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Computer Advice in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #16
quote:
Originally written by I like fluffy kitties on rye:

My dad is only interested in a workhorse computer that will last a long time, and given the price range, I wouldn't mind some high end gaming on the side.
Well, a "workhorse computer" for internet surfing and word processing that will probably last 8 years can be had for less than ~$700. Really the only way to get a computer to $2000 is to turn it into about as good a gaming machine as is possible to build, or to outfit it with specialized equipment for video editing or some such.
And if all he wants is a web browser/word processor that will last a while and be hassle-free, (and if he's willing to spend $2k anyway,) I'd say you should in fact just get him a nice iMac. ;)

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Random Questions in Geneforge Series
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #2
Thanks!
I'm on OS X, though, so Windows stuff is not so helpful in that regard. ;)

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Global warming is getting tired, as a threat. in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #30
Oh, you guys do get that the fishing article actually has nothing to do with global warming, right? Right?
He's just talking about the effects of over-fishing on populations. Kind of like what we did to the enormous bison herds around 1900.

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Computer Advice in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #12
As somebody else said, tell us what it's going to be used for if you really want any helpful advice. $2000 is a lot of computer nowadays; I built mine for ~$1100 about 18 months ago and it can still do anything.

In any case, use ZoneAlarm Pro and AVG Free Edition as your firewall/anti-viral stuff. And get a dual-core computer; they're cheap now and very very nice.

And if you absolutely have to buy a pre-built computer, make sure you get a Windows Install Disk with it and then re-install without installing all the crappy programs Dell/Compaq/etc like to put in.

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Good news! in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #118
quote:
Originally written by Delicious Vlish:

I'll stick a tentacle out and mention what the big change was for me.

I was able to summon a Fyora, a cryoa, a vlish, a battle alpha, and a plated clawbug.

w00t! That's really bugged me in playing through the first 3.

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Random Questions in Geneforge Series
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #0
I just bought the trilogy, and have some random questions:
1) Is it possible to get an ending for G1 in which you rejoin the shapers (after destroying the Geneforge) where they don't distrust you? (ie, you don't get the "always wonder what might have been" thing). Similarly, is there a way to use the Geneforge without going insane?
2) I played G1 as a Shaper and just started G2 as a Guardian. The fyora I created at the beginning really sucks (he misses his shots as often as not, and I don't think that ever happened in G1). Is this because I'm a Guardian or because in G2 fyoras suck?
3) In G1 you can pause the game by hitting escape and then switch into some other applications. I haven't found a way to switch out of G2 yet; is there one?

Think that's it for now; thanks in advance for any answers. :)

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Global warming is getting tired, as a threat. in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #18
There is no question in the scientific community that global warming is happening. There's some question as to whether humans are causing all of it, but it really doesn't matter -- global warming is happening, and we need to do what we can to deal with it.
I don't have a source for this, but my favorite statistic (from a professor who concentrates on the politics of rain forests) is that 95% of scientists believe in global warming, but only 50% of those who get to testify in Congress do.

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G4 Preview in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #20
So I'm noticing the FPS counter in the upper-left land area seems to be ~10 -- does anybody know what the other games normally run at? That seems painfully low.

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DEMONSLAYER in Avernum 4
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #10
quote:
Originally written by Randomizer:

Unfortuneately as a singleton you have to fight them one at a time and slowly wear them down past that nasty magic barrier that reduces damage.
Isn't that barrier only applied to one of them at a time, though? So as soon as one gets it you just start hacking at the other one.

EDIT: Whoops, forgot I was going back into old threads. Sorry.

[ Monday, April 03, 2006 09:54: Message edited by: SNM ]

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Avernum 4 Resolution Requirements in Avernum 4
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #6
A lot of newer CRTs are incredibly cheap.
Having said that, did you try running A4 @ the irritating 60 hertz? I can't stand it on my desktop, but games often look fine at lower refresh rates.

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Avernum 4 For Macintosh v1.0.1 Upgraded Released in Avernum 4
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #8
Anybody know if there's a difference between this and the beta version?

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OS X updates and registered copies in The Avernum Trilogy
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #2
Thanks very much. :)

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OS X updates and registered copies in The Avernum Trilogy
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #0
I have the Avernum trilogy on CD and want to update Avernum and A2 to be OS X compatible. Unfortunately, the updates seem to unregister the game. Is there any way to update without losing the registered status?
(While I could just get keys again, the games were actually ordered by my father several years ago and I'd like to not go through the hassle of figuring out addresses and stuff.)

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Great Art in Games in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #32
The original Deus Ex. I believe it's only available for PC, but pretty much the entire game is incredible. It's a detailed RPG/FPS hybrid with an incredibly detailed and prophetic storyline.

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Rosetta in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #23
quote:
Originally written by Majordomo:

Having recently 'tweaked' a stack of my old and now deprecated PPC Carbon (C) code so that it compiles ok as Universal, I think I can safely say Jeff is in for a fair bit of 'tweaking'.
Dang. So much for the miracle of XCode.
quote:
Originally written by Thuryl:

Well, my impression is that Cocoa and Carbon apps will still work, they just won't run natively. It's therefore likely that Jeff won't update them at all.
Eh...benchmarks suggest that (on an iMac, anyway) non-native apps run at one-half to one-third the speed they do on the G5 iMac and consume significantly (at least 3 times) more memory. That's a fair bit of speed loss.

