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    • One Hell of a Weekend

      1 week ago

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      Been a while since I posted one of these. Been busy and didn't have much to talk about until now.


      Anyway, just got done with a trip to New Mexico. Now, those of you who have know me for a while know I go there at least once a year if I can. But this time, things were a little different. Instead of going to the mountains up north, my old man and I stopped at a place called Blue Steel Ranch just across the Texas boarder near a town called Tucumacri. And you remember that Vlog Burnie posted a few weeks ago about sending Ellie to sniper school? Well, I got to attend one of my own.


      The whole class was excellent. It was the PR-1 (Precision Rifle 1) course and it was taught by two Army Special Forces vets and a former Marine Sharpshooter. And damn, did they know their stuff. Not only that, but they got the information across clearly and with a great sense of humor. The first morning they covered basic ballistics including calculating bullet drop, accounting for wind, and handling different atmospheric conditions. You wouldn't think it, but a bullet fired at sea level will drop a lot faster than one fired in the mountains. Same for a cold vs a warm day. But once we covered that, we went out to the hundred yard range to zero our rifles. This one is mine, by the way:


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      For those of you interested in the details, it's a Bergara BMP-14 with a Vortex Optics Razor HD 5-20x scope on a LaRue Tactical mount with a Precision Armaments M4-72 Severe-Duty Compensator, Harris S-BRM Bipod,  and TAB Sling. The rifle is chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor and has an average muzzle velocity of 2781 fps when using Hornady 140 gr ELD Match rounds.


      What that means for the rest of you is it can reliably put 5 rounds into a 1" diameter or smaller circle at 100 yards. Like so:


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      Here's another picture of most of the class on the 100 yard line. My dad is first in line, and I'm second up:


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      Once we finished there, we went to the Known Distance range. That's Where they had steel targets set up from 400 to 1350 yards for us to practice on:


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      Click here to see the same image with all the targets marked with heir distances in yards. And here's our firing line:


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      At this point I hit an issue with my scope. When you see someone twisting the knob on top of a scope, they're changing how high over a target they aim. You have to because a bullet drops as it flies. And it drops a lot. To give an idea, when I was shooting at the 1350 yard target, I was actually aiming 50 feet above and 10 feet to the left of it to compensate for bullet drop and wind. Unfortunately, my scope stopped doing that reliably. But the good news is my reticle allowed me to shoot up to 1000 yards fairly easily by using the hash marks instead of the turrets in a method called holdover. This actually ended up helping on the final day. But more on that later.


      It turns out that optics also work fairly well as telescopes and I got a nice picture of the full moon while I was there:


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      The whole class also ended up going to the local town for dinner most nights. It was small, but had a pretty decent bar and grill. Their Prime Rib was damn good, and they had pretty decent chicken fried steak. On top of that it was fun talking with people ranging from an 81 year old former US Army Ranger to a Professor of Chinese Studies to a New York Times Bestselling author. Here's a class photo (I'm 5th from the left):


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      On the last day, they took us to the steel safari. That's a canyon with small steel plates hidden from 400 to 700 yards away. You can see the whole thing here. Hidden out there were 18 plates, and unlike the KD range, they were hidden. The goal was to hit each of a group of 6 as fast as possible in as few shots as you could. My personal best was hitting all six with seven shots in about five minutes. I said before that I wasn't able to adjust my scope, but it turns out that takes time to do when switching targets, and you tend to lose your position when you do. I ended up using the hash marks in my reticle to do the same thing and had a lot easier time than some of the rest. Of course, the instructors were far and away the best ones out here. Here's Brian shooting with Aaron spotting when he nailed all size targets on a course of fire in under a minute:


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      But one of the best parts was actually spotting. It was fun guiding people onto targets, giving them windage information and corrections. My dad and I ended up being a pretty good team, and it was a fun experience. Great bonding, too. We had a hell of a time.


      WARNING MINOR RANT INCOMING


      And if you've gotten this far, I might as well mention one thing: suppressors. About a quarter of the rifles there had one, and let me tell you, I wish we all had them. But the reason we don't is because the laws concerning them are the biggest kind of stupid. See, the silencers that Hollywood shows don't actually exist. You can't take a supersonic crack and turn it into a twig snapping. What you can do is take a hearing damaging gunshot and turn it into something that's just uncomfortably loud. I personally double up on hearing protection with earmuffs and plugs underneath. That way if one layer slips, I won't lose a range of hearing. And that's what happens if you ever shoot a gun without ear protection. With a suppressor, you still need to wear hearing protection, but if it comes off or someone shoots while you're not ready, you don't get permanently hurt.


