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Stephen Heaslip
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Re: Out of the Blue
Sep 18, 2020, 16:24
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Re: Out of the Blue Sep 18, 2020, 16:24
Sep 18, 2020, 16:24
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 18, 2020, 15:33:
I put flies and all other insects outside where they belong. The only ones I kill are mosquitoes as they're a danger to all other life. It's really not that difficult to catch flies and put them out. If you can catch a pop fly you can catch a house fly.

I have a general catch and release policy for insects. But you are a better man than I if you can manage to catch houseflies. As I described, I had a hell of a time swatting him, much less catching him. But flies are vermin as well, so I don't feel as much sympathy for them. Flies, gnats, and mosquitoes get killed on sight. All other bugs get escorted from the premises, even nasties like wasps and hornets.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Sep 1, 2020, 15:11
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Re: Out of the Blue Sep 1, 2020, 15:11
Sep 1, 2020, 15:11
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 28, 2020, 17:12:
Steele Johnson wrote on Aug 28, 2020, 14:52:
Blue wrote on Aug 28, 2020, 14:12:
You'll notice an odd chunk of blue background on the old logos that matched the design of the site back then. That said, at some point I'll have a conversation with Frans about this.

That would be cool. It's a pretty easy fix with Photoshop, especially the latest version. It's literally one click to extract from background.
It almost sounds as if you're... volunteering.

So, speaking of volunteering...

Frans and I just hashed through all the implications of reviving the old logos. Neither of us is that well versed in graphics editing, and part of this will require someone who is. About 150 of the 200 or so logos in the archive will need alterations to be usable on the current site design. As mentioned, the blue background block on these logos would need to be made transparent like the rest of the background. Also, these logos are divided into two halves so they need to be stitched together. If someone with the wherewithal to make such changes has enough of an interest in seeing these logos return that they're willing to volunteer to do this, it seems possible we could make it happen.

This would be a step-by step project. We would just need to start with a single logo so Frans could then see if the other aspects of making this work are practical and doable. That would also give said volunteer the chance to decide if they are willing to put in the effort to repeat the process 149 more times. In the meantime there would be only so much wasted effort if it turned out Frans can't make it work.

So I'll revive this thread to put out the call for a volunteer. If no one steps forward I can put out a wider call in Out of the Blue and see where this takes us.
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Re: Ubisoft Changing Tom Clancy Mobile Game Intro After Backlash
Aug 31, 2020, 17:39
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Re: Ubisoft Changing Tom Clancy Mobile Game Intro After Backlash Aug 31, 2020, 17:39
Aug 31, 2020, 17:39
 
Quinn wrote on Aug 31, 2020, 17:07:
Is the moderator in question going to speak up or do I have to repeat the comment you've removed?

Demands? Threats?

How about you just chill out?
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Re: Call of Duty Cheat Vendor Apologizes (and Closes?) After Lawsuit
Aug 31, 2020, 14:54
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Re: Call of Duty Cheat Vendor Apologizes (and Closes?) After Lawsuit Aug 31, 2020, 14:54
Aug 31, 2020, 14:54
 
Prez wrote on Aug 31, 2020, 12:46:
"...we've closed two players of Call of Duty."??

I know I had a stroke but I think I read that correctly.

That was my bad... To save wear and tear on my tendinitis I've taken to using speech to text translation to transcribe the numerous pictures of text statements that have become so commonplace on Twitter and other places. I just failed to proofread the output carefully enough. Sorry about that.
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Re: Steam Top 10
Aug 30, 2020, 17:19
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Re: Steam Top 10 Aug 30, 2020, 17:19
Aug 30, 2020, 17:19
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Aug 30, 2020, 16:01:
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 30, 2020, 15:57:
I am so glad MSFS is up in top spots, maybe this opens up the room for more sims again... not private flight sims mind you, ship, sub, space...

Please, oh please! I would kill for a good sub sim. My install of Silent Hunter IV is getting worn out.

Come to think of it, a space sim with sub style warfare would be both accurate and awesome.

Romulan Bird-of-Prey Simulator.
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Re: Into the Black
Aug 29, 2020, 14:36
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Re: Into the Black Aug 29, 2020, 14:36
Aug 29, 2020, 14:36
 
By the way, it would be extremely helpful in the future to make such site suggestions in a general discussion forum post, rather than in the news forum.
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Re: Into the Black
Aug 29, 2020, 12:46
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Re: Into the Black Aug 29, 2020, 12:46
Aug 29, 2020, 12:46
 
Acleacius wrote on Aug 27, 2020, 21:08:
Right, exactly what you described about the News Forum would be possible with my suggestion of SON and PT. When you clicked on their link (if it was created) you would be on a page that had a list of all the SON or PT, beyond the 10 we see in the sidebar. So instead of only seeing the 'current' 10 we would see a full list or history of them, just like News Comments. Like I said maybe it's not practical or takes too much work or requires too much extra server space or it just sucks as an idea. However Imo, it would be nice to see beyond the current 10 at any given time. Atm there's no way to see a history of SON or PT beyond the current top 10 at any given moment.

