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Dajmin
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Admittedly I've only been around for the last couple of years. I tried LFS before that but never really took it seriously because I didn't have a wheel.

So if they could get rid of the "alpha" tag (and since all online games are works in progress they might as well) would you guys stop complaining? No, you'd still want more stuff to be added and you'd still complain when a feature was changed. There's no way Scawen can win here.

In fact, think of it this way. Imagine it wasn't available to the public. The guys had been working on it with only a selection of testers and it was made public right now. You'd be more or less happy because you wouldn't have had time to want more from it yet.
The same can be said with any patchable game. I played Everquest for 6 years (which I paid for) and they released patches and expansions every so often (which I also paid for). But if a year went by without any new content, did we complain? No. Because you're choosing to play what the programmers give you.

What exactly do you expect to accomplish by coming on here and saying you're not happy? There's two choices - deal with it or do something else. Your contract was over the second you handed over your money. There was never any guarantee of future development when you signed up so you have nothing in your favour. All you do is upset the developers who - as far as you know - are trying as hard as they can to get the new content rolled out.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
I think it's unfair to say that no progress is being made simply because not one of us knows what sort of code Scawen is looking at and exactly how big the changes are to simply modify some of the stuff that needs altering from patch to patch.

What you actually mean is there's nothing new from a user's point of view, which is pretty much the case. That doesn't mean there's not a million and one changes regarding the underlying code that most of us never see.

And sure, if you started by playing 24/7 then obviously you're going to get bored quicker than someone who only does a handful of races a week. You get through all of the content way quicker and you start to wish for something more. But as has been said before - LFS is not the only thing your computer is allowed to run. You're free to leave and come back as it suits you.

A graphics engine update would only get people onside for so long - until they realised that underneath the new shiny exterior it's still exactly the same game. But I don't know how big a programming job that is. I don't expect it's small.
And right now we know that Scawen is working on a new tyre model and the new car. How much work is involved in either of those? I've never tried to write tyre physics from scratch so I don't know. I expect quite a lot again.

But since you're not continuously paying, you can't really complain that much. If you'd subscribed and were churning money away with no noticable returns then fair enough. But I bet you've had more LFS hours from your £24 than most other racing sims for double the price.
Dajmin
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Quote from ColeusRattus :Not that the Enzo is a beautiful car for starters, but what Gemballa has done to it looks like what any 14 year old would be chav would do to make it look "cooler".

Well I expect that has a lot to do with their potential advertising market, the same reason the NFS games went that way as well But then again, at least most of that Enzo build will have some sort of function - it'll need some of those aero parts to keep it on the ground!
Dajmin
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The only real reasons I can see for continuing to have paper in offices are (1) to make notes, like when you're on the phone to someone or taking a quick message, and (2) when customers are required to sign stuff.

Electronic signatures are usually crap (I've signed for enough parcels that way to know) and it's much more convenient to grab a notebook when on a call than to open up a random app and then type everything the person on the other end is telling you.

We'll get there eventually though. My office is about as close to paper-free as it's practical to be. My department very rarely needs to print anything. And there's always evidence of when something digital has been edited (particularly when it's by the average office worker). Important stuff can be backed up to multiple locations automatically so that they couldn't all be edited by someone trying to cover their tracks.

But what I don't get is how it can possibly profit businesses to spam people's mailboxes. It costs them money to print these things, and surely there can't be that many people who keep them all just in case they need a pizza or a taxi or a house cleaner or an unregulated handyman. I really doubt they make enough business back to cover it.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Been looking at the signs available on eBay, and there's a decent selection. The problem is we need the free papers to line the cat litter tray So I need something that looks half decent and doesn't mention free newspapers.

And of course the term "junk mail" is a bit of a loaded one. I'm sure the company giving out the cards and leaflets don't consider it to be junk, so they can get around it. But I expect the people round ours who deliver them don't speak good enough English to understand the term "unsolicited".

Perhaps I should just buy a gun.
"Do you want shot?"
"No."
"And I don't want your mail. I'm sure we can find a way to please both of us."
Dajmin
S2 licensed
I keep thinking about getting one of those, but not sure it'd make much difference. We get tons of flyers and leaflets for local businesses. In fact, sometimes so many that we can't see the floor in our little entry doorway. It's obscene, and it invariably all goes straight in the trash.

So those "no unsolicited mail" signs actually work? I understand there is a legal case for them, right?
Dajmin
S2 licensed
I reckon the stock Enzo is a hideously ugly beast anyway, so there's a limit to how much damage they could really do. I'd be interested in seeing the numbers though.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Maybe not, but it must be printed and distributed from somewhere
Dajmin
S2 licensed
I expect the best thing you could do would be mail all of their junk straight back to them. Can't you mark it "return to sender" and get that done for free? If enough people started doing that they'd definitely need to rethink their marketing strategy.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Count me in!
Dajmin
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The way the heart works is different to most muscles. Basically only one area gets the brain signal and each subsequent nerve pulses off the back of that. So if that first part doesn't get a decent signal, ventricular fibrillation, each of those nerves starts to twitch randomly.

