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Topic: Serious Discussion / Gun Shopping, oh and hello

Originally posted by petesahooligan:

I don’t understand the terms center fire / single fire / SLR. Is this a distinction between bolt versus semi-automatic chambering?

centre fire – primer in the middle of the cartridge, struck by the firing pin (as opposed to rim fire cartridges)
Single fire – one pull of the trigger, one bullet… not self loading (so bolt action, lever action, etc)
SLR – Self Loading Rifle (aka semi-automatic)

Originally posted by Frostbringer:

Considering the guns that are discussed in this topic I really should start praying, that the english boars never reach the shore of mainland Europe. It takes one aimed shot from pretty much any modern weapon to kill an elephant, so I don’t even want to know what kind of beasts terrorise the UK.

Not much in the way of boar available to hunt in the UK :/ While one shot /may/ drop an elephant it wouldn’t necessarily be ‘human’ – I don’t want an animal to suffer, just to die ‘instantly’/quickly for my larder… hence the question on chambering/rounds.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Avenues to Reduce Gun Violence

Originally posted by Bobneson:

Karma Kool, at that point muzzle loading would become VERY popular. That, and many people would just reload their ammunition.

And if the cost of primers. propellant, etc all ‘go through the roof’? Start milling your own black powder? Fine – limit the maximum individual components a person may buy / eliminate private purchase thereof without license (guns remain unregulated, store bought ammo makes firing VERY expensive, reloading becomes VERY expensive, not to mention difficult)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Gun Shopping, oh and hello

For game rifles, I tend to get a bit nostalgic. My favorite gun is my Springfield 30.06. When I was hunting and targeting consistently, I absolutely loved this rifle. For hunting anything requiring distance, bolt action, obviously.

I’m somewhat torn between the .308, the 30.06 and 375 H&H (although that’s traditionally for larger game)… need a round that’ll get the job done at 200-400 yards typically… anything centre fire has to be single fire (no SLR for us), so would be bolt action by default.

but you’d be better served by having this conversation on some gun forums… among people that really know what they’re talking about.

Oh I am, always good to get multiple viewpoints tho… and maybe draw some of the pretend ‘experts’ out of the woodwork.

Originally posted by Bobneson:

If you are looking for a gun, and you’re on a budget, Mosin Nagant. Russian Military surplus rifles. Though finding one with a scope isn’t easy, if you’re okay with using iron sights, then go for it. Or just for the Remington 700. I don’t really like those, because of the ammo price, they are good firearms nevertheless.

Have only previously shot iron sights (M1 Garand, AR-15 – neither of which are legal here any more so had to be disposed of), the moisin is chambered for 7.62, from memory… which may be overkill (no pun intended)?

Still finding it somewhat ironic I can fly to the US and back again having bought 3 rifles and still have spent less than if I’d bought them here in the UK (assuming I’d be allowed to buy direct, the one point I’m having difficulty finding clarification on).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Avenues to Reduce Gun Violence

There’s no reason to own an Fully Automatic weapon"

Oh yeah? What if I’m a Firearm collector? I have a huge interest in Firearms of the 19th Century and the modern military surplus. The question isn’t " Why would you need one?" It is : Why not own a AN-94 Abakan? There’s many things we don’t need, but want. Why spend a thousand dollars on a flat screen television? People still do it anyway. They want it. So if I want a Assault Rifle, I should be allowed to own one.

I agree, kind of… you might want it, but don’t actually need it, to look at, hold and admire (to paraphrase) but don’t actually need it to be capable of firing… a compromise if you will, one that stops it being used to hose a school if it got in the wrong hands without crippling your enjoyment of it.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Gun Shopping, oh and hello

Originally posted by 48244:

This isn’t a blog

No chance of you answering any of my questions or commenting on my choice of firearm then? No? Thought not… so I have to wonder why bother posting? (NB That’s rhetorical – further inane commentary will simply be removed)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Gun Shopping, oh and hello

So, morning y’all… it’s been a while but my computer is now repaired (more of a money thing than difficulty of repair as was paying for my upcoming holiday).

