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@  TheMightyMol... : (09 August 2020 - 06:16 PM)

Which crisis crossover are we on now? I lost track.

@  Rycochet : (09 August 2020 - 05:18 PM)

Much of the past decade has been the part of the comic series where less than stellar authors have driven the series into the ground and the editors are getting ready to either do a big multi issue crossover, leading to a reboot.

@  Bass X0 : (09 August 2020 - 02:28 PM)

At this point I've just decided to consider 2020 "not canon."

@  TheMightyMol... : (09 August 2020 - 02:18 PM)

'member Pepperidge Farm?

@  Maximus Ambus : (09 August 2020 - 02:10 PM)

Before the 'member berries there was Pepperidge farm. Pepperidge farm remembers.

@  OverDrive73 : (09 August 2020 - 12:21 PM)

>>>Shameless Plug<<< FYI. posted the last part of Quest for Tires in Allspark Pictures

@  SG Roadbuster : (08 August 2020 - 01:53 PM)

@Nevermore yes.

@  Nevermore : (08 August 2020 - 09:11 AM)

Is $30 a good deal for Subscription Service Breakdown?

@  Trpodeca : (08 August 2020 - 06:24 AM)

Oh dear God no. Twitter has changed it's default layout to the terrible new one. Why waste so much space on the left?

@  Steevy Maximus : (07 August 2020 - 08:28 PM)

@Bass X0, yeah, the Joe comic got REALLY solid in the upper 20s to the Cobra Civil War. It's interesting to see how well the Joe comic has aged relative to the cartoon. Where as I feel the opposite is true of Transformers

@  -LittleAutob... : (07 August 2020 - 03:58 PM)

Its so fun watching past TF Conventions.

@  Bass X0 : (07 August 2020 - 02:20 PM)

I've been reading classic 80s G.I. Joe lately. Its still decent even though I don't have any nostalgia towards it.

@  Sabrblade : (07 August 2020 - 08:50 AM)

Think of it as Adam West Batman instead. ;)

@  wonko the sane? : (07 August 2020 - 07:49 AM)

That sounds more like the flash, or maybe booster gold than batman.

@  Sabrblade : (07 August 2020 - 12:27 AM)

They would get bored fighting each other and instead decide to take an epic cross-country road trip together.

@  RichardT1977 : (06 August 2020 - 08:57 PM)

What would happen if Batman were to fight Squirrel Girl?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (04 August 2020 - 09:03 PM)

Unless you count the Mask vs Lobo special, but that's less a duel and more a duet.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (04 August 2020 - 08:52 PM)

My favorite crossover fight was Thor vs Shazam/Captain Marvel. Early in the fight, Thor discovers that Billy Batson needs lightning to transform, and being a god of lightning he simply denies him that.

@  Sabrblade : (04 August 2020 - 08:46 PM)

Let's see a fight between Death Battle and Super Power Beat Down

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 August 2020 - 06:15 PM)

Which Lobo later claimed was because he was paid to take a dive. Yes, really.

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 August 2020 - 06:15 PM)

And then there's the times it's been decided by a fan vote, which is how we get things like Lobo (who can go toe-to-toe with Superman at full strength) losing to Wolverine.

@  Nevermore : (04 August 2020 - 05:49 PM)

And then there are the "but my favorite characater will totes win because I say so" people.

@  Nevermore : (04 August 2020 - 05:49 PM)

I mean, there are some people who really approach this from a somewhat reasonable standpoint, coming up with a plausible scenario and a setting that creates a fair environment that doesn't favor one character.

@  Nevermore : (04 August 2020 - 05:46 PM)

My favorite stupid "why would they even fight each other" question recently was about three versions of Optimus Prime (G1, Bayverse and Aligned).

@  Nevermore : (04 August 2020 - 05:45 PM)

Batman obviously can beat everyone. Even Galactus. He's Batman. He's so smart, he'll just throw a Batarang and hit the weak spot at Galactus's forehead, knocking him out instantaneously.

