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#448481 What games are people playing these days!?

Posted Frost on 13 March 2018 - 02:56 PM

View PostAtticus, on 13 March 2018 - 08:02 AM, said:

Still playing Fallout 4. Might never end...? Think I have over 20k rounds of .38 ammo.

Hey, you’re starting to approach me in real life. I better buy more before you pass me.

#448452 MacPro Updated Prediction 2019

Posted Frost on 08 March 2018 - 10:54 PM

All this fantasizing when you know what the outcome will be.

The Mac Pro will have a power port and a USB-C port. They will announce "Pro Upgrade Modules" where the whole computer comes off except the power supply, then you plug in a new computer into the power supply when you want to upgrade.

Jony Ive will declare this to be the most excellent path forward, mainly because he will color it stark white.

Search your feelings. You know it to be true.

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#448163 IMG Forum tip jar?

Posted Frost on 11 February 2018 - 02:54 PM

I would donate to a tip jar for updating our IPB to a non-dinosaur version.

#448162 Star Trek Discovery

Posted Frost on 11 February 2018 - 02:31 PM

View PostThain Esh Kelch, on 11 February 2018 - 02:03 PM, said:

I am almost finished with season 1 of DISCO and have come to the following conclusions

I like:
The updated bling bling.
Bigger, better sets.
Better CGI.
The characters Lorca, Culber, Stamets, Saru.
Proper action fights.

I dislike:
The sporedrive.
The characters Burnham, Tyler.

I loathe:
The super magical spore drive.
The raped klingons.
The raped chronology.
The character Tilly.
The lack of Star Trek.

I stopped watching mid-season.

This isn't Star Trek, it's an abortion of a Battlestar Galactica-wannabe ostensibly set in something resembling the Star Trek universe. It feels like a rabid Trekkie and rabid environmentalist from the r/Politics echo chamber of reddit who likes sci-fi battles watched the 2003 BSG and loved it. Then went and wrote a fan fiction complete around that with the bane of all fan fiction, a Mary Sue character (Burnham). Add in ham-fisted shoehorning of a caricature of their modern political opponents onto the Klingons, shake, and bake.

I won't lie, it's had its upsides and parts I've genuinely enjoyed, but overall, that's the feeling I get from it.

#448156 Support the NNLO!

Posted Frost on 10 February 2018 - 12:48 PM

View PostDirtyHarry50, on 09 February 2018 - 09:31 PM, said:

That sounds like a character building experience if ever there was one.
Or at least a healthy gut fauna building experience.

#448147 Public Apology

Posted Frost on 09 February 2018 - 06:37 PM

Wait, was it really 11 years ago I sent you that "At least you're not 60 yet!" happy birthday IM on here for 59?

<checks IM box>

Wait, nevermind that, I got the "Uncle Cat Wants You" IM and got conscripted to read you people's posts looking for spam 9 years ago? Damn, what happened. Somebody slow this thing down, I want to get off.

#448130 Public Apology

Posted Frost on 08 February 2018 - 12:44 PM

I miss the 80s' hair, music, positivity, and lack of a culture of professional victimhood where you're being perpetually offended at everything around you.


#448122 Public Apology

Posted Frost on 07 February 2018 - 08:22 AM

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#447913 Forget EA and Bungie, this is the most amazing post-launch thing I've see...

Posted Frost on 14 January 2018 - 07:41 PM

Redid the special event a second time to try and make as cinematic a recording as possible for folks who can't play, or are having trouble not dying (not something I've never experienced personally, but you know)

Skip straight to 20:16 for the Predator encounter if you don't want to lead-up, but if you want it done movie-style, do the whole thing!

#447912 What games are people playing these days!?

Posted Frost on 14 January 2018 - 07:40 PM

Hell yeah, BF:BC campaign was great. I loved the modern day Kelly's Heroes angle they were going for.

#447881 Most missed hardware feature

Posted Frost on 12 January 2018 - 05:44 PM

View PostJanichsan, on 12 January 2018 - 12:54 PM, said:

Other features I miss:
  • battery charge indicator LEDs on Macbooks
  • user replaceable RAM and HDDs/SSDs
  • SD card slot

I suppose I will upgrade my 2012 MacBook Pro at some time, but I can't see it happening for this reason. I've had a 2TB 850 Pro in it for ages. It shipped with 8GB and I bumped it up to 16GB of RAM. If I feel pressed for space, there are 4TB options on the market and 98% of my time will just be spent moving my data over to it. The actual hardware upgrade is about a 90-120 second job. I can also read SD cards from my DSLR without a dongle. I can connect to ethernet at a work site without a dongle. When my battery starts to suffer, replacement with a fresh one is a simple 2 minute job needing nothing but a screwdriver.

I'm still of the opinion if Apple wants a super-slim portable Mac at the expense of broad spectrum capability, knock themselves out on the MacBook. But for the MacBook PRO, the machine being geared toward professional use rather than just being slim should rule the day. I WOULD upgrade to a new MacBook Pro right now if it would increase the convenience level of doing what I do with it instead of decreasing it. So, Apple is actually denying themselves a sale there.

