Out of the Blue

Well, we sprang ahead in the wee hours today in these parts with the start of Daylight Saving Time. I go on a rant about this twice every year, so many of you probably don't need to hear my objections to this process again. Fact is, I don't know if I've ever heard anyone come out in favor of jacking the clocks back and forth twice a year. It appears the sentiment is gaining momentum to actually change it, so we'll see if it's actually possible to alter a policy it seems like 100% of us are against.

Also, today is International Women's Day. Much like the jokes about how Black History Month/African-American History Month is scheduled during the shortest month of the year, it's unfortunate that International Women's Day is being celebrated on a day with only 23 hours.

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Mar 10, 2020, 18:16
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Mar 10, 2020, 18:16
 
Well there is a known stutter problem, but it doesn't seem to fit your experience. From their dev blog:
Will this fix the stutter when saving?

Unfortunately not. The largest portion of time taken during save is when we serialize the world so that we can write it to file. Now that we’re compressing the file as well we add a little time for that, but we also save some time not having to write as much data to disk so there should be no noticeable difference. You may see some save/load time improvement based on your hard drive. However, we do have plans to optimize save time in the future.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Mar 10, 2020, 04:06
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bigspender wrote on Mar 9, 2020, 03:38:
The US Military Is Getting Serious About Laser Weapons.

It's a shame the lasers are all in the invisible spectrum, because war won't look anywhere near as cool as in the sci-fi movies.

But having your squad mates spontaneously combust from an invisible laser beam will be a hell of a kick to morale.


Digital cameras can pick up outside the vis spectrum (IR). Maybe the movies show the lasers cause the camera picks them up, but they are not really there.
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Mar 9, 2020, 12:23
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Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 9, 2020, 10:46:
Huh, weird issue. Did you check the reddit? Is it something everyone is seeing? Haven't noticed it while watching Let's Plays, but I might have overlooked it...

I did check and a few others have reported the same specific issue, and it looks like it has been reported to the devs already (couldn't find any solutions or workarounds), so we'll see what happens. But you did give me the idea of checking Let's Plays to see if it shows up there. It may be a common issue that just bother me more than it bothers most people. I've probably become more sensitive to it now that I'm always waiting for it to happen.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 9, 2020, 10:46
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 9, 2020, 10:46
Mar 9, 2020, 10:46
 
Huh, weird issue. Did you check the reddit? Is it something everyone is seeing? Haven't noticed it while watching Let's Plays, but I might have overlooked it...
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Mar 9, 2020, 10:40
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Mar 9, 2020, 10:40
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 9, 2020, 09:37:
TheBigVlad wrote on Mar 9, 2020, 09:14:
... except for stuttering related to LOD transitions which is annoying ...
LOD?

I just hope Coffee Stain can continue to follow Wube's Factorio model and keep improving it.

Level of Detail. Every time there are LOD transition in the landscape, there is a very noticeable stutter. I don't know if it's a caching issue or what but it's pretty annoying when I'm running along and get a 1 second stutter every 5 seconds. I tried playing with all graphics settings turned down and it had no impact. I have an SSD and even tried installing it on a memory disk, but it didn't help with stuttering. Hope they can improve it, but for now I can deal with it.
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Mar 9, 2020, 09:37
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Mar 9, 2020, 09:37
 
TheBigVlad wrote on Mar 9, 2020, 09:14:
... except for stuttering related to LOD transitions which is annoying ...
LOD?

I just hope Coffee Stain can continue to follow Wube's Factorio model and keep improving it.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Mar 9, 2020, 09:14
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Mar 9, 2020, 09:14
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 8, 2020, 13:56:
Since it seems like Blue managed to miss it (he is good, but not perfect ) I thought I would mention a recent update to "Satisfactory". This "Update 3" is, surprise!, the third major update to the first person perspective building game which is still in early release. I looked this game over when it came out last year and while I thought it was a good idea and showed some promise, but there really wasn't enough there. Well, after watching some Let's Play videos of the game after the most recent update that no longer appears to be the case. The devs at Coffee Stain Studios seem to have done a fantastic job continuing to improve this game.

Currently the game is an exclusive on EGS, but their one year deal is due to expire around March 19th give or take a day or so. Which is unfortunate for me because the NCAA tournament starts on the 19th, so the whole time I'm watching basketball with my friends I'll probably be wanting to play Satisfactory. Looks like all my free time is booked for the last week of March and probably most of April... first world problems!

