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Tech Junkie Lounge / Re: Funny Pictures (geek flavored)
« on: March 04, 2014, 07:27:21 AM »
50 cents for a payphone call? LOL! I can remember when it was 10 cents.

Where I grew up we even had party lines. This was where two homes shared a line, they used two ring voltage frequencies to selectively ring the parties. Occasionally if you went to use the phone you'd hear the other party using it. Courtesy dictated you immediately hang up the phone and not listen in. You'd wait a while and pick it up again to see whether the line was available.

God I'm old...

 :help:

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Politics / Re: On the brink of collapse of human civilization
« on: March 03, 2014, 01:42:27 AM »
The US would be in deep if Russia and China were to align together.  :raincloud:

They are already. Not so much in Economic terms, though they are getting there, but more on military.
It would not be only US but also EU, Japan and Asia.

Like I said, its like a game of chess and the pawns are all spent. Its nearing the end. Checkmate.

Not chess, Mr. Spock. Poker.

Putin has oil, Europe needs oil and they've been buying it big-time from Russia with Ukraine being the land the pipelines cross to get to Europe. Just as in WWII, it's all about oil and resources. The problem is, Obama and Kerry are just total incompetents when it comes to foreign policy and being able to manage a crisis in Europe. Europe's energy requirement is such that sustaining sanctions against Russia to cut off the flow of money to run an army will also cut off the oil to run the EU.

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Quake / Re: Quake runs 100% CPU, why?
« on: February 27, 2014, 10:06:50 PM »
When I say %100 cpu I refer to one logical processor unit.  On my single core its one hyperthread.

The only thing I could get out of strace that seems to occupy the majority is

"gettimeofday ({##,##}, {###,###})" = 0

# being numbers.  Which is very similar to KDE traces which are usually filled with those gettimeofdays.  KDE is C++ but I think it is the libc time getting function.  KDE does not run 100% but then again the gettimeofday's are slightly less frequent and they subside to some extent eventually.  Makes it very difficult to trace bugs.

In Q2 they appear in blocks of about 20 gettimeofday's.  There is also a

clock_gettime(CLOCK_MONOTONIC, {###,###}) = 0

also in blocks of 10-20, interspersed in the trace that does appear to be overtly connected with the gettimeofday.


When I run on the run level daemon, the daemon handler probably some how puts a check on the  gettimeofday  function through libc.  It probably running in between the program and the libc.  Its job is to handle these things after all.

Which may explain why when I run under the daemon -- I can't jump very high.  Sort of.


Urban terror also runs in a similar fashion.


All this is fine by me anyways, I was just wondering if there was conclusively a rational for running consecutive calls to the time.  Which if you did not know happens during server client sync.  Maybe in other instances.  Perhaps several functions all call for time and the time calls all get executed at once.  Which would mencingly  suggest its ease of aggregation in one single time call with 0 rewrite.   No?


Other interesting things in strace.... when handswitching, you can see the array search of the the config settings for the static change on the local client.  It searches until it finds it.  So if this and other game action sets where on top it would perhaps leave open the possibility of slightly optimized usage.  Although the overhead for that array is nearly nil it is getting stronger everyday.

Oh. You're on Linux. I didn't notice that fact before but I don't think you mentioned it originally.

Build a non-debug version of your client and run it outside KDE. Strace uses lots and lots of CPU to trace your program and isn't intended to be running except for detailed debugging. Asking why your client uses 100% CPU in strace mode is like asking why is the sun hot... answer: it does that.

As for the rest of the above quoted text. WTF are you talking about, dude?

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Politics / Re: What does this mean to the economy?
« on: February 25, 2014, 10:07:56 PM »
In my opinion, the principle of bitcoin is just like that you are just making up your own money. Idk if im mistaken but still its nit making sense coz unlike currencies,  bitcoin isnt backed by any hard commodity or system for its value. Currencies to attain logical sense and legitimacy should be represented either by reserves or a countries economy.

There's not a single currency these days that is backed by a country's economy. Those days are long gone. Currencies these days are faith-based. What makes a thing valuable in terms of a currency is the relative scarcity of commodities that currency can purchase. You can't hand somebody a piece of paper and get something from him of value unless he thinks he can take that same piece of paper and get something else that he values more than what he's giving you.

These days you don't even need a piece of paper. All you need is a bit of plastic and some numbers in an account denominated in terms of what used to be a piece of paper - and that piece of paper used to be a piece of gold. So you see, even though you don't think in terms of cyber currency, you're dealing in a cyber currency backed by a faith in the future value of that currency.

The thing that will destroy Bitcoin is the failure of people to believe it has a future and the way to destroy it's future is to allow someone to subvert the system of exchange. When a repository (bank) stops converting and making exchanges available, people lose faith in that repository and try to withdraw their currency (a run). The only solution is to close the bank to stop the run and wait for people to regain their senses. Before the FDIC, people would act on rumor of a bank failure and actually create that failure by acting on that rumor. The purpose of the FDIC is to secure the faith of people in the system of exchange by fulfilling promise that their money is "safe" in a bank even when the bank might fail. The FDIC closes the failing bank and kicks the bad management out, reorganizes the bank and uses the money they secure from a stronger bank plus the FDIC Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) so depositors in the failed bank can get their money out. Bitcoin lacks that failsafe and is susceptible to runs on it's banks.