Rather surprised to still be modded, but oh well…

So, on to the topic…

Having looked in to matters, now I’ve got my health under better control… I’d like to get back in to target shooting, and maybe (ok, more than maybe) in to a bit of hunting.

NOT trophy hunting, I hasten to add… I’m only interested in shooting something if I’m going to eat it!

Being in the UK there are some restrictions on types of firearm, etc but I was thinking of picking up something like the following on a trip to the US (where firearms are significantly cheaper) and returning with to the UK;

1. Remington 700 in .308 (can’t have a semi/fully automatic centre fire rifle here) for deer / boar (should be up to the job, yes?)

2. Something smaller, .223? for target practice and smaller prey/vermin

3. Shotgun (readily available here) for game

4. Handgun for humane despatch, for when/if I F* up the first shot.

Comments/suggestions for rifles/calibre/loading and, having only shot with iron sights previously, optics, suppressor, etc.

Any problems with a foreigner buying from a gun shop? fair? or do I need to get one of my American friends to buy and sell to me (privately)?

Oh, and if anyone knows of good hunting in the UK / Europe I’d be keen to hear.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Wiki Links

Well yeah, it kinda belongs in FGF but, as an experiment testing the X degrees of separation theory there’s scope for decent discussion on not only the results, but the process, theory behind, etc.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Full Body Transplants a Reality on a Personal Level

Some kind of automata, rather than an inanimate object… i don’t know that I’d go for something ‘human like’ (think westworld)… there are considerable benefits to other models of motion, for example… tracks? wheels? but something like a deep sea ROV with arms, etc would be good… or similar to the rover explore Mars (or beyond)

 
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Topic: Wartune / If only we were on R2 Servers (Holy WTF BATMAN)

Originally posted by WIGANSTE:
Originally posted by donseptico:

AFAIK – You are on an R2 server (one of the reasons kong has so little sway over matters like merges)… it’s kong in name only. Now, if you were on a 7road server (and could read chinese) you’d probably be laughing at everyone else :(

Sorry don but that is one shocking dereliction of duty. This is kong and therefore kong has a responsibility for the games hosted on its site.. Pathetic!!

Take it up with those who make the decisions if you feel that strongly about it… I can pretty much guess their response would be something along the lines of ’we’re only a portal to the game which is run entirely by R2’.

I’m not saying that’s right or wrong, just the way it that it is.

The only way, that I can see, that kong can avoid such situations is to avoid acting as a portal to such games – which goes against their business interests and is therefore extremely unlikely to happen.

 
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Topic: Wartune / Server 16 and 17?

Probably a typo… wouldn’t hold my breath (but nor would I be surprised if something like this appeared with no notice).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Full Body Transplants a Reality on a Personal Level

There are times when I think I’d very much like a full body transplant (Waiting on the histology results on the lumps and bumps removed on Tuesday) and others when a ‘transfer my consciousness to that device’ type scenario would suit me better (no pleasing some people is there)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The next President Clinton

IF Clinton’s elected is the system ready for a ‘first husband’ (who just happens to have also been president) to stand and ‘look pretty’ on his wife’s arm?? Given my, admittedly limited, interactions and interest with American politics, no – I don’t see her being elected simply because she’s a she… personally I don’t care if my elected representative / party leader is black, white, green, male, female, transgender, whatever… so long as they do the job they’ve been elected to do (sticking by the election promises they made, for example).

