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Real Name Michael Rigs   
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Description A+-certified Master PC builder and Lifetime PC Master Race card-carrying member. A wannabe Journalism major, weather fanatic/storm spotter, WW2 buff (Pacific Theater) and rambling post writer extraordinaire!
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Signed On Sep 10, 2002, 02:12
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News Comments > Consortium: The Tower Early Access
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 22, 2017, 13:37 Rigs
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Sep 22, 2017, 11:53:
Lookin' mighty rough this one...

Huh?! I thought it looked pretty bad-ass...did you even play the first one?

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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 22, 2017, 13:22 Rigs
 
UttiniDaKilrJawa wrote on Sep 21, 2017, 20:02:
Good ol Jumpgate. Always tried to fly through gates backwards. Does VO use the same type of Newtonian-ish flight engine?

It's more Star Wars-style, though there is an option to 'disconnect' like in Elite: Dangerous.

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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 21, 2017, 19:47 Rigs
 
Vendetta Online on the App Store

One of the most under appreciated MMO space-sims out there! Seriously, it's been going for years and years, has an awesome community and devs and the game is about as fun and playable as Privateer! It's not a graphical powerhouse like Elite: DangerDog or Star Marine Citizen 42, but it's got it where it needs it and is constantly being worked on and upgraded. If you haven't checked it out yet, I strongly suggest you do so! (In a lot of ways, it reminds me of the ol' game Jumpgate...'member that one?)

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News Comments > Project CARS 2 Launch Trailer
4. Re: etc Sep 21, 2017, 02:05 Rigs
 
MisterBenn wrote on Sep 21, 2017, 01:41:
I've kept an eye on this chap, he seems like a big fan of racing and sim racing and comes across as knowing his stuff... he is rating Project Cars 2 as pretty good at this point, somewhere resembling Assetto Corsa in terms of simulation (at the general appeal end of the Racing Simulator market, rather than the most fanatical end) - and he's been playing with VR in recent videos and called it a great deal of fun. He's a pretty entertaining chap and really gets into the races!

Pretty good, though, personally, I recommend 'Empty Box' if you really want to see someone that has their shit together and knows how to handle a racecar. The guy is a natural and makes even me jealous! He's not big on 'PC2', like at all, he didn't like the original either, but he's big on iRacing, Assetto Corsa and older sims like GT Legends, Gran Turismo 2 (ok, not 'technically' a sim but close), GPL (Grand Prix Legends) and rFactor. Watching him makes me feel like a fucking amateur and I've been doing it since Indy500 and World Circuit with my IBM PS/1 486SX/25 and CH Virtual Pilot! Still, thanks for the heads up, I'd not heard of this guy until now and I'll be checking more of him out...

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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Sep 20, 2017, 14:46 Rigs
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: etc Sep 19, 2017, 20:08 Rigs
 
Jivaro wrote on Sep 19, 2017, 19:19:
The Collectors Edition was 200 bucks this time around. I am not really sure many people would say it was worth it. Four character statues of good quality and a battery powered display case with all six infinity gems lit up accompany the standard digital assortment of skins and a theme. I am a sucker for the statues but the Infinity Stones look cheap. They look like someone cut those cheap plastic Easter eggs in half and put leds under them. Seriously. Being a cosplayer I am more likely to dissect the case and put the stones in a handmade Infinity Gauntlet after touching them up a bit myself as opposed to adding the stones and their case to my mancave display shelf.

Very good review! A friend of mine has been playing this non-stop and he honestly considered calling in his vacation/sick days for the whole of next week. I said he was insane. He agrees.

Kotaku had a thing about the 'Collectors Edition' and the Infinity Stones looking like cheap Easter Eggs. People aren't happy and I don't blame them, for the money it cost. From what was said in the comments, the eggs (ahem! I mean 'stones') and statues were done by 'Project Triforce' and they seem to have the dubious honor of being...substandard.

