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Real Name Brian Merzak   
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Signed On Sep 23, 2013, 19:45
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Dropping Subscriptions in March
11. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Dropping Subscriptions in March Jan 21, 2015, 13:45 Rossini
NKD wrote on Jan 21, 2015, 13:33:
Odd choice going buy-to-play this long after launch. I was expecting a F2P model. The initial box sale rush is long gone, so buy-to-play keeps a barrier to entry that will limit their microtransaction sales without getting them much in return.
I guess they are keeping the B2P model, at least for now, on PC's because the console launch is in June. Sales of the console versions should give them a nice bump.
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News Comments > Into the Black
1. Re: Into the Black Jan 19, 2015, 18:29 Rossini
503 hours for me. Does that mean starting games from scratch or do they check achievements?  
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
2. Re: Evening Safety Dance Jan 10, 2015, 00:55 Rossini
Cutter wrote on Jan 9, 2015, 18:41:
I don't store passwords for any important stuff like banking, etc. But sites like this for just commenting on stuff isn't a big deal. the only thing I never store anywhere is CC info.

You don't need to worry about storing your CC info. Places like Target and Home Depot are happy to do it for you.
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Destocking Fuels F2P Theories
24. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Destocking Fuels F2P Theories Jan 10, 2015, 00:50 Rossini
Oh well. ESO was fun for a few months, the main story was pretty good, but ultimately I just got bored halfway through the second factions content. Even if it becomes F2P, I can't see heading back into it.

Maybe the jazz was/is learning a new game-play system and being the miracle kid from out of nowhere. But once that wears off, you're just another MMO foot soldier doing the same crap over and over again. It's kinda sad that we've become inured to these feats of world building that would have blown our minds back when Doom first launched.
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General Discussion > Elite: Dangerous Thread
2. Re: Elite: Dangerous Thread Jan 6, 2015, 10:53 Rossini
Great idea Blue. For those that are looking for a few links....

There is Elite on Reddit there are some sub-reddits most notably Elite Traders

Thrudd's tool is used by a fair number of people to find trade routes. I use Elite Rare Trader a lot to plan rare trade routes. Rare trading is a lot of fun and let's you get out to see the galaxy a bit. BTW, if you do venture out, be sure have the best Discovery Scanner you can afford since you can sell the scanned information at starports for some extra credits. Also, you can stack the discovery scanner with a Detailed Surface scanner that will give extra information (and therefore extra credits.

This Ship Configurator is fairly new but can give new players an idea on parts costs as they upgrade. Be sure to pay special attention to the standard insurance once you start buying more expensive ships and/or modules.

Lastly, E:D Wikia is a good general resource.

One other note, the price of HOTAS controllers has gotten to be all over the place lately. Probably due to the demand from people playing E:D. Be sure shop carefully, the Thrustmaster Hotas X I picked up back in November for $50US is appearing in a lot of places for $100US. From reading reddit, the same thing seems to be happening with the more expensive HOTAS's.

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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Server Issues Follow-up
20. Re: Elite: Dangerous Server Issues Follow-up Jan 5, 2015, 17:56 Rossini
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Jan 5, 2015, 12:57:
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 5, 2015, 12:52:
I only started four days ago, but getting over that beginning hump is a bit of a challenge. I have made about 300k (in probably 25-30 hours of play), half of which has gone into upgrades of the Sidewinder, but it seems like an upgrade to another ship is still a long ways away.

Once I figured out the rare item trade routes I was making almost that in one run. You may want to look into a bit of trading rares. You will need a Hauler with 20 tons of capacity (which means no shields).

Edit: actually, now that I think of it, I was making over 300k. Rares go for around 15k-17k each, times 20 tons of cargo capacity. It took me only 2 runs to get into a Cobra with some nice upgrades.
Trading rares is a fun way to get out and see a bit of the galaxy. This tool is great for planning rare trade routes.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Evening Metaverse Dec 31, 2014, 18:39 Rossini
Dacron wrote on Dec 31, 2014, 18:07:
At $8/$10 month why wouldn't you buy an $80 modem? Or is that not an option?

What's the first thing Comcast is going to blame when you call tech support? However, with fees at $8 to $10 per month, it may be worth buying two modems and keeping one as a spare to swap out in the event of trouble.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 31, 2014, 11:55 Rossini
My experience with TWC for internet has been mostly positive. They're always pleasant on the phone and they recently came out very fast to fix a problem with the cable line.

My only real beef is the introduction and now recent hike of the 'modem' fee to $8/mo.
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News Comments > Pardo: Olympics Should Include Esports [Updated]
6. Re: Blizzard: Olympics Should Include Esports Dec 24, 2014, 11:40 Rossini
Julio wrote on Dec 24, 2014, 11:34:
The Olympics are a tremendous waste of money and highly corrupt already. I'd say watersports should be in there before esports.

I'm curious as to what you mean by watersports. Swimming, Diving, Rowing, Sailing, Water Polo, etc. are all already part of the Olympics.
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News Comments > Spaceship Ahoy - Elite: Dangerous
182. Re: Spaceship Ahoy - Elite: Dangerous Dec 18, 2014, 08:11 Rossini
InBlack wrote on Dec 18, 2014, 04:12:
Didnt manage to get much play yesterday (maybe half an hour tops) just managed to limp back to a station to refuel. Figured out the D-scanner thing. (thanks Spectralmeat)

Will be adding some of you guys later today, my quest for today will be earning enough moolah to get a third laser installed and maybe get something slightly more powerful then the stupid pulse lasers. I cant fight yet, it takes too long, so boring courier missions it is! Also need to figure out a way to get out of this backwater system I spawned in.

