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You have the time and money to do three things

28 July 2016 - 11:34 AM

Okay, here's my list:
  • Write a really well thought-out novel with loads of foreshadowing, twists, etc.  Like, I wish I could just become a hermit and spend a year in a country home with zero distractions and just write at my own pace. I'd totally get immersed into it and grow a beard due to self-neglect in the process, but I'll come out with a masterpiece. This doesn't actually cost much money but it does cost time. Who has a whole year to invest in something like this?!  Still, I wanna make it a reality one day.

  • Build a next-gen game. I've been saying it for a while, and I'll say it again so mark my words: the immediate future is MMORPGs in VR (with augmented reality). Pokemon Go just broke the ice sort of (none of the people that have played 3DS, Kinect, or any of the countless augmented reality games would be at all impressed by Pokemon Go but at least now game developers/publishers see the value of augmented reality).  This will require a huge amount of time and an even bigger amount of money (like $2,000,000 at least). Even to get a Kickstarter for it, I'd need about $500,000 to build it to a point where it is Kickstarter-worthy.

  • Go to a dirt poor country and build something cool that actually helps the locals but also contributes to the human-race as a whole somehow. Like, maybe, some CO2 scrubber or some new farming/fishing technique, or something like that. I want it to embrace the idea of "teach a man to fish" so I want the locals to be able to sustain it themselves somehow. I need like 4 or 5 months and about $500,000.

Free WIFI with ISP-style throttling - How?

23 July 2016 - 10:58 PM

I want to offer free WIFI off my router to strangers, but want to make sure that no one person hogs the connection and slows it down for everybody else.

I was thinking of using the QoS settings to rate-limit all ports except 80. But there'll be that one guy watching 4K quality videos on Youtube slowing down the connection. Another way I know is to rate-limit the whole IP-range but it won't solve the problem of that one guy hogging the bandwidth and nobody else being able to check their emails even.

Is there something that will allow me to set up a throttling system that divides the total bandwidth available among the users (and as a bonus: dynamically prioritizes and allows for bursting)?

Good quality speakers for tiny room

17 July 2016 - 02:35 AM

I have a REALLY tiny room (... like Harry Potter's bedroom) but I want high quality stereo sound. So I'll be mounting the speakers on the wall or on a shelf on the wall. I went to the store and listened to some small-sized speakers (even from decent brands like JBL) and they all sound like mobile phone speakers from 1997. I swear my cell phone sounds better than those speakers. Most of them were these expensive "bluetooth" speakers.

Anyways, I don't care about bluetooth connectivity. I'll be hooking them up to my phone or something to listen anyways. I don't want them to be particularly loud (I'll be listening to soft-relaxing music anyways)...  but I do care about the sound quality a lot. Just remember that the speakers will be very close to my ears so... they have to be balanced and produce clean non-muffled sound.

Any suggestions?

Age of Empires II HD on Steam

19 March 2016 - 11:10 PM

I've been a huge AoE fan since the 90s (I got my hands on a "demo" in 1997 and then put my allowance together with my brother to purchase the full game). In fact, I was addicted to AoE II (online multiplayer) up to the point when I got into RuneScape.

Anyways, if you've been following it: they've gone back and brought back AoE II and modernized it to work on today's computers (and larger resolution screens). They've also fixed a bunch of bugs and even put out an expansion. I've been playing it for a while and it's still the same fun game as it was back then.

In other, more recent, news, Bill Gates had an AMA and somebody asked if he will make more AoE. Despite that being a dumb question (since Bill Gates isn't really involved with Microsoft anymore and even Microsoft isn't really involved with AoE much any more), he replied that he will look into it. If they do decide to develop a new AoE IV game, I hope they won't go in the direction AoE III was headed: with too many RPG elements. The whole appeal of AoE II is how rugged it is and how easy it is to get into. There is no XP or points you collect, and no achievements to unlock stuff (other than Steam achievements). It's a pure RTS and that's what people love about it.

As for what I'm doing these days: I play a lot of AoE II: HD multiplayer: my favorites being nomad, snake, and fortress. BF is really popular so I end up playing that the most. I've made my own maps that are on steam. One is called "Earl of Fortresston" which is a 3v1. It's decent but most people don't wanna play unranked (3v1). I'm currently working on a scenario similar to CBA that I'm excited about. It will take some time to perfect. Modding is not easy in AoE II: HD. Hopefully they improve this aspect of the game in subsequent updates.

Anybody else play AoE II:HD?

Suggest an (android) smartphone for me

28 February 2016 - 03:08 AM

I currently have a Samsung Galaxy S5. I've been happy with it except that the internal memory (16 GB) has been full for a while (by my apps) and it's annoying with updates failing sometimes due to not enough space. Also, the phone gets as hot as a furnace when the cell signal is weak (which is often) and the battery takes a nosedive -- I've had my battery go from 100% to 0% in 2 hours due to weak signal before. The phone has gotten really slow also - with a few apps open, the response is embarrassingly slow.

But other than that, I've been happy with it. But now it's time to upgrade! (I've had my S5 since it launched like 2 years ago). I hope to buy a new phone somewhere between March and June.

What I care about (in order of importance)
1. Camera (my phone is primarily a camera for both indoor and outdoor use).
2. Battery. (3000 mAh or more preferable! I consider myself a heavy user.)
3. Modern flagship-level processor and RAM (3GB+ preferable).
4. Size (has to be around 5-inches, I don't like it too big).
5. Price. (the lower the better of course! :lol: but I prefer best bang for buck scenarios)
6. Waterproofing (my S5 has spoiled me)

I don't care about:
1. Thinness, thickness, weight.
2. Phone speakers (I'm not one of those d-bags that blasts youtube in public)
3. SD card. As long as I get 64 GB or more internal storage, I have no use for SD card.
4. Removable battery.
5. Pulse sensor or any other such gimmick.
6. Metal-body, glass-body, etc. (Glass and metal aren't always better than plastic. So I don't care about this as long as it looks/feels good).
7. Curved edges, etc.
8. 4k display. As long as it's at least FullHD, I'm happy.
9. USA-deals. I buy my phones unlocked internationally. So don't suggest any USA-specific phones/deals, etc.

I'm considering the Xiaomi Mi5 Pro, HTC M10, Samsung Galaxy S7, Sony X Performance.

Should I wait for some new phones to launch? Which ones? I was hoping Sony would put out some new Z-series phones but they've ended the series now. Nexus comes out too late in the year I think.

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