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101  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Extra Credits: Propaganda Games & Why Games Do Cthulhu Wrong on: July 22, 2014, 10:49:51 AM
I'm a big Lovecraft fan - but I'll +1 w/Stoic and tomos. These are games we're talking about. They don't really need to toe the line on Lovecraftian themes or nihilism to be good games.

However, if you're truly a Lovecraft fan, the only possible game involving Cthulhu would be preventing his minions or some misguided researchers from setting in motion a chain of events that will bring on the advent of what the Necronomicon calls the Strange Aeons where the Old Ones shall return to once again dominate and rule our dimension - "and even death may die."*

In short, you can't fight Cthulhu. Cthulhu is the failure state. If Cthulhu appears, the game is over.

The best possible win would be to simply survive - ideally with your sanity intact - till the game clock runs out. With Cthulhu, there is NO possible win - there's only stalling off your own inevitable failure. Your goal isn't to win the game. It's to not lose it. And that would not be the most satisfying outcome for the average gamer.

FWIW I've played some very good Lovecraft-themed games with heavy duty HP fans over the years. While these games were often extremely intense and very enjoyable to play, the "don't lose" end goal tended to leave all of us with a certain sense of frustration and futility by the end of the game. With Lovecraft, there's no real "feel good" ending possible. So unless you're a diehard fan like we are, that probably wouldn't have been considered a 'fun' evening for most people. Not that that's a bad thing for Lovecraft fans. That act of putting up a bold but ultimately pointless front in the face of utter hopelessness and cosmic dread is what makes Lovecraft so entertaining. At least for those of us mutants who have been bitten by the Cthulhu bug.

*Note: losing to Cthulhu is a particularly nasty fate since Cthulhu is (among other things) an "eater of souls." Your very being becomes trapped like a fly in amber. Those "killed" by Cthulhu don't "die" in the usual sense. Your consciousness gets absorbed into the mind/person of Cthulhu, where it will get to explore the ceaseless and infinite number of ways you can suffer death and pain in Cthulhu's psychotic imagination.

Like Leviathan's Labyrinth in Clive Barker's Hellraiser stories (which Barker has said were heavily influenced by some of Lovecraft's themes and ideas) Cthulhu is the living embodiment of what we would consider to be hell in the most classic and literal sense. "Enter Ye into the place prepared for you from everlasting unto everlasting. Now Ye shall truly never die."

Such is the fate of those consumed by the eater of souls.

Wow! Bummer huh? Talk about something that could ruin your whole day... Grin
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Evil beerchug
102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: July 21, 2014, 11:45:41 PM
Which would I buy?  After my experience recently... none.  I really wanted a windows tablet, especially because I could code for it universally with my skillset I already possess.  Purchased a Dell Venue 8.  Sold it after trying for a couple of months to do anything similar to the experience I get on the iPad.

It just doesn't do the mobile experience well, from experience when downloading and the tablet sleeps, to limitations in applications that don't have similar limitations on iPad, to even using system menus and options (anything that's not in the system charm?  don't try to use it- it will still be built for standard windows.  and definitely not in portrait mode, as most are widescreen).

Wanted to like it, but wasn't successful in that.
wraith...if you ever felt like describing the excruciating details of your experience, I would totally enjoy reading it over my morning coffee.  I'm a little shocked to hear about any sort of limitations on windows that is not present in the ipad.  And weren't you one of the earlier users of the original windows tablets from way back 10 years ago?  I think that was you...
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: July 21, 2014, 11:42:52 PM
MS is still such an abrasive company these days, you don't even want to buy their good stuff.  This is my dilemma.  I don't like what the company is doing at all, but this tablet is really great.

FWIW I wouldnt let that stop me. Good is good
(are Apple or Google any more attractive these days!? - dont answer that or we'll go completely off-topic :p)
good point.
104  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: July 21, 2014, 03:45:02 PM
i was playing with the surface again yesterday.  Just from a practical standpoint, it feels so much better than ANY tablet I've ever tried.  The Windows 8 OS (Pro, not RT) is fantastic for a tablet.  Geez.  It's like light years difference from any other touch experience on the ipad or whatever.  it's soooooo much better.

