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  1. Now we're gaming with fire.

    Oh wait, that's my power supply.

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      Wow.  I'm not sure what to say.  I live in a desert, and while it's absolutely punishing being outside, it's never that hot inside (even without air conditioning, though I guess it's a product of Adobe style builds generally keeping a better temperature naturally...albeit this isn't true adobe, so it's not quite as cool as those buildings are, but then I'd never have wireless internet, as those walls absorb it, and wired would require running everything on the ceiling to get just behind the desired wall of the wall plate, as the walls are completely solid adobe brick, so not even plumbing is within them).

      I've been through a similar scenario before, but never quite that bad (though mine was more electrical surge issues based on super dry climate and heavy thunderstorms overwhelming the grounding elements).  Is there anything on places like Wish List for you?  You could potentially get a much cheaper, even if more cheaply made (it is a bit iffy as to product quality, but usually it's decent as per my sister and most of her friends' experience, and that's out here, the #$*! of the US, New Mexico, the place everything thinks is actually Mexico and 3rd world).

      Yeah, Wish List might be a good option for you, at least on the cheap, at least for right now until you can afford a better one, or move out of there.   You could also cross reference online for build quality reviews, though a lot of decent stuff does get picked up fast, there's often a fair amount of options.

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  2. Now we're gaming with fire.

    Oh wait, that's my power supply.

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      O_O.  What system just burned out?  In my own life, recently, my n64 busted a few caps, and was smoking the last time I checked it.  Hope it's an easy fix, or your computer?

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  3. Please look away if you don't like to look or discuss politics.

    Otherwise, I thought I share this because I think it's extremely important.

    https://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sr8s07

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      I'm making an assertion of BLM's position.  Not an assumption of your own beliefs.  I'm using what they discuss and feel as a counter to why I think you are incorrect in feeling the word choice of Black Lives Matter is somehow ever appropriate in the context that All Lives Matter is somehow not.

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  4. Please look away if you don't like to look or discuss politics.

    Otherwise, I thought I share this because I think it's extremely important.

    https://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sr8s07

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      Eal, the group that was created, Black Lives Matter, were deliberately destroying their own towns, were ignoring issues inherent to the black community, pushing leftist rhetoric that the system of government is "systemically racist," which is a rallying cry and crafted concept by the Frankfurt School as a method to reform class warfare into race warfare using refined definitions forcing nonsensical positions based on complete false pretenses.

      For a system to be racist, there must be specific rules, laws, and training to focus on a particular race, or ethnicity.  Something that doesn't exist.  So the very premise of Black Lives Matter, that being black in America is systemically under threat at any point, and thus is a specific trouble point, is diverting attention of actual issues (like black families breaking down, gang activity and the draw for more kids to join gangs, poorly run schools that get ample funds but without proper spending and cries of lack of funds, and in some cases actual funding gaps for certain programs, black on black violence, why most riots tend to end in destruction of black businesses and housing done almost exclusively by blacks).

      The idea of All Lives Matter is to say yes, Black Lives matter, but they're not the only group under threat by governmental forces when the system goes south.  They are disproportionately affected, but there are ample reasons for this (the main factor for non-Southern states during the era of Jim Crowe Laws, was the deliberate breaking up of Black Families, and pushing women, especially black women towards welfare and a single-parent household).

      ....

      I guess the question is, why do you think the police system is inherently racist?  What particular rules or laws within the system and training and rules can you list that target any racial group?

      You won't find any.

      What happened with George Floyd was awful, but not a product of the system, but instead a product of specific individuals within the system.  Who kept this particular cop within the force despite his many infractions, far beyond the threshold to maintain him?

      What potential rules could you possibly add that would have assured he was removed, when the existing rules in that department stated outright he should not have been on the force?

