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@  wonko the sane? : (13 September 2019 - 01:54 PM)

Why do you feel a need to label yourself for doing something harmless?

@  Telly : (13 September 2019 - 11:10 AM)

thats more than i look at on reddit

@  Benbot : (13 September 2019 - 10:49 AM)

am I a basic bitch for only browsing the front page of Reddit?

@  Shrug : (12 September 2019 - 12:26 PM)

I managed to find about 2/3s of my goal Sega Genesis collection before the last price bump

@  Anonymous X : (12 September 2019 - 11:11 AM)

So relieved that I picked up most of my NTSC GameCube collection in 2010/11 before prices on the secondary market went bezerk...

@  unluckiness : (12 September 2019 - 12:54 AM)

I have fond memories of it since it was the last console Mario Kart that didn't have the ridiculous pre-race cart assembly

@  TM2-Megatron : (11 September 2019 - 10:26 PM)

Like many Gamecube games, underrated

@  unluckiness : (11 September 2019 - 09:24 AM)

Double Dash is great. Just watch out for blue shells

@  Bass X0 : (11 September 2019 - 07:43 AM)

I used a double dash on my mobile. The chat didn’t like it.

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 September 2019 - 04:17 AM)

The mobile version of the site chokes on certain characters, I think.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 September 2019 - 04:10 AM)

what's with that punctuation anyway

@  Nevermore : (11 September 2019 - 03:20 AM)

Now where did that come from, Bass X0?

@  Bass X0 : (11 September 2019 - 01:52 AM)

Politics and Religion — tools of foul play!

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 September 2019 - 11:10 PM)

If you owe, you're expected to actually pay it at the time you file, before they even process your return

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 September 2019 - 11:10 PM)

If you file electronically, I find you usually get your refund within a couple weeks

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 06:22 PM)

Well, lucky it took less than two months for me. For a little over 200 Euros.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 September 2019 - 06:11 PM)

Pretty much, yeah. Canada revenue will be all up your ass if you earn less than 200K and owe tax, but your refund is basically "duke nukem forever".

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 05:34 PM)

Whereas if you overpaid and they have to refund you, they will take their sweet time to let you know.

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 05:34 PM)

Like, here in Germany, if the tax authority responds to your tax report quickly, you can rest assured they want more money.

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 05:33 PM)

Do tax authorities in other countries base their time to respond to filed tax reports on whether they owe or are owed as well?

@  wonko the sane? : (10 September 2019 - 11:13 AM)

Check what the requirements are for your cad program, and try to beat them by about 20%, and understand that software requirements have been stable for a few years: not really keeping up with the advancements in hardware. Unless you're doing something SPECIFIC which requires ludicrous amounts of power, just give your self a cushion on hardware and don't bother going whole hog.

@  Benbot : (10 September 2019 - 10:16 AM)

What I'm currently using is an i5 2018 Surface Laptop. My current desktop is all but dead. I think in the end affordability will win out over specs. I need to use CAD programs, but I'm a student, not a professional.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 September 2019 - 10:06 AM)

Okay. Whats the specs on the I7 and what are you currently using?

@  Benbot : (10 September 2019 - 09:23 AM)

fun and games

@  wonko the sane? : (09 September 2019 - 04:43 PM)

Depends entirely on what you use the computer for.

@  Steevy Maximus : (09 September 2019 - 11:52 AM)

Probably not

@  Benbot : (09 September 2019 - 09:39 AM)

Do I need an i7 on my new computer?

@  Nevermore : (08 September 2019 - 12:08 PM)


@  Nevermore : (08 September 2019 - 12:07 PM)

Today's convention haul:

@  wonko the sane? : (08 September 2019 - 08:54 AM)

But it was Huuunnngrrrryyyy. What was I supposed to do?

@  MEDdMI : (08 September 2019 - 08:23 AM)

But did you feed any small fuzzy creatures after midnight?

@  wonko the sane? : (08 September 2019 - 06:32 AM)

Shouldn't be. I literally just built it. Not even three weeks ago even.