MS is still such an abrasive company these days, you don't even want to buy their good stuff.  This is my dilemma.  I don't like what the company is doing at all, but this tablet is really great.  Reading pdf's on it is the greatest experience of reading pdf's on any device.

You know what I can't wait for?  The day when Linux starts being able to go on super-powered tablets.  That's going to destroy everything, and I would imagine google/apple/MS is terrified about that.  If I can go out, buy an i7 powered tablet with a 12" screen, install Linux on it...that's a huge game changer.
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Lazyload on: July 20, 2014, 06:14:48 PM
You guys working nights on a weekend yet just to solve my petty little problems!

Well that's DoCo I guess.  smiley

There's a bunch of us here with no personal lives. Wink  Grin
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Oh god...It's him! on: July 17, 2014, 09:11:53 AM
welcome back.
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What is the logic of bezier curves? (for Illustrator pen tool) on: July 15, 2014, 03:38:12 PM
I find this image useful:
So from what I gather, it seems for each segment you dray, there's only a certain number of shapes that can be accomplished.  I need to understand these individual shapes.  I think what's confusing me are all these tutorials where they show you how to draw a whole thing, but I just need to understand what each segment can do, and I'll be able to go from there.
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / What is the logic of bezier curves? (for Illustrator pen tool) on: July 15, 2014, 11:36:26 AM
I've never quite gotten the hand of bezier curves, and it's a mental block.  I keep trying the tutorials, but I don't have the time to really do enough practice for me to get it naturally.  But, I know how I think...I need a logical explanation of how bezier curves work.  I don't want just practice, I want an explanation of the idea.

Like, "When a handle is like this, it is doing this and this, so it makes this sort of shape."

Anyway, I'm looking for good explanations.  There are tons of tutorials and explanations of how to get a shape, but hardly anything that just explains what it is and how all the parts work.

Wikipedia has some good, helpful animations.
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone understand what Android does with contact photos? on: July 15, 2014, 09:39:04 AM
I think, then, the best resolution for pictures for my phone will by anything square that is minimum 720x720, but can be larger without looking bad.  Also, I have to make sure I have whatever options turn off that makes android/google degrade the quality of photos.  I still don't know how that happens.  Google will noticeably reduce the quality of contact photos, but i can't tell when it does it.  Probably has something to do with syncing. 
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: Looking for true app data backup solution on: July 14, 2014, 06:26:00 PM
A while back when I first got my otg cable, I was able to view my usb drive in twrp. I never tried to actually set it as my backup location tho. I assume it might work. BTW, are you using the free version of Titanium and rom toolbox, or the pro versions?
paid: both versions.
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: Looking for true app data backup solution on: July 14, 2014, 05:56:27 PM
I use twrp. Is there a way to backup to a usb drive (via an OTG cable) since the N5 doesn't have external storage? The only problem with a nandroid backup is that I want to be able to "copy" all my apps and data to a different rom, which I can't do with a nandroid backup. I was reading that titanium backup can restore from twrp backups. I suppose if I can ever get titanium to actually backup the data, it might be an option.
I don't know of a direct way to do the usb thing.  But I have a couple of workarounds.  You can just manually transfer the file over with a file manager.  Another way is to use something like BTSync and it will automatically sync a folder on your phone to one on your computer when they are near each other (bluetooth or wifi).

But if I'm not mistaken, you may still be able to restore your apps with ROM toolbox (with a nandroid backup file) even if it's a different rom.  because there's an option for apps, apps and data, or system apps, or everything I think.  I've only tried it on the same rom but different versions, and it worked fine.

Apps restore fine with titanium from my experiences.  But the system stuff doesn't work well, even though it claims it does.  LIke accounts, customized rom settings, custom system apps and settings, they normally don't work well at all except with nandroid.
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: Looking for true app data backup solution on: July 14, 2014, 05:41:30 PM
I also have a nexus 5, and I've gone through this.  Here's my story...

The two apps I use for this sort of stuff:
ROM Toolbox
Titanium Backup

ROM Toolbox is definitely the more versatile program and the one to get if you're only going to get one.   It can do everything Titanium does basically, and much more. However, Titanium is sometimes preferred in specific situations.

