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by Bruce
Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: VM for LAN Gaming
Replies: 2
Views: 979

Re: VM for LAN Gaming

Even when they were new I found the network code in C&C games to be terrible and not worth the hassle. I stopped at C&C:TS when it was still far too buggy. Will look into some q3 options.
by Bruce
Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: VM for LAN Gaming
Replies: 2
Views: 979

VM for LAN Gaming

After several huge failures at actually playing games at a LAN (drivers, patches, game breaking bugs, OS versions not supported, etc). I have decided to make a VM with a heap of LAN games on in which are tested and known working. I'm happy to pay for multiple copies of the games to do this, but clea...
by Bruce
Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:05 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Melbourne meet-up?
Replies: 449
Views: 102620

Re: Melbourne meet-up?

Sorry, I'm already booked for this on that day:

http://www.ifest.com.au/

Don't want to hijack the event, but some people may be interested in this anyway, just FYI.
by Bruce
Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:15 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Melbourne meet-up?
Replies: 449
Views: 102620

Re: Melbourne meet-up?

I am remembered! (or stuck in an old list).

Although I am not really active here any more I am not apposed to a meetup. Stand up isn't really my thing though. I am all 'grown up' these days and find that IRC is a time investment I cannot afford to make.
by Bruce
Sun Nov 30, 2008 12:31 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Melbourne meet-up?
Replies: 449
Views: 102620

Re: Melbourne meet-up?

I'll be there, some people here should be able to identify me.
by Bruce
Sat Nov 29, 2008 6:56 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Melbourne meet-up?
Replies: 449
Views: 102620

Re: Melbourne meet-up?

rustedneurons wrote:
Bruce wrote:Also, what IRC channel is best?

I thought #xkcd on irc.foonetic.net was the only one.

Do you have another name there or not around at the moment? That channel is very chatty and S/N is very bad for organising much.
by Bruce
Sat Nov 29, 2008 6:18 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Melbourne meet-up?
Replies: 449
Views: 102620

Re: Melbourne meet-up?

I'm in, but there is nowhere picnicy that close to either of those stations.... are we bring supplies or purchasing there? Also, what IRC channel is best?
by Bruce
Thu Nov 27, 2008 6:47 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Melbourne meet-up?
Replies: 449
Views: 102620

Re: Melbourne meet-up?

Minigolf (probably not a city activity)
Picnic (we could actually plan to do one this time

I am fairly flexible and probably available.
by Bruce
Thu Nov 20, 2008 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Melbourne meet-up?
Replies: 449
Views: 102620

Re: Melbourne meet-up?

I plan to be at the Vintage Clothing Fair at 10:30 on Saturday, if anyone was interested in meeting up.
by Bruce
Tue Nov 18, 2008 7:38 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Standard units in America?
Replies: 136
Views: 11498

Re: Standard units in America?

Base 12 is much more convenient for construction and real life apps. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 12 all go in easy. This is as opposed to 1, 2, 5, 10. This is completely correct, though in NO WAY justifies use of standard/imperial/whatever over Metric. Also, to adequately make use of a base 12 unit system you w...
by Bruce
Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:33 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Standard units in America?
Replies: 136
Views: 11498

Re: Standard units in America?

I really dont buy the tools argument. Every factory I have been to has two sets of everything because you are always going to be dealing with US machines and things from other countries. The sheer volume of tools we could throw out if imperial* were to die would be staggering. * why do people call i...
by Bruce
Tue Nov 04, 2008 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Euthanasia (Merged)
Replies: 105
Views: 11965

Re: Euthanasia (Merged)

Asking where the line is drawn is asking to misrepresent reality. There is no spoon line, there is only a great wide grey zone, on one end of which is inciting suicide, on the other you can find encouraging free thought. I can't see how you can say this and see no way that making one end of this zo...
by Bruce
Mon Nov 03, 2008 11:59 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Melbourne meet-up?
Replies: 449
Views: 102620

Re: Melbourne meet-up?

I can't make it to egames, but I am up for stuff on the 30th. I should have rock band by then as an option...
by Bruce
Mon Nov 03, 2008 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Euthanasia (Merged)
Replies: 105
Views: 11965

Re: Euthanasia (Merged)

Mzyxptlk wrote:I think we should encourage people to think objectively about the effects of suicide, the problems it solves and causes and to have facilities that provide the means ....

