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Nov. 29, 2021, 9:04 a.m.
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Re: Moving to Comox...

I've lived in the Comox Valley for most of my life. It's an absolutely fantastic place to live for the most part, particularly if you are into the outdoors. 

Some yummy stuff to check out:

- Hot Chocolates / Cakebread bakery on 5th street - Fantastic locally made chocolate and baked goods. Hard to go back to anything else. 

- The CBC, Biblio Taco and Ryders pizza in Cumberland.

- The Church Street taphouse in Comox is great, and while youre in the neighborhood, the Church St. Bakery, like three doors down, has awesome wood fired pizza. 

- Atlas Cafe in Courtenay. Fantastic menu. Always super consistent.

- Avenue Restaurant and Toscano's (delicious fresh made pasta) in Comox are great too. Toscano's in nice and close to Marina Park as well, super nice to take a walk around the marina after a good feed. 

- Kingfisher Resort and Spa is fantastic for a stay-cation. Good food and the hydropath is pretty cool. 

Some places that are great to check out too:

- The Tea Centre on 5th street. The guy that runs this place was personally driving deliveries to all of his clients at the beginning of the pandemic. Smells AMAZING. 

- The Airpark walkway. Great place for a stroll when you want to keep your shoes clean. 

- Nymph Falls Park / Bearbait / Comox Lake Dam / Bevan Trail network. Off-leash dog walking, endless multi-use trails. Some fun family bike riding. Good swimming spots. 

- Trent River falls. 

- Paradise meadows trail network on Mt. Washington. 

The list goes on and on. Welcome to the community!

Jan. 3, 2020, 1:28 p.m.
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Re: VR Goggles and Video Games (DCS World)

Posted by: Ddean

How does track IR work in DCS? If youre looking right behind you, what screen are you looking at? Or do you turn your head much less than 180 to see 180 on the screen?

It's really customizable, so you can have it at about 1:1 for say a racing game, when you just need to shift your view by 10 or 15 degrees either way to see mirrors, I use something that resembles an exponential curve for flight sims, so shifting your head less than say 5 degrees, yields hardly any movement (less than 1:1 ration), but the further you rotate, the greater the rate, so if my head is turned about 20 degrees from center (which is still pretty comfortable, you're facing directly behind you. You can also have it accelerate at a linear rate too, or define different linear rates for ranges of motion. Then each preset is bound to the game, so you can have multiple profiles.

Pitch, roll and yaw curves are all customizable on the TrackIR, as well as X, Y axis movement (closer to, or further from monitor, as well as left - right parallel movement). Being able to move your head closer to the monitor to zoom in on controls for more granular control is pretty nice.

I've also build my own head tracker using an EDTracker kit that uses accelerometers to track head movement and a magnetometer to keep drift in check, but it was definitely not as accurate and couldn't track movement in X/Y and couldn't really keep track of roll as well. Fun little project though.

TrackIR actually seems really expensive compared to the VR stuff now. It only does motion tracking, no screens etc and for the unit, and the clip for your headset is about $250. An EDTracker kit is about $20 if you can solder and it does a pretty damned good job for the price.

Jan. 3, 2020, 10:35 a.m.
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Re: VR Goggles and Video Games (DCS World)

VR goggles make me a little claustrophobic not being able to see my surroundings. I'll probably pick up a set once the framerate and per-eye resolution get a little better a generation or two from now. Right now I use a X58 Rhino HOTAS and Track IR mounted to my headset for head tracking. Works great in DCS, Arma 3, Star Citizen and Elite Dangerous. Then I can make use of a higher refesh rate panel and better resolution.

July 30, 2019, 7:18 p.m.
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Re: Project NBR: Does the Red Bull Stratosphere Jump prove ... something?

Posted by: aShogunNamedMarcus

Posted by: tashi

“I’m just fine in left field here” = “I’m happy to remain ignorant.”

Time to stop feeding the troll folks. He’s not interested in understanding, just arguing.

Or seeing who can provide something other than the usual drivel.

And that was more to do with Bazzers attitude - I'd rather remain ignorant yet open minded and good than an agreeable condescending douche.

Smells like insecurity in here.