      Unfortunately, in order to get a suppressor, you have to send a bunch of paperwork and a $200 check to the ATF. And wait. And wait. And wait. Not because they're doing some advanced background check, but because the system is so outdated it takes 9-18 months for someone to manually enter the information into the system, cash the check, and give you a piece of paper telling you it's not a felony to own a tube that any machinist could make in their sleep. One every European nation regulates in the same way as firearms and is pretty much required on their ranges. Again, it doesn't make a gun silent and undetectable, just hearing safe. And instead of requiring a standard background check, it takes over a year of waiting with no additional safety added.


      END OF RANT


      But enough on that. I had a great time, met a lot of interesting people, and had fun with my dad. In the end, I really couldn't ask for more. I'll go ahead and leave you all with one last picture of one of the little critters we had running around over the weekend.


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    • OCC Computers, Tech, and Homework Help

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      4 months ago

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      My group recently had a last minute cancellation at RTX. We have rented a condo from Wednesday July 5th through Monday the 10th. Here's a link to the place. It's right next to the convention center and split 6 ways it's $390 for the whole time. Since this is last minute, I can probably drop the price if you need to.


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      7 months ago

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    • Computers From Top to Bottom

      8 months ago

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      Over the past week, I put together a primer on how computers work. It's designed for someone with basic computer literacy, but not a whole lot more. The whole thing is long, but hopefully written at a level that should be accessible.


      When most people look at a computer, they see a piece of technological magic. There's not a better way to put it than that. You press a key or move a mouse and magically something on the screen changes. If you have programing experience, you might be able to talk about the code that causes it to change, but I've found lots of programmers treat their work as a set of incantations and don't really understand what happens at the lower level. Hopefully, this will provide a glimpse into the mysteries of the operation of a computer, from silicon chips to high level code. It won't magically make you an expert, but it will act as a base if you ever want to know more.


      At its core, a computer is made up of millions of devices known as transistors. These are created by a number of chemical and photographic processes on silicon wafers. You can think of it as developing a picture on a thin piece of glass, except instead of ink UV lasers and semiconductors act as pigments. You might have heard terms like "22 nanometer architecture". They're referring to the minimum width of a feature that can be etched into silicon. The number is significant because smaller architectures translate to more transistors on a chip and less power user per transistor. To give you an idea of how small 22 nm is, the most powerful visible light microscope possible could not resolve anything smaller than 390 nm simply because the wavelength of the light is too big. You need an electron microscope to look at it.


      A transistor operates like a switch. You can open it(turn off) or close it(turn on) by applying a voltage to a control point. Depending on the design, the transistor may turn off or on based on the voltage applied to the control. That's a simplification, but for purposes of a computer you only need to think of a transistor as a switch. Here is the symbol for a transistor:

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      The wire labeled B is called the Base. It is the control point. C is the collector and E is the Emitter. All you need to know is that they are where electricity flows when the transistor is on. The arrow points either towards or away from the emitter, depending on the type of transistor. Again, it's not important why for your general understanding.


      As you can see below, when it has power applied to it, the transistor is on and current flows through it:

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      When there is no input voltage to its control, current no longer flows. It behaves the same as a break in the wire:

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      But how do you go from a switch to a computer? You can't play Tetris with just light switches, right? Well, it all comes down to what are known as logic gates. (Also, someone sort of did make a Tetris playing computer out of the equivalent to switches)


      Logic gates are standard arrangements of transistors that perform a logical operation. For example, a logical AND would be True if both inputs are True and False in all other cases. We can represent True as a closed switch and False as an open one. Now, if you put two switches in series - that is the output of one is hooked to the input of the next - you could only get current to pass through if both were turned on. That's exactly the same as a logical AND. Below, if both A and B are on, you get current flow. Otherwise, at least one will block the current:

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      The same applies to an OR, except you want it to be True if any input is True. From the perspective of switches, you put them in parallel. If two of them are connected to the same input and the same output, as long as either of their control signals is True, it will act the same way as a single closed switch. It's a little hard to see, but either A or B could be turned on and there would be a path through them:

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      With different combinations of gates, you can perform any logical operation you would care to define. But how do you go from logical operations to something that can carry data or instructions? Well, the answer lies in binary. Each binary digit - known as a bit - can be either one or zero. In the same way, a logic gate can be either True or False. So we assign True to be equal to the binary one and False to be zero. Likewise, you can make larger numbers by putting bits side by side. One bit can only represent 2 numbers (0 and 1), but with every bit you add you multiply the number of values by two. It's like how each digit you add to our usual base-10 numbers multiplies the maximum value by ten. So with two bits, you get four values, three bits gives eight values, and so on. When you have eight bits you can go to two-hundred-fifty-six numbers, or two to the eighth power. This is known as a byte and is a basic unit of information. A byte can be a number, part of an instruction to a computer, a single text character (i.e. ASCII), part of a pixel in an image, or any type of communication you care to name. Below is an ASCII table, and shows how all basic English characters can be mapped to numbers from 0-127. That is exactly two-hundred-fifty-six numbers, and as I previously mentioned, one byte contains two-hundred-fifty-six possible values. So one character of plain text can fit in one byte of memory.


