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@  wonko the sane? : (18 November 2017 - 08:37 AM)

You won't be at school or work anymore... so mitigated success.

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 November 2017 - 05:21 PM)

Just don't try to plug yourself into an outlet. It won't end well.

@  Bass X0 : (17 November 2017 - 04:57 PM)

Trying to stay awake at work or school is a lot like using your controller when it's on low battery

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2017 - 10:31 AM)

If you're used to doing it with tabs, that makes sense. It doesn't feel weird for me.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (17 November 2017 - 10:28 AM)

Also, it just feels weird if switching between webpages uses the same actions as switching between programs.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (17 November 2017 - 10:21 AM)

I switch between different things on the browser and click on various plugins and stuff far more often than switching from program to program.

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2017 - 10:19 AM)

Yeah I'm mostly just venting from frustration rather than trying to convince anyone, though @NotVeryNightly I will point out that the windows for the other programs I'm running are at the bottom of the screen as well.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (17 November 2017 - 10:09 AM)

Tabs are on the top, near the address bar, browser tools, plugins and whatnot so the cursor will be there frequently anyway. Switching windows would require going down the screen.

@  Shrug : (17 November 2017 - 10:03 AM)

I mean, you do you. No bigs. You've just got a fairly unique stance that surprised me.

@  Shrug : (17 November 2017 - 09:54 AM)

I haven't seen words on the bottom bar of the screen since XP.

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2017 - 09:13 AM)

All of which is put on the point that I don't care if people want to use tabs, I just want the option to not have them present for me on my browser.

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2017 - 09:12 AM)

@Shrug- A quick glance at the bottom of the screen shows me what is open and where. Load times are basically so trivial that the load indicator on a tab is something I didn't notice until you mentioned it. The "which instance is playing noise" is a fair point but has basically only really been approaching meaningful for me maybe twice in all the time tabs have existed.

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2017 - 09:07 AM)

@NotveryKnightly- I have never encountered a situation where that is true, especially given that tabs are on the other side of the screen to the other things I'm switching through.

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2017 - 09:06 AM)

@ Nevermore- The windows at the bottom have the names of the websites on them, presuming you don't collapse them.

@  Shrug : (17 November 2017 - 08:08 AM)

Geez, this is reminding me of the awful pre-tab days.

@  Shrug : (17 November 2017 - 08:07 AM)

I can look at the tab to see if it hasn't finished loading yet. Now you can see which tab is playing sound, so no need to hunt through windows to find a video ad that started playing.

@  Shrug : (17 November 2017 - 08:07 AM)

And a quick glance lets me know whats open and where. No clicking multiple windows hunting for something. No waiting for some window preview to pop up (which wasn't available when tabs first started.)

@  NotVeryKnightly : (17 November 2017 - 06:03 AM)

Switching between tabs is way quicker than between windows.

@  Nevermore : (17 November 2017 - 04:09 AM)

It's like having a clear structore with sub-directores, instead of just having all files on your computer stored in one giant directory.

@  Nevermore : (17 November 2017 - 04:08 AM)

This way, I can switch between windows and then select the tab, instead of always trying to remember which window is for which website.

@  Nevermore : (17 November 2017 - 04:07 AM)

I find one browser window with multiple tabs a lot easier to handle alongside other windows than multiple browser windows alongside other windows.

@  Nevermore : (17 November 2017 - 04:06 AM)

I find multiple tabs a lot more comfortable than multiple windows.

@  Nevermore : (17 November 2017 - 04:06 AM)

erm... no?

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2017 - 03:26 AM)

On mobile devices and whatever I understand why tabs would be a thing, but on a full desktop browser it's just- "Hey, here's a thing that's kind of like opening a new window, but objectively worse in every practical way"

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 November 2017 - 01:41 AM)

Someone remind me again: which versions of the CW Hot Spot mold did not suffer from bad hip ratcheting?

@  BlackMax : (16 November 2017 - 06:33 PM)

Holy crap I just pushed the F11 key for the first time on a keyboard since about 1994.

