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  1. illram

    Latest Updates on ETH Consensus Layer (ETH 2.0) from Devs Themselves

    Nothing. It will be the same ETH, you don't have to do anything.
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    Headphones - audio in game; knowing where your enemy is? (How does a USB Headset work to let you know where what you are hearing is in the gamespace?

    SBX using either an X7 or G6 indeed works with any amp via line out or any spdif capable dac/amp via optical out. Creative's Super X-Fi is frustratingly more limited but superior in its virtual surround capability. There is no digital line out, you have to double amp with all Super X-Fi...
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    Headphones - audio in game; knowing where your enemy is? (How does a USB Headset work to let you know where what you are hearing is in the gamespace?

    I too have tried almost every commercially available virtual surround solution and have the total opposite opinion. It's a subjective field given how the science of it works, so I think we both can be "right" because we both hear different things. I can say Super X-Fi and Out of Your Head, which...
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    Headphones - audio in game; knowing where your enemy is? (How does a USB Headset work to let you know where what you are hearing is in the gamespace?

    Look into HRTF. It's a deep rabbit hole but basically: you can simulate, with delay and EQ tricks, the sounds audio makes as it enters our ears and travels around our heads in a way to trick your brain into thinking the sound is actually coming from a specific place in space. A simple example is...
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    Advice on new PC speakers

    I have the bluetooth versions of those. They're great and your wife has good taste. :) If not those I'd second the JBL LSR305. I also have them and they're also great. A little more neutral I'd say.
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    Anyone get a Creative Super X-FI yet?

    It's really not meant for music. There is no reason to use this for listening to music and if you do, particularly if you use headphones not on its list, yeah I am not surprised it is not going to sound like what you like. You're taking a 2 channel recording and simulating it coming out of 7...
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    Creative SXFI AIR (w/ Super X-Fi Gen 2) Review - 9.1 Surround Sound with Your Headphones

    I have the Super X-Fi dongle. Same tech. Amazing little device, I can't game without it. It really is a very realistic virtual surround experience, particularly if you have headphones on their list. (There is a large number of headphones supported, including popular ones like Sennheiser 650...
  8. illram

    Department of Justice Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google

    That remains to be seen. Many big companies have come out of these just fine. Microsoft is basically just doing the exact same thing that got it into trouble 20 years ago. (I.e. shoving its browser down everyone's throats).
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    GHOST S1 - When both size & performance matters

    Anyone else's top plate bow slightly in the middle? I can't figure out why, unless it is a size issue (too small) or is it because the riser if pushing on it?
  10. illram

    EA Announces Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond

    The Respawn guys are the guys who did MOHAA for EA 20 years ago, went on to wild success with the Call of Duty series, had a nasty divorce with Activision...and are now back at EA doing MoH again. What a world!
  11. illram

    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    Gigabyte is making a blower style 3090 that will fit. It might melt your house, but it will fit!
  12. illram

    What is the Best Cost No Option Small Form Factor Case for a Silent and Small WC Gaming Powerhouse (3090, etc)

    The 3090 is just not an SFF friendly card. Size, power draw, all of it. Even the 3080 is pushing it in a lot of cases. All the SF PSU's are already or are going to get crazy expensive. And the FE fan design is kind of an issue for small cases. I really want one of these cards but I am looking...
  13. illram

    Unreal Engine 5 Revealed! Running real time on Playstation 5

    Bethesda has entered the chat
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    Creative releases Sound BlasterX AE-5 Plus Gaming Sound Card

    It does have an encoder and although the press release is a little vague ("digital cable") it sounds like it would indeed be via optical.
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    4K, 60FPS Footage of New York City in 1911

    Interesting how little fucks are given by people just slowly walking in front of streetcars and cars/buggies in general.
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    GHOST S1 - When both size & performance matters

    AXP-100 Copper is back at Amazon as of right now.
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    They LIED!! – The TRUE Story of the Philips CD-i – RARE CONSOLE HISTORY

    I remember this coming out around the time of the Super Nintendo versus Genesis console wars. It was like $1000 or something ridiculous. There was no way this thing was going to compete with Nintendo and Sega at the height of the console wars back then. The only thing I cared about in those days...
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    Anyone give up on PC Surround sound and just go stereo? Any regrets?