@  wonko the sane? : (04 August 2020 - 11:37 AM)

It's almost like all drama is just manufactured pissing contests to keep us all entertained and distracted. :p

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (04 August 2020 - 10:16 AM)

Or they could go White Ranger vs Scorpion route and have both win. ;P

@  ▲ndrusi : (04 August 2020 - 09:35 AM)

Besides, we all know the answer is nearly always "they fight to a standstill and then team up against a common enemy."

@  ▲ndrusi : (04 August 2020 - 09:29 AM)

The best way to prove this is to give an example where the match is really lopsided in favor of one character but in popularity they're either evenly matched or the weaker one is more popular.

@  ▲ndrusi : (04 August 2020 - 09:27 AM)

The "who would win in a fight" discussions are really just people trying to make "which one's better" into something you can theoretically measure objectively, usually in a very specific way they think they've predetermined their favorite will win.

@  Otaku : (04 August 2020 - 02:01 AM)

@Nevermore So... you're saying you didn't like DC Versus Marvel/Marvel Versus DC?

@  Steevy Maximus : (03 August 2020 - 06:59 PM)

So, what happened to Hasbro's Zoids relaunch? An English dub, some stuff in southeast Asia, and now a game coming in October? That it?

@  wonko the sane? : (03 August 2020 - 10:46 AM)

Tidal wave, cause shooting water gets you nowhere.

@  Darth Gonzo : (03 August 2020 - 09:57 AM)

Who would win Tidal Wave or Broadside?

@  -LittleAutob... : (03 August 2020 - 08:17 AM)

Btw Happy birthday to those people in the box to the right \o/

@  -LittleAutob... : (03 August 2020 - 08:16 AM)

The bottom line is obvious. It makes no literal sense to fight someone on your faction. :/

@  wonko the sane? : (03 August 2020 - 06:14 AM)

That's because you're doing it wrong. You're supposed to just stack skills and ability against each other. It's not the palace of doom, it's an episode of american gladiators.

@  Nevermore : (03 August 2020 - 04:32 AM)

The only obvious winners of such a fight would be the bad guys.

@  Nevermore : (03 August 2020 - 04:29 AM)

And what does it even matter? They should work together, not stupidly fight each other for the mindless entertainment of idiot onlookers.

@  Nevermore : (03 August 2020 - 04:29 AM)

Why would two good guys fight each other? What are they fighting over?

@  Nevermore : (03 August 2020 - 04:28 AM)

I never understood these "who would win in a fight between two good guys" discussions. They make no sense to me.

@  Maximus Ambus : (02 August 2020 - 04:17 PM)

If G1 had continued we'd have had Starscream back in spirit - through Krunk, Snapdragons partner and possibly Skullcruncher unless he was mute.

@  Bass X0 : (02 August 2020 - 12:28 PM)

There are some decent impersonators in fandubs though.

@  -LittleAutob... : (02 August 2020 - 10:45 AM)

The only true Starscream voices are Steve Blum and Chris Latta, hands down.

@  Sabrblade : (02 August 2020 - 10:14 AM)

Why they didn't have Scott McNeil voicing that Starscream, when he was the one who had imitated Chris Latta when he voiced Cobra Commander in the DiC G.I. Joe cartoon, is beyond me.

@  wonko the sane? : (02 August 2020 - 09:57 AM)

Say what you will, that was an awesome scene.

@  Maximus Ambus : (02 August 2020 - 08:36 AM)

Beast Wars Starsream "I am AIR COMMANDER Starscream of the DECEPTICON BATTLEFLEET!"

@  Nevermore : (02 August 2020 - 07:02 AM)

I liked TF: Prime Starscream.

