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Dec 28, 2017BC_Programming posted a message on Can a tech savvy person help me with figuring out the correct way to unplug a pc?The CMOS battery circuit is altogether independent from the rest of the system; it is being "used" constantly by the CMOS circuit, whether the system is on or off, or plugged in or not. it doesn't make a difference- It will last around 12-15 years, sometimes longer- depends on the specific power usage of the CMOS circuitry in the system.Posted in: General Off Topic
Oct 30, 2017BC_Programming posted a message on When Oracle stops supporting Java and what's the future of Minecraft Java editionPosted in: Computer Science and Technology
The article is about Oracle deciding to deprecate the use of Java Browser plugins and applets.
It doesn't say anything about any plans or intent to deprecate or drop support for the Java Platform itself.
Sep 15, 2017Posted in: Computer Science and Technology
Basically, there are some people who seem to think taking a little effort to actually learn the configurability of their Operating System by reading for 10 minutes is "too much work" but will subsequently whine and complain when that willful ignorance begets them mild annoyances playing their precious vidya games.
It only takes a few moments to use group policy editor in the Pro Edition or to adjust the appropriate registry keys to get the same functionality in the Home edition, but some people apparently just keep everything at the default and expect that default to work perfectly for them.
The fact that you have to actually spend 10 minutes using google and youtube to disable autoupdates is just stupid.
Willful ignorance of freedoms afforded you is not oppression. Spending 10 minutes doing some basic research is not some exhausting chore. This applies whether it be regarding Windows capabilities or whether it is people complaining that Linux is hard to use.
Sep 8, 2017Posted in: Computer Science and Technology
Start Menu Ads Are trivial to disable.
Cortana is also trivial to disable. I disabled it. the "Cortana" process itself houses both Cortana and Windows Search, so Cortana still appears in task manager, this seems to be the sticking point for people to kick and scream about it.
Autoupdates are easily disabled with Group Policy Editor. (I think registry edits can do it too?) Or simply disabling the Windows Update Process, I suppose.
Things are only "hard to disable" for the uninitiated; and the uninitiated shouldn't be going around disabling things anyway.
Aug 29, 2017Posted in: Computer Science and Technology
As I wrote 5 years ago specifically addressing this question being asked frequently on this very forum and a few others, there simply is no "best language to learn". What is more important is that you start.
At the same time, I've seen too many beginners bite off more than they can chew. One individual, who had no idea how to program, set out with the goal of creating "youtube, but better". You have to start small, a task that won't overwhelm you as you learn the intricacies of the language as well as programming concepts. One mistake is to learn programming through Java minecraft mods, as I find it brings with it a number of bad habits or misunderstandings about exactly what the copy-pasted boilerplate they need is doing.
Time spent deciding what language to learn is better spent learning a programming language. Unless you choose a very obscure language, the task of learning it is not going to be wasted regardless of what early projects you intend to tackle or how well suited they are, because language concepts aren't unique across languages; I think I put it well in the linked blog post/article I wrote when I said "it isn’t the syntax or structure of a given language that gives you the tools to coalesce those language elements into algorithms, and therefore solutions, but rather your understanding of base concepts."
Aug 29, 2017Posted in: Computer Science and Technology
according to GPU.userbenchmark.com, the 1060 ranks as the 14th fastest consumer GPU, at over twice the performance of the RX 550, which ranks as 99th.
the RX 550 is much cheaper, too, however it more directly competes with the GTX 1050, which is usually only 20-30 dollars more for 58% higher performance.
The i5 7400 is over twice the speed across the board as the FX-6300. Which is to be expected; the 6300 is from October 2012, which is coming up on 5 years, compared to the i5 7400 coming around the start of this year.
However, it's also twice the price.
Aug 28, 2017Posted in: Computer Science and Technology
QuikMiner, that isn't Speccy, and unfortunately it doesn't really serve as "proof" for a number of reasons.
One issue though is that it does somewhat catch you in a "Lie"; earlier you state that you upgraded to Windows 10, but that is a screen capture from Windows 8, not Windows 10.
Another reason it doesn't serve as proof:
Aug 27, 2017Posted in: Computer Science and Technology
32PB of DDR7 RAM (You wouldn't have heard of it yet, it's still top secret)
8TB SSD Raid array and a 512TB Data storage array
Geforce 2 MX AGP
Destructive Labs Sound Destroyer QPZ 720 no scope
I also cannot bother to use speccy, but you have to just believe me man....
There is already a show your system thread but whatever I'll post it all over. Maybe I changed things since? I dunno.
Desktop I'm using I built in 2014. Still going strong with a few changed components.
Intel i7 4770K @ 3.5Ghz, overclocked to 4.1 about 6 months ago when I swapped out the cooler with a 212 Evo.
32GB of DDR3 RAM. (originally had 16GB, I upgraded for no specific reason)
Sound Blaster Zxr. Why? Because I make music professionally? I work in a studio? Nope, no reason. I like shiny things.
Two monitors, a 2560x1440 Acer display and a Viewsonic 1920x1080. The Acer replaced a Qnix 2560x1440 monitor which seemed to have the firefox toolbar permanently stuck on the screen. Which went away after it was off for a while. I'd use it alongside this one but there isn't enough room on my desk.
1TB Crucial SSD
4TB WD Red
4TB WD Blue
LG Blu Ray Burner. Yes I do use it; can play Blu-Ray in VLC which is nice.
