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  1. I love how the guards run over to investigate if they detect something suspitious (even if they do not see you), instead of calmly walking over and giving the player plenty of time to move. Also, they can handle doors being closed in their faces much better now!

    1. SteveL

      SteveL

      All grayman's work that. They can be even more evil I've noticed. TDM 2.03 is the first release where I've had to learn how to use flashbombs, when they post a couple of guys with swords out at doors and stairs then send someone else to sweep the shadows. Evil!

  2. Funny thing: Every time there's an article about security issues, somebody always spells rogue "rouge" in the comments... and then somebody else always pokes fun at them, saying that the hackers must be very cheeky.

    1. SteveL

      SteveL

      I remember that was always the standard spelling of the word in WoW "need rouge lfg!!!", during the times when rogues were overpowered instead of pointless.

    2. AluminumHaste

      AluminumHaste

      Hey they're back to 2nd spot after Mage

  3. Every time I update Windows and it takes 10 minutes installing some .net framework fixes, I get this (-) much closer to deleting the Windows partition. If I can ray-trace an entire scene faster than software installs, they're doing it wrong. If it takes 10 minutes to apply some fixes on a 6-core 16 GB machine with an SSD, they're doing it wrong!

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    2. stumpy

      stumpy

      it re-compiles the whole thing specific to your system, all the .net files you have, and its relationship to the specific hardware in your computer.

    3. lost_soul

      lost_soul

      Yeah, but if I wanted to wait for stuff to compile, I would use Gentoo. :) I wonder if the .net stuff compiles using multiple threads? Just imagine how slow it would be on the Celerons a lot of average Joes use.

    4. AluminumHaste

      AluminumHaste

      only time I've had issues with .Net installing is when the patch trying to install, is older than the newest version.

      Have to uninstall the later version, let the patch install, then update to latest version. Pretty rare, but it happens.

  4. ...that funny moment when you hear a crazy lady screaming profanity like a banshee outside McDonalds... To people who behave this way in public, we *do* laugh at you!

    1. Bikerdude
    2. lost_soul

      lost_soul

      I wonder exactly what it is that makes me find this so funny though. Is it because it is so rare? Is it because we expect more mature behavior from adults?

    3. Xarg

      Xarg

      Probably because the amount of shit being flipped is highly disproportional to the amount of money spent at the establishment. "The biggest arguments are often over the smallest things". Yeah, the amount of ice in your diet coke is a pretty minor issue, really.

  5. just got a call from the tech support scammers. I acted as if I was doing what they wanted, but I occasionally acted pissed because "my computer spontaneously turned off". Then they waited with me as I "started it" again.

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    2. SeriousToni

      SeriousToni

      O_O That's a very honorable thought :)

    3. Xarg

      Xarg

      Perhaps, but it's drops in an ocean.. there's a vast sea of gullible and ignorant people who "don't have time for that nerd shit", and they'll keep getting suckered for their $500 (or equivalent in bitcoin, I've seen that too). Until the average user's computer literacy vastly improves, this won't go away. By all means, feel good that you've spared one grandmother, maybe 2, each time you screw the scammer around, but tomorrow's another day and there are more grandmothers and illiterates to scam.

    4. Diego

      Diego

      I never heard of those before. In Brazil we have a lot of kidnap call scam. Most of these calls come from jails (yeah, they have cellphones in there). My dad got one of these, the man told him they had me and my car, but I don't have a car so he knew it was a scam immediately (they even had someone in the back yelling 'help me! help me dad'. Can you imagine what a call like this does to a person? this people should be put to jail! oh wait...

  6. Those metal footstep sounds (pipes, grates) have gotta go. They sound muffled, as though somebody put them through a high-pass filter or something.

    1. lost_soul

      lost_soul

      EDIT: I mean low-pass filter. It sounds like the highs are cut-off. Its so easy to confuse high-pass and low-pass filters.

    2. Springheel

      Springheel

      I'm always open to hearing better examples if people have them.

    3. Lux

      Lux

      I really wish we had a full suite of leather moccasins on all these various floor surfaces. Just for realism.

