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Messages - MathOnNapkins

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Hrm, it's almost like that text at the bottom of the title screen was ripped right from some cartoon series whose name escapes me at the moment...

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Personal Projects / Re: BOF3 Editor Ver 0.1a
« on: June 27, 2016, 10:37:25 pm »
Please upload this file to a site that isn't going to spam our users with silly survey ads (and potentially worse). I have removed the link. I tried downloading it with noscript enabled and even after enabling a few of the ad domains (on Linux) to see what would happen I still couldn't download it.

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Site Talk / Re: Problematic Speech
« on: June 27, 2016, 02:46:11 pm »
This is a good example of what not to do on this forum when you have a grievance.

Quote from: Forum Rule 1 which you agreed to when you signed up
1. Act friendly, maturely, and respectfully to all your fellow community members. If you have a problem with a particular member, you may report it via the "Report to Moderator" button or PM any moderator. You may not publicly start a discussion about it.

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Newcomer's Board / Re: LGBT ROM Hacks
« on: June 27, 2016, 09:55:36 am »
Thread closed until we we can figure out what the hell to do with it. Probably a record for posts in a newcomer's board thread though.

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Site Talk / Re: Your search terms must be 3 characters long....
« on: June 23, 2016, 03:45:27 pm »
Putting things in quotes generally serves to indicate that you want to search for words that appear in a specific order (and consecutively, separated by white space). You'll want to use the former, then.

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Site Talk / Re: Your search terms must be 3 characters long....
« on: June 23, 2016, 03:37:19 pm »
I tried putting it in quotes but it still wouldn't search.

Which of these two did you try?
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"Super Mario 3"

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Super Mario "3"

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Site Talk / Re: Your search terms must be 3 characters long....
« on: June 23, 2016, 02:39:03 pm »
Try putting it in quotes? Or search for SMB3, which I see a lot more often than "Super Mario 3" or "Super Mario Bros 3"

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General Discussion / Re: General Chatter
« on: June 17, 2016, 01:26:41 pm »
You have every right, I think, to dislike it when people smoke around you. In my favorite world, no one would smoke anything at all.

Not even a pipe? How are people supposed to put on a hipster / intellectual facade? Jeez.

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Unlocked b/c you folks seem to really miss it. Just don't get too ad hominemous or off topic plz.

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General Discussion / MOVED: We need more reviews
« on: May 26, 2016, 01:36:39 pm »

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No, we don't ban people for being a supporter of political figures. Take it up with the IRC operators.

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Site Talk / MOVED: Wizardry Gaiden 1 Glitch
« on: May 16, 2016, 02:12:32 pm »

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General Discussion / Re: The Easter Bombing & The Brussels Attack
« on: May 07, 2016, 02:08:49 am »
Islam is a belief system, not a race.

I was not trying to make it specifically about race, more about commonality / cohort.

Muslims don't integrate into Western civilization as a mass, unlike the groups you mentioned.

I will only say that I've heard very similar panics and worries about other groups like Hispanics and Asians in the US, and Jews in general. A couple generations ago it was Italians and Irish that everyone was afraid of. Sure, maybe some groups take longer to integrate, I can't discount that possibility. But to say that it simply can't happen to any significant degree, I think that is just thinking too short term. Just the other day I saw a story on Telemundo complaining that not enough Spanish is being spoken and taught to young hispanics at home. Assimilation happens over time whether those communities want it to happen or not. It's what happens when you're vastly outnumbered in a larger culture.

Orwell once said that pacifism against the Nazis is no better than fighting for them. This applies in this case. ISIS has declared war on us years ago.

I am not personally saying western civilization should just lie back and let ourselves be bombed or shot to death. To continue my earlier analogy, the police don't just cross someone off of a wanted list because it might be a bit difficult to apprehend them.

If I had to be rounded up and sent to interment camps simply based on my ethnic background so that they can weed out the scum in my community, I would gladly go.

You might change your tune later, depending on who was running such a camp.

I would do anything to get rid of this problem at this point. They make me look bad and have made it more difficult for me to get along with people. They have intimidated and murdered people for hundreds of years and need to either get with the times or get lost with history. Enough is enough.

I certainly can't argue against your own personal experience. I would say that as an outsider, most "Islamic" extremism appears to me to be thinly veiled political rhetoric, but phrased using religious rhetoric to manipulate their followers more easily. There's no doubt in my mind that, for example, Osama Bin Laden wanted to be a political powerhouse if his plans had gone better. Or when I hear clerics in Iraq trying to rile people up against another faction, it smells of a power grab rather than actual religious disagreement. So on some level, I guess you could be right, or at least that I agree with you that factionalism that results in violence is a huge problem in the Middle East, and that it has ripple effects in countries where refugees are resettled.

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General Discussion / Re: The Easter Bombing & The Brussels Attack
« on: May 07, 2016, 01:12:49 am »
In the US, there are similar situations where criminals and gang members are protected in certain communities. Police can't get to them because certain elements of those communities harbor these individuals. I can imagine partially the reason no one comes forward is fear, and in other cases loyalty or group identity (Us. vs. the supposedly more legitimate authorities). I look at it like this, there are literally millions of muslim refugees in various developed countries around the globe, and only an extremely small fraction of them are succeeding at killing us filthy westerners, assuming they're trying.