Anyway, I wanted to give a heads up to anyone using a small Chrome extension called 'SafeBrowse'...I had this installed for quite a while now. It allows you to bypass Adfly, Linkbucks and all those 'middle-man' link money-makers that you usually see on sites like GameCopyWorld and they're really prevalent in the Minecraft modding community.

Well, apparently this extension has gone to the dark side.

While this extension does in fact bypass the advertisements on these types of URLs, what it does not tell you is that it also injects a in-browser Monero miner into Chrome that utilizes over 50% of your CPU while the browser is running.

While I was on TPB this afternoon, I remembered that there was talk of TPB using a bitcoin miner while browsing on the site and I wanted to see if it was, indeed, using my CPU resources. So when I went into 'Task Manager', sure enough, something was using around 50% of my CPU! Further digging showed it was Chrome but it was coming from an extension - SafeBrowse. I wasn't sure why TPB was using this particular extension for it's dirty work, so I shut it down and went poking around on Google. When trying to bring up the extensions spot on the Google App Store for Chrome, it was gone, it gave me a '404'. Odd. Even the cached version was gone! More searches brought up the article linked above at 'BleepingComputer'. This all apparently just happened today and I just, totally by coincidence, noticed it. It had nothing to do with TPB at all! So I uninstalled the extension. I don't know if someone took over the extension on the App Store or the dev really did go over to the Dark Side or what. But if you happen to have it installed, GET RID OF IT!

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: etc Sep 18, 2017, 17:47 Rigs
 
Kxmode wrote on Sep 18, 2017, 17:29:
There will not be an eighth world power.

Hmmm, why don't you and me come back to this discussion in about 100 years or so, yes? I'm pretty sure things will be a bit different by then...

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News Comments > Warframe Plains of Eidolon Trailer
25. Re: etc Sep 18, 2017, 17:34 Rigs
 
Suppa7 wrote on Sep 18, 2017, 13:54:
You fools can all go and make jokes all you like but the fact remains - quake champions will have no sdk, level editing or modding... the fact that you would celebrate it is a sign we live in an idiocracy.

You know, the funny thing is I don't give two duck phucks and a rabbit about Quake Champions. I don't know where you get that I'm defending it or even talking about it. I don't play it and haven't, nor do I plan to.

You need to get out more, son. This whole 'You against The World' thing isn't working out. Maybe pay more attention to what people are actually saying instead of what you want to yell in their face back at them. You're the kind of person that has the argument all thought out before you even have someone to argue with!

But what am I saying, you're not gonna listen. Hell, you're probably thinking about what lame come back you'll respond with. If you don't listen to anything else but this, just know that not everything is a contest that needs to be won. You don't have to act like someone insulted your mother when having a discussion. But, then, everyone over the age of 15 should know that already.

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News Comments > Warframe Plains of Eidolon Trailer
24. Re: etc Sep 18, 2017, 17:26 Rigs
 
Jivaro wrote on Sep 18, 2017, 07:22:
Rigs wrote on Sep 18, 2017, 01:37:
Hey, is anyone making 'I was there for the Suppa7 Meltdown 2017' t-shirts? Because I want like 3 of those bad boys...

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I am negotiating with Valve to see if they will let me stamp their logo on the back. Also, the shirt maker folks say I can get velcro collars and sleeves to sell as addon-ons. If you pre-purchase you get an actual tag in the collar instead of just a printed tag on the inside of the shirt.

You had me at 'Valve'! HA!

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News Comments > etc.
12. Re: etc Sep 18, 2017, 01:45 Rigs
 
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News Comments > Warframe Plains of Eidolon Trailer
19. Re: etc Sep 18, 2017, 01:37 Rigs
 
Hey, is anyone making 'I was there for the Suppa7 Meltdown 2017' t-shirts? Because I want like 3 of those bad boys...

