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Random Chat / Re: The Thread of Excessive Rage
« on: January 09, 2022, 12:04:39 AM »
Gotta say, out of all the technologies I use, HDMI-ARC is probably the absolute fucking worst. I've never seen it work reliably. It'll be fine for a month or so then bam! Suddenly you won't get any audio out of your soundbar. Unplug everything, plug it back in, and it might work for another couple of weeks before it randomly decides that it doesn't want to work anymore. I've worked with three soundbars connected to three different TVs from three different manufacturers and they've all had issues like this.

Also, here's an honorary fuck you to whichever company (either Google or Samsung) keeps popping up full-screen update nag screens on my phone while I try to fix this stupid thing. Congrats, you're worse than Microsoft, and every time it pops up I get one step closer to just popping my SIM back into my iPhone and calling it a day.

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Random Chat / Re: Car Audio!
« on: December 29, 2021, 06:22:38 PM »
Oh man, your phone/camera mic really didn't like that, lol.

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Random Chat / Re: Merry Christmas 2021
« on: December 29, 2021, 06:21:28 PM »
This is a little late, but Merry Christmas (and a Happy New Year) to you too!

I pretty much just headed over to my parents' place and chilled out with them. Had dinner, watched a few movies, opened some dumb, fun little gifts, stuff like that.

The New Years shindig is going to happen at my place, and I definitely plan to get a little shitfaced since I'm won't have to drive anywhere. Probably going to watch the new Matrix movie on New Years Eve at some point. Hopefully it's at least better than the third one, but it's not like that's a high bar to clear, lol.

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Random Chat / Re: Car Audio!
« on: December 19, 2021, 12:53:12 AM »
fuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

That's literally as loud as a 9mm gunshot, lol.

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Random Chat / Re: Car Audio!
« on: December 07, 2021, 07:46:35 PM »
https://ibb.co/dLPhSFY

Dude, it looks like you're sitting in front of a reactor or something. XD

Lookin' great so far!

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Computing / Re: Windows 11
« on: November 07, 2021, 08:25:29 AM »
When I clicked "Stay on Windows 10" on my gaming tower it kind of shoved the Windows 11 upgrade prompt to the side and it hasn't bugged me about it since. Hopefully it stays there until I'm good and ready for it.

If we look purely at the support window, Windows 10 is slated to be supported until October 14, 2025. Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean that the latest software will continue to work on it (DirectX requirements, etc etc) but in theory it'll receive updates until then.

Everything's been good on my laptop so far (though I don't particularly care for the new Start menu...), but that's on a new laptop. I don't have any experience with upgrading an existing installation over to it just yet.

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Gaming / Re: 2021 Backlog Report
« on: November 06, 2021, 02:27:32 AM »
One big complaint + the biggest reason I didn't even pick up the game, weapon durability.

Yeah, this is what largely kept me from enjoying BotW. I don't necessarily dislike the idea behind the mechanic, but the issue I have is just that it's wildly overtuned.

It also leads directly to game balance issues. Joseph Anderson on YouTube created a longform analysis video of BotW a while back and the weapon durability system actually prevented him from being able to complete fights that he had the skill level to do. Like, when he glided off of the central plateau, he ended up coming across a lynel really early on, and the only reason he had to flee is because his entire arsenal broke. One could make the argument that he shouldn't have tried to fight the lynel, but the problem is that the game is billing itself as open world while still having "wrong" progression paths.

I actually found myself enjoying the game a lot more when I used an infinite durability cheat. It actually made me want to use some of the better items I earned rather than encouraging me to use trash all the time.

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Random Chat / Re: The Thread of Extreme Happiness
« on: November 01, 2021, 09:45:12 AM »
I do have a fairly usable living room, so...yes!

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Computing / Windows 11
« on: October 30, 2021, 03:58:59 AM »
Any brave upgraders?

I haven't had the courage to risk the sanctity of my gaming rig just yet (especially since Windows 11 apparently had some pretty serious performance issues with Ryzen CPUs at launch) but I decided to dual-boot my Linux laptop with it and play around with it.