@  Shrug : (16 November 2017 - 01:11 PM)

tabs being wretched bs is definitely an opinion I've never seen before

@  RC85747 : (16 November 2017 - 08:25 AM)

Vivaldi lets you hide the tab bar

@  Pennpenn : (16 November 2017 - 07:45 AM)

Yeah but that gets rid of everything else as well.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 November 2017 - 07:33 AM)

Hit F11 Pennpenn

@  Pennpenn : (16 November 2017 - 04:15 AM)

I get that people like tabs. Fine. Whatever. I just detest the fact that most current browsers don't let you have the option of just hiding the bar away so I don't have to even think about the wretched bullshit things.

@  Pennpenn : (16 November 2017 - 04:06 AM)

Does anyone know of a browser that doesn't force tabs on you? Just... any sodding browser that doesn't have tabs.

@  Telly : (16 November 2017 - 01:59 AM)

being mostly wrong is better than being TOTALLY wrong!

@  BlackMax : (15 November 2017 - 09:26 PM)

ALL HAIL THE BLESSED OCTOBUTT.

@  Strafe : (15 November 2017 - 08:24 PM)

I really hope so. All of my high school drawings and notes (Hand-written notes! God, I'm old.) from girls are in a chest in the attic of my parents house. I'll check when I visit!

@  MEDdMI : (15 November 2017 - 06:39 PM)

Do you still have those drawings?

@  BlackMax : (15 November 2017 - 06:31 PM)

I think lesbian ninjas is just an unmitigated good idea. *shrug*

@  Devcon : (15 November 2017 - 05:56 PM)

well, that and Balloon Doggies, Mr secretary

@  Strafe : (15 November 2017 - 04:12 PM)

It's my crowning Allspark achievement! You're welcome.

@  Strafe : (15 November 2017 - 04:05 PM)

"Someone" being me. No mystery to it, I used to draw a lot during class when I was in high school. I came up with lesbian ninjas, which were a specialized team of assassins with amazing hair and impeccable style. I scanned some of my drawings and mentioned them a few times on the ezboard 17 years ago, and people seemed to like the idea.

@  Copper Bezel : (15 November 2017 - 01:05 PM)

Thanks in any case!

@  Copper Bezel : (15 November 2017 - 01:05 PM)

Oh, wow. That is ages ago. 

@  Telly : (15 November 2017 - 01:03 PM)

ages ago meaning when the spark was still on ezboard

@  Telly : (15 November 2017 - 01:02 PM)

i think maybe it was part of a title of a movie someone posted ages ago and the "lesbian ninja" part stood out and people just latched on to it. please note this is possibly totally and completely wrong cause my memory is terrible anymore

@  Copper Bezel : (15 November 2017 - 12:11 PM)

I don't think it's a fandom thing, I think it's an Allspark thing. Or that's been my perception. Mayhem has some lesbian ninja regulars now but I think the reference is much older. = ] 

@  Robowang : (15 November 2017 - 11:02 AM)

Who knows. I always thought it was stupid.

@  RichardT1977 : (15 November 2017 - 10:31 AM)

What is this fandom's deal with lesbian ninjas? Is it some fantheory about Nightbird or something?

@  OrionPax44 : (15 November 2017 - 08:26 AM)

Huh my phone didn't even alert me for some reason. Guess it only does on the Mayhem Discord Hangouts??

@  BlackMax : (14 November 2017 - 09:41 PM)

Telly, you are FIRED as my PR agent. :D

@  Telly : (14 November 2017 - 09:05 PM)

you all dont know what you missed. there was fun. there were games. lesbian ninjas. tang and even a couple human sacrifices.


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#21 Jim S

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 08:31 AM

What was the initial spark that became the BWU idea and universe?

FP asked me if I wanted to write a Lio Convoy story set in a world where "Beast Wars meets the Hunger Games." I said I needed a few days to think on it, as to be perfectly honest I didn't find the elevator pitch compelling. I didn't want to spend too much time telling stories that didn't resonate with me.

