was never the point of the touchbar - it just had to be legible while consuming as little battery power as possible. But the reality is that it’s not a game changing feature, and the cost is really dooming its future. It’s weird, but I think for the features Apple wants to do, replacing Intel with ARM feels a lot closer than I thought last year...
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Thread Apple October Event 2018 |OT| Wherein Apple Discovers a Time Zone Other Than PST
It's not a bad idea, although here (Asia) the real strategy is to wait until launch morning, then buy it off the Apple Store app. For whatever reason iPad Pro is one of those products that you can't preorder and get in-store pickup, but once it releases, you can. So you can basically just buy it while on the bus/train and then just walk in and pick-up. Otherwise, the app says it won't ship for another 1-2 weeks
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Thread Apple announces iPad Pro and Mac event for October 30th
Yeah, but it's just a video card upgrade on the current gen Macbook Pro 15"...so it's better, but nothing else changed (No discrete graphics on 13", no new CPU, etc.) So it makes sense to be mentioned but nothing worthy. I think all that happened is the Vega Mobile part they needed was late, and now it's not. Although honestly it really feels like external is the way to go on notebook video now, until Apple figures out an in-house solution.
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Thread Apple October Event 2018 |OT| Wherein Apple Discovers a Time Zone Other Than PST
Better, but but still not great. I'm guessing its the same song and dance as running games on the existing iPad Pro models, where although you get a wide aluminum backplate, in reality you get hotspots at the chipset and the battery warms up the rest of the back pretty evenly by itself. Sorry, I didn't want to say iOS had a swap file, but that as a developer you could roll your own since the architecture is fast. Obviously there's more work involved, and there are the temp directory issues with storage, but the basic idea is to leverage storage rather than load to memory. But to go with a previous post it's obviously a lot easier for Adobe than others to put engineers on that. The big question I have is if Apple has really loosened the storage limits on iOS yet? One of the secret reasons full retail games have flopped is that from top-to-bottom Apple has never really endorsed the idea of games bigger than 10GB. It's always been workarounds and potentially losing part of the download. EDIT: Pargon, thanks for that reply, I haven't looked too closely at the iOS memory manager spec in awhile. I can try the procreate test at home tonight with my iPad Pro 12.9" Gen 1 and see what happens.
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Thread Apple October Event 2018 |OT| Wherein Apple Discovers a Time Zone Other Than PST
I'm pretty skeptical about the NBA demo? I mean, it looks great. But I do wonder [1] what resolution is it rendering at and [2] what happens to the thermal envelope? Plenty of nice looking games out there that can turn phones/tablets into torches. What some people don't realize is that Apple tends to spend more on their storage solution to offset memory. RAM is historically a volatile market and the quantity per $ is always lower, so it makes a lot of sense to instead rely on more hardcore OS memory management and then have a highly capable swap-file, or simply read direct from "disk". These flash solutions aren't MicroSD - they have more in common with a high-end NVME solution. So it's really not apples-to-apples against any random tablet that is trying to show off; your disk subsystem and performance matters. A lot. I won't argue against more RAM, but at some point you really need software that justifies it, or you're just shipping 10GB devices were by EOL only 2-3 GB was ever touched. Apple's tendency to not offer 16GB models on MacOS has always been the more egregious to me; for the pro Mac market 16GB is very appealing, and in the past they have basically said "BTO or 15"!"
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Thread Do you use Self-Service tills at supermarkets?
Here the battle is already lost - usually only 1-2 staff checkouts, and so they get lineups. So you inevitably use self-checkout instead unless you have a big grocery cart of things. Though, I've been to a few self-checkout only places and those end up having basically the same amount of staff to deal with the checkout process?
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Thread Reset Era Fantasy Football League |OT| Don't be a Gruden and draft a kicker in the 1st!
Interested...but what to offer? There's basically no guide to his value because we don't know when/if he will play. So the chances that a blind offer I make is accepted seems pretty slim...
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Thread iPhone XS / XS Max pre-order thread - starts September 14, ships September 21
"To perform a on the , press and quickly release the Volume Up button, then do the same for the Volume Down button. Follow up by pressing the Side button, and hold until the display suddenly shuts off — about 10 seconds." ^^ Cut and paste from google, but it really does work if you have a severe responsiveness issue. If it's a battery issue leaving it plugged in for a few minutes well help, but so long as the phone is on I would try the above method.
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Thread Apple |OT|
This sounds a lot like the USB3 interference problem, where the USB3 data transfer actually interferes with WiFi signals if everything is not shielded properly. It’s possible switching adapters would fix it, but of course you want the cheapest guaranteed answer, so I would test with another TV or monitor first, if you can?
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Thread Thinking about selling my Wacom Cintiq 13HD and buying an iPad Pro. Am I crazy?
Basically just here to +1. Have had an iPad Pro since launch, it's great, it's getting better, and I would absolutely wait on the October 30 event to see what else Apple is doing with the line.
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Thread Reset Era Fantasy Football League |OT| Don't be a Gruden and draft a kicker in the 1st!
Well now that I've made a trade I guess I should have asked about the option to have a commish push it :lol Should be an interesting gamble. In my own league, I make a point of explaining all trades - even those that aren't mine - to offer context and give a guess at each point of view in the deal. (League B) Crazymoogle (5-2) gets: RB Ezekiel Elliot + WR Julian Edelman SSJDio (3-4) gets: WR AJ Green + QB Cam Newton To SSJDio, the idea here is simple: a massive upgrade at QB (from Mariota), and a locked in third receiver to go with Evans and JuJu. Yeah, you lose Zeke, but (a) he's on bye this week and (b) you're 3-4 and 10th place. So an instant QB1 and WR1 is pretty exciting. To Crazymoogle, Cam has a great schedule...but with Mahomes on the roster, it's worth it to upgrade at RB from waiver guys to Zeke. Losing Green hurts, but with Hilton, various Bucs, and a few other options, it's a more flexible situation. The downside? Zeke's bye, and Mahomes Week 12 bye. But that's probably better than riding Cam on the bench this season.
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Thread Reset Era Fantasy Football League |OT| Don't be a Gruden and draft a kicker in the 1st!
I believe it’s commissioner decision, with a two day timer before an automatic “yes”. I think group veto is sometimes very useful, especially in random leagues, but in a league with public/accountable commissioners it’s often just commissioner veto because if the trade is bad, there is a shitload of posts/emails until something happens. It also avoids the “tactical veto” problem. Anyway, That’s why I think it’s important to explain, so it doesn’t seem like a madman is running the league
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 10) |OT|
I’m fine with the deal. Basically okay with most deals when there is no collusion because especially in 16 team the chances of a 1:1 trade are remote. There is some value there, if you really look at Drake’s schedule. It makes me wish I could trade my backup (Cam) in Resetera, honestly
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Thread iPhone XS / XS Max pre-order thread - starts September 14, ships September 21
Honestly, I thought it was a mixed bag. You could really throw all of his comments into three categories:: Where's my (Hardware Feature), iPhone Design is super dated (?), Notch is obnoxiously large (?). He really pushed the hardware angle hard, from a classic tech perspective of specs and frame and de-emphasizing software or security. And if you're completely un-invested in iOS, it's a fine point. But if the security, ease of use, or integration of iOS matters, well... His rant on iPhone design being dated and behind Android manufacturers is baffling, but there you go.: Mostly valid struggles about people with non-large hands trying to grip-adjust on a big device. He uses it as a jumping board to be upset that there aren't software buttons, but that's going to be a divide that is never crossed.: Siri, Autocorrect are inarguable. The folder browsing is a necessary evil for sandboxed apps. I think the software argument as a whole as more nuanced (lots of aspects of iOS I strongly prefer even if Siri is useless) but it's fair to mention.
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Thread How is Xbox Controller disconnecting issue still isn't fixed?!!!
Not sure if this can help OP, but... - Microwaves, when turned on, run at 2.4GHz. So its possible it could interfere. - If you have a 2.4/5GHz router I would try turning off the 2.4GHz channel for awhile just to confirm if the router itself is the issue. In theory you could move some devices to 5GHz for convenience. I mean, if all of your consoles have the same problem that definitely suggests the Wireless router is involved in the problem somehow. - The on this subject suggested a fix for some by physically moving the router farther away from the XBox. Another suggested changing the channel used on the 2.4GHz frequency, provided you can access your router dashboard.
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Thread iPhone XS / XS Max pre-order thread - starts September 14, ships September 21
Would try forgetting and rebinding? And I don’t have the other problem either. May need to wipe your cache and then erase network settings. If neither is fixed the solution every Apple Store will try is to erase all content and then restore from iCloud.
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Thread Non-US Survivor |OT| Even Maryland Has One
I heard she was the casting director since the beginning, which implies either a financial or political reason? Definitely an interesting bit of news though. I did enjoy the end of AU this season, although to discuss two points: The Final 3 Challenge: On Predictability: It was a thoroughly enjoyable season, and the number of episodes helps - I honestly have to think with US Survivor that each one episode is the equivalent of two in AU.
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Thread RUMOR - New iPad Pro with 4K HDR over USB-C, face id, new pencil, and more incoming
Is there actually 4K HDR displays shipping today of any kind at 10.1 or 12.9"? I know there are cheapo 4K panels (without HDR) and some LCDs with pretty high power consumption, but 4K HDR at that size would be pretty surprising. (That being said, it would be great if the new Pro at least goes above XS Max resolution or adds HDR)
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2018 Season
Sure, but there is "guy will get some points" and then there is "passing back in a 3 RB offense that has the budget, will, and past indication of trading for somebody. It's blowing almost all of your waiver flexibility on somebody who might revert back to nothing. At least with Mike Davis or even Alfred Blue - those guys have a shot at the job, already have taken a shot at a timeshare, and aren't at risk of being made irrelevant by trade. (Blue, of course, could be rendered irrelevant by Foreman, but that's why nobody is spending 5+ FAAB on him this week) EDIT: Of the two, I may have spent a lot on Clement (for a chance to take the core job) or spent even ~20 on Smallwood if I needed something at RB beyond Buck Allen. But this isn't a situation where I think somebody wins and gives you the solid spot the rest of the season.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2018 Season
Note: I run an auto team in my 14 team league. It has Rodgers, Julio, and a few other good players. I play waivers according to Yahoo articles. No trades are allowed. Sucks if you want Julio Jones but again, should have drafted him...
