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  1. Perisno 0.9 released. Up to hotfix 2 as well. I have not yet played, so no experience with the new version. Just passing along to those that might care.
  2. It used to be, but may not be called that now. As I previously mentioned, it has been many, many years since I was last involved in the organization. When I was a Scout, Philmont Ranch in NM was the big name. Times change.
  3. It happens to all men at some point or other.
  4. I find this interesting if true (not saying it isn't). I haven't been involved with the scouting organization in many years, and in that time they've undergone many changes. Back when I was involved, we had Explorers, too, but they were a subset of Boy Scouts, primarily for the boys who were older and more experienced outdoors(men) and who were ready for challenging outings where difficulty necessitated precluding younger, less experienced or under-prepared scouts. Eagle Scout was the highest rank within the Boy Scouts. And participation in Explorers was limited to the top three(?) Boy Scout ranks plus a few other requirements (age being one of them). Explorers were for the top scouts much like Webelos were for the top (older) Cub Scouts.
  5. Bah ya bastage. I had a nice long post typed out in rebuttal and then your concession "conext matters" beat me to the punch. Culturally sensitive is optional for those of us in the US. We leave that to people from irrelevant countries like yours. (pure jest in good fun)
  6. Blah. Chalk it up to the differences between American and British language/culture. Also, he mentioned getting the award not that long ago ... sometime in the past few months to year ... I can't recall exactly and can't be arsed to look.
  7. My biggest regret was letting my ego get in the way while transitioning to adulthood. After high school, my parents tried to get me to enroll in community college before entering university. I opted to avoid what I called "High Scool 2.0" and entered university directly (pre-Medical course of study, no less, to mate with my love of computer tech - I had visions of studying to create robotic prostheses, but technology was not sufficiently advanced). At that same time, my parents recognized that I needed a vehicle to get to and from class, and so they provided me with one of their choosing; it was practical and very fuel efficient, but gutless and ugly. I would have none of it, and so, on my own I went out and purchased a slightly used, very low miles, two-seat sports car (1980 Mazda RX7) that I could barely afford (the bank loan payments let alone gas and insurance). Faced with my self-imposed set of responsibilities in paying for my own vehicle, gas, and insurance ... along with taking a full course load at university ... while working a minimum wage job flipping burgers at a local mom-n-pop type of restaurant ... I struggled in burning the candle at both ends and in the middle. I burnt out after a year of virtually no sleep (i.e., close the restaurant at midnight, do homework and study for class quizzes and exams, crash to bed by 4:00am, up at at class starting at 7:00am, classes and labs through to the afternoon, go to work, and repeat ... sleep long and hard on weekends but still put in a few hours at work). Me and the Dunkin' Doughnuts night baker often shared a bottomless pot of coffee; because that's where I studied after work ... it was conveniently near the restaurant, and the doughnut shop was open 24/7. I cut my losses and dropped out of university and, in making my life's worst mistake, began the hard road toward success by working to make ends meet. I switched careers several times over the next 30+ years, each starting at the bottom rung and working hard, late and often, to reach the glass ceiling through which I could not pass without a degree. I worked in restaurants from busboy through head chef; I worked in oil field construction support from expediter to lead technician; I worked in contract inspection from frontline welding inspector to quality control to quality assurance and on to chief inspector and test lab branch manager. I always regretted not taking time to complete my degree ... by making a different choice in which loss to cut. Once I started working, I put on the golden handcuffs ... you know, you either have the time or the money to go back to university, but not both simultaneously. Earning over six figures with no benefits, a mortgage, car payments, and with a wife and kid to support, will do that ... not to mention my computer hardware and game playing expenses. Eventually we were able to put aside enough savings to allow me to stop working long enough to once again pursue a college education. And I'll tell you that the degrees are all that much sweeter. And in the end - in hindsight - all those hard times forged who I have become, and make my (current) work seem easy by comparison. While I did not end my path where I originally set out, I have no regrets for where I've arrived and the road upon which I now travel. Would life have been easier had I made different choices? Maybe. I might even have been richer or more famous. But I don't (and won't) know if I'd have been as satisfied.