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Politics / Re: What does this mean to the economy?
« on: February 25, 2014, 09:45:48 PM »
I looked into mining but you need an ATI video processor to do it efficiently and I am not about to spend a bunch of time and money on speculation in a currency I don't understand.

Apparently the GPU mining ship sailed some while ago:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/01/17/ten_bitcoin_miners/

These days companies are designing application-specific integrated circuits, financing them based on pre-orders, doing their own mining on the side with the initial production batches, finally shipping them to customers, who at that point only have a few months to try to recoup their investment in the hardware because the processing requirements are escalating so fast the $5000 mining board they just purchased will become useless in very short order...

Kinda crazy...  :doofywave:

Yes indeed. A Ponzi scheme where the early adopters make out while the latecomers get hosed. I know the ASIC systems are faster but who in their right minds would invest thousands on a diminishing return... but then...


My prediction for Bitcoin is that the whole thing will come crashing down in a few days or weeks with the revelation that the algorithms are faulty or the repositories are crooked (another failure would do it) and the thing freezes. Then the creator will publish a post-mortem paper saying it was an "experiment" and "wasn't it fun?"

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Politics / Re: What does this mean to the economy?
« on: February 25, 2014, 07:20:14 PM »
Mining, as I understand it, is solving for a set of numbers that satisfy some unique requirements. The problem space yields a finite number of these and they become the bitcoins. I don't know exactly how you partition them but once you have a coin you can share it out. A bitcoin is not valid until it's verified by other miners. It's the population of miners and the traceability of the transactions on each coin that validates it. I don't know what happens once all the bitcoins are mined. I do know that it's the work history of each coin that makes it "authentic". It's supposed to be a peering arrangement where miners keep the system going. Smells too much like a Ponzi scheme to me.

As far as money is concerned, Focalor, I don't know if there's a currency on the planet that's based on the gold standard anymore. They're all fiat money and they all float against each other and the precious commodities.

A friend of mine "bought" a fraction of a bit coin and at the time he bought it, it was worth about $20US. I suppose it's worth about $15 now if he didn't spend it already. I looked into mining but you need an ATI video processor to do it efficiently and I am not about to spend a bunch of time and money on speculation in a currency I don't understand.

As far as bitcoin vs. "traditional" currencies is concerned, it's a push. You can believe in the "regulation" of a traditional currency by a bunch of nameless, faceless guys in a place called a "Federal Reserve" or you can believe in the "unregulation" of a cyber currency by a bunch of nameless, faceless guys on a place called the Internet.

The problem now is fungibility. Can Bitcoins be converted to goods or services readily in the absence of major players like MtGOX or how are they to be converted, exactly? Why would a merchant accept payment in bitcoins if he can't take them to a bank to pay his (presumably traditional) bills? WTF happened to MtGOX and where are all the bitcoins they were "holding" for customers? Why do I need a repository like MtGOX for bitcoins that are supposed to have been in my "wallet"?

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/dev/random / Re: The Strange and Interesting Thread
« on: February 19, 2014, 03:43:11 PM »
He kills 77 people... and gets to play video games in prison? :lolsign:

He killed eight. Wounded 69.

I didn't see anything about the 69 being wounded. The wording led me to believe he killed 8 with a single bomb and then killed 69 more with bullets at a different location.

Ah, I somehow interpreted it to mean wounded. I looked it up and yes, he killed those 69. It's amazing he only got 21 years. He should have gotten 50 years for each of the 77. He should never be released and he should be put in a deep dark hole for the rest of his life.

Quote from: news article
Breivik, a far-right fanatic, is serving a 21-year prison sentence for killing eight people in a bombing at the government headquarters and 69 more in a shooting spree at the left-wing Labor party's youth camp in 2011.

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/dev/random / Re: The Strange and Interesting Thread
« on: February 18, 2014, 07:10:07 PM »
He kills 77 people... and gets to play video games in prison? :lolsign:

He killed eight. Wounded 69. Have some compassion. He's only doing 21 years for the crimes. He only wants his PS2 replaced by something newer. I'd give him my Pong game console if I still had it. Maybe he'd go insane listening to it for 21 years.

As warden, I'd deny every "demand" he made and take away every luxury he has now, give him a Bible and allow no phone calls except to his lawyer. Visitors only one per week.

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Politics / Re: And you thought we lived in a "free country"...
« on: February 16, 2014, 09:20:49 PM »
http://news.yahoo.com/fla-trooper-stopped-cop-sues-harassment-093522546.html

I'm surprised I didn't hear about this story until now.


I saw this video on YouTube and it was a justified stop. Lopez was a complete idiot who was speeding like a fool in a Miami PD car, in uniform, off-duty with no justifiable reason to be speeding and reckless. He was a danger to public safety. Watt's pulled him over and made a felony-stop arrest, and justifiably so.