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2018 Season
As a commish I find the only fair thing to do in this situation is either 1) continue starting the dead team lineup every week, or 2) if you know before the season, play it as an auto team with public rules (ex: start players according to yahoo projected pts, waivers according to Yahoo articles) A dispersal draft is bullshit. You can’t change the rules like that mid season. If they wanted those players they should have drafted them. Now, if there was a solution you could get 100% approval for, go for it! But majority decision on this is grounds for quitting the league. Edit: ultimately it’s unfair but if this is a close friends and family league, you may have to live with it. But personally I would at least say that if I don’t pick a player I get 50 FAAB or something instead
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Thread Zachtronics' Opus Magnum, or how I learned to love piston arms and bonding glyphs
The structure of this game (chat>puzzle>chat>game) is functionally identical to Zachtronic's previous game, , but what ultimately makes it so refreshing is that it's not artificially limited in the same way.: Limited devices, obscure commands, some restrictions on parts, space, and wiring. It's a really great programming simulator, but in some cases you are looking for "the" solution given the restrictions. Honestly it feels exactly like I'm a hardware/Pi programmer, which is both exactly the intention but also restrictive enough that it makes sense to plan out things on paper or Notepad++.: Limited products, but that's it. Virtually any puzzle can be solved with an incredibly large structure as there is no obvious limit to the size of the field or number of parts. I fully expect to see a lot of gifs of Rube Goldberg machines with hundreds of moving arms. To the average player, this just means if you don't see an elegant solution, that's okay! Just brute force it! Have 500 steps in the timeline, or 50 arms, or both! The visual nature of the moving arms is also of course more accessible than code for most players. I love both games, but as someone who can't commit 4 hours at a time to either, Opus Magnum is clearly the superior game. (And I say that loving Shenzhen I/O).
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Thread Vancouver’s Liquid Media acquires rights to 65 classic Acclaim video game titles
Not super often but you would see amazing set work (they sometimes made fake NY subway stairs on the street in downtown Van with the comic shop) and Supernatural was always in the west end. I remember Battlestar being out there but mostly on set or outside of the city. Montreal is also an interesting place for shoots because a lot of the architecture is used to pretend you’re in Europe.
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Thread Vancouver’s Liquid Media acquires rights to 65 classic Acclaim video game titles
FBI Headquarters = Vancouver Public Library. They used to film a lot downtown. And there is a Dawson Creek in B.C. (No ‘s though)
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Thread Disney really dropped the ball with Tron Legacy in a lot of ways
Soundtrack is so good I think of it today. Just a really epic high-concept IP resurrection that didn't have the script to make it work. Every time I see the Lego ideas set the good and bad rush back.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2018 Season
Blah. You’re right. Well, My rule of thumb is don’t expect lots of trick play scores the week after. Enunwa is easy points, if you want them... I’m playing him at RB2 this week, but under some duress. It’s either him or Buck and I just can’t feel great about a vulture after the Thursday game put me back 35 points.
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Thread iPhone XS / XS Max pre-order thread - starts September 14, ships September 21
Wifi and 4G has been perfect on my XS? Really have had not a problem on this one since I got it; even the transfer over was flawless. Maybe 4G is better in general here in Singapore though - all of our coverage issues are due to concrete rather than antenna location.
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Thread Let's Talk About Ridge Racer.
RIP Boom Boom Satellites. Fogbound is not their best track ever, but it’s the soul of the game. On the Painted Desert (the ending theme) is a brilliant end cap. Will defend 7 as the best of the series, but the thing I will always love about 5 is that it was this huge breath of fresh air for the franchise. Graphics and handling jumped massively from the hardware-starved PS1, and additions like BBS really gave the franchise a new flavour. PSP similarly revamped things but 6-7-vita all basically rehashed the construction. I’d love a new game but a new spirit to it has to be found.
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Thread Let's Talk About Ridge Racer.
People trashing RR7? smh It's RR6 with a better campaign, proper online, way better customization, real 1080p, and A++ lighting. RR6 is drab and dull by comparison. Arguing that RR7 is remixing RR6 is also a bit flawed since RR6 is taking the same content from RR PSP. PSP1, 2, RR6, RR7 and RRVita are all basically cut from the same cloth in different ways. They all also share the same controls, though I'll defend DS3 over the 360 stick for this game. I think the art content overstayed its welcome - by Vita you could tell they were just reissuing old stuff - but it was fun while it lasted. Don't get me wrong, I think a PS4 era remake of Rage Racer would be incredible. But I do agree the franchise is dead until Namco has the guts to either build something fresh and non-MTX...or remake one of Rage/R4. RRV has a special place in my heart because of Boom Boom Satellites (RIP, sigh...) and the ridiculous Pac-Man endurance race. but it's definitely the rough cloth inbetween RR4's sim controls and RR7's mainstream.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2018 Season
I hear you, but in vegas I would take that bet every time. Fitz wasn't just good - he made DJax the NFL's leading receiver. Winston hasn't seen that upside in 5 years. I think Fitz would have to be awful in the next two weeks to start Winston after the bye. And Week 4 is the Bears so he gets a built in discount. So really, he would have to have a Delhomme this week. I would feel supremely confident about Fitzpatrick playing Week 6 against Falcons unless Khalil Mack hurts him, but all this really means is what we already know: start your Bucs (except Brate), hopefully you have a better option against the Bears, but I still think that the Bears corners are not impenetrable either.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2018 Season
What is this "1-2 games" situation where they play Winston? Sure, if there is a 4-5 INT "Delhomme". Or an injury. But let's say Fitz has 200 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT for whatever reason this week or next. Zero chance Winston plays. The Bucs will play Fitz until they are sure the magic is gone, because Winston has no upside. They have to cut him in the offseason and probably would have already if they had any other legit option waiting in the wings.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2018 Season
Can't stop :lol. Just :lol so much Fitzmagic is the starter. Winston is the backup. He's even in legal trouble again. This is the new status quo until Fitz comes back to earth or gets injured. Winston will be cut in the offseason due to the terms of his contract. They're just riding it out because they need a backup.
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 10) |OT|
I’m betting against the Chiefs on WDIS, period. It’s Tecmo Bowl right now. Jesse James was a monster. Have no problem benching Graham when it’s this matchup.
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Thread Apple |OT|
You can charge faster using, for example, an iPad 12W charger, or I guess even the Macbook USB C ones. But of course, it comes at a cost, because those chargers (and, in the case of the Macbook, a special USBC-Lightning cable) are not exactly cheap. One of the few astonishing omissions with this gen is that Apple has not moved away from those cheapo 5w USB-A chargers, but Gruber mentioned they are popular because they are so compact (at least in the USA). Personally, I haven't used the pack-in charger in years, but I have generations of iPad charger plugs to go around. It can read your face from a pretty surprising number of angles, so yes, if it's flat you may find yourself using a "craning" gesture, but I will say after moving on I find using a touchID phone device to be a profoundly weird experience now, a year later. If you're within the angle (or use a stand), well, you have it unlocked pretty much immediately anyway. There's a new Apple app for this, can't really speak to how it works, but there's something there.
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Thread Apple |OT|
FWIW, Apple now licenses USB-C <> Lightning, but I'm pretty sure no manufacturer has come out with cable. So for now, it's the Apple Store or nothing. But thanks to BAD for clarifying exactly the requirement; I knew PD was involved but not the wattage. Actually, you can take a step farther, too - there are a variety of Qi chargers out there, some cheap, some expensive, but even some of the cheap ones have standing poses. So if you want a casual 5W or 7.5W charge, there you go. Absolutely agreed. I totally understand continuing to use Lightning as a cable, but not having the other end USB-C just totally undermines the push to C on the Macbook line. It's weird, but I could see them do it. If the new iPad has a new min-edge design and FaceID as proposed, then it's basically the biggest change to the iPad in years anyway, and they could prop up the connection between iPad Pro and Mac. But obviously, I think we would all prefer a standard 18w USB-C charger as a minimum change to the line as a whole. The one thing that really had me wondering was the new Logitech Crayon, which doesn't need to pair to be used. Sure, it has a few drawbacks, but it makes me wonder if future Apple Pencils go USB-C and also dual-mode radio. Just a random thought.
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Thread iPhone XS / XS Max pre-order thread - starts September 14, ships September 21
Good to know. I asked because last year, they did ship iPhone X with a less-than-latest version of iOS11. If you upgraded your existing phone that week and went into the store to do the upgrade, you were stuck waiting on the iOS update because the X operating system wasn't a high enough version to take the data. (Admittedly though iPhone X shipped way after iOS11 so I think they were at around 11.0.3 by the time of the hardware release)
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Thread iPhone XS / XS Max pre-order thread - starts September 14, ships September 21
Anybody want to guess if iPhone XS ships on iOS12? Given GM was not very long ago, I'm wondering if it's a better idea not to upgrade given that to port over your data to the new phone, the new phone has to be upgraded to iOS12 first (not exactly a fast process if you're in an Apple Store on launch day)
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Thread iPhone XS / XS Max pre-order thread - starts September 14, ships September 21
Wow. Kind of a miracle to see ISPU on a day 1 preorder. I expect the pickup line to be a 2 hour boondoggle, but I'm actually impressed Apple had everything up and running on the web store front this time! Possibly the most painless Apple preorder I've been through since the original iPad.
