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Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


Parallel Paraplegic posted:

Anyway, anyone remember the ATI AMD R300 (9xxx) series of cards? That poo poo was relevant forever. I remember we got a 9800 Pro when they first came out in 2002, used it until it finally died years later. All they did with those cards for years was swap out the memory for higher bus width and larger amounts and it would suddenly work great with the latest games. I played Half Life 2 for the first time on that 9800, replaced it with a modern 9600 with more RAM when it broke, and only got a newer card when DirectX 10 came out. I think they still sell the 92xx ones for low-end budget applications.

I ran a 9550 Pro (AGR 8x, awww yeah) for years and years. Hell, its still sitting in a box on my parts shelf after I turned that old desktop into a NAS. Some driver conflict would cause Half Life 2 to crash whenever I tried to start it, but it ran Doom 3 without a problem. I finally replaced it (and the entire computer, a 1.3ghz amd cpu and 512mb of ram wasn't cutting it anymore) sometime after the WotLK launch. The 8800gt I stepped up to was a screaming upgrade.

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Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


bunnielab posted:

I was in Chicago last month and my phone was constantly trying to tell me I was a block or two away from my actual location. It is the only city in the USi have ever noticed that happening in.

This happened to me in downtown Seattle. I just figured it had something to do with buildings blocking out the sky.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011



Oh wow, my parent's had this exact TV in their bedroom when I was younger. They mostly used it as a radio, but sometimes I'd watch Saturday morning cartoons in all its black and white glory.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


DicktheCat posted:

Even if it's not functional? Because this thing will NOT fire. At all. Ever.

You'd have to basically completely remake the thing to fix it.

Generally, unless it has had some specific things (receiver cut, filled barrel or whatever, I don't know exactly) done to it, yes.

The best place to ask would be either the Newbie or General questions threads in TFR.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


A Pinball Wizard posted:

Yeah, gonna have to ask for a citation on this.



They later reevaluated their decision and decided that a shoe lace, on its own, does not constitute a machine gun. If you add one to a firearm like so:



Then its a machine gun.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


It all depends on the phase of the moon and position of the planets when you ask the ATF. They'll get a letter like that back to you eventually. Later on they'll reexamine and probably contradict it. what goes on in there, really.

So yes, there was, at one point, a 14-inch piece of shoe lace that was a machine gun.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


GWBBQ posted:

This is an urban legend. If celluloid could explode on impact, ping pong would be an extreme sport.

poo poo, I'd play it.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


semiavrage posted:

What sucked about it, was that if you accidentally filled up the internal memory it would fail to start. It could not be fixed. RIP, my N-Gage.

No loving way.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


If they let it dry much at all before they start busting it I bet the electronics will looove that good old concrete dust.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


Inspector_666 posted:

Concrete gets super hot and expands* as it dries, so if they left it in there until it was solid there would pretty much be nothing left underneath it to be mad about the dust anyway.

*Actually maybe it contracts? Same end result for the stuff swimming in it.

Oh yeah, anything under the concrete is a lost cause already. But that dust will get everywhere.

slomomofo posted:

There's a MythBusters episode where they test what happens when a cement mixer gets stuck in traffic and how difficult it is to clean the drum out afterward. Long story short, it's practically impossible. Those relays are finished for good.

And it also led to one of the best explosions in Mythbusters history

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011



It looks like every grandparent car I've ever seen. I can even smell it.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


WebDog posted:

StarCraft (and Diablo?) had the right idea with that share with friends installer.

No b.net with the same cd key. Which led to some serious chicken and egg poo poo. Try to log in, "this key in use,Chad is currently playing LoD!"

Well, gently caress. Time to call Chad and tell him to get off my poo poo. But wait, his phone is busy cause he's dialed up playing LoD!

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


It's a gif disk

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


Pham Nuwen posted:

Loading a reel-to-reel deck is a pain in the rear end compared to slamming a cassette in the drive, I'd take the stacks of cassettes.

Right, but what if it loads into the player inside a cassette and then a wonderfully complicated set of arms and levers pull the reels out of the cassette and automatically mount and feed the tape to begin playing

Kinda like those tape archive vault robotic arms as seen in The Eraser.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


Yeah you can be pedantic and get into arguments with people that don't know any better (but are steadfast in their insistence that they're right) or just hand them the loving thing and get them out of there.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


Playing Tribes with the arrow keys and most of the number pad

mints posted:

Wasn't there a decent home conversion and a dual stick controller on the Dreamcast?

I had the game for DC and it was pretty sweet in scratching that big mech battle arena itch. Never heard about a dual stick controller though.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


pienipple posted:

There's one in my current house and it's pretty good. It has strong suction and never clogs.

Yeah my parents have a central vac in their house, it's pretty awesome and hasn't clogged once in 17 years. They've had one problem, the motor wore out last year but it was covered under warranty. Every so often my dad feeds it a handful of walnut/hazelnut/pistachio shells or some pennies to help ream out the lines, just in case.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


eddiewalker posted:

I've never seen a central vacuum with brushes, which is a weakness compared to modern vacuums.

