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  2. The Hitman's Bodyguard It They were pretty good.
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  4. If they released it for windows 7 I'm all in no questions asked. They've been needing to strive for a universal Minecraft for a while. It seems they're finally heading in that direction. I'm aware of the immense amount of time and resources such a project takes, and so I'm okay waiting a good long while for that to happen.
  5. Minecraft has changed a lot since its alpha days of being a PC-exclusive indie game. They’ve added features, many being welcome features (the nether) while some being rather controversial (an ending). Later, they put that on consoles and on phones, and now it’s on the New Nintendo 3DS. Just a few days ago, they released the definitive version of Minecraft, known as the Better Together Update, which is an update to the Pocket Edition version of Minecraft (or the Windows 10 Edition if you’re on Windows 10). The main point of this update is that it brings cross platform play with Windows 10, Android, iOS, macOS, Xbox One, and (soon) the Nintendo Switch thanks to Microsoft’s Xbox Live service (which you don’t need to pay for unless you’re playing on an Xbox One). Before, it was just Windows 10, iOS, and Android, and I guess by releasing the Pocket Edition (which, functionality wise, is most on par with the Java and console versions) for console, this brings these platforms together. How do I get it? If you own the Java version, you can get a free key for it on Mojang.com. If you own the Xbox One version, you can get it for free, too. If you own the Nintendo Switch version, you will be able to get it for free when it comes out this winter. Otherwise, you can get Minecraft for these prices: Windows 10* - $26.99 Xbox One - $19.99** Nintendo Switch Edition - $29.99** Google Play - $6.99 iOS App Store - $6.99 *Even if you want the Windows 10 version, I highly recommend buying the Java version from the Minecraft store, as it costs the same and comes with a key for the Windows 10 version. You get two for the price of one. **Xbox Live Gold ($9.99/1 month or $59.99/year) and Nintendo Switch Online ($3.99/1 month or $19.99/year) will be required to play Minecraft online if on a console. What’s different? For Pocket Edition, this is just a regular update. For others, there are quite a lot of differences. As a start, you get a How to Play menu which tells you how to play the game. If you already know how to play Minecraft, you probably won’t learn anything from this menu. Next, you get a new crafting menu, and things are grouped differently. The things you can craft or spawn in creative mode are shown on the left and shown in four categories: construction, equipment, items, and nature. This is a bit different from the Java version which has different categories in survival mode, but has a much more organized creative mode interface. You can also opt to use the Pocket user interface even if you’re on a controller or a mouse, and this shows a more compact interface that you navigate differently. This interface seems to be best for smartphones which have small screens, as the classic interface seems a lot better on both my PC and on my iPad Mini. What's good? Stock Minecraft just seems to look a lot better now, compared to the Java version. One welcome improvement to the game is the addition of anti aliasing. This option isn’t available on the Java version, and it does wonders to the jagged edges of blocks. Colors are also more saturated, too, and this makes oceans look a bit prettier now (in my opinion). To further add to this, performance is a lot better on this version than the Java version. When setting the render distance to the highest supported setting, 60, and while overlooking a forest while standing in place high in the air and everything has loaded, my PC maintains 60 frames per second without breaking a sweat. If I have a similar view on the Java version with 32 chunks, the maximum render distance for that version, the frame rate drops to 54 FPS or less. Basically, on the Java version, I get worse performance on just over half the render distance and with none of the anti-aliasing. Lastly, skins can now be changed in the middle of a game. On the Java Edition, you would have to rejoin the server for the new skin to take effect, but here, you seem to be able to change your skin even in the middle of a game. However, you don’t get the ability to hide/show parts of the overlay layer of your skin like you could in the Java version. Skins are the same format as the Java versions. What are the drawbacks? Minecraft is a game that was meant to be played with as many people as possible, and at least on paper, having cross-platform play makes sense, but even so, this version does have its own problems. One problem is that there is little to no modding support. Sure, there are behavior packs and you can still make custom texture packs, but that’s it. Although the original Java version never actually officially supported mods, it does have a wide variety of community-made mods which can add countless features to the game. Those don't work here, as the game isn't written in Java. Another problem is that vSync is now forced in the game. While this may not be a problem for people who are already used to this being forced on in the console version and pocket edition, it’s a real pain in the ass with someone who played the PC version without vSync for so long. While Minecraft isn’t an eSports first person shooter title, the extra input lag really throws me off. It also seems there are options for split screen such as HUD opacity, yet in the PC and mobile versions, there doesn’t seem to