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Thread iPhone XS / XS Max pre-order thread - starts September 14, ships September 21
Last year, I preordered just when the orders opened (SE Asia). - No stock listed on the app, had to use the website. Stock on the app came up like 5-10 minutes later. - No in-store pickup option on preorder. Delivery only. - Did not ship during launch week. Then for whatever reason, the first week they kept having in-store pickup purchases available using the phone app. So I literally bought a second one on the phone that morning and cancelled the day-1 preorder on my phone while in the taxi on the way to the Apple Store. Shaved 1-2 weeks off of a delivery. So I'm likely to preorder the XS but ???? if that really matters at all.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2018 Season
For what it's worth, in my main league Lindsay went for 44% and Ebron went for 38%. So the RB thirst is real. Yeldon went for 25%. I think that's the trick, though. In the modern NFL some teams have an elite starter, and everybody else has trash that struggles to see 10 PPR points. It's moving further and further in that direction as RBs are generally devalued by their teams, with the ones sticking around doing so usually due to receiving skills. So when I see your setting of 3 RB + a Flex RB...that's 4 RB! So in a 10 team league, okay, I see it, but in 12 team leagues that means 36-48 RBs played per week and possibly more due to the superflex. That means every starter and every backup. It's the Catan situation! You're also starting 11 players per team, which will consume all talent quickly. This reminds me a lot of Berry's ESPN Man's League where it's 16 teams and somebody probably is starting Josh Allen and Sam Bradford this week. It can be fun but it also means anybody with a whisper of playing 2 weeks from now is getting a waiver bid. In my suggestion, it's 1 RB, 1 WR, and then flex, meaning that you could start 4 RB, or 4 WR, but not both. The elite RBs will all be taken anyway, but allowing a team to go, say, 1 RB/4WR means that rather than burning a lot of draft capital on maybe's like the Denver/TB timeshares, you're far more likely to draft the top 20 WRs, because you can actually survive with only 1 RB started per week. Maybe 4 flex is too much, but that was the idea anyway...QB/WR/RB/TE+flex+defense, done.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2018 Season
This is why in big money leagues, they typically go QB/WR/RB/FLEX4 or something similar, to give you the option to start as many RB or WR as the week (and your roster) suggest. Superflex (RB/WR/TE/QB) is also popular for 16+ teams as the trashier QBs can be good plays or equivalent to average receiver day. I’m starting to think the basic 14+ team league should be: - PPFD (The Ringer has a great piece on this) - QB/WR/RB/FLEX/FLEX/FLEX/FLEX/DEF - 5 BN / 1 IR - No Kicker - Auction Draft Given how lopsided RB has become in terms of top guys vs timeshares, I think there is a serious argument for Superflex in basically all leagues, but I admit it would take some research to back it up.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2018 Season
Stafford was running for his life all game. I was actually surprised he stayed in the game after getting hit the first time because the OL was not blocking at all. The Jets could at least block enough for Darnold to drop back, but for the Lions dropping back = big hit and probably a sack. It was like the Jets had Donald and Suh up front or something. I'm not in a rush to drop Rishard Mathews. Mariota wasn't great but once he hurt his elbow the offense was basically gone. So I think there is still long term value there. Of course, if you see potential now, go for it, but the Titans offense won't remain in the Bills-zone forever.
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Thread Era Justice League (F2P Fantasy Football) 2017 |OT| Josh Gordon Hype Train
Well, uh... ...actually most of us went to the Resetera Fantasy Football League thread, where a very similar 3 league relegation system is in place. The third draft happened last weekend, I believe?
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Thread Era Justice League (F2P Fantasy Football) 2017 |OT| Josh Gordon Hype Train
Can't believe I came all the way back. From 0-6 (and 1-7) to 5th place and making the playoffs in JL3. You're the best, Ingram! Also I never want to own Brees and Wilson at the same time again
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Thread The Verge: The new 6.5-inch iPhone will be called “iPhone XS Max”
It's not even a new fake leak. The Verge piece literally just links to 9to5mac as a straight-up repost itself. They try to pad it with battery comments but it's along the same lines as suggesting the phone will have wireless charging (surprise!) But as you suggest, the FUD level goes way up the week before every Apple keynote.
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Thread What's the upper limit on Pokémon?
The thing about video game production is that the Pokemon asset mill is actually very well understood. It was harder in 2D where space limits were extreme and you needed like 15 pieces of art per pokemon. But now in 3D, you can pretty much just setup a production lab like EA does for Madden. It's very easy to schedule and apply manpower as needed, especially compared to game development itself. Worst case, we see a day where Nintendo patches in the non-native pokemon Day 1, but realistically cartridge size is accelerating faster than Game Freak is adding Pokemon. A given Pokemon asset takes time and money to make, but space wise these are not like 500MB each.
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Thread 21:9 and Widescreen Gaming Era, Still Active?
Should be fine if they both go off the video card. It’s very common to run multiple monitors off different ports, and higher end cards have plugs for up to four monitors. As long as they aren’t both running different 3D apps you shouldn’t have any problems.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2018 Season
Drake went third overall in my keeper league, so adjusted that’s still a top 10 pick. I can’t see the value but if you’re convinced he can make the Miami running game work, why not? At least he has the early job over Frank Gore (...probably...) Honestly though this has been the biggest mystery preseason I can recall. Huge number of question marks at every position.
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Thread Need input on these TVs for gaming: Sony X900F Series vs Samsung Q6F
Doesn’t matter at all for 1080p; only matters for 4K HDR basically. This TV does HDR wonderfully so of course that matters, but anything that is too old for HDR or is running 1080p doesn’t use that extra bandwidth at all.
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Thread Need input on these TVs for gaming: Sony X900F Series vs Samsung Q6F
Depends a lot on the country involved. Where I live the Samsung Q7 is a thousand more and the LG OLEDs start at $3500. I’ve never even seen a Vizio in the region. I imagine the price situation is also quite different in Europe as well.
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Thread Need input on these TVs for gaming: Sony X900F Series vs Samsung Q6F
I own the X900F. I really like it! As usual I highly recommend reading RTINGS for reviews on these TVs, but for whatever reason the site is down right now. So check again later. Worth noting: + Runs Google Play, so VLC, Youtube, and basically anything else you can think of is easily installed. Also works with bluetooth keyboards/mice. + Array Lit LED, so awesome HDR brightness and good SDR brightness. God of War looks amazing. - Only two of the four HDMI ports are full bandwidth. Not a big deal right now, but you would want to put Switch or whatever on the lower bandwidth ports.
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Thread LttP(In Progress)-The Wheel of Time(Up to and Including Lord of Chaos)
100% loved the books. Are some better than others? Sure. But it all builds to that final book, which honestly I’m not sure Jordan could write in less than 3000 pages himself. It took Sanderson just to squeeze it into something bindable. Ending is superb. If anything it just hurts to see one (minor) plot not wrapped up - but that’s only because I read the books over what, 15+ years? So I had time to dwell on the details. All of the major stuff wraps up masterfully.
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Thread LttP(In Progress)-The Wheel of Time(Up to and Including Lord of Chaos)
Not worth a new thread since I gather IGN reported on it months ago, but I at least saw Tor and Deadline confirm that the Amazon TV series for Wheel of Time is currently a go. Script work is ongoing. Considering the monstrous sum being spent by them on LOTR I'm not sure how much traction this will get, but at least we can expect something competent and not constricted by the 22.5 minute universe of network TV.
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 10) |OT|
Yeah but last season I had a point where I had to roll out Bortles? Or worse. So why not roll out the new starters and whomever sticks is the guy? I would have loved to get a top 5 guy but not as early as you have to in a WR-thirsty league.
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Thread Ace Combat 7 Releases January 18th 2019 (New Trailer)
Rewatching the trailer I see TLS, but it's followed by what looks like the F22 with some kind of wing package firing pulse laser blasts? Or is that just blue VFX for some kind of conventional weapon? Hori typically always has a HOTAS stick either already on the market or in the warehouse, and then they just modify the design for each console, adding in the extra buttons needed for platform compatibility (like the round 360 button, or the PS3/4 PS button). Namco is pretty good about automatically supporting most of the HOTAS including trim control and analog speed on the throttle, but yeah, a few buttons end up being dupes. The cool thing though is that historically the controllers are PC compatible so you can always retire it to steam afterwards.
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Thread RTTP: Dragon Warrior
I really love this game. It's simple, but for the time, it's does a hell of a lot for the cartridge size (80 kb, up from 64kb on the JP version). It's obviously a smoother experience on the GBA remake but there is a specific feeling to that original. Blanket denial. Breath of Fire 2 is the gold medallist.
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Thread Bad North | OT | It's Vikings Time!
I want to buy it. It looks great, and the concept seems really focused. But just watched 4 game-breaking bugs on my coworker's switch in the first hour of play. Game booting to white and crashing, crashing during play, levels without units, etc...it's not the perf issues of Sexy Brutale, but it's actively stopping gameplay. I've shipped enough games and know how hard it can be to get the bugs stamped down before release, so I feel for Plausible Concept. It's hard shipping on multiple platforms and harder still to find the weird bugs you don't see on dev. For now though, to me it looks like a hard wait on a few patches (or maybe a different platform release, depending on your taste).
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2018 Season
Risky since he hasn't been approved for games yet. He's "back", but I would make sure he passes the various checks and balances of the NFL first...at the very least plays a preseason game?
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Thread Non-US Survivor |OT| Even Maryland Has One
I see what you mean, but Survivor is ultimately not a physical survivor show - it’s a psychological battle. The physical survival standards are considerably less because most of your energy is burned dealing with other people and participating in challenges. (And of course the usual mix of models and fans per casting) Pretty much unless you can live in swimwear and eat off the land without extreme difficulty, Survivor won’t consider it. Vancouver Island’s rainforest status really wouldn’t fly without extreme prep from the production team, such as the China season.
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Thread iPhone X | OT | Hello Future | November 3
Apple has to ship in scale unheard of in almost any consumer product. And everyone wants to know about it. So they have both (a) a lot of external sources that could leak and (b) the product that is in most demand for a leak at any given time. They try to crack down on internal leaks but short of buying out Foxconn and every other manufacturer they need, it’s simply inevitable. It’s generally remarkable when something *doesn’t* leak, but that’s typically because it’s a new component or software feature, which Apple can keep safely indoors until the last minute.
