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  1. I'm still here too. I've finally gotten a break from real life again, I was gone from my computer nearly all summer (not necessarily a bad thing) (I can't believe I just said that) and I hadn't really got back up to speed again between school, and college seeking, etc. But I should be somewhat active again, as long as real life doesn't make another calling.
  2. quote:feedBAck Who is your favorite Lord of the Rings character? juju_T-DOT 01/04/2003 22:50 okay okay u see dat gurl writing down dere...MRS.BLOOM??first of all UR NAME IS GERLYN MAY!second of all...U SPELLED HUSBAND WRONG!hahahhahahhahahahah....*husban* eh?hahahahah...n e whoo...stop it!cuz...hes mine!we went over dis already rememba maymay?eh?...soo u can have ur JBOOG CUZ ORLANDO is mine!muahhaha...=P Mrs. Bloom, in legolas' bed 01/04/2003 22:45 muhahha..i love my husban!hes sooo sexxie..nd ahhhhhhh...veryyy nice... looks nice...love his smile!!ohh yeah nd im tlkain bout legolas...so for all of u ladies... u can juss back off!! he's mine !!!! muhahah...i kno u wish u wer mee but thats ok...u hav to realize ur NOT! juju_T-DOT 01/04/2003 22:38 OH MY GOODNESS!!!!HE IS SOOO SEXAY!+ HOT!I LOVE HIM IN ALL HIS MOVIES!ESPECIALLY LOTR...i read da daymn book + everything!hes really NICE lookin' in BLACK HAWK DOWN =PI hope this isn't copywrite infringement, it's off the WB website Who the h*)L posts these things, these people are stupid. And on topic, I loved the movie, which is odd because I didn't like the first one. When are our games going to have CG like that!!
  3. I just finished purchasing for a computer, but all my equipment is still on its way. If you don't intend on building an intel system, don't listen to me, I've only ever worked with intel. BTW, my sole experience is not in buying this last computer. The computer I have now I built myself. I do volunteer tech support work at my school as well. I do, to some extent, know what I am talking about. Always buy a full tower. Smaller towers just don't do the job. Figure $80 -- $200+ depending on what you want, especially if what you want is fans / aluminum / PSupply etc. Buy the biggest PSupply you can, at least 450w. Figure $100 - $150 for one, I think. For Intel Mobo's, buy from Abit, Asus, or IWILL. IWILL actually specializes in worstation boards and is where you'd want to go for DP systems. Figure $100 - $250+ depending on the chipset 850 or 7505, the company, the RAM type, etc. There is a lot to consider on a Mobo, you need to know what kind of RAM, probably RAMBUS or DDR, you intend to use, what processor you want to use, in this case P4 or P4 XEON for DP machines, and what you want on board, auido, lan, RAID, SCSI, etc. Make sure it has AGP 8x though, or your setting yourself up to buy a new one within the year. P4 vs P4 Xeon -- When I was buying a new system, I really wanted to know what the difference between these two was. The only thing I ever turned up is that Xeon processors are designed for Workstations and Servers, but all the specs appear to be the same for P4 and Xeon. Note that to my knowleadge, there are only DP Xeon Systems. The price difference in P4 and Xeon is nonexistent. Make sure you buy proccessors with 533mhz front side bus, instead of the old 400mhz models. You'll wonder why they're so cheap. . . Figure $250+ for a good processor. 3.06ghz can cost near $700! Hyper-Threading-A new, to consumers anyway, technology that makes 1 processor act like 2 logical processors. If you want a DP machine, buy processors with Hyperthreading and save on the second processor. Note that only W2000 and WXP support DP systems and that (to my knowleadge) only XP supports Hyperthreading. Processor costs vary from around $200 to $600+ dollars. To make it easier, the fastest processor around at the moment is 3.06ghz, at more than $600. RAM--RAMBUS vs DDR -- More Mobo's use DDR, simple as that. RAMBUS (RD) IS faster, but very few motherboards actually use it. I currently have RD ram, but am getting DDR because I couldn't find a good Mobo that supported RD. I think you need at least 512mb, I'm going for 1gb, and I would suggest 2gb if you have the money. RAM can be the sole determining factor of how well your big games (Morrowind and OFP, to name 2 that are out, BCG to name one we should all know) run. RAM will cost you about $.75 a meg at the moment. Note that AMD systems will only ever support DDR. RAID-If you want extra space without compromising speed and while still using IDE HD's, RAID is probably the way to go. For a gamer, RAID essentially allows you to take two smaller harddrives, say 40gb and run them as if they are a double-fast 80gb HD, the bigger your harddrive, the slower your read time, and RAID helps to cut down on this. SCSI-Fast alternative to IDE, never used it, but know that it is significantly more expensive to buy SCSI equipment. On Board. . .