  7. lost_soul's half-assed solution of the day: There's a hard drive with over 100 bad sectors, making everything run EXTREMELY SLOW. Instead of swapping out the hard drive, I moved the OS to the later half, away from the bad sectors! Now it runs fast and fine!

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    2. Bikerdude

      Bikerdude

      Oi nutter, replace the drive. If its under warranty get it swapped, if not they are so cheap just buy another one.

    3. OrbWeaver

      OrbWeaver

      How old is this drive? Modern drives should remap bad sectors automatically so the OS doesn't even see them.

    4. Lux

      Lux

      That could be a harbinger of bricked drive to come.

      Also, running a full format on the drive should mark and bad sectors and never write to them so you can use the remainder of the drive but as mentioned above, if its an older drive, it may be going to the grave.

  8. Lost_soul introduces The Dark Drive: A USB flash drive with both TDM and a bootable installation of Linux on it. Even if the hard drive dies in the PC, you can still play TDM!

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    2. jaxa

      jaxa

      32 GB is as low as $8 though (US Black Friday)

    3. lost_soul

      lost_soul

      Yeah, but some of the lowest-end drives can be extremely slow. This is a problem if you're gonna run an entire session off of them. I can't post an "iso" of this for a wide variety of reasons, sorry... but anybody can do a Lubuntu install to a flash drive, install their video drivers, and load up TDM.

    4. jaxa

      jaxa

      That's a well known problem with a known solution: you spend more money. You can have an anybrand 32 GB USB 2.0 stick for $8, or you can get something like Sandisk Extreme for about $1/GB with high sequential and random speeds.

       

      http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/usb-3.0-thumb-drive-review,3477.html

       

      Model in review is 64 GB, 16 and 32 GB versions are available on Newegg.

  9. How to hard-lock a Linux box: step 1. Insert a scratched or dirty CD. Step 2, try to advance through songs. We have made 0 progress since the early 90s. Even the mouse pointer stops moving and you can't switch to a console!

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    2. Tels

      Tels

      Thank god no body uses CDs anymore :P

    3. Xarg

      Xarg

      I'm surprised the technology doesn't seem to really have improved much from DVD to Bluray, other than raw storage space, given how insistent some organisations have been on staying purely in the physical realm. Download speeds are a solid argument against using physical media, but having the option to back your downloads up is important too

    4. lost_soul

      lost_soul

      Well, they did make an optical drive that has multiple lasers and multiple read-assemblies. This gives a greater read rate, while not spinning the disk so fast that it explodes from the force. I wonder if anybody has tried making a hard drive with two read-arms, one on each side. This would give faster performance without spinning the disk faster too.

  10. Rigged my first model the other day...

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    2. stumpy

      stumpy

      blender lets you save the models mesh as a picture, then you use a paint program to create the texture then add that texture as the uv texture for the model.

    3. Springheel

      Springheel

      Do you mean rigged to a skeleton? That's a lot more involved than uv maps.

    4. lost_soul

      lost_soul

      Yep, I used a model from another game, made a skeleton, and rigged it so that all of the respective pieces can move. It was a learning experience. However, properly texturing a complex object evades me... (for now)

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    2. Goldwell

      Goldwell

      I've been looking for a program just like Windows Firewall Notifier, thanks Biker!

    3. jaxa

      jaxa

      You'll need to install a browser before you install Privacy Badger.

    4. Bikerdude

      Bikerdude

      @GW, it was android firewall that prompted me to look for the equivalent on windows.

  11. I got a new wireless keyboard/mouse combo for ten bucks! Talk about a great deal! Within 10 minutes of hooking it up, I wondered if it is encrypted. It uses 128-bit AES.

    1. lost_soul

      lost_soul

      I saw that some other wireless keyboards use 8-bit encryption. YES, 8-BIT! Even a 486 would be able to crack that.

    2. Bikerdude

      Bikerdude

      Blooth is the way to go, if you can find one that ticks all the boxes and doesen't cost an arm and a leg.

    3. lost_soul

      lost_soul

      Indeed. If anybody at Logitech is reading this, we love you guys. You make really affordable products that just keep going. You do not remove features from products we already bought, or do any other sleezy things. Sincerely, a happy user.

