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Signed On May 30, 2003, 01:18
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. Can Microsoft Come Back: Dan Lyons’s Month Without Apple and Google. Apr 9, 2012, 20:03 jimnms
 
The verdict? Microsoft is making some really nice products these days. What it still can’t do is tie all these products into a single, well-integrated ecosystem.
Last time they tried that, they got sued.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
5. Re: Game Reviews Apr 6, 2012, 16:17 jimnms
 
nin wrote on Apr 6, 2012, 11:10:
In the total biscuit video posted the other day, it looks fantastic, and exactly what I was expecting it to be.

Gonna be fun!

That review is what pushed me over the fence to pre-order it. I ordered it from the developer site so I could get the direct download and Steam key.

Pool of Radiance and Eye of the Beholder were the first two cRPG's I played. I made maps with graph paper, which didn't do me any good in the lower levels when I got lost going through teleporter things and falling through traps. I'll probably wimp out and use the auto map thing, but I might try my hand at making my own maps at first.
 
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News Comments > Fallout Free on GOG.com
11. Re: Fallout Free on GOG.com<br> The original <b>Fallout</b> is being offered on <a href= Apr 5, 2012, 23:12 jimnms
 
In the GoG Forums there is a sticky thread with links to essential mods.  
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News Comments > April Foolin' 2012, Part 3
5. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 2, 2012, 16:39 jimnms
 
xmb1121 wrote on Apr 2, 2012, 13:59:
I kind of wish Gmail Tap was real.

That's not a half bad idea. People have already practically invented a new language shortening texts, so I'd imagine hard core texters would be able to learn Morse code. Any why even need two buttons, all you need is to tap the dots and dashes on the screen, ie. you would tap and hold for a dash.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
18. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Apr 2, 2012, 16:29 jimnms
 
Prez wrote on Apr 1, 2012, 20:32:
Another reason to stay the fuck off of social networking sites as much as possible. Unfortunately more and more organizations are using it as a way to get time-sensitive business-related communiques out, so it is almost a necessity in some cases.

For me, the only way I can rescue and foster dogs in time from the Memphis Animal shelter - which, sadly is not a no-kill shelter - is by reading the announcements on their Facebook. I just fostered five awesome pit bull puppies (all with homes now - WOOT!) that were scheduled to be destroyed at 5pm on the day the announcement came out on Facebook. If saving perfectly good dogs from unnecessary destruction requires a Facebook account, then I'll bite the bullet and do it. On another note, being an active musician without using Facebook page means being out of work quite a bit.

You live in Memphis? I'm just a few hour south of there, and I just drove through Memphis a couple of weeks ago on my way to St. Louis. I adopted my dog from the local humane society. He was an older dog and about to be put down because everyone wants to adopt puppies. I'd love to take in foster pets, but I just can't.
 
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News Comments > Wasteland 2 and Obsidian
27. Re: Wasteland 2 and Obsidian Mar 30, 2012, 20:10 jimnms
 
nin wrote on Mar 30, 2012, 19:04:

I always thought New Vegas was the buggiest of them all.

Other than the eyes on the side of the dogs head (which freaked me out a little, understandably ) I didn't see many bugs.


At launch there was the bug with the facegen that causes stutter and lag. The fix was to use a console command or the hacked dll. I used the console command, which had to be entered every time you ran the game, which also disable achievements (which I didn't know at the time).

I didn't run into many big bugs until later on. One location was so badly bugged it was known to corrupt save games. I had to re-load an earlier save, but I was lucky and caught it early and only lost about an hour. I just went about my business and wrote in my notes to go back when it was fixed.

I think they patched most of the major bugs in the end, but there are still a lot left, like two of the casino's don't return your companion's weapons when leaving. They broke Boone in the 2nd or 3rd patch, and they never bothered to attempt a fix until the last or next to last patch. He still isn't fixed and totally broken when in combat.

The community bug fix is definitely needed. I've contributed a couple of small fixes to it. I fixed one of the casino scripts, which although took a while to figure out, it turned out to be a simple misspelling causing the weapons not to be returned. Another fix I did was when I got a 12ga shotgun and converted my ammo to slugs, I noticed I wasn't receiving any empty hulls. I poked around in the GECK and saw that it defined the percent of shell recovery but not what type of empty shell to give you.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 30, 2012, 19:54 jimnms
 
Just saw this, the devs of Faerie Solitaire are giving away 25,000 free copies to promote the upcoming Faerie Solitaire 2. It's only open for the next ~2 hours, and only 13,600 people have signed up.

http://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/0XItL/faerie-solitaire
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 30, 2012, 16:19 jimnms
 
Creston wrote on Mar 30, 2012, 15:22:
There's now a chance that Obsidian may join in the creation of Wasteland 2.

