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  1. I will update this list as we go, re-arranging info based on severity - Ongoing privacy concerns The trade-offs between privacy and features is not a simple black-and-white decision, even Windows 8 has an “Advertising ID” that follows you around. Ars Technica revealed that, even with all of the Win10 security settings on Off, Win10 still sends some data to the Micro$oft Mothership. The simple fact is that Microsoft hasn’t told us what data it’s collecting. With the release of Windows 10, Micro$oft have stepped up there 'illegal' data capture of private user data - http://forums.thedarkmod.com/topic/17379-microoft-data-slurp-now-not-just-limited-to-win10/?hl=windows M$ is now via the latest update, monitoring how long your Win10 session's are and how long you use various apps - http://betanews.com/2016/01/04/why-is-microsoft-monitoring-how-long-you-use-windows-10. At release ALL Win10 (home-to-enterprise) users could not disable telemetry, but as of the latest update now enterprise user's only now have that option - http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-telemetry-time-for-level-playing-field/ But it seems some enterprising user has created a tool for home/pro users - http://winaero.com/blog/how-to-disable-telemetry-and-data-collection-in-windows-10/. But the article points out that tere is some telemetry being sent back to M$ in Win7/8 - http://forums.thedarkmod.com/topic/17379-microoft-data-slurp-now-not-just-limited-to-win10/?hl=windows Another renamed service that needs to be disabled - http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2015/11/24/windows-10-automatic-spying-begins-again/ Another example of fresh install, on a PC that wasn't used for 8hrs - http://betanews.com/2016/02/06/windows-10-phones-home-a-lot-even-with-all-reporting-and-telemetry-disabled/ More and more tools are coming out for Win 10 to try and block all or most of the telemetry traffic, here one I have come across - DisableWinTracking Advertising it wasn't in at launch but there are reports of 'recommended' apps appearing in the start menu, WTF! -http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/windows-10-start-menu-advert/ Stability and Compatibility I tested the retail version, its IMHO its still not stable enough to considered a daily OS. I tested on release and wasn't impressed. I found if I enabled (fairly modest) whitelist outbound blocking on my internet router, Win10's internet responsiveness would fall through the floor. All browsers would takes ages to resolve sites and the OS itself would actually become lumpy/laggy. Broken Video drivers, its so widespread that even a few on here have been affected - http://forums.thedarkmod.com/topic/17665-windows-10-why-you-shouldnt-upgrade/?p=384905 The Graphical user interface M$ white-washing of the interface in Win8 and office 2013 and have refused to learn from user feedback. Forced updates Not being able to control what gets installed on "MY PC", is a massive NO! NO! Patching remains Windows 10’s Achilles’ heel, all Windows 10 Home machines, and Windows 10 Pro machines that aren’t hiding behind an update server (such as WSUS or WUB) will get all patches applied according to Microsoft’s time scale. All three of the first Cumulative Update patches have had problems with reboot cycles. KB3081424 on Aug. 5, KB3081436 on Aug. 12, and KB3081438 on Aug. 14 all crashed a bunch of Windows 10 systems. The installer stops mid-installation, flashes an error message, rolls back, and reboots. Then you guessed it -- the forced installer kicks in and crashes Windows again. Rinse, lather, repeat. Getting out of the mess involves editing the registry. We haven’t yet seen how Micro$oft will recover from a really bad update, the experience to date with the three Cumulative Updates does not instil confidence. We don’t know if Microsoft will start documenting its patches again. We don’t know if much effort will be directed at fixing and improving the Microsoft-supplied Universal apps. Windows 10 installer takes a look at your system and based on the hardware and software it finds, assigns your request to a bucket of similar upgrade requests. The guys running the upgrade system, prioritize your request based on their assessment of how likely