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December. 14, 2018
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Re: ISSUE: I often cannot submit posts for a while
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I think we're coming close to the point where we'll have to ditch Xoops if we want to have a functional website for the future, but unfortunately I don't think we have the manpower to redesign and port the site right now.

Posted on: 2018/12/10 16:32
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Re: Freelancer - Abandoned-ware?
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We've had that conversation many times already. "Abandonware" is not a legal term. The copyright on Freelancer will not expire for decades. Microsoft simply doesn't care to sue people for sharing such an old game that wasn't even that popular in the first place.

At this point, I don't really care if people share links to download the game. It's a pain in the ass to find a physical copy and it's not available online legally. Just don't interpret this to mean that it's suddenly legal to download the game. If we're ever contacted by Microsoft to pull the links, we will do so immediately.

It also of course has absolutely no bearing on whether Microsoft will do anything with the game. They won't.

Posted on: 2018/12/9 4:54
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Re: Librelancer 2017.10
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Freelancer only does two-sided rendering if the material type ends with "Two" (e.g. DcDtTwo). It'd be wasteful to have two-sided rendering on at all times.

Posted on: 2018/12/3 21:22
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Re: Request: an easier way to implement paths (no idea whether this is even possible)
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Pretty sure adoxa means a plugin that just does a preprocessing pass to the INIs as they're read by Freelancer. You'd just be able to use pos_begin and pos_end directly in the INIs.

Posted on: 2018/12/1 23:55
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Re: Allegiance Steamed
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The fact the game is open source and managed by the community rather than Microsoft also makes it a rather different beast.

If we ever got OpenFL or something, we could probably do a similar thing.

Posted on: 5/29 2:41
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Re: Server not seen on global server
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Oh man, I feel bad for you guys... Maybe we could also add a subdomain to Starport aliasing the workaround URL as further backup.

I like the idea of mirrors, don't know if w0d has the time to work on that though.

Posted on: 5/27 1:05
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Re: Raspberry Pi Server...?
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That's not how that works. We don't have Freelancer's source code, and please don't ask about if we can get it. We've tried everything under the sun, Microsoft won't open source the game.

Posted on: 5/16 4:05
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Re: Raspberry Pi Server...?
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No. You'd need to emulate x86 on the Pi's ARM core, which is something difficult for a proper computer, let alone a severely underpowered one like the Pi.

Freelancer is best hosted on Windows. The bottleneck we generally see comes from the single-threaded nature of the game rather than any networking issue. You can do it on regular x86 Linux if you want, but it's just more trouble than it's worth, I find.

Posted on: 5/15 1:58
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Re: Sort Numbers - Do they actually do anything?
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Typically with Freelancer the things either had a use that was removed or were going to be used, but never made it in. Either way, sounds like it's safe to ignore/remove outright.

Posted on: 5/11 18:57
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Re: Mod Idea - Against the Grain
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"View" permissions are basically access permissions in Drive parlance. Just make sure anyone with the link can view and you'll be able to download it fine.

Posted on: 4/20 21:37
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Re: Mod Idea - Against the Grain
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Since you removed your link, I can't actually check with yours, but when I try to open a Drive link, it just pops in Chrome with the exact same UI as on my desktop. If I try to open a file in the Drive app (say, a .7z archive), it downloads the file and opens it in whatever app you have associated with file management (I have Solid Explorer), which will then allow you to extract/copy/save it as desired.

I'm not seeing any kind of grand conspiracy here, just misunderstanding the UI.

Posted on: 4/20 1:21
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Re: Mod Idea - Against the Grain
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Google Drive hasn't changed in years. The download option is there, you guys just need to stop being blind. Top right corner, there's a big fat icon with an arrow pointing down that says "DOWNLOAD" when you hover over it.

Posted on: 4/18 15:54
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Re: FL INIReader Limitations
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I'm assuming the reader has a 1024 characters read buffer for the whole line, which frankly is more than enough for normal usage. You shouldn't be storing that much text data directly in the INIs.

Posted on: 3/12 16:46
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Re: Librelancer 2017.10
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If you're fine with alpha testing, instancing would exactly fit this particular scenario and eliminate virtually all CPU load.

Posted on: 2/23 15:04
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Re: OpenGL Rendering
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@Schmack: Nomads definitely need subsurface scattering

Posted on: 1/31 0:59
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