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Hmm...

Now this isn't something I've read really recently but since you're recommending so shall I:

Anathema by Neal Stephenson. My favourite book that what I've read.

Another great one is "Lights out in Wonderland" by DBC Pierre.

 

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I've read his Cryptonomicon before. Good read.

Right now my nose is in the new Warcraft: Illdan book. More visceral than the other Warcraft books, but it is a great tie-in to Legion as well as what he's been up to in Outland.

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Ahh,   Cryptonomicon, that's on my list. I should go get a copy of that.

In unrelated news, why is shopping for a monitor SO HARD? At this point I think I'm just going to get this 1440p monitor I found, but I keep second guessing myself. Should I do that? Get a basic 1080p monitor and save money? 1080p and 144hz? Freesync? Sell my kidney and get a really nice new 1440p monitor? Arrfrghfhhg.

Any suggestions?

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The reason shopping for monitors is so hard is that what you could call tiers of quality are insanely wide. 

I also have been meaning to pick Cryptonomicon up but I've yet to find it. Though admittedly I haven't yet look on amazon...

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It plays like a pair of intertwined mysteries. Great read.

Also, go dig Charlie Stross. Great dry wit.

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AHHH, forums are back. Anyone know what the cause was this time? Just curious.

 

Anyways, back from my trip. Costa Rica was nice. I read a lot of saved Wikipedia articles on CPU architecture and design while I was gone. Favorite sentence I read all week was:

"To resolve this would require the data from memory to be passed backwards in time to the input to the ALU. This is not possible." (emphasis mine)

A lot of the logical problems and workarounds involved in pipeline design are fascinating to me. I've played TIS-100, Human Resource Manager, etc, but now I'm curious, are there any games that involve designing cpu logic hardware? (Or similar?) Or have I officially gone off the deep end on what I consider fun?

Failing that, any good software for circuit design you could recommend? I'd like to toy around with this a bit.

 

This has been stuck in my head all week:

 

"Something is beautiful and I discovered bravado bourgeois monopolies them, yeaaaeaaaeaaaaaah."

 

Let's see, what else has been...

*reads around*

*laughs at people trying to get gtx 1080 and 1070*

Anyone else looking forward to getting an RX 480 when they drop come end of June? (I'm hoping it will be enough for 1440p. 199 USD for the base model is hard to go wrong with though.) Any thoughts on doing 8GB vram for ~230$ instead? Not sure if I'll need 8GB but I know the 1GB on my current r7 260 ain't cutting it. (Well, neither is the GPU itself but you get the idea.)

 

Anyone attending E3? Highlights? Favorite parts? Disappointments? I've been poking around a tad, but all I was really interested in was a GPU with the full Polaris 10 chip, and that has already not happened. I think there was a shooter someone was developing.

 

ALSO: I have a spare key for Dungeon of the Endless from the humble monthly thing. Anyone want it?

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I'm eyeing the 480 myself as well - I'll probably get one for my new computer build. (I'm sort of holding out for AMD Zen on the CPU side - I could use the higher core count for compiling - but it looks like it might be a bit far off. I'll probably go for an AM4 APU to hold me over, then get a Zen chip once they turn up.) On the GPU side, I don't have a set budget, and between my two monitors I have a bit more than 1080p in pixels - with some perf penalty for AMD's Linux drivers, the 480 lineup looks about right. (Not that I can really game on both monitors, they're mismatched so it's rather awkward. I just play on the bigger one.) The Nvidia parts are pretty impressive, but AMD has excellent open-source drivers on Linux. With Nvidia you're married to the binary blob - should Nvidia not support your software stack, you're SOL.

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4 hours ago, Melfice said:

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/iuso/?srp=4

I have self-control.
Unfortunately, my self-control has no self-control.

I want. I want it so bad.

You can make calls with it. It's a productivity tool, right?