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      Going back to logic gates, it can be proven that given a set of gates, you can perform any arithmetic operation. Basically, any calculator's function can be performed by a set of logic gates. Computers actually have arrangements of gates called Arithmetic Logic Units or ALUs that are specifically designed to do math. But they can do other things. Certain arrangements of gates can be used to store bits of data. Whatever the logical value at their input is when they receive a signal is the one they will output until told otherwise. Gang billions of these up together, and you can store any information you want. These are the building blocks for certain types of RAM.


      You can also arrange logic gates to send very fast repeating signals. If they are turning on and off in a regular pattern, you could say they imitate the tick-tock of a clock. In fact, that's what they are used for; a reference time that is used by the system. That may not seem important, but a clock is what drives a computer. It takes time for a series of logic gates to operate, and during that time the value they output may change. How can a processor tell what value is correct? The answer is that the maximum time for the longest section of logic can be calculated. The clock ticks at a speed just fast enough to allow it time to complete. Then when the clock switches from one value to the other, the results of the logic are assumed to be complete and stored. It's also a signal that the next set of calculations can begin. But if you hear a system runs at 4 GHz, that means the clock is ticking back and forth four billion times a second. And it does something each one of those ticks.


      There's one final part that makes up a processor. I've talked about how transistors form the logic and handle mathematical calculations. Also, how they can store information and decide when they are done with something and ready to move tasks. But I haven't said anything about how these different parts are controlled. At the heart of any computer lies something known as a state machine. At a low level, it is created with logic gates and transistors like all the other parts. But what it does is direct all the other parts of the system. You can think of it as a flow chart. Based on an input it decides what to do next. Then other inputs tell it to do something else. Here is a picture of the state machine from a very simple computer. It probably won't make much sense, but you can think of each bubble as a place where the computer performs a step in solving a problem:

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      But what are these inputs?


      Now we get to code. Every computer has what's called an Instruction Set Architecture (ISA). All that means is it will take a set of binary instructions and do things with it. For instance, one instruction could tell a computer to add two numbers. The state machine has a little counter that tells it to get an instruction from a certain location in memory. It does so, then looks up its instruction code, and discovers it is an addition instruction. It will then move to the addition branch of its flow. Next it gets the values of the two numbers and sends them to the logic gates that handle addition. Finally it will put the result in its place and increment the counter that tells it where to get the next instruction. Finally it returns to the start of its flow to check its memory for the next instruction its counter indicates.


      As I said previously, a computer receives its instructions in binary. But if you look at any modern computer language, it's definitely not ones and zeros. That's because it is very, very hard to read and write binary code (I've done it and prefer to avoid that at all costs). Instead, programmers have intermediate program called a compiler. A compiler takes the sort of code most programmers would write and transforms it into binary. The process is more complex than it sounds because high level code (the type programmers work with) and machine code (binary) don't always have direct translations. A compiler includes optimizations to make the result execute faster or take up less space. For example, if an operation always results in the same value it will be hard coded. Code that can never be reached will be ignored. Things that can be done more efficiently in different orders will be moved. Compiler design is extremely complex and a very technical subject.


      Our model of a computer now can make decisions and perform calculations based on code we give it. But the computer is still missing something. We can tell it to run a piece of code, but only one at a time. When you use a PC, there are dozens of things happening at once: the display is rendering, sound is playing, you could be moving the mouse, the wifi is downloading a file, you're receiving an email, and other less obvious actions. Each is a different program, and there has to be a way for them to all appear to run at once.


      Modern processors have multiple cores. A core is basically a fully contained processor in its own right. It can operate largely independently of the others, but it can only run one program at a time. A set of code running on a processor is known as a thread, and most processors can run a single thread per core. Intel has used real magic in their i7 line of processors that allows two to execute on each core, but that's not really important. There's still the problem that you might have twenty or a hundred threads all trying to run at once. The trick is that they don't *have* to run at once for a computer to operate normally. When I press a key, it doesn't matter if the computer processes it in a microsecond or a millisecond as long as it shows up on the screen before the next display refreshes. The same is true for other threads. A computer uses a piece of code known as a scheduler to decide what thread to run. This looks at all the threads that need to be run and decides which can use the processor next. And it does it in such a way that to you as a user it looks like every thread is running simultaneously.


