It was only a matter of time.
It was only a matter of time. avatar

I think I’m starting to feel better, though I’ve mostly been sleeping and taking lots of different over the counter medicines. Decided to return to the Windows side today to play some Skyrim since I haven’t played much in the last few days of feeling like hell. I met a custom companion, not sure what mod they’re from but I decided to add them long enough to give them some clothes. They were in a dreadful woven tunic and trousers before I reached into my infinite swag bag to make them almost as fabulous as I am.

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I have a problem…

Also made it to Morthal for the first time during this playthrough and managed to make a master vampire explode.

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I thought that looked pretty epic. Might pick up on it again tomorrow after work if I have any energy left.

Windows 10 upgrade prevents guy from checking out of hotel
Windows 10 upgrade prevents guy from checking out of hotel avatar

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Here we go again.

I don’t know what’s more stupid, the IT’s at the hotel disabling Windows Update so this doesn’t happen, or Microsoft for not thinking of all the doom and gloom people have to put up with when having to deal with their pushy OS.

“My hotel can’t check me out because their computer decided to just go for it & is currently in the middle of updating itself to Windows 10,” he said.

It’s pretty bad when Hotel California has fewer restrictions. I mean you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave. Maybe Microsoft got the idea from The Eagles, but like every other idea they’ve stolen they got it bassackwards.

If you have the Steam Controller and Linux you might want to check this out.
If you have the Steam Controller and Linux you might want to check this out. avatar

Found a cool open source driver and UI for the Steam Controller.

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They don’t have an rpm package for CentOS 7, but compiling it should be easy enough. This will be really nice for games that don’t cooperate with the Steam UI properly, IOW DOSBox which yes, I have installed under Linux. There are some old classics I’d like to play using the Steam Controller (like Jazz Jackrabbit) which gave me absolute hell under Windows.

One hell of an identity theft story
One hell of an identity theft story avatar

Man, what a crazy story.

Today’s Minneapolis Star-Tribune has the first-person account of St. Paul resident Austin, who has spent the last decade dealing with myriad problems caused by a man who lives only a few towns over, but who has been misusing Austin’s Social Security number to buy cars, open lines of credit, and even get health insurance.

The pisser is that the authorities won’t do anything about it.

He claims that his attempts to get local law enforcement to care have been fruitless, even when police were presented with a folder containing several years’ worth of evidence and a definitive paper trail.

According to Austin, a St. Paul Police Dept. sergeant told him, “The only way we can really do anything is if you capture him on video using your card.”

That’s cold. You’d think with a large collection of evidence the police would be more than willing to shove their boots up the guy’s ass. I’d be furious.

Hello Earth
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Due to what my cold has been doing I’ve pretty much kept to myself. On Sunday when I came home from work I basically showered and passed out (in bed, not actually passing out) without eating anything. I slept for about 15 hours on and off… a new record! I think the massive amounts of sleep are helping me though. I have more energy than I did the other day. Other than sleep copious amounts I’ve been working on my Linux side just to try and keep my brain semi-active. Tried to test Tomb Raider under CentOS 7 but it fails, that’s for another time though.

The weekend was absolute hell for me. I kept getting random cough spasms that would last anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes. A couple of them would take place while I helped two different customers,ended up getting someone to take over helping them until I could get some air back into my lungs. Fortunately most of the customers were respectable. I only had one old lady giving me the evil glare. Today was much smoother, but then I only had to work 4 hours.

This is probably one of the more embarrassing colds I’ve had to deal with… but half of our department already likes to call in sick constantly (intentionally or not, but mostly intentional)… Plus in my position it isn’t as though I can call in sick very easily.

I’m already feeling tired again. I think I’ll stop here. If I’m feeling better when I wake up I’ll try and make an appearance.

An interesting little test
An interesting little test avatar

I found this to be interesting. It’s currently a hit thing to do in Japan, and since I was there I decided to go through the mental motions myself. If you do try it tell me what you thought of at the end.

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I kinda screwed up at the end when they told me to think of a color and a tool. I thought of the color orange and the biggest tool I could think of.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Guess I’m the 2% 😛

Halo 5 is coming to Windows… kinda
Halo 5 is coming to Windows… kinda avatar

Yep, not the entirety of Halo 5 but it’s forge.

Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re bringing this same spirit of creation and collaboration to the PC later this year with Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition for Windows 10. Best of all? It will be absolutely free. In addition to the evolutions already present in the mode on Xbox One, Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition for Windows 10 will include some exciting new features designed specifically with PC users in mind, including:

  • Keyboard & Mouse Support – For the first time ever, Forgers will have the option of using a keyboard & mouse allowing for more precision control than ever before.
  • Increased Resolution – Support for multiple resolutions including 4k.
  • Test and Play with Friends – Enlist the help of Friends to help build, test, and play your Forge creations on Windows 10.
  • Build on Windows 10 and Publish to Xbox One – Experiences built on Windows 10 can be published to and played on Xbox One, opening the doors for countless new experiences to be enjoyed by players all over the world.

Wow! You mean a keyboard and mouse have more precision than a controller? Wow, congrats Microsoft… It only took you guys over a decade and a half to figure that one out but, better late than never right?

It’s a good thing I’m not really interested in the Halo series, because once again they’re making Halo an exclusive to the Windows 10 platform. Much like when Halo was released during the Vista era in an attempt to convince users to upgrade from XP. Sorry, but El Dewrito kinda already beat you guys. Plus it’s not limited by what version of Windows you run. 😛 Watch, Microsoft will probably come along and find some way to remove them from the face of the earth…

Valve, you’ve gone too far.
Valve, you’ve gone too far. avatar

Some of you might remember awhile back when I wrote about the pro’s and con’s of Steam, where I pointed out the good and bad with their recent choices. Probably one of the biggest points I touched on was the Steam Mobile Authenticator. I went into detail about how dependent Steam is on having your account tethered to a cell phone at the client level. But what about people who run dedicated servers for TF2, CS:GO, etc? I’m one of those people, and you want to know what the status is? Fucking stupid.

Last year I had to close down my CS:GO server when I discovered that I had to have a phone number attached to my account in order for it to function in anything but LAN mode. I decided to say screw it since it was the least popular server that I ran. Today however I noticed that for whatever reason my MvM Quickplay server was running insecure despite being set otherwise. Upon doing some research I discovered that a phone number must be associated with the Steam account the server is running off of. Oh, it’ll run. But in insecure mode, great huh? I feel like I’m being blackmailed… Either give us your phone number or your quickplay servers will never be secure again.

Fuck you Valve, and fuck the lowest common denominator for being stupid enough to get scammed, and practically forcing server owners like me to suffer the consequences of their stupid fucking actions. What the hell is the point of having a phone number tied to a server? I can at least kind of sort of see the point in clients having a phone number tied to their account for security reasons and VAC banning users who hack on an alt account tied to the same phone number, but why servers?!?!?!?!

The server software Valve provides for their Source Dedicated Servers is free, creating Steam accounts is free. It doesn’t take much to make an alt account with a cheap cellphone and a small game purchase on your account. So what fucking point are they trying to make?

Now I’m in a position where I’m contemplating if it’ll be worth it to get a cheap android to prevent this from happening to my other servers, or if I should just shut down when their time eventually comes. My MvM server was one of the more popular TF2 servers in my collection and I hate seeing it go because of Valve wanting a fucking cell number. If I do get an android though I’ll only use it for my alt server account. I’ll remove the battery and shove it in the drawer when I’m done. I fucking hate this.

Some good news on the Open Source front
Some good news on the Open Source front avatar

Grand Theft Auto 3 is getting it’s own Open Source engine called OpenRW. I love hearing stories like this, the more games that are playable under Linux the better (with excellent ports of course).

On another note, Dota 2 which is already working under Linux will be getting Vulkanized. Well, the good kind. 😛

We’re going to release vulkan support soon, probably sometime next week. That DLC checkbox is an error and shouldn’t be visible yet. Sorry for the confusion.

That’s awesome. I’ll be even more hyped if and when other source titles join on the vulkan bandwagon. Especially gmod, the optimization is piss poor on Linux when I run it on the highest settings.