I answered your question. You attempted to divert the conversation with a non sequitur and then proceeded to put on a stunning display of the Dunning-Kruger effect.

July 30, 2019, 3:08 p.m.
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Re: Project NBR: Does the Red Bull Stratosphere Jump prove ... something?

Posted by: aShogunNamedMarcus

Posted by: jbazett

Posted by: aShogunNamedMarcus

That was a short lived lurk mode ;)

As for shit posting, hows this: I just think he should've landed elsewhere. If you float to the limits of not being able to fall back down, you will not fall close to where you started (not falling back down to earth obv is edge of space). I didnt even bring up any XY axial movements of our earth. He was almost spot on when you consider it. And yea, I phoned that link in. What can I say oh mighty Bazzer.

You think that he should have landed elsewhere, based on what? An incorrect assumption about the current scientific model of our atmosphere? How would you have proposed guessing where he should have landed?

He wasn't near the limit of 'not being able to fall back down', that's not even a thing. That's not how gravity works. He was 21km up, he wasn't even 10% of the way through the atmosphere (depending on which layer you're measuring to).

Seriously man, crack a book.

Did I mention flat earth or geo centrism? As for the edge, thats how it was billed and described. And how is the limits of our atmospheric induced gravity not a thing? There's gravity in space now? You might've gotten over zealous coming out of retirement.

But, you want to know whats cool about flat earth? It doesnt fucking matter. If we woke up tomorrow and for whatever in the fuck reason it's now just accepted and known its flat, do pilots have to recertify? Curved line and straight line basic stuff. Would we still get ripped off on airline gas prices though?

Crack a book? End up like you and Switch? No thanks, I'm just fine in left field here.

Wait? You think the atmosphere induces gravity and that gravity ends in space? Bahahahahahahaha

My work here is done folks.

July 30, 2019, 2:56 p.m.
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Re: Project NBR: Does the Red Bull Stratosphere Jump prove ... something?

Posted by: aShogunNamedMarcus

Posted by: jbazett

Posted by: aShogunNamedMarcus

Posted by: jbazett

After more than 2 years in lurk mode, just had to chime in and mention that flat-earther/geocentrist bullshit is a new low point for NBR.

Having said that, if you would like an actual, ridiculously over simplified answer for your question: Yes, The atmosphere 'spins' with the planet, it's a fluid and "An object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an external force. " - Newton's First Law. We can measure the rotational speed of the earth using a Foucault pendulum or a ring laser gyroscope, it's accurate and repeatable. So the very fact we don't experience the violent '1000 mph winds' (at the equator) you're talking about IS confirmation of a 'spinning atmosphere'.

A more lengthy explanation involves inertial frames, fictitious forces, fluid dynamics (because the atmosphere is a fluid) and about a dozen other concepts which require a great deal more physics knowledge than I possess. For simple physics, we can treat the earth and it's surrounding atmosphere as an inertial frame, so the only thing we really need to account for in Baumgartner's jump is local wind conditions around his capsule as he ascended. So, he landed 38 miles away because as he ascended he experience, on average, a 15 mph wind.

Expressing the rotation of the Earth as speed can also be problematic, because how far north or south of the equator you are, and your elevation greatly effects that rate. (i.e Someone standing at the north or south pole would be travelling zero mph, while someone at the equator would be travelling 1000ish mph). Elevation is also a factor. So, expressing it as angular velocity or revolutions per minute makes more sense, the earth rotates at .000694 RPM, not 1000mph.

It should also be said that just because something can't be explained to a 'simpleton', doesn't mean that it's not true, it just means that the simpleton doesn't have the requisite knowledge to understand the explanation. Complex systems generally require complex explanations.

Any-who, back to lurk mode.

Newton what now?

https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1158337/ewton-wrong-science-dismiss-isaac-newton-theory-gravity-albert-einstein-black-hole

Yep, Newton, who died in 1727, was wrong about Universal Gravitation.

1) Newton couldn't observe gravity around a super massive black hole in 1727.

2) The laws of Motion are unrelated to whether gravity is universal or not.

3) Gravity not being universal, doesn't mean there is no gravity.

4) Someone being wrong or right about one thing has no bearing on whether they are wrong or right about another.