Then the harassment started. Lots of friction between MPD and FHP.

Cops keep a PO box for public records so no one can find their home address but D/L's will have their home addresses and are supposed to be LEO access only. Every NCIC access or terminal transaction in today's PD environment is logged. There must be a legitimate public safety need or the officer can be disciplined. There have been documented cases of officers tracking down females and making inappropriate advances.

A CHP friend of mine wouldn't even pull my D/L up on his terminal at my request because it was casual use and he had no legitimate reason to access it. (I offered to speed past him for a RADAR calibration check and he declined.) ;)

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Quake / Re: chat command for autorespond Engine/Version
« on: February 16, 2014, 09:07:04 PM »
What is command to find out what GFX u have in r1q2

cant remember didnt use it for few years...  :help:


I don't remember any command, I've always used the Esc key to access the menu and manipulated the video mode that way.

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Quake FAQs, HOWTOs, and Articles / Re: Any links to Visual Studio 2008 ?
« on: February 16, 2014, 08:44:36 PM »
I strongly recommend VS2010 Express Edition for Q2 development if you are looking for a freebie compiler/IDE since that is what R1ch used for his r1q2 client/server. The link quadz provided gets you the old source but r1ch fixed a lot of bugs that existed in the old sources.

The Express Editions are all available for free download and I believe they all still support building native code in C/C++. I have a paid-for edition of VS2010 Ultimate that still has to redeem itself before I pop for an update so I can't say what the 2013 edition can do or how well it upgrades projects from 2005/2008/2010 editions but I know 2010 was better at upgrading from VC++ 6.0 projects than 2008 was.

If you use other compilers then you are off on your own because unless someone else has experience with those environments you won't get much help.

GCC is used in Linux and the 3.20/3.21 and the r1q2 code all compiles "correctly" on most Linux platforms.

I also have compiled r1ch's code in Xcode on OS X and it works as a server. Clients are more difficult and doing it on a Mac is not recommended for a novice.

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Which mod is it? Is the source code available?

No, there is no change to an INI to repair this.

The change would have to happen in the server code since the frag count is sent as a status message to the client and the index to that status message is supposed to be STAT_FRAGS, which always has the numerical value 14. The HUD message is sent by the mod to the client and the client displays the items in the HUD per the messages. If the person coding that mod tried to insert new HUD items or change the values of the first 16 STAT items then the HUD will be screwed up when used with standard clients.


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Religion, and the Changing Moral Zeitgeist / Re: Death To *.*
« on: February 16, 2014, 08:09:13 PM »

-Iraq is more better with Sadam. AT least he controls everything.
-Libya with Gaddafi. Wasn't he starting to be supportive to the west?
-oh shit Syria. Wonder what would happen if Bashir was overthrown?

BTW I forgot about Egypt.

Seems to me that these Islam nations needs to be restrained by a dictator otherwise all hell breaks loose.

This was the foreign policy of the US and the European powers post-WWII, it didn't matter who was in charge as long as they were pro-west and anti-communist. This is why Iran, Iraq, Saudia Arabia, Kuwait, Libya all exist. Israel was also carved out as the Jewish homeland by Britain and the United States. The Shah of Iran was set up, all of west Africa was set up under the "protection" of the French and other European powers post-war... all to make sure communism didn't take root in those "areas of interest". Now we are dealing with chickens that have come home to roost.

Gaddafi shut his pie hole when Reagan slapped him down by bombing his house, he never postured as a strong man in international affairs again. But Libyans can hate the western powers for not taking him out and saving them decades of suffering and we shouldn't blame them in the least, the US foreign policy toward their country and their leader was idiotic.

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Religion, and the Changing Moral Zeitgeist / Re: Ye Religion Thread
« on: February 16, 2014, 07:58:19 PM »
Reality show snake handler dies from snake bite - http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20140216/NEWS01/140216005/Reality-show-snake-handler-dies-from-snake-bite

Best quote from the story - "Coots and the show's co-star, Rev. Andrew Hamblin, believe in a passage from the Gospel of Mark that suggests a poisonous snakebite won't harm them if they are anointed by God's power"

The passage says you can pick up serpents, it doesn't say you won't get bit. It also doesn't mention "poisonous serpents". Personally, if they want to do that, it's fine with me, I only hope they achieve commune with God before they add to the gene pool.

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Quake / Re: PAK file viewer for Linux?
« on: February 05, 2014, 09:42:46 PM »
The PACK format predates ZIP archives by a few years. PKPAK might handle it but i don't think it was ever open sourced. Phil Katz was the author but the ZIP format superseded it. In actual historical context ZIP files are glorified PAK files.

I made some tests on OS X but none of my ZIP handlers recognize the PAK file format and Pakscape isn't open source so you have to either use a Windows VM or WINE to run it.

Since Q2 knows how to extract the modules from PAK files, the code to do it must exist in the Q2 sources but I've never looked into it to see what could be done to make an open-source extractor for Linux and Windows to replace Pakscape. Some ambitious young programmer might want to take this up.

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