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Gaming / Re: Pokémon GO
« on: 11-07-2018, 23:07:33 »
Thread necro because level 40. And there's still not much of a game in there.

Oh well, maybe my addiction will finally start to wane a bit now since apart from a couple of nigh-impossible to achieve medals there's only the trickling of new legendaries and regionals anymore.

Announcements / Re: The Road to Forgotten Hope 2.53
« on: 22-05-2018, 16:05:43 »

Do you think anyone ever actually hit a plane with one of these things?
Why would they have even tried? That would be much more useful against soft-skinned or lightly armoured vehicles, or as an anti-infantry weapon against fighting positions or suspected sniper positions, than it would ever have been in its intended use.

Off-Topic / Re: Questions Thread
« on: 03-12-2017, 21:12:41 »
Carpet bombing was the only way to do it at night. Without radar, CEP was about five miles. Meaning that half the bombs fell within five miles of the intended target, not enough to hit anything else than a metropolitan area. With radar, the CEP at night or through cloud cover was about 1 mile, enough to hit a smaller town. Daytime "precision bombing" CEP was about 1000 feet, still a far cry from smart bombs but enough to hit an industrial target.

Strategic bombing in European front did succeed in two goals: destruction of Axis POL plants did wreck the mobility of their armies and eventually throttled their entire logistics (though only later after it was found out that factories were quickly rebuilt). Secondly, it tied over a million men, tens of thousands of guns, and an entire Luftflotte away from the frontlines.

In Europe, with stone and concrete buildings, established fire brigades, and ample bomb shelters, the direct destruction caused by carpet bombing was not that great though, and as said, factories were often quickly rebuilt. Against Japan, however, it did succeed; cities made of wood and paper, with insufficient firefighting capabilities or bomb shelters were wiped out with firebombs, dropped at low altitude for increased accuracy -  the firebombing of Tokyo killed more than the two nuclear bombs combined and destroyed most of the city, civilian and industrial targets alike.

My main gripe with BF2/FH2 flying is the awfully short visibility, it's like flying in a fog all the time. Of course, this is more of an engine limitation, because otherwise you would see all across the small map, leaving nowehere to hide, and the engine would probably choke on itself. However, the visibility also limits tactical choices: you can't climb too high unless you want to lose the sight of the enemies (or hit the "glass ceiling" even if you're a male).

The second is the flight model itself, again I suspect this is more of an engine limitation. I wouldn't say it resembles a "jet" or "prop", it is its own thing that has very little to do with real physics (cf. ground vehicles and their ridiculously high-set centre of gravity). Yes, I realize a FPS shooter cannot have Falcon 4.0 style realism, but even many "flyer shooters" like Ace Combat 6 have a better flight model. Going back to the ancient Their Finest Hour that turns 28 this year, that had already a better WW2 flight model and despite being labeled as "simulator" at the time, would not be too difficult to learn if applied to a today's FPS (a stark reminder on just how primitive the games of those ancient times were). Nevermind that I'm spoiled rotten by the IL-2 series, which even at its easiest settings (which I rarely used after getting a "feel" of the more realistic flying) feels more like real flying (and again, those "easy" settings would not be too difficult to learn in a FPS, it's the "realistic" mode that takes real practice). Also, since the BF2 flight model is its own thing, the more experience you have of "real" flight games (in my case, 27 years, starting with Project: Stealth Fighter on the C64) the more you have to unlearn (like throttle that seems to have two settings only even when using a flightstick: war emergency power and idle, and when you start to lose speed, it happens so fast you will never recover from a stall or have time to increase power).

Yet, as an aviation enthusiast, I cannot resist trying flying every now and then, but time after time, I cannot bring myself spending the hours necessary to master the BF2 flight model.

Nevertheless, flying in FH2 is still fun every once in a while, even for a whole evening when there's a special event, and at its best, the chaos on Battle of Britain or Bombing the Reich maps is epic. But "pure" flying is not FH2's main forte, that would be the combined arms approach that meets the right amount of realism in ground combat.

Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: WW2
« on: 24-06-2017, 11:06:58 »
For some reason, the reveal trailer had an endless "I confirm" loop for me, no matter what browser, but a mirror link worked.

A few scenes seemed cinematic, but otherwise it seems to have been made to be a slideshow rail shooter with 055um m0men7z (endless swarm of Stukas attacking wing to wing etc).
5 words: black female US airborne soldier. Why don't we have such on FH2?
Better yet: Black female SS soldier.
There were black German soldiers and SS did have auxiliary females (SS-Helferin), so that's almost plausible. Actually, it's more plausible than all the plots in the entire franchise together.

General Discussion / Re: Conspiracies Thread Mk II
« on: 12-04-2017, 20:04:02 »

We now witness the death of the Conspiracies Thead MkII


I also thought I had broken in the beta forum. And found this in the internal news: Родина-мать зовёт! Translation: Mother Russian is calling!
So, 2.6 Easter Offensive confirmed?

Off-Topic / Re: Revolting Uniting
« on: 29-03-2017, 15:03:52 »
I considered this interesting when looking for a harddrive replacement and thus decided to share:
Seagates until recently had overly aggressive power saving built into the hardware. If there were no read-write operations for 20 seconds, the drive "parked" itself by snapping the read-write head to resting position... and unfortunately, the spring that did this was just a bit too strong, and the metal arm of the read-write head bumped into a plastic stopper that was just a little bit too weak. Individually, neither of the physical parts would have become a problem, and not necessarily even together, were it not for the power saving feature. Since the parking now happened hundreds of times a day instead of only a few times (normally parking happens only when you power down the drive or it goes to power save mode - which of course should not happen when the computer is still being actively used!) these three factors formed a "perfect storm" where the entire drive quickly became useless due to a 0,01€ plastic part failing due to repeated stress. Supposedly, they fixed this in their newer models (cf. failure rate dropping from 90% to 1% - 8TB drives are of course newer tech than 1,5TB ones).

