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Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: November 09, 2012, 06:28:48 pm »
See every time I think about getting into one of these, I remember the permadeath bullshit.  It would irate me greatly to be an hour into a battle, and have one of my favorite characters get killed, via some random chance double critical blow.  The mere possibility of that has kept me away from this series.  Then again, as popular as the series is, the games must not be very hard.
Certain kinds of permadeath are actually really enjoyable, though. Play some Dwarf Fortress, for instance—if losing is fun, remembering all those awesome dorfs who died is very fun. The new X-COM has a memorial wall in the barracks for fallen comrades. It has a bunch of photos of them, and these bagpipes start playing along with “Taps” and you start to cry delicious cathartic tears.

So many feels.

General Discussion / Re: How does Wreck-It Ralph make you feel?
« on: November 09, 2012, 01:00:14 am »
Sonic made his way to the arcades a few times.

Considering Capcom was this close to issuing a damnatio memoriae on Megaman last year, it should not be surprising that he might be conspicuously absent in media released now.

I guess I now found out what the answer to the question "What comes after the Omniverse" is. The Multi-Omniverse.
*ur momniverse

and we shall implement those which we may in the Universal ROM Multi-Omni-Mangler

General Discussion / Re: GF's computer is acting quite strange.
« on: November 06, 2012, 11:01:26 pm »
Run chkdsk c: /r from the recovery console if you haven’t.

General Discussion / Re: GF's computer is acting quite strange.
« on: November 06, 2012, 07:59:31 pm »
It means there’s a hardware problem. And if you don’t run the diagnostics, nobody here will be able to tell you which one.

Extensions can really screw things up, particularly with cutting-edge whizbang (possibly improperly done) web technologies. Causing a library conflict, for instance. Wikia uses a common (incredibly useful) JavaScript library called jQuery, and it doesn’t conflict-proof it while it’s at it. Now this is only a hunch, but if disabling all extensions makes it work, one or more of your extensions is probably causing a conflict. If I’m right, though, all you really need to do is find the conflict and yell at the author ;)

(because yelling at Wikia doesn’t seem to help)

To test a fresh profile, you need only move the folder to somewhere Fx won’t find it.

There are strange and persistent technical issues with Wikia, though. Visiting Wikia using HTTPS in Chrome, for instance, takes you to a dreadful unstyled wiki.

Basically what’s happening here is that the data URIs aren’t getting replaced like they would in normal operation. I can’t say for certain why, though. It’s possible that a necessary script isn’t being loaded; I have the “loading editor” freeze on one wiki because I have scripts disabled for it (had to keep the page open, got tired of it spinning my fans and eating my RAM), although the images load fine because there are (some) <noscript> provisions in there.

(Assertions in this post were tested using Chrome 22, Firefox 16, Firefox 19 (nightly builds), and Safari 6, both HTTP and HTTPS in and out of privacy modes. Basically, finalfantasy.wikia.com only really worked as expected using HTTP in “please track me” mode).

Gaming Discussion / Re: Disc storage
« on: November 04, 2012, 05:28:51 pm »


I have never met a programmer that prefers to implement complex crap when there is a simpler alternative. [...] Many, if not most, programmers like retaining some level of control over their work.
Not to point fingers at anyone in particular, but a lot of people do the former because of the latter....

General Discussion / Re: So I've been on a Horror movie watching spree
« on: November 03, 2012, 12:53:16 am »
The moment people decide to watch something remotely like a horror film within 100m I’ve got this sixth sense thing going on and I get like ALL ABOARD THE NOPE TRAIN.

This makes me the most tolerant of the genre in my immediate family.

General Discussion / Re: Neogeo dot com forum member found guilty of murder
« on: November 03, 2012, 12:48:39 am »

Gaming Discussion / Re: Disc storage
« on: October 31, 2012, 11:21:56 pm »
So I've been looking into alternative solutions. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Catalog, rather than alphabetize.

Newcomer's Board / Re: Can't Download
« on: October 31, 2012, 02:54:07 am »
... maybe I should resist the urge to respond to non sequitur posts in the future :\

General Discussion / Re: GF's laptop is acting quite strange.
« on: October 30, 2012, 09:45:08 pm »
Well, the laptop was off when it happened. She was walking from one room to another to go back to sleep, and hadn't turned it on for the day yet. And like I said, no coffee got anywhere near it, or I would've noticed. My girlfriend noticed that there were a few drops of coffee under the thing when she went to turn it on, but we didn't see any in or anywhere on the laptop itself when she opened it.

And if there were liquid inside, like you said, I'm pretty sure it would've shorted by now from all of the times we've had it on doing things.
As long as it might still be there, it might still be doing damage. Shorting doesn’t mean anything’s getting fried, necessarily. But trapped liquids don’t dry out as fast as you might expect. Make sure.

I don't really know what to test. The only parts that I can think of that I can readily get out are RAM and HDD. And both of those seem to be working at least well enough to get Windows started.
That doesn’t mean anything. Test the RAM by running memtest86+. Test the hard drive by booting off something that isn’t the hard drive and using the machine for a while. Maybe make a disk image if it’s been running stably, see if accessing certain parts of the hard drive is causing this behavior.

Any other thoughts? Currently, I've told her to hook up an external HDD and copy what she wants to keep. Then I'm going to restore a backup that we've got.

Only restore a backup after the above issues are addressed. Backups only solve software problems.

General Discussion / Re: GF's computer is acting quite strange.
« on: October 30, 2012, 08:21:26 pm »
If you get liquid in a computer, you need to get the power off immediately and let it dry completely as best you can. Towels to get most of it away, then open it up, towel again just be sure, and leave it exposed till you’re confident any liquid has evaporated. Any contact with electricity while wet could short out something. And of course computers can halfway-work with a few components broken. That’s why liquid damage is a son of a gun.

It sounds like a hardware issue of some sort rather than a security issue. One thing is that her hard drive could be dying, so don’t waste its possibly final hours on security scans if the correct course of action is to back up. Boot the computer off some other medium and make sure it’s not the hard drive.

Other possibilities to check:
- RAM does go bad sometimes, and RAM that works almost all the time is particularly sneaky because it makes it hard to diagnose. But you can diagnose it. Run a thorough memory test overnight (is memtest86+ the one people still use? it’s been a while since I had to...).
- Internal connections, particularly less secure ones, can go bad. My current desktop was behaving erratically and it was giving me the strangest crashes... later, when it crashed and wouldn’t start up again, I was trying to pin down why the CD-ROM drive was making my BIOS go all zalgotext and stop right there, it dawned on me that the hardware was fine but the SATA cables weren’t. Since it’s a notebook, I’m not sure what can be done in this case. If it’s a controller chip or something, though, you might as well start looking for a replacement.
- You know what? I can’t think of a computer part that can’t go bad all on its own. Some Pentium IIIs, for example, had this bizarre issue where the CPU thermometer would suddenly report an (incorrect) unacceptably high temperature after working just fine for ~5-60 minutes and shut down the whole system. So don’t count anything out. Test any components you can test individually individually.

Newcomer's Board / Re: Can't Download
« on: October 30, 2012, 04:13:06 pm »
Yeah, consider switching away from IE permanently if you can. It Does Things Like This.™

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