      Now, with the other 3 cops who were complicit in the murder, all of them were trained specifically NOT to behave in this way.  There was old training way back if someone was specifically belligerent, to put pressure on the base of the neck to hold them down so they could be cuffed, and it could only last for 3 minutes.  This was removed from every police department that used this rule, due to the potential threat to asphyxiation which had occurred, as there are other methods of holding a highly aggressive and belligerent individual (including someone very high on drugs, and thus one who cannot feel their muscles being torn as they progress through their actions to attack anyone in their way of whatever it is they're trying to do, police or civilian, in their drug fueled rampage...and yes, that happens on some drugs).

      So let's assume we change the rules further, if the rules that those other officers were taught weren't followed, what potential changes would cause those same officers to behave differently?  Why or how do you think they would behave differently in a future scenario, when there are ample videos, including those on "Cops" and other police ride-along video programs, that document police activity, showcase police doing.  Something most policemen and women have stated their training explicitly taught them NOT to treat Mr. Floyd in such a manner, nor allow their fellow officer or officers to do so.

      So given the system itself already has rules to prevent this.  Given if you look at the rules of racial relations and community policing, there is EXTRA emphasis on those relations, after certain events like the Rodney King beating.  What potential rule changes or changes to how police operate do you think would somehow change the behaviour of someone who is, by their own behaviour, either racist specifically, or just a belligerent cop?

      Did you know the stats bear out more beatings and shootings on non-African Americans?  That might not be a common narrative, but if you check the stats, they bear it out.  So the "Black Lives Matter" narrative is one of political convenience, to generate tension based around something most people abhor in this day and age: racism (or sexism, or any ism that is an inherent hatred for another race).

      So from there it also begs the question, sure, ok, stats bear out more white people get arrested or shot, or whatever, but per capita, and as a % of total population, there are more arrests and jail sentences (and even killings) of blacks.  So given the system itself is falsely marketed as being racist, perhaps there are other issues inherent.  Yes, one being within police departments, you do have some hyper violent men that join, and that becomes an issue.

      We don't even know if this particular cop, or his contemporaries are specifically racist, or targeted Floyd because he was black due to some inherent animus.  Maybe they did.  The question is, after they booked him in a very calm manner, then place him in the car, why did they suddenly pull him out, and force him onto his stomach?  Why did 3 officers then kneel on him?  Who was on the radio during that time, did they have communication between the precinct and a superior officer or not, if so, what was said?  These are things that need to be answered, to get an idea.  Whether they were or weren't motivated by race, the point is this was a senseless act that was opposite to their training.

      So maybe a better question is, what is the criteria for becoming a police officer in terms of mental stability?  What is the psychological profile they aim for when hiring an officer, or do they even bother doing a proper profile?

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  5. I can’t believe the Snyder Cut is gonna be happening. What part of Man of Steel and BvS gave people the impression that Snyder’s full vision of Justice League would be worthwhile?

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      It would at least be a more consistent vision.  That's a positive of its own.  Justice League was very unfocused and disjointed.  You could tell every scene was done with one vision of the characters or the other.  Batman the dunce, or Batman the badass.  Wonder Woman the competent and considerate who is strong but worried about how well she can handle whatever Axe Boy's name is, or Super Wonder Woman who is as strong and capable as Superman, with the same speed as the Flash and Superman, who just flirts all the time because she's clearly bored and in need of a man.

      Nevermind Superman gone Bizarro for a second.

      Everyone forgetting the most important artifact they have, the Box, allowing Steppanwolf to get it, just so they can embrace Supes.  That made no sense.

      Even Steppanwolf / Axe Boy and the Parademons / fly rangers had some inconsistencies.  They suddenly swarm him because he's "afraid?"  That seems like a last second wrap up due to two competing concepts, and Joss couldn't figure a way out of it, so pulled a Buffy the Vampire Slayer...damn I forget the episode, to finalize it.

      Maybe there's not much of a difference, but at least the vision will be more consistent, and that might end up with at least a moderately enjoyable movie.

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    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      @eal  That one brings back memories.  LOL.  So ridiculous.