Like for the carpet? They exist, my parent's central vac has one. Though its powered by the suction of the vacuum rather than having an electric motor, so it's probably weaker than most.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


sweeperbravo posted:

Great photos, I can practically "hear" them. What's the hangy-dangy brown thing in this picture?

You can see one going around a gear above the upside down U pipe. They're chains you pull on to run the gear either way, probably closing a valve or damper or some such.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


Besesoth posted:

I think they mean this guy, not the chains:

Doh.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


Star Man posted:

Right, the hypotenuse would be the same. I just don't know how you accurately make that measurement when the door frame is already built and all you have is a single length of string unless you have a twelve-foot armspan.

Tape? A push-pin? Finish nail?

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


On one hand, with landlines you have to play the "Do I need to dial this long distance or not?" game, usually followed by a *DO DOO DOO* YOU CHOSE POORLY

On the other, my cellphone's mic is full of dust or something so I have to yell at the fuckin thing.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


You guys have young coins. When I worked at a gas station I'd routinely get buffalo nickles, wheat back pennies, all kinds of neat old coins.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


WebDog posted:

And the downside to self-serve is that supermarket thefts have risen.
Most of the staff helpers are for when the machine throws a small fit because you dare repack your shopping bag or have no idea where something obscure from the bakery section lives.

Really the worst part about self checkout is waiting for the single attendant watching over a dozen self checkout stands to get done helping Grandma use the thing so that they can come key in the access code and let me buy my fuckin beer.

Self checkouts really are great, if you're not buying something controlled.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


Hahaha the first steam powered vibrator was invented in 1869. History is prefect and I'm still 13

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


A lot of people, you mean?

I mean, that's a pretty long con game to play when you're sinking money into R&D, marketing, production, licensing, etc to make an addon disc player for a format you want to fail.

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Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


Meanwhile with the OG Xbox you've got things like Halo 2 and XBL to buoy the system and keep raking in the money despite rampant piracy. Success!

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


Lowen SoDium posted:

That is exactly my point. Arrath said they were raking in the money despite rampant piracy, when they were not.

Mostly I was referring to Xbox live, which from what I understand has been profitable for most of the time it's been running. Halo 2 kept the system afloat long enough for the whole online multiplayer bit to catch on and take off.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


Huh, I thought I'd read that they started breaking even later in the 360's prime, after the hardware revisions had reduced the rrod issues. Oh well.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


Aphrodite posted:

They did, but only for those years. They never offset the giant hole, corporate accounting just basically forgets about any year that isn't the current one.

I guess that's what I get for assuming it was the beginning of a trend I'd imagine the xbone hasn't greatly helped matters either.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


Humbug Scoolbus posted:

I'm still looking for a Dreamcast ethernet adapter that will not cost the GNP of Bolivia.

I've got one plugged into my dreamcast

..I think I played a little bit of PSO and some Alien Front Online with it.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


My dad still pays for dial-up service to maintain the email address that comes with it, since it's on all of his business cards. So that's one customer that EarthLink will have until he retires and probably beyond.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


How well does a CD hold an edge?

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


My Lovely Horse posted:

Look at Mr. Fancy Streaming Porn over here. Let's see you download 30 second preview clips that come in sets of four to a page, then we'll talk.

If you were patient and a little lucky and had file organization skills, you could eventually edit them together into a complete scene.

Oh hey other people did this thing that I totally uh didn't do myself.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


As FUTURE TECH as it would be to haul around dozens of pinkie finger-nail sized memory chips around containing my files it'd also be a complete pain in the rear end to keep track of which one was which and not lose the little bastards. No wonder they didn't sell.

Now, if my smartphone was actually some Shadowrun-ish wrist mounted deck dealie with a half dozen or more card slots I'd consider it more seriously.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


Humphreys posted:

I remember when the Wii first came out it only supported WEP encryption, I could be wrong and it was buried in a sub menu (and I didn't own one at the time), but I distinctly recall stories from friends who changed their home router to WEP so the kids could go online with the Wii, then some punkass would crack the WEP and run up their download limits.

Happened to me. Neighbour got my net shut down with a finger wagging warning from EA and my isp, apparently they tried to torrent the sims 2 or 3 and every single dlc.

So I spammed them with cmd console messages just like I was in the computer lab in middle school again before cutting them off.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


Man those chip and pin scanners where you insert your card are slow as poo poo. I'd rather swipe it.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


Yeah "xbox on, xbox watch tv" is pretty sweet when it powers up everything else in the home theater chain.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


Conversely, I love the grocery store self checkouts (unless I'm buying something controlled and have to show ID, then I go through a manned line) because I can get in and out in no-time flat, assuming the grandma in front doesn't take 20 minutes to buy three items.

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Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


chitoryu12 posted:

Or three of the four self-checkouts aren't broken (something that's happened to me before).

The reason this setup doesn't work is because it falls under a particular fallacy of perfection. It only works the way it's assumed to work if all of the machines work perfectly without breaking down 100% of the time and are capable of doing customer service work to the same degree as humans.

Oh I'm in no way arguing for the complete automation of things. It's just nice to be able to get in and out, not get upsold and be on my way. I guess my time in the retail gulag was beneficial, as I have no trouble at all with those scanners.

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