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@  NotVeryKnightly : (29 May 2020 - 01:05 AM)

Cyberverse is already officially uploaded to YouTube.

@  fourteenwings : (29 May 2020 - 12:36 AM)

Spin Master is abridging current episodes of Bakugan Armored Alliance and posting the result on YouTube. Maybe Hasbro does that someday too.

@  -LittleAutob... : (28 May 2020 - 10:59 PM)

I see... :/

@  wonko the sane? : (28 May 2020 - 08:14 PM)

Within the US anyway. Those channels aren't easy or cheap to access in other countries, and their website often region lock content. Tubi is the only good thing on that list: largely identical (but not perfectly so. Damnit. I wanna watch COPS.) country to country and free.

@  Steevy Maximus : (28 May 2020 - 07:24 PM)

So yeah, Hasbro is using plenty of venues to spread exposure of their brands

@  Steevy Maximus : (28 May 2020 - 07:23 PM)

Starz currently licenses Transformers G1 and the GI Joe movie (as well as MLP specials). Netflix has more current series available.

@  Nevermore : (28 May 2020 - 07:21 PM)

Study shows: Holders of the title "world's oldest person" have a severely increased risk of dying.

@  Steevy Maximus : (28 May 2020 - 07:18 PM)

Tubi TV and Youtube both host various Hasbro cartoons. Both are freely accessed and ad supported. Any basic TV package (barring straight antenna) includes channels like USA Network, SyFy and FX, all of which regularly air the films from Transformers and GI Joe.

@  wonko the sane? : (28 May 2020 - 06:18 PM)

I dunno what to tell you, media might be changing slowly, but at least it's still accessible. Even the folks that DON'T get one of the streaming services can watch it on the company website. It's a vehicle for the toy line after all, they need to make an effort to make it as consumable as possible.

@  -LittleAutob... : (28 May 2020 - 05:41 PM)

Well. Thats said, then.... I guess... :doh

@  wonko the sane? : (28 May 2020 - 04:13 PM)

As long as the the cartoons are profitable, then they'll make more. The media it's shown on is completely irrelevant. I say that as a guy whose earliest surviving memory is a big red truck turning into a big red robot.

@  ZakuConvoy : (28 May 2020 - 03:06 PM)

Might be the end of an era. With the rise of streaming, who knows if Transformers will ever be on broadcast TV again.

@  -LittleAutob... : (28 May 2020 - 11:46 AM)

3 seasons on a show is usually enough... but yeah ;-;

@  Roddie Luver : (27 May 2020 - 09:37 PM)

I’m also sad Cyberverse has no season four.

@  Paladin : (26 May 2020 - 08:10 PM)

it's too hugging hot today.

@  -LittleAutob... : (25 May 2020 - 03:39 PM)

I'll agree with you on that.

@  -LittleAutob... : (25 May 2020 - 03:39 PM)

*Figured -_-

@  -LittleAutob... : (25 May 2020 - 03:39 PM)

I fugured

@  Steevy Maximus : (25 May 2020 - 01:37 PM)

I'm actually sad Cyberverse won't get another season. 2 and 3 (of what I've seen) have REALLY nailed it in being fun little actions shows, like the Sunbow series.

@  Rycochet : (25 May 2020 - 01:00 PM)

Yes.

@  Maximus Ambus : (25 May 2020 - 12:52 PM)

I'm waiting for Animated season 4. Am I insane?

@  wonko the sane? : (25 May 2020 - 11:22 AM)

I'm waiting for the next season to show up on netflix.

@  Sabrblade : (25 May 2020 - 10:59 AM)

Many of us have already watched the rest of the Cyberverse episodes since the whole third season aired in the UK last September.

@  -LittleAutob... : (25 May 2020 - 10:18 AM)

*9th

@  -LittleAutob... : (25 May 2020 - 10:17 AM)

I just saw the 8th episode... omg

@  Bass X0 : (25 May 2020 - 01:28 AM)

Already seen it online.

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 09:42 PM)

Who's excited for tomorrow? The only thing that makes Monday worth it is the Cyberverse episodes .-.

@  wonko the sane? : (24 May 2020 - 12:30 PM)

Welcome. I just came into that trick myself recently, so happy to share.

@  Nevermore : (24 May 2020 - 12:05 PM)

Thanks, wonko the sane? for the tip with the cloning. That helped a lot!