      As to answering the question?  No.  I don't find KH's story to be compelling enough.

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  6. When you kill two Liquid Metal Slimes and their non-slime guardians in one turn and don't level up.

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      Damn, totally forgot to respond.  Sorry.  Rimuldar, as you're no doubt aware, is useless since the mobile.  Not sure why, but they kept the spawn rates identical for other areas, just nerfed that one.

      Rubiss Tower 5F (1 and 2F aren't bad)

      Zenith Dungeon 3B and 5B  (the first part of the bonus dungeon, leading to King Zenith)

      Other than that, the Goopi's, but they're a bit slower in the mobile and likely in the Switch to spawn the larger summons.  There's also 4B of the Zenith Dungeon for the highest spawn rate of the metal Chimaera's.  Then there's the cave North of Tantegel for the strongest of the oriental dragons (Salamander in the GBC version, I guess Auroral Serpent?).  Those last two aren't fantastic, but the Metal Chimaera's give 9k before the split, and the Serpents, 6k, both of which are very easy to kill.  Unfortunately, they don't spawn at a particularly high rate, though in Rubiss Tower 5F, you do encounter the Serpent's at a reasonable rate (5%, less than the LMS).

      So there's that option.  Unfortunately, they seem even more prone to running, so even with Puff! tactics, it's a bit iffy to get more than one.

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  7. When you kill two Liquid Metal Slimes and their non-slime guardians in one turn and don't level up.

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      Are you playing on the Switch or Mobile?

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  8. When you kill two Liquid Metal Slimes and their non-slime guardians in one turn and don't level up.

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      At least you know you're 20k closer to leveling up!

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  9. Got an email saying that my Switch Lite shipped today only to find out that it was out for delivery.

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      Nice.  I love my Lite.  The screen size is perfect.  It actually enhances the visuals, making them look better than the Switch on the TV much of the time (if not most of the time).  That condensing of pixels definitely enhances elements and helps unwash colours.  Enjoy mate.

  10. Anyone have any experience with the original Phantasy Star games on the Sega Genesis? I’ve been wanting to check them out and am curious what to expect difficulty wise.

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      I'll post a bit more if you need it.  I'm not very familiar with PS1, and I've only played through PS3 once.  PS2 and 4 I have a bit more experience with.

      I would say I greatly prefer these pages to GameFAQs or other sites:

      http://shrines.rpgclassics.com/sms/ps1/

      http://shrines.rpgclassics.com/genesis/ps2/index.shtml

      http://shrines.rpgclassics.com/genesis/ps3/index.shtml

      http://shrines.rpgclassics.com/genesis/ps4/

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  11. Anyone have any experience with the original Phantasy Star games on the Sega Genesis? I’ve been wanting to check them out and am curious what to expect difficulty wise.

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      Are you planning to play on original hardware, or simulated?  If simulated, I highly suggest:

      Phantasy Star 4 bug fixes (critical bugs):

      https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/4142/

      Phantasy Star 2 , 4x EXP and Meseta (very much so needed, as it's VERY slow to level up, this was an addition in the PS2 Japan only release of Phantasy Star Complete Collection):

      https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/924/

      Phantasy Star 2 bug fixes and menu/text mishaps and oversights:

      https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/2132/

      Phantasy Star 3 bug fixes, and some menu/text oversights:

      https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/2883/

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  12. Happy Easter to the Den!

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      Happy Jesus actual birthday, and the celebration of his death and divine resurrection to remove tragedy from winter, and begin the year with death and rebirth symbolism instead, so the divinity of the son blessing the world with the rays of the sun casting out all the shadows and pall of winter's bone.

      So Happy Easter to you too!

  13. Making a list of every DQ game I own (including by region). Is there a difference between MOB and the Android/Ios?

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      Yes.  MOB would be the original Japanese only mobile releases of 1~3.  It was just general mobile, any service and just about any phone in Japan at the time.  Not smartphone.