@  TM2-Megatron : (07 September 2019 - 10:13 PM)

Sounds like your computer's on its last lags, Wonko

@  wonko the sane? : (07 September 2019 - 07:37 PM)

Dunno, crucial says it's fine, gonna need a second opinion.

@  Pennpenn : (07 September 2019 - 06:52 PM)

Good luck! (or break a leg if it's like theater luck...)

@  wonko the sane? : (07 September 2019 - 06:46 PM)

Alright. The damages now seem to include my primary SSD. Thankfully, the gaming drive (I have now lost all my games and mods entirely.) Let me wipe it and install there. Once the crucial utility is installed again, will verify the drive.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 September 2019 - 03:32 PM)

Three more crashes since I pulled the ram. Verifying the OS now... tonight might be a reinstalling kinda night.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 September 2019 - 11:46 AM)

And thankfully it wasn't totally dead, so it was working on occassion. If the problem is actually solved, I just need to wait and see if the program/system crashes are over.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 September 2019 - 11:45 AM)

Got it. I wound up running the memtest four more times, because of course it's always the last dimm. But I got the culprit. I lost 8 gig, but I'm still at three times the "recommended" amount.

@  Hg Dragon : (07 September 2019 - 11:09 AM)

DL and run MemTest86. It'll help weed out issues. Run 1 stick at a time. Then run a stick that passed in each slot. Will help you find out if it's the RAM or the slot/motherboard

@  Patch : (07 September 2019 - 10:45 AM)

How many RAM sticks do you have total?

@  wonko the sane? : (07 September 2019 - 09:57 AM)

Great, two weeks of random BSODs, and I manage to finally work out some ram has gone bad. Just need to work out which one(s) and then I can go from there.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 September 2019 - 06:25 AM)

*just stares*

@  unluckiness : (07 September 2019 - 04:27 AM)

My french is rusty but I'd guess Italienne-americain pain du sauce

@  Nevermore : (07 September 2019 - 02:58 AM)

What do they want "pizza" to be called? Crpes superior?

@  unluckiness : (07 September 2019 - 01:11 AM)

Are they still suing Italian restaurants for having food that's insufficiently French?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (06 September 2019 - 10:31 PM)

Not even Quebec likes Quebec?

@  TM2-Megatron : (06 September 2019 - 08:51 PM)

Quebec's a special case; they just have an insatiable lust for hate

@  Ashley : (06 September 2019 - 07:48 PM)

Those weird language laws are basically anti-everyone. Who does it help to stop certain toys from being sold there?

@  TM2-Megatron : (06 September 2019 - 04:56 PM)

Canada is one of those rare countries that's paradoxically both anti-business (except for the chosen few) and anti-consumer

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 06:35 PM

It'll never get past Kanto anyway, sadly.

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 07:45 PM

Paras has an appealing design and a sinister inspiration, but being a first-gen Grass type means it's entire battle strategy consists of getting immediately killed then maybe hurling a status ailment that never bothers the opponent anyways.

Plus it's Bug/Grass, which means 4x weakness to fire. Or 5x, if its ability is Dry Skin.

So basically Paras will die to just about any Fire-type attack at all. You could light a candle on the other side of the room and that'd probably kill it.

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 07:55 PM

Don't forget its 4x weakness to ice and flying!

Literally killed by a stiff wind

Edited by The Satan, 03 January 2018 - 07:56 PM.


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Posted 03 January 2018 - 07:57 PM

Oh, yeah!

Damn, Bug/Grass is a really terrible typing, innit?

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 07:58 PM

It's an atrocious typing all around. You send him out against a Geodude or Onix thinking Absorb can actually be really useful for once, but NOPE. Rock Throw's Super Effective too.


Although Leavanny's the same type but can actually do something.


Don't forget its 4x weakness to ice and flying!

Literally killed by a stiff wind

Alright, Goldeen! Paras can totally handle a Water type. *Peck* FFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 11:35 PM

Back to Prime stuff. Yay?