-- The only technology that I think should come on board is your LAN. Buy a Mobo with Gigabit Lan, and you won't need to worry about a LAN card. Hard Drives -- If you're looking for SCSI, I don't know anything. Otherwise, buy a Maxtor or Western Digital Harddrive. They make good stable products. Figure no more than $100 for a 40 to 60gb hard drive. Make sure it's 7200rpm. Video Cards -- I'd say this is primarily opinion based. ATi's new card (9700) has plenty of advantages, but I don't trust ATi's drivers. I still use nVidia, and if you wait long enough, you can get a card with the nV30 chipset that should be faster than the 9700. Figure $250+ for a good video card, either the 9700 or a geForce4 Ti-4600. Sound Cards -- The newest and best consumer card is the Augdigy 2. If you've already got an Audigy card, keep it, if you have anything else, buy an Audigy 2. From a retailer, it will cost $200. Optical Drives -- You probably want a good 16x DVD drive for your computer. This will be less than $100. After that, the issue of a CD-RW or even DVD-RW arises. If nothing else, buy from companies you know: Philips, Sony, etc. They will provide you with the stuff most likely to work. Note that there are multiple DVD-R and DVD-RW formats out at the moment. Buying from a major company will increase your chances of buying a drive with the format that will survive. Otherwise, buy a CD-RW and hold off on the DVD-RW. A CD-RW should cost between $100 and $200 depending primarily on the company. Monitor -- Plan on a 19" Flat or Flatscreen monitor. I would suggest Flatscreen over Flat only because the refresh rates on Flat LCD monitors is lower than on CRT's and *can* cause streaking in very fast games. Look for a dot pitch of .20mm, these are the better monitors. Figure between $150 and $300+ for a monitor. Keyboards / Mice -- I've always found that keyboards in the 2nd level of cheapness (around $30 from a retailer, not $15!!) work better for gaming than the higher level ones, unless you're into wireless and all that crap. . . I do not believe in wireless keyboards. Microsoft's keyboards always works great with Microsoft's OS. A digital, USB mouse, perhaps even wireless, is a must for gaming. Try to get one of the new ones with dual sensors for enhanced accuracy, they reduce the chance that your mouse will skip, a slight problem when the difficult to clean lenses get dirty. Figure $20 to $50+ depending on what you get. $20 should be a fair Logitech mouse that you can buy anywhere. I think that covers everything. If you want to shop for AMD stuff, the same rules apply for everything but the Mobo and processors. Oddly enough, a lot of computer buying is opinion since even the $700 machine some fool buys from Best Buy with a $699 rebate will run most games, it's really how well you want your games to run, for how long, and at what resolutions. For games like BCG, Morrowind, OFP, Unreal2, and Microsoft Flight Sim, high level computers are a must. This is all I know. I hope that everyone will disagree with me and tell you what to buy instead, that way you'll have more choices. I hope that I have not told you what to buy, but suggested how you should buy it.
  4. quote:Originally posted by IceCold: You could perform a siege on a star station and force it to surrender. This is your only option if you do not have cloak ability.Has anyone here actually SEIGED a star station. I have never tried it, but it seems that it would take a significant length of time and I don't recall anyone ever posting about it. I just want to know how well a seige works, I have always suspected that they're not actually programmed in and that it is just said in the manual to make you think you can do it (that's a joke, haha). So, has anyone ever seiged a star station before, to confirm whether or not that is a feasable option.
  5. I can't deploy anything from shuttles either. Not even SF marines in space. And I get the same problem with jumping too, taking damage.
  6. Thanks for mentioning me, I've been banned from my computer for poor grades (oops), but I'm still around and will be back on shortly. (I had to do this from school).
  7. Well I'll be darned. There IS stuff going on, it just isn't here. Thanks.
  8. Hmm. Doesn't seem like there's much going on here. I'm sad. Wasn't someone working on a detailed map of the universe?? Is that still active, is anything still active, or is UCV dead until BCO?? If nobody else is mapping the universe anymore, I propose we all start, any of those UCV commanders out there. Take cool pictures of the universe and post utterly useless messages about them. Kind of like the Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy. . . Just trying to start some activity here. This is sad.