We hashed through this and our feeling is that this is not much of an enhancement over the functionality of the existing Stories of Note and Popular threads links, especially as they are augmented by the news forum index itself. This does not seem like an efficient use of our limited programming resources, so it's not something we will be undertaking anytime soon.

Suggestions like this are welcome, however. We're always interested in ideas of how we can enhance the presentation of the news and the usefulness of the site. So thanks for bringing it up.

This comment was edited on Aug 29, 2020, 14:37.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 28, 2020, 14:12
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Re: Out of the Blue Aug 28, 2020, 14:12
Aug 28, 2020, 14:12
 
Steele Johnson wrote on Aug 28, 2020, 12:36:
Cutter wrote on Aug 28, 2020, 12:30:
Steele Johnson wrote on Aug 28, 2020, 12:12:
200 logos? I didn't know there were that many. I really liked the old ones back from early 2000s. I look at them now and they bring back gaming memories from the golden age

So do I. Maybe they can work them into regular rotation. Like 1 a week on the right side of the header or something with a little blurb about it when it was created and used. That would be a nice trip in the wayback machine.

Yeah, not sure why he doesn't rotate them. They're all pretty cool. At the very least, maybe put some old ones up on anniversaries and other related occasions.

You'll notice an odd chunk of blue background on the old logos that matched the design of the site back then. That said, at some point I'll have a conversation with Frans about this.
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Re: Into the Black
Aug 27, 2020, 08:00
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Re: Into the Black Aug 27, 2020, 08:00
Aug 27, 2020, 08:00
 
Acleacius wrote on Aug 27, 2020, 07:14:
Blue, any chance STORIES OF NOTE and POPULAR THREADS could each get their own category, in All Forums?

That way we could see a complete list, instead of just the most recent 10 stories? The titles to the left could be Clickable Links to the categories.

I'm not following what you are suggesting. Could you explain in more detail?
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Re: Anyone else a refugee from Evil Avatar?
Aug 26, 2020, 18:21
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Re: Anyone else a refugee from Evil Avatar? Aug 26, 2020, 18:21
Aug 26, 2020, 18:21
 
A_Thein wrote on Aug 25, 2020, 23:15:
From what I know, they ran out of funds so they are twitter only now. And TBH, the twitter account seems more for trolling than actual news, thus here I am.

Fair enough. Welcome aboard!
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Re: Anyone else a refugee from Evil Avatar?
Aug 25, 2020, 18:04
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Re: Anyone else a refugee from Evil Avatar? Aug 25, 2020, 18:04
Aug 25, 2020, 18:04
 
A_Thein wrote on Aug 25, 2020, 00:05:
Since EA went down with nary a blip/warning, I've been coming here more and more for my gaming news. I used to come here occasionally, but didn't make an account (I'm super lazy). Anyone else from EA here?

Any word on what happened to EA?
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Re: Setting time zone for comments?
Aug 25, 2020, 10:21
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Re: Setting time zone for comments? Aug 25, 2020, 10:21
Aug 25, 2020, 10:21
 
Ant wrote on Aug 24, 2020, 18:37:
Thanks Blue. So, the web site can't convert the time to show for each comment viewed?

That's about the size of it. Sorry about that.

This comment was edited on Aug 25, 2020, 12:02.
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Re: Setting time zone for comments?
Aug 24, 2020, 18:00
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Re: Setting time zone for comments? Aug 24, 2020, 18:00
Aug 24, 2020, 18:00
 
Ant wrote on Aug 20, 2020, 01:02:
Is it me or is there no way to set time zone for comments? At least, the stories show "ET" even though I prefer PT. My https://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/user.pl?mode=modifysettings doesn't have a time zone option. I'd like to see it added if it doesn't exist.

Thank you for reading and hopefully answering.

There is indeed no way to set a custom time zone for comments. After hashing through the implications, I don't think this is something that will change in the foreseeable future. Here's our reasoning:

  • The news page uses Eastern Time. It would be a larger undertaking to convert that to local times, and having the main part of the site using different times than the forums would be confusing.
  • There are over a million comments in the database. That's a big data conversion project.
  • Most significantly, this is the only time this has come up in all these years, and no one else has commented on this since you brought it up. So there doesn't seem to be a lot of demand for this. It doesn't feel like there's enough payoff for a project that would take up a large chunk of Frans' time, which is a limited resource.

