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Posted on 12-04-16 06:02:49 AM Link | Quote
Oh man, I had the worst job interview of my life a couple of days ago. Accidentally loaded up old versions of projects because I didn't think to check them, pulled the new versions only to have them not compile because they targeted the wrong version of the .NET framework, then they crashed because they were missing files and oh my god I fucked up so bad.

I start tomorrow as a volunteer! If I do well, I have a job starting next year!
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Posted on 12-14-16 08:06:33 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Zero One
Oh man, I had the worst job interview of my life a couple of days ago. Accidentally loaded up old versions of projects because I didn't think to check them, pulled the new versions only to have them not compile because they targeted the wrong version of the .NET framework, then they crashed because they were missing files and oh my god I fucked up so bad.

I start tomorrow as a volunteer! If I do well, I have a job starting next year!

Well, good job!

Glad they were forgiving regarding your mistakes during the interview.
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Posted on 12-15-16 05:47:24 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by StapleButter
Originally posted by Zero One
Oh man, I had the worst job interview of my life a couple of days ago. Accidentally loaded up old versions of projects because I didn't think to check them, pulled the new versions only to have them not compile because they targeted the wrong version of the .NET framework, then they crashed because they were missing files and oh my god I fucked up so bad.

I start tomorrow as a volunteer! If I do well, I have a job starting next year!

Well, good job!

Glad they were forgiving regarding your mistakes during the interview.


hahahaha, no, they fucking sucked. Completely unprofessional, no documentation, no game spec. I did a week of work which was all made redundant because they changed the spec on me without telling me. They wanted me to volunteer 40 hours a week, and it was 2 hours away.

I sent them an email telling them I was done on Tuesday morning. Still no reply.

Back to sweet fuck all.
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Posted on 01-10-17 12:04:12 PM Link | Quote
I have a lot of things I have been meaning to do, but have never found the time or energy to do them. It's very frustrating. :/ Raspberry suggested doing the one-game-a-month thing, but she's gone for half this month, so maybe we will start next month...
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Posted on 01-10-17 12:11:54 PM Link | Quote
Yesterday I've done the first "exam".

Which mostly involved Bash scripting.

And, for reference, the most difficult thing weren't the exercises, but the terrible, terrible syntax of Bash and stuff that inexplicably doesn't work the way it should.
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Posted on 01-24-17 02:09:57 PM Link | Quote
I'm just posting for the sake of posting today. That's what this place is for, right? The thread, I mean.

My attention seems so unfocused and useless; I can hard-focus on something for a while and make some decent progress, then it all just dies and I can't pick it back up. It's so frustrating...
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Posted on 01-24-17 03:27:25 PM Link | Quote
My projects go the same, I know that if I leave them on rest for too long, I just never come back to them. Which is a shame. For instance, blargSNES could really go somewhere... then again, after the new3DS appeared, the 3DS homebrew scene mostly went "lol who cares about the old3DS".
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Posted on 01-24-17 04:21:46 PM Link | Quote
Finally got a shift at my job again after missing out on a few (which turned out not to last because of stuff holding up further shifts)
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Posted on 01-29-17 07:30:38 PM Link | Quote
did I mention my town's bike rental service is utter fucking crap?


"I need to go to that party, and I can't take a tram anymore..."

"hey let's rent one of those bikes, quick and easy"

*tries using transportation card to unlock bike*
> does nothing. either I didn't buy the bike rental add-on or I'm doing it wrong. whatever, let's buy a code...

*goes to code dispenser, activates it*
> please wait... (10+s wait)
> language? 1. French 2. other
*enters 1, observes that the system is slow as shit, like they tried to run a JVM on a 8-bit MCU*
> please wait...
> how many travels? 1, 2, 3, 4
*uh, one use*
> phone number for confirmation?
> birth day/month?
> confirm birth day/month?
> insert credit card
*inserts credit card*
> please wait...
> failed to read card. cancelling everything, go fuck yourself.

asfgadgadgas

*wipes credit card, repeats all the steps above*
> success. here's your ticket.

about fucking time. noting that the ticket has the exact same code that was sent to my phone, making the whole 'phone number pls' step useless (and a waste of time considering how slow the damn system is).

*goes to the closest bike, tries to find out how to unlock it*

the interface is shit too and there are no clear instructions. it seems to require pressing 5 random number buttons before it allows you to enter your code.

anyway, after a while of fumbling, my bike is finally unlocked, let's hop on and go to that party...

... right pedal is missing.

IT'S LACKING A PEDAL. I HAD TO PICK THE ONE BIKE THAT FUCKING LACKS A PEDAL.

okay, all I have to do is put it back and pick another, right?

