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Unwashed Village / Re: Happy new year!
« on: January 02, 2017, 05:55:42 AM »
May we all have a better year than the last

That won't take much.

Then again, with our new president, my expectations aren't all that high, so I'm not getting any hopes up that it will actually be better for society as a whole.

Unwashed Village / Re: What's going on in your life?
« on: December 14, 2016, 05:24:20 AM »
Congrats on the PhD.

Sorry to hear you had friends in that fire. I'd be curious to hear the opinions of those who were affiliated with that community as to their take on the whole fiasco, though it's probably a bit too soon for any involved to be in the mood for that sort of thing.

Unwashed Village / Re: "The Failure of Democracy"
« on: November 10, 2016, 05:57:13 AM »
Trump (very narrowly) won this election

Although, he lost the popular vote total by over 200,000 votes.

Then again, during Barack's first term when they had a Democratic majority in both houses of congress for the first two years, after being in this situation once before where the Democrat won the popular vote but lost the electoral college due to the overall distribution of the electoral college skewing slightly Republican (Gore lost to GWB in 2000), they didn't try to push for an end to both it and Gerrymandering. But that seemed par for the course since they didn't seem to accomplish much of Obama's agenda either. The Democratic party has been spineless for a while now. Maybe this will help them grow a proverbial pair.

Unwashed Village / Re: Karma
« on: October 24, 2016, 03:00:58 AM »
Quote from: George Herbert
Living well is the best revenge.

Unwashed Village / Re: The Presidential Debatabacle
« on: October 14, 2016, 03:20:45 AM »
Oh, and anyone who faults a criminal defense attorney for reducing the penalty their client receives or getting an acquittal has no business being the head of the Executive Branch of the United States of America.

John Adams is rolling over in his fucking grave right now.

Unwashed Village / Re: The Presidential Debatabacle
« on: October 11, 2016, 05:29:03 AM »
And in all my years in the military and as a private contractor, I NEVER ONCE saw a document tagged with the letter 'C' that indicated it was Confidential; classified documents that I saw were always clearly labeled "CONFIDENTIAL" (the lowest level), "SECRET" or "TOP SECRET". 

Ditto. Though I was always working for a contractor when I had my clearance.

Unwashed Village / Re: The Presidential Debatabacle
« on: October 11, 2016, 05:26:30 AM »
I had this discussion with four New Yorkers I met on a bar in Budapest two weeks ago. Three of them were Trump supporters, one Hillary. All of them were there to teach US Politics.

The Trump supporters were mainly voted for him becuase they thought Hillary was a criminal (Haiti, the e-mails, etc.). But it also turns out that they had all voted republican as far back as they had been able to vote.

As an outsider, I can't imagine any scenario where out of 300+ million people, these are the two you wind up with.

It's what you get when you have a "first past the post" electoral system and the major two parties control the rules for the debates, thereby pretty much shutting out all third parties. (Not that the two most prominent third parties put up candidates that were particularly compelling in their own right. About the only thing that can be said about them is that neither one is Trump or Hillary.)

This was the year for the Green Party or the Libertarian party to put up a candidate who could really shine (though, the 15% in polls to be able to debate thing is part of the reason third parties struggle). But the Green party has an anti-vaccination medical doctor. (Seriously, WTF?) And she believes Wi-Fi is a threat to children's health. (Seriously, WTF?) And the Libertarians have a guy who doesn't know what Aleppo is, and after screwing that up in one interview, was stumped in a second interview by a reporter asking him who his favorite foreign leader was, mainly because he didn't know any of their names. The Aleppo gaffe might have been excusable since everyone has a brain fart here and there. But you'd think the guy would have at least tried to bone-up on foreign policy for his next interview, but nope.

The only candidate even remotely qualified to be president is Hillary. And that's a sad state of affairs. But the idea that anyone can get elected POTUS is a joke. It takes a lot of money and a lot of connections just to be in the running.

Unwashed Village / Re: Khans Archelogical Expedition
« on: September 20, 2016, 05:15:08 AM »

-Does anyone here Remember The Khans or any of their members?

I vaguely remember the group in general but never had any real interaction with them outside of the cross-posters. I don't remember who the cross-posters were.

Radioactive Rob who was one of the Vault 13 admins and a member of the UV might remember more. He may be around here somewhere. He stopped by a while ago.

-Does anyone remember anything that ever happend at The Hub during this period?

Didn't hang out at the I-Play boards.

-Does anyone remember what happend at Vault 13 in the early days of FOT? or Late 2000?

Nope. Never really left he UV section of Vault 13.

You might want to ask around at No Mutants Allowed ( Some of them were definitely cross posters in the various Fallout/Interplay related communities.

For example, Brother None (NMA, UV, and The Order) who was also known as Kharn at the AOF is still an admin at NMA. He did make a cameo in Wasteland 2 as a dead body along with the rest of The Order. (they were all dead in game). I don't know how much help he'll be since he pretty much left the UV before our Vault 13 days, but he's been regularly active in the FO community in general, so he might be able to help.

(On a side note, he works for inXile now which was founded by Brian Fargo, the CEO of interplay when FO1 and FO2 were made.)

Unwashed Village / Re: What's going on in your life?
« on: July 28, 2016, 04:35:20 AM »
I found this website through Fallout 2, I hope that this community becomes more active.

Interesting choice of a board handle....

Consumer operating systems up to XP were still underpinned by DOS, ME wasn't able to drop in to native DOS mode out of the box but you could re-instate it.  9x is basically still a shell with fancy bits bolted on.

Yes and no. The Kernel for Win95 was overhauled from MS-DOS 6.22 (the last version of that OS). MS-DOS never had preemptive multitasking. Win95, WinNT, and everything after did. (Sort of. Win95/98/ME wasn't quite full preemptive multitasking like WinNT, Unix, and Macintosh had. But they did have a scheduler, which no version of MS-DOS/Windows 3.11 and earlier ever had.)

Two pedantic nitpicks:

1) That BSOD has been around at least since Windows 8. It might have even been part of Windows 7. I don't remember for sure.

2) Windows was not an official OS until Windows 95.* Before that it was a graphical shell running on the DOS kernel. Interestingly enough, starting with Win95, DOS became a shell running on the Windows kernel.

*Edited to Add:  Well, except for NT. That always was an operating system, and it came out in 1993, so I guess you could argue Windows became an OS in 1993.

Unwashed Village / Re: What's going on in your life?
« on: July 18, 2016, 04:22:53 AM »
It was quite fun doing that story - it took me right back to that 3-Way Unwashed Village story written by Petrarch, Darkfox and Brom. One tale, three versions, each detailing the same events as seen from three perspectives :)

I remember that tale. Good times. I wonder whatever happened to Brom.

Unwashed Village / Re: System Shock Is Getting Remade
« on: July 09, 2016, 11:26:44 PM »
Well I'll be damned. It might actually make it.

As of today, with 18 days left, it is officially funded.

Unwashed Village / System Shock Is Getting Remade
« on: July 03, 2016, 05:20:28 PM »
Some of the original people involved in the game are involved in this one. And Chris Avellone as well, who seems to be everywhere these days.

Unwashed Village / Re: R.I.P The United Kingdom...
« on: June 29, 2016, 04:31:10 AM »
Keep us posted from a "man on the street" perspective. While no doubt the whole situation will be big news for a while, it's always good to hear from those in the thick of it.

I'd be curious to hear how the rest of our UK members are feeling about the whole business. I might have to go poking around Facebook feeds and see if they've commented on it.

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