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by Stargazer
Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:11 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: About that Polaris Power Issue
Replies: 200
Views: 16177

Re: About that Polaris Power Issue

Me neither. This is just a storm in a teacup, there will be updates next week and in a couple of more this will be forgotten by everybody except the rabid fanboys. Put me in this group, too. Ditto... Especially since not all cards reviewed had this problem (e.g. HardOCP). It does sound like its a m...
by Stargazer
Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:08 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: About that Polaris Power Issue
Replies: 200
Views: 16177

Re: About that Polaris Power Issue

What has AMD said about it AMD marketing guy Rob Hallock said this: We will have more on this topic soon as we investigate, but it's worth reminding people that only a very small number of hundreds of RX 480 reviews worldwide encountered this issue. Clearly that makes it aberrant, rather than the r...
by Stargazer
Wed Feb 10, 2016 11:28 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Which game should I play first?
Replies: 27
Views: 2695

Re: Which game should I play first?

I'm also considering getting some of the DLC before I continue playing. Any recommendations? Well you could try one of those "NPC Companion Character" DLCs, but they are to be quite expensive most of the time, and especially without a saving/loading function they tend to screw up the game...
by Stargazer
Sun Feb 07, 2016 7:57 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Which game should I play first?
Replies: 27
Views: 2695

Re: Which game should I play first?

I vote game of Life, and shoveling 1 foot of snow :D well that's what I'm going to play ;) Meh. I'm waiting until the developer has had some time to patch it a bit more. I'm hoping for a save/load feature, or at least a checkpoint system. Sure, the current mandatory Ironman mode adds some challenge...
by Stargazer
Fri May 15, 2015 12:10 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Another Witcher 3 Giveaway!
Replies: 21
Views: 3480

Re: Another Witcher 3 Giveaway!

Somewhat Simplified: When you put a magnet into a magnetic field it will tend to align itself along the magnetic field. This is how a compass works, but it is also used in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Hydrogen nuclei (protons) act as tiny magnets, so when you put them into a realllllly strong m...
by Stargazer
Mon Mar 24, 2014 1:23 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: External video input to a window?
Replies: 41
Views: 7917

Re: External video input to a window?

Do you specifically want the picture inside a window on the desktop computer, or would it be sufficient to have both displays showing up on the monitor in some other way? Some monitors natively support Picture-in-Picture, and if all you want to do is show two different video inputs at the same time,...
by Stargazer
Fri Jun 14, 2013 11:14 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Excel wizards handy?
Replies: 10
Views: 2225

Re: Excel wizards handy?

Yay!

Glad it worked. :)
by Stargazer
Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:08 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Excel wizards handy?
Replies: 10
Views: 2225

Re: Excel wizards handy?

One thing that I noticed when trying this:
When you do the reverse lookup, if you try to select a cell in the pivot table by clicking on it, it'll give you a GETPIVOTDATA(...) reference in your formula. I just ignored this, and instead manually entered the cell name. Seems to work just fine that way.
by Stargazer
Thu Jun 13, 2013 12:58 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Excel wizards handy?
Replies: 10
Views: 2225

Re: Excel wizards handy?

This is an ugly hack, but at least it seems to yield the desired results. First, "translate" the values into numbers by creating two columns holding the possible value names and corresponding numeric values, and use =vlookup to create a new area where the numeric values are shown instead o...
by Stargazer
Sat May 11, 2013 11:11 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My how time flies
Replies: 23
Views: 4114

Re: My how time flies

What annoys me is when Bones does anything related to computer technology. Anything. Anything . It's painful to watch them get it so, so wrong. Like terribly wrong. Like a Marmoset hopped up on PCP and Bath Salts would do a better job at portraying computing technology. You could replace "comp...
by Stargazer
Sat May 11, 2013 11:08 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My how time flies
Replies: 23
Views: 4114

Re: My how time flies

Even STNG starts to look pretty dated in some episodes. Another good one to watch again is Lawnmower Man. I remember thinking "OMG look at those graphics" back then. And speaking of dated CRT's....... why the f*** does NCIS still have CRT's on Gibbs and crews desks? Because it's written b...
by Stargazer
Thu Jul 19, 2012 4:19 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Steam Summer sale is on!
Replies: 116
Views: 15704

Re: Steam Summer sale is on!

Is L.A. Noire worth it? (I am still bummed that RDR isnt available for PC) For 5 bucks, I think so. No fair - it's €7.5 euro-side. Not only the €=$ conversion this time, but an even higher price (84% higher total cost). I've put it on my mental might-want-to-get-this-when-it-reaches-€5-list though.
by Stargazer
Wed May 16, 2012 8:21 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: VHDL?
Replies: 52
Views: 20697

Re: VHDL?

As a side note, the VHDL texts I read while coming up the learning curve taught me the language constructs, but did not do a very good job of preparing me for the reality of writing code for synthesis. There's a lot of stuff that'll compile and simulate just fine, but becomes problematic when you t...
by Stargazer
Wed May 16, 2012 8:14 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: VHDL?
Replies: 52
Views: 20697

Re: VHDL?

You might try Digital Design and Computer Architecture by Harris & Harris. While I don't know the textbook personally, it's the current assigned text in the course I took some years ago, and the description sounds like it's close to what you're looking for. You'll note that they don't introduce...
by Stargazer
Wed May 16, 2012 8:13 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: VHDL?
Replies: 52
Views: 20697

Re: VHDL?

Related question: I'm having some trouble finding a text book that has a good coverage of both general Digital Electronics (binary numbers, boolean logic, logic gates, K-maps, ...) *and* VHDL. Most of them seem to focus on one or the other, with a little bit of the other thrown in for good measure....
by Stargazer
Tue May 15, 2012 7:53 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: VHDL?
Replies: 52
Views: 20697

Re: VHDL?