Once this "feature" was known. some NAS/external drive manufacturers who had a Seagate drive inside have circumvented this with updating their firmware to read dummy data from the disk every 15 seconds unless the NAS itself was in power saving mode in order to prevent the drive not parking itself.

Off-Topic / Re: About Last Night...
« on: 01-03-2017, 23:03:30 »
I cannot think of any more degorative actions during an assembly than what Mrs Conway does.
She is preparing to take a photo of the guests (you know, even a cellphone camera needs to be set up unlike the commmercials would have you believe), and decided that kneeling on the sofa she would be at better height and more stable than bending the knees. There is another photo showing her photographing the guests, but I guess the haters didn't want you to know that.

General Discussion / Re: Conspiracies Thread Mk II
« on: 31-01-2017, 20:01:14 »
The milk churn delivery and retrieval platform (maitolaituri) is a nice touch of Finnish countryside milieu. :)

Off-Topic / Re: Questions Thread
« on: 23-01-2017, 21:01:53 »
In addition to boosted ailerons, P-38 also had more raw engine power (thrust/weight ratio) and better aerodynamics than 110 (once the automatically activating flap was installed under the rudder so that rudder wouldn't lose lift in a high-speed dive due to compressibility) so was the better fighter to begin with. The myth about P-38 being unable to fight if surprised is about half true: in the early versions the ergonomy had taken a backseat, so to transform the Lightning from travel to combat you had to turn and press about 20 switches and levers that were conveniently placed all around the cockpit. Of course, this was the byproduct of it having been designed to be an interceptor defending US eastern seaboard against ze Amerika Bombers, and would obviously take off in "combat mode" or at least the pilot would use the time to climb to altitude to make it so - no surprises there so plenty of time to pull those knobs. In later versions the controls were rearranged and some automated (and for example, the gunsight changed so that the lightbulb would not burn out after a few minutes), which made it easier to respond to surprises. Then again, these problems were not unique to P-38, devices like the Kommandogerät (automatically adjusted ignition, boost, mixture, propeller pitch, etc. based on throttle settings, RPM, engine knocking, etc.) were late-war inventions, so a pilot who was suprised was usually in big trouble anyway.

Also, in the Pacific theatre, basically every American fighter except Airacobra had to use zoom'n'boom, yo-yo, etc. tactics against the Zero (and other Japanese acrobatic planes). Airacobra suffered from its single-stage supercharger which limited it to low-altitude fights (critical altitude 3,5km), but down low it was faster and actually had better roll rate than Zero, which is why the Soviets loved it - they didn't need to fly high to gain long range, so could utilize it to the full. I can dig that the Americans needed to fly high to gain the necessary range to anywhere in the Pacific so it was in a wrong place there, but why the RAF never considered to use it against the low-altitude 190 Jabo attacks is a mystery (instead of abandoning the Airacobra because it was not suited for high-altitude fighter sweeps, what a surprise), considering that the chose solution ie. Typhoon was faster than the 190 but seriously outmanoeuvred if it caught its prey.


Re why use two-seater twin-engined heavy fighters and light bombeers as night fighters, early radar sets were bulky and heavy so required a larger airplane to carry them. Yes, development was fast and later in the war radar would fit in a pod carried on a wing pylon on a single-engine plane (if the radar used a dish antenna: the "laundry rack" antennae favoured by the Germans were difficult to relocate to wings), but the early radar scopes were horribly unclear, so they basically required a separate radar operator who could dedicate all his time trying to make sense out of all the clutter and interference on the primitive screen.

Even with modern HUD's, large multi-coloured touchscreens, and whatnot, research still shows that a pilot's situational awareness is better if there is a guy in back keeping an eye on the radar, FLIR, etc. while the pilot concentrates on flying and hitting the enemy - this is even more pronounced when in air-to-ground role.

General Discussion / Re: Conspiracies Thread Mk II
« on: 09-01-2017, 23:01:25 »
According to the tale, Potemkin erected his villages along the Dnieper. Therefore, I speculate that in one form or another, the map depicts some part of the Lower Dnieper Offensive, in particular the river crossings. Most likely it has no relation whatsoever to my ancient suggestion thereof (thanks to imageshack for deleting my images).

Razer Project Valerie revealed - 11520 x 2160 Laptop: CES 2017
Running three displays at 4k resolution at "Ultra" settings, when most desktop computers have hard enough time doing it on one display (whereas muh consoles must rely on hardware scaling 1080p or even lower resolution to "4k")?

This thing won't be affordable for a few years at least and will be among the worst investments ever when brand new (cf. television sets, when $100k a few years back bought you a set now available at $1k).

Off-Topic / Re: Revolting Uniting
« on: 22-12-2016, 22:12:04 »
siben, TheTA means probably that the bomber was 2 personal connections from him (TheTA => sister => friend => JIHAAAAAD), not that his sister's friend sat two seats away from the bomber (but possibly still in the same subway, only a different carriage). You know, like the game "Six steps to Kevin Bacon".

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