      The scheduler is at the core of what is known as an operating system. The operating system or OS is what differentiates a computer from a single purpose microprocessor. Like I mentioned, it handles the scheduling of different threads. It also provides a buffer between physical hardware and most programs. Why is that important? Well, say you have a program that needs some space to store its data. Without an operating system, there wouldn't be a way for it to know if some other program wasn't already using the space, or even if enough space existed. With an OS, the program simply asks for a chunk of memory to be given to it and the OS handles assignment. It also provides libraries of code that other programs can use. These libraries may do different things based on the specific hardware they run on, but from another program's perspective they provide the same result for the same input. A program doesn't care that its request goes out over Ethernet or wifi, or who made the device. The OS provides a library that handles the hardware and the program just knows its data was sent through the internet.


      Likewise, the OS handles interfacing with things like hard drives, USB sticks, keyboards, mice, displays, and any other peripherals. All of that communication is done over standard protocols. These define things like connector shape, how fast you can go, how a device announces its presence when plugged in and so on. Again, the OS does quite a bit of abstraction. It handles the physical communication, and sends instructions or gets back data at the request of other programs.


      At this point I've mentioned memory a few times. A computer generally has three types: Cache, RAM, and Disk. Also registers, but those are primarily used for holding data being actively worked on by the CPU.

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      A cache is built into the processor. You'll see it referred to as L1, L2, and L3, standing for Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 respectively. The level corresponds to their distance from the cores they service. Each core will have its own L1 cache. They're small (ranging from hundreds of thousands to tens of millions of bytes), but take almost no time to access. Often less than a nanosecond. L2 and L3 are larger and shared across the entire processor. They require several nanoseconds to use, but are still included in the processor. Whatever code is being run or data is being processed will be present in the cache. Generally, if a system has a larger cache, it will run better with large data sets or handle switching between different pieces of code better.


      Previously I said RAM can be created purely from transistors. That isn't precisely true. Many types of RAM use various methods, though transistors in an arrangement called a flip-flop are one option. How they work precisely isn't very important compared to what it is used for. RAM - which stands for Random Access Memory - is generally used to hold large chunks of data or programs that aren't in current use but will be shortly. It is nowhere near as fast as a cache, with access times in the microseconds, but still very quick. You also have a high bandwidth. Bandwidth means the amount of data transfered per second and is given by the clock speed of the RAM multiplied by the number of bits transfered per clock cycle. If you've seen a stick of RAM, you know it is very wide. That's good for the number of bits per cycle. Each connection is either a way for the processor to talk to the RAM or the RAM to talk to the processor. But the bandwidth is given by the clock rate times the number of connections and tends to be in the Gigabits per second on modern system The downside is that it is small and expensive. You pay ten to twenty dollars per gigabyte of RAM, and most computers max out at 64 GB. And the large width of the RAM takes up lots of space on a circuit board, which could be used for other purposes. Worse, if you loose power, any data in RAM disappears. This means RAM isn't suitable for long term storage.


      Finally, there is disk space. This is where the computer puts things it has no current interest in, but wants to save. Files and unused programs spend their time here. Disk space is cheap and plentiful, usually measured in trillions of bytes. They also don't require power to save your data, instead saving it on a magnetic disk for Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and flash for Solid State Drives (SSD). Unfortunately, they are slow. Very slow. It takes a decent SSD about a millisecond to return a piece of information. An HDD is even slower, taking three to five milliseconds because it has to physically move the disk, unlike an SSD that has no moving parts (hence the term Solid State Drive). That's night and day compared to the nanosecond speeds of a cache. You also don't have the large bandwidth of RAM, as a consequence of a lower clock speed and fewer connections. A disk is a semi truck to RAM's Ferrari to a cache's F1 racer. But they all fit different functions and all are necessary.


      As an aside but somewhat related to memory, I'd like to talk about the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems. More bits is better, right? Yep, but the question is why? Doesn't 64-bit just mean 8 bytes? How is that much better than 4 bytes? Well, every time you story a byte of data in cache or RAM it's assigned an address. In order to make accesses and coding faster, the computer guarantees this address will be no more than a certain number of bits long. For a while, that was 32 bits. But RAM sizes have risen quite a bit over the years. It is very common to have eight or sixteen or thirty-two gigabytes of RAM. But if you do the math, there are only enough values that can be expressed in 32 bits to give four gigabytes of memory addresses. That means older systems running operating systems that can only handle 32-bit addresses are limited to effectively using four gigabytes of RAM. Meanwhile, 64 bit systems are safe until RAM sticks start coming in the million terabyte denominations.