Where is the line between encouraging people to think about the 'problems it solves' as part of this and inciting suicide?
by Bruce
Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Euthanasia (Merged)
Replies: 105
Views: 11965

Re: Euthanasia (Merged)

How can you possibly have such a balanced and open analysis when as soon as you get to any 'pro's (as you mentioned) you are possibly breaking the law? I can't see any public facing body taking this risk, and if they did I would expect to see them in legal trouble. Even if a court decides they didn'...
by Bruce
Sun Nov 02, 2008 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Euthanasia (Merged)
Replies: 105
Views: 11965

Re: Euthanasia (Merged)

In Australia we have a law that makes it "illegal to transmit by phone, internet or fax any information that directly or indirectly incites suicide or provides instructions". This is completely ridiculous in my opinion. Arguably this entire thread could breach this law. This has been drawn...
by Bruce
Wed Oct 29, 2008 10:30 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: TI-Basic Error handling
Replies: 6
Views: 1896

Re: TI-Basic Error handling

When the TI draws something into the graph field it is not using TI-Basic. I failed to see that the expression being evaluated is an arbitrary string. If you knew details of the expression you could detect the invalid case, but as this is unknown you are in trouble. Furthermore, at the time I learnt...
by Bruce
Wed Oct 29, 2008 9:21 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: what is an "x.out archive"?
Replies: 4
Views: 1025

Re: what is an "x.out archive"?

Sorry you are right. Given context however, I can tell you this is a PDP-11 archive. A quick search did not show me any GNU tools to pull this apart.

File provides the following info:
magic:# XXX - "x.out" collides with PDP-11 archives

x.out does appear to be a relative of ar though.
by Bruce
Wed Oct 29, 2008 9:13 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: TI-Basic Error handling
Replies: 6
Views: 1896

Re: TI-Basic Error handling

I think you have to test for valid inputs before the operation, then you can use GOTO.
by Bruce
Wed Oct 29, 2008 8:47 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: what is an "x.out archive"?
Replies: 4
Views: 1025

Re: what is an "x.out archive"?

That is a statically linked library. You can use it to compile into a bigger program. Like .so, only it can only be used at compile time.

As to your question, I guess you could decompile it...
by Bruce
Tue Oct 28, 2008 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Automated Scripting in linux for a beginner
Replies: 8
Views: 1517

Re: Automated Scripting in linux for a beginner

Any text editor will do. Some people like to name the scripts .sh, others do not.

The real trick is that you must have execute permissions on the file. This can be done with chmod u+x <file>.
by Bruce
Tue Oct 28, 2008 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: controlling dc motors/sensors from PC via USB
Replies: 7
Views: 1834

Re: controlling dc motors/sensors from PC via USB

I am finding it harder and harder to make any sense from your posts. - How do the sensors take care of your power problem? - Why are potentiometers not a good idea? - Are you trying to implement servo motors? If so it sounds like you are going about it the wrong way. - 'various things' is not really...
by Bruce
Tue Oct 28, 2008 11:06 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: controlling dc motors/sensors from PC via USB
Replies: 7
Views: 1834

Re: controlling dc motors/sensors from PC via USB

Extra 50mA? I Depending on your motors and the load you will probably find they draw many times your original estimate. One of those ardiuno boards has lots of IO, have a look. It can run independently and/or use usb (depending on model) for comms. I am really unsure about your one motor at a time n...
by Bruce
Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:35 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Guitar Learning Game
Replies: 13
Views: 1301

Re: Guitar Learning Game

You could make a complete guitar with digital inputs over USB HID, but it certainly seems a lot easier to use a normal guitar and treat it as a signal processing task to identify the notes. The only down side with this is you hear the noise from the guitar itself, but there are ways to make that pre...
by Bruce
Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: controlling dc motors/sensors from PC via USB
Replies: 7
Views: 1834

Re: controlling dc motors/sensors from PC via USB

USB will NOT provide the power you need. USB provides 5V at 100mA or 500mA, depending on the power mode, both of which amount to... not enough. I find your figures on current usage of the motors way out. Did you just use a multimeter to measure R then use V=IR? Because this will NOT work for motors ...
by Bruce
Sun Oct 26, 2008 8:21 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Completely Weirdtacular Mouse Problems (of doom)
Replies: 14
Views: 1383

Re: Completely Weirdtacular Mouse Problems (of doom)

I would guess some program or twerk you're using, or possibly a virus, is the problem. This. Think about everything you did after installing Windows (we all have a huge list). You said you don't have protection so if this machine is directly on the intarwebs you can just nuke your install now. Also...
by Bruce
Sun Oct 26, 2008 7:40 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Melbourne meet-up?
Replies: 449
Views: 102620

Re: Melbourne meet-up?

