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  1. @Bezalel6 Thread moved to the "Laptops and Pre-Built Systems" section. Please check the forum to see which section is most appropriate for your thread before submitting it; the General Discussion is intended only for threads which have no specific subforum they belong to.
  2. It could be argued that without consoles there would be stronger incentive for universally compatible peripherals and accessories rather than ones designed to function exclusively on one device. Hypothetically if consoles weren't to exist this could have led to tangibly higher innovation and improvement in input device variability, accessibility and quality. Key part there however being hypothetically; any PC vs. Console argument is ultimately moot because they rely on supposing the likely outcome of a reality which doesn't exist. As things stand today consoles and PC share a significantly more symbiotic relationship than most people seem to like to think they do. Both have upsides and downsides, but both work towards overall improvement - and the entire gaming market benefits as a result (for the most part). More on-topic however, I'm glad to see Sony finally changing its stance on this. It's been interesting to see them waffle and flail over the issue when during the PS3's lifecycle they employed almost a polar opposite policy; they were in favour of cross-platform compatibility and play (eg, see Portal 2) whilst Microsoft were more staunchly against it. They've been only shooting themselves in the foot over this by providing Nintendo and Microsoft with such a big stick to beat them with.
  3. I've been planning on reviewing and updating them for a while, but as mortis said no changes have been enacted quite yet. I already have some ideas on changes I'd like to make so I'll discuss them with the team soon and get some feedback before we push an updated version.
  4. Whiskers


    If you want to test something, please post it in the Test Posts section.
  5. Thread moved to Off-Topic. Please check and see which subforum is most appropriate for your topic before posting. General Discussion is for tech discussion topics which have no other suitable section.
  6. Please avoid political discussion in this thread, as it's against the Community Standards.
  7. Thread locked. Please do not submit topics focused on only a single image, piece of text or meme as it is generally considered status update material or spam.
  8. Important reminder for everyone: discussing politics is against the Community Standards. Any more political discussion and this thread will be locked. I understand this topic is inherently political to a large degree, but there is room for discussion which doesn't lead to a war of words between users of varying political beliefs. Keep it civil and respectful please or the thread will be locked and warnings will be sent out.
  9. Please remember that it is against the Community Standards to discuss how to or enable another user to engage in piracy. This includes discussing any techniques which can be used to bypass Windows' activation process.
  10. An entry for UPlay has been added. The list has also been sorted alphabetically which will hopefully make it a little easier to work with.
  11. By and large if it couldn't be brought over to the main site we wouldn't be testing it on the beta site.
  12. Again, on a technical level it isn't feasible. The current reporting system is far too deeply integrated with the rest of the forum software to easily code and implement a replacement. It might be possible - but it would be a huge amount of work and would be a constant source of problems whenever we continue to update the forum software itself.
  13. This isn't possible for two reasons, unfortunately. First it isn't feasible on a technical level. The only way we could currently achieve this would consequently provide those users with almost full access to our reporting and warning systems (which is obviously out of the question). Second it would be at odds with the intended nature of the forum; that all users are equal. Although it sounds like a positive thing to provide longer-term members with benefits for their contributions over the years, this would result in some inherently negative repercussions. It would suggest that longer-term members are worth more / are more important than newer ones (a type of elitism which we have always been against).
  14. Emulation has always been a bit of a grey area legally. In general we have no issue with discussion of game emulation, provided the discussion doesn't touch on how to illegally obtain copies of the game software or the console BIOS etc.
  15. The best phone I've ever had was my BlackBerry Z30. I miss it. I wish BlackBerry 10 had succeeded.
  16. Just to remind everyone, it's against our Community Standards to argue about politics and / or religion. I understand this topic is somewhat inherently political but please try to keep it reasonable - no "country A sucks", "country B shouldn't do this" etc. If things get too political the mod team will need to close the thread.
  17. @The_Tron This topic currently doesn't meet the Tech News section's Posting Guidelines. Please update it to properly quote content from the article (which you can do by clicking the "quote" icon on the editor toolbar) and add an original opinion or thoughts of your own.
  18. Not at all, we have quite a lot of members with a very high post count who make sure each of their posts are of value or substance. This rule is mostly to weed out people spamming the forum with low quality posts like "first", "yes", "no" etc. It's usually handled on a case-by-case basis because it depends a lot on the context in which their post was submitted. It's also to point out that we don't allow users to intentionally manipulate the reputation or post count systems in any way.
  19. Thread cleaned. Any more insults or "I have more money than you" posts and it'll be locked. Keep things civil please.
  20. We still provide users with Industry Affiliate status when they register with the intention of representing their company, that's never really changed so far as I've known.
  21. We have separated the Industry Affiliate Code of Conduct from the Community Standards in order to hopefully make both a little bit clearer and easier to read. It seemed a bit clunky to keep the IA Code of Conduct in the Community Standards when they're not really relevant for most of the Community. They're still just as important for Industry Affiliates to follow as before however.
