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by DaBigCheez
Thu Jul 21, 2016 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Overwatch
Replies: 173
Views: 50236

Re: Overwatch

Ah, probably changed it since when I played on PTR.
by DaBigCheez
Wed Jul 20, 2016 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Overwatch
Replies: 173
Views: 50236

Re: Overwatch

Her dart's 80 damage or 80 healing, and feels like it fires about once a second; that makes her single-target healing 60% stronger than Mercy's. If she can land all her shots, and neglecting reload time. So, in practice, substantially less. Her "duel" combo (dart -> sleep -> dart + nade) d...
by DaBigCheez
Wed Jul 13, 2016 1:13 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How do satellites not crash into each other?
Replies: 94
Views: 16106

Re: How do satellites not crash into each other?

The Wikipedia article suggests the area of greatest concern is LEO, not GSO. Can anyone speculate as to why? Is it because there are so many more satellites there on more diverse trajectories? Or because they decay more quickly? Clearly the volume of LEO is far greater than the volume of GSO. My gu...
by DaBigCheez
Mon Jul 11, 2016 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pokemon Go
Replies: 127
Views: 36413

Re: Pokemon Go

Zohar - no idea if this is your issue, but make sure you're pressing on the base of the gym (where its projection intersects with the ground), not the "main structure" floating above. There should be a "GO" button in the lower right to start a gym battle or the like, though there...
by DaBigCheez
Mon Jul 11, 2016 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pokemon Go
Replies: 127
Views: 36413

Re: Pokemon Go

Yeah, mostly seems like a combination of "overloaded servers" + "game wasn't coded to know what to do when it doesn't get a response from the server". Some games can carry on 95% fine clientside until finally hitting something where they *have* to wait for the server...this is no...
by DaBigCheez
Sat Jul 09, 2016 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pokemon Go
Replies: 127
Views: 36413

Re: Pokemon Go

Have started poking at it a little bit. It's definitely not going to be for everyone, just in the sense that if you're in a rural area, you may not *have* any of the points to interact with. In a metropolitan area, though, they're seeded pretty thick and it's a great excuse to get out there and take...
by DaBigCheez
Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Solar System on a square-root scale
Replies: 17
Views: 5609

Re: The Solar System on a square-root scale

The planets were not drawn to scale. Primarily because drawing them to scale, even in a log-scale system, would render them invisible.

Space is big.
by DaBigCheez
Fri Jul 08, 2016 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Solar System on a square-root scale
Replies: 17
Views: 5609

Re: The Solar System on a square-root scale

Are you thinking of something like a logarithmic-scale model? That seems to fulfill the kind of thing you're asking for, and might explain why you didn't find anything if looking for square-root scale. Or is there something about the logarithmic scale that makes you not want to use it? Log-scale, ou...
by DaBigCheez
Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Overwatch
Replies: 173
Views: 50236

Re: Overwatch

Yeah, I meant when widow's, for example, in a hallway/skybridge with a window overlooking the point, sees an attacker coming in, and grapples *up* and across to an adjoining roof. Tracer can pursue just fine if she just leaps a horizontal gap.
by DaBigCheez
Mon Jun 27, 2016 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Overwatch
Replies: 173
Views: 50236

Re: Overwatch

Tracer's lack of vertical mobility can give her a rough time pursuing if the Widow quickly grapples away to an adjoining roof or something, but can kill her quite quickly if she gets the drop (and if the Widow's spending 2/3 of her time checking her back to make sure a Tracer's not about to jump her...
by DaBigCheez
Fri Jun 24, 2016 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1474
Views: 243498

Re: British EU referendum in June

Interesting demographics info I found elsewhere on the nets (note that I haven't directly verified the numbers from the source): https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ClstLNSUkAE06_m.jpg:large Combined with the national results, it feels like there's a lot of clustering in the vote, such that at the community...
by DaBigCheez
Thu Jun 23, 2016 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1149322

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

As we head toward the Democratic National Convention, I often hear the question, “What does Bernie want?” Wrong question. The right question is what the 12 million Americans who voted for a political revolution want. And the answer is: They want real change in this country, they want it now and the...
by DaBigCheez
Tue Jun 21, 2016 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Two puzzles for the price of 1!
Replies: 17
Views: 6059

Re: Two puzzles for the price of 1!