ASUS DVD DL Burner.
Windows 10 Pro.
Case is a Thermaltake Commander G42 I think, has a window on the side which is totally pointless since it's horizontal on a shelf under the primary desk surface. Impossible to see through the window.
Also have one of those internal card-reader combo things connected with two USB 3.0 ports as well.
This replaced a 2008 Build, which I have setup elsewhere
Gigabyte GA-EP43-UD3L Motherboard
Intel QX6700 2.66Ghz (recent replacement, replaced a Q8200 and slapped on a T12 Cooler.
3TB HDD I think there is another but I don't remember the size. This is a failing Seagate drive from my main system which I replaced with the WD Blue. Decided to stick it in there since I can use it for storage and it's not going to store anything important.
Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer
Dual band Wireless AC card
2560x1440 QNIX Monitor. This was replaced by the Acer on my main system when it seemed to have images stuck on it. (Firefox toolbar). Which went away after it was off for a while. Acer is still better though.
Win10 Pro (naturally)
Have a Thinkpad T550 (16GB, some kind of i7, 480GB SSD, 2880x1620 Touch screen), a sub $400 build, AM1 based, Radeon R9 240, 4GB RAM, 240GB SSD and a 500GB WD Blue. Win 10 Pro there too, naturally.
Have a "old" build I put together a while back for older software and games. Pentium 4 2.4Ghz, AIW Radeon 9000, Sound Blaster Audigy 2ZS, Running Windows XP SP3.
Also have some older laptops and computers. iMac G3, PowerMac G4 (With a Zip drive, have a few zip disks for fiddling with that) a PowerMac G5, Thinkpad T41p, Toshiba Satellite 440CDX, Thinkpad 755CE that got Beat up in shipping still have the pic from the claim. Runs Windows 95. 40MB of RAM iirc. unfortunately the trackpoint buttons are messed up and don't seem to work properly and the floppy drive seems to have issue (though it's likely my floppies are just bad). I got a PS/2 Mouse for it which helps but it wasn't really what I was hoping for. (got a full refund, but still...)
The 4GB "budget" system has actually proven to be very useful. both for testing our software without gobs of RAM, as well as so I can workaround some Visual Studio bugs where stuff gets screwed up when stuff is saved on a display with higher than 100% DPI.
Jul 30, 2017Posted in: Computer Science and Technology
I think Unity gets a bad rap because it is good. It's accessible, flexible, and easy to learn. This means that it is the tool of choice for a lot of beginners.
Opinions like this regarding Unity are basically the same as Visual Basic back when it came out. "I prefer to write windows software using OWL in C++ or from scratch" was definitely a thing. Easy to use tools to do things that traditionally were much more difficult can make developers who learned the "old ways" bitter because now it takes 5 seconds to do something that took them 5 weeks to learn originally.
Just as it is/was possible to write good software using Visual Basic, it is possible to make good games in Unity. One aspect that leads to a negative perspective is that the free version of Unity will display the "Made in Unity" logo, but the paid version doesn't; so more well-made games that use Unity, like Rochard, Rust, The Forest, Kerbal Space Program, I Am Bread, Superhot, ReCore, ClusterTruck, and Yooka Laylee and so on don't get noticed- just the ones that show the "Made with Unity" logo at startup, which are largely going to be of lesser quality from less experienced, beginning developers.
Apr 15, 2017BC_Programming posted a message on I hate how the gaming companies put all their money and effort into games that aren't exactly kid-friendly by my standards.Posted in: General Gaming
This post is the perfect example of why children SHOULDN'T get to play these games. Young minds are malleable, and even into adulthood people who grew up with something are more likely to appreciate it. It is one VERY small step from wanting to do this stuff in a game and wanting to do it IRL. Humans are (for the most part) vicious creatures by nature, no need to make things worse. Ever wondered why so many people go to jail?
It would seem that you are acting on feelings, not facts here, as there have been real scientific studies on the subject of Video games causing violent or aggressive tendencies. The majority of those studies found no correlation between the two. Those that did have been redacted either by the publishing journal or the authors after coming under fire through peer review for demonstrably poor methodologies; or they are published in non-peer-reviewed, non-scientific journals.
As far as a lot of people going to prison, violent crimes have actually significantly decreased per capita over the last few decades in the United States. Prison populations have remained largely unchanged because of a push for longer and harder sentences for non-violent crimes.
As to the original topic, there are plenty of kid-friendly games, it's just that the industry's largest demographic is no longer children. Nintendo, in particular have almost exclusively that sort of game when looking at first party releases.
Feb 27, 2017Posted in: Hardware & Software Support
This sort of thing can never be portable, because it will always require local registration; Explorer doesn't blindly load dlls in a specific location- it loads registered browser helper objects and shell extensions. These are in the registry.
In the case of qttabbar, it also registers in the global assembly cache, as it's written in .NET. (which is weird because .NET assemblies are well known for being completely unreliable when used as a shell extension...)
Feb 27, 2017Posted in: General Gaming
Wasn't able to pre-order it (when I went to do so, only had the Neon controllers available, no thx) and I'm not about to go to some midnight launch on the off-chance that I might actually get one- I'll just wait until it's available again and grab it a month or so down the line.
I'm set to play BOTW on Friday regardless.