Sorry to disappoint you. I hope you'll understand.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 19, 2020, 16:52
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Re: Out of the Blue Aug 19, 2020, 16:52
Aug 19, 2020, 16:52
 
Rhialto wrote on Aug 19, 2020, 11:35:
Why Videosift links instead of linking to the original again? I don't remember the previous discussion about that.

Everytime I land on a Videosift page I never plays it from there, I click the title at top of video to properly watch it from YouTube. Anyone else?

Because that is the aggregator where the video was found. I got into the habit of looking there because Ant is part of their community and submits a lot of their videos.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 18, 2020, 15:41
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Aug 18, 2020, 15:41
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 18, 2020, 13:36:
It’s is good to hear that your new choppers are at 90+%.
I’m a little confused by what this means and the process that happens “to go back at some point to have a little more material from the back of the implants to allow me to bite properly.”

He basically needs to grind a little of the porcelain away on the back of the implanted teeth to make room for my bottom teeth so my bite is completely right again.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 14, 2020, 17:37
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Re: Out of the Blue Aug 14, 2020, 17:37
Aug 14, 2020, 17:37
 
Kxmode wrote on Aug 14, 2020, 16:11:
In fact it arrived fully charged, despite my impression that batteries don't generally ship that way for safety reasons.

If your UPC battery replacement was something like this it is a lead-acid battery, which is the same type of battery vehicles use. They are sold fully charged and so they are safe to transport. The batteries that cannot be shipped fully charged are Lithium-Ion. Those are the ones that can typically explode if exposed to less than ideal conditions.

Ah there you go... yes, I believe this is a lead/acid battery. Thanks for clearing that up.
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Re: Get Remnant: From the Ashes and The Alto Collection for Free
Aug 14, 2020, 09:25
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Re: Get Remnant: From the Ashes and The Alto Collection for Free Aug 14, 2020, 09:25
Aug 14, 2020, 09:25
 
A_Thein wrote on Aug 14, 2020, 01:49:
Also for free (for 24 hours - probably less now) A Total War Saga: Troy
Cheers!

(also first post)

May be the first-ever first post about a free game that wasn't promoting piracy!

Anyway, the Troy freebie was reported in the morning. But thanks for joining in, welcome aboard!
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Re: UPSes...
Aug 10, 2020, 13:11
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Re: UPSes... Aug 10, 2020, 13:11
Aug 10, 2020, 13:11
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 10, 2020, 13:06:
Ant wrote on Aug 10, 2020, 13:01:
Blue wrote on Aug 10, 2020, 10:35:
Ant wrote on Aug 9, 2020, 23:47:
Blue, which brand and model do you have? I hope mine last a long time to keep replacing with new batteries. I would hate to buy new batteries and then find out my APC UPSes (two different models) are broken.

Both of mine are APC BR1500G models. Replacement battery is about $65.
Ah, I have APC Back-UPS XS 1500 (model: BX1500G; 865 watts) from 8/27/2012. I'm using its second battery from October 2017. How long did each of your battery last? I love these UPS'es with digital readings especially the real-time wattage numbers since it reminds me of rad Knight Rider's KITT.

I also have an older APC Back-UPS ES-750 (BE750G with its second battery which will be need to be replaced soon?). Nothing special.
All you should expect to get out of a lead acid battery is four years. After that length of time your storage capability will have significantly decreased.
Every year after 5 and you’re living on borrowed time.

That sounds about right. I bought my second one in 2016 when the battery in the first died, then bought a new battery for the first one. Not sure which is which, but they were both around four years old. So the other one is probably about on borrowed time, as you put it.
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Re: Morning Metaverse
Aug 10, 2020, 11:35
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Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 10, 2020, 11:35
Aug 10, 2020, 11:35
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 10, 2020, 11:32:
Because you can read FOX without subscription, while you can't read Wired without one.

So guess which part of this story I read, and which one I will literally never read....

Or put differently, these left swinging news media are about as relevant as a 11th toe if I can't read em! And guess how this works out in google results... the truth is paywalled and goes die in irrelevance. I am not paying 60$ a year for 1 website.

They are offering a year of access for $5.

But this can be solved with two words: Incognito window.
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Re: UPS...
Aug 10, 2020, 10:35
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Re: UPS... Aug 10, 2020, 10:35
Aug 10, 2020, 10:35
 
Ant wrote on Aug 9, 2020, 23:47:
Blue, which brand and model do you have? I hope mine last a long time to keep replacing with new batteries. I would hate to buy new batteries and then find out my APC UPSes (two different models) are broken.

Both of mine are APC BR1500G models. Replacement battery is about $65.
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