  22. Industry Affiliate Code of Conduct Industry Affiliates are representatives of companies within the computer industry. Their posting privileges are the same as standard members, and while they are able (and encouraged) to interact with the LinusTechTips.com community outside of talking about their products or services, they should always keep in mind the way their behavior reflects on their company. Industry Affiliates are required to conduct themselves in a professional and respectful manner to all moderators, administrators, general members, and other Industry Affiliates. To ensure that LinusTechTips.com can maintain fair treatment of all Industry affiliates, we have created these guidelines: All Industry Affiliates (employees of tech companies) must identify themselves if they intend to promote their company, products, or services in any way. Industry Affiliates who are engaging in "guerrilla marketing" WILL be banned, and their company may be added to a public blacklist posted on LinusTechTips.com Industry Affiliates may truthfully answer questions about their own products and may assist members with technical and warranty support for their products in almost any context. It is still acceptable even in situations where the original post is not about the Industry Affiliate's product as long as it doesn't derail the thread. Industry Affiliates may not recommend their own products to a user who is not already specifically asking about them. When that happens, the Industry Affiliate may clarify the features and value of his or her products, as well as help the Original Poster to understand the similar products that are also available within their product stack. This should not be interpreted as an opportunity to "upsell" and only educational information with a basis in fact will be acceptable. No snake oil marketing strategies will be tolerated from Industry Affiliates. We take reports from members about "marketing BS / manipulation" very seriously. Industry Affiliates' member profiles and signatures must adhere to our standard guidelines, but may also contain one link to their official company support website Industry Affiliates are encouraged to engage naturally with the community rather than taking a strictly "business-like" approach to their interactions. It's worth considering that by being a helpful part of the community, you will build trust with our members, moderators, and administrators, which will lend credibility to you as an individual and to your company. Industry Affiliates are expected to set a positive example for the rest of the community by being trustworthy sources of information, and by adhering not only to the Industry Affiliate Code of Conduct, but also the general Community Standards. If you have any questions or concerns relating to these rules, please contact a forum administrator: @colonel_mortis@Whiskers
  23. Community Standards Generally speaking, as long as you stick to the following core principles you should not find yourself subject to disciplinary action: Ensure a friendly atmosphere to our visitors and forum members. Encourage the freedom of expression and exchange of information in a mature and responsible manner. "Don't be a dick" - Wil Wheaton. "Be excellent to each other" - Bill and Ted. Remember your audience; both present and future. The following is not an exhaustive list of the rules and guidelines that must be followed when participating on Linus Tech Tips. The moderation team reserve the right to terminate any and all accounts or remove any content at any stage without prior notice. The rules outlined below are only the minimum expectations of members and not every issue can be predicted and addressed here, so conduct could still be considered out of line even if it isn't explicitly covered here. The instructions of the moderation team must be followed at all times. No harassment, discrimination or abuse of any kind. This includes insults and accusations (fanboy, troll, shill etc). No pornography, sexually explicit or illegal content. No thread dumping (posting a thread in the wrong section). Check the forum for the most appropriate location for your thread before posting. No spam LMGTFY (Let Me Google That For You) links or comments in the same spirit. Post count / reputation farming. 'Ask Me Anything’ threads. Shortened links (bit.ly etc) without the permission of staff. No trolling or flame-bait. This includes topics such as AMD vs NVIDIA, "company X sucks", and political or religious debates. No advertising of any non LTT/LMG material. eBay/trading sites, personal websites or businesses except where appropriate. (e.g. "Who can do data recovery in Vancouver?", "Anyone know where I can get this part?"). No affiliate links unless created by Linus Media Group. Note that the LMG affiliate code will be automatically added to Amazon links. Twitch/Youtube links are only allowed in your own status updates; posting them on other users' profiles or updates is not allowed. No begging for free or discounted things, asking for donations, GoFundMes, or any similar content. Any discussion on how to engage in piracy is not allowed, including the discussion of hacking or cracking. Discussion of piracy in general is acceptable (e.g. "Game X becomes the most pirated game ever"). Hackintosh discussion is permitted. Redistribution of copyrighted software, including links to third party hosting sites, is not permitted. Only one account per person, except with explicit permission from staff. Privacy Do not post other people's personal information (email addresses, etc) without their explicit consent. Do not post personally identifiable information pertaining to anybody under the age of 16, including yourself, regardless of whether you have permission to do so. Signatures Text only, no images or other external content linked. No Advertising/External Links other than to other LTT forum posts, except for the following: a text link to your PC Part Picker profile a text link to your Folding@Home or BOINC stats page Moderation & Bans Do not openly discuss the moderation of any content or user. If you have an issue please contact a staff member. Do not backseat moderate – if there’s an issue, please use the report function. This includes responses such as "Off topic", "spam", "advertising", "status update material" etc; leave it for the mod team to handle. Please be aware staff cannot see private messages unless they are reported, except in exceptional circumstances. If you have an issue with a moderator at any time, please contact an Administrator via PM: @Slick @colonel_mortis @Whiskers Sub Forum Specific Requirements (including rules on video posting) Member reviews - see here Hot deals - see here Tech News - see here Off Topic - see here Guides and Tutorials - see here Build Logs - see here Classifieds - see here Industry Affiliates should familiarise themselves with the Industry Affiliate Code of Conduct. Please be aware however that you will be equally expected to comply with the Community Standards.
  24. People love to find something to fixate on, to generalise and hate the fans of. Because of there being a small number of MLP fans they find weird or disturbing they extrapolate that to paint an inaccurate picture of the entire fanbase. It's the same thing with just about anything that's popular, though the MLP thing has gained particular notoriety for some reason.. I've tried watching the show myself. I can't say I'm a fan but I can definitely see why people can enjoy it, regardless of age. It's bright and colourful and has a lot of positivity in its story, characters and dialogue. And a lot of the underlying themes are relevant for people of all ages, more so than most cartoons aimed at the <10 year olds demographic.
  25. Or almost any other Belgian beer really. Westvleteren 12, Duvel, Orval, Chimay Blue, Gulden Draak, St Bernardus Abt 12, and so on and on... Favourite non-alcohol is probably earl grey tea for a hot drink and Coca-Cola for cold drink.