      The only big part of a computer I haven't touched on is a Video Card. In all honesty, a video card is a self contained computer. It has its own processor, cache, and RAM, after all! So why do you need it? It comes down to the primary workload of each system. A standard processor is great at going from Point A to Point B, then deciding if it should go to Point C or Point D. It can do this a few billion times per second per core. That should definitely be enough to run a program and display a screen, right? Well...


      Conceder that a 1080p screen has a hair over two million pixels. These update sixty times per second and ends up requiring over a hundred and twenty million operations per second. That' not actually too much if the data is provided by an external source. A single core can handle it fairly easily. But what if it's a video game? The value of any given pixel might depend on hundreds of different things. Effects like explosions create thousands of different light sources. Now you need to perform hundreds of billions of operations per second. If you are playing in 4K or VR, you might need trillions. I'll turn it over to the Mythbusters for a visual representation of the process.

      The only thing that allows us to keep up with this insane workload is that the different operations are relatively independent. You don't need to know the result of computation number one through nine hundred ninety nine to get the answer to number one thousand. If you had a thousand processors, you could do every calculation at the same time. That's exactly what modern GPUs do. For example, the GTX1080 has just over 2500 different processor cores. Operating at 1.6 GHz it can perform over four TRILLION instructions per second. And each instruction has the ability to do two mathematical operations, leading to the insane capacity to perform 8.2 trillion operations per second. But how does it do that when there's no way you could fit that many i7 chips in that space? Not to mention 2500 i7's would draw over a megawatt of power. The answer is that an i7 has to do lots of things a GPU core doesn't. Remember I said a computer's core was optimized to go from A to B then decide where it should go next? The decide part is very important. Everything after that decision depends on in. Generally code has lots of these decision points. It's only graphics and a handful of other applications like cryptography and bitcoin mining that have lots of independent calculations. That's where GPUs shine, but most of the complexity of a core design comes from those decision points. Since that's not there, a GPU can have thousands of very simple but very basic cores.


      There you have it, a thousand foot view of a computer, from top to bottom. This isn't meant to make you an expert. I left out huge areas and hand waved others. You could study some of this for a decade and not be an expert. But it's meant to give you a view into the basics. And if you'd like to know more about any specific parts, let me know. I'd be happy to help.

    • What the Hell Community?

      9 months ago

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      I thought this community was supposed to be friendly and tolerant, not irrationally hateful. What am I talking about, you might ask? Well, our very own Joel Heyman decided to Tweet this:


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      And Like this:


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      Which has caused his Twitter feed to turn into something resembling this:


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      And this:


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      And this:


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      And this:


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      Seriously community, what's wrong with you? There are over a hundred tweets like this at Joel right now. Some are from people as confused about this as I am. The majority are as hateful as the examples above. My only bit of comfort is that I don't personally know any of the people spewing hurtful comments.


      Come on, Community. I know the last months have been hard on some people. But that's no reason to go around picking fights with a guy who has nothing but good will towards you! So go and show some love for your fellow RTers and send some @Joel 's way, too.

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    • Lamkia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Snarky Sarcasm

      3 months ago

      Are you okay with me helping out in the Q&A thread? I just figured I could at least answer the simpler stuff to lighten the load on you, but let me know if I should step off. 

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        3 months ago

        Yep, no problem. There's no designated person to answer stuff, I've just been the only one there for the past few months. If you see a question and know the answer, feel free to jump in.

    • Cinomari FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of N00bs

      5 months ago

      Radius55? More like RADius55

    • PhoenixFilms FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Community Hunter, Austin

      11 months ago

      Did I miss a meetup? :(

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        11 months ago

        Yeah, sorry, completely forgot to send you a message. My bad.

      • PhoenixFilms FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Community Hunter, Austin

        11 months ago

        No worries, haha. I don't get on the OCC forum thread at all, but my new roommate Lance is all over it, haha.

    • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7; Panel Lead

      1 year ago

      Do you know the optimal dimensions for banner images?

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        1 year ago

        Not off the top of my head and I'm on my phone. In Firefox, right click a banner and press q. The style info should have something.

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7; Panel Lead

        1 year ago

        Arigato

    • Star357

      1 year ago

      In regards to the Jegsimmons argument that BVS was a good movie



    • jpetty01 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      How did you become a site admin?

    • OsageOrange

      1 year ago

      Happy FU Day

    • Ratatoskr FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Logics

      1 year ago

      The Featured User conspiracy is real.

