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Homepage https://steamcommunity.com/id/meanjim
Signed On May 30, 2003, 01:18
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News Comments > On Sale
4. Ubisoft Steam sale leaves bundles costing more than individual games. Mar 26, 2016, 03:25 MeanJim
 
This is nothing new or exclusive to Ubi or even Steam. It's just a problem with the way the bundles are discounted vs. individual games. I've noticed this in the past on Steam sales and also on the Humble Store sales.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
7. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 24, 2016, 21:24 MeanJim
 
Speaking of Logitech mice. My G500 has been acting weird. Months ago it started randomly double clicking when I just clicked once, or if I was clicking and dragging it would release and click again. Out of frustration when it dropped some files in some random directory, I slammed it down on the desk and that oddly fixed it for a while. It eventually started doing it again, and giving it a good slam on the desk would fix it for a while. It always comes back and has been getting shorter between fixes. I've started noticing it cutting out for a micro second when moving, so it needs to go.

I thought of going wireless, but I couldn't find a decent gaming mouse with custom programming and the extra buttons I've come to like from the Logitech G500, so I ended up going with the Logitech G502. I got it last week, but I haven't hooked it up yet. I've held it in my hand and it's a nice improvement over the G500 in feel, but it looks butt ugly.

I noticed the top end gaming mice by Logitech have abandoned laser sensors and gone back to optical. I have noticed some odd behavior in the last two Logitech mice I've owned (this G500 and the G5 before it) and wonder if that's why. They are a bit picky about the surface you use them on. I have a new desk now, but way back when I had the G5, I didn't use a mouse pad. I just used it on the desk, but over time it polished the desk's surface so smooth that it began acting weird. When I moved the mouse diagonally in a back slash movement (\), it was jittery, but it was fine in all other directions. I thought the mouse was dying and that's how I ended up buying the G500. It too had the same problem, so I put it on a mouse pad and it was fine.

I didn't like the feel of the mouse on a cloth mouse pad though, it felt restrictive compared to the smooth gliding on the desk, but it was either that or deal with jittery diagonal movement. After a while the mouse pad started getting dirty and the jittery diagonal movement came back, even after washing the mouse pad. I finally found a new hard surface mouse pad that works and is even slicker than moving it around on the desk.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 24, 2016, 20:56 MeanJim
 
nin wrote on Mar 24, 2016, 19:17:
Blue wrote on Mar 24, 2016, 18:51:
at some point soon we will switch to HTTPS by default.

Excellent!

In the mean time, if you use HTTPS-Everywhere, you can copy and paste the following as bluesnews.xml into your HTTPSEverywhereUserRules directory:

<ruleset name="Blues News">
<target host="bluesnews.com" />
<target host="www.bluesnews.com" />

<rule from="^http:"
to="https:" />
</ruleset>
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. HTTPS Mar 24, 2016, 17:50 MeanJim
 
Just tried it briefly, no issues on Firefox. You should push people on HTTPS if they go to just bluesnews.com. I have the HTTPS Everywhere addon, but it didn't automatically switch me to HTTPS. I know it has custom rule sets, but I thought it also checks if a site has HTTPS and switches you automatically. I had to manually switch it myself and update my bookmark. I don't use the bookmark though, I usually just type "b" and hit enter to get here, and if I do that now it doesn't use HTTPS.

Edit: I was on the HTTPS side when I posted the message, but after posting I was redirected to the non HTTPS side.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 20, 2016, 17:34 MeanJim
 
It got a big chilly down here and couldn't have happened at a worse time. We had some really bad storms the past few days. I lost power early Thursday and it didn't come back on until late Friday night. My Internet was still out until last night though.

It got very cold Thursday night and I slept in my clothes with a hoodie on under two blankets just to keep warm.

I get text messages from the power co. on outage alerts. I didn't even have to notify them, I got a text 5 minutes after it went out telling me they detected an outage in my area. The initial est. restore time was 5pm that evening, then a second wave of storms caused more damage, and I got an update saying the est. restore time was unavailable due to the extensive damage and massive outages all over the city.

With no way to cook anything Thursday night, I went out to eat. Most businesses had their power restored pretty quickly. I took my tablet with me to places with free wifi, but even though power was restored the Internet was down everywhere I tried.

By Friday, Internet was restored to some places in town, so I hung out at a coffee shop for a bit to check news, weather and stuff. I got a text update from the power co. saying power in my area wouldn't be restored until Saturday night, so I bugged out of town for the day. There was something I had been wanting to go to for a while, but I just never felt like making the trip.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
3. Re: Sunday Metaverse Mar 13, 2016, 13:55 MeanJim
 
To make matters worse for the 30,000 followers who had been awaiting Sarah's return, the husband claims his partner would be unable to stream on any other account for five years as part of a non-compete clause.