Related question: I'm having some trouble finding a text book that has a good coverage of both general Digital Electronics (binary numbers, boolean logic, logic gates, K-maps, ...) *and* VHDL. Most of them seem to focus on one or the other, with a little bit of the other thrown in for good measure. ...
by Stargazer
Mon May 14, 2012 5:26 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Diablo III
Replies: 736
Views: 137807

Re: Diablo III

WalkCMD wrote:
...and at 12:01 am, I will wait to see messages posted that servers are overloaded, people can't login to play, etc. etc.


The servers are busy at this time. Please try again later. (Error 37)

There is a temporary outage of the Battle.net service. Please try again later. (Error 75)
by Stargazer
Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:07 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Outputting directory and file structure to a text file?
Replies: 4
Views: 1395

Re: Outputting directory and file structure to a text file?

You can simply open up a command prompt, navigate to the directory you want to start from, and type:
dir /b/s >file.txt
by Stargazer
Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:51 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Is Skyrim DRM free?
Replies: 42
Views: 25664

Re: Is Skyrim DRM free?

Ok, try to install the game on a laptop, while travelling on a train. That's the most bizarrely limited scenario I've ever heard of. No, it's not. Some people have jobs on a train, or may have jobs that require them to travel by train. Not cool to marginalize people man, that's a legitimate issue. ...
by Stargazer
Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:24 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Is Skyrim DRM free?
Replies: 42
Views: 25664

Re: Is Skyrim DRM free?

Agreed. If this is the reason that you don't like Steam (because it limits your gaming options during rail travel), then you probably don't have a very strong case. Limits your game *installation* options during rail travel. :) (and in that case having a purely physical copy is only a benefit if yo...
by Stargazer
Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:12 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Is Skyrim DRM free?
Replies: 42
Views: 25664

Re: Is Skyrim DRM free?

yogibbear wrote:
Bioshock's problem is the crappy Securom authentication check. That was BS. I raged all over 2k Liz about that kerfuffle.


Interestingly enough, Bioshock no longer uses SecuROM on Steam. :)
by Stargazer
Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:09 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Is Skyrim DRM free?
Replies: 42
Views: 25664

Re: Is Skyrim DRM free?

I don't agree with Madman that having games on Steam is "without any benefits whatsoever", but there *are* also drawbacks, and some might be more concerned about this than others. All the games I brought are: pop the DVD in, autorun runs setup, asks for install key, 2 min, the game is rea...
by Stargazer
Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:14 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Is Skyrim DRM free?
Replies: 42
Views: 25664

Re: Is Skyrim DRM free?

it is of course your own decision to store financial information in Steam - there is nothing making the financial aspect required if you purchase the game on disk. However, even if you don't have any financial information (credit card #) stored on Steam, owning a number of games on Steam can still ...
by Stargazer
Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:42 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Is Skyrim DRM free?
Replies: 42
Views: 25664

Re: Is Skyrim DRM free?

Actually, yes, that's a good question. If I can sell the Steam DX:HR version, I could just order the retail/boxed version. That wouldn't gain you anything (unless you want a DVD that you can toss at people, or really like boxes). Like Skyrim, DX:HR is a Steamworks game, and thus requires Steam. In ...
by Stargazer
Thu Feb 02, 2012 4:32 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Create Invalid Shortcut : How to do it?
Replies: 6
Views: 2189

Re: Create Invalid Shortcut : How to do it?

Another solution might be to make a regular .bat file with the line: explorer <network path> , where <network path> is the network location you want to open up (e.g. "explorer \\server\directory"). Normally that'll open up the location in question. Not sure if the \/ situation will mess wi...
by Stargazer
Thu Feb 02, 2012 3:20 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Create Invalid Shortcut : How to do it?
Replies: 6
Views: 2189

Re: Create Invalid Shortcut : How to do it?

Have you tried using a shortcut editor such as this one?
http://www.gdgsoft.com/pb/pbhelp/help150.html

Otherwise you might be able to make a shortcut to a location you actually have access to, and edit the resulting shortcut file manually with a hex editor to change the location.


edit: text->hex
by Stargazer
Thu Feb 02, 2012 3:14 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Create Invalid Shortcut : How to do it?
Replies: 6
Views: 2189

Re: Create Invalid Shortcut : How to do it?

Have you tried using "\\Client\H$"?
Windows uses backslashes for that kind of stuff...

edit: Nevermind. Doesn't solve the problem you're having.
by Stargazer
Tue Dec 20, 2011 2:57 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Steam Game Trading
Replies: 10
Views: 2372

Re: Steam Game Trading

Walkintarget wrote:
Any disadvantages to a second Steam account on a PC (other than HD space) ??


Are there any rules against having more than one account?
It seems like during events like this one, having more than one account would be a massive benefit, so maybe it's frowned upon?
by Stargazer
Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:42 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Diablo 3 Beta Invites
Replies: 28
Views: 5138

Re: Diablo 3 Beta Invites

Invites are tied to your B.net account. So unless someone is going to give you their Battle.net account you're not going to see one. Can I have your Battle.net account? Sure, I will sell it to you, By my calculations its at least worth 800 bucks, all the Warcraft games, Starcraft I with expansions ...
by Stargazer
Thu Dec 08, 2011 4:10 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Diablo 3 Beta Invites
Replies: 28
Views: 5138

Re: Diablo 3 Beta Invites

tanker27 wrote:
Jive wrote:
If you guys have spare invites and don't mind sharing please let me know. :)


Invites are tied to your B.net account. So unless someone is going to give you their Battle.net account you're not going to see one.


Can I have your Battle.net account?
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