*puts bike back*
*repeats fumbling to unlock another bike, ensuring that that one is usable*
> nope, you have used your travel.
*feels like setting the whole fucking thing on fire*

oh, that person used their bike for 20 seconds. they must have had a good trip!

blarg, like it's hard to envision cases like "user picks a bike then notices it has a fault and decides to swap". or to design a bike rental system that doesn't fucking suck.



in the end I decide to use my own bike, which I should have done since the beginning. I only wanted to use one of those bikes because I could just park it at another bike station after arriving and not have to deal with it again. I knew I'd go back home with a friend.

the shit topping on the shit cake is that I somehow managed to break the rear tire on my bike.
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Posted on 01-30-17 02:16:57 AM Link | Quote
Wow...THAT sucks...

So, the past couple of days I've been working with my friend to reverse-engineer ANOTHER file format to rip sprites...

I thought I had found all I needed to know to read the data? oh, HELL NO...
raw 16bpp color data wasn't enough there's ALSO:
8bpp
6bpp
5bpp
3bpp
and they're all either INDEXED (well, fuck) , or grayscales that get colorized programmatically (double fuck)

Of these five formats, we've only got a tool so far that can read and extract 2 of the formats, naturally, those are the only two that don't need ...bit-shifting... to read...

all of the versions besides 16bit we're aiming to preview/extract as grayscale.

Ending tonight with "my head hurts from thinking at the lowest levels of raw data processing" and "fuck i hate 'specialized' bpp color/pixel formats..."

It was also a headache acting as observer/adviser explaining concepts that can be confusing as fuck to understand...

Hopefully tomorrow the parser for 6bpp can be finished, and then it *should* be fairly easy to create the parser for ever other version. THEN I just gotta find the color palettes, which are likely 24-bit RGB or 32-bit RGBA, and figure-out how to associate them with the sprites. FUN!

Other than that, I suppose I'm fine.

I don't mind graphics-related programming, until things like bitwise operators and converting across various formats come into play.
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Posted on 01-30-17 08:33:24 AM Link | Quote
hah, specific graphics formats. must be lots of fun!

I remember when coding blargSNES, the SNES uses planar graphics formats, that's lots of fun too!


speaking of technical oddities... the DS has a whole system for mapping VRAM banks, and said system technically allows banks to overlap. I was curious as to how it handles overlaps.

you'd think that if you map multiple banks to the same address, it'll either apply a priority order, or map only the last bank mapped. you'd be wrong. it actually maps the banks together.

which means that writing within the concerned address space writes to all the banks mapped there. reading is even more fun, it returns a logical OR of the values from each bank.

this is going to be a whole lot of fun to emulate in melonDS.
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Posted on 01-30-17 09:36:38 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by StapleButter
hah, specific graphics formats. must be lots of fun!

I remember when coding blargSNES, the SNES uses planar graphics formats, that's lots of fun too!


speaking of technical oddities... the DS has a whole system for mapping VRAM banks, and said system technically allows banks to overlap. I was curious as to how it handles overlaps.

you'd think that if you map multiple banks to the same address, it'll either apply a priority order, or map only the last bank mapped. you'd be wrong. it actually maps the banks together.

which means that writing within the concerned address space writes to all the banks mapped there. reading is even more fun, it returns a logical OR of the values from each bank.

this is going to be a whole lot of fun to emulate in melonDS.


oh, yes, quite thrilling! //sarcasm...lol

yeah, that sounds like fun stuff.

And, alright, messin' with ps1 port of viewpoint. Much as I honestly dislike it compared to original neo-geo version, I want graphics. Was thinking i'd be dealing with models,textures,shaders. Nope, tons of weirdBPP and split into pieces like original sprite tiles, o...k... (and prob why apparently this port has shoddy performance! i haven't actually played it, never will, just read reviews and watched vids)

gl with melonDS!
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Posted on 01-31-17 01:40:36 AM Link | Quote
Let's tack-on BSoD and fatal windows error that potentially suggest hardware is starting to fail...

Been going since sometime around 3:30-ISH PM trying to cram as much as possible onto my only empty 16GB flash drive. Dear GOD is that a slow process. And there's still 5GB of pictures and an entire installed fonts folder I'd like to back-up. (the pictures, especially... cannot be replaced if lost!)

And due to this dire situation, ALL my plans in terms of programming and playing games today have been completely screwed-over

AWESOME!
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Posted on 02-15-17 12:46:51 PM Link | Quote
The laptop I have stopped working last night, because the power brick failed — it no longer outputs power.