    • Cinomari FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of N00bs

      1 year ago

      Gross. It's your FU day. Nasty big nerd.


      <3

    • madmanmoe Keeper of Shenanigans

      1 year ago

      Thanks for accepting the friend add. and glad you made it safe from the rains. We got a bayou that's behind a damn here in the energy corridor, i'm kinda wondering how far it got

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        1 year ago

        Yeah, I'm downstream of that bayou. Got higher than I've ever seen it, but not quite to my place.

    • OsageOrange

      1 year ago

      Didn't you post something somewhere about tech issues with the site? I've found I can't upload images with Waterfox (64 bit Firefox), which I could up to about a month ago with that browser, and had use Chrome on my tablet to upload an image.

    • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian Emeritus

      1 year ago

      Hey Austin, is there an efficient way for us to flag an obvious spambot account, not necessarily a specific post? Some accounts have the blatant spam in their "About Me" and I'm sure they're posting spam in video comments somewhere (it used to be easier when sponsors could see the log of where they've been posting). I have been flagging their profile picture (which has all the hallmarks of spambot accounts: stock photo, questionable links in the 'About Me', and/or photo of a scantily clad model) which would hopefully draw the admins' attention to the profile itself. How should I proceed? Thanks!


      CC: @Adam, @Dave, @DiMono

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        1 year ago

        Flagging any post they make works. If it's a spam post we just delete the entire account. But flagging the post where they spam is best.

      • Dave FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Occasionally Bearded

        1 year ago

        I've seen the flags on the profile pictures and that's a great way to get us to those accounts quickly. Outside that and posts, there really isn't a way to flag "accounts" per se, but if you ever got a list of them you could just DM one of us, which would also be effective. Thanks and keep up the hunting!

    • OsageOrange

      1 year ago

      Thanks for accepting my FR

    • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian Emeritus

      1 year ago

      Hey Austin, do you have the power to make certain topics "featured" in the RTX forums? If so, can you make Jackie's Room share thread a featured thread? I've been sending a lot of people in the RT Events forum over to RTX 2016 and a lot of them are looking for rooms. Thanks!

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        1 year ago

        It's been sticky'd

      • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian Emeritus

        1 year ago

        Thank you sir!

    • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian Emeritus

      1 year ago

      Happy FU day!

    • Toptoast FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of the Breakfast

      1 year ago

      Hello! Thanks for accepting my friendship!

    • Cinomari FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of N00bs

      1 year ago

      I demand a CAH rematch.

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        1 year ago

        Any time

    • CoffeeNut78 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold PUC the Lunatic

      2 years ago

      In reply to Radius55 #32859767

      In reply to Radius55 #32859731

      I should probably let the individual who Flamebaited me know that I am a site admin, so I probably know what I'm talking about.


      Wasn't me!

      <_< >_>....

      *run's!*


      No seriously it wasn't but I had to post the joke but rather than take up space spaming the Bug report thread I just brought it to you here. :)

    • BadDrawing1

      2 years ago

      Radius55, its me jegsimmons1

      Adams damn spamremover bot zapped me and now i have no profile! Apparently citing sources is spam now.

      So now im on this profile from 2010 associated with my email i didnt know i had.

      Can i get some help?

    • CoffeeNut78 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold PUC the Lunatic

      2 years ago

      Seems the new site did not carry over the last 2 weeks of info to a Tee. But I am diging the new site so far bugs and all.

    • gi_goku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Tacos

      2 years ago

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    • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian Emeritus

      2 years ago

      It would figure that as soon as I post my answer to your Australian v American con-going advantage, Mary posts the list and the BAR explodes. In case you didn't catch the answer, you were correct though not definitively correct. smiley8.gif

    • BackupSalmon FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 years ago

      Kudos on the sponsor forum! You've made it a blast to hang out on.

    • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian Emeritus

      2 years ago

      Well there appears to be a cluster going on in Barb's comments. Looks like you and Daniel have taken care of that. It got me wondering, between Jack's Clap-Trap give away and Barb's, what percentage of users follow directions. I can see how many comments the original post got. I suppose I could count each comment on Barb's profile to figure out its percentage relative to the journal post comments. Do you think it's fair to say that for each user who posted on Barb's profile, they would have gone ahead and posted in the journal once either of you two corrected them?

      • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian Emeritus

        2 years ago

        Cool!

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        2 years ago

        Something similar has been discussed.

      • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian Emeritus

        2 years ago

        I noticed that too, concerning newer or rarely used accounts. Maybe the new site will immediately take newly created accounts to something like the "First Stop" topic on the forums.

