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June 18, 2014

GTA online 1.14

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Hugsie @ 6:29 am

Still no heists as it has been delayed until further notice, with “nextgen/PC” releases only four short months away.  There really isn’t anything else to say about this, that hasn’t already been said in the past 8 months. So I will not add to the noise about heists.

1.14 introduces another content package called “I’m not a Hispter” which is loaded with hipster-themed stuff. From smart cars, post modern ironic tshirts, and douhebaggery hairstyles. The change log lists all kinds of fixes and changes that either don’t work (for me) or they fixed something in the most bullshit way possible. Let me highlight some and comment on them.

  • Fixed an exploit where players were able to avoid paying insurance and Bad Sport rating increases

This was done simply by setting off sticky bombs left outside while you were indoors.  I used to do this on occasion since it was fun looking out the window of my home blowing people up. I didn’t realize I wasn’t getting a “bad player” rating and not paying any insurance fees.  I just did it since it was fun and seemed VERY “GTA-esque” since you kill the iFruit CEO from the comfort of your living room using a remote bomb in Story Mode (spoilers!)  So rather than fixing the obvious by GIVING the player a bad sports rating and making them pay the insurance fees, they instead just remove (de-spawn) the sticky bombs you planted outside when you go indoors. LAME!

  • When a player dies, they now have a chance to detonate any Sticky Bombs they had placed. They must be detonated as soon as the wasted screen appears or they will be deleted.

This doesn’t work. I don’t know if I’m waiting too long or whatever, but if i mash the left-Dpad the moment I’m “wasted” my stickies do not go off.  Maybe it’s because I’m in a vehicle when I get wasted? Or is it not left Dpad to set them off? Does it only work when you’re killed by a player, or by an npc?

  • Non-personal vehicles will now spawn near the player once they have completed a Mission.

This is a weird one. Every time I finish rooftop rumble but as a dead player, I end up miles away at the north east side of the map, by some country house with a pumpkin garden in the back.  I’m spawned STANDING inside my vehicle, and there’s a gang attack at that house so if I don’t leave soon I get gunned down.

  • Player names are now shown on Celebration Screens.

THIS IS awesome but this should also appear when you’re looking at the large map from the Start menu.

  • Fixed an issue where character stats could increase when using the Friend Spectate option.

Spectating friends was added in the 1.13 update, but this has NEVER appeared when looking at my friends list (in GTA online) and I still don’t see this option in 1.14. Am I looking in the wrong place for this or what?

  • Fixed an exploit where players could launch cars into the air by driving into gates.

This was listed under “exploits” as if doing this is as bad as money glitching, and RP glitching. Rockstar stated some months ago that they won’t be fixing silly glitches like this since it doesn’t effect anyone in a negative way, it doesn’t give the player any advantage, nor does it effect Rockstar monetarily, as money glitching does. I’m really bothered they fixed something so benign as this, and even MORE upset they listed it as an “exploit.”  It’s like Rockstar can’t get anything strait.. they say one thing and months later change it (ahem heists coming out in Spring)

Why didn’t they fix the wall breaches where you can clip your character INSIDE buildings and under bridges and attack and kill everything, including other players, and be virtually immune to cops and other players?

  • Fixed an exploit where players could repeat the same Bounty multiple times.

According to some new “glitches” posted on Youtube, this can still happen. Matter of fact it seems half the things that occur in GTA online R* claims they “fixed” isn’t fixed.

  • Fixed an exploit where NPCs would not react when nearby NPCs were being pistol-whipped.

How was this an exploit? What advantage does this give to players pistol whipping NPCs? This is a bug, not an exploit. Oh, Wait a minute. I think i know what this refers too! Players were melee attacking enemy NPC while doing the Rooftop Rumble mission and you could clear out the entire garage just bashing them with your rifle. The way this “exploit” is phrased makes it sound like this happens in free mode, attacking unarmed civilian NPCs.

 

April 18, 2014

Xbox 360s are high end devices

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Hugsie @ 8:23 pm

I recently contacted Microsoft Support regarding a billing issue, nothing important nor anything serious, but while i was waiting for my Xbox 360 to reboot I figured I’d ask the support guy a question as to why my 360’s internet speeds are so much slower than what i can pull from any of my PC, laptops, or even my tablet. I couldn’t cut and paste the Q&A so I made a screenshot.

 

Epic LOLs

Epic LOLs

According to him an 8 year old $200 console is more “High End” than my +$2500 PC that’s less than a year old? OH really? The fucking MOTHERBOARD I got for it costs more than an Xbox 360 for fucks sake. For the sake of the argument lets assume he is correct. If a 360 is more high end than my PC, then why is it getting SLOWER SPEEDS than any other of my internet connected devices which are all connected to the my SAME router (wired and wifi) and using the SAME web site to test internet speeds? Wouldn’t it be getting FASTER speeds if my 360 was so “high end?”

