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General Discussion / Re: Backing up files on Windows 7
« on: July 29, 2014, 09:55:53 am »

Will DiskCryptor work?  I prefer open source software for something so important.

Is there anything which can make a list of hashes to files and tell me when a file doesn't match it's listed checksum?  I've had patches become buggy after sitting on an external hard drive for a few years.

General Discussion / Backing up files on Windows 7
« on: July 27, 2014, 09:51:52 pm »
How can I make a secure, password protected backup of my files in Windows 7?  I have 2 external hard drives I used for this purpose before I moved back to Windows from Linux, so no uploading my data to the cloud.

Newcomer's Board / Re: Neill Corlett's site is down; need ecm
« on: July 27, 2014, 07:47:49 pm »
That worked, thanks.  Turns out I needed to remove the brackets and spaces from the file name and make it shorter.

Personal Projects / Re: Tactics Ogre: The Knight Of Lodis
« on: July 26, 2014, 02:21:25 pm »
Excuse me , i'm new here but i'm still playing some games of Gba and Snes , and i want to know , if have somebody what can modify Tactics ogre - Let us cling together SNES  i want to modify characters but , the game don't stay very well did someone can help me?
You can modify class data for the GBA TO with my spreadsheet.


Newcomer's Board / Re: Neill Corlett's site is down; need ecm
« on: July 26, 2014, 02:16:05 pm »
Apparently there are no instructions for using ecm on Windows 7.

ecm - Encoder/decoder for Error Code Modeler format

ECM is a compression format for CD images which removes ECC/EDC data where it's
possible to do so losslessly. Compressing a CD image with ECM first, then
compressing the ECM file with a general-purpose compressor such as 7z or RAR,
can result in better compression than 7z or RAR alone.

See http://www.neillcorlett.com/ecm/ for more details.


To encode:
    ecm cdimagefile
    ecm cdimagefile ecmfile
    ecm e cdimagefile ecmfile

To decode:
    unecm ecmfile
    unecm ecmfile cdimagefile
    ecm d ecmfile cdimagefile

Code: [Select]
C:\Users\creeperton\>unecm final_fantasy_tactics.bin.ecm
'unecm' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.
Seeing as there isn't an "unecm.exe", I don't understand how to make this work.

Newcomer's Board / Neill Corlett's site is down; need ecm
« on: July 23, 2014, 12:32:53 am »

I have an ecm-ified ROM that I need to un-ecm.

General Discussion / Re: Screw the Dems: I'm joining the Greens
« on: July 16, 2014, 04:07:40 am »
I'm not convinced real estate in general is a particularly good investment, but then I've never really bothered to educate myself on the subject.
What might be deemed "useful" can vary considerably from moment to moment.  Some might even say that a liberal arts education is "useful" in order to learn how to more persuasively lead others to rally to one's cause and to understand historical reasons for lack of success.
Where will all the people displaced by global warming go?  The moon?  Real estate is a great investment tool, provided you don't do something retarded like invest in a shitty stick house farm (aka a suburb or exurb) dozens of miles from amenities, jobs, public transportation, and schools.  Most businesses don't own their property, they rent it.  Most people rent their house or apartment.  Most people would also prefer not to need to drive 50 or more miles a day to get to school and work.

My plan is to invest in university towns that are at least 200 meters above sea level, assuming I ever make a shit-load of money.  I want to build durable, energy-efficient apartment complexes with lots of studio apartments and the occasional 2 bedroom apartment.  Energy-efficient because if people pay less in utilities then they're more likely to afford rent, durable because it makes more sense to plan in the long run and make something that will last 50 or 60 years, and studio apartments because the more college kids you pack into a house the more likely it will get torn the fuck up.

The only useful fields left are those which are not easily automated.  Science, technology, and engineering are great, but medicine could probably be reduced to a technical job if (and this is a big "if") diagnosis tools become cheap and effective.  That would take the medical equipment equivalent of Telsa releasing their patents into the wild, so don't hold your breath.