8 hours ago, planetguy said:

I'm eyeing the 480 myself as well - I'll probably get one for my new computer build. (I'm sort of holding out for AMD Zen on the CPU side - I could use the higher core count for compiling - but it looks like it might be a bit far off. I'll probably go for an AM4 APU to hold me over, then get a Zen chip once they turn up.) On the GPU side, I don't have a set budget, and between my two monitors I have a bit more than 1080p in pixels - with some perf penalty for AMD's Linux drivers, the 480 lineup looks about right. (Not that I can really game on both monitors, they're mismatched so it's rather awkward. I just play on the bigger one.) The Nvidia parts are pretty impressive, but AMD has excellent open-source drivers on Linux. With Nvidia you're married to the binary blob - should Nvidia not support your software stack, you're SOL.

I've been hearing AMD has made decent leeway in improving their drivers. Hopefully Vulkan support sticks around and is added to more and more games, I feel like that would be the final piece to making *nix gaming truly viable.

Also: ZELDA HYPE

 

 

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Not sure about the temperature, but from what I saw of the gameplay video weapons and such seemed plentiful enough that gear breaking wouldn't really be a problem.

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2 hours ago, ValkonX11 said:

Not sure about the temperature, but from what I saw of the gameplay video weapons and such seemed plentiful enough that gear breaking wouldn't really be a problem.

Temperature just seemed like having the correct gear avalible. Didn't watch too much of the gameplay, so I could be wrong.

At any rate, I don't have a Wii U. Mayyyyybe I'll get the NX so I can scoop up all the delicious Nintendo exclusives, depending on what the NX actually turns out to be, of course.

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3 hours ago, Lethosos said:

Breaking your hype: Your gear will break, and temperature will be a concern.

MY HYPE IS THE HYPE THAT WILL PIERCE THE HEAVENS.

And, damnit I'm now seriously considering buying a new console and a tv just to play zelda. Curses.

The Nintendo Hype is multiplying by the second with the new pokemon and now this.

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Got paid 11.20€ to rollback a Windows 10 installation today. *writes down IT-admin on my CV-skeleton*

And yeah, the new ToZ looks good but not good enough to buy a TV+console for :P

Man, VR is really coming along, isn't it? Too bad I'm not a fan of horror games, though I feel like VR horror would result in some broken headsets...

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2 hours ago, Kocken926 said:

Man, VR is really coming along, isn't it? Too bad I'm not a fan of horror games, though I feel like VR horror would result in some broken headsets...

I really want a VIVE now.
VR looks so good.

Though I agree on VR horror. I can't stand horror as it is, and I don't want it up in my face...

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2 hours ago, Vox De Harlequin said:

Huh.

What happened?

And what's Brexit?

Got blinded by the sun and hit the corner of a wide truck parked on the opposite side of the street as the other parked wide truck I had to go around. Nobody was hurt, thankfully.

Brexit is kind of important, you should read the news.

TLDR; The universe was created, (which has widely been regarded as a bad move), one thing lead to another, and then Britain decided to leave the EU, which is causing lots of people to have a Very Bad Day™.

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Basically, the Pound Sterling has devalued by 8.4% this morning (10:00 GMT+1), after only 6 hours after the results of the referendum were in. Economists usually start to worry when currency devalues by 1%.

This is a very big deal.

UK wants to be independent of the EU. And it's costing them lots.
Also, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage are lying pieces of shit. Please Google "350 million Pound NHS" (or similar).

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Don't forget there are rumblings of Scotland leaving the UK based on this.

The biggest blow is that the older generation basically decided the younger generation's fate for the next who-knows-how-many decades, despite the younger generation heavily voting to stay. Super shitty.

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wonder what's Englands next decision will be. Disband all foreigners? Good luck with all the cleaning and logistic jobs, the one career brits don't do.

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Bunch of news coming out of the UK about brexit buyers remorse.

The Leave party started backtracking on their campaign promises 24 hours after the vote went through, pissing off a LOT of people.

Other voters claim they didn't believe it was real and only voted for the exit out of protest.

And there's a petition to hold a second vote that has 2mil signatures.

Plus there's analysis of the vote that shows the majority voters were 65+, with few millenials voting despite their overwhelming support of staying. And people are arguing that maybe the generation that will have to live with the consequences should have more of a say.

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