your system is to bomb out on an upgrade. Key apps, such as Mail and Edge, STILL aren’t ready yet Some of Windows 10’s key apps simply half baked. Mail has a nasty habit of putting notifications in the upper-left corner and leaving them hanging forever. There’s no combined Inbox, so if you have multiple accounts you have to jump from Inbox to Inbox. And it crashes hard -- for a lot of people. Edge, the new browser, similarly has all sorts of rough "edges". There are no extensions yet, thus no AdBlocker. Changing the search engine is tortuous, moving tabs onto the desktop and back again doesn’t work and you can’t pin tabs. In short use what ever mail/browser you wrere using on previous OS. Not much in the way of Universal apps Don't believe the marketing bollox about all of those wonderful Universal apps in Windows 10, whether it’s on a desktop, notebook, phone, Raspberry Pi, it ain't happening. The Windows Store is still by and large a wasteland, with crap apps galore. Win10’s Tablet Mode broken First, there’s the menu on the left that tucks away the entries on the left side of the Start menu. It collapses fine, but when it’s collapsed it rarely shows any more tiles than when it’s not collapsed. What’s the point, eh? Universal app windows have that pesky taskbar permanently tacked on the bottom, while the window bar at the top auto-hides. Edge, when running full screen, doesn’t support any of the old Metro IE swipe commands. You can’t swipe through running apps. The apps themselves? The irony is M$ Office on the iPad is better than M$ Office on Windows 10. OneDrive regression This concern applies only if you use OneDrive in Windows 8.1, and if you put a lot of stuff in OneDrive. For those of you using OneDrive in Windows 7 (and Windows 8), there’s no change in behavior with Win10. But if you’re accustomed to seeing all of your OneDrive files in Windows 8.1’s File Explorer, you’ll be in for a bit of a shock. Windows 10 makes you choose which OneDrive folders you want to be able to see in File Explorer. Once you’ve made that choice, the other folders aren’t accessible in File Explorer. The only way to see what files you have in OneDrive is by venturing to the OneDrive website. Missing Media Center and DVD player For those people that run Windows Media Center, its gone in Windows 10 PC. Instead Micro$oft wants you to use/buy an Xbox. Ain’t broke, don’t fix it The old adage comes from experience and it’s as applicable now as it ever was. If you’re using Windows 7/8/8.1, and it’s properly patched up and working for you, and you’ve stopped using Internet Explorer, you really have to consider whether it’s worth the effort to upgrade to Windows 10. Carefully consider whether the warning signs listed here. Still to many questions For example, when you upgrade a “genuine” Win7, Win8 or Win8.1 machine to Win10 and run the upgrade in place, Micro$oft records a hardware ID that says, “this machine has valid license” At that point, you can install either Win7 or Win10 on that machine, and your license will be validated. Its believed that the only version of Win10 that you can disable ALL telemetry and fully control Windows update in, is the enterprise version. Smells like Teen Spirit desperation Microsoft Marketing chief Chris Capossela explained that users who choose Windows 7 do so “at your own risk, at your own peril.” It is particularly myopic to rubbish one of your own products that way. Put simply Capossela is a complete cock, Windows 7 is no less secure than Windows 10 (it will be supported until 2020 and Windows 8.1 2023) and is no less compatible with new hardware and software. Also at the moment Win7 has a bigger market share, so easier work for developers. Micro$oft has bad been caught forcing the upgrade on some users, http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/10/15/pushy_windows_10/ and http://www.fudzilla.com/news/39479-microsoft-raises-the-upgrade-pressure As this is a very bad and its only getting worse, another link to the forced upgrade/update issue - http://forums.thedarkmod.com/topic/17665-windows-10-why-you-shouldnt-upgrade/?p=385115 Nagware being rolled out the business machine - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/14/get_windows_10_business_pcs/ Now blocking support for the latest CPU in windows 7/8 - http://www.techpowerup.com/219316/no-enterprise-support-for-older-windows-versions-on-the-latest-processors-microsoft.html More marketing desperation Malware - KB3035583 http://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft-updates-infamous-get-windows-10-patch-kb3035583-502117.shtml Compatibility issues If you have any old games that use really old forms of DRM or SafeDISC your fresh out of luck - http://www.geek.com/games/windows-10-doesnt-run-games-with-securom-and-safedisc-drm-1631383/ Various apps and games (even The Darkmod) has had issue's running on Windows 10, see - http://forums.thedarkmod.com/topic/17310-windows-10-support-thread/?hl=win10 and http://forums.thedarkmod.com/topic/17551-gamma-broken-in-windows-10/?hl=win10&do=findComment&comment=381800 Upgrade NagwareMicrosoft is still coming up with way to try and force users to upgrade from 7/8/8.1 - if you like me want to block 7 prevent this crap checkout GWX control panel or Never10 16. M$ deliberatly blocking the installation of some applications http://news.softpedia.com/news/Microsoft-Blocks-Classic-Shell-in-Windows-10-Build-9879-465429.shtml 17. Windows 10 installing UNWANTED Windows Store apps without user consent https://www.ghacks.net/2018/07/02/windows-10-installing-unwanted-store-apps/
  2. I think we should create a thread where you can put requests and suggestions for Orbweaver. This thread should be NOT a discussion thread. If you want to discuss a proposal, create a specific thread for it. I want it to be only for collecting proposals, so we have an overview of what people might want to have. I guess this might also help Orb to decide what he should focus on once he gets productive. BTW: I really appreciate your effort, because we can really use this. So my personal wishlist proposal is that I would like to see a group handler. Similar like in Blender, where you can select several objects and put it in a group. When you select one or more of these groups, the objects are visible. If the group is not selected, it's invisible. In Blender and other 3D apps this is called layers (forgot the name before so I had to look it up).
  3. If you need functional props (models mapped to entity defs), this is probably the best section: http://forums.thedarkmod.com/index.php?/forum/4-art-assets/
  4. If TDM runs badly on the laptop, are you sure you are using the discrete GPU to play it (if applicable?). Getting Nvidia Optimus to work is a pain in the ass, but on my thrift store AMD+Intel laptop, I just run DRI_PRIME=1 ./thedarkmod.x64 and it runs on the AMD gpu rather than the Intel one, which indeed, struggles to play the game. Thief 1 and 2 run wonderfully under Wine. Thief 3 does run pretty well too, I think. But I don't spend much time with that game because of the severe bugs that were left in it, for example you get stuck floating and can't jump. That happens on Windows too.
  5. Hi doc.loner, I also missing the missions, but you can browse the Fan mission forum. On mostly every thread starting with "fan mission:" is a download link. You can retrieve the missions from there.
  6. Zorin seems OK. The big problem I have had with Linux on laptops is there is always, ALWAYS, some incompatible hardware that requires some custom config of files somewhere, and it's hard to google answers to specifically your own exact issue. Linux is not nearly as plug and play as Windows is, since Microsoft is the juggernaut that can spend billions on development and driving the market where Linux cannot, this makes sense. With Linux you always have to do some config coding. So I use Linux as a hobbyist OS on some devices with the expectation that it'll just die or fail to work one day, but I like Windows and how it feels and looks and how well it customizes, and how stable it is. I know there are privacy issues, but that's just the day and digital age we live in. Cameras are everywhere, Facebook and Google track your every page view, your purchase histories get sold every time you buy something from any store, financial companies leak or get hacked exposing all your data, and governments store everything personal about you in databases everywhere. It's a bit harsh to singly blame Microsoft for collecting your data when other companies do way more damage to your privacy, and purposely.