This was December, 2014. Then the Ferguson Unrest happened, and I found it deeply disturbing and compelling. I realized that the abuse of authority was an issue of great interest to me, worthy of exploration, and said yes. The first title, Broken Windshields, is a play off of the controversial Broken Windows theory of policing, and was suggested to me by Bill Forster.

Is there, or will there ever be, a Big Convoy in BWU?

Yes, but he's not called that.

Will we learn at some point, even if only in reference, why Spike and co sre considered irredeemable by humanity?

Maybe we'll see more of that but I feel like there's no real mystery. The war was devastating, much more destructive in this reality than in others. The Autobots were viewed as not much better than Decepticons. Those humans who chose to stand with either side were viewed as traitors.

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 08:37 AM

Okay Jim, time for something inconsequential! So, the alt.software.dev users. Cyberbee42296 and MesothulasSinner are the easy ones, and then:

FSS15 - ????
GEOFAN - Fractyl?
Agent3P - Ravage?
ravagekitteh - SG Ravage?!

Can you shed any light? Would a BWU Ravage be a still-mobile cassetticon, like Eject, or a fully-downsized Predacon?


FSS15 was probably a typo for FSS05 or FSS 16 or FSS-5. Figure Subscription Service 5 (or maybe 16), a nod out-of-universe to Scorponok's origins. In universe, could be anyone.

GEOFAN is Fractyl, yes.

Agent3P is Tripredacus Agent. As to who THAT is, dunno. Maybe Ravage. Maybe his own guy.

ravagekitteh - SG Ravage of course, at least in inspiration. I don't think he's literally in our universe though, like through dimensions travel or anything.

As for Ravage in our universe, I haven't decided. With the Dawn of the Predacus toy, and The Agenda before that, it feels like a shame to not have him be a Predacon of some sort but I haven't hit on a story that feels right for him.

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 09:30 AM

Why was Stilleto given such a radical redesign to her deco (i.e. - purple changed to yellow) and face compared to those of her original design seen in "The Razor's Edge"?


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 09:33 AM

Is Waspinator still around on Cybertron, and if so, what's he up to?


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 09:56 AM

All right, spill. Which really came first, the idea of a murder mystery involving Targetmasters, or the title "Trigger Warnings"?

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 09:59 AM

Why was Stilleto given such a radical redesign to her deco (i.e. - purple changed to yellow) and face compared to those of her original design seen in "The Razor's Edge"?

 

On a related note - from what limited description we get of Sea Panic, he doesn't seem to match up to the Laser Beast, being grey-and-green instead of grey-and-yellow (and I thought I remembered something similar with Fennec, though I might be mistaken). Mistake, or intentional choice?


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 10:11 AM

 

Is there, or will there ever be, a Big Convoy in BWU?


Yes, but he's not called that.

What's he called?


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 10:48 AM

Why was Stilleto given such a radical redesign to her deco (i.e. - purple changed to yellow) and face compared to those of her original design seen in "The Razor's Edge"?

 

You'd have to ask the artist. It wasn't something the script called for I don't think.

 

 

Is Waspinator still around on Cybertron, and if so, what's he up to?

 

Yup. He's always bustin' heads, jumping in and out of bed.

 

 

All right, spill. Which really came first, the idea of a murder mystery involving Targetmasters, or the title "Trigger Warnings"?

 

Chicken and egg? I think the idea of Trigger Warnings relating to Targetmasters was a very early one. The murder mystery story came mostly from Bish.

 

On a related note - from what limited description we get of Sea Panic, he doesn't seem to match up to the Laser Beast, being grey-and-green instead of grey-and-yellow (and I thought I remembered something similar with Fennec, though I might be mistaken). Mistake, or intentional choice?

 

Probably a goof, but I didn't write that bit. 

 

 

What's he called?

 

Not 100% sure. Slammoth maybe ;)

 

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 10:53 AM

What was your personal favorite bits of work on Ask Vector Prime and co?