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What will come after Avernum4 for Windows? in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #27
By "studio", Slartucker meant "production house," "creation team," "game designer," etc. He didn't mean an art studio.

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Khoth's Red Herring? (Possible spoiler) in Avernum 4
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #2
You missed a lever or something somewhere, all the spellbook doors open.

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Romeo and Juliet. Thoughts? in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #15
I read R&J my freshman year of high school and thought it sucked. They're both stupid fools and the play requires too much suspension of disbelief for me.
Othello, on the other hand, I found to be quite good. I recognize the similarities between the two, but passionate love that's broken by jealousy and lack of trust is just more believable to me.

Probably the fact that half my R&J class were juniors and seniors who'd previously failed frosh English colored my experience a bit, though.

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Charge ion cannons. in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #20
quote:
Originally written by Student of Trinity:

Anyway, directed energy weapons have a basic problem. Lasers as weapons are just another way of delivering kinetic energy to a target, by using photons as bullets -- a whole lot of really tiny bullets. But imagine you have to shoot a bear with a shotgun. Would you rather fire a slug, or a shellful of fine sand?
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But you have to ask, Why do it the hard way?
I think the most effective directed energy weapon is going to remain the directed kinetic energy of a bullet, for a good long time to come.

I'm pretty sure directed-energy is all about delivering heat and energy, not about physically stopping them. So it's more like asking if you'd rather shoot the bear with a slug or burn a hole through his stomach. Which may actually depend on your objectives.

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Rosetta in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #15
quote:
Originally written by Like Canada but farther south:

—Alorael, who would be shocked if Avernum didn't work. Supposedly the only things that will even be noticeably different are those that take advantage of fairly specific and high-end instructions. Even the snazziest new games have been running without many difficulties. Only things like Adobe's software have been disappointing.
Carbon PPC apps will run less quickly than Carbon apps compiled for Intel (oh yes, that's right...Avernum should be able to become native simply by recompiling it in XCode!). However, the Core Duo processor is a good bit faster than a single G5, so you won't notice any slowdown.
Things like Adobe's products don't run under Rosetta because they make use of the Altivec chip instructions, which cannot really be translated (they're very low-level) and which don't exist under x86 (I believe they're too specific to the G4/G5 architecture; things like MMX and SSE are the equivalents on x86, but they don't have the same functions).

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Rosetta in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #10
quote:
Originally written by *i:

With Classic support gone, Jeff will likely need to Carbonize the old Exile series if he wants to continue selling them for Mac.
Despite the number of people on here asking about them, I'd be willing to bet that it's more worth Jeff's time to make a new game. Avernum was different as it's part of the current lineup, but Exile has been supplanted in commercial terms, regardless of what the BoE people think. ;)

quote:
I'm not exactly sure if there will be any problems with using the current carbonized software on the new Intel chips. I'd be willing to bet they would work just fine as the new chip should support Carbon.

Of course, one can never know for absolute sure whether Avernum will work or not until someone actually tries running on the new chip.

If Carbon support was gone, we'd know by now. That'd be a hugely stupid thing for Apple to do.

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Rosetta in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #5
quote:
Originally written by Student of Trinity:

I have heard, though, that Classic is no more on the Intel Macs.
Yeah. So bye-bye Exile.

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Yarrr... Linux! in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #91
quote:
It is my belief that, more than any other factor, perceived poverty in third world countries is increasing due to the increasing imports to these countries.
<$1/day is not percieved poverty. :( I mean, my family spends ~$1/meal/person, and while if you grow your own stuff it might be a little cheaper, that leaves out clothing.
Not to mention any possibility of exiting poverty.

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Demonslayer in Avernum 4
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #4
I believe both the Oozing and Flaming Blades had more flat damage, though Demonslayer still gives you a huge and wonderful bonus against demons.

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Yarrr... Linux! in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #89
I was using "The West" in a humorous sense to mean The Man, Those With Money, etc. ;)

quote:
Originally written by SoT:

[qb]The Fair Trade strategy, as I understand it, is to get consumers to accept higher costs by moral suasion, and then hope that this gives the growers enough income to be content with, so that they aren't tempted to futile overproduction. That may be the tricky part.

I realize that this is often a matter of providing the growers with a very modest recompense, far less than what we take for granted in the First World. But it is still grower contentment, and not subsistence, that is the issue. Because if I'm a coffee grower who is finally getting by because of higher coffee prices, it's not like I'm going to know my place as a mere Third Worlder, and accept the just getting by with permanent joy. Like any human being, I'm going to start thinking about doing better than barely getting by. And with good coffee prices, and me already being a successful coffee grower, I'm going to think about growing more coffee. And every other coffee grower is going to be thinking the same. In fact, it's a kind of Prisoner's Dilemma.
First thing to understand about Fair Trade: You get better coffee. Seriously.
Second thing: Fair Trade companies often have a much lower profit margin (if there's any at all) than most coffee distributors, and the farmers have a correspondingly much higher income level which is guaranteed to cover the costs of growing that product and providing enough money to care for a family. I refer you to http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/downloads/pdf/five_guarantees.pdf
Second, I'm guessing there's actually not much need to worry about overproduction by somebody within Fair Trade: they admit themselves that they don't take all the coffee their members produce because there isn't enough demand, and if you're a coffee grower you only have so much money even on Fair Trade. It's not like it's a trivial thing to buy the land and labor you need to grow more.

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