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by Alan Bolte
2014-03-23 09:50am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Be Careful What You Wish For (Nalifan)
Replies: 528
Views: 122926

Re: Be Careful What You Wish For (Nalifan)

That's a hell of an update.

You might want to add a line about the King of Tribes getting a new horse, seeing as his horse was a dissolving corpse at the end of the last update.
by Alan Bolte
2013-09-12 09:14pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: UK Working Poor to be classed as "Not Working Enough"
Replies: 26
Views: 2514

Re: UK Working Poor to be classed as "Not Working Enough"

Excuse me, I see the problem. You're using a technical term in a technically precise sense, one which unfortunately makes the term useless for normal people by excluding an important idea. At least, I assume you are using the term in a precise way- though I find it inexplicable that in economics "d...
by Alan Bolte
2013-06-28 11:28pm
Forum: Hall of Memory
Topic: In Memoriam: Colin Witz / Yosemite Bear
Replies: 118
Views: 122058

Re: Yosemite Bear (Colin Witz) has passed away

RIP

His unique posting style brought a lot of character to this board.
by Alan Bolte
2013-02-28 07:23am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Time-Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us Read mor
Replies: 11
Views: 2498

Re: Time-Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us Read

Alyrium, I believe "covering the uninsured" refers to people who don't pay their bills, not that people aren't billed.
by Alan Bolte
2013-02-01 08:06am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: The Hunted (nBSG)
Replies: 657
Views: 55090

Re: The Hunted (nBSG)

I believe there was an Aliens Technical Manual which explained that their form of FTL involved inverse relativistic effects. So, while to the outside world it would appear that the Sulaco traveled for only a few weeks, the interior of the ship experienced many years. Some of the Star Wars reference ...
by Alan Bolte
2013-01-09 08:14am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: The Hunted (nBSG)
Replies: 657
Views: 55090

Re: The Hunted (nBSG)

Valkyrie image bow See those six black dots, three each to the right and left of her nose? I said to myself, Arminas, damn, if those don't look like old fashioned torpedo tubes. So, that's what they are. Not wet-navy torps, of course, but horizontal missile launchers for anti-ship missiles. Her dor...
by Alan Bolte
2012-06-15 01:57pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: USN Vessel sinks fishing vessel, machineguns survivors
Replies: 41
Views: 3698

Re: USN Vessel sinks fishing vessel, machineguns survivors

The Haditha is an Arleigh Burke--class destroyer, designed to operate in an asymmetric environment just off the coast of a hostile or potentially-hostile territory.
It's not a modern navy joke without poking fun at the Littoral Combat Ship.
by Alan Bolte
2012-06-15 01:55am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: StarDestroyer.Net will turn 10 years old on July 2, 2012
Replies: 93
Views: 8384

Re: StarDestroyer.Net will turn 10 years old on July 2, 2012

I was 16. I don't remember exactly when I found the site, but somehow through some Star Wars related Internet searches I found Wong's fan fictions. I remember I read the site pretty religiously for a period of time, but it took me a while to make my way to the forums. And even then, I just stalked ...
by Alan Bolte
2012-05-31 12:33pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: The Problem with Fish
Replies: 51
Views: 5195

Re: The Problem with Fish

Although occasionally criticized for being too free with their certifications, the Marine Stewardship Council at least seems like a reasonable attempt at identifying sustainable fisheries and communicating that information to consumers. I'd hesitate before buying any fish product that lacks the MSC ...
by Alan Bolte
2012-02-19 08:03pm
Forum: Artwork, Music and Photos
Topic: Imperial 528's Starship Thread [No 56k]
Replies: 296
Views: 49579

Re: Imperial 528's Starship Thread [No 56k]

When I saw your sig I thought at first I was looking at the GTCv Chimera (from a mod for FreeSpace 2), which in my mind at least is a favorable comparison. Looks like Kenny_10_Bellys is saturating this thread with good advice so I won't throw in my 2 cents, but I like what you've created so far.
by Alan Bolte
2012-02-07 07:54am
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: Wireless Networks
Replies: 9
Views: 874

Re: Wireless Networks

Have you tried seeing if you get a better signal with the tower in the same room as the router? If your reception is still bad at close range with no obstructions, then chances are you either need to change a setting (don't know the model, so I can't be specific), (re)install the latest driver, or y...
by Alan Bolte
2012-01-31 08:02pm
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: Windows reports imminent hard drive failure?
Replies: 7
Views: 1016

Re: Windows reports imminent hard drive failure?