Feb 11, 2017BC_Programming posted a message on -Game- IDLE (Inter-Dimensional Law Enforcement) Need people to help get it off the ground!Posted in: Computer Science and Technology
Experienced developers aren't going to become an underling to somebody who has zero project management or development experience to help make a Timesplitters clone.
The only developers you can possibly attract are the inexperienced, the incompetent or the desperate.
Dec 18, 2016Posted in: Computer Science and Technology
I'm not a fan of modern Apple products for the most part, but I really like their older stuff, particularly before they switched to Intel.
I rather recently picked up what I think is the lower-end PowerMac G5 (single core 1.6Ghz), mostly to explore that as I had literally only used OSX from within PearPC before that. It absolutely blows my contemporary Pentium 4 system out of the water in nearly every respect. OSX 10.4 Tiger is worlds ahead of WIndows XP, and I find it to be more stable. The system is also quite fast; my only issue is that finding software that runs on PowerPC is a chore; dead links, old forum posts from 10 years ago, etc. Stuff like Netbeans had releases for PPC but they were so long ago I've simply not found any archive. I'd probably have a bit of an easier time with 10.5, but I'm sticking with 10.4 because I like the System 9 compatibility feature.
Speaking of, I also got a G4 Tower from eBay which I plan to set up with System 9. I really like the older OS and it's user interface over OS X. I'd get a G3 iMac if they weren't ridiculously overpriced- that's specifically the Mac system I am most familiar with.
For Macbooks they are sort of like Thinkpads in how they tend to be regarded. The most vocal hardware folks tend to be the gamer folk, so advice often has that sort of bent; and Macbooks aren't particularly well suited value wise for games, just like most Thinkpad models.
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Aug 1, 2014How can Mojang enforce a "Changed EULA" without actually providing that changed EULA? I heard about this on the Mindcrack subreddit but I've been just as unsuccessful locating this "Changed EULA".Posted in: News
They are enforcing EULA changes that are still pending. They have NOT released a changed EULA and the only information on what might be changing is in blog posts.
Jun 20, 2014First I don't like being quoted as "an expert". Just for future reference.Posted in: News
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The whole "you cannot make money off of anything we made" thing was not in the original EULA, that's the point.
There was no "original EULA". the closest thing was the "Terms and Conditions" link, found on web.archive.org here. This has the text you describe.
The text in question- and the text that is brought up over and over again in this debate, is text from over ~2 years ago stating that "Plugins for the game also belong to you and you can do whatever you want with them, including selling them for money."
I concede that this exists.
In fact, using the wayback machine we can even get a good estimate of when it was changed:
March 19th, 2012. This has the text, "Plugins for the game also belong to you and you can do whatever you want with them, including selling them for money."
April 19th, 2012. The text is now "Plugins for the game also belong to you and you can do whatever you want with them, as long as you don't sell them for money."
This corresponds around the release of Minecraft 1.2.5. This change took place over two years ago.
So the real question is why it is suddenly an issue now. And even then how, necessarily, the old text would actually allow the things that are being defended/protected.
-Donator perks are not selling plugins. What you are selling is having a few options changed in plugins. Not nearly the same thing. It's the difference between charging for a copy of a Software product and charging to change settings in that application.
So while a server owner and/or plugin developer, when acting under the terms of that older ToS (I'll revisit that momentarily) Can sell those plugins for money- installing the plugins on their server and then selling perks is not selling those plugins, so that little snippet isn't even really relevant.
We were told we could do whatever we want with our own server plugins, specifically including making money from them.
By selling them. Not by installing them on a server and charging people for the privilege of having options in that plugin changed for their benefit.
One would assume that "whatever you want" also includes giving advantages or perks to certain people. It said that they belonged to us, and we were free to do whatever.
This has some merit, I think. However at the same time I think this is almost certainly nothing more than a glaring loophole that is a result of that original Terms of Service not being written by a lawyer- and this is almost certainly what prompted a proper rewrite when Notch & Company realized that, hey, if they aren't perfectly clear in the document, That is just going to be trouble. Lawyers and legalese exist for the very purpose of making things like this clear and making all possible interpretations of the text match with the spirit of it. To me, the spirit therein is pretty obvious- and installing a plugin and then charging people who connect to your server to change a few variables in that plugin for their benefit is almost certainly in defiance of that spirit.
That also has some merit. But it can be picked apart. Let us start with Plugins and Mods.
Mods and plugins are derivative works. There is no escaping this. derivative works, under copyright law, need to be authorized by the original copyright owner if they are to be distributed. That is, If Mojang wants to stop, say, Thaumcraft, from every being distributed, they will win in court because the law is quite clear as to who controls what. Thankfully, they do not do this, but it does lead into my next point, which is that it is the Terms of Service that actually give developers the right to extend, modify, and distribute mods for the game. In a fictituous example, let us imagine a developer who has been making mods since before the EULA change in April 2012 and has not agreed to the changed agreement creates mods. Now, imagine they want to sell those plugins for money? Can they? this is one question (one somewhat and completely different from the one that Server Owners are raising) and is not really central to the debate.
