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Signed On Oct 30, 1999, 19:41
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General Discussion > BN display on mobile
11. No subject Aug 22, 2015, 04:08  Frans 
 
Rhialto wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 08:31:
Maybe they should think of a m.bluesnews.com?
That exists, but is an alias for wap.bluesnews.com, which dates back to the pre-smartphone era.

Rhialto wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 08:20:
I don't know how many you are behind the scene...
Had you taken a look at the Credits page, you'd know it's essentially one, Blue.

eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 28, 2014, 14:06:
You need to make that a bluesnews related news post then
Done. But the number of months between this thread and that post is indication of the glacial pace at which this moves.

Rhialto wrote on Aug 21, 2015, 21:45:
Should take less than a minute to fix, no?
Obviously not, unless you can point out exactly how?
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
6. Re: Into the Black Aug 21, 2015, 12:22  Frans 
 
nin wrote on Aug 21, 2015, 08:45:
What does the player get out of that? Sounds boring.
There's no challenge in racing it, true, so I guess there's no replayability either, but one can certainly be impressed by and feel some admiration for the cleverness of complex and lengthy PF tracks, such as the one Blue linked.

Then again, as they say in racing (and many other areas), YMMV.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
4. Re: Into the Black Aug 21, 2015, 08:29  Frans 
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 21, 2015, 04:37:
So, you're really not steering at all, but do you have to do anything with the throttle to make sure you hit the jumps at the right speed?
Nope, just keep Pressing Forward, hence such tracks are typically marked PF.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Into the Black Aug 21, 2015, 03:48  Frans 
 
The player doesn't have to: it's a PF or Press Forward track. That's a particular style of TrackMania track building where all the effort is made by the builder to define you path you drive/fly. The player just has to keep pressing Forward, the slightest steering action will throw you off that path, and usually crash.

In other words, such tracks (there are thousands but not often this long) are showcases for the builder's skill, not the player's.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. R.I.P. Ty Halderman Aug 17, 2015, 12:15  Frans 
 
On behalf of the gamers.org crew, I offer our deepest condolences to Ty's family. The sad news we feared to receive since Ty became unable to maintain the idgames archive has arrived, and comes as a blow nonetheless.

When I had to relinquish idgames maintenance, it was a relief to do so to such a capable community member as Ty. I remain very grateful for how he kept up this often rewarding but sometimes thankless "job", and over the past 18 years it was always a pleasure to support him with archive maintenance and system administration stuff. He impressed with his no-nonsense, independent stance towards all fruits of the DOOM community, his fairness and, above all, his humor.

My regret is that we were never able to meet in person. My hope is that the many messages of sympathy and support in the DoomWorld forum provide some small measure of consolation to Ty's family.

His legacy lives on in the idgames archive.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 9, 2015, 07:04  Frans 
 
Thanks Blue and all! Cake  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
59. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 10, 2014, 11:37  Frans 
 
|RaptoR| wrote on Oct 9, 2014, 15:50:
What was the original URL?
http://www.panix.com/~sheaslip/3d/quake.shtml and
http://www.panix.com/~sheaslip/quake/
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
28. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 19, 2014, 17:10  Frans 
 
nin wrote on Feb 19, 2014, 15:11:
Fibrocyte wrote on Feb 19, 2014, 14:59:
Blue: You should've taken advantage of the downtime to implement a mobile version of this page.
Yeah, I'm sure he had nothing else going on.
Riiight.

Still, there already are some (primitive, perhaps, but it never was a priority) non-desktop feeds:
http://www.bluesnews.com/a/4/feeds-services
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
19. Re: Into the Black Feb 19, 2014, 05:20  Frans 
 
shul wrote on Feb 19, 2014, 02:48:
Is it just me or is the site working faster
Just you. Only the drives were replaced.

shul wrote on Feb 19, 2014, 02:48:
btw, is Frans getting anything for this work?
Kudos from Blue and you lot, which I appreciate. And satisfaction from completing the job.

shul wrote on Feb 19, 2014, 02:48:
Something I always wondered about is, how many people are in the bluesnews team?
Read around on the site some more, and you should have found: http://www.bluesnews.com/a/2/site-credits
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 18, 2014, 18:27  Frans 
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 18, 2014, 18:14:
Welp hopefully this'll take care of all those mini-outages as well.
Well, we'll have to see about that, but if they do reoccur I finally have a new idea to try for a remedy.