An Xbox 360 has a PowerPC three-core 64bit CPU, which even APPLE abandoned on the Mac line some years ago since PowerPC chips are DOG ass slow, only supporting PC100 SRAM from 15 years ago. As for the RAM the 360 (and the PS3) only have 512mb of RAM. Yes a half a Gig of RAM, which seems unheard of now a-days. Most PCs come with a BARE minimum of 4gb, EIGHT TIMES that of these old consoles. My PC has 16GB of DDR3 1600 RAM in QUAD CHANNEL mode. I’m sure the 360’s RAM is still in single channel mode, running at 100mhz like I used too back in the Pentium II days in the late 90s.

Note how the tech talked about ports.  This could mean two different things, internet port numbers (80 for web, 995 for POP3 email) or likely he was referring to the physical ports on the console. Ethernet ports, and USB ports. First of all the 360 doesn’t even have gigabit Ethernet, also the USB ports are all v2.0. While my PC has Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0.  So in this situation the ports the 360 has are “very basic and common” compared to the majority of PCs that have been built in the past 10 years. Not exactly what this support guy believes.

If he’s referring to internet ports, this is the only part that makes SOME sense since the Xbox Live works on a set of ports 88 (UDP), 3074 (UDP and TCP), 53 (UDP and TCP), 1863 (UDP and TCP), and 80 (TCP). So my ISP or Microsoft/XBL could be throttling that.  However, port 80 is the default port for nearly ALL web traffic. There would be no reason the throttle that. The speed tests I used is a HTML5 based website at  http://www.bandwidthplace.com/ This speed test works on all devices with a modern Web browser, which the Xbox 360 has with Internet Explorer. Since it’s on the WEB it’s only pulling data on port 80, NOT the ports used for Xbox Live, but I get much slower speeds from this site on my 360, compared to all my other devices I have in my home.

Unless all web traffic is redirected to Microsoft and then goes out to the web, and back around. If that was the case my IP address would be redirected. Sites like www.ipchicken.com would see a different IP than what my ISP gives me, so that can’t be the case.

So regardless as to what this Microsoft support guy said, it’s obvious to me that the 360 throttles it’s own bandwidth. We all know the 360 hardware is EXTREMELY low end compared to any modern PC. Even the new XBox One is STILL a low-end PC with laptop hardware. However that can’t be why it performs in internet speed tests so SLOWLY.  Despite what this support guy wants you to believe, I can easily pull 20mb speed tests on a 15 yearold PC running Windows 98 which would technically be inferior to an Xbox 360.

Also side note, No Agenda folks will get a laugh at the first response to my question the support tech gave me. Which really proves Adam Curry is right that when people reply to a question like that, they are about to lie to you. Wish he’d unblock me from Twitter. :/

 

April 8, 2014

GTA Online 1.12 title update!

Filed under: GTAV Online — Tags: , , , , , , , — Hugsie @ 10:31 am

Yes it’s finally live! No longer will you see griefing trolls in creator mode while in a freeroam session. No more God-mode assholes who run around invisible and invulnerable while they drop objects all over the place boxing in players. Loading transition times seem smoother and faster now. Even when spectating other players it no longer takes forever to switch from one player to another player who is across the map. It’s still not instant, but seems to take less than 10 seconds.

One weird bug I found just last night where you try to buzz into your friend’s garage and you get stuck. You cant move, cant move your camera view, you have no radar map, no UI, cant use your phone, and your character is invincible to any damage. At most you can get hit by vehicles and ragdoll all over the place but you still can’t die. It was fun seeing my friend playing virtual kick-the-can down the street with my character but was an annoying bug. The only thing i could do is bring up the Start menu and join another session to get out of it.

All the car exploits have been fixed from copying personal vehicles to bringing in vehicles from story mode. I’ve also read in the past that are de-ranking players who have extremely high ranks who got it from the DNS redirect exploits. I have been seeing a lot of rank 1 players running around in freemode, whom are well dressed, most of them with the high end weapons you can’t get until rank 70. Plus normally any new characters coming into the game will be rank 3 after they do all the tutorial stuff before they enter a public freeroam session. That said I’m still seeing a lot of high ranked players over 500, but everyone knows past 120 is meaningless for the time being.

All the details of what was changed and fixed is listed here.

