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Signed On May 30, 2003, 01:18
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: New Internet Explorer 7 Tax Jun 15, 2012, 17:07 jimnms
 
Kitkoan wrote on Jun 15, 2012, 16:21:
So punish IE users who still use a perfectly good computer that's just too slow to use a more modern browser?
The "buy a newer computer or pay more" tax?

Older computers are perfectly capable of running modern browsers. My sister's old ass 1.6GHz Celeron w/ 640MB of RAM runs Firefox and IE9.

Anyone running IE 7 and lower needs to upgrade regardless if it's expensive to code websites for. MS no longer supports them, which means no security updates, which means they're systems are vulnerable.

Putting a simple notice on websites warning users that their browser is outdated and my not work on the site probably doesn't get taken serious by lazy computer users that don't keep their shit up to date, but if it's going to cost them more money I bet they'll take a few minutes to update.
 
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News Comments > Civilization V: Gods & Kings Trailer
17. Re: Civilization V: Gods & Kings Trailer Jun 14, 2012, 08:24 jimnms
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jun 13, 2012, 16:18:
To compare this EXPANSION PACK with the $5-10 DLCs they've done so far is asinine. But a cheapass will still be a cheapass and refuse to pay full price, even though it's a way better value to begin with.

Plus Green Man Gaming has it for 25% off today.

Fuck, I missed another sale (not counting the global 10% off pre-order). I want this, but I'm having a hard time pulling the trigger on an expansion pack that costs more than twice as much as what I paid for the original game.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
2. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jun 10, 2012, 23:41 jimnms
 
I haven't been having speed problems, but I've noticed two annoying things started happening recently. When watching a YouTube video embedded on another site, if I go full screen it shows the HD icon on the status bar, but the video is certainly not playing in HD. The other is when watching videos longer than 10 minutes, it randomly stops somewhere in the middle and starts over from the beginning.  
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News Comments > Humble Indie Bundle V Expands
10. Re: Humble Indie Bundle V Expands Jun 8, 2012, 16:10 jimnms
 
This is definitely one of (if not the) best bundles. Even though I already have four of the games in this bundle, three of the others were on my Steam wish list.

It's probably going to be the best selling one too. It's almost at $4 million with 6 days to go. I bet they'll add at least a couple more games before it's over too.
 
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News Comments > Skyrim Dawnguard As Soon as Next Month
25. Re: Skyrim Dawnguard As Soon as Next Month Jun 7, 2012, 12:46 jimnms
 
Verno wrote on Jun 7, 2012, 09:04:
I agree with you but there's a mod to fix this until Bethesda decides (No Perk prereqs) and it even has different versions that don't touch certain trees like crafting if you want a more balanced approach. There are also some perk overhaul mods but I haven't checked them out yet. About 30 minutes at the Workshop fixed up most of my problems with Skyrim last night.

I just wish Bethesda would let someone else do the combat engine. Combat always sucks in the ES games - poorly animated, little to no feedback on hits and it looks like puppets dancing around. I had to laugh when I used one of my dragon shouts on some bandit on a mountain and it literally blew him off like a cannonball into the horizon.

Yeah I found a mod that I liked that made the smithing perk tree more like the other perk trees with the first perk having 5 stages, each stage allowing you to improve weapons and armor an additional 20%, and changing the requirements of the other perks so you can take a light armor path or heavy armor path. It didn't fix the problem with light armor users having to take heavy armor perks to get the weapons, but on the mod page that was on the to do list. Unfortunately, it wouldn't fix an existing game, and the mod author seems to have abandoned it since the initial release. I haven't checked, but I'm sure there are or will be some balancing mods.
 
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News Comments > Skyrim Dawnguard As Soon as Next Month
20. Re: Skyrim Dawnguard As Soon as Next Month Jun 7, 2012, 02:22 jimnms
 
I need to finish my first play though. I quit after some frustration with the way the perks work and armor balance issues. I was going for a stealthy character, so I took light armor perks. I pretty much ended up not doing much stealth, I get a sneak attack in with my bow then rush in and chop heads off with my sword.