Cutter wrote on Feb 18, 2014, 18:14:
Good job as per usual Frans!
Thanks.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 18, 2014, 18:14  Frans 
 
nin wrote on Feb 18, 2014, 18:04:
edit: Bonus points for saving my post count!
Duh, it's called a database restore.
 
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News Comments > Omerta City of Gangsters for OS X Released
9. Re: Omerta City of Gangsters for OS X Released Aug 3, 2013, 04:21  Frans 
 
Beamer wrote on Aug 3, 2013, 03:12:
You'll be one of the fastest-to-bans of any non-spambot!
Indeed.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - TrackMania2: Valley
3. Re: Ships Ahoy - TrackMania2: Valley Jul 5, 2013, 13:59  Frans 
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jul 5, 2013, 11:06:
Is there still a BN trackmania server from unlimited or whatever it was? had a blast with that even though I suck....
No, I shut it down last year for several reasons, lack of player attendance being a major one.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 18, 2013, 16:03  Frans 
 
Frans wrote on Jun 17, 2013, 17:48:
Jim wrote on Jun 17, 2013, 16:49:
Twitter shut down their old API last Monday. They're forcing everyone to update to API v1.1, which is what I spent a good amount of time 2 weeks ago working on to update our projects.
I read some time ago they were planning that switch, but haven't kept up since then. When Blue mentioned the feed outage, I remembered again, so I'll have a look at updating to the new API.
API switch completed, the Twitter feed will be catching up over the next few hours (one post per minute, except for the bulleted lists).
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 17, 2013, 17:48  Frans 
 
Jim wrote on Jun 17, 2013, 16:49:
Twitter shut down their old API last Monday. They're forcing everyone to update to API v1.1, which is what I spent a good amount of time 2 weeks ago working on to update our projects.
I read some time ago they were planning that switch, but haven't kept up since then. When Blue mentioned the feed outage, I remembered again, so I'll have a look at updating to the new API.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
30. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 17, 2013, 14:45  Frans 
 
We know the site hiccups are caused by MySQL locking up, which in turn causes all Apache processes to eventually get tied up, waiting for queries to complete, and making the site unresponsive.

I've spent many an hour trying to figure out why MySQL locks up, obviously without success, so in recent months Blue and I simply resorted to restarting Apache & MySQL. Because we aren't always around, some outages last up to several hours. Sorry about that.

I suspect the problem is in the forums code, as that's the only code that has actual LOCK statements (when storing a new post and updating thread counters), but I don't have enough real MySQL wizardry under my belt to understand why this can run flawlessly for days or even several weeks, and then cause multiple lockups on some days again, like this weekend.

So there you have an update.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 10, 2013, 15:16  Frans 
 
Thanks all.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Re: conditi3oner? Jul 14, 2012, 11:35  Frans 
 
Ant wrote on Jul 13, 2012, 21:36:
Nice typo, Blue?
Things like that stick around nowadays, as I quit my proofreader role a year ago. For some reason Blue still hasn't gotten around to recruiting a new person to help him with this.

Anyone wishing to help out should just mail in a daily list of corrections, then they're more likely noticed and addressed than a comment to an old post.
 
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News Comments > ShootMania Pre-Purchases Include Beta Access
6. Re: ShootMania Pre-Purchases Include Beta Access Jul 13, 2012, 10:08  Frans 
 
Fantaz wrote on Jul 12, 2012, 13:29:
It was easy to get beta access, you didn't need to pre-order. Just needed to sign your e-mail up and you got a code which is good for a week.
Yeah, but past tense is indeed appropriate, as that beta sign-up ended after July 2.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue May 26, 2012, 12:37  Frans 
 
Sepharo wrote on May 26, 2012, 11:52:
Still says Veteran when I check it. Did he have you change it back?
Just a cached Perl module depending on which Apache thread serves your request - try again later.
 
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