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Thread Non-US Survivor |OT| Even Maryland Has One
I think a Canadian-located Survivor season would be great, in theory, but in practice the liability would be too huge. The bottom line is that in the tropics, you can sleep virtually naked, and apart from bugs, all you need is a roof over your head. In Canada, in the height of summer, you still need clothes on your back to sleep and the water is ice-cold (and not nearly as clear as you see in Fiji). Off-season hypothermia and frostbite are unsolvable, and you just can't live off the land nearly as easily. The shame to me is not going back to Australia itself - apart from that poor guy falling in the fire, Australia was a superb season so it was always a bit strange to hear that the actual Survivor: Australia wouldn't film there. (That being said, the economic logistics point strongly in favor of their current locations - not only is it cheaper but the governments there are eager to make deals given climate change problems.) He's really good, and he's taken Probst's angle of protecting the show now too. He not only doesn't take crap, but he angles questions in a way that props up the integrity of the format. It's really refreshing compared to the NZ and SA guys who can't really roar over the crowd. About Survivor: Australia's second episode...
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Thread My PS4 Pro's 2TB Seagate Firecuda Just Died, And I'm Not Alone
Drive failures suck, but I can't imagine taking the Backblaze server failure rate of 3.5", multi-disc drives as something to condemn a low-impact consumer product like a 2.5" SSHD. Given how a negative review is far more likely to be written than a positive one on a hard drive (it works or it doesn't) I probably wouldn't shop for confirmation bias on Newegg either. Honestly, all of the brands have their black eye. HGST is the child of the Deathstar (Deskstar) era, and you basically saw them in OEM for a long time because of the IBM damage. WD now owns them, which muddies the water more, and Samsung's HDD division is owned by Seagate. I think it's absolutely possible they had a bad production run, and if that swears you off to a different manufacturer, it makes sense. But pretty much the only sure-fire brand killer I have ever seen - where the failure rate was enough to warn an entire consumer base - is the IBM Deskstar. Seagate is just another brand to me. Lots of drives and only anecdotal failure evidence.
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Thread Non-US Survivor |OT| Even Maryland Has One
For folks interested, but don't want spoilers... is currently beginning it's season 5, but since it's a reboot on a new channel, years after the original, it's best considered to be Season 3. The past two years were in Samoa, but they have now moved on to Fiji. (Yes, the iconic second season of Survivor USA was in Australia, but I guess the franchise package is just way cheaper for TV networks to pull off in the traditional island locations). The first two seasons surprised with what I would call a return to roots for the franchise - the reboot seasons have each had 26 (!) episodes and 24 survivors, a season length Survivor USA hasn't seen in many, many years. The casting has also been old-school, with players obviously aware of the franchise but not coming in with an airtight gameplan. And the finale...well, it's epic. Enough so to probably break some of today's better known players. just finished season 2, this time in Thailand. Similar to Survivor AU, the host is relatively laid back and the cast are not out to kill each other from the beginning. The blindsides do appear, but overall it feels relatively lightweight compared to the long season of Survivor AU or the meticulous gameplay of Survivor USA. The stakes are lower, the episodes fewer, but it plays out more or less like a regular Survivor US season without Jeff Probst. It's unclear if the series will continue as ratings did not do that well. is currently ongoing in the Philippines. It's the crudest version of the formula, perhaps - the theme music is a sloppy original track, the cast is prone to meltdowns, crises of character and huge blindsides from almost the beginning. And the idols are not hidden very well. But at least the cast is about as diverse as it's ever been, and the personalities definitely are forced to bend as they weigh what they thought the game was versus their ability to stay another night. And like Survivor AU, it does on occasion bring a new rule or two to challenges that would be welcome additions to the mainline franchise. But it feels like a brutal war of personalities that sacrifices the battle for survival to achieve the battle of ego. Of the three, I would say
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
Requires the Patent catalog to be able to do it right and then the billions of dollars needed to build and run it. LG, Samsung, etc only make it work because they sell panels to other companies.
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Thread Apple |OT|
I would probably google and follow some of the general advice for things like broken iTunes library links. But the most extreme solution is often the most likely to succeed: you could wipe your ipad, restore from iCloud and then copy over the library again. (I guarantee that's on Apple Support's script, at least). I've seen issues where turning off/on iCloud Music Sync helps, but generally speaking any nagging iOS glitch is usually fixed by the tedious reinstall-iOS method.... It looks like they do...IF you bought some kind of premium care plan from TMobile. So it's not "free" - it's just something given if you pay for the service provider's repair plan. Honestly still a hell of a lot better than any other provider plan I've seen, but generally I'd rather just deal with Applecare.
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
Most soundbars should have negligible input lag because they are not re-encoding the signal, like, say, Xbox One. They are passing it on, with sound usually going to the bar itself and the rest of the HDMI signal going to the TV. The only thing I would make sure of is that the sound bar’s HDMI version is equal or better to the TV, to ensure you have enough bandwidth to pass the full signal you need, but this is mainly an issue for 4K HDR.
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
Exactly. If your soundbar has a passthrough, your TV will see the device connected to it, but ARC will function regardless. On the Sony X900F it shows the soundbar OS and passthrough as if they are separate inputs, for example. Oops - CEC isn’t ARC, not sure I’d pass through works without ARC, but probably? The soundbar just passes on the signal after all...
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Thread The Vita Is An Amazing Piece Of Hardware
Sony dropping the platform was a shrewd move in terms of financials and brand direction. Portable as a market was effectively dead because Nintendo owns the low end and 4G owns the high end. Every train in Asia went from people holding PSPs to people holding iPhones or Galaxy Phones, because Apple and Samsung had found ways to effectively blanket the market with options. So Sony did the right thing and focused on the platform where they could definitively 'win': PS4. The Vita was a problem in a variety of ways: - (they were quickly outpaced by phones at a time when flash memory prices were skyrocketing) - (the iPad 3, which is mostly the same hardware, shipped with 2x the memory due to a >1080p screen. It's successor, the iPad 4, shipped six months later.) - (again, phones were outclassing Vita in terms of specs, even if they lacked the support hardware needed to compare in a 1:1) - (what drove Samsung to success was "going big". A 5", sub 720p display wasn't winning over anybody when phones had bigger, nicer screens with better dpi) - (touchpad vs. L2/R2 made ports difficult) - (They couldn't win the low-end from Nintendo) At the end of the day it's hard for a console to succeed without the developers, and the console was basically too hard for indies, too low-spec for AAA pipelines, and too expensive to find a built-in market. I still think it's a great console, but as a developer it's pretty easy to see why Switch succeeds where Vita failed, in a way.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2018 Season
Cloudy renewed NQ back in May? Just haven't heard from him since then. Anyway whether it's Uber or me or someone else, plenty of people who could admin. I try to be co-commish these days since I'm overseas though. (Still looking for two people to join my 10 year keeper, actually, had a few friends leave because they finally had it with Trump)
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2017 Season
Yeah, I just love Ape Escape and Siemian is roughly the same talent haha Honestly don't see a lot of value in Kizer Roll, and chargers corners are scary. But the Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman hype trains are +52db, Broncos are in 100% panic mode, and Red Rifle has to play Pittsburgh. I think the top 3 in Fantasy QB accuracy this year are actually split on Ape/Rifle. I'll have to do more research...
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2017 Season
I was a big DeDe booster two weeks ago. Now I’m not sure. Jags game is supposed to have snow, high wind, Fournette issues... Anyway yeah I’m one of those fools who has to decide between Eli, Bortles or Fitzmagic this week. The fantasy community is utterly split on the topic too...
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2017 Season
If you got a real deal, I'd take it, but otherwise, why roll the 50/50 on a much worse player? I saw one deal on Reddit that was Kamara + Jags DEF. That's something to consider because you would get a guy who's good now, and a defense, and then be able to free up your bench of streaming DEF and arguably Cowboys bench runners. But like Funchess+Rawls? I'd rather just ride Zeke to whatever end he gets and make sure I secure at one of Alfred Morris / Rod Smith / DMC in that order.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2017 Season
Aaron jones had that great first run and....that was it, I guess. Hundley was throwing to behind the line of scrimmage, and I guess he didn't make mistakes but it's almost shocking they scored points at all.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2017 Season
Fuller is a temporary WR1 for sure. He’s flying a rocket to Regression city but scoring like crazy on the way there. Same. Drives me nuts when this happens. My other Yahoo league processed right away.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2017 Season
100% would not trust the Seahawks coach on this. Lacy is a desperation play. The Seahawks are desperate for some kind of run to balance out the pass, but Lacy's leash is so short they could switch to one of their cast of thousands at any time. And with that I'm starting Dede Westbrook (JAC) this week...oh boy...
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2017 Season
Yeah can't argue going into Sunday morning up 29 points That game though. ugly. Flacco and Mallett both junk, Moore awful, without the Ravens D this would have been completely unwatchable. I can't even believe in Alex Collin's game, really have to expect he'd struggle against any decent rush defense.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2017 Season
Drop Carr 1. Back injury 2. Super uneven play from Cooper/Crabster 3. Decent running game 4. Getting killed in division play Wentz is QB2 this year, so yeah, you roll with him, but I'd take Wilson after that. The Seahawks are contending, but they have no run game, which means it's all up to Wilson to save the day. In bad matchups he's a questionmark, but he's really an amazing backup to have for Wentz.
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Thread Survivor 36: Ghost Island |OT| Who names their kid Donathan?
Well it wouldn’t surprise me after the stunt NZ pulled! But my guess is if true his reputation will still haunt him. A shame, his idol play is unparalleled; but when you play the crew more than the contestants you’re going to get burned.
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Thread Games OST nowadays sucks
Okay, I did work on the game, but I admire Ed Harrison (Neotokyo)'s work so much, so there are tracks on the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided BREACH soundtrack that still stand out to me even today. The whole thing is up on Soundcloud too.
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Thread Apple launches new MacBook Pros Touch Bar Only starting @$1799
Unfortunately the only way that can happen is if you wait 5 years, or accept a series of drawbacks, like - Plastic construction - Passive cooling - Half the battery - Way less hardware The cheeky answer here is the Macbook, but it's basically what I said above. Apple didn't go plastic, but it's a smaller frame, smaller battery, smaller screen, and just the bare minimum of hardware for the experience. I totally agree with you though - it's not really thickness of frame but lightness that makes the carry experience so good. My opinion, every time, is that the stock CPU is best. The upgrades never seem to actually offer a noticeable enough benefit for the cost, and it's money you can just save on the timeline towards your next laptop. Of course, if you find a refurb or have a discount, well, knock yourself out.
