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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Into the Black Apr 20, 2016, 23:29 jimnms
 
I stopped at 2:15 without realizing that was only 50% of the video.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Apr 15, 2016, 21:30 jimnms
 
They should have hired Barbra Streisand.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: In the Dark Apr 15, 2016, 13:59 jimnms
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 15, 2016, 12:48:
Why not take the opportunity to research going off the grid, or at least less dependent on it? Have you looked into any combination of wind and solar for your home?

I don't think it would be possible to go off the grid completely here. Wind isn't possible due to the trees blocking most of the wind, and that also cuts into the time solar panels would be exposed to the sun. Solar panels on on the front side of the roof might work because the front of the house is in the sun for half the day, but there are so many damn pine trees that I would constantly be cleaning pine needles and sap off of them. Then you have to have a place to store the large banks of batteries, unless you get one of those Tesla batteries.

One of those Tesla batteries would be nice for the occasional power outage, but they're damn expensive. Until recently, our power hardly ever went out, and when it did it was quickly restored.

One of my neighbors has a generator, which kills being able to enjoy the peace and quite of a power outage.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. In the Dark Apr 15, 2016, 11:14 jimnms
 
Yesterday makes it the third time in a month that I've been without power for most of a day or longer. The first time was due to some severe storms that pretty much knocked out the whole city, and I was without power for 2 days that time. The second time though it was on a clear day, and the power was out all afternoon and not getting restored until later that night. Yesterday we had some heavy rain that morning and early afternoon, but that was it, just rain. About half an hour after the rain stopped the power went out and didn't get restored until early this morning.

I get text messages from the power co. with estimated restore time and when it comes back on. The weird thing is, I got a text saying they detected a power outage at my address and were dispatching crew, but my power was still on. Ten minutes later it began flickering then went out. I was getting ready to leave anyway, but the power was still out when I got done. I decided to go take care of some errands I was planning to do this weekend, but when I got done with those, the power was still out. I kept getting texts extending the estimated restore time. First it was 5pm, then 7pm, then 11pm. Around 9pm I decided to go out to get food. I took my tablet with me and parked in front of my sister's house to borrow her wifi so I could watch Netflix and eat. I guess they stop sending texts after a certain time because after 11pm the power was still out when I went to bed.

Each time it was trees falling in the same two spots knocking the lines down on the road my neighborhood branches off from. One place is private property and the other place is probably city property. I need to find out who to complain to because this is getting ridiculous. I'm sure the power co. is tired of fixing it too.
 
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
1. Feminist Frequency's next video series hits crowdfunding goal. Apr 8, 2016, 03:38 jimnms
 
There appears to be something fishy going on too. There were a few big "anonymous" donations made to push to the funding limit.  
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
2. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Apr 2, 2016, 17:47 jimnms
 
My guess is someone high up in the MPAA put out some revenge porn and is preemptively trying to cover their ass.  
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News Comments > New Space Sim HOTAS
21. Re: New Space Sim HOTAS Mar 31, 2016, 21:21 jimnms
 
Rigs wrote on Mar 31, 2016, 16:15:
I used to have an old X-45 and I used the thing maybe five times. 'Course now I have had plenty of chances where I could have used the friggin' thing but I sold it off. It just wasn't responsive and the build quality was really bad. The stick was extremely stiff and the throttle was also stiff and not precise. It would only pick up movement in the last 40% of the push up, so I could never keep it further down than half way. Just a royal pain in the ass. The X-52 and X-55 Rhino looked good, I'll admit and I played with a floor model at a local Tiger Direct and I was impressed. Plus I have an old Saitek Eclipse keyboard that still is going strong after nearly 10 years! The caps-lock light flickers on and off all the time but I think it adds to it's charm. So...yeah, highly conflicted on Saitek...and yes, Mad Catz makes absolute junk. That I can agree on.

