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1  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Sc2 rights? on: October 21, 2004, 03:30:19 am
That's the thing. They don't have the rights to it. Toys For Bob (the guys who made the game) don't have the rights to it either. Accolade died or something so I forget who does have the rights, but I'm sure they are jerks.

If I am not mistaken activision owns a substantial amount (if not all) of accolades intelectual property (read activision bought out accolade).  In fact it seems that the companies (that I am aware of) that went for higher up on the alphabet (above activision) are now owned in part or in whole by activision...
2  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Rookie questions on: October 04, 2004, 01:20:30 pm
2x Crew
1x super fuel
3x tracking
4x shiva
1x dynamo
2x hellbore (front 2 slots)

Hmm, I tend to have a laser defence in there (in place of a dynamo or shiva I think) 'cause I hate asteroids knocking me around.  And it's handy against some enemies that have weak main weapons.

Since I am exploring heavily right now (trying to fill out my database) my config is rather different, my lead ship can take out others rather easily but it's time consuming compared with the romp around the galaxy config there.
3  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Earthling Point Defense on: October 01, 2004, 06:11:35 am
I always thought the pdl would hit anything (though I think sc2/uqm removed it's shooting at passing planets), including missiles, its just that most of the time after firing a missile your batteries don't have enough energy to fire a pdl.

I am rather accustomed to the pdl taking out my own missiles which is why I let go of the button for a moment when I fire.
4  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: My lander broke :( on: October 01, 2004, 06:03:59 am
(And I'm not sure from your initial comment, but this was one of the games of your youth; it just wasn't heavily marketed except by word-of-mouth amongst fans.)

And just about every realy good game (most in my youth) was never realy marketed well.
5  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Rookie questions on: September 30, 2004, 06:52:29 am
My finger energy is wasted typing to you all, when I could be playing super-melee!...

I always just use the basic hellbore configuration, nothing gets even close.

And what is the basic hellbore config if I may ask?
6  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Rookie questions on: September 29, 2004, 10:56:28 am
Your point defences are bound to your secondary key, you have to hold your secondary weapon button down to activate point defences.  These lasers are very very short range and you need a lot of point defense lasers to take out some of the heavier wieght projectiles in the game (though you may as well add more weapons to kill the ships fast instead).
7  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Technical Issues / Re: Win XP Sticky Keys on: September 28, 2004, 09:08:44 am
and on that note... know any good sites with info on someone wanting to 'make the switch' (as in take a file server/file share (win compatible user account based) /internet share (NAT) /internet security (firewall)/packet router box to linux)?  I kinda 'grew up' on windows based platforms (and HATE their server aspects but I have them working most of the time).

The only non-critical function in that mess is file server and the only places I have seen involve only partial answers.
8  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Technical Issues / Re: XBox Release!!! on: September 28, 2004, 08:58:44 am
I'm curious how to install linux on an xbox without totally raping the warrenty...  Roll Eyes

Pretty sure that you can't install linux without voiding the warenty.  MS realy didn't want you using a competing OS (or otherwise non-sanctioned products) on their system (which is why online games check to see if you have 'voided' the warenty).

If you are interested in simply not 'poping the top' or otherwise adding hardware then there is a 'soft' method, if you can get your hands on the right stuff.  There is a link in here somewhere ( or something) with details.
9  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Major Request (saved game location) on: September 28, 2004, 05:13:14 am
I don't know if off topic or not but the rule of thumb is pretty much as you stated.  If you want to do graphics work get a mac, there is more (better, stabler) software for graphics on a mac (the exception may be rendering like 3ds max?)

The mac in general is stable compared with a PC (and as a bonus latest mac OS is based on unix Smiley )

On the other hand with a PC you are bound to learn more about computers in general (while doing stuff with it).  The PC has a more open (maybe visible is a better word) architecture.  On a plus side you will be able to play more games as just about every game that is made for computer is available for PC. Not so much on mac but there are mac only games too, marathon anyone?  The down side is stability and back stabing OEM manufacturers (in most cases).

Without getting into much more detail if you aren't a computer enthusiast (as in enjoy tinkering and learning about) and just want to get some work done, get a mac.  If you are (or want to be) an enthusiast and get into playing with the myriad of OSes out there while spending most of your time working, get a PC (with caution if from OEM).

Oh, and if I am not mistaken PCs are cheaper than macs in general...
10  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Rookie questions on: September 27, 2004, 09:45:15 pm
I don't think Jesus ever said anything about the existence of life on other worlds, or, indeed, if He was dying for their sins too...

... or if He did, the guys writing the Gospels didn't think it was important enough to write it down.

Just speaking from people I know personally, plenty of Christians find no conflict between the concept of extraterrestrial life and their religious doctrines.  If there are Christians who can't stand it, it's their problem, not Christianity's.  Smiley

Quite true, there isn't anything in christian faith that implies, let along spells out the existence (or lack there of) of other life in the universe.  There are people who have extended their beliefes to sugjest that their isn't however...

On the topic of maps: get a look at globes and maps made in america compared with other countries (particularly in the recent past).  The north american continent is WAY bigger than reality...
11  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Major Request (saved game location) on: September 26, 2004, 03:10:41 am
Shocked Thats a lot of space.

