Out of the Blue

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Re: Out of the Blue
Sep 20, 2017, 02:25
Jivaro
 
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Re: Out of the Blue Sep 20, 2017, 02:25
Sep 20, 2017, 02:25
 Jivaro
 
Yeah Rigs, at 200 bucks I would have thought the Infinity Stones themselves would have been a bit more well done. They seriously come across as very cheap and the case they are in is as plain as plain gets. The statues though I thought were pretty cool. If they were being sold separately in a comic or game store I would assume a 20-30 dollar price point per statue. Their only real problem from my point of view is the construction of the base, which is considerably less solid then the statues themselves. Unless you plan on moving them around a lot though I just don't see that ever being an issue.

edit: also Rigs...I am as insane as your buddy. Only MvC:I and Madden for me this week and probably for some time after.

edit: Kxmode...I am now using your script and it works like a charm. Thank you I would love to know when you add the ability to turn the filter on/off.

This comment was edited on Sep 20, 2017, 02:42.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Sep 20, 2017, 02:08
Kxmode
 
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Sep 20, 2017, 02:08
 Kxmode
 
If anyone is interested, I developed a Tampermonkey script for the sole purpose of hiding any games from your Steam Wishlist that is not on sale. It's for those of us who only buy during Steam sales. Enjoy!
"The present is a veil between anticipation and horror. Lift the veil... and madness may follow." source
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Re: etc
Sep 19, 2017, 20:08
Rigs
 
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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!

=-Rigs-=

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Re: Out of the Blue
Sep 19, 2017, 19:19
Jivaro
 
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Re: Out of the Blue Sep 19, 2017, 19:19
Sep 19, 2017, 19:19
 Jivaro
 
I am pretty sure there aren't a ton of console fighter game fans here but I do know there are a few. For that reason I bring you my short but sweet "review" of Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite.

It's good but it's not Day 1 full price good unless you are a hardcore fan of this particular franchise. The art style has, as is often the case these days, been somewhat divisive among long time fans of the franchise. I personally like it. I can't quite put my finger on it but they have succeeded in making it obvious which characters are Capcom and which are Marvel without making it look like two completely different art studios made the game. The backgrounds are fairly blah compared to the interactivity of the Injustice franchise (for example) but they do have some interesting easter eggs, particularly for Marvel fans. The Marvel "lore" used in this game seems to be loosely based on the post Civil War Marvel Universe of the comics. Exhibit A: Ultron is referred to as a creation of Hank Pym. Not sure it matters, but there you have it. The Capcom universe is a mess of course since they don't benefit from the same continuity from franchise to franchise necessarily. As for gameplay mechanics, this game is very timing oriented despite a simplified control system. The controls themselves are easy for casual users to pick up and play, but the ability to use the controls at just the right time can be the difference between deflection and reflection (for example) and while that won't make any real difference in story mode it will be the only reason you survive playing against real people.

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.

I haven't finished any of the game modes or tried the game with an arcade stick so that is all I got for now.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Sep 19, 2017, 18:41
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Sep 19, 2017, 18:41
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Sep 19, 2017, 12:41:
The Florida power stuff is incredible. Amazing how business leaders can decry all the "unnecessary regulations" they have to comply with and yet there are ridiculous situations like that. It isn't criminal, but it should be.
Given that they essentially bribed a bunch of politicians to pass the legislation, it becomes reason number 1,638 in favor of publicly funded elections.
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Re: Morning Mobilization
Sep 19, 2017, 18:16
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Sep 19, 2017, 18:16
 
Yarr, it's Talk Like a Pirate Day!

At work today, one of our command-line utilities for working with our internal distributed file system had its usually progress bar replaced with one that filled in with "Yaaarrr!". It was glorious. I'm glad engineer hours get spent on the little details that make life worth living.
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Sep 19, 2017, 17:39
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Sep 19, 2017, 17:39
 
Dacote wrote on Sep 19, 2017, 10:54:
Probably ties w/your favorite macdonalds chicken nugget dipping sauce. Juggle
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Re: Out of the Blue
Sep 19, 2017, 16:58
Kxmode
 
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Sep 19, 2017, 16:58
 Kxmode
 
Dacote wrote on Sep 19, 2017, 10:54:
With a tartar sauce like this, you know it's got to be good:
Water,Soybean Oil, Corn Syrup, Distilled Vinegar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Pickles,Modified Food
Starch,Egg Yolk,Salt, Sugar, Sucrose,...
Probably ties w/your favorite macdonalds chicken nugget dipping sauce. Juggle

I don't know anyone who would call anything at McDonald's their favorite. It's more like, "I'm hungry. Oh, look. There's another McDees. Fine. We'll stop. I'm too hungry to go elsewhere."
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Sep 19, 2017, 15:47
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Mr. Tact wrote on Sep 19, 2017, 14:34:
The article says, "despite the company's assurances that it had spent billions hardening its systems after 90% of its customers lost power to 2005's Hurricane Wilma."

Hmm, "assurances" -- I wonder if they actually did spend billions hardening the systems or simply claim to have...

Oh I'm sure the money is spent, just not on the utilities as they claim.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Sep 19, 2017, 14:34
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Sep 19, 2017, 14:34
 
The article says, "despite the company's assurances that it had spent billions hardening its systems after 90% of its customers lost power to 2005's Hurricane Wilma."

Hmm, "assurances" -- I wonder if they actually did spend billions hardening the systems or simply claim to have...
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Sep 19, 2017, 13:10
Verno
 
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Sep 19, 2017, 13:10
 Verno
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Sep 19, 2017, 12:41:
The Florida power stuff is incredible. Amazing how business leaders can decry all the "unnecessary regulations" they have to comply with and yet there are ridiculous situations like that. It isn't criminal, but it should be.

It reminds me of a railroad company who was getting gouged by a utility with time of use pricing. They figured out a method of storing some of the energy their trains used while braking and simultaneously shifted a lot of their traffic to off peak hours. The result was more efficiency and a huge savings in electricity.

In the following months the power company was so upset at the loss of revenue that they simply adjusted the off peak schedule, doing this several times when it became a cat and mouse thing.
Thankfully in many areas that's now regulated but of course who tends to have money to lobby government?
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Re: Out of the Blue
Sep 19, 2017, 12:41
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Sep 19, 2017, 12:41
 
The Florida power stuff is incredible. Amazing how business leaders can decry all the "unnecessary regulations" they have to comply with and yet there are ridiculous situations like that. It isn't criminal, but it should be.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Sep 19, 2017, 12:29
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Sep 19, 2017, 12:29
 
Fucking Florida, unreal. Rolleyes

And yeah, that Thor tailer was awesome!
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Sep 19, 2017, 12:07
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Sep 19, 2017, 12:07
 
The Thor 1980s trailer is fantastic. Just so well done. Hahaha.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Sep 19, 2017, 10:54
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Sep 19, 2017, 10:54
 
With a tartar sauce like this, you know it's got to be good:
Water,Soybean Oil, Corn Syrup, Distilled Vinegar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Pickles,Modified Food
Starch,Egg Yolk,Salt, Sugar, Sucrose,...
Probably ties w/your favorite macdonalds chicken nugget dipping sauce. Juggle
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