There are still some remaining gameplay issues that still annoy me. The NPCs still call you and harass you for not doing a job. Simon still sends you a list of cars he wants you to jack and you’ll still get 2-star wanted level when you carjack a Siemon vehicle when you have no intention to take it in for him. This NPC harassment should go away once you’re actually done these jobs a few times (or several), or at least it stops once you’re past a high rank like past 75. The game DOES keep track of what jobs you’ve done already.

On the positive note they did give Lester a new ability you can request for. For $5000 you can have the police ignore your criminal activity and you won’t get a wanted level. I haven’t tried this yet, so i don’t know how long it lasts (my guess is 1 minute) and what limitations there are. For example if i shoot a cop with this function enabled, will i still get a 3-star wanted level? Should be fun to test out. I did notice the 1st time I got on after the TU that players were VERY VERY aggressive towards me; likely due to this feature being turned on. I also assume that there are a lot more players online today now that this update is out, and all the griefing and god-power exploits are removed.

Also the jobs list has been fixed, I can now bring up “Rooftop Rumble” whenever I want too on my higher rank character. I still wanna know when/if/how we can open the 3rd character slot so I can start with a new character?

April 2, 2014

My open feedback letter to Rockstar

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Hugsie @ 4:11 pm
To GTAOnline@rockstargames.com
I really enjoy spectating from my TV, but I don’t get the Obituary notices of people dying and who killed them. Actually i get no notices at all while spectating (bounties being set, people leaving the server, etc..)
Also while spectating players who are driving fast, I can’t spin the camera around to look behind them to see who’s chacing them, very annoying. You’d think clicking right Stick would give you a behind look but that does nothing in spectator mode.
I’ve also noticed the same camera issue as a passenger in a friend car while in a Mod Shop, i can’t look at the back of the car while my friend buys mods.
While spectating it would be nice if i could see what kind of car a player is driving at the bottom right of the screen.
Would also be nice while spectating the minimap was present at the bottom left, that way i can get a better idea where they are and who’s around them.
I’d also like to be able to take screenshots while in spectator mode.
Highlighting other players needs to be changed from other than making their dot blink. Other players will blink like that when they respawn after they had been killed, and I get killed from friendly fire all the time because my crew mate thinks I’m a target they highlighted from before. Plus this highlight doesn’t seem to last very long. They all get turned off right after i die. Would be perfect if i can select a color for the dot on the map/minimap. The crew and friend colors around the dot don’t really help when the middle of a gun battle.
Often i see people disappear from the players list while in spectator mode. Now some ppl are hacking when they do that, but often it’s because they called Lester to be off-radar, or sometimes they are shopping. I really wish people wouldn’t disappear from the list assuming they are still out in public.
I also heard that you guys plan on NERFING how aggressive the police are.  PLEASE DO SO!! They are more annoying than players! And also quite STUPID trying to do a pit-maneuver while I’m driving a RHINO (tank).  Dumbass cops!
Why do all the female characters look identical? My 2nd character is female and they all look simular, yet the female NPCs all look diffrent, some big and fat, some older, some young, some sexy,, short and tall.  I can understand the limitations for player character animaitons but it would be nice to make my female characters more unique other than just a change of clothes and hairstyles. I’d love to look more like the hot girls in bikinis at Vespucci beach.  Even the female lifeguards look good.
The best looking female NPC is the bartender at Vanilla Unicorn.  I’d love to make my female character look something like her.  Nice hair.. cute tank top.. and a nice rack too! :)
Once you’ve ranked to 120 there’s really pointless ranking up anymore. We need more/new incentives and rewards to rank up for players like me who’s been on this since GTAo 1st went live. Because of this i’ve made a 2nd character to rank up.
Speaking of 2nd characters there are slots for 5 characters, when will these open up?
Please let us purchase a Cargobob! PLEEESE?  i have to use my low rank character to spawn one, and then sign back on with my high rank one just to play with it.  I cant see how a cargobob will effect gameplay or harass other player any more than a Rhino tank would cause.
Will we ever get to visit North Yankton in Online mode?
Will we ever get to meet Trevor, Franklin, or Michael in online mode as NPCs? Not just in cutscenes.
When im flying in a helicopter (and other aircraft some times) when the heli fails and starts to fall from the sky, every time i bail out and deploy my parachute, I lose my parachute and fall to my death. WTF is with that?  Even if i get far and clear from the helicopter and i try to deploy my chute, it quickly goes away as if someone hit it or shot it.. and i fall to my death.  this needs to be fixed.
I would like be able to mod my car with different horns (the standard ones) that you get different cars. Most cars have different “stock” horns from each other and I ought to be able to buy those in whatever vehicle i have for a cheap price (like under $1000 or so).  this includes the “Ooogah!” horn from the Roosevelt. Would be funny to put that horn in my Adder!  :D
We also need more licensed music for the radio. I know there’s a lot of stations in GTAV but they only seem to have less than 10 songs per station and it gets REALLY redundant. How about adding in the cool original radio soundtrack from GTA3? no licence fees there! Lots of good songs on that. I know you’re already adding new songs for online mode but those won’t play on the radio. I need new driving music.
I’m also getting really sick and tired getting calls from NPC nagging me about something. I’ve done ALL mission jobs that are out now and I’m still getting lip-service from Simeon, Ron, Lamar, Lester, Martin, and even random calls from Merryweather about not doing things when i just did them.. several times over even. I think once a player is high ranked they should leave you alone.  I’ve also gotten text messages from these characters thanking me for a job i did yesterday.  WTF?
thanks for your time
HUGSaLOT (on XBL)