My point is, MasterGwonam, by your same logic we should vilify all black people for the few who harbor their gang members, all white rednecks for the few who harbor their gang members, all vietnamese people for the few that harbor their gang members, etc. Or wait, should we just vilify every single human classification because it seems likely to happen all over the place? I'm sure there's gay criminals that harbor their own if we look hard enough. I think you'll find it's the exception rather than the rule that criminals and terrorists are simply delivered to the authorities by their own associates. Edit: That's a bit of a strong statement I made. I'm just saying in my own consumption of news and history, it doesn't seem to have happened often.

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Script Help and Language Discussion / Re: メデューン Medyun?
« on: May 03, 2016, 11:36:46 pm »
I think that tryphon is referring to the fact that "merd-" at the beginning would suggest an interpretation of something like "Shitdusa" to speakers of romance languages.

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Oh, I figured at first it was an Afghanistani rebel, but I guess that would make no sense as that was way after his death.

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Gaming Discussion / Re: Sega embraces game modding.
« on: April 28, 2016, 11:06:43 pm »
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first 50 and last 50 pages...

Looked it up, it's actually first 25 and last 25 but whatever. If you have trade secrets or highly proprietary code it appears you can blank sensitive portions out too. They seem pretty flexible at the copyright office.

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Really though living on the doe is really common in this scene. I know because my mom, who does social work, interacts with women who are sitting home drawing state aid for their babies while they twiddle with their PCs all day.

So? What else are they going to do? Certainly people on state aid are not living the high life, and would be doing something to pass their time regardless of the existence of a video game modding community. That could be doing crosswords to playing frisbee. Is your argument that they should receive money for making Mario Maker maps to supplement their meager income (which could jeopardize their ability to get state aid)?

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... paid fan operators...

Ah, well at least some of the fandom is getting paid then.

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standard rumor mill bullshit they used against NEC

I should say that none of this has any relevance to me as I have no special fondness for Sega, having been a Nintendo devotee for most of my early life. I would almost say the scale still tips slightly towards animosity against Sega, for no better reason than old habit. So you think Sega is all smoke and mirrors and intellectual property is a complete fiction. Do you have some alternative paradigm to suggest or do you just have some sort of grudge (or like to complain about things you have no control over)?

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Site Talk / Re: Feature Request: Hiding Threads?
« on: April 28, 2016, 09:21:33 pm »
Just fyi, the only hierarchy among RHDN staff of any sort is { Administrator } -> { Other }

Where "Other" is one or more of { Submission Staff, Forum Moderator, IRC Moderator }

Submission Staff is also not a trivial job (one that I don't want).

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Gaming Discussion / Re: Sega embraces game modding.
« on: April 28, 2016, 08:43:20 pm »
It's telling that they just dumped the ROMs without the source. The source would have been something, or even an address list. But apparently they are too insecure to do so... or they don't have source anymore to begin with.

If Sega's development process was anything like I understand Nintendo's to be, they wouldn't have the source to third party games anyway. If we assume this to be true, what was submitted was likely one or more floppy disks with an binary image or spanned image of the game, along with some information about what kind of memory mapping to use. I think you are drawing sinister conclusions from what is likely just a plain end result of the game submission process of the day. I also can't imagine licensee developers have ever been required to submit source code to a game publisher or gatekeeper like Sega or Nintendo. That would seem like an incredibly lopsided agreement.

Not to mention that ASM source with labels is not a great aid to programming, particularly on a system as constrained as the Genesis.

So it's bad that they didn't provide any sort of reference information about these ROMs, but it you think it would have been useless anyway? I can understand that you might be partially thinking out loud, but this is slightly confusing to read.

But now users have shown they are desperate to be fleeced, and the gates of exploitation are sadly swung wide open. I don't think it will last... I think programmers are gonna rebel rather shortly. I think there will even be unions and anti-maker contracts drawn up to prevent this kind of thing from continuing. But in the meantime, we get to watch the sad spectacle of self-debasement that I'd hoped I'd never see.

I've played many games over two decades that had an active modding scene. People that play mods play them because they want to continue feeling a similar experience that that game created, or even a superior one. What you see usually is that people with a dramatic surplus of time (people who are still in school) are the ones creating these mods / hacks. Myself now being much older I find it hard to justify the expense in terms of time when I am getting paid at a real job. It seems to me that you assume everyone is static and isn't constantly reevaluating the costs and tradeoffs of participating in a modding community. I started off feeling like rom hacking was an cool, altruistic activity, labors of love you know, and I still do. But I have more skills now and less free time. If I had plenty of time and money, you can be sure I would be feeling more willing to dump time into these projects. And obviously that is my own analysis, some people will value their time differently.

I think your criticism that releasing maker software to users who have no hope of using them gainfully is also overly cynical. People play games to waste time and more importantly, be entertained. Not everyone doing it is out to make a buck. Most people that have given it more than a cursory thought will realize that if you want to sell a game you will likely be forced to create your own intellectual property. Also, as for "anti-maker" contracts. I think you're missing the point that for a maker software to be appealing, you have have some intellectual property in play in it that is appealing in the first place. That doesn't put programmers and artists out of a job. I would find your argument more compelling if game companies were crowd sourcing their level designs and art design from customers and then turning around and repackaging them for sale with no compensation to those users.

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Gaming Discussion / Re: Sega embraces game modding.
« on: April 28, 2016, 02:56:03 pm »
Quote from: zonk47
I thought this forum had a no-advertising rule.

We do, but it's not always clear cut what constitutes advertising. If it's a link to something that would be of general, broad interest among users, and does not have the appearance of furthering the self-interest of the user that posts the link, then it's probably okay. While possible, I doubt anyone here works for Sega or has any financial or social stake in the success of this product.

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