Now, of course- I am not a lawyer, which puts me in the majority of those involved in this discussion. However, in the eyes of the law different versions of software are considered separate works. So in the case of this plugin developer, it does not stand that the pre April 2012 ToS is the only one they need to abide by, because it is in fact the responsibility of the developer to ensure the software they are building is properly licensed and following the appropriate Terms required to create that software. What this means is that a plugin developer that tries to claim ignorance on the issue of a changed EULA is irresponsible and more to the point, wrong- because, particularly in the context of derivative works, new versions constitute a new software product and when creating a derived work you need to get express permission from the original copyright owner in order to distribute and/or sell it. So while a developer could continue to create derived works/mods based on the older version(s) for which the older Terms of Service applied, they could not do the same for current versions which have a different distribution license- claiming "I didn't agree to a new set of terms" doesn't work particularly in that context because the responsibility for the legal insurances of a derived work fall squarely on the creator of that derived work.
Now, that applies to developers. A developer cannot build a derived software product for Version 1.0, then update that derived software for version 1.2 and release it without ensuring that release is expressly permitted by the original author; a ToS or other document that gives those permissions does not apply for all future versions of that product- each version has it's own ToS/EULA, and they give you the ability to create and distribute mods in the first place. The logic some have expressed about the EULA being invalid is entirely sound, as I mentioned, but the problem is that if you were to throw that out, you haven't got a leg to stand on because that was the only thing giving you the express permission to create/distribute/use those derived works in the first place.
"I don't care because I don't play on multiplayer anyway" doesn't seem like the best basis on which to be making an argument for a controversial matter.
The laws and facts are pretty clear to me on this issue. Additionally, being that I have no vested interest either way I would argue my perspective would be more unbiased. In contrast, many of those who are against the changes are Server owners. I've seen and read their arguments around the internet where I've encountered them, and I've yet to find one that doesn't clearly show that they are trying to support a conclusion that they had already decided on. That's fair enough- naturally they are going to try to support their own point of view and naturally their own point of view is going to want to maintain the current status quo where they are able to charge people for the privilege of having a few variables flipped to give their character special abilities. However the ones that I have seen have had very weak actual arguments but very strong on appeals to emotion- for example, "The EULA doesn't apply because we never agreed to the new one since it was changed- Now what are going to do for jobs, how will I buy my children christmas presents, Do I have to tell them there is no Santa" etc. (ok, hyperbole, but that is the sort of affectation common in such posts- basically, they are asserting that their livelihood and the maintenance thereof is somehow Mojangs responsibility, because they were ignorant that it was theirs. I've found such arguments, frankly, a bit pathetic.
I don't like pay to win servers, and there were a lot of them. But there were even more legitimate servers just trying to pay the costs of running a server.
This is also common. Basically, a "are you going to let a few bad apples spoil the batch".
And when it comes to law, the answer is yes. In fact that is effectively how it works- it applies to same to everybody with no exceptions. One could argue that there should be some way to allow those current "legitimate" servers to keep running. That has some additional problems:
-Who is going to ensure they are "legitimate"
-By what measures are they determined to be legitimate or illegitimate?
-What action is taken if they are found to be illegitimate?
-How often are they checked? Should servers get a license? etc.
That sort of thing. And no matter what requirements are put in place those shady individuals will find a way to make their servers apply but still be shady at their core, and the end result is even worse for those actual, well-intentioned servers, who now have to go through a certification process. And consider how such a system could be exploited- rival servers could easily make complaints about the server, or join a server and pretend to be a staff member when the "official Mojang server checker" logs in, or whatever system they have in place.
The best way to avoid a privilege from being exploited is to deny it to begin with. Sad but true.
All major servers will take a hit from the change, yet the ropey underground servers that charge $1000 for a rank will most likely continue, because there's no way that Mojang can go around investigating every server, especially whitelisted ones.
This is conjecture, and the aim is to remove the idea of gameplay perks from the general population of servers- it's not going to get them all but it's going to get rid of the large number of servers that have a few plugins and "charge" you to do things such as build, claim areas of land, open chests, etc. And what you are effectively paying for is to have your permissions flags changed for your player. That doesn't seem like a fair exchange of goods and services, At least not IMO. The servers that are less accessible to any official checking are going to be less accessible to players as well.
Again, the EULA used to allow this. They didn't base their jobs off of "ignorance of copyright law", they tried to set up a sustainable server for the community in a way that was allowed at the time, and could now end up in debt because Mojang changed their EULA overnight.
A significant minority of servers active today have remained unchanged since April 2012. I would surmise perhaps a handful. The majority of servers active today that have things such as donation benefits, perks, etc. Are typically very young. This also kinda raises the issue- I covered how the ToS/EULA affects developers- and how developers are responsible for ensuring their software as a derived work is properly licensed lest they fact litigation, but how does this apply to Server owners.
Well, from where I'm standing, it could be argued that the EULA is not even for Server owners. It is, after all, in the name- "End User". A Server administrator is not necessarily an End-User, that would, instead, be the Clients connecting. What this means is that Server administrators are not End Users, but instead, they are Brokers, and the software they are Brokering is a Minecraft server or a piece of software derived from a Minecraft Server. A Broker, legally, is responsible for providing a service or merchandise from one party (in this case, the Developers of the plugins) to another (in this case, the end users). It is also their responsibility to ensure everything is above-board. This includes ensuring that any and all users are aware of the EULA, that the software developers are aware of the EULA of the software that they built (well, that is more on them than any brokerage after the fact), and most importantly, a broker cannot add stipulations.
What this means is that, say, a plugin developer creates a plugin that allows a player to teleport. They code the plugin in a configurable manner to use Permissions. Alright.