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News Comments > etc.
8. Re: etc Sep 17, 2017, 13:05 Rigs
 
{PH}88fingers wrote on Sep 17, 2017, 11:40:
Cutter wrote on Sep 16, 2017, 17:52:
{PH}88fingers wrote on Sep 16, 2017, 14:36:
Cutter wrote on Sep 16, 2017, 13:33:
Than stop supporting scumbag devs/publishers like Bungie, Blizzard, et al., problem solved.

scumbag developer Blizzard who release patches for their games 20 years on... you continue to show your massive iq

It's a company run by bean counters and marketing shills. Jesus, you're just dumber than a sackful of hammers. Idiots like you are why people like you continue to lose their rights across the spectrum. Oh, you won't be able to grasp what that means however, so don't worry your stupid little head about it and just go on making the world a shittier place to be.


keep going mate, we all enjoy seeing you melt down constantly. Once again showing us all your massive iq.

Cutter is an adult child. He can't conceive of having a conversation with someone that doesn't agree with him. It just doesn't register in his brain that there might be people out there that have an equal intellect but don't think like he does. So he lashes out as if personally insulted. 'How dare you try to come to MY level!' Cutter would be fascinating to Frued...Oh, the conclusions he'd come to...it would be equally fascinating to read them...

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 15, 2017, 22:45 Rigs
 
Thank you, good to be back!

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Ark Expansion Announced Sep 15, 2017, 17:32 Rigs
 
Ummm..hi!

Yes, I'm back, and quite alive. I've actually been around for a couple days via my phone but A: I forgot my pass and 2: I'll be damned if I'm writing a post on that phucking thing! Thank you all for your concerns and well wishes, almost brought a tear to the ol' eye.

We were out of power for 63 and a half hours. Not quite double Hurricane Hermine's toll (36 hours) but nowhere near Hurricane Frances (174 hours) and Charley's (115 hours) in 2004. The worst of it came through long before the eye got here, around 2:30am. For about two hours after that, I was waiting for my window to get blown in. The wall next to my bed, which was the northeast facing outside wall, was vibrating quite a bit, to the point that it would shake my bed at times. Laying there, in total darkness, listening to the rumble of the wind and having it shake your bed is...pretty fucking terrifying, to be honest. I'm a weather buff and have been my entire life but this was not something I wanted to be in the middle of at 2:30 in the morning. I didn't fall asleep until almost 6am when it started to die down some, right around when the eye passed us. I won't forget the rumble of the ground before the wind hit the house any time soon. Every time I heard it, I knew a big gust was coming and tensed, thinking this might be the one to blow the roof off or my window or wall in...

Anyway, there wasn't a lot of outright damage around us, just lots of flooding and the closest town to us, High Springs, is still cut off from us unless we go twenty miles down I-75 because the Santa Fe River is over it's banks and the bridge down the road is unstable. In fact, I-75 was close to being closed as well and when I went over the bridge on Thursday midday, the water was right up to the bridge and had flooded the open forest and fields around it. If it rises any higher, which is possible, it'll cut off I-75 and that will be a mess! Other than that and the power outages, there's the occasional downed tree or branch. But really, nothing major.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 10, 2017, 14:41 Rigs
 
Thanks for the well-wishes, guys! Started raining this morning and now it's pounding on my window. Got a long night ahead of us...

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11. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 9, 2017, 17:02 Rigs
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 9, 2017, 16:34:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 9, 2017, 16:33:
@Rigs
Not to pile on more work, but do you have enough roof and foundation anchors on the house? Do you have a backup generator? I assume you have food and water for a couple of weeks with no power. Keep some bleach handy in case you need to purify your own.

And lastly be glad you don't live in South Florida.

I was telling everyone here that all the people that went west from Miami would be better to go back east TO Miami! Like everyone on the East Coast went west, thinking it would be another Matthew. Miami is a practical ghost town. NOW, everyone is regretting it. That's part of the reason I didn't go anywhere. I knew the Euro model was saying the total opposite of what the NHC was saying a few days ago. They didn't do a good job of communicating that to the public this time. They should have made it clear that the Euro was saying something almost totally different and that it had been a near-perfect forecast model for the previous storms. Instead, they kept moving the track around and causing general confusion. You'd think, with a brand new GOES 16 satellite in orbit, all this fancy computing hardware and lots of smarty brains in their employ, they'd get this right once in a while. They did ok with Harvey, they screwed the pooch, IMO, with Irma.