ROM Toolbox can backup your apps, app data, system apps, etc.  So can Titanium.  But Titanium can keep multiple copies of backups, which is really the only thing it does better.  When I'm restoring just a single app, I go to titanium (no good reason).

Now, all this aside, it's easy to screw up an intended backup/restore procedure when you are installing a new ROM or something.  Things don't restore the way you expect, settings are gone, etc.  And it's not always easy to figure out why.  So here comes...

Nandroid, is like a noun/verb (very confusing) that basically means an image of your phone.  You can only do a Nandroid outside of the OS (like in twrp or cwm).  THis is definitely my preferred restoring method.  When I restore my system (all apps, settings, anything) using a Nandroid, everything restores perfectly.  If I try to restore within android using titanium or ROM toolbox doesn't work nearly as well.

So how do you make a nandroid?  From ROM toolbox, you backup your ROM.  It will reboot and do it automatically.

Hope that helps.
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Does anyone understand what Android does with contact photos? on: July 14, 2014, 12:59:08 PM
I'm trying to figure out what Android is doing with contact photos so I can keep cleaning up my contacts and end up with a nice addressbook that gets managed properly.

I'm trying to understand what the best resolution is for an android contact photo.  Now, the phone is 1080p (1080x1920).  The contact photos appear in full screen, so I would assume 1080x1920 is ideal.  However...contact photos are required to be square.  So you can't really have that rectangular resolution.  So what's the best square resolution? 1080x1080? or 1920x1920?

But android will still make the picture full screen.  So I want to assume 1920x1920 is the better option so they don't have to enlarge the photo and lose quality.  But I don't think it works that way.  I once read that the photos are or should be 720x720.  I don't get it.  And I couldn't find clear answers on google.

114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: South Park moves behind Hulu paywall starting Sept 24, 2014 on: July 13, 2014, 09:40:03 PM
Wow, very interesting.  I should be following these kinds of current events since I'm interested in learning this business.

I always thought it was amazing that SP offered their library for free on their website.  other shows, like late night, do it as well, but not the entire library like SP did.  I wonder what all this sort of thing is really leading up to, and I hope it's not as bad as it seems.
115  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: NoteFrog lifetime license $9.95 - but no new licenses ever after?? on: July 11, 2014, 08:20:04 PM
posted my reply on the crosspost: http://www.donationcoder....29431.msg359252#msg359252 

Not sure if it's better to keep conversation here or there (hence why I hate crossposts)
That's what I was thinking (reading wraith's post).  it makes sense to me.  They're not making much money on this thing, but they use it themselves and they'll probably just fix bugs that users find from now on.

It's such a competitive field, there are soooooo many clipboard managers.
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Picture of photosynthesis in action. Where is the picture?! on: July 11, 2014, 12:24:37 PM
So I get all excited about this news of the first pictures of photosynthesis in action:
The researchers report the first direct visualization of a crucial event in the photosynthetic reaction, namely the step in which a specific protein complex, photosystem II, splits water into hydrogen and oxygen using energy provided by light.
ok....so where is the picture?  May I please see it?  gd.
I searched and searched.  Big teases.  Can I please see the freaking picture.  I'm less interested in the words about the picture, I just want the picture.  Thank you.

Oh I forgot, you have to pay for it.  Nature magazine.
I can't tell if it's in the magazine or just online?
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 11 Released! on: July 09, 2014, 04:57:21 PM
I'm in 2 minds about this upgrade. It's hard to see what killer improvement is there, especially when it costs AUS$50 for the upgrade.

I was wondering about the same thing. I'm having a hard time finding the killer feature for me. I consider myself a basic user of Dopus (I don't even customise it myself, just use Andy's setup), but the new features seem to be targeting the super-sophisticated user that can write their own scripts and customise the hell out of the interface.
omg...this Andy guy (the dearopus) is awesome!  His customized setup is beautiful.

I love this freaking dopus program.  Sadly (or not?) I spend more active time with Dopus than any other thing or person in my life.

So I followed Andy's instructions and used a lot of his customizations.  I also added some flat icons I found for the default stuff from the dopus forums.  I have my own custom status bar.  It's basically Dopus pron.