Turns out that the brick I had gotten with it was rated for 150W/7.9A, while the laptop itself was supposed to have one rated at 180W/9.5A, a 30W/1.6A difference.

So, no big surprise that it failed.

At least a replacement is fairly cheap; $60 to have one one-day-delivered by Amazon. Still, what a mess. I could use some good luck for a change.
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Posted on 02-15-17 01:02:42 PM (last edited by ihadtnowegtum at 02-15-17 01:07:29 PM) Link | Quote
I suppose consider yourself lucky it didn't catch fire or explode or something?
Pretty sure overloading stuff like that *can* cause such events.

How come you didn't have the intended one in the first place, though? Did the laptop already lack it when you acquired it? Or did that also fail?

EDIT:
Working on a flash game porting project of mine and just spent probably half an our or more reading about the difference between an Interface and and Abstract Class, which also isn't entirely defined thanks to Java 8. Alriiiiight... Gotta do some other stuff, then I'm back to my original goal today, which is understanding at least partially the save system. (and probably dumping the .sol file to JSON or plaintext)
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Posted on 02-15-17 01:07:39 PM Link | Quote
It was just the power brick that was with the laptop when I got it. I did not buy it new or anything, so...
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Posted on 02-15-17 03:33:49 PM Link | Quote
Why do I always overlook some detail?
Or yeah, I guess "it came with it, didn't check" also flies...
Same would apply for mine, I don't actually know if it's the intended one... I assume it is, I might check that. In general, laptops have a rep for ...bad things happening, especially fires
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Posted on 02-17-17 03:42:36 PM Link | Quote
sorry for the double post, I don't want this mixed in with my other post because I'm unsure it will update the thread, and this point is of a very different tone from all my others thus far.

In times of hardship, some would kill themselves...

The way things are going, that could never ease my pain. What I'm seeing in the world right now disgusts me. It frightens me. It greatly upsets me. I can't even escape it at home... I can't escape it here, or anywhere on the internet. recently, I have seen more hatred and general negativity than in my entire life up to a certain point. It's killing me on the inside. I do not care of there's some magic pills to fix it, that's against my will. And it doesn't solve the actual problem, it just numbs me to it. I don't care any longer who's right or who's wrong... I want people to STFU and reach a common agreement before either democracy is replaced by a dictatorship, or the very anarchy feared by all, where people murder each other left and right for petty reasons. Where rapists and other sickos roam free. Where everything that is created is destroyed, lost forever to history. Where I don't know if on a simple stroll in the park, if I'll be mugged,beaten, or killed, or if I'll get home without incident. Where I will have to teach my children from a very young age how to kill other people if they are threatened, while at the same time trying to pass on to them my personal values and my dreams of a better world, so that one day maybe they can restore peace. Where I do not know if my alleged 'closest friend' is actually trustworthy, or just waiting for a good time to stab me in the back, or at the very least, a liability. A world where the truest meaning of terror/terrorism, and war will be known. A world where blood soaks the streets not just in a few countries, but ALL of them.

despite what our leaders, are political parties, our societies, even our religions will claim, or whose side they're alledgedly on, no matter how righteous, they all in their own way are leading us to these ends. I want no part in it. If they insist on perpetuating these problems rather than actually getting together and SOLVING them, then I don't just wish to be dead. I wish to simply not exist. My soul to no longer inhabit my body will not ease my pain, if from the afterlife I still must look-over a hellhole, or be made aware of it. And if people insist on being so apathetic and greedy/selfish, I do not want my assets left to them. In my eyes, they're unworthy.

It shames and pains me to even think this, i want to delete myself. Not just die, but to not exist and be completely forgotten. All my material or intellectual assets gone, and bound by some profound universal contract that they can never re-surface, forever lost to time, or perhaps impossible they could ever exist. I feel so insignificant, that people like me do not belong.

But, whatever happens, my fate is sealed. I will either watch the world turn a complete 180 and the human race finally truly evolve, or I will watch it fall into complete chaos, and suffer through until dying of natural causes, or being killed for some petty reason. I can't bring myself to commit any permanent self-harm. I have made an unspoken contract with my friends and family, and my few supporters to not hurt them like that. I will not use the metaphorical blue pill to make my pains go away. I accepted the red pill, and I must deal with that. The only exception is if I am forced to, and I curse ANYONE who does that to suffer great misfortune. (well, that probably won't work, but it's entirely against my will for someone to do that... I do wish great ill upon them if they do, even though after the fact, that point is moot, since I won't care...or any care for it will be suppressed by the "cure")