I think it's silly, and a pain in the ass. There should be a checkable option to turn this on and off. NO-ONE but me uses my computer, so why should I be inconvenienced? =p

Thank microsoft for the new inconvenience.... I too think there should be some way to turn off this new application data storage system (in the operating system).  There isn't though, and chances are in the future we will be even more restricted to what we can and *can't* do with our computers (look up protected computing, it's microsoft's future plan to 'protect' the 'end-user').

Also a reason for this being in since the 9x days is corporations like one place (or a few places) to backup data and they don't want software installed files getting mixed up with settings and user created files.
12  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Time to start a new thread on this subject? on: September 25, 2004, 06:41:32 am

Now, not being an American, I confess I haven't really followed NASA spending very closely, but I suspect I am right in saying that they don't have the kind of means they had back in the mid-60s.

heres another sad tidbit about recent space events; there was a proposal to go back to the moon, maned missions and all.  It was rejected because it was too expensive.  It turns out someone proposed re-using the saturn V (since it can carry what nearly 5 shuttles will in one blast off) but that was axed because the people felt that we should go to the moon with something new and going with the saturn V was seen as going backwards technologicaly.  Even though the saturn V was safer and carried larger payloads farther into space than the shuttle (and was cheaper to operate).  The reason for the proposal being too expensive was the cost of developing and deploying a new space vehical able to go to the moon.

(some interesting tidbits)...
The moon landings were due in large part a way to divert the public's attention from the bay of pigs (do I have that name right?) insident in Cuba (where the US tried to send former cubans back to Cuba in a coup attempt).

The reason the saturn V was retired was to keep the saturn V (all in all a better vehicle for long range/large payload missions) from competing with the new shuttle.

Lastly. the shuttle still runs on computers in the range of 8087, 8086 and 80286 processors (though I think some components/computers have gotten an update to 486).  The reason is mainly that complex microelectronics become unreliable, even in very high altitude of earth.

I too cannot wait to see what some other countries do with space.
13  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Major Request (saved game location) on: September 25, 2004, 06:03:48 am
another nice thought would be if there were a shortcut that could be made and placed in the UQM install dir or elsewhere(part of the install package) that would bring the user to the proper dir.

Something like this file...
windows shortcut to appdata\uqm\ folder.

I don't know if win95/98 will evaluate environment variables like that but winme/2k/xp should.
14  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Rookie questions on: September 24, 2004, 08:03:21 am
[quote author=VOiD
Profound_Darkness: The possibility for life-harbouring environments on Europa is, IMO, one of the most interesting questions that the world's space programmes are dealing with at the moment. They're currently designing probes that will melt their way through the ice caps, into what will hopefully be an ocean below, perhaps teeming with aquatic life. Am I the only one who's excited like a little kid about this?[/quote]

A few sad things on this direction.
1> there is a place on earth that was picked to test this spacecraft.  In the antarctic there is the posibility of a frozen over lake from around the time of the dinosaurs that may have geothermal energy.  It was decided not to send the probe there since there is too much of a chance of the probe bringing life from the surface down with it inside the ice that it must melt (as in bacteria cling to the spacecraft and then hang out in the melted water that the spacecraft must decend through).  Another thought for deployment was drill based but sterilizing the oil that is used to drill with is nigh imposible.

2> as of yet they haven't thought of a cheap + light + effective method of steralizing the outside and internals of a spacecraft so that we don't bring life from earth to europa.  There are bacteria that can remain dormant even in vacume and are shielded from other solar/cosmic radiations by the ships own shielding enough to possibly survive to Europa.

Between those it is likely to be a while (last I heard) before we send a spacecraft off, and then the orbits have to be right...

On the subject of sterilization, thanks to the life tests that were done on a martian spacecraft a while back (don't ask me which one, it's been a while) it was found that not only wasn't there life present but the martian soil has anti-life properties (read hydrogen peroxide).

on yet another aside, the amount of money dedicated to space exploration is a pretty sad thing... on the plus side the x-prise should be won shortly (if not already).  There is a private spacecraft which has all but succeeded at getting the x-prise. (last tidbit I heard was on a discovery HD mini-segment a couple of months agoe).
15  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Rookie questions on: September 23, 2004, 09:22:22 pm
I would say that the creators took the thought path that life wants to exist in the universe at large, with that said green orbit worlds will generaly foster life that we would recognize and likely in abundance.  Planets in grey (but not blue) could also harber life (in theory).  Planets in the red zone aren't likely to have much life and planets in the blue zone are the same though life generaly has a better chance on the blue zones than red zones (to be abundant let alone there).

There is even a going theory (read modern/current theory) that there is life at Europa given it's primary element of water and it's nearness to jupiter.

Most life and life giving materials would be boiled off of mercury but there are other energy sources besides the sun for life to flourish...

lastly our theories involving life pretty much require liquid water somewhere for life to have a chance, stretch that theory a bunch and life could exist with liquid anything... (actualy somone mentioned amonia, also silicon can mimic many of the carbon based functions).
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