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 12:02 PM)

Heheh.... yes... I don't think a sniper would be very good at making a vaccine... 0.0

@  Nevermore : (24 May 2020 - 11:48 AM)

All right! Cloning my old HHD to an SSD and then swapping out the drive was successful, it would appear. Finally.

@  Bass X0 : (24 May 2020 - 11:30 AM)

Scientist Perceptor is. Sniper Perceptor less so.

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 10:51 AM)

Perceptor would be more responsible.

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 10:48 AM)

Oof x~x

@  TheMightyMol... : (24 May 2020 - 10:45 AM)

He'd cure the virus, but he'd probably commit at least two crimes against nature and weaponize a third in the process.

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 09:39 AM)

'Horrible consequences' would most likely happen with Brainstorm...

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 08:16 AM)

Totally. And Percy's not even human. XD

@  TheMightyMol... : (24 May 2020 - 06:50 AM)

Can't do much worse than our current government, I say go for it.

@  Sabrblade : (23 May 2020 - 10:13 PM)

Little do we realize that the Perceptor in question is the Mini-Con combiner. :p

@  -LittleAutob... : (23 May 2020 - 10:11 PM)

He would!!!

@  -LittleAutob... : (23 May 2020 - 10:11 PM)

Horrible consequences? I... Doubt that would happen.

@  wonko the sane? : (23 May 2020 - 09:55 PM)

Even if he would come up with the answer by tomorrow.

@  wonko the sane? : (23 May 2020 - 09:54 PM)

I'd rather not deal with the horrible but unintended consequences of that.

@  -LittleAutob... : (23 May 2020 - 09:52 PM)

Lets let Perceptor make a vaccine for COVID-19. Who agrees with me :)

@  -LittleAutob... : (23 May 2020 - 08:43 PM)

I'll take your word for it. =D

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 May 2020 - 08:42 PM)

Although the TV edits of Robocop do contain some hilarity

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 May 2020 - 08:41 PM)

I can't think of any instance where sanitizing a film is a good thing.

@  -LittleAutob... : (23 May 2020 - 06:42 PM)

.... and thats a good thing? :doh

@  Steevy Maximus : (23 May 2020 - 06:39 PM)

I'm watching Predator on Starz! That means it has all the language and gore uncensored!

@  Sabrblade : (23 May 2020 - 04:23 PM)

*grabs popcorn*


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#1 Noideaforaname

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Posted 26 August 2019 - 09:28 PM

So, my 11 year old laptop's really starting to show it's age, meaning it's time for me to get a new one. But since it's been so long, I'm not terribly sure what to look for or even what to expect (i.e. are cd/dvd drives still a thing? and I'm assuming I shouldn't expect another decade+ lifespan) FWIW, I'm looking for something to draw on while watching videos/listening to music.

I did try out a Surface Pro, but I didn't really didn't like it so much. It's ~12" screen felt microscopic compared to my old Macbook Pro's ~14", it's 128GB memory seemed to be filling up fast just after adding some backup files (well not 'some', but still not encouraging for a device that's supposed to last a while), the lack of multiple USB slots was annoying, and I'm far too used to a wacom tablet/keyboard to make the switch to touchscreen.

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Posted 26 August 2019 - 10:41 PM

Is there a memory card slot? If you can just keep a card in there basically all the time, that's nearly the same as having more storage.

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Posted 26 August 2019 - 11:05 PM

Yeah, I have a Surface Go and have a microSD card for extra storage. Haven't really needed the external drive too much except for occasional file dumps. I love the removable/dockable keyboard, makes it easier to draw on my lap.

Main negative is that the kickstand is thin/delicate. There's a long thin strip glued under the stand that started peeling pretty quickly. Some wide clear tape fixed it right up, though. I assume the tape will eventually come off, as it's right against the warmest part of the tablet.

The pressure sensitivity/pen are pretty great, the program that came with it is fun but you have to pay for full features and it's a wonky with larger files (though I also have the Go with the lowest memory/speed). I can use Manga/Clip Studio on it, though I'm still trying to figure out how to get the pressure sensitivity to work the way I want to.

Edited by MEDdMI, 26 August 2019 - 11:06 PM.