March 31, 2014

The most overused face

Filed under: Second Life Shit! — Tags: , , , — Hugsie @ 1:48 am

OverUsedFace1 OverUsedFace2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does this face look familiar? Haven’t you seen this on literally every other female avatar in SL? Who is selling this lookset? It can’t be just one vendor, it must be being sold by multiple. Ironic thing about this person above is she told me NOT to take pictures of her when I took these two. Why is this paranoied bitch using “lookat targets” all the time, while wearing a lookset that looks like 50% of all other female avatars, and tells me not to take pictures of her? Why are people so paranoid in a fucking video game? It’s not like you can identify her, since so many ALREADY look like this. I don’t even remember her name anymore (nor care) after 10 mins from taking these images.

It’s not so much that people seem to look alike (to many do), but this paranoid sense that I’m some how invading someones privacy when you’re standing 3 feet away from me in a PUBLIC area in a virtual world. Your local government, and your ISP are more likely to be invading your privacy than I would taking a couple screenshots.

February 14, 2014

Ten years of Second Life…

Filed under: Second Life Shit! — Tags: , , — Hugsie @ 11:48 am

In all my years of SL, there still a lot of annoying things in SL.

1) People still use attached scripted “Radars” (e.g.  Free Radar HUD v1.1 by Crystal Gadgets) when all modern viewers (including LL’s viewer) already have a built-in people list (radars) that are way more advanced and have much better functionality than these old scripts do. Stop using them already!

2) People (mostly noobs) still send me friend requests with out as much as a conversation first, or even a hello. Since the existence of “social media sites” the concept of a “friend” has down-graded into near meaninglessness, where it’s just a number on your profile showing how many strangers seem to like you. A lot of those aren’t even real people since spammers and bots will make bogus accounts to fluff up other peoples follower counts, and post spam. Second Life predates all of that bullshit, so a friends is (or should be) people you actually have gotten to know. All though SL has gotten more like a “social network” in recent years, it’s horrible. After all the number of people you have as friends isn’t listed publicly on your SL profile (not to be confused for your followers since you can’t control who follows you), so why bother adding friends when you’re not actually MAKING friends?

3)  LL’s viewer disables group role tag text in nametags by default, so users don’t see my group role tag text in my nametag. Which explains why I’m constantly getting hit on by broke-ass noobtards for free sex when my group tag clearly says “Shemale Escort” right over my head. Another reason (though minor) why LL’s viewer is complete shite.

4) Those douchebags who take my freebie penis, and try to resell it in the Marketplace using images of something else. <sigh> There’s little I can do about this since you need to pay lawyers to get anything done. DMCA doesn’t protect creations made my private individuals, it protects large business and corporations from their IPs from being used by others.  The worse part is that I get all the flack from the users who buy these bogus items because  my name is shown as the creator. Even though they bought it from someone else and whoever they are got their L$, I still get shit from these users. People need to check their transaction history to see where the L$ is going.

5) The interest list. After all these years they still haven’t figured this shit out. Every time i teleport, attachments vanish and don’t render even though they ARE being worn. You’d think this would have been fixed years ago, or maybe a work-around that was automaticaly done on the viewer side could be put in.  but nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

January 16, 2014

Fuck VMWare?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — Hugsie @ 1:12 pm

I tried to downgrade to an older version of VMWare player and I’m still getting the SAME problems. The guest OS is 99% unresponsive. The mouse cursor is always a pointing finger, and not a normal arrow cursor. Clicking on anything does nothing, clicking on the VMWare part of the UI does nothing. then 5 mins later it does something but not what i want it to do. I’m FED UP with VMWare.

Gonna try my luck with Oracle VM VirtualBox….

