No posts lately as I heard that the Thargoids have arrived in Elite:Dangerous last Friday 🙂
How has this caused my hiatus?
I rushed out and picked up a new graphics card (Radeon RX 480) and a 256 Gig Samsung SSD so I could play the game with ease.
That’s when the trouble began! I found I couldn’t migrate Win7 easily off a partition on a 2TB HD to the SSD; or rather I could, but Windows wouldn’t open.
I also had issues installing the Radeon drivers on Debian. I tried and failed to rebuild a kernel (first attempt), and I didn’t know there were new Linux kernels available, still not sure if they would work.
So I re-installed Ubuntu, as I knew there were Radeon drivers available. So after installing Ubuntu on my original SSD I found after many attempts that I couldn’t install Win 7 on my new SSD… but I could install Ubuntu on it, and Win7 was happy to install on my original SSD.
Best part of 3 days it took me to remove my old graphics card, slot in the new one, plug the new SSD into a SATA port on the motherboard, install 2 new operating systems, and setup Steam and Elite:Dangerous, including the Horizons DLC!
Thank the Linux gods that I have a weekly backup of my Home directory that’s easy to bring back with Deja Dup.
For the rest of the 2 weeks I’ve been flying around space 🙂
I didn’t jump straight back into my Clipper; after accidents when coming back to E:D after a break in the past. So I mapped my keys to a wired xbox controller (I still find the ergonomics suit my large hands better than the PS4 pads) and took my Vulture out for a ride.
I didn’t take many risks, practiced takeoff’s and docking, all was going well, so thought I’d try comabat.
Now I remember this ship could hold its own so I was quite confident approaching a Conflict Zone, even after time away.
I was destroyed within 5 mins, WTF! It felt like the ship had been nerfed, or it could have been my new lack of skills.
So I cashed in the insurance and bought one of my favourite ships in the game, an Asp. I moved over what hardware I could, and sold the rest.
For the next few days I flew my Asp around Imperial space, running data, fetch, and delivery missions, not wasting weight on weapons. I didn’t realise immediately that I had purchased an Asp Scout, and not the model I’d had fun exploring and trading with in the past, the Asp Explorer… or am I just confused and was there only the Asp available on launch? Shit it was over 2 years ago!
Anyway I was then confident enough to have my Clipper delivered to me and things have been going well, except for one failed planetary landing that cost me another insurance claim.
The game seems to have improved in many little ways, and now it’s easier on the eyes with my new graphics card, and stutter free.
I’ve even done something that I once though pedestrian, and have installed a docking computer on the Clipper, loving the sylish landings and how Frontier have kept the classical music that kicks in with the computer as on the original.
So I’m cruising around Harm with some nice one jump return 3.2k/tonne loops, working on saving credits to afford maybe a Python next so I’m not limited to large landing pads.
Loving picking Elite up again, and I haven’t set out yet to find the Engineers, Alien Ruins, or the Thargoids 🙂
Yesterday I did something that I’ve been considering for a while; I burned my installation of Ubuntu and installed Debian.
I’ve been a long time fan of Ubuntu, since before the Unity days, I stuck with the Canonical distro through the Amazon debacle, and the community as been awesome and supportive over the years, and I have loyalty to them.
Although yesterday the KDE plasma installation started having issues, as ever with Ubuntu I find it easier to create a fresh install of the OS rather than try and fix the issues when I’ve installed a broad selection of drivers and programs and I’m not sure which ones have gone tits up.
I was tempted to try the latest Fedora 25, that I’ve been playing with in VirtualBox, but I’m a little too attached to apt-get 🙂
The Debian experience
installation has been a straightforward
biggest pain was having to install the Debian non-free firmware… or more identifying that I needed to install the Debian non-free firmware 🙂
I installed synaptic and deja-dup to access my backed up home directory, which also gave me my .bashrc file back with aliases
now have all my usual programs installed, and everything is running as quickly as ever
I love the option when installing to add different desktop environments, I’ve been playing with Gnome 2, Gnome 3, KDE, Xfce, Mate, but settled for now on Cinnamon
installed KDE desktop, not sure why I haven’t tried it before, although I did try Mate a few weeks ago that I can’t get to work correctly
excited about season 2 of Street Fighter V I’ve reinstalled it on the PS4, and I’m more frustrated and annoyed by Capcom’s servers than ever
repetatively the server connection keeps dropping, the only solution I can find is to close the game and re-load
the novelty of getting to practice with Akuma wore off quite quickly, I couldn’t even find a single game 🙁
I’m excited about Elite: Dangerous coming the the PS4 this year, although not sure I can be motivated to put the hours in again, and I don’t think Commanders will be able to migrate over saved profiles
currently downloading the one game I’ve purchased on Steam Kerbal Space Program yet again.
I’ve just searched and found that it’s already available for the PS4… not sure how I missed this!
The style if FF all the way, the interactions seamless
It feels like a MMORPG in that you can easily walk into side quests
It’s all about the team
Switching of weapons and items is quick and easy
Need I say the FMW is cinema quality
The characters are likeable
The time of the environment is more Fallout than Fallout
I’m binge watching Entourage for the first time; and Regalia is just like the crews Cadillac
Have to crash, but I can see FFxv taking up much of my game time this summer… not since 11/11/11 and Skyrim have I felt the same way about a game.
