Commented 4 weeks ago2021-04-19 12:45:41 UTC in journal: A nickel but no dime Comment #103528
Happy birthday! You're actually motivating me to dwelve into my computing skills.

Nice looking coffee machine by the way. :)
Commented 1 month ago2021-04-14 06:26:08 UTC in journal: Sooo... I got a new side job Comment #103507

I'm a bit sad to learn about The Core's decay though... :(
Commented 5 months ago2020-11-27 14:47:46 UTC in news: TWHL Tower 2 is out! Comment #103095
This mod was superb! Makes me regret I didn’t take part in it, but then, I would have needed the deadline to be extended at least a few (more) dozen times, considering my usual productivity.
Commented 6 months ago2020-10-31 13:45:46 UTC in journal: Journal sus... Comment #102996
I actually had to Google "IV" to understand why it meant four, I couldn't get over my first impression that it had to do something with initialisation vector... My brain isn't working properly today :P
Happy XXXIV birthday, Urbyus!
Commented 1 year ago2020-02-03 20:43:25 UTC in journal: Back in service! Comment #102530
I always find that the moment I enjoy most and by far in mapping is when I have to set up my PC, install Hammer, etc... Hopefully this is your case too! :)
Commented 1 year ago2019-12-20 21:08:18 UTC in journal: Life update and promo Comment #102464
I'm sure had you been filmed a bit longer we could have heard you saying to your colleagues: "Did you submit your report to the administrator today?" :P

I'm very happy things seem to be going well in your life! I'm just wondering: what exactly do you mean when you say you "support" them? Does this mean you are not a regular employee?

And I think you're right about never giving up, but sometimes it's hard to remain hopeful. So good job on succeeding to achieve your dream!
Commented 1 year ago2019-11-24 10:04:03 UTC in journal: Much more important than a birthday journal Comment #102443
10,000 days? That TJB is getting old, we should change it and buy a new one.
Commented 1 year ago2019-10-18 13:51:40 UTC in journal: I got my braces removed. Comment #102339
Now the best time in your life is about to begin!
Commented 1 year ago2019-10-18 13:44:49 UTC in journal: What a time to be alive... Comment #102338
Three eyes?

Happy birthday anyway!
Commented 2 years ago2019-03-03 10:30:26 UTC in journal: Prime number Comment #101858
A very large prime number!

Happy birthday! :)
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Commented 2 years ago2018-08-29 10:43:23 UTC in journal: Maths time! Comment #101484
Hmm... :/Hmm... :/
Commented 2 years ago2018-08-03 00:24:51 UTC in journal: sorry fellas Comment #101408
Happy birthday!
Commented 2 years ago2018-07-19 08:32:39 UTC in journal: Bought a House! Comment #101388
Is this Goldsource??? :o
Commented 2 years ago2018-06-02 07:50:09 UTC in news: Welcome to TWHL4! Comment #101198
Actually I prefer old school, please revert back to TWHL v0.9.
Well done penguin ! I assume your arm is feeling better !
Commented 2 years ago2018-05-26 08:36:22 UTC in journal: #8937 Comment #44177
We're talking about gamers, who are mostly made up of toxic and immature individuals, and we're talking about people commenting online. You're always going to find any extreme opinion in there, and not always expressed in the most polite way. So really the reactions to the new battlefield doesn't really mean anything I believe.

As far as I know about battlefield V, I have no problems with the new character, but I understand why people get annoyed with it, though I don't believe they should.

Many people are fed up with feminism. potatis calls it "a flavour of feminism", but I think this flavour can be called mainstream feminism. It's already been discussed here, but it's taking enormous proportions literally everywhere, to the point where it seems to be the norm. People are completely right to be angry about this flavour, but I don't think that's a problem with Battlefield V.
Commented 3 years ago2018-05-13 14:00:04 UTC in journal: #8931 Comment #67422
Thanks! Yes it is! :)
Commented 3 years ago2018-05-04 01:11:44 UTC in journal: #8931 Comment #67421
Thanks everyone! :)

Penguinboy, don't invent excuses. Just use Windows Voice Command (or whatever it's called) :P And I wish you a speedy recovery! :)

@Urby Didn't recognise your new profile pic lol. Great to hear The Core is still active. If you're still open to suggestions, I suggest you turn it into a recreation of the Half-Life alpha. Thoughts?