A Server owner then uses that software and installs it on their server.
Their "Clients" are people connecting to the server. The "Brokerage" is allowing people to use that Plugin and Minecraft itself, while, to the best of their ability, demonstrating that they can ensure the End Users understand the stipulations of the software they are using.
Where this falls apart is that a broker is usually a middleman.
Where we have a standard broker setup:
The End User might pay the Broker some amount of money, the Broker takes 10% off of that as a commission and the rest goes to the Manufacturer.
When it comes to servers, There are a lot of servers that use Open Source plugins and reap a mometary profit off of it- they are not really brokers, instead they would, in true Linux fashion, market themselves as "support professionals" they aren't responsible for the software, just making sure it works for you. That is usually how Open Source profitability works so I guess that would make sense.
Other servers will work more similarly to the broker-deal, with the server admin basically delegating tasks such as plugin development or whatever else they want to others.
"old old" was not 2011, the "original" EULA was from 2009. It said you could do whatever you want including selling them for money. Not "all you can do with plugins is sell them for money". As I said further up, "whatever you want" really allows pretty much anything, especially when it has been clarified that commercial things are fine too.
Yes that is why they changed it. As I mentioned the change occured between March 16th and April 16th in 2012. They were not EULAs, but Terms of Service. (Which can also apply as the former for the purpose of disclosing rights for the creation of derivative works).
Good point; if you aren't under any EULA, you don't really have a right to the software.
However people had agreed to a EULA, the old one. It allows full access to all "features of all future versions", so people did have the right to do what they are doing.
I cannot find that. "Features of all future versions" is not in any of the EULA's/ToS's I was able to read via web.archive.org. Of additional note is this passage, in the ToS/EULA from Nov 28th 2011 (probably going back earlier also):
We reserve the right to change this agreement at any time with or without notice, with immediate and/or retroactive effect.
What this means is that in agreeing to this agreement you also agree that it is now your responsibility to ensure you are aware of the latest changes and that you essentially agree to be bound to the terms of any future EULA as long as you use the software.
Contracts often have this sort of verbiage- ironically, it is to prevent people from exploiting loopholes in earlier, more lax versions of an agreement in order to get away with something with a more recent version- practically what we are looking at here.
To add on to this, since that is in fact in the older agreement (going back at least to 2011, at least, possibly older) that means that even according to the standard logic, the entire house of cards comes down.
That is, if you agreed to that version of the EULA, you also agreed to the retroactive effect and that you were responsible for being made aware and abiding by any changes. So ignorance of changes in later versions on the presumption that "I never agreed to those changes" is already cut off- you need to be aware of changes made that affect you and either agree to the new terms or terminate your use of the software.
Jul 6, 2013I Can't help find the response to this both hilarious as well as disheartening.Posted in: News
Now my first response was that "hmm, that's a fairly silly thing to post as Minecraft news. No biggie, it's a pretty cool game and it's not surprising that games inspired by Minecraft might be mentioned here, like with Terraria".
But reading the responses- holy crap. I can't believe the sheer ignorance and lack of cohesive arguments that people come up with- "It's minecraft forums so it should only be about minecraft". Even a "Minecraft News" item doesn't have that rule. The news has to be Minecraft related, and this is Minecraft related because Cube World is inspired by Minecraft. The reason it is provided as a news item here is because it's likely that players of Minecraft may like the game.
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Just saying, this is not the place whatsoever for this post at all
I don't know when you became able to decide what belongs here and what doesn't. You can always start your own website devoted to Minecraft; with an Iron Fist you can make sure all content is related to Minecraft.
nor is it any right to go out and make a Wiki on the Curse Website when curse has no affiliation whatsoever with CubeWorld
You don't need to have permission to create content about a game. Anybody can do it.
the only place which currently has affiliation with it is the CubeWorldForum.
What is your point? If you want news about Microsoft, do you have to go to Microsoft.com? Do news websites not have "affiliation" with Microsoft and therefore are they not allowed to write anything about it? No, of course not. The advantage of a wiki or other resource that isn't directly affiliated with the game is that they have no need to suck up to the creators. Criticisms can be unabashed. On the other hand, of course, it also means that they will be less likely to learn more about upcoming features through direct dev communication.
The reason why I am making a big deal about this is because, I come here to view Minecraft and Mojang news, not Picroma news!
Following your very own argument, this site should not have Mojang news either.
Well, it's a completely different aspect as for it was colbat, something owned by the same company as Minecraft. | Mojang
That doesn't mean it's different. Cobalt is published by Mojang, but the affiliation ends there. It's also a much different game from Minecraft than Cubeworld is. The chances of a given Minecraft player enjoying Cobalt is less, simply because it's really a completely different game.
CubeWorld is not owned by Mojang and never will be. It is its own Company and perspective, a competitor with Minecraft.
Games are not mutually exclusive and therefore "competition" is hardly the appropriate term. Thankfully, the vendors of both games (Mojang and Picroma) are more enlightened and have had pleasant discourse through twitter and other channels. (Wolfram is even giving all Mojang employees a free copy of the game, to my understanding). I think not mentioning the game would be worse; "Here is this game similar to Minecraft, let's cover it up and not tell anybody because it's our 'competition'. Being open about similar games and what they do differently is better than pretending they don't exist.