Anyway, the smithing perk tree is way out of whack, and the armor ratings need a total overhaul. If you're going for light armor like I did and want the best weapons, you have to take the heavy armor perks that you wont use just to get access to the other weapons. I had/have a nice set of glass armor with some pieces enchanted, and when I finally got smithing up to 100, I took the dragon armor perk, and rushed to my home to build a set only to realize I was a few scales short of being able to make a complete set. I had some stashed in other places, but was still short. I continued to play and when I killed another dragon and had enough, I ran back to my house to make my nice new shiny armor, only to find out it only has something like 20 points higher rating. To make things worse, I decided to look it up on the wiki to see wtf was going on, and it seems that no matter how high your armor rating is, the game has a maximum damage resistance of 80% or 85% which equals an armor rating of 760 or something, which my glass armor already exceeded. Hell with my smithing at 100 I could create an improved set of leather armor that was over the 760 rating giving me the maximum protection any armor can provide. That's seriously fucked up when leather armor provides the same protection as Daedric armor.

Being faced with having wasted a perk on dragon smithing, I was faced with a decision; either load an earlier save before I took the perk, or "cheat" and use console commands to remove the perk and give myself a perk I would have taken instead. I couldn't decide, and was a bit frustrated so I decided to play other games for a while and haven't gone back.

I'm not going to pick up any of the DLC until it's all out and goes on sale (like I did for FNV). Eventually I'll finish my game, and by then I'll start a new game with the DLC enabled.
 
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News Comments > Dungeons of Dremor Free DLC Released; Workshop Launches
5. Re: Dungeons of Dremor Free DLC Released; Workshop Launches Jun 6, 2012, 10:21 jimnms
 
At $2.25 for the game and expansion this is a steal. It was a game I'd overlooked, but I got in one of the Humble Bundles and it rocks. I went ahead and picked up the DLC. I'd been meaning to grab it, but I haven't played the game in a while. My Steam profile only shows 10 hours, but I installed the DRM free version from the bundle on my netbook and played the crap out of it while out of town one week.  
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News Comments > Ground Branch Kickstarter
22. Re: Ground Branch Kickstarter Jun 4, 2012, 22:19 jimnms
 
Longjocks wrote on Jun 4, 2012, 17:38:
A mate of mine asked them about SP and this was the response - "BlackFoot Studios says: Right now, the game will not have a standard single player story driven campaign. We just do not have the resources to do it right. However, we do want to do it and have one designed and will be looking to add it sometime post launch."

Unfortunately that means I'm out because I'm SP only and I can't justify spending my money on a maybe, but I hope this is otherwise successful and reinvigorates a genre that pretty much doesn't exist outside of the ArmA franchise (which also sadly lacks in compelling SP).

That blows. I'd be in if this included SP and coop. I loved playing the old Rainbow 6 games from the original up to Rainbow 6 coop with friends. All the tactical elements go out the window when it's just TDM and ends up play out like Counter Strike.

What I'd really like is another SWAT game. SWAT 3 coop was the best, SWAT 4 was OK. SWAT 4 didn't have the realistic ballistics and bullet object penetration that SWAT 3 had. I remember on harder difficulties of SWAT 3 the enemy AI would shoot at you through doors and walls if they heard you coming.

I used play with a group over at SimHQ that held weekly SWAT 4 coop games. I'd love to find enough people to get some SWAT coop going.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
9. Re: Steam Top 10 Jun 3, 2012, 20:21 jimnms
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jun 3, 2012, 18:03:
Can't wait for Civ V Gods & Kings; THAT is how you do an expansion pack. And you can get it for $24 on Green Man Gaming right now.

Was that a daily deal? Right now it's showing the same price as Steam and everywhere else. I can't decide if I want to get it now or wait for a sale. I picked up Civ V on sale for $12 and grabbed the DLC during the Steam Thanksgiving sale for $15.
 
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: etc. Jun 2, 2012, 22:57 jimnms
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 2, 2012, 14:11:
I dunno, it looked a bit too bouncy (the physics, not the car). Usually cars do not bounce back from crashes. That why we call this stuff in front the absorption zone. It's there to absorb the impact not to recoil.