A new post due to Bump. Also 23rd is out for me, and I was planning to attend this:

http://web.mac.com/vintagecelebrity/The ... lcome.html

on the 22nd. Perhaps others would be interested?
by Bruce
Thu Oct 23, 2008 11:54 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Melbourne meet-up?
Replies: 449
Views: 102620

Re: Melbourne meet-up?

I am out for the 15th/16th. Otherwise sounds good.
by Bruce
Sun Oct 12, 2008 11:42 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Melbourne meet-up?
Replies: 449
Views: 102620

Re: Melbourne meet-up?

Haha! If nice shirt, waistcoat, and pocket watch is an absence of style; I wish to see 'dressing elegantly' now. Though I doubt there will be opportunity for that as the weather warms up, as I expect it would involve more layers of clothing. Sadly this is true. Though going out of an evening can st...
by Bruce
Sun Oct 12, 2008 3:13 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Melbourne meet-up?
Replies: 449
Views: 102620

Re: Melbourne meet-up?

Indeed, my absence of style was most unbecoming! Thanks all, can someone please link some information on this game music event the coming Friday (if I recall correctly)?
by Bruce
Sat Oct 11, 2008 12:07 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Melbourne meet-up?
Replies: 449
Views: 102620

Re: Melbourne meet-up?

I just work up! Doesn't look like I can make it anywhere near 12, sorry.

Update: I am heading in, hopefully someone would be still around.
by Bruce
Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Asexuality
Replies: 330
Views: 73795

Re: Asexuality

To confuse the matter further, what about either gender, but not sex? If you go with gay/straight instead of homosexual/bisexual, where does that leave bisexual without the sex?
by Bruce
Mon Oct 06, 2008 7:22 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Melbourne meet-up?
Replies: 449
Views: 102620

Re: Melbourne meet-up?

My calendar says nothing, so I'm up for it.
by Bruce
Thu Oct 02, 2008 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: American Financial situation
Replies: 158
Views: 9689

Re: American Financial situation

For what it is worth my company is now laying off 15% off it's staff. It is an Australian company, which exports around the world production machines (high capital expenditure). I don't blame the company, I don't think they have any choice. I also remain unconvinced the bailout is the right solution...
by Bruce
Tue Sep 23, 2008 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Melbourne meet-up?
Replies: 449
Views: 102620

Re: Melbourne meet-up?

I could do stuff. Was not aware about Manifest.
by Bruce
Sun Sep 21, 2008 5:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I need a phone, but I hate phones
Replies: 15
Views: 1262

Re: I need a phone, but I hate phones

I have a Nokia 1100 and it is a surprisingly good phone. Solid, small, light and good battery life. Will not sync with anything, but do you really need this if you are only using the phone for calls and SMS?
by Bruce
Sat Sep 20, 2008 12:32 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Macgyvering computer hardware
Replies: 18
Views: 2602

Re: Macgyvering computer hardware

Most extreme overclockers run without a case... Nope. The main issue is physical damage and support. heat sinks are heavy and can warp and break contacts on the board if not supported correctly. Secondly make sure you have a clean work area and the bench does not conduct. If I were you I would just...
by Bruce
Thu Sep 18, 2008 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Macgyvering computer hardware
Replies: 18
Views: 2602

Re: Macgyvering computer hardware

I had a mobo that was giving me fits back in high school (yes, they had computers back then TYVM) so I had the mobo tray ripped out of the case sitting on my desk and I just wired it up sans case. PSU just sitting nearby. Anyway, worked fine that way so I kinda left it for a few days sprawled all o...
by Bruce
Mon Sep 08, 2008 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Melbourne meet-up?
Replies: 449
Views: 102620

Re: Melbourne meet-up?

ginnybee wrote:Shall be at the raid on Saturday!

Tempted to be there with a 'Things are pretty OK!' sign.
by Bruce
Sun Sep 07, 2008 12:32 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Macgyvering computer hardware
Replies: 18
Views: 2602

Re: Macgyvering computer hardware

When the Athlon64 first came out there I had one and I broke a fan blade on installation. The size of the fan was new, and there were no replacement coolers on the market. I had a fan from a FOP38 cable tied on to the heat sink for around a year.

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