  7. So for long time now I've been working on a map, and lately I got really enthused lol. So it's almost done now. Here's a sneak peek. I turned the gamma way up on the vid so it can be seen in the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjemP2LfzXw&feature=youtu.be
  8. Thought I might mention a handy piece of software that I've started using to complement Radiant... It's called 101 Clips - https://101clips.com/freeclip.htm v22.10 - http://www.violationentertainment.com/files/software/101%20Clips%2022.10.zip It works with both (collections of) brushes, patches and mapobjects. Likely other entities too. It's pretty straight-forward to use but one thing I recommend is to go into 'Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts' and swap 'Paste' and 'PasteToCamera' entries, although you might prefer not to, I just find it less confusing that way. The main reason for this is to use in combination with CTRL+MMB in the orthographic view, usually Z, after getting the camera aligned with the surface you want to paste to. You can place the camera instantly and paste to that location, instead of pasting in 1 location and then manually moving the object around, it's much faster than that. You would also want to get a keyboard shortcut for "Floor Selection" in there to hit right after pasting, if the camera isn't perfectly aligned or where you're pasting isn't flat. The whole point is for decorating a lot of different details like trash, rubble, vegetation, etc, where you want to quickly cycle different objects and paste like crazy. One downside is that there is no quick preview, each entry shows up as "Version 3" in the list, but you can get used to recognising mapobject names and material headers in the preview that pops up. If you make copies carefully in a specific order, it's still very usable. On a side note - you might find it interesting to use this in combination with AutoHotkey and X-Mouse. If you have a 5-button mouse you'd be able to do stuff like automate the pasting/list-cycling/floor-drop process in 1 click. This would make the whole technique very rapid and spitfire your details. So yeah anyway, hope some of you find this handy too... Happy mappin'. ____________________________________________ (EDIT: Please be aware that because of the hackety Visual Basic involved, it does get 2 alerts on OPSWAT MetaDefender as a worm/backdoor. I believe it's a false positive and even why this software does work with Radiant while alternatives don't, but it's up to you if you want to take risks or not... Just saying, I do know.) . . .
  9. I think it would be smart to go ahead and start a "Newbie thread" that covers all newbie questions in one place, as with the TDS Forum. It doesn't have to be this one, just for future reference. Aaanyway, I was going through the A-Z Tutorial, and right about the time you make the pool of water, I fixed some leaks, thought I got them all. Now it won't Dmap again, but when I hit Pointfile, it says "Could not open pointfile: E:/games/ ... /TutorialMap.lin" I don't know why since it's been working up to now. So if I have a leak I can't find it, but it's troubling just that Pointfile suddenly, inexplicably doesn't open! There isn't any ".lin" file either; not sure what happened to it. Any ideas? Edit: I started a map from scratch and Pointfile didn't show up again. So whatever it is, it isn't something I messed up in that first map, but a general problem I'm having with DR. Edit2: But it does Dmap and Map just fine, so that's ok.
  10. If like me you scour the web looking for inspiration for your next TDM mission then look no further.. Now... talking of images have you guys seen the latest from the master that is DrK from his Rocksbourg4 campaign. We need more dirty texture in TDM me thinks...
  11. Author note: It's hard to believe it's already been a year since Act 1 came out! Well during this mission the player will be following Corbin into the Grimwood district to followup on a lead from last night (Act 1) .. the mysterious tablet! This mission is my first time including full EFX support as well as a HD briefing video file, additionally a new script has been added crafted by the talented Obsttorte which has loot flying towards the player when you pick it up. On a level design front I have tried to change things up a bit by really catering towards a number of play styles, this mission can be completely ghosted or you can use the tools at your disposal to wreak havoc on the citizens of Northdale. For the first time I have tried to create more sandbox environments which don't offer clear answers handed directly to you, so if you're having trouble figuring something out try a different method. This mission takes between 1 - 2 hours to finish depending on the difficulty you play on and how thoroughly you explore. I hope you enjoy your night in Northdale! - Goldwell Voice actors Fen Phoenix Goldwell Random_taffer Yandros Beta testers Amadeus Boiler's Hiss Cambridge Spy Chakkman Crowind Epifire Kingsal SquadaFroinx Custom Assets Andreas Rocha DrK Epifire Grayman Kingsal MalachiAD Obsttorte Sotha Springheel SquadaFroinx Purgator With special thanks to Epifire for creating a large collection of custom models, Grayman for helping out with coding, Kingsal for drawing the ingame map and Moonbo for his script revision on the briefing video. Available via in-game downloader MIRROR File Size: 417 mb EDIT: If you are having performance issues please consult this post by Nbohr1more which may address your issue http://forums.thedarkmod.com/topic/19936-fan-mission-shadows-of-northdale-act-ii-by-goldwell-20190320/page-2?do=findComment&comment=436271