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Thread Apple launches new MacBook Pros Touch Bar Only starting @$1799
Intel Quad Cores have some fairly low voltage options (hence you see it on Ultrabooks now) so given the MM will have a PSU link to the wall there is no question it will be able to meet or exceed that performance level. If it’s in fact updated.
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
It certainly solves some problems with TVs to date. VRR is nice and so is the max bandwidth for eARC. The problem is that implementation is likely to be quirky at first, so there’s no guarantee 2019 TVs are simply going to check the box. I would have no qualms buying a great 2018 TV because there is always something interesting coming next year.
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Thread 더 지니어스 The Genius -- Classy reality-game show with smart people
I really liked it too. But I don't think he was that pragmatic, in a sense. On the finale games... Absolutely. But I would say the problem with Society Game is a weird one - it starts fast and ends slow. Kind of the opposite of Survivor. I'm a game designer though, so I think about that stuff a lot...
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Thread Television Displays and Technology Thread: The ERA of OLED is Now
Mofo2 has the right answer. Use rtings. They straight up suggest to max brightness in a bright room, which works wonderfully for me, but their recommended brightness settings are great advice in general. I think on a per input basis you can then tweak from there; I like to use some of the filtering settings on the built in Netflix app for my kid's shows. I mean, if you have a history of extreme input lag sensitivity or are a semi pro fighting game player or love to play max speed Beatmania, look elsewhere. But for the games I've tried so far it's great? It's the loss of a frame @ 60 so for most players I think it's not even noticeable. My SNES Classic and Switch run fine. I'm possibly on the less sensitive side of the problem though.
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Thread NYT: NYC Subway built the city. Now at a projected $100 billion — the city must rebuild to survive.
The London/NYC comparison is interesting. Here in Singapore (a city-state/island, so somewhat comparable to Manhattan), the amount of total track is half, with 119 stations and buses covering the gaps. But ridership overall is very close, coming in at about 1 billion/year rough average. I'd say SG is extremely advanced compared to NYC in that it's mostly automated with a card-based system and extremely cheap fares (you pay by distance using fare-debit cards, not by arbitrary zone). But Singapore has substantial advantages in government infrastructure and spending to build, because the population depends on it. Cars are actively discouraged. Montreal is an interesting comparison as it's clearly in much better health than the NYC system, but shares similar problems in terms of infrastructure fatigue. The new trains are nice but the cost and stations are definitely suffering. The Pink Line proposal is interesting but I'm not sure any government would survive the debt taken on to build it. No, because the available land doesn't exist for the most part - the Government would have to begin a repurchasing program. NYC is one of the world's most expensive cities, and then you have to factor in the issue of weather. Digging underground is costly and would shut down parts of the transit system, but it is relatively protected from the problems above.
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Thread The Good Fight Season 2 |OT| The best (fictional) show featuring a Pee Tape episode
I took it the other way. Lucca wasn’t sure about moving to Washington. When she saw her friends car, it was basically saying “stay”. This season was never about her love life - it was about having a kid and where does she want to be? (I do wonder if next season becomes the Lucca show, now that we’ve had Diane and Maia seasons.)
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Thread The Good Fight Season 2 |OT| The best (fictional) show featuring a Pee Tape episode
Well it’s also TGW because that’s the consultant who feuded with Eli Gold. :lol But that’s part of what’s great about this universe - the coherency. Characters matter, whether it’s a recurring judge or crazy lawyer. (Treats it as a sign of Eli’s glorious return)
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Thread The Good Fight Season 2 |OT| The best (fictional) show featuring a Pee Tape episode
That episode was so good. Boseman was a champ. Consistently funny and surprising episode, and S2 proves that the writers here can consistently do what shows like cannot: say what needs to be said and move on. Honestly just begging for the triumphant cameo return of Eli Gold at this point...
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Thread BATTLETECH |OT| Kill the meat, save the metal
Did anybody ever run into a PPC+++? I never saw one of those, and only one heat exchanger. One of my friends at work also has two gauss for some reason; likely a bug of some kind... King Crab was definitely an exciting find for me, too, although functionally I find the Atlas to be a much better choice. The 'Crab is just too limited on slots and too fragile in that I can't really find a good alternative to a stock config. I admit it's still fun to just run up the middle and see if you can break some legs, but you tend to need a stock of AC/20++ and +++ to keep it functional.
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Thread BATTLETECH |OT| Kill the meat, save the metal
Honestly rendering is not the problem. It’s data and Unity. Which means CPU. It can be butter smooth and then stall like crazy on my 970. Second to last story map just had huge stalls everywhere, like it needed 8GB just to load and the CPU needed another 2GHz to breathe. Absolutely still enjoying it though. Every time you get that next 10 ton up mech it feels like your strategy is totally revitalized. Had flashbacks to the original Mechwarrior when I ran into that Battlemaster.
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Thread BATTLETECH |OT| Kill the meat, save the metal
Lots of weird lag even on my 3 year old rig. Sometimes when you are sprinting and the game needs to load in a new section of the map it just straight up freezes for 3 seconds to load without any kind of indicator, and then suddenly it's fine again...sad to say but Unity is just a bit of a hog. I can't drop my AC20 because AC20+++ = 120 damage, +20 stab...so nice
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Thread BATTLETECH |OT| Kill the meat, save the metal
Interesting to see all of the balance discussion here. I've had a pretty good time rolling a lance with two AC/20 mechs (hey, I'm midgame, Orion is the biggest mech I've got!) and a Trebuchet to fire missiles. Honestly have found the AC/20 super useful because the game loves to randomly throw in 65-75 ton mechs and the AC/20 (well, especially the AC/20+) is good for killing an arm in one round (usually have a few helper M/Lasers...) Have actually instakilled two Thunderbolts because the AC/20 did lethal pilot damage. I would agree on LRM though, honestly their hit rate is just ridiculously high. Even at 50% may as well fire. I think the best way to approach LRM/SRM balance is strictly accuracy countermeasures; either general mech ECM is better and the accuracy rate is lower, or cover becomes a lot more effective. Hunchback was incredible through the medium/heavy days, though. 9 M/L + Multi-targeting is great for wiping the field and once you start handing over M/Laser+ or ++ things get spicy. (Although, I have an AC/20+++ now?)
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Thread LttP: Dishonored - Death of the Outsider - aka another forgotten gem from Arkane [$20 on PSN]
A really great finale to this chapter of Dishonored. Honestly, it's just a few levels short of being a full 60 dollar release anyway, and getting rid of the Mana bar was a huge breath of fresh air for the game mechanics. (Even the way they got rid of mana in the game fiction is good). I think the writing is on the wall that Arkane needs to reinvent the franchise somehow for their next shot, but I'm really glad Arkane got to take this last ride first.
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Thread Star Trek Discovery |OT| To Boldly go into the new streaming era
Am I the only one hoping original Lorca also mysteriously avoided death? Dammit. I guess I just feel like he would have been the next Garak if he survived. Scummy but ultimately essential.
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Thread iPhone X | OT | Hello Future | November 3
Fastest way to troubleshoot: 1. : press volume up (and release), press volume down (and release), then hold the side button. ...if that doesn't help... 2. Backup to iCloud 3. Erase all Content and Settings (this will wipe your phone to factory default) 4. Restore from iCloud upon restart ...if that doesn't help... 5. Erase again, but this time don't restore. That's the Apple Store script. It sounds crazy but wiping your phone fixes a surprising number of issues. They pretty much will make you go through these steps before doing a repair or replace.
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Thread iPhone X | OT | Hello Future | November 3
Yep, as GS says do a factory reset 1. Erase all contents and settings 2. Restore from icloud 3. If that doesn't work, then erase all again and try fresh Those problems shouldn't happen (and don't on mine) but 99% of the time weird iOS issues are because the OS install is broken, which unlike windows tends to be completely silent when it's happening. Any genius bar will force you to go through those steps before issuing a replacement. EDIT: I should say that on past phones, I've had surefire "sounds like hardware problems", like the touch screen failing and the battery dying at 45%. They could reoccur at random, frustrating as hell. As difficult as it is to hear, most of the time this is iOS silently being screwed up. You don't see the fail messages because those occur in system logs only accessible by using a terminal application; there's no popup. Sometimes nothing on system either. It's worth a shot before heading to an Apple Store or outright replacing your phone.
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Thread iPhone X | OT | Hello Future | November 3
More glass, more screen, aluminum construction. OLED or not, if your whole front face is a screen, by definition weight is going to go up. This is why the iPhone SE is around ~114g. The glass is both for aesthetics (see: iPhone 4) but also to support Qi charging, which will work through cases up to a certain thickness. Certainly they could drop a fair amount of frame weight by switching to plastic, but then the build quality of the unit would feel (if not be) noticeably worse.
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Thread iPhone X | OT | Hello Future | November 3
Screen is definitely smaller; think of it as a very long 7. But that length is perfect because it just makes portrait mode even better. Websites, email, the stuff you do 90% of the time, feels better, because the screen space dedicated is maxed out. In a text-layout situation like resetera or most other websites, the amount of content you can read feels the same as a plus because it stretches that much farther. Videos look fine to me - the superb OLED screen quality certainly helps - but I admit that I prefer to zoom in, just looks more impressive to cut off some of the image by the screen and notch rather than leave it blank and hold the phone that much closer to your face. The three best demo apps for screen quality I've seen are Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, GNOG, and, of course, just the live wallpapers section in IOS. AC in particular looks unbelievable.
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Thread iPhone X | OT | Hello Future | November 3
Nope, sorry. Just not feasible yet. Edit: yay, accidentally replying to an older post. The other replies got it. I think we need to see a lot more supply before we see 10”+ inch displays in volume, but Apple would probably have to fund those factories themselves at this point.