That's kind of a dick move. This must have been a nasty divorce and marriage.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. A dozen states are considering getting rid of daylight saving time. Is that a good thing? Mar 12, 2016, 14:03 MeanJim
 
The sun would rise earlier, giving farmers an extra hour of daylight to work.

Umm, farmers don't work by the clock, they go to work when the sun comes up and quit when it goes down, no matter what time it is.

I'm all for ending the switching of clocks and sticking to one time. I like the extra hour of daylight during day light saving time, but I think we should keep standard time, where noon is the time when the sun is at its highest point and instead move "standard" business hours back one hour. One place I worked at I had worked from 7am to 3:30pm. I loved those hours because when I got off work there was plenty of daylight left to get shit done. At first I hated the shorter lunch break, but it didn't take long to get used to it and eventually grew to like it. I didn't need an hour to eat lunch and it meant getting off work half an hour earlier.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
3. There are ways the FBI can crack the iPhone PIN without Apple doing it for them. Mar 10, 2016, 00:23 MeanJim
 
I said this in the last Apple vs. FBI topic.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Computer Truouble Mar 8, 2016, 23:52 MeanJim
 
I hope this isn't a sign of my system about to bite the dust, but for the past few days it will not resume from sleep. Since building this system 5 years ago, I've used the hybrid sleep mode every night, usually only rebooting once a month after patch Tuesday. I wake it up by smacking the keyboard and it comes on instantly. Now the system powers on, but the monitor doesn't come on and there's no disk activity. I've occasionally had this happen before, but it's done it every time the past few days. Sometimes I can press reset to make it restart, other times I have to power it off by holding the power button for 5 seconds. One time it wouldn't reset or power off with the button and I had to pull the plug to get it to turn off.

After I get it to reset, I get a BIOS message that it failed to overclock, press F1 to enter setup or F2 to load default and continue. I press F1 and everything is the way it should be. I exit and Windows resumes from the hibernate file and everything works fine until I put it to sleep again.

I turned it off the a couple of days ago, then put it to sleep the next night, but it failed to resume again. Last night I just put it straight into hibernation and it resumed just fine, so it just doesn't like to sleep anymore.

I haven't had time to troubleshoot it yet. I am overclocking it, I have been for a while. I'll probably run a memtest overnight, or probably tomorrow since there is supposed to be some storms coming through overnight. If it passes, I'll try putting it back to stock clock and see if it will resume. If it keeps failing, I don't know what else to check.

I guess it picked a good time to start crapping out. I was planning to pick out parts for a new build in a couple of weeks. I want to keep this one around for a second system though, so I really don't want it to crap out.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
23. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Mar 7, 2016, 16:27 MeanJim
 
NKD wrote on Mar 6, 2016, 21:42:
jimnms wrote on Mar 6, 2016, 19:18:
Her phone was unlocked and he took pictures of the pictures on her phone with his phone, and he's being charged with Computer Crimes?

Contrary to what some people here believe, leaving something unlocked doesn't confer consent to rifle through it. If the photos were plainly displayed in the open without him having to actually touch the phone then it would be a different story.

But accessing someones property and then proceeding to share what you find with malicious intent breaks numerous laws in just about every jurisdiction, whether it be a phone, a car, a home, or an office.

I'm not disputing that. What he did was clearly wrong. If he had opened her purse, found a nude photograph, taken a picture of the photograph with a film camera, made copies and distributed them, he'd be facing lesser charges. Because the photos were on a digital device and he used a digital device to photograph them, he's now facing felony computer crimes makes no sense.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
3. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Mar 6, 2016, 19:18 MeanJim
 
Her phone was unlocked and he took pictures of the pictures on her phone with his phone, and he's being charged with Computer Crimes?  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 4, 2016, 00:00 MeanJim
 
The FBI doesn't need Apple's help to crack the encrypted phone. They have the phone, all they have to do is remove the storage chip and use one of the govt.'s super computers to brute force it. The FBI is doing this for the media coverage to get support for having back doors in any encrypted device.  
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News Comments > Dead Island Definitive Edition Announced
3. Re: Dead Island Definitive Edition Announced Mar 3, 2016, 23:47 MeanJim
 
I started the first game playing coop with a friend. It wasn't the greatest game in the world, but I thought it was fun. Then one day my friend decides he doesn't like it and didn't want to play it anymore. It wasn't as fun playing by myself, so I quit playing too.