AMD issues aside, it feels like it's in a much better place than Windows 10 was at launch. As far as the visuals are concerned, it's incredibly derivative. It really looks like what would happen if macOS and GNOME had a love child. It does have a certain "slickness" to it that Windows 10 generally lacks, and at least they didn't remove the ability to left-justify the taskbar icons (though it was shitty of them to remove the ability to dock it to other screen edges...sigh).

The huge spike in system requirements is still unforgivable, though. The fact that computers that are less than 5 years old are listed as incompatible is beyond dumb. Apparently the TPM/CPU requirements are just soft requirements, but there's no telling how long that's going to continue to be the case.

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Random Chat / Re: The Thread of Extreme Happiness
« on: October 16, 2021, 02:08:28 PM »
I has a house. :o

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Random Chat / Re: The Lamest Topic Ever Conceived
« on: October 15, 2021, 01:19:03 AM »
So I switched to Android a couple months ago and planned to write a point-by-point comparison of that and iOS (specifically, a Galaxy S21 Ultra vs. an iPhone 12 Pro Max, and a Tab S7 vs. an iPad), but the more I thought about it the less I had to really say on the matter.

The phones are the things I used the most, and after switching I kinda started to wonder why the fuck people get so bent out of shape over platforms. I mean, Apple's been opening up iOS just as Google's been closing Android (mostly for security. Android's security used to be as awful as iPhoneOS's inflexibility). There are some things that iOS definitely can't do, like run a chrooted Linux install, but that tends to be so finicky (mostly dealing with the new permission sets with Android 10+) that even I don't feel like dealing with it aside from fairly mundane stuff like ssh.

So I dunno, I guess we're doing a rapid-fire comparison. iPhone 12 Pro Whatever has a faster CPU despite being a year older (The S21 Ultra's Snapdragon 888 is roughly on par with the two-year-old iPhone 11), but it doesn't really make the phone feel faster. Screen's roughly the same size. Battery life is about the same despite it having a lower capacity battery (3687 mAh vs the S21 Ultra's 5000 mAh).

The S21 Ultra has 12GB of RAM compared to the 12 Pro Something's 6GB, but that doesn't really allow it to do more. Camera performance is pretty close on average, but the front camera on the S21U smashes the iPhone one, and the 10x telephoto is pretty convenient. Low-light performance seems to be better as well, but I haven't tested that too thoroughly. The ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is super convenient and awesome. The folio case and its viewing window works well, and I use the S Pen a lot more than I thought I would. The 120 hz screen was a very nice upgrade, though the iPhone 13 uses one now as well. Counter-intuitively, I actually find the pinhole camera more distracting than the notch, probably because it's breaking up an otherwise full-screen experience, rather than reading like a shrunken bezel.

The only real phone feature I really have to complain about is the car integration. Android Auto's UI works better on my car, since my car has a fairly small center console screen. CarPlay's split view tends to make it so that both the map and music UIs are too small to be usable (this isn't a problem for larger screen units, like the one on my parents' Kia Forte), but since Android Auto has a persistent media bar/notification bar on the bottom, it's very easy for passengers to flip through tracks without having to disrupt navigation.

That said, it does have some outwardly user hostile "features." It forces you into navigation every time you plug your phone in, and gives you no option to turn that "feature" off. Most of the driving I do is local, so I'd much rather have my music app front and center (CarPlay just displays the last content you had running. What a concept).

Tablets? Whew. Samsung tries like hell to make it work, but Google clearly doesn't give a fuck about them. You can always tell when you jump from Google land to Samsung land, because Samsung's software refers to the Tab S7 as a tablet while most of Android refers to it as a phone. The bluetooth S Pen works very well, easily on par with the Apple Pencil, and it has integration with Galaxy phones, much like the way Apple's devices integrate with one another. Good stuff, and very convenient. Battery life is easily on par with my 3rd gen iPad Pro. Nice as it is, however, I tend to find myself reaching for the iPad. Android left tablets behind years ago, and it really shows. While having an iPad display your app as an enlarged phone app is a mark of shame, I've found it to be surprisingly common on the 'droid side of things.