  9. If you wan't a fun game with LOTS of blood, Suddam Hussein (as opposed to the overused Hitler), a storyline of some kind, and nuclear weapons, get SOLDIER of FORTUNE. The only game I've ever played where you can literally tear a guy in half with your M-60. . . and that makes all the difference. When we can saw enemies in half with our wristlaser, BCM will become perfect (Not really) (Because it already is the most expansive game ever). Just a thought. Renegade seemed pretty cool, and it was neat with the vehicles (although that's become more common since Tribes 2). The Mammoth Tank seemed a little weak though, and the one demo map is really, really small.
  10. That's evil. Yeah though, you really do need the sound or you might NEVER figure it out.
  11. Playing as a commercial caste, I had a raider come down following me. And once playing Ter/Mil I had a fighter chase me onto Jupiter. I think the AI has the sense (in general) to know that atmospheric flight is not it's strong point and that it should keep to space cause they don't come down too much.
  12. Um. I don't think it is anymore. Read the official webpage. I forget the address though. BTW...GREAT MOVIE!!
  13. i've been dabbling around in both of those threads, actually, and have found some good info. But, I'm a little simple sometimes and a little hardheaded, so it takes a while for certain things to soak through. I noticed that information services for many things, like trade item values and mineral types, have been budding for some time, but that there doesn't appear to be any service around even with the intent of rating the safety of systems, which could be nice if you didn't wan't to use a probe, or wanted to quickly plot a long "safe" autopilot course. So maybe I'll scrap everything but the FTRR System and look into forming some kind of group to keep the System updated and functional.
  14. Response time...Just going to use your initial questions to clarify some stuff so thanks. . . quote:Originally posted by Guybert: Umm ... correct me if I'm wrong but anyone can participate in trading activity right? If the Mutual Protection Union decides to blacklist a region, the dwellers within that region can do their own trading or hire mercenaries to do it for them. Trading will go on whether the MPU boycots a region or not. If a region is especially dangerous either don't go there or hire protection. A few traders choosing to ignore a region will not bring those within it to their knees. Yes. I'm not expecting to cut off all trade, but supposing a region is hostile to trade, I would HOPE that it wouldn't just be trade with the MPU. The idea is to provide members a non-aggresive way of protecting themselves. With a large enough membership, the effects of an embargo could at least be felt, I don't intend for them to bring a crashing halt to local economies, but I expect it to show the local government that maybe something is wrong with how they're running their business, and maybe they'll change it. quote:Originally posted by Guybert: In my opinion the only people suffering economically here will be the traders and commercials belonging to your union.A single region cut off from some trade will feel the effect more strongly than a large group of traders capable of trading anywhere else in the galaxy. quote:Originally posted by Guybert: A cunning trader or commercial will actually be able to turn dodgy regions to his/her advantage by establishing contacts, building relationships and charging a premium to do business there 'cos others will be too scared to.Of course there are always hot shot traders out there willing to do anything for a buck, but I imagine they will also die. . . A LOT. I suppose that doesn't matter too much because the SC isn't implimenting permanent death, but it will still probably be averse to die. The idea of the MPU is to provide the safest trade possible for its members in as many places as possible in the galaxy. quote:Originally posted by Guybert: At the end of the day independents are independent because they're in it for themselves. Exactly why the whole thing is as loose as possible. . . quote:Originally posted by Guybert: Just my thoughts ...Thanks for the thoughts. Would you maybe think the entire thing would be better off provided as an Information Service for tracking hostilities to Free Trade? I'm really interested in getting involved around here, and if this entire idea is pointed in the wrong direction I wish somebody would let me know.