@Striker Relieved I am as well! :P It was about Applied Computing: Human Computer Interaction. A very long and pedantic name for nothing but a shortened and terribly organised version of the Applied Computing course offered by the same university. Still, it was a great course overall, just far from as good as the others.
I'm basically a web developer now, though I'd like to go further and specialise in security.
Commented 3 years ago2018-05-02 23:53:08 UTC in journal: #8927 Comment #58581
Happy birthday!
Commented 3 years ago2018-05-02 23:52:07 UTC in journal: #8929 Comment #67944
Good luck! :)
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Commented 3 years ago2017-10-24 21:37:27 UTC in journal: #8882 Comment #67415
You're a star, thanks a lot!
Commented 3 years ago2017-09-24 19:24:37 UTC in journal: #8867 Comment #46240
Happy birthday!
Commented 3 years ago2017-08-29 07:16:00 UTC in journal: #8857 Comment #61578
I don't believe you. I'm sure there is a riddle somewhere…
Joyeux anniversaire anyway!
Commented 3 years ago2017-07-30 15:06:02 UTC in journal: #8847 Comment #38825
Oh, that's sad especially when it hits you by surprise...
I hope you're doing okay!
Commented 3 years ago2017-07-28 19:37:21 UTC in journal: #8843 Comment #38813
Happy Birthday! I think Urby's image was:
User Posted Image
Commented 3 years ago2017-07-24 08:14:43 UTC in journal: #8838 Comment #51122
Yeah, but 0 to the power of 0 is 1.
EDIT: Actually still 0 because the multiplication comes last.
Commented 3 years ago2017-07-23 08:51:47 UTC in journal: #8838 Comment #51121
Happy M (base 32)th birthday!
Commented 3 years ago2017-07-22 09:50:53 UTC in journal: #8833 Comment #68577
Do people still watch TV?

Apart from that, KHED is a good software indeed. I used to use it, but I prefer learning and getting experience with blender instead.
Commented 3 years ago2017-07-19 10:03:01 UTC in journal: #8831 Comment #61556
I wouldn't recommend you to delete any of your work, absolutely not! Just keep them out of sight.
Commented 3 years ago2017-07-19 08:42:56 UTC in journal: #8831 Comment #61555
In my view, it's mostly about motivation. Not in the way you'd expect.
The issue you're describing here is very common among people working on personal projects, me included. My opinion: I think it's because we start or join a project as soon as we're excited about it, without really much thinking behind.
Personally, and I think that's the case of most of us, I grow tired of most projects quite quickly. The excitement I had at the beginning is soon gone. If I rely only on that excitement to keep me going, I'm never going to end anything. I'm just going to start a new project, cancel it, start another one. My piece of advice? Choose one project you really like, write down somewhere what project you're working on, and work on it. Dismiss any temptation to work on another project. The pleasure of working on it will plummet sooner or later, but the fact of forcing yourself to only work on this project and not start any other project will keep you going.

Also: on some of my projects I showed off what I was doing too early, like for Shift-Two v2 (which is now more dead than ever). I got used to the pleasure of showing the progress I've made to people. But the pace of the progress can slow down or be less noticeable. Besides, feeling that I'm working on my project because I am obliged to show something to other people makes me demotivated and dislike what I'm doing. If I'm not giving up, I'm won't be doing good work.

