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    Eh... Ask me. Can't be bothered to write it.<br /><br />The Thief games are super amazing good though.
  1. Hi. I installed 1.6.1 (64-bit edition) and have some odd behaviour that's inhibiting my ability to work on maps. Dark Radiant appears to not render zooming or panning changes correctly for me. For instance, if I zoom in the orthoview (using, say, the mouse wheel) I get no response till I click on another panel in the program, then the orthoview refreshes. Has this been known to happen on some systems? I can move and objects around (and resize them) in the window with Dark Radiant displaying the changes "real time", but not the zooming or panning. It's far too frustrating to map like this... This is the system I'm on: i7 740QM Geforce GTX 285M (1 GB) 6 GB RAM Win 7 64-bit (obviously) Actually, the panels don't necessarily render properly when I minimize then restore the program. The toolbars, buttons, etc. do, but not the graphical map areas. Edit: found something on desktop composition... I'll try that. After I look up what that option does... Edit the second: That did it, alright.
  2. True. I'll only know if I have no time to shower more than once a month when I start in the fall. Committing now is not a good idea. (Especially to a woman and especially if I don't have time to shower often.)
  3. So long as the modability (moddability?) of this game is at least as strong as with Oblivion, I'll be happy with the PC release. If they gimp that, and I have read no indication that they have, they might just have to cure cancer (by people playing the game) for me to regain interest. A gamepad makes sense for this game only if one's exclusively using third-person view. The digital input of the WASD keys make the dual-analog sticks (one for camera, one for movement) the better option for third-person. Since the mouse handles both aspects in first-person, and with greater precision, KB/M is much better. Of course, experience with the Witcher 2 using gamepads has been lacklustre compared to using a keyboard and mouse. The problem being on the developer's end though...
  4. I considered joining this project, but ultimately I don't think the first thing I should do is join up with a campaign. Even a campaign by novices. I have the summer to put something out, then I embark on a journey that may end with me getting a doctorate; come the fall, I want to minimize the conflicting obligations. On my own, I can shelve it for X years or abandon it completely, work on it just as a means of stress relief.
  5. OK, I don't quite know what your rotation code looks like, but this could be solved by using the appropriate rotation matrix. (I can't quite visualise what's going on here, since some of the phrasing is confusing and I can't be bothered to find a codec to work with that video.) The equation does have to change if you want to rotate along different fixed axes. In Matlab matrix notation (where semicolons start new lines in a matrix)... Rx(ang1) = [1, 0, 0 ; 0, cos(ang1), -sin(ang1) ; 0, sin(ang1), cos(ang1)] Ry(ang2) = [cos(ang2), 0, sin(ang2) ; 0, 1, 0 ; -sin(ang2), 0, cos(ang2)] Rz(ang3) = [cos(ang3), -sin(ang3), 0 ; sin(ang3), cos(ang3), 0 ; 0, 0, 1] Again, I don't know what your code looks like, so I don't know if this helps. But it sounds like you think you need to rotate around a different axis, and these do that. There is also a formula (I sort of remember) for rotation about a general axis, but I don't think you want that.
  6. This could probably be answered if I knew more about how the D3 engine works, but... This AI routine isn't meant to be applied to all people, right? Meaning, nobles will be more oblivious while they are in their mansions, workers in their workshops etc. Only guards who are patrolling or standing guard will be naturally extra alert in this sense, yes?
  7. We have a parliamentary system. There are little districts by which we divide our country. We call these "ridings". In each riding, candidates register (doing whatever is required) and they run to represent that riding. The person with the most votes after all ballots are counted wins the riding. (50+1)% isn't required, just more percentage than the other people who ran in that riding. [somewhat off topic] This is done across the country. Parties run in as many ridings as they can (or wish to), and traditionally the party with the most seats in the House of Commons, whether they have over half of the seats (majority) or less than half (minority), forms the "government". However (in minority situations), any people, parties, whatever elected to the House of Commons can form a coalition after election and, if the coalition has a majority, they govern (even if the largest pre-coalition party is left out). In a minority government (what Canada has now), the opposition parties (and independents) can block, pass, (create and pass), (practically) force amendments on legislation, since (50+1)% is needed in votes in the House of Commons for things to pass. Minority governments can be toppled too, and an election can be forced (if the opposition doesn't want to form a coalition and govern after toppling the government). [/somewhat off topic] Now, in any riding, all the votes that were cast for any other candidate other than the winner mean NOTHING. Even if the vast majority in the riding didn't vote for the winner, the person with the most votes wins. Every other opinion is effectively squelched. This is called a first-past-the-post voting system. It's simple, and works well in its own ways, mostly by allowing regional representation. Thus it can greatly amplify the power of regional parties. (Parties that try to or are thought to benefit one region of the country over others.) All areas of the country can get their problems heard federally, but regional parties can act against the interests of the rest of the country. Take some region. 1/3 votes for a regional party, 2/3 divided by other parties. The regional party wins seats all across the region it tries to. But most of that region voted against the regional party. This can happen in a FPTP system. And even if it's a majority of a region, the votes for other parties are meaning less, people feel their voices aren't being heard. They are disenfranchised. Even without regional parties, people still feel ignored in a winner-takes-all style election. The popular vote doesn't necessarily match who sits in Parliament. Canada doesn't need FPTP federally, we have HUGE provincial governments which can use FPTP to reap any benefits the system has. But federally, I think Canada needs proportional representation. It's a closer picture of what Canadians' want in government, and it allows for fresh ideas. I believe I went overboard... Hope you understand a little more now.