    I simply cannot get the same precision in 360 degree audio with a 2 channel feed. Real rear cues in a well implemented virtual surround feed are miles ahead of whatever my brain can sort of piece together from the way games try to feed you spatial audio information in a stereo feed. Once you...
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    Anyone give up on PC Surround sound and just go stereo? Any regrets?

    I use virtual surround in good headphones and I can't live without it. I use Creative's Super X-Fi for PC games, and Atmos if the game supports it, both of which are excellent at reproducing surround audio in headphones. X-Fi really takes the cake for realistic front/rear cues, while Atmos...
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    Warm? $299 Motile laptop (Walmart) 14" Ryzen 5, 8gb, 256 SSD, upgradable ram w/NVME

    Lol I bought this yesterday for $349, which I thought was a crazy deal. Jesus.
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    Steam Controller $5

    My 11/26 order shipped. Just got the email last night.
  22. illram

    Tesla Unveils Radical Cybertruck.

    Well, this is real (I mean real as in a prototype exists and some people drove it around and camped in it) as opposed to a photoshop.
  23. illram

    Tesla Unveils Radical Cybertruck.

    Is that an Aztec? It looks like it took a giant shit in its diaper.
  24. illram

    When you have money falling out yer ass... Amazing Home Theater / Arcade

    "Yeah so I don't want to wake her up when I know, watching .....uhhhhh....Batman."
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    XBOX One S, 500GB/1TB $149/$179 NIB (Frys, shipped!)

    Yeah it's a bummer. I feel like Best Buy is also ultimately doomed too. In CA we had a ton of Egghead Software, CompUSA, Circuit City, the Good Guys....all gone now. I can be perfectly content just walking around and browsing in those types of stores and not buying anything. Can't get that...
  26. illram

    Microsoft issues new Windows 10 update warning

    Thanks. Tried it, still busted. :(
  27. illram

    Microsoft issues new Windows 10 update warning

    Some update a while back permanently broke my mobo's Bluetooth. Thanks Microsoft!
  28. illram

    Uber now worth 73 billion.

    As long as everyone believes it, then it's true!
  29. illram

    Found my first MP3 player

    This was mine. 20GB Archos Jukebox. I loved it, but required manual organization of all my music. At the time I didn't mind, the whole digital thing was fun and new. That original 20GB of music is still somewhere in my current digital collection.
  30. illram

    Question about Google Authenticator

    I thought you could move it over to a new phone by logging into your Google account on a computer? Does that not switch over all the authenticator codes to the new device?
  31. illram

    DAN HSLP-48: A powerful sub 50mm heatsink

    Has anyone tried the V2 vs. the Cooltek LP53/Noctua slim fan combo?
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    I cheated

    Nice. With the mobo off it sort of reminds me of an MC Escher drawing....
  33. illram

    Punch-hole cameras are worse than notches. Went back to my Note 8.

    Will there ever be tech for a front camera behind an actual screen that goes dark only when in use? How impossible is that to do?
  34. illram

    Malwarebytes for Students $5 for 4 Years

    Yeah that's basically all I use it for.
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    Malwarebytes for Students $5 for 4 Years

    So is MB still considered one of the better anti malware programs? I've had the free version for years to supplement Windows defender/whatever the default is.
  36. illram

    If money was no concern, what gaming headset to get?

    Money is no object? HD800S or the earlier suggested Stax. Add a modmic and never buy headphones again.
  37. illram

    Prince Harry wants Fortnite banned

    While I agree with the comments re: the importance of setting boundaries for gaming or screen time, it's always annoying to hear rich fuckers like this lecture others on parenting, when they have hired staff who raise their kids and enforce all these rules for them. It's similar to an article a...
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    It's not just portability. Not everyone wants a huge monster computer on the floor. I certainly do not. I like having a small sleek looking machine that is unobtrusive and/or blends in with other consumer hardware, but that I still like the looks of if I do see it or want to put it somewhere it...
  39. illram

    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    Ha. Yeah I've got a black v1 and a Ghost S1 sitting in my closet in their boxes. The silver v1 build from 2 years ago is still doing it for me..... For now *evil laugh*
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    Anker PowerCore 13000, Compact - $30

    I has one. Love it. I have more of these portable chargers, in various shapes and sizes, than I probably should....