Suddenly, there are dozens of Predacon clones in tanks, rendering the whole fetch quest kinda pointless.
Shockwave claims they are only a few days away from fully... evolving? Either he ascribes to the recapitulation theory, or the writing’s trying real hard to sound better than it is...


There are some interesting Predacon designs scattered about. I like this mantis-y one (Buzzclaw?!?) and the owl-faced dragon. I *think* maybe there was a snake/mermaid kind of beastie, too.

Predaking drops in and reveals he can talk and transform! Even Shockwave is surprised, though he confusingly claims that transforming is a basic trait for all Cybertronian life -and- that he thought the Predacons hadn’t evolved that far yet.
(Huh, linear evolution. I, uh, guess Shockwave does ascribe to recapitulation theory?)

Predaking (who’s name kinda comes across like a title here) is quite thankful for his kind being cloned (which is being treated as “revived”) and pledges loyalty to Megatron... but Megsy is immediately threatened and orders the whole plan scrapped even though he keeps whining about not having many troops left after Thirst. Wow.

Starscream comes up with a scheme to have the Autobots wipe out the Predacons. Naturally, it involves sacrificing several Vehicons... and Shockwave (not really (yes totally!)). Wheeljack and Magnus are the ones to come across the lab and blow it all up, right as Predaking shows up. They fight, and 'King snaps Magnus' hammer and stomps his hand into a pulp. Ouch. Optimus has to come in to save the day and, boy, he is just ridiculously toyetic now, isn’t he? It’s like the Transmetal upgrade in Beast Wars, but only OP got it and over a decade after cartoons stopped being so XTREME!!!

Also, HOOMINS! A whole herd of them just running around at the base! Whoa!


Also also, this scene:


The whole bit with Knock Out descending in a thunderstorm with Predaking in the back roaring... it's all rather striking and dramatic. I quite like it.


Minus One
The explosion that killed the Preds somehow made all these metal... things. It’s like a close up of a brillo pad. It apparently can be used to cyberform planets. That’s right, they ditched the whole Beast Hunters thing just to redo the finale to Season Two!

The Cons decide to rebuild the Omega Lock and set off to steal a bunch of stuff from the humans to do so. The Autobots catch up and manage to shoot down and capture Soundwave, and try to make him talk. Ratchet suggest tearing him apart and literally rip the info out of him. WAT. Soundwave does actually talk, but it’s just a taunt (three guesses what the line is!) before taking a robot cyanide pill of sorts. He’s alive, but “crashed.” It takes Laserbeak to reboot him. I do love these bits of quirky alien/robot “biology.”

Soundwave, now back in action, steals Ratchet away...

Random design observation: Soundwave’s drone mode has a visor on it! On the underside of the nosecone.

Shockwave, Predaking, and most of the Autobots go to Antarctica to fight over a supercollider or something. Ultra Magnus breaks in his new claw-hand, and Shockwave, well...


"This is no place for a one-handed Autobot.”

You only have one hand, too, you doofus.

The Bots beat him and demand he surrenders, but Shockwave does one of those “leave a sentence open so an ally can barge into the room” type of things (he got his timing PERFECT on that one, heh) and he and Predaking escape with the science thingy in tow.

'King also can turn his hands into guns now. Huh. I wonder where guns fit into robot evolution...

The Decepticons know where the Autobot base is -- Laserbeak simply just followed Fowler there. HOW HAVE THEY NOT DONE THIS BEFORE?

Starscream brings this huge fleet of five whole Vehicons to take on the tiny resistance of just five human jets, and obliterates exactly one building in the entire complex before returning home victorious. But alas, it was all an Autobot trick; they repainted "E" into "F", a detail Starscream took no notice anyways.

........ yeaaaah, that whole scene is just stupid.

The Bots try to locate Ratchet using a chunk of Laserbeak's wing that Smokescreen shot off, which for some reason is trying to get back to the robo... "bird?" Raf apparently just happened to learn the necessary Cybertronian writing to pull the stunt off, and also picked up on some of Ratchet's mannerisms. It’s kinda weird.