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Thread iPhone X | OT | Hello Future | November 3
The Nordmarke is $99 SGD, so probably 80 or less in the US? Only problem with the Ikea models is that they are all 5W max chargers. When Apple updates the X/8 to support 7.5W you'll be stuck with the slowest charge speed. (And both of these are obviously slower than the 12W iPad charger)
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Thread iPhone X | OT | Hello Future | November 3
I would say yes; they fit like a glove, don’t obstruct anything, have physical buttons, and don’t self destruct over time like the soft cases do. I would argue I prefer the phone grip without the case, but it does safely protect the glass back and even out the surface so you can put it down safely almost anywhere.
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Thread iPhone X | OT | Hello Future | November 3
Honestly sometimes I think the killer app is the "reveal on look" for notifications. The overall Face ID experience has been superb. The only part I didn't like, really, was initial setup, because it was so quick and aggressive on acceptance that I really had trouble feeling like I was performing the setup properly. (EDIT: Actually, the real disappointment is simply being strongarmed into 256GB. Honestly have no reason to go above 128, but 64 is too tight. It's futureproof, I guess, but I'll be on to the next phone before I need it.)
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Thread iPhone X | OT | Hello Future | November 3
Almost there? I sincerely doubt it. Current LG prototype Transparent OLED displays are lower resolution and around 60% light transmittance, which is the big problem - how are you going to capture competitive camera images? With an array of cameras in the "notch" there's just too much dependance on emittance and transmittance of light. There's also the earpiece to consider. Apple has the money and R&D to figure out something, eventually, but I really doubt it's within the next 5 years. For now, the API handling is just smart consideration that maybe the "notch" has a different width in the future, or gets moved to a forehead (Galaxy-style). And since Apple isn't building the display themselves...they might be stuck waiting for Samsung or LG to come up with the right idea first. None that I've heard of...:/
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Thread iPhone X | OT | Hello Future | November 3
Cancelled my first day preorder (2-3 weeks) because for whatever reason the Singapore Store had a bunch of day two stock, so just re-ordered on the spot. Only twist is that it was online orders only - they had a massive line outside that was purely for pickups, and employees were turning away people trying to just walk in and buy. So, classic early iPhone purchase scenario, but I already paid for it? Love the phone so far though. Face ID nearly flawless for me and the ease of use it offers for some apps is amazing. Only 100% obscure gesture is force-closing apps, but I understand why it’s (comparatively) obscure too.
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Thread Analogue Super NT - orders and shipping(Now you're playing with SUPER POWER)
Have to wait on the next production run. Sentiment in this thread is that it's inevitable since they aren't doing any highly expensive limited-run parts and that it has mostly sold out both existing runs already.
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Thread Metal Gear Survive |OT| The Fandom Pain (Mod Note: Read OP)
Defenses are meant to burn resources hard, because each wave kills the placed defenses and you end up using guns a lot. Basic Tips: 1. Upgrade your armor to add ammo storage, should be an option on any blue. Assault Rifle in the primary slot is popular because you can go rifle + Bow. 2. Complete edge defense of FOB is too expensive. Can probably shrink it a bit and try to funnel enemies instead. At each of the cardinal directions I recommend having an "opening" in the fence and then use ramps so the enemies walk up and then fall off at the other side - this makes it easy because they take quite a while to stand up. 3. Use grenades to kill mortar enemies, it's either that or burn ammo. 4. Usually you want to go into a defense with some objects on your item equips, like metal fence or barbed wire. Use them to block a few paths to buy time while you guard the rest, or to patch up if you're doing FOB defense. 5. If you feel you're lacking the right gear, go container hunting...there are usually better weapons and base defense recipes to find.
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Thread Metal Gear Survive |OT| The Fandom Pain (Mod Note: Read OP)
Starting to think random hard containers are now bugged. 2 since the patch have no loot outside of the paper/gears...regular location containers seem to be fine.
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Thread Metal Gear Survive |OT| The Fandom Pain (Mod Note: Read OP)
Just hang out at home base and look for the ! markers now and then. I seem to get 1, maybe 2 a day. Though there is a bug where you may get one right after another...only the second one doesn't spawn a distress call. No choice but to ignore and keep going on salvage runs.
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Thread Metal Gear Survive |OT| The Fandom Pain (Mod Note: Read OP)
- A new container has washed up! - (Runs to location) - It’s a “hard type”! - (Carefully opens) [RESULT] 1x Paper [Common] 1x Gears [Uncommon] .................
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Thread Metal Gear Survive |OT| The Fandom Pain (Mod Note: Read OP)
I have no problem sneaking up on mortars, it's really just a matter of (1) making sure I'm not overloaded and (2) crouch-walking slowly enough? The real revelation for me is that you can defuse bombers that way... Anyway, miracle of miracles I found a fourth color drop of the M1000 (campaign still not complete, LV34) but wow, the material cost is through the roof. Adding one perk costs 600,000+KP! Upgrades cost a huge amount of parts (including some I've never seen before). The material cost curve from 3-4 is really eye-opening.
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Thread Metal Gear Survive |OT| The Fandom Pain (Mod Note: Read OP)
If you know you have fences, the spear is great. But the bow's risk value is so low it was by far my #1 weapon across the entire game. You can 2-3 shot most enemies without being in danger, whereas without the fence, the spear is still mainly a risky melee weapon. Very early in the game the spear still wins out because you're extremely ammo limited, but once you have a pouch or two, your ammo count skyrockets and the ammo types kick in before you get something similar on melee, as well.
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Thread Metal Gear Survive |OT| The Fandom Pain (Mod Note: Read OP)
Is there any reason not to carry a bow? Seems like I’ve ignored all heavy weapons so far because the bow is so useful...even though I only got the recurve just now (so, survival bow up to Lv35)
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Thread Metal Gear Survive |OT| The Fandom Pain (Mod Note: Read OP)
I used the bow so much the game went from "Metal Gear: Resident Evil" to "Metal Gear: Tomb Raider". Actually it might be better to say "Resident Evil: Tomb Raider" at this point. ;) Re: Chapter 19 I also struggled badly on ammo, but FWIW I found if you keep roughly behind the big rock, the explosives and machine guns all aim at the rock, which means they hit the wanderers running for the corridor, and the explosives deflect and hurt the wanderers, too. I didn't earn a lot of KP but they honestly destroyed most of the wanderer/bomb output themselves.
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Thread 더 지니어스 The Genius -- Classy reality-game show with smart people
If you liked Poong then watch Me & My Fridge AKA "Please Take Care of My Refrigerator", on Netflix or OnDemandKorea. This is the world where he truly excels.
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Thread 더 지니어스 The Genius -- Classy reality-game show with smart people
I think you'll be surprised. Yowan is a good Starcraft player, but obviously his wife should have been cast instead of him ;)
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Thread 더 지니어스 The Genius -- Classy reality-game show with smart people
Yeah I think so. For whatever reason ODK, Netflix, and the general internet never came to consensus on the english translation of the show's name. It's a great formula though, and Poong is sort of like the "what if your college eating style could turn you into a chef?"
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Thread 더 지니어스 The Genius -- Classy reality-game show with smart people
Poong later on becomes a legend on the popular show “Me and My Fridge” so there’s an easy way to keep watching him later if you want. (Netflix subs it right now but I believe you can try free streaming from OndemandKorea, if you’re in North America or use a VPN)
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Society Game is basically Survivor, so if you like that, you’ll like SG. The second season adds some powerful Genius alumni, and some of the challenges become a bit Genius-esque, but ultimately the show is about mixing power with thinking, whereas Genius is all mental+social. Crime Scene is brilliant, but obviously has very little to do with Genius except the casting. Jims is right; it’s honestly shocking it hasn’t been adapted in the US. It would honestly be the perfect format to take a few high level celebrities and make a great “variety” show out of. Netflix could do it, even.
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The dice game is legendary. If you have to see s game that perfectly encapsulates the show, that is the one.
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Thread Mechanical Keyboards |OT| Once More, With Feeling
This thread is doing god's work for trying all of these more obscure keyboards. I think the Logitech G Pro (Tenkeyless) is the best keyboard I've ever owned, but admittedly it cost 3x what many of these alternatives did...
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The script at the Apple Store should be 1. Force a hard reboot 2. Erase All & Restore from iCloud 3. Erase All & Start Fresh Obviously if the digitizer is broken then #1 shouldn’t have an effect and #2 is impossible. But since I’ve seen touchscreens fail due to software, make sure you’ve tried #2. Beyond that you’re looking at a full screen replacement, because the digitizer and panel are all one piece. You can shop for independent repair but the screen cost is pretty locked down so not sure if any savings to be found there. If you want a new unit that’s a great down payment though, so just weigh if you want a fix or a new unit. Apple sells discount refurbs too.
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There is just not enough manufacturing supply at a reasonable fail rate for OLED to work as a laptop or Tablet standard. Every laptop that has shipped with OLED to date on the PC side has basically just been limited edition or BTO, and in many cases they are no longer sold. Simply put there is too much demand for phones so why push that demand to devices that sell a lot less and have a much lower margin? If we see some new major players in the OLED space then I would expect things to change.
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Man I wish Hwang would be included. But let's just be honest. They permabanned a main from Soul Calibur, something even Street Fighter wouldn't do, and then assumed people would move over to Yun-Seong for no particular reason. :( That being said, Soul Blade and Soul Calibur give a lot of classics for Namco to turn to.
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E. Honda? LOL Pretty sure he was in SSFIV? And his moveset is iconic that they wouldn't just...make him a clone. Or cut him from the series. Which Hwang basically gets. At best he was so broken/copy that I had to switch to Voldo. Anyway +1 for Bangoo, the Soul Blade story chars need to come back.
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Thread Television Displays and Technology Thread: The ERA of OLED is Now
Z9D is a LED display. Samsung's QLED is named because they use a quantum dot painting technology to improve backlight output. It sounds like the longterm plan for Samsung is to apply this to OLED (so, QOLED). In principle QLED should always be brighter than LED but of course it also depends on the screen array, backlight quality and array, etc. All modern LCD displays are LED - in the past, LCDs used a lamp backlight system (such as fluorescent) as opposed to LED lights. OLED skips the idea of a backlight entirely because the subpixels themselves are light-emitting.