Clicky Clicky

Not sure how happy I am about it. Obsidian writes good RPGs, but makes horribly buggy games.

Creston

Since most of Obsidian worked on Fallout 2 and the canceled Fallout 3, I wish they would get the rights to the code of the canceled Fallout 3 (not the one Beth released as Fallout 3) and finish it off. I remember reading that it was about 85% complete when it was canceled.
 
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News Comments > Skyrim Patched
7. Re: Skyrim Patched Mar 20, 2012, 22:12 jimnms
 
Techie714 © wrote on Mar 20, 2012, 21:49:
An amazing sandbox RPG with great graphics & mechanics. With a really bland & boring story line....Not to mention dumbed down character stats & management...

...balance issues, useless perk trees... I never finished the main quest, I just stopped playing after getting frustrated with the stupid way some things were done. It started out fun though.
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Beta Patch
29. Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Beta Patch Mar 16, 2012, 19:35 jimnms
 
I used a first person kill-cam mod for a while, but they still get annoying, so now I use the disable kill-cam mod. I would love for it to be an option like it is in New Vegas.

Will Beth ever make a game that doesn't require dozens of mods to fix bugs and balance issues. There is a better smithing overhaul mod on the nexus. I don't know the name of it since I'm out of town. It basically makes the smithing tree more like the other trees with the base option being weapon/armor improving with 5 increasing levels. Then it branches out to the different metals you can use.

The armor smithing and improving needs more work than fixing the spamming of daggers and bracers. I didn't spam shit to level up, I just played the game and picked up the materials along the way. I was so excited when I got smithing to 100, I immediately ran back to my house to make some dragon scale armor only to find out I didn't have enough scales to make and improve a full set of armor. I decided to look it up on the wiki to see what I needed and I would go about my business and come back when I had enough.

This is when I fin out how screwed up it is. The game, like previous games (and FO3) have a damage resistance cap of 80 or 85. The wiki people figured out what that translates to in armor rating and it's 560 ir 570 something. Any armor rating above that is useless. The glass armor I have already has a rating of over 700, so making dragon armor is pointless. I did make some anyway just to compare, and a full set, fully improved was only had 26 higher armor rating than the glass armor I already had if I fully upgrade it.

I've seen people making insane armors with 6000+ ratings using alchemy and enchanting hacks, but I guess they don't realize they're wasting their time. It would be useful to make armor with ratings higher than the 560/570 if armor degraded.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
10. Re: Can Windows 8 satisfy desktop and tablet? Mar 5, 2012, 15:18 jimnms
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Mar 5, 2012, 13:52:
It could if they make the Metro UI optional so desktop users can turn it off (or better yet not even install it), but then Windows 8 wouldn't have anything to set itself apart from Windows 7.
You actually can turn it off, and use the Windows 7 style interface.
Check out youtube for some preview videos.
Not with the latest release of the consumer preview. You can go to a Windows interface, but clicking where the start button used to be brings you back to the metro interface. The registry hacks that worked in previous versions to bring back the old style start menu don't work anymore.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
7. Re: Can Windows 8 satisfy desktop and tablet? Mar 5, 2012, 13:39 jimnms
 
Creston wrote on Mar 5, 2012, 10:52:
No.

Creston

It could if they make the Metro UI optional so desktop users can turn it off (or better yet not even install it), but then Windows 8 wouldn't have anything to set itself apart from Windows 7.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Linux is the world’s fastest growing desktop OS – up 64% in 9 months. Mar 1, 2012, 23:28 jimnms
 
wtf_man wrote on Mar 1, 2012, 22:59:
After Windows 8... it just might be!

Windows 7 will be the next XP and Windows 8 will be remembered along with Me and Vista.

I used to be into Linux back when you pretty much had to download and compile everything yourself, none of this fancy repository stuff (fuck that makes me sound old). FreeBSD was actually the first *NIX OS I toyed with. I let it download all night on my 28.8Kbps dialup connection. Next was RedHat 2.something. I read a few books, and learned on my own UNIX/Linux, the vi editor and BASH scripting. Then I got a boxed copy of RedHat 3 at a computer conference. I still have it, it's really nice and comes with a big thick manual. With no formal training I landed a job at a local ISP using Linux, then later went to work for another ISP migrating their servers from expensive Solaris machines to Linux, and then on to installing networks and Linux servers for local businesses.