1: Your solution doesn't follow. They could all be dead from a traffic accident...or, they could not. Some subset of them could be going to the party. Or not. There's not enough information in the description to say. This is just an https://xkcd.com/169/ problem. And even if we're going ...
by DaBigCheez
Fri Jun 17, 2016 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Overwatch
Replies: 173
Views: 50236

Re: Overwatch

I've found that a Reinhardt can actually be surprisingly helpful against an ulting Genji - not for the shield of course, but the hitbox on his german engineering is wide enough that he can just kind of hold down left-click and all Genji's dashing about won't really help him. Even if it just forces a...
by DaBigCheez
Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 71799

Re: Terror attack on Orlando gay club

I don't get why some progressives are so attached to protecting the image of religion, especially when they perceive a particular religion to be populated by racial minorities. Because it demonizes people who follow those religions. Just those who commit acts of terror, or support such acts. And th...
by DaBigCheez
Sat Jun 11, 2016 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Overwatch
Replies: 173
Views: 50236

Re: Overwatch

That, and once people start to grasp the advanced tactic of "shoot the ulting Pharah/McCree/Reaper/etc. in the head before they can do much damage", a Zarya shield suddenly going up around them can get stuff done. Same for if a Roadhog's getting overly smug about his ability to hook people...
by DaBigCheez
Fri Jun 10, 2016 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Overwatch
Replies: 173
Views: 50236

Re: Overwatch

It's a "Lifesaver" POTG. If you watch, about when Bastion opens fire on the Roadhog, he's just hooked a Genji - and the Roadhog dies just before he's able to shoot the Genji in the face. You don't see a lot of Lifesaver POTGs, but that one may have counted as it was on the payload right b...
by DaBigCheez
Fri Jun 10, 2016 1:42 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Overwatch
Replies: 173
Views: 50236

Re: Overwatch

It's a "Lifesaver" POTG. If you watch, about when Bastion opens fire on the Roadhog, he's just hooked a Genji - and the Roadhog dies just before he's able to shoot the Genji in the face. You don't see a lot of Lifesaver POTGs, but that one may have counted as it was on the payload right be...
by DaBigCheez
Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Overwatch
Replies: 173
Views: 50236

Re: Overwatch

To me, that's seemed like a fairly standard early-MMR thing. It's always settled down at ~50% of games won, but in the initial "learning" phases, the pendulum swings hard and then has to overcorrect while it's trying to settle down to your final MMR. After about two such oscillations (too ...
by DaBigCheez
Wed Jun 01, 2016 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 707
Views: 148879

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

The fact that there's skins makes it even worse. I can barely recognize the regular look of characters :-/ Fortunately the skins keep to the same silhouette (which are pretty distinctive) and enemies are helpfully highlighted around the edges, so you should come to recognise them quite quickly. My ...
by DaBigCheez
Fri Apr 15, 2016 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1559
Views: 388096

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

SecondTalon wrote:Dragon's Dogma is like the Soul series and Monster Hunter decided to mash their code together and put whatever happened on a disk and sell it.

...I may have to try this game.
by DaBigCheez
Tue Mar 29, 2016 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 707
Views: 148879

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I think the "fair" bit can't really be separated from the "tough but". As I think you said a while back, it's in part to distinguish it from games like IWBTG, which promote a high level of difficulty primarily through cheap tricks. What makes a trick, and what makes it cheap? I w...
by DaBigCheez
Mon Mar 28, 2016 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Zootopia aka Zootropolis
Replies: 14
Views: 3867

Re: Zootopia aka Zootropolis

While I don't think I'm going to rush to nominate it for Best Movie Of All Time, it was quite enjoyable and well-crafted - and I don't have to add the mental caveat "for a kid's movie" to any of that, which is always nice. There were several moments that made me think "good job, write...
by DaBigCheez
Mon Mar 28, 2016 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1559
Views: 388096

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Hm. Most of the ones I know really work better with more players. Space Alert is good fun, and gets around the "one player takes over" problem by having both incomplete information about each others' hands and a strict enough time limit that there's just no time for it, but really works be...
by DaBigCheez
Sun Mar 27, 2016 5:47 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2120
Views: 426014

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

The dice mechanic reminds me a bit of Elder Sign (though not as purely a dice game, ofc).
by DaBigCheez
Sun Mar 27, 2016 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 707
Views: 148879

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

My thoughts on the "fairness" aspect in the Souls games is that, in essence, when I die, I usually have a good sense of what I could have done to avoid it. "Ugh, I got greedy and went in for another attack when I should have waited for a better opening." "Right, I have to do...
by DaBigCheez
Thu Mar 10, 2016 1:40 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Factorio - automate ALL the things!
Replies: 144
Views: 108479

Re: Factorio - automate ALL the things!

