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Signed On May 30, 2003, 01:18
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News Comments > Obsidian: New Kickstarter Hopefully This Year
4. Re: Obsidian: New Kickstarter Hopefully This Year Apr 25, 2014, 23:38 jimnms
 
Arcanum 2?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Combine Harvester Demolition Derby Apr 24, 2014, 14:17 jimnms
 
Oh, that kind of combine. I thought it was going to be some kind of HL2 mod or something.  
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
15. Re: Evening Safety Dance Apr 23, 2014, 11:18 jimnms
 
Prez wrote on Apr 23, 2014, 10:03:
I linked my FB account with the Digital Shadow site and the "infiltrating target" percentage remained at 0% forever. I must be off the grid! Yay me! \o/

You have to disable any script blockers or it does that.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
10. Re: Evening Safety Dance Apr 23, 2014, 08:05 jimnms
 
I have a Facebook page, but I don't use it. I wanted me to disable a privacy feature to allow the app to read my public profile, and just for shits and giggles I did. Every section of the results page just said insufficient data.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 22, 2014, 20:55 jimnms
 
Happy Earth Day! Here's hoping you got the Earth something nice to mark the occasion...
I drove a diesel 100 miles today and got 46MPG for the trip.

nin wrote on Apr 22, 2014, 08:55:
I'm drinking a bottled water right now, does that count?

I only drink bottled water, but I have a filter on my tap and fill them myself. The tap water here isn't too bad, it only has a slight public swimming pool taste to it, but the filter gets rid of that. The best tap water I ever had was the town I went to college in. It was a small farming town of about 15k people with 1/3 of that being students. It's been my experience that the smaller the city/town, the better the water.
 
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News Comments > Frozen Synapse Free Weekend; Sale
12. Re: Frozen Synapse Free Weekend; Sale Apr 18, 2014, 18:42 jimnms
 
Cyanotetyphas wrote on Apr 18, 2014, 18:22:
The key to getting through Frozen Synapse is understanding that the game gives the advantage to the defensive shooter. This means that for most encounters you're better off rushing to good positions and then baiting the enemy into walking around a corner into you or crossing your cone of view through a window. Rushing and trying to clear corridors will result in your guys dying quickly. The only problem is some missions give you time or point constraints, so you really have to "hurry up and wait" which can be challenging.

I will say though that this is a long ass game holy moly. I've made good progress, but I looked up where I was and couldn't believe how much was left.

There are ways to deal with people that hide in defensive positions. One game I won against a guy that started in well defended area and I was pretty much in the open. I used a unit to distract him then rushed in while his units were distracted. It takes timing to pull off and using the simulation mode is a must. I had a unit get in position where he could be seen by multiple targets, set him to ignore and not engage. Then he would duck behind cover before the enemy shot him while my other units ran into the building and wiped him out.
 
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News Comments > Frozen Synapse Free Weekend; Sale
11. Re: Frozen Synapse Free Weekend; Sale Apr 18, 2014, 18:30 jimnms
 
Whiskers wrote on Apr 18, 2014, 12:10:
It can be a lot of fun but I stopped playing because 75% of the people would just stop making moves as soon as they lost a guy. Still pretty fun though.

I quit playing it for the same reason. They kept saying they were going to fix that by having the game auto forfeit if your opponent doesn't make a move after two weeks, but the last time I played it I had three games in a row where my opponent quit after realizing they couldn't win. I haven't played it since then, but if they finally fixed that since then I will definitely get back into it.

I bought it directly from the dev's site when it was released and played the DRM free version of it, but I saw they recently added Steam features like Steam notifications when you have a turn waiting.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
7. Dell, Microsoft, Best Buy Offer XP Trade-In Discounts Apr 13, 2014, 17:19 jimnms
 
The Best Buy trade-in is only for notebooks which is probably smart of them, but it still sucks. I looked into it the other day because I have 7 "working" XP computers I could trade in (2 are notebooks). I'm sure I'm not the only one with a closet full of old computers that would take advantage of this if the offer applied to desktops as well.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 12, 2014, 20:07 jimnms
 
1badmf wrote on Apr 12, 2014, 19:14:
jesus i felt my soul leaving my body just listening to that clip.

I'm so used to those sounds, but never realized they were all fox sounds. I know there are foxes around where I live, though you rarely see them. That clip sounds like a typical night here (well it's not that constant). I live in a neighborhood just outside of town, and there are quite a bit of woods around. I've only seen a hand full of them in the years I've lived here. There is a golf course not to far from my neighborhood, and driving home late at night you will occasionally see one run across the road going to/from the golf course. I've seen one at the entrance to my neighborhood and another one in the yard across the street one night.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
1. Re: Saturday Metaverse Apr 12, 2014, 18:35 jimnms
 
I knew this was coming when they stopped allowing remote renewal of dynamic IPs, which my router has a built in client for. I quit using them when they did that. I never could remember my damn DNS name anyway and it was always quicker to log into my router and get my IP when hosting games for friends. I setup a new name from http://freedns.afraid.org/ now, but still have to look it up whenever I host a game, which is not that often, which is why I forget it.  
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News Comments > Wasteland 2 Linux Beta Next Week; Playthrough ~50 Hours
16. Re: Wasteland 2 Linux Beta Next Week; Playthrough ~50 Hours Apr 10, 2014, 16:24 jimnms
 
Am I the only one that thinks 50 hours seems kind of low? I've played 40 hours of the beta, which I've played twice up to the same spot. I follow the main quest to retrieve the repeater units. The first time I played I went to Highpool, the second I went to the Ag center. After completing those locations I went to the second location and cleared it out. I stopped after that so I wouldn't spoil anything for myself.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
9. Re: Evening Tech Bits Apr 10, 2014, 16:07 jimnms
 
Necrophob wrote on Apr 10, 2014, 09:11:
Is your niece's game computer connected to your network? Than you should be concerned. What if one of the vulnerabilities that hackers discover (or already have and are waiting to use them) allows them to gain access to the other computers on your network, through the XP machine? The problem is that we just don't know what's going to happen.