Now it's just something I toy with in VirtualBox. I have about half a dozen different distro's installed, but I don't see myself using it as my primary desktop OS any time soon. After all these years, Linux still has a long way to go to be a serious threat in the desktop OS market. When it comes to servers, it would still be my preferred server OS if I were still in that business.
 
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News Comments > New Minecraft
4. Re: New Minecraft Mar 1, 2012, 19:48 jimnms
 
I just played around in it for a little while. First I converted my old world since as far out as I've explored it's all snow except the little patch of forest that I built a home in. I haven't found any towns, so I should be good without having to start over.

I copied my world seed and started a new world using that seed to see if it generated the same world and it didn't come close, so the new world generator is completely different. Then I created a new creative mode world with a random seed and got put in a jungle. The jungles are kick ass. I used the vines to climb one of the big trees to make a tree house.

Then I went back to my old survival world that I've been playing for the past few weeks, and the new AI is definitely going to make things more challenging. I have a nice mine near my house that originally was hole in the ground. I cleaned it up a bit and put in stairs to make getting in and out easier. Then when I created a basement in my house, I cut a path to get to the mine from the basement. I went out the front of the house to be greeted by a creeper waiting outside the fence. I thought I'd sneak through the basement and come up the stairs and get him from behind like I used to. They used to try to walk through obstacles, but now he came around and was there to greet me when I came up. He blew up and messed up my nice mine entrance.

I play on normal mode, so I haven't seen the zombies knock down doors, but they did bang on them and fence gates. I'd like to see them add something like during full moons the zombies become more aggressive, knock down wooden doors and break fences, etc., rather than just doing it on hard mode.

Now I need to get my friends to get back in it and get our server back up. We had a lot of fun before beta 1.8. We had four mine sites and a central castle with a nice rail system to travel on. Then when 1.8 came out, we decided to start over because of the new world features, but then we kind of fizzled out.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Steamworks Support
21. Re: Borderlands 2 Steamworks Support Feb 29, 2012, 23:48 jimnms
 
Blackhawk wrote on Feb 29, 2012, 12:26:
jimnms wrote on Feb 29, 2012, 12:05:
We did do every possible quest, and all of the DLC, but didn't beat the final boss because it required a 2nd play through to level up enough to take it on.

Had you done a second playthrough, you'd have discovered that the boss had leveled up right along with you.

The one I'm talking about was level 70 or something, and spits out mini version that were level 60. At the end of our first play through we were in the 40's and couldn't even scratch the damn thing.

The first play through got easy after a while. We were leveled way over every mission available. We did start a second play through, but the mission scaling still was below us. It wasn't even a challenge, so we quit.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Steamworks Support
10. Re: Borderlands 2 Steamworks Support Feb 29, 2012, 12:05 jimnms
 
Two of the DLC's had DRM with limited activations. I'll wait for the all of the DLC to be released and buy the complete version on sale for <$10 like I did the first one. I bought it for me and a couple of friends and we did enjoy it, although it became repetitive after a while, and we never really "finished" it. We did do every possible quest, and all of the DLC, but didn't beat the final boss because it required a 2nd play through to level up enough to take it on.  
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News Comments > Minecraft Preview Build; Mod Support Plans
2. Re: Minecraft Preview Build; Mod Support Plans Feb 29, 2012, 11:58 jimnms
 
I've recently started playing this again. I've watched some videos of the pre-release snapshots and like the changes, especially the new jungle biome. I don't think I'll need to start a new map since I spawned in a small forest surrounded by a snow biome. As far out as I've explored from my little home is snow. I have not run into a village yet, so I don't think I'll have to worry about the changes to them.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 23, 2012, 16:40 jimnms
 
Sir Graves wrote on Feb 23, 2012, 15:29:
Spring is approaching? First I've heard.
Winter seems to have taken a vacation here. We skipped from Summer straight to Spring.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
26. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 22, 2012, 00:45 jimnms
 
PHJF wrote on Feb 21, 2012, 15:51:
I've been using winRAR for the past... eight years?

Why wouldn't you use winRAR?

I quit using WinRAR a few years ago, replacing it with 7-Zip. I paid for for a RAR license too after using an the shareware version for a years. I converted my personal backup archives from RAR to 7-Zips and saved a lot of space. Most of the time 7-Zip will get better compression and do it faster, but a few times RAR did better. The overall difference was pretty significant. I don't have exact numbers since that was a while ago.

The 7zip compression is open source, so if you don't like the the 7-Zip program, you can use others like PeaZip.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Evening Tech Bits Feb 21, 2012, 22:48 jimnms
 
I prefer Xfce these days. Both Gnome and KDE are turning into turds.  
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