Looks about like any crash test I've seen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxpZYsHXToY
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
18. Re: Turn off your PC May 31, 2012, 22:34 jimnms
 
Tom wrote on May 29, 2012, 23:41:
Never go cheap with the power supply.

Sugarman wrote on May 30, 2012, 00:05:
^^ what that guy said. I got a cheaper 600 watt for my home rig as I mainly play at my office and kept smelling that hot electronics smell "you know what that smells like", soon enough it just shut off, ends up it took out my hard drive with it so yea, never skimp on the power supply.

space captain wrote on May 30, 2012, 00:37:
thats what happens when you let dust build up inside there

dont be stupid - thats the real message

its pretty broad advice

Wow, you all assume it's either a cheap PSU or neglected. It was a brand new machine I built a few months earlier. The PSU was neither cheap nor dusty. Luckily the system survived, it was actually still running while flames and smoke were coming out. I shut off the UPS and the fire fizzled itself out.

The Windows 7 hybrid sleep is nice. It combines regular sleep mode with hibernation, so if it's sleeping and loses power, you don't lose your work. I used it for a while, but somewhere along the line NVIDIA's did something that doesn't get along with it. It works most of the time, but every now and then a few minutes after resuming from sleep the display goes black. The system isn't locked up, BSODed or anything, the video card drivers just crap out and don't recover.
 
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News Comments > Humble Indie Bundle V
5. Re: Humble Indie Bundle V May 31, 2012, 22:04 jimnms
 
nin wrote on May 31, 2012, 21:04:
Grabbed this for Superbrothers and the soundtracks. Assuming you don't have at least two of those, its a heck of a deal.

I already have Amnesia and LIMBO, but it's still worth it to pick up Bastion and Superbrothers.

These indie bundles need to coordinate and not all come out at the same time. I just bought the Indie Royale bundle, picked up a couple of games from the Because we May sale. The Indy Gala bundle is going too, there's also a new Groupees bundle and Bundle in a Box.

So many games, so little time. I've been trying out some mods for a new Fallout New Vegas play since I haven't played through with the DLC since picking those up on sale.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Turn off your PC May 29, 2012, 23:30 jimnms
 
I've always turn mine off when I'm sleeping or not at home. I don't see the point in leaving it running 24/7 if its not doing anything. If you want another reason, it could save your house from burning down. I left mine running once when I just popped out for a few minutes. Those few minutes turned into a couple of hours. I got home, threw my keys on the desk went to the kitchen and came back to see my computer bellowing smoke and flames out the PSU. If I had stayed out 5 or 10 more minutes I may not have had a house to come home to.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue May 28, 2012, 01:35 jimnms
 
Well thanks to my shitty ISP, my weekend plans were ruined. With the BF3 xp weekend and the Red Orchestra 2 free weekend, I planned to just stay at home and game. I was going to start with RO2, but the SP and tutorials weren't available for the free portions. I didn't want to go in to a new game not knowing what I'm doing and not having played any MP games in a while, so I decided to warm up in BF2. I got a good 2 hours in before losing connection when the cable went down. It only went out for a minute, so I jumped back in. My connection kept going down every 5-10 minutes, so I stopped for an hour or so hoping they'd get done fucking with it. I came back and jumped into another BF3 game, my team was winning and I was in the top 3, and with seconds to go before the round ended I get disconnected again. It sucks that you lose all your progress when you get disconnected. The short outages continued, so I gave up. It's still doing this shit today, so I didn't even get to try RO2.  
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News Comments > Skyrim to Add Mounted Combat
3. Re: Skyrim to Add Mounted Combat May 25, 2012, 20:39 jimnms
 
Can we get a first person horse perspective, otherwise combat on horseback is pointless. I don't use horses because I can't fucking stand the 3rd person view. I tried a mod for it, but it has some issues. Also give us the option to turn off the kill cams.  
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News Comments > Arma 3 Lighting Trailer
6. Re: Arma 3 Lighting Trailer May 25, 2012, 16:52 jimnms
 