 
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Topic: Wartune / If only we were on R2 Servers (Holy WTF BATMAN)

AFAIK – You are on an R2 server (one of the reasons kong has so little sway over matters like merges)… it’s kong in name only. Now, if you were on a 7road server (and could read chinese) you’d probably be laughing at everyone else :(

 
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Topic: Wartune / why my topic were locked/hided

Hey, I have to sleep sometime! (and midnight locally is probably as good a time as any)… anyhow versi, responded to your pm.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / stop sending people to jail for being possessed by guns

Cynical ol’ me thinks the problem really lies with doctors and research scientists… forget guns, where’s the treatment for the severe lead allergy all these victims suffer from?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Concept: Internet ID Verification

Edit/follow up… something like this maybe: http://www.vrk.fi/default.aspx?id=21

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Concept: Internet ID Verification

Returning to the topic… in the physical world we’re used to having to prove our ID to get passports, driving licenses, bank accounts, etc, etc… why not apply the same principle online?

Prove your ID to the designated body, get issued with an ‘internet ID card’ (chip and pin?), use said card to link online personae without linking to physical world ID (probably not explaining this as well as I’d like, tired :/).

So each time you sign up somewhere you can either do so using you internet ID or your, verified, real ID… one would grant pseudo anonymity – there’d be no obvious link back to your real ID unless you chose to make it (or was traced back under court order if you’re ‘naughty’)… the other would, obviously, be identifiable as you. So you could keep your ‘hobbies’ secret from your professional life whilst enabling sites to block an individual ID, simplifying law enforcement, etc, etc

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Concept: Internet ID Verification

Not that it’s really of any consequence, but it wasn’t me! There are many things in life of which I’m tired… on bad days that even includes living, but I can say (hand on, defective, heart) ignoring puerile attempts to antagonise me is not one of them

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Concept: Internet ID Verification

Thanks for the giggle… if only I could be bothered to point out the distinction between not understanding and not agreeing with… that said the userbasevis already fragmented along the lines of those who ‘only’ play games and those who want to use the (not very good) social side of the forums… which is kinda irrelevant to the question pete asked – could the forums be monetised (and therefore bump them up kong’s priority list?)… to which the answer is obviously yes… how successful such a plan would be would depend on the specifics thereof although, obviously, any restrictions imposed would piss off some whilst pleasing others… up to kong to decide where the balance lies. (Apologies for typing, on touchscreen that’s a bit screwed)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 400 topics, 15783 posts

Surely quality rather than quantity should be this forum’s aspiration… if you want to post meaningless drivel there’s presently OT… purely my own viewpoint, but I see SD as the place for ‘proper’ discussion rather than puerile ramblings (even if the topics themselves aren’t necessarily entirely serious).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Concept: Internet ID Verification

If we’re considering ways to monetise the forums AND discourage trolls, spammers, etc… why not overhaul, allow all access to the core forums (game support, tech support, announcements, etc) and charge a small fee for the additional ‘entertainment’ forums… and obviously improve their flexibilty/functionality… native image & video hosting (an amount free, charge for more), run forum only contests, a new approach to ‘SD’ – staff create a new competition topic every fortnight(?), best entry wins X kreds (or something along those lines)… allow forum sigs/artwork AND be able to charge/pay in kreds (lottery/sweepstakes?) etc

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Concept: Internet ID Verification

Serious Discussion used to be vibrant and engaging. I spend years on my main in SD and I can tell you firsthand to blame it’s decline solely on various trolls is a grave mistake. They simply do not have that much power, they are gnats buzzing around that are easily ignored and crushed. The real reason SD has failed is inconsistent moderation, lack of moderation, inconsistent application of the rules, ( when we had more moderators ) lack of participation by the Kongregate staff and moderators, and a steady decline in forum participation due to emerging forums of entertainment. Forums are slow, they are boring and old school. People simply don’t have time to post in forums like they used to have.

Well I, and probably most, can agree with some, if not all of that…

Trolls shouldn’t be anything more than a temporary nuisance but, since the move from global to forum/chat mods there’s almost literally nothing that can be done to them unless you can get a staff member’s attention – and then only, obviously, if they agree with your assessment of the situation.