Besides keeping Macs going well past their expiration date is also cool. I just did what will probably be the final upgrade on my 2001 PowerBook G4 Titanium (and in fact I'm typing this on it) this week. Swapped the 512GB Crucial M550 mSATA SSD with cheap Chinese mSATA to PATA adapter card to a cooler, faster, less power-hungry Micron M600 512GB mSATA SSD on a high end, high-quality Taiwanese mSATA to PATA adapter. Just finished booting into MacOS 9.2.2 to make sure it's working fine off the M600. It is. As is Classilla. :D


#447857 Most missed hardware feature

Posted Frost on 11 January 2018 - 01:33 PM

I miss the switch on the side of iPads for locking/unlocking portrait rotation. I used that constantly when I had my iPad mini 2 a couple years ago. Now have an iPad Pro 9.7 and I hate having to use the control center all the time for that instead of a nice easy switch.

#447854 Star Trek Discovery

Posted Frost on 11 January 2018 - 09:34 AM

View PostThain Esh Kelch, on 11 January 2018 - 07:00 AM, said:

Hmmm, I have it like that. Maybe I should watch it after all..

It is probably the best example I can think of of parody done well. Pokes fun at the source material and well-known issues on it mercilessly, and yet it's always in a comedic way without ever getting a vindictive streak about it as happens so often with parody, and actually has a decent story tying the whole thing together too. It makes great fun of Star Trek and yet manages to do so without putting it down and even nods to the positive aspects while poking fun.

#447770 Firearms

Posted Frost on 05 January 2018 - 08:02 PM

View PostG_Player, on 05 January 2018 - 06:21 PM, said:

With all the nut cases running around lately, I'm seriously considering getting a concealed carry permit
(my longbow doesn't conceal at all and a quiver full of bodkin-tipped arrows won't fit under a winter coat).

Now guys, don't laugh...

I wear a kilt most of the time (except, of course, during this harsh winter) and plan on strapping it to my upper thigh under the kilt.

I should like a 9MM that shoots sweetly (not a lot of kick), will fit under the kilt strapped to my thigh, and POINTS DOWNWARD.

What do you guys recommend?

I've had my License to Carry (formerly Concealed Handgun License) for 12 years... in that time I've been shot at by a lunatic one time, just this past summer in fact, and I wasn't carrying. Let that be a lesson: make sure you get something you can carry with you all the time. Or alternately, get something you prefer, and then a backup that can be carried even when you're dressed very poorly for CCing. Also you don't have to be in the hood for there to be a nut, I was somewhere you would take your kids without a second thought. And lest anyone mention gun laws, the guy in question is a felon so can't legally possess a gun anywhere in the United States in the first place so he is already ignoring the law. I got a tiny Beretta Pico to go alongside my regular setup just so that I would have something that I could conceal even if I was in shorts and a light T-shirt in the middle of the Texas summer.

If you're manly enough to wear a kilt, I ain't gonna criticize! Pretty damn good concealment option, honestly. You could hide my Mark 23 under there, not that you'd probably want to.

Not sure what you mean by points downward. What's your budget? My go-to recommendation for a 9mm that is extremely well-built, superbly reliable, with very controllable recoil and great accuracy but without a high price would be any member of the Beretta 92 series (M9, M9a1, M9a3, 92FS, 92A1, etc.). Most of them can be had around the $500-600 mark which is very reasonable. M9a3 is the exception at around $800-900 because it's sporting piles of upgrades. If you have big paws like me or at least medium sized ones you will probably like the standard grip. If not, the Vertec grip is much friendlier to smaller hands and has a feel closer to a Colt 1911 or equivalent 1911 clone.

92s, due to high mass for the caliber, their very low bore axis, and the Walther P38-derived locking block system are exceptional with recoil, and can best be described as giving you more of a "push" feeling than a rapid snap. Very easy to control and be accurate with with a little practice.

If you've got a big budget, the HK USP9 is fantastic and features HK's patented recoil reduction system like the rest of the USP line. Think of them as downsized versions of my Mark 23 that are more "normal" size. Like the 92s, it is superbly shootable and has a push feel to the recoil rather than a snap, although for different reasons. The USP is probably one of the most unkillable pistol designs in existence as well and will survive abuse that will destroy other weapons. But, you pay for it in price.

The Sig P22x series (P226, P228, P229, etc.) are pretty good guns, but they have a crazy high bore axis and you'll probably find you need a lot more practice to shoot one consistently and accurately versus their competition. Their price range also puts them in the same price class as the USP, and IMO the USP is superior. Sig is still good quality though generally. Although I do not favor the Sig P320... at all.

If you prefer a more angled grip and light trigger pull with a much more affordable price, HK VP9, Walther PPQ, and Beretta APX are all good options. I'd give the edge to the VP9 as it's a much more durable piece of kit than most of its direct competitors.

There's also the option of Blocks (Glocks) and things like the Springfield XD. They may work for you. You won't find me recommending them. Their price is amazingly affordable. On every single other metric, their competition is better.

#447761 Firearms

Posted Frost on 05 January 2018 - 12:03 AM

Mega necropost!

Finally decided to make like Nike, Just Do It, and get my Grail Gun that I've wanted for almost 20 years. HK Mark 23 SOCOM, aka Solid Snake's gun. It took months of hunting as I wanted a REAL one that was exactly the same as the military version aside from a different roll mark. That meant finding one made between 1996 and 2003, before the MK23 contract ended in 2004 and HK stopped making the commercial models to the same spec. Found a beauty from 2002 with less than 200 rounds fired over the past 15 years (that will be changing shortly).


Next to my other favorite pistol, my Beretta M9.