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Fallout 76 is online and lonelier than ever

Ars Technica - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 17:20

Enlarge / All hail Hypnotoad!

The first few hours in Fallout 76 are strange. It's both familiar and foreign. The well-trod path of creating a character and exiting the safety of an underground vault is sharply juxtaposed with a distinct lack of scripted NPCs. Instead, in a departure from Fallout's decades-long history of single-player titles, you share your slice of post-apocalyptic West Virginia (referred to as Appalachia) with real, live people. Since Bethesda didn't provide pre-launch review code, we've only been able to spend our single day playing in this strange new land alongside the rest of the audience. So far, it's unclear whether this experiment will be a successful one.

What is clear immediately is that Fallout 76 is the best-looking Fallout ever. Running on an Xbox One X and displayed on a 4K TV, the visuals are vibrant and clear, a far cry from the muddy textures of Fallout 4. So far, the game has run much more smoothly as well, without the long loads and jerky pauses of the previous Fallout titles. These days, that's an impressive feat for a multiplayer game on launch day.

Fallout 76 starts similarly to other games in the series: after decades in an underground vault, protected from the nuclear war and ensuing fallout that devastated the United States, it's time to go outside. While Vault-Tec subjected many of its vault inhabitants to convoluted social experiments, Vault 76 residents have a simple mission: on Reclamation Day, 25 years after the bombs fell, it's time to leave and take the country back.

You'll create a character from scratch, determining details like face and body shape, skin color, hairstyle, and gender (male or female only; there's no non-binary option). Fallout 76 adds a fun photo mode that lets you snap your character using a variety of filters and frames, like an in-game Instagram. After taking that first photo and naming your character, you're on your way.

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Beginner looking for help on basic Oregon Trail Game

Learn Programming - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 17:19

Hello! So I'm currently assigned the task of programming a simple version of the Oregon Trail in c++. The problem I am currently having is thinking of 4 user defined classes which I can use (as it is a requirement to make 4 classes). Brief summary of my simplified game: 5 people (each you assign names, each has their own health bar) leave at a preset date and travel the trail. The player is prompted to go to the store at the beginning to purchase food, oxen, bullets, wagonparts, and medkits. After this, the game starts. Before each turn, a status update comes up showing the date, miles traveled, food, bullets, and cash the party has. During each turn, the player can choose to rest, continue on the jurney, or hunt for food. After each round a player has a chance to encounter a misfortune (getting sick, oxen dying, wagon breaking, etc. 40% chance of happening each time), or encounter a raider attack (really weird long equation they've given me, you can run attack, or surrender). When hunting, a puzzle function will be used to determine whether or not you get a kill, and this same function will be used when deteremining whether or not you win the raider attacks. I just need to make 4 classes for the game! Thinking of a player class (holds health, names, etc.), but can't think of anything else. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks

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Fast 2-in-1 to take notes on for university, under £1k

Hi /r/SuggestALaptop,

I am looking for a new laptop to take notes on at university, so being a portable 2-in-1 is a must. I plan to keep this device for a long time so would prefer good build quality, a quad core cpu (intel or ryzen), 16gb of RAM, but 8gb will get the job done. I know thats alot in the budget and I don't expect to get a perfect machine for the price.

My budget is a maximum of £1000, buying in the UK. I will use the laptop for work, browsing, social media, YouTube, Netflix, maybe some Adobe programs etc. Work will consist of mainly Excel, Visual Studio code, Word & PowerPoint, MATLAB and other various chemical, physical and process simulations.

I don't need it to run games. I have a gaming PC but playing something light like CiV or Fallout New Vegas while travelling would be really nice, but not essential (can Intel HD graphics suffice for that nowadays?).

What have I looked at so far?

After a few days of research I found some laptops I liked and went in store to try them, unfortunately John Lewis didn't have the active pens for any of them! I tried writing on the ipad pro and the surface pro, and the surface pen is a much better experience, I would like something similar to the surface pro experience when writing in tablet mode.

- Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, this is currently discounted on the dell website and with the 10% student discount is just under £1000 but I feel it would be very underpowered with just a dual core, not to mention it isn't cheap. Screen on this was excellent. The trackpad was excellent when I tried it in store today, keyboard was good too but not as good as asus' offerings, imo the dell xps trackpad is the best on any windows laptop. Apple are the industry leaders in laptop trackpads and keyboards IMO. The build quality was top class. If I had the budget I would have bought the 15in 2-in-1.

- Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 this seems like a great all rounder and a good spec can be had for just over £800 on the dell website (16gb ram, quad core i7, no dedicated graphics though). Reviews indicate the battery life sucks on this though. Decent keyboard, trackpad was slightly rough but had a great click to the buttons. Screen was good. Build quality was good given an all metal construction but definitely not as nice as the xps.

- HP Envy 13 x360 this seems like the best value laptop overall, 2500U with vega 8. Thermal throttling and baterry life seem to be a real issue with this, however the reviews I looked at were those of the 15 inch variant so maybe the 13 inch has better battery life? How about the thermal issues? The keyboard was worse than the dell keyboards, but still not bad I could type fairly alright with it and I'm used to a red switch mechanical kb, given some time I could get used to it. The trackpad was just quite bad tbh and since it was so wide I would not always right click/left click first time as needed and have to reposition. The build quality was actually very good and it felt like a well designed premium product, definitely better feeling than the inspiron but not the xps.

- I haven't really looked at any of the acer/lenovo options since i'm unfamiliar with the brands I have no clue as to how reliable and robust these devices are. I looked at asus but didn't seem to find anything to suit me unless I missed something. Spectre 13 x360 also seems very good but I haven't been able to spot it for under £1k

I expect to take notes during lectures with it in tablet mode, social media/youtube between classes, and maybe occasional light gaming while travelling. I frequently take the train between university and home, about 2hrs every 3-4 weeks.

Thanks reddit!

* **Total budget and country of purchase:*\*

£1000 UK

* **Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply.*\*

2-in-1 essential - must have good active pen support, 13 inch slim (portable), quad core, 8gb ram (16gb if possible)

* **How important is weight and thinness to you?*\*

Quite important since this will be taken to university and travelled with.

* **Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux.*\*


**Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A.*\*

13 inch, would also consider 11 inch

* **Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run.*\*

Office & OneNote essential. Visual studio, Matlab and other chemical, physical & process simulations (e.g. aspen/hysys). Spotify/discord/chrome/steam/

**If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want?*\*

Have a gaming pc so not bothered about gaming, but would be nice to be able to play light/older single player games like CiV and Fallout New Vegas while travelling if possible. Lowest settings 1080p possible for civ 6? Wouldn't mind playing at 720p. I don't expect to be able to play cyberpunk or far cry 5 etc

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Facebook's top lawyer delays departure as crisis continues

Engadget - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 17:16
Despite announcing that he would leave the company earlier this year, Facebook's top lawyer Colin Stretch will stay on as general counsel into 2019, according to Recode. The change of heart comes as Facebook is embroiled in yet another controversy fo...

What Is The Best Way To Make Buttons In Pygame:Python

Learn Programming - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 17:15

So I'm Just Asking What Is The Best Way To Make Buttons In Pygame:Python

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options ng-repeat not working at all but I fully expect it to...???

Learn Programming - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 17:14

I've read many links online and expect this code to work but it still shows an empty box.

<select ng-model="dataPortal.dataPortalForm.messageNumbers" style="width: 300px;"> <option ng-repeat = "messageSummary.messageNumber in messageSummaries" value = "{{messageSummary.messageNumber}}"> {{messageSummary.messageNumber}} </option> </select>

I also use messageSummary.messageNumber in the same html file but a diff tab and it works fine there by printing it in a table column.

Here, it just shows a empty drop down box.

Any help? Thanks in advance. Appreciate it.

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VPN software?

Learn Programming - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 17:07

Ok I want to make a program like this so when I hit connect it’ll connect to a specific VPN connection? I just need the button code, idk how to do that

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Looking for a laptop

Looking to buy a laptop for my sister in law for Christmas, hoping to capitalize on some black Friday sales but trying to get a baseline of what to look for. Pretty knowledgable about building gaming rigs and stuff like that, but she's wanting something more on the general use sort of thing. Wants a bigger screen, so thinking either 17 or 19 inch. Doesnt game, but does a lot of internet browsing and also started making stuff with her Cricut. Price range of up to $700

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Sony is skipping E3 2019

Ars Technica - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 17:06

Enlarge / Giant PlayStation button icons. (credit: Sam Machkovech)

Shortly after E3 2019's dates were announced on Thursday, one major player in the gaming industry, Sony, confirmed that it will not be participating in the annual event. This is the first time Sony has skipped E3 since its 1995 inception.