  12. I'm currently looking at migrating my systems ( couple of laptops & desktops ) to l*nux I've looked at a few distro's & Zorin looks reasonable, the front end isn't too much of a shock to a life long windows user for a start I've set it up on a couple of laptops, one dedicated & one dual boot which went without a hitch I even put TDM on it, runs like a drugged slug on the laptop but I'm impressed it runs at all as it's a really low spec machine I just use for testing, basically I'm ironing out any issues before I tackle my main machine as I earn a living with that one If anyone knows any major issues with Zorin (based on Ubuntu) please shout out Also I'm looking at the possibility of running the existing W7 installation inside a virtual machine & isolating it from the network, I'd really like to do it without reinstalling windows & just let W7 sort out the sudden disappearance of half it's resources, anyone know if that's doable ? I may just ditch W7 as I can't think of any apps I use under W7 that haven't got equivalents under l*nux, I'd quite like my thief installs to work but I can ask on ttlg for that
  13. That is one hell of a long list. I think I grew a few more grey hairs just reading it. This is not a criticism of this thread, but rather the product/subject in question. And if you haven't seen it and you have a few hours to kill reading, take a look at this, which is the ongoing and updated motherload of everything that's wrong with Windows 10. https://itvision.altervista.org/why-windows-10-sucks.html 3400 comments... lol
  14. jaxa

    Raspberry Pi 4

    According to what I'm finding so far, actual Bluetooth 5 features may be non-existent: https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=245492&p=1499926 https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=244386#p1497702 Looks like you can't expect higher speeds, longer range, or any particular benefit at all. I'm not sure if there would be any positive outcome from using a Bluetooth 5 device with RasPi 4, so it may be a very misleading selling point. Seems like with any two Bluetooth devices, one of them will be the weakest link. If it's as bad as claimed, attaching a BT5 USB dongle to the Pi might yield better results. https://www.androidauthority.com/bluetooth-5-speed-range-762369/ Bluetooth 5 can potentially "double" or "quadruple" range, knocking max data rate down to 500 Kbps or 125 Kbps respectively. If you were to use a super-efficient audio codec like Opus, 100 Kbps should be more than enough for podcasts and even streaming music. But when I was researching Bluetooth 5 headphones, I found zero indication of Opus support anywhere, with many of them relying on the old SBC codec, even though Opus or any other codec could be added as an optional extension to A2DP. Here's some discussion. Someone compared RasPi 4 CPU performance to the Intel Core2 Duo T5600, a 2006 dual-core mobile chip with a 34 W TDP. I'm not sure if I buy that, and it's hard to find good direct comparisons right now. Also, a fresh new firmware update has apparently increased performance while reducing operating temperatures. You might be able to get a substantial boost from having a heatsink, metal case, or small fan. I think it's plausible that RasPi 4 could run some TDM missions at a playable (low) framerate, but more research is needed. Now for something more interesting. The user guide for the RasPi 4 possibly makes reference to a variant with 8 GB of RAM. See the heated discussion in the comments. There doesn't seem to be an actual 64 Gb (8 GB) LPDDR4 chip with a 32-bit bus, or something like that. Compare to this new 12 GB LPDDR4X chip from Samsung that has a 64-bit bus. I'm in the "more RAM is best" camp, even if on the face of it, it seems absurd to have that amount attached to this device. Raspbian or other desktop-focused OSes should be able to take advantage of the full amount, caching stuff that would otherwise be loaded from a slow microSD card (unless you are booting from an external SSD). Maybe we will see a $75 RasPi 4 variant in 2020 with 8 GB of RAM and fixed USB-C charging implementation. So if you were on the fence about this thing, you could kick the can down the road and see what they do next year. At the same time, 4 GB is going to be enough for a lot of use cases, and the USB-C problem is not that serious.
  15. I see there are footstep sounds in the pk4 file included for the player. I wonder why it won't use them.. I downloaded the pk4 into the fms folder and then the game said "new mission available". Then i "installed" it. The new models and all work - but the footsounds won't for some reason.
