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Gaming / Re: 2019 games back-log
« Last post by Bobbias on February 14, 2019, 08:58:32 AM »
Besides, everyone knows that A Link to the Past is really the best Zelda game.
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Gaming / Re: Modest Gaming Goals: 2019
« Last post by vladgd on February 13, 2019, 11:13:57 PM »
It's a criminally underlooked game. Only $20 (at launch, not sure about now), great music, fun combat, nice progression. It's a little on the repetitive side, but it's all good. I think I bought whatever the fastest ship in the game was, avoiding combat and doing the high end non combat missions till I could afford some of the big boats.

Really enjoyed my time with it. Sequels plz.
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News / Re: Admin approval is now required for all account registrations
« Last post by Spectere 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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News / Re: Admin approval is now required for all account registrations
« Last post by Alice on February 13, 2019, 03:55:46 PM »
phpBB is what I've been pushing as a replacement for our hilariously broken and outdated copy of IP Board at DMZX. Glad to know I'm not alone in my skepticism about SMF's future...
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Computing / Re: Laptop-splosion
« Last post by Spectere 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
« Last post by Spectere 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
« Last post by Spectere 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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Gaming / Re: 2019 games back-log
« Last post by vladgd on February 12, 2019, 10:35:47 AM »
Ohh the classic 8.8. Embarrassing really, looking back at it. Rating games with a number is kinda only for marketing anyway. What makes an 8.8 better than an 8.9? I could give the game a 7, and you a 9, but maybe I like the game more than you do. Scoring a game means nothing. Either way, wind waker is a good, but flawed game.

While I'm here...

5. Rebel Galaxy

Pretty good space trading game I played most the way through in 2016, polished it off the other day.
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Random Chat / Re: I sometimes stream osu!mania.
« Last post by Spectere 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.
« Last post by Bobbias on February 11, 2019, 06:13:38 PM »
Hmm, I think that's one of those things I'll have to check out myself. If the leakage is low enough I might be able to just noise gate it away.

Just ordered the webcam, a bendy mounting arm for it, and the mic kit off ebay. The webcam came out to like 35cad off ebay for a refurbished one. As long as it works, that's fine with me. The mic kit was like $51 instead of $60, not a big save there, but free shipping on that one, so it was still a bit cheaper. The arm, I should have looked around first. The shipping on the one I ordered on ebay was retarded and made it more expensive than amazon, so I'm asking to cancel it.
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