In a statement given to Ars Technica, Sony Interactive Entertainment hinted to a 2019 PR strategy that depends less on physical conferences and more on direct outreach by the company to fans.

"As the industry evolves, Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community," the statement reads. "PlayStation fans mean the world to us, and we always want to innovate, think differently, and experiment with new ways to delight gamers. As a result, we have decided not to participate in E3 in 2019.

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Beginner Questions on Web Development (Odin Project, career outlook, perfectionism)

Learn Programming - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 17:06

Hello, my name's aromaticcomfort and I began coding in the last 3 months or so. I took Codecademy's free HTML course at the beginning of that time frame and a little bit of their CSS and Javascript courses and then stopped until the past couple of weeks because I was a little overwhelmed and not sure if I wanted to put in the time to master it. I'm currently in an unstable financial position with no college degree and I don't really want to take in all of the time and debt that a degree would take at this point so I'm heavily leaning towards committing to coding and seeing if I can get a decent paying job that way within a year or so. I've been recovering from various addictions, mental illnesses, etc... over the last few years and have been slowly reteaching myself how to learn and think logically. I think my brain is finally clear enough to where I can learn at a fairly efficient pace again and enjoy the process of it as well.

I recently stumbled upon the Odin Project a few weeks ago and the structure and guidance involved is very appealing to a beginner like myself. I am currently on the Web Dev 101 course and on the first HTML/CSS project which involves recreating the Google homepage's layout. I thought I would have no problem with it at first but it's taking me quite a long time to complete it. Writing the HTML is pretty easy for me but the CSS is taking me a lot longer to write out and connect all of the different commands together.

Here are a couple of specific questions that I have if anybody could answer any of these:

  1. Would it be a realistic goal to be able to attain a Junior Developer job within the next 6-12 months if I stick to the Odin Project and also pursue my own projects when I gain a decent grasp on the various languages? I am very determined to reach this goal and I am currently working an overnight job that I could devote about 3-5 hours towards coding almost every night for. From what I've read on the internet, this is entirely feasible although it would be harder due to my lack of relevant experience and a college degree. I really just want to make at least $40k per year so I can actually support myself financially and that seems to be a very conservative estimate for a Junior Web Developer position although my lack of education might impact that

  1. Should I spend extra time "mastering" each language or is it a better idea to get a general understanding of one topic and then move on to the next one? For example, I'm currently working on the Google homepage on the Odin Project. I can get everything looking pretty nice with my current knowledge and skill level but there's a few specifics that I'm struggling with. When I use pixels and percentages to line up all of the elements I can get it looking alright in the browser size that I'm working at but then I change to full screen and everything is way out of place. I think using em's might help with that but don't really know. So is it smarter to keep working on that until I can comfortably make a "perfect" version or just move on to the next concept. From what I've read, bootstrap and flexbox seem to be more efficient ways of doing similar things. I also am getting rather confused at implementing the sprites that Google has in the upper right corner of their homepage like the "apps" and "notification" icons. Don't get me wrong, I'm really loving learning new tools in CSS but I'm really committed to getting a decent-paying job in the most efficient manner at this point and I'm worried that my perfectionism might be holding me back.

I'm having a ton of fun with coding and I wish I would've started years ago, I've almost completely cut out videogames and replaced them with coding. I get a similar dopamine rush which is pretty cool and makes it a lot easier to stick with. At the same time, it is very exhausting and takes a lot of concentration and energy to stay focused sometimes. While I really enjoy coding compared to most "work," I'm really missing being able to use my finite time and energy levels towards my passion projects like philosophy, music production, teaching myself maths and sciences, as well as other things that take up a lot of time and energy. All in all, I think programming is my most realistic shot at obtaining a solid career that I would enjoy and the community seems pretty helpful as a whole which is pretty cool.