I’m now cautious that I may have flown through the last couple of chapters, all for picking up the assistance of the gods; although think it worthwhile and am currently finishing off side quests… or rather making sure Cid has upgraded my weapons, before moving on
Loved the Rock of Ravotagh mission… although not sure what I’ll do yet with all of these weapons 🙂
FFxv crashed on me this evening in the middle of a ruckus with 3 beasty crabs… I was kicking arse, think this was Square Enix’s counter 🙂
Currently working on acquiring the Ultimate weapon, and in turn buffing levels ans stats, still having fun!
Have to learn how to post pictures taken in game to Twitter and here
Ultimate weapon gained, and it kicks arse!
Currently watching and loving Kingsglaive; it is a thing of beauty, hard to believe it’s all cgi.
The plot seems to be a mash of genres; traditional Final Fantasy, Cthulhu, and Tolkien / Game of Thrones, need I say how awesome it is?
haha just realised why I thought GoT & LoTR’s, Sean Bean is the voice of the King 🙂
The scale of the battles are epic, so Japanese; a little bit of mech, a sprinkle of Godzilla and a big dollop of Monkey
Here’s a selfie photo from the game, think this may become a banner for the blog 🙂
Now I can’t figure out why I’ve booked in a test drive for an Audi tomorrow 😉
I’ll embed the Brotherhood cartoons as I watch them, enough time for videos this evening, it’s time to play
Iris sounds very much like the same voice actress for SFiv’s Sakura?
As much as I’m enjoying the game it has made me appreciate The Witcher 3 even more, The Witcher World feels more full, the plot more alive, although I like both combat systems Witcher is more involving, and maybe a little more twitch compared to the analytic FF style.
This game now feels the opposite if FFIII, where one starts linear and the final levels are open World, the other is the opposite.
Is this a good thing?
I think it encourages player to buy into the game with both time and emotions early on, although then leave them disillusioned to the latter end of the story.
I’m now in a chapter that reminds me of the the first Final Fantasy game I played nearly 30 years ago on the original Game Boy: Final Fantasy Legend
Although this time I’ve invested less hours, yer still seem adequately powered up to tackle all that the game throws at me.
I’ve enjoyed the game, I’ll play the DLC, but I now appreciate Witcher 3 that little bit more and will certainly revisit it to confirm that my memories are not all through rose coloured glasses.
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I find FFxv the opposite of FFxiii; it begins open world, then goes scripted.
I now have the option to complete the game, but I’m happy enough levelling up, collecting what I can, and earning Gil.
So before I take Nocti and the posse to the conclusion I’m looking to acquire all of the Royal Arms: locations and stats here
PSA: No matter what level you’re at, use the gun emplacements when they’re available
Usually in games I play as stealthily as possible, squeezing all from each scene; for Watch Dogs 2 I may try and run through without remorse… although I’m more likely to return it and play Blood Bowl 2 until Final Fantasy XV is released
Best documentary I think I’ve watched, in a sad gamer way, from a game I’ve never known, although I understand the players drive and ambition… not saying I’m skilled or committed enough to achieve what these guys did, but I appreciate their casus belli
The sinking of the RMS Titanic is one of the most infamous shipwrecks in history. On April 15, 1912, during her maiden voyage, the Titanic sank after colliding with an iceberg, killing 1502 out of 2224 passengers and crew. This sensational tragedy shocked the international community and led to better safety regulations for ships.
One of the reasons that the shipwreck led to such loss of life was that there were not enough lifeboats for the passengers and crew. Although there was some element of luck involved in surviving the sinking, some groups of people were more likely to survive than others, such as women, children, and the upper-class.
In this challenge, we ask you to complete the analysis of what sorts of people were likely to survive. In particular, we ask you to apply the tools of machine learning to predict which passengers survived the tragedy.
Excel would have been my first weapon of choice, but I wanted to try a new approach and a new analytical tool.
I’ve a use for R in my salaried role, and can see how I can utilise what I’ve learned in the guide in real World projects.
So thanks to Trev I now have a top 400 ranked score, and I am driven to do better. Think I’ll manipulate the data in Excel, rather than mastering regex in R, let’s see how high up the rankings I can get 🙂
There was a new update today for PS4 Street Fighter V, Version 1.06; thought I’d boot up the game and blow the dust off of my fightstick… really wish I hadn’t 🙁
I couldn’t finish a simple 10 rounds with Ibuki without being disconnected from the server.
I really want to like this game, but it seems such an unstable server build from Capcom. Looking forward to when my boy can challenge me offline, but why would I choose Street Fighter V, over Street Fighter IV, Street Fighter X Tekken, or even Marvel vs Capcom?
Today I picked up Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, for the PS4, as a belated Father’s Day gift; awesome choice son 🙂
I’m only through the intro mission, but I like the authentic feel, and the open city aspect… although I can see how challenges, as in the original, could be frustrating; as the times allowed for completion leave little, to no room, for error.
Looking forward to getting familiar with Faith and Glass City once again
I’ve set the Raspberry Pi to connect to Tor on boot,and run a couple of Python scripts 🙂
One posts how long the box has been live, and the temperature it’s running at, the other retweets any mention of SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, and EGGS!
If you’re interested here’s the account: @PiCookingTime
I’ll post the code if anyone is interested, although it was all plagiarised from great thinkers online 🙂
Use RES to load as many comments as you can on one web page
Open developer tools – console with ctrl + option + j or ctrl + shift + j
copy and paste the following code into the console and hit enter to run
note: 1500 is the time between clicks on the delete button.