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Posted on 18-10-30, 16:21 in First!

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When I registered, I wanted "the word" to be "the bird". Disappointed.
Posted on 18-11-02, 23:56 in Emulation is for NERDs.

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Posted by Covarr

I've been really impressed with the quality of NERD's work. While I don't think the argument could be made that the S/NES MiniClassics feature anywhere near perfect emulation, it's clear they've put in a solid effort to do better than previous Nintendo outings.

It's clear they studied the available emulators for options, especially for canoe. Rewind and SuperFX overclocking came from Retroarch. They copied the glFinish trick to prevent buffering in the GPU. I've never seen that used aside from the Quake 3 engine and my Snes9x port (and now bsnes) and they explicitly referred to it reducing input latency.

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Posted by Kakashi
It really is an API stacking game these days, isn't it?

Basically, yeah. A while ago I was trying to use DXVK to emulate Direct3D 11 to use dgVoodoo to emulate DirectDraw to get some older programs working with Wine.
Posted on 18-11-03, 02:34 in Emulation is for NERDs.

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Posted by Screwtape
Is there a blogpost or something about the "glFinish trick" that I could read to find out more?

Not really. glFinish just waits until OpenGL guarantees framebuffer-complete. It’s useful because OpenGL, being asynchronous, will queue the buffer swap, but then also queue the commands that would be used to fill the buffer after the next one, creating a pseudo three-buffer swap chain. So I stick glFinish after a swap to reduce lag.

It doesn’t affect performance as much as you’d think, because a rhythm forms after the first frame, and it makes worst-case latency the refresh interval.
Posted on 18-11-07, 01:31 in I have yet to have never seen it all.

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Posted by tomman
I'm glad I don't sell video games for a living...

And they still wonder why all the nerdrage and hategasm after those (non)announcements!?!?

Disclaimer: I've never played any game made by those studios, and will not do so anytime soon.

To be fair, they've been ignoring fan feedback for a while, since Diablo 3. I was really put off when they got rid of all the Christian mythology heaven/hell stuff and went dork-fantasy with it. I don't see them returning to style now because they'd be too afraid to offend someone and, "God" forbid, lose money.

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Try running it without pairing any controllers to see if they're sending a faulty signal or something.

Even if the problem isn't the hard drive, you might think about swapping that out eventually. Recently, I was getting annoyed with my PS4 and Dragon Quest XI's load times, so I swapped in a cheap SSD. Presto! Load times were a quarter of what they were before. I read everywhere about how a SSD barely makes a difference on the PS4, if at all. My experience, at least with this game, was quite different.

Posted on 18-11-08, 21:33 in Emulation is for NERDs.

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Posted by tomman
NERD official homepage

Apparently they've also came up with the NDS emulator used on the Wii U.

Oh, they're hiring! - look at their coding challenges.

I looked at their coding challenge. The middle feedback part I was able to easily reverse using linear combinations and gaussian elimination. The 512-entry lookup table is another matter. It's not 1-1, so either some of the entries must be invalidated or it has to be brute-forced. Naming the function "forward" implies there's a "backward" operation, but based on the job qualifications above it, it might be intended to be solved with machine learning.
Posted on 18-11-10, 21:44 in Snes9x

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Posted by Kakashi
Not surprised to see mudlord involved with a hack.

Yep, the advanced interpolation tables came from him. The hacks are optional, though. They're mostly for libretro and they're explicitly labeled so as to know they're hacky. The GTK+ port hides them behind a configure flag, and Win32 doesn't even expose them.

I don't have so much a problem with hacks like this as long as it's made obvious that they will break things or isn't how it's supposed to sound. If people want to try to alleviate slowdown or flicker or clean up the audio, it's fine. I'm just frustrated when people want things to act like zsnes. I don't care if that's how you remember it because you didn't have a SNES and pirated games in the late '90s. It's like a remnant of the 1337 h4ck3r self-aggrandizement from back then.

And hey! Dwedit! Haven't seen him in a long time!

He fixed a bunch of things with save state inconsistencies to fix runahead in libretro, which he was also responsible for.

I made some big changes on the GTK+ side that were basically side-effects of me having fun playing with Wayland.

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Is yours one of the oldest models with the capacitive power button or the CUH-12XX model with the physically clicking button?
Posted on 18-11-10, 23:50 in Something about cheese! (revision 1)

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Posted by Screwtape
I guess I'm more worried about the progressives shooting themselves in the foot than about people embracing our current conservative leader.

That's basically how Trump got elected. The democrats shot themselves in the foot by forcing an unlikable female candidate because they thought they had the election tied up. Then, democrats turned out in the lowest number in years because of that same assumption.

Say what you want about Trump's politics and policies, the man's got bravado and bluster that helps him connect with his voters.

You mean he gives the dirtiest parts of society, what Hillary called "the deplorables," the courage and confirmation that it's OK to express hatred and bigotry towards others.

But most of the people who vote republican are in rural areas and have no idea who their candidates are or what they actually do. They just vote the same party because of inertia, and they never pay attention to the news to know what's going on in Washington, and assume the politicians are actually following through on the lies they told. The Republican party of today is not the party of yesterday, but these people don't know it.

*edit*
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by forcing an unlikable female candidate

And by this, I will clarify that they were obsessed with having a female president to the detriment of everything else. Clinton was the only female they had at the time, but she had an unfortunate amount of baggage, and they should have passed on her. I really hope she doesn't try and run in 2020. We've got a number of better female candidates in the running, and a number of good male candidates, too, and I hope we're smart enough to choose the best, not a token.
Posted on 18-11-12, 00:20 in Something about cheese!

