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Random Chat / Re: I sometimes stream osu!mania.
« on: February 17, 2019, 12:16:42 AM »
Yeah, odds are you're not going to get any useful information if the heap gets corrupted, especially when you only have a minidump available and zero source code.

If it does it again I'd try either swapping drivers or changing to software encoding (you might even get better encoding quality with software encoding).

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Random Chat / Re: I sometimes stream osu!mania.
« on: February 16, 2019, 02:23:06 PM »
My guess would be a driver issue (or buggy anti-virus software). Those are pretty much the only things that would be able to corrupt the kernel's heap. Even normal tasks run as Administrator can't directly affect kernel space.

I'd start with your video drivers, especially if you're using GPU-assisted encoding. Make sure they're either at the latest version or, if they are at the latest, downgrade to the next version down.

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Gaming / Re: Modest Gaming Goals: 2019
« on: February 14, 2019, 10:59:42 AM »
The music was one of the huge draws for me. The first time I entered a battle and the music kicked in I just yelled "oh HELL YEAH." It's pretty much Space Swashbuckler Simulator.

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News / Re: Admin approval is now required for all account registrations
« on: February 13, 2019, 08:14:53 PM »
Yeah...it's a little alarming when they don't even seem to be willing to push patches to make it compatible with even somewhat recent versions of PHP.

The theming system appears to be a bit safer in phpBB as well. It uses an actual template engine so you don't end up with a ton of loose PHP in your theme files. I don't know about IPB, but in my experience SMF themes are messier than WordPress themes are despite technically doing less.

The one unfortunate part about phpBB, at least for me, is that the only converter that converts SMF 2.0 forums was designed for phpBB 3.0 and is not compatible with 3.2. I have to do a two stage conversion, which includes installing an old enough version of PHP for 3.0 to even run. Awk. It's not horribly difficult and I have done a very successful test conversion already, but it's certainly not going to be the most straight-forward process in the world.

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Computing / Re: Laptop-splosion
« on: February 13, 2019, 10:09:06 AM »
One year later: somehow this thing still works.

The CPU temperature will spike to ridiculous levels even when I do something fairly mundane. Simply firing up my Windows 10 VM pushes the temperature between 80-90°C, and I've seen it hit triple digits under heavier loads. I still don't see what the point in having a fast CPU in a laptop does when "Package temperature above threshold, cpu clock throttled" gets plastered all over my kernel logs during normal day-to-day use.

I still hate this computer with a passion. I also found out that my $3000 estimate was off-base. This pile of junk cost over $4000. It doesn't even have a hardware muxer for the switchable GPU, so you can't disable the Intel GPU under any circumstance. Not a huge deal for my workload (and I was able to get Optimus working under Linux using PRIME) but I can't even begin to fathom the thought processes in place there.

Oh man, I didn't even mention the Dell Thunderbolt Dock. Holy shit. Yeah, they should have waited another couple of years before they phased out the E-Port Replicator. They essentially replaced something that works with something that can't actually be reliably hotplugged. Another fun thing is that if you experience a power outage, the dock will continue to power the laptop but none of the ports will work. You need to reboot to fix this. No combination of plugging and unplugging various things will correct it.

The funny part is that I was perfectly willing to blame that on Linux, but then I found out that my other coworkers who were "blessed" with this system run into the same problems on a fully supported Windows 10 install. Oh, the dock also has fewer video outputs than the old style docking station, requiring me to plug one of my monitors directly into the laptop's HDMI port.

Oh yeah, forgot to mention this little tidbit: this thing has fewer USB/Thunderbolt ports than my MacBook Pro (the Dell has two USB-A and one USB-C/Thunderbolt while my MBP has 4 x USB-C/Thunderbolt).

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Gaming / Re: Modest Gaming Goals: 2019
« on: February 13, 2019, 09:49:24 AM »
Added Rebel Galaxy. Thanks for the reminder, vlad. :P

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Gaming / Re: 2019 games back-log
« on: February 13, 2019, 09:47:18 AM »
Precisely.

It reminds me of the GameFAQs "BEST GAEM EVAR" poll a couple years ago. Historically, Ocarina of Time won every single year until Undertale finally came along and beat it. Suffice to say, fans were legitimately infuriated that their 20 year old game didn't win a popularity contest. If you ended up missing that whole event: trust me, it was hilarious.

Besides, everyone knows that A Link to the Past is really the best Zelda game.

5. Rebel Galaxy

Pretty good space trading game I played most the way through in 2016, polished it off the other day.

I think I'm going to add that to my list. I played that a bit a couple years ago (around 2017, I'm guessing), had a fucking blast, then never touched it again. :|

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Random Chat / Re: I sometimes stream osu!mania.
« on: February 12, 2019, 12:37:48 AM »
Ugh, I hate dealing with shipping on eBay. At least they added the option to sort by price + shipping at some point. Still really easy to miss it, though.