The fact that you failed to acknowledge the bulk of my post, including the verifiable, repeatable experiments that prove the earth is spinning, speaks volumes as to whether you are actually interested in having your question answered or are just shit posting.

I mean, did you just Google 'Newton wrong' and link the first article you came across without actually reading it or having the basic physics repertoire to understand what they're talking about?

That was a short lived lurk mode ;)

As for shit posting, hows this: I just think he should've landed elsewhere. If you float to the limits of not being able to fall back down, you will not fall close to where you started (not falling back down to earth obv is edge of space). I didnt even bring up any XY axial movements of our earth. He was almost spot on when you consider it. And yea, I phoned that link in. What can I say oh mighty Bazzer.

You think that he should have landed elsewhere, based on what? An incorrect assumption about the current scientific model of our atmosphere? How would you have proposed guessing where he should have landed?

He wasn't near the limit of 'not being able to fall back down', that's not even a thing. That's not how gravity works. He was 21km up, he wasn't even 10% of the way through the atmosphere (depending on which layer you're measuring to). I mean, reaching Mach one 38 seconds after he jumped is a pretty fast rate of acceleration for someone near the 'limits of not being able to fall back down'.

Seriously man, crack a book.

July 30, 2019, 2:29 p.m.
Posts: 5,330
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Re: Project NBR: Does the Red Bull Stratosphere Jump prove ... something?

Posted by: aShogunNamedMarcus

Posted by: jbazett

After more than 2 years in lurk mode, just had to chime in and mention that flat-earther/geocentrist bullshit is a new low point for NBR.

Having said that, if you would like an actual, ridiculously over simplified answer for your question: Yes, The atmosphere 'spins' with the planet, it's a fluid and "An object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an external force. " - Newton's First Law. We can measure the rotational speed of the earth using a Foucault pendulum or a ring laser gyroscope, it's accurate and repeatable. So the very fact we don't experience the violent '1000 mph winds' (at the equator) you're talking about IS confirmation of a 'spinning atmosphere'.

A more lengthy explanation involves inertial frames, fictitious forces, fluid dynamics (because the atmosphere is a fluid) and about a dozen other concepts which require a great deal more physics knowledge than I possess. For simple physics, we can treat the earth and it's surrounding atmosphere as an inertial frame, so the only thing we really need to account for in Baumgartner's jump is local wind conditions around his capsule as he ascended. So, he landed 38 miles away because as he ascended he experience, on average, a 15 mph wind.

Expressing the rotation of the Earth as speed can also be problematic, because how far north or south of the equator you are, and your elevation greatly effects that rate. (i.e Someone standing at the north or south pole would be travelling zero mph, while someone at the equator would be travelling 1000ish mph). Elevation is also a factor. So, expressing it as angular velocity or revolutions per minute makes more sense, the earth rotates at .000694 RPM, not 1000mph.

It should also be said that just because something can't be explained to a 'simpleton', doesn't mean that it's not true, it just means that the simpleton doesn't have the requisite knowledge to understand the explanation. Complex systems generally require complex explanations.

Any-who, back to lurk mode.

Newton what now?

https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1158337/ewton-wrong-science-dismiss-isaac-newton-theory-gravity-albert-einstein-black-hole

Yep, Newton, who died in 1727, was wrong about Universal Gravitation.

1) Newton couldn't observe gravity around a super massive black hole in 1727.

2) The laws of Motion are unrelated to whether gravity is universal or not.

3) Gravity not being universal, doesn't mean there is no gravity.

4) Someone being wrong or right about one thing has no bearing on whether they are wrong or right about another.

The fact that you failed to acknowledge the bulk of my post, including the verifiable, repeatable experiments that prove the earth is spinning, speaks volumes as to whether you are actually interested in having your question answered or are just shit posting.

I mean, did you just Google 'Newton wrong' and link the first article you came across without actually reading it or having the basic physics repertoire to understand what they're talking about?

July 30, 2019, 11:48 a.m.
Posts: 5,330
Joined: Feb. 3, 2006
Re: Project NBR: Does the Red Bull Stratosphere Jump prove ... something?

After more than 2 years in lurk mode, just had to chime in and mention that flat-earther/geocentrist bullshit is a new low point for NBR.