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Adding my Subclass of SKShapeNode

iOS Programming - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 17:05

Hi I made a subclass of an SKShapeNode Here:

import Foundation import SpriteKit import GameplayKit public class Player: SKShapeNode { init(circleOfRadius: CGFloat, wallCat: UInt32, ballCat: UInt32) { super.init() self.position = CGPoint(x: 100, y: 75) self.fillColor = .blue self.zPosition = 5 self.physicsBody = SKPhysicsBody(circleOfRadius: 12) self.physicsBody?.categoryBitMask = ballCat self.physicsBody?.isDynamic = true self.physicsBody?.contactTestBitMask = wallCat self.physicsBody?.collisionBitMask = wallCat self.physicsBody?.affectedByGravity = false } required init?(coder aDecoder: NSCoder) { fatalError("init(coder:) has not been implemented") } }

yet when I added it to my GameScene

var ball:Player! override func didMove(to view: SKView) { ball = Player(circleOfRadius: 12, wallCat: wallCat, ballCat: ballCat) self.addChild(ball) }

It didn't appear?? Any ideas??

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[USA] Deal through work to get a Dell Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 for $349. Need a basic computer.

Looking for a decent all around computer with capabilities to handle basic tasks and not break the bank. My company has a holiday discount offering a Dell 2 in 1 with the following specs for $349 shipped:

  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-8143U
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 4GB memory
  • 128GB SSD
  • 14” HD touch display

I'd probably end up adding another 4GB of RAM to it, but other than that is this a decent machine? I just purchased my wife a thinkpad, but with this price I am tempted to get this for myself.


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Former NASA administrator says Lunar Gateway is “a stupid architecture”

Ars Technica - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 16:58

Enlarge / Michael Griffin, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, testifies during a House Armed Services Committee in April. (credit: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In recent weeks, NASA officials have been running a charm offensive on their proposed "Gateway" in lunar space, which would serve as a space station in a distant orbit around the Moon. The agency has proposed this interim step in lieu of returning directly to the lunar surface with humans. The agency has even started talking about the Gateway as a "spaceship," presumably because this sounds more exciting than a "station."

Public criticism of the proposal has been limited to date, in part because so much of the aerospace community has the potential to earn contracts by either helping to build the lunar space station or supply it with consumables once it is up and running in the mid-2020s. (We spoke to a few of the public critics for a feature published in September.)

However, during a meeting of the National Space Council Users' Advisory Group on Thursday, some of the criticism we've heard privately spilled into public view. One of the committee's members, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, declared that, "I'm quite opposed to the Gateway."

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! (Logical NOT operator) - How would you explain this to someone?

Learn Programming - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 16:53

! operator inverts something, if something is true it makes it false and vice versa. But how to explain when its in if statement var a = true; if(!a){ print("Its true!") }

I like to read this like, because it really understandable to me:

if(a == false){ print("Its true!") }

Or in other words:

Is it true that a is equal to false OR is it true that a is false, because if it is, print this.

I saw somewhere on stackoverflow this, and I immediately took this and learned it that way: !a is same as a == false

So I am asking all of you good people, is this true or correct way of understanding the ! operator?

Thank You!

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Learn Programming - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 16:52

We have been learning about Binary Search Trees in the last few weeks. I am trying to figure out how exactly I would create a method that would print the tree off backwards in Java. Does anyone have anything I can read to help? or any direction? or pseudocode I can look at and try to figure out from there? Any help at all would be great

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XCode on Windows?

Learn Programming - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 16:44

I've been taking a course on IOS Development in college, and I want to keep writing in and learn more about Swift. However, from my knowledge, XCode is only usable on Macs and systems using MacOS, and I have a Dell laptop. I did the course through renting a Macbook from my school, but I don't want to check it out every two weeks. Does anyone know how I can use XCode on a Windows computer without buying a new laptop?

(I know Black Friday is coming up, but I'm still a broke college student, and I don't want to have a separate computer just for app development)

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Up to three million kids' GPS watches can be tracked by parents... and any miscreant: Flaws spill pick-and-choose catalog for perverts

The Register - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 16:43
Gadgets can be hacked to spy on, find youngsters – claim

Parents could be unwittingly putting their children's safety and privacy at risk, thanks to security vulnerabilities in potentially millions of kids' GPS-tracker watches.…

Sony is skipping E3 in 2019

Engadget - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 16:43
Sony is skipping E3 next year. It won't hold a PlayStation keynote, or appear at the event at all, it confirmed to Engadget.

[REQUEST] Send sms on incoming call and deactivating silent

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 16:41

I'm looking for a tasty recipe, I'd like to send an automated sms if someone (only from a cellphone) calls when I'm at work, it should read some thing in the lines of "oi its important call twice in under 3 minutes) and when/if the caller calls a second time it deactivates my silent profile based on my schedule in Google calendar. And then returns to my work task.

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