So where should I be heading? Where are the greener pastures in our galaxy for a would be pirate/bounty hunter?

I grabbed a gimballed multi-cannon as the second weapon on my original Sidewinder and tied it to the secondary fire button. Once I've taken down the targets shields with laser fire, multi-cannons make fairly quick work of hulls. I've got a Cobra now outfitted with 2 pulse lasers and 2 multi-cannons.

The Nav Beacons in populated systems seem to be a pretty good place to hang out for targets.
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News Comments > Spaceship Ahoy - Elite: Dangerous
99. Re: Spaceship Ahoy - Elite Dangerous Dec 16, 2014, 20:03 Rossini
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Dec 16, 2014, 10:02:
Got a new Thrustmaster HOTAS X due to arrive today, just in time. Anxious to give this a go.
I grabbed one of these a couple of weeks ago for under $50. Great value and works really well in this game. I wish it had a few more buttons but I'd probably say the same thing even if it had a dozen more.

I found mapping one of the buttons on the back of the throttle to be the 'Hold-for-UI' button was a big help. That in conjunction with the hat button on the stick gets you to the UI screens real easy. I also mapped the left and right thruster (aka rudder) controls to the next-tab and previous-tab functions when in UI mode. When I'm finished with whatever I'm doing on the UI screens, I just tap the 'Hold-for-UI' button and I'm back in flight mode. So except for deploying landing gear or the cargo scoop, I don't have to take my hands off the controls when flying.
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News Comments > Spaceship Ahoy - Elite: Dangerous
98. Re: Spaceship Ahoy - Elite: Dangerous Dec 16, 2014, 19:45 Rossini
Vall Forran wrote on Dec 16, 2014, 18:09:
Dacron wrote on Dec 16, 2014, 18:01:
On different topic, did anyone else notice the new frameshift charge icon? It's right underneath the "cargo scoop" part of the gui.

The blue countdown circle thing? Rather than desperately pounding the frameshift drive button when some pirate yanks you out of supercruise it's nice to be able to see when it'll be ready again. Especially when you're in a toothless hauler filled to the brim with cargo.

Has anyone seen if there is an indicator for when 'boost' comes off cooldown?
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 15, 2014, 10:03 Rossini
Nothing says "The ice age is coming..." quite like an army of snow goons.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
8. Re: Steam Top 10 Dec 7, 2014, 18:30 Rossini
Genesys wrote on Dec 7, 2014, 12:36:
Welcome back, Skyrim!
3+ years after it's release. My question is, who are all these people who haven't bought it until now?
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 10, 2014, 16:02 Rossini
Perhaps the FCC delay is due to President Obama's Net neutrality statement put out today. It seems to me like the President is calling for the internet to be treated as a utility. If so, I could understand why the FCC would need more time for a rethink.

One thing I'm confused about is...does the FCC have the power to declare internet service providers as utility companies? or is that something that needs to be done via a bill passed through Congress?
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 4, 2014, 15:21 Rossini
Cutter wrote on Nov 4, 2014, 12:58:
Um because it's un-fucking-Constitutional?
It's post 9/11. Tip your hat to the new constitution.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
10. Re: Steam Top 10 Nov 2, 2014, 14:42 Rossini
Maybe I played way too much Civ 5. But is anyone else finding Civ: Beyond Earth boring?  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 1, 2014, 20:13 Rossini
I know what the L, G, B and T stand for, but Q?  
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News Comments > Morning Patches
2. Re: Morning Patches Oct 1, 2014, 10:27 Rossini
Elite Dangerous Beta 2.0 came with a total wipe. For previous beta players, you now start at Azeban Outpost as opposed to Azeban City. I took me a while to figure out that commodities markets don't exist in Outposts. Also, flying just about anywhere is a lot more dangerous than it used to be.

They'll be coming out with 2.01 today as there are more than a few issues like a disappearing Galaxy map.

edit: Clarified which game I was writing about.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 24, 2014, 18:39 Rossini
Cutter wrote on Sep 24, 2014, 16:39:
El Pit wrote on Sep 24, 2014, 15:05:
This is very sad news: Malcolm Young is leaving AC/DC, his nephew will take over for him. He is too sick to go on tour with the band next year.

DAMMIT! Thanks, Malcolm, for your great contribution to one of the greatest rock bands EVER! Best wishes for the hard times ahead, mate.

No, what's sad is when the band just won't pack it in. It becomes more of an IP than an actual band. It was one thing to keep going after Bon because they were still really just hitting their stride but it's been 35 years now. It's been a great run, let it go fellas. The more geriatric rockers I see, the sadder it is.

I find many aging rock acts to be sad as well. But check out some of the more recent live AC/DC videos on YouTube and then name me some recent bands that rock harder.

Malcolm's writing and rhythm guitar are a huge part of the AC/DC sound. Hopefully he's still up for penning more tunes. As for live shows, Stevie has filled in for him in the past and will be fine.
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