  12. You ordered a package. The tracking system says it was delivered, but it is nowhere to be found. You call the office, but they CAN NOT even radio the driver to find out what he did, because that would be too ****ing simple. They want to contact the shipper, as though he can do jack about it. Welcome to the US, where everything is inefficiant, expensive, and more complicated than it needs to be.

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    2. Bikerdude

      Bikerdude

      Its the same in the UK. But if the item goes missing its the person/company that shipped it responsibility.

    3. grayman

      grayman

      My neighbors and I are constantly delivering misdirected packages and mail to each other.

    4. stumpy

      stumpy

      i constantly find my mail in the dustbin outside that's gone to the wrong address.

  13. Even though I NEVER smoke and I have had alcohol perhaps 4 times, they say I have high blood pressure. If I'm gonna be punished even when I stay away from those things, why not just go on a binge? I guess its because Alcohol tastes like **** and smoking ****s up the lungs.

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    2. Lux

      Lux

      I have very low blood pressure, drink like a fish and smoke like a chimney. Yay for me :( When I've been in the hospital for surgery the doctors always see my blood pressure and say, "ohh! we have an athlete here!" LOL

      HBP is generally hereditary.

    3. Obsttorte
    4. lost_soul

      lost_soul

      IMO Smoking would be like getting hit in the groin by a baseball. I do not need to go through it to say that it would be unpleasant.

  14. had to reactivate Win 7 due to a hardware change. I have the family pack for 3 PCs. I call them, it asks how many PCs its installed on and I say 3. It says I'm not allowed to do that... Just another reason not to support the developers. At least I got this used, so they got nothing from me.

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    2. Lux

      Lux

      Plus you could get Office or any other non-Dev/Dev software (depending on the package) software for essentially free. Then they took the Technet Sub price and ramped it up from 400> $750!! You used to be able to get it on special for $258. My brother and I split the cost@129 a piece and got 4 unlimited Ultimate licenses +office and whatever else. It was nice for a while.

    3. Lux

      Lux

      Just like with mobile, they want a single license tied to a device. The motherboard changes and its no longer valid.

    4. Bikerdude

      Bikerdude

      Regarding tieing a licence to a single motherboard, fortunately for the end user that isn't legally binding despite what MS or any other idiot says.

       

      Software companies have been under this illusion for years.

       

  15. I didn't really care too much for System Shock 2... until I reached the recreation deck. The environment just wasn't that interesting. Then it got all dark and scary, with enemies attacking in interesting ways and now I'm really enjoying it.

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    2. lost_soul

      lost_soul

      I'm at the Rickenbacker now... Also, I did try the SS1 demo a wile ago, but it hasn't aged as well as SS2 has. I'm not talking about graphics, but the engine in general. That would have been extremely impressive when it came out though.

    3. skacky

      skacky

      There's a mouselook mod that makes it easier to play, though when you're familiar with the UI and all it becomes very fluid and natural.

    4. lost_soul

      lost_soul

      Its funny hearing the voices of "Thief guards" as the crew of the ship.

  16. Ever have a show that you enjoyed listening to turn into nothing but constant advertising? Yeah, people have to cover their costs but when the first ten minutes is spent trying to sell you stuff, you reconsider listening in the future.

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    2. Tels

      Tels

      This Gold loot was brought to you by: Heinecken. Get Gold, get Heinecken.

    3. Sir Taffsalot

      Sir Taffsalot

      Future loading screens for my upcoming FMs will now feature jokes from my upcoming stand up comedy shows. Did you guys know that before I started making TDM FMs I used to run an Origami business? Unfortunately it folded.

    4. Airship Ballet

      Airship Ballet

      Before this job I was actually a social worker for those addicted to plastic surgery. It really took off: each week I'd see more and more new faces. It clearly wasn't working.

  17. Isn't it funny when a program never crashes... unless you happen to have been doing something for the past ten minutes without saving in that time?

    1. lost_soul

      lost_soul

      At least it keeps your state in /tmp, so all I had to do was repeate a couple of operations to get back to where I was... but every user still goes "****!" when the window just disappears like that.