I still use an X-45. I've used it quite a bit over the years in IL-2 and some other games. There is a friction adjustment screw on the bottom of the throttle. Out of the box it was turned all the way up, but you can turn it down all the way to nearly zero friction. The stick is a bit stiff, but the X-52 went the opposite direction and was way to light. I don't like twisty joysticks for rudder because you always tend to twist it when moving left and right, but I like the X-45's rudder rocker on the throttle. I used to have a full set of CH F-16 gear, but I sold it all when a while back. I still have my CH Yoke and Throttle Quadrant. CH does make good stuff, but it does feel cheap.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
12. Re: Op Ed Mar 26, 2016, 20:18 jimnms
 
ZeroPike1 wrote on Mar 26, 2016, 06:52:
Wow angry much? I also do watch LP's plenty, so I satisfy my "face hole" as you so elegantly put it. I watch it for commentary and not just a silent LP. Also silent LP'ers are some of the worst viewed video's.

People like me tun into my LP channels to have the commentary and thoughts on a game. And who says somebody did not already buy it and want to watch somebody else playing it and hear there thoughts? I've done that a couple times.

Did I strike a nerve? What makes you think I'm angry? I'm just pointing out that there are people that would rather watch games be played for them than play them themselves. They mostly seem to be kids and teens, so I wonder what happens when they get older an no one is around to play games for them.

I watch an occasional LPs of games I've already played, mostly sandbox games like KSP or games where there are so many choices I could never see it all myself and where it doesn't ruin the game for me. I watch some LP videos if I'm on the fence about a game, but I only watch enough of it to get an idea if it's something I'll be interested it and not too much that I'll see spoilers. I also watch some LPs to check out mods to games. I don't watch LPs of linear, story driven games that I'm interested in playing because I want to play it and experience it for myself.

Like I said, I don't think they're losing sales because the people that watch their game weren't going to buy it anyway, but this is one of the cases where I think the devs would be within their right to monetize LPs. It's essentially an interactive movie, and you wouldn't get away with posting a movie or TV show to YouTube with commentary and expect to get paid for it.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Op Ed Mar 26, 2016, 04:36 jimnms
 
I doubt the people that tend to watch people play games actually buy games anyway. These people just want to sit and have entertainment streamed into their face holes rather than get off their ass and experience things for themselves.

Also, reading some of the comments to that article makes me sick.

This comment was edited on Mar 26, 2016, 05:24.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
5. Re: On Sale Mar 26, 2016, 04:00 jimnms
 
Shok wrote on Mar 25, 2016, 22:43:
Falcon collection is $2.49 on GoG this weekend. Includes all versions including the Falcon 4 installer. And BMS 4.33.1 is due out soon as well!

Sale or no sale, it's still a better deal to buy these on GOG, even if all you want is Falcon 4. Falcon 4 by itself doesn't run on modern systems, so I found it odd that they split them up and sold them individually on Steam. On GOG, you buy them all as a collection, and Falcon 4 is included as an extra because it doesn't work by itself.

I don't know if it's been "fixed" on Steam, but on its Steam release it looked like the publisher just took the GOG install and copied it over to Steam. People in the forums were reporting GOG icons and a GOG uninstaller.exe being included. The game asks for a CD when you run it, so no attempt was made to make it run on modern systems. They're just selling it again so people have a legitimate way of obtaining it to run BMS.

I have my original Falcon 4 CD and binder manual and stopped playing before BMS was out. I used to use the Realism Patch, which eventually combined with another mod to become the SuperPack. I think I kept up with it until around SP2 or SP3.

I re-installed it to try BMS back when these released on GOG and everyone was talking about BMS. BMS turns it into something rivaling DCS in realism. DCS kicks its ass in the graphics department though. I was surprised I still remembered how to operate the radar and some of the other systems. I was able to take off, fly around, drop some bombs in the various modes, then return and safely land.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
4. Ubisoft Steam sale leaves bundles costing more than individual games. Mar 26, 2016, 03:25 jimnms
 
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 jimnms
 
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 jimnms
 
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 jimnms
 
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 jimnms
 
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 jimnms
 
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 jimnms
 
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 jimnms
 
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 jimnms
 
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 jimnms
 
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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