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by JustAnEngineer
Thu May 24, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 101
Views: 4846

Re: Battletech game coming out

JustAnEngineer wrote:
I'm expecting there to be a Steam achievement for fully-upgrading the Argo...
Negative. There is no achievement for having a fully pimped-out ship. :-?
by JustAnEngineer
Thu May 24, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 101
Views: 4846

Re: Battletech game coming out

I'm a stingy bastard. I only played through with 5 Mech Pilots and 4 Mech's at any one time. The bare minimum for upgrades... In my evaluation, the second mech bay, the beta pod and the associated upgrades were worthwhile. I needed additional mech space to have mechs under repair while I was taking...
by JustAnEngineer
Thu May 24, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 101
Views: 4846

Re: Battletech game coming out

Small lasers are also hilarious because they fire automatically after you’ve made a melee attack.
by JustAnEngineer
Wed May 23, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?
Replies: 34
Views: 769

Re: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?

If the at-fault driver has insurance, she should call that insurance company (with the policy #, the name of the insured, the vehicle description and the police accident report number) and start a claim. That's the way that the process is supposed to work. If the insurance company is legit, no lawye...
by JustAnEngineer
Tue May 22, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?
Replies: 34
Views: 769

Re: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?

You should file a claim with the at-fault driver's insurance company. In most states, the other driver's insurance should cover all of your expenses, including a rental while your car is in the shop. If the other driver is an uninsured scofflaw, then damages can be recovered in court, but hiring a l...
by JustAnEngineer
Tue May 22, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2018
Replies: 40
Views: 4812

Re: Formula One 2018

(All times Eastern Daylight) F1 Monaco GP Practice 1 - Thursday, May 24 5:00 AM - ESPN2 F1 Monaco GP Practice 2 - Thursday, May 24 9:00 AM - ESPNEWS Nascar Coca-Cola 600 Qualifying 1 - Thursday, May 24 7:15 PM - FOX F1 Monaco GP Practice 3 - Saturday, May 26 6:00 AM - ESPNEWS F1 Monaco GP Qualifying...
by JustAnEngineer
Tue May 22, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2018
Replies: 40
Views: 4812

Re: Formula One 2018

Camping with Max and Daniel:
2017 and 2018
by JustAnEngineer
Mon May 21, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2018
Replies: 40
Views: 4812

Re: Formula One 2018

Apparently, £203,800,000 ($274,000,000 or €232,000,000) can buy Vandoorne's seat for your son (and 10% of McLaren Group). https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/mclaren-200m-shareholder-michael-latifi-1040100/?s=1 I'd guess that this was a pre-emptive strike against the phenomenal talent exhibited by La...
by JustAnEngineer
Mon May 21, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Sound bar recommendations <$300?
Replies: 7
Views: 467

Re: Sound bar recommendations <$300?

Why do you want a sound bar rather than a component home theater sound system?
by JustAnEngineer
Mon May 21, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 101
Views: 4846

Re: Battletech game coming out

The last mission is another two-parter. You won't have an opportunity to repair or heal between the parts, so you may potentially need up to 7 assault or heavy mechs and pilots. My reputation with the Arano Restoration is up to +349. Weldry is now a four-skull challenge level. In hindsight, I wo...
by JustAnEngineer
Mon May 21, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 101
Views: 4846

Re: Battletech game coming out

I moved a mech and the game got stuck. It zoomed in to follow me walking and then just stopped. I couldn't move the screen, couldn't click on anything, just stood there. Not sure where the auto-save is. I let it sit like that for 20 minutes and then just quit, since I couldn't save. I was technical...
by JustAnEngineer
Sun May 20, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 101
Views: 4846

Re: Battletech game coming out

I honestly didn't find the Liberation: Smithon mission as hard as some others. I believe that my lance for that mission had a light Jenner, a medium Wolverine and two Shadowhawks. I had moved a medium mech armed with MLasers and an autocannon up above the point where the trucks spawn. The ammo truck...
by JustAnEngineer
Sun May 20, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 101
Views: 4846

Re: Battletech game coming out

What pushes the scaling up of contract challenge levels? Is it based on the passing of time, progress in the story, mercenary hall ranking, or some other arcane method of ensuring that each time that I start believing that the latest upgrades to my lance will make things easier, the OpFor scales up ...
by JustAnEngineer
Fri May 18, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1082
Views: 87737

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Iron in the +1 oxidiation state (Fe + ) is mostly water soluble, unless your pH is extremely high. Oxidize it to the +3 state (Fe +++ ) with air, chlorine, etc. and it is very easy to precipitate ferric oxide hydrate (Fe 2 O 3 · H 2 O) as a red-orange gelatinous goo that is easily filtered out at mi...
by JustAnEngineer
Thu May 17, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1082
Views: 87737

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Indeed. And if you want to do better, you need to resort to RO or distillation, which actually remove impurities, instead of swapping them for less problematic ones. To the contrary, if you swap cations that cause hardness (e.g.: Ca ++ , Mg ++ and Fe +++ ) for hydronium (H + ) and you swap anions (...
by JustAnEngineer
Thu May 17, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1082
Views: 87737

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Ion exchange resins are called that because they exchange ions for which they have lower affinity (e.g.: Na+) for ions for which the affinity is higher (e.g.: Ca++).
by JustAnEngineer
Thu May 17, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 101
Views: 4846