This has probably been one of the single most negative things I have said. But I won't pretend like I'm ok with all of the shit that is happening now. There is no need for it. I considered simply advocating for what I believe, rather than to bitch about it, but I already know my argument will generally fall on deaf ears. I will be told I am wrong because I'm not in college and haven't yet gone, either. I will be laughed at because I have no PhD. I will sway very few if any votes, because I don't have billions of dollars to line some politician's pocket. I cannot make my way into any office because I lack the money to run a campaign. I can at best use my abilities to manipulate people into electing me, but that's a crap shoot, and I greatly dislike using those skills because ...ETHICS! I'd rather not actually start a bloody revolution. What more does that solve than the merciless slaughter of so many innocents, and the entire US government to have to be re-built from scratch? I am 20 years too young to even be eligible to run for president. I'd almost certainly be 20 years too late, and that's assuming I make it past our inherently flawed voting system. When I have to defend my own opinions, I tend to get just as hostile as all these damn political parties I despise,because despite trying to be reasonable, all my opinions get stone-walled, and I become irritable, instead, because I feel so powerless. Even though I tell people "Yes, I support or respect some of your opinions" , they can't accept when i reach "but..." and try to justify my own, and lay-out a fucking compromise. They just go off on a tangent how I'm wrong or don't know what I'm talking about, and how they're right, and how they will with great pride do all the things that I am against, despite the solid evidence I laid-down about how it violates ETHICS, perhaps morality. I even point out an extreme case to highlight the flaws in their statements, and they acknowledge how stupid said scenario is, yet when I link it back to historically accurate records of similar scenarios, and occurrences in present time, my argument they just AGREED with magically doesn't apply to it, despite my scenarios, and the real-world issues i went though the effort to bring up, are one and the same.

I'm so sick of it. Only good news is I have come with an artistic inspiration and excuse to use my main MLP OC. Bad news is I still must push myself to draw her, and it will be a rather disturbing and depressing rendition of her, because what it depicts is above all, unpleasant. She represents a half of my soul, the nicer half, my "good" qualities. her brother, who I actually haven't entirely designed represents the "bad" ones... It goes without saying that despite I can't seem bothered to use them, their mood, and even which of their alter-egos are intended to be directly linked with me. They are me, essentially. And right now, half of me is feeling like it's being crushed under several TRILLION tons of pressure, about to literally shatter. The other half is burning hot with rage. But, I can't draw the ponyfication of that since I can't settle fully on what he looks like.

I'm going to go sulk or draw shit now... idk which, maybe both...

Sorry for this huge-ass textwall, and a huge-ass textwall of pure negativity at that, but i needed to let that out, and rather publicly... Do not worry about me, I will be perfectly fine unless I suddenly contract a fatal disease, suffer an unfortunate accident, or society dissolves to Purge-Like anarchy as I very much fear it's headed towards... and I'm far from completely compromised, it is only in the MAD/anarchy scenarios by which I might finally throw in the towel. But, in those scenarios, I am constantly in fear of my life, so... I'm upset, yes, but I can still function. Although barely. Be that as it may, it's my choice and my right to endure this. I will never give up, I will fight to the very end. For myself, for my beliefs, for my family, and friends. Once I've completely let this all out, I'll be back to... whatever is "normal" for me. I always do. Even right now, I'm actually still deeply motivated to do something productive, because I absolutely hate dwelling on negativity. It's not by even a longshot the real me... Not even close.
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Posted on 03-14-17 09:08:02 PM Link | Quote
Well, today so far has been stressful and/or exhuasting:

had to climb ladder to replace batteries on two smoke detectors, scared me to death, i fear the hell out of ladders...

had to replace one of the (luckily low-hanging detectors). Technically my dad did the re-writing part, but still, terrifying...

Had to do more trial-eand-error stuff to pinoint SERIOUS performance issues on the computer, they've been hopefully resolved...

Had to help clean bathroom... really icky stuff and hazardous chemicals, the very definition of my favorite thing to do. Have a small list of things that will be present when doing it next time...

Those are a few highlights, and it's only 7 PM, so I'm sure the day has a few more NASTY surprises in store... sigh...
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Posted on 03-15-17 04:30:47 PM Link | Quote
i just
threw out
some gross
decaying furniture
in my bathroom & replaced
it w/ beautiful new furniture.

then i bought a huge fake sheepskin
rug and put it in the middle. it
stretches from one end to
the other of this fairly
small bathroom.

then i threw
out my trash can,
for it was round rather
than blocky like everything
else in my home. i acquired a new
trash can at the thrift
store, one that fit
in perfectly.

all that's
left is the
shower caddy,
the only non-white
piece of furniture in
that room. i am seeking
an adequate replacement.
i'll probably go to the store
today in search of one
so this bathroom
can finally be
complete.
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