Having said that, if you would like an actual, ridiculously over simplified answer for your question: Yes, The atmosphere 'spins' with the planet, it's a fluid and "An object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an external force. " - Newton's First Law. We can measure the rotational speed of the earth using a Foucault pendulum or a ring laser gyroscope, it's accurate and repeatable. So the very fact we don't experience the violent '1000 mph winds' (at the equator) you're talking about IS confirmation of a 'spinning atmosphere'.

A more lengthy explanation involves inertial frames, fictitious forces, fluid dynamics (because the atmosphere is a fluid) and about a dozen other concepts which require a great deal more physics knowledge than I possess. For simple physics, we can treat the earth and it's surrounding atmosphere as an inertial frame, so the only thing we really need to account for in Baumgartner's jump is local wind conditions around his capsule as he ascended. So, he landed 38 miles away because as he ascended he experience, on average, a 15 mph wind.

Expressing the rotation of the Earth as speed can also be problematic, because how far north or south of the equator you are, and your elevation greatly effects that rate. (i.e Someone standing at the north or south pole would be travelling zero mph, while someone at the equator would be travelling 1000ish mph). Elevation is also a factor. So, expressing it as angular velocity or revolutions per minute makes more sense, the earth rotates at .000694 RPM, not 1000mph.

It should also be said that just because something can't be explained to a 'simpleton', doesn't mean that it's not true, it just means that the simpleton doesn't have the requisite knowledge to understand the explanation. Complex systems generally require complex explanations.

Any-who, back to lurk mode.

March 23, 2017, 10:58 a.m.
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Joined: Feb. 3, 2006
Re: Toasting Cable.

Posted by: switch

If you use something like Kodi, how do you deliver the content to the TV? Do you need to connect a display cable (DVI/HDMI) from the PC running Kodi? Can a device like a PS3 be used for getting content (i.e. run something like Kodi)?

There is a pretty comprehensive list of devices that will run Kodi on their wiki. http://kodi.wiki/view/devices

Basically, it runs on most linux/windows/OSX/android devices.

I personally use a dirt cheap AMD computer (FX-6100 / GTX 1050) hooked directly to my TV and download mostly 1080p & 4K content from Usenet using Sonarr (pretty much the same as PaulB) and then Kodi as a viewer. I have used much older hardware as well for 1080p content without issue (intel Core 2 duo/4gb RAM/GTX 650 Ti), I salvaged this system from a recycling bin and upgraded the GPU. Most PC's (running Windows 7 or better) will handle 1080p H264 decoding, if you want to play 4k files you're either going to need a fair bit more processing power or a more modern GPU with H265 decoding (Nvidia GTX 600 series or better). I don't stream content often, as I find the quality unbearable, but I have used the Exodus plug-in with some luck. I've also heard good things about the Alluc plug-in.

One good thing about using Exodus or Alluc, is that it takes the sketchiness out of browser based streaming.

For me, Kodi's default skin is pretty much unusable. I use the 'Amber' skin as it has features built in that I don't think I can live without. It organizes your TV tab on your homescreen into two rows, the top row being newly downloaded content and the bottom row your 'ongoing' content (the episode you're currently on in an ongoing series).

I've been having a lot of stability issues in Kodi lately though, it can be frustrating at times but I'm so used to the Amber interface now that I can bear to switch.

Jan. 20, 2017, 1:37 p.m.
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Donald Trump... Narcissist in Chief!

this is a good example of why i brought up the issue of trump mocking the reporter's disability as being questionable. if you read your article is says "they would be fired if they voted for Obama", it does not state they were actually fired as you claim. you may see this as a minor discrepancy amidst all the other evidence, but it is the same type of discrepancy wrt the claimed mocking.

being accurate with what happened and believing what you think happened are not always the same thing.

the reason i bring it up is that being inaccurate and making false claims delegitimizes the truth as to why trump should never even have been allowed to be nominee for the republican party, never mind win the presidency. every misrepresentation of the truth, no matter how small, becomes an excuse for hte "other team" to point and say hey they're lieing, they're no good! it leads to the type finger pointing and disdain we've seen over the past few pages.

if there is no respect for evidence, no matter how unpalatable the alternative may be, then we may as well just fabricate everything.