I live in a double-wide 'mobile home'. (I'll never know why they call it a 'mobile home' when it doesn't move...like ever, except when you don't want it too, like during a hurricane or tornado) It's not my first choice, but we had to move from our more secure and sturdy house in Beverly Hills (Citrus County) last year after five years in three weeks. So that didn't give us a lot of time to be picky. But we won't be staying here in this home if it gets really bad. There's a really sturdy brick house within walking distance the next yard over, so if something does happen, we're ready to pick up and go over there immediately. Our home here is anchored and the roof was just inspected and worked on yesterday, so it's as good as it's going to get. Our plans are made, our preps are done and we're just hoping for the best and sitting patiently.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Ark Expansion Announced Sep 9, 2017, 16:20 Rigs
 
We're in the direct path of Irma in north central FL. I'm just about done with our prep. It's been a bit gusty outside but we've been spared the rain bands coming in from the east for now. I was watching the Euro model the entire time and it did so well with Harvey and Matthew, now it did just as well with Irma, apparently. I've been saying that a track up the west coast of FL would be catastrophic, in my old home of Citrus County - Crystal River, Homosassa, Ozello, in Levy County in Inglis and Yankeetown, in Hernando County in Spring Hill and Hernando Beach. And of course, Cedar Key. The Crystal River Nuclear Power Plant sits right on the coast, in fact, it sticks out some and is very near the Ft. Island Gulf Beach, which is always flooded. All of these places are likely to end up underwater and devastated from 100+ mph winds.

Up here in Columbia County, near Lake City, we're looking at the same, up to 100+mph winds. Rain isn't a concern immediately around where I am as I'm on a hill. But wind is a major concern. When it was going to come up the middle of the state, that was actually better because it would have weakened enough by time it got here and no winds or storm surge would be coming into the west coast until it passed by. Now, with it staying mostly over water, we're looking at a Cat3 when it comes back on land around Cedar Key. The way the coast is angled there, like a straight '7' shape, almost a 90 angle, the water is going to pile up with nowhere to go but inland.

This is bad. Really, really bad. We're all a lot more nervous than we were just two days ago. Most of us stayed thinking it wouldn't be much of a problem here. Now, we can't really leave. I, personally, can't because of my Mom's medical condition. The only thing we can do is move to a more sturdy home down the road. When Hermine came through, we lost power for 36 hours, mainly because of a tree that came down up the road a ways and the crews couldn't get to it right away. When Matthew came through, a much bigger storm, the lights didn't even flicker. This time, there were lines and lines of power trucks in Lake City last night, waiting. Hopefully that means if the power does go, it won't be out for very long. That 36 hours was just barely bearable, since it was August with no a/c.

Anyway, I will be posting publicly to my Twitter (@MichaelRigs, I barely use it, nothing there yet, really), so if you want to know what's going on, I'm going to try to post updates as long as I can, with pictures and video when possible. Now, back to work...

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News Comments > Destiny 2 Curse of Osiris Expansion Revealed
8. Re: Ark Expansion Announced Sep 8, 2017, 23:48 Rigs
 
SlimRam wrote on Sep 8, 2017, 21:24:
At this rate there're going to start announcing DLC for preorder before the main game is even revealed...

I believe Evolve did that...seemed to work out great for them, if I remember correctly...

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40. Re: Ark Expansion Announced Sep 6, 2017, 18:30 Rigs
 
LaxerFL wrote on Sep 6, 2017, 15:23:
1badmf wrote on Sep 6, 2017, 00:25:

you might wanna go somewhere further west. there's a chance this thing just rips up the entire eastern seaboard.

Noticing that now. The storm took a slight turn to the north earlier than expected. Going to head inland at some point in the near future!

I suggest you stay to the Gulf Coast, perhaps Tampa area, if you need to stay in FL?