And yeah, leakage is hard to judge until you actually manage to get your hands on the kit and start playing around with it. It definitely helps that you already have a nice set of cans that you can play around with.

Another possible option would be going with IEMs with foam pads. Those won't leak anything (okay, maybe they will if you crank the volume well past unsafe levels, but don't do that, lol), though it takes some time to get used to wearing them.

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Random Chat / Re: I sometimes stream osu!mania.
« on: February 11, 2019, 05:45:36 PM »
Yep, looks like that covers everything. Looks like a pretty solid piece of software overall.

The main reason I went with a hardware mixer is simply because the Windows audio stack is a bit of a dumpster fire (though it's still waaaayyy better than what I usually have to deal with in Linux…woof). I'm sure they probably accounted for a lot of corner cases, but trying to mix, audio from one of Windows's many APIs (pretty sure they're up to four now) can be a bit tricky at times. I hope it works out well for you!

And yeah, I haven't dropped a condenser mic, but from what I understand you're basically screwed if the capsule takes damage. You should be fine as long as you keep it in the desk mount, though.

IIRC, overheads are typically small diaphragm condensers. I'm pretty sure if someone broke them there'd be no need to hide the body—it'd be justifiable homicide. :P

I wouldn't go with the Grados for monitoring simply because they're open back. I can even pick up audio leakage from my ATH-M40fs cans, which are closed back, if I have the volume a bit too loud and I'm using my C-3. It's crazy how sensitive those things are.

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Random Chat / Re: I sometimes stream osu!mania.
« on: February 11, 2019, 11:59:22 AM »
I don't have any experience with that particular mic so I did a bit of looking and came up with this:



The mic sounds pretty good! He is running it through a Behringer mixer, so you may not get results that good if you run it through a sound card, but it'll certainly be a good start. Since it's a standard XLR mic you also have the option of upgrading to a Behringer mixer down the road.

One asterisk with this setup is that, depending on your sound card drivers you may need additional software to monitor your audio since some drivers don't ship with an option to pass the mic through to the headphones for some stupid reason. You'll definitely want to use earphones, too. Even with a cardioid pick-up pattern it'll still pick up a lot of your game audio.

Oh, also, be careful with the mic when the condenser plates are changed (i.e. when it has active phantom power). If they collide when they're in that state it'll damage the mic. tl;dr don't drop it or let it fall when it's plugged in and on. Also, don't hotplug the mic while phantom power is active, and bear in mind that it may take a few seconds before the mic becomes usable after receiving power. Shouldn't take long—IIRC, my C-3 takes around 5 seconds.

Aside from that, the kit has everything you need to get going! If you can afford it, I'd recommend picking up a little pre-amp/mixer/compressor along with it (like a Behringer Q502USB—CA$94) but it's not strictly necessary. You can always grab something like that later if necessary.

As far as your audio signal chain is concerned, you'll want to run an EQ with a bit of compression. I boosted my bass and treble slightly and kept my mids zeroed, but YMMV. I just use my Behringer's compressor—which has a whopping one knob's worth of configuration—so I'm not sure how that would translate to the traditional threshold/ratio/attack/release configuration.

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Random Chat / Re: I sometimes stream osu!mania.
« on: February 11, 2019, 08:47:46 AM »
So I was going to make a cheap webcam recommendation (Logitech C615—I use it pretty extensively to monitor my 3D printer and am pretty happy with it) but there seems to be an absolutely ridiculous price disparity between Newegg.com/ca and amazon.com/ca. We're talking US$32 from the US store and CA$77 from the CA store. I know the Canadian dollar is a bit weaker but it ain't that much weaker. I hope you guys don't get gouged like that for everything.

But yeah, if you can find it at a good price, the C612 is solid. If the C922 isn't much more expensive, shoot for that one instead.

Also, here's a few scatterbrained audio thoughts for when you plan to pull the trigger on that:

Look into Behringer equipment when you're ready to start getting that set up. Their little pre-amp/mixers are pretty decent for the price (I have a Q502USB—fairly light and portable and still features +48V phantom power for condensers). I also use a Behringer UCA222 and a pair of RCA to TS cables to bring audio from the PC for monitoring, etc. I also have an X1204USB mixer that opens up a whole lot more possibilities (such as using a pair of UCA222s to allow me to mix my mic, VoIP, and game audio independently and on the fly) but it's nowhere near as portable.

Speaking of Behringer, their mics are decent, too. I have their C-3 condenser mic and it has a tendency to err on the side of honesty when it comes to tones and has a really flat frequency curve. If you go with a condenser, bear in mind that they're very sensitive. I was recording something in a room at the back of my house with the door and all windows closed and if I turned up the gain I was able to hear cars passing by the front of the house. Condensers require phantom power, so bear that in mind if you decide to get one.