CubeWorld is not apart of mojang in anyway whatsoever. Nor is Wollay working for Mojang or minecraft whatsoever, before posting, get your facts straight, he declined the job back in 2012 because he wanted to stay independent because he knew what he had was a work of art that can and probably will be as big or bigger than Minecraft
Indeed. However what you are asking the MC Forums to do is effectively sensor non MC related content. That never ends well because it creates an environment that eventually degrades to not only not allowing non Minecraft content, but disallowing all non MC-related discourse, and eventually disallowing any discourse negative to Minecraft at all.
May 2, 2013Posted in: NewsQuote from nerdboy64
Using the same saddle for pigs and horses? That makes sense. Removing the recipe? Not so much. Perhaps it was a little cheap for what it did, but having it only available in dungeons is silly.
Dungeons are no less renewable than Ores.
Horses, on the other hand, would have become an integral part of the game. No reasonably advanced player would even think of traveling long distances without one, and new players would strive to get one.
This seems a bit presumptuous. I don't think it will change much, overall. I somewhat prefer having there be loot in dungeons that is exclusive to dungeons again. I guess the only issue is if you have Generate Structures off then you can never control a horse now.
Apr 12, 2013BC_Programming posted a message on Notch Considered for Time 100 Poll, Needs Your VotesPosted in: NewsQuote from karmapoliceman18
Guys. Are you actually insane? Notch might have made a fun and entertaining video game, but its hardly been a major influential life changing event for the 10 million people who play it. To most, its an amusing distraction to our lives.
the "influence" comes from mindshare. It could almost be argued that Java owes it's continued existence on desktop machines to Minecraft. Additionally, The "Single person making a game and becoming a millionaire almost by mistake" story spurred on a lot of clones as well as Similar pushes to enter that market. The influence extends over the entire software industry, and in this day and age, the software industry is massively influential.
On that Time poll is people like Pope Francis, who is the first EVER pope from the Americas. That is far more influential to the 1.2 BILLION Catholics in the world.
That's indoctrinated influence, I don't think that counts. He's influential to Catholics essentially because he wears a dress and a silly hat, and their doctrine says "the guy wearing the dress and the big silly hat has influence for some reason" so he does.
Yet Notch has a 90% approval for a spot on the poll, and the second most amount of votes, while Pope Francis won't even make the list at this rate.
That's probably for the best. What has he DONE to become influential? I think this is part of the premise on which it is based. So far he's indulged his foot fetish and reduced the extravagance of his apparel from using Gold to Silver. Aside from the aforementioned influence through doctrine, I don't think he qualifies any more than Kim Jong Il.
He's not alone... people like Obama, Nieto, or Angela Merkel, Xinping, who lead actual countries in this world, are FAR behind the votes for Notch. Its actually just ridiculous.
Notch's Influence extends far beyond the borders of any one country. Additionally, part of the Job description of a country leader is that they have influence, by definition. I think the purpose is to look for people who came to have influence by accident; that is, they're influence extends far outside their domain.
Besides, some of those have made the Time Person of the Year; Obama has been Time Person of the year twice.
I'm not knocking Notch, but if he's half as smart as I think he is he knows himself that he's nowhere near as influential as some of the names on the list. Maybe he deserves a spot on that list somewhere, but in my mind he shouldn't even be close to the top. The fact that he is second is honestly ludicrous.
He's always been humble, but either way I doubt he truly has veto power. it's a vote, by definition, the vote results say who was most influential to the people that voted. If you disagree with the current voting trend, find like-minded individuals to vote against it. Otherwise, you are basically complaining that so far most people don't agree with you.
Apr 11, 2013BC_Programming posted a message on Notch Considered for Time 100 Poll, Needs Your VotesPosted in: NewsQuote from Balduran
That he even made it to that poll is a farce.
After checking other names on that list... Wow, the whole thing is just sad.
How so? It's not a list of the 100 most influential people of all time, just the last year or so.
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influential people IMO then a game designer.
Actually, he didn't just design the game, he also wrote a lot of it. HE get's a lot of criticism for the state of the code. A lot of it is due to type erasure, and the rest is usually due to obfuscation, which is arguably pretty important in order to preserve his IP. (if he didn't obfuscate a case could be made that it was now public domain in some ways).
Lets think about our freedom, and the men and woman who serve to preserve it, the police protecting the innocent or the teachers that teach us.
Can you name ONE person in the service that is influential enough to be on the list? I don't think so. They are a influential group- just ask any person in countries torn apart by their "liberation", but no single one of them is really influential enough on their own. I could go on about Police and ideological concerns for a bit here, but that's clearly Off-topic, so I won't.
Notch has made an impact but this kind of vote should go towards things we should not take for granted. Its a strange world we live in these days.
I don't take Canada's RCMP for granted. They are in the news every week with some new story of a Officer using unnecessary force (like shooting an unarmed 14-year old boy in the head because "he was coming towards me". Either way, the important the distinction is person and influential.
You are referring to social services provided by groups of people. By organizations. few people in those groups can easily be singled out as being in the top 100 of influential people in the entire world, by virtue of their impact never extending beyond their area.
Notch, in contrast, has influenced a hell of a lot of people. There really is absolutely no counter-argument to that- it's truth.
Jan 31, 2013Posted in: NewsQuote from 5thHorseman
So how do the snow heights work? I just generated a new world, went to a snow biome, and all the snow was normal. I then did /toggledownfall and let it snow for a bit, and the snow on the ground still looks the same.