Yes, SD used to be more interesting but, lets face it, practically all we can do is rehash old topics, the lack of anything new & tired responses do nothing to encourage new posters.

Wherever rules are interpreted by real humans you’re r to get variability that interpretation and application… something compounded, imo, by the almost 2 stage moderation that’s in place… I, for example, might look at the way someone is behaving and request a perma ban… what, if anything, happens thereafter will depend on which of the varied staff handles the request.

On the subject of the rules themselves… despite everyone clamouring (repeatedly) for clear rules and sanctions I’m told no forum can have its own rules (only the TOS/CoC applies), consequently no forum specific sanctions, meaning it’ll be a judgement call each and every time… harking back to the question about why moderators are so hamstrung well, if I were being cynical I’d say they were trying to kill off the forums… Part of the answer is likely to do with the way developer appointed moderators interact with kong customers… only takes one rogue, and its kong that gets the grief.

 
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Topic: Wartune / Talk nerdy to me...

Nothing like a good piss take of the stereotypical gamer :)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Concept: Internet ID Verification

A few thoughts to add…

On the subject of some kind of ‘verified’ status a simple solution (with some pretty hefty drawbacks) would be to require CC verification to create a ‘primary’ (read posting) account which would allow the creation of ‘sub-accounts’ for the various MP games, family members, etc… – limit of one primary per CC (which is the account liable for banning)… of course that’d likely dissuade the casual signup which is one of the many reasons I’ve had thrown at me over the years of suggesting different ways of helping modifying/controlling behaviour – Kong wants it free & easy to sign up to get more people on the site. (Which, incidentally, is why no email constraint or 2-step verification)

On the subject of forums & chat generally – yes, both have been dying although, with the expansion of mobile gaming (which simply can’t access chat at all) certain forum usage has gone through the roof (and illustrated just how badly implemented certain aspects are)… the lack of basic functionality (merge/split for example), or more ‘advanced’ like ‘forum mute/ignore’.

I’m told there hasn’t, previously, been a business case for development of the forums (and I can kinda understand that) – which is one of the reasons they’re ‘stagnant’ although I still consider that a self defeating argument… don’t improve them, fix flaws, etc then the quality of the posting and quantity goes down, which means they’re an even lower priority in a vicious downward spiral… there are two options as I see it, ‘scrap them’ (well all the ‘non-core’ forums like SD/OT/Arts) or have a complete overhaul, no idea which route, if either, Kong/Gamestop would take although I know nothing will change in the short to medium term and am somewhat doubtful this’ll be addressed within the next year or two!

On the subject of mods & mod participation… I don’t know about you guys, but if a subject doesn’t interest me I’m unlikely to respond to it (although I do scan through/read most/all – as do other actual paid staff members!), I even start the odd post when I have a ‘good idea’ or see something happening on the news/whatever and think ’that’s interesting’… but I’m not inclined to post simply for the sake of posting.

To be honest, I agree wholeheartedly with Vika – it’s another self perpetuating decline with a lack of oversight compounding existing problems however it’s not entirely of the moderator’s making… we mods are only human (and even I need to sleep now and then!), not to mention volunteers (with seemingly ever diminishing & VERY limited ‘powers’, and constraints on how/when we use them – particularly on the forums, but even now in chat) – I’ve seen several state that they’d actually like to be able to do something about X,Y or Z but simply can’t… in too many circumstances we’re limited to doing exactly what we end up telling you guys to do… report the issue for a community admin staff member to review/act on – obviously that’s not particularly efficient (for starters, I THINK all CA staff are in the US, so it’s unlikely there’s 24/7 coverage) during periods where ‘lots is going on’ that needs their attention.

Anyway, there’s my tuppence’ worth ;)

 
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Topic: Wartune / S11 needs a server merge badly

As suspected, the reply came back from kong that it is absolutely nothing to do with them (and never has been) – R2 and only R2 can decide upon/implement things like server merges.