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Posted by CaptainJistuce

It isn't that the folks in rural areas are ignorant rednecks completely unaware of world events. That is kind of bigoted to just dismiss their opinions as the result of being ill-informed.

I didn't say ignorant, I said apathetic. They're people who wouldn't spend leisure time following politics and don't give a crap about who's running, and honestly I wish I were like that. Those who vote that way because they want to be little weasels in big bully Trump's gang are ignorant. (or assholes)

The actual fact of the matter is that rural citizens have different needs and concerns than urban ones, and they are issues that the democrats are either not addressing or directly opposing. And THAT is why rural areas tend to vote republican, not because they have no idea what is going on in the world.

That's what I meant by inertia. They're voting Republican because their needs were met by that party in the past. But that party is gradually weeding out anything that isn't big business. The party of Trump is not the party of McCain, which isn't the party of Reagan, and so on.

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Yours is definitely the non-clicky model. The buttons were changed in the CUH-1200 series. From what Daniel_Jery says, though, the buttons aren't actually capacitive, and his unit is like yours, so you could try his fix.

You can slide off the top left cover of the shell really easily because that's how the hard drive is changed. You should be able to get a look under the button from there and maybe pry it up a little.
Posted on 18-11-12, 02:22 in Something about cheese! (revision 1)

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Posted by CaptainJistuce

And sometimes the big business interests matter. A big oil pipeline that is heavily opposed by environmentalists and urban citizens is viewed in terms of jobs created along the run for rural folks. Heck, it may result in a whole new town or two comin' up, and that means your local store just got two hours closer.

Now you’re stereotyping. :) Rural America isn’t that disconnected, at least here in the upper plains.
I live near where the Bakken pipeline was put in, and let me tell you, no one in the area was happy. It was all out-of-state interests coming in and using eminent domain. The “thousands of temporary jobs” was actually “hundreds of preskilled workers coming in from out-of-state,” and the number of permanent jobs created was a whopping 8.

*edit* It was also really disheartening to see how much the system was broken then. Months before they held a hearing to approve the use of eminent domain to steal the land, almost all of the pipeline was already completed, installed everywhere else where people had willfully given access. We used to drive by the land of someone who was resisting, and the oil company already had all the materials and equipment delivered and sitting on the adjacent property, waiting. These people were never going to be given a fair legal chance because the entire Governor’s office was corrupt and had sold out.

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Posted by tomman
Anyway, expect more performance-crippling software patches to come in the future, despite the fact there are no real-world exploits doing the rounds yet (exploiting Spectre/Meltdown is doable if you're a well-funded nation-state level actor, but not exactly at the reach of Babby's My First Skript Kiddy Toolkit). Or simply give up computers for good - after all, a secure PC is one that is sitting inside its shipping box, not to be plugged to anything EVER. Make sure to remove the CMOS/RTC battery too!

I turn off all these things on my machines. For one, you're not vulnerable without physical or VM access (it's impractical to exploit any other way), and the fact that everybody else's machines are patched means it's not cost effective to even try.

These exploits are just now becoming realized because everybody's using virtual hosts and cloud computing crap and freaking out because their "magic" container is being broken. Remember how we used to send email, passwords, and credit cards through the network in plain text? Or how everybody ran their own email server and they didn't understand that it would be complex to secure? It's more "oh shit, we've been doing things wrong for years, here's the right way to do it." New kiddies weren't around when these problems were being solved "the wrong way," and don't understand the reasons these implementations exist.

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https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=linux-420-bisect#=1
Posted on 18-11-17, 17:20 in NESRGB Famicom AV

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It looks like the solder joints for the RGB wires are really close, but your photo doesn't have enough detail. Maybe they're bridged?
Posted on 18-11-29, 17:30 in Something about cheese!

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Posted by james4591
The problem of global warming is the science around it is lackluster [...] Plus add into the fact none of the science has accounted for solar minimum and maximums as well as global weather historical trends of warming and cooling

Mmmh...

That graph only goes back so far. The Earth cycles between periods where no ice occurs naturally and "ice ages" where it does.

Of course, it's undeniable[1] that carbon emissions are bad and we should try to reduce them. Then there's the fact that, if the scientists are right, the alternative is literally the end of most life on the planet.

There's no reason not to go for alternatives like wind energy, which is widely available and effective. The quality of life would stay the same, the only difference would be in the coffers of big oil CEOs. This tradeoff could be made without most people doing anything. It's only greed that stops it.

1. Some people do, though. They are brain-impaired.
Posted on 18-12-01, 18:07 in Games You Played Today REVENGEANCE

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Posted by Screwtape

Also, a fun trick for doing damage with that slow, over-the-head swing: run toward the target, hit the attack button, *then* jump if necessary, and hopefully you'll reach the target before the animation ends, and deal your damage. Then immediately attack again, and now the target's within range you'll do damage at the *start* of the animation. Once you get the timing down right, and as long as you're in an area of the castle where enemies die in two hits, you can still get around pretty quickly even with a slow weapon.

Congratulations. Now combine that with backdash-cancel and you can do *three* hits really fast.
Posted on 18-12-01, 23:23 in Games You Played Today REVENGEANCE

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The annoying part about CotM is that they give you the running boots right at the very beginning, after which you never want to not run again. Then you’re double-tapping left and right for the whole game when they could’ve had you just run by default.
Posted on 18-12-06, 22:00 in Internet numbers bragging thread

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Posted by CaptainJistuce


We can get 1000/100 over DOCSIS 3.1 here, but I don't use anything that justifies paying almost double for it. So I'm fine with 100/10:



We have a municipal fiber provider in the town ~5 mi away that does 1000/1000 symmetric like yours for cheap and wants to provide service here, but our town has a monopoly agreement with Mediacom that they're fighting against.
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