  8. To clarify MTGMTB's statement ... Eagle Scout is the highest rank achievement in the (international) Boy Scouts organization (who also now accept girls, IRRC). Earning this achievement represents the culmination of many years demonstrating knowledge and skills in activities including outdoors (e.g., camping, hiking, first aid, etc.) and other life skills (e.g., technology, health, etc.) via earning merit badges pertaining to that knowledge and those skills, as well as providing leadership within the community and to other scouts. The successful Eagle Scout candidate will have demonstrated his/her ability to live the Scout's motto and oath. All independent from and extracurricular to school or religeous activities - and before the Scout becomes an adult at 18 years of age. Although this achievement may seem to be a throwback to earlier (pre-internet) times, many of today's successful leaders had also attained the award and have gone on to do great things for their communities if not nations. It is a prestigious award that few who join the Scouts will attain. It is also an award that, outside of the scouting organization, has unfortunately diminished in social prominence. Fair disclosure: I, too, achieved and was awarded this rank many years ago.
  9. Corollary to Pasanda's "What was your best decision ever?" thread. Same rules apply.
  10. They don't want the fact known that their cloud services were compromised, which would be bad for their bottom line. Look at Supermicro's share prices before and after the Bloomberg article. The US gov't and American citizens are just tools to use to make money. Global companies like them don't care about US national security. Besides, I wouldn't be surprised to learn the US and other governments do the same thing. They just haven't yet been publicly outed.
  11. Similar for me. Going back to school at age 45 to complete a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and to then push further to get an MS in Civil Structural Engineering. I would have pushed even further to pursue a Ph.D, but didn't want to commit academic suicide by getting all three degree levels from the same institution. It's still on the short list for what to do during retirement.
  12. I hate you. You owe me 12 and a half minutes of my life back. I kept waiting for a relevant point to appear in that video ... and one didn't. You could have spent the time more productively by rick-rolling us instead.
  13. That happened back in the late '80s and early '90s and led to a crash in game software purchases. A lot of crap games came out back then and gamers stopped buying them. A lot of development companies - good and bad - went bankrupt due to uncertainty of game quality before buying. Piracy proliferated and was countered by developers releasing demos to lure new purchases. 'Course back then the internet was just fledgling and game information mostly came from magazines. I'd hate to see history repeated because some game publishers got too lazy and greedy (again).
  14. The game feels extremely unfinished. There are NPCs with whom you'll interact once, and others who have whole quest lines. There are merchants who sell one or two items, but who also do not buy items. There are large swaths of land that are unaccessible: they have a blocked off entry point that the player cannot unblock. There are technologies to research which allow the player to create goods that cannot be further used or sold. The game stutters graphically at times, which simply should not occur given the relatively simple sprite-based graphics. This suggests rough and unoptimized coding. An often referenced featured area - The Town - is completely off limits to the player ... in fact if you try by obtaining a Town Pass (an in-game item you can purchase), you get to watch a scripted event wherein your character is killed. When walking along the periphery, you can see resource-gathering spots already in place. I'd bet good money they're planning a paid DLC for that and other features to complete the base game.
  15. So ... I'm probably about three-quarters of the way through the game having spent quite a large number of hours playing. I want to like the game, really I do. It's been a while and I've been wanting to give an update, but haven't yet quite found the right words to describe the game .... or enough positive ones to recommend it to others - and I don't have sufficient confidence I am going to. Quite the opposite. If you haven't already bought a copy, don't; if you have, YMMV. The entertainment value just isn't there, and won't be there unless you have nothing better to do and you happen to purchase this on sale for a dollar or less. The game is more tedious and frustrating than fun due to some very bad development decisions. Playing the game feels almost like the developers set out to punish people for playing their game. Gameplay is not so addictive to put up with tedious grind for the sake of tedious grind only to reach a dead end or unlock a useless tech. I read a review posted on Steam, which summarizes my feelings pretty well, and I've copied it below. Unlike the reviewer, I have encountered a few bugs which were show-stoppers. They probably weren't bugs so much as not-well-thought-through implementations with regard to ramifications. I mentioned before potential two-block moments (chicken vs. egg situations), and there are too many such potential pitfalls for coincidence. Do yourself a favor and avoid this game. I'll be uninstalling it myself, and that is quite a feat since I almost never uninstall games ... ever. I usually just throw them on the "ignore" pile. /meh ... On second thought, I'll just toss it on the "ignore" pile for now and save the trouble of uninstalling it for later.