 

January 14, 2014

SSDs rule

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — Hugsie @ 5:08 pm

I just ordered a Samsung 840 Pro (MZ-7PD256BW) SSD that has 256gb yesterday and it just arrived TODAY. Newegg.com has it on sale for only $199, and If you choose 3-7 day shipping it might actually arrive sooner. It came the next day for me since I’m only like an 8 hour drive from there their HQ, or perhaps I’m closer to one of their distribution warehouses. Ontrac can be very fast! :)

I couldn’t be more happier with this drive. I installed it into my PC with my existing boot drive, ran samsung’s software that will clone your data, and it worked flawlessly as far as i can tell. Then removed my old Western Digital Velociraptor 150gb drive hooked up the SSD as boot drive and poof! It boots up in about 12 seconds. To think I spent more on my Velociraptor (150gb) than I did for this SSD that has twice the room, and several times faster.

Everything seems to work, the “cloning” software was a bit over precocious warning me that any open files won’t get copied, so I tried to close everything running in the background, but I couldn’t close everything, but it still worked. Then I installed Samsung’s “magician” software that “optimizes” windows to deal with SSD drives in a proper manor so it doesn’t over stress the SSD by treating it as a normal HDD. It disables functions in windows that just don’t apply to SSD, such as defragging, which I never found useful even on HDDs anyway.

Next on my agenda is to get a new nvidia card with a GPU somewhere in the 700 series, and replace my old outdated gtx 550.

January 13, 2014

VMWare player 4.0.6 build-1035888 sucks

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Hugsie @ 9:51 am

It freezes up constantly to the point I often have to open task manager and kill it, then reboot my host PC so it lets go of ownership of the VM files so I can use it again.  Sometimes the VM files get corrupted and I can’t boot them anymore. This happens with both my WindowsXP VM and Kali Linux VM. My host PC is running windows 8.1 which I could use HyperV that comes with it, but it won’t work on my old hardware; as my CPU lacks some VM component that it relies on, but VMWare doesn’t need. Even if I could use HyperV, it has no pass though USB support as VMware player does with out having to go though some esoteric process to get USB working, or paying way too much money for a commercial product that allows USB.

Previous versions of VMware player were much more stable, and any pre-made VMs used on the older version don’t work on this current version. Which really sucks since Kali and Backtrack Linux distros as VMWare images will not work until they make newer ones. I can still make my own installs using ISO images, but it’s less convenient.

November 23, 2013

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary EPICsode

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Hugsie @ 6:01 pm

<<SPOILER ALERT>>
Do not read this blog if you’ve not watched the 50th anniversary episode.
But you should see this video before you see the 50th Anniversary special.

Today’s 50th anniversary episode was spectacular. John Hurt’s protray of the 9th Doctor was different from what I expected.  Being the so-called “War Doctor” there was nothing war like about him. Except he did use a gun to shoot a Dalek or two, but he spent most of his time shooting the message “No More” on a wall with a gun. I really was expecting him to be gun-ho and blow shit up, I guess that’s what the writers were trying to imply.

When they figured out how to NOT destroy Gallefrey, they thought they were completely breaking their own laws of time. As it turns out since the older incarnations of the Doctor will forget what had happened, the doctor just ASSUMED he committed genocide. This technically didn’t break this rule of time since time is relative to ones memories which doesn’t always match to actual events that happen in history, especially when memories are forgotten.

One of the story plots they use a lot in this new series is how some events in time are fixed, and locked and you can’t go there or do anything. Since 2005 we have been teased about what this “Time War” was all about. The assumption was that the Doctor committed double genocide by eliminating both the Time Lords and Daleks in order to end the war, save the rest of the universe from more destruction caused by this war, and since the series started in 2005, the doctor has been living in regret over that.

Remember the Time Lords were found in a time lock in the two part episode “The End Of Time” when the timelords wanted to take over earth and replace humans with Gallefreyians with help from the Master. This has to be the same time lock the Doctors did during John Hurt’s time as the Doctor (ablit very short). Also consider that if the Daleks knew there was going to be more than one Doctor (and one Tardis) present at that time they would have called in more reinforcements, implying there were already other daleks out there. Its not as if every single Dalek made was at Gallefrey when it was apparently “destroyed.”  After all Daleks also travel though time, and can exist at any time.

Also Peter Capaldi made a quick appearance in this special 50th anv’ episode, so if “older” incarnations of the Doctor forget events when they encounter their future self, wouldn’t Matt Smith forget this too? At the start of David Tenant’s “The End of Time” episode, he mentions how he got married to Queen Elizabeth I, which we saw in this 50th anniversary episode. BUT both John Hurt, and Matt Smith were present during the David’s wedding, l how could Tenant remember the wedding?

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