  16. Just looking a startpack 3 for the first time. It's useful, but the presented sample AI characters ARE 100% DUDES. And more broadly, whole classes of standard-distribution AI humans and creatures are omitted. I'm willing to look into expanding the size and number of the character rooms to be more comprehensive (rather than immediately plan a new game). But only if the community thinks that is worthwhile. Has any work already been done on a StartPack 4? 
  17. Hey guys, Ive been meaning to post this for a while now. I think we have wonderful work done in terms of mission and their storylines, even some solid background story supporting the game, but we seem to be lacking art, what we would call fan art! By that I mean those works that are inspired by the missions we see in this universe, but also (and most importantly, for me) those that aim to inspire authors, to flesh out the fantasy, picturing moments that help building the world as it could be imagined. It's me, your old pal RPGista - but for art stuff, I'm calling myself Arm, or ARM (for whatever reason). I would like to start with this piece, for which I drew a lot from the original Conan lore, and also the cover arts (the vintage marvel editions). This one is a bit rough but it was interesting to try to nail down several techniques at once, use of references mixed with on the fly anatomy, 3 shades technique, how to work with background (which was done separetly, as you can see) and try to make it work with the first plane. I'll post this in decent quality, let me know if for budget reasons, you would like me to link to some exterior host instead (its below 500K). Attention: there's nudity in it, both male and female, if you are offended by that sort of thing.
  18. Anybody staying in contact with him? If so, how's he doing? What is he doing? Is he still working on Thief/TDM stuff, or did he leave the scene? I did some research and from older posts he made, it seems as though he wasn't a big fan of TTLG, so probably won't be seeing him there either. I do miss seeing him around and his input on various subjects (not necessarily game related subjects), but I understand why he was banned so I do not wish for this to become another thread discussing the ins and outs of that decision. There was already a thread for that, let's not bring it over to this one.
  19. jaxa

    Raspberry Pi 4

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry_Pi https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/raspberry-pi-4-model-b/ https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/raspberry-pi-4-model-b/specifications/ https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/raspberry-pi-4-b,6193.html https://www.anandtech.com/show/14581/raspberry-pi-4-launched-quad-cortex-a72-project-board-for-35-dollars https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi-issues/MagPi83.pdf Major improvements across the "board". The quad-core Cortex-A72 with other improvements is anywhere from 25% to 300% faster than the A53 used in the Raspberry Pi 3 . No eMMC but an SSD could be used with one of the two new USB 3 ports (booting from USB or Ethernet not supported at launch, should be ready within weeks). There are three RAM options: 1 GB ($35), 2 GB ($45), 4 GB ($55). The RAM is now LPDDR4 instead of LPDDR2. The 2 GB option is a bit unnecessary IMO and seems to be the least popular, as it's the model least likely to be sold out online (as far as I can tell). Ethernet speed can actually hit close to 1 Gbps (943 Mbps), up from 237 Mbps. There is Bluetooth 5.0 support but I haven't seen any testing related to that (I would love to use it for longer range audio transmission to BT 5.0 headphones). RasPi 3 cases are incompatible due to some port shuffling. There are now two micro-HDMI ports instead of one full size HDMI, so you probably need a new cable. The device can output to two 4K displays at 30 FPS, or one 4K display at 60 FPS (presumably two 1080p displays @ 60+ FPS, and so on). Although the new GPU has 4K@60Hz H.265 decode support, actually streaming 4K and even lower resolutions on Raspbian had issues in testing, that will hopefully be resolved with updates soon. LibreELEC developers have been working with the Pi Foundation for months to support the Pi 4, and have an alpha version out. Power draw and heat are up. You'll probably want a FLIRC case or something that can provide cooling. Power is now provided using a USB Type-C cable. Due to a screw up by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, some USB-C cables don't work. But the ones that do work should be the cheapest. Can it run TDM? The CPU and GPU are much better and the potentially quadrupled RAM could be a big help. The 4 GB version can be a legitimate desktop replacement for many users, albeit with some quirks.