And speaking of bias, does anyone else think it's at least somewhat suspicious that the much-ballyhooed "solution" to Glowbull Wormening™ is to give more money and power to the very people who have proven themselves to be completely irresponsible with the money and power they've already taken?  :huh:

Bread and circuses, indeed.
Who exactly is this?  Remember, not all of us watch network news so you actually have to make your argument instead of relying on a circlejerk to reinforce your sense of butthurt and supremacy over us filthy casuals.

General Discussion / Re: Screw the Dems: I'm joining the Greens
« on: July 15, 2014, 06:37:09 pm »

This map shows you what the earth looks like with a sea level rise of your choosing.  It only goes up to 60 meters (about 180 feet) and it doesn't cover anything above the arctic circle or below the antarctic circle.

Lots of changes.

Florida is gone.  New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, San Francisco, the Central Valley of California, Portland and everything within 10 miles of the Oregon Coast and the Willamette Valley, Olympia, Seattle.

Little Rock is practically beachfront property.

Outside the USA we lose Pyongyang (oh the tragedy); several huge chunks of China including Bejing, Macao, Hong Kong; Hanoi; about a third of Cambodia; the southern sixth of Vietnam; about a ninth of Thailand; 95% of Bangladesh; Christchurch; the Amazon River becomes a bay; Buenes Aires; half of Belgium; 99% of the Netherlands; 5/6 of Denmark; 1/7 of Germany; and lots of other stuff.

Leftwing ideologies (socialism, communism, American "liberalism") promote the collective will over the rights of the individual.

Rightwing ideologies (anarchism, libertarianism, certain aspects of American "conservatism") promote the rights of the individual over the whims of the collective.
Bias detected!

My plans:
* Don't invest in any property less than 100 meters above sea level.
* Invest in essentials.  Railways, solar energy, wind energy, and sea crops.
* Get an education in something useful.

The way I see it people can't survive on their own, but we also can't subjugate individuals without a good reason.  Well, technically we can but it's a bad idea that with lots of unforeseen consequences.  People who get butthurt about the "rights of the individual" are usually those who have never been on the receiving end of a society that doesn't give a flying fuck about the poor.

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: Castlevania SOTN
« on: June 30, 2014, 02:54:52 am »
Both, but mostly interested in equipment.

ROM Hacking Discussion / Castlevania SOTN
« on: June 29, 2014, 01:03:26 am »
Does anyone know where the item data is located for this game?  Specifically the file and the address at which it's found?

I ask this question once every few years, and I never get a straight answer even from people who clam to have found it.

Newcomer's Board / Re: Playstation 2 game hacking
« on: June 27, 2014, 06:44:47 pm »
Well the user, didn't had any specific game, he was asking general questions.


ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: How am I supposed to hack PSX games?
« on: June 26, 2014, 07:21:01 am »
Dunno about the Mac version, but the Linux version of pSX doesn't include a debugger. Run the Windows version if you can. (In general, finding functional non-WIndows debuggers is...difficult nearly fucking impossible).


Mednafen sucks.  PCSX-R sucks too.



@OP: Just give up.  Hack something other than PS1 games.

Newcomer's Board / Re: Playstation 2 game hacking
« on: June 26, 2014, 07:16:02 am »
Which PS2 game?

Newcomer's Board / Re: Money and Romhacks
« on: May 13, 2014, 10:08:15 pm »
And companies often hire people with "romhacker" skills when they are doing ports based on a game they lost all assets for except for the final released game (Hudson with their Tengai Makyou/Galaxy Frau Yuna stuff, Square Enix with Kingdom Hearts 1 of all things, and MANY other things) so that they recover their stuff from the iso and all of the game logic.
In fact, I think Nintendo does it very frequently with the VC releases.
No way!  Details?

From what I understand the PC modding scene produced a lot of talented people who were later hired on as asset developers, level designers, and programmers.  The Doom, Quake, and Half-Life modding communities especially - I think one of the founders of Valve was a Doom modder?