      Droid/iOS would be the smartphone release specific to both Android and Apple iOS phone platforms.

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  14. How's everyone holding up? 

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      LOL, never change Dwaine, never change.  How's that going though?  Also...wow, brazen and brave, going for the hugs in this time, lol.

      ====

      @Twinkie, are you at least calling your friends?  I mean you're not barred from seeing them in person, only gathering in large groups.  Doesn't mean you can't go for a walk or a run either, and just talk to neighbors as you're out jogging or something.  I know a lot of people here are doing that.  I'm not, though due to other circumstances.

      Any hobby haven't participated in, in some time?  Like drawing, writing stuff (thoughts/journal, poetry, short story, fanfiction, novel), painting, card stacking (like building a house?).

      Watching history videos on youtube.  There's a lot of history to cover, pick a region, you'll find a ton of experts.  Alternative history historians.  You'd be surprised at gaps in "accepted" history, like how almost 1000 years of European history...more really, is not based on original source material, but on the "copying" by two specific monks who openly admit they "corrected" and "perfected" history, meaning a lot of rewrites.  Other details in alternative history, such as map dates, where there's a clear letter i (eye) in front of a number, not the number 1 (one), indicating maps from the 14, 15, and some 1600's are more likely 4, 5, and 600's.  Stuff like complete maps of the world that predate Columbus, that are satellite accurate, indicating far more knowledge and sophistication.  It's a deep rabbit hole with a lot of bad data, loose ends, but a ton of good overlooked stuff, and at the very least is interesting.

      Tons of history of war, weapons, soldiers, tactics on youtube as well.  One guy who does an amazing job explaining these things based on original documentation and thoroughly analyzed weapons for make, design, origination of material, etc. is a guy called Metatron.  That channel is really intriguing.

      What about game backlogs?  Things you haven't played yet but planned to?  Why not use the time at home to get that done?

      Do you have access to a garden?  Are you allowed to plant there?  If you can, it might be fun planting some seeds, especially as it's spring time.  Maybe some fresh herbs like Dill or Basil.  That definitely adds a whole layer of flavour profile you cannot get from the dried stuff in the super market, and cheaper than going to Wholefoods for fresh.

      Do you read books at all?  Any series you haven't gotten to?

      What about binge watching?  Tons of good anime, and some decent shows.  I tend to like FX shows, as they have good writing staff, and often approach adult themes without overdoing current social issues.

      Have you ever played an FPS or an RTS online?  If you've ever been into those games, but haven't really gotten into online, now's a good time as they're pretty stocked with players, plenty of people with limited skill and it's more about passing the time and less about the competition.

      What about the area around your town?  Are you allowed to go to parks?  You can here, even though we're in quarantine.  If so, why not arrange with some friends to meet at a park, but stay 6 ft away from one another, but at least have visual and auditory contact.  Maybe bring a 3DS, or Switch, or something...even better if you guys have a multiplayer capable game you can play between one another without need for internet, like Smash Bros?

      I will say learning to entertain yourself is a good trick, especially if it's productive.  It does feel pretty good to dedicate yourself to something, while learning internally that boredom doesn't really exist.  Look at Dwaine, that man never gets bored, he's always up to something, lol.

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  15. I think I’ve done the most grinding in all my time playing DQ3 via the Switch version. All to help me defeat that BS Dragon at the top of the post game dungeon.

    I can only imagine how long it would actually take someone to reach level 99 in this game.

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      Heh.  For me, it's the Mobile version.  Whenever I water my mom's plants, which is a 1, 2, or 3x a week proposition (she doesn't trust gardeners to handle her land...so I do it for now).  Anyway, it was a 3, then 4, then 5, now almost 6 hour job (she keeps adding plants).  All I do is grind in DQ3.  I've created a series of females based on former relationships.  3x sages (all stats maxed except for MP), 3x MA's (all stats maxed except for MP), 3x Thieves (all stats maxed except for MP), and now working on 3x Jesters.

