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  • frytup commented on The Best Blu-ray Player Today

    I finally got sick of the racket my fat PS3 makes when playing BDs... or doing anything. Decision time. Get a dedicated BD player or just buy a PS4?

    I went with the PS4. Yah, there isn't much in the way of games yet, but there will be eventually. In the mean time, I'm enjoying a whisper quiet player.

  • frytup commented on Episode 261 - What Does a Panda Feel Like? - 6/12/2014

    Ok, this is totally unimportant, but Norm's "no one in the Baye Area has air conditioning" comment made me lol and lol and lol.

    You need to get out of the city some time, dude.

  • frytup commented on How To Get Into Hobby RC: The Phantom Menace

    I'm curious if manufacturers like DFI provide basic aviation rules information with their products. I know they build flight restrictions into the firmware of some of the newer models, but it only seems to cover the big international airports. Considering the SF Bay Area alone has at least 20 airfields of various kinds, just making sure you're not bumping into 747s isn't really adequate awareness of aircraft traffic.

  • frytup commented on Quadcopter Fun Flight Fridays #1

    Er... what's the max altitude of these things? From a pilot's perspective, a bunch of amateurs flying around with zero communications or awareness of aircraft traffic is scary as hell.

  • frytup commented on Tested: We Buy a Bitcoin!

    @blather.more said:

    @frytup: The US doesn't have a central bank. So, I assume you keep your rubles or yen elsewhere.

    http://www.federalreserve.gov/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Reserve_System

  • frytup commented on Tested: We Buy a Bitcoin!

    @blather.more: I fear Bitcoin true believers are mostly fundamentalist libertarian types who don't understand the realities of a global economy, but I think it's fascinating as a social and economic experiment. And I hope government regulators mostly leave it alone to see where it goes.

    When it comes to my personal finances, I prefer a currency backed by a central bank, an army, and trillions in federal assets.

  • frytup commented on Tested: We Buy a Bitcoin!

    Something tells me "Bitcoin: .99" will soon be showing up on a BermanBraun expense report.

  • frytup commented on Tested: Grinding Coffee at 2000 Frames Per Second

    Beanpocolypse: The Beginning

  • frytup commented on Tested In-Depth: SteamOS Beta and In-Home Streaming

    @PaulKemp said:

    @frytup said:

    I've had a Windows PC running Big Picture next to my TV for a couple of months now. Generally speaking, it works as you'd expect it to. Set it up so that Steam launches on boot, and it's a very console-like experience.

    The biggest annoyance is games that only partially support controllers, forcing you to walk over the the PC and do some uncomfortable mousing around at first launch. As devs clue in to BP, this is becoming less of a problem.

    I'd recommend getting an Xbox controller wireless adapter for Windows. Having a cable running to the PC gets old quick.

    Sweet. I was planning on getting both the Logitech K400 and a wireless xbox controller.

    Good to know, so there is not any problems with windows updates, applications forcing you back to the windows desktop? Like java updates etc.

    Not that I've ever noticed, but all I have installed on that machine is Windows, Steam, drivers, and games. No Java or Flash.

    I set Windows Update to install automatically and everything happens in the background.

  • frytup commented on Premium: Will and Norm Build Their SteamOS Boxes

    @frytup said:

    Steaming is fine, but I can't get edge-to-edge full screen at all. More like a half size window with borders.

    Specs.. Win 8.1, 1680x1050, GTX 770, Firefox.

    Also - could we get a 720p direct download link?

  • frytup commented on Premium: Will and Norm Build Their SteamOS Boxes

    Steaming is fine, but I can't get edge-to-edge full screen at all. More like a half size window with borders.

  • frytup commented on Tested In-Depth: SteamOS Beta and In-Home Streaming

    @PaulKemp said:

    I sold my xbox one today, with the plan to build a dedicated living room gaming PC. How well does windows in big picture compare to Steam Os? Windows as a dedicated steam big picture mode machine. I'm struggling finding experienced about this online.

    I've had a Windows PC running Big Picture next to my TV for a couple of months now. Generally speaking, it works as you'd expect it to. Set it up so that Steam launches on boot, and it's a very console-like experience.

    The biggest annoyance is games that only partially support controllers, forcing you to walk over the the PC and do some uncomfortable mousing around at first launch. As devs clue in to BP, this is becoming less of a problem.

    I'd recommend getting an Xbox controller wireless adapter for Windows. Having a cable running to the PC gets old quick.

  • frytup commented on Luca Iaconi-Stewart's Paper Boeing 777 Model

    @grorc said:

    I am beginning to think that the point of Tested.com is to make me feel bad about how I spend my free time.

    What? Never.

    Excuse me. I need to go nuke a frozen burrito and watch Jeopardy.

  • frytup commented on Test Notes: Installing SteamOS

    @DarDar! said:

    Without EA, Activision, and Ubisoft making games for Linux; SteamOS seems a bit silly, if you have a Windows PC.

    True enough - for now. Although there are a bunch of (mostly Kickstarted) games coming out over the next year which will have native Linux versions I'm pretty excited about. More than any titles from the big publishers, in fact. Still, right now the first thing I'd do with "Steam Machine" hardware is install Windows on it.

    I suspect Valve will eventually build in a Wine-style compatibility layer - but more user transparent and with better performance than Wine can currently manage.

  • frytup commented on Test Notes: Installing SteamOS

    I'm assuming it ships with general Xinput drivers, but did you actually try plugging in a 360 controller? How about a 360 wireless receiver?

  • frytup commented on Premium: The PC Build Race Disaster of 2014

    I have to assume this was followed by a private ceremony in which Gordan Ung confiscated Norm's PC Gaming Master Race membership card.

  • frytup commented on CES 2014: Hands-On with Valve's Steam Controller

    @notpickard said:

    It might just be the olds but I can't get the hang of one hand on keyboard the other on the mouse, patting your head & rub your stomach kind of thing.

    I have the same reaction to controllers. Just depends what you started out with, I guess.

  • frytup commented on Premium: CES Trendspotting and Michael Bay's Breakdown

    @bottleworks said:

    @Dudenstein said:

    @StephenWestervelt: Same issue even at lowest res for me

    Same for me.

    @norman Is there an easy way to download the video file for local playback?

    If you use firefox (or are willing to use it temporarily) this works great:

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/flash-video-downloader/

  • frytup commented on Premium: CES Trendspotting and Michael Bay's Breakdown

    @dalfiuss said:

    Seems strange that this is premium. Previously they did nightly live shows, and now the little discussion they do have is behind the paywall.

    They must be struggling for premium content more than I had thought.

    Struggling to find something worth talking about at CES might be more accurate.

  • frytup commented on CES 2014: Hands-On with Valve's Steam Controller

    I'm assuming the final version will ship with a wireless receiver and Windows drivers - but has Valve actually confirmed that?