    2. pusianka

      pusianka

      Probably some Murphy law ;)

  18. Its always nice when you can re-purpose an old "useless" part instead of buying something new. I needed a washer for something but didn't have any. I found an l-shaped piece of metal from some old project that had a hole in it, bent it to an acceptable shape, and it solves the problem.

    1. Goldwell

      Goldwell

      Macgyvering things is always a bad ass feeling :)

    2. Sotha

      Sotha

      In research, you often have to do stuff with non-optimal makeshift bubblegum-fastened gear. I wish I sometimes had the perfect tailored tool for the task at hand...

    3. Bikerdude

      Bikerdude

      Been there done that, when working on motorcycles over the years.

  19. "hickups" are so ****ing annoying...

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    2. Bikerdude

      Bikerdude

      There is actually a decline in creepy crawlies worldwide, such as spiders etc. Wehich means there is inevitably going to be a rise in insect pests.

       

    3. Lux

      Lux

      We went moutainbiking last weekend in Kentucky and these trails were NOT well traveled. We were riding through spider web after spider web through the eerie wood. There was one about every 3-6 meters average. I almost got one in my mouth and another in my eye! When we'd stop riding there were webs hanging off the bikes and our arms and spiders on our handlebars and clothes! It was... wow. Not well traveled trails indeed.

    4. PranQster

      PranQster

      A heaping spoon of sugar cures the hiccups right quick...never tried it on spiders though.

  20. Pretty sad when a 3.5 GHz CPU loses to a 3.3 GHz CPU in a race... especially when the 3.5 GHZ CPU is a couple years newer! The older chip rendered a scene in 3:05 and the newer one took 3:55!

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    2. Bikerdude

      Bikerdude

      Didnt I read somewhere you can offload Blender cycles to the GPU..?

    3. lost_soul

      lost_soul

      Yep, but there are restrictions. The entire scene must fit in VRAM, and if you render hair with the GPU, it is very slow.

    4. jaxa

      jaxa

      Buy an i5 next time

  21. I think I'm in love... with ice cream. Ever buy a gallon of it? When you live by yourself, you can eat as much as you want.

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    2. Bikerdude

      Bikerdude

      @LS watch those celeries though mista.

    3. Melan

      Melan

      Love kills. :(

    4. Sotha

      Sotha

      Love makes stuff worthwhile. :)

  22. You've got to take a moment and appreciate older games that come with pages and pages of documentation on the disk, which teach you how to use the level editor. They even shipped with example levels, showing the features. Man, this industry has changed so much...

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    2. lost_soul

      lost_soul

      It is fascinating how many developers are releasing gameas as free today.

    3. Lux

      Lux

      cryengine is now on steam even.

    4. demagogue

      demagogue

      I'd summarize it as the hobbiest culture and professionalization of gaming have polarized, with each pulling in different directions at the same time.

  23. So, there's a new tablet coming out called the "Mipad". Isn't that a bit like poking a bear with a stick? ... a very letigious bear at that!

    1. PranQster

      PranQster

      Wow...what a very creative product name. LOL, yeah, they're looking to be mauled by that bear.

    2. Sotha

      Sotha

      In Finland there is a place called "iijoki" like "ii-river." I always wondered when those i-phone folks will sue their asses.

    3. lost_soul

      lost_soul

      Maybe they do this to get their name known... If you see "Apple sues X" that's advertising for X. Also, there were MP3 players called IRiver. I don't think that manufacturer got sued, but this is surely over the line.

  24. Why does a text editor choke and tell me there is not enough memory to open a 2 meg txt file, on a machine with 1 GB of RAM? I would expect this behavior from a machine in 1993, but today? really?

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    2. Goldwell

      Goldwell

      I use notepad++ it's freakin' awesome and can handle large documents well

    3. lost_soul

      lost_soul

      It was a couple of programs... Quickoffice, Textedit, and Ted. (all android apps). I ended up using FBReader and that handles it fine.

    4. AluminumHaste

      AluminumHaste

      Don't use notepad, it has lots of trouble with any files over 1MB or so. User notepad++

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