      All of them have every spell and skill in the game prior to picking final classes.   The Jesters just completed Sage, so I started as Jester -> Sage, now Merchant, then Thief (I'll be farming more seeds at this point to maximize the final class), then finally Jester again.

      The easy route to level 99...it's not as good as the original games, as Rimuldar does not have the super mobs of Liquid Metals, but you can still get those in the latter floors of the Tower of Rubiss 5F at roughly the same rate around what's left of what spawned in Rimuldar in the previous remakes and original game.  The best spot is Zenith's Dungeon 3B and 5B.

      Or you can farm Goopi's and the Boss Troll or Stone Guardian respawns.

      Or you can just risk the first outside section of the second half of the bonus dungeon (Zoom to Zenith, walk South, exit out side to the tower of Xenlon.  Just stay outside there and battle whatever.  The gold stone guardians and metal wyverns are the main source of EXP, and the mage's kazinging them will increase your EXP yield.

      The other option is to do Zenith Dungeon 4B and the higher rate of Metal Wyverns.  Though if you're doing that, 3 and 5B should be considered.

      ====

      Don't forget Puff! will kill any metal that doesn't run on the second round.

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  16. Good news guys! There’s going to be a Nintendo Direct tomorrow!

    ...For Indie Games! I know, I know, it’s very exciting and just what we’ve been waiting for.

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      I'm just waiting on Xenoblade Chronicles, so Amazon will finally list it.

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  17. Mass is being cancelled in my area and the home-stay has begun. Stay safe, all of you.

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      Prayers to you and everyone else here.  Though I think we'll be just fine.  This feels like it's for something else, and getting people away from distractions and more available if you're going to make a massive announcement and reveal.  If I'm right, we'll find out sometime at the end of this month.

      I'm wondering why we moved 30,000 troops just recently into Europe.  Most of Europe has more than ample troops at home, more than adequate to handle quarantine, especially if reserves are called in (which they haven't been...which is why I'm wondering why we're sending in troops).

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  18. Has anyone's school initiated virtual instruction due to the coronavirus?

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      Indeed.  Some people certainly seem to behave like the world just came to an end.  The news isn't helping either.  The numbers barely bare out the need for such insane behaviour.

      I looked at the number of H1N1 in the US vs Corona, and at the same points in the US alone, it's 1/30th the spread, and the death toll is a slightly lower % and early on about 1/6th the number.  30k vs 1k infected at day 42, 120 vs I think it was 18 dead for CVID-19. 

      There's a lot of missing data as well that most major sources aren't talking about.  China's health issues, the water quality in the provinces hit hard, air quality in those same provinces, hygiene is non-existent thanks to the older generational retraining due to Mao's various reform systems to undo all of China's former history (sad too, China was one of the most hygienic cultures).  Also heavy smoking especially amongst the older generations.

      Northern Italy is also home to thousands of Chinese (there's a garment factory there that apparently has ~75k Chinese workers), who until the quarantine, were still allowed to go back and forth.  There's also old piping, coffee is apparently a major issue with this virus, related to Oxygen deprivation.  Lots of sugar, and the older generations were some of the heaviest smokers (not so much now given info/reforms in Europe, but damage is done).

      There's also a few interesting tidbits related to this, and yes, have fun with my "Danny Devito" voice and visualizing my conspiracy tin hat and enjoy:

      - Sometime after the Corona Virus hit China, there was a testing of China's full range of 5g.

      - 5g is absorbed by oxygen, but in the process it prevents that oxygen molecule from behaving normally.  The electrons spin erratically, and have a hard time bonding.  This would be especially troubling with foods that are designed to combat free radicals, as they pull out excess oxygen in the blood (drink too much coffee in a day, and you'll find your lips turn blue, as I have on many occasions...or other parts, alongside a feeling of breathlessness).