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I'm glad that helped! What I meant by RGB options was on the console, where you can set full or limited. Maybe the TV can too? Some TVs you have to set things manually, because for whatever reason their auto mode doesn't work right. When the settings are wrong things get really washed out, or color clipped. There was a about this in november. I saw on a quick google search, not sure if that helps and it's obviously a really temporary hack though. Good luck.
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T- HDMI "thing" is likely because Sony has always paired a specific chipset (Mediatek) with the X1 Extreme processor. The A8F uses a newer revision X1 that seems to solve this problem, but it's an issue also for the A1 (OLED) and X900e. I won't lie, it's a bizarre catch to have when LG and Samsung just go full bandwidth on everything, but my X900F was also dramatically cheaper than the LG OLEDs and Samsung Q series, so I can't really argue too hard. For the non full bandwidth inputs, I read somewhere that you can still run HDR, but only 4k30, so probably would be reduced color depth HDR? So it's pretty comprehensive for HDMI 1.4 devices (of which there are a lot) or 1080p devices like Nintendo Switch, PS3, Wii U, vast majority of laptops, etc. If you definitely have 3+ full bandwidth devices (UHD HDR Blu Ray, Xbox 1 X, Apple TV 4K) the mitigation plan would be: a. Soundbar with HDMI 2b port switching b. Receiver with HDMI 2b port switching (if you have a HT setup) c. Monoprice 50 dollar 2b switch. (Another step for your devices, but not awful) None of them are ideal solutions but there you go, if you're in that boat already. - I don't understand how you can call the X900F bulky but honestly, wall mounting is the best. Certainly if you want "non bulky" you should get the Q7 or Q9 with the breakout box, because everything else on the market is about the same size. - The Android build is slow, for sure. But it's not like running 3.0 or something. 99% of the time you use the TV to watch stuff, not browse the menus. And where it's actually really great is you get access to Google Play. Want VLC, Kodi, etc? Well you don't have to rely on the TV manufacturer for any of it. Don't get me wrong - I would have bought the C7 or C8 if they were in my price range, but...the X900F perks are pretty good.
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So...the SEK3500 is a breakout box replacement kit for Samsung TVs, and it supposedly gives HDMI 2 + HDR? I can't find exact specs on it. Well, if you want HDR you need to make sure the cable going from your console to the box is HDMI 2.0 18Gbps ready. Beyond that this looks like it might be an RGB limited/full issue? Have you tried tweaking that? Yeah, sure, use HDMI 3 to your receiver as that will give you ARC and then connect your devices to the receiver, provided that receiver supports HDR and 18Gbps HDMI (HDMI 2.0a or b). The manual is really easy to find, but it's called "". Make sure both your receiver and the input port on the TV setting are both to "Enhanced HDMI" which is what you need for the full 18Gbps bandwidth. As mentioned the X900F saves HDR and non HDR per input separately. So you can tune SDR and HDR each. RTINGS suggests setting brightness based on your room lighting - more room lighting, more brightness.
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Wall mounted Sony X900F or Samsung Q7FN. I really think you should see off angle in action - it’s not like some TN PC display where the colors flip. Anyway, any modern OLED or LCD will be ridicuously thin and minimal bezel. Get a pro wall mount install and your TV will be rock solid. Even decent Wall mounts are built for double the weight of a lot of TVs these days, so as long as it’s installed properly on the wall you’ll be fine. The Sammy also has a breakout box for all the inputs if you really want to go absolutely glued to the wall.
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Haven't tried the passthrough yet. I know there is a soundbar menu setting that enables HDMI 2 full bandwidth (needed for HDR) and that I see separate listings on my TV for the soundbar menu and the HDMI slot, so in theory that part is covered. I imagine TV volume is still controllable using ARC, but something I need to try first... Check the RTINGS settings page. Brightness should be set according to your room lighting. In my bright living room I do use max brightness as it doesn't crush details, but even the 65 brightness setting looks good. Honestly though little to change out of the box except to make sure your console inputs are set to Game Mode picture setting, and if you have both PS4P and X1X, they should be using HDMI 2 and HDMI 3 since those are the high bandwidth ports.
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(X900F) Accessing the Picture Adjustment menu takes a variable amount of time based on what you're doing with the TV. If I just switched to 4K HDR, I timed it to 3 seconds, but then its loaded and smooth. If I accessed the menu system recently, it loads almost instantly. Using the Action menu seems to speed things up too? If I just turned the TV on, and haven't accessed the TV menu, then yeah, I'm guessing it takes awhile to load settings. The Sony Sets backload everything so you can launch the TV and change inputs almost instantly, but then you need to wait on the other bits. Compared to the 2014 models it's perfectly smooth. But yeah maybe compared to LG it's bad? I don't need to change settings everyday, so don't notice it much
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I bought the HT-X9000F a few weeks ago. It's the most impressive soundbar I've ever used, but whether you should buy it or not depends on your situation. I basically just use it with my PS4 Pro, OTA Digital HDTV and then Netflix/Kodi/Youtube/VLC through my TV. Positives - Sound capacity is really impressive - even at default it's just a lot better than a traditional, cheaper bar like the CT-290 or whatever. - Near perfect ARC/HDMI-CEC with Sony TVs. Boots up fast, syncs fast. - Not cheap but still cheaper than the Z9F - Boomy wireless sub - Obviously fits perfectly under the X900F, since that's what it was designed for Worth Noting - If you end up not hearing the difference between Atmos and Stereo, it can link to your TV through bluetooth. (Sony TVs can, dunno about LG). I haven't tried this at home but the IT show demo unit I played around with worked identical to ARC. Turning the TV on also turned on the soundbar, TV remote controlled the volume, etc. - HDMI 2 passthrough. So if you want something with 100% access to the soundbar and can't lose the HDMI input on your TV, this does the job. On my Sony TV the passthrough device shows up on the input list, which is cool. YMMV on other sets. Drawbacks - 2.1 unit only. If you want a center channel go for the Z9F. Personally if I really need enhanced voice clarity I just press the VOICE button on the remote, but ultimately more speakers is better. I would say the drawback on a center channel with soundbars is ultimately that they are all so squished together. I guess it adds some clarity but I used to own one of those 20+ channel Yamaha monsters and this sounds worlds better. - I believe you also need the Z9F to go with the optional surround back speaker pair (which are an additional cost, by the way, listed as $200 on Sony's website, dunno about Amazon) - I wish I could say ARC is bulletproof but I did lose it once. Ended up just unplugging the TV and soundbar from the wall for 30 seconds and then everything behaved after. Not sure if it was the bar or TV, but power pull did the trick. - Last thing on the "you should buy the Z9F list" is that the Z9F supports 3x HDMI, while this supports only one* (1 port is ARC in, the other is for the passthrough device, Z9F is 1 ARC + 3 out). Again, not a big deal for me because I don't want to attach 3 more HDMI devices and juggle two remotes to do all of the input switching. But in theory it's there.
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Well the sub booms and the sound feels very rich to me by default. I mean it feels room filling to me and my volume is only at 40. Some surround is there because that’s just how virtual stereo works with your ears, but it’s rarely going to be as abrupt as a rear channel pouring directly into your ear. The V Surround is pretty good but probably depends on your room a bit.
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I just don't think there's a substantial advantage. Maybe you like the Sony X900F the most, but I can tell you right now I don't notice, say, $500 vs the X900E. Or the Q7FN. Now, if price is the same, I think your priority is really "what is the most comfortable for me to use" or "what makes my viewing experience easier?" What I love about the X900F in this regard: - Can switch inputs immediately when the screen turns on. Don't have to wait for the full bootup process. - X9000F soundbar using HDMI CEC + Arc smoothly turns on at the same time, no lag on waiting to change the volume. - Super easy to install Google Play apps. Had VLC and Kodi running in minutes, pretty much unplugged my Mac Mini on the spot because now my family can access those apps using only the TV's own remote control (which also controls soundbar volume thanks to ARC). - Big white Netflix button on the remote lets you skip all menu stuff and jump straight to that. - Supports bluetooth keyboard + mouse. I literally just turned them on, sync worked without diving deep into menus. Rarely need to use them but some apps, like Kodi, do have some weird menus where I'm not sure if a button on the TV remote will right click or just straight up exit. So it's there if you want it. - Per input picture settings and a clearly labelled game mode. Just had to set my PS4Pro input to Game Mode, max the brightness, and that's basically it. Follow RTINGS for more detail, of course, but I didn't have to relabel each input to get special settings. (That being said, you can write custom labels per input, which is useful to tell somebody what HDMI to switch to) - No ads. Apparently the Samsungs have those built into the UI? - Minor point, but none of the inputs are recessed. In some setups it's just a lot harder to plug things in when there is no clear route "out". I see the Q7 (not the Q8?) has the breakout box though, which to me is the best possible solution. Samsung basically has the only "wall portrait" TV because the breakout box allows the TV itself to be completely flat.
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Well, as a new X900F owner I can tell you the relative perks and problems of that. - Really superb HDR max brightness, SDR brightness is not best in class, but it's top 10. It's really good. - Local dimming works fine. - Per input settings, 4K latency is great - Google Play Support: Sure, there is youtube and Netflix there by default, but want VLC, Kodi, etc? Go for it. They work great, and there's an ethernet port if you don't want to WiFi it. - Patched to support Dolby Vision now, I think? - Really pairs well with the X9000F soundbar, if you like that. (Interestingly you can HDMI CEC pair with bluetooth speakers!) Compromises: - I'm told UI is rather slow, though looking at RTINGS basically it's LG and then everyone else. It's miles faster than my 2014 Sony was at launch, I guess. - 40ms latency on 1080p, though that's a bit more than 1 frame at 60hz, so nothing noticeable to me. - Only HDMI ports 2 and 3 are full bandwidth, and one of those is ARC. This is weird, though in practice not a big deal because I don't have 3+ 4:4:4 devices. Ultimately, if you can get a significant discount on the Q7FN or Q8FN, those are probably the direction you should go, because I don't think there is a thousand dollar price difference to be found in quality or features. But as Sony TVs go - and for me this was almost 50% cheaper than the OLED models - modern ARC support is nearly perfect, Google Play saved me from using external boxes and the PS4 Pro experience has been fantastic. Hell, there's a Netflix button right on the remote - usually, we ignore that stuff, but for my family it's very useful.
