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Out of the Blue

My reprieve from yard work yesterday turned sour when the heating guy showed up to find out why the heat on the second floor isn't working. Flash forward to midnight, where I am paying off the plumber for a few hours work installing new relief tanks, a few other new fixtures, and a new pressure reduction valve, as our old one had failed, leaving our home plumbing to deal with water pressure intended to distribute water over several square miles. And at the end of it all, only one radiator out of three on that floor actually gets hot, and the other two just warm up a bit, so we never even completely solved the original problem. Joy.

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42. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 2, 2013, 01:47 Creston
 
PHJF wrote on Dec 1, 2013, 13:19:
Yet another reason nobody in their right fucking mind should ever use Uplay. I got Blacklist with my graphics card. I installed it. I got an SSD so I copied Blacklist over to it, installed uplay, tried to launch, and it won't. So I check for registry entries, update them, try to launch, and it won't. So I check uplay for something akin to "verify integrity" on Steam. Doesn't exist. Fucking dumbasses at Ubisoft want me to download 20GB that's already sitting on my hard drive.

I had a pretty hard time transferring Black Flag over from one system to another, but here's what I did:

Downloaded it on my work PC. Canceled the install, and located the downloaded copy. (typically in uplay\cache\game but this seems to really vary per game).

Copy everything from that folder, and take note of where it downloaded. So this is basically where you are too. On the PC you want to play it from, put it in the exact same location, then try to run the game. Most likely it won't do it, or instead will just start downloading again.

Exit out of Uplay, and now copy the entire game folder into Uplay\games. Once I did that, the "download" button changed into a "play game" button when I restarted Uplay. It still won't launch the game, because it's missing all the registry entries, but it will go into an "installing" phase which takes a few minutes, after which I was able to play.

Warning: Normally Uplay deletes the download folder after it's installed it. It's a completely retarded system, because it downloads the game in exactly the same format and setup as the actually installed game, but they seem to think that putting it in one folder and then copying it to another is smart coding, for some reason. (They're French, what can you really expect? ) After it has installed, it will delete the downloaded copy.

Because of the way this procedure above works, it doesn't get deleted. Not a huge deal, but the first time you want to download a patch for the game, it goes right back into wanting to download the entire game. This happened to me in Black Flag, and it was seriously annoying. I finally figured out that if you delete the game from the download folder, it'll install the patch normally (and only download the patch data.)

I agree that it's a fucking terrible, terrible application. It's worse than Origin, and that's really saying a lot. But at least you CAN move stuff over with some finnicky bullshit, and so far I've been unable to transfer anything between PCs with that horseshit EA client.
 
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41. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 1, 2013, 13:28 nin
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 1, 2013, 13:11:
He strikes me he was a genuinely nice guy. And seeing he was coming from charity function when it happened I think people could cut the guy the slack. I didn't care for the F&F crap either but that's no reflection on him as a human being. If I could make a dumptruck full of cash doing crap like that I'd do it too.


Pretty much my thoughts, exactly. He wasn't much of an actor, but I still feel bad for him dying in a car crash at 40. And yeah, he did charity work, and left behind a 15 y/o, I read. All in all, he seemed like a good person.

 
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40. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 1, 2013, 13:19 PHJF
 
Yet another reason nobody in their right fucking mind should ever use Uplay. I got Blacklist with my graphics card. I installed it. I got an SSD so I copied Blacklist over to it, installed uplay, tried to launch, and it won't. So I check for registry entries, update them, try to launch, and it won't. So I check uplay for something akin to "verify integrity" on Steam. Doesn't exist. Fucking dumbasses at Ubisoft want me to download 20GB that's already sitting on my hard drive.  
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39. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 1, 2013, 13:11 Cutter
 
He strikes me he was a genuinely nice guy. And seeing he was coming from charity function when it happened I think people could cut the guy the slack. I didn't care for the F&F crap either but that's no reflection on him as a human being. If I could make a dumptruck full of cash doing crap like that I'd do it too.