      - There are two forms of "viral" outbreaks in China, one aggressive where people die quickly, even standing in the street.  The other very light.  The light virus is what's passing on right now, but the heavier one hasn't broken outside of China from what I can tell.  The light, if pneumonia is triggered, has the hallmarks of actual pneumonia (water in the lungs, so wet coughing).  The other is the opposite, it's dry coughing, which means it's not pneumonia, and the bodies are blue in colour, a typical outcome of oxygen deprivation.

      - Back when Norway tested 5G, all of the birds in a mile radius around the testing area dropped dead or flew into water and died while in the water.  Most of them rushing in the direction of the nearest water source.  Each of those deaths was due to instant oxygen deprivation.  The birds who made it to water died of oxygen deprivation as well.

      - Back to China, quite a few people collapsed on the spot, perfectly healthy adults, and the largest complaint for the more aggressive strain was lack of oxygen.  This can happen with pneumonia, however not to the degree or severity, and cold viruses, which is what Corona is, doesn't prevent oxygen absorption, just airflow into the lungs through the nose, and can exacerbate pneumonia due to build up of phlem, which is often the initial trigger.  It's only an issue when the build up of fluid is to such a degree, the lungs cannot intake adequate oxygen.  In this case, the lung scans have shown total oxygen deprivation and lack of fluid.  Death of cells, the black spots can be caused by a number of things, but oxygen deprivation over a prolonged period of time can shut down mitochondrial function, leading to instant cell death.

      - It could be this isn't about 5G and it's only coincidental.  Though it is known 2.4ghz range affects oxygen bonding in cells to a small degree, which is what often leads to odd behaviours in the cell membrane, often leading to cancer development, as it doesn't prevent oxygen bonding, only tweak/alter it.  This occurs as we increase the range, and so far for 5G, there have been only two known real world tests, the Norway test...I think it's Norway, it's one of the countries in the Northern part of Europe, and this latest Chinese test at a most inopportune time.

      - Iran is another matter entirely.  It has terrible water filtration systems outside Tehran from what I've read.  However, we have no direct info on that country.

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  19. Has anyone's school initiated virtual instruction due to the coronavirus?

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      Oh, I'm not bothered by the people buying a month's worth of toilet paper for 6+ people (or 3 months worth for 2), with one set from Costco, or even two from Costco.  I get that, because of those same reasons.

      I'm talking the people buying 4+ of those giant rolls from Costco and Sam's Club, where even with 8 people, you're looking at 3+ months worth.  Plus the people buying to resell for profit if things get bad (and if they don't, they'll return, which I feel bad for the stores that will have to account for the excess inventory of fairly large and in some cases heavy items like water).  Or the people buying to resell in 2nd and 3rd world countries, which sucks, as they're not exactly selling on the cheap for minimal profit.

      Early on, when I was leaving Costco two weeks ago, there were a lot of people with those large flats stacked with water and TP.  Like 8+ in a lot of cases.  Families it seemed from what I saw (mom/dad/kids going shopping).  TP was empty by the time we got to the back, and stocks are bought up within 20~30 minutes, as they get the palletes out.  It's so bad here, and has been going on for 5 weeks straight now, that they've now locked customers to 1 of TP, 2 of water, and 2 of Tissue paper.

      Not just bread and milk out here.  I should have taken a picture with my phone, but my local Smith's grocery over here was empty in a large number of shelves, including fruits and vegetables.   I mean cleaned out.  Meat department was hit fairly hard as well.

      They had extras, but moving veggies out far faster than they could restock.

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  20. Has anyone's school initiated virtual instruction due to the coronavirus?

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

       Gonna be a lot of TP returns once this starts to even out, becomes part of the normal set of viruses we experiences annually (or it disappears entirely like H1N1/SARS/MERS/Polio/etc, only to appear randomly here and there in small sectors or 3rd world countries).