Ratchet is taken aboard the Nemesis, where the Cons try to convince him to work on the Omega Lock. This is really where Ratchet’s story was heading, but it's kinda too late now. Like, at the beginning of the season, where the destruction of the lock was raw and Ratch was cut off from the rest of the Bots, that’s when you’d drive in that wedge to pull him to the other side. Here, though, he’s already accepted the loss, happily reunited with his team and the humans, even commending Smokescreen for choosing to save Optimus instead of trying to recreate the Omega Keys -- Ratchet already got the "home is the people not the place" lesson. He’s not making a Faustian deal with Megatron, he’s just trying to make being a prisoner palatable.




Just two episodes and the movie...

And then......... I dunno.*shrug*

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 11:46 PM

And people defend this show

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 12:03 AM

Yeah, I've been looking up old episode discussion threads elsewhere and I'm at a complete loss as to how people keep saying these are the "best episodes ever."


Also, a LOT of people kept misspelling the dragon faction as "Predicon"....

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 01:49 AM

On Paras: The funny thing is, Parasect was actually considered by some to be a semi-decent counter to Mewtwo in Gen 1. Entirely because it was the only thing that learned Spore. This says less about Parasect than it does about how stupidly overpowered Mewtwo was (and still is, really, but now we have dark-types to help).

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 07:19 PM

I had a Parasect with False Swipe + Spore for catching other Pokemon, though Quick Balls made that kinda obsolete.

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 11:54 PM


Ratchet and Shockwave do sciency whatever until Knock Out lets it slip that the whole Predacon killing was a set up. Boy, these Cons are HORRIBLE at deception. Starscream tricked by the base, Megatron straight up tells Ratchet he’s a liar, Soundwave never realizes Laserbeak's been bugged...
Which means now instead of getting to know the Decepticon sides of things, Ratchet goes and ruins their day. He lowers the shield, calls the Autobots in, and tells Predaking what happened to his boys.

'King goes after Megatron and starts beating him with the dead body of a Vehicon! But Megs eventually kicks him out of the airlock... with an assist by Starscream of all people.


Although I do like how ridiculous this line is:
"But that's not possible. Laserbeak's right here in Soundwave's torso."

So these last few episodes, the Nemesis has gone from space to in Earth’s atmosphere to space again. We don’t see the ship travel or anything, and there’s not even much time for it to do that "offscreen", it’s just suddenly in a different location.

The Autobots storm the ship and everybody fights and it’s all kinda blah. Arcee ends up tussling Starscream and I’m suddenly reminded how there aren't any rivalries anymore. It’s all just Autobots vs Decepticons, no side battles like Depth Charge vs Rampage or (Animated) 'Bee and Bulk vs "Longarm."

Smokescreen steals away the Star Saber, which seems like it’s supposed to tie into how he wants to be special, but nope. Bumblebee takes it from there and tries to hand it off to Optimus, but Megatron shoots him dead. He actually blows a hole in the poor scout, one of the few times a weapon causes real visible damage (in fact, this scene is sandwiched between Smokescreen getting hit by Shockwave's cannon and Optimus by the Dark Star Saber, and neither of them are damaged that badly). These things vary so wildly it’s impossible to tell how strong anyone or anything is supposed to be.

Not that Bee stays dead. The Omega Lock brings him back to life and even restores his voice, and he up and kills Megatron himself! Which I actually really like. Megs is so utterly focused on Optimus and the various traitors, he doesn’t bother to pay any attention to all the others he’s been trampling over, to his ultimate peril. And poetically, he doesn't even get to say a word after Bee stabs him.
And I do love how acrophobic this whole upside-down Omega Lock battleground is.

Of course, immediately following all this is Starscream being genuinely upset that Megatron died. *sigh* What the hell happened to "aligned with no side, servant to no one" Starscream? I miss him dearly.