  8. Regional differences, East vs. West (Quebec in their own world). An urban vs. rural rift. People just wanting change, but still wanting the status quo, so we get a minority. People punishing the Liberals, holding their noses while they vote Conservative. The NDP getting more seats, and I think people voting NDP to spite the Liberals greatly helped the Cons. Things will blow over, but Canada is a fractured country and we need proportional representation to help ease the finger pointing and regional hatred. *speaking as one of those bleeding-heart commie pinko soft-handed bankerboy Torontonian morons*
  9. Here's an angering article. Socially conservative US fuckballs are rejoicing now, thinking that Canada might 'see the light' in the future. Their arrogance in assuming they know best for Canada's social policies. Fuck them all if they expect us to become more "survival of the fittest" social Darwinians. Canadians 'liberal and hedonistic' but can change, U.S. right-winger says Fortunately, social conservatism doesn't fly in the vast majority of the country. I have to say, I think Alberta is the bastion of these values. The let-me-tell-you-how-to-live-lest-the-almighty-God-smite-your-ass type. I think much of the CPC (I like to call them the Conservative Reform Alliance Party) support was people voting against the Liberals, buying into the idea that the party is corrupt. So all we need is a fresh-faced Liberal leader, and a party with renewed vision. Edit: also, we need electoral reform. Edit 2: what's with all the reports saying that the "west is in"? Are they only in if the Cons are in? How is Alberta supposed to dominate politically in the future, as I read as the election was going, when they only have 3 million people, compared to 12 million in just Ontario? Why do journalists feel the need to be prophets? I know it's for profits, but it was a rhetorical question anyway. Western Canada has always had a vote. They were always in. I can't believe people bought into this propaganda.
  10. Well, I wasn't really sure. It seemed you might have an opinion that altering one's mind with drugs of any form is a sign of weakness. Do you use tea as a way to stay alert? Do you drink it every morning before you go to work? Are people who con't function without caffeine weak? I'm not half-assed. I think informed adults should be able to use any drugs they want without fear of judicial wrath. I really don't see how that makes you superior. It certainly isn't a fact. It's your opinion that recreational drug-users are beneath you. Not everyone who drinks alcohol is trying to escape something. When I have a beer, I'm not fleeing the horrors of my past. Not drinking alcohol (or not using any mind-altering drug) doesn't mean that one is facing reality either, as you pointed out. I don't see "facing reality" and "taking drugs" as being mutually exclusive elements of one's life. Video games are used to escape reality. Many books are read for escapism too. Many forms of recreation are used to take us out of the here and now. Many do use them to forget worries, but I wouldn't label them weak. If someone has chronic pain, are they weak for wanting to escape their reality with a drug? If someone is taking drugs for depression? These seem more clear-cut cases where people are really wanting to escape reality. I don't think this necessarily means such people are weak.
  11. Was the study you are referencing commissioned by a muslim supremacist group? I can't see how you can make that claim with a straight e-face. Do you drink coffee? Do you take pain-killers? Is there no drug that you use in your life? If not, what exactly makes you better than someone who does? What exactly is weak-minded? What are we trying to be strong against? Life? Edit: Happy American Thanksgiving, by the way.
  12. People can die of many things from many things. It's all about moderation and responsibility.
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    Well, they altered the definitions of the units in the Imperial system officially, but, as I understand it, it was because that's how they were being used. I also meant it evolved since things like feet and inches have origins with cubits from Mesopotamia. The Egyptians adopted them, then the Greeks, then the Romans, then the Romans took them to Britain. They changed through the ages. The ratios between different units changed all the time. Metric units (Si) were all defined to create international standards. The metre for instance... What is is again? The distance that light travels in a vacuum in 1/299792458 seconds. (Not quite light speed, and yes, I looked that up). And the second: the duration of 9 192 631 770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the caesium-133 atom. Since this was a western initiative, the decimal number system was used for simplicity. Of course, the decimal numbering system came from the fact that we have 10 fingers. But the use of the decimal system was still a definition. It's something like, the Imperial system was millenia of tweaking, and the metric system was (not quite) a conference product.
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    Well, I have for years, but I don't even know the Russian alphabet, so I'll be like a child. You'd probably have better uses of your time. Looking at the Russian alphabet, some if it is completely new, in shape, and some is deceptively similar. Though I know they aren't the same sounds. Or, I think they aren't... Something about an army attacking a house with insurgents. The house may have teenagers who are hostages, or are the insurgents, it's not clear. Someone find a weapon in a case, and runs. This takes place in Белова.
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    Well, it's an older system. I think the Imperial system evolved, whereas the metric system was created for simplicity. Which sentence? I've heard it's harder. But English is always a learning experience for everyone who speaks it. So many bloody words. English is probably the easiest of the Germanic languages, but you can do so many fun things with it. German can be frightful at times. Yeah, it's quite the thing, learning another language. It's a bit hard to immerse one's self, apart from French and English, here. One of the languages I'd like to learn (before I die) is Russian, but it seems quite the undertaking. My first experience with Russian was the 10 ruble note that I was given years ago. It was printed in 1961. I cannot read a thing on it.
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