  20. jaxa

    Raspberry Pi 4

    My initial thoughts on the USB-C thing were pretty harsh, but thinking about it more I don't care as much. A bunch of cables do work (see link), the ones that have the broken feature tend to be more expensive, and I would probably dedicate a cable/power supply to the RasPi 24/7 and not use it for anything else. Looks like TDM would still require some leg work to compile on ARM, but it's much less of a fool's errand now: OpenGL ES 2.0 -> OpenGL ES 3.0 1 GB RAM -> 4 GB RAM (shared with GPU in both cases) 4x Cortex-A53 -> 4x Cortex-A72 23.5 MB/s read performance -> 45.7 MB/s (microSD) or higher (SSD) 27.8 FPS -> 41.4 FPS (720p OpenArena) OpenArena is id Tech 3 whereas TDM is id Tech 4. But we can see a definitive performance uplift and that extra RAM would be crucial for TDM. The Raspberry Pi 4 might be more powerful than other systems users have tried to run it on. If not, Raspberry Pi 5 will probably seal the deal when that is released 2-3 years from now. Official support for TDM on RasPi 4 would be pretty neat, and might be a good way to attract new members if we can spread the word on RasPi-oriented sites.
  21. Wiki editing credentials are not granted to everyone who just registered on forums. It's even better when users post their tutorials on the forums first, to get some feedback on quality of their work.
  22. https://old.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/c7rblr/ebooks_purchased_from_microsoft_will_be_deleted/ Today, some very rich, very white men reserve the right to take content away from me and delete it from my computer after I've paid for it. Here, we see such a practice in action! I am morally opposed to a world that works this way. If you sell me something and then you take it away from me tomorrow without my permission, that is called theft, I don't give a fuck how you justify confiscating what you sold to me, it's still theft plain and simple, you are depriving me of something that I acquired from you up front. That's without getting into the spyware concerns with these games that require an Internet connection to play, not only so that they can take it away from you at any time in the future, but play loose with your privacy and personal information too! https://www.polygon.com/2018/6/20/17485762/red-shell-spyware-pc-games-controversy-steam And then we come to my personal opinion that most games today just suck balls and aren't worth playing. The developers and publishers care less and less about what fans of the franchise want, because they know that millions will still buy the game regardless, which is why you see games with no level editing tools and now in some cases not even a jump button, because jumping means freedom for the player, which means more work for the developer! As the player you are just on rails and it's little more than an interactive movie, sometimes with cut scenes that cannot be skipped. You either can't modify the game, or doing so is extremely limited.
  23. Eventually MS will comply. They are not so rich to afford losing profit from Germany. Neither are they into politics except liberalism, tolerance, political correctness in their corporate work field and such. Especially in light of them making special Windows 10 versions for education. Germany is of course more liberal than the US, but MS already lost in the EU in regards to that and was fined already. The other day Facebook was fined for the Cambridge Analytica controversy... Will be curious how the EU copyright directive works for Google, MS, Facebook, by 2020 which they will have to implement as well.
  24. Thought we'd have a thread where everyone can chime in on this release since there doesn't seem to be an official thread. Wow, guys. The performance is phenomenal. Was how occlusion culling works changed? I seem to be able to noclip all over the place without the FPS dipping much. As for the shadow maps, I notice that they can end up very different in some spots: Stencil: https://my.mixtape.moe/efdfbb.jpg Maps: https://my.mixtape.moe/paqqmb.jpg Stencil: https://my.mixtape.moe/pmznnc.jpg Maps: https://my.mixtape.moe/wiyrij.jpg Is the idea that maps will replace stencils? With shadow maps, will larger more open spaces in missions be more feasible now? How is anti-aliasing done now? Still rendering at higher resolution and scaling down? Anyway, well done. The game feels so much more smooth now and this release seems very impressive.
  25. That was always my opinion. (I think that's what I said above.) Valve's entire philosophy is the entire staff choose their own work schedule, so only games that people know are going to be good get worked on. If one can't get people to work on it, it means it's really likely it'd be a bad game if you forced people to work on it anyway. And I can't say that's much worse than no game at all.
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