Given that Update III is still in experimental (probably not for much longer though), I wouldn't have expected a front page mention on it yet. I've been playing it though and it's great. There is still a lot to be done before release but the game is pretty well along at this point. Performance is mostly ok for me except for stuttering related to LOD transitions which is annoying, so I hope they can work that out. Looking forward to the eventual campaign and official mod support.
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Mar 9, 2020, 03:38
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Mar 9, 2020, 03:38
 
The US Military Is Getting Serious About Laser Weapons.

It's a shame the lasers are all in the invisible spectrum, because war won't look anywhere near as cool as in the sci-fi movies.

But having your squad mates spontaneously combust from an invisible laser beam will be a hell of a kick to morale.

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Mar 9, 2020, 02:42
MattyC
 
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Mar 9, 2020, 02:42
 MattyC
 
Stupid America with its regular water faucets instead of cool free wine faucets...

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Mar 8, 2020, 20:39
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Prez wrote on Mar 8, 2020, 18:24:
Coronavirus has come to the town where I work. Guess we're going to see just how good my immune system is here in a bit.

You're the only person here that could go into hermit mode and enough games to play until the dinosaurs came back
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Mar 8, 2020, 20:35
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Mar 8, 2020, 20:35
 
There is a God
Ted Cruz to self-quarantine after contact with man infected by coronavirus
Not even Covid19 deserves Ted "The Suckup" Schmooze.
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Mar 8, 2020, 19:26
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Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 8, 2020, 19:15:
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 8, 2020, 18:39:
Why can't we have clocks that vary the time to keep up with the seasons. It averages out to .33 seconds a day.
If the time changes a little every day there would be no need for huge hourly swings twice a year.
Okay, that is the worst suggestion I've heard concerning daylight savings time in a long time -- you simply didn't think that through.
Just wait, the day ain't over yet.
Reminds me of a conversation I had with a drunk on the temp of frozen water. I could not get him to understand that an icecube on the dark side of the Moon would be closer to minus 300 degrees farenheit than 32 degrees.

Oh well, back to the drawing board.
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Mar 8, 2020, 19:15
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Mar 8, 2020, 19:15
 
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 8, 2020, 18:39:
Why can't we have clocks that vary the time to keep up with the seasons. It averages out to .33 seconds a day.
If the time changes a little every day there would be no need for huge hourly swings twice a year.
Okay, that is the worst suggestion I've heard concerning daylight savings time in a long time -- you simply didn't think that through.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Mar 8, 2020, 19:07
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Mar 8, 2020, 19:07
 
having lived in a state that does not change with daylight savings, it is stupid annoying. to remember when your tv programs are, or which time zone you are in when calling others, what time the 1pm football game is... just awful.

this is not a defense of either method, just that it needs to be country wide or not at all.

of course this it true of a lot of things....
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 8, 2020, 18:39
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 8, 2020, 18:39
Mar 8, 2020, 18:39
 
Why can't we have clocks that vary the time to keep up with the seasons. It averages out to .33 seconds a day.
If the time changes a little every day there would be no need for huge hourly swings twice a year.
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Mar 8, 2020, 18:24
Prez
 
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Mar 8, 2020, 18:24
 Prez
 
Coronavirus has come to the town where I work. Guess we're going to see just how good my immune system is here in a bit.
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Mar 8, 2020, 17:20
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Mar 8, 2020, 17:20
 
It'd be really nice if we were to switch to permanent daylight saving time. I really hate it getting dark before I get out of work in the winter. And if anything, it being dark on the way back from work is more dangerous than it possibly being dark on the way to work, since I'm far more tired at the end of the day.

Arizona is a bit of a special case, due to summer temperatures rather than winter daylight being the driving factor. Let them keep their year-round standard time.
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Mar 8, 2020, 17:15
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Koshmar wrote on Mar 8, 2020, 16:09:
Here in sunny Arizona they got a full 24 hours.

So glad we don't observer day light savings!


Along with the rest of the world. =)
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Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 8, 2020, 00:01:
Oh yeah, and the time change... obligatory link: How is this still a thing?
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Mar 8, 2020, 16:23
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Koshmar wrote on Mar 8, 2020, 16:09:
Here in sunny Arizona they got a full 24 hours.

So glad we don't observer day light savings!


I'd like to observe it and keep it. Jumping ahead and never switching it back maximizes useful daylight in Alberta. Getting light at 3 am on June 21st is not good. The jump ahead at least makes it 4 am
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