It's not a weather feature (yet, assuming it might be added).
You can craft snow layers by placing three snow blocks at the bottom of a crafting bench, much like most other slabs. Putting the snow down will place it normally, unless you place it on top of other snow, in which case it will "add" on top of that snow.
Dec 9, 2012Posted in: NewsQuote from gonetominesomediamonds
Rename what to what?Itis a.zip file, changingit to .jar won't change the purpose.
It is not a zip file. You just have a program installed that identifies it as a archive. Many Archive tools associate themselves with the .jar extension.
Additionally, a .jar file <IS> a zip file, so your argument is invalid.
Dec 8, 2012Posted in: NewsQuote from InfiniteNexus
so what exactly are the bugs they fixed, and what bugs are still in? like is the flickering minecarts still there and is the fps still lower compared to 1.4.2. Im still in 1.4.2 because of those 2 particular bugs in general
The Minecart movement as well as the Falling Block entity movement is now interpolated again. Never noticed a framerate drop so can't say whether it will be fixed for you if you encountered one.Quote from XxTheRealKILLshOt1337xX
Rather than adding in things likefireworks, Mojang should fix the lighting glitches, chunk loading, and the Mod API they always seem to postpone.
They are doing all those things.
Nov 26, 2012Posted in: NewsQuote from Chipmunk9998
I'm fairly certain it's free to make mods, and I think MCP will stick around for a bit since the API isn't supporting client mods just yet...
If memory serves they specifically said in the panel that mods like the minimap would be possible in the game. The specific question was something like
"Will you ever add functionality like Rei's Minimap directly into the game"
"No, but you could get a mod for that".
Oddly there seems to be confusion even in the initial post that summarizes the panel (I might be the one that is confused, though, in fact that's probably more likely, but I haven't been able to interpret the panel as saying client side mods would be impossible)... If you can stand people asking really stupid questions*, it's a good idea to give it a go if you are interested in details. I don't remember anything specific that said there would be no way to have Client-side modifications. Obviously they would be necessary since mods will be adding blocks and textures and whatnot, so they are going to have client-side assets.
On a side note, the panel was actually HILARIOUS... when people ask a dumb question you can see Dinnerbone looking off into space with a neutral smile, going to his happy place and mentally stabbing the people who constantly asked questions like "are you adding new mobs" or "Are you adding smoothstone slabs"
*Seriously... who goes to the convention to a game, get's a chance to ask the developers a question, and then asks "How long has this game been around"? An idiot, that's who.
Nov 16, 2012Excellent. Torch bug seems to be fixed for me now :D.Posted in: News
As for people saying "OMG soo many releases"...
This isn't a release. It's a pre-release. If you don't understand the difference, you shouldn't be using the pre-release, let alone complaining about it.
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All these updates for bugs really annoy me tbh. I appreciate the bug-quashing but I don't think there's really any need to segregate(not the right word) the updates like this. Just makes mod updating and such a pain in the ass.
The entire POINT of the prerelease is to make it easier for mod makers to make their mod work for that version before the update becomes official.
if you want your mods to keep working, Don't use a flipping pre-release. I really fail to understand the mentality of people that download pre-release software intended partly for mod authors and then complain about the mod situation. of course some of them might not work. it's a pre-release, intended to make it so mod authors can be ready for the actual release.
Compare to previous when nobody really had any idea when an update was coming out. One day there was an update and that was that. And then most people updated and the mods were broken because that day of the update was the first day they were ever able to even try to update their mods.
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Couldn't they just "mod" the game, and have it auto-apply the fix "mod"? Seems redundant to change it so often, even though Minecraft Coder Pack can decrypt it seemingly easily.
An update is a modification to the game. It's just that other modifications are more heavily dependent on them. Also there is the issue of mods that change base classes, none of which work with one another anymore than they work on more recent versions of minecraft that have changes to those base classes.
I'm glad they are fixing bugs, but it sucks because the server I play doesn't update unless there's a recommended bukkit build or stable or whatever.
? I don't see the problem. I have a local 1.4.4 bukkit server for testing my plugin and the main server I play is 1.4.2 because the owner prefers to wait until a build is at LEAST in beta (rather than a dev build) before using it on the server. I've had no problems switching back and forth.
Oct 16, 2012BC_Programming posted a message on Interested in Knowing About (or Helping With) the Mod API?Posted in: NewsQuote from LordFokas
I'd rather have Mojang enhance Minecrafts engine, such as creating support for colored lights (and I mean really colored lights, not that half-assed thing Notch put there in 1.8) and moving lights (like a move-able light emitting entity) and leave modding to modders.
AFAIK coloured lights are supported in the engine, they just aren't used much beyond tinging certain kinds of light.
Minecraft Forge is already THE Modding API,
De facto. Not De juere.
and there's no way Mojang will ever develop an API as good as Forge both because Forge already has a lot of time in advance, and because of the coding skills gap between them.
That's just plain dumb .
Anyone who sets up MCP and compares Mojang's code vs Forge's notices the difference.
MCP is not Mojang's code. All you are comparing is the code of the people who work on the MCP and Forge.
In the end, all you'll end up doing is load Minecraft with more code, that besides not being used by most people (seriously, you can't expect a first release to beat Forge's history, and modders to just move from Forge to MC API just because it's new and ''official''), will be slowing the game down even more, which will affect low-end machine users.
