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I was going to comment on the National Day of Unplugging today (thanks HARDOCP) except it turns out it was yesterday. I guess the result is the same for me, I wasn't going to be any more unplugged yesterday than I would have been today. Oh well, there's always next year (who am I kidding?)

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12. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 25, 2012, 22:45 xXBatmanXx
 
Pacman hiding spot demonstration.

Didn't everyone already know that?
That feature does not exist in Ms PacMan (which sucks when you have to pee)

You can also hide behind your score in Asteroids and not get killed.

You can also get Galaga to not shoot at you, they will only dive bomb you.

There are lots of tricks like this from 80s arcade games. It was the only way they could test things was to build this type of stuff in. I thought this one was common knowledge. I can tell you though, not ALL Pac Man cabinets do that. Newer versions of the pacman board had that code taken out, and the ghosts follow a different path set.

The Ms Pacman board that I have also has updated data and the ghost paths are rather difficult. I can get almost 2x my score at other machines than I can at home.
 
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11. Re: National Day of Unplugging Mar 25, 2012, 21:27 Prez
 
By any definition of the word I can find, the Space Shuttle can be flown. Keep in mind the first Wright bros. plane was every bit as ungainly and inelegant, but it got the job done.  
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10. Re: National Day of Unplugging Mar 25, 2012, 20:38 Jim
 
The Half Elf wrote on Mar 25, 2012, 12:00:
Um.. why is the Space Shuttle absent from the History of Aviation?

There was a lot of stuff missing from that "History of Aviation" video. I wouldn't call it any kind of comprehensive set of technological firsts (although it seemed to start off that way).

One of the most puzzling aspects was mentioning the wreck of the Hindenburg (the end of the rigid airship era) while never mentioning rigid airships to begin with, which were already fairly well developed flying machines back in the Wright Brothers era.

As for the Space Shuttle, it did what it was designed to do, allowing its pilots to land it on a runway like any conventional fixed-wing aircraft after spending up to 16 days in "flight". I would say that is worthy of mention in any list of technological achievements in aviation.
 
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9. Re: National Day of Unplugging Mar 25, 2012, 17:48 Lorcin
 
They should really include R.Kelly in that list shouldn't they?

Joking aside where was Concord?
 
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8. Re: National Day of Unplugging Mar 25, 2012, 16:49 eRe4s3r
 
True.. the gliders fit under aviation but the space shuttle doesn't glide. Gliders can stay aloft with proper direction and using wind currents. The space shuttle, can not. If you call the space shuttle a flying vehicle and part of aviation, then you might as well start calling catapult projectiles that. The space shuttle just uses a slightly more powerful catapult.

Not saying it is not a great achievement.. of space development. But of aviation? Are ICBM's part of aviation? What about Saturn or Ariane rockets?
 
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7. Re: National Day of Unplugging Mar 25, 2012, 15:10 nin
 
It's more or a gliding brick than anything else and that's not very history worthy.

Countless experiments aside, it did help us establish our first off planet base, in the form of the ISS.


Indeed, even calling the space shuttle flight-able is a joke, it can't start on its own power, and it can't actually fly, it just sorts of falls.

Then that would put it in line with a number of gliders seen earlier in the video.


 
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6. Re: National Day of Unplugging Mar 25, 2012, 14:24 eRe4s3r
 
Indeed, even calling the space shuttle flight-able is a joke, it can't start on its own power, and it can't actually fly, it just sorts of falls.

If they had given the space shuttle a place there, they'd have to nominate actual bricks. ^^
 
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5. Re: National Day of Unplugging Mar 25, 2012, 14:02 Halo
 
The Half Elf wrote on Mar 25, 2012, 12:00:
Um.. why is the Space Shuttle absent from the History of Aviation?

It's more or a gliding brick than anything else and that's not very history worthy.
 
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4. Re: National Day of Unplugging Mar 25, 2012, 13:03 Prez
 
Bah- unplug THIS. I don't get to game very often, so when I get time I'll usually be at my PC. Of course, I could unplug my electric guitar, and go acoustic for a day. Hard to play Avenged Sevenfold that way though...  
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3. Re: National Day of Unplugging Mar 25, 2012, 12:00 The Half Elf
 
Um.. why is the Space Shuttle absent from the History of Aviation?  
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2. National Day of Unplugging Mar 25, 2012, 11:22 Jim
 
I had no idea that was going on either. Maybe next time they can schedule it for when the sky is clear. Oh well, I got a lot of work done yesterday so it wasn't a waste.  
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1. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 25, 2012, 11:16 nin
 

Challenge: Don't Watch - Just Listen.

Wow, that was about 45-50 seconds too long...

 
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