 
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38. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 1, 2013, 10:56 InBlack
 
El Pit wrote on Dec 1, 2013, 09:56:
InBlack wrote on Dec 1, 2013, 08:20:
El Pit wrote on Dec 1, 2013, 07:46:
InBlack wrote on Dec 1, 2013, 05:03:
I had to google the guy, blonde pretty-boy-loyd, no talent to speak of.

So, a Google search tells you Walker was "no talent to speak of"? Wow, just WOW!

No, I had to google his name because I couldnt remember who that was. Once his picture came up I remembered his glorious performances in a number of horrible movies I wish I had never watched.

Nevertheless what your opinion is, his young daughter, his friends and his family will miss him. And IN MY OPINION, he was great in "Running Scared", and also good in "Joy Ride" and in "8 Below". But to each their own.

No doubt they will. Not that it has any bearing on his acting chops.
 
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37. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 1, 2013, 09:56 El Pit
 
InBlack wrote on Dec 1, 2013, 08:20:
El Pit wrote on Dec 1, 2013, 07:46:
InBlack wrote on Dec 1, 2013, 05:03:
I had to google the guy, blonde pretty-boy-loyd, no talent to speak of.

So, a Google search tells you Walker was "no talent to speak of"? Wow, just WOW!

No, I had to google his name because I couldnt remember who that was. Once his picture came up I remembered his glorious performances in a number of horrible movies I wish I had never watched.

Nevertheless what your opinion is, his young daughter, his friends and his family will miss him. And IN MY OPINION, he was great in "Running Scared", and also good in "Joy Ride" and in "8 Below". But to each their own.
 
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36. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 1, 2013, 08:58 Julio
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 30, 2013, 18:54:
No, the NSA didn't hack into Canada, Harper invited them in.

I would be the NSA hacked Canada as well, why wouldn't they? Whether or not it made an impact on this situation I'm not sure of.

That being said, it's safer to avoid travel to/through the US if you're a citizen of another country. Why take the risk?
 
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35. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 1, 2013, 08:55 Julio
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Dec 1, 2013, 04:31:
/not a fan of the movies.....but looking at the pictures of the crash, and the comments from those that were there - stupidity and darwin were the cause....sad.

Personally I find the F&F movies great, and hope they continue to make them regardless of his death. It's sad, but assuming it was due to reckless driving I can't feel sorry for the guy. At least nobody else got killed outside of the people in the car.
 
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34. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 1, 2013, 08:20 InBlack
 
El Pit wrote on Dec 1, 2013, 07:46:
InBlack wrote on Dec 1, 2013, 05:03:
I had to google the guy, blonde pretty-boy-loyd, no talent to speak of.

So, a Google search tells you Walker was "no talent to speak of"? Wow, just WOW!

No, I had to google his name because I couldnt remember who that was. Once his picture came up I remembered his glorious performances in a number of horrible movies I wish I had never watched.
 
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33. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 1, 2013, 07:46 El Pit
 
InBlack wrote on Dec 1, 2013, 05:03:
I had to google the guy, blonde pretty-boy-loyd, no talent to speak of.

So, a Google search tells you Walker was "no talent to speak of"? Wow, just WOW!
 
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32. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 1, 2013, 05:03 InBlack
 
I had to google the guy, blonde pretty-boy-loyd, no talent to speak of.  
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31. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 1, 2013, 04:31 xXBatmanXx
 
nin wrote on Dec 1, 2013, 03:52:
El Pit wrote on Dec 1, 2013, 03:47:
Paul Walker (Fast & The Furious) died in a car crash today (not during filming the latest F&F7 movie). RIP.

Saw that earlier. Pretty fucked up.


Living just a little too.....Fast.....and....Furious?

Too soon?

/not a fan of the movies.....but looking at the pictures of the crash, and the comments from those that were there - stupidity and darwin were the cause....sad.

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30. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 1, 2013, 03:52 nin
 
El Pit wrote on Dec 1, 2013, 03:47:
Paul Walker (Fast & The Furious) died in a car crash today (not during filming the latest F&F7 movie). RIP.