In short, choose your projects carefully (and don't choose one because you'll like to show off what you're doing), make good, good progress before you start talking about your project to other people, and don't have too many projects.
I think it's helpful to record your progress, assiduity and TODO on paper. It's very pleasant to cross out TODO items or a day on which you worked.
EDIT: Damn, I talk too much.
Commented 3 years ago2017-07-15 13:36:44 UTC in journal: #8830 Comment #52206
Wish you a wonderful 73-47 birthay!
Commented 3 years ago2017-06-20 08:52:54 UTC in journal: #8823 Comment #67875
I'd recommend UE4. It has the benefit of being the only modern and up-to-date engine you mentioned. And it's widely used in industry.
I don't see the point in wasting time learning any of the other technologies you mentioned. They won't give you much flexibility and freedom and are out-of-date. There's not as much effort behind them as there is for UE4, where it's probably easy to find help or tutorials.
If you have the possibility of going with the most modern option, why refuse it?
If UE4 is too hard for you, there's still Unity.
Commented 3 years ago2017-06-20 08:25:07 UTC in journal: #8822 Comment #51107
That must be very disapointing...
In my case I've got the lowest possible passable grade for the coursework of my modules this year. It's very disappointing considering the fact I was expecting much more and worked so hard on it. Now I get to see fourth years celebrating their first on facebook when I know it will now be impossible for me to get one...
I really hope that you'll succeed with your new plan, whatever it is. I have the same opinion on the game industry. I'm pretty sure I'd hate to work there. However, gamedev as a hobby is great.
Commented 3 years ago2017-06-14 17:35:55 UTC in journal: #8819 Comment #67649
Can we get the LOG of your compilation?
Commented 3 years ago2017-06-11 14:30:03 UTC in journal: #8816 Comment #67855
Dundee's a nice place, I like it (and I consider staying there). Quite boring though, but I actually like the fact it's calm.
It's quite cheap for the UK, but still more expensive than Poland I believe. It's not hard to find a job if you're into computing / web development, but even if you're not I don't think it's that hard either (most students I know from there have a job).
I can't remember if they accepted the TOEFL, I remember I had to pass the IELTS test to be admitted, which was quite expensive.
There is a lot of Polish students and the Polish society is quite active.
Who knows, maybe I'll see you there someday... :P
Commented 3 years ago2017-06-08 09:04:26 UTC in journal: #8815 Comment #49763
That's great, congratulations!

"When you streaming though? :P"
When YOU will stream! Don't pretend you're busy with your family or your job, you know the priorities in life. :)
Commented 3 years ago2017-05-27 20:05:51 UTC in journal: #8811 Comment #65769
I guess that's good! Congrats!
Commented 4 years ago2017-04-24 17:22:12 UTC in journal: #8800 Comment #67407
I guess spending 1 hour writing this reply was worth it then! :P

The legacy of the FN is the main reason why people are afraid of it. I think it's mostly clean now considering how many people she sacked, but I understand why people see it as some sort of hidden fascist force trying to look like a normal party just to get elected.
A "clean" alternative to the FN would be Debout la France. They're anti-EU as well though and his leader, Dupont-Aignan, sees De Gaulle as a God, which is never a good thing. Anyway, he made an impressive performance during the last TV show confronting all the 11 candidates which I strongly invite you to watch:
Commented 4 years ago2017-04-24 12:28:17 UTC in journal: #8800 Comment #67406
Well, that makes a lot of replies to answer to!

I don't agree with part of what you said, Dim, and Archie already explained why. I'm personally not that much concerned about terrorism. That's just an easy way to twist public opinion and justify extraordinary measures as Georges Bush did, David Cameron did (by qualifying anyone against bombarding Syria as terrorist sympathisers) and last but not least, Marine Le Pen, although not to the same extent (yet she's seen as worse as those two). The argument I often give is that +2000 people die on the roads each year. I'm far more concerned about that. I don't think immigrants are a problem because of the terrorist threat they represent, which is frankly not as high as we might like to think.