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        2 years ago

        Rough guess is 99+% follow directions based on the number of journal comments vs number of user comments. I'll also note boost of the user comments were by new our rarely used profiles that probably didn't know their way around the site and thought the comment tab was the same as the journal comment link.

    • Zolin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 years ago

      Want to make some plans for rtx?

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        2 years ago

        I get lunch breaks?
        O.o

      • Zolin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        I'll buy you a lunch then.

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        2 years ago

        I'm a Guardian. Not a lot of plans I can make.

    • Felix FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold NXT RPRT

      2 years ago

      Incoming Warm Fuzzy

      Thank you for being a friend
      Traveled down the road and back again
      Your heart is true you're a pal and a confidant.

      And if you threw a party
      Invited everyone you ever knew
      You would see the biggest gift would be from me
      And the card attached would say thank you for being a friend!!!

      PS...Thank You for not dying on us at PAX South

    • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian Emeritus

      2 years ago

      As it is technically the 14th, you can enjoy your Valentine's Warm Fuzzies now!

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      Happy Warm and Fuzzies to our favorite Admin/AH Lounge Owner/ "Stay on Topic in this forum" guy!

      Your Neighborhood RT Community Economist:
      -James

    • DRosales

      2 years ago

      Hi there! In the spirit of the Warm Fuzzies event going on this Saturday, I just wanted to say that you're doing an awesome job as a new Admin and I won't be forgetting my first online Mafia game any time soon! :) thanks again for the add back!

      Stay awesome!
      @}-;--
      Event link here: https://roosterteeth.com/events/event.php?id=632

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    • ShadeKing FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 years ago

      Radius55, Hey don't know if you remember me from RTX 2014 but I'm back and I'm here to stay (an active member of the community). I was going through some tough times and had to take a break. But now I'm back and I wonder if you would be ok with me adding you on Xbox and if you have Steam it would be really cool if we could try some games together :). I just wanted to give you a head's up my GT is FierceShade (so expect a friend request to you from this account) and when I looked you up on Steam I either couldn't find you or the closest account to yours that I did find was Private so I just wanted to give you a heads up in advance alright. My steam is ShadeKing like my name and has a tobi icon as its profile pic
      steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198069453950/ho... .

      Thx for reading this man, it means a lot. smiley11.gif

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        2 years ago

        Glad you're doing better! Feel free to friend me on XBL. I mostly use Steam for single player, so don't bother friending me there.

    • Greenie FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Aristoctopus

      2 years ago

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    • Joel FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 years ago

      Thanks man!

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        2 years ago

        Nah, thank you!

    • Tommex

      2 years ago

      Merry christmas radius smiley0.gif

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        2 years ago

        Thanks, you too!

    • Okami_117

      2 years ago

      Can't watch rvb's visiting hours episode for some reason, HELP!

      • Okami_117

        2 years ago

        Thanks, your idea worked,!

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        2 years ago

        Works fine for me. Try logging out and back in, switching browsers, and restarting your computer. If none of those works, it's probably your ISP or something particular about your computer. The episode is also available on youtube.

    • gi_goku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Tacos

      2 years ago

      will just leave here for you

      • gi_goku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Tacos

        2 years ago

        it is only because I am bored out of my mind and it is fun to mess with people

    • Lex_von_ghul

      2 years ago

      i can't watch rwby for some reason i need some help

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        2 years ago

        Runs fine for me. Try logging out and back in, switching browsers, and restarting your computer. If none of those works, it's probably your ISP or something particular about your computer. If it's only RWBY or a handful of episodes, try asking Adam.

    • Giries FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DONGS

      2 years ago

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    • Dylan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Davesexual

      2 years ago

      Thought you might like this.

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      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        2 years ago

        You thought correctly.

        Even though you posting it does make you a cismale gendernormative fascist,

    • Krybby_D

      2 years ago

      Hey, I just noticed some suspicious looking new groups on the group page (mens ugg boots on sale, etc). Just thought you should know. May be worth investigating.

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        2 years ago

        Thanks

    • tonyski FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold change is scary

      2 years ago

      Will there be a RvBTX meetup this month?

      • tonyski FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold change is scary

        2 years ago

        Cool! Cortana added it to my calender.

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        2 years ago

        See here:

        roosterteeth.com/groups/news/entry.php?id=8323...

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        2 years ago

        We're probably going something for the Burnie Journey, but nothing is confirmed.

    • gi_goku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Tacos

      2 years ago

      Is it possible to gift a sponsorship to a friend?

      • gi_goku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Tacos

        2 years ago

        she knows about Adam's tweet

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        2 years ago

        Tell them to log out and in again. Adam recently tweeted to do that to solve the issue.