A convenient rule-of-thumb is that 1 electric drill should be able to near-exactly keep 1 steel/electric furnace continually fed. (2 stone furnaces are needed to keep up with it.) My usual "basic" setup is about 8 drills and 8 steel furnaces, and the last furnace seems to have about a 50-7...
by DaBigCheez
Mon Feb 29, 2016 2:20 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: SUPERHOT
Replies: 2
Views: 1635

Re: SUPERHOT

The good: The central mechanic is pretty neat, making it a non-twitch-based FPS which plays out, as mentioned, a lot more like a puzzle game than like a traditional shooter. It's engaging in both thought and action, as there's a lot of "you moved like they do" bullet-dodging antics going o...
by DaBigCheez
Thu Feb 25, 2016 7:12 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fire Emblem: Fates. Now with more waifus
Replies: 13
Views: 5442

Re: Fire Emblem: Fates. Now with more waifus

Again, the most important realization is that a single-unit can offensively-pair with a double-stack. Backliners therefore should almost always be unstacked, so that they get the extra attack from the stacked defensive units in front of them. ...wait, they can? I could have sworn I explicitly tried...
by DaBigCheez
Thu Feb 25, 2016 6:26 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fire Emblem: Fates. Now with more waifus
Replies: 13
Views: 5442

Re: Fire Emblem: Fates. Now with more waifus

Actually, I played that level several times. That's so far one of the hardest levels of the game (at least in Birthright), and honestly was an exercise in learning the new pair system. You've got to alternate between "defensive Pair up" and "offensive side-by-side" (which cannot...
by DaBigCheez
Thu Feb 25, 2016 1:22 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fire Emblem: Fates. Now with more waifus
Replies: 13
Views: 5442

Re: Fire Emblem: Fates. Now with more waifus

Apparently, I made the wrong choice of game as well. Fire Emblem: Conquest (the "sister" game) is the meat-grinder dark / evil path with apparently significantly harder difficulty. I'm having an okay time with Birthright so far, but I do enjoy a challenge. So knowing that I got the "...
by DaBigCheez
Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Anyone interested in a tough 5-question challenge?
Replies: 27
Views: 6124

Re: Anyone interested in a tough 5-question challenge?

The additional clues I posted are valid but, to try and prove that there is method in my madness, I will say the following for Question 3: Solve the anagram in the puzzle's title and you will be one search away from working out the answer. To quote a guide on thinking about puzzles from the MIT Mys...
by DaBigCheez
Mon Feb 22, 2016 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1149322

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

And as for Sanders. Well, I'm a European, so I have a bit more experience with his type of politician than you guys. I don't doubt that his heart is in the right place, and I don't think he'd be a terrible president. But left-wing idealists like him are generally far less effective than you'd hope....
by DaBigCheez
Thu Feb 18, 2016 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Problems in medical research:Tracking outcome switching
Replies: 90
Views: 11716

Re: Problems in medical research:Tracking outcome switching

'Cheap in comparison' does not remotely mean 'cheap'. Yes, but it is like throwing a new car away because you would have to buy a steering wheel to use it. If you are fine with "just making it public" instead of a peer-reviewed publication, it is even cheaper (just the costs of writing th...
by DaBigCheez
Wed Feb 17, 2016 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631085

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

As for the above, no private parties take credit cards (is there even any kind of method for non-merchants to claim payment with them?) I know of Square, which plugs into the headset jack of a smartphone/tablet, and I believe Google Wallet has some means to accept credit card payments/transfers to ...
by DaBigCheez
Sun Feb 14, 2016 1:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: scalia dead
Replies: 238
Views: 37040

Re: scalia dead

The Senate Republicans are currently saying that they think it's best that we wait until a new President is in office before appointing a new Justice (so 'the American people can have a say on the matter') Also "we should honor Scalia's memory by waiting until the next President to select his ...
by DaBigCheez
Fri Feb 12, 2016 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4585
Views: 702168

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Explicitly says it's satire on the About page, and judging by the related articles, it's mainly attempting to be a Canadian version of the Onion.
by DaBigCheez
Wed Feb 10, 2016 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631085

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Or, in some cases, just that a given component is probable to fail within a certain timeframe, so there's no real point to designing other components to last longer. If your satellite's gonna run out of station-keeping fuel in 10 years, kinda pointless to shell out the big bucks for solar panels tha...
by DaBigCheez
Wed Feb 10, 2016 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631085

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

The reason my old devices survived while my modern device failed is simple; the unnamed phone company wants my device to fail. When my phone broke, I had to buy a new one. The money I payed for a new phone goes directly into the unnamed phone company's pocket. The policy of purposely making a produ...
by DaBigCheez
Wed Feb 10, 2016 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: X-Com: UFO Defense / UFO: Enemy Unknown
Replies: 456
Views: 140023

Re: X-Com: UFO Defense / UFO: Enemy Unknown

In terms of gameplay, XCOM 2 seems to be either the same or improved from XCOM: EU in all the ways that really matter. There's a lot of nice little changes - the "this unit will be in line of sight if you move here" indicator, the concealment mechanic is a nice change, flying around to act...

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