Re: Battletech game coming out

Here is a list of priority missions, if you're wondering how far along you are:
https://battletech.gamepedia.com/Campaign
by JustAnEngineer
Thu May 17, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Turing GTX1180 Rumors
Replies: 9
Views: 1264

Re: Nvidia Turing GTX1180 Rumors

When they released Pascal they stopped making Maxwell parts, Isn't GeForce MX130 still Maxwell? It seems like they will frequently just rename an old part and continue to sell it. e.g.: the Fermi GPU in GeForce GT420/GT430/GT440 became GeForce GT415M/GT420M/GT425M/GT435M became GeForce GT530 became...
by JustAnEngineer
Tue May 15, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2880
Views: 109986

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Summer arrived this weekend with record temperatures. Yesterday's high of 97 °F (36 °C) was three degrees higher than the previous record for that date, which had stood since 1881.
by JustAnEngineer
Mon May 14, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2018
Replies: 40
Views: 4812

Re: Formula One 2018

Grosjean's three-spot grid penalty seems pretty light for the dangerous move that he pulled. The consequences might very easily have been much more tragic than totaling out three multi-million dollar race cars and wrecking the races of two other drivers. F1 teams are conducting a test at Barcelona t...
by JustAnEngineer
Mon May 14, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Is a bigger monitor with lower pixel density necessarily worse than a smaller one with higher pixel density?
Replies: 24
Views: 1131

Re: Is a bigger monitor with lower pixel density necessarily worse than a smaller one with higher pixel density?

I've currently got a 31½" 2560x1440 primary monitor with a 24" 1200x1900 secondary beside it. Both of these are around 96 ppi. Once you're old enough to begin getting far-sighted, teeny tiny pixel pitches will not seem as cool as they do when you're in your 20s.
by JustAnEngineer
Mon May 14, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 101
Views: 4846

Re: Battletech game coming out

I have one LRM mech (currently a Thunderbolt with LRM-15 and LRM-20). I've got Dekker (the scout) in a 55-ton Shadowhawk with: LRM15++ & LRM5+ that both feature +1 stability damage, 2xLRM ammo (240 rounds = 12 shots, total), MLaser++, Rangefinder++ (+50m view), 4x jump jets (S), and near-maximu...
by JustAnEngineer
Sun May 13, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2018
Replies: 40
Views: 4812

Re: Formula One 2018

Standings after five races: https://www.fia.com/events/fia-formula-one-world-championship/season-2018/2018-classifications 153 Mercedes 126 Ferrari 50 Red Bull / Renault 41 Renault 40 McLaren / Renault 19 Haas / Ferrari 18 Force India / Mercedes 13 Toro Rosso / Honda 11 Sauber / Ferrari 4 Williams /...
by JustAnEngineer
Sun May 13, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 101
Views: 4846

Re: Battletech game coming out

You absolutely want to do enough of the story to have your benefactor give you the Argo . This is a massive game-changing upgrade for your mercenary company. Since the Argo , the best thing that I've received as a story mission reward is a well-preserved 90-ton Highlander HGN-732b. I like this mech ...
by JustAnEngineer
Sat May 12, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrading from an HD 7850
Replies: 14
Views: 612

Re: Upgrading from an HD 7850

Graphics card prices have been falling gradually since the peak of the coin mining craze, but you'd still spend north of $300 to get a Radeon RX 580 8GiB card: https://pcpartpicker.com/products/video-card/#c=373,369,415,367,390,326,319,330,376,370,392,391,404,405,417,375,402,403&r=32768,24576,16...
by JustAnEngineer
Sat May 12, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)
Replies: 56
Views: 4312

Re: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)

Walmart also has house brand LED lamps:
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Great-Value- ... t/51497399
by JustAnEngineer
Fri May 11, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrading from an HD 7850
Replies: 14
Views: 612

Re: Upgrading from an HD 7850

For your 1920x1200 @60Hz monitor, you would probably want to get to the $240 Radeon RX 570 or $290 GeForce GTX1060 6GiB level of performance (budget permitting). Your Ivy Bridge processor with 12 GiB of DDR3 and an SSD is sufficient. https://www.techspot.com/article/1600-far-cry-5-benchmarks/ https:...
by JustAnEngineer
Thu May 10, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ticking and Popping Sound
Replies: 52
Views: 3202

Re: Ticking and Popping Sound

Aranarth wrote:
The popping and clicking sound is the powerful, two-cycle, briggs and stratton engine
The Otto cycle is four-stroke: suck, squeeze, bang then blow..
by JustAnEngineer
Wed May 09, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2880
Views: 109986

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

The thing which is really killing traditional TV are the commercials. There's still ads on Twitch and Youtube, but they don't occupy a significant portion of the time you spend watching something. I don't expect things to change any time soon, but more and more people are just not interested in dea...
by JustAnEngineer
Tue May 08, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 101
Views: 4846

Re: Battletech game coming out

When first closing to within sensor range of the enemy... Sprint your mechs to cover (but not so close that you establish visual contact with the enemy). The sprint will give you high evasion against the enemy's first attacks. Combat mode will begin on the next round after sensor contact is made. If...