  15. Here it is. The refined version of the "Formulatory Statement" . . . ----- MUTUAL PROTECTION UNION: Statement of Formulation Mission Statement The general mission of the Mutual Protection Union (The Union, MPU) is to protect commercial commanders from the common dangers to Free Trade: raiders, mercenaries, and aggressive police forces. This will be accomplished through the economic power of loosely united Sects and individual commanders. There will be no need to hire mercenaries to protect from mercenaries, the defense will be the trade. If a region has no trade, how can it survive? Membership Sector Membership Definition of Sector: A Sector (Sect) is a group of at least five commercial commanders, with similar or unifying interests. Requirements for Membership: For a Sect to join the Union, it must provide a form including its desired name, an explanation of how it runs its affairs and its basic purpose. It must also provide a list of all members that includes name, race/caste, CC type, and CC name. Special Rights of Membership: A Union Sect has the right to one Core membership, which it may grant to any Sect member however it decides. The Sect must reconfirm this membership monthly, by resubmitting the name of the member it chooses to elect to the Core. It is not required that the same member be resubmitted. Individual Membership Definition of Individual: An individual is a commercial commander who does not wish to join with other commanders, but wishes the protection of the Union. Requirements for Membership: For an Individual to join the Union, it must provide its name, race/caste, CC type, and CC name. Core Membership Definition of Core Membership: A Core member ÔÇ£DirectorÔÇØ is appointed by its Sect to the leadership body of the Union, the Directorate. Special Rights / Responsibilities: See The Directorate. Universal Rights of Membership Access to the Central Database: See Central Database. Freedom: No member will be required to do anything for the Union that is not in some way useful to itself and to all members. Requesting Membership Any individual or Sect interested in joining the Union must send the appropriate information to the Director in Command (DIC). Central Database Location Interim location for the Central Database (CD) will be [webaddresshere]. The DIC has final authority on the location of the CD. The Free Trade Region Rating The CD will primarily house the Free Trade Region Rating (FTRR) system. See Free Trade Region Rating System. Member Services The Membership Roster: The CD will contain, available to all members, a listing of every member by status. Local Message Board: The CD will have a message board for all members to vent any complaints not applying specifically to Report Conditions (See Free Trade Region Rating System) and to post any other information. The Report Database All reports will be lodged here and can be viewed by any Core member. See Free Trade Region Rating System. Free Trade Region Rating System Purpose The Free Trade Region Rating (FTRR) system is the heart of the UnionÔÇÖs purpose. Every region has an FTRR set by the Directorate. The FTRR System will allow members easy access to data on the safety of trade within every region. FTRR Levels Free Trade Zone: A region that has no hostile activity and permits the trade of all items. Legal Trade Zone: A region with no hostile activity that does not permit the trade of illegal items. Alert Zone: A region that has some hostile activity. This activity will be defined as either police brutality or raider activity. The local stations are still open to trade although it is not advisable. Battle Zone: A region that is undergoing open warfare. Trade in these regions may have advantages and disadvantages. Embargo Zone: A region under embargo has committed major atrocities against free trade. No member may trade within these regions. To guarantee member loyalty, there will always be probes in these regions. The Report System Purpose: To guarantee the effectiveness and accuracy of the FTRR. Transmission of Reports: Sect members must send their reports to their Director while Individual members must send their reports to the DIC. Sect. Members Reports: Sect members will be required to fill out certain reports with their Director. All reports must include the date and time, the name of the reporter, and the location in System: Region format. Report situations are as follows: A. CC comes under attack: also include the race/caste of attacking ship, the circumstances and the outcome. B. Station confiscates goods: also include the race/caste and name of the station, the type and amount of goods confiscated, and the circumstances. C. Another commander attempts to confiscate goods: also include race/caste of commander, the type and amount of goods, the circumstances, and the outcome. If the outcome is attack, there need not be two reports. Individual Member Reports: Individuals are required to fill out reports in only the situation of attack. The report must contain the date and time, the name of the reporter, the location in System: Region format, the race/caste of the attacking ship, the circumstances, and the outcome. The Directorate Purpose The Directorate manages membership, the Report DB, the local message board, and the FTRR. Permission for Membership A simple majority of the Directorate is required to accept membership submission. Modifying the FTRR System A 2/3 majority of the Directorate is required to modify the operation of the FTRR System. Setting the FTRR A simple majority of the Directorate is required to set the FTRR for any region. This is where the Report System is necessary, without it, the Directorate could not make logical decisions on the FTRR. Removal of Members Only an individual or Sect believed to be violating the Report System or an Embargo may be removed from the Union. A simple majority of the Directorate is required to remove an individual from the Union. A ┬¥ majority of the Directorate is required to remove a Sect from the Union. Only a unanimous Directorate may remove a member from the Directorate. The Director in Command may only be removed by a unanimous vote of the Directorate and a 2/3 majority of the membership. Powers of the Director in Command The Veto: The DIC may override any decision of the Directorate. It then takes a unanimous vote of the Directorate to override the veto. The CD: The DIC sets the location and general format of the CD. Unifying Image: The DIC provides the image of unification for the Union. It provides the public figure of the Union. ----- It's kind of long and the formatting isn't too pretty since I wrote it up in Word first. Questions? Comments? Actually want to join?? Post here!!
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