Console ROM hacking doesn't produce many programmers because most of it is people who don't know what the heck they're doing or they work solely with GUI editors.  The people who do know what they are doing are usually those who've gone to school to do it or they are autodidacts.

There are a few instances of people who try to finagle money out of ROM hacking communities to work on remakes but that apparently hasn't panned out so far.  A few communities have a clone of the game they mod in the works, and every once in a while some guy will show up and offer to "finish" the clone for a large amount of money.  Some even go so far as to implement things, but they never release their code and no one is stupid enough to pay them.  It's like Kickstarter scams, but on a smaller scale.

For those who want to take a look to the ASM code, it was released a couple of years ago:


I don't know if I'm right, but I think those files were posted in byuu's forum too.

About the tools, if anybody wants to start a translation, I'll be willing to send them; if not, I can't see the point in doing it.
You should still release your script (so your work won't be lost if you get hit by a bus, or get married and have kids), but do so in a manner that isn't user friendly to non-technical people.
Mission Accomplished.

General Discussion / Re: Smoking
« on: May 12, 2014, 11:59:45 pm »
I wish that people wouldn't smoke while pregnant, breastfeeding, or around kids.  I grew up with that shit.

I wouldn't recommend a community project much like a wiki translation project. Best case scenario you end up with several translators of varying qualities of mastery of the source and target language and you need to someone to proof/check the translations and someone to edit it all together for consistency. It's not worth the trouble to "translate" the script that way.

Call me old-fashioned and/or elitist, but I think it's much better to find one good translator and optional editor to take care of the translation.
A single translator is better than a wiki because collaborative translation projects attract weaboos like preteen beauty pageants attract pedophiles.  Go through the headache of posting a script on a wiki and soon you'll have two dozen idiots in an edit war over the multifaceted minutiae of the word "oni-chan" in the Japanese language, based on their years of independent studies and their Associates of Applied Science in Hentai Tentacle Big Brother Love Tickle Monster Gundam Studies (courtesy of University of Phoenix Online, Nippon Studies Department).

You should still release your script (so your work won't be lost if you get hit by a bus, or get married and have kids), but do so in a manner that isn't user friendly to non-technical people.  But then there's still the risk of the especially stubborn morons who will figure out who to insert your source files back into the game, with hilarious results.

he'd still get emails from people with no reading comprehension
Solution: Don't include an email, and attribute the tools to someone other than yourself so they won't track you down.

Putting someone on an ignore list is something best done quietly.  If someone stops replying to your posts and then more people stop replying, you get the hint and change or you leave (or you make an alt).  That's how the deterrent against anti-social behavior works.  Storming out and saying, "You're on my ignore list now," is just a way to get in the last word - but of course it doesn't work, because you never really got the last word in.  Everyone else gets to talk crap about you and now you can't reply because you added that person to your ignore list; replying means that you took that person off.

An ignore list is a deterrent against anti-social behavior.  Someone not agreeing with you isn't anti-social, and neither is someone not being able to read your mind and instantly understand all the arguments that you don't take the time to articulate.  Like I said before, the burden of communication falls on the person who has something to say.

Then again, some people just don't understand until you beat them over the head with your argument over several posts.

Except of course... that it's already happening, at this very moment. AIs are controlling every aspect of our lives- from national defense with the drone program to cars on Google's roadways. Are you aware that two of the most popular musicians now don't even exist? Not simply vocal changing- they flat out are nothing but AI.

Said "musicians" are laboriously programmed by hard-working and creative individuals who would probably deeply resent any implication that some "AI" was magically doing it all by itself as said "musicians" would be absolutely nothing without them.  You could just as easily call Kermit the Frog a brilliant thespian.  I sure as heck hope you don't think that "wishing makes it so".

Like I said- fear may be pervasive in humanity, but it can eventually be overcome. The benefits of a completely incorruptible politician- one who has no interest in bribes or beret-wearing interns... could be astounding.