118  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: July 09, 2014, 11:47:49 AM
After considering the new Surface Pro 3, I am intrigued by these tablets now.  Can we have a discussion about our experiences with windows tablets?  I'll start....

No RT nonsense; the full Windows package.
My female cousin has an original surface pro, I picked her brain about it.  She's not a techie at all.  She loves the thing.  For school, she says it's so much better than android tablets, ipads, etc.  Like by a longshot.  I played around with it, did some of the things she likes, and I gotta say, it's pretty nice.  The complaints in the press sound really weird after my experience.  The complaints don't make sense.  The tablet is fast, runs all windows programs, has a decent enough pen input where I'm not bothered much at all (I haven't tried Photoshop though).  Feels better than the Samsung pen input.  The only pen experience I've had personally that I like better is my actual wacom tablet.

With that big screen on the new Surface Pro, I am drooling about using it to read my books and digital magazines.  Being able to clip stuff like a windows computer, pictures, cropping, file management without any tortured procedures like in android/ios.  God I love having a fully featured file manager.
I'm excited about being able to sketch on it.  I'm excited about sharing files and windows programs with it.  I'm excited about some nifty things I may be able to do with music applications...remote midi control?  i dunno.

I mean, for us Windows power users, haven't we been waiting for something like this forever?! 
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinPatrol has a new developer on: July 02, 2014, 11:33:15 PM
The announcement is nice.  I take back what I said.  Thmbsup
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Freedom Summer on: July 02, 2014, 06:20:09 PM
geez.  one one hand, i want to say i shouldn't complain about current stuff.  on the other hand, yes i should.  Sad
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinPatrol has a new developer on: July 01, 2014, 06:20:31 PM
It's over most likely.  Guys like BillP are normally not replaceable.  Who knows?
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: help needed: owncloud contacts on vmware with IIS on: June 30, 2014, 10:43:45 PM
Is that bad?  lol.  I don't know!

Well, I'll explain...i was only running apache initially, but it wouldn't work outside the vm.  then i read i need to enable iis for owncloud in windows, so i did.  Then it worked outside the vm, but with that error.  Also, on my android phone, i can use owncloud outside the vm with no errors!  i don't get it.

i guess i can forget the vm and just try owncloud on my main machine with ampps.  without iis i suppose.
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / help needed: owncloud contacts on vmware with IIS on: June 30, 2014, 09:41:16 PM
OK, I don't know much about this stuff.  I'm testing out owncloud on vmware as a contacts/calendar syncing solution.

host machine: win7 x64
vmware machine: win7 x64, network is bridged
owncloud v6, installed in AMPPS
IIS is enabled on the virtual machine
AMPPS Apache had a conflict with port 80, so IIS is enabled on port 8080

everything works fine in the virtual machine.  On the host machine, i can login to owncloud, but the contacts gives an error "failed loading groups" and basically doesn't work, contacts don't show up and it hangs.

It's not clear to me from google searches what the issue or resolution is, so I'm turning to you guys here.
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movie news and views on: June 26, 2014, 06:02:32 PM
 tongue 40, you're cracking me up here.
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Soccer World Cup 2014 on: June 25, 2014, 12:37:48 PM
Much as I've tried, I just can't get into soccer.

Or watching any sporting event on TV for that matter.

Wish I could sometimes. But there you have it.

Anybody else have this same problem?
Me too.
Watching Sports feels old-fashioned to me, like listening to the radio in the living room.
A while back, I said basketball would be more interesting to me if HBO took it over and showed games with just a mic'd building.  SO you hear the players, coaches, fans (hopefully not the arena music/fx).  And not that fake stuff where the mic the coach and he knows it so when the tv comes on him he says some generic coaching cliche.  i want to hear the real stuff.

I went to a Laker game last year...people laugh.  I didn't even watch the game.  I watched, through binoculars, the coaches, the play by play announcer, officials.  It was fascinating.  You know those huddles?  Well, they only do that in the 4th quarter when the tv camera is on them.  In non-televised timeouts, the players just sit and don't talk.  Even funnier...the coaches don't talk either!  people just sit and stand around.  that stuff is largely for show.

So as you can see, I'm more interested now in how the mechanisms of the sports works.  the game itself is not as interesting.
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