      • gi_goku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Tacos

        2 years ago

        ok. well a friend of mine on here is having issues with their sponsorship video rights.

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        2 years ago

        Yes. You just go to the sponsor tab and click "Gift Sponsorship"

    • TheNefasus FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold EtherCreeper

      3 years ago

      Merry Turkey Murder weekend Radius smiley0.gif

      • TheNefasus FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold EtherCreeper

        3 years ago

        You must live in upside down land...

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        3 years ago

        But... Turkey Murder Weekend is in November!

    • indiart28 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 years ago

      Hello there. I noticed your name floating around with some of the friends I have made on the site and thought I offer a proper greeting to you.

      So....Hello. smiley1.gif

      • indiart28 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        Oh I know, I was meaning like trying to relieve my stress I went through this whole week from getting my work for this week as well as next week done. Anyways I suppose I'll speak with you later. Again good to meet you.

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        3 years ago

        You, too? Just finished one for my embedded systems course. Fun class, but building a prototype and writing about 250 lines of code a week gets rough, especially on top of other stuff and documentation.

        Noticed you're a PE. Haven't you realized yet that weekends aren't for relaxing? They're just for doing all the work you need to for the next week? God, I can't wait to graduate and go to set hours. I don't even care all that much if I'm working 9-10 hour days. At least once I go home, my time is mine.

      • indiart28 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        Doing alright. Just got through one hell of a week where I had to deal with a major project, a long lab report, and a few quizzes for class. I'm just looking forward to relaxing for the weekend. How are you doing?

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        3 years ago

        Glad to meet you. How you doing?

    • jokersflame

      3 years ago

      Come on. The Season is over now. Let me back into the party.

    • Jake487 EdibleAuto

      3 years ago

      Hey, man. First of all, sorry about the duplicate RvB thread, I didn't see the other one when I made it. Second, since X-Ray and Vav is official, and we have a general release time, I figured it was about time for a forum (here). I wondered if you would be open to "sticky-ing" it along with the other AH Show topics. Thanks!

      • Jake487 EdibleAuto

        3 years ago

        Thank you!

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        3 years ago

        Sure.

    • jokersflame

      3 years ago

      I really feel like I'm being persecuted here. Just because I don't have an extra chromosome doesn't mean I should be excluded from the festivities in the S12 thread.

      If anything it's the last night's skeleton crew's fault I was banned. I would like the ref to check the fucking tapes on this one, what else was I supposed to do?

      Seriously though, I promise I'll be chill.

    • gi_goku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Tacos

      3 years ago

      I like the Verchota508483dc51354.jpg but there needs to be a part about people complaining about being lit on fire and not caring

    • Alex

      3 years ago

      Sounds like you actually play with the community sometimes. Added you can hit me up anytime, I'm game most of the time. That said, I gotta get into a lot of games that are trending right now, as I've really just recently really gotten back into the swing of things.

      • Alex

        3 years ago

        Mmm, that'd really rustle my jimmies~

        But no, you don't mess with people. This guy messes with people.

        Post edited 9/16/14 11:20PM

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        3 years ago

        By "play" do you mean mess with relentlessly? Because, yeah, I'm known to do that occasionally... smiley0.gif

    • Crayzcapper

      3 years ago

      So, Raduis55, you had responded to one of my comments, and I can't find it for my life. It simply refuses to pop up on-screen. Any advice, or should I just get over it and not think about it?

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        3 years ago

        If you know the approximate date and location of the comment, just keep scrolling down in a person's comments section. The comments section automatically loads as you scroll down. Beyond that, I've got nothing.

    • gi_goku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Tacos

      3 years ago

      Yo

      • Freelancer The Trash Man

        3 years ago

        The cringe is real.

      • gi_goku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Tacos

        3 years ago

        nvm

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        3 years ago

        Yeah. And?

      • gi_goku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Tacos

        3 years ago

        see my pic?

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        3 years ago

        Hey. Anything up?

    • Bosence

      3 years ago

      Hey Radius55, I need some help. How do I make it so I don't end up surprised or offended if I send you a friend request? :)

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        3 years ago

        I explain my friend request policy on my profile.

  • Questions answered by Radius55

    I'm not sure what you mean. I haven't been in the chat in over a year.

    Have you named your ban hammer?

    | Asked by: zogman1 11 months ago

    The Banhammer needs no name. It is known by action alone.

    Became one October 2012, so about three and a half years.

    I'm not sure what you mean by "Audio Pockets". Podcasts? Sorry, can't help you there. Don't have any control over the technical aspects of distribution.