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211  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Teabaggers on: August 13, 2010, 08:47:31 pm
Is the picture posted in this thread then all right on your mind, the one equating Obama with Hitler and Stalin? As someone in Europe I can tell you that to many of us that appears to be a pure smear campaign by people who don't understand the concept of socialism and really don't know their history.
It is an interesting comparison, but I agree that it went much too far. I don't suppose these ignorant mudslinging attempts balance out with the ways the media is often trying to "protect" him? Either way, both are lies.

Do yout think it's at all relevant that there was a global recession when Obama came into office? I'm curious as to how you think things should have been done instead, please elaborate.
I do believe it must be relevant. In fact, it serves as further proof of Obama's failings. Yes, there was a global recession, and yet he started massive, so-called "stimulus" programs that accomplished very little, especially when you take into consideration how much of it was wasted. I doubt the thought ever came to his mind that the private sector is not going to prosper if it consists of lazy, government-fed people. All in all, his spending sprees have been somewhere around the equivalent of throwing money down a hole. At least that undertaking wouldn't involve a larger, more intrusive government than before. If I were to suggest how things would be done differently, I'd say to cut the nonsense, buckle down, and show some responsibility. The energy used playing mindless blame-games would be so much more well-spent on making the best of the current situation. I could not care less about who started it in the first place, as long as all possible effort is made toward improving the economy and doing what the people think is best.

So you're pretty against every Western European country and most of the Eastern European ones as well, except for maybe Belarus? I'm not trying to be edgy here, but try as I may I can't wrap my head around that opinion. I live in what could fairly be described as a socialist democracy (I've lived in two actually, Finland and Sweden). I pay my taxes and I have all sorts of human rights, as well as affordable healthcare and fair representation through open and democratic elections. Why is that wrong?

I'm the kind of person who speaks bluntly and appreciates the same from others, so don't worry about coming across as too edgy.
I do not even see the point of healthcare. Ultimately, it's just wasteful. Can you honestly tell me that anyone has ever benefited financially from it? I utterly despise those systems that provide for people what could have been gained easily from a friend or through hard work. Insurance companies only redistribute the wealth. If people worked hard enough to acquire the needed wealth for themselves, no such thing would be necessary, and the funds which would otherwise be used to pay the people working for insurance companies would be available for other things. Insurance and welfare over-complicate things.  As you can most likely tell, I am a strong believer in capitalism. I love the sheer simplicity of it and how the money you make is directly proportional to the effort you put into it.
212  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Someone's selling UQM on eBay... on: August 13, 2010, 07:45:59 pm
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You have a reasonable point worth considering, and we'll look into that adjustment

...which means bugger all in my book Tongue

What's worse, he is still pretending to hide his intentions behind corporate jargon. Who is "we", anyway? For all we know, he could be some random guy who lives in his basement while he dreams up ways to rip people off.
213  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Teabaggers on: August 13, 2010, 06:41:55 am
Out of everyone here, it seems I must be the only conservative. Nevertheless, I applaud what the Teapartiers are doing and see no reason why it should be seen as an embarrassment. True, the protests were illogical at times, but I say it's a good thing people are speaking out about something they think is wrong. It definitely beats having censorship. Obama is clearly an incompetent president who only ever added to the deficit and blamed Bush for America's problems, anyway. He isn't a bad president because he is black; he is a bad president who just happens to be black. Most of his own party does not trust him, so why should you?
Also, socialism must die. Yes, I am serious.
214  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Online campaign - diplomacy, strategy, combat on: August 13, 2010, 06:21:00 am
This sounds great! Though, I am concerned with how this operation will be managed. This is more complex than a forum game, and things could quite possibly fall into chaos without proper organization.
215  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Starcon: TimeWarp: Gob update on: August 13, 2010, 06:11:50 am
I can explain that. Go to the folder you installed Timewarp to. You see, I did some snooping around in my own installation (actually, a lot of snooping), and I found a fairly self-explanatory file called "client.ini" in the default_ini folder, which is located in gamedata. It contains all the settings you would see in the Preferences menu of the game plus some you don't.