Soundwave gets sent to the Shadowzone (it really looks like he got torn in two)
The Autobots restore Cybertron
Knock Out joins their side... and gets decked by Miko for some reason. (oh, she didn’t become a full-fledged Wrecker after all)
Ratchet stays behind on Earth 'cuz why not?
The human cast is recruited into that Unit:E thing that never happened (one wonders how a series that rejected that Binder of Revelation would’ve handled that whole "shared universe" thing anyways)
Predaking makes an obligatory sequel hook



Christ, this season was hugging awful. Part of why I even re-watched this series was because I thought maybe Season Two poisoned my view of the rest of the show, but no. God no. Somebody elsewhere has said the characters had been reduced to catchphrases, and yeah that's kinda what happened; plus, this Beast Hunters subplot the writers clearly did not give a shit about; plus a redo on the last season finale because god forbid the Autobots lose, I guess.

(it's kinda telling how my silly little sketches went from being observational to just referencing other movies...)



I might as well finish off with Predacons Rising, but I think I'll have to rewatch Stronger, Faster and Partners just to scrub my mind of all this shit.

Edited by Noideaforaname, 05 January 2018 - 12:00 AM.

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Posted 05 January 2018 - 01:55 PM

Predacons Rising
Is actually kinda OK. Not super amazing, but, well... there’s no real nonsense thrown in, it’s a very concise story about the Bots ('Bee in particular) learning to take care of things without Optimus (mostly), even when all literal hell breaks loose. And as misleading as the title is, the Predacons at least feel part of the story.

More importantly...
A doodle!! Because Shockwave and Starscream's secret lab is in an amusement park!


They’ve made some new Preds, neither of which are as visually interesting as the test tube dragos, or even 'King with his buggy mandibles. Nor do they really do much or make much of an impression. They’re kinda blatantly there because toys.

(Also, there’s a third that never fully 'evolves')

... How much time has passed since Deadlock? It’s impossible to tell.

Unicron revives Megatron and takes over his body, because Dark Energon damns your soul! Good thing Starscream took that chunk out of himself. This is also probably where Airachnid and her insects were supposed to come back in, but who cares? FOSSIL ZOMBIE DRAGON ROBOTS! Unicron's possession also comes with some kind of fancy wormhole travel. It’s another pretty space shot, with Saturn and moons and rainbows reflected all over Megatron (he kinda just randomly switches between shiny and matte a lot, doesn't he?)

Meanwhile, the Autobots have enlisted the help of some Vehicons to help rebuild Cybertron (it doesn’t go so well), while they keep the rest of them and Knock Out in prison. Why? No clue. KO declared himself an Autobot, so....?

Starscream frees the Decepticons later on, and KO eventually turns on him because Star told him to shut up while he was busy trying to take control of the Nemesis from the Autobots. I mean, Scream gave Knock Out plenty of reasons to turn on him, but this moment just seems kinda petty? *shrug*

Shockwave gets killed by the hoard of zombie dragons... except he doesn't, because he just randomly pops back up for a quick word to Predaking before vanishing back into the aether. Wut?

There's a whole fight at the well of allsparks, and Optimus saves the day by trapping Unicron in a jar and then diving into the planet’s core. This destroys the Matrix of Leadership and ends the line of Primes and --- hang on, was the Matrix even passed down in this series? They act like it does, but Optimus got it straight from Primus. And returning it to him literally just destroyed it, so?????????

Megatron disbands the Decepticons because he felt "oppression", depsite that being exactly why he created ‘Cons in the first place. Ehh, there’s potential here (Tarn and Animated Megtron play with similar themes), but this show is just totally disinterested in fleshing out anything.

Starscream finally acts likes himself.... but the Preds ambush him. Gah.


And that is that.


Lord Smokescreen, Emperor of Destruction *flails limbs*


Edited by Noideaforaname, 05 January 2018 - 02:04 PM.

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Posted 05 January 2018 - 01:58 PM

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Posted 05 January 2018 - 02:04 PM


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