You and I see the mocking incident differently. I don't know why that is so hard for you to comprehend. This is the third time I've said this, hopefully it sinks in this time: If we can't agree on the basic premise of each other's arguments, which we don't, move on. I think I've clearly stated my reasoning, so have you. We've reached different conclusions. Let it go.

https://courthousenews.com/man-says-boss-carried-out-threatto-fire-him-for-voting-for-obama/

Sorry, my link didn't contain the information on the specific civil case I was talking about. Since intent in wrongful firing cases is very difficult to prove, I realize it's in no way conclusive. So I'll edit my initial post and remove that specific claim.

Jan. 20, 2017, 11:04 a.m.
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Donald Trump... Narcissist in Chief!

You're right, it took them a day or so before they started beating minorities, jumping people wearing Obama shirt shouting 'Ngger president' and 'Fck Obama', hanging effigies from trees and burning a predominantly black church.

https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2009/racist-backlash-greets-president-barack-obama

Jan. 19, 2017, 3:06 p.m.
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Trudeau answers a question in French!

This article kind of glosses over the fact that an Anglo-Quebecer asked a question in English about what can be done for other Anglo-Quebecer's that need access to mental health services that are only offered in French.

Along with refusing to answer in English, the PM gave a big preamble on how everyone should feel comfortable across the country to use whichever official language they want.

Then again, he was booed for speaking English in Quebec City, so who the fuck knows if he can achieve a favourable situation in that province, language wise…

Totally. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Temperamental fuckers.

Jan. 19, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
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Dot SUCKS domain

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-19/why-the-sucks-domain-doesn-t-have-to-suck

https://www.get.sucks/

Damn. Trump.sucks and nickelback.sucks are both taken. Life is no longer worth living ….

sanders.sucks is still available. Worth the gamble in locking it up for four years just in case?

Jan. 19, 2017, 9:26 a.m.
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Donald Trump... Narcissist in Chief!

Two (now three) short clips of Trump using similar gestures is not enough evidence to convince me he wasn't mocking the reporters disability. Given Trump's long track record of attacking and mocking his critic's appearance, it's more probable that he WAS mocking the reporter's disability than not in my view. As I said to you months ago, I'm not as willing to dismiss deplorable behavior as easily as you apparently are.

i see it as an example of bullying.

person a does something to mock person b
person b objects to such behaviour
person a continues to mock person b in the same manner.

if you disagree with that then would you call that type of behaviour?

Since posting an unflattering picture of someone is neither intimidating nor threatening, using those words in your example is just a pretty blatant attempt to 'load the question', I've removed them. So, what would I call that behavior? Mocking.

Also, in my view the 'media' did not set out to mock Trump. So your example is further flawed, it's also painfully oversimplified. In my view, the media's initial intention wasn't to mock Trump, it was to report the news. Trump looked at his chin in the pictures that they were posting and decided that they were unflattering. He then lashed out at the media on twitter and at rallies and threatened the media with repercussions if they continued to post 'unflattering' images of him. In response, and in defiance after being threatened, some members of the media continued to use 'unflattering' images of Trump. IMO hilarity ensued.

As I said though, I don't think posting images of someone is bullying and IMO your scenario should actually read:

person a does something that person b's find 'offensive'
person b objects to such behavior, and lashes out publicly and subsequently threatens person a
person a, partly in an act of defiance, continues to repeat, and increases frequency of behavior that person b finds offensive.

As I said earlier, I understand where your coming from. I don't agree with you. I think the term bullying is overused and I certainly don't think it applies when a public figure, who many would say ACTUALLY fits the 'classic definition of a bully' in regards to his treatment of the media, doesn't like the way that they're being portrayed in the media and lashes out with threats. Bullying in my mind, and in definition, implies that one of the parties is in a position of weakness, or helplessness. That is not the case here IMO. One of them is now arguably the most powerful figure in the free world. If we can't agree that this isn't an example of bullying, there's nothing left to say.

Jan. 18, 2017, 3:43 p.m.
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Donald Trump... Narcissist in Chief!

Can you recommend a safe space?

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