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I have the 900F, which is fairly similar to those in 1080p60 lag (40.8) and even going from an 800b (with sub 20) it's unnoticeable to me. 40 is a bit more than 2 frames at 60fps, right? So that means basically 1 frame versus most faster competing solutions. But then I don't notice an obvious off-axis brightness issue either in my (admittedly bright) living room. That's how tropical locations work, I guess. As always you may have personal sensitivity that is greater, especially if you spend a lot of time with Street Fighter or rhythm game input timing. But in games like Horizon, Odyssey, Xenoblade, etc. it's been completely fine for me.
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As I said, I don't have an Apple TV. On any iOS device the switch penalty is true. On TvOS, I stand corrected - . In which case you still need to make one account per region and still need to setup payment on each, but then as they're both active you can switch without penalty. The trick is to remember which one you have active though as the store will only reflect the active user. Anyway, it's good to know. The iTunes world is mostly useless in this part of the world but having multiregion access is a compelling case to buy Apple TV again.
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I would have loved to go OLED but the 50-60% additional cost here wasn't worth it. X900F brightness and HDR are pretty amazing so I'm happy with it. Honestly more surprised with the HT-X9000F sound bar though, huge difference in usability and just sheer soundstage versus the cheap Sony model I went with before.
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I don't have an Apple TV, but this is really an iTunes question, and the answer is that you can't switch regions. Instead, you have to make a separate account per region, login to that account, and then (for paid content) either use itunes cash cards or a CC from that region to pay for it. (Sometimes PayPal can be used). There is no way to merge accounts, and converting an account from one region to another is a problematic, one way move where it permanently erases ownership of anything that can't carry over. Switching iTunes accounts does not affect your iCloud login or App Store login - it strictly affects iTunes - but there is another limitation: when you login to a new account it locks you out of switching back and downloading owned content for a certain number of days (Varies per region). In the case of Canada/US my experience was that if I switched to my US account I could switch back but couldn't redownload anything I owned for 30 days.
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Finally got the X900F (or XF900 depending on your region) and soundbar (the similarly named HT-X9000F) last night. Just barely did setup, so not much in the way of picture impressions, but: - Compared to older thin TVs like the W800B/C which mount bottom-justified, the mounting holes for this are basically dead center. It was easy to mount though - just remove the 4 screws and go from there - you won't need a spacer because the back is flat. - FWIW the soundbar still mounts the same on the wall as the CT-280, but maybe a half cm wider. Luckily the hanging holes are big enough that it just fit, anyway. I may end up getting a contractor to set new holes though, as the lower hanging TV means there isn't much of a gap between the two. - Bezel on the X900F is clearly thinner than the B series, although not that it matters much, a tiny bit less trim at 55" is negligible. It's small. - Awesome to finally have a local digital tuner. Probably the first time in 10 years where the channel buttons actually have become useful again. - The soundbar is supposed to be easy to setup, but struggled for an hour until I finally did a factory reset of the soundbar. Now Bravia Sync is fine and everything is happy. - There is an enhanced HDMI mode if you want to do a full passthrough on the soundbar, which is a good idea because only HDMI 2 and 3 (ARC) support 18Gbps bandwidth. - Interestingly, Sony actually promotes the use of Bluetooth as an alternative to ARC. Both the TV and soundbar must support A2DP (which these do) so if you want to free up HDMI3 this is a legit way to do it. The quality level seems pretty high but I don't have the tools to compare it to HDMI ARC, which is also making use of compressed datastreams to support Dolby Atmos/DTS-X. Considering a soundbar is hardly a 7.1 Klipsch rig they may end up nearly identical. Either way, you get full Bravia Sync which means TV remote control and synchronous on/off. - The soundbar is actively cooled. I can't hear it without my ear pressed to the back, but I guess that's why the manual says not to shove it in a cabinet. I'll try "VERTICAL S." and of course a bunch of 4K content this week.
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Agreed, but I would say that HDMI 2.1 is not going to arrive next year in perfect condition. Expect incomplete implementation (this feature works, but that feature has bugs, or the inevitable "Samsung changed something in the spec for reasons", only some ports on some TVs supporting it, and straight up "this would be great but the panel itself can't use it". And with the exception of eARC, you need new cables. Actually you need new cables for that too unless you have HDMI cables with an ethernet channel already. Long story short, I think we have probably 3 product cycles before the problems sort themselves out. By then we should be talking about things like PlayStation 5. RTINGS writes a pretty on DV that basically says it's useless right now, unless you have the best of sets, and HDR10 will support some of the same things later anyway. I think it's not a given that Sony will support DV, but also that I don't think UHD is a given either. We'll see, but generally speaking developers just don't have the gear to do DV work. As I mentioned after replying to you, I just bought the XF900 (X9000F here) so I feel fairly comfortable upgrading now and letting the TV market sort itself out with new technology in the meantime. The viewing angle thing is not that big of a deal to me (sure, you lose brightness on an angle, but it's not like TN where the colors reverse) and it's a really great looking LED set. I think if you need one right now the XE900 is probably a great deal too, in that it should seem like a big upgrade for you. I guess it just depends how badly you need one now versus next year.
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Well...in for a penny, in for a pound. Just antied up for X900F and the similarly named soundbar. Will surely hit the thread with details after it arrives.
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Go 55" if you can. The screen size jump to 55 is the single biggest improvement you will see since all content is not 4K. It does sound like OLED solves all of your problems, so if you're okay with the panel lottery and some image retention now and then, it's not a bad idea. But if you want to go full trouble free, then LED is the only game in town. LG makes IPS displays where angle is not a problem, but I can see they're not your favorite company right now. I don't think DV is a dealbreaker, but if you're big on UHD Blu Ray, maybe down the line? But I don't think of these sales as now or never. After World Cup will be Back to School, or Black Friday, or Pre Christmas, or Boxing Day - every country has a variety of them throughout the year. I can't speak to the price because I can't really comprehend the currency. For example here in SG, TVs are just...arbitrarily a lot more expensive. The XF900 is $1000 cheaper in Canada and yet we have roughly equal currencies, which means there are retail controls that really change the market. Certainly something like the QF7 would be interesting, or the LG SK9000 in a big bright room, or the B7 if you are okay with trying OLED, but it REALLY depends on your particular market. Price parity on the B7 to the XF is pretty impressive. I would have bought that on the spot here, but my family living room is far smaller than yours. Honestly speaking, if you're set on something now, the B7 is going to give you the best value by far. If you buy the XE90 and then go back to the store, the B7 is still going to seem like an improvement, and that's saying something. But I will say if you're not at 55" yet any set at that level will seem like an improvement.
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Generally LG uses IPS, so the last few years their LCDs have been go-to for big rooms where viewing angle is key. Brightness suffers as a result, though, so they are typically behind Sony and Samsung for general use.
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Yeah. At a glance that would be a strong argument for the Q7F, considering the amount of SDR and non 4K content out there. Thanks. Ended up bargaining a bit and....inexplicably Samsung wants a solid 600-800 more at the 55” level. They think the NU8000 and “it’s so bad it shouldn’t be there” dimming array competes with the 900F, at least over here. I guess I’m set on the latter now. Too bad TCL doesn’t exist here.
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The problem is there’s no money in that on the TV side of the market. They’ve all moved on to 55/65/75 in general. But 32” still has big growth in the PC space. Only problem is you’re paying big dollars for it. I have a great 32” Curved 144hz display that cost less than any Gsync monitor today...but it’s not OLED or HDR. Still supports HDMI though.
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Just saw the X900F (X9000F) for $400 below retail here. Probably going to bite. They are also selling a Dolby Atmos soundbar, although I wonder what the point of that is in anything short of a Yamaha 50 speaker array... The only LED competition at the price range is the Samsung NU8000...but viewing angle problems and poor peak brightness is not exactly enamoring me to the Samsung style. Is there anyone here knowledgeable about the Q7FN? It seems to have better 1080p perf, at least?
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There was some kind of 3 year warranty, but it's been on the floor for probably at least six months? The built in front firing speaker was honestly pretty compelling, but I don't think I would throw more than 2 grand at a used product. I will say though, I was pretty impressed how the salesman immediately pointed me at the C8 and loaded RTINGS right on it, unprompted :lol Yeah, in Singapore generally you can't find TCL/Vizio, and the dollar to dollar is about 1.5x more but some things like TVs are just more, period. Best "advertised" price on the 9000F here is $3000, but at a local shop I can probably negotiate down some. C7 and C8 are both $4200+. At that amount it's almost bridging the gap to the Sony OLEDs... I really am enamored with how good OLED looks on the C7 and A1, but I don't have a dark room for it and there's definitely the kids/netflix factor. I did the whole Plasma thing back in the PS3 era (Pana TH42) but I think sitting out the image persistence might be a good idea for next time somebody leaves the TV on or paused for a few hours. And I'm wall-limited to 55" so that rules out some of the crazy stuff anyway.
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I'll keep an eye out if there's one cheap, but the HDR perf looks pretty good on the F so hard not to settle for a 2018 TV. I can't believe these guys still have app performance problems though. My W800C (or was it B?) is pre android and it was like using an iPad 1 today for web browsing. Best I've seen was a floor model E7, but (a) $2800 and (b) I'm guessing I'm probably right to be afraid of OLED floor models...
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I love all of this OLED talk...but in my budget range (not enough for a C8, by far) and region (not North America, so yeah, forget massdrop etc) I'm strongly considering the Sony X9000F (I guess X900F in the US). Seems like it could still be a great set that's worry free for my family, and nice HDR for games, but a step back in response time compared to my W800C? I hear the app performance is still garbage though?
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I can't speak to the user experience with the C7 or the whole firmware thing, but I would undoubtedly take a 55" OLED over a 65" LED. The screen wow factor is incredible, and will last a bit longer than the "is this screen too big?" moment of any given 65" TV.