Archie, you said that the ruling class is using Islamophobia and racism to divide the people and justify foreign wars. That might be true to some extent. But all I see here are medias and politicians urging people to be open to immigration and Islam. All, including the right leader François Fillon, except the FN and Debout la France (which made less than 5% because of an unfair coverage by the media). Immigration benefit to the economy, but not always to the people. It can drive wages down¹ and fragment society with confronting cultures and religions. Those who are looking for cheap labour don't care, and "those" are big businesses. I think that's part of the reason why medias and politicians make it so hard to be against immigration. Of course, it's also because a lot of people naturally think the way you think, that immigration and multiculturalism are an opportunity and that the one opposed to it are racist. There's some truth in it.

Immigration as it is now in my country is a very important problem. Immigration and fear are probably used by dishonest people and parties to divide the people, but any idea or feeling, good or bad, can be used that way. History has shown us that immigration and multiculturalism can either be opportunities or disasters. Yet, for some reasons, people like to only remember the good part of it. Take Lenanon. The division between druze, shia and sunni Muslims and Christians is NOT a chance, but the reason why this country has been severely damaged with civil wars (it went from a Switzerland to a developing country). Any massive immigration from very different cultures poses substantial threats to the stability of a country. It might not be bad by itself, but it makes society far more vulnerable to any sort of social divide.

The French state is investing millions in "priority" areas: suburbs where immigrant population gather and that are awash with insecurity, poor education and unemployment. Occasionally, something very bad happens. For example, not so long ago, a car of policemen were attacked with Molotov cocktails by some people, including some below 18. They were left with permanent injuries. This lead to police protests nationwide. This kind of events happen very often, although not so dramatic. This sort of delinquency is often done by immigrants from those "priority" areas. It's not always because of them, but because we can't host them in acceptable conditions. Even Sweden, who was priding itself for accepting a lot of immigrants and giving them Swedish lessons is facing problems with immigrants (which in turn leads to a rise in neo-Nazism and antisemitism). There's also the fact that if you plan to accept anyone, you won't only get families fleeing wars or poverty, but criminals as well (as seen in Cologne). I'm not mentioning the racism intra-immigrants, or the fact people from some Muslim populations have anti-Christian and anti-Jew views. Example:

As for Marine Le Pen, you're telling me choosing the far-right is always the worst option by drawing comparisons with May and Trump. They have similarities, but they're really different. The question is: is she really far-right? Le Pen is described as far-right for her anti-immigration and anti-islam stance, yet she has a very socialist / left program at the complete opposite from May, Trump or Fillon. So social I wonder where she plans to find the money. She's not misogynistic. She's not accused Hollande of not being born in France as Trump did for Obama. She's not homophobic, the N2 of the FN is gay, and it's one of the reasons why some gay people are voting for her. She's also supported by some immigrants who just want security as well (she's the only major candidate who has a harsh stance on security). She supported Trump, but criticised him when he attacked Syria.

The short-term solution is Macron in my view. By allowing immigration to increase without any plan to fight insecurity and inequality , it will widen social divide even more and lead to more and more extremism in both camps as it's seen in Sweden and in Germany. Why do you think the FN gets more votes at every elections? How long do you think it's possible to keep it away from power? Besides, if she wins, she plans to have a referendum about whether or not people plan to stay in the EU. If she wins now, I'm confident people will choose to stay by a large majority, because the whole country depends on tourism. If she wins later, people would probably be extremist they might choose to leave.

I like Mélenchon as well, so I voted for him on the first round. But I disagree strongly with some of the things he said. As for Marine Le Pen, I don't like her, but I agree with most of her programme.