If you want a mic that'll give you a really nice, rich tone out of the box, the sE V7 dynamic mic is just glorious. The sound that I can get from that thing with almost zero effort reminds me of the tone that you'd get from an Electro Voice RE-20, albeit at a fraction of the cost. Being a dynamic mic it's obviously not as sensitive as my C-3, but when I'm recording I don't typically crank up the gain and then position the mic in my neighbor's house. :P It also doesn't require phantom power, which opens up the possibility of using a USB preamp or just plugging it into your sound card (using an XLR to 3.5mm cable).

Pop filters are mandatory. Shock mounts aren't, but they're good if the mic is in a place where it can get accidentally jostled (i.e. if you get a desk-mounted boom it would be a good idea to get a shock mount). You can arguably avoid using a pop filter with proper position and technique, but it takes pretty a pretty precise setup and that's not something you want to deal with in the middle of a game. The pop filters included on some mics (like the sE V7 I mentioned) definitely help, but they aren't a replacement for a proper filter. I haven't tried this myself, but apparently you can make one yourself in a pinch with a wire coat hanger and a nylon stocking.

I don't have one myself at the moment, but one of my friends has this desk-mounted mic arm and swears by it: https://www.amazon.ca/Adjustable-Microphone-Suspension-Broadcasting-Voice-Over/dp/B00DY1F2CS/. Definitely a lot cheaper than something like the RØDE PSA-1, which is about 5-6 times the cost.

As far as monitors go, I use the Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs. Good sound, flat response, closed-back, noise isolating, and really well-priced. Alas, Audio-Technica discontinued them at some point. They sound great for music, too—I used to bring them with me whenever I'd play IIDX AC. If you can find a used pair in decent shape, go for it.

I don't have too much experience with higher end headsets. I've used my friends' Audio-Technica BPHS1 and it sounded pretty nice. They're a bit more expensive out the gate, but considering you're getting a decent boom mic and a pair of solid headphones it's not too bad.

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Gaming / Re: 2019 games back-log
« on: February 06, 2019, 08:02:04 PM »
One thing that bothers me about Wind Waker HD (I've never played the original) is that it has horrific framerate problems due to Nintendo's stubborn insistence on targeting 1080p60. That's all well and good, but the second you go into that fiery cave place the framerate tanks to 10-15fps at parts, which is insanely jarring. I would have much rather seen them target 720p/900p rather than do that. Dunno if the original had issues with that.

And yeah, I can say that even with the improvements to the Wii U version (sailing is twice as fast, apparently?) it's STILL hella tedious to get through it. They claim that the sailing mechanic is a way of disguising load screens, but I don't know a single GameCube (or Wii U, for that matter) game that takes that long to load. I mean, holy shit.

As for the game being praised...well, it's a Zelda game. You saw how much shit people gave GameSpot for daring to give Twilight Princee an 8.8, not to mention the shit Jim Sterling got for giving BotW a 7/10. Those types of Zelda fanboys should be locked up in the interests of public safety, I swear.

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Gaming / Re: Modest Gaming Goals: 2019
« on: February 06, 2019, 07:55:31 PM »
Nooooope, haha. Well, not yet, anyway. Q3A people are on a whole 'nother level entirely.

I'm aiming more for speedrunning stuff, sort of like this:

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Gaming / Modest Gaming Goals: 2019
« on: January 24, 2019, 10:28:20 AM »
Kind of a personal spinoff to vlad's gaming threads.

Current 2019 goals:

1. Focus on Doom tricks. I've recently managed to pull off a series of both guided and guideless glides while playing casually (MAKE SENSE OF THAT), so I might as well keep at it and start lowering my time. I'm not aiming for WR, but some nice PBs would be pretty fantastic.

2. Hyrule Warriors grinding. I'd like to get as many characters to at least level 100 as possible. Link is already there, with his closest runners (Zelda, Skull Kid, Impa, Linkle) sitting in the mid-70s to low-80s. I'd also like to clear the first four adventure maps (the first one is already done, so that leaves the Great Sea, as well as the Master Quest versions of the classic and Great Sea maps).

3. Horizon: Zero Dawn. I bought the definitive edition cheap when I picked up my PS4 Pro but I have yet to play it. That needs to change.

4. (added 2019-02-13) Rebel Galaxy.. Had a ton of fun with this a couple years ago and just never picked it up again. Whoops.

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Gaming / Re: 2019 games back-log
« on: January 16, 2019, 07:16:52 AM »
Eh, don't worry about spamming. It's not like this forum is exactly bustling, haha.

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