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General Discussions / Re: What's the haps?
« on: April 12, 2014, 03:05:51 PM »
I would switch to Linux if it had more program compatibilty. Maybe as a secondary OS when I build myself a top end desktop.

@Holykael1: I thought the same thing for the longest time. I made the switch to Linux as my exclusive OS a little over a year ago -- I've used it plenty in the past, though. Currently, I run the Windows version of EPSX2 through Wine using DirectX, not OpenGL, as the underlying sdk (Windows *Emulation*), Amazon's PC Kindle software,  the latest version of IE, Balsamiq Mockups (I believe webkit/adobe-air based), ePCSX, etc. The virtual environment even persists to allow two seemingly separate processes (Windows executables) to share the same "OS space", i.e. you can bring up "Task Manager" while working on things.

The only program I could NOT, with a decent bit of effort too, get to work was iTunes, which for me... sucked. I need mah music, man! So, spin up a simple Windows7 VM (use free VM software like virtualbox by Oracle); you can tune how many cores it uses, the video memory it can allocate, what external USB/SATA devices, and any network interfaces you want.

Sorry for the MASSIVE "tl;dr", but I just wanted to share, as I felt the same way for a long time, but once I made the switch, it worked out beautifully (my biggest worry, actually, was losing Photoshop, which honestly, I haven't even attempted to run on "Windows", as Gimp, with the right knowledge, can easily accommodate most anything I need in that area.)

General Discussions / Re: What's the haps?
« on: April 12, 2014, 02:50:16 PM »
So im getting my ass handed to me at university. So I began hardcore studying mode(more like, regular normal student studying but for me that's hardcore xD). I have this massive C++ book to read, this massive x86 assembly book to read and this fucking physics book that is the stuff of nightmares.

@Holykael1: As others have offered, if I am able, feel free to PM me if you have any x86, C++, or physics questions. I may not know the answer, but if I do or can help you find it, I certainly will (as time permits).

What, I still use a desktop.

...of course, it runs Linux.

@Kevadu: Man, I haven't had a desktop in *years*, and I'm totally sold on the ThinkPad laptops; however, Linux is the only the way to fly, man. kudos =D

General Discussions / Re: What's the haps?
« on: April 10, 2014, 01:38:31 AM »
Not really sure. I'm not sure if I have one, so I'd ask someone else; they'd probably know better than I >)

General Discussions / Re: What's the haps?
« on: April 10, 2014, 01:33:47 AM »
Eat souls instead of working out. Two birds with one stone, in this case ^^

General Discussions / Re: What's the haps?
« on: April 05, 2014, 11:51:37 PM »
They probably would pay more attention to it, but I'd be willing to be bet the psychological divergences in life-perception are significant enough that if they thought anything like you, they would care. Everyone has a very different story, and the wardrobe is appropriate for each.

General Discussions / Re: What's the haps?
« on: April 01, 2014, 02:03:01 AM »
I managed to get 3 years of college (comp sci / applied mathematics dbl), until I dropped out, as it was pointless. I was learning that crap for free for many a year before high school, let alone college (my salary / job satisfaction doesn't give me many regrets except that I stayed for the whole 3 years lol).

I honed my stats skills for my current position, as it's for an in-house data-analytics / BI solution; however, the "domain" is online, continual medical education for teh medicine men/woman (doctors). The "Big Data" trend, though I hate the buzz-word, is becoming wildly more prevalent, as is providing metrics for "Agile" team efficacy. Also, if you ever get into some serious floating-point arithmetic error-propagation, some rudimentary stats can be quite helpful  :)    -- edit -- And don't forget any sort of AI / fuzzy-logic. I mean, I think it would be fair to assume, to some degree, software folks frequenting these forums may have some interest in its application to gaming

I was looking through my Shadow Hearts: From The New World manual

Did the manual mention the ridiculous rationale for not letting the protagonist "fuse" until the ass-end of the game? I find a side-character fusion a very, very lacklustre alternative, especially when compared side-by-side with Yuri in both SH1 & SH2.

General Discussions / Re: What's the haps?
« on: March 30, 2014, 03:20:31 PM »
I still find it to be fairly intolerable, at times :-D Just a hard-learned lesson for me, is all.

General Discussions / Re: What's the haps?
« on: March 30, 2014, 11:44:20 AM »
Stats is definitely quite intertwined with computer science. Although, despite its apparent utility, it's the first subjective domain of mathematics I've seen -- also the newest by a "statistically significant" margin :) 

Therefore, I tell my co-workers all the time, when prompted for additional "metrics", that, "According the 'powers that be' and statistically-speaking, (yada yada yada) [...] But note, this is not an endorsement of statistics as being an accurate or even appropriate measure in the absolute sense. I'm just trying for 'industry standard' expectations here."

Unfortunately, I had that same mind-set about it as you until I got smacked in the face with a massive software endeavor in which it was mission-critical. If you're a programmer, you don't often get the luxury in most courses to say "I'll never use this", as you probably will :-/

Either way, sorry for the verbose reply / meandering; good luck on your assessment!

General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Quiz Quiz Show!
« on: March 29, 2014, 09:00:10 PM »
Sorry, Stephen reminded me there is a difference between public vs. private boards :) I can be monumentally oblivious, at times.

If I ever win, the $20 is MINE! ;)

General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Quiz Quiz Show!
« on: March 29, 2014, 08:52:11 PM »
I may have to take you up on that offer. I wouldn't want to accept prize money, though, as I'd feel my volunteer work would be less "valuable", if that makes any sense at all :)

General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Quiz Quiz Show!
« on: March 29, 2014, 08:48:48 PM »
All of this is a labor of love, so no doubt ^^

Offering prize money / rewards... man... that'd be all kinds of awesome

General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Quiz Quiz Show!
« on: March 29, 2014, 08:39:27 PM »
Wow. It would rock if the site-trivia platform was integrated with the main site O.o

I'm just a "tech guy", but I would say Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars could be viewed as the beginnings of game companies with disparate development approaches/styles collaborating to produce mind-blowing titles. Also, bringing the JRPG style to the "unpolished Nintendo" / more-mainstream-ish world... it is Mario, after all :)

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