be any way to actually play in split screen (that I can tell). It is most likely that these options were mistakenly left in there by the console version, and news sources say this is a console-only feature. Even so, they should not be here. Yet another problem is that there is no dedicated server software out, currently. Although the game supports direct IP connectivity, there’s nothing to connect to. Your only options right now are to either play one of the three servers, get Minecraft Realms, or join someone’s game in progress. Many world options are missing from this version compared to the Java version (and from what I’ve heard, the Console editions). You can’t pick a custom superflat world (superflat is just grass/dirt/bedrock right now), nor do you get amplified worlds. You do get “Old” worlds which limit your world size to 256x256, but these aren’t beatable as the Nether and End worlds are disabled. Even if they weren’t, many worlds spawn the end portal well outside of the 256x256 area. There are also some differences with redstone, as it uses the same redstone mechanics as Pocket Edition. Pistons are a lot slower and redstone burnout works a bit differently. Quasi-connectivity doesn't work here, so builds that rely on certain block update detector mechanisms may not work here, either. Some redstone machines that may have worked on the Java version may not work properly on here. For example, here is the Java version of the game: And here's Minecraft (Better Together): Lastly, and this is probably the biggest problem: not everyone gets this version of the game. Sure, if you have a mobile device, you have the Xbox One version, you have the Switch version (and a time machine), or you play the Windows 10 version for some reason, you can download this version without any problem. However, if you’re on Linux, macOS, Windows 7 or 8, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, or any of the 7th generation consoles, you aren’t getting a Better Together update. Should you play this? If you like Minecraft, you want the nice new things (controller support, anti aliasing, better performance, and most importantly, cross-platform play), and you’re willing to live with the aforementioned cons, then this is something you should consider playing. In terms of being cross-platform, then out of all current major multiplatform games, this has the broadest support, as you have many ways to play the game now without compromising who you can play with. However, this version doesn’t have access to Java servers, nor is there currently any option for dedicated servers aside from Realms. If you’re not okay with this, then do not get this version. What happens to the Java version of the game? So far, all Mojang has said is that they’ll change the name of the Java version to Minecraft: Java Edition and change the name of the Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Windows 10 Edition, etc. to just Minecraft. The Java version will continue to get updates as usual for the foreseeable future, however long this future is. Pros: Cross platform play with PC, mobile devices, and console online through Xbox Live or via LAN You can change your skin without having to leave the game Runs better than the Java version Greater render distances Anti-aliasing Full support for controllers Cons: Not compatible with Linux, macOS, Windows 7 (or 8), Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 4, Wii U, or any of the 7th generation consoles No dedicated server software Limited modding support Less world options Different Redstone Forced vSync
  6. Fixed my chipped crystal glass, blended it out with different grades of glass paper. Now I can drink bourbon and not spit blood. P.S. Finger shot so the phone would focus
  7. I mean, it's kind of a big, fat nothingburger. How many of the listed components and chemical agents can be legally purchased in the UK? In the US, prior to 1968 anyone could walk into a hardware store and purchased dynamite over the counter, in the 70's and 80's the personal information of the purchaser was recorded, but record keeping was very lax. In the 1990's a $5 Federal Explosives License was required to purchase it and was sold by chemical supply stores, it wasn't until 9/11 that it was restricted from purchase by the general public and individuals/companies that use it are required to hold a license for use, permit for purchase, and federal law requires proof you have erected armored magazines to store it before they'll grant you a license or purchase permit. Ammonium Nitrate+Aluminum Power is sold commercially under the brand name "Tannerite" in the US as a reactionary explosive for use in target shooting, avalanche control, and cinematic effect, the chemical agents are sold in a unitary state, but once the agents are mixed and become a binary explosive it is required by federal law to be used immediately. Storing or transporting Tannerite is illegal. There is also "Ammonal" which is a similar, more simplistic mixture of AN+AP as a commercial replacement for dynamite and used in homebrew Tannerite production. ANFO (Ammonium Nitrate Fuel Oil) can be produced with ease. 50lb bags of Ammonium Nitrate are sold commercially at home improvement stores and nurseries and Fuel Oil can be purchased at any POL supplier (Diesel Fuel, Bunker Mix, Heating Oil, ect...) Mix the two properly and you have ANFO, which is a common blasting agent used in demolition and other industrial applications. Astrolite G is relatively easy to produce, a 2:1 liquid ratio of Ammonium Nitrate and Hydrazine. Explosives are a relatively easy material to produce without needing to use Amazon to purchase the materials or use the "fellow customer" purchase recommendations.