Finally, smartwatches. I went from an Apple Watch 6 to a Galaxy Watch4 Classic. Gotta say, I really like the rotating front of the Watch4 Classic over the digital crown (which I would always accidentally bump on stuff), and the ability to set awake hours for standing notifications on Samsung Fit is nice, but...man, WearOS has a lot of catching up to do. In terms of responsiveness, the Watch4 Classic is more in line with my old Apple Watch 3 than the buttery smooth 6, with hitching sprinkled throughout, and the software itself is rough. It's really hard for me to consider it release-worthy when some of the core system software treats the Watch4's round screen as a square screen. How the hell did nobody notice that? One definite positive is that the Watch4's battery life kills any Apple Watch I've owned. I could comfortably get 1.5-2 days out of my Apple Watch 3 and 6, but I can comfortably get 3-4 days out of the Watch4. It also does offer up many of the same features (one-wire ECG, heart rate sensors, etc), it's just the software that lets it down. I think WearOS needed another year or two of polish before Samsung switched away from Tizen. Hopefully it gets better over time, because in several ways it feels soooo close to hitting that sweet spot.

In conclusion: iOS is fine. Android is fine. Windows Phone was fine. Fanboys fucking suck.



Edit: One point I almost forgot to mention: the S Pen vs Apple Pencil thing largely comes down to which feeling you prefer. The S Pen uses a felt tip nib, while the Pencil uses hard plastic. I prefer writing with the S Pen because it feels more like a pen on paper, but I suspect that the Apple Pencil will last much longer due to the material it uses. Both options are still far better than the shitty wobbly nibs that the Surface pens seem to have. Trying to jot down notes with my old, thankfully sold, Surface Pro 3 was just awful.

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Gaming / Re: 2021 Backlog Report
« on: October 15, 2021, 12:40:34 AM »
-"big scary robot sections" not scary, very trial and error, very annoying. Not as big a part of the game as I expected, so they don't ruin the game, but they are my biggest con.

One of my friends and I spent about a half hour trying to crack the code. We basically determined that you have to nail the counter slightly before the spark for it to reliably go off, and considering the timing has some degree of randomness to it, that's a bit tough to do. That said, I did end up getting grabbed by the yellow E.M.M.I. a few times and was able to flawlessly nail the sequence multiple times in a row. Then again, considering that E.M.M.I. is all about speed, it wouldn't surprise me if the parry timings were a bit more fast/consistent as well.

I'd say that my biggest two complaints both deal with muscle memory. I used to casually speedrun Zero Mission when I was in college (by today's standards my best Any% times would be in the upper end of the top 100, so...not bad, really) and even 15-16 years later I find it tricky to adjust to a different wall jump and speed boost/shinespark style. It took me maybe an hour to get used to wall jumping (traditionally, Metroid games require you to pull away from the wall before hitting jump, not pressing into the wall), but I'm really not crazy about having to manually activate the speed booster.

At least it's not just me. I was chatting to someone in an FFXIV dungeon party the other night and they had the same issue. :P

funny thought, if link is zelda, master chief is halo, and samus is metroid...one of these is actually true...

Goddammit. I never thought about that before, but you're right. XD

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Random Chat / Re: The Thread of Excessive Rage
« on: September 18, 2021, 10:36:20 AM »
macOS Wake Timers: Wake up from sleep, check the mail, chime if there's new mail, immediately go back to sleep.

Windows Wake Timers: Wake up from sleep 20 minutes after the the computer is suspended, visually remind the user (who is not at their desk or logged in) that a Windows update is ready to install, stay awake.

What the fuck, Microsoft. How have you not figured this out yet?

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Random Chat / Re: The Thread of Excessive Rage
« on: September 13, 2021, 11:28:23 PM »
How to get taken advantage of: say the words, "Yeah, I'm pretty good with computers."

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Gaming / Re: wut specturr'z playing
« on: September 11, 2021, 08:27:21 PM »
Just beat Valiant. That was pretty great! Easily some of the highest quality maps I've ever played.

The fourth episode (maps 19-24) were definitely the weakest point for me, with the fifth episode probably being my favorite overall. I can't recommend this megawad enough, honestly.

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