Y'know, if AI ever does magically appear somewhere, some coder is probably just going to assume it's a bug, shut the thing right down, and start searching for where he left out a comma.  And if we get programs that can't be shut down, well, by that point our current computing paradigms will be hopelessly out of date and it's largely pointless to speculate about it – it would be like trying to explain integral calculus to a house cat.
As I said, you can't eliminate the middleman.  Even a "completely incorruptible" politician could be manipulated by giving him the wrong data, because even a "completely incorruptible" politician would probably have a limited field of view – because the day a politician gets an unlimited field of view, you can be sure as heck he's not going to let someone "incorruptible" get hold of it.
I imagine that WDAM's ignore list encompasses half the site by now.  PHEAR THE TOMATO!

The thing I always found really interesting was whether our brains were any different from a programmed machine. As off-putting as it sounds, it makes sense: we can only create things we already know.
We're just cells, you know.  All your thoughts are chemical signals caused by neurons in your brain moving molecules around.

Gee, I wish he’d ignore things I say like he said he would after a wordy rant in which phrases such as “worthless person”, “complete waste of time”, etc. etc. were employed a couple years ago. I may have gotten the exact words wrong, but he did say that, basically. For some reason, I have been afforded no such luxury.
Well if you feel it's a violation, there's a report button right there.  I may be willing to give others the benefit of a doubt, but that doesn't mean you have to.

I think the first self aware AI would be biologically based rather than circuitry. Of course crops have already been enhanced genetically and researchers have found a way to insert synthetic DNA into bacteria and have it replicated.

Many people have found out they became super-skilled or intelligent after suffering an illness or injury. Researchers found with one of them that a particular section of brain had been fused together which was the cause of this seemingly miracle. Who knows, it may be possible that one day humans will become AI.

Biological AI would also be more likely to destroy the human population than machines because they would be more likely to have the ability to replicate themselves which would make them independant of humans.

I would rather have a Gattaca situation (freely available embryonic genetic selection) than any AI situation.

While giving a quick read to this topic, some quote came back to my mind :
"The only Frankenstein story that ends well is the one where its creator took responsibility for its creature." Something like that.
Of course!  Your creations are your children, and children are your responsibility.  If you're a good parent to a child, that child will want to be like you and make the world a better place.  If you're a bad parent, that child will want to make the world wish he'd never been born.

Honestly I think Megaman is a possible future. (Megaman X, at least) Depending on how many machines are made and how.

Not in the near future, of course. In the near term, the threat posed is exactly what we face now: widespread technological unemployment. Call center jobs are increasingly being threatened by automated services. People are being forced to pay out of pocket for their education (in America) even while jobs they qualify for are scarce... a dangerous combination.

A lot of you still live in mostly socialists countries. But the EU is little more than a vessel for ambitions to eliminate the socialism which gives you optimism. Sooner or later you'll face the stuff we have in the states.

BTW I'm not usually a fan of Hollywood epidemic narcissism, but I fully expect this new Depp movie to raise a lot of questions for a lot of people. Honestly, AI proponents are treated with much too much civility. Actors marched against Spirits Within.. this movie will probably spur similar action.

And I know a lot of you have cushy programmer jobs... would be a cryin' shame if someone created an AI that could program as good as you.
I'm actually homeless right now, while I go to school.  I'm majoring in math and computer science.

I agree with you completely, all the people who think AI is a good thing are those who haven't lost their jobs to it yet.  Once they do lose their jobs, they'll wish they'd cared when the machines first took someone else's job.

At the risk of  Godwin-ing this thread, let's all remember that old saying:

Misquoted here for maximum paranoia:
First they came for the assembly line workers, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not an assembly line worker.

Then they came for the drivers, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a driver.

Then they came for the service workers, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a service worker.

Then they came for me, a software engineer--and there was no one left to speak for me.

No one's job is safe.  Not police officers, not military, not fire fighters, not service sector, not medical, not even IT or software engineering.  This is why we need a fair and equitable society.  Because you can't tell people to "get a job" when there are no jobs left.

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