 

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 10:58 AM

Now that we know that Optimus Primal, BW Megatron, Lio Convoy, BWII Galvatron, Big Convoy (thanks to your earlier answers), and Magmatron all exist in BWU, what about Fire Convoy and Gigatron?


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 11:11 AM

Forget them, what about Galaxy Convoy? :D
(Though I'm curious about the RID Autobots - being "Japanese Beast Era" Cybertrons, would they hypothetically be Maximals or Autobots in BWU?)

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 11:15 AM

What was your personal favorite bits of work on Ask Vector Prime and co?

 

Wheesh. So many parts of it I loved. Offering Hichikawa-san a forum to finish out his copious Binaltech/Alternity thoughts was a high bar. Getting to delve into Vector Prime's personal life was very satisfying, especially with Richard freaking Newman adding his voice. So was working with Peter Spellos on our Sky-Byte answer. All of the guest columnists were a hoot to write for, but certainly it's Sideways' irreverence, Spacewarp's adventures, and Cy-Kill's sixty-five new GoBots adventures that I enjoyed the most on that front. 

 

So many joyous memories, really. I cherish AVP.

 

 

Now that we know that Optimus Primal, BW Megatron, Lio Convoy, BWII Galvatron, Big Convoy (thanks to your earlier answers), and Magmatron all exist in BWU, what about Fire Convoy and Gigatron?

 

Fire Convoy, maybe, I see him potentially in a future era. Gigatron was around in the ancient days of Cybertron, but he looked more like this:

 

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Forget them, what about Galaxy Convoy?  :D
(Though I'm curious about the RID Autobots - being "Japanese Beast Era" Cybertrons, would they hypothetically be Maximals or Autobots in BWU?)

 

I love Galaxy Convoy, and yeah, he's probably around somewhere, or destined to be a player in the universe in the future. But it's also unlikely we'll see him.

 

I think RID / Car Robots are fair game to be either Maximals or Autobots. In truth, though, there are so many Autobots that I'm probably more likely to recast them as Maximals. Just like modern RID animal-informed Decepticons could be Max/Preds or Decepticons, but are more likely to be Max/Preds. (Probably not Autobots.) 

 

 

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 11:36 AM

...and RID Megatron would be "Overlord"? :D

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 11:49 AM

Do you know what happened to some of the more prominent G1 "Builder" characters or is it not something you pay much mind to unless a specific story calls for it?

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 11:53 AM

 

 

Is there, or will there ever be, a Big Convoy in BWU?


Yes, but he's not called that.

What's he called?

 

I would go for Optimammoth Prime/Primal. 


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 01:02 PM

...and RID Megatron would be "Overlord"? :D

 

Mebbe...

 

 

 

Do you know what happened to some of the more prominent G1 "Builder" characters or is it not something you pay much mind to unless a specific story calls for it?

 

Some of them, sure. Others, not so much. Most of the luminaries aren't around anymore. There was a lot of self-sacrifice, some purges, some charge of the Light Brigade moments, some treachery.

 

There are a lot of structures around honoring them. Cyclonus Memorial Tower comes to mind. It's also a good bet that anyone on a coin is no longer with us.

 

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 01:12 PM

We have Full-Tilt and Longrack commanding the Dinosaur/Trypticon. Any ideas on the power structure of the Gung Ho?

...and RID Megatron would be "Overlord"? :D


It's a reference to Masterforce Overlord's European G1 name, Gigatron. The wiki folded the two together because "Gigatron" never got any meaningful traction the way the other Godmaster-Powermaster pairings are distinct.

Also, Jim would be following the pattern he used for 13 Demon General Gigatron, who combined elements of both Masterforce Overlord and CR Gigatron.

Me personally, I would prefer to keep all these guys separate, but hey, whatever floats Jim's boat.

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 01:18 PM

Is all or just most of the alien languages in the Complete AA changed?


 

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 01:22 PM

Obviously Cybertronian-human relations haven't been in a stellar state for some time. But in your head, does that prohibit Prowl II and Prowl 2 from existing?

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 01:27 PM

Do you have any cats?


 

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