Only code that is executed has an effect on speed.
Also, you'll just be wasting a release to give players something they already have, or give them a worse version of it
Not all mods can be implemented using Forge's API. Another important point is they aren't giving players something they already have, because NOT EVERY PLAYER USES MODS. This is something I find people who are always using mods just don't understand; they assume I know things about tekkit, and technic, and when I tell them I don't play with mods, it's like they've met a ghost. They make handwavey generalizations that "everybody uses mods" based on a sample size of one- themselves.
while doing what you've been doing since Beta 1.7: Waste a release to implement something that has already been done in a Mod, but buggier.
Here's my opinion on Mods: them. If every single Minecraft mod dissappeared off the face of the Earth, I wouldn't give two s. In fact, things would be better overall because you'd have fewer amateur programmer s pretending they have "leet skillz" because they don't understand that deobfuscated code does not in any way represent the source from which it was created. Another important point: Forge is a mod, in and of itself. And as a result, it could be rearchitected with the release of the official API to be something of an "adapter" between forge mods and the official API. With the advantage that all Forge mods would then work in future versions (as long as the API didn't have a breaking change). Same applies to other mods for mods, such as modloader; by rewriting those base mods to work with the new API, all the mods that use it suddenly because "API Compliant" as well, and work in future versions on their own.
That is, there is a definite benefit regardless of whether you believe Forge is an actual API rather than an API modded into the game (which is what it is).
1.7: Pistons, already existed
A lot of things added to the game existed as mods before. The difference is that mods are by definition disgusting hacks, overriding and changing base class behaviour to achieve the desired results in what can only be described as a set of kludges that turn your Minecraft install into an even bigger rube-goldberg machine.
1.8: Villages, it's 1.3.2 and Millenaire's are still better
Yes, but the ones in Vanilla don't freeze my game like Millenaire's did. Was that bug fixed? How long did that take? I know it took at least three minecraft versions before it was even acknowledged as existing, and even then they tried to blame the "architecture" of the game. In the meantime, I basically wasted about three weeks playing a dead-end world that would eventually become unplayable.
1.9: enchantments: been done before... 1.2: jungles, cats: more biomes and more creatures? where have I seen that before?)
Never played a mod that had enchantments, in fact never even heard of one. Mo ' Creatures cat implementation takes it to an extreme, IMO. I mean, really, I don't like cleaning cat Litter in real life, why the would I want to do it in a game? What's next, you need to housebreak the ing things? But I digress.
Also remember that not everyone wants an RPG.
You should remember that not every player likes Mods, either. As far as an RPG, it has no story or background- right now all it has is an end that isn't really "the end" of sorts. So, no, you don't play the role of a character in a story. I've always hated people equating things like leveling and magic with Role Playing Games, because the two are completely disparate concepts.
Minecraft gained popularity as a Sandbox game.
If players want RPG features, more animals, more biomes, machines, there are mods that do that.
Wouldn't this argument have worked equally well right when Notch first had "cave test" ready. "Oh, I'm too lazy to actually add anything, but the game is done. If you want torches, caves, grass, farming, slabs, furnaces, crafting tables, item chests, bows, and so forth, I'm sure you can just write some code that rewrites some of my base classes in weird ways to get it done." So the question is, is that reducing the argument to the absurd? I don't think so.
Having those 'optional' features being there by default isn't as optional as it could, mainly on SMP (the fun part of MC)
You should just focus on making the game run on less CPU cost, and probably move some rendering stuff to the graphics card. Maybe use a greater version of OpenGL? with 1.1 it can run on machines from the late 90's, but no machine from that time has the CPU power to run this game, so it kind of defeats the purpose...
You obviously are misinformed about what different OpenGL Versions actually mean. All it means is that the graphics card supports certain features. If a game/software doesn't need those features, requiring that version has no advantage or meaning. Besides, when they tried to move to 1.3 for the multitexturing capability people threw a fit because some Intel chips didn't like it. (or something, I forget the specifics).
Oct 10, 2012Posted in: NewsQuote from fsjd150
and silk touch on ores just makes you waste coal
Silk touch on ores is extremely useful in conjunction with a separate fortune pick, as well as for redstone, lapis, and glowstone, because it saves inventory space.
shame i lost my uber max eff, fortune, unbreaking pick.
I still have a Efficiency V pick back from when it was possible. It's almost used up, but with the upcoming addition I should be able to breathe new life into it.Quote from Cr4ckerJ4ck
I think there will be a limit to how many times you can repair something... If there wasn't people could just repair their almost broken silk touch with a normal pick and get a brand new silk which is pretty overpowered.
repairing consumes both another item of the same type as WELL as more levels. In the example, it uses 46 levels. Not OP at all IMO. If somebody wants to keep an enchantment enough, they can, but they have to sacrifice a (presumably new) tool as well as quite a few enchantment levels.
Aug 16, 2012Posted in: NewsQuote from OriginOFPain
While this update might be valuable to you, keep in mind that there are others who see that this 'update' is too lacking to be called as such. I for one have never experienced this falling out of the Nether out of the 2 dozen or more times that I've been there. I would know, since set up a zombie pigman farm to collect gold. I might have been just lucky, however.
It is called 1.3.1, not 1.4. These changes are not inconsistent with the earlier minor patches (1.2.5 vs 1.2.4, 1.5_01, etc.).
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