Saw that earlier. Pretty fucked up.

 
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29. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 1, 2013, 03:47 El Pit
 
Paul Walker (Fast & The Furious) died in a car crash today (not during filming the latest F&F7 movie). RIP.  
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28. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 1, 2013, 02:02 xXBatmanXx
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 1, 2013, 00:42:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Nov 30, 2013, 23:58:

/Missing BFBC2 more and more everyday....

Missing BF2 even more... *sigh*

Computer

Yea me 2. I have it installed......almost clicked it today.
 
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27. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 1, 2013, 00:42 jdreyer
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Nov 30, 2013, 23:58:

/Missing BFBC2 more and more everyday....

Missing BF2 even more... *sigh*

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26. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 30, 2013, 23:58 xXBatmanXx
 
Anyone recently install BF4 cause of the sale, or anyone playing it on a regular basis?

I installed it this week from the sale, and it seems like textures aren't as rich or detailed as BF3? Is it a setting? I have everything set to HIGH, but it just seems like floors, walls, the ground, etc just aren't as detailed or have the correct "feel" to them that BF3 did. Anyone? Bueller?

/Missing BFBC2 more and more everyday....
 
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25. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 30, 2013, 23:31 xXBatmanXx
 
Pretty slow lately at work....thinking about bringing my Skyrim Legendary Bible to work and cracking the seal.....  
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24. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 30, 2013, 22:06 Creston
 
mixma242 wrote on Nov 30, 2013, 17:44:
Guys, take your pointy tin foil hats off. How did they get the information that she had mental health issues? They googled her. You can to - look up her name: Ellen Richardson.

Right, because that's what the customs guys do. They sit there and google you when there's 50,000 other people waiting to be let into the country. It's not as if they scan her passport and that simply pops up. They google everyone. They're going to take the time to read every possible link about every woman named Ellen Richardson.

Or maybe you prefer to believe that the NSA hacked into Canada's healthcare database and then turned the info over to customs.

No, I prefer to think that Canada simply hands that information over to the US, and vice versa. You know, information that is supposed to be PRIVATE.

Also: I hear that there never was a Soviet Union, much less a fall of the eastern block. It's a lie perpetrated by evil capitalists meant to discredit the virtues of communism.

Interesting little tangential fallacy. Do you know what a straw man is? Maybe use that search engine you keep talking about.

The real story here is how stupid some people can be by spewing info like that all over the internet and then be surprised that the government can in fact use public search engines. And then there is the fact that apparently no one else uses a search engine - they just take it for granted that some reporter is not trying to slant the story.

Well, you focus on that story, and I'm going to continue to focus on the 'fact' (I'll use the term loosely) that governments are appearing to share their citizens' medical data despite continuing to fucking HAMMER medical professionals about HIPAA. (and like laws in other countries.)
 
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23. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 30, 2013, 19:28 mixma242
 
Yosemite Sam - what is more likely - a secret program to harvest people medical files and then openly use them at customs, or that border agents sometimes google people? You think they can't? You think they can only use billion $$$ programs developed by the NSA?

I *know* they google people. There was a Dutch Industrial band called Grendal that tried to sneak into the US from Canada using a tourist visa sometime around 2004-2005. They got stopped randomly at the border, and an agent saw a couple of their CD's in their luggage (like 10 copies of the same album - not a huge number but more than a couple of people would likely have). He looked up the band on the web, went to their bio page and saw their pictures. They ended up being banned from the US for like five years or something.

I'm not saying they spend the time to do that for everyone, but I am sure that for a sample of people it happens. Also, it is well known that airlines flying in from abroad are required to provide passenger lists. Googling someone needs not happen as that person walks up to the desk, or even onsite. It could be done ahead of time halfway across the planet.

Finding information out about people coming into the country IS THEIR JOB. You really think they wouldn't use google?

And have you googled Ellen Richardson? You don't have to wade through 'pages and pages of internet crap'. Her website is the very first hit!
 
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