I'm in Columbia County (High Springs/Fort White) just south of Lake City, about an hour and a half west of Jacksonville and about the same from the FL-GA border. We're smack in the middle of the state, along I-75. Either side of FL it goes, we're gonna get something. Hermine (barely a Cat1) nearly killed us last year, Matthew (a much more powerful storm, Cat3) didn't even flicker the lights. (We lost power for 36 hours in Hermine) Go figure. I've been watching this storm for days and every model run. I have a list of their schedules on a separate browser tab, so I know when they update.

Anyway, from the way it looks currently, I think the west coast of FL is ok. It wasn't that way yesterday. I was seeing models that suggested that Irma would rapidly intensify when it went over the Keys, into a 220mph monster and track right up the Gulf coast. If it ever hit the Nature Coast (Hernando, Citrus and Levy) over to Cedar Key, that 'L' shaped coastline? They might as well scratch it off the map. There's a nuclear power plant sitting there, too. (Because of course there is) Luckily, the models have shifted the track back over to the east some. Still, it could come right up the middle of the state, as some of them suggest (and have suggested since the start) and that would be bad for everyone here, no matter where in the state you are.

Good luck, friend, stay safe!

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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
8. Re: Evening Safety Dance (LONG POST! DON'T READ IF YOU CAN'T BE BOTHERED!) Sep 6, 2017, 16:34 Rigs
 
ldonyo wrote on Sep 6, 2017, 15:51:
If anyone other than Verizon had even a half-assed signal where I live, I would switch in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, the closest anyone gets is eighth-assed, which is T-Mobile, or sixteenth-assed, which is a tie between AT&T and Sprint, both of whom required playing a form of Hide-and-Go-Seek to find a signal while remaining indoors. T-Mobile just has a weak-to-suddenly-nonexistent signal, with random bits of decent connection scattered here and there.

I just got myself a new phone, a MotoG4 Play with Verizon. I'm not a smartphone guy. I hardly know jack about them. I know more about iOS only because of the iPad2 we have. I did have an LG 'Lucky' but it was a hand-me-down, scratched and with almost no storage space. Once you got it all updated, you'd be hard pressed to install anything else. Your measly 4gb was pretty much gone. And the only real service available for it was for $45 a month. Yeah, um, no. So while my Verizon service on my new phone is $50/month, it's actually worth it. That gives me 7gb's of data to play. I'm also still on DISH for my home internet, which is slow and typically throttled to 128k around a week after reset.

So, when I got this new phone, I was insanely curious to see if I could tether it to the PC and use the 4G as an internet connection instead and if I could, how would that compare to the DISH connection? In short? HOLY CHEESY FUCK BALLS! I was absolutely floored by the difference! Not only was it faster, it responded faster (because of no satellite latency) and the pages came up as fast as my system could render them! THIS...this is what I've been missing for over a year! I couldn't believe it. It's like night and day. Since then, I've been using it for almost everything I do on my PC and I've only used about a gig and a half out of my 7. Pages render instantly, Youtube buffers almost instantaneously and then I tried a direct download of a file and got close to 3.5/mbps! Amazing.

What does this all mean, then? In my area of north central FL (currently in the middle of Hurricane Irma's path), Verizon has a decent signal strength almost everywhere. Most places don't give me full 4G/LTE but I've not seen it below 2 bars anywhere, inside or out. Verizon also provides an 'unlimited' tier (mine is 7gb data for $50/month plus unlim txt and phone) for $80/month. A friend of mine in KY has ATT and just got their 'Velocity' home wireless hotspot...thing. (Sorry, I really don't know much about mobile!) And he got an 'Unlimited' plan, but it says after a certain point, you get throttled, only he says he hasn't been even after using nearly 70gb's of data this month! He even showed me a picture of the device's screen and it said 70. something something used and he said it was still going strong and he does everything on it.

My plan is to see if Verizon has something similar and drop DISH. I suggest anyone out there that has a similar situation to look into it if you're in a rural area and have no other option BUT satellite. This is SO much better, in every way. We pay $70/month now for shit, so this might be a blessing we never knew existed...

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