@  -LittleAutob... : (01 August 2020 - 08:36 PM)

Hearing Starscream's screechy voice in Cyberverse has to be the most annoying thing ever in Transformers. Even his G1 voice wasn't as bad. :doh

@  -LittleAutob... : (01 August 2020 - 08:35 PM)

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Posted 21 October 2015 - 01:54 AM

LOL

 

oh god my chest hurts from laughing



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Posted 21 October 2015 - 01:56 AM

...I might have to start doing that.

Yeah, it's pretty nice. I mean, it gives you exactly one thickness (deli thin) and has to be in strips, but that's better than I can usually manage with a slicer.

 

Why is firmware called firmware, and what does that phrase encompass?

 

My brain wants to tell me it's some inbetween of hardware and software, but that's just a guess at best.

It's a sort of pun in that direction, yeah. More technically, it's software that's "built in", software that's treated as a part of the hardware, manufactured in, not normally writable. It could be either ROM or flashable ROM (like a desktop computer's BIOS or EFI), but where there's firmware present on a more universal device like a phone or desktop, it's separate from the storage where the operating system, applications, and data reside. It also doesn't normally refer to any kind of interchangeable ROM storage device, like a cartridge or optical disc.

 

You'll sometimes hear people refer to the OS of a smartphone or something as firmware, but that's incorrect. In a less universal device like a featurephone or digital camera, what OS it has is embedded, device specific, and only writeable by flashing the whole thing if it's rewritable at all, and that would properly fall under firmware. 

 

There's (proper) firmware in damn near everything. Every USB device you attach to your computer has a small bit of firmware in it, sometimes writable (manufacturers will, for instance, sometimes actually use the USB interface on a keyboard to initially write that data.) The region locking of optical drives is accomplished in firmware to prevent unlocking. 

 

Most simply put, firmware is the souls of small things. 


Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


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Posted 21 October 2015 - 02:04 AM

i just use a knife *shrug*

 
I was, uh, concerned before I realized the conversation had moved on from toilet paper preferences...  :doh

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Posted 21 October 2015 - 06:21 AM

 

Why is firmware called firmware, and what does that phrase encompass?

 

My brain wants to tell me it's some inbetween of hardware and software, but that's just a guess at best.

It's a sort of pun in that direction, yeah. More technically, it's software that's "built in", software that's treated as a part of the hardware, manufactured in, not normally writable. It could be either ROM or flashable ROM (like a desktop computer's BIOS or EFI), but where there's firmware present on a more universal device like a phone or desktop, it's separate from the storage where the operating system, applications, and data reside. It also doesn't normally refer to any kind of interchangeable ROM storage device, like a cartridge or optical disc.

 

You'll sometimes hear people refer to the OS of a smartphone or something as firmware, but that's incorrect. In a less universal device like a featurephone or digital camera, what OS it has is embedded, device specific, and only writeable by flashing the whole thing if it's rewritable at all, and that would properly fall under firmware. 

 

There's (proper) firmware in damn near everything. Every USB device you attach to your computer has a small bit of firmware in it, sometimes writable (manufacturers will, for instance, sometimes actually use the USB interface on a keyboard to initially write that data.) The region locking of optical drives is accomplished in firmware to prevent unlocking. 

 

Most simply put, firmware is the souls of small things. 

This is a brilliant description!

 

Oddly, I was just attempting to explain to myself what firmware was yesterday.  Best I could come up with was to liken it to the autonomic processes from our brain.  The bits of programming that allow us to keep breathing, digesting, circulating blood, etc that we (the OS) have no awareness of or control over, that are required for us to function as organic beings.

 

Also, I too will have to try the potato peeler method for cheese slicing.  Ever tried it on cheddar?


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Posted 21 October 2015 - 08:59 AM

I buy pre-sliced cheese. I'm a cheater.

Also, I had to look up the three seashells thing. Ew.

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Posted 21 October 2015 - 12:17 PM

I'm going to let the seashells stand as the lolrandom meme that they are and not investigate further. I've never seen Waterworld, which I think is involved. (I'm not really into Pokémon.)

 

This is a brilliant description!