So rather than all of them going one after the other so your ECG reading looks like this (although I can't put the things below the line, but you've seen enough medical shows to know what a proper one looks like!):
____/\/\_____

They end up looking like this (loads of smaller peaks and no real beat):
^^^^^^^^^

I expect you twitch because you're awake for it and panicking like a mofo. And of course as the brain is starved of oxygen the rest of your body starts going a bit mental too.
Various other types of heart attacks have different effects, but that's the most common. Brachycardia is just the heart slowing so it's likely you'd just fall asleep. Tachycardia is the opposite, so if you get high and your pulse quickens, this is what you're experiencing. Too much of that and the heart can't handle it.

I think that's the only ones I know.. (wait for it)... off by heart.

Thank ya, I'm here all week.
Dajmin
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I get the odd pack of smelly stuff, but not a huge number. Maybe it's because I live far enough away from the old relatives that posting money is easier and cheaper, and anyone who visits knows there's other stuff I want more

Buying sweat juice says one of two things about you. Either you stink like a decomposing skunk, or you're awkward to buy for
Dajmin
S2 licensed
My life has certainly been enriched with the benefit of that knowledge. How I survived before I will never understand. Truly this will be a merry Christmas.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
It was a long and somewhat rambling post, but I think I get some of where he's coming from. Looking back at a less busy time is something that we all do, and be thankful you can because some people will never know any different to the now!

Motor City Online was the same way in beta. Racing was awesome, the community was brilliant, games were fun and everyone helped where they could. Then beta ended, the game went gold and more people piled in. And of course the whole community changed. Spammers were in, griefers and glitchers were in, a lot of it really went to pot. The game itself hadn't changed that much, but the atmosphere surrounding it had and that made it considerably less fun.

Times don't stop changing, that's the way of the world. People move on, things are developed, stuff gets patched. Sometimes you like it, sometimes you don't. If you don't, there's always an alternative out there.
I agree that sometimes drop-in servers go a little over the top with the InSim. Not everyone wants harassed with rules and points systems and stuff if you only want to play for a short time. Then again, nobody wants to end up getting hassled by wreckers if they happen to join the wrong server at the wrong time.

Welcome to the internet. Choice is near-endless but so is the supply of morons. If you're not enjoying it, the time has come to find something else.

I've not raced properly in months, but not because I don't want to - because I don't have a working wheel. I don't know if that makes me the right person to make this comment or so totally out of touch that it's just not funny. In fact, I've forgotten the point I was trying to make in the first place. Time to sign off.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
My question is - who drove the billionth kilometre?
Dajmin
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Everyone keeps posting that they lost their girlfriends. Where are you guys putting them? Seriously. Either put reins on them or leave them at home!
Dajmin
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Quote from BlueFlame :Saviours Day and Mistletoe and Wine, you can't beat 'em.

You asked for it!
Dajmin
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Music is all about emotion. So as long as you feel something when a song plays it's all good. I guess the lyrics probably don't matter when they're so consistently deep and complex as the RATM one

And there's me worrying about what my words say. Holy crap all I need to do is make them low in the mix and shout them. Then it doesn't matter because nobody will hear them or understand them!
Dajmin
S2 licensed
The only thing I know is a new 500Gb hard drive, because my old one died. I know I'm getting that because it's already plugged in and being used

I didn't ask for anything else, because there's nothing I want that can be bought and I'd rather people saved their money. I expect there'll be Haribo and socks in there somewhere though.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Fairy Tale of New York is definitely one of the best Xmas songs ever written. There's only a couple of others I like, like "Let It Snow"(x3) and Christina Aguilera's version of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas". Most of the others make me want to vomit

Anyone mentions Cliff bloody Richard and they get pushed off a cliff
Dajmin
S2 licensed
As I said somewhere before (either in this thread or on another forum), I can think of a dozen other bands I'd rather hear at number one. I haven't heard either the RATM or the XFucton entry, but I'm sure they'll both be pretty much more of the same of what both have been doing for the last few years.

It's not about music snobbery, it's about making a point. That was the wrong band to choose when it comes to using the system to make everyone behave the same way.

So the campaign stopped a manufactured pop star from getting his number one. And instead the noble campaign manufactured a hit from a group which would otherwise have never seen the charts. Am I the only one in the world seeing the irony in choosing that particular band to perform this experiment?

Question is - who started it? Was it just a really good PR move by someone working for the band? Wouldn't surprise me. I bet ticket sales are up too.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
But what did that actually accomplish? The same number of people bought the single that would have bought it anyway. The industry (via Sony BMG) now gets double the money they would've done otherwise.
And all that happened was one manufactured hit was replaced by another.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
TIMMAY!

This is just here to stop it making my text lower case
Dajmin
S2 licensed
The point of the campaign maybe wasn't, but the message of the bands songs (and the very fact that they're named after) most certainly is. Which means that by having everyone conform to an opinion somebody chose for them betrays the very thing they stand for.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Now the machine they're raging against has given them a hit single. Well done society, you just divided by zero
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