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Posted 27 August 2019 - 06:41 AM

Are you buying a tablet, or a laptop? Cause, a lot of tablets have this thing where there's enough accessories to turn it into a kind of laptop (keyboard that acts like a screen cover, wireless mouse, ect.). If you're going after an honest to god laptop: hit up something like newegg or microdirect, and get last years top shelf product on clearance. Lots of computer stores are running sale right now for back to school, and you should be able to find something you'd like at a reasonable price.


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Posted 27 August 2019 - 09:20 AM

Sounds like you want a 2-in-1.  There are a lot of good contenders in that category, so my advise would be to just go to a store and see what you like in person.  And then once you narrow it down based on personal preference, check out online reviews to make sure you're not getting a dud.



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Posted 27 August 2019 - 10:46 AM

Also note that this weekend is Labor Day, so there will be many deals to be had.  Depending on budget, there are a number of 15" 2 in 1 from all the major guys.  Also depending on budget, would it be practical to get a modest laptop and a decent tablet?  15" laptops, while smaller than they used to be, are still pretty hefty, but might provide the screen real estate you seem to desire.

That said, the big compromises will be this:

optical drives are largely limited to lower-low mid tier consumer products.  Typically big and bulky and may have touch screens (but in a traditional laptop form factor, touch screens are kind of worthless).

Traditional HDD give you large storage options, but at the expense of speed. SSD will make your system "feel" faster at the expense of how much you are able to store locally.  Though, devices with Intel Optane seem to mitigate this (kind of like the old Apple Fusion drives where they have a small amount of Solid State storage to mitigate access to the HDD).



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Posted 27 August 2019 - 09:56 PM

An optical drive isn't a dealbreaker or anything (especially with streaming and everything these days), but it's the kind of thing I'd immediately notice was gone. If they're simply obsolete nowadays then oh well.

Not sure if I'd even want to use a touchscreen all that much. Drawing-wise, I rather like having an upright screen, and keyboard shortcuts.

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 09:37 AM

I can't think of a single consumer laptop that has an optical drive anymore.  I don't think even massive 17" gaming laptops have them.



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Posted 28 August 2019 - 06:10 PM

Is there much of a difference between brands? I seem to remember Apple being the main choice for art computers back in the day, but now it seems like Microsoft and Dell have stuff recomended for creatives? (As well as some other companies I haven't heard of). And "work" or "gaming" laptops, compared to I guess normal laptops? Like, i assume there ought to be some differences, but maybe not so drastic? Can most anything run Photoshop (or similar) these days?

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 06:31 PM

Work laptops assuming stuff like websurfing and writing documents: less ram, slower processors/less cores in processor, usually slightly smaller screens and NO GPU. Consequently they tend to be slightly less expensive. Gaming laptops have more RAM, usually a built in GPU, higher end CPU, larger screen, and sometimes stuff like mechanical keyboards, so they end up being much more expensive. You generally want a computer with more ram to run photoshop.


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Posted 28 August 2019 - 07:41 PM

Is there much of a difference between brands? I seem to remember Apple being the main choice for art computers back in the day, but now it seems like Microsoft and Dell have stuff recomended for creatives? (As well as some other companies I haven't heard of). And "work" or "gaming" laptops, compared to I guess normal laptops? Like, i assume there ought to be some differences, but maybe not so drastic? Can most anything run Photoshop (or similar) these days?

Basically, it depends on the operating system you prefer.  Most upper tier mainstream devices ($800-1500) should be more than capable of running Photoshop, especially if you're transitioning from a decade old machine.  Apple stuff retains its premium, but many still swear by the eco system (ME!), but there are MANY devices cheaper capable of "outperforming" a Mac on paper and at a lower price.

 

There's also some really positive buzz about this fall's PadOS update for the iPad, bringing more desktop style functionality to the device including external hard storage (USB sticks, etc) and expanded support for Blutooth devices (like standard console controllers)



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Posted 28 August 2019 - 11:23 PM

I'm sorry this won't actually help, I know nothing of labtops, but for some reason I read this thread as "Ladybug buying advice"

 

...maybe I need more sleep.


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Posted 29 August 2019 - 10:23 PM

You can buy ladybugs, actually. They're good pest control.

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 11:14 PM

Manga Studio (now known as Clip Studio) has no problems running on my lower end Surface Go. It's not exactly Photoshop, but is a quite beefy art program with 3D models and such. I don't tax it too much, around 3-10+ layers, maybe some small programs on the side. It's definitely not for any serious gaming, though.



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