 

Oddly, I was just attempting to explain to myself what firmware was yesterday.  Best I could come up with was to liken it to the autonomic processes from our brain.  The bits of programming that allow us to keep breathing, digesting, circulating blood, etc that we (the OS) have no awareness of or control over, that are required for us to function as organic beings.

 

Also, I too will have to try the potato peeler method for cheese slicing.  Ever tried it on cheddar?

Yeah, it's actually cheddar I was mainly using it on. I'm actually curious how it would fare on a softer cheese like jack, whether it would sink in and muss up or not. 

 

I think the autonomic metaphor is a good one, but it could become misleading given how many hardware functions are governed directly by the OS - which is itself counter-intuitive, in the sense that the nervous system in the human body is, itself, more centralized than it looks at first blush, it's just not centralized on consciousness.* I'd put the drivers in the brain stem instead and think of firmware as the peripheral nervous system itself. But, yeah, it's a loose metaphor and workable either way. 

 

* Which, actually, could be extended in a really tortured metaphor to the difference between visual output on the screen of a computer and the actual processes represented, but then explaining computers to children is turning them into Cartesians, and we don't really need any more of those. Client-server relationships possibly encourage Platonism. 


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Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


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Posted 21 October 2015 - 12:20 PM

3 shells is from demolition man



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Posted 21 October 2015 - 12:32 PM

I saw that movie, and I'm still not convinced it exists. 


Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


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Posted 21 October 2015 - 12:36 PM

 

...I might have to start doing that.

Yeah, it's pretty nice. I mean, it gives you exactly one thickness (deli thin) and has to be in strips, but that's better than I can usually manage with a slicer.
 

Why is firmware called firmware, and what does that phrase encompass?
 
My brain wants to tell me it's some inbetween of hardware and software, but that's just a guess at best.

It's a sort of pun in that direction, yeah. More technically, it's software that's "built in", software that's treated as a part of the hardware, manufactured in, not normally writable. It could be either ROM or flashable ROM (like a desktop computer's BIOS or EFI), but where there's firmware present on a more universal device like a phone or desktop, it's separate from the storage where the operating system, applications, and data reside. It also doesn't normally refer to any kind of interchangeable ROM storage device, like a cartridge or optical disc.
 
You'll sometimes hear people refer to the OS of a smartphone or something as firmware, but that's incorrect. In a less universal device like a featurephone or digital camera, what OS it has is embedded, device specific, and only writeable by flashing the whole thing if it's rewritable at all, and that would properly fall under firmware. 
 
There's (proper) firmware in damn near everything. Every USB device you attach to your computer has a small bit of firmware in it, sometimes writable (manufacturers will, for instance, sometimes actually use the USB interface on a keyboard to initially write that data.) The region locking of optical drives is accomplished in firmware to prevent unlocking. 
 
Most simply put, firmware is the souls of small things.

 

I see, that makes a lot of sense, thanks! <3


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Posted 21 October 2015 - 01:24 PM

not everything they show in movies is real Copper...

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Posted 21 October 2015 - 01:26 PM

There IS a chart someone made of how to use the three seashells, but 1: it's still ridiculous, 2: it looks painful, and 3: the diagrams probably aren't Allspark safe due to including a human ass.

Extra funny since people involved in making the movie said they never actually thought of how it'd work, it was just a stupid gag that, as usual, people took too far.

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Posted 21 October 2015 - 02:36 PM

Finally not on a phone so I can respond to things.

I've never had a physical. Free healthcare is fine, but why go looking for problems?

Same. Never had a physical. Jive ain't cheap here and my insurance wont chip in a dollar unless I pay more than I can afford. Thanks Dick Scott!
 

So a little bit ago I decided I was utterly fed up with waiting 5+ minutes for my computer to boot up, then proceeded to coldly evaluate every startup process and go crazy axe murder on any that did not meet my expectations. Many did not make it.