I am happy to assist.
216  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: revitalizing the forum on: August 13, 2010, 05:58:13 am
A lack of activity can be greatly offset by becoming more active. Therefore, I'd suggest posting more often. Other than that, I'm not certain what you mean by "biting the dust". This forum does not seem to be in any imminent danger to me.
217  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Someone's selling UQM on eBay... on: August 12, 2010, 06:20:11 am
Just a bunch of bologna, I say. His defense is full of hot air, at best. He still never linked to the UQM sourceforge page. If he gave the proper credit and linked to the UQM sourceforge page, then I might take his claims seriously. He did not.
218  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Someone's selling UQM on eBay... on: August 12, 2010, 01:04:44 am
I've noticed those eBay auctions too.  This user is selling other free software such as GIMP, Tux Racer, Battle for Wesnoth and even Open Office.  According to the GPL, selling GPL license software is allowed, provided they state that it's covered under the GPL.
I am sure there are plenty of worse examples than this. I recognize the legitimacy of selling freeware disks as previously mentioned in this thread. It's still pretty slimy if you ask me... I don't care how many star ratings this "New Earth Software" guy has. The fact of the matter is that he is blatantly claiming Ur-Quan Masters and other free games as his own. He never even bothered to link to the UQM sourceforge page. Beyond providing limited internet users with a less expensive alternative, it is clear that he intentionally left out that link in order to make more sales. What he is doing is intellectually dishonest at the very least!
So, no, I don't think it should be allowed.  Roll Eyes
219  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Starcon: TimeWarp: Gob update on: August 12, 2010, 12:24:35 am
Can you access the game menu? From there, you should be able to access the "Preferences" menu. Once there, go to "Video Mode", change the resolution to 800x600, uncheck "Full-Screen", and click Ok. Then, go back to Preferences and select "Game & Rendering". Disable AA :Non-integer, AA :Blend, and AA :Alpha. Click Ok. After you've done this, try starting a new game. If it still doesn't work, mess around with the settings until it does. I apologize for being too vague.

If you can't even access the menu, I think there are command line switches you can use to change the resolution the game uses. I do not know what they are though, so relying on Google or waiting for someone else who does to show up is probably your best bet.
220  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Starcon: TimeWarp: Gob update on: August 11, 2010, 10:39:31 pm
When I try and load the game, it comes up with an error:
"Critical Error!: Error switching to graphics mode
(1280x1024 @ 32 bit)
Resolution not supported"

What can I do to fix this?

The last time I played Star Control: TimeWarp, I, confident in my computer's modern capabilities, turned the graphics settings as high as possible and was given a similar error. Going back to the default settings fixed my problem. I recall that various non-default graphics configurations did not want to work with the game.
221  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Someone's selling UQM on eBay... on: August 11, 2010, 10:13:24 pm
I find it despicable that someone is selling something which should otherwise be free, though personally I am not surprised something like this happened. As long as there are people to fall for these schemes, there will be people taking advantage of them.
...I'd imagine he would get along well with the Melnorme, at least.
222  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Star Control 4 (...a message to TFB...) on: August 11, 2010, 09:55:45 pm
Star Control 3, for all intents and purposes, doesn't exist. Any sequel should take that into account. Tongue

Agreed. Star Control 3 is hardly even the same game, let alone a sequel. Referring to it as such is an insult to its predecessor.
223  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: A quick question for UQMFers on: August 11, 2010, 09:46:43 pm
I am somewhat of a newbie, but I certainly visit The Pages of Now and Forever from time to time. I guess you could say I'm weird; I found out about this masterpiece of a game whilst browsing cnet.com for free games and software. I have been playing the heck out of it ever since. Out of curiosity, I searched "The Ur-Quan Masters" on Google to see if there were communities and/or personal websites devoted to the game. I then discovered PoNaF and the Ultronomicon.

I also agree that the simplicity of this forum is excellent.
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