Don't read too much into it. There's a lot of different ways for a drive to fail, and bad luck with drive life hits everyone eventually.
by Alan Bolte
2012-01-31 10:52am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: The Adventures Of Starbuck. (Chapter 33 up 2-13-14)
Replies: 89
Views: 24411

Re: The Adventures Of Starbuck. (Updated 01-26-2012)

I like the prologue. Without it, I wouldn't have bothered finishing chapter 1. I'm sure you've read just as much fanfic as I have, and knew you were info-dumping in Chapter 1 but wanted to get that info out of the way since so much of it is unexpected, and quite meaningful to any reader likely to ac...
by Alan Bolte
2012-01-30 09:04pm
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: Spayce Shotters: Is the genre back?
Replies: 67
Views: 3163

Re: Spayce Shotters: Is the genre back?

A lot of what you guys are describing as a better sort of space shooter sounds like Shattered Horizon, which I would like to see redone with better weapons and controls.
by Alan Bolte
2012-01-28 05:57am
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: Spayce Shotters: Is the genre back?
Replies: 67
Views: 3163

Re: Spayce Shotters: Is the genre back?

I was a little buzzed when I wrote the above, but I think I was trying to say that I just don't see what I actually like about the mechanics of old space shooters over the mechanics of an FPS - I strongly suspect the main reason I still play these types of games is nostalgia. As to WC:Prophecy, I ha...
by Alan Bolte
2012-01-28 04:31am
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: D&D 5th Edition Announced
Replies: 203
Views: 9424

Re: D&D 5th Edition Announced

I've found this conversation enlightening, since my experience so far has only been with 4E, SAGA, and (recently) oWoD Vampire. With all this talk of "if you insist on using DnD" though, I want to ask those more experienced - what system does what DnD does, but better? The Storyteller system is... a...
by Alan Bolte
2012-01-27 05:43am
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: Spayce Shotters: Is the genre back?
Replies: 67
Views: 3163

Re: Spayce Shotters: Is the genre back?

Tried to edit, ran out of time. Anyway, I wouldn't ever expect traditional space shooters to "come back." The only advantage a space shooter has over a ground-based FPS is the third dimension, and the average gamer always thought Descent was a confusing mess. Now, if someone could somehow reinvent t...
by Alan Bolte
2012-01-27 05:29am
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: Spayce Shotters: Is the genre back?
Replies: 67
Views: 3163

Re: Spayce Shotters: Is the genre back?

Somehow I think SOL looks like it could easily degenerate into a bullshit mess of spreadsheets like X3. Evochron is the X3 wannabe - it's actually just the latest (2010) in a series that's been around for two decades and hardly anyone has played... presumably because by all accounts it isn't very g...
by Alan Bolte
2012-01-22 02:55am
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: PnP_RPG:What is the most overpowered character you'v played?
Replies: 19
Views: 1902

Re: PnP_RPG:What is the most overpowered character you'v pla

For a 4e oneshot, I made a level 3 Seeker who threw an enchanted greatsword. It wasn't game breaking, but it's far more damage per round than a controller is supposed to be doing at that level.
by Alan Bolte
2011-12-22 04:26pm
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: Steam sale trading post.
Replies: 26
Views: 2399

Re: Steam sale trading post.

Nuked Santa, received coal. Obvious, really.
by Alan Bolte
2011-12-20 07:23am
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: Steam sale trading post.
Replies: 26
Views: 2399

Re: Steam sale trading post.

50% off Nuclear Dawn, if that's a thing someone would want.
by Alan Bolte
2011-12-05 03:08am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Iran shoots down US drone
Replies: 137
Views: 10534

Re: Iran shoots down US drone

The Iranian Press TV is claiming it was knocked down by the Iran Army's electronic warfare unit. Now that's interesting. EW seems like an obvious weakness of the drone concept, but I'm not aware of any instances where this weakness has been successfully exploited. I guess it remains to be seen whet...
by Alan Bolte
2011-11-29 05:26am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Hull 721, plot arc the second
Replies: 892
Views: 190674

Re: Hull 721, plot arc the second

Kinman Doriana's not got long to live at this point in the history, right?
by Alan Bolte
2011-11-27 02:49pm
Forum: Artwork, Music and Photos
Topic: Pony image dump thread (NO 56k, PIC HEAVY)
Replies: 1185
Views: 165569

Re: Pony image dump thread

It's a mask.
by Alan Bolte
2011-11-22 12:29am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Proper meal composition now includes: Pizza
Replies: 25
Views: 2369

Re: Proper meal composition now includes: Pizza

I recall in elementary school they briefly tried adding little cubes of green bell pepper along with the pepperoni. The number of packed lunches on Pizza Thursdays skyrocketed immediately, and a week or two later the dreaded vegetables were gone.