I don't know if playing coop first made the SP aspect of it boring to me, or would I have had the same opinion of it had I played it SP first.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Evening Tech Bits Mar 3, 2016, 23:22 MeanJim
 
The last time I bought a hard drive was 4 years ago when I built a new Media Center PC. I could have re-used the old HDD from the machine it was replacing, but it had been running 24/7 for over 5 years and I wanted to upgrade the storage capacity. The old drive from the Media Center PC replaced my old drive which I use in an external dock as my primary backup (I have a secondary backup drive which is kept in a fire safe).

Even though I plan to build a new system soon, I don't need to buy a new HDD. I will upgrade to a larger SSD in the new system, but the HDD will move to the new system.
 
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News Comments > Steam Security & Trading Update
3. Re: Steam Security & Trading Update Mar 3, 2016, 22:48 MeanJim
 
Dev wrote on Mar 3, 2016, 07:33:
I think they mean "we are tired of restoring items if you get hacked, so as of that date we will no longer bother"

That's fine with me, but why are they punishing people with mandatory 15 day waiting periods for trades/market transactions for not using the mobile authenticator? Currently the mobile app only supports Android, iOS and certain mobile carriers, which leaves a lot of people unable to use it even if they have a smart phone.

If you get hacked, you're going to lose your items anyway, so why not give people the option to opt out of using the mobile authentication and disable the waiting period?
 
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News Comments > Steam Security & Trading Update
1. Re: Steam Security & Trading Update Mar 2, 2016, 19:49 MeanJim
 
Are they trying to kill off the market and trading?  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
16. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 1, 2016, 14:07 MeanJim
 
I don't want to live on this planet any more.  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
2. Re: Game Reviews Feb 29, 2016, 00:29 MeanJim
 
I had the same thought about the game. My father died of cancer when I was in high school and my mother was recently diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatment. I've dealt with and dealing with enough of it in real life, so I have no desire to play a game about it.  
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
13. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Feb 29, 2016, 00:12 MeanJim
 
"The only way this is going to get fixed is by executive order from President Trump," he said.

I'd rather lose my job than have that fucker as president.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Season Pass Tops Steam Top 10
14. Re: Fallout 4 Season Pass Tops Steam Top 10 Feb 28, 2016, 23:57 MeanJim
 
PHJF wrote on Feb 28, 2016, 10:53:
Just started playing the FONV DLC (yeah so I don't generally give a fuck about DLC, wanna fight about it?). Honest Hearts was absolutely abysmal. Like the shittiest modder's abortive first attempt at original content.

It wasn't the best DLC for NV, but it wasn't bad. The best part of that DLC is the exploration. If you just do the quests and nothing else, you miss half of the story. You find out the true story of the tribes by exploring and reading the notes and stuff left behind.

Everyone raves about Old World Blues, but I didn't find it all that great. To me it ranks about the same as Honest Hearts. The dialog with the robots is great, but the rest of it is meh. The setting is nice, but there was too much back tracking. It seemed to go on forever, and after a while I was just hoping that it would be over soon so I could leave. I also didn't like that the "rewards" for completing it were OP.

My personal favorite was Dead Money, especially in hardcore mode where you take constant damage outside. I love it when a DLC takes you out of your comfort zone and removes all of your items and makes you start from scratch too.

The worst, IMO, is Lonesome Road. To me it just doesn't fit. The first thing I hated was that it shoehorns in a back story for your character in the middle of the game. My first game with the DLC, I had created a back story for my character where I was from somewhere West in California, and I signed on to the courier service to get out and see the world. I had only done local jobs close to home and the job deliver the chip to Vegas was my first big job taking me farther than I'd been before. Then I get to this DLC and this crazy guy is telling me I've been here before and delivered a package that caused the destruction of The Divide. That totally ruined it for me because for me, I (my character) had never been very far from home, and the game/story is now telling me that I have. There was no option to convince him that he had mistaken me for someone else, I either had to admit my mistake and talk him down or kill him. I chose to kill him because I wasn't going to take the blame for something I didn't do.

This DLC felt like something Bethesda wrote, not Obsidian. The level design was nice, but the story was linear and the only decisions you make come at the end. It also had some stupid moments along the way that were Fallout 3 levels of stupid. There was the part where you had to launch a nuke in order to open a door, and the launch console was right there, outside, at ground level instead of in an underground bunker. Then it had that Fallout 3 feel because you're trying to reach this guy that somehow got through this stuff and I'm having to get though all of these obstacle while he somehow got through without a problem.
 
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