  8. Yesterday
  9. I did man stuff with the car today. Found out that my entire issue was the Manual Safety Switch which was causing my car to not start up on occasion. It's apparently a common problem with Ford vehicles.
  10. I'm playing on the 1.7.10 pack. https://www.technicpack.net/modpack/the-1710-pack.453902
  11. sorry for the off topic post, but what modpack is that?
  12. ingame go to the location you want to teleport all players to and execute command \loc_add chaos on your events.txt add this: event_score 't * chaos'
  13. A week ago I overclocked my monitor to 1080p at 74 Hz. Today, I've discovered that it could natively do 75 Hz output if I drop the resolution to 1152x864, and at 864p, I can take it up to 77 Hz before it says "OUT OF RANGE" on the display. Basically, I've had this monitor for nearly two and a half years without knowing it could output 75 Hz natively. I don't like the drawback of dropping to 864p for only 3 Hz, so I'll probably stick to 1080p at 74 Hz, but I've learned something new I guess. Either way, it's a substantial improvement over 60 Hz.
  14. Yes. We have to be paying attention to everything, all at once, all the time and complain that doing that is a violation of our privacy.
  15. I would like to know how I can do to make the two teams (blue and red) teleport to the same place after someone has scored with the flag... thanks
  16. hi... I'm looking for the event or lua script that does when a player scores with the flag, the two teams teleport to one same location, thanks
  17. It's obvious that it isn't Amazon's fault, what are they supposed to do, watch for and make filters for millions of possible product combinations to make sure nothing offensive or bad is suggested?
  18. thank you very much my friend, if you served me, now I'm just looking for the event or lua script that makes when a player scores with the flag, the two teams teleport to the same location, thanks
  19. I used to work 16-hour days last time I was in that field, which became unreasonable for the employer to keep me on for, which is why I was laid off. I didn't mind that amount of work, and surely this will be much lesser.
  20. This already makes me cringe a little on the side of caution, but at least you'll be doing something you like. That's kind of how I ended up in this job. The senior/lead admin on this project is getting old and I'm going to eventually be a one man band supporting almost 22 sites. I just hope they understand you are one person and they do not have unrealistic expectations.
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  22. Looks like I'm getting a job as a Field Technician for a wireless ISP again. =D It's a more of a commute compared to my last job in that field, but it pays way better than where I'm working now. Evidently I'm going to be displacing some of their guys, so they're "going to work me extra hard." This year had a rough start, but everything's falling into place again!
  23. One thing I've been working on is the ability to spawn objects. There are a few uses for this. Scripting is probably the main thing that many people will think about. There are other uses. For example, I can use this to fix the phantom grenade glitch. This is a bug in Halo's netcode where if a player was killed while holding a grenade, an invisible explosion would appear. This fix requires the Chimera script to be running on the server, however.
  24. Thanks guys. Unfortunately, since he was a few weeks early, he was considered pre-mature. He's been having some issues with his breathing and with his blood sugars staying where they need to. He's been in the NICU and I still have not gotten to hold him. His oxygen tube has been removed, but he still has an iv for his sugars and is still not eating enough on his own.
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