Yes it's on my network, but she doesn't go on the internet with it. It's behind a firewall, and has it's own firewall (not the built in POS firewall either). If someone were targeting it, it would be frustrating as hell since it's only turned on for a few hours on days she comes over.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Evening Tech Bits Apr 9, 2014, 21:41 jimnms
 
I don't get the tone of these articles blasting MS for dropping support of XP. It's not Microsoft's problem people haven't upgraded. You can't expect them to continue support of the ancient OS forever just because some people and businesses were too lazy to upgrade. It's not like they just stopped supporting it without warning, they've had several years notice that this was coming.

I still have a computer with XP on it. It's one I pieced together from old parts, with most of it being a system I built almost 10 years ago. I'm not wasting the money to put Win7/8 on it, but I'm not worried about it because it's only used by my niece to play games on. I thought about putting Windows Vista on it because I have an unopened copy of it that I got for 80% off when CompUSA went out of business.

I'm probably going to be building myself a new gaming system soon anyway if some of these "next gen" games come out and my system can't run them on high settings.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 9, 2014, 18:47 jimnms
 
RoboNerd wrote on Apr 9, 2014, 09:45:
Re: America's Ten Best Cities for BBQ

KC is number 3! They mention Arthur Bryant's, but they should also have mentioned Gates - walk in the front door and have "Hi May I Help You!" screamed at you. Oklahoma Joe's is a relative newcomer that's getting a lot of good press, but Arthur Bryant's & Gates are the pillars. Drool2

I've been to Austin, Atlanta, Dallas, Memphis and St. Louis. I'd rate them #1 Memphis, #2 St. Louis with Dallas and Austin tied for #3. I'm a bit partial to my local home town's BBQ though, which is a mixture of Memphis and St. Louis styles.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
8. Re: Into the Black Apr 9, 2014, 00:09 jimnms
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 8, 2014, 19:12:
I swear when I see/hear/meet people like this I think, 'The Idiocracy must be stopped.' Of course, Churchill said it best....

"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." - Winston Churchill

Yeah, it's long past due to rethink this whole "democracy" thing, isn't it?

Ever hear of "Wisdom of the Crowd?"
 
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Prequel Plans?
22. Re: Borderlands 2 Prequel Plans? Apr 7, 2014, 19:59 jimnms
 
I enjoyed the first one more, mainly because I played it exclusively with two friends. When BL2 came out, only one of those friends got it, and he quit playing before getting off the first "tutorial" island. I continued solo, through to the end, and completed a few of the DLC. Without friends to play with it gets repetitive and boring. The first part of BL2 was quite dull and it picked up after getting done. I tried explaining that to my friend, but he has no interest in giving it another go.

I bought the season pass and played through a couple of the DLC, but I finally got bored of it myself.
 
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News Comments > Full Watch Dogs System Specs
35. Re: Full Watch Dogs System Specs Apr 7, 2014, 03:59 jimnms
 
Jerykk wrote on Apr 6, 2014, 20:52:
One thing I haven't seen any confirmation on is if the Steam version requires Uplay. It's not listed in the requirements like it is for other games requiring Uplay.

It will definitely require Uplay regardless of where you buy it. All of Ubisoft's first-party games require Uplay.

If you look at the Steam store page's system requirements on all of those titles it specifically says it requires a Uplay account. The store page for Watch_Dogs does not.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
2. Best Buy Offers Windows XP Users $100 Trade-in Credit Apr 6, 2014, 21:41 jimnms
 
The article says bring in any XP PC, but on BB's website and it says "bring in your working Windows XP laptop and trade it in for a $25 gift card plus a discount coupon good for $75 toward the purchase of a new Windows computer, Apple computer or Chromebook." It also says "Limit of 3 trade-in transactions per person, per day," so does that mean I can trade in three devices and get $300 off a new system? I have three old laptops that work and are running XP, but I don't really want to get rid of two of them. One I do use and am going to put Linux on it, the other I just want to keep for sentimental reasons.

If they'll take any XP PC, I also have 3 OEM PCs (maybe more) in my junk closet that have Windows XP license stickers on them, and two or three more that I built. They all have some parts missing, but I think I can piece most of them together to get it to power on and show it's working. If I could trade all of those in I could get a nice new notebook for free.
 
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News Comments > Full Watch Dogs System Specs
22. Re: Full Watch Dogs System Specs Apr 6, 2014, 20:40 jimnms
 
I'm still going to wait for reviews, some actual gameplay footage (most of what I've seen so far looks scripted) and a price drop. I'm not paying $70 for the full game or $60 for a stripped down version missing ~2 hours of gameplay without a demo or seeing it in action. I've got plenty of games to keep me busy until this gets down to a price I feel is worth picking up, but once again, I need to see some actual gameplay first before I decide that.

One thing I haven't seen any confirmation on is if the Steam version requires Uplay. It's not listed in the requirements like it is for other games requiring Uplay.
 
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News Comments > Monaco's Final Chapter Released
10. Re: Monaco's Final Chapter Released Apr 6, 2014, 17:10 jimnms
 
Hyatus wrote on Apr 6, 2014, 12:12:
Gotcha. That seems kind of stupid. How does one know whether they already own it or not, then?

Look in your Steam client. If you don't own it, during the free period it shows the game name with the time left next to it.
 
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