So that was good, I got about a minute back, but it still wasn't really enough. The taskbar still hung for a couple minutes after the desktop itself finished loading, which meant I couldn't load any apps even if the computer was up and awake. I decided this meant I needed a new taskbar that wasn't integrated into Explorer, and so I hunted down a dock app, configured a crapload of stuff, and now I don't have a Windows taskbar anymore. This unfortunately meant that Windows' app launcher is disabled even if I load up the Start screen, so I had to go grab a new one of those, too.

This was good, but still not the best. Given that the taskbar is part of Windows Explorer, Explorer would be hanging for just as long as the taskbar was. One of the first things I typically do when booting up my computer is load a folder for something, so this wasn't really acceptable. Naturally, I needed a new file manager as well. I tried and promptly deleted several useless, cluttery ones before finding a functional cluttery one with so many personalization options that, half an hour later, it's not cluttery anymore.

Unfortunately, all this only gained me another minute back, because now my dock is a user-installed startup app, which means it's loaded with the other user-installed startup apps, which means it actually loads up after the taskbar. (Yes. Windows loads up the taskbar first, it's there, and then it runs away once Nexus Dock loads up. At least they don't try to terminate each other anymore.)
 
I seem to be a bit limited in how much earlier I can actually make it load, but it occurred to me that the aforementioned other user-installed startup apps were actually taking a fair bit of time to load. Were Nexus to actually load first, this would be less of an issue. So I poked around and eventually found an app that allowed me to control the startup order, meaning that Nexus loads up alongside the other core features like anti-malware, HDD protection, etc. Another minute or so gained.
 
At this point I've spent about six hours getting three minutes of startup time back. Not actually done yet; the startup itself is still horrendously slow in ways it didn't use to be, so I'll probably have to learn how to clean my registry.
 
...But that actually ended up being a secondary consideration compared to having accidentally replaced basically all of Windows' normal UI. I'd thought about getting a different explorer before, but I hadn't realized I could replace the taskbar, and that was kind of the point on which all else hinged. My first impressions is that when this stops being weird in a week or two, it's going to be a lot faster and less of a hassle than the default stuff. Really wish I'd done this a while ago, I feel hopelessly naive now.

Mine takes about two minutes tops to boot up. Are you saying I can make this thing better?

What I really need is a way to improve my body's startup time. Performance has improved since removing the faulty hardware component, but the system is still sluggish and productivity levels are way under target.

Try coffee.

I just wish I could get my body to shut down when I tell it to. Stupid sleep setting doesn't work right.

Try booze.

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Cheese slicers suck. I don't know if you've all noticed this.

Never used one. I just use a serrated knife.

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Posted 21 October 2015 - 02:41 PM

I just wish I could get my body to shut down when I tell it to. Stupid sleep setting doesn't work right.

Try booze.

I have a family history of mean drunks and a short temper to begin with. And I already dislike most of the people I work around. It would not end well.

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Posted 21 October 2015 - 04:10 PM

fortunately I think last hangout established that I don't follow suit with the drunks in my family tree...

 

<_< which would have been nice to know back when I first got legal... and not 6 years later when I finally discovered sweet sweet scotchy scotch 



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Posted 21 October 2015 - 09:27 PM

Cheese slicers suck. I don't know if you've all noticed this.


Cheese slicers and cheese knives do suck. We have both and all you get are weird shaped pieces of cheese. A good sharp knife is wahat I use.

Copper I have always wondered about firmware, thanks for the lesson.

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Posted 25 October 2015 - 09:19 PM

Copper's wandering around, might as well bump her thread



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Posted 26 October 2015 - 09:10 AM

That wandering is the most exercise she's had in weeks.

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Posted 26 October 2015 - 12:27 PM

gonna get a fat butt..

 

STOP WANDERING COPPER! 



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Posted 27 October 2015 - 12:46 PM

oh this will not do, my like-per-day numbers are dwindling fast... get back here and rectify the situation Copper....

 

*stern look*

 

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Posted 27 October 2015 - 12:52 PM

Here, have a Pity Like.





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