¹: I've heard some theories stating that it initially drives wages down but that in the long-run, everything goes back to normal. However those theories were only using examples and were not mentioning what would happen if the immigration flow was staying the same or increasing (as it is now).
Commented 4 years ago2017-04-23 19:05:45 UTC in journal: #8800 Comment #67405
Well she's not.
I was talking about Macron, and I'm positive he's going to win by a large majority. The irrational fear people have for the FN will just suffice to elect this program-free, private interest candidate. But things might change in the future, because things are going to get worse.
Very little is enough to convince people that a party or a person is racist or extremist. Standing against islamisation, insecurity or immigration is far more than enough. Even if those are issues most French people know their existence and their importance.
As a reminder, Macron said that insecurity is not that big of an issue. In a country where bullet proof glasses had to be installed in some schools. That's not just an isolated fact, insecurity is a nationwide trend.
Now as usual, most politics urge people to vote against Le Pen, which is not even described as a political opponent but as an enemy of the republic. These politicians include Fillon (you know, the career politician who stole money from tax payers and doesn't admit it) and Valls who passed the law in favour of big businesses against ordinary workers. I'd be suspicious about the real reason why they're qualifying the vote of millions of people as evil, but I'm positive it's not because of their "humanist" views.
FN voters have simply been ignored, the issues they've been confronted to snubbed by the elites with the support of the rest of the population because of their votes systematically being demonised as votes of "fear and hate". They've been prevented from expressing their voice in a so-called republic for decades, and it's going to be the case once again and a few more times.
It's because the key issues the FN plan to address are completely kept ignored by other parties that voters are obliged to cast their votes for a party with such a bad reputation.
I'm not a supporter of the FN and I did not vote for it at this round. But the FN is one of the few parties denouncing the real issues and the longer these issues are kept ignored (because Macron does not plan to address them), the larger FN voters will grow and the more extremist they will get. In the meantime, people ignoring these issues will keep voting for ANYTHING as long as it's not the FN until it's too late.
All in all, it's the usual speech: Not a hateful, fearful vote. They just don't want to vote for the people who've been ignoring (and demonising) them for decades.
I'm just stating a fact. I'm not saying the FN is a good party. But not as bad as it is always described by medias and politics and surely better than Macron. It's a seed of hope, at the very least.
Commented 4 years ago2017-04-21 13:48:48 UTC in journal: #8799 Comment #67844
Good luck!
Commented 4 years ago2017-03-05 21:06:41 UTC in journal: #8782 Comment #48441
I find it a bit shocking to teach him Source. Goldsource FTW!
Commented 4 years ago2017-02-18 13:15:55 UTC in journal: #8778 Comment #67608
Happy black forest!
Commented 4 years ago2017-02-13 14:05:47 UTC in journal: #8777 Comment #48438
'merica. Where there is actually some stuff happening.
Commented 4 years ago2016-12-04 10:48:41 UTC in journal: #8769 Comment #68081
German and Arabic are two languages I really like. I really find them pleasant to hear, especially Arabic. I'm actually learning it!
They're two very useful languages as well.
Commented 4 years ago2016-10-19 19:15:22 UTC in journal: #8761 Comment #52947
"Even if you do have the fastest PC of the world, you would loose a lot of FPS on modern games. We live in a world of WYSIWGR (What You See Is What Gets Rendered), 360° means killing that because it would require more cameras, more cameras = more scenes to render, more scenes to render = more CPU/GPU work, more CPU/GPU work = lags."
No, I mean one camera rendered on your smartphone's screen. There are "helmets" (casque?) which allow you to use a smartphone's screen like some sort of VR devices. It allows you to attach your smartphone right before your eyes to get full immersion. But then, the smartphone would have to detect precisely enough the head's movements.
Right now, it's only for watching movies I think.
Commented 4 years ago2016-10-19 13:05:34 UTC in journal: #8761 Comment #52946
Only tried once the Occulus Rift. That was impressive, even though it made me sick in the end.
What I don't understand is why isn't it easier to be able to play 3D games with a 360° vision, optionally in 3D? It's already possible to use a smartphone to get a 360° vision, so it's technically supposed to be very simple.
A video which I found interesting on the subject:
Commented 4 years ago2016-10-04 06:14:24 UTC in journal: #8756 Comment #51095
Makes more sens indeed. :P
Commented 4 years ago2016-10-03 22:43:04 UTC in journal: #8756 Comment #51094
Repeat is when you don't get good enough grades at your exams/assignments and you have to do the same year a second time, I think.