      It's interesting, as TP isn't something people need for this, and the supply chain for TP isn't based on China, but on the US and Canada.

      Though a lot of the buy ups, are from groups that go around buying up goods, and selling them on ebay, or bring them back to countries like China or Mexico, and sell at a high price, because they're US goods (very high prices).  Then there are other groups that get discounts from the CCP, in China, if they bring certain goods back, like refunds for their trips for increasing the supplies of higher quality goods from the US for the CCP/military/backstock for emergencies.

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  21. RIP E3

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      It's still a fun venue.  I remember the e3 I attended.  That was a blast.  More fun than CES.  Though the reading materials you get from CES are serious business.  They really go into depth on the various new technological wonders you get to see, and future plans, including technical specs, tests, potentiality for future growth...half of what we have now was already discussed at CES back in the early 90's, and was already in testing phases.

      e3 is mostly spectacle, but it's become more serious of late by viewing the showroom floor videos now vs then.  It's also a really good venue for small game companies to get noticed to gain some social media traction.  It's one of the main reasons a lot of indie developers have managed to get past the firewall of oversaturation of crap/subpar offerings, AAA's, and haven't had the luck of naturally attracting the right people on Twitter, etc. until that point.

      It's also one of the best venues for companies to showcase beyond their general fanbase.  Something that's harder to do in todays world, which is now far more focused, and with AI controlling feeds, it tends to show like-minded preferences.  So if you're a Nintendo fan, you're likely to only get or almost exclusively get Nintendo stuff.  If you're watching videos from across the gamut, then you'll get more wide ranging feed.  This type of venue forces gamers to pay attention beyond their small worlds, which are sadly become much much much much smaller as we progress forward. 

      I like having it around.  I can see them doing something else, but it isn't like they're shutting down permanently.  Only this year.  We'll see what happens next year.  Lower attendance hasn't had as much an impact as one might feel it does.  Most of that reduced attendance has been from the public, not gaming press, bloggers, etc.

      So if it does close down permanently next year, I find that a tragic event.  The spectacle is part of the fun, and part of showcasing the prowess of the videogame industry.  It would be better if they handled it more like a film festival though.

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  22. This should be very interesting. https://twitter.com/Reggie/status/1237118761460625409

     

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      That's actually good news.  I actually like Gamestop, despite ragging on it a lot.  I just don't like a lot of the corporate bs I see them pull from time to time.  Or the changes made to Software Etc (and Babbages), when those two were bought out.  EB saw that writing on the wall and merged in a way to maintain their standards and practices.

      It will be interesting to see if they can turn this around.  I'm sure there would be a point where Gamestop would end the bleeding.  My area definitely sees a lot of customers, though Santa Fe saw two of three stores close down, Albuquerque has yet to see even one.

       

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  23. I am feeling an odd nostalgia for the Windows XP install process. I did install the OS countless times growing up, but still... Odd.

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      Random thought, or did you just install windows 10?

      I mean there was a certain amount of control over the process.  A lot of customization elements, then that pesky key request that pops up.  Along with the question of which files weren't installed, or were installed incorrectly (wrong folder or partial files), then running recovery to check core file integrity and for any missing files.  Then a disk check to double check core file integrity based on the registry.

      Then knowing it's best to only update windows and drivers in safe-mode.  Then reset.  If you want to keep your OS stable.  Even better if it's installed on a flash drive...that was a fun time, back when you could install your windows system on a pen drive, along with whatever executables you needed, to run anything on any computer.  I think you can still do that with most current builds of Linux, but I haven't tracked or used Linux for 10 years.

      Or use a Raptor 16/32/64GB HDD as an independent setup with JUST the OS, to a raid setup for everything else, which was the best way to maintain stability over extended periods of time, and assure core files loaded into RAM fast, often bypassing a lot of bottlenecks.

      Also the days when Codec Packs were just popping in, as they were required given the limited codecs available and the number of file types being developed.  That was a crazy time.

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