Underwater shooting? Are they giving up on realism with ArmA 3? I want to know if they're going to do anything with the AI this time. The AI really hasn't changed much since OFP.  
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News Comments > Civilization V Free Weekend & Sale Underway
15. Re: Civilization V Free Weekend & Sale Underway May 25, 2012, 06:08 jimnms
 
I bought all of the DLC last time it was 75% off. There are some that you can get bundled together to save even more than buying each individual one. One of them is Korea and Wonders of the Ancient World - Combo Pack. The weird thing is when I go to the Wonders of the Ancient World store page it doesn't say I own it, but it shows me owning every one of the others on their store pages. I know I have it, it's listed on the DLC tab of the game properties, and I have the wonders listed in the DLC in my game.

My most memorable game(s) are from Civ III and the first Civ. My favorite is Civ III, although V is a close second. With that new addon they talked about a while back, it could take the #1 spot.

I liked Civ IV, but something never really felt right about it. I liked the idea of religion, but it didn't seem to have much of an impact. I tried playing as a militant Buddhist civilization and wiping out any civ that didn't adopt my religion, but I couldn't stop other religions from infecting my own civilization. The AI seemed too passive and wouldn't start wars, and if they did they only lasted a few turns. I played a game once to see how long I could go without building a military. I think I got into the era with gunpowder before another civ decided to attack me. I switched all of my cities into military production. I lost three cities, then as soon as I repelled an attack, the civ came to me practically begging for peace.
 
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3. Re: etc. May 24, 2012, 13:26 jimnms
 
Holy fuck, it has been that long already!  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Monitor Troubles May 22, 2012, 23:13 jimnms
 
jdreyer wrote on May 22, 2012, 21:29:
JIMNMS, you might be able to get a monitor from Costco, and they have a very liberal return policy.

I don't have a Costco near me. All we have in town in Walmart and Office Max. There are three Best Buy's within an hour drive of me, but I already checked their website and didn't see anything that interested me.

I was wrong about Walmart, I was going by the website. When I go to monitors and click the in my store tab, it only shows the 19", but I decided to check anyway and they have a 23" Acer.

I completely forgot about Office Max even though they're next door to Walmart. I just looked at the Office Max website and it shows three monitors available at my local store, but there's no telling if it's accurate. They have a 23" Samsung, 24" AOC, a 23" and 25" HP. The only one of those available locally that has a VESA mount is the AOC. I can't find many reviews on it, but the few I found don't look too great. I need the VESA mount because I use a monitor arm mounted off to the side of my desk which lets the monitor "float" allowing me to use the space under it. I may go to Office Max and check out the HP tomorrow anyway, but if I want to get that ASUS by Friday I need to order it tonight.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Monitor Troubles May 22, 2012, 19:06 jimnms
 
I stayed up late last night looking at more monitors and went to bed undecided. Luckily the monitor eventually came on today, so I've been looking more. I still haven't seen anything else to add to my list, so the Dell and ASUS still top the list so far, however now I'm leaning toward the ASUS.

I found some reviews of the Dell that mention a disturbing flicker from the way the backlight dims using pulse width modulation. There are some videos of it up on YouTube. I read up on it, and PWM is common even on CCFL displays but is more noticeable on LEDs. Either the ASUS doesn't use PWM or it's not noticeable because I couldn't find any mention of it.

I've found more professional reviews of the Dell than the ASUS, and more user reviews for the ASUS than the Dell. The only negative reviews for either come from user reviews at NewEgg, Amazon, etc. The negative reviews for the Dell are consistent, either they don't like the anti-glare coating or the backlight flicker. I'll keep looking and unless something changes my mind I'm going to order the ASUS before I go to bed.

I also did some digging into the symptoms of my monitor's problem and it's most likely due to bad capacitors in the monitors power supply. It looks like a fairly easy fix, so I'm going to give it a try once I get a replacement. I thought about getting the cheapest